You may know Sam Hillmer as the bearded saxophonist for the famed downtown avant-weird chamber punks Zs. He's also the director of Representing NYC, a not-for-profit music series that pairs young Brooklyn hip-hop artists with indie luminaries like Excepter's Zebrablood, Mr. Lif, and Prefuse 73.
Hillmer's been kicking around a new solo project called Diamond Terrifier, named for the nine-faced, thirty-four-handed, sixteen-legged Buddhist deity Vajrabhairava. He's working on a late-year LP for Northern Spy Records, but this March he's dropping a cassette on Words+Dreams. It's a 22-minute droned-out sax-and-outmoded-electronics masterpiece. According to Hillmer, "SHRINE FLU is the part of the Venn diagram representing our collective psyche where spiritual paranoia & materialism overlap with political and economic paranoia and materialism." Good shit.
We've got an exclusive stream of the title track below, and if you're in NYC you can catch Hillmer's PRACTICE! series at Zeubulon on January 31, a free show featuring Parts & Labor's Dan Friel, Rat Attack, and GDFX, the electronic psych project from the virtuosic ex-Liturgy drummer Greg Fox. I went last week and it was off the chain.