Tag: Post Rock

1999, Music

Come On Die Young (1999) by Mogwai

Mogwai is one of those bands I’ve been meaning to listen to forever and I just didn’t get around to it until the last year or two. This is their second album that I’ve ever heard (in addition to being their second record) and, though I don’t like it as much as the debut, I …

1993, Music

Quique (1993) by Seefeel

I don’t know ambient music much beyond the 1970s, aside from a few 1990s albums I’ve encountered due to my podcast. But I do know that the vast majority of ambient music in existence has been created with synthesizers and other electronic instruments, keyboards hooked up to synthesizers and now computers, not rock band equipment. …

1998, Music

Mark Hollis (1998)

Given how world-changing the final Talk Talk albums were, I guess we could be forgiven that Holli’s solo debut (and only record to this point) would somehow also be world-changing. I think there’s a natural desire for us to believe that artistic innovators will always be innovative, and always to the degree that they were …

2017, Music

“Luciferian Towers” (2017) by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

I think it’s easy to listen to GY!BE and think that all their albums sound (somewhat) the same. I get that at some level. (I think it’s wrong, but I get it.) Rise and fall, rise and fall, rise and fall. The pattern of their compositions is certainly familiar even if the music within them …

1991, Music

Laughing Stock (1991) by Talk Talk

Though Hex is generally considered the official beginning of post rock, you could make a very strong argument that post rock begins with this record. [An argument that, in 2019, I’d agree with.) Already very much hinting at it on the previous record, Spirit of Eden, the music here is often even less recognizable as …

1996, Music

Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996) by Tortoise

Whether or not Post Rock actually began in 1994 with Hex is something we can argue about, but you could say that Post Rock, for Americans, started with Tortoise. Now, I’ve never heard their earliest albums, but it’s hard not to look at this record – with its suite-like 20 minute opener, and its genre …

2015

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Live at the Danforth Music Hall, Friday September 25, 2015

This was my second time seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Toronto. The first time I had a terrible angle but was rather close to the stage (at Lee’s Palace). This time I had pretty great seats in the balcony of the Danforth Music Hall but they were quite far from the stage. I guess …

2012, Music

Niagara Falling: Tales for the Stage III (2012) by Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi

This is an EP rounding out Kihlstedt’s and Bossi’s “stage” music. It’s sparse and different from their usual stuff, but there’s not a lot here (and some of the running time is taken up by the creators of the performance piece) and it really isn’t essential. Only of interest to Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Kihlstedt …

2013, Music

The Terror (2013) by the Flaming Lips

I have avoided everything the Lips have done in studio since Embryonic – I saw them live last summer – for two reasons: because I am adverse to weird formats and must admit that I am just a CD kind of guy and because Coyne kept promising “guitars” for album after album and instead we …

2001, Music

Zettel (2001) by Deep Dark United

I have listened to music since before I can remember. My mom recently reminded me of a Big Bird record I had as a toddler which taught me about the different instruments in the orchestra. I have been listening to music seriously – as a snob – for at least half my life. So by …

2011, Music

Find the Others ([label unknown] 2011)

Though, like many soundtracks and pseudo-soundtracks, it is tough to judge this without the accompanying pictures / film, I will do so anyway. Without the pictures to distract us, we are left with the music. And the music isn’t particularly compelling. It is like so much independent music these days, which seeks to combine post-rocky …

2011, Music

Impossible Spaces by Sandro Perri (Constellation, 2011)

Like so many people labeled “indie,” Perri is full of ideas. And like so many people labeled “indie” Perri could use a producer to get him to keep the right ideas and cut the less good ones. But that isn’t the main problem with this album, as it is with so many albums. Rather the …

2011, Music

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Lee’s Palace 04/24/11

This is the new punctuation of the band’s name, so I hear. Speaking of hearing, I can’t any more. Last night my brother and I went to see GYBE! (I really can’t get used to typing GY!BE) for the first and most likely only time in our lives. I had pressured him into this as …