Friday Random Ten

Jan 25 2008 Published by under Music

  1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, "Antennas to Heaven": What can you really say about the greatest post-rock ensemble ever?
  2. The Windmill, "Please Keep War Stories to a Minimum": a recent post-rock discovery of mine, via bitmunk. Excellent group.
  3. Rachel's, "An Evening of Long Goodbyes": Rachel's is one of the more classical-leaning post-rock groups. They're wonderful.
  4. Peter Schickele, "Listen Here, Tyrannosaurus Rex": The discoverer of PDQ Bach, actually doing something really goofy in his own name. Fun, but silly.
  5. The Flower Kings, "Man Overboard": The Flower Kings are, without the slightest doubt, one of the greatest, if not the greatest of the neo-progressive bands, and they could give the best of the original proggers a run for their money. This track is part of their double-album "Unfold the Future." It's an interesting piece - it starts off as a
    what seems like a simple little ballad, but the chorus involves a bunch of wonderfully strange chords and time changes. Just brilliant.
  6. The Redneck Manifesto, "Bring Your Own Blood": Another great post-rock band in,
    roughly speaking, the Mogwai vein. Another really great group - The Redneck Manifesto is one of my favorites.
  7. Marillion, "Toxic": a live version of Marillion covering a Britney Spears song. Who knew that a Britney tune could be anything other than total trash? Still not exactly a brilliant piece of music, but it's not garbage, either.
  8. Apothecary Hymns, "The Marigold": A nifty track by a very hard to categorize
    band. They're sort of vaguely like early Fairport Convention, but with a very modern instrumental sound. I first heard these guys on New York's NPR station. They're really good.
  9. Mogwai, "I know you are but what am I?": Mogwai - among the best post-rock out there. Not enough good things that I can say about them. This track is an ethereal wonder.
  10. Spock's Beard, "Onomatapea": the first track off SBs first album after the
    originally band leader found religion and quit. I know a lot of SB fans dislike this album, and particularly dislike this song, but I really don't know why. It's the first SB song I heard, and I still think it's terrific - better than a lot of the older Morse-written stuff.

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  • Orac says:

    Speaking of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, anyone know if they're ever going to cut another album? It's been five years since Yanqui U.X.O., and the various permutations of A Silver Mt. Zion (made up of some of the members of GYBE) just ain't cutting it for me.

  • Jason Adams says:

    GSY!BE is so, so awesome.

  • Eyal Ben David says:

    Great to see another Post Rock fan.
    Mogwai is by far my favorite ensemble.
    Mr. Beast is a masterpiece, my favorite post rock album. I really like their versatility.
    Although I really like Slow Riot for New Zero Kannada by Godspeed, which is a 30 minutes ep, that first got me into post rock.

  • Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD says:

    A mathematician dresses up the usual apologetics in mathematical terminology. It may not be bizarre enough to interest you.

  • apy says:

    Moya from new zero kanada is probably my favorite track by GSYBE. Also, Sine Wave from Mogwai rocks my pants off, a sweet song title and a sweet song, another mogwai fav (and probably everyones) is Christmas Steps, it really gets amazing about 4 minutes in. Awesome music selection Mark, you might try The Tree by The Pax Cecilia if you haven't heard. Also, have you heard the new Mars Volta Cd (anyone)?

  • Michael says:

    post-rock: John Coltrane in Japan; World Saxaphone Quartet, Satoko Fujii
    post-rock pre-rock: Sonny Rollins, Monk

  • Davin says:

    Wow - was surpised to see such a great list of prog rock and related bands! I lurk here from time to time, so I'd thought I'd like to invite all prog fans to the internet radio station I founded Aural Moon. Lots of great prog rock and art rock bands from all over the world - from the well known to the ultra obscure.
    http://auralmoon.com