In my neverending quest for interesting music, I’ve downloaded a couple of (free & legal) mp3’s by the band Godspeed You Black Emperor. Wow. On first listen I am blown away. If you have high-speed access (or dialup and a lot of time), download these tracks and listen for yourself.
Their album entitled Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven is reviewed at Allmusic.com and Pitchforkmedia.
They’ve been on heavy rotation on Album 88 for a few weeks now. Very cool stuff. I’m on dial-up, so maybe I’ll go buy the CD when I get a chance.
I went out and bought it last night, and it’s really good. If you like Sonic Youth, and if you like Kronos Quartet, I suspect you’d like this.
George, do you listen to Stereolab? I think you’d enjoy them. Emperor Tomato Ketchup is the classic.
Thanks, Matt. I have three Stereolab CDs that a student burned for me. I like ’em, and I’ll have to give _Emperor Tomato Ketchup_ another listen soon.
I listened to a few of the tracks and loved it. Reminded me a little of Pink Floyd from the early years, thanks.
One of my all-time favourite bands – they’re from Montreal. If you like Godspeed you will also like their offshoot – A Silver Mt. Zion – and probably Mogwai as well.
You can hear more along these lines if you visit http://blather.org and play the most current MIXTAPE.
I’ll second Anne’s recommendation of Mogwai. Not sure where, but I’ve heard them, and they’re quite good.
Pink Floyd, eh? Hmmm.
Thanks for the recommendations, Anne and Chuck.
If you get a chance, listen to “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” off Pink Floyd’s album “A Saucerful of Secrets” from 1967. Granted it isn’t nearly as refined, but I think there are definite similarities between PF and Mogwai, GYBE, and the others. What I find so interesting is that despite the 35 year time gap, it’s all classified under the same “experimental” genre.
The more things change – the more they remain the same. Kinda comforting.
“The more things change – the more they remain the same. Kinda comforting.”
It’s sort of funny that a contemporary “experimental” band would sound so similar to music made over a generation ago, isn’t it?