Category Archives: Post-rock

“And the equinoxes flip”

Gastr del Sol – “The Seasons Reverse” from Camofleur (1998)

Staying abreast of the (fascinating) financial crisis and school/work has been eating up most of my time, but I noticed just now that autumn is here. Here’s one of my favorite “Season Change” songs, from what still sounds like one of the best records of the 1990s, Gastr del Sol’s Camofleur. The Onion A.V. Club ran a pretty neat list on changing season songs the other day, but they seemed to have missed Grubbs & O’Rourke’s contribution to the canon.

For real, it’s one of the great albums, buy it

Posted by Glenn

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Let them try and follow

Dirty Three – Sister Let Them Try and Follow from She Has No Strings, Apollo [2003]

I was on the speech team in High School, okay? People consider me articulate, and I can write in sentences that make sense. But my truest thoughts aren’t words at all. I think best in colored shapes that move together in space. Ribbons, or big giant squares. And they make sense to me, but I can’t really articulate it except by saying “it’s like a blue ribbon arced up, convex to the ground and then its parabola reversed and precisely at that moment, a red ribbon came up to it from the ground and wrapped around it, loosely, and they go on from there.” Which is a nice picture, I suppose, but what sense does it make to anybody else? People ask me what I’m thinking about and instead of giving long descriptions of esoteric colors, I just put on the Dirty Three and say “this it what it sounds like.”

Dirty Three were formed when God himself put weirdo zen guitars, time-signature-transcending drums, and insanity in a violin into an Australian crucible and crushed the living hell out of it, leaving only the best instrumental band on the face of the planet. I’m only slightly exaggerating. This particular song is a prime example of what makes Dirty Three work so well, namely that Mick Turner, Jim White, and Warren Ellis are doing such different things that shouldn’t work together but fit together so very well. Like holding hands with your girlfriend. But maybe she has ten hands.

I wrote out a list of the highlights in this song, but there were too many and they devolved into nothing but swears and “aaaaaaaaaaahh”s. I’ll spare you. But trust me, this song is better the louder you can get it. Listen to the violin scream and the drums fall in and out. I’ve never heard a guitar plunk and glimmer at the same time like this. Treat yourself to early hearing loss. There is not a better way.

You can buy this or other fine Dirty Three recordings here

Posted by Phil

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“Shine in/Shine on”

Boredoms – “Super Going” from Super Ae [1998]

Here is some mind-expanding minimalist drone punk to laze away a summer Sunday with. Boredoms at 2006 Intonation Festival (pictured above) blew me away with volume and rhythmic attack, but they lacked the tunefulness (albeit in the loosest sense of “tune”) this song soars with. Enjoy.

Can’t buy me Boredom

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What burns?

Don Caballero – “June Is Finally Here” from What Burns Never Returns (1998)

The title may say summer, but this song sounds like fall to me. Another one good for the car.

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–Glenn

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Not the Turtles…

Tortoise – “The Taut and Tame” from Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)

I’ve been spending a lot of time with Millions lately. This is the catchiest track, but pretty much anything off the first three Tortoise records can’t be beat.

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–Glenn

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Post-what?

Mogwai -“Stanley Kubrick” from Mogwai: EP+2 (1998)

If it’s raining where you are, I suggest you listen to this one and/or put on your favorite Kubrick flick (mine being Dr. Strangelove).

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