Bubbles misses you, man.
June 27, 2009
Tortoise is credited with helping to usher in the genre of Post-Rock, along with Mogwai. Their 90's releases garnered a good bit of praise from critics and fans of eclectic rock music everywhere. Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996) and TNT (1998) represent groundbreaking forays into more jazz influenced compositions and experimental production techniques that were heard rarely in standard radio rock. The track length of some of their songs is intimidating, and sometimes frustrating (it's much harder to find a specific movement within a song than it is to find a certain track on an album), but it's by no means a dealbreaker.
From Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)
From It's All Around You (2004)
I've been trying to get my hands on White Light Strobing since hearing one of the singles in a SXSW promo video a few months back. Desolation Wilderness has a knack for writing laid-back, ethereal songs that owe a bit to My Bloody Valentine, as well as more the recent songwriters Kurt Vile and Devendra Banhart. This album is very consistent. I found all the tracks worth listening to, and there are multiple gems, some of which I'm posting here. The only complaint I have is that the vocals are a little bit downplayed and maybe a tad too saturated with reverb to really understand, but I couldn't really picture myself enjoying DW's sound nearly as much if they were different. Enjoy heartily, folks.
From White Light Strobing (2008)
June 22, 2009
June 17, 2009
Modest Mouse - Autumn Beds
Has it only been two years since We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank? It feels like ages since the world has been blessed with new Modest Mouse material, but now the band is finally set to release a new EP in August. It's called No One's First and You're Next, and contains songs recorded between 2003 and 2008 that never made it into the past two LPs.
Autumn Beds is one of the six tracks on this upcoming EP, and I'm really liking it. I've always loved the slower, more silent Modest Mouse tracks with great build-ups - The Good Times Are Killing Me (from Good News For People Who Love Bad News) and Sleepwalkin' (from Building Nothing Out Of Something) rank among my fondest favorites. The band is set to tour North America in August and September, so don't miss your chance to see some indie rock legends perform - they're awesome live!