Episode #2365

Post-Rock Instrumentals

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

With roots in indie rock, and a combination of experimentation and unclassifiable sounds that fuse ambient, jazz, and minimalist chamber music together, “Post-Rock” music tends to subvert many elements associated with rock and roll. Rather than melodic hooks or song structure, it is usually instrumental, and if it does have vocals, they seem incidental to the overall effect. That said, on this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a number of post-rock instrumentals from bands like Tonetraeger, two guys from Düsseldorf who use string arrangements, produced sounds, interesting patterns and soundscapes to create moods rather than pop songs. Also on tap are Battles (ex-Don Caballero & Helmet!), who might sound something like foreign folks songs, hyper jazz, intelligent rock, and a bit of Steve Reich’s loops all shaken up together. Plus the irresistible chamber rock of Krakatoa and those “subversives with a cello,” Rachel’s.

PROGRAM #2365, Post Rock Instrumentals (First aired on Jan. 20, 2005)






Music for Egon Schiele

First Self-Portrait Series, excerpt [1:30]

Quarterstick #35 ** Info on Rachel’s :


This Is Not Here

The Loveliness [6:00]

Quatermass #161*



B & T [6:30]

Monitor #019 or



A French Galleasse [6:30]

Quarterstick #55
See above for info


We Are The Rowboats

Philadelcula [4:00]

Cuneiform #168 *



Dok Trong [3:30]

Seluah Music, no #.

Sigur Ros

Agætis Byrjun

Olsen Olsen [10:30]

Fat Cat #11 ***

The Nels Cline Singers

The Giant Pin

Something About David H. [10:00]

Cryptogramophone #120*

*, ** - Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

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