Episode #2550

Odd Ambient Post-Rock

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Monday, May 26, 2008

“Post-Rock” is a catch-all term used to describe music that subverts many elements associated with indie rock, yet works in elements of jazz, minimalist chamber music, experimental and ambient music. For this New Sounds, we’ll sample some ambient post-rock from seminal orchestral rock subversives Rachel’s, along with music from the instrumental multimedia Montreal group Godspeed You! Black Emperor. We’ll also hear from Clogs, the bassoon-driven, viola-employing quartet, and the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. With any luck, there’ll be some gorgeous wordless music from Bell Orchestre, Amina, Tortoise, and Explosions in the Sky as well.

PROGRAM # 2550, Post Rock Ensembles (First aired on Tues. 5/23/06)







A French Galleasse [6:00]

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The Sea And The Bells

Rhine & Courtesan [3:00]

Quarterstick #38
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Artemisia [3:00]

See above.

godspeed you! black emperor

Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Gathering Storm, excerpt [18:00]

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Sigur Ros

Agaetis Byrjun

Agaetis Byrjun [8:00]

Fat Cat #11 ** *



Ten Day Interval [4:30] Four-Day Interval [4:00]

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Comments [2]

John Schaefer from WNYC

good catch, Paul... Tortoise IS older than Sigur Ros. But Rachel's started in 1991, and the first Tortoise record ("Tortoise") didn't come out till 94. I suppose it's possible they were doing stuff as far back as 90, but I guess I can't help thinking of them as a mid/late 90s band.

May. 28 2008 11:40 AM
Paul from Tokyo

John states that without bands like Rachel's or Sigur Ros you probably wouldn't have a band like Tortoise, but Tortoise has been around since 1990, which I believe is longer than either of the other two bands.


May. 28 2008 01:52 AM

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