Post-rock: The genre no one knows about

Post-rock is a genre of music that goes along with a certain philosophy, and that is if you take out the singer, it forces the band to play better music. In my personal opinion I think almost every singer ruins almost every band. On a whole other level, if you take out the singers from the music you hear on the radio today, you’d be bored to tears with all the boring, uncreative and shitty music that’s become way to popular and just needs to die quickly.

Here is a sampler of some of my favorite post-rock tracks. Take note that post-rock songs usually have build-ups, so when the music sounds all slow and boring, don’t immediately assume it sucks, just wait a bit and you’ll understand why you just waited.

The Mercury Program – Fragile or Possibly Extinct
[audio:post-rock/02 fragile or possibly extinct.mp3]

Jai Alai – To Liberate
[audio:post-rock/Jai Alai – To Liberate.mp3]

Salvatore – Js Bells
[audio:post-rock/Salvatore – Js Bells.mp3]

Jakob – I Was Hidden
[audio:post-rock/05-jakob-i_was_hidden-nuhs.mp3]

This Will Destroy You – A Three-Legged Workhorse
[audio:post-rock/This Will Destroy You – A Three-Legged Workhorse.mp3]

Molia Falls – Godalming
[audio:post-rock/Molia Falls – Godalming.mp3]

Caspian – Further Up
[audio:post-rock/Caspian – You Are the Conductor – EP – 02 – Further Up.mp3]

Maserati – Show Me The Season
[audio:post-rock/06 – Maserati – Show Me The Season.mp3]

Post-Rock Leaks

These seemed to appear without me noticing, during my endless WoW playing:

  • This Will Destroy You – This Will Destroy You (2008)
  • Jesu – Pale Sketches
  • Jesu – Lifeline EP
  • Jesu – Lifeline EP (Japanese Bonus Tracks)

My New Rickenbacker 360 JG!

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I set out today to get something different than my other guitars. I have a 12 string acoustic, a 6 string travel acoustic, a 6 string Epiphone Explorer and an ESP 7 string. This definitely is different. It’s a hollow body, with lots of controls, looks completely different, has smaller frets, glossy fretboard and a bunch more. It sounds different than anything I have and the tone controls are better than anything I’ve used on regular guitars. It even has 2 output jacks!

FYI this guitar raised in price a few days before I bought it, by about $630 CDN. I was lucky enough to get the old price!

Christmas Music that doesn’t Suck!?

A Very Ping Pong Christmas – Funky Treats From Santa’s Bag
by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra

Probably my favorite artist as of lately has made a Christmas album, in the same style as his other albums… stylish retro funky jazz. It’s Christmas music that doesn’t suck, I swear!

Links:
Amazon (has sample clips)
Last.fm (info about Shawn Lee)

Review: One of the funkiest Holiday albums you’ll ever hear — a great set of instrumentals that’s every bit as great as the other work by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra, but which has a special Christmas focus as well! All the tunes here are familiar carols, but Shawn does them with a hip instrumental groove that’s got plenty of snapping drums on the bottom — and lots of cool flourishes from vibes, keyboards, and guitar over the top! This is definitely the right sort of CD to spice up any sort of Holiday gathering– and it features wonderful funky takes on “Little Drummer Boy”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “My Favorite Things”, “Jingle Bells”, “Deck The Halls”, “Silent Night”, and “Carol Of The Bells”. – Dusty Groove America