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Posts Tagged ‘gybe’

Sigur Rós, New York City

Friday, September 21st, 2001

Dominating my CD player for the past couple of days has been Miriodor’s new album, Mekano, which I received from Cuneiform last week. It kicks. Review coming.

Just bought tickets to the Sigur Rós and The Album Leaf show in New York next Monday. I’m really psyched for it - the last show Sigur Rós did in New York they thought was horrible, but I really enjoyed; and also, I’ve heard some The Album Leaf MP3s and they’re really, really nice. Unfortunately, I’m not able to make it to the Birdsongs of the Mesozoic free show that’s happening tonight, but one of my friends (an insatiable fan of Radiohead among others, who seems to like all the post-rock I throw at her) listened to Petrophonics and decided to check out the show… so at least I’ll get to hear a firsthand report while I stew in my envy.

In the wake of the September 11 bombings, the monologue in Godspeed You Black Emperor!’s “dead flag blues” is horribly appropriate. “The skyline was beautiful on fire” - “The buildings tumbled in on themselves” - “I open up my wallet and it’s full of blood”…

Pitchfork is too cool for you

Monday, February 5th, 2001

On second thought, I will comment on the quote I posted here yesterday. Why would the reviewer praise Metallica’s music so much (”talent for writing incredible, theatrical pieces of music”, “best heavy metal in existence”) and then up and call then “bad”? Seems to me that he’s got the mentality of, well, since they’re so “unstylish”, they can’t be good even if I happen to like a couple of their pieces. Or even if they are among the best of their genre. I’m too cool to like those has-beens. I’m hipper than thou.

Man, fuck that.

On a completely unrelated note: here’s a nice Godspeed You Black Emperor! FAQ, courtesy of the gybe! mailing list.

APM is on hiatus

Thursday, December 14th, 2000

Noah says re my question about APM:

I talked to Ulf not long ago on #progrock, and he said that it’s rather unlikely that APM will be releasing anything in the next year plus, due to his switching jobs, moving, and generally being very busy. At the time he said they’d still be filling orders, but when I put in an order through the webpage form sometime later, I never got a response. Thus I think that any currently active former APM bands will be seeking other avenues of release (among which I’d expect Musea to be prominent, as has already happened with Zello and, I think, Ensemble Nimbus [or do they have a different label?]).

Thanks, Noah.

There is currently a little to-do on the Godspeed You Black Emperor! mailing list about some unfounded rumor about the band’s imminent breakup. No one seems to know if this rumor is accurate or not, but the consensus is that it’s a load of crap. Someone points out, however, that the booklet in Lift Your Skinny Fists… contains the statement, “this tape recording is the last stanza of a 3 page chapter”. One response:

and as for the quote, it’s been said on this list by people who have talked with members of godspeed (mainly on the last euro tour, i think) that the band is planning to take their music in a totally different direction after LYSFLATH, and i think that that’s more what that quote from the booklet is about.

Hell, this sounds good to me! The two new pieces - “12.28.99″ and “Tazer Floyd” are definitely more of the same, but maybe after the band records those two (which I remember hearing that they plan on doing), they’ll re-gear their sound and come up with something as fresh as the debut album was. We can only hope.

Latest trip to NYC

Thursday, December 7th, 2000

Well, my trip to New York City was a nice success. Since I got into the city at about 4:45 or so, I had plenty of time to burn before the Godspeed You Black Emperor! show at the Bowery Ballroom. I stopped by Other Music, right across from the Tower Records, and plonked down a goodly amount of money for:

I’m always impressed by the stock at that store. They have an unbelievable amount of Area, some Arti & Mestieri, lots of Tatsuya Yoshida stuff, lots of Lars Hollmer and Samla Mammas Manna stuff, Magma, Univers Zero, all that good stuff. It’s an avant-progger’s dream, though the prices are pretty high.

The show itself was pretty good, as I detailed (well, to some extent, anyway) in my review. Since I got back into New Haven at about, oh, 3:45 in the morning, I’m just staying up all night… hence my writing this.

Going to see GYBE! in NYC

Wednesday, November 29th, 2000

I just bought myself a ticket to the December 6th Godspeed You Black Emperor! show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. I’m pretty damn pumped; lately I’ve been listening mostly to gybe! bootlegs in MP3 format - here’s a site that has a few good ones from recent shows. The new pieces “12.28.99″ and “Tazer Floyd” are absolutely top-notch - hell, I think I like them better than anything on the new album.

I am doing a project for my music cultures class, exploring the different cultural influences on progressive rock. It’s a pretty shallow project, purely descriptive, with no thesis or central assertion, but it will be interesting anyway. I’m doing some Q&As with various bands and hope to post them all on this site eventually.

New GYBE! is good stuff

Monday, September 18th, 2000

The new album by Godspeed You Black Emperor! hasn’t been out of my player more than a few minutes since I got it on Saturday. I’ve only listened to the first disc so far, but it is really good. More details to come when I write a full review, hopefully soon. Things have been insanely hectic back at school but I hope it’ll all settle down as the semester wears on.

I got an 18″x24″ print made of a digital photo I took of Thinking Plague’s performance at NEARfest, with some text superimposed using Photoshop. It makes a great poster on my wall.

New Haven is rocking these days. Trey Gunn played here last night (missed him), and the Flaming Lips, Sunny Day Real Estate, and De La Soul will all be playing in October. Also Höyry Kone and King Crimson and doubtless many other interesting groups will come awfully close - New York City - within the next couple months.

“Morally and intellectual superior”

Thursday, August 10th, 2000

I’m excited: there’s a new Godspeed You Black Emperor! album coming soon. Double LP on Constellation, double CD on Kranky. If it’s anywhere near the quality of their last release (the EP Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada), I will be a very happy person.

I’ve followed part of the thread “Our children and music” with interest (man, if you thought flamewars were exasperatingly uppity, try this one); there are a couple tidbits from it summarized nicely at josh blog. “…grant me that Beethoven’s Opus 133 String Quartet is morally and intellectually superior to Pearl Jam’s Dopus Whatever…” This guy has a serious stick up his ass. The sick thing is, there are plenty of people like him: if you thought prog-snobs were grossly elitist, check out classical music snobs. Jesus. A mild (no, really) example from a few days ago:

“If I were a rock listener, I would have them forcibly detain me, shut me in a cell and play me enough classical music until I saw the errors of my ways. Do unto others….”
— “John” on

Interesting reading on this topic: Lawrence Levine’s Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America.