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Explosions In The Sky

For 10 years now, Austin’s Explosions In The Sky have been putting their stamp on a cinematic strain of expansive, chiming instrumental post-rock. This tour is functioning as something of a decade-anniversary celebration, then, with Munaf thanking the Palladium Saturday night for getting emotional with them for all these years. They should thank Friday Night Lights, too; while The Show Everybody Should Be Watching’s ratings remain criminally low, there’s no denying a certain swell of adoration for EITS after three seasons of providing note-perfect theme music situational music to the note-perfect small town classic. (Gabe knows what I’m talking about.) The Palladium set offered little by way of light show; according to photographer Andrew Youssef, it was just a no frills, “straight up melt your face rock” show. Good undercard too, including fellow atmospheric dramatist Eluvium, and suf-punk relief coming by way of No Age, who played a new song that may or may not have been titled “Fuck Prop 8 In The Face,” which may or may not be one of the great song titles of 2009. (It may.) Lots of photos of the night here, and you can catch the Explosions anniversary tour on these dates.

Comments (11)
  1. technojeremy  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 0

    actually, the FNL theme itself is not by EITS. i know because i read it on wiki.

    but these guys are just the best live. face melting, indeed.

    (and i’d like to preemptively assure everyone that i am, in fact, “relaxed”.)

  2. Worst/weirdest crowd ever, including the twee girl that kept sitting down on the floor, texting, and the borderline psycho dude screaming, jumping up and down and pounding the floor. Bizzarro land. The band was fantastic though.

    Love, A Jaded Asshole

  3. It’s actually not that great of a song title.

    And yes, EITS live are in a realm of their own.

  4. Does anyone have a setlist?

    I’m going to their show at Central Park tomorrow! :D

  5. rob  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 0

    i just heard explosions in a nike / lance armstrong commercial

    • Kurt  |   Posted on Jun 30th, 2009 0

      I believe you’re thinking of “Auto Rock” by Mogwai in that Nike commercial.

      I’m seeing EITS in Chicago with Jason Lytle in two days!

  6. nobody was there to see No Age, which was a buzz kill. I like the ‘situational music’ description this author uses – i coined a new genre though, much better (this is a job app, SG) – EITS is actually ‘crying sex music’ – like the sex that is so deep and beautiful that you cry during. generally not good for any other situation tho. the author said nothing nice about them – hey, um, the sound was good? yawn…

    and, wow, those renovations resulted in two tall draft stellas for – ahem – TWENTY EIGHT DOLLARS? somebody just burn that place down, please, it hasn’t been a good venue since the 60′s.

  7. Sam  |   Posted on Jun 29th, 2009 0

    oh shit Eluvium was there?! i would have gone just to see his set.

  8. Katie  |   Posted on Jun 30th, 2009 0

    There was definitely no frills whatsoever about the venue itself, but I had better luck with my immediate neighbors than did Jaded Asshole. The crowd was definitely not what I was expecting or had seen at other EITS shows, but they made for some damn good people watching.

    EITS was great, of course…my biggest problem is that they are so much fun to watch, but I always seem to have a hard time opening my eyes when I hear them live…

    Eluvium was actually also really good, and incredibly impressive… No Age seemed like nice, entertaining dudes whose album is probably goodt, but compared to the near always immaculate sound of EITS, they sounded pretty rough around the edges live.

  9. Nojo  |   Posted on Jul 2nd, 2009 0

    Snuffy Walden does the Your Hand In Mine inspired knockoff for the TV show. Here’s the setlist:
    The Only Moment We Were Alone
    Your Hand In Mine
    The Birth And Death Of The Day
    Greet Death
    Snow and Lights
    Six Days At The Bottom of the Ocean
    A Song for Our Fathers
    A Poor Man’s Memory
    Catastrophe And The Cure
    Memorial

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