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Album Of The Week: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

When a big and great album comes out, and when we give that big and great album a Premature Evaluation, I often use this space to point out that the album you'll be reading about below isn't the real album of the week; it's the one that ended up in this slot because we already… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 1:00 pm

Stream Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

Next week, Canadian post-rock superheroes Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release their new album Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress, the follow-up to 2012's beautiful, overwhelming Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! We've posted an excerpt from the massive, crashing opener "Peasantry Or Light! Inside Of Light." That's one of only four tracks on the album,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Peasantry Or ‘Light! Inside Of Light'” (Excerpt) & Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress Details

Back in 2012, the shadowy, majestic Canadian post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor released Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, their first album after a decade-plus hiatus, and it was just as thundering and grand and powerful as everything else they've ever done. The band won Canada's Polaris Music Prize for the album, and they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015

30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the '90s? The '80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »

By: Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Discuss Controversial Polaris Win

Last September, shadowy post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor unexpectedly won Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize for their great 2012 double album Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! They didn't show up to accept the award, and shortly after winning, they issued a band statement thanking the Canadian music-press types who gave them the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2014

Q&A: Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham On Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Polaris Prize, Music Grants, And Following Up David Comes To Life

Every year, a panel of Canadian music critics awards the prestigious Polaris Music Prize to one album of surpassing merit. They do this in a grand, corporate-sponsored ceremony, and it's a big deal. This year, the Polaris panel pulled a bit of an unexpected move, giving the award to Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 25, 2013

Read Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Statement On “Weird,” “Tone-Deaf” Polaris Gala

Last night, the enigmatic Montreal post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the Polaris Music Prize, a prestigious annual award for Canada's best album, as chosen by a panel of music critics. This was a pretty weird thing to have happen! Since reuniting after a long hiatus a couple of years ago, GY!BE have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2013

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Win Polaris Music Prize 2013

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! won this year's Polaris Music Prize, the annual award for Canadian Album Of The Year as chosen by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers. Hosted by previous Polaris nominees Kathleen Edwards and Shad, this year's ceremony was held in Toronto earlier this evening and featured… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 23, 2013

Photos: Musicfest NW 2013

This past weekend Portland held Musicfest NW 2013, which had a pretty sweet line-up. Many of the bands playing have been doing incredible things on the festival circuit this summer and our photographer Colin McLaughlin captured a great deal of them. Above are his photos of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neko Case, Earth,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2013

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2013

In its 12th year, Øya Festival brought another diverse set of artists to Oslo's Medieval Park over four days last week. Among the performers were Blur, the Knife, Kraftwerk, Kendrick Lamar, Slayer, Beach House, James Blake, Cat Power, Grimes, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Rodriguez, Kvelertak, Disclosure, HAIM, Iceage, Phosphorescent, and many more. Check out… More »

By: Stereogum / August 14, 2013

Way Out West 2013 Day 2: The Knife, Miguel, Giorgio Moroder, & More

Giorgio Moroder dances by stabbing two fingers in the air, like the aging European man that he is. He also plays air-slap-bass. The Italo-disco legend is here in Sweden, at Gothenburg's Way Out West festival, to DJ in the afternoon sun. There are trees all around him, and he's in front of a placid duck… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 10, 2013

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

"Don't call it a comeback" is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn't exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums ("California Love," anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like "Ladies pay… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012

2012 In Review: The Year In Instrumental Music

In 1959, Ornette Coleman released The Shape of Jazz To Come, a record with content almost as audacious as its title. Forty-seven years later, Coleman at least partially fulfilled his own challenge with the fearless and fertile Sound Grammar. But even that 2006 effort might not have crossed jazz boundaries as much as one from… More »

By: Colin St. John / December 25, 2012

Album Of The Week: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

I may have heard these songs before. "Mladic" and "We Drift Like Worried Fire," the two 20-minute slabs of epicness that make up the meat of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's new album Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, were in the band's live rotation when they blinked out of existence in 2003. That year was also the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2012

Stream Godspeed You! Black Emperor ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's new album ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND! is out next week on Constellation, but today a full stream hit the web. It features two 20-minute pieces and two-6 minute ones in an alternating sequence. Hear it at the Guardian. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 8, 2012

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! Details

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the Canadian anarcho-punk post-rock orchestra whose live shows will straight-up break your brain, have been reunited and playing shows for more than a year now. And today, we find out that the reunion is going up to another level. In a scant two weeks, they'll release their first new album since… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their second fest go-around. John Fogerty joined the Black Keys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent sang with Andrew Bird, and Thom Yorke came out during Modeselektor's set to… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 23, 2012

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn't like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term "recording engineer." That's a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he'd prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012

New Silver Mt. Zion – “Black Waters Blowed (Edit)”

First thing's first: The full name's "Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band," but the kindly Montreal posse seen previously on LOST don't mind if you use SMZ shorthand. Still, it's fitting that a many-peopled band with such epic tunes would want a name with all that syllabic presence. (Remember, certain member… More »

By: brandon / February 28, 2008

A Silver Mt. Zion Get Pulled Into The LOST Drama

NY media's major television infatuation this year has been, justly, The Wire (write your senator, this show deserves an Emmy etc.), but by our count, there's still plenty of people losing their shit over LOST. Including those on A Silver Mt. Zion (and, consequently, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) message boards, actually, after hearing a… More »

By: Stereogum / January 9, 2008