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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 »

There were a ton of great songs released this week, but let’s take that fact out of the equation for a second. This might be the most eclectic group of tracks we’ve featured in 5 Best Songs; the only thing they have in common is that they’re all great. We’ve got searing punk rock rubbing… More »

If you’re old enough to actually remember the 1980s, there’s a particular sound — a ticking arpeggio, a guitar made to sound like a synth or a synth made to sound like a guitar — that probably conjures an instant stomach-flutter excitement in you. It’s what you hear on the intro of the Alan Parso… More »

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The Road Chief – “Is This Really Love?” & “Summer Eyes”

The Road Chief is ex-Emeralds ambient dude Mark McGuire's vaporwavy side project. We premiered his cover of the obscure holiday chestnut "Our First Christmas" last…
Chris DeVille | August 7, 2015 - 2:58 pm

The Road Chief – “Our First Christmas” (Alexander O’Neal Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Mark McGuire sometimes records as the Road Chief, and that alias is responsible for the highly enjoyable holiday oddity "Our First Christmas." It's a cover…
Chris DeVille | December 9, 2014 - 11:49 am

Mark McGuire – “Noctilucence” Video

Noctilucence refers to cloud-like formations made up of tiny ice crystals that shine bright in a deep twilight just after the sun has set. Although…
Ethan Jacobs | October 30, 2014 - 2:50 pm
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Mark McGuire – “Noctilucence”

Earlier this year, the former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire released Along The Way, a dizzily gorgeous mostly-instrumental album. He's just announced plans to follow it…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2014 - 12:02 pm
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Yumi Zouma – “Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up (Mark McGuire Remix)”

New Zealand band Yumi Zouma have done a lot this year to impress us. Their early single "The Brae" only hinted at further delights to…
Miles Bowe | June 2, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Gardens And Villa – “Colony Glen (Mark McGuire’s Road Chief Remix)”

Gardens & Villa and Mark McGuire are responsible for two of the year's more impressive albums (Dunes and Along The Way, respectively), and now they've…
Michael Nelson | April 9, 2014 - 11:26 am

Mark McGuire – “The Human Condition” Video

Last month, the former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire released Along The Way, a soft, thoughtful, wonderful mostly-instrumental album, and it was our Album Of The…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Stream Mark McGuire Along The Way

Next week, the former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire will release Along The Way, a shimmering, glimmering, mostly instrumental, entirely gorgeous humid sunset of an album.
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2014 - 3:05 pm
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Mark McGuire – “In Search Of The Miraculous (Shinji Masuko Remix)”

One of our earliest previews of ex-Emeralds member Mark McGuire's forthcoming Along The Way was "In Search Of The Miraculous," a song seemingly explicitly designed…
Chris DeVille | January 23, 2014 - 10:14 am

Stream Mark McGuire The Sounds Of Xmas

Mark McGuire dipped out of his epic drone band Emeralds a little bit before they imploded, but since then he's been having a fruitful solo…
Miles Bowe | December 11, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Big Ears Festival 2014 Lineup

Since 2009 the Big Ears Festival has brought a massive slate of experimental music to Knoxville, Tennessee, and they've just announced their lineup for next…
Miles Bowe | December 4, 2013 - 1:26 pm
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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

As the holidays draw nearer, the quote-unquote music industry grinds to a halt, meaning fewer and fewer new songs from artists who are bound by…
Stereogum | November 22, 2013 - 1:28 pm
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Mark McGuire – “The Instinct”

Back in May we posted ex-Emeralds guitar wiz Mark McGuire's "In Search Of The Miraculous," a song from his concept album Along The Way that…
Miles Bowe | November 21, 2013 - 10:51 am
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Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May's absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you'll find it here…
Amrit Singh | June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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Mark McGuire – “In Search Of The Miraculous”

Ambient guitarist Mark McGuire (of Emeralds) has a deep catalog of innovative, expansive music; it can be hard to keep up with his prolific output,…
Michael Nelson | May 3, 2013 - 1:21 pm
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Ducktails – “Letter Of Intent (The Mark McGuire Road Chief Remix)”

The oddly melodic drone band Emeralds announced their breakup earlier this year, but the band's members, including Mark McGuire, have always kept busy with extracurricular…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2013 - 8:59 am

Prince Rama – “So Destroyed” Video

In Tom's great Album Of The Week piece on Prince Rama's Top 10 Hits Of The End Of The World, he says that this concept…
Amrit Singh | December 11, 2012 - 2:58 pm
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