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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 - 1:24 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 of an obscure Alexander O’Neal song from 1986. McGuire retains the original’s chipper synthesized bounce, but the soulful vocals are swapped out for playful talkbox. Rachel Waterhouse contributes backing vocals,… More »

By: 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 noctilucent clouds are fleeting by nature — they’re only visible at a certain time in certain parts of the world — Mark McGuire has harnessed the electric glow of cloud… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / October 30, 2014 - 2:50 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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 »

By: Stereogum / October 17, 2014 - 4:48 pm

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 up with Noctilucence, a new five-song EP named after the phenomenon of clouds glowing at night. The EP’s title track is also its centerpiece, a 12-minute instrumental that glimmers and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 12:02 pm

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 be found on their self-titled debut EP, and their cover of Air France’s “It Feels Good To Be Around You” is so spot-on and heartrending that I can barely kee… More »

By: 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 teamed up: McGuire has remixed Dunes single “Colony Glen,” transforming the synth-pop track into something sparkly, ethereal, and weightless, like a school of minnows just beneath the surface of a… More »

By: 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 Week when it dropped. McGuire has now put together a video for the album track “The Human Condition,” and he’s done it by editing together old footage of his father. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Album Of The Week: Mark McGuire Along The Way

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 2:52 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. It’s McGuire’s first album since Emeralds broke up, and it radiates a sunstruck sort of peace that has nothing to do with drones, even the relatively accessible drones that defined… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2014 - 3:05 pm

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 for inspirational documentary footage of airplanes taking off, or possibly forest creatures waking up for the day. (I mean that in a good way; it’s as lovely an instrumental a… More »

By: 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 career. His new album Along The Way is a stunner, but to tide fans over until that’s out stateside he’s just released The Sounds Of Xmas, a collection McGuire gave… More »

By: 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 spring (the festival occurs during the weekend of March 28-30). It’s kind of hard to contain my excitement here since I’m a sucker for this sort of thing, but if… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 4, 2013 - 1:26 pm

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 traditional album cycles. Surely to some extent as a result of that practice, this week’s 5 Best Songs may be our most eclectic to date. But we weren’t scraping by… More »

By: Stereogum / November 22, 2013 - 1:28 pm

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 has so far only been available in Japan. The LP is the most ambitious and emotionally gripping thing McGuire has ever done and now it’s finally got an official U.S. More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 21, 2013 - 10:51 am

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 in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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, which sees release through a variety of micro-indies (though his blog is a pretty good source for keeping it all straight), but McGuire’s music is so purely beautiful that no… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 3, 2013 - 1:21 pm

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 activities. And now McGuire has remixed “Letter Of Intent,” the fizzy and lovable new single from Matthew Mondanile’s Real Estate side project Ducktails. If anything, McGuire’s remix, with its synthetic… More »

By: 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 album allowed the sisterly group to “start investigating pop ideas, but … in an exploratory and unserious way” and that by “tying all those songs in with an explicitly apocalyptic… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 11, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Mark McGuire & Charles Berlitz – “MR”

Mark McGuire, guitarist for synth-droners Emeralds, has teamed up with Skaters’ Spencer Clarke, recording under his Charles Berlitz pseudonym, to release a new album called Inner Tube, which is already out. Below, check out the album track “MR,” named in honor of surf legend Mark Richards. It finds McGuire adding a certain buoyant bounce to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 22, 2012 - 4:31 pm
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