Post-rockin’ like post-Dokken

Phil Ford

After going several rounds with me over the term “post-rock,” Ben Wolfson at waste has put up a mixtape that will put to rest any further speculation on the subject. I’m listening to it right now, and it’s pretty awesome. Many thanks to Ben for doing this. This is exactly the kind of thing music blogging allows us to do that we should be doing.

I’m going out of town this week to do this, but I’ll see if I can squeeze out a substantive post before I leave.

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4 Responses to Post-rockin’ like post-Dokken

  1. Joshua Bradshaw says:

    I’m personally a big fan of many artists that fall under the post-rock “umbrella” and I think the mixtape is one of the best introductions such artists (I’m also very glad to see Mono on tracklist).
    The inclusion of Isis as a post-metal example is an appropriate one especially since fellow “post-metal” bands such as Jesu and Pelican are far more indebted to shoegaze and doom metal respectively.
    Overall though, I think the best aspect of the mixtape is the effort to include the more diverse sounds of “first-wave” post-rock. It could of easily included Seefeel, who are often seen as early dabblers in IDM/ambient techno, or Stereolab, whose early work had nods to lounge music. It could of easily been a track each from Godspeed, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, and Explosions with the filler being a plethora of the recent imitators of the the mentioned bands. At this point, “post-rock” has become too specified, name dropped inappropriately (much like “kraut-rock”), and applied to any post-Explosions, epic sounding, instrumental four-piece.
    Great link.

  2. Squashed says:

    What? No bellini and Battles? too math-rocky I see. Blasphemer. 😛
    I’ll do another post-rock mix once I got a good idea what mood I want.

  3. squashed says:

    yeah. why not?
    EP C/B EP is a nice albums. ‘SZ2’ probably the closest to mre traditional post-rocky sound.
    How about Mouse on Mars ‘Rost-Pock’ album?

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