May 6, 2008

the earth is not a cold dead place

We’ll leave after midnight on a warm night with no moon. I know a place above the city where we can lay back on a wool blanket and feel the rocks under our bones. We’ll watch as the stars ignite their first tentative glimmers of the night, fighting initially through the atmospheric haze. It’s never easy when you first start to find your light. My iPod is charged; maybe bring that base that plays music with no cords because we’ll be far from any outlets and I have something I want to hear. I know life’s been hard on you lately, hard on me. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be easy. The grey of life makes tonight’s sky seem all the more brilliant. A galaxy, a comet, a supernova. We’ll listen to (and watch for) those explosions in the sky. The stars will sing – maybe tonight our music doesn’t need the words.

First Breath After Coma
Catastrophe And The Cure
The Birth And Death Of The Day
Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean
Greet Death
It’s Natural To Be Afraid
Your Hand In Mine
The Only Moment We Were Alone


Explosions In The Sky is a band from from Austin, Texas that tells amazing stories through songs which happen to lack words. Try it and see for yourself, the dizzying landscapes they can take you through.

This show was the second of three sold-out nights at the classy Great American Music Hall in San Francisco just back in March.

[thanks to the original taper. Pics from daryldarko and chaybert]


  • Yes, I caught them at the Wiltern in Los Angeles…stunning. Best show I’d been to in years. I nearly shed a tear during some of the songs. Here’s a little montage I shot from the front row (distorted audio but you get the idea).

    Anonymous — May 7, 2008 @ 12:15 am

  • First Breath After a Coma…personal anthem at times. Brilliant.

    KT — May 7, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  • never heard of them, but they are now on my amazon wish list

    SINEDDIE — May 7, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  • My God, Heather, where do you find this stuff? Incredible.

    Jason Warburg — May 7, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  • They are spectacular. I saw them last spring here in Minneapolis and walking home from the show I stopped in a little park on Nicollet Island and gazed at the Minneapolis skyline.[1] It was the last night of an early spring hot spell and as the cold front moved in the city lights were reflected off of the bottom of the clouds. I could still feel the thump of the bass drum in my chest, I could hear the triumphant chords ringing out still as I looked over the city I loved– and it was heaven.

    [1]Imagine this but without the powerlines (

    sean broom — May 7, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

  • thank you sean.

    heather — May 7, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  • Did you catch them in Denver at the Ogden? Thank you so much for getting this up here. Love it.

    J — May 7, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  • That was beautifully written, I can really picture the scene and imagine the feeling. :-)

    Pete P. — May 8, 2008 @ 10:02 am

  • Just listened to the whole show during work. I’ve known of these guys for awhile, but I’d never heard them live before. This is amazing stuff. And it’s probably why I like “Friday Night Lights” (the movie) so much!

    G — May 8, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  • I spent a few years stationed in Hawaii, on the weekends I would drive up to the north end of the island, between the mountians and the ocean, and just spend the night listining to all kinds of amazing music. I wish that I had known of this band then, it would have fit the environment perfectly.

    Thanks –

    Shawn Jones — May 8, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

  • They are amazing! I love their sound, reminiscent of Isao Tomita slightly from the 70s. I was curious I am starting or restarting my own blog and I want to put MP3s on their how would I go about doing that? Thanks.

    Matty D — May 9, 2008 @ 4:17 am

  • ‼ Thank you, i like

    YA76OO — May 9, 2008 @ 5:04 am

  • I feel like Explosions in the Sky lets us express things we can’t say in words, lets us feel things we’re afraid to feel, when it is dark and quiet and only aware of our breathing, the scope of the world, and our small place in it.

    In a way, Explosions makes things seem epic, our lives, worthwhile.

    Elliott Berdan — May 30, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  • too bad they’re not playing old how strange, innocence tracks…although anything by them is quite solid

    Andy Kissner — July 15, 2008 @ 9:11 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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