March 3, 2011

don’t haunt this place

Some friends were talking about Godspeed You! Black Emperor this last week, a band that I have never listened to (other than knowing that they have one of the best-titled albums ever). Since comparisons to Explosions In The Sky were being made, my interest was of course piqued. Then I watched this haunting, empty video using their song “East Hastings” and it totally changed the way I will forever hear their music. Rarely so perfect of a soundtrack aligns with the visuals…

(you thought the title of this post meant maybe I was writing about Rural Alberta Advantage? Well, that’s coming at some point because I can’t stop listening to their new album while I am drowning in work and taxes and grad school applications and FAFSAs lately. It is surprisingly good accompaniment to all of those things)


  • I listen to GY!BE and Earth whenever I have to study for my Apocalypticism class. BEST COMBINATION EVER.

    Nathan — March 3, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

  • This song was used for the opening scenes of “28 Days Later” as Cillian Murphy’s character walked around London post-outbreak. I imagined that’s where these producers got the idea.

    Chase — March 4, 2011 @ 6:55 am

  • how funny…based on the title, i DID think this post was going to be about RAA! they are coming to my town soon, so very excited. btw, my first introduction to godspeed you! black emperor was from a milk crate of vinyl found on the SIDE OF THE ROAD. there was so much goodness in there, it must have fallen from some poor soul’s ride. lucky find, tho. ;)

    aj — March 4, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  • nathan – you have a CLASS on apocalypticism? that sounds…..terrifying and amazing.

    browneheather — March 4, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

  • Great post!!!
    I used to study with to GSYBE, incredz!

    Stephe — March 6, 2011 @ 9:03 am

  • There is an event called Sunset Sessions Rock! in June in San Diego. It gives indie alternative bands a chance to play in front of big radio stations from across the country, music supervisors from film, TV & ads, video game programmers, managers and record labels. It costs some dough to play (like 2-8k), and you have to actually be good enough to get picked, but it’s an once in a lifetime chance to get in front of all these music industry people that can completely launch a bands career. February’s SS had 45 bands play to 800 music biz people. Check out info at to see how to get your band in.

    Sunset Sessions — March 8, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  • Have you stopped listening to the RAA yet? Me neither!

    Jay — April 29, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  • Jay – so so so good. and no, i haven’t.

    browneheather — April 29, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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