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Old 07-06-04, 12:14 PM
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Explosions in the Sky

How are they live? They will be in Baltimore on October 4th. I'm thinking about checking them out. The only problem is the Ravens will be on Monday Night Football that night. Being a huge Ravens fan, I don't like the idea of missing the game. Anyway if they are a great live band I would definately lean towards going to the show.
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tell me a bit more about this "Explosions In The Sky" band...
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I'm having a helluva time finding tour dates for them, and idea where I could look?
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i've been waiting on a tour, only date i could find was on ticketweb for CA at the knitting factory.
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Old 07-06-04, 02:15 PM
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I only found out about the Baltimore show because I'm on a mailing list of one of the local clubs.

Here's the webpage. I assume since they are in Baltimore in October, they will be touring on the east coast than also.
http://www.theottobar.com/schedule.htm

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Originally posted by Hollowgen
tell me a bit more about this "Explosions In The Sky" band...
They are a post-rock band along the lines of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai. It's pretty moody music, very relaxing IMO.
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They're playing Chicago on the 15th of October, so they must be doing at least a decent sized tour if they're gonna be covering that much ground in a week and a half's time.

I saw them late last year when the new album came out. They're pretty good live. Not quite as insanely loud as Mogwai are live, but not many bands can match that.
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I'm going to that Baltimore show. I understand that their live show is pretty great, but I haven't seen them myself.
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the drummer sounds pretty insane, would like to see what he does live, lookin for a ny date.
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I bought their first album based on a recommendation on how good they were live, but I haven't seen 'em for myself yet.
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Tour dates announced..nice.

09-29 Houston, TX - Mary Jane's (w/The Microphones)
10-01 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
10-02 Atlanta, GA - Echo Lounge
10-03 Carrboro, NC - Go Rehearsal Studios
10-04 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10-05 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10-06 Brooklyn, NY - Northsix
10-07 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10-08 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10-09 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10-10 Hamilton, ON - TBA
10-11 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10-13 Detroit, MI - TBA
10-14 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center For The Arts
10-15 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
10-16 Northfield, MN - The Cave
10-17 Omaha, NE - TBA
10-20 Seattle, WA - Crocodile
10-21 Portland, OR - Meow, Meow
10-22 San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
10-23 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory
10-24 Pomona, CA - Glass House
10-25 San Diego, CA - Casbah
10-26 Tucson, AZ - Plush
10-27 El Paso, TX - Moontime
10-28 Lubbock, TX - TBA
10-29 Denton, TX - Hailey's
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all tour information can always be found at www.pollstar.com

by city, venue, band etc.


BTW - are there any vocals in EITS??
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Originally posted by Frank TJ Mackey


BTW - are there any vocals in EITS??
No vocals.
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Originally posted by TripWire
Tour dates announced..nice.

09-29 Houston, TX - Mary Jane's (w/The Microphones)
10-01 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
10-02 Atlanta, GA - Echo Lounge
10-03 Carrboro, NC - Go Rehearsal Studios
10-04 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10-05 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10-06 Brooklyn, NY - Northsix
10-07 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10-08 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10-09 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10-10 Hamilton, ON - TBA
10-11 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10-13 Detroit, MI - TBA
10-14 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center For The Arts
10-15 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
10-16 Northfield, MN - The Cave
10-17 Omaha, NE - TBA
10-20 Seattle, WA - Crocodile
10-21 Portland, OR - Meow, Meow
10-22 San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
10-23 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory
10-24 Pomona, CA - Glass House
10-25 San Diego, CA - Casbah
10-26 Tucson, AZ - Plush
10-27 El Paso, TX - Moontime
10-28 Lubbock, TX - TBA
10-29 Denton, TX - Hailey's
Thanks for the info! Looks like I'll be seeing them at the Casbah.
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Pollstar sucks...
they have one date listed in atlanta.
The bands tend to announce their own tour dates before pollstar gets ahold of them.


Originally posted by Frank TJ Mackey
all tour information can always be found at www.pollstar.com

by city, venue, band etc.


BTW - are there any vocals in EITS??
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Old 08-19-04, 08:31 PM
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Here's some live video's from the band:

http://angels-gone.com/explosionsinthesky/video.htm
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Old 08-22-04, 10:08 PM
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Originally posted by zak52
Here's some live video's from the band:

http://angels-gone.com/explosionsinthesky/video.htm
Jesus, man, thanks a lot!
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Old 08-22-04, 10:48 PM
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Great band. Highly recommend the two available albums (hopefully their first one will get re-released). Saw them live last December, thought it was awesome. Great, though provoking, creative music.
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new york show is coming up, pretty excited...anyone see this on pitchfork? they are scoring the new Billy Bob football film. dunno how i feel about it, i suppose it could be cool. post rock is becoming the new hollywood soundtrack...heard mogwai "2 rights make 1 wrong" on LAX on tv...bleh.

Explosions in the Sky Score Thornton Film
Rob Harvilla reports:
Texas quartet Explosions in the Sky have realized every underground musician's ultimate fantasy: Providing the score to a Billy Bob Thornton film. Evidently combining the emotional thrust of Remember the Titans with the god-only-knows-what of Bad Santa, Friday Night Lights (out October 5th via Universal Studios) stars BBT as an inspirational high school football coach in a roughneck Texas town. If you've caught the trailer, you might've recognized the backing tune "Have You Passed Through This Night?" from EITS' 2001 debut, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever.

Well, turns out the band's scoring the whole goddamn movie-- although it should be noted that "This Night" isn't actually used in the film. "The whole process has been as complex and at times overwhelming as we thought it might be," guitarist Mark Smith told Pitchfork via email. "It was also pretty fun, and to be honest we're a bit amazed that a big studio like Universal has allowed us to do what we did."

What they did was combine small snippets of old tunes (from Those Who Tell the Truth and 2003's The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place) with entirely new material. Smith said soundtrack producer Brian Reitzell (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) allowed the band to play "basically whatever we wanted. He would show us some scenes from the movie and we would try and match a mood. We came up with lots and lots of two-to-three-minute pieces that we liked very well, and then the music editors would try to place what we played into the scenes they had." Before the band even started scoring the film, however, the editors had used older Explosions tracks as place-holders for the movie's rough cut, and the film's director, Peter Berg, had become attached to some of those. "So they wound up wanting to license a number of our old songs for use in the movie, in addition to the original stuff we wrote," Smith explained.

The flick, set in 1988, also features era-appropriate pop fare-- Public Enemy, Bad Company, the mighty Poison-- in addition to soundtrack work from David Torn and Daniel Lanois. But the bulk of Friday Night's musical weight belongs to Explosions in the Sky. Not that Poison isn't completely tits. "The main difference from our other stuff is that there are a few songs with strings done by [Beck's father] David Campbell," Smith says. "There is an unfortunate lack of drums on our soundtrack songs-- it's mostly guitars. There's a very atmospheric song and an uplifting waltz and a song that sounds like the site of a dusty, smoking train wreck in the middle of a West Texas oilfield at dusk. It's kind of scary-sounding."

So after all that, the end result is an almost new, almost Explosions in the Sky album. Which is still pretty damn cool. The Friday Night Lights soundtrack is due out October 15th on the Universal tentacle Hip-O Records; the tracklisting is tracklisted below. Everything courtesy of EITS unless otherwise noted:

01 From West Texas
02 Your Hand in Mine (with strings)
03 Our Last Days as Children
04 An Ugly Fact of Life
05 Home
06 Sonho Dourado [Daniel Lanois]
07 To West Texas
08 Your Hand in Mine (Goodbye)
09 Inside It All Feels the Same
10 Do You Ever Feel Cursed? [David Torn]
11 Lonely Train
12 Seagull [Bad Company... Till the Day I Die]
13 The Sky Above, The Field Below
14 A Slow Dance
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What is with directors wanting their football movies scored by post-rock bands? (Oliver Stone asked GY!BE for permission to use a clip of "Moya" for a slow-mo shot of a football sailing through the air.)
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I saw Explosions in the Sky last night at northsix...and damn I was very impressed. These guys put their heart and all into their set and are leaking tons of sweat at the end of the set. When they thrash out they just move totally in synch and feed off each other and sometimes just fall to the ground, but still remain very tight even though being very animated. At one point one of the guitarist was on his knees banging a tamborine with full force on a stick the stage. During the climaxes it gets to be this wall of guitar sound, very cool. The bassist sometimes switches it up so their are 3 guitarists...first breath after coma was so great.
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yes EITS does about 80% of the soundtrack/score with over 40 minutes of new music for those interested
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Excellent - I saw FNL over the weekend and my favorite part of the movie was the soundtrack. Thanks for the info, TripWire! I had been meaning to find out who did the music, but I became sidetracked.

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Old 12-29-04, 08:59 AM
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I got the FNL soundtrack for Christmas and it's great. I recommend any EITS fans to pick it up.
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Old 08-17-05, 06:51 PM
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The band is re-releasing their first album on October 11th. They also have a new EP called "The Rescue" coming out in September. It's only available at Temporary Residence and will be part of their Travels in Constants series. I'm not too happy how they are releasing it, but I took the plunge anyway.
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