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Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Playlist, and much more
A playlist of music by Godspeed! You Black Emperor, interviews with Kathleen Alcott & Panda Bear, an excerpt from Robert Coover's new novel, and more
I started actually teaching last week, and that comes with a surreal amount of paperwork. When I am grading classwork and homework, working on lesson plans, or planning my days, I have been spinning mostly instrumental music (not unlike my writing playlists).
Godspeed! You Black Emperor’s post-rock has been at the center of these playlists. The mix of instrumentals and field recordings create the perfect soundtrack for a sometimes monotonous task, crescendos arriving at the perfect time to swell the spirit and invigorate my soul.
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Playlist (11 songs, 1 hour and 58 minutes)
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ALCOTT: …I’m thinking about your record and there’s that lyric about the gods who held your heels and then, two songs later or something, the gods who don’t exist or care. You’re such a poet. I don’t know what my question is about that—are you aware of these threads that are broken and re-strung, the thematic unity of that?
SAVAGE: I guess I’m aware of it insofar as anyone is kind of aware of their own lexicon. I think as either songwriters or fiction writers, you have these archetypes. That is kind of what attracts me to the classics. But oftentimes, with specific things like you just pointed out, it’s not as intentional as you might think. As an artist of any sort, there’s just some things that you don’t even see in you that come out.
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