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  This Issue:
  • Explosions In The Sky
  • Radio Dept

This is just a handful of the music I'd like to suggest so check out the next issue... and let me know if you dig this stuff!










Just Randomly:


here's a tiny sampling of other bands I love that are fairly well-known... so I won't go into great detail:

  • Yo La Tengo (every album since "Painful")
  • Deathcab For Cutie (especially "Transatlanticism")
  • The Kings of Convenience
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Modest Mouse
  • The Smiths
  • Wilco (especially "A Ghost Is Born")










Want to learn more about the artists featured in Doki-Doki?  Your DVD lists all the bands and song titles in the credits, so check'em out.


  Music Recommendations

In each issue of the newsletter, I will suggest two bands that aren't on the Doki-Doki soundtrack.  If you liked the music from the film, these bands aren't a huge stretch, but please take a listen online before buying.  This week's picks are Explosions In The Sky and Radio Dept.



Explosions In The Sky

Hailing from small-town Texas, Explosions In The Sky is an instrumental four-piece that plays majestic post-rock.  More than one reviewer has wondered if their gentle songs punctuated by violent outbursts are inspired by the beauty of watching a Texas thunderstorm roll in.  It is some of the most deeply emotional music ever created.  And they accomplish it without lyrics, computerized effects, or anything other than guitar, bass, and drums.  I've been wanting to build a film around their music for years, but Hollywood beat me to it (Friday Night Lights, which is actually quite moving due to the score).  Their most recent album, "Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place," builds even more hauntingly epic songs than the equally gorgeous "Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever."  I recommend both.  Forget what I said about listening to the bands online before buying---30-second clips won't even scratch the surface in this genre.


Radio Dept  
    The Swedes have been experiencing a sort of musical renaissance over the last several years, but Radio Dept, a new member of the international "shoegazer" movement started in the 90's, is by far my favorite.  Imagine a more poppy, melodic version of My Bloody Valentine mixed with the best parts of The Jesus And Mary Chain.  You get lots of fuzz, sweet vocals drowning in a wall of sound, and occasional boy/girl harmonies.  Plus a drum machine.  I haven't been this excited about a debut in a long time.  Every song on "Lesser Matters" is incredible.  Check it out.



The next issue will cover electronically created music.