The Album Leaf officially began in 1998 as the solo project of Jimmy LaValle, guitarist for San Diego, California-based post-rock band Tristeza. LaValle has also performed in several other San Diego-area bands, including Swing Kids, The Locust, GoGoGo Airheart, and The Black Heart Procession. An Orchestrated Rise to Fall Jimmy LaValle had been playing guitar in the post-rock instrumental band Tristeza.
Mogwai are a band from Glasgow formed in 1995. They compose lengthy, mostly instrumental guitar-based pieces in the style of post-rock, usually focused around the elaboration of a single theme, and are known traditionally for their quiet/loud dynamic, defined bass riffs, and an eminent ambient sound, sometimes dark and sometimes grand. Although frequently referred to as post-rock, the band have revealed in interviews that they despise this categorization, insisting that their sound bears little resemblance to pioneers of the genre, such as Tortoise.
This Is Your Captain Speaking are a post-rock instrumental group from Victoria, Australia. The debut album from 'This Is Your Captain Speaking' Storyboard was released independently in Australia in May 2005. Clocking in at just under 66 minutes, the album's seven tracks were recorded live in a primary school library. The first pressing of Storyboard has sold out, but the album is being re-issued on UK label Resonant.
Nick Lane: guitar, mandolin
Xiu Xiu is an experimental band originally from San Jose, California and currently based in Durham, NC and Brooklyn. The band is named after the main character of the 1998 Chinese film "Tian yu" (a.k.a. "Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl") Xiu Xiu was first formed in 2000 and is the main project of singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, who records with friends on his home computer. Stewart's cousin, Caralee McElroy joined the band in 2003 and was the only other permanent member of the band until her departure in early 2009.
Bear in Heaven is a Brooklyn-based rock band formed by Jon Philpot. The sound of the band incorporates influences from psychedelic music, electronic music and krautrock Jon Philpot has previously released music as part of the duo Presocratics, in collaboration with guitarist and composer Need Thomas Windham. Presocratics released two albums on the record label Table of the Elements in 2001; both were produced by Philpot.
Commercially ignorant Power Trio, even a "supergroup" (is that term still cool?). Based out of Melbourne featuring Jace (Pigman Vampire/Bikini Eyebolt/etc.) on Guitar/Vox, Mikey (Brain resin) on Bass and Jem (Fire Witch/Inappropriate Tough Guy behaviour etc.) on Drums. With each new album comes a name change and more confusion.
Criminally ignored band with a high output of great music.
One man band Noah Symons from Melbourne, Australia.
http://www.myspace.com/greatearthquake Noah Symons is an visual artist and musician, who in his musical performance utilises a number of instruments to create soundscapes, organically built up in time, with a strong emphasis on rhythm. As a visual artist Noah makes drawings, video, paintings, and photography all with an emphasis on the body's relationship to things (through notations, annotations, make-making, etc.
Formed in 2008, music for lonesome cowboys in cardigans, featuring members of The Nation Blue, black level embassy, Ricaine, but sounding more like early Tortoise, Mogwai, Battles, Don Caballero.
Arrows can refer to at least 2 artists 1.
Brisbane's Arrows formed in 2006 out of a common love of No Idea + Crank records bands often described by the three-letter "E" curse word. But simply put, these are four friends playing music and having a blast along the way. In amongst playing shows, the band swiftly recorded and self released their ‘Don’t Write Poetry’ CDep and toured the Australian east-coast.
Menomena are an experimental rock band from Portland, Oregon, made up of Brent Knopf on guitar, keyboards, and glockenspiel; Justin Harris on bass, guitar, baritone sax and alto sax; and Danny Seim on percussion. All members of the band share singing duties. The band formed in late 2000, when Knopf graduated from Dartmouth College and returned to Portland to collaborate with Harris and Seim. They played their first show in July 2001, at The Meow Meow, a now-defunct all ages venue in Portland.