Post Rock Post – Paleons

There's a very specific cross-section of post-rock, stoner rock and progressive rock in which exist bands like The Samsara Blues Experiment or Tumbleweed Dealer. It's a section of music which draws on mid-era P... Read More...

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 1/6/17

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 12/2/16

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

Heavy Blog’s Editors’ Picks: November 2016

Contrary to what many other sites and publications would have you believe, 2016 is, in fact, still not over yet. So while the first major wave of year-end lists has hit us this week, we're here to tell you that there are still a bunch of recently-released albums that you seriously need to consider before settling on your own favorites for the year. It's certainly true that by the time November rolls around the pace of high-profile and superb albums tends to drop off, especially compared to the September/October rush. There was some truly great music that came out this past month though, and the fact that all of it and any music released next month will be automatically disqualified by default from most end-of-year lists is both annoying and completely shitty for those bands. You'll hear us talking about the problems and merits of end-of-year listmaking plenty in the coming days and weeks, but for now let's just give a moment to some bands who will inevitably be shafted and discounted by far too many.

Post Rock Post – Overhead, The Albatross

As time goes by, post rock is apparently being forced more and more into exploration under the sheer weight of its aesthetic. As a genre which deals with re-configuring and re-hashing rock, this is perhaps a much delayed return to the roots of the genre. We had long cried out for this form of experimantation, warning that stagnation lies in avoiding it. Thankfully, 2015 and 2016 seem to be heading on the right trend, with a host of new(ish) groups tackling the validity and relevance of post rock (Tumbleweed Dealer, Farfetch'd, VASA, Father Figure, Town Portal to name a few). Here's another name for that list: Overhead, The Albatross.

Hey! Listen to Tumbleweed Dealer!

First impressions can be misleading, we should all know that by now. This fact becomes crucial for the music journalist as we are exposed to so many bands, albums and tracks in a day that our brain can't help but fall back on broad stereotypes. Thus, when the name Tumbleweed Dealer first presented itself to me, coupled with the "420" in their Bandcamp URL, my eyebrows lifted more than slightly. However, the spirit of magnanimity was upon me on that day and I decided to give the band a chance to convince me that they were something more than the countless toke-wielding, stoner rock ensembles out there. And boy, was I proven wrong.