Labradford “Prazision” (1995, Flying Nun Records)
This double vinyl LP set was originally released in 1993, but Flying Nun Records from New Zealand re-released the band’s debut album on vinyl in 1995 authorized by Kranky Records. Labradford is considered by some as “post-rock,” however I believe it’s more of a journey into a minimal, but layered atmosphere of music - nothing to do with rock, honestly. I usually listen to Labradford and other ‘spacey’ music when the weather is dark and rainy, or during a snowstorm - it has that characteristic in each track, similar to a drone, but with each new listen I always hear something new… including the wind whistling against the house during Hurricane Sandy.
R.I.Y.L. - Windy & Carl, Pan American, Oval, Flying Saucer Attack

Labradford “Prazision” (1995, Flying Nun Records)

This double vinyl LP set was originally released in 1993, but Flying Nun Records from New Zealand re-released the band’s debut album on vinyl in 1995 authorized by Kranky Records. Labradford is considered by some as “post-rock,” however I believe it’s more of a journey into a minimal, but layered atmosphere of music - nothing to do with rock, honestly. I usually listen to Labradford and other ‘spacey’ music when the weather is dark and rainy, or during a snowstorm - it has that characteristic in each track, similar to a drone, but with each new listen I always hear something new… including the wind whistling against the house during Hurricane Sandy.

R.I.Y.L. - Windy & Carl, Pan American, Oval, Flying Saucer Attack

Tortoise “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” (1996, Thrill Jockey Records)
This is the band’s second studio album and it starts off with a loud noise… A 20 minute masterpiece titled, “Djed.” It might start off rough, but wait until the 3 minute mark when the deep bass grooves begin and the composition starts to take hold. When this album was released I worked at a small, independent record store and I couldn’t get enough - I must’ve played this at least once a day, ordering 30+ copies for the store and selling every one of them. After the 20 minute opening track comes to an end, the rest of this “post-rock” album flows from one track to the next rather quickly, ending before you know it. 
What is post rock? In this particular instance, I like to describe Tortoise as “a jazz-influenced instrumental and experimental, but rhythmic indie art rock from Chicago.” Most of Tortoise’s first 2 albums rely heavily on percussion and effects created by Douglas McCombs, John Herndon, and John McEntire.
R.I.Y.L. - Modern Jazz Quartet, Sea & Cake, Slow Loris, The For Carnation

Tortoise “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” (1996, Thrill Jockey Records)

This is the band’s second studio album and it starts off with a loud noise… A 20 minute masterpiece titled, “Djed.” It might start off rough, but wait until the 3 minute mark when the deep bass grooves begin and the composition starts to take hold. When this album was released I worked at a small, independent record store and I couldn’t get enough - I must’ve played this at least once a day, ordering 30+ copies for the store and selling every one of them. After the 20 minute opening track comes to an end, the rest of this “post-rock” album flows from one track to the next rather quickly, ending before you know it.

What is post rock? In this particular instance, I like to describe Tortoise as “a jazz-influenced instrumental and experimental, but rhythmic indie art rock from Chicago.” Most of Tortoise’s first 2 albums rely heavily on percussion and effects created by Douglas McCombs, John Herndon, and John McEntire.

R.I.Y.L. - Modern Jazz Quartet, Sea & Cake, Slow Loris, The For Carnation

Traffic “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” (1971, Island Records)
The second coming of Traffic began in 1970 after Steve Winwood finished recording with Eric Clapton and Blind Faith. The first album (sixth Traffic album overall) was John Barleycorn Must Die.” However 1971’s “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” is my all-time favorite Traffic record. The title track clocks in somewhere between 11 and 12 minutes and it’s just a fantastic piece of music. As the song fades in, the bass line starts to mesmerize you, leading into a few fusion-style jams led by Winwood’s keyboard and the percussion of Jim Capaldi and Rebop Kwaku Baah. The rest of the album is just as good and features two vocal performances from Capaldi on “Rock n’ Roll Stew” and “Light Up or Leave Me Alone,” both featuring more timeless jams. The illusion-styled artwork on the album cover is by Tony Wright.
R.I.Y.L. - Allman Brothers, Blind Faith, Santana, Jethro Tull  

Traffic “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” (1971, Island Records)

The second coming of Traffic began in 1970 after Steve Winwood finished recording with Eric Clapton and Blind Faith. The first album (sixth Traffic album overall) was John Barleycorn Must Die.” However 1971’s “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” is my all-time favorite Traffic record. The title track clocks in somewhere between 11 and 12 minutes and it’s just a fantastic piece of music. As the song fades in, the bass line starts to mesmerize you, leading into a few fusion-style jams led by Winwood’s keyboard and the percussion of Jim Capaldi and Rebop Kwaku Baah. The rest of the album is just as good and features two vocal performances from Capaldi on “Rock n’ Roll Stew” and “Light Up or Leave Me Alone,” both featuring more timeless jams. The illusion-styled artwork on the album cover is by Tony Wright.

R.I.Y.L. - Allman Brothers, Blind Faith, Santana, Jethro Tull  

Gruppo Sportivo “Mistakes” (1977, Sire Records)
Gruppo Sportivo were a Dutch pop-punk band formed in 1976, who enjoyed some international success in the late 70s and early 80s. The production definitely has a ‘new wave’ vibe with sax solos, funky bass lines, and harmonies sung over keyboards. Tracks like, “I Shot My Manager” pays tribute to Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Beep Beep Love” shows some respect for The Beatles with lines like, “All you need is love…” Most songs are short, but each have a great hook, keeping you interested and wanting more! Singers Josee Van Iersel and Hans Vanderburg are entertaining, bringing tremendous energy to mic - and it’s all in English… 
R.I.Y.L - Romeo Void, B-52s, Talking Heads

Gruppo Sportivo “Mistakes” (1977, Sire Records)

Gruppo Sportivo were a Dutch pop-punk band formed in 1976, who enjoyed some international success in the late 70s and early 80s. The production definitely has a ‘new wave’ vibe with sax solos, funky bass lines, and harmonies sung over keyboards. Tracks like, “I Shot My Manager” pays tribute to Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Beep Beep Love” shows some respect for The Beatles with lines like, “All you need is love…” Most songs are short, but each have a great hook, keeping you interested and wanting more! Singers Josee Van Iersel and Hans Vanderburg are entertaining, bringing tremendous energy to mic - and it’s all in English… 

R.I.Y.L - Romeo Void, B-52s, Talking Heads

Comus “First Utterance” (1971, BEO Records UK)



Named after a John Milton masque, Comus formed in London in the late 1960s and released their first album, “First Utterance” in the spring of 1971.  Unable to fit into any one genre, this band was largely part of the British progressive folk movement, dabbling in rock, jazz, and primitive noise. Led by Roger Wooton, Bobbie Watson, and Glen Goring, Comus was a big influence on David Tibet of Current 93, who along with Nurse With Wound covered Diana on their 1990 album, “Horse.”



R.I.Y.L – Simon Finn, Incredible String Band, Six Organs of Admittance

Comus “First Utterance” (1971, BEO Records UK)

Named after a John Milton masque, Comus formed in London in the late 1960s and released their first album, “First Utterance” in the spring of 1971.  Unable to fit into any one genre, this band was largely part of the British progressive folk movement, dabbling in rock, jazz, and primitive noise. Led by Roger Wooton, Bobbie Watson, and Glen Goring, Comus was a big influence on David Tibet of Current 93, who along with Nurse With Wound covered Diana on their 1990 album, “Horse.”

R.I.Y.L – Simon Finn, Incredible String Band, Six Organs of Admittance