The Dead Flag Blues
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Dead Flag Blues

The car is on fire, and there’s no driver at the wheel
And the sewers are all muddied with a thousand lonely suicides
And a dark wind blows

The government is corrupt
And we’re on so many drugs
With the radio on and the curtains drawn

We’re trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
And the machine is bleeding to death

The sun has fallen down
And the billboards are all leering
And the flags are all dead at the top of their poles

It went like this:

The buildings tumbled in on themselves
Mothers clutching babies
Picked through the rubble
And pulled out their hair

The skyline was beautiful on fire
All twisted metal stretching upwards
Everything washed in a thin orange haze

I said, “Kiss me, you’re beautiful -
These are truly the last days”

You grabbed my hand
And we fell into it
Like a daydream
Or a fever

We woke up one morning and fell a little further down
For sure it’s the valley of death

I open up my wallet
And it’s full of blood

First song i ever heard that profoundly changed the way i view music,
John Peel in the 90s has a lot to answer for! my playlist is now so massive that i can stick shuffle on and not hear the same track for two full years…
I listen to music pretty much constantly, at work, in bed, whilst climbing, studying, driving, in the shower, working out. I’m never without a tune!
And this is in large down to these Canadians, before i heard this i was fed mass pop over a radio, this changed all that!

13 Angels Standing Guard 'Round the Side of Your Bed
A Silver Mt. Zion
13 Angels Standing Guard 'Round the Side of Your Bed

13 Angels Standing Guard ‘Round the Side of Your Bed
A Silver Mt. Zion
He Has Left Us Alone, But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms (2000)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Prep New LP, ‘Luciferian Towers’

Godspeed You! Black Emperor will release their sixth studio album, Luciferian Towers, on September 22nd via Constellation Records. The Canadian post-rock collective will promote the LP with a North American and European tour launching September 3rd at Montreal’s Mile Ex End Musique Montréal Festival and concluding November 7th at Paris’ Elysée Montmartre, Pitchfork reports.

According to the Constellation Records one sheet about the album, Luciferian Towers was made “in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. Eyes up and filled with dreadful joy – we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. We recorded it all in a burning motorboat.” A list of “grand demands” also accompanied the information about the album, including:

  1. an end to foreign invasion
  2. an end to borders
  3. the total dismantling of the prison-industrial complex
  4. healthcare, housing, food and water acknowledged as an inalienable human right
  5. the expert fuckers who broke this world never get to speak again

The group also released statements about each of the four tracks.

1. UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS — look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen- the wind is whistling through all 3,000 of its burning window-holes!

2. BOSSES HANG labor, alienated from the wealth it creates, so that holy cow, most of us live precariously! kicking at it, but barely hanging on! also – the proud illuminations of our shortened lives! also – more of us than them! also – what we need now is shovels, wells, and barricades!

3. FAM / FAMINE how they kill us = absentee landlord, burning high-rise. the loud panics of child-policemen and their exploding trigger-hands. with the dull edge of an arbitrary meritocracy. neglect, cancer maps, drone strike, famine. the forest is burning and soon they’ll hunt us like wolves.

4. ANTHEM FOR NO STATE kanada, emptied of its minerals and dirty oil. emptied of its trees and water. a crippled thing, drowning in a puddle, covered in ants. the ocean doesn’t give a shit because it knows it’s dying too.