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Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Reunite

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Montreal, Canada’s apocalyptic collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor has decided to reunite to curate All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Nightmare Before Christmas, held at the Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, England this year. The event, held yearly in the UK, will feature bands that Godspeed chooses, including Bardo Pond, The Ex, Deerhoof, Tim Hecker, Mike Watt and Scout Niblett. Godspeed will play a set each night as well. The reunion comes seven years after the band parted ways in 2003, calling it an indefinite hiatus. The band said “After a decade's retreat, god's pee has decided to roll again. We are, as always, stoked, stubborn, and petrified. It's been a while, and left in the rain the brakes have rusted and seized - we'll have to go it with a hammer probably, with elbow grease and with fury, just like the old days all over again. We look forward to it". The band stated that since the break up they have taken part in, “a handful of other bands and solitary roadtrips and wonderings, a couple of recording studios [have been] built, and a restaurant and three live venues also". One member was said to have taken up acupuncture as a living since the hiatus began. The band’s reunion will luckily not just be isolated to ATP, it seems there will be a handful of European shows, and, at this time, nine US shows. The band made a point of saying that, “Until further introspection, WE WILL NOT BE FIELDING ANY OTHER OFFERS,” for new shows, and they won’t be holding any interviews either. Sounds like the band is back in full form already. This is great news for those of us who miss Godspeed’s apocalyptic beauty, but here’s to hoping that the nine US dates aren’t too impossible to reach from my corner of the planet. Until the winter comes, remind yourself of how epic this band is… Here’s a snippet of my favorite song, Sleep: Here’s some other goodness:

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Top 10 Bands That Should Reunite

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Reunions are all the rage in the last few years, and bands are coming out of seemingly nowhere to take any high paying offers to do one-off shows or entire tours. Any band that has had a mild hit has pretty much reunited, unless a member has died. Luckily, there are still many great bands that have resisted the color of money to reunite, but here’s to hoping they still see the light.

10. The Fugees

Who doesn’t remember watching the video for “Killing Me Softly”? These guys did have a way with words, and Lauryn Hill is Roberta Flack’s long lost sister.


A great DC band that retreated once they began getting a bit of recognition. Both guys were amazing multi-instrumentalists that inspired a lot of bands today.

8. The Kinks

Will the Davies brothers ever reconcile and do a reunion? They both say it’s very bloody unlikely.

7. Fugazi

Another hugely influential DC band that has been on an “extended hiatus” for quite some time now. I think after 8 years we can safely say they are no more, but what a reunion that’d be.

6. The Smiths

The king of broody music, Morrissey, wouldn’t be caught dead on stage with Johnny Marr and the rest of the Smiths, not for millions of dollars. All the pre-emo children will rejoice if this ever happens, so keep that mascara handy.

5. Talk Talk

Most people remember this band for their hit “It’s My Life” that No Doubt covered many years later. The fact is, these guys basically started the post-rock movement and did some amazing things when everyone was still stuck listening to INXS.

4. At the Drive In

If you’ve ever caught video of an old ATDI show, you’ve seen how dangerous it was to be a spectator. There is no band that even touched these guys in ingenuity and energy. This reunion could happen someday, but Jim Ward and the Mars Volta guys will need to play nice.

3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

In an era of financial ruin and war at every turn, what better soundtrack is there than a series of symphonies spelling the end of days? No one did it better than this Montreal collective.

2. Neutral Milk Hotel

Jeff Magnum may never feel the need to play in front of a crowd again. If he ever wakes up one day with a desire to let hipsters everywhere die happy, he could gather the other Elephant 6 guys and play “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” from front to back.

1. Talking Heads

David Byrne doesn’t need the rest of the Talking Heads, at least that’s what he’s shown in the past 10 or so years since they’ve disbanded. But the magic that Stop Making Sense shows when all four of them played together is undeniable, though the reunion may never happen. Honorable Mentions: Wham! Mr. Bungle Uncle Tupelo The Dead Kennedys Velvet Underground DFA 1979 The Postal Service Sleater-Kinney

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