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January 12, 2012 7:15 AM   Subscribe

What other super-sparse, dance-y, guitar-y, post-y punk-y, minimalist rock band am I missing out on? For example, I love Flin Flon. Of COURSE I love Gang of Four's Entertainment. I love Antelope.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas to Media & Arts (28 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
 
how bout PYLON
posted by Abinadab at 7:22 AM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Early Wire
posted by davebush at 7:23 AM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Shellac
posted by josher71 at 7:35 AM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Les Savy Fav.

Futureheads (despite the fact that the NME and British undergraduates like them, they are actually pretty great).

Also check out the Krautrock movement, which pre-dates post-punk by 10+ years, but has a similar vibe, e.g. Hallogallo by Neu!.
posted by caek at 7:39 AM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you really want super-sparse then try Throbbing Gristle (start here), but you will have to compromise on the "dance-y".

Also check out the Talking Heads album Remain in Light, which sounds like it might be the album of theirs you'd like the most: halfway between their college-radio-friendly post-punk stage and their chart-friendly pop era they got weird (and recorded Once In A Lifetime).
posted by caek at 7:43 AM on January 12, 2012


ESG. Liquid Liquid. The Bush Tetras. The Au Pairs.
posted by black_lizard at 7:54 AM on January 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


Minutemen!
posted by saladin at 7:55 AM on January 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Spoon
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Maybe Helium, but they weren't so dance-y.
posted by LionIndex at 7:55 AM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, not dance-y, but you might appreciate Young Marble Giants.
posted by black_lizard at 7:56 AM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


If you can deal with saxophone, check out early Blurt.
posted by neroli at 8:01 AM on January 12, 2012


Before I was interrupted by work, I was gonna say ESG, like black_lizard.
Maybe you might like some stuff by The Rapture? Though, contains cowbell -- so I'm not sure if it can be considered super-sparse.
posted by mean square error at 8:07 AM on January 12, 2012


The Homosexuals - The Homosexuals' CD
posted by porn in the woods at 8:10 AM on January 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


You probably already know them, and I'm not sure that they're sparse, but The Faint?
posted by brackish.line at 8:18 AM on January 12, 2012


I can't actually view these links at the moment, so I apologize if I haven't chosen the best versions of these songs.

Tones on Tail, Girls at Our Best!, Bauhaus if you haven't tried them, Adult (who are differently sparse maybe?), Kleenex/LiLiPUT, The Slits.

If you are already a fan of Flin Flon and Antelope I assume you may also be familiar with Black Eyes. If not: listen!
posted by treefort at 8:36 AM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Au Pairs. If you like a little reggae mixed in, try The Slits. Not really dance-y, but Mission of Burma. And of course, you probably already know Joy Division.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:06 AM on January 12, 2012


PiL?
posted by mr_roboto at 9:11 AM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


You might like Trash Kit.
posted by baniak at 9:11 AM on January 12, 2012


All good links -- I'll circle back to Gang of Four and tag their latest release Content. It's gotten many repeated listens here (which is a rare thing).

Adding a couple more YT links, in this style, early 80s Minneapolis punk-funk had The Wallets and Things That Fall Down.
posted by omnidrew at 9:17 AM on January 12, 2012


The Wolfgang Press
posted by perhapses at 9:46 AM on January 12, 2012


And maybe The Chameleons.
posted by perhapses at 9:54 AM on January 12, 2012


Seconding Young Marble Giants. Also, a bit of a 1-hit wonder, but there's always The Normal.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:57 AM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Seconding Wire and Fugazi, though I'm sure you already know about them. Maybe the Fall, maybe U.S. Maple, although they're not quite as sparse. Maybe Slint?
posted by aka burlap at 11:27 AM on January 12, 2012


Prinzhorn Dance School
The Kills
Some of Metronomy? 1 2
posted by minifigs at 11:52 AM on January 12, 2012


Maybe obvious: Unrest and Air Miami
posted by bdc34 at 11:56 AM on January 12, 2012


The Ex.
posted by Decani at 12:07 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Delta 5?
posted by mintcake! at 5:24 PM on January 12, 2012


Oh hey - Miracle Chosuke.
posted by mintcake! at 9:09 PM on January 13, 2012


The Pop Group, James Chance and the Contortions, Cabaret Voltaire
posted by zombieman000 at 2:39 PM on January 14, 2012


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