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Austin, United States (1993 – present)

Stars of the Lid are a band specializing in -based music. They list among their influences minimalist and electronic composers such as Arvo Pärt, Zbigniew Preisner, Gavin Bryars, and Henryk Górecki, as well as Talk Talk (both bands have tracks named “Taphead”), post-rock artists Labradford, and ambient innovator Brian Eno. Their music largely consists of beatless soundscapes, composed of droning, effects-treated guitars along with piano, strings, and horns; volume swells and feedback fill the gap of rhythmic instruments, providing dynamic movement within the songs.

Formed in Austin, Texas in 1993, the band has two members — Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie. Both have released solo material, the former under his own name and the latter under the The Dead Texan alias. Their 2001 album, a double-LP named The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid, was released to generally positive reviews. The follow up, Stars of the Lid and Their Refinement of the Decline, another double-disc album, was again released on Chicago’s revered Kranky Records—the label’s milestone 100th release—on April 2nd.


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  • titsflawless

    Wow, "pretentious trash." What a frail mind you harbour. You must be awash with shame.

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  • lewwatt

    Wow, "twin epitomes of endless neglect", what a great phrase. You must be really smart.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • titsflawless

    I fear they've permanently moved on. Twin epitomes of endless neglect.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • p_o_l_i_s_w_a_g

    ready for that new lp, boys. i'm just sayin

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • Tunawater

    Their music helped me through lots of hard times. I always end up coming back

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • tavort

    This 'band' is truly pretentiousness incarnate, all I hear are boring sound waves repeating themselves ad infinitum. There aren't even any instrument sounds here. WTF!

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • Bonelesss

    still the best ambient of all time.

    Yesterday 6:32pm Reply
  • hugebebe

    Music that transcends mere sound, composing some sort of majestic mirror for the listener's mind as well: what we hear isn't simply what we hear, but also who we truly are. [3] According to their history, that's actually very much in line with what Bryan Adams meant when he chose the name of this band.

    20 Nov 1:22am Reply
  • titsflawless

    Troglodytes Against Drōn ◖|◔◡◉|◗

    17 Nov 1:06pm Reply
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  • titsflawless

    What's with the TAD movement?

    16 Nov 12:00pm Reply
  • loulou311

    Oh yes, a new album real soon would be a treat. I guess we'll all have to just carry on getting lost in their back catalogue until such day arrives...

    15 Nov 7:30pm Reply
  • SaraBeeJim

    v lol

    14 Nov 8:43pm Reply
  • lewwatt

    If you think this is music then you are sorely mistaken and must be a borderline RETARD! Last FM is for MUSIC not random shit that pretentious people think makes then seem smart. I mean, really, come on, any 'band' called Stars of the Lid is going to be pretentious trash. Give it up trying to justify your stupidity.

    14 Nov 10:06am Reply
  • l1lyone

    "not for the faint of intellect or heart" – pretty summed my thoughts up after reading this shoutbox

    13 Nov 5:57pm Reply
  • Paper_Okami

    The people who think this isn't "real music" probably don't think Hip Hop is "real music" either.

    10 Nov 7:48pm Reply
  • Aartmusic

    Guys listen. This music is called 'drone', not post-rock or whatever. Drone music is minimalistic and often contains no melody, or just one playing over and over again. Most of the pieces are like ten minutes or longer, so when you listen to it, it takes you to another place where you can think very deep. It's meditation music, not a fucking random band which plays easy listening songs for you.

    10 Nov 7:16pm Reply
  • slitworm

    Moral of the day: Don't Jerk In Your Food!

    10 Nov 1:45pm Reply
  • neckermanncj

    *fart noises* [147]

    9 Nov 4:51pm Reply
  • G4CKT

    Music that transcends mere sound, composing some sort of majestic mirror for the listener's mind as well: what we hear isn't simply what we hear, but also who we truly are. [9]

    9 Nov 1:43am Reply
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