I need to add some Tom Waits to the essentials. I'm sure that will get done in my first update.
what do you think of tom waits? i only like his first two albums really, not into his voice after that. closing time is one of my favorite records ever though. martha, rosie and lonely might be the best three songs in a row on any album ever.
I wouldn't really classify them as post-rock. I dunno. I don't really rate them that highly, but this thread is to create discussion around the list and for other people to rec based off of it, so fire away.
I wasn't really a huge fan either until I saw them open for A Place To Bury Stangers. That show completely sold me, and I bought their LP at the merch table. If they come to your area, I definitely recommend checking out the show.