Space rock came about in the late 1960's and grew out of the psychedelic music scene in Britain. It was initially inspired by man's entry into outer space. Other then David Bowie's Space Oddity, one of the more prominent examples of space rock is The Tornado's song Telstar, which was named after the newly launched communications satellite. A more popular band that was attributed to the name "space rock" was actually Pink Floyd.
The genre, being really specific in style and content didn't last very long. But in the early 1990's, the term started describing more artists that played shoegaze, stoner metal, and noise pop genres, which had been around for a while but were sneaking their way into the mainstream scene. You didn't need an astrological reference to be space rock by that time, it was more about the sonic experimentation and the emphasis placed on texture, even though most of the bands would be more readily categorized as some other genre like, shoegaze or stoner metal. Some of these artists include The Flaming Lips, Muse, Flying Saucer Attack, Sun Dial and Spacemen 3.
Now, the sounds of space rock in the 21st century can be attributed to bands like Radiohead, Lumerians, The Secret Machines and The Mars Volta.
Lumerians, the new Space Rock look
I started off with a few classics, but I chose more 21st century space rock which can be a little ambient, from what I found, but some of these tracks aren't necessarily spacey but you can hear the texture now attributed to the genre I was mentioned earlier.
Setlist for November 26
David Bowie // Space Oddity
The Tornados // Telstar
Swagbot // Infinite Universe
Sungod // Bounded Hessians
The Chimp // Entangled
A Slow Rip // Donna
Los Asteroide // #6
Parastatic // Darma [Iron Blue Remix]
Radio One // Traces
Headwind - 1 // Be Yourself
The AETHER // Universe Unveiled