Entries tagged with: Black Angels
by Bill Pearis
The Brian Jonestown Massacre's 2014 album Revelation was a real return to form for main BJM man Anton Newcombe, easily their best record in a decade. He's since produced Tess Parks' very good 2015 album and released a French New Wave soundtrack-y album, and keeps his hot streak going with a new BJM record titled Mini Album Thingy Wingy. That's the cover art above. The seven songs include four new Newcombe songs, the band's first Slovakian song, "Prsí Prsí," which was co-written with Vladimir Nosal, a song, "Pish," co-written with Parks and a cover of the 13th Floor Elevator's "Dust" that features Alex Maas from Black Angels, appropriately, on jug. You can stream "Get Some" via Soundcloud and the rest of the mini album via Spotify below.
The BJM are currently on tour in Australia and will be in the U.S. next year for the 2016 Levitation Austin with Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Lee Scratch Perry and more. All dates are listed below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Mac DeMarco / Chelsea Wolfe / Flaming Lips / Fuzz @ Levitation Fest 5/10/2015
"Who wants to hear the most muthafuckin' psychedelic song of all time?" That was Mac DeMarco bassist Piece McGarry asking the crowd during the final day of Levitation Fest (5/10). The three-day event used to be known as Austin Psych Fest, so of course the crowd wanted to hear it. They immediately launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Yellow." Between Mac and the main stages' closer, The Flaming Lips, Levitation 2015 ended on a light note. And a thankfully dry one, as reports earlier in the week called for Sunday to have heavy thunderstorms and maybe even tornadoes. Instead, it just felt like it was going rain the whole time (aka hot and muggy).
Most people on Sunday were excited about the 13th Floor Elevators reunion but lots of great sets happened, including A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Sean Lennon's The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Nothing, ZZZs, Chelsea Wolfe (subbing for Melody's Echo Chamber), and a sweaty closing-fest set from Ty Segall's proto-metal trio Fuzz.
by Andrew Sacher
Old Testament is another band led by Jason Simon (singer/guitarist of long-running LA psych band Dead Meadow), which also features former Black Angels member Nate Ryan, plus Oak Munson and Ryan Rapsys who played with Nate in Shine Brothers, and Jessica Senteno on harmonium. Their self-titled LP comes out next week (9/9) via Xemu Records and you can get a taste of it from new single "Movin' On," which premieres in this post. It's lazy-Sunday, sorta psychedelic Americana that should appeal to any fans of the members' other projects. Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
Having spent time in a number of bands over the last few years, Chris Catalena is set to release his new solo album, Here Comes the Time in June via Pau Wau Records. The album was made in California with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Rob Campanella producing, and the record features members of Black Angels, Strange Boys, as well as Brian Wilson percussionist Nelson Bragg. Written while staying in Los Angeles and nearby Laurel Canyon, it's definitely got some of that history infused in its dusty, twilight-psychedelic songs. We've got the premiere of one of them, "Here Comes The Time," which you can listen to in this post.
Chris Catalena and his band The Native Americans don't have tour plans as of yet, but they will be playing this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, playing Sunday (5/4) afternoon on the Reverberation Stage. So if you're heading to APF, do check him out.
Song stream below...
I just wanted an excuse to think about True Detective more as I wait for the 7th episode, so here's a post about the music which includes the show's title sequence theme song "Far From Any Road" by The Handsome Family, and info on the well curated songs in each episode.
Check out what they played in episode 1, episode 2, episode 3, episode 4, episode 5, and episode 6. Names include a lot of country and folk classics mixed with newer indie rock stars, metal, psych rock and more. The Black Angels were in episode one and their tourmate Roky Erickson appeared via his band The 13th Floor Elevators in episode 2. Father John Misty, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Earle, Melvins, Nick Cave's Grinderman, Sleep (!), Primus, Wu-Tang Clan, Omar Rodríguez-López's Bosnian Rainbows, and the Kinks all made the cut so far too. Who is the Yellow King though?
UPDATE: Check out the music from episode 7.
Listen to the Handsome Family intro song below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Black Angels / Roky Erickson
'60s psych lovers The Black Angels and an actual '60s psych legend Roky Erickson recently kicked off a tour together that brought the fellow Austinites to NYC for a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg this past Tuesday (2/18). For this tour, Roky's been playing mostly 13th Floor Elevators songs, including classics like "You're Gonna Miss Me" and "Reverberation (Doubt)." Black Angels, meanwhile, mixed it up, giving attention to material from all of their albums, and playing a new song too. The Swollen Fox caught the Philly show two days earlier and wrote:
Despite my altered state, I remained hyper aware of every detail of sound, from the growl of Christian Bland's guitar to the proximal fear and hallucinations found within the lyrics of Alex Maas. Drummer Stephanie Bailey kept time for the out of body experience. Her technique was particularly enthralling during "I Hear Colors (Chromasthesia)," arms waving like the conductor of a symphony, all the while sounding as though she is simultaneously operating a jackhammer and drumming upon fine china.Pictures of the MHOW show, in all its trippy glory, including shots of Black Angels' and Roky's setlists (though the Black Angels one doesn't look complete) and openers The Denzels, are in this post.
They continue, with some videos too, below...
Black Angels @ The Bell House, April 2013 (more by P Squared)
The Black Angels and Roky Erickson just started their tour together which up until this point did not include a NYC show. That has changed, as they're now playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 18. The show is part of the Converse Rubber Tracks series which means it's FREE but you do have to get tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (2/5) at noon.
While Brooklyn's Golden Animals are opening most dates on this tour, The Denzels will be opening the show at MHOW. Updated dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn's Golden Animals last year put out the underheard Hear Eye Go on Austin Psych Fest's label, Reverberation Appreciation Society. You can remedy that easy enough, the album can be streamed in full in this post. We've also got the premiere for the groovy black-and-white video for its "Most My Time" which you can watch below.
The band will be hitting the road soon, opening on the upcoming tour of two pillars of Austin psych -- Roky Erickson and Black Angels. Unfortunately there's currently no NYC date (Black Angels played here last in April) but they do play Philly's Union Transfer on 2/18. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Austin Psych Fest, the 2014 edition goes down May 2 -4. All Roky/Black Angels/Golden Animals tour dates are listed, along with the Golden Animals video and LP streams, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Vampire Weekend / Arctic Monkeys / Depeche Mode @ ACL Fest 10/4/2013
Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off the first of its two consecutive weekends on Friday (10/4) with bands across eight different stages at Zilker Park, including Depeche Mode, Queens of the Stone Age (who taped an episode the ACL TV show the night before), Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Pinback, Savages, hometown heroes Black Angels and more. Pictures from those bands -- and more -- are in this post.
Another set of Depeche Mode pics from ACL Friday are up at BV Austin. Stay tuned for more ACL coverage. More day 1 pics below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Black Angels / Allah-Las / Elephant Stone @ The Bell House, 4/10/2013
Austin psych rockers The Black Angels played their second of two NYC shows last Wednesday (4/10) at The Bell House with tourmates Allah-Las from Los Angeles, and Montreal's Elephant Stone. (The first was at Webster Hall.) This was the third show of the week for Allah-Las, who snuck in a headlining set at Mercury Lounge between the two Black Angels shows. All three bands continue their tour as they head towards The Black Angels' homebase for Austin Psych Fest.
More photos from the Bell House, as well as setlists for Black Angels and Allah-Las, are below.
photos by Joe McCabe
Black Angels @ Webster Hall 4/8/2013
I love how they get weirder and darker with each other album. They have such a distinct sound, that there's isn't much reason to alter it. Like another band who I have an unhealthy obsession with, Stereolab, the Black Angels stick to what they do best -- recalling the west coast 60s psych rock scene mixed with some dirty, nasty, sexy, seductive guitar riffs. -[MusicSnobbery]As discussed, The Black Angels played the first of two NYC dates on April 8th at Webster Hall, snagging support from LA's Allah-Las and Montreal's Elephant Stone, the latter of whom's frontman, Rishi Dir, has been guesting with Black Angels on this tour as well. Pictures of the headliner are in this post. Allah-Las last night's show at Mercury Lounge, hopping on a bill with Young Magic (as hypothesized).
The Black Angels shows are in celebration of the band's new LP Indigo Meadow, and you can win an autographed copy of the gatefold vinyl which comes pressed on 180 gram with a download card and 20 page booklet. Details on how to enter are below.
All three bands play a sold-out Bell House tonight (4/10), and then continue on their wide-reaching tour. Black Angels' Webster Hall setlist is below.
photos by Joe McCabe
Allah-Las @ Webster Hall last night
The Black Angels are currently in town, having played the first of two NYC shows last night (4/8) at Webster Hall with openers Allah-Las and Elephant Stone. Tonight is an off-night for the tour and Allah-las have confirmed our suspicions that they are the "special guests" tonight (4/9) at Young Magic's show at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are still available. We've got pictures from Allah-Las' set at Webster Hall last night in this post and we'll have ones of Black Angels and Elephant Stone in a while. All three play again Wednesday (4/10) at The Bell House which is sold out.
Meanwhile, Young Magic will be DJing between sets at SZA's show at Pianos on Saturday (4/13). More Allah-Las pictures and a Spotify stream of Allah-Las' album below...
by Bill Pearis
Elephant Stone @ SXSW 2013 (via @BurgerRecords4life)
Montreal's Elephant Stone, who are currently in SXSW with most of the known music universe, will soon be on tour with Black Angels and Allah-Las, hitting NYC for two shows: April 8 at Webster Hall (tickets) and April 10 at The Bell House (tickets). Before that tour starts, Elephant Stone will be in NYC to play Pianos on April 2 with Data Romance, Spirit Animal and Desert Stars. No advance tickets to this show for now. They've got a few other non-Black Angels dates as well and all are listed below.
If you haven't checked out Elephant Stone's harmony-and-sitar-laden pysch-pop, you can stream their terrific new album below.
photos by James Richards IV
Black Sabbath / M83 / the crowd, Lollapalooza 8/03/2012
A bell tolls, a bass guitar moans, and Ozzy Osbourne sings. "What is this that stands before me?" the former archnemesis of John Cardinal O'Connor intones with chilling deliberation. Black Sabbath - three-quarters of them, anyway - are back to reprise the doom-ridden, Beelzebub-baiting classics from the '70s. Osbourne sounds in good voice initially, slicing through Tony Iommi's granite-hard guitar riffs and Geezer Butler's nuclear-strength bass. He even lays down some credible blues harp on "Wizard." But, as if to prove he isn't lip-synching, Osbourne struggles to nail some of the high notes in "War Pigs." No matter, Sabbath was never about sex appeal or perfection. They were dead-end working-class kids who had no use for the romanticism of the flower-power era, and instead peered into the abyss that awaits us all. The songs, which just happened to invent an entire genre of music, still sound magnificent, from "N.I.B." to "Iron Man." [Chicago Tribune]Lollapalooza, the mother of indie U.S. festivals, is happening this weekend at Grant Park in Chicago. Friday (8/3) kicked things off with such bands Black Sabbath, Afghan Whigs, Passion Pit, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Metric, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. If you're not in Chicago but would still like to have the Lollapalooza experience, just skip showering, turn off your A/C, crack open a beverage and watch the festival's livestream on YouTube.
More Lollapalooza Friday pics are below.
Night Beats at Music Hall of Williamsburg in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Seattle psych/garage rockers Night Beats will be touring with Black Angels in August and though it appears there's no NYC date for this one, the Night Beats have scheduled their own headlining show during the tour which happens on August 6 at Knitting Factory with openers Mmoss. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Night Beats were last in town opening for The Horrors at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you haven't heard the band's self-titled debut, released last year on Trouble in Mind, you can stream it below as well as check out a list of all Night Beats tour dates.
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...