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Black Mountain – “Black Mountain (Demo)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Minus a few side projects, Vancouver psych-rockers Black Mountain have been quiet since 2012’s Year Zero surf-film soundtrack. But this year marks the 10th anniversary of their riff-heavy, exploratory debut self-titled album. To commemorate that, the band and its label, Jagjaguwar, are rolling out a deluxe reissue of the record featuring unreleased tracks, including a… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / June 2, 2015 - 10:00 am

Lightning Dust – “Loaded Gun”

Lightning Dust, the side-project duo of Black Mountain members Amber Webber and Joshua Wells, go for synthetic textures instead of their old psych-folk on their new album Fantasy. We’ve already posted the glittering first single “Diamond,” as well as its mundanity-transcending video, and now they’ve shared “Loaded Gun,” the album’s second single. This one pushe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2013 - 10:59 am

Lightning Dust – “Diamond” Video

The Vancouver duo Lightning Dust is a side project of the great Black Mountain, and their new single “Diamond” is the romantic soft-focus new-wave jam that nobody ever expected them to write. With the song’s video, director Helen Reed tells a nice story about using art to overcome mundanity. It shows us three women who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Grim Tower – “Reign Down” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Stephen McBean leads the wonderfully wooly Vancouver bands Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops, and Imaad Wasif is a psycedelically inclined singer-songwriter and a former Yeah Yeah Yeahs touring member. Both of them are Vancouver natives who now find themselves living in Los Angels, and they’ve now joined forces to form the new duo Grim Tower. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 11, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Lightning Dust – “Diamond”

Amber Webber and Joshua Wells are both members of the great Vancouver mystic riff rock troupe Black Mountain, and with their side project Lightning Dust, they’ve released two albums of softly psychedelic campfire music. But on their new album Fantasy, they’re switching things up a bit, focusing on minimal synth arrangements and adding a retro-futuristic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Black Mountain – “Mary Lou” (Stereogum Premiere)

The great Vancouver riff-rock band Black Mountain are obviously the first people you’d ask to soundtrack your apocalyptic surfing movie, and the people behind the forthcoming film Year Zero had the exact same idea. In April, the band will release their soundtrack to the film, and it features Black Mountain songs both old and new. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2012 - 3:22 pm

End Of The Road Festival 2010 In Photos

This past weekend Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, hosted the fifth annual End Of The Road Festival. This year’s lineup continued the festival’s peripheral deviation from its folk, Americana, and alt-country roots, featuring Yo La Tengo, Black Mountain, Caribou, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers, Cymbals Eat… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 13, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Black Mountain – “The Hair Song” Video

The Hair Song” features one of the best Stephen McBean and Amber Webber duets on the album. They’re in this clip, along with the rest of Black Mountain and a small cast of fresh-faced fans. The video was directed by Zoe Bower and Simon Chan. More »

By: jessica / September 7, 2010 - 4:42 pm

Black Mountain Take “Old Fangs” To Fallon

Black Mountain brought “Old Fangs” — and most importantly, “Old Fangs”‘s sweet organ riff — to Late Night last night. But the best part may be watching the girls in baby doll tops gently nodding their heads behind the band:… More »

By: jessica / September 1, 2010 - 11:19 am

Black Mountain – “The Hair Song”

You’ve seen and heard “Old Fangs,” the chunky-guitar-and-laser-guided first single from Black Mountain’s forthcoming third album Wilderness Heart. “The Hair Song” nails a more laid-back, bluesy Southern (B.C.) rock groove that wouldn’t upset the “vibe” at a Black Crowes show. More »

By: brandon / July 27, 2010 - 2:29 pm

Black Mountain – “Old Fangs” Video

First single from Black Mountain’s upcoming Wilderness Heart, “Old Fangs,” gets a music video. It hits pretty much everything on your Black Mountain checklist: drugs, hallucinations, weird sisters, aviator shades. The video was directed by Mike Bruce. More »

By: jessica / June 22, 2010 - 3:59 pm

Black Mountain – “Old Fangs”

Above is the intimidating cover for Black Mountain’s upcoming album Wilderness Heart. When I talked to her for the band’s Progress Report, singer Amber Webber said keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt had made an awesome album cover but they were waiting for a final version and clearance. Schmidt also did the cover for their last album IntoMore »

By: jessica / June 8, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Progress Report: Black Mountain

NAME: Black Mountain
PROGRESS REPORT: Completing their followup to Into the Future. Produced by Dave Sardy and Randall Dunn.

Talking about the next Black Mountain album has to involve talking about the band’s decision to work with producers Dave Sardy and Randall Dunn, and to use outside producers at all. To me,… More »

By: jessica / May 28, 2010 - 3:33 pm

New Lightning Dust Video – “Never Seen” (Stereogum Premiere)

Amber Webber’s quavering siren moan steals every moment of “Never Seen,” the second single from Lightning Dust’s lovely Infinite Light LP. But while she chews the scenery in song, she’s never seen in its video (neither is her LD counterpart, Black Mountaineer Joshua Wells, for that matter). The pair let their haunting-then-Siouxsee keyboards and wail… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 21, 2009 - 10:01 am

New Lightning Dust – “Never Seen”

Locating the downcast, dark tone of her sister Ashley’s VU-esque “While We Were Dreaming” vocal turn, but taking it in a gothy, more theatrical direction, Amber Webber chews into the scenery for “Never Seen.” The track shows up at about the midway point of her and fellow Vancouver Black Mountaineer Joshua Wells’ second Lightning Dust… More »

By: brandon / June 30, 2009 - 9:42 am

New Lightning Dust – “I Knew”

Last year was the year of Black Mountain; this is the year of BM’s spawn. The Vancouver band’s best-known alternate collective, Pink Mountaintops, delivered its third LP Outside Love on the reliable Jagjaguwar label earlier this month, featuring lead beard Stephen McBean, the Sisters Webber (Amber and Ashley), and folks outside the Mountain assembly including… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 27, 2009 - 9:49 am

The ‘Gum Drop LXXXIII: Hear New Pink Mountaintops, Win Neil Young’s Neil Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972

The Pink Mountaintops, aka Black Mountaineer Stephen McBean and about a dozen friends, are releasing album three Outside Love on 5/5 via Jagjaguwar. Its ten songs are ostensibly about/influenced by “weddings in Montreal, winter, Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut, Christmas albums, that one Exile song and that one Echo and the Bunnymen song, the Bermuda… More »

By: brandon / April 8, 2009 - 10:56 am

New Black Mountain Video – “Wucan”

When evaluating the Black Mountain’s Polaris-nominated In The Future many moons ago, we labeled “Wucan” as “trippy.” Judging from this peyote-popping clip, the Vancouver quintet were thinking something similar when they wrote the track (and decided to go for the lengthy psychedelic keyboard jam at the 3/4 mark). Find a dark room and dig into… More »

By: brandon / August 13, 2008 - 3:21 pm

SXSW: Thursday Featured Showcases

Dinner time in Austin, time to munch tacos and figure the night sched. As the picture suggests, tonight’s the night for Jens Lekman fans: y’all have two chances to catch the Swedish troubadour (Emo’s at 8PM, Mohawk at midnight). For those looking for relatively veteran greats, the only choice is Yo La Tengo and My… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2008 - 11:54 pm

Bon Iver/Black Mountain @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 2/22/08

By Amrit Singh
The In The Future, Forever Ago tour (not its official name, but it should be) made a pit stop at Bowery Ballroom on a fittingly freezing and snowy-sidewalked night this past Friday. The show was a sellout before Black Mountain even had the chance to give a national late-night TV… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2008 - 6:28 pm
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