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Photos: Pickathon 2013

This past weekend, the yearly roots-influenced music festival Pickathon took place at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Feist, Divine Fits, Kurt Vile, and Pure Bathing Culture were among the many bands that performed at this unique festival. Check out live photos from the event from Colin McLaughlin. More »

By: Stereogum / August 5, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Lightning Dust – “Loaded Gun” Video

On their new album Fantasy, the Black Mountain side project Lightning Dust move unexpectedly toward synthpop, and the single “Loaded Gun,” in particular, carries the heavy influence of the Knife. The track’s new video, from director Zachary Rothman, also seems Knife-influenced. It’s a stark montage of dark, discomfiting imagery: sweaty and sinewy body parts, light… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2013 - 11:22 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

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2013

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix — MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. — in March we finally came upon a solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 30, 2013 - 12:30 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

End Of The Road Festival 2011 In Photos

Last week, the UK’s Larmer Tree Gardens hosted a hilariously deep bill for the End Of The Road Festival, a lineup that featured Joanna Newsom, Kurt Vile, Tinawiren, Lykke Li, Best Coast, the Walkmen and dozens of other notables. Elena Morelli was there to magnificently document the epic lineup. There’s a peacock in one of… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 7, 2011 - 10:39 am

ATP 2010: Curated By Matt Groening @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

This past weekend was the Matt Groening-curated ATP, which went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Iggy Pop and Toumani Diabate were the highlights of the first night (along with ATP staples Built To Spill, Broadcast, Liars, and Shonen Knife). Day 2 featured performances from the xx and Boredoms (both bands would place twice, the latter… More »

By: jessica / May 10, 2010 - 6:07 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

New Lightning Dust Video – “Highway”

Black Mountaineers Amber Webber and Joshua Wells present the first clip from their self-titled Jagjaguwar respite from psych rock with this here vid for “Highway.” It’s a trippy trek through a sylvan setting, with the Mountain mates appearing as translucent specters of creepy Rhodes balladry. Josh and Amber emerge from the woods at the end,… More »

By: Stereogum / August 8, 2007 - 1:39 pm

New Lightning Dust – “Listened On”

Still in love with Black Mountain’s contribution to the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack “Stay Free,” so any BM news is good news. So with a laurel and hardy handshake we welcome Lightning Dust, a project two Mountains have spun off from the Black in their bid to fit in with their Canadian supergrouping brethren. The project… More »

By: Stereogum / May 29, 2007 - 2:07 pm