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WATCH // Black Mountain Delivers A New Classic, “Mothers Of The Sun,” From Upcoming Album ‘IV’


Quoth Stephen McBean: “Sometimes a riff hangs out in the basement for 10 years before it’s ready to hit the streets.

And with that riff’s long-awaited arrival, we have “Mothers of the Sun,” our first real taste of Black Mountain‘s latest masterpiece IV — and oh boy, what a riff. The searing hesher-metal lead guitar that McBean sits atop the ominous, metronomic synth to start off the epic piece is surely one of his best. Across the song’s spiraling head-funk, the milieu of that glorious riff, the punchy R&B piano, and all-knowing cultic vocals of McBean and Amber Webber reach the dark psychedelic heights of — dare we say?? — “Maggot Brain,” when you realized that Funkadelic was super hip to Sabbath.

In a winking display of double think, directors Justin Gradin and Ben Jacques set a song called “Mothers of the Sun” inside a dingy, darkened cave. There are ceremonial daggers, prisoners bound in chains, inter-dimensional travel, and the whole thing goes down as some sort of Pink Floydian take on Plato’s cave allegory. And there’s a four-armed McBean playing that riff, the glorious riff that’s gonna stick in your head the rest of the week like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth.


The band recently announced a tour of Europe and North America. Don’t miss an opportunity to see one of the true powerhouse rock bands of today.


Order IV now:


(more info and tix here)

3/19/16 – Azores, PT @ Tremor Festival

3/26/16 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club

3/28/16 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox

3/31/16 – Madrid, SP @ Sala Arena

4/1/16 – Barcelona, SP @ Bikini

4/2/16 – Bilbao, SP @ Kafe Antzoki

4/4/16 – Turin, IT @ Spazio 211

4/5/16 – Bologna, IT @ Lokomotiv

4/6/16 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F

4/7/16 – Geneva, CH @ PTR Usine

4/8/16 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or

4/9/16 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

4/10/16 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social CLub

4/12/16 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

4/13/16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique

4/14/16 – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival

4/15/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oud Zaal

4/16/16 – Berlin, DE @ Lido

4/21/16 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown

4/22/16 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

4/23/16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir

4/25/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

4/26/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

4/27/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

4/28/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

4/29/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

4/29/16 – 5/01/16 – Austin, TX @ Levitation

5/03/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

5/04/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

5/5/16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

5/6/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

5/7/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

5/10/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club

5/11/16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

5/12/16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

5/13/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

5/14/16 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium

5/15/16 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret

5/17/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos

5/18/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room

5/19/16 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market + Stage

5/21/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom

SIGNING ANNOUNCE // Welcome Trevor Sensor To The Jagjaguwar Roster And Watch His New Video

Jagjaguwar is pleased to announce Trevor Sensor’s debut EP, Texas Girls and Jesus Christ, out March 25th. The Illinois-born 22-year-old singer/songwriter’s distinctive burr of a voice sounds aged decades beyond his years, and the rest of Sensor’s music follows suit, with timeless-sounding melodies and a sense of songwriting that exudes maturity while still feeling fresh.


An English major with an affinity for writers ranging from Marcel Proust to Dave Eggers, Sensor crafts lyrical atmospheres stuffed with confessional lines that leave a mark and visual allusions that aren’t easily shaken. Sensor wrote the music featured on Texas Girls and Jesus Christ on a borrowed acoustic guitar that he has yet to return, composing songs that sound deeply felt and from a place of truth and honesty.


If I’m trying to do anything, it’s to be sincere,” Sensor says about his songwriting approach. “A Lot of singer/songwriters today are oriented in irony. It’s cooler to be lackadaisical rather than to try to be compelling.


And Sensor’s music, above all else, is compelling: the proclamatory howls that close out the piano-led “Pacing the Cage,” the dark desolation of “Satan’s Man,” and the dynamic blowout of the EP’s title track grab your attention and refuse to let it go.


Watch the video for the debut single, “Texas Girls and Jesus Christ” below. Director, Ryan Ohm said of the video’s concept, “The film idea grew from the edge of town, dimly lit, local bar that Trevor and I had both spent time at – but separately and in different time zones. We wanted to try and recreate our version of these dintinctly odd atmospheres and the unique folks who inhabit them – the guys and gals who aren’t necessarily high on life, but can be when the night grows long.


Preorder the EP and get “Texas Girls and Jesus Christ,” the single, right away

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ Tracklisting:

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ
Swallows Sing Their Song
Satan’s Man
Nothing Is Fair
Pacing the Cage

LISTEN // The Besnard Lakes Release “The Plain Moon,” Add Special London Date


Besnard Lakes focus their lush energy on a sunnier, catchier sound. Jace Lasek’s clean falsetto is more alive when paired with high-flying guitars, and alongside the band’s blanketed, nonlinear arrangements, he sounds like he’s studied the Bee Gees and Brian Wilson… they have remastered their trudging density into a pop jubilee.“- Pitchfork

highly enjoyable and distinctly them.
The 405

punchier tracks yet still full of the dramatic widescreen rock the band are known for
The Line of Best Fit

A Coliseum Complex Museum, the new album from The Besnard Lakes, is due out January 22nd on Jagjaguwar. The band already shared the stunning lead single, “Golden Lion,” along with an epic live video from Pop Montreal where they performed with a 17-piece band. “Golden Lion” was also released as a 12” EP, accompanied by the fantastic B-side “The Motorway.” Today, The Besnard Lakes are back with another instant classic, “The Plain Moon.” It’s a soaring, shoegazing monster of a track. Look out for the official music video to follow early next year.

Fifteen years into their career, with a new line up and a renewed sense of ambition, The Besnard Lakes have created a concise record that expands upon the luscious vocal harmonies, dense guitar-work and classic 70s melodicism for which they have gained huge critical acclaim.

They’re unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of My Bloody Valentine entwined with the romance of Fleetwood Mac. Imagine dreamy Beach House riding Led Zeppelin dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. The Besnard Lakes are creating a larger narrative about what it means to be a classic rock band with a deep and rich catalogue in the 21st Century.

To celebrate the release of their new album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, The Besnard Lakes will be inviting friends to form a one-off ten-piece band to perform the new album and music spanning their illustrious 15 year career.

The live show has always been one of their strongest assets, bringing their records to life in a way that most musicians cannot. 15 years in, they’ve only gotten better; The Quietus lauding their London show earlier this year as “nothing less than compelling” and Mojo asking the classic question that confounds unrepentant independent rock bands in the Millenium “why aren’t they bigger?” after their Le Guess Who slot in November.

April 5th at London’s Islington Assembly Hall will be special, enigmatic, unforgettable and one time only.

Pre-Order A Coliseum Complex Museum now:
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WATCH // Okkervil River Shares “THE MAKING OF ‘BLACK SHEEP BOY'” Three Part Video


Okkervil River is elated to share a three part mini-documentary that captures a behind-the-scenes look at making Black Sheep Boy. They’d almost forgotten it was filmed, let alone that they’d kept the footage. Filmed (mostly) by Zachary Thomas, a founding member of the band, the video lets us step inside the little tin shack where these songs came to life. The hours of charming home-video recordings have been culled by Will Sheff into three distinct chapters: Part 1 – Learning The Songs, Part 2 – Recording, and Part 3 – Finishing The Album.

From Will Sheff:

On our first day of rehearsing the songs that would go on to become our album Black Sheep Boy, Zachary Thomas showed up to the little tin shack out by the Austin Airport where we were rehearsing (and where I was living) with a little consumer-grade miniDV camcorder in his hand.

Our original bassist and one of the founding members of Okkervil River, Zachary was a new father and had bought the camera to document the arrival of his son Graham into the world, but he figured he’d bring it to a couple of rehearsals and studio sessions. I actually remember being a little annoyed at him pointing the camera at me – I was feeling thin-skinned and was obsessing about making Black Sheep Boy into the album I dreamed it could be, and when I noticed I was being filmed I would often get self-conscious and distracted from making the record. Pretty soon, though, I started enjoying waving the camera around or else I would just kind of forget it was there.

When Jagjaguwar asked me earlier this year if I had any interesting artifacts from the making of Black Sheep Boy – photos or video footage or bonus tracks or anything – I initially told them no, because I had forgotten all about that little miniDV camera. I finally remembered, contacted Zachary in North Carolina, where he now lives with his wife and three children, and sent him on an errand digging through his house for the tapes.

It took some doing but he finally found them and mailed them to me and, once I managed to borrow a miniDV camera and figured out how to get them onto a hard drive (thanks to Nate Fernald and Lisa George-Decker), I discovered several hours of charmingly rough home-video footage covering rehearsal for the album, the recording of several of the songs in producer Brian Beattie’s house and garage studio, and the mastering and sequencing of the record during a torrential rainstorm in Wimberley, TX near the end of the year.

It’s so funny to me now that I was ever irritated or psyched out by that little camera because now I’m so grateful it was there. Watching this stuff again really rocketed me back in time. Thanks Zach!

PRE-ORDER the 10th Anniversary edition of Black Sheep Boy:
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Watch the full documentary and find a complete list of tour dates below.






Okkervil River Tour Dates:
(more info and links here)

Fri. Nov. 20 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^ SOLD OUT
Sat. Nov. 21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^ SOLD OUT
Sun. Nov. 22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^ SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
Tues. Nov. 24 – Boston, MA @ Royale ^
Sat. Dec. 12 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe ^
Sun. Dec. 13 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe ^ SOLD OUT
Mon. Dec. 14 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater &
Tues. Dec. 15 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge &
Wed. Dec. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall &
Fri. Dec. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall & SOLD OUT
Sat. Dec. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge & SOLD OUT
Sun. Dec. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge & SOLD OUT

^ = An Evening With Okkervil River
& = Okkervil River (solo)

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WATCH // Pink Mountaintops And White Lung Release Video For “Chinese Watermelon”

The song’s video is wild—there are dancing mimes, a guitarist cowboy emerging from cake, people rocketing into the sky, and a golden Stephen McBean emerging from Mish Way’s torso.
Happy Halloween…
” – Pitchfork

Last weekend, Steve McBean (Pink Mountaintops, Black Mountain) and Mish Way (White Lung) premiered a video for “Chinese Watermelon” from their collaboration Pink Lung, made for the Cons EP Vol. 3, a series of colab releases that Converse sponsors. We aren’t sure what to expect from these two in the future, but if this video is any indication, it’s going to get freaky.

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ by Trevor Sensor
The Motorway by The Besnard Lakes
Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela

Mothers of the Sun by Black Mountain

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ by Trevor Sensor

The Plain Moon by Besnard Lakes, The

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Black Mountain
CD / 2xLP

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Nashville, TN - Exit In  w/ Lower Dens

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