This Just In: Black Mountain

“One, two, three, another pop explosion. One, two, three, another hit recording. Four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN!” Ten years since Black Mountain’s S/T album was released. To celebrate, Jagjaguwar has released a deluxe 2LP anniversary edition. This still stands as one of my favorite rock albums – no frills, just straight jams. “Don’t Run Our Hearts Around” kills me every time and makes me jump around like a drunken idiot (even when not drunk). And live? A beastly force to be reckoned with. Check out a track and read the album’s story below. This week’s in-stocks are listed right below that. Aaaaaaand, if you like rock and its various iterations, our used bins are bursting with hundreds of new arrivals of classic rock, alt rock, pop rock, prog and other riff-filled goodies.

Black Mountain – S/T Deluxe 2LP:
Listen: “Don’t Run Our Hearts Around”

“It’s only a cliché because it’s true, but the greatest records are timeless. Black Mountain’s self-titled debut album is just such a record, its roots leading twisting paths back into the past, while always sounding like ‘now’, like a future still to come. The work of a small collective of musicians operating from Vancouver, Canada, far from any industry buzz but firmly in the eye of their own storm of creativity, Black Mountain’s debut album was, of course, a beginning, but it also marked an ending for Jerk With A Bomb, the group that preceded Black Mountain.

‘Some of us came from the punk scene, but sonically we weren’t a punk band.’ says bandleader Stephen McBean, of the group who, over their three-album lifespan, gathered together three future soldiers in the Black Mountain Army: Joshua Wells, Amber Webber and McBean. ‘We didn’t fit in – round pegs or square holes. We took the new name, and everything fell into place.’

Begun as the fourth Jerk With A Bomb album, Black Mountain’s debut grew from skeletal sessions cut by McBean and Wells. ‘We laid down the bed tracks, the guitars and drums,’ remembers McBean. ‘Matt [Camirand, bass] joined, and we changed the band name after a dream of how life could be different in the B section between Black Flag and Black Sabbath. Josh’s roommate Jeremy [Schmidt, keys] was lurking about. We asked him if he wanted to add some synth bleeps or whatever. He came back with all these orchestrated keyboard parts, and we said, ‘Oh, you should probably join the band now.”’

McBean had been sending Jerk With A Bomb recordings to Chris Swanson of Jagjaguwar since their second album. ‘They were one of the few labels that got back to us, though they said they weren’t looking for new bands,’ says McBean. But a slow avalanche of further McBean recordings changed their mind; the label even signed Black Mountain’s sister group, Pink Mountaintops, whose debut album preceded Black Mountain’s by six months. ‘The advance for recording and mastering Black Mountain was a thousand bucks,’ says McBean. ‘And Jagjaguwar said if we sold 3,000 records, that would be good. We were, like, ‘Right on!’ Because Jerk With A Bomb had sold about twelve records.’

They cut the album at the Hive in Vancouver, recording in ‘a big cement room with a tall ceiling, nice boomy acoustics, lots of natural reverb,’ remembers McBean, ‘on an 8-track reel-to-reel tape recorder.’ During the sessions, these elemental first Black Mountain tracks found their true shape: the wry, giddy shuffle of ‘Modern Music,’ with its Roxy Music sax and Velvets-y chug; the epic, sky-staring riffage of ‘Don’t Run Our Hearts Around;’ the hypnotic, gracefully heavy groove of ‘Druganaut;’ the joyful rush of ‘No Satisfaction;’ the dark, powerful blues of ‘Set Us Free;’ the mysterious murk of ‘No Hits.’ Here was a new classic rock, its reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible.” -Jagjaguwar

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I’m fast but you are quick – new releases, reissues and restocks…
Aesop Rock – Skelethon 2LP
Animal Collective – Prospect Hummer EP 12”
Arthur Russell – Corn LP
Atmosphere – Overcast 12″; When Life Gives You Lemons LP
Ata Kak – Daa Nyinaa 12”*
B.B. King – Singin’ The Blues LP
Beach House – Devotion 2LP
Benjamin Booker – S/T LP
Billie Holiday – All Or Nothing At All LP
Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise 2LP
Boscoe – Boscoe LP
Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect LP*
British Sea Power – The Decline Of British Sea Power LP
Camp Lo – Ragtime Hightimes LP*
Cayucas – Dancing At The Blue Lagoon LP*
Charles Mingus – Reincarnation Of A Lovebird LP*
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was LP
Dalek – From Filthy Tongue Of Gods & Griots 2LP*
Danny Brown – XXX 2LP
David Bowie – Space Oddity LP
De La Soul – 3 Ft. High And Rising 2LP
Death Grips – Money Store LP
DJ Paul Nice – Drum Library Vol. 8 LP, Vol. 9 LP, Vol. 10 LP
Eric Copeland – Remixes 12”*
Erykah Badu – Baduizm LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 With Ginger Baker – Live! LP
Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful 2LP; Lungs LP
Flume – Flume LP
Frank Nitt – Frankie Rothstein LP
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop LP; Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On LP
Germs – (GI) LP
Hot Chip – Why Make Sense? LP
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club LP
Immortal Technique – The 3rd World 2LP
Iron Maiden – Killers LP
J Dilla – The Shining 2LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala LP
Jimi Hendrix – Miami Pop Festival 2LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP
Juan Wauters – Who, Me? LP*
K-def – Tape 2 LP
Kanye West – 808’s & Heartbreak 2LP+CD
KNXWLEDGE – Hud Dreams 2LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP; Ultraviolence LP
Large Professor – Re:Living LP
LCD Soundsystem – Yeah 12″
Lorde – Pure Heroine LP
Lotic – Heterocetera EP 12”
Lykke Li – I Never Learn LP
Lyrics Born – Real People 2LP
Madvillain – Madvillainy Remixes 2LP
Matchess – Somnaphoria LP*
Metallica – Master Of Puppets LP
MF Doom – Mm… Food 2LP
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular LP
Mickey de Grand IV – Eye Witness LP
Motorhead – Iron Fist LP
Muse – Drones 2LP
Outkast – Aquemini 3LP
Pearl Jam – Ten 2LP
Perk Badger – Do Your Stuff 7”*
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
Portishead – Third LP
Quasimoto – Talkin Shit 7″
Royal Jesters – English Oldies 2LP*
Sam Cooke – Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 LP
Son Lux – Bones LP*
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell LP; Seven Swans LP
Talking Heads – Speaking In Tongues LP
Tame Impala – Lonerism 2LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP
The Doors – S/T LP
Tom Diabo – Dark Star LP*
Tycho – Awake LP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love LP
Valet – Nature LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label 2LP, CD
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City 2LP
Various – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party 2LP+DVD
Various – Guardians Of The Galaxy Deluxe 2LP
Various – Miami Vice OST LP
Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground & Nico LP; White Light/White Heat LP
The L.A. Carnival – Would Like To Pose A Question 2LP
The Stark Reality – Roller Coaster Ride 2LP
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP, CD
Various – Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 2LP, Vol. 2 2LP
Will Sessions – Mix Takes 3 & 4 LP
Wilco – A Ghost Is Born 2LP; Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue