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Drawing on blues, psychedelia, acid rock, Led Zeppelin, and the Velvet Underground, Black Mountain's sound was a cross between the darkness and grit of the Warlocks and Brian Jonestown Massacre's trippiness, with a folkie undertow weaving through it all. Black Mountain leader Stephen McBean previously fronted the semi-acoustic cowpunk band Jerk with a Bomb, but after releasing two albums, he reshaped the Vancouver-area band into a group called Black Mountain. After debuting in October 2004 on Jagjaguwar with the 12" Druganaut, Black Mountain stayed with the label for an eponymous full-length, issued the following January. Joining McBean for the album were local players Matthew Camirand, Jeremy Schmidt, Joshua Wells, and Amber Webber, listed collectively to preserve the band's communal ethic. (Black Mountain ran concurrent to and intermingled with McBean's other band, lo-fi classic rockers Pink Mountaintops.) The debut album earned enthusiastic reviews in the music press, and Coldplay tapped Black Mountain to open for them on an arena tour. In January 2008, Black Mountain released their sophomore album, In the Future, and showed off their willingness to explore proggy (and druggy) territory with the 17-minute opus "Bright Lights." The group's third full-length album, Wilderness Heart, arrived in 2010, and earned the group the Polaris Prize, one of the highest honors in Canadian music. In 2012, Black Mountain released their soundtrack to the film Year Zero, an ambitious documentary about surfing set against a dystopian, post-apocalyptic backdrop. In 2015, the self-titled debut album was reissued in a special expanded edition for its tenth anniversary, and the following year, Black Mountain issued their fourth proper album, IV, which was produced by Randall Dunn, best known for his work with Sunn O))). IV also featured Arjan Miranda on bass, replacing Matthew Camirand in the lineup. The band followed up on the album's release with an extensive international concert tour. ~ Johnny Loftus
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  2.   Stormy High
  3.   Old Fangs
  4.   Mothers of the Sun
  5.   Modern Music
  6.   Defector
  7.   Buffalo Swan
  8.   Breathe
  9.   Phosphorescent Waves
  10.   The Way to Gone
  11.   Night Walks
  12.   Bright Lights
  13.   Space to Bakersfield
  14.   Druganaut
  15.   Florian Saucer Attack
  16.   It Wasn't Arson
  17.   Embrace Euphoria
  18.   The Space of Your Mind
  19.   The Hair Song
  20.   Bastards of Light
  21.   Wild Wind
  22.   Queens Will Play
  23.   Tyrants
  24.   Angels
  25.   Stay Free
  26.   Bicycle Man
  27.   Faulty Times
  28.   Heart of Snow
  29.   No Satisfaction
  30.   Radiant Hearts
  31.   Don't Run Our Hearts Around
  32.   Crucify Me
  33.   Cemetery Breeding
  34.   Line Them All Up
  35.   Constellations
  36.   In Sequence
  37.   Mary Lou
  38.   In the Drones
  39.   Wilderness Heart
  40.   Sadie
  41.   Rollercoaster
  42.   Buried by the Blues
  43.   The End of the Beginning
  44.   Thirteen Walls
  45.   Set Us Free
  46.   No Hits
  47.   Behind the Fall
  48.   Voices
  49.   Wucan
  50.   You Can Dream
  51.   Evil Ways
  52.   (Over and Over) The Chain
  53.   Let Spirits Ride
  54.   Black Mountain

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