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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.   Don't Run Our Hearts Around
  7.   Tyrants
  8.   Angels
  9.   Behind the Fall
  10.   Heart of Snow
  11.   Druganaut
  12.   Crucify Me
  13.   (Over and Over) The Chain
  14.   Embrace Euphoria
  15.   The Way to Gone
  16.   Sadie
  17.   Bright Lights
  18.   Stay Free
  19.   Bicycle Man
  20.   No Satisfaction
  21.   Set Us Free
  22.   No Hits
  23.   Faulty Times
  24.   Phosphorescent Waves
  25.   In Sequence
  26.   Bastards of Light
  27.   Queens Will Play
  28.   The Hair Song
  29.   Defector
  30.   Wild Wind
  31.   Florian Saucer Attack
  32.   Evil Ways
  33.   You Can Dream
  34.   Wilderness Heart
  35.   Voices
  36.   Line Them All Up
  37.   Constellations
  38.   It Wasn't Arson
  39.   Black Mountain
  40.   Breathe
  41.   Mary Lou
  42.   The Space of Your Mind
  43.   Rollercoaster
  44.   Radiant Hearts
  45.   Let Spirits Ride
  46.   Buried by the Blues
  47.   The End of the Beginning
  48.   Thirteen Walls
  49.   Night Walks
  50.   Wucan
  51.   Buffalo Swan
  52.   Cemetery Breeding
  53.   In the Drones
  54.   Space to Bakersfield

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