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

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