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

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