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The Black Angels

The sultry neo-psychedelic sound of the Black Angels came together in spring 2004. Hailing from Austin, Texas, they initially comprised Stephanie Bailey (drums), Christian Bland (guitar), Alex Maas (vocals), Jennifer Raines (organ), and Nathan Ryan (bass), and took their name from a Velvet Underground classic, "The Black Angel's Death Song." The band's self-titled debut EP was released in late 2005. After a string of North American dates in winter 2006, they readied themselves for a performance at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference in March. Their first couple of full-length albums -- April 2006's Passover and April 2008's Directions to See a Ghost -- were both, in the main, recorded at Erik Wofford's Austin, Texas-based Cacophony Recorders, a studio also used by other local and notable indie rock acts such as White Denim and Voxtrot. By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock. In late 2008, they performed as the backing band for former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson on a series of dates across the West Coast of the U.S. In 2010, they recorded a couple of collaborative tracks with UNKLE, one of which -- "With You in My Head" -- appeared on the soundtrack to that summer's multi-million-grossing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This large-scale exposure led to their third album, September 2010's Phosphene Dream, becoming something of a breakthrough record when it hit the Top 50 of the Billboard chart immediately following its release. Its companion piece, the Phosgene Nightmare EP, arrived in 2011, and in 2012, following Ryan's departure, Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone became an auxiliary bandmember, filling in on guitar and occasionally bolstering their live sound with sitar. Released in 2013, Indigo Meadow was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated fellow Texan John Congleton, and that release was soon followed by its own companion EP, April 2014's Clear Lake Forest. As the band busied themselves with live work and helping to organize the increasingly popular Texas music gathering the Austin Psych Fest (later renamed Reverberation), four years passed before the group released their next album, although the band didn't lie dormant during that time. They contributed to Britain's Fuzz Club Records split-single series, providing the A-side "Molly Moves My Generation" to Sonic Jesus' B-side "Lost Reprise" in 2014. The following year they contributed "Waterloo Waltz" to Scion Audio Visual's Riley Hawk: Northwest Blow Out EP. 2017 saw the release of Death Song, which ranked with the Black Angels' heaviest work to date, and unveiled a new lineup, with longtime members Stephanie Bailey, Christian Bland, and Alex Maas joined by Jake Garcia (guitar, bass, and vocals) and Kyle Hunt (bass, guitar, and keyboards). ~ MacKenzie Wilson & James Wilkinson
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  1.   Song
  2.   Black Grease
  3.   Bad Vibrations
  4.   Doves
  5.   Currency
  6.   Young Men Dead
  7.   Telephone
  8.   I'd Kill for Her
  9.   Entrance Song
  10.   Better Off Alone
  11.   Half Believing
  12.   Comanche Moon
  13.   Medicine
  14.   Don't Play with Guns
  15.   The First Vietnamese War
  16.   Deer-Ree-Shee
  17.   Broken Soldier
  18.   Science Killer
  19.   The Flop
  20.   Phosphene Dream
  21.   The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven
  22.   You're Mine
  23.   Evil Things
  24.   The Boat Song
  25.   You on the Run
  26.   Manipulation
  27.   Life Song
  28.   Death March
  29.   I Dreamt
  30.   Grab as Much (As You Can)
  31.   Linda's Gone
  32.   Diamond Eyes
  33.   Black Isn't Black
  34.   Twisted Light
  35.   War on Holiday
  36.   Ronettes
  37.   Melanie's Melody
  38.   Yellow Elevator #2
  39.   True Believers
  40.   The Sniper
  41.   Sunday Afternoon
  42.   Haunting at 1300 McKinley
  43.   Vikings
  44.   Call to Arms
  45.   Bloodhounds on My Trail
  46.   The Prodigal Sun
  47.   Mission District
  48.   The Executioner
  49.   Soul Kitchen
  50.   I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)
  51.   Always Maybe
  52.   The Day
  53.   Indigo Meadow
  54.   Choose to Choose
  55.   At Night
  56.   Snake in the Grass
  57.   The Return
  58.   18 Years
  59.   Holland
  60.   Sunday Evening
  61.   Winter '68
  62.   Empire
  63.   Estimate
  64.   Never/Ever
  65.   You in Color
  66.   An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street
  67.   Love Me Forever
  68.   Tired Eyes
  69.   Hunt Me Down
  70.   River of Blood

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