“Here To Go” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The new BJM album, Aufheben, is coming out in a few days, so let’s revisit that band. I’m of the opinion that Anton Newcombe can do no wrong, but I’ll be the first to admit that his records after BJM’s three-year hiatus—from the abrasive My Bloody Underground onward—are definitely an acquired taste, very different from the band you know and love from the mid-’90s.
That being said, you really need to check out two oft-overlooked records, …And This Is Our Music and the We Are The Radio EP, both recorded after their classic Bravery, Repetition and Noise but before that hiatus I mentioned. …And This Is Our Music (2003) is their swan song, full of the psychedelic garage-rock you’ll recognize from their earlier records, but with more polish and ambience. It’s Anton Newcombe’s own personal Exile On Main St, sprawling and achingly beautiful, and it feels like the end of something. It would have been the perfect record to end their career on. We Are The Radio (2005) offers a few new songs in a similar vein serving as an unnecessary (but definitely worthwhile) coda to this phase of BJM’s creative output.
As I mentioned, Anton’s recent work has been a horse of a very different color, but BJM’s recent Illuminomi 7” (follow the link to listen) seems to indicate a return to form. BJM has always had a shifting lineup—by one estimate more than fifty musicians have endured Anton’s antics at one point or another—but I’m told that Anton is collaborating with Matt Hollywood again, so I’m optimistic about the new album. Look for Aufheben to come out on April 30th, and keep on rockin’ in the Free World, folks!
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