"Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again." (E.M. Cioran)

Monday, March 07, 2011

Some BJM Bliss

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
is, without a doubt, my favourite rock'n' roll band in the universe. On first listenings, it may seem as if they are doing a kind of pastiche of early Stones, Byrds, Beatles (with a hint of Spacemen 3) and other psychedelic bands, but they are so much more than this. I really admire the way that they keep it so real, raw and sexy and the fact that they are so generous in making their work available to the public.
I've only just heard this track, which is apparently a 'work in progress', but it's as gorgeous as usual - and the video? Just wonderful.
TBJM always manage to sound fresh and uplifting, even at their grungiest. They appear to really live their music, which often sounds as if it could fall apart at any moment - it's so dangerously chaotic in a way. The playing is so natural, it's as if these guys breathe their music. Lifts my spirits every single time.
Nobody should be without at least one of their records.

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