Thursday, September 27, 2012

things & stuff

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Aufheben A. 

the berlin era of San Francisco’s Brian Jonestown Massacre kicks into high gear with the 13th full-length
from Anton Newcombe and company. Named after a German term for transcendence, Aufheben lives up to
its title. With a lineup consisting of returning founding member
Matt Hollywood and principals of such acclaimed experimental acts as Spacemen 3, Dead Skeletons, Singapore Sling and High Dependency Unit, songs like “I Want to Hold Your Other Hand” and “blue Order/New Monday” showcase a new mood for the Massacre—as if the nihilistic Newcombe found inner peace in his latest combo’s Motorik-laced fusion of Eastern rhythms, Paisley psychedelia and Factory Records groove. Hopefully, he keeps this incarnation intact for a while because they just blessed him with the best bJM LP since Strung

out in heaven. Ron Hart 


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