Thank God For Mental Illness
This the first time this title has been available on vinyl . At the risk of further labouring a rather obvious point, with Thank God for Mental Illness, their third collection of absolutely stunning music in 1996, the Brian Jonestown Massacre parallels the prolific and effortless brilliance of the Rolling Stones at their fevered late-1960s peak; the sheer scope of their achievements is stunning — rarely are bands quite so productive, or quite so consistently amazing. Thank God is the BJM’s down-and-dirty country-blues outing, all 12-odd tracks supposedly recorded on a single July day at a cost of just $17.36 .
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a psychedelic rock band originally from San Francisco, California, led by guitarist/singer Anton Newcombe. Since 1995 The Brian Jonestown Massacre has released numerous albums, first for Bomp! Records, the label which gave them their start, and later for TVT and Tee Pee. BJM has been essential in the development of the modern U.S. garage scene, and many LA and SF musicians got their start playing with Newcombe, including Peter Hayes of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Originally Newcombe was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones’ psychedelic phase – the name comes from Stones guitarist Brian Jones combined with a reference to cult leader Jim Jones, but his work in the 2000s has expanded into aesthetic dimensions approximating the UK Shoegazing genre of the 1990s and incorporating influences from world music, especially Middle Eastern and Brazilian music.
LP – Tracklisting
SIDE A – 1) Spanish Bee 2) It Girl 3) 13 4) Ballad of Jim Jones 5) Those Memories 6) Stars
SIDE B – 1) Free and Easy, Take 2 2) Down 3) ‘Cause I Love Her 4) Too Crazy to Care 5) Talk-Action=Shit
6) True Love
Born in Berlin in early 2014 and nurtured over the following summer, ‘I Declare Nothing’ is the spine-tingling collaboration between Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), due for release on Anton’s A Recordings label on 29th June 2015.
Anton Newcombe and Tess Parks Tour Announced
In support of their release “I Declare Nothing” (Available Now)
06/07/15 GERMANY Berlin – Magnet
07/07/15 GERMANY Hamburg – Knust *Cancelled. (Tickets may be returned where they have been purchased)
10/07/15 GERMANY Cologne – Luxor *Please note the date has changed from 08/07/15 to 10/07/15. Tickets from 08/07 retain their validity.
09/07/15 GERMANY Munich – Strom
10/07/15 GERMANY Wiesbaden – Schlachthof *Cancelled. (Tickets may be returned where they have been purchased)
12/07/15 UK Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
13/07/15 UK Manchester – Ruby Lounge
14/07/15 UK Glasgow – King Tuts
15/07/15 IRELAND Dublin – Sugar Club
17/07/15 UK Bristol – The Exchange
18/07/15 UK London – Oslo
19/07/15 UK Brighton – The Haunt
21/07/15 FRANCE Paris La Maroquinerie
22/07/15 HOLLAND Nijmegen – Valkhof Affaire Festival
23/07/15 HOLLAND Amsterdam – Paradiso
18/09/15 Tilburg, Netherlands- Incubate Festival
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
music de film imaginé
Musique de film imaginé (music for film imagined) is a soundtrack that pays homage to the great European film directors of the late 50’s and 60’s, such as François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard (to name but two), created by Anton Newcombe on behalf of the Brian Jonestown Massacre for an imaginary French film.
Guests on this daring symphonic experience are French chanteuse and multi-instrumentalist SoKo and Italian actress, singer and director Asia Argento. SoKo is signed to Because Music and her track ‘We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow’ was featured in the viral video ‘First Kiss’, which has garnered over 63 million views and debuted at number 9 in the Billboard Hot 100 last year. Asia Argento, who has starred in music videos for Marilyn Manson, Placebo and Tim Burgess, recently wrote the storyline for ASAP Rocky’s music video and short film ‘Phoenix’, which has had over 5.5 million hits. Both vocal performances are in French.
Anton Newcombe recorded Musique de film imaginé in Berlin in August 2014, after a successful European tour for the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
“The album that you are about to hear is a soundtrack, my own creation, a tribute to great directors and filmmakers to an era that now seems to be behind us. Leaving the smart person to care to imagine that this art could now be in the shadow of its former glory. “The interesting thing about this project is that the film does not exist either. Even so, I imagined and I realized its soundtrack… Now it’s your turn, you are the listener to imagine the film.”
Record Store Day 2015
Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
Clear vinyl. 2000 numbered copies. A collaboration between Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) recorded in Berlin in 2014. Parks was an early signing to Alan McGee’s 359 Music, on which she released her acclaimed debut, Blood Hot, in 2013. One reviewer described her as “Patti Smith on Quaaludes”; others have mentioned her “gauzy psychedelic sound” and “smouldering voice.” McGee himself calls her “an amazing songwriter… her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady.” Her full-length collaboration with Newcombe, I Declare Nothing, will be released in 2015.
Format: 10″ Coloured Vinyl