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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 By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock.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.   Medicine
  12.   Comanche Moon
  13.   Half Believing
  14.   Don't Play with Guns
  15.   The First Vietnamese War
  16.   Deer-Ree-Shee
  17.   Melanie's Melody
  18.   I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)
  19.   Snake in the Grass
  20.   Estimate
  21.   Grab as Much (As You Can)
  22.   Diamond Eyes
  23.   The Day
  24.   Sunday Afternoon
  25.   Manipulation
  26.   Black Isn't Black
  27.   Twisted Light
  28.   War on Holiday
  29.   Holland
  30.   Evil Things
  31.   The Boat Song
  32.   Choose to Choose
  33.   True Believers
  34.   Never/Ever
  35.   Science Killer
  36.   The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven
  37.   Winter '68
  38.   The Prodigal Sun
  39.   Life Song
  40.   Linda's Gone
  41.   The Executioner
  42.   An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street
  43.   The Flop
  44.   Tired Eyes
  45.   Always Maybe
  46.   Indigo Meadow
  47.   At Night
  48.   You on the Run
  49.   Bloodhounds on My Trail
  50.   Empire
  51.   Vikings
  52.   Sunday Evening
  53.   Yellow Elevator #2
  54.   Hunt Me Down
  55.   Soul Kitchen
  56.   Phosphene Dream
  57.   Mission District
  58.   Broken Soldier
  59.   River of Blood
  60.   You in Color
  61.   Call to Arms
  62.   I Dreamt
  63.   You're Mine
  64.   Ronettes
  65.   Haunting at 1300 McKinley
  66.   Love Me Forever
  67.   18 Years
  68.   The Sniper
  69.   Death March
  70.   The Return

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