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The Black Heart Procession

Formed in late 1997 in San Diego, the Black Heart Procession have been described as beautifully bleak and brooding indie rock with a dark side. Lyrically touching on the melancholy side of human nature, the five-piece band is appropriately named given its themes of isolation, depression, and heartache. The core members of Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel (Three Mile Pilot) also collaborate on-stage and in the studio with various musicians whose instruments include guitar, piano, percussion, and even saw. This uniqueness led to a 1998 record deal with Cargo Records, which released their first album, 1. The Black Heart Procession then toured the United States and Europe with A Minor Forest, and the group's follow-up, 2, was released through Touch & Go Records in 1999. The final piece to the trilogy, 3, arrived in 2000. Joe Plummer (the Magic Magicians, Modest Mouse) and violinist Matt Resovich (the Album Leaf) were added to the Black Heart Procession lineup for the recording of the group's fourth effort, 2002's Amore del Tropico. This cinematic songbook of love and deception was an exploration of lounge and blues, making it an epic set for the band. Two years later, the Black Heart Procession scaled back their usual sinister presentation for In the Fishtank, Vol. 11, a co-release with Dutch prog rockers Solbakken for KonKurrent's celebrated album series. Bassist Jimmy LaValle, who also plays with the Album Leaf, joined in 2005; the dramatic, torrid love affair that is The Spell followed in May 2006. The haunting set was recorded and produced at the Black Heart Procession's own SDRL studio in their hometown of San Diego. The group hit a lull as members pursued their other projects. After three years, in 2009, the band released Six. Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit, a mini-album of prodominantly remixed material followed a year later. ~ Mike DaRonco & MacKenzie Wilson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Blood Bunny, Black Rabbiit

1. Blank Page

2. The Orchid

3. Silence (Remix By Mr. Tube)

4. Devotion

5. Freeze (Remix By Lee "Scratch" Perry)

6. Heaven Below (Remix By Mr. Tube)

7. Drugs (Remix By Eluvium)

8. Drigs (Remix By Jameul Saxon)

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Track List: Six

1. When You Finish Me

2. Wasteland

3. Witching Stone

4. Rats

5. Heaven And Hell

6. Drugs

7. All My Steps

8. Forget My Heart

9. Liar's Ink

10. Suicide

11. Back To The Underground

12. Last Chance

13. Iri Sulu

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Track List: The Spell

1. Tangled

2. The Spell

3. Not Just Words

4. The Letter

5. The Replacement

6. Return To Burn

7. Gps

8. The Waiter #5

9. Places

10. The Fix

11. To Bring You Back

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Track List: Amore Del Tropico

1. The End Of Love

2. Tropics Of Love

3. Broken World

4. Why I Stay

5. The Invitation

6. Did You Wonder

7. A Sign On The Road

8. Sympathy Crime

9. The Visitor

10. The Waiter #4

11. A Cry For Love

12. Before The People

13. Only One Way

14. Finger Prints

15. The One Who Has Disappeared

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Track List: Three

1. We Always Knew

2. Guess I'll Forget You

3. Once Said At The Fires

4. Waterfront (The Sinking Road)

5. Till We Have To Say Goodbye

6. I Know Your Ways

7. Never From This Heart

8. A Heart Like Mine

9. The War Is Over

10. On Ships Of Gold

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Track List: The Black Heart Procession

1. A Truth Quietly Told

2. Destroying The City Of Hearts

3. Song About A....

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Track List: 2

1. The Waiter No. 2

2. Blue Tears

3. A Light So Dim

4. Your Church Is Red

5. When We Reach The Hill

6. Outside The Glass

7. Gently Off The Edge

8. Its A Crime I Never Told You About The Diamonds In Your Eyes

9. My Heart Might Stop

10. Beneath The Ground

11. The Waiter No. 3

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More pretentious poseurs. Thumbs down losers
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@ZJSimon When it's a genre you often listen to, there's no issue :)
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Thumbs up
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I really love this band I'm going to go out and find the CDs.
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I like "Six" but is it the only Black Heart Procession Lp they have?
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How come they don't play The Spell or any of The Black Heart Procession lps.
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Dark and beautiful!
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Definitely in the top 5 list of 'Step outside the comfort zone of the genre you usually listen to' acts.
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Ive loved this band since like 1998 when I heard their first album, which isn't on Pandora for some reason. I never stop loving them.
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Finally get to see 3MP (one of those band branches of TBHP) live tonight at the Belly Up Tavern. Happiness!
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Will be played at your funeral.
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so amazing and beautiful
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none more black
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Saw these guys open for Calexico. They were incredible. Blue-grassy, but with a hard, heavy edge.
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ahemee
best f**king live show at the casbah i ever saw
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saturnine_in c h
Kind of reminds me of VAST, but definitely its own sound. Beautiful, haunting.
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Ooh, beautiful, haunting, great lyrics, thank you, Pandora!

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