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The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock & roll, the Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Some 40 different members passed through the group's ranks over the next half-decade, but the focal point always remained singer/guitarist Anton Newcombe, who, along with bassist Matt Hollywood, guitarist Dean Taylor, organist Mara Regal, accordionist Dawn Thomas, drummer Brian Glaze, and "Spokesman for the Revolution" Joel Gion, recorded the Massacre's 1995 shoegaze-influenced debut LP, Methodrone. A collection of early recordings, Spacegirl and Other Favorites, followed on the band's own Tangible label in early 1996, and was the first of four Brian Jonestown Massacre LPs to appear that year; next up was the brilliant Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request, a full-blown homage to the Stones' glorious psychedelic-era excesses. Recorded live in the studio, the grittier Take It from the Man! found the band exploring even broader territory. Finally, the year ended with the release of Thank God for Mental Illness, a showcase for their strong country and blues leanings.

In 1997, the BJM -- now consisting of Newcombe, Hollywood, Gion, Taylor, guitarists Jeff Davies and Peter Hayes, and drummer Brad Artley -- resurfaced with Give It Back! After signing to TVT, they released Strung Out in Heaven the following year, but the band and Newcombe's own eccentricities kept them from staying on the label. After a few scattered EPs, they resurfaced in 2001 with Bravery Repetition and Noise, distributed by Bomp. And This Is Our Music followed in 2003. Despite a continued lack of major distribution, the Brian Jonestown Massacre earned the largest profile of their career in 2004, when the band became the unlikely focus of an award-winning documentary, DIG!, which charted the trials of Newcombe and those of his rival, Courtney Taylor, leader of the Dandy Warhols. The We Are the Radio EP followed in August 2005. Three years later, the band reinvented itself with My Bloody Underground, featuring yet another lineup and a hint of shoegaze and noise pop. Who Killed Sgt Pepper? followed shortly thereafter, being made available in streaming format at the end of 2009 and receiving an official release on January 1, 2010.

By this time, DIG! was fast becoming a cult classic, and even though the lineup had changed many times over since the movie premiere, Brian Jonestown were as popular as ever. In 2012, Newcombe announced that he and Matt Hollywood would be teaming up again to record what he considered his most cinematic record, Aufheben, scheduled for release that May. In 2014 the project's 14th full-length album, Revelation, materialized, featuring tracks toiled over in Newcombe's Berlin studio between 2012 and 2014. In 2015, Newcombe returned to the themes of Aufheben with Musique de Film Imaginé, a collection of soundtrack cues for a nonexistent movie, inspired by his love of classic French cinema. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Hey plasiewicz-t r y reading the bio next time for a better understandin g that BJM is in fact named after an original member of the Rolling Stones, not for the Kool Aid suicide swilling party you're guessing.
Loved listening to Anton's theories of how Brian Jonestown was killed whilst being strewn about in their legendary manager's bed in San Francisco ����Dave
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plasiewicz
The description is misleading. The Jonestown Massacre was a bunch of religious nuts that poisoned themselves and their families in Guyana.
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You must hav a soul to hear the quality in this music. I could get lost for days listening to this!
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cibamantis
Anton just is, take your Freudian interpretati o n s of people and shove it. The music = because drugs. Clean Yourselves up, you have closets full of songs that cause your addiction to musical swill. Who else digs up Charlie Manson and gets inspired? Experimental , hell yes! Perfect, Hell No! Of course not, that's not the point, to make some perfectly executed Billboard hit that sounds like every note was ploddingly predicted by some binary coded robtoman. Rock on forever BJM!
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cibamantis
Anton just is, take your Freudian interpretati o n s of people and shove it. The music = because drugs. Clean Yourselves up, you have closets full of songs that cause your addiction to musical swill. Who else digs up Charlie Manson and gets inspired? Experimental , hell yes! Perfect, Hell No! Of course not, that's not the point, to make some perfectly executed Billboard hit that sounds like every note was ploddingly predicted but some binary coded robtoman. Rock on forever BJM!
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this & give it back r my 2 fav albums by the BJM. thanks to the BJM for helping to open the door for me to a much wider range of musical tastes, & helping to bring about the revolution your work does not go unnoticed
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tajakab
With all due respect to Anton N and his prolific 'genius', there are as many stinkers as keepers. Guess that's the honest appeal to BJM.
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This band sucks. How did they ever get songs released ?
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Psychedelic Alley
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mmccormick95 9 7
Guitar riff sounds very much like the one in yardbirds heart full of soul.
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I do like see love
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damonbfox
here it comes...
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Anton- " I'm not for sale, this gift is for you."
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Spacegirl and Other Favorites... b y far my favorite BJM.
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BJM is wonderful. Gladi discovered them.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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I love this song! Natural and pure is what someone posted and I totally agree with that, good stuff.
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With that being said... I think it's meant to sound a bit mediocre. I think it gives the music a more natural pure sound. I like it!
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All y'all. Srsly let's just express our thoughts on the music the world has given us.
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@josephd024 please just stop.
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rweir357
horrible I've heard better from a two year old on a stringed instrument
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Boring and mediocre. Thumbs down
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
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Somehow these guys got past me. This is great.
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Having lived with The B.J.M. and being there to see them record some of their music was amazing. I have to say I will never get tired of these guys.
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Crushed is some brilliant music...been there man. BEEN THERE!
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i keep trying to hate them...
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spacemyn119
Really great music. Although some of it odd, it's all about experimentat i o n . This band stands out cuz they're not settled on one particular sound.
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Kiss your hand 10 times
Say your crushes name
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look at your hand
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They started in my warehouse for a performance art celebration. . . . m e and my buddy Tom played bass and drums to shut Tony up...Anton that is but everyone in OC here gets mad when I call him that...The first song ever played was Junkies Die because Anton was so anti-dope, but he got Jeff the most wondereful guy (but with a penchant for dope) to play guitar, me on bass and Tom Marzella on drums...so he kind of set the conflct stright up there...a shame so many of our friends our dead...hope you gu
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Skin flute :-) That must be Anton not Jeffy...alot h o u g h withouth the braces I'm sure Jeffy would blow a bit smoother now...
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GOOD S**TS
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princessmise r y
I came across their stuff from a random CD I got from some company that does that whole Buy such-and-suc h amount of CD's, become a member get these for a deal kinda crap. I fell in love with them ever since. But I have to admit, some of their stuff is plain terrible. But the songs I do love, I REALLY love. lol
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I got a contact high from listening to these over hyped junkies...
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Keep it up Mr. Anton! Sweet sounds.
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Thanks to whomever chooses the music for boardwalk empire for giving this deserving band some exposure. Awesome choice
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Sound good but a few items. First they sound a bit to much like Catherine Wheel. Second the cove art for Methodrone is a rip off from The Stranglers La Folie and from The Cure's Disintegrati o n . I''ll listen to them a bit more before making any more judgement, they have me intrigued,
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I spent a lot of time hangin out with Matt in the early 90's and traveled from S.B. with him back to S.F. when he rejoined the band in '93. Good times!
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One of my favorites
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I like BJM, but I love Bruttermania . IT MAKE ME CRAAAAAAAAAZ E D . It sounds like the frequency of my brain on overheat.
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switte85
syd barrett and lou reed all in one.
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blah, blah, blah. good shi*
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smosquito
Anton Newcombe is a gifted c**t. His music is brilliant and dope fueled. It's more lifelike than life. Like the speed/coke/p o t fuel that he takes its a f**king mad trip.
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This is one of those unusual bands that have the power to change your life, shoot dope, fall in LOVE, become homless in SF, and be redeemed by JC. True Story. Keep Music Evil A.N
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One is, by far, my favorite zony EP, EVER. Love it.
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jcurlando
not only is the name a tribute to Brian Jones, but considering the attitude these guys usually display on album and live, it probably has more to do with the actual jonestown kool aid mass poisoning; and i say that because its true but also with deep affection for this outfit..they reinvent, deconstruct and defenestrate all rock before and after it
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Dear Anton, I still love you. Keep making great music.
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this band really really hates you
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