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The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Tepid Peppermint Wonderland Vol 1

Re-mastered for vinyl release, this 15 track compilation covers the years of 1995 up to 2004, and provides ‘key’ tracks from all the albums that fans have come to adore. The collection also includes live recordings and many unreleased tracks, stretching out its arms to both the listener of old and new. ...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Something Else

The first of two (count 'em) albums by the Brian Jonestown Massacre this year yet there never seems to be a let up in the demand for their albums. Two reasons probably  - firstly BJM fans are a loyal bunch and secondly their albums always maintain a certain standard. Nothing since 'Revelation' has shimmered quite with the quality of that re...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
If I Love You

More atonal compositions from the man, the myth known as Chris Cornell.. I mean Anton Newcombe. It's an oldie is this one my brothers, the tracks on side B are from 1991/2 the tracks on side A are taken from the L.A. sessions in 2001. A beguiling mix of old Massacre and.. Erm, slightly less old Massacre. The opening track is a lovelorn ode to lo...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Who Killed Sgt Pepper

After years of hating the BJM, thinking they were total tosh, I finally gave in with 'My Bloody Underground' and thought they were pretty good. I started to see the fuss. Subsequent releases have been so so with the odd decent track here and there but let's say it's all been reasonably patchy. The opener to 'Who Killed Sgt Pepper' s...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Hold That Thought

Are you ready for not one but two Brian Jonestown Massacre albums this year? Well get in the swing by buying this 10" which contains a taster track off each record. Another big year for the never pausing collective and look there is Anton on the cover looking like someone has just sat on his sitar.  ...view item »

The Magic Castles

The Magic Castles sound like a cloud whispering to their favourite cloud, and that just happens to continue on ‘Starflower’, because clouds happen to float on, okay? I think Modest Mouse told me that once. This record is addictive in the same way sitting on a bean bag is; you don’t want to get...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bravery, Repetition & Noise

One of the BJM's best! Featuring a handful of songs that have become firm fan favourites down the years ('Telegram', 'Nevertheless', 'Sailor'), another another handful that deserve wider acclaim ('Just For Today', the haunting 'Leave Nothing For Sancho') this was first released in 2001 and has now been reissued on vinyl (for the first time)...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Here's our Anton and his latest batch of buddies back for another go. And there's a cock on the first track! Right at the end, if you listen carefully. Otherwise, opener 'Panic in Babylon' is an odd slice of Arabian sounding pop which neither inspires nor particularly upsets though little impr...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
+ - EP

And so the BJM's recent fine form continues. 'Revelation' is one of those albums that I've had to force myself to stop listening to for fear of ruining it by overplaying, and the highest compliment I can pay this EP is that each of the three new songs it contains co...view item »

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
Cocaine Cat

We all know who Anton Newcombe is  - he's the one out of Brian Jonestown Massacre. We know less about Tess Parks but according to Alan McGee "Tess is an amazing lady” so this should be an interesting collaboration. They recorded this in Berlin and I *think* it's a taster for a forthcoming full length. Brian Jonestown-related stuff alw...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Sun Ship

Here's a taster of the new LP made by our friend, tweet mate and owner of the world's most charismatic sideburns Anton Newcombe. A couple of minutes into 'The Sun Ship' i thought I was listening to some '67 era the Beatles outtake such is the spiralling psychedelia and granny-glassed whimsy. Very 'I am the Walru...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Clinton awoke from his slumbers on overhearing the news that theres another Brian Jonestown Massacre album out. This time its called 'Methadrone' which is a very typical Brian Jonestown Massacre title. A further internet investigation tells me its not a new album at all but a re-issue of a 2004 album. It comes on lovely blue double vinyl...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Don’t Get Lost

"If I hear this bass line one more time..." growls Robin and I have every sympathy. Psych/kraut rock is everywhere.  We can't move for it here at the towers. Good, bad, indifferent there's an overload of the stuff which threatens enjoyment of the stuff that is actually good. Luckily Brian Jonestown Massacre are good. We knew that already ri...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Take It From The Man

If you want to hear The Rolling Stones, you should probably listen to The Rolling Stones -- what's wrong with you? But if you've exhausted your supply and are trawling through old '60s psychedelia, I invite you to go to the '90s and investigative 'Take it from the Man'! Filled with endless guitar hooks and groovy anthems like "BSA" and "Vac...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
This Is Why You Love Me

Anton Newcombe continues his tireless mission to reissue all the early The Brian Jonestown Massacre records with the re-release of the 1997 four track E.P 'You love me'. It's of the usual high standard you'd expect from these LA garage rocker/shoe gazer favorites and a excellent reminder o...view item »

Alex Lipinski

Recorded with Sir Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre, he lends his mid fidelity production chops to this album but really what we are talking about here is Oasis. Lipinski has a Liam-esque sneer to his voice but it's not just that both opener 'Going Nowhere Fast' ...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

I spent the best part of eight years or so listening almost exclusively to The BJM. But following the largely disappointing (to me) 'Sgt Peppers' and 'Aufheben', things changed. Both those albums, and the various singles from around the same time, had their merits but the spell had been broken. 'Revelation', however, is currently dominating...view item »

Pete International Airport
Safer With The Wolves...

Pete International Airport is the new solo project from Peter Holmstrom, guitarist for The Dandy Warhols. He has named his project after a Dandy Warhols song of the same name from their 1997 album, The Dandy Warhols Come Down. Safer With The Wolves is being released by A Recordings, the label ow...view item »

Minus One

"They're meant to be the new Jesus and Mary Chain or something" said Phil. Bollocks they are. There's much more to this album than that. OK, it's pretty clear that Nick Wood - aka 'Klaus Von Barrel' in earlier times, heh - and Kat Day have probably played Psychocandy a good few times in their li...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Third World Pyramid

In this crazy world we’re bombarded by a constant stream of information, misinformation and Shiny New Things. In a NR reviewer’s world, we are showered with new / old musics. Sometimes it’s welcome, sometimes it’s not; often, though we just don’t know. Well I don’t know. So...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Musique de film imaginé

The problem, I guess, that people could have with this record is that it's not really a Brian Jonestown Massacre album - even when you take into consideration their propensity for veering all over the musical landscape (as on the excellent career high of last year's ‘Revelation’). That’s not to say this isn’t an enjoyable...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bout Des Doigts

A heavily touring band these days and why not? To celebrate their appearances at various things over the summer, BJM issue a new 10"  - a format they seem to enjoy. 'Bout Des Dogts' is a much bootlegged track which has now been recorded and stuck on vinyl for your listening delight. The A and the B side are basically the same thing sung in ...view item »


LeVent are a Berlin based group making stripped back indie rock with a nod to post punk and the more ethereal and swirly contemporary bands in their wake. A somewhat dreamlike story sits behind this record, picked up and brought into sweet existence by none other than Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre....view item »

Out Of Body

After their last LP ‘Always Then’ on Clan Destine sold out pressing after pressing, and the follow-up on Anton Newcombe’s A imprint dazzled both our Nath and the customers brave enough to submit their own opinions, “Klaus Von Barrel”’s The KVB are back this week with a short but sweet EP, recorded in Berlin la...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Spacegirl and Other Favourites

San Francisco based psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre have put together ‘Spacegirl And Other Favourites’ from the original vinyl release of the tracks. Title track ‘Spacegirl’ is a drawn out, droning whiteout with psyche chants with bursts of classic seventies organ sounds that pick up the infectious, rep...view item »

Les Big Byrd
Stockholm Death Star

I recently watched Christopher Nolan’s space-epic blockbuster ‘Interstellar’, and I have to say: I was very confused that the soundtrack wasn’t Moon Duo. Similarly, I’ve heard rumours that ‘2001’ doesn’t feature the music of Follakzoid...view item »

The Cobra Lamps
The Cobra Lamps EP

Barrie Cadogan leads Little Barrie, and has also played guitar sideman to acts like Morrissey, Primal Scream and Edwyn Collins. The man knows his rock music, and now he’s doing it on his own for the first time, as The Cobra Lamps. This deb...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Mini Album Thingy Wingy

Brian Jonestown have proven in the past that they know their way around an album title. ‘Bravery Repetition and Noise', ‘Their Satanic Majesties Second Request’ and now comes ‘Mini Album Thingy Wingy’. You decide.   There is always that moment when for a stupid second you think th...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Thank God For Mental Illness

This is the first time on vinyl for this early era Brian Jonestown record. Made for the princely sum of $17.36 it was recorded live in their house. You can almost see broken sitars and discarded drug paraphernalia lying about as you listen to the opener ‘Spanish Bee’. There hasn’t been too much care applied to whether the ...view item »

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
I Declare Nothing

Anton Newcombe has been busy of late. He’s here (literally  - he’s been in this very office), he’s there, he’s everywhere. If that’s what getting off drugs for you then please...give me some fresh air. Even sober he manages to make music that sounds like it was recorded at the tail end of a 16 weeks bender in a...view item »

Weird Owl
Interstellar Skeletal

Chillest of the chillers, Weird Owl sparkle psychedelic synths like a fog over lazily strummed chords of the chillwave kingdom, creating a record that sounds bold but irresistibly relaxed. If you’re wondering if there’s anything else to talk about, there’s not, since most of the drumbeats sound as dynamic as the ones by whoever...view item »

Les Big Byrd
They Worshipped Cats

Anton Newcombe's A Records seem to have been particularly busy of late, which is fine by me because I love all this hazy good-times psych stuff. This album by Stockholm's Les Big Byrd is no exception. This lot have a smooth and woozy take on this psychedelic krautrock style that's all the rage nowadays, and this debut album plants nine serious h...view item »

Blue Angel Lounge
A Sea Of Trees

Here's the latest offering on Brian Jonestown honcho Anton Newcombe's A Records, the third album by The Blue Angel Lounge. They make a kind of darkly psychedelic pop music which is informed by new wave, post-punk and goth, often coming across like a cross between the aforementioned 'Massacre and Ec...view item »

The Bang Girl Group Revue
Soul Shangri-La

Inspired by the old days of heart-wrenching and life-affirming soul music -- back when it was the much idolized '60s -- The Bang Girl Group Revue take retro and reroute it for the current day. The trio try and keep their sound on Soul Shangri-La as true to their vision as possible, doing soul re...view item »

Tim Burgess
The Doors Of Then - I Am Yours I Am You

Here’s an interesting record. It’s got BJM’s Anton Newcombe putting a couple of tracks from Tim Burgess’s excellent recent ‘Oh No I Love You’ under the knife and turning them into something a bit different and as y...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Singles Collection (1992-2011)

This has all the singles that came out before I got "turned on" to this incredible music. So this gives me a feeling of completion with the bonus that it's all remastered to the hilt. Really sounds like Anton cared what it would sound like. Buy this if you never heard BJM before because it also contains their latest single, which is incredible. ...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The One EP

You may have heard the news of a forecoming 10th studio album from Anton Newcombe's group Brian Jonestown Massacre. 'The One' is a four track EP that precedes it's release with two tracks featured on the new LP accompanied by two exclusives. Recorded in Iceland and Berlin these tracks see Newcombe's lot jamming things out in a more dance orientated...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Just Like Kicking Jesus

So after that last Brian Jonestown Massacre album here's a brand new 5 track mini album thing on 12 Tonar which is an Icelandic label. These tracks were all recorded during the sessions of the last album... 4 are exclusive to this release. There's a bunch of alternate versions of tracks from the last album which are a bit useful. It took me a while...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
My Bloody Underground

Remember when you put a needle on a record and the sound that emerged was once of pure soul, melody and surprise. When records were full of twists and turns and you never quite knew what was coming next. When artists made music purely for the love of making it and not for material or monetary gain. Well if a time ever ac...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bringing it all Back Home Again

The BJM being the BJM...doing what they want, even if that means playing just two chords for over thirteen minutes on an acoustic guitar while singing about some farmboy killing his parents. Whether 'Arkansas Revisited' really was co-written by Charles Manson is, let's face it, doubtful. But it's evil - in a good way - nonetheless...view item »

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