Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tunesday: "Bad Vibrations," The Black Angels

The tone, the drone, the reverrrrrrb ... it's just a dynamite track. I love the atmosphere of the song. Sure, it's trippy (and druggy) as hell AND it leans heavily on The Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane (among countless other psych-rock pioneers), BUT the buildup to the primal scream is perfect (Roky Erickson has to love this band, right?). When the group shifts to double time, I can't help but run faster. It's just that effective (wish the 4/4 section was longer).

The above clip ain't much to look at ... but the same can't be said of this KEXP recording from SXSW 2011 at Mellow Johnny's (dig the true psychedelic inclusion of electric jug, ala The 13th Floor Elevators).

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