06 June 2008

Something 4 The Weekend # 71

The Black Angels hail from Austin, TX, and in the simplest terms, they're a heavy psychedelic band spiriting the likes of The Doors, Velvet Underground, Syd-era Pink Floyd, Can, Jesus & Mary Chain, and even more contemporary acts like Liars, Wooden Shjips, Battles, and fellow Austinites, Explosions In The Sky...

Blah blah blah...

Here's what some dude named Tommy Hall had to say about The Black Angels on the band's own website:

Since Aristotle, man has organized his knowledge vertically in separate and unrelated groups---Science, Religion, Sex, Relaxation, Work, etc. The main emphasis in his language, his system of storing knowledge, has been on the identification of objects rather than on the relationships between objects. He is now forced to use his tools or reasoning separately and for one situation at a time. Had man been able to see past this hypnotic way of thinking, to distrust it (as did Einstein), and to resystematize his knowledge so that it would all be related horizontally, he would now enjoy the perfect sanity which comes from being able to deal with his life in its entirety.

It is possible for Man to alter his mental state and thus alter his point of view (that is, his own basic relation with the outside world which determines how he stores his information). He then can restructure his thinking and change his language so that his thoughts bear more relation to his life and his problems, therefore approaching them more sanely.

It is this quest for pure sanity that forms the basis of The Black Angels.

So, um, I guess we could take some time right now to think about all of this "horizontal living", which sounds vaguely/alot like any number of Eastern philosophies/religions, but it's probably best if we just listen to the fucking tune.

The Black Angels: Directions To See A Ghost: "Mission District" [mp3]

The band definitely has a vibe of their own, even as they incorporate so many influences, a real energy that stands out, even on mp3 files, and I imagine they're a pretty compelling live act, though I may never know...

Hotcha! Hank

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Blogger FOCK said...

Fuck it. I'm joining the Cylons.


June 08, 2008 7:27 PM  
Blogger Hank Mohaski said...


I've never seen BSG, but I'm gonna guess yr saying that The Black Angels' singer and/or Jim Morrison are Cylons...


June 09, 2008 6:42 PM  

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