Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Edition)
In this scribe's view, the self-titled debut album from Black Mountain was the best Canadian psychedelic rock record of the '00s (and one of the best from anywhere). By turns trippy and heavy, it is highly worthy of a 10th anniversary reissue, and that is exactly what it is now being given. The expanded package includes bonus tracks (B-sides and demos) of equally high quality (the reissue features 16 cuts vs the original's eight). Recorded on an 8-track reel-to-reel tape recorder at The Hive in Vancouver, Black Mountain brought mainman Stephen McBean and his talented comrades quick notoriety and an international fanbase that has stayed loyal since. Those into this genre late to the BM party should definitely check this out (a limited edition of grey vinyl is also coming out). News that the band are planning a rather overdue new album (their first since 2010 Polaris long-lister Wilderness Heart) in the spring is heartening.
Black Mountain play Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on July 18.