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Methodrone [CD]

Brian Jonestown Massacre Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000W6Q81M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Evergreen
2. Wisdom
3. Crushed
4. That Girl Suicide
5. Wasted
6. Everyone Says
7. Short Wave
8. She Made Me
9. Hyperventilation
10. Records
11. I Love You
12. End of the Day
13. Outback
14. She's Gone
15. Untitled

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a psychedelic rock band originally from San Francisco, California, led by guitarist/singer Anton Newcombe. Since 1995 The Brian Jonestown Massacre has released numerous albums, first for Bomp! Records, the label which gave them their start, and later for TVT and Tee Pee. BJM has been essential in the development of the modern U.S. garage scene, and many LA and SF musicians got their start playing with Newcombe, including Peter Hayes of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Originally Newcombe was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones' psychedelic phase - the name comes from Stones guitarist Brian Jones combined with a reference to cult leader Jim Jones, but his work in the 2000s has expanded into aesthetic dimensions approximating the UK Shoegazing genre of the 1990s and incorporating influences from world music, especially Middle Eastern and Brazilian music.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated late entry into the shoegazer scene. 19 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Pitched somewhere between the genuinely progressive, psychedelic exploration of the 1960's freak generation, and the lo-fi drones of the late-80's shoegazers, Methodrone is a rich and startling achievement... an album that manages to flaunt it's various influences like little gold badges of honour, whilst simultaneously presenting it's own unique and distinctive sound and vision. It's a world away from the more trippy psyche-influenced sound that would follow on albums like Their Majesties Second Request and the garage-rock inflected Take it From the Man! (but when the music is as deep and as mind-bending as this... it's really no bad thing!!), with the band here instead fusing elements of Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Moby Grape, Love, and the Velvet Underground, with distinctive elements of Loop, Ride, Spacemen 3, the Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.
As a result, Methodrone essentially picks up where albums like Darklands, Isn't Anything and Loveless left off... with The Brian Jonestown Massacre taking the influence of 60's chart pop and psychedelic rock, and drowning them beneath waves of heavenly feedback. On top of that we have some fantastic percussion and those drifting, dreamy vocals, which here sound like Mick Jagger impersonating Kevin Shields, as layers and layers of different guitar effects rise and fall like crashing waves all around us!! Amidst this we have the bass locking into a heavy groove that lulls the listener into a dream-like stupor as the machine gun patter of the drums and a hint of female backing vocals merge with those of the BJM's shaman-esque leader Anton Newcombe to create something that is both ethereal, dreamy and transcendent, whilst also managing to sound rough, raucous and defiantly anthemic.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars drone method 5 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
A great album for anyone who belives that My Bloody Valentine's "loveless" was the Pet Sounds of the 90's and Flying Saucer Attack deserve more airplay.
A great title too, getting my daily dose of the drone & is there method in the madness? This was my intro to BJM & it led me down interesting & dark coridoors.
Form the driving, swirling guitars soft gentle melodies emerge; it's like find a tranquil spot in a busy city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A present 20 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was bought for my 25 year old son as a gift and he was thrilled to listen to it all the time
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment 17 April 2013
Format:Vinyl
This piece of sound shall grant any mortal pleasurable experiences. Questioning existence is an option, or the ever popular living in the now.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece! 7 July 2005
By Eric J. Hradecky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Even though this music is (as of writing this) over 10 years old, you'd SWEAR that it was a brand new record! This is how well Methodrone stands the test of time! In fact the vast majority of Anton Newcombe's music stands up well long after publication/release!

As the names imply [BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE - METHODRONE] you get a heaping serving of early Stones attitude and sound set against a solid wall of shoe gazing/droning chords. The first four tracks of Methodrone make this an absolute must for any serious rock fan.

While there isn't a bad song on the cd, the remainder of the record is merely very good. But in BJM's defense think of the last few records you bought...can you say that every track is either outstanding or merely very good? Probably not. Methodrone is a wonderful start to finish ride.

I would recomend that if you're not familiar with BJM this record is as good a place to start as any of their MANY records. Other BJM records tend to be heavier on the 60's sound that Newcombe knows and loves. That isn't bad, in fact Newcombe is a (here it goes another BJM fan overstating) a GENIUS. Really, he is. Newcombe has the ability to re-create the best the 60's and early 70's had to offer but repackage it in a very contemporary ATTITUDE.

Newcombe & BJM are receiving a good deal of notoriety since the documentary "DiG!" has come out on DVD. In it he's protrayed as an as**ole. This may or may not the the truth. But don't let the documentary get in the way of your becomming a fan of his music. After all, isn't that the REAL point? Take Richard Wagner...he and his wife Cosima were SERIOUS anti-semites. They were both outspoken and loud as**oles. But what about Wagner's MUSIC. You'd never be able to tell that Wagner was a certifiable pr*ck while listening to the Siegfried Idyll! I'm not saying Newcombe is a horse's hind end, maybe he is and maybe he isn't. All I'm saying is let his MUSIC make up your mind.

OK, off the soap box and back to Methodrone...BUY IT!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible 10 Jan 2000
By "wagley" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This cd is incredible. One of the best I have every heard, definitely best by BJM. Although the flow of the cd is more disjointed than other BJMs, man of the individual songs (evergreen, wisdom, everyone says) are true gems.
If you don't already own this CD, go out and get it. Its takes spaceman 3 psych out blurs in My Bloody valentine drones and mixes in the rolling stones irreverant attitude.
I can't recommend this CD highly enough.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it, Baby! 24 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's the Maasacre from a time when they felt things a little bit differently and measured themselves against more contemporary band movements. But this album will be sought after even 20 years from now, GUARANTEED. Timeless as they wanted it and all of their releases to be.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shoegazing 11 Aug 2005
By MEWZIK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not like Anton doesn't add dreampop in some of his recordings, but Methodrone can rival any My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Catherine Wheel, Slowdive, etc - as one of the most overlooked treasures to the genre. This was made in 1995, a point when shoegaze was phasing out to britpop like Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish in 1994 (look at the transition for the band LUSH regarding catalog). What I am saying is he was a penny short of getting real success with this record, not like Anton could ever put all his eggs in one basket. He is one talented bstrd and the debut should have gave him more of a fanbase. I am happy he is getting the attention now.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collectively, a work of art. 12 Jan 2005
By Andrew Probelski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While this album does not flow together perfectly, it is still an excellent listen. "Evergreen" may be one of the most beautiful rock songs I have ever heard, right up there with My Bloody Valentine's "Sometimes." This album will take you to another dimension. Methodrone is absolutely stunning.
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