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02 July 2012

News: Brian Jonestown Massacre to Tour Midwest and East Coast Later This Summer.


Thu Aug 16 Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue *
Fri Aug 17 Milwaukee MS @ Turner Hall *
Sat Aug 18 Chicago IL @ The Metro *
Mon Aug 20 Atlanta GA @ Variety Playhouse *
Tue Aug 21 Carrboro NC @ Cats Cradle *
Wed Aug 22 Washington DC @ 9.30 Club *
Thu Aug 23 Philadelphia PA @ Union Transfer *
Fri Aug 24 Boston MA @ Royale *
Sat Aug 25 New York NY @ Webster Hall *
*Magic Castles Supporting

Brian Jonestown Massacre returns to the United States in August to tour supporting their new album, Aufheben, released through Anton Newcombe’s own ‘a’ Records in May 2012. Earlier this spring, the band completed tour dates on the west coast and southwest including headlining Psych Fest in Austin, TX. Then followed sold out dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Adel in Australia and onward to Europe selling out venues in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, and Paris.

Opening for Brian Jonestown Massacre on the East coast and Midwest dates is the Minneapolis band, Magic Castles who released their eponymous double album in March 2012 through ‘a’ Records.

Anton Newcombe remembers, "The song that introduced me to Magic Castles was ‘Ballad of the Golden Bird.’ I really think it is special, so much so, I decided to ask the group if I could release this record through my label, ‘a’ Records. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do..."

Stream the following tracks from Magic Castles:

Death Dreams
Ballad Of The Golden Bird
View the psychotropic video for “Ballad Of The Golden Bird:”

Regarding the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s album title, Aufheben or Aufhebung is a German word with several seemingly contradictory meanings, including "to lift up,” "to abolish’” or "to sublate.” The term has also been defined as "abolish," "preserve," and "transcend." In philosophy, aufheben is used by Hegel to explain what happens when a thesis and antithesis interact.

Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded the new album in Berlin at Anton Newcombe’s studio and the infamous East German Radio Station “Studio East.”

Original member of the band, Matt Hollywood, plays on this album. It also features Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spritualized), Constantine Karlis (Dimmer), and Thibault Pesenti (Rockcandys) plus vocal performances by Eliza Karmasalo (in Finnish).

This album brings the traditional Brian Jonestown Massacre sound mixed with eastern influences, bringing it up to date with the benefit of all the additional weirdness that's been discovered in the past 40 years.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre has been somewhat of a musical commune for many respected musicians over the years, a band from the 1990’s that has spurned other great bands ever since. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Warlocks, The Silver Rockets, The Black Angels, The Ravenettes, The Dilettantes (to name a few) are all part of this musical family tree. Indeed, this is a band that has witnessed many incarnations, since its inception in San Francisco in 1992.

Two dozen band members later and numerous “ups and downs” (some have been famously sensationalized in the media), the one thing that has always remained consistent for this psychedelic collective, is front man Mr. Anton Alfred Newcombe.

Brian Jonestown Massacre Touring Band
Anton Newcombe – guitar, vocals
Matt Hollywood – guitar, vocals
Joel Gion - tambourine
Collin Hegna -bass
Dan Allaire - drums
Frankie Emerson - guitar
Ricky Maymi - guitar
Rob Campanella - keyboards

Brian Jonestown Massacre (Album)
Anton Newcombe – Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Drums & Electronics
Will Carruthers - Bass & Backing Vocals
Matt Hollywood - Guitar
Constantine Karlis - Drums

Additional Musicians
Hallberg Daði Hallbergsson - Guitar
Hakon Adalsteinsson - Guitar
Eliza Karmasalo – Vocals on Viho
Friederike Bienert – Flute
Thibault Pesenti - Vocals on Illuminomi
Fab Leseure – Keyboards & Electronics

1- Panic in Babylon
2- Viholliseni Maalla
3- Gaz Hilarant
4- Illuminomi
5- I Want To Hold Your Other Hand
6- Face Down On The Moon
7- Clouds Are Lies
8- Stairway To The Best Party
9- Seven Kinds Of Wonderful
10- Waking Up To Hand Grenades
11- Blue Order New Monday