RIFL: Black Mountain, hippie country folk jams, beards
How many great stoner jams can a man create? Ask Stephen McBean. Seems like he'll never stop making wonderful albums in the vein of stone. For those unfamiliar, McBean is also the front man of the more jamming Black Mountain. Pink Mountaintops is his more laid back, folk-stoner-country outfit producing slow paced hippie jams that are half relaxing, half rocking your brains out, somehow swirled together into a wonderful hypnotic trippy masterpiece. Pink Mountaintops Outside Love is all about just that, love. When I purchased the vinyl it had a sticker on the front that read "Stephen McBean from Black Mountain returns with his third Pink Mountaintops album - ten songs of love and hate that read like a Danielle Steele romance novel." Outside Love is definitely sleazy, but I'm not sure if I would consider it Danielle Steele sleazy. The album cover is actually a pretty good indicator of the amount of sleaze in Outside Love, which is quite a bit, and it's a great thing. We all need a little 70's inspired freewheeling love in our rock n' roll once in a while. I have a soft spot in my heart for this genre of music and am happy that McBean is watching out for both my softer and harder sleaze rock sides. Thanks Stephen.
Watch a video for "While We Were Dreaming" on Pink Mountaintops website