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  • Audio CD (Dec 20 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000A2H70Y
  • Other Editions: LP Record
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1. Never Become Emotionally Attached to Man, Woman, Beast or Child
2. Seer
3. Time is Honey (So Cut the Shit)
4. Teleflow 5 vs. Audiosphere
5. God is my Girlfriend

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Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture into the world of Western rock and roll, The Brian Jonestown Massacre have made some of the most exciting underground music in America since the sixties. Formed in 1990 in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, The Brian Jonestown Massacre is very much an amalgamation of that city's past and present musical forces. Featuring 5 new songs from the critically-acclaimed BJM, We Are the Radio will surely please fans and critics alike. Tee Pee. 2005.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1e71b4c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d5dc18) out of 5 stars Never disappoint Aug. 6 2005
By alexander laurence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Brian Jonestown Massacre is one of the most respected bands in Los Angeles and the world today. They are a band of a high caliber that has paved the way for many bands. Anton Newcombe is one of the great songwriters of our time. For years his band has been working in the margins and in the underground because of Newcombe's intensity and his staying true to his pure vision. Since the movie Dig! has come out, a wider audience now is aware of his various talents. Now Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Perry Farrell, and Steve Jones (of The Sex Pistols) are fans. In the past three years BJM has done many successful tours and have spread the gospel. A few tours in the UK have added to the legend. Now people who have seen the film expect Newcombe to be this bizarre wildman. That was more where he was in 1997. It's only a fraction of his personality. Years have passed and it's obvious by now that he has a dedication and a love of music. Anton Newcombe is one of the last real rock and rollers. Most others are doing karaoke in comparison. Newcombe is a shaman. He revives the ghost of real rock and roll every night in a club. Whether or not the hipsters "get it" is not his job. They will be talking about BJM years from now when all these media fads and pretenders have disappeared. So we have an EP, which is supposed to be a taste of the new album possibly. Newcombe is always developing and changing his musical landscape. The previous album "And This Is Our Music" featured many different lead singers. It was as if BJM was this traveling troupe and anyone could join. This EP is much similar. Except all the songs are co-written by Sarabeth Tuceck. The first song "Never Become Emotionally Attached" is a soft mellow folk song that features Tuceck on vocals. "Seer" has more techno elements. Newcombe is a genius at manipulating sounds. The clicking sound in this song is very addictive. This song reminds me of some of the stuff Mazzy Star did. "Time Is Honey" has great multiple vocals. This is a classic BJM song. Newcombe sings the lead on this one. The next one "Teleflows vs. Amplifaction" reminds me of some of the Bowie/Eno collaborations around the time of Low. A fascination with Krautrock it must be. The final song "God Is My Girlfriend" has the vibe of "All Tomorrow's Parties" but goes further. It's good that all this attention is on BJM. They are a great band. Now you just have to shut up and listen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2192e1c) out of 5 stars I'll go against the grain on this album July 10 2007
By MidwestGuyUSA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge BJM fan. I actually think this is Newcombe's best album to date. Each album this guy makes tends to be great, regardless of the constant abandoning membership of band members. This album seems to be more artistically inclined -- more on the order of something you'd hear from Brian Eno -- and less pigeon-holed on 60's revilalism. I am frankly surprised to hear any poor reviews on this album. It is a great album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2856714) out of 5 stars Rock Solid Rock & Roll Jan. 29 2013
By Kirk A. Gauthier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record
The Brian Jonestown Massacre are well-known for their '60s revivalist style of psychedelic rock, but what they have to offer with 'We Are the Radio' is something a little different. Is it a sign of evolution for the band or simply a one-off experiment with a new sound? With Anton Newcombe, it's hard to say; he has quite the knack to do the unexpected.

Part of what makes this mini-album/EP sound so different from the rest of the band's output is the skeleton crew used to record it. On vocals, guitar, bass, and synths is Anton, also on vocals is Sarabeth Tucek who wrote "Seer" and co-wrote "Time Is Honey" with Anton, and Dan Allaire is on drums. If that's not a skeleton crew then I don't know what is! Sarabeth's vocals dominate this record as she takes lead on 75% of the singing duties (she sings lead on "Never Become Emotionally Attached to Man, Woman, Beast or Child;" "Seer;" and "Time Is Honey"), while Anton sings on only one song, "God Is My Girlfriend." My favorite track, "Teleflow 5 vs. Amplification," is purely instrumental and probably the trippiest of the 5 songs.

I guess this is the part where I admit I'm not a lifelong fan of the band but a bit of a newcomer. Having been a fan of the Dandy Warhols since 2003, I learned about the BJM about a year or so ago when I watched the documentary "DiG!" and became rather intrigued by the band. I'm always listening to new music and have found my tastes gradually drifting more and more into earlier decades. Lately, the music of the '60s has me highly intrigued, and I find it obvious Anton has a great deal of love for the music and sound of that decade.

The BJM have been called over and over again a '60s revivalist band, and I would agree with that sentiment. Anton has spent his career revitalizing not just the music but the culture of what was '60s psychedelic rock. Aside from this record, I've listened to 'Tepid Peppermint Wonderland: A Retrospective' (the 2004 edition) and 'The Singles Collection (1992 - 2011)', and I feel like those two albums/compilations have given me an understanding of the band's musical direction. For the most part, I feel like 'We Are the Radio' continues that tradition, though it has perhaps a more modern feel to it. All of the songs on this record are still deeply rooted in the '60s, but the music sounds and feels tighter and more polished than much of what I've heard. Except for "Teleflow 5 vs. Amplification," which sounds downright futuristic but oh! so cool in comparison.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that 'We Are the Radio' stays true to the core of the BJM while taking something of a new direction in terms of the band's sound. Long-time and die-hard fans will probably be upset by this change in the band's sound, but some of the world's greatest bands have been known to experiment with their music style from time to time. The '60s, for one reason or another, were known as a time of experimentation, so a change or shift for the BJM shouldn't come as a big surprise. Bottom line: this record rocks just as hard as it grooves.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c54de0) out of 5 stars Dissapointment Feb. 20 2012
By Thomas Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record
Bought it on vinyl. I didn't realize it was an EP, silly me. Only one side. Which would have been fine if it weren't $20 out the door. I love BJM. Been to a show in San Francisco before, and I have tickets to their show in May pinned on the wall right in front of me. I agree with another reviewer that the girl singing is annoying and the first and last tracks are the only good ones. In fact, the only song I even LIKE enough to listen to again is the last track, which I really like. Wasn't anton hooking up with this girl at the time? Isn't that why she's on here?
HASH(0xa1c54f54) out of 5 stars Quite good actually Nov. 25 2015
By AD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not sure why this album gets such a bad rep. It sounds very much like another evolution of the BJM sound in the same vein as ...And This Is Our Music. I'm not a huge fan of the technopop of some of their later discs, but aside from Anton's lack of vocals, this album is quite solid. The space/synth jam is great, and I hear lots of 12-string electric guitar. How is this not good BJM?