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New Album From Amber Webber and Derek Fudesko, Kodiak Deathbeds

Kodiak DeathbedsIf you’re a fan of the Canadian band, Black Mountain, then you are no stranger to the voice of Amber Webber. For me, her voice is a standout. When Black Mountain is not doing anything (and they are a slow band. It’s been five years since we’ve heard anything new.), then the members are out doing a variety of projects. Amber is one of the busier of the group. A few years back, she recorded the excellent Fantasy album with Joshua Wells, (as Lightning Dust), who is also a member of Black Mountain. Since, she has recently released a digital version of her latest project, Kodiak Deathbeds.

She formed Kodiak Deathbeds along with Derek Fudesko (recently of Cave Singers). The band is a stripped down folk showcase that cannot go bad with Amber Webber at the mic.

The new album is filled with ten reflective tracks that are for the fan. They’re laid back affairs, contributing to the grace that Webber’s vocal range provides, and the gentle guitar of Fudesko. And if you’re a fan of either of these artists, or both of them, then I cannot recommend Kodiak Deathbeds enough for you. I’m not crazy about the name, or many of the names used by bands these days, but I can tell you, the album is worth the listen and purchase.

Amber and Derek

The album is streaming at several locations but primarily via Band Camp. The album can be physically had on vinyl LP with 50 available on a limited run of 50 for the hand-numbered version, and 450 of the standard vinyl issue.

It also bears noting that Amber Webber has publicly stated that Black Mountain is in the act of putting together new music for a new release. Yay!

Black Mountain Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of Debut With Deluxe Edition In June

Black Mountain Black Mountain 10th Anniversary Deluxe EditionBlack Mountain, a Vancouver, BC band with a brilliant retro sound not unlike the heavy rock of the late ’60s, early ’70s, formed back in 2004. Formed with Stephen McBean, the excellent vocals of Amber Webber, and admirably rounded out by Matt Camarind, Jeremy Schmidt, and Joshua Wells, Black Mountain gave us an updated stoner rock sound that satisfied the music lover in a lot of us. (In the off times, Stephen McBean records with Pink Mountaintops, while Amber Webber and Joshua Wells create with Lightning Dust.) Their first album was the excellent self-titled Black Mountain album. Before it, the band offered up Druganaut, an EP of four tracks that featured an extended version of the title track, “Druganaut”, a modified version of which is found on the first full-length album.

Since the release of that first album, Black Mountain has gained a sizable fanbase. Their debut was followed up by the even more memorable, In The Future, in 2008, and book-ended by their equally memorable Wilderness Heart, issued in 2010. With 2015 well under way, I’d say that we’re anxiously awaiting a new Black Mountain album. However…

In our wait, it has been announced that their label, Jagjaguwar Records, will reissue the Black Mountain debut as a 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Planned for June 23, this 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will come lavishly expanded with eight bonus tracks from the original sessions. That efficiently reels me in!

Planned is the inclusion of the Druganaut EP with three of its original tracks, a UK Radio Edit of “No Satisfaction”, and four previously unreleased tunes that include “Behind The Fall”, “It Wasn’t Arson”, and two demo tracks, “Set Us Free”, and “Black Mountain” (see complete track list below).

In its release, Black Mountain – 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be issued on 2CD, DD, and a Limited Edition 2LP set with standard black vinyl, and a limited edition grey vinyl. The gatefold jacket of the 2LP will contain foil printing, as will the 2CD set.

Black Mountain LP

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(10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 2LP Track-List
(The 2CD follows the same sequence order)
1. Modern Music (2:45)
2. Don’t Run Our Hearts Around (6:04)
3. Druganaut (3:48)
4. No Satisfaction (3:48)
5. Set Us Free (6:46)
6. No Hits (6:45)
7. Heart Of Snow (8:00)
8. Faulty Times (8:35)
9. Druganaut (Extended Remix) (8:15)
10. Buffalo Swan (9:08)
11. Bicycle Man (3:21)
12. Behind The Fall (3:01)
13. Set Us Free (Demo) (5:56)
14. Black Mountain (Demo) (3:27)
15. No Satisfaction (UK Radio) (4:25)
16. It Wasn’t Arson (4:42)

The band has a tour schedule up with US stops in Chicago, and Bellingham (WA). Complete tour stops below:

[All tickets at http://bit.ly/blackmountain_tour]
5/30 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
6/04 Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown w/ Elephant Stone
6/06 Vancouver, BC- Levitation Vancouver – Malkin Bowl
6/10 London, UK – 100 Club
6/11 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
6/12 Brussels, BE – Botanique
6/13 Luzern, CH – B-Sides Festival
6/14 Vienna, AT – Arena
6/15 Zagreb, HR – KSET
6/16 Ljubljana, SI – Menzi Pri Koritu
6/17 Milano, IT – Magnolia Summer Festival
6/19 Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES – Azkena Rock Festival
6/21 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
7/15 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues fest