How hard can we ride for someone that ends a song called "Vampire" with the lyrics You can suck out the blood, but you can't kill the heart of my love? If you're wizard-turned-father-of-stoner-rock-turned-wizard/reasonable adult Stephen McBean, it turns out the answer is pretty hard. Take that vampires! Have we mentioned that we are feeling dude's release pattern (...pause...?) yet? It seems like he'll put together a monolithic smoggy and heavy Black Mountain record, chill for a bit, maybe take the Ladyhawk dudes on some weird Canadian island tour before getting back in the studio to record another Pink Mountaintops album. Outside Love, his third, is out May 5th and we've been playing it on the old hi-fi ($40 boombox from Best Buy) pretty regularly. It's a departure from his Black Mountain work, and even a departure from the previous Pink Mountaintops album, which seemed like a bunch of appealing personal song sketches haphazardly thrown together in a sequence that just so happened to work really well. This time around, he's got the whole Canada crew backing him up, or at least enough of them that it comes across like a mission statement telling us that it's totally cool to grow up, especially if you're making records featuring a rotating cast of friends and family. If only we could all sound so content.
Download: Pink Mountaintops, "Vampire"