Joel Gion the tapper of rhythms for Brian Jonestown Massacre has made his first solo album and this great song, Yes. Its a brilliant merge of percussion and psychedelics resulting in a pretty trippy video.
While Gion’s depiction as the side-burned, hep-talking, sunglass-wearing star of the 2004 rockumentary “Dig!” casts a long shadow, the ten tracks of “Apple Bonkers” shows a different side of the jester of psych-rock’s highest court. Over 10 tracks we find Joel at his most creative and captain of his own ship.
As might be expected, there are plenty of classic 1960s sounds, but the sonic palette spans decades, colored by timeless touchstones of Joel’s record collection – shoe-gaze, post-punk, psychedelia, alt-country and mod/beat music, it’s all there – it’s all there, as are a healthy collection of great guest musicians, including several current and former members of the BJM and other west coast friends.
Co-produced by current BJM members Collin Hegna and Rob Campanella, “Apple Bonkers” also features contributions by Jonestown members Daniel Allaire and Matt Hollywood, along with former BJM members Jeffrey Davies and Miranda Lee Richards. Also along for the ride: Pete Holmstrom of The Dandy Warhols, Ryan Van Kriedt of the The Asteroid #4/Dead Skeletons and Jason “Plucky” Anchondo of the Warlocks/ Spindrift. Much more than getting by with a little help from his West Coast friends, “Apple Bonkers” sees Gion leading the trip to a psychedelic land of honest-to-goodness rock and roll.
Joel’s fellow bandmates aren’t the only ones who have left Joel’s San Francisco neighborhood, and the album title “Apple Bonkers” is in reference to a city changed by an influx of tech startups and higher rents, for better or worse. There’s a serious tone to the album that might surprise some listeners, colored by the sometimes insane realities of the world in the year 2014.SEPTEMBER
7 – Lille, La Peniche
18 – Paris, LE POINT EPHEMERE/Point FMR with Quilt, Sudden Death of Stars, Daniel Bachman
19 – Angers, Levitation
20 – Angers, Levitation (off stage, but on site, if you know what we mean)
22 – Toulouse, La Dynamo
24 – Newcastle Cluny 2 – seetickets.com / 0871 220 0260
25 – Nottingham The Bodega – alt-tickets.co.uk / 0845 413 4444
26 – Birmingham Institute – ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 844 0444
27 – Liverpool, Joel Gion DJ Set – Liverpool Psychefest
28 – Manchester Deaf institute – see tickets.com / 0871 220 0260
29 – London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – ticketweb.co.uk / 0844 847 2316