Shuffle Up and Deal

Brian Jonestown Massacre — Anenome

This is one of Mari’s favorite songs. I have sort of drifted away from BJM over the past year or so but it was a welcome surprise to see this one come up when I hit shuffle. Anenome (Greek for “daughter of the wild” and also the name of a variety of buttercup) is really a pretty song and contains the usual BJM psychadelia vibe and cryptic lyrics. I particularly like this couplet:

you should be picking me up
instead you’re dragging me down
i could be giving you love
but you’re not around

If you enjoy documentaries, I highly recommend Dig! about BJM and the Dandy Warhols. It is the best way to truly understand how the main figure in the band, Anton, rides the line between genius and madness. Anton is a very difficult person to deal with. He’d even admit this. Accordingly he burns through band members at a rapid pace. But his talent is undeniable.

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