Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: The Black Angels’ Alex Maas On Pugs

As 2011 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

Phosphene Dream, the third album from MAGNET faves the Black Angels, marks a big step forward for the Austin, Texas, psych quintet. The band signed to the Blue Horizon label (run by industry bigwigs Richard Gottehrer and Seymour Stein) and worked in L.A. with veteran producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Rolling Stones), marking the first time the group recorded an LP outside of its home base. The Black Angels also recently upped their profile with a collaborative appearance with UNKLE on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. (We hear the track, “With You In My Head,” is played at a pivotal scene in the film, but when it comes to movies, we are more Black Swan than Bella Swan.) The band also backed Austin legend Roky Erickson (though the fruit of that labor is still up in the air, release-wise) and is still working hard on its annual Austin Psych Fest. And if that wasn’t enough, the Black Angels will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Alex Maas.

Maas: I like they way they snort. I like the way they smell. I like the way they look at me with trust. I like how they are my best friends after I lovingly give them a piece of bacon. (Most of my friends are like this.) I like how their bodies wiggle when they run. I like how they listen to my problems. I love the way they dig for worms in the dirt.

Video after the jump.