Doom-folk from Barn Owl's Jon Porras

I posted last year about Bay Area duo Barn Owl's hypnotic, droney doom-folk guitar. Barn Owl's Jon Porras has a solo LP titled "Black Mesa" coming out on the Thrill Jockey label next month. The song featured in the video above, titled "The Black Tide," isn't included on Black Mesa but I'm told it is in the same vein of fuzzy, meditative California guitar weirdness that flows through the new record.

Jon Porras: "Black Mesa" (Amazon)

Jon Porras (Thrill Jockey)


  1. Gordon Freeman finally gets his own theme tune!

    Aside:- is it just me or do the otherwise great team of BB’ers often miss video game references such as ‘Black Mesa’? The sheer volume of awesome they come up with perhaps leaves little time for games…

    1. I admit that I didn’t get that reference at all. Just looked it up. Thanks. And yeah, I honestly haven’t played video games since Pac-Man… but I was an absolute master at that. : )  Rob and Mark play a lot though! And Rob just IM’d me that he got the Black Mesa reference.

      1. Pac-Man skills never go disrespected Dave! I love the overwhelming variety on BB but games (being my passion) are not heavily featured, then again I basically want my huge cherry-trifle cake and to have it fed to me – what can I say, we Welsh are demanding.

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