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V/A Gern Blandsten: The First Nine Years (Gern Blandsten) cd 11.98
New Jersey's Gern Blandsten Records celebrate nine years of existence with this compilation of two dozen tracks by two dozen of Gern Blandsten's finest boy bands galore. Running the gamut from Wire / Gang of Four influenced post punk angst (Computer Cougar) to retro Brit power pop (Weston, Radio 4) to indie rock-a-rama (Chisel, The Van Pelt) to emo-punk (Garden Variety). As is the case with most of the bands that GB releases, their influences are in full view - no, there's no hiding the love and admiration for their forefathers. On an odd note, one of my favorite bands from this label, Radio 4 a mod-ish power pop outfit offer up "Boy Meets Girl" a track that, intentionally or not, lifts the melody from Kraftwerk's "The Model" and throws it into guitar territory.

V/A Get It! (Get) cd 15.98
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Great, wild compilation of "Raw Funk" circa 1967-69. You get Andre Williams, Soul Continentals, Jimbo Johnson & The Violators, Willie Tell & The Overtures, and many more obscure but very funky artists. We've been selling this--and others in the series ("Pow City" & "All Night Soul Stomp")--for a while now, and quite briskly...so we thought we'd finally put it on the list so that mailorder types could get up, get into it and get involved, too.

album cover V/A Getting Off! The Seductive Sounds Of 70's Adult Cinema (Lucky Monkey) cd 11.98
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More funky fucked up soundtracks from lost porno films, a la the Deep Note compilations, but unlike those classic seventies jams, these all seem to be from the eighties and most of them seem to be borrowing themes from popular music and television shows, which sounds weird, and it is, but it also makes these pretty fun and freaky. Plus try to imagine folks doing the nasty to most of these songs and it's downright impossible. It more likely that you'll be imagining car chases, and poolside brunch on the Love Boat or some strange montage on Fantasy Island.
From "Move On" which is a total rip of that song that goes "Whatchoo gonna do when she says good bye..." with some very Steely Dan sounding instrumentation, to "I P Walk" which borrows heavily from that Rick Astley song "Never gonna give you up...". The best title of the bunch is definitely "Hawkwind And Fire", but instead of sounding like Hawkwind, it absolutely is the theme to some totally famous eighties TV cop drama. But the pinnacle of whatthefuck on this comp has to be "The Heist" which is actually the theme from People's Court!!! Who the hell is fucking to the theme from People's Court?!? Unless it's from some People's Court spoof porn movie, People's Pork or something....
The coolest track by far though is "The Bends" a groovy laid back heavy psych rock jam, with super out of place space age synths, all fuzzed out, the whole track peppered with weird damaged FX. Another track that makes it difficult to imagine folks fucking to it.
A pretty fun and fantastic listen all around, but it's definitely gotten us dying to see what sort of weird and wild sex could have possibly transpired to the demented strains of these far out tunes. Maybe the next porn music reissue, instead of just issuing a cd, should just go for it and reissue the actual porno? Just a thought...
MPEG Stream: "The Bends"
MPEG Stream: "Hawkwind And Fire"
MPEG Stream: "Disco Fever"
MPEG Stream: "The Heist"

album cover V/A Getting Rid Of The Glue (Pendu Sound) lp 11.98
First in a proposed series of lps, based on a phrase used by Henry Cowell and later included in a lecture by John Cage, which in a nutshell describes a musical movement of the time (Wolff, Brown, Feldman, Cage, etc.) involving getting rid of the glue and allowing sounds to be themselves, instead of sticking them together into some sort of continuous form.
High concept certainly, and while it is easy to hear how the various artists on this comp did in fact get rid of the glue, loosed from the concept, it still plays like some killer outsider free rock compilation. Which it is. Some of the names you probably know, Excepter, Talibam!, BIG A little a, but most of them you probably don't.
A quick track by track: Dirty Churches do a sort of droning hypnorock, with guttural female vocals and drifting psych guitars, definitely the most 'glued' of the bunch. Spin-17 are kind of like a brain damaged Deerhoof, sing songy nonsense female vocals, weird gurgly male vocals, and other strange childlike vocalizations, toy percussion, all clattery and chaotic and very weird. K.P. are a sludge-skree collective from Brooklyn and manage to kick up a serious din, massive crumbling distortion, damaged electronics, dense and dark and seriously freaked out. BIG A little a (Aa) rock a sort of spaced out psychedelic rhythmscape, thick buzzing synths, tribal drumming, almost sounding like a super lo-fi version of newer Boredoms mixed with Tangerine Dream or Popol Vuh. Fessenden features at least one member from Pan-American, but sounds nothing like that, instead it's a buzzing minimal electro acoustic soundscape, lots of hiss and fuzz, drone and buzz, creaks and clatter and grinding crunch, a creepy industrial ambience, thick with mysterious muted percussion. Eager Meek is one man and a guitar, but you'd never know it. All sorts of swirly ambience, strange distant percussive rattles and scrapes, very haunting and spaced out. Up next is Mialessot, featuring NYC saxophonist Daniel Carter and analog noisemaker Old Ghost. Imagine a free jazz / Japanoise mashup and you'd have a pretty good idea of what these guys are all about. A bracing blast of damaged synths and blown out guitarnoise, a swirling roiling cloud of grind and rrrrooooaaar all piled atop a squirming and skronking tangle of free jazz sax, bleating and moaning and screeching. Pretty far out. Maria Chavez, does some super abstract turntable noise, utilizing old records and an arsenal of damaged record needles to create a spacious sound field peppered with lots of crackle and squeaks, pops and scrapes and alien squiggles, very minimal and abrasive but really awesome. would love to hear more from her.
Finally a killer closing one two punch. First Talibam! who give us their fucked and furious drums vs. synth sound, this time the relentlessly spastic free jazz drum splatter is pitted against creepy atonal organ (sounding a bit like a ball park organ) and fuzzed out synth. The Excepter, fronted by an ex No Necker, doing some weird eighties faux new wave thing, with electronic percussion, cheesy synths and really loud vocals, wrapped in tons of effects, reverb especially, swooping and soaring and sounding seriously demented.
LIMITED TO 300 COPIES. Includes a fold out poster with art by all the bands...

album cover V/A Ghana Soundz (Soundway) cd 16.98
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New, nicely packaged compilation of afro-beat from Ghana's golden era. Sound Way boasts that the 14 tracks included here from the 1970's are all extremely rare and previously unreleased outside of Africa. So if the Fela reissues and various Strut collections aren't enough, here's a nice addition to the collection. Includes a 16 page booklet detailing the history of Ghana's music industry.
RealAudio clip: 3RD GENERATION BAND, THE "Because of Money"
RealAudio clip: K.FRIMPONG & HIS CUBANO FIESTAS "Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena"

V/A Ghana Soundz (Soundway) 2lp 16.98
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Now on vinyl. Nicely packaged compilation of afro-beat from Ghana's golden era. Sound Way boasts that the 14 tracks included here from the 1970's are all extremely rare and previously unreleased outside of Africa. So if the Fela reissues and various Strut collections aren't enough, here's a nice addition to the collection. Includes a 16 page booklet detailing the history of Ghana's music industry.

album cover V/A Ghana Soundz Vol. 2 (Soundway) cd 21.00
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A second volume of rare afro funk from Ghana, every bit as good as the first. 14 tracks, all from the seventies, highlight Ghana's fertile music scene and the varied influences -- from funk & soul to fusion & jazz, and even rock. Like its predecessor, Ghana Soundz 2 comes well documented with bios on the artists, archival photos and album art repros. Here's to hoping these don't go scarce again so soon.
MPEG Stream: CHRISTY AZUMA & UPPERS INTERNATIONAL "Naam"
MPEG Stream: K. FRIMPONG & VIS A VIS "Aboagyewaa"

album cover V/A Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat, Funk And Fusion In 70's Ghana (Soundway) cd 21.00
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We listed this compilation a couple years back, but unfortunately it went out of print, but thankfully Sound Way has just gotten around to reissuing it. Ghana Soundz is an impressive collection of afro-beat from Ghana's golden era. Sound Way boasts that the 14 tracks included here from the 1970's are all extremely rare and previously unreleased outside of Africa. Includes a 16 page booklet detailing the history of Ghana's music industry, bios on the artists included and photos of the original album art.
MPEG Stream: THE 3RD GENERATION BAND "Because of Money"
MPEG Stream: HONNY & THE BEES BAND "Psychedelic Woman"

album cover V/A Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanian Blues (Soundway) 2cd + book 25.00
After wonderfully tackling the amazing sounds of 1970's Nigeria in their stellar Nigeria Special series, the folks at Sound Way now have applied their refined crate digging skills to the sounds of Ghana, assembling an amazing collection of tracks from 1968-1981. It took almost a decade to painstakingly track down the 37 tracks that make up this double disc and damn all that work was so worth it! We have always been huge fans of so many of the sounds that have come out of West Africa, and this comp is only fueling that fire even more. We can honestly say we had not heard of just about any of the artists here but they have all grabbed our attention as every track on this collection has something special going on, whether it's the hypnotic guitar playing, or the unique emotive vocal delivery, we find ourselves madly scrambling to see what track is playing to find out who the artist is so we can try to track down anything else by them. While not quite as outwardly flashy as some of their Nigerian counterparts, the songs on Ghana Special unfold with a distinct richness in songcraft and so many totally beautiful psychedelic and entrancing moments.
Once again Sound Way demonstrate that they not only have impeccable taste but that they also understand how to make compilations that flow, and feel like proper albums from start to finish instead of just a haphazard collection of tracks.
The double-disc cd set also comes with a 44-page booklet of photos and liner notes, including a history of this amazing musical era. School is in session and we're in the front row taking notes cause this shit is just so damn good! FYI there's also vinyl version comes in a monstrous box, the songs spread out over 5lp's, and includes two bonus tracks not available on the cd, but we happen to be out of it today, maybe we'll get a couple more in next week...
School is in session and we're in the front row taking notes cause this shit is just so damn good!
MPEG Stream: T.O. JAZZ "Owuo Adaadaa Me"
MPEG Stream: HEDZOLEH SOUNDZ "Omusus Da Fe M'musu"
MPEG Stream: BIG BEATS "Mi Nsumboo Bo Donn"
MPEG Stream: OSCAR SULLEY'S NZELE SOUNDZ "Bukom"

album cover V/A Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanian Blues (Sound Way) 5lp-box 55.00
After wonderfully tackling the amazing sounds of 1970's Nigeria in their stellar Nigeria Special series, the folks at Sound Way now have applied their refined crate digging skills to the sounds of Ghana, assembling an amazing collection of tracks from 1968-1981. It took almost a decade to painstakingly track down the 37 tracks that make up this double disc and damn all that work was so worth it! We have always been huge fans of so many of the sounds that have come out of West Africa, and this comp is only fueling that fire even more. We can honestly say we had not heard of just about any of the artists here but they have all grabbed our attention as every track on this collection has something special going on, whether it's the hypnotic guitar playing, or the unique emotive vocal delivery, we find ourselves madly scrambling to see what track is playing to find out who the artist is so we can try to track down anything else by them. While not quite as outwardly flashy as some of their Nigerian counterparts, the songs on Ghana Special unfold with a distinct richness in songcraft and so many totally beautiful psychedelic and entrancing moments.
Once again Sound Way demonstrate that they not only have impeccable taste but that they also understand how to make compilations that flow, and feel like proper albums from start to finish instead of just a haphazard collection of tracks.
The double-disc cd set also comes with a 44-page booklet of photos and liner notes, including a history of this amazing musical era. School is in session and we're in the front row taking notes cause this shit is just so damn good! The vinyl version comes in a monstrous box, the songs spread out over 5lp's, and includes two bonus tracks not available on the cd!
School is in session and we're in the front row taking notes cause this shit is just so damn good!
MPEG Stream: T.O. JAZZ "Owuo Adaadaa Me"
MPEG Stream: HEDZOLEH SOUNDZ "Omusus Da Fe M'musu"
MPEG Stream: BIG BEATS "Mi Nsumboo Bo Donn"
MPEG Stream: OSCAR SULLEY'S NZELE SOUNDZ "Bukom"

album cover V/A Ghana: Ancient Ceremonies, Dance Music & Songs (Nonesuch) cd 12.98
Originally released in 1979, Ancient Ceremonies is a collection of recordings from the country of Ghana. Unlike the High Life And Other Popular Music release which features music from the same country, the recordings on this disc focus on -- as the title suggests -- ancient music, which is completely devoid of any inflluence of Western music (of European or Afro-American.) That said, in the music of Adolphis Micah -- who accompanies himself with a one-stringed bowed lute called a gonje -- one can distinctly hear the roots of blues music. It's actually too bad that more music of Micah wasn't included on this disc, because it's definitely the highlight of the album. Also nice though are the tracks included here of music performed on the dzil and chohun, both xylophones (and ancestors of the marimba) which are played by two people facing one another. Unlike the Europeanized version of the aforementioned marimba, they include a thin membrane of spider web under their resonators which creates a buzzing tone when the keys are struck. The rest of the tracks consist primarily of drum and chant tracks with the occasional flute. Along with the standard liner notes, album editor Stephen Jay has included a glossary of musical instruments heard on the disc.
RealAudio clip: "Dzil Duet"
RealAudio clip: "Gonje Songs"

album cover V/A Ghetto Kitty Island Compilation (Ghetto Kitty Island ) 7" 5.98
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Here's a little something for your lo-fi pop sweet tooth... a compilation 7" record featuring Bart Davenport, Chicken On A Raft as well as Elephant 6ers The Minders and Of Montreal. Mr. Davenport's contribution is a gently sung and strummed ditty called "Tee". Of Montreal's is a spritely demo version of "Epistle To A Pathological Creep". The Minders deliver a droll Young Marble Giants-ish "Jealous Baby" and Chicken On A Raft get all raw, acoustic with "Lone Pilgrim". Limited pressing of 500, so hop to it!

V/A Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Soundtrack Album (Epic) cd 15.98
Wu Tang's The RZA put together this popular disc with songs from the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's film Ghost Dog. Dark urban Hip hop R&B tracks mixed with "samurai code quotes" from the flick. Sunz of Man, Black Knights, Kool G Rap, Masta Killah, Jeru, Wu Tang Clan, The RZA himself and others appear.

V/A Giant Robot (#15) magazine+flexi 3.95
Five year anniversary music issue, featuring Cibo Matto, Money Mark, Automator, LA turntablists the Beat Junkies, DJ Krush, and... Shu Uemura the makeup tycoon. Only 1000 of the issues come with the free Money Mark flexidisc (exclusive material he recorded at the Giant Robot loft), but luckily all of ours have it! There's also the usual little article by Windy talking about "music no one's ever going to hear".

V/A Gift, The (Will) cd 16.98
Gathering together new and old recordings of the beauty of true country. Classics by legends such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard alongside exclusive songs from Neko Case (easily two of her best!) and The Souvenirs.

album cover V/A Gimme Dat Harp Boy! (OZit Morpheus) cd 15.98
From the label that brought us Dust Sucker and Mersey Trout (the Magic Band live in Liverpool) comes a collection of recordings -- from the 1920's to the 1960's -- which serve to illuminate the vast musical influences of the enigmatic and inimitable Don Van Vliet a.k.a Captain Beefheart. As one might imagine, such a musical map would surely cut a broad swath. While many of the tracks have a direct connection to the Captain's works like "New Minglewood Blues" by the Noah Lewis Jug Band, whose opening lines are exactly the same as "Sure 'Nuff 'n' Yes I Do". Other tracks, like those by Blind Willie Johnson and Rahsaan Roland Kirk point out obvious influences on Vliet's vocal style and proclivity for playing two wind instruments at once. While the majority of tracks here are early blues & string band recordings -- Blind Blake, Victoria Spivey & Lonnie Johnson, Uncle Bud Landress, Al Simmons, Blind Joe Taggert, among others -- there's also plenty of jazz cuts -- Charlie Parker, Cab Calloway -- and oddballs like Lord Buckley, The Fang and Hawaiian slack key players Kanui & Lula. On top of all this are interspersed rare tracks of the Magic Band, interview snippets and random remarks from Captain Beefheart. Whether you're a fan of Captain Beefheart or not, you just might like this collection anyhow as just an interesting mix cd.
RealAudio clip: BOSS-TONES, THE "Mope-Itty Mope"
RealAudio clip: KIRK, RAHSAAN ROLAND "Jungle Suite"
RealAudio clip: FANG, THE "Nervous Norvus"
RealAudio clip: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART "Little Scratch"

V/A Gimme Skelter (Nettwerk) cd 17.98

V/A Gimmie Indie Rock (K-Tel) 2cd 19.98
No way...yes way! It's a bonafide K-tel compilation devoted to "indie rock." Coulda been quite painful, but amazingly this is actually a really nice collection. I don't know how they went about putting it together, but it's certainly got some stuff atypical of your usual "as-seen-on-tv" K-tel hits package. Husker Du, The Fall, Pussy Galore, Half Japanese, My Dad Is Dead, Yo La Tengo, The Wipers, The Minutemen, Savage Republic, Mekons, Mudhoney, Spacemen 3, Flaming Lips, Black Flag, The Pastels, The Melvins, more! It's like being in college all over again, at least for those of you who are 'our' age. A pretty great compilation!

V/A Girl Group Power, Histoires de Filles: Quebec 60's Go-Go Music (Triage) cd 14.98
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For fans of Ultra Chicks and Swinging Mademoiselle comps, wonderful playful french girl pop!

album cover V/A Girl Group Sounds: Lost and Found (Rhino) 4cd box 78.00
Even if it is last year's fashion (meaning: this was released back in October '05), we've fallen head over heels for this stylish boxset! The tunes, the big booklet, the chic black'n'white hatbox packaging... all of it! The folks at Rhino Records have always made it their mission to dish out the oldies-but-goodies, but they have truly outdone themselves with this '60s girl group extravaganza. Each of the four cds contains thirty songs for a whopping total of one hundred and twenty songs! They cover a lot of ground from pert pop to smoooth soul, from peppery R&B to sashaying country. Many of the featured artists will undoubtably be more than familiar to you, but we'd wager that just as many will be new to you. That said, even if you do recognize the faces, you very well might not recognize the songs. This boxset is dedicated to shining a rosy glowing spotlight on the more obscure tunes. Aaah, some things -- such as good music -- never go out of style.

album cover V/A Give Me Love: Songs Of The Brokenhearted - Baghdad, 1925-1929 (Honest Jon's) cd 17.98
The Honest Jons label has lately been giving Dust to Digital a real run for its money, in terms of releasing those far flung old world global sounds that we have not been able to get enough of. After devouring the Victrola Favorites and Black Mirror comps on D2D, the gorgeous I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore LP on Mississippi records and Honest Jon's last foray into dislocation, Living is Hard, we couldn't help but get excited over Honest Jon's latest release of early twentieth century recordings from Baghdad. Pulled from the same EMI archives as the Living is Hard compilation, Give Me Love: The Brokenhearted of Baghdad gives a keenly focused view of the ethnically diverse musical output of Iraq when it was still a British mandated territory. Arab folk singers backed by Jewish dance bands, solo Kurdish violin excursions, nightclub bands with female singers who doubled as prostitutes, circular zorna improvisations on par with the most out-jazz out there. So unearthly, beautiful and emotionally urgent. For obvious reasons, this release couldn't be more timely, as continued forced occupancy in the region has created such intense division and strife that it's a wonder we'll see such beauty again. Heartbreaking!
MPEG Stream: SAYED ABBOOD "Min Fergetak Lilyom"
MPEG Stream: SIDDIQA EL MULLAYA "Wehak El Kab Walkossein"
MPEG Stream: BADRIA ANWAR "Lega Taresh Habibi"

album cover V/A Give Me Love: Songs Of The Brokenhearted - Baghdad, 1925-1929 (Honest Jon's) 2lp 22.00
The Honest Jons label has lately been giving Dust to Digital a real run for its money, in terms of releasing those far flung old world global sounds that we have not been able to get enough of. After devouring the Victrola Favorites and Black Mirror comps on D2D, the gorgeous I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore LP on Mississippi records and Honest Jon's last foray into dislocation, Living is Hard, we couldn't help but get excited over Honest Jon's latest release of early twentieth century recordings from Baghdad. Pulled from the same EMI archives as the Living is Hard compilation, Give Me Love: The Brokenhearted of Baghdad gives a keenly focused view of the ethnically diverse musical output of Iraq when it was still a British mandated territory. Arab folk singers backed by Jewish dance bands, solo Kurdish violin excursions, nightclub bands with female singers who doubled as prostitutes, circular zorna improvisations on par with the most out-jazz out there. So unearthly, beautiful and emotionally urgent. For obvious reasons, this release couldn't be more timely, as continued forced occupancy in the region has created such intense division and strife that it's a wonder we'll see such beauty again. Heartbreaking!
MPEG Stream: SAYED ABBOOD "Min Fergetak Lilyom"
MPEG Stream: SIDDIQA EL MULLAYA "Wehak El Kab Walkossein"
MPEG Stream: BADRIA ANWAR "Lega Taresh Habibi"

V/A Give Peas A Chance (Crippled Dick) cd 16.98
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V/A Give The People What We Want: Songs Of The Kinks (Sub Pop) cd 14.98
It's always tough to put together a tribute record. The work is made even tougher when the band is as amazing as the Kinks. Further complicated by the fact, in the case of this particular compilation, that at least half of these bands are just okay, a few really suck, and most of the versions are really mediocre, with the bands not really making the songs their own. Worth it though if you love the Kinks and want to check out some bands trying their hand at some classics or if some of the folks on this record are bands you dig. Standout tracks from Mark Lanegan, Mudhoney, Jon Auer, Murder City Devils. Also includes tracks from C Average, Young Fresh Fellows, Model Rockets, The Fallouts, Love As Laughter, The Fastbacks, The Minus 5, The Makers and more.

V/A Glasgow (Plastic Cowboy) 2x7" 8.98
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A great double single with 4 exclusive tracks all from Glasgow with Mogwai (still the only band that has a right to fill My Bloody Valentine's shoes with the bleak melodic mope rock)... El Hombre Trajeado (if Tortoise were a Factory band... loose bass driven grooves and desolate keyboards)... Yummy Fur (an homage to the late 70's power punk from Fast Products i.e. Gang of Four, Mekons, Scars...)... and The Karelia (very nice bittersweet pop with laidback breakbeats worthy of Creation or Chemikal Underground)...

album cover V/A Glastonbury Fayre Festival (Akarma) 2cd+dvd 60.00
Yo, hippies! Holy crap, we've just got 3 copies of this fancy box set, which comprises a reissue (on two cds) of the triple LP set documenting performances at the legendary Glastonbury Fayre festival of 1971. Artists on cd one include Hawkwind, David Bowie, The Greatful Dead (a 24 minute "Dark Star...bury"), Marc Bolan, Mighty Baby, Brinsley Schwarz, Pete Townsend, and Skin Alley. Disc two is a doozy too with Daevid Allen & Gong (23 minutes from them), The Pink Fairies (famous renditions of "Do It" and "Uncle Harry's Last Freak-out", which Fairies fans probably have already) and last but not least, the Edgar Broughton Band (their freak anthem "Out Demons Out", 20 minutes long here). Wow. That blows Coachella or the Pitchfork Festival out of the water, don't it?
And then, there's also a DVD in this box, "Glastonbury Fayre - The Movie", featuring performance footage of Terry Reid, Fairport Convention, Family, Arthur Brown, Traffic, Melanie, and Quintessence. Haven't watched it yet but how could it not be cool? NTSC, region free.
The whole thing is packaged as a facsimile of sorts of the original, complete with inserts, poster, etc.

album cover V/A Global Accordion: Early Recordings (Wergo) cd 18.98
This recording may be viewed as either a joyful celebration of the ubiquitous nature of the instrument throughout the world by accordion lovers or an admonishment to those who hate it, to give up now: there is nowhere to hide. Much like the turntable of this century, the accordion -- invented in 19th century Vienna -- was a breakthrough intrument. Touted as the instrument that anyone could play, regardless of musical training, it was also the foundation for one man bands due to the fact that one could accompany oneself with chords while playing a melody. The popularity of the instrument grew so fast that it wasn't long before companies were producing between 100,000 and 200,000 a year. That's a hell of a lot of accordions. The original items weren't cheap, but as one could expect it wasn't long before cheap spinoffs were being produced, much to the ire of the middle class (think of those Technics 1200 purists out there poo pooing the Stantons, Numarks and Geminis of today.) It wasn't long before the market was glutted with cheap accordions, concertinas, bandoneons, etc. and the instrument firmly found itself ensconced in the hands of the masses from around the globe. The included liner notes, in both German and English, relate in further detail the accordion's rise and spread throughout the globe and the various underhanded techniques that manufacturers often used to both secure their position in the marketplace and sabotage their competitors. Included on this disc are 26 tracks recorded between 1927 & 1948 from: Puerto Rico, Ireland, France, Turkey, West Africa, Finland, Switzerland, Brazil, United States, Italy, Austria, Madagascar, Dominica, Russia, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, Poland, England, Canada and Sweden. A pretty impressive collection of tracks and an awful lot of variety to boot. Oddly enough, not a single East or South East Asian country is represented here. I'd like to think that pirates patrolling the south seas in proas were somehow responsible for this aesthetic judgement.
RealAudio clip: CAYLA, MARTIN & ADRIAN BRAS (FRANCE) "Lo Glaoudo"
RealAudio clip: MATUSEWITCH, GREGORI (RUSSIA) "Yidisher Melodien"
RealAudio clip: MATE, JONAS & KLEINBOOI MOTAUNG (SOUTH AFRICA) "Mamolikoane"
RealAudio clip: STEIRISCHES INSTRUMENTAL-TRIO (AUSTRIA) "Ubelbacher Walzer"

album cover V/A Global Turntables (Hip Hop Slam) cd 14.98
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It's nice to see a compilation that pays tribute to and includes stuff from hip hop's past, as well as showcasing the vanguard of the future. The newest offering from HipHopSlam, the label run by local hiphop mainstay Billy Jam (he also did the Shiggerfragger comps), collects skratch tracks from ten countries, from South Korea to Australia to Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands! Very fun, and if that wasn't enough, the whole collection is dedicated to Grand Wizard Theodore who *invented* the scratch. He speaks about how he came up with the idea on track one here, and *also* included is the classic 1985 "Lesson 3" cut from Double Dee & Steinski, remastered by Double Dee just for this comp! DJ Shadow ("Lesson 4") and Cut Chemist ("Lesson 4", "Lesson 6"), among others, have paid direct homage to this track!
RealAudio clip: DOUBLE DEE & STEINSKI "Lesson 3 (the History of Hip Hop)"
RealAudio clip: DJ WRECKZ "Honest DJ"
RealAudio clip: ROB SWIFT "Enter the Ablist"

album cover V/A Glory, Dominion, Power, Majesty (PK) cd 18.98
From the label that helped put out the swell "Darker Than Blue" reggae/soul compilation, comes a new, even more obscure collection of great tracks. Everything on this collection comes from the vaults of the Canadian label / recording studio Half Moon, sort of a Great White Northern version of Wackies and every bit as good. Lots of crispy, crunchy hi-hats and boomy-muffled bass surround the vocalists in a sandwich of audio love. There's a really nice rootsy reworking of Michigan & Smiley's "Nice Up The Dance" rhythm with some vocals by Johnny Osbourne. Along with Osbourne many Jamaican stars came to visit and record with the in house Super 8 Corporation band during the eighties. Included on this set are Joe Higgs, Stranger Cole, Leroy Sibbles as well as the home team's own vocalists. In addition to the vocal tracks there's some really sweet dubs on here to boot, fairly stripped down in style with a little added instrumentation here, a little more spring reverb and delay there -- very tasteful. The recording quality is very reminiscent of Lee Perry's early Black Ark era stuff, cramming as much signal onto the magnetic tape as will saturate (just caint do that darn thing with that digital crap!) Quite nice. Comes packaged in a nicely printed cardboard box. Our only regret with this release is that they shot the wad on the outer sleeve and neglected to include any liner notes, not even a cover for the actual CD case within. But we can't bitch too much, it's a great collection filled with rarities.
MPEG Stream: BLENDERS, THE "Why Did You Run Away?"
MPEG Stream: BONGO OSSIE & THE MOONLIGHTS "Black Society"
MPEG Stream: LEROY SIBBLES & OTRAVIS BAND "Sky Jacking Version"

album cover V/A Glory, Dominion, Power, Majesty (PK) 2lp 25.00
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Now on vinyl.... From the label that helped put out the swell "Darker Than Blue" compilation comes a new, even more obscure collection of great tracks. Everything on this collection comes from the vaults of the Canadian label / recording studio Half Moon, sort of a Great White Northern version of Wackies and every bit as good. Lots of crispy, crunchy hi-hats and boomy-muffled bass surround the vocalists in a sandwich of audio love. There's a really nice rootsy reworking of Michigan & Smiley's "Nice Up The Dance" rhythm with some vocals by Johnny Osbourne. Along with Osbourne many Jamaican stars came to visit and record with the in house Super 8 Corporation band during the eighties. Included on this set are Joe Higgs, Stranger Cole, Leroy Sibbles as well as the home team's own vocalists. In addition to the vocal tracks there's some really sweet dubs on here to boot, fairly stripped down in style with a little added instrumentation here, a little more spring reverb and delay there -- very tasteful. The recording quality is very reminiscent of Lee Perry's early Black Ark era stuff, cramming as much signal onto the magnetic tape as will saturate (just caint do that darn thing with that digital crap!) Quite nice. Comes packaged in a nicely printed cardboard box. Our only regret with this release is that they shot the wad on the outer sleeve and neglected to include any liner notes, not even a cover for the actual CD case within. But we can't bitch too much, it's a great collection filled with rarities.
MPEG Stream: BLENDERS, THE "Why Did You Run Away?"
MPEG Stream: BONGO OSSIE & THE MOONLIGHTS "Black Society"
MPEG Stream: LEROY SIBBLES & OTRAVIS BAND "Sky Jacking Version"

album cover V/A Go Go Get Down: Pure Ghetto Funk From Washington DC Compiled By Joey Negro (Z Records) 2cd 17.98
Are you ready to get down with the Go-Go? This exuberant, infectious, very dancable musical subgenre, a highly percussive, party-hardy species of funk, comes from the very specific geographic locale of Washington, DC and its environs, and never really took off anywhere else (though, DC's biggest Go-Go bands did tour in England and Europe with some success). Those include Experience Unlimited (aka E.U.) and Trouble Funk, both featured here on this fairly comprehensive Go-Go compilation, expertly put together by DJ/digger/producer/compiler Joey Negro (aka David Lee, he's a white guy, from the UK, one place outside of DC where Go-Go got a lot of love, for a while).
For those whose lives have yet to be enlived by exposure to Go-Go music, it's kinda like a primal, extreme version of funk, with proto-hiphop elements as well, characterized by the non-stop, syncopated Go-Go beat, implemented with a plethora of percussion, a lot of it rototoms and congas and cowbells (the next time someone yells "More cowbell!", play 'em some Go-Go, they'll love it!). Along with the percussion, there's gonna be fat synths and funky bass lines. Go-Go vocalists were often more like Jamaican toasters or MCs, their job to hype up the crowd, with repetitve call-and-response chants, not unlike old school rap… we were amused to hear the Davis Pinckney Project's "You Can Dance (If You Want To)", with lyrics apparently borrowed "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats! Though, some of the Go-Go tracks included here go for more soulful vox, as with C.J.'s Uptown Crew's "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and Expression's "Release Disco". With its roots in funk, other genres like jazz, RnB, hiphop, disco, and even punk, all got Go-Go-ified.
This comp is a suitably sprawling double disc collection of Go-Go essentials and obscurities. It's got 3 tracks from E.U., a couple from Go-Go pioneer Chuck Brown (and his Soul Searchers), also of course a track from Go-Go greats Trouble Funk (doing "Get Down With Your Get Down"). Other artists include Rare Essence, AM-FM, Donald Banks, Familiar Faces, Jackie Boy & Nature's Creation, Code Red, Jim Bennett & His Bumpin' Crew, Backlash, Little Benny & The Masters, and a few more… ok, there's no Junkyard Band or Mass Extinction, but we can't complain, as this does definitely include plenty of rarities that Joey Negro and pals spent a long time digging up. All in all, there's two dozen bumpin' tracks here all from Go-Go's heyday in the late '70s / early-to-mid '80s - with the exception of the final cut on disc two, by latter day Go-Go act Dr. Funk Skunk, which was recorded in 2004 and proves that Go-Go music is still going strong in the 21st century.
It's all pretty awesome, one big Go-Go party, so it's hard to pick highlights, but E.U.'s nearly ten minute "Somebody's Ringing That Doorbell (Express Yourself)" with its cameo vocal parodies of celebrities like Howard Cosell and Richard Pryor is definitely one of 'em. The more obscure Osiris's even longer jam "War (On The Bull Shit!) is another standout. Also we gotta mention the track "DC Groove", from white boy new wave punkers the Static Disruptors, an example of Go-Go's popularity in the harDCore scene (Minor Threat played shows with Trouble Funk!).
This labor of love includes extensive liner notes, with info on each Go-Go artist featured. From which we learned that there exists a Go-Go themed movie made in the '80s, a thriller called Good To Go starring Art Garfunkel, beleive it or not! Gotta track that down…
MPEG Stream: RARE ESSENCE "Body Moves"
MPEG Stream: STATIC DISRUPTORS "DC Groove"
MPEG Stream: TROUBLE FUNK "Get Down With Your Get Down"
MPEG Stream: THE MIGHTY PEACEMAKERS "Feel It"

album cover V/A God Damn, I Hate The Blues (KRAAK) 2x7" 14.98
This double 7" is not brand new, but it came with a batch of new stuff we finally got from Kraak, one of our favorite labels. Not sure what this double 7" is exactly, a label sampler maybe, we have a vague recollection of it commemorating a tour with all these bands, regardless, it's a pretty jam packed comp, with lots of aQ faves, the A side is outsider psych folk one man band Amen Dunes, with a track from his recently released Ethio Songs single, which finds him covering obscure Ethiopian pop songs, and it's the perfect combination, the original melodies and lyrics (sounds like he's actually singing the lyrics) still in tact, but the overall sound a bit more ramshackle and reverby, another one of those instances, where we sort of wish it wasn't a cover, and there was just a band that sounded like this all the time. Still, super awesome. The flipside starts out with Warm Climate, who we had never heard before, and whose sound is a sort of feedback drenched post punk, all low slung basslines, tribal drumming, and childlike vox, very rhythmic and propulsive, definitely into hearing more. The second track comes from long time aQ fave Ignatz, a glorious slab of lo-fi bedrooom folk, all detuned guitars and Dylan like vocal drawl, and spidery melodies over muted strum.
The second single starts out with another aQ fave Marisa Anderson, who played an instore here not too long back, and whose track here is a stunner, a fantastic slab of distorted electric guitar blues, lots of slippery slide and Appalachian fingerpicking, so good. Up next is Nathan Bowles, who offers up a short blast of old timey bluegrass stomp, and finally, the whole D side is given over to Bridget Hayden, who weaves a gorgeously minimal sprawl of gauzy Grouper-ish drift, hazy effected vocals over brittle lo-fi guitar strum, all druggy and washed out, softly psychedelic and dreamy.
Fairly limited we'd presume, housed in a swank heavy full color gatefold sleeve!

album cover V/A Goin' Down Slow: Music For Acoustic Guitar (Harha-Askel) cd-r 5.98
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Goin' Down Slow is a small but super satisfying sampling of modern day free folk cd-r artists who are doing strange and wonderful things with acoustic guitars. It's not just strum and pick and twang anymore, although we do love us some of that too. Instead, these visionaries transform the simple acoustic guitar into strange shapes and wondrous sounds. As with a lot of these comps, there's an exciting collection of known names and favorites, but an even more exciting assortment of folks totally new to us.
Some of the favorites include Tom Carter (from Charalambides), who takes his guitar and stretches it into a slowly slithering raga like buzz, local boy Robert Horton, who offers up a tangled cacophony of detuned strum and damaged jangle, Finnish troubador Keijo who unfurls a very exotic sounding folk jam that is equal parts old scratchy blues and some exotic snake charmer music, Armpit who take a simple strum and a mumbled vocal, and wrap them in thick swaths of distorted electric guitar and dense spacerock FX, The North Sea, who offer up the most straight ahead piece, a dreamy rambling melancholy Appalachia, as well as Sindre Bjerga and Mike Tamburo. The new names here: Andy And Michael Futreal, Don Bosco, Amigo Result, Ville Moskiitto, Stephen Lewis and Mark Dagley offer up their own varied takes on the steel string, from dark and languorous bluesy buzz, to super abstract sine wave wrapped shimmer and strum, to murky percussive fingerpicked tangle to gorgeously languid near ambient folk drift and beyond.
Another amazing collection of guitarists on the periphery, and a beautiful introduction to some new names we definitely want to hear more from.
Packaged in hand painted sleeves, with two printed inserts.
SUPER LIMITED!!! ONLY 80 COPIES PRESSED!! We got about 20, but those are sure to be gone in no time so act fast.
MPEG Stream: TOM CARTER "Arroyo Crawl"
MPEG Stream: KEIJO "On That Windy Road"
MPEG Stream: ARMPIT "A Cooler Spot On The Pillow"

album cover V/A Gold Leaf Branches (Foxy Digitalis) 3cd 24.00
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We hope you left some room on your cd shelves next to the recently released Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box 6cd set we reviewed recently. 'Cuz this almost plays like it could be discs 7, 8 and 9 of that set. That said, Gold Leaf Branches has it's own angle for sure, but sonically it still falls firmly right there in that abstract drone-y free psych folk world we all love. Just a glimpse of the bands should telll you all you need to know: Six Organs Of Admittance, Kuupuu, Hala Strana, Maniacs Dream, James Blackshaw, Keijo, Robert Horton, Wolfmangler, Charalambides, Brothers Of The Occult Sisterhood, Rameses III, Claypipe, Marissa Nadler, Hush Arbors, Lost Domain, Lau Nau, Dead Raven Choir... C'mon, that's like the psychfolk dream comp. And that's barely a third of the bands on here! And that's exactly what makes this collection so exciting, so many bands who you've never heard of creating magical music as good as any/all of the bands you're already familiar with. Check out Stuart Busby, Alligator Crystal Moth, Soarwhole, Visitations, Oxblood Reincarnations, Weird Weeds, Snowfoxx, The Magical Folk Of The Faraway Tree, Wax Ghost, Plat Ypus, Agitated Radio Pilot, Terracid and so many more. This comp will no doubt see folks dashing madly to the internet to dig up more recordings by these mysterious groups.
All new and exclusive tracks, packaged in a gorgeous metallic gold inked parchment sleeve (although they really should have sprung for some inner sleeves instead of just using the liner note insert to separate the three discs).
MPEG Stream: SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE "Thousand Birds"
MPEG Stream: HALA STRANA "Fanfare"
MPEG Stream: JAMES BLACKSHAW "No Ghosts"
MPEG Stream: KUUPUU "Haava"

album cover V/A Gold Record Studio: Live At Laney Flea Market (Edgetone Records) 2cd 14.98
Record collectors, check it out: in a sense, this is a compilation of tracks from some of the rarest records EVER -- even though they were just recorded last year! That's cause they only existed in editions of, like, one. Ok, this is gonna require some explanation. The Gold Record Studio is the latest contraption/conception from our man Jon Brumit (whom we first met when he brought us field recordings from the San Francisco dump!) and colleague Lisa Mezzacappa... Basically a set-up where one-of-a-kind vinyl records were pressed on-the-spot with an antique record cutter for folks who recorded live (and impromptu) in an open-air, homebuilt studio at a local flea market! This was totally free of charge, with instruments and even guest musicians provided, and apparently proved very popular. This took place over several weekends last spring at the Laney College Swap Meet over in Oakland... the City of Oakland actually ponied up some arts-funding money to help make it happen. And it seems like a pretty cool thing, for both the participants (the "recording artists") and now listeners who get to check out the diverse array of talent (and otherwise) who made records at the flea market, the best (and worst? no such distinctions really being made) have been compiled onto this sprawling double disc set. There's contributions from folks of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Some musical pros show up (including a couple Serbian prog rockers, and the DJ from the Ghetto Boys!), but also many total amateurs, young kids n' senior citizens. Lots of surprises in other words!
This man-in-the-street, instant-gratification, no-rules recording project really let some folks get, shall we say, expressive. And creative. And downright weird. Portions of this do come off like a rather dubious talent show, or drunk mom karaoke -- but lots of tracks could be some really underground, experimental cd-r fodder, too. As a whole, it's almost like a hypothetical installment of the Sublime Frequencies series dedicated to the sounds of why-be-normal urban America, jumping from track to track with ADD abandon. For instance, among the many tracks of disc one, you've got a woozy improv session with a barking dog factored in, followed a few tracks later by a version of "My Favorite Things" recast conversationally (and humorously) between teenage girls. There's also a pretty badass blues rock guitar instrumental, some crazy scat singing, and a song that sounds to us a lot like The Shitty Listener! And much much more... It's mind-boggling and exhausting and pretty darn special. Even the recognizable tunes that people try (for good or ill) are enhanced in our ears by the bustling flea market field recording happening in the background.
And then, there's a whole 'nother disc. 50 cuts on disc two, starting off with some very lovely solo guitar from "Sam"...which is followed by a much more maniacal track with a shouting child... and then some guy singing "Let It Be"... a super-distorted rap by a teenage girl... and on and on and on. There's definitely some Gong Show moments, which are good for a laugh or can be taken as something maybe unintentionally avant-garde. We really like the more "damaged", confusional tracks (of which there's plenty), where it sorta sounds like the people you hear DON'T know they're being recorded, or at least seem unaware of where the microphone is, or when the song is supposed to start or stop.
Even in the age of mp3 and MySpace, this Gold Record Studio project has taken the democratization of the "music industry" a step further, down to street level! There's just something really joyful about it, possibly due to the serendipitous social interaction happening right then and there at the point of creation. You're getting a glimpse at the inner musical burgeonings of people who until that fateful day they were wandering around the flea market, probably never ever ever dreamed that they would so soon be the proud owners of a physical vinyl artifact with their own singing/rapping/playing/barking/whatever on it, whether silly or serious. And that's pretty cool.
Also, if you get this, you'll definitely have some good material to put on your outgoing answering machine message for months to come... file it with stuff like MSR Madness anthologies of song-poem recordings, or Jacob Smigel's Eavesdrop disc of found sound recordings, although this takes its own unique place in that array of oddity...
MPEG Stream: "Lee, Jon, Suki, Brian, Tom, Jesse"
MPEG Stream: "Emily, Amara, Lucio"
MPEG Stream: "Sam"
MPEG Stream: "Birana, Tanaya, Shelley, Micha"

V/A Golden Age: Eurock, A History of European Progressive Music (Eurock) cd-rom 22.00
Where to begin with a review of a cd-rom that includes over 1,500 articles and reviews? Well, this is what I can tell you upon first examination of this disc, but many many hours could be spent exploring the material to be found here. Basically, this is an cross-platform (Mac and PC) cd-rom archive of every issue of Archie Patterson's Eurock fanzine, from 1973 to today, 45 issues worth. Eurock, as you might guess, specializes in European progressive rock sounds (although you'll also find coverage of scenes in Japan, Mexico, and other non-European places). Beginning in '73, it was initially focused on the contemporary krautrock scene (with features on Can, Amon Duul, Tangerine Dream in issue #1!), but as you browse through the issues you'll find stuff on Magma, Kraftwerk, RIO, Guru Guru, and then soon you'll be reading about Franco Battiato, Nektar, Lars Hollmer...it's endless. The Wire review of this of course bagged on the exclusion of much UK prog-rock (as if you'd rather read about Gentle Giant than Le Orme), but Patterson could hardly go back in a time machine and add stuff to the old issues of his zine -- what they wrote then is what you get now, and that's the beauty of it, the sense of "being there", of discovery, and all that...I almost wish that the magazine had been archived PDF fashion, so that you could actually see the original page layout and funky fonts. At least there's a gallery of cover art (unfortunately not viewable at full-size), for fans of the '70 underground press aesthetic.
Oh, and there's some bonus video material as well, an Urban Sax concert (sorry, haven't investigated that yet...) and a cut each from Amon Dull II ("Eye-Shaking King", goddamn!) and Popul Vuh from German TV. Very cool! Oh, and then the regular audio portion of this cd is some inoffensive New Agey symphonic music from one Hiro Kawahara, which might have its uses when trying to relax after several hours of computer-screen staring eyestrain that this cd-rom will surely cause. A fantastic item for folks interested in this sort of stuff (you know who you are)!

album cover V/A Golden Apples Of The Sun (Bastet) cd 14.98
Much like the Sub Pop 200 comp which came out in 1988 and was filled with then not so well known bands who would soon become household names across the globe (Mudhoney, Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc.) this Arthur Magazine sponsored, Devendra Banhart curated compilation probably did the same for music of this decade. When it first came out names like Antony, Joanna Newsom, Espers, Iron & Wine, Vetiver, Josephine Foster and Coco Rosie weren't at the tip of indie music lovers tongues like they are now. Free-folk, freak-folk, whatever you wanna call it, this is a great collection of artists which also include such AQ faves as Jack Rose, Vashti Bunyan, White Magic, Troll (featuring our own Scott!), Six Organs of Admittance, etc. While none of these bands/people will probably ever get as big as some of those folks on that Sub Pop comp did, this is great document of one of a recent explosion of a sound and style that has pretty much defined much of the great new music coming out recently. Now repressed (it was previously only available via Arthur magazine), so if you weren't lucky enough to have Devendra throw you one at his Amoeba in-store a few years back you can still revel in his mighty fine musical taste!
MPEG Stream: SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE "Hazy SF"
MPEG Stream: IRON & WINE "Fever Dream"
MPEG Stream: TROLL "Mexicana"

album cover V/A Golden State Funk (BGP Records) cd 19.98
With the Bay Area Funk comps that Luv N Haight put out in the last few years we were reminded of what a lot of spirited funk and soul was busting out of the Bay Area during those golden years. Golden State Funk digs even deeper as it mines the dancefloor burners and gritty shakers that were recorded inside Leo Kulka's Golden State Recorders studio here in San Francisco in the late '60s and early '70s.
Many of the twenty tracks on this all hits and no-misses collection were never released before. It's making us want to try to get our hands on anything and everything by the likes of Jeanette Jones, 87th Off Broadway, The San Francisco TKOS, Ramona King, and loads more. These are songs that could hold their weight right next to more well known hits by big names like Ike & Tina, Sly & The Family Stone and Curtis Mayfield. So cool that a recording studio operated by a Czech native which started in LA recording folks like Frank Sinatra and Little Richard really came into its own when it moved to San Francisco in 1965 on Harrison Street and found magic in the soul and funk scene that was about to explode here in the Bay Area. Packed with really interesting and informative liner notes. This is not just an amazing historical document but a record filled with super tasty grooves and deep hitting funk!
MPEG Stream: 87TH OFF BROADWAY "Can't Get Enough"
MPEG Stream: JIMMY BEE "Vida Blue Pt 1"
MPEG Stream: JEANETTE JONES "I'm Glad I Got Over You"

album cover V/A Good For What Ails You - Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926 - 1937 (Old Hat) 2cd 28.00
This is most definitely a lost corner of old timey rhythm and blues music that we had not really thought about too much, let alone even considered there could be a huge amount of lost and undiscovered music worth collecting and releasing. But all we can say now is WOAH. It would take a lot for any collection to rival the also recently released second volume of American Primitive early 20th century gospel recordings, but this one comes darn close. Unlike American Primitive, with its haunting otherworldliness, the tracks here are more about fun and entertainment. This was post Civil War, before radio, or TV, when folks often got their entertainment (as well as elixers and whatnot) from travelling medicine shows. Two discs of fun and funny, playful, foot stomping, catchy and kooky, even a bit randy and risque. Twangy guitars, banjo, fiddle, even kazoo woven together into rollicking blues vamps underpinning tales of no good women, no good men, food, money, cars, cats and dogs, sickness, cops, parents and anything else folks might worry or obsess or want to hear songs about. Packaged in a beautiful six panel digipak, with a MASSIVE seventy page book packed with liner notes on each performer and every track, tales of old medicine shows, an eyewitness acount of travelling in a medicine show, and an amazing batch of rare and never before seen photos!
MPEG Stream: DADDY STOVEPIPE & MISSISSIPPI SARAH "The Spasm"
MPEG Stream: GID TANNER AND RILEY PUCKETT "Tanner's Boarding House"
MPEG Stream: LIL MCCLINTOCK "Don't Think I'm Santa Claus"
MPEG Stream: DALLAS STING BAND WITHCOLEY JONES "Hokum Blues"

album cover V/A Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Numero Group) cd 17.98
We've been saying this for a while now but; wow, watch out Soul Jazz! 'Cuz Numero Group is quickly catching up. No other label has managed the quality, aesthetics or the consistency of the many killer Numero Group reissues from the last few years. This time out -- instead of unearthing the work of a long gone and forgotten regional soul label like they have in their "Eccentric Soul" series -- they turn their attention to a greater power if you will...the sounds of raw, catchy, wild gospel funk hymnals. While the two volumes of the Soul Gospel series on Soul Jazz taught us about the unique power and energy of '60s and '70s soul gospel sounds, this collection takes us even higher. Thumping bass, blistering percussion, and vocals sung with so much conviction you can't help but be moved. Gospel Comforters, Universal Jubileers, Apostles of Music, Masonic Wonders - with names like that you know these bands have serious soul power up their sleeves. All 18 tracks on this collection are beyond top notch... giving soul lovers something to drool about once again. Are you a believer? After listening to this it's pretty damn hard not to be!
MPEG Stream: VOICES OF CONQUEST "O Yes My Lord"
MPEG Stream: CLIFF GOBER "A Poor Wayfaring Stranger"
MPEG Stream: MASONIC WONDERS "I Call Him"

album cover V/A Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Numero Group) 2lp 19.98
We've been saying this for a while now but; wow, watch out Soul Jazz! 'Cuz Numero Group is quickly catching up. No other label has managed the quality, aesthetics or the consistency of the many killer Numero Group reissues from the last few years. This time out -- instead of unearthing the work of a long gone and forgotten regional soul label like they have in their "Eccentric Soul" series -- they turn their attention to a greater power if you will...the sounds of raw, catchy, wild gospel funk hymnals. While the two volumes of the Soul Gospel series on Soul Jazz taught us about the unique power and energy of '60s and '70s soul gospel sounds, this collection takes us even higher. Thumping bass, blistering percussion, and vocals sung with so much conviction you can't help but be moved. Gospel Comforters, Universal Jubileers, Apostles of Music, Masonic Wonders - with names like that you know these bands have serious soul power up their sleeves. All 18 tracks on this collection are beyond top notch... giving soul lovers something to drool about once again. Are you a believer? After listening to this it's pretty damn hard not to be!
MPEG Stream: VOICES OF CONQUEST "O Yes My Lord"
MPEG Stream: CLIFF GOBER "A Poor Wayfaring Stranger"
MPEG Stream: MASONIC WONDERS "I Call Him"

album cover V/A Good God! Born Again Funk (Numero Group) cd 16.98
You know music is beyond powerful and soulful when it can be all about faith in something you don't personally believe in, yet you can't stop listening to it! The sentiment, passion and energy put into the music transcends any one specific belief and becomes more about the music and its ability to truly tap into raw spirit and deep conviction.
Such is the case for the amazing gospel jams compiled once again by the always dependable Numero Group, in their second volume of gospel burners that we think might even outshine their first installment from a few years back. These are the reeeeal deal, unfiltered sounds that were blasting in black churches in the 1960's. Informed by the soul and deep funk of popular secular music, folks took that inspiration into their churches to create sweaty, impassioned deep grooved fiery and catchy songs that spoke of their deep running spirituality and beliefs. And it's just impossible not to get swept up in the spirit of these songs. Musically it's just some of the most solid, groove filled and exquisitely performed soul music we've ever heard. The equivalent of getting to hear Aretha Franklin or James Brown let it all hang out in the house of the Lord. Most of the tracks here come from Chicago, whose long history of spiritual soul is reaffirmed once again.
While most of us here are everything from Atheists to Buddhists to Jewish to Quaker to Agnostic to worshipers of nature and sometimes even Satan (got to represent out black metal tendencies) we all can't help but testify to the righteous sounds in this collection. For the duration of the eighteen songs on Good God! Born Again Funk, we are all devout believers! Vinyl version coming in a few weeks, by the way...
MPEG Stream: T.L. BARRETT & YOUTH FOR CHRIST CHOIR "Life A Ship"
MPEG Stream: THE INSPIRATIONAL GOSPEL SINGERS "The Same Thing It Took"
MPEG Stream: SENSATIONAL FIVE "Coming On Strong"

album cover V/A Good God! Born Again Funk (Numero) lp 19.98
Repeating this review from last list, 'cause apparently for some weird reason nobody noticed it, which MAKES NO SENSE. Awesome Numero group funk comp on vinyl, c'mon! So, again:
Now Available On LP!!!
You know music is beyond powerful and soulful when it can be all about faith in something you don't personally believe in, yet you can't stop listening to it! The sentiment, passion and energy put into the music transcends any one specific belief and becomes more about the music and its ability to truly tap into raw spirit and deep conviction.
Such is the case for the amazing gospel jams compiled once again by the always dependable Numero Group, in their second volume of gospel burners that we think might even outshine their first installment from a few years back. These are the reeeeal deal, unfiltered sounds that were blasting in black churches in the 1960's. Informed by the soul and deep funk of popular secular music, folks took that inspiration into their churches to create sweaty, impassioned deep grooved fiery and catchy songs that spoke of their deep running spirituality and beliefs. And it's just impossible not to get swept up in the spirit of these songs. Musically it's just some of the most solid, groove filled and exquisitely performed soul music we've ever heard. The equivalent of getting to hear Aretha Franklin or James Brown let it all hang out in the house of the Lord. Most of the tracks here come from Chicago, whose long history of spiritual soul is reaffirmed once again.
While most of us here are everything from Atheists to Buddhists to Jewish to Quaker to Agnostic to worshipers of nature and sometimes even Satan (got to represent out black metal tendencies) we all can't help but testify to the righteous sounds in this collection. For the duration of the eighteen songs on Good God! Born Again Funk, we are all devout believers! Vinyl version coming in a few weeks, by the way...
MPEG Stream: T.L. BARRETT & YOUTH FOR CHRIST CHOIR "Life A Ship"
MPEG Stream: THE INSPIRATIONAL GOSPEL SINGERS "The Same Thing It Took"
MPEG Stream: SENSATIONAL FIVE "Coming On Strong"

album cover V/A Good God! Heavy Funk Covers Of James Brown From All Over The World 1968-1974 (Guerilla Reissues) cd 13.98
The title of this one pretty much says it all! How can you go wrong with ultra raw covers of songs originally by the godfather of soul, recorded during those golden funk years of 1968-1974. All sorts of obscure funk outfits from across the globe were taking their worship of The Funky President to great heights, punching out covers that scream with raw soul and gritty funk. We've been blasting this in the store pretty much everyday since we got it. No matter how obscure the artist, they all totally understood the power and infectious quality of James Brown and his bad ass funk genius. Put this on and everyone around you will immediately start moving and shaking. So fun and funky!
MPEG Stream: ST. VINCENT LATINAIRES "Hot Pants I'm Comin'"
MPEG Stream: SKORPYONS OF JAMAICA "Think (About It)"
MPEG Stream: EAST OF UNDERGROUND "Popcorn"

album cover V/A Good God! Heavy Funk Covers Of James Brown From All Over The World 1968-1974 (Guerilla Reissues) lp 16.98
The title of this one pretty much says it all! How can you go wrong with ultra raw covers of songs originally by the godfather of soul, recorded during those golden funk years of 1968-1974. All sorts of obscure funk outfits from across the globe were taking their worship of The Funky President to great heights, punching out covers that scream with raw soul and gritty funk. We've been blasting this in the store pretty much everyday since we got it. No matter how obscure the artist, they all totally understood the power and infectious quality of James Brown and his bad ass funk genius. Put this on and everyone around you will immediately start moving and shaking. So fun and funky!
MPEG Stream: ST. VINCENT LATINAIRES "Hot Pants I'm Comin'"
MPEG Stream: SKORPYONS OF JAMAICA "Think (About It)"
MPEG Stream: EAST OF UNDERGROUND "Popcorn"

album cover V/A Good Night: Music To Sleep By (Tigerbeat6) 2cd 14.98
These days, the phrase 'electronica compilation' sends shivers down our spines. And not in a good way. Especially when it's the same people, doing the same thing for the umpteenth time. So we were pleasantly surprised by this particular electronic compilation, even though it features many of the same folks -- they've all decided to put us to sleep. On purpose this time! (Ha, just kidding.) This is a gorgeous collection of warm and gauzy, wispy, dreamy, electronic minimalism. Soothing and droney, thick and lush, beautifully late night sounding. And I actually HAVE listened to this going to sleep and it's perfect! Features the ubiquitous Kid606 as well as Stephan Mathieu, Kurt Ralske, Electric Company, Main, Pimmon, Tim Hecker, and Oren Ambarchi. Both discs also feature movies playable on your computer by Kurt Ralske, Electric Company and Pimmon. Our favorite Tigerbeat6 release in a while!
MPEG Stream: TIM HECKER "Indigo Aerial"
MPEG Stream: STEPHAN MATHIEU "A Pillow For Sue"
MPEG Stream: KID606 "Enemic"

album cover V/A Goodbye, Babylon (Dust-To-Digital) 6cd box set 108.00
What do Blind Lemon Jefferson, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, The Louvin Brothers, Mahalia Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, The Carter Family, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Bros., Blind Willie Johnson, Bill & Charlie Monroe, Hank Williams and Uncle Dave Macon have in common? Gospel. And the upstart label Dust To Digital has stepped in to sing the praises of their praises. Be they blues, old-time, country, or bluegrass performers, all of them here dedicated at least part of their repertoire to a higher power. Second only to the earnest passion of the performances on this set is that applied to the design and construction of the box set itself (the art design here was done by the same people that did the beautiful Charlie Patton box). The set contains 5 CDs of early gospel, one CD of early sermons, and one beautifully printed 200 page book filled with lyrics, biblical passages, biographical notations, photos and sundry other historical documents. All of this packaged in a silk-screened wooden box and snuggled together with two clumps of raw cotton. This may very well be the most thorough collection of early gospel music ever captured on wax cylinder, 78, or magnetic tape. Containing recordings dating as far back as 1902 on up to 1960. Along with the more famous names listed above, there are numerous tracks from lesser known artists who are just as worthy of attention. Most in evidence are ghostly a capella groups like The Alabama Sacred Harp Singers that will raise your hair on end. Then there are some truly unique visionaries like Washington Phillips, who accompanies himself on the dolceola, the most delicate of instruments, it's like a mini piano crossed with a dulcimer. It's one of the most beautiful sounds ever committed to 78. The quiet, delicateness of his performances are such that the throbbing drone of the early recording equipment becomes as much a part of his performance as his singing and playing (N.B.: there's a full length by Phillips that we should be getting in here in the near future). And let's not forget the 6th disc of sermons (25 of them) recorded between 1926 and 1941. These are possibly as musical (to be sure, many of the sermons even break into music anyway) as the first five discs and regardless of one's religious affiliation or lack thereof they are a compelling collection of beautiful and historical retoric, the art of which seems to have disappeared in the new millennium. This is one astoundingly compiled and executed collection. If you can't find a spot for it on your own shelf, you can certainly make a loved one happy by letting them find one under their christmas tree. Very highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: ALABAMA SACRED HARP SINGERS "Present Joys"
MPEG Stream: PHILLIPS, WASHINGTON "What Are They Doing In Heaven Today"
MPEG Stream: BLIND MAMIE FOREHAND "Honey In the Rock"
MPEG Stream: REV. WEBB "Moses Was Rescued By A Negro Woman"
MPEG Stream: GATEWOOD, H.C. (D.D.I.M.R.A.) "Well of Salvation"

V/A Goode Tyme Jhamboree (Planet Pimp) lp 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Featuring David Nudelman of Three Stoned Men singing about how he hates vegetables, Gomez, MC Terror T with Nardwuar (the Human Serviette), Man...Or Astroman?, the Hi-Fives, etc. The highlights of this record are the phone calls "Comfy Jones" (Neil Hamburger?) places to the Original Car Thieves. I would like to know how Outpunk, Pansy Division, and others feel about this saga; but here's how it's been recounted to us: Sven of Planet Pimp called up the Car Thieves and said he liked 'em & wanted to release a 7" record. They said 'Great! And you can do the cover art... "Just don't make it too gay." Sven, righteously disgusted, designed the entire package, songtitles and artwork to portray the band as hot leather boys. The Car Thieves reaction? On this compilation, 'Comfy Jones' calls up the band to tell them how happy he is that they're out and proud and that he can't wait for them to play San Francisco. The bandmembers, who are apparently not too bright and thus don't get that they're being ridiculed, protest that they're not gay and that Sven is just making fun of...homosexuals.

V/A Gooom Tracks Vol. 2 (Gooom) cd 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.

V/A Gorilla Garage: The Jesse Hector Story (RPM) cd 16.98

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