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album cover V/A F*>k Dance, Let's Art: Sounds From A New American Underground (K7) cd 14.98
This is a super strange compilation, seemingly curated to document a scene, it's just hard to say which scene that might be. Witch house, nu-gaze, chill wave, there are lots of micro genres happening these days, and lots of these bands fit in more than one, while some, seem to us, to not fit in any of them. But unless you're overly concerned with how to label a certain band or sound, then the important thing is the music, and while this comp is most definitely crazy varied, it's also crazy good, with lots of faves, and even more new discoveries.
Balam Acab, ostensibly witch housers, offer up their awesomely haunted minimal electro workout "See Birds", a fuzz bass drone ambient groovescape, that has to be one of the best tracks we've heard from the witch house scene; Washed Out offer up some of their hazy retro chill out pop, all hazy and dreamlike, and well, washed out, laid back and summery; Animal Collective should need no introduction, and their "My Girls" is already sort of an indie anthem, but definitely represents the more popular / commercial side of this scene's (or these scene's) sound; Crystal Castles team up with Health for some awesome electro new wave, fuzzy and a little bit 8-bit-y; oOoOO deliver more witchy mystery, looped and murky and glacial and chopped and screwed, a buzzing electro chill wave ghostly ballad; Bear In Heaven inject some electro pop shoegaze into the proceedings, and that's pretty much for the bands we've heard before.
But like all good comps, it's the unknowns that definitely impress and surprise, Baghdaddy's track sounds like an outtake from recent Record Of The Weekers Salem, which is in no way a bad thing, thick and warped and synthy and tripped out; Small Black reimagine eighties new wave as some buzzy lo fi electronic pop; Truman Peyote take house music and wrap it in hypnogogic loops, and a swirly shoegazey gauze; Raw Moans offer up some twisted hazy pop flecked electronics, dreamy and blurred and blissy; Pictureplane get all M83 with their fuzz drenched dream pop; Hideous Men craft a head spinning bit of smeared pop psychedelia, with lots of fuzzy synth and angelic ethereal vocodered vox, and so it goes, on and on. It's pretty much all good, and even though the sounds do vary quite a bit, they somehow manage to flow nicely as a whole, which does in a way speak to the pointlessness of all these super specific microgenres, but f*>k it, like we said, it's all about the music, and this is a killer comp, and there's definitely some amazing stuff here that merits further investigation.
MPEG Stream: BALAM ACAB "See Birds"
MPEG Stream: BEAR IN HEAVEN "Lovesick Teenagers"
MPEG Stream: OOOOO "Sedsomething"
MPEG Stream: SMALL BLACK "Despicable Dogs"
MPEG Stream: WASHED OUT "Feel It All Around"

album cover V/A Fairlights Mallets And Bamboo (Tsukiji) cd-r 6.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
We can't remember the last time a compilation so captivated everybody here, but this collection is really something else. A gorgeously compiled cd-r of tracks sourced from Japanese lps circa the years 1980-1986, featuring at least a few names we'd heard, like Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Inoyamo Land, but so so many we hadn't: Mkwaju Ensemble, Yasuaki Shimizu, Seigen Ono, Masahide Sakuma, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Danceries, Dip In the Pool, we could go on, but we're guessing these are all new to you too. It's a single 74 minute continuous mix, that slips dreamily from synth and percussion minimalism, to mysterious electronic laced rhythms, from new agey krautrock to dreamy clouds of percussive melodies, from playful childlike toy piano melodies to synthy sci-fi drones, haunting electronic flecked Asian ballads to fluttery flute folk, from mesmerizing vibraphone melodies underpinned by haunting drones to loping jazzy almost prog, from hazy washed out kosmische electronics to lush layered chorales and on and on and on.
The tracks are so perfectly combined, and so seamlessly mixed, it almost sounds like it could be the coolest, weirdest record ever by some impossibly brilliant single artist, who somehow crafted one epic sprawling sonic exploration, a series of sounds that manage to be at once warm and familiar, yet also strange and mysterious, strange looped birdsong lays atop distant choir like vocals, and a strangely mechanical rhythm peppered with strange symphonic bursts melts into soaring strings, chamber music devolves into some fantastically dada-ish assemblage of voices and sound effects, thick sitar like buzz underpins deep foghorn like melodies, the vibe strangely melancholic, deep, dense new age swirls hover above a super minimal dripping faucet rhythm, warm, muted melodies unfurl over distant bells and deep reverberating tones, vibraphone melodies are layered atop a groovy, almost jazzy rhythm, and a mournful brass melody before gradually disappearing in a washed out woozy sonic haze…
So fantastic, and so cheap too! Besides being just about the best mix/comp/collection we've heard in forever, odds are it'll have you trying to track down records by all the artists, which is always the sign of a good mix. The entire list of artists (some with more than one track): Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mkwaju Ensemble, Mariah, Yasuaki Shimizu, Mkwaju Ensemble, Seigen Ono, Masahide Sakuma, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Yasuaki Shimizu, Danceries, Yukihio Takahoshi, Dip in the Pool, YMO.
So great! And so utterly and unequivocally and whole heartedly RECOMMENDED!!
LIMITED TO JUST 100 COPIES. Each one hand numbered. Packaged with full color covers in plastic mini dvd-style sleeves. And nicely priced! We're one of only two places in the whole world where you can get these, and we're guessing they're gonna go fast, so grab one quick before they're gone.
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 1"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 2"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 3"
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album cover V/A Fairytales Can Come True (Psychic Circle) cd 16.98
When the summer occasionally heats things up around here, it's sometimes hard to get into the really heavy music we get so much of. Andee's been rocking the early eighties power pop in the back and in that same vein we've been really getting into the early predecessor of eighties power-pop, mid-sixties British psych-pop or "psyke-pop" as Nick Saloman calls it on his latest Psychic Circle compilation. We haven't had a good soft-psych compilation in awhile so this sounds particularly good with a lot of uncommon picks from the likes of The San Francisco Earthquake, Barry Benson (formerly PJ. Proby's hairdresser), Iain Matthews (pre-Fairport Convention), and Gallagher & Lyle. Highly "Bird"-obsessive, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of female perspective in these songs as some of the lyrics, like "I've got to train her to want me" have left some of the female employees here amusingly bemused. Gender pitfalls aside, this is another satisfying comp from Psychic Circle, whom we hope will release something more femme-centric really soon.
MPEG Stream: BARRY BENSON "Cousin Jane"
MPEG Stream: SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE "Fairy Tales Can Come True"
MPEG Stream: THE SNAPPERS "Upside Down Inside Out"

V/A Fals.ch (Mego) 3"cd-rom 16.98
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Fals.ch is Viennese label Mego's MP3 only online sublabel run by Florian Hecker and Oswald Berthold. This cute little 3"cd-rom contains hours of abraisive noise, subtle drones and clinical cuts from the best of the first twentyfour releases thus far. As this is a cd-rom, it will not be compatible with most consumer electronics, and is best experienced through a personal computer with an MP3 player (software is not included here) so as to view the accompanying notes and art provided in each artists' folders. Featuring the usual Mego and OR Records suspects: Pita, Karkowski, Haswell (with Masami Akita as Satans Tornade), Shirt Trax, Voice Crack, Pimmon, Oval, CD Slopper, Kim Cascone, Massimo, Christoph De Babalon, et al.

album cover V/A Fals.ch FB50 (Mego) 3"cd-rom 15.98
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The second compilation of the Mego affiliated online audio/visual community Fals.ch. Compiled by Fals.ch heads Florian Hecker and Oswald Berthold, FB50 collects audio works by artists featured in the last 24 online "releases": Koji Asano, COH, cd_slopper, poire_z, Atau Tanaka, Ulf Bilting & Zbigniew Karkowski, *0, Pain Jerk, Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, Martin Ng & Jim Denley, Frank Metzger and more! Also exclusive tracks by Mego artists General Magic, gcttcatt, Evol, J.O.K.E. and i.d. There are also a few multimedia goodies included in addition to MP3s: a Merzbow A/V loop, an excerpt of a Francisco Lopez performance and a cryptic file courtesy those Gescom pranksters. In fact, the Gescom file is an incredibly hilarious standalone application that makes your computer seem like it's being hijacked by glitch terrorists! Trick your friends and coworkers into believing your hard disk is being trashed right before your eyes! Fun as shit!

V/A Fame Whore (Apathy Productions) cd 10.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Soundtrack to Jon Moritsugu film features 2 previously unreleased Barbara Manning pieces (she made me cry during "The Arsonist's Song" at Terrastock), 2 previously unreleased Emily's Sassy Lime songs, and others by No No Boy, Dub Narcotic Sound System, and Dixieland.

V/A Family Album (Language / Crammed Disc) cd 12.98
A nine song compilation featuring the varied musical stylings of Chrome, Endemic Void, Elixir, Buckfunk 3000, Nad, Tao, Circadian Rhythms, Phosphorus, and Bio Muse.

album cover V/A Fanafody: A Collection Of Recordings & Photography From Madagasikara Volume II (Mississippi) lp 14.98
**MISSISSIPPI RECORDS ALERT**
It's really getting to where we barely have to describe these at all. And not just because of the Mississippi obsessives. The collections are so lovingly curated, every step of the process, from the actual recording of the music, to the booklets and the jackets, and most importantly the amazing sounds inside, any one with even the slightest bit of interest in world musics, would be foolish to pass any of these up. Including this, volume two in this series of field recordings from Madagascar, the first volume so limited we were never able to get any copies at all. The sounds here were gathered by Canadian field recordist Charlie Brooks, and most were recorded on a trip there in 2002, focusing mostly on violin players and throat singers, although the sounds here are quite varied. There is so much info in the liner notes about the region, and the history, and that alone makes this a worthwhile purchase, but the music, it's fantastic, haunting, and lovely and beautiful, incredible vocal harmonies, the violins emit sweet melodies one second, intense buzzing the next, there are wheezing accordions, some of the tracks sound almost Hawaiian, the strings reminding us of ukeleles, throughout the songs are laced with street sounds, birds chirping, cars driving by, children laughing, conversations, all just adding to the vibe, and the energy, with a few of the tracks droned our and mesmerizing, sounding a bit like some mysterious variation of American Appalachia. Incredible!
Housed in a super heavy old school tip-on style jacket, and includes a massive booklet filled with liner notes on the music, the region, the performers, as well as lots of photos.

album cover V/A Fanajana - A Collection Of Recordings And Photography From Madagasikara (Mississippi) lp 14.98
**MISSISSIPPI RECORDS ALERT** **MISSISSIPPI RECORDS ALERT** **MISSISSIPPI RECORDS ALERT**
A few months ago, there was a triple lp release, briefly available via Mississippi, called Fihavanana, it was so limited, pretty much nobody got any, but thankfully, the label decided to pick out a handful of tracks, and create this, Fanajana, a collection of recordings culled from those 3lps, chronicling in music and photography a trip to Madigasikara, undertaken by Canadian musician and ethnographer Charles Brooks. Recorded in the late nineties, Brooks returned and pressed up a couple hundred copies of the aforementioned 3lp set, storing them in his house for nearly a decade, before finally letting Mississippi have them, where they literally sold out in a matter of days.
So unless you're one of the lucky souls who snagged one of those triples, you're definitely gonna want to grab one of these, some of the most intense, incredible and uplifting sounds, lush and celebratory, the stringed instrument playing is intricate and complex, a mix of traditional and modern instruments, the vocals very reminiscent of African high life, the tracks quite varied, but all fantastic, a wild drum and flute freakout, an awesome accordion ballad, a song that's just voices and handclaps, some super emotional and intimate solo vocals, all recorded live, in people's homes, or yards, the sound of life infusing all of these track, children playing, people talking, chickens, birds in the trees, running water, footsteps, all just adding to the energy and emotion of this music.
The record comes with a large 8.5" x 11" booklet, packed with Brooks' liner notes, the history of the country, of the music, descriptions of the various instruments (along with drawings), small stories about all the musicians, including how Brooks met them and what precipitated these recordings, a little about payment, an often overlooked element in these sorts of reissues, a bit about Brooks himself, and plenty of notes on his approach, his techniques, and so much more, poems, lyrics, diagrams, and tons of photos. Super super recommended.

album cover V/A Far Out Spaced Oddyssey (Far Out Recordings ) 2cd 24.00
Tough to argue with a compilation called Far Out Spaced Oddyssey, especially with its super stylized witchy, skull-stick-carrying naked woman cover, her hair flung out over a starry backdrop of green and yellow, and the fact that this comp is subtitled: Psychedelic Folk, Electronica, Jazz & Rock From The Out-There Edges Of Brazil, well, that just seals the deal. And while we're often wary of comps like this, that mix vintage classic lost jams with more contemporary tracks, it actually works here, the result is an Andy Votel worthy double disc collection of Brazilian super varied sonic psychedelia. From prog to funk, to psych rock to folk, the amazing thing, is that in many cases, we had trouble telling if something was from the sixties or seventies or NOW. Which again speaks to the bad assness of Far Out Spaced Oddyssey.
The collection opens with Jose Mauro's "Apocalipse", a classic slice of vintage Brazilian psych-prog, soulful vocals, lush strings, groovy percussion, haunting witchy melodies, acoustic guitars, fluttery flutes, very reminiscent of seventies acid folk, but with a distinctly Brazilian vibe, and from there on out, it's a glorious mind expanding musical trip, from groovy flute flecked calypso, to hazy, organ driven soul (peppered with distinctly modern production filligree), from dense tribal electronic spaciness to fuzzy funky seventies jazz prog, from funky Blaxploitation sounding electronica to noisy chaotic psychedelic rock, from spacey new agey tinkle and shimmer to sweet summery Tropicalia, it almost doesn't matter which song is by whom, or what song is from what era, at least until you decide you need to track down more, which is always the sign of a killer mix, and if you're like us, you'll find yourself wanting more of much of this, not to mention playing both discs to death!
MPEG Stream: PIRI "Reza Brava"
MPEG Stream: ALEUDA "Galope (APE Remix)"
MPEG Stream: AZYMUTH "Caca A Raposa"
MPEG Stream: MAURICIO MAESTRO & NANA VASCONCELOS "Verdade Anterior (Instrumental Version)"
MPEG Stream: JOSE MAURO "Ponto De Chamada"
MPEG Stream: CUSTOM BLUE "You're On Your Own"

V/A Farewell Fondle 'Em (Fruitmeat/Def Jux) cd 15.98
NYC underground hip hop label Fondle 'Em says goodbye with this collection of singles, featuring Kool Keith, El-P of Company Flow, M.F. Doom, The Arsonists, and more...Great!

album cover V/A Fascination: The Bowie Show book w/ cd 19.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
In 2002, Gallery 16 here in San Francisco exhibited The Bowie Show, which collected art, writing, and music that takes David Bowie as inspiration. This is an arty, spiral bound, full color, glossy-paged book with a cd and nicely embossed cover. Contributors include Rick Moody, Jason Mecier, Michelle Tea, Doug Coupland, Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker, Ann Magnuson, etc. And the (all exclusive!) tracks on the cd are each covers of a song off Bowie's Low album. The music runs the gamut from Matmos' slinky electronics on "A New Career in a New Town" to Troll's simmering Talk-Talk-meets-Nina-Simone take on "Warszawa". Other musical participants include Glenn Donaldson of local faves Thuja), Wayne Smith of Aero Mic'd, The Sadnesses, Tom Recchion and more.
RealAudio clip: FOIBLES "Sound and Vision"
RealAudio clip: TROLL "Warszawa"

V/A Faster, Pussy...Attack! Tora! Tora! Tora! (Howling Bull) cd 3.98
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Super low priced sampler of Howling Bull's wares, from grindcore, to speed metal, to funky silly pop. Yellow Machine Gun, United, Taiho, Hellchild, Space Combine, Garlic Boys, Force, and more.

V/A Faux Real: Faux Songs By Real Bands (Father/Daughter) lp 23.00
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V/A Feedback To The Future (Mobile) cd 16.98

album cover V/A Female Blues Singers: Oh, Run Into Me, But Don't Hurt Me (Sub Rosa) cd 15.98
When it comes to real old times blues, we love our sorrow filled songs all crackly and hissy, and many of us also find ourselves inexorably and specifically drawn to blues of the female persuasion. So Sub Rosa's latest collection, a collection of tracks by female blues singers from 1923-1930, had us all ears from the get-go packed with many fantastic obscurities as well as some more well known to us artists like Memphis Minnie, Ivy Smith and the like. Most of these women were never widely known or appreciated, but when you hear their raw recordings in all their stripped down emotional glory, you start to see how these ladies were really laying the groundwork for the rebel musicians of later generations, in ALL styles and genres. So cool!
MPEG Stream: MEMPHIS MINNIE "I'm Talking About You, No. 2"
MPEG Stream: IVY SMITH "Sad & Blue"
MPEG Stream: JENNY POPE "Bull Frog Blues"

album cover V/A Female Blues Singers: Oh, Run Into Me, But Don't Hurt Me (Sub Rosa) lp 15.98
When it comes to real old times blues, we love our sorrow filled songs all crackly and hissy, and many of us also find ourselves inexorably and specifically drawn to blues of the female persuasion. So Sub Rosa's latest collection, a collection of tracks by female blues singers from 1923-1930, had us all ears from the get-go packed with many fantastic obscurities as well as some more well known to us artists like Memphis Minnie, Ivy Smith and the like. Most of these women were never widely known or appreciated, but when you hear their raw recordings in all their stripped down emotional glory, you start to see how these ladies were really laying the groundwork for the rebel musicians of later generations, in ALL styles and genres. So cool!
MPEG Stream: MEMPHIS MINNIE "I'm Talking About You, No. 2"
MPEG Stream: IVY SMITH "Sad & Blue"
MPEG Stream: JENNY POPE "Bull Frog Blues"

V/A Female of the Species (Law & Auder) cd 17.98
If the guitar has been overthrown as the dominant sound of youth culture in favor of vinyl and Cubase, it has simply created yet another territory where women artists are overlooked. This then leads to uncomfortable documents like this, which at once seek to balance the scales, but also feels like opportunistic tokenism. Buy it not for its politics but because this is a great collection of diverse experimental electronica. It certainly one-ups the Avantgardism compilations (also on Law & Auder) in terms of weirdness and sonic brutality. Particularly stand-out is the Kaffe Matthews track. Wow. Recommended.

album cover V/A Fenriz Presents: The Best Of Old-School Black Metal (Peaceville) cd 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Okay, if you could choose anyone to make you a classic black metal mix tape, who would it be? Andee? Allan? Well, yeah obviously, but we mean what if you could choose ANYONE? Yep, we'd probably pick Fenriz too. Leader of the mighty Darkthrone, Fenriz definitely knows his black metal first hand. And his selections certainly demonstrate that. And there's even some unlikely choices that perhaps indicate some friend rock influence. But even so, this is a seriously kick ass, introduction to TRUE, CULT old-school black metal. Tracks from Blasphemy, Sarcofago, Celtic Frost, Nattefrost, Mercyful Fate, Sodom, Tormentor, Aura Noir, Destruction, Samael, Bulldozer, Mayhem, Hellhammer, Burzum, Venom and Bathory. Plus cool, funny liner notes. Recommended schoolin'.
MPEG Stream: HELLHAMMER "The Third Of The Storms"
MPEG Stream: BURZUM "Ea, Lord Of The Deeps"

album cover V/A Fever Pitch Music & Magazine Presents Just Drums II Project (Fever Pitch) 2cd 11.98
If you or someone you know has a penchant for percussion, holy smokes, have we got just the cd for you or him or her! Moe! Staiano (of Moe!kestra, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and formerly Idiot Flesh) brought these in for our drum delight. It's a double cd compilation containing 36 tracks by more dextrous drummers than you can shake a (drum)stick at! The second disc is particularly notable as it includes the stellar likes of William Winant (whose performed with John Zorn, Sonic Youth, Kronos String Quartet, Secret Chiefs 3, Mr. Bungle, Oingo Boingo to name just a few), Trey Spruance (of Asva, Secret Chiefs 3, Faxed Head, Mr. Bungle, etc), Ches Smith (Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle among others), Karen Stackpole and Mr. Staiano himself. Released by Fever Pitch Music (which is also the label of DJ Jester and which is also a magazine from Wisconsin).
MPEG Stream: DRURY, ANDREW "Rain, Followed By Shadows"
MPEG Stream: SPRUANCE, TREY "Feather Dance Of The Deathless Lord"

album cover V/A Field Guide To Table Of The Elements (Table Of The Elements) 2cd 26.00
Most AQ regulars are well aware of the abundance of wonderful releases matched with thoughtful and pleasing packaging that have come out on Table Of The Elements over the last 13 years. This double cd compilation is not merely a label sampler, as many of the tracks included were previously unreleased. Not such a big deal for most comps but when you are talking about unreleased tracks by Rhys Chatham, Tony Conrad, Arnold Dreyblatt and Zeena Parkins, there is most definitely a reason to rejoice. You can always really judge how well a label understands the music it puts out when they release compilations. Because anyone can just throw a bunch of tracks together and say "hey look at all these cool people we've released record by" and pat themselves on the back. But when you listen to this comp the pacing and sequence on the first disc is perfectly thought out, while the second disc shows how the label has always given home to long adventurous pieces as it's dedicated to a disc long excerpt of Leif Inge's "9 Beet Stretch" Beethoven's 9th Symphony stretched to 24 hours with no pitch distortions. A field guide worth exploring for sure!
MPEG Stream: TONY CONRAD "Inducting Lilly"
MPEG Stream: RHYS CHASTHAM "100 Guitars"
MPEG Stream: LEIF INGE "9 Beet Stretch (excerpt)"

album cover V/A Fields and Streams (Kill Rock Stars) 2cd 15.98
We haven't had a new Kill Rock Stars comp in a while (after a pretty steady schedule of almost yearly installments). It seems like maybe they've been saving them up! 2 cds of KRS stuff that is all over the place. But with so much varied stuff there's bound to be a lot of good and bad. My reactions varied from super stoked to "what the fuck is this shit?!". But as compilations go, this one is pretty good with a lot of not-so-well-known bands getting some good exposure like Beehive and the Barracudas or the Dishes. Plus unreleased tracks by by current hyped bands of the moment Erase Errata and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Other notable contributors include The Aislers Set, The Rock*A*Teens, The Bangs, Red Monkey, Neko Case, Quails, Deerhoof, Quasi, Stereo Total, Comet Gain, and loads more. Kill Rock Stars seem to be slowly but surely getting back on track releasing the kind of cool off kilter indie rock that made us dig them in the first place.
RealAudio clip: BEEHIVE AND THE BARRACUDAS "Blight Blues"
RealAudio clip: AISLERS SET "Through The Swells"
RealAudio clip: QUAILS "Memo From The Desk Of The Quails"
RealAudio clip: COMETGAIN "Look At You Now, You're Crying"

album cover V/A Fight Club (Tigerbeat6) 12" 9.98
One on one showdown remixes from some of the top fighters in Tigerbeat6's roster. Kid 606 vs. Adrien75, Stars As Eyes vs. Lusine Icl, Cex vs. Com.a, Lesser vs. Kid606 (as heard on the Mensa Dance Squad disc), knifehandchop vs. Meccaknifehandchop (!) and Cex vs. gamers in exile. Dreamy mid-nineties Autechreish atmospherics on side A. In Your face raggadancehallmashup on the B side. Boys only? How about a girlfight!

album cover V/A Fight on, Your Time Ain't Long (Mississippi) lp 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The folks at Mississippi Records most definitely have good taste in reissues, picking lost, rare, and just plain cool stuff to get reissued on vinyl, but as good as they are at simply picking stuff to be reissued, they're even better at creating compilations, mix tape masters, whose skill at curating collections is way beyond reproach. Just have a look at some past Mississippi comps: I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore, Life Is A Problem, Last Kind Words, Love Is Love, Lipa Kodi Ya City Council. Everyone darn near perfect, packaging, song selection, sound, feel, vibe, pretty much everything, every aspect. Some major label with tons of money should swoop in and hire all these folks and get them to do what they're already doing, just with way more resources.
For now though, we're perfectly happy to dig into a new Mississippi comp every few months, and thus, we're super excited about the latest release, another collection of old time gospel and blues called Fight On, Your Time Ain't Long. And it's of course fantastic, an amazing compilation of artists, some well know, others not so, but it's the song selection, the sequence, it's like a mix tape, and as we said above, Mississippi are the masters.
The opener is amazing, and already has us looking for more from Bukka White, his voice rough raw and ragged, but still rich and soulful, backed by some amazing female vocalists, the sound lush and rich, wreathed in old record crackle. Then there's the amazing Bessie Johnson, who has a truly unique voice, a distinctive croon, haunting and throaty, draped over a minimal background, but it hardly matters, her voice is powerful enough to carry any song. Blind Mamie Forehand offers up a gospely number, simple steel string guitar and her deep soulful voice. The Edward Clayborn track sounds super old, the static and hiss almost as loud as the music, but it only makes it sound that much warmer and gorgeously timeworn and weary. Folks heavily into the blues, probably know all of these artists, maybe the songs too, but for some of us, who only have a cursory knowledge, these comps, this comp, offer up an amazing glimpse into another time, a world of sound and songs both personal and passionate, powerful and mesmerizing.
And as we all know, there's nothing quite like getting an amazing mixtape, crammed with songs and sounds that not only mesmerize, but often have you desperately searching for more from the various artists. Mission accomplished. Another winner from Mississippi.

V/A Find More Hits (Lucky Kitchen) cd 15.98
We know Lucky Kitchen as a kind of home-brew electronica label that's fascinated with things like childhood recordings, videogames, and other everyday sounds. This compilation is a sort of remix of their first ever release, featuring as participants the likes of Lucky Kitchen masterminds Alejandra and Underwood ("known for dynamic electronics and humorous anthropological explorations"), Pimmon, Sachiko M, To Rococo Rot, Jansky Noise, Matmos, and Hrvatski, among others. The idea? For these electronic artists to essentially do "cover versions" of field recordings! Interesting...

album cover V/A Fire In My Bones: Raw + Rare + Other-Worldly African-American Gospel [1944-2007] (Tompkins Square) 3cd 30.00
Maybe you think you'd already have to be pretty into gospel music to purchase a 3cd set like this? But, when you're through listening to all three of these discs (for the first and certainly not the last) time, you'll DEFINITELY be into gospel music. Of course it helps that, as the subtitle states, this is gospel music of the "raw" and "other-worldly" variety, compiled by Yeti magazine's Mike McGonigal. And moreover, you need to realize, if you don't know already, that the relationship of gospel to secular music - soul, blues, R&B - is strong. Even (especially) rock n' roll has gospel roots. In fact, if you think gospel is some sort of goody two shoes churchy hymn singing lameness, take a listen to this and think again. There's powerful stuff here, stuff that's BADASS. Beautiful too, but let's stick to badass for the moment. Seriously, try your favorite hipster garage rock combo against Elder Beck's astonishing 1956 "Rock and Roll Sermon" and see who wins. Answer, the garage rockers will repent and sell their guitars - not 'cause they've found the Lord, but 'cause Elder Beck would obviously blow them off stage with his performance. That track in particular represents one of the brilliant ironies of this collection, 'cause whilst railing against the evils of rock n' roll music, Elder Beck manages rock harder than just about anyone, EVER. It's almost kinda difficult to believe that he and his congregation weren't aware of this fact, and were simply secretly enjoying a chance to really go wild under the guise of "gospel". Certainly the guitar player is getting into it. Whatever the case, it's amazing, as are so many other tracks on here.
With three jam-packed discs (80 tracks total!), there's really too many gems here for us to even begin to mention 'em all. There's some other early rockers, lots of groovy funkiness from the '70s that could make even the blackest heart want to join in with the praising, low-down busted-up blues guitar workouts played by old old men, all sorts of impassioned testifying that could constitute a new definition of "emo", and (not surprising, considering Satan is so often the subject, along with his opposite) plenty of eerie atmosphere and weirdness, often augmented by the relatively dusty and distorted nature of some of these recordings.
There's a few names here that some may know from other recent reissues on Mississippi and CaseQuarter among others, like Isaiah Owens, Abner Jay, Bishop Perry Tillis, and Rev. Utah Smith. And plenty more that you'll be happy to get to know, 'cause unless you're a gospel collector its doubtful you do. Here's a dozen, just for starters: Rev. Lonnie Farris, Elder Roma Wilson & Family, Madison County Senior Center Singers, Singing Son Of Zion (Brother Shelby Bransford, Jr.), Little Ax & The Golden Echoes, Madam Ira Mae Littlejohn, Fannie Bell Chapman, Hickory Bottom Harmoneers, Ray Branch & His Guitar, Napolian Strickland, Precious Bryant, Mississippi Nightingales... It's a diverse collection for sure, covering all sorts of gospel traditions, and serves as a survey of all the amazing post-war black gospel music that you probably haven't heard before. Providing some food for your mind as well as your soul, the thick, illustrated cd booklet in this nicely-packaged set provides some notes on each track, but it's the music that's really gonna speak to you.
Despite our love of black metal, comps like this remind us that the Devil does NOT have all the best tunes. As McGonigal states in his liner notes, the music represented here is "among the most vibrant, playful, beautiful and emotionally charged music in the world." We can only but agree.
MPEG Stream: ELDER BECK "Rock and Roll Sermon"
MPEG Stream: AMAZING FARMER SINGERS OF CHICAGO "I Got a Telephone in My Bosom"
MPEG Stream: BROTHER & SISTER WB GRATE "Power Is in the Heart of Man"
MPEG Stream: IKE GORDON "Don't Let the Devil Ride"

album cover V/A Fire This Time, The (Hidden Art) 2cd 17.98
"The Fire This Time" is an unnervingly prescient release with the current US foreign policies that find the US attempting to bully the United Nations into accepting the US draft of a Security Council resolution, which would inevitably lead to another war with Iraq. Compiled by maverick British journalist Grant Wakefield, "The Fire This Time" is a detailed audio collage, deconstructing media events of the Gulf War within a political context that is encapsulated in the following statement: "it is morally necessary to be opposed to Saddam Hussein, but simultaneously to be equally, perhaps even more, opposed to the continued imposition of sanctions on Iraq. The two positions are not mutually exclusive. You can be anti-sanctions and anti-Saddam." While the recontextualization of media samples is far from novel (see Negativland, Illusion Of Safety, Tape Beatles, and even Steinski & Mass Media for the pinnacle of post-Burroughs' cut-ups in the late '80s and early '90s), Grant Wakefield's presentation is in a far more spectacular form, as a detailed argument that spans a full 72 minutes with a running soundtrack that Wakefield mixed together from Orbital, Pan Sonic, Aphex Twin, Bola, the Higher Intelligence Agency, and other electronica darlings. Even if you don't care for the politics found within, Wakeford had enough sense to produce "The Fire This Time" with an 'instrumental' disc featuring just the electronica soundtrack.
RealAudio clip: "From The Cradle (with Michael Stearns)"
RealAudio clip: "The Whore Of Babylon (with Pan Sonic)"

V/A Fit For Kings (Crawlspace/Drunken Fish) cd 12.98
Crawlspace has been releasing very limited lathe cuts (from Peter King's famous press on the South Island) of "peripheral New Zealand music" for some time now. Collaborating with Drunken Fish, Crawlspace has collected the best tracks of sloppy free noise (Crude, Witcyst), atonal free jazz (Children's Television Workshop, Casagrante Apparatus), and droning din-scapes (Parmentier, Aesthetics).

V/A Fit For Kings II (Crawlspace) cd 14.98
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Volume two in Crawlspace's compilation of New Zealand noisemakers. Just like volume one, the tracks here are culled from Crawlspace's Artist Series, which are all unique eight inch polycarbonate (as opposed to conventional vinyl) records individually handpressed at King Records in New Zealand. All original editions are long gone, but selections from series two are available here! Twelve tracks featuring: RST, Pahjib, Crude, Empirical, Pit Viper, Wayne Gordon, Duncan Bruce, Lapdog, Sandoz Lab Technicians, James Kirk, Tim Cornelius, and Nathan Thompson.

V/A Five Days Married And Other Laments (Angry Mom Records) lp 24.00

album cover V/A Five Minutes To Midnight (Mississippi / Change Records) 10" 13.98
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Coming off as something of a companion piece (at least in our eyes) to their recent gospel compilation Last Time Around, Mississippi offers up this cool six song 10" to keep things spinning. The artists were all unknown to us, but Mississippi rarely lets us down, and the songs here offer up some dynamite vocal performances with some surprisingly scrappy instrumentation to back things up. All these intense tracks were culled from rare 7" singles originally released three or four decades ago, by the following: Missioxnary Mamie Sample, The Skylifters, The Missionaries, The Sensational Six, The Willenette Gospel Singers, and Rev. R. Henderson. If you dig your gospel gritty and on the more loose and ramshackle side, you'd definitely dig this big time. And obviously, anyone who bought the Last Time Around, will likely want this one too...

album cover V/A Flag Flown High (Digital B) cd 14.98
Not to be confused with the RZA's recent nom de guerre, Bobby 'Digital' Dixon is one of Jamaica's hot producers in the modern dancehall era, having cut his teeth as one of King Jammy's top engineers during the eighties. While this album's release is highly anticipated -- there being many rare cuts here -- the pall that hangs over this collection resides in the second half of dear Bobby's moniker: "digital". The press for the album seems to put it immediately on the defensive, with doubts expressed as to whether the cold and sterile world of the digital studio-- synth bass lines, drum machines and sequencers -- can express the humanity necessary for roots music. Proponents of the genre's developments can point out to nostalgic naysayers that Jamaica's music has always been in flux and that innovations in technology have gone side by side with those of rhythm and melody. Besides, given the economic restraints coupled with the fierce competitive nature of the island, it was only a matter of time before undemanding rack mountable gear began replacing session musicians. As far as being an appropriate spokesperson for this new recording M.O. in Jamaica Bobby Digital is certainly placed in a direct lineage from the days of old: having succeeded King Jammy who had, years before, brought reggae into the digital age after having worked for King Tubby. In his time Bobby Digital has worked with Jamaica's top vocalists, many of them highlighted here: Sizzla, Capleton, Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Yami Bolo and more. His innovative style is highlighted by his recycling of classic rhythms such as Bob Marley's 'Natural Mystic' and bringing them into the modern age. The failures that beset this collection lie not so much in the limitations of digital production, but in singers who sound like they're just going through the motions with cheesy modern soul style vocalisings. So where a rhythm of Bobby Digital's used by Morgan Heritage produces an almost unlistenable "Protect Us Jah", in the capable hands of Shabba Ranks' booming voice it's something grand. A majority of the cuts on this disc seem to suffer from this malady, alas. I'd almost be willing to write this whole collection off if it were not for the very first track by Garnett Silk, "Mystic Chant" (which uses the above mentioned Marley derived rhythm) which keeps nagging me to play this disc over and over. Over a stripped down and unchanging rhythm -- no bridges, no chorus -- Garnett Silk chants out scriptures from the bible. The tension of this track just builds and builds. It's friggin' heavy. Having gone through the album several times now, some other tracks begin to stand out as well so if the sample of "Mystic Chant" strikes your fancy you might consider droppping the dime for this one. Don't bother trying to track down a 12" of this one either, as it (and many others collected here) is an exclusive sound system cut that has only existed as a rare dub plate.
RealAudio clip: SILK, GARNETT "Mystic Chant"
RealAudio clip: HERITAGE, MORGAN "Protect Us Jah"
RealAudio clip: RANKS, SHABBA "Heart of A Lion"

V/A Flag Flown High (Digital B) 2lp 17.98
Not to be confused with the RZA's recent nom de guerre, Bobby 'Digital' Dixon is one of Jamaica's hot producers in the modern dancehall era, having cut his teeth as one of King Jammy's top engineers during the eighties. While this album's release is highly anticipated -- there being many rare cuts here -- the pall that hangs over this collection resides in the second half of dear Bobby's moniker: "digital". The press for the album seems to put it immediately on the defensive, with doubts expressed as to whether the cold and sterile world of the digital studio-- synth bass lines, drum machines and sequencers -- can express the humanity necessary for roots music. Proponents of the genre's developments can point out to nostalgic naysayers that Jamaica's music has always been in flux and that innovations in technology have gone side by side with those of rhythm and melody. Besides, given the economic restraints coupled with the fierce competitive nature of the island, it was only a matter of time before undemanding rack mountable gear began replacing session musicians. As far as being an appropriate spokesperson for this new recording M.O. in Jamaica Bobby Digital is certainly placed in a direct lineage from the days of old: having succeeded King Jammy who had, years before, brought reggae into the digital age after having worked for King Tubby. In his time Bobby Digital has worked with Jamaica's top vocalists, many of them highlighted here: Sizzla, Capleton, Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Yami Bolo and more. His innovative style is highlighted by his recycling of classic rhythms such as Bob Marley's 'Natural Mystic' and bringing them into the modern age. The failures that beset this collection lie not so much in the limitations of digital production, but in singers who sound like they're just going through the motions with cheesy modern soul style vocalisings. So where a rhythm of Bobby Digital's used by Morgan Heritage produces an almost unlistenable "Protect Us Jah", in the capable hands of Shabba Ranks' booming voice it's something grand. A majority of the cuts on this disc seem to suffer from this malady, alas. I'd almost be willing to write this whole collection off if it were not for the very first track by Garnett Silk, "Mystic Chant" (which uses the above mentioned Marley derived rhythm) which keeps nagging me to play this disc over and over. Over a stripped down and unchanging rhythm -- no bridges, no chorus -- Garnett Silk chants out scriptures from the bible. The tension of this track just builds and builds. It's friggin' heavy. Having gone through the album several times now, some other tracks begin to stand out as well so if the sample of "Mystic Chant" strikes your fancy you might consider droppping the dime for this one. Don't bother trying to track down a 12" of this one either, as it (and many others collected here) is an exclusive sound system cut that has only existed as a rare dub plate.

V/A Flashbacks #1: Drug Songs 1917-1944 High & Low (Trikont) cd 16.98
Yet more interesting compilations from the equally interesting German label Trikont. From the label that brought us collections of La Paloma covers, songs with yodelling and songs of death, all drawing from every genre imaginable, plus Roady music from Vietnam, and other remarkable concept mixes, comes the Flashbacks series. Six disks of music from as early as 1914, spanning to 1947 and each organized by a particular theme.
Volume one, Drug Songs: High & Low, is a collection of songs celebrating the use of drugs: from coffee to cocaine, moonshine to marijuana, hash to heroin and with such colorful titles as "Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine" & "The Candy Man". Blues, Big Band, and Jazz tracks here from the Ink Spots, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Big Bill Broonzy, The Memphis Jug Band, Gene Krupa, Bukka White and much more.
RealAudio clip: HARRY 'THE HIPSTER' GIBSON "Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphys Ovaltine"
RealAudio clip: DICK JUSTICE "Cocaine"

V/A Flashbacks #2: Novelty Songs 1914-1946 Crazy & Obscure (Trikont) cd 16.98
Yet more interesting compilations from the equally interesting German label Trikont. From the label that brought us collections of La Paloma covers, songs with yodelling and songs of death, all drawing from every genre imaginable, plus Roady music from Vietnam, and other remarkable concept mixes, comes the Flashbacks series. Six disks of music from as early as 1914, spanning to 1947 and each organized by a particular theme.
Volume two, Novelty Songs: Crazy & Obscure, is an interesting collection of off kilter numbers and arrangements. Some of the tracks are from those you'd expect: Hoosier Hot Shots, Groucho Marx, Spike Jones and Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy. But there's a lot of other tracks from maybe less likely sources as Cab Calloway, The Andrews Sisters and the Memphis Jug band.
RealAudio clip: SPIKE JONES "Hawaiian War Chant"
RealAudio clip: THE 5 JONES BOYS "Mr. Ghost Goes to Town"
RealAudio clip: KARL VALENTIN & LIESL KARLSTADT "The Okey Laughing Record"

V/A Flashbacks #3: Copulation Blues 1926-1940 Hot & Sexy (Trikont) cd 15.98
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Yet more interesting compilations from the equally interesting German label Trikont. From the label that brought us collections of La Paloma covers, songs with yodelling and songs of death, all drawing from every genre imaginable, plus Roady music from Vietnam, and other remarkable concept mixes, comes the Flashbacks series. Six disks of music from as early as 1914, spanning to 1947 and each organized by a particular theme.
Volume three, Copulation Blues: Hot & Sexy, is a collection of Hokum blues. Those who aren't satified with one hour sessions of dirty music and have worn out the springs on their copies of Please Warm My Weiner (Yazoo) should pay heed to this. Lots of randy big band, blues, and texas swing numbers dedicated to everyone's favorite past-time. Tracks here from Alberta Hunter, Cab Calloway, The Light Crust Doughboys, Mae West and much more. The only odd ommission is that there's not one single Memphis Minnie number to be found on this disk. Oh well.
RealAudio clip: CLARENCE WILLIAMS "Organ Grinder Blues"
RealAudio clip: LIGHT CRUST DOUGHBOYS "Pussy Pussy Pussy"
RealAudio clip: LUCILLE BOGAN "Shave 'Em Dry"

V/A Flashbacks #4: Heartbreakers 1927-1946 Blue & Lonely (Trikont) cd 15.98
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Yet more interesting compilations from the equally interesting German label Trikont. From the label that brought us collections of La Paloma covers, songs with yodelling and songs of death, all drawing from every genre imaginable, plus Roady music from Vietnam, and other remarkable concept mixes, comes the Flashbacks series. Six disks of music from as early as 1914, spanning to 1947 and each organized by a particular theme.
Volume four, Hearbreakers: Blue & Lonely, is a disk dedicated to broken hearts. Probably the largest selection of wider known tracks and artist on this disk, starting with Am I Blue? sung by Libby Holman. Also included are tracks by The Ink Spots, Dinah Shore, The Boswell Sisters, Bessie Smith, Blind Willie Johnson, Duke Ellington, Ma Rainey, Benny Goodman, Memphis Jug Band and much more.
RealAudio clip: BESSIE SMITH "Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out"
RealAudio clip: BLIND WILLLIE JOHNSON "If I Had My Way"

V/A Flashbacks #5: Halleluja 1926-1946 Gospel & Prayers (Trikont) cd 15.98
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Yet more interesting compilations from the equally interesting German label Trikont. From the label that brought us collections of La Paloma covers, songs with yodelling and songs of death, all drawing from every genre imaginable, plus Roady music from Vietnam, and other remarkable concept mixes, comes the Flashbacks series. Six disks of music from as early as 1914, spanning to 1947 and each organized by a particular theme.
Volume five, Halleluja: Gospel & Prayers, is a collection of gospel recordings, both a capella quartet, accompanied soloist, and even some recordings made at church services, all from 1926 to 1946. An amazing variety of gospel recordings, Featuring tracks from Bessie Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Blind Willie Johnson and much more.
RealAudio clip: GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET "Golden Gate Gospel Train"
RealAudio clip: GUITAR EVANGELIST EDWARD W. CLAYBORN "Then We'll Need That True Religion"
RealAudio clip: UTAH SMITH "I Want Two Wings"

V/A Flashbacks #6: American War Songs 1933-1947 Hitler & Hell (Trikont) cd 15.98
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Yet more interesting compilations from the equally interesting German label Trikont. From the label that brought us collections of La Paloma covers, songs with yodelling and songs of death, all drawing from every genre imaginable, plus Roady music from Vietnam, and other remarkable concept mixes, comes the Flashbacks series. Six disks of music from as early as 1914, spanning to 1947 and each organized by a particular theme.
Volume six, American War Songs: Hitler & Hell, is an interesting collection of inspirational fighting anthems from before and through World War II. Because nazi propaganda that was spreading throughout Europe and the United States unfettered people, such as film mogel Harry Warner, inspired others to lash back with anti-Nazi propaganda. Harry is quoted in the liner notes addressing the American Legion in a speech that was broadcast on news reel in 1939: "...Drive them out. Make America unsafe for those who seek to tear down what others have built through the generations since 1776. Drive them from their secret meeting places. Destroy their insidious propaganda machines. Drive out their bunds and their leagues, their klans and black legions. The silver shirts, the black shirts and the dirty shirts. Help keep America for those who believe in America..." More is included in both German and English in these very thorough liner notes. The disk itself features tracks by Leadbelly, Eddie Cantor, The Hoosier Hot Shots, Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters, Nat King Cole, Marlene Dietrich and much more.
RealAudio clip: LEADBELLY "Mr. Hitler"
RealAudio clip: TEXAS JIM ROBERTSON "The Last Page of Mein Kampf"
RealAudio clip: ROSALIE ALLEN "Hitler Lives"

album cover V/A Flexi-Sex (Trunk) cd 16.98
Someome at Trunk records has a very dirty mind. And apparently a very dirty collection of recordings. But lucky for us, they're happy to share their dirty little treasures with the rest of the world. Flexi-sex compiles actual recordings originally issued as flexi discs that came free with certain British porn mags in the late seventies/early eighties (Whitehouse and Rustler if you must know) and contain some of the most hilarious and patently un-sexy sexy recordings we have ever heard. Over cheesy, bawdy seventies porno-jazz-schmaltz, older sounding British women, recite their sexy scripts, some more convincingly than others. Lots of talk of pricks and shafts and tits and hairy balls (Kathy Mcginty anyone?) and stems and bottoms and fannies (and fanny means something much different in the UK, needless to say there are no fannypacks over there...) and lots of heavy breathing and sighing and moaning, but all delivered in super prim sounding British accents. Which maybe could make it more sexy, that whole Educating Rita thing, but actually seems to have the opposite affect. Several of the women also make sure to let you know that while they may not be the sexiest women around, they are most definitely the horniest. Good to know. Be warned before you listen to the sound samples that this is definitely X-rated (well, at least R rated) so prudes steer clear.
MPEG Stream: "Folky Fenella From Dorset"
MPEG Stream: "I'm Juicy Lucy"
MPEG Stream: "Babs"

album cover V/A Flexi-Sex (Trunk) lp 14.98
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Someome at Trunk records has a very dirty mind. And apparently a very dirty collection of recordings. But lucky for us, they're happy to share their dirty little treasures with the rest of the world. Flexi-sex compiles actual recordings originally issued as flexi discs that came free with certain British porn mags in the late seventies/early eighties (Whitehouse and Rustler if you must know) and contain some of the most hilarious and patently un-sexy sexy recordings we have ever heard. Over cheesy, bawdy seventies porno-jazz-schmaltz, older sounding British women, recite their sexy scripts, some more convincingly than others. Lots of talk of pricks and shafts and tits and hairy balls (Kathy Mcginty anyone?) and stems and bottoms and fannies (and fanny means something much different in the UK, needless to say there are no fannypacks over there...) and lots of heavy breathing and sighing and moaning, but all delivered in super prim sounding British accents. Which maybe could make it more sexy, that whole Educating Rita thing, but actually seems to have the opposite affect. Several of the women also make sure to let you know that while they may not be the sexiest women around, they are most definitely the horniest. Good to know. Be warned before you listen to the sound samples that this is definitely X-rated (well, at least R rated) so prudes steer clear.
MPEG Stream: "Folky Fenella From Dorset"
MPEG Stream: "I'm Juicy Lucy"
MPEG Stream: "Babs"

V/A Flipper Psychout: Original Italian Library Music From The Vaults Of Flipper (Vampisoul) cd 19.98

V/A Flipper Psychout: Original Italian Library Music From The Vaults Of Flipper (Vampisoul) 2lp 29.00

V/A Florialia Vol. 3 (WoT 4 Records) cd 14.98
Third volume of this truly international space-psych rock compilation series, for all you cosmopolitan (and cosmic) Terrastockers out there. You've got a few relatively well-known names like Acid Mothers Temple (Japan), Amp (England), Magic Carpathians (Poland), Smoking the Century Away (Mexico), alongside others less well known from Germany, Sweden, Texas, Italy, Greece, Hungary... Ranging from the poppy to the proggy, with synths and exotic instrumentation in equal doses. There's nothing too heavy to behold on here, with some bands more genuinely psychedelic than others, but it's at least a pleasant ride nonetheless.

album cover V/A Florida Funk: Funk 45's from the Alligator State 1968-1975 (Jazzman / Now-Again) cd 15.98
There has not been a shortage of amazing soul reissues recently and we sure as heck aren't complaining. But we gotta say that the two new comps of golden era soul and funk we're listing this time out are two absolute must haves for vintage soul and funk lovers! You'll hear about the great "Super Cool California Soul 2" comp elsewhere on this list but right now let's focus on this hot collection of deep hitting, soul wrenching, body moving, Florida fried funk! An amazing collection of songs pulled from rare and mostly impossible to find 45's from funk artists all across Florida during the prime-time funk years of 1968-1975. While lots of soul comps throw around the word Funk with careless abandon we find many of them to be way more old school soul and even doo-wop sounding where this is for sure some 100 percent fortified FUNK! Fuzzy guitars, breakbeats that would make any hip-hop producer drool and all sorts of in your face attitude! Everytime we play this (which has pretty much been daily since we've gotten it in) someone in the store comes to check out what we're playing and says something along the lines of "Damn, this is good!" and we couldn't agree more!
MPEG Stream: THE UNIVERSALS "New Generation"
MPEG Stream: LUIS SANTI Y SU CONJUNTO "Los Feligreses"
MPEG Stream: BLOWFLY "Butterfly Theme"

album cover V/A Fluorescent Tunnelvision (Submergence) 2cd 17.98
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What first caught our attention about this international compilation of "space rock" bands was the presence of both utter AQ-faves Circle and equally fantastic (and Finnish) Circle-variant Ektroverde! Those band's tracks (both over nine minutes each, bookending disc one with heavy psych overload) are worth the price of admission alone, at least in the view of the Circle-obsessives here at AQ. And fortunately, the rest of this double cd comp is pretty great too. Unreleased material from the likes of Faust, Volcano the Bear, Subarachnoid Space (who win the award for worst song title with the punny "So Near And Yeti So Far"), F/i, Pseudo Buddha (who get the worst *band name* award), Djam Karet, Zelany Rahoho, Escapade, Tombstone Valentine, Oranj Climax, Quarkspace, Melodic Energy Commission, Tree Sign, 2012, and Mushroom. Yeah, you're thinking the same thing we were, "well some of those sound a bit dodgy, don't they?" However, we ended up being well pleased with most of the collection, which flows together in a very cosmic, krautrocky fashion. Spacey synths abound, of course, and the spirit of Hawkwind lives in the hearts of many of these bands, but variety there is too, from the weird sound collage provided by Faust, to the pseudo-Miles spacefunk of Mushroom, to the the dark string-drone of Volcano the Bear... Cool comp!

V/A Fluxus Anthology (Anthology) cd 16.98
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We've stocked this item before, aeons ago, but it seems to have had a difficult time staying in print. Technically it's still not in print, but Forced Exposure was swinging pickaxes around and unearthed a few more. They've dusted them off and we've taken a few off their hands. The disk itself is a document of the music (and "sound events") of a more recent art movement. Contributors include: Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, La Monte Young, Philip Corner, and many others. Edited by Maurizio Nannucci. Be forwarned that the vein that was struck was by no means a motherload, so if'n you missed this gem the first, second, or third times around and have a hankerin' for a hunk a fluxus, you best be pickin' one up asap.

V/A Fluxus Anthology (Zona) lp 25.00
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We've had this compilation on cd a few different times before but never on lp. As you may recall it went out of print, but then a few more were discovered a while back. Now it's available once again, only now on the long playing phonograph record format (we're still hoping that they'll work their way back to a 78 box set on this one.) The collection itself is a document of the music (and "sound events") of the Fluxus art movement. Contributors include: Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, La Monte Young, Philip Corner, and many others. Edited by Maurizio Nannucci. We're not sure what the continued availablity of this collection is in this format or any other, so unless you're hoping they'll get to wax cylinders you should pick this up sooner rather than later.

album cover V/A Fly Girls! B-Boys Beware - Revenge Of The Super Female Rappers (Soul Jazz) 2cd 22.00
Holy shit, this is what we've been waiting for! Soul Jazz comes correct with an essential collection of the fierce and fired up sounds of the early queens of hip-hop. This is basically everything we love about hip-hop, captured in one monstrous collection, perfectly reflecting out love of both old school hip hop and more specifically female MC's, proving one again that the ladies knew how to do it best!
Filled with sass, strength, humor and charged sexuality, these ladies weren't just trailblazers, they made songs that still sound so damn catchy and irresistible all these years later.
While a big shift happened for sure it's important to remember that hip-hop's origins were strongly connected to strong females and even queer spirit. Coming out of the disco and funk scenes of late '70s New York there was a whole generation of girls who grew up empowered to take the mic and take no prisoners as they did so. So many of those amazing women are on this collection. Roxanne Shante, Sweet Tee, Sequence, Cookie Crew, JJ Fad, Queen Latifah (yes, she once was way fierce!), MC Lyte, Dimples D, Missy Elliott, and way more. There are those of us who remember these tracks from back in the day and we're equally excited for a whole new generation to get blown away by the colorful energy in these sounds, kids who have grown up on MIA, Lil' Kim, Fannypack, and Yo Majesty will get to hear just where those sounds came from! While the early '80s was the heyday for these sounds, what makes Fly Girls such a cool collection is that it's a three decade retrospective which brings the best of the female MCs from the late '70s all the way to the early '90s. These tracks make us wanna dust off our old sneakers and head to the playground with nothing but a boombox, a piece of cardboard and some friends 'cause with these songs blasting that's all you need for an instant party!
MPEG Stream: THE SEQUENCE "Simon Says"
MPEG Stream: TWO SISTERS "B-Boys Beware"
MPEG Stream: JJ FAD "You're Goin Down"
MPEG Stream: DIMPLES D. "Sucker DJs"
MPEG Stream: ROXANNE SHANTE "Bite This"
MPEG Stream: LADY D. "To The Beat"

album cover V/A Fly Girls! B-Boys Beware - Revenge Of The Super Female Rappers - Volume 1 (Soul Jazz) 2lp 27.00
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Holy shit, this is what we've been waiting for! Soul Jazz comes correct with an essential collection of the fierce and fired up sounds of the early queens of hip-hop. This is basically everything we love about hip-hop, captured in one monstrous collection, perfectly reflecting out love of both old school hip hop and more specifically female MC's, proving one again that the ladies knew how to do it best!
Filled with sass, strength, humor and charged sexuality, these ladies weren't just trailblazers, they made songs that still sound so damn catchy and irresistible all these years later.
While a big shift happened for sure it's important to remember that hip-hop's origins were strongly connected to strong females and even queer spirit. Coming out of the disco and funk scenes of late '70s New York there was a whole generation of girls who grew up empowered to take the mic and take no prisoners as they did so. So many of those amazing women are on this collection. Roxanne Shante, Sweet Tee, Sequence, Cookie Crew, JJ Fad, Queen Latifah (yes, she once was way fierce!), MC Lyte, Dimples D, Missy Elliott, and way more. There are those of us who remember these tracks from back in the day and we're equally excited for a whole new generation to get blown away by the colorful energy in these sounds, kids who have grown up on MIA, Lil' Kim, Fannypack, and Yo Majesty will get to hear just where those sounds came from! While the early '80s was the heyday for these sounds, what makes Fly Girls such a cool collection is that it's a three decade retrospective which brings the best of the female MCs from the late '70s all the way to the early '90s. These tracks make us wanna dust off our old sneakers and head to the playground with nothing but a boombox, a piece of cardboard and some friends 'cause with these songs blasting that's all you need for an instant party!
MPEG Stream: THE SEQUENCE "Simon Says"
MPEG Stream: TWO SISTERS "B-Boy's Beware"
MPEG Stream: JJ FAD "You're Going Down"

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