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album cover DECIMUS Decimus 1 (Kelippah) lp 15.98
Decimus is the new solo project of Pat Murano, he of the No Neck Blues Band, Malkuth and K-Salvatore among other NY outsider outfits, and this is part one in the 12 part Decimus series, a vinyl lp sonic exploration into the medieval zodiac of Decimus Magus Ausonius, a Latin poet and rhetorician, we've listed part 5, and part 2, and this is part 1. They're being released on different labels, and not necessarily in the proper order. But it hardly matters, each record definitely functions just fine on its own.
Part one, were it the first you heard, definitely sets the scene quite nicely. The A side is a cacophonous chaotic barrage of fractured sound, a seriously percussive psychedelic trip out, that really could actually be a No Neck record, at least initially. Warped melting melodies wrap around strange childlike vocals, lots of clattery percussion, over heaving swells of crumbling sound, laced with sheets of high end skree, and bursts of wild rhythmic skitter. The sound seems to unravel, or perhaps blossom into wild tangles of strangely rhythmic distorted streaks only to disappear into thick swirled stretches of corrosive buzz, all flecked with glitch and squelch, very tranced out and abstract.
The B side though might be our favorite Decimus jam yet, a side long super cinematic epic, hushed late evening shimmer, what sounds like field recordings, all draped over a blurred loopscape, and all wrapped around a thick woozy, fuzzy pulse, a sort of murky kosmische, a smoldering ominous thrum, eventually joined by psychedelic spaced out synths, transforming the song into the soundtrack for some seriously fucked up alternate universe giallo, before finishing off in a glitched out glittery tangle at the end.
Awesome stuff, further convincing us that we're definitely gonna have to collect all 12!
LIMTED TO 300 COPIES, each one hand stenciled and spray painted.

album cover DECIMUS Decimus 10 (Further) lp 15.98
It's nearly impossible to keep up with Decimus, the ongoing project of Pat Murano of No-Neck Blues Band (as well as K Salvatore, Malkuth, and a bunch more), but it's well worth the effort. We're up to installment 10 of a proposed dozen, and like the previous nine, Decimus 10 is another confusional sprawl of free form avant rock drift and experimental electronic soundscaping, a primitive musical ritualism filtered through a more modern, albeit cracked, sonic filter, resulting in some of the most twisted, and darkly mesmerizing sounds we've heard.
A collection of extended creepscapes, distant melodies drifting through fields of crumbling twang and churning industrial rhythms, softly noisy, almost wistful in places, haunting and atmospheric, the sound building to a strange sort of percussive workout, swaddled in fractured electronics and glitchy shimmers.
The whole record seems to be a soft sort of chaos, that is transformed into various sonic shapes, kosmische kraut-psych, that gets tripped out and seriously druggy, before evolving into something surprisingly focused and utterly mesmerizing. The chaos mutating constantly, every track here bleeding into the ones on either side, as if this were all merely one epic single track lp, which in turn was merely part of one single epic twelve record songsuite, the sounds drifting from rhythmic squelch to ambient swirl, processed disembodied vocals floating amidst grinding sonic primitivism and ominous pulsations. Woozy almost slowcore dirges fracture into shimmery electro weirdness and dark collaged ambience, before being buried beneath wild electronic tangles, and gorgeous lush layers, that seem to gradually be crumbling before our very ears. And that's just side one!
The flipside is more sort of synthed out and electronic, droney and rhythmic, gristly and distorted, like a more WTF Demdike Stare in places, slowly shifting into something a bit more abstract and ambient, cinematic and epic. Voices surface, and the sound grows almost symphonic, sounding like a lo-fi, avant-noise Arvo Part, a fractured chorale subsumed by overlapping rhythms and dirge-y orchestral swells. The whole B side has a weird sort of electro pop vibe, but electro pop via Nurse With Wound, that's freaky and fractured, damaged and psychedelic, but at the same time strangely melodic, and in its own dark and demented way, quite lovely as well.
Pressed on swirled blue vinyl, and housed in super striking hand silkscreened sleeves.
MPEG Stream: "I"
MPEG Stream: "II"

album cover DECIMUS Decimus 2 ( Planam) lp 25.00
On the last New Arrivals list, we reviewed the first record in a TWELVE lp series from a group called Decimus, which was in fact, the solo project of Pat Murano, from No Neck Blues Band, K Salvatore and Malkuth. The series, a multi part epic, based on the teachings of Decimus Magus Ausonius, a Latin poet and rhetorician. We reviewed Decimus 5 last time, Decimus 1 was also just released, but this, Decimus 2, is apparently the FIRST part in the series, and as if that weren't confusing enough, it was also the only one of the first 3 installments so far (1,2 and 5) to be released on a different label, hence the hefty price, this one's an import. And how about a description from the label: "Decimus 2 is the first chapter of the Decimus sodality. With reluctance, we are driven into the desert rent from the sweet succor of slavery Under Malkuth we feed the senses failing to satiate the insatiable For Shimon bar Yochai Synthetic meditations on the zodiac as envisioned by Decimus Magnus Ausonius." UmÉ okay...
Like number 5, number 2 is another fantastic and totally tripped out exploration into some seriously tripped out and as yet undiscovered psychedelic realms of sound, some sort of otherworldly ritual, bird calls, croaking frogs, a series of mysterious field recordings, layered beneath tinkling chimes, and reverbed melodies, the music hushed and minimal, the tones layered into strange harmonies, down in the mix lurk crunches and crumbles, those sounds seeming to grow more murky and menacing, all of the various low end sounds, gradually transforming into deep rumbles and monster like gurgles, slowly transitioning into a warped stretch of looped mesmer, droney and druggy, layered voices and and constantly shifting pitches.
As the Decimus 2 progresses, processed guitars (?) churn and undulate, wreathed in swirling effects that sound almost like animal calls, perhaps they are animal calls processed to sound like effects, either way, the result is quite haunting, the track peppered with caustic industrial crunch, burbling electronics, the sound growing more and more fractured and far out, before finally ending, presumably, to be continued in the next installment.
Incredible stuff, anyone into No Neck, or any of the tripped out free psychedelic drone outfits should definitely check this out (and Decimus 5), odds are when all 12 are finally revealed, you might be kicking yourself for not grabbing them when you could.
LIMITED TO 250 COPIES. In fancy recycled silkscreened jackets, with heavy red inner sleeves.

DECIMUS Decimus 3 (Kelippah) lp 21.00

DECIMUS Decimus 4 (Planam) lp 21.00

album cover DECIMUS Decimus 5 (Kelippah) lp 15.98
A heady slab of tripped out psychedelic sonic spirituality from this new project of Pat Murano, who also counts himself a member of NY free jazz / drone rock / avant hippy collective No Neck Blues Band, weirdo black metal horde Malkuth and cosmic outsider explorationists K-Salvatore. Murano continues on his own peculiar and bafflingly brilliant path, with the debut release from his solo project Decimus, the first in a high concept, 12 part (as in 12 lp) series of records based on the medieval zodiac of Decimus Magus Ausonius, a Latin poet and rhetorician.
Two side long meditations, the first begins with soft shimmering clouds of tinkling melodies, and ethereal ambience, over some haunting processed mantra like looped vox, hazy and druggy, wreathed in keening high end and lilting barely there melodies, and muted bits of abstract percussion. Eventually, FX drenched sitar like buzz surfaces, adding a whole other dimension to the trancelike drift, that buzz pulsing and stuttering percussive and slightly corrosive, the sounds growing ever more spacey and swirly, a warped dreamlike buzz that gradually decays and crumbles, the effects growing more and more chaotic, before finishing off with a brief super intense white hot sonic squall.
The second side is another slow burning musical mantra, loping, warm woozy buzz over a bed of softly roiling hiss and soft focus whir, sounding almost like Zomes or Daniel Higgs or Amps For Christ, cyclical, repetitive and mesmerizing. The dreamy drift is soon joined by a crunchy corrosive rhythm, which lurches and lumbers before transforming into a weird skeletal beat, the sound almost Middle Eastern, the low end super distorted, a deep rib cage rattling thrum, all the sounds again gradually growing more and more blurred and distorted, some freaky creepy robotic vocals only adding to the confusional cacophony, but still that initial loop/groove remains, a solid rhythmic anchor, keeping the track trancelike, while all around sounds swirl and swoop, flecks of fragmented melodies surface and are quickly swallowed up, before everything dissolves into a cloud of staticky hiss.
We already can't wait for the next 11 volumes! (we actually have the next one, Decimus 1 in stock, just ask if you want one of those too!)
LIMITED TO 300 COPIES. Housed in hand painted and hand stenciled covers.
MPEG Stream: "I (excerpt)"
MPEG Stream: "II (excerpt)"

DECIMUS Decimus 8 (Kelippah) lp 19.98

DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II OST (Captiol) cd 13.98
Soundtrack to the classic metal documentary!

album cover DECOMPOSING SERENITY We'll Stop When You're Dead (Maybe) (Vomit Noise Productions) cd 14.98

album cover DECREPIT SPECTRE Coal Black Hearses (Paradigms) cd 12.98
Not sure how many of you remember the group Code, and their record Nouveau Gloaming, from maybe 3 or 4 years ago. A dizzying blend of blasting Norwegian style blackness a la Satyricon (circa Nemesis Divina) and Interpol, or at least some modern post Joy Division gothiness, and no small amount of Swans like doomic crush as well, oh and a bit of Khold like groove. That record destroyed us (and before you order it, we're not entirely sure it's even still available sad to say). We had been wondering though, quite recently in fact, what happened to Code, only to discover... a new Code record OUT NOW and reviewed elswhere on this week's list, and this little project right here: Decrepit Spectre. Featuring Code vocalist Kvohst, who also sings for Dodheimsgard, which should give you a clue as to what sort of blackened crooning to expect from Decrepit Spectre. The rest of the band is rounded out by some serious black metal muscle as well. Members of Ved Buens Ende, Manes and Seth among others.
We're happy to report that Decrepit Spectre basically sounds like Code mk. II, which is a very good thing indeed. A killer mix of frenzied blasting blackness, and moody brooding doom-ed gothiness. At its heaviest, sounding quite a bit like classic Satyricon, but maybe more than Code, DS is rife with those awesomely dramatic vocals, that definitely makes Coal Black Hearses sound like a black metal Interpol record, which as far as we're concerned is pretty much something we always fantasized about, or would have if it even seemed like a possibility. The arrangements are mathy and dense and complex, the riffs buzz and snarl, but there's also plenty of winding twisted guitar melodies, haunting harmonies, and the cool thing here is that even the loping gothy parts, are often underpinned by furious double kick drumming, and conversely, the flurries of vintage black buzz, are often wound around deep moaning sorrowful vocals. A strange combination, but one that still works, and still totally hits the spot for us. We were a bit bummed out by the later Dodheimsgard records, not sure what it was exactly, but THIS is exactly how we hoped those DHG discs would sound, super tech, post black metal, melodic and gloomy, mysterious and dramatic, but at the same time heavy as fuck, crushing and thrashing and pounding, with plenty of creeped out interludes, washed out woozy blackness, harsh hellish vox, insane relentless drumming and the occasional stretch of abstract psychedelic weirdness.
A bit of a bummer this is only 16 minutes long (just 3 tracks), but it definitely has us chomping at the bit for a full length.
Released on UK label Paradigms, who seemingly can do no wrong. A limited edition, but unclear just how limited.
MPEG Stream: "Graverider"
MPEG Stream: "Stranded Angels"

DECREPITAPH Beyond The Cursed Tomb (Razorback) cd 10.98

album cover DECREPITAPH Profane Doctrines Unburied (Razorback) cd 10.98
Wayne "Elektrokutioner" Sarantopoulos is everywhere these days. Encoffination, Wooden Stake (see elsewhere this list for their new 7"), Father Befouled (whom we really still need to review), Scaremaker, Tombstones, Festered... if you like your doom metal deathly and/or your death metal doomy, he's your man! Playing not just drums, but other instruments as well, and often writing the music too. Decrepitaph, under examination here, is another of his many blasphemous bands. It started off as a solo project, but these days is a duo, with David "Sinworm" Clark on vocals and guitars. Their third disc, Profane Doctrines Unburied, is chock full of Decrepitaph's usual dense dirty decompositions of chunking crunching death metal, utterly in keeping with the Razorback roster's revitalization of old skool '90s death metal style a la Asphyx, Obituary, Incantation, etc. This album takes thick, sick white noise trudge to epic extremes, especially on the nine minute plus finale, "The Crucifix Crumbles (A Decrepit Epitaph)". They go fast, and they go slow. In fact, "Mortified Spirits" contains what might be one of the most lethargic and lugubrious drum solos ever, that you could maybe still call a drum solo.
Elsewhere, it's a barrage of battery, hand in hand with relentless riffs that scrape and scrub with steel wool like fuzz buzz... plus putrid guttural vokill belchings buried beneath... and last but not least, eerie adornments of keyboard synths, played by Elektrokutioner, whom we should add has quite an extensive collection of sleeveless metal band logo t-shirts. His bald and bearded self is looking mean in a Sodom shirt in the cd booklet here, and glaring intensely in a Voivod shirt on the Wooden Stake 7" sleeve.
MPEG Stream: "A Suffocating Evil"
MPEG Stream: "Mortified Spirits"
MPEG Stream: "The Crucifix Crumbles (A Decrepit Epitaph)"

album cover DEEBANK, MAURICE Inner Thought Zone (1972) cd 14.98
A few years back, there was a comprehensive reissue campaign for moody atmospheric pastoral eighties jangle poppers Felt, a group we had convinced ourselves we wouldn't like, until we finally heard them, and not only liked 'em but became a bit obsessed. And while most folks are probably familiar with Felt mainman Lawrence (nee Lawrence Hayward) who was the face of Felt and who would go on to front Denim, and less successfully Go Kart Mozart (ugh), it's the lesser known Maurice Deebank who helped create Felt's signature sound, which is evidenced on here, a reissue of Deebank's 1984 instrumental solo debut, which finds Deebank creating lush landscapes of shimmer and jangle, swirling minor key chords, looped, cyclical melodies, and warm whirling layered ambience, introspective and heartfelt, the music here shadowy and dreamlike, lovely and lyrical, reminding us at times of Roy Montgomery, and at others Vini Reilly, but really sounding like our favorite moments on those early Felt records. Deebank would leave Felt in 1986, as Lawrence moved more toward the bubblegum pop that would begin to seep into the later Felt outings blossoming into the pure pop of Denim, while Deebank continued to look inward, creating gorgeous soundscapes of soft psychedelia and glistening guitar shimmer. "Dance Of Deliverance" might be our favorite track here, ominous low end, soft swells of shimmering synths, all swirled into a sort of shadowy new age drift, or it might have sounded new age if it wasn't so dark, a brooding mini masterpiece that is the perfect balance to the rest of the record's more sun dappled crystalline dreaminess. So great!
MPEG Stream: "The Watery Song"
MPEG Stream: "Four Corners Of The Earth"
MPEG Stream: "Silver Fountain Of Paradise Square"
MPEG Stream: "Dance Of Deliverance"

album cover DEEBANK, MAURICE Inner Thought Zone (1972) lp 15.98
AND ALSO NOW REISSUED ON VINYL TOO!
A few years back, there was a comprehensive reissue campaign for moody atmospheric pastoral eighties jangle poppers Felt, a group we had convinced ourselves we wouldn't like, until we finally heard them, and not only liked 'em but became a bit obsessed. And while most folks are probably familiar with Felt mainman Lawrence (nee Lawrence Hayward) who was the face of Felt and who would go on to front Denim, and less successfully Go Kart Mozart (ugh), it's the lesser known Maurice Deebank who helped create Felt's signature sound, which is evidenced on here, a reissue of Deebank's 1984 instrumental solo debut, which finds Deebank creating lush landscapes of shimmer and jangle, swirling minor key chords, looped, cyclical melodies, and warm whirling layered ambience, introspective and heartfelt, the music here shadowy and dreamlike, lovely and lyrical, reminding us at times of Roy Montgomery, and at others Vini Reilly, but really sounding like our favorite moments on those early Felt records. Deebank would leave Felt in 1986, as Lawrence moved more toward the bubblegum pop that would begin to seep into the later Felt outings blossoming into the pure pop of Denim, while Deebank continued to look inward, creating gorgeous soundscapes of soft psychedelia and glistening guitar shimmer. "Dance Of Deliverance" might be our favorite track here, ominous low end, soft swells of shimmering synths, all swirled into a sort of shadowy new age drift, or it might have sounded new age if it wasn't so dark, a brooding mini masterpiece that is the perfect balance to the rest of the record's more sun dappled crystalline dreaminess. So great!
MPEG Stream: "The Watery Song"
MPEG Stream: "Four Corners Of The Earth"
MPEG Stream: "Silver Fountain Of Paradise Square"
MPEG Stream: "Dance Of Deliverance"

album cover DEEP JEW Ugliest Man / Dog Blood (Jugular Forest / Troniks) lp 14.98
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Deep Jew was one of those good bands with a horrible name; and had they been born a decade earlier, these LA noiseniks would have counted amongst the numerous crustpunks touring alongside Man Is The Bastard or maybe even Corrupted throughout the '90s. Yet, as it stands, Deep Jew released a couple of things including a split single for Not Not Fun and this LP (of which we managed to dig up a few copies!) before calling it quits in 2008. But no matter how you look at it, Deep Jew's slow-motion, dirge-punk, power-violence is a force not to be taken lightly. Even if they do have a questionable name.
Five cuts of post-MITB brutalist sludge and murkscaping distortion grace the A side of Ugliest Man / Dog Blood with howling vocals, caveman bashing drum kit abuse, low-slung bass buried way way down deep, and thick guitar / amplifier pedal noise which might have something in the way of Swans-like riff if all of that distortion hadn't crumbled everything into filthy noise. The flip is a monstrous side-long car-crash captured at quarter-speed with chugging, stumbling dirgecore rhythms that lurch amidst a lock-stepped bass throb all of which tugs and / or pushes against relentlessly overblown amplifier punishment and blister-popped feedback. Silkscreened covers and limited to something like 400 copies.

DEEP MAGIC Altars of Veneration (Moon Glyph) cassette 5.98
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album cover DEEP PURPLE In Rock (Anniversary Edition) (EMI) cd 15.98
Ok, first off, this isn't a new release -- not even a new reissue -- heck it's the remastered 25th anniversary edition of "In Rock", which means it came out in 1995. But we just got some in (to help bolster our embarrassingly small "Classic Rock" section), and while our Classic Rock section remains tiny, at least now it has this extremely excellent Deep Purple album in it! Quite possibly you're already aware of what a monumental slab of early '70s hard rock this disc is, and are happy for this reminder of the opportunity to add it to your cd collection if it's not there already. Or, perhaps you're not familiar with it, but happened to have woken up this morning wondering, hey, that Deep Purple band I keep hearing so much about, what album should I go buy of theirs today? then this is one for you (the other would be "Machine Head", but this one came first so we'll deal with it today). This was the debut of the classic Deep Purple "Mark II" line-up: new vocalist Ian Gillan, guitarist Richie Blackmore, organist John Lord, drummer Ian Paice, and new bassist Roger Glover (as illustrated in the front cover's Mt. Rushmore take-off). Together they made Deep Purple's fourth album (this one) one of the heaviest, most energetic, kick ass rock records ever. Maybe not quite metal, but close. Classic cuts include "Speed King" (with its Blackmore freakout intro), "Bloodsucker", "Living Wreck", and the epic "Child In Time". That song alone, and Gillan's astonishing performance in it, makes this disc essential. And, we wouldn't have one of the best Merzbow discs of recent memory without this album's "Hard Lovin' Man"!
This cd version includes a bunch of alternate takes/mixes, the non-album "Black Night" hit single, and even some studio chat, along with super detailed liner notes and jewel case cover printed with the band members' autographs (which Byram complains about in one of our Neighborhood films). Ok, enough, just wanted to give props to some truly classic rock.
RealAudio clip: "Bloodsucker"
RealAudio clip: "Child In Time"

album cover DEEP SWITCH Nine Inches Of God (Shadow Kingdom) 2cd 15.98
Proving that the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal's bounty is seemingly limitless, Shadow Kingdom does it again with another killer NWOBHM find. Actually, we'd read about this band on the internet a while back and wanted to hear 'em ever since, finally here's a reissue of their only album, complete with bonus disc of demo rarities! We've barely listened to that disc, though, interesting as it is, 'cause we just keep spinning the actual album. That's one sign of a good record, another is that after only listening to it a couple of times, we felt like we already knew the songs, there's a lot of individuality here.
Deep Switch (named after a bass-boosting option on an amp one of them owned) and their Nine Inches Of God album, originally released in 1986, are hardly typical NWOBHM fare though. You might have guessed that from the cover art, a psychedelic cartoonish painting of a tripped-out, half-naked, lysergically melting nun (done by the guitarist's dad!) No, they're weird ones, these Deep Switch boys, lead by one "Reverend Nice"; irreverent, intelligent, idiosyncratic (just look at their colorful facepaint and top hats!). Combining a bit of a punk attitude with heavy metal chops, Deep Switch are sex-obsessed and anti-religious, making commentary on society and politics in songs that range from total prog epics to ahead-of-their time alt-metal (and one pretty ballad).
Lead-off track "Pigfeeder!" really threw us for a loop when we first heard it. NWOBHM... with rapping?? Well a little bit of rapping, but it doesn't sound like any "rap-metal" we've ever heard before. Not even sure if that was their intention. Weird but it works, in a Blondie "Rapture" man from Mars, eating cars kind of way, but it's actually saying something, while taking the piss at the same time. Ultimately "Pigfeeder!" is THEE super-catchy, uber-rhythmic song that Deep Switch shall be remembered for when the Big Book of Heavy Metal is written at the end of days. At the very least, in our book, it's up there with "Diggin' That Grave" by Jesters Of Destiny. But there's lots else on this album we dig too, other songs where the widdly guitars and falsetto vocals are put in more typically metal context, reminding us of Mercyful Fate and LA's Warlord at times. Another fave of ours would be the history lesson of "Time Machine", a poppy, proggy gem with lines advising a certain Harold not to "go down to Hastings".
So if you can deal with a little British humor in your old school metal (the killer guitars, catchy riffage, and vocal harmonies should certainly help), you should flip (for) the Deep Switch. And again, Shadow Kingdom do the reissue thing right, there's that whole other disc featuring earlier, different demos of several of the album tracks, plus some previously unreleased material, including a parody of their own "Pigfeeder!" in the form of a Christmas song called "The Festive Zone". And then there's the thick booklet, full of crazy photos, lyrics, and copious liner notes from Reverend Nice himself. Informative, and amusing - we loved the part where he talks about a pub gig at which their bass player Johnny Blade, unable to decipher the set list, comes over to ask what song they're doing next... when told, his response was "It couldn't be - I just played that one!". Classic. As is this album, in its way. Very much recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Pigfeeder!"
MPEG Stream: "Time Machine"
MPEG Stream: "The Dark Angel"

DEEP THROAT (OST) (Bonk ) cd 17.98
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In the spirit of Aquarius' long standing tradition of being on the forward thrust of aural intercourse, here's an album you should not pass up. Though the sound quality isn't the best at times (some of it really sucks, and sounds as though someone stuck their microphone up the tv set) there are some gems on here that are really hard to pass up. Even if you can't quite swallow more seventies scores, the penetrating dialog from the film more than makes up for any disappointment you may have. It's hard to play this cd in the store without having someone blush (usually it's Allan.) But really, this album not only features some truly weird and wonderful '70s porno-groove-pop (by anonymous musicians of course) but is even funnier than this review. Really.

album cover DEEP THROAT (OST) Anthology, Part 1 & 2 (Light In The Attic) cd 13.98
We had a reissue some years back of this soundtrack but the audio was terrible (sounded like somebody had taken the soundtrack straight off the speaker of their Zenith television set). Now it comes remastered, apparently from the master tapes by the sound of it, and err.. expanded. If you've only seen or heard of one porn film it's most likely going to be Deep Throat. It was for a long time (and may still be) the highest grossing independent film ever. It's even made it into US political history in the form of the informant so named by Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate brouhaha. Fitting then that, according to the liner notes, Richard Nixon was said to posses his own personal copy at the Whitehouse (Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. apparently also had copies). Deep Throat brought porn kicking and screaming into the mainstream. While much of the music is typical of your standard porn soundtrack: raunchy funk with loads of wah-wah guitar and peppy hammond organ, there are also plenty of atypical numbers including a laid back, let it all hang out cover of Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange". But the best track, or worst depending how you look at it, has to be the ballad "Deep Throat To You All" with breathy male vocals singing "deep throat, deeper than deep, your throat... don't row the boat, don't get your goat, that's all she wrote". It's truly truly inspired in that special way, like a classic song poem. Like those Deep Note compilations, Light In the Attic has included some of the finer parts of the movie's dialog for your enjoyment. Also included as a bonus is the soundtrack to Deep Throat's incredibly unsuccessful sequel. The music here is a pallid imitation of the original film's score, but you can take it or leave it at this price. Included is a full color booklet with a personal account on the film's impact by one viewer and an interview with Ron Jeremy on the film and its legacy.
MPEG Stream: "Bubbles"
MPEG Stream: "Deep Throat To You All"

DEEP THROATS s/t cd 9.99
Envision the seediest alleys of New York and out of the shadows come the Deep Throats (except they're from SF.) Torn fishnet stockings. Dishevelled heads of the blackest and bleachest of hair. Smeared eyeliner and lipstick for warpaint. Sounding at times not unlike The Birthday Party, but with a higher pitched squelch for vocals. Very murky, very turbulent, very brash. Graced by the presence of beloved AQ-customer Chris Johansson.

album cover DEEP TURTLE Turkele!! (Zerga) cd ep 7.98
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Andee met up with Pentti from Finnish legends Deep Turtle when he was over there a couple years ago, saw them play and was totally blown away. Now we finally have a couple of killer eps from Finland's masters of grind / prog / punk / pop. Pounding melodic punk rock, with throbbing bass and insane drumming, super melodic and riffy, sometimes heavy and pummelling, sometimes super poppy and almost ska (?) but ocasionally everything switches into hyper complex super dynamic rhythmic mode a la the Ruins. Stops and starts, insane arrangements, and some serious hooks! Even at their most impossible, the songs stick in your head like crazy. Also, the song titles and lyrics are in Spanish! Not sure why Deep Turtle chose to sing in Spanish here but it definitely adds to the off kilter weirdness. All you Finnophiles are definitely going to want this. This record has grown on us like crazy, so even those of you who have yet to dip your toes into the wild and wonderful world of underground Finnish rock might want to check it out.
MPEG Stream: "Basura"
MPEG Stream: "Perdido"

album cover DEEP TURTLE Tutina! (Zerga) cd ep 5.98
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Second of two recent eps from legendary Finnish grind / prog / punk / pop outift Deep Turtle. Andee had the chance to hang out with Deep Turtle frontman Pennti when he was in Finland and to see Deep Turtle totally destroy live. On Tutina, Deep Turtle bear an uncanny resemblance to AQ faves Uz Jsme Doma! Riffy and super complex, with slithery synths winding all around the notes, impossible time signatures, Ruins-esque dynamics, and lots of riffy weirdness. Sort of like Mr. Bungle if they were more like a death metal Ruins. If that makes any sense. And it doesn't, but neither do Deep Turtle! Wild and perplexing and freaked out and so good.
MPEG Stream: "Tungo"
MPEG Stream: "Sanlon"

album cover DEEP TURTLE / VALSE TRISTE VT/DT (Trashcan / Zerga) 7" 4.98
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Okay Finnish music obsessives! We only got a handful of these, so don't be too bummed if we run out lickety split.
Super aggro Finnish tag team action. One side features Finnish Favorites Deep Turtle, spewing out a grinding tech punk blowout. Ultra weird and convoluted, impossibly complicated stop/start arrangements, like Melt-Banana mixed with the Ruins. Wacked and weird and wonderful. Super manic percussion, with strange little interludes, snippets of intercepted radio broadcasts splattered all over truly head spinning technical metallic madness. Oh except for the second track, a weird little shuffling Finnish calypso breakdown peppered with brief blasts of Iron Maiden-ish melodic shred. Woah.
The other side features Valse Triste who counter with multiple blasts of fuzzy, grungy crusty brutality, a fucked up take on Discharge / G.B.H. with some strangely glammy guitar and hoarse shouted vocals. Cool.
Packaged in a goofy AC/DC parody sleeve, the backside folds out and inside is a huge lyric sheet, and two full color postcards.

album cover DEEP WHERE ALL DROWN Movement / The Marianas (self-released) 2cd 13.98
Anybody remember the excellent Australian indie punk band Venom P. Stinger, circa the late '80s / early '90s? That Melbourne based outfit was guitarist Mick Turner's band before the Dirty Three. Well, turns out that two of Turner's former Venom P. Stinger bandmates, Nick Palmer and Alan Secher-Jensen, are still doing the underground Aussie noise rock thing, in a criminally under-publicized power trio that goes by the ominous name of Deep Where All Drown. They've recorded two albums worth of their powerful music thus far, 2004's The Marianas and 2008's Movement, and you'll find 'em both together here in this gatefold digipack double cd set, released in 2009 (of which we only just managed to track down some copies, as it's barely available at all outside of Australia). Being Venom P. Stinger fans from way back, we were curious, and when we finally heard these Deep Where All Drown discs, we were extremely pleased! Mostly instrumental (there's singing/shouting on only about half the songs on disc one, that's it), both discs add up to 22 tracks total of some seriously intense, ultimately hypnotic post-punk math-rock music chock full of chiming, noisy guitar wrangling, muscular bass, and insistent drumming. DWAD are tight and complex, and conjure atmospheres both grim and beautiful. Great stuff from Down Under! (And by Down Under we mean both Australia and also metaphorically, in keeping with one of DWAD's main themes, the lightless depths of the bottom of the ocean, viz. the Pacific's Marianas trench.)
MPEG Stream: "Movement"
MPEG Stream: "The Seducer"
MPEG Stream: "The Marianas"

album cover DEEP WOUND Almost Complete (Baked Goods) cd 15.98
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Hard to believe that before the blown out, guitar hero, indie psych jangle of Dinosaur Jr, J Mascis was actually a drummer, who spent most of his time drumming in Satanic punk metal combo Upsidedown Cross, and legendary punk rockers Deep Wound!
But it wasn't just Mascis, Sebadoh mainman Lou Barlow was there too, both kicking up a shitstorm in this short lived, but kick ass outfit.
This is furious old skool punk rock, but with those two you know things would still be, well, a bit melodic. And it is, Catchy and heavy, fast and furious, the seeds of things to come...
Killer songs, tight musicianship, and yeah, we're still talking about punk rock here. While Deep Wound obviously have a bit of that classic Boston HC sound, falling somewhere between fellow Beantown brethren Siege & DC stalwarts Void, their sound wasn't quite as chaotic or over the top, but definitely just as full of conviction.
Sure, Deep Wound featured some soon-to-be indie superstars, but it wouldn't matter anyway, cuz Deep Wound stand completely on their own -- underrated though they may be -- in the first-wave-of-American-Hardcore. An essential release for sure. Better than the old cd version with new artwork and a bunch of extra songs!
Now somebody sort out a super deluxe Upsidedown Cross reissue and we'll be happy!
And also, we should note that Mascis HAS been back behind the drumkit recently, in AQ fave doomsters Witch!
MPEG Stream: "I Saw It "
MPEG Stream: "Sisters"
MPEG Stream: "Pressure"
MPEG Stream: "Training Ground"

album cover DEEP WOUND Almost Complete (Baked Goods) lp 16.98
NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL!
Hard to believe that before the blown out, guitar hero, indie psych jangle of Dinosaur Jr, J Mascis was actually a drummer, who spent most of his time drumming in Satanic punk metal combo Upsidedown Cross, and legendary punk rockers Deep Wound!
But it wasn't just Mascis, Sebadoh mainman Lou Barlow was there too, both kicking up a shitstorm in this short lived, but kick ass outfit.
This is furious old skool punk rock, but with those two you know things would still be, well, a bit melodic. And it is, Catchy and heavy, fast and furious, the seeds of things to come...
Killer songs, tight musicianship, and yeah, we're still talking about punk rock here. While Deep Wound obviously have a bit of that classic Boston HC sound, falling somewhere between fellow Beantown brethren Siege & DC stalwarts Void, their sound wasn't quite as chaotic or over the top, but definitely just as full of conviction.
Sure, Deep Wound featured some soon-to-be indie superstars, but it wouldn't matter anyway, cuz Deep Wound stand completely on their own -- underrated though they may be -- in the first-wave-of-American-Hardcore. An essential release for sure. Better than the old cd version with new artwork and a bunch of extra songs!
Now somebody sort out a super deluxe Upsidedown Cross reissue and we'll be happy!
And also, we should note that Mascis HAS been back behind the drumkit recently, in AQ fave doomsters Witch!
MPEG Stream: "I Saw It "
MPEG Stream: "Sisters"
MPEG Stream: "Pressure"
MPEG Stream: "Training Ground"

album cover DEEP, THE Psychedelic Moods (Radioactive) cd 17.98
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album cover DEEPCHORD Hash-Bar Loops (Soma Recordings) cd 16.98
We want to live in whatever world the music of Deepchord provides the soundtrack to. His murky, swirly minimal techno/dub evokes some sort of future noir, crumbling buildings, rainswept streets, everything lit by the haunting yellow glow of old streetlights, but it also has us imagining modern penthouses, all glass and chrome, overlooking the decrepit city, and the long lit tunnels of some futuristic transport system, not sure why, but Hash-Bar Loops, a record thematically focused on Amsterdam actually, instead has us imagining something like Raymond Chandler crossed with Tron. Which is most definitely a good thing.
We just can't resist the sounds of Deepchord, aka Rod Modell, who seems to have mastered this sound, whatever 'this' sound is. Future dub, ambient cinematic techno, pop ambient futurism, whatever it is, it's a strange hybrid, that to these ears at least, sounds like a mix of late night Detroit techno, Pole style digidub, blissed out pop ambience and that murky washed out heroin house we love so much.
Which pretty much describes Hash-Bar Loops, as does the opening three song suite, perfectly displaying what Modell is so good at, unfurling a hazy bit of warm whirling ambience, wreathed in a layer of static that could be the sound of wind whipping over the hills, rain falling on city streets, or just hissy static... And from there it's a slow build over the three tracks, opener "Spirits" is all ghostly and spectral, "Stars" is where rhtyhmic elements first surface, a muted skitter and pulse mostly obscured by the hiss and hum, all beneath a warm wash of blurred melody and smeared soft focus ambience, until finally, "Sofitel" finds the hiss receding completely, leaving just a skeletal techno groove, the soundtrack to some strange dinner party, on a rooftop in this futuristic city.
The record drifts deamily from beat to drift, from rhythm to ambience, the two sides of the sound constantly fusing and intertwining, the record's finest moments when the balance is just right, the beat buried beneath warm billows of dreamlike sound. And then finally the record ends the way it began, with a three song suite that leads the listener into a blissed out drift, "Crimson" shuffles and swings, surrounded on all sounds by a blurred thrum, on "Black Cavendish" that thrum takes over, and gradually transforms into what sounds like a symphony of crickets, over a murky muted pulse, until finally "Neon And Rain" slips into full on dubbed out shoegaze, a warm whirling shimmer, laced with jagged bits of echoey effects, perfectly evoking as the title suggests, the glow of neon on a dark, rainy night...
MPEG Stream: "Spirits"
MPEG Stream: "Stars"
MPEG Stream: "Sofitel"
MPEG Stream: "Merlot"

album cover DEEPCHORD Vantage Isle Sessions (Echospace) cd 16.98
Regular list readers will instantly recognize the name Deepchord, whose tripped-out, stoned version of minimal techno has filled the gap in our hearts left by the absence of the Chain Reaction and Basic Channel labels. Here at Aquarius, we've never really focused on techno as much as other genres, but our general interest tends to orbit somewhere out in the distance, near the intergalactic debris left in the wake of the rave. Detroit and Berlin minimalism, experimental noise makers Astral Social Club, or even the bedroom beats of Finland's Fricara Pacchu. However, this release bears witness to the side of Deepchord that we're really just less familiar with: actual techno. But, at least one of us has spent time digging through dance music crates looking for techno main players like Carl Craig, Kenny Larkin, or Kevin Saunderson. That's exactly where this tends to go, away from the celestial droniness of the majority of their work and back to the Detroit soil. As we listen, we're hearing a lot more of the city's second wave minimal tendencies, albeit married to the spacey grit of other Deepchord releases. In other words, this is a pretty seamless, thoughtful blend of what techno had going for it about 10 years ago, and what's happening now. It's actually really nice to hear this duo branch out a little from what they've been doing, and continue offering an exciting alternative to the now ubiquitous big-room, yawn-inspiring minimal techno that's been popping up the last couple of years. Fans of the project fear not, this isn't exactly a foray into trance synths and cheesy vocal samples of obvious classic soul or '80s pop songs. This is still instrumental, still experimental, and really pretty great. Fans of artists like both Sleeparchive and William Basinski can find something here to love too. Once again, Deepchord: recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Echospace Reshape"
MPEG Stream: "Cv313 Reduction II"

album cover DEEPCHORD (ECHOSPACE) Grandbend (Echospace) 2x12" 25.00

album cover DEERHOOF Apple O' (5RC) cd 14.98
Recorded "live" in the studio, this recording expands on the "rock" side of Deerhoof - those moments from Reveille that reminded us of The Who, with drummer Greg pounding mercilessly on his stripped down kit behind power chord outbursts. Those bits were sandwiched between more experimental fuckery, the whole thing rendered somewhat surreal by singer Satomi's high-pitched little-girl-on-acid vocals. On Apple O', the damaged noise has been toned down somewhat to make way for the aforementioned rock, but there are also some very sweet, gentle and even romantic numbers, with acoustic guitar strum and a bit of lovely fragile falsetto from Greg. They even get jazzy for a minute (damaged Beefheart lounge jazzy, that is). Even amidst romantic sweetness, Deerhoof still retain a sense of the bizarre, albeit an awfully cute kind of bizarre. It's their balancing act between fucked-up noise and twisted yet adorable pop, crazy huge rock n' roll and vulnerable beauty that make Deerhoof one of the best bands in San Francisco (at least in our opinion!). Apple O' isn't as mind-bendingly amazing as Reveille, but then it's difficult to repeat perfection. It's still super-awesome, and growing on us with every listen.
RealAudio clip: "Dummy Discards A Heart"
RealAudio clip: "Adam + Eve Connection"

DEERHOOF Apple O' (Menlo Park Recordings) lp 13.98
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Now on vinyl courtesy of those fine folks at Menlo Park Recordings! Here's what we said about the cd version:
Recorded "live" in the studio, this recording expands on the "rock" side of Deerhoof - those moments from Reveille that reminded us of The Who, with drummer Greg pounding mercilessly on his stripped down kit behind power chord outbursts. Those bits were sandwiched between more experimental fuckery, the whole thing rendered somewhat surreal by singer Satomi's high-pitched little-girl-on-acid vocals. On Apple O', the damaged noise has been toned down somewhat to make way for the aforementioned rock, but there are also some very sweet, gentle and even romantic numbers, with acoustic guitar strum and a bit of lovely fragile falsetto from Greg. They even get jazzy for a minute (damaged Beefheart lounge jazzy, that is). Even amidst romantic sweetness, Deerhoof still retain a sense of the bizarre, albeit an awfully cute kind of bizarre. It's their balancing act between fucked-up noise and twisted yet adorable pop, crazy huge rock n' roll and vulnerable beauty that make Deerhoof one of the best bands in San Francisco (at least in our opinion!). Apple O' isn't as mind-bendingly amazing as Reveille, but then it's difficult to repeat perfection. It's still super-awesome, and growing on us with every listen.

album cover DEERHOOF Apple O' (Record Store Day Version) (Kill Rock Stars) lp 15.98
Thanks to RSD, back again on vinyl while they last. What we said when this first came out: Recorded "live" in the studio, this recording expands on the "rock" side of Deerhoof - those moments from Reveille that reminded us of The Who, with drummer Greg pounding mercilessly on his stripped down kit behind power chord outbursts. Those bits were sandwiched between more experimental fuckery, the whole thing rendered somewhat surreal by singer Satomi's high-pitched little-girl-on-acid vocals. On Apple O', the damaged noise has been toned down somewhat to make way for the aforementioned rock, but there are also some very sweet, gentle and even romantic numbers, with acoustic guitar strum and a bit of lovely fragile falsetto from Greg. They even get jazzy for a minute (damaged Beefheart lounge jazzy, that is). Even amidst romantic sweetness, Deerhoof still retain a sense of the bizarre, albeit an awfully cute kind of bizarre. It's their balancing act between fucked-up noise and twisted yet adorable pop, crazy huge rock n' roll and vulnerable beauty that make Deerhoof one of the best bands in San Francisco (at least in our opinion!). Apple O' isn't as mind-bendingly amazing as Reveille, but then it's difficult to repeat perfection. It's still super-awesome, and growing on us with every listen.

album cover DEERHOOF Breakup Song (Polyvinyl) cd 14.98
Another Deerhoof album that makes you feel hella psyched! Some of their last few outings have had a more breezy, almost psych-folk quality to them. Now on Breakup Song, the groove is back, though apparently the members aren't. They've all moved away from San Francisco and dispersed to the four corners of the country, it seems. Perhaps that's what the title is referencing. But even while separated by mountains, streams, cities, and suburbs, this uber-optimistic quartet still exudes the joy of creation. And with this their (can you believe it?) thirteenth record since drummer Greg Saunier formed the band as a duo in San Francisco in the mid-nineties, Deerhoof will take you dancing, dare we say, as some of these tracks are borderline funky, as with "There's That Grin", where Deerhoof sound like Parliament's grandbabies, as much a booty-shaker as it is way the heck out there. Songs like "Flower" carry some house inflections, while "To Fly Or Not To Fly" take off like a damaged club jam before it breaks down into some weird Rick James offshoot. There are bits of cha-cha and French pop mixed in there, too! Through it all, you still get the signature herky-jerky, spazzed-out Deerhoof rawk, the spacey musings of singer Satomi Matsuzaki, and the curious ability to insert small songs within greater songs and then go back to the main part and make you miss the little interloping part all the more. Where did it go? It's a neat trick that gets you putting their records on repeat.
MPEG Stream: "There's That Grin"
MPEG Stream: "Flower "
MPEG Stream: "Fete d'Adieu"

album cover DEERHOOF Breakup Song (Polyvinyl) lp 15.98
Another Deerhoof album that makes you feel hella psyched! Some of their last few outings have had a more breezy, almost psych-folk quality to them. Now on Breakup Song, the groove is back, though apparently the members aren't. They've all moved away from San Francisco and dispersed to the four corners of the country, it seems. Perhaps that's what the title is referencing. But even while separated by mountains, streams, cities, and suburbs, this uber-optimistic quartet still exudes the joy of creation. And with this their (can you believe it?) thirteenth record since drummer Greg Saunier formed the band as a duo in San Francisco in the mid-nineties, Deerhoof will take you dancing, dare we say, as some of these tracks are borderline funky, as with "There's That Grin", where Deerhoof sound like Parliament's grandbabies, as much a booty-shaker as it is way the heck out there. Songs like "Flower" carry some house inflections, while "To Fly Or Not To Fly" take off like a damaged club jam before it breaks down into some weird Rick James offshoot. There are bits of cha-cha and French pop mixed in there, too! Through it all, you still get the signature herky-jerky, spazzed-out Deerhoof rawk, the spacey musings of singer Satomi Matsuzaki, and the curious ability to insert small songs within greater songs and then go back to the main part and make you miss the little interloping part all the more. Where did it go? It's a neat trick that gets you putting their records on repeat.
MPEG Stream: "There's That Grin"
MPEG Stream: "Flower "
MPEG Stream: "Fete d'Adieu"

DEERHOOF C (Cool Beans) 7" 3.98
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Two tracks, "C" and "Surprise Symphony", from the beloved art damaged SF pop trio.

DEERHOOF Dirt Pirate Creed (Children Of Hoof) lp 9.98
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Not new, but we just got a bunch of this mysteriously hard-to-find debut lp from SF faves Deerhoof. Originally released in 1996, these recordings were eventually remastered and rereleased by Kill Rock Stars / 5RC as "The Man, The King, The Girl". But here it is again in all its lo-fi analog glory! For the unfamiliar, Deerhoof was born under the ashes of Nitre Pit, an SF quartet that fused heavy Melvins-like sludge with the skewed, art damaged incomprehensibility of Caroliner. Early Deerhoof recordings retained some of those elements and added a pop edge, resulting in dreamy, childlike abstraction layered with a healthy dose of sludge and noise.

album cover DEERHOOF Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars) cd 14.98
So weird and so wonderful! Man, if only the Krofft Supershow was still on the air Deerhoof would be the best house band ever. Sid and Marty's tweaked candy-colored tv show trips are the perfect visual match for this Bay Area band's sounds. Imagine taking your sugar-buzzed ears for a wild rollercoaster ride on which the loops and corkscrews are all twisted into such macrame knots that you lose all sense of which way is up! Delirious thrills and chills galore. Friend Opportunity continues on from where The Runners Four left off with even grander scale productions that wouldn't be at all out of place in some theatrical musical... a very psychedelic one, mind you! We heart Deerhoof!
MPEG Stream: "The Galaxist"
MPEG Stream: "Matchbook Seeks Maniac"

album cover DEERHOOF Friend Opportunity (TomLab) lp 14.98
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Oh yes vinyl loving Deerhoof fans, you're not being left out in the cold! Their latest is available on that format tooooo!!!!
Here's what we said about the cd version not so long ago... So weird and so wonderful! Man, if only the Krofft Supershow was still on the air Deerhoof would be the best house band ever. Sid and Marty's tweaked candy-colored tv show trips are the perfect visual match for this Bay Area band's sounds. Imagine taking your sugar-buzzed ears for a wild rollercoaster ride on which the loops and corkscrews are all twisted into such macrame knots that you lose all sense of which way is up! Delirious thrills and chills galore. Friend Opportunity continues on from where The Runners Four left off with even grander scale productions that wouldn't be at all out of place in some theatrical musical... a very psychedelic one, mind you! We heart Deerhoof!
MPEG Stream: "The Galaxist"
MPEG Stream: "Matchbook Seeks Maniac"

album cover DEERHOOF Green Cosmos (Menlo Park) cd 10.98
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For Green Cosmos, Deerhoof have kicked things up a notch on their already-deliciously frenetic art-rock quirk-o-meter, and they've done so in impressive style! They've not only branched off in ways that may appeal to a broader audience without alienating their old fans, but also locked into some more out-there planes. Quite a bit more melodic and composed, but also sorta like a tricked-out Beatles' "Revolution #9" mashed up with candy-coated anime soundtracks and of course some Capt. Beefheart and Melt-Banana too. At times very bizarre and epic with its grand assemlbage of tinkly toybox sounds, winky guitar stabs, tight rhythmic progressions and those pussycat-cooing vocals. You can easily imagine this accompanying a giant puppet show. Or if we were to compare it to an amusement park ride, it'd be some sorta mongrel mutant of a rollercoaster and a bumper car. Only seven songs (six new, two revised older ones "Come See The Duck" and "Byun") clocking in at around fifteen minutes, but oh such utterly splendid precision and chaos in every twisted adventure pop bite. Wheeeeeeeee!
MPEG Stream: "Spiral Golden Tower"
MPEG Stream: "Koneko Kitten"

album cover DEERHOOF Green Cosmos (Record Store Day Version) (Kill Rock Stars) lp 14.98
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Thanks to RSD, back again on vinyl while they last. What we said when this first came out: For Green Cosmos, Deerhoof have kicked things up a notch on their already-deliciously frenetic art-rock quirk-o-meter, and they've done so in impressive style! They've not only branched off in ways that may appeal to a broader audience without alienating their old fans, but also locked into some more out-there planes. Quite a bit more melodic and composed, but also sorta like a tricked-out Beatles' "Revolution #9" mashed up with candy-coated anime soundtracks and of course some Capt. Beefheart and Melt-Banana too. At times very bizarre and epic with its grand assemlbage of tinkly toybox sounds, winky guitar stabs, tight rhythmic progressions and those pussycat-cooing vocals. You can easily imagine this accompanying a giant puppet show. Or if we were to compare it to an amusement park ride, it'd be some sorta mongrel mutant of a rollercoaster and a bumper car. Only seven songs (six new, two revised older ones "Come See The Duck" and "Byun") clocking in at around fifteen minutes, but oh such utterly splendid precision and chaos in every twisted adventure pop bite. Wheeeeeeeee!
MPEG Stream: "Spiral Golden Tower"
MPEG Stream: "Koneko Kitten"

album cover DEERHOOF Halfbird (Menlo Park) cd 14.98
Menlo Park, after nearly four years, finally got it together and put out a way outdated second lp from SF art pop faves Deerhoof. Recorded before their sophomore "Holdypaws", prior to the inclusion of Kelly on keys, "Halfbird" continues on the abrasive path once started with "The Man, The King, The Girl", and bridges the gap leading to their sunnier, dreamy pop sides, full of small sounds waiting to be discovered after repeated listens. Not necessarily representative of their current sound, but a piece of Deerhoof history and a wonderful one at that.
RealAudio clip: "Half Rabbit Half Dog"
RealAudio clip: "Six Holes On A Stick"

DEERHOOF Holdypaws (Kill Rock Stars) cd 14.98
2nd disc on KRS by this cult San Francisco outfit. Featuring one-half of the unfortunately underappreciated and thus long-gone Nitre Pit (who were a kind of Melvins-meets-Caroliner band), Deerhoof experiment with weird, angular, noisy, pop. Slightly reminiscent of the Thinking Fellers, with female vocals, surreal lyrics, and assorted other strangeness.

album cover DEERHOOF Live Koalamagic (Dual Plover) cd 10.98
Not really new, but we have a more consistent supply than when this was first released. Koalamagic collects five tracks of live performances spanning various lineups between 1996 and 2000, two of which are longer, uncut sets. Countless fans have praised Deerhoof as one of the best live acts in America right now, hear what everyone's raving about! If you haven't already seen Deerhoof live, well, this won't necessarily make up for it, nor will it be completely indicative of how they are live now, but it's a nice document of what was and why you might want to get out of the house once in a while. Get this if only for their legendary, frenzied, uninterrupted twenty minute set from Club Hot! in 2000. And if you're still wondering what the heck this Deerhoof is we're talking about, I guess this live album isn't the release for you -- try their album Reveille (or at least read our review of it).
MPEG Stream: "Gore In Rut"
MPEG Stream: "A Town Test Site"

album cover DEERHOOF Matchbook Seeks Maniac / Makko Shobu (Picture Disc) (Kill Rock Stars) 7" 5.50
Nice single from AQ faves Deerhoof which has a different mix of "Matchbook Seeks Maniac" from their latest album Friend Opportunity and a b-side which is a charming and enchanting short track that displays their continued push towards even more vividly creative pop. A picture disc whose spinning colors match the brightness of Deerhoof's spirited sound.

album cover DEERHOOF Milk Man (Kill Rock Stars) cd 14.98
It is incredible that this prog damaged pop group from San Francisco, which thrives on simplicity, can continually create complexly playful and riddling compositions while maintaining a bashful earnestness that totally offsets any and all chances that their musical prowess and ingenuity will falter into the category of 'wank'. Through Deerhoof's ten year existence, there have been numerous changes in personnel and instrumentation, but even through these variables there is a solidarity and consistency in the songwriting that is uniquely Deerhoof. While not as wildly cacophonous and volatile as 1997's The Man The King The Girl, there has been a return of sorts here (as on last year's Apple O') to a certain looseness that had been held back on the lushly crafted Reveille. Milk Man, their sixth long player, maintains the taut rock sound perfected on Apple O' whilst introducing more sonically diverse elements to the everyday Deerhoof palette (most notably: crackling electronics, horns and/or woodwinds -- is that a flute or a pocket trumpet on "Milking"? -- synthesizers and organs, and what sounds like to these ears, a Happy Apple*?) John Deiterich and Chris Cohen's awkwardly perfect harmonizations weave into Greg Saunier's John-French-by-way-of-Keith-Moon drumb blasts, emblazoned with Satomi Matsuzaki's mesmerizing vocal ornaments on rockers like the opening title track, "That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light" and "Milking". The lovely "Desaparecere" is an electronically backed number that evokes the Brazilian work of Joao and Astrud Gilberto (though the lyrics are in Spanish rather than Portuguese...). The previously released single "C", is reprised here in all its hand-clapping and falsetto glory. As beautiful and bewildering as past releases, what I think shines through most on Milk Man is its cohesive solidarity as a single album.
*for those who are curious (like Allan, who had to ask), a Happy Apple was a children's toy made by Fisher Price in the seventies. It's basically a six inch tall plastic apple with a happy face that, when shaken, makes a pretty polyphonic "chiming bells" sound. Kinda like windchimes, but muted since the elements which makes the sounds are encased in plastic. If you crack one open, you'll see that it's a simple circular design of four or five metal rods of varying length, with a pendulum-like ball in the center that hammers at them when agitated. I have a few of 'em at home, I always pick them up at flea markets. No two sound exactly alike! Anyway, there are occasional chiming sounds on this new Deerhoof record that I suspect are in fact from a Happy Apple, but I could be wrong...
MPEG Stream: "Milk Man"
MPEG Stream: "Milking"
MPEG Stream: "That Big Orange Sun"

album cover DEERHOOF Milk Man (Free Porcupine Society) lp 13.98
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Yowza, now on vinyl! What we said about the cd last list: It is incredible that this prog damaged pop group from San Francisco, which thrives on simplicity, can continually create complexly playful and riddling compositions while maintaining a bashful earnestness that totally offsets any and all chances that their musical prowess and ingenuity will falter into the category of 'wank'. Through Deerhoof's ten year existence, there have been numerous changes in personnel and instrumentation, but even through these variables there is a solidarity and consistency in the songwriting that is uniquely Deerhoof. While not as wildly cacophonous and volatile as 1997's The Man The King The Girl, there has been a return of sorts here (as on last year's Apple O') to a certain looseness that had been held back on the lushly crafted Reveille. Milk Man, their sixth long player, maintains the taut rock sound perfected on Apple O' whilst introducing more sonically diverse elements to the everyday Deerhoof palette (most notably: crackling electronics, horns and/or woodwinds -- is that a flute or a pocket trumpet on 'Milking'? -- synthesizers and organs, and what sounds like to these ears, a Happy Apple*?) John Deiterich and Chris Cohen's awkwardly perfect harmonizations weave into Greg Saunier's John-French-by-way-of-Keith-Moon drumb blasts, emblazoned with Satomi Matsuzaki's mesmerizing vocal ornaments on rockers like the opening title track, 'That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light' and 'Milking'. The lovely 'Desaparecere' is an electronically backed number that evokes the Brazilian work of Joao and Astrud Gilberto (though the lyrics are in Spanish rather than Portuguese...). The previously released single 'C', is reprised here in all its hand-clapping and falsetto glory. As beautiful and bewildering as past releases, what I think shines through most on Milk Man is its cohesive solidarity as a single album.
*for those who are curious (like Allan, who had to ask), a Happy Apple was a children's toy made by Fisher Price in the seventies. It's basically a six inch tall plastic apple with a happy face that, when shaken, makes a pretty polyphonic "chiming bells" sound. Kinda like windchimes, but muted since the elements which makes the sounds are encased in plastic. If you crack one open, you'll see that it's a simple circular design of four or five metal rods of varying length, with a pendulum-like ball in the center that hammers at them when agitated. I have a few of 'em at home, I always pick them up at flea markets. No two sound exactly alike! Anyway, there are occasional chiming sounds on this new Deerhoof record that I suspect are in fact from a Happy Apple, but I could be wrong...
MPEG Stream: "Milk Man"
MPEG Stream: "Milking"
MPEG Stream: "That Big Orange Sun"

album cover DEERHOOF Milk Man (Polyvinyl) lp 14.98
It is incredible that this prog damaged pop group from San Francisco, which thrives on simplicity, can continually create complexly playful and riddling compositions while maintaining a bashful earnestness that totally offsets any and all chances that their musical prowess and ingenuity will falter into the category of 'wank'. Through Deerhoof's ten year existence, there have been numerous changes in personnel and instrumentation, but even through these variables there is a solidarity and consistency in the songwriting that is uniquely Deerhoof. While not as wildly cacophonous and volatile as 1997's The Man The King The Girl, there has been a return of sorts here (as on last year's Apple O') to a certain looseness that had been held back on the lushly crafted Reveille. Milk Man, their sixth long player, maintains the taut rock sound perfected on Apple O' whilst introducing more sonically diverse elements to the everyday Deerhoof palette (most notably: crackling electronics, horns and/or woodwinds - is that a flute or a pocket trumpet on 'Milking'? - synthesizers and organs, and what sounds like to these ears, a Happy Apple*?) John Deiterich and Chris Cohen's awkwardly perfect harmonizations weave into Greg Saunier's John-French-by-way-of-Keith-Moon drum blasts, emblazoned with Satomi Matsuzaki's mesmerizing vocal ornaments on rockers like the opening title track, 'That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light' and 'Milking'. The lovely 'Desaparecere' is an electronically backed number that evokes the Brazilian work of Joao and Astrud Gilberto (though the lyrics are in Spanish rather than Portuguese...). The previously released single 'C', is reprised here in all its hand-clapping and falsetto glory. As beautiful and bewildering as past releases, what I think shines through most on Milk Man is its cohesive solidarity as a single album.
*for those who are curious (like Allan, who had to ask), a Happy Apple was a children's toy made by Fisher Price in the seventies. It's basically a six inch tall plastic apple with a happy face that, when shaken, makes a pretty polyphonic "chiming bells" sound. Kinda like windchimes, but muted since the elements which makes the sounds are encased in plastic. If you crack one open, you'll see that it's a simple circular design of four or five metal rods of varying length, with a pendulum-like ball in the center that hammers at them when agitated. I have a few of 'em at home, I always pick them up at flea markets. No two sound exactly alike! Anyway, there are occasional chiming sounds on this new Deerhoof record that I suspect are in fact from a Happy Apple, but I could be wrong...
MPEG Stream: "Milk Man"
MPEG Stream: "Milking"
MPEG Stream: "That Big Orange Sun"

DEERHOOF My Pal Foot Foot (Nothing Fancy Just Music) 7" 3.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Three new songs of fractured pop dreaminess from the SF trio, including a cover of The Shaggs' "My Pal Foot Foot". Also features the beautifully unusual Deerhoof track, "Sunny Forty Fours", a stripped down prog-pop lullaby with heavy analog synth stylings! Released on XBXRX's Nothing Fancy Just Music label out of Mobile, Alabama.

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