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album cover E-MAN s/t (The Tapeworm) cassette 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
A long lost eighties artifact from UK tape label The Tapeworm, released along with three other strange and wonderful tapes, to be found elsewhere on this week's list.
E-Man is probably not a name familiar to most folks, and Geir Jenssen might not be either, but odds are, most aQ customers and drone obsessives do know Jennsen by his 'other' name, Biosphere!
But before you freak out and nab one of these expecting some sort of icy grim minimal ambience, be prepared, this was originally released in 1984, and is a whole 'nother beast. E-Man specializes in gloomy synth driven new wave, with crooned dramatic vocals, programmed electronic percussion, Joy Division-y basslines, Kraftwerk like melodies, wicked cool, but definitely of its time. Although folks who have been digging on the recent resurgence of new wave / cold wave, should for sure check this out, cuz this is the real deal, warm whirring swooshes of synthesizer, "Rockit" like rhythms, electronic drums, even some scratching, a little bit funky, but also cold and clinical, space-y here and there, with haunting snippets of found sounds, mysterious voices, but all would around the groups propulsive sound. There are some moments that hint at the Biosphere to come, a little more spacey and abstract, but even those tracks are strangely new wave-y, almost new age-y actually, and often lead right into some stiff outerspace robo-funk, usually overlaid with the above mentioned reverb drenched croon. Not at all what we expected, but we're totally digging it.
LIMITED TO 350 COPIES. Bad ass Savage Pencil artwork too...

album cover E.A.R. Continuum (Space Age) cd 16.98
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Aah, in case you'd thought the highly prolific Sonic Boom AKA Experimental Audio Research AKA E.A.R. had perhaps finally fallen silent, along come eight more tracks from his camp. In case you're an equipment geek like me and were wondering with what his tickle trunk runneth over this time around, it's the sounds of a Fenix mod synth, EMS synthi AKS, a Serge mod system... oh, and a vocoder, some thumb pianos and a custom human voice synthesizer. The outcome of this batch of sonic experimentation? The usual distant droning atmospheres and whirring mechanisms for which E.A.R. is more than well-known.
RealAudio clip: "Shimmer"

album cover E.M.A.K. A Synthetic History Of E.M.A.K. 1982-88 (Universal Sound) cd 19.98
Another awesome reissue from those Universal Sound experts. Elektronische Musik Aus: Koeln was a project born in the midst of the Neue Deutsche Welle, but really came about a decade too late, as this was a band that embraced a pre-Midi electronic songsmithery that neatly fits next to Kraftwerk's technocratic vibe or even Chris Carter's percolating contributions to Throbbing Gristle. The gentlemen of E.M.A.K. hailed from Cologne and holed up in a basement right down the road from Holger Czukay's studio, constructing a sublime array of simple electronic instrumentals for synth-bleep melodicism, chiming arpeggiations, and strolling drum machine pulses. They self-released three albums on their own Originalton West imprint, and this collection on Soul Jazz culls from said albums. E.M.A.K. were very much aware of what was going on at the time, taking the best from the likes of Brian Eno (esp. Another Green World), Human League (esp. Reproduction), and even some Vangelis, to build a rather unique sound that paralleled the minimal wave producers but infusing it with a far more baroque flair in their whimsical squiggle that looks back to the exotica types of Jean-Jacques Perrey as well as some of the more adventurous disco producers out there. Connoisseurs of library music should certainly take note!
MPEG Stream: "Filmmusik"
MPEG Stream: "Ohne Titel"
MPEG Stream: "Bote Des Herbstes"

album cover E.M.A.K. A Synthetic History Of E.M.A.K. 1982-88 (Universal Sound) 2lp 24.00
Another awesome reissue from those Universal Sound experts. Elektronische Musik Aus: Koeln was a project born in the midst of the Neue Deutsche Welle, but really came about a decade too late, as this was a band that embraced a pre-Midi electronic songsmithery that neatly fits next to Kraftwerk's technocratic vibe or even Chris Carter's percolating contributions to Throbbing Gristle. The gentlemen of E.M.A.K. hailed from Cologne and holed up in a basement right down the road from Holger Czukay's studio, constructing a sublime array of simple electronic instrumentals for synth-bleep melodicism, chiming arpeggiations, and strolling drum machine pulses. They self-released three albums on their own Originalton West imprint, and this collection on Soul Jazz culls from said albums. E.M.A.K. were very much aware of what was going on at the time, taking the best from the likes of Brian Eno (esp. Another Green World), Human League (esp. Reproduction), and even some Vangelis, to build a rather unique sound that paralleled the minimal wave producers but infusing it with a far more baroque flair in their whimsical squiggle that looks back to the exotica types of Jean-Jacques Perrey as well as some of the more adventurous disco producers out there. Connoisseurs of library music should certainly take note!
MPEG Stream: "Filmmusik"
MPEG Stream: "Ohne Titel"
MPEG Stream: "Bote Des Herbstes"

album cover E.T. HABIT Venomous (Hozac) 7" 6.50
First we've heard from these Chicago glam-prog punks, but we're pretty into it. Angular lo-fi riffs wreathed in thick swooshes of flanger drenched guitars, wild rhythmic flurries, avalanche like drum fills, the vibe VERY glammy, with some cool glimmering breakdowns, but plenty of glampop crunch and garage fuzz shimmer, reminding us a whole lot of a lo-fi Alice Cooper band.
The B side is even more glittery and glammy, with some super progged out drumming, lots of heavily flanged guitars here too, and a weird very seventies sounding mix, the track slipping into psychedelic space prog territory with some jammed out guitars and some strange percussion (even bongos!!). Tripped out, psychedelic and heavy, and LIMITED TO 475 COPIES!!

EA 11'00 (Drone Records) 7" 6.50
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Drone Records -- run by Stefan Knappe of Troum and Maeror Tri -- exclusively produces seven inches mostly by emerging artists who specialize in expressive drone work (hence the label name). While there is something to be said for Drone's dedication to unknown artists, the work that comes from the ongoing series tends to be some of the best work from each of the artists' respective catalogues. This definitely includes more familiar names such as Reynols (with their infamous '10,000 Chicken Symphony'), Francisco Lopez, Spear, and Osso Exotico; but also lesser known artists such as Klood and Tarkatak. Drone tends to make small runs of these singles (usually about 250 copies and with handmade covers) and they always go fast.
EA is a Polish artist who only has a couple of cd-r releases under his belt, but has succeeded in developing a very nice amorphous version of late '80s Zoviet France, albeit without Robin Storey's trademarked looping structures. "11'00" is a delicate strain of manipulated feedback that complements a battery of distant gongs, extended guitar tones, and reverberated textural scrapings. Nice.

album cover EAGLE KEYS s/t (Even Stilte) cd 12.98
Eagle Keys (which is probably just the name of the record, not the name of the band, but since it's on the spine we're calling 'em Eagle Keys) is two dudes, one whom we know and one whom we don't. Respectively, there's electric bassist Tim Olive, who we most recently heard in the Supernatural Hot Rug And Not Used duo recording from EM Records. He's been in some other bands over the years, including Nimrod and Soap-Jo Henshi, best known to Japanese-music nerds like ourselves. The other fella is Francisco Meirino, responsible here for "computer and acoustics". Together they have produced two long tracks, "Eagle Keys Part One" and "Eagle Keys Part Two", about 50 minutes total of crinkly-crankly improvised soundscapes, littered with abstract, atmospheric detail. Part One begins with shuffling clicks and whirring hum and rattling gurgle, sounding a bit like some sort of shaggy electronic beast snuffling through its dinner. Long quiet drones and sizzling hissing and ominous creakings and chaotic clankings occur as this duo rummage about with their instruments and and objects and microphones, the whole process finally building into a dense, satisfying distorted drone-howl at almost the very end of its 34 minutes. Then, the 15 and a half minute Part Two is more about gentle flutter and whispered feedback. It's spooky and hissy and whistle-y (enough so that at points, dogs might not like it!). It comes to an end with a sudden, satisfying "clunkgluntch"!
MPEG Stream: "Eagle Keys Part One"
MPEG Stream: "Eagle Keys Part Two"

album cover EAGLE TWIN The Feather Tipped The Serpent's Scale (Southern Lord) cd 14.98

EAGLE TWIN The Feather Tipped The Serpent's Scale (Southern Lord) 2lp 31.00

album cover EAGLE TWIN The Unkindness of Crows (Southern Lord) cd 15.98
When Andee and Allan were in Austin last spring for SXSW, they stumbled into a record store (the very cool End Of An Ear) only to be unexpectedly pummelled by two scruffy dudes set up in the corner, guitar and drums, kicking up a head splitting ear shredding low end racket, that was so powerful it almost made record shopping impossible, but then who wants to record shop when you can immerse yourself in an avalanche of sound so thick and viscous that it was almost a physical presence in the room? The guy with the axe seemed familiar too, and it wasn't until afterwards that we realized it was Gentry Densley of Iceburn fame, and we had just witnessed a live performance by his new duo project, Eagle Twin!
So, here we have the full length, and it's just as dark, and heavy and sprawling as it was live, not nearly as terrifying or ear drum destroying but records rarely are. What it is, though, is HEAVY AS FUCK, downtuned and massive, if we didn't know Densley was guitar player we would have almost assumed this was another one of those rhythm section only bands (a la Om).
Not sure if we're hearing too much Iceburn in Eagle Twin, it's definitely twisted and proggy, with lurching abstract arrangements, so in that it's similar, but this is more of the new slow n' low school, a la SUNNO))), Earth, Corrupted, Moss, Bunkur, etc.
The album begins by confusing the hell out of you. Opener "In The Beginning Was The Scream" sounds like some strange doom/free jazz hybrid, or maybe like a metal version of the Stooges song "LA Blues". You might notice that the vocals flow with a similar eccentricity to someone like Attila Csihar, but more than likely, you'll be blown away by what you soon realize is Tuvan throat singing and tons of gong-laden percussion. This is some weird and intense stuff for sure, and there is a peculiar aggressiveness to the instrumentation that many doom bands unintentionally eschew by trying to be slower than everyone else. Eagle Twin understand the power of built up tension and negative space, while never neglecting to utilize a heavy groove when necessary. The subsonic distortion and raspy spoken vocals on songs like "Storytelling Of Ravens" stir up plenty of blackened negative vibes for sure, but elsewhere, like on "Crow Hymns", Eagle Twin actually rock out pretty hard with boatloads of fuzzed out harmonic distortion and some awesome tom-heavy drumming. Densley's raspy voice, which at times carries a bit of a country drawl, works perfectly on "Carry On, King Of Carrion", which blends the sounds of both early and modern day Earth with doomed out Southern rock riffage.
The vocals sort of sound like dude in Scissorfight (if anyone gives a shit), or even like Wino, the songs are surprisingly catchy at times, Southern rock sounding even here and there, but then there's also all kinds of weird exotic shit and definitely some themes that show an Eastern influence, and some incredible riffing, as Densley is a fucking shredder, and even in downtuned minimal mode, he SLAYS. This is definitely about the heaviest record you may here all year, and totally puts to shame pretty much every other heavy duo we can think of, except maybe early godheadSilo...
MPEG Stream: "In The Beginning Was The Scream"
MPEG Stream: "Murder Of..."

album cover EAGLE TWIN The Unkindness of Crows (Southern Lord) 2lp 26.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
NOW ON VINYL!! Super deluxe double 180 gram wax, and packaged in a super deluxe full color extra heavy gatefold sleeve...
When Andee and Allan were in Austin last spring for SXSW, they stumbled into a record store (the very cool End Of An Ear) only to be unexpectedly pummelled by two scruffy dudes set up in the corner, guitar and drums, kicking up a head splitting ear shredding low end racket, that was so powerful it almost made record shopping impossible, but then who wants to record shop when you can immerse yourself in an avalanche of sound so thick and viscous that it was almost a physical presence in the room? The guy with the axe seemed familiar too, and it wasn't until afterwards that we realized it was Gentry Densley of Iceburn fame, and we had just witnessed a live performance by his new duo project, Eagle Twin!
So, here we have the full length, and it's just as dark, and heavy and sprawling as it was live, not nearly as terrifying or ear drum destroying but records rarely are. What it is, though, is HEAVY AS FUCK, downtuned and massive, if we didn't know Densley was guitar player we would have almost assumed this was another one of those rhythm section only bands (a la Om).
Not sure if we're hearing too much Iceburn in Eagle Twin, it's definitely twisted and proggy, with lurching abstract arrangements, so in that it's similar, but this is more of the new slow n' low school, a la SUNNO))), Earth, Corrupted, Moss, Bunkur, etc.
The album begins by confusing the hell out of you. Opener "In The Beginning Was The Scream" sounds like some strange doom/free jazz hybrid, or maybe like a metal version of the Stooges song "LA Blues". You might notice that the vocals flow with a similar eccentricity to someone like Attila Csihar, but more than likely, you'll be blown away by what you soon realize is Tuvan throat singing and tons of gong-laden percussion. This is some weird and intense stuff for sure, and there is a peculiar aggressiveness to the instrumentation that many doom bands unintentionally eschew by trying to be slower than everyone else. Eagle Twin understand the power of built up tension and negative space, while never neglecting to utilize a heavy groove when necessary. The subsonic distortion and raspy spoken vocals on songs like "Storytelling Of Ravens" stir up plenty of blackened negative vibes for sure, but elsewhere, like on "Crow Hymns", Eagle Twin actually rock out pretty hard with boatloads of fuzzed out harmonic distortion and some awesome tom-heavy drumming. Densley's raspy voice, which at times carries a bit of a country drawl, works perfectly on "Carry On, King Of Carrion", which blends the sounds of both early and modern day Earth with doomed out Southern rock riffage.
The vocals sort of sound like dude in Scissorfight (if anyone gives a shit), or even like Wino, the songs are surprisingly catchy at times, Southern rock sounding even here and there, but then there's also all kinds of weird exotic shit and definitely some themes that show an Eastern influence, and some incredible riffing, as Densley is a fucking shredder, and even in downtuned minimal mode, he SLAYS. This is definitely about the heaviest record you may here all year, and totally puts to shame pretty much every other heavy duo we can think of, except maybe early godheadSilo...
MPEG Stream: "In The Beginning Was The Scream"
MPEG Stream: "Murder Of..."

album cover EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Death By Sexy... (Downtown Recordings / Rekords Rekords) cd 13.98
They're back, those glammy poppy trashy rock n' rollers misleadingly named the Eagles Of Death Metal. This is the band in which Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme kicks out the jams with tongue jammed firmly in cheek, a glittering disco ball spinning in his head. It's total T-Rex worship, complete with silly stupid lyrics and the metallic crunch of as few chords as necessary. Needless to say, irony-wary Andee really hates this band. He didn't like their first record and he doesn't like this one either. Maybe it's because he was disappointed that they absolutely don't sound at all like the Eagles OR like death metal, or like any combination thereof (which is what he was hoping for, apparently). Or maybe he's just too sexy for 'em. Either way, he's an Eagles Of Death Metal hater, and not the only one here. Right now Andee's singing "I'm so ironic" in a ridiculous falsetto in an attempt to mock this band, while Christine argues that if they sound like T-Rex, it's 'cause they used the "T-Rex" setting in GarageBand. Ouch. HOWEVER, Allan says screw 'em -- rock n' roll is supposed to be FUN and dumb sometimes, and Eagles Of Death Metal do it up right in that regard. Good times, a la the equally glammy Boyjazz, and also Electronicat, who are also in their own ways wanna-be (and why not?) T-Rex, The Sweet, Cheap Tricksters too. Sure can't argue that this album is a serious, intellectually stimulating piece of art, no. But as far as catchy, bubblegum hard rock goes, Death By Sexy definitely offers up a sugary dose. C'mon, don't be a sourpuss, go ahead and party on with these bubblicious dudes.
MPEG Stream: "I Want You So Hard (Boys Bad News)"
MPEG Stream: "Cherry Cola"

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Peace Love Death Metal (Ant Acid Audio) cd 16.98

EAR Beyond The Pale (Big Cat) cd 12.98
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Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3, Kevin Martin of GOD, Eddie Prevost of A.M.M. (not A.A.M., as his record-label produced one-sheet claims -- sheesh!), and Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine.

EARDRUM Dead Beat EP (Leaf) 12" 7.98
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album cover EARGOGGLE, LUKE Audio Warriors (Bunker) cd 16.98
I (Allan) initially picked up this disc 'cause I thought that Luke Eargoggle was responsible for one of my favorite tracks on Powerslaves (the electro Iron Maiden covers cd we made record of the week not too long ago): "Die With Your Boots On". I was mistaken, that song was actually performed by Maxx Klaxxon, whereas Mr. Eargoggle did a version of "Mother Russia" (not one of my fave Maiden tunes, but his electro version wasn't bad). Anyway, as it turns out I'm real glad I took a chance on this album, 'cause it turned out to be quite the jam -- so I figured I'd order a few for the store as well. Chock full of fat crunchy beats and squelchy bass lines, it's a great example of what I like about the purposefully '80s retro genre of electro, unlike a lot of other types of techno/dance music: simply put, it's funky. One of the best tracks on here is entitled "Stiff White Funk" and while no one will argue with that self-assessment, the funk is still the funk, stiff and white it may be. Actually, that particular track is awesome simply 'cause of how nervously hectic it is. It's a minefield of distorted synth explosions and sci-fi-noir fx. Very cool, along with the rest of Audio Warriors.
MPEG Stream: "The Swedish Code "
MPEG Stream: "Stiff White Funk "

album cover EARL 16 Cyber Roots (e park) cd 15.98
Roots reggae hits the dancefloor and ouch my tummy hurts. I'm sure this will soon be playing non stop at a cafe near you. I can't see sitting through it again here though.
RealAudio clip: "Feel the Fire"

EARL 16 Cyber Roots (e park) lp 13.98
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Roots reggae hits the dancefloor and ouch my tummy hurts. I'm sure this will soon be playing non stop at a cafe near you. I can't see sitting through it again here though.

album cover EARL SHILTON Two Rooms (Full Of Insects) (Invisible Spies) cd 11.98
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This all time AQ fave and former record of the week continues to be super difficult to restock for some reason. But it's here once again, and any one who has yet to discover this disc, for chrissakes, pick it up. Definite contender for our lifetime top ten!! Also, there's a new Earl Shilton expected in the next little while so be prepared! Here's what we had to say about Earl Shilton when it was Record of the Week a long time back:
We somehow knew this was an Aquarius Record of the Week the minute we first laid eyes on it. Well, okay, maybe that's not entirely true. But it had the potential, that much we knew for sure, just from the cover: a huge double bass drumkit, set up in the middle of the forest with the name 'Earl' scrawled on one of the bass drums. A very evocative image, combining our love of heavy rock (the kit), with my personal thing for drums (the kit again) and our love of all things forest-y: nature sounds, field recordings, animal sounds and all that. My mind was reeling. Was it a drummer just playing solos out in the woods? Was it some sort of Jewelled Antler style rock band / field recording hybrid? Or something else entirely? Stranger yet, the song titles were all in German while the label was British. Intriguing. Better give it a listen... Well, the first track revealed very little. A weird minimal rhythmic workout composed entirely of backwards drums and cymbals. Thhwwp....thhhwwwwip...sssssssp.... Very cool, but was that the gist of it? After a minute or so of that, the record exploded into something entirely unexpected -- a crushing metal riff, with weird syncopated drumming, a sort of chunky Pantera / Prong meets the Fucking Champs vibe, with whispered vocals. Then it shifted gears again and entered into a super melodic Carcass-style death metal breakdown with howled black metal vocals before it shifted back to the machine-like opening riff. And then I knew for sure. Record of the Week!
Only later, with some Internet research, did we figure out what the heck was going on. The dedication on the inside to UK death metal crusties Bolt Thrower should have been our first clue, as it turns out that Earl Shilton is a pseudonym for Alex Thomas, former drummer for those very same metalheads. For some unknown reason, Earl Shilton is the name he has assumed for this project "of crushing death metal brutality and total corpse raping necro-blast carnage" as his website puts it. Indeed!
Furthermore, that website tells us that on tour, the band features a quite young, brother and sister rhythm section! Live, Earl steps from behind the kit to handle the guitars and vocals, while the brother plays bass, and the 16 year old sister mans the drums!!! Fuck yeah! This is getting more Record of the Week by the minute, we're thinking! And the music is well worthy too, lest we forget -- Two Rooms (Full Of Insects) is a blasting, hyper complex, super varied blast of metallic mayhem. From motorik, ultra-precise technical riffery, to stop/start math-metal complexity, from grooving, galloping death metal fury, to screeching blasting black metal, from eighties Earache style thrash to modern metallic fury, with all sorts of tripped out breakdowns, fucked up production and some really really weird parts, like the breakdown a little more than halfway through the album where everything drops out except for a simple, quietly played hypnotic tom tom rhythm, joined by backwards, super creepy Orcish vocals, and the hissing backwards drumming that started the record, before the whole thing bursts back into motion, in an explosion of grandioise Maiden-ish metal. Whew, so good. And while it may not be the best (or truest) metal record on this list, it certainly is the weirdest. And the coolest. And certainly the one most suited to being Record of the Week!
MPEG Stream: "Infrarot / European Kanone"
MPEG Stream: "Zwei Raume (Voller Insekten)"
MPEG Stream: "Schlachthaus Rock"
MPEG Stream: "Tu Es.../Entscheidungskampf"

EARLE, STACEY Simple Gearle (Gearle/E-Squared) cd 15.98
Quaint old timey twang, warm and intimate from Steve Earle's sister. Not only does she kinda look like Mary from local darlings Virgina Dare, but this album will appeal to fans of V. Dare as well as Freakwater.

album cover EARLE, STEVE The Revolution Starts Now (Artemis) cd 16.98
Continuing his album-a-year pace, outspoken roots rebel Steve Earle is showing no signs of letting up. On this studio follow-up to 2002's Jerusalem (he also had a live one called Just An American Boy released in 2003), he's sounding his most youthful and invigorated in years. With his steely-eyed focus and weathered, sandpaper-y voice (akin to Americana rock contemporaries Paul Westerberg, Howe Gelb, and younger'un Ryan Adams), Earle has unleashed an equally politically charged companion piece to his aforementioned Jerusalem (his response to the events and aftermath of September 11th). Many music writers have already pointed this out, and we fully concur that the album's lone weak point is "Condi Condi" a tongue in cheek ode to Condoleeza Rice.
MPEG Stream: "Rich Man's War"
MPEG Stream: "F The CC"

album cover EARLE, STEVE Townes (New West ) cd 16.98

album cover EARLES & JENSEN Present... Just Farr A Laugh (Matador) 2cd 14.98
For this review, we recruited AQ pal Cliff Hengst, artist and co-editor of "Good Times: Bad Trips":
I love me some good prank phone calls. A great prank call can be the most devastatingly funny thing ever - it's just you and the caller, and of course, the poor sap at the other end (who never seems to get the clue to just hang up). Of the many prank-call cds we've listened to, this one stands out as among the most brilliant and repeatedly played. It's perfect for those long road trips to stave off the urges to cause injury to your traveling companions. Reissued as a double cd with 25 extra pranks (the original, released in 2002 was fine enough), it's packed with some of the most memorable and pathetic characters you've ever heard. The middle-aged and recently divorced Barbara, who loves the "stanky blues" of Bonnie Raitt, trying to join a band to spite her ex-husband; Barbara's ex-husband in turn calling the same poor dude warning him about his ex-wife and her "buffet of psycho-tropic drugs"; Bedroom ETA , a "quiet storm" band that involves a hilariously sung Jermaine Stewart song; and of course, Bleachy, a fat black sad-sack who harangues army recruiting offices, worker's comp centers and fast food chains with his miserably petty requests and complaints - so awesome! It's really no use reading a review of something like this; you miss the timing, the phrasing, all those embarrassing awkward pauses, and out of left-field cultural references. So listen to the clips. An original and hilarious collection that you will listen to again and again and will make you "shit your pants". Comes with a prank-by-prank analysis booklet by Andrew Earles and Jeffrey Jensen. Shattering.
MPEG Stream: "Barbara: A Realistic Portrait"
MPEG Stream: "Bleachy and the .99 cent Bufords"
MPEG Stream: "Bedroom ETA: A Jermaine Stewart Cover Band"
MPEG Stream: "Tim Butler: An old flatmate of David J's"
MPEG Stream: "Kurt Loder Has Lost His Mind"
MPEG Stream: "Bleachy Wants To Watch Murder She Wrote"

album cover EARLES & JENSEN PRESENT Just Farr The Record (Matador) lp 19.98
An ultra-limited single LP of outtakes by Earles & Jensen from last year's smash comedy album Just Farr A Laugh. Limited edition, hand numbered 300 or so copies.

EARLES, ANDREW Husker Du: The Story Of The Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock (Voyageur Press) book 24.00

album cover EARLIES, THE The Enemy Chorus (Secretly Canadian) cd 14.98
Whoa The Earlies' new album has thrown us for a loop! The Enemy Chorus is the band's first album proper -- their previous releases having been eps and a 2005 compilation cd of said eps titled These Were The Earlies. It's a glorious expanse of elaborate orchestral rock/pop layers infused with an earthy twang. This half Texan half British band is crafting music on an ambitiously stratospheric scale that brings to mind Radiohead or Flaming Lips, but which is also darkly grooving along the lines of TV On The Radio. Vocal comparisons alternate between the alienated throaty emotiveness of Peter Gabriel, the smooth drowsiness of The Doves' Jimi Goodwin and the weathered duskiness of Mark Lanegan. Moodily hypnotic and very cool!
MPEG Stream: "No Love In Your Heart"
MPEG Stream: "Enemy Chorus"

album cover EARLIES, THE These Were... (Secretly Canadian) cd 14.98
Finally available domestically... better late than never. This debut album -- actually a remarkably cohesive collection of early EPs from 2002 onwards by this band of Brits and Texans -- caused quite a stir when it was released last year. The British music press surely peed themselves over it. While we don't think you'll be needing any additional absorbency in your pants, we will agree that this is pretty darn great. It perches itself quite comfortably in the midst of the last couple of albums from a couple of old AQ faves Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips -- both vocally and compositionally. Gloriously dreamy, slightly spaced-out orchestral pop with mellow brass, reedy woodwinds, perfectly placed chimes and an ample dollop of Beatles and Brian Wilson/Beach Boys influences melting down on top. Swooon!
MPEG Stream: "Wayward Song"
MPEG Stream: "Slowman's Dream"

album cover EARLIMART Treble & Tremble (Palm) cd 13.98

album cover EARLY MAN Beware The Circling Fin (The End) cd ep 8.98
Didn't last too long on Matador, but never fear, these headbanging heshers and their retroish riffage are soldiering on now for much more metal label The End. The four songs on this new ep are all fairly fast and furious, Early Man incorporating even more of a thrash aspect into their sound, which is no surprise since a) they already sounded a lot like early Metallica and b) thrash is back...
Their singer still has his Ozzyish moments (especially on the final cut "Suck Me Dry") but it's Metallica that's most in evidence in their music. We're also reminded of Defleshed (if they had guitar leads) and, especially with regard to the high pitched screams Early Man's singer pulls off on the title track, another band of "indie-metallers", Deadchild.
So, grab this and hear Early Man kill 'em all on the best ep we've heard lately to so convincingly warn of the danger of shark attack!!
MPEG Stream: "Beware The Circling Fin"

album cover EARLY MAN Beware The Circling Fin (The End) 10" 13.98
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Now, also on 10" vinyl, in a big oversized sleeve (looks like a 13" record!) that opens up to display the 10" being clutched in a shark's jaws! Here's the review we wrote of the cd ep version:
Didn't last too long on Matador, but never fear, these headbanging heshers and their retroish riffage are soldiering on now for much more metal label The End. The four songs on this new ep are all fairly fast and furious, Early Man incorporating even more of a thrash aspect into their sound, which is no surprise since a) they already sounded a lot like early Metallica and b) thrash is back...
Their singer still has his Ozzyish moments (especially on the final cut "Suck Me Dry") but it's Metallica that's most in evidence in their music. We're also reminded of Defleshed (if they had guitar leads) and, especially with regard to the high pitched screams Early Man's singer pulls off on the title track, another band of "indie-metallers", Deadchild.
So, grab this and hear Early Man kill 'em all on the best ep we've heard lately to so convincingly warn of the danger of shark attack!!
MPEG Stream: "Beware The Circling Fin"

album cover EARLY MAN Closing In (Matador) cd 14.98
These guys hit us last year with a three-song ace to the face taster of their very VERY heavy metal music, and we've been waiting to get hurt with more ever since. Now is the time. That utterly ass-kicking demo (released as a cdep on Monitor) led to this NYC based duo getting signed to Matador, who have just released their debut full-length album. It's already in our mental list of top ten metal discs of the year and we recommend these eleven songs (including one, "Death Is The Answer", reprised from that ep) to everybody and everybody with a headbanging bone in their body. But of course, the fact that these guys, despite totally looking the part of long-haired heshers (and, more importantly, sounding like it), are on an indie rock label and used to have indie scene notable Dave Pajo (Slint/Tortoise/Aerial M) holding down the bass position, might cause some metal purists to question their cred. Not to mention that this disc was produced by Matt Sweeney (of Chavez and more recently Superwolf with Will Oldham fame) and he threw some of his own six string action on there. But whatever. Suspect poserdom all you want, but the fact remains, this band rules. These songs are just so darn heavy and aggressive and catchy, with real vocals, sing-along refrains, and plenty of energetic, killer riffs. Can't argue with the riffs. Simply classic stuff.
Our pal Josh holds that music is never really "about" anything, other than music itself, referencing and commenting upon prior musical forms and examples (he should know, having been the guitarist for The Fucking Champs, who've always been very upfront about admitting and celebrating the influences they synthesized into their own distinctive sound). This notion certainly seems to apply to the music of Early Man, big time. And perhaps it could act as a defense against those who will accuse Early Man of sounding too much like certain other bands. Which it can't be denied that they do -- Early Man makes it easy to spot their influences, as was already made plain by that ep release last year. You'd have to be deaf, or I guess really old, not to hear the Metallica and the Black Sabbath in there. But hey, what's wrong with that? Metallica's NWOBHM influences (a la "Am I Evil") have also trickled down to Early Man for sure. So, if you dig the Sabs and the 'tallicatz and the NWOBHM (don't you??), you should definitely give Early Man a listen. Likewise if you're into such current bands as Wolf, High On Fire, The Champs, and Sheavy who keep the '70s and '80s metal spirit alive. Packaged in a digipak, with a nice stencil included so you can more easily spraypaint Early Man graffitti all over your neighborhood.
MPEG Stream: "Four Walls"
MPEG Stream: "Like A Goddamn Rat"

album cover EARLY MAN Closing In (Matador) lp 11.98
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These guys hit us last year with a three-song ace to the face taster of their very VERY heavy metal music, and we've been waiting to get hurt with more ever since. Now is the time. That utterly ass-kicking demo (released as a cdep on Monitor) led to this NYC based duo getting signed to Matador, who have just released their debut full-length album. It's already in our mental list of top ten metal discs of the year and we recommend these eleven songs (including one, "Death Is The Answer", reprised from that ep) to everybody and everybody with a headbanging bone in their body. But of course, the fact that these guys, despite totally looking the part of long-haired heshers (and, more importantly, sounding like it), are on an indie rock label and used to have indie scene notable Dave Pajo (Slint/Tortoise/Aerial M) holding down the bass position, might cause some metal purists to question their cred. Not to mention that this disc was produced by Matt Sweeney (of Chavez and more recently Superwolf with Will Oldham fame) and he threw some of his own six string action on there. But whatever. Suspect poserdom all you want, but the fact remains, this band rules. These songs are just so darn heavy and aggressive and catchy, with real vocals, sing-along refrains, and plenty of energetic, killer riffs. Can't argue with the riffs. Simply classic stuff.
Our pal Josh holds that music is never really "about" anything, other than music itself, referencing and commenting upon prior musical forms and examples (he should know, having been the guitarist for The Fucking Champs, who've always been very upfront about admitting and celebrating the influences they synthesized into their own distinctive sound). This notion certainly seems to apply to the music of Early Man, big time. And perhaps it could act as a defense against those who will accuse Early Man of sounding too much like certain other bands. Which it can't be denied that they do -- Early Man makes it easy to spot their influences, as was already made plain by that ep release last year. You'd have to be deaf, or I guess really old, not to hear the Metallica and the Black Sabbath in there. But hey, what's wrong with that? Metallica's NWOBHM influences (a la "Am I Evil") have also trickled down to Early Man for sure. So, if you dig the Sabs and the 'tallicatz and the NWOBHM (don't you??), you should definitely give Early Man a listen. Likewise if you're into such current bands as Wolf, High On Fire, The Champs, and Sheavy who keep the '70s and '80s metal spirit alive. Packaged in a digipak, with a nice stencil included so you can more easily spraypaint Early Man graffitti all over your neighborhood.
MPEG Stream: "Four Walls"
MPEG Stream: "Like A Goddamn Rat"

album cover EARLY MAN Death Potion (The End) cd 12.98
We've been fans of Early Man since their early days, we used to get their self-released 3-song demo cd from Matador of all places, who then put out their debut full-length in 2005. Yeah, they played metal for PBR-swillin' Brooklyn indie scenesters, and got a lot of attention 'cause Dave Pajo of Slint was in the band for a while, but that had nothing to do with why we liked 'em (though, we do like Dave Pajo and Slint). Heck, even if Dave Matthews was in the band, it wouldn't have made any difference. It had more to do with us, and them, liking Black Sabbath, Diamond Head, and Metallica a hell of a lot. Over the years they've gone from hipster metal (that rules) to retro-thrash (that also rules). Their 2008 ep Beware The Circling Fin was the thrash-tastic teaser for this new album, their 2nd full-length, finally here and causing many heads to bang. Frantic battery, chugging guitars, squealing leads, it's 1989 all over again. It's on The End label but we can't help but expect to find a Megaforce logo on this slab of speedy, heavy, ripping rifferama. The clearly sung vocals sometimes sneer like Mustaine, sometimes do the tough guy croon like Hetfield. Also in the vocalist's arsenal are a wailing power metal shriek, a stoned monotonous chant, and a rapidfire hardcore patter.
For a second we thought track five was a cover, but no, wait, it's not, it's a new version of Early Man's own "Fight", a killer track originally from that 3-song ep that started it all. Definitely one that lead to Metallica comparisons, though elsewhere on this disc we're hearing the influence of Anthrax, Overkill, Slayer, and Nuclear Assault as well. They also re-do "The Undertaker Is Calling Me", another of the songs from that self-released 3-song ep (the remaining track from that disc, "Death Is The Answer To My Prayers", they had already re-recorded for their Matador debut). Also "Unseen Tormentor" is a version of "Tormentor Of The Unseen" from their more recent split 7" with Rammer in the Relapse "Speed n' Spikes" series. The album is 12 tracks long, though, so you get plenty of brand new material too! Produced by grunge guru Jack Endino, who has been twiddling the knobs on a lot of metal releases lately (3 Inches Of Blood, Skeletonwitch), this is recommended to all the heshers out there, hipster or otherwise.
MPEG Stream: "Death Potion"
MPEG Stream: "Fight"
MPEG Stream: "I Am The Child Of Evil"

album cover EARLY MAN s/t (self-released) cd ep 10.98
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It seems like everybody likes metal nowadays. Somehow it got to be hip and cool again. Who should we blame -- Stoner rock? The Fucking Champs? Black metal? 30-something dudes getting nostalgic? The Osbournes? The Metallica Drummer? Dave Grohl? Aquarius Records? (naw) Or maybe the fact that metal can be damn good music?!? So now that indie rockers aren't afraid of metal anymore, the world is ready for a band like NYC's Early Man, a trio which currently includes none other than David Pajo of Slint/Aerial M/Tortoise fame on bass (though we're not entirely sure if he's on this recording, as the solid core of the band is the guitarist and drummer, with bassists coming and going). Dave Pajo or no, though, Early Man should be of interest anyway for their metallic mastery. There's three songs here on this limited edition, no-frills (no packaging, really) 17-minute ep release. First track, the shortest and punchiest (appropriately since it's called "Fight!"), rips along like vintage Metallica, with the singer doing semi-Hetfield vox with suitably dumb but cool lyrics. But on the next two tracks, he sounds a lot more like Ozzy which makes sense as these are Sabbath styled epics (circa Sabotage, "Symptom Of The Universe" -- actually on the third song dude is actually pretty much singing the vocal line from "Symptom..."). And there's healthy doses of the NWOBHM here too. Yup it's retro and derivative sometimes but that's OK, so too fer instance were Sleep (which some of this surely reminds us of), and besides a killer riff's a killer riff and you can't argue with sheer metal might can you? There's no extraneous soloing just riffs riffs riffs. Wait, no soloing? Maybe they are ironic poseurs. I just hope they're for real. Their website (nicely done) definitely has a bit of hipster 'tude...but in the live photos of them, they look metal even if the audience doesn't. For fans of High On Fire, The Fucking Champs, and of course all ye goode olden metal. We want to hear more!
MPEG Stream: "Death Is The Answer"

album cover EARLY MAN s/t (Monitor) cd ep 10.98
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We listed this hip NYC metal band's three-song, self-released demo cd a few months ago, now here it is again as an "offical" release on Monitor Records, with the exact same three songs but better packaging (i.e. in a jewel case with cover art!). Seems like Early Man are doin' pretty good -- they also just got signed to Matador (!) with a full-length debut coming up soon! So, what's the fuss all about? Refresh yr memory with our prior review of these tracks:
It seems like everybody likes metal nowadays. Somehow it got to be hip and cool again. Who should we blame -- Stoner rock? The Fucking Champs? Black metal? 30-something dudes getting nostalgic? The Osbournes? The Metallica Drummer? Dave Grohl? Aquarius Records? (naw) Or maybe the fact that metal can be damn good music?!? So now that indie rockers aren't afraid of metal anymore, the world is ready for a band like NYC's Early Man, a trio which currently includes none other than David Pajo of Slint/Aerial M/Tortoise fame on bass (though we're not entirely sure if he's on this recording, as the solid core of the band is the guitarist and drummer, with bassists coming and going). Dave Pajo or no, though, Early Man should be of interest anyway for their metallic mastery. There's three songs here on this 17-minute ep release. First track, the shortest and punchiest (appropriately since it's called "Fight!"), rips along like vintage Metallica, with the singer doing semi-Hetfield vox with suitably dumb but cool lyrics. But on the next two tracks, he sounds a lot more like Ozzy which makes sense as these are Sabbath styled epics (circa Sabotage, "Symptom Of The Universe" -- actually on the third song dude is actually pretty much singing the vocal line from "Symptom..."). And there's healthy doses of the NWOBHM here too. Yup it's retro and derivative sometimes but that's OK, so too fer instance were Sleep (which some of this surely reminds us of), and besides a killer riff's a killer riff and you can't argue with sheer metal might can you? There's no extraneous soloing just riffs riffs riffs. Wait, no soloing? Maybe they are ironic poseurs. I just hope they're for real. Their website (nicely done) definitely has a bit of hipster 'tude...but in the live photos of them, they look metal even if the audience doesn't. For fans of High On Fire, The Fucking Champs, and of course all ye goode olden metal. We want to hear more!
MPEG Stream: "Death Is The Answer"

album cover EARLY MAN / RAMMER Speed And Spikes Vol. IV (Relapse) 7" 5.98
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Neo-thrash attack! Two of our faves among new breed of, uh, hipster-approved metal acts, Early Man (with a cut called "Tormentor Of The Unseen") and Toronto's even heavier Rammer (doing two tracks, "Street Trash" and "A New Imperium"). Vicious stuff, seven thrashing inches to spin again and again as you pound cans of PBR and hook the devil horn hand gesture skywards. Seriously.
On see-thru orange vinyl. Limited to 1000 copies.

album cover EARLY YEARS, THE s/t (Beggars Banquet) 2cd 13.98
In rapid succession this new British band The Early Years tear more than a few pages out of the mighty textbooks of Neu!, CAN, Bauhaus, Jesus And Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Slowdive, Coldplay and The Doves -- meaning their sound draws hungrily from the krautrock, post-punk, psych/space-rock, shoegazer and more modern Brit rock of yesteryear. Each taken on its own would probably suggest an unforgivable derivativeness -- and occasionally guilty charges do definitely apply here -- but somehow this U.K. band have melted it all together into their own shimmering sound which is clearly nostalgia-stirring yet quite engaging in its own right. Much like their current Beggars Banquet labelmates Film School, this music that they're making is, if not sparkling with originality, at least quite an enjoyable, exceptionally well executed incarnation of their musical forefathers and heroes. Yup, we have to admit we're total suckers for it!
MPEG Stream: "So Far Gone"
MPEG Stream: "Brown Hearts"

album cover EARLY YEARS, THE s/t (Beggars Banquet) lp 11.98
In rapid succession this new British band The Early Years tear more than a few pages out of the mighty textbooks of Neu!, CAN, Bauhaus, Jesus And Mary Chain, Spiritualized, Slowdive, Coldplay and The Doves -- meaning their sound draws hungrily from the krautrock, post-punk, psych/space-rock, shoegazer and more modern Brit rock of yesteryear. Each taken on its own would probably suggest an unforgivable derivativeness -- and occasionally guilty charges do definitely apply here -- but somehow this U.K. band have melted it all together into their own shimmering sound which is clearly nostalgia-stirring yet quite engaging in its own right. Much like their current Beggars Banquet labelmates Film School, this music that they're making is, if not sparkling with originality, at least quite an enjoyable, exceptionally well executed incarnation of their musical forefathers and heroes. Yup, we have to admit we're total suckers for it!
MPEG Stream: "So Far Gone"
MPEG Stream: "Brown Hearts"

EARN Lacewing (Ekhein) cassette 5.98
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album cover EARN / SECRET ABUSE split (Agents Of Chaos) cassette 6.98
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album cover EARTH 070796LIVE (Autofact) cd 13.98
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We obviously don't need to say much to convince all the Earth / Sunn 0))) / doom-dirge-drone obsessives out there that this disc is ESSENTIAL. Most of them are willing to shell out $50 or $100 or even more for limited vinyl releases by any band even tangentially related to Sunn 0))) or Earth, anyway. But for those of you who are new to the Earth phenomenon, as long as you already own their ALL TIME CLASSIC album Earth 2, you might also want to check this disc out (and the OTHER, NEW Earth cd reviewed elsewhere on this list!). 070796LIVE collects the WAY out of print, one sided live lp from a few years back, the equally WAY out of print tour only split 12" with KK Null, an unreleased live recording on WNYU, and a remix by James Plotkin (O.L.D. / Khanate / Phantomsmasher, etc.) In terms of eBay value alone this disc is worth at least $100 if not more!!! But so what? More importantly it's another essential slab of crushing, mesmerising, slow motion drone-metal! The first two tracks are "070796" (from the live lp) and the live radio recording "Dissolution III (Oversaturated Intervallic Collisions)". These tracks are classic Earth, stumbling, droning, rambling, and endlessly heavy. The funny thing with Earth though, is sometimes they sound like they must be taking the piss. A couple scraggly haired dudes, wacked out of their minds, tuning and fumbling for twenty minutes, sometimes sitting there in a stupor, letting the feeding-back guitar do all the work, sometimes plucking and scraping and manipulating the sound into rumbling sheets of drone and skree. But sometimes, that fumbling becomes absolutely divine, which is, we suppose, the magic of Earth. The ultimate outsider drone outfit. Who somehow manage, with the same amps and guitars and effects as the rest of us, to simply stumble into dronerock nirvana! The third track, from the KK Null split tour 12", features the current incarnation of Earth with Adrienne Davies on drums. Bookended by that classic stationary Earth feedback-drone, this track eventually morphs into an actual song, with a fuzzed out, minor key riff, and simple hypnotic drumming, falling sonically somewhere between moody post rock and midtempo Burzumic black metal. Throbbing and loping, and totally mesmerizing. The last track, the Plotkin remix, takes the live track and stretches it into thick ropy drones, with the original track's constituent parts blurred into indistinct smears of fuzz and rumble, a slowly shifting glacial crush, with occasional squalls of buzzy white noise and electronic filligree. Really really nice. And of course as we now know, the rumour we had been hearing, about a BRAND NEW Earth record has proven to be the truth, with the release of Living In The Gleam Of An Unsheathed Sword (read all about it elsewhere on this list), which IS a new record, but features live tracks recorded in 2002. And while one of the tracks here is inexplicably duplicated on the new cd, both discs are well worth the price, with 070796LIVE including three tracks essentially unavailable anywhere else, and Living In The Gleam containing an epic one hour track only available on that cd.
MPEG Stream: "Dexamyl"
MPEG Stream: "070796 (Reconstruction By James Plotkin)"

EARTH 10 1990 (Ajna) lp 12.98
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This is the shit. Earth were the masters of the downtuned slow motion dirge, boasting both Joe Preston of the Thrones and Kurt Cobain as one time members. Their second record, 'Earth 2' (which we also carry) is an absolute classic and essential for lovers of doom, metal, sludge, or any sort of heaviness.
This lp collects an alternate version of their first album as well as the two ultra rare '16 rpm' 7"s. It is clear vinyl, housed in a breathtaking hand screened clear sleeve, and limited to 360, of which we only got 20. So don't dawdle or you'll be kicking yourself later.
Crushing and glacial tar pit metal. Like your Melvins records at 6 rpm. Like listening to Black Sabbath on a walkman with dying batteries at the bottom of a swimming pool. Like the last 10 seconds of your life, played out in slow motion, as tons of 'rock' crushes you to death.
You must buy this.
Totally fucking essential if you already like Earth, but definitely for fans of the Melvins, Corrupted, Esoteric, Skepticism and the like.

album cover EARTH 2 (Special Low Frequency Version) (Sub Pop) cd 10.98
(For some reason we never listed this before, so rather than just adding it quietly to the website we thought we'd put it on our email, timely since we're also listing the reissue of Earth's "Sunn Amps..." cd.)
Earth. The band that launched a thousand drones. The band that started it all. The heaviest band ever (maybe). Earth was the singular vision of only-permanent-member Dylan Carlson, the long haired guy pictured on the back cover wearing the Morbid Angel longsleeve (whom you might remember from the Kurt & Courtney movie). For 1993's Earth 2, Dylan's guitar was joined by the bass of Dave Harwell, who is pictured holding a cup of coffee on the back cover (and who would go on to disappear completely).
All you kids who thrive on an unhealthy diet of the Corrupted, Boris (who even borrowed the Earth 2 tagline "Special Low Frequency Version" for the Southern Lord version of their "Absolutego" album), the Melvins, Thrones, and sludge like that, as well as you avant-art rockers who enjoy 'dronology' and stuff like Mirror and Jonathan Coleclough and even those of you who sit at home in front of your dream machines and wallow in the historical drones of Angus Maclise and Tony Conrad, need look no further than Earth 2 to experience the drone the way it was meant to be heard: huge downtuned guitars playing riffs so slow that each one lasts forever, LOW END that slides and lurches like a blackened glacier of fuzz and hiss, slow motion notes stretched so far that they become a single note washing over you like a sticky wave of tar and molasses, melodies that are indistinguishable because the notes are pulled so far apart they threaten to come apart completely. When we tell someone that a record is heavy, Earth 2 is the barometer by which all other supposedly 'heavy' music is measured. Even recent AQ faves SUNNO))) are an Earth tribute band (they will even say as much) named for Earth's amp of choice. There are very few records that are 'classics', that stand the test of time, that remain as vital now, as when they originally came out, ten, twenty, or even thirty years earlier, that have influenced so many bands so much, or that have been unequalled, even with so many people trying so hard to be the heaviest or most extreme. The drug addled, accidental brilliance that is Earth 2, to this day remains a complete and utter classic.
MPEG Stream: "Seven Angels"
MPEG Stream: "Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine"
MPEG Stream: "Like Gold And Faceted"

album cover EARTH 2 (Special Low Frequency Version) (Sub Pop) 2lp 13.98
REPRESSED! After a year pf sad absence from our racks, now repressed and back in stock.
Finally, all of the legendary and long out of print Earth records are available again on vinyl (including the classic Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions also just reissued on cd)!!! It was only a matter of time really with the recent explosion of deathdoomdronesludge mania, SUNNO))), Corrupted, Boris and of course Earth, the forefathers and undisputed masters of all things slow and sludgey.
Earth. The band that launched a thousand drones. The band that started it all. The heaviest band ever (maybe). Earth was the singular vision of only-permanent-member Dylan Carlson, the long haired guy pictured on the back cover wearing the Morbid Angel longsleeve (whom you might remember from the Kurt & Courtney movie). For 1993's Earth 2, Dylan's guitar was joined by the bass of Dave Harwell, who is pictured holding a cup of coffee on the back cover (and who would go on to disappear completely).
All you kids who thrive on an unhealthy diet of the Corrupted, Boris (who even borrowed the Earth 2 tagline "Special Low Frequency Version" for the Southern Lord version of their Absolutego album), the Melvins, Thrones, and sludge like that, as well as you avant-art rockers who enjoy 'dronology' and stuff like Mirror and Jonathan Coleclough and even those of you who sit at home in front of your dream machines and wallow in the historical drones of Angus Maclise and Tony Conrad, need look no further than Earth 2 to experience the drone the way it was meant to be heard: huge downtuned guitars playing riffs so slow that each one lasts forever, LOW END that slides and lurches like a blackened glacier of fuzz and hiss, slow motion notes stretched so far that they become a single note washing over you like a sticky wave of tar and molasses, melodies that are indistinguishable because the notes are pulled so far apart they threaten to come apart completely. When we tell someone that a record is heavy, Earth 2 is the barometer by which all other supposedly 'heavy' music is measured. Even recent AQ faves Sunn 0))) began life as an Earth tribute band (they will even say as much) named for Earth's amp of choice. There are very few records that are 'classics', that stand the test of time, that remain as vital now, as when they originally came out, ten, twenty, or even thirty years earlier, that have influenced so many bands so much, or that have been unequalled, even with so many people trying so hard to be the heaviest or most extreme. The drug addled, accidental brilliance that is Earth 2, to this day remains a complete and utter classic.
MPEG Stream: "Seven Angels"
MPEG Stream: "Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine"
MPEG Stream: "Like Gold And Faceted"

EARTH 2 : Special Low Quantity Version (Autofact) 3lp 53.00
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Super limited triple lp version of this all time classic. And we mean VERY LIMITED. As in we only have 1 copies. SUPER EXPENSIVE, but the only way to get this on vinyl at this point. In plain white sleeves, sealed with a sticker, with an insert. Supposed to be numbered but our copies aren't. Sleeves are not in perfect condition as these were dragged around Europe by Earth on their 2003 European tour with KK Null, originally the only place you could buy this sucker! Her's our review of the cd version:
Earth. The band that launched a thousand drones. The band that started it all. The heaviest band ever (maybe). Earth was the singular vision of only-permanent-member Dylan Carlson, the long haired guy pictured on the back cover wearing the Morbid Angel longsleeve (whom you might remember from the Kurt & Courtney movie). For 1993's Earth 2, Dylan's guitar was joined by the bass of Dave Harwell, who is pictured holding a cup of coffee on the back cover (and who would go on to disappear completely).
All you kids who thrive on an unhealthy diet of the Corrupted, Boris (who even borrowed the Earth 2 tagline "Special Low Frequency Version" for the Southern Lord version of their "Absolutego" album), the Melvins, Thrones, and sludge like that, as well as you avant-art rockers who enjoy 'dronology' and stuff like Mirror and Jonathan Coleclough and even those of you who sit at home in front of your dream machines and wallow in the historical drones of Angus Maclise and Tony Conrad, need look no further than Earth 2 to experience the drone the way it was meant to be heard: huge downtuned guitars playing riffs so slow that each one lasts forever, LOW END that slides and lurches like a blackened glacier of fuzz and hiss, slow motion notes stretched so far that they become a single note washing over you like a sticky wave of tar and molasses, melodies that are indistinguishable because the notes are pulled so far apart they threaten to come apart completely. When we tell someone that a record is heavy, Earth 2 is the barometer by which all other supposedly 'heavy' music is measured. Even recent AQ faves Sunn 0))) are an Earth tribute band (they will even say as much) named for Earth's amp of choice. There are very few records that are 'classics', that stand the test of time, that remain as vital now, as when they originally came out, ten, twenty, or even thirty years earlier, that have influenced so many bands so much, or that have been unequalled, even with so many people trying so hard to be the heaviest or most extreme. The drug addled, accidental brilliance that is Earth 2, to this day remains a complete and utter classic.
MPEG Stream: "Seven Angels"
MPEG Stream: "Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine"
MPEG Stream: "Like Gold And Faceted"

album cover EARTH A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra-Capsular Extraction (Southern Lord) cd 15.98
We made this a Record Of The Week on our special Halloween in-between list last week, here it is again in case you were out trick-or-treating and missed it:
Man, were we ever bummed when Sub Pop told us that Earth's first album (or ep?), their seminal doom-drone debut Extra-Capsular Extraction, had gone out of print (again). WTF? How could that be? That's so wrong. Well, thankfully, it hasn't stayed OOP for long. Southern Lord has just repackaged, remastered, and reissued it, incorporating a whole bunch MORE music recorded at the original Extra-Capsular sessions back in 1990, material that previously appeared only on bootleg 7"s long ago (and/or showed up as bonus tracks on the also-quite-out-of-print Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitars Live disc). So what you get here is the COMPLETE Extra-Capsular album as Earth mainman Dylan Carlson originally intended it. So if you don't have the Sunn Amps disc, this is totally worth getting again even if you already have the Sub Pop version! Plus, the packaging is aces, with gorgeous new art by Simon Fowler, designed by Stephen O'Malley, and there's new 2010 liner notes from Carlson. He talks about how they got signed by Sub Pop after opening for L7 at a show in Seattle, fortuitously 'cause they had been having no luck up 'til then finding a label interested in putting out the record they'd recorded, this one. Apparently it cost just $300 to make at Smegma studios, and the "guest musicians worked for Pabst and Percodan"... Earth back then consisted of Dylan Carlson (guitar/vocals), plus Dave Harwell (bass) and Joe Preston (bass/percussion). Joe of course later went on to fame and fortune in the Melvins, and later, his one man band Thrones (and High On Fire, and Harvey Milk, etc.). Oh, and this is the Earth record that one Kurt Cobain (spelt "Kobain" here), sings on as well, which we know confused and dismayed a lot of frat/jock guys back in the day, who bought this hoping for something that smelled like teen spirit and instead got what turned out to be the inspiration for SUNNO)))!
So, here's what we said about this when we reviewed the prior version, back on list #135 in 2002, when Sub Pop repressed it (at our urging, we like to think):
Kind of a holy grail for those who didn't pick up the long-out-of-print original version of this when it was first released, the 1991 debut cd by the Pacific Northwest's late great drone/doom masters Earth. Originals sell for big $$$ on eBay. And those who DO have one consider it an old friend. Now Sub Pop has finally got their act together (prodded by the pleas of many an Earth fan, including Allan here at AQ, who takes full credit, so you can thank him) and have reissued it at last - this time in a jewel case instead of the mere cardboard sleeve of the original version (another triumph for Allan). The artwork is the same, though: the medical-text inspired 'Postgraduate Seminars: Eye Surgery - Concepts and Problems' graphics. There's no extra tracks or anything, but the original three tracks ("A Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge Parts 1 & 2", "Ouroboros Is Broken") are more than enough: 32 minutes of downtuned dirge, metallic slow-motion sludge riffery that goes to extremes of low, slow heaviness that even the mighty Melvins never achieved. The lengthier, airier follow-up "Earth 2" might be Earth's masterpiece, but "Extra-Capsular" was their devastating opening act, sounding like the grand, ominous martial music meant to accompany an invasion by malevolent Underearth Dwellers. We remember when I first got this, most of our friends thought it was the most retarded record ever. Now they know better. Well, actually, they probably don't, but WE know. So recommended.
So NOW thanks to Southern Lord, this album by the still great (and no longer late!) Earth is back in print, as God and/or Satan intended, in its complete version for the first time, extended to seven tracks over 55 minutes. The extra stuff fits right in, more-Melvinsy-than-thou slow-mo sludge riffery that outshines almost anything that came after. Also "Geometry Of Murder" seems to sneak in a Saint Vitus riff!
An obvious Record Of The Week, and perfect for our special Halloween list, as it's super heavy and menacing, as well as such a long-time fave - and also the eye-surgery theme of the cover art always gave us the chills.
And FYI, Southern Lord will also being doing this on double vinyl, due out November the 22nd!
MPEG Stream: "A Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge, Part 1"
MPEG Stream: "Ouroboros Is Broken"
MPEG Stream: "German Dental Work"

album cover EARTH A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra-Capsular Extraction (Southern Lord) 2lp 23.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Now it's here on vinyl, sweet!!
We made the cd version of this a Record Of The Week on our special Halloween in-between list a couple weeks ago, here's the review again in case you were out trick-or-treating and missed it:
Man, were we ever bummed when Sub Pop told us that Earth's first album (or ep?), their seminal doom-drone debut Extra-Capsular Extraction, had gone out of print (again). WTF? How could that be? That's so wrong. Well, thankfully, it hasn't stayed OOP for long. Southern Lord has just repackaged, remastered, and reissued it, incorporating a whole bunch MORE music recorded at the original Extra-Capsular sessions back in 1990, material that previously appeared only on bootleg 7"s long ago (and/or showed up as bonus tracks on the also-quite-out-of-print Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitars Live disc). So what you get here is the COMPLETE Extra-Capsular album as Earth mainman Dylan Carlson originally intended it. So if you don't have the Sunn Amps disc, this is totally worth getting again even if you already have the Sub Pop version! Plus, the packaging is aces, with gorgeous new art by Simon Fowler, designed by Stephen O'Malley, and there's new 2010 liner notes from Carlson. He talks about how they got signed by Sub Pop after opening for L7 at a show in Seattle, fortuitously 'cause they had been having no luck up 'til then finding a label interested in putting out the record they'd recorded, this one. Apparently it cost just $300 to make at Smegma studios, and the "guest musicians worked for Pabst and Percodan"... Earth back then consisted of Dylan Carlson (guitar/vocals), plus Dave Harwell (bass) and Joe Preston (bass/percussion). Joe of course later went on to fame and fortune in the Melvins, and later, his one man band Thrones (and High On Fire, and Harvey Milk, etc.). Oh, and this is the Earth record that one Kurt Cobain (spelt "Kobain" here), sings on as well, which we know confused and dismayed a lot of frat/jock guys back in the day, who bought this hoping for something that smelled like teen spirit and instead got what turned out to be the inspiration for SUNNO)))!
So, here's what we said about this when we reviewed the prior version, back on list #135 in 2002, when Sub Pop repressed it (at our urging, we like to think):
Kind of a holy grail for those who didn't pick up the long-out-of-print original version of this when it was first released, the 1991 debut cd by the Pacific Northwest's late great drone/doom masters Earth. Originals sell for big $$$ on eBay. And those who DO have one consider it an old friend. Now Sub Pop has finally got their act together (prodded by the pleas of many an Earth fan, including Allan here at AQ, who takes full credit, so you can thank him) and have reissued it at last - this time in a jewel case instead of the mere cardboard sleeve of the original version (another triumph for Allan). The artwork is the same, though: the medical-text inspired 'Postgraduate Seminars: Eye Surgery - Concepts and Problems' graphics. There's no extra tracks or anything, but the original three tracks ("A Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge Parts 1 & 2", "Ouroboros Is Broken") are more than enough: 32 minutes of downtuned dirge, metallic slow-motion sludge riffery that goes to extremes of low, slow heaviness that even the mighty Melvins never achieved. The lengthier, airier follow-up "Earth 2" might be Earth's masterpiece, but "Extra-Capsular" was their devastating opening act, sounding like the grand, ominous martial music meant to accompany an invasion by malevolent Underearth Dwellers. We remember when I first got this, most of our friends thought it was the most retarded record ever. Now they know better. Well, actually, they probably don't, but WE know. So recommended.
So NOW thanks to Southern Lord, this album by the still great (and no longer late!) Earth is back in print, as God and/or Satan intended, in its complete version for the first time, extended to seven tracks over 55 minutes. The extra stuff fits right in, more-Melvinsy-than-thou slow-mo sludge riffery that outshines almost anything that came after. Also "Geometry Of Murder" seems to sneak in a Saint Vitus riff!
An obvious Record Of The Week, and perfect for our special Halloween list, as it's super heavy and menacing, as well as such a long-time fave - and also the eye-surgery theme of the cover art always gave us the chills.
MPEG Stream: "A Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge, Part 1"
MPEG Stream: "Ouroboros Is Broken"
MPEG Stream: "German Dental Work"

album cover EARTH Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I (Southern Lord) cd 14.98
The further Earth evolves, the harder it is to believe they were once THEE progenitors of the doomdronedirgesludge sound that's so prevalent these days. They began life as a sludgey, druggy, slo-mo avant riff behemoth, no one could have imagined they would have turned into this, a dusty, twangy, deserty, moody minimal slowcore combo, with a sound that has essentially evolved into a score to some stark, spare, imaginary black and white independent film, more soundtrack, imagined or not, than proper rock band, let alone, METAL band, which is how they have been traditionally categorized. But Angels Of Darkness, like the last few Earth records before it, is most definitely not metal, not even heavy really, at least in the traditional sense, this one even in the NON traditional senses, instead, it's again dark and brooding, evocative and emotional, cinematic and soundtracky, the core sound has again been expanded to include strings, which only adds to the whole moody minimal soundtrack vibe. But hell, it still suits them, we now have enough other bands doing the whole slow and low dirge and drone thing, and if anything, Angels Of Darkness might be Earth's most full realized stab and capturing their 'new' sound. No pretenses, no strings attaching them to the old Earth, very few allusions, sonic or otherwise, to the ghost of doom past, they're even more secure on the new path they set out on years ago, and it shows, each of the long tracks here unwinds gradually, a slow, swirling smoldering bit of twang flecked slowcore, a little bit droney, the guitars spidery and crystalline, the bass and drums super minimal, the cello doing much of the heavy lifting this time around, its deep throaty buzz, the perfect compliment to the band's sun baked shimmer, and bleak drowsy moodiness. Not a huge shift in sound, but then nobody wanted that, we just wanted more, more slithery, sun dappled darkness, more summery shadowy twang, and that's what Angels Of Darkness is, more just a honing and perfecting of a sound that's already pretty perfect, and exactly what you'd want to be playing in the background as you wandered down the dusty street of some old ghost town, and a perfect fit alongside the rest of your 'Ghost Town' mix alongside Scenic, Tulsa Drone, Barn Owl, Calexico, Sixteen Horsepower, and the rest.
MPEG Stream: "Old Black"
MPEG Stream: "Father Midnight"
MPEG Stream: "Descent To The Zenith"

album cover EARTH Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I (Southern Lord) lp 23.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Here, at last, the vinyl version of the latest Earth opus. We were expecting these for Record Store Day, but they only just showed up this week!! Heavy duty gatefold sleeve double vinyl, 180 grams, with "special etching"... Limited of course, we have the red vinyl, of which they only pressed 1000.
The further Earth evolves, the harder it is to believe they were once THEE progenitors of the doomdronedirgesludge sound that's so prevalent these days. They began life as a sludgey, druggy, slo-mo avant riff behemoth, no one could have imagined they would have turned into this, a dusty, twangy, deserty, moody minimal slowcore combo, with a sound that has essentially evolved into a score to some stark, spare, imaginary black and white independent film, more soundtrack, imagined or not, than proper rock band, let alone, METAL band, which is how they have been traditionally categorized. But Angels Of Darkness, like the last few Earth records before it, are most definitely not metal, not even heavy really, at least in the traditional sense, this one even in the NON traditional senses, instead, it's again, dark and brooding, evocative and emotional, cinematic and soundtracky, the core sound has again been expanded to include strings, which only adds to the whole moody minimal soundtrack vibe. But hell, it still suits them, we now have enough other bands doing the whole slow and low dirge and drone thing, and if anything, Angles Of Darkness might be Earth's most full realized stab and capturing their 'new' sound. No pretenses, no strings attaching them to the old Earth, very few allusions, sonic or otherwise, to the ghost of doom past, they're even more secure on the new path they set out on years ago, and it shows, each of the long tracks here unwinds gradually, a slow, swirling smoldering bit of twang flecked slowcore, a little bit droney, the guitars spidery and crystalline, the bass and drums super minimal, the cello doing much of the heavy lifting this time around, its deep throaty buzz, the perfect compliment to the band's sun baked shimmer, and bleak drowsy moodiness. Not a huge shift in sound, but then nobody wanted that, we just wanted more, more slithery, sun dappled darkness, more summery shadowy twang, and that's what Angles Of Darkness is, more just a honing and perfecting of a sound that's already pretty perfect, and exactly what you'd want to be playing in the background as you wandered down the dusty street of some old ghost town, and a perfect fit alongside the rest of your 'Ghost Town' mix alongside Scenic, Tulsa Drone, Barn Owl, Calexico, Sixteen Horsepower, and the rest.
MPEG Stream: "Old Black"
MPEG Stream: "Father Midnight"
MPEG Stream: "Descent To The Zenith"

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