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aQuarius recOrds
New Arrivals #473
24th April 2015



Beloved Customers and Friends:

Hope your week has been great! Ours was, particularly last Saturday, which as you probably know, was this year's big Record Store Day - though as any record store will tell you, EVERY DAY is Record Store Day, right?

So, we do want to thank everyone for another awesome Record Store Day. Even with all the industry BS and whining complainers (which included us plenty of the time), it was an awesome day, exhausting for sure, but super fun, and once again, it ended up being just what we hoped it would be, a day to celebrate music, aQuarius, all the other record stores we love, and of course YOU all, our beloved friends and customers. And let's not forget all the crazy cool records (RSD and otherwise).

Speaking of crazy cool Record Store Day releases (and non-RSD releases too), it's time for yet another aQuarius recOrds New Arrivals list, and this one does in fact feature a bunch of the stuff we have left over from RSD, including several releases we specifically ordered LOTS of hoping we'd have enough copies left over after RSD so we could review 'em and give all our mailorder customers a chance to nab some of these RSD goodies - like the DOUG HREAM BLUNT remix 12" (the copies we're offering now are autographed by the man himself!), the special vinyl collection of rarities from THE HEADS, the new 7" from witchy metallers IDES OF GEMINI, and Sublime Frequencies' Thai Pop Spectacular compilation, now at last on vinyl, just to mention a few. You'll see 'em all below, helpfully marked "RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!" at the top of the review. We actually tried to order bunches of lots of other things, but as is the way with Record Store Day, we got what we could get, which in some cases was 10 or 20, in others, only 3 or 4. So be warned, the items on this list marked Record Store Day are extremely limited, and will likely be gone for good once we run out.

We also still have OUR special aQuarius recOrds release, the cd reissue of KING BLOOD's Eyewash Silver debut. If you didn't see it on our pre-RSD in-betweener last week, please read the review below and check out the samples. It's so good!

There are also a few RSD releases we also still have in stock, but have too few to review, you'll find a list of those at the bottom of the New Arrivals list, alongside the regular "In Stock, Not Yet Reviewed" list. Those are first come first served, one per customer and all that jazz, give it a shot if you see something you wanted. Some we really only have just ONE copy of, so please don't be disappointed if you ask and don't get; however, some things might come back in eventually, while others never will, and even some RSD items we don't currently have, we WILL be getting a few more of in the near future, as we've spent this week contacting various of our distributors to see what they have left - and as a result we know we will, for instance, be getting a few more Swans 12"s, a few more Mclusky's, a few more Oneohthrix, last copies all of them, just fyi...

But just like on the day, there's plenty of *other* amazing stuff on the list this week that has nothing to do at all with Record Store Day. For instance, there's a cd collecting all the recent 12"s from weirdo minimal electronic sound designer, and former aQ Record Of The Week honoree AKKORD. A new single from local weirdo garage punks BLOOD SISTER. The heavy psych of HOUND. The heavy psych (with flute!) of QUEEN CRESCENT. A new blast of blown out synth punk from SF noiseniks POW! A new VETIVER, the latest from local post black metallers BOSSE-DE-NAGE, a brand new single from Japanese doomlords CORRUPTED, the latest Test Pressing 12" from DEMDIKE STATE, more rhythmic electronic weirdness from SHIT AND SHINE, a tape from WHITE MAGIC, and a way out triple lp from spacelords GNOD! There are also some essential now-on vinyl listings like WHITE HILLS (with limited bonus 12"), SATURNALIA TEMPLE, KRENG, COMMON EIDER KING EIDER and others. New issues of THE WIRE and SAVAGE DAMAGE DIGEST. And more cool stuff!!

And lest we forget, we've got two killer Records Of The Week to alert you to, the first, is the latest from Massachusetts stoner-doom-sludge heavyweights ELDER, with a new sound that's less stoner metal, and more stoner-doom-math-prog!!! And then there's BALMS, a local outfit whose debut 12" is a gorgeous collection of glimmering shoegaze dreaminess and swoonsome, atmospheric poppiness.

So dig in, read on, there's tons of great stuff as always on this big ol' list.

And again, to everyone who came out for Record Store Day, to everyone who orders from us online, reads our list, shares our reviews, for all the folks who buy their records at aQ, come to instores, suggest bands and groups to check out, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We are so very grateful for all the love and loyalty, and we feel very lucky indeed to still be able to share our lifelong obsession with so many other huge music nerds.

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And as always, thanks for reading the list, passing it on to all your friends who love weird music, shopping at our store, turning -us- on to all sort of great stuff, and helping us spread the word and get all this great music to the people who love it. YOU!! And as always, please realize that we work really hard on the list, so if you find out about stuff through us, please try to buy your records from us. That way we can keep on doing what we do, and we'll always be here with our ears to the ground, and with cds full of metalcore pitbulls, death metal parrots, gamelan playing elephants, recordings of glaciers cracking, ice melting, zamboni's, life support systems, drag races, audience applause, and of course self flagellating Norwegian dwarves, moaning telephone wires, recorded exorcisms, acapella straight edge metalcore, high school battles of the bands, movie theater organ music, Christian psychedelic folk, Bhangra Black Sabbath as well as all the metal, indie rock, electronica, punk rock, reggae, dub, sixties psych, krautrock, classic rock, country and anything else your heart may desire. So thanks. A bunch!

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album cover BALMS s/t (20 Sided) 12" 12.98
As you've no doubt heard us mention before, as much as we love scouring the depths for cool new music (whether it be dusty used bins, garage sales, recommendations from friends or good old fashioned Bandcamp), there's a special joy reserved for aQ walk-in discoveries. That is to say, someone who just strolls into the shop unexpectedly, brandishing an album they've just released - no expectations or preconceived notions. There's nothing quite as exciting as placing said brandished record on the turntable & experiencing that moment of discovery as the realization dawns... It's good. It's reeeeal good. Such is the case with Balms! Seeping through the speakers like dust-speckled rays of hazy sunlight comes some of the most beautifully executed shoegazey dreampop we've heard in quite some time. And for a sound that's arguably in no short supply right now (not that we're complaining) that's really saying something. There's a pitch perfect balance of atmosphere & poppiness here. Guitars twinkle & drip like glittering syrup, the vocals lush & anesthetized, but surprisingly audible. As much as most bands plying in this trade like to bury their vocals in reverb & murk, Balms have a much more direct approach, and the result is an immediate emotional connection, a much more human sounding sort of shoegaze. And though Balms never really get heavy like, say, Nothing or Whirr (although they're sure to appeal to fans of those guys) there's still a rousing drive to their music - it's just a drive that allows the spaciousness of their sound, the bittersweet heartswelling tug of those lost-summer-memory melodies, and the concise hookiness of their songwriting take center stage. It's simple powerful stuff - the kind of record you want to hit repeat on over and over. Without a doubt one of our favorite recent local discoveries, and along with Modern Charms & Dissolve another glittering jewel in San Francisco's dreamy shoegaze crown! For all of those unafraid to get a little starry-eyed, bleary-eyed & teary-eyed this couldn't come more highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Golden Hair"
MPEG Stream: "Head In A Safe"
MPEG Stream: "Aboriginal"

album cover ELDER Lore (Armageddon Shop) cd 15.98
Hark! By the telltale crumbling ceiling tile and violent vibrating of the floorboards we can only deduce that Massachusetts stoner-doom-sludge heavyweights Elder have returned to wreak a foul bongload of havoc upon the unwitting civilians of the Aquarian realm!! After much love received around these parts by Elder's earlier highly-reliable slabs of psychy blown-out heaviness, we were all ready to settle in for more of the same, which we certainly wouldn't have complained about, but what Lore delivers isn't really that at all. Lore is one of those dramatic forward-leaps that your average band never quite gets around to making (especially one of the stoner doom variety - a genre often a little too ready to rest upon its laurels of simple slow riffery!). Instead here we have a heaping dose of what could probably be best described as... stoner-math? Or maybe doom-gressive?? Prodge??? (That's prog & sludge combined, if that wasn't clear.) Literally within the first two seconds of album opener "Compendium", with its twitching insectoid riffing & dizzying stop start time signature, it's abundantly clear that things have changed. Don't get us wrong, there's plenty of lurching grooves & thundering drumming here for true doomheads to sway madly too, but there's also a lot of unpredictability, not only in the song structures but in the sound in general. There are shades of Tool if they'd been weened on way more Sleep & Kyuss, Mastodon if they were feeling a bit meditative, Pallbearer funneled through Fragile-era Yes, Baroness on Quaaludes. There are even flirtations with glistening drifting Explosions In The Sky style post-rock and loopy hypnotic Comus-esque psych-folk. On paper, noodly time-signature manipulation and stoned out Sabbath wizardry shouldn't really a match in Heaven make, but in a scene so rife with by-the-numbers plodding (as much as we love that sometimes) it's pretty damn refreshing to hear this kind of take on it. Above all Lore sounds like a serious shot at the quote-unquote BIG TIME from a band no one really had any right to expect it from. Lore climbs the summit of heaviness and screams confidently from the precipice! A vibrant, daring slab of tricked-out progressive doom.
FYI, the vinyl version has a fancy die-cut cover, and comes with download, though we're out of 'em right now unfortunately; the jewel-boxed cd we're listing now is nice but not so fancy - and a lot cheaper.
MPEG Stream: "Compendium"
MPEG Stream: "Legend "
MPEG Stream: "Spirit At Aphelion"

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album cover AKKORD HTH035 (Houndstooth) cd 16.98
We made the debut full length from this mysterious electronic music producer/sound designer our Record of The Week a while back, comparing it to records by other electronic iconoclasts like Ben Frost, Roly Porter, Demdike Stare, Pole and the like, but also to heavier NON electronic groups like Corrupted and Bunkur, the music of Akkord simultaneously taking twisted beatscaping and gorgeous soundscaping, and giving a sort of black hole heaviness and terrifying grimnity seldom found in electronic music.
This follow up cd actually collects two out of print 12"s and tacks on a couple unreleased bonus tracks. The first, titled simply with its catalog number, HTH20, is a gorgeously grim slab of blackened minimal techno and is another harrowing expanse of rumbles, and groans, deep vibrations, and cinematic sound design, all wound around skeletal rhythms and buried pulsations. The opening track is peppered with weird orc-ish grunts, and a subtly Muslimgauze vibe, while the follow up is a bit more straight up jungle, albeit still wound up in a black haze. That's followed by another spare sprawl that quickly ramps up into a skittery groover, frantic and frenetic, but somehow still a head nodding pulsating come down bliss out, before finishing off with another atmospheric ambient jam, this one laced with field recordings and heavily dubbed out, murky and mysterious, the techno element sublimated into rib cage rattling low end throb, and some second half stutter step drum programming.
The second 12" included here, also titled with its catalog number, HTH30, finds two of our other favorite masters of the electronic dark arts chiming in, with their own remix takes on Akkord's already brilliantly bleak soundworld.
Haxan Cloak radically reinvent whatever song it is they've chosen, it's impossible to tell, we're tempted to think it might be some confusional collage of all of them, but Haxan Cloak delivers a tripped out sprawl of his own cinematic sound design, stereo-panned heavily, weird ambient sounds swooping from speaker to speaker, draped over a skeletal digidub pulse, and a field of spare Raster-Noton like clicks and flutters, slowly building to a dense barrage of glitched out industrial crunch, the sound veering wildly from hushed pulsation, to wild rhythmic freakout, all the while, wreathed in mournful melodies and moaning drones, with at least one burst of crazily caustic electro-noise that somehow manages to sound intense and beautiful and weirdly moving and sorta heartbreaking.
The other track finds Dominick Fernow, is his guise as Vatican Shadow, offering up a remix that's not nearly as overtly terrifying, much more subdued, and way less abstract, the sound like, well, like Vatican Shadow, a pulsating low slung gothic groove, a gauzy stretch of minimal batcave techno, with syncopated rhythms, and ominous low shimmer, a hazy house music that sounds like it could be some obscure Kompakt 12", but more shadowy and sinister.
The bonus tracks are pretty stellar as well the first from another aQ fave FiS, whose remix starts off with a swirl of distorted strings, a noisy layered string quartet of sorts, before splintering into a cloud of digital errata, underpinned by what sounds like shards of drumline snares, the whole thing buried in reverb and delay, an in-the-red sonic crumble, that eventually settles into some serene, dreamlike drift. And finally, Regis (Sandwell District) crafts a glitchy, skeletal dubscape, that seems to settle somewhere in between Muslimgauze, Demdike Stare, T++ and Pole, minimal and murky, with all manner of distant voices and buried melodies, roiling in the background.

album cover AUTOMAT / CAMERA s/t (Bureau B) 12" 12.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Another Record Store Day, another batch of split 12" releases of cool stuff from Germany's Bureau B label, best known for krautrock reissues but also doing current krauts too...
On this one, there's two outtakes from the sessions for the debut from Berlin's uber-rhythmic, effects-laden Automat, while the flip features a brand new track, "A Distant Thank You", from aQ faves Camera, who are the modern embodiment of the spirit of our favorite motorik krautrock ever. So that's exciting, regardless of being a RSD-release or not.
Limited RSD import.

album cover BLOOD SISTER Why Would You (Unpiano) 7" 8.98
Single number two from these local garage psych weirdos, and like the first, it's another blast of warped and mangled pop, doused in reverb and echo, fuzz guitar draped over loose limbed drumming and soaring almost sunshiny vocals, the whole thing a glorious concoction that would be right at home on John Dwyer's (Thee Oh Sees) Castle Face label, but is at the same time like some mutant strain of Best Coat-ian surf pop. It's no coincidence that Blood Sister features members of aQ faves Ganglians, this stuff definitely shares some of the same sonic DNA.
The A side really is some sort of alternate universe Summer beach jam, al hazy, and dreamy, and laid back, but still gnarled and fractured, a drugged out chunk of feel good downer garage bliss out. The B side gets a bit darker, more minor key and angular, but then those multi tracked vocal harmonies come in, and give the sound a sort of outsider Beach Boys vibe. Seriously good shit. Don't be surprised if these guys turn out to be the next big thing. Fans of Wavves, Crocodiles, Jeff The Brotherhood and other similarly stoned garage pop miscreants will flip.
LIMITED TO 300 COPIES!!

album cover BLUNT, DOUG HREAM Gentle Persuasion (Remixes) (Luaka Bop) 12" + zine 19.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Here's one of this year's crop of Record Store Day releases we were most excited about, and thankfully managed to get a good number of - which was kind of amazing, since it is limited to just 350 copies!! So we have a bunch (for now) to review, which was also helped by the fact that, d'oh, we somehow forgot to include it on the list of RSD goodies we posted last weekend. Anyway, so glad to be able to list this now 'cause Doug is very special to us.
Faithful followers of the aQ list probably remember when we made Doug Hream Blunt's Gentle Persuasion cd and 12" a Record Of The Week a couple of years ago. A home-brewed breezy outsider funk masterpiece about woman's butts that was so catchy and infectious, likely recorded by Doug back in the eighties, but not widely released until around the year 2000 (we could never really get an official answer). We had no idea of the cult appeal of Doug Blunt's music when he one day dropped by and consigned the record, and apparently neither did he, or at least he never alluded to it or seemed to care much about it. But ever since we listed it, we have sold it quite regularly to many customers who seek us out specifically just to buy a copy, and seem quite surprised that we actually can get it. The cd version is out of print now, but we have and can still get more of the original 12".
Then, this Doug Hream Blunt release on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label was announced for Record Store Day this year, surprise, and it turns out Doug is on the brink of getting a full scale archival release of his music this summer (just like the label did for Tim Maia and William Onyeabor)!. Such great news for someone so super nice and low-key about himself, really we are super-psyched for him!. So with this special RSD 12" remixes of the song "Gentle Persuasion" by renowned remixers, British DJ duo Psychemagik and Hype Williams aka Dean Blunt (apparently Dean Blunt named himself after Doug), we sort of get a teaser of what makes Doug's music so cool. The choice of Psychmagik and Hype Williams as remixers are on point, because both are known for their less is more approach, taking out more than they put in and emphasizing and extending the money shots of the track. The Psychemagik "Move Your Butt" remix focuses on the groove, bumping up the bass and drums and reducing much of the main lyrics to just edited snippets like "Girl, Move Your Butt" in phased out psychedelic echoes while still including much of the steel drum keytar solo and female backing vocals of the original (see the original review for a sampling of the original track). The Hype Williams side "get choong and look at the sky" remix is much stranger, because if it is the same speed as the Psychmagik side, then this is the screwwwwwed version, totally slow and murked out, also editing the vocals completely out except for the female backing track and keytar solo in a strange dreamy "warts-and-all" twist. If it was meant to be faster, which it can be, than it is sort of a more stripped down version of the original. Hard to tell, because the release doesn't even mention who's doing the remixing, we had to go online to figure it out. But truth be told we prefer to hear it much more slooooowed down.
The 12", which is housed in a blank white single sleeve with only the Luaka Bop logo on the center label, does come with an elaborate album-sized gatefold "magazine", which is supposedly dead stock of an Italian sex mag from the nineties that has Doug's name written everywhere along with sexual fantasies and soft-core retro porn material reminiscent of Hustler's Forum, along with full color cardstock insert artwork. Weird. Not sure what that's all about, but it's quite (literally) cheeky!
But we also have a very special treat for our customers in that we got Doug himself to come in and SIGN every copy of this we had left (with the help of his young granddaughter Juanita who added cute hearts to Doug's name!). Sorry if you picked this up before it was signed, Doug didn't show up until the Monday after RSD! Needless to say this is very limited and likely all the copies we'll ever get, so do yourself a favor and move your butt on this!!!

album cover BOSSE-DE-NAGE All Fours (Profound Lore) cd 13.98
Full-length number four from the Bay Area horde, and their most fully realized work to date, but what else did you expect? All Fours is a dense, twisted, chaotic masterpiece.
"At Night" wastes no time - a noisy squelch and then a dive right into frantic black metal madness. Like we've said in every Bosse-De-Nage record we've reviewed, the marriage of the Slint-ish/post-rock elements and the black metal fury gets better and better. That becomes especially apparent as the first track comes to an epic, crashing close, with a simple melancholy guitar line lead by ferocious blast beats (the drumming on this record, by the way, is seriously jaw-dropping!).
Despite being a band that gets lumped in with the Alcest/Deafheaven school of blackgaze, All Fours doesn't rely on the typical "huge" shoegaze guitar sound - the atmosphere here comes from a crystal clear but layered and dense production. And honestly, a welcome departure from a lot of the overblown black metal records already out there.
"Washerwoman" is the clear opus on this record - a song we imagine they've been trying to write since their inception. The Slint comparisons are hard to deny here (song title and content alike), but this is far from a rip-off. Everything that made Slint such a powerful band, Bosse-de-Nage captures here - subtle instrumentation, raw intensity, and powerful dynamics.
By the time the record ends, you get the feeling you're watching a bands original vision and current talent coalesce perfectly - All Fours is the record Bosse-De-Nage has been working towards all these years. Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "At Night"
MPEG Stream: "-"
MPEG Stream: "Washerwoman"

album cover COACHWHIPS Bangers Vs. Fuckers (Castle Face) cd 13.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
So, for Record Store Day 2015, Castle Face has resurrected this out of print 2004 SF garage rock scene classic, originally released on Narnack. Except, the vinyl didn't make it in time for RSD, but it's here now!
Coachwhips were, of course, the band our pal John Dwyer was in prior to Thee Oh Sees, and if you're an Oh Sees fan, you oughtta dig thee Coachwhips too. Here's what we wrote about it back then (it was the band's 3rd album):
The second you drop the needle (or if you prefer the cd format, press the play button) on this puppy it's full speed ahead trash garage rawk action Coachwhips-style. Live, this SF trio are known for sneering and spewing out the blistering basement party tunes with reckless abandon. PBR cans, furniture and limbs a-flailin'! Take this disc home for a sweaty, raw-knuckled, shimmy shakin' good time of your very own. Features a mighty sweet album cover to boot!
MPEG Stream: "You Gonna Get It"
MPEG Stream: "Purse Peekin"

album cover COACHWHIPS Bangers Vs. Fuckers (Castle Face) lp 15.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
So, for Record Store Day 2015, Castle Face has resurrected this out of print 2004 SF garage rock scene classic, originally released on Narnack. Except, the vinyl didn't make it in time for RSD, but it's here now!
Coachwhips were, of course, the band our pal John Dwyer was in prior to Thee Oh Sees, and if you're an Oh Sees fan, you oughtta dig thee Coachwhips too. Here's what we wrote about it back then (it was the band's 3rd album):
The second you drop the needle (or if you prefer the cd format, press the play button) on this puppy it's full speed ahead trash garage rawk action Coachwhips-style. Live, this SF trio are known for sneering and spewing out the blistering basement party tunes with reckless abandon. PBR cans, furniture and limbs a-flailin'! Take this disc home for a sweaty, raw-knuckled, shimmy shakin' good time of your very own. Features a mighty sweet album cover to boot!
MPEG Stream: "You Gonna Get It"
MPEG Stream: "Purse Peekin"

album cover COLLEEN Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey) cd 15.98
Has it been really eight years since we reviewed a Colleen record? We were never able to get her last release from a couple of years back, The Weighing of the Heart, which may explain some of the long gap, but Captain of None, her first for Thrill Jockey is a big change in direction and sound. Her main instrument of choice is still the viola de gamba, a baroque gut-string instrument that was said to be the one that closest resembles the sound of the human voice. On Captain Of None she plucks and processes the string sounds instead of using bowing techniques to get resonant and echoing harp and bass tones, in compositions influenced by Jamaican dub and West African songcraft. But even more of a new element in Colleen's sound is the use of her voice as a focus point. Delicate and dreamy, Captain Of None is some strange hybrid of Arthur Russell and Grouper with a tropical otherworldly vibe, and one of our favorite records released this year so far. Highly Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Holding Horses"
MPEG Stream: "Lighthouse"
MPEG Stream: "Eclipse"

album cover COLLEEN Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey) lp 17.98
Has it been really eight years since we reviewed a Colleen record? We were never able to get her last release from a couple of years back, The Weighing of the Heart, which may explain some of the long gap, but Captain of None, her first for Thrill Jockey is a big change in direction and sound. Her main instrument of choice is still the viola de gamba, a baroque gut-string instrument that was said to be the one that closest resembles the sound of the human voice. On Captain Of None she plucks and processes the string sounds instead of using bowing techniques to get resonant and echoing harp and bass tones, in compositions influenced by Jamaican dub and West African songcraft. But even more of a new element in Colleen's sound is the use of her voice as a focus point. Delicate and dreamy, Captain Of None is some strange hybrid of Arthur Russell and Grouper with a tropical otherworldly vibe, and one of our favorite records released this year so far. Highly Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Holding Horses"
MPEG Stream: "Lighthouse"
MPEG Stream: "Eclipse"

album cover COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER Taaleg Uksur (Pesanta Urfolk) lp 28.00
Maybe you remember, a couple years ago, we got a small handful of a very limited cassette release by CEKI that came in some crazy packaging that included a charred block of wood?! It was released as an exclusive for the 2013's Stella Natura festival up in the woods near Lake Tahoe. Well, now Pesanta Urfolk, who sponsor that festival, have released this again, on vinyl, yay. Sans block of wood, but it's still a nice looking lp. Here's our review of from when we had the original incarnation...
This document of local experimental ambient doom-drone outfit Common Eider (which now boasts our very own Andee on drums), features four lengthy tracks, and documents CEKE's shift into darker realms, featuring Andy Way from Sutekh Hexen on vocals, CEKE's usual haunting arrangements of ritualistic chorales, and swoonsome viola drones, are augmented by harsh, whispered vokills, that occasionally erupt into near demonic shrieks.
The opener, "Uksur", is a dark ritualistic incantation, that fuses black ambience to Arvo Part like sweeping epic-ry, infusing that hybrid with a blackened malevolence, the whole thing blurred into a darkly dreamy, ashen sonic sprawl. "As The Soil Rises Up Past Our Bodies" continues the descent into darkness, layered vocals drift atop a bed of tape hiss and distant rumbles, meditative and liturgical, a harrowing and haunting soundscape that evokes barren wastelands, crumbling cathedrals and black skies casting entire civilizations in shadow, the vocals slipping into a higher register for the final movement, adding a dramatic pathos to the proceedings. Also included is an excerpt of the fantastic "Sense Of Place", which was released via aQ as a super deluxe book/cd/dvd combo (later as a stripped down bookless version), chronicling the building of a cabin in Alaska, the music split into two parts meant to be played simultaneously. And finally there's "Caribou People", which is anchored by a dreamy, softly reverbed guitar loops, and gradually blossoms into a beautifully brooding dirge, laced with clouds of buzz drenched noise guitar, woozy Spacemen 3 like basslines, and minimal percussion, all whipped up into a wildly psychedelic squall, that fades into a hazy druggy drift. Fantastic.
This new vinyl version comes in matte, hand-screened sleeves with art by Kevin Gan Yuen from Sutekh Hexen.
MPEG Stream: "Uksur"
MPEG Stream: "Caribou People"

album cover CORRUPTED Loss (Crust War) 7" 12.98
The unexpected return of Japanese doom lords Corrupted!! Unexpected mostly because after the last record, as far we knew, the group had called it quits following the departure of long time vocalist Hevi. But lo and behold, Corrupted are back, with a new singer in the form of the oddly named Mother Sii, and a single sprawling song spread out over both sides of this new 7".
Beginning with an extended sprawl of hushed ambience, all moaning vocals and drifting drones, the song soon explodes into some churning, roiling, downtuned crush, a monstrous sound, tribal drumming beneath blurred riffage that is so distorted and washed out that it almost sounds like grey noise, the new vocalist delivering a hellish bellow. Tranced out and super hypnotic, the song splinters into something totally different at the end of side A, getting all mathy and angular, almost punk, before fading out, sounding as if the group played on long after they stopped recording.
We sort of expected the B side to pick up right where the A side left off, but instead, the flipside unwinds metal-less, a gorgeous sinister stretch of blackened thrum, a haunting, harrowing expanse of minimal drift, anguished wails and strange sonic interference way off in the distance, surfacing occasionally, but quickly sinking back beneath the uneasy surface of the smoldering, sinister sea of blackened rumblings and suffocating drones.
Here's hoping this means a full length is coming soon. And as you might imagine, SUPER DUPER limited. Nicely packaged in minimal matte black sleeves with a printed insert.

album cover DEMDIKE STARE Test Pressings 007 (Modern Love) 12" 17.98
As we patiently wait for Demdike Stare to gather up all of their 'Test Pressing' 12"s into some kind of cd or lp box set, we continue to dig every single installment, each dramatically different than the last, and as a whole, offering up some of the best, and most adventurous music we've herd from these guys.
Volume 7 is no different, the A side a woozy, skittery slab of avant ghost-dub, the vibe like something's wrong with your speakers, or your turntables, or your ears, or your MIND, the main melodic loop is slipper, and pitchy, and is soon joined by a haunting angelic chorale, all the while things get grimier and more distorted, until about half way through, the murk clears, and reveals an old school breakbeat, which is quickly surrounded by industrial clatter, and all sorts of sinister sounds, eventually the creepy, choral dub returns, the two sounds merged into some mutant staring of spectral electronica.
The flipside starts out nearly ambient, before swooping backwards beats gradually drift in, then the clip of some diva vocals, looped and layered, chopped up and stuttery, the sound growing quickly funky and super old school, the beat some retro hip hop rhythm, and the chopped up voices collaged into a weird fractured and fucked up take on that sort of C&C Music Factory sound we all grew up with, a super weird analogue for the A side, but even as funky and groovy as it is, it's still shrouded in misty murk, and flecked with ominous rumbling drones, the poppiness more than tempered by Demdike's twisted production.
As always, housed in simple black and white sleeves, printed with the distinctive text heavy Demdike Stare Test Pressing artwork, and very VERY limited.

album cover DILS, THE I Hate The Rich (Superior Viaduct) 7" 10.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Kewl! For Record Store Day 2015, the Superior Viaduct label has returned to their West Coast underground roots and reissued a quartet of crucial California punk/indie singles, early outings from The Dils, The X, Flipper, and The Residents! These would set you back a pretty penny if you tried to buy original copies nowadays.
The Dils one is their debut 45 from 1977, featuring the tracks "Hate The Rich" and "You're Not Blank (So Baby We're Through)", both of 'em tight, energetic, under-two minute blasts of punk catchiness and attitude, the real deal. It's housed in a sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original, in that the band name looks more like it's "The Oils" rather than The Dils.
Limited edition, colored (translucent blue) vinyl, last copies, already sold out even at the label.

album cover FLIPPER Love Canal (Superior Viaduct) 7" 10.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Kewl! For Record Store Day 2015, the Superior Viaduct label has returned to their West Coast underground roots and reissued a quartet of crucial California punk/indie singles, early outings from The Dils, The X, Flipper, and The Residents! These would set you back a pretty penny if you tried to buy original copies nowadays.
Flipper, SF's infamous sludge punk originators, released "Love Canal" b/w "Ha Ha Ha", their debut recording, in 1981 on Subterranean. A 7" slab of throbbing dementia unlike anything else the punk scene had spewed out before then, and it's no surprise that the Melvins later covered "Love Canal" themselves about ten years later, Flipper obviously being a big influence on them. This is where it started.
Limited edition, colored (translucent red) vinyl, last copies, already sold out even at the label.

album cover GIANT SAND Beyond The Valley Of Rain (Fire America) 2lp 31.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
It's super hard to believe that Giant Sand have been a band for THIRTY YEARS, but here we are, with the 30th anniversary reissue of the band's 1985 debut Valley Of Rain, and even after three decades, Howe Gelb and Co.'s first record sounds as good as ever, Giant Sand's distinctive sound already fully formed, fusing a sort of twang flecked desert rock, with the paisley punk jangle of the LA bands at the time, Leaving Trains, Green On Red, Dream Syndicate, along with a little new waviness. A confusional combo for sure, but somehow, those disparate elements managed to fall perfectly into place, and some of our favorite Giant Sand jams can be found on this first record. Since then they've released a crazy amount of impossibly good records, and let's not forget that aQ faves Calexico started out as Gelb's Giant Sand rhythm section. This new version adds a bonus track to the original album, and then includes a whole extra lp, which features pre-Giant Sand material from when they were still called Giant Sandworms, as well as some live Giant Sand recorded in Holland in 1986, and some other rarities. A few of the tracks were too long to fit on the vinyl, so those are included with the download that accompanies the release.
LIMITED TO 500 COPIES!! Includes liner notes from Giant Sand mastermind Howe Gelb. And this is a Record Store Day release, which means it once we run out of the handful we got, we probably will not be able to get more.

album cover GIORGIO MURDERER Lazer Lord (Goner) 7" 7.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Maybe not what most folks were looking for on Record Store Day, but WE thought it was cool that this brilliantly named synth/noise/punk groop put out a special RSD release. Theirs is a brilliant name not just 'cause we like dumb puns, but also 'cause they sound EXACTLY like what a band called Giorgio Murderer should sound like. We loved their previous "Primitive World" single, also on Goner, and this is more of that distorted, synth-laden raw punk beat and blurt, with wastoid, foul-mouthed vocals and some stupidly loud, simple keyboard melodies. Stupid in a good way, like the name Giorgio Murderer.
Plus you have to love the fine print on the back cover: "The name 'Giorgio Murderer', Giorgio Murderer's likeness, and the concept that there is a person named Giorgio Murderer all appear courtesy of Giorgio Murderer. All rights reserved." So there.
Being a Record Store Day release, of course, it's limited.
MPEG Stream: "Lazer Lord"

album cover GNOD Infinity Machines (Rocket) 3lp 36.00
UK psychedelic space rock weirdos Gnod drift ever further into sonic WTF territory with Infinity Machines, a new TRIPLE lp (and forthcoming double cd), that takes their mesmeric hypnorock and druggy space-psych grooves and stretches them way WAY out, into nearly unrecognizable shapes, with most of the tracks clocking in at close to 20 minutes, sidelong sprawls of dizzying lysergic exploration, some serious mad musical scientist shit for sure.
The 17+ minute opener pretty much sets the stage, with 4 minutes of free form cacophony, all swirling electronics, gurgling FX, buried voices, strange samples, eventually settling into something a bit more serene, but unlike the space rock blowout we might have been expecting, the group instead unfurls some laid back slo-mo jazziness, moaning melancholy horns, over a muted rhythmic pulse, and a grey haze of shimmering drones, which also gradually builds toward something more cacophonous, but more sort of free jazz freakout, the sound flitting back and forth between moody slink and unhinged howl, like the bastard offspring of Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore and Hawkwind.
We spent the rest of the record awaiting the eventual space rock crush, or some super blown out psychedelic squall, but that stuff never really comes, instead, the sound remains rooted in some sort of stretched out, experimental and minimal otherworld, equal parts jazzy groove, minimal home brewed electronica, buzzing ambience, robotic churn, fractured industrial thrum, and tranced out rhythmic pulsation. At times it sounds like Skinny Puppy, at others like Shit And Shine, and at others like nothing you've ever heard. It does get heavy at points, and loud too, but it's more caustic and machine driven, the sounds less overloaded amps and cranked pedals, and more knobs and gizmos, layers and atmospheres and beats. It's not really until the second to last track that things get even close to the Gnod of old, and even then, it remains sort of looped and motorik, a killer tribal drum jam, wreathed in buzz, and more horns, but never really turning into a 'song' proper, instead it's some sort of roiling jazzed up noise rock that again, isn't that far removed from the multi-drummered onslaught of Shit And Shine. And as if to drive that point home, the closer is a tripped out expanse of jazz laced, field recording flecked slow burn, cinematic moodiness.
Fantastic stuff for sure, but for folks after more ordinary psychedelic space rocking, you might need to look elsewhere.

album cover GUT UND IRMLER / MOEBIUS STORY LEIDECKER s/t (Bureau B) 12" 12.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Another Record Store Day, another batch of split 12" releases of cool stuff from Germany's Bureau B label, best known for krautrock reissues but also doing current krauts too...
For classic krautrock cred, both halves of this split have it covered, big time. On the A side you've got the collaboration of not only Gundrun Gut of the Berlin band Malaria! from the '80s, but also freakin' Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust fame!!! Their previously unreleased track is 12 mesmeric minutes long. Then, on the flip, Tim Story and aQ pal John "Wobbly" Leidecker are teamed up with the great Dieter Moebius of Cluster, with two outtakes from their recent collaborative album.
Limited RSD import.

album cover HAGERTY-TOTH BAND Qalgebra (Three Lobed) lp 22.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Record Store Day is so crazy and there's so much stuff, that even some of the things we knew we'd want to get extra helpings of (when we could) to review on our list, we haven't yet had a chance to really listen to. Such is the case with this lp, the debut on Three Lobed Recordings from the self-explanatorily named Hagerty-Toth Band - the a team up of Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux, Pussy Galore, The Howling Hex) and James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand, a million other bands), both men singing, playing guitar, writing the songs, with a rhythm section featuring members of Wooden Wand and The Howling Hex backing 'em up. It's jaunty, jangly, jammy indie pop steeped in classic '70s rock sounds, a kind of slacker choogle laced with weird interludes. They call it "New Age garage". Fans of either Hagerty or Toth ought to investigate, we will further when we have more of a chance. Best song, we don't know yet; best song title, though, has to be: "Fall Guy's Mother".
Gatefold sleeve, includes download code, and it's limited of course.
MPEG Stream: "Spindizzy"
MPEG Stream: "Fall Guy's Mother"

album cover HEADS, THE Nobody Knows (Rooster) 2lp 34.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Not too long ago, we reviewed the reissue of UK psychedelic space rockers the Heads' year 2000 classic Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere, a primo slab of blown out heaviness, psychedelic hypnorock, and dense, damaged jammage. That reissue came in several forms, a double cd, a double lp, and most impressive of all, a massive FIVE lp box set, which also included a bonus cd, called Nobody Knows, a selection of unreleased rarities culled from the group's rehearsal tapes and cd-r archives. This here special Record Store Day release finds that cd being reissued on vinyl!! So now some of you are probably thinking, well, I already bought the box, so I already have this. But, and Heads fans should be used to this, nothing is ever easy with these guys. While it's true, it is -essentially- the same release, or at least could me, mostly, it's definitely not completely the same. We haven't done a side by side comparison, so we don't know how they're different, or how different they are, only that supposedly they are, and that there's a bunch more stuff on this here RSD lp version.
So Heads nerds, even if you have the box, you might wanna think about getting this too. But for everyone else who didn't get the box, well this is a no brainer, cuz this collection RULES. Track after tack of droned, out, heady, hypnotic psychedelic space rocking, veering from low slung and truancy, to full on face melting freakout, from damaged collage noisescapes to full on Stooges-y swagger, and from jazzy, lysergic skitter, to fuzzed out, speaker destroying garage psych pound. It's a lot more lo-fi than most of the Heads' catalog, but really that only makes these tracks that much cooler. More raw and noisy and blown out and seriously psychedelic.
LIMITED TO 1200 COPIES, includes a poster. And again, not only is this is a Record Store Day release, but we generally blow through Heads records when we can get them anyhow, so we're guessing these won't last long, and that once they're gone, they're probably gone for good.

album cover HOUND Out Of Time (SRA) cd 11.98
First we've heard from these Philly hard rockers, who first caught our attention with their bad ass cosmic-skull-reaper cover art, and thankfully, it ended up being a fairly accurate representation of what lurked inside, a fist pumping, head-banging mash up of classic metal crunch, fuzzed out garage punk and heavy blues-psych. There's definitely a bit of a classic rock vibe, but it's plenty fuzzed up around the edges, the guitars downtuned, chuggy and churny, the sound super hypnotic, dipping into some old school doom here and there, as well as a sort of mutant hybrid of biker rock / and skate metal. But check out "Houdini", the band doing their best Black Sabbath for sure, the reverb laden vocals buried in the mix elsewhere, getting seriously Ozzy. Or "Stupid Dreams", which sounds like it could be a rough demo for the next Ghost record, synth swaddled swagger, heavy on the hookiness. But the bulk of the record is more high energy, a groove laden barrage of frenetic, furious rockers that ooze blood and sweat, wrapped in black leather and faded denim. Way recommended for fans of Satans Satyrs, Zig Zags, Children Of Doom, Fogg and other hard rocking heavies. Probably limited too, these things usually are. And according to the sticker on the front: "Not available on colored vinyl". So there.
MPEG Stream: "Little One"
MPEG Stream: "Stupid Dreams"

album cover HOUND Out Of Time (SRA) lp 17.98
First we've heard from these Philly hard rockers, who first caught our attention with their bad ass cosmic-skull-reaper cover art, and thankfully, it ended up being a fairly accurate representation of what lurked inside, a fist pumping, head-banging mash up of classic metal crunch, fuzzed out garage punk and heavy blues-psych. There's definitely a bit of a classic rock vibe, but it's plenty fuzzed up around the edges, the guitars downtuned, chuggy and churny, the sound super hypnotic, dipping into some old school doom here and there, as well as a sort of mutant hybrid of biker rock / and skate metal. But check out "Houdini", the band doing their best Black Sabbath for sure, the reverb laden vocals buried in the mix elsewhere, getting seriously Ozzy. Or "Stupid Dreams", which sounds like it could be a rough demo for the next Ghost record, synth swaddled swagger, heavy on the hookiness. But the bulk of the record is more high energy, a groove laden barrage of frenetic, furious rockers that ooze blood and sweat, wrapped in black leather and faded denim. Way recommended for fans of Satans Satyrs, Zig Zags, Children Of Doom, Fogg and other hard rocking heavies. Probably limited too, these things usually are. And according to the sticker on the front: "Not available on colored vinyl". So there.
MPEG Stream: "Little One"
MPEG Stream: "Stupid Dreams"

album cover IDES OF GEMINI Carthage / Strange Fruit (Magic Bullet) 7" 8.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Blackened, occultic, witchy musical melancholia is the order of the day from this Los Angeles trio, made up of two lovely ladies, playing bass and drums, usually clothed in flowing white dresses, and in between shaven headed, long bearded, skinny guitarist, usually seated in a chair. It makes for an odds spectacle, but the music is just as odd. They may have a metal pedigree, and a legion of metalheads as fans, but sonically, they hew toward a more post rock, slowcore, sort of like a gothic Galaxie 500, or Low with a bit more heft, however you parse their sound, or their look, we dig them a LOT. This special Record Store Day single offers up another slab of brooding mystery, acoustic guitars, pounding drums, gorgeous vocal harmonies, a black metal like main riff, but bookended by something much more moody and minimal. A haunting and harrowing gloom pop / downer folk / dream-dirge that only makes the B side somehow even much MORE haunting, like the A side slowed down and made even more minor and mournful, a slo-mo, doom-drift version of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit", which sounds like it could be an Ides original, the vocals spectral and ethereal, the instrumentation languid and lovely, yet exuding a seriously strange and sinister aura.
Again, this is a Record Store Day release, we only got a handful, and there's a very good chance, that once these are gone, they may be gone for good.

album cover JONES, SHARON & THE DAP-KINGS Little Boys With Shiny Toys (Daptone) 7" 9.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
We've got just a handful of these babies left, the Record Store Day 7" release from popular modern-day soul queen Sharon Jones and band. This new track, "Little Boys With Shiny Toys" is a typically funky cut showcasing Sharon and The Dap-Kings' authentically vintage sounding, powerful sound. Groovy. The flipside features an instrumental version. Limited, of course, and packaged in a plain white sleeve.
MPEG Stream: "Little Boys With Shiny Toys"

album cover KING BLOOD Eyewash Silver (aQuarius recOrds) cd 12.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Third in the series of special aQ Record Store Day limited edition cd releases we've put out ourselves! We skipped last year, but in 2012 we did a White Hills cd, and in 2013 a Carlton Melton disc (both long out of print). Now, we're back with a RSD cd for 2015, from our favorite lo-fi, distorto boogie, zoner-psych one man band, King Blood! It's a cd reissue of King Blood's debut album originally released in 2010/11 on vinyl in two tiny pressings via Ignorant Gore and then Permanent Records, both out of print. So now we're stoked to be doing the cd version - with three bonus tracks!! Here's what we wrote about it before:
Long time readers of the aQ list no doubt remember Tetuzi Akiyama's Don't Forget To Boogie record, ostensibly, as the title suggests, a boogie rock record, but in reality, a twisted droned out hypnotic psychedelic minimal psych record, with the boogie elements stripped down to a single riff, then drenched in distortion and repeated over and over and over, creating super mesmerizing fields of layered repetition a la Reich or Riley, it quickly became a bigtime aQ favorite.
This debut lp from one man 'boogie' outfit King Blood, approaches boogie rock in a similarly oblique fashion, taking those boogie riffs and fucking them up big time. Not quite as minimal as Akiyama's opus, Eyewash Silver adds drums, and what sounds like multiple layers of guitars, not to mention WAY more distortion, a gloriously blown out chunk of experimental abstract minimal boogienoise weirdness.
Opener "Black Money" is probably the most traditionally song-y, a loping lumbering midtempo groove, a main riff locked tight and looped over a similarly tight barely there rhythm, but then all around it, guitars howl and grind, churn and crunch, loads of distortion and tangled melodies, swirling clouds of corrosive sound wrapped around that fantastically incessant groove, gradually growing more and more explosive, before the noise guitars nearly swallow up the boogie riff completely.
"End Of A Primitive" sounds like a Stooges sample dipped in distortion and left outside to crumble and decay before being brought back in and recorded onto some 20 year old 2" tape that had been stored in a wet basement. Another groovy riff, multiple guitar lines, the song gradually shifting, but so gradually, it's easy to get totally mesmerized. "Grimhaven" and "Grimhaven (A Return)" are all twang flecked dirge, like an echo drenched Earth, via the desert rock of Scenic, but again way more minimal, a single riff, a single part, looped and locked and totally hypnotic, while much of the melody is supplied by the bassline which is fluid and woozy, drifting beneath the song's core hypnodirge.
"Poison In Jest" is the killer here, super short at 2+ minutes, but an insanely super distorted chunk of garage dirge minimalism, Stooges riff and about ten tons of crumbling super blown out distortion.
The other songs follow a similar path, taking simple riffs and stretching them way out, adding layer after layer of thrum and howl and fuzz and buzz, occasionally letting the sounds slip into full of in-the-red freakout, but just as often, keeping them just this side of total chaos, the result, a gloriously hypnotic bit of riffy mesmer.
Limited to only 300 copies, all hand numbered, available exclusively here at aQuarius and nowhere else. Packaged in an oversized, slim dvd-style case, the covers printed on metallic silver paper just like the previous two entries in our RSD cd series. Way recommended for folks into droney, dirgey, hypnotic heaviness, which should most definitely be most of you!
MPEG Stream: "Black Money"
MPEG Stream: "Poison In Jest"
MPEG Stream: "Grimhaven (A Return)"

album cover KOES BARAT s/t (Sub Pop) lp 17.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Koes Barat is a group led by Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls and backed up by various members of the Master Musicians Of Bukkake, that was formed as a tribute to sixties Indonesian garage rockers Koes Bersaudera, a band Bishop dug enough to reissue two of their records on the Sublime Frequencies label he helps run. But there's a special joy in actually playing the music you love, a sort of immersion that goes well beyond just obsessively listening, and these guys are so obviously and so joyously exploring KB's catalog, and they have the sound nailed, channeling the music obviously, but more importantly the spirit, of KB. You don't need to be at all familiar with Koes Bersaudera to dig these tracks, in fact, it seems like it might be even more exciting, to hear Bishop and the Master Musicians kicking out these fuzzy garage jams, and the occasional moody ballad. It's not super faithful, but then it shouldn't be, for a super fan, those songs are already perfect, so here's that sound filtered through some of our favorite contemporary musicians, and it's a hoot. Wild and wooly, exuberant and spirited, and glorious garage rock blast.
This is a Record Store Day release, and while we have a handful of copies left over from RSD, odds are when we sell out we likely won't be able to get more.
Super swank packaging, metallic gold printing and very sixties looking layout and photos. Includes a download code too.
MPEG Stream: "Kelelewar"

album cover KRENG The Summoner (Miasmah) lp 22.00
NOW ON VINYL!! At last, in stock on lp for us to list...
The first release from Kreng since 2011, but well worth the wait. While the sound sources on The Summoner are quite the departure from his 2011 release Grimoire, the dark and disorienting atmosphere is still here. Here Caudron conducts a dozen string players, creating a twisted and droney orchestral mass that explodes and dies without warning, bringing to mind the terrifying works of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The song titles here, too, tell Caudron's story as the five stages of grief, going from "Denial" to "Acceptance". The first four tracks are dark, twisted, orchestral soundscapes, dynamic and haunted that slowly goad you into Caudron's warped world. The climax of the album is without doubt the titular track, sandwiched between "Depression" and the somber "Acceptance". The 15-minute long track features Belgian doom band Amenra (whose album Mass V we reviewed back in 2013) providing the slow, crushing trudge (with maybe the slightest, SLIGHTEST hint of uplifting melody) to bring the whole piece to a bombastic, epic zenith. Very few out there can capture the range of emotion and atmosphere that Kreng can - terrifying, cathartic, bleak, and maybe just a little bit uplifting. For fans of Gnaw Their Tongues, The Caretaker, and anything on the Miasmah label.
MPEG Stream: "Anger"
MPEG Stream: "Depression"
MPEG Stream: "The Summoning"

album cover MCDOWALL, ROSE Don't Fear The Reaper (Night School) 12" 17.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
For Record Store Day 2015, the UK label Night School, who have previously brought us the likes of The Space Lady, decided to reissue this 1988 Rose McDowall solo single, McDowall being the singer from '80s Scottish new wave popsters Strawberry Switchblade, here doing a pretty cool synth-pop cover of the Blue Oyster Cult classic "Don't Fear The Reaper"! Great song of course, neat version - or rather, versions, as you get an extended edit AND an instrumental mix on the B-side. So definitely for fans of "Don't Fear The Reaper"! Also, a Rose McDowall original, "Crystal Days" appears here too.
MPEG Stream: "Don't Fear The Reaper"

album cover NUDITY Astronomicon (Iron Lung) lp 16.98
Debut release from Seattle rockers Nudity, and boy is this a hell of a first release. A supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Tight Bro's From Way Back When, The Need, Sex/Vid, and Broken Water. You might think this maybe sounds like some noisy Olympia punk, but somehow the result is totally different, and totally awesome!
Think of some punked up combo of Ty Segall's riff-centric Fuzz project, Love Gun-era Kiss, and the pulsating synth-rock of Moon Duo, and you're sorta on the right track with Nudity - total '70s worship of the highest caliber.
On the absolutely boisterous opener "White Hot Gold," you get what might be the rock n' roll single of the YEAR, an absolutely riffed out jammer that seriously could have come out in 1975. "(I've Got The) Death Energy" and "Carnal Heart" follow this template of high-energy no-nonsense rock n' roll, but on "Death Energy," Nudity get downright kraut in the middle, playing an extended spacey build up jam complete with vocoders and Thin Lizzy-esque dueling guitars. "Light & Grace" has a '70s blues-rock/proto-metal boogie that could easily have been an unearthed gem from some private press release (or maybe an released Satan's Satyrs track?). Then you get tracks like "Myrna Loy/Leatrice Joy" and "Here Comes the Light," pulsating, synthy, krauty jams that are equal parts spacey and heavy, along with some seriously ripping solos (sax, synth, and guitar).
We recommend that you start now with Nudity and say you were listening to them from the beginning. Not to be missed! This release is lp only, however, it does come with a digital download.
MPEG Stream: "White Hot Gold"
MPEG Stream: "Myrna Joy/Leatrice Joy"
MPEG Stream: "Light & Grace"

album cover POW! Fight Fire (Castle Face) cd 13.98
SF synth punks Pow! are back with a new full length on Castle Face and the sound is even more amped up yet darker than their debut. The songs are even more driving and garage-y, the vocals snottier and more lyrically pointed and the analog synths more retro-futuristically colder, and swirling, but with enough glitter on their grime to add a brilliant shine to the production without taking away any of their raw power. Yet, this is much more nihilistic than druggy this time around as to be expected from a band who with each release seem to be checking the pulse of our ever changing San Francisco for signs of life. When their debut, the cheekily titled Hi Tech Boom, came out it was announced at the same time Castle Face head John Dwyer of The Oh Sees would be leaving San Francisco for LA seemingly for good, and Pow's music seemed to reflect a mocking attitude to the influx of tech-money elitism into The Mission's once booming open DIY spirit. Not much since has changed here culture-wise except for an increasingly dire feeling that it's going to get worse before it gets better, so the songs on Fight Fire bathe in an air of cold fury unravelling into distorted hypnotic grooves and icy industrial-ish soundscapes. Fans of Total Control, The Mallard, Mind Spiders and People's Temple will find lots to love here!
MPEG Stream: "Eyesight"
MPEG Stream: "Floating On A Block of Ice"
MPEG Stream: "Cold Blooded Judge"

album cover POW! Fight Fire (Castle Face) lp 15.98
SF synth punks Pow! are back with a new full length on Castle Face and the sound is even more amped up yet darker than their debut. The songs are even more driving and garage-y, the vocals snottier and more lyrically pointed and the analog synths more retro-futuristically colder, and swirling, but with enough glitter on their grime to add a brilliant shine to the production without taking away any of their raw power. Yet, this is much more nihilistic than druggy this time around as to be expected from a band who with each release seem to be checking the pulse of our ever changing San Francisco for signs of life. When their debut, the cheekily titled Hi Tech Boom, came out it was announced at the same time Castle Face head John Dwyer of The Oh Sees would be leaving San Francisco for LA seemingly for good, and Pow's music seemed to reflect a mocking attitude to the influx of tech-money elitism into The Mission's once booming open DIY spirit. Not much since has changed here culture-wise except for an increasingly dire feeling that it's going to get worse before it gets better, so the songs on Fight Fire bathe in an air of cold fury unravelling into distorted hypnotic grooves and icy industrial-ish soundscapes. Fans of Total Control, The Mallard, Mind Spiders and People's Temple will find lots to love here!
MPEG Stream: "Eyesight"
MPEG Stream: "Floating On A Block of Ice"
MPEG Stream: "Cold Blooded Judge"

album cover POWER GLOVE EP1 (Invada) 12" 34.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
This is actually the first we've heard from these Aussie retro 8 bit wranglers, but it definitely pushes all our buttons, sounding like the soundtrack to every single one of our favorite eighties VHS classics. Think Dolph Lundgren, Steven Segall, Jean Claude Van Damme, then think of some movie starring all three, or better yet, a video game made from a movie starring all three. Cheesy synths, pulsing minor key melodies, echo drenched drum machines, little 8 bit burbles and the occasion bit of canned dialogue, that all ends up sounding like a wild chase scene IN an eighties arcade. All that retro-synthy weirdness that folks like James Ferraro were cooking up a while back, none of that stuff was even a tiny bit as crazy, cool, ridiculous and fun as Power Glove.
This is a Record Store Day release, and we actually only got a tiny handful of these, so there's a very good chance we won't be able to get more once they're gone.

album cover PRIZEHOG Re-Unvent The Whool (Low Frequency Extended Edition) (Sleeping Giant Glossolalia) cassette 4.00
NOW ON CASSETTE! Not sure if it's a different mix or different mastering for real, or if the parenthetical subtitle is just a clever reference to Earth 2... but in any case, if you want the most recent killer album from these aQ-fave heavies on tape, then this is it! And cheap, too...
We were heartbroken when our pals, the local weirdo boy-girl-boy doom crush psych sludge trio Prizehog, decided to leave San Francisco, but we understood - hell, SF is a harsh place to live these days if you're not rich, and ultimately, we weren't surprised to see Prizehog settling in Portland, a city arguably much more hospitable to struggling musicians and artists, but listening to the sonic results of this move, you'd think they were transported to some alien planet, transmitting this new record via some sort of futuristic technology. Cuz holy fuck, if this band was one of our favorites already, they somehow still managed to up the musical ante, taking everything we loved about them before, and making it, well, more. More heavy, more noisy, more psychedelic, more warped, more twisted, more confusional, more proggy, more what-the-fuck, and really just more ridiculously, mindblowingly next level doom-sludge genius. We may be prone to hyperbole, but it still feels like we might be understating just how goddamn good Re-Unvent The Whool really is.
Imagine a warped doom-prog, like some alternate universe metal Magma, processed vocodered vox, tangled up in churning spaced out riffage, underpinned by droning rumbles, and laced with twisted fragmented melodies, launching occasionally into full on sludge-pop creep, like some killer Torche jam spinning in slow motion, a gloriously glacial single digit rpm onslaught, that definitely makes the usual the Harvey Milk comparisons still pretty apt, but imagine HM if they were somehow slower, druggier, proggier and more totally and confusionally WTF. Songs explode some furious grinding metal, squalls of chugging riffage, barraged by machine gun drumming, all wrapped around the bellowed alien vox. But this is doom or sludge, or some twisted avant version, so songs inevitably slow down to a tarpit crawl, swirls of sparkling sci-fi FX surround the proceedings like glittery clouds of malevolent sonic fairy dust. And that's just one song in! And it only gets more gloriously fucked up and next level from there. It's hard to describe what's even going on, cuz some of the music here is literally so unlike anything else out there. These hairy weirdos are channeling some twisted alternate universe sonic garble, and transmuting it into fucking blown out, twisted genius ultra doom, noise pop, prog-sludge nirvana.
The record seems to blackly blossom in stop motion, flitting from near stasis, to frenzied crush and back again, tribal drumming avalanches over thick, coruscating chords, synths spitting out symphonies of klaxons and alarms, the backdrop for the unfurling of an impossibly downtuned, droned out slab of multiple o'd doooooooooom dreaminess, that manages the impossible feat of being crushingly, punishingly heavy, but also, kinda pretty too. Some seriously lovely 'oooooohs' will surface in the midst of a wild chaotic squall of churning blacktar throb, or a cascade of harmonics will rain down like shooting stars over a field of grinding, corrosive crunch, it's goddamn musical alchemy, the sort of musical magic almost no bands are capable of. And then out of fucking nowhere, Prizehog will get all twangy, offering up some sort of country doom, that sounds like it should be ridiculous, and it sort of is, but it's also just about the goddamn greatest thing you'll ever hear, like Earth, Barn Owl, Morricone, Scenic, all melted down, and spit out as a creepy massively metallic Wall Of Voodoo sort of campfire crush, sounds bizarre, and it totally is, but it's a bizarre brilliance that once again, should convince pretty much any doom lover with a penchant for sonic weirdness, that these three are the sludge saviors we've been waiting for, written about in some forbidden text, a fragment from the lost metallic scriptures, and Re-Unvent The Whool, their second coming, signalling some musical rapture, where we're all engulfed in fields of musical flames, but fuck, if this is what the end sounds like, and we can only hope it is, then we say bring it on, and what a way to go.
It's hard to know what else to say, other than repeat what we've always said, Prizehog should be adored, they should be worshipped the way Harvey Milk and Boris and the Melvins are, cuz maybe at one point, Prizehog were simply kids aping their heroes, aspiring to the sludge-y genius and twisted outsider metal of those other groups, but as hard as it may be for some folks to believe, Prizehog, might have outheavied, and outweirded, and outgeniused those masters, and become masters themselves, masters of fucking alien prog-doom, long haired, psych sludge, dirge-drone, damaged art pop. Fuck yeah.
MPEG Stream: "Parradiggum"
MPEG Stream: "Whoady"
MPEG Stream: "Shed"
MPEG Stream: "Gnumskull, The Ruler"

album cover QUEEN CRESCENT s/t (self-released) lp 16.98
Along with the Nudity album also reviewed on this week's list, another rad, totally rockin' lp recorded by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs) at his Louder Studios up in Grass Valley, this one the debut lp from local act Queen Crescent, which you already know about if you follow us on Instagram (hint, hint, it's aquariusrecordssf), we posted about this right when they brought it in, with hella hashtags like #flute #heavy #psych #femalevox #badass... and that's what you get, heavy female-fronted (and female-backed) psychedelic hard rock with flute that's definitely badass.
Obviously, Toronto's Blood Ceremony would be a reference point, if you like them, you gotta like this, what with the flute and female vocals and heavy '70s vibe. Also if you're into other local SF acts like Hot Lunch and Glitter Wizard, specifically, these gals are totally a part of that scene and you'll dig 'em too. They've got great vocals, a proggy early King Crimsonish vibe at times (um, the first song is called "In The Court Of The Crescent Queen"), lotsa flute which we LOVE, heavy riffs which we love too... Recommended to all non-lameos. The SF acid rock renaissance is happening, with bands like Queen Crescent!! Limited vinyl-only release, includes download code!
MPEG Stream: "Culture Vulture"
MPEG Stream: "Black Acid"
MPEG Stream: "I Wish A Muthafucka Would"

album cover RAINBOW FFOLLY Sallies Fforth (Parlophone) lp 23.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
This sixties sike-pop treat, reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2015. Rev-ola did vinyl for this before, but this new version is considerably less expensive. What we said previously:
Rainbow Ffolly? Sounds ffunny... maybe ffantastic! And it is, for what it is. For those who dig Sgt. Peppery British pop-psych from the '60s, what you've got here is a kaleidoscopic pop concoction whipped up in 1968 by some bright, Beatles-lovin' students who sent their demo in to Parlophone, hoping to score a record deal. The label ended up releasing their demo on vinyl just as it was, which is what we've got here. It's a bit like Yellow Submarine on a student budget, complete with bits of silly dialogue interspersed amidst the songs, but it has some fuzz bite to it as well. Definitely a colorful curiosity (and not just the cover) from a ffar-off but still ffabulous time, in the vein of the Beatles, Blossom Toes, Kaleidoscope, early Floyd...
MPEG Stream: "Hey You"
MPEG Stream: "Sun Sing"

album cover RESIDENTS, THE Satisfaction (Superior Viaduct) 7" 10.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Kewl! For Record Store Day 2015, the Superior Viaduct label has returned to their West Coast underground roots and reissued a quartet of crucial California punk/indie singles, early outings from The Dils, The X, Flipper, and The Residents! These would set you back a pretty penny if you tried to buy original copies nowadays.
SF's eccentric (to say the least) Residents, originally released this 45 back in 1976 on Ralph. Yes, it's a cover of the Rolling Stones song, a la Devo (but the Residents did it first, and way less recognizably). Then on the B-side, there's an original with the great title "Weed = Loser".
We don't normally think of long running weirdos The Residents as a "punk" band, they predate punk and new wave anyway, but they are nothing if not subversive, and actually this 7" certainly fits into this Superior Viaduct series, offering its most insane stab of super freaky experimental anarchic noise rock, punk or not!! Even Flipper would cower.
Limited edition, colored (translucent purple) vinyl, last copies, already sold out even at the label.

album cover SAADA BONAIRE Covers (Fantasy Memory) 12" 15.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
A fantastic RSD follow-up ep to last year's stellar compilation of lost early eighties post-disco recordings from this Teutonic dubwave funk duo, who only commercially released one single during their stalled career. This ep focuses exclusively on covers from very unlikely sources: James Brown, J.J. Cale, Frank Sinatra, The Stranglers, and Gary Pucket and The Union Gap. It goes without saying that the covers tread quite far away from the original versions though they maintain somewhat of the originator's spirit. J.J. Cale proves once again the nexus for cooled out roots funk (check out Asha Putli's cover of Cale's "Right Down Here" to see what we mean) with the aptly titled, "Funky Way". But the ladies' take on James Brown's "This is A Man's Man's World" skews the raw power behind the soul ballad of the original and twists it into a snarkingly dry and icy dub shuffle. So great. Limited RSD stock.
MPEG Stream: "This is a Man's Man's World"
MPEG Stream: "Funky Way"

album cover SATURNALIA TEMPLE To The Other (Ajna Offensive) lp 19.98
NOW ON VINYL TOO!!! What we said when we listed this last time, on cd:
Here comes another slab of tripped out, and fuzzed/fucked up weirdness from The Ajna Offensive! This one in the form of the second full-length by Swedish drug-doomsters Saturnalia Temple, which we're of course totally stoked about.
To The Other's foundation is the huge, wall of doom riffs that lumber and lurch a la Sleep records, just on a MUCH worse acid trip. While the bones of this record might be the massive doom riffs, layered around it are all sorts of screeching, barely guitar-like leads, delayed and distorted vocals, and a Hawkwind-esque repetitive psychedelia that you can't help being totally sucked into. Like labelmates Aluk Todolo, these guys have a penchant for holding a groove for as long as they possibly can, making you honestly wonder if the cd might be skipping, or if that windowpane is finally kicking in. Like Candlemass meets Oranssi Pazuzu. Or Electric Wizard meets Aluk Todolo, really. The weird leads and occasional synth (maybe? or just weirder sounding guitar) sound pretty damn unique and twisted, sometimes making you wonder if this dude actually plays guitar or he's just making it up. It all somehow works though, all twisting and bubbling into a thick black doomy murk that won't let go. The cover art on here is actually really telling - a huge vortex-like hole absorbing the weird, maze like landscape around it. If that intrigues you, or (Satan help us) makes total sense, then this record is for you.
MPEG Stream: "Crowned With Seven"
MPEG Stream: "March Of Gha'agsheblah"
MPEG Stream: "ZazelSorath"

album cover SAVAGE DAMAGE DIGEST Issue 4 magazine 4.98
More of that sonic Savage Damage you dig, in digestible print format! Issue #4 of this great rock'n'roll zine features a cover story on The Subtractions, unheard heroes of Fresno punk circa '79-'80 (amazing what hearing one mp3 can do to obsessive zine editors). There's also reminiscences about Cleveland in the '70s from Electric Eels guitarist Brian McMahon, Italian punkers Giuda, late '70s UK DIY act Beyond The Implode, an essay about the awesome Earthless "live experience", and more, including reviews, of course. Oh, and this issue's "Triple Threat" feature honors drummer Chuck Biscuits, of D.O.A., Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and best of all Danzig, among others.
As always, a good read, well researched, super enthused, full of vintage pics and fliers, we're stoked that SDD has made it to #4 and look forward to many more. 76 pages, digest-sized (duh).

album cover SCHMIDT, M.C. Batu Malablab: Suite For Prepared Piano, Flute And Electronics (Megaphone / Knock 'Em Dead) cd 14.98
M.C. Schmidt, for those who may not know, is Martin from conceptual electronic duo Matmos. And while Martin's other half in music and life, Drew Daniel, has been more high profile over the years with his side project, Soft Pink Truth (especially with last year's polarizing yet funny take on gay subtext and black metal, Why Do The Heathen's Rage?), this is Martin's very first solo record! Quite different from what we have come to expect from Matmos, Batu Malablab is a suite for prepared piano, flute and electronics that is nonetheless a beautifully captivating and transcendent listen.
Joined By Jon "Wobbly" Leidecker and Thomas Dimuzio, Batu Malablab explores the same Western fascination with Eastern music that has intrigued both populist and avant-garde artists for years from Martin Denny to John Cage. Using piano prepared in such a way to sound like gamelans, with passages of flute and occasional female voices and field recordings that extend over two side-long pieces ("Lowland Side" and "Mountain Side"), framed and nuanced after the geographical locations they reference. Toying with the once prevalent ideas of retro-academic musical explorations of exoticism while actually delivering a convincing record that exceeds the trappings of those said ideas is an amazing feat in itself, and Batu Malablab delivers both an exploration of imaginary global sounds and an incredibly deft composition in texture and feel that goes far beyond its referential touchstones.
MPEG Stream: "Lowland Side (excerpt)"
MPEG Stream: "Mountain Side (excerpt)"

album cover SHIT AND SHINE 54 Synth-Brass 38 Metal Guitar 65 Cathedral (Rocket) cd 17.98
Texas by way of UK, noise rock weirdo Craig Clouse, under the moniker Shit And Shine, continues to craft confusional and baffling sounds that for a while seemed to move ever further away from the knuckle dragging noise rock of the group's multi-drummered early years, but on this new one, Clouse seems to have fused his two dip rate sonic paths, the confrontational pound and pummel, and the tripped out electronic minimalism into something wholly other. Not sure what the title means, we can only assume it will reveal itself upon repeated listens, but even on first spin, opener "Electric Pony 2" delivers a twisted, tranced out wallop, fusing a churning, tribally rhythmic backdrop, to shards of jagged crunch, bursts of fragmented riff rock weirdness, processed vocals, glitched out sputter, and smears it all into a sort of heady kraut-psych done Texas style. Can covered by the Butthole Surfers might not be that off the mark. Or Rusted Shut jamming out covers of early Kraftwerk? Mesmerizingly motorik and groovy as fuck, at least in some avant WTF way.
And things don't get any easier to understand as the record progresses, but it's also not as willfully antagonistic as much of the $&$ catalog, instead, it's all about grooves this time around, programmed beats (or it could be live drums) locked into circular patterns, loping and cyclical, usually accompanied by some thick bass throb or rumbling low end, over which Clouse and Co. drape all sorts of sonic detritus, whether it's strange little squelches, melting tape loops, blurry samples, it all sort of oozes lysergically into one pulsing, throbbing, organic dance-drug trip out. As the rest of the record unfolds, the sounds grow more and more dense, and damaged, never drifting very far from whatever head nodding, bass bumping rhythm is serving as its anchor, the sounds distorted and crumbly, and yet, as often as the sound begins to degrade and transform into caustic crunch, it flits right back into some jazzy shuffle, or down-tempo lope, the whole thing a dizzying concoction of beats and textures, a new form of psychedelic dance music that is most definitely not designed for dancing.
MPEG Stream: "Electric Pony 2"
MPEG Stream: "C2-6"
MPEG Stream: "Goat $hit"

album cover SHIT AND SHINE 54 Synth-Brass 38 Metal Guitar 65 Cathedral (Rocket) lp 27.00
Texas by way of UK, noise rock weirdo Craig Clouse, under the moniker Shit And Shine, continues to craft confusional and baffling sounds that for a while seemed to move ever further away from the knuckle dragging noise rock of the group's multi-drummered early years, but on this new one, Clouse seems to have fused his two dip rate sonic paths, the confrontational pound and pummel, and the tripped out electronic minimalism into something wholly other. Not sure what the title means, we can only assume it will reveal itself upon repeated listens, but even on first spin, opener "Electric Pony 2" delivers a twisted, tranced out wallop, fusing a churning, tribally rhythmic backdrop, to shards of jagged crunch, bursts of fragmented riff rock weirdness, processed vocals, glitched out sputter, and smears it all into a sort of heady kraut-psych done Texas style. Can covered by the Butthole Surfers might not be that off the mark. Or Rusted Shut jamming out covers of early Kraftwerk? Mesmerizingly motorik and groovy as fuck, at least in some avant WTF way.
And things don't get any easier to understand as the record progresses, but it's also not as willfully antagonistic as much of the $&$ catalog, instead, it's all about grooves this time around, programmed beats (or it could be live drums) locked into circular patterns, loping and cyclical, usually accompanied by some thick bass throb or rumbling low end, over which Clouse and Co. drape all sorts of sonic detritus, whether it's strange little squelches, melting tape loops, blurry samples, it all sort of oozes lysergically into one pulsing, throbbing, organic dance-drug trip out. As the rest of the record unfolds, the sounds grow more and more dense, and damaged, never drifting very far from whatever head nodding, bass bumping rhythm is serving as its anchor, the sounds distorted and crumbly, and yet, as often as the sound begins to degrade and transform into caustic crunch, it flits right back into some jazzy shuffle, or down-tempo lope, the whole thing a dizzying concoction of beats and textures, a new form of psychedelic dance music that is most definitely not designed for dancing.
MPEG Stream: "Electric Pony 2"
MPEG Stream: "C2-6"
MPEG Stream: "Goat $hit"

album cover SHOES Primal Vinyl (Alive) lp 22.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
1970's Illinois power poppers the Shoes are usually overshadowed by their power pop contemporaries, Cheap Trick, certainly seeing as they formed right around the same time, and in right about the same place, but also by the Raspberries, The Knack, Big Star, Dwight Twilley Band and others. But however unsung the Shoes may be to casual power pop fans, those in the know, know just how goddamn great they really are.
Primal Vinyl is a special Record Store Day, sort-of greatest hits lp, with one previously unreleased live track, and some of the tracks available on vinyl for the first time. For folks new to the Shoes this is an awesome introduction, featuring the singles "Tomorrow Night" and "Too Late" both overflowing with chiming, crunchy guitars, soaring vox, lush harmonies, killer choruses and hooks galore. There's the fuzzy could-have-been-a-hit "Boys Don't Lie", and the seriously SHOULD-have-been-a-hit "I Don't Wanna Hear It". Modern groups like the Posies, Fountains Of Wayne, Material Issue, Redd Kross and all the rest, definitely owe their sound to the Shoes as much as any of the other power poppers that came before.
Pressed on super cool psychedelic swirled vinyl. LIMITED TO 800 COPIES!! And this IS a Record Store Day release, which of course means, we only got a handful, and likely won't be able to get more once we run out.

album cover SLEAFORD MODS Tiswas (Invada) 12" Picture Disc 34.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Even after three full lengths, the joke is still funny (if it even is a joke, we're not so sure), and we remain obsessed with these goofy British lads, and their halting sing song rapping over strangely canned rhythms, like an open mic band jamming on the same 4 measure vamp over and over and over. They're definitely still a love 'em or hate 'em proposition and we fall firmly in the former camp. While they last we have this 5 song EP, offered up as a super limited Record Store Day 12" picture disc, and for fans, very little has changed, the rhymes are still cheeky, the delivery like a drunk, ranting Mark E. Smith, thick accents and all sorts of British slang that we don't get, but that's kinda the fun. Getting some ridiculous turn of phrase stuck in your head, like the chorus to "Bunch Of Cunts" (we get -that- one). Or maybe it's bollocks! Or "fookin'!!" It's pretty irresistible, and for some reason we never get tired of this stuff. And we've played the other three records to death, so a new batch of songs, even the 4 new songs here is cause for celebration, and incessant spinning in the shop!
SUPER LIMITED!! This is left over Record Store Day stock, so odds are when we run out, we won't be able to get more. Swank white picture disc in a stickered PVC plastic sleeve.
(FYI, there's also a slightly cheaper, non-RSD, non-picture disc version we also stock...)

album cover SOLYST / TARWATER s/t (Bureau B) 12" 12.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Another Record Store Day, another batch of split 12" releases of cool stuff from Germany's Bureau B label, best known for krautrock reissues but also doing current krauts too...
This one's got the drummer from Kreidler, under the name Solyst on one side, and compatriot electronic act Tarwater on the other. The Solyst tracks consist of two reworkings of cuts from his darkly dubby 2013 album Lead, and Tarwater's four cuts are outtakes from their 2014 album Adrift. Both acts certainly do justice to their krautrock ancestors.
Limited RSD import.

album cover SPRAWL s/t (Trost) lp 24.00
Out-of-the-blue vinyl reissue of the sole release from 1997 by this aptly named noise/jazz/improv/rock supergroup, Sprawl. We reviewed this a long time back, when we got the original cd version in, thusly:
The band's lineup includes saxophone legend Peter Brotzmann, bassist extraordinare William Parker and reedsman Alex Buess (of Swiss jazz-industrialists 16-17 as well as Ice and God). Since any of those names by themselves pretty much insures top quality, we had high expectations for this disc, and it's no disappointment. Also in the band, guitarist Stephan Wittiuer and drummer Michael Wertmuller (Alboth!, Caspar Brotzmann Massaker). Fans of those bands, Last Exit, etc., must take note!
MPEG Stream: "Dunkel-Zeiten"

album cover THORBURN, NICK Music From Serial (Manque) lp 21.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Did you listen to the Serial podcast, that This American Life spinoff? If not, that's weird 'cause EVERYBODY did (heck it was popular enough to be parodied on SNL), and also you should maybe listen to it 'cause it was pretty great, a fascinating true crime mystery about a high school student accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend that leaves you wondering how we can ever be sure of anything at all, ever. Is Adnan an innocent man, wrongly convicted? Seems likely. Or or instead is he a complete psychopath / brilliant actor? Maybe that's the explanation, just as likely perhaps. Anyway, the gripping and quirky podcast was accompanied by some very cool moody soundtrack music by Nick Thorburn, of various indie bands like Islands and The Unicorns, and it got a special vinyl-only Record Day release this year. Listening to this will definitely send Serial fans right back into the hole of puzzling about this confounding case, for sure. And even if you weren't ever addicted to Serial, this music is enjoyable and evocative - though we should note that none of the 16 tracks here are much longer than a minute or two.
MPEG Stream: "Bad Dream (the Theme)"

album cover V/A Electroconvulsive Therapy (Medical) lp 26.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
For the third year in a row, Seattle's Medical Records treats us to a killer collection of super rare electro pop, new wave and synth pop singles, this time from the early to mid eighties. Gathering up three complete A and B sides, as well as 2 tracks from cassettes as well as another 7" A side and a compilation track, these artists are mostly unknown to us, Tipical Me, Secession, Leidenschaft, Black Fantasy, V.U.D. and Almost Alone. Folks more well versed in obscure electronic music (like the Crispy Nuggets blog, who helped with the release) might know some of these groups, but for us, they were all new discoveries.
The sounds are all over the map, from the gloomy downer synth pop of Tipical Me, to the woozy, new wave-y post punk of Secession, to the Human League like synth wave of Ledienschaft, to the crooned, eighties video game chase scene balladry of Black Fantasy, it's all pretty fantastic stuff, and like the two previous installments, we find ourselves listening like crazy, and wanting to had more from all the bands, which is a bummer, cuz in many cases there just isn't more. A treasure trove of electro / synth pop / EBM / minimal synth gems, that are quickly making this our new favorite in the series.
This is a Record Store Day release, so we have a limited amount of these left, and when we sell out, we might not be able to get more. Lavishly packaged as always, full color cover, stickered plastic sleeve, and pressed on 180 gram, half blue, half magenta vinyl!

album cover V/A Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2 (Numbero) lp 15.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Another cool RSD release this year that we haven't had much of a chance to spin, but man it looks cool, the Numero Group's, excuse us, Numbero label's latest vinyl-only compilation, this one devoted to wild teenage garage pysch '60s bands from the Kansas City area. No there's not really a part one, or 53 previous volumes in the series, they're just playing with you, making it look like the kind of classic, bootleggy '60s garage comp that compilers of comps like this love - specifically the Highs In The Mid Sixties series. But the music is real, and good fun, charming covers mostly of hits like "Tobacco Road", "Hey Joe", "I Can Only Give You Everything", "I'm A Man", and other '60s garage staples, in the style of Them and The Yardbirds, that sort of thing. All recorded at Independence, Missouri's low-budget Cavern studio, subject of another recent Numero compilation in their Local Customs series.
Bands featured include: American Sound Ltd, Bobby And The Fantastics, Changing Times, Dearly Beloved, Here And After, The Montaris, The Mystics, and The Town Criers. Detailed liner notes are provided on each.
This is a Record Store Day release, so we have a limited amount of these left, and when we sell out, we might not be able to get more, yadda yadda yadda.

album cover V/A Rough Guide To African Rare Groove Vol. 1 (Rough Guides) lp 23.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Record Store Day 2015 brings us another batch of special vinyl installments in the burgeoning Rough Guide series! And as international genre/subgenre samplers go, the Rough Guide comps are usually pretty good. This year, we managed to get enough of most of 'em to list (sold out on RSD: Psychedelic Cambodia and Psychedelic India).
This one is certainly pretty great, it would be tough to come up with a bad comp of African rare groove after all, there's so much good stuff. This is touches on only some of it of course, and it's a broad spectrum, with tracks from the '70s, '80s, and today, everything from Nigerian highlife to Ethiopian R&B. It's got aQ fave Francis Bebey on it, it's got a great track from Ayalew Mesfin which adds some surprisingly garagey, fuzzed out guitar to the usual Ethiopian groove sound, it's got a neat, previously unreleased collaboration between Congolese singing group Les Mangalepa & Afro-oriented UK production duo Yam Yam... among other fine cuts.
180 gram vinyl, includes download with the album plus extra tracks.

album cover V/A Rough Guide To Bollywood Disco (Rough Guides) lp 23.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Record Store Day 2015 brings us another spate of special vinyl installments in the burgeoning Rough Guide series! And as international genre/subgenre samplers go, the Rough Guide comps are usually pretty good. This year, we managed to get enough of most of 'em to list (sold out on RSD: Psychedelic Cambodia and Psychedelic India).
This one, Bollywood Disco, would probably be worth it just for the last track alone, Vijay Benedict's insane epic "I Am A Disco Dancer", which clocks in at 7:44 and is indeed very vehemently all about being a disco dancer, which is a great subject for a disco number, obviously. The other tracks here are pretty fun too. As you can imagine, the Bollywood version of "disco" is a bit freakier than regular old '70s disco that's for sure. Besides Benedict, the artists include Mohammed Rafi, Nazia Hassan, Manna Dey, Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri, all "playback" singers with lengthy and successful careers in the Indian film/recording industry.
180 gram vinyl w/ download included - which features a whole other album sampler of music by Bollywood legend Kishore Kumar as a bonus.

album cover V/A Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove Vol. 2 (Rough Guides) lp 23.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Record Store Day 2015 brings us another slew of special vinyl installments in the burgeoning Rough Guide series! And as international genre/subgenre samplers go, the Rough Guide comps are usually pretty good. This year, we managed to get enough of most of 'em to list (sold out on RSD: Psychedelic Cambodia and Psychedelic India).
This here's the sequel to last year's Vol.1 of Latin Rare Groove and again the Rough Guide compilers have dug up a bunch of deeeep cuts for this one. Rather than be a survey of better-known essentials in a genre, as is the idea behind most Rough Guides (or similar compilations), they really embrace the "rare" concept and go with some total obscurities, old AND new, and it's not all music from Latin America, either - as long as it's Latin beats, and funky grooves, it's ok, so there are UK and American acts on here, too. Some stuff is previously unreleased, can't get rarer than that, including one cut by NYC salsa orchestra Conjunto Alayon, from an unfinished 1980 album. Get this and get your boogaloo on.
180 gram vinyl, comes with download of the album plus six bonus tracks.

album cover V/A Rough Guide To Psychedelic Salsa (Rough Guides) lp 23.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Record Store Day 2015 brings us another bunch of special vinyl installments in the burgeoning Rough Guide series! And as international genre/subgenre samplers go, the Rough Guide comps are usually pretty good. This year, we managed to get enough of most of 'em to list (sold out on RSD: Psychedelic Cambodia and Psychedelic India).
This collection attempts to elucidate the connection and crossover between the genres of psychedelic rock music and salsa music, and you can hear it here - both with vintage tracks from back when psychedelic music was the current hip thing, and brand new ones too, from younger groups inspired by those sorts of sounds (which are hip once again). Artists include: Grupo Fantasma, Conjunto Siglio 21, Ray Perez Y Su Orquesta, Los Pambele (their track: "Cannabis"), Orchestra Rytmo Africa-Cubana, and more...
180 gram vinyl equipped with download that features 5 bonus tracks.

album cover V/A Thai Pop Spectacular (Sublime Frequencies) 2lp 30.00
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Heck yeah, for Record Store Day 2015, Sublime Frequencies have at last released vinyl of this cool compilation, a Record Of The Week here at AQ when the (now out of print) cd version originally came out back in 2007. Nine years later, here's the vinyl, well worth the wait, a particularly great one in the always pretty great Sublime Frequencies catalog. Our review from back then:
Another killer installment in the Sublime Frequencies series of wondrous and fantastical musics from around the world, and although we've probably proclaimed this about past volumes, this just may be the best one yet. The hardest thing about enjoying strange musics from other lands, though, is realizing that the music only seems strange to us. And with that realization comes a responsibility, c'mon, the pop music popular in the US must seem just as strange to folks in other countries, Avril Lavigne, Britney, every singer from American Idol, or how about Weird Al? So you sort of have to take into account that knowing the language, and growing up listening to the various popular musics of a region, would probably help to contextualize the strange hybridized pop music that we love to listen to and that is such a cornerstone of this series. Imagine how different it would be listening to a band like Circle if you understood Finnish. Might not seem so crazy. But that's part of the joy, it does sound crazy, and wild and weird, and wonderful, and there's certainly nothing wrong with being fascinated by seeming strangeness of the music, or enjoying the lyrics as just another instrument since we don't speak the language, and digging the seemingly bizarre juxtapositions, as long as we respect the heritage and the makers of this music that gives us such pleasure. And we do.
And holy crap does this latest installment give us all kinds of pleasure. It -is- wild, an awesomely confusional mix of Molam, Bollywood, Ethiopian groove, funk, soul, American pop and surf rock, all tangled up into amazing shapes, and peppered with killer hooks, amazing vocalists, bizarre production techniques, but most of all amazing amazing songs. The sort of songs that get stuck in your head and you find yourself humming to yourself, wondering if it was something you heard on the radio or something that was playing in some store you were just in, then realizing it was actually some seventies Thai pop song!
We knew this collection was going to be amazing before we even got to the music. Past installments in this series focusing on Thai music were already among our favorites, the photos are awesome, and check out some of these song titles: "There Are Many Handsome Men Out There", "You Should Die By Bullets", "Drinking Whiskey Until I'm Blurred", "Look Whose Underwear Is Showing", "Monthly Wife", "Uncle Dee Is A Drunk"...
And the music is just as fun and funky, crazy and catchy. A killer collection of Thai disco classics, music from Thai films, a bunch of stone cold pop gems, some unknown, some by Thai superstars, and a totally tweaked version of "The Night Chicago Died".
Some of our favorites are "Dance Of The Ngeo" by Johnny Guitar, a bad ass surf guitar jam, that begins with some strange trash can percussion, that surfaces again and again throughout, as well as some awesome fuzz organ, all making it sound like the coolest weirdest track Joe Meek never recorded, "You Should Die By Bullets" by Chailai Chaiyata & Sawanee Patana, a super funky slab of tripped out Bollywood style disco, with some truly damaged alien synths, and some amazing vocals, "We Both Think We're The Best" by Sangthong Seesai, a seasick, slithery groove, all blown out percussion, fuzzy organ, really grimey and groovy and sultry sounding, "Long Time No See" by Generation, a badass Barney Miller wah guitar groove, strutting and sexy, with a super strange totally blown out cymbal that gives the track a really strange shimmer, "Wise Old Man" by Gawao Siangthong, a funky horn flecked funk workout, that almost sounds like the Thai version of an Ethiopian Grooves track, there's even a weird breakdown in the middle of the song, where the two vocalists joke and banter, before launching right back into the song, "Title Theme from Live From The Rocket Festival" by Chalermpon Malakum, a space age seventies sitcom soundtrack groove, with weird warbly synths, funky horns, and a killer psychedelic guitar solo, and maybe our favorite (although it's practically impossible to choose), "Papaya Salad Merchant, by Onuma Singsiri, a slow burning shuffle, moody and brooding, with super sultry vocals, a wicked Morricone-ish Spaghetti Western twang guitar, some subtle waka waka rhythms, and a main melody to die for.
It's hard to describe any of these tracks without the word 'groove', as the above would seem to demonstrate, and that's because almost all of these tracks are indeed groovy, full of funky horns, wah wah guitars, bouncy bass lines, wild percussion, wicked drumming, and an incredible array of vocals and vocalists... but even the tracks that aren't inherently groovy, still seem to groove somehow... and even though we picked our favorites above, the more we listen, the more -every- song here is becoming one of our favorites... so so great!
Unlike a lot of other titles in this series where the sources were dubbed tapes or unlabeled recordings or radio broadcasts, each track here is credited to the performer (and hopefully, we assume, the performers will see some of the profits this time around?), each with its original Thai title and translated English title, as well as what album the song is taken from, and there are liner notes from Sublime Frequencies head honcho (and Sun City Girl) Alan Bishop and frequent SF contributor Mark Gergis.
MPEG Stream: BUPPAH SAICHOL "Roob Lor Thom Pai"
MPEG Stream: ONUMA SINGSIRI "Mae Kha Som Tum"
MPEG Stream: JOHNNY GUITAR "Fawn Ngeo"
MPEG Stream: CHALAI CHAIYATA & SAWANEE PATANA "Kwuan Tai Duew Luk Puen"

album cover VETIVER Complete Strangers (Easy Sound) cd 13.98
Vetiver's beautiful new record places a welcome emphasis on textured atmospherics and rhythm that is so warm and enveloping, we just want to melt in its lovely embrace. Each track is delicately nuanced with such strong musicianship and songcraft that we feel transported every time we hear it. Frontman Andy Cabic DJ's a regular night here in SF at The Rock Bar, called Mellow Shots, exploring the deeper cuts of seventies and eighties soft rock nuggets, and Cabic is an extraordinary crate digger of some obscure far-flung sides. So it's apparent that some of the better aspects of that influence has seeped into his songwriting and arranging, while doing away with the cheesy familiarity that most people associate with music from that era. So nice!
MPEG Stream: "Stranger Still"
MPEG Stream: "From Now On"
MPEG Stream: "Shadows Lane"

album cover VETIVER Complete Strangers (Easy Sound) lp 24.00
Vetiver's beautiful new record places a welcome emphasis on textured atmospherics and rhythm that is so warm and enveloping, we just want to melt in its lovely embrace. Each track is delicately nuanced with such strong musicianship and songcraft that we feel transported every time we hear it. Frontman Andy Cabic DJ's a regular night here in SF at The Rock Bar, called Mellow Shots, exploring the deeper cuts of seventies and eighties soft rock nuggets, and Cabic is an extraordinary crate digger of some obscure far-flung sides. So it's apparent that some of the better aspects of that influence has seeped into his songwriting and arranging, while doing away with the cheesy familiarity that most people associate with music from that era. So nice!
MPEG Stream: "Stranger Still"
MPEG Stream: "From Now On"
MPEG Stream: "Shadows Lane"

album cover VOLAHN Aq'Ab'Al (Ajna Offensive) cd 11.98
Another ritual from the Black Twilight Circle, the mysterious and prolific cult of Southern California black metallers. Volahn is the work of Eduardo Ramirez, who does everything except for the drumming, and plays in (at least) two other BTC projects.
There are certainly "traditional" black metal elements present here - nods to classic '80s, first wave Norwegian, Ulver-esque folk, and the more twisted elements of French black metal abound. The French connection is especially relevant here, given the Black Twilight Circle's clear structural similarity to the infamous Les Legions Noires. However, comparisons to other bands and scenes shouldn't be taken too seriously - Ramirez's riffing, song structure, and lyrics stand out as some of the most unique in black metal today, especially in the U.S.
Aq'Ab'Al works as a sort of black metal lingua franca to communicate Volahn's spiritual and esoteric message: genocide of Central American native peoples, anti-colonialism, pre-Hispanic gods, and, of course, evil and death. Where one might normally find endless references to Satan, Ramirez instead directs his hails towards vengeful and violent Mayan gods - a refreshing change of pace in the otherwise predictable and stale world of black metal lyrics. The production, too, is a refreshing change of pace, a crystal clear and organic sounding recording that brings the whole record to life.
The context and thematic elements of the record is important, sure, but at the end of the day, this is just a great black metal record. It has riffs, it has atmosphere, and and it's evil. What more do you want? Both cd and lp come in a beautiful packaging that houses the lyrics in both Spanish and translated to English, and the lp comes in a nice gatefold sleeve and poster.
MPEG Stream: "Najtir Ichik"
MPEG Stream: "Bonampak"
MPEG Stream: "Koyopa"

album cover VOLAHN Aq'Ab'Al (Ajna Offensive / Iron Bonehead) 2lp 23.00
Another ritual from the Black Twilight Circle, the mysterious and prolific cult of Southern California black metallers. Volahn is the work of Eduardo Ramirez, who does everything except for the drumming, and plays in (at least) two other BTC projects.
There are certainly "traditional" black metal elements present here - nods to classic '80s, first wave Norwegian, Ulver-esque folk, and the more twisted elements of French black metal abound. The French connection is especially relevant here, given the Black Twilight Circle's clear structural similarity to the infamous Les Legions Noires. However, comparisons to other bands and scenes shouldn't be taken too seriously - Ramirez's riffing, song structure, and lyrics stand out as some of the most unique in black metal today, especially in the U.S.
Aq'Ab'Al works as a sort of black metal lingua franca to communicate Volahn's spiritual and esoteric message: genocide of Central American native peoples, anti-colonialism, pre-Hispanic gods, and, of course, evil and death. Where one might normally find endless references to Satan, Ramirez instead directs his hails towards vengeful and violent Mayan gods - a refreshing change of pace in the otherwise predictable and stale world of black metal lyrics. The production, too, is a refreshing change of pace, a crystal clear and organic sounding recording that brings the whole record to life.
The context and thematic elements of the record is important, sure, but at the end of the day, this is just a great black metal record. It has riffs, it has atmosphere, and and it's evil. What more do you want? Both cd and lp come in a beautiful packaging that houses the lyrics in both Spanish and translated to English, and the lp comes in a nice gatefold sleeve and poster.
MPEG Stream: "Najtir Ichik"
MPEG Stream: "Bonampak"
MPEG Stream: "Koyopa"

album cover WHITE HILLS Walks For Motorists + Drives For Pedestrians (Thrill Jockey) lp+12" 26.00
NOW ON VINYL - WITH SUPER LIMITED BONUS 12" WHILE THEY LAST!!
We reviewed the compact disc version last list, now we've got the vinyl, direct from Thrill Jockey, who let us have a batch that comes with the aforementioned bonus 12", entitled Drives For Pedestrians, featuring five tracks of previously unreleased material, a half-hour's worth! Only available from a handful of lucky stores, like us. Also, the record is on translucent red vinyl in rather nice packaging. Here's what we said about the album proper, last time:
AQ fave psychedelic space rockers, the duo known as White Hills, are back, and taking some cool new chances with their sound. Busting out of their usual NYC haunts, this new album was recorded in rural Wales by a guy best known for working with poppier, electronic acts like Caribou and FKA Twigs. We're not sure anyone would call THIS album pop-oriented, exactly, though it's a fact that on a couple tracks here White Hills swap out guitar entirely for synthesizers - "I, Nomad" is bleeping, shimmering blissfulness. But for the most part, the usual White Hills krauty hypnorock loaded with squalls of fuzzy guitar distortion is in full effect, as expected, just somehow sleeker and provided with more precise targeting. Yes, Hawkwind is still a definite inspiration/influence/unavoidable comparison, especially on tracks like "We Are What You Are", while some other cuts here are a lot more 'new wavy' or post punk or something, equally propulsive and rhythmic but stripped down, giving more weight to the grooves, and sometimes also to the vocals (reminding anyone who'd forgotten, that White Hills are a boy-girl duo after all). The album-closing title track, laden with effects and electronics and samples, is practically funky and danceable, despite the droning guitar parts. We don't know if Dave W. and Ego Sensation were listening to a lot of Talking Heads, or, like, Herbie Hancock's "Rockit", or what exactly, but we're mesmerized by the results on that one. And if there are Moon Duo fans out there who for some reason haven't yet checked out White Hills, this disc would be a good place to start - "Automated City" sorta sounds like MD channelling the Rolling Stones in fact. While we always love White Hills, we're extra stoked on the different strokes they've surprised us with here.
MPEG Stream: "LSD or USB"
MPEG Stream: "We Are What You Are"
MPEG Stream: "Walks For Motorists"

album cover WHITE MAGIC I'm Hiding My Nightingale (Leaving Records) cassette 7.50
Woohooo! A new release of music by Mira Bilotte aka White Magic is always something to celebrate around here and we just got in a handful of her new 4 song ep on cassette. The title track, "I'm Hiding My Nightingale" is of course a cover of the pre-Can group, The Inner Space, featured on the group's soundtrack for the German film, Kamasutra. Featuring Ariel Pink on acoustic guitar, it follows in the tradition of great White Magic covers by Nina Simone, Jefferson Airplane and Karen Dalton. "Runaway" is a beautiful ballad with slow piano builds and echoing vocals. "Mora" is more psychedelic , building upon a repeating vocal loop with hand percussion and shruti box drones while the final track, "Out Beyond The Moon" is a beautifully loping piano vamp, rhythmic and mystical that has us hoping for a new full length soon, as it's been nearly 10 years since her last one. Comes cassingle style with iridescent wraparound cardstock cover. Limited to 300 copies, and we're not sure we'll be able to get more, but there will be a 10" vinyl version coming out in July.



album cover WIRE, THE #375 May 2015 magazine 9.98
Another month, another Wire to read! This one's got jazz saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell on the cover, and it also features Harry Bertoia, footwork's RP Boo (doing the Invisible Jukebox), Legowelt, Tyondai Braxton, and plenty more, including the usual plethora of reviews.

album cover X Adult Books (Superior Viaduct) 7" 10.98
RECORD STORE DAY 2015!!
Kewl! For Record Store Day 2015, the Superior Viaduct label has returned to their West Coast underground roots and reissued a quartet of crucial California punk/indie singles, early outings from The Dils, The X, Flipper, and The Residents! These would set you back a pretty penny if you tried to buy original copies nowadays.
Finally, alphabetically, in this series, is the debut single from LA greats X, originally released on Dangerhouse in 1978. The title cut is definitely the most melodic, serious "songwriter-y" track to be heard in this whole RSD2015 SV 7" series, while the flipside, "We're Desperate", is rather more edgy and punked out. Note, these are different versions of these tracks than later appeared on the band's Wild Gift album. "Adult Books" definitely was an indication that Excene Cervenka, John Doe, and the rest of X were destined for great things.
Limited edition, colored (translucent yellow) vinyl, last copies, already sold out even at the label.


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16 HORSEPOWER "Olden" (Volkoren) 2lp 35.00
ANASTASIO, TREY "Bounce /Never" (ATO /Rubber Jungle) 7" 10.98
AQUARIAN BLOOD "Savage Mind" (Goner) 7" 7.98
BLACK MARE / LYCIA "Low Crimes / Silver Leaf" (Magic Bullet) 7" 8.98
CARTER, SHAYNE AND PETER JEFFERIES "Randolph" (Captured Tracks) 7" 10.98
CLOSE LOBSTERS "Firestation Towers 1986-1989" (Fire) 3lp 67.00
COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH "Together" (Vanguard) lp 24.00
CROOKS ON TAPE "In The Realm Of The Ancient Minor" (Pure Or Gone) lp 16.98
FLAMING LIPS "Bad Days" (Warner Brothers) 10" 17.98
FLAMING LIPS "Brainville" (Warner Brothers) 10" 17.98
GODS, THE "Genesis" (Parlophone) lp 23.00
HALF JAPANESE "Volume Three: 1990-1995" (Fire) 3lp 67.00
HITCHCOCK, ROBYN & EMMA SWIFT "Follow Your Money b/w Motion Pictures" (Yep Rock) 7" 10.98
ICEBIRD "The Abandoned Lullaby" (RJ's Electrical Connections) 2lp 25.00
INTERPOL "Everything Is Wrong/What is What" (Matador) 7" 9.98
LEMONHEADS "Bored On The Fourth Of July: The BBC Sessions" (Fire) lp 23.00
LORD SITAR "s/t" (Parlophone) lp 26.00
NEON JUDGEMENT, THE "Time Capsule 1980-2015" (Dancedelic) Box set 68.00
ONYEABOR, WILLIAM "Atomic Bomb (Remix)" (Luka Bop) 12" 16.98
PAGANS "Pirate's Cove 9/24/79" (Thermionic / Lion Productions) 2lp 22.00
POP GROUP, THE "Versions Galore EP" (Freak R Us) 12" 16.98
REITZELL, BRIAN "30 Days Of Night OST" (Invada) 2lp 48.00
RESIDENTS, THE "Intermission" (Music On Vinyl) 12" 23.00
RPM TURNTABLE BASEBALL "RPM Turntable Baseball/Concession Stand Challenge" (Microfiche) 7" 14.98
SIC KIDZ "Rhythm Gurl" (Munster) 7" 11.98
SIDAY, ERIC "Sounds Of Now" (Dual Planet) lp 26.00
SLOAN "Alternates" (Yep Roc) 12" 14.98
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE "Born in the USA" (Columbia) lp 23.00
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE "Born To Run" (Columbia) lp 23.00
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE "Darkness on the Edge of Town" (Columbia) lp 23.00
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE "Greeting From Asbury Park, N.J." (Columbia) lp 23.00
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE "The River" (Columbia) 2lp 38.00
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE "The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle" (Columbia) lp 23.00
TAMIKREST "Taksera" (Glitterbeat) lp 27.00
TEMPLES "Mesmerize Live" (Fat Possum) lp 15.98
TEST DEPT "Testeo Product" (Pc Press) 12" 17.98
V/A "Whatever Nevermind" (Robotic Empire) lp+7" 24.00
VAN VLIET, DON & THE MAGIC BAND "Rough, Raw And Amazing:" (Ozit Morpheus / Dandelion) 2lp 42.00
VENETIAN SNARES "2370894" (Planet Mu) 2lp 29.00
VENETIAN SNARES "Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding" (Planet Mu) 2lp 29.00
VENETIAN SNARES & SPEEDRANCH "Making Orange Things" (Planet Mu) 2lp 29.00

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A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS "Transfixiation" (Dead Oceans) cd/lp 13.98/17.98
ABYSS "Heretical Anatomy" (20 Buck Spin) lp 15.98
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE AND THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. "High On Heaven: Live In New Haven" (Safety Meeting) 3lp 38.00
AIKI, ROBERT, AUBREY LOWE AND ARIEL KALMA "We Know Each Other Somehow" (RVNG/FRKWYS) cd/2lp + DVD 17.98/23.00
AKATOMBO "Sometime, Never" (Hand-Held) cd 14.98
AKKOR, KAMURAN "s/t" (Pharaway Sounds) lp 28.00
ALVARIUS B. "Sorban Palid" (Poon Village) 7" 8.98
ASCENDENTE "s/t" (Black Horizons) cassette 8.98
ASSATEAGUE "Dancing Mood" (Plaptk) cd+5" lathe 7.98
AUGURS/DEATHGRAVE "split" (Shove/PLT/Sentient Ruin/Trill Kommand) 7" 6.98
AVARUS "Oranssi Vintti" (Ikuisuus) cassette 5.98
BAD GUYS "Bad Guynaecology" (Riot Season) cd 16.98
BANQUET "Run To You/Mother Road" (Who Can You Trust?) 7" 9.98
BARFIELD, CECIL "The George Mitchell Collection" (Big Legal Mess) lp 14.98
BARROW WIGHT "Unfinished Tales" (Heavy Chains) cassette 4.98
BELL WITCH "Four Phantoms" (Profound Lore) cd 13.98
BIRTH CONTROL "Operation" (Zyx) lp 21.00
BJORK "Vulnicura" (One Little Indian) cd 15.98
BLAKULLA "s/t" (Mellotron) lp 29.00
BLIND SHAKE, THE "Fly Right" (Slovenly) cd/lp 11.98/14.98
BLOOD FOR DRACULA (CLAUDIO GIZZI) "OST" (Dagored) lp 28.00
BRODERICK, PETER & GABRIEL SALOMAN "s/t" (Beacon Sound) lp 16.98
BROKAW, CHRIS "The Periscope Twins" (12XU) 2lp 28.00
BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH "s/t" (Neurot Recordings) lp 15.98
BROWNOUT "Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath" (Ubiquity) cd 15.98
BUDOS BAND "Magus Mountain" (Daptone) 7" 6.98
BURROUGHS, WILLIAM "In Dub" (Echo Beach) lp+cd 27.00
CAINA "Setter of Unseen Snares" (Broken Limbs) 12" 12.98
CALEXICO "Edge of the Sun" (Anti-) cd/lp 15.98/23.00
CARTER, CHRISTINA "L'Etoile De Mer" (Emerald Cocoon) lp 21.00
CATATONIC SOCIETY "Baptiistina" (End Times Records) cd 9.98
CCR HEADCLEANER "Cokesmoker" (Stale Heat/Pollen Season) 12" 14.98
CHASNY, BEN "The Hexadic System" (Drag City) book/Playing Cards 22.00/12.98
COLORFUL Z-BRA "C.R.H. / This is Sparta!" (Genjing) 7" 9.98
CONTAGIOUS ORGASM "Confessions Of A Mannequin" (Industrial Recollections / Freak Animal) cd 14.98
CONTAGIOUS ORGASM "Corporal" (Industrial Recollections / Freak Animal) cd 14.98
CONTAGIOUS ORGASM "Thin Skinned" (Industrial Recollections / Freak Animal) cd 14.98
COSMIC DEALER "Crystallization" (Pseudonym) 2lp 38.00
COTTRELL, DORTHIA "Dorthia Cottrell" (Forcefield) cd 8.98
CROWN LARKS "Blood Dancer" (Space Lung/Land Breathing) cd/lp 6.98/12.98
DEATH "N.E.W." (Tryangle) lp 22.00
DEATH GRIPS "The Powers That B" (Harvest) 2cd 14.98
DECERF, JEAN-PIERRE "Space Oddities 1975-1979" (Born Bad) cd/lp 15.98/21.00
DENGUE FEVER "The Deepest Lake" (Tuk Tuk) lp 15.98
DENIKE, KARINA "s/t" (self-released) lp 14.98
DESTRUCTION UNIT "Live In San Francisco" (Castle Face) cd/lp 13.98/15.98
DEVIL CHILDE "s/t" (Minotauro) cd 17.98
DISTEL "Puur" (Black Horizons) cassette 8.98
DOMINATRIX, THE "Sleeps Tonight" (Street Wise) lp 26.00
DROP DEAD "s/t" (Armageddon) lp 21.00
EL HIJO DE LA AURORA "The Enigma Of Evil" (Minotauro) cd 17.98
EMOTIONAL "Animal World" (Grabbing Clouds) cassette 4.98
ENFORCER "From Beyond" (Nuclear Blast) cd 13.98
ENSLAVED "In Times" (Nuclear Blast) 2lp 35.00
EREMITA, VICTOR "Clearing" (Black Horizons) cassette 8.98
EXPLORING JEZEBEL "On A Business Trip To London" (Blackest Ever Black) lp 31.00
FAIRHORNS "Fuckup Rush" (Kindarad!) cd 14.98
FATHER JOHN MISTY "I Love You, Honeybear" (Sub Pop) cd 14.98
FF "Ffeeling" (300 Mics) lp/lp+blotter paper 17.98/24.00
FLEECE "Eulogy" (Death) cassette 4.98
FLUKE FANZINE "#12" magazine 5.00
FRAHM, NILS "Solo" (Erased Tapes) lp 28.00
FRIZZI, FABIO "Zombie Flesh Eaters" (Death Waltz) lp 35.00
FUNEREAL PRESENCE "The Archer Takes Aim" (Ajna Offensive) cd 9.98
FUTURE OLD PEOPLE ARE WIZARDS "Faux Paw" (Zeal) cd/lp 12.98/16.98
GIBSON, JON "Visitations" (Superior Viaduct) lp 17.98
GIZZI, CLAUDIO "Flesh For Frankenstein OST" (Dagored) 2lp 39.00
GROWWLER "The Even Tenor Of Growwler" (self released) lp 12.98
GUNN, STEVE & THE BLACK TWIG PICKERS "Seasonal Hire" (Thrill Jockey) lp 19.98
HELDON "Allez-Teia" (Superior Viaduct) lp 23.00
HESSIAN "Bachelor Of Black Arts" (Stormspell) cd 11.98
HESSLER, NIC "Soft Connections" (Captured Tracks) lp 15.98
HEXORIZONTAL "Act Natural" (Geweih Ritual Documents) lp 14.98
HOLDERLIN "Holderlins Traum" (Zyx) lp 21.00
HOLY SERPENT "s/t" (Riding Easy) cd 13.98
HOME BLITZ "Foremost & Fair" (Richie) lp 15.98
ILLUMININE "#1" (Zeal) cd/lp 12.98/16.98
IMPERIOUS RITUAL "Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambiguity" (Profound Lore) 2lp 34.00
IMPLODES "Reverser" (Gilead) 12" 24.00
INVENTIONS "Maze Of Woods" (Temporary Residence) lp 15.98
JAUMET, ETIENNE "La Visite" (Versatile) cd/lp 16.98/26.00
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD "Wasted On The Dream" (Infinity Cat) cd/lp 13.98/15.98
JESSO JR., TOBIAS "Goon" (True Panther) cd 14.98
JUTE GYTE "The Night Door Under Lock and Key/Laocoon" (Black Horizons) cassette 8.98
KALEVALA "People No Names" (Svart) lp 26.00
KALMA, ARIEL "Open Like A Flute" (Black Sweat) 2lp 40.00
KAWAI, KENJI "Ghost In The Shell OST" (Ghost In The Shell) lp 25.00
KITTY "s/t" (Medical) lp 21.00
LOTUS THIEF "RERVM" (Svart) 2lp 34.00
LUNDE, ERIC (AKA TRAIT) "Inspirationals" (Industrial Recollections / Freak Animal) cd 14.98
MODEST MOUSE "Strangers To Ourselves" (Epic) 2lp 29.00
MORRISSEY "Autobiography" (Penguin Classics) book 18.00
MOUNTAIN GOATS, THE "Beat The Champ [Deluxe]" (Merge) 2lp 31.00
MOUNTAIN GOATS, THE "Beat The Champ" (Merge) cd/2lp 14.98/23.00
NEW SUN COMPANY ".44 A.M." (self-released) lp 11.98
NICOLE 12 "Playground / Lolita Love" (Freak Animal) cd 12.98
NICOLE 12 "Substitute" (Freak Animal) cd 12.98
NISENNENMONDAI "Live" (Clouds Hill) cd 16.98
NOACK, EDDIE "The Singles Collection 1949-1962" (Real Gone) 4cd 13.98
NOCTURNAL POISONING "Doomgrass" (The End) cd 12.98
OF MONTREAL "Aureate Gloom" (Polyvinyl) lp 17.98
OGRE "Dawn Of The Proto-Man" (Minotauro) cd 17.98
OGRE "Seven Hells" (Minotauro) cd + dvd 17.98
OLD EARTH "A Wake In The Wells" (Arrow Girl) lp 14.98
ORB "Womb" (Heavy Chains) cassette 4.98
PANDA BEAR "Meets The Grim Reaper" (Domino) 2lp 27.00
PARKAY COURTS "Content Nausea" (What's Your Rupture) lp 17.98
PART TIME "Return To Cherry" (Mother Of Pearl) lp 14.98
PAST LIFE/SMILES "split EP" (Death) cassette 4.98
PEINE PERDUE "Disparitions" (Medical) lp 21.00
PERFECT PUSSY "I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling" (Captured Tracks) 12" 16.98
PINES "The Field Journal" (Time Released Sound) 3" cd-r + booklet 30.00
PLOTNICK, HENRY "Qualia/Blue Fourteen" (Blue Tapess) cassette 14.98
POP GROUP, THE "Cabinet Of Curiosities" (Freaks R Us) lp 22.00
POP, IGGY "American Caesar" (Plain Recordings) 2lp 31.00
POPULARE MECHANIK "Kollektion 03" (Bureau B) cd/lp 19.98/27.00
PRATT, JESSICA "On Your Own Love Again" (Drag City) lp 19.98
PSYCHIC MIND "Penrose Stare" (self-released) cassette 5.98
PYRAMIDS "A Northern Meadow" (Profound Lore) cd/lp 13.98/34.00
QUELLET, ISRAEL "Sounds From There" (Sub Rosa) cd 16.98
QUTTINIRPAAQ "Dead September" (Rural Isolation) lp 13.98
RODMAN-MELCHIOR, LETHA "Shimmering Ghost" (Siltbreeze) lp 15.98
SETH "s/t" (Minotauro) 2cd 17.98
SILENCE, THE "s/t" (Drag City) lp 25.00
SILVERFISH "Fat Axl" (Southern) lp 16.98
SIR LORD VON RAVEN "The Age Of Machines" (Guitars And Bongos) 2lp 24.00
SKELTON, K. "High Maintenance Diva Princess" (self-released) lp 14.98
SKINNY JESUS "Goddamn Saviour" (Death) cassette 4.98
SLEAFORD MODS "Tiswas" (Invada) 12" 26.00
SNOW ANGEL "So Sick So Cool" (self-released) 7" 7.98
SONIC YOUTH "Bad Moon Rising" (Goofin') lp 15.98
SPEAKING CANARIES, THEE "Platter Base Must Be Constructed Of Moon-Rock" (Chunklet) lp 16.98
SPELLJAMMER "Vol. 2" (Riding Easy) lp 19.98
STEVENS, SUFJAN "Carrie & Lowell" (Asthmatic Kitty) cd/lp 13.98/15.98
STONE ANGEL "s/t" (Acme) lp 24.00
STONEY & THE JAGGED EDGE "Chasing Rainbows" (Big Beat) lp 23.00
STRANGE HERE "II" (Minotauro) cd 17.98
STRANGE LAND, THE "s/t" (Grabbing Clouds) cassette 4.98
SWAMI JOHN REIS & THE BLIND SHAKE "Modern Surf Classics" (Swami) lp 14.98
SWEET TORMENT "Hell / Ancient Pantheon" (Heavy Chains) cassette 4.98
SWERVEDRIVER "I Wasn't Born To Lose You" (Cobraside) 2lp 26.00
TAZARTES, GHEDALIA "History Off Music" (Holidays) lp 26.00
THEESATISFACTION "Earthee" (Sub Pop) lp 17.98
TIARAS "s/t" (Mt. St. Mtn.) lp 15.98
TORTURING NURSE / PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS "split" (Genjing) 7" 9.98
TRAFFIC SOUND "A Bailar A Go Go" (Lion Productions / Repsychled) cd 15.98
TREPANERINGSRITUALEN "Veil The World" (Cold Spring) cd 15.98
TRITON WARRIOR "Satan's Train b/w Sealed In A Grave" (Supreme Echo) 7" 11.98
TSUSHIMAMIRE "s/t" (Mojor) cd 12.98
TSUSHIMAMIRE "TsuShiMamireMamire" (Mojor) cd 12.98
UNDER THE SKIN (MICA LEVI) "OST" (Rough Trade) lp 19.98
UNHEARD INDONESIA "Pencak Silat Situbondo" (Psychic Sounds) lp 19.98
V/A "Disco Dildar" (Finders Keepers) cd/lp 17.98/27.00
V/A "La Musique Dans Le Film D'Alain Resnais" (Doxy) lp 22.00
VAN WISSEM, JOZEF & DOMINGO GARCIA-HUIDOBRO "Partir To Live" (Sacred Bones) lp 17.98
VICTIM "By The Neck" (Stormspell) cd 11.98
VIET CONG "Cassette" (Mexican Summer) lp 22.00
VIRGIN OF THE BIRDS "Winter Seeds" (Abandoned Love) lp 13.98
WAXAHATCHEE "Ivy Tripp" (Merge) lp 17.98
WEEPING RAT "Tar" (Handmade Birds) cd 10.98
WITCHTHROAT SERPENT "s/t" (Emetic) lp 22.00
XYZ "s/t" (Radical Elite) lp 16.98
YOUNG, DENNIS "Reel To Real" (Staubgold) lp 19.98
YOUNGS, RICHARD "No Fans Compendium" (VHF) 7cd 45.00
ZERO DOWN "No Limit To Evil" (Minotauro) cd 12.98

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[1] We will contact you to verify your order and let you know when it will be shipped. Please note that occasionally it may take a day or two for us to reply. We are not a faceless bunch of computers replying to your order -- we are human beings!

[2] If we are out of some of your items and we think we will get them within the same week, we can wait to ship. Or... If it's going to be more than a few days to complete your order, we will ship what we have and then will contact you as the remainders arrive.

[ note ] Due to the everchanging nature of the independent record business, we are not responsible for listed price changes (due to supplier price changes) and often cannot update our site fast enough to reflect these changes, but we will always try to let you know of any differences.


NEW DOMESTIC SHIPPING RATES :
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STANDARD (DEFAULT):

1 CD (or cassette or DVD or 7") : $2.95 USPS First Class

1-3 CD (or cassette or DVD, but not 7"s) : $5.80 USPS Priority Mail via flat rate box

4+ CD, or any package with LPs in it (also books & box sets), any number of items: $9.95 UPS Ground

Also, please note that UPS will not ship to PO Boxes, so those packages that would have gone UPS will be sent USPS Priority for $9.95, or you may select USPS Media Mail instead, see below.

UPS shipments are automatically trackable and include insurance up to $100.
USPS shipments (First Class, Priority, and Media Mail) are all automatically trackable.

OR, you can choose instead to have your order shipped by MEDIA MAIL:

1-3 items (i.e. w/ LPs) : $5.95 USPS Media Mail

4+ items : $7.95 USPS Media Mail


Special shipping needs (e.g. UPS Next Day) are also doable, just ask for a quote.
Also, if you are just getting 1 item that would therefore ship USPS First Class, and for some reason you would rather have it sent Priority, then you could say so in the comments field. (Note: however, 7"s are too big for the Priority flat rate boxes.)

NOTE: UPS permits their drivers to determine if there is a secure location at the shipping address to leave the package if no one is there to receive it (unfortunately some are less cautious than others!). If you'd prefer that they not do this or if you have specific instructions for the driver, please include a note in the comments section of your weborder form.

PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK SHIPPING ADDRESSES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ORDER. Aquarius is not responsible for orders delayed or returned due to incorrect or undeliverable addresses provided by the customer. Returned packages will be reshipped at the customer's expense.

Shipping rates are charged per shipment.


INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING :
-------------------------------- For foreign customers we ship via US AIRMAIL ("First Class International"). Your price is based on the actual cost of shipping plus $1. You can check the US Postal Service international rate calculator: http://ircalc.usps.gov/. (Use the "Package" category and see the price for "First Class International". 1-3 cds is usually 1 pound.)

We highly recommend insurance for your international package, but it is very expensive! You can check the US Postal Service international rate calculator: http://ircalc.usps.gov/. (Use the "Package" category and see the price for "Priority Mail International". 1-3 cds is usually 1 pound. 1 lp is usually a little over 1.5 pounds.)


INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE :
-------------------------------- You are hereby forewarned that Aquarius is not responsible if your international package gets lost in the mail. Insurance is your only recourse if your records never show up. And while we haven't experienced any *confirmed* permanently lost mail, insurance might provide some additional piece of mind. We strongly recommend it. But yes, it is very expensive. It's your choice. Again: Aquarius is not responsible for lost mail, so if you aren't willing to take a (slight but real) risk, please buy the insurance.

International insurance is very expensive! In fact often the insurance costs more than the value of your package, in which case it obviously does not make sense to insure it. You can check the US Postal Service international rate calculator: http://ircalc.usps.gov/. (Use the "Package" category and see the price for "Priority Mail International", which is the way insured packages are sent. 1-3 cds is usually 1 pound. 1 lp is usually a little over 1.5 pounds.)

For example: for a one-pound package worth $18 going to England, shipping without insurance is about $11.00. But with insurance, the shipping / insurance total is over $26.00!

It is your reponsibility to check the international rate calculator in order to determine whether or not you want international insurance. If you tell us you want international insurance, we will add it to your order no matter how much it costs!


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Money orders are accepted, but only in $USD. International customers please note that they must be international postal money orders purchased at a post office. Additional processing fees may apply.

If you wish to pay by money order, you must confirm the order with us through email or phone BEFORE you send any payment. It's best to just use the secure order form on the website, and when checking out mark money order as your payment choice. We will then process your order and respond with all the crucial payment info.

We also accept payment by Paypal. If you opt for this payment method, we will send you a paypal total and payment instructions as soon as we've confirmed your order with you. Please do not send payment until you have received human contact from our mailorder department.

Unfortunately, we cannot take personal checks for mailorder, sorry!


QUESTION?
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SOME SELECTED UPCOMING RELEASES

----} on the way to us now
Bensiini "R" cd/lp on Ektro/Full Contact
Aktor "Paranoia" cd/lp on High Roller
Ranger "Skull Splitting Metal" cd on Ektro
Lord Fist "Green Eyleen" cd/lp on Ektro
Pharoah Overlord "Circle" cd on Ektro
Circle "Pharoah Overlord" cd on Ektro
Dawnbringer "Night Of The Hammer" lp version on High Roller

----} April 28th
Koss "Silence" cd/lp on Mule Musiq
Bell Witch "Four Phantoms" cd on Profound Lore
Devil Worshipper "s/t" lp on Holy Mountain
Home Blitz "Foremost & Fair" lp on Richie
William Basinski "Cascade" cd on 2062
Bedhead "Live 1998" cd on Numero
Alva Noto "Xerrox Vol. 3" 2lp/cd on Raster-Noton
Blur "Magic Whip" 2lp/cd on Parlophone
JD Emmanuel "Wizards" cd on Important
Robert Pollard "Faulty Superheroes" cd/lp on Guided By Voices, Inc.
Bill Fay "Who Is the Sender?" cd/2lp on Dead Oceans
Michel Redolfi "Pacific Tubular Waves / Immersion" LP on Recollection GRM
Nurse With Wound "Lumb's Sister" cd on United Jnana
Nurse With Wound / Graham Bowers "Mutation... The Lunatics are Running the Asylum" cd on Red Wharf
Robbie Basho "Twilight Peaks" cd/lp on Smeraldina Rima

----} May 5th
Ty Segall, King Tuff "Live At Pickathon" split 12" on Easy Sound
Best Coast "California Nights" cd/lp on Harvest
Mikal Cronin "MCIII" on cd/lp Merge
16 Horsepower LP reissues on Volkoren
Kings Destroy "s/t" cd/lp on War Crime

----} May 12th
Gnod "Infinity Machines" 2cd version on Rocket
Warm Soda "Symbolic Dream" cd/lp on Castle Face
The Holydrug Couple "Moonlust" cd/lp on Sacred Bones
Blanck Mass (guy from Fuck Buttons) "Dumb Flesh" cd/lp on Sacred Bones
Crocodiles "Boys" cd/lp on Zoo Music
Sarah Mary Chadwick "9 Classic Tracks" lp on Siltbreeze
Alice Coltrane "Universal Consciousness" lp reissue on Superior Viaduct
Blanck Mass "Dumb Flesh" cd/lp on Sacred Bones
Walls "Urals" cd/LP on Ecstatic
Areski & Brigitte Fontaine "Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme" lp on Superior Viaduct
Aidan Baker / Thisquietarmy Hypnodrone Ensemble "The Shape of Space" lp on Calostro
Melt Banana "Return of 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx Singles 2000-2009)" cd on Azap
Prurient "Frozen Niagara Falls" 2cd/cassette on Profound Lore
Steve Von Till "A Life Unto Itself" cd/lp on Neurot Recordings
Warm Soda "Symbolic Dream" cd/lp on Castle Face
ZNR "Barricade 3" lp reissue on Superior Viaduct
Vatican Shadow "Death Is Unity With God (Complete Versions)" 3cd on Modern Love

----} May 19th
Ceremony "The L-Shaped Man" cd/lp on Matador
Tanlines "Highlights" cd/lp on True Panther
Holly Herndon "Platform" cd/2lp on 4AD

----} May 26th
Unrest "Imperial F.F.R.R." lp reissue on Teenbeat
When "The Black Death" lp reissue on Ideologic Organ
Thee Oh Sees "Mutilator Defeated at Last" cd/lp on Castle Face
Little Wings "Explains" lp on Woodsist
Alvarius B. "Chin Spirits (Durga)" 10" on Unrock
Valet "Nature" cd/lp on Kranky
Kid 606 "Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1: Bored of Excitement" lp on Tigerbeat6 Mamaleek "Via Dolorosa" lp on Flenser
Obsequiae "Aria of Vernal Tombs" cd on 20 Buck Spin
Robert Pollard "Faulty Superheroes" cd/lp on GBV Inc

----} also in May
Nibiru "Padmalotus" cd
Death and Vanilla "To Where the Wild Things Are" cd/lp on Fire

----} June 2nd
Jamie XX "In Colour" cd/lp/3x12"
In Camera "Era" 2cd/2lp on 4AD

----} June 12th
Pharoah Overlord "Circle" lp version on Full Contact
Circle "Pharoah Overlord" lp version on Full Contact

----} also very soon, or sooner or later, we hope, or not
Scharpling & Wurster "The Best Of The Best Show" 16cd+book boxset on Numero
Ilyas Ahmed "I Am All Your Own" lp/cassette on Immune
Chromatics "Dear Tommy" cd/2lp on Italians Do It Better
White Manna "Pan" cd/lp on Captcha
Profligate "Finding The Floor" lp on Not Not Fun

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Lots of love from your devoted AQ staff

--Allan, Andee, Jim, Scott, Harry, Irwin, Nick, Jill and Kirk


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