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album cover Q & A Tumbling Cubes / Trap Door (DFA) 12" 8.98
The last few years have been pretty damn great for electronic and dance minded sounds. Folks like The Field, Gui Boratto, Hercules & Love Affair, Zomby and Subway have blown us away with their fresh approach and different shades of dance floor glory. But at the same time so much of what has been coming out really does subscribe to an instantly recognizable reference point. Whether it's retro space disco, brooding dubstep, or minimal techno, there's been so much undeniably exciting music that still doesn't really bring any new vision to the table.
With their debut 12", Q & A prove to be a duo who for sure have their own unique groove going, and it's a groove we can't get enough of! Seamlessly mixing their love of kraut, disco, minimal-funk, hacienda clouds of ecstasy, prog, Detroit techno, and dub, Quinn Luke (The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Coppa, Bing Ji Ling) and Alexis Georgopoulos (Arp, The Alps) have truly created one of the most enjoyable and memorable slabs of dance music this year. These two long tracks sound great on first listen, but the fact that we keep playing them over and over and only get more into them each time is a testament to the fact that it's possible to make groove filled dance jams that also have substance.
Alexis was one of the founding members of Tussle and you can for sure hear some of that signature Liquid Liquid inspired sound in the midst of these songs but in a much more fleshed out and flowing style. While this is their debut outing you just might have heard them before as they briefly were recording and remixing under the moniker Expanding Head Band, and had one of the standout tracks on that bad ass Milky Disco 2 compilation. One of the hottest 12"s of the year without a doubt!

Q-TIP Amplified (Arista) cd 17.98
Debut solo disc from Tribe Called Quest mainman Q-Tip! Busta Rhymes guests. Pretty good.

album cover Q4U Q1 : Deluxe Edition 1980-1983 (Dark Entries) lp 15.98
Iceland's synth-punk outfit Q4U issued their one and only album Q1 back in 1982, and now those recordings (along with a bunch of tracks from the same period) get a glorious makeover courtesy of the premiere, minimal wave reissue label Dark Entries. Inspired by the British punk scene, Q4U adopted an aggressively propulsive rhythm section and maniacally jagged guitars all fronted by the snarled vocals of Elinborg Halldorsdottir. She was definitely listening to her Siouxsie & The Banshees and X-Ray Spex records, slanting towards the detached gothic monotone that would also develop out of the under appreciated X Mal Deutschland. Had Hallsdordottir sung in English and not Icelandic, the band might have developed a much broader audience, but she was committed to speak to the political inequities of Iceland in her own language. While the band originally began as an archetypal punk four-piece, the drums were abandoned by the time they recorded Q1 in favor of a drum machine (christened Elisabeth II) and plenty of synths. These icy synth melodies and motorik rhythms were much better suited to the Teutonic belting from Halldorsdottir. The 'deluxe edition' of Q1 does feature a bunch of the tracks that featured their original drummer, with the band caught in a spirited if sloppy punk furor. By the time, the electronics entered the mix, Q4U was a sharpened, synth-punk machine. It's a shame the band called it quits by the end of 1983, but at least we have this lost gem! Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Boring"
MPEG Stream: "Why"
MPEG Stream: "Skemmtistadur"

Q65 Afghanistan (Mandrax) lp 27.00

album cover Q65 Nothing But Trouble (Rev-Ola) cd 16.98
Q: Do you love '60s psych/beat/garage stuff?
Q: Do you have any Q65 records?
If your answer to Q1 is Yes, and your answer to Q2 is No, then YOU MUST BUY THIS, NOW! It's that simple.
Q65 were Holland's version of the Rolling Stones, seriously just as good. They had the hair, they had the hooks, they had the attitude. Even though they somehow never got huge outside of their own small country. Other good comparisons would be to the Yardbirds, and especially the Pretty Things. If you like the Pretties, make sure you get hip to Q65, and here's just the ticket. This brand new compilation brings together 24 crucial cuts from the Q65, spanning their career from early 1966 singles and their magnificent debut album of killer R&B freakbeat entitled Revolution, to the even more mindblowingly psychedelic stuff they cut afterwards, up through '68. It's a true labor of love from Q65's fans at Rev-Ola, as you can tell from the fancy full-color, 22 page cd booklet, and you'll know why when you hear their songs. There's 24 good reasons here that the back cover blurb so accurately states: "You need this cd more than you need food"! From crunching garage fuzz stompers like "Cry In The Night", "Summer Thoughts In A Field Of Weed", and the Who-ish "I Got Nightmares" with its Bo Diddley beat to the much moodier, more melancholic vibes of the likes of "World Of Birds" and "Sour Wine"... wow, man. Feast on this.
They could easily compete with any of the British bluesrock acts of the era (witness their fine covers of "Spoonful", "I'm A Man", etc.), and also any of the most savage Nuggets action out there. When they tripped out in post-Sgt. Peppers agonized ecstasy, they were just as effective. With the tough but melodic vocals of Wim Bieler leading the charge, backed by the wailing axe of guitarist Frank Nuyens (responsible for the post-Q65 solo album Rainman, the reissue of which we highlighted here not long ago), Q65 were a raw, energetic, psychedelic force to be reckoned with. We recommend you reckon with them now if you haven't already.
MPEG Stream: "Cry In The Night"
MPEG Stream: "So High I've Been, So Down I Must Fall"
MPEG Stream: "I Was Young"

QBERT Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik cd 14.98
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Features that legendary tear-up of Rush's "Tom Sawyer" before Z-Trip or Mix Master Mike ever got a hold of it. Includes bonus cuts with DJ Disk and Shortkut. This is a Japanese compact disc pressing of the rare samenamed cassette issued by the Piklz.

album cover QBERT DJ Qbert's Wave Twisters: The Movie (Thud Rumble) dvd 27.00
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Finally out, it's the DVD film of Wave Twisters, which is a truly incredible film edited to correspond exactly with Invisibl Skratch Pikl DJ QBert's album of the same name. Even the vocal snippets from the record become dialogue on the film, a seamless integration! Needless to say, the film is hilarious, with the hero Inner Space Dental Commander trying to revive the four pillars of hip hop (graffiti, breakdancing, rapping, and DJing) while the evil villains played by the Skratch Piklz thwart his attempts... There's all kinds of animation too -- stop motion, photographic, etc. Also included are film stills presented specifically so people can animate them themselves, creating new episodes in the Wave Twisters saga, the trailer for the turntablist film Scratch, deleted scenes, a commentary track from the filmmakers, subtitles in French, German, Japanese, Russian, etc, and extra live footage of the Scratch Piklz in action. Pretty incredible! This dvd has been flying out the door ever since we got it a few weeks ago.

QBERT Qbert's Wave Twisters the movie video 21.00
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50 minute video starring former Skratch Piklz Qbert, D-Styles, DJ Flare, and Yogafrog. All animated! We haven't seen it yet, but hear that the story involves personifications of the four arts of hip hop (MCing, B-boying, Graffiti, and DJing) who are being oppressed by an evil lord. For those of you who don't want to buy this video, we are renting it (local customers only).

QBERT Wave Twisters (Galactic Butt Hair) cd 10.98
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The first proper album from the mad scientist of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz is "a trans-galactic deconstructed symphony of head-wringing turntablist godliness with booty-bruisin' beats communicated via microcosmic creatures hidden deep within the grooves. Layered in vinyl generated sound collages, samples, and of course Q-Bert's unequaled skratch style, it's an orgasmically dental fresh hip-hop sound explosion of the first order!"

QBERT Wave Twisters (Galactic Butt Hair) lp 18.98
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The first proper album from the mad scientist of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz is "a trans-galactic deconstructed symphony of head-wringing turntablist godliness with booty-bruisin' beats commucnicated via microcosmic creatures hidden deep within the grooves. Layered in vinyl generated sound collages, samples, and of course Q-Bert's unequaled skratch style, it's an orgasmically dental fresh hip-hop sound explosion of the first order!"

QBERT & YOGA FROG Canadian Kung Fu (ISP Vision) videotape 15.98
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"In Turntable TV 5.0, take a journey to the north with Yoga Frog and Q-Bert to the cold lands of Canada. Take a sneak peek at a behind-the-scenes look at the pre-DMC practice sessions with the Turnstyles crew and other Canadian DJs. Plus hear some cool interviews with all the DMC contestants as well. Watch ultra rare scratch sessions with Mix Master Mike, Q-Bert, Shortkut, and D-Styles. To top it off experience the deadly kung fu lessons by no other than the infamous toadman, with fight scenes of DJ Fat Blubber Belly."

QBERT, DJ Cop Porn Breaxxx (Dirtstyle) lp 14.98
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His name doesn't appear anywhere on this record, but Qbert is da guy what compiled these breaks for your inner DJ. The sleeve is pretty brilliant too, it folds into a popcorn box! Perfect companion to your new Qbert how-to dvd that you bought last week!

album cover QBERT, DJ DJ Qbert's Complete Do-It Yourself Volume 1: Skratching (Thud Rumble) dvd 26.00
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The Bay Area's own DJ Qbert, one of the most famous turntablists in the world, proves himself a pretty great teacher and comedian in this how-to-scratch DIY dvd. Whether you're a turntablist or not, this is *delightful* to watch. He demonstrates over 25 different scratches, beginning by talking about each scratch's history -- who invented 'em and when -- then breaks the move down into its parts. The demos loop so you can just leave 'em playing until you've mastered the crab, the lazer, the phaser, the swipe, etc., not to mention you can view the scratch demos from four different angles! Qbert looks at the camera a lot so you feel like he's talking right atcha, plus he's totally sweet 'n nice, not a trace of attitude, no talking down to the viewer at all. There's a whole section of tips and tricks where he demonstrates how to set up your turntable and customize it to your own liking, how to make your own slipmats, how to fix a record that's wobbly cos its center hole is too big, explains why fingertip moistener is better than lickin' yer fingers, even how to count bars. There is a volume issue with the dvd, though, it keeps fluctuating, but it's not terribly annoying and it never drops out completely. (And I suspect that it's my computer, not the dvd, at fault.)
There's even a battles section with several djs for you to trade scratches with. OK, this is how brilliant Qbert and his cohorts are: instead of taking the easy way out by just filming himself scratching, with pauses for you to scratch back, each of the battles (which are arranged in order of difficulty) have visual themes, like level 1's Dek Demon who is wearing a black cape, way oversized devil mask, and is surrounded by flames. Really. Another cute one features Spiderman scratching on a bus while another masked man is stitting next to him steering the bus. Pretty funny shit, you could just set it up at a party and let it run. Makes learning fun!
As if all that wasn't enough, there's some plum extras, like a mock "other videos in this series" section where Q demonstrates how to do plumbing repair with the help of a sock puppet, the trailer for his animated film Wave Twisters, even a hidden surprise.
The tone of the whole thing is casual and precise, he's constantly making jokes, and his love for the craft is clear. Get this dvd! You never know when you're gonna wanna learn how to scratch, plus, this glimpse into the mind, craft, and funny bone of Qbert is just about the nicest, friendliest, most hilarious thing I've seen in a long time. Highly recommended.

album cover QBERT, DJ DJ Qbert's Complete Do-It Yourself Volume 2: Skratch Sessions (Thud Rumble) dvd 26.00
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The first volume of DJ Qbert's Complete Do-It Yourself scratching DVD was a huge hit 'round these parts due to its irresistable combination of both useful how-to-scratch DJ tips and humor. Even if you yourself wouldn't want to scratch a record with a ten foot pole, as long as you have an interest as a listener in hip hop and turntablist music, it was a pretty fascinating introduction to the basics of scratch DJing (or 'skratch' as they spell it). And Qbert is just such a charming guy. Volume one seems to be out of print at the moment (hopefully just between pressings or something) but here's volume two! Subtitled "Skratch Sessions" this takes up where volume one left off, providing budding scratch djs with TONS of stuff that'll help improve your skills (or just entertain). Over 20 top DJs appear in various band or battle situations where you can "jam" along with them at home. Multiple video angles and audio tracks make this one extremely interactive DVD. And the DIY lessons don't stop with just DJing, you get Qbert & co.'s home improvement tips as well. Super great.

album cover QBERT, DJ Live : Australia - Asia (Turntable TV) dvd 19.98
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Ok turtablist fans, you all know that DJ Q-Bert is the bomb. Seeing him master his custom-made QFO (a battery-powered turntable with built-in mixer) is totally amazing. It would be great if a dvd about him actually showed his skratch-wizzardry predominately throughout. However, Live: Australia-Asia shows a little too much of all the most boring parts of being on tour: the airports, the non-partying hotel rooms, sitting in cabs, etc. Q-bert seems to be having good time though, what with the crowds, the ladies, the female DJ he crushes out on... Die-hard fans of Q-bert will want to see this regardless of the poor editing, just simply to see footage of him skratching up a storm and to get a feel for the man behind the QFO. We just wish there was more skratching footage throughout this region-free dvd.

QBERT, DJ Y (Thud Rumble) lp 14.98
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Turntablist pro Q-bert here has compiled a *great* breaks record for aspiring DJs. (That's right, his name's not on it but that's who put this together.) There're dozens of tracks, long enough for scratching yet also short enough that if you put this on at a party and just left it alone it wouldn't get too boring. The breaks are uniformly fun and exciting -- lots of James Brown yelps, and I also heard Chic and Run DMC in there. Funk, hiphop and disco experts will recognize much more than I did. A PERFECT companion to Q-bert's DIY Turntablist dvd.

album cover QLUSTER Fragen (Burreau B) cd 17.98
No, it's not a typo, that's a Q and not a C, but this is in fact a new recording featuring Roedelius of Cluster fame, alongside new sonic sidekick Onnen Block. Block has served as musical assistant and audio engineer for the Berlin Philharmonic, and has collaborated with the likes of Zeitkratzer and Christina Kubisch. Together these two have created a record that is so ominous and engaging in its tones and texture. It continues to blow us away, how even well into his '70s, Roedelius continues to create such compelling, thoughtful and dynamic music. What's equally inspiring is his openness to collaboration, this time working with someone forty years his junior. (Hopefully Cluster partner Dieter Moebius is cool with the "Q").
The sounds of Fragen evoke a sense of slight unease, with a beauty laying just beneath the surface yet still cloaked in a mysterious darkness. It's easy to make work that makes a listener feel either happy or sad, but Roedelius has shown over the years a mastery that transcends the black and white and moves boldly into something so much more fluid and wholly satisfying. A stunning outing, and without a doubt one of the best electronic albums of the year!
MPEG Stream: "Los geht's"
MPEG Stream: "Wurzelwelt"
MPEG Stream: "Haste Toene"

album cover QLUSTER Fragen (Burreau B) lp 17.98
No, it's not a typo, that's a Q and not a C, but this is in fact a new recording featuring Roedelius of Cluster fame, alongside new sonic sidekick Onnen Block. Block has served as musical assistant and audio engineer for the Berlin Philharmonic, and has collaborated with the likes of Zeitkratzer and Christina Kubisch. Together these two have created a record that is so ominous and engaging in its tones and texture. It continues to blow us away, how even well into his '70s, Roedelius continues to create such compelling, thoughtful and dynamic music. What's equally inspiring is his openness to collaboration, this time working with someone forty years his junior. (Hopefully Cluster partner Dieter Moebius is cool with the "Q").
The sounds of Fragen evoke a sense of slight unease, with a beauty laying just beneath the surface yet still cloaked in a mysterious darkness. It's easy to make work that makes a listener feel either happy or sad, but Roedelius has shown over the years a mastery that transcends the black and white and moves boldly into something so much more fluid and wholly satisfying. A stunning outing, and without a doubt one of the best electronic albums of the year!
MPEG Stream: "Los geht's"
MPEG Stream: "Wurzelwelt"
MPEG Stream: "Haste Toene"

album cover QUAALUDES s/t (Dirty Rabbit) cassette 6.98
Debut release from this local all girl garage pop combo. A killer mix of classic nineties style jangle pop and more frantic punk rock, reminiscent of classic Riot Grrl for sure, especially when the band bust out and get super rocking, the ultra distinctive vocals definitely harken back to Corin Tucker's more feral wail in the early days, the music, by turns super minimal and stripped down, jangly and melodic, furious and fuzzed out, complete with some almost Greg Ginn like angular guitar leads, check out the first two tracks to get a feel for the two sides of Quaaludes, the opener, "Blood On The Ice", sounds like some classic K Records releases from back in the day, broody, strummy verses giving way to stomping, fiery choruses, while "Call You Up" is a sweaty, snarly blast of raw girlpunk energy, beholden to classic punk rock, but filtered through the sound of current garage poppers. And so it goes, the group splitting their time between raw punk rock energy and almost dreamy poppiness, the best moments, when the two are crammed together into dizzyingly, and fantastically schizophrenic blasts of furious, wildly energetic jangle punk ("Mistake", "I Don't Care", "Stiff Little Single").
Fans of Heavens To Betsy, Huggy Bear, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, will dig big time, and at times will feel like it's 1991 all over again, but folks who dig current outfits like Grass Widow, Brilliant Colors, Brave Irene, Super Wild Horses and the like should check this out too!
MPEG Stream: "Blood On The Ice"
MPEG Stream: "Call You Up"
MPEG Stream: "Mistake"

QUAD s/t (Acme) cd 14.98
1997 solo project of Gary Ramon from British spacerockers Sun Dial. Ambient electronics mixed with krautrock rhythm structures.

album cover QUAILS, THE Atmosphere + (Inconvenient) cd 11.98
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The kids love this energetic San Francisco trio, who have recently been seen touring about with Erase Errata and Sleater Kinney. And Sleater-Kinney comparisons, while sometimes arising out of a reviewer's lack of familiarity with a broad range of female oriented post punk sounds, are relevant here to describe The Quails girl-girl-boy vocal interchanges. At points, the heavily affected vocal stylings make us here put our hands over our collective ears, although "Atmosphere" is definitely not as ouch! as their testicle liberation opera "Bon Soir." If you do dig the vocals, or at least don't mind them, you'll have a great time getting down to their highly accessible, poppy take on the arty punk thang.
RealAudio clip: "Riding The 5"
RealAudio clip: "Soon The Rest Will Fall"

album cover QUAILS, THE The Song Is Love (Mr. Lady) cd 13.98
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Who can resist feisty art punk with horns? If you can't, the first song on this album is for YOU! Made us eager for more, but unfortunately the trumpet only appears on that opening track. Dang! But the rest is pretty great nonetheless, packed with edgy female vocals (still drawing comparisons to Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker) occasionally coupled with more subdued male backing vocals, angular raw guitars that veer and twist as if teetering precariously on a cliff, and a driving firecracker drumbeat that seems considerably tighter than on previous releases. Actually the whole picture seems a lot more feverishly focussed (and a little less poppy) that their last full length, the well received Atmosphere+. Hmmm, a bill of The Quails coupled with Erase Errata and Sleater-Kinney would make for a damn fine show. Yeah, I know this has already happened -- these bands have toured together in the past. However on The Song Is Love, The Quails are bursting with an increased confidence and attitude that would surely add ample fuel to such a blistering fun evening of rock. Indeed The Quails seem to be the bridge between those two bands -- particularly in the aforementioned swooping grrrl vocals of S.K., the jagged postpunk dissonance of E.E., and the volatile energy of both. Right on!
MPEG Stream: "More Gender, More Of The Time"
MPEG Stream: "What I Saw"

QUAILS, THE We are The Quails (Inconvenient Press & Recordings) cd 9.98
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Local trio featuring Jen Smith, Julianna Bright and Seth Lorinczi formerly of Circus Lupus (although *don't* take that to mean that if you liked the late great Circus Lupus, you'll necessarily like The Quails). Herky jerky quirky pop with all members trading off vocals, duelling lead guitars that weave together, and a hefty dose of Raincoats-style DIY arty punk.
RealAudio clip: "Don't Do That"
RealAudio clip: "Brighter"

album cover QUAKE BREAX Volume 1 (Quaketrap) 12" 7.98
We don't sell a lot of breaks records here, but we know a few of you folks out there dig em so once in a while when we stumble across a good one we like to let everybody know about it. Most breaks records are tools and nothing but. A straight listen through would bore you to tears. But this Quake Breax 12" is a whole 'nother ball of wax. I just listened to it the whole way through and instead of being boring, it's super repetitive and hypnotic. It doesn't sound all that straight up danceable to us, but that's a point in its favor. It's funky, but in a creepy, proggy Goblin (yes, THAT Goblin) kind of way, with brooding basslines, haunting synths and some wicked live funky drumming. It's all very intense and sad and, well VERY prog sounding. Which if you know us, is obviously a good thing! These Goblinesque breaks are augmented with all sorts of weird little glitchy extras: minor key piano, super distorted lo fi drum machine breakbeats, stuttery chopped up loops. Good stuff. And if you're actually a DJ don't sleep on this one!

QUAKERS s/t (Stones Throw) 2lp 17.98
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QUANNUM Spectrum (Quannum) cd 15.98

album cover QUANTEC Cauldron Subsidence (Echochord) cd 16.98
Record number two from this German minimal electronic alchemist, combining the Chain Reaction style heroin house, with Pole like space dub and a pinch of super abstract dubstep into something super dreamy and divine. Definitely more for the headphones than the dancefloor, which is generally how we prefer our techno...
Collecting a handful of tracks both old and new, Cauldron Subsidence is a gorgeously seething bit of dark brooding dub-techno, the beats skeletal and ghostly, the melodies gauzy and ephemeral, the various tracks laced with chunks of strings, snippets of sparse vocals, reverb swirls and delay throbs, a cloud of FX haze seems to envelop the proceedings. Some of the tracks get downright propulsive, locking into a space-y minimal groove, while others simply throb abstractly, slipping from druggy digidub, to total retro heroin house, the record closer is a total nod to primo Chain Reaction, the surface just a patina of soft focus hiss and muted whir, while waaaay off in the distance, a slowed down 4x4 pulse wafts up, barely audible, like listening to a techno party down the block, the beats filtering their way through walls and buildings and the sonic clutter of daily life, before arriving in your earholes muted and muffled and gorgeously mumbly.
Way recommended, especially if Kompakt, and Chain Reaction, and Echospace, and Deepchord, and Echochord, and Pole and that sort of spaced out dubbed out minimal techno is your bag. But give it a try even if it isn't. It's like the techno version of late night trance out drift off dreammusic...
MPEG Stream: "Absolute Level"
MPEG Stream: "Deep Rooted"
MPEG Stream: "Fall Into Oblivion"

QUANTEC Distance Space Part 2 (Meanwhile) 12" 12.98

album cover QUANTEC Unusual Signals (Echochord) cd 16.98

album cover QUANTIC Addis To Axum - Music, Words & Arrangements Of Ethiopia (Mochilla) cd 14.98
Another great installment in Mochilla's series of global DJ mixes documenting the crate-digging treasures of one DJ's trip to a far off land. The last one we listed was Madlib's killer Speto Da Ruo: Dirty Brasilian Crates Vol. 1 and what that was to Brazilian Popular Music, this one is to Ethiopian music of all varieties from the funky to the folkloric.
Culled from a 2004 trip to Ethiopia with the Soundway label's Miles Cleret, Quantic met Mulatu Astatke and first discussed plans for his first trip to Los Angeles for a legendary 2009 concert performed with a full orchestra and jazz legends Bennie Maupin and The Tribe's Phil Ranelin. Most of the records played on this mix are over 30 years old, and their dusty crackle is often left intact. But don't expect this to be merely an Ethiopiques series rehash. While it starts in familiar ethio-jazz territory it veers seamlessly into traditional chanting, street festivals and performers, exotic cinematic instrumentals and evocative ballads. A near hour long seamless mix of surging energy and warm beauty for hot summer nights!
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 1"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 2"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 3"

QUARTA 330 / KODE 9 Sunset Dub / 9 Samurai (Hyperdub) 12" 11.98

QUARTETO 1111 Singles and EPs (World Psychedelia) cd 17.98

album cover QUARTZ s/t (Majestic Rock) cd 17.98
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BLACK SABBATH! There. Got your attention. Now let's explain.
We thought we were pretty up on all the bands that followed the Sabbatherian path: Witchfinder General, Angel Witch, Trouble, Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Candlemass, Pentagram, etc. etc. But we'd missed out on one -- Quartz, from Sabbath's hometown of Birmingham, England, in fact. Turns out that this New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band definitely also deserves a place in that list -- because they're very, VERY Sabbathy and also an awesome band! First off, this, their self-titled debut LP from 1977 (ok, predating the NWOBHM explosion by a couple years actually, though their later records were in the thick of it) was produced by none other than Black Sabbath's riff king Tony Iommi!! And, also, one of the Quartz guys, Geoff Nichols, ended up playing keyboards for the Sabs later on...
Yet Quartz don't sound very much like any of those other aforementioned Sabbath-worshiping bands. Not at all. That's because, with Iommi at the helm, this takes after what Sabbath sounded like at the time, albums like Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy ('76), and Never Say Die ('78). If you're familiar with those, you'll definitely hear their influence here! This later '70s Sabbath sound isn't as often emulated, being so much more proggy and polished than their rawer, earlier, doomier LPs. Which is great, 'cause it's not a done-to-death sort of Sabbath sound. As the Sabbath clones proliferate, even today, -these- guys still sound fresh. It also helps that they seemingly share the Sabbath attitude that they're just playing rock music, not something as strictly defined as 'heavy metal'. There's no metal formula being followed. So while this IS heavy and metallic '70s style, there's bombastic prog and pretty pop and acoustic folkiness here too, with Tony Iommi contributing an uncredited flute solo to "Sugar Rain". (Ozzy apparently also sang back-up on that track!) Furthermore, Quartz, formerly known as Bandy Legs, had their roots in '60s psych-pop (featuring members of obscure acts Idle Race and World Of Oz). Though sounding -most- like Sabbath, you'll also hear Yes and Queen and Rush and the Beatles and more...
But if it's Sabbath parallels you want, you got 'em: their vocalist exudes sincerity and emotion, echoing Ozzy's loss-of-control laments. And Tony's mid-seventies guitar (and synth) sound is reproduced perfectly...apparently he's playing on a couple tracks, in fact. The riffs on here could have been written by the man -- "Around and Around" sounds like it should have been on Sabotage! And leadoff track "Mainline Riders", one of the heaviest here, sounds remarkably like Sabbath's "Heaven And Hell" even though the latter wasn't recorded until three years later... hmm, who was influencing whom?
Ultimately, Quartz' debut is a great, varied, hard-rockin' album that uniquely captures all the energetic yet melancholic charm of the latter days of Ozzy's original tenure with the Sabs, unlike any other band ever did. A lost classic for sure. We wish someone had told us about Quartz before, which is why we're duty bound to tell you about 'em now that we have this new reissue!!
MPEG Stream: "Mainline Riders"
MPEG Stream: "Sugar Rain"

album cover QUARTZ Stand Up and Fight (Metal Mind) cd 16.98
This great NWOBHM album was reissued a few years ago on cd, then went out of print. Now it's been reissued again by another label, as a limited, numbered digipack, and we're glad to have it back. Here's more or less what we wrote about it before, if you missed it:
...we've got two words for ya: Black Sabbath! Quartz were pals of the Sabs, hailing from the same industrial city in England's grotty midlands, Birmingham. And their self-titled 1977 debut was in fact produced by Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, helping Quartz create what amounts to a great lost late '70s (pseudo-) Sabbath album: same guitar sound, same songwriting vibe, same riff magistery. The same holds true on this, Quartz's second studio album, originally released in 1980. It's definitely another slab of classy bashing from this shoulda-been-big, Black Sabbath meets New Wave Of British Heavy Metal sounding bunch.
The title cut is an vigorous, must-hear NWOBHM classic if there ever was one. That's followed by "Charlie Snow", which we'd be forgiven for thinking was song stolen from Sabbath's Born Again sessions! And we should also mention the grinding "Wildfire", which you could slag for being re-write of "Megalomania" from Sabbath's Sabotage album (yeah, the riff is certainly similar!), but while it's playing you'll certainly be banging your head - and besides, Sabbath seemingly borrowed one of Quartz's tunes themselves on another occasion. Then there's the bonus track, a B side called "Circles" that features uncredited guitar work from Queen's Brian May, and uncredited vocals from Ozzy Osbourne!! That's some b-side! Heck, everything on this disc is pretty killer, driving metal rockers with few peers outside of Sabbath's albums of the era. "Can't Say No To You" is the only sorta skippable track here, veering dangerously close to Foreigner or Bad Company territory. Not to say that's bad, but their Black Sabbathy stuff is way better... and this album is indeed recommended to all who appreciate the brilliance of later '70s, early '80s (end of Ozzy era through Dio and Gillan) Black Sabbath! And also the best melodic n' heavy NWOBHM stuff as well, of which this is a prime example.
MPEG Stream: "Stand Up And Fight"
MPEG Stream: "Circles"

album cover QUASI American Gong (Kill Rock Stars) cd 15.98

album cover QUASI American Gong (Kill Rock Stars) lp 15.98

album cover QUASI Early Recordings (Touch & Go) cd 12.98
These early tracks reveal a much moodier, heavier, tweaked Quasi which seems to have resurfaced on their newest "Sword of God" album. Kinda like the Olivia Tremor Control's entwined pop melodies and swirling sonic experimentation, but more rocked up and out. There's a lot more guitar riffin' happening than on their considerably more keyboard-anchored later stuff. Nevertheless the trademark Quasi-pop hooks and Sam'n'Janet vocals never fails to shine through - if a little rougher around the edges. This compilation of 19 songs from 93/94 (in case you're keeping count, that's 3 by Janet, 11 by Sam and 5 co-written) was originally released in '95.
RealAudio clip: "Gaping Holes"
RealAudio clip: "Monkey, Mirror"

QUASI Featuring "Birds" (Up) cd 13.98
Album #2 for this Portland, OR dynamic duo! The 'Quasi' sound really clicked into gear on this one!
Lyrically they're bittersweet and occasionally razor tongued, musically they strike a balance between dreamy pop and driving rock with fantastic vocal harmonies and '60s organ stylings. Don't miss!

QUASI Field Studies (Up) cd 14.98
The third full length from Portland, OR duo Sam Coomes (Heatmiser, Donner Party) and Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney) is overflowing with well-crafted pop. With Farfisa organs, dreamy strings, girl/boy harmonies, catchy hooks, and a dollop of full-on rock to boot, each song is an irresistible treat! Fans of Built to Spill's 'Keep It Like a Secret' and the Flaming Lips' 'Soft Bulletin' should definitely take note. When this gets played in the store, we invariably end up hitting 'play' again as soon as it ends... a few times at least! Really. Recommended!
Added attraction: Coomes' former Heatmiser bandmate Elliott Smith plays a little bass on three songs.

album cover QUASI Hot Shit! (Touch & Go) cd 14.98
On our first couple of listens to this new Quasi (and an additional couple of looks at the rather uncharacteristic cover art), well, we really weren't sure what to make of it! Taking into consideration the most recent oddity from Quasi mainman Sam Coomes -- the swampy psych-blues stomp of Blues Goblins -- we already knew things were taking a different path from the dreamy, yet sometime crunchin' pop of Quasi's past. Has Mr. Coomes lost his marbles? Hopped aboard a boxcar? Freed his mind? All of the above? Whether it be the second song's endless riffin' on a single note, the third song's odd false start and subsequent super rawk guitar solo or the anguished handwringing of "No One", it sounds as though they're determined to let it all hang out. Very somber, tripped-out and tormented by Quasi standards with loose-limbed guitars and seemingly stream of consciousness lyrics. In fact, the only thing that seems on solid ground is Janet Weiss' drumming. Nonetheless, not unlike each of Quasi's past releases, this seems to have the strong potential of a 'grow on you' kind of album, and we don't hesitate to recommend it.
MPEG Stream: "Seven Years Gone"
MPEG Stream: "Drunken Tears"
MPEG Stream: "No One"

QUASI Hot Shit! (Touch & Go) lp 12.98
Yup, it's on vinyl too. On our first couple of listens to this new Quasi (and an additional couple of looks at the rather uncharacteristic cover art), well, we really weren't sure what to make of it! Taking into consideration the most recent oddity from Quasi mainman Sam Coomes -- the swampy psych-blues stomp of Blues Goblins -- we already knew things were taking a different path from the dreamy, yet sometime crunchin' pop of Quasi's past. Has Mr. Coomes lost his marbles? Hopped aboard a boxcar? Freed his mind? All of the above? Whether it be the second song's endless riffin' on a single note, the third song's odd false start and subsequent super rawk guitar solo or the anguished handwringing of "No One", it sounds as though they're determined to let it all hang out. Very somber, tripped-out and tormented by Quasi standards with loose-limbed guitars and seemingly stream of consciousness lyrics. In fact, the only thing that seems on solid ground is Janet Weiss' drumming. Nonetheless, not unlike each of Quasi's past releases, this seems to have the strong potential of a 'grow on you' kind of album, and we don't hesitate to recommend it.

album cover QUASI The Sword of God (Touch & Go) cd 14.98
Portland, Oregon's guitar/drums indierock duo Quasi deliver a fourth album (not including their recently reissued Early Recordings) on a new label, Touch and Go. It may be their best one yet. The boy/girl harmonies are pristine, the melodies are heartbreakingly pretty minor key ditties, and the guitar solos are wistful. You may already know that drummer Janet Weiss also pounds skins for Sleater Kinney, and that Sam Coomes is all over the new Built to Spill album. But Quasi is unlike either of those bands, preferring to recall the sweetness and the measured tempos of the Beatles and Big Star's Chris Bell, the skillfull tunesmithery of Steely Dan and High Llamas. The Sword of God also features some of Quasi's heaviest moments to date, with epic instrumental passages worthy of the White Album or somethin', and sections of wailing free jazz-style horns. Highly recommended, even if you've never heard Quasi before this will make a fan of you, we promise.
RealAudio clip: "Fuck Hollywood"
RealAudio clip: "Better Luck Next Time"

QUASI The Sword of God (Touch & Go) lp 14.98
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Portland, Oregon's guitar/drums indierock duo Quasi deliver a fourth album (not including their recently reissued Early Recordings) on a new label, Touch and Go. It may be their best one yet. The boy/girl harmonies are pristine, the melodies are heartbreakingly pretty minor key ditties, and the guitar solos are wistful. You may already know that drummer Janet Weiss also pounds skins for Sleater Kinney, and that Sam Coomes is all over the new Built to Spill album. But Quasi is unlike either of those bands, preferring to recall the sweetness and the measured tempos of the Beatles and Big Star's Chris Bell, the skillfull tunesmithery of Steely Dan and High Llamas. The Sword of God also features some of Quasi's heaviest moments to date, with epic instrumental passages worthy of the White Album or somethin', and sections of wailing free jazz-style horns. Highly recommended, even if you've never heard Quasi before this will make a fan of you, we promise.

album cover QUASI When The Going Gets Dark (Touch & Go) cd 14.98
AQ faves Sam Coombes and Janet Weiss are back with their sixth Quasi album... with the worst cover art... ever. Whoa, what an eyesore. Fortunately the same can't be said about the music. Whew, Quasi fans rejoice. Yaaaaay! Weiss is an aggressive dynamo on the kit, likewise Coombes on the piano and guitar. When The Going Gets Dark features some of his most valiant cascading piano flourishes. Their performances are looser and more impassioned than ever. We always wish she'd sing more, but we're somewhat disappointed to report that this album has the fewest appearances of Ms Janet on the mic. On the rare occasions when she does chime in with Sam on vocals, the sun shines a little brighter. On his side of things, Coombes has exhibited some bizarre behavior on his own solo releases (for instance the swampy bluesy psych of Blues Goblin), and some of it has definitely trickled into the Quasi pot. This is evident right from the get-go, as the first track "Alice The Goon" comes tumbling out of our speakers. As well, our musical antennae picked up a few oddly familiar melodic progressions that we more than suspect he nicked from some old classics -- the closing song "Invisible Star" shockingly trickles into Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade Of Pale" territory, and the second to last song "Death Culture Blues" has an ominous plodding section that strongly recalls Brian Wilson's "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow". But then again, Quasi always toss in a couple of eyebrow raisers to keep up on our toes. Apart from the cover art, the only other downside of this album is the somewhat murky sound quality. This is a little surprising since studio whiz David Fridmann was at the production helm, but despite his successes working with other pop wonders such as the Delgados, Flaming Lips, and Janet's other band Sleater-Kinney, his overdriven, blown-out style seems to overwhelm and disrupt the Quasi pop balance. That said, nothing can really tarnish the radiant force of Quasi. Their greatness always shines through, and so we proclaim, "Recommended!!!"
MPEG Stream: "Beyond The Sky"
MPEG Stream: "Poverty Sucks"
MPEG Stream: "Merry X-Mas"

album cover QUASI When The Going Gets Dark (Touch & Go) lp 14.98
AQ faves Sam Coombes and Janet Weiss are back with their sixth Quasi album... with the worst cover art... ever. Whoa, what an eyesore. Fortunately the same can't be said about the music. Whew, Quasi fans rejoice. Yaaaaay! Weiss is an aggressive dynamo on the kit, likewise Coombes on the piano and guitar. When The Going Gets Dark features some of his most valiant cascading piano flourishes. Their performances are looser and more impassioned than ever. We always wish she'd sing more, but we're somewhat disappointed to report that this album has the fewest appearances of Ms Janet on the mic. On the rare occasions when she does chime in with Sam on vocals, the sun shines a little brighter. On his side of things, Coombes has exhibited some bizarre behavior on his own solo releases (for instance the swampy bluesy psych of Blues Goblin), and some of it has definitely trickled into the Quasi pot. This is evident right from the get-go, as the first track "Alice The Goon" comes tumbling out of our speakers. As well, our musical antennae picked up a few oddly familiar melodic progressions that we more than suspect he nicked from some old classics -- the closing song "Invisible Star" shockingly trickles into Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade Of Pale" territory, and the second to last song "Death Culture Blues" has an ominous plodding section that strongly recalls Brian Wilson's "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow". But then again, Quasi always toss in a couple of eyebrow raisers to keep up on our toes. Apart from the cover art, the only other downside of this album is the somewhat murky sound quality. This is a little surprising since studio whiz David Fridmann was at the production helm, but despite his successes working with other pop wonders such as the Delgados, Flaming Lips, and Janet's other band Sleater-Kinney, his overdriven, blown-out style seems to overwhelm and disrupt the Quasi pop balance. That said, nothing can really tarnish the radiant force of Quasi. Their greatness always shines through, and so we proclaim, "Recommended!!!"
MPEG Stream: "Beyond The Sky"
MPEG Stream: "Poverty Sucks"
MPEG Stream: "Merry X-Mas"

QUASI / MARS ACCELERATOR / SPACE PANTS split (Lizabean Technology Group) 7" 4.50
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Now would this qualify as a compilation or is it still a split? At any rate this is a gorgeously packaged record that is now in its second pressing. Quasi graces this release with a very lovely number entitled "Desire and Love". Hurry hurry! This is limited to 1100: 450 on copper, 650 on beautiful blue paper with added embellishments. We have the blue ones. The first pressing featured four different sleeve designs, but unfortunately it is very sold out. Don't miss out this time around.

QUASIMOTO The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas (Stones Throw) cd 14.98

QUASIMOTO The Unseen (Stones Throw) cd 15.98
Cool, playful sort of goofy hip hop, like KMD or De La Soul, except that the main rapper's vocals have been sped up giving Quasimoto the opposite dynamic of Public Enemy: a whiney, helium voiced chipmunk rapper, backed up by an assortment of gruff baritones. Weird and funny and pretty great.

QUATRAIN s/t (Sundazed) cd 16.98

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