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album cover FALL, THE Fall In A Hole + (Cog Sinister) 2cd 14.98
"Fall In A Hole" is the live album recorded by a young Chris Knox during the band's 1982 New Zealand tour. That means this is vintage Fall, raw and amazing! Includes classic songs such as "Marquis Cha Cha," "The Man Whose Head Expanded" and "Prole Art Threat." The vinyl of this has long been hard to find-- originally 1,500 copies pressed on double vinyl, "Fall in a Hole" never got distributed in the UK because Mark E. "the Fall is me and your grandma on bongos" Smith freaked out that a picture of guitarist Marc Riley (who was booted out of the band right after the tour) was on the cover, leading to a claim that the album was an unauthorized bootleg. The cd version adds a few extra tracks. Warning: the original 4-track reel-to-reel recording definitely sounded, uh, live, and this cd is taken from a vinyl copy as opposed to the original tapes, which spells less-than-ideal fidelity. Still worth having for the snotty, brainy, punk as hell energy documented.

album cover FALL, THE Grotesque (Cog Sinister) cd 15.98
"Grotesque" is the 1980 album by the legendary Manchester art-punk band The Fall, who have always been and will always be fronted by Mark E. Smith. Of course, the snarling half-sung / half-cracked vocals of Mr. Smith are central to "Grotesque," swimming drunkenly in acerbic cynicism and alcoholic bitterness about the ugly state of affairs of English society. Behind Smith, the rest of the band (Craig Scanlon, Marc Riley, and the Hanley brothers) matches the intense vitriol of their vocalist's rantings, with a ramshackle collision of thuggish basslines, scratchy rockabilly guitars, and primitive yet effective percussive grooviness. Though coming out of the Fall's raw, shambolic earlier years, "Grotesque" contains a slight glimmer of the pop accessibility later realized in the Brix Smith years, which might endear this album even to those who are convinced that "This Nation's Saving Grace" and not, say, "Dragnet" is Mark E. & company's pinnacle acheivement.
RealAudio clip: "Pay Your Rates"
RealAudio clip: "New Face In Hell"
RealAudio clip: "The N.W.R.A."

album cover FALL, THE Imperial Wax Solvent (Sanctuary) cd 12.98
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album cover FALL, THE It's the New Thing! (Castle / Sanctuary) cd 14.98
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FALL, THE Live 1977 (Cog Sinister) cd 15.98
Previously unreleased live set dating way back to 1977. No info on where it was recorded, but probably made somewhere near their home town of Manchester.

FALL, THE Live At The Knitting Factory - L.A. - 14 November 2001 (Hip Priest) cd 13.98

FALL, THE Liverpool 78 (Cog Sinister) cd 15.98
As the title implies, this is a recording of The Fall made in Liverpool in 1978. That was easy. 12 tracks of a very oddly recorded set. Not exactly just lo-fi, because you can distinctly hear Mark E Smith's moaning on each track. And the bass is fairly loud just under him, but the guitars sound like their down the hall, just outside the bathroom door. And the drums? Well, sometimes you can hear them, sometimes you can't... At all. Pretty darn punk rock and historical.
RealAudio clip: "Two Steps Back"

FALL, THE Marshall Suite (Artful) cd 22.00
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FALL, THE Marshall Suite (Artful) lp 22.00
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album cover FALL, THE Reformation Post T.L.C. (Narnack) cd 14.98
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We're sitting on the fence about this one. Fretting about which is worse -- the cd's album cover photo (which features Mr. Smith's latest crop of gawky teen bandmates... ok, that's sort of an exaggeration) or the music contained within! With his admirably (and maddeningly) willful, prolific music career closing in on three decades, does Mark E. Smith get some slack cut with regards to the follow-up to his great 2005 album Fall Heads Roll? That would follow the line of thinking that everyone's bound to have an occasional stinker in a body of work that immense.
Or on the other hand, does he finally get cut off because anyone with his esteemed track record and tough-love'd yet still rabid fans should have better judgment than to release an album this indigestible. Sure The Fall's musical confrontations are seldom a pretty sight, but... this is gawdawful... at least on sober ears. Maybe after we've dulled our senses with a few pints we'll see things differently. Either way, we're sure Mark E. Smith could care less 'bout what we think. File under 'for masochistically diehard fans only'.
MPEG Stream: "Fall Sound"
MPEG Stream: "Insult Song"

FALL, THE Reykjavik [Austusbaejarbio] (Cog Sinister) cd 15.98
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This live recording, made in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1983, was voted the best "unofficial" live Fall recording by the Fall's fan club members. Now it's here for you, made official by Cog Sinister and remastered to boot.

FALL, THE Sir William Wray (Cherry Red) 7" 16.98
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FALL, THE The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 (Sanctuary) 6cd 67.00
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album cover FALL, THE The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 (Castle / Sanctuary) 6cd 67.00
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Besides the Sun City Girls, Guided by Voices (in the nineties) and Elton John (in the early seventies) few artists have been as prolific as The Fall. Legendary radio man/music enthusiast/art supporter John Peel once mused that the only thing he feared about death, was that he would miss the newest Fall release. Point blank: HE LOVED THE FALL. And since his BBC weekly radio show always featured a live recording by a band of his choice, he showed his love by featuring The Fall more than any other band EVER. For over 25 years he had The Fall on his show more than the Undertones, more than T-Rex (and everything Marc Bolan), more than any other band. And what's so interesting about The Fall, is that there are so many different versions of the band within that quarter century, shifts in lineup, sound, outlook, but always remaining obviously and distinctly The Fall: the early years, the Brix years, the post Brix "disco" years, the return to form yearsÉ and yet, with every era, Peel was able to capture a rawness and immediacy that, in a way, defined the band better than any of their recordings. Thus, this relatively inexpensive six CD set with 47 page booklet is a true treasure. Not all the hits are re-recorded here, but each and every version of the band is represented and the sessions scream off of each cd with a freshness that will certainly and permanently convert any non-Fall enthusiast and cause any and all Fall enthusiasts to stay indoors listening for the next month or two. Beware...some of the versions of your favorite Fall songs are blissfully extended and completely twisted and there just may be some songs you have not heard elsewhere. This box set is a must-have item (right up there with the Stooges' Funhouse Box).

FALL, THE The Real New Fall LP, formerly Country On the Click (Narnack) cd 14.98
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Well, The Real New Fall LP may still be the most recent recording as of the summer of 2004, although all of the recordings date back to 2003 when this record came out briefly on the British label Action Records. Narnack definitely scored pretty big in signing The Fall to their roster of fiesty art-punk bands such as The Coachwhips, Erase Errata, XBXRX, and Intelligence. Given that the Action release got marginal distribution at best, The Real New Fall LP still qualifies as the real new Fall record... until of course, Mark E. Smith sacks everybody in the band, goes on another two week bender, and finds another group of bright-eyed fanboys to abuse into recording another record. As the recent output from The Fall has been a bit of yawn, The Real New Fall LP is a very welcome return to what The Fall should be: a scaldingly great art-rock band that happens to back the one and only Mark E. Smith. Here, Mack truck guitar riffs battle with overblown organs, low-slung basslines, and jaunty rhythms while Mark E. Smith mumbles about his recent failed attempts at touring the US, his fucked up love affairs, and anything else that pisses him off. Easily the best Fall album in over a decade!
MPEG Stream: "Green Eyed Locoman "
MPEG Stream: "Sparta 2"

album cover FALL, THE The Real New Fall LP, formerly Country On the Click (Narnack) lp 11.98
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Well, The Real New Fall LP may still be the most recent recording as of the summer of 2004, although all of the recordings date back to 2003 when this record came out briefly on the British label Action Records. Narnack definitely scored pretty big in signing The Fall to their roster of fiesty art-punk bands such as The Coachwhips, Erase Errata, XBXRX, and Intelligence. Given that the Action release got marginal distribution at best, The Real New Fall LP still qualifies as the real new Fall record... until of course, Mark E. Smith sacks everybody in the band, goes on another two week bender, and finds another group of bright-eyed fanboys to abuse into recording another record. As the recent output from The Fall has been a bit of yawn, The Real New Fall LP is a very welcome return to what The Fall should be: a scaldingly great art-rock band that happens to back the one and only Mark E. Smith. Here, mack truck guitar riffs battle with overblown organs, low-slung basslines, and jaunty rhythms while Mark E. Smith mumbles about his recent failed attempts at touring the US, his fucked up love affairs, and anything else that pisses him off. Easily the best Fall album in over a decade!
MPEG Stream: "Green Eyed Locoman "
MPEG Stream: "Sparta 2"

FALL, THE The Wonderful And Frightening (Beggar's Banquet) 4cd box 27.00

FALL, THE The Wonderful And Frightening (Beggar's Banquet) 4cd box 30.00

FALL, THE The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall (Beggars Banquet) lp 14.98

FALL, THE This Nation's Saving Grace (Beggars Banquet) lp 14.98

album cover FALL, THE Totally Wired (Earmark) 3lp 32.00
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A gorgeous triple lp reissue in a nice thick sleeve and on 180 gram virgin vinyl! As we said previously about the double cd version of this that is also currently available, this is an ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL collection of cerebral low-brow art punk masterpieces. These tracks are culled from the tumultuous Rough Trade years (1980-83), when every record The Fall put out was a work of total genius. "Totally Wired" has almost every track from the "Palace of Swords Reversed" lp, which compiled their early singles, but includes album tracks from "Grotesque" and "Perverted By Language" as well. This era was the high point of Mark E. Smith's merciless skewering of the english language and English culture, perfectly backed by brilliantly ramshackle pop deconstructions. Single riff mastery, early keyboard dickery, anti-imperialist ranting, time travelling tales, primitively demented but danceable bass lines-- all part of The Fall's impeccable post-punk package. "Totally Wired" is by no means a comprehensive look at The Fall's massive recorded outlook, or even at their early years ("Dragnet" and "Live at the Witch Trials" are two great records from before they were on Rough Trade), but damn if it doesn't have a giant chunk of their very best songs. Mark E. may still drag himself around making mediocre records, but let that not muddy the legacy of The Fall. This stuff is just too fucking amazing!
RealAudio clip: "Rowche Rumble"
RealAudio clip: "Pay Your Rates"

album cover FALL, THE Totally Wired: The Rough Trade Anthology (Castle / BMG) 2cd 21.00
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ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL double-disc collection of cerebral low-brow art punk masterpieces. These tracks are culled from the tumultuous Rough Trade years (1980-83), when every record The Fall put out was a work of total genius. "Totally Wired" has almost every track from the "Palace of Swords Reversed" lp, which compiled their early singles, but includes album tracks from "Grotesque" and "Perverted By Language" as well. This era was the high point of Mark E. Smith's merciless skewering of the english language and English culture, perfectly backed by brilliantly ramshackle pop deconstructions. Single riff mastery, early keyboard dickery, anti-imperialist ranting, time travelling tales, primitively demented but danceable bass lines-- all part of The Fall's impeccable post-punk package. "Totally Wired" is by no means a comprehensive look at The Fall's massive recorded outlook, or even at their early years ("Dragnet" and "Live at the Witch Trials" are two great records from before they were on Rough Trade), but damn if it doesn't have a giant chunk of their very best songs. Mark E. may still drag himself around making mediocre records, but let that not muddy the legacy of The Fall. This stuff is just too fucking amazing!
RealAudio clip: "Rowche Rumble"
RealAudio clip: "Pay Your Rates"

album cover FALL, THE Touch Sensitive (Castle / Sanctuary) 5cd 46.00
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FALL, THE Unutterable, The (Eagle Records) cd 21.00
"The Unutterable" is the 41st or 43rd album from The Fall, a band that refuses to quit. That unstoppable nature of The Fall is certainly based on Mark E. Smith's assertion that The Fall could be any band (including your grandmother) as long as he's singing. For this incarnation of The Fall, Smith has acquired the most focused outfit around him... which is surprising, considering the latest US tour decimated the ranks of the band. The music is tight, dark, and guitar driven sounding like a better produced version of what you'd expect from the '78 punk sound of Gang of Four, Buzzcocks, and of course The Fall. Smith is still drunk, and sounds just as incomprehensibly cryptic as ever. He's going on and on about Oprah and Libyans, or something. Does content really matter to The Fall anyway?
RealAudio clip: "Sons of Temperance"
RealAudio clip: "Two Librans"

album cover FALLOUT BOY Take This To Your Grave (Fueled By Ramen) cd 12.98
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Here Andee gushes about his favorite record of the last couple years, one that he put on his top ten list the last two years (much to Allan's chagrin) even though it came out in 2003, and a record that we have somehow never gotten around to reviewing, until now.
I have no idea how to review this record. I absolutely love it. It is the only record that I have consistantly listened to almost every day, for the last two years. I never get sick of it. I always defend it as a guilty pleasure, sort of sheepsihly admitting to my obsessive love of this record, but the more and more I listen to it, the more I'm not so sure it's a guily pleasure after all. But before you go any further, answer this question: do you love the Posies, the Get Up Kids, Sloan, Weezer, The Stereo, Reggie And The Full Effect? If the answer is yes, continue on, and let me tell you about another record you ABSOLUTELY MUST OWN. If the answer is no, then what the heck is wrong with you??? Seriously... um, no, sorry, in that case, well, there's plenty of other stuff you could be checking out, so you are hereby dismissed. But those of you who did indeed answer yes, and who like your pop of the power variety, and love complex harmonies and unforgettable hooks and kick ass guitars, well, then let me tell you about Fallout Boy.
To my ears, this is the perfect mix of metal and pop. Like a metalcore pop record. The guitars are HUGE and crunchy and super metallic, but they are playing totally catchy melodies, intricate harmonies all over super dynamic start stop arrangements. And the vocals are totally perfect, high and clean and soaring, lots of harmonies there too, very emo sure, but the whole thing is just totally massive, heavy, emotional perfect pop. Easily my favorite 'pop' record since the Stereo. One of our 'pop' customers thought this sounded too "boy", but that's part of the appeal, if by "too boy" he meant TOO METAL. Then maybe it is. It is kind of metal, you can totally tell these guys grew up on metal as well as pop. It's heavy and relentless, and epic and CATCHY AS FUCK. We went and saw Coheed And Cambria a while back, and the whole crowd bounced along and sang along to EVERY song. It was insane. And C&C are pretty proggy and weird, so I can only imagine how nuts kids must go at a Fallout Boy show. Anyway, if you're not sold by now, not sure what else I can do. Listen to the three sound samples. The ultimate metal-pop one-two-three punch. The most perfect three song opening to a record I can remember.
Ahhhh. Ok. I feel a whole lot better. No more guilt at all. I LOVE this record. And I'm gonna go home and listen to it again. And again.
MPEG Stream: ""Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today""
MPEG Stream: "Dead On Arrival"
MPEG Stream: "Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy"

album cover FALSINI, FRANCO Cold Nose (Naso Freddo) (Spectrum Spools / Editions Mego) lp 22.00
Spectrum Spools has been killing it lately with a string of amazing unearthed cosmic electronic artifacts. We raved about the recent Robert Turman Flux reissue from 1981 and now they dig deeper back to 1975 for this little known work of Italian kosmiche from Franco Falsini. We know of Falsini through the amazing seventies space prog synth outfit, Sensations' Fix (please someone reissue their records!!!), but this solo outing originally recorded as a soundtrack for an obscure film was completely unknown to us.
Made through a strange bio-electronic process that had us thinking of Masaki Batoh's recent Brain Pulse Music Machine record, Falsini recorded this album while having his brain activity monitored by a mechanism from the Bio-Electronic Meditation Society. Whenever his brain would produce Alpha/Theta waves, he would commit his music to tape. Alpha waves are generally created when defocusing one's attention, creating an alert relaxation found with meditation. Theta waves are produced with deeper meditation and often in periods of REM dream sleep. Composed in three suites, Cold Nose is a spiralling composition of EMS and Moog washes and floating guitar lines that remind us of krautrock legends Michael Rother and Manuel Gottsching, but with a distinct spaced-out Italian prog feel, especially when Falsini breaks out into stratospheric guitar leads over the organically pulsating synth treatments. Gorgeously cinematic, with constantly shifting and shimmering progressions. Beautifully remastered, anyone into the long form take on vintage psychedelic new age music should snag this while they can. If you dug the spacier psych moments of Italian progsters, Picchio Dal Pozzo, then this will be right up your alley!

FAMILY Anyway... (Repertoire) cd 19.98

FAMILY BAND Miller Path (self-released) lp 14.98

FAMILY BAND Miller Path (self-released) lp 14.98

album cover FAMILY FODDER Monkey Banana Kitchen (Staubgold) lp 19.98
Wacked-out French-not-French pop? Avant-dub? Post-punk for the anarchically happy? All of those are applicable and more for the bizarro-world citizens of Family Fodder. This was less of a band, and more of a ridiculously loose collective that spun around principal songwriter Alig Pearce and chanteuse Dominique Levillain, with a genealogical tree that is confoundingly complex. We CAN say that both Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward (of This Heat) passed through the quickly revolving door of Family Fodder with the Flying Lizards' David Cunningham also offering his disjointed madness; but there were probably dozens of different players who dotted each record. Those two projects - This Heat and the Flying Lizards - could be referenced for sure as a shorthand equation of what Family Fodder was up to; but there was also plenty of situationist stabs at jubilantly rendered black humor and boisterous sarcasm that rippled through the tumbling weirdo-punk joy of Family Fodder's music. Sparks meets Stereolab might be another non-entirely-off-the-mark description.
Monkey Banana Kitchen was the band's first full album (following a string of singles including several head-scratching / loving homages to Debbie Harry's rumored hermaphrodism - yeah, how about that for a topic of a poptune?!). The album's jittery punk-dub songwriting has its roots in the British classics of Public Image Limited and the Clash, although the anthemic pop-hook has been tossed out the window in favor of a glossalaic patter of semi-coherent lyrics. The triumphantly kaleidoscopic "Savoir Faire" operates in the same art-pop lineage of Stereolab, with Family Fodder being freakishly unfettered in their exuberance where Stereolab would play it ultra cool behind their Moogs and Gauloise cigarettes. Then, there are the deep-dub tracks of "Organ Grinder" and "Bass Adds Bass" which could have easily get confused for anything by The Slits or New Age Steppers. Sprinkled throughout the album are a series of short slapstick pieces of spring-loaded vaudevillian tunes and elliptical dada / slapstick lyrics: "Darling, reason's in the monkeyhouse with a banana in the kitchen."
Fantastic stuff!
MPEG Stream: "Savoir Faire"
MPEG Stream: "Bass Adds Bass"

album cover FAMILY FODDER Monkey Banana Kitchen / Schizophrenia Party (Staubgold) cd 17.98
Wacked-out French-not-French pop? Avant-dub? Post-punk for the anarchically happy? All of those are applicable and more for the bizarro-world citizens of Family Fodder. This was less of a band, and more of a ridiculously loose collective that spun around principal songwriter Alig Pearce and chanteuse Dominique Levillain, with a genealogical tree that is confoundingly complex. We CAN say that both Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward (of This Heat) passed through the quickly revolving door of Family Fodder with the Flying Lizards' David Cunningham also offering his disjointed madness; but there were probably dozens of different players who dotted each record. Those two projects - This Heat and the Flying Lizards - could be referenced for sure as a shorthand equation of what Family Fodder was up to; but there was also plenty of situationist stabs at jubilantly rendered black humor and boisterous sarcasm that rippled through the tumbling weirdo-punk joy of Family Fodder's music. Sparks meets Stereolab might be another non-entirely-off-the-mark description.
Monkey Banana Kitchen was the band's first full album (following a string of singles including several head-scratching / loving homages about Debbie Harry's rumored hermaphrodism - yeah, how about that for a topic of a poptune?!). The album's jittery punk-dub songwriting has its roots in the British classics of Public Image Limited and the Clash, although the anthemic pop-hook has been tossed out the window in favor of a glossalaic patter of semi-coherent lyrics. The triumphantly kaleidoscopic "Savoir Faire" operates in the same art-pop lineage of Stereolab, with Family Fodder being freakishly unfettered in their exuberance where Stereolab would play it ultra cool behind their Moogs and Gauloise cigarettes. Then, there are the deep-dub tracks of "Organ Grinder" and "Bass Adds Bass" which could have easily get confused for anything by The Slits or New Age Steppers. Sprinkled throughout the album are a series of short slapstick pieces of spring-loaded vaudevillian tunes and elliptical dada / slapstick lyrics: "Darling, reason's in the monkeyhouse with a banana in the kitchen." The compact disc is fleshed out with the tracks from the Schizophrenia Party EP plus a couple of singles (sadly none about Debbie Harry). The highlight of these tracks (for some of us) is the ridiculously over-the-top "Dinosaur Sex" - a totally stupid / brilliant rock-opera / punk-dub number that parodies Broadway musicals in an engorged number about, ah, fucking like a dinosaur!!
MPEG Stream: "Savoir Faire"
MPEG Stream: "Bass Adds Bass"
MPEG Stream: "Dinosaur Sex"
MPEG Stream: "Silence"
MPEG Stream: "Film Music"

FAMILY FODDER Savoir Faire: The Best of (Dark Beloved Cloud) cd 11.98
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Members of This Heat and the Flying Lizards collaborate with a french chanteuse and legendary songwriter Alig Pierce to fashion a parallel universe of perfect pop with avant squiggles sneaking around in the mix...definite Blondie vs. Stereolab vibe going on. (description by DREW D of MATMOS)

album cover FAMILY FODDER Schizophrenia Party (Director's Cut) (Staubgold) lp 19.98
Wacked-out French-not-French pop? Avant-dub? Post-punk for the anarchically happy? All of those are applicable and more for the bizarro-world citizens of Family Fodder. This was less of a band, and more of a ridiculously loose collective that spun around principal songwriter Alig Pearce and chanteuse Dominique Levillain, with a genealogical tree that is confoundingly complex. We CAN say that both Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward (of This Heat) passed through the quickly revolving door of Family Fodder with the Flying Lizards' David Cunningham also offering his disjointed madness; but there were probably dozens of different players who dotted each record. Those two projects - This Heat and the Flying Lizards - could be referenced for sure as a shorthand equation of what Family Fodder was up to; but there was also plenty of situationist stabs at jubilantly rendered black humor and boisterous sarcasm that rippled through the tumbling weirdo-punk joy of Family Fodder's music. Sparks meets Stereolab might be another non-entirely-off-the-mark description.
This lp contains all the tracks from the Schizophrenia Party EP plus a couple of singles (sadly none about Debbie Harry). The highlight to these tracks (for some of us) is the ridiculously over-the-top "Dinosaur Sex" - a totally stupid / brilliant rock-opera / punk-dub number that parodies Broadway musicals in an engorged number about, ah, fucking like a dinosaur!!
MPEG Stream: "Dinosaur Sex"
MPEG Stream: "Silence"
MPEG Stream: "Film Music"

FAMILY JAMS (Aoroa) 2cd 22.00
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2 cds worth of Charles Manson's "desert music" as recorded by his friends at the time of his trial, plus a 20 booklet. The full color packaging is pretty nice, and the whole thing was approved by and partly produced by, like, Squeaky. "There WAS no Manson Family till we got busted. There was a music group known as The Family Jams" --Charles Manson

FAMILY TREES Dream Talkin (Father / Daughter Records) 7" 8.98

album cover FAMILY UNDERGROUND Black Hole (Weird Forest) lp 17.98
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Warehouse find! Dug up just three copies of this sprawling psychedelic epic, formerly a tour only cd-r from these tripped our psych rocking Danes, it was expanded with 30 minutes of extra material, and pressed on two slabs of vinyl, a 4 sided psychedelic free for all, murky, swirly, lysergic. blurred and druggy and wildly amorphous, heaving slabs of smoldering sound oozing into clouds of tinkling percussion, the sound ritualistic and primitive, loose and free, chanted wordless vocals, deep low end thrum, smears of feedback, squalls of soft cacophony, occasional dreamy bits of ethereal drift, the whole thing woozy and washed out and gloriously abstract and spaced out, hits of Avarus and Sylvester Anfang abound, but these guys take those sounds and melt them down into something much more gooey and viscous and potent. Rad stuff for sure. Packaged in a super deluxe full color gatefold sleeve. LIMITED TO 500 COPIES!

album cover FAMILY UNDERGROUND Demond Parade (DNT) lp 14.98
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FAMILY UNDERGROUND Riven (Not Not Fun) lp 14.98
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album cover FAMOUS BOATING PARTY, THE Silvery Branches (Jewelled Antler Library) 3" cd-r 5.98
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This fifth entry (it says here sixth but we think they skipped one) in the so-far-totally-great Jewelled Antler Library series of cute lil' 3" cd-r eps is something a bit different, yet familar too to Jewelled Antler aficionados. It features the Blithe Sons (Glenn Donaldson and Loren Chasse, both also of Thuja and much else besides) joined by Eleanor Harwood on vocals. This trio's music is totally inspired by '70s art rock ensemble Slapp Happy, it's actually an intentional tribute of sorts. Eleanor is the heart of this, and we must say that for an untrained vocalist in an improvised setting, she's very impressive! Singing lyrics taken from a book of Kenneth Patchen poetry that was near to hand, "The Famous Boating Party", she totally inhabits the Dagmar Krause role, her vocals all wonderfully warbly and birdlike and lovely. She reminds us of Bjork at times too, no bad thing! Backing her up/leading her on, Glenn strums melodically on his 6 & 12 string guitars and adds comforting keyboard coloration, while Loren's "percussion & noises" both provide a steady beat and contribute the usual detailed, natural Jewelled Antler ambiance. It's very hazy and folky and fairytale like, a summer's afternoon encapsulated in a magical music box. Maybe not to everyone's taste (Slapp Happy certainly isn't either) but for some this will be a highlight in the Library series.
MPEG Stream: "White Butterfly"
MPEG Stream: "The Orange Bears"

FAN ZUI XIANG FA s/t (Genjing et. al.) 7" 3.50
Beijing Hardcore!!! Or, at least, that's the title of one of the six tracks on this 7", from China. Others include "Chaos Now!" and "Garbage".

FAN ZUI XIANG FA s/t (Genjing et. al.) 7" 3.50

album cover FANCEY The Magical Summer (March) cd ep 7.98
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Just can't get enough, can you? Us neither. For those of you in need of even more from the New Pornographers' stable of popsters. Keyboard and guitar player Todd Fancey once again steps out on his own. Well kinda, he's enlisted some of his Vancouver pals to join in the singin' and playin' (his NP bandmate drummer Kurt Dahle, The Organ's Debora Cohen and The Gay's Sara Lapsley to name just three). Following up on his juicy self-titled debut from last summer, he's offered up another summertime treat. Four glorious, sunshiney tunes bursting with '70s AM radio style smooth pop sensibilities -- sorta like a cross between the Raspberries and Free Design. You almost expect him to launch into Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy" or Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street".
MPEG Stream: "Blue Star"
MPEG Stream: "Magical Summer"

album cover FANCEY (TODD) s/t (March) cd 14.98
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Hey everyone, here's the feel-good album of the month! Like the bright plump orange that graces the front cover of this cd, Fancey is the sonic equivalent of a juicy beam of sunshine. And it's not all that surprising considering he's 1/5 of the mighty New Pornographers! The album takes off with the insanely uplifting tune "Carry Me". Like a smoooth blend of Free Design and westcoast '70s mellow rock with more than a few nods to the Zombies and the Byrds (we also heard shades of the Seekers' "Georgy Girl" in a few songs). Launching into falsetto at the blink of an eye, Fancey's vocal delivery is reminiscent of Sloan's Chris Murphy, fellow New Pornographer Carl Newman and Chicago's Pete Cetera. However, it's the female backing vocal harmonies that truly buoys the proceedings, sweetening each song to true confection status! The male/female singing also brings to mind the recent swoonsome album by another Vancouver combo, Young & Sexy. Todd has enlisted all of his Vancouver friends: Kurt and Blaine of the NPs, Monica from Tennessee Twin, Corinne, Maija and Sara of The Gay to name just a few. FYI: For those unfamiliar, Mr. Fancey hopped aboard the New Pornographers party bus when Dan Bejar (Destroyer) left and went a-travellin', and has proven to be a highly valued member in his own right.
MPEG Stream: "Carry Me "
MPEG Stream: "Strayed Out"

album cover FANNYPACK Ghetto Bootleg (Tommy Boy) cd 14.98

MPEG Stream: "Hit It"
MPEG Stream: "Pop That Thing"
MPEG Stream: "Hey Mami - Sharaz Mix"

album cover FANNYPACK See You Next Tuesday (Tommy Boy) cd 17.98
Some seriously sassy summer party jams go bananas in a smothering of cotton-candy & Miami-bass. A bit of a turn away from the electro-clash scene, FP get more all about hiphop on See You Next Tuesday, their follow-up to the Camel-Toe brining debut. This is a super fun album. Are you ready for it? For fans of M.I.A., Peaches, Missy Elliott and crazed boardwalkian beach parties.
MPEG Stream: "Seven One Eight"
MPEG Stream: "Feet & Hands"

album cover FANTOMAS Delerium Cordia (Ipecac) cd 17.98
Mike Patton's musical terror squad returns. Or should we say medical terror squad, judging by the graphics: photos taken from Max Aguilera-Hellweg's "The Sacred Heart" book of surgery pictures, images both clinically compelling and quite gory (the likes of "Irrigating Wound Before Closing" and "Organ Donation For Cornea Transplant" are not for the squeamish!). Drs. Patton, Lombardo, Osbourne and Dunn here perform an operation both physical and psychological, as befits those cd graphics. It's dark, grim chamber music for rock instruments and electronics. Some of this is almost-ambient, delicate and beautiful. Other parts are bombastic and spastic as you'd expect. Slayer drummer Lombardo exercises much restraint, but gets to roil and toil at times. Patton of course displays a range of vocals, including some truly sweet singing in fact. This hour-plus composition (expansive yet claustrophically, it's but one long track) almost seems like a DJ set constructed from the darkest, artiest LPs in Patton's collection. Indeed, Fantomas' list of acknowledgements gives some clues as to what this sounds like: Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Matmos, Nitsch, Messiaen, Komeda, stethoscopic heart recordings... We're also definitely reminded of Jonathan Bepler's scores for Matthew Barney's Cremaster films -- there's even a passage with buzzing insect sounds not unlike Lombardo's cut on the Cremaster 2 soundtrack.
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 1"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 2"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 3"

album cover FANTOMAS Delirium Cordia (Ipecac) 2lp 27.00
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Now on vinyl (and not cheap... but it is a schmancy double picture disc)!
Mike Patton's musical terror squad returns. Or should we say medical terror squad, judging by the graphics: photos taken from Max Aguilera-Hellweg's "The Sacred Heart" book of surgery pictures, images both clinically compelling and quite gory (the likes of "Irrigating Wound Before Closing" and "Organ Donation For Cornea Transplant" are not for the squeamish!). Drs. Patton, Lombardo, Osbourne and Dunn here perform an operation both physical and psychological, as befits those cd graphics. It's dark, grim chamber music for rock instruments and electronics. Some of this is almost-ambient, delicate and beautiful. Other parts are bombastic and spastic as you'd expect. Slayer drummer Lombardo exercises much restraint, but gets to roil and toil at times. Patton of course displays a range of vocals, including some truly sweet singing in fact. This hour-plus composition (expansive yet claustrophically, it's but one long track) almost seems like a DJ set constructed from the darkest, artiest LPs in Patton's collection. Indeed, Fantomas' list of acknowledgements gives some clues as to what this sounds like: Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Matmos, Nitsch, Messiaen, Komeda, stethoscopic heart recordings... We're also definitely reminded of Jonathan Bepler's scores for Matthew Barney's Cremaster films -- there's even a passage with buzzing insect sounds not unlike Lombardo's cut on the Cremaster 2 soundtrack.
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 1"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 2"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 3"

FANTOMAS s/t (Ipecac) cd 17.98
The debut album from both Mike Patton's new band and new label. Vocalist and big time Zorn-o-phile Patton (of Mr. Bungle/Faith No More fame) has assembled a "supergroup" of sorts, featuring ex-Slayer drum god Dave Lombardo, Bungle's Trevor Dunn on bass and Melvins guitarist Buzz Osbourne. Together they make quite a racket in a nowave improv skree kinda mode. Is this a tribute to Japan's spastictastic Melt-Banana or a blatant rip-off? You decide... Actually, that's a little harsh. But lots of "regular" folks are going to hear this 'cause of the names involved and not realise the obvious inspiration, and credit should go where credit is due...

album cover FANTOMAS Suspended Animation (Ipecac) cd 17.98
Animated, yes. Suspended, no -- except for the listener's disbelief, perhaps. Sheer carnivalesque carnage here, folks, just like you expect from these guys. After the relatively calm, droned-out ambience of their epic Delerium Cordia album from last year, for this release Fantomas now take us back to the Naked City/Melt-Banana inspired short sharp shock style they delivered on their self-titled debut in '99. There's 30 (!!!) tracks here, each one a violently freaked out, spastic collision of metal, electronics, cartoon music and avant-garde composition that likey adds another unexpected sonic ingredient to the mix. Utterly dizzying and complex, executed by pros. Seriously, you couldn't think of four guys more well-suited to the task: Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Buzz Osbourne and Trevor Dunn (past and present members of such notable noise-makers as Mr. Bungle, Melvins, Slayer, and Faith No More, as we're sure you're aware). I mean, they could have added John Zorn or Eye Yamataka or Brian Chippendale to the line-up but it would hardly be necessary, these four already have this stuff DOWN. And the brief Osbourne/Patton vocal duet in track ten is a special thrill. We're at a loss to provide much more in the way of description, it's something you just need to experience for yourself, if you're up for it. Definitely if you're into the genre of music that is ALL genres rolled into one, the Attention Defecit Disorder frenzies of Suspended Animation will provide utmost entertainment. And for the moment, we have the version of this that, for some reason we don't know but won't question, comes in limited-edition packaging incorporating a spiral-bound April 2004 calendar designed and illustrated by hip Japanese artist Yoshitmo Nara. Pretty cool! Too bad April is just about over. But it's not like you were gonna use it as a dayplanner anyway, just admire it for the art.
MPEG Stream: "04/09/05 Saturday"
MPEG Stream: "04/13/05 Wednesday"
MPEG Stream: "04/21/05 Thursday"

album cover FANTOMAS The Director's Cut (Ipecac) cd 17.98
Bay Area supergroup comprised of Mike Patton (Mr Bungle, Faith No More), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Buzz Osbourne (Melvins), and Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle, various avant jazz outfits). On this, their second album, they pay tribute to the film scores they've long fetishized. I admit it: I'm a soundtrack collector too; it's so *easy* to fetishize tangible artifacts from films you love so much. And these boys've got good taste: Henry Mancini (Experiment in Terror, Charade), Nino Rota (The Godfather), Bernard Herrmann (Cape Fear), John Barry (Vendetta), Ennio Morricone (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion), Christopher Komeda (Rosemary's Baby), etc etc.
While the band manages to leave some of the flavor of each original piece intact, their objective seems to have been to sort of Bungle-ize each track (you know, lots of Patton screaming, overwhelming drama and sinister atmospheres), although a nod should definitely go to Lombardo, who uses lots of flavorful percussison -- woodblocks, chimes, bells, clicks, clocks and clacks -- that enhances the "period" tone of several of the pieces. It's a fine record (heck, it's the only worthy Morricone cover I've ever heard), just be aware that in order to get *into* this record, it's more important that you're into the signature Patton/Bungle manic sound than being familiar with the films or the soundtracks themselves.
RealAudio clip: "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Morricone)"
RealAudio clip: "Rosemary's Baby (Komeda)"

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