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album cover T & K Mucho Swash (Italians Do It Better) 12" 9.98
It's always an exciting day at aQ when a new Italians Do It Better 12" comes in as that label is really at top of its game, releasing some of the best and most suave sounding dance jams over the last few years (Glass Candy, Chromatics, Nite Jewel, Desire, Twisted Wires, etc.).
While most of the stuff they've put out has a very Moroder-esque disco vibe, it's awesome to hear something on a different side of the dance equation this time out. T & K is the collaboration between DJ Kaos and Tiago, who mine gold from the heyday of the Chicago house scene and prove that it wasn't just the early days of disco that had the ingredients for melty and sexy dancefloor grooves. The sounds of classic house from America make its way into the ears (and sound) of these two European producers who hail from Germany and Portugal, and who for sure add a nice touch of their own, that totally silky and seductive side of Euro dance music that really makes this an Italians Do It Better release, retaining the label's high standards of sexy soundmaking, yet offering a much needed different taking off point for reaching that state of smoke filled dance floor bliss. So good!

T CELLS s/t (Smash) 10" 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
One of many new wave offshoots of the defunct Long Beach punk comedy troupe Le Shok. Hot Rod Todd and Darryl Licht get lo-fi nastee with cheap synths and a rhythm box. Four songs, including a warped cover of The Troggs' "Strange Movies". Limited to 1000, and on wacky mustard yellow vinyl (only).

album cover T H E M A Y S KNOWFI (Gigante Sound) cd-r 7.98
Upon receiving the debut release from T H E M A Y S (yes, the group specifies that there be a space between each letter)!, we were struck by the aroma of tempera paint emanating from the hand-made fold-out packaging. It immediately stirred memories of fingerpainting in elementary school, and in turn, the untethered nature of childhood creativity. Interestingly, T H E M A Y S is a project based out of a school of another sort, but with a seemingly similar sense of free-flowing exploratory openness. Nestled in the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, the San Francisco Urban Music Program is "dedicated to teaching progressive and adventurous music-making of all kinds" to youths and adults. Yes, that description sounds right up our alley, doesn't it? And while it's actually not geographically so (i.e, "up our alley", heh heh!), it is still pretty close and in town (the SNBC is a wonderful community hub located a few blocks from Ocean Beach in the Outer Sunset district here in SF). Anyhoo, KNOWFI was composed in this supportive environment by eight students and instructors. The latter includes the fine Jon Bernson with whom we're all well familiar from his other musical pursuits (namely Ray's Vast Basement which morphed into Exray's a couple of years ago, and his duo with Tim Cohen called Window Twins). He is in fact the captain of this UMP ship, having founded it in back in '97.
Although the cd-r is indexed into twelve tracks, and each one is titled individually, it plays as one continuous 40-minute soundscape of lulling swells of dreamy haze. So, we'd recommend that you sit right down, settle in for a spell, and allow the heavily processed and densely layered drones, fleeting melodies, found sounds and other noise generators melt together into every crack and crevice of your ear drums. Awash with ever-evolving warbly, woobly wonderfulness!
MPEG Stream: "W T O T W T O O"
MPEG Stream: "S X X X I S I S I"

album cover T H E M A Y S (THEMAYS) Theworks (self-released) cassette 9.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The second release from local electronic collective T H E M A Y S (that's how it's written according to the group), and like the last one, a limited cd-r on Gigante Sound, this tape is the work of a special group of music makers, as T H E M A Y S is actually a school project, or rather a project based out of a school, in which kids are taught to make music, record, compose, play instruments, and the results are then released, this tape the product of various recording and editing sessions between students and instructors, and it's a doozy, loping electronic soundscapes, super atmospheric, like the last record, but this one way more beat heavy, sounding like something that should have come out on Anticon, the same sort of lush collaged avant hip hop soundscapery, the tones lush and warm, the beats loping and groovy, the tracks here are pretty fantastic, layered and intricate, gristly statick woven into dreamy billows of chordal shimmer, and swirling FX, all anchored to hypnotic electro-hop grooves. Super cool!
LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, each one hand numbered.
MPEG Stream: "Portal To The Mortal"
MPEG Stream: "Blues Dot Korg"

T SKI VALLEY / FAMILY Catch the Beat/Family Beat (split) (Soul Jazz ) 12" 10.98

album cover T++ Wireless (Honest Jons) 2x12" 22.00
Imagine if you can, some sort of modern electronica dubstep / traditional East African folk music hybrid. Sounds pretty amazing for sure. Definitely kind of difficult to conjure up, but Wireless, the final recording from techno producer T++, has taken these two sonically disparate elements and created something truly spellbinding.
T++ is just one of the many pseudonyms producer Torsten Profrock has used over the years, loosely affiliated with the Skull Disco collective, exploring various permutations of dub and techno, but this is the first we've heard from him in any guise, and we have to say it's pretty killer.
Combining super skeletal skittery beats with archival recordings from EMI's archive of historical music (the same one Honest Jon's as has been working through to compile its various reissues), Profrock takes various recordings of vocals and ndingidi (a one string fiddle like instrument) from old 78s and chops and cuts and reassembles and reinterprets, creating a super haunting minimal abstract techno that is ghostly and otherworldly but also very human and organic sounding. "Cropped" loops a simple 2 step rhythm around a gorgeous hummed melody, a refrain that gives the listener chills every time, while beneath the beat, various bits of buzz and shimmer, and fragments of melody drift and swirl. "Anyi" starts out thick and squelchy, only to splinter into some super abstract dub, peppered with shards of hiss and fuzz. Soft swells of intense vocalizing and mournful minor key melody undulate just below the surface, along side thick streaks of buzzy bass. "Voices No Bodies" is another stretch of skeletal skitter, wreathed in woozy spectral loops, the African elements barely audible beneath the hypnotic clipped shuffle. And finally "Dig", which is the most traditionally 'dubstep' sounding of the bunch, with bigger beats, and that lurching two step stutter, laced again with mysterious fragmented voices, bits of buzz, clouds of soft focus effects, all woven into a gorgeously rhythmic and hypnotic whole.

T-LOVE Return of the B-Girl (Pickininny) lp 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
What a pleasant surprise! This self-produced-and-released massive hip hop statement from SoCal female MC T-Love features full-on kick ass rapping over a shuffling acid-jazz beatbox backdrop. Kool Keith of Dr. Octagon guests on one track ("Your whole family is wack!"), the Freestyle Fellowship are sampled, and beats and scratching by T-Love's musical collaborator This Kid Named Miles are scattered throughout. Local DJ Anna came in and bought 9 copies of this from us, yes it is that good. If you're tired of commercial testosterone-laden hip hop and its attendant sex and money preoccupations, this record will delight you, we promise. Everytime we play this record, two or three people come up and say "Wow who is this?!"

T-LOVE Return of the B-Girl (Pickininny) cdep 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
What a pleasant surprise! This self-produced-and-released massive hip hop statement from SoCal female MC T-Love features full-on kick ass rapping over a shuffling acid-jazz beatbox backdrop. Kool Keith of Dr. Octagon guests on one track ("Your whole family is wack!"), the Freestyle Fellowship are sampled, and beats and scratching by T-Love's musical collaborator This Kid Named Miles are scattered throughout. Local DJ Anna came in and bought 9 copies of this from us, yes it is that good. If you're tired of commercial testosterone-laden hip hop and its attendant sex and money preoccupations, this record will delight you, we promise. Everytime we play this record, two or three people come up and say "Wow who is this?!"

T-REX Slider (Fat Possum) lp 14.98

T-REX Tanx (Fat Possum) lp 14.98

album cover T. REX s/t (A&M) cd 15.98
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album cover T.A.C. Splintered (Small Voices) cd 10.98
T.A.C. have been at it since 1981, operating on the rhythmic side of the industrial culture, finding home for their work on Insane Music, Ant-Zen, Tesco, Minus Habens, Discordia, etc. This Italian project seemed to have undergone a number of personnel upheavals over the decades with Simon Balestrazzi being the only founding member still active in the project. Splintered was recorded back in 2003 as something of a witchy / gothy take on click'n'cuts electronica. Crisp rhythms and ultra-minimal arrangements for synth, horns, and guitar are laced with the caterwauling female vocals of Monica Serra, all of which predate what The Knife were up to a couple years later and are somewhat prescient of the whole witch house thing, if T.A.C. would have dunked everything in a massive pool of reverb and delay like Mater Suspiria Vision.
WE ONLY HAVE 4 OR 5 COPIES OF THIS, it's out of print, the label folded, so these are the last copies we'll be able to get...
MPEG Stream: "Rain Some Nights"
MPEG Stream: "Broken"
MPEG Stream: "Sacred Drift"

album cover T.A.C. Twilight Rituals (Small Voices) cd 10.98
The acronym T.A.C. stands for Tomografia Assiale Computerizzata, which for all of us Anglophones equates to a CAT-Scan, and this Italian post-industrial / dark-pop project has been producing work since the early '80s with quite a number of limited releases mostly on Italian labels. Small Voices was one of those Italian labels, who had specialized in a lot of obscure Italian post-industrial and experimental music; thus serving T.A.C. quite well. Here, T.A.C. is revolving around the founding member Simon Balestrazzi and vocalist Monica Serra. There's a minimalist sound design to their nocturnal electronics, which almost harken to Morricone's restrained atmospherics on his horror soundtracks with lugubrious basslines, radio-fuzz guitar, and skeletal Coil-esque electronic bloop to go with Serra's languid combination of Annie Anxiety and Beth Gibbons at their most somber.
WE ONLY HAVE 4 OR 5 COPIES OF THIS, it's out of print, the label folded, so these are the last copies we'll be able to get...
MPEG Stream: "This Language Of Flesh And Blood"
MPEG Stream: "Pulling Wings Off Butterflies"

album cover T.A.C. Waiting For The Twilight (Small Voices) cd 10.98
Of the three T.A.C. album we managed to get in, Waiting For The Twilight is the earliest, recorded in 2002 and taking many of its cues from the '90s period of Coil, with skittering glitch based electronica gliding over downtempo breakbeats. All sorts of darkly baroque flares lay upon T.A.C.'s skeletal framework with ritualized hand percussion, occluded Spanish guitar excursions, and plenty of loping basslines that all set a dark-eyed atmosphere much on par with fellow Italian avant-rock occulists Larsen, further shaped by the evocative vocalist Monica Serra.
WE ONLY HAVE 4 OR 5 COPIES OF THIS, it's out of print, the label folded, so these are the last copies we'll be able to get... so as with all the Small Voices / A Silent Place stuff we're listing this week, probably a good idea to list alternates when ordering.
MPEG Stream: "Gleaming"
MPEG Stream: "Confidence In Chemicals"
MPEG Stream: "Enters The Worm"

album cover T.I.T.S. Second Base (Upset The Rhythm) lp 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Get to second base with these ladies if you dare, you might find yourself an appendage short!
After a killer split with UK based Leopard Leg, Second Base marks the full length debut of these local San Francisco spitfires. Huge mean walls of cavey no-wave pummel and monolithic molten guitar swells steep these doom-laden garage rock stompers in layers of simmering and pulsating sonics. While the vocals sung in group chant style highlight the buried melodies deep within. It's a bit easy to describe the vocals and overall sound of an all-girl experimental band, especially one that dwells toward the extreme side of the sonic spectrum, as "witchy", but there's no real other way to describe the vocals here. Although they're not shrieked or sung in a detuned arty sort of way, the flat but clear group-intoned vocal delivery heightens the spell-binding doomy power of the songs, reminding us of the modern-day women in George Romero's Season of the Witch, rather than the nature-worshiping fairytale kind.
We're still not sure what T.I.T.S. stands for. Their MySpace page suggests Technicolor Inner Troll Syndrome(?!). We've got a better one: This Is The Shit!!!!

album cover T.I.T.S. Second Base (self-released) cd-r 11.98
NOW AVAILABLE ON CD-r!!
Get to second base with these ladies if you dare, you might find yourself an appendage short!
After a killer split with UK based Leopard Leg, Second Base marks the full length debut of these local San Francisco spitfires. Huge mean walls of cavey no-wave pummel and monolithic molten guitar swells steep these doom-laden garage rock stompers in layers of simmering and pulsating sonics, while the vocals sung in group chant style highlight the buried melodies deep within. It's a bit easy to describe the vocals and overall sound of an all-girl experimental band, especially one that dwells toward the extreme side of the sonic spectrum, as "witchy", but there's no real other way to describe the vocals here. Although they're not shrieked or sung in a detuned arty sort of way, the flat but clear group-intoned vocal delivery heightens the spell-binding doomy power of the songs, reminding us of the modern-day women in George Romero's Season of the Witch, rather than the nature-worshiping fairytale kind.
We're still not sure what T.I.T.S. stands for. Their MySpace page suggests Technicolor Inner Troll Syndrome(?!). We've got a better one: This Is The Shit!!!!
MPEG Stream: "Void"
MPEG Stream: "Octopus"
MPEG Stream: "Echoes"

album cover T.I.T.S. The Girls (self-released) lp 14.98
Over the last few years T.I.T.S. have proven to be one of the most exciting groups in the San Francisco music scene. Four woman who bring an immediacy and intensity to their off kilter post-punk jams. Theirs are songs that make you want to dance in such a fucked up way, as you smash and destroy, sweat and bleed and exorcise all the demons from your soul...
For sure taking their cues from the early No Wave scene, their sound so perfect alongside impassioned blasts from the past by folks like The Au Pairs, Liliput, DNA, Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, Bush Tetras, The Raincoats and The Slits. We also love how they songs feel like such kindred spirits to what Erase Errata were exploring on their final (?) album, Nightlife. We're also reminded of a similar sensation we feel when we listen to The Ex.
While they may be getting much inspiration from the past, nothing feels nostalgic about the sounds on The Girls. In fact every song jumps out with such a present, vibrant energy that they make the listener feel totally connected to that visceral moment in time. What makes T.I.T.S. so fucking great is that they don't just borrow from post punk's past, but instead they actually infuse so much true punk spirit into their songs. Smoking hot!
MPEG Stream: "Rachel"
MPEG Stream: "Lindsay"
MPEG Stream: "Kirsty"

album cover T.I.T.S. / LEOPARD LEGS split (Upset The Rhythm) lp 16.98
Intercontinental all girl noise rock tag team match up. From right here in SF come T.I.T.S. (no idea what it stands for) an all-female troupe spewing their own skewed and venomous version of damaged psychedelic fuzzy garage rock stomp. Lo-fi brittle metallic riffing butts up against simple pounding caveman drums, haunting chant-like vocals, all with a seriously pagan primal, tribal vibe. Two whole sides of furiously fuzzed out chant and buzz, psych rock garage grrrrrrrrr....
The other disc features the UK's mysterious Leopard Leg, who are a bit like a witchier, soundtrackier No Neck Blues Band. Abstract soundscapes of bells and chimes nestled amidst prickly seas of record / campfire crackle, buzzing snarls of malfunctioning electronics, clattery tribal percussion, haunting abstract vocals, a slow drift through a dark forest, folk picked apart by hungry scavengers, leaving weird skeletal shapes and fuzzy fragments of sound, until about halfway through the second side when the band drop everything, and go all out with their haunted forest drum line, spitting out a huge cacophonous wall of Crash Worship drum damage. Woah.
Incredible packaging, super thick, glossy gatefold sleeve, colored vinyl, one white, one green, so nice...

album cover T.O.M.B Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy II (Fall Of Nature) cd 9.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Way back in 2008, we reviewed the debut full length from a mysterious East coast outsider black metal horde called T.O.M.B. (which stands for Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy, btw). That record, Macabre Noize Royale, was a weird one, the MO of the band unlike any black metal bands we knew about. Sure, some bands record in the forest, or a cave, but these guys recorded in all sorts of strange locations, based on the places themselves, whether a location was supposedly haunted, or where some tragedy took place, or even better, with some fucked up acoustical properties.
Those remote recordings definitely informed their sound, depending on the space, the sound could be brittle and tinny, or deep and reverby and resonant, and the songs themselves differed dramatically as well, blackened dronemusick one minute, buzzing blasting blackness the next, weird industrial clang and clatter the next, often incorporating the location into the sound, banging on pipes, scraping fences and whatnot.
We managed to get just a small handful of these, the second, and perhaps final release from these guys, a collection of various tracks, recorded over the last 14 years, at all sorts of mysterious locations, a cemetery, a mental institution, a mental hospital, and although these tracks span more than a decade, they hold together pretty well, and sound incredible, from frenzied shrieking blasts of blackness, to murky, chugging, dirgey almost industrial sounding crush, from blown out blackened psychedelia, to creeping, lumbering mechanical dirgery, all clanging metal, and inhuman howls, from noise drenched Teutonic Swans-like pummel spaced out abstract ritualistic Abruptum like weirdness, from super distorted crumbling Merzbowian blacknoize blowouts to blurred and blackened ambience, this stuff is pretty goddamn great. Sonically, Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy II is really not that far removed from Macabre Noize Royale, but then that's just fine with us!
And again, be warned, we only got a small batch of these, not sure if we can get more when we run out...
MPEG Stream: "Black Crypt Worship"
MPEG Stream: "Rekindle The Essence Of Death"
MPEG Stream: "Wizard Funeral"
MPEG Stream: "Midnight In Sodom"

album cover T.O.M.B. Macabre Noize Royale (Todestrieb) cd 14.98
So many bands use periods like they use umlauts, just throwing them into to make their band name seem more fucked up or evil or grim. So we fully expected that T.O.M.B. were doing just that, until we discovered it does actually stand for something: Total, Occultic, Mechanical, Blasphemy.
Which is in fact a pretty good name for these guys. Cuz this is indeed some seriously occultic mechanical blasphemy. This one man band from Pennsylvania is one of the new breed of black metallers, with a healthy appetite for NOISE, but in T.O.M.B., that appetite is sated in a fairly unique way. Every song here was recorded in a different location, various places in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, all in some way spiritual, whether they were the location of some tragedy, or perhaps they are supposedly haunted, each one adding their vibe and spirit to the recordings, not to mention their bizarre acoustics.
The tracks here range from blown out blurred dronemusic, thick with distortion and buzzing guitars howled vocals, and tons of reverb from the huge concrete environs, while others are more straight ahead blackened buzz, but even those tracks are far from straight ahead, the two disparate sounds often getting all tangled up in one another, or even overlapping, the more metal parts slipping from loping mathy black metal to furious thrashing, cool start stop dynamics, haunting minor key melodies...
But the best tracks are definitely the ones that sounds like some fucked up grim metal band set up at the bottom of some cistern or on the wide open floor of some burnt out factory. The drums a machine like pulse, the guitars a howling cloud of droney buzz, the vocals just adding to the din, every once in a while bits of guitar drifting to the surface, some tracks it sounds like the band is playing in another room, very much like it sounds standing right outside the door of a club, but way more murky and washed out. Because of the field recording aspect, the sound quality varies dramatically, and tends toward the raw and lo-fi, but that's the point, it's the industrial city version of Nordic bands recording in the woods, this is band out in 'the wild', incorporating the surroundings into their sound, almost creating a new kind of USBM, this is definitely not for everyone. The sound is damaged and really strange, the metal here is plenty buzzing and blasting, but more often than not is wreathed in reverb, or buried in murk, or just plain fucked up, but awesomely fucked up. Headphones help for sure, there's so much to hear, so much going on beneath the noise and within the black buzz. Definitely one of the coolest weirdest black metal records so far this year...
MPEG Stream: "The Inauguration"
MPEG Stream: "Immitis"
MPEG Stream: "Shaare Moth"
MPEG Stream: "Brazen Endurance"

album cover T.O.M.B. Third Wave Holocaust (Black Plague Productions) cd 13.98
Third Wave Holocaust is the latest sonic assault from this Philadelphia based black noise / industrial / black metal collective, whose acronymic moniker stands for Total Occultic Mechnical Blasphemy, and whose process involves setting up in all sorts of locations with emotional or historical import, old abandoned buildings, decaying churches, sites of deaths, murders, with the goal, we assume, to channel that psychic energy into the sounds, and the sounds, shit, even sans whatever psychic energy these guys conjure up, is seriously crushing, totally speaker shredding blown out blackness, bordering in places on pure white noise, overwhelming walls of Merzboic brutality, the pure sonic chaos of performing at extreme volume in huge spaces with massive natural reverb and delay, a swirling vortex of sound, furious and frenzied, and in many cased blurred and smeared into indistinct bursts of caustic sonic malevolence, those moments balanced with more nuanced ritualism, voices, chiming bells, dense rumbles, distant drones, thick low end reverberations, the sound slipping easily between hushed demonic drifts and all out aural punishment, with most of the record straddling the two, the best moments when the blacknoise oozes into the more tranquil passages, or when the strange vocal incantations somehow make it to the surface, from beneath a morass of churning, roiling buzz and howl, sometimes peppered with strange fragmented rhythms, but just as often, those perceived rhythms splintering into just more layers of crumbling chaotic sound.
It makes sense that this is on Black Plague / Malignant, as it's closer to noise/industrial than it is black metal, but adventurous black metallers still just might find this grim and hellish enough, but really, anyone into black/drone/noise/industrial ritualism, these guys are for you...
MPEG Stream: "Antagonizing The Unknown"
MPEG Stream: "The Great Venerat Insult"
MPEG Stream: "Na La Gore Na"
MPEG Stream: "Disrupting Admin"

album cover T.O.M.B. UAG (Crucial Blast) cd 13.98
We found ourselves immediately intrigued by this group of Philly black metal / blacknoise / industrial merchants, whose M.O. consisted of site specific rituals, and what essentially amounted to field recorded black metal. A space would be chosen, as much for its acoustic properties as it's historical/emotional significance, an old abandoned mental hospital, supposedly haunted buildings, various ruins and locations of past tragedies. Seemingly in a bid to channel that energy through sound, and we have to say, to our ears it worked. Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy aka T.O.M.B. have created a sound that is black only in mood and vibe, that sonically has more in common with outfits like Gnaw Their Tongues, Demonologists and even NRIII, whose new record is reviewed elsewhere on this list. Whether it was intentional, or just the result of the locations and the recording process, the sound of T.O.M.B. tends toward the cavernous, lots of echo and reverb, sounds careen from speaker to speaker, some sort of infernal black dub in places, the vibe way more industrial noise than black metal, but somehow, ultimately it feels more like an unholy union of the two. Lots of rhythmic percussion, processed sounds that rumble ominously one second, explode in shards of white noise the next, there seem to be voices, but those too are transformed into just more blurred psychedelic noise.
The most 'serene' moments might be the most sonically malevolent, churning looped pulses, some sort of deep hellish thrum, gradually drawing ever nearer, the percussion like some sort of demonic death march, the sound locked into long stretches of rhythmic mesmer, the sound at it's MOST rhythmic, reminding us of Aluk Todolo or German Oak, albeit much more blown out and blackened, at its blackest, like the sickest, grimmest, most raw and primitive low fidelity black metal, and at its noisiest, rivaling the most corrosive Japanoise, yet all somehow strung together into some sort of black hymnal, an abject collection of abstract, mysterious, soul stirring sonic malice.
MPEG Stream: "Uncovered Ancient Gateways"
MPEG Stream: "Torment"
MPEG Stream: "Mausoleum Witchcraft"
MPEG Stream: "Serpent Moon Seance"

album cover T.P. ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO The Kings Of Benin Urban Groove 1972-80 (Sound Way) 2lp 21.00

album cover T.R.A.S.E. (TAPE RECORDER AND SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE) s/t (B-Music / Finders Keepers) cd 13.98
Sweet! This is the sort of thing that makes for a good Record Of The Week both 'cause of how it sounds (always the biggest consideration of course!!) and also 'cause the back story is pretty cool, too. We'll start with that. T.R.A.S.E. stands for Tape Recorder And Synthesizer Ensemble, a name that, if used by a band nowadays might seem just a bit unimaginatively straightforward & blandly self-explanatory, or perhaps meant ironically academic-sounding somehow. But when you learn that T.R.A.S.E. were a DIY "ensemble" masterminded by a precocious British schoolboy back in 1981, making experimental electronic home recordings that sound not too far from stuff such modern-day outfits as Emeralds and Umberto and Soft Moon would be doing years later, then the name becomes fairly endearing, eh? Just take a look at the cover photo, two skinny teenagers, one looking kinda cool in T-shirt and shades, standing with electric guitar in hand, the other kid in sweater and jeans, looking a bit dorkier as he sits amidst a cluttered array of electronic keyboards, amplifiers, reel-to-reel tape machines and other assorted audio gear. The latter teen is T.R.A.S.E. founder Andy Popplewell, most definitely an A/V geek at his school, who put together his own six-channel audio mixer at age 16 following plans in a issue of Practical Electronics magazine. Being into both sci-fi soundtracks and new wave music like The Human League, Ultravox and Gary Numan (one of the tracks here is a Tubeway Army cover) it wasn't long before that mixer, and other gear he built, like an "Elektor Chorosynth", was put to use to record his own music. Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Giorgio Moroder where among his other inspirations. T.R.A.S.E. recorded one unreleased cassette lp called Electronic Rock, and the deep diggers at B-Music/Finders Keepers have compiled tracks from that tape here along with other home studio / real studio / demo tracks by Popplewell and T.R.A.S.E., 14 total cuts of adolescent outsider synthsplorations, all tick-tocking drum machines and swells of droning synth, adorned with phaser and fuzz FX, replete with gentle melodies and warped "cosmic" soundz. These tracks are mostly instrumental, though a few have vocals, like the Messethetics-ish downer electro pop of "Talk To Me" and the sad, fuzzy "Unrequited Love". So much primitive shimmering synth beauty, the more abstract of the tracks glistening rhythmically, the more song-like coming across like lo-fi coldwave cuts.
Perhaps the best recommendation we can give this, is that playing it in the store, generally results in customers asking about it and buying a copy. Probably the best "long lost tapes" release of vintage unknown electronica since that Rodion G.A. record!! One of those serendipitous discoveries, occasioned by a fortuitous meeting between Andy Popplewell and Andy Votel of Finders Keepers.
The cd booklet includes color photos and vintage synth kit adverts, alongside detailed and very revealing liner notes penned by Popplewell himself, who in the wake of T.R.A.S.E. later became a BBC radio engineer, now works in audio media restoration, and who currently studies conspiracy theories and other esoteric knowledge in his spare time.
MPEG Stream: "T.R.A.S.E. Sketch-1"
MPEG Stream: "Harmonium"
MPEG Stream: "Talk To Me"
MPEG Stream: "Momento"

album cover T.R.A.S.E. (TAPE RECORDER AND SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE) s/t (B-Music / Finders Keepers) 2lp 28.00
NOW WE'VE GOT THE IMPORT VINYL VERSION TO LIST OF THIS RECENT RECORD OF THE WEEK, AS WELL!
Sweet! This is the sort of thing that makes for a good Record Of The Week both 'cause of how it sounds (always the biggest consideration of course!!) and also 'cause the back story is pretty cool, too. We'll start with that. T.R.A.S.E. stands for Tape Recorder And Synthesizer Ensemble, a name that, if used by a band nowadays might seem just a bit unimaginatively straightforward & blandly self-explanatory, or perhaps meant ironically academic-sounding somehow. But when you learn that T.R.A.S.E. were a DIY "ensemble" masterminded by a precocious British schoolboy back in 1981, making experimental electronic home recordings that sound not too far from stuff such modern-day outfits as Emeralds and Umberto and Soft Moon would be doing years later, then the name becomes fairly endearing, eh? Just take a look at the cover photo, two skinny teenagers, one looking kinda cool in T-shirt and shades, standing with electric guitar in hand, the other kid in sweater and jeans, looking a bit dorkier as he sits amidst a cluttered array of electronic keyboards, amplifiers, reel-to-reel tape machines and other assorted audio gear. The latter teen is T.R.A.S.E. founder Andy Popplewell, most definitely an A/V geek at his school, who put together his own six-channel audio mixer at age 16 following plans in a issue of Practical Electronics magazine. Being into both sci-fi soundtracks and new wave music like The Human League, Ultravox and Gary Numan (one of the tracks here is a Tubeway Army cover) it wasn't long before that mixer, and other gear he built, like an "Elektor Chorosynth", was put to use to record his own music. Kraftwerk, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Giorgio Moroder where among his other inspirations. T.R.A.S.E. recorded one unreleased cassette lp called Electronic Rock, and the deep diggers at B-Music/Finders Keepers have compiled tracks from that tape here along with other home studio / real studio / demo tracks by Popplewell and T.R.A.S.E., 14 total cuts of adolescent outsider synthsplorations, all tick-tocking drum machines and swells of droning synth, adorned with phaser and fuzz FX, replete with gentle melodies and warped "cosmic" soundz. These tracks are mostly instrumental, though a few have vocals, like the Messethetics-ish downer electro pop of "Talk To Me" and the sad, fuzzy "Unrequited Love". So much primitive shimmering synth beauty, the more abstract of the tracks glistening rhythmically, the more song-like coming across like lo-fi coldwave cuts.
Perhaps the best recommendation we can give this, is that playing it in the store, generally results in customers asking about it and buying a copy. Probably the best "long lost tapes" release of vintage unknown electronica since that Rodion G.A. record!! One of those serendipitous discoveries, occasioned by a fortuitous meeting between Andy Popplewell and Andy Votel of Finders Keepers.
Includes color photos and vintage synth kit adverts, alongside detailed and very revealing liner notes penned by Popplewell himself, who in the wake of T.R.A.S.E. later became a BBC radio engineer, now works in audio media restoration, and who currently studies conspiracy theories and other esoteric knowledge in his spare time.
MPEG Stream: "T.R.A.S.E. Sketch-1"
MPEG Stream: "Harmonium"
MPEG Stream: "Talk To Me"
MPEG Stream: "Momento"

T2 1971-72 (Acme) cd 14.98

T2 1971-72 (Acme) lp 24.00

album cover T2 It'll All Work Out in Boomland (Acme / Lion) cd 14.98
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We KNOW this is gonna be one that the legions of AQ customers into psych, prog and other late sixties/early seventies heaviness will want. And even if that's not one of your primary musical specialties, this would be a good choice to check out anyway if at all curious.
British psych/prog power trio T2 released this one amazing album on Decca in 1970, the bizarrely-titled It'll All Work Out In Boomland. Somehow, that LP didn't make much of an impact at the time (although the band did play the Isle of Wight Festival) and has pretty much been forgotten by all except obsessive psych/prog record collectors. Until now, it's been pretty hard to come by - the previous cd reissues we know of were either crappy bootlegs or rare, expensive Japanese imports. We've always wanted to list it, though. So we're very happy that the Lion Productions (US) and Acme Gramophone (UK) labels have just teamed up to put out this nice new reish, which boasts three bonus tracks as well!
T2, composed of drummer/vocalist/songwriter Peter Dunton, guitar whizz Keith Cross, and bassist Bernard Jinks, played HEAVY psychedelic bluesrock (a la Cream, Hendrix, Blue Cheer), mixed with progressive stylings (incorporating acoustic guitar, piano, mellotron, strings). Their songs combine Cross's big fuzzed-out hard rock riffs and psych-skronk leads with mellow, melancholic pretty parts and Dunton's gentle, whispery vocals. Very melodic yet heavy, totally classy and special. For instance, the song "No More White Horses" perfectly weaves amped up electric guitar feedback fury into a tasteful tapestry that also glows with lovely piano and majestic horns. Boomland also features T2's side-long, 21+ minute long masterpiece "Morning", a massive, memorable epic of many moods, a track meant to musically and lyrically describe (or potentially enhance?) an LSD trip, as the text and elaborate diagram included underneath the cd tray explains! There's two other songs on the album proper, the storming opener "In Circles" (which reminds us of stuff on Stray's first album, if you know 'em) and the calmer, exquisitely beautiful "J.L.T.", replete with lush orchestration.
Definitely one of the best bands from those magical years of the early '70s! Certainly one that should be better known. Do you dig the fuzzy, proto-metal heft of the aforementioned Blue Cheer? And also heavy progressive Krautrock stuff like Amon Duul II, Gila, Necronomicon, and Out Of Focus? Well kinda put those two together and you'll have some idea of T2's genius. Or imagine Randy Holden's Population II project gone all symphonic. Also, if you're into early, pastoral British psych/prog like In The Court-era King Crimson, Wishbone Ash, or the more obscure (but recently highlighted here) Bachdenkel then you need to hear T2! And for weird, psychedelic cover paintings, this is up there with Culpeper's Orchard, another lost '70s heavy druggy psych classic that we could compare this with musically as well.
Boomland is the kind of thing that turns up in the personal "Top 10 of All Time" lists of those lucky enough to have heard it. This is an official reissue, done up deluxe with those bonus tracks (live BBC Radio sessions from '70, including two non-album songs among them) and a thick cd booklet crammed with insanely extensive liner notes (excerpted from a book about the album or something) that discuss not just T2's history but also provide in-depth examination of Boomland's songs in regard to both the lyrics and the musical theory behind the compositions. Talk about prog! This goes even beyond the usual thorough Acme/Lion packaging treatment. Highly recommended.
MPEG Stream: "In Circles"
MPEG Stream: "No More White Horses"
MPEG Stream: "Morning"

T2 It'll All Work Out In Boomland (Akarma) lp 23.00
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Currently out of print on cd as far as we can tell, but thankfully now available at least on vinyl, is this reissue of the first (and, at the time, only, though archival material has been released since) album by British psych/prog power trio T2, from 1970. A classic, something like a more serious, symphonic Blue Cheer.... If you like heavy '70s psych guitar, this is for you!

album cover T2 It'll All Work Out In Boomland (Acme) lp 25.00
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Hey all right, now a couple years after the cd reissue, the UK's Acme label has also pressed this on vinyl! No BBC bonus tracks here though, just the original album. Some of what we said 'bout it before:
We KNOW this is gonna be one that the legions of AQ customers into psych, prog and other late sixties/early seventies heaviness will want. And even if that's not one of your primary musical specialties, this would be a good choice to check out anyway if at all curious.
British psych/prog power trio T2 released this one amazing album on Decca in 1970, the bizarrely-titled It'll All Work Out In Boomland. Somehow, that lp didn't make much of an impact at the time (although the band did play the Isle of Wight Festival) and has pretty much been forgotten by all except obsessive psych/prog record collectors. Until now, it's been pretty hard to come by - the previous cd reissues we know of were either crappy bootlegs or rare, expensive Japanese imports. We've always wanted to list it, though.
T2, composed of drummer/vocalist/songwriter Peter Dunton, guitar whizz Keith Cross, and bassist Bernard Jinks, played HEAVY psychedelic bluesrock (a la Cream, Hendrix, Blue Cheer), mixed with progressive stylings (incorporating acoustic guitar, piano, mellotron, strings). Their songs combine Cross's big fuzzed-out hard rock riffs and psych-skronk leads with mellow, melancholic pretty parts and Dunton's gentle, whispery vocals. Very melodic yet heavy, totally classy and special. For instance, the song "No More White Horses" perfectly weaves amped up electric guitar feedback fury into a tasteful tapestry that also glows with lovely piano and majestic horns. Boomland also features T2's side-long, 21+ minute long masterpiece "Morning", a massive, memorable epic of many moods, a track meant to musically and lyrically describe (or potentially enhance?) an LSD trip, as the text and elaborate diagram included underneath the cd tray explains! There's two other songs on the album proper, the storming opener "In Circles" (which reminds us of stuff on Stray's first album, if you know 'em) and the calmer, exquisitely beautiful "J.L.T.", replete with lush orchestration.
Definitely one of the best bands from those magical years of the early '70s! Certainly one that should be better known. Do you dig the fuzzy, proto-metal heft of the aforementioned Blue Cheer? And also heavy progressive Krautrock stuff like Amon Duul II, Gila, Necronomicon, and Out Of Focus? Well kinda put those two together and you'll have some idea of T2's genius. Or imagine Randy Holden's Population II project gone all symphonic. Also, if you're into early, pastoral British psych/prog like In The Court-era King Crimson, Wishbone Ash, or the more obscure Bachdenkel then you need to hear T2! And for weird, psychedelic cover paintings, this is up there with Culpeper's Orchard, another lost '70s heavy druggy psych classic that we could compare this with musically as well.
Boomland is the kind of thing that turns up in the personal "Top 10 of All Time" lists of those lucky enough to have heard it.
MPEG Stream: "In Circles"
MPEG Stream: "No More White Horses"
MPEG Stream: "Morning"

album cover T2 s/t (Acme) cd 19.98
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British psych/prog power trio T2 released one amazing album on Decca in 1970, the bizarrely-titled "It'll All Work Out In Boomland". That LP didn't make much of an impact at the time (although the band did play the Isle of Wight Festival) and has pretty much been forgotten by all except obsessive psych/prog record collectors. Currently, it's pretty hard to come by -- even the cd reissue is a rare, expensive Japanese import, which we can't even get at the moment. Which is sad, 'cause "Boomland" is truly a lost classic, the kind of thing that turns up in the personal "Top 10 of All Time" lists of those lucky enough to have heard it. So, you'd imagine that the audience for a cd of unreleased T2 recordings (the cd under review here) would be fairly select (if enthusiastic), but we're going to try to sell 'em anyway, 'cause we've managed to get a few, and if anything, this disc is as good or even better, perhaps, than "Boomland"!
T2, composed of drummer/vocalist/songwriter Peter Dunton, guitar whizz Keith Cross, and bassist Bernard Jinks, played HEAVY psychedelic bluesrock (a la Cream, Hendrix, Blue Cheer), mixed with progressive stylings (acoustic guitar, piano, mellotron, orchestration). Dunton's songs combine big fuzzed-out hard rock riffs and Cross' psych-skronk leads with mellow, melancholic pretty parts and gentle, whispery vocals. Very melodic, very heavy yet beautiful, totally classy and special. Definitely one of the best bands from those magical years of the early '70s! (If you dig the aforementioned Blue Cheer, and can imagine them crossed with heavy progressive Krautrock stuff like Gila and Amon Duul II, or even early, pastoral British psych/prog like King Crimson, you've got some idea about the genius of T2.)
The seven tracks on this self-titled, 45 minute cd were recorded in 1970, intended as the follow-up to "Boomland" -- but the band broke up and this material languished in the vaults until this cd release. Had it come out at the time, who knows -- maybe people would have caught on and T2 would be more than just a cult band today. But, that's the way it is, and here's your chance to join the cult...
RealAudio clip: "Highway"
RealAudio clip: "Careful Sam"
RealAudio clip: "Fantasy"

album cover T2 s/t (Acme / Lion) cd 14.98
Along with their crucial reissue of T2's 1970 album It'll All Work Out In Boomland, Acme/Lion have also made the self-titled T2 disc of unreleased (at the time) archival material available again. We have had this one before, but now it's nice to list it again alongside the long-overdue reissue of Boomland! And Acme/Lion have made some improvements, the booklet is thicker with lyrics, photos and info, and they've moved the sort of silly-looking, Boomland-inspired psychedelic cover art (which we actually liked) to the back cover and put photos of the band on the front.
If anything, this disc is as good or even better, perhaps, than their "actual" album! It all depends on your taste, 'cause this material is a bit rawer, with the the balance titled a bit more towards the searing hard rock guitar, with less of the proggy orchestration, that blended together so beautifully on Boomland. The songs are for the most part shorter and 'rockier', pointing up the Hendrix/Blue Cheer/Cream side of T2, and that's not a bad thing at all! T2's music here still features the marvelous mix of mellowness and mayhem found on Boomland, with fragile vocals in melodic reverie usually, eventually giving way to amplifier burning, wailing, proto-metal guitar action...
While there's always a delicacy to T2's music that's not heard so much in, say, Black Sabbath, it can't be denied that for 1970 this was some pretty heavy stuff! And totally hippie-druggy too, so fans of Hawkwind should dig - the track "T2", at almost 15 minutes long, is another album-closing epic inspired by an acid trip, a la Boomland's "Morning". Other tracks here include the awesomely riffed "CD" (heard in a live version as one of the bonus cuts on the Boomland reissue also), the driving "Highway", and the sleepily, sweetly drifting melodiousness of "The Minstrel", among others.
All seven tracks on this self-titled, 45 minute cd were recorded in 1970, the original tapes long ago lost but fortunately preserved on acetates, intended as demos for the never-to-be follow-up to Boomland. Sadly the band broke up and this material languished in the vaults until finally being released on cd decades later. Had it come out at the time, who knows - maybe people would have caught on and T2 would be more than just a cult band today. But, that's the way it is, and here's your chance to join the cult... if you like savage '70s psych guitar, this is for you! While It'll All Work Out In Boomland's the essential, we must say they're equally recommended, we can't imagine not wanting both.
MPEG Stream: "CD"
MPEG Stream: "Fantasy"
MPEG Stream: "Timothy Monday"

album cover T2 s/t (Acme) lp 25.00
Hey all right, now a couple years after the cd reissue, the UK's Acme label has also, along with T2's 1970 album It'll All Work Out In Boomland, done a vinyl pressing of this self-titled disc of unreleased (at the time) archival material! Some of what we said 'bout it before:
If anything, this record is as good or even better, perhaps, than their "actual" album! It all depends on your taste, 'cause this material is a bit rawer, with the the balance titled a bit more towards the searing hard rock guitar, with less of the proggy orchestration, that blended together so beautifully on Boomland. The songs are for the most part shorter and 'rockier', pointing up the Hendrix/Blue Cheer/Cream side of T2, and that's not a bad thing at all! T2's music here still features the marvelous mix of mellowness and mayhem found on Boomland, with fragile vocals in melodic reverie usually, eventually giving way to amplifier burning, wailing, proto-metal guitar action...
While there's always a delicacy to T2's music that's not heard so much in, say, Black Sabbath, it can't be denied that for 1970 this was some pretty heavy stuff! And totally hippie-druggy too, so fans of Hawkwind should dig - the track "T2", at almost 15 minutes long, is another album-closing epic inspired by an acid trip, a la Boomland's "Morning". Other tracks here include the awesomely riffed "CD", the driving "Highway", and the sleepily, sweetly drifting melodiousness of "The Minstrel", among others.
All seven tracks on this self-titled, 45 minute cd were recorded in 1970, the original tapes long ago lost but fortunately preserved on acetates, intended as demos for the never-to-be follow-up to Boomland. Sadly the band broke up and this material languished in the vaults until finally being released on cd decades later. Had it come out at the time, who knows - maybe people would have caught on and T2 would be more than just a cult band today. But, that's the way it is, and here's your chance to join the cult... if you like savage '70s psych guitar, this is for you! While It'll All Work Out In Boomland's the essential, we must say they're equally recommended, we can't imagine not wanting both.
MPEG Stream: "CD"
MPEG Stream: "Fantasy"
MPEG Stream: "Timothy Monday"

TA Correspondence (Little Brother) 7" 3.50
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The Orchestra includes Mike Watt, Nels Cline and a fellow from Drive Like Jehu.

album cover TAAKE ...Bjoergvin... (Wounded Love) cd 14.98
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Second album from these obscure, grim black metallers. While not well-known, we really dug their debut ("Nattestid....") as an extremely well-executed slice of true black metal in the classic tradition, and this disc offers more of Taake's majestic dark-forest hymns. The songwriting operates within genre norms, but with much interest and variety, employing raspy lead vocals, clean choruses, fast parts, slow parts, strong melodies, and diverse instrumentation. They make use of piano and even jaw harp! The "boing boing" of that in the album's third track may seem humorous, but is really unsettling.
Runic warriors of rock n' roll, Taake join the likes of Kvist, Khold, Nagelfar, Potentiam, and Keep of Kalessin in the ranks of AQ-fave black metal acts that lack the hype of the Emperors and Dimmu Borgirs of the world, but are equally worthy of your attention. So, this album gets a definite thumbs up from AQ's own runic warriors Allan and Andee. It's one they'd play for curious and open-minded non-black-metal fan friends. Meanwhile, black-metal otaku, get this while you wait for the new Satyricon.
RealAudio clip: "track 1"
RealAudio clip: "track 2"
RealAudio clip: "track 3"

album cover TAAKE ...Doedskvad (Dark Essence) cd 15.98
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Back in print and available again (in a swank digipak, with bonus live video footage)!! Here's our review of Doedskvad when we reviewed it a couple years back:
In a recent show of photography by Peter Beste devoted to Norwegian black metallers, we were happy to see Taake's Doedsjarl Hoest pictured alongside better known musicans from bands like Immortal, Enslaved and Carpathian Forest. Hoest and Taake certainly deserve to be in such company, and they're definitely one of the current Norwegian bands really keeping the flame of blackened Viking metal flickering. We've been fans of these runic warriors ever since their debut Nattestid... in 1999, getting even more into 'em when their second album ...Bjoergvin... came out in 2002, and now are excited that the third installment in the Taake trilogy, ...Doedskvad, is at last here!
...Doedskvad surely equals its predecessors, upholding tradition (theirs, and that of cold, grim black metal in general) by offering up some seriously epic rasp n' riffage that's mostly majestically midpaced but sometimes thrashes forward at a headbanging, drums-blasting gallop. Really excellent, really cult. Think something along the lines of older Enslaved, with the torched cathedral architecture of Weakling and some Cradle of Filthiness in the vocals. And it should be mentioned that Hoest and comrades Lava, Corax and Mord are joined by a slew of guests, including Helvestekommandant Nattefrost of Carpathian Forest, Taipan of Orcustus and someone amazingly (or amazingly stupidly) named "Discomforter"!
MPEG Stream: "II"
MPEG Stream: "IV"

album cover TAAKE Helnorsk Svartmetall (Karisma) cd 14.98
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TAAKE Nattestid.... (Wounded Love) cd 14.98
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Been out of print for a while, but we managed to snag a few (perhaps it's been repressed, we're not really sure). This is the first album from these grim black metal purists.

TAAKE Nekro (Karisma) cd ep 13.98
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A necro ep indeed!
MPEG Stream: "Voldtekt"
MPEG Stream: "Lamb"

album cover TAAKE Noregs Vaapen (Candlelight) cd 15.98
Latest full length from this long running Norwegian one man black metal horde, whose sound has remained relatively unchanged throughout his nearly two decades of buzzing and blasting, if anything the sound of his records has just gotten better, but essentially Noregs Vaapen is another fantastic disc of frantic and frenzied blasting blackness, killer riffing, bad ass drumming, shrieked vox, some samples here and there, lots of guests this time around: Nocturno Culto, Attila Csihar, Demonaz and a bunch of others, but really it's Hoest's show, and always has been, his vision and sonic representation thereof unwavering, gloriously grim, his black buzz infused with plenty of classic metal riffing which makes the sound, and this record in particular, heavy and hooky and the sort of blackness we can never ever get tired of.
Oh, and did we mention the banjo solo? Yep, the only truly bizarre moment on the record, in a song that already might be the best of the bunch, with some awesome guitar trills and some wicked riffs, but then a little over halfway through, the banjo comes in, and besides sounding totally bizarre, it's also utterly genius, and after the shock of first hearing it, it suddenly sounds PERFECT and you wonder why every song doesn't have banjo, or every record, or every black metal band, and when the banjo drops out, you'll have to fight the urge to skip back and hear it again with every fiber of your being. We'd say it's worth it for just that part, and that song, but the whole record, even as lacking in banjo as most of it is, is utterly ruling Norwegian blackness and comes highly recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Myr"
MPEG Stream: "Fra Vadested Til Vandesmed"
MPEG Stream: "Orkan"

album cover TAAKE s/t (Century Media) cd 13.98
Taake is back (baake? no, that would sound like "Bach", and Taake is not Bach... though this IS classically grim, as it were... er, on with the review...). Norwegian black metal mastery on display here, as always from the Taake camp. This, their debut for big ol' Century Media, is their fourth full album, and upholds the fuzzy frosty folky foresty feel of majestic, malefic riffage and rasping we'd always loved about this band. Old school and cvlt for sure, with spiralling, deathgrunt thrash on offer during the likes of "Doedsjarl" and "Umenneske" (the latter of which, however, takes a droning, hissing turn into weird moodiness before its eight-plus minutes are up) and as well as a making dynamic dives into melodically catchy breakdowns of downtempo dying gasp rockin', like a wretched Katatonia...
Total pros, Taake manage to mix primitive necro Darkthrone essence with more epic fare, as on the album ending 10:37 "Velg Borg Livet". Buzzing beauty and the battering bombast of Celtic Frost style "ungh!" action coexist here, with craft and conviction. Century Media should certainly be proud to have the "Anti-Human Anti-Life True Norwegian Black Metal" of these guys on the roster.
And we've got to mention the cd art. A black disc, with what look like cookie cutter Christmas tree shapes in white, five of 'em, pointing out from the center in a sort of pentagram arrangement. It's kind of cute.
This disc also includes an Quicktime 'musikkvideo' for the track "Umenneske", but it's one of those live on stage videos that kinda takes away some of the mystery, we were hoping instead for an animated one with those evil Christmas trees or something.
MPEG Stream: "Umenneske"
MPEG Stream: "September Omsider"

TAARMA Remnants Of A Tormenting Black Shadow (Suffering Jesus Productions) cd 14.98
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album cover TAARMA The Cursed Journey (Qiyamah) 7" lathe cut 16.98
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The first in a series of ultra limited lathe cut 7"s from obscure black metal bands, this first installment comes from the mysterious Taarma, who hails from the equally mysterious Balochistan (which is in Pakistan), not exactly a hotbed of black metal, which is perhaps what makes Taarma's music so wonderfully strange and unlike most of the other black metal we hear.
Taarma's music is less about buzz and blast, and more about creep and rumble, the sounds warped and warbly, twisted and lugubrious, that sound enhanced by the medium, lathe cuts are inherently noisy, and degrade with every play, so after about 50 plays we can only assume, Taarma will sound even more fucked up and otherworldly.
The A-side begins with a weird, creeping, buzzy ambient intro, that slowly builds to a woozy midtempo lumber, the buzz muted and muddy, the drums distant thud, the whole thing washed out and weirdly melodic, almost like some sort of Jeckian black metal, everything wreathed in a strange echo-y swirl, the riffs gnarled and tangled, the vox a reverb drenched shriek.
The B-side is even creepier and slower and more dismal and depressive, like Striborg crossed with Abruptum, warped melodies, melting in thick black rivulets over a funereal plod, the vocals a swirling black fog, the riffs soporific and blurred, almost like someone spinning a black metal 45 manually with their finger as slow as they possibly can.
Weirdly psychedelic, tripped out, lysergic, a totally abstract chunk of outsider depressive blackness.
LIMITED TO ONLY 45 COPIES!! Each one cut in real time BY HAND on a record lathe, in New Zealand, by Peter King, the master of the lathe cut. And as mentioned above, with every play, the record degrades just a little, so it sounds slightly different every time, and grows more and more noisy and twisted, which is pretty much ideal for already noisy and twisted blackness like this.
Packaged in nice printed thick cardstock sleeves, these are the only copies we'll have, so grab one before they're gone.

TABATA Brainsville (Elsie & Jack Recordings) cd 13.98
At long last, the debut solo full-length from Mitsuru Tabata (ex-Boredoms, ex-Leningrad Blues Machine, and of course still K.K. Null's longtime guitar partner in heavyweights Zeni Geva)! Self-described as "monumental abstract rural eastern psych" and that sounds about right. Avant-guitar-drone-ophiles line up here. Beautiful!

TABATA MITSURU Uprising (Fourth Dimension) 7" 11.98

album cover TABATA, MITSURU Lumrapideco ( Utech) cd 14.98
Yay, here's another new solo album by Acid Mothers Temple member Tabata Mitsuru (who also has Zeni Geva and the Boredoms on his heavyweight Japanese underground musician resume). We mentioned this one in our review of his other recent solo disc We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun not long ago, and it's pretty similar, again getting the thumbs up from us, for it's gorgeous, droning blend of guitar, loops, backwards tapes, and noisy (but not too noisy) glitch. The tracks Mahhagogo parts 1 and 2 (with their cute little vocal intros) bookend this disc, being the hissingest, harshest dronewerks here. In between them you'll find four other pieces that are mostly much mellower, prettier and placid... mostly. All instrumentals, made from bits of simple guitar melody and swooshing pulses of gentle psychedelic electronics. The likes of "Hydrozoa" are a lazy drift of ambient abstraction, for a sundappled afternoon nap... So nice! Feedback and distortion transformed into utter, sweet blissfulness.
So, it's been two Tabata Mitsuru albums in a fairly short span of time, but we've been fans of him for forever and by Acid Mothers Temple standards, he's not really that prolific. So, if he keeps doing what he's been doing on these, we'd be happy with a few more this year please!!
MPEG Stream: "Mahhagogo Part 1."
MPEG Stream: "Dust To Dust "

album cover TABATA, MITSURU We All Gonna Face The Rising Sun (Ruby Red Editora) cd 16.98
Japanese guitarist Mitsuru Tabata's name should be better known than perhaps it is... he was an early member of the Boredoms, is a current member of Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno, and has served as KK Null's axe associate in Zeni Geva for many many years, among other activities. He's also made some brilliant solo albums, of which this is one (his third -- a fourth, on Utech, also just came out)!
Rather than making much use of the heavier guitar blurt that so many of his other projects feature, on this solo disc Tabata works with layers of lovely loops, quietly cycling 'round a spacey cosmos of his own invention... well for the most part, though the track "Annihilation" does sound appropriately amped up and ferocious. But most of these pieces are built from backwards tapes, shortwave drones, guitars and synths spinning out gentle folky melodies amidst soothingly tripped-out electronic effects. Abstract psychedelic lullabies, calm and spacious and really nice! Highly recommended, all Acid Mothers Temple fans should check this out -- and not just them!
MPEG Stream: "Slave March"
MPEG Stream: "Seagulls"

album cover TABLA BEAT SCIENCE Live In San Francisco At Stern Grove (Axiom) 2cd 19.98
A live recording from a local outdoor performance. Tabla Beat Science pretty much typifies world beat music; emphasis on the 'world', emphasis on the 'beat'. Zakir Hussain on tabla, Bill Laswell on bass, former Skratch Pikl DJ Disk wielding turntables, plus personnel supplying sarangi, synths, vocals, etc.
RealAudio clip: "Trajic"

TABLOID Inland (Nightslice) cassette 4.00

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