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album cover WEEKEND Red (Slumberland) 12" 10.98
Brand new ep from these SF shoegaze / jangle poppers, and it's a doozy, taking up right where their aQ beloved Sports album left off, launching right into it with the hazy, dirgey, dreamy "Sweet Sixteen", with its slow pounding beat, low slung bassline, reverbed ethereal vocals, and thick grinding swaths of guitar, which are soon joined by lush chiming melodies, the sound epic and expansive, moody and brooding, we've found ourselves playing it over and over and over. Which means it took us a while to get to "Hazel", which is a bit more propulsive, and very eighties sounding, almost like their take on this whole retro new wave thing, but holy shit is it the sort of song that would be a massive hit in a perfect world, a killer hook surrounded buy weirdly effected guitars, crunchy riffs, all wed to a killer groove, thick fuzzy bass, the sound occasionally exploding into sweetly psychedelic squalls. The rest of this 5 song ep follows suit, dipping into druggy dark shoegaze crunch on "Your Own Nothing", the sound thick and dark and fuzzy, but still rife with melodies and another wicked hook, or bouncy retro fuzz pop on "The One You Want" that sounds like it should be on the soundtrack to a modern John Hughes style teenage classic, and finally, the oddly titled "Golfers", with its thick, downtuned dirgey riff, echoey vox, tribal drumming, and melancholy guitar melody, a dreamy chunk of minimal gloom pop, that might be this ep's real gem.
MPEG Stream: "Sweet Sixteen"
MPEG Stream: "Hazel"

album cover WEEKEND Sports (Slumberland) cd 12.98
Finally! The full length debut from these SF jangle noisepoppers, and it's as good as their two song Mexican Summer 10" had us hoping it would be.
Fuzzy, jangly, shoegazey, reverby, a little new wavey, a little droney, super catchy and buzzy and dreamy, pretty much everything we want a new pop record to be.
The first song "Coma Summer" is a dizzying collision of sounds and styles, that displays everything we love about these guys. Jangly Unrest style guitars chime beneath distant crooned oooooh's, eventually buzzy crunchy guitar rock wraps itself around the original guitar, the bassline buzzy and Joy Division-y, the sound repetitive and trancey, then still MORE guitars come in, some seriously MBV worthy buzzsaw blur, over which vocals keen in the distance, then the vocals proper come in, all deep and dramatic and new wavey, accompanied by woozy washed out warped sounding melodies that seem to melt before our ears, and so it goes, shifting from loping brooding jangle to soaring bleary psychedelic bliss to fuzzy minimal new wave pound, and it's not just that it sounds amazing, but that the amazing sounds have been crafted into a killer song, hooky and hazy and damn near perfect.
The second song is more of the same, we heard "Youth Haunts" on that Mexican Summer 10" which we then described as something akin to "a Woodsist band doing covers of Nowhere era Ride, or a less monochromatic Crystal Stilts letting loose on Unrest covers, or The Chills crossed with early My Bloody Valentine" and that pretty much still totally applies, and not just to this track, but to the whole record. Lush yet lo-fi, broody and propulsive, but also noisy and blown out, sunshiney and poppy here and there, but just often, dark and melancholy, easily one of our new favorite records, from one of our new favorite local outfits.
MPEG Stream: "Coma Summer"
MPEG Stream: "Youth Haunts"
MPEG Stream: "Monday Morning"

album cover WEEKEND Sports (Slumberland) lp 17.98
Finally! The full length debut from these SF jangle noisepoppers, and it's as good as their two song Mexican Summer 10" had us hoping it would be.
Fuzzy, jangly, shoegazey, reverby, a little new wavey, a little droney, super catchy and buzzy and dreamy, pretty much everything we want a new pop record to be.
The first song "Coma Summer" is a dizzying collision of sounds and styles, that displays everything we love about these guys. Jangly Unrest style guitars chime beneath distant crooned oooooh's, eventually buzzy crunchy guitar rock wraps itself around the original guitar, the bassline buzzy and Joy Division-y, the sound repetitive and trancey, then still MORE guitars come in, some seriously MBV worthy buzzsaw blur, over which vocals keen in the distance, then the vocals proper come in, all deep and dramatic and new wavey, accompanied by woozy washed out warped sounding melodies that seem to melt before our ears, and so it goes, shifting from loping brooding jangle to soaring bleary psychedelic bliss to fuzzy minimal new wave pound, and it's not just that it sounds amazing, but that the amazing sounds have been crafted into a killer song, hooky and hazy and damn near perfect.
The second song is more of the same, we heard "Youth Haunts" on that Mexican Summer 10" which we then described as something akin to "a Woodsist band doing covers of Nowhere era Ride, or a less monochromatic Crystal Stilts letting loose on Unrest covers, or The Chills crossed with early My Bloody Valentine" and that pretty much still totally applies, and not just to this track, but to the whole record. Lush yet lo-fi, broody and propulsive, but also noisy and blown out, sunshiney and poppy here and there, but just often, dark and melancholy, easily one of our new favorite records, from one of our new favorite local outfits.
MPEG Stream: "Coma Summer"
MPEG Stream: "Youth Haunts"
MPEG Stream: "Monday Morning"

WEEKEND The '81 Demos (Vinyl Japan) cd 7.98
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These four tracks are some of the few post-Young Marble Giants songs that we've heard from YMG singer Alison Statton. Not surprisingly, the arrangements by the Weekend don't stray far from the immensely catchy art-pop minimalism of the aforementioned Young Marble Giants, but with pastoral guitar work pushing the Weekend into a territory occupied by early Durutti Column.

album cover WEEKEND The '81 Demos (Blackest Ever Black) lp 21.00
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Yes! Rarely has a collection of four songs captivated us as much as this welcome reissue and first-time vinyl release of Weekend's '81 demos. When it was released on cd for the first time back in 1995 on Vinyl Japan, we couldn't stop listening and now hearing the tracks on vinyl nearly 20 year later, we are smitten all over again. Weekend was Alison Statton's band formed shortly after the demise of beloved British post-punk minimalists Young Marble Giants (whose Colossal Youth was a former ROTW, and one of our favorite albums ever!). Weekend ended up having more of a breezy jazzier vibe than YMG, closer to Marine Girls, Antena, Durutti Column and The Field Mice, putting out a sole full length, La Variete in 1982. While we loved that record (though not everyone here did, as the inclusion of saxophone in anything but a strict jazz context can be a real deal-breaker for some), the real discovery was the demos that featured 4 songs from La Variete, but much more stripped down (read: no sax!) and bittersweet, sounding probably close to what YMG would have sounded like had they continued. With Statton on voice and bass, and supported by chiming guitar, drum machine, violin and percussion, these songs are exquisitely executed and allowed ample room to breathe. The stunner being the 9 minute "Red Planes", which is given a beautifully slow instrumental build before the vocals come in and break our hearts. "Drumbeat" and "Nostalgia" are barely more upbeat, but carry the same sense of cool detachment that made Colossal Youth so damn charming. The final track "Summerdays" is an instrumental in the sunny pastoral vein of Durutti Column or the recently reissued Maurice Deebank. For fans of all of the above bands as well as Low, Galaxie 500, Heavenly, and Beach House. It may seem short, but trust us, you'll be playing this over and over and over again!
MPEG Stream: "Nostalgia"
MPEG Stream: "Red Planes"

album cover WEEKS, GREG Awake Like Sleep (Ba Da Bing!) cd 14.98
This is record number three for Greg Weeks, and the one that's really finally gotten our attention. His previous disc on Ba Da Bing! was a stripped down, boy-and-his-guitar folky singer-songwriter kinda record, and while he is still essentially playing folk music, on "Awake Like Sleep" he has begun to experiment with electronics and synthesizers resulting in a sound completely alien but warm and familiar at the same time: a sort of lilting chamber folk with electro-baroque flourishes, reminiscent of sixties and seventies folk-rock bands from England. Indeed, he's been compared to AQ-faves Comus, and while we don't think his stuff really sounds like those pagan freaks, there is a certain parallel, maybe as if one of the Comus dudes went solo. Where Comus was all maniacal and relentless, Weeks imbues his music with tension and a more subtle mania, borne of sadness and loneliness. These emotions manifest themselves as haunting melodies, dreamy flutes, church organs, discordant keyboards, spooky theremins, distorted bass, and warbling melodies that sound as if they were being played on a broken old turntable. It's all under a gauzy cloud of antiquated synth sounds and gently plucked guitars, invoking an alone-in-an-old-dark-house-on-a-moor kind of melancholia. The lyrics are simple and emotional, delivered in a plaintive almost whispered tenor that occasionally slips into a damaged falsetto that is completely heartbreaking. The most surprising aspect of what is essentially a folk record, besides the use of electronics and synthesisers, is the occasional spaced out psychedelic jam, with booming Bonham beats and swirling acid leads which build to moments where the song threatens to burst wide open, positively seething with barely restrained fury, like a huge black storm cloud threatening to unleash its violent storm. "Awake Like Sleep" never really gets all that heavy, but it's still really "heavy", if you know what we mean. People into the current strain of lo-fi bedroom folk-damaged indie-pop (for instance, Tower Recordings, P.G. Six, Neutral Milk Hotel and other Elephant Six stuff, or even a less twee Magnetic Fields) should like this!
RealAudio clip: "Made"
RealAudio clip: "Past Four Corners"
RealAudio clip: "These Days"

WEEKS, GREG Bleeker Station (Keyhole Records) cd 14.98

album cover WEEKS, GREG Blood Is Trouble (Ba Da Bing!) cd 13.98
It's been a long couple years since we've had a Greg Weeks record proper. But those years weren't spent idle, not at all, instead he spent that time recording and performing with his group Espers, a much folkier and much more ethereal affair than his solo stuff. The Espers record was absolutely breathtaking, sweet and druggy and folky, with angelic female vocals alongside cellos, dulcimers and flutes. Thankfully Weeks' new record takes some of that more ethereal wispiness and weaves it into the darker, tenser psych-doom-folk he records under his own name. Fuzzy keyboards and warbling synths lay down ominous drones as a prickly sonic bed for delicately fingerpicked minor key guitars, moaning cellos, swooning mournful melodies, distant spacey blips, suffling understated drumming, heartfelt, multitracked vocals, all very hazy and druggy and otherworldly. Not quite as 'weird' as his previous full length Awake Like Sleep, Blood Is Trouble sounds, as much as I hate to say it, more mature. Which is not a bad thing at all. The songs are more fully realized, and don't rely as heavily on weird instrumentation. Beautiful and heartfelt, in different hands this could have been a classic singer songwriter sort of record, but Weeks manages to transform it into a hazy psychedelic gem, equal parts Incredible String Band, Low and Nick Drake. Or something like that. You get the drift. This is just an amazing and beautiful record. Psych folk fans will love it for sure, but it's just accessible enough to maybe 'turn on' the rest of you!
MPEG Stream: "Day For Night"
MPEG Stream: "Dusted"

album cover WEEKS, GREG Slightly West (Acuarela) cd 9.98
New ep from AQ fave Greg Weeks, on the tiny Spanish label Acuarela. "Slightly West" takes up right where Weeks' totally amazing "Awake Like Sleep" record left off. More lonely low key psychedelic folk (ala P.G. Six, Charalambides, Tower Recordings, etc.), wrapped in a wash of thick warm analogue-sounding synths, making for a sort of dark and melancholy, alien folk music.
Dreamy and gauzy, ethereal and wispy, warm and summery, but not in a Beach Boys-surfing-USA-fun-in-the-sun sort of way, more like a last-day-of-summer-before-the-girl-you've-spent-the-past-two-weeks-falling-in-love-with-leaves-forever-late-nights-wrapped-in-blankets-in-front-of-a-roarin-fire-crashing-surf-moon-reflected-on-the-water-broken-hearted sort of way. Gently plucked guitars and mournful sad-boy vocals (with occasional angelic female background vocals) weave gorgeously simple tales of love and loss, while tinkling pianos glisten on the surface and gossamer keyboards, sustaining on 2 or 3 notes, turn simple pop songs into dreamy late night psychedelic soundscapes (the same way keyboards transformed Yo La Tengo's "Painful"). Also features some really disturbing/amazing/sexy/demented cover art by Tracy Nakayama, featuring naked young people and a woman strangling an ostrich with a belt!
MPEG Stream: "One Summer Night"
MPEG Stream: "Unsettled (By The Sun)"

album cover WEEKS, THE Comeback Cadillac (Esperanza Plantation) cd 13.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The first thing we thought when we threw this one, was that these guys remind us quite a bit of the Rock-A-Teens, which is never a bad thing. They have the same sort of Southern gothic swagger, thick reverbed guitars, yowled throaty vocals, a little Southern rock, a little rockabilly, but jammed into more of a noise rock sound. The record opens with a serious blast of jagged distorted garage stomp, with plenty of stops and start, some noodly leads, but all wrapped around a hook that won't quit, and some killer guitar harmonies. But right after that the band slows it down to near-ballad territory, all lilting strums and chiming bells, until the track fractures into a weird rollicking buzz drenched sort-of-jig, that explodes into a rollicking rocker, with deep crooned vocals and sharp crunchy guitar chug and a total pogo rhythm and more leads squiggling all over the place.
The vocalist has some Nick Cave going on for sure, which perfectly suits the bands sharp noisy downer rock, like a super charged Dirty Three, or even a less Irish Pogues, or maybe a less fucked up Lubricated Goat, and of course the aforementioned Rock-A-Teens. We also hear some Paw, but odds are that one's too obscure and unlikely for most folks, which is probably for the best. But stir in some serious Southern rock tendencies, a little punk rock, polish it up a bit and you have the Weeks. Supposedly the average age of the Weeks is 18, which is pretty nuts considering that these guys sound like way more like old bearded dudes from the South sporting big old skull rings, and wearing pointy toed boots and rumpled old seersucker suits...
MPEG Stream: "Comeback Cadillac"
MPEG Stream: "Teary-Eyed Woman"
MPEG Stream: "Altar Girl"

WEEN 12 Golden Country Greats (Elektra) cd 17.98
Unlike so many bands who want out of their major label contracts and so break up after one album, Ween just reinvent themselves. This record features instrumentation by several overlooked-by-all-but-the-most-devoted-liner-note-readers old time session musicians who played on Ween's favorite country records of yesteryear. Jen-you-wine hillbilly music? The lyrics are still ridiculous.

album cover WEEN God Ween Satan (Restless) cd 15.98
Before Ween were the soundtrack to every frathouse in the land, Windy and Andee worshipped at the altar of "God Ween Satan". Less poppy, and WAY less polished, "God Ween Satan" is their first record and is full of catchy sloppy punky silliness and stupidly profound lyrics. Fans of later Ween, the Dead Milkmen and the Warlock Pinchers will feel right at home. Plus three unreleased bonus tracks!
RealAudio clip: "Birthday Boy"
RealAudio clip: "Fat Lenny"

album cover WEEN La Cucaracha (Chocodog) cd 16.98
Awwwww Weeeeeeeeen!
Love to hate 'em?
Hate to love 'em?
So dorky.
So damaged.
So fucked up.
So fun.
For the erratic Ween no musical style is out of the question nor out of their league. On La Cucaracha they unflinchingly navigate through country, reggae, blues rock, and AOR balladry. Once they catch wind of smartypants/dumbass songs like "Object", "Lullaby" and "My Own Bare Hands", Tenacious D fans might take a shine to this specific Ween album too! As usual not for everyone, but those who dig it will dig in good!
(Yes the vinyl version is insanely expensive.)
MPEG Stream: "Object"
MPEG Stream: "My Own Bare Hands"

album cover WEEN La Cucaracha (Chocodog) lp 27.00
Awwwww Weeeeeeeeen!
Love to hate 'em?
Hate to love 'em?
So dorky.
So damaged.
So fucked up.
So fun.
For the erratic Ween no musical style is out of the question nor out of their league. On La Cucaracha they unflinchingly navigate through country, reggae, blues rock, and AOR balladry. Once they catch wind of smartypants/dumbass songs like "Object", "Lullaby" and "My Own Bare Hands", Tenacious D fans might take a shine to this specific Ween album too! As usual not for everyone, but those who dig it will dig in good!
(Yes the vinyl version is insanely expensive.)
MPEG Stream: "Object"
MPEG Stream: "My Own Bare Hands"

album cover WEEN Live In Chicago (BMG) 2cd 28.00

album cover WEEN Quebec (Sanctuary) cd 17.98
Gene and Dean Ween are back, which is sure to be a cause for jubilation among many. However, we're not diehard Ween fans, and while there's titles in the Ween catalog we definitely enjoy, Quebec's not high up on that list. The best thing about it is the Motorhead pastiche that leads off the album. After that, they do what they do, but it's just not as funny as old Ween, although still quite as proficient musically. Total studio musician/songwriting hack chopsism. There's no easily-discerned theme, and we quickly lost interest after that Motorhead bit, as we said. *However*, had a hardcore Ween fan reviewed this for us, there's always the chance that they'd say we were missing something, so don't let us stop you from Ween-ing out with this one.
MPEG Stream: "It's Gonna Be a Long Night"

album cover WEEN Shinola Vol. 1 (Chocodog) cd 16.98

WEEN The Mollusk (Elektra) cd 15.98

WEEN The Pod (Elektra) cd 18.98

WEEN White Pepper (Elektra) cd 16.98
With tons of cash for studio musicians and recording time you'd think a couple of creative stoners like Gene and Dean Ween could come up with gem after gem of sugary sweet and entertaining pop, but for some reason this ain't happening. The production is great, the musicians are great, but the joke is tired. Never the less, if you want a grandly produced effort of mock early eighties radio rock (a la Bread or America), this is your bag.

album cover WEEVIL SERIES, THE Larva / Pupa / Adult 3 x 12" 31.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
We've been trying to track these down for ages, a mysterious set of dubstep 12"s, some of the coolest, darkest, grimiest dubstep we've heard, all housed in plain white sleeves, no info except for a stamp of either a larva, a pupa or an adult Weevil, that symbol designating which of the three Weevil Series 12"s it is. We decided it was probably better to sell these as a set, as they were difficult to track down, and had to be shipped overseas, and odds are if you want one, you're probably gonna want the set.
Originally a customer sent us a link to some samples online and all it took was about 30 seconds and we were hooked. Dark and creepy, ominous and menacing, the sound rough and textured and raw and not at all slick or glossy, the beats, slipping from dubstep stutter to almost jungle skitter, the background a swirl of spaced out effects, deep bass swells, mysterious voices, and when the beat drops, it drops hard, the bass buzzing, thick and corrosive.
The first volume, Larva, is seriously grimy, muted buried rhythms and roiling black clouds, the beat gradually growing more intense, the drop huge, the beat nearly knocking us over, the dubstep definitely a little jungly. The second track offers up some super effected distorted dancehall style toasting over an echo drenched beat, and warped bass warble, and the drop here too is fierce, the bass a fat fuzzed out wobble, the beat jagged and stuttery, a super raga style dubbed out groove that kills. The final track gets a bit more darksteppy, the tempo cranked up, definitely more jungle than dubstep, the beat wreathed in clouds of squelch and synthy squiggle, and peppered with bits of African Head Charge like ambience. So good.
And the second volume, Pupa, is just as good, starting out with a clipped lurching groove, and some vocals that are chopped up and transformed into a weird sort of bassy hiccup, almost like a croaking frog, the beat stripped down and minimal, all skitter, wreathed in clouds of swirling psychedelic hiss and whir, and haunting black ambience, a strangely off kilter hip hop-ish chunk of dark dark dubstep. The second track mixes it up again, setting the beat against a backdrop of woozy synth swirl, wrapped around a skipping chunk of warbly bass buzz, wrapped in swirls of glitch and static, the sound more laid back and droney, hypnotic and washed out, which leads into the final track, a big block rockin beat, laid over fuzzed out bass, and all sorts of dubby effects and extra percussion, again, with some swirly synths laid down in the background.
Finally, the set finishes off with part three, Adult, which shifts gears again, the first track a murky bit of super minimal droned out mesmer, the beat, muted and buried beneath a field of static, and blurred low end fuzz, laced with random bits of clatter, like some super abstract Chain Reaction Heroin House take on lo-fi dubstep, crusty, and sinister, and abstract and haunting and AWESOME.
The second track continues in the same direction, similarly minimal and stripped down, not nearly as murky, but with a seriously clinical, motorik clipped beat, surrounded by Geiger counter like chitter, all over little flurries of high hat, and subtle bits of dubbed out FX, super hypnotic and WAY too short.
Finally, the closing track picks up the pace, that creepy processed raga like toasting returns, over metallic clouds of billowy bass, the beats laid back and stripped way down, the thick buzzing bass pulse driving the groove, everything surrounded by what sounds like field recordings of a forest or jungle, a darkly psychedelic bit of dubbed out bass heavy murk. So good. We haven't stopped listening to these since we first got them in. Dubstep jam of the year? Last year? This year? Any year? Hell yeah!!
Each 12" is limited to 300 copies, hand numbered, and hand stamped, all in plain white sleeves. And remember we're selling all three 12"s together as a single set.
MPEG Stream: "Larve A1"
MPEG Stream: "Larve A2"
MPEG Stream: "Pupa A"

album cover WEEZER Hurley (Epitaph) cd 15.98
No one with a pop bone in their bodies can argue that the first Weezer record (the Blue album) is anything but an all time classic pop record, a practically perfect slab of indie rock / power pop. Most of those same folks loved Pinkerton too, record number two, flawed, but in an awesomely idiosyncratic and crazy catchy way. Even the Green album, record #3, had some great songs, the Weezer sound was still intact, and sure there were some misfires, but those were made up for by some serious gems. Maladroit was an underdog record, revisiting it now, it's pretty dang good, but at the time, it was, to Weezer fans, all but the most obsessive, the beginning of the end.
Make Believe is where most of us gave up, the insipid hit single "Beverly Hills" the worst offender, but the record, as well as the one that followed, the Red album, were pretty much total writeoffs. Mainman Rivers Cuomo was more of a novelty song writer and occasional tabloid personality. Then something happened with Raditude. The last record, awesomely stupid cover art, and some lame collaborations, but there were some seriously almost classic Weezer jams hidden in there. And now we come to Hurley, their latest, and maybe best in a long while, weirdly enough, it's also their first NOT on a major label, but whatever, the important thing is, this record is pretty good.
That classic Weezer sound in full effect, the thick chugging guitars, the vocal harmonies, the soaring power pop choruses, the goofy pop culture referencing lyrics, but for the first time in a long time it actually works, and even the weird experimental bits, acoustic ballads, some synth drum machine drive groovers, they all sort of work. It's no masterpiece, that's for sure, if you want a Weezer masterpiece, go get the self titled debut, or if you want some Weezerish perfect pop, check out the Ovens, but if you've been dying for a great Weezer record, well then this might be the one. Or if not great, pretty dang good. And we're digging it more and more with every listen!
And did we mention the awesomely ridiculous cover art, a picture of Hurley from the TV show Lost! Recommended, mostly for longtime Weezer fans, but heck, it's definitely good enough that it might win over some new fans for sure...
MPEG Stream: "Memories"
MPEG Stream: "Ruling Me"
MPEG Stream: "Trainwrecks"

album cover WEEZER Make Believe (Geffen) cd 16.98
Oh Weezer, we read and hear so much about Rivers Cuomo and his dysfunctional band, and all the lineup changes and how he's giving up music to go back to school and he's going to be celibate but then WAIT, a new record is in the works, but the band hates each other, but he is still the master of pop music, and they're on the cover of Rolling Stone and on and on and on. You think with that kind of drama and attention this 5 years in the works new Weezer record would be tense and intense and emotionally fragile and darkly aggressive and maybe the pop record to end all pop records. But it's not. Not even close. It's tepid, Weezer-by-the-numbers, the single "Beverly Hills" is the most anemic pop song we've heard in ages, with embarassingly trite lyrics and a hook that has been used in no less than 5 other Weezer songs. But wait, things definitely pick up after that, a return to Weezer of old? Not quite, but it's not all that bad, in fact some of the songs are pretty darn good. It's no blue album, it's no Pinkerton, it's no green album either. But that's a whole lot to hope for. And while he may be a pop genius, anyone so distracted by school and personal insecurity and band unrest would be hard pressed to squeeze out a masterpiece. But a masterpiece is what we expect, and we know he's capable of it. He's pulled it off at least three times! It just feels like the passion is gone, the fire, the emotion, like Weezer is no longer something he NEEDS to do, just something he has to do. It still sounds great, in fact better than ever, BIG Rick Rubin production, big guitars, lush harmonies, but the songs just don't live up to the sound. That said, we still LOVE Weezer, we've been dying for this record to come out, and we'll hang on to this, and listen to it over and over, hoping that the pop genius is of the slow growing variety, and eventually it will just hit us, and then we'll feel pretty dumb for writing this review. Here's hoping!
MPEG Stream: "Beverly Hills"
MPEG Stream: "Perfect Situation"
MPEG Stream: "This Is Such A Pity"

album cover WEEZER Maladroit (Geffen) cd 16.98
I have to be honest, I sort of outgrew Weezer (or maybe they outgrew me) after their second record, Pinkerton, which while not a bad record at all, in fact a fantastic record, definitely showed signs of, how can I say this, a sort of laziness, a "the sound is there but where are the songs?" sort of thing. I think one of the problems is that they set the bar so high with the first record, where EVERY song was, or could have been a huge hit. Pinkerton was about half and half, and after that they seemd to just be going through the motions. That said, there -were- some kick ass tunes on the 'green' record, and there are some awesome tracks on this here record too. Check out the sound clip for 'Keep Fishin', kind of Cheap Trick and the Sweet with a sort of MTV pop punk vibe. Fans already obviously have this, but newcomers to the land of Weezer would be better served picking up the first two Weezer records before venturing into records three and four.
RealAudio clip: "American Gigolo"
RealAudio clip: "Dope Nose"
RealAudio clip: "Keep Fishin'"

WEEZER Pinkerton (DGC) cd 12.98

album cover WEEZER s/t (red) (Geffen) cd 17.98
Just knowing that this band made Pinkerton makes the fact that this record sounds like a weird mash up of Sugar Ray and The Offspring that much more depressing. Though the YouTube based single/video "Frank and Beans" is pretty funny.
MPEG Stream: "Pork And Beans"
MPEG Stream: "Dreamin'"

album cover WEEZER Weezer (Geffen) cd 17.98
The first peep from these guys after a five year absence! And sure as heck it's full of those familiar power guitar melodies and sunshine-y, super-boy vocal harmonies. So why don't I feel any better? What's wrong? What's missing? Well for one thing the lyrical twists and odd subject matter for which Weezer were well known are nowhere to be found. And there just doesn't seem to be anything to distinguish this album as a Weezer record. Certainly it's got good pop tunes, but sorta in a faceless not-really-all-that-catchy kind of way. Fans obviously must own this, but even their admittedly weak last album Pinkerton was catchier and more distinctly Weezer. Oh well. Check out records by The Stereo, or the Get Up Kids or Reggie and the Full Effect to see how the students have surpassed their teachers.
RealAudio clip: "Hash Pipe"

album cover WEGMULLER, WALTER Tarot (Spalax) 2cd 32.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
This 1973 krautrock rarity was reissued a few years ago as a deluxe box set complete with reproductions of the Tarot cards designed by German gypsy painter Walter Wegmuller. That uber-expensive deluxe version quickly went out of print, and now we have a nicely presented double cd set of the same music, minus the cards. The 21 tracks on here are, however, dedicated to the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck. Whether you're into the mysticism of this or not, its the trippy "kosmiche" krautrock music that makes this worthy of purchase. Wegmuller (with producer Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser) directed an all-star cast of German underground musicians including Manuel Gottsching, Walter Westrupp, and Dieter Dirks in creating a sometimes maniacal, sometimes zoned-out krautrock classic. It really is similar to early Ash Ra Tempel, Brainticket, or the Cosmic Jokers (indeed, the cast of musicians pretty much IS the Cosmic Jokers). Wild, weird stuff that wanders from electronic soundscapes with portentous voice-overs to acid guitar freakouts to mellow flute-led folk jams... Every track/card is different. If you can tolerate some of the hippy excesses (and the talking), this has much to offer. We can imagine that the Current 93/NWW folks must have been really into this!
RealAudio clip: "Die Hohepriesterin"
RealAudio clip: "Der Hohepriester"

WEGNER, BASTIAN Elmsfeuer (Sahko) cd 24.00

WEHOWSKY, RALF & BRUCE RUSSELL Sights (Corpus Hermeticum) cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.

album cover WEINBERG METHOD, THE ...of Non-Synthetic Electronic Rock (Normal ) cd 14.98
One of the most gleefully eccentric albums around right now is a re-issue from 1970! Fans of the bizarre genius of Bruce Haack and Raymond Scott gather 'round! Heck, you're undoubtedly already more than familiar with Mr. Fred Weinberg, but for those of us who missed it the first time around... Here's 18 tinkly twinky twisted compositions (including 7 bonus tracks) that would probably be deadringers for television theme songs and commercial jingles if they were being performed on a more - ahem! - traditional array of instruments, but such is not the case! The Weinberg Method involves the electronic manipulation and mutation of "natural" sounds (y'know, from the world around you: car horns honking, sirens squealing, toilets flushing, hearts beating, etc). These sounds are then inserted where those of the string, horn or percussion instruments would have been. Incredibly strange music indeed! We should also note that the liner notes suggest "this album be played at 33, 45 and 78 rpm." Kinda hard to do on a cd, but probably well worth the effort!
RealAudio clip: "A Child's Life"
RealAudio clip: "Animosity"
RealAudio clip: "Keen Machine"
RealAudio clip: "Ah, Ha!"

WEINBERG METHOD, THE ...of Non-Synthetic Electronic Rock (Normal ) lp 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
One of the most gleefully eccentric albums around right now is a re-issue from 1970! Fans of the bizarre genius of Bruce Haack and Raymond Scott gather 'round! Heck, you're undoubtedly already more than familiar with Mr. Fred Weinberg, but for those of us who missed it the first time around... Here's 18 tinkly twinky twisted compositions (including 7 bonus tracks) that would probably be deadringers for television theme songs and commercial jingles if they were being performed on a more - ahem! - traditional array of instruments, but such is not the case! The Weinberg Method involves the electronic manipulation and mutation of "natural" sounds (y'know, from the world around you: car horns honking, sirens squealing, toilets flushing, hearts beating, etc). These sounds are then inserted where those of the string, horn or percussion instruments would have been. Incredibly strange music indeed! We should also note that the liner notes suggest "this album be played at 33, 45 and 78 rpm." Kinda hard to do on a cd, but probably well worth the effort!
RealAudio clip: "A Child's Life"
RealAudio clip: "Animosity"
RealAudio clip: "Keen Machine"
RealAudio clip: "Ah, Ha!"

WEINSTEIN, DAVID Perfume (Avant) cd 19.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Equipped with naught but a sampler, Weinstein creates disjointed, alienated soundtracks that sound like Tipsy without the groove. His pieces swing between a nostalgia for the music of the past, and premonition of the music of the future.

WEINSTEIN, DEENA Heavy Metal: The Music And Its Culture (Da Capo Press) book 17.00
Chicago university professor Deena Weinstein unleashes the revised edition of her 1991 scholarly study of heavy metal!! We loved her on NPR's Anthem talkshow, playing Emperor and other metal, and discussing the differences between speed metal, thrash metal, and black metal, in an intellectual, but genuinely enthusiastic manner, unlike some of the 'ironic' poseurs featured on the same show, who shall remain nameless.
Weinstein's book is a balanced and academic look at heavy metal music, its fans, and its role in society. This new edition adds a new 'Metal in the '90s' chapter, as well as an updated list of '100 Definitive Metal Albums' that now includes Arcturus and At The Gates, In Flames and Hammerfall, etc.
Essential for all serious fans of either cultural studies or heavy metal, preferably both!

album cover WEIRD OWL Ever The Silver Cord Be Loosed (Tee Pee) cd 14.98

WEIRD WAR If You Can't Beat 'Em, Bite 'Em (Drag City) cd 14.98
Aka the Scene Creamers.

WEIRD WAR Illuminated By The Light (Drag City) cd 14.98

MPEG Stream: "Mental Poisoning"
MPEG Stream: "Put It In Your Pocket"

album cover WEIRD WEEDS Hold Me (Zum) lp 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Now on Vinyl!
We listed the latest record by Texas folk pop ensemble the Weird Weeds a few lists back, and everybody dug it like crazy, so we got in touch with the band and got a handful of their first record, Hold Me. Which is just as good!
A dizzying blend of random ethereal popness and shimmery dreamlike folkiness with a healthy heaping of arty angularity. Slightly confusional and a little schizophrenic, but the Weird Weeds' off kilter playfulness is exactly what makes this combo so totally appealing. Fun and freaked out, but always soft and dreamy, even at their most convoluted.
One side of the band's sound is all fluttery flutes and swoonsome strings, little bits of strum and twang wrapped into perfect little nuggets of sunshine-y West Coast pop. A little country, a little hippy, all super sun dappled with plaintive vocals and simple minor key strumming.
The other side of their sound is a much more obtuse assemblage of stumbling drums, twinkling guitar harmonics, lots of tangled squiggly almost metallic guitar solos over wildly strummed acoustic guitars, a constant angular Deerhoof art-rockiness that perfectly plays to the interaction between super high sad boy vocals and dreamy angelic female vocals. While these guys are definitely far out, and these songs are not at all straight forward, the weirdness never overshadows their pop sense, which makes Hold Me a total delight for pop kidz and artrock nerds alike.
MPEG Stream: "Paratrooper Seed"
MPEG Stream: "Fifty Dollars"

album cover WEIRD WEEDS Weird Feelings (Sounds Are Active) cd 11.98
We're not exactly sure how we stumbled upon the Weird Weeds, a mysterious experimental pop outfit from Texas, but we're sure glad we did. This, their second full length, is totally captivating and weird as fuck. Even the opening one two punch is sort of confusingly brilliant, the sweet opening track, softly strummed guitar, simple chimes, and harmonized female vocals, followed by the bizarre rhythmic workout of the second track, a processed whump of a rhythm track, quickly surrounded by effervescent swirls of droning high end, and gorgeous intertwined vocals. It is definitely pop, but unlike any pop we've ever heard. Maybe the closest comparison would be Animal Collective, but Weird Weeds are a whole different animal, the core of their sound seems to be an upper register drift, be it some weird metallic shimmer, high end guitar jangle, or the dreamy female vocals combined with the mostly falsetto male vocals. And just as important to WW's sound is percussion. Every song leans heavily on whatever off kilter rhythm the band establishes, often lurching from near static shuffle to a loping pound, and just as quickly back again. The song structure is a bit off kilter as well, super complex and convoluted, sounding either like a pop band afflicted with the worse case of ADD ever, or like each song is a composite of 10 or 20 other little songs. The effect is intoxicating, and when the band unfurls a twangy little ditty, you find yourself braced for the inevitable shift to some other random melodic tangent, and when it sometimes doesn't come, you find yourself being almost disappointed. Hard to believe such a massive expansive sound could come from such a compact ensemble. And that the simplest ingredients, guitar, percussion and vocals, could be whipped into such a heady psychedelia! Droney, drifty, twangy, dreamy and strangely lovely.
MPEG Stream: "Weird Feelings"
MPEG Stream: "Nose To The Wind"
MPEG Stream: "In Your Arms"
MPEG Stream: "Tupper"

album cover WEIRD WEEDS, THE Hold Me (Digitalis) cd 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
We listed the latest record by Texas folk pop ensemble the Weird Weeds a few lists back, and everybody dug it like crazy, so we got in touch with the band and got a handful of their first record, Hold Me. Which is just as good!
A dizzying blend of random ethereal popness and shimmery dreamlike folkiness with a healthy heaping of arty angularity. Slightly confusional and a little schizophrenic, but the Weird Weeds' off kilter playfulness is exactly what makes this combo so totally appealing. Fun and freaked out, but always soft and dreamy, even at their most convoluted.
One side of the band's sound is all fluttery flutes and swoonsome strings, little bits of strum and twang wrapped into perfect little nuggets of sunshine-y West Coast pop. A little country, a little hippy, all super sun dappled with plaintive vocals and simple minor key strumming.
The other side of their sound is a much more obtuse assemblage of stumbling drums, twinkling guitar harmonics, lots of tangled squiggly almost metallic guitar solos over wildly strummed acoustic guitars, a constant angular Deerhoof art-rockiness that perfectly plays to the interaction between super high sad boy vocals and dreamy angelic female vocals. While these guys are definitely far out, and these songs are not at all straight forward, the weirdness never overshadows their pop sense, which makes Hold Me a total delight for pop kidz and artrock nerds alike.
MPEG Stream: "Paratrooper Seed"
MPEG Stream: "Fifty Dollars"

album cover WEIRD WEEDS, THE I Miss This (Auto Bus) cd 14.98

album cover WEIS, MIKE Loop Current (Barge) lp 14.98

album cover WEISMAN, KURT Spiritual Sci-Fi (Important ) cd 14.98
While we were fans of Kurt Weisman's previous project Feathers, this first solo outing on Important has really thrown us for a loop. Spazzy sped up strings, sprightly jigs, woodwind-led free jazz and wincing pitch-shifted vocals remind us more of Cocorosie than the Van Dyke Parks comparisons touted on the label. Weird? Definitely. Wonderful? Not so much.
MPEG Stream: "The Young Pioneers Discover Magic"
MPEG Stream: "Mother Daughter Day"

album cover WEISMAN, KURT (FEATHERS) More is More (Mad Monk) 7" 8.98
We had Kurt from Feathers' solo cd-r in stock a while ago and we loved it. A warbly and weird lo-fi folk, but it sounded like his little brother was constantly fucking with the knobs on his 4-track while he was recording it. Slowing down, speeding up, weird little glitchy hiccups. It added a whole 'nother layer of weirdness to what was essentially dreamy fey folk. On this most recent 7", everything we loved about the cd-r is pushed even farther out. The high reedy vocals are now even higher and sound almost like the Chipmunks. The sonic irregularities and recording glitches that peppered the cd-r, are now EVERYWHERE, the whole record is buried under strange effects, warbling warpage, squiggles of psychedelic guitar are splattered all over the place. This is seriously druggy and tripped out stuff. The first things that came to mind when we threw this on were: Ariel Pink, Christmas carols and It's A Small World After All. That should give you a good idea of the glorious strangeness we're talking about here. A glitchy lo fi psychedelia equal parts Feathers, Tiny Tim, Daniel Johnston, Ariel Pink, nursery rhymes and lots and lots of weed!
Packaged in a goofy comic book style sleeve with a hot pink insert/lyric sheet.
SUPER LIMITED. WE ONLY GOT 10 COPIES FROM THE BAND WHEN THEY WERE HERE ON TOUR...

WEISS, ALEX QUARTET Make Your Own Lightning (Chahatatadra Music) cd 10.98

album cover WEISS, DAVID Virtuoso Saw (EM Records) cd 19.98
Ok, it's definitely a gimmick. But a good one. David Weiss's 1985 album Virtuoso Saw is not just skating on "novelty record" ice, but actively sawing through the stuff (sorry). This is the fourth cd we've listed from the quirky Japanese label EM Records that showcases their obsession (quickly becoming ours too) with the instrument known as the musical, or singing, saw. A carpenter's steel saw bowed in such a way as to make a mellifluous sound, not unlike the wavering, haunting tones of an electronic Theremin.
Virtuoso Saw sees Weiss, as one of the few, proud, masters of the instrument, showing how it can transform both classical and pop tunes. You'll hear his saw sing on such chestnuts as "Misty" (with the saw, soooo dreamy) and "Sweet Georgia Brown" (jaunty, yet given a dose of the unfamiliar with the saw). In addition, Weiss plays Simon and Garfunkel, Gershwin, Satie, Saint-Saens, Ravel, Bizet, Bach, and the Beatles -- three tunes from them, "Eleanor Rigby", "Yesterday", and "When I'm 64". Oh, and he even does, believe it or not, "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie. How cool is that? Sends the kitsch value of this, already high, through the roof!!
Weiss's saw is set against lush orchestrations for strings performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (there's photos in the cd booklet of them playing at the Hollywood Bowl). Doubtless it was considered funny to see a guy in a tuxedo playing a saw... but maybe for us it's also a good excuse to listen to unique versions of some music that would otherwise not get a lot of play here at AQ even though we've got to admit it's quite nice!
So if you've got EM's Jim Leonard and Sam Moore and Noahlewis' Mahlon Taits cds, your collection is not complete until you pick this up too... particularly if you were into Leonard's Super Saw disc, you'll want this, as it's a similarly impressive technical tour-de-force, updating the saw's repertoire to include a few more popular tunes of the rock era, such as those by Lennon/McCartney.
We wonder what EM's gonna dig up next for our musical saw section!
MPEG Stream: "Misty"
MPEG Stream: "Eleanor Rigby"

WELCH, GILLIAN Hell Among the Yearlings (Almo Sounds) cd 12.98
Lauded alt.country singer's second album produced by T-Bone Burnett. It's Allan's favorite of her several fine albums so far.
MPEG Stream: "My Morphine"
MPEG Stream: "Honey Now"

WELCH, GILLIAN Revival (Acony) cd 13.98
Debut release from this amazing country singer songwriter, an all time AQ favorite.

album cover WELCH, GILLIAN Soul Journey (Acony) cd 12.98
Why do I love Ms. Welch SO much? I dunno. Love is like that. Maybe 'cause of her careworn, exquisite voice, which she puts to such good use on songs that channel Appalachian woe and slacker angst. Maybe because she's so smart and charming and talented. Maybe 'cause she's so funny in concert... Ah, yes, she's wonderful. And so of course people like me are gonna be thrilled to hear her new album. While the title "Soul Journey" might sound corny this record isn't. Much of this sees Welch with a full backing band (including one guy from Son Volt), but it still sounds real intimate. And don't worry, Welch's partner, guitarist David Rawlings is on board too. From slow, rocking numbers to old timey ballads, Welch, Rawlings, and co. mesh rootsy "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" stuff with an indie-rock, alt-country perspective. Her songs are sad and forlorn, but also so gorgeous and comforting. What a treasure.
MPEG Stream: "Look At Miss Ohio"
MPEG Stream: "No One Knows My Name"

album cover WELCH, GILLIAN The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony) cd 16.98
Geez, has it really been 8 years since Gillian Welch last captivated us with a new album? It's hard to believe we've gone on all this time without her darkly bittersweet country-folk songs applying a soothing balm to our troubled souls. But her return to recording couldn't have had better timing as her music, so rooted in Depression-era bluegrass and early country styles, gels so well with our currently dire economic times, offering a gothic and desperate vision of heartbreak, loss and courage that is instantly relatable, yet makes us feel less vulnerable to the harsh cruelties of living that her protagonists endure.
Besides the long gap in time, not much has changed in Welch's (and her musical partner David Rawlings) sound or approach and that is just fine! Keeping the arrangements as stark as ever, there is only acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonicas and some hand and knee slaps along with the couple's peerless vocal harmonies as they waver between fatalistic folk songs, gospel-tinged bluegrass, and murder ballads. This is one of Welch's best records in a discography that has never wavered far from stunning. And speaking of stunning, the cover designed by Baroness singer, John Dyer Baizley is a beautifully unique letterpress print on thick handmade paper stock. A video of how the cover was made can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Mz_imdISk.
Of course long-time fans will want to scoop this up, but if you are new to Welch's haunting and harrowing voice and vision, The Harrow and The Harvest is a good place to start. It's definitely as good as if not better than Time (the Revelator) and Hell Among The Yearlings (our other two favorites of hers), making this absolutely essential!!
MPEG Stream: "The Way It Goes"
MPEG Stream: "Silver Dagger"
MPEG Stream: "The Way The Whole Thing Ends"

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