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album cover WAX POETICS Issue #42 magazine 9.99
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Special RnB issue. 2 different covers, Barry White or Gil Scott-Heron. Back covers too, D'Angelo or Erykah Badu. Inside, all those folks, plus plenty more, including "An Oral History Of The Wah-Wah Pedal".

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #43 magazine 9.98
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The Reggae Issue! It may seem like Wax Poetics has done this before, but besides having Lee "Scratch" Perry once on the cover, no issue has ever been fully devoted to reggae. Augustus Pablo and Gregory Issacs grace the cover. Features articles and interviews with Island Records label head, Chris Blackwell. Dancehall label Greensleeves, Dub Sound systems in the UK, Essential playlist by British Roots DJ David "Ramjam" Rodigan, Sugar Minott , Beres Hammond, Bob Andy of The Paragons, and of course the Roland Space Echo!

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #44 magazine 9.98
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The colorful magazine covering all the rad sides of soul, funk, jazz, hip-hop and beyond is back with another classy issue. This time out War and Syl Johnson each get one of the covers. Inside tons of awesome stuff including features on The Budos Band, DJ Muggs, Melvin Davis, Claus Ogerman, Johnny Colon, and Al Kooper. As well as awesome articles on the minimoog, photographer Lyle Owerko's obsession with boomboxes, and our always favorite "re: discovery" section where the best rare groove albums get the page & attention they so totally deserve. As always another smoking issue of Wax Poetics!

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #45 magazine 9.99
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Whoops, almost skipped an issue... on the cover of this special "dance issue" Juan Atkins, on account of The History Of Detroit Techno found on page 74. Other articles: Bohannon, Ron Hardy and Chicago House, Konk, Tom Moulton and the Disco Edit, disco diva Jocelyn Brown, an obit for Teena Marie, and a ton more, all profusely illustrated with color photos and vintage record graphics. Get schooled on dance music history, here!

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #46 magazine 9.99
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More of a jazz-oriented issue here, the theme is in fact "Jazz's Mad Men". George Benson (on the cover), Billy Cobham, Phil Cohran, George Duke, and many more... also a piece on John Coltrane's lost recordings (or some being reissued), and Nostalgia 77.

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #47 magazine 9.99
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More good readin'. And lookin'. At pictures. It's another thick (112 page) issue of this soul, funk, jazz, hiphop, anything groovy goes magazine, packed with vintage color and b&w photos and album art to make collectors drool. This issue: pieces on Earth Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Womack, Lamont Dozier, Solomon Burke, Billy Ocean, Dennis Coffey, and more.

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #48 magazine 9.99
All right! Another colorful issue of this great magazine devoted to pretty much anything groovy and generally of a certain vintage. On the cover, the late great Nina Simone, whose significant socio-political-cultural impact is assessed. Also this issue, rapper Shock G of Digital Underground, Brazilian bossa jazz cat Dom Salvador, synth popster Hudson Mohawke, Band of Gypsies bassist Billy Cox, roots reggae's Yabby You, and plenty more. Including, perhaps for the first time in Wax Poetics, some krautrock, with a feature on Neu! Though, they probably have at least written about Kraftwerk or Can before, we'd imagine.

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #49 magazine 9.99
The Latin Issue! Do you dig, do you spin, do you dig spinning and digging?? Vinyl collectors and music lovers, if you've got groove, this magazine is for you. As always, colorfully illustrated, deeply informed/informative. Lowrider oldies, Fania & Alegre All Stars, Cal Tjader, Speed Records, and on the cover, Eddie Palmieri, among the many treats this time 'round.

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #50 magazine 11.99
This now-quarterly mag of funk, soul, hiphop, jazz, and anything else groovy presents their 10th Anniversary issue, with his Purple Highness, Prince on the cover. Inside, a lot of Prince-related content, including "33 Reasons Why Prince Is Hiphop" by ?uestlove of The Roots. There's features on Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, Madhouse, The Family, 94 East...
Also: Blood Orange, DJ Quik (talking about some of his favorite records), Larry Graham, Toro y Moi, Frank Ocean, and more. All, as always, copiously illustrated with full color photography. 104 pages.

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #51 magazine 11.99
Looks good, smells good, it's the new issue of Wax Poetics, all about the groovy shit new & old: El-P, Kurtis Blow, Nas, The Roots, Killer Mike, Shabazz Palaces, Oddisee, Robert Glasper, Coke La Rock, and more. Get schooled!

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #52 magazine 11.99
On the cover(s): Sade and Flying Lotus. Inside, also: Dam-Funk, Betty Wright, Cody Chesnutt, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Gary Bartz, and, uh, Lenny Kravitz. Among other peeps. All colorfully illustrated in the usual Wax Poetics fashion, with vintage photos and album covers and all that.
Oh, and there's a cool piece about the NYC roller disco boogie scene in the '70s!

WAX POETICS Issue #53 magazine 11.99

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #55 magazine 11.99
Another groovy, colorful issue of this funk, soul, hiphop, etc. obsessed magazine! On the cover: Daft Punk. Inside, De La Soul, Nile Rodgers, Teddy Riley, Jack Bruce, and Nina Simone via Me'Shel Ndegeocello, among others.

album cover WAX POETICS Issue #56 magazine 11.99
This issue of Wax Poetics celebrates the 40th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop! On the cover(s) (yes there's several, front and back in two versions) are Madlib, Kool Herc, Little Dragon, and Hiatus Kaiyote. Also in this 96 page, vibrantly colorful issue: Tackhead, Mac Miller, Average White Band, Shinaro Sakamoto, John Morales, Bruce Lee (yep), and recent AQ fave Rodion G.A.!

album cover WAX POETICS Issue 11 - Winter 2005 magazine 7.99
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I love looking at color pictures of old LP covers. Doesn't even really matter if they're rad rare soul/funk/jazz gems. But if they are, so much the better. Wax Poetics magazine is definitely a good place to find articles illustrated with such cover pics. And lots of other cool photos too. And the reading is fine as well, if you're into old-school hip hop, '60s and '70s jazz-funk, today's hip underground producers, that sort of thing. This ish: Charles Wright, Afrika Bambaataa, "unknown funk hero" Rickey Calloway, Jimmy McGriff, DJ Nu-Mark, the art director from CTI Records, some folks involved in the making of the Wattstax movie, free jazz saxophonist John Klemmer...some we've heard of before, others we're glad to meet.

album cover WAX POETICS ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 book 39.95
Wax Poetics is such a cool magazine, with such amazing graphics (full-color reproductions of rare vinyl artwork, vintage photos of hiphoppers, jazz cats, and funkateers...) that it totally deserves this deluxe anthology treatment!! Hardcover, 8 1/2" by 11", 240 pages that bring together the best of issues 1 through 5, going back to 2001 up to 2003. Got 'em? No? Well get this! Also makes a great gift. There's stuff in here about everybody cool (and sometimes obscure) in funk, soul, jazz and hiphop from Charles Mingus to Marva Whitney, Prince Paul to the RZA, King Tubby to Clyde Stubblefield (THE Funky Drummer)... Interviews and articles and of course TONS of full-color images that take advantage of this volume's larger format (the original magazines were more like digest-sized). So many drool-worthy album covers, a bunch of rad old school grafitti art, lots of look at!!
One question though: why is there a Puma logo and URL on the front cover??

album cover WAX POETICS ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2 book 39.95

album cover WAXFIRE, THE Blueprints (self-released) cd 14.98
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This young band from Olympia craft some fine chamber pop and they suit it up in suitably lovely'n'artful homespun packaging. The disc comes enclosed in a fabric bound fold-out case encased in a fabric pouch. Their music is very floral with the arrangements driven by piano leads and ultra pretty female vocals. Imagine the doe-eyed sweetness of The Sundays and Madder Rose crossed with the more womanly worldliness of Tori Amos. Emotions and drama build gradually over the course of the album's ten songs from the near-lullaby nature of "Never" to the climactic "Annabelleigh". Quite gorgeous.
MPEG Stream: "Never"
MPEG Stream: "Annabelleigh"

album cover WAY OF THE CROSS Mind Of The Dolphin (Phoenix) lp 16.98
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WAY OF THE DRAGON (OST) (Tam) lp 12.98
Another vinyl reissue of a fantastic Bruce Lee movie, quite similar to the soundtrack for 'Fist of Fury'. Starts off with a moody epic, all swelling strings ala Morricone, but this time, the song is peppered with Bruce Lee's grunts and squeaks and howls. Pretty weird. And then the rest of the soundtrack is just entire scenes from the movie, dialogue, fights and everything. Totally great, and another must have for DJs.

album cover WAY, A.C. Odo (Breaking Wheel) cd-r 4.50
swarming er of ensembles (Maleficia, French Radio, Riqis, Carrion, NF Orchest, etc.), but his recorded solo output has been woefully under-represented. He's one to start furiously on projects only to shelve them either out of frustration with the process or if another opportunity might come along. However, the strength of Odo is such that Way should delve back into that repository of mangled tapes and extract more material like this. His means of production often involves a beat-to-shit turntable, a similarly beat-to-shit sampler, vocal growlings, and a noise-freak collection of pedals, resulting in a black noise miasma orbiting around MB, Lasse Marhaug, and Locrian. Odo is a comparatively brighter affair of harmonically interwoven tones and field recordings, but Way's menacing noise lurks throughout. The first of three pieces layers a set of harmonium-sounding drones whose linear stasis is upended by an arching churn of growling, low-end feedback, snapping into the second track of watery field recordings and subterranean drippings sutured to a chorus of mid-range sinetones. The final track engages an uneasy set of feedback tones made even more unsettled by a distant blackened cloud of rumbling distortion slowly joined by a metallic clamor and spectral blasts of wintery black noise. Think the more psychedelic noise of Ramleh, the transitional recordings by Emaciator from noise-to-drone, and most everything that comes out on Utech. Just 20 minutes long, but the price is certainly right!
MPEG Stream: "Odo 1"
MPEG Stream: "Odo 2"
MPEG Stream: "Odo 3"

album cover WAY, A.C. Vorsg Gah (Petit Mal Music) 3"cd 5.98
A disembodied scream becomes noise becomes drone becomes the sound of swarming bees. Such is the course laid out by the oft-performing / occasionally-recording East Bay noise technician A.C. Way on this mighty fine 3" cd-r. This man has performed in numerous projects over the years, bringing his battered turntable, abused sampler, and array of distortion pedals to such projects as Maleficia, French Radio (with MX-80's Bruce Anderson, no less), Carrion, Riqis, and probably a few others that have slipped our mind. All of those aforementioned elements work their way into the crosshatched structure of this 20 minute composition. Whatever Way is sourcing for the initial blast of noise is downright terrifying. As much as we'd like to give credence to the thought it's a reverberant scream captured inside the half-mile Baker-Barry Tunnel found in the Marin Headlands, it's probably a fortuitous abrasion manipulated from Way's turntable. As encrusted distortion and corroded noises begin to dismantle these unsettling sounds, a glowing tone also emerges as something of a shimmering, gilded beacon, that's as beautiful as the noises that preceded it are not. When the sound of the bees flutters through that ephemeral drone, Way hints at another wash of sonic horror but resolves those sounds as a vibrating massage of ecological white noise. Really nice work, and limited to 50 copies.
MPEG Stream: "Vorsg Gah (excerpt 1)"
MPEG Stream: "Vorsg Gah (excerpt 2)"

album cover WAYCROSS Aren't We The Lucky Ones (Waycross) cd 10.98
A new album from this popular local combo who play a full, polished brand of shadowy twang. Delving into the darker side of country music a la Cowboy Junkies and Trailer Bride with layers of sliding, spidery reverbed guitar and gritty organs. The melancholic female lead vocals bring to mind the subdued yet powerful delivery of Hope Sandoval or Carly Simon. They're backed by higher, more angelic vocals. Their decision to include a tripped out cover of Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" seems very strange and out of place. The over the top warbly wah-wah guitars and plodding rhythms totally distracts from the brooding, languid Waycross atmosphere they've so carefully crafted. Instead, it comes across as an alienating, druggy blues rock rendition. Seems like they should've made it either a hidden final track or preferably just reserved it for the live setting in which it's surely a crowd pleaser. That said, if you can program your cd player to skip track 9, you'll have a cohesive, pleasing listen.

RealAudio clip: "B-Sides"
RealAudio clip: "Wicked"
RealAudio clip: "Heart Of Glass"

album cover WAYLANDER Honour Among Chaos (Listenable Records) cd 13.98
Those unintimidated by metal of the power, folk, or medieval variety, hail! Waylander are back yet again with another album of Irish folk metal, set to sharpen the listeners mental and metaphorical swords. Sometimes when we write these reviews it's hard to know what to say. It seems that there are metalheads who can vibe on flute and other folk instruments, and there are those that don't. Well, we believe that this record is one of those rare times a band can bridge the gap. While the harps and such blaze on, crunchy guitars and howling vocals keep things from ever getting too gimmicky. Basically, it stays heavy even with some unusual instrumentation, which can sometimes feel like it's softening the song. And with song titles like "Taker of Heads," or "To Dine In The Otherworld," these guys are on the path to pure metallic nirvana. Any true metalhead will easily find something to love about this record. Give it a listen, and we think you'll agree. Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "To Dine in the Otherworld"
MPEG Stream: "Walk with Honour"

WAZOO s/t (World In Sound) cd 21.00
Zappa-y hippie pop psych from Detroit, circa 1970.

WC West Side Heavy Hitter cd 22.00

WE Antenna Tool and Die (Asphodel) 12" 9.99
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Unlike We's full length, this 12" features far fewer jungle beats and much more layered, scratchy texturing. If someone told you it was Stockhausen, you'd be really impressed. The vinyl is probably the MOST BEAUTIFUL we have ever seen, even nicer than Stereolab's "Emperor..." import, which, you may recall, was gold glitter encased in clear vinyl. This 12" is composed of grey, blue, yellow, and purple concentric circles of varying widths, some perfectly centered and some off center. Truly a beautiful object.

WE Decentertainment (Liquid Sky) cd 15.98
We's first album "As Is" may still stand as the finest documentation of the Brooklyn Illbient sound. But their third album is pretty great too, an excellent electronica release in its own right and warrants complementary comparisons to AQ fave Amon Tobin. "Decentertainment" is filled with deep ambient headphone brain tuning stuff, stoned / downer hip hop beats and soulful vocal snippets complete with vintage vinyl scratchiness. Then a quick tempo change switches gear into bouncy drum & bass breaks surrounded by interesting samples and dubbed out melodies.

WE Decentertainment (Liquid Sky) 2lp 15.98
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We's first album "As Is" may still stand as the finest documentation of the Brooklyn Illbient sound. But their third album is pretty great too, an excellent electronica release in its own right and warrants complementary comparisons to AQ fave Amon Tobin. "Decentertainment" is filled with deep ambient headphone brain tuning stuff, stoned / downer hip hop beats and soulful vocal snippets complete with vintage vinyl scratchiness. Then a quick tempo change switches gear into bouncy drum & bass breaks surrounded by interesting samples and dubbed out melodies.

WE Square Root of Negative One (Asphodel) cd 13.98
Their first record was such a breath of fresh air at the time. An original, consistently interesting, unpredictable and inspired approach to ambient and drum'n'bass. New Yorkers Olive, Lloop and Once11 have made a recording to equal their last. Their approach in this record is identical to their last (they even brought Eyvind Kang back in), lacking only uniqueness. But if you liked the first, you will certainly like this one.

WE ALL TOGETHER 2 (Lazarus) cd 14.98
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album cover WE ALL TOGETHER s/t (Get Back) lp 21.00
We've previously reviewed a singles collection by these early '70s psych-popsters from Peru, but somehow never reviewed the reissues of either of their two records, despite 'em being longtime aQ faves. But, we just discovered that we could still get copies of their first, self-tltled album, on vinyl, so figured we'd do a little write-up. Basically, We All Together were responsible for some of the world's best ever Beatles/Paul McCartney worship, this side of Wings. In fact, they cover two post-Beatles McCartney tunes here, as well as a song by Beatles proteges Badfinger. But you'd think they'd written 'em, the way their originals are totally in the same style of dreamy pop balladry Peppered (ahem) with psychedelic studio effects. All ten tracks here on their 1972 debut are replete with sad piano melodies, sweet backing vocal harmonies, and oh yeah they bust out some fuzz guitar too on the likes of "Hey Revolution".
Brilliant, affecting stuff, given some extra charm by virtue of being from Peru and not England or the USA. Super recommended, something we'll always love, up there with any Beatles-y thing from anyplace (Emitt Rhodes, Aerovons, Rainbow Ffolly, what have you). It you haven't heard 'em before, you're in for a treat.
MPEG Stream: "Children"
MPEG Stream: "It's A Sin To Go Way"
MPEG Stream: "Hey Revolution"

album cover WE ALL TOGETHER Singles (Repsychled / Lion Productions) cd 15.98
Hard to beat this disc if you like Beatlesy psych pop from back in the day! Very recommended to all Lennon/McCartney fans. A few years ago we used to stock cd reissues of the two albums released by this early '70s Peruvian outfit, a band who evolved from '60s psych act Laghonia and who obviously worshipped the Fab Four (and their solo efforts, especially, seeing as how they cover both "Band On The Run" and "Bluebird" by McCartney's Wings). It's a bummer that those two discs have been out of print for a while, but we're happy that the Repsychled label (Tarkus, Traffic Sound, etc.) has teamed up with another fave reissue label of ours, Lion, and put out this singles collection, basically a "best of" We All Together! Of the 13 cuts here, eight seem to be included on the band's two albums, leaving five we hadn't heard before. So even if you DO already have those cds you might want this, and if you don't, it's currently the best way to get acquainted with the magic of We All Together's sweet and sad pop psych music. Pepperisms abound, with studio experimentation and backwards guitar ("Soy Timido"), and as well there's some rousing rockers ("Sally"). The use of piercing ARP synth brings to mind that equally Beatlesy Malaysian band Truck whose reissue we reviewed recently... if you liked Surprise, Surprise you'll dig this for sure! Likewise if you like the Aerovons or Badfinger (also covered here). Not that the Beatles are their only influence...both Roy Orbison and Tchaikovsky are cited in the liner notes as songwriting inspirations! The liner notes by the way, are extensive, in English and Spanish, and the cd booklet also includes lots of vintage photos.
MPEG Stream: "Soy Timido"
MPEG Stream: "Symbol Queen"
MPEG Stream: "Everyday"

WE ARE INVISIBLE s/t (self-released) cd 10.98
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album cover WE ARE SCIENTISTS Brain Thrust Mastery (Astralwerks) cd 10.98

album cover WE ARE SCIENTISTS With Love And Squalor (Virgin) cd 13.98
Some fresh blood arrives at the dance party already in full swing with the likes of The Faint, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers and Bloc Party. Well, we can say one thing, they can play the style really well -- heck, as shown above, there's already been plenty of bands to prep the genre's template of thumpin' kickdrum, jangly rock guitar and affected angst boy vocals. That said, their lyrics are pretty darn painful, but maybe you can somehow turn a deaf ear to the actual words being sung and just enjoy the punchy, catchiness of With Love And Squalor.
MPEG Stream: "Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt"
MPEG Stream: "This Scene Is Dead"

album cover WE BE THE ECHO Stanislaw Stories (Chuckbeat) cd 10.98
Post-rock gets a little metallic when We Be The Echo are around. Although their central sound is one of Chicago style mathy post-rock, the SF band does muscle its way outside of its boundaries from time to time. Whereas the music that falls under those two genre umbrellas is for the most part about precision, We Be The Echo play it loud and loose. Ultimately this serves to alternately benefit (high energy level) and hinder (somewhat muddled math parts) the impact of many songs on Stanislaw Stories. Nine propulsive instrumentals.
MPEG Stream: "Disco Fever Blister"
MPEG Stream: "Hymn & Hearse"

WE THE PEOPLE Mirror of our Minds (Sundazed) 2cd 19.98
We quote from the right-on back cover blurb: "Rising from the crowded garage band underbelly of 1966 American suburbia, Florida's We The People prove to be an unbelievably dynamic aggregation; versatile in the true sense of the word. From punkish R&B screamers and eastern-toned proto-psych mini-masterpieces to soul and pure pop, this fivesome covered all of the bases with consistently amazing results."

album cover WE THE PEOPLE Too Much Noise (Sundazed) cd 14.98
Lodged somewhere between The Seeds garage aggression and The Kinks pop lyricism is Florida's greatest sixties "never-was" band, We The People. Supported by two strong in-house songwriters, We The People were almost too pop-savvy and musically accomplished to be called a garage band, but they could tear it up with the wildest proto-punk groups out there but also deliver smart and clever lyrics, killer pop hooks and dreamy psych vibes. The opening Morricone-ish guitar hook of "In the Past" (covered by The Chocolate Watch Band) is the clincher, along with the feedback rave-ups of "You Burn Me Up and Down" and "Too Much Noise" and the moody tremolo pensiveness of "(You Are) The Color Of Love" and "Alfred, What Kind of man Are You?". Unfortunately, they never received any wide national attention, despite being signed to RCA Victor, and after one key songwriter jumped ship, it pretty much sealed the band's fate. This anthology collects their best and most essential singles, a much needed pairing down from the completist 2cd set Sundazed issued a decade ago. While it has almost the same tracks as the early Collectables reissue, the tracklisting is greatly improved for better flow, making this feel like the album that was never made. Seriously, there's not a bum cut on here, and they're all original songs. Essential!
MPEG Stream: "Mirror Of Your Mind"
MPEG Stream: "In The Past"
MPEG Stream: "Alfred, What Kind of Man Are You?"

album cover WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS In The Pit Of The Stomach (Fatcat) cd 14.98
A few years back, there seemed to be a glut of dour angular new wave combos, many of which we dug like crazy, band after band of sharply dressed, angular hair-ed rockers kicking out some of the hookiest jams in ages, Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, Frightened Rabbit, The Editors, Interpol and the like, and however much of a glut there may have been, we could never get enough. And We Were Promised Jetpacks, not only benefited from having a bad ass band name, but they also seemed to up the ante on guitar crunch, and heavy buzz, and they wedded that extra muscle to some killer songs, often ditching the whole short sharp new wave thing for brooding slow build post rock epics, all underpinned by a distinctly dark, low slung Joy Division gloomy undercurrent, it's like they read our minds and took Mogwai, Godspeed and Maximo Park and created some sort of Frankensteinian epic hook filled new wave band just for us, and then to top it off gave said band an awesome ridiculous name.
Needless to say we were pretty psyched for this new one, and the opening track instantly convinced us that the wait was not in vain, a wild progged out epic post rock opening with tumbling drums and crashing chords, all woven into some dizzying stop start mathiness, then the riff comes in, and it's a killer, and then the band come in and sound crazy heavy, the song shifting to bass / drum verse, peppered with bursts of crunchy guitar jangle, there's even a crazy majestic epic post rock crescendo finishing off in a blaze of new wave buzz and pound. And while we're tempted to proclaim that the best track here, pretty much everyone we listen to becomes our favorite, at least until we move on to the next one, "Through The Dirt And The Gravel", is some seriously heavy noisepop, with some thick buzzing bass, and a hook to die for, and closer "Pear Tree" is dark and heavy and brooding, the perfect new wave slow build post rock hybrid, the sort of song that sans vocals would sound right at home on a Mogwai record, but as is just might be the perfect finish to a nearly perfect record.
Fans of the above mentioned bands, as well as other sonically similar outfits like Kaiser Chiefs, Futureheads, Arctic Monkeys, Art Brut, Bloc Party and the like will go crazy for this. And if you've yet to hear these guys, this is the perfect place to start, just check out that first sound sample, odds are you'll be as smitten as we are.
MPEG Stream: "Circles And Squares"
MPEG Stream: "Medicine"
MPEG Stream: "Through The Dirt And The Gravel"

album cover WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS In The Pit Of The Stomach (Fatcat) lp 16.98
A few years back, there seemed to be a glut of dour angular new wave combos, many of which we dug like crazy, band after band of sharply dressed, angular hair-ed rockers kicking out some of the hookiest jams in ages, Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, Frightened Rabbit, The Editors, Interpol and the like, and however much of a glut there may have been, we could never get enough. And We Were Promised Jetpacks, not only benefited from having a bad ass band name, but they also seemed to up the ante on guitar crunch, and heavy buzz, and they wedded that extra muscle to some killer songs, often ditching the whole short sharp new wave thing for brooding slow build post rock epics, all underpinned by a distinctly dark, low slung Joy Division gloomy undercurrent, it's like they read our minds and took Mogwai, Godspeed and Maximo Park and created some sort of Frankensteinian epic hook filled new wave band just for us, and then to top it off gave said band an awesome ridiculous name.
Needless to say we were pretty psyched for this new one, and the opening track instantly convinced us that the wait was not in vain, a wild progged out epic post rock opening with tumbling drums and crashing chords, all woven into some dizzying stop start mathiness, then the riff comes in, and it's a killer, and then the band come in and sound crazy heavy, the song shifting to bass / drum verse, peppered with bursts of crunchy guitar jangle, there's even a crazy majestic epic post rock crescendo finishing off in a blaze of new wave buzz and pound. And while we're tempted to proclaim that the best track here, pretty much everyone we listen to becomes our favorite, at least until we move on to the next one, "Through The Dirt And The Gravel", is some seriously heavy noisepop, with some thick buzzing bass, and a hook to die for, and closer "Pear Tree" is dark and heavy and brooding, the perfect new wave slow build post rock hybrid, the sort of song that sans vocals would sound right at home on a Mogwai record, but as is just might be the perfect finish to a nearly perfect record.
Fans of the above mentioned bands, as well as other sonically similar outfits like Kaiser Chiefs, Futureheads, Arctic Monkeys, Art Brut, Bloc Party and the like will go crazy for this. And if you've yet to hear these guys, this is the perfect place to start, just check out that first sound sample, odds are you'll be as smitten as we are.
MPEG Stream: "Circles And Squares"
MPEG Stream: "Medicine"
MPEG Stream: "Through The Dirt And The Gravel"

album cover WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS These Four Walls (Fat Cat) cd 14.98
Another killer brooding angular guitar-ed dour-ish hook filled modern new wave record from Scotland, this time from the awesomely monickered We Were Promised Jetpacks, whose sound will no doubt by now be familiar to fans of outfits like Maximo Park, Frightened Rabbit, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and the like, and while WWPJ don't necessarily revolutionize -that- sound, they do know their way around a pop song, managing to wind taut chiming guitars, muscle-y drumming, buzzy synths, and yowled emotional vocals into slow burning epics, rife with crunchy guitars, epic post rock swells, some bursts of almost metallic heft, and plenty of low slung bass heavy grooves. The first song alone was enough, we were sold within seconds, a woozy muted dark riff, looped beneath a weary croon, building and building for nearly half the song, the guitars growing ever more insistent, tinkling chimes joining the nearly percussionless jam, before the track finally explodes into a massive Mogwai-ish blowout.
And so it goes. Crunchy guitars, anthemic choruses, a gloomy Joy Divisiony rhythm section, hooks like crazy, some songs hushed and intimate, but others wrapped in huge gauzy streaks of Godspeed / Mogwai / Sigur Ros epic post rock haze (and one of the songs even has a Conet Project sample!). Heavy and hooky, dark and jangly and a new favorite for sure.
MPEG Stream: "It's Thunder And It's Lightning"
MPEG Stream: "Ships With Holes Will Sink"
MPEG Stream: "Roll Up Your Sleeves"

album cover WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS These Four Walls (Fat Cat) lp 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another killer brooding angular guitar-ed dour-ish hook filled modern new wave record from Scotland, this time from the awesomely monickered We Were Promised Jetpacks, whose sound will no doubt by now be familiar to fans of outfits like Maximo Park, Frightened Rabbit, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and the like, and while WWPJ don't necessarily revolutionize -that- sound, they do know their way around a pop song, managing to wind taut chiming guitars, muscle-y drumming, buzzy synths, and yowled emotional vocals into slow burning epics, rife with crunchy guitars, epic post rock swells, some bursts of almost metallic heft, and plenty of low slung bass heavy grooves. The first song alone was enough, we were sold within seconds, a woozy muted dark riff, looped beneath a weary croon, building and building for nearly half the song, the guitars growing ever more insistent, tinkling chimes joining the nearly percussionless jam, before the track finally explodes into a massive Mogwai-ish blowout.
And so it goes. Crunchy guitars, anthemic choruses, a gloomy Joy Divisiony rhythm section, hooks like crazy, some songs hushed and intimate, but others wrapped in huge gauzy streaks of Godspeed / Mogwai / Sigur Ros epic post rock haze (and one of the songs even has a Conet Project sample!). Heavy and hooky, dark and jangly and a new favorite for sure.
MPEG Stream: "It's Thunder And It's Lightning"
MPEG Stream: "Ships With Holes Will Sink"
MPEG Stream: "Roll Up Your Sleeves"

WEAKENER, THE What Do You Know About It (WordSound) cd 14.98
Mick Harris is no longer Scorn, he is the Weakener--but Scorn fans won't mind 'cause Mick is still making his trademark kind of scary bass-heavy electronica that WordSound makes a good new home for.

WEAKERTHANS Left And Leaving (Sub City) cd 13.98
Causing quite a stir with our neighbours to the north, it's the Weakerthans featuring former Propagandhi member John K. Samson. Don't be expecting any fiery political punk though, this is coming from quite a different direction. However, let it be known the attention and accolades are very deserved - often-brittle vocals convey poetic narratives from and about a depressed region around Winnipeg, Manitoba (a central province of Canada). Samson is a fantastic lyricist, nailing the most achingly personal sentiments and weighty political commentaries. Desolate, intimate and filled with heartache. From the first strains of "Everything Must Go!" to the final chord of "Slips And Tangles", this is some damn fine, melancholic, hook-laden emo pop. An all-time Cup fave, 'Left and Leaving' is their second full length and it stands head and shoulders above the rest... of their own releases and any other emo band's for that matter. Very very recommended.

album cover WEAKERTHANS Reconstruction Site (Epitaph) cd 15.98
Record number two from John Samson and his not-so-merry band of bittersweet pop punk minstrels. Samson cut his teeth in political punkers Propagandhi, but left to follow his own particularly personal pop path of minor key jangle, dreamy melody, not-overtly-catchy hooks (but hooks nonetheless) and lyrics that you could never imagine fitting comfortably in a pop song. But they do. Sort of. Like poems by Pynchon or Vollman set to music. Hyper literate but still personal and affecting. Samson's vocals are reminiscent of Robyn Hitchcock, as is his wordplay and penchant for meandering tales of love and loss, while the sound is like a punkier popppier version of recent AQ faves, the Decemberists. A dense and tangly first listen, but as you dig deeper, it grows and grows and starts to feel like a record you just can't live without.
MPEG Stream: "(Manifest)"
MPEG Stream: "The Reasons"
MPEG Stream: "Reconstruction Site"

album cover WEAKERTHANS, THE Reunion Tour (Epitaph) cd 15.98
On a regular basis, Andee and Cup armwrestle over which is the best Weakerthans album. Her heart has a special velvet rope spot for their second one, Left And Leaving. Their subsequent releases (including this one) are very good, no question. Yet they just pale in comparison to the greatness of one of her all-time favorites. Almost every one of its songs nails you right in the heart with their crushworthy emotive boy vocals, big guitars, irresistible hooks and near-anthemic refrains. John K. Samson's bookish yet immensely heartfelt lyrics appeal to all ages -- imagined highschool sweetheart scrawlings on looseleaf, latenight brutal and sweet bedroom ruminations, non-heavyhanded social/political commentaries, brainy academia -- and they never fail to trigger a yearning ache in the chest and pit of the stomach.
On the other hand, Andee opts for Reconstruction Site. It's a little more power poppy he thinks, but heck, as both Cup and Andee can agree, they're both pretty dang awesome.
Now four years later, their fourth full length enters the ring (fyi: it's not actually a reunion, they never broke up!), and it's aiming for our hearts right from the get go! Without a doubt, Reunion Tour is far more immediately engaging than Reconstruction Site, and is almost as endearing as Left And Leaving. In fact, it fits in comfortably and warmly familiar right between those two albums. Samson's voice is sounding its strongest, most self assured, and the rest of the band is right there with him. If we had our way, this band's songs would be on every highschool movie soundtrack and every bestfriend/sweetheart mixtape. Go on, shyly shuffle your feet, slouch your shoulders in a wellworn vintage cardigan sweater, and bob your head along to these fine tunes!
MPEG Stream: "Tournament Of Hearts"
MPEG Stream: "Sun In An Empty Room"

album cover WEAKLING Dead As Dreams (tUMULt) cd 11.98
The posthumous debut from (and, thus, swansong of) San Francisco's most cult black metal act, Weakling. Despite their local, non-forested, non-wintry origins, Weakling was a band capable of destroying the best Scandinavia has to offer (as we witnessed upon two occasions, when Weakling had the honor of opening the San Francisco shows by Norwegians Mayhem and Enslaved, and proceeded to make both bands look like punk rockers in comparison! Weakling were so much more epic and intense). All this without any of the ignorant posturing or hackneyed corpsepaint of their peers.
Ghastly, anguished vocals and bloodchilling keyboards combine with dual trebly buzzsaw guitars and inhuman trance inducing drumming to create an atmosphere of utter grinding grimness. Weakling draws upon '90s black metal in the Norwegian tradition (especially the raw and primitive likes of Darkthrone, Burzum and Immortal) and then creates uniquely fucked song structures of epic length (20 minutes per, in some cases).
And, like the best music, Weakling also transcends genre. In some ways, "Dead as Dreams" possesses elements that can be considered akin to the avant garde, experimental creations of the Swans, Skullflower, Steve Reich, or even Yoko Ono. Imagine an extensive, utterly mesmerizing Hermann Nitsch piece, composed for black metal band.
It's a suffocating soundscape of riffing and drone. Subterranean satanic art rock that equals metal. Nihilistic, depressive and never ending.
Featuring Josh formerly of The (Fucking) Champs as well as drummer Lil' Sunshine from local death metallers Sangre Amado (R.I.P) and Saros. And of course, John Gossard of...well, John Gossard. (And The Gault / Asunder / Iron Vegan / Dispirit) Local black metal maniac/death rocker extraordinaire. Weakling is largely the result of his devotion to black metal dementia.
We are not engaging in baseless hyperbole when we say: this should be crowned black metal album of the year. Any year. EVERY YEAR! FOREVER!!!! Seriously. Essential.
MPEG Stream: "Cut Their Brains And Place Fire Therein"
MPEG Stream: "This Entire Fucking Battlefield"
MPEG Stream: "No One Can Be Called As A Man While He'll Die"

WEAKLING Dead As Dreams (tUMULt) 2lp 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Finally, after countless setbacks and delays tUUMULt is finally ready to unleash the posthumous debut from (and, thus, swansong of) San Francisco's most cult black metal act, Weakling.
This record was cursed from day one, with the gods conspiring to keep it buried and forgotten (not to mention Weakling's initial insistance that only one copy be pressed, and that copy be given to some kid in Europe, and tUMULt's initial plan of burying all the copies, and selling maps, forcing customers to dig up their copy of the record...anyone who wants to get their copy this way can contact Andee here at the store and arrange something along those lines with him). However, we have overcome the production gremlins, and the record is now available!
Despite their local, non-forested, non-wintry origins, Weakling was a band capable of destroying the best Scandinavia has to offer (as this author witnessed upon two occasions, when Weakling had the honor of opening the San Francisco shows by Norwegians Mayhem and Enslaved, and proceeded to make both bands look like punk rockers in comparision!). All this without any of the ignorant posturing or hackneyed corpsepaint of their peers.
Ghastly, anguished vocals and bloodchilling keyboards combine with dual trebly buzzsaw guitars and inhuman trance inducing drumming to create an atmosphere of utter grinding grimness. Weakling draws upon 90's black metal in the Norwegian tradition (especially the raw and primitive likes of Darkthrone, Burzum and Immortal) and then creates uniquely fucked song structures of epic length (20 minutes per, in some cases).
And, like the best music, Weakling also transcends genre. In some ways, 'Dead as Dreams' possesses elements that can be considered akin to the avant garde, experimental creations of the Swans, Skullflower, Steve Reich, or even Yoko Ono. Imagine an extensive, utterly mesmerizing Hermann Nitsch piece, composed for black metal band.
It's a suffocating soundscape of riffing and drone. Subterranean satanic art rock that equals metal. Nihilistic, depressive and never ending.
Featuring Josh from The Champs (new record on Drag City in the fall) as well as drummer Lil' Sunshine from local death metallers Sangre Amado.
This is the super limited double lp version (the cd will be out in three or four weeks). It is a double lp on high quality black veined, red vinyl, housed in a breathtaking black and blood red gatefold. Everyone who bought that Earth LP off the last AQ List should seriously consider investing in this as well, that is if you think you are no weakling. We are not engaging in baseless hyperbole when we say: this should likely be crowned black metal album of the year.
Essential.
MPEG Stream: "Cut Their Brains And Place Fire Therein"
MPEG Stream: "This Entire Fucking Battlefield"
MPEG Stream: "No One Can Be Called As A Man While He'll Die"

album cover WEAPON Drakonian Paradigm (Ajna) cd 14.98
We were initially intrigued by this Canadian black metal horde after discovering that they recorded their first few records in Bangladesh, of all places, before band leader Vetis Monarch returned to Canada, and the band went on to create this blackened monster, Drakonian Paradigm, which is interesting for several reasons. Besides the strange Bangladeshi angle, the fact that this was released on Ajna might have you imagining something much more buzzing and black, and while some buzz and black is definitely present, Weapon's sound is way more classic metal, a little thrash, a little death, a little NWOBHM, killer riffs, loads of melody, harmonized leads, the vocals are guttural and growly, and the band do offer up brief bursts of blast beats here and there, but just as often, the band will lock into some super melodic, but still super heavy chug fest, the drums locked in with the guitars, while over the top, leads soar and squeal, in fact guitar solos are everywhere, and they're awesome, adding all sorts of wild frenetic melody to the proceedings, and the vocals are just not grunts, there are weird chanted bits, strange almost falsetto parts, the vocals are often stereo panned super hard too, so they seem to swoop from speaker to speaker.
But when the band do decide to get all black metal, they offer up some seriously intense blasting and buzzing, the riffs gnarled and frenzied, the drums chaotic and on the verge of collapse, which only adds to the classic metal feel, no triggers or sampled drum bullshit, these guys sound like a rock band rocking out, and rocking out hard, and even at its fiercest, the band will infuse some particularly grim segment with some serious minor key melody, or they'll slow things down and get all woozy and psychedelic, adding synths, underpinning the slow building crunch, sometimes they even ditch the metal all together and weave together some almost noise rock sounding heaviness, again held together by awesomely melodic guitar leads, and some unlikely harmonies, or they might slip into some fluttery, folky psychedelia, all dreamy and acoustic, but before too long, the sound transforms into something mower power metal or Iron Maiden than Darkthrone or Beherit. At first we were a bit thrown off by Drakonian Paradigms, maybe we were expecting something more Nightbringer-y, something more overtly black, perhaps based on the Ajna connection, but after a couple listens, we forgot all about that, and just dug this more and more, for what it is, not black, not thrash, not death, just METAL, and this is in fact, fast becoming one of our new favorite metal records.
MPEG Stream: "Weapon"
MPEG Stream: "Cacophony! Black Sun Dragon's Tongue!"
MPEG Stream: "Serpentine Ayat"

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