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ALZO BOSZORMEINYI AND THE ACID ACHIEVERS
"Present the Illusion"
ACME 67-1 12" $7.25
Experience weird, fragmentary, improvisation suburban outsider rock; a musical demolition derby. Ponder cryptic lyrics like, "that's an awfully big bag you're carrying." The record covers are hand done with a lino block print and special inserts. Produced by Rob Christiansen from the legendary Teenbeat band EGGS. (BLACKBEAN & PLACENTA)
PRC 019-2 CD5 $5.00
Features Mike Kinsella from CAP'N JAZZ and JOAN OF ARC with slow-but bright songs with a jangly, layered guitar. (POLYVINYL)
PRC 025-2 CD $9.65
The first full-length from this trio led by Mike Kinsella, formerly of JOAN OF ARC and CAP'N JAZZ. Clean guitars, intricate drumming, sincere vocals, pop, jazz, rock, blah blah blah. (POLYVINYL)
"Pills Versus Planes"
PRC 011-2 CD5 $7.55
Sounding like a mix of SLINT and A MINOR FOREST with 2 guitars and drums (no bass). (POLYVINYL)
ATOM AND HIS PACKAGE
"Going to Ames: A Tribute to the Mountain Goats"
TMU 065-7 7" $4.00
ATOM, apparently without his package, proves he's a big MOUNTAIN GOATS fan by doing their songs in his own style. (TROUBLEMAN)
KRS 336-1 LP $8.85
KRS 336-2 CD $11.30
The 2nd album from this Olympia power trio of Sarah Utter (who doubles as WITCHYPOO lead guitarist), Maggie Vail (bassist and KIll Rock Stars publicist), and Kyle Ermatinger (former drummer of SPOOK and THE ZOMBIES). (KILL ROCK STARS)
KRS 352-7 7" $4.00
Mike Watt (yes, that Mike Watt) gets together with Nels Cline and Bob Lee to do some stuff inspired by Mike's 1998 "Puttin' Opera to Bed" tour. (KILL ROCK STARS)
"First Day Back"
PRC 017-7 7" $4.00
Two rockers: one re-recorded from their debut album, the other featuring their punchy guitar hook. (POLYVINYL)
"I'm Afraid of Everything"
PRC 008-7 7" $4.00
Three inspiring songs in BRAID's patented style. (POLYVINYL)
"Movie Music, Vol. Two"
PRC 031-2 CD $9.65
This gathers together all of BRAID's compilation appearances, plus 6 cover tunes. Four songs are previously unreleased. 19 tracks total. (POLYVINYL)
"Movie Music, Vol. One"
PRC 030-2 CD $9.65
This compiles all of BRAID's 7" and split 7" tracks, many rare and out of print, arranged in chronological order, plus an unreleased studio song from May 1999 which was their last ever recording. 17 tracks total, none of which have been on CD before. (POLYVINYL)
"Please Drive Faster"
PRC 026-7 7" $4.20
The final single from this acclaimed band, with two complex tunes recorded in the spring of 1999. White vinyl. (POLYVINYL)
PRC 004-7 7" $4.00
Their debut release. (POLYVINYL)
BRAID / BURNING AIRLINES
PRC 022-2 CD5 $5.00
Each band does an '80s cover tune. (POLYVINYL)
BRAID / CORM
PRC 015-7 7" $4.00
A brand new song each from DC's CORM and Illinois' rock superheros BRAID. (POLYVINYL)
KRS 362-2 CD5 $7.70
Four new songs following up their first album, with more than a nod to girl groups like THE SHIRELLES or THE RONNETTES. Sarah Dougher (CRABS etc.), Corin Tucker (SLEATER KINNEY etc.), and sts (THE HAGGARD etc.). (KILL ROCK STARS)
"3x3 for 3 1/2"
PRC 021-2 CD5 $5.00
Their final 3 songs, a continuation of their 2nd LP on AmRep. (POLYVINYL)
"To Change the Shape of an Envelope"
TMU 047-1 LP $8.65
TMU 047-2 CD $9.00
The label hype says "high energy aggressive keyboard-driven rock" and "melodic guitar-layered drone." A bunch of San Diego folks do the old band-shuffle. Each vinyl pressing will be on a different color wax, starting with white. (TROUBLEMAN)
PLAIN 102-1 LP $9.60
PLAIN 102-2 CD $11.30
The first 1995 album by Chan Marshall's group, featuring Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH) on drums and Tim Foljahn on guitar. 9 tracks, including a cover of TOM WAITS' "Yesterday is Here." (PLAIN)
SFTRI 606-2 CD $9.65
CHUBBIE-in-charge Jeanette recorded these songs totally solo on the 8 track in her bedroom, the way she thinks she sounds best, warts'n'all. (SYMPATHY)
"Your Favorite Everything"
SFTRI 563-1 10" $7.70
SFTRI 563-2 CD5 $8.45
Songs like "Shut Up Now" and the title track prove once again what an amazing songwriter and singer Jeanette is and then something wicked this way comes as Christene debuts her songwriting and also delivers the lead vocals on "The Darkest One of All." Colored vinyl 10" is limited to 1000 copies, CD with extra track. (SYMPATHY)
KRS 332-7 7" $4.00
Steve Dore (DEEP LUST) meets Dale Shaw (BLOOD SAUSAGE, LIES, BONNOT GANG) meets Billy Karren (BIKINI KILL, FRUMPIES, GO TEAM). Nuff said. (KILL ROCK STARS)
KRS 353-2 CD $11.30
Allison Wolfe of BRATMOBILE sings, and Steve Dore and Tommy Orr trade off on guitar and drums. The results, as they say, are predictable. (KILL ROCK STARS)
AMPOP 206-2 CD $9.65
This Dallas duo gets compared to PAVEMENT, GUIDED BY VOICES and VELVET UNDERGROUND. Their first CD after a self-released 7" that caused quite a buzz. (AMERICAN POP PROJECT)
AMPOP 208-2 CD $10.15
The 2nd album from this Dallas duo, with 12 slightly skewed indie underground pop gems that simultaneously recall THE BEACH BOYS, BIG STAR (check the title), THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, and SEBADOH. (AMERICAN POP PROJECT)
GER 006-2 CD $10.00
Two parts ANTIOCH ARROW, one part SLUG, plus the young pilgrim Valentine, combine cohesive density with seemingly random melody, piano, drums, guitar and vocals to make a sound haunting, beautiful and yet confusing. (5 RUE CHRISTINE)
SKIP 87-1 LP $9.70
SKIP 87-2 CD $10.50
Powerful, previously unreleased studio material, a remixed version of the first, limited GITS EP, and stunning live recordings. (BROKEN)
"That's Not What I Heard"
KRS 368-1 LP $8.85
KRS 368-2 CD $11.30
Singing a fallen angel's punk-bruised blues, Beth's pop-gospel voice evokes years of rough ridin' in love's fast lane, seeing things that would make a lesser person hit the brakes and fall down. (KILL ROCK STARS)
HEROINE SHEIKS, THE
"Rape on the Installment Plan"
REP 055-1 LP $8.40
REP 055-2 CD $10.10
The first album from former COWS frontman/madman Shannon Selberg's new band, which also includes former SWANS and FOETUS guitarist Norman Westberg. Way heavy, way demented, way catchy. (REPTILIAN)
JASON TRAEGER & DRAGONANGEL
"Dream Research Labs"
KRS 333-7 7" $4.00
Olympia troubadour with previous album releases on Atlas and K brings his big love party to 7". (KILL ROCK STARS)
JOAN OF ARC
"Live in Chicago, 1999"
JT 1042-1 2xLP $10.90
JT 1042-2 CD $10.20
Features band mainstay Tim Kinsella and a revolving door of musicians (including former TATTLETALE vocalist Jen Wood and one-third of the free-jazz CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO). Kinsella's lyrical style and primarily acoustic backdrop finally breathe comfortably alongside the band's well-documented fetish for electronic embellishment. Minimalist in excess. (JADE TREE)
PRC 014-2 CD $9.65
All their pre-"Came By to Kill Me" stuff on one CD: the entire "Situation at Hand" LP, all three 7"s, plus some unreleased material. (POLYVINYL)
AM 040-2 CD $9.00
Posthumous release from the San Jose indie-pop band compared to MAZZY STAR, VELOCITY GIRL, PAVEMENT, LOIS, etc. (ASIAN MAN)
"From the Desk of...Mr. Lady"
MRLR 14-2 CD5 $7.85
Buzzing guitars, chaotic gang vocals, lo-res samples and programmed beats; punk political rage and danceable beats. (MR. LADY)
MRLR 07-1 LP $8.85
MRLR 07-2 CD $9.65
A new band featuring Kathleen Hanna (formerly of BIKINI KILL, JULIE RUIN, THE FAKES and SUTURE), videomaker Sadie Benning, and zine writer Johanna Fateman, using samples, claves, farfisa, a live dj, guitar, voices and beats to make their music. Their sound touches on conceptual garage, digital anthemic, political sadness and unfinished soundtracks. (MR. LADY)
"Sunshine and Other Forms of Radiation"
TRANS 0050-2 CD $10.70
Superb girl-pop harmonies with crunchy backings, that might remind you of YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS backed by AMON DUUL II and QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE. (TRANSPARENCY)
KRS 376-2 CD $11.30
Their 2nd album features 10 new songs with strings, vibes and a variety of vintage keyboards both lush and somber. (KILL ROCK STARS)
LISA MARR EXPERIMENT, THE
SFTRI 626-1 LP $8.25
SFTRI 626-2 CD $9.65
The BUCK and CUB alumnus stumbles out into the California desert with friends from various well-known alt/pop combos. Two bonus tracks on the CD. (SYMPATHY)
LOIS MAFFEO & BRENDAN CANTY
"The Union Themes"
KRS 356-2 CD $11.30
The Olympia indie chanteuse meets the FUGAZI drummer (who also plays bass, guitar and piano here) for an album of bittersweet folk-punk. (KILL ROCK STARS)
MARY LOU LORD AND SEAN NA NA
"Mary Lou Lord and Sean Na Na"
KRS 350-2 CD5 $8.15
3 songs (2 originals and a cover) by SEAN NA NA (aka Sean Tillman) recorded in Boston in 1999 with drummer Chris Wilson and bassist/producer Ted Leo, and 3 songs (all covers) by MARY LOU LORD, including a JANICE MARTIN rockabilly classic, one by alt-country star LUCINDA WILLIAMS, and one by bedroom-pop icon BEVIS FROND. (KILL ROCK STARS)
SFTRI 620-1 LP $8.25
SFTRI 620-2 CD $9.65
The 3rd album from this MUFFS-meets-PRETENDERS San Francisco band. Hooks, super tight energy and slickness abound. (SYMPATHY)
DH 036-2 CD/CD-ROM $8.90
The singer/songwriter for hard acid-punk band BOMB does a solo album including 7 new songs in audio format, 27 songs in MP3 format, 12 QuickTime videos, 3 RealAudio interviews, and his complete, sprawling www.kittyfeet.com website with over 1900 files. (DIRECT HIT)
MONDO CRESCENDO, THE
"Young, Naked, and Very With It"
BBPTC 150-2 CD $10.10
A premier combination of casual structures, effortless phrasing and contemporary good humor, for fans of THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT, JOHN'S CHILDREN, LEE HAZELWOOD & NANCY SINATRA, THE HOLLIES and THE DELFONICS. From the sweet, orchestrated string section in "Free," to the '60s soul-influenced horn section of "Check It On Out," THE MONDO CRESCENDO brings us a varied and immensely personal pop album. With ex-members of LILYS, ROPERS, and JUNIPER. (BLACKBEAN & PLACENTA)
SFTRI 589-2 CD $9.65
A 10-year retrospective of the hot-shit LA band, including stuff from their infancy, 7"s, the major label days, excursions into commercials and soundtracks, some of Kim's personal demos, and covers (including the one that won them a gold record). 24-page full color booklet with lots of photos and commentary by Kim and Ronnie. (SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY)
"First Single of the New Millennium"
GER 007-7 7" $4.00
Initially inspired by '70s Jamaican reggae and the '80s On U Sound phenomenon, this Sacramento group (with ex-members of RAOOUL, TOURETTES and YAHMOS) has also soaked up lots of PiL, THE SLITS, early WU TANG, MISSY ELLIOT, TIMBALAND and LONDON UNDERGROUND, as well as anything that has pushed the envelope within dance, punk, dub and hip-hop. (5 RUE CHRISTINE)
PRC 036-2 CD5 $6.55
A more complex and aggressive five new songs following up 1999's debut album from this Madison WI quintet. (POLYVINYL)
PRC 020-2 CD5 $5.00
Four melodic, catchy, punchy songs from this Madison WI band with members of NONE LEFT STANDING. (POLYVINYL)
"So, You Think It's Hot Here?"
PRC 027-2 CD $9.65
No, they're not from Texas, these 5 guys are from Wisconsin, and they make a diverse bag of indie rock, pop and punk sounds. (POLYVINYL)
PARTY OF HELICOPTERS
TMU 046-2 CD $9.00
The 2nd album from this apparently pretty popular Kent, OH band. Vocals like MY BLOODY VALENTINE meets RIDE, with MAIDEN-like guitar solos, they say. Whatever. (TROUBLEMAN)
PEDRO THE LION
"Winners Never Quit"
JT 1046-1 LP $8.85
JT 1046-2 CD $10.20
Storyteller, frontman and multi-instrumentalist David Bazan spreads his wings with these lyrically forthright, simplicity-as-strategy, laid back accounts of characters being both at war and peace with their surroundings, set in pared-down, unshakable melodies. Be prepared for everything from acoustic ballads to full on rock assaults. This 2nd album follows much critical praise for the debut on the Made In Mexico label. (JADE TREE)
HELLO 210-2 CD $10.10
Cheery, hooky melodies and quirky, amusing lyrics channeled alternately through heavy fuzz and precise, clean guitar. Heavy (though pleasant) PAVEMENT damage. (HELLO)
"Why We Don't Rent to Women"
JFR 046-2 CD $9.00
Ex-SMOOTHIES singer/guitarist Sarah Contorer, ex-BOREDOMS bassist Atsu Nagayama, and ex-MOTORHOME drummer Laura Masura mix elements of THE PIXIES, SLEATER-KINNEY and many others, creating an album of depth and insight. (JOHANN'S FACE)
"In Their Strange White Armor"
PRC 012-1 LP $8.25
PRC 012-2 CD $9.65
Members of HOOVER and GAUGE collaborate on this complex and musically elaborate album. (POLYVINYL)
"A Better Version of Me"
PRC 039-1 LP $8.85
PRC 039-2 CD $10.15
The viscerally affecting sound of solitudes circling one another, here's another one for the postpunk literati. (POLYVINYL)
"Hell and High Water"
PRC 038-7 7" $4.20
Two songs from the sessions for their upcoming album, "A Better Version of Me." (POLYVINYL)
"Look Now Look Again"
PRC 024-1 LP $8.25
PRC 024-2 CD $9.65
While ferociously independent, the album has a sense of pop-musical history. Listening to punk rock and Brit-pop along with a tinge of metal, they moved backward through sixties rock, early folk and jazz. While the majority of independent music oscillates between driving hooks and quiet drawn-out pop, it's the collision of the two that positions RAINER MARIA's second album as a compelling music endeavors. (POLYVINYL)
"New York: 1955"
PRC 013-7 7" $4.00
Two beautiful songs that suddenly change, come together and fall apart again. Hand numbered in handmade sleeves. (POLYVINYL)
"Past Worn Searching"
PRC 016-1 LP $8.25
PRC 016-2 CD $9.65
The debut album from this Madison WI trio. Can anyone say guitar dissonance? (POLYVINYL)
PRC 009-2 CD5 $7.55
Harmonious male/female vocals, paper-thin drums and bright guitar on these six songs; RAINER MARIA's debut release. (POLYVINYL)
TMU 054-7 7" $4.00
Funky, GANG OF FOUR-inspired political anthems you can dance to, or so they say, longer and more intricate than previous releases. (TROUBLEMAN)
GER 005-1 LP $8.85
GER 005-2 CD $10.00
Neo-retro, neo-techno, somewhat danceable stuff in the vein of ICU, MOCKET, DUB NARCOTIC, LONG HIND LEGS, THE NEED, or SATISFACT. Features various folks from UNWOUND, ICU and BARE MINIMUM. File under "One of those Olympia bands." Yep. (5 RUE CHRISTINE)
"Your Own Bar"
KRS 328-7 7" $4.00
Cynthia Nelson and Tara Jane O'Neil, stars of the movie "Half Cocked." They have an album out on Simple Machines and one out on Carrot Top. Chum Ida Pearle plays on the B-side tune. (KILL ROCK STARS)
"The Walls Ablaze"
MRLR 12-2 CD $9.65
The 2nd solo from the organist for THE CRABS and CADALLACA, after 1999's "Day One" on K Records. Jon Reuter returns on guitar, with Janet Weiss (SLEATER-KINNEY) on bass and new drummer Hannah Blilie. Songs of loss and the inexorability of conflict, folkloric storytelling and character description. (MR. LADY)
GER 001-1 LP $8.85
GER 001-2 CD $10.00
HOVERCRAFT hooks up with Mary from STEREOLAB for these 1999 studio sessions. (5 RUE CHRISTINE)
SEAN NA NA
"Dance 'Til Your Baby is a Man"
TMU 037-1 LP $8.25
TMU 037-2 CD $9.00
The debut album from this pop visionary, promising pop hooks, hatefully inspired lyrics and frightening intensity. They say this guy tours constantly, so watch for him in your town. (TROUBLEMAN)
"and his baby blue"
PRC 023-2 CD5 $5.00
Sean Tillman from CALVIN KRIME does 3 songs with a bit of help from K Records' LOIS on vocals and instrumentation help from a couple of guys. (POLYVINYL)
SECESSION MOVEMENT, THE
"The Secession Movement"
DH 034-7 7" $4.25
Melody, tension, dynamics, distorted guitars and blue vinyl from this New Jersey quartet. (DIRECT HIT)
GER 008-2 CD $10.00
Rop from THE PEECHEES and RICE plus vocalist Akiko use guitars, bass, synths, turntables, samplers and beat machines to create electro-infused breakbeat psychedelic pop with female vocals. (5 RUE CHRISTINE)
"Beneath the City of the Guitar Vixens"
SFTRI 597-7 7" $4.00
Last heard around these parts on the "Drunk on Rock" comp CD, this 3 year-old combo hits hard'n'heavy with sexy female vocals, whirlwind guitar mayhem and earth-shattering rhythm. (SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY)
"All Hands on the Bad One"
KRS 360-1 LP $8.85
KRS 360-2 CD $11.30
The band moves away from the introspection of "The Hot Rock" and returns to "the rock" with a jubilant, playful attitude. (KILL ROCK STARS)
KRS 337-1 7" $4.00
KRS 337-2 CD5 $6.00
The first single from the upcoming album whose pre-orders are already more than anybody else sells total. S-K sounds more radio-friendly than ever on this killer song and the 2 non-album tracks included as well. (KILL ROCK STARS)
"You're No Rock'n'Roll Fun"
KRS 364-7 7" $4.00
One track from the new album, plus one previously unreleased track, "Mascara." (KILL ROCK STARS)
SFTRI 633-2 CD5 $4.10
A new band from John Reis of ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, HOT SNAKES and DRIVE LIKE JEHU, so you got a fair idea of what it sounds like. Four songs, 3 exclusive to this EP. (SYMPATHY)
SWEATER WEATHER / DAYS IN DECEMBER
PRC 010-7 7" $4.00
DAYS IN DECEMBER is members of BRAID and CASTOR doing a 6-minute epic that mimics SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, and SWEATER WEATHER (with members of GAUGE, TRALUMA and RADIO FLYER) spouts off a jazzy, smooth instrumental. (POLYVINYL)
"No Light in August"
MRLR 11-2 CD $9.65
This 19 year old South Carolinian singer-songwriter, with guest musicians from THE BUTCHIES and RUBEO, conjures the work of Kurt Cobain, SLEATER-KINNEY and ELLIOTT SMITH. (MR. LADY)
TWO TON BOA
"Two Ton Boa"
KRS 351-2 CD5 $7.70
A new Olympia band that may remind you of PJ HARVEY, SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, or THE PIXIES, but with a more "concept" mentality, like MELVINS, PINK FLOYD, or QUEEN, and with swing and classical influences. (KILL ROCK STARS)
"Calling All Kings & Queens"
MRLR 15-2 CD $10.20
New songs by LE TIGRE, GRETCHEN PHILLIPS and SHELLEY DOTY, live tracks by SLEATER-KINNEY, AMY RAY, and THE BUTCHIES, and even more from KIKI & HERB, THE SISSIES, HEARTBEATS RED, VAGINAL CREME DAVIS, etc. (MR. LADY)
PRC 007-1 LP $8.25
PRC 007-2 CD $9.65
With RAINER MARIA, CORM, BRAID, BACK OF DAVE, RAIL, GUS, GAINER, BOILERMAKER, WALKER, GILA BEND, EZRA POUND, MARINER 9, MARY ME, CLAIRMEL, TOMORROW, PROZAC MEMORY, HUBCAP, MY FOOLISH HALO, FRACTURE, and ORWELL. (POLYVINYL)
"Drinking from Puddles"
KRS 318-1 2xLP $10.30
KRS 318-2 CD $11.30
This is a compilation of great live tracks from 16 years of live performances of Brandon Lieberman's radio shows in Portland and Corvallis, Oregon. Since 1982 this all-punk-rock format radio show, "Drinking from Puddles" on KBOO, has attracted some great bands and this album is derived from the best of them. The band listing speaks for itself: MURDER CITY DEVILS, COME, HAZEL, OBITUARIES, JEFFREY LEE PIERCE, GERALDINE FIBBERS, PROLAPSE, CAT POWER, NICOLE PANTER, POISON IDEA, KRISTEN HERSH, PLEASANT GEHMAN, ELLIOTT SMITH, GILLY ANN MANNER, CINDY LEE BERRYHILL, DEAD MOON, CADALLACA, ROGER MANNING, MADIGAN, CRACKERBASH, LYDIA LUNCH, SOUL JUNK. (KILL ROCK STARS)
KRS 319-2 CD $5.15
The annual Kill Rock Stars sampler, showcasing their 2000 releases, plus some hints of what's to come. THRONES, GOSSIP, JIM CARROLL, SUE P. FOX, HOLLY GOLIGHTLY, SLEATER-KINNEY, TWO TON BOA, CADALLACA, UNWOUND, KLEENEX/LILLIPUT, BANGS, FRUMPIES, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, SPORT MURPHY, DANIELLE HOWLE, BONFIRE MADIGAN, JEAN SMITH, LOIS MAFFEO & BRENDAN CANTY, SLUMBER PARTY, KATHY ACKER, BREAKDOWNS. (KILL ROCK STARS)
SFTRI 594-1 10" $7.70
SFTRI 594-2 CD $8.45
Maybe a UK version of THE DONNAS, this 18-year-old all-girl band from London suburb Croydon is currently all the rage in Britain, hitting Record of the Week on BBC Radio One. Massive press all over the British music scene, etc. etc. This collects their early singles plus the latest chart topping hit. (SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY)
CB 1006-2 CD $10.70
Led by Ben Ireland of SKY CRIES MARY, this was recorded in 1994 but remained unreleased until 1999. Seattle meth-fuelled rock in the form of catchy tunes of sex, drugs, fashion tips, hallucinatory hikes in the desert, and Wasto The Gorilla, among other topics. (CHUCKIE BOY)
"Greatest Hits, Volume II"
VIRUS 227-1 LP+7" $8.85
VIRUS 227-2 CD $10.50
Rock over London, rock on Chicago! The WILD MAN FISCHER of Chicago is back with another collection of his crazed, sidesplittingly original musical observations, culled from his 30 self-released CDs. (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)
WILD STARES, THE
"Port of Spain / Last Chance for Pure Reason"
TRANS 0029-2 2xCD $12.10
Two electric albums from the group that evolved into W.A.C.O., one produced by Wharton Tiers, the other recorded at Fort Apache in Boston. (TRANSPARENCY)
GER 010-2 CD $10.00
Kill Rock Star's founder Slim Moon's anatomically incorrect ten-year tolerance pop experiment collects singles, compilation tracks and unreleased stuff. A unique blend of semi-electronic punk, performance adroitness and intentional confusion. (5 RUE CHRISTINE)
ALTERNATIVE, INDIE ROCK
HEMLINE 2301-2 CD $7.75
Edgy hooks and powerful female vocals on the 2nd album by this constantly-touring San Francisco band. Lush, heavy, and highly melodic all at once, with a driving energy occasionally relieved by softer moments. (HEMLINE)
"Fall of the Plastic Empire"
FT 35-2 CD $10.20
The debut release for this heavy trio, supposed to fall somewhere between SABBATH's "Masters of Reality" and THE BEATLES' "Magical Mystery Tour." Deep, heavy fuzz guitar, loud bass and drums, and vocals that range from straight-ahead to three and four part harmonies. (FILE 13)
MRLR 16-2 CD $10.20
Classic rock guitar, riff-raw guitar and content driven lyrics very reminiscent of TEAM DRESCH. Their 3rd album. (MR. LADY)
"Real Live Kill, Ripe from the Vine"
GSL 53-7 7" $4.65
One long song spread across two sides, this first release featuring their new two-drummer lineup still incorporates the band's trademark elements. Vibrating, dubbed-out bass rumbles here beneath the yelping, stream of consciousness vocals, drawing comparisons to THE CLASH, or even THE HAPPY MONDAYS. (GOLD STANDARD LABORATORIES)
HEART OF SNOW
"Endure or More"
GSL 42-1 12" EP $7.35
GSL 42-2 CD5 $7.00
Released in 1991 by this Oakland band. Taking cues from JOY DIVISION and SOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, HEART OF SNOW pulls off intelligent, capable, and original sounding songs, influenced, but in no way redundant. (GOLD STANDARD LABORATORIES)
IVORY COAST, THE
PRC 042-1 LP $8.85
PRC 042-2 CD $10.20
After spending the winter and spring writing and recording in their native Boston, THE IVORY COAST seem to have perfected their layered harmonies, intricate instrumentation, and pop structures. This is hummable, catchy songwriting accentuated by spacey guitar licks, and just enough unexpected twists and turns to keep things interesting. (POLYVINYL)
PRC 047-1 LP $10.30
PRC 047-2 CD $10.20
A "solo" record by the RAINER MARIA guitarist/vocalist, featuring Caithlin De Marrais (RAINER MARIA) and Mike Kinsella (AMERICAN FOOTBALL, OWEN, OWLS) on virtually the entire record. The outcome is a much fuller sound than one would expect. (POLYVINYL)
MRLR 24-1 12" $7.25
A DJ-oriented release of dance remixes for those with radical politics. Remixers include Reid Speed (NYC two step/speed garage/drum and bass DJ), THE DFA (international punk step production team), SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS (Johanna of LE TIGRE's techno project), and DJ Ham And Cheese On Rye, best known for the "Hot Topic" remix. (MR. LADY)
"Dance Class Revolution"
TCCD 010-2 CD $10.70
Formerly known as LEATHER HYMAN, this southern California band retains their great signature vocal harmonies, with more pensive but aggressive melodies. (TRUE CLASSICAL)
MATES OF STATE
"Our Constant Concern"
PRC 046-1 LP $8.85
PRC 046-2 CD $10.20
Pulling off the 2-people-sounding-like-4 trick with ease, this SF band has sold thousands of records on tour with their unique drums/vocals/keyboards sound. (POLYVINYL)
MATT POND PA
"The Green Fury"
PRC 048-2 CD $10.20
This six piece (guitar, drums, bass, cello, violin, and even vibes) band has produced an absolutely clean, shimmering CD where everything falls into place, appealing to a far greater audience than just the standard indie rock fan. (POLYVINYL)
"Frigid Form Sells"
JT 1069-2 CD $10.20
Their "full scope" of "potential" has finally been captured on this CD, thus making them "a true innovative force", says the label hype. So if you trust them, there you go. But don't expect only the guitar/bass/drums set up of old. This CD is spiced up with carefully crafted keyboard and electronic sections, accented by the familiar haunting, lilting male/female vocal delivery, offset by the hardcore screaming, and the sliding guitar octaves and almost metallic soloing. For the true haircut set, for sure. (JADE TREE)
ONE AM RADIO, THE
"I Think This is My Exit"
TMU 056-7 7" $4.00
Here's another installment in the Solo Singles Series. After 5 years of writing songs as ONE AM RADIO, Hrishikesh Hirway has returned to vinyl with these hauntingly beautiful and sparse songs, complete with delicate violin, cello, and piano orchestrations, bringing to mind Nick Drake's "Five Leaves Left" LP. This edition of 500 hand numbered copies also features a cover of THE WEDDING PRESENT's "Sports Car." (TROUBLEMAN)
ONE TIME ANGELS
"Sound of a Restless City"
ADELINE 015-1 LP $8.85
ADELINE 015-2 CD $10.50
Raw and intense punk-flavored rock from veterans of Bay Area bands like SCREW 32, ST. JAMES INFIRMARY, and FURY 66. (ADELINE)
"Dance to the Underground"
GERN 053-1 12" $6.75
GERN 053-2 CD $7.25
The band gets funkier on this followup to its first album, with more emphasis on the beat, stripping away any excess. (GERN BLANDSTEN)
"Phoning It In"
SFTRI 639-1 LP $8.25
SFTRI 639-2 CD $9.65
Formed in 1995 in LA with a guitar, snare drum, and cardboard box, Sarah (drums and vocals), and Jen (guitar and vocals), began the journey documented on this release: 5 years of broken hearts and broken bones. This is stripped down, harmony laden indie pop, mixed with some plain old rock'n'roll a la SHOP ASSISTANTS, or TIGER TRAP. (SYMPATHY)
NRA 31-1 LP $8.85
NRA 31-2 CD $9.65
This is SAMIAM's final release on the New Red Archives label. Recorded by GOO GOO DOLL's producer Armand John Petri, this record flaunts the more melodic, more pop elements of the band. (NEW RED ARCHIVES)
NRA 16-1 LP $8.85
NRA 16-2 CD $9.65
Formed in Berkeley, California in 1989 out of the ashes of SOCIAL UNREST, ISOCRACY, and SWEET BABY. This is a rerelease of their first album showcasing their power packed hardcore with acrobatic time changes and strong sense of melody. Only twelve songs made it onto this release originally, but now it includes four additional tracks. (NEW RED ARCHIVES)
NRA 22-1 LP $8.85
NRA 22-2 CD $9.65
For their second LP, SAMIAM went into the studio with Brett from BAD RELIGION. (NEW RED ARCHIVES)
SIX PARTS SEVEN, THE
"Silence Magnifies Sound"
TMU 062-2 CD $9.00
Hauntingly beautiful instrumentals with violin, cello, guitar, bass, drums and lap steel, recorded over a year's time by this Ohio band. Members of OLD HEARTS CLUB and THE CORAL SEA. Previous release on Donut Friends Records. (TROUBLEMAN)
KRS 377-2 CD $11.30
This is a kind of quiet, intense rock n' roll with an existential temperament; simple, hypnotic grooves and counter melodies like VELVET UNDERGROUND or TELEVISION. When the haunting girl-group harmonies kick in, the effect is a classic sound. The tunes are sometimes meditative, hypnotic guitar excursions. At other times, they are as pure pop as anything by the BEACH BOYS or ABBA. (KILL ROCK STARS)
"Leaves Turn Inside You"
KRS 369-1 2xLP $10.30
KRS 369-2 2xCD $13.00
Their 7th studio album (but the first in 3 years), this extravaganza includes guest appearances by Steve Fisk, Janet Weiss and Brandt Sandeno, as well as video clips on the CDs. (KILL ROCK STARS)
V FOR VENDETTA
"Beneath This Mask, Another Mask"
MRLR 23-2 CD $10.35
Melodic math rock like THE SPINANES crossed with RUSH? A Providence based duo combining drums and guitar on some songs, drums and bass on others, and two guitars and samples on yet others with noise accompaniment? The future of math rock? A nod to '70's rock, with experimental time changes, and experimental structure and dynamics? Yes. (MR. LADY)
"ReDirection: A Polyvinyl Sampler"
PRC 040-2 CD $4.90
A 20 track budget label sampler, with both new and previously released songs from ALOHA, AMERICAN FOOTBALL, AMFM, ATIVIN, BRAID, HEY MERCEDES, IVORY COAST, KEROSENE 454, KIND OF LIKE SPITTING, PARIS TEXAS, PELE, RADIO FLYER, RAINER MARIA, SUNDAY'S BEST and more. (POLYVINYL)
"Stalin Claus Superstar: A Suplex Prune Hittite Fantasy"
BSE 02-2 4xCD $13.80
John Geek from the FLESHIES, Dan and Corbett from BOBBY JOE EBOLA & THE CHILDREN MACNUGGITS, and Steve Shultz from ADJECTIVE NOUN have created a hilarious grudge match, pile driver of a rock opera. Featuring a cast of other East Bay area DIY musicians and scenesters, "Stalin Claus Superstar" is a pro-wrestling oriented, Thor-influenced epic complete with a Cap'n Lou Albano character, Hulk Hogan, and a talking bedpan. This is 3 and a half hours of insanity on four CDs, complete with a nicely done box and 64-page zine-sized booklet that allows you to read along with the adventure. (SPAM)
ALTERNATIVE, INDIE ROCK, POP
TMU 082-2 CD $9.00
A Brooklyn trio of accordion, drums and sax. Their sound is one of intense dynamics, interlaced melodies, part jazz, part rock, part ambient. Taking odd and complex, yet melodic time signatures, they then interlace them becoming somewhat of a large, singular noise. (TROUBLEMAN)
"Getting into Sinking"
PRC 044-1 LP $8.85
PRC 044-2 CD $10.20
Eclectic hypemobile. "Influences wide enough to rival the record collection of any rock-critic dork." "Succeeds by playing FLAMING LIPS to its own MODEST MOUSE." OK, OK. (POLYVINYL)
"The High Life Suite"
SFTRI 610-2 CD $9.65
Formerly Arthur Lee of LOVE's backup band '93-'96, they've also had several releases of their own in the US and Europe. This is their 3rd Sympathy release, melodic, omniscient, and stylistically diverse. (SYMPATHY)
MRLR 20-7 7" $4.00
2 brand new songs, conjuring up feelings of isolation and freakdom, hormones and protest, insecurity and acne, feathered hair and grown out perms. One call to action, and one bi-polar duet from THE BUTCHIES. (MR. LADY)
"To Paint the Kettle Black"
31G 19-7 7" $4.65
In 1998, former members of SPANAKORZO, SHORTWAVE CHANNEL, and INTERSTATE 10 joined together to become CAMERA OBSCURA. Fusing the angular post-hardcore sounds of other regional bands (CLIKITAT IKATOWI, DRIVE LIKE JEHU, CRIMSON CURSE) with robotic, mesmerizing synths and a thunderous rhythm section, this San Diego outfit created a very original sound and body of work long before the new wave of synth affected groups. This 7" is to be their final release. (THREE ONE G)
"Dancing in the Pockets of Thieves"
TMU 083-2 CD $9.00
Russell (bass/vocals) and Michelle (keyboards/vocals) of CAMERA OBSCURA have relocated to Minneapolis from San Diego, and formed this new band. Influenced by MY BLOODY VALENTINE, MINISTRY, and SONIC YOUTH, combined with drum machines and samples, they've created new liner notes in their trail of musical evolution. (TROUBLEMAN)
COME ONS, THE
SFTRI 670-1 LP $8.25
SFTRI 670-2 CD $9.65
12 tracks of white dance music, 10 originals and 2 covers. Jim Diamond of Ghetto Recorders has his hands all over these grinders and instrumental pop/R&B tunes. (SYMPATHY)
TMU 081-1 LP $8.55
TMU 081-2 CD $9.00
This San Francisco-based band has stumbled upon a shaky, shared vision of organized chaos with a beat; no wave, new wave, now wave, whatever wave. Prepare for choppy washes of jerked rhythms, guitar lines that wrap and cinch like copper wire around the brain, weaving vocals of calamity and croon, all anchored by sharp-edged tin can drum beats. (TROUBLEMAN)
"Still Smells Like Christmas Spirit"
JFR 060-2 CD $9.00
Bob Weston (SHELLAC) produces, and the BRASSHOLES (an all star quintet of string players from the Chicago Symphony) back up the EVIL BEAVER girls to bring you the heaviest Christmas ever. Wince and slosh down some eggnog, as EVIL BEAVER mutilates your favorites, and adds two new Yuletide oriented originals. (JOHANN'S FACE)
GSL 47-1 12" EP $8.55
Four tracks of timeless, atmospheric pop from this Omaha, Nebraska group. Icy synths and electronic beats manipulate, push, and pull songs like "Dust Rises Again," PYRENDUST and THE LACK remixes, and a cover of the haunting SONIC YOUTH song "Mote." This is COIL, DEPECHE MODE, SOFT CELL influenced pop, with post hardcore reminiscent of THE VSS and SATISFACT. (GOLD STANDARD LABORATORIES)
REC 2006-2 CD $11.90
A collection of singles, outtakes, alternate versions, compilation cuts, previously unreleased material and more from this Bay Area band. 24 audio tracks plus 2 video clips. (HOMESLEEP)
GET HUSTLE, THE
"The Get Hustle"
GRAVITY 40-7 7" $4.00
Trippy, interesting mood music from Portland sort of in the vein of NICK CAVE, with drums and dual piano stripped down, backing up theatrical female vocals. (GRAVITY)
GSL 40-1 LP $8.55
A reissue of their 1997 debut on Vinyl Communications, newly remastered, now for the first time on vinyl. More of a collaboration with San Diego noise terrorist SPACEWURM, rooted in a more KRAFTWERK-esqe foundation than any other GOGOGO release. A definite for fans of GANG OF FOUR, THE POP GROUP, and even THE MAKE UP. New cover art by vocalist Mike Vermilion, complete with slick four color jacket. (GOLD STANDARD LABORATORIES)
MRLR 18-2 CD $9.65
Get ready to have your expectations and stereotypes smashed by these queer screamers/political punk rock shouting enthusiasts! Fiery guitars and high velocity drums hammer out emotion-packed songs of sexuality, religious pasts, and outdated patriarchy and its corrupt politics. (MR. LADY)
MRLR 19-1 LP $9.15
MRLR 19-2 CD $10.50
Rollerskate jams, sampler-punk, political dance trax and electro conceptual, feminist pop, influenced equally by basement recordings and top-forty electronic production. Sub-bass and breakbeats figure prominently, even with introspection, absurdity, and politically exquisite feminist perspectives. (MR. LADY)
"They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top"
GERN 059-1 LP $8.00
GERN 059-2 CD $9.65
This NYC based group combines raucous hip hop, punk, and dance beats, somehow melding them into heart attacking, fire eating tunes. But don't forget the angle of THE BIRTHDAY PARTY and PIL. Pat Nature (OPIUM TAYLOR), Ron Albertson (MERCY RULE) team up with Australia's Angus (Beef), the 6'6" basketball coach of punk rock, shouting plays from the book of Job (something he picked up while living with Nick Cave). Add producer Steve Revitt (BLUES EXPLOSION, BEASTIE BOYS). What the fuck? The world needs more "what the fuck." (GERN BLANDSTEN)
"Flight of the Wounded Locust"
GSL 41-1 7" $4.65
GSL 41-2 CD5 $8.45
11 songs on this San Diego band's final release as a 5-piece, including those from last year's split with ARAB ON RADAR. Get ready for furious sci-fi venom, weird, uncontrolled, Pokemon-esque seizures, and sonic chaos of the highest caliber. (GOLD STANDARD LABORATORIES)
MATT POND PA
"This is not the Green Fury"
PRC 045-7 7" $4.20
4 new songs that WILL NOT be included on their 3rd LP. (POLYVINYL)
MINUS THE BEAR
"This is What I Know About Being Gigantic"
S 017-2 CD5 $8.45
Members of KILL SADIE, BOTCH, and SHARKS KEEP MOVING are teamed up here for 5 tracks. This is a perfect mix of catchy melodies, angular textures, and a dose of spaced out atmosphere. (SUICIDE SQUEEZE)
NEW END ORIGINAL
JT 1062-1 2xLP $10.90
JT 1062-2 CD $10.20
In 4 months time, this band went from a phone conversation theory to the studio to ready their first album. Jonah Matranga (ONELINEDRAWING, FAR), Norman Arenas (TEXAS IS THE REASON), drummer Charles Walker (CHAMBERLAIN), and bassist Scott Winegard (TEXAS IS THE REASON) form a solid combination of everything that made the aforementioned bands so compelling. As raw as it is calculating, shuffling from high energy rock to meticulously crafted pop and VELVETS-styled melancholy; all of this executed seamlessly and unapologetically. (JADE TREE)
PRC 043-2 CD $10.20
OWEN is Mike Kinsella, Chicago music scene veteran and former member of CAP'N JAZZ, JOAN OF ARC, and OWLS. But it's AMERICAN FOOTBALL that he's most closely associated with, being the primary songwriter, singer, and guitarist of that group. OWEN takes AMERICAN FOOTBALL through its next logical progression, with all the hooks and charm completely intact, all instruments played by Kinsella on this recording. (POLYVINYL)
PEDRO THE LION
"It's Hard to Find a Friend"
JT 1063-1 LP $8.85
JT 1063-2 CD $10.20
A re-release of their 1998 debut album on the defunct Made In Mexico label, this topped many critics lists and was named as one of both Spin and Magnet magazines "10 Best Records You Didn't Hear in 1998". Remixed, remastered, and repackaged with a brand new layout and lyrics. (JADE TREE)
PEDRO THE LION
"The Only Reason I Feel Secure"
JT 1064-2 CD5 $8.45
A re-release of the 1999 followup EP to the first album on the now defunct Made In Mexico label. Includes 4 bonus tracks from their first 7" and "Promise" which was originally the last song on "It's Hard to Find a Friend." Remixed, remastered, and repackaged with a brand new layout and lyrics. (JADE TREE)
"Gunpowder, Treason and Plot"
TMU 068-1 LP $8.55
TMU 068-2 CD $9.00
Dance anthems with a personal and mature angle added, now sounding more like THE EX than GANG OF FOUR. Political and engaging lyrics, vocal layers, horns, and experimental time structures. A thinking persons dance band? You be the judge. (TROUBLEMAN)
MRLR 21-2 CD $10.50
Dougher, a professor, designer, and songwriter, creates a world on The Bluff where disguises are worn, sexual deception is the norm, and the fake is real. Imagine DUSTY SPRINGFIELD singing LUCINDA WILLIAMS songs over the music of THE SMITHS. Features Janet Weiss (SLEATER KINNEY), John Nikki, and guest vocalist Corin Tucker (SLEATER KINNEY, CADALLACA). (MR. LADY)
SEA OF TOMBS
"Sea of Tombs"
GRAVITY 39-1 LP $8.25
GRAVITY 39-2 CD $9.00
This Chicago based trio plays epic, powerful, dark, and psychedelic influenced instrumentals. Featuring drums by Mario of CLIKITAT IKATOWI, and guitar and bass by Bill and Jessica (JAKS and LAKE OF DRACULA), this 45 minute, 6 song effort comes complete with gatefold sleeve, and a free haunting. (GRAVITY)
"20 Pop Songs"
VIRUS 273-2 CD $10.50
Mick Hobbs (FAMILY FODDER, THE WORK, ad infinitum) and Benb Gallaher (THE JAUNTIES, ad infinitum) collaborate with the immortal founder of indie rock Jad Fair (HALF JAPANESE ad infinitum) on this 20-song album, musically not unlike HALF JAPANESE, yet leaning more towards quirky pop. (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)
TINA & THE TOTAL BABES
"She's So Tuff"
SFTRI 668-1 LP $8.25
SFTRI 668-2 CD $9.65
SF's Tina Lucchesi's rock resume is impressive: drummer for the TRASHWOMEN, running Lipstick Records, and most recently fronting the BOBBYTEENS, she's now teamed with Minneapolis' TOTAL BABES! Consisting of Travis Ramin (SHORT FUSES), Jacques Wait, mega-producer Steve Lillywhite (Thunders, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, U2), and Johnny O'Halloran (MAGNOLIAS), they've concocted an LP of pure pop magic, incredible hooks, and gut wrenching guitars. And Tina delivers, strutting her stuff on these 10 tracks, from the all night dance stomp of "It's All About Makin' Out," to the heart breaking power ballad "Tragedy." It's Tina time! (SYMPATHY)
FT 40-1 LP $8.85
FT 40-2 CD $10.20
A.K.A "Asterisk". Beats fucking happen. The breakbeats of PLAID and MOUSE ON MARS meet the sounds of afro-beat era TALKING HEADS and BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE, with melodies and harmonies a la YO LA TENGO, in the laptops and bedroom audio gear of this St. Paul duo. (FILE 13)
"Home Alive Compilation II: Flying Side Kick"
SKIP 91-2 CD $10.15
This is a benefit for Home Alive, an organization that began in Seattle in the wake of the death of GITS singer Mia Zapata, which teaches women and girls self defense at no charge. The bands are: THE GOSSIP, THE NEED, AMY RAY (INDIGO GIRLS) W/ THE BUTCHIES, BLACK HALOS, ZEN GUERILLA, THE MAKERS, THE PINKOS, THE GITS, DEAD MOON, CARRIE AKRE, MAKTUB, LESLIE WOOD, GOING SOUTH, TRACY AND THE PLASTICS, ECOWAR, CARISSA'S WEIRD, SONGS FOR EMMA. (BROKEN)
REC 2001-2 CD $11.90
Previously unreleased tracks, B-sides and rarities from CREEPER LAGOON, SPORTSGUITAR, QUICKSPACE, JACKSON ONE, GAZE, MISS MEND, TOCOTRONIC, JENNIFER GENTLE, MIRABILIA, TRAM, MOXIE, GIARDINI DI MIRO, THE NOTWIST, LO-FI SUCKS, HIRAMEKA HI-FI, BEEF, YUPPIE FLU, EXCELSIOR, BRUTOPOP, and MAC MEDIA. (HOMESLEEP)
"How Many Bands Does It Take to Screw Up a Blondie Tribute?"
SFTRI 599-1 2xLP $11.50
SFTRI 599-2 CD $9.65
Twenty-five, apparently. The perps include BEARDS, BUCK, THIRD GRADE TEACHER, THE SHORT FUSES, THE FRIGGS, TRINKET, EXCESSORIES, CANDYPANTS, VYVYAN, THE KIRBY GRIPS, ANNETTE DE LA CLOCHE, THE PHENOBARBIDOLS, THE COME ONS, TUULI, HISSYFITS, SQUATWEILER, THE KOWALSKIS, BETSY, SKRAP, SPACE SURFERS, HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS, YELLOW SCAB, THE LOUDMOUTHS, 4GASM, and FUR. (SYMPATHY)
GSL 49-7 7" $4.65
An ode to Mardi Gras by this Mobile, AL band of teens, augmented by the multifaceted New Orleans team of MR. QUINTRON and MISS PUSSYCAT. (GOLD STANDARD LABORATORIES)
AISLERS SET, THE
"Attraction Action Reaction"
S 015-7 7" $4.00
Two tracks following up their 2nd album, "The Last Match." Warmly arranged, analog-flavored songs in the tradition of the decades everyone talks about. (SUICIDE SQUEEZE)
GRAVES BROTHERS DELUXE
"Little Love Things"
MR 183-1 LP $9.60
MR 183-2 CD $11.90
The black hole where the desert rock and alien sounds of THE PIXIES, GIANT SAND, DANDY WARHOLS and CALEXICO meets the cozmik buzz of THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, THE RESIDENTS and SUN RA, with current and ex members of THIN WHITE ROPE, GRANFALOON BUS, TRUE WEST, RHYTHM & NOISE and LUNCHBOX. Spanish import. (MUNSTER)
MAGIC MAGICIANS, THE
S 013-2 CD $9.00
John Atkins of 764-HERO and Joe Plummer of BLACK HEART PROCESSION team up for slightly off-kilter pop inspired by BIG STAR, T REX and THE BEATLES, with a bunch of guests like Janet Weiss of SLEATER-KINNEY and Coady Willis of MURDER CITY DEVILS. (SUICIDE SQUEEZE)
RED STARS THEORY
"Red Stars Theory"
S 014-2 CD5 $7.00
The 1995 tracks from an out of print 10" and 7" by this Northwest emo/dreamcore outfit are collected on this CD. (SUICIDE SQUEEZE)
"Paper Pencil & Glue"
MR 171-2 CD $11.90
A new album of songs by the former NEW YORK DOLLS singer/guitarist, still at it and still keeping to that signature glam-punk-pop sound. Spanish import. (MUNSTER)
TRANS 0018-2 CD $11.00
Eleven ambient melodic-industrial soundtracks to the post-Soviet existential mindscape. (TRANSPARENCY)
ALBUM LEAF, THE
"The Album Leaf"
TMU 067-1 10" $8.60
TMU 067-2 CD5 $7.90
A solo project by TRISTEZA drummer Jimmy Lavalle, this is sparse and atmospheric, incorporating ambient noise, field recordings, taped conversations, radio transmissions and more into his unique sound. (TROUBLEMAN)
"The Vibration of Sound"
TCCD 011-2 CD $10.70
Trance and ethno-ambience from master percussionist Frankel, who plays a huge array of instruments accompanied by a few friends on everything from sitar and harmonium to didgeridoo, flute, steel guitar, clarinet and tape loops. (TRUE CLASSICAL)
TR 0107-2 2xCD $12.45
For a truly mind-numbing effect, Shafer plays 10 easy listening records at the same time, interweaving them so that parts drift in and out of prominence. It's like being lost in a sea of violins, woodwinds and pianos. Each of the 2 CDs is one long track. (TRANSPARENCY)
VC 166-2 CD $10.20
Brad Laner, frontman of the now-defunct pop group MEDICINE, who was also a member of the MTV-friendly LUSK, AMNESIA, SAVAGE REPUBLIC, STEAMING COILS. "Omakase" means, "eat whatever the cook serves," and in this case we are presented with an hour of microscopic sounds, fragmented beat surgery, kracked software jams, some silence and even the odd melody hopefully to be revered by fans of NEU, AUTECHRE, CAN, APHEX TWIN, TORTOISE, GESCOM, PHOTEK, FARMER'S MANUAL, and LESSER. (VINYL COMMUNICATIONS)
VC 164-2 CD $10.20
ZENI GEVA frontman K.K. NULL's new and finest musical offering to date of solo guitar and electronic compositions. Steering away from his earlier noise material and delving into a world of almost ambient serene drones and soundscapes in the vein of COIL, NURSE WITH WOUND, TERRY RILEY, LUSTMORD, BRIAN ENO, AUBE and PANASONIC. Eye catching 7-color artwork (one color being glow-in-the-dark ink). No two copies will be the same, making this release collectable as well as enjoyable. (VINYL COMMUNICATIONS)
"The Analogue Years"
ER 03-2 CD $12.00
Hypnotic dark-ambient sounds produced, as the name suggests, entirely from tape loops running on old reel-to-reel tape recorders. The pieces on this CD were recorded during the 10 year period 1987-97 by this large group of Australian sound experimenters. Australian import. (DUAL PLOVER)
"Measuring the Marigolds"
RUSSEL 003-2 CD $11.90
Psychedelic ethno-ambience mixes with gentle, trippy, poetic songs of wonder on this San Francisco group's 3rd album. A masterful combination of sonic experimentation and songwriting. (RUSSELL)
FUN 1001-7 7" $4.55
Engrossing sound-pieces excerpted from larger works, onto fun-sized 7" chunks. Non-cliched electronic processing of little sounds and city resonances, even radio personality "Wolfman." Abstract textures treated so musically as to almost become "songs." (FUN)
YO 1214-2 CD $13.65
Controlling his laptop computer like a musical instrument, OTANI creates complex, engaging tapestries of sound and samples of uncertain, often unrecognizable origin, though never too abstract to connect with his audience. Japanese import. (PALE BLUE)
AMBIENT, EXPERIMENTAL, NOISE
"Welcome to the Dissonance Engine"
MONOCD 02-2 CD $11.40
Heavy ambient trance from one man and a massed army of guitars fed through miles of effects and set to slow-motion, minimalist beats. Sprawling, dense, hypnotic and psychedelic. This is the first AUTODIDACT CD, after years of cassette-only releases. (MONOTREMATA)
"Everyone Gets What They Deserve"
CIPCD 02-2 CD $10.10
Electronic compositions from one of the more thoughtful artists on the current scene. Drones, harmonies, textures, soundscapes, found sounds, flow one into another, always fresh and interesting. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
CRAWL UNIT / VERTONEN
CIP 007-7 7" $5.15
Droning ambience from CRAWL UNIT, and roaring environmental sound from VERTONEN. Gray vinyl. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
GF 008-2 CD $7.75
Five nicely textured electronic noise pieces, organic in that they seem to grow and evolve as we listen, gentle and meditative even when they become loud. (GROUND FAULT)
ZZZ/RRR 9-2 CD $11.60
Daniele gets with his band for a bunch of songs that go from artpunk squall'n'scream to postpunk moodyness, throwing in some ambient pieces and all-out noise blasts along the way. (RRR)
"Something Once Whispered to Cava"
TRANS 0019-2 CD $10.70
Middle Eastern-sounding, but more like a soundtrack. If MUSLIMGAUZE or SAVAGE REPUBLIC were done by a woman, this might be it. (TRANSPARENCY)
"Destruction of Output"
TA 3457-7 7" $6.60
The clown prince of noise lets loose with an entertaining and imaginative variety of harsh electronic blasts, squiggles, chirps, drones and rasps as he mutilates recordings by DACHISE, COLUMN ONE, CON-DOM, and ASTRO. German import. (TOCHNIT ALEPH)
ERIC LA CASA
"The Stones of the Threshold"
GF 002-2 CD $7.75
A solo release by the founder of SYLLYK, and very much like it in its spacious use of dynamics and tone. Brilliant and sensitive atmospherics. (GROUND FAULT)
"The Full Use of Nothing"
FUSE 024-1 LP $12.25
Indulging in dark ambience similar to fellow Brits TOTAL or LULL (but anticipating them by several years as this was recorded in 1985), FERIAL CONFINE created these complex, layered soundscapes with what sounds like nothing but electronics and effects. Very nice artwork, too. (FUSETRON)
GF 004-2 CD $7.75
Unrelenting, harsh electronic noise from one of the leading Japanese noise artists. Clean and precise, like a surgeon's scalpel. (GROUND FAULT)
CIPCD 03-2 CD $10.10
The first CD release by this Chicago experimental noise duo, capturing their rich and diverse sounds, from sonorous minimal drones to jarring bouts of electronic noise. Striking silvered pouch packaging. (C.I.P.)
HATERS AND SCANNER, THE
"The Haters, Notably Scanner"
VC 171-2 CD $10.20
With every new release, THE HATERS implicate themselves as fetishists that celebrate entropy through noise, where there's nothing sexier or more life-affirming than rot and decay. Always on the outlook for new and different ways to break things, this collaboration CD with the techno voyeur SCANNER will suggest that even dead batteries can have a seductive nature. (VINYL COMMUNICATIONS)
"Hot Action Sexy Karaoke"
GF 007-2 CD $7.75
The second release from this newly formed Norwegian group consisting of Lasse Marhaug of ORIGAMI REPLIKA fame and veteran musician John Herge. (GROUND FAULT)
GF 005-2 CD $7.75
Electro-acoustic soundscapes from Parisian sound artist GUIONNET provide experimental/soundtrack music for your favorite nightmares; creepy, dramatic and intriguing. (GROUND FAULT)
K.K. NULL / NOISEGATE
WH 1-7 7" $4.00
Japan meets Oakland in this ambient display of divine intervention. Soft drones, loops, bell-like tones, deep rumbles and metallic, electronic fizz pervade known space. Nice letterpress sleeve, too. (WAGENHALT)
KINKY PA-4 5xK7 $27.10
Five cassettes by Japanese noise artist K2 (Kimihide Kusafuka) from 1983, re-issued in a nice boxed set. (KINKY MUSIK)
K2 / MACRONYMPHA
RRR 106-1 LP $12.25
The well-known Japanese noise artist K2 teams up with equally well known US noise terrorists MACRONYMPHA for this album that includes a solo piece by each plus two collaborations, all with a very nice variety of tasty sounds and textures. (RRR)
KRAIG GRADY & BRAD LANER
"Music from the Island of Anaphoria"
TRANS 0002-2 CD $10.70
"Found" ethnic music from the fictitious isle of Anaphoria. Grady builds his own instruments and tunes them in microtonal scales for some truly amazing sounds. Laner then filters it all through his electronics for even greater strangeness, and vocalist PETRA HADEN drops in to lend a hand. (TRANSPARENCY)
GF 006-2 CD $7.75
Ohio's very own machine wielding maniacs use found electronics and industrial machinery to take the listener on a nightmarish journey through a factory of pure sonic mayhem. Several other releases including 2 on Vinyl Communications. (GROUND FAULT)
"Incredible Noise Guitar"
MNSING 01-2 CD $12.45
There's just 2 long tracks on this 72 minute CD: "Incredible Noise Guitar" and "Dedicated to Motoharu Yoshizawa." Both are harsh, thick, boiling masses of noise, much of it not sounding anything like a guitar, somewhat along the lines of HIJOKAIDAN. Japanese import. (MISC. LABELS)
"Midnight in the Twilight Factory"
MONOCD 01-2 CD $11.40
Beautiful, evocative, dark soundscapes with textures that lie somewhere between ambient and noise, with a mood verging on unsettling or even forbidding. Two of the pieces here are solo guitar (not sounding at all like guitar), with two more being live collaborations, one a guitar-bass duo, and the other with cello and a 2nd guitar. Jones has also recorded as TRANCE, and is a regular member of SUBARACHNOID SPACE. (MONOTREMATA)
"Priory Gardens"/"Skeet Hill"
PX 001-7 7" $4.55
Ultrasonic recordings of feeding bats, run through a transducer to make them audible. The composer is a member of MORPHOGENESIS, and often works with ORGANUM. Limited edition of 325. (POVERTECH)
SEELAND 510-2 CD $10.20
San Francisco sampling genius Bob Ostertag, Tokyo's premier noise DJ Otomo Yoshihide, and NYC drag legend and performance diva Justin Bond collaborate on this noise-meets-noise-meets-cabaret gem. Or maybe it's Venus meets Godzilla meets John Cage meets Princess Grace? (SEELAND)
CIPRB 001-7 7" $5.15
A rumbling collaboration between Rennie and Blake, on clear vinyl with letterpress-printed cover on Japanese rice paper. Numbered edition of 200. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
GF 003-2 CD $7.75
The crackling static world of San Francisco sound artist Scott Arford: densely layered collages of radio static, sounds from TV picture tubes and field recordings, vibrating sound structures of hidden harmonies and overtones, sick electronic beats and thick feverish tones. (GROUND FAULT)
SCOT JENERIK / R.H.Y. YAU
AUS 008-2 CD $11.30
A split (but complimentary) release between these two California noise artists. JENERIK tests the limits of sound (and your speakers) with his challenging composition, while YAU aims to create organically impossible or absolutely inhuman kinetic sequences. (AUSCULTARE)
TRANS 0014-2 CD $10.70
An early, 1994 cassette-only release by the well-known Los Angeles noise artist, expertly remastered for CD. The cover art consists of layered transparencies in 24 different combinations. (TRANSPARENCY)
"Against the Sky"
MOBILIZ 001-2 CD $11.30
Describing themselves as "ZOVIET FRANCE on steroids," noise artists Scot Jenerik and Larnie Fox improvise with a large assortment of hand-made instruments, sound sculptures, old keyboards and wind instruments, and then processed, looped, frequency-shifted and panned the results into 16 hours of sound, and then did a slow simmer on computer, ending up with this 58 minute distillation that interweaves passion and energy with meditative and expansive soundscapes. (MOBILIZATION)
THURSTON MOORE / GOLDEN CALVES CENTURY BAND / DR. GRETCHEN MUSICAL WEIGHTLIFTING PROGRAM
POLY 031779-1 LP $11.35
They don't really tell you who does what on this 3-way split, but side 1 starts off with a burst of screaming noise, followed by a long section of spacey free jazz with guitar noise, acoustic bass, percussion and samples, then something like an almost-song, then more spacey noise/melody. Side 2 starts off with a series of acoustic songs, before embarking on some extended ambient bass-heavy noise. Silkscreen cover. (POLYAMORY)
URE THRALL & THE FRUITLESS HAND
HYDRX 1-2 CD $8.90
Spacey but complex ambient drones, ever-shifting soundscapes and dark atmospheres. The first track, a half hour long, is an epic of sorts, taking the listener through a series of sonic environments. (HYDRXDELUSIONS)
CIPCD 04-2 CD $10.10
This diverse experimental compilation of mostly new or underexposed artists features BRUTUM FULMEN, COEURL, IRR. APP. (EXT.), JOSHUA NORTON CABAL, SEAM PITH, NEGATIVE ENTROPY, BRAN (ANOTHER PLIGHT OF MEDIC'S...) POS, SEAFOAM, VERTONEN, SKIN CRIME, and JOHN WIESE. Electro-acoustic, collage, electronic, ambient sounds and more, with plenty of variation and dynamics to keep the listener's attention. This is also a benefit for a breast cancer study at Howard Brown Health Center. Pouch-type packaging with booklet of info and contacts. (C.I.P.)
"Land of the Rising Noise, Vol. 3"
CHCD 33-2 CD $10.10
The 3rd in this series of new music from Japan, with a diverse sampling of underground artists and bands that covers noise, psychedelic rock, ambient/experimental, lo-fi madness and more. With ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, GRIND ORCHESTRA, MADY GULA BLUE HEAVEN, K2, KAZUMOTO ENDO (formerly known as KILLER BUG), COA & KEIJI HAINO, I.S.O. (with Otomo Yoshihide), MITSURU TABATA, ULTRA FUCKERS, SHINCHO 2M, YUKIKO, and KANEKO JUTOKU. Outstanding artwork features the realistic dolls of Remi Futoyama. (CHARNEL)
ALP 012-2 CD $10.10
The 2nd in a series that captures some of the most innovative San Diego based experimental artists. A range from the deep ambience of 5/5/2000 to the MAGMA-steeped spazz-jazz provided by UPSILON ACRUX to the advanced sounds of MARCELO RADULOVICH. Other artist include: ULTRA 7, Z.O.VOIDER, ABEL ASHES, HANS AND DAMON, HISCH THE MACHINE HIRSCCH and MARTY'S SEXUAL ORGANS. (ACCRETIONS)
"Video Games of the Twelfth Century"
BURPCD 02-2 CD $7.75
43 tracks of every conceivable flavor of insanity from a big bunch of bands/artists: SOCKEYE, FAXED HEAD, TAPE BEATLES, TRUMAN'S WATER, BOY IN LOVE;, RANCID HELL SPAWN, SCHIMPFLUCH GRUPPE, THE DRAMATICS, MSBR, POST MORTEM, DREAMSTALKER, EEYORE, and maybe a couple dozen more. The covers are all handmade (each is different), and it comes with a sheet explaining the whole mess. (BURPING TURDS)
"Autonotext, Volume 1"
CIP 006-7 7" $4.00
Spoken texts mixed together, with some added eerie sounds and drones, and a booklet with lots of texts and artwork, plus various weird items. Numbered edition of 200. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
CIP 005-7 7" $5.15
Two studies in rhythmic electronics, one an ambient drone and the other consisting of noise and found dialog. White vinyl, with booklet of texts, art and some odd items. Limited edition of 300. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
"Lock Up! 1-15"
CIPVT 001-7 7" $4.00
A long drone with faint variations on one side, and a series of widely varying noise lock grooves on the other. Numbered edition of 300. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
CIPVT 002-7 7" $4.00
One side a cacophonic forest of noise, the other a more rhythmic, tribal composition. Limited edition of 200. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
"The Women Men Leave Their Wives For"
CIP 004-7 7" $6.30
Two sides of subdued ambience, one mixed with found dialog and the other with a few loops. Packed with a big, 24-page booklet of stories and art. Numbered edition of 400. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
"An UNS Momento"
CIPCD 01-2 CD $10.10
Two archival recordings of Z'EV's UNS project: "Life Sentense" (first released on Subterranean in an edition of 100 in 1986) and "Save What?" (first released on Kremlin Party). For those who are unfamiliar, UNS involved an array of amplified noisemakers set on some sort of modulated roar, over which Z'EV would speak incredibly nervous, sometimes psychotic-seeming words and story fragments. The package includes a booklet reproducing most of the pages from the original "Life Sentense" booklet. (CRIPPLED INTELLECT)
GF 001-2 CD $7.75
Multimedia artist Maria Moran incorporates video projection, metal sculptures, digital sampling, and yes, zippers into a full sensory performance through mixing these analog and digital realms into a pantheon of found sounds and undulating low end frequencies. (GROUND FAULT)
AMBIENT, WORLDBEAT JAZZ
"To Lilliput & Back: Volume One"
ALP 007-2 CD $10.10
A collection of 4 track recordings from the past 10 years. Includes sketches and experiments as well as 72 min. of music that would make an uptight butt shake with delight. Rhythm/funk sensibilities that will be supported by regional and national touring. (ACCRETIONS)
"The Bastard Musicians of Mesmer"
ALP 013-2 CD $8.90
A special limited release that is both entertaining and educational. Formed in '94, this San Diego act is a percussive-based improvisational ensemble that has toured from the States to Hong Kong. (ACCRETIONS)
DON CHERRY & K. PENDERECKI
TRANS 0008-2 CD $10.70
The ultimate free jazz and avant-classical collaboration, this also features PETER BROTZMANN, HAN BENNINK, GUNTER HAMPEL and others. Recently sampled on the K&D Sessions album to great effect. Superbly remastered from the original tapes, with 12 pages of notes & pics. (TRANSPARENCY)
AVANT, NEW MUSIC
GER 013-2 CD5 $7.10
The Los Angeles avant-instrumental band moves even farther from conventional arranging on their 3rd release, giving each member more independence with written parts in free meter, resulting in troubled melodies and spooky titles. (5 RUE CHRISTINE)
"Rice Field Silently Riping in the Night"
PD 002-2 CD $12.25
Dreamy, minimalist songs from this veteran of the Tokyo underground scene since the late '70s. Reiko's soft, almost child-like vocals are intermittently accompanied by guitar (which can sometimes turn very dissonant), simple piano riffs, cello, offhand scrapyard percussion, and a variety of other acoustic instruments courtesy of her husband Tori Kudo and various members of PUKA-PUKA BRIANS. Co-released with Japanese label Majikick. (PERIODIC DOCUMENT)
"Stories from Magatrea"
TRANS 0017-2 CD $10.70
A member of both LAIBACH and BORGHESIA, Krzisnik is also an orchestral composer, and here conducts the State Orchestra of Slovenia in performances of 6 of his own compositions. (TRANSPARENCY)
WILD ACOUSTIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (WACO)
TRANS 0039-2 CD $10.70
This album has already generated lots of positive press, with reviewers comparing it to "Forever Changes" by LOVE, or a darker "Pet Sounds." (TRANSPARENCY)
WILD ACOUSTIC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (WACO)
TRANS 0034-2 CD $7.15
The surreal soundtrack to the award-winning film by Marcel Dejure. Imagine the most crazed moments of NINO ROTA crossed with late STRAVINSKY, but totally original. (TRANSPARENCY)
AVANT POP, ROCK & INSTRO
"Inventions for Guitar & Banjo"
VANGUARD 79191-1 LP $17.25
VANGUARD 79191-2 CD $13.00
A few instruments and a little bit of electricity in this, his 2nd and best album, originally released in 1964. There's a 24 minute long piece of jazz, folk and Middle East influences, plus 2 versions (acoustic and electric) of a J.S. Bach passage, a composition from the 14th century (Machaut's "Triple Ballade"), Luiz Bonfa's "Manha de Carnival," and a heavily reverbed and extended version of Chuck Berry's classic "Memphis Tennessee." 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (VANGUARD)
SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM
"Grand Opening and Closing"
SEELAND 523-2 CD $10.80
Containing members of such Bay Area groups like IDIOT FLESH and TIN HAT TRIO, this KING CRIMSON-RESIDENTS-inspired CD is a rare, belching musical stew. Progressive, percussive, theatrical, toy piano, homemade instrument doom metal? (SEELAND)
CECILIA ET SUS ENNIUS
ID 0745104-7 7" $4.35
Cecilia from the NO TALENTS takes off with her new band, this time doing '60s French beat ala the "Swinging Mademoiselle" comps! Recorded at Toe Rag in London for that extra vintage sound! (DIONYSUS)
DUKES OF HAMBURG
"Bad Side of July (Dukes of Earl)"
ID 123377-1 LP $8.85
Another booger-eatin', half devoted and half contemptuous take on mid '60s beat by these Bay Area musical thieves, with genuine "shit in your pants" enthusiasm shoved into every minute-and-a-half song. (DIONYSUS)
ID 123387-1 LP $8.85
ID 123387-2 CD $10.80
The first US album release for this hot UK freakbeat trio, drawing on influences ranging from THE EASYBEATS and LA DE DAS to THE BIRDS and GOLDEN EARRING. This combines the best tracks from their UK LP and several 7" releases, all remixed to high quality analog. (DIONYSUS)
FORTUNE & THE PHABULOUS PALLBEARERS
"Sonic Sounds from Seattle"
ID 0745102-7 7" $4.35
The explosive finale of this very fine mid-'60s-style frat/pop group, with four songs recorded in pure vintage analog. (DIONYSUS)
RPM 202-2 CD $13.00
First time on CD, this white frat-rock group from Mississippi who developed into a stirring US pop rock band through the writing of their leader Sid Herring. A blend of PAUL REVERE and THE BEATLES' "Rubber Soul," this collection features tracks from their 1963-67 output on the Liberty label (3 albums and 7 singles). 30 tracks, UK import. (RPM)
HI-FIVES / PIN-UPS
GZ 005-7 7" $3.85
Two bands that play two songs each that will stick in your head like peanut butter. The HI-FIVES you know well from their many popular releases on Lookout, and Canada's PIN-UPS plays a similar yet unique blend of catchy, melodic rock. It's what pop music's all about, baby. (GO ZOMBIE)
"What You Gonna Say?"/"You Don't Care"
SCAP 052-7 7" $4.70
Two exclusive tracks from Scotland's kings of Merseybeat! German import. (SCREAMING APPLE)
"(do the) Global Twist"
HR 23-7 7" $4.15
Last seen rockin' the hell out of the audience at Las Vegas Grind, this Japanese quartet lays down some of the most sparkling, be-bop-a-lula twisting, dead-on Merseybeat this side of the KAISERS! (HILLSDALE)
SATURN V FEATURING ORBIT, THE
"Behind Closed Doors at a Recording Session"
BB 500-7 7" $4.75
One of America's top new frat rock combos travels to London to lay down 4 raw, rockin' tracks with Liam Watson at the board. Includes 3 originals (including guitarist Johnny Bartlett's singing debut on the swingin' Merseybeat tune "I Wanna Be a Beatle") plus a great cover of a tune originally recorded by Syracuse's great SAM AND THE TWISTERS! (BIG BEN)
TELL-TALE HEARTS, THE
"Too Many Lovers"/"Promise"
MUNSTER 7130-7 7" $5.70
A re-issue of the final 7" from the legendary beat quintet, originally released only in Australia. Heavy board sleeve, Spanish import. (MUNSTER)
BLACK METAL, DEATH METAL
"Night of the Unholy Flames"
NH 009-2 CD $11.30
Volcanic black metal from this Finnish group, bleak and stripped down to its elements. 8 songs. (NORTHERN HERITAGE)
DAWN OF DECAY
VOD 003-2 CD $10.10
Fast, heavy, crushing death metal from this veteran Swedish band. This is their first full length release, though they've had lots of press from previous EP and demo releases. The full color, 8-page booklet prints all the lyrics, along with photos and great artwork. Swedish import. (VOD)
"Serenity in Chaos"
VODCD 005-2 CD $11.90
Twelve songs and 40 minutes of total grinding death from this well known Swedish underground act. Swedish import. (VOD)
VOD 006-2 CD $11.30
The 2nd full length CD from this extremely brutal black metal band, much in the vein of the thrashiest ABIGOR. Outstanding color artwork throughout, with photos, lyrics, and a great cover painting. Swedish import. (VOD)
"Review Your Choices"
BWR 031-1 LP $17.25
BWR 031-2 CD $14.70
A new 12 track studio album from the masters of doom. LP is limited, on violet vinyl, and comes in an embossed gatefold sleeve. Italian import. (BLACK WIDOW)
BMC 66606-2 CD $7.75
The first album by this long-running Pennsylvania black metal outfit, recorded in 1996 but unreleased until now, with a very basic, raw, harsh sound and brutality that sets them apart from many others. With 8-page lyric booklet and full color cover art by Kris Verwimp. (BLACKMETAL.COM)
"Thy Dark Heavens"
BMC 66604-1 LP $8.40
BMC 66604-2 CD $7.75
Eight songs of killer death/black metal grind! Their 3rd album with a much fuller sound, this is being compared to a hybrid-from-hell of ANGEL CORPSE and VOIVOD. The LP is red or black vinyl, hand numbered editions of 500 each. (BLACKMETAL.COM)
"Voices of Death: Part Two"
VOD 004-2 CD $9.50
Sixteen more raging bands from the European death metal underground: ODIUM, MORTUM, OCCRAH, INVERTED, ZAVORASH, SARDONIC TEARS, FROST, PRIMITIVE SYMPHONY, BLAZING SKIES, GUIDANCE OF SIN, AZURE, CRANIAL DUST, DIABOLICAL, BLACKWITCH, GRAVFERD, and PALEFAT. Two are Norwegian, the rest are Swedish. Each band gets a page in the booklet for photos, artwork, bio, discography and contact info. Swedish import. (VOD)
"Voices of Death: Part Three"
VODCD 008-2 CD $10.55
17 tracks of crushing Scandinavian black metal and death metal from OVERLORD, MALEFICIO, DIVINE SOULS, MIDIAN, OBSCURE DIVINITY, SKYMNING, ARCHANGEL, MISTELTEIN, UNPURE, IMMEMOREAL, TRENDKILLER, MORNALAND, ENTHRALLED, ZAHRIM, ARS MORIENDE, THE PROVENANCE, and SERPENT OBSCENE. Swedish import. (VOD)
"Voices of Death: Part One"
VOD 001-2 CD $9.50
Fifteen of the most brutal bands from the European death metal underground (with a little black metal mixed in): SORCERY, THYRFING, WRATH, IMPENDING DOOM, HYPNOSIA, GRAVFERD, ENSEMBLE NOCTURNE, KORP, TIBURON, IMMEMOREAL, PROPHANITY, TAETRE, MORNALAND, MOONSTRUCK, and SCARVE. Most are Swedish, with one each from Norway, Germany, Switzerland and France. Each band gets a page in the booklet for photos, artwork, bio and contact info. Swedish import. (VOD)
"Love Always Wins"
SFTRI 574-1 LP $8.25
SFTRI 574-2 CD $9.65
Now wait one cotton-pickin' minute! A love album by '68 COMEBACK? 14 songs about love that's found on the other side of the Mississippi. You won't hear any violins, sister! You will hear original heart songs such as "Dark Cloud' "Polaroid Portrait" and the title cut. Also, the band covers the greats: SISTER ROSETTA THARPE, BIG MAMA THORTON, JOHN LEE HOOKER, DALE HAWKINS, CHARLIE FEATHERS and RAY CHARLES. (SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY)
"All Over Again"
FT 804-2 CD $11.90
This great live recording contains some previously unreleased material and a jam with Dave Brubeck. Recorded January 28, 1983 at the Palace Of Festival Theatre in Cannes, France. 11 tracks. Italian import. (FRUIT TREE)
"Crimes Against Music: Blues Music 1986-99"
SFTRI 582-1 2xLP $11.00
SFTRI 582-2 CD $9.65
Billy plays da blues. 29 tracks, mostly from out-of-print 7" releases, but also including 3 previously unreleased tracks. (SYMPATHY)
HEMLINE 4801-2 CD $7.75
100% authentic blues from someone who has spent a lifetime playing it in bands with folks like TOM WAITS, RAY MANZAREK, FRANK ZAPPA, TOP JIMMY, and JOHN DOE. He's been an influence to bands like THE BLASTERS, X, and VAN HALEN, and now you can hear him on his own in these 13 originals, plus covers of two ROBERT JOHNSON and CHUCK BERRY tunes. (HEMLINE)
SMART 005-7 7" $4.00
It's Dan and his acoustic guitar, alone in his tile bathroom (nice echo) with a cheap tape deck, doing two raw, swamp-infested Delta blues tunes, including a cover of Robert Wilkins' 1929 classic "That's No Way to Get Along," both with style and finesse. With its rough-looking silkscreen cover, this is as good a homemade, DIY statement as you're gonna find. (SMART GUY)
DAN MELCHIOR'S BROKE REVUE
"This Love is Real"
SFTRI 579-2 CD $9.65
Authentic sounding blues and folk, and trashy swamp stompers recorded with help from members of THEE HEADCOATS and THE WILDEBEESTS, plus HOLLY GOLIGHTLY on backup vocals. (SYMPATHY)
MR. AIRPLANE MAN
SFTRI 655-7 7" $4.00
Barebones garage in a haze of dirty-ass blues. A window-smashin' track from the "Red Light" album is backed by "Drive Me Out," an exclusive track not available elsewhere. (SYMPATHY)
NOMADS / ROBERT JOHNSON AND THE PUNCHDRUNKS, THE
BANG 5-7 7" $4.85
THE NOMADS roar through a heavy blues stomper instro called "Trucker Speed," and JOHNSON and his band turn in a nasty version of the classic "2000 Lb. Bee." Blue vinyl in a heavy, full color board sleeve. Spanish import. (BANG)
"Sugar & Spice"
ITALY 007-7 7" $4.00
Really fantastic nitty-gritty one-chord blues shuffle from this Detroit duo of Johnny Walker (guitar/vocals/harmonica) and Ben Smith (drums). "Sugar & Spice" is uptempo, paint-peeling lofi electric blues noise, and "Johnny's Death Letter," featuring the great JACK WHITE (WHITE STRIPES, HENTCHMEN), is slow and acoustic but just as dirty. Another must-have release from this inspirational label! (ITALY)
STOMPIN' HARVEY & THE FAST WRECKERS
"Is You Is"
VR 706-7 7" $4.65
Hoodoo swamp-blues-trash and primitive rock'n'roll that burns like a mutha. Check it out! Swiss import. (VOODOO RHYTHM)
"To the Left to the Right"
KEBAB 013-7 7" $4.55
The 78-year old "Boss of the Blues" is back with two raw, dirty, roarin' and rumblin' tunes. Dangerous blues, just the way you like it! Swiss import. (SHEEP)
BLUES, PROG RE-ISSUES
CLIMAX BLUES BAND
"A Lot of Bottle"
AK 145-1 LP $17.25
The 4th album for this British band, released on Harvest in 1970, marked a shift from straight blues a la JOHN MAYALL to a more rock-oriented sound. We got one bonus track here, along with the original artwork. 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
CLIMAX BLUES BAND
AK 146-1 LP $17.25
Their 5th album, originally released in 1971 on Harvest, includes great covers of Robert Johnson's "Come On in My Kitchen" and Willie Dixon's "Spoonful." This re-issue has one bonus track and the original artwork. 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
COLWELL WINFIELD BLUES BAND
"Cold Wind Blues"
AK 148-1 LP $17.25
AK 148-2 CD $13.00
Originally released on Verve in 1968, this is well-done Chicago-style blues, except for one 6 minute psychedelic track that takes off in a raga rock direction. This re-release has one bonus track, and the LP comes with a bonus 7". 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
"So Many Roads"
VANGUARD 79178-1 2xLP $25.60
VANGUARD 79178-2 CD $13.00
Recorded in 1965, this features an array of blues stars including Mike Bloomfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Duane Allman, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm. This re-issue includes 12 previously unreleased tracks from the same sessions. Gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (VANGUARD)
AK 149-1 LP $17.25
AK 149-2 CD $13.00
British progressive rock and blues, originally out on RCA Neon in 1971, sometimes compared to STEVE HILLAGE or KHAN with a ZEPPELIN feel, but with more acoustic piano and walking bass lines. Gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
AK 179-1 LP $17.25
AK 112-2 CD $13.00
Garagey, crushing, double-guitar blues-rock with screaming vocals, on the only album by this Connecticut band, first released in 1968. Fans of early BLUE CHEER will dig this one! 180 gram vinyl, original artwork, Italian import. (AKARMA)
GET 565-1 2xLP $17.40
An anthology of tracks by the British blues artist, originally released in 1972, with 20 tracks including one-off recordings with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Robert Plant, Paul Rogers, Charlie Watts, Kenny Wheeler, Lol Coxhill, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith and many more. Original artwork, gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (GET BACK)
"Bright Sun is Shining"
VANGUARD 6551-2 CD $13.00
Originally out in 1970, this solo by the COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH guitarist includes classic tunes by Eddie Boyd, Isaac Hayes, Otis Rush, Elmore James, Holland and Dozier, and more. 12 tracks of blues, R&B and soul, with help from Donny Hathaway, Phil Upchurch, Morris Jennings and Gerald Sims. Original artwork, Italian import. (VANGUARD)
"Living the Blues"
AK 051-1 2xLP $33.00
AK 051-2 2xCD $32.00
Reissue of the blues rock outfit's second, originally released on Liberty in 1968, and featuring guest appearances from John Mayall, Dr. John, Joe Sample and John Fahey. Also features the hit "Going Up The Country," the 20 minute epic "Parthenogenesis" and the original cover art. The vinyl edition is on two platters of wax with a poster. Gatefold sleeve, 180 gram audiophile vinyl, CD in digipak, Italian import. (AKARMA)
CLIMAX BLUES BAND
AK 144-2 4xCD $38.55
This collects the first 5 albums from the British blues/rock group, first released on the Parlophone and Harvest labels between 1969 and 1972: "Climax Chicago Blues Band," "Plays On," "A Lot of Bottle," "Tightly Knit," and "Rich Man." Also included are several bonus tracks and a fancy booklet. Italian import. (AKARMA)
CLIMAX BLUES BAND
AK 143-1 LP $17.25
Their 2nd album, also released in 1969 on Parlophone, slimmed down to a quintet and starting to move to a more rock sound. This re-issue includes one bonus track. Gatefold sleeve with original artwork. 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
CLIMAX CHICAGO BLUES BAND
"Climax Chicago Blues Band"
AK 142-1 LP $17.25
The first album by this British blues combo, heavily influenced by JOHN MAYALL and, of course, the Chicago blues scene. 12 songs here, with blues standards alongside their originals. First out on Parlophone in 1969, this re-issue has one bonus cut. Gatefold sleeve, original art, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
DIAS DE BLUES
"Dias De Blues"
AK 103-1 LP $17.25
AK 103-2 CD $13.00
Originally released in 1972 by Discos De La Planta, this is a rare and great album of South American blues rock. 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
"Further on Up the Road"
AK 099-1 2xLP $25.60
AK 099-2 2xCD $24.90
Blues originals and standards from a stellar combination of legendary musicians including Merrel Fankhauser, Ed Cassidy, Pete Sears (JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and HOT TUNA), and John McEuen (NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND). 20 tracks including "Bright Lights Big City," "Louisiana Blues," "High Heel Sneakers" and many more. LP on 180 gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve. Italian import. (AKARMA)
AK 2018-1 10" $12.55
AK 2018-2 CD $13.00
6 tracks from a rare demo tape recorded in 1969 by this underground British blues outfit featuring Pete Wingfield, Paul Butler, John Best and Chris Waters. For fans of FLEETWOOD MAC, SAVOY BROWN and TEN YEARS AFTER. Italian import. (AKARMA)
UV 032-2 CD $13.00
Originally released in 1965 on Vanguard, the inimitable voice of the blues master at work, with only guitar, his golden voice and harmonica. This reissue includes 7 bonus tracks. Original artwork, Italian import. (UNIVERSE)
UV 030-2 CD $13.00
An intensely intimate album from the bluesman, with MOSE ALLISON, ROBERT JOHNSON, JIMMY REED, and ELMORE JAMES standards given the Hammond treatment in its finest form: solo guitar, harmonica and vocals, with Roosevelt Sykes contributing piano on two of the 18 tracks. Originally out on Vanguard in 1978. Italian import. (UNIVERSE)
VANGUARD 2148-1 2xLP $25.60
VANGUARD 2148-2 CD $13.00
The first album by bluesman Hammond, originally released in 1963. 18 tracks including 5 previously unreleased bonus cuts. The LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, and the 4th side is engraved. Italian import. (VANGUARD)
JOHN LEE HOOKER
"The Complete 1964 Recordings"
RPM 208-2 CD $13.00
Includes his last sessions for Vee Jay and a one off session in London, backed by the GROUNDHOGS. Liner notes by noted blues historian Neil Slaven, plus some never before published photos from that same year. 26 tracks, UK import. (RPM)
"White Gold Blues"
AK 052-1 LP $17.25
AK 052-2 CD $16.60
20 tracks the genius Southern blues guitarist recorded between 1962-69, the period before he signed with Columbia Records. Some cuts are straight blues numbers; others have a raw garage feel doused with fuzz guitars. This is all of his early works with his legendary brother Edgar. The vinyl format comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a bonus 7" single that contains tunes he recorded when he was just 14 years old! 180 gram audiophile vinyl, CD in digipak, Italian import. (AKARMA)
FT 807-2 CD $11.90
10 tracks of original and classic rock and blues recorded in the mid-'70s, featuring the songs "Hully Gully," "Wings of an Angel," "Walkin' the Floor," "Don't You Lie to Me," "Junko Partner," "Knockin' Myself Out," "Women Loved Each Other," "Cherry Red," "RX for the Blues" and "You Must Have Jesus." First released on the Aura label in 1982. Original artwork, Italian import. (FRUIT TREE)
"Red Hot & Blue"
UV 006-2 2xLP $25.60
A collection of previously unreleased material from the late 1970s by this great blues guitarist. 180 gram virgin vinyl. Italian import. (UNIVERSE)
GET 500-1 2xLP $17.40
Vintage tracks of 1969 slicked-up guitar blues/psych/pop dark heaviness from this California group that moved to Britain to seek fame and fortune, neither of which was forthcoming. First released only in 1984, this was their 2nd album, and also includes 8 tracks taken from their 1966 Gold Star sessions. Gatefold sleeve, 180 gram virgin vinyl, Italian import. (GET BACK)
UV 014-2 CD $13.00
The classic blues pianist recorded live in Boston in 1970, just 3 weeks before his death from liver cancer. Some gritty, intense playing here, with notable assist from Luther "Snake" Johnson on guitar and his wife Lucille Spann on vocals. With 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks and new artwork. Italian import. (UNIVERSE)
OUTLAW BLUES BAND
AK 108-1 LP $17.25
AK 108-2 CD $13.00
Their 2nd album released in 1969 on ABC/Bluesway, home of the electric blues. An important blues group of the late '60s-early '70s, for fans of CANNED HEAT, BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND and THE SIEGEL-SCHWALL BAND. 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (AKARMA)
OUTLAW BLUES BAND
"Outlaw Blues Band"
AK 107-1 LP $17.25
AK 107-2 CD $13.00
Originally released on ABC/Bluesway in 1968, this is the long awaited re issue of the 1st album by this psychedelic quintet lead by Phillip John, a very talented guitarist, who on this album gives a hot version of B.B. KING's "Sweet Sixteen." A few jazz-oriented songs and others influenced by early SANTANA complete an album strongly recommended to rock-blues fans. 180 gram vinyl, gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (AKARMA)
"Say Siegel Schwall"
VANGUARD 79249-1 LP $17.25
The band's breakthrough 2nd album, originally released in 1967. Some of it rocks, some of it boogies, some of it is downright creepy and eerie. 8 tracks, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (VANGUARD)
"Say Siegel Schwall/Siegel Schwall '70"
VANGUARD 79249-2 CD $13.00
Both albums on one CD, packed in a thick, 3-panel gatefold wallet. Italian import. (VANGUARD)
SIEGEL-SCHWALL BAND, THE
VMD 79289-1 LP $17.25
Their 2nd album, this comes the closest to representing their great live act of this Chicago blues phenomenon, and includes an outstanding version of Howlin' Wolf's "Shake For Me." First released on Vanguard in 1968. Original artwork, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (VANGUARD)
"Siegel Schwall '70"
VANGUARD 6562-1 LP $17.25
Their 4th album, originally released in 1970. 8 tracks, Italian import. (VANGUARD)
SIEGEL-SCHWALL BAND, THE
VMD 79235-2 CD $13.00
Two full albums on one CD! Italian import. (VANGUARD)
SIEGEL-SCHWALL BAND, THE
"The Siegel-Schwall Band"
VMD 79235-1 LP $17.25
The debut album by this Chicago blues combo, including a fascinating version of Jimmy Reed's "Going To New York," originally released on Vanguard in 1966. Original artwork, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (VANGUARD)
SUN RA & THE BLUES PROJECT
"Batman and Robin"
UV 016-1 LP $17.25
UV 016-2 CD $13.00
Can it get any wilder? Somewhere between outer space and the chicken shack, this 1966 collaboration based on the "Batman" TV series was released as a children's record on the Tifton label, and features guitarist Danny Kalb and the rest of THE BLUES PROJECT, with Sun Ra and Al Kooper taking turns on the organ. Gatefold sleeve with original artwork, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (UNIVERSE)
"The Blues... Real Summit Meeting"
UV 010-1 2xLP $25.60
UV 010-2 2xCD $25.60
Recorded live at Newport, N.Y. and originally released on Buddah in 1973, this collection features the blues of B.B. KING, MUDDY WATERS, BIG MAMA THORNTON, EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON and CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN among others. Great live versions of "Little Red Rooster," "Ball & Chain" and "Got My Mojo Workin'." 18 tracks, gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (UNIVERSE)
YARDBIRDS AND SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON, THE
"The Complete Crawdaddy Recordings"
GET 546-1 2xLP $17.40
The complete legendary show at the Crawdaddy Club in London in 1963 (with Eric Clapton on guitar and blues great Sonny Boy Williamson guesting on vocals on most songs), plus 3 bonus tracks recorded at the 1964 Birmingham R&B Festival, again with Williamson on vocals. 20 tracks, gatefold sleeve with original UK-release artwork, 180 gram audiophile vinyl, Italian import. (GET BACK)
"Can You Identify These Men?"
GET 567-1 10" $10.20
9 early tracks from 1963 with Eric Clapton on guitar, including classic tunes like "Boom Boom," "A Certain Girl," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," and "I Wish You Would." White vinyl, Italian import. (GET BACK)
"Five Live Yardbirds"
GET 556-1 LP $12.55
Their first album, recorded live at London's Marquee Club and originally released in 1964. Considered the best example of Eric Clapton's work with the band, this has classics like "Too Much Monkey Business," "Smokestack Lightning," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," and "I'm a Man." Original UK-release artwork, 180 gram audiophile vinyl, Italian import. (GET BACK)
BOSSA NOVA, LATIN JAZZ
SC 327-1 12" $9.60
Two tracks of Latin jazz from an upcoming album by Frisina. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Friends from Brazil 2001"
IRMA 505201-1 LP $11.35
IRMA 505201-2 CD $13.00
A collection of Brazilian jazz by composers such as EUMIR DEODATO, JOAO DONATO, THIAGO DE MELLO, JOBIM, CAETANO VELOSO, JORJE BEN, and CARLINHOS BROWN, with help from some of the best talents currently on the scene in Brazil. All tracks are previously unreleased. Released in collaboration with Brazil's Jazz Station Records, with liner notes by the label's head, Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Italian import. (IRMA)
IRMA 494875-1 2xLP $15.65
Brazilian/bossa nova flavored tracks from the '60s and '70s by Italian masters like FRANCESCO DE MASI, PIERO PICCIONI, NINO FERRER, BRUNO MARTELLI, ORNELLA VANONI, and more. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
IRMA 494549-1 2xLP $15.65
Can't make it down to Rio this summer? Here's the next best thing while you're reaching for that mai tai: a lot of cool bossa nova and a little hot samba from JAZZEDELIC, MONTEFIORI COCKTAIL, LTJ X-PERIENCE, QUINETTO X, STREET JAZZ UNIT, BALANCO, BOSSA NOSTRA, HAMMOND EXPRESS, DJ RODRIGUEZ, BLACK & BROWN, MAF DRUM, and FEZ COMBO. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"The Latin Beat"
IRMA 488688-1 2xLP $15.65
Hot Latin jazz by CAL TJADER, TITO VALDEZ, BOSSA NOSTRA, BLACK & BROWN, LONNIE SMITH, WEBSTER LEWIS, GAZZARA, LTJ XPERIENCE, DJ LEROY, SEAWIND, and KEYTRONICS ENSEMBLE, with extra-hot mastering for all you DJs out there. Bright, full-color gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Spectre/Intrigo a Francoforte"
SC 318-1 12" $9.60
The futuristic lounge combo does a John Barry meets breakbeat tune with sophisticated sensitivity, plus a new remix by the London duo KARMINSKY EXPERIENCE of the best track from their album "More." Italian import. (SCHEMA)
WOT 400298t-1 12" $9.60
Four tracks from Martin Paterson, aka DJ Pax (brother of Alex Paterson of ORB fame). Italian import. (WOT 4)
"The Open Pop Star"
WOT 499009-2 CD $11.90
After a series of 19 books, countless articles and at least one album, the mysterious Luther Blissett releases this strange brew of Anarcho breakbeats and noise as a final act to coincide with the end of the old millennium. 20 tracks featuring contributions from MERZBOW, Stewart Home and many others. Italian import. (WOT 4)
SC 317-1 12"+7" $14.90
Brazilian and psychedelic jazz, space-age Mereilles with a fast jazz samba beat, coupled with a sitar funk tune on the flip, plus a bonus, limited edition 7" with two cool atmospheric jazz tracks from the upcoming album. Plenty of vibraphone, flute, swinging percussion and baritone sax. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
TSPH 400-1 2xLP $15.65
TSPH 400-2 CD $13.00
The debut album from this Milano turntable whiz. Easybeat drum'n'bass lounge/breakbeat, produced by Gak Sato. Italian import. (RIGHT TEMPO)
WOT 499005-2 CD $11.90
The 2nd outstanding album from this Rome based electronic/lounge/dance/trash/easy duo. 12 tracks, Italian import. (WOT 4)
SC 315-1 2xLP $15.65
SC 315-2 CD $13.00
Their debut release, a musical journey with new-jazz beats, the wonderful music of Brazil and the mad world of soundtracks, with 21st century production. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"A Wanton Bass"
TSPH 300-1 2xLP $15.65
TSPH 400-2 CD $13.00
Contemporary easybeat tracks by DJ KEIZO, KID LOCO, HIBIKI, E.O.E. (Bill Laswell, Eraldo Bernocchi, Gak Sato), ASTRONAUGHTY, PEACH BAND and MUTATRON. Italian import. (RIGHT TEMPO)
"Aliens in Rome 2000"
WOT 499002-2 CD $11.90
The 2nd volume from Rome's alternative breakbeat scene, with 17 tracks from PRINCE FASTER, RECYCLE, CREATURE, MARGOO and more. Italian import. (WOT 4)
"Aliens in Rome"
WOT 498001-2 CD $11.90
Living proof that alternative Rome is alive and well, here's the best from Brancaleone, the squat that established itself as the town's premier breakbeat club. Includes 14 tracks by PASSARANI 2099, MARGOO, RECYCLE and more. Italian import. (WOT 4)
"Break N' Bossa, Chapter 3"
SC 321-1 2xLP $15.65
SC 321-2 CD $13.00
The 3rd volume of this breakbeat, nu-jazz and bossa series, with many unreleased tracks including SOUTH COPA's "Delicado," ARTLESS' "The Chaser," and "Blind Mice" by KANOE as well as tracks from artists like TOSCA, SOULSTANCE, NICOLA CONTE, BOBBY HUGHES EXPERIENCE, LES GAMMAS, MR. HERMANO, TRUBY TRIO, and KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE. 12 tracks, Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Break n'Bossa, Chapter 2"
SC 316-1 2xLP $15.65
SC 316-2 CD $13.00
A collection of new breakbeat, nu-jazz and bossa from BOB SINCLAIR, BEANFIELD, MIYAZAWA, NICLOA CONTE, SOULSTANCE, YOSCHINORI SUNAHARA, MEN FROM THE NILE, MR. HERMANO, FAZE ACTION, S-TONE INC., zDIHAN and KAMIEN. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
SC 311-1 2xLP $15.65
SC 311-2 CD $13.00
Breakbeat and jazz bossa from JAZZANOVA, IAN POOLEY, LES GAMMAS, BALANCO, DJ MATSUOKA, RAINER TRUBY TRIO, JASK, JAZZANOVA VS. HAR YOU PERCUSSION GROUP, CHASER and MODAJI. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
BILLY NAYER SHOW, THE
"The American Astronaut"
BNS 07-2 CD $10.10
The soundtrack to Cory McAbee's latest film, the absurdist, surreal, retro futuristic and completely lo-tech-funky "musical space western" of the same name, this has 21 songs in the band's grungy, wacked-out cabaret style. The film debuted at Sundance earlier in 2001. (BSG)
BILLY NAYER SHOW, THE
"The Ketchup and Mustard Man"
BNS 04-2 CD $10.10
Cory rants, tells insane stories and sings those wonderfully smart but goofy songs on this 1994 release, the group's first CD, now finally available here. The soundtrack to their film of the same name, this features the band in the full-on lunatic-cabaret mode that has made them such a cult favorite. (BSG)
PUG 028-2 CD $6.55
This is a soundtrack, not to a film or play, but more as a soundtrack correlating to the hardcore scientific information discovered by University of North Sacramento scholars. In the 17th century, long haired skinny people and their music were shunned in their own country. Apparently these pilgrims invented a primitive recording device, and were able to put these "recordings" onto some form of black vinyl disk. These are the very songs that you hold in your hand. Special statement by Professor Perry: "I do not feel that this "Jar Jar Binks" song is truly authentic to the time of the pilgrims. How could these people have made a song inspired by Star Wars, or Will Smith?" Plus they have a web site! Whatever hypothesis you might hold, if you listen to this CD you will dance, and that, my friends, is timeless. Fuzzed out, keyboard and female backing vocal heavy beat music for any generation. Cover art by S.britt of GROOVIE GHOULIE fame. (S.P.A.M.)
"The Black Rider"
TW 88-1 LP $11.20
Completely different takes of the operetta written with William S. Burroughs and Robert Wilson, from the 1990 theater production in Hamburg with Waits singing and Burroughs reading texts! Full color sleeve, German import. (ALKA-SELTZER)
TUULI / THE BLACK HALOS
"Homeless for Christmas"
SFTRI 642-7 7" $4.00
Christmas cheer from Toronto's girl-pop sensation TUULI and popular SubPop artists THE BLACK HALOS. (SYMPATHY)
GET 603-1 LP $12.55
The soundtrack to a vanished concert film, this also turned out to be the last ever show of the original JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, recorded Feb. 24, 1969 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Besides Jimi, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, this also features guests Dave Mason, Chris Wood and Rocky Dzidzournou (on "Room Full of Mirrors"). 9 tracks, original artwork, gatefold sleeve, 180 gram orange vinyl, Italian import. (GET BACK)
"Solid Gold T Rex"
GET 588-1 LP $12.55
A greatest hits collection of 12 of their most popular songs, which you probably know by heart, so I'm not gonna bother listing them. Gatefold sleeve with good artwork and liner notes, 180 gram vinyl, Italian import. (GET BACK)
GET 596-1 2xLP $17.40
On this 1972 solo release (originally out on the Bearsville label), Rundgren literally plays all the instruments, as well as singing and producing. It's a 25-track kaleidoscopic odyssey through the mind of a gifted and talented pop craftsman, checking on the history of music from Gilbert & Sullivan to Jimi Hendrix, powerpop, Motown and much more. Gatefold sleeve with lyric and photo booklet, 180 gram color vinyl (one disc blue, one red), Italian import. (GET BACK)
"I Just Keep on Dancing"
ICP 107-1 12" $10.20
From the upcoming album, a '70s disco-influenced house groove. Italian import. (IRMA)
ELG 11-1 12" $8.70
Remixes of the hot soul lead-off track from their new CD (itself a prime example of recombinant musicology), courtesy of DJ Jean-Michels, Mr. Chekov and Stefan Rogall of the JAZZANOVA / SONAR collective. Breakbeat, downbeat/sax, and more abstract reincarnations. German import. (ELEGANZ)
SC 329-1 2xLP $15.65
The debut album from mixmaster Frisina takes classic bossa and jazz, spicing it up with lots of samples and loops. Great for fans of the new Brazilian beat. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
ITALIAN SECRET SERVICE
IRMA 503175-1 2xLP $15.60
IRMA 503175-2 CD $13.00
The debut album by this Florentine nu-jazz duo is based in jazz and bossa nova, with multiple influences from breakbeat, chill-out, downtempo and even '50s torch styles. Italian import. (IRMA)
"New York Je T'Adore/Nalito's Way"
IU 002-1 12" $10.20
The best track from the recent album, with the original version, the "Hallo Paris" mix, and the bonus track "Nalito's Way." Italian import. (IRMA)
ELG 07-1 12" $8.70
Fluffy drum'n'bass mediterrané, channelled through Germany's sound modeler extraordinaire JEAN-MICHEL. Remixes of NOLTE's "My Interior," and his own "Paris 2000" and "FOMM-Theme." German import. (ELEGANZ)
LAST MINISTER, THE
"We Talk Romance"
RNC 011-1 12" $10.20
Funk and house from the recent "Essential Funk Box" album by Claudio "Moz-art" Rispoli and Kekko Farias. Italian import. (IRMA)
"The Mood is Modal"
SC 324-1 12" $9.60
Four tracks by London's hottest Hammond organ jazz/beat trio, with contemporary Brazilian diva Monica Vasconcelos and supervixen tones by Beat Girl. Groovy and swinging Brazilian sounds with a bossa nova mix. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Bossa Per Due Remix"
SC 326-1 12" $9.60
The first in a series of remixes from Conte's "Jet Sounds" album, this has THIEVERY CORPORATION taking a crack at "Bossa Per Due," while KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE from Japan does a treatment of "The In Samba." Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Bossa per Due"
SC 312-1 12" $9.60
Two easy bossa jazz tracks from this sophisticated producer: the title track plus "Mission a Bombay." Italian import. (SCHEMA)
SC 325-1 12" $9.60
The title track digs deep into the late '60s Brazilian sound, with dreamy female vocals and soft samba percussion, with "Jazz pour Dandin" working out with a big band, sax-enhanced nu-jazz theme. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"La Coda del Diavolo"
SC 334-1 12" $9.60
More great bossa jazz with this entry in the CONTE remix series, this has "La Coda del Diavolo" remixed by KARMINSKY, plus "Missione a Bombay" remixed by URSULA 1000. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
NICOLA CONTE & GIANLUCA PETRELLA
SC 336-1 12" $9.60
Two tracks of nu-jazz from producer/turntablist CONTE and trombonist PETRELLA. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"La Boca del Rio"
SC 337-1 12" $9.60
Two tracks of bossa influenced groovy jazz; rolling bass lines, electric piano and female vocals. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Stille Take im Klischee"
ELG 09-1 12" $8.70
Virtual soundscapes, artificial grooves and natural guitar celebrate the mass for the electronic chansons. Acoustic cinema noir and moody temptation ala DVORAK, JOHN BARRY, KRAFTWERK and PORTISHEAD. German import. (ELEGANZ)
SC 320-2 CD $13.00
A tribute to BASSO VALDAMBRINI produced by NICOLA CONTE and performed by a sextet of young but mature musicians who debut here as a group. 11 tracks, Italian import. (SCHEMA)
MI 2021-2 CD $13.00
A downbeat-ambient project by Australian producer and instrumentalist Hugo Race and Sicilian singer Marta Collica, with a guest appearance by Robin Casinader. Italian import. (MILANO 2000)
SC 322-1 2xLP $15.65
SC 322-2 CD $13.00
Brazilian bossa nova, crazy soundtracks, nu-jazz, and Italian easy listening, including a cool version of "Aftermath of Love" from LALO SCHIFRIN's "Bullitt" score. 11 tracks, Italian import. (SCHEMA)
SC 313-1 12" $9.60
A cocktail of bossa, jazz, Italian style and experimental sounds, light and trippy. This has the album version from "En Route" plus an extended dub version. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Listening to Lalo"
SC 323-1 12" $9.60
Three great versions of two classic tracks from the wonderful score by LALO SCHIFRIN for the Steve McQueen feature "Bullitt," with great cover art. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Acid Jazz Classics, Vol. 2"
IRMA 494548-1 2xLP $15.65
Well-known tracks by SADE, JAMIROQUAI, INCOGNITO, BRAND NEW HEAVIES, QUEEN LATIFAH, SWING OUT SISTER, CARLEEN ANDERSON, THE CHIMES, JHELISA, and URBAN SPECIES. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Acid Jazz Classics, Vol. 4"
IRMA 504377-1 2LP $15.60
IRMA 504377-2 CD $13.00
This 4th chapter is a tasty set that features a number of great acid jazz tracks. A sort of nice trip down jazzy clubby memory lane, with early groovers by THE JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET, JAMIROQUAI, WORKING WEEK, THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES, INCOGNITO, SPEARHEAD, EARTH WIND & FIRE, RONNY JORDAN and more. 13 tracks total, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Acid Jazz Classics"
IRMA 489266-1 2xLP $15.65
Well-known cuts by ISAAC HAYES, BRAND NEW HEAVIES, SADE, THE BLACKBYRDS, JAMIROQUAI, GALLIANO, WORKING WEEK, YOUNG DISCIPLES, GROOVE COLLECTIVE, SIDE EFFECT, and BOSSA NOSTRA, mastered nice'n'hot for DJs onto a double LP. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Break n' Bossa: Chapter 4"
SC 328-1 2xLP $14.90
The fourth volume of this series where Brazilian bossa nova collides head-on with modern dancefloor, breakbeat and hip hop. Contributions from SOULSTANCE, JAZZANOVA, S-TONE INC., NU SPIRIT HELSINKI (with members of THE HYPNOMEN), METROPHONICS, GERARDO FRISINA, FLYTRONIX, STREETLIFE ORIGINALS, MONTEFIORI COCKTAIL, MARCOS VALLE, GRUPO BATUQUE and more. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
"Easy Tempo Experience 3"
MET 901-1 3xLP $21.00
MET 901-2 CD $13.00
DJs and producers remix classic Italian sleazy listening tracks. This time, it's DJ VADIM, Raphael Sebbag of UNITED FUTURE ORGANIZATION, GAK SATO, CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, CAPTAIN FUNK, CLAUDIO COCCOLUTO, OPEN TRANSPORT, IZUSU ITSUMI, ASTRONAUGHTY and more. Italian import. (RIGHT TEMPO)
"Easy Tempo Experience 2"
MET 801-1 2xLP $15.65
MET 801-2 CD $13.00
Remixes by KID LOCO, BEANFIELD, RAPHAEL SEBBAG, RAW DEAL, GAK SATO, HIBIKI, FRED BNX and more, of vintage tracks by MIGLIARDI, PISANO, PICCIONI, LESIMAN, UMILIANI and TROVAJOLI. Cool artwork, with the vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. (RIGHT TEMPO)
IRMA 488845-1 2xLP $15.65
Give that old mirror ball a spin, folks, 'cause here's some late-'70s funk and disco including the hit "I Believe in Miracles" by THE JACKSON SISTERS, plus cuts by SYLVESTER, PATTY LABELLE, TWO TONS O' FUN, CHERYL LYNN, TONY SILVESTER and more. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Groovy vol. 2"
IRMA 486717-1 2xLP $15.65
More rare jazzy club tracks with jazz, soul, Brazilian and latin numbers by STANLEY TURRENTINE, CAL TJADER & CHARLIE BYRD, ASTRUD GILBERTO, BILLY PAUL, RAY BARRETO, JON LUCIEN, MARCOS VALLE, LUIZ CARLOS VINHAS and more. Italian import. (IRMA)
"Groovy vol. 3"
IRMA 491203-1 2xLP $15.65
More rare jazz, funk, Brazilian and latin cuts with CARLA BLEY, CAL TJADER, BEN SIDRIAN, LUIS ENRIQUEZ, BILLY PAUL, EMERGENCY, STONE, ANN WINLEY, ESTER PHILLIPS and more. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Groovy vol. 4"
IRMA 494679-1 2xLP $15.65
Rare jazzy club tracks by ESTHER PHILLIPS, EDDIE KENDRICKS, ODISSEY, THELMA JONES, DON ELLIS, CAMILLE YARBROUGH, DEODATO and more. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Groovy: A Collection of Rare Jazzy Club Tracks"
IRMA 484128-1 2xLP $15.65
14 tracks of jazz, soul and other groovy stuff by DEODATO, MIKE BLOOMFIELD and AL KOOPER, MILT JACKSON, NANCY MAES, WEBSTER LEWIS, ASHA PULTHI and more. Italian import. (IRMA)
"Il Mondo Dei Giovani, Vol. 2"
STN 1011-1 2xLP $14.90
STN 1011-2 CD $13.00
A collection of tracks from the Italian and UK music archives, including "Free Fall" by Ray Davies, "Crab Apple Jam" by David Snell and "Stoned" by Pete Van Meren, and also including Brazilian tracks like "Oh Alfredo" by Jula de Palma and an Italian version of "Mas Que Nada" by Nicola di Bari as well as the jazz track "Colorombo" (Max Rocci), "Bloom" (Gianni Basso) and one track never-before-issued by Quintetto RTV. Italian import. (STUDIO UNO)
"Jungle Jazz vol. 2"
IRMA 487132-1 2xLP $15.65
Wide experimentation, black rhythms and electronic sounds from LETFIELD, ST. GERMAIN, SHAMEN, ALEX REECE, M-BEAT (with JAMIROQUAI), INGRID SCHROEDER, DUST, SKIN 4, NOOKIE, RECYCLE, NAMASTE', CLAN GRECO and JUSTICE, mastered nice'n'hot for DJs onto a double LP. Italian import. (IRMA)
"Jungle Jazz vol. 3"
IRMA 491202-1 2xLP $15.65
More jazzy jungle cuts from PHOTEK, DUB ALCHEMIST, ADAM F, D-NOTE, SLOK, and more. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
IRMA 484242-1 2xLP $15.65
14 jazzy jungle tracks by RONI SIZE, PHOTEK, ALEX REECE, JOHNNY L, BALLISTIC BROS, and more. Italian import. (IRMA)
"La Douce Party"
IRMA 503085-1 2xLP $15.60
IRMA 503085-2 CD $13.00
A 5th anniversary Irma collection of diverse lounge-cocktail-dance tracks including NICOLA CONTE, MONTEFIORI COCKTAIL, CHALLENGER, FREETEMPO, LEMON, EASY ACCESS ORCHESTRA, DOING TIME, LES BLAST, SAM PAGLIA, CIABATTA & PALETTA, and more. Bossa meets ye-ye meets lounge meets hip hop meets jazz meets rockabilly meets... Italian import. (IRMA)
"Latin Attitude: Club Horizons, Vol. 1"
TSPH 0500-2 CD $13.00
The 1st in a new compilation series called "Club Horizons," dedicated to music with a strong background of "live" sounds, aimed at both the dancing crowd and at-home listeners. Compiled by DJ Lele Sacchi, this has tracks full of South American (mostly Brazilian) percussion, melody and atmosphere, from the neo-Latin jazz of Truby Trio (headed by Rainer Truby, master of the genre) to the batucada-house of New York's Body & Soul resident DJ Joe Claussel, to the bossa sounds of Da Lata's "Rio Vida." A manifesto of a genre that is giving its juiciest, warmest and most sensual fruits to modern club music. Italian import. (RIGHT TEMPO)
"Le Nouveau du Jazz"
IRMA 502437-1 2xLP $15.60
IRMA 502437-2 CD $13.00
Futuristic jazz done downtempo style from the likes of MARVIN GAYE, TANZMUSIK, CYBORPHONIA (Hefner remix), SOUL DRUMMERS (Ian O'Brien remix), DOMU, MOCKY, SEIJI, SPACE CLIQUE (Voicov remix), ROY AYERS, JAYMZ NYLON, (Recloose remix), and G.K. DEEP. Italian import. (IRMA)
"Living in the Ice Age, Vol. 2"
MI 2018-2 CD $13.00
Downbeat, jazz and psychedelic sounds on previously unreleased and/or alternative tracks by DJ VADIM, THE HIGH LLAMAS (JIM O'ROURKE remix), THE CLIFFORD GILBERTO RHYTHM COMBINATION, THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, ANIMALS ON WHEELS, VINCENT DALSCHAERT, THE DINING ROOMS, LAGASH, SPIRAL MAN and more. 12 tracks, with special packaging including 40 original stamps of young artists. Italian import. (MILANO 2000)
"Orient Express, Volume One"
MI 2022-2 CD $13.00
12 tracks of ethno chill-out from TALVIN SINGH, TOSCA, PARVIZ R. PANAH, JESSE COOK, ATMAN, BADMARSCH, GOTAN PROJECT, OLIVER SHANTI and more. Deluxe package, Italian import. (MILANO 2000)
"Sofistifunk, Vol. 2"
IRMA 504379-1 2xLP $15.60
IRMA 504379-2 CD $13.00
A bunch of vintage grooves for the future, including rare tracks by LONNIE LISTON SMITH, THE CANNONBALL ADDERLY QUINTET, CHICK COREA, JOE ZAWINUL, MAYNARD FERGUSON, GEORGE DUKE, FLORA PURIM, RALPH TOWNER and more. 13 tracks total, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Sonorissima, Vol. 1"
BCR 0103-1 2xLP $15.60
BCR 0103-2 CD $13.00
Groovy shakers to get you dancing, featuring Alessandro Alessandroni, whose sexy sitar bits are helped along by English hipsters The Pawnshop; from the catalog of "Edizioni Club" come two dynamite soul-beat crowd pleasers; Ivan Basilio e i Sergowa illustrate the instrumental guitar groove of the late '60s, and Joy Unlimited, the well known German progressive band, offer up four selections from the LP "Instrumental Impressions." 16 tracks of happenin' Hammond groove, guitar beat and Fender Rhodes. Italian import. (BLACK CAT)
"Soul Classics Vol.2"
IRMA 505202-2 CD $13.00
The 2nd volume of modern soul and dancefloor cuts from the '80s and '90s, with a few ringers thrown in from the '70s to point the way to the groove. The pace ranges from mellow to midtempo with some excellent vocal work, and features JOSE FELICIANO, GEORGE BENSON, LISA STANFIELD/BARRY WHITE, SARAH JANE MORRIS, MICHAEL ALLEN, OMAR, THE BLOW MONKEYS, BEATS INTERNATIONAL and more. Italian import. (IRMA)
IRMA 489267-1 2xLP $15.65
Yes, indeed. Tracks by ISAAC HAYES, QUINCY JONES, BOZ SCAGGS, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, MARTINE GIRAULT, SOUL II SOUL, DENEICE WILLIAMS, SIDE EFFECT and more. Gatefold sleeve, Italian import. (IRMA)
"Speech of Sound"
MI 2020-2 CD $13.00
13 tracks of deep house, downbeat, dance and electronica from NOVA NOVA, INLAND KNIGHTS, BUSCEMI, DEAD BEATS, DZHIAN & KAMIEN, MUKI, BLACK SCIENCE ORCHESTRA, PESHAY, SOULSTANCE, SILVER, and more. Italian import. (MILANO 2000)
IRMA 484064-1 2xLP $15.65
Wild collection of abstract jazz and trip-hop, electronica and modern dance cuts such as "Tides" by A MIGHTY FOREST BLACK and "In the '90s" by PHOTEK. Italian import. (IRMA)
"The Fez File"
SC 319-1 2xLP $15.65
SC 319-2 CD $13.00
The cream of the new "fez" style of lounge/jazz/dance tracks, with KARMINSKY's "Hip Sheik, NICLOA CONTE's "Arabesque," and tracks from LES GAMMAS, THIEVERY CORP., LISA CARBON TRIO, URSULA 1000, DAUERFISH, CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, STEREO ACTION UNLIMITED, LES HOMMES and more, from future lounge classics to spy jazz moods to psychedelic bossa. Italian import. (SCHEMA)
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