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album cover MANILLA ROAD Voyager (My Graveyard Productions) cd 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
For their umpteenth release (and fourth since their 2001 comeback) this from-the-'80s true metal cult lead by Mark "The Shark" Shelton has decided to do an album about Vikings. At first we were like, huh, hasn't that been done before... and, like, by bands from Sweden? But leave it to Manilla Road to inject something weird into the proceedings to keep it interesting. Who else would make a Viking concept album partially set in Mexico??
Voyager tells the tale of a group of hardcore Vikings who, upon returning to their northern homeland from one of their usual business trips involving rapine and plunder, find that the local king has converted to Christianity. Disgusted, they flee to Iceland, only to find the place also crawling with Christians. What's a proper Odin-fearing Viking to do? Off they go to Greenland. Sadly, it too proves to be filthy with Christianity, so they are forced to set sail points further west, and south. Along the way, the narrative includes a gratuitous torture scene, pretty much just as an excuse for the band to do a song called "Blood Eagle"... Eventually these Viking voyagers wind up in Mexico, where the native Toltecs hail the Viking captain as the human incarnation of their Serpent-God. And more bloodshed ensues. But at least there's no Christians about.
You can imagine how this story would provide some darn good metal fodder, violent and aggressive. And indeed it does, but given the unique Manilla Road treatment, it's also psychedelically atmospheric, epically doomy, and very heavy within Manilla Road's untraditional take on traditional metal. Mainman Shelton, to the delight of Manilla Road fans everywhere (Germany, Greece and Italy, mainly, and maybe now Scandinavia and Mexico!), gives it his all, whether it be via wild extended guitar soloing or his eccentric vocal crooning (with some instances of more extreme, death metal like guttural rasping). Acoustic guitars, synthesizers, and a cathedral organ are also woven into the mix. There's melodic mellow lamentations here, full of serious, sheer emotion (which will make you forget the cheeky way we described the story above), along with thrashier fare featuring raw choppy riffs and drum beats, like waves rocking a Viking longboat.
In the end the surviving Vikings sail onward, keeping it true, much like this band... whom by now must be assured of their own place in Valhalla.
MPEG Stream: "Frost And Fire"
MPEG Stream: "Return Of The Serpent King"

album cover MANINKARI Art Des Poussieres (Conspiracy) lp 19.98


album cover MANINKARI Le Diable Avec Ses Chevaux (Conspiracy) 2cd 22.00
Just a few months ago this French post/chamber/drone rock (rock? no, not rock...) duo successfully piqued our interest with their two song debut ep, rounded out by Justin Broadrick (Jesu) and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) remixes. Now they've followed it up with a sprawling double cd (11 tracks, 110 minutes)... when they said a "full-length" was upcoming, they meant it! And it's magnificent. Maninkari's music, made with viola, piano, drums, cymbalom, santour, synth, and samples, is exceedingly textural, almost classically eerie. Like Thuja scoring a thriller or horror film soundtrack, perhaps. There's droning and groaning strings, mumbled, whispered voices, the rattle of bells and percussion, rumbling electronics, a drifting wash of sound usually underpinned with repeating, precise piano parts, compelling rhythmic figures, or some other driving sonic element emerging from the moody murk. Each track is carefully composed and undoubtedly effective, simmering along with slowly unfolding suspense, showing quiet restraint, allowing the minor key melancholic melodies and repetitive motifs to go to work on your nervous system! Hypnotically lovely yet ever so creepy, a bit like The Necks gone goth... ambient "dronejazz" soundscapery, abstract industrial chamber music, whatever you want to call it, we like it!
MPEG Stream: "Vol De Nuit"
MPEG Stream: "Crossing The Echo"
MPEG Stream: "Ota"

album cover MANINKARI Psychoide / Participation Mystic (Conspiracy) cd 10.98
Mysterious, quaking, hissing, clattering instrumental post-rock soundscapery, a murky improv, weird and warm, full of shimmering strings slightly dissonant, like something processed from the sounds of a symphony tuning up, building to bombastic dense, droning nirvana. Very cool... What is this? Well, we're always interested in what Belgium's Conspiracy label decides to release (just look 'em up on our website and you'll find a slew of AQ faves, from a bunch of Boris to the recent Sunburned Circle album). Never heard of Paris' Maninkari before, but this debut release of theirs being on Conspiracy gets our attention -- as does the fact that Jesu's Justin Broadrick contributes a remix (as does Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner). That's right, as the title suggests, this disc is just two songs, plus two remixes... it's 42 minutes total, though, so if it's not a full-length album, it's not exactly just an ep either.
Maninkari construct a gorgeous soft cacophony of epic post-rock drift and minimal jazzy shuffle on 8:21 opener "Pyschoide". Dense drumming, frenzied strings, wound into tense soundscapes of slow burning shimmer. Godspeed plays the Dirty Three, or maybe Angus Maclise jamming with Chris Corsano, dark and druggy, some sort of glorious mantra-like minimalist dronejazz, with a super cinematic Phillip Glass like coda... That's followed by "Participation Mystic", a 16 minute track of lilting pizzicato strings, underpinned by deep soft swells of shimmering warmth and distant bits of industrial clatter, a slow burning ambient drift that is eventually joined by a simple motorik rhythm, transforming the pulsing ambience into something jazzy and minimal, propulsive and hypnotic, channeling the spirit of Finnish hypnorockers Circle and minimal dronejazz combo the Necks... and again near the end, everything enveloped by intense swarms of frenetic strings...
The two remixes are different enough from the originals to be quite worthwhile, and stand by themselves, not surprisingly being more "electronic music" sounding, and in the case of Broadrick's remix, more "extreme"!
Limited to 1000 copies. Full-length to follow soon...
MPEG Stream: "Psychoide"
MPEG Stream: "Participation Mystic Remix"

MANISHEVITZ Grammar Bell And The All Fall Down (Jagjaguwar) cd 13.98
Lush & beautiful, wry & too clever, stumbling pop songs from an ex-member of the Curious Digit. Great!

album cover MANITATSU Reason For Travel (Rhythm Tracks) cd 15.98
Yoshida from Ruins and Mani from Guru Guru!

album cover MANITOBA Up In Flames (Domino / Leaf) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The dreamy pop-tronica second album from this unassuming artist who was formerly known as Manitoba, and is now Caribou! FYI: His early releases such as this one have been reissued with tons of extras. You can find 'em under 'Caribou'!

album cover MANLEY, PHIL Life Coach (Thrill Jockey) cd 15.98
While most aQ customers probably know the name Phil Manley by now, the ones who don't still have probably heard one of the bands he's played in: Trans Am, The Fucking Champs, Jonas Reinhardt, Oneida, or maybe one of the bands he's recorded: The Alps, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, Mi Ami, Arp, Saviours. And while like us, you might have been thinking a solo record from Manley would sound like either the Champs or Trans Am, or something right in between, Manley instead looked back to a certain German music of the seventies, music that most definitely informed Trans Am, and continues to influence Manley and his music, stuff like Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, Harmonia, and while around aQ, modern folks trying their hand at krautrock is nothing revolutionary, Manley proves his krautrock mettle with a suite of songs that manage to fuse the classic sounds of old with something slightly more modern. The opener is all pulsing synths and spidery Rother like guitar melodies, and a warm swelling melodic refrain, the Kraftwerk vibe is huge, while the follow up "Commercial Potential" takes what sounds like the main melody from Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and stretches it out into something much more haunting and meditative, lacing it with piano, softly swirling new agey synths. Dark and brooding and quite lovely.
"Lawrence KS" is post rock gone krautrock, with a guitar part that sounds a bit Slinty, draped over a stuttering minimal rhythmic pulse, which leads into "Forest Opening Theme", a lush bit of hazy, softly psychedelic krautdrone drift, like some lost Popol Vuh soundtrack.
"Work It Out" is all buzzing synths and lush layered spaciness, while "Make Good Choices" is some super spare steel string Appalachia, subtly droney building to a softly chaotic finish. "Gay Bathers" is a brief bit of (seemingly) tongue in cheek new age-y shimmer, all swoonsome synths, and "doot doot doo" falsetto vox, sounding more like a lost backing track for the High Llamas.
But it's "Night Visions" that feels like the album's centerpiece" a 9+ minute Tangerine Dreamy sprawl of arpeggiated melodies, soft synth swells, swirling moody minimal melodies, all drifty and hypnotic and minimal and abstract and so utterly mesmerizing, one of those tracks that definitely could have kept right on going.
And finally, the title track, which returns to the pulsing synth and motorik rhythms of the record opener.
So good. And don't let the silly album cover and goofy song and album titles fool you, Manley and friends just have a dorky sense of humor (see: The Fucking Champs, Trans Am, etc.), and Life Coach is a serious, and seriously kick ass slab of modern minimal krautrock. Dig it!
MPEG Stream: "FT2 Theme"
MPEG Stream: "Commercial Potential"
MPEG Stream: "Lawrence, KS"
MPEG Stream: "Night Visions"

album cover MANLEY, PHIL Life Coach (Thrill Jockey) lp 16.98
While most aQ customers probably know the name Phil Manley by now, the ones who don't still have probably heard one of the bands he's played in: Trans Am, The Fucking Champs, Jonas Reinhardt, Oneida, or maybe one of the bands he's recorded: The Alps, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, Mi Ami, Arp, Saviours. And while like us, you might have been thinking a solo record from Manley would sound like either the Champs or Trans Am, or something right in between, Manley instead looked back to a certain German music of the seventies, music that most definitely informed Trans Am, and continues to influence Manley and his music, stuff like Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, Harmonia, and while around aQ, modern folks trying their hand at krautrock is nothing revolutionary, Manley proves his krautrock mettle with a suite of songs that manage to fuse the classic sounds of old with something slightly more modern. The opener is all pulsing synths and spidery Rother like guitar melodies, and a warm swelling melodic refrain, the Kraftwerk vibe is huge, while the follow up "Commercial Potential" takes what sounds like the main melody from Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and stretches it out into something much more haunting and meditative, lacing it with piano, softly swirling new agey synths. Dark and brooding and quite lovely.
"Lawrence KS" is post rock gone krautrock, with a guitar part that sounds a bit Slinty, draped over a stuttering minimal rhythmic pulse, which leads into "Forest Opening Theme", a lush bit of hazy, softly psychedelic krautdrone drift, like some lost Popol Vuh soundtrack.
"Work It Out" is all buzzing synths and lush layered spaciness, while "Make Good Choices" is some super spare steel string Appalachia, subtly droney building to a softly chaotic finish. "Gay Bathers" is a brief bit of (seemingly) tongue in cheek new age-y shimmer, all swoonsome synths, and "doot doot doo" falsetto vox, sounding more like a lost backing track for the High Llamas.
But it's "Night Visions" that feels like the album's centerpiece" a 9+ minute Tangerine Dreamy sprawl of arpeggiated melodies, soft synth swells, swirling moody minimal melodies, all drifty and hypnotic and minimal and abstract and so utterly mesmerizing, one of those tracks that definitely could have kept right on going.
And finally, the title track, which returns to the pulsing synth and motorik rhythms of the record opener.
So good. And don't let the silly album cover and goofy song and album titles fool you, Manley and friends just have a dorky sense of humor (see: The Fucking Champs, Trans Am, etc.), and Life Coach is a serious, and seriously kick ass slab of modern minimal krautrock. Dig it!
MPEG Stream: "FT2 Theme"
MPEG Stream: "Commercial Potential"
MPEG Stream: "Lawrence, KS"
MPEG Stream: "Night Visions"

MANN, AIMEE Bachelor #2, or, the last remains of the dodo (SuperEgo) cd 15.98
Forget all your preconceived notions about Aimee Mann's middle-of-the-road Lilith Fair brand of singer slash songwriter. Yeah, okay, that's what she is, but like Elvis Costello in his prime, she elevates the genre head and shoulders above her peers. This album is so hook-filled and so lovely and Mann's voice is so exceptionally entrancing that even this listener's jaded ears are enamored. Highly recommended! (All the songs, including one co-written with Elvis Costello, are new, with only one repeated from the "Magnolia" soundtrack.)

album cover MANN, AIMEE Lost In Space (SuperEgo) cd 17.98
The highly anticipated follow-up to Ms Mann's marvelous Bachelor #2 album has arrived. Now, first things first, the title: Lost In Space? Surely she's not referring to herself 'cause on this album, she's sounding more grounded and self-assured than ever. The intimacy, emotion, and integrity she conveys through each song reminded me a lot of Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits. While their music is nothing alike, each artist straddles that fence between the mainstream and for lack of a better word the 'indie'. They've each retained their own sound and unique voice within the 'industry', although unlike Williams, Mann's music hasn't been overly glossified in production. Her wonderful, distinct voice is in top form, and the songwriting's super-solid with some immediately hummable melodies, full warm instrumentation and nerve-touching lyrics. Features a comic book insert illustrated by Seth.
RealAudio clip: "Pavlov's Bell"
RealAudio clip: "Humpty Dumpty"
RealAudio clip: "Lost In Space"

album cover MANN, AIMEE Lost In Space Special Edition (Super Ego) 2cd + book 19.98
Re-released as a double cd set encased in a deluxe hardcover edition resembling an old style children's board-cover book. The comic book by the artist known as Seth which came as an insert in the original pressing has been integrated into the package. It bookends the alternating pages of lyrics and full page Seth illustrations. The second 'bonus' disc contains a bunch of quality Aimee stuff: live recordings, previously unreleased songs (including "Observatory" cowritten by Glenn Tilbrook) and a video for "Pavlov's Bell" to boot!
Here's what we said last year about the album on its own:
The highly anticipated follow-up to Ms Mann's marvelous Bachelor #2 album has arrived. Now, first things first, the title: Lost In Space? Surely she's not referring to herself 'cause on this album, she's sounding more grounded and self-assured than ever. The intimacy, emotion, and integrity she conveys through each song reminded me a lot of Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits. While their music is nothing alike, each artist straddles that fence between the mainstream and for lack of a better word the 'indie'. They've each retained their own sound and unique voice within the 'industry', although unlike Williams, Mann's music hasn't been overly glossified in production. Her wonderful, distinct voice is in top form, and the songwriting's super-solid with some immediately hummable melodies, full warm instrumentation and nerve-touching lyrics.
MPEG Stream: "Observatory"
MPEG Stream: "The Scientist (live)"

album cover MANN, AIMEE One More Drifter In The Snow (Super Ego) cd 15.98
Ms Aimee bestows her warm holiday wishes a little earlier than the rest of the crowd with this, her Christmas album! In her unmistakable dulcet voice, she sweetly sings eight traditional numbers such as "I'll Be Home For Christmas", White Christmas", "Winter Wonderland", "The Christmas Song" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", but also adds one of her own titled "Calling On Mary" as well as "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch"!
MPEG Stream: "Calling On Mary"
MPEG Stream: "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch"

album cover MANN, AIMEE The Forgotten Arm (SuperEgo Records) cd 16.98
Mann fanns (tee hee, sorry!), here's another gem to add to your garland of Aimee. Never anything fancy nor flashy, but what she does, she does exceptionally well. Adored by critics and fans alike, she just quietly goes about her business of making wonderful, heartrending albums. She's such a fine storyteller with an unmistakable calm (and calming) voice, few can articulates the empty ache of loss and neglect with the eloquence that she does. The only criticisms that really arise with regard to her work is that there can be a sameyness to it all. While some might call it 'predictable', just as many others surely call it 'reliable'. Her latest album certainly takes not drastic detours, but it's different in that its lyrics are linked thematically. The twelve songs follow a bleak narrative string about the fictional life a substance addicted boxer. Perhaps one of her most heady and heavy works to date -- somehow both dark and luminous at the same time. She makes listening to tales of absolutely heartbreaking hopelessness an enjoyable experience. How does she do it?? Produced by Joe Henry.
MPEG Stream: "Going Through The Motions"
MPEG Stream: "I Can't Help You Anymore"

MANN, C.K. & HIS CAROUSEL 7 Funky Highlife (Mr. Bongo) lp 29.00

album cover MANN, JAKE Daytime Ghost (Crossbill Records) cd 10.98
Here's the debut solo album by singer/songwriter Jake Mann formerly of Bay Area band The Zim-Zims (you might recall he stepped out on his own for the cdr release Solo Electric EP). If you dig indie rock'n'pop, this gent's your ears' new best buddy! The super fuzzed out guitar lines on songs like "Satellite In Bloomington" could easily be mistaken for something comin' from Sam Coombes and Quasi. Mann keeps his pop tunes' buoyancy weighted down by minor chords and charming hushed vocals. Later in the album, "Mudflat" perks things up a bit, offering sounds akin to the bright, slightly tweaked pop of Olivia Tremor Control. Nicely varied, low-key popcraft.
MPEG Stream: "Satellite In Bloomington"
MPEG Stream: "Mudflat"

MANN, JAKE Daytime Ghost: Out-takes & Remixes (Crossbill) cd ep 5.98

album cover MANN, JAKE Solo Electric EP (self-released) cd-r 5.98
Jake Mann is a member of Bay Area indie rock band Zim-Zims, but occasionally he's been known to step out on his own to do a little solo action... just him and his trusty electric guitar. His mellow croon is pretty darn reminiscent of Pat Fish from the late 80s/early 90s awesome Brits The Jazz Butcher. This six-song cd-r gives the shut-ins and out-of-towners a chance to hear him all by his lonesome, and preps our ears for his forthcoming full length later this summer. To end your listening experience on an up-note, we might recommend you press 'stop' after the fifth song 'cause right after that Mann does what we wish no one would do... he covers "I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz.
MPEG Stream: "Sleeping In The Dawn"
MPEG Stream: "Go Where You Are"

album cover MANN, JAKE & THE UPPER HAND Paralel South (Crossbill) cd 7.98

album cover MANN, JAKE & THE UPPER HAND Paralel South (Crossbill) cd 7.98

album cover MANN, JAKE & THE UPPER HAND Paralel South (Crossbill) lp 9.98

album cover MANN, JAKE & THE UPPER HAND Paralel South (Crossbill) lp 9.98

MANNING, BARBARA 1212 (Matador) cd 12.98
Another winner from Babs, this time accompanied by John Covertino and Joey Burns of Giant Sand and Calexico. The first four tracks comprise a sublime song-suite wherein she plays with homonyms "arson" and "our son," to stunning effect. Covers include songs by Richard Thompson, Bevis Frond, and the Deviants. The last song is an extended, fun Neu! ripoff. Highly recommended!

MANNING, BARBARA 1212 (Matador) lp 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another winner from Babs, this time accompanied by John Convertino and Joey Burns of Giant Sand and Calexico. The first four tracks comprise a sublime song-suite wherein she plays with homonyms "arson" and "our son," to stunning effect. Covers include songs by Richard Thompson, Bevis Frond, and the Deviants. The last song is an extended, fun Neu! ripoff. Highly recommended!

MANNING, BARBARA In New Zealand (Communion) cd 12.98
While touring with cohorts John Convertino and Joey Burns (both of Calexico), Barbara Manning spent some time recording with New Zealand luminaries, David Kilgour of the Clean, David Mitchell and Denise Roughan of the 3D's, Chris Knox, Graeme Roughan of the Verlaines, and the Renderers. The resulting album is a brooding yet gentle collection of tales of fatalistic love.

MANNING, BARBARA In New Zealand (Communion) lp 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
While touring with cohorts John Convertino and Joey Burns (both of Calexico), Barbara Manning spent some time recording with New Zealand luminaries, David Kilgour of the Clean, David Mitchell and Denise Roughan of the 3D's, Chris Knox, Graeme Roughan of the Verlaines, and the Renderers. The resulting album is a brooding yet gentle collection of tales of fatalistic love.

album cover MANNING, BARBARA Super Scissors (Rainfall Records) 3cd 23.00
Lately I Keep Scissors... One Perfect Green Blanket... do these phrases conjure warm fuzzies in your pop luvvin' heart? They do? Then you know that they're the titles of two early albums by the lovely one-time Bay Area songstress Barbara Manning. The former was her debut album originally released in 1988 and the latter was a collection of compilation and flexidisc tracks which came out in 1991 (both on the Heyday indie record label). And you might also like to know that today's a happy day 'cause they've been remastered and reissued along with a third cd of previously unreleased material.
They simply don't make indie pop like this any more. Unassuming, sweet and smart poignant songs in league with those of singer/songwriters Grant McLennan, David Kilgour, Lois Maffeo, and Lida Husik.
The three discs are packaged together in a box with a booklet filled with snapshots, reviews and personal accounts from a bunch of her friends. Snuggle up.
MPEG Stream: "Talk All Night"
MPEG Stream: "Sympathy Wreath"

MANNING, BARBARA Under One Roof Singles and Oddities (Innerstate) cd 14.98
Collection of 4-track demos, compilation contributions, 7"s and otherwise rare tracks dating back to 1986 and extending up to 2000.

album cover MANNING, BARBARA & THE GO-LUCKYS You Should Know By Now (Innerstate) cd 14.98
The prolific pop mistress Barbara Manning is back for another go-round with the Go-Luckys. Ten tunes of jangling guitars, her ever-young and sprightly voice and a ghostly flight here and there of musical saw. All the low-key prettiness we've come to expect from Ms Manning but with a bit more bounce this time out. Very much along the lines of fellow wonderful singer/songwriters Lida Husik, Rose Melberg, and Lois.

MANNING, BARBARA & THE GO-LUCKYS! Homeless is Where the Heart is (Naive) cdep 14.98
Ms. Manning may have left the Bay Area and now sings songs about homelessness, but her heart is still in the right place and she's still writing lovely, emotional songs with her new (Italian?) bandmates. Nice import ep (six songs) in slipcase with foldout artwork.

MANNING, MARC A Skeleton, Soon And Then Forever (Dragon's Eye Recordings) cd-r 7.98

album cover MANNING, MARC Ambience 1 (Box Bedroom Rebels) 7"+ cd 9.98
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Released as a part of a 7" series of modern ambient artists inspired by Brian Eno's groundbreaking Ambient series, local San Francisco painter and sound artist Marc Manning (formerly of Tied To The Branches) delivers this epic slice of cosmic gloom. Four hazy planetary lullabies of soft-edged electronics and guitarwork, cut by distant floating vocals and a wayward descending trajectory. In addition to the 7" there is a cd of one long 70 minute track called "October", which sounds like the doomed travels of a silent running spaceship far from home. Beautifully packaged with a 33rpm hand stamped 4 track 7", a 70 minute cd, artist portrait, double sided insert, 'ambience letter' insert, and a download code. Limited to 150 copies!
MPEG Stream: "Orion"
MPEG Stream: "Saturn"
MPEG Stream: "October (bonus cd)"

album cover MANNING, MARC Cracks In Eyes (self-released) cd-r 6.98
Last year we got turned on to the music of Marc Manning, and we instantly fell in love with his wonderful work. He's got quite the touch for creating dark, haunting and mesmerizing tracks both on his own and with his band Tied To Branches. His newest solo outing might be his moodiest release yet, slow and creeping songs with buried vocals, and a dark tinged shoegaze vibe that we love so much. Imagine tracks by Spiritualized and Felt slowed way down and doused in heavy sonic molasses and an extra narcotic haze. We also think folks who dig records by Rameses III, Jon Poras, Windy & Carl, Scott Tuma, and Grouper should check this out right away. This is one of those awesome records that makes just as much sense to listen to first thing in the morning or in the depths of a bleak, sleepless night.
Slowcore might have disappeared, but damn, Manning is doing an amazing job of bringing it back. But this is no rehash as he brings synths, rustic guitar, drone and dream pop all together in a seamless mix, making for an album that's going to be near our side all winter long. Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Cracks"
MPEG Stream: "All Manner Of Evil"
MPEG Stream: "Dream Song 3"

album cover MANNING, MARC Here's A Breaking Sound (self-released) cd-r 9.98
Totally moving, ominous and breathtaking sounds from this San Francisco artist who uses his voice, guitars, delay, and feedback to create wonderfully mysterious, haunting and beautiful music. Imagine a stripped down version of Earth joining forces with a Grouper, all dazed and dreamy and stately, and you start to get an idea of the soundworld Manning is exploring here. And it's not just a simple take on any one genre, not straight drone, or noise, or pop, or post-rock or goth, or doom, yet it combines elements of all of those to create something unlike most of the sounds being created by the new wave of underground bedroom lo-fi music makers.
Here's A Breaking Sound also has this awesome vibe and atmosphere that sounds a little like some of our favorite Swans records playing at a WAY slower speed or perhaps bands like Low and Codeine swathed in gobs of fuzz and distortion. We also can't help but hear bits of Hala Strana, Christina Carter's Bastard Wing project, and Tom Carter music stripped down bare bones, fused with elements or a much more primitive Loren Mazzacane Conners. There is this sprawling loner country vibe that runs through the record in such an amazing way. Like Flying Saucer Attack wandering all alone through the desert and setting up one amp in the middle of nowhere to play these mesmerizing songs to the earth and sky and spirits.
There is also a warmth and sense of song that is so much missing in many similar minded projects. What makes Here's A Breaking Sound really stand out is that you really do feel an emotional response to the songs. They don't hit you over the head or try to impress you with their extremity, but instead they understand the power of starkness and subtlety, a potent musical mood that brings evokes such darkly rustic daydreams. Highly recommended!
Oh, and each cover is hand drawn and we're not sure how many of these he made so better to act fast on this one.
MPEG Stream: "Black Days"
MPEG Stream: "Hospital Earthquaks"
MPEG Stream: "Bones"

album cover MANNING, MARC Saturn (self-released) cassette 4.98
San Francisco-based artist and sound-scapist, Marc Manning delivers a new tape of beautiful feedback-drenched gloom rock dirges. Using what sounds like processed keyboards and guitars, the 5 pieces here range in duration from just under a minute to the side-long blackened interplanetary transmission, "Jupiter". And it covers just as much sonic terrain from weary sonambulent passages to narcoleptic synth-rock with buried vocals to galactic wails of noisy buzzing distortion. Heavy on the shoegaze vibe, but resulting in something much doomier, the pieces on this new tape also carry a quality of bleak prettiness, in that given the right volume we can be lulled to a lucid dreaming state of restless bliss through its dark majestic sojourn of sound. Limited to 50 copies, each one a red tape in a soft plastic case with a pasted unique handdrawn cover.

MANOLO Y RAMON El Duo Dinámico en Londres : El Album De 1970 (Rama Lama ) cd 24.00

album cover MANOWAR Battle Hymns (Silver Edition) (Metal Blade) cd 16.98
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This is the very first attack (circa 1982) from these ultra-campy (but great!) he-man metallers, now remastered and reissued in time for their 20th anniversary. There's many classic tracks to be found here, including theme song "Manowar", "Fast Taker", "Dark Avenger" (with Orson Welles narration!), and a solo-bass-only cover of Rossini's "William Tell Overture". The 20-page booklet's got the lyrics, photos (of naked chicks, lots of amps, and the band with Orson Welles, that sort of thing) and extensive liner notes too, giving the whole early history of the band. In the beginning Manowar (featuring ex-Dictators guitarist Ross The Boss) was heavily influenced by KISS, you'll hear that here. Essential, over the top, hyperbolic metal (other, even more crucial Manowar recommendations: "Hail To England" and "Sign Of The Hammer", hopefully both getting "Silver Edition" treatment someday too)! Hyperbolic? Let us quote the note from Manowar found on the back of the cd booklet: "Beware: It is quite possible that this CD may cause your sound system to blow up. Let it die with honor. Fuck the World, Hail And Kill."
RealAudio clip: "Manowar"

album cover MANOWAR Warriors Of The World (Metal Blade) cd 16.98
It's really hard to tell if Manowar are in on their own joke or not. These four guys have spent the last two decades trying to live out a Conan the Barbarian meets Spinal Tap fantasy, and are probably the most self-referential metal band ever -- most of their songs are essentially about metal and/or Manowar and/or their fans!. Really, they have more lyrics about themselves than your most braggadocious rap MC! In addition to their over the top metal rhetoric, they boast string-snapping piccolo bass solos, muscles, loincloths, cheesy symphonic ballads, and their very own arms-clasped overhead "sign of the hammer" symbol for fans to make at shows. None more metal, none more silly. But, they certainly know what they're doing. While they might be considered a novelty at best, has-beens at worst in their native USA, they're a big deal in Europe, South America, and elsewhere. An arena-sized big deal. And even here, they have their fans -- they've played twice in San Francisco in recent years, the last time with Immortal a few weeks back, and boy do they get a rabid response! People come out of the woodwork to raise the sign of the hammer, let me tell you. And Manowar's relative lack of success stateside doesn't stop them from doing a bizarre, if patriotic, "American Trilogy" on this release, a medley of "Dixie", "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", and a traditional prayer for the war dead. Apparently this is intended as a tribute to Elvis Presley, who performed the same Civil War themed medley at his live shows! How ridiculous is that? They MUST know it. But they do it anyway, which is what's so great about these campy metal masters. All hail Joey Demaio & Co.! And, more serious-minded metal fans will find that there's actually some awesomely punishing stuff on here (hard-charging battle hymns like "Hand Of Doom", "House Of Death" and "Fight Until We Die"), and Eric Adam's voice rules whatever you think of the absurd lyrics (which you'd better like!). They'll never let on if it's all tongue in cheek, and that's the way it should be. Otherwise how could you get the tingle of "metal patrotism" that anthems like "Warriors of the World United" somehow generate? This is their first studio album in six years, at least as good as the last one...and while I can't really think of a compelling reason for someone to buy this who doesn't already have a few other Manowar discs, I'd certainly recommend it to fans, 'cause they do it for you and have never let you down. But if you've yet to be convinced of Manowar's might, you certainly could start here and work your way back through their catalog (which will be good for a few laughs at least) or go get their 1984 masterpiece "Hail To England".
RealAudio clip: "House Of Death"
RealAudio clip: "Warriors Of The World United"

album cover MANSBESTFRIEND (SOLE) Poly.Sci.187 (Anticon) cd 14.98
Poly.Sci.187? Hmmm, instead of political science, we get the impression that the lesson Mansbestfriend (aka Sole) is teachin' on this cd is that this is what DJ Shadow's album after Endtroducing -should- have sounded like. It's a lush, but somewhat lo-fi, sample laden instrumental doom hop collage. Alternately bleary and bracing. Pretty fucking great...
MPEG Stream: "High Noon And Sobered"
MPEG Stream: "Allieverwanted"

album cover MANSET, GERARD La Mort D'Orion (World Psychedelia Ltd.) cd 17.98
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Last year one of our favorite reissues came in the form of the strong and passionate voice of Gerard Manset. A French mastermind musician who has been crafting iconoclastic and lush sounds since the late '60s. The release we first heard last year titled 1968 quickly became an AQ favorite and made us think of Manset as a French incarnation of Caetano Veloso. We went from barely knowing anything about Manset to wanting to try to find out as much as we could about him, as that release reeled us in so strongly with its elegant and charged melodies.
La Mort D'Orion was recorded a couple years after that release in 1970 and finds Manset in a much more avant setting, but with equally stunning results. Created as one multi-part suite, the record is filled with strings, the music moving from small scale moments to sweeping epics, beautiful melodies everywhere, all colored with rich instrumentation and of course there's Manset's elegant voice.
This is the perfect antidote to fluffy ye-ye pop. With La Mort D'Orion, Manset created a piece of challenging and brooding symphonic pop akin to the best work created by the likes of Robert Wyatt, Scott Walker and Franco Battiato. Accented with shots of prog, psychedelia and modern classical, Manset displays his amazing ability to pull together a wide range of elements in creating such a monumental and rewarding piece of music. Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "La mort d'Orion: 2. La mort d'Orion"
MPEG Stream: "Ils"
MPEG Stream: "La mort d'Orion: 3. OĚ l'horizon prend fin"

album cover MANSET, GERARD 1968 (Xenon) cd 11.98
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Gerard Manset is an underground French treasure, recording records since the late '60s but always avoiding the public spotlight, refusing to do interviews, appear on TV or play any of the other silly games often required to attain mainstream success. With a totally seductive voice, and lush arrangements that are as powerful as they are beautiful, this album recorded during the student riots in Paris in 1968 has become one of those discs we can't stop listening to! There is an urgency and passion in these songs rarely heard in modern music. Manset has the same kind of presence and elegance as folks like Serge Gainsbourg, Caetano Veloso, Michel Polnareff and Scott Walker. This is not ye-ye fluffy French pop. Don't get us wrong we love that stuff, but what makes Manset so damn great is how his songs are so melodic and catchy while also being so sensual and impassioned. Totally smart arrangements that will appeal to both psych and pop lovers. We recently learned that Manset has an extensive back-catalog and we can't wait to start getting our hands on as much of it as possible, but until then let's all get swept up in 1968!
MPEG Stream: "Animal On Est Mal"
MPEG Stream: "L'Arc En Ciel"

album cover MANSFIELD, JOE Beat Box Obsession (Get On Down) book+cassette 70.00
Easily the coolest release from this year's Black Friday Record Store Day, and thankfully one that didn't disappear after the day, Joe Mansfield's Beat Box is a loving homage to the drum machines that have driven so much of the music we love - and holy cow, is this total record nerd / gear geek nirvana, a huge hardcover book, featuring page after page of glossy shots of pretty much every drum machine we've ever seen, as well as TONS we had never even heard of. In addition to pix of the drum machines themselves, there are also drawings, paintings, shots of the original packaging, old ads, even schematics and instruction manuals, totally obsessive and totally amazing! The drum machines covered go all the way from the fifties to the present day, big old hulking behemoths, to tiny toy like gizmos, the machines themselves displaying some incredible industrial design, the sort of thing that won't just appeal to drum machine dorks, but also design buffs, and heck, even folks who just dig big beautiful art books. Of course most aQ-ers probably find themselves in all three camps! We got a taste of this book on this past April's Record Store Day, with the release of a sort of mini-Beat Box, that featured a couple pages from the book, as well as two exclusive flexi-discs (we still somehow have a couple of those left, just ask!), but even that didn't prepare us for how crazy cool the actual book is. And it's not just the book itself either, the book comes housed in an oversized hard box/slipcover/leatherette case, that sort of has the feel of an actual drum machine, and in fact, one side of the box is printed with the schematic for the Rhythm Composer TR-808 drum machine, while the other side features little cutouts, one that houses a 7" single, with the legendary "Paul Revere" beat, as well as a cassette tape with bonus beats. The book also features a download card with beats from the various drum machines featured in the book! Easily just about the coolest Christmas gift we can imagine this year, even if (and maybe especially if) it's just a present for yourself!

MANSFIELD, JOE Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession TR-909 ( Get On Down) book + 2x7" 24.00
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album cover MANSON, CHARLES Horsefly (The Zou / Parasitic) 7" 14.98
A brand new 7" single from the infamous Charles Manson, to commemorate his 77th birthday on 11/11/11, recorded surreptitiously in his prison cell, on a smuggled in hand held recorder... a fascinating document, musical and otherwise of a man many consider a madman, but who some others consider wrongly imprisoned. Musically, Manson has a long history, most famously as a friend of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and of course many have postulated that it was his frustration with his musical career that may have initiated the events that led to his incarceration.
This single is two sides of urgent, rambling, ramshackle folk, not that far removed from his other recordings, but it's definitely a glimpse into the soul of a man who has spent most of his life in prison. There aren't so many proper 'songs' here, it's more a flowing, sort of freeform folk ramble, with Manson, rambling sung spoken lyrics one second, crooning the next, slipping into crazed rants or maniacal laughter, using different voices, speaking in tongues, but for all the bits of weirdness, there's some seriously good stuff here, the opening of the B side features some super pretty guitar, and Manson's voice when it comes in, while rough and ragged, is still emotional and powerful. The majority of the record is stripped down, urgently strummed acoustic guitar, and Manson just wandering vocally, it's pretty compelling for sure, and anyone who has the other Manson records is gonna want this too.
It comes gorgeously packaged in a super deluxe full color gatefold sleeve, inside a printed two side page of liner notes, one side, a defense of Manson, the other a wild ramble signed Horse Fly, who we presume is Manson himself.
LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES!!

album cover MANSON, CHARLES Sings (ESP-Disk) cd 14.98
Poor misunderstood Charlie Manson. Visionary, musician, troubadour, murderer. Wait, one of those things he is not. Murderer. That's right, let's not forget that Manson committed no murders himself, it was his 'Family' that did 'em. Which of course insured that these recordings would be both way more infamous than they would be otherwise, but at the same time would be poison to any one who agreed to release them. Recorded a couple years before the Tate-LaBianca murders, these recordings have a rich convoluted history: it was rumored that the intended victim of the murders was in fact a record producer that rejected this record, and every producer approached to release them later recieved death threats, and it was later proven that much more succesful musicians than Manson had been targeted for assasination! Phew. You'd never know it listening to this album. In fact, in a blind listening test, you'd be hard pressed to pick this out as the work of a soon to be incarcerated cult leader / mass murderer. Reverb drenched beatniky psychedelic freekfolk, sort of hippy and trippy but really pretty great. And Manson's voice is really nice, a little rough, a little raw, but warm and rich. The tracks range from gorgeous lilting dream folk to tripped out beatnik jams, to sixties psych rock, complete with bongos, acoustic guitar, strange clattery percussion, noodly electric leads, all with lots of delay and reverb giving the whole thing a rich shimmery vibe. Not all that surprising as Manson was BIG into music. Read any of the Brian Wilson / Beach Boys bios, and you'll find the Boys spending a great deal of time hanging with Manson, who seemed to always be a fixture at big Beach Boys bashes, and threw wild parties at his desert hideaway Spahn Ranch. And indie rockers have been obsessed with Manson Sings for years, always talking it up as a lost folk gem and sometimes even covering Manson's songs (the Lemonheads do a killer (sorry) version of "Home Is Where You're Happy").
Fans of the current crop of indie hippy forest folk, like Devendra, Feathers, Wooden Wand, Fursaxa and the like should realize, if they don't already, and whether they like it or not, that they have a freak folk father figure in the form of one Charles Manson...
MPEG Stream: "Look At Your Game Girl"
MPEG Stream: "Mechanical Man"
MPEG Stream: "Home Is Where You're Happy"

album cover MANSON, CHARLES The Summer Of Hate - The '67 Sessions (Arte Lupo) cd 15.98
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After a few years, back in stock! Just in time for summer!
We reviewed the Charles Manson Sings disc on ESP a while back, and everyone kinda freaked out. We couldn't keep 'em in stock. Cuz beyond being a psycho, and a cult leader, and the mastermind behind a handful of gruesome killings, he was also some sort of musical visionary, a damaged folk troubador, obsessed with music, and with becoming an actual musician like his pals in the Beach Boys, his songs were dark and brooding, but strangely beautiful, haunting, intimate and personal. He had a really unique voice to, throaty and velvety smooth, like a raspier Nick Drake.
This set of songs was recorded after just getting out of a prison stretch in the '60s, almost a year before he recorded his first and only proper album, and another year before the Tate / Labianca murders that would seal his place in history forever.
The sound is rough and raw and lo-fi, but only adds to the strange power of these songs and performances. We described the recordings on Sings as "reverb drenched beatniky psychedelic freekfolk" and while there is some of that here, the sound here is much more stripped down and traditional sounding. Barebones and simple, it's all about Manson's voice and the guitar, and both sound divine. Moody and melancholy, slightly hippy, dark and thoughtful and really intense and pretty. Sure serial killer obsessives will be all over this, especially because most of the tracks have Manson going off on weird little rants after or before each song, stories, jokes, philosophies, usually delivered with a self conscious giggle, snippets of conversation with the guy recording these sessions or whoever else happens to be in the room. There's even a three minute interview included. It's definitely a bit creepy, especially knowing how everything would end up.
But the music, taken on its own, is still super powerful, some gorgeously raw chunks of raw acoustic folk. Fans of classic stuff like Nick Drake, Townes Van Zandt, Bill Fay, as well as folks into Banhart, Vetiver, Espers, Fursaxa, Wooden Wand and any of the more song oriented modern freakfolks will definitely dig this like crazy, and probably oughta pick up the ESP disc as well...
MPEG Stream: "Devil Man"
MPEG Stream: "True Love You Will Find"
MPEG Stream: "She Done Turned Me In"

album cover MANSON, JEFFREY Dozing in The Abandoned Gunnery (Recolote Music) cd-r 9.98
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Jeffrey Manson is a new indie folk troubadour from right here in SF. This lo-fi home recorded album is filled with rootsy, rough hewn tunes which seems very much inspired by the earnest heart baring voice of Jeff Mangum. Best listened to in the great outdoors, far from the roar of the city. Dozing In The Abandoned Gunnery was released on the new indie label Recolote Music whose roster already includes a number of other likeminded homespun Bay Area artists such as Chinatown Bakeries, Ryan Stively & His Poison Band, and Port O'Brien. They release mostly limited run cdrs in lovingly handmade packaging.
MPEG Stream: "Commanding Eye"
MPEG Stream: "Corn Husk Head"

MANSON, MARILYN Holywood (Nothing) cd 16.98
Like it or not, Marilyn Manson has become a prophet for the white teenage disenfranchised, preaching all sorts of ill-conceived / anti-establishment messages against the existence of God, the authority of family, school, or state, and anything that the right wing of mainstream America would qualify as morally upstanding. It would be another thing if Marilyn Manson the prophet could actually incite revolutionary thought or action, rather than highly theatrical shock tactics, but he doesn't. Marilyn Manson is pure entertainment, and there's no way that he could deny that.
I think it's a stretch to discuss Manson within the discourse of the Gothic, simply because in my opinion, he fails to invoke terror or horror (except in the minds of the right wing -- but what doesn't startle them?). It would be far more repulsive, abject, and grotesque if all of the things which Manson professes to worship were done within a belief system which attempted to understand the nature of God and of divine punishment. Then the damnation which he has already put upon his head would actually mean something.
Without any guiding belief system or agenda of existential questioning, Marilyn Manson is nothing but a run of the mill Relativist, which -- while antithetical to Christianity -- does not make Manson a Satanist or the Anti-Christ.
Musically is where Manson has the better chance of success -- and yeah, it's pretty catchy -- sorta like a pop grindcore version of Adam Ant. Lead single "Disposable Teens" is a carbon copy of "Beautiful People". But no, it's certainly not scary.

MANSON, MARILYN Mechanical Animals (Nothing) cd 15.98
I really wonder how much the goth subculture will be altered by this album, as very little of the doom & gloom found on previous Marilyn Manson releases is present. Nonetheless, his / their new visual aesthetics of anthropomorphic plasticity (which is not too far from a Photoshop version of Matthew Barney's weird prosthetic fusions with goats, sheep, fish, etc...) recall the electro glam posturing of Gary Numan and are matched by the new wave electro on the album.

album cover MANTECA Ritmo Y Sabor (EM) lp 24.00
Our hands down favorite reissue label for far-flung exotica, Japan's EM Records, not only has a new amazing release, but has also finally made the big leap to vinyl!! (Actually, they'd done a few lps before, but this release is vinyl ONLY). And what better choice for a vinyl reissue than this rare mid-'70s slab of Afro-Cuban percussive funk madness by Cuban master "bongosero", Lazaro Pla, or as he was better known to the world, Manteca! Eight relentlessly heavy bass-driven grooves featuring Manteca's organic percussive excursions that range from almost modernist compositions of repetitively shifting layers of driving rhythms to deep salsa jams and afro-cuban FUNK. Imagine Tussle with a Cuban rhythm section or Konono No. 1 with a limber funky bass player, or even one of the best Beastie Boys instrumentals from back in the day. Having performed with many legendary Cuban combos including Ernesto Lecuona's Cuban Boys, Manteca's recorded output as leader and featured soloist have been quite rare. Beautiful and dazzling with a no-frills production that acknowledges the traditional roots of Cuban music but with a forward thinking progressive edge. So Awesome! And DJs, get on it, you've got your new secret weapon right here.
MPEG Stream: "Afro Funky"
MPEG Stream: "Abacua"
MPEG Stream: "Gozando El Timbal"

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