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album cover MANILLA ROAD Gates Of Fire (Battle Cry ) cd 16.98
Wichita's wizards of true, epic, eccentric heavy metal are back with their umpteenth album! You know a band is CULT when the last thing we reviewed by them, earlier this year, was a reissue of their debut album from way back in 1980, and months later here we are with a review of a brand new disc, heavier than ever! Most metal fans outside of Greece, Germany and maybe Kansas have never heard of 'em, yet they've been at it for over two and half decades now. Of course, Mark "The Shark" Shelton is the only remaining original member, but since his (shall we say) unusual vocal stylings, undeniably great guitar playing, and storytelling songwriting are Manilla Road's main attractions, that's no matter. And indeed Gates Of Fire has got all you'd want from a Manilla Road opus. Literary themes both pulp and classical, prog-length song suites, and plenty of raw metal mastery in the guitar dep't. It's all here. Unique and anachronistic, Manilla Road exist for the true few who aren't too cool for the old school -- and indeed want to take advanced classes, under the tutelage of a teacher (Shelton) who has designed his own weird lesson plans.
MPEG Stream: "The Frost Giant's Daughter: When Giants Fall"
MPEG Stream: "Out Of The Ashes: Imperious Rise"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Invasion (Shadow Kingdom) cd 13.98
Here's a brand new official cd reissue of the 1980 debut from Manilla Road, the epitome of obscure, epick, eccentrick metal! The band that San Francisco metal faves The Lord Weird Slough Feg can't avoid being compared to all the time (not because Manilla Road were actually an influence, they weren't, but because both bands, as traditionally metal as they are, can be so gosh darn weird). And this here is doubtless among the weirdest of the whole screw-loose Manilla Road discography.
Though the production (and the cover art) is oh so low-budget and lo-fi, the band's imagination certainly wasn't limited. These guys were into Rush, Hawkwind, Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Motorhead - and dosing on LSD and reading pulp fantasy fiction. And, in these early days, they were bound by no "traditional" metal blueprints (or, for that matter, commercial considerations). Heck Iron Maiden wasn't even an influence until at least their second album, 1982's bluntly-titled Metal (which we expect Shadow Kingdom to reissue eventually as well). So Manilla Road were free to blend psych and prog and hard rock and whatever else into what they considered to be "epic space-metal".
And then there's the love 'em or hate 'em vocals of guitarist Mark "The Shark" Shelton - growling, soaring, dramatic and outlandish, ranging all over these songs, whether they be riffy and rockin', or epic and theatrical. And his guitar does the same. Quirky, pioneering, pure underground metal (or, proto-metal) indeed. About as underground as it gets. Now most folks aren't gonna like this, we'll admit right now, but a select few will - and if you're already like Manilla Road, or the aforementioned Slough Feg, or Cirith Ungol or Brocas Helm, or are perhaps just into retro, ridiculous, unashamed rock n' roll, that might be you. There's just an infectious zeal to these proceedings that I for one can't deny.
This record includes one of Manilla Road's most hot rockin' tracks, "Street Jammer", a song that's been covered by both Slough Feg (on their Hardworlder album), and lo-fi black metal horde Wormsblood (on their In The Stars cd-r).
MPEG Stream: "Far Side Of The Sun"
MPEG Stream: "Street Jammer"

MANILLA ROAD Invasion / Metal (Cult Metal Classics) 2cd 21.00
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As, I suppose, with so many things we sell, for some this release will mean nothing -- to others, holy crap! Check the label name: Cult Metal Classics. Well, with this release they're not lying. Perhaps you're a metal cultist yourself and/or recall us here at AQ raving about this '80s vintage metal band and the various recent (and already, again, often hard to come by) reissues of their albums, or even their latest, the return to former glories that was the Spiral Castle album. Wichita, Kansas' Manilla Road, the epitome of obscure epick, eccentrick metal! The band that The Lord Weird Slough Feg can't avoid being compared to (not because Manilla Road were an influence, they weren't, but because both bands, as traditionally metal as they are, can be so gosh darn weird). And this here is doubtless the weirdest of the whole screw-loose Manilla Road discography. Two albums actually, their 1980 debut Invasion and the 1982 follow-up Metal, which had been bootlegged before but never properly compact-disc'd until this double cd release. Though the production (and the cover art) is oh so low-budget and lo-fi, the band's imagination certainly wasn't limited. These guys were into Rush, Hawkwind, Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Motorhead -- and dosing on LSD and reading pulp fantasy fiction. And, in these early days, they were bound by no "traditional" metal blueprints (or, for that matter, commerical considerations). Heck Iron Maiden wasn't even an influence until at least their second album, the bluntly-titled Metal. So Manilla Road were free to blend psych and prog and hard rock and whatever else into what they considered to be "epic space-metal". Who else would do a song called "Defender", written from the perspective of a Defender video arcade machine?? You gotta love that. And then there's the love 'em or hate 'em vocals of guitarist Mark "The Shark" Shelton -- growling, soaring, dramatic and outlandish, ranging all over these songs, whether they be riffy and rockin', or epic and theatrical. And his guitar does the same. Quirky, pioneering, pure underground metal (or, proto-metal) indeed. About as underground as it gets. Now most folks aren't gonna like this, I'll admit right now, but a select few will -- and if you're already like Manilla Road, or the aforementioned Slough Feg, or Cirith Ungol or Brocas Helm, or are perhaps just into retro, ridiculous, unashamed rock n' roll, that might be you. There's just an infectious zeal to these proceedings that I for one can't deny.
And by the way, this reissue is a fan's delight, including lyrics and lengthy liner notes that give a very detailed early history of the band.
MPEG Stream: "Queen Of The Black Coast"
MPEG Stream: "Street Jammer"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Mark Of The Beast (Forged In Fire / Rockadrome) cd 12.98
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Back in print, back in stock!
Here's one for fans of the USA's most cult '80s era true/power/heavy/epic metal band (who are still around, as a matter of fact). We've lauded them before, as being a uber-eccentric low-budget take on Maiden and Manowar, with hints of '70s prog, precursor to the likes of The Lord Weird Slough Feg. But it's also one of their weirdest, a lot more than hints of that '70s prog here, so others than strictly Manilla Road and/or metal fans might wanna check out...
First issued by pre-Rockadrome imprint Monster Records back in 2002, this is actually much older than that - it's an unreleased album from 1981, originally titled "Dreams of Eschaton". The band, for some reason, didn't like the recordings at the time and shelved them, but bootleg tapes have circulated among the Manilla Road faithful for years. Eventually Monster Records persuaded Manilla Road mainman Mark "The Shark" Shelton that it was time to give the album a proper release at last. Boasting cover art from Jim Fitzpatrick (who a lot of art for Thin Lizzy - as well as being responsible for the famous Che Guevara portrait poster you see everywhere), Mark of the Beast is a worthy addition to the Road's official catalog, though not their heaviest - it's a doomy but kinda mellow and psychedelic and spaced out album of epic, sad melodicism and majesty. The vocals are doused in FX, the entire recording is echoey and rickety, a few songs (like "Black Lotus") totally rock out, while many others wend and wind in a laidback druggy daze.
Like all Manilla Road, this doesn't fit any generic metal template...some of this reminds us of Rush's early songs, and there's even a proto-Current 93 narration thing happening on one track too!
MPEG Stream: "Mark Of The Beast "
MPEG Stream: "Avatar"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Metal (Shadow Kingdom) cd 12.98
If you're into '80s metal of the more obscure, underground, cult variety and a reissue of a 1982 Manilla Road album entitled Metal doesn't immediately get you jazzed, something is wrong (unless you have it already of course, but then you'll at least be happy that other folks, less fortunate, at last have a chance to pick it up). Released now as part of Shadow Kingdom's Manilla Road reissue campaign, this is the follow up to the band's 1980 debut, Invasion. It's even more metal (hence the title), these weird Wichita wizards most likely adding Iron Maiden and other NWOBHM'ers to their roster of influences, previously a '70s space/prog/hard psych blend of Rush, Hawkwind, B.O.C., Hendrix, Captain Beyond, Black Sabbath, etc. that in combination with their interest in pulp fantasy literature they turned into some of the earliest of "epic" (and eccentric!) metal. As the '80s progressed, each MR album heavied up, but still stayed strange (not difficult, considering the unique vocal stylings of guitarist and mastermind Mark "The Shark" Shelton). Metal is a great early example, one of our several faves in the band's still-growing catalog, in part 'cause it contains a song called "Defender", written from the perspective of a Defender video arcade machine! Here's a few lines: "Defending my planet / Is all that I do / Won't somebody play me / One quarter will do". Haha. Who else would do that, even in '82 when it was indeed a topical song idea?
Other key cuts include the no-argument-there title track "Metal", and Conan-themed classic "Queen Of The Black Coast". And let's not forget "Out Of Control With Rock 'N' Roll", which sure hints at that Blue Oyster Cult influence, eh? Then there's this album's longest epic, "Cage Of Mirrors", which gets pretty freaky by the end.
Reissued with new cover art but the more stark and simple (read: crude) original cover appears on the back of the booklet so purists can flip it around.
MPEG Stream: " Defender"
MPEG Stream: "Queen Of The Black Coast"
MPEG Stream: "Cage Of Mirrors"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Mysterium (Shadow Kingdom) cd 12.98
You know that all over the world, there's dudes (and some dudettes), of the sort who habitually wear denim vests covered with heavy metal band logo patches, who are giggling like little kids at Christmas 'cause of this, a new album from old school underground metal overlords Manilla Road. This band's eccentric efforts back in the '80s would be reason enough for their diehard cult status, 'causing there to be bands today who try to sound just like 'em (e.g. Ironsword, Hyborian Steel, Realmbuilder); but Manilla Road, after a hiatus for most of the '90s, hasn't stopped making albums in their idiosyncratic epic style, keeping the fans happy with a new release every couple years. This new slab, Mysterium, follows up 2011's Playground Of The Damned, though we also got more-or-less a 'Road fix last year from the debut of side project Hellwell.
As usual with Manilla Road these days, this new one certainly evokes the glories of their past, in various ways. There's the uptempo thrashy bits like "Stand Your Ground", and lots of slower paced trudges truly displaying their majestic might, getting downright doomy on such cuts as "Do What Thou Will". All throughout, the album benefits from lots of Mark "The Shark" Shelton's ripping lead guitar. It's also of course got his trademark weathered, nasal vocals, augmented as usual by the more energetic but still similar singing of co-vocalist Bryan "Hellroadie" Patrick. One thing Manilla Road has got, that only seems to increase with age, is their ability to sing songs about battles and legends and ancient things, and sound so much more authoritative doing so than anybody else in the business!
There's an all-acoustic balled, "The Fountain", and they didn't forget to include at least one lengthy epic, the album-closing title track, at over 11 minutes long, which doubles down on the atmospheric intro thing by being preceded by an atmospheric, synth-laden instrumental, "The Calling".
Thankfully, the production here is a big improvement over the muddy Playground Of The Damned (admittedly, though, the drum sound is still pretty horrendous), and if you liked that album and Hellwell and other recent MR efforts, there's plenty here to please you too, though as usual we'd suggest that anyone entirely new to Manilla Road start with one of their reissued classics first.
MPEG Stream: "The Grey God Passes"
MPEG Stream: "The Battle Of Bonchester Bridge"
MPEG Stream: "Hermitage"

MANILLA ROAD Mystification (Shadow Kingdom) cd 12.98
Finally reissued (again), one of the many lost classics by this super-underground cult '80s metal outfit. Dating from 1987, "Mystification" is a keystone album in Manilla Road's long and obscure career. Epic "true" metal a la Iron Maiden, with a macabre, doomy feel. Dark and magical, and oh so slightly eccentric. Appropriately, this album's lyrics are mostly inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. With previously unreleased bonus track. Totally remixed (by the band) as well, as they were unhappy with the original lp mix. For fans of Maiden, Cirith Ungol, Omen, Manowar, Warlord, Slough Feg...

album cover MANILLA ROAD Open The Gates (Dragonheart) cd 21.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another long-awaited reissue, adding another piece to the puzzle that is the legacy of obscure '80s metal legends Manilla Road. Since the late '70s, these guys have hammered out umpteen elpees of fantastic and fantastical heavy metal, treading a progressive, peculiar path that made them akin to a cult, low-budget American version of Iron Maiden, but much weirder and cruder and doomier and thrashier. 1985's King Arthur-inspired "Open The Gates" is one of their most well-regarded efforts, and this digipak cd version tacks on two live tracks. For any fans of eccentric epic METAL like Cirth Ungol, Brocas Helm, Manowar, or today's champs The Lord Weird Slough Feg.
RealAudio clip: "Open The Gates"
RealAudio clip: "The Fires Of Mars"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Open The Gates (Shadow Kingdom) cd 13.98
The (obviously) cult metal Shadow Kingdom adds two more Manilla Road jewels to their crown/catalog, with the domestic reissues of both 1985's Open The Gates, and 1990's Into The Courts Of Chaos. We'd once had an import of Open The Gates, but had never reviewed Into The Courts before. Both are recommended (if you don't already have 'em) to all Manilla Road fans, and by extension, anyone with a yen for thee true epick metal.
When we first listed this one, we said, and we'll say again: Another long-awaited reissue, adding another piece to the puzzle that is the legacy of obscure '80s metal legends Manilla Road. Since the late '70s, these guys have hammered out umpteen elpees of fantastic and fantastical heavy metal, treading a progressive, peculiar path that made them akin to a cult, low-budget American version of Iron Maiden, but much weirder and cruder and doomier and (eventually) thrashier. The King Arthur-inspired Open The Gates is one of their most well-regarded efforts, the follow-up to the cult Crystal Logic, coming out 2 years later, definitely more "pro" sounding than that one, but still way more psychedelic and progged out than your usual '80s metal...
For any fans of eccentric epic METAL like Cirth Ungol, Brocas Helm, Manowar, or today's champs The Lord Weird Slough Feg.
MPEG Stream: "Open The Gates"
MPEG Stream: "Weavers Of The Web"

MANILLA ROAD Out Of The Abyss / Live Roadkill (Cult Metal Classics) 2cd 21.00
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album cover MANILLA ROAD Playground Of The Damned (Shadow Kingdom) cd 14.98
And the 'Road goes ever on... You gotta hand it to Mark "The Shark" Shelton, 50-something-year old guitarist/vocalist/mastermind behind long-running underground American metal institution Manilla Road. His band, founded in 1977, has never really been popular, except maybe in Greece, but they're up to their 15th studio album now, and are the definition of "cult fave", getting namechecked nowadays all the time, whenever anything true, epic, and eccentric is under discussion in the realm of metal. Well, there's also the likes of Cirth Ungol and obscure Italians Dark Quarterer to reference, sure, but those bands aren't still around and cranking 'em out like the 'Road.
So, here's their latest, an album that surely exists for the love of all that's metal, heavy, epick, and weird, and for no other reason. We probably don't even need to really review it, 'cause a) we wouldn't expect anyone to START their Manilla Road collection/obsession with this album and b) the folks who would want to buy this really only need to know that it's out, and we've got it in stock!
But, still, some details... Once again, Shelton's distinctive, wavery nasal vocals are supplemented on some songs by the voice of 2nd singer Bryan "Hellroadie" Patrick. If you're a fan of Shelton's singing (and you kinda have to be, to like his band) then you'll be rooting for him throughout to really belt it out, "Hellroadie" step aside! Shelton's signature guitar shred, however, needs no assist. There's plenty of fine fretwork from him here, and lots of melody (Shelton seems to be going for a bit more of a catchy pop thing than you might expect, amidst all the doom and damnation, somehow). In fact, there's moments when we begin to think it would be cool if Shelton would sometime do an all-acoustic solo album, just him and his guitar and his worse-for-wear, weary voice. But that wouldn't be metal, which this most definitely is.
Also, unlike some other recent 'Road efforts, this isn't a concept album, and there's no multi-part epics, though it's still EPIC anyway, of course. The songs' themes vary, inspired by ancient history and horror; there's one called "Grindhouse", inspired by that style of low-budget exploitation flick. Speaking of low-budget, this disc a bit rickety sounding production-wise, particularly the drums, which sound tinny and clickety-clackety-clattery, whilst the mix in general could do with a little less muddy muffle. But MR fans won't mind much, being used to such things. Still, what had its charms on vintage '80s albums like Crystal Logic isn't necessarily a selling point here...
What is a selling point, for fans at any rate, is that the "modern" (not really!) Manilla Road still sounds nothing much like any other band, and always like themselves, whatever strange turns they may take. So, chalk yet another quirky old school album up to Wichita's weirdest!
MPEG Stream: "Jackhammer"
MPEG Stream: "Into the Maelstrom"
MPEG Stream: "Grindhouse"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Playground Of The Damned (Shadow Kingdom) 2lp 24.00
And the 'Road goes ever on... You gotta hand it to Mark "The Shark" Shelton, 50-something-year old guitarist/vocalist/mastermind behind long-running underground American metal institution Manilla Road. His band, founded in 1977, has never really been popular, except maybe in Greece, but they're up to their 15th studio album now, and are the definition of "cult fave", getting namechecked nowadays all the time, whenever anything true, epic, and eccentric is under discussion in the realm of metal. Well, there's also the likes of Cirth Ungol and obscure Italians Dark Quarterer to reference, sure, but those bands aren't still around and cranking 'em out like the 'Road.
So, here's their latest, an album that surely exists for the love of all that's metal, heavy, epick, and weird, and for no other reason. We probably don't even need to really review it, 'cause a) we wouldn't expect anyone to START their Manilla Road collection/obsession with this album and b) the folks who would want to buy this really only need to know that it's out, and we've got it in stock!
But, still, some details... Once again, Shelton's distinctive, wavery nasal vocals are supplemented on some songs by the voice of 2nd singer Bryan "Hellroadie" Patrick. If you're a fan of Shelton's singing (and you kinda have to be, to like his band) then you'll be rooting for him throughout to really belt it out, "Hellroadie" step aside! Shelton's signature guitar shred, however, needs no assist. There's plenty of fine fretwork from him here, and lots of melody (Shelton seems to be going for a bit more of a catchy pop thing than you might expect, amidst all the doom and damnation, somehow). In fact, there's moments when we begin to think it would be cool if Shelton would sometime do an all-acoustic solo album, just him and his guitar and his worse-for-wear, weary voice. But that wouldn't be metal, which this most definitely is.
Also, unlike some other recent 'Road efforts, this isn't a concept album, and there's no multi-part epics, though it's still EPIC anyway, of course. The songs' themes vary, inspired by ancient history and horror; there's one called "Grindhouse", inspired by that style of low-budget exploitation flick. Speaking of low-budget, this disc a bit rickety sounding production-wise, particularly the drums, which sound tinny and clickety-clackety-clattery, whilst the mix in general could do with a little less muddy muffle. But MR fans won't mind much, being used to such things. Still, what had its charms on vintage '80s albums like Crystal Logic isn't necessarily a selling point here...
What is a selling point, for fans at any rate, is that the "modern" (not really!) Manilla Road still sounds nothing much like any other band, and always like themselves, whatever strange turns they may take. So, chalk yet another quirky old school album up to Wichita's weirdest!
MPEG Stream: "Jackhammer"
MPEG Stream: "Into the Maelstrom"
MPEG Stream: "Grindhouse"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Spiral Castle (Iron Glory) cd 14.98
Two 'new' releases from the USA's most cult '80s era true/power/heavy/epic metal band. We've lauded them before, as being a uber-eccentric low-budget take on Maiden and Manowar, with hints of '70s prog, precursor to the likes of The Lord Weird Slough Feg and near-contemporaries Brocas Helm. Like Brocas, Manilla Road are still around. With a revised line-up, "Spiral Castle" is their 13th album in a 27 year career. A lot more melodic than their year 2001 comeback disc "Atlantis Rising", this really sounds like classic Manilla Road of old, complete even with their Edgar Allen Poe fixation (his story "Shadow" inspires a track here) and Mark "The Shark" Shelton's distinctive guitar and vocals. Cool!
"Mark of the Beast" also sounds like old Manilla Road -- 'cause it's actually an unreleased album from 1981, originally titled "Dreams of Eschaton". The band didn't like the recordings at the time and shelved them, but bootleg tapes have circulated among the Manilla Road faithful for years. Now Monster Records have persuaded Shelton & Co. that it's time to give the album a proper release at last. Boasting cover art from Thin Lizzy cover artist Jim Fitzpatrick, "Mark of the Beast" is a worthy addition to the Road's official catalog, though not their heaviest -- it's a doomy but kinda mellow and psychedelic album of epic, sad melodicism and majesty. Like all Manilla Road, this doesn't fit any generic metal template...some of this reminds us of Rush's early songs, and there's even a proto-Current 93 narration thing happening on one track too!
RealAudio clip: "Spiral Castle"

album cover MANILLA ROAD The Courts Of Chaos (Shadow Kingdom) cd 13.98
The (obviously) cult metal Shadow Kingdom adds two more Manilla Road jewels to their crown/catalog, with the domestic reissues of both 1985's Open The Gates, and 1990's The Courts Of Chaos. We'd once had an import of Open The Gates, but had never reviewed Into The Courts before. Both are recommended (if you don't already have 'em) to all Manilla Road fans, and by extension, anyone with a yen for thee true epick metal.
Last gasp of the original run of the Road, pretty much. Even though we today think of 'em as monolithic epic metal forefathers, Manilla Road morphed quite a bit over their career, from their '70s space rock origins to, in the late '80s, fast n' technical stuff influenced less by Hawkwind and more by the speedy Slayer and various Bay Area thrashers... But this album, often overlooked 'cause of its 1990 release date, sees 'em bringing it all together, really. It's got quite a few classics on it all right, including one of the Road's most epick numbers ever, album ender "The Books Of Skelos", which whips up a bombastic orchestrated onslaught of brutality, Manilla Road style.
Mark Shelton's weird croon wraps itself around the various twisted tales here, but he also breaks out some rasping black/death vox here that, heck, Absu fans oughtta dig. Furthermore, fyi, the drums on this ARE programmed, but still sound cool to us, sounding more maniacal than mechanical. So they keep it cutting edge to the end, while also delving back into the depths of 1970 for a cover of Texas proto-metallers Bloodrock's spooky downer rock opus "D.O.A.", which fits right in. Glad this got reissued 'cause it gave us a chance to revisit it and realize how damn good it actually is, Manilla Road perhaps past any chance of "making it" here, but still going for it like they're metal's number one representatives on Earth, and they know it.
MPEG Stream: " Into The Courts Of Chaos"
MPEG Stream: "The Books Of Skelos"

MANILLA ROAD The Deluge (Underground Symphony) cd 17.98
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A few months ago, "Open The Gates", now, "The Deluge" -- it's a deluge indeed, of Manilla Road reissues! Manilla Road? They're the ultimate obscure American fantasy metal band from the '80s, a cult group if there ever was one, having a bit of a resurgence today with these re-releases and even a new album (which is out but hasn't made its way to us yet). "The Deluge" was originally unleashed in 1986, is another one of the Road's best efforts, being suitably epic, baroque, thrashy and doomy. Guitarist/vocalist Mark "The Shark" Shelton belts 'em out in his usual eccentric manner, drummer Randy "Thrasher" Foxe lets his kit have it in the worst way...it's a rager. As always, definitely recommended to fans of the equally cult and eccentric The Lord Weird Slough Feg!
RealAudio clip: "Hammer Of The Witches"
RealAudio clip: "Friction In Mass"

album cover MANILLA ROAD The Deluge (Shadow Kingdom) cd 14.98
A few months ago, we listed After Midnight Live, and also Mark Of The Beast, and now, The Deluge - it's a deluge indeed, of Manilla Road reissues and archival releases! Manilla Road? They're the ultimate obscure American fantasy metal band from the '80s, a cult group if there ever was one, having a bit of a resurgence these past few years, both via reissues like these, and some pretty good brand new albums too (their most recent being 2008's Viking themed Voyager, with a new one called Playground Of The Damned coming out sometime soon).
The Deluge was originally unleashed in 1986, and is one of the Road's best efforts, being suitably epic, baroque, thrashy, and doomy. Guitarist/vocalist Mark "The Shark" Shelton belts 'em out in his usual eccentric manner, and drummer Randy "Thrasher" Foxe lets his kit have it in the worst way. Displaying the then-modern influence that Metallica had on Manilla Road at the time, it's a rager! But with a majestic, melancholic vibe that this band, with its roots in '70s space rock and prog, always possesses. Amidst the epic and aggro, mention should also be made of the spooky horror movie organ interlude cleverly titled "Morbid Tabernacle"...
As always, definitely recommended to fans of the equally cult and eccentric The Lord Weird Slough Feg. We used to have an earlier reissue of this, as an expensive Italian import digipack. That went out of print years ago, but now via Shadow Kingdom it's been reissued again, domestically, in a jewel case. And they've also put it out on vinyl as well!
MPEG Stream: "Shadow In The Black"
MPEG Stream: "Hammer Of The Witches"
MPEG Stream: "Friction In Mass"

album cover MANILLA ROAD The Deluge (Shadow Kingdom) lp 28.00
A few months ago, we listed After Midnight Live, and also Mark Of The Beast, and now, The Deluge - it's a deluge indeed, of Manilla Road reissues and archival releases! Manilla Road? They're the ultimate obscure American fantasy metal band from the '80s, a cult group if there ever was one, having a bit of a resurgence these past few years, both via reissues like these, and some pretty good brand new albums too (their most recent being 2008's Viking themed Voyager, with a new one called Playground Of The Damned coming out sometime soon).
The Deluge was originally unleashed in 1986, and is one of the Road's best efforts, being suitably epic, baroque, thrashy, and doomy. Guitarist/vocalist Mark "The Shark" Shelton belts 'em out in his usual eccentric manner, and drummer Randy "Thrasher" Foxe lets his kit have it in the worst way. Displaying the then-modern influence that Metallica had on Manilla Road at the time, it's a rager! But with a majestic, melancholic vibe that this band, with its roots in '70s space rock and prog, always possesses. Amidst the epic and aggro, mention should also be made of the spooky horror movie organ interlude cleverly titled "Morbid Tabernacle"...
As always, definitely recommended to fans of the equally cult and eccentric The Lord Weird Slough Feg. We used to have an earlier reissue of this, as an expensive Italian import digipack. That went out of print years ago, but now via Shadow Kingdom it's been reissued again, domestically, in a jewel case. And they've also put it out on vinyl as well!
MPEG Stream: "Shadow In The Black"
MPEG Stream: "Hammer Of The Witches"
MPEG Stream: "Friction In Mass"

album cover MANILLA ROAD Voyager (My Graveyard Productions) cd 15.98
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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"

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