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album cover MARE s/t (Hydra Head) cd ep 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
D'you like Isis? Cult Of Luna? Maybe some Radiohead and Neurosis and Mogwai and 20th-century choral music? Got 12 bucks and at least 25 minutes to spare? Then this Hydrahead debut from Toronto's Mare is just perfect for you!! Seriously, this is great stuff for fans of the above. Mare combines post-rock dynamics, elephantine tones, droning ambience, screaming metalcore angst, all those light and dark shades into one moody, arty package. 'Nuff said, it's good!
MPEG Stream: "They Sent You"

album cover MARGO The Catnap (Peter, I'm Flying) cd 13.98
If you've enjoyed the recent ultra-dreamy releases from Tujiko Noriko or Lali Puna, Margo might tickle your fancy too! Each track washes over you gently with its lilting, angelic female vocals and delicate musicbox melodies darkened by the presence of IDM gelatinous squidge and crystalline splinters. Quite a mesmerizing combination. Two songs are simply called "Warm" and "Luminous", and those two words fit The Catnap perfectly.
MPEG Stream: "Warm"
MPEG Stream: "Cloud's Juice"

album cover MARHAUG / ASHEIM Grand Mutation (Touch) cd 15.98

MARHAUG, LASSE Spaghetti Western Rainbow (Utech) cd 10.98

album cover MARHAUG, LASSE The Quiet North (Second Layer) cd 15.98
Back in 2006, Lasse Marhaug released an album with Joachim Nordwall from the Skull Defekts and Johannes Helden called When The Ice Is Leaving, Scandinavia Is Burning. With a title like that, the album should have been all fire and brimstone of Nordic noise: abusive, throttling, and demonic. It was not. Instead, that was the album you would expect from an album called The Quiet North; and The Quiet North is certainly not quiet. Pure brutalist noise is what Marhaug has in store for us. This wall of obsessive, oppressive distortion comes by way of guitar, various effects pedals, and various pieces of metal to tremendous effect. This is not a subtle record, the various squalls from the guitar strings being grabbed with bloody fingers and scraped with those pieces of metal have the crazed wall-of-sound frenzy you could hear in any number of Matthew Bower productions setting upon a rumbled low-to-mid range distortion that comes across like a two ton pile of gravel being slowly dumped upon the roof of a tin shed. The album begins with a bang and does not let up until its abrupt conclusion some 30 minutes later. Exhilarating to say the least.
MPEG Stream: "The Quiet North"

album cover MARIACHI AZTECA PRINCIPAL Performs The Kingdoms Of Elgaland-Vargaland National Anthem #2 (Ash International) 7" 5.00
**SALE **SALE* *SALE**
Limited to 500 copies. We still have a few though, 'cause for some reason, we never listed it back in 2007 when it came out.
"These recordings were regally made during the inauguration of The Embassy of The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland in Mexico City on August 30, 2002 in the presence of the KREV Ambassador Magalí Arriola and invited guests at Colima 244, Colonia Roma, Mexico City."

album cover MARIACHI EL BRONX s/t (Swami / White Drugs) cd 13.98
The first Bronx record had us at first sight, it's rad blood dripping fangs front cover, and then we threw it on and were blown away, the perfect blend of punk rock and pop, not pop punk, but a gnarled heaviness that had hooks galore with out sacrificing any of its ferocity. We described their sound as being a bit like a metalcore Strokes, or a poppier Coalesce, or the bastard offspring of Rocket From The Crypt, Quicksand, and the Hives. Sounds killer? It is. Err.. was. Three records, all of them heavy and catchy and punky and poppy. We were super psyched to discover a brand new Bronx record, but weirdly enough, the name on the record was Mariachi El Bronx, and there was a big crab on the cover, with the bands name on it in big gold letters, we sort of just assumed that the band were taking the piss, but lo and behold, we threw it on, and whattayaknow, no punk rock, none at all, straight up, real mariachi music.
The band live in L.A. and grew up around Mexican culture and mariachi music, and found some of those sounds sneaking into their music, so apparently they decided to go for it and bam, Mariachi El Bronx was born. At first we were definitely a bit put off, and weren't sure what to make of it, but the first two tracks stuck in our heads immediately, and we found ourselves returning to this record over and over again, and listening to more of it and constantly, and it's sort of become one of our new favorites. And this is not like a punk mariachi record, or dudes messing around, this is serious mariachi music, from the instrumentation, to the vocal harmonies, it's pretty amazing that a punk band could pull something like this off, but they do, big time. Just listen to the samples, odds are you'll be as smitten as we were.
And again, be warned, there is nothing weird or freaky or far out about this record, other than it's being played by a bunch of punk rockers, this is just a gorgeous collection of super catchy mariachi music, and we dig it big time!
MPEG Stream: "Cell Mates"
MPEG Stream: "Litigation"
MPEG Stream: "Despretador"

album cover MARIACHI EL BRONX s/t (II) (ATO) cd 12.98

MPEG Stream: "48 Roses"
MPEG Stream: "Great Provider"
MPEG Stream: "Mariachi El Bronx"

MARIACHI EL BRONX / THE BRONX Live (White Drugs / Atco) lp 10.98
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album cover MARIANAS Onward + Upward (Elastic Heart) cd 13.98
Think of a melding of the goodness of Japancakes, Mogwai and a smidge of The Notwist (AQ faves one and all!), sound good to you? Well, you don't have to imagine it! Just give this new cd by Marianas a spin. Very dreamily atmospheric and pastoral from start to finish -- the final track "Last Minutes Of The Day" perfectly captures the feel of the fading light of dusk. Sooo lovely!
MPEG Stream: "Hunting & Pecking"
MPEG Stream: "Last Minutes Of The Day "

album cover MARIE ANTOINETTE OST (Verve/Polydor) cd 17.98

album cover MARIJATA This Is Marijata (Academy Records) lp 16.98
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Super groovy, raw Afro-funk-fuzz album reissued! The label has applied a lot of hyperbole to this release ("toughest and most sought-after African funk record of them all") but since that label is Academy/Voodoo Funk, responsible for such killer reissues as Ofege and The Psychedelic Aliens, we're inclined to believe 'em... and our ears, which tell us that this IS pretty darn awesome and gritty. Recorded in 1976, and originally released on Ghana's Gapophone Records, This Is Marijata features 4 tracks recorded live in the studio, which must have been a sweaty, sweaty place. The core trio of Kofi "Electric" Addison (drums), Bob Fischian (organ), and Nat Osmanu (guitar), plus additional "hand picked" musicians, play a sort of totally tweaked and frantic take on your basic James Brown/JB's style jams, with horny horns and hoarse, crazed screams. That's three of the tracks, anyway, with one other ("I Walk Alone") being more of a soulful ballad, but a badass one.
Vinyl already sold out at the label. Compact disc issue forthcoming, as is a reissue of Marijata's other album, Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata.

MARILYN DECADE (Freek) cd 15.98
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British import. A pair of guitars speak quietly and eloquently whilst you drift off to sleep. Somewhat akin to the solo Roy Montgomery albums, but more folk, flowery, emotional, and English. Almost completely instrumental, just breathtakingly lovely and warm. Highly recommended.

album cover MARILYN MANSON Eat Me, Drink Me (Interscope) cd 14.98
If you shudder at the thought of braving the wilds of Hot Topic at the mall, then you should know that yes, you can get the latest Marilyn Manson cd from us. Although he's returned to his more vampiric, finely attired guise, musically he still hasn't hit the spot like he did on Antichrist Superstar. Blame it on what you will -- the absence of Pogo, Twiggy, what-not -- but this is ultra self absorbed and slicked back with ample snake oil and fake blood. Then again, isn't that what's desired and expected of mainstream-wading glitz rock from Hollywood? He's still one of the most savvy and clever modern rockers around, but in today's sensory-numb climate, even his over-the-top attempts to shock fall on the deaf ears of his blase teenaged audience. Antichrist Superstar, we beckon thee.
MPEG Stream: "If I Was Your Vampire"
MPEG Stream: "Just A Car Crash Away"

album cover MARINE GIRLS Beach Party (Cherry Red) lp 31.00
We have a certain soft spot for that brief period of early '80s British underground female-fronted new wave pop that has been getting revived a lot lately. Namely on Cherry Red Records, the label that championed such sounds to begin with. We made the Young Marble Giants reissue a Record Of The Week a while back, and in its influential wake the whole face of British music had seemingly changed. Bands like Antenna, The Ravaging Beauties, Virginia Astley, Carmel, Everything But The Girl, The Gist, Weekend, and The Marine Girls had kept up post-punk's DIY enthusiasm, but tempered its urgency into breezy and soft, almost loungey acoustic pop. The Marine Girls were a three girl band started by Tracy Thorn, later of Everything But The Girl. All the members sang with simple bossanova-style guitar and bass arrangements with no drums, each song clocking in at under three minutes. Beach Party from 1981 is the Marine Girls first and best and features Thorn before she left to do a solo record and then join Ben Watt in EBTG. Fans of Nouvelle Vague, Liliput, Cub, The Raincoats, or the recently reissued Weekend demos (also reviewed this list!) as well as contemporary bands like Beach House and Grass Widow will find lots to love here.
MPEG Stream: "20,000 Leagues"
MPEG Stream: "Marine Girls"

album cover MARINE GIRLS Lazy Ways / Beach Party (Cherry Red) cd 17.98
We have a certain soft spot for that brief period of early 80's British underground female-fronted new wave pop that has been getting revived a lot lately. Namely on Cherry Red Records, the label that championed such sounds to begin with. We made Young Marble Giants a record of the week a while back, and in its influential wake the whole face of British music had seemingly changed. Bands like Antenna, Carmel, Everything But the Girl, The Gist, Weekend, and The Marine Girls had kept up post-punk's DIY enthusiasm, but tempered its urgency into breezy and soft, almost loungey acoustic pop. The Marine Girls were a three girl band started by Tracy Thorn, later of Everything But the Girl. All the members sang with simple bossanova-style guitar and bass arrangements with no drums, each song clocking in at under three minutes. This CD compiles the Marine Girls only two recordings, Lazy Ways from 1983 and Beach Party from 1981 before Thorn left to do a solo record and then join Ben Watt in EBTG. Fans of Nouvelle Vague, Liliput, Cub, The Raincoats, as well as contemporary bands like Pillows, Beach House and Finches will find lots to love here.
MPEG Stream: "A Place In The Sun"
MPEG Stream: "20,000 Leagues"
MPEG Stream: "Marine Girls"

MARINE RESEARCH (Where It's At Is Where You Are) 7" 3.99
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New single from new band composed of everyone from Heavenly except the drummer, who is no longer with us.

MARINE RESEARCH Sounds From The Gulf Stream (K) cd 13.98
The first full length from the formerly-known-as-Heavenly-who-were-formerly-known-as-Tallulah-Gosh gang, Marine Research. Faithful fans of Amelia Fletcher and co. will be happy to find that very little has changed with their candy-coated songs and sound. Here they bring you more very, very sweet songs that sound like Japanese girl pop mimicking UK girl pop. With the delicate origami horseys on the cover, solipsistic comes to mind.

MARINE RESEARCH / BUILT TO SPILL split (k) 7" 3.99
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Wherein Built to Spill cover a Heavenly song ("By The Way"), and the ex-Heavenly people now known as Marine Research do a Built to Spill cover ("Sick & Wrong").

album cover MARINEVILLE Ready For The Dance (Oak Park Records) cd 11.98
Not new (it actually was released in 2001), but new to AQ thanks to a visit by band member Mark Williams all the way from New Zealand. If you were to only hear the opening two songs on this Marineville album, you might peg these New Zealanders as a slightly eccentric, subdued country quartet... but venture past those first couple and the ride gets considerably darker and rockier. Many of the later songs are definitely dominated by some stoner/space rock leanings -- very loose strung and low slung with Sonic Youth-esque brooding dissonance - but even so, they're still grounded with some twangy, earthy warmth. The eighth song brings it all together and is quite reminiscent of Yo La Tengo particularly around the time of their Painful album... which is a good thing. Released on their own label Oak Park Records.
MPEG Stream: "Ghost Of Bobby Forster"
MPEG Stream: "Hey Predator"

MARK Chocolate Covered Bad Things (Catsup Plate) cd 10.98
For fans of Neutral Milk Hotel and other bands ripe with raw emotion and seemingly stream of consciousness lyrics. At times strange and obtuse, Vancouver-based Mark has ventured beyond his usual acoustic-leaning guitar and lonely vocals approach to encorporate more styles, instruments, and voices. Much like Jeff Mangum & co., he enlists the help of his friends to fulfill his musical vision. When it is Mark himself singing, you can be sure he's singing his heart out. Moments of greatness when it all falls together just right.

album cover MARK D Silent Treatment (Tee Pee) cd 11.98
Surprise solo album by Mark Deutrom, the cowboy-hatted Melvins bass player through their Atlantic years (on "Stoner Witch", "Stag", etc.). He also produced some early Melvins stuff like their "Ozma" masterpiece. On this disc, the man plays everything except the drums. As with latter-day Melvins, this is super-eccentric and all over the map stylistically, although always returning to the Rock: sort of like a cross between the Melvins (heavy thud-fests and general insanity) and Queens of the Stone Age (fat desert-rock grooves): heavy, rockin', not un-pop but weird. And his ZZ Top influence is readily apparent as well! Mark D dabbles (and dabbles well) in everything from laid-back space jams to psych-pop jangle to steamroller dirge-metal. There was a Swedish import of this that we were only able to get a few of, but now it's been issued domestically, which gets a big hoo-ray. A nice surprise!
RealAudio clip: "The Hobnail Paisley"
RealAudio clip: "One Thousand Nights"
RealAudio clip: "Gateau D'Amour"
RealAudio clip: "Van Diemen's Land"

album cover MARK LANEGAN BAND Blues Funeral (4AD) cd 14.98
If we had to pick a favorite rock voice Mark Lanegan would definitely be way at the top of the list. Even back in the days of his first band The Screaming Trees, Lanegan's voice was the first thing anybody noticed, deep and raspy, smokey and whisky soaked, and over the years, if anything it's only gotten better. And barring the occasional misstep, we have to say we can't think of a Lanegan record we didn't dig. What we can say, is we can't remember one we dug nearly as much as Blues Funeral, which is exactly the sort of title you'd expect from Lanegan, and sonically, you might not be surprised if once you pushed play, a dark brooding blues creep oozed out of the speaker, but what WILL surprise you is opener "The Gravedigger's Song", which explodes out of the gate with dense tribal drumming, thick fuzzed out bass, pulsing synths, bursts of white noise crunch, and those vocals, it's the heaviest and darkest we've heard Lanegan in years, psychedelic, strangely poppy, a little bit new wavey, but holy shit. The rest of the record flits all over, from sound to sound, the new group not shying away from anything, whether it's drum machines (especially drum machines!), synths, jangly pop, whatever, the deft songwriting, Lanegan's voice, and a dark sonic streak holds all the disparate parts together, just check out "Ode To Sad Disco" which somehow sounds like Depeche Mode crossed with Justice, all dark electro synth pop, but still impossibly moody and brooding, but weirdly enough, it's that seemingly out of place synth pop element and the drum machines that really make this record so cool and weird and special, and definitely makes it one of our favorite Lanegan records yet.
MPEG Stream: "The Gravedigger's Song"
MPEG Stream: "Bleeding Muddy Water"
MPEG Stream: "Ode To Sad Disco"

album cover MARK LANEGAN BAND Blues Funeral (4AD) 2lp 22.00
If we had to pick a favorite rock voice Mark Lanegan would definitely be way at the top of the list. Even back in the days of his first band The Screaming Trees, Lanegan's voice was the first thing anybody noticed, deep and raspy, smokey and whisky soaked, and over the years, if anything it's only gotten better. And barring the occasional misstep, we have to say we can't think of a Lanegan record we didn't dig. What we can say, is we can't remember one we dug nearly as much as Blues Funeral, which is exactly the sort of title you'd expect from Lanegan, and sonically, you might not be surprised if once you pushed play, a dark brooding blues creep oozed out of the speaker, but what WILL surprise you is opener "The Gravedigger's Song", which explodes out of the gate with dense tribal drumming, thick fuzzed out bass, pulsing synths, bursts of white noise crunch, and those vocals, it's the heaviest and darkest we've heard Lanegan in years, psychedelic, strangely poppy, a little bit new wavey, but holy shit. The rest of the record flits all over, from sound to sound, the new group not shying away from anything, whether it's drum machines (especially drum machines!), synths, jangly pop, whatever, the deft songwriting, Lanegan's voice, and a dark sonic streak holds all the disparate parts together, just check out "Ode To Sad Disco" which somehow sounds like Depeche Mode crossed with Justice, all dark electro synth pop, but still impossibly moody and brooding, but weirdly enough, it's that seemingly out of place synth pop element and the drum machines that really make this record so cool and weird and special, and definitely makes it one of our favorite Lanegan records yet.
MPEG Stream: "The Gravedigger's Song"
MPEG Stream: "Bleeding Muddy Water"
MPEG Stream: "Ode To Sad Disco"

album cover MARK LANEGAN BAND Bubblegum (Beggars Banquet) lp 15.98
Originally released way back in 2004, now reissued on vinyl!
Mr. Lanegan sure invited all his buddies to be in his Mark Lanegan Band. Just check this roster out: Joshua Homme and Nick Oliveri (Queen Of The Stone Age), PJ Harvey, Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan (Guns'n Roses/Velvet Revolver), Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers), Dean Ween and Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality)! Pretty hot shit! And whether rocked up (as on the album's first single "Sideways In Reverse") or slow'n'smoldering (check out "Wedding Dress"), the overall results are absolutely smokin'. The only wrinkles in the album are minor ones. First, Harvey's vocal performance on the second song "Hit The City" seems oddly detached, almost as if her backing vocals were an afterthought with her singing along over a finished recording. Their duet on "Come To Me" fares much much better. More troublesome are the occasional way-out-of-place soul diva background vocals that also marred earlier Twilight Singers records, and seem like some weird requisite big budget addition when an artist makes the shift from hyped indie veteran to hyped major label hopeful. That said, Bubblegum reveals Lanegan's broadest scope to date, incorporating elements from all the stages of his lengthy career (early trippy grunge-y rock to funereal dirge-twang). Throughout the fifteen songs, his unmistakable deep smoky rasp of a voice is in particular top form. Awesome!
MPEG Stream: "Sideways In Reverse"
MPEG Stream: "Come To Me"

album cover MARK, CAROLYN "Ask me about..." button button 1.00
A suitably witty 1" button with black text that reads "Ask me about Carolyn Mark!" on beige background. (And if you have to ask, you probably won't be buying one of these.)

album cover MARK, CAROLYN Just Married: An Album of Duets (Mint) cd 14.98
Ms Carolyn loves a good ol' singalong, her infectious hearty chuckle and storytelling frequently punctuate the proceedings. We've adored her strong sweet pipes alongside her pals Neko Case and Kelly Hogan (not to mention that her last album was called The Pros And Cons Of Collaboration), and now she's got a whole new album of duets! The songs run the gamut from the downright heartbreaking to the downright silly, from the totally staid standard country ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry") to the nuttily offbeat ("Rocket Piano Man" and "Slow Poke"). You can be sure that a kazoo will surface at some point or other. With the mightily talented, but criminally unsung Canadian troubadour Ford Pier, she tackles an unexpectedly retro-sounding swingy soul number "Done Something Wrong". It's definitely one of the album's highlights, of which there are plenty. The song's given extra punch from some groovin' bass and squealin' horns. Also joining her on the mic are a baker's dozen more cross-Canada co-horts, most notably Frog Eyes' Carey Mercer. It's always a grand ol' time when you're in the company of this Sicamous, British Columbia born lass.
MPEG Stream: "Rocket Piano Man"
MPEG Stream: "Done Something Wrong"

album cover MARK, CAROLYN Nothing Is Free (Mint) cd 16.98
Long associated as the 'other Corn Sister' (Neko Case is the other half of that vivacious duo) and collaborator with many other Canadian indie music luminaries, Carolyn Mark shines in her own spotlight on this, her fifth full length. She's a Canadian city slicker with comforting hillbilly charm, a goddess with gusto dishing out country pop delectibles with her trademark infectious spice of life. She's your closest bosom buddy. A perpetual hostess with the mostest, it's a well known fact that she can tell a baudily hilarious tale and then turn on a dime for a genuine forlorn heartbreaker and she can also down the hooch with the big boys. Who doesn't heart Ms Carolyn? She throws in a curve ball this time around, closing the album with something a little different, the Massive Attack-esque drowsily downtempo "Destination: You". It's a nice change, revealing yet another facet of this dynamo. A wonderful voice that comes as much from the gut as from the heart!
MPEG Stream: "The 1 That Got Away (With It)"
MPEG Stream: "Pink Moon And All The Ladies"

album cover MARK, CAROLYN Party Girl (Mint) cd 14.98
Neko Case's partner in Corn Sisters crime (and former Vinaigrette), Carolyn Mark dishes up her own debut solo effort. A concept album of sorts. While touring across Canada she decided to record one song in each of the cities that she stopped to perform in. As would be expected, recording quality is varied, but it doesn't take away from Carolyn's songs which are bursting with mirth and gusto. One very very funny woman.

album cover MARK, CAROLYN The Pros And Cons Of Collaboration (Mint) cd 14.98
Following up her lively and lovely Terrible Hostess sophomore album, Ms Mark offers up her third and most polished album to date. For those of you who've heard her alongside good pals Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, you very well know that she has no difficulty working with others. Indeed on their recent tour together, the trio of witty chanteuses charmed the pants off one and all in attendance. In both song and laughter, their voices go so well together. Actually if you were at one of their shows you just might've heard a song or two from this album. Pros And Cons reveals her broadest stylistic range yet -- honky tonk, ragtime, twangy balladry -- and as opposed to past recordings which had somewhat haphazard mood changes, she shifts much more smoothly from one to the another, and with no loss in the sparkling personality department. She clearly knows the benefits of collaborating with like-minded, talented folks. Ms Hogan lends her angelic backup vocals to the song "Jody And Sue" which along with the following double-whammy of nocturnal themed tunes "Bigger Bed" and "Slept All Afternoon" make for the high point of the album. The album closes with a beautiful stark voice and piano number "Hangover" that devolves into an intoxicated singalong and on into old style radio drama announcer credits. Splendid!
MPEG Stream: "Bigger Bed"
MPEG Stream: "Slept All Afternoon"

album cover MARK, CAROLYN & N.Q. ARBUCKLE Let's Just Stay Here (Mint) cd 15.98
Yeah, we know it must get kinda tired, and it must be a blessing and a curse for Carolyn Mark to always have another artist mentioned in her albums' reviews even if that artist is a friend and collaborator. But if it helps get people to check out her great music, we hope she'll understand! The vivacious namesake of her pal Neko Case's early rollicking tune "Karoline", Carolyn Mark strikes a balance between the bold and the gentle, the ribald and the romantic. The lyrics of that song really nail it, "The path you walk is on fire, so wild and unashamed with a passion you inspire" and "The web you weave is so tender I'm tangled by your gaze". Spend a few moments in her presence and you'll be captivated and charmed too. She's such a great storyteller, both in spoken word and music, both in off-the-cuff impromptu and more composed settings. She can have your guts aching with laughter, and then your heart aching with sorrow.
Mark delivers the goods with her latest album, a collaboration with the awesomely named N.Q. Arbuckle who are not a person, but a band from Toronto. As you may know, Ms Mark has amassed quite an impressive body of homespun Canadiana all by her lonesome as well as in collaboration with her many incredibly talented musical friends. Over the years she's proven to be a splendid hostess, welcoming all into her musical kitchen with a giddy batting of her big false lashes, a generous glass of cheer, her home cookin' (psst, she makes cookbooks filled with her pals' and her own recipes too!) and plenty of song of course. You might recall the Tribute To Nashville cd re-enactment of the soundtrack to Robert Altman's 1975 film which she orchestrated a few years back. Such a curiously wonderful labor of love. So needless to say, any news of fresh collaborations with this lady is good news! Here, she and N.Q. Arbuckle make a great pairing, definitely kindred spirits. Despite the title, there's actually a sense of travel (she anecdotally namechecks Canadian cities along the way. Yes, you get a little geography lesson on each of her albums!), of movement, of restlessness, but also a yearning for the warm embrace of home. Call us crazy, but some of the songs (such as "Officer Down") conjured imaginings of a countrified Fleetwood Mac (Hmmm, we just noticed on the shrinkwrap sticker it sez "Carolyn lovingly calls it her Rumours". So we're not crazy!), while others (such as "Downtime") recall the electrified earthy hey day of Uncle Tupelo (but then again maybe that's because Neville Quinlan's voice is a deadringer for Jay Farrar's!). Both are very good points of reference in our books! Recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Officer Down"
MPEG Stream: "The 2nd Time"
MPEG Stream: "Canada Day/Toronto"

MARK, CAROLYN & N.Q. ARBUCKLE Let's Just Stay Here (Mint) lp 0.00
Now on vinyl! Yeah, we know it must get kinda tired, and it must be a blessing and a curse for Carolyn Mark to always have another artist mentioned in her albums' reviews even if that artist is a friend and collaborator. But if it helps get people to check out her great music, we hope she'll understand! The vivacious namesake of her pal Neko Case's early rollicking tune "Karoline", Carolyn Mark strikes a balance between the bold and the gentle, the ribald and the romantic. The lyrics of that song really nail it, "The path you walk is on fire, So wild and unashamed with a passion you inspire" and "The web you weave is so tender I'm tangled by your gaze". Spend a few moments in her presence and you'll be captivated and charmed too. She's such a great storyteller, both in spoken word and music, both in off-the-cuff impromptu and more composed settings. She can have your guts aching with laughter, and then your heart aching with sorrow. Mark delivers the goods with her latest album, a collaboration with the awesomely named N.Q. Arbuckle who are not a person, but a band from Toronto. As you may know, Ms Mark has amassed quite an impressive body of homespun Canadiana all by her lonesome as well as in collaboration with her many incredibly talented musical friends. Over the years she's proven to be a splendid hostess, welcoming all into her musical kitchen with a giddy batting of her big false lashes, a generous glass of cheer, her home cookin' (psst, she makes cookbooks filled with her pals' and her own recipes too!) and plenty of song of course. You might recall the Tribute To Nashville cd re-enactment of the soundtrack to Robert Altman's 1975 film which she orchestrated a few years back. Such a curiously wonderful labor of love. So needless to say, any news of fresh collaborations with this lady is good news! Here, she and N.Q. Arbuckle make a great pairing, definitely kindred spirits. Despite the title, there's actually a sense of travel (She anecdotally namechecks Canadian cities along the way. Yes, you get a little geography lesson on each of her albums!), of movement, of restlessness, but also a yearning for the warm embrace of home. Call us crazy, but some of the songs (such as "Officer Down") conjured imaginings of a countrified Fleetwood Mac (Hmmm, we just noticed on the shrinkwrap sticker it sez "Carolyn lovingly calls it her Rumours". So we're not crazy!), while others (such as "Downtime") recall the electrified earthy hey day of Uncle Tupelo (but then again maybe that's because Neville Quinlan's voice is a deadringer for Jay Farrar's!). Both are very good points of reference in our books! Recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Officer Down"
MPEG Stream: "The 2nd Time"
MPEG Stream: "Canada Day/Toronto"

album cover MARK, CAROLYN & THE ROOM-MATES Terrible Hostess (Mint) cd 14.98
I can assure you that the title is by no means auto-biographical. Ms Carolyn is the lovely hostess with the most-est. Talk about a party girl! She along with her room-mates Tolan and Garth surely whip everyone else up into the mirthful merriment. Each on his or her own possesses a down to earth ease at entertaining that's something to behold, and together? Well, let's just say "get ready for the good times." Some of the best storytelling stage banter around. Her second album makes leaps and bounds from where her rough'n'tumble debut Party Girl left off. For one thing it's all studio recorded as opposed to her more lo-fi, song-in-every-city-across-Canada-in-a-Honda adventure. Since that album, she's performed a whole bunch in an ever-expanding range of venues and continued to play in the Corn Sisters with her good pal Neko Case (who, by the way, wrote a song about her - "Karoline" - on The Virginian). A much more polished, sophisticated lady who can still whoop it up and whomp yer butt! Much like fellow Canadian k.d. lang (yeah I know, aren't all Canadian female country artists compared to her?), she's able to slip gracefully from down home hillbilly stomp to elegant torch balladry and back again with nary a false step. This is most apparent on a particular three song stretch on this album ("Dirty Little Secret" through "Catscan"). With its warm horns, piano recorded in an old church across the street from the studio, a male chorus, there's an ever-present old tyme feel, bringing to mind the stage of the Grand Old Opry with its dapper gents and bouffanted ladies. The duet vocal interplay on "Catscan" rings with a fond familiarity much like that of George Jones and Tammy Wynette or Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. Very nice!
RealAudio clip: "Dirty Little Secret"
RealAudio clip: "Inevitable"
RealAudio clip: "Catscan"

MARKANT Cat M 1 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 10 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 11 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 12 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 13 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 14 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 15 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 16 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 17 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 17 (Markant) 2x10" 23.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 2 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 3 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 4 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 5 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 6 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 7 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

MARKANT Cat M 8 (Markant) lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
With more than a dozen LPs (17 as of this date) released in less than a year or so, Markant's prolific output has been compared to an electronica diary by Drew from Matmos... Working remarkably similar to Boards of Canada and the Skam output, Markant excels at constructing beautiful and melancholic melodies over sputtering post-AFX electronica breakbeats. With so many of his records out, there's sure to be a dud. So our recommendations are for... Cat M-5, Cat M-14, Cat M-17 and Cat M-18, but we will do our best to keep as many of them in stock!

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