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album cover MASERATI Inventions For The New Season (Temporary Residence Ltd.) 2lp 19.98
Maserati's 2007 full length, now reissued as a swank double lp. Here's our original review:
A simple check-list should help you to get an idea of what Maserati is all about: instrumental post-rock, released on the Temporary Residence Ltd. label, with a sports car name sorta like Trans Am... This album focuses a lot of psychedelic guitar distortion and krauty, rhythmic energy into eight sleek, speedy, and sometimes shoegazey tracks that sound like Frippertronics at the disco, or a coke-fuelled Circle/Tortoise/Zombi jam. It's a loud yet gentle ear-massage lit up by flashing, stroboscopic drumming. The drummer also played in !!! and the Turing Machine, you could sorta see Maserati as a mix of those two bands, mathy propulsive post-rock with a bit of a groove-y, dance-y vibe. Portions of this could make a good Miami Vice soundtrack, like for a scene (filmed from a helicopter) of an exciting power-boat chase across a deep blue, beautiful, sunshiney sea. Also several of these tracks, Cup is convinced, could easily segue into a rendition of "Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring... which is way cool by us.
MPEG Stream: "Inventions"
MPEG Stream: "This Is A Sight We Had One Day From The High Mountain"

MASERATI Maserati VII (Temporary Residence) cd 14.98

album cover MASERATI Passages (Temporary Residence Ltd.) cd 13.98
Rev it up! The Maserati boys are back with another compact disc installment of their instrumental, exceedingly rhythmic post rock, and unlike some bands who have run afoul of corporate intellectual property lawyers (Pansonic, Kleenex, Bipolaroid, etc.), they still haven't been sued by the manufacturers of the Italian sports car from whom they borrow their name (though perhaps it's also an obscure Ted Nugent lyrical reference? let's hope not). Probably the suits at the automaker Maserati's headquarters realize that this band's music is free, excellent advertising for their product!
This is definitely -driving- music, sometime a pleasant Sunday drive, sometimes a white knuckle ride over the speed limit, always propulsive, hypnotically repetitive, but dynamic as well. "Join Us, Mystic Sister" is a brief, ecstatic intro, that shines forth and then segues smoothly into "No More Sages", with its vaguely metallic, chucka-chucka guitars, motorik beats, and washes of shoegazery distortion. Other cuts venture further into purely kosmische, krautrock inspired territory, like the minimalist all-synth pulsations of "Thieves".
There's 8 tracks on this 40 minute disc, three of them remixes. However, all but two of the tracks previously appeared on limited edition, now out of print vinyl releases. The first four cuts are from Maserati's side of their 12" split with Zombi that we were never able to get enough of to list. And two of the remixes, by DFA's Tim Goldsworthy and !!!'s Justin Van Der Volgen, are from the Inventions Remixes 12". Both really dance it up, accentuating the cosmic disco vibe that Maserati already possess. The other remix, of a spacier take of this disc's "Monoliths", was done by Zombi's Steve Moore, and is exclusive to this release, as is album closer "Do You Hear The Nightbirds Calling You?". And if all that wasn't enough, this cd is further enhanced by the presence of two pretty cool Quicktime video clips. One's live, the other a cute, partly animated music video demonstrating Maserati's potential as workout music.
As always, VERY recommended for fans of Zombi, Trans Am, Circle, Salvatore, Tussle, Nisennenmondai, SF's own Jonas Reinhardt, and other likeminded coked up post rockers.
MPEG Stream: "No More Sages"
MPEG Stream: "Monoliths"

album cover MASERATI Pyramid of the Moon (Temporary Residence Ltd.) 12" 13.98
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Recorded before the tragic death of drummer Jerry Fuchs, this 12" is a sort of teaser for the very very soon upcoming new record from post/math rockers Maserati, hence the similar title, but both tracks here are exclusive, and both make this well worth picking up.
The A side is another dose of that Maserati style post rock we can't ever seem to get enough of, sounding like some sort of impossible Circle / Zombi / Tortoise hybrid, krautrock rhythms, fuzzy Carpenter-y synths, KILLER drumming, all very hypnotic and mesmerizing, the main riff, a crunchy downtuned chug, wrapped around an almost danceable beat, those sci-fi Carpenter synths swirling in the background and occasionally wrapping themselves around the chugging guitars, the sound positions Maserati as a sort of heavier counterpoint to recent Record Of The Week-ers Majeure.
And if a brand new, exclusive sidelong track wasn't enough to convince you, that same track gets the remix treatment of the flipside from The Field, sampling the original, and transforming it into something much more woozy and washed out and hypnotic. The synths are cranked way up, the rhythm more machinelike, the chugging guitars reimagined as a blurred almost electronic sounding pulse. So great. We only have a handful of these, and it was super limited, so not sure how long we'll have these around...

album cover MASERATI Pyramid Of The Sun (Temporary Residence Ltd.) cd 14.98
We've raved about instrumental post rockers Maserati in the past, and they just keep getting better and better, while oddly enough, they seem to gradually be moving away from their early sound, which was pretty much straight ahead nineties style post rock, which we love, toward something much more synthy and krautrocky, more groovy and almost dancey, which we also love. It probably has to do with the fact that drummer Jerry Fuchs (who tragically passed away last year) also played drums for !!! (Chik Chik Chik), so it was maybe inevitable that some of that funkiness might creep into his other group, since it's Fuchs' beats that pretty much drive this Maserati, propulsive and intricate, mathy and tight, but also super fluid. The guitars follow suit, looped and effected, cascading and chiming, all of that underpinned by some serious eighties style synths, pulsing like some supercharged John Carpenter soundtrack, and that's what makes Maserati sound so good, the collision of heavy crunchy guitars, propulsive motorik krautrock, and that sort of new age/wave-y synth. That's also why Maserati sound more like Zombi or Majeure these days, albeit a way more rocking, way heavier version. And hell, who could argue with a way heavier Zombi? Not us, that's for sure.
But really, to be fair, this new record is not all that far removed from past records, as far back as their Inventions For The New Season record, we were already describing some of their music as sounding like a "coke-fuelled Circle/Tortoise/Zombi jam" or as the perfect soundtrack for "an episode of Miami Vice, like for a scene (filmed from a helicopter) of an exciting power-boat chase across a deep blue, beautiful, sunshiney sea." And that vibe is still present, only now, it's for an episode of some futuristic sci-fi noir program, and instead of a speedboat chase, it's a hovership chase, between Bladerunner like buildings, culminating in a wild shootout in some sort of futuristic space disco. Which sounds pretty dang good to us.
Recommended for fans of Majeure, Zombi, Solar Bears, and other modern spacekraut sci-fi synth explorers, but also post/math/hypno rockers like Circle, Salvatore, Parlour, K-X-P, Magyar Posse, Cave, Russian Circles, etc.
MPEG Stream: "Pyramid Of The Sun"
MPEG Stream: "We Got The System To Fight The System"
MPEG Stream: "Bye M'Friend, Goodbye"

album cover MASERATI Pyramid Of The Sun (Temporary Residence Ltd.) lp 15.98
NOW ON VINYL!!
We've raved about instrumental post rockers Maserati in the past, and they just keep getting better and better, while oddly enough, they seem to gradually be moving away from their early sound, which was pretty much straight ahead nineties style post rock, which we love, toward something much more synthy and krautrocky, more groovy and almost dancey, which we also love. It probably has to do with the fact that drummer Jerry Fuchs (who tragically passed away last year) also played drums for !!! (Chik Chik Chik), so it was maybe inevitable that some of that funkiness might creep into his other group, since it's Fuchs' beats that pretty much drive this Maserati, propulsive and intricate, mathy and tight, but also super fluid. The guitars follow suit, looped and effected, cascading and chiming, all of that underpinned by some serious eighties style synths, pulsing like some supercharged John Carpenter soundtrack, and that's what makes Maserati sound so good, the collision of heavy crunchy guitars, propulsive motorik krautrock, and that sort of new age/wave-y synth. That's also why Maserati sound more like Zombi or Majeure these days, albeit a way more rocking, way heavier version. And hell, who could argue with a way heavier Zombi? Not us, that's for sure.
But really, to be fair, this new record is not all that far removed from past records, as far back as their Inventions For The New Season record, we were already describing some of their music as sounding like a "coke-fuelled Circle/Tortoise/Zombi jam" or as the perfect soundtrack for "an episode of Miami Vice, like for a scene (filmed from a helicopter) of an exciting power-boat chase across a deep blue, beautiful, sunshiney sea." And that vibe is still present, only now, it's for an episode of some futuristic sci-fi noir program, and instead of a speedboat chase, it's a hovership chase, between Bladerunner like buildings, culminating in a wild shootout in some sort of futuristic space disco. Which sounds pretty dang good to us.
Recommended for fans of Majeure, Zombi, Solar Bears, and other modern spacekraut sci-fi synth explorers, but also post/math/hypno rockers like Circle, Salvatore, Parlour, K-X-P, Magyar Posse, Cave, Russian Circles, etc.
MPEG Stream: "Pyramid Of The Sun"
MPEG Stream: "We Got The System To Fight The System"
MPEG Stream: "Bye M'Friend, Goodbye"

MASERATI VII (Temporary Residence) 2lp 22.00

album cover MASHAYEKHI, ALIREZA & ATA EBTEKAR (SOTE) Persian Electronic Music: Yesterday And Today (1966-2006) (Sub Rosa) cd 16.98

album cover MASMELO Madeline (self-released) cd-r 5.98
Madeline is the first release from these two Japanese gals currently calling SF their home. Prior to moving to the States, the pair were in a band called Small Universe, and one member is also currently the bassist for The Ass Baboons Of Venus! They dish out five very short (and only occasionally sweet) jolts of super raucous and lo-lo-fi, truly garage-style pop. Primitive thumpin' drumbeats, trashy guitar chords, girl gang vocals and the howl of uncontrolled feedback.
MPEG Stream: "Number Count"
MPEG Stream: "Here We Go"

MASONNA Ejaculation Generator (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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Japan's hopping noise honcho. Continues the "Good Alchemy" series of outrageous aural assaults.

MASONNA Hyper Chaotic (V. Records) cd 10.98
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More of the crazy, dynamic noise Masonna is known for, this time available on a relatively inexpensive American disc.

MASONNA Mademoiselle Anne Sanglante Ou Notre Nymphomanie Aureole (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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MASONNA Noskl In Ana (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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album cover MASONNA Shock Rock (MIDI Creative) cd 27.00
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And now for the third of our reviews of the three "Freakout Triplex" cds that were released in 2002 in honor of Maso Yamazaki's 15th anniversary (of noise/music making, presumably). There was a disc apiece dedicated to each of his main projects: Christine 23 Onna's Acid Eater (reviewed on list 255), Space Machine's 2 (reviewed on list 258), and Masonna's Shock Rock (being reviewed right NOW). These weren't readily available over here in the USA when they first came out, so we figured a bunch of you Japanese psychedelic/electronic/noise fans would be interested if we reviewed these, now that we can finally get 'em.
Masonna is Maso Yamazaki's best known project, his solo screaming noise guise. As harsh Japanese noise goes, Masonna's at the top of the heap, up there with the likes of Merzbow and Hijokaidan in a sort of unholy trinity. Quite prolific in the past, Masonna's discography is rather large to say the least. But you can be sure than ANY Masonna album you hear is gonna sound like just about the most insane noisy thing EVER. Shock Rock, his umpteenth cd release, is also as far as we're aware the last full-length Masonna album to come out... So it stands to reason that this could well be the noisiest. We're not talking trance-inducing drone like you might get from, say, Aube or even Merzbow, sometimes. We're talking short sharp shocks of feedback-attack noise, 31 tracks on this 46 minute disc. Ultra-distorted, deliriously painful, apoplectic EXTREME noise here! Which, paradoxically, can be a pleasurable, almost gleeful thing...though it's an acquired taste no doubt! Folks who already know and love the likes of Shinsen Na Clitoris (Vanilla, 1990) or Mademoiselle Anne Sanglante Ou Notre Nymphomanie Aureole (Alchemy, 1993) will want to add this to their collections. It's as spasmodically fierce as those classics. But for Japanese noise noobs, well, this might be like jumping in at the deep end! However, if you're not afraid, and/or simply want to get maximal noise for your 27 bucks, this surely would be the ticket!
MPEG Stream: "track 1"
MPEG Stream: "track 16"

MASONNA Spectrum Ripper (Cold Spring) lp+cd 31.00

MASONNA Super Compact Disk (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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album cover MASONNA Ultimate Collection Vol.1 (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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There's noise, and then there's noise!!! And then, there's Masonna... and this, the Ultimate Masonna (volume one).
Never heard any Japanese noise? Well, there's always a first time, and this could be it. Maybe you'll love it (if not, you'll probably hate it... not much room for any reactions in-between). If you have heard Japanese noise, you probably already know Masonna. Along with Merzbow and Hijokaidan, he's probably the most (in)famous and most extreme of all the many Japanese noisicians. At AQ, he's also quite popular for his other sonic endeavors, the analog spaced out kosmiche electronic trips of Space Machine, the super psychedelic rhythmic synth grooves of Christine 23 Onna, and the fuzz-freaked garage rock of Acid Eater. Those outfits, to varying degrees, can be considered music, even pop music. But recording under the Masonna moniker, Maso Yamazaki makes sheer noise, no "music" involved at all. Just ultra dynamic, distorted screaming and electronic distortion, volume cranked to the max, an all-out expressive attack, acrobatic and energetic. Very similar to his famous "jumping" live performances.
In honor of Masonna's 20th anniversary of noisemaking, packaged with super swank graphics (we dig the elaborate Greatful Dead/Quicksilver looking logo) and liner notes in both English and Japanese, Ultimate Collection Vol.1 brings back two long out of print Masonna documents. It includes the oddly titled Masonna Vs. Bananamara LP, originally released on vinyl in 1989 by Japan's Vanilla Records in an edition of 290 copies, and the aptly titled 1996 album Hyper Chaotic, originally from tiny US label V Records. Reissued together on one compact disc, these two albums comprise 48 mostly short tracks (many of 'em under a minute each) of the most intense, shrieking shards of distortion with which you've ever abused your ears... you've been warned!!
The vs. Bananamara album (which was Masonna's debut LP after some self-released cassettes) perhaps features more high-end skree, while the later Hyper Chaotic is more about blown-out white noise... but there's plenty of both sounds throughout!
MPEG Stream: "Keckold"
MPEG Stream: "Baimn Lamx"
MPEG Stream: "Hyper Chaotic - Chapter 2"
MPEG Stream: "Hyper Chaotic - Chapter 13"

album cover MASONNA Ultimate Collection Vol.2 (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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What could be better (and noisier) than Masonna's Ultimate Collection Volume 1? Volume 2 of course. In honor of the man's 20 years of noisemaking madness, Alchemy has reissued several crucial, long out of print Masonna documents as two-on-one cds in this Ultimate Collection series. You can check out our review, elsewhere on our site, of Vol. 1 to read more about Masonna and his legendary place in the pantheon of Japanese noise, alongside the likes of Merzbow and Hijokaidan... suffice to say if you've never heard this stuff before, be warned! It's noisy all right. Not everyone will have the same reaction (no siree) but for us, when we hear the harsh sonic genius of Masonna, it's like, we freeze, fascinated, compelled - numbed and hypnotized even. It's really enjoyable... really.
So, Volume 2 comprises the early 1990 album Shinsen Na Clitoris (of which only 499 copies were pressed), and the 1998 cd-r Tripsy Sunshine (which was even rarer, in an edition of 49 copies!). Rather than the many short, sharp, shocking tracks found on Vol.1, there's just four long tracks here, each of the original albums split into two approximately 15 minute pieces. Though, on Shinsen Na Clitoris, it still sounds like a lot of cut-up edits.
That album is all about totally destroyed, distorted to hell vocals, Masonna's insane shrieking demonic baby babble in a swirling vortex of feedback and warped FX, the sounds of guitar (?), electronics, and his voice all one massive noisy jibber-jabber. Whew! He's really freaking out, hyperventilating probably. Later, on the Tripsy Sunshine tracks, Masonna moves more into the fuzzed out psych-synth territory of his Christine 23 Onna and Space Machine projects, with washes of fuzzy synth overload and throbbing pounding rhythms. So it becomes a bit more 'musical' but just barely. There's certainly gobs of sheer chaotic please turn that down NOISE to happily torment your earholes with as well, from start to finish.
You know how you can't fit more than, like, 80 minutes of music on a compact disc? Well this disc is one hour long, but it's probably got more (noisy) SOUND crammed into it than any cd you can find, whatever the length. Basically, Masonna takes to heart the principle that if you're gonna make noise, make it the noisiest. And he sure does.
MPEG Stream: "Shinsen Na Clitoris Part 1"
MPEG Stream: "Space Psychetronics Erector"

MASONNA Vestal Spacey Ritual (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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MASS From Zero (Paratactile) cd 19.98
A truely extraordinary second release from the improv power trio Gary Smith, Gary Jeff, and Lou Ciccotelli (God, Spleen, etc.) on guitar, bass, electronics, and percussion.

album cover MASS Mixed Media (Paratactile) cd 16.98
British avant-garde "stereo" guitarist Gary Smith unleashes the third release from his power trio Mass, wherein he's joined by the equally out there and extreme rhythm section of Gary Jeff and Lou Ciccotelli. You might know these guys from their contributions to projects like God and Aufgehoben No Process. Mass is a bit less oppressive than those bands, closer to "jazz" but not what most people think of as jazz, of course. Yessir, their electronics, improv moves, and rock-derived power combine for another satisfying head-bender.
MPEG Stream: "Advance"

MASS s/t (Man's Ruin) cd 13.98
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One of the best new releases on Man's Ruin in a while! This debut cd by Germany's Mass will definitely appeal to fans of Melvins, Boris, and similar paragons of avant-metallic heaviness. The opening track "White Light Yellow Pt. One" establishes the band's inital juggernaut similarity to the Melvins, but as the album progresses, so does Mass, incorporating the judicious use of keyboards, non-distorted vocals, and other unusual moves -- really blossoming into something original, devastating, and addictive. The closing instrumental 'cover' of funkmaster Larry Graham's "Earthquake" puts the perfect finishing touch on this quality album. Featuring the former rhythm section of the underrated and unsung Nonoyesno (although the sound of Mass is very different). Recommended! Also, this disc's artwork, while simple, is a cut above what we have come to expect from Man's Ruin's usual 'I stole this off the net, and made it different colors' lazy artistic re-appropriation.

album cover MASS, THE City Of Dis (Crucial Blast) cd 14.98
This fierce, frenetic Oakland band isn't afraid to take a kitchen sink approach to their brand of avant-garde metalcore... ok, maybe they don't include the metaphorical kitchen sink but they do cram in lots and lots of saxophone! That's on top of a heavy, mean, rockin' blend of grind, punk, black metal, prog, etc.
Dunno if they ever really exceed being just the sum of their overt influences (we'd guess the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan, John Zorn, King Crimson, Botch, Guapo, Motorhead, Slayer...) but they do make a nasty racket that even metalheads normally adverse to jazz and/or saxophones might find headbangingly worthy. So if "Yakety Sax" meets metal sounds good (or good n' weird) to you, check this out! As a bonus, this includes a Quicktime live video for their track "We Enslaved Elves To Build Our Death Machine"!
MPEG Stream: "La Porc"
MPEG Stream: "Trapped Under A Ice"

album cover MASS, THE Holocene #6 (self-released) cd-r 5.98
Long lost third record from this Bay Area crew, who back in the day (mid 2000's) released two killer blasts of grinding sax flecked grind metal crush, both released on the always stellar Crucial Blast label (licensed from UK label Monotreme), and Holocene, recorded right before the band broke up, and originally 'released' in 2007 (these copies come from the band's stash), finds the group still in fine form, continuing on from where record #2, Perfect Picture Of Wisdom & Boldness, left off - a dizzying assemblage of tangled math metal, blown out noise rock, mathy post-hardcore, all wound up into four blasts of furious pounding pummel, laced with plenty of avant experimentalism, little brief bits of almost jazziness here and there, long stretches of droned out metallic hypno-rock churn, flurries of chugging riffage draped over wild octopoidal tribal drum damage, the songs and sound lurching from near death metal blasts to knuckle dragging, bass heavy throb, often splintering into weird atonal mathy breakdowns, and often that's when the sax swoops in, the sound suddenly getting sort of death-jazz, before exploding right back into it.
The centerpiece here is for sure the nearly 12 minute closer, with its opening doom/sludge dirge, a downtuned trudge, subtle mathed out, the timing in constant flux, that mathiness gradually taking over, until it's a wild, neck snapping, math-metal blowout, only to slip right back into an even doomier sludgier creep, replete with sick, FX heavy vokills, the sort of thing current bands like Indian and The Body specialize in, but this is the Mass after all, so about halfway through, the sound shifts again, the guitar locked into a muted chug, then in comes the sax, the vibe is weird, and weirdly catchy, an avant doomjazz that quickly explodes into something much noisier, underpinning some wild guitar shred, before slipping right back into that dirge-y chug, which gradually crumbles, and distorts, the sounds more and more blown out and in the red until they finally devolve into near Merzbow digital blacknoize.
Killer, creepy artwork by comic artist Jon Wayshak, who not only did the front and back covers, but also did some awesomely gruesome portraits of each of the band members inside the booklet.
LIMITED TO 200 COPIES!!!
MPEG Stream: "Trbovlue"
MPEG Stream: "Human Shield"
MPEG Stream: "Ilirska Bistrica"

MASS, THE Perfect Picture (Crucial Blast) cd 13.98
Second and so far best album from this metal-with-saxophone band!

MASSACRE Funny Valentine (Tzadik) cd 15.98
18 years later, Fred Frith (Naked City, Henry Cow, Skeleton Crew) and Bill Laswell (Praxis, Material, Painkiller, Arcana) are joined by Charles Hayward (This Heat) to reform Massacre--a brutal and complex improv-rock trio that wupped asses and ears back in the early '80's. Adolf Wolfli cover art.

MASSACRE Killing Time (ReR) cd 16.98

album cover MASSACRE Lonely Heart (Tzadik) cd 16.98
Lonely Heart is the fourth album by avant-rock, experimental power trio Massacre, featuring Fred Frith (guitar), Bill Laswell (bass guitar) and Charles Hayward (drums). It was recorded live at Festival Sons D'Hiver in Paris on January 25, 2003, and at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on June 26, 2003.

album cover MASSACRE Meltdown (Tzadik) cd 16.98
Massacre has been around since 1981's seminal album Killing Time (which you must seek out if you haven't heard it already). Comprised of guitarist Fred Frith, bassist Bill Laswell, and -- new to the group -- Charles Hayward on drums, Massacre specialize in improvised avant rock -- propulsive rhythms, plink-plonking bass, scraping schizo textural guitarwork. Recorded live at Robert Wyatt's 2001 Meltdown Festival, it all adds up to an intense listening experience, especially when the trio lets loose with climactic fervor. As the founder of the legendary This Heat, Hayward's name makes this even more of a supergroup than before. Luckily the music lives up to that, although we'd still recommend Killing Time to start with.
RealAudio clip: "Closing the Circles and Loose End"
RealAudio clip: "Up For It"

MASSEMORD Obscura Symphonia (Cybertzara) cd 14.98

album cover MASSEMORD Skogen Kaller (Cybertzara) cd 14.98
Another awesome warehouse find that definitely deserves to see the light of day. We've had Massemord's Skogen Kaller since 2003... but sometimes stuff gets lost in the shuffle. Anyway, we're glad we found these - all 4 of them, so act fast - because for those like ourselves who dig their metal black, Norwegian, and totally evil, this is sure to hit the spot. Nothing super "out there" or "fucked up" about this one, just grim, buzzing hate with some surprisingly majestic guitar leads thrown in every once in a while. The vokillz are classic black metal rasps delivered in both Norwegian and English (not that you could necessarily tell), and with song titles like "Eternal War", "I Have Sipped The Blood...", and "Flowers For Your Funeral", you should know whether or not this is your cup of freshly harvested human blood or not... Apparently after a name change, Massemord is back to their old moniker under the helm of mainman (and, it would seem, only man these days) Barren. We definitely look forward to checking that stuff out and hopefully won't wait another 7 years to review it...
MPEG Stream: "Solen Skinner Ikkje"
MPEG Stream: "Flowers For Your Funeral"
MPEG Stream: "My Last Breath"

album cover MASSIERA, JEAN-PIERRE Midnight Massiera (Finders Keepers) cd 23.00
We'd never normally accuse the Finders Keepers Label of being slow on the draw, having turned us on to so much stuff we wouldn't know about otherwise. But we thought it a bit odd that they just released this Jean-Pierre Massiera compilation so soon after the Mucho Gusto label released the two incredible Psychoses compilations (Discoids and Freakoids) showcasing the eccentric prog, pop and disco productions of this incredible French mad genius. Yet while there is some crossover (six songs here are also on the Freakoids comp; three are also on Discoids), there is about half of Midnight Massiera that's from other outfits not featured on those two previous comps. Some we've heard of (Les Maledictus Sound, who contribute two tracks), others we've heard of but didn't realize Massiera was involved in their production (Chico Magnetic Band and Chris Gallbert, the same track featured on the awesome earlier Mucho Gusto comp, Total Freak Out!), and finally there are a few groups totally new to us: the spaghetti western Moog weirdness of S.E.M. Studios; the one and only Jesus, who contributes two tracks - one loungey freak beat, the other melancholy folk; a percussive fuzz interlude by Atlantide, and the cinematic psych-folk of Afterlife. Visitors, Hermans Rocket, Human Egg, Basile (with two tracks) Les Chats, Les Monegasques, The Pyranhas, and The Starlights make repeat appearances. Folks who already have the two previous compilations (plus the Les Maledictus Sound, Visitors, and Chico Magnetic Band albums, as well as the Total Freak Out compilation), may not want to shell out more for this. But for a one-stop Massiera compilation, this is very wide ranging and well curated, featuring most of the best of the Mucho Gusto compilations, as well as our favorite tracks from Les Maledictus Sound. If you haven't already purchased any of the previous Massiera related releases available, and need a really good introduction, this one will do quite nicely!
MPEG Stream: THE STARLIGHTS "Mao Mao"
MPEG Stream: BASILE "Engins Bizarres et Gens Estranges"
MPEG Stream: VISITORS "Visitors"
MPEG Stream: CHRIS GALLBERT "Sing Sing"
MPEG Stream: LES MALEDICTUS SOUND "Kriminal Theme"
MPEG Stream: JESUS "Song Mortuaire"
MPEG Stream: CHICO MAGNETIC BAND "Pop Or Not"

album cover MASSIERA, JEAN-PIERRE Psychoses: Discoid (1976 - 1981) (Mucho Gusto) cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Now on cd!! We sold a ton of both volumes of these on vinyl already, here's our review...
It's not every day you hear samples of Hitler speeches and Nazi marches over a pulsating glammy space groove next to an even wackier freaked out French version of Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away". Throw in some warped '60s beat pop, zany space prog and the weirdest but most sublimely cosmic disco tracks you have never heard, and you are somewhat closer to wrapping your head around the skewed production genius of Jean-Pierre Massiera. Starting his career in the south of France and relocating to Montreal in the seventies, Massiera, best known for Les Maledictus Sound, a holy-grail record for collectors of sixties psych-exotica freakiness has continued to explore for the past 40 years all manner of spacey and unhinged pop and dance grooves through a myriad of single-based projects, the best of collected on these two volumes. Like a surrealist Serge Gainsbourg mixed with Gong, Cerrone and Zolar X, Massiera never concerned himself with record industry pressures or making fame or fortune off his production efforts but instead used the studio to explore his love of surrealism, off-beat humor and some coke-addled (we presume) cosmic fantasy.
The Discoid volume begins with Sex Conventions' "Toi Qui Reve de Baisers", a funky groover that owes much of its success to Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio" as they share similar riffs and breaks. Native American, and Brazilian rhythms come through on tracks by Herman's Rocket (who were also on the first volume) and Brasa Brasil & Helena. While Human Egg gives us "Onomatopaiea", a hypnotic vocal-only rhythm chant and the cosmic disco epic "Love Like This" that any DJ with a penchant for Italo or electro-funk should get this volume for that track alone! Of course The Starlights "Mao Mao" along with tracks by Mickey and Joyce and Venus Gang also make this essential for crate diggers and beatheads and freaky music collectors of all types. Psychoses Indeed!
MPEG Stream: THE HUMAN EGG "Love Like This"
MPEG Stream: THE STARLIGHTS "Mao Mao"
MPEG Stream: SEX CONVENTION "Toi Qui Reve De Baisers"

album cover MASSIERA, JEAN-PIERRE Psychoses: Discoid (1976 - 1981) (Mucho Gusto) lp 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
It's not every day you hear samples of Hitler speeches and Nazi marches over a pulsating glammy space groove next to an even wackier freaked out French version of Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away". Throw in some warped '60s beat pop, zany space prog and the weirdest but most sublimely cosmic disco tracks you have never heard, and you are somewhat closer to wrapping your head around the skewed production genius of Jean-Pierre Massiera. Starting his career in the south of France and relocating to Montreal in the seventies, Massiera, best known for Les Maledictus Sound, a holy-grail record for collectors of sixties psych-exotica freakiness has continued to explore for the past 40 years all manner of spacey and unhinged pop and dance grooves through a myriad of single-based projects, the best of collected on these two volumes. Like a surrealist Serge Gainsbourg mixed with Gong, Cerrone and Zolar X, Massiera never concerned himself with record industry pressures or making fame or fortune off his production efforts but instead used the studio to explore his love of surrealism, off-beat humor and some coke-addled (we presume) cosmic fantasy. Each record comes with a code to download mp3's and a bonus track.
The Discoid volume begins with Sex Conventions' "Toi Qui Reve de Baisers", a funky groover that owes much of its success to Dennis Coffey's "Scorpio" as they share similar riffs and breaks. Native American, and Brazilian rhythms come through on tracks by Herman's Rocket (who were also on the first volume) and Brasa Brasil & Helena. While Human Egg gives us "Onomatopaiea", a hypnotic vocal-only rhythm chant and the cosmic disco epic "Love Like This" that any DJ with a penchant for Italo or electro-funk should get this volume for that track alone! Of course The Starlights "Mao Mao" along with tracks by Mickey and Joyce and Venus Gang also make this essential for crate diggers and beatheads and freaky music collectors of all types. Psychoses Indeed!
MPEG Stream: THE HUMAN EGG "Love Like This"
MPEG Stream: THE STARLIGHTS "Mao Mao"
MPEG Stream: SEX CONVENTION "Toi Qui Reve De Baisers"

album cover MASSIERA, JEAN-PIERRE Psychoses: Freakoid (1963 - 1978) (Mucho Gusto) cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Now on cd!! We sold a ton of both volumes of these on vinyl already, here's our review...
It's not every day you hear samples of Hitler speeches and Nazi marches over a pulsating glammy space groove next to an even wackier freaked out French version of Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away". Throw in some warped '60s beat pop, zany space prog and the weirdest but most sublimely cosmic disco tracks you have never heard, and you are somewhat closer to wrapping your head around the skewed production genius of Jean-Pierre Massiera. Starting his career in the south of France and relocating to Montreal in the seventies, Massiera, best known for Les Maledictus Sound, a holy-grail record for collectors of sixties psych-exotica freakiness has continued to explore for the past 40 years all manner of spacey and unhinged pop and dance grooves through a myriad of single-based projects, the best of collected on these two volumes. Like a surrealist Serge Gainsbourg mixed with Gong, Cerrone and Zolar X, Massiera never concerned himself with record industry pressures or making fame or fortune off his production efforts but instead used the studio to explore his love of surrealism, off-beat humor and some coke-addled (we presume) cosmic fantasy.
The Freakoid volume begins with Basile, a novelty singer who was popular in the South of France for playing a rural imbecile who has two tracks, one being the skewed Napoleon XIV cover mentioned above. That there is no mention that this song is a cover ( both were released the same year) and instead claims to be inspired by an early thirties French recording just adds to Massiera's strange self-made mythos masking some pretty blatant appropriations. Other tracks by groups Les Monegasques and Piranhas venture into psyche beat and garage rock while tracks by Le Chats and J.P.M & Co. explore proggified Salvador Dali, with wigs and body paint, hermaphrodites, and tape collages over pulsing synths and rhythms. More cosmic space funk rounds out side two with alien fantasias from Visitors and more glitter wigs and body paint from Herman's Rocket and Venus Gang providing some late-era Mutantes / Nina Hagen zaniness. Add the traditional African and Indonesian folk groove of The Starlights and you're in for a druggy Euro-mind-trip that you might not be able to return from. Psychoses indeed!
MPEG Stream: BASILE "Engins Bizarres et Gens Estranges"
MPEG Stream: J.P.M & CO. "Plus Jamais Ca"
MPEG Stream: VISITORS "Flatwoods Story"
MPEG Stream: VENUS GANG "Space Inferno"

album cover MASSIERA, JEAN-PIERRE Psychoses: Freakoid (1963 - 1978) (Mucho Gusto) lp 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
It's not every day you hear samples of Hitler speeches and Nazi marches over a pulsating glammy space groove next to an even wackier freaked out French version of Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away". Throw in some warped '60s beat pop, zany space prog and the weirdest but most sublimely cosmic disco tracks you have never heard, and you are somewhat closer to wrapping your head around the skewed production genius of Jean-Pierre Massiera. Starting his career in the south of France and relocating to Montreal in the seventies, Massiera, best known for Les Maledictus Sound, a holy-grail record for collectors of sixties psych-exotica freakiness has continued to explore for the past 40 years all manner of spacey and unhinged pop and dance grooves through a myriad of single-based projects, the best of collected on these two volumes. Like a surrealist Serge Gainsbourg mixed with Gong, Cerrone and Zolar X, Massiera never concerned himself with record industry pressures or making fame or fortune off his production efforts but instead used the studio to explore his love of surrealism, off-beat humor and some coke-addled (we presume) cosmic fantasy. Each record comes with a code to download mp3's and a bonus track.
The Freakoid volume begins with Basile, a novelty singer who was popular in the South of France for playing a rural imbecile who has two tracks, one being the skewed Napoleon XIV cover mentioned above. That there is no mention that this song is a cover ( both were released the same year) and instead claims to be inspired by an early thirties French recording just adds to Massiera's strange self-made mythos masking some pretty blatant appropriations. Other tracks by groups Les Monegasques and Piranhas venture into psyche beat and garage rock while tracks by Le Chats and J.P.M & Co. explore proggified Salvador Dali, with wigs and body paint, hermaphrodites, and tape collages over pulsing synths and rhythms. More cosmic space funk rounds out side two with alien fantasias from Visitors and more glitter wigs and body paint from Herman's Rocket and Venus Gang providing some late-era Mutantes / Nina Hagen zaniness. Add the traditional African and Indonesian folk groove of The Starlights and you're in for a druggy Euro-mind-trip that you might not be able to return from. Psychoses indeed!
MPEG Stream: BASILE "Engins Bizarres et Gens Estranges"
MPEG Stream: J.P.M & CO. "Plus Jamais Ca"
MPEG Stream: VISITORS "Flatwoods Story"
MPEG Stream: VENUS GANG "Space Inferno"

album cover MASSIMO Hey Babe, Let Me See Your USB And I'll Show You My FireWire (Mego) 3" cd 9.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Gross! Okay, referring to the cover art, wherein an image of a naked man sitting in a chair with a FireWire cable superimposed in place of his dick via Photoshop is coupled with a similar image of a man's ass sporting a rather large USB port: One of the most annoying traits of current electronic music is the fact that artists like to fetishize aspects of their equipment -- that was okay when electronic music consisted of knobs and levers and oscillators and physical objects found only on electronic music equipment. But when it comes down to USB and Firewire and common things used by everyone from accountants to musicians, it's just dumb. Anyway, that's beside the point. It's just that the idea was probably a funny idea to the folks at Mego (and the images themselves are good for one laugh), but plain retarded in execution. Maybe that's what they were going for... This ep from the Sicilian Massimo is full of extremely loud digital farts and squiggles akin to Pita or a more hyper/short attention span Russell Haswell. The cover art as mentioned before takes digital pornography to new levels. Nasty.

album cover MASSIVE ATTACK 100th Window (Virgin) cd 16.98
Our beloved customer and friend Jesse Zeifman loves this album more than any of the AQ staff did, so we asked him to say a li'l something about it:
It's been five years since Massive Attack's startlingly aggressive Mezzanine marked a turning point for the Bristol trio credited, by most, for creating trip-hop. In the interim, the band's lost two of its three founding members, leaving the reins in Robert "3D" Del Naja's hands.
From Blue Lines (1991), a debut that used hip-hop as an endoskeleton and had a body made of soul music, to the muted, austere, follow-up Protection (1994), no Massive Attack album has sounded alike. For their new release, Del Naja has managed to shape-shift the group once again, eschewing Mezzanine's guitars and static and grit for something closer to ambient electronica.
Beginning with "Future Proof" and its combination of galloping electronic blips, reverberating guitars and layers of feedback, Del Naja throws an unexpected curve when, rather than delivering his lyrics with his signature blunted raps, he sings. Sounding like Thom Yorke stoned might, he doesn't display a lot of range, but he phrases things accordingly, effectively, and where it could have felt soft and wrong it doesn't.
As with their previous efforts, the sound-system dynamic with which the group was built remains in place. While Del Naja helms four of the album's nine tracks, he calls upon two other vocalists, Sinead O'Connor and Horace Andy, to give voice to the rest. O'Connor is, unfortunately, underused, leaving her songs the album's least interesting, but Andy, especially on the lovely "Everywhen", fares better. "Small Time Shot Away" is the album's warmest song. If any tonal comparison is to be drawn, it would be with Boards of Canada's "Music Is Math" (from their latest, Geogaddi). "Antistar" closes 100th Window with a threatening guitar loop smashed against Middle Eastern-flavored strings and Del Naja at his most claustrophobic. Juxtapositions of the beautiful and the ominous betray this track's genetic lineage. It's the take-no-shit younger sibling of Mezzanine's, "Risingson."
The rigor of Massive Attack's production always sets their work apart and 100th Window is no different. It may feel, upon first pass, like a pleasant soundtrack to your next dinner party. Check again. Tracks upon tracks of percussive elements, of tingling, stuttering, noise, of lost guitar loops moving independently, churning in their subterranean canals, makes for an experience of uneasy listening.
Recommended for fans of the group -- if you're new to Massive Attack, please start with Mezzanine.
RealAudio clip: "Everywhen"
RealAudio clip: "Future Proof"

MASSIVE ATTACK 100th Window (Virgin) 3lp 31.00
Our beloved customer and friend Jesse Zeifman loves this album more than any of the AQ staff did, so we asked him to say a li'l something about it:
It's been five years since Massive Attack's startlingly aggressive Mezzanine marked a turning point for the Bristol trio credited, by most, for creating trip-hop. In the interim, the band's lost two of its three founding members, leaving the reins in Robert "3D" Del Naja's hands.
From Blue Lines (1991), a debut that used hip-hop as an endoskeleton and had a body made of soul music, to the muted, austere, follow-up Protection (1994), no Massive Attack album has sounded alike. For their new release, Del Naja has managed to shape-shift the group once again, eschewing Mezzanine's guitars and static and grit for something closer to ambient electronica.
Beginning with "Future Proof" and its combination of galloping electronic blips, reverberating guitars and layers of feedback, Del Naja throws an unexpected curve when, rather than delivering his lyrics with his signature blunted raps, he sings. Sounding like Thom Yorke stoned might, he doesn't display a lot of range, but he phrases things accordingly, effectively, and where it could have felt soft and wrong it doesn't.
As with their previous efforts, the sound-system dynamic with which the group was built remains in place. While Del Naja helms four of the album's nine tracks, he calls upon two other vocalists, Sinead O'Connor and Horace Andy, to give voice to the rest. O'Connor is, unfortunately, underused, leaving her songs the album's least interesting, but Andy, especially on the lovely "Everywhen", fares better. "Small Time Shot Away" is the album's warmest song. If any tonal comparison is to be drawn, it would be with Boards of Canada's "Music Is Math" (from their latest, Geogaddi). "Antistar" closes 100th Window with a threatening guitar loop smashed against Middle Eastern-flavored strings and Del Naja at his most claustrophobic. Juxtapositions of the beautiful and the ominous betray this track's genetic lineage. It's the take-no-shit younger sibling of Mezzanine's, "Risingson."
The rigor of Massive Attack's production always sets their work apart and 100th Window is no different. It may feel, upon first pass, like a pleasant soundtrack to your next dinner party. Check again. Tracks upon tracks of percussive elements, of tingling, stuttering, noise, of lost guitar loops moving independently, churning in their subterranean canals, makes for an experience of uneasy listening.
Recommended for fans of the group -- if you're new to Massive Attack, please start with Mezzanine.

MASSIVE ATTACK Blue Lines (Virgin) cd 16.98

album cover MASSIVE ATTACK Heligoland (Virgin) cd 15.98
We wanted so much to like this new Massive Attack record. It had all the right ingredients (vocals by Horace Andy, Hope Sandoval, Damon Albern, etc.) but damn if it doesn't just fall a little bit flat. There are a few nice moments but as an album it feels a bit dated and really underwhelming. Some consolation can be found in the fact that another record came out not long ago, reviewed last list: King Midas Sound's record Waiting For You, which sounded exactly how we were had hoped the new Massive Attack would, warped and dark and dreamy, hypnotic and otherworldly, washed out and so divine. So if you love how Massive Attack sounded way back when they were great, maybe pass on this one and get King Midas Sound instead!
MPEG Stream: "Pray For Rain"
MPEG Stream: "Psyche"
MPEG Stream: "Saturday Come Slow"

MASSIVE ATTACK Mezzanine (Circa) cd 16.98
Scoffing at Portishead for not really extending themselves beyond the John Barry inspired trip hop of their first album, Massive Attack's Mezzanine is an excellent departure from the blunted references from Protection into a darkly polished gem that features Elizabeth Fraser of The Cocteau Twins on vocals! We think this record out-Trickys Tricky.

MASSIVE ATTACK Vs Mad Professor (Caroline) cd 14.98

MASSTISHADDHU Shekinah (Psychedelic Pig) cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Masstishaddhu's only album was released on United Daries back in 1988 and finally sees its long overdue cd reissue on Psychedelic Pig. Fronted by the hermetic Richard Rupenus (who also masterminded the noise scrape of The New Blockaders, the baffling Dada collages of The Mixed Band Philanthrophist, and the industrial rituals of Metgumbnerbone), Masstishaddhu is an entirely new vocabulary for Rupenus as he employs a healthy dose of Indian drones, deep transcendental chants, and bowed metal clatter. While references to the grizled malevolence of Organum or even some Nurse With Wound stuff may be appropriate, Masstishaddhu's dark, heavily opiated improvisations sit much closer to the American improv-damage of the Sun City Girls and No Neck Blues Band at their nost subtle. Jim has actually been looking for this album for several years now, and happily announces its return!

MASTA KILLA No Said Date (Nature Sounds) cd 14.98

MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKAKKE Far West (Important ) cd 14.98

MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKAKKE Far West (Important ) lp 17.98

album cover MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE Elogia De La Sombra (Latitudes) cd 14.98
A handful of new installments in the ongoing Latitudes series, where bands are given a session in the Southern Studios to whip up some improvised on the spot sounds, and release them into the world. Elsewhere on this week's list you'll find new Latitudes releases from Gowns, Gang Gang Dance and Nadja, then there's this one, from aQ faves the Master Musicians Of Bukkake, featuring the usual lineup, made up of various members of other bands you might have heard of: Earth, Sun City Girls, Burning Witch and more...
MMOB aren't so much a band, making music, as they are a collection of sonic sorcerers, conjuring up gorgeous and mysterious songscapes, drawing on all manner of world musics, Morricone-esque soundtracks, free jazz, drone, doom, Appalachia, and whatever else they've picked up on their travels, somehow all of that is woven into lush organic expanses of fantastically enthralling, super cinematic sound, that drifts from meditative Eastern tinged raga to buzz drenched Hawkwind style space rock.
Two tracks, 31 minutes, the first, is a fantastically abstract bit of raga-drift, the steel strings buzz and shimmer, sitar like melodies draped over warm whirring chordal thrum, slide guitars offer up slippery melodies, all softly tangled into gorgeous sun dapped dreamlike free-raga-drone music, the drums relentless, non stop rhythms adding less rhythmic heft, and more percussive texture, flurries of notes, clouds of cymbal shimmer, until about halfway through, when the various elements seems to coalesce into a bit of Eastern tinged slo-mo Appalachia, now with chanted monklike vocals, the drums more rhythmic, gradually locking into a hazy, deserty sprawl of twang flecked raga doom folk drift.
Which couldn't be more different than the second track, which immediately launches into some super motorik, cyclical krautrock, synthy swells swooping from speaker to speaker, the vocals down in the mix, but oh so Hawkwindy, repetitive and sing songy, and the song follows a distinctly space rock trajectory, locking into some druggy memser, and then slowly building and building, getting louder and louder, the main groove remaining virtually unchanged, but all around it, wild squalls of FX, streaks of glitched out synths, the guitars a bit crunchier and distorted, to cut through the swirling clouds of blur and buzz and skree and squelch, just the sort of thing for anyone into White Hills, The Heads, Eternal Tapestry, Heavy Winged, Monster Magnet, Colour Haze, the Telescopes and of course Spacemen 3, Loop and Hawkwind!
LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES, the covers the immediately recognizable brown and white origami style Latitudes sleeves, this one with super swank copper foil printing, and a full color insert inside.
MPEG Stream: "Tainted Phenomena"

album cover MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE Elogia De La Sombra (Latitudes) lp 16.98
A handful of new installments in the ongoing Latitudes series, where bands are given a session in the Southern Studios to whip up some improvised on the spot sounds, and release them into the world. This one comes from aQ faves the Master Musicians Of Bukkake, featuring the usual lineup, made up of various members of other bands you might have heard of: Earth, Sun City Girls, Burning Witch and more...
MMOB aren't so much a band, making music, as they are a collection of sonic sorcerers, conjuring up gorgeous and mysterious songscapes, drawing on all manner of world musics, Morricone-esque soundtracks, free jazz, drone, doom, Appalachia, and whatever else they've picked up on their travels, somehow all of that is woven into lush organic expanses of fantastically enthralling, super cinematic sound, that drifts from meditative Eastern tinged raga to buzz drenched Hawkwind style space rock.
Two tracks, 31 minutes, the first, is a fantastically abstract bit of raga-drift, the steel strings buzz and shimmer, sitar like melodies draped over warm whirring chordal thrum, slide guitars offer up slippery melodies, all softly tangled into gorgeous sun dapped dreamlike free-raga-drone music, the drums relentless, non stop rhythms adding less rhythmic heft, and more percussive texture, flurries of notes, clouds of cymbal shimmer, until about halfway through, when the various elements seems to coalesce into a bit of Eastern tinged slo-mo Appalachia, now with chanted monklike vocals, the drums more rhythmic, gradually locking into a hazy, deserty sprawl of twang flecked raga doom folk drift.
Which couldn't be more different than the second track, which immediately launches into some super motorik, cyclical krautrock, synthy swells swooping from speaker to speaker, the vocals down in the mix, but oh so Hawkwindy, repetitive and sing songy, and the song follows a distinctly space rock trajectory, locking into some druggy memser, and then slowly building and building, getting louder and louder, the main groove remaining virtually unchanged, but all around it, wild squalls of FX, streaks of glitched out synths, the guitars a bit crunchier and distorted, to cut through the swirling clouds of blur and buzz and skree and squelch, just the sort of thing for anyone into White Hills, The Heads, Eternal Tapestry, Heavy Winged, Monster Magnet, Colour Haze, the Telescopes and of course Spacemen 3, Loop and Hawkwind!
MPEG Stream: "Tainted Phenomena"

album cover MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE The Visible Sign Of Invisible Order (Abduction) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Ostensibly the Master Musicians of Bukkake is one John Schuller and one Randall Dunn, but for the recording of The Visible Sign Of Invisible Order the two have called into service a veritable super-group of the Northwest's avant-garde to assist in its recording including both Alan Bishop and Charlie Gocher of Sun City Girls, violinist extraordinaire Eyvind Kang, drummer Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs contributors among other things) and more. Of the parents here Master Musicians seems to take more of its genes from the Sun City Girls, but not so much that you couldn't be fooled into believing it was adopted. Spacious soundscapes comprising field recordings, relocated ethnic percussion of vague origin lays the foundation for haunting and murky acoustic guitars, flutes and wordless vocals. That both the Secret Chiefs and the Sun City Girls are avid usurpers and subverters of the world of music are common interests enough to spawn such a child.
MPEG Stream: "Bukkake Sunrise"
MPEG Stream: "Access of Evil"

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