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album cover MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE Totem Two (Important) lp 21.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Sometimes seeing a band play live in the flesh surpasses the experience on record, but other times, there's the danger of diminishing whatever mystique they've created for themselves, which remains safe when one listens at home with just the music (and record sleeve artwork) for one's imagination feed upon. Seeing a bunch of dudes in jeans and baseball hats up on stage making musician faces and fiddling with gear has bummed us out a bit about bands we've liked before, when we wanted gods and monsters and supermen.
And the ominously, exotically evocative music of the Master Musicians Of Bukkake, along with their colorful album cover imagery, provides a LOT of mystique to live up to (despite their irreverent/gross/jokey monicker). So when Allan here got the chance to see 'em recently at the Roadburn Festival in Holland, he was full of anticipation, but also a bit trepidatious about it. Turns out he had nothing to worry about. Do go see the Master Musicians Of Bukkake if you get the chance, their mystique will remain intact, never fear! Led by a dramatic robed figure wearing a wooden demon mask, the rest of the large ensemble wore white sombrero-like hats, their faces shrouded in black netting, and rocked out like dervishes, looking like they stepped out of scene in a Jodorowsky movie. One of most memorable performances at Roadburn for sure (and despite being, ah, so different from a lot of the other bands, they got a great response).
Witnessing that definitely got Allan excited about this impending new album, Totem Two. Plus we loved Totem One. The sequel raises the Master Musicians' mystic monolith still higher to the heavens. Once again to describe their sound, we could use the usual shorthand of the Sun City Girls meet latter-day Earth (which has some basis in this band's hybrid heavy drone exotica as well as their actual membership / friendship connections to those two legendary Seattle outfits). Other references: Ghost, Grails, Acid Mothers Temple, Secret Chiefs, Tangerine Dream! Thus, Totem Two has certainly been getting played a lot in the store, the MMoB's particular/pecuilar synthesis of sounds appealing to all of us here. Psychedelic, pretty, sinister, cinematic, steeped in ancient, Third World folk music and mythology... they're a mysterious moody mix of a lot of stuff we love, electronic drone filtered through faux-ethno ceremony, part SUNNO))), part Sublime Frequencies! Also, we're almost surprised this isn't on Ipecac, they ought to be Mike Patton's favorite band, in some ways bringing to life Mike Patton's Ennio Morricone compilation Crime & Dissonance (which was actually compiled by Alan Bishop, who of course is one of the Sun City Girls, and a mentor of / inspiration for / occasional collaborator with these guys).
The album begins with what sounds like a ghost train a-comin'... field recordings and tinkling percussion, hushed drone and the far-off foggy bellowings of Tibetan horns... you know you're in for a far ranging journey, off the beaten track. Gorgeous lonely flute dominates the second song, floating o'er a ritual processional, like Djivan Gasparyan sitting in on a sombre Amon Duul or International Harvester jam... the middle of the album brings in more buzzing synths, majestic and melancholic, getting spacey like Klaus Schulze, playing sentimental cinematic themes, dark and melodic.... The distortion ramps up briefly as a segue into the album's final eleven minute piece, a calm and psychedelic epic like Six Organs with extra synth squiggle... Beautiful! Almost makes us think of Japan's Far East Family Band from the '70s, that one. That's just a short surface summary, you could fall into this album's depths though, and come back changed, as if from a dream/drug quest...
Both cd and lp formats, like Totem One, feature feverish psychedelic jungle Seldon Hunt artwork, the vinyl version also comes wrapped in an obi.
MPEG Stream: "Bardo Chonyid / Master Of All Visible Shapes"
MPEG Stream: "Perde Kaldirma"
MPEG Stream: "The Heresy Of Origen"

album cover MASTER MUSICIANS OF BUKKAKE Twilight Of The Kali Yuga Tours (Important) lp 21.00

MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA s/t (Genes CD Co. ) cd-r 14.98

MPEG Stream: "Sidi Hamid Sherk "
MPEG Stream: "Boujeloud "
MPEG Stream: "Brian Jones "

MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA The Primal Energy That Is The Music And Ritual Oh Jajouka, Morocco (Sol Re Sol) lp 19.98

MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA / TALVIN SINGH s/t (Point Music) cd 15.98
Bachir Attar and the Master Musicians of Jajouka are teamed up with producer Talvin Singh for this traditional Morrocan trance-music meets modern club beats experiment. If you've seen the movie "The Cell" you've heard some music from this album, used as the soundtrack to the "desert" sequences, all layered, massive, and wailing.

album cover MASTER MUSICIANS OF JOUJOUKA Boujeloud (Sub Rosa) cd 14.98
The Master Musicians of Joujouka have had held a mystique on Western ears ever since they were first documented by Bryon Gysin in the 50's and popularized by Brian Jones when he released some of the first recordings on the fledgling (at the time) Rolling Stone imprint. This is the third in a series on the Sub Rosa label documenting the ritual of Boujeloud which celebrates the myth of a Pan-like deity-half man, half goat-who introduced music into their culture. The music on this disc was recorded between 1994 and 1996 in Northern Morocco from four generations of Joujouka Masters. The musicians start out with soft bamboo flutes or lliras and as more people gather, the musicians switch to the oboe-like rhaita. Backed by some seriously primal drumming, the playing intensifies into trance-inducing trills and whirls as village dancers act out the ancient story. It's little wonder that Gysin and Jones, mad explorers of altered consciousness, were deeply entranced by this ancient pagan-like music.
MPEG Stream: "Boujeloudia/Joujouka Ei Calihoun"
MPEG Stream: "Joujouka Ei Calhoun/T'werkia d'Boujeloudia"

album cover MASTER MUSICIANS OF JOUJOUKA / GNOUA BROTHERHOOD OF MARRAKESH Moroccan Trance Music II : Sufi (Sub Rosa) cd 14.98
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Plenty has been written about, and a handful of recordings exist of the Master Musicians of Joujouka, due in no small part to the attention lavished on them by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones who along with other musical wisdom seekers travelled to Marrakesh to record, play with and learn from the Master Musicians. And it's easy to see why from their intricate tribal drumming, soaring chanting vocals, trilling woodwinds, all very primal and inspiring. The three tracks from the Master Musicians are gorgeous, free and totally moving. But it's the Gnoua Brotherhood Of Marrakesh who knocked our socks off when we first threw this disc on. The Gnoua have an amazing sound, stringed instruments that sound like downtuned guitars, strangely heavy, warm and rich, buzzing and droning, lots of low overtones, riffing repetitively and hypnotically, with simple hand drums and rhythmic clapping, and then eventually joined by the raspy tribal chants of a main vocalist, and echoed by a chorus of complimentary voices. Sounds like some ultra pure, unadulterated early form of the blues. Which it basically is. Hard to describe (listen to the first sound sample) but that low droning strum is just so totally mesmerizing. As hypnotic and heavy as Earth or SUNN0))) or any of those modern guitar drone outfits, but accomplished without the aid of thousand watt amps and pick ups, just fingers and strings. Amazing.
MPEG Stream: GNOUA BROTHERHOOD OF MARRAKESH "Sidi Musakar"
MPEG Stream: GNOUA BROTHERHOOD OF MARRAKESH "Jilalay"

MASTER MUSICIANS OF JUJUKA, THE (WITH BACHIR ATTAR) Live Vol.1 (Jajouka Records) cd 13.98

MASTER P Ghetto Postage (No Limit) cd 16.98

MASTER P MP Da Last Don (No Limit/Priority) 2cd 19.98
Just as Master P (the P stands for Perry if you must know...) has brought his trademarked "Ugh!" to universal recognition for symbolizing all things id (i.e. fucking, getting fucked up, fucking other people up, etc...), he releases his final album. Joined by his No Limit soldiers (Sylkk the Shocker, Mystikal, Mia X, and the newly signed Snoop Dogg), P has created a claustrophobic hip hop masterpiece of beats so hard they're brittle under the weight of the superb vocal delivery. As with all No Limit records, it's complete with the utterly gauche yet entirely captivating, Jeff Koons-as-a-teenager-with-Photoshop graphics... this time with holographic cover.

MASTER'S APPRENTICES Complete Recordings 1965 - 1968 (Ascension) cd 16.98
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The Master's Apprentices are one of Australia's best (yet rarely heard) 60's psych / beat / garage groups not too far from early Kinks or The Count Five. This compilation has 23 tracks in total, taken from the original masters with some unreleased stuff.

album cover MASTER'S HAMMER Ritual / The Filemnice Occultist (Osmose) 2cd 14.98
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Black metal fans into the brilliance (and weirdness) of Czech band Root shouldn't forget that other great black metal band from Prague, Master's Hammer. Osmose has just reissued their first two early '90s discs as a double cd digipack. First there's the raw, blasting attack of Ritual, which we've always loved especially for the how well the Czech tongue lends itself to the rasping vocals. More musically advanced (and Root-like) is the next disc, The Filemnice Occultist. It's a "classical operetta" in three acts; a tragic, gothic melodrama involving spiritualism and treachery, set "under the slopes of the Krkonose mountains in the summer and autumn of the year 1913, anno Satanas". Heavy, symphonic, and bizarre.
RealAudio clip: "Genioue"
RealAudio clip: "Ouveture"

album cover MASTERS OF REALITY s/t (Delicious Vinyl) 2cd 21.00
Blues rock gets a pretty bad rap around here sometimes. Whenever Allan is excited about some proto metal reissue or heavy psych rarity, Andee's first question is always "is it blues rock?", which essentially means, is it really heavy psych rock or proto metal, or does it fall to just that side of the sound, and is really just plain ol' blues rock? Which Allan and plenty of other folks still definitely dig, but is just too bluesy for some of us, getting dangerously close to pub rock or dad rock or whatever pejorative you use to describe cheesy blues.
Which makes this reissue all the stranger, and all the more frustrating for Allan, cuz Andee LOVES it, loved it when it first came out back in 1990, and STILL loves it, but the thing is, it totally and absolutely is BLUES ROCK. And Andee can't really deny it, and yet still digs it. But c'mon, check out those first few samples, it's GREAT blues rock, not quite heavy enough to be stoner rock, but it is pretty rocking, big riffs, pounding drums, wailing vocals. And it is kinda stonery, which makes sense, since the mainman behind MoR is Chris Goss, who produced a bunch of the Kyuss records, and because of that, Masters Of Reality has always been connected to that Palm Desert stoner rock scene, which again, even sonically makes sense. While this may be way more poppy and mainstream, and yeah, bluesy, it's also groovy, and stonery, and kinda heavy. Cream's Ginger Baker joined briefly, to play on the second record, Sunrise On The Sufferbus, and the band has featured plenty of stoner rock luminaries over the years, but this is the one, their Rick Rubin-produced debut, is still the best, and still sounds awesome almost 15 years later. If you actually do dig blues rock, this will kick your ass, and if you're into stonery bluesy psych, you might be surprised to discover how much you dig this too.
The reissue comes in a super fancy multipanel digipak, and includes a bonus live disc!
MPEG Stream: "The Candy Song"
MPEG Stream: "Doraldina's Prophecies"
MPEG Stream: "John Brown"
MPEG Stream: "Domino"

album cover MASTERS, MARC No Wave (Black Dog Publishing) book 29.95

album cover MASTERY Barbaric Usurpation Of The Hypereonic Black Metal Throne (tUMULt) 2cd 15.98
How can you resist a hyperbolically boastful black metal title like Barbaric Usurpation Of The Hypereonic Black Metal Throne? Andee's tUMULt label continues to dig deep into the Bay Area black metal underground, after introducing the rest of the world to such USBM luminaries as Weakling, Leviathan, Draugar and Crebain, now prepare yourself to bow before the mighty Mastery. Another one man band, known (not so) simply as Domignostika, who also does time as vocalist in local corpse painted horde Pale Chalice, as well as being the one man behind the only REAL one man black metal band (as in he plays guitar and sings while playing blast beats with his feet) Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, and who had previously played bass and sung for the late great Horn Of Dagoth (which also featured members of Crebain and Kerasphorus), Mastery is Domignostika's long running project, which over the last six years released 5 extremely limited cd-r demos, all of which are collected here, remastered, and widely available outside of the Bay Area for the very first time.
Barbaric Usurpation Of The Hypereonic Black Metal Throne? A serious claim of musical supremacy? A tongue in cheek poke at the constant battle for supreme grimness and kvltness, or taking the piss? Hard to tell, but considering the sheer brutality and relentless buzz of Mastery's frenzied black onslaught, we're leaning toward that title being a serious claim. After a strange, ambient intro, a sort of John Carpenter-ish bit of creeped out synthscapery, Mastery launches into the most recent demo, from 2009, the simply titled 'I' (all the tracks here a confusionally titled with Roman numerals), a frantic, frenzied freak out of swirling chaotic black buzz, a sound that at first blush sounds like some bastard hybrid of Inquisition and Vondur and Ocrilim. Six plus minutes of relentless gnarled buzzing, the vocals a sinister beastly croak, the drums a furious buried blast, but it's the guitars, insanely tangled and twisted, not so much riffs as a continuous serious of constantly mutating rapidfire runs, with much of the 'riffing' sounding more like multiple guitars maniacally soloing, spitting off pick harmonics and jagged squeals without ever looking back. Minus the drums and the vokills, this could definitely be some sort of avant experimental guitar record, but as it is, it becomes a demented slab of blurred, blown out, frenzied and fucked up black metal weirdness. The second track is way heavier on the low end, but no less flipped out, the riffing impossibly hyper, once again a swirling chaos of gnarled blackness and nearly psychedelic abstract avant shreddery. Mastery is total berzerker black metal, rooted in the tradition of true grim blackness, but filtered through Mastery's cracked perception, transforming this into something beyond true, a droned out and damaged, outsider blackness, that sounds pretty much unlike almost any other black metal.
Sure on the surface, it's blast and buzz, but as you sink into these extended black sprawls, the songs seem to unfold, and expand, buzzing blackness that blossoms into something wholly other, in such a way, that one has to fight the urge to try and figure out how these songs work, or how they're arranged, they sound almost improvised, but they're impossibly dense, and the arrangement, however esoteric, seems to be structured, but in some way that out pitiful human brains can not hope to comprehend.
Of course the newest demo is the most polished, but the older demos, for what they lack in polish, they seem to make up for in sheer whatthefuckness, demo four is another series of black blasts that twist and turn, and mutate before your ears, a glancing listen will reveal some of THEE fastest and most furious BM you may have heard, but again, the riffs seem to be constantly twisting and turning, the vocals to, hateful and harsh as befitting BM, but also completely baffling and utterly alien. But demo 3, a single 33 minute epic is something else entirely, with much of the record being made up of glitched out, harrowing black ambience, crunchy and distorted, with howled raspy vox, when the guitar do kick in, the buzz and drone, with the drums sounding almost electronic, looped way down in the mix, the sound weirdly hypnotic, before slipping into something slightly more black, and then back into some creepy ambience, before launching into a long stretch of blown out black majesty, which like much of the record, as much to offer upon deep listening, revealing all manner of hidden melody, lush textures, and most notably some strange strange riffs, this track in particular, though adding a super mesmerizing trancelike element, which is in fact present throughout all the demos, in lesser measure.
The second disc is made up of the first two demos, and thus finds Mastery at their (his?) most traditionally black metal, but again, it's all relative, so while much of this disc is spent chugging and blasting, raw and grim, all brittle buzz and brutal blast, the twisted sounds that would come to define Mastery's baffling sound begin to surface, strange gnarled riffs, some cool drum/guitar interplay, plenty of wild tangled squiggle guitar weirdness (especially on the first track of demo 2), which mixes in maniacally shredding guitars with more o that tranced/droned out atmosphere, not to mention some of the most anguished vokills yet, the whole collection finishing with the downright doomy final track from the second demo, a crumbling super distorted death march, with somehow even MORE anguished vocals, a woozy, washed out, blackened plod, that explodes in the final two minutes for one final burst of blasting, maniacal, demoniac blackness.
Killer black, red and white space / wolf / spacewolf cover art, lovingly adapted/purloined from a lost eighties art rock artifact...
MPEG Stream: "I (Demo 5)"
MPEG Stream: "II (Demo 4)"
MPEG Stream: "I (Demo 3)"
MPEG Stream: "I (Demo 2)"
MPEG Stream: "I (Demo 1)"

album cover MASTODON Blood Mountain (Relapse) cd 13.98

MASTODON Call Of The... (Relapse) cd 14.98

album cover MASTODON Crack The Skye (Reprise) cd 14.98
Regarding Mastodon, here at Aquarius we were fairly early adopters, being pretty into the mathy, very metal metalcore of their first ep and album, which we reviewed quite enthusiastically at the time. But, as their career continued, we got bored and began to lose interest in 'em. Unlike most folks - as of course Mastodon have since gotten quite big. We didn't even review their last album, but when this new one came in (and thence flew out, as it's been selling quite well here already) we eventually gave it a spin and opening track "Oblivion" immediately made us sit up and take notice. Hmm, Mastodon have changed. They've pretty much done away with the shouty 'brutal' death vocals in favor of a variety of more melodic vocal options, many of which are displayed in "Oblivion", from an Ozzyish wail to singing that sounds more 'grunge', like Alice In Chains maybe. When a few years ago they first dabbled with 'clean' vocals we weren't as into it, but now it works, 'cause in doing so, they've added a definite 'pop' element to what's in other respects totally technical proggy metal a la recent Opeth or Enslaved. In addition, metalcore and even emo are mixed in to Mastodon's weird (but successful) hybrid, that in that first track alone manages to makes us think of all those artists we just mentioned along with both Torche and Coheed and Cambria!
We already had Mastodon pegged as prog (they did a whole concept album based on Moby Dick, remember? And this disc's got a four-part, 11 minute track about Russian royalty or something) but being complex and epic AND pop, that's pretty neat. There's a lot going on here, lots of nifty details, as well as sheer metallic might, and it seems that Mastodon have finally arrived at a point where all the different stuff they do works in context, compositionally. We'll definitely be giving this album (and maybe their previous one too) some repeated, closer listens. Perhaps our expectations were unfairly low and shouldn't have been, but in any case we have to say that this new disc seems worthy of all the attention Mastodon had been getting lately from pretty much everyone but us.
MPEG Stream: "Oblivion"
MPEG Stream: "Divinations"

album cover MASTODON Crack The Skye (Relapse) 2lp 49.00
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Now on DELUXE Double Vinyl! Deluxe? Yep, super thick gatefold sleeve, "mastered at 45 rpm", pressed in Germany, limited to 2500 copies only. And it comes with a free cd of the album so you don't even have to play the precious vinyl if you don't want. Nice. Here's what we wrote when we recently highlighted the regular cd version:
Regarding Mastodon, here at Aquarius we were fairly early adopters, being pretty into the mathy, very metal metalcore of their first ep and album, which we reviewed quite enthusiastically at the time. But, as their career continued, we got bored and began to lose interest in 'em. Unlike most folks - as of course Mastodon have since gotten quite big. We didn't even review their last album, but when this new one came in (and thence flew out, as it's been selling quite well here already) we eventually gave it a spin and opening track "Oblivion" immediately made us sit up and take notice. Hmm, Mastodon have changed. They've pretty much done away with the shouty 'brutal' death vocals in favor of a variety of more melodic vocal options, many of which are displayed in "Oblivion", from an Ozzyish wail to singing that sounds more 'grunge', like Alice In Chains maybe. When a few years ago they first dabbled with 'clean' vocals we weren't as into it, but now it works, 'cause in doing so, they've added a definite 'pop' element to what's in other respects totally technical proggy metal a la recent Opeth or Enslaved. In addition, metalcore and even emo are mixed in to Mastodon's weird (but successful) hybrid, that in that first track alone manages to makes us think of all those artists we just mentioned along with both Torche and Coheed and Cambria!
We already had Mastodon pegged as prog (they did a whole concept album based on Moby Dick, remember? And this disc's got a four-part, 11 minute track about Russian royalty or something) but being complex and epic AND pop, that's pretty neat. There's a lot going on here, lots of nifty details, as well as sheer metallic might, and it seems that Mastodon have finally arrived at a point where all the different stuff they do works in context, compositionally. We'll definitely be giving this album (and maybe their previous one too) some repeated, closer listens. Perhaps our expectations were unfairly low and shouldn't have been, but in any case we have to say that this new disc seems worthy of all the attention Mastodon had been getting lately from pretty much everyone but us.
Again, LIMITED, we only got very very few.
MPEG Stream: "Oblivion"
MPEG Stream: "Divinations"

album cover MASTODON Leviathan (Relapse) 2cd 16.98
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This Atlanta-based metalcore outfit of ever-growing popularity is back with their sophomore full-length effort entitled Leviathan...can it live up to the hype? I mean, the sticker on the front quotes MTV.com to the effect that Mastodon are "the second coming of Metallica and Rush combined". Woah. Well it IS good. Heavy, complex, tuneful, dynamic, mixing all the things -- from epic post rock to retro thrash to mathcore -- that got people so excited about this band in the first place. That said, for the same reason, this album may suffer a bit from the band trying to be all things to all metalheads...the "future of metal" (sez Kerrang!), a return to metal's roots, melodic, brutual, left-field, etc... At some point you want to 'em to stop and not be so hectically eclectic. And if all that wasn't enough, this appears to be a concept album based on Melville's Moby Dick! Also, we're not convinced that the greater prevalence of clean singing on this disc is an addition they needed to make. But, it's not like we aren't impressed...and if you like the idea of a mixture of, say, Isis and The Fucking Champs, you'll probably love this.
If they get much bigger, though, (the fact that this comes in a deluxe package with a bonus DVD-audio disc ought to clue you in to the fact that Mastodon are definitely part of someone at Relapse's next-big-thing marketing plan) we'll have to start wondering about folks who buy this, did they also buy the last couple of Deceased albums (also on Relapse)? 'Cause that band NEVER got half the hype of these guys, not even close, yet other than being 100 percent metal (rather than maybe 90 percent like Mastodon) Deceased are a similar blend of Maiden, math and death metal...so check 'em out too I guess! Anyway, future of metal or not these guys are making a mark in the here and now, no need for our nitpicking really. The limited edition 2cd version we've got while it lasts, and you probably are curious as to what's on the extra disc: seven tracks of 5.1 surround sound mixes and live recordings, including one otherwise unreleased song.
MPEG Stream: "Blood And Thunder"
MPEG Stream: "Aqua Dementia"

album cover MASTODON Lifesblood (Relapse) cd ep 6.98
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"Lifesblood" is the debut from Atlanta's Mastodon, and we have to say that this 5-song ep has us eagerly awaiting their upcoming full-length! Crushing riffs and rhythms, punishing drums, and razorsharp lead guitar...they play math-rock metalcore worthy of a Coalesce or Converge, with post rock dynamics that remind us of Engine Kid. Mostly, though, Mastodon sounds like Today Is The Day, which makes sense since the guitarist and drummer are in fact ex-Today Is The Day members! Originally in another pretty insane technical metal band called Lethargy, they were drafted into TITD for the killer album "In The Eyes Of God". Now on their own again (TITD mastermind Steve Austin isn't very good at keeping a stable lineup!), they've regrouped as the mighty Mastodon and released this ep. It's great, but we have one slight criticism: metal bands have got to stop it with the sampled dialogue before every song! The samples on Carcass' classic "Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious" were cool, but the practice is getting pretty old now! Regardless, this disc is quite highly recommended, especially if you're the sort of person who enjoys both The Fucking Champs (who Mastodon admit as an influence) and full-on mastodon-heavy death metal.
RealAudio clip: "Shadows That Move"

MASTODON Live At The Aragon (Reprise) lp 51.00
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album cover MASTODON Remission (Relapse) cd 14.98
Amazing, very METAL metalcore is what Atlanta's Mastodon crank out. These guys used to be in AQ-faves Today Is The Day, which is quite obvious when you hear 'em. They're heavy, aggressive, technical, and -- most importantly -- imaginative. Already up there with the likes of Coalesce and Converge in our estimation. Mastodon seems even more metal than those metalcore worthies, though.
Maybe it's how the guitarist is partial to spitting out those Zakk Wylde-style harmonic squeals. Or maybe it's simply the crushing, crunching, complex riffs and drumming. But there's also some quite pretty melody to be found amidst Mastodon's math n' mayhem, and they have an almost 'post-rock' sense of dynamics (something most 'extreme' metal acts lack). Imagine your favorite old AmRep noise-rock act gone metal...or, Dazzling Killmen mixed with The Champs? Something like that. Also, they cut back on the movie samples that cluttered up their otherwise awesome debut ep (as per our suggestion?). Very impressive.
RealAudio clip: "March Of The Fire Ants"
RealAudio clip: "Ol'e Nessie"
RealAudio clip: "Workhorse"
RealAudio clip: "Mother Puncher"

album cover MASTODON Remission (Relapse) cd + DVD 16.98
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If you're into metal, you've probably heard of these guys (we've been talking about 'em for a while now...). They've started to get big, deservedly so. Thus their label Relapse decided to re-release their debut full-length in a deluxe digi-package with bonus track (Thin Lizzy's awesome "Emerald"!) AND a bonus DVD! The DVD features nine songs recorded live in Atlanta last year, and should be especially welcome to any who haven't gotten the chance to see Mastodon in person as yet.
And here's what we had to say about the original release, in case you missed it:
Amazing, very METAL metalcore is what Atlanta's Mastodon crank out. These guys used to be in AQ-faves Today Is The Day, which is quite obvious when you hear 'em. They're heavy, aggressive, technical, and -- most importantly -- imaginative. Already up there with the likes of Coalesce and Converge in our estimation. Mastodon seems even more metal than those metalcore worthies, though.
Maybe it's how the guitarist is partial to spitting out those Zakk Wylde-style harmonic squeals. Or maybe it's simply the crushing, crunching, complex riffs and drumming. But there's also some quite pretty melody to be found amidst Mastodon's math n' mayhem, and they have an almost 'post-rock' sense of dynamics (something most 'extreme' metal acts lack). Imagine your favorite old AmRep noise-rock act gone metal...or, Dazzling Killmen mixed with The Champs? Something like that. Also, they cut back on the movie samples that cluttered up their otherwise awesome debut ep (as per our suggestion?). Very impressive.
MPEG Stream: "March Of The Fire Ants"
MPEG Stream: "Workhorse"

MASTODON The Hunter (Reprise) cd 17.98

MASTODON The Hunter (Deluxe) (Reprise) cd + dvd 21.00

album cover MASTODON The Workhorse Chronicles - The Early Years: 2000-2005 (Relapse) dvd 16.98

MASTODON / FEIST Feistodon (Reprise) 7" 8.98
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MAT MANERI TRIO So What? (Hat) cd 17.98
Jazz power trio, Mat Maneri (electric violin), Matthew Shipp (piano) and Randy Peterson (drums) convey a dynamism, agility and spontaneity that defines improv. A lovely collection of pieces including originals and Miles Davis compositions.

MATCHING MOLE March (Cuneiform) cd 13.98

MATCHING MOLE Smoke Signals (Cuneiform) cd 14.98

album cover MATEO, EDUARDO Mateo Solo Bien Se Lame (Lion Productions) cd 21.00
Eduardo Mateo is one of the most enigmatic figures in Latin American music. Often regarded as the John Lennon of Uruguay, the mystique and confusion that surrounds him is as compelling and stunning as the beautiful music he left behind. With a tender voice that cuts right to the core, his music was like a beautiful cross between Joao Gilberto and Caetano Veloso. A romantic, as well as being heavily into mysticism, Mateo was often written off as being crazy. And sadly he did spend much of the 1970's either on the streets, in jail or in mental institutions. His poetic style, mixing of influences and creation of a world of his own were often misunderstood. His music though was filled with such beautiful longing. Folks like Milton Nascimento and Jorge Drexler have gushed about how important Mateo was to them, knowing the genius of his songs, arrangements and voice. And you can here his influence on a new generation of unique singer songwriters like Juana Molina and Lhasa. While we're not sure if they've heard him or not we're pretty sure folks like Vetiver, Eddie Marcon, Savath & Savalas and Jose Gonzalez would fall in love with his songs as well. Along with the informative liner notes comes an even more extensive and fascinating 44 page booklet which tells the complex and confusing story of one of the best kept secrets of South American music of the last quarter century. So good!
MPEG Stream: "Quien Te Viera"
MPEG Stream: "Esa Tristeza"
MPEG Stream: "De Nosotros Dos"

album cover MATER SUSPIRIA VISION Crack Witch (Living Tapes) lp 15.98
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As we mentioned in the review of the MSV 7" a while back, for a genre that seems to be the NEXT BIG THING, actual physical recordings are surprisingly difficult to come by. Which is maybe the point, much of the musical output comes in the form of tracks on SoundCloud, videos on YouTube, as super limited cd-r's or downloads, and most of the bands have names that are essentially un-Googlable, all symbols and shapes, A's become little black triangles, or three stylized crosses becomes 'Ritualz', etc, hard not to become intrigued, or obsessed, and we most definitely seem to be both.
Salem was the first glimpse the mainstream world got of this strange new genre, a sound that somehow melded blown out lo-fi synths, minimal electro, twisted samples, old school goth, minimal techno, slowed down Southern style chopped and screwed hip hop, choral vox, big beats, into something distorted and murky yet weirdly epic, a sound that the creators described as Witch House, but has also been dubbed grave rave, zombie rave, cave rave and is sometimes lumped in with nu-gaze and chill wave and other outsider electronic micro genres. And Salem is the shit, hell, we made it our Record Of The Week, how could we not, it was and IS one of the coolest record of the last few years. But if Salem are the young witch house upstarts, ramshackle punks legendary for their chaotic live performances, yet who somehow managed to make what is possibly THEE defining record of the genre, and if groups like oOoOO and Balam Acab are crafters of a witch house that is more melodic and dancefloor friendly, then Mater Suspiria Vision are like some mysterious bearded witch house council, the masters of the scene, black cloaked figures that live in a cave somewhere, never glimpsed in the flesh, only via their transmissions, mostly amazing, twisted, fantastically fucked up YouTube videos, mini horror epics, always accompanied by MSV's dirgey, haunting soundtracks, often releasing 3 or 4 in a single day. No idea where these guys are from (Kabul?), if it's one person or a group, male or female, the mystery only adds to the appeal, the imagery, the videos, and the music, which even in a genre defined by it's 'witchiness' manages to be seriously dark, and grim, creepy and scary.
Originally released as a super limited cassette tape, Crack Witch has now been resurrected on vinyl, by the newly launched Living Tapes label (run by the guy from outsider black metal weirdos Yoga by the way), and is probably the best witch house document since Salem's King Night. But MSV's witch house is something else all together, something all together more EVIL sounding, not sure if it's that they're conceived to accompany videos, but they also tend to be super cinematic, just check out the opener "Call Of The Witches", thick buzzing ominous synths, strange snippets of foreign language dialogue, strange spaced out stuttery beats, a stumbling groove, terrified shrieks, sobbing and weeping, everything reverby and echoey, and then an awesome dizzying blast of strange processed melodies, backward synths, almost like Teenage Filmstars style witch house, totally tripped out and seriously sonically scary.
"Evil House Of Forbidden Fruit" offers up big echoey beats, strange heavily effected vocals, the sound super distorted and crumbly, stuttery and rhythmic, underneath mysterious melodies swell, subtle synths pulse, all building to a crunchy corrosive climax. "House Of 7 Witches" is all swirly and shimmery by comparison, until the shimmer is buried beneath an avalanche of heavily delayed beats, and buzzing synth squelch, the beats getting louder and more distorted, careening back and forth, eventually totally obscuring all the other sounds. Finally, side one finishes of with the much more subdued "Wtxchs (A Suite Of Decay), with a low slung groove, wreathed in skitter and hiss, crackle and buzz, and some ominous reverbed female vocals courtesy of someone called Shazzula, the result a sort of warped witchy Portishead, downtempo and lo-fi, a grim ghostly ballad, that quickly splinters into a noise drenched cacophony, all thick synth buzz and glitched out electronics, buried vox, swirling effects, all draped over a skeletal beat, buried in the mix, a lurching dubnoise creep.
All of side 2 is taken up by the 24 minute epic "Trip 2012", a darkly cinematic epic, cobbled together from what sounds like bits of film music, as well as snippets of dialogue, but super reverby and echoey, like a sonic fun house mirror, it's not until about 3 minutes in that the synth drops, a thick, buzzing, snarly bit of wheezing chordal crunch, the various shards of delay and echo coalescing into a sort of beat, again weirdly reminding us of the most far out Teenage Filmstars jams, a sprawling, dubbed out dronescape, every single note, every melody, every voice, transformed by malfunctioning effects into streaks of otherworldly sound, like a way more dubbed out Wolf Eyes in places, a sort of heaving, crumbling industrial crunch, but way more spaced out, and ominous, more creepy and cinematic, and WAY more witchy.
LIMITED TO 300 COPIES! Super striking eye popping full color covers.
MPEG Stream: "Call Of The Witches"
MPEG Stream: "Evil House Of Forbidden Fruits"
MPEG Stream: "House Of 7 Witches"

album cover MATER SUSPIRIA VISION Exorcism Of The Hippies (Pendu Sound) 7" 9.98
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For all the Witch House music out there, it seems like very little of it actually gets released. Instead it's shared, and downloaded, offered on Soundcloud and various other sites, occasionally released as super limited cd-r's, but proper releases are few and far between.
As far as we know this may very well be the first proper release (definitely the first and only vinyl, there's been a cd-r and a cassette) from the mysterious collective called Mater Suspiria Vision, purveyors of witch house, or perhaps ghost drone, haunted disco trance, or even drag, depending on who you ask. The sound of witch house, for the uninitiated, is a twisted hybrid of classic goth, nineties techno, DJ Screw style slowed down sounds (hence the term drag), and all manner of spooky creepy atmospheres, horror movies, giallo soundtracks, all woven into a witchy bit of electronic psychedelic creepiness. And the various monikers tend to be heavy on the strange symbols that you get by pressing option or control on your keyboards, you know, little black triangles, tiny crosses, all those sorts of zapf dingbats style icons. Anyway, Salem is probably the most high profile witch house combo out there, but of all the other outfits we've heard, Mater Suspiria Vision is probably the only other group that comes close to conjuring up the same sort of mystery, coupled with the same sort of sonic heft.
No idea if MSV is a group or a person, it seems to be some sort of collective, or where they're located, all of their various pages list their home as Kabul, which seems suspect. In addition to music, they also create incredible tripped our psychedelic videos, that perfectly capture the same twisted vibe as their music. And they somehow manage to release a continuous stream of sights and sounds, new ones seemingly every day, which is why it's even more remarkable that this is one of only a tiny handful of actual MSV releases.
Regardless, it's a doozy, if you dug the Salem, and the oOoOO and the Balam Acab and maybe that Big Pink Tapes comp, then you are definitely gonna want this. And if you've yet to take the witch house plunge, but dig stuff like Leyland Kirby and Demdike Stare, odds are this is gonna be right up your alley.
A two parter titled provocatively "Exorcism Of The Hippies", it's all fat fuzzed out woozy warbly bass, thick low end swells, strange stuttery handclap rhythms, swooping spaced out effects, creepy dubbed out slo-mo atmospherics, strange voices, vocal snippets and samples, all blurred and smeared, a hazy, gauzy lysergic psychedelic trip out, the soundtrack to some strange foreign horror film from the seventies, coupled to some primitive old school techno 12", both spinning at 16rpm, the whole thing doused in cough syrup and left in the sun, cursed by a witch, buried in a graveyard, only to be dug up, melted down and mixed with liquid thorazine and a handful of horse tranquilizers and then pressed into this here 7". SO GOOD!
Packaged in super swank full color covers, and LIMITED TO 300 COPIES!!!

MATERIAL Intonarumori (Axiom) cd 16.98
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The flood of Bill Laswell-related material continues, and as a result it's hard for us to keep up and get even some of it on this list...so, better late than never, here's the newest disc from Bill's long-running and generally-interesting band/project Material. The title of "Intonarumori" refers to Italian Futurism, a more relevant title might have been "The Guest MC Record", featuring as it does the likes of Kool Keith, Flavor Flav, Scotty Hard, Killah Priest. Other participants include Material-alum Lori Carson, Bernie Worrell, Ted Parsons, Mr. Ken, Eddie Def, DJ Disc, DXT...a cast of thousands, actually, too many to name. Anyway, this is a pretty cool hip hop album. Fans of any of the above names, as well as Wordsound/Crooklyn Dub stuff in general, should check this out.

MATERIAL The Best Of... (Fuel 2000) cd 10.98
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This collection spans the years 1979 through '84, and featuring Bill Laswell (of course), Archie Shepp, Fred Frith, Nile Rodgers, Whitney Houston (!), and Nona Hendryx.

album cover MATES OF STATE All Day (Polyvinyl) cd ep 8.98
Power pop organ/drum, husband/wife duo Mates of State return with a short 4 song ep of emo goodness. Like their previous releases, it's still just the pair, still harmonizing like only people who spend 24/7 together can and still writing rocking tunes that you'll find yourself singing along to over your headphones if you're not careful.
MPEG Stream: "Goods (All In Your Head)"
MPEG Stream: "Drop And Anchor"

MATES OF STATE Beehive State / †ber Legitimate (Snowglobe) 7" 3.50
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A short sweet -- ok the only word for it is quirky -- Randy Newman cover is side A of this single, but I like side B, an original, much better. Trademark boy girl razors-dipped-in-honey harmonies, pretty plinking piano and staccato drums. For fans of Rainer Maria, PEE, Death Cab for Cutie. Awesome time signature changes and amazing songwriting / lyric talents from married folks Jason and Kori. Highly recommended, as is their full length.

album cover MATES OF STATE Bring It Back (Barsuk) cd 13.98
Up until this album Bay Area pop couple Mates Of State have pretty much stuck to their trademark approach of portraying two sweethearts gazing gooily into each others' eyes singing heart-shaped pop songs to each other. Back in 2000 their first album My Solo Project, filled with terrific bright pop tunes, was a sugary shot in the arm for the jaded stone-faced indie crowd. With their subsequent albums Our Constant Concern and Team Boo, although Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner's mutual adoration remained unquestionable, their behavior became something of a one trick pony -- y'know when your best friend won't stop fawning over his/her honeypie in your presence. You roll your eyes and think, "there they go again!" You just wanna shout, "stop being so damn cute!" Their emotive boy/girl vocals atop organ and drums instrumentation could sometimes be somewhat one dimensional. But despite some of us having a tummyache from all the buttercream frosted earnestness, we held our tongue. Heck, clearly many folks haven't had a problem with their lovey-dovey-ness. Their fans are pretty diehard. But we've just felt that they had the potential for more, and would get around to it sooner or later. On Bring It Back we hear the duo blossoming! Instead of public displays of affection (with the exception of the back cover photo and the re-creation of an old ABBA photo inside), their personal bond makes itself felt in less obvious ways -- two tunesmiths on the same wavelength, not only exploring it together but also inviting their musician friends along on their refreshing hook'n'harmony filled adventures (adding other vocalists, horns, stringed instruments, even some kazoo and didgeridoo!). Old fans, don't you fret. We're not talking any radical changes... just a bit more going on, more polish, embellishments and such. Despite both the (in our opinion) somewhat misleading grainy cover photo that makes the couple look like some '60s Serge Gainsbourg pop duo and the abovementioned '70s ABBA photo replica, today's Mates Of State are far from retro Euro-pop sounding (specifically of the French or Swedish persuasion). No, it's simply sunny California emo pop filling up this their most deliciously composed and crafted, not to mention prettiest album to date!
MPEG Stream: "Think Long"
MPEG Stream: "Running Out"

MATES OF STATE Crushes (Polyvinyl) lp 21.00
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MATES OF STATE My Solo Project (Omnibus) cd 12.98
"My Solo Project" is the nearly perfect debut album from the San Francisco duo of Kori Gardener and Jason Hammel. The Mates of State's super catchy arrangements for '70s organ, drums, and boy / girl vocal harmonies are a warm, almost groovy take on the bittersweet emo-pop championed by PEE, Rainer Maria, the Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, and Superchunk. Fans of those groups will be amazed at how strong and sure this record is. After only a handful of live shows, and absolutely no press support to speak of for Mates Of State, we've sold many many copies of this album -- an impressive feat in any respect! This is one of those records that customers ask about every single time we play it. You should expect more great things from Mates of State in the future!
RealAudio clip: "Proofs"
RealAudio clip: "La'hov"
RealAudio clip: "Everyone Needs an Editor"

album cover MATES OF STATE Our Constant Concern (Polyvinyl) cd 13.98
Rejoice! For here is the second full length album from the local duo Mates of State. We've raved on and on about their debut, and are happy to report the new album is equally wonderful. This is just shiningly-great power pop that is remarkable not only for what it is, but also for what it *isn't* -- it isn't guitar-based, and it isn't loud nor aggro in anyway. Yet Mates of State, with just a few simple elements, manages to be as rockin' and melodic and full-sounding as your more typical (in terms of instrumentation) power/emo pop groups, like Get Up Kids, Rainer Maria or the New Pornographers. Those elements are a loopy, melodic vintage organ, spare yet active, cheerful drumming, and best of all -- two voices, male and female. Their harmonizing is so pitch perfect and precise it could cut glass! No really, these two were made to sing together. Their vocal parts weave in and out of each other, half the time singing their own parts out of sync, and half the time meeting up to sing choruses or phrases together. It's the interplay between these voices that is truly special about Mates of State. Recommended!
RealAudio clip: "Quit Doin' It"
RealAudio clip: "Hoarding for Home"
RealAudio clip: "The Halves and Have-nots"

MATES OF STATE Our Constant Concern (Polyvinyl) lp 10.98
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Rejoice! For here is the second full length album from the local duo Mates of State. We've raved on and on about their debut, and are happy to report the new album is equally wonderful. This is just shiningly-great power pop that is remarkable not only for what it is, but also for what it *isn't* -- it isn't guitar-based, and it isn't loud nor aggro in anyway. Yet Mates of State, with just a few simple elements, manages to be as rockin' and melodic and full-sounding as your more typical (in terms of instrumentation) power/emo pop groups, like Get Up Kids, Rainer Maria or the New Pornographers. Those elements are a loopy, melodic vintage organ, spare yet active, cheerful drumming, and best of all -- two voices, male and female. Their harmonizing is so pitch perfect and precise it could cut glass! No really, these two were made to sing together. Their vocal parts weave in and out of each other, half the time singing their own parts out of sync, and half the time meeting up to sing choruses or phrases together. It's the interplay between these voices that is truly special about Mates of State. Recommended!

album cover MATES OF STATE Re-arrange Us (Barsuk) cd 14.98

album cover MATES OF STATE Re-arrange Us (Barsuk) lp 0.00

album cover MATES OF STATE Team Boo (Polyvinyl) cd 13.98
Somewhere along their three record history, the Mates of State boy / girl team of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner got married. For a band with emo roots singing their signature love songs with triumphant giddiness, this turn of events seems awfully adult of them, signalling that they might turn towards settling down, raising kids, and slowly growing old. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that; yet Mates of State is a project that yearns for the energy of youth and the providence of love. For better of for worse, "Team Boo" the couple's third album stays the course set by the previous outings, with the lovely boy / girl vocal harmonies belted over the cute but oh-so-clever chords from a vintage Yamaha organ and drum rhythms that meander through time changes as freely as the spirited vocal deliveries. If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing Mates of State live, their stage presence is entirely wrapped up in their mutual gaze upon each other, as if they had just fallen in love with each other all over again as they walked on stage and belted out these passionate love songs with a remarkable freshness. They've been touring almost constantly for the past several years; and this lovesick gaze remains the same. The romantic in me wants to believe that this is indicative of their love for each other; but like all emo (or in the case of Mates of State, post emo) bands, the ability to emote is crucial to success. It could all be a fairy tale for Mates of State, but it's quite a magical one.
MPEG Stream: "Ha Ha"
MPEG Stream: "Whiner's Bio"

album cover MATES OF STATE Team Boo (Polyvinyl) lp 10.98
Somewhere along their three record history, the Mates of State boy / girl team of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner got married. For a band with emo roots singing their signature love songs with triumphant giddiness, this turn of events seems awfully adult of them, signalling that they might turn towards settling down, raising kids, and slowly growing old. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that; yet Mates of State is a project that yearns for the energy of youth and the providence of love. For better of for worse, "Team Boo" the couple's third album stays the course set by the previous outings, with the lovely boy / girl vocal harmonies belted over the cute but oh-so-clever chords from a vintage Yamaha organ and drum rhythms that meander through time changes as freely as the spirited vocal deliveries. If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing Mates of State live, their stage presence is entirely wrapped up in their mutual gaze upon eachother, as if they had just fallen in love with each other all over again as they walked on stage and belted out these passionate love songs with a remarkable freshness. They've been touring almost constantly for the past several years; and this lovesick gaze remains the same. The romantic in me wants to believe that this is indicative of their love for each other; but like all emo (or in the case of Mates of State, post emo) bands, the ability to emote is crucial to success. It could all be a fairy tale for Mates of State, but it's quite a magical one.

album cover MATES OF STATE Two Of Us (Polyvinyl) dvd 15.98
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Hurrah! A fan-pleasin' Mates Of State documentary shot by director (and M.O.S. fan) Thadd Day and the band themselves. It follows the pop sweethearts out on the road and into the studio (for the recording of their last full length Team Boo). Live clips capture them in the Midwest, Austin, Toronto and Japan. Keep your eyes peeled, maybe you'll spot yourself in the crowd! Also included on this dvd are a photo gallery and a couple of videos for their songs "Fluke" and "Ha Ha".

album cover MATHEMATIQUES MODERNES s/t (Medical Records) lp 19.98
We first heard these seminal French synth poppers on the awesome So Young But So Cold compilation from a while back. Their contribution, "Disco Rough" (included here), was definitely one of the highlights, dark and driving, a little bit krautrocky, driven by a pulsing synthesized bassline, the whole track peppered with all manner of glitch and squelch, and laced with tinkling chime like melodies, lots of noisiness, grit and grime, and most surprising of all, HORNS. A twisted combo, but one that sounded pretty great together.
Les Visiteurs Du Soir is the long overdue reissue of the group's classic 1981 album, originally released on Celluloid, and while the above description of their "Disco Rough" single, pretty much applies to their sound as a whole, the group were pretty inventive, and injected the new wave sound of the time with all manner of warped and twisted innovations, adding soaring strings, or xylophone, strange sonic combinations that definitely helped the band stand out. Opener "Paris, Tokyo" has a killer horn part, and is doused in clouds of descending electronic streaks, and the arrangement, as it is on many of the tracks here, is downright PROG, and with a different sonic palette, who knows, this might have been a whole different kind of record, the sound slipping into weird horn flecked chugs, blasts of baroque poppiness, angular, intricate melodic tangles, and more. And heck that's all in the first song. "TV Night" is a bit cold wavey, a little darker and dronier, with blurred swaths of keyboard shimmer, over throbbing low end synth pulse, and when the vocals come in, the synths and vocals lock into a progged out stop / start stutter, not to mention the busy drumming, and the weird distorted male vocals, oh and more horns of course! "Jungle Hurt" is another good one, with ELO like cellos draping moaning melodies over the sultry vox and the percolating synth grooves, dramatic and epic...
We could go on for sure, track by track, but needless to say, fans of previous Medical reissues (Axxess, Tony Carey, Drinking Electricity, Dalek I, Guyer's Connection, Lou Champagne System, etc) or local reissue label Dark Entries, will flip for this! As always, extravagantly packaged in a heavy full color jacket, pressed on 180 gram opaque grey vinyl, with a printed insert, with interviews and liner notes. LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES, each one hand numbered!
MPEG Stream: "Disco Rough"
MPEG Stream: "Paris Tokyo"
MPEG Stream: "TV Night"
MPEG Stream: "Jungle Hunt"

MATHIEU, STEFAN Remain (Line) cd 14.98

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