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MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Archeo MB 2 (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) 5cd 77.00
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Looking back at the manic output of Maurizio Bianchi (MB) with dozens of private edition LPs and cassettes from 1979 - 1984, it is arguable that his catalogue of 'pre-apocalyptic' industrialisms is an aural diary of psychological distress on par with someone like Jandek. Bianchi's work reveals the existential crisis of a frustrated nihilist whose explorations of cultural, religious, and semiotic collapse brought him closer to God.
In 1984, Maurizio Bianchi released his last album and dropped out of sight. From what little contact he kept with his musical past, a myth circulated that he became a Jehovah's Witness, which appeared to be an absurd fate for this practitioner of negativity. However, this myth revealed itself as fact when he resurfaced in 1998 to release two ephemeral yet wholly uninteresting new age records filled with gilded spiritual imagery. At this time, Bianchi began remastering his earliest work and reissuing these albums through Alga Marghan. "Archeo MB 2" is the second set of reissues from the MB archives, collected as a 5cd set with the albums "Das Testament," "Endometrio," "Carcinosi," and "The Plain Truth," and "Armaghedon." Where the first set is a violent display of neurotic vibrations and deadly electronics, the second is relatively dreamy, albeit retaining the sonic qualities of erratic vertigo and shadowy hallucinations. His suffocating experiments with primitive synths, delay pedals, turntables, and tape machines collapsed in on themselves with an electrocuted obliteration of sound. Out of the ashes of such early albums as "Symphony for a Genocide" and "Neuro Habitat," Bianchi allowed for a structuralism with tentative rhythms and melodies to rise out of the blackened grit on the work found in "Archeo MB 2." Each of the albums found on this box set are available individually; however, the box set features extra artwork (including a really dorky photograph of Bianchi in a red sweater), and a handful of Bianchi's cryptic music critiques. Of all of the dronescapes, noise attacks, and electronic warbles that Aquarius has lavished with critical hyperbole, MB remains at the top of the list in terms of innovation and actualization of metaphor and intent.
RealAudio clip: "Carcinosi"
RealAudio clip: "The Plain Truth"

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Armaghedon (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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"The end of parabolic absurdity..." is the final quote from the encyclopaedic set of MB (Maurizio Bianchi) reissues. "Armaghedon" was the soundtrack to a film produced / directed by Bianchi. Although Bianchi released this as one of his private edition LPs, "Armaghedon" found limited distribution; furthermore, the majority of the pressings were destroyed for "obscure reasons," leaving only about 100 copies in existance.
In Bianchi's take on the final epistomological battle of good and evil, the remnant material world is very cold place shivering beneath a thick ever growing chunk of ice with only slivers of heavenly light penetrating the frigid mass. In this metaphoric environment, Bianchi's electronics warble within the multiple delay attacks that dominate his preceeding albums, but with a coloring that resembles a glistening blue / green rather than the coal blacks / greys that came before. "Armaghedon" is also the only album to feature Bianchi's voice and could draw connections to the eerier drone work of Angus MacLise.

album cover MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Bacterie (Taalem) 3"-cdr 8.98
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There's a novel concept behind this 3"cd-r series released by Taalem: they make 'em to order and they keep 'em in print as long as people want 'em. Wow! Not limited?!? Who woulda thunk?! This French label has produced a couple dozen of these releases, with the first to come across our plate being by Maurizio Bianchi (aka MB). This Italian industrial pioneer had been in hibernation for well over a decade, after his initial infamy was solidified in the early '80s by his ghastly recordings of frozen power electronics augmented by nightmarish allegorical references to genocide, cancer, and Armageddon. Since 2003 or 2004, he's returned to this style of noise sculpting with extraordinary results and an equally impressive work ethic, releasing countless numbers of collaborations, MP3 only albums, and albums of all lengths and sizes. For Bacterie, he's crammed this 3" CD with an impressive blast of noxious vibrations blackened through densely layering and unwell intentions. He's returned to the form last heard on the Endometrio / Carcinosi diptych. Brilliant.
MPEG Stream: "Bacterie"

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Carcinosi (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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If there is one MB record to own, it's "Carcinosi" - the synthesis of the divebomb synth squallor found on his early work like "Symphony for a Genocide" and the frigid drone exasperation of his finale "Armaghedon." Originally released in 1983 as a private edition of 400 copies, "Carcinosi" is part two of his dyptic of "bionic music" along side "Endometrio." The metaphors of cancer mutating within a technologized body parallel a text in which Bianchi refer to this work as a warning of another Auschwitz. Bianchi's "Carcinosi" masterfully actualizes his grim metaphors with a mesmeric carousel of dark fractures of muted noise and disorienting synthetic pulsations smothered in a heavily satuated wall of delay.

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Das Testament (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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MB (Maurizio Bianchi) originally released "Das Testament" as a private edition of 300 copies in 1983. Bianchi starts off this album with cold black chops of tape splices and gritty electronic squeals that discharge in a mass of delay. These bleak bursts of noise retain the raw negative energy of MB's first recordings, but gradually an accumulated drone engulfs the primitive musique conrete techniques with an oppressive numbness. Bianchi also included an 30 minute excerpt from his first and only MB concert. With his own abstract verbage, Bianchi describes this album as "knowledge culminating in a deconsecration of germinative interrelation - to remember reddish scientific thaw. External cyclotron frequency is washing the minaturization of wavemeter pestilence." Scientific thaw and wavemeter pestilence, indeed!

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Endometrio (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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"Endometrio" was originally issued as a private edition of 400 copies in 1983 and presents what MB (Maurizio Bianchi) qualified as "bionic music" which shifted MB further from the contemporary industrial bruitism of SPK and Whitehouse. Though primitive electronics and tape synthesis, MB sets up a metaphoric arena for biological warfare on a microscopic level upon which "Endometrio" bares witness to millions of death rattles from bacteria massacred by viral panzer divisions. To anthropomorphize the basic life of these single-celled bodies is to elicit horrific apocalyptic metaphors, which he elaborated as "volatility of thalassochemistry removal to dishevel the faculty of reason's aggravation." Doom & gloom aside, this is the pinnacle of MB's obsessive mastery of electronic de-composition.

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Mectpyo Bacterium (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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In the liner notes, a smug Maurizio Bianchi (aka MB) included a quote from Genesis P-Orridge who described MB's early 80's industrial noise records as 'boring, meaningless, pathetic'. I'd agree with MB in claiming that Gen was jealous, as MB was able to construct brutal hallucinatory recordings of electronic noise that offer metaphors of microscopic anyeurisms which collapse the body from within. Bleak chilling drones that are reminiscent of Conrad Schnitzler's most neurotic, Nurse With Wound's most droning, and Whitehouse's least annoying. MB's very prolific career in the early 80's with a more than a dozen records was cut short in 1984 at which time he joined a monastary.
Some of my favourite 'noise' records that have been gratefully reissued, thus sparing me from shelling out the $120.00 that I've seen the vinyl editions of these records going for!

album cover MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Mectpyo Box (E'Est) 10cd box 250.00
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Since around 2004, the Italian industrial composer Maurizio Bianchi has unleashed an impossible stream of recordings, often in collaboration with electronics musicians all over the world but unfortunately with spotty results. There are plenty of reasons why any label and / or artist would jump at the chance to release and / or record something, anything by Mr. Bianchi; and this 10cd boxset of his seminal recordings from the early '80s defines them all. This actually marks the second reissue campaign for these recordings, some of which originally appeared on Sterile Records and Broken Flag; but many of which had been self-published on Bianchi's own imprint. Bianchi - who simply recorded at the time as MB - had infamously been released through William Bennett's Come Organisation, who had recontextualized Bianchi's recordings of grim mechanoid drones with Nazi speeches spliced on top and changed his nom de plume to Leibstandarte SS MB... all without Bianchi's consent. Numerous cassettes, plenty of compilation appearances, and 10 lps marked this very prolific period in the early '80s for Bianchi, whereby he issued forth brutal, hallucinatory blasts of electronic noise and grinding rhythms of hand-cut tape noise and overblown synthetic distortion. These were the blackened, nihilist version of Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster, and Klaus Schulze as filtered through the industrial ethos of Throbbing Gristle and Whitehouse.
But by 1984, Bianchi just stopped. There were innumerable rumors about his departure from the music community. Some said, he had become a monk. Some said, he was crippled in an accident. But the truth of the matter was that he dedicated himself to his faith as a Jehovah's Witness. His distance only heightened the mythology about this artist and increased the cultural cache of those early recordings. Hence, the necessity for this boxset.
Here, you will find those ten LPs - Symphony For A Genocide, Menses, Neuro Habitat / Moerter Under Uns, Regel, Mectpyo Bakterium, Das Testament, Endometrio, Carcinosi, The Plain Truth, and Armagheddon - each released with plenty of bonus tracks from any number of those various compilation tracks. And for those of you who had picked up the two 5lp anthologies of MB's work on Vinyl On Demand, we don't think there's any overlap between this box set and those collections.
The first records are violent display of neurotic vibrations and deadly electronics, the second is relatively dreamy, albeit retaining the sonic qualities of erratic vertigo and shadowy hallucinations. His suffocating experiments with primitive synths, delay pedals, turntables, and tape machines collapsed in on themselves with an electrocuted obliteration of sound. Out of the ashes of such early albums as Symphony for a Genocide and Neuro Habitat, Bianchi allowed for a structuralism with tentative rhythms and melodies to rise out of the blackened grit on the work found on Endometrio and The Plain Truth. Each of the albums found on this box set are available individually; however, the box set features additional artwork, plenty of bonus tracks not on the original lps (but still the same from the first reissue campaign), and a handful of Bianchi's cryptic music critiques. Of all of the dronescapes, noise attacks, and electronic warbles that Aquarius has lavished with critical hyperbole, MB remains at the top of the list in terms of innovation and actualization of metaphor and intent.
MPEG Stream: "Endometrio Secondo Ciclo"
MPEG Stream: "The Plain Truth : M.B. 55 T.D. 56"
MPEG Stream: "Symphony For A Genocide : Treblinka"
MPEG Stream: "Morder Unter Uns"

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Menses (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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In the liner notes, a smug Maurizio Bianchi (aka MB) included a quote from Genesis P-Orridge who described MB's early 80's industrial noise records as 'boring, meaningless, pathetic'. I'd agree with MB in claiming that Gen was jealous, as MB was able to construct brutal hallucinatory recordings of electronic noise that offer metaphors of microscopic anyeurisms which collapse the body from within. Bleak chilling drones that are reminiscent of Conrad Schnitzler's most neurotic, Nurse With Wound's most droning, and Whitehouse's least annoying. MB's very prolific career in the early 80's with a more than a dozen records was cut short in 1984 at which time he joined a monastary.
Some of my favourite 'noise' records that have been gratefully reissued, thus sparing me from shelling out the $120.00 that I've seen the vinyl editions of these records going for!

album cover MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Nervo / Hydra (Kubitsuri Tapes) cd 15.98
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Italian industrial pioneer Maurizio Bianchi released Nervo / Hydra as a private edition cassette back in 1981; and the tape was subsequently bootlegged a number of times always with the incorrect title "NH/HN." With Vinyl On Demand's thorough exhumation of Bianchi's impossible to find cassettes spanning a couple of 5lp boxsets, the material from Nervo / Hydra did get an official reissue and an impressive remastering job as well. As with most everything on Vinyl On Demand, however, those two MB boxsets went out of print, necessitating yet another reissue of Bianchi's work.
In 1981, Bianchi unleashed his first major work through Sterile Records in Symphony For A Genocide; and Nervo / Hydra churns through the trademarked MB carcinogenic electronics minus the death-march drum machine of that aforementioned album. Fibrillations of grimy electronics and electro-shock dronings crawl ominously through endlessly cycling variations, punctuated with frigid divebomb squeals and slabs of flickering melodies erupting from Bianchi's abused Korg synth. Expect deadly, corrosive atmospheres on this impressive album!
We must point out that the material on this cd was taken straight from the LP of one of those Vinyl On Demand boxsets, as the album pops and hisses with a few choice bits of vinyl crackle. It certainly sounds *way* better than the crappy bootlegs from the original cassette, and we always like a little crackle and hiss on our records anyway, but in case that sort of thing concerns you... Also, we have limited stock on this item.
MPEG Stream: "Nervo"

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Neuro Habitat (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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In the liner notes, a smug Maurizio Bianchi (aka MB) included a quote from Genesis P-Orridge who described MB's early 80's industrial noise records as 'boring, meaningless, pathetic'. I'd agree with MB in claiming that Gen was jealous, as MB was able to construct brutal hallucinatory recordings of electronic noise that offer metaphors of microscopic anyeurisms which collapse the body from within. Bleak chilling drones that are reminiscent of Conrad Schnitzler's most neurotic, Nurse With Wound's most droning, and Whitehouse's least annoying. MB's very prolific career in the early 80's with a more than a dozen records was cut short in 1984 at which time he joined a monastary.
Some of my favourite 'noise' records that have been gratefully reissued, thus sparing me from shelling out the $120.00 that I've seen the vinyl editions of these records going for!

album cover MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Oirt Emo-Dne (Mirror Tapes) cassette 10.98
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A reissue of a private cassette Maurizio Bianchi made in 1981, whose ghastly noises would become the foundation for Endometrio, one of Bianchi's undisputed masterpieces of grim powerdrone electronics. Endometrio was a self-released LP from 1982 that formed a diptych with Carcinosi, which explored Bianchi's self-described 'bionic' music, and which metaphorically described the encroachment of technology within the human body as a form of self-annihilation by way of cancer. The heavy drones of thick vibration seemed to be a magnification of cancerous cells growing within bone tissue. Yeah, Bianchi's work is fucking bleak.
Oitr Emo-Dne features many of those spectral vibrations, slumping drones, and frigid noises that would later form the monolithic wall of sound Bianchi would deliver on Endometrio; but this tape is far more composed than most of Bianchi's proper albums, which pretty much begin and end with rough edits and hardly anything as subtle as fade-out. Instead of a relentless torrent of sound, Bianchi allows his sounds to ebb and flow with various cracklings (possibly left over from his early turntable experiments as Sacher-Pelz), sounding very prescient of Nurse With Wound's Soliloquy For Lilith and especially the NWW track "No Longer His Dominant" with its arrangement for swelling low-end feedback. This tape is pretty limited itself, with just 216 copies of this edition, although the tape and the inserts are professional grade. An exceptional artifact of early '80s noise culture!

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Regel (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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In the liner notes, a smug Maurizio Bianchi (aka MB) included a quote from Genesis P-Orridge who described MB's early 80's industrial noise records as 'boring, meaningless, pathetic'. I'd agree with MB in claiming that Gen was jealous, as MB was able to construct brutal hallucinatory recordings of electronic noise that offer metaphors of microscopic anyeurisms which collapse the body from within. Bleak chilling drones that are reminiscent of Conrad Schnitzler's most neurotic, Nurse With Wound's most droning, and Whitehouse's least annoying. MB's very prolific career in the early 80's with a more than a dozen records was cut short in 1984 at which time he joined a monastary.
Some of my favourite 'noise' records that have been gratefully reissued, thus sparing me from shelling out the $120.00 that I've seen the vinyl editions of these records going for!

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Symphony for a Genocide (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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In the liner notes, a smug Maurizio Bianchi (aka MB) included a quote from Genesis P-Orridge who described MB's early 80's industrial noise records as 'boring, meaningless, pathetic'. I'd agree with MB in claiming that Gen was jealous, as MB was able to construct brutal hallucinatory recordings of electronic noise that offer metaphors of microscopic anyeurisms which collapse the body from within. Bleak chilling drones that are reminiscent of Conrad Schnitzler's most neurotic, Nurse With Wound's most droning, and Whitehouse's least annoying. MB's very prolific career in the early 80's with a more than a dozen records was cut short in 1984 at which time he joined a monastary.
Some of my favourite 'noise' records that have been gratefully reissued, thus sparing me from shelling out the $120.00 that I've seen the vinyl editions of these records going for!

album cover MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) Technology X (Mirror Tapes) cassette 11.98
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The entire MB back catalogue is a daunting encyclopedia of industrial noise, bleak abstraction, and internalized struggles with abjection and salvation. Bianchi has been known to recycle titles for considerably different compositions, with Symphony For A Genocide being truncated for a different work called SFAG. The same goes for Technology, as this was the name of a double cassette originally released in 1981 with several bootlegs to follow until an official 2cd set was made available through At War With False Noise in 2009. Technology X is an entirely different composition, although much of the same electronic gear was obviously used in both sets of recordings (and throughout all of the MB recordings in the early '80s for that matter). Similarly, the track titles are slightly different ("Techno-X" vs. "Techno" and "Logy-X" vs. "Logy"); at the same time, the tracks on Technology X are considerably more caustic than those tracks on the original Technology.
Bianchi has long been an obsessive composer and documentarian of his work, which emerged in birth pangs of Industrial Culture in 1980 through the first of many self-released cassettes. His neurotic drones, turgid noises, and bleak electronics recognized influences from the Kraut-electron-magicians of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream; but Bianchi was far more interested in revealing his own theories on the disintegration of the human mind, body, and soul through the encroachment of technological and informational warfare. Technology X, like the aforementioned SFAG album, is a very bleak undertaking of abstracted blorping electronics distorted and mangled through a number of effects giving the impression of a scorched battlefield rumbling with numerous panzer divisions, raked machine-gun fire, and various experimental weapons decimating whoever might be unfortunate enough not to have died in the first wave of dive-bombs and ballistic missiles. His compositions are known for their many turns and twists, moving from mind-wiping lazer shots to engine-revving accelerations of noise and into weirdly militant musical moments of atonal stabs on his synthesizer. It's altogether an exhilarating and claustrophobic recording; and one that's limited to a little over 200 copies. The cassette also comes with an MB / Technology X button!

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) The Plain Truth (EEs'T / Alga Marghan) cd 16.98
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Originally released in 1983 on Broken Flag (the malignant UK label which spawned Skullflower and Ramleh), "The Plain Truth" distances itself considerably from MB's preceeding electroshock bricolages, coming closest to the "Forbidden Planet" aesthetic of poetically bleak electronics. If one were to ask me to bet on when Maurzio Bianchi (MB) came to God, I'd put $100 on this record. Aside from the giveaway inscription "This record is dedicated to all the redeemed people," "The Plain Truth" has dropped the decomposition metaphors of sound / body from Bianchi's arsenal of sound and has left behind a swirling miasma of cosmic synth drones that one might find in Conrad Schnitzler's most mindwarping psychedelectronics. Regardless of the status of Bianchi's belief at the time of this recording, "The Plain Truth" is a fabulous piece of kaleidoscopic darkness.

MB (BIANCHI, MAURIZIO) The Plain Truth (Hot Records) lp 15.98
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MB (MAURIZIO BIANCHI) / HUE / FHIEVEL Erimos (Digitalis) cd 11.98

album cover MB (MAURIZIO BIANCHI) Carcinosi (Menstrual Recordings) lp 30.00
The mythology of Maurizio Bianchi / MB has been well documented here at Aquarius; as we have long been spellbound by many of his classic industrial productions. He began experimenting with electronics, noise, and 'tape decomposition' in the late '70s, recording at a feverish pace over a five year period. He released a handful of records on Sterile, Broken Flag, and Come Organisation, with a few albums being self-financed private pressings. All of these albums quickly went out of print, not only due to the quality of the recordings, but because of his mysterious disappearance from the music scene, spawning a number of implausible legends. In the late '90s, the Italian avant-garde label Alga Marghen embarked on a reissue campaign of MB's classic albums. Those 10 discs, too, went out print leading to yet another campaign of Bianchi's earliest work. Carcinosi was one of those 10 Alga Marghen albums, and has now gotten the reissue treatment from Menstrual Recordings.
If there is one MB record to own, it's Carcinosi - the existentially bleak synthesis of the divebomb synth squalor found on his early work like Symphony for a Genocide and the frigid drone exasperation of his finale Armaghedon. Originally released in 1983 as a private edition of 400 copies, Carcinosi is part two of his dyptic of 'bionic music' alongside Endometrio. The metaphors of cancer mutating within a technologized body parallel a text in which Bianchi refers to this work as a warning of another Auschwitz. Bianchi's Carcinosi masterfully actualizes his grim metaphors with a mesmeric carousel of dark fractures, muted noise and disorienting synthetic pulsations smothered in a heavily saturated wall of delay. Again just 400 copies of this are around, with an exact reproduction of the original artwork with the album itself pressed on clear vinyl.
MPEG Stream: "Terzo Ciclo"
MPEG Stream: "Quarto Ciclo"

album cover MB (MAURIZIO BIANCHI) Giudizio Finale (Menstrual Recordings) cd 21.00
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At this point, pretty much the entirety of Maurizio Bianchi's catalogue of cassettes, lps, and compilation tracks chronicling his frenzied output from 1980 to 1984, should have been exhausted by now through various reissue campaigns. But even after the multiple boxsets and reissues, there's still somehow enough material to warrant an exceptional collection of frigid electronics from the latter days of MB's seminal output. We've long told the bizarre tale of Maurizio Bianchi, but here's his background in a nut shell: Bianchi was one of the pioneers of Italian industrial music compressing the already bleak synthmuzik of Conrad Schnitzler into an existentially devastating morass of electronic drones, echoing rhythms, and deadened wastelands. His early recordings were released infamously under the moniker Leibstandarte SS MB, and released through the Come Organisation and laced with Nazi speeches and true crime dramatizations. Bianchi and Come's William Bennett disagree over who authorized the inclusion of the morally questionable Nazi recordings, but those albums sealed Bianchi's reputation as a blunt composer of early power electronics. Between 1980-1984, Bianchi recorded incessantly producing a weighty archive of tapes and albums before he publicly quit music in pursuit of his religious beliefs. The last four proper MB records from that time period - Endometrio, Carcinosi, The Plain Truth, and Armaghedon - marked an aesthetic and conceptual shift for Bianchi as gloomy introspection settled through the work's iron-gray ripples that replaced the panzer rhythms and genocidal allusions. Those four records are easily our favorite work here at aQ; and we're very happy to report that the bulk of the material on Giudizio Finale was composed during this same time period. The first five tracks are drawn from super obscure cassette compilations, with the last three being unreleased material of the fizzing high-voltage patterns of Bianchi's marching drum machines and metallic noise that dominated such albums as Symphony For A Genocide. While a lot of the MB archival collections (especially those Vinyl On Demand boxsets) are designed with the collector in mind, Giudizio Finale actually makes for an impressive introduction to his work. At the same time, none of this material has been featured on any of the reissues so far, well, to the best of our knowledge at least. A limited release of 250 numbered copies.
MPEG Stream: "Menstruum"
MPEG Stream: "Yhwh"
MPEG Stream: "Giudizio Finale"

album cover MB (MAURIZIO BIANCHI) Mectpyo Bakterium (Menstrual Recordings) lp 30.00
Maurizio Bianchi is one the pioneers of Italian Industrial music, transforming the psychedelic electronics of the likes of Conrad Schniztler, Cluster, Eno, Neu!, etc. into a chilling, dark theater of cancerous sounds that had become the template for the countless dark ambient / industrialists who followed. His story is a peculiar one, as he was incessantly productive throughout the late '70s and early '80s until he unexpectedly stopped in 1984. This musical cessation served to heighten the mystique around the man, as rumors and falsehoods swirled around his legacy, followed by numerous bootleg tapes and LPs of his rarities. Mectpyo Bakterium was an album originally released on lp back in 1982 on the Mnemonists' imprint DYS out of Colorado, and then later in 1998 on cd through the Alga Marghen reissue campaign of his major records. And here is the first repress of the vinyl which goes for a very pretty penny on the collector's market.
Mectpyo Bakterium is a bleak piece of electronic expressionism, with shivering tones and slashing bursts of clinical noise meandering through minefields of grim atmospheres. As it was originally released on LP, the two main tracks of this album are each side-long excursions that mutate and fold on top of themselves, beginning at very dark, very grim launching points and ending up in an entirely different mindframe, having rotated through dour melodies, squalid noises, funeral drum machine marches, and further bleak electronics. It makes sense for this to be a worthy contemporary of TG, Cabaret Voltaire, and Whitehouse! This officially sanctioned lp is limited to 275 copies in a nearly exact reproduction of the original.
MPEG Stream: "Festish Pinksha"
MPEG Stream: "Sterile Regles"

album cover MB (MAURIZIO BIANCHI) Symphony For A Genocide (Hospital Productions) cd 12.98
Hospital Recordings has just reissued the first proper M.B. album, which first came out on Sterile Records in 1981 and then again on CD on Alga Marghen in the mid '90s. They've redone the design, making it look more stripped down, lo-fi and punk rock with gritty scans of the Alga Marghen artwork and old school cut and paste liner notes (that unfortunately seem to be missing some of the original notes), but don't let the makeover fool you, this is still some of the most abject and brilliantly bleak dronemusic ever.
Symphony For A Genocide wasn't the first recording for the Italian Industrialist, as he did have some earlier recordings as Sacher-Pelz and the infamous Leibstandarte SS MB albums (on which Whitehouse's William Bennett dubbed various Nazi speeches on top of Bianchi's music without Bianchi's permission). Bianchi's work does come out of a transgressive mindset; but one that is uniformly misanthropic, nihilistic, and utterly black. On this album, MB construct brutal, hallucinatory blasts of electronic noise and grinding rhythms of hand-cut tape noise and overblown synthetic distortion. These, bleak chilling drones are reminiscent of Conrad Schnitzler at his most neurotic, Nurse With Wound at their most droning, and Whitehouse at their least annoying. MB's very prolific career in the early 80's with more than a dozen records was cut short in 1984 at which time he declared himself a Jehovah's Witness and ceased making music until recently when he finally returned to the blackened ambience of old.
It should also be noted that the recordings of Symphony For A Genocide are drastically different from another set of recordings called SFAG (Symphony For A Genocide), which has also gotten the reissue treatment twice, adding extra confusion into the mix.
MPEG Stream: "Treblinka"
MPEG Stream: "Auschwitz"

album cover MB (MAURIZIO BIANCHI) Teban Slide Art (Menstrual Recordings) 3cd 48.00
Teban Slide Art collects a body of work from the industrial pioneer Maurizio Bianchi that has long been a point of controversy in the history of noise music. At the very beginning of his career, Bianchi had 'signed' a contract with Whitehouse's William Bennett for the release of two albums on Bennett's Come Organisation label. There were rumors that Bennett and Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound drafted a completely daft contract that assumed all of the rights to Bianchi's work, which Bianchi signed. Here is where the story splits, as Bianchi claimed that he never consented to the additional overlay of Third Reich speeches found on these recordings, nor to rechristening of his nom de plume from MB to Leibstandarte SS MB; where Bennett asserts that the albums were released as Bianchi intended, and his latent religious conversion a few years later around 1984 sparked his discontent. Regardless of which of these stories is the actual truth, those early Leibstandarte SS MB albums quickly became the stuff of legend and myth, with very few ever actually hearing any of those recordings. What prompted Bianchi to agree to reissue these recordings is also a bit of mystery, but here they are - Triumph Of The Will and Weltanschauung (the two Come Organisation albums) and Lebensraum (an unreleased album that was unofficially issued as a cassette by Murder Release). The cancerous sounds that Bianchi produced are sinister echoes of bone-chilling vibrations, throbbing rhythms, deranged anti-melodies, and horrifying atmospheres that drip through Bianchi's frigid electronics which are not too far from the material he produced on albums like Menses and Neuro Habitat around the same time. Not all of the tracks are laced with Nazi speeches, but when they are, the mastering pushes Bianchi's cold synth-noise into the background. All this said, it is impossible to escape the context of those speeches; but the intent of lacing these two becomes unclear. Is this the simulacrum approach to the modern society as being so corrupt that the crimes of the Third Reich are still within the capacity of the human condition? Or was this something akin to a very British form of black humor (especially if this was in fact Bennett adding the speeches later) in poking fun at all of the 'transgressive' references that punk and industrial culture were appropriating? The verdict is still out. Limited to 413 copies.
MPEG Stream: "Triumph Of The Will"
MPEG Stream: "Weltanschauung"
MPEG Stream: "Endoradiation"
MPEG Stream: "Examples Of Cannibalism"

album cover MB (MAURIZIO BIANCHI) Telmegiddo / Bacterhabitat (Menstrual Recordings) cd + cd-r 29.00
Following the release of the Teban Slide Art collection of Maurizio Bianchi material that dates back to early 1981 of the infamous Leibstandarte SS MB recordings released on William Bennett's Come Organisation, we find ourselves at the end of 1984 with Telemediggo. Bianchi's final official album was the self-released Armaghedon - a soundtrack to an unfinished film that would have been really interesting to have seen. Unfortunately, Bianchi destroyed more than half of the pressing of Armaghedon, with the film probably suffering the same fate. All of this was spurned by his religious conversion, becoming a Jehovah's Witness, causing him to eschew many of the ties he made with the industrial / experimental community for well over a decade. Telemediggo would have been the follow-up to Armaghedon, and is a continuation of the free-floating almost psychedelic dronework that shows a considerable amount of maturity of Bianchi's compositional prowess. Gone are the almost meandering attempts at melody and gone are the panzer division rhythms found on albums like Symphony For A Genocide. Instead, the gasping environments from Bianchi's final period could be considered placid in comparison to his more suffocating works, as if he's allowing for slivers of light to seep through the vast darkness. Don't worry, Telemediggo is a heavy piece of refined minimalism! There were a handful of private issue cassettes of this album that made the rounds, eventually getting bootlegged under the title "Extreme Man 2" in 1990. Another bootleg made the rounds of some sketches that Bianchi was working on, and that had the title "Extreme Man 1." This cassette is reprised as the second disc here, rechristened as Baterhabitat. For some reason, this second disc is a professionally duplicated cd-r, where the disc of Telemediggo is a properly replicated cd. Hmm. These recordings are considerably rougher than Telemediggo and do expose some of Bianchi's process, as he began to layer sympathetic synth sounds that he describes as a "mixture of bacteriological wall of noise." He indicates that the recordings date back to 1982, but seem to have been left unfinished. Packaged in a really cool metal box that solves the problem of those Chain Reaction metal boxes with a soft-felt case that holds both discs. Limited to 208 copies.
MPEG Stream: "Tel"
MPEG Stream: "Mediggo"

MC HAWKING A Brief History Of Rhyme (Brash Recordings) cd 14.98

MC5 Are You Ready To Testify! The Live Bootleg Anthology (Sanctuary) 3cd 21.00

MC5 Back In The USA (Atlantic) cd 13.98

MC5 High Time (Rhino) cd 9.98

MC5 High Time (Total Energy) lp 15.98
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MC5 Kick Out The Jams (Elektra) cd 10.98
Rock n' roll albums don't get too much more classic than this one!!

MC5 Motor City Is Burning (Trojan) cd 16.98
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With so many retro rock bands out there these days attempting to recapture the magic and fury of the MC5, I think we must pay respect where it is due and remember how awesome and revolutionary this band was. Recorded live at various venues, Motor City Is Burning features one of very few known recordings of "Black To Comm", their infamous two chord blast, and the main inspiration for Spacemen 3's "Revolution". Featuring such classics as "Ramblin Rose", "Borderline" and of course "Kick Out the Jams", this album remains a rough, raw and significant sonic testament to the importance and legacy of the MC5. I don't usually like live records but this one conveys so much fucking energy and rock that it's a record that should be live.
RealAudio clip: "Black to Comm"
RealAudio clip: "Kick Out The Jams"

MC5 Starship - Live at the Sturgis Armory June 27, 1968 (Total Energy) cd 13.98
Pretty excellent early live MC5 show, remastered and with notes by former manager/White Panther leader/Total Energy label guy John Sinclair. Previously available as a Euro-boot called Black To Comm. Yep, that famed song's on here, as well as a bunch of the Five's other greats and covers of James Brown, Pharoah Sanders (!), and Little Richard...Nobody rocks like this anymore, it's true.

album cover MCBAIN, JOHN The In-Flight Feature (Duna) cd 16.98
Former Monster Magnet guitarist, also of Wellwater Conspiracy.
MPEG Stream: "The Underwater Pornographer's Assistant"
MPEG Stream: "In Santiago Airspace"

album cover MCBEE, HAMPER The Good Old-Fashioned Way (Twos & Fews) lp 16.98

album cover MCBEE, HAMPER The Good Old-Fashioned Way (Twos & Fews) lp 16.98

album cover MCBRIDE, BRIAN The Effective Disconnect (Kranky) cd 14.98
Brian McBride, for those who don't know, is one half of beloved slowcore drone drift soundscapers Stars Of The Lid, and based on the reviews on the aQuarius website, you might assume they were one of our all time favorite bands, and well, you would most definitely be correct. If there was indeed an official aQ pantheon, Stars Of The Lid would absolutely be included, their records, spanning the last two decades now, have without fail been absolutely breathtaking works of sublime ambient brilliance, from raw blurred 4 track shimmer, to the more orchestral and composed later releases, we can't think of a SOTL record that we didn't love.
The Effective Disorder is a score McBride recorded for a documentary film called Vanishing Of The Bees, and in the liner notes, McBride explains that he tried his best to compose music that was hopeful, striving to capture in music the "gloriousness of the bees", but that the result was more in keeping with his past works, pieces that tended toward the melancholy and lamentable, that dark and haunting and sweetly sorrowful. And we're not complaining one bit!
The Effective Disorder plays out like it could very well have been a new Stars Of The Lid records, lush and orchestrated, but still intimate and emotional. Separated into suites, the opening two parter mixes the muted sitar-like buzz of old SOTL soundscapes, with soaring strings, swirling streaks of minor key melody, and lots of space, the sounds unfurled in glacial swells, gorgeous harmonies left to gradually fade and drift into nothingness.
"Girl Nap" is about as close as The Effective Disorder comes to sunshiney, but even then it's just barely, sun dappled shimmer dissipates in a haze of hushed soft focus blur, peppered with far away reverbed piano, "Several Tries (In An Unelevated Style)" is another assemblage of longform tones, lushly layered, the overtones adding color and movement, "Supposed Essay On The Piano (B Major Piano Adagietto)" adds horns, the mournful brass moans giving the already sorrowful sound a funereal cast, but shot though with warm hints of hope.
The three part "Toil Theme" is brooding and ominous, haunting and delicate, another dreamscape of minor key swells, while "Beekeepers Vs Warfare Chemicals" drapes tinkling chimes over streaks of stings, and warm sun dappled melodies, the track gradually transforming into something much darker and depressive.
The brief closer, "Chamber Minuet" is the perfect coda, a brief recapitulation of the rest of the score, and of the two sides of McBride's composing style, beginning with a rough bit of low fidelity drift, gauzy and hushed, before it blossoms into a more traditional sounding string quartet, dramatic and majestic, only to slip right back into the opening ominous minimal drift. So lovely and captivating.
The music perhaps darker than the film makers intended, but for the purposes of pure listening, removed from the visuals, Stars Of The Lid fans will not be disappointed, nor will fans of dark brooding ambience.
MPEG Stream: "Melodrames Telegraphies (In B Major 7th) Part 1"
MPEG Stream: "Girl Nap"
MPEG Stream: "Several Tries (In An Elevated Style)"
MPEG Stream: "Beekeepers Vs Warfare Chemicals"

album cover MCBRIDE, BRIAN The Effective Disconnect (Kranky) lp 14.98
Brian McBride, for those who don't know, is one half of beloved slowcore drone drift soundscapers Stars Of The Lid, and based on the reviews on the aQuarius website, you might assume they were one of our all time favorite bands, and well, you would most definitely be correct. If there was indeed an official aQ pantheon, Stars Of The Lid would absolutely be included, their records, spanning the last two decades now, have without fail been absolutely breathtaking works of sublime ambient brilliance, from raw blurred 4 track shimmer, to the more orchestral and composed later releases, we can't think of a SOTL record that we didn't love.
The Effective Disorder is a score McBride recorded for a documentary film called Vanishing Of The Bees, and in the liner notes, McBride explains that he tried his best to compose music that was hopeful, striving to capture in music the "gloriousness of the bees", but that the result was more in keeping with his past works, pieces that tended toward the melancholy and lamentable, that dark and haunting and sweetly sorrowful. And we're not complaining one bit!
The Effective Disorder plays out like it could very well have been a new Stars Of The Lid records, lush and orchestrated, but still intimate and emotional. Separated into suites, the opening two parter mixes the muted sitar-like buzz of old SOTL soundscapes, with soaring strings, swirling streaks of minor key melody, and lots of space, the sounds unfurled in glacial swells, gorgeous harmonies left to gradually fade and drift into nothingness.
"Girl Nap" is about as close as The Effective Disorder comes to sunshiney, but even then it's just barely, sun dappled shimmer dissipates in a haze of hushed soft focus blur, peppered with far away reverbed piano, "Several Tries (In An Unelevated Style)" is another assemblage of longform tones, lushly layered, the overtones adding color and movement, "Supposed Essay On The Piano (B Major Piano Adagietto)" adds horns, the mournful brass moans giving the already sorrowful sound a funereal cast, but shot though with warm hints of hope.
The three part "Toil Theme" is brooding and ominous, haunting and delicate, another dreamscape of minor key swells, while "Beekeepers Vs Warfare Chemicals" drapes tinkling chimes over streaks of stings, and warm sun dappled melodies, the track gradually transforming into something much darker and depressive.
The brief closer, "Chamber Minuet" is the perfect coda, a brief recapitulation of the rest of the score, and of the two sides of McBride's composing style, beginning with a rough bit of low fidelity drift, gauzy and hushed, before it blossoms into a more traditional sounding string quartet, dramatic and majestic, only to slip right back into the opening ominous minimal drift. So lovely and captivating.
The music perhaps darker than the film makers intended, but for the purposes of pure listening, removed from the visuals, Stars Of The Lid fans will not be disappointed, nor will fans of dark brooding ambience.
MPEG Stream: "Melodrames Telegraphies (In B Major 7th) Part 1"
MPEG Stream: "Girl Nap"
MPEG Stream: "Several Tries (In An Elevated Style)"
MPEG Stream: "Beekeepers Vs Warfare Chemicals"

album cover MCBRIDE, BRIAN When The Detail Lost Its Freedom (Kranky) cd 14.98
Brian McBride is one half of AQ faves Stars Of The Lid, a group who specialized in somnambulent moonlit guitarscapes, dark and gorgeously lugubrious, and who more recently have begun to explore more lush and epic musical vistas. Some of our favorite late night dreamy drones have come from those Stars, so it's no surprise that McBride's first proper solo outing is just as mysterious and compelling. A lush series of swoonsome smears, warm chordal swells stretched into slow burning minor key sagas, minor key but still strangely hopeful sounding, sun dappled with the first rays of morning light after an endless night of darkness and despair. Each piece on When The Detail Lost Its Freedom is delicately assembled from minimal violins, gentle piano, moaning trumpets, haunting western guitar, drifting disembodied vocals, and warm reverb, all swirled into indistinct shapes, like opening your eyes first thing in the morning, a hazy blurry dreamlike world, so serene and peaceful. At times, it almost sounds like the most minimal of post rock, but slowed down to a drumless crawl, the occasional vocals definitely remind us of Low, a darkly romantic slowcore, but wherever McBride takes these songs, we're never far from slipping back into a doleful drift of melancholy moods and slow shifting shimmers. It's sort of like staring into a thick cloudy swirl of sound, dense and drifting, with the occasional melody or voice slowly emerging and taking shape before flickering and fading out, dissolving into the swells of surrounding sound. So lovely.
MPEG Stream: "Overture (For Other Halfs)"
MPEG Stream: "A Gathering To Lead Me When You're Gone"

album cover MCCANN, SEAN Changes Are Staying (DNT) lp 12.98
After releasing dozens of tapes and tons of limited releases, Sean McCann delivers his gorgeous vinyl debut on local SF label, DNT. If Sean McCann is a new name to your list of weirdo dronesters, you better get hip quick, McCann is one of the most prolific ambient artists of recent years, and has delivered countless offerings of violin based, long-tone beauty on almost every home-spun tape label around. And even though "Chances Are Staying" is McCann's first attempt at vinyl glory, he's no newcomer to the soft-drifting world of string-based soundscaping.
What really draws us into McCann's music is his signature, ever-changing kaleidoscopic whirl, sounds and notes constantly shifting and swirling over crumbling layers of noise and grit, never a boring moment in an ocean of crashing color and melodic smear, so propelling yet immersive and entrancing. There's a refined quality to McCann's music that definitely reminds us of stuff on the Kompakt label, but that precision is offset by a weirdo playfulness that leaves each track unpredictable and completely fluid. It also reminds us of early Not Not Fun releases or maybe Ducktails. "Labyrinth" opens with a gauzy melodic passage, distant bells and chimes echo into a rhythmic lull, synthy washes and a deep low-end pulse guide you deeper into a gorgeous ambient headspace. Dry passages of violin stretch across the echoing beauty below, a buzzing drone builds into an epic flurry until suddenly the track is over and you're itching for more! "County Heirlooms" is another favorite, drum and bass set the rhythmic pulse as soaring strings and bellowing horns become tangled in a mess of field recordings, drones, and weirdo noise, so nice and quite unlike anything we've heard before. Somehow pleasant and very very strange all at once, like someone manipulating a Pharoah Sanders tape while a krautrock rhythm section rehearses next door.
So Rad! Super unique and super limited to 400 hand number copies, we got these straight from the label, pretty sure it'll be out of print in no time, so pick one up!

album cover MCCANN, SEAN Flutter Oasis (Digitalis) cassette 8.98
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Another crazy limited cassette release. This one from a name we'd never heard before, Sean McCann, but judging from this tape, we'll definitely want to be hearing more.
The sound is super distorted and in-the-red, lo-fi and warbly, like it was recorded on some old thrift store tape on a busted up tape recorder, the guitar being the focal point, but rendered in numerous un-guitar-like sounds and setting, simple strums are distorted to the point of complete collapse, strange effects make the tape sound like it's skipping, vocals howl and croon, everything super washed out.
Some tracks are warm and whirring and warbly, almost old timey sounding, everything shimmery and dreamlike, circus like melodies, kitchen sink percussion, and a soft focus patina of fuzz and buzz and whir, the tape continually slowing to a crawl, or skipping and hiccupping like the stop and record buttons getting pushed, others are dense and chaotic, but with the same sort of sun dappled summer dreaminess, the distortion and the tape drop outs as much, if not more of, a part of the sound than the actual instruments.
Noisy, but that sort of soft noise, dreamy, but not sleepy, instead a sort of druggy bleary eyed drift, think lo-fi folk or pop, via Merzbow, filtered through Philip Jeck and Tim Hecker, recorded by Faxed Head, and played back on a Dictaphone with dying batteries plugged into a massive P.A. with blown speakers. So cool.
LIMITED TO ONLY 50 COPIES!!! In beautiful silk screened sleeves, with a printed insert, each tape hand numbered.

album cover MCCANN, SEAN Wind In Their Way (Monorail Trespassing) cassette 6.98
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San Franciscan Sean McCann has produced a ton of material running the gamut between splattery feral pop, crusty noise, and dreamy droneworks; and despite our neighborly geographies, we've only managed to get a hold of a few of his recordings, most of which tend toward the micro-edition side of things. The fine folks at Foxy Digitalis have been showering this guy with praise; and now we can see why on this great cassette from the increasingly essential cassette label Monorail Trespassing. Wind In Their Way begins with a sweeping atmosphere of elongated drone, smoke, and shadow with an elegant violin emoting sad, sad melodies all bathed in reverb, looped back into those background sounds, and muddled nicely into the mix. Here, McCann seems to be paralleling what fellow Bay Area stringed conjurer Darwinsbitch had mustered on her impressive Ore album released earlier in 2009. This same direction continues on the second side of the album, with more shimmering tones that probably have their origins from a guitar, producing majestic swells of ambience not nearly as dark as those by Troum but just as ethereal, with those gauzy, flickering ghosts of sound woven in and out. Peter Wright and Machinefabriek even come to mind on this lovely, lovely, lovely piece. Limited to 125 copies!

MCCARTHY The Best of Mccarthy: That's All Very Well But... (Cherry Red) cd 16.98
Tim Gane before he met Laetitia and formed Stereolab.

album cover MCCARTHY, DAWN & BONNY BILLY Wai Notes (Sea Note) cd 15.98
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Wai notes is essentially the raw and super stripped down version of The Letting Go, the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album from 2006, compiled from the demos of that album. On that record he teamed up with Dawn McCarthy from Faun Fables who added back up vocals that sounded both sweet and haunting. But we have to say that these bedroom recordings do these songs more justice then the fully produced version that ended up being the album. We love hearing Will Oldham's classic voice as it's captured so intense and raw right onto what sounds like a 4-track cassette. It's the sparse and chilling side of Oldham's songs that made us fall in love with him all those years back. And we love the tape hiss that crackles so slightly throughout the recording adding such a scrumptious layer of warmth to the cozy and intimate words being sung alongside very minimal and bare acoustic guitar all accented by McCarthy's other worldly back-up's. So simple and stunning! Very limited so you know what that means....
MPEG Stream: "Then The Letting Go"
MPEG Stream: "Wai"

album cover MCCARTNEY, PAUL McCartney (MPL / Hear Music) 2cd 21.00

MCCARTNEY, PAUL AND WINGS Band on the Run: 25th Anniversary Edition (Capitol) 2cd box 15.98
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You might have thought you'd never see a Paul McCartney record here at Aquarius, but you'd be very wrong. Hey, we carry Kix, Chicago, and John Prine, too, and if you think we're old fogeys for doing so, grow up! We've always said that a real music fan loves all kinds of music as long as it's good, and boy is this album killer (and, like, duh, the Beatles were really awesome too). It took the long lost Peruvian psychedelic group We All Together (themselves the subject of some great recent reissues) to really wake us up to McCartney again. From the epic Lennon-esque "Let Me Roll It" to the title track, "Band on the Run" features amazing songwriting and delivery, and it's beloved by all here at AQ. For the price of one disc you get a deluxe box with two cds within. The second disc "relives the period when the album was made and includes the voices of Paul and linda McCartney, Dustin Hoffman and the celebrities who appear on the cover. Running in excess of 50 minutes, the programme also includes previously unreleased version of some Band on the Run tracks."

album cover MCCOMBS, CASS PREfection (Monitor) cd 14.98
On his sophomore outing PREfection, Mr. Cass McCombs proves he's no run of the mill singer/songwriter. Imagine the quirky pop of Robyn Hitchcock crossed with the swoonsome elegance of Rufus Wainwright and laced with the British melancholia of Morrissey, but then drench it all in cavernous cathedral reverb a la Neko Case or My Morning Jacket. Sound good to you? He's sure got quite a knack for crafting seemingly straightforward songs that your ears will like, but he's got a few tricks up his sleeve to boot. Check out the peppy retro British pop stylings (complete with organ!) of the second song, "Subtraction". It's a great kickstart-your-morning kind of tune, not unlike a gentler version of Iggy's "Lust For Life". The next number "Multiple Suns" is quite a bit darker and more brooding, but still wholly engaging. He saves his most unconventional track for last, "All Your Dreams May Come True". For the first few minutes it's a straightforward sensitive pop song but it eventually dissolves into a lengthy soundscape.
MPEG Stream: "Subtraction"
MPEG Stream: "All Your Dreams May Come True"

MCCOMBS, CASS Wit's End (Domino) cd 14.98
Nice songwriting and sensual execution by Cass Mccombs on this outing.
MPEG Stream: "County Line"
MPEG Stream: "Saturday Song"
MPEG Stream: "Hermit's Cave"

MCCOMBS, CASS Wit's End (Domino) lp 22.00
Nice songwriting and sensual execution by Cass Mccombs on this outing.
MPEG Stream: "County Line"
MPEG Stream: "Saturday Song"
MPEG Stream: "Hermit's Cave"

MCCOOK, TOMMY Blazing Horns / Tenor In Roots (Blood & Fire) cd 9.98

MCCOOK, TOMMY AND THE SUPERSONIC Top Secret (Beatville) cd 14.98

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