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album cover MACLEAN, THE JUAN Less Than Human (Astralwerks ) cd 15.98
Here's the latest from Juan MacLean... that's right, The Juan MacLean (formerly of Six Finger Satellite, latterly a DFA associate). Less Than Human can barely be contained on your stereo, bursting forth with ultra broad spectrum energy. Super vibrant and fun with its solid dance thump to keep you goin' 'til the wee hours. It even sounds like they dug out an ol' rave whistle for the beginning of the fourth song "Tito's Way". Sure there's lots of folks targeting the funky dancefloor these days, but Mr. MacLean takes a more elegant and captivating approach, as well as an ample dose of Kraftwerk reverence, that most definitely bears repeat listens... and not just while you're shakin' yer thang.
MPEG Stream: "AD 2003"
MPEG Stream: "Give Me Every Little Thing"

album cover MACLISE, ANGUS Astral Collapse (Quakebasket) cd 14.98
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There has been something of an Angus MacLise revival going on in the past couple of years, stemming from the discovery of many archival Maclise recordings by Tony Conrad. In the '60s, MacLise had been a instrumental figure in the inception of LaMonte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music as well as the first incarnation of The Velvet Underground, before infamously departing after learning that they would get paid for a gig. Anyway, he thought VU was too structured. A creative wanderlust led him out of those pursuits, working with dozens of composers, poets, film-makers, artists, etc. and travelling all across the globe in pursuit of hermetic wisdoms and Buddhist teachings. "Astral Collapse" collects 6 tracks from the MacLise archives, offering a variety of instrumentation including organ, bongos, piano, autoharp, cembalum, bells, an Arp synthesizer, field recordings, voice, and plenty of effects. As heard on previous recordings, MacLise transforms everything into shimmering, intoxicated trances of amorphous sound. As talented as MacLise may have been as a poet, I can't say that the spoken word entries on "Astral Collapse" are all that successful; however, the haunting arpeggiated organ on "6th Face Of The Angel" and the dreamy, sonic shape-shifting of "Cloud Watching" more than make up for the incongruities of psychedelic drones topped with an earnest recitation of Buddhist mysticism.
RealAudio clip: "6th Face Of The Angel"
RealAudio clip: "Cloud Watching"

MACLISE, ANGUS Astral Collapse (Quakebasket) lp 14.98
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There has been something of an Angus MacLise revival going on in the past couple of years, stemming from the discovery of many archival Maclise recordings by Tony Conrad. In the '60s, MacLise had been a instrumental figure in the inception of LaMonte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music as well as the first incarnation of The Velvet Underground, before infamously departing after learning that they would get paid for a gig. Anyway, he thought VU was too structured. A creative wanderlust led him out of those pursuits, working with dozens of composers, poets, film-makers, artists, etc. and travelling all across the globe in pursuit of hermetic wisdoms and Buddhist teachings. "Astral Collapse" collects 6 tracks from the MacLise archives, offering a variety of instrumentation including organ, bongos, piano, autoharp, cembalum, bells, an Arp synthesizer, field recordings, voice, and plenty of effects. As heard on previous recordings, MacLise transforms everything into shimmering, intoxicated trances of amorphous sound. As talented as MacLise may have been as a poet, I can't say that the spoken word entries on "Astral Collapse" are all that successful; however, the haunting arpeggiated organ on "6th Face Of The Angel" and the dreamy, sonic shape-shifting of "Cloud Watching" more than make up for the incongruities of psychedelic drones topped with an earnest recitation of Buddhist mysticism.

MACLISE, ANGUS Brain Damage In Oklahoma City (Siltbreeze) cd 14.98
"Brain Damage In Oklahoma City" is the second archival release on Siltbreeze of Angus MacLise's ecstatic drone minimalism. MacLise was the original percussionist for the Velvet Underground (before quitting after learning that they'd been PAID for a gig) and an active member of LaMonte Young's Dream Syndicate along with Tony Conrad and John Cale. While MacLise's sound definitely holds a similarity to the '60s minimalist giants around him, his sensitivity to texture separates him from his cohorts who were more interested in a strict adherence to concept. The highlight of this collection is the lengthy concert performed in New York as a benefit for the Oklahoma City Police Dept. Tony Conrad's liner notes (which appear to be some of his diary entries from 1968) aren't terribly clear as to the intent of the benefit - whether to pay for MacLise's legal fees from getting busted in Oklahoma for pot or because of general benevolence to the fraternal order of the police. I think the former is more likely. Regardless, this blows that recent Dream Syndicate release on Table of the Elements out of the water. Impressive tranced out drones (featuring Conrad playing "limp string") collide with the abstract rhythmic patterns from MacLise's barrel conga.

album cover MACLISE, ANGUS Cloud Doctrine (Sub Rosa) 2cd 19.98
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This most recent collection of work by Angus MacLise is culled from a collection of over 50 tapes discovered over 20 years ago and rescued from probable destruction. MacLise was instrumental in the formation of LaMonte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music as well as the first incarnation of The Velvet Underground, and continued to explore drone music, Eastern music and electronic tape music until his death in 1979. This two disc set features early electronic experiments, some epic ambient/drone pieces including performances from John Cale and Tony Conrad, and 2 recordings of Maclise reading his poetry, of which there are apparently very few recordings. While we are not much for spoken word around these parts, the two pieces here are actually quite nice. MacLise's poetry is strange and pretty wonderful and is delivered over a background of drone and hum and buzz. The rest of this collection includes the above mentioned short pieces for electronics, a bunch of short instrumental explorations and three 30 minute pieces of ambient clatter and ur-drone. Gorgeous and spacious, free and transcendental. Think No Neck Blues Band meets the Dead C meets Stockhausen. Great stuff!
MPEG Stream: "Trance #2"
MPEG Stream: "Organ & Drum"

MACLISE, ANGUS s/t (Counter Culture Chronicles) lp 25.00
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Angus MacLise was the original percussionist for the Velvet Underground (before quitting the band upon learning that they would be paid for a gig) and a member of the legendary trance / minimalist ensemble The Dream Syndicate with LaMonte Young, Tony Conrad, and John Cale. Recently his archival recordings have resurfaced as the Silbreeze collection "Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda," this vinyl only collection from Counter Culture Chronicles, and the indefinitely postponed Dream Syndicate release (courtesy of Table of the Elements). Distrubing trance music that drifts endlessly with gritty hurdy-gurdy (?) drones and the constant pitter-patter of tablas and small hand drums. This eponymous collection features the long out of print "Trance" single from Fierce, "The Joyouse Lake" flexi disc which featured an excerpt from 1965's "Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda," and the soundtrack to Ron Rice's 1964 film "Chumlum."

MACLISE, ANGUS The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda (Siltbreeze) cd 14.98
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Angus MacLise - poet and percussionist - was a key player in LaMonte Young's "Theatre of Eternal Music" which also spawned such artists as Tony Conrad and the Velvet Underground (which Angus a considerable amount of input in founding but quit upon learning they'd make money at a gig). "The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda" is comprised of lengthy pieces of looping psychedelic drones and hippy drum circle freakouts that were composed to accompany Ira Cohen and Jack Smith art films.

MACLISE, ANGUS & HETTY MACLISE Dreamweapon II (Boo-Hooray) lp 33.00

album cover MACROMANTICS Four Facets / Conspiracy Remix (Quaketrap) 7" 4.98
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We dig Macromantics! She's one supa cool hiphop gal from Australia. Trouble is, there's seemingly never enough of her music to go around! She's got a scant two self-released cds out thus far (the more recent of the two being Hyperbolic Logic from late 2004), and they're not the easiest things to get a hold of. Fortunately though, we get at least a quick fix by way of those fine Quaketrap Collective folks from down the block who've offered up this short'n'sweet 7". One side has the lady bustin' out with her beat conspirator Shaggy Manatee (formerly of Pancake Circus) on her new track "Four Facets" while the flipside has a sharply chiselled remix of the Hyperbolic Logic album track "Conspiracy" by their pal Yoko Solo. Ah, leave 'em wantin' more! Pressed on white vinyl.
MPEG Stream: "Four Facets"
MPEG Stream: "Conspiracy Remix"

album cover MACROMANTICS Hyperbolic Logic (self-released) cd 9.98
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Macromantics is a lone lady ass-kickin' hip hop machine from Down Under. While we were admittedly charmed initially by her accent that pokes through when she utters certain words, her music had proven to have an impact of its own. There's no hyperbole involved when we say that Ms Romy Hoffman not only crafts rad atmospheric hip hop tracks but has quite a way with words too -- expounding on the power of love, truth, beauty and chaos. This is her second self-released album and it simply confirms that she's just getting better and better. Here's hoping she doesn't continue to be such a well-kept Aussie secret.
MPEG Stream: "Conspiracy"
MPEG Stream: "Where Is Yr God?"

album cover MACROMANTICS Moments In Movement (Kill Rock Stars) cd 14.98
Listen up! We heart Macromantics (aka Australian hip hop gal Romy Hoffman). She rocks! We've carried her releases (Four Facets / Conspiracy Remix 7" and Hyperbolic Logic cd) for a few years now, and we're really happy to hear that more folks stateside have been gettin' hip to her hop. Case in point, the Kill Rock Stars label have jumped aboard and released her first domestic cd. Yay! Yay! Admittedly what initially charmed us about Ms Romy was her distinct vocal delivery, but there's acres more to her than an Aussie accent. She crafts tight, infectious tracks with an overriding super posi vibe. Lotsa punchy energy! On Moments In Movements though we've noticed a step or two towards considerably darker, edgier territory than that which she's traversed on her previous releases. it's an effective direction to take, broadening her scope while sharpening her attack. Guests include Ground Components and Sage Francis.
MPEG Stream: "Eerily Spookily"
MPEG Stream: "Love Thyself"

MAD ANJU / KID KURRUPT Look Gal / East (Killa) 7" 2.98
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Hip hop remix. Rhythm = "One Minute Man" (Missy Elliott).

album cover MAD COW STRING BAND Live At The Delta Of Venus (Crossbill) cd 9.98
How's this for a feather in yer bluegrass straw hat? This Bay Area band recently played with the legendary bluegrass combo The Dillards just down the street from us at the intimate lil' Amnesia bar. A rollicking good time! Their high spirited Live At The Delta Of Venus will surely knock the crusted mud off yer cowhide. It's a boot stompin' jamboree of homegrown true country and bluegrass music which was recorded live at the Delta Of Venus Cafe & Pub in Davis, CA. The sixteen tracks are nicely balanced between instrumentals and singalongs, fresh originals and solid renditions of old traditionals. They sure do give those stringed instruments a workout -- snappin', pluckin' and bowin' the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, standup bass ever so vigorously!
Includes a temporary tattoo so that you can show your love... at least until you next bath.
MPEG Stream: "You Wrecked My Wallet"
MPEG Stream: "Minor Swing"

album cover MAD DOG 617 (Mr. Nobody) cd 17.98
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Cow bell knockin', kick-ass hard rockin' seventies proto-metal here folks! Michigan power trio Mad Dog's lone album, cryptically entitled 617, was a private press LP originally released in 1977, though recording began back in '74. It features a raw production, heavy guitars, rough and ready vocal wailin', and songs that blend urgent, punkish energy with more languid psych stylings. Sounds like these guys didn't live too far from Detroit. And it's got a whiff of Blue Cheer and even the Pink Fairies, at least enough that we expect this tuff lil' low-budget obscurity might well charm those of you into that sort of thing.

album cover MAD MUSIC INC. Mad Music (Drag City) lp 17.98
Just as it first appeared in the Boston Area around 1977, there are no song titles, contact info or any other identifying information accompanying this mysterious release, a reissue of a private press recording of serene but outsider-inflected new age classical composition. Like another similarly minded aQ fave, Moolah, the music presented on Mad Music Inc. is an oceanic mixture of echoed piano, harp and gong, in short sketches with one track adding percussion, some subtle bass groove and female spiritual cosmic jazz vocals (not quite the "cosmic disco" stated on Drag City's cover sticker, but still pretty cool!).
The primitive cover painting of two diametrically opposed naked women looks like it was inspired by Da Vinci's famous Vitruvian Man, with the women jumping out of their constrained environs. This seems like it would be an easy candidate for the Nurse With Wound list, especially with the back cover graphic of a chuckling Ming The Merciless type character with a tape machine implanted on the side of his head. Whatever it means, it must have been too elusive for even Stephen Stapleton, an obsessive authority on such obscurities. Regardless, for fans of weirdo new age, library records, and private press mysteries, this should be a nice sounding addition to your collection!

MAD PROFESSOR Meets Puls Der Zeit In Berlin At Checkpoint Charlie (Roir) cd 15.98
Collaborative work betwixt dub guru Mad Professor and the German reggae group Puls Der Zeit, originally released in 1989 (recorded from 1984 to 1987) on cassette by Roir. All the tracks on this album were written by Peter Vinyl of Puls Der Zeit and performed alternately by Mad Professor (with his crew) and Puls Der Zeit.

MAD RIVER Two Classic Albums From (Collectors' Choice ) cd 16.98
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In the same Collector's choice series that has brought us classics by Faust and H.P. Lovecraft, comes a single-disc reissue of the two albums ("Mad River" and "Paradise Bar & Grill") by this lesser-known '60s San Francisco psychrock outfit. Their guitars are employed in both the "acid" and "country/folk" modes common to other Bay Area bands. Mad River is comparable to a somewhat spookier sounding Quicksilver Messenger Service, I guess. Cult materia for fans of the era/genre, certainly possessing some weird, dissonant charm. After several listens Allan became a big fan.

album cover MAD SCENE Blip (Siltbreeze) lp 15.98
With the recent reactivation of legendary NZ label Flying Nun, and the spate of recent reissues, it makes a weird sort of sense that legendary NZ indie pop outfit the Mad Scene would return with their first new record in nearly twenty years. It makes a bit less sense (at least at first), that the band has been expanded to a sort of indie rock supergroup, which now features, among others, Georgia from Yo La Tengo, and aQ pal and WFMU music director Brian Turner. But to our ears, that was a great move, cuz the the Mad Scene sound as great as ever, and really relatively unchanged from the MS records of old. If someone had told us that this was in fact a lost record simply being reissued, we would have bought it in a second. Still fronted by the inimitable Hamish Kilgour (he of the legendary Kiwi crew The Clean), Blip is warm and woozy, dreamily minor key, washed out and a little bit druggy, makes perfect sense that the group got Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 to produce and mix, his fingerprints are definitely all over it, giving the record even more of a gorgeously murky haze. Beyond the sound though, the songs too are pretty magical, subtly catchy, a little bit dream poppy, a little bit twee pop, the hooks all tangled up in blurred guitar crunch, and simple propulsive drumming, the vocals buried way down in the mix, and all the songs rife with layered guitars, strap on some headphones, and hear buzzing rumbles beneath shimmery jangles, sinewy melodies atop chiming thrum, the backdrop to each track a constantly shifting guitarscape, with various elements deftly moving to the fore and then slipping right back into the mix, without ever sacrificing the group's pure poppiness. The Mad Scene somehow sound so timeless, at once right at home with the current crop of lo-fi, reverbed garage poppers, but also so reminiscent of classic twee pop, and ramshackle psychedelia, sounding in places like some lost Scottish or British pop group as much as a classic NZ Flying Nun band. So great!
Includes a download coupon as well.
MPEG Stream: "Cupid 2"
MPEG Stream: "Lorelei"
MPEG Stream: "Quiet Day"

album cover MADAGASCAR Goodbye East, Goodbye West (Western Vinyl) cd ep 17.98
Oh this is so lovely! A new Baltimore, MD quartet has joined the blossoming fray of young bands heavily influenced and inspired by traditional Balkan folk which includes A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Beirut. Madagascar takes a bit of an airier, more sprawling post rock approach than those two groups which in turn may also draw comparisons to Rothko, Pan American or Growing. A wistful gathering embraced by accordion, acoustic guitar, musical saw, non-verbal vocals, and glockenspiel.
MPEG Stream: "The River In Its Sunday Garb"
MPEG Stream: "The Innocence Of Facts"

MADE OUT OF BABIES Coward (Neurot ) cd 14.98

album cover MADE OUT OF BABIES The Ruiner (The End) cd 12.98

album cover MADELIA Everyday Underneath (self-released) cd-r 4.98
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Here's the second self-released ep from this brooding young SF band. Since their first cd-r a couple of years ago called Untrue, they've played feverishly around town, toured a bit and made plenty of steady progress. Their rhythm section has definitely gotten considerably tighter and more propulsive. As a result, the band as a whole seems much more solid and in tune with each other. The very early-'90s Brit-inflected male lead vocals which formerly veered into strained melodramatic excess are now supported by backing vocals that serve to tempered and flesh things out quite nicely. Definitely makes for a more affecting overall presentation. Moody, sinewy guitars and atmospheric keyboards churn, harking back fondly to Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshees. If you dig Madelia, you'd best be nabbing a copy of this cd-r soon 'cause we've heard word that they've already got a third one on its way!
MPEG Stream: "Non Fiction"

album cover MADELIA s/t (self-released) cd 9.98
This local band of brooding lads have finally completed their very long-in-the-works self-released self-titled debut cd. You might already be familiar with them via the handful of cdrs they've released prior to this. Since those shoestring budget cdr recordings on which they wore their musical influences readily on their sleeves (the '80s post-punk of Gang Of Four and Echo and The Bunnymen, the early '90s shoegazerness of Slowdive and Ride, the late '90s grandeur of Radiohead), there's been some radical transformations. The band has matured and tightened up ship considerably, honing their own lush, dark pop/rock sound into something more tumultuous. A major factor in their development is that they recorded and mixed this in a top notch SF studio with professionals at the helm. The proof's in the pudding -- the recordings sound big and defined. Sure lo-fi home/rehearsal space recordings work just fine for less lavish artists, but for the ideas sprouting from the mind of Madelia's frontman and central creative force Bryan Bindloss, clearly more resources are required than a lone room microphone capturing the proceedings. Each of the nine songs are ambitiously composed with layers of guitars and synths, but the defining elements that really lock things in are the ornate piano embellishments. Also vastly improved (in both performance and production) are the vocals which in the past were strained with over-the-top melodramatic angst (and perhaps straining to be heard above the rest of the band). Now, the range of expressiveness is still there, but the delivery is much more controlled and effective with a bit more bite. Quite an impressive cd debut!
If you dug the recent album by fellow SFers The Very Hush Hush, definitely check out Madelia... and vice versa.
MPEG Stream: "Departures"
MPEG Stream: "Scaffolding"

album cover MADELIA Untrue (Neoteric) cd-r 4.98
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Your introduction to this new SF band comes in the form of this four song cd-r ep. Very much wearing their influences on their sleeves, but moving towards defining their own sound. Untrue features some very '90s British shoegazer-esque waves of slinking guitars and wispy string synths. A frail, yet very present, male voice swoons and yearns over the proceedings. However, instead of deepening the shadowy dramatic mood crafted by the rest of the group, these highly emotive vocals overwhelm the the music. It seems that if they were melted into the mix a bit more, they'd be much more effective and the overall picture would be much more moving and impactful. Nonetheless, Untrue is quite a promising debut. If you've a penchant for music that broods and laments, you might wanna lend this young quintet an ear.
RealAudio clip: "Untrue"

album cover MADELINE The Slow Bang (Orange Twin) cd 15.98
Do you like Sibylle Baier, Cat Power, Julie Doiron, Jolie Holland, Josephine Foster, Meg Baird, Rio En Medio, Diane Gluck, Jana Hunter, Jesse Sykes, Marisa Nadler, Beth Orton, and/ or Isobell Campbell? If so, then meet your newest friend.
MPEG Stream: "To Hell and Back"
MPEG Stream: "The Demise of Madame Butterfly"

MADLIB Beat Conductor (Stones Throw) 2x7" 10.98
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Madlib, the beat conductor of the title, has produced records for Lootpack, Quasimoto etc and here he issues four sides of funky breakbeats, heavy dub beats, and hip hop tracks. Instrumental. Useful for DJs, surely! On Stones Throw, Peanut Butter Wolf's label.

album cover MADLIB Beat Konducta Vol. 3 - 4: India (Stones Throw) cd 15.98
As everyone must know by now, we're huge suckers for Bollywood music. Just when we think we've had enough, another Sitar Funk or Bombay Beat comp comes in and we're madly in love all over again. Even if some of those comps revisit the same songs that were on other comps, we don't seem to mind too much, because there is always some new groove that we haven't been turned on to yet, or in the case of this record, hasn't been re-edited yet.
Madlib's Beat Konducta series has fast become our favorite side-project from this uber-prolific producer. Vols. 1 and 2 were like short unrealized film scores culled from the unlikeliest of musical places such as Van Dyke Parks. On Vols. 3 and 4, Madlib concentrates solely on Indian film music, painstakingly editing and reworking 34 newly unique and beat-heavy nuggets out of what is by now a classic and well-trafficked genre. But our guess is you won't be able to recognize much of the original sources, making it extra fresh listening for fans of Bollywood funk and instrumental hip hop alike.
Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Dancing Girls Theme"
MPEG Stream: "Piano Garden"
MPEG Stream: "Sitar Ride"
MPEG Stream: "More Rice"
MPEG Stream: "Duel"

album cover MADLIB Beat Konducta Vol. 4 (Stones Throw) lp 14.98
Vol. 4 Now on Vinyl. Here is what we said about the Vol. 3 and Vol. 4 CD:
As everyone must know by now, we're huge suckers for Bollywood music. Just when we think we've had enough, another Sitar Funk or Bombay Beat comp comes in and we're madly in love all over again. Even if some of those comps revisit the same songs that were on other comps, we don't seem to mind too much, because there is always some new groove that we haven't been turned on to yet, or in the case of this record, hasn't been re-edited yet.
Madlib's Beat Konducta series has fast become our favorite side-project from this uber-prolific producer. Vols. 1 and 2 were like short unrealized film scores culled from the unlikeliest of musical places such as Van Dyke Parks. On Vols. 3 and 4, Madlib concentrates solely on Indian film music, painstakingly editing and reworking 34 newly unique and beat-heavy nuggets out of what is by now a classic and well-trafficked genre. But our guess is you won't be able to recognize much of the original sources, making it extra fresh listening for fans of Bollywood funk and instrumental hip hop alike.
Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "More Rice"
MPEG Stream: "Duel"

album cover MADLIB Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: Dil Cosby / Dil Withers Suite (Stones Throw) cd 14.98
Madlib's and J-Rocc's tribute suite to the late great J Dilla offers 42 instrumental hip-hop tracks of stony, wobbly and loping tape edits. It's testimony to the power of J Dilla's uncanny ability to wring the golden essence of perhaps an inessential soul side, that even the best hip hop producer in the biz can't quite capture the same magic as the incomparable Donuts. But this wasn't done to outshine the master, only to make his star shine brighter, and with a new Dilla anthology on the way, we're realizing more and more what a huge talent we lost.
Still worthy to burn a tree or two to, and be fully satisfied!!
MPEG Stream: "J's Day Theme #3"
MPEG Stream: "The String"
MPEG Stream: "Infinity Sound"
MPEG Stream: "The Main Inspiration"
MPEG Stream: "Smoked Out"
MPEG Stream: "Dillalade Ride"

album cover MADLIB Blunted In the Bomb Shelter Mix (Antidote) cd 17.98
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I'll try to not be a cynical bastard and talk about the fact that the last two critically acclaimed Madlib records have been nothing but mixtapes. Partially because they just happen to seriously kick ass mixtapes. This time around, Madlib plunders the Trojan catalog and comes up with a dangerously wicked 65 minute mega mix. Byram was less than impressed, but I'm way more of a neophyte when it comes to reggae, and find myself listening to this all the time. Features David Isaacs, King Stitt, I-Roy, Lee Perry, Dillinger, King Tubby, Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy, the Aggrovators, the Ethiopians, Mikey Dread, the Upsetters, the Skatalites, Roland Alphonso, Prince Jazzbo and loads more. Mixing and scratching is kept to a minimum letting these classic tracks speak for themselves.
MPEG Stream: "Blunted Mix One"

album cover MADLIB Madlib Medicine Show No. 6 : The Brain Wreck Show (Madlib) cd 15.98
We're up to number 6 in Madlib's 12 part Medicine Show series, all of them great, but THIS is the one we've been waiting for, a dizzying megamix of "global psychedelic, progressive and hard rock & funk circa 1968-1976", hell yeah, we were already way into Madlib, but the thought of him spinning a crazy selection of mysterious and amazing heavy funky jams, well shit, we were pretty much sold before we heard it. And it's pretty much just how you'd imagine, crazy fuzzy psych rock covers, buzzy guitars, fluttering flutes, exotic ballads, skittery rhythms, wild progged out organs, frenzied drumming, woozy grooves, lysergic jams, all chopped up and looped and woven together, laced with really funny spoken word bits, girls talking about all the drugs they've taken, Pee Wee Herman, comedy records, commercials, plenty of thrift store weirdness and tripped out effects peppering the otherwise heavy rocking proceedings. Separated into smaller mini mixes, each track is jammed with buzz and fuzz, howl and shimmy, tracks skipping and slowing down, voices sped up, garage rock colliding with surf rock, hard rock giving way to dreamy soul giving way to wah wah drenched acid rock, flutes and organs and jawharps and animal calls, wild crowd sounds, drum solos, totally drugged out musical meltdowns, this is definitely not a straight mix, or a selection of classic jams, instead it's a classic hip hop style mix, just sourced from prog and psych and hard rock records, and it's fucking awesome.
MPEG Stream: "World Leaders Plan Centralized Power & Remote Brain Control"
MPEG Stream: "It Has Widespread Support"
MPEG Stream: "Predicted 2000 Years Ago"
MPEG Stream: "It's Almost Here"

album cover MADLIB Medicine Show No.10 - Black Soul (Madlib) cd 17.98
Listening to all these great mixes Madlib has been self releasing lately is sort of like the audio equivalent of reading Wax Poetics, one of our favorite magazines. You pretty much just get totally schooled in different eras of soul, funk, and jazz. This time out Madlib takes us on an upbeat adventure in the early '80s landscape of post-disco, boogie delights. Sounds that really bridged the gap between the disco era and electro-funk. In fact we could see folks like Dam-Funk and Hot Chip blasting this backstage at their shows and at after-hours parties 'til the break of dawn. All kinds of fun!
MPEG Stream: "To Promote Illogical Thinking"
MPEG Stream: "To Withstand Privation, Torture And Coercion"

album cover MADLIB Medicine Show No.7 - High Jazz (Madlib) cd 17.98
On first listen it's practically impossible to even consider that this isn't some awesome live DJ set of rare jazz grooves, spiritual, modal, post bop, funky, soulful, don't really recognize most of the names, but then they're just crazy obscure right? Well, in fact, this is not so much a Madlib DJ set, spinning mad jazz, as it is a collection of groups featuring Madlib PLAYING real jazz. Every band here is a different permutation/alias of Madlib and his extended jazz crew, and as if it wasn't enough that he was an amazing producer and DJ, he is also apparently some sort of jazz master, as he and his bandmates conjure up every variation of classic jazz under the sun, whether it be psychedelic soul jazz, funky far out jazz fusion, classic bop, Latin jazz, sitar tinged Eastern jazz, the playing and composition is impeccable, but also far out and psychedelic, woozy organs, wah guitars, soulful female vox, shuffling drum skitter, amazing horns, lush piano, tinkling chimes, tribal percussion, all woven into an ever shifting array of sounds, funky blaxploitation style wah wah jazz funk, smooth laid back coffee house smoulder, wild psychedelic free jazz freakout, brooding dark ballads, soaring spiritual jazz shimmer, old school big band jazz, and it's not just the music, not only is the record named for a legendary seventies jazz fusion jam, the booklet features spot on fake Blue Note style album covers for the records from each of these groups that these tracks were supposedly taken from. So genius!
MPEG Stream: GENERATION MATCH "Electric Dimensions"
MPEG Stream: JAHARI MASSAMBA UNIT "Pretty Eyes"
MPEG Stream: THE KENNY COOK OCTET "High Jazz"
MPEG Stream: THE BIG BLACK FOOT BAND FEAT. THE BLACK SPIRITS "Reality Or Dream"

album cover MADLIB Medicine Show No.8 - Advanced Jazz (Madlib) cd 17.98
Madlib's last Medicine Show compilation, High Jazz, was a collection of recordings by Lib's modern jazz outfits, doing their best to simulate classic jazz, and as we mentioned in that review, had we not known better, we definitely might have been fooled. But THIS is the one we've been waiting for. ADVANCED jazz, as in REAL jazz records from the past 40 years, funky, soulful, hard bop, free, big band, all stripes and flavors, woven into an insanely kick ass DJ mix, and separated into movements, titled appropriately enough: Miles, Ornette, Pharoah, Herbie, Mingus, Ra, Dolphy, Ranelin, Deodato and Coltrane. The cover art too has been jazz-ed up, the painting of Washington and crew crossing the Delaware, updated to include various jazz greats, even Herbie Hancock's Headhunter can be seen across the water in another boat. And that's the vibe of the whole record, a definite reverence for the music and the artists, but mixed playfully, all sorts of random snippets interspersed between killer jazz jams, interviews and recording of various jazz greats, hilarious impressions of Miles Davis, spoken word jazz poetry, a stretch of wacky drug conversations and what sounds like an anti marijuana PSA, blaxploitation trailers, commercials, a hilarious Herbie Hancock anti-drug PSA (specifically "skag and downers"!), and while those segues are pretty funny, they're just interludes between some of the most amazing jazz ever, c'mon, a DJ like Madlib with a handful of classic jazz lps? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out it's gonna rule, and RULE it does, although some folks here found the snippets and samples a bit distracting, but taken as a whole, Advanced Jazz, is a dizzying trip back in time, not just music, but sounds, voices, vibe, it's like strapping on some sort of temporal time travel helmet, and having 40 years of jazz and jazz-related culture flash by in 70 minutes. So awesome. Maybe the best Medicine Show yet!
MPEG Stream: "Miles"
MPEG Stream: "Mingus"
MPEG Stream: "Dolphy"

MADLIB Mind Fusion Vol. 1 (Madlib) cd 16.98
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MADLIB Mind Fusion Vol. 2 (Madlib) cd 16.98
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album cover MADLIB Mind Fusion Vol. 4 (Madlib) cd 16.98
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album cover MADLIB Mind Fusion Vol. 5 (Madlib) cd 16.98
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album cover MADLIB Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note (Blue Note) cd 16.98
There's nothing new about hip hop headz stealing wholesale from the Blue Note catalog. Never has there been a collection more ripe for the sampling, And years of funky jazzy hip hop can attest to that. So what's all the fuss about? Why is this new Madlib Blue Note record getting so much attention? Not sure exactly. On the surface, it sounds like it could be any group, with a knack for simple funky beats and a deft hand at sampling. I think maybe the key is choice of source material. In the case of Shades Of Blue, it's totally impeccable: Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter and more. But Madlib is more than just a competent sampler. He's managed to transform classic jazz and funk into a strangely appealing modern hybrid, by enlisting a bunch of musicians to flesh out the original recordings, many from nicely worn records (replete with snaps and cracks and that warm old record fuzz), adding some scratching, and funky beats, as well as some rapping on a few tracks, and then weaving all of those elements into a catchy, jazzy, funky whole. Nothing ground breaking here, but it is definitely a great party record or laid back late night listen.
MPEG Stream: "Slim's Return"
MPEG Stream: "Song For My Father"
MPEG Stream: "Distant Land"

album cover MADLIB Speto Da Rua: Dirty Brasilian Crates Vol. 1 (Mochilla) cd 14.98
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We're often a little wary when hip-hop producers and DJs make mixes that seem all about showing off what an awesome record collection they have.
But on the other hand, we've always been fans of Madlib's many productions and we are of course rabid fans of Brazilian music in all forms, so there's plenty to love about this latest mix. Collected during the same trip to Recife documented on the dvd Brasilintime: Batucada Com Discos we reviewed a while back, this is the first in a series of six mixes of the most obscure corners of Musica Popular Brasileira: Folkloric Chants, Samba, Bossa, and Tropicalia. There are only a couple of songs we recognize, but we've been playing this non-stop since we got it as it's a mind-melting hour long trip that unveils one solid gem after another.
MPEG Stream: "Speto Da Rua 1"
MPEG Stream: "Speto Da Rua 2"
MPEG Stream: "Speto Da Rua 3"

album cover MADLIB The Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2 (Stones Throw) cd 16.98
Madlib is a man of so many musical hats and so far we gotta say that no matter which one he is wearing we eat up whatever it is he's serving. A few months ago it was his live band Sound Directions and their spot on take on 70's funk & soul. This release finds him back behind his turntables with crates full of old great soul records, and his sampler and drum machines all fired up. The end result is 35 hip-hop instrumentals that are short, sweet and keep intact the raw analog quality of their source material. Madlib doesn't use computers in his music making process and maybe that's partly why he's always able to keep such a nice raw sound in everything he does. While his love of 70's soul & funk runs deep, he also throws in some great surprising samples along the way. Hearing Madlib drop the needle on Van Dyke Parks pretty much made our day. Like J Dilla's (R.I.P.) swan song, this is sonic collage done right, with skill and soul.
MPEG Stream: "Left On Silverlake"
MPEG Stream: "West Zone"

album cover MADLIB WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip (Rapster) cd 14.98
This new release from hip hop's hardest working man in show business showcases two of his musical personas coming together: the hip hop producer and the master of the sound sample. Collaged together like a stony late-nite radio set, with snippets of loops and breaks abruptly breaking into full guest MC-led or laid back R&B productions. The highlights are definitely all the Beat Konducta tracks - amazing! Madlib has the ear (and the extensive vinyl collection) to select and isolate just the right sample. Among the many delights that surround the listener are cat meows, raunchy casual conversations, scratches, psychedelic meanderings, and countless layers of recorded sound. And the women represented on this are all fantastic - from the spaced out visions of Georgia Anne Muldrow to the cool R&B grooves of Stacey Epps and Frezna, whose "Yo Yo Affair" recalls a cognac dipped Roy Ayers sea cruise. Unfortunately the duds come from most of the guest rappers. Is that a cultural thing to say you like the music without the vocals? We wish we liked the raps more but we've just about had enough of dated aggressive braggadocio and homophobic rhymes. But we can't dismiss the solid music that backs all of these tracks.
MPEG Stream: THE BEAT KONDUCTA "The Plan Pt. 1"
MPEG Stream: GEORGIA ANNE MULDREW "Gambe On Ya Boy"
MPEG Stream: DEFARI "Parklight"
MPEG Stream: FREZNA "Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1 & 2"

MADLIB / CUT CHEMIST 6 Variations of in the Rain / Bunky's Pick (Stones Throw) 12" 7.98
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Two excellent DJs offer side-long excursions of cut up voices, breakbeats, wonky scratching and tons of groove. Very very fun, along the lines of Z-Trip, DJ Quest, and of course Cut Chemist's other solo work. For Future Primitive Soundsession regulars and their DJs.

MADLIB / CUT CHEMIST 6 Variations of in the Rain / Bunky's Pick (Stones Throw) cd single 7.98
Two excellent DJs offer side-long excursions of cut up voices, breakbeats, wonky scratching and tons of groove. Very very fun, along the lines of Z-trip, DJ Quest, and of course Cut Chemist's other solo work. Jazzmaster Billy Wooten's "In the Rain" is included as a bonus third track (that wasn't on the 12"). For Future Primitive Soundsession regulars and their DJs.

album cover MADONNA American Life (Warner Bros.) cd 16.98
"What the fuck do you think you're doing?"

MADONNA Music (Maverick/Warner Bros.) cd 17.98
Despite her country-western look on the cover, this is Madonna with William Orbit again, continuing the rather successful electronica efforts of her last album, "Ray of Light". You'll be/have been hearing it.

album cover MADVILLAIN Madvillainy (Stones Throw) cd 16.98
I know, we were just raving about that Jaylib record (Madlib and Jay Dee from Slum Village) from a few months back. I think we even pulled out the ol' hip hop record of the year championship belt thinking the contest was OVER. But here it is a matter of weeks later and Madlib is back and dang if he hasn't outdone himself again! Doesn't hurt that he decided to team up with MF Doom (Viktor Vaughn, KMD, etc) and the combo is unbeatable. Madlib is in full effect, pulling out all the sonic stops. Of course, there's fat lazy beats, throbbing basslines and groovy jazzy samples, but that ain't all! Madlib's hip hopscapes are so dense and multilayered it's almost overwhelming. Hawaiian slide guitars slip and slide over syrupy funk bass lines, clipped bouncy funk glitched out and fuzzed up, human beat box butted up to jangly wah guitar, string sections soar and James Bond horns blare in the background, warbly movie theater pipe organs over disintegrating loops of old soundtracks, chopped up calypsos, groovy acid jazz electric piano, regular funk loops cut and snipped and rearranged into stuttery spastic alien funk, fluttering flutes, percussive pounding piano low end, all the while. clips from old B movies, sound effects and found sounds careen from ear to ear in a serious display of extreme stereo panning. And that's just the music. MF Doom (formerly of the godlike KMD and about a million other nom de plumes) is all over the record too, adding his laconic, idosyncratic flow to the mix, spitting rhymes that sound lazy and off the cuff, delivered in a just-woken-up mouthful-of-marbles mumble, but are just way too clever and funny and biting to be freestyled. His smooth, raspy delivery perfectly compliments Madlib's scratchy, muffled and mysterious groovescapes. And to add to the chaos, there are loads of guest MC's (a bunch of which just happen to be MF Doom alteregos!), Viktor Vaughn, Quasimoto (rhyming in his helium/chipmunks sped-up falsetto), Wildchild, and M.E.D. Also, the cd contains possibly the best video we've ever seen, done old Marvel comics style, but so cleverly edited and so perfectly synced to the song and with all sorts of clever animations and weird special effects. It like being a kid and being able to walk right into a comic book, travelling not just through the story, but the ads for selling seeds and magazines as well. So cool! And so weird. Definitely hip hop record of the year! Barring of course any sort of Madlib / MF Doom / Jay Dee / Doseone / Jay-Z / Ludacris / Method Man supergroup match-up! In that case we'll happily reconsider our vote! But for now, BUY THIS RECORD!
MPEG Stream: "The Illest Villains"
MPEG Stream: "Accordian"
MPEG Stream: "Meat Grinder"
MPEG Stream: "All Caps"

album cover MADVILLAIN Madvillainy (Stones Throw) lp 16.98
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I know, we were just raving about that Jaylib record (Madlib and Jay Dee from Slum Village) from a few months back. I think we even pulled out the ol' hip hop record of the year championship belt thinking the contest was OVER. But here it is a matter of weeks later and Madlib is back and dang if he hasn't outdone himself again! Doesn't hurt that he decided to team up with MF Doom (Viktor Vaughn, KMD, etc) and the combo is unbeatable. Madlib is in full effect, pulling out all the sonic stops. Of course there's fat lazy beats, throbbing basslines and groovy jazzy samples, but that ain't all! Madlib's hip hopscapes are so dense and multilayered it's almost overwhelming. Hawaiian slide guitars slip and slide over syrupy funk bass lines, clipped bouncy funk glitched out and fuzzed up, human beat box butted up to jangly wah guitar, string sections soar and James Bond horns blare in the background, warbly movie theater pipe organs over disintegrating loops of old soundtracks, chopped up calypsos, groovy acid jazz electric piano, regular funk loops cut and snipped and rearranged into stuttery spastic alien funk, fluttering flutes, percussive pounding piano low end. And all the while clips from old B movies, sound effects and found sounds careen from ear to ear in a serious display of extreme stereo panning. And that's just the music. MF Doom is all over the record too, adding his laconic, idosyncratic flow to the mix, spitting rhymes that sound lazy and off the cuff, delivered in a just-woken-up mouthful-of-marbles mumble, but are just way too clever and funny and biting to be freestyled. His smooth, raspy delivery perfectly compliments Madlib's scratchy, muffled and mysterious groovescapes. And to add to the chaos, there are loads of guest MC's (a bunch of which just happen to be MF Doom alteregos!): Viktor Vaughn, Quasimoto (rhyming in his helium/chipmunks sped-up falsetto), Wildchild, and M.E.D. Also, the cd contains possibly the best video we've ever seen, done old Marvel comics style, but so cleverly edited and so perfectly synced to the song and with all sorts of clever animations and weird special effects. It like being a kid and being able to walk right into a comic book, travelling not just through the story, but the ads for selling seeds and magazines as well. So cool! And so weird. Definitely hip hop record of the year! Barring of course any sort of Madlib / MF Doom / Jay Dee / Doseone / Jay-Z / Ludacris / Method Man supergroup match-up! In that case we'll happily reconsider our vote! But for now, BUY THIS RECORD!
MPEG Stream: "The Illest Villains"
MPEG Stream: "Accordian"
MPEG Stream: "Meat Grinder"
MPEG Stream: "All Caps"

album cover MADVILLAIN Madvillainy Instrumentals (Stones Throw) 2lp 16.98
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Ahhh, here we go. The instrumental version of one of the best hip hop records of the last year. Vocals stripped away so you can observe Madlib's insane production skillz in full effect, pulling out all the sonic stops. Of course, there's fat lazy beats, throbbing basslines and groovy jazzy samples, but that ain't all! Madlib's hip hopscapes are so dense and multilayered it's almost overwhelming. Hawaiian slide guitars slip and slide over syrupy funk bass lines, clipped bouncy funk glitched out and fuzzed up, human beat box butted up to jangly wah guitar, string sections soar and James Bond horns blare in the background, warbly movie theater pipe organs over disintegrating loops of old soundtracks, chopped up calypsos, groovy acid jazz electric piano, regular funk loops cut and snipped and rearranged into stuttery spastic alien funk, fluttering flutes, percussive pounding piano low end, all the while clips from old B movies, sound effects and found sounds careen from ear to ear in a serious display of extreme stereo panning. Amazing.

album cover MAE SHI, THE Hlllyh (Team Shi) cd 14.98

MPEG Stream: "7xx7"
MPEG Stream: "The Melody"
MPEG Stream: "Kingdom Come"

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