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album cover MENEGUAR Strangers In Our House (Troubleman Unlimited) cd 12.98

MPEG Stream: "Living In The White"
MPEG Stream: "Set A Line"
MPEG Stream: "Paint You"

album cover MENEGUAR The In Hour (Woodsist) cd 13.98
One of the great things about working here at the aQ HQ is finding out how much shared musical history you have with your co-workers. Take, for example, a few months ago when our review for the new Dodos record referenced this totally obscure mid-'90s band from Western Mass called the Wicked Farleys. That one offhand mention got us all so amped up that it sparked a bunch of long, hyperactive, rambling conversations about our other favorite overlooked bands from that era. Even now, whenever someone comes into the store and asks about Vetiver, there are a few of us who will take the opportunity to reminisce loudly about how totally rad Andy Cabic's OLD band, The Raymond Brake, was (believe us, they were really rad). There's a whole host of fractured, whammy bar-worshipping rockers form the mid-'90s that we collectively wax nostalgic about here both in our reviews and our day-to-day conversations (The Swirlies, Pitchblende, Polvo, Erectus Monotone, as well as the aforementioned Wicked Farleys and Raymond Brake to name but a few!); we're crazy about these bands and their records still get plenty of play years later. So with all that in mind, take us seriously when we say that had we heard the first two records by Brooklyn-based indie rockers Meneguar (I Was Born At Night and Strangers In Our House, both on Troubleman Unlimited and both newly available at aQ) back in '95 that they would undoubtedly be included in aQ's hallowed pantheon of atonal pop bliss!
So, with all of that said, there was some serious trepidation on our part when we first gave The In Hour a spin as the record finds the band dipping into new, self-consciously 'experimental' waters. Generally, 'experimental' albums by rock bands are fraught with the potential for self-indulgent missteps, poor song choices, and a total disregard for the kind of intensive self-editing required of a fine pop record. Thankfully, Meneguar manage to avoid these pitfalls and make a record that, although different from its predecessors, is still a thoroughly enjoyable listen! The In Hour is definitely a scrappier affair, but there are still hooks and riffs a plenty. Maybe it's the fact that they've always had a bit of a fey touch to them that keeps the the melody-to-skronk ratio tipped to the tuneful side; or maybe the extended meanderings are kept to a bare minimum by the fact that several of the band's members are able to get their freakier ya-yas shaken out as part of Brooklyn drone-folkers, Woods Family Creeps (whose excellent self-titled debut we highlighted a list or two back).
Aside from the ghetto blaster meets trash can aesthetic of the recording, the most notable change from their earlier work is the subdued feel that permeates the record. The distortion and anthemic leanings are dialed down, making space for acoustic guitars that manage to both clang and chime, a healthy dose of crackle and hiss, and a whole lot of reverberating echoes bouncing hither and dither. Meneguar have managed a rare feat in the world of indie rock: stretching out and messing with their formula without completely losing sight of what makes them special in the first place. Despite the slightly more primitive approach to execution and production, the band hasn't forsaken melody or catchiness or chosen to dive headlong into the hissy, static, shitwave wash of which we've been hearing so much lately. This one is equally likely to appeal to fans of Woods Family Creeps, Barn Owl and the like as it is to fans of No Age and Eat Skull without sounding particularly like either tribe. At its core, The In Hour is a thoroughly enjoyable indie rock record that will give fans of bands like Les Savy Fav, Superchunk, GBV, Pavement and Archers of Loaf plenty to smile about. It's chock full of memorable, melodic gems that should provide ample mix tape fodder for the coming summer days. Hopefully, giving this one a listen will inspire some of y'all to check out their back catalog as well! Recommended for sure!
MPEG Stream: "We Own We Sell"
MPEG Stream: "Lynch The Swan Bar"
MPEG Stream: "Black Death"

album cover MENEGUAR The In Hour (Woodsist) lp 14.98
One of the great things about working here at the aQ HQ is finding out how much shared musical history you have with your co-workers. Take, for example, a few months ago when our review for the new Dodos record referenced this totally obscure mid-'90s band from Western Mass called the Wicked Farleys. That one offhand mention got us all so amped up that it sparked a bunch of long, hyperactive, rambling conversations about our other favorite overlooked bands from that era. Even now, whenever someone comes into the store and asks about Vetiver, there are a few of us who will take the opportunity to reminisce loudly about how totally rad Andy Cabic's OLD band, The Raymond Brake, was (believe us, they were really rad). There's a whole host of fractured, whammy bar-worshipping rockers form the mid-'90s that we collectively wax nostalgic about here both in our reviews and our day-to-day conversations (The Swirlies, Pitchblende, Polvo, Erectus Monotone, as well as the aforementioned Wicked Farleys and Raymond Brake to name but a few!); we're crazy about these bands and their records still get plenty of play years later. So with all that in mind, take us seriously when we say that had we heard the first two records by Brooklyn-based indie rockers Meneguar (I Was Born At Night and Strangers In Our House, both on Troubleman Unlimited and both newly available at aQ) back in '95 that they would undoubtedly be included in aQ's hallowed pantheon of atonal pop bliss!
So, with all of that said, there was some serious trepidation on our part when we first gave The In Hour a spin as the record finds the band dipping into new, self-consciously 'experimental' waters. Generally, 'experimental' albums by rock bands are fraught with the potential for self-indulgent missteps, poor song choices, and a total disregard for the kind of intensive self-editing required of a fine pop record. Thankfully, Meneguar manage to avoid these pitfalls and make a record that, although different from its predecessors, is still a thoroughly enjoyable listen! The In Hour is definitely a scrappier affair, but there are still hooks and riffs a plenty. Maybe it's the fact that they've always had a bit of a fey touch to them that keeps the the melody-to-skronk ratio tipped to the tuneful side; or maybe the extended meanderings are kept to a bare minimum by the fact that several of the band's members are able to get their freakier ya-yas shaken out as part of Brooklyn drone-folkers, Woods Family Creeps (whose excellent self-titled debut we highlighted a list or two back).
Aside from the ghetto blaster meets trash can aesthetic of the recording, the most notable change from their earlier work is the subdued feel that permeates the record. The distortion and anthemic leanings are dialed down, making space for acoustic guitars that manage to both clang and chime, a healthy dose of crackle and hiss, and a whole lot of reverberating echoes bouncing hither and dither. Meneguar have managed a rare feat in the world of indie rock: stretching out and messing with their formula without completely losing sight of what makes them special in the first place. Despite the slightly more primitive approach to execution and production, the band hasn't forsaken melody or catchiness or chosen to dive headlong into the hissy, static, shitwave wash of which we've been hearing so much lately. This one is equally likely to appeal to fans of Woods Family Creeps, Barn Owl and the like as it is to fans of No Age and Eat Skull without sounding particularly like either tribe. At its core, The In Hour is a thoroughly enjoyable indie rock record that will give fans of bands like Les Savy Fav, Superchunk, GBV, Pavement and Archers of Loaf plenty to smile about. It's chock full of memorable, melodic gems that should provide ample mix tape fodder for the coming summer days. Hopefully, giving this one a listen will inspire some of y'all to check out their back catalog as well! Recommended for sure!
MPEG Stream: "We Own We Sell"
MPEG Stream: "Lynch The Swan Bar"
MPEG Stream: "Black Death"

album cover MENOMENA Friend And Foe (Barsuk) cd 11.98
Whoa, now that Menomena are on Barsuk Records are they gettin' all suitably indie rock on us?! Sure seems to be the case. They make their move with what is their most straightforward album to date. Menomena fans may be slightly disappointed to find the new sound to be less distinctly or recognizably sprawlingly expansively 'Menomena', but the group might gain a new flourish of fans of their new dreamy wintry pop. Really, this fits quite perfectly alongside labelmates Death Cab, Mates Of State, Jim Noir et al. Fans of those bands please take note!
And by the way, this disc has some of the coolest jewel case packaging we have ever seen. Super elaborate, hyper detailed cartoon drawings, with little shapes cut out to reveal still more patterns on the disc face, while on the back, little circles are punched out to allow the silver cd face to shine though the tray card. WOW!
MPEG Stream: "The Pelican"
MPEG Stream: "Ghostship"

album cover MENOMENA Under An Hour (Film Guerrero) cd 14.98
Every time this band's name gets brought up (and even though it's not spelled the same way) we have to fight like crazy to stop ourselves from breaking out into that Sesame Street song, but trust us Menomena's music is something completely different. Under An Hour is comprised of wonderfully dramatic and richly evocative passages in which piano and horns take centerstage! In fact, we'd imagine that this would make a fine soundtrack for a Jan Svankmajer animated film (a sequel to Institute Benjamenta, maybe?). Each of the three nearly twenty minute tracks is a beautiful brooding post chamber rock excursion, slow building, moving forward in smooth glides and unexpected lurches, dynamic but subtly so. The first track "Water" sounds like some strange Penguin Cafe Orchetra and Godspeed You Black Emperor. Dark and glistening, vast sweeping moodiness, very cinematic, haunting pointalist pianos paint melancholy melodies over a thick background of warm swells and clouds of dense overtones, so lush and grand sounding. Strange little effects add all sorts of unexpected character, subtle but very bizarre studio trickery, little swoops of backwards acoustic strum, affected insturments that almost sound like a female chorus at times. Wow. The second track, while nearly as dramatic and intense as the first track, manages to incorporate just a touch of irreverence, little playful flourishes here and there, mostly it's the horns that drive the song, with a jaunty, almost jazzy feel, but as the track progresses, they begin to change shape and sound more and more ominous, helps that the whole thing is underpinned by a thick wash of blown out BIG sounding drums a la the Flaming Lips. In fact, at times this almost sounds like a chamber music ensemble version of the Lips. Which is not a bad thing at all. The final track starts off with a warm buzzy drone, that slowly thickens and expands as more and more strings join in, the low moan of cellos, the warm slither of a bass, guitars drifting through the lower registers, all slowly twisting and flowing like one of those stop motion movies of plants growing or flowers blooming and then dying, whole months compressed into minutes. Soon little tendrils of melody begin to peek out from beneath the dense blanket of sounds, until the drums kick in, and then suddenly the track is very Circle like, streaks and smears of sound, twisting in the air beneath a propulsive krautrock beat, super simple and hypnotic. A brief stretch of ambience prepares you for the last few minutes, super distorted drums pound out an almost trip-hop rhythm, sort of blissed out and laid back, but strangely haunting and moody, with a creepy near-Burzum synthesizer melody drifting wraith like above the crunchy propulsive framework below. Like the soundtrack to some thriller, the moment the main character realizes their whole life was a lie, and everyone they trusted was dead, and there's no way out. So cool.
Packaged in a slipcover with some strange cover art (a woman wearing goggles, sitting on some weird geometric shape, holding an orange contraption, everything splattered with flour) and no actual booklet or tray card. Mysterious, just like the music within.
MPEG Stream: "Water"
MPEG Stream: "Flour"

album cover MENOMENA Wet & Rusting (Film Guerrero) cd ep 9.98
Now this is more like what we were anticipating from Menomena's last full length Friend And Foe which came out a few months ago. On that album the Portland, OR band took an unexpected turn into a very well done but very 'middle of the road' indie pop sound. We dug it quite a bit, thank you very much. But while you know we love us some indie rock a-plenty, there's just so many bands of that ilk. Knowing that Menomena's earlier album Under An Hour stood apart from the pack in its darkly dramatic yet whimsical chamber pop grandeur, simply made us crave... more! Happy to report that with their Wet & Rusting EP they've ventured back into that far more peculiar and distinct territory. Although the title track is drawn from Friend And Foe (you get three versions of it -- one straight from the album, an E.R. Don remix and a live rendition), subtle eccentricities and warm pop fuzziness abound on the rest of the EP. We're just sad that it's only six songs long! [Sorry, no sound clips, this wouldn't play in our computers, dunno why.]

album cover MENSTRUATION SISTERS MA (FATA) cd 13.98
Super limited cd-r from this bizarre band of noisemakers from down under that just so happens to feature one Mr. Oren Ambarchi. Totally blown out lo-fi free noise splatter. Big distorted drums, wild animalistic grunts and howls, skronking horns, warbly detuned guitars, massive sludge bass, angular riffing, minimal reverb drenched click and glitch, wheezing falsetto vocals, spastic free jazz drum splatter, super distorted fuzz rumble and shrieking Boredoms style vocal freakouts, all tangled up into a gloriously maddening chaotic jumble. Fans of OLD Boredoms, Hanatarash, Butthole Surfers and all things bizarre and brutal, damaged and demented, noisy and INSANE will want to give this a whirl.
Killer packaging: a pink spray painted disc in a clear jewel case with cool light pink and dark pink spidery patterns painted on the case.
WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT 8 COPIES OF THIS AND WE'RE PRETTY SURE WE CAN'T GET MORE.
MPEG Stream: "Two"
MPEG Stream: "Three"

album cover MENTAL TERROR Impossible Mission (Rock Is Hell) 7" 8.98
We've reviewed a few records by ultra heavy metallic math rock duo Reflector, so we were curious to hear Mental Terror, the grindcore side project of 1/2 of that band, and while we were expecting something super heavy, dense and ultra metallic, instead, it's super fucked up, ultra lo-fi, wildly chaotic, and totally damaged, sounding more like Mick Barr crossed with Faxed Head, stumbling, dizzying blasts of unhinged heaviness, that seem to be crumbling into something akin to a metal Shaggs, the vocals a wild, hysterical shriek evolving into a demonic howl, the songs super tangly and proggy, but loose and on the verge of collapse, totally what the fuck outsider grind, that is leaps and bounds better and weirder than we expected. It's seven songs on one side, so it's short, but so brain meltingly sweet, pushing all our demented music buttons, not even metal or grind enough to only appeal to those folks, in fact, it's so fucked up, metalheads might be severely bummed, instead, this is way more recommended for anyone into damaged weirdness and ultra confusional avant grade heaviness, which is probably most anybody who digs stuff on the Rock Is Hell label. Fucking GREAT!!
Pressed on transparent green vinyl, one sided with a cool silkscreen on the other, visible through the vinyl, LIMITED TO 150 COPIES!!!

album cover MENTORS, THE El Duce Vita (MVD Visual) dvd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.

album cover MEPHISTA Black Narcissus (Tzadik) cd 16.98
This new improvisational group of extremely prolific downtown NY musicians just happen to all be women, and is being marketed as "one of the first all women supergroups" by Tzadik. Combining the amazing percussive work of the young Susie Ibarra, the post-drum machine electronics manipulations by the one and only Ikue Mori and lovely minimalist piano work from Swiss born Sylvie Courvoisier, 'Black Narcissus' is a nine part excursion that is stark and mysterious, texturally affluent and exhilarating -- a wonderfully rendered surrealist epic that rivals most improvisational efforts in materialising a visual element in sonic abstraction. The core improvisational interplay between Ibarra and Courvoisier is highly efffective and comes across as compositional, while Mori's electronic clicks and whirrs add an erratic framework in which the others become woven into. Nicely executed, and a wonderful surprise from Tzadik.
RealAudio clip: "Black Widow"

MEPHISTA Entomological Reflections (Tzadik) cd 15.98

MERCA Chup Amela (psycheDOOMelic) cd 14.98
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German stoner/doom, ex-Shepherd.

album cover MERCEDES HELL Kingdom Together (Full Contact / Ektro) 7" 7.98
Another 7" slab of New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal weirdness from our pals in Circle. We're pretty sure it's them, it must be, that's Jussi on the cover with his hair in his face, posing in front of a dilapidated barn, and it sounds just like all the other NWOFHM acts they've invented that we so enjoy, like Steel Mammoth and Krypt Axeripper and Tractor Pulling and Motorspandex! And also quite a bit like Circle's own Katapult album come to think of it.
Bright burbling yet somehow metallic guitar riffage churns forth, amidst a warm swarm of distortion and synthy sounding FX. It's a lofi, catchy quasi-metal pop music, head bobbing if not banging, perfect for the rasping vocals crooning cryptic stoner hippie/hessian poetry: "One way road / down from the hills / straight to the cave of skulls / computer of yesterday" Huh? Or: "Stay with the rainbow / eat the dreams / burn the talent / fight the spirit / listen to soul". Brilliant.
And although this isn't black metal by a long shot, despite its Scandinavian origins, they did come up with one of the truly grimmest song titles ever: "We're Getting Old"! There's four songs here, 2 per side, the other titles being "Let's Eat Fire", "Agitation Evil", and "Kingdom Together".
Wonder if this band will someday do a full-length or if, as with most of their NWOFHM comrades, one 7" is all we get. Based on this, we'd be happy to hear more. Or, just more from the next new "band" these guys come up with!

MERCERON, MARIANO Y SUS MUCHACHOS PIMIENTA Yo Tengo Un Tumbao (Tumbao) cd 13.98
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album cover MERCH Crash Boom Bash (Sassafras) cd 11.98
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Merch is the perfect name for this young DIY pop-punk outfit of local transplants from Fresno, California who have been rocking the all-ages scene with their infectiously hook-y lo-fi power anthems. Made even more off-kilter due to their unique use of cello and banjo as well as electric guitar as lead instruments, this reminds us at times of early Pavement, Camper Van Beethoven and Guided By Voices, but done in a way that feels like more of their own making rather than deliberately mining similar sonic influences. A fine debut that makes great use of its rough-around-the-edges production with fun catchy songs that stay with us long after they're over. Cool!
MPEG Stream: "Boxcar"
MPEG Stream: "Short Stint"
MPEG Stream: "What Business Is It of Yours?"

album cover MERCH The Modern Hunter (Luck Song) (self-released) 7" 4.98
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Two artfully infectious lo-fi power pop songs from local trio of guitar, drums, and one rockin' cello. Very catchy songs with quirky lyrics, hummable hooks and back-up vocals. Good stuff, but try to see them live if you can, we're guessing you'll find it pretty hard to keep from dancing.

album cover MERCH This Betrayal Will Be Our End (Sassafras ) lp 14.98
Latest full length from this local cello driven indie rock outfit, and their most lush and accomplished outing yet, produced by Bay Area psychedelic guru Greg Ashley, the band have crafted a strangely catchy collection of driving, string laden indie rock, inspired by heartbreak, as all worthwhile rock records are, opening with a hauntingly cinematic intro, all soaring melodic swells, buzzing cello, wild psychedelic guitar, plink plonk piano, which leads directly into a heady slab of pounding fuzzed out jangle, that then splinters and transforms into something downright proggy, crooned vocals over busy swirling piano melodies and woozy cello, before the guitars swoop back in, the song seesawing back and forth between crunchy jangle and tense moody brood. The following track drapes softly distorted vocals over loping bass, spidery melodies and fuzz guitar, adding some cool slide, and wild little tangles of psych guitar, and that ever present cello, definitely giving the sound its own unique vibe.
The rest of the record unfurls darkly and dramatically, shifting constantly from sound to sound, each sound (and song) seemingly representative of a step in the grieving process, Merch mainman Joe Medina translating that grieving process into sound, minor key miserablist downer pop blurs into stripped down bluesy rock, fuzzed out indie rock blossoms into bombastic almost progginess, twang flecked drifts sprawl into propulsive hypnotic minimalism which in turn transforms into shimmery acoustic folk and back again, the sound rife with hints of Sparklehorse, Giant Sand, TV On The Radio, and other purveyors of dark indie pop and fuzzy psychedelic garage rock.
Special colored vinyl version just for aQ (marbled grey swirl), also includes a poster, and a download coupon for the whole record!
MPEG Stream: "My Best Friend"
MPEG Stream: "Condom In My Pocket"
MPEG Stream: "Infidelity"

album cover MERCH This Betrayal Will Be Our End (Sassafras ) cassette 6.50
NOW ON CASSETTE, FOR BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY.
Latest full length from this local cello driven indie rock outfit, and their most lush and accomplished outing yet, produced by Bay Area psychedelic guru Greg Ashley, the band have crafted a strangely catchy collection of driving, string laden indie rock, inspired by heartbreak, as all worthwhile rock records are, opening with a hauntingly cinematic intro, all soaring melodic swells, buzzing cello, wild psychedelic guitar, plink plonk piano, which leads directly into a heady slab of pounding fuzzed out jangle, that then splinters and transforms into something downright proggy, crooned vocals over busy swirling piano melodies and woozy cello, before the guitars swoop back in, the song seesawing back and forth between crunchy jangle and tense moody brood. The following track drapes softly distorted vocals over loping bass, spidery melodies and fuzz guitar, adding some cool slide, and wild little tangles of psych guitar, and that ever present cello, definitely giving the sound its own unique vibe.
The rest of the record unfurls darkly and dramatically, shifting constantly from sound to sound, each sound (and song) seemingly representative of a step in the grieving process, Merch mainman Joe Medina translating that grieving process into sound, minor key miserablist downer pop blurs into stripped down bluesy rock, fuzzed out indie rock blossoms into bombastic almost progginess, twang flecked drifts sprawl into propulsive hypnotic minimalism which in turn transforms into shimmery acoustic folk and back again, the sound rife with hints of Sparklehorse, Giant Sand, TV On The Radio, and other purveyors of dark indie pop and fuzzy psychedelic garage rock.
MPEG Stream: "My Best Friend"
MPEG Stream: "Condom In My Pocket"
MPEG Stream: "Infidelity"

MERCHANDISE After the End (4AD) lp 19.98

album cover MERCHANDISE / DESTRUCTION UNIT / MILK MUSIC USA 13 (540) lp 17.98
Another record that was originally a Record Store Day exclusive, now thankfully more widely available. We were initially excited about this three way split for the new jams from aQ faves Milk Music, who start off with a killer Creedence Clearwater Revival cover ("Effigy"), which like all great covers, sounds like it could be a MM original, the guitars blown out, the vocals drenched in FX, the song gorgeously minor key and drowsily noisy, reminding us a little of Sub Pop unknowns (but also aQ faves) Rein Sanction. The second MM track sounds like it could have been plucked right off the last record, and weirdly enough, sounds like it could be another cover as well, all fuzzy and twangy, and then they finish off with another cover perfectly suited to MM's sound, Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory".
Destruction Unit deliver a blast of swagger, noise drenched garage punk, with bellowed dramatic vocals over, dizzying swirls of distort guitar, all wrapped around a churning lo-fi crunch, bathed in feedback, and noisy as fuck, but crazy catchy too, slipping easily into stretched out psych jams, before slipping right back into some stomping garage rock crunch. And finally, Merchandise from Florida, get all spacey and gloomy and dramatic, a drifty, slow core creep, laced with steel string shimmer, low slung bass buzz, and some deep, dark vocal crooning, the first track, a smoldering dark ballad, the second a bit more post punky sounding a bit like a popper, jangler Wipers. Cool stuff all around.
Comes with a cool, full color insert/booklet, and no download.
MPEG Stream: MILK MUSIC "Effigy"
MPEG Stream: DESTRUCTION UNIT "Church Of Jesus Christ"
MPEG Stream: MERCHANDISE "No You And Me"

MERCHANT, NATALIE Motherland (Elektra) cd 16.98
As advertised on National Public Radio. Really.

MERCHANTS OF THE NEW BIZARRE Do You Want To Go Steady? cd 9.98
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More local SF weirdness from a band that may be familiar to the early-'90s Bananafish readership.

MERCILESS Click Boom (RMC) 7" 2.98
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Hip hop remix. Rhythm = "One Minute Man" (Missy Elliott).

MERCILESS One Life To Live (Special Remix) 7" 2.98
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Hip hop remix. Rhythm = "Best U Can" (Tha Liks).

MERCILESS Saddom Party (RMC) 7" 2.98
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Hip hop remix. Rhythm = "Can't Deny It" (Fabolous). B-side says "version" but it actually has Capleton "Forward Inna Clothes" instead.

MERCILESS Wad Up (Special Remix) 7" 2.98
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Hip hop remix. Rhythm = "One Minute Man" (Missy Elliott).

MERCURIANS Are You Sleeping (Akashic) 7" 2.98
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We had this lil' single for a short time sans festive green sleeve, but now you can get the complete package. The two sweet instrumental melodies here bring to mind a picnic in the park or a wintery sleigh ride. Features William Winant on marimba and glockenspiel. Limited pressing of 500 from nice local band.

album cover MERCURY DIMES Dime-O-Mite! (self-released) cd 14.98
Despite the exclamatory title of their debut album, Mercury Dimes balance their fiddle-driven repertoire between peppery squaredance-ready tunes sure to get ya up kickin' a heel in the air, and more subdued numbers that are perhaps more appropriate for porchswing star-gazin' with your sweetie. This Bay Area combo's warm, homey, very traditional country sounds make for a nice companion to their fellow Bay Area folksters Amy & Karen's recent (also self-released and similarly cool screen-printed cardboard fold-out sleeve packaged) cd, or SF rootsy vets such as Crooked Jades (who have their own brand new album out now!) and Virginia Dare.
MPEG Stream: "Lover's Lane"
MPEG Stream: "High Up On Tug"

album cover MERCURY REV All Is Dream (V2) cd 18.98
The peculiar, exuberant band from Buffalo, NY bring forth their long-awaited follow-up to 1998's Deserter's Song. All Is Dream is their fifth album: an often sublime, ambitious orchestral pop assemblage that even in all of its grandeur and oddness still maintains an air of innocence, particularly on tracks such as "A Drop In Time". Please forgive me but an image of Mercury Rev performing "Puff The Magic Dragon" parading down the main street just flashed though my head. They'd surely do a damn fine job of it too, but I digress. Jonathan Donahue's tweaked boy voice easily draws comparisons to that of Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne. And the 'Lips comparisons - or shall we say connections - don't end there, Donahue and bassist Dave Fridmann have put in their fair share of time with that likeminded band from Oklahoma. The former as lead guitarist and the latter as producer extraordinaire - most notably for the supreme "Soft Bulletin". He does a splendid job on his own band's material here with all of its lush, complex instrumentation of woodwinds and strings and blown-out percussion. Pretty wonderful. Oh and a word of note: more recently Fridmann's unmistakable production touches may also be heard gracing the newest Sparklehorse album.
RealAudio clip: "The Dark Is Rising"
RealAudio clip: "A Drop In Time"

MERCURY REV Deserted Songs (Light In The Attic) lp 21.00
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MERCURY REV Deserter's Songs (Modern Classics / Light In The Attic) lp 22.00

album cover MERCURY REV Snowflake Midnight (YepRoc) cd 15.98

MPEG Stream: "Snowflake In A Hot World"
MPEG Stream: "Runaway Raindrop"
MPEG Stream: "A Squirrel And I (Holding On... And Then Letting Go)"

album cover MERCURY REV Snowflake Midnight (YepRoc) lp 21.00

MPEG Stream: "Snowflake In A Hot World"
MPEG Stream: "Runaway Raindrop"
MPEG Stream: "A Squirrel And I (Holding On... And Then Letting Go)"

album cover MERCURY REV The Secret Migration (V2) 2cd 21.00
The Secret Migration reveals many different faces of Mercury Rev, and many of them seem even more remarkably Flaming Lips' Soft Bulletin-y that previously so. That means they've still retained their trademark warbly vocals, lush arrangements and splendiferously grand Dave Fridmann productions. In fact, some of the songs are near deadringers for the 'Lips, such as the fifth and sixth ("Vermillion" and "In The Wilderness" respectively). That said, they also take an unexpected detour mid-album, treading in Jesus & Mary Chain boots for the song "In A Funny Way". And if you're Byram you might also think that the vocals sound like Marianne Faithfull (which he indeed does, but that perception seems to have eluded all of the rest of us!). The album's only marred by a handful of somewhat wince-worthy lyrics such as "If I were a white horse and offered you a ride...", "Lover lift me up!" and "Waves of emotion sending ships across the ocean"? Egads! And to make matters worse, the latter line is sung over and over again. It almost reaches Disney-style cliched cheesiness. As is suggested by the album's title, they lyrically keep with the themes of journey (of the physical kind and otherwise). They draw references and inspiration from a menagerie of wildlife critters (for instance, the aforementioned white horses), and deliver the listener from point A to point B in their ivy-draped, rose-festooned fantasy pop chariot drawn by dragonflies and seahorses. Note: the first pressing includes a bonus disc with eight live and previously unreleased tracks!
MPEG Stream: "Vermillion"
MPEG Stream: "In A Funny Way"

MERCYFUL FATE Don't Break The Oath (Roadrunner) lp 29.00

MERCYFUL FATE Melissa (Roadrunner) lp 29.00

album cover MERGIA, HAILU Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye (Awesome Tapes From Africa) cd 14.98
Among Ethiopian Jazz aficionados, Hailu Mergia may not have as big of a name as Mulutu Astatke or Mahmoud Ahmed, but this 1985 recording of traditional Ethiopian jazz pieces played on analog synth, piano and accordion could of easily (and SHOULD OF, in our minds) been part of the great Ethiopiques series. That we come late to the pleasures of being wowed by Mergia's dexterous multi-instrumental talents, only tells us that there are many more riches of African jazz are out there waiting to be discovered.
Mergia cut his teeth with The Walliaa Band, the legendary group founded by Mulatu Astake, and has backed many of Ethiopia's greatest bandleaders (the band still performs to this day at the Addis Ababa Hilton). But it's this solo excursion, played in true one-man-band style that takes the sensual loping rhythms of ethiojazz into realms so warm and personal and utterly unique. Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Shilela"
MPEG Stream: "Hari Meru Meru"

album cover MERGIA, HAILU Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye (Awesome Tapes From Africa) lp 29.00
NOW ALSO HERE ON LP!!
Among Ethiopian Jazz aficionados, Hailu Mergia may not have as big of a name as Mulutu Astatke or Mahmoud Ahmed, but this 1985 recording of traditional Ethiopian jazz pieces played on analog synth, piano and accordion could of easily (and SHOULD OF, in our minds) been part of the great Ethiopiques series. That we come late to the pleasures of being wowed by Mergia's dexterous multi-instrumental talents, only tells us that there are many more riches of African jazz are out there waiting to be discovered.
Mergia cut his teeth with The Walliaa Band, the legendary group founded by Mulatu Astake, and has backed many of Ethiopia's greatest bandleaders (the band still performs to this day at the Addis Ababa Hilton). But it's this solo excursion, played in true one-man-band style that takes the sensual loping rhythms of ethiojazz into realms so warm and personal and utterly unique. Recommended!

album cover MERKSTAVE s/t (Pesanta Urfolk) lp 16.98
Some of us were lucky enough to go to the Stella Natura festival recently, and one of the bands we were most excited to see was Hell. Longtime readers of the aQ list no doubt remember reading reviews of the first two Hell lps, both oozing blackened ultra-doom, and live, they were awesome, especially the drummer's backwards-pig vocals, but then a strange thing happened, a Hell related band ended up stealing the show. This band in fact, Merkstave, who take the already depressive doom of Hell, even further into the ether, self described ' cosmic funerary drone', Merkstave deliver three epic cosmic crawls on this, their debut lp, which finds the band reworking some tracks from earlier and impossible to find demos. And their sound on record, like live, is stunning, achingly mournful, the first few minutes of the two part nearly 30 minute epic "Lament For Lost Gods", is a woozy sprawl of slowcore creep, lots of space, the notes suspended in air, the drums minimal, the whole sound delicate and tenebrous, even when the heaviness kicks in, somehow the sound remains spare and spaced out, the guitars distorted and crumbly, brittle and blackened, the vocals, a monstrous bellow, the notes ringing out, the sound at times almost choral, especially when the clean vocals join the grim vokills, reminding us a bit of Bell Witch, the same sort of heaviness meets slowcore beauty. Although Merkstave's sound is by far more grim and abstract, depressive and harrowingly haunting. Then suddenly, about 10 minutes in, the song explodes into full on black metal blast and buzz, the vocals transformed into a super dramatic shriek, the sound blurred and blackened, a smeary expanse of furious churning heaviness, before slowing down again and slipping into some tarpit ultra doooooom sludge, the vokills shrieked, the drums flitting from caveman plod, to weird motorik pound. The second movement/part opens up with more clean guitars, draped over simple rhythmic drum pound, the vibe her more trad doom, super melodic, epic and majestic, before transforming again into a churning, chugging classic metal workout, replete with pinch harmonics, and some seriously murky riffage. The final track is a dense sprawl of crumbling doom / sludge that oozes ominously, and is laced with some soaring melodic guitars, the sound almost psychedelic, with the occasional clean part, super melodic interludes interspersed between the downtuned doomic bombast, and then finally, a haunting piano outro. The cool thing about Merkstave is the sound versus the sound, as in they've crafted this majestic, uber epic ultra doom, but the recording is really raw and low fidelity, the guitars brittle, it's an idiosyncratic heaviness that perfectly suits the bands strange sonic brew.
As with all Pesanta Urfolk releases, the packaging is stellar, heavy vinyl, full color heavy sleeves, the whole record mastered, produced and recorded completely analog. And who knows, probably pretty limited too...
MPEG Stream: "Lament For Lost Gods Part 1"
MPEG Stream: "Spawn Of A Lower Star"

MERLAK, ROBERT Albumski (Phthalo) cd 12.98
Croatian computer technician Robert Merlak offers his second album for Phthalo, whose releases are becoming more and more out of the ordinary -- too fucked up for IDM based electronica, too lo-fi for musique concrete consideration. Nauseating synthesis of neurotic drones and wildly spinning drum machine eruptions make up the most of "Albumski," which sounds more like what we'd have expected from the new General Magic.

MERLAK, ROBERT Icepick Tracks (Phthalo) cd-r 13.98
PHTHALO 08. Robert Merlak's "Icepick Tracks" are an assortment of brutal industro.crunch.plod.thump.stomp.sledge.hammer.rip.tear.clang.boom.grind.electronica powerbooking. Could be SPK? Could be V/Vm? Sure it could.

MERMAID Red Led or Death (Munster Records) cd 14.98

MERMEN Krill Slippin' (Beach) cd 14.98
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The band has decided to reissue their first album, previously only available as a cassette.

MERMEN Songs of the Cows (Mesa) cd 14.98
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MERMEN Songs of the Cows (Mesa) lp 11.98
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MERMEN, THE The Amazing California Health And Happiness Road Show (Mesa) cd 15.98
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At last a new disc from ever-popular local "stoner surf" band The Mermen. Heavy reverby surf rock, like a psychedelic Dick Dale.

album cover MERRELL, BAKER AND JORDAN Nagual (aRCHIVE) cd 13.98
Not sure who Todd Merrell or Patrick Jordan are, but we sure as heck are familiar with the third part of this drone trio, the Baker in question is none other than Mr. Aidan Baker, he of Nadja, Arc, and a million or so releases under his own name.
This live set finds Baker handling guitar duties, but you'd never know it from the sound, augmented by short wave radios, electronics, and various bits of processing, the sound here is deep and dark, a crumbling and epic expanse of rumbling shimmering low end. Roiling clouds of murky melodic fragments, distant swells, throbbing low end pulses, barely audible bits of static and washed out glitch. Very cinematic, if you were watching a film that was almost entirely dark, with just barely visible shifts in the various shades of black and grey. Lovely though, minimal and haunting. Think Coleclough, Chalk, Lustmord, that sort of ambient darkness.
But the second track is an entirely different beast. Simple guitar strums, minimal melodies, the strings struck softly, the metallic buzz and clang ringing out into the ether, some sort of underwater slow motion Fahey, smeared and soft and dark and dreamy. The final half of the track, the guitar disappears completely, leaving streaks of feedback that sound like the cries of gulls, grinding slow motion slabs of shifting low end, whirling windlike whirs, almost like a manufactured nature recording.
The guitar returns for the third track, drifting gently, while the background noise builds into a slow motion wash of sound, the track culminating in a cloud of chimes and reverbed percussion, seasick swirls and struck steel strings, before slipping languidly into the final track, a lugubrious underwater crawl, all of the sounds muddy and indistinct, a sonar like ping buried way down in the mix, underneath it all a thick blanket of constant whirring drones, quite lovely.
Packaged in one of those cool, 6 panel, gatefold aRCHIVE sleeves, glossy paper, super striking image of forest and clouds, LIMITED TO 600 COPIES!!
MPEG Stream: "Undertow"
MPEG Stream: "Half-Life"

album cover MERRIMACK Grey Rigorism (Moribund) cd 14.98
The list can get a bit frustrating, in more ways than one, but we're constantly frustrated by too many records and not enough time, which means inevitably, some badass band that we love somehow never makes it onto the list. It happened with noiserock mice-fits White Mice finally reviewed elsewhere on this list, and it happened with French black metallers Merrimack, who are on full length number three, and who are only now making it onto the list for the first time. What can we say, we do our best, and as far as Merrimack is concerned, they rule, you should definitely buy this new one, and if you dig it as much as we think you will, you should buy the other two as well.
Why you ask? Cuz there's just something about French black metal. Something special, a definite vibe, a certain sound, although Grey Rigorism sounds very modern, and very Scandinavian, which is not a bad thing at all, but don't be expecting insane gnarled blackened weirdness or fucked up freaked out damaged black metal, Merrimack are super tight, their songs are dense and grim, slipping easily from midtempo pound, to furious blast, to almost industrial sounding stop start lurch, these guys would definitely have been right at home on Moonfog, along with Khold and Satyricon and other super slick sounding buzzing black hordes.
There are some strange moments here for sure, a couple tracks where the band lock into some doomy dirge while some mysterious French sample plays over the top, and the lengthy closing track, a multi parted epic that finds the band slipping from frantic blast to loping post rock to slow lumbering doom, there's some strange female spoken word part too laced amidst the howling vokills, but for the most part, Grey Rigorism is some super tight, well produced black buzzing grimness, and we dig it.
Features members of other elite French BM hordes Ancestral Fog, Corpus Christii, Glorior Belli and Morte Incandescente, and killer artwork by Seldon Hunt...
MPEG Stream: "The Golden Door"
MPEG Stream: "Omniabsence"
MPEG Stream: "By Thy Grace"

MERRIMACK Observations To The Horned (Moribund) cd 14.98

album cover MERRIMACK Of Entropy And Life Denial (Moribund) cd 16.98

MPEG Stream: "Seraphic Conspiracy (Of The Angels And Their Mission)"
MPEG Stream: "Melancholia Balneam Diboli (Of Acedia And Her Daughters)"

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