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album cover MGR Nova Lux (Neurot) cd 14.98
Okay, we blew it. We did. We let this MGR record slip right under our radar. And we regret it. We do. As we've said before, the only thing better than discovering some new record that totally kicks your ass, is discovering some record you ignored or missed for some reason, only to have your ass kicked retroactively. Such is the case with MGR. And to prove just how sorry we are, not only are we listing this disc (a few months late) but we also got a super limited cd-r direct from the band reviewed elsewhere on this list.
Not sure why we didn't give this a listen when it first came out, our defense, as flimsy as it may seem, is that we thought MGR was the abbreviation for manager, so we just sort of figured, that was kind of a dumb name so why bother. MGR actually stands for Mustard Gas And Roses and is the work of one M. Gallagher from postrock metal heavyweights Isis, and is actually quite amazing.
Imagine Isis with all the bombast stripped away, all traces of metal removed, leaving only sinewy minor key guitars to drift over vast expanses of droning shimmer, skeletal but incredibly lush. Dark, moody, melancholy soundscapes, the background a warm swirl of sound, guitars drifting in the fuzzy haze above, unfurling gorgeously melancholic melodies, while all around huge swaths of sound shimmer and shift. There's some lap steel, but it's just another gauzy layer of sound, there are beats here and there, but those already minimal rhythms are processed into indistinct throbs and minimal shuffles and buried way down in the murk, making those tracks sound like some sort of post rock Gas. So good.
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album cover MGR Nova Lux (Viva Hate) lp 17.98
Finally available on vinyl. Full color jackets and full color printed inner sleeves. Pressed on nice thick vinyl. And a handful of the copies we got are on clear/blue/grey splatter vinyl, so you just might get lucky. Here's our review of the cd from a few months back:
Okay, we blew it. We did. We let this MGR record slip right under our radar. And we regret it. We do. As we've said before, the only thing better than discovering some new record that totally kicks your ass, is discovering some record you ignored or missed for some reason, only to have your ass kicked retroactively. Such is the case with MGR. And to prove just how sorry we are, not only are we listing this disc (a few months late) but we also got a super limited cd-r direct from the band reviewed elsewhere on this list.
Not sure why we didn't give this a listen when it first came out, our defense, as flimsy as it may seem, is that we thought MGR was the abbreviation for manager, so we just sort of figured, that was kind of a dumb name so why bother. MGR actually stands for Mustard Gas And Roses and is the work of one M. Gallagher from postrock metal heavyweights Isis, and is actually quite amazing.
Imagine Isis with all the bombast stripped away, all traces of metal removed, leaving only sinewy minor key guitars to drift over vast expanses of droning shimmer, skeletal but incredibly lush. Dark, moody, melancholy soundscapes, the background a warm swirl of sound, guitars drifting in the fuzzy haze above, unfurling gorgeously melancholic melodies, while all around huge swaths of sound shimmer and shift. There's some lap steel, but it's just another gauzy layer of sound, there are beats here and there, but those already minimal rhythms are processed into indistinct throbs and minimal shuffles and buried way down in the murk, making those tracks sound like some sort of post rock Gas. So good.
MPEG Stream: "I"
MPEG Stream: "II"

album cover MGR Wavering On The Cresting Heft (Conspiracy) cd 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
First proper full length in almost two years from Isis' Mike Gallagher, and his project MGR, aka Mustard Gas and Roses. Much like his debut Nova Lux, and the two more recent releases, a split and a collaboration, Gallagher continues to explore a darkened universe of slowly sprawling, slow building post rock ambience, blending skeletal guitars, deep string like swells, distant drones, and all manner of whirs and shimmers into gorgeous expanses of minor key melancholia. It 's probably not surprising to discover that MGR actually sounds a bit like Isis with all the metal removed, which is in no way a bad thing.
As a band Isis are as deft at weaving gorgeous loping postrockscapes as they are kicking out the metallic jams, so it's nice to hear similar sounding parts allowed to blossom in a wide open expanse, the distortion and heaviness are kept to a minimum, used sparingly as opposed to an integral part of the sound.
There is a definite dark vibe, haunting and ominous, which might be the only thing keeping this from being pure instrumental cinematic postrock that would be right at home on Temporary Residence instead of on Neurot or Conspiracy.
But that darkness is also what makes the sound of MGR so vibrant. Like it COULD explode at any moment. And it almost does here and there, a thick wash of distorted chordal buzz, a sheet of keening high end feedback, some dense swaths of reverb and rumbly distortion, a killer chunk of stuttering clipped metallic chords, but again, these are just elements of a much bigger sonic picture, an expansive, epic, sprawling soundscape, minimal and minor key, mellow, but not without menace, a huge powerful music that manages to sound personal and intimate at the same time. See the review of the new Jimmy Cake elsewhere on this list, MGR's Wavering is like its evil twin, lurking in the shadows, brooding, droning, drifting, and shimmering ominously.
MPEG Stream: "Allusions"
MPEG Stream: "It Darkens His Door"

album cover MGR / XELA split (Barge Recordings) 12" 8.00
**SALE **SALE* *SALE**
This long in the works split finally sees the light of day. Two aQ faves together on one super limited lp. MGR, the solo project of Mike Gallagher from the mighty Isis, and Xela, the project of John Twells, who also runs the kick ass Type label.
We've yet to get around to reviewing the new MGR full length, but this track is definitely whetting our appetite. Simple finger picked guitar over, shimmering streaks of sound, layers of glimmering gossamer whir, loping and laid back, eventually some BIG guitar comes in, huge crashing chords, allowed to ring out and slowly fade away, the notes pulsing and beating against each other, building to an epic coda, all majestic and intense, like a stripped down Isis, the original guitar slipping into the ether, the huge chords crashing further and further apart, eventually stopping all together, leaving murky blurs of guitar cacophony, smoothed into dense swells, still intense and almost heavy, but more blurred and washed out, the notes and chords and harmonics swirling in a roiling sonic sea.
The Xela track begins with a squall of feedback and squiggly distorted electronics, harsh and jagged, eventually drums surface, the electronics are reigned in a bit, angelic voices drift in, everything bathed in some ethereal shimmer, the drums stumble and skitter, cymbals crash and sizzle, the electronics flit and flutter like clouds of lightning bugs, the sound gradually grows heavier and more dense, a low end gathering beneath the surface, the sound is almost like some free noise Arvo Part, haunting and choral, but those electronics continue to squelch and glitch, the drums skittering chaotically, the vocals wreathed in effects that turn them into shadowy blurs, the track becoming blurrier by the minute, more tranquil, the vocals smeared into glistening chords, the whole track like the soundtrack to staring into a dying sun. Really amazing, and unlike anything we've heard from Xela before.
SUPER LIMITED! ONLY 350 COPIES!!! All hand screened with some seriously creepy cover art. We only got 30 copies, and will not be able to get more!

album cover MGR VS SIRDSS Impromptu (Neurot) cd 14.98
Originally released as a super limited cd-r, Impromptu is finally getting a proper release thanks to the folks and Neurot...
For some it took us forever to get around to reviewing the MGR full length on Neurot. Not sure why exactly. This may sound a little bit stupid, but I think it was because we thought MGR was the abbreviation for 'manager' and thus not a very cool name for a band. But when we finally did listen to that record we were totally knocked for a loop. And we felt bad, and dumb, and thus we have been doing our very best to make things right by not championing both the Neurot full length but also this amazing disc, previously a super limited cd-r tour only collaboration, now an actual cd and everything.
What we finally did discover was that MGR stands for Mustard Gas And Roses, a much cooler name for sure, or maybe it stands for Mike-Gallagher-something-beginning-with-R, since MGR is in fact the work of Mike Gallagher from metallic post rockers Isis, either way, MGR is some gloriously beautiful and droney stuff.
We're not exactly sure who SirDSS (aka David Scott Stone) is, but with his arsenal of effects, synths and bowed metals, adds a definite metallic (as in metallic, not as in heavy metal) sheen to MGR's more organic dronescapes.
Long slowly unfurling whorls of abstract steel string tangle, huge slow burning electric guitar shimmers, drifting amidst glistening sonic cobwebs, silver streaks of minimal feedback, while in the distance some sort of industrial apparition grinds and clangs, creaks and keens, beneath an outerspace world of dreamlike ambient guitarscapes, radiant sine waves and thick luminous layers of crumbling melody.
So nice.
MPEG Stream: "At Odds"
MPEG Stream: "Following Electro Acoustic Theory"

album cover MGR VS SIRDSS Impromptu (Mgrsounds) cd-r 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
For some reason we never got around to reviewing the MGR full length on Neurot. Not sure why exactly. This may sound a little bit stupid, but I think it was because we thought MGR was the abbreviation for 'manager' and thus not a very cool name for a band. But when we finally did listen to that record a few weeks back we were totally knocked for a loop. And we felt bad, and dumb, and thus we are doing our very best to make things right by not only reviewing that very full length (elsewhere on this list) but also this super limited cd-r tour only collaboration.
What we did discover is that MGR stands for Mustard Gas And Roses, a much cooler name for sure, or maybe it stands for Mike Gallagher something-beginning-with-R, since MGR is in fact the work of Mike Gallagher from metallic post rockers Isis, either way, MGR is some gloriously beautiful and droney stuff.
We're not exactly sure who SirDSS (aka David Scott Stone) is, but with his arsenal of effects, synths and bowed metals, adds a definite metallic (as in metallic, not as in heavy metal) sheen to MGR's more organic dronescapes.
Long slowly unfurling whorls of abstract steel string tangle, huge slow burning electric guitar shimmers, drifting amidst glistening sonic cobwebs, silver streaks of minimal feedback, while in the distance some sort of industrial apparition grinds and clangs, creaks and keens, beneath an outerspace world of dreamlike ambient guitarscapes, radiant sine waves and thick luminous layers of crumbling melody.
So nice.
MPEG Stream: "At Odds"
MPEG Stream: "Following Electro Acoustic Theory"

album cover MGR Y DESTRUCTO SWARMBOTS! Amigos De La Guitarra (Neurot) cd 14.98
Amigos De La Guitarra. Friends of the guitar. Funny. Both of these guys are most definitely friends of the guitar, although neither really plays the guitar the way nature intended. Well, maybe once in a while they do. Two Mikes. One called Mare, one called Gallagher. One also known to us as Destructo Swarmbots. The other, known around these parts as MGR, or sometimes, the guy from Isis. Both MGR and Destructo Swarmbots are long time faves around these parts, both creating epic expansive sprawling guitarscapes, occasionally heavy and intense, other times shimmery and ethereal, and while we never expected to find the two playing together, now that we're listening to it, it sort of seems like a pretty fantastic idea.
One 42 minute track, that begins all moody and melodic, finger picked guitars, melodies, harmonies, lilting and almost folky, a little post rocky, moody and minor key, gradually growing more and more intense, some of the guitars billowing out into clouds of rumble and blur, while the rest keep the main melodies going. Before it gets to noisy, the drones recede, once again leaving the guitars to drift delicately, weaving subtle sonic shapes, until once again, some of the guitars begin to growl and buzz, the chords and melodies growing more jagged and abrasive, the sound a roiling soft swirl, which is when things get really interesting and suddenly some of the guitars are chopped up and sent stuttering, creating a droned out rhythmic skitter, while the other guitar soars and wails in the background. All around, sheets of feedback fold in on themselves, shot though with jagged shards of corrosive high end crunch, before finally the chaos begins to dissipate, leaving just a tangle of guitar melodies, slowly unfurling, winding down through gauzy fields of crackle and muted buzz, until just shadowy echoes of the guitars remain, and then nothing at all.
In short: A gorgeous disc of trancey blissed out ambient heaviness, from two friends of the guitar...
MPEG Stream: "Amigos De La Guitarra (Excerpt)"

album cover MHFS Driving To Rawene (Pseudo Arcana) 3"cd-r 5.98
We hadn't heard from MHFS for ages, not since their now long out of print cd-r on Celebrate Psi Phenomenon. That release found these NZ noise makers kicking up a serious freerock fuss, with wild spacey synthesizer, crashing chaotic freakout and a bunch of whirring and bleeping and screeching. That very same record though finished up with a stretch of strummy soft shimmer, and that's pretty much where this 3" finds them again. Taking up right where they left off. They incidentally is in fact a he, one Mark Sadgrove, who is quite a fixture in the NZ music underground. In MHFS, Sadgrove utilizes homemade electronics, found sounds, field recordings, his own software, as well as the more traditional voice and guitar to create, subtle soundscapes, from very very minimal happenings a la Francisco Lopez, where we found ourselves reaching for the volume knob just to get a fleeting glimpse of the fuzzy details and barely these smears of soft sound, to rough crackly drones, waves of crumbling guitar distortion and buried in the haze mumbly vocals, all very sleepily sun drenched and beautifully blown out.
MPEG Stream: "Driving To Rawene 1"
MPEG Stream: "Driving To Rawene 2"

album cover MHFS West Auckland Driving Songs (Celebrate Psi Pheomenon) cd-r 13.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another batch of super limited and beautifully packaged cd-r's from Campbell Kneale's (Birchville Cat Motel) Celebrate Psi Phenomenon label. The finest in underground free noise / drone, culled mostly from New Zealand but all around the world as well. For those of you new to the CpsiP label, imagine classic Siltbreeze (Dead C, etc.) mixed with Jewelled Antler (Thuja, Blithe Sons etc.), dark and deep listening that sometimes verges on all out noise, but more often than not remains subtle experiments in avant drone and abstract sound. And when we say limited we mean LIMITED. Thes babies come in pressings of 30-80, out of which we get a whopping 10 copies!!
MHFS are a new group of Kiwi noisemakers, and make a lot of noise they do. Outer space bleeping and blooping, stuttery rhythmic clatter, bursts of splattery gunfire like clangs and crashes, super distorted synth fuzz dirges, melodies packed in dense swaths of murky grit. About halfway through the record, it's as if everybody got tired of twisting knobs and banging on things, and decide to lay back, lay down, and let the sounds unfurl on their own. The clouds of chaotic skree dissipate, and reveal gentle, simply strummed guitars, shimmery otherworldy ambience, sweet melodic chimes, and delicate wisps of dreamy drone.
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album cover MHONOS Humiliati (Le Crepuscule Du Soir) cd 13.98
It's hard to argue with a mysterious ritualistic ambient doom outfit from France, especially, when there are six members, four of whom are credited with 'low frequencies', while the other two are credited with 'deep pulses', and then on top of that, spread out between all six: ultrasounds, 'ondulations', horns, bowls, incantations, screams, organum, bells, bowls and 'arpegiatas'. As well as the fact that they are each credited with the honorific 'frater' before their names, casting Mhonos less as a musical group and more as some sort of arcane religious sect, formed around a slavish devotion to the drone, specifically a blackened strain of doom-ed drone, cobbled together from multiple, thick, layered, downtuned bass dirges, minimal percussion, looped rumbles and chanted vox, creating a seriously liturgical, choral vibe, the first twenty three minutes of the opening thirty four minute track, a totally mesmerizing, lurching, lumbering and looped creep, a hybrid of SUNNO)))-like slo-mo-dirgery, and the vocal driven low end ritualism of recent aQ faves Phurpa, all tethered to a ritualistic death march rhythm, and we're talking total blissed out atmospheric ambient doooooooom, which eventually transforms, albeit briefly, into a couple measure of more traditionally metallic heaviness, as if the song was finally going to launch into some serious riffery, only to almost immediately zone out into some spacey longform layered drone/drift shimmer, the tones descending, the chordal whir seeming to detune, as various low end tendrils begin to swoop and sway, the drums returning, but more as filigree than propulsion, before finishing off with a surprising squall of chaotic psychedelia.
Which leads directly into the shorter (relatively, at 8 minutes) second track, which right out of the gate sounds like Tuvan throat singers teamed up with Skepticism, a whirring organ like blur, stretches out like a grim black haze, the drums a primitive pound, the vocals deep raspy rumbles, somewhere between throat singing and death metal gurgle, the sound dark and dense and ominous, but also strangely meditative and mesmerizing, this song too gradually blossoming into something strangely warm, and again abstractly psychedelic.
The record finishes with a nearly 35 minute long sonic bookend, starting out with some serious distorted metallic bass riffing, which again hints at an eventual explosion into some sort of black blast or furious pounding blowout, but instead, the sound lurches into a crushing slab of tribal drum driven slowcore pummel, dizzying and almost industrial, the sound fracturing into a grinding blackened almost-noise rock, the multiple basses providing both heft and melody, the vocals here transformed into more of a punk rock yowl, the whole sound heaving and roiling malevolently, before suddenly and surprisingly evolving into a strange sort of tripped out psych drone drift, all effected bass melodies and swirling FX, hazy and heady, washed out and woozy. Eventually, the basses swell and the heaviness returns, and the song becomes a depressive blackdoom creep, with slow motion riffs, and more demonic drum pound, everything blown out and super distorted, sounding a bit like Cop Shoot Cop or Swans at 16rpm, heaving and heavy, the various low end buzzed and drones peeling way one by one until just strangled mewling vocal, and a pounding echo drenched drum remain, a haunting and harrowing finish for sure.
So great. Most definitely for fans of SUNNO))) and other likeminded purveyors of low slung slo-mo heaviness, as well as anyone into mysterious vocal driven ritualism, a la Phurpa, Huun-Huur-Tu, etc, and generally all and any manner of funeral doom metal, droned out black ambience and atmospheric bass driven tarpit creep...
MPEG Stream: "Alveus Terra"
MPEG Stream: "Ex Nihilo... Ad Nihilum..."

album cover MI AMI Ark Of The Covenant (Lovers Rock) 12" 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Over the last couple years Mi Ami have become a serious and sweaty inspiration for the music scene here in San Francisco. Whether it's playing and hosting all night dance parties in living rooms, or DJ'ing African jams and cosmic disco in dark rooms with reckless abandon, the three guys in Mi Ami have shown that they have a deep and vast appreciation for music of all styles and variations. This is a band whose record collections are as likely to have vinyl from DNA and JFA as they would M.I.A. and MDC. But thankfully, they are one of the few bands who makes music as cool and exciting as the records in their collections. It's been so hard to actually get a hold of any of their recordings until now, unless you were lucky enough to snag one of their previous slabs of vinyl at one of their high energy body moving live shows. Chances are that this will likely be most folks' first chance to get a hold of Mi Ami on record, and this 12" is a really great introduction to what they're all about. And what they're all about is all over the map, from dub to disco, no wave to post-punk. Yet somehow they find a way to meld all those sounds into something distinctly their own. While members of the band were previously in Black Eyes and even did some time in The Rapture, Mi Ami is truly a beast of its own vision. "Ark Of The Covenant" finds them firing at full throttle with no-wave aspirations and heavy grooves to keep the blasts hitting so right. The B-side which is "The Ark (Version)" finds them dubbing out with such spacious delight, the energy and vibrancy reminds us a lot of how we felt when Tussle first hit the scene. We can't wait to see what the future holds for Mi Ami as they continue to pull from such rich and varied influences from the past while feeling so committed to the present.

album cover MI AMI Echonoecho (Quarterstick Records) 12" 5.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Yeay! We are so excited that SF's own Mi Ami were recently snapped up by Quarterstick and as we type this are on the road touring the States! It's just a matter of time before these guys start becoming loved all across the map for their high energy approach to genre bending, percussive, heavy and sweat inducing colorful rhythms. Echonoecho is the first song on what will be their new full length Watersports and once again they get to let shine their love of the 12" format. Side A finds the song in its full almost nine minutes of glory. High pitched vocals come blasting right out of the gate along with frenzied instrumentation for a totally epic and catchy track that sounds like some kind of joyous meeting of Nation Of Ulysses, The Rapture and Liquid Liquid. And we have to say that Mi Ami shine so brightly with the 'Version' sides of their singles. Dubbed out for maximum slow burn perfection. We can't wait for the full length, but we hope they keep cranking out 12"s as well cause they are one of the few groups around today who really know how to make the most of this special format.
MPEG Stream: "Echononecho"

album cover MI AMI Steal Your Face (Thrill Jockey) cd 15.98
There aren't too many bands you can say sound "unlike anything else". San Francisco's own Mi Ami is one of those rare groups. For the past few years they have been setting SF, and more recently a good deal of the rest of the world, on fire with their spastic blend of skronky rhythmic awesomeness. Things are constantly moving, and the band's secret weapon is no doubt drummer Damon Palermo, who pulls double duty in cosmic explorers Jonas Reinhardt (whose Powers Of Audition record we recently listed). Of course, the other two members, guitarist/shrieker Daniel Martin-McCormick and bassist Jacob Long (both former members of legendary Dischord band Black Eyes), are just as essential in contributing to the sonic maelstrom that makes up Mi Ami's sound. Warmly distorted guitars howl and slash relentlessly, while the grooving basslines hold the foundation as the drums carry the songs all over the place without letting up. And then there are Martin-McCormick's feral screams, practically an instrument on their own. They manage to sound totally fun but with a firebeathing delivery that will also make you stop to think about songs like "Native Americans (Born In The U.S.A.)". The band has been expertly building up its sound over the past few releases, and they possess a keen production sense which makes Steal Your Face their strongest effort yet. The sound is frantic and ridiculously fun most of the time, but they also know how to slow things down, like on the mellow yet tense groove of "Dreamers", which rides slow and steady in a haze of dubbed out, feedback laced atmospheres. There is a constant sense of adventure here, and in never limited themselves Mi Ami have arrived at a seriously unique sound, one where amazing whirlwind rhythms and quirky electronics merge perfectly with a punk aesthetic. Ten years ago, this would have been a pretty difficult combination to imagine, but this is 2010 and Mi Ami own this sound. Highly recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Harmonics (Genius Of Love)"
MPEG Stream: "Latin Lover"
MPEG Stream: "Native Americans (Born In The U.S.A.)"

album cover MI AMI Steal Your Face (Thrill Jockey) lp 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
There aren't too many bands you can say sound "unlike anything else". San Francisco's own Mi Ami is one of those rare groups. For the past few years they have been setting SF, and more recently a good deal of the rest of the world, on fire with their spastic blend of skronky rhythmic awesomeness. Things are constantly moving, and the band's secret weapon is no doubt drummer Damon Palermo, who pulls double duty in cosmic explorers Jonas Reinhardt (whose Powers Of Audition record we recently listed). Of course, the other two members, guitarist/shrieker Daniel Martin-McCormick and bassist Jacob Long (both former members of legendary Dischord band Black Eyes), are just as essential in contributing to the sonic maelstrom that makes up Mi Ami's sound. Warmly distorted guitars howl and slash relentlessly, while the grooving basslines hold the foundation as the drums carry the songs all over the place without letting up. And then there are Martin-McCormick's feral screams, practically an instrument on their own. They manage to sound totally fun but with a firebeathing delivery that will also make you stop to think about songs like "Native Americans (Born In The U.S.A.)". The band has been expertly building up its sound over the past few releases, and they possess a keen production sense which makes Steal Your Face their strongest effort yet. The sound is frantic and ridiculously fun most of the time, but they also know how to slow things down, like on the mellow yet tense groove of "Dreamers", which rides slow and steady in a haze of dubbed out, feedback laced atmospheres. There is a constant sense of adventure here, and in never limited themselves Mi Ami have arrived at a seriously unique sound, one where amazing whirlwind rhythms and quirky electronics merge perfectly with a punk aesthetic. Ten years ago, this would have been a pretty difficult combination to imagine, but this is 2010 and Mi Ami own this sound. Highly recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Harmonics (Genius Of Love)"
MPEG Stream: "Latin Lover"
MPEG Stream: "Native Americans (Born In The U.S.A.)"

album cover MI AMI Towers Fall (Hoss) 12" 16.98
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Hoss is a newish label that are working with eclectic minded bands (Excepter, Lichens, WZT Hearts, Ecstatic Sunshine, Jason Forest, etc.) for limited edition vinyl releases where the artists are encouraged to really push and expand a side of their musical DNA in a way that they haven't before. So it makes perfect sense that they reeled in San Francisco's Mi Ami to launch their new "techno" series, which allows Mi Ami the opportunity to fully indulge in their love of techno and craft some serious dance floor burners. We hope Mi Ami keep exploring this side as they really understand how to weave an array of dance/electronic influences into such a fresh and eclectic sound. This is not the screamy/punky side of Mi Ami, instead Towers Fall finds the boys crafting a truly unique slice of electronica that somehow fuses the Berlin school, Chicago and Detroit house and even dubstep, without sounding stale, retro or rehashed. Each side of this 12" is about 10 minutes long, giving the tracks space to breathe and sprawl so nicely. Recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Towers Fall"
MPEG Stream: "Towers Fall (Cassette Mix)"

album cover MI AMI Watersports (Quarterstick) cd 14.98
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It's been a pretty great several months for San Francisco's Mi Ami. They went from being a living room party band secret to getting signed to Quarterstick and touring the nation, with Europe coming up on their horizon this spring. With a few now-hard-to-get 12"s under their belt we were anxious to hear what shape their debut full length would take. Watersports (such a dirty album name, and we love the cover photo!) definitely brings the full voltage, power and energy of their live shows. While much is made about their incorporation of dub, disco and cosmic influences, listening to an entire Mi Ami full length we're very much reminded of their punk and post-hardcore roots, with ex-members of Dischord's Black Eyes making up 2/3 of the band and a spazzy and high pitched squealed vocal delivery that reminds us a lot of some of those great '90s post-hardcore bands like Native Nod, Nation Of Ulysses, Rye Coalition, Antioch Arrow, etc.
Sonically however there is much more at play in Mi Ami's bag of tricks and while the vocals may be a make it or break it scenario for some folks, you can't deny the energy, enthusiasm and visceral fury bursting out of their creative and lively songs.
MPEG Stream: "The Man In Your House"
MPEG Stream: "New Guitar"
MPEG Stream: "Freed From Sin"

album cover MI AMI Watersports (Quarterstick) lp 14.98
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It's been a pretty great several months for San Francisco's Mi Ami. They went from being a living room party band secret to getting signed to Quarterstick and touring the nation, with Europe coming up on their horizon this spring. With a few now-hard-to-get 12"s under their belt we were anxious to hear what shape their debut full length would take. Watersports (such a dirty album name, and we love the cover photo!) definitely brings the full voltage, power and energy of their live shows. While much is made about their incorporation of dub, disco and cosmic influences, listening to an entire Mi Ami full length we're very much reminded of their punk and post-hardcore roots, with ex-members of Dischord's Black Eyes making up 2/3 of the band and a spazzy and high pitched squealed vocal delivery that reminds us a lot of some of those great '90s post-hardcore bands like Native Nod, Nation Of Ulysses, Rye Coalition, Antioch Arrow, etc.
Sonically however there is much more at play in Mi Ami's bag of tricks and while the vocals may be a make it or break it scenario for some folks, you can't deny the energy, enthusiasm and visceral fury bursting out of their creative and lively songs.
MPEG Stream: "The Man In Your House"
MPEG Stream: "New Guitar"
MPEG Stream: "Freed From Sin"

MI AMORE The Lamb cd 14.98

album cover MI AND L'AU s/t (Young God) cd 14.98
Mi was a model from Finland working in France when he met L'au. The two fell in love and started making music together. L'au has the kind of sweet delicate voice that hits you immediately when you hear it. Together they make delicate and gentle sounds perfect for those cold nights when all you want to do is lay inside and cuddle with someone you care about. Kind of like the more gentle side of Nico. Devendra Banhart wrote his song "Gentle Soul" for Mi, and after listening to this record you can tell this is the work of two very gentle and in love souls.
MPEG Stream: "Philosopher"
MPEG Stream: "Boxer"

album cover MIA & JONAH Shine I (self-released) cd 9.98
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MIAMI INTERNAL AFFAIRS Declassified (Beta Bodega) 7" 5.98
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Pay no attention to the Beta Bodega agenda of "covert intelligence operations," as this little 7" of electro-revivalism doesn't fall far from the Adult. sound. Possibly a collaboration between Le Syndicat Electronique, Patcha Kutek, and V8 -- but who can tell from Beta Bodega.

album cover MIASMA & THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES Manfauna (Latitudes 0:14) (Latitudes / Southern) cd 13.98
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We haven't heard from these guys in a while, not since their Perils disc on Mimicry from a few years back. And now they're back, as part of the ever expanding Latitudes series. Featuring members of long time AQ faves Guapo, Miasma are equally as progtastic as Guapo, but where Guapo channel the hard and heavy side of classic prog, Miasma, are more dramatic, with a gipsy folk flair, an Eastern European vibe, jaunty, and playful, cinematic and a bit over the top. Like the soundtrack to some Edward Gorey cartoon come to life. Dark and dangerous, but wild and weirdly wonderful at the same time.
The opening track here begins with a moody gipsy folk hoedown, stings and horns, woven in an intricate dance, before the drums kick in and the song is transformed into epic and intense krautrocky prog. Warm wheezing keyboards, angular riffing, wild octopoidal drumming, intricate arrangements, super dramatic keyboards and strings
A bit of a Goblin vibe, the song builds and builds and builds, a frenzied musical pagan ritual, it's hard not to imagine the band in all black, flowing robes and witches hats, performing in front of some huge stone circle on the top of a massive hill. The second track is a creeping dark ambient sprawl, lurching "Boris The Spider" bassline over whispering winds, clouds of cymbal sizzle, deep cavernous rumbles, haunting organs, mysterious effects that drift from speaker to speakerÉ
The final track begins like a simple piano and violin chamber music piece, with a definite Eastern European flair, before about halfway through, when the drums and bass kick in, and we're back in the prog, the drums complex and intricate, the bass, lumbering and minor key, the piano more and more frenzied as if trying to keep up with the drums, finally all the parts coalescing into a massive moody riff, bordering on classic doom territory, before everything drops out once again leaving just the piano and strings, until the drums come back in, then finally the bass and the guitar, the climax, intense and dramatic, epic and majestic!
Comes packaged in a super intricate hand screened die cut fold over sleeve with a full color insert. The cover has a sticker affixed to the front and each copy is hand stamped and numbered. Limited to 1000 copies worldwide, 500 of which made it to the United States, we got about 25 copiesÉ
MPEG Stream: "Manticore"
MPEG Stream: "Taus"

album cover MIASMA & THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES Perils (Web Of Mimicry) cd 14.98
Featuring two members of AQ-faves Guapo, this instrumental band from the UK plays a kind of dark, baroque chamber-prog that's seemingly trying to evoke the magick of Aleister Crowley and the drawings of Edward Gorey, and also sorta sounds like eerie Eastern European circus music or a sinister silent movie orchestra or something. Theirs is a refined sort of precise prog bombast that would be ok to play as background music at the right sort of dinner party (in a candlelit English manor house, perhaps, with some murders occuring before the night is through). The song titles ("The Mage", "Whitening: Foxes Templar", "Reddening: The Blood Of The Pelican", "Asmodius Arise", etc.) suggest that some sort of occult narrative is being played out. Fans of the likes of Univers Zero and Devil Doll should definitely investigate.
MPEG Stream: "Perilous Fathoms"
MPEG Stream: "The Pale Staircase"

album cover MIASMA & THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES Perils (Rise Above) lp 28.00
Now available as a super swank, and of course super limited lp. Here's our review from when we listed he cd a while back:
Featuring two members of AQ-faves Guapo, this instrumental band from the UK plays a kind of dark, baroque chamber-prog that's seemingly trying to evoke the magick of Aleister Crowley and the drawings of Edward Gorey, and also sorta sounds like eerie Eastern European circus music or a sinister silent movie orchestra or something. Theirs is a refined sort of precise prog bombast that would be ok to play as background music at the right sort of dinner party (in a candlelit English manor house, perhaps, with some murders occurring before the night is through). The song titles ("The Mage", "Whitening: Foxes Templar", "Reddening: The Blood Of The Pelican", "Asmodius Arise", etc.) suggest that some sort of occult narrative is being played out. Fans of the likes of Univers Zero and Devil Doll should definitely investigate.
MPEG Stream: "Perilous Fathoms"
MPEG Stream: "The Pale Staircase"

MIASTO NIE SPALO Piesni Zatobne I-VII (Obuh Records) cd 15.98
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Polish chamber music trio. Their minimal Avro Part-inspired threnodies are played on double bass, cello, and accordion. The group's name means The City Didn't Sleep. On Obuh, the same label that brought us the Magic Carpathians.

MICE PARADE Mokoondi (Bubble Core) cd 13.98
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album cover MICE PARADE s/t (Fat Cat) cd 14.98
Oooooh, this is a keeper! Really folks, don't your ears need a hug every now and again? Mice Parade's seventh album fits the bill perfectly. Go on, immerse yourself in the dreamy swirl and sway of these nine songs. This time around head Mice Parader Adam Pierce moved away from the Big Apple into the woods of upstate New York, setting up house and studio near Bear Mountain Park. He was joined in the wilderness by Jay Israelson (of Lansing-Dreiden), Dylan Cristy (of The Dylan Group) and Doug Scharin (of Rex and June Of 44) for this gentle unwinding. Despite the remote recording locale, a few city lights do glint faintly in the distance. If you swoon to the sounds of Sea & Cake and Archer Prewitt, you should know that Mice Parade are slipping their way deeper and deeper into their increasingly downy, post-rock mellowness. Plus, lifting the album up even further with their angel winged vocals are guests Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier and Mum's Kristin Anna Valtysdottir. Oh my lovelies, 'tis such a glorious dew-dappled dream.
MPEG Stream: "Tales Of Las Negras"
MPEG Stream: "Double Dolphins On The Nickel"

album cover MICE, THE For Almost Ever Scooter (Scat) cd 13.98
Cleveland may be better known in underground rock circles for bands like Rocket From The Tombs, The Electric Eels, the Mirrors, the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu, but there was a pretty serious pop scene going on in the mid-eighties, the most notable, and probably most notably unsung group being The Mice, fronted by pop tunesmith extraordinaire Bill Fox.
Rescued from obscurity by the kind folks at Scat, For Almost Ever Scooter is a serious slab of short sharp power pop anthems, infused with snotty punk rock, British Invasion melodies, and tons of jangle. Not to mention kick ass drumming, some amazing riffage, Fox's snarling soaring vocals, and needless to say, HOOKS galore. If you like bands like the Flamin' Groovies, the Undertones, the Buzzcocks, the Nerves, the Diodes, well, the Mice are just as great...
Scat is the home of all the best Guided By Voices records, which ALL borrow heavily from classic British influenced pop, so it makes sense that the Mice record would end up here too. In fact, one might be forgiven for thinking the Mice record was actually the work of some young kids in a modern retro pop band, channelling all of the above mentioned bands into a sound that's classic but surprisingly modern and fresh. GBV fans should definitely give this a listen. The Mice are everything we love about pop music, heavy and crunchy, soaring, distorted and dramatic, big guitars, lush harmonies, wild drumming, just listen to "Downtown", one of the greatest pop songs EVER, and you'll be hooked. And rest of the record is just as great.
MPEG Stream: "Downtown"
MPEG Stream: "Felicia"
MPEG Stream: "Rescue You Too"

album cover MICHAEL AND THE MUMBLES s/t (De Stijl) lp 14.98
If you're like us, then you probably first came across Michael Yonkers with the reissue of his 1968 outsider garage-punk classic Microminiature Love a few years ago. That record was a wildly forward looking piece of music that worked heavy studio experimentation into Yonkers' passionate and tense songs for a result unlike anything else. But where did this guy come from? Well, Minneapolis if you want to get all geographic. But Yonkers' musical roots, like many others from his era, were initially sewn from the fertile American garage rock scene of the mid '60s. Yonkers got his start all short haired and well dressed fronting the Mumbles, a simple and straightforward R&B combo, and these recordings from 1966 present a solid group taking cues from the Nuggets style fervor that was sweeping the nation. We're not quite sure that we detected any of the "dissonant undercurrents" the De Stijl website mentioned, maybe they're there... But this is not to slight this record at all, as Michael And The Mumbles whip up a cool set of rhythmic garage rock that is pretty much impossible to dislike. Yonkers' voice here is less frantic and emotional than on his solo discs, but it is also easy to get an idea of how he developed his own idiosyncratic approach to music making by stepping off the edge of a more traditional foundation. Perhaps it would be difficult to tell where things were going if you heard this stuff first, but this record is a delightful collection of tunes that laid the groundwork for one of the craziest and punkest things to come out of the late '60s American underground. Highly recommended, and to the non-turntable having types, this lp does come with a free download card.

album cover MICHAEL VINER'S INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND Bongo Rock (MGM/Pride) lp 12.98
Let There Be Drums! Whoo, cool to have this old fave reissued on vinyl! Especially with previous anthologies on Strut and Mr. Bongo now out of print, original lps of course also being hard to come by...
What the heck was the Incredible Bongo Band, you might ask, and what was so Incredible about it? Well, just listen to the soundclips of "Apache" and "Last Bongo In Belgium", we bet you'll recognize 'em. The Incredible Bongo Band are one of those almost anonymous groups who in fact contributed quite a bit to hiphop and dance culture, with many of their breaks being sampled literally HUNDREDS of times. In fact, it can be argued that IBB cut the "original breakbeats"! Kinda funny to realize that they were in fact Hollywood-based studio session players, led by producer Michael Viner (responsible for several Sammy Davis, Jr. hits), who came together to record chase music for the Ray Milland/Rosey Grier horror flick "The Thing With Two Heads" - and ended up putting out records now revered the world over by the hiphop/DJ community. Their debut "Bongo Rock" 7" sold over two million copies in 1972; that is, apparently after they pulled the cover that showed how white they were and replaced it with a closeup of racially unidentifiable hands playing bongos. During the course of their career, supposedly such big names as John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, and Glen Campbell all dropped by to play a little.
The band's main bongo player Jim Gordon (who co-wrote "Layla") later went cuckoo and killed his mom, but despite that tragic association, the IBB's music is super fun, and more than a little kitschy, good not only for DJ sampling purposes but also enjoyable groovy listening on its own. The 8 tracks on this reish of their 1973 full-length include both funky originals, and equally bongo-riffic cover versions, like the aforementioned surf classic "Apache", also Iron Butterfly's heavy psych epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", believe it or not (lotsa room for a bongo workout in that one). And who can forget "Duelling Bongos"?
MPEG Stream: "Apache"
MPEG Stream: "Last Bongo In Belgium"
MPEG Stream: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"

album cover MICHEL, NATHAN ABC DEF (Tigerbeat6) cd 13.98
Another member of the Tigerbeat6 family. Whimsical laptop glitchery making use of beeping toy sounds. Not sure what else to say. Nice, cute, catchy and fun.
RealAudio clip: "Pound Louder"

MICHIHIRO, SATO On A Cold, Cold Night (PSF ) cd 22.00
Traditional Japanese Tsugaru-jamisen solo recording, released on Tokyo's neo- psychedelic/jazz/folk label PSF (home to Keiji Haino among others). We don't normally like to quote wholesale from a label's description of their own release, but we totally agree with Alan Cummings' blurb and it couldn't be bettered by us:
"Michihiro Sato is a recognized master of the percussive, hugely exciting Tsugaru-jamisen style that originates in the deep north of Japan. The rough-hewn, freewheeling spirit of the Tsugaru style is perhaps comparable in iconography and individual expression to the Delta blues. Its history is full of blind shamisen-men, wandering forlornly from town to town through desolate winter snows, maybe not selling their souls to Satan but certainly playing till their fingers bleed. Either way, it's about a million and one miles away from the limp, effeminate plucking soundtrack you might be used to from nights at your local sushi emporium. In the West, Sato is best known for his collaborations with John Zorn (one of which, Ganryu Island, was recently reissued on Tzadik), and with the cream of the NY downtown scene on Rodan. In Japan, though, Sato's profile is higher as a master of the traditional repertoire of his instrument, and his improvisational experiments have a lower profile. On this totally solo disk (his previous releases have always featured accompanists). Sato manages to fuse his two obsessions: combining several pieces from the traditional canon with a lengthy improvisation. Sato coolly reigns in the pyrotechnic grandstanding that has won him a clutch of national trophies, substituting a sensitive control and sense of space. It's a breathtaking performance, fully the equal of the verve with which he revitalizes the traditional pieces. Of all the Japanese folk styles, tsugaru-jamisen is the most immediately approachable, and Sato is a contemporary master at the peak of his powers. This disk can only serve to underline his brain-melting prowess. The cover-painting by Baku Ueda is equally transporting."

MICROCOSMOS Pilgrimage (Tzadik) cd 15.98
Vocalist Tenko and turntablist Otomo Yoshihide join forces (their first time as a duo, although they've performed together in Tenko's Dragon Blue group) on this new installment in Tzadik's New Japan series.

album cover MICROPHONES Glow Pt. 2 (K) cd 14.98
Phil Elvrum -- the ever so shy Microphones ringleader who has also appeared in Old Tyme Relijun and D+ -- will probably never be so bold as to express his songs with all of the heartwrenching, off-key scream of a great emo vocalist, although his songs ooze with the post-adolescent grand bummer that is so common in the emo. His quivering voice holds nothing more than a few muttered melodies and a handful of whispered lyrics, yet Elvrum has always delved into baroque, if lo-fi, production tricks to augment what began as the quietest of bedroom indie strumming. While he's nowhere near the songwriter as Jeff Mangum or Bill Smog, his downer indie-rock songs filled with ramshackle rock bursts, early-Stereolab Moog-o-riffic rhythms, liltingly paranoid piano lines, big-muff distortion blasts, and big band horn flourishes sure do make you feel as Neutral Milk and Smog can do.
All of the Microphones albums have a great sound, there is always that little critical voice that wishes he would bring to the production table a set of really great songs. Elvrum is way too talented to waste his production and arrangement abilities on being just an indie-dork. This is a pretty good record, but if he continues to improve his songwriting ability - let this be a prophecy - Elvrum will write the next "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea."
RealAudio clip: "The Glow Pt.2"
RealAudio clip: "Map"

MICROPHONES Glow Pt. 2 (K) 2lp 11.98
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Phil Elvrum -- the ever so shy Microphones ringleader who has also appeared in Old Tyme Relijun and D+ -- will probably never be so bold as to express his songs with all of the heartwrenching, off-key scream of a great emo vocalist, although his songs ooze with the post-adolescent grand bummer that is so common in the emo. His quivering voice holds nothing more than a few muttered melodies and a handful of whispered lyrics, yet Elvrum has always delved into baroque, if lo-fi, production tricks to augment what began as the quietest of bedroom indie strumming. While he's nowhere near the songwriter as Jeff Mangum or Bill Smog, his downer indie-rock songs filled with ramshackle rock bursts, early-Stereolab Moog-o-riffic rhythms, liltingly paranoid piano lines, big-muff distortion blasts, and big band horn flourishes sure do make you feel as Neutral Milk and Smog can do.
All of the Mircrophones albums have a great sound, there is always that little critical voice that wishes he would bring to the production table a set of really great songs. Elvrum is way too talented to waste his production and arrangement abilities on being just an indie-dork. This is a pretty good record, but if he continues to improve his songwriting ability - let this be a prophecy - Elvrum will write the next "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea."

MICROPHONES It Was Hot And We Stayed In The Water (K) cd 13.98
The Microphones are a warm & fuzzy but oddly avant pop band on K. It's as if the band stays up really late at their parents' house, eating lots of sugar & drinking lots of caffeinated soda, listening to Stereolab, This Heat, and early Pavement records, and quietly try to record their own synthesis into a 4-track without waking mom & dad. Inside the tape compression universe of the 4-track, The Microphones beef up their quiet melodic strum with overloaded effects and distortion. Quirky, oogly fun.

album cover MICROPHONES Mount Eerie (K ) cd 14.98
As self-deprecating and painfully shy as Phil Elvrum can be when performing live, his latest release as The Microphones is a monstrously hyperbolic album of artfulness that pushes K Records as close as they will ever come to The Red Krayola or Gastr Del Sol. "Mount Eerie" is an indulgent studio driven album, which may have begun as a psychedelic epic on par with Olivia Tremor Control's "Dusk At Cubist Castle," but has been shattered into a variety of half-completed song fragments which unexpectedly jump, twist, and turn in any number of directions including dense crescendos or lunch-box rock recreations of childrens songs. Elvrum is obviously a very gifted abstractionist of indie-rock strum but is often too elusive in where he wants to take these songs. Despite how vague and convoluted the narratives of "Mount Eerie" are, Elvrum succeeds in directing the album's mood with layers of monochromatic chanting, deep trombones, and huge crashing timpani that give this album a ponderous weight. Mope rock meets art rock.
RealAudio clip: "Universe"

album cover MICROPHONES Song Islands (K) cd 14.98

MICROPHONES Tests (Elsinor) cd 8.98
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Art damaged singer/songwriter psychedelia and knob twiddling that succeeds where the Olivia Tremor Control has recently faltered. Produced by Steve Fisk at Dub Narcotic and released by the Elsinor label, home of Death Cab For Cutie.

MICROPHONES Window (Yo Yo Recordings) cd 14.98
For the third album from the Microphones, "Window" is full of reverb soaked Olympia lunchbox / art rock with a low-key naive take on the Elephant 6 sound. For fans of Beat Happening.

album cover MICROPHONES, THE Live In Japan (K) cd 13.98
This live album starts out promising enough, presenting selected recordings from three scaled down, intimate Microphones' shows (in comparison to his last few cds which have been considerably more grand productions), but swiftly descends into awkward, near-cringe territory. Granted he's playing all new songs which often seem unfamiliar even to him, but without the trippy glorious lo-fi indie pop orchestrations of his recent recordings to compliment and contrast his frail, emotive vocals in the live setting, mainman Phil Elvrum ends up fully exposed. You might recognize the deeeeep voice that pops in to help out as that of Calvin Johnson, but that's only on a few occasions. There's that fine line where deeply heartfelt, unrestrained singing meets off-key yowling-at-the-moon warbling... and that line gets crossed a few times on Live In Japan. Also for some reason "Silent Night" and "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things" make their lyrically revised way into his live repertoire. Why?! We guess it's a case of 'you had to be there' which in this case was Kyoto, Nagoya, and Tokyo. Only for diehard Microphones fans. All others seek out The Glow Pt. 2 for a much better slice of Microphones music.
MPEG Stream: "Thanksgiving"
MPEG Stream: "Silent Night"

MICROSTORIA Init Ding (Thrill Jockey) cd 13.98
(from Forced Exposure's update): "If you've been paying attention at all you know about Oval and their masterful brand of underground electronica as issued by Mille Plateaux -- some of the most shockingly desirable music of the 90s. Microstoria is a due made up of Oval's Markus Popp and Mouse On Mars' Jan St. Werner, and the music they make is beautifully abstract electronic wave manipulation, looped and weirdly grooved for maximum pleasure zone entertainment. If you've never been able to find a handle on contemporary "ambient," here's something to try."

album cover MICROSTORIA Invisible Architecture #3 (Audiosphere) cd 16.98
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Despite the title's implication, Microstoria actually presents the fourth in the "Invisible Architecture" series from Audioglobe, packaged obnoxiously in the oversized 'super jewel cases' alongside the work of Janek Schaefer, the duo of Christian Fennesz & Miko Vainio, and a turntable excursion from Jeck / Tetreault / Yoshihide. The collaboration between Jan St. Werner (Mouse On Mars) and Markus Popp (Oval), Microstoria improvises with purely electronic sound to build tone-bent half melodies and plinky-plonk abstractions. Recorded live at Kaaitheaterstudio in Brussels during the summer of 2000, "Invisible Architecture #3" does not stray far from the successes of their previous albums "SND" or "Model 3,Step 2."
RealAudio clip: "Quit Not Save"

MICROSTORIA Model 3, step 2 (Thrill Jockey) cd 14.98
Microstoria is the collaborative effort between Oval's Markus Popp and Mouse On Mars' Jan St. Werner. While the synthesis of Oval's sterile digital skips and Mouse On Mars' ecstatic techno playfulness seems hard to imagine, Microstoria has pulled it off consistently throughout each of their recordings. "Model 3, Step 2" is the third album for the duo, and highlights an important aspect of the process of musical collaboration. Microstoria, who produce sound through a series of improvisations, has been working together long enough that a signature sound has evolved, that does not simply sound like a bunch of idiots diddling with their Powerbooks! The aesthetic of Microstoria is a mischievous one that is bathed in a warm hum of computer drives and electrical fields. The squeaky details sound almost like one of them is trying to fix a leaky faucet with an old oil stained wrench.

MICROSTORIA Model 3, step 2 (Thrill Jockey) lp 10.98
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Microstoria is the collaborative effort between Oval's Markus Popp and Mouse On Mars' Jan St. Werner. While the synthesis of Oval's sterile digital skips and Mouse On Mars' ecstatic techno playfulness seems hard to imagine, Microstoria has pulled it off consistently throughout each of their recordings. "Model 3, Step 2" is the third album for the duo, and highlights an important aspect of the process of musical collaboration. Microstoria, who produce sound through a series of improvisations, has been working together long enough that a signature sound has evolved, that does not simply sound like a bunch of idiots diddling with their Powerbooks! The aesthetic of Microstoria is a mischievous one that is bathed in a warm hum of computer drives and electrical fields. The squeaky details sound almost like one of them is trying to fix a leaky faucet with an old oil stained wrench.

MICROSTORIA Reprovisers (Thrill Jockey) cd 13.98
Microstoria remix album, compiled from the 12" series. Remixers include Ui, Stereolab (sounding very Stereolab), Japanese noisemaker Violent Onsen Geisha, Oval, Jim O'Rourke (of course), Nicolas Collins, Mouse on Mars, and others.

MICROSTORIA Reprovisers (Thrill Jockey) 12" 7.98
German electro-minimalists get the remix treatment from Stereolab and Oval. Short 12" in a series of 3; the others will feature knob-twiddling by Ui/Mouse on Mars and Jim O'Rourke/Violent Onsen Geisha.

MICROSTORIA snd (Thrill Jockey/Mille Plateaux) cd 13.98
Second album from German duo -- Markus Popp of Oval and Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars.

MICROSTORIA snd (Thrill Jockey/Mille Plateaux) lp 9.98
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Second album from German duo -- Markus Popp of Oval and Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars.

album cover MICROWAVES Contagion Heuristic (Crucial Blast) cd 14.98
In the anti-tradition of whitebread Bay Area thrash metal, the violent morass of New York no wave, and a familiarity with Ralph Records / THE RESIDENTS insanity, Microwaves draws from a palette that is somehow as wide as it seems limited. Spiked skronk-infested guitars spit tonality-impaired riffs like so much chaff from a surgically calibrated tree shredder, while a propulsive fretless bass assault is jammed through all manner of alien effects, often rendering it as more a bowel-rumbling presence than an actual instrument. The percussive cyborg clatter and MICROWAVE's paranoid dual vocal attack serve to further blast MICROWAVES' dystopian thrash into the outer void.
MPEG Stream: "MK"
MPEG Stream: "Song X"

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