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album cover MINUS 5, THE In Rock (Yep Roc) cd 14.98
Lead by Mr. Scott McCaughey the perpetually boyish-voiced king of Seattle pop (also longstanding multi-instrumentalist for REM, and formerly of the fabulous Young Fresh Fellows), The Minus 5 will lift any droopy spirits with their unmistakable trippy, bouyant hooks. This incarnation of the ever-evolving band lineup includes REM's Peter Buck, John Ramberg (of Model Rockets, and guitarist for Neko Case's backing band Her Boyfriends), Bill Rieflin (of Ministry, KMFDM, REM, and Swans to name just a few). The effervescent supporting cast features Chris Ballew (Presidents Of The United States Of America), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie and Postal Service), John Wesley Harding and mad genius Kurt Bloch (Sgt. Major, Pure Joy, ex-Fastbacks, ex-Young Fresh Fellows). If these songs (or at least eight of them) seem familiar, well, it might be because you were one of 1000 who swapped a ten spot for one of the original pressing of In Rock (it was a hush-hush ten-song album released back in 2000 on Book Records) that they sold at their shows at the legendary Seattle venue Crocodile Cafe. They dropped two of the original songs and added four new ones for this edition. A delight!
MPEG Stream: "Dear My Inspiration"
MPEG Stream: "Courage Is The Smallest Bird"

album cover MINUS FIVE, THE s/t (Yep Roc) cd 16.98
This band should need no introduction, but like many of veteran Pacific Northwest pop maestro Scott McCaughey's innumerable musical wings, The Minus Five somehow still lingers in the criminally unsung box. Why, oh why??? Granted, it's not like he's one to trumpet his talents. He just goes about his business of making kickass music with (and for) other folks. An expert pop craftsman, he not only makes his own good music, but also plays a big part in making good music better (case in point, his participation in R.E.M.). But people, come on now, this is McCaughey's seventh Minus Five album! Time to get with the program!! His endearing, perpetually boyish vocals are in top form as are all of the participants' chops. While he'll occasionally delves into mildly gloomy or melancholic sentiments, it's never without a dab of his indelible wit which keep things on their trademark buoyant track. Stellar songwriting, stellar performances, and a stellar cast of beloved familiar faces including a bunch of Wilcos, a Posie, a Decemberist, an R.E.M., a Kelly Hogan, a John Wesley Harding, among many others. What more do you want or need?
MPEG Stream: "My Life As A Creep"
MPEG Stream: "Leftover Life "

album cover MINUS THE BEAR Highly Refined Pirates (Suicide Squeeze) cd 14.98
On their second album, Minus The Bear bestow upon our ears some refreshing waves of emotive, occasionally mathy, indie rock. Prety darn cool. Unfortunately there's a little something that blemishes full enjoyment this album though, and it's the choice of song titles -- lengthy wackiness that has little or nothing to do with the music and more to do with already tired, ironic self- and pop-culture references. Some examples? "Damn Bugs Whacked Him, Johnny", one of a few nods to the movie Starship Troopers, and "Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo". Zzzzz. They really should leave the lengthy song title absurdity to the true masters, San Diego's The Locust (check out their latest album for a fresh batch!). That said, fortunately the music more than overshadows these distractions. It's both engaging and interesting. The album includes two (tidied up?) radio edit versions for those with delicate ears.
MPEG Stream: "Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco Twister"
MPEG Stream: "Let's Play Guitar In A Five Guitar Band"

album cover MINUS THE BEAR They Make Beer Commercials Like This (Arena Rock ) cd 8.98
Okay, we've gotta get one thing out of the way right now... that has got to be one of the worst album titles of all time! Whew, now that that's out of the way...
This is the follow-up to Minus The Bear's Highly Refined Pirates album, a driving, rocking album we quite liked despite the occasional potholes that were their oft too-wacky-wacky irony-laden song titles. HRP was energetic mathy emo boy rock, and we were looking forward to more of the same from this new EP. However, instead it appears they've brought their sound closer to the dancey flavor du jour (The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand, etc) on a bunch of songs. Not necessarily a bad thing if you dig those bands and want more, but quite a surprising (and perhaps dubious) stylistic shift for this particular band.
MPEG Stream: "Fine + 2 Pts"
MPEG Stream: "Dog Park "

MINUTEMEN Double Nickels On The Dime (SST) cd 18.98

album cover MINUTEMEN We Jam Econo (Plexifilm) 2dvd 24.00
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At the risk of getting a huge amount of grief, we have to be honest and admit we were never all that into the Minutemen. Sure we dug the concept. And the energy. And the politics. And they seemed like super cool guys. And of course they were down with all of our favorite bands of that time, Black Flag, Descendents, Husker Du, Minor Threat, Sonic Youth, the whole SST stable. But their sound, at least at the time, was just a little too funky. Watching this movie though, definitely gives us pause, and had us re-evaluating, and it's suddenly so obvious how much those guys owed to groups like P.I.L., the Pop Group and especially Wire, and now, how much they beat the current wave of new wave post punk revivalists to the punch by 20 years.
As a film, though, We Jam Econo is as much about the time and the scene as it is about the band. Amazing interviews with all our punk rock heroes all grown up, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Jack Brewer, Dez Cadena, Nels Cline, Kira Roessler, Lee Ranaldo, Raymond Pettibon, Mike Mills, Thurston Moore, David Markey, J Mascis, John Doe, Jello Biafra, Milo Aukerman, Joe Baiza, Chuck Dukowski, Flea, Grant Hart, Greg Norton, Curt Kirkwood, Colin Newman and loads more. But it's pretty much the Mike Watt show, as he drives around in his old beat up Econoline, pointing out all the punk rock historical landmarks that are now Petco's or condos, as he gives an insane rambling account of the Minutemen's convoluted and endlessly fascinating history. There's some amazing live footage and a cool interview with the whole band, and D. Boon does seem like the coolest nicest guy in the world. And the tragedy of his passing really hits home after living vicariously through those years via this film.
Not sure that we necessarily LOVE the Minutemen now, but we do dig them a bit more, and the movie was awesome, and there are for sure a few songs that stuck, and will have us hunting down some Minutemen discs for sure.
Includes tons of amazing footage, and lots of extras, including videos, a set of acoustic covers performed live, uncut interviews, deleted scenes and more. The second disc includes 62 songs from three live performances, at the Starwood in 1980, at the 9:30 club in 1984 and at the Acoustic Blowout in 1985. Also includes a massive booklet packed with photos, notes from the filmmaker, and liner notes from David Rees who does the killer comic Get Your War On!
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album cover MIR s/t (Savage Land / Wallace / A Tree In A Field) cd 13.98
It's been well over a decade since our ears have been assaulted by a -new- recording from intense Swiss industrial-jazz juggernaut 16-17, though thankfully in recent years there's been a couple crucial reissues via the Savage Land label, including one, of 1994's Gyatso, that we made a Record Of The Week not too long ago, in 2008.
While 16-17 are long gone, now it's almost as if some of their extreme spirit has been reincarnated in the form of this new band, MIR, whose debut compact disc on Savage Land is in fact produced by 16-17 mastermind Alex Buess. MIR, it turns out, is the project of one-time 16-17 drummer Daniel Buess (who is apparently NOT related to Alex, oddly enough) in a trio with two others. Daniel is credited with drums, metal percussions, and electronics, while the other members of MIR play guitar, bass, organ, and synth, lots of synth. Heavily effected electronics and punishing percussive strikes are definitely the two key elements of MIR's all-instrumental "experimental rock music" sound. They traffic in droning noise, isolationist improv, sludge and skree filled soundscapery, and no wavish punk, MIR synthesizing something both avant garde and physically primal.
Among the seven tracks on this not-quite-half-hour album, the most 16-17 sounding one here is probably "Animal Instinct", with the swingin' jackboot precision of its big rhythmic boom-thwap, floor-scraping distorted bass, and dense layers of abstract electronic groan and drone (however there's no sax attack though, which is one way that MIR differs from 16-17). To mention a few other songs, there's also the skittery grooves of "Jimbo", the sinister shimmering drones of "Organ Donor", the uptempo energetic guitar throttling of "Hit", and the sudden attacks and echoed decay of the darkly atmospheric "Terminal Reverb", which sounds like it's part Starfuckers, part Spectre.
Also we could also compare MIR to a mix of Supersilent and Shit & Shine, perhaps... along with, of course, 16-17. Very cool, and best played LOUD, if you dare.
MPEG Stream: "Animal Instinct"
MPEG Stream: "No Parts Inside"
MPEG Stream: "Terminal Reverb"

album cover MIRACLES CLUB, THE A New Love (Mexican Summer) lp 24.00

album cover MIRAG Black Temple Carved In Smoke (Battlecruiser / Celebrate Psi Phenomenon) cd 10.98
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We couldn't keep these in stock way back when these were just little ol' cd-r's, they've been out of print for a while, but have now been repressed and gussied up a bit. It's a REAL cd instead of a cd-r, and the packaging is super swank, metallic silver ink on thick black sleeves. Take a deep breath and dunk your head in this burning pit of black fire...
Another bleak and black slab of experimental drone in metal's clothing, and as always totally fucking great. From Campbell Kneale's (Birchville Cat Motel, Black Boned Angel) experiMETAL Battlecruiser label comes the mysterious Mirag (whom it is suspected might in fact be Matthew Bower of Skullflower, Sunroof!, Total, etc.), whose wash of fuzzed out guitar grrrrrr is as swoonsome as it is brutal, a warm woozy swell of icepicks to the ear, as soothing and hypnotic and droning as it is fierce and furiously fuzzy. Huge churning swaths of mega-distorted guitars, moaning and grinding, rumbling and squealing, wrapped in all shades of grey and black, a desolate industrial fog, whose harsh and oppressive vibe is reminiscent of late eighties, early nineties NYC knuckle dragging thud and pound: Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, Unsane. But the sound itself has more in common with Total and Burning Star Core and Hototogisu and that sort of warm soft noise, huge walls of slow shifting vacuum cleaner guitar, thick and pulsing, nearly static, with occasional flares of melted melodies that are swallowed up almost as soon as they appear.
MPEG Stream: "One"
MPEG Stream: "Two"

album cover MIRAG Black Temple Carved In Smoke (Battlecruiser / Celebrate Psi Phenomenon) cd-r 11.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another bleak and black slab of experimental drone in metal's clothing, and as always totally fucking great. From Campbell Kneale's (Birchville Cat Motel, Black Boned Angel) experiMETAL Battlecrusier label comes the mysterious Mirag (whom it is suspected might in fact be Matthew Bower of Skullflower, Sunroof!, Total, etc.), whose wash of fuzzed out guitar grrrrrr is as swoonsome as it is brutal, a warm woozy swell of icepicks to the ear, as soothing and hypnotic and droning as it is fierce and furiously fuzzy. Huge churning swaths of mega-distorted guitars, moaning and grinding, rumbling and squealing, wrapped in all shades of grey and black, a desolate industrial fog, whose harsh and oppressive vibe is reminiscent of late eighties, early nineties NYC knuckle dragging thud and pound: Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, Unsane. But the sound itself has more in common with Total and Burning Star Core and Hototogisu and that sort of warm soft noise, huge walls of slow shifting vaccum cleaner guitar, thick and pulsing, nearly static, with occasional flares of melted melodies that are swallowed up almost as soon as they appear.
SUPER LIMITED AS ALWAYS!! NOT SURE WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET MORE WHEN THESE ARE GONE!
MPEG Stream: "One"
MPEG Stream: "Two"

album cover MIRAH (A)spera (K) cd 14.98
Yeay! This record is most definitely Mirah's best release since her brilliant sophomore outing Advisory Committee. While some artists would be better off by employing a less is more philosophy, when it comes to Mirah we think she shines brightest when it's more more more. More lush arrangements, more movements within a song, more experimentation with instrumentation and electronics. Of course she does sound just fine all spare and stripped down, but it's when she gets ambitious and shoots for the stars that her real magic takes form. And with (A)spera that magic is glowing brightly. The opening track "Generosity" might be her most pleasing single since the infectious "Cold Cold Water" and the entire album has a sureness of vision that resonates from start to finish. While we could see this being the kind of record that wins her a new set of fans, it should still very much please those who fell in love with Mirah way back when. Taking inspiration from folkies, twee popsters and indie rock, as well as wide-eyed dreamers (imagine Lois merging musical minds with Bjork and Lisa Germano) Mirah has carved out a sound that is truly her own!
MPEG Stream: "Generosity"
MPEG Stream: "Shells"

album cover MIRAH (A)spera (K) lp 17.98
Yeay! This record is most definitely Mirah's best release since her brilliant sophomore outing Advisory Committee. While some artists would be better off by employing a less is more philosophy, when it comes to Mirah we think she shines brightest when it's more more more. More lush arrangements, more movements within a song, more experimentation with instrumentation and electronics. Of course she does sound just fine all spare and stripped down, but it's when she gets ambitious and shoots for the stars that her real magic takes form. And with (A)spera that magic is glowing brightly. The opening track "Generosity" might be her most pleasing single since the infectious "Cold Cold Water" and the entire album has a sureness of vision that resonates from start to finish. While we could see this being the kind of record that wins her a new set of fans, it should still very much please those who fell in love with Mirah way back when. Taking inspiration from folkies, twee popsters and indie rock, as well as wide-eyed dreamers (imagine Lois merging musical minds with Bjork and Lisa Germano) Mirah has carved out a sound that is truly her own!
MPEG Stream: "Generosity"
MPEG Stream: "Shells"

album cover MIRAH Advisory Committee (K) cd 14.98
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An ambitious sophomore album from Ms Mirah. Thirteen songs that expand on the recent "Cold Cold Water" ep and follow her impressive debut "You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This". At times lonely and sorrowful, at others uplifting and empowering, the music has a predominantly old west, folkish feel, but is definitely not country, often it's much more of an indie Morricone sound. Not to be kept pinned down, Mirah follows her muse wherever it may lead her - traversing much musical ground, be it chamber music or a cabaret-ish mode or music box melodies or pulsing casio programmed beats or straight-up indie pop. Building and bounding slowly like a tumbleweed, kicking up a small cloud of dust each time it brushes the earth. And you'll find you too are swept up into her world - her songwriting and performance capturing a sense of both immediacy and intimacy. Her voice slipping effortlessly from shy, frail whisper to mournful wail, sort of like Helium before Mary Timony was whisked away to the land of wizards and castles. Once again she's joined by fellow indie pop adventurer The Microphones' Phil Elvrum. Very recommended.
RealAudio clip: "Cold Cold Water"
RealAudio clip: "The Garden"

MIRAH Advisory Committee (K) lp 10.98
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An ambitious sophomore album from Ms Mirah. Thirteen songs that expand on the recent "Cold Cold Water" ep and follow her impressive debut "You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This". At times lonely and sorrowful, at others uplifting and empowering, the music has a predominantly old west, folkish feel, but is definitely not country, often it's much more of an indie Morricone sound. Not to be kept pinned down, Mirah follows her muse wherever it may lead her - traversing much musical ground, be it chamber music or a cabaret-ish mode or music box melodies or pulsing casio programmed beats or straight-up indie pop. Building and bounding slowly like a tumbleweed, kicking up a small cloud of dust each time it brushes the earth. And you'll find you too are swept up into her world - her songwriting and performance capturing a sense of both immediacy and intimacy. Her voice slipping effortlessly from shy, frail whisper to mournful wail, sort of like Helium before Mary Timony was whisked away to the land of wizards and castles. Once again she's joined by fellow indie pop adventurer The Microphones' Phil Elvrum. Very recommended.
RealAudio clip: "Cold Cold Water"
RealAudio clip: "The Garden"

album cover MIRAH C'mon Miracle (K) cd 14.98
Ahoy kids! We've got a Mirah double whammy! It's mighty clear she's been keeping herself knee-deep in music with not only this solo album but also her collaborative efforts with her Black Mountain Project partner Ginger Brooks Takahashi and the Black Cat Orchestra on the Yoyo Records album called To All We Stretch The Open Arm (to be reviewed next time).
On each of her releases, Mirah has consistently (and seemingly effortlessly) crafted wonderful earthy storytellin' pop songs. Yet, on this brand new album she seems even more confident. Her songs are more composed and less ramshackle folksy -- branching out stylistically and expressively with a little more sass in her singing too. There's some absolute homespun beauties here. For instance, the second to last song "Promise" is a spartan, deeply moving piano and voice number. Imaginative indie pop of another time, this would probably sound amazing and not at all out of place coming out all of an old Victrola. Lilting and lovely!
MPEG Stream: "Promise"
MPEG Stream: "(Exactly Where Were From)"

MIRAH Cold Cold Water (K) cd 10.98
Mirah's contribution to K Records' long-running International Pop Underground Series is a glimpse at what would become a grand cowboy folk-inflected affair... her second full length just-released album "Advisory Committee". It contains twelve tracks in all, four of them actual songs including two versions of the album's lead-off track "Cold Cold Water", two other alternate versions of album songs plus eight additional "excerpts". She writes in cursive, moving tales of tragedy and heartbreak. One part Bjork's swooping, soaring vocals, one part Mary Timony's white knights and chariots (well, in Mirah's case, let's make 'em bandits and covered wagons), one part Juliana Hatfield/Frente/That Dog childlike voice. Mash all this together and you'll get something close to Mirah, but she's definitely walking her own dusty trail. With Phil Elvrum of the Microphones. Recorded by Calvin Johnson.
RealAudio clip: "Make It Hot"

MIRAH Cold Cold Water (K) 7" 4.50
Mirah's contribution to K Records' long-running International Pop Underground Series is a glimpse at what would become a grand cowboy folk-inflected affair... her second full length just-released album "Advisory Committee". She writes in cursive, moving tales of tragedy and heartbreak. One part Bjork's swooping, soaring vocals, one part Mary Timony's white knights and chariots (well, in Mirah's case, let's make 'em bandits and covered wagons), one part Juliana Hatfield/Frente/That Dog childlike voice. Mash all this together and you'll get something close to Mirah, but she's definitely walking her own dusty trail. With Phil Elvrum of the Microphones. Recorded by Calvin Johnson.
RealAudio clip: "Make It Hot"

album cover MIRAH Don't / The Tears That Fall (Mississippi) 7" 8.98
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Taking a break from obscure reissues, lost world music artifacts, and unearthed country and folk and blues treasures, Mississippi looks to long time aQ fave Mirah for a brief two song blast of fuzzy, horn flecked reverby sixties girl group sounds. Yep, not what we usually expect from Mirah, but we're loving it. The first clue is the cover photo, which features Mirah in fishnets and knee high boots on an old motorcycle in a grafitti'd alley, and once inside, that's exactly what it sounds like, warm washed out old school 'Leader Of The Pack' style jangle and croon, shuffling rhythms, loads of delay and reverb, soulful horns, plenty of back ground "oooooh's and 'aaaaah's, total Lesley Gore, Supremes worship.
The flipside is another soulful groover, this one more sultry, a woozy sexy after hours sixties soul ballad, Mirah's voice lush and smoky, the horns warm and languid, all wrapped around an irresistible main melody, at once total old school, but somehow re-envisioned as a modern bit of retro garage groove, so good.

album cover MIRAH Joyride Mixes (K Records) cd 14.98
Remix albums are always a big risk. Especially with Non electronic artists. Often the results can be more of a mess than anything else. We were kind of curious, cautiously so, to see how the gentle yet powerful voice and music of Mirah would fare in remixed form. Luckily the results are actually really nice. Joyride Mixes features delicate handlings of Mirah's well crafted songs by folks like Tender Forever, Microphones, Yacht, Anna Oxygen, Guy Sigsworth as well as a bunch of less familiar names. Which is actually one of the reasons this comp is so cool, instead of calling on the usual big name remixers things were kept a little intimate with friends who would more likely be familiar with the essence of her music. If you ever imagined what it might sound like if Mirah did a one-off on Morr Music with Lali Puna at her side this comes pretty close. For folks who have never encountered Mirah in the past, but hold records like Bjork's Vespertine and Feist's Let It Die in high regard, it might be wise to jump on this joyride, and longtime Mirah fans will also be aboard, windows down, heads out the window, soaking up more of Mirah's adventurous adventure sounds!
MPEG Stream: "Apples In The Trees (Pash Remix)"
MPEG Stream: "Jerusalem (Yacht Remix)"
MPEG Stream: "Don't Die In Me (Mt. Eerie Remix)"
MPEG Stream: "We're Both So Sorry (Screamclub Remix)"

album cover MIRAH The Old Days Of Feeling (Modern Radio Record Label) cd 11.98
While folks like Teegan & Sara and Feist have used a similar yet much more slick aesthetic to achieve big success and relative fame, our hearts will always be with Mirah when it comes to interesting, introspective and bittersweet indie pop/folk. The Old Days Of Feeling compiles lots of hard to find tracks from cassettes, 7"s and other releases as well as a handful of unreleased tracks. Kimya Dawson might have been the lucky one to get the call from Juno filmmakers and become the latest former underground lo-fi rocker to hit the bigtime, but it could have just as easily been Mirah getting that call as her songs are just as honest, endearing, and heart wrenching. With lots of these songs recorded on 4-track with bare bones production it's a great reminder of how strong the core of Mirah's songwriting really is and how her charisma shines whether with an orchestra by her side or alone in her bedroom.
MPEG Stream: "The Place"
MPEG Stream: "Heat Gets Hotter"
MPEG Stream: "Get It?"

MIRAH You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This (K) cd 14.98
Super sweet pop from the Pacific Northwest, just like you'd expect from K Records. The female singer with the crystal clear voice sounds just like the Nina Persson of the Cardigans. Very pretty!

album cover MIRAH & GINGER Songs From the Black Mountain Project (K) cd 14.98
This album compiles the bountiful fruits of Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn and Ginger Brooks Takahashi's month-long musical stay at a friend's grandmother's home in the small town of Black Mountain, NC. If you enjoyed Mirah's last album, the adventurous indie epic Advisory Commitee, you'll surely take a shine to this home-spun delight. The plucking of a ukelele echoes the plink plonk of raindrops in a washtub. The scrape of a bow across a cello's strings chirps like a cricket's evening song. And the area's natural ambience found its way onto the recordings too - the welcome sound of cicadas and birds crept in around Mirah, Ginger and their friends' keyboards, drums, guitars and voices. Ah, the voices! They ring so strong and clear even when the women are singing ever so softly. As with most everything Ms Mirah lends her hand to, this is a glorious and empowering project. Proceeds from this album are going to The Pentridge Children's Garden (a community garden for children in Philadelphia cared for by volunteers) and the Rock'n'Roll Camp For Girls (it's exactly that! ... a music and art day camp in Portland, OR for girls age 8-18).
MPEG Stream: "Rock Of Ages"
MPEG Stream: "Oh! September"

album cover MIRAH & SPECTRATONE Share This Place (K) lp 13.98
Now on LP... Oh how we love Mirah and her dreamy acoustic indie pop! Her recordings are always such a joy -- imbued with a comforting warmth, the feeling of a close knit yet welcoming indie pop community. On Share This Place, Mirah's unmistakable ageless voice has never sounded sweeter as she harmonizes angelically with herself. She clearly works well on her own as well as in collaboration with others. You might recall the recordings that she's done with other likeminded indie folksies such as Ginger and The Black Cat Orchestra. This time she is joined by Spectratone International who are actually a new incarnation of The Black Cat Orchestra. These lovely insect-themed recordings were originally intended to be accompaniment for a collection of filmmaker Britta Johnson's animated works. We can't comment on the films 'cause we haven't had a chance to see them yet, but we can definitely recommend the music! Hushed and gently winding.
MPEG Stream: "Following The Sun"
MPEG Stream: "Love Song Of The Fly"

album cover MIRAH AND SPECTRATONE INTERNATIONAL Share This Place (K) cd 14.98
Oh how we love Mirah and her dreamy acoustic indie pop! Her recordings are always such a joy -- imbued with a comforting warmth, the feeling of a close knit yet welcoming indie pop community. On Share This Place, Mirah's unmistakable ageless voice has never sounded sweeter as she harmonizes angelically with herself. She clearly works well on her own as well as in collaboration with others. You might recall the recordings that she's done with other likeminded indie folksies such as Ginger and The Black Cat Orchestra. This time she is joined by Spectratone International who are actually a new incarnation of The Black Cat Orchestra. These lovely insect-themed recordings were originally intended to be accompaniment for a collection of filmmaker Britta Johnson's animated works. We can't comment on the films 'cause we haven't had a chance to see them yet, but we can definitely recommend the music! Hushed and gently winding.
MPEG Stream: "Following The Sun"
MPEG Stream: "Love Song Of The Fly"

album cover MIRAH WITH THE BLACK CAT ORCHESTRA To All We Stretch The Open Arm (Yoyo) cd 14.98
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Ahoy kids! We've got a Mirah double whammy! It's mighty clear she's been keeping herself knee-deep in music with not only this her collaborative albums with her Black Mountain Project partner Ginger Brooks Takahashi and here with the Black Cat Orchestra, but also her C'mon Miracle solo album (reviewed last list). This woman eats, sleeps, dreams and breathes music.
To All We Stretch The Open Arm is a particularly potent and moving collaboration in that as the folks at YoYo Records describe it "(the songs) were chosen, arranged, and performed... because these times call for such songs. These songs come from places and decades that have seen dissent, passion, and revolution... Simply, this is an album of what would have once been called protest songs."
It wonderfully displays her broad scope of style and delivery. Dramatic and dynamic yet very sensitive and down to earth, Mirah flits and flirts with haunting folk, jaunty old style musicals, and slinky cabaret -- singing in Spanish, Italian and English. For those familiar with her last few of releases, it's no surprise that she does so with ample impressive flair. Seattle's Black Cat Orchestra keep perfect step right along with her for the length of this album. This collection features their versions of songs originally by such artists as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Kurt Weill, as well as her own song "Monument" from her fine last album Advisory Committee. When asked for a Mirah cd preference, we'd definitely lean more towards her most recent three (Advisory Committee, C'mon Miracle and this one), but we'd be hard-pressed to choose just one 'cause they're each quite special unto themselves. Nonetheless, recommended!"
MPEG Stream: "The Light"
MPEG Stream: "Bella Ciao"

album cover MIRI Okkar (Kimi) cd 16.98
Surveys show that, like, 25 percent of Icelanders believe in elves. And we're pretty sure the other 75 percent fervently believe in post-rock. Actually, there's probably a lot of overlap there... Here's the first album from Miri, "four guys from the remote east fjords of Iceland" who play a mostly instrumental form of indie pop post-rock, with a knack for pretty melodies amidst their moody mathiness. What we weren't expecting - and what immediately grabbed us - was how the very first track is chock full of dubby attacks, everything suddenly all awesomely echo-effected out. Love that!!
Other interesting production twists exist throughout the album, courtesy of Icelandic electronica artist Curver, who similarly also added a lot of cool glitch to a disc we liked long long ago by metalcore act Minus. And in addition to the electronic studio trickery of Curver, this is graced by guest musicians, among 'em members of Mum and Benni Hemm Hemm, who expand the group's instrumentation to include harmonica, vibraphone, flute, and marimba. Also, we noticed Brooklyn's Scotty Hard (of WordSound fame) namechecked in the credits, we don't know what he had to do with this exactly (since we're not fluent in Icelandic) but were were surprised to see him there, or maybe not, what with that aforementioned dubbiness!!
Sometimes noisy yet sunshiney, mildly mathy yet melodic, often calming but also rhythmically compelling (do Icelandic elves dance to stuff like this?), Miri's Okkar is definitely a contender for post-rock record of the month. Heck, let's declare it post-rock album of the winter (it's not even winter yet, but they're from Iceland so it's appropriate... plus this will keep us warm then, with its bright, mesmeric grooves).
MPEG Stream: "Goda Konan"
MPEG Stream: "Draugar"
MPEG Stream: "Drekar"

MIRKWOOD s/t (Machu Picchu) lp 22.00

MIRRA, HELEN Field Geometry (Explain) cd 13.98
For those who remember the Suck.com parody of the descriptions found on Aquarius Records' tags, Suck.com had rewritten our description of a Helen Mirra 10" to read "Lush, enigmatic, forgiving, like a less neurotic Cat Power." Actually that description aptly pegged that Helen Mirra record (which we didn't really like all that much) way better than we did originally. However, it doesn't really apply to Mirra's first CD "Field Geometry" - which is a minimalist Americana meditation sounding a lot like a super slowed down John Fahey backed by the constant rustle of a seamstress weaving. Spartanly beautiful and mysteriously evolving. Completely recommended.

MIRROR Cassia Fistula (Idea) 7" 6.50
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Both Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann of the the drone-improv outfit Mirror had been commissioned to remix elements from Brandon Walls' "Cassia Fistula" album. In spite of the fact that the source album was a dud, this limited edition 7" is quite good, with delicate feedback modulations and thick drones culled from analogue synthesis, ending up a bit more electronic than any of the Mirror albums. The packaging -- just a generic 7" sleeve -- leaves much to be desired though.

album cover MIRROR Die Spiegelmanufaktur (Die Stadt) cd 24.00
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Previously released as a super limited edition picture disc, "Die Spiegelmanufaktur" has now been re-issued on CD!
This installment from the prolific Mirror catalogue finds Mirror's core protagonists Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heeman working with avant-rock darling Jim O'Rourke, who has kept himself busy by joining Sonic Youth. His presence will certainly bring this understated drone project to a bigger audience, and hopefully more attention to the reclusive, yet brilliant Chalk, whose solo work as well as his work with Organum, Ora, and Jonathan Coleclough remain all-time favorites here at Aquarius. The recordings found here were culled from a Mirror performance at the Lagerhaus in Bremen, Germany just a few months back in April 2002. The instrumentation appears to be organ, drone guitar, bowed metal, and some unidentified resonant clatter hovering at the event horizon much like the miniature sounds that Keith Rowe has produced for the recent AMM recordings. Through the glassine drone tricks that Chalk and Heeman have perfected in previous Mirror recordings, all of these sounds seamlessly meld into a tranquil piece of evocative ambience. Sporadically, a tremolo flutter emerges, probably indicative of some laptop trickery from O'Rourke. Do not fear, O'Rourke has left his Max / MSP patches turned off and thoughtfully ensured that his contribution was complementary to the Mirror sound. "Die Spiegelmanufaktur" is the least ominous Mirror recording, conjuring images of the colorful spectacle of calm sunrises, but fortunately, Mirror veer far from the artistic suicide of New Age drivel. This is another beautiful recording by Mirror.
MPEG Stream: "Die Spiegelmanufaktur 1"
MPEG Stream: "Die Spiegelmanufaktur 3"

MIRROR Die Spiegelmanufaktur (Die Stadt) lp 24.00
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This installment from the prolific Mirror catalogue finds Mirror's core protagonists Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heeman working with the avant-rock darling Jim O'Rourke, who has kept himself busy by joining Sonic Youth. His presence will certainly bring this understated drone project to a bigger audience, and hopefully more attention to the reclusive, yet brilliant Chalk, whose solo work as well as his work with Organum, Ora, and Jonathan Coleclough remain all-time favorites here at Aquarius. The recordings found here were culled from a Mirror performance at the Lagerhaus in Bremen, Germany just a few months back in April 2002. The instrumentation appears to be organ, drone guitar, bowed metal, and some unidentified resonant clatter hovering at the event horizon much like the miniature sounds that Keith Rowe has produced for the recent AMM recordings. Through the glassine drone tricks that Chalk and Heeman have perfected in previous Mirror recordings, all of these sounds seamlessly meld into a tranquil piece of evocative ambience. Sporadically, a tremolo flutter emerges, probably indicative of some laptop trickery from O'Rourke. Do not fear, O'Rourke has left his Max / MSP patches turned off and thoughtfully ensured that his contribution was complementary to the Mirror sound. "Die Spiegelmanufaktur" is the least ominous Mirror recording, conjuring images of the colorful spectacle of calm sunrises, but fortunately, Mirror veer far from the artistic suicide of New Age drivel. This is another beautiful recording by Mirror.
While in a few months a slightly different mix of this performance will be published on CD, "Die Spiegelmanufaktur" is now available as a picture disc feature Chalk's artwork and is strictly limited to 400 copies!
RealAudio clip: "Die Spiegelmanufaktur (excerpt 1)"
RealAudio clip: "Die Spiegelmanufaktur (excerpt 2)"

album cover MIRROR Eye of the Storm (Streamline) cd 14.98
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Of all of the Mirror records that have come out over the past three or four years, "Eye Of The Storm" has so far been the cream of the crop for the impressionistic drone duo of Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann. Originally released as an incredibly limited and incredibly expensive lp (even by Mirror standards) complete with an individually printed etching smeared with watercolors, "Eye Of The Storm" has thankfully been reissued on CD by Heemann's Streamline label, although with much more economical packaging. The sounds on this album immediately manifest a sublime sense of calm and tranquility, underpinned by subtly unnerving, haunting evocations that keep this album far from the realm of New Age drivel. Environmental sounds of wind, surf, and maybe even distant highways comprise the bulk of the source material, although Chalk and Heemann have multi-tracked and down-pitched these elements as to blur all of the edges and muffle the references. The duo couples these environmental passages with a quiet and slow chorus of bells, gongs, and singing bowls which flutter and quiver with an elegantly restrainted use of electronics. Perhaps because of the source material in question, "Eye Of The Storm" sparks a physicality of meteorological phenomenon, especially the cold & humid foggy air of a sleepy coastal town, yet it is eerily unwelcoming. Absolutely one of my (Jim's) favorite records of all time.
RealAudio clip: "Eye of the Storm"

MIRROR Front Row Centre (Die Stadt) lp 17.98
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The breathtakingly beautiful collaborations between Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann as Mirror have resulted in three superb deep listening / tonal drift records in a little under a year, with "Eye of The Storm" for Streamline, "Ringstones" for Some Fine Legacy, and this for Die Stadt. While their production techniques revolve around blurring the sonic edges of arcane source material (highway field recordings, bowed metals, and tape machine backmasking), Mirror allows more of the source material to speak on its own with extended notes from orchestral warm-ups. They have layered hazy passages for lengthy french horns, warm strings, and a handful of their own mysterious drones within a slow building composition. If you've fallen for Chalk's work in the past, this album will certainly impress you also. Stunning work.

MIRROR I Paint For Love Of Color (Idea) lp 22.00
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In November 2000, Mirror travelled to the US for a handful of shows in Austin, Chicago, and maybe a few other places in between (unfortunately not San Francisco). While cd-r bootlegs of those shows have been circulating, "I Paint For Love Of Color" is the second official documentation of that US tour, the first being the "Island" 2LP on Die Stadt. Mirror, of course, is the dronological outfit featuring Andrew Chalk, Christoph Heemann, and Andreas Martin, and has been releasing their work in a steady stream of very limited, vinyl only pressings. "I Paint For Love Of Color" was recorded in Ceremony Hall in Austin, and finds the trio creating another beautiful drift of guilded guitar drones that slide from delicate, elemental tones into eerie field recordings of distant alien screeches and thickly reverberated clamor. In contrast to the other Mirror albums, this is a bit more noisy, but doesn't stray too far from that amazing Mirror sound. Limited to only 800 copies, which will probably be gone before you blink.

MIRROR Islands (Die Stadt) 2lp 17.98
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With a pressing of 1000 copies, Mirror's "Islands" may stay in print a little bit longer than all of the previous outings from this magnificent drone ensemble. Beginning as a duo of hermetic Andrew Chalk and part-time Nurse With Wound collaborator Christoph Heemann, Mirror has officially expanded into a trio with the addition of Andreas Martin -- Heemann's former partner in the cinematically Dadaist collage outfit HNAS. While all of the Chalk / Heemann outings as Mirror are totally breathtaking, the first outing for this Mirror trio was the shakey "Nightwalkers" album, which was dominated by perfunctorily isolationist washes of e-bowed guitars.
"Islands" finds Mirror returning to the guitar with much more successful results. Sprawling across four sides of translucent blue vinyl, "Islands" seemlessly melts both studio sessions and live recordings from a series of recent shows in Austin, Texas. Like all of Mirror's albums, "Islands" appears as a fragment of a much larger composition which extends well beyond the temporal constraints of any given media. Complex ever shifting drones and mercurial tonalities belie the instrumentation being solely guitars, as field recordings of rainstorms and shadowy metallic striations emerge within Mirror's thick ambient wash. Of course, it's recommended. But don't expect this to last, despite the larger pressing.

album cover MIRROR Nightwalkers (Robot) cd 15.98
Back in 2003, Streamline reissued the first Mirror record Eye Of The Storm on cd; and now Robot has seen fit to reissue another early Mirror record Nightwalkers. Originally released back in 2000, Nightwalkers found Mirror's core duo of Christoph Heemann and Andrew Chalk working with Andreas Martin, who had previously collaborated with Heemann in producing the crushed-velvet prog / ambience of Mimir. Martin's presence on this album definitely changes Mirror's awe-inspiring dronescapes built from manipulated field recordings and sustained tonalities; first of all there are clusters of drum machine rhythms which interrupt the tranquil beauty of the signature Chalk / Heeman minimalism, and elsewhere, Martin brings a wholly unmysterious e-bow guitar sound to Mirror as well. This has never been our favorite Mirror record, but even the weakest Mirror record is still pretty darn good in the greater scheme of things.
MPEG Stream: "Nightwalkers 2"
MPEG Stream: "Nightwalkers 4"

MIRROR Nightwalkers (Robot Records) lp 17.98
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Mirror, the collaborative effort between Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann, has already produced four albums this year of gorgeous drone mystery. Here the duo has been joined by Andreas Martin (who with Heemann made up the dada collage outfit HNAS in the '80s). I was never a big fan of HNAS, so even the collaboration of someone as awe-inspiring as Chalk with Heemann made me nervous. While all of Mirror's preceding albums are some of the best drone records to pass through Aquarius, "Nightwalkers" is not as exciting as one would hope. Perhaps we should blame the new kid in Mirror, as Andreas Martin brought a wholly unmysterious eBow guitar sound and intrusive drum machine clatter to the otherwise alien dronology of the group. Certainly for Andrew Chalk completists (like Jim) only.

MIRROR Ringstones (Some Fine Legacy) lp 16.98
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Mirror is the collaborative work of Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann (whose production talent has recently been employed by Nurse With Wound). Through the gradual introduction of delicate hazy drones which provide little external references, Mirror's audio alchemy is apt to delude the listener about the length of these two beautiful and hypnotic recordings. We had thought that this might be the more affordable version of the first Mirror album (which ran around $55.00 due to the individually printed etchings as on the artwork), but it's an entirely new album. As with each Andrew Chalk release that has presented itself to us, this is highly recommended!

album cover MIRROR Solaris (Idea) cd 16.98
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Finally! The first CD release from Mirror, the AQ-favorite duo of Andrew Chalk and Christoph Heemann (nope, no Jim O'Rourke or Andreas Martin on this album) whose previous recordings had been all been vinyl only releases! As was hinted in their last album "Die Spiegelmanufaktur," Mirror express themselves on "Solaris" less through the quest for the drone supreme of unidentifiable tonal fluctuations and more through the delicate interplay of slowly evolving improvisations sounding not unlike recent AMM swimming in the murk of drainage-ditch reverberation. Similarly, the instrumentation has shifted more towards the free-improv territory, centered around prepared piano and clarinet with plenty of drone processing. Neither instrument come across as being typically employed, as the woodwind emits breathy rushes of sound at times and at others haunted bleats resonating like Tibetan thigh-bone horns that had been so prevalent with the early Current 93 and Lustmord recordings. Slightly more conventional in its use, the prepared piano comes across as delicate plucks of the piano's strings and muffled clusters of notes hovering throughout the spatial plane. Nicely done.
RealAudio clip: "Solaris (excerpt 1)"
RealAudio clip: "Solaris (excerpt 2)"
RealAudio clip: "Solaris (excerpt 3)"

album cover MIRROR Still Valley (Die Stadt) cd 24.00
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Earlier this year, Christoph Heemann and Andrew Chalk parted ways, effectively ending the steady stream of objet d'arts / impressionist soundscapes the two produced as Mirror. Still Valley is one of the final Mirror documents, which found Heemann and Chalk working with occasional member Jim O'Rourke. It was orginally released on vinyl earlier in 2005, but like all of the Mirror LPs, Still Valley quickly went out of print and is probably fetching very high prices on eBay. Now that it has received a proper CD reissue, Still Valley features a lengthy bonus track to make it well worth the investment for those who got the LP to also get the CD. In comparing Still Valley to recent post-Mirror output by Andrew Chalk, it appears that Still Valley is more closely aligned to his aesthetic than of those by either Heeman or O'Rourke. As on his breathtaking Sumac collaboration with Jonathan Coleclough and the flawless The River That Flows Into The Sand, Chalk's whispered minimalism exhibits the ability to stop time; and Mirror does just that in this aural mirage of tonefloat shimmer, delicate whistlings, and reverse-engineered drones. Limited to 1000 copies, which may translate to this sticking around for a little bit longer; but that does not change the fact that Still Valley is absolutely gorgeous.
MPEG Stream: "Still Valley 1"
MPEG Stream: "Still Valley 2"

album cover MIRROR Still Valley (Die Stadt) lp 27.00
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Except in unabashedly biased reviews from this store, Christoph Heeman continues to get the bulk of the credit for the successes of Mirror; but again, we must reiterate that Mirror is a collaboration with Andrew Chalk. His sustained bowing drones have previously been heard in his work with Jonathan Coleclough on Sumac, some of the more tranquil compositions by Organum, and a few hard-to-find solo albums; and his aesthetic of a whispered minimalism that has the ability to stop time is front and center on Still Valley, even though occasional Mirror-man Jim O'Rourke contributes to this LP only release. There's actually very little to talk about, as backwards masked drones (from what may be long-stringed instruments, bowed cymbals, or even just guitars) linger along the horizon like a mirage, flickering with a formless consistency. Absolutely gorgeous.

album cover MIRROR Viking Burial for a French Car (Plinkity Plonk) cd 19.98
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It may seem like a curious title for Mirror, who are best known for simple if anthropomorphic allusions in their titles rather than something more fitting for the Icelandic absurdists Stilluppsteypa; yet one cannot forget that Mirror's Christoph Heemann began his musical career in the Nurse With Wound obsessed ensemble Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa, which translates as Moose Without A Sofa. That is not to say that Viking Burial for a French Car recalls the surrealistic meandering of HNAS, rather it sounds much like all of the other Mirror recordings -- tranquil, somber, and hypnotic dronescapes that hover like a wintery fog. With the inclusion of a few Scotsmen (David Keenan, Alex Neilson, and Gavin Laird) alongside Andrew Chalk and Heemann, the Mirror sound is altered a little bit. At first, Mirror unveils a sonorous tone of what could be a thousand car horns bleating into a canyon. This undulating mass of sound gradually gives way a post-AMM / Organum clamour of drum kit improv tumbling and textural growling, before dissolving back to the introductory funereal timbers that drift onward to oblivion.
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 01"
MPEG Stream: "Excerpt 02"

MIRROR Visiting Star (Three Poplars) lp 39.00
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During the last year, Mirror has quietly released 6 albums - several of them incredibly limited art editions, wrapped in etchings, hand drawings, or monoprints. "Visiting Star" is one of those art editions (hence the price) with a lengthy strip of delicate paper hand patinaed with coppers, blues, and silvers and then wrapped around a standard black album cover. The color choice is one that matches the overall tonal quality that Mirror has been mastering during their brief but incredibly prolific career. Once simply the duo of AQ-favorite Andrew Chalk and recent Nurse With Wound collaborator Christoph Heemann, Mirror has recently expanded its membership to include Andreas Martin (who worked with Heemann in the '80s dadaist collage ensemble H.N.A.S.). While the first document of the new Mirror lineup faltered a bit, Mirror has returned to form with 'Visiting Star' -- mostly by recognizing that what Mirror does best is allow for Chalk's aesthetic of reflective metallic tones to float through space with all of their sublime glory intact. Here, Mirror's working process reveals itself a bit more, as eBowed guitars drift lazily alongside gently bowed gongs and bells. Absolute beauty.

MIRROR TO MIRROR A Personal Reality (Arbor) cassette 5.98
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album cover MIRRORRING Foreign Body (Kranky) cd 14.98
Finally a Grouper related release that we can actually list and not fear that it will go out of print in two minutes (knock on wood!!).
Mirroring is the collaborative duo of Liz Harris (Grouper) and Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers), and this crushworthy duo deliver all the dark and smoldering sonic goods that one would expect from such a dream team. At first listen, one might assume this to be a split release rather than a collaboraton, as the opening track, "Fell Sound" begins in distinct Grouper territory with a muddy slow motion haze and Harris's barely there singing low in the mix. The next song, "Silent From Above" has a more dark folk vibe with acoustic guitar and Fortino's more emotive voice making itself present. But as things progress, the distinctive aspects of each player begin to meld, shift and play off of each other. Harris is given room to come out of her shell a bit more, and Fortino shows more restraint. After awhile, it becomes unclear just who is doing what, but the sound itself is darkly lyrical and contemplative and beautifully mesmerizing.
Hmm, now what did we say above about it going out of print? 'Cause there's an lp version of this too, but we were shorted, hopefully we'll get more next week...
MPEG Stream: "Fell Sound"
MPEG Stream: "Mine"
MPEG Stream: "Cliffs"

album cover MIRRORRING Foreign Body (Kranky) lp 14.98
Now here on vinyl too!!!
Finally a Grouper related release that we can actually list and not fear that it will go out of print in two minutes (knock on wood!!).
Mirroring is the collaborative duo of Liz Harris (Grouper) and Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers), and this crushworthy duo deliver all the dark and smoldering sonic goods that one would expect from such a dream team. At first listen, one might assume this to be a split release rather than a collaboraton, as the opening track, "Fell Sound" begins in distinct Grouper territory with a muddy slow motion haze and Harris's barely there singing low in the mix. The next song, "Silent From Above" has a more dark folk vibe with acoustic guitar and Fortino's more emotive voice making itself present. But as things progress, the distinctive aspects of each player begin to meld, shift and play off of each other. Harris is given room to come out of her shell a bit more, and Fortino shows more restraint. After awhile, it becomes unclear just who is doing what, but the sound itself is darkly lyrical and contemplative and beautifully mesmerizing.
MPEG Stream: "Fell Sound"
MPEG Stream: "Mine"
MPEG Stream: "Cliffs"

album cover MIRRORS Hands In My Pockets (Overground) cd 15.98
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Rare tracks from this band of punk rock new wave misfits. Active for about three years in the about-to-be-obscenely-fertile Cleveland punk rock scene, the Mirrors formed in 1972 and were broken up by 1975, just as Cleveland was poised to unleash a barrage of snotty punky new wave mayhem on an unsuspecting public in the form of the Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs, The Electric Eels, the Pagans, Pere Ubu and more!
Think early punk rock mixed with a little Velvet Underground. Thirteen unreleased tracks and two exclusive tracks!
RealAudio clip: "Cheap and Vulgar"
RealAudio clip: "Muckraker"

album cover MIRRORS Something That Would Never Do (Violet / Hovercraft) lp 24.00
A killer vinyl sort-of best of from these legendary Cleveland punk rock new wave misfits. The Mirrors were only active for about three years in the mid seventies, in the about-to-be-obscenely-fertile Cleveland punk rock scene, breaking up just as Cleveland was poised to unleash a barrage of snotty punky new wave mayhem on an unsuspecting public in the form of the Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs, The Electric Eels, the Pagans, Pere Ubu and more!
Think early punk rock mixed with a little Velvet Underground. Awesome stuff. LIMITED TO 800 COPIES. Maybe sold out already, we have a small handful...

MIRRORS, THE 13 Patient Flowers (Birdman) cd 14.98

MIRZA Anadromous (Darla) cd 14.98

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