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MIRZA Iron Compass Flux (Darla) cd 11.98
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album cover MIRZA Last Clouds (Ba Da Bing!) cd 13.98
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It's strange how often instead of a proper album, a band's posthumous live/odd-n-ends release often ends up being my favorite (sez Allan), like A Minor Forest's "So, Were They In Some Sort of Fight", This Heat's "Made Available", Devo's "Hardcore Devo Vol. 1", half the stuff Faust ever released, and now Mirza's "Last Clouds" cd.
"Last Clouds" collects a bunch of early and unreleased material from the now-defunct San Francisco space-rock / drone-core ensemble Mirza (which was Glenn Donaldson, Brian Lucas, Steven R. Smith, and Mark Williams). Specifically, the disc includes the four tracks from Mirza's debut 12" inch (orginally released by Autopia in 1996) and seven previously unreleased tracks recorded from 1995-98 -- live improvisations from shows and rehearsals we think.
Glenn (who remains very active in the post-Mirza outfit Thuja, as well as other projects like The Knit Separates, Blithe Sons, Skygreen Leopards, etc.) describes these recordings as sounding like early Skullflower. And it's true that there's a psychedelic density of sound shared by both Mirza and Skullflower, but Mirza was prone to meander where Skullflower's structured moments were much more brutal and unrelenting than these sensitive boys could ever be -- although some of these tracks come mighty close! On these disc, Mirza plays around with various drugged-out psych-rock riffs that get incrementally heavier throughout each track, rhythmically emulating the best Krautrock grooves that doubtless occupied a lot of their listening. Inspired stuff, in all senses. This material will definitely come as a bit of a surprise to those who know Mirza from their more "ambient, bliss-out" styled stuff on the Darla label! Also fans of Thuja's gorgeous drone-jams, or Steven R. Smith's lovely solo releases, may be astonished at how noisy, loud, heavy and rocked-out some of this is, but we're sure they can dig it. More proof that Mirza and their whole extended musical family were/are something for us here in San Francisco to be quite proud of, in the realm of worldclass psychedelic drone improv rock. And look out for the brilliant new Thuja album "Ghost Plants" coming in January on the Emperor Jones label for further confirmation of this fact.
RealAudio clip: "West"
RealAudio clip: "Acts/Volcano of Birds"
RealAudio clip: "Nostalgia"

MISCHIEF BREW / FRANZ NICOLAY split (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club) 7" 5.98

album cover MISERY INDEX Dissent (Anarchos) cd 8.98
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Get ready extreme metal fans -- the most punk rock band in death metal return again with perhaps their single best recording yet. I've been an enormous fan of these Baltimore-area death/grinders since most of the band's members initially splintered off from Dying Fetus and its more narrow death-metal trappings. Misery Index retains the intensity of death metal, but further incorporate more focused song structures from a hardcore punk perspective. Don't be misled -- they're still a million times more technical than most, but they have the most anarchist-friendly smash-the-state lyrical agenda this side of a Crass compilation. Misery Index stand alone in their ability to achieve the rare combination of totally brutal heaviness contained within the context of distinct, catchy memorable and unique songs -- a sadly rare anomaly in metal these days. And the drumming! The Herculean drum abilities of the inimitable Kevin Talley have been mentioned in these pages before, but it bares repeating, if only because Talley has been absent from the last couple recording sessions. Well, he's back again, and just a few seconds of his playing will send prospective metal drummers back to the rehearsal studio, tail between legs and head bowed in shame. Overall, an intensely powerful five-song ep and a very welcome return to form. Stay with the band Kevin!
MPEG Stream: "Dissent II. Exception to the Ruled"
MPEG Stream: "Dissent III. The Imperial Ambition"

album cover MISERY INDEX Retaliate (Nuclear Blast) cd 12.98
Speaking in terms of aural metaphor, prepare to be brutally beaten about the head and neck by this new release from the no-holds-barred death/grind outfit known as Misery Index, a band that AQ's metalheads already were fans of -- thanks to their split cd with Commit Suicide -- and having been formed by 3 ex-members of the mighty Dying Fetus, including master metal drummer Kevin Talley, who was replaced by a drum student of his before this record!). 'Retaliate' storms along with super political (A customer of ours called them the Crass of death metal), seriously pissed-off, society-slagging, strength through hate music-making. With their shouted vocals, brutal guitars, and grindgod drumming, Misery Index can't be taken lightly.
MPEG Stream: "Retaliate"

album cover MISERY INDEX / BATHTUB SHITTER split (Emetic) 7" 4.98
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What the world needs now is... more BATHTUB SHITTER!!! And what the world needs, our shit obsessed grindmetal pals from the East are here to provide. Two brand new blasts of grinding freaked out, spazzy and shrieking grind metal, occupying some impossible musical space between Brutal Truth, the Boredoms, Cannibal Corpse, skate thrash and eighties hardcore. So weird and so fucking awesome!!! We kind of want to figure out a way to fly the guys in Bathtub Shitter to the US so they could be the AQ house band, blasting and bleating dissonant serenades to our customers 24 hours a day. Okay, maybe not, but we still love 'em!
The 'Shitter are teamed up here with Maryland's own grindmetal destruction crew Misery Index, who unleash one track of downtuned grinding nirvana as well as a blown out blast that is a Napalm Death cover.
Comes packaged in a super swank gatefold 7" sleeve, with BS's side a haunting airbrushed watercolor batwinged, horn headed child demon flipping us the ubiquitous peace sign hand gesture (although his hands sport huge demonic talons!). Cool!

MISERY SIGNALS Of Malice and The Magnum Heart (Ferret) cd 14.98

MISFITS Static Age (Caroline) cd 16.98
These spooky punks earliest recordings, for the first time available outside of the coffin box set!

MISFITS Walk Among Us (Slash / Ruby) lp 21.00
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MISFITS / LEMONHEADS Side By Side: Skulls (Rhino) 7" picture disc 10.98
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album cover MISS KITTIN BatBox (Nobody's Bizzness) cd 16.98

MISS BLISS Warm Sounds From A Cold Town (Meltdown) cd 10.98
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MISS HIGH HEEL Split Wax Cylinder, Inscribed: The Beast 661 (B Sides) cd 13.98
Noisy "no-wave" shenanigans from the "combined talents" of Tom Smith (To Live & Shave in L.A.), Marlon Magas (Lake of Dracula, Couch), AZ (Scissor Girls), Mike Green (Peach of Immortality), and all of the Flying Luttenbachers. Can you stand it?

album cover MISS KITTIN I Com (EMI) cd 16.98
If there was one thing you could count on with Miss Kittin, it was that ample dose of Teutonic ironic levity in her electro-sass tracks. Well, sad to report, but her new album is sorely lacking in that department. Not to say that she doesn't try, but she just doesn't hit the saucy silly heights of her First Album with The Hacker. You might hear a few of her fans crying out "No fun!" but hang on a sec, the party isn't over! On the brighter side of things, she flexes her muscles a-plenty on the underlying tracks. As a result, I Com might initially disappoint in that it doesn't ooze as much obvious MK personality, however further listens prove that it does shine on other levels. Many tracks reveal an expanded scope ripe for repeat listens (and thus fortunately dodging dancefloor novelty status or worse yet that of a fading electroclasher). A highlight? The punchy brash girl-chant track "Meet Sue Be She"! Sure to win over plenty of Le Tigre fans.
MPEG Stream: "Soundtrack Of Now"
MPEG Stream: "Meet Sue Be She"

album cover MISS KITTIN Professional Distortion (Novamute) cd single 9.98
Hey hot stuff! If her most recent I Com album wasn't enough Miss Kittin for ya, here's some more! It's kinda like a lil' Miss Kittin goodie bag. The party favors include four audio tracks and one video. The listenin' is plenty fun, especially the track called "Otto Von Schirach's Gods Magnetic Cereal Pamper". On the other hand, the watchin' is a lo-fi letdown. Be additionally forewarned: this disc crashed out computer repeatedly -- which is why there's no audio clips from it on our site.

album cover MISS KITTIN & THE HACKER First Album (International Deejay Gigolo) cd 16.98
Joining the international ranks of the new wave / electro resurgence are Germany's Miss Kittin & The Hacker, alongside Fischerspooner, and Adult. The foul-mouthed Miss Kittin fronts this duo as the Teutonic ice diva complete with an omnisexual appetite driven by fame and cocaine -- or at least that's who she wants us to believe she is. At the opposite end of the spectrum is The Hacker, a wallflower technician who crafts a relentless electro minimalism of jet black grooves somewhere between the disco production of Giorgio Moroder and the jackbooted synthesis of Nitzer Ebb. Much like the grand jokes told in utter sincerity by Alec Empire and his Atari Teenage Riot, Miss Kittin & The Hacker succeed in realizing irony by constructing a larger-than-life facade that plays with the stereotypes of new wave - as a sterile and quite often vacuously stupid form of music easily dated from the '80s. Yes, Miss Kittin & The Hacker do make sterile, vacuous, and utterly stupid music; but they present it as an overblown hyperbole of theatrical nonchalance and slinky panache. There's no way you can take Miss Kittin seriously with her desires to be Frank Sinatra as she coldly beckons for her lover to "Suck my dick. Lick my ass. In limousines we have sex with my famous friends. So nice." So dumb and so good.
RealAudio clip: "Life On MTV"
RealAudio clip: "Frank Sinatra"
RealAudio clip: "Stripper"

album cover MISS LANA REBEL All I Need (Wantage USA) cd 13.98
This dusty country gem, now available on cd!
Not sure how many of you remember Last Of The Juanitas, but they were a super bad ass, noisy and sloppy, wild and heavy post rock / math rock band from San Diego, who were legendary for their raucous live shows, and who put out a handful of awesome records, with a sound falling somewhere between Don Caballero, Drive Like Jesu, the Champs, June Of 44, that sort of thing. they never really got their due, but those records are definitely worth tracking down.
Also notable was their bass player, Lana, who besides being a bass ass bassist, was also pretty much everybody's inde rock crush, ourselves included. But here we are years later, and Miss Lana Rebel is a genuine country music chanteuse. And we're not talking No Depression, or alt country, this is genuine, minor key, twangy, heartbreak country music and it's so good. If there's any justice, everyone who loves Jolie Holland and Patsy Cline and everyone in between, will discover Miss Rebel and shower her with the love and affection that was denied her in Last Of The Juanitas.
Her voice is sweet and soulful, but just appropriately rough and raw, plenty of slippery lap steel, dobro, upright bass, even musical saw, the songs simple and striking, melancholy melodies, plenty of twang, so so so gorgeous. Country music fans, new and old, should definitely check this out.
Includes a song book complete with liner notes, lyrics and chords so you can play along.
MPEG Stream: "When I'm Gone"
MPEG Stream: "Loneliest Love Song"
MPEG Stream: "Dreaming Of You"

album cover MISS LANA REBEL All I Need (Wantage USA) lp 14.98
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Not sure how many of you remember Last Of The Juanitas, but they were a super bad ass, noisy and sloppy, wild and heavy post rock / math rock band from San Diego, who were legendary for their raucous live shows, and who put out a handful of awesome records, with a sound falling somewhere between Don Caballero, Drive Like Jesu, the Champs, June Of 44, that sort of thing. they never really got their due, but those records are definitely worth tracking down.
Also notable was their bass player, Lana, who besides being a bass ass bassist, was also pretty much everybody's inde rock crush, ourselves included. But here we are years later, and Miss Lana Rebel is a genuine country music chanteuse. And we're not talking No Depression, or alt country, this is genuine, minor key, twangy, heartbreak country music and it's so good. If there's any justice, everyone who loves Jolie Holland and Patsy Cline and everyone in between, will discover Miss Rebel and shower her with the love and affection that was denied her in Last Of The Juanitas.
Her voice is sweet and soulful, but just appropriately rough and raw, plenty of slippery lap steel, dobro, upright bass, even musical saw, the songs simple and striking, melancholy melodies, plenty of twang, so so so gorgeous. Country music fans, new and old, should definitely check this out.
Beautiful chipboard, silkscreened sleeves, each one stamped, numbered (LIMITED TO 208 COPIES!!) and signed by Miss Rebel herself. Also included is a song book complete with liner notes, lyrics and chords so you can play along.

album cover MISS NELSON & BRUCE HAACK The Way-Out Record For Children (Dimension 5 / King) cd 26.00
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This is the fourth Dimension 5 record in which Bruce and Esther ask children to, rather than drop out, drop into the way out sounds within! While the artists' statement on the back of the original record expresses a philosophy of "love and reverse-psychedelics", vaguely implying an anti-drug stance, there is a very slim chance that if your child was listening to this in the late sixties they wouldn't be carrying the keys to the kingdom soon after. The Way-Out Record For Children is conceptually exemplary of its 1968 inception. Likewise, it is very much ahead of its time. Heads will dig the vibrantly colored tales of sun travels, rainbows and butterflies set to a sitar and synthesized drum mantra surfing the cosmos ("Mudra") as well as the close encounters with shape changing creatures from outer space ("The Saucer's Apprentice"). Prog fans, check out the lesson in odd time signatures ("Accents"). What we perceive as our sense of taste is miraculously transformed into sound ("Four Seasons"), as is our perception of physical motion ("Rubberbands"). If you're not ready to come home by the end of this record, maybe the looping, echoey refrain of "nothing to do" in the closing track will prompt you to take another trip far out! (See our recent review of Bruce Haack's The Electronic Record For Children for a more indepth discussion of Haack, D5, and these reissues).
MPEG Stream: "Mudra"
MPEG Stream: "Accents"
MPEG Stream: "Four Seasons"

album cover MISS NELSON & BRUCE HAACK The Way-Out Record For Children (Mississippi) lp 14.98
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**MISSISSIPPI RECORDS ALERT**
This sixties electronic kids' classic reissued on vinyl!! Here's our review from when we listed the (now out of print) import cd reissue way back in 2004:
This is the fourth Dimension 5 record in which Bruce and Esther ask children to, rather than drop out, drop into the way out sounds within! While the artists' statement on the back of the original record expresses a philosophy of "love and reverse-psychedelics", vaguely implying an anti-drug stance, there is a very slim chance that if your child was listening to this in the late sixties they wouldn't be carrying the keys to the kingdom soon after. The Way-Out Record For Children is conceptually exemplary of its 1968 inception. Likewise, it is very much ahead of its time. Heads will dig the vibrantly colored tales of sun travels, rainbows and butterflies set to a sitar and synthesized drum mantra surfing the cosmos ("Mudra") as well as the close encounters with shape changing creatures from outer space ("The Saucer's Apprentice"). Prog fans, check out the lesson in odd time signatures ("Accents"). What we perceive as our sense of taste is miraculously transformed into sound ("Four Seasons"), as is our perception of physical motion ("Rubberbands"). If you're not ready to come home by the end of this record, maybe the looping, echoey refrain of "nothing to do" in the closing track will prompt you to take another trip far out!
MPEG Stream: "Mudra"
MPEG Stream: "Accents"
MPEG Stream: "Four Seasons"

album cover MISSING FOUNDATION 1933 (Dais) lp 19.98
It was a lot easier to fuck with the mainstream media back in the '80s. Negativland certainly had the most success thanks to the hoax that surrounded the cancellation of their 1988 tour as the band were under scrutiny by Federal agent Dick Jordan for their connection to a murders that took place in Minnesota by a presumed fan. While the crime was true, the idiocy and lackluster fact finding from the national media made Negativland an underground sensation, all of which was exposed on their 1989 album Helter Stupid. The NYC anarcho-industrial outfit Missing Foundation had their fun with CBS in 1988 who ran a ludicrously unchecked expose on the band, aligning their political declarations of classist warfare with Satanism and accusing them of being the root of most every problem in New York (drugs, blight, graffiti, vandalism, and of course those rampant Satanists who were lurking at every corner). Such is a commonplace error in discussing transgressive art - that the work at hand causes social diseases and not as the artist often intends for the work to be a mirror of the conditions that led to social collapse and malaise. It made for a sensational media event for Missing Foundation, whose relative high profile for a noise-junk industrial noise band led them to a publishing deal with Restless in 1990.
Missing Foundation's second outing 1933 was the album that set the stage for that CBS interview. It was released originally on vinyl in 1988 by the gritty scum-noise-punk label Purge/Sound League (later reissued in a campaign by Restless as well), and those Missing Foundation slabs of wax ironically became very collectible records. Where the debut smashed everything to bits and scattered the remnants of noise and rhythm to tape, 1933 was considerably more militant in the junkyard bashing, which provided much more comparisons to Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Dept. The infernally smoldering guitars are still present, but lockstep effectively with the bashed rhythms. "Martyr Of The City" and "Turmoil" entertain an aggro-hardcore / mosh-pit sound to the chugging guitar riffs, explosive drums, and the bullhorn vocals from Peter Missing. It can be very hypnotic, but it's also utterly nihilistic. Elsewhere, the sounds collapse into oil-stained and bum-trash strewn recordings of guttural distortion, indeterminate scraping, and throat mangled yelps that could be the sordid, psychic field recordings of New York's social malaise that festered in the late '80s. The Lower-East side of Manhattan will probably never sound like this ever again.
MPEG Stream: "Martyr Of The City"

album cover MISSING FOUNDATION s/t (Dais) lp 19.98
The logo of the upside-down martini glass that graces the cover of Missing Foundation's debut album was a ubiquitous graffiti tag in New York City during the band's zenith in the late '80s. The tagging of that logo went hand in hand with pre-Occupy movement declarations that "Your House Is Mine," "1988 = 1933," and "The Party Is Over" (the pictogrammatic translation of their logo) on buildings that were once squats or cheap rentals which speculators were looking to flip in the gentrification of Manhattan. Missing Foundation's politics may have anticipated those of the Occupy Movement, but their anarchic strategies were far more hostile, uncompromising and heroically degenerate. So much so that they were actually accused of starting the Tompkins Square Park Riot in August 1988. The band's figurehead Peter Missing had helped organize a demonstration protesting the police crackdown of the homeless through a curfew placed on the park. Missing Foundation was one of several bands that performed during the protest and the intensity of their metal bashing, industrial noise riffage, and sloganeering bullhorn vocals may have agitated the protesters into action; but the riot that took place probably would have happened one way or the other. It's a great urban legend that these squalid industrial art-punks started a riot, but that's not exactly true.
For all of the legends, lies, and myths that surrounded Missing Foundation, their recordings were every bit the sonic assault they were regarded as. The eponymous album from 1987 originally came out on the Purge/Sound League label which also put out albums from Borbetomagus and Rat At Rat R, which actually makes for a pretty good triangulation for Missing Foundation. Their first album emerges out of the whole pig-fuck sound of Live Skull and Pussy Galore with formless clouds of guitar negativity, loping basslines that might be traced to NYC hardcore or maybe across the country to Flipper, and junked metal percussion all tossed into a Bellvue bedlam of the No Wave anti-structures from Mars or even the more oblique moments from No Trend. The album's closing tracks "Waco Waco" and "Perversion" are probably the closest to something which might get confused with song as Missing Foundation wrenches Swans brutalism from their early Filth / Cop period into a hammered guitar / bass / junk plod. The originals of this album were going for a pretty penny on the collector's market, but for the time being Dais has this reissue in print. Bad vibes all around.
MPEG Stream: "Posada"

MISSION CARTEL PRESENTS Electrosox (Breaks Ahead) lp 11.98
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MISSION CARTEL PRESENTS Soul Keeper (Breaks Ahead) lp 11.98
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MISSION CARTEL PRESENTS Vinyl Hedz (Breaks Ahead) lp 11.98
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An excellent breakbeat LP for DJs needing good material to scratch, all compiled by one of our fave turntablists and Mission resident DJ Quest (Live Human) and DJ Too Fresh. Funny quotes about people 'scratching', awesome human beatbox stuff (some over the theme to the Pink Panther!), interesting and nonpredictable breakbeats. Recommended for DJs. Vinyl only, naturally.

album cover MISSION FOR CHRIST The Complete Sessions (Ektro) cd 14.98
One of TWO new rad reissues on this week's New Arrivals list on Jussi from Circle's Ektro label: the other one, a long overdue reissues of the debut lp from legendary eighties NY noise rockers Rat At Rat R, and this one, a collection of everything ever recorded (we think) from this SUPER obscure DC hardcore outfit, who shared some connection (and at least one member) with the late great No Trend. We consider ourselves at least a little bit punk savvy, and we had never heard of these guys. They did get a mention in the American Hardcore book but beyond that they were pretty much a mystery. This cd gathers up their 1983 demo (from which came their sole single) and a handful of unreleased tracks, all recorded by Government Issue's Tom Lyle, and while we were expecting just straight forward blasts of harDCore, which would have been just fine, this is WAY weirder and cooler, and it's easy to see why Jussi dug it enough to release it.
Sure there's plenty of blasting pounding punk rock, but that's only a small part of MFC's sound, they spend much of their time unfurling weird droned out atonal guitars, dense tribal drumming, thick buzzing bass, the vibe almost more gloomy and gothy than punk rock, check out "He And She", which almost sounds like it was accidentally plucked from the Rat At Rat R reissue, the same sort of gloomy noise rock weirdness. Or "Pennies From Hell", which is sort of funky, but still noisy and angular, rife with jagged guitars and a weird heavily effected warbly bassline, or "Penny Dub" which is exactly what it sounds like, an instrumental version of "Pennies From Hell" with the occasional bit of vocal chopped up and delayed and sent careening into the ether. Some of the tracks are dirgey and crusty and slither ominously, others seem to be typical punk blasts, but start out with weird dubbed out drums, and then have strange sing songy vocals, while still other tracks sprawl into dub-punk space jams, and even at its most punk, inevitably the band twist it all up into something seriously and gloriously fucked up.
WAY recommended, includes a fold out poster style insert with extensive liner notes.
MPEG Stream: "Pyscho"
MPEG Stream: "He And She"
MPEG Stream: "Smash The Rich"
MPEG Stream: "Pennies From Hell"

album cover MISSION OF BURMA A Gun To The Head (Rykodisc) cd 15.98
Hot on the heels of seminal post-punk band Mission Of Burma's triumphant return to the recorded realm ONoffON, comes this 'best of their Ace Of Hearts era' collection compiled by the band members themselves. If you're a little rusty on what that M.O.B. era was, please allow us to refresh your memory -- 1981's Signals, Calls & Marches, followed the next year by VS. and onward to The Horrible Truth About Burma in 1985. That's right, the good years! The sixteen tracks include two live recordings. Fans undoubtedly already have the aforementioned albums. Heck, their copies are probably worn thin, so they might find this appealing in a 'fave mixtape' sorta way. For the uninitiated, this is a great place to become acquainted with the greatness of M.O.B.
MPEG Stream: "Academy Fight Song"
MPEG Stream: "Peking Spring (Live version)"

album cover MISSION OF BURMA Not A Photograph (MVD Visual) dvd 21.00
In the past couple months, we've gotten a pair of terrific dvds documenting two venerable bands' recent resurrections. They are 'Loud Quiet Loud: A Film About The Pixies' and this one 'Mission Of Burma: Not A Photograph'. It recounts the period leading up to and including the 2002 reunion of this immensely cerebral and creative seminal post-punk band from Boston. Includes early footage from the late '70s onwards. Powerful. Listen (and watch) and learn!

album cover MISSION OF BURMA ONoffON (Matador) cd 14.98
Wow, has it really been over two decades since this band's last studio album? Yes, 'tis true! And it's been almost half a decade since their albums received their very welcome reissues, and two years since their reunion tour. Seminal, cerebral post-punks Mission Of Burma have returned to the recorded domain, putting many newer bands to shame and sounding as fresh and dynamic as when they themselves were in their youth. Much like the recent return of fellow veteran greats Killing Joke, fueled by much fierce, dissonant energy, M.O.B. rise again to do battle after a lengthy absence. Fortunately they haven't done what many other reunited bands make the mistake of doing -- that is, attempt to modernize their sound or keep up with the young pups. Clearly none of that was needed. From the very first song on ONoffON, M.O.B. come tearing out of the gates, and only gets better as the album progresses. Heavy, churning and expressive, the guitars chop and sear, the bass rumbles and boils, the drums propel and punctuate with expert precision. Indeed, the last few songs are arguably the album's best -- also a bit reminiscent of the angular art-punk of NoMeansNo or Wire. Note: The vinyl version contains a bonus song, a cover of The Dils' "Class War"!
MPEG Stream: "Fever Moon"
MPEG Stream: "Absent Mind"

album cover MISSION OF BURMA ONoffON (Matador) 2lp 16.98
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Wow, has it really been over two decades since this band's last studio album? Yes, 'tis true! And it's been almost half a decade since their albums received their very welcome reissues, and two years since their reunion tour. Seminal, cerebral post-punks Mission Of Burma have returned to the recorded domain, putting many newer bands to shame and sounding as fresh and dynamic as when they themselves were in their youth. Much like the recent return of fellow veteran greats Killing Joke, fueled by much fierce, dissonant energy, M.O.B. rise again to do battle after a lengthy absence. Fortunately they haven't done what many other reunited bands make the mistake of doing -- that is, attempt to modernize their sound or keep up with the young pups. Clearly none of that was needed. From the very first song on ONoffON, M.O.B. come tearing out of the gates -- heavy, churning and expressive -- and only gets better as the album progresses. Indeed, the last few songs are arguably the album's best. Note: The vinyl version contains a bonus song, a cover of The Dils' "Class War"!
MPEG Stream: "Fever Moon"
MPEG Stream: "Absent Mind"

album cover MISSION OF BURMA Signals, Calls, and Marches (Matador) cd 15.98
Remastered, reissued, and with bonuses.

album cover MISSION OF BURMA Signals, Calls, and Marches (Matador) lp 25.00

MISSION OF BURMA The Horrible Truth About Burma (Ryko) cd 15.98
Remastered, reissued, and with bonuses.

album cover MISSION OF BURMA The Horrible Truth About Burma (Matador) cd 15.98

album cover MISSION OF BURMA The Horrible Truth About Burma (Matador) lp 25.00

album cover MISSION OF BURMA The Obliterati (Matador) cd 13.98
Once post-punk legends Mission Of Burma got their engines all revved back up and running at full throttle (with 2004's potent studio album ONoffON) after about two decades of silence, there was nothing that was gonna shut 'em down. These guys are determined to keep churning out their unmistakable kick ass rock. The Obliterati definitely keeps up the fevered propulsive energy of its predecessor and perhaps ups the ante even further -- The album reconfirms these Bostonians' vitality and once again lays many of their younger counterparts to waste. This is music with heft and wisdom, both lyrically and musically. Seldom is raging so articulate. Listen, learn and love 'em.
MPEG Stream: "Man In Decline"
MPEG Stream: "The Mute Speaks Out"

album cover MISSION OF BURMA The Obliterati (Matador) lp 16.98
Once post-punk legends Mission Of Burma got their engines all revved back up and running at full throttle (with 2004's potent studio album ONoffON) after about two decades of silence, there was nothing that was gonna shut 'em down. These guys are determined to keep churning out their unmistakable kick ass rock. The Obliterati definitely keeps up the fevered propulsive energy of its predecessor and perhaps ups the ante even further -- The album reconfirms these Bostonians' vitality and once again lays many of their younger counterparts to waste. This is music with heft and wisdom, both lyrically and musically. Seldom is raging so articulate. Listen, learn and love 'em.
MPEG Stream: "Man In Decline"
MPEG Stream: "The Mute Speaks Out"

album cover MISSION OF BURMA Unsound (Fire Records) cd 17.98
Unsound is album number 4 in the 'second career' of Boston's muscular art-punk quartet Mission Of Burma, whose first batch of albums and singles from 1979-1983 still stand as some of the greatest and most influential recordings of the American punk movement. Always an adventurous proposition, Mission Of Burma democratically allotted the vocal duties to the three traditional musicians - Clint Conley, Roger Miller, and Peter Prescott - with the original fourth member being the enigmatic Martin Swope, handling tape manipulations and engineering duties. When the band reunited in 2002, Swope declined to participate; and the trio recruited Shellac's Bob Weston to wrangle with tape and sound design for the band. The Weston / Swope factor in Mission Of Burma was something of a secret weapon in how the band shapes their sound. It's not uncommon to hear an asynchronous tape loop grabbing a swarm of feedback here or a propulsive rhythm there that would crash against the anthemic punk melodies. Weston's contributions here (perhaps more than ever before) stand out in the mix, with his bellowing trumpet getting warbled and mangled amongst his tape manipulations; but Unsound thrives on the strangled basslines, angular / spitfire guitars, and start-stop rhythms that have been at the heart of the Mission Of Burma sound. While the band has yet to author another 'hit' like "Academy Fight Song" or "That's When I Reach For My Revolver," they've still got plenty of twists and detours to offer on the art-punk formula. Well worth checking out, especially if you dug the more adventurous moments of Mission of Burma's early career.
MPEG Stream: "Semi-Pseudo-Sort-Of Plan"
MPEG Stream: "Second Television"

album cover MISSION OF BURMA Unsound (Fire Records) lp 32.00
Unsound is album number 4 in the 'second career' of Boston's muscular art-punk quartet Mission Of Burma, whose first batch of albums and singles from 1979-1983 still stand as some of the greatest and most influential recordings of the American punk movement. Always an adventurous proposition, Mission Of Burma democratically allotted the vocal duties to the three traditional musicians - Clint Conley, Roger Miller, and Peter Prescott - with the original fourth member being the enigmatic Martin Swope, handling tape manipulations and engineering duties. When the band reunited in 2002, Swope declined to participate; and the trio recruited Shellac's Bob Weston to wrangle with tape and sound design for the band. The Weston / Swope factor in Mission Of Burma was something of a secret weapon in how the band shapes their sound. It's not uncommon to hear an asynchronous tape loop grabbing a swarm of feedback here or a propulsive rhythm there that would crash against the anthemic punk melodies. Weston's contributions here (perhaps more than ever before) stand out in the mix, with his bellowing trumpet getting warbled and mangled amongst his tape manipulations; but Unsound thrives on the strangled basslines, angular / spitfire guitars, and start-stop rhythms that have been at the heart of the Mission Of Burma sound. While the band has yet to author another 'hit' like "Academy Fight Song" or "That's When I Reach For My Revolver," they've still got plenty of twists and detours to offer on the art-punk formula. Well worth checking out, especially if you dug the more adventurous moments of Mission of Burma's early career.
MPEG Stream: "Semi-Pseudo-Sort-Of Plan"
MPEG Stream: "Second Television"

MISSION OF BURMA Vs. (Ryko) cd 15.98
Remastered, reissued, and with bonuses.

album cover MISSION OF BURMA Vs. (Matador) cd 15.98

MISSION OF BURMA Vs. (Matador) 2lp 25.00

album cover MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS Sitting On Top Of The World (Monk) lp 22.00
One of the more short-lived but highly prolific country string groups, the Mississippi Sheiks formed in 1930 and disbanded six years later after recording over 60 songs including their huge crossover hit, "Sitting On Top Of The World" (covered by Sinatra, Dylan, and Cream amongst many others!). Naming themselves after Rudolph Valentino's movie, The Sheik, the trio were known for the risque double entendre in their songs ("Driving That Thing" "Cracking Them Things", "Grinding Old Fool"), making them a highly successful touring and party band. The wonderful vinyl-only Monk label does it again, compiling the best of the Sheiks' early Okeh recordings from 1930, including their other well-known song,"Stop and Listen Blues"!

MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS Stop And Listen (Yazoo) cd 17.98
Guitarist Walter Vinson and Fiddler Lonnie Chatmon were the Mississippi Sheiks, probably one of the most popular and influential country blues acts out of Mississippi in the 1930's. They drew their influences from a variety of rural styles, forming their own unique sound. Vinson's "Sitting On Top Of The World" is one of the most widely copied country blues standards. Excellent.

MISSUS BEASTLY Bremen 1974 (Garden Of Delight) cd 21.00

album cover MISSUS BEASTLY s/t (Garden Of Delights) cd 21.00

album cover MIST Glowing Net (Amethyst Sunset) 12" 14.98
More exceptional recordings broadcast from the house of Emeralds! Mist is the collaboration between Emeralds' John Elliott and Sam Goldberg, both employing a bunch of synthesizers for this sci-fi extravaganza. Like Emeralds (and all of the other John Elliott productions for that matter), Glowing Net locates itself at the tail end of the post-krautrock explorations of progressive electronics from the early '80s that quickly devolved into new age drivel and tepid incidental music. Much of that devolution of kosmische music into garbage came at the hands of too many portentous concepts and over-reaching metaphysical agendas, and while Elliott and Goldberg are tapping into a poetry of galactic expansiveness through their electronics, they never lose sight of the simple elegance of an arpeggiated melody, open-ended allusions, or a bittersweet reflectiveness that comes from the benefit of hindsight. The album opens with a plaintive aquatic percolation that slides into a tighter, focused lazerbeam of sequences on "Sky High" that at once speaks to fellow hypnotist Oneohtrix Point Never and the soaring work of J.D. Emmanuel. "Mist Stream" acquires something similar to Wolfgang Voigt's highly innovative ambient swoosh on the Gas album Pop, soaring above a low-ratcheted arpeggiation. Very impressive stuff, that could easily be extended into a 20 minute zoner jam, but Mist has condensed this down to an economic four minute track. While this album is cut at 45 rpm, we've resisted our normal urge to spin these at 33, since Mist got everything just right at this speed. No need to fuck with genius!
MPEG Stream: "A.M."
MPEG Stream: "Sky High"
MPEG Stream: "Soaring Yellow / Glowing Net"

album cover MIST House (Spectrum Spools / Editions Mego) cd 16.98
NOW ON CD!!!
Since Emeralds released their impeccable album Does It Look Like I'm Here in 2010, the trio has set a very high bar for themselves, not only for the next Emeralds record (whenever that may surface) but also for all of the individual members' various side projects. For the most part, everything John Elliott, Mark McGuire, and Steve Hauschildt have produced by themselves has not strayed far from the Emeralds aesthetic of luminous, analogue electronics that harkens back to the progressive sounds of Ash Ra Tempel, Cluster, and early Tangerine Dream, and there have been some completely sublime moments that came close to Does It Look Like I'm Here. The Imaginary Softwoods double lp set was one such album, as was the McGuire solo lp Off In The Distance, and now we have this Mist album, released through John Elliott's Mego-manufactured imprint Spectrum Spools. Mist finds synth-wrangler Elliott working with fellow Cleveland native Sam Goldberg; the two had previously released a couple of lps of sparkling electronics on Arbor and Am. While those records were quite good, House is fucking great.
Out of a tightly interlocking set of synthetic percolations, the opening track "Twin Lanes" launches upward into satellite orbit with an effervescent burst of shimmering noises and one of Elliott's impeccable bass-melodies (think back to "Candyshop" on the aforementioned Emeralds album Does It Look Like I'm Here). "Mist House" is a radiant track of tonefloat purity and church organ hallowedness that eschews the early tracks' step sequencing and arpeggios, while keeping the same sparkling atmosphere. The transition from the fuzzy static laden percolations from "Dead Occasions" to the Kraftwerkian sequences of the mechanical track "Ovary Stunts" is particularly dramatic, especially given the polygon layers of sci-fi melodic wander on the latter track that gives Mist a very Oneohtrix Point Never feel. "P.M." rounds out the album with prolonged passages of hypnotic arpeggiations coated with interstellar space dust and girded with a sublime motorik churning of step sequenced bass synths. House is easily the best Mist record to date, and ranks up there amongst the many Emeralds related projects.
MPEG Stream: "Twin Lanes"
MPEG Stream: "I Can Still Hear Your Voice"
MPEG Stream: "Daydream"

album cover MIST House (Spectrum Spools) lp 27.00
Since Emeralds released their impeccable album Does It Look Like I'm Here in 2010, the trio has set a very high bar for themselves, not only for the next Emeralds record (whenever that may surface) but also for all of the individual members' various side projects. For the most part, everything John Elliott, Mark McGuire, and Steve Hauschildt have produced by themselves has not strayed far from the Emeralds aesthetic of luminous, analogue electronics that harkens back to the progressive sounds of Ash Ra Tempel, Cluster, and early Tangerine Dream, and there have been some completely sublime moments that came close to Does It Look Like I'm Here. The Imaginary Softwoods double lp set was one such album, as was the McGuire solo lp Off In The Distance, and now we have this Mist 2lp, released through John Elliott's Mego-manufactured imprint Spectrum Spools. Mist finds synth-wrangler Elliott working with fellow Cleveland native Sam Goldberg; the two had previously released a couple of lps of sparkling electronics on Arbor and Am. While those records were quite good, House is fucking great.
Out of a tightly interlocking set of synthetic percolations, the opening track "Twin Lanes" launches upward into satellite orbit with an effervescent burst of shimmering noises and one of Elliott's impeccable bass-melodies (think back to "Candyshop" on the aforementioned Emeralds album Does It Look Like I'm Here). "Mist House" is a radiant track of tonefloat purity and church organ hallowedness that eschews the early tracks' step sequencing and arpeggios, while keeping the same sparkling atmosphere. The transition from the fuzzy static laden percolations from "Dead Occasions" to the Kraftwerkian sequences of the mechanical track "Ovary Stunts" is particularly dramatic, especially given the polygon layers of sci-fi melodic wander on the latter track that gives Mist a very Oneohtrix Point Never feel. The album's finale "P.M." fills up all of side D, with prolonged passages of hypnotic arpeggiations coated with interstellar space dust and girded with a sublime motorik churning of step sequenced bass synths. House is easily the best Mist lp to date, and ranks up there amongst the many Emeralds related projects.
MPEG Stream: "Twin Lanes"
MPEG Stream: "I Can Still Hear Your Voice"
MPEG Stream: "Daydream"

album cover MIST s/t (Amethyst Sunset) lp 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
We thought these to be long gone, but a surprise restock of this Emeralds side-project reappeared a month or so after we originally pegged it as out of print. Do NOT expect this to remain in print for much longer!
Mist is the Ohio-centric retrograde electronics duo featuring John Elliott of Emeralds and Sam Goldberg, who runs the Pizza Night tape label. This is actually the third outing for Mist, as the two have mustered a couple of other cassettes, released earlier this year which disappeared before we even had the chance to grab any. Fortunately, we did manage to snag some of this LP on Amethyst Sunset. The Elliott / Goldberg authored electronics here don't veer too much from the Emeralds spaced-out electronics that reflect the best in the realm of late '70s / early '80s progressive electronics (e.g. the more abstracted moments from Kraftwerk and the Eno collaborations with Fripp and Cluster). It's not quite as dark or as melancholy as Emeralds and thus sounds like those sci-fi percolations that fellow knob-twiddler Oneohtrix Point Never and Pulse Emitter have rejuvenated in recent years. Certainly, these are elegant passages of arppegiating analogue electronics and heavily sequenced patterns that intertwine nicely into chiming, sparkling, bubbling zone-tripping. Recommended for sure!

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