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album cover MITCHELL, JONI Song To A Seagull (Reprise) cd 12.98

MITCHELL, ROSCOE The Solo Concert (Tizona) lp 19.98

MITCHUM, ROBERT Calypso is Like So... (Scamp) cd 14.98
Mr. Night of the Hunter's extremely collectible record is now on cd.

MITCHUM, ROBERT Calypso Is Like So... (Rumble) lp 24.00

album cover MITGANG AUDIO, THE The View From Your New Home (Suction) cd 15.98
Soft breezy techno pop with wispy processed vocals that gives a hearty nod to Kraftwerk. If you recall the group Antarctica whose '81:03' double cd we were digging a couple of years ago, then you've probably got a close idea of the overall atmospheric territory that The Mitgang Audio also traverse. We've recently seen them lumped under the broad categorization of 'new wave' and there certainly are the basic ingredients present - high swooshing keyboard melodies, synthesized string sounds, thick bass lines, vocoded vocals, effervescent programmed 4/4 beats - that also got the aforementioned Antarctica compared to '80s groups such as New Order. Fans of the light dance-y pop sounds of Ladytron, Air or Future Bible Heroes may also wanna give The Mitgang Audio a spin. There's a point though where the group takes a bit of a detour, and that's halfway through the album at track 5 (aptly titled "The Escape"). It's somewhat more somber and soundtrack-y than the rest of the songs - actually there was suspicion that it was a cover of Diana Ross' "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)". Perhaps you can give 'er a listen and be the judge!
MPEG Stream: "Minor Causes"
MPEG Stream: "The Escape"

MITHOTYN Gathered Around The Oaken Table (Hammerheart) cd 14.98
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The original Invasion label version of this has been out of print for along time, but now we have it back in stock, repressed on Hammerheart, with new (not so ridiculous but not really better either) cover art. This is what we said about it before:
Viking heavy/black metal at its alehorn-swinging best (with album title related cover art that is either so stupid it's funny or so funny it's stupid). This band manages to incorporate folky melodies yet rock like a heavy metal band should. Better than Einherjer, not as extreme as Enslaved (but maybe more fun). The song with the line about "my magic hammer" is my favorite.

album cover MITOCHONDRIAN Parasignosis (Profound Lore) cd 13.98
Record number two from these twisted avant Canadian death metallers, whose sound has less in common with Morbid Angel or Deicide and WAY more in common with the warped and twisted metal of groups like Portal, WOLD, Impetuous Ritual, Cremation and Gorguts. Years in the works and meticulously assembled, Parasignosis is a dizzying, ultra prog outsider death metal blow out, rife with impossibly obtuse arrangements, super demented time stretched vocals that sound like a blurred droned out gurgle, the guitars don't buzz and chug as much as they ooze and swirl and soar, the sound muddy and murky and blurry and chaotic, a churning, roiling morass of downtuned guitars, of chaotic intricate drumming, of those fucked up vokills, as well as strange samples, buried whispers, the normal blast and pound and pummel, infused with super druggy psychedelia, with the tracks constantly slowing down and spacing out, the guitars unwinding into loose tangles of psychedelic leads, and unfurling layered, textured spidery melodies, the riffs themselves gnarled and twisted, the band locking into long stretches of hypnometal, sounding almost looped as they pound out mesmerizingly cyclical blasts of grinding blackened crush, or alternatingly letting the guitars spiral skyward unleashing frenzies of super dense melodic psychedelia, draped over the furious pounding blasts below, the whole thing an undulating ever shifting super complex and convoluted deathmetalscape, as likely to pummel relentlessly, as slip into some heavily effected blackened drift or trip out into some sort of death metal space rock psychedelic hybrid, finishing off the record with an extended ambient outro, all abstract guitars, strange twisted organs, buried industrial crunch, all smeared into a hazy sprawl of blackened otherworldly deathlike drift. AWESOME.
MPEG Stream: "Tetravirulence (Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus Part III)"
MPEG Stream: "Trials"
MPEG Stream: "Parasignosis"

MITS, THE A Better Day (self-released) cd 9.98
The Mits are a Bay Area combo with lots of crunchy guitars and feisty girl vocals... very much in the grand ol' Lookout! Records tradition of energetic East Bay / Gilman Street punk pop.
MPEG Stream: "Number One"
MPEG Stream: "Out Of My Mind"

MITSU THE BEATS, DJ Solid Black (Black Jazz / Snow Dog Projects) cd 16.98

album cover MITSURU, NASUNO Prequel Oct. 1998 - Mar. 1999 + 1 (Doubtmusic) cd 24.00
Calm and chaos intermingle on this intriguing solo disc of quirky and uncategorizable improv-avant-pop from experimental Japanese bassist Nasuno Mitsuru (Altered States, Korekyojin, etc.). Aside from one bonus track, it's all stuff recorded about ten years ago, and previously unreleased, except for a couple cuts that were part of the massive 10cd "Improvised Music From Japan" box set, now out of print. He gets a bunch of help from his friends here, including Otomo Yoshihide and his turntables on a few of these pieces!
Already, the very first track isn't what we expected at all. (Not that we really knew what to expect.) It's over 12 minutes long, quite strange and lovely; a countryish song for slide guitar twang and mumbled indie-folk vocals, that's also utterly overrun with stuttery glitch, random noise and electronic skree, like some old-timey back porch blues broadcast on an ancient radio, garbled by jamming and interference. The "alien Appalachia" of Ignatz comes to mind, or Geoff Mullen's abstract banjo experiments, or John Fahey at (and beyond) his most avant-garde. We'd buy this just for that alone.
But of course there's more, other oddities abounding. The very next track features what sounds like an electronic approximation of a Jew's Harp, all zips and zaps and boings and burbles, accompanying some dramatic female vocals, both breathy and wailing. Whereas the third song is sung by a slowed-down, distorted, whispery male voice. Elsewhere, Nasuno explores clamorous rhythmic avenues on several more beat-heavy tracks. Folk/noise is returned to later in the disc, where traditional Japanese shamisen and singing is subverted by waves of electronic glitch and distortion.
All in all, another quite interestin' Doubtmusic disc, providing a glimpse into the fascinating, unique personal soundworlds of one of the many creative musicians on the Japanese scene whom we weren't nearly familiar enough with before.
MPEG Stream: "The Next Minute"
MPEG Stream: "Motai"
MPEG Stream: "Beyond The Cross"

MITTOO, JACKIE Evening Time (Studio 1) cd 15.98
Despite the blury and poorly registered cover, this is one of the better compilations of instrumental rock-steady tunes from Studio One / Skatalites keyboard genius Jackie Mittoo. If you enjoyed the recent Soul Jazz re-issue "Keyboard King At Studio one" you'll probably really dig this one. Highly recommended.

MITTOO, JACKIE In Cold Blood (Striker Lee / Ernie B's) lp 17.98

album cover MITTOO, JACKIE In London (Coxsone) cd 15.98
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We've had the vinyl for this floating around for a spell and managed to get the CD in a few wiffins passed, so we thought we'd list them both. In London was recorded by Jackie Mittoo in 1967 (when the keyboardist was at the tender age of 19). Features a plethora of covers, including "Winchester Cathedral", Frank Sinatra's "Something Stupid", Procul Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale", The Beatles "Norwegian Wood" (here titled "Darker Shade of Black") and more, plus five Jackie Mittoo originals and two bonus tracks ("Choice Of Music" & "Hello Studio One") which aren't listed on the tray card. An additional note for those purchasing this disc is that the track listing is wrong, but it's pretty easy to figure out the correct order. Gotta love that Studio 1 copy editing.
RealAudio clip: "Ram Jam"
RealAudio clip: "Darker Shade of Black"

MITTOO, JACKIE In London (Coxsone) lp 13.98
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We've had the vinyl for this floating around for a spell and managed to get the CD in a few wiffins passed, so we thought we'd list them both. In London was recorded by Jackie Mittoo in 1967 (when the keyboardist was at the tender age of 19). Features a plethora of covers, including "Winchester Cathedral", Frank Sinatra's "Something Stupid", Procul Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale", The Beatles "Norwegian Wood" (here titled "Darker Shade of Black") and more, plus five Jackie Mittoo originals and two bonus tracks ("Choice Of Music" & "Hello Studio One") which aren't listed on the tray card. An additional note for those purchasing this disc is that the track listing is wrong, but it's pretty easy to figure out the correct order. Gotta love that Studio 1 copy editing.

MITTOO, JACKIE Macka Fat (Studio One) cd 15.98

MITTOO, JACKIE Now (Jamaica Recording ) cd 15.98

MITTOO, JACKIE Now (Studio One) lp 12.98

album cover MITTOO, JACKIE Rides On (Jamaican Recordings) cd 21.00

MITTOO, JACKIE Rides On (Jamaican Recordings) lp 21.00

MITTOO, JACKIE Showcase (Culture Press) cd 14.98

MITTOO, JACKIE Showcase (Sonic Sounds) lp 11.98

album cover MITTOO, JACKIE The Keyboard King At Studio One (Universal Sound) cd 17.98
Much can be said comparing Jamaican keyboardist to American counterparts Jimmy Smith and Booker T. Aside from being a master of his instrument at a time when the keyboard was experiencing a renaissance as a leading role - not only in soul & jazz, but in Jamaican rock-steady - he was also a prolific arranger of music. Having cut his teeth as a founding member of the Skatalites (Jamaica's premiere ska group) in 1964 and 1965, Jackie Mittoo went on to become the front man for Studio One's in house band. From 1965 to 1968 Jackie wrote, arranged and played virtually all the music to come out of the studio for such notables as Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, Delroy Wilson and the Heptones. The tracks on this album, recorded between 1966 and 1968, represent some of Jackie's best originals and covers (including an off kilter version of Seals & Crofts "Summer Breeze"). These mostly instrumental rock-steady numbers by - as the liner notes say - "Jamica's funkiest keyboardist" are just the thing for moving your butt on a lazy, hot summer day.
RealAudio clip: "Get Up and Get It"
RealAudio clip: "Henry the Great"

album cover MITTOO, JACKIE The Keyboard King At Studio One (Universal Sound) lp 26.00
Much can be said comparing Jamaican keyboardist to American counterparts Jimmy Smith and Booker T. Aside from being a master of his instrument at a time when the keyboard was experiencing a renaissance as a leading role - not only in soul & jazz, but in Jamaican rock-steady - he was also a prolific arranger of music. Having cut his teeth as a founding member of the Skatalites (Jamaica's premiere ska group) in 1964 and 1965, Jackie Mittoo went on to become the front man for Studio One's in house band. From 1965 to 1968 Jackie wrote, arranged and played virtually all the music to come out of the studio for such notables as Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, Delroy Wilson and the Heptones. The tracks on this album, recorded between 1966 and 1968, represent some of Jackie's best originals and covers (including an off kilter version of Seals & Crofts "Summer Breeze"). These mostly instrumental rock-steady numbers by - as the liner notes say - "Jamica's funkiest keyboardist" are just the thing for moving your butt on a lazy, hot summer day.
MPEG Stream: "Get Up and Get It"
MPEG Stream: "Black Organ"
MPEG Stream: "Killer Diller"

MITTOO, JACKIE The Keyboard Legend (Sonic Sounds Jamaica) cd 15.98


MITTOO, JACKIE Wishbone (Light In The Attic) cd 13.98

album cover MITTOO, JACKIE Wishbone (Light In The Attic) lp 15.98

album cover MITTOO, JACKIE AND THE SOUL BROTHERS Last Train To Skaville (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
Soul Jazz returns with a second collection of cuts from keyboard wizz Jackie Mittoo. Like the release on their Universal imprint "The Keyboard King At Studio One" this one is bound to be just as popular. Where as "The Keyboard King" focused on Jackie's rocksteady and sundry other cool instrumentals from the early seventies, "Last Train" is a collection of ska era works with his band The Soul Brothers. Formed immediately after the demise of The Skatalites, the Soul Brothers included several members of that legendary band. Along with Mittoo, saxophonist Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, and trumpet man Johnny Moore all stuck together. The tracks here, like Mittoo's other albums, are primarily instrumentals. Recorded between 1965 and 1967, you can count on a good deal of uptempo numbers still imbued with the ska sound, though the arrangements are a great deal more keyboard-centric (understandably so!) than any ska album you've ever heard.
MPEG Stream: "Voodoo Moon"
MPEG Stream: "Chicken And Booze"

album cover MITTOO, JACKIE AND THE SOUL BROTHERS Last Train To Skaville (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
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Soul Jazz returns with a second collection of cuts from keyboard wizz Jackie Mittoo. Like the release on their Universal imprint "The Keyboard King At Studio One" this one is bound to be just as popular. Where as "The Keyboard King" focused on Jackie's rocksteady and sundry other cool instrumentals from the early seventies, "Last Train" is a collection of ska era works with his band The Soul Brothers. Formed immediately after the demise of The Skatalites, the Soul Brothers included several members of that legendary band. Along with Mittoo, saxophonist Roland Alphonso, bassist Lloyd Brevett, and trumpet man Johnny Moore all stuck together. The tracks here, like Mittoo's other albums, are primarily instrumentals. Recorded between 1965 and 1967, you can count on a good deal of uptempo numbers still imbued with the ska sound, though the arrangements are a great deal more keyboard-centric (understandably so!) than any ska album you've ever heard.

MIXED BAND PHILANTHROPIST The Impossible Humane (Siren) cd 17.98
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This is the cd reissue of a unusual neo-Dadaist collage from the Mixed Band Philanthropist originally on vinyl only from Selektion back in 1986 or so. Recombining source material from Nurse With Wound, Organum, P16.D4, Andrew Chalk, The New Blockaders, S.B.O.T.H.I. (Achim Wollschied), Merzbow, Controlled Bleeding, Asmus Teitchens, and dozens more, the Mixed Band Philanthropist's wacky noise assault is similar in nature to the blistering collages found on Nurse With Wound's "Sylvie & Babs" album. Strains of this mid-80's experimental sound can be heard in the laptop collages from the Mego technicians.

MIXMASTER MIKE Anti-Theft Device (Asphodel) cd 14.98
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The sexy mustachioed Invisible Skratch Pikl, and now Beastie Boys DJ, breaks out with this excellent full length. As Oliver Wang rightly points out in the SF Bay Guardian, this record is worlds apart from the recent Shiggerfragger Skratch Piklz cd, which featured multi-turntable improvisations. Anti-Theft Device is more tightly composed, never lets up for a second -- it's clear that the Mix Master worked really hard on this record... and has come up with a full on car-stereo-worthy beatbox classic. Refreshingly free of "filler", and most of us here think it is much better than the Beastie Boys record. Lastly, the CD booklet folds out into a mini-poster.

MIXMASTER MIKE Anti-Theft Device (Asphodel) lp 11.98
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The sexy mustachioed Invisible Skratch Pikl, and now Beastie Boys DJ, breaks out with this excellent full length. As Oliver Wang rightly points out in the SF Bay Guardian, this record is worlds apart from the recent Shiggerfragger Skratch Piklz cd, which featured multi-turntable improvisations. Anti-Theft Device is more tightly composed, never lets up for a second -- it's clear that the Mix Master worked really hard on this record... and has come up with a full on car-stereo-worthy beatbox classic. Refreshingly free of "filler", and most of us here think it is much better than the Beastie Boys record. Lastly, the CD booklet folds out into a mini-poster.

album cover MIXMASTER MIKE Bangzilla (Scratch Recordings) cd 15.98
Maybe I haven't had enough coffee today or my cold is blocking these beatz from my brain, but San Francisco native Mix Master Mike (see also Invisibl Skratch Piklz; see also Beastie Boys) bringz it hard with his newest releaze, Bangzilla. MMM's technique is maztered here and with no MC diztraction, hiz mixez are of a near-vomituz rate. But iz it awezome? Indeedz.
MPEG Stream: "Bangzilla"
MPEG Stream: "Tranzmission"

MIXMASTER MIKE Eye Of The Cyklops (Asphodel) cdep 6.98
Beastie Boys' DJ and Scratch Pikl MMM is back on wheels of steel with this four-track ep.

MIXMASTER MIKE Return Of The Cyklops (Asphodel) cd 13.98
Beastie Boys' DJ and Scratch Pikl MMM returns with the follow-up to his cdep Eye Of The Cyclops.

MIXMASTER MIKE Suprize Packidge (Asphodel) 12" 6.98
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One of the very best, dynamic and exciting pieces from Mike's recent Anti Theft Device album, "Suprize Packidge" utilizes a cool sample from "The Taking of Pelham 123", and is here presented in its original form plus a remix by the ubiquitous Automator (we mean that in a nice way, Dan). Also included are three other pieces, at a very budget price for the cd format. You can't go wrong.

MIXMASTER MIKE Suprize Packidge (Asphodel) cdep 3.98
One of the very best, dynamic and exciting pieces from Mike's recent Anti Theft Device album, "Suprize Packidge" utilizes a cool sample from "The Taking of Pelham 123", and is here presented in its original form plus a remix by The Ubiquitous Automator (we mean that in a nice way, Dan). Also included are three other pieces, at a very budget price for the cd format. You can't go wrong.

MIXMASTER MIKE Valuemeal 12 Inch Combo Deluxe (Asphodel) 12" 5.98
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3 turntablist pieces from the sexiest Skratch Pikl.

MIXMASTER MIKE Wrists of Fury (ISP Vision) videotape 5.98
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There's a disembodied cartoon wrist on cover.

album cover MIZUTANI, KIMIO A Path Through Haze (Bamboo) cd 17.98
Yay, the '70s Japanese psych rock reissues continue! Years ago this one was available on cd as a fancy expensive Japanese import, but that's been gone for ages so it's nice to have this new reish. A Path Through Haze (great title, eh?) is the mostly instrumental 1971 solo album from acid guitarist Mizutani, a fixture of the scene as a session axe, you'll find him supplying the fuzzed out leads on such records as Love Live Life +1's Love Will Make A Better You and People's Ceremony - Buddha Meets Rock. With this, he stepped out on his own with what proved to be his only album as leader. It's an ambitious affair, employing not only an all-star cast of his heavy friends from the psych scene, but also both string quartet and woodwind quartets. Also prominent on this record is the Hammond organ, piano, and Moog synth of Masahiko Satoh, who did his own album also entitled A Path Through Haze somewhat later. Confusing, eh? "A Path Through Haze" is also a song on both albums, it seems it's a Satoh composition. Here that song starts off with gentle keyboard shimmer, before Mizutani gets his licks in about halfway through, amidst much spaceiness of effects. And that's sorta how it goes with this record, lots of pretty keyboards, yes, plenty of nice moody melody, but Mizutani (usually) eventually unleashes the fuzz, particularly on rockier/riffier numbers like the Hendrix-y "One For Janis". The "chamber rock" restraint characteristic of some of this record only lasts so long, the likes of "Tell Me What You Saw" being a bit of a freak-out, with mathy prog rock rippage galore. And its Satoh's synth that goes nuts some of the time too.
This one didn't make the top 50 in Julian Cope's Japrocksampler, by the way... in fact, he actually bags on this one a bit, but WE like it, so there. Cope also didn't like Foodbrain either. While we'll agree that we'd have been happy to hear Mizutani wail away here even more than he does, it's still a beautiful album, and even its most stonery sit-com soundtrack fusion moments have a certain charm.
MPEG Stream: "A Path Through Haze"
MPEG Stream: "Turning Point"
MPEG Stream: "One For Janis"

album cover MIZUTANI, KIMIO A Path Through Haze (Bamboo) lp 24.00
Now, reissued on vinyl!
Yay, the '70s Japanese psych rock reissues continue! Years ago this one was available on cd as a fancy expensive Japanese import, but that's been gone for ages so it's nice to have this new reish. A Path Through Haze (great title, eh?) is the mostly instrumental 1971 solo album from acid guitarist Mizutani, a fixture of the scene as a session axe, you'll find him supplying the fuzzed out leads on such records as Love Live Life +1's Love Will Make A Better You and People's Ceremony - Buddha Meets Rock. With this, he stepped out on his own with what proved to be his only album as leader. It's an ambitious affair, employing not only an all-star cast of his heavy friends from the psych scene, but also both string quartet and woodwind quartets. Also prominent on this record is the Hammond organ, piano, and Moog synth of Masahiko Satoh, who did his own album also entitled A Path Through Haze somewhat later. Confusing, eh? "A Path Through Haze" is also a song on both albums, it seems it's a Satoh composition. Here that song starts off with gentle keyboard shimmer, before Mizutani gets his licks in about halfway through, amidst much spaceiness of effects. And that's sorta how it goes with this record, lots of pretty keyboards, yes, plenty of nice moody melody, but Mizutani (usually) eventually unleashes the fuzz, particularly on rockier/riffier numbers like the Hendrix-y "One For Janis". The "chamber rock" restraint characteristic of some of this record only lasts so long, the likes of "Tell Me What You Saw" being a bit of a freak-out, with mathy prog rock rippage galore. And its Satoh's synth that goes nuts some of the time too.
This one didn't make the top 50 in Julian Cope's Japrocksampler, by the way... in fact, he actually bags on this one a bit, but WE like it, so there. Cope also didn't like Foodbrain either. While we'll agree that we'd have been happy to hear Mizutani wail away here even more than he does, it's still a beautiful album, and even its most stonery sit-com soundtrack fusion moments have a certain charm.
MPEG Stream: "A Path Through Haze"
MPEG Stream: "Turning Point"
MPEG Stream: "One For Janis"

album cover MIZUTANI, KIYOSHI Scenery Of The Border: Environments And Folklore Of The Tanzawa Mountains (And / OAR) 2cd 15.98
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A few years back, Kiyoshi Mizutani ventured into the Tanzawa mountain range located to the southwest of Tokyo in order to document the sounds of that very isolated region. In the liner notes to this album, Mizutani explains that this region enjoys a complex history with centuries worth of military endeavors and legends including one tragedy which Mizutani alludes to about "the losing army's princess." Needless to say, the mountains may have been of strategic importance to any number of rival factions; but by now, their remoteness and desolation harbors only a small population. He focuses his attention upon three aspects of those mountains: the natural (which is the dominant voice of the Tanzawan environment), the ceremonial folklore of the people, and the residual noise of the man-made. Mizutani's love of bird sounds was evident on one of his early sound works simply entitled Bird Songs; and the spirited chatter of many a bird dots Mizutani's field recordings. Crickets, cicadas, and plenty of insect choruses also feature into Scenery Of The Border, as does a broad range of watery recordings from quiet drips from a misty rain to the immersive white noise of waterfalls. The few recordings that feature a human presence are of restrained Shinto and Buddhist ceremonies, which Mizutani mentions have rarely been heard outside of that region. It's these ritualistic stompings and hushed bits of chanting that stand amongst the highlights of this incredible field recording document.
MPEG Stream: "Hail At Mt. Tanzawa"
MPEG Stream: "Million Times Invocation Of Yozuku"
MPEG Stream: "Blue And White Flycatcher At Shiomizu Pass"

MIZUTANI, KYOSHI Bird Songs (Ground Fault ) cd 11.98
During the '80s, Kyoshi Mizutani was a member of Merzbow with Masami Akita - the man who's name is often synonymous with Merzbow, in spite of the many individuals who have helped with his ongoing Merzbow project. For this album, Mizutani presents six different and mostly untreated field recordings with tenuous connections to bird songs. The first track features the most overt manipulation of the field recorings with Mizutani sampling and modulating the tweeting song of an Indian Tree Pipit. Mizutani's raw recordings also feature the strange call of a Ground Thrush in the midnight rain and the squawking of several ducks as the airplanes fly overhead their bird sanctuary. There's also a track in which Mizutani records a duet between himself spartanly playing a thumbpiano and the calls of a number of birds in the forest. While he's captured some nice sounds, his microphone is not quite as finely tuned as the ones used by Bernie Krause or Chris Watson.

MJ GUIDER Green Plastic (Constellation Tatsu) cassette 5.98

MNE-MIC Gulf Stream (Alchemy) cd 21.00
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Japanese noisicians Mayuko Hino (she of dripping candlewax on her naked body performance fame in her other band, CCCC) and Ranko Onishi (dunno much about her) here collaborate as Mne-Mic.
Their album "Gulf Stream" is dominated by muffled blasts of synth-generated white noise, with distortion laden theremin warbles and distant screams. But their more subtle work with contact mic-ed buckets of water and Onishi's "fogphone" (which from the back photo appears to be smoke bellows) is even more effective in creating a jarring dislocation between the slashing noise and the brief interludes of silence. Scary, powerful stuff, culminating in the ultra drone-howl of the final, 16-minute track "A Sigh of Clam".

MNEM Hypstatic Ground (Drone Records) 7" 6.50
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Drone Records -- run by Stefan Knappe of Troum and Maeror Tri -- exclusively produces seven inches mostly by emerging artists who specialize in expressive drone work (hence the label name). While there is something to be said for Drone's dedication to unknown artists, the work that comes from the ongoing series tends to be some of the best work from each of the artists' respective catalogues. This definitely includes more familiar names such as Reynols (with their infamous '10,000 Chicken Symphony'), Francisco Lopez, Spear, and Osso Exotico; but also lesser known artists such as Klood and Tarkatak. Drone tends to make small runs of these singles (usually about 250 copies and with handmade covers) and they always go fast.
Mnem's "Hypstatic Ground" is another fine entry from the ongoing Drone series. It appears that Mnem is a couple of Finnish guys who have been tinkering around with the mechanisms of old reel-to-reel tape machines, to build warbling compositions of collaged creaks, clatterings, and buzzes with all sorts of slow descents into rumbling noise and infernal rhythmic grindings. If Philip Jeck ever wanted to make a piece that was seething and angry and subtly brutal, it would probably sound like this. Limited to 250 copies.

MNORTHAM :coyot: (Erewhon) cd 13.98
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Aeolian harps are relatively simple devices made from of a couple planks of wood and a taut wire, which are placed in relation to a wind source to transform the speed, force, and directionality of the air itself into an extended drone. David Kenny's Aeolian String Ensemble and Douglas Quin's Antarctica recordings (using ice instead of wood and wire) are previous examples we've mentioned of the amazing sounds that an aeolian harp can generate. Portland sound artist Mnortham received a commission to install a series of aeolian harps in an abandoned bunker found on an island off the coast of Finland. (Cool!) ":coyot:" is a collection of the transmuted sounds from the recordings that Mnortham made within that bunker, as well as from various field recordings culled from the exploration of the island's landscape. While the lengthy essay contributed by Giancarlo Toniutti offers a complex thesis on the relation of these recordings to the sky / wind / air mythologies of a number of ancient Nordic races, Mnortham's recordings succeed through their beautifully droning simplicity, much like Francisco Lopez or Jonathan Coleclough.
RealAudio clip: "Effects On Atmospheric Pressure On Air-Born Particles"

album cover MNORTHAM Automnal 2003 (And / OAR) cd 13.98
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As of spring 2007, the nomadic lifestyle of Michael Northam may land the American born sound artist in New Delhi where he might manage a media arts facility or he might take up the humble calling of a gardener in the south of France, where he could find plenty of inspiration for his ecologically tinged compositions. The excitement, fear, and instability of not really knowing where housing might come from has been the existence for Mr. Northam for many years now, and he's always managed to build an impressively cohesive body of work through composition, performance, and exhibition. The Automnal 2003 disc was originally a self-published CD-R which Northam gave to his friends and colleagues as a testament to the benefits, joys, trials, and failures to his chosen lifestyle. During the 24 months between August 2001 and the autumn of 2003, Northam picked up and moved his studio 13 times across Europe and North America; and the three extended tracks on Automnal represent three particular places along that journey. The first track opens with a glassy drone of sustained string vibration which sound remarkably like the more pastoral tones of Phill Niblock. Aquatic rumblings and fluttering patterns emerge as complementary elements to the Northam's droning infinitude that aptly fits Northam's geographical subject, a glacier on the Switzerland / France border. The second track is my (Jim's) favorite piece that Northam has created to date. With a gaping low-end drone beautifully stacked with what seem to be choral harmonics built from the environmental recordings of crickets near a stream, Northam offers a breaktaking, nocturnal piece of activated ambience much like Zoviet France's Shadow Thief Of The Sun or Gas' Konigsforst minus the motorik rhythm, of course. For the finale of Automnal 2003, Northam presents a sinewy vibrational hypnosis that's quite similar in frequency to the first track, yet he manages to dislocate the bleary ambience with a subcutaneous stream of crackle and static. A wonderful record!
MPEG Stream: "Weave"
MPEG Stream: "Creek"
MPEG Stream: "Ils Grosbois"

album cover MNORTHAM Go (Ferns) 3" cd 9.98
This 3" CD from the always impressive sound artist mnortham (nee Michael Northam) was conceived as a tribute to his father who was a race car driver from 1949 until 1965. In those days, Northam's father strapped himself into what was quite literally a rocket of a car, as it was little more than a aerodynamic cylindrical frame, a beast of an engine, four wheels, and barely enough room to cram in the driver. While the sound artist Northam didn't have any archival recordings of the race car driver Northam as source material, mnortham did venture to the Terre Haute Raceway back in the summer of 2005. From the field recordings of that event, mnortham concocts a surprisingly elegant collage of cyclical tumblings and aerating sonic masses reflecting the centripetal forces of the human body when put under such rigorous conditions. As volatile and aggressive as the soundfield of raceways can be (one can look no further than the Santa Pod collection of racetrack recordings released by Ash International a few years back), mnortham has wholly avoided the Merzbowian noise precepts. While cacophonous in the truest sense of the word, Go is a certainly not a noise composition instead adhering to the signature aggregate sound of compounding and compacting layers of sound into a vulcanized, elliptical drone mass aiming for the elation from speed and acceleration over the testosterone implied by the roar of an engine. Very well done.
MPEG Stream: "Go"

MNORTHAM Memoirs of Four Discarded Objects (Edition ... ) cd 14.98
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album cover MNORTHAM Molecular Knot Phase One (Cloud Of Static ) cd ep 13.98
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Sound piled upon sound piled upon sound and piled on more sound is the signature of Michael Northam's process in his installations and compositions. Far from the irritating collisions of sound in Merzbow, Northam softens, rounds, and blurs his dense collages into a shadowy minimalism; and the Molecular Knot Phase One is an excellent example of Northam's methods. He began this short 20 minute composition with source material he produced with Seth Nehil, whereby the two gently struck a variety of zithers and found objects. Northam then extracted tiny sounds (hence the title) from that source material, stretched and compounded them into timbral drones, then densely collaged those sounds into the eerie mass found on Molecular Knot Phase One. Very nicely done.
MPEG Stream: "Molecular Knot Phase One"

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