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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!

album cover MIST AND MAST Action At A Distance (self-released) cd 6.98
Hurrah, here's the sophomore self-released album from Mist And Mast, fronted by Mr. Jason Lakis (formerly of The Red Thread and Half Film)! Action At A Distance almost sounds like it was plucked from some secret lost treasure trove of '90s college radio ready indie rock. We say "almost" because the very tastefully embellished and very modern recording production gives its true age away. Still, the strummy electric guitars, slightly elliptical and mathy melodies, and slouchy boyish vocals feel cozily familiar like a well-worn and beloved sweater. Some things are simply untethered to trendiness, and genuine heartfelt earnest indie rock songwriting is one of them! That's why Lou Barlow, Joe Pernice, Rob Crow and Jason Lakis and his crew are still goin' strong. Definitely recommended...
MPEG Stream: "In Public"
MPEG Stream: "Elm Street"
MPEG Stream: "X-Ray"

album cover MIST AND MAST Follow A Bad Map (OPZ) cd-r 9.98
Latest record from this local indie rock combo (number three by our count), fronted by aQ pal Jason Lakis, who back in the day was also the frontman for a couple other aQ fave outfits, the Red Thread and Half Film, and while those bands tended toward the more brooding melancholy slowcore side of the spectrum, Mist And Mast traffic in more of a classic indie rock, a sound that to our ears is totally timeless, although perhaps it's more that the sounds are of a different time, specifically the nineties, an era that old folks like us look back upon wistfully, lamenting the passing of the days when bands like Mist And Mast got the sort of attention they deserved. Cuz holy cow, this record is great, and this band just keep getting better with every release, the songs here more fully realized than ever, deftly crafted and meticulously recorded, the sound lush and layered, rife with subtle impossibly memorable hooks, crazy catchy melodies, all wed to a gorgeous dark and dreamlike jangle, not to mention some awesome guitar harmonies, and Lakis's vocals sound better than ever, this is the sort of classic pop that fans of groups like Built To Spill, the Comas, the Shins, Modest Mouse and all the rest, should be flipping out over. If there's any justice, this will be the record that finally perks up the ears of all the folks who should already be listening to these guys. WAY recommended for anyone into classic pop, indie rock and warm wistful jangle. Stick around for record closer, "Red, Right, Returning", which finds Lakis taking Mist And Mast into some haunting, darkly brooding Earth / Barn Owl / Morricone territory, and it definitely suits them!
Beautifully packaged in handmade digipaks, each one adorned with a different map, and each one hand stamped and silkscreened. Also includes liner notes / lyrics also printed on an old map. Nice!
MPEG Stream: "Free Tons"
MPEG Stream: "Getting Out Soon"
MPEG Stream: "Fuyr"

album cover MIST AND MAST s/t (self-released) cd 12.98
Former member of two beloved bands Half Film and The Red Thread, Mr. Jason Lakis has a new project now called Mist And Mast. Their self-titled debut album is filled with such warm and wonderful pop sounds we just had to hit 'play' again the second it was finished. Mist And Mast definitely seem more straightforward pop than The Red Thread who had some '70s classic soft rock leanings. Once again though, Lakis' songcraft is very pleasing to the ears and would probably hit the spot for folks who dig Pernice Brothers, Pinback and the like! Yum.
MPEG Stream: "Turn Into The Turn"
MPEG Stream: "Campfire Went Out"

album cover MISTER HEAVENLY Out Of Love (Sub Pop) cd 13.98
We didn't really expect to like this all that much. A sort of indie rock super group, featuring members of Modest Mouse, The Unicorns and Man Man, it was only once we discovered that the band described their music as "doom-wop", that we became really intrigued, and while we're not sure if this really sound like doom-wop, what we do know is that we like it a LOT. Somewhere between the indie rock of Built To Spill and the propulsive electronic rockisms of modern Britpop (Killers, Arctic Monkeys, etc.), this is at its core indie pop, but with a definite retro old timey vibe, the band infusing the usual jangle with sixties girl group-isms, pounding piano, twangy guitars, lots of ooh ooh back ground vox, some slithery swagger, and yeah, a little '50s doo wop, but all of those elements are blurred into a sound that is its own distinctive thing, with no real nods to any of the members' other groups (thankfully), instead, crafting a super, hooky, jangly, crunchy, fuzzy, and occasionally brooding and dark, chunk of catchy as hell indie rock.
Our favorite moments are, not surprisingly, the darker jams here, opener "Bronx Sniper" might be our fave, a heavy bombastic bit of indie prog stomp, that definitely sounds like it could come courtesy of the latest UK art pop sensation, or the song "Doom Wop", a chugging, droned out, fuzz drenched brooder, with big drums and weirdly effected vocals, and while there are some straight up '50s style throwbacks, there are some killer indie pop gems, all these different sounds woven into something that we just can't seem to stop listening to.
MPEG Stream: "Bronx Sniper"
MPEG Stream: "I Am A Hologram"
MPEG Stream: "Charlyne"
MPEG Stream: "Doom Wop"

album cover MISTER HEAVENLY Out Of Love (Sub Pop) lp 16.98
We didn't really expect to like this all that much. A sort of indie rock super group, featuring members of Modest Mouse, The Unicorns and Man Man, it was only once we discovered that the band described their music as "doom-wop", that we became really intrigued, and while we're not sure if this really sound like doom-wop, what we do know is that we like it a LOT. Somewhere between the indie rock of Built To Spill and the propulsive electronic rockisms of modern Britpop (Killers, Arctic Monkeys, etc.), this is at its core indie pop, but with a definite retro old timey vibe, the band infusing the usual jangle with sixties girl group-isms, pounding piano, twangy guitars, lots of ooh ooh back ground vox, some slithery swagger, and yeah, a little '50s doo wop, but all of those elements are blurred into a sound that is its own distinctive thing, with no real nods to any of the members' other groups (thankfully), instead, crafting a super, hooky, jangly, crunchy, fuzzy, and occasionally brooding and dark, chunk of catchy as hell indie rock.
Our favorite moments are, not surprisingly, the darker jams here, opener "Bronx Sniper" might be our fave, a heavy bombastic bit of indie prog stomp, that definitely sounds like it could come courtesy of the latest UK art pop sensation, or the song "Doom Wop", a chugging, droned out, fuzz drenched brooder, with big drums and weirdly effected vocals, and while there are some straight up '50s style throwbacks, there are some killer indie pop gems, all these different sounds woven into something that we just can't seem to stop listening to.
MPEG Stream: "Bronx Sniper"
MPEG Stream: "I Am A Hologram"
MPEG Stream: "Charlyne"
MPEG Stream: "Doom Wop"

album cover MISTIGO VARGGOTH DARKESTRA Key To The Gates Of Apocalypses (The End) cd 12.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
One of our all-time favorite weird black metal releases, up there with Burzum's "Filosofem" and Potentiam's "Balsyn" (with whom it shares some similarities).
Yes, that's plural Apocalpyses, how evil is that?! And only one key to those gates...anyway, this disc is perhaps Allan and Andee's favorite new black metal find. A one-man side project of Russian (!) Emperor-clones Nokturnal Mortum. While that band was merely ok, this project absolutely rules. One track only, an over-seventy minute long 'song' that begins with dark ambient rumblings, encounters growling wolves, delves into Burzum-like fuzz-trance, all that before erupting into truly epic black metal riffing...an hour later you'll be hiding under your bed trembling with fear (or perhaps slaking your thirst with blood and howling at the moon) but the song still isn't over! A very impressive piece of work. Triumphant evil!"
Since I wrote that, pagan folk metallers Nokturnal Mortum (who are actually Ukrainian, really, not Russian -- a distinction important to them, I'm sure!) have released some newer albums that we really liked, notably their latest, "NeChrist", which many of you bought and presumably enjoyed. Anyone that applies to MUST get this disc too if you don't already have it. Likewise for fans of other avantgarde black metal like Caacrinolas or the aforementioned Burzum and Potentiam... Let me (Allan) quote myself again, this time from the pages of, uh, Cool Beans magazine: "...this disc is amazing! Not just for the novelty of a seventy-minute 'song' that incorporates both ambient forest-rumble (I swear, you'll smell the breath of the wolf) and straight-up black metal riffarama, but for the sheer quality of the music alone! ... Perfect for staring out of a train window into a darkened, rainy and unknown landscape of a foreign land. Obviously, recommended!

album cover MISTRESS II: The Chronovisor (Rage Of Achilles) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Drunken, Dirty, Dave, Misery, and Migg are back, stumbling out of the gutter and into the studio to record a follow-up to 2002's self-titled Mistress debut. England's answer to Cavity or Eyehategod (but way more wasted), Mistress make rock n' roll with much feedback and bad feelings. Some of these guys are involved with the amazing Anaal Nathrakh, and what that band is to polished black metal symphonics these guys are to good times stoner rock. In other words, they're not so much about cracking open a brew and smoking pot as they are about smoking crack and, uh, brooding. Well maybe that's not true, they're all smiles in the band photos. Musically, though, this is some mean-ass, serious stuff. On II: The Chronovisor, Mistress tear through eight tracks of ugly, raw, punkish sludge-metal with titles like "Rat Piss" and "Wanker Colony" before wrapping things up with an epic 13-minute ninth track, entitled "38". Their debut did the same thing, culminating in a lengthy doom opus as well. Clearly these boys don't want to mess with a winning formula!
MPEG Stream: "Hell Is Other People"
MPEG Stream: "No Memory"

album cover MISTRESS s/t (Rage Of Achilles) cd 13.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Hailing from Birmingham, England, the five-piece sludgemetal annihilation squad called Mistress is miserable, drunken, and dirty, quite literally -- just take a look at this list of the band members names and what they're credited with --
Misery: notes
Drunken: noise
Dirty: bulldozerbassing
Dave Cunt: voice
Migg: total destruction of wooden coffins (and cymbals)
That tells you something right there, doesn't it? On their self-titled debut cd, this filthy fivesome crank out wretched distortion/fuzz laden doomgrind in the vein of Eyehategod and Iron Monkey, with some effective black metal touches here and there (keyboards used sparingly), as on the track "Rebecca". Which makes sense, since singer Dave is a member of awesome British black metal act Anaal Nathrakh that we love so much! Of course Mistress isn't nearly as intense as Anaal (what is?), and actually as doom sludge stuff goes they're also not on par with the likes of Khanate or Corrupted, quite. But they're still pretty good. They get all rock n' roll (kinda in the style of Floridian sludge-meisters Cavity) with midtempo Sabbath-dragged-through-the-mud cuts like "Goatboy" and "Necronaut". But Mistress are at their best when they take that brand of doominess to its utter extreme on the closing, twelve minute long psychedelic noise/feedback filled drone metal epic "Lord Worm". Good stuff, that.
RealAudio clip: "Necronaut"
RealAudio clip: "Rebecca"

album cover MISTRESS The Glory Bitches Of Doghead (Feto Records) cd 15.98

MISUNDERSTOOD, THE The Lost Acetates: 1965-1966 (UT) cd 14.98

album cover MITCHELL AND MANLEY Norcal Values (Thrill Jockey) lp 16.98
Props to Thrill Jockey. Not only did they come up with a batch of Record Store Day releases this year that were all truly worthy (unlike some other RSD stuff that seems more about collectability than good music), they also made sure that they'd last a bit beyond Record Store Day itself, being limited but not soooooo super limited that they're already on eBay. So, you'll find a bunch of 'em on this list, like the Oval/Liturgy 12", and this, the vinyl-only debut lp from the guitar duo of Mitchell and Manley.
If you're familiar with Isaiah Mitchell's playing in his band Earthless, you kinda know what to expect... endless, tripped out, set the controls for the heart of the sun electric guitar soloing... Meanwhile, Phil Manley is no slouch on the axe himself, as he's demonstrated in Trans Am, The Fucking Champs, Oneida, Jonas Reinhardt, etc. Plus, if you've heard his recent solo album Life Coach, you know he's totally tuned in to '70s kosmiche krautrock electronics. In this context, Isaiah is perhaps more about fingers on frets, and Phil about feets on pedals, but the division of labor isn't all that clear-cut.
And if you were here on Sunday for their instore (their first ever live performance together!), you got a taste of what the two of them are capable of (and, probably already bought this lp). However, that instore was, despite everyone's best intentions (sorry, neighbors!) a bit louder and "face melting" than how Mitchell and Manley come off on record, which Phil had told us was kind of "new-agey". And Norcal Values does mellow it out a bit, on two side-long cuts, "San Francisco Values" (we're proud of them, dammit, and just love Nancy Pelosi!) and "Sausalito Values" (adding a little Marin to the mix).
Basically, this is just what we expected (and wanted)... something that combines the never-ending jamming aspect of Earthless, with the more blissed out vibe of much of Phil's solo album. Shred vs. shimmer, here. Improvised live, with no overdubs. Guitar solos, like it says on the cover.
Although this was released on 4/16, for Record Store Day, it could just have easily come out on 4/20... what we're sayin' is that this is stoner music. Not sure how long these will be around, they are limited to 1000, so better hurry and grab one now - you can mellow out and relax (and light one up) AFTER you've scored a copy. Comes with digital download, btw.

album cover MITCHELL, JONI Court And Spark (Asylum) cd 12.98

album cover MITCHELL, JONI Ladies Of The Canyon (Reprise) cd 12.98
What with all the obscure and amazing early 70's folk reissues that have been released in the past couple of weeks (Mary Anne Patterson, Roger Rodier, Charles Manson), we decided to bring in a remastered classic (or dinosaur, depending on which side of the fence you reside): Joni Mitchell's breakthrough third album, Ladies of the Canyon. At the same time, unbeknownst to us, the always unpredictable label Numero Group releases the inaugural compilation in a new series called Wayfaring Strangers by tracing the immediate influence of this landmark album from 1970 on cuts from 12 female private press recording artists (See review elsewhere). The Circle Game indeed!
Landmark album, Ladies of the Canyon was a turning point recording for Mitchell, because it captures her between the more idealistic child-like sixties folk-pop of her previous album, Clouds (featuring "Chelsea Morning", and "Both Sides Now"), and the later more introspective and existential odes to a post-Woodstock dream deferment (For the Roses, Blue). While its familiar standards, "The Circle Game" and "Big Yellow Taxi", annoy now more than delight (thanks for nothing, Counting Crows!), it is in the lesser-known songs like "Conversation", "The Priest" and "The Arrangement" where her mature songwriting and arrangements shine through the delicate airs. Her take on "Woodstock" is not the nostalgic daydream that Crosby Stills and Nash covered, but a poignantly bitter lament devastatingly delivered. LOTC is equally catchy, pretty, challenging, haunting, and in parts irksome to the point of frustration, BUT, that's the point. Joni Mitchell is a singer who is easier to not like than to like; she has no qualms waiting for you to come to her. But once you get her, she can dazzle and amaze (Rent The Last Waltz, if you don't believe us). The sound samples may not convince you, since LOTC is the epitome of AOR, and really needs to be heard in its entirety, alone in a quiet place, away from judging eyes to reach full effect. Then you will see that Joni Mitchell is an artist (and sometimes guilty pleasure) who like, Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, and Yoko Ono, can be forgiven for their peculiar brand of pretensions because their originality, talent and influence cannot be denied, like it or not. Also recently reissued, her Court and Spark album.
MPEG Stream: "Ladies of the Canyon"
MPEG Stream: " Conversation"

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
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
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
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
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
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
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
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
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

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