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album cover MODELL, ROD Kettle Point (Echochord) 12" 11.98

album cover MODERAT s/t (Bpitch Control) cd 15.98
What do you get when you put Modeselktor and Apparat together....Moderat! The debut collaboration between these German electronic heavyweights finds them joining forces to create some heavy duty electronic pleasures. Pulling from so many different elements of electronic music for their own special form of German techno that satisfies so nicely. There are a couple tracks with guest vocalists that we weren't digging too much, as they come off a bit forced and slick, but the majority of this record is chock full of sounds and beats for electronic heads to get down with.
MPEG Stream: "A New Error"
MPEG Stream: "Seamonkey"

album cover MODERN CHARMS s/t (Clue #2 Records) lp 14.98
From right here in SF comes this kick ass debut of fuzzy, jangly, shoegazey, noisy, bliss pop, from a group called Modern Charms, who sound like they've been studying their nineties indie rock songbooks, in particular, the Swirlies, My Bloody Valentine, Curve, Lush, Slowdive, and really, if that reads like a list of your favorite bands, then Modern Charms are gonna knock your pop-gaze socks off. A few seconds into the first track, "When We Get There" should be all it takes, muted minor key riff, chiming harmonics, angelic ethereal female vox, softly swirling guitar textures, all blurred and smeared into epic billows of chordal swirl, and shot through with shards of feedback, and wild burst of noisy psychedelia, Modern Charms have the sound DOWN, in fact, if you told us this was actually some lost shoegaze gem from the nineties, we'd totally buy it. The music is pitch perfect, right down to the production, and while much of MC's sound is wispy and washed out, the band display plenty of musical muscle as well, with big crunchy riffs, and some seriously noisy psychedelic shoegaze freakouts. But the icing on this retro pop cake has to be the super distinctive voice of vocalist Inna Kurikova, whose gorgeous vocals drift ethereally through thick swaths of noise guitar, and wrap themselves languidly around moody, brooding jangle. And it's not just the sound, the songs too, plenty of subtle hookiness, catchy choruses, the group deftly transforming simple jangle pop into something much more epic and expansive, heady and hypnotic.
MPEG Stream: "When We Get There"
MPEG Stream: "Someday"
MPEG Stream: "Falling Sun"

album cover MODERN NORDEUROPAISCHE DORFMUSIK Westberliner Stadtmusik 1969 I-IV (Leiterwagon) cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
77 minutes of free-improv "psychedelic scorch" put to tape in 1969 by this trio of West Berliners: Norbert Eisbrenner, Werner Goetz, and Sven-Ake Johansson. Johansson (his solo work the subject of a recent Unheard Music Series reissue) played drums on Peter Brotzmann's legendary "Machine Gun" album, recorded around the same time as this disc. MND isn't going to punish you with quite the intensity of "Machine Gun" but it's a nice slice of free-jazz meets early-krautrock experimentation, presenting a sparse sound-field composed of spastic, Sharrock-like guitar squiggle, percussive hits, bass rumble, and lovely horn-shriek, either building into noise-storms or fading back into tense silences. For FMP/Incus fans surely!
Packaged in a cardboard sleeve, with liner notes only in German.
RealAudio clip: "track 3, excerpt 1"
RealAudio clip: "track 3, excerpt 2"

MODERN ROCK MAGAZINE #8 zine 2.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
More smart and thoughtful writing from Tim Ellsion with notable contribution from Alan Licht writing about the White Album. Tim puts the reviews into categories, like Rock, Old School, Post-Indi-Rock, and what he calls New Postmodernism (The Starlite Desperation, Gogogoairheart, etc).

album cover MODERN SHIT Modern Shit: The Stories Told By Record Covers (Alga Marghen) book+cd 70.00

album cover MODERN SOUND QUARTET Otinku (EM Records) cd 21.00
What's the latest obsession of our friends at Japan's weirdest, most wonderful reissues label, EM Records? Last summer, they brought us a special series of sixties surf music soundtracks, and we can thank EM for the essential selection of "singing saw" recordings stocked at Aquarius... as well as much else in the vein of incredibly strange or at least unusual music. Now, EM is excited about...the steel drums! Or, as EM more correctly calls 'em, steel pans. Now, steel pans, to us, aren't quite as thrilling as musical saws, though we'll admit that it's cool that these tuned percussion instruments are made from cast-off 55 gallon oil drums. They've got an interesting history and all, but steel pan and calypso music isn't really our thing... overexposure to the touristy, cheesy use of the instrument doesn't help. What's next, EM celebrates the pan flute? But, at least on the two steel pan oriented albums that EM has recently rescued and reissued, the steel pan sound is pretty sweet, and totally jazzed up. Afro-Caribbean jazz-funk laced with the percussive melodic chiming sound of the steel pan is what you'll hear on this album by the Modern Sound Quintet, recorded in Stockholm, Sweden (of all places) in 1971. But the band wasn't Swedish -- leader Rudy Smith came from Trinidad, birthplace of the steel pan, and the other musicians in the group hailed from Trinidad, Ghana, Barbados, and Surinam. Smith was the pannist in the group, which also featured drum kit, congas, bass and piano. They cook up some funky originals as well as putting their own unique steel pan spin on such standards as Milt Jackson's "Bag's Groove", Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", and Herbie Mann's "Memphis Underground". Perhaps in this context the steel pan does sound a bit like that more ordinary jazz instrument, the vibes, but of course with more of a tropical island flavor. No doubt there's some grooves here that some crate-digging DJ's would be happy to have unearthed on vinyl, now they'll know to look for this. And while we won't pretend this is the most amazing thing EM has ever released, it's kinda neat if you are at all into obscure jazz-funk exotica. Pretty charming really. This is the one to get, and if you love it then check out EM's other related steel pan release, a reissue of 1984's Still Around by the Rudy Smith Quartet.
Oh and of course this boasts EM's usual deluxe gatefold sleeve packaging job, with informative, illustrated liner notes in both Japanese and English.
MPEG Stream: "Otinku"
MPEG Stream: "Flower In The Rain"

album cover MODESELEKTOR Boogybytes Vol.3 (Bpitch) cd 15.98

album cover MODESELEKTOR Happy Birthday (BPitch) cd 16.98

album cover MODESELEKTOR FEAT PUPPETMASTAZ The Dark Side Of The Sun (Bpitch) 12" 10.98

MODEST MOUSE Building Nothing Out Of Something (Up) cd 12.98
At last it's here--the much, much-delayed new Modest Mouse release! Well, don't get TOO excited, 'cause this isn't their still-upcoming major-label debut album (to be released on Epic in April, perhaps, if the band gets their troubles sorted out), but rather a singles collection which functions as a sort of "best of" collection. Material from six 7"s on the Up, Sub Pop, and Suicide Squeeze labels makes up the twelve tracks to be found here--a fine selection indie-rock pop indeed. And let us praise the nice tracing-paper cover on the cd, too.

MODEST MOUSE Building Nothing Out Of Something (Up) lp 9.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
At last it's here--the much, much-delayed new Modest Mouse release! Well, don't get TOO excited, 'cause this isn't their still-upcoming major-label debut album (to be released on Epic in April, perhaps, if the band gets their troubles sorted out), but rather a singles collection which functions as a sort of "best of" collection. Material from six 7"s on the Up, Sub Pop, and Suicide Squeeze labels makes up the twelve tracks to be found here--a fine selection indie-rock pop indeed.

album cover MODEST MOUSE Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks (Epic) cd ep 12.98
An eight song EP (golly, that's a big EP!) from Isaac Brock and company compiling some mostly recent Modest Mouse odds 'n' ends. Includes tracks from the "Night On The Sun" 12" which was gathered up from the recorded material that didn't make it onto their last proper album "The Moon And Antarctica". And in turn, some material from those very same sessions that didn't make it onto "Night On The Sun" surfaces here, as well as an odd mish-mash of a song called "The Air" which brings together a bunch of even older tunes of theirs. Modest Mouse completists take note!

album cover MODEST MOUSE Good News For People Who Love Bad News (Epic) cd 17.98
Ok, let's see how we can put this without offending anyone. Modest Mouse, they're really popular, we know a lot of folks love this band. And...well, we know a lot of folks (maybe not the same ones) who love the Red Hot Chili Peppers. So, we're not trying to say anything bad about either band -- just that, well, this new Modest Mouse sounds a hell of a lot like the Red Hot Chili Peppers! We were kind of hoping they would shed their ill advised funkiness and revert to their sweetly off kilter indie jangle of old, but alas, it was not to be. But by all means, Modest Mouse fans, don't let that stop you from enjoying this record.
MPEG Stream: "The World At Large"
MPEG Stream: "Ocean Breathes Salty"

album cover MODEST MOUSE Good News For People Who Love Bad News (Epic) dualdisc 17.98
Now re-released as a dualdisc with all sorts of extra video footage and goodies. Here's our review of the cd first time around:
Ok, let's see how we can put this without offending anyone. Modest Mouse, they're really popular, we know a lot of folks love this band. And...well, we know a lot of folks (maybe not the same ones) who love the Red Hot Chili Peppers. So, we're not trying to say anything bad about either band -- just that, well, this new Modest Mouse sounds a hell of a lot like the Red Hot Chili Peppers! We were kind of hoping they would shed their ill advised funkiness and revert to their sweetly off kilter indie jangle of old, but alas, it was not to be. But by all means, Modest Mouse fans, don't let that stop you from enjoying this record.
MPEG Stream: "The World At Large"
MPEG Stream: "Ocean Breathes Salty"

MODEST MOUSE Lonesome Crowded West (Up) cd 11.98
New full length from indie rock sensations of da moment.

MODEST MOUSE Moon & Antarctica (Epic) cd 15.98
BACK IN PRINT! Not a huge stylistic leap, and not a 'major-label-sellout' either (even though it's their major label debut). They have thankfully mostly dropped the annoying funky dork rock found here and there on the last record ('Do The Cockroach') but sadly have not dipped back into the loping melancholia that was so much a staple of their sound in the beginning. Instead, they've stuck with their skewed mix of depressed guy emo and Pixies style indie rock. While not as breathtaking as their debut, 'The Moon & Antarctica' is definitely an excellent Modest Mouse record.
Unless you can't stand that guy's voice. Then forget everything I just said.

album cover MODEST MOUSE No One's First, And You're Next (Epic) cd ep 9.98

album cover MODEST MOUSE Sad Sappy Sucker (K) cd 13.98
Here is the much-anticipated "lost" first album from those Modest Mouse boys. Includes many oddities from back in '94. "Why," you may ask "was this never released?" Well, the story goes that Isaac and the MM gang simply decided to set it aside, in favor of focusing on recording the 'This Is A Long Drive...' album. So there. So K Records decided the time is right for a lil' trip back in time. Won't you join them?
RealAudio clip: "Dukes Up"
RealAudio clip: "Mice Eat Cheese"

MODEST MOUSE The Fruit That Ate Itself (K) cd 10.98

album cover MODEST MOUSE The Moon And Antarctica (Epic) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Reissued with four bonus tracks recorded live on the BBC! Here's the review from when we first got it in: Not a huge stylistic leap, and not a 'major-label-sellout' either (even though it's their major label debut). They have thankfully mostly dropped the annoying funky dork rock found here and there on the last record ("Do The Cockroach") but sadly have not dipped back into the loping melancholia that was so much a staple of their sound in the beginning. Instead, they've stuck with their skewed mix of depressed guy emo and Pixies style indie rock. While not as breathtaking as their debut, The Moon & Antarctica is definitely an excellent Modest Mouse record.
Unless you can't stand that guy's voice. Then forget everything I just said.
MPEG Stream: "3rd Planet"
MPEG Stream: "Custom Concern (Instrumental)"

album cover MODEST MOUSE This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About (Up) cd 12.98
One of my favorite records. A little Pixies, a little Violent Femmes, lyrics that make you want to cry, and a whiny cute singer boy with a lisp. (--Andee)
MPEG Stream: "Dramamine"
MPEG Stream: "Breakthrough"

MODEST MOUSE This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About (Up) lp 9.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
One of my favorite records. A little Pixies, a little Violent Femmes, lyrics that make you want to cry, and a whiny cute singer boy with a lisp. (--Andee)

album cover MODEST MOUSE This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About (Glacial Pace) 2lp 26.00
A long, long time ago we reviewed this album, originally released on Up Records in 1996. Now at long last it's been reissued on vinyl, with two bonus tracks, and the review, written by our Andee, still applies, it's short and sweet and a definite thumbs up: One of my favorite records. A little Pixies, a little Violent Femmes, lyrics that make you want to cry, and a whiny cute singer boy with a lisp.
MPEG Stream: "Dramamine"
MPEG Stream: "Breakthrough"

album cover MODEST MOUSE We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank (Epic) 2lp 21.00
Now available on vinyl for a limited time!!
There is a certain level of possessiveness that seems to go hand in hand with being an independent music enthusiast. Sometimes this possessiveness turns to snobbery in thought or can often be expressed in comments like: "they were never as good as their first 7 inch" or "I only like the OLD stuff", etc... It's hard to pinpoint exactly why, but part of it is definitely the fact that discovering cool bands is a lot of work, and when you do discover a band, even though you're eager to share them with all your friends, you're NOT eager to share them with the rest of the world. The rest of the world discover their new bands by simply turning the radio to some random top 40 or even lower 100's college station, while the indie music obsessive is reading zines and going to shows and checking out opening bands and reading music blogs or whatever. Sometimes the indie music nerd (okay, snob) can feel ripped off when their special "find" becomes popular. It's safe to say that Modest Mouse is no longer a special find (if your aforementioned possessiveness is contained check out the American Idol contestant's cover of "Float On" for a Mustang commercial; if your possessiveness is not so easily contained, steer clear...it might make you blow your top!)
Most of us remember the first time our bodies came alive to the sound of Modest Mouse. For some of us no record will ever compare to This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About or Lonesome Crowded West (or maybe even actually, their first 7 inch!), while others will find themselves flailing uncontrollably to the angsty lispy yells of Isaac Brock for the first time with the band's latest, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Brock's folky growl may be the only thing that has remained constant over the years as the band's instrumentation has turned from raw ruckus to structured madness. The highly anticipated recruitment of The Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr is subtly felt throughout the band's most recent project and The Shin's James Mercer contributes some nice airy backing vocals on "Florida" and "We've Got Everything," but it is clear that Brock still holds the reigns...and let's them go at exactly the right moment. Whether this is the first or fifth full length you've heard by Modest Mouse, we think you'll be pleased. And who would have EVER thought Modest Mouse would be #1 on the Billboard charts?!?! Wow.
MPEG Stream: "Dashboard"
MPEG Stream: "Florida"

album cover MODEST MOUSE We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank - Limited Edition (Sony) cd 23.00
There is a certain level of possessiveness that seems to go hand in hand with being an independent music enthusiast. Sometimes this possessiveness turns to snobbery in thought or can often be expressed in comments like: "they were never as good as their first 7 inch" or "I only like the OLD stuff", etc... It's hard to pinpoint exactly why, but part of it is definitely the fact that discovering cool bands is a lot of work, and when you do discover a band, even though you're eager to share them with all your friends, you're NOT eager to share them with the rest of the world. The rest of the world discover their new bands by simply turning the radio to some random top 40 or even lower 100's college station, while the indie music obsessive is reading zines and going to shows and checking out opening bands and reading music blogs or whatever. Sometimes the indie music nerd (okay, snob) can feel ripped off when their special "find" becomes popular. It's safe to say that Modest Mouse is no longer a special find (if your aforementioned possessiveness is contained check out the American Idol contestant's cover of "Float On" for a Mustang commercial; if your possessiveness is not so easily contained, steer clear...it might make you blow your top!)
Most of us remember the first time our bodies came alive to the sound of Modest Mouse. For some of us no record will ever compare to This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About or Lonesome Crowded West (or maybe even actually, their first 7 inch!), while others will find themselves flailing uncontrollably to the angsty lispy yells of Isaac Brock for the first time with the band's latest, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Brock's folky growl may be the only thing that has remained constant over the years as the band's instrumentation has turned from raw ruckus to structured madness. The highly anticipated recruitment of The Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr is subtly felt throughout the band's most recent project and The Shin's James Mercer contributes some nice airy backing vocals on "Florida" and "We've Got Everything," but it is clear that Brock still holds the reigns...and let's them go at exactly the right moment. Whether this is the first or fifth full length you've heard by Modest Mouse, we think you'll be pleased. And who would have EVER thought Modest Mouse would be #1 on the Billboard charts?!?! Wow.
This limited edition cd packaging includes a deluxe slipcase and 32-page color booklet!
MPEG Stream: "Dashboard"
MPEG Stream: "Florida"

album cover MODEST MOUSE We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank - Regular Edition (Sony) cd 17.98
There is a certain level of possessiveness that seems to go hand in hand with being an independent music enthusiast. Sometimes this possessiveness turns to snobbery in thought or can often be expressed in comments like: "they were never as good as their first 7 inch" or "I only like the OLD stuff", etc... It's hard to pinpoint exactly why, but part of it is definitely the fact that discovering cool bands is a lot of work, and when you do discover a band, even though you're eager to share them with all your friends, you're NOT eager to share them with the rest of the world. The rest of the world discover their new bands by simply turning the radio to some random top 40 or even lower 100's college station, while the indie music obsessive is reading zines and going to shows and checking out opening bands and reading music blogs or whatever. Sometimes the indie music nerd (okay, snob) can feel ripped off when their special "find" becomes popular. It's safe to say that Modest Mouse is no longer a special find (if your aforementioned possessiveness is contained check out the American Idol contestant's cover of "Float On" for a Mustang commercial; if your possessiveness is not so easily contained, steer clear...it might make you blow your top!)
Most of us remember the first time our bodies came alive to the sound of Modest Mouse. For some of us no record will ever compare to This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About or Lonesome Crowded West (or maybe even actually, their first 7 inch!), while others will find themselves flailing uncontrollably to the angsty lispy yells of Isaac Brock for the first time with the band's latest, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Brock's folky growl may be the only thing that has remained constant over the years as the band's instrumentation has turned from raw ruckus to structured madness. The highly anticipated recruitment of The Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr is subtly felt throughout the band's most recent project and The Shin's James Mercer contributes some nice airy backing vocals on "Florida" and "We've Got Everything," but it is clear that Brock still holds the reigns...and let's them go at exactly the right moment. Whether this is the first or fifth full length you've heard by Modest Mouse, we think you'll be pleased. And who would have EVER thought Modest Mouse would be #1 on the Billboard charts?!?! Wow.
This is the normal version but for all you super fans. We also have the deluxe version of this album which comes with a slipcover and 32 page booklet.
MPEG Stream: "Dashboard"
MPEG Stream: "Florida"

MODEST MOUSE / 764-HERO Whenever You See Fit (Up/Suicide Squeeze) 12" 7.98
2 popular Northwest groups collaborate on a new song. Some of the prettiest indie rock we've heard in a while, full of beauty and woe. The two accompanying remixes are sort of pedestrian electronica.

album cover MODULAR SET Beached On The Half Landing (Howell's Transmitter) cd 11.98
The pieces of Modular Set don't all necessarily fit together... uh, modularly. Some jut out at odd angles, some tumble away from the pack, some drift off into the ether. The group takes the conventions of no wave and post-rock into cryptic territory. Add a little free jazz and analog synthesizer explorations, and you have Beached On The Half Landing. The more synth-centric tracks are very reminiscent of the soundtracks coming out of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop back in the '70s. We only wish they'd connected each of the nine tracks so that it would be one seamless 38 minute journey, but 'tis not to be. Very cool nonetheless.
MPEG Stream: "Underhill"
MPEG Stream: "Show Me The Flower That Tried To Pick You"

album cover MODULAR SET Spots & Notches (Howells Transmitter) cd-r 6.98
The Modular Set's second ep Spots & Notches travels a considerably more linear path than 2006's Beached On The Half Landing. It takes the listener from gentle droniness crafted from sample loops, keyboards and a smattering of saxophone and minimal drum strikes into progressively more kinetic and angular territory in which guitar, bass and drums weigh in more prominently. The ep's opening track "Ossicone" starts in the soothingly hazy shadows, but by the fifth and final "Flehmen Response" it has grown sharp jazzy angles, flourishing flashes of cymbals and post-rock percussive rhythms. Released on the always solid Mission District indie label Howell's Transmitter (also home to Charles Atlas, Black Fiction, and Ray's Vast Basement)!
MPEG Stream: "Ossicone"
MPEG Stream: "Flehmen Response"

MODULATIONS Cinema for the Ear (OST) (Caipirihna) cd 14.98
Aside from the many problems which arose from the movie that accompanies this 'soundtrack', it should be noted that Metamkine - the brilliant musique concrete label from Paris - began a series called "Cinema for the Ear" about eight years ago. Unfortunately for Jerome (the man behind Metamkine), this movie did not even come close to acknowledging Metamkine and only gave namechecking references to Stockhausen and Cage.
As a compilation that documents the history of populist electronic music from the past 20 years, it hits on some important players but acts more as a canonizing agent than as a collection of 'fresh' sounds. The drum & bass representatives of Panacea, Aphrodite, and Goldie sound unimpressively dated, the one unifying problem for all of electronica with a few exceptions. Fortunately, two of those exceptions are present - Giorgio Moroder's production on the diva-disco classic Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" and "No UFOs" by Model 500, the track which spawned the Detroit sound of techno.
At best this is a mixed bag of tracks, and we certainly recommend that you check out the full albums by some of the artists present (i.e. Giorgio Moroder, Afrika Bambaataa, Model 500 / Juan Atkins, LFO, Derrick May, Panacea, Ryoji Ikeda, Coldcut, and To Rococo Rot...) and the singles from Metalheadz (cos Goldie's full length albums have been utter crap) and Aphrodite (ditto).

album cover MODULO 1000 Nao Fale Com Paredes (World In Sound) cd 23.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
All right! It's about time this legendary slice of South American psych got a not-inordinately-expensive cd reissue we could stock. We've been into this band/album ever since a REALLY expensive but beautiful (and now long-gone) vinyl reissue came out on Shadoks some years ago. Now World In Sound makes it available on cd in a fancy thick triple-fold sleeve that preserves the great psychedelic gatefold art from the original LP -- art that Acid Mothers Temple would die for! There's a 14-page booklet with notes and photos as well. This is definitely one for all you '70s heavy psych freaks! Super fuzz wah guitar and organ jamming stoner psych-prog from Brazil, circa 1970. Nine tracks packed with sinewy jams, trippy fx, weighty grooves... definitely appealing to the same head-space as contemporaries like Iron Butterfly, Dug Dug's, Captain Beyond, Speed Glue & Shinki, Hendrix, Flower Travellin' Band, etc. And we're pretty certain that current South American stoner rock faves Los Natas must be into this album too... Also, you may in fact have heard one track from this before, on the ever-recommended Love, Peace & Poetry: Latin American Psychedelic Music comp also on Shadoks, but that track only hints at how cool this album is. (They also have a track on the LP&P Brazilian volume too.)
Here's a quote from one of the band members, the organist, that ought to give some flavor of what they were all about: "The music of Modulo 1000 had its own appeal to an audience that wanted a heavy, raw, experimental, psychedelic sound. Our kind of music did not make it to the radio stations. It was too wild. The distribution of the record was done in a very limited way. The record label directors, which probably didn't understand or even didn't like our music, did zero promotion for the LP." Thus, one darn heavy, weird, and utterly rare record!
This reish also includes seven bonus tracks (from where/when is left unexplained) some of which are freaky enough to fit with the actual record itelf, but just aren't as heavy -- more Latin groovy.
MPEG Stream: "Nao Fale Com Paredes"
MPEG Stream: "Salve-Se Quem Pudea"

album cover MODULO 1000 Nao Fale Com Paredes (Cherry Red Phonograph) lp 31.00
All right! The cd reissue of this legendary slice of South American psych has been out of print for some time, and while it's also been reissued on vinyl before, that was long ago and much more expensive, so we're happy to have this back, reissued once again on wax.
This is definitely one for all you '70s heavy psych freaks! Super fuzz wah guitar and organ jamming stoner psych-prog from Brazil, circa 1970. Nine tracks packed with sinewy jams, trippy fx, weighty grooves... definitely appealing to the same head-space as contemporaries like Iron Butterfly, Dug Dug's, Captain Beyond, Speed Glue & Shinki, Hendrix, Flower Travellin' Band, etc. And we're pretty certain that current South American stoner rock faves Los Natas must be into this album too... Also, you may in fact have heard one track from this before, on Shadok's ever-recommended Love, Peace & Poetry: Latin American Psychedelic Music comp, but that track only hints at how cool this album is. (They also have a track on the LP&P Brazilian volume too.)
Here's a quote from one of the band members, the organist, that ought to give some flavor of what they were all about: "The music of Modulo 1000 had its own appeal to an audience that wanted a heavy, raw, experimental, psychedelic sound. Our kind of music did not make it to the radio stations. It was too wild. The distribution of the record was done in a very limited way. The record label directors, which probably didn't understand or even didn't like our music, did zero promotion for the LP." Thus, one darn heavy, weird, and utterly rare record!
MPEG Stream: "Nao Fale Com Paredes"
MPEG Stream: "Salve-Se Quem Pudea"

album cover MOE, OLE-HENRIK Ciaccona / 3 Persephone Perceptions (Rune Grammofon) 2cd 22.00
Not for the faint of heart. But pretty bad ass. If you can say that about an academic, avant-garde, micro-detailed, solo VIOLIN recording. Two discs worth to boot! Norwegian composer Ole-Henrik Moe (henceforth known as OHM as per the liner notes), who studied with extreme 20th c. classical dude Iannis Xenakis, offers up 43+40 minutes of stark, scary musick, all brilliantly performed by his wife, violinist Kari Ronnekleiv. Disc one, "Ciaccona", is a tour-de-force of scratching and sawing and scraping, tortured strings sculpting some kind of strange and terrible beauty out of the vast (yet intimate) soundspace that the resonant silences present here delineate. In fact, these recordings took place an a (presumably empty) church, that Ronnekleiv alone fills with menacing drones. It's pretty frickin' amazing that this is all played straight through by one person. She's got incredible stamina and such subtle, awesome control, her fingers commanding overtones, with no overdubs.
More high end shriek and suspenseful shimmer is to be heard on disc two, "3 Persephone Perceptions". On both discs, at times it's like you're hearing the violin analog to a free jazz saxphonist's circular breathing freakout, or for that matter a demented little kid's frantic balloon-rubbing. But plenty of it is quiet and atmospheric as well, full of droning delicate waver, suggesting the weeping of a frightened child. Sudden bursts of sound are the whip hand coming down.
With all these dynamics of hush and hysterics, this is a palate cleanser that puts other stuff in perspective... put on some, say, Wolf Eyes or Yellow Swans on after this and they'll sound like campfire singalongs. Heck try this back to back with some black metal, we swear the corpsepainted ones will seem just a little less intense than they previously did. Hmm...Orthrelm/Octis might be a match for it though. Maybe it's the association we make between stabbing violins and stabbing knives due to Bernard Herrmann's infamous score to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, but this is definitely "shower scene" music at times. And the whole thing could easily be running through the head of any self-respecting resident of your local Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Play it LOUD. And tremble.
Perhaps how we're describing this isn't what OHM intended... but c'mon it's what any normal person's gonna hear. And also what any abnormal person (i.e. typical AQ customer) who digs the weirder, out-there edges of "20th Century Classical" (a la Xenakis), is gonna like.
Comes in the usual nice Rune Grammofon packaging with a suitably evocative Kim Hiorthoy designed digipack sleeve.
MPEG Stream: "Ciaccona track 14"
MPEG Stream: "3 Persephone Perceptions track 3"
MPEG Stream: "Ciaccona track 2"

MOEBIUS Blotch (Nepenthe) cd 14.98

album cover MOEBIUS Nurton (Blue Pole) cd 16.98
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It's so inspiring and sadly all too rare to find someone who was making challenging music that sounded ahead of their time decades ago, and who is STILL pushing themselves to creating music with the same adventure and scope. All too often, those who were at the forefront of creative musical invention end up settling down and creating safe and boring music as the years pass. Even many AQ psych/prog/kraut favorites end up going that route. For proof just take a listen to what folks like Franco Battiato or Tangerine Dream made decades into their careers. Luckily there are some exceptions to that downward spiral, and Dieter Moebius is a perfect example of how one can continue to make weird and wonderful music years and years after they first hit the scene. From his pioneering krautrock/kosmische work with Cluster and Harmonia as well as collaborations with Brian Eno, it would be very easy and well deserved for Moebius to just rest on his laurels. But even after those trailblazing years of the '70s he continued to make great albums into the 80's and still does today. Nurton, released in 2006, is his first solo outing in over seven years and it finds him as unpredictable and pleasing as ever. The sounds he creates take twists and turns that hold your attention fast, and he's always able to take you to a special spaced-out place full of wonder, bliss and intrigue. Crazy instrumental electronica to put the youngsters in the field to shame.
MPEG Stream: "Mahalmal"
MPEG Stream: "Warum?"
MPEG Stream: "Opaque"

album cover MOEBIUS Tonspuren (Bureau B) cd 17.98
Moebius's first solo album from 1983 is also one of our favorites of the post-Cluster universe. We first heard this when it was recently reissued on cd via the Japanese import label Captain Trip (along with Zero Set and Rastakraut Pasta), but it was much too expensive to list. Thankfully, the Bureau B label has come to the rescue and we're able to share this gem with you (they did vinyl, too, we listed a few weeks back).
Moebius has always been the more elusive and ornery of the Cluster duo. By 1983, Roedelius already had 5 solo albums under his belt, but Moebius always seemed to prefer working with groups or one-off projects, where he could entertain his curious sonic predilections against the grain of other performers. Surprisingly for his first actual solo release, he turns in an intriguing and engaging pop record. Not "Pop" in the commercial sense, but Tonspuren is surprisingly big on melodic but idiosyncratic precise miniatures with songs sounding like they were made by tiny but giddy machines.
Yet unlike Roedelius, Moebius allows no willful excursion or baroque tangent to intervene with the concise construction of his compositions, keeping them reduced to as essential compositions as possible, though much warmer and more fluid than, say, the compositions on Cluster's Curiosum (reviewed elsewhere on this list). Tellingly, this was made at the height of German New Wave, and one wonders how much of that may have played an influence. If you liked Cluster's Zuckerzeit, then check this out! Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Contramio"
MPEG Stream: "Rattenwiesel"
MPEG Stream: "Sinister"

album cover MOEBIUS Tonspuren (Bureau B) lp 23.00
Moebius's first solo album from 1983 is also one of our favorites of the post-Cluster universe. We first heard this when it was recently reissued on cd via the Japanese import label Captain Trip (along with Zero Set and Rastakraut Pasta), but it was much too expensive to list. Thankfully, the Bureau B label has come to the rescue and we're able to share this gem with you.
Moebius has always been the more elusive and ornery of the Cluster duo. By 1983, Roedelius already had 5 solo albums under his belt, but Moebius always seemed to prefer working with groups or one-off projects, where he could entertain his curious sonic predilections against the grain of other performers. Surprisingly for his first actual solo release, he turns in an intriguing and engaging pop record. Not "Pop" in the commercial sense, but Tonspuren is surprisingly big on melodic but idiosyncratic precise miniatures with songs sounding like they were made by tiny but giddy machines.
Yet unlike Roedelius, Moebius allows no willful excursion or baroque tangent to intervene with the concise construction of his compositions, keeping them reduced to as essential compositions as possible, though much warmer and more fluid than, say, the compositions on Cluster's Curiosum (reviewed elsewhere on this list). Tellingly, this was made at the height of German New Wave, and one wonders how much of that may have played an influence. If you liked Cluster's Zuckerzeit, then check this out! Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Contramio"
MPEG Stream: "Rattenwiesel"
MPEG Stream: "Sinister"

album cover MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM Double Cut (Bureau B) cd 17.98
Of all the various collaborations that krautrock maestro Moebius of Cluster fame has been involved in, we have to say this 1983 collaboration with Gerd Beerbohm might just be the most mind blowing of them all. Originally released on Sky, it's been out of print for ages, so we were so thrilled when we saw Bureau B was going to reissue it, as it's a record that foreshadowed so many sounds of the rhythmic underground that we would love for years to come.
The record opens with "Minimotion" a totally menacing and suspenseful track that sets the mood perfectly for the rest of the record. Like the darkest side of Goblin, or what John Carpenter would want to base the tension of an entire film around. The next two tracks "Hydrogen" and "Narkose" are stunning in how ahead of their time they sound, even now. It's like an otherworldly version of minimal techno, practically the blueprint for what the Chain Reaction crew would be creating more then a decade later. Like the sounds of a steam engine filtered through the lens of a horror movie, so mesmerizing and menacing. The record's final track is the epic 21 minute "Doppelschnitt" and really should be played as loud as possible and made as required listening for anyone making minimal techno or any sort of electronica really, as this shows you the hypnotic possibilities of this sound. No doubt folks like Villalabos, Monoton, Moritz Von Oswald, and Carl Craig got their ears on this album early on, as this record really laid out the ingredients for what would go down in Berlin and Detroit in the years to follow.
But what makes Double Cut so incredibly special is not just that it was ahead of its time, mastering a genre that hadn't even been invented yet, but that in its minimalism, they made a record that creates such a strong mood and has such a distinct overall sound. It's like being trapped in a completely distinctive outer dimension. It wouldn't surprise us if David Cronenberg was hip to this record while he was making Videodrome. It's not often you get to talk about records that completely set the stage for a whole movement of music making to come in its wake. This is one of those records, and we're so damn glad its back in the world where it belongs. A unanimous favorite for sure, as everyone here at the store is totally in love and in awe of Double Cut!
Not yet reissued on vinyl but we're told that will be coming soon, hopefully.
MPEG Stream: "Minimotion"
MPEG Stream: "Doppelschnitt"
MPEG Stream: "Hydrogen"

album cover MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM Double Cut (Bureau B) lp 27.00
Of all the various collaborations that krautrock maestro Moebius of Cluster fame has been involved in, we have to say this 1983 collaboration with Gerd Beerbohm might just be the most mind blowing of them all. Originally released on Sky, it's been out of print for ages, so we were so thrilled when we saw Bureau B was going to reissue it, as it's a record that foreshadowed so many sounds of the rhythmic underground that we would love for years to come.
The record opens with "Minimotion" a totally menacing and suspenseful track that sets the mood perfectly for the rest of the record. Like the darkest side of Goblin, or what John Carpenter would want to base the tension of an entire film around. The next two tracks "Hydrogen" and "Narkose" are stunning in how ahead of their time they sound, even now. It's like an otherworldly version of minimal techno, practically the blueprint for what the Chain Reaction crew would be creating more then a decade later. Like the sounds of a steam engine filtered through the lens of a horror movie, so mesmerizing and menacing. The record's final track is the epic 21 minute "Doppelschnitt" and really should be played as loud as possible and made as required listening for anyone making minimal techno or any sort of electronica really, as this shows you the hypnotic possibilities of this sound. No doubt folks like Villalabos, Monoton, Moritz Von Oswald, and Carl Craig got their ears on this album early on, as this record really laid out the ingredients for what would go down in Berlin and Detroit in the years to follow.
But what makes Double Cut so incredibly special is not just that it was ahead of its time, mastering a genre that hadn't even been invented yet, but that in its minimalism, they made a record that creates such a strong mood and has such a distinct overall sound. It's like being trapped in a completely distinctive outer dimension. It wouldn't surprise us if David Cronenberg was hip to this record while he was making Videodrome. It's not often you get to talk about records that completely set the stage for a whole movement of music making to come in its wake. This is one of those records, and we're so damn glad its back in the world where it belongs. A unanimous favorite for sure, as everyone here at the store is totally in love and in awe of Double Cut!
Not yet reissued on vinyl but we're told that will be coming soon, hopefully.
MPEG Stream: "Minimotion"
MPEG Stream: "Doppelschnitt"
MPEG Stream: "Hydrogen"

album cover MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM Strange Music (Bureau B) cd 17.98
Along with the Record Of The Week, Double Cut, we also have the duo of Moebius and Beerbohm's first outing together, Strange Music from 1982. And strange it surely is. Perhaps not as sonically perfect of a release as Double Cut, it goes in all kinds of intense directions. Starting with the urgent post punk drumming that opens the first track, "Subito", adding to it a swarm of buzzing synths that swirl and sting. Most songs here percolate and gurgle in brash noisy soundscapes, like an industrial swamp with affected vocal noises, and pulsating whirrs. Other songs lurk menacingly and pace creepily with ominous synth howls, reminding us of Throbbing Gristle's murky but dangerous vagueness. With only glimpses of Moebius's past life with Cluster, it seems the newly formed duo were trying their hardest to remove themselves from that past and into new unknown territory. A welcome exploration that only got better and more refined (and engagingly rhythmic) on Double Cut.
MPEG Stream: "Subito"
MPEG Stream: "White House"
MPEG Stream: "Clarks Shiraz"

album cover MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM Strange Music (Bureau B) lp 23.00
Along with the Record Of The Week, Double Cut, we also have the duo of Moebius and Beerbohm's first outing together, Strange Music from 1982. And strange it surely is. Perhaps not as sonically perfect of a release as Double Cut, it goes in all kinds of intense directions. Starting with the urgent post punk drumming that opens the first track, "Subito", adding to it a swarm of buzzing synths that swirl and sting. Most songs here percolate and gurgle in brash noisy soundscapes, like an industrial swamp with affected vocal noises, and pulsating whirrs. Other songs lurk menacingly and pace creepily with ominous synth howls, reminding us of Throbbing Gristle's murky but dangerous vagueness. With only glimpses of Moebius's past life with Cluster, it seems the newly formed duo were trying their hardest to remove themselves from that past and into new unknown territory. A welcome exploration that only got better and more refined (and engagingly rhythmic) on Double Cut.
MPEG Stream: "Subito"
MPEG Stream: "White House"
MPEG Stream: "Clarks Shiraz"

album cover MOEBIUS & PLANK Material (Bureau B) cd 16.98
Released between 1980's Rastakraut Pasta and 1983's Zero Set, Moebius and Plank's second outing from 1981 reigns in most of the reggae and African rhythms that inspired the other releases but still remains more driving and eccentric than any of the Cluster records from around the same period. Opener "Conditionierer" with its fast bopping rhythm could easily be one of their most rocking dance-floor friendly tracks ever, even if the weird electronic bleeps and pitch-shifted layers take it to a place little seen in rock or dance circles. "Infiltration" and "Osmo Fantor" are more moody and industrial sounding similar in feel to pieces on After The Heat with Brian Eno. Yet the central track "Tolikuehn" is more menacing and forceful with frenetic distorted synth arpeggiations that would sound just right in some Italian giallo film or cyber thriller. But it isn't until the final track "Nordoestliches Gefuehl" that the eccentric vibe of the record closes with a long blissful drifting piece reminiscent of the last Koss record, Ancient Rain, that unites the eccentricities of the record into a unifying lasting whole. Nice!
MPEG Stream: "Conditionierer"
MPEG Stream: "Nordoestliches Gefuehl"

album cover MOEBIUS & PLANK Material (Bureau B) lp 23.00
Released between 1980's Rastakraut Pasta and 1983's Zero Set, Moebius and Plank's second outing from 1981 reigns in most of the reggae and African rhythms that inspired the other releases but still remains more driving and eccentric than any of the Cluster records from around the same period. Opener "Conditionierer" with its fast bopping rhythm could easily be one of their most rocking dance-floor friendly tracks ever, even if the weird electronic bleeps and pitch-shifted layers take it to a place little seen in rock or dance circles. "Infiltration" and "Osmo Fantor" are more moody and industrial sounding similar in feel to pieces on After The Heat with Brian Eno. Yet the central track "Tolikuehn" is more menacing and forceful with frenetic distorted synth arpeggiations that would sound just right in some Italian giallo film or cyber thriller. But it isn't until the final track "Nordoestliches Gefuehl" that the eccentric vibe of the record closes with a long blissful drifting piece reminiscent of the last Koss record, Ancient Rain, that unites the eccentricities of the record into a unifying lasting whole. Nice!
MPEG Stream: "Conditionierer"
MPEG Stream: "Nordoestliches Gefuehl"

album cover MOEBIUS & PLANK Rastakraut Pasta (Water) cd 15.98
Krautrock fans are familiar with these guys: Dieter Moebius, who is one one-half of Cluster, and Conny Plank, the producer/engineer responsible for recording sooooo many amazing albums in the '70s and '80s. Both were also members of Liliental. In the early-mid '80s they teamed up for a series of albums together, of which 1980's Rastakraut Pasta was the first.
Various instruments (and non-instruments too?) were played by the duo, then manipulated via Plank's mixing desk, with Moebius providing additional electronics. Can's Holger Czukay also dropped in to lay down bass on a few of the tracks. The results are all quite pleasant and playful, goofy even, tinged with a sunny Jamaican dub reggae influence (hence the Rastakraut title), most notable in the quirky percolating grooves of "Missi Cacadou". And it's quite obvious that this album has something to do with Cluster, nobody else really ever made music like this. Experimental and accessible, weird and wonderful, sorta surreal and not so serious, yet still quite affecting - and full of effects! From the chugging motorik distortion of "Feedback 66" to the looping lovely melodies of "Two Oldtimers" to the more abstract ambience of "Solar Plexus", Rastakraut Pasta is an airy delight. It's mostly instrumental, but when there are vocals, they are heavily treated and fragmentary, and with or without 'em you'll be humming and nodding along.
This new Water label reissue includes new liner notes, providing quotes from Moebius or Plank about each track. Recommended, and we're looking forward to what we'll assume are upcoming Water reissues of the other M&P records, especially the darker, more rhythmically driven Zero Set from '82.
MPEG Stream: "Rastakraut Pasta"
MPEG Stream: "Feedback 66"
MPEG Stream: "Missi Cacadou"

album cover MOEBIUS & PLANK Rastakraut Pasta (Bureau B) lp 23.00
Recently reissued on cd, now also available on vinyl!
Krautrock fans are familiar with these guys: Dieter Moebius, who is one one-half of Cluster, and Conny Plank, the producer/engineer responsible for recording sooooo many amazing albums in the '70s and '80s. Both were also members of Liliental. In the early-mid '80s they teamed up for a series of albums together, of which 1980's Rastakraut Pasta was the first.
Various instruments (and non-instruments too?) were played by the duo, then manipulated via Plank's mixing desk, with Moebius providing additional electronics. Can's Holger Czukay also dropped in to lay down bass on a few of the tracks. The results are all quite pleasant and playful, goofy even, tinged with a sunny Jamaican dub reggae influence (hence the Rastakraut title), most notable in the quirky percolating grooves of "Missi Cacadou". And it's quite obvious that this album has something to do with Cluster, nobody else really ever made music like this. Experimental and accessible, weird and wonderful, sorta surreal and not so serious, yet still quite affecting - and full of effects! From the chugging motorik distortion of "Feedback 66" to the looping lovely melodies of "Two Oldtimers" to the more abstract ambience of "Solar Plexus", Rastakraut Pasta is an airy delight. It's mostly instrumental, but when there are vocals, they are heavily treated and fragmentary, and with or without 'em you'll be humming and nodding along.
MPEG Stream: "Rastakraut Pasta"
MPEG Stream: "Feedback 66"
MPEG Stream: "Missi Cacadou"

album cover MOEBIUS / PLANK Material (Captain Trip) cd 26.00
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Awesome awesome Cluster related reissue.

album cover MOEBIUS / PLANK Rastakraut Pasta (Captain Trip) cd 26.00
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Awesome awesome Cluster related reissue.

album cover MOEBIUS / PLANK / NEUMEIER Zero Set (Captain Trip) cd 26.00
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Awesome awesome Cluster related reissue.

album cover MOEBIUS / PLANK / NEUMEIER Zero Set (Bureau B) cd 17.98
The collaboration between Dieter Moebius (Cluster, Harmonia), Connie Plank (the producer of pretty much every great Krautrock record), and Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru's drummer) almost sounds too good to be true. But, the one and only recording these three produced in 1983 proves to be amazing. The albums stands as a stunning amalgamation of Kraut motorik rhythms, angular electronic percolations, and a space-funk futurism that's wholly unique to Zero Set. In the early '80s, Plank had been hired to produce the early D.A.F. recordings, beefing up their already muscular Teutonic electronics; and that steroid bloated sound is found within the tight punches of electron poly rhythms and agitated sequences of arpeggiated bleep here too. The tracks all lock around the precisely synchronized rhythms of Neumeier, who has much more of a Donald Johnson / A Certain Ratio approach a la tight punky propulsion rather than the monstrous, if languid fills of "Stone In" on Guru Guru's UFO. Moebius later bemoaned that this album got "too close to techno for comfort." Well, it's actually better for it! Even if it did get close to an electroid techno, Zero Set is both weirder and more playful than many of the electronic body music practitioners of the day. This might not be something for those of you seeking the pastoral prettiness of Harmonia's Deluxe or the Cluster & Eno album, but as an response to the Neue Deutsche Welle sounds from that time period, Zero Set stands out amazingly well. Recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Speed Display"
MPEG Stream: "Load"
MPEG Stream: "Recall"

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