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album cover MOON DUO Killing Time EP (Sacred Bones) 12" 13.98
This has been out of print for a while on vinyl, we just recently listed the cd version, and then suddenly voila, the vinyl is back in print, but for how long, nobody knows, which of course means if you still need the vinyl, grab one quick, while it lasts...
All right! Moon Duo returns with another hazed out transmission from some lost dimension (otherwise known as San Francisco), this one courtesy of the always cool Sacred Bones label. The duo (obviously) features Ripley Johnson from local heroes Wooden Shjips, and their sound is not too far removed from Ripley's main band, maybe a little more ethereal and not quite as overtly "rocking", but definitely following a similar path of hypnotic, fuzzy repetition that we can't get enough of.
Moon Duo are capable of creating powerful songs from very little and they obviously understand the power of simplicity. Each of the four songs on this ep utilize the same hypnotic drum machine groove, altered to various pitches and speeds to accommodate each individual song. The result is like a mechanical heartbeat, throbbing relentlessly with krauty precision, and almost serving as some sort of chain to link each of the songs together. The record begins with "Killing Time", which sounds a bit like a Joy Division part looped forever as the soft, distorted vocals lurk beneath melodic guitars and fuzzy background static. With its buzzing organ and controlled feedback, "Speed" rocks a bit like Suicide augmented by shrieking guitar pulses and, uh, harmonica? Maybe. The cool thing here is how sounds blend together in a cyclone of warm, pulsating analog goodness. At times you are unaware of what you're hearing, and even though it gets noisy and overblown, the results are always catchy and super melodic.
Side 2 begins with "Dead West", which has a cool underwater feel. The song fucks with your perception of time and place, as it could have been recorded 40 years ago or 40 years from now. Sonically, it is a bit reminiscent of fellow California space travelers Sun Araw with its percussive guitar strumming and shimmering psychedelic feel, as a little keyboard melody stands at the center of things while the rest of the sounds oscillate all over the place. "Ripples" gives off a Spacemen 3 vibe as the drumbeat is slowed significantly. The guitars have a nice bit of twang to them, and the sounds once again appear to get caught in some sort of musical whirlpool as they merge together before a cool fadeout.
Picking up where the last ep left off, Killing Time finds Moon Duo descending even deeper into a state of super rhythmic, dreamy psychedelia. Just the way we like it.

album cover MOON DUO Live In Ravenna (Sacred Bones) lp 14.98
When those of us here at aQuarius use the pronoun 'we', we're pretty sure you are all aware this usage is that of the 'royal we' - a singular voice taking on a plurality as a sake of anonymity. So when we say that we went to the Converse store in downtown San Francisco to grab yet another pair of Chuck Taylors, it should be obvious that not all of us were not trying on a single pair of shoes. But when we (in this case, the singular we), were in that store, we were flabbergasted and amazed to be hearing the druggy motorik sounds of Wooden Shjips wafting through the shop as the druggy, dreamy slacker sound seems designed to amplify the themed hipness to further the idea that Chuck Taylors have always been the cool shoes to rock out in. Ripley, the mystery man fronting Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, seems like a Chuck Taylor dude to us; and we gotta wonder if he were sporting a pair on his feet while rocking out with Moon Duo in Ravenna. This live album is a fantastically recorded document from one of the shows from their 2013 tour, during which Ripley and Sanae Yamada brought on John Jeffery as the drummer to flesh out their sound on stage. His Silver Apples meets Can motorik, psychedelic grooves work perfectly with the fuzzed out organ and trance-rock guitar riffs from the Moon Duo duo proper. Really? There's just 250 copies on blue and white vinyl? Get it while you can...
MPEG Stream: "In The Sun"
MPEG Stream: "Motorcycle, I Love You"
MPEG Stream: "Mazes"

album cover MOON DUO Love On The Sea (Sick Thirst) 12" 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
We'll just spare the long-winded build up and get straight to the point: Moon Duo is the new side project from Ripley, guitarist for San Francisco's psychedelic heroes Wooden Shjips, and it kicks plenty of ass. This lengthy two song ep rocks in a similar, albeit slightly more stripped down way, and like the Shjips, Moon Duo is all about super hypnotic, highly rhythmic repetition with plenty of awesome fuzz guitars and simple but powerful drumming. And like all vinyl only offerings from Ripley's main gig, this is also coming to you in highly limited numbers, so act now or suffer later.
The first track, "Love On The Sea," previously appeared in edited form on a recent Yeti magazine compilation. But really, why would anyone want something coming from a Wooden Shjips dude to be slimmed down to fit on a cd with other groups? Thankfully, the version here uses an entire side to help you get even further lost in its endless melodic grooves. The song comes off as the perfect mix of krauty propulsion with fuzzed out, druggy American garage rock from the '60s, and the lo-fi recording works really well to get you nice and disoriented. Murky vocals, swirling organs and bright guitar accents give you the impression of what it would be like to relax in a room full of strobe lights going full blast, and after a while you can't tell whether the drums are a thumping backbeat or a straightforward groove. Whatever the case, it's sounding damn good to our ears.
On side 2 we have "E-Z Street Ext," which actually sounds a bit like an instrumental minor key version of the song "Down By The Sea" from the Shjips' recent Dos record. There's a nice dose of wild fuzz guitar action, but here the organ takes center stage with its awesome underwater sound. The drums are a steady pound, and as the guitar begins to decay into crumpling waves of distortion, things seem to speed up and build in intensity before arriving at a prolonged cymbal loop which itself appropriately ends in a locked groove.
Again, this is super limited, and if you couldn't already tell, it is absolutely required listening for those who can't get enough Wooden Shjips.

album cover MOON DUO Mazes (Sacred Bones) cd 14.98
Moon Duo return with their second proper full length, and if you needed any further proof of their masterful grasp of fuzzed out hypnotic grooves, well, look no further. It's almost as if Moon Duo set out to link every one of their records together as one gigantic pulsating trip into your mind, and Mazes takes you further in. Mazes. Hmm. Like the magic eye cover for their Catch As Catch Can single, the eyeball warping artwork seems to be a perfect visual accompaniment to the awesome brain-melting confusion of the music itself.
Kicking off with "Seer", the duo conjure the hazy underwater sound they've utilized before with a rhythm that walks the line between spaced out acid rock and minimal electro grooves with some of the clearest Moon Duo vocals to date. "Mazes" offers a slight departure from the usual murk, sounding poppy and jangly in the vein of other San Francisco popsmiths like the Fresh And Onlys or the Mantles. It rides out with a sort of pre-1965 surf rock feel that makes this a perfect jam for your next sun baked road trip. "Scars" shifts the mood into darker terrain like some fractured Suicide / Doors hybrid. The heavy vibrato keeps things percolating while the organ occasionally shifts into a spooky little interlude recalling Kraftwerk's "The Model". The song also strangely makes us think of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", an association which is taken to the next logical step with the aggressive "Fallout". The album concludes with "Goners", a midtempo jam that makes it feel like you are walking into the perfect fadeout to an album which will remain playing in your head nonstop for quite some time. Moon Duo have never let us down, and it doesn't seem that'll change anytime soon...
MPEG Stream: "Seer"
MPEG Stream: "Mazes"
MPEG Stream: "Scars"

album cover MOON DUO Mazes (Sacred Bones) 2cd 13.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Moon Duo return with their second proper full length, and if you needed any further proof of their masterful grasp of fuzzed out hypnotic grooves, well, look no further. It's almost as if Moon Duo set out to link every one of their records together as one gigantic pulsating trip into your mind, and Mazes takes you further in. Mazes. Hmm. Like the magic eye cover for their Catch As Catch Can single, the eyeball warping artwork seems to be a perfect visual accompaniment to the awesome brain-melting confusion of the music itself.
Kicking off with "Seer", the duo conjure the hazy underwater sound they've utilized before with a rhythm that walks the line between spaced out acid rock and minimal electro grooves with some of the clearest Moon Duo vocals to date. "Mazes" offers a slight departure from the usual murk, sounding poppy and jangly in the vein of other San Francisco popsmiths like the Fresh And Onlys or the Mantles. It rides out with a sort of pre-1965 surf rock feel that makes this a perfect jam for your next sun baked road trip. "Scars" shifts the mood into darker terrain like some fractured Suicide / Doors hybrid. The heavy vibrato keeps things percolating while the organ occasionally shifts into a spooky little interlude recalling Kraftwerk's "The Model". The song also strangely makes us think of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", an association which is taken to the next logical step with the aggressive "Fallout". The album concludes with "Goners", a midtempo jam that makes it feel like you are walking into the perfect fadeout to an album which will remain playing in your head nonstop for quite some time.
So far Moon Duo has never let us down, and while we're at it, we should mention the following: Ahem. For a SUPREMELY LIMITED TIME we will have these on both formats with a CRAZY limited bonus cd featuring remixes from an aQ worthy list of names including Sonic Boom, Psychic Ills, Cave, Purling Hiss, Gary War, and the unknown to us Eagle Boston covering the song "Mazes". That's some heady company for sure, and the bonus disc begins with Moon Duo spiritual forefather Sonic Boom's take on "Scars", which is given some ambient distance with the handclaps brought to the center while the song carries on below the surface. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. Psychic Ills' remix of "Seer" is given a rad sitar melody over the skeletal rearrangement while the simple shaker percussion helps further the feeling of listening to this in some opium den in the middle of the desert. aQ favorites Cave are up next with the "Organ Desert Mix" for "Run Around" which aptly lives up to its title by injecting blasts of lazer guided synth squall and holding a heavy 4-on-the-floor beat while also retaining its strange bluesy feel. Of course, before too long things take off into space and, shit, it sounds GOOD. Purling Hiss tackles "In The Sun", which immediately announces itself as the standout on this sucker, opening with abstracted noise and the stand alone vocals, before launching itself sleazily into the troposphere with a merciless drum pound and insane wah abuse. FUCK YEAH! "When You Cut" finds Gary War running the duo through some pitch shifted weirdness hanging murkily under a crisp drumbeat, providing the weirdest reinterpretation here, like a bad acid trip in a good way. Sonic Boom returns to the controls for "Fallout", transmitting the song from some far off region in space. Not sure who this Eagle Boston thing is, but their hypercharged female sung cover of "Mazes" finds the band perfectly at home on the aQ shelf alongside groups like Mugstar, Bardo Pond, Lumerians, and all the rest. In fact, with a slight amount of hesitation, we might add that more than one aQ staffer thought the remix record was just as good as the album itself... So recommended we probably don't even have to bother telling you to get this now since you know how much you'll regret it when this bonus disc ends up on eBay...
MPEG Stream: "Seer"
MPEG Stream: "Mazes"
MPEG Stream: "Scars"

album cover MOON DUO Mazes (Sacred Bones) lp 19.98
Moon Duo return with their second proper full length, and if you needed any further proof of their masterful grasp of fuzzed out hypnotic grooves, well, look no further. It's almost as if Moon Duo set out to link every one of their records together as one gigantic pulsating trip into your mind, and Mazes takes you further in. Mazes. Hmm. Like the magic eye cover for their Catch As Catch Can single, the eyeball warping artwork seems to be a perfect visual accompaniment to the awesome brain-melting confusion of the music itself.
Kicking off with "Seer", the duo conjure the hazy underwater sound they've utilized before with a rhythm that walks the line between spaced out acid rock and minimal electro grooves with some of the clearest Moon Duo vocals to date. "Mazes" offers a slight departure from the usual murk, sounding poppy and jangly in the vein of other San Francisco popsmiths like the Fresh And Onlys or the Mantles. It rides out with a sort of pre-1965 surf rock feel that makes this a perfect jam for your next sun baked road trip. "Scars" shifts the mood into darker terrain like some fractured Suicide / Doors hybrid. The heavy vibrato keeps things percolating while the organ occasionally shifts into a spooky little interlude recalling Kraftwerk's "The Model". The song also strangely makes us think of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", an association which is taken to the next logical step with the aggressive "Fallout". The album concludes with "Goners", a midtempo jam that makes it feel like you are walking into the perfect fadeout to an album which will remain playing in your head nonstop for quite some time. Moon Duo have never let us down, and it doesn't seem that'll change anytime soon...
MPEG Stream: "Seer"
MPEG Stream: "Mazes"
MPEG Stream: "Scars"

album cover MOON DUO Mazes (Sacred Bones) lp+cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Moon Duo return with their second proper full length, and if you needed any further proof of their masterful grasp of fuzzed out hypnotic grooves, well, look no further. It's almost as if Moon Duo set out to link every one of their records together as one gigantic pulsating trip into your mind, and Mazes takes you further in. Mazes. Hmm. Like the magic eye cover for their Catch As Catch Can single, the eyeball warping artwork seems to be a perfect visual accompaniment to the awesome brain-melting confusion of the music itself.
Kicking off with "Seer", the duo conjure the hazy underwater sound they've utilized before with a rhythm that walks the line between spaced out acid rock and minimal electro grooves with some of the clearest Moon Duo vocals to date. "Mazes" offers a slight departure from the usual murk, sounding poppy and jangly in the vein of other San Francisco popsmiths like the Fresh And Onlys or the Mantles. It rides out with a sort of pre-1965 surf rock feel that makes this a perfect jam for your next sun baked road trip. "Scars" shifts the mood into darker terrain like some fractured Suicide / Doors hybrid. The heavy vibrato keeps things percolating while the organ occasionally shifts into a spooky little interlude recalling Kraftwerk's "The Model". The song also strangely makes us think of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", an association which is taken to the next logical step with the aggressive "Fallout". The album concludes with "Goners", a midtempo jam that makes it feel like you are walking into the perfect fadeout to an album which will remain playing in your head nonstop for quite some time.
So far Moon Duo has never let us down, and while we're at it, we should mention the following: Ahem. For a SUPREMELY LIMITED TIME we will have these on both formats with a CRAZY limited bonus cd featuring remixes from an aQ worthy list of names including Sonic Boom, Psychic Ills, Cave, Purling Hiss, Gary War, and the unknown to us Eagle Boston covering the song "Mazes". That's some heady company for sure, and the bonus disc begins with Moon Duo spiritual forefather Sonic Boom's take on "Scars", which is given some ambient distance with the handclaps brought to the center while the song carries on below the surface. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. Psychic Ills' remix of "Seer" is given a rad sitar melody over the skeletal rearrangement while the simple shaker percussion helps further the feeling of listening to this in some opium den in the middle of the desert. aQ favorites Cave are up next with the "Organ Desert Mix" for "Run Around" which aptly lives up to its title by injecting blasts of lazer guided synth squall and holding a heavy 4-on-the-floor beat while also retaining its strange bluesy feel. Of course, before too long things take off into space and, shit, it sounds GOOD. Purling Hiss tackles "In The Sun", which immediately announces itself as the standout on this sucker, opening with abstracted noise and the stand alone vocals, before launching itself sleazily into the troposphere with a merciless drum pound and insane wah abuse. FUCK YEAH! "When You Cut" finds Gary War running the duo through some pitch shifted weirdness hanging murkily under a crisp drumbeat, providing the weirdest reinterpretation here, like a bad acid trip in a good way. Sonic Boom returns to the controls for "Fallout", transmitting the song from some far off region in space. Not sure who this Eagle Boston thing is, but their hypercharged female sung cover of "Mazes" finds the band perfectly at home on the aQ shelf alongside groups like Mugstar, Bardo Pond, Lumerians, and all the rest. In fact, with a slight amount of hesitation, we might add that more than one aQ staffer thought the remix record was just as good as the album itself... So recommended we probably don't even have to bother telling you to get this now since you know how much you'll regret it when this bonus disc ends up on eBay...
MPEG Stream: "Seer"
MPEG Stream: "Mazes"
MPEG Stream: "Scars"

MOON DUO Mazes Remixed (Sacred Bones) lp 17.98
Remixes from an aQ-beloved list of names including SONIC BOOM, PSYCHIC ILLS, CAVE, PURLING HISS, and GARY WAR. Plus the unknown to us Eagle Boston covering the song "Mazes". That's some heady company for sure! This begins with Moon Duo spiritual forefather Sonic Boom's take on "Scars", which is given some ambient distance with the handclaps brought to the center while the song carries on below the surface. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. Psychic Ills' remix of "Seer" is given a rad sitar melody over the skeletal rearrangement while the simple shaker percussion helps further the feeling of listening to this in some opium den in the middle of the desert. aQ favorites Cave are up next with the "Organ Desert Mix" for "Run Around" which aptly lives up to its title by injecting blasts of lazer guided synth squall and holding a heavy 4-on-the-floor beat while also retaining its strange bluesy feel. Of course, before too long things take off into space and, shit, it sounds GOOD. Purling Hiss tackles "In The Sun", which immediately announces itself as the standout on this sucker, opening with abstracted noise and the stand alone vocals, before launching itself sleazily into the troposphere with a merciless drum pound and insane wah abuse. FUCK YEAH! "When You Cut" finds Gary War running the duo through some pitch shifted weirdness hanging murkily under a crisp drumbeat, providing the weirdest reinterpretation here, like a bad acid trip in a good way. Sonic Boom returns to the controls for "Fallout", transmitting the song from some far off region in space. Not sure who this Eagle Boston thing is, but their hypercharged female sung cover of "Mazes" finds the band perfectly at home on the aQ shelf alongside groups like Mugstar, Bardo Pond, Lumerians, and all the rest. In fact, with a slight amount of hesitation, we might add that more than one aQ staffer thought the remix record was just as good as the album itself... So recommended!

album cover MOON DUO Silver Bells / Winter (Holy Mountain) 7" 6.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Just in! 2nd pressing, now on red instead of green vinyl! If you've still got the holiday spirit, and haven't grabbed one yet, now's your chance before they're gone again...
Along with the recently reissued 12" of holiday faves by Wooden Shjips, WS mainman Ripley Johnson gets similarly festive with his WS offshoot spacekraut combo Moon Duo, which finds Johnson and his partner Sanae Yamada tackling one Christmas classic, and another obscure winter themed cover.
Up first is "Silver Bells", which we had heard described as "Silver Bells meets Silver Machine", but barring the swirls of reverb and the echo-ey vox, the band play it pretty straight, offering up one of the poppiest bounciest jams we've heard from these two. The perfect hazy blur of wasted Christmas cheer for sure.
The flipside finds the band tackling a fairly obscure Rolling Stones track, titled appropriately enough, "Winter", from the Stones' Goats Head Soup record, no one here remembers what the original sounds like exactly (the label describes it accurately as a 'deep cut'), but in the Moon Duo's hands it just becomes another gorgeously washed out smear of spidery glistening guitars, whirling gauzy keyboards, and tripped out reverbed vocal mumbles, all drifting in a wastedly warbly haze, that reminds us way more of the Velvets than the Stones.
A little spacey, a little krautrocky, a little dream poppy, a little Christmasy, but as always, droning and druggy and divine...
MPEG Stream: "Silver Bells"

album cover MOON DUO / BITCHIN' BAJAS Fresh Hair / Bopper's Hat (Permanent Records) 7" 5.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.

album cover MOON KNIGHT Toplov (Universal Consciousness) cassette 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Debut from the awesomely monikered Moon Knight, the work of James Brown III, a member of LA black metal horde Harassor, who sometimes also releases sick sonic blackness under the name Lord Foul. But as Moonknight, Brown creates that sort of crumbling blown out blissy blackness we can never seem to get enough of, equal parts buzzy and super distorted, hazy and washed out and shoegazey, clouds of caustic buzz and caveman pound seem soaked in soft swirls of melodic shimmer, sweetly melancholic melodies are looped dreamily beneath a churning wall of roiling riffage and guttural demonic growls, the label describes it as Alcest and Amesoeurs mixed with Ildjarn and Bone Awl, and that does pretty much nail it, a sound that is both thick and corrosive, hateful and hellishly menacing, but also woozy, dreamy, and downright pretty, meditatively melodic while simultaneously buzz drenched and brutally black, two great tastes that have really never sounded better together. Might just be one of our favorite new black metal releases, too bad it's LIMITED TO JUST 100 COPIES, each tape housed in gorgeous letterpressed #'d J-card, printed on sparkly reflective metallic silver paper.

album cover MOON PHANTOMS s/t (Important Records) lp 22.00
One of the four brand new Bardo Pond related releases on Important, Moon Phantoms is the mystically monickered dream team of Bardo Pond, Alasehir, and Japanese guitar noise masters Suishou No Fune! And if you're not totally sold yet, take it from us, this is two killer sides of dreary, drugged-out, improvised avant-rock for deep listeners only! Quiet guitar wanderings, distant bells and percussion, Suishou No Fune's signature vocal bursts, all slowly evolving into slow driven instrumentals with pounding drums and epic atmospheric noise guitar. Reminds us a lot of Hash Jar Tempo with a dark, sinister twist. According to Pirako Kurenai of Suishou No Fune, the band name came from a recent tour with Alasehir in which both bands discovered a peaceful likeness with the moon amidst the stresses of being on the road. Which makes sense because the album totally possesses this dark and ominous, but peaceful quality, like being at the beach at night or in a forest cabin in the dead of winter. Beautifully and masterfully improvised, this is all killer and no filler, each note lifted into the air and left to fall back to the ground with perfect placement. Beautifully epic and musically rich, limited to an edition of 500, don't miss out on this nocturnal gem!

album cover MOON POOL & DEAD BAND Human Fly (Not Not Fun) 12" 14.98
We made the debut lp from Moon Pool & Dead Band our Record Of The Week a while back, a sort of techno offshoot of industrial noise outfit Wolf Eyes, although as we made clear in our review of that record, there wasn't a real techno element, instead the sound was more of a synth heavy psychedelic trip out, a sound that definitely made the fact that the record was on space/psych rock label Agitated, make a little bit more sense. Druggy, synthy, krautrocky, kosmische, needless to say we were super excited for this follow up 12", and like the lp, we were immediately thrown for a bit of a loop. This one isn't really techno either, not exactly, it's more, well, sort of disco, a bizarre strain of alien funk space disco really. Sounds weird and it is, especially considering it's Wolf Eyes guys, but the move to Not Not Fun definitely makes more sense.
The side long "Human Fly", starts things off with a weirdo alien dancefloor groove, all low fidelity squelch and primitive drum machine, churning rhythms under thick low end buzz and rumble, and some weird house-y stutter, it's an extended mesmerizing minimal spacedisco groove that plays like an old school extended disco 12", albeit one that's a bit more muddy and murky and lo-fi and woozily warped.
The B side opens with "The Jagged Orbit", which is heavy on the eighties disco, but again, a sort of warped psychedelic variant, the vibe murky and totally soundtracky, laced with glitchy FX, lots of hum and buzz and squelch, minimal and motorik and seriously mesmerizing. Which leads right into "Cyber Rebels", a final does of alien funk, a looped and loping groove equal parts vintage dancefloor disco and warped woozy electro. Not at all what we were expecting, but cool nonetheless. Folks who loved the first Moon Pool might be in for a bit of a surprise!

album cover MOON POOL & DEAD BAND s/t (Agitated) lp 16.98
We weren't entirely sure what to expect from a band called Moon Pool & Dead Band, we were even less sure when we saw the super bizarre cover, a striking painting of a family, standing in some sort of sewer, looking out at a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the mother holding what appears to be a dead child, the father consoling her with one hand, clutching a bat in the other, the sky choked with factory smog. What we do know, is we weren't expecting THIS. It's definitely space rock and definitely psychedelic, which puts it at least marginally in Agitated's wheelhouse, there are no guitars, at all, and the sound seems to be entirely synthesizers, and the occasional drums, but we're not disappointed at all! It's definitely not like anything we've heard before, which made even more sense when we discovered that Moon Pool & Dead Band is in fact a 'techno' offshoot of Wolf Eyes, although we're not hearing much actual techno here, instead, it's a sprawling sea of synths swirling and buzzing, occasionally coalescing around minimal motorik beats (hence the techno?), the background rife with glitches and squelches, the band locking onto long stretches of super druggy, synthy drift, getting loopy here and there and sounding a bit like a space rock High Wolf, there are a few moments of goofy almost Perrey and Kingsley style bloop and bleep, the opener on the B side woozy and playful, and a bit of a strange standout moment, but on both sides there's plenty of blurred ambient shimmer, and pulsing mesmerizing psych-synth drift, sort of the perfect mix between psychedelic space rock, and that new wave of Carpenter / Goblin influenced cinematic synthscapery. Recommended to both camps, but probably more so to folks with a foot in each!
LIMITED TO 700 COPIES!!
MPEG Stream: "Inches Of Mercury"
MPEG Stream: "Recycling Concept"
MPEG Stream: "Inches (Over-Space)"

album cover MOON UNIT Hell Horse (Blackest Rainbow) lp 21.00
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Imagine some twisted blown out psychedelic hybrid of Vibracathedral Orchestra and Fushitsusha, and you'd probably come up with something very much like this latest lp from a Scottish power trio called Moon Unit. Five sprawling space/psych jams, that slip from dark and droney to explosive and in-the-red and everywhere in between.
The record begins with some washed out shimmery free form krautfolk drift, psychedelic and kosmische, like Vibracathedral or Avarus or Sylvester Anfang, gauzy clouds of softly tangled melody drift and swirl over spare percussion, fuzzy tendrils of guitar woven into lush landscapes of blurred beauty, but it's a smoldering slow build to something much more intense and aggressive, subtly explosive crescendos surface throughout, guitars growing ever more frenzied and distorted, the drums slip from skitter to pound, long keening tones are laid over choppy seas of rhythmic churn, until finally, the band unleash full on space psych blowouts, crumbling and explosive and fierce and fiery and so intense.
The sound is not so easily classified though, this is not just a psychedelic Godspeed, the sound veers wildly from face melting almost metallic fury, to full on Japanese style white heavenly noise, to distorted krautrock grooves, the drums chaotic on second, locked tight the next, everything wreathed in some sort of incandescent shimmer, that somehow makes the heaviest noisiest bits beautiful, and makes the beautiful bits mysterious and otherworldly.
The record closes with a murky effects heavy free psych workout, disembodied melodies collide with rhythmic shards, swirling swooping effects and crumbling riffage, glimmery and shimmery but still damaged and dark and distorted and totally intense. So good.
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MOONBABIES The Orange Billboard (Hidden Agenda) cd 14.98

album cover MOONBELL Figurine (self-released) cd ep 6.98
Is 'Moon' the new 'Wolf' or 'Skull'?, could be, as lately some of our favorite records have been coming from bands like Moon Duo, Moon Unit and The Soft Moon. Now we get to add Moonbell to the awesome list of psych driven moon moniker bands that we've been digging. We'd been having a lot of folks asking us about this band before we heard them, seems folks around town knew that this was a great new San Francisco band to take notice of. With a sound equally influenced by shoegaze and drugged out rock, Moonbell sound exists in some really awesome place right between Spacemen 3 and early Ride, Swervedriver, and Chapterhouse. Lilting vocals, soaring and dazed guitars all in a smoky vapor of entrancement. Such a great debut!
MPEG Stream: "Figurine"
MPEG Stream: "Nostalgia For The Future"

album cover MOONBELL s/t (Deep Space Recordings) cd 8.98
This local shoegaze gem also on cd!!
We sorta flipped for these local shoegazers when we first heard their Figurine ep a while back, and had been anxiously waiting for a full length ever since, and now that it's here, we're happy to report that it more than fulfills the promise of those first four songs, the hazy drug rock of that debut even more lush and lustrous this time around, the production cranked way up, the guitars thick and layered and lustrous, the vocals reverbed and echo drenched, Moonbell's 4AD shimmer wreathed in a gauzey otherworldly blur, still obviously beholden to nineties shoegazers like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and of course the godfathers of slow-mo drug rock Spacemen 3, but taking the sound and adding their own twist, the ethereal female vocals and the buzzing guitars a heady mix, and when wedded to a lumbering skeletal beat, the sound becomes a blissed out psychedelic slowcore dreampop, while on other tracks, the group up the tempo and crank the FX and send pinwheels of smeared melody and chiming guitars into the ether.
Our favorites definitely tend to be the slower jams, the group locked into mesmerizing hypnorock grooves, pulsing and pulsating through billowing clouds of wild guitar tangle beneath thick crumbling chordal swells, minor key and melancholic, the sounds swirling drowsily in epic expanses of glimmering sonic bliss, culminating in the chiming shimmerpop of closer "White Light", which infuses the group's sound with long streaks of thick layerd buzz and shards of crumbling distortion, all underpinned by a soft almost lullaby like melody. Gorgeous stuff.
MPEG Stream: "Parallel"
MPEG Stream: "StillMotion"
MPEG Stream: "Nothing Less"

album cover MOONBELL s/t (Loglady) lp 15.98
We sorta flipped for these local shoegazers when we first heard their Figurine ep a while back, and had been anxiously waiting for a full length ever since, and now that it's here, we're happy to report that it more than fulfills the promise of those first four songs, the hazy drug rock of that debut even more lush and lustrous this time around, the production cranked way up, the guitars thick and layered and lustrous, the vocals reverbed and echo drenched, Moonbell's 4AD shimmer wreathed in a gauzey otherworldly blur, still obviously beholden to nineties shoegazers like Ride, Swervedriver, Medicine and of course the godfathers of slow-mo drug rock Spacemen 3, but taking the sound and adding their own twist, the ethereal female vocals and the buzzing guitars a heady mix, and when wedded to a lumbering skeletal beat, the sound becomes a blissed out psychedelic slowcore dreampop, while on other tracks, the group up the tempo and crank the FX and send pinwheels of smeared melody and chiming guitars into the ether.
Our favorites definitely tend to be the slower jams, the group locked into mesmerizing hypnorock grooves, pulsing and pulsating through billowing clouds of wild guitar tangle beneath thick crumbling chordal swells, minor key and melancholic, the sounds swirling drowsily in epic expanses of glimmering sonic bliss, culminating in the chiming shimmerpop of closer "White Light", which infuses the group's sound with long streaks of thick layerd buzz and shards of crumbling distortion, all underpinned by a soft almost lullaby like melody. Gorgeous stuff.
Includes a download coupon (and there may also be a cd version we'll be able to get too).
MPEG Stream: "Parallel"
MPEG Stream: "StillMotion"
MPEG Stream: "Nothing Less"

album cover MOONDOG A New Sound Of An Old Instrument (Kopf / Roof Music) cd 17.98
Compositions for organ... ominous glowing church... suspense and strength... two young players... mining gold from the Moondog vaults.

album cover MOONDOG And His Friends (Honest Jon's) 10" 13.98
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This vinyl-only reissue from the eccentric Mr. Moondog gets a guest review here from our pal Dave Katznelson of Birdman Records:
Originally released on Epic in 1953, this long-playing EP is one of the greatest artifacts of the blind New York percussionist available. On par with the excellent Prestige years, with a similar vibe. However, there is something darker here, with an almost acid edge...and the sounds come ripping off the well-mastered vinyl ever so thickly. This classically packaged ten inch boasts an instrumental round that is the precursor to the great All Is Loneliness To Me, "Rim Shot" which is reminiscent of Tyrannosaurus Rex's "Ruminy Soup", and two suites that brilliantly use lush strings behind the signature Moondog hypnotizing percussion. "Be a hobo and go with me," Moondog sings...and why not join him?

album cover MOONDOG And His Friends 2006 (Moondog's Corner) cd 19.98
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Finally on cd, this is an AQ favorite from one of our most beloved musicians of the last half century. This new edition includes 3 bonus tracks of some current day folks like Stefan Lakatos adding their own flavor to preexisting Moondog tracks. But of course the real gold here is the original record which is Moondog in his full glory! We only wish this reissue had a little bit more in the way of elaborate packaging as this just comes in a cardboard sleeve. Here is what our pal Dave Katznelson of Birdman Records said about this record when he reviewed it for us back when we had the 10" version in stock:
Originally released on Epic in 1953, this long-playing EP is one of the greatest artifacts of the blind New York percussionist available. On par with the excellent Prestige years, with a similar vibe. However, there is something darker here, with an almost acid edge...and the sounds come ripping off the well-mastered vinyl ever so thickly. This classically packaged ten inch boasts an instrumental round that is the precursor to the great All Is Loneliness To Me, "Rim Shot" which is reminiscent of Tyrannosaurus Rex's "Ruminy Soup", and two suites that brilliantly use lush strings behind the signature Moondog hypnotizing percussion. "Be a hobo and go with me," Moondog sings...and why not join him?
MPEG Stream: "Theme And Variation - Rim Shots"
MPEG Stream: "Tree Frog - Be A Hobo"
MPEG Stream: "Suite No. One Third Movement"

album cover MOONDOG H'art Songs (Kopf / Roof Music) cd 17.98
There are so so many sides of Moondog, and so many and incredibly varied sounds he's created throughout his long and eccentric life of music making. From inventing his own instruments to performing on street corners to incorporating field recordings into his songs, to collaborating with the London Philharmonic, the list goes on and on. While Moondog is mostly lauded for the sounds he created with his wide range of instruments, it's the sound of his voice in the songs he sang sprinkled throughout his catalog that have always left us in such awe, generating both bewilderment and delight. Originally released on LP in Germany in 1978, H'art Songs is an awesome disc of Moondog vocal tracks, a few of which we had heard on other collections and were already in love with, as well as a bunch that are brand new to our ears. With piano and his own percussion as the musical backdrop, it's Moondogs's totally unique and intimate vocal delivery and word play that makes these songs so weirdly enchanting. Playful and poetic while also emotional and personal. Just like everything else Moondog created in his life, these songs do feel like they are from a different world. So strange and so damn good. This is a must have for Moondog fans!
MPEG Stream: "I'm This I'm That"
MPEG Stream: "I'm In The World"
MPEG Stream: "Enough About Human Rights"
MPEG Stream: "Pigmy Pig"

album cover MOONDOG In Europe (Kopf / Roof Music) cd 17.98

album cover MOONDOG More Moondog (4 Men With Beards) lp 16.98
Every time we get a chance to review a Moondog reissue we can't help ourselves from going on and on about what a musical genius and true visionary Moondog was. Mind boggling that from the 1950's all the way up to his death in 1999 he was making such otherworldly sounds, influenced by his love of classical music and driven by a wild imagination that led him to create his own instruments, weave field recordings into his work and compose some of the most adventurous, impacting and delightful sounds anyone has ever created.
Moondog was completely self-taught, and was blind resulting from an accident when still very young so he composed all his music in braile! Just another dimension to the truly unique backstory that shaped who Moondog was. The ultimate proto-weirdo-outsider musician, but all backed up with pure original genius.
More Moondog was originally released right after his 1956 self-titled debut on Prestige, and opens with two field recordings, the first of which finds him doing a 'duet' on his bamboo pipe with the sounds of the whistle from the Queen Elizabeth cruiseship. As the record goes on he explores such amazing percussive possibilities as well as continuing to weave in and out of a psychedelic array of sounds created with varied instrumentation of his own invention. The album also features one of his stunning vocal rounds "All Is Loneliness" which was later covered by Janis Joplin/Big Brother And The Holding Company.
It's been so awesome to play these Moondog records in the store as lots of our younger customers who are into all the latest experimental and weirdo sounds, always seem to freak out when we play this and then tell them it was recorded in 1956. We see their eyes light up with excited disbelief and we totally understand why. Essential!

album cover MOONDOG Rare Material (Roof Music) 2cd 30.00

album cover MOONDOG s/t (4 Men With Beards) lp 16.98
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Every time we get a chance to review a Moondog reissue we can't help ourselves from going on and on about what a musical genius and true visionary Moondog was. Mind boggling that from the 1950's all the way up to his death in 1999 he was making such otherworldly sounds, influenced by his love of classical music and driven by a wild imagination that led him to create his own instruments, weave field recordings into his work and compose some of the most adventurous, impacting and delightful sounds anyone has ever created.
Moondog was completely self-taught, and was blind resulting from an accident when still very young so he composed all his music in braile! Just another dimension to the truly unique backstory that shaped who Moondog was. The ultimate proto-weirdo-outsider musician, but all backed up with pure original genius.
This, his Prestige debut, came out in 1956 and still sounds like it belongs in another era/galaxy. Whether playing piano, percussion or magical sounds with the instruments he created from his imagination, the sounds on this album are as dazzling as anything he would create throughout his lifetime. So mind blowing the way he intertwined real life field recordings into his songs, and basically created a musical language all his own. Moondog was a man so present and creative with his daily surroundings. Who knew someone often mistaken for nothing more then a street hobo was capable of such musical genius?
It's been so awesome to play these Moondog records in the store as lots of our younger customers who are into all the latest experimental and weirdo sounds, always seem to freak out when we play this and then tell them it was recorded in 1956. We see their eyes light up with excited disbelief and we totally understand why. Essential!

album cover MOONDOG Snaketime Series (Moondog) lp 12.98
Same as s/t with different cover.

album cover MOONDOG The German Years 1977-1999 (Roof Music) 2cd 22.00
We couldn't be more excited that this has become available once again. We were blown away by this collection when it was first released a few years back but it became impossible to restock, until now! We finally have enough to share our love of the lesser known yet equally dazzling music Moondog made in the later years of his life. We recently listed the reissues of his early LP's from the '50s, and how remarkable that this man could have crafted such amazing creative music back then and continue to do so all the way up to his passing, four decades later!!!
The German Years documents the last two decades of Moondog's amazing and eccentric life when he was living in Germany, taken in by a family who supported him so he could devote all his time to creating music. An incredible collection of songs composed for pipe organ, string quartet, voice, chamber ensemble, piano, saxophone and more. Completely other worldly and what we would want a holy church devoted to the purity and sanctity of music to sound like.
The second disc is a recording of his last ever live performance recorded in France in 1999, just five months before he would pass away. Centered mostly on his piano pieces, the show is majestic and totally moving. The cds are packaged in a gorgeous hard cardboard package and includes a 44 page booklet of notes, photos, lyrics, interviews, essays, etc. Essential for Moondog fans, and when we really think about it if you just have a deep love of music chances are you either already love Moondog or you have yet to hear his music and once you do you will for sure be blown away!
MPEG Stream: "Marimba Mondo 2"
MPEG Stream: "Sea Horse"
MPEG Stream: "I'm This I'm That"
MPEG Stream: "Fiesta"

album cover MOONDOG The Story Of Moondog (4 Men With Beards) lp 16.98
Psychedelic percussion, field recordings, long never ending beards, a Viking helmet, homemade instruments, a warped sense of humor, playing music, writing poems and making art on dirty street corners. Sounds like the ingredients for someone in today's experimental music scene, but Luis Hardin (aka Moondog) was doing it all and more back in 1957! Holy shit, we love Moondog so much even we forget sometimes that he was making these totally left-field yet completely entrancing and musically visionary sounds over fifty years ago!
Listening to The Story Of Moondog is like a crazy collaged snapshot of all the sounds that we love at AQ. He truly created music from another world, as these songs would sound perfect on any of the amazing Nonesuch Explorer Series or Sublime Frequencies releases, that is if they had installments for music from other worlds! The songs and sound here are like the blueprints for everyone from The Boredoms to Philip Jeck To Ricardo Villalobos. Without a doubt Moondog is one of the most innovative, creative and genre defying composers and music makers of all time. The instruments he invented and played on this recording leave us in awe, and the rhythms, moods and melodies that come leaping out of these grooves definitely transport us to that fantastical otherworld that Moondog created with his music. Until now the only way to track down this record was on the cd issue of More Moondog/The Story of Moondog so it's so great to finally have these songs on vinyl!

album cover MOONDOG The Viking of Sixth Avenue (Honest Jon's ) cd 17.98
In our minds, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century was a man with a long white beard and a Viking helmet on his head -- Louis Hardin (aka Moondog). Whether it was how he incorporated field recordings into his compositions, unleashed riveting vocal cannons or created confusional worlds of percussion that were light-years ahead of their time, he had such a singular touch and far reaching vision, it's no surprise he's an all time AQ favorite!
While we love so many avant composers of the 20th century, there tends to be an undeniable academic angle to their work which sometimes leaves us a bit cold. Moondog on the other hand employed such a playful approach to his work. Whether he was building his own instruments, creating new scales, experimenting with field recordings, inserting fun wordplay into otherwise austere pieces, you get this amazing sense of playfulness, childlike wonder and a totally unique strangely sophisticated kind of joy. The outsider that he was, Moondog answered to no one. No movement, no school, no tradition. He took his love, appreciation and deep-seated knowledge of classical music, his poetic mind, and his free spirit and created sounds that were like nothing of its time. Losing his eyesight at an early age he began writing scores in Braille. Like most truly special artists, he spent much of his life in relative obscurity, he spent much of the 50's and 60's on New York street corners where he would sell his poems, record the sounds of daily life, and soak in all aspects of his atmosphere. Most New Yorkers just thought they were walking by some crazy homeless guy in a Viking costume, they had no idea they were passing one of the most brilliant musical minds of the last century. Thanks to the help of some of his big fans like Janis Joplin, who covered "All Is Loneliness" on her first outing with Big Brother Holding Company, he got a record deal with Columbia and eventually recorded with the London Symphony, and then spent the last 20+ years of his life in Germany where a rich family supported him while he continued to make music, up until the time of his death. His influence runs so deep and continues to spread among the musical underground, but also slowly but surely permeates into mainstream music. There is talks of a tribute album coming soon, in the '90s many hip-hop and electronic producers sampled his works and many avant electronic folks were definitely influenced by his strange musicks, including Mr. Scruf, DJ Shadow and Aphex Twin. Antony and The Johnsons have been doing an amazing version of "All Is Loneliness" in their live show, and you can hear echoes of Moondog's sounds in everyone from Rhys Chatham, to Jon Brion, to Steve Reich, to Philip Glass and even The Residents. The cost on this collection finally dropped down from a prohibitively steep import price so now we finally can list this and urge you to let these 36 songs introduce you to what will no doubt be a life long love affair with one of our favorite musical minds of all time!
MPEG Stream: "All Is Loneliness"
MPEG Stream: "Oo Debut"
MPEG Stream: "Oasis"
MPEG Stream: "Invocation"

album cover MOONDOG The Viking of Sixth Avenue (Honest Jon's) 2lp 27.00
In our minds, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century was a man with a long white beard and a viking helmet on his head -- Louis Hardin (aka Moondog). Whether it was how he incorporated field recordings into his compositions, unleashed riveting vocal cannons or created confusional worlds of percussion that were light-years ahead of their time, he had such a singular touch and far reaching vision, it's no surprise he's an all time AQ favorite!
While we love so many avant composers of the 20th century, there tends to be an undeniable academic angle to their work which sometimes leaves us a bit cold. Moondog on the other hand employed such a playful approcach to his work. Whether he was building his own instruments, creating new scales, experimenting with field recordings, inserting fun wordplay into otherwise austere pieces, you get this amazing sense of playfulness, childlike wonder and a totally unique strangely sophisticated kind of joy. The outsider that he was, Moondog answered to no one. No movement, no school, no tradition. He took his love, appreciation and deep running knowledge of classical music, his poetic mind, and his free spirit and created sounds that were like nothing of its time. Losing his eyesight at an early age he began writing scores in Braille. Like most truly special artists, he spent much of his life in relative obscurity, he spent much of the 50's and 60's on New York street corners where he would sell his poems, record the sounds of daily life, and soak in all aspects of his atmosphere. Most New Yorkers just thought they were walking by some crazy homeless guy in a viking costume, they had no idea they were passing one of the most brilliant musical minds of the last century. Thanks to the help of some of his big fans like Janis Joplin, who covered All Is Loneliness on her first outing with Big Brother Holding Company, he got a record deal with Columbia and eventually recorded with the London Symphony, and then spent the last 20+ years of his life in Germany where a rich family supported him while he continued to make music, up until the time of his death. His influence runs so deep and continues to spread among the musical undeground, but also slowly but surely permeates into mainstream music. There is talks of a tribute album coming soon, in the 90's many hip-hop and electronic producers sampled his works and many avant electronic folks were definitely influenced by his strange musicks, including Mr. Scruf, DJ Shadow and Aphex Twin. Antony and The Johnsons have been doing an amazing version of All is Loneliness in their live show, and you can hear echoes of Moondog's sounds in everyone from Rhys Chatham, to Jon Brion, to Steve Reich, to Philip Glass and even The Residents. The cost on this collection finally dropped down from a prohibitively steep import price so now we finally can list this and urge you to let these 36 songs introduce you to what will no doubt be a life long love affair with one of our favorite musical minds of all time!
MPEG Stream: "All Is Loneliness"
MPEG Stream: "Oo Debut"
MPEG Stream: "Oasis"
MPEG Stream: "Invocation"

album cover MOONDOG AND HIS HONKING GEESE Playing Moondog's Music (Moondog Records) cd 12.98
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album cover MOONDOG: THE VIKING OF 6TH AVENUE - THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY (ROBERT SCOTTO) (Process) book+cd 24.95

MOONEY SUZUKI, THE Electric Sweat (Gammon) cd 15.98
More MC5 worship from this hard-rockin retro combo named after Can's two singers, even though this is totally Detroit not Deutschland. Good fun, if derivative.

MOONEY SUZUKI, THE People Get Ready (Estrus) cd 14.98
No, this band has nothing to do with the seminal German band Can nor with their two vocalists Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki. Expecting a little krautrock? Think again. Think NYC rock'n'roll, baby. That's right. "People Get Ready" is a dozen sweaty badass numbers. With plenty of soul and bluesy firepower. Where else but on Estrus Records? Recorded by Tim Kerr.

album cover MOONHEARTS s/t (Tic Tac Totally) lp 14.98
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We were first turned on to the Moonhearts when their vocalist/bassist Mikal Cronin teamed up with Ty Segall for a smoking collaboration on a 7" that sadly went out of print before we could even get it in the store. We remember when it came out, Ty Segall telling us how we had to look out for the band Mikal was in with this kid named Charlie, called Charlie & The Moonhearts, and that we just HAD to hear 'em. The band soon dropped the Charlie from their moniker and became The Moonhearts, and then we started to hear some of their songs on various compilations and 7"s and finally saw them live and were totally blown away. The debut full length is one of the most fuzzed out, on-fire slabs of wax to come out this year. For sure similar in sound and spirit to lots of Ty Segall's earliest recordings, an awesome combination of garage rock grit stripped of any fat and overflowing with full on punk conviction.
Start to finish this record absolutely kills, from all out blazing in the red rippers to some more stripped down raw psychedelic garage pop. "Deathstar Pt.2" might just be one of our favorite songs of the year, making us think of The Misfits doused with even more distortion and raw spirit. Just when we thought we might be burning out on fucked up and fried garage rock, Moonhearts come so correct on this LP, showing us that they are one of the best around at this sound and so deserve to be heard by anyone and everyone who digs that sound...

album cover MOONKNIGHT Ligeia (Universal Consciousness) cassette 8.98
Record number two from LA black metal one man band Moonknight, aka James Brown III, one third of LABM trio Harassor (whose new record is reviewed elsewhere on this week's list), and like Toplov before it, Ligeia is another blast of blown out black buzz and pounding metallic grimnity, opening with a blast of old school buzz and pound, punkish and droned out, the track gradually gains momentum, the vocals drawn out into raspy drones that mirror the fuzzy insectoid buzz beneath, all interwoven into a mesmerizingly undulating sprawl of hypno-buzz blackness, which leads directly into the crackle drenched lo-fi blur of the second track, atmospheric and almost Tim Hecker-like before the song proper kicks in, cranking up the buzz, the drums buried beneath, reminding us of another buzz overloaded black metal band we dig Wrath Of The Weak, the sound crumbling and in the red, again blurring into an almost near drone.
And so it goes, for the most part. There are still some awesome surprises, like the tripped out effects heavy super atmospheric psychedelia of "Thyrsgrieden", which deftly weds some blackbuzz guitar, vokill rasp and midtempo blasting to the otherwise tripped out space rock drift. There's also some serious dirge-y chug on "Dim Corridor", and the record finishes off with the epic atmospheric "The Translucent Path", a chiming, ominous cinematic creep, that sounds like it could be Umberto or some other Goblin / Carpenter worshipping faux soundtracker. Awesome!
LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, each one hand numbered, the covers letter pressed on super thick textured cardstock.
MPEG Stream: "Silver Existence"
MPEG Stream: "When Night Falls"
MPEG Stream: "Thyrsgreiden"
MPEG Stream: "The Translucent Path"

album cover MOONKNIGHT Toplov (Universal Consciousness) cassette 4.98
This long out of print chunk twisted black buzz now reissued and available again!
Debut from the awesomely monikered Moon Knight, the work of James Brown III, a member of LA black metal horde Harassor, who sometimes also releases sick sonic blackness under the name Lord Foul. But as Moonknight, Brown creates that sort of crumbling blown out blissy blackness we can never seem to get enough of, equal parts buzzy and super distorted, hazy and washed out and shoegazey, clouds of caustic buzz and caveman pound seem soaked in soft swirls of melodic shimmer, sweetly melancholic melodies are looped dreamily beneath a churning wall of roiling riffage and guttural demonic growls, the label describes it as Alcest and Amesoeurs mixed with Ildjarn and Bone Awl, and that does pretty much nail it, a sound that is both thick and corrosive, hateful and hellishly menacing, but also woozy, dreamy, and downright pretty, meditatively melodic while simultaneously buzz drenched and brutally black, two great tastes that have really never sounded better together. Might just be one of our favorite new black metal releases, too bad it's LIMITED TO JUST 100 COPIES, each tape housed in gorgeous letterpressed #'d J-card, printed on sparkly reflective metallic silver paper.

MOONKYTE Count Me Out (Sunbeam Records) cd 16.98

album cover MOONMILK s/t (Diagnosis... Don't!) 3" cd-r 10.98
We found a handful of titles, maybe only 5 or 6 of each, from Aussie label DiagnosisÉ Don't! We've had these for ages, and odds are these are long gone as they were pretty limited to begin with, but for a few of you, here's your chance to grab one (or all) of these super limited 3" cd-r's.
Moonmilk are another Australian combo, who specialize in lo-fi experimental ambience, utilizing keyboards, loops, effects, guitars, microphones, tapes, melodica and other noise making devices, this duo whip up some seriously dense blur, a warm whirring landscape of wheezing melodies, throbbing low end, swirling hiss, gorgeous languorous layered drones, random percussion, lo-fi but lush, minimal but expansive, definitely some dreamdrone goodness for the freedrone cd-r set. Two tracks, 12 minutes. Definitely like to hear more from these two....
Packaged in thick cardstock mini 3" sleeves, with a printed (band name, label info, liner notes) Japanese style obi. And again, we only have a VERY FEW of these....
MPEG Stream: "The Cat Plays Chess"
MPEG Stream: "Safe Birds"

album cover MOONMILK The World Creaks (Spanish Magic) cd-r 12.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Dug up a just a couple of these (as in only TWO copies) mysterious discs, a two track cd-r from Aussie experimental ambientists Moonmilk, who released a killer 3" a while back on the Grey Daturas' Diagnosis...Don't label. For those who remember that one, The World Creaks offers up more of the same, a fantastically tripped out and hazy blur of layered soft keyboard noise, lush roiling textures, swirling fractured FX, stuttering loops, wheezing melodies, all stretched and blurred into long expanses of hypnotic lysergic free noise drift, that slips from hazy upper register ur-drone to murky muddied low-end creep. The sort of stuff that should definitely appeal to folks into Skaters, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, James Ferraro, Yellow Swans, and all that sorta pretty noisiness.
Beautiful oversized screen printed covers, two printed, inserts on heavy textured paper, and again this is WAY out of print, and these are the last two copies EVER.
MPEG Stream: "The World Creaks"

MOONREICH Loi Martiale (De Tenebrarum Principio) cd 13.98

album cover MOONRISES Frozen Altars (Captcha Records) lp 17.98
Moonrises are the latest in a long line of psychedelic revivalists, many of whom we revere here at aQ, whether it's White Hills, or Carlton Melton, The Heads or Wooden Shjips, but these guys (and gal) have a leg up on lots of their psychedelic brethren in that they're led by none other than Plastic Crimewave, who oughta have a PhD in psychedelia at this point, and here, he puts that knowledge to work, crafting a gorgeous, intense, druggy and heavy modern psych rock that manages to channel jammed out space rock, with witchy occultic seventies acid folk, organ heavy prog and tranced out krautrock into some seriously heavy musical mayhem.
The opening one-two punch of the first two tracks definitely sets the stage, buzzing synths, dramatic female vocals, minimal drumming, soft swirls of guitar shimmer, woozy organ melodies, the vibe very witchy and demonic, keyboardist Libby Ramer's vocals a force of nature, slipping from whispery croon, to deep ominous drone to banshee like wail, the first track starting off all minimal and moody, but gradually building to a fierce psych rock blow out, the organ and guitar all tangled up in thick gouts of wah wah whirl, the drums wild and chaotic, the whole thing droned out and trancey, a fierce opener for sure, but it only get more fierce from there.
The second track, "Lorelei's Grasp" begins as a rumbling drone, which is soon joined by more of the creepy organ, some crumbling guitar noise, bursts of drum splatter, a free form space noise drift, that coalesces into some dense dark progginess, the organ letting loose a super intense minor key melody, the drums following with along, Ramer's vocals going crazy, a maniacal trill, a woman possessed, the whole thing so tense and intense, and unlike any of the so called space/psych rock we've been hearing. This could totally be some lost rare psych artifact, not just the sound, but the spirit, and the energy, the song settles down, and drones out, but soon, erupts into a final squall that sounds almost triumphant. Wow.
And so it goes, Moonrises effortlessly channeling the lost psychedelic seventies, the sonic spirits revealed through distorted organ buzz, and wild tangles psych guitar, deep chant like vocals, and skittering motorik rhythms, druggy clouds of hazy soft noise shimmer, but it's not all straight retro revival. The band are capable of seriously fucking shit up, check out "Eyelid Chamber", which sounds less like old psych folk, and more like some modern freakout avant noise rock, dizzying drumming, wrapped in thick organ drones, and peppered with swirling shards of jagged guitar crunch, before finally coalescing into a song proper, but even then it sounds like something more more modern, dirgey and grungey and heavy. Elsewhere they get into some tripped out rhythmic experimentalism, droney and woozy and looped, other descriptions we've seen mention This Heat and the Dead C, and yeah, there's a little of that going on, but to our ears, it's simply an extension of their tranced out psych, which already contains elements of both. Incredible stuff! Fans of all the current crop of psych/space revivalists, this is for YOU. And fans of the old stuff, who only dig the REAL thing, this could be the band that flips your lid and changes your mind.
MPEG Stream: "Oak Arena"
MPEG Stream: "Lorelei's Grasp"
MPEG Stream: "The Ivy Maze"
MPEG Stream: "Eyelid Chamber"

album cover MOONSORROW V : Havitetty (Unruly Sounds) cd 12.98

album cover MOONSORROW Voimasta Ja Kunniasta (Spikefarm) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another winner from the Finnish label Spikefarm that brought us the amazing and sort of silly Finntroll. You remember, the trollish black metal polka band. Well, now here's Moonsorrow. Pagan Folk Metal is what they call it, but much like Finntroll, there's a definite polka vibe, as well as some Renaissance Faire bits and most importantly, at least to me (Andee), is the addition of one of my favorite instruments. No it's not the flute this time. That means it must be....the jaw harp! That's right. You haven't really heard metal until you've heard leads and rhythms played on a jaw harp! 'Voimasta...' is mostly midtempo, sort of tankard in the air, beer drinking Viking metal, with noodly keyboards, jaw harp, and lots of 'HEY!'s. Silly and bizarre and stupidly fantastic!
RealAudio clip: "Sankarihauta"
RealAudio clip: "Kylan Paassa"

MOONTOWER Black Metal Terror (Total Holocaust Records) cd 14.98

album cover MOONTOWER Praise The Apocalypse (ISO666) cd 14.98
We've had a few of these lurking on our shelves for a while, but (like so much other stuff, metal and otherwise) hadn't yet had a chance to give it the website review, until now... Moontower are a cult black metal duo from Poland that formed in the final year of the last millenium, and Praise The Apocalypse is their first full-length release dating from 2003. Being Polish, they're very Graveland influenced, though fortunately they've discarded any National Socialist associations in favor of a purely apolitical, anti-Christian stance.
This disc consists of seven thump n' grind rockers from the bowels of Hell, swathed in hellish buzzing fuzz-muzz, with rasping wretching vocals and monomaniacal programmed drums. The production is...distressed. The vocals in particular threaten to overload the rest of the already fully-fuzzed, distorted musick. We just LOVE this style of elite bathroom recorded burzumic mayhem. Well, it says this stuff was recorded in the "Stronghold of SETH", but while it's possible that stronghold is not a bathroom, it's also definitely no expensive studio. Such a studio would not survive this! Still sounds great though. And bewarned, chances are these few copies we have are the only ones we're gonna ever get...
MPEG Stream: "Luciferian Flame"
MPEG Stream: "Dungeons Of The Owl Mountains"

album cover MOORE BROTHERS, THE Now Is The Time For Love (Plain Recordings) cd 14.98
One of these Moore Brothers is a lad by the name of Thom. Y'know... of sweethearts Nedelle And Thom! Yup, and his brother is Greg. Their overall sound is heartfelt acoustic folk with definite shades of Beatles, Elliott Smith and Robyn Hitchcock, along with warm vocal harmonies reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel. The brothers alternate songs on this album, seven a piece. Thom's are the odd numbered and Greg's are the even. Thom's are the more straightforward, sweetly romantic, folk pop songs, while Greg's are a little bit more unconventional and atmospheric. A great side by side pairing of songs in which this contrast is most clearly exemplified are "Color And Kind" and "Unexpected Gusts Of Wind". Can you guess who wrote which? So dreamy! Who wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of the abovementioned "Color And Kind"? Oops, did we give it away? If you loved Nedelle & Thom's Summerland, then you very well might feel the same for Now Is The Time For Love. Sigh!
MPEG Stream: "Color And Kind"
MPEG Stream: "Unexpected Gusts Of Wind"

album cover MOORE BROTHERS, THE / VNC split (Brick Factory) 7" 3.99
The Bros. do "Fishes With Faces", VNC do "Harm Guitar".

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