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album cover MORELLI, RON Spit (Hospital) cd 17.98
Spit is the debut full length from Ron Morelli, probably best know as the man who runs the L.I.E.S. label, whose American Noise / Volume One 2cd comp was a big hit around here, but instead of doing the record himself, Morelli found his way to Dom Fernow's Hospital label, and it's a really good fit, Morelli's murky electronic minimalism definitely in keeping with the music Fernow makes and releases, fans of Vatican Shadow, Christian Cosmos, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Silent Servant will find much to dig here. The opening track "Radar Version", in fact sounds like it could be Fernow, all gothed out industrial gloom, skeletal pulsations over woozy buried melodies, everything dubbed out and doused in effects, and swathed in a grey ambience, which by the end of the track is also buried beneath soft synth shimmers and blasts of electronic noise. The tempo is cranked up a bit for the second track, "Modern Paranoia", a sort of lo-fi, ultra minimal electro, but even then, it's soon joined by some garbled bass warble, like a a dubstep wobble, all melting and oozing and slowed way down, soon there are handclaps and weird percussion, and that rhythm reveals itself as some super cheesy Casio style beat, still beneath that woozy bass. And from there on out, it only gets better, the crunchy acid-y electronic squelch and motorik pulsations of "Crack Microbes", the churning looped industrial noisescapery of "Sledgehammer II", the abstract electro dub weirdness of "Fake Rush", the blooping, bleeping, sample laced primitive early electronics worship of "Director Of...", the gritty, gristly, night-kraut, goth-groove of "No Real Reason", and finally, the blurred, grey-noise drone-drift ambience of "Slow Drown." So good. Totally recommended for Hospital label obsessives, fans of Fernow's various projects, and anyone into grim, gothic industrial minimalism, or if you're like us, all three!
MPEG Stream: "Radar Version"
MPEG Stream: "Crack Microbes"
MPEG Stream: "Sledgehammer II"
MPEG Stream: "Slow Drown"

album cover MORELLI, RON Spit (Hospital) lp 24.00
Spit is the debut full length from Ron Morelli, probably best know as the man who runs the L.I.E.S. label, whose American Noise / Volume One 2cd comp was a big hit around here, but instead of doing the record himself, Morelli found his way to Dom Fernow's Hospital label, and it's a really good fit, Morelli's murky electronic minimalism definitely in keeping with the music Fernow makes and releases, fans of Vatican Shadow, Christian Cosmos, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Silent Servant will find much to dig here. The opening track "Radar Version", in fact sounds like it could be Fernow, all gothed out industrial gloom, skeletal pulsations over woozy buried melodies, everything dubbed out and doused in effects, and swathed in a grey ambience, which by the end of the track is also buried beneath soft synth shimmers and blasts of electronic noise. The tempo is cranked up a bit for the second track, "Modern Paranoia", a sort of lo-fi, ultra minimal electro, but even then, it's soon joined by some garbled bass warble, like a a dubstep wobble, all melting and oozing and slowed way down, soon there are handclaps and weird percussion, and that rhythm reveals itself as some super cheesy Casio style beat, still beneath that woozy bass. And from there on out, it only gets better, the crunchy acid-y electronic squelch and motorik pulsations of "Crack Microbes", the churning looped industrial noisescapery of "Sledgehammer II", the abstract electro dub weirdness of "Fake Rush", the blooping, bleeping, sample laced primitive early electronics worship of "Director Of...", the gritty, gristly, night-kraut, goth-groove of "No Real Reason", and finally, the blurred, grey-noise drone-drift ambience of "Slow Drown." So good. Totally recommended for Hospital label obsessives, fans of Fernow's various projects, and anyone into grim, gothic industrial minimalism, or if you're like us, all three!
MPEG Stream: "Radar Version"
MPEG Stream: "Crack Microbes"
MPEG Stream: "Sledgehammer II"
MPEG Stream: "Slow Drown"

album cover MOREN, PETER The Last Tycoon (Quarterstick) cd 14.98
Peter who? Moren! Y'know that Peter, the Swedish gent without whom there would only be Bjorn And John, and that band would be an instrumental duo!
This is his solo debut, and if you love PBAJ, this will surely please your ears too. Not surprisingly, The Last Tycoon is a fine album filled with well crafted, charming, sensitive lad pop songs written and sung by one charming, sensitive lad! Who'd think we'd be gettin' all cozy with a tycoon?! But we sure are with this one!
MPEG Stream: "Reel Too Real"
MPEG Stream: "Old Love"

MORGAN, DERRICK Blazing Fire Volumes 1 & 2: Ska & Reggae Hits, 1959-1969 (Trojan) cd 14.98
24 tracks from one of Jamaica's original ska vocalists. Though the majority of the tracks here were recorded during the sixties, and thus mostly ska, there are a number of early R&B tracks on here that not only bridge the gap between US and Jamaican music, but demonstrate Morgan's versatility as a singer. There's even one track at the end of the disc -- from 1975 -- in which Morgan covers Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry", but changing the lyrics to "Some Women Must Cry" and chastising men for their ill treatment of their spouses.
RealAudio clip: "Lover Boy"
RealAudio clip: "You Never Miss The Water"
RealAudio clip: "Housewives' Choice"

album cover MORGEN s/t (Phoenix) cd 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
As heavy-ish late sixties psychedelia from the garage goes, this one-off 1969 album from Long Island's Morgen is a worthy contender. The b&w Edvard Munch "Scream" on the cover is perhaps a clue that this will be fairly dark and tripped out, and it is, with druggy lyrics like: "Come take a bite from my gingerbread house, and let your troubles fade away...". That's from the album's first (and we think bestest) track, a definite fuzz psych classic, "Welcome To The Void". The fuzz is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. The singer (who's a better guitarist) delivers some turned on tales of popular nursery rhyme characters, but mainly you'll be hearing fuzzzz. And there's lotsa wild guitar and more fuzz as the album goes on. For fans of Electric Prunes, Plastic Cloud, The Litter, etc. If you haven't found a previous reissue of this already, we now have this limited numbered edition put out in the UK by Phoenix.
MPEG Stream: "Welcome To The Void"
MPEG Stream: "Of Dreams"

album cover MORGEN s/t (Sunbeam) cd 17.98
Nice, reissued again on cd, with lots of bonus tracks! We've had some slightly dodgier editions previously, but Sunbeam (who brought us recent Record Of The Week Think Pink by Twink) do the job legit, with the participation of the original band, so an upgrade is advised.
As heavy-ish late sixties psychedelia from the garage goes, this one-off 1969 album from Long Island's Morgen is a worthy contender. The b&w Edvard Munch "Scream" on the cover is perhaps a clue that this will be fairly dark and tripped out, and it is, with druggy lyrics like: "Come take a bite from my gingerbread house, and let your troubles fade away...". That's from the album's first, and we think bestest, track, a definite fuzz psych classic, "Welcome To The Void". The fuzz is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. The singer (who's a better guitarist) delivers some turned on tales of popular nursery rhyme characters, but mainly you'll be hearing fuzzzz. And there's lotsa wild guitar and more fuzz as the album goes on. For fans of the Electric Prunes, Plastic Cloud, The Litter, and others of that ilk.
If you haven't found a previous reissue of this already, as already mentioned this one is better than any before, boasting a total of eight bonus tracks (including rare home recordings postdating the album's release), plus there's plenty in the way of liner notes and vintage photos in the thick cd booklet.
MPEG Stream: "Welcome To The Void"
MPEG Stream: "Of Dreams"

album cover MORGEN s/t (Sunbeam) lp + cd 29.00
Also reissued on vinyl, and the lp includes a cd version of the record as well... And like the cd version we reviewed recently, loads of bonus tracks! We've had some slightly dodgier editions previously, but Sunbeam (who brought us recent Record Of The Week Think Pink by Twink) do the job legit, with the participation of the original band, so an upgrade is advised.
As heavy-ish late sixties psychedelia from the garage goes, this one-off 1969 album from Long Island's Morgen is a worthy contender. The b&w Edvard Munch "Scream" on the cover is perhaps a clue that this will be fairly dark and tripped out, and it is, with druggy lyrics like: "Come take a bite from my gingerbread house, and let your troubles fade away...". That's from the album's first, and we think bestest, track, a definite fuzz psych classic, "Welcome To The Void". The fuzz is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. The singer (who's a better guitarist) delivers some turned on tales of popular nursery rhyme characters, but mainly you'll be hearing fuzzzz. And there's lotsa wild guitar and more fuzz as the album goes on. For fans of the Electric Prunes, Plastic Cloud, The Litter, and others of that ilk.
If you haven't found a previous reissue of this already, as already mentioned this one is better than any before, boasting a total of eight bonus tracks (including rare home recordings postdating the album's release)!
MPEG Stream: "Welcome To The Void"
MPEG Stream: "Of Dreams"

album cover MORGENSTERN, BARBARA bm (Monika) cd 15.98
Sometimes a record just comes at the perfect time. It was one of the first truly crisp and cold days we've experienced this winter here in San Francisco and Barbara Morgenstern's new record landed at aQ offering up songs that were just made to be heard during the colder months of the year. With a live band by her side and her great piano playing mixed with subtle electronics, this is an album filled with driving strength and such a strong and shining elegance. Kind of like if The Notwist and PJ Harvey or Marianne Faithfull got to collaborate, pop songs that are so smartly arranged but don't waste time trying to show you how smart they are. Morgenstern's not afraid to unleash her pop sensibility and does it with a piercing determination creating the kind of record that doesn't give in to easy emotions or one sided perspective. It's fitting that she alternates between English and German vocals. A record that you can listen to when you're sad or happy, determined or in a rut. It makes you want to put on your heaviest and sharpest looking pea coat and take to the icy streets watching your breath become clouds and taking in the simple pleasures, just soaking up your surroundings.
Morgenstern also covers Robert Wyatt's "Camouflage" and Wyatt sings with her as apparently he's a big fan of her work. They both display that rare elegance that's hard to find in modern music without it feeling too forced or saccharine. Morgenstern has come a long way from her techno beginnings and we're so excited to enjoy that evolution. While this is turning out to be one of our favorite records for the cold and rainy days that lie ahead we're pretty sure this will be a record we keep near us at all times, rain or shine.
MPEG Stream: "Driving My Car"
MPEG Stream: "Come To Berlin"
MPEG Stream: "Camouflage (With Robert Wyatt)"

MORGENSTERN, BARBARA Fjorden (Monika) cd 16.98
Ms. Morgenstern is a German (and German-language) singer/songwriter in the indie-pop-electronica genre. While she lacks the extraordinary vocal abilities (or unique quirks) of, say, a Bjork, she has a nice, intimate voice and her music is warm and lovely: mellow electronic beats, sad guitar melodies, cinematic/romantic moods.
Many of the tracks on this, her second album, were produced by Stefan Betke (aka Pole), and several make use of his signature crackling "surface noise" technique (also a hallmark of Tarwater, whose Robert Lippok also appears on this disc, drumming on one track, which he co-wrote with Morgenstern)... For fans of, among other folks: Andrea Parker, Laub, Lali Puna, To Rococo Rot, and the other artists already namechecked above. Pleasant, nice.
RealAudio clip: "Tag Und Nacht"

MORGION Among Majestic Ruin (Kreation) lp 12.98

MORGOTH Resurrection Absurd / The Eternal Fall (Kreation) lp 16.98

MORI, IKUE B/Sides (Tzadik) cd 16.98
More music from the wonderful Ikue Mori and her drum machines--with some other great downtown NYC performers on board: Anthony Coleman, Zeena Parkins, Erik Friedlander, and others.

MORI, IKUE Bhima Swarga (Tzadik) dvd 30.00

MORI, IKUE Garden (Tzadik) cd 15.98
Her first collection of all-drum machine (+ effects and bamboo) compositions. Beautiful electronic beat-scapes.

album cover MORI, IKUE Labyrinth (Tzadik) cd 16.98
Former no-wave (ex-DNA) drummer Ikue Mori has established a career in downtown NYC, performing solo and collaborating with others, as an improvisor with specially modified drum machines! This new Tzadik disc, though, sees her utilizing a laptop computer instead. The result is an album of tinkling, skittering, liquid, percussive electronica. Some of the tracks kinda sound like an army of clocks (from tiny watches to grandfather-sized) that's been recorded and then played backwards, at constantly shifting speeds. Revving motors and flowing streams also come to mind. Very active, very textural, mesmerizing.
RealAudio clip: "Pulse"

MORI, IKUE Myrninerest (Tzadik) cd 16.98

MORIMOTO, YASUGI Ayahuasca (original music) (self-released) cassette 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.

MORIMOTO, YASUGI San Pedro (mix tape) (self-released) cassette 14.98
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MORISSETTE, ALANIS So-Called Chaos (Maverick) cd 16.98

MORISSETTE, ALANIS Under Rug Swept (Maverick) cd 16.98
Whole record we heard haven't. But song MTV on lately kind of we like. Pleasure guilty of sort a guess I.

album cover MORK GRYNING Maelstrom Chaos (No Fashion) cd 14.98
Furious and epic black metal a la Dimmu Borgir but with more dynamics and less cheesy keyboards/atmosphere. Strange groovy breakdowns, and super catchy riffs as well as weirdly melodic parts and some really inventive out of the ordinary guitar playing. Buzzing Mayhemic blasts of crushing violence butt up against serene acoustic interludes, occasional operatic vocal breaks, almost mosh-worthy bridges and some ripping eighties guitar solos! Another band that doesn't necessarily bring anything brand new to the table, but one that manages to do what everyone else has been doing, only much, much better.
RealAudio clip: "Templars"
RealAudio clip: "Maelstrom Chaos"

MORK GRYNING Pieces Of Primal Expressionism (No Fashion) cd 14.98

album cover MORK GRYNING s/t (Black Lodge) cd 17.98

album cover MORKER Hostmakter (Northern Silence) cd 10.00
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We had never really heard Morker before. Our first experience with them was on a split lp with Draugsang which was too limited and too expensive for us to get enough to list (we actually do have a couple copies in stock, just ask), but we liked what we heard so we decided to get a handful of the new full length, number two from these Swedes it's pretty excellent.
We spend a lot of time focusing our energies on things that are damaged and demented and fucked up and bizarre and not always entirely musical, but once in a while it hits the spot, especially metalwise to get a blast of something heavy and brutal and black but still melodic and catchy, and thus we have Hostmakter, a gorgeous collection of melodic black metal, which reminds us alternately of old Dimmu Borgir, Dissection and Dark Tranquility, all bands we most definitely love, and who traffic in a style of black metal that seems to have fallen out of favor, or maybe we've just been too preoccupied with the seedy filthy underbelly of black metal to notice. Whatever the reason, this disc is hitting the spot for sure, each track is epic and hooky and melodic, the vocals still raw and raspy, the guitars still buzzing and frenzied, but those black elements are wrapped around something much more musical, melodies soar, guitars tangle up in Maiden-ish harmonies, there's definitely a power metal element too, the songs are peppered with interludes and breakdowns, arpeggiated clean guitars, doleful piano, all providing brief respite from Morker's epic majestic black bombast.
Definitely recommended.
MPEG Stream: "I Flodens Forsande Brus"
MPEG Stream: "Segertag"
MPEG Stream: "Mitt Arv"

album cover MORKHEIM Danske Hymer Til Morket (NOTHingness) cd-r 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
It's been a while since we heard from NOTHingness records, but they're back, after a year-long hiatus, with a killer slab of heathen funereal slow motion dooooooooooooom. By now we shouldn't really need to go into too much detail about all those extra 'o's but, needless to say, Danske Hymer Til Morket is massive, and glacial, sloooooooow, and ultra heavy, a tarpit trudge through an expansive landscape of warm washed out synths, slow plodding drums, and downtuned distorted guitars, spread out like the thick black wings of some beast, completely blotting out the sun and smothering the earth in thick pitch black shadow.
Unlike a lot of the funeral doom we've been digging lately, the sound of Morkheim is actually quite melodic, reminiscent of the classic UK doom bands like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, but of course slowed waaaay down and dipped in filth, left to crawl bloody and broken across a soundscape of lurching, slithering rumble and buzz.
The keyboards that wash over everything here definitely remind us of ultradoom legends Skepticism, and it's easy to hear Moss and Esoteric and the like, but it's the melodies, and the synths, and the strange mix of the classic and the modern, that results in some strange hybrid, epic and majestic, dark and droning, brutal and black, that makes Danske Hymer Til Morket so interesting. Just check out the album closer, an all acoustic Viking lament, with just simple fingerpicked guitars and soaring majestic vocals, that manages to somehow sound just as heavy and intense as the trudging pummel of the rest of the record.
LIMITED TO 111 COPIES!!!
MPEG Stream: "Ragnarok"
MPEG Stream: "De Gamles Dod"

album cover MORKOBOT Morbo (Supernatural) cd 17.98

album cover MORKOBOT Morto (Supernatural Cat) cd 17.98
This futuristic-psychedelic Italian band from the Malleus/Ufomammut outer space orbit has come back to visit Earth again, blasting and baffling our senses with the intense radiation of the three long tracks that comprise this 40 minute disc/trip. As with their previous Monstro, the trio of Lin, Lan and Len again indulge in heavy, throbbing, occasionally spaced-out instrumentals with a rhythmic, industrial edge - something like Godflesh gone postrock amok. Or imagine the soundtrack to an alien autopsy that mixed up the internal organs of Lightning Bolt, Shellac, and Ufomammut. Sick.
MoRkObOt's guitars (both basses!) are distorted and drilling, laced with noise and FX, that gives way to moody electronic expanses, brushed with restrained, jazzy drumming. Indeed, we said "occasionally spaced-out" but maybe it's the other way around, the bulk the album actually consisting of near-ambient void-drone interrupted by the frantic panic of urgent, abrupt riffage and rigid clangorous rhythms. While this idiosyncratic band doesn't sound like most of the "doom" music we sell, believe us it's plenty ominous and intense, the doom it portends (a catastrophic asteroid impact? our sun going nova? the eventual heat-death of the universe?) not in doubt.
MPEG Stream: "Morto part I"
MPEG Stream: "Morto part II"
MPEG Stream: "Morto part III"

album cover MORKOBOT MoStRo (Supernatural Cat) cd 24.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Weird name. Weird band. Cool band! First thing to note: this is from the same folks who brought us Ufomammut's Lucifer Songs. In fact, Supernatural Cat is Ufomammut's label. And yes, as we were hoping, MoRkObOt are another HEAVY, spaced-out band of freaky Italians. But while Ufomammut sound like Electric Wizard playing Hawkwind songs, these guys exhibit a more precise -and- alien sounding technique in their all-instrumental compositions, which are definitely very heavy and DISTORTED a la Ufomammut. It's as if Ufomammut built a spaceship, took off from Earth, went up into outer space, and found these guys already there, orbiting some far off galaxy in a blinking robot vessel!!
The MoRkObOt trio -- Lin on bass and synth, Lan on bass, and Len on drums -- obviously have a lot of the same influences as Ufomammut, including the aforementioned Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, and Godflesh... with the latter influence maybe more prominent here, though this isn't all darkly depressive, instead it's sometimes almost energetically happy, like these guys have been popping pills they bought in a shady spaceport cantina. Some tracks are all about repetitive rhythmic pummel... or jaunty, twisting riffery... others feature passages of ominous synthy ambient drone and disturbing sound FX... it's all very psychedelic and sci-fi sounding, like a band jamming around the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. By the time you've experienced the last track, the 23+ minute "Poldon", you're waaaay out in space, maybe never to return... We pretty sure that this will appeal to fans of Titan and Zombi and Circle, and of course the other bands mentioned above!
Another thing to note: these REALLY swank and elaborate, hand-printed, hand-assembled packages (for the cd and the 10" both, they're equally cool lookin', and come in various random colors) are LIMITED. The cd contains a 500 numbered copies of the cd, 500 numbered copies of the vinyl (which, by the way, contains a much shorter version of "Poldon" than the cd does). Both formats feature a wire-bound booklet featuring cool artwork for each track, Voivod-style! Ufomammut's "Malleus Art Lab" is responsible for all the far out art, design, and execution.
MPEG Stream: "Zorgongollac"
MPEG Stream: "Cammut"
MPEG Stream: "Poldon"

album cover MORKOBOT MoStRo (Supernatural Cat) 10" 19.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
**SALE **SALE* *SALE**
Weird name. Weird band. Cool band! First thing to note: this is from the same folks who brought us Ufomammut's Lucifer Songs. In fact, Supernatural Cat is Ufomammut's label. And yes, as we were hoping, MoRkObOt are another HEAVY, spaced-out band of freaky Italians. But while Ufomammut sound like Electric Wizard playing Hawkwind songs, these guys exhibit a more precise -and- alien sounding technique in their all-instrumental compositions, which are definitely very heavy and DISTORTED a la Ufomammut. It's as if Ufomammut built a spaceship, took off from Earth, went up into outer space, and found these guys already there, orbiting some far off galaxy in a blinking robot vessel!!
The MoRkObOt trio -- Lin on bass and synth, Lan on bass, and Len on drums -- obviously have a lot of the same influences as Ufomammut, including the aforementioned Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, and Godflesh... with the latter influence maybe more prominent here, though this isn't all darkly depressive, instead it's sometimes almost energetically happy, like these guys have been popping pills they bought in a shady spaceport cantina. Some tracks are all about repetitive rhythmic pummel... or jaunty, twisting riffery... others feature passages of ominous synthy ambient drone and disturbing sound FX... it's all very psychedelic and sci-fi sounding, like a band jamming around the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. By the time you've experienced the last track, the 23+ minute "Poldon", you're waaaay out in space, maybe never to return... We pretty sure that this will appeal to fans of Titan and Zombi and Circle, and of course the other bands mentioned above!
Another thing to note: these REALLY swank and elaborate, hand-printed, hand-assembled packages (for the cd and the 10" both, they're equally cool lookin', and come in various random colors) are LIMITED. The cd contains a 500 numbered copies of the cd, 500 numbered copies of the vinyl (which, by the way, contains a much shorter version of "Poldon" than the cd does). Both formats feature a wire-bound booklet featuring cool artwork for each track, Voivod-style! Ufomammut's "Malleus Art Lab" is responsible for all the far out art, design, and execution.
Was $29. Just 2 of these left...
MPEG Stream: "Zorgongollac"
MPEG Stream: "Cammut"
MPEG Stream: "Poldon"

MORLEY, MICHAEL The Pavilion of Fools (Corpus Hermeticum) cd 16.98

album cover MORLY GREY The Only Truth (Sundazed) cd 17.98
Dunno how we missed it when the Sundazed label put out this sweet reissue last year, but better late than never to list the early '70s heavy psych awesomeness of Morly Grey - any psychedelic rock freaks out there who didn't know about it should be super stoked!
This Youngstown, Ohio band's sole, privately pressed lp came out in 1972 and has long been considered a desirable underground artifact of hippiness and heaviness, the sort of thing that actually lives up to the collectors' hype, with original copies being relatively rare and expensive (and bootlegs prevalent). It's a blend of fuzzy acid rock guitars, mellow West Coast-y folkiness, and proggy ambition (the trippy title track, which incorporates an instrumental arrangement of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", takes up a whole album side, at over 17 minutes in length). Plus a healthy dose of flowers and beads bedecked pop that harks back to the '60s sounds of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Jefferson Airplane, all acts no doubt influential upon the Morly Grey guys, even as they display nascent headbanging riff rock inclinations as well. So while a song like "Who Can I Say You Are" may mostly be all delicate and melodic (with vocals worthy of Bobb Trimble), it also kicks in with the heaviness at times too. That song, by the way, you may have heard already on that great Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges compilation that came out a couple years ago.
Elsewhere, there's parts that remind us of krautrockers Agitation Free, and spacerockers Hawkwind... while lead-off cut "Peace Officer" could almost be early Blue Oyster Cult at their most psychedelic and proto-metallic.
We remember a long time ago, this was available as a compact disc reissue via Italy's Akarma label, but this nicely digipacked Sundazed reish is much superior, being totally legit and more than complete, as it includes a bunch of rare (and excellent) bonus tracks, totalling an additional 28+ minutes of music! There's also enlightening liner notes, based on interviews with surviving band members, by Doug Sheppard of Ugly Things magazine.
MPEG Stream: "Peace Officer"
MPEG Stream: "You Came To Me"
MPEG Stream: "The Only Truth"

album cover MORNE Asylum (Profound Lore) cd 13.98
We had never really heard of these guys before, fronted by a Polish ex-pat named Milosz Gassan, a legend apparently in the European metallic crust punk scene, having played in Filth Of Mankind (who we had heard of), their debut album apparently a huge favorite of Fenriz and Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone, so much so, that they incorporated the Morne logo into the artwork of their Circle The Wagons record!
Joined by a crew including members of Grief and Disrupt, Morne's metallic crust is in a big way beholden to the mighty Neurosis, the same sort of heaving metallic majesty, epic songs, crushing riffs, bellowed angry vox, but laced with plenty of moody melody, just check out the sprawling 17 minute opener, which has everything you could want in a doom crust metal epic, the sound shifting from crushing bombast, to more blissed out piano flecked meander, the guitars unfurling spidery minor key melodies one second, crumbling downtuned riffage the next, the track slipping into some dark psychedelia midway through, a warm whirling low end shimmer, all blurred guitar buzz and delicate melody, minimal muted drumming, slowly building to a a sort of post rock smolder, darkly dreamy, before finally finishing off with a blast of churning, chugging, epic doom sludge pummel.
And so goes the rest of the record, at its core a Neurosis-y doom-sludge, but with the songs drifting in different directions, lots of post rock action, the sounds laced with shimmery drones and meandering rhythms, hypnotic and cyclical, while other tracks slip into something more post punky and gothic gloom, the reverbed plink of minor key piano, the mournful melodies, that transform some stretched into an almost doom pop, and still others get seriously metal, unfurling fierce riffy chug and pounding downtuned crunch, and finally, the almost operatic, chamber music opening of the closer, which too eventually gives way to another bad as bout of surprisingly melodic metallic churn.
Definitely recommended for the usual suspects, fans of post-metal, doom sludge, and all stripes of epic heaviness, think Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, A Storm Of Light, Seidr, U.S. Christmas, VYGR, Mouth Of The Architect, Conifer, Tides and all the rest.
MPEG Stream: "Asylum"
MPEG Stream: "Edge Of The Sky"
MPEG Stream: "Nothing To Remain"

album cover MORNE Shadows (Profound Lore) cd 13.98
Like Asylum before it, the latest from doom crust heavies Morne, featuring members of Grief and Disrupt, owes much to the mighty Neurosis, their sound similarly epic and majestically downtuned, with some Sabbathy swing to it too. Looong songs are of course the rule, the five here ranging from 7+ to 12+ minutes, and they're slow going, in more ways that one, the riffs and songwriting seem to take a backseat to the vibe and the sound, so it sort of depends on your mood - dedictated doom addicts will no doubt dig, but some may find Shadows trance inducing, but perhaps not in the way the band intended...
MPEG Stream: "Coming Of Winter"
MPEG Stream: "A Distance"

album cover MORNING BENDERS, THE Big Echo (Rough Trade) cd 13.98
Watch out Girls (the band!) cause there's another sweet sounding Bay Area pop band we think could be the next big 'breakout' Bay Area band. Well, except for the fact that they've moved away to Brooklyn or someplace already. With Big Echo, their Rough Trade debut, The Morning Benders have created a sweeping and sensational indie pop record that brings to mind a more driving, sunshiney Grizzly Bear, The Shins at their most effervescent, and Death Cab For Cutie at their most triumphant. While there has been no shortage of bands drawing from similar influences, there is something so warm and sincere about The Morning Benders' sound. The songs never feel forced and resonate with an authentic heartfelt quality. The album brimming with totally catchy hooks, the kind that should be blasting all over commercial radio in a perfect world. If (like us) you love exquisite indie pop that stays in your head and just begs to find its way on to a mix tape for your secret crush, you can't do much better than The Morning Benders!
MPEG Stream: "Excuses"
MPEG Stream: "Pleasure Sighs"
MPEG Stream: "All Day Daylight"

album cover MORNING BENDERS, THE Big Echo (Rough Trade) lp 13.98
Watch out Girls (the band!) cause there's another sweet sounding Bay Area pop band we think could be the next big 'breakout' Bay Area band. Well, except for the fact that they've moved away to Brooklyn or someplace already. With Big Echo, their Rough Trade debut, The Morning Benders have created a sweeping and sensational indie pop record that brings to mind a more driving, sunshiney Grizzly Bear, The Shins at their most effervescent, and Death Cab For Cutie at their most triumphant. While there has been no shortage of bands drawing from similar influences, there is something so warm and sincere about The Morning Benders' sound. The songs never feel forced and resonate with an authentic heartfelt quality. The album brimming with totally catchy hooks, the kind that should be blasting all over commercial radio in a perfect world. If (like us) you love exquisite indie pop that stays in your head and just begs to find its way on to a mix tape for your secret crush, you can't do much better than The Morning Benders!
MPEG Stream: "Excuses"
MPEG Stream: "Pleasure Sighs"
MPEG Stream: "All Day Daylight"

album cover MORNING RECORDINGS Music For Places (Better Looking / Loose Thread) cd 8.98
A few months ago our ears were treated to the newest record from Morning Recordings, The Welcome Kinetic. While it was our first time hearing from this Chicago based project led by Pramod Tummala, it felt like hearing from an old dear friend who you turn to when you need lots of warmth and woozy comfort. Needless to say we've grown so much in love with that record, that we decided we definitely wanted to check out their earlier release, since somehow we missed out the first time around.
Music For Places is another gem of delicately crafted and richly layered mellow and drifty pop that's perfect for daydreams and those mornings when you barely wanna do anything except roll around in your pajamas and sip some delicious tea.
Tummala uses everything from harmonium, vibraphone, optigan, guitar, piano, Hammond organ and his narcotic and soothing voice to create a record that so gently lifts you up and makes you float ever so slightly on cool summer breezes, but with a musical core to the songs that warms you up at the same time. With a bunch of his talented friends from the Chicago scene lending a hand (Fred Lonberg-Holm, Barry Phipps, Jon Hensley, etc.) Music For Places has that same richness and soft touch that reminds us of Yo La Tengo's And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, Red Stars Theory's swan song Life In A Bubble Can Be Beautiful and Bedhead's Transaction de Novo. All beautiful albums, and we can now add Music For Places to that illustrious list. Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Airports"
MPEG Stream: "Lake Part 2"
MPEG Stream: "Summer Tapes"

album cover MORNING RECORDINGS The Welcome Kinetic (Loose Thread) cd 12.98
Dreamy. Drowsy. Droney. Dulcet. Aww shucks, we have to admit we're a sucker for anything with hammered dulcimer and vibes. Aren't you!? Those round warm tones just feel so right! But this Chicago band's second album has a lot more goin' on with that our ears are snuggling up close to.
They're distinctly 'Chicago' sounding (the city not the band). We knew as soon as we heard a few bars that they were from the Windy City. In fact, fans of gentle jazzy pop with chops breezers Sea And Cake and Archer Prewitt, take note! This might be your new favorite too! Seemingly equally inspired by '70s soft rock (think: 10CC, Bread, Burt Bacharach), '60s exotica (a la Les Baxter, Martin Denny), '90s slowcore (y'know, Low, Ida, Yo La Tengo's Georgia Hubley)... yeah, all the good stuff! Hushed, intimate and sweet, Morning Recordings make it seem like they're playing their music just for you. Have you guessed yet that we're pretty smitten with this album? Well, they push our newfound luv over the top when they let it be known that their roster includes Barry Phipps (of The Coctails) and guest singer Edith Frost -- both longtime aQ faves. We could continue gushing, but let's just say, "Wow, what a dreamboat!" So very very recommended!
MPEG Stream: "In Twilight"
MPEG Stream: "Songs From A Hotel Bar"

album cover MORNING SPY Subsequent Light (self-released) cd 9.98
Here's the debut album from this SF sweet sunny group. The male and female lead singers take turns charming the listener with their very dissimilar singing styles. It actually sounds like two completely different bands. The male sung songs sound a lot like Destroyer or Mountain Goats. Very folky and wistful. In sharp contrast, the female sung tunes are much more toothsome 'n' perky. Very much like K Records' Pacific Northwest-y lo-fi pop. It'll be interesting to see on future recordings if either one ends up becoming the dominant sound of the band or if they continue to keep things as markedly split personality.
MPEG Stream: "I Am The Time"
MPEG Stream: "Hey Kirsten"

album cover MORNING SPY The Silver Age (Keep) cd 9.98
If you recall Morning Spy's debut cd Subsequent Light from 2004, you may remember this SF band having something of a split personality (with each side defined mostly by boy versus girl vocals and folksy versus pop styles)... and they still do, although as we predicted, they're leaning more heavily to one side these days (psst, it's the boy-sung side). For those who're unfamiliar with this bright'n'breezy band, here's the lowdown: when the fella sings (on songs such as "Ask Us To Dance"), Morning Spy sound totally like a fine hybrid of Luna and Destroyer (albeit minus Dan Bejar's tweaked lyrics). When the gal sings it's a much more pastel-hued pop affair a la K Records' International Pop Underground circa 1992. A great sophomore release!
MPEG Stream: "Ask Us To Dance"
MPEG Stream: "Voices And Vigils"

MORODER, GIORGIO E=MC2 (Oasis) cd 14.98
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Soooo wonderfully vacuous! Unabashed rump-shakin' boogie beats, ebullient falsetto vocals... what more do you want from disco king Mr. Moroder? This is the re-issue of his 1979 release of completely electronic dance tracks - one of the earliest examples of such music. Co-produced by Harold Faltermeyer. Oh and just so you know, if you got the Best Of compilation that we reviewed a few lists back, some of those cuts are originally from this album 'cuz they are some of his bestest. Contains the original six tracks, plus two bonuses from '78. Just boogie, baby!
RealAudio clip: "Baby Blue"
RealAudio clip: "Love's in You, Love's in Me"

MORODER, GIORGIO From Here to Eternity (Oasis) cd 14.98
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Incredible reissue from 1977 reminiscent of his production on Donna Summer's "I Feel Love." On his own, he still proves himself as a formidable producer laying down disco grooves that will take you to a place where you are always in polyester, dancing in the spotlight. Highly recommended.

album cover MORODER, GIORGIO Midnight Express (OST) (Casablanca) cd 11.98

MPEG Stream: "Chase"
MPEG Stream: "Theme From Midnight Express "
MPEG Stream: "Istanbul Opening"

album cover MORODER, GIORGIO The Best of... (Repertoire) cd 15.98
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What with the current retro electro boogie wonderkinds like Adult. and Ladytron, this is a more than timely release of that suave disco dance-meister with the bad-ass moustache, Giorgio Moroder. "Best of" may be a bit of a misnomer though as this compilation includes the groan-inducing "Solitary Man" and Flashdance ballad "Lady Lady". Nevertheless, this is a highly entertaining no-holds-barred retrospective. From his silly, bubblegum Ohio Express-ish debut single "Looky Looky" from 1969, to his glammy Spirit In The Sky-esque "Son Of My Father" in '72, and on into the Aqua Velva disco years and beyond. It's not until the fifth track though that the disco rump-shakin' truly kicks in with oozing over-sexed vengeance - "I Wanna Funk With You Tonight"... indeed. The major Moroder highlights though come in mid-cd with the relentlessly groovy "Chase", vocoder-active "E=MC2" and "Baby Blue". His later tracks may raise a few eyebrows (like the aforementioned cringers as well as "American Dream"), but they just might also remind you of a certain recording studio scene in the movie Boogie Nights... which is alright with me. You got the touch!
RealAudio clip: "Stop"
RealAudio clip: "Looky Looky"
RealAudio clip: "I Wanna Funk With You Tonight"
RealAudio clip: "Baby Blue"

MORPHINE B-Sides And Otherwise (Rykodisc) cd 15.98
Morphine rarities, from soundtracks, singles, live radio shows, Japanese bonus tracks, compilations, all that sort of thing.

MORPHINE Bootleg Detroit (Ryko) cd 17.98
A live Morphine gig from '94, on the "Cure For Pain Tour", captured by a fan in the audience and hence admittedly lo-fi, but band-approved, with some of the proceeds from this release going to the Mark Sandman Music Education Fund, in memory of the late Morphine main-man. Includes two 'enhanced' cd-rom tracks.

MORPHINE Cure For Pain (Modern Classics Recordings / Light In The Attic) lp 24.00

MORPHINE The Night (Dreamworks/Ryko) cd 16.98
Posthumous release by Morphine.

MORRICONE, ENNIO 4 Mosche Di Velluto Grigio (Dagored ) lp 14.98
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MORRICONE, ENNIO Classic Italian Soundtracks (DRG Movies) cd 15.98
Soundtracks to the films of Dario Argento composed by Ennio Morricone. Contains tracks from the films "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage", "The Cat o'Nine Tails" and "Four Flies On Grey Velvet". Also contains a 5 minute interview track Dario Argento.

album cover MORRICONE, ENNIO Crime And Dissonance (Ipecac) 2cd 19.98
Ok, this has been a tough one to do. I mean, Italian soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone is such a world reknowned genius of the genre, what can you say? And if someone isn't all that familiar with his music, how to explain the wonder and weirdness of it all? Maybe it would be best to make them a really good Morricone compilation to listen to...hey that's just what this is! So, buy this double cd and acquaint yourself. Even if you're already a Morricone connoisseur, you probably don't have every single film score that's been plundered here, so you're gonna want this too. These are all gems from classic soundtracks mostly circa 1969-1973, pretty much all from thrillers and suspense films, hence the title Crime And Dissonance. At any rate, we don't think there's any of his spaghetti western stuff here. So this isn't meant as any sort of comprehensive, "essential" Morricone overview, but it does provide plenty of Morricone's best, most edgy, thrilling compositions in one handy package. It's a clastrophobic collage of slinky grooves, avant-garde electro-acoustic textures, exotic melodicism, and shocking funk and free jazz. Taken together, this collection could be the soundtrack to the most suspenseful, intense and freaky movie never made!! Highly, highly recommended.
One thing: this could have done with more in the way of liner notes. The necessary credits are provided but no track-by-track or movie-by-movie discussion (something we don't have the space or the expertise for here, either, by the way), only a brief one-paragraph commentary by noted Morricone appreciator John Zorn which is certainly well meant but for some reason is mainly about how much Zorn's pal and Ipecac label boss Mike Patton shares certain aspects of Morricone's brilliance. Let us quote: "Mike Patton has pulled together a rare collection of Morricone tracks that reflect his connection to the Maestro via a shared passion and commitment ot the extreme and experimental. Psychedelic sitars, heavy breathing, screams, screeches, electric guitar feedback... much of Morricone's language here keenly intersects with the abstract metal soundscapes of Patton's own music, giving us fresh insights into their deeply powerful and uncompromising aesthetics."
All well and good (and nicely descriptive of the wilder aspects of Morricone's music as highlighted on this collection), but we're a little surprised that Mike Patton would want Zorn drawing such flattering comparisons, if only for modesty's sake. Plus, it gives the impression that Patton himself selected these tracks from his own collection, at the very least. But a glance at the fine print tells otherwise: this was in fact compiled by none other than Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls!! Which is cool with us. But it makes one wonder why Mike Patton should play such a large part in Zorn's liner notes. Though Patton, as much as Zorn, certainly does make his Morricone influence apparent in his music, and this disc certainly points that out! Anyway, with Alan Bishop picking the tracks, you could regard this as sort of like a Sublime Frequencies volume devoted to the sounds found in the moviehouses of early '70s Rome. Radio Morricone, maybe? Many of the soundtracks excerpted here are out on cd, so this is a good sampler towards further purchases, and certainly a great mix by itself!
MPEG Stream: "Gli Intoccabili (Titoli)"
MPEG Stream: "Fumeria D'Oppio"
MPEG Stream: "Esplicitamente Sospeso"
MPEG Stream: "Sequenza 10"

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