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album cover MAGNETOPHONE The Man Who Ate The Man (4AD) cd 13.98
Wow. This is a strange one. When we last heard from Magnetophone, they were a warm fuzzy electronica outfit along the lines of Boards Of Canada or Two Lone Swordsmen. Muted and dreamy and sort of spacy. While The Man Who Ate The Man still has plenty of that warmth and fuzziness, and is still basically a blissed out dreamy electronic record, it's much more 'pop' this time around, and not just more pop, but more eighties pop. Shades of EMF, the Cure, Gene Loves Jezebel, INXS, Howard Jones, Jesus Jones, Depeche Mode, all those groups you loved way back when, but some how filtered through some strange gauzy 4AD elctrobliss filter. Warm warped organ fuzzscapes over strange bloopy bleepy eighties funkiness, super reverbed vocals, and lots of strangely familiar melodies. That may sound like a bizarre and maybe not entirely appealing mix, but the results are actually really quite gorgeous. The end result sometimes sounds a bit like Stereolab or some similarly inclined Too Pure band, sometimes not unlike your favorite modern rock station from the nineties, broadcasting all the hits into the ether, which are then intercepted by a satellite and sent back to earth, getting fuzzier and fuzzier as they struggle to make it back through the atmosphere, where they are then broadcast through the amps of a shoegaze-y Neu! worshipping rock band, the whole thing given a fuzzed out indistinct blissy patina by Tim Hecker or Philip Jeck. Good stuff!
MPEG Stream: "A Sad Ha Ha (Circled By Demise)"
MPEG Stream: "...And May Your Last Words Be A Chance To Make Things Better"

MAGNOG (Kranky) cd 14.98
Newest Kranky artists sound just like you'd expect them to, maybe a little smoother, not as scratchy or invigorating as Flying Saucer Attack, yet song #3 has a vocal track that's just tantalizingly buried enough you'll find yrself playing it over and over again trying to decipher the words, not at all an unpleasant exercise. Several pieces feature Jessamine's inspiring keyboardist Andy Brown. What does Magnog mean, or refer to?

MAGNOG (Kranky) 2lp 12.98
Newest Kranky artists sound just like you'd expect them to, maybe a little smoother, not as scratchy or invigorating as Flying Saucer Attack, yet song #3 has a vocal track that's just tantalizingly buried enough you'll find yrself playing it over and over again trying to decipher the words, not at all an unpleasant exercise. Several pieces feature Jessamine's inspiring keyboardist Andy Brown. What does Magnog mean, or refer to?

MAGNOG More Weather (Kranky) 2cd 15.98
Pacific NW space-rock band's home-recorded demos, '94-'96 or so, taking up two compact discs. Jessamine Jr.?

MAGNOLIA (original sound track) (Reprise) cd 17.98
9 new songs by Aimee Mann, remember her? Til Tuesday? The girl with one long braid coming out of her short new wave do. Since her songs are all over the film Magnolia, this soundtrack is sort of like her new album. Also included, two of the greatest songs ever written: Supertramp's Goodbye Stranger and Logical Song.

album cover MAGNOLIA s/t (Transubstans) cd 16.98
Another Swedish psych stoner throwback band!

album cover MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Josephine (Secretly Canadian) cd 12.98
What can be said that hasn't been said already about the mighty Americana troubadour Jason Molina? He continues to weave his wonderful rustic folk pop tapestry in various deep dark shades of sorrow. On Josephine, he once again absolutely nails the heartbreak and the despair in classic country rock fashion. Of the generous list of fourteen tunes, standouts include the title track as well as "Little Sad Eyes", but the best might be "Knoxville Girl". Check 'em out!
MPEG Stream: "Josephine"
MPEG Stream: "Little Sad Eyes"
MPEG Stream: "Knoxville Girl"

album cover MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Josephine (Secretly Canadian) lp 14.98
What can be said that hasn't been said already about the mighty Americana troubadour Jason Molina? He continues to weave his wonderful rustic folk pop tapestry in various deep dark shades of sorrow. On Josephine, he once again absolutely nails the heartbreak and the despair in classic country rock fashion. Of the generous list of fourteen tunes, standouts include the title track as well as "Little Sad Eyes", but the best might be "Knoxville Girl". Check 'em out!
MPEG Stream: "Josephine"
MPEG Stream: "Little Sad Eyes"
MPEG Stream: "Knoxville Girl"

album cover MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Sojourner (Secretly Canadian) 4cd+dvd 45.00
Geez, Jason Molina, what are you tryin' to do to us!? How the heck can we possibly sufficiently listen, watch, digest and report in on your new release that includes four cds and one dvd? If we did, well, it would probably take weeks and the release wouldn't be new anymore! We have heard some of it, and not surprisingly, the few songs we did hear were prime Molina fare -- well-worn, roaming loner melancholia -- but in the interest of timeliness, we'll let the sticker on the shrinkwrap of this special wooden boxed set say it all... "Secretly Canadian is proud to present The Sojourner Boxset. It is the accumulated work of thirteen musicians, five locations, four recording engineers, three filmmakers, two designers and one songwriter, including enough material for three full lengths, one EP and one DVD. Explore the celestial map of Jason Molina and the various constellations of his... Magnolia Electric Co."

album cover MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Trials & Errors (Secretly Canadian) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Perhaps following his Amalgamated Sons Of Rest cohort Will Oldham's multi-naming lead (y'know making music as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Music/Brothers/Songs, etc) and to mark a new chapter in his musical travels, Jason Molina (aka Songs:Ohia) has assumed a new performance moniker. It is Magnolia Electric Co., and it was the title of his final album as Songs: Ohia. Aaah, a rose by any other name...! Anyways, your official introduction to M.E.C. is the hearty country rock of this live album which was recorded in Brussels in 2003 (psst, a studio album is set to be released in the spring!). Maybe to ease his fans through the name change, Molina mixes the old with the new, performing a bunch of new songs as well as a few Songs:Ohia tunes. Actually many of these songs also recall those good ol' days of AQ fave Uncle Tupelo -- not only is Molina's vocal delivery very often akin to Jay Farrar's, but the guitar tone, pacing and mood are quite similar as well -- particularly on fine songs such as "North Star". Fans take note, this cd release is a "limited" pressing of 10,000!
MPEG Stream: "North Star"
MPEG Stream: "The Last 3 Human Words"

album cover MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Trials & Errors (Secretly Canadian) 2lp 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Perhaps following his Amalgamated Sons Of Rest cohort Will Oldham's multi-naming lead (y'know making music as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Music/Brothers/Songs, etc) and to mark a new chapter in his musical travels, Jason Molina (aka Songs:Ohia) has assumed a new performance moniker. It is Magnolia Electric Co., and it was the title of his final album as Songs: Ohia. Aaah, a rose by any other name...! Anyways, your official introduction to M.E.C. is the hearty country rock of this live album which was recorded in Brussels in 2003 (psst, a studio album is set to be released in the spring!). Maybe to ease his fans through the name change, Molina mixes the old with the new, performing a bunch of new songs as well as a few Songs:Ohia tunes. Actually many of these songs also recall those good ol' days of AQ fave Uncle Tupelo -- not only is Molina's vocal delivery very often akin to Jay Farrar's, but the guitar tone, pacing and mood are quite similar as well -- particularly on fine songs such as "North Star". Fans take note, this vinyl is assuredly even more limited than the cd version.
MPEG Stream: "North Star"
MPEG Stream: "The Last 3 Human Words"

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. What Comes After The Blues (Secretly Canadian) cd 14.98
Regardless of under which moniker he chooses to release his music, you'll usually find Mr. Jason Molina's recordings falling into one of two baskets -- his threadbare, rumpled melancholia or his considerably more fleshed out tavern rock. For this, the official studio recorded debut of his new band Magnolia Electric Co., he's found a fine middle ground. Molina mellows out the Co's electricity ever so gently on What Comes After The Blues, and the results are a startlingly Neil Young-ish album. For those of you who were looking forward to more Magnolia Electric Co. bootstompers like those on their recent now-out-of-print live album Trials & Errors, sorry, these are more along the lines of mid-tempo weep-in-your-beer numbers. The already-heavy-hearted songs are made even more achingly lovely by the addition of the equally forlorn trumpet, violin and guest female vocals courtesy of Jennie Benford of Jim & Jennie And The Pinetops. Definitely check out the Jennie-sung second song "The Night Shift Lullaby".
MPEG Stream: "The Dark Don't Hide It"
MPEG Stream: "The Night Shift Lullaby "

album cover MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. What Comes After The Blues (Secretly Canadian) lp 13.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Regardless of under which moniker he chooses to release his music, you'll usually find Mr. Jason Molina's recordings falling into one of two baskets -- his threadbare, rumpled melancholia or his considerably more fleshed out tavern rock. For this, the official studio recorded debut of his new band Magnolia Electric Co., he's found a fine middle ground. Molina mellows out the Co's electricity ever so gently on What Comes After The Blues, and the results are a startlingly Neil Young-ish album. For those of you who were looking forward to more Magnolia Electric Co. bootstompers like those on their recent now-out-of-print live album Trials & Errors, sorry, these are more along the lines of mid-tempo weep-in-your-beer numbers. The already-heavy-hearted songs are made even more achingly lovely by the addition of the equally forlorn trumpet, violin and guest female vocals courtesy of Jennie Benford of Jim & Jennie And The Pinetops. Definitely check out the Jennie-sung second song "The Night Shift Lullaby".
MPEG Stream: "The Dark Don't Hide It"
MPEG Stream: "The Night Shift Lullaby "

album cover MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO., THE Hard To Love A Man (Secretly Canadian) cd ep 9.98
Sticking with his Magnolia Electric Co. moniker, Mr. Jason Molina (aka Songs: Ohia) follows up his last full length What Comes After The Blues with this new five-song EP. The first four tunes are of his trademark beleaguered, drown your sorrows folk stylings, while for the fifth Molina does his best Warren Zevon on a rendition of "Werewolves Of London". Aaawoooooo!
MPEG Stream: "Hard To Love A Man"
MPEG Stream: "Werewolves Of London"

MAGNOLIA SISTERS Prends Courage (Arhoolie) cd 15.98

MAGNOLIA THUNDERPUSSY Starin' Down The Sun (Mar Vista) cd 14.98

MAGNUSON, ANN In the Luv Show (Geffen) cd 14.98
Ex-Bongwater. Kramer must be weeping.

album cover MAGNUSSON, RUNAR The Art Of Dying In A Live Situation (Whitelabel) cd-r 14.98
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Runar Magnusson hails from Iceland, although he is now living in Copenhagen where he has quietly been producing some of the oddest electronica to pass through the store. Certainly if you've been infected by the viral sounds of Fflint Central or the electro-absurditites of Stilluppsteypa, Magnusson's work is something to check out. That said, the album opens on unsteady grounds as fellow Icelander Asmundur Asmundsson warbles drunkenly through the words to Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side," but as grim drones absorb the voice into the folds of grey vibrations, distant rumblings, and creepy electro-acoustic spasms, The Art Of Dying begins to live up to its name. An isolationist drift and shadow continues for a bit more than 35 minutes before Magnusson introduces a tumbling post-New Wave kaleidoscope of arpeggiated electronics that sounds like the dark sides of Fad Gadget and Heldon melded into a radioactive rhythmic cascade. After this incredible crescendo to the album, Asmundsson returns with another a capella clunker; for his finale, "We Are The World." Disturbing in more ways than one.
MPEG Stream: "The Art Of Dying In A Live Situation (excerpt 1)"
MPEG Stream: "The Art Of Dying In A Live Situation (excerpt 2)"
MPEG Stream: "The Art Of Dying In A Live Situation (excerpt 3)"

album cover MAGYAR POSSE Kings Of Time (Verdura) cd 14.98
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At long, long last the first two albums by this big AQ fave are back in stock!! Good timing too 'cause there's a brand new album called Random Avenger peeking up over the horizon!
Finnish post-rock heavyweights Magyar Posse return with a second, even better, album. Like their first, We Will Carry You Over The Mountains, Kings of Time will appeal first and foremost to fans of God Speed You Black Emperor and/or Mogwai. And while these comparisons may be a double-edged sword for Magyar Posse, the blade that cuts closest -- that of being seen as derivative -- might as well be a butter knife. Truthfully, Magyar Posse outdo what others have done before them. They're like the Alban Berg or Anton Webern of post-rock to Tortoise or GSYBE's Arnold Schoenberg. Kings of Time is an instrumental concept album on par with Pink Floyd, or an epic soundtrack worthy of Ennio Morricone's tip of the hat. Using a plethora of instrumental variations, from sparse reverb laden guitar to full blown orchestral arrangements of epic proportions -- all modern recording studio wizardry, Magyar Posse recontextualize leit motifs, and develop melodies like no one else in the post rock camp can. Reminiscent at times of Morricone's spaghetti western soundtracks they incorporate cooing wordless vocals into the mix with the utmost in subtlety. If some filmmaker doesn't snatch this band up to write a soundtrack to their film soon, we'll be really surprised. Completely amazing.
MPEG Stream: "Kings of Time, Track 2"
MPEG Stream: "Kings of Time, Track 5"

album cover MAGYAR POSSE Random Avenger (Verdura) cd 14.98
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FINNISH INSTRUMENTAL CINEMATIC EPIC PROGROCK ALERT!!!
Okay, now that we've got your attention. When Andee was in Finland a few years back, Jussi from Circle took him to a tiny club to see a friend's band play, and the band totally destroyed, they were so epic, so massive, it was like seeing Godspeed! You Black Emperor play in a broom closet. Huge glowing swells of sound, totally memorable melodies, gorgeous arrangements, all swirled into majestic sweeping soaring emotional epics. Even back then, before the band even had a record out. Not soon after, they did in fact release a record, and we were immediately in love. The band was Magyar Posse, and that first record totally captured the majestic might of the band, while at the same time adding all sorts of sonic subtleties and even more dense layers of sound. A second record followed and somehow the band managed to sound even bigger and better. We had been hearing about a brand new record for a while, and were thrilled when a big box showed up a few days ago from Finland and inside was Random Avenger, the newest release from Magyar Posse. We were almost ready to be disappointed considering how much we dug those other records, or at least preparing ourselves to just be happy for more of the same, but if anything, the band have expanded their sound even further, coming up with epic soundscapes even more intense and epic and emotional than before.
This record, even more than the others, sounds like it just has to be a real soundtrack. Pop music is not meant to be so dense and rife with emotion, painting pictures with wordless music as vibrant as if there were in fact lyrics telling a story. The sound is very prog, intensely cinematic and while it is dark and dreamy it can also be strangely playful. Some moments, we're transported to some lost Bond film, others we find ourselves in some dusty Leone Western, while still others we're lost on some moonlit street running for our lives in a mysterious Italian giallo. The first track, "Whirlpool Of Terror And Tension" is a lush and dense, multilayered world of sound, with a strange sort of Bolero staccato rhythm, with strange scrabbly guitars, abstract sixties style female vocals, minor key guitar twangs, chimes and bells, keening guitars feedback, and simple propulsive drumming. The main riff is very Morricone, but is backed up by a thick wash of soaring strings and gorgeous glockenspiel, it's almost impossible not to close your eyes and see a cool sixties Mondrian style credit sequence for some Danger Diabolik style caper movie. That vibe definitely permeates the whole record, but each track definitely has it's own feel and distinct emotion. A handful of the tracks take Magyar's progressive post-rock into definite Goblin / Zombi territory with minor key strings, relentless rhythms, pulsing drums and new wave synths locked into angular krautrock grooves, while spacey sound effects swoop and swirl, strings soar and sing, and again we're just transported to whole new worlds, but worlds with totally kick ass soundtracks!
This is definitely still post-rock, and thus will appeal to fans of Tortoise and Godspeed and Cerberus Shoal and Cyann & Ben and Explosions In The Sky and the like but Magyar Posse have something totally their own going on. A unique sonic vision, an alternate musical universe, where a pair of headphones and a walkman transform you into a super spy or a wily seductress or a hired killer, and turns your boring neighborhood into 1960's Paris, or a dusty ghost town or a secret base in the Arctic. This is music as dense and as rich and as much of an escape as any book or any film could ever be, and music that can have such an incredible effect on the listener, is way too rare. And so very precious.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
MPEG Stream: "Whirlpool Of Terror And Tension"
MPEG Stream: "Sudden Death"
MPEG Stream: "Popzag"

album cover MAGYAR POSSE We Will Carry You Over The Mountains (Verdura) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
At long, long last the first two albums by this big AQ fave are back in stock!! Good timing too 'cause there's a brand new album called Random Avenger peeking up over the horizon! Here's what we said when we first discovered Magyar Posse's debut some years ago:
We've really been enjoying this find from Finland: Magyar Posse have put together a really great set of sweeping, emotive post-rock instrumentals highly reminiscent of the excellent, out of print "La Planete Sauvage" (aka Fantastic Planet) soundtrack, believe it or not. Orchestral embellishments introduce the icy sounds of reverb-laden guitar and trembling electric organ. Suave drums and spooky glockenspiel melodies mix with manifestations of krautrock in the funky basslines and oscillating, Moog-y synth sounds. Occasionally, plaintive vocals are subtly placed low in the mix, buried in layers of echo. And is that the haunting voice of a musical saw I hear? Why yes, it is! The whole thing builds into climactic crescendos a la Godspeed You Black Emperor. Truly splendid! Andee actually saw this band play when he was visiting over in Finland not long ago -- they hail from Pori, also the hometown of AQ-faves Circle, and we think any Circle fans ought to like the Posse. It's really majestic, beautiful stuff, and more original and a lot less wimpy than the general run of post-rock that they might get lumped in with. Recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Witchcraft"
MPEG Stream: "Sleepwalker"

album cover MAHALINGAM, T.R. Mali: Essential Recordings Of Carnatic Bamboo Flute, 1969-70 (EM Records) 2cd 28.00
First of all, love that cover! Rainbow-hued multiples of bespectacled Indian flute player T.R. "Mali" Mahalingham, two of whom's crucial albums, from 1969 and 1970, respectively, are collected here on this double cd (or double vinyl) release, brought to us by, it's no surprise, the always interesting and unusual Japanese reissue label EM, who were most recently responsible for Bharat Karki & Party's International Music, another amazing, obscure '70s Indian artifact. While that record was a wild explosion of exotic, psychedelic funk, this one is on a whole different level - spiritual, calm, acoustic, lovely, but yes also exotic, from an innovative virtuoso of the humble bamboo flute. Across these two discs, "Mali", steeped in Carnatic music tradition, utilizing his own special "parrot clutch" fingering, weaves mesmerizing, fluttering ragas and folk melodies, accompanied by gentle hand percussion and happily droning strings. It's very "Indian-sounding", perhaps not like most flute you've heard, and also as we said, very spiritual. He would sometimes (he claimed) see GOD when he played... and if that happened, he'd stop, concert over, 'cause why go on at that point? We're also told that he could communicate with birds via his flute playing. Seems possible. Although we'll confess we'd never heard of Mahalingham before (have you?), and that's why we love labels like EM, apparently he was legendary in India, and influenced important Western fans like composers Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Oliver Messiaen.
We're becoming addicted to this, it gets played in the store several times a day by different staffers, and makes us all feel good.
As with all EM releases, the packaging is lovely, though the deluxe crazy limited vinyl version IS quite expensive.
MPEG Stream: "Ragamalika"
MPEG Stream: "Raga: Shankarabharanam (Thala: Adi)"

album cover MAHALINGAM, T.R. Mali: Essential Recordings Of Carnatic Bamboo Flute, 1969-70 (EM Records) 2lp 52.00
First of all, love that cover! Rainbow-hued multiples of bespectacled Indian flute player T.R. "Mali" Mahalingham, two of whom's crucial albums, from 1969 and 1970, respectively, are collected here on this double cd (or double vinyl) release, brought to us by, it's no surprise, the always interesting and unusual Japanese reissue label EM, who were most recently responsible for Bharat Karki & Party's International Music, another amazing, obscure '70s Indian artifact. While that record was a wild explosion of exotic, psychedelic funk, this one is on a whole different level - spiritual, calm, acoustic, lovely, but yes also exotic, from an innovative virtuoso of the humble bamboo flute. Across these two discs, "Mali", steeped in Carnatic music tradition, utilizing his own special "parrot clutch" fingering, weaves mesmerizing, fluttering ragas and folk melodies, accompanied by gentle hand percussion and happily droning strings. It's very "Indian-sounding", perhaps not like most flute you've heard, and also as we said, very spiritual. He would sometimes (he claimed) see GOD when he played... and if that happened, he'd stop, concert over, 'cause why go on at that point? We're also told that he could communicate with birds via his flute playing. Seems possible. Although we'll confess we'd never heard of Mahalingham before (have you?), and that's why we love labels like EM, apparently he was legendary in India, and influenced important Western fans like composers Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Oliver Messiaen.
We're becoming addicted to this, it gets played in the store several times a day by different staffers, and makes us all feel good.
As with all EM releases, the packaging is lovely, though the deluxe crazy limited vinyl version IS quite expensive.
MPEG Stream: "Ragamalika"
MPEG Stream: "Raga: Shankarabharanam (Thala: Adi)"

album cover MAHAPATRA, ASHIS Orange Of (True-False) cd 12.98
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Perhaps the following situation may be a bit foreign to those of you who don't work in the music industry but we'd bet that some version of this happens to everybody now and again. Every once in a while, I (Jim) will meet somebody whose best friend is in a band or I'll re-acquaint with an old high-school or college pal who has recently discovered GarageBand; and inevitably the conversation sways to "Oh, you work at a record store? You should really check this record out! You'll love it." It's then that the misanthropist in me wishes I was wearing Andee's tUMULt t-shirt which elegantly proclaims, "I hate your band," as the music proffered inevitably falls between the twin pillars of musical mediocrity: Dave Matthews and Hootie & The Blowfish. Instead, there's usually a smile, a nod, and the non-critique, "oh, that sounds nice!" hoping the conversation will turn to other matters.
So when Ashis Mahapatra contacted me a while ago about his newfound love with digital synthesis, I was a bit nervous. Here's a genuinely great person who I hadn't been in touch with since college; fortunately, his record is FUCKING AWESOME, so I really didn't have to worry about dancing around the subject of a crappy record. Enough of that for a protracted introduction. Onto the meat of the record... Orange Of is an album that fans of Fennesz, Tim Hecker, and Keith Fullerton Whitman will drool over, densely packed with guitars blurred, fizzled, and refracted through the polygon abstractions of Max/MSP techniques. A beautiful shimmer of tapped guitar tones hovers above a thick pool of drone harmonics at the album's beginning, slipping and sliding through micro-glissandos before erupting in a dense Kevin Shield's explosion of narcotic distortion and tone-bending half-melodies. Mahapatra doesn't allow the computer to do too much of the talking for him, as he's certainly keen on grounding this album on the fundamentals of songwriting as swaying instrumental waltzes and elegant melodic phrases nestled in Mahapatra's vast oceans of post-shoegazing digitality. A highly recommended release from one code-slinging guitarist whose bound for great things.
MPEG Stream: "Track One"
MPEG Stream: "Track Two"
MPEG Stream: "Track Four"

album cover MAHARAHJ Repetition (Now or Never) cd 12.98
Canada finally throws their hat into the metal core ring with Maharahj, a whirling maelstrom of drop-d riffage, blazing blast beats, howled vocals, mangled melodies, bits of black metal mayhem and totally fucked and hyper complex songs. Relentless and furious, Mahrahj barely let up, and if they do it's just to sit you back and set you up for the crushing blow that's about to come. Melodies are buried under monstrous chugging guitars and squealing feedback and the rhythm section just adds insult to injury. Fans of Heaven Shall Burn, Caliban and the like will eat this up.
RealAudio clip: "Sleep"
RealAudio clip: "Time And Death And God"
RealAudio clip: "An Insect"

MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Apocalpyse (Columbia) cd 5.00
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MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Between Nothingness & Eternity (Columbia) cd 5.00
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MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA The Lost Trident Sessions (Columbia/Legacy) cd 15.98
An entire studio album lost for 25 years!" the cover blurb proclaims. From 1973, this would have been John McLaughlin & Co.'s third album, but for some reason they put out a live record instead (with, I believe, some of the same compositions found here). Understandably though, this album remained a "Holy Grail" for jazz-fusion heads, and now, here it is, in 20-bit digitally remastered glory even. The true follow-up to "Inner Mounting Flame" and "Birds Of Fire", and a seemingly worthy one at that. You have to laugh when the cover blurb goes on to trumpet "Fiery, Ultimate Chops!" but that don't mean it's not good!

MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Visions Of The Emerald Beyond (Columbia) cd 5.00
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album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Blues Du Jour (Geographic) cd 16.98
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The unique underground Japanese group Maher Shalal Hash Baz -- a mostly untrained ensemble that plays simple, psychedelic pop songs with child-like innocence and imprecison -- recently performed a pair of shows here in the Bay Area. I caught the one over in Oakland, and it was amazing. Beautiful, shambolic, jazz-flecked primitive pop groove. The weirdest thing, was that they tried REALLY HARD to play the songs 'correctly'. Leader Tori Kudo even stopped the band on several occasions to instruct the bass player (his wife, I believe) on how to play a song's bass line properly. It was a bit uncomfortable, actually, but I'm not totally sure it wasn't intentional. After all, the impact of their naive novice musicanship is lost when the whole audience expects it -- so why not throw everyone off balance by making it seem like it's NOT supposed to sound so warped and damaged, even when it is?? Brilliant. Even the parked car that was set on fire down the block during the show couldn't compete. So, it's nice now to get these two new Maher documents. Blues Du Jour is the full length, and by that we mean it's got 41 tracks on it! Some are full songs, ballads, others short sketches, interludes, cryptic and lovely. Sweetly retarded horns and jangling guitars wearing innocent smiles, music that's cute and quaint but also serious and heartfelt. You'll hear hints of Ghost, the Beatles, Faust, Syd Barrett... Wrong never sounded so right. Meanwhile, they're also released an ep called Open Field that includes four songs from the full-length plus one special mix that features Bill Wells and members of The Pastels. Get it if you can't handle the full 41 tracks or you need everything with Bill Wells on it...
MPEG Stream: "White Dream"
MPEG Stream: "What's Your Business Here Elijah?"

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Blues Du Jour (Geographic) lp 19.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The unique underground Japanese group Maher Shalal Hash Baz -- a mostly untrained ensemble that plays simple, psychedelic pop songs with child-like innocence and imprecison -- recently performed a pair of shows here in the Bay Area. I caught the one over in Oakland, and it was amazing. Beautiful, shambolic, jazz-flecked primitive pop groove. The weirdest thing, was that they tried REALLY HARD to play the songs 'correctly'. Leader Tori Kudo even stopped the band on several occasions to instruct the bass player (his wife, I believe) on how to play a song's bass line properly. It was a bit uncomfortable, actually, but I'm not totally sure it wasn't intentional. After all, the impact of their naive novice musicanship is lost when the whole audience expects it -- so why not throw everyone off balance by making it seem like it's NOT supposed to sound so warped and damaged, even when it is?? Brilliant. Even the parked car that was set on fire down the block during the show couldn't compete. So, it's nice now to get these two new Maher documents. Blues Du Jour is the full length, and by that we mean it's got 41 tracks on it! Some are full songs, ballads, others short sketches, interludes, cryptic and lovely. Sweetly retarded horns and jangling guitars wearing innocent smiles, music that's cute and quaint but also serious and heartfelt. You'll hear hints of Ghost, the Beatles, Faust, Syd Barrett... Wrong never sounded so right. Meanwhile, they're also released an ep called Open Field that includes four songs from the full-length plus one special mix that features Bill Wells and members of The Pastels. Get it if you can't handle the full 41 tracks or you need everything with Bill Wells on it...
MPEG Stream: "White Dream"
MPEG Stream: "What's Your Business Here Elijah?"

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ C'est La Derniere Chanson (K) 2cd 13.98

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Faux Depart (Yik Yak) cd 10.98
San Francisco's Yik Yak label is kindly trying to assure that nobody misses out on any goodness from Japan's Maher Shalal Hash Baz, hence this re-release of Maher's Faux Depart album, recorded at Olympia's Dub Narcotic studio in 2003 with members of Deerhoof sitting in. And fitting in, too, that's for sure! The wonderfully naive psych weirdness of Maher Shalal Hash Baz is well displayed here, with 22 great examples of their mix of woozy, gone-wrong cocktail jazz and soft lullaby indie-pop, the band's instrumentalists coloring outside the lines, their "paints" blurring like watercolors spilled across a canvas but still making such a pretty picture, the kind you'd be proud of if your child brought it home from school to brighten your day.
If you missed this before... you know the drill.
Note: ep price, full-length cd!
MPEG Stream: "A Will"
MPEG Stream: "Lightning #2"

MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ From A Summer To Another Summer (An Egypt To Another Egypt) (Geographic) cd 17.98
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From the Glasgow label run by the Pastels comes the first widely-available collection of music by long-running cult Japanese folk-psych duo Maher Shalal Hash Baz. With 27 shambolic tracks, widely ranging in style, recalling everything from '80s/'90s lo-fi indie-pop like, well, the Pastels, to '60s Japanese psych a la The Jacks to the mellowest, folkiest Albert Ayler freedom jazz jams! Should appeal equally to fans of Belle & Sebastian, {k} Records, and Ghost/PSF stuff. Lovely and fragile, seemingly innocent yet seemingly ancient.
Stephen of the Pastels, who loves Maher Shalal Hash Baz so much that he started the Geographic label _specifically_ to release this collection, says:
"When you consider how rare it is that you actually hear something that is startlingly different from other music in any given year, or even in a decade (I just tried and could only think of Aphex Twin, a couple of hip-hop productions, and the lyrics of Belle & Sebastian and Silver Jews) it feels such a privilege to be working with people you consider to be actual visionaries." (And terrorists, too, if the stories in Stephen's larger article are to be believed. Let us know if you want to see it!)

MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ From A Summer To Another Summer (An Egypt To Another Egypt) (Geographic) lp 11.98
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From the Glasgow label run by the Pastels comes the first widely-available collection of music by long-running cult Japanese folk-psych duo Maher Shalal Hash Baz. With 27 shambolic tracks, widely ranging in style, recalling everything from '80s/'90s lo-fi indie-pop like, well, the Pastels, to '60s Japanese psych a la The Jacks to the mellowest, folkiest Albert Ayler freedom jazz jams! Should appeal equally to fans of Belle & Sebastian, {k} Records, and Ghost/PSF stuff. Lovely and fragile, seemingly innocent yet seemingly ancient.
Stephen of the Pastels, who loves Maher Shalal Hash Baz so much that he started the Geographic label _specifically_ to release this collection, says:
"When you consider how rare it is that you actually hear something that is startlingly different from other music in any given year, or even in a decade (I just tried and could only think of Aphex Twin, a couple of hip-hop productions, and the lyrics of Belle & Sebastian and Silver Jews) it feels such a privilege to be working with people you consider to be actual visionaries." (And terrorists, too, if the stories in Stephen's larger article are to be believed. Let us know if you want to see it!)

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ L'Autre Cap (K) cd 14.98
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27 new tracks (well, newer when this came out in January, we LOVE this band but can't always get to reviewing everything as quickly as we'd like) from Japanese songwriter/bandleader Tori Kudo and his long-running, deliberately amateur-sounding ensemble Maher Shalal Hash Baz. As always, it's a magical, melancholic mishmash of lilting indie-pop, innocently sweet vocals, lovelorn lyrics, little big band (dis-)arrangements, woozy horns, percussive pitter patter, gently jazzy guitars, bassoon bass lines, and dysplastic Farfisa, all performed with unique, shambolic charm. Fans will be happily aware of what they're getting into here. Those unfamiliar with the band, we suspect you'll also enjoy the unsteady but friendly hugs Kudo and crew are doling out to your ears (and wish you could squeeze 'em back). That is, unless you're particularly hard of heart and/or uptight about musicians not "coloring outside the lines" as it were.
Like their previous effort Faux Depart, this was recorded over here in the USA at Dub Narcotic Studios with the help of several guests from Olympia's music scene, including members of Old Time Relijun.
MPEG Stream: "Suspended Season"
MPEG Stream: "Kamakura"

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ L'Autre Cap (K) lp 13.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
27 new tracks (well, newer when this came out in January, we LOVE this band but can't always get to reviewing everything as quickly as we'd like) from Japanese songwriter/bandleader Tori Kudo and his long-running, deliberately amateur-sounding ensemble Maher Shalal Hash Baz. As always, it's a magical, melancholic mishmash of lilting indie-pop, innocently sweet vocals, lovelorn lyrics, little big band (dis-)arrangements, woozy horns, percussive pitter patter, gently jazzy guitars, bassoon bass lines, and dysplastic Farfisa, all performed with unique, shambolic charm. Fans will be happily aware of what they're getting into here. Those unfamiliar with the band, we suspect you'll also enjoy the unsteady but friendly hugs Kudo and crew are doling out to your ears (and wish you could squeeze 'em back). That is, unless you're particularly hard of heart and/or uptight about musicians not "coloring outside the lines" as it were.
Like their previous effort Faux Depart, this was recorded over here in the USA at Dub Narcotic Studios with the help of several guests from Olympia's music scene, including members of Old Time Relijun.
MPEG Stream: "Suspended Season"
MPEG Stream: "Kamakura"

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Live 1984-85 (Kunitachi Kibun) (PSF) cd 22.00
If you thought that recent recordings by Japanese shambolic psychedelic pop outfit Maher Shalal Hash Baz sound full of simple, child-like naivety, imagine the even less-trained, even more-Shaggsy charm of this band back, say, twenty years ago! Well you actually don't have to imagine 'cause now PSF has provided us with this disc of archival live recordings, from performances in 1984 and 1985. That's truly delving into Tori Kudo's troupe's earliest years (he started the band in '83). In fact, the 1984 performance documented here was in fact their FIRST EVER gig, opening for High Rise and Kousokoya! May have been High Rise's first show too... (hmm, does that mean PSF has tapes of their sets as well?). Their entropic sound was much like it is today, though. Not-quite-jazz horns bleat out distressed melodies over stumbling beats, gentle vocals hold your hand as guitars are strummed with more feeling than finesse. The recording quality is suitably lo-fi and tape-hissy and makes this even more of a warm blanket of softly sunny clangy jangle and blissful pop chaos, so wrong it's right. Ariel Pink's got nothing on this. With interesting liner notes about these early daze from Kudo, translated into English by Alan Cummings.
MPEG Stream: "Unknown Happiness"
MPEG Stream: "View From Midheaven Of Itami Airport"

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Live Aoiheya January 2003 (Chapter Music) cd ep 8.98
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The willfully naive charm of Japanese cult pop act Maher Shalal Hash Baz is hard to capture in words. You kinda have to experience it. And even then you might not 'get it'. But if you do, you've got a new favorite band. Here's a nice chance to have that "experience" -- a cd ep featuring an entire live Maher Shalal Hash Baz performance from 2003, five tracks, a little over 26 minutes in length. And playing live -- raw and spontaneous -- is the MSHB modus operandi. Mournful horns and innocent vocals, no overdubs, it's the MSHB experience all right. After over 20 years in the biz, band leader Tori Kudo is still all about recruiting totally untrained musicians into the MSHB ranks, allowing their barely-rehearsed playing to teeter-totter wonderfully, tilting somehow inevitably towards fragile beauty though it seems like a musical mess should result. You'll hear 'em taking chances on this disc, and much emotion is revealed, much loveliness as well, from a woozy, droning, plinking instrumental called "Asahana" to the jazzy melancholia of "Gratitude"... Short but oh so sweet.
MPEG Stream: "Asahana"
MPEG Stream: "When I Die"

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Maher On Water (Geographic) cd ep 10.98
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After the lengthy collection (Geographic's From A Summer To Another Summer) that introduced this Japanese band to Western audiences, here's a fifteen-minute quick listen from Tori Kudo's project Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Kudo wields recorder, sweetly-picked guitar and directs various "water"-y sounds made on percussive toys etc. Sing-song vocals, gentle clarinet, warm cello, purposeful organ all are used for maximum sweetly shambolic naive pop. This is released on Stephen Pastels' label, and the Pastels are an apt comparison in terms of sharing melodic styles and a stripped down, lo-fi indiepop aesthetic. Eccentric, playful, sweetly childlike. If you liked their From A Summer collection, this will please you too, and if you've never heard them before, this is a lower-priced way to do so.
RealAudio clip: "Good Morning"

MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Maher On Water (Geographic) 10" 10.98
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After the lengthy collection (Geographic's From A Summer To Another Summer) that introduced this Japanese band to Western audiences, here's a fifteen-minute quick listen from Tori Kudo's project Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Kudo wields recorder, sweetly-picked guitar and directs various "water"-y sounds made on percussive toys etc. Sing-song vocals, gentle clarinet, warm cello, purposeful organ all are used for maximum sweetly shambolic naive pop. This is released on Stephen Pastels' label, and the Pastels are an apt comparison in terms of sharing melodic styles and a stripped down, lo-fi indiepop aesthetic. Eccentric, playful, sweetly childlike. If you liked their From A Summer collection, this will please you too, and if you've never heard them before, this is a lower-priced way to do so.

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ Open Field (Geographic) cd ep 9.98
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See the review of Maher Shalal Hash Baz's Blues Du Jour album for information.

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ / THE CURTAINS Make us two crayons on the floor. (Yik Yak) split cd 13.98
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The wonderful, willfully naive Japanese indie-pop psychedelic ensemble Maher Shalal Hash Baz takes the first half of this split cd with a live performance recorded in Scotland. Honking sax, wayward vocals, sad-sack percussion, helpless guitar, plinking piano, and even skipping rope make it into the mix. Somehow, it's gorgeous, in a melancholy off-kilter way that few bands could pull off. Following Maher Shalal Hash Baz's seventeen tracks there's ten more by San Francisco outfit The Curtains, who likewise manage to make a virtue out of simplicity and spontaneity, their technical abilities (or lack thereof) never hampering their expressiveness. A good pairing indeed. The Curtains are noisier and more 'plugged-in' than MSHB, with electronic keyboard sounds forming some of their most striking moments. With both bands, what's improvised and what's not is hard to suss out, but experiencing the results can be quite pleasant either way if you don't demand much precision from your 'pop'. To us, these 27 tracks are a pleasant jumble worth experiencing.
MPEG Stream: MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ "Medicine For Melancholia"
MPEG Stream: THE CURTAINS "Bummer With Cakes"

album cover MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ W/ MASAMI SHINODA s/t (PSF) dvd 27.00

album cover MAHIKARI s/t (Birdman) lp 14.98

album cover MAHOGANY BRAIN With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger) (Mellow) cd 16.98
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Horde Catalytique Pour La Fin, Jacques Berrocal, Semool, Fille Qui Mousse, Jean Guerin, and (this one) Mahogany Brain: there's been a spate of reissues recently of stuff originally released on the Futura label, who were some sort of French version of NYC's avant-garde ESP-Disk, based on this evidence. Mahogany Brain's 1971 debut consists of a dozen head-scratching tracks of outside art skronk rock blurt, completely freeform and loose (but more messy and mellow than nasty or noisy, although they can be that way too). You'll get into their primitive underground vibe if you dig random blues licks, free jazz spazz, and wandering dada vocals. Considered a classic, but only by those who find the likes of Captain Beefheart and the Godz to be a little too "straight". We're told this was "very influenced by drugs" and believe it.
RealAudio clip: "Hot Milk Elbow (part 1)"

album cover MAIA, TIM Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop) cd 16.98
Every installment in Luaka Bop's World Psychedelia series has been an across the board aQ favorite. From Os Mutantes, Shuggie Otis, the great African psych compilation, Love's A Real Thing, and now we have this great introduction to the post-Tropicalia funk of the great Tim Maia.
But the music is just one part of the story, the man's life is filled with interesting twists and turns including multiple marriages, prison sentences and an avid role in a UFO-obsessed religious cult, all of which have been the subject of a best-selling biography, tv show and hit musical in Brazil. How could we not love this?!
Combining a unique twist on Brazilian popular music along with copious American soul influences have made Maia's seventies recordings long sought after and excepting a couple of pricey imports, we have never been able to find any substantial release of his early musical output. After a decade of legal wrangling and coinciding with what would have been Maia's seventieth birthday (he died in 1998 of a heart attack while performing onstage), it's great to see this 15 track compilation realized and we're loving it more with each listen.
Mixing the Latino funk of Mexican-American groups like Malo and El Chicano, the cool urban sophistication of Steely Dan (yes, we went there, and we're not apologizing!) and the soulful vocals of Jorge Ben and Gilberto Gil. Maia's music has a fervent infectious energy that is totally engaging and sexy. He's often been compared to Barry White in the fact his music celebrates love over politics, but really Maia's music made the joyous acceptance of love and life a political statement and has long endeared him to legions of fans worldwide.
The cd is housed in a mini-hardbound cd-sized book, the lp in a deluxe full color gatefold, both with extensive notes and details of his extraordinary life. And this compilation comes of course, highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Que Beliza"
MPEG Stream: "O Caminho Do Bem"
MPEG Stream: "Quer Quiera, Quer Nao Quiera"
MPEG Stream: "Over Again"

album cover MAIA, TIM Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop) lp 26.00
Every installment in Luaka Bop's World Psychedelia series has been an across the board aQ favorite. From Os Mutantes, Shuggie Otis, the great African psych compilation, Love's A Real Thing, and now we have this great introduction to the post-Tropicalia funk of the great Tim Maia.
But the music is just one part of the story, the man's life is filled with interesting twists and turns including multiple marriages, prison sentences and an avid role in a UFO-obsessed religious cult, all of which have been the subject of a best-selling biography, tv show and hit musical in Brazil. How could we not love this?!
Combining a unique twist on Brazilian popular music along with copious American soul influences have made Maia's seventies recordings long sought after and excepting a couple of pricey imports, we have never been able to find any substantial release of his early musical output. After a decade of legal wrangling and coinciding with what would have been Maia's seventieth birthday (he died in 1998 of a heart attack while performing onstage), it's great to see this 15 track compilation realized and we're loving it more with each listen.
Mixing the Latino funk of Mexican-American groups like Malo and El Chicano, the cool urban sophistication of Steely Dan (yes, we went there, and we're not apologizing!) and the soulful vocals of Jorge Ben and Gilberto Gil. Maia's music has a fervent infectious energy that is totally engaging and sexy. He's often been compared to Barry White in the fact his music celebrates love over politics, but really Maia's music made the joyous acceptance of love and life a political statement and has long endeared him to legions of fans worldwide.
The cd is housed in a mini-hardbound cd-sized book, the lp in a deluxe full color gatefold, both with extensive notes and details of his extraordinary life. And this compilation comes of course, highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: "Que Beliza"
MPEG Stream: "O Caminho Do Bem"
MPEG Stream: "Quer Quiera, Quer Nao Quiera"
MPEG Stream: "Over Again"

album cover MAIA, TIM s/t (Sam Livre) cd 19.98
Early seventies singer from Brazil.

album cover MAIDEN VOYAGE / AMARANTHINE TRAMPLER The Journey Embarks / As The Colour Of Love Flows From My Shattered Teeth (Endless Desperation) cd 13.98
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We find stuff all the time, tucked away in the close, in the backroom, copies of records that somehow slipped through the cracks, record we hoped to eventually get more of, but eventually forgot about, it's pretty exciting to (re)discover these mysterious releases, even more exciting when we can't for the life of us remember where they came from, who ordered them, or when we actually got them.
Which is the case with this killer split of ultra heavy funereal doom metal, which we've had for almost 5 years, but only just now realized we had never listed. Which is a shame, cuz both these bands are pretty incredible.
Maiden Voyage are from the UK, and traffic in some seriously extreme miserablist doom, not crushingly heavy, as much as depressive and dark, reminding us a bit of Esoteric, that same sort of weird production, spaced out and a little bit brittle, making the sound more druggy and psychedelic, the guitars are still thick and fuzzy, the riffs glacial, the rhythms a snail's pace pound, the vocals a belched demonic grumble, but the melodies are skeletal, and the songs seem to dissipate into near ambience, the riffs ringing out, leaving just ghostly traces of spidery psychedelic guitars, it's actually more like some sort of doom-d slowcore, than any sort of true doom, which is what makes it so cool. Haunting, and creepy and atmospheric and a little bit damaged.
Maiden Voyage are teamed up with another UK funeral doom combo, the awesomely monickered Amaranthine Trampler, whose sound is strikingly similar, which makes sense, as both bands are one man bands, and than one man is THE SAME GUY! Amaranthine Trampler offers up another weirdly lo-fi bit of lumbering bleak misery, the vocals a bit more chantlike, the vocals a little bit more caustic, but overall, still moody and miserable, a bit ambient and abstract, thick swaths of chugging, some almost groove, giving way to grim funereal crawls, and like Maiden Voyage, those spidery psychedelic melodies and the weirdly lo-fi vibe and doom-ed slowcore feel.
Needless to say, if you're a fan of haunting mysterious outsider doom, and depressive ambient grimness, twisted drugginess and damaged black psychedelia, all spread into thick swaths of downtuned creep and crawl, then best snag one of these before they're gone...
LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES, each one hand numbered, but since this came out close to 5 years ago, odds are it's undoubtedly out of print by now. We only have 4 or 5 copies, so if you want one, you'll have to move a little faster than either of these guys...
MPEG Stream: MAIDEN VOYAGE "Opaline Waterfalls"
MPEG Stream: AMARANTHINE TRAMPLER "Autumn Is Dying - Winter Is Dead"

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