MANSFIELD, JOE Beat Box Obsession (Get On Down) book+cassette 70.00
Easily the coolest release from this year's Black Friday Record Store Day, and thankfully one that didn't disappear after the day, Joe Mansfield's Beat Box is a loving homage to the drum machines that have driven so much of the music we love - and holy cow, is this total record nerd / gear geek nirvana, a huge hardcover book, featuring page after page of glossy shots of pretty much every drum machine we've ever seen, as well as TONS we had never even heard of. In addition to pix of the drum machines themselves, there are also drawings, paintings, shots of the original packaging, old ads, even schematics and instruction manuals, totally obsessive and totally amazing! The drum machines covered go all the way from the fifties to the present day, big old hulking behemoths, to tiny toy like gizmos, the machines themselves displaying some incredible industrial design, the sort of thing that won't just appeal to drum machine dorks, but also design buffs, and heck, even folks who just dig big beautiful art books. Of course most aQ-ers probably find themselves in all three camps! We got a taste of this book on this past April's Record Store Day, with the release of a sort of mini-Beat Box, that featured a couple pages from the book, as well as two exclusive flexi-discs (we still somehow have a couple of those left, just ask!), but even that didn't prepare us for how crazy cool the actual book is. And it's not just the book itself either, the book comes housed in an oversized hard box/slipcover/leatherette case, that sort of has the feel of an actual drum machine, and in fact, one side of the box is printed with the schematic for the Rhythm Composer TR-808 drum machine, while the other side features little cutouts, one that houses a 7" single, with the legendary "Paul Revere" beat, as well as a cassette tape with bonus beats. The book also features a download card with beats from the various drum machines featured in the book! Easily just about the coolest Christmas gift we can imagine this year, even if (and maybe especially if) it's just a present for yourself!
MANSFIELD, JOE Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession TR-909 ( Get On Down) book + 2x7" 24.00
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MARKEY, DAVID & JORDAN SCHWARTZ We Got Power (Bazillion Points) book 37.95
Holy crap, Bazillion Points does it again, another amazing book, and another collection rescuing some amazing influential zine from oblivion, this one collecting all of the issues of legendary Southern California punk zine We Got Power, which was edited by Mr. Dave Markey, who if you're a SoCal eighties punk nerd, you might know better as the director of both Lovedolls Superstar and Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, and yeah later The Year That Punk Broke, but those movies, starring of course Redd Kross and a who's who of the scene, were perhaps our favorite documents of that era. We missed out the We Got Power zine, which existed from 1981-1983, and consisted of five issues (although a sixth unreleased issue is included here) and featured pretty much everyone and anyone you could want to read about: Flipper, Wasted Youth, Nervous Gender, Red Cross (before they became Redd Kross), Overkill, Saccharine Trust, DOA, Misfits, Channel Three, T.S.O.L, No Crisis, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Bad Religion, Minor Threat, Husker Du, Suicidal Tendencies, Circle Jerks, Vandals, White Flag, Necros, and more more more. Not to mention, record reviews, show reviews, columns, amazing ads for classic records, and assorted other silliness/radness. The amazing thing is, that the reprints of We Got Power, barely take up any of the book. The majority of which is made up of essays by Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Keith Morris, Mike Watt, Pat Fear and tons of others, but the real treasure here are the loads of rare vintage photos documenting the scene at the time, which of course included Redd Kross, the Gun Club, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, The Descendents, The Minutemen, Saccharine Trust, Government Issue, Social Distortion, JFA, the Big Boys, Nip Drivers, Suicidal Tendencies, fIREHOSE, Butthole Surfers, D.R.I. and so much more, not to mention amazing shots of club kids and punks, old venues, various locations that are gone, or that have been totally transformed, it's an incredible look back at not just the scene, but the time, and the place, and the people. A thick coffee table style hardcover book, with swank debossed full color covers, and it weighs a ton, so mailorder folks, this will get shipped by weight, not at the single item rate, just FYI.
MASTERS, MARC No Wave (Black Dog Publishing) book 29.95
MAXIMUM ROCK AND ROLL Issue #281 magazine 4.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Once again, the punk rock newsprint bible returns jam packed with, well, loads and loads of PUNK ROCK!! But this time we get a piece on all time AQ faves Redd Kross, with an extensive history of the Redd Kross early years!! Woo hoo!! Also, Swedish scene report, Blackpool, UK scene report, and tons of bands we've never heard of: Italy's Out With A Bang, Derek Lyn Plastic, We March from Ohio, Alan Milman, Rat Traps from Tennessee, the Scarred, Gilbert Switzer, killer classic Japanese hardcore photos, another excerpt from Lance Hahn's (J-Church) upcoming book on the crusty Anarcho scene, this time the Blood Robots, stories from New Orleans part 3 plus book reviews, record reviews, punk rock news, tone of columns and more more more!
MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL MAGAZINE Issue #280 magazine 4.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another jam packed issue of THE punk rock rag. Dense with bands you've never heard of, scene reports from places you've never been, and ads for hundreds of records you didn't even know existed. A killer little chunk of newsprint that keeps punk rockers around the globe connected! This month, scene report for Asheville, North Carolina, Spanish punk rockers the Webelos, Danish punx Hjertestop, an excerpt from a book in the works about the anarcho/crust scene, this time focusing on The APF Brigade, the Desperate Bicycles, more reports from New Orleans, pix from the Southkore Fest in Chicago, Texan punk rock photographer Bill Daniel, Swedish hardcore outfit Svartenbrandt, an interview with Disconvenience, the Rosenbombs, Up The Voltage as well as tons and tons of book reviews, record reviews, movie reviews, letters, news and columns!!
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL MAGAZINE Issue #276 - May 2006 magazine 5.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Newest issue of this long running Bay Area punk rock institution. Still newsprint, still punk as fuck. This issue is appropriately the "Is Business Killing Punk Rock?" issue! With a huge article (just part one mind you) on DIY punk rock and the imortance of independence, with contributions from punk labels like Jade Tree, G7 Welcoming Commitee, Dr. Strange, 625, Havoc, Dischord and more. And of course loads of interviews with a bunch of bands / artists / writers we've never heard of: Soviet Valves (AUS), Suburban Death Machine (US), Frustrations (US), George Hurchulla, author of Going Underground: American Punk 1979-1992, as well as a bunch of cool excerpts from a forthcoming book by AQ pal and J-Church frontman Lance Hahn about Crass and all those anarcho bands, this time around, Icon A.D. and Dominant Patri, also a Vitamin X tour diary and finally an article about now defunct NY club ABC NO RIO. And as always tons of book reviews, movie reviews, record reviews (only punk rock, and only independent labels), loads of letters, a bunch of columns (including a very metal one by former AQ mailorder monkey Elliott), punk rock news, scene reports (Greece, Czech Republic) and lots more.
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL MAGAZINE Issue #277 magazine 4.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another blast of punk as fuck-ness from this Bay Area bastion of punk and DIY. This month, part two of the article Business And Punk Rock with contributions from the folks who run Fat Wreck Chords, Ebullition, Sound Idea, Razorcake, Give Praise and a bunch more, scene report: Poland with a list of loads of Polish bands, interviews with and articles about The Lawrence Arms, Imperial Leather, Magrudergrind, Boom Boom Kid (don't worry, we haven't heard of most of the bands featured in MRR either!), part two of the Vitamin X tour diary. tons and tons of columns, including one by former mailorder master Elliott, lots of letters, news, politics, book reviews, record reviews and MORE!
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL MAGAZINE Issue #279 magazine 4.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of the punk rock bible. This time around, on the cover: Mika Miko (?), inside: The Fall, Cardiac Arrest, Digger & The Pussycats, Massmord, Insect Warfare, The Four Slicks, The Fallout, PAWNS, punk rock news, scene reports for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, a Swedish scene report, tons and tons of columns, including one by former mailorder master Elliott, lots of letters, news, politics, book reviews, record reviews and MORE!
MAYAN SUN, AZTEC DESTINY (Blast City Games) boardgame 49.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We were gratified that a number of customers picked up the Cave Evil boardgame we reviewed on our last list. Turns out a bunch of you out there are serious gamers! Well, then, perhaps at least one of you gamers will also be interested in this, another boardgame from one of the designers responsible for Cave Evil, Nate Hayden. This game, to give it's full name, Mayan Sun, Aztec Destiny: 500 BC - AD 2012 - Beyond Infinity (!), is even more of a DIY production, with xeroxed rule booklets and homemade box cover, but has still got some fairly high quality components inside: full color cards and mounted map board, wooden pieces and die cut counters. It's even more limited than Cave Evil was, we have just have just one copy - one of the last ones Nate put together - and won't be able to get another. Going, going... Oh, wait, you probably want to know more about what this game is all about. Well, it doesn't have the same kind of black metal musical/subcultural tie-in that Cave Evil did, but the theming is still pretty strange. Basically, it's about farming. But here's a mystical aspect too. (This ain't like Farmville.) As you may have guessed, it's set in ancient Mexico, with the gameboard being based around the Mayan agricultural calendar. Each player is supposed to be a sort of astronomer/astrologer, reading the stars to help their villages' crops prosper. You decide when to plant seeds (maize, squash, or beans) and then draw cards to perform rituals and make prophecies to improve your harvest. Your actions, however, can have a negative impact on the crops planted by other players. Technically, it's a "tile placement" game, with an element of wagering, but has two variants, basic (the "Sun" game) and advanced (the "Destiny" game), the latter of which makes things more complicated by having the players also attempt to predict and/or influence the end of the world! Something like that. We haven't actually played it yet! But we like the unusual theme and have heard that the mechanics are sound, that it's got good gameplay (it has scored a 7.9 out of 10, from 23 user ratings on BoardGameGeek.com, you can check out that site for more info). Also it looks cool, very colorful and evocative. Games should supposedly take around 45 minutes, and it's for 2 to 4 players, ages "12 and up". Like we said, we only have ONE copy (well, we got 2, but Allan grabbed one of them, and is looking forward to playing it soon), so sorry if you want it and don't get it. But, keep a look out, 'cause this fall we should have another interesting design from Nate and Co., called Mushroom Eaters, a trippy game (with 3-D art on its cards and components, played wearing 3-D glasses!) about, yes, psychedelic shamanistic mushroom eatin'.
MCGONIGAL, MIKE 33 1/3 Series: Loveless (Continuum) book 9.95
MCGONIGAL, MIKE Temperature's Rising: Galaxie 500 An Oral And Visual History (Yeti) book 19.95
Mike McGonigal, of Yeti fame, among other things, has written a book all about late '80s indie pop band Galaxie 500, cult shoegaze/slowcore pioneers. Well written maybe isn't the right word, maybe more, well curated? The text is mostly interviews with the band members and various associates, plus it's lavishly illustrated, with photos and fliers and album cover graphics and press clippings, kind of like the ultimate Galaxie 500 scrapbook! We haven't really delved into it much yet, but based on a flip-through - and on McGonigal's previous works - we're sure it's really well done, obviously something any big Galaxie 500 fan is gonna want/need. 192 pages, soft cover.
MCSWEENEY'S #7 literary journal 23.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The format of a McSweeney's issue is always just as noteworthy as its contents. This time round Dave Eggers and co. have created an oldfashioned letterpressed hard cover which encloses eight separate little books by such hip writers as J.T. Leroy, Ann Cummins, Heidi Julavits, A.M. Homes, Courtney Eldridge, Allan Seager, Michael Chabon (an epilogue of sorts to Kavalier and Clay, with cover art by Chris Ware!), Kevin Brockmeier, and William T. Vollman (excerpt from an as-yet-unpublished study on violence, this case study takes place in Thailand). And it's all bound together by a jumbo rubber band. So nice.
MCSWEENEY'S 24 (McSweeney's) book 24.00
MCSWEENEY'S QUARTERLY CONCERN Issue 20 book 22.00
Every issue of McSweeney's Quarterly is a treat, not just the amazing writing, but the design as well, which is pretty much mindblowing every time. And this newest issue just might take the cake. Which is saying a lot since past issues have been packaged in cigar boxes, as multiple little booklets, with strange and elaborate covers, bizarre type setting, they'll try anything. The newest looks like a regular bound hardcover book, except for the psychedelic landscape on the cover that is both intricately colored and raised up and textured, like someone dropped some bizarre multi colored, tendrilled, angular -thing- on your book, where it quickly hardened into some sort of tripped out topographical map. Cool. And the text inside is just as gorgeous and fascinating. New fiction from Susan Steinberg, Kevin Moffit, Ben Jahn, Tony D'Souza, J. Erin Sweeney, Sarah Raymont, Jack Pendarvis, Roy Kesey, Anthony Schneider, Roderick White, Aaron Gwyn, Sam Miller and Corrina Vallianatos. Also lots of amazing original artwork. And inside the back cover is affixed a little printed booklet, the first chapter of a forthcoming McSweeney's novel. As always, not much else to say but WOW!
MCSWEENEY'S QUARTERLY CONCERN Number 13 (McSweeney's) book 24.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. For those of you who always have trouble with the big words and long stories, this is the McSweeney's for you. The thirteenth installment of McSweeney's always brilliant literary journal is ALL comics this time around. Well, not all, but mostly. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Mark Beyer, Chester Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Kim Dietch, Julie Doucet, Gilbert Hernandez, Jamie Hernandez, Ira Glass, Ben Katchor, Kaz, Chip Kidd, Archer Prewitt, Gary Panter, Charles Schultz, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Jim Woodring, Adrian Tomine, Richard Sala, Joe Matt, John Updike, John Porcellino, and more! Beautifully layed out as always and jam packed with comics and comic related pieces. A gorgeous cover as well, an old fashioned book cover like we used to have to wrap all our schoolbooks in, made from a Chris Ware designed Sunday comics page, with gold leaf style embellishments, and two mini comics tucked inside the front and back flyleafs. So cool!
MELOY, COLIN 33 1/3 Series: Let It Be (Continuum) book 9.95
A match made in heaven. Arguably the best Replacements record, here exposed and examined and dissected and FAWNED over by Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, who waxes lyrical (and you can imagine just how lyrical based on the elaborate wordplay of his lyrics). SO GOOD.
MELVINS Neither Here Nor There (Ipecac) book + cd 35.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Won't go into too much detail here, since if you're not already a bit obsessed with the Melvins, you're probably not gonna need a 200 page book about em. But thos of you who ARE into the Melvins. WAY into the Melvins will definitely need this. Over two hundred pages of artwork, photos, tour diaries, discographies, interviews, stories, inserts, ALL the artwork from all their releases and more. Also includes a greatest hits cd. Odds are you have most of it, but there are a few surprises. Definitely super cool and gorgeously laid out. And of course, limited!
MELVINS / BRIAN WALSBY Manchild 4 (Bifocal Media) comic book + cd 16.98
If you were going to create a comic book that would appeal equally to fans of Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) and punk metallers the Melvins, Brian Walsby's Manchild would be it. It IS it. Autobiographical, confessional comix about his life, love, and music. Lots and lots of music. Much of this is devoted to stuff about indie/punk/HC/metal, back in the day... Especially for anyone of a certain age, with nostalgia for the '80s and '90s underground rock scene, this is a must! Walsby is a good artist, and writer, and in fact almost each and every panel found on these many, many pages (this is thick!) is packed with text you'll need to squint a bit to read, but it's worth it. We haven't read the whole thing yet, but we can tell you that in this issue, there's a bunch of stories about bands he's been in (ferinstance Walsby played drums for Snake Nation, with CoC's Woody Weatherman and Mike Dean, and he was also in Shiny Beast, wow, we had no idea) and stuff about his life now, like how he met his current girlfriend, who has a toddler, what what that's been like.... He illustrates some other folks' tales about quitting their jobs, there's a two-page piece about Jason Newsted, all sorts of random, cool shit, usually pretty funny or weird or interesting, sometimes really something to think about. In addition to the longer stories, there's plenty of one-page and half-page bits, good laughs like the one about reformed '80s hardcore bands, renamed: 700 Seconds, Middle Aged Threat, Adult Brigade, Youth Of Yesterday, Post-Adolescents, Semi-Negative Approach... Or the one about Jimi Hendrix in Heaven, getting pissed that he's required to "jam" with every other rockstar who dies and goes there after him (he's like, "I finally get Janis and Jerry off of my back... and then I have to play with this...'Dimebag Darrell'?"). The comic book would be worth it by itself, but sweetening the deal, this is shrinkwrapped with a LIVE MELVINS CD! Entitled Pick Your Battles, it's about 50 minutes long, presenting 15 tracks taken from two shows, Berkeley back in 1989 and Boston 2008. True Melvins fans want this, even if they don't like comic books, but why wouldn't you like comic books, especially this one?
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"Boris (live '08)"
MELVINS / BRIAN WALSBY The Making Love Demos / Manchild 3 cd+book 14.98
It's a comic book! It's a Melvins cd! It's pretty darn cool is what it is. Cartoonist Brian Walsby spoofs and skewers various icons of old school punk/alt rock culture, and puts his own personal family history on the page too ("My Old Man!"). It's mostly subversively funny, sarcastic stuff. Lots of chuckles for those with a bit of nostalgia for the good ol' days of '80s punk rock for sure!! One of our favorite comix in here is "Whatever Happened To You Favorite Eighties Hardcore Mascots" which imagines the DRI "thrash guy" finding a new career as a school crossing guard, and the Black Flag bars being sold to Hank Williams III who "dropped one bar and used the rest for his new logo." Some of the other pieces in this fairly thick book include an illustrated article celebrating TV's SCTV, a Walsby/Melvins 2006 tour diary, a memoir entitled "How I Survived Grunge", "The Rules Of Young Rock Bands" (which include holding the microphone like a glass of wine, and combining two kinds of bad singing: whiny, nasal and hysterical screaming), several comic strips about The Dios (a la The Osbournes), a tribute to Cheap Trick, and much much more. If you like stuff like Peter Bagge's Hate or Chunklet magazine this is for you. This book makes a perfect team up with Walsby's old pals, wise ass scene vets the Melvins, who contribute a 20+ minute cd to the package, entitled "The Making Love Demos". These eight songs are DIY four-track recordings from back in '87, from the Buzz/Dale/Matt lineup, several of which later wound up in re-recorded form on their classic Ozma album, and some you've never ever heard before. Wow. Melvins fans are gonna be stoked. Heavy grinding nastiness, perfectly filthily home-recorded, that's way more punk than grunge.
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MERZBOW Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise (Extreme) book + cd 34.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This is for all the sane people out there who didn't buy the Merzbox (a massive 50 cd anthology offering a mere sample of Japan's most prolific noise artist), but who are interested in the wealth of information found within the box. The Merzbook, which was previously published for the Merzbox, is an equally impressive document delving into the history and critical analysis of his work. Edited by Brett Woodward, the Merzbook also features specially commissioned essays by admirers, collaborators, and peers, as well as a CD-ROM with tons of text, art, video, images, soundbites, and even a Merzbow game!
METAPHROG / HEY / MUM Louis : Dreams Never Die (Fat Cat) cd + book 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. It's a great week for Mum fans! We just got in their Nightly Cares 3"cd/7" single and this 'all ages' graphic novel which stars Louis, the dumpling-ish looking main character (he kinda looks like a crudely drawn baby turtle creature that could be from Andee's fave Homestar Runner website), as well as a supporting cast of frollicking carrots, mechanical dogs, polka-dot mushrooms, a wizard and a frumpy Hitler-looking villain. There's some great lines of dialogue (a sampling: "My eyebrows are crawling all over my face" and "Suffocating in a custard world"), but you might be wondering how is Mum involved? Well, they along with the band Hey have each contributed a wistful version of the theme song "Dreams Never Die To FC" for the accompanying cd which also contains some animated Louis flicks with Mum/Hey soundtrack music to boot.
"Dreams Never Die To FC"
MILLER, ANDY 33 1/3 Series: The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Continuum) book 9.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Finally got a new batch of these amazing books, tailor made for us music geeks. Super in depth examinations of some of our favorite records! The cool thing is that they're not just the same old rehashed stories about the bands or artists, and who they slept with and where they grew up (although we like those too!), instead they're about the creation of those specific albums. The writers go really deep into every facet of the creation. The writing is often quite dense and so informative. Like a Mojo article expanded a hundred fold! We wanted to give each one an in depth review, but they are all so good and they keep coming fast and furious so we figured we oughta just list em. Basically, if you love the record, you're definitely gonna want the book! Also got the Joe Pernice Meat Is Murder book back in stock as well as Andrew Hulktrans's book about Love's masterpiece Forever Changes. And if you're anything like the music geeks here, you're gonna want all of em! Future volumes include My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, Radiohead's OK Computer, Jethro Tull's Aqualung.
MILLIS, ROBERT Indian Talking Machine: 78 RPM Record and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent (Sublime Frequencies) book + 2cd 41.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A follow-up to Robert Millis' magnum opus Victrola Favorites, Indian Talking Machine is an amazing document of Millis' research into the rich history of the early recording industry of the subcontinent. There has not been a lot done in the way of archiving much of this material over the decades, and so thankfully Millis' research & collecting has salvaged these shellac 78s from moldering into obscurity on a monsoon soaked garbage pile. These recordings include dizzying instrumental ragas, trilling vocal glissandos matched by equally tumbling performances on violin, banjo, bagpipes, etc., and theatrical folk numbers that clearly stand as a precedent to Bollywood bombast. The book, like Victrola Favorites, is a visual feast that details the imagery of the original shellac records and their artwork in various states of antiquated collapse. A highly recommended document from one of the finest curators of forgotten sounds from around the globe!
MOD TALES #1 (self-released) zine 4.98
MODERN ROCK MAGAZINE #8 zine 2.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More smart and thoughtful writing from Tim Ellsion with notable contribution from Alan Licht writing about the White Album. Tim puts the reviews into categories, like Rock, Old School, Post-Indi-Rock, and what he calls New Postmodernism (The Starlite Desperation, Gogogoairheart, etc).
MODERN SHIT Modern Shit: The Stories Told By Record Covers (Alga Marghen) book+cd 70.00
MOGRAG MAGAZINE Vol. 1 / 2009 (Mograg Garage) magazine 15.00
Mograg Garage is a Japanese DIY art gallery run out of an actual garage in suburban Tokyo. To commemorate their first year of exhibitions, they published this small, but gorgeously detailed and beautifully produced full-color 40 page catalog documenting the artists that exhibited last year. Eight artists are represented with six writers contributing columns (all translated into English). Their plan is to release a catalog every year. And if they're all like this one, then sign us up for a subscription! The artworks are highly visual, bold and graphic, lots of colorful psychedelic landscape paintings (including one of a giant cave that is also the head of a sabre-toothed tiger), intricate and epic tattoo-like line drawings, pop-surrealism, embroidery of colorful birds, lush photographs, computer-generated collages and graffitti like drawings. Jim Woodring is cited as an influence, and one can see influences of Hayao Miyazaki and Takashi Murakami here too which should give you some idea of the gallery's core aesthetic. A lot of the art looks like what you would see in Juxtapoz magazine (but without that magazine's air of self-importance). The columns are equally strange, in that they're not so much about the artists or artworks (at least not in a way we can directly understand), but about random experiences and points of view. For instance, one column expounds on the art of booger collecting (!), others are more lyrical and poetic, while still others are more informative and practical like the one on how to run your own art and toy gallery. Which is the best advice to take from this, as the folks who run Mograg certainly know what they're doing and how to have fun doing it too. These are VERY LIMITED!! We only got a handful of these from a local Japanese friend and not sure we can get more. Definitely, a unique publication you won't easily find elsewhere!
MOJO April 2010 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Always a great read, and lots of it, 146 pages this ish. Peter Gabriel is on the cover, also inside you'll find stuff on everyone from the 13th Floor Elevators to Courtney Love to Serge Gainsbourg to Judy Collins to the Eels... plus all the usual reviews, news, etc. And also you get a free compilation cd devoted to "Dream Pop" featuring tracks by Cocteau Twins, Sigur Ros, Panda Bear, Felt, Mercury Rev, Cluster & Eno, Beach House, Galaxie 500, etc. Nice.
MOJO August 2009 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The UK magazine for music both classic and indie is back with another big issue. On the cover, Mojo's "band of the year", Fleet Foxes. Also they honour a bunch of other of their faves, including Yoko Ono, ZZ Top, and Johnny Marr. Then there's stuff on Tinariwen, TV On The Radio, Blur, and a rare interview with Bob Dylan. And there's more, the usual ton of reviews and news and stuff. Also there's a look back at the Rolling Stones' famous 1969 Hyde Park concert. AND as always there's a cd (in jewel case!) stuck to the cover, this time a comp called New Harvest of "modern North American song" including tracks by Fleet Foxes, Bill Callahan, The Dodos, Iron & Wine, and others.
MOJO August 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
The Boss is on the cover, as is a bonus cd comp of some of Springsteen's favorite songs (by the likes of Calexico, Neko Case, Jimmy Reed, Alan Vega, and others). Also, inside: Joanna Newsom, Devo, Ozzy, Ian Hunter, and lots more including the usual news, reviews, etc. that makes this British magazine a must for most music fans...
MOJO December 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is on the cover, providing an exclusive interview about The Wall, on that album's 30th anniversary. The cover-mounted bonus cd is part one of a two-disc Wall covers collection (disc 2 next ish), the track-by-track rerecording of the entire thing by (on this disc) such diverse bands as Papercuts, Ulver, and Astra! Ok, don't care about The Wall? Well there's also stuff about / interviews with U2, Woody Guthrie, Gene Simmons of KISS, Norah Jones, Mott The Hoople, The Specials, and more. Plus all the usual columns and reviews and whatnot.
MOJO February 2009 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of one of our favorite mags, one we read cover to cover, even if on first glance the contents don't seem that interesting. Every issue we just glance at some article, and end up engrossed and read the whole thing. This month MOTOWN! The 100 greatest tracks as selected by various other musicians: Iggy Pop, the MC5, Johnny Marr, the Clash, and more. Plus, Todd Rundgren, Franz Ferdinand, Mitch Mitchell, as well as loads of reviews and columns and whatveer else they can pack in there. Plus includes a cd packed with rad Motown hits and rarities.
MOJO February 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Jimmy Page is the cover star. Inside, everything from Shane Macgowan to Midlake to Slayer! (The latter article specifically being about their signature speed metal album Reign In Blood). Plus there's the usual ton of reviews and news and "this month back then" features... Also this issue, Mojo's 2010 releases preview. Oh, and there's a free cd on the cover, compiled by The Amorphous Androgynous (the psychedelic DJ alter ego of members of FSOL), a pretty killer mix including cuts by Comus, Can, Shogun Kunitoki, Can, July, Dungen, Jean-Claude Vannier, and others.
MOJO issue #179 October 2008 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. It's not just more metal magazines that we have started stocking. At long last, we're also now regularly gonna be carrying the mighty MOJO magazine. Another British publication (why are so many of our favorite music mags from England? The Wire, Terrorizer, Classic Rock...). Mojo, as you may know, covers the pop/rock scene from the past to the present, usually delving into rock history (the '60s, '70s, '80s...) while also covering all the latest, hippest indie rock sensations. For the music lover/AQ customer who's not just only into floorcore cd-rs and black metal cassettes and drone vinyl, it's gonna have plenty of stuff you'll want to read about, in fascinating depth. This October issue: Queen on the cover (they have a new album, with Paul Rodgers replacing the late Freddie Mercury, though we're a little nervous to hear it). Inside: Dave Gilmour, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Fugs, Bon Iver, and more. Reviews, news, all that good stuff. 154 big colorful pages of it. Plus, there's a cover-mounted cd (in a jewel case!) featuring exclusive cover versions of songs from the Beatles' White Album.
MOJO January 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Part two of Mojo's celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Wall, with an interview about the movie version with director Sir Alan Parker and animator Gerald Scarfe, and (glued to the cover in a jewel case) a second disc of re-recordings, track-by-track, of The Wall by a bunch of cool folks including Diagonal, Peter Broderick, Crippled Black Phoenix, The Soundcarriers, and others. Also this ish: A 15 page section about Mojo's Top 50 albums etc. of 2009 (#1 album = Animal Collective), cover star Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Sting, SUNNO))), Brian May, news, reviews, charts, and plenty more. Always lots to read in any issue of Mojo!
MOJO July 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Special 200th issue of this always enlightening and interesting (and 154 pages thick) UK music mag. Guest-edited by cover star Tom Waits! Inside, they bring out the big guns: Johnny Cash, White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, U2, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Harry Belafonte, Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, and more!! Lots more. Including the usual free cd stuck to the cover, compiled and sequenced by Mr. Waits.
MOJO June 2010 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. On the cover: AC/DC! Inside, Dylan, Pavement, a farewell to Malcolm McLaren, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Screaming Lord Sutch, and of course tons of other reviews and articles. Also includes a cover mounted cd featuring 'a compendium of the devil's best tunes' from Nick Cave, James Brown, Roky Erickson, Gun Club, John Martyn and more...
MOJO March 2009 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A new issue of Mojo is always a time to rejoice, especially when we're about finished with the list, so we can dedicate some serious time to one of the best reads in magazine land. On the cover Nick Cave, as well as a jewel cased cd featuring some of Mr/ Cave's favorite records and biggest influences, inside: Johnny Marr, Ry Cooder, Jane Birkin, Dave Clarke Five, Springsteen, Thin Lizzy, Deerhoof, Buddy Holly, Soft Machine, Neil Young, Taj Mahal, R.E.M., as well as tons of reviews and all sort of other good stuff!
MOJO March 2010 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Syd Barrett is the cover star, this issue featuring "the inside story of Madcap Laughs" with input from David Gilmour, Robert Wyatt and others. Also this ish: Captain Beefheart, Dr. Feelgood, Charlotte Gainsbourg, the reader's poll 2009, and more. Including, believe it or not, an interview with Sly Stone, who has a new album coming out! As always, LOTS to keep most music junkies busy reading here. Plus there's a free cd on the cover, a "recreation" of Madcap Laughs, covered track-by-track by a diverse selection of artist including Hush Arbours, Skygreen Leopards, Hawkwind, J Mascis, REM, Jennifer Gentle, Hope Sandoval, Robyn Hitchcock, and more!
MOJO May 2009 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A brand new issue of one of our favorite rock mags, the almighty Mojo. On the cover this month, John And Yoko, featuring tons of unseen photos, a lost interview and more! Also Antony And The Johnsons, Pearl Jam, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jackson C. Frank, and a killer article on Mott The Hoople. Comes with a cd (complete with sleeve and jewel case) featuring some "seriously street tough '70s British rock'n'roll bovver" with bands like Mott, Slade, Roy Wood, The Sensational Alex Harvey band, Be-Bop Deluxe, T. Rex, Motorhead and more... And as we've mentioned before, the cool thing about Mojo is no matter how uninterested you think you are in a particular performer or musician, undoubtedly, you'll end up reading every bit of every issue, even those pieces about bands you might not even like. Hail Mojo!
MOJO May 2010 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. On the cover: Janis Joplin. Inside: Paul Weller, MGMT, Arthur Russell, Steve Albini, Little Feat, and loads more, 32 pages of reviews, and a cover mounted cd of 'heavy soul' from Funkadelic, Aaron Neville, Black Merda, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Davis and more...
MOJO November 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Man, this issue of Mojo is just screaming, buy me, buy me! A bright red cover featuring the Kraftwerk, complete with bonus cd compilation of Kraftwerk inspired/related music from OMD, Tangerine Dream, LCD Soundsystem, Ultravox, M83, Jean Michel Jarre, Hot Chip, Four Tet, Komputer, The Orb, Kraftwerk themselves, and others! Inside, there's an exclusive 13 page interview with the robotic German geniuses. Plus: AC/DC! Big Star! Yoko Ono! A secret history of grunge! And plenty more. Always a great read.
MOJO October 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The Beatles on the cover, this issue featuring an exclusive interview with Sir Paul discussing the remasters, and Rock Band... There's also a free cd stuck to the cover (in a jewel case like they do!) featuring cover versions of songs from Abbey Road done by the likes of Cornershop, Robyn Hitchcock, Jeffrey Lewis, Gomez, and some less familiar names as well. But it's not all Beatles this ish, we're pleased to see a piece on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells! Also: Bunny Wailer, Prefab Sprout, The Who, The Cribs (now w/ Johnny Marr), and more... the usual pages and pages of well informed reviews, plus news, photos, etc. etc. to keep your music obsessed brain busy for a while.
MOJO September 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Arctic Monkeys on the cover of this month's Mojo, while inside:Sky Saxon, Beastie Boys Comus, Billy Childish, an interview with David Sylvian, White Denim, Queen photgrapher Peter Hince, J.J. Cale, Michael Jackson, The Housemartins plus reviews galore, as well as a cover mounted cd featuring a killer collection of "essential mindblowing summer grooves", from Tinariwen, Tony Allan, Ali Farka Toure, Konono No.1 and more...
MONK MINK PINK PUNK issue #6 magazine 4.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Special issue of this always cool Austin, Texas-based music 'zine. What's so special about it? This features essays, graphics, etc. by eighteen sound artists, among them John Hudak, Francisco Lopez, Seth Nehil, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Giancarlo Toniutti, and Brandon LaBelle. Monk Mink Pink Punk's editor Josh Ronsen started by asking these artists "How do you choose/develop your sounds?" and "How do you place them in time?", questions that remain the theme of this issue even if not all participants limited themselves to a direct response to those queries. 20 double-sided loose pages wrapped in an aluminum foil cover, limited to 100 copies. Unique and quite interesting. Also, creative sleepers might be interested in knowing that Josh is still accepting submissions for the upcoming issue #8, which will be a collection of reviews of "records heard in dreams"...email to email@example.com for more info, or visit http://www.nd.org/jronsen on the web.
MOONDOG: THE VIKING OF 6TH AVENUE - THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY (ROBERT SCOTTO) (Process) book+cd 24.95
MORBID TALES Issue #6 magazine 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We're happy to report that the internet has not (entirely) killed the 'zine. Blogs and websites are great, but can't really replace a good old fashioned b&w stapled xeroxed 'zine! They do seem old fashioned, though. And that vintage quality is fully embraced by this metal 'zine out of Canada, Morbid Tales, since the subject matter covered is pretty old school too. Some of the bands here are new, but they carry the torch of '80s underground metal (thrash, doom, death and NWOBHM) high. '90s cult black metal and '70s psych and prog is also not outside Morbid Tales' purview. While all 'zines are labors of love, editor Annick "Satannick" Grioux REALLY is a maniac for this music. Her enthusiasm really captures the spirit of 'zines back in the old pre-internet tape-trading days. Interviewees, among others, include Darkthrone, Portrait, Master's Hammer, Voivod, Pagan Altar, Cauldron, The Lamp Of Thoth, Elixir, Soothsayer, and, get this, Flower Travellin' Band (who get asked about the naked chopper riding cover photo of their debut LP)!! Plus there's reviews of obscure releases and demos, metal tourist shopping guides to London, Paris, Montreal, and Prague, show reports, and other interesting tidbits, including a brief guide to "Purple Metal" aka Italian Horror Metal like Black Hole and Paul Chain. This is Morbid Tales' biggest issue yet, 117 full size pages, plus flip it over and then there's another 13 page bonus zine all about heavy metal cooking tips entitled Hell Bent For Cooking (soon to be expanded into a book to be published by Bazillion Points we're told)! Recipes contributed by members of Anvil, Exciter, Cauldron, Trouble, The Gates Of Slumber, Countess, Ogre, Piledriver, and others. Such delicious dishes as: The Stew Of True Doom. Tomato-Garlic Hellfire Chicken. Black Pudding And Squid In It's Own Ink, With A Hashish Garnish. And then by the last few pages, the recipes have turned into drink mixes, these being metalheads after all... Morbid Tales #6 (+ Hell Bent For Cooking) is an impressively thick tome of metal obsessiveness all in all. We only got a handful of copies (8) and won't be able to get any more, as it's SOLD OUT, so act fast if you want one.
MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW (OIMOEN, HARALD & BRIAN LEW) (Bazillion Points) book 39.95
Subtitle: "Shots From The Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter". From the same folks who brought us the lavish Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries tome, and Thomas Gabriel Fischer's Only Death Is Real, comes another treat for any dedicated headbanger. A 272 page hardcover photo book with over 400 early pics of such Bay Area (and Cali) thrash metal legends as Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Possessed, Slayer, Death Angel, Possessed, Testament, Vio-Lence, Suicidal Tendencies, and many many more, often several of 'em all together in the same photo. Color and black and white shots, live in action on stage, from the mosh pit, at parties, or ragin' out on the streets. Lotsa long hair, denim jackets, sleeveless t-shirts, beers, sneers and smiles. Love the shots of Cliff Burton always lookin' badass (and the rest of Metallica all baby-faced). And the one of Lars smashing a Men At Work album on a parking meter. In addition to this treasure trove of rare photos documenting this legendary scene, there's also personal reminiscences of the Bay Area Thrash heyday from a bunch of the movement's key participants, including members of Exodus, Testament, and Vio-lence, as well as zinester/scenester/namer-of-Metallica/radio DJ Ron Quintana, and of course the two fearless photographers who captured on film all the frenzied fast fun times found here. Essay titles include: "I Washed Dishes For Metallica" and "Thirty Years Ago, Music Sucked" (but then there was thrash)... Good times!! Definitely a nostaglia-fest for anyone who was here back in the day, and hopefully inspiration for young 'uns looking at it now...
MUSHROOM EATERS, THE s/t (Emperors Of Eternal Evil) board game 75.00
Attention gamers! (We know some of you are gamers, yep, don't deny it.) Also, perhaps, attention druggies! We've been waiting for this. From the same crazed minds that brought us the "Necro-Demonic dungeon crawl" board game Cave Evil, comes this REALLY bizarre design. It's an "adventure board game" for 2 to 5 players, simulating a psychedelic magic mushroom trip! Each player is, like, supposed to be an apprentice shaman, competing to become the next chief shaman by having the most intense and enlightening experiences while high on 'shrooms. (Note, the rule book explicitly states that "this game is absolutely unplayable on Mushrooms!", which would indicate that they triedÉ) Even the veteran gamers here at aQ have never seen anything quite like it. It's nothing if not unique. And very elaborate. And truly psychedelic. Our copies of The Mushroom Eaters just showed up in the mail a few days ago, so this is not a 'playtest' review. It says it takes "90-120 minutes" to play, but we're pretty sure our first session, learning how to play, will take way longer than that; we're looking forward to finding some time soon though to give it a try! Especially since Cave Evil, which we have played, is great. While this is a very different sort of game, we're pretty sure it's going to be awesome too. It certainly LOOKS fantastic, the colorful, psychedelic artwork found on every part of the game being super strange and trippy - AND, get this, the board is printed in 3-D, and the game comes with rainbow prismatic 3-D glasses for each player to wear!! (Though, it's not required.) We're still not quite sure how it all works, we'll have to read through the 16 page rulebook a few more times before we attempt playing it, but we're pretty intrigued by the concepts involved. To give you some idea (or perhaps scare you off), the game includes such components as "Player Mood Cards", "Personal Path Octagons", "Breathe Tokens", "Large Focus Cubes", "Small Nervous System Cubes", a "Shaman Drum Board", "Wisdom Tokens", "Paradox Tokens", and "Mantra Answer Tokens" among many other things. Uh, wow! Like Cave Evil, it's a fairly DIY production, but an impressive one. You get a LOT in the large box, all of it as we said covered with weird, trippy artwork, by a whole bunch of artists, some of whom also worked on Cave Evil, though that was all black and white and this, as we said, is quite the opposite, very colorful indeed. There's a thick game board that unfolds, several other separate smaller boards, a die, a pawn ("representing the mushroom"), various cardboard tokens, two decks of cards, lots of wooden cubes, and of course, five sets of 3-D glasses! Our minds are blown just looking at it, so playing must be some kind of trip. We don't know if it's a good way, or not, to see what it's like to "get high" without actually taking any drugs, but even attempting to play it does seem likely to create an altered state of consciousnessÉ By the way, while Cave Evil had the black metal connection, this one's not as directly music-related (though a lot of the folks who did the art are also musicians) - but we're sure any aQ customer interested in this would have plenty of appropriate music in their collection to use as a soundtrack. And as with Cave Evil, it's a limited edition. We have just 3 copies in stock. We get 'em direct from the designer/publisher, Nate Hayden, and he says we can probably get a few more if we need 'em, but maybe not for long, fyi.