Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Arrivals #353

Our latest list.

Records Of The Week:

HEADS "Relaxing With The Heads" (Rooster) 2cd $16.98
Killer reissue of the 1996 debut record from these UK space rock rifflords, perfectly timed to school the current crop of young punk space rock wannabes, still the heaviest hookiest space rock record ever, even nearly 15 years later, with a whole bonus disc of extra tracks, B sides and Peel Sessions...
TRISTAN PERICH "1-Bit Symphony" (Cantaloupe Music) jewel case 1-bit electronic music generator $30.00
The second of Perich's cool musical devices and 1-bit compositions, a series of weirdly lush lo-fi loopscapes created with exclusively 1 bit sounds, in a little jewel case contained music generator, easily the coolest music gizmo since the Buddha Machine, with some gorgeous tunes built in to boot.
CHRISTIAN MISTRESS "Agony And Opium" (20 Buck Spin) cd/lp 10.98/14.98
Awesome NWOBHM style true melodic metal from this Olympia outfit, old school and original, with epic riffing, REAL singing, totally hooky and heavy and incredible, Fenriz from Darkthrone endorsed thusly: "heavy metal the old way, the exact way we enjoy it ourselves"!!
MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM "Double Cut" (Bureau B) cd $17.98
Welcome reissue of this early eighties post Cluster collaboration, that's not so much krautrock as an otherworldly version of minimal techno, a way ahead of its time proto Chain Reaction electronica, mesmerizing and menacing and so incredible!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

On Land, In Store!

Hopefully SF locals (and nearby folks, and travelers from far places) all already know about this year's edition of the Root Strata-curated On Land Festival, happening next week, Thursday through Sunday, September 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Performers include Oneohtrix Point Never, Barn Owl, Daniel Higgs, Xela, Pulse Emitter, Rene Hell, Bill Orcutt, The Alps, White Rainbow, Starving Weirdos, Grouper, Grasslung, Higuma, and many many more. We've got tickets for sale here at AQ.

And, we're also gonna be hosting a special On Land related instore that weekend!

featuring the new duo of

CHRISTINA CARTER (Charalambides)

2 o'clock pm
right here at AQ

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Swiss sound and imaginary space

Curious to check this out when it opens next month, an exhibition of sound-art installations at San Francisco's Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, all the way from Zurich. And we're definitely looking forward to a solo show there in early 2011 by Swiss artist Zimoun, whose kinetic sculptures (often involving many, many small motors) are quite interesting visually, sonically, and conceptually, judging by the video clips posted on his website...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Arrivals #352.5

Duos duos duos! That's the theme of this week's point-fiver. A selection of some of our fave duos. Silver Apples, Coyle & Sharpe, Lightning Bolt, Cluster, Ruins, Matmos, all sorts of duos... oops forgot Happy Flowers.

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Arrivals #352

New list up, as of Friday night!

Records Of The Week:

CLAIR CASSIS "s/t" (Starlight Temple Society) lp $14.98
The long awaited debut of this post Velvet Cacoon combo, the buzz and blur of VC, jammed into shorter 'pop' songs, with super melodic basslines, transforming black metal buzz into something much more gloomy and melodic and catchy and weirdly fucked up and brilliant! Limited vinyl release (but we WILL be getting a cd version soon too). Oh, and look below for a VC vinyl reissue with bonus material as well!

FABULOUS DIAMONDS "II" (Chapter Music/Siltbreeze) cd/lp $16.98/$15.98
Second full length record from these Aussies, quasi-mystical post-Terry Riley time-lag accumulation and proto-electronica guitar riffs over stripped down slinky percussive grooves and motorik krautrock beats resulting in some seriously hypno-zoner bliss out; vinyl via Siltbreeze, cd on Chapter.

Monday, August 9, 2010

New Arrivals #351.5

Blog lag... we sent out another "in-between list" list on Friday, a TAPES TAPES TAPES edition. Most of those tapes are gone gone gone now. But we do still have a few of a few... so check it out if you haven't already, tapeheads, and try your luck.

For your listening pleasure

Well, ok, everything we write about usually pertains to your listening pleasure. But anyway, thought we'd draw your attention to a really cool podcast from WBEZ in Chicago, called Hit It Or Quit It, this particular episode featuring AQ's own Irwin (also of KUSF fame) talking about some local SF bands he loves, plus there's an interview with one of the Woven Bones, and a report (by our pal Derek Erdman) from that weird gathering that Insane Clown Posse fans go to every summer!