Monday, November 14, 2011

This should be cool, tomorrow nite

What are you doin' tomorrow night? If you're in SF, you might want to check this out.

Free admission. Free booze. AQ faves the Water Borders doing soundtracks to old silent films! You gotta RSVP at that link above.

Monday, October 10, 2011

CANCELLED: Instore tomorrow, 10/11, 5:30pm!

Update: CANCELLED! (the instore, not The Hemlock show). Sorry!

Old AQ faves The Renderers, from New Zealand!
And they'll be at The Hemlock later that night, too!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dep't of Corrections

A bit of a mixup in one of our otherwise 100% accurate reviews, from the latest list, pointed out by a customer, who wrote to say:

"By the way, the Sitar Outreach Ministry is doing Hall of the Mountain King from Greig's Peer Gynt Suite, not Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. At least that's what's in the audio clip. Tsk, tsk. And here I thought you guys were infallible!"

Thanks for spotting that. Whoops! Although, in our defense, the sticker on the cassette SAYS it's a cover of "Rites Of Spring", for some reason.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Finders Keepers/B-Music DJs at AQ this Friday!

Hey, hey, you're invited...

B-Music / Finders Keepers Records Live DJ set @ Aquarius Records
Sept. 9th, 8:30pm 'til close

featuring Doug Shipton & Mahssa Taghinia

Doug Shipton (Finders Keepers Records/B-Music UK) is a renowned record hound, LP compiler, international DJ and co-founder of Finders Keepers Records. He's in the States to promote his long awaited debut mixtape, DEDICATED SWALLOWER OF FASHION - a cacophony of syncopated psychedelic madness that draws from his enviably expansive record collection and challenging DJ sets, dusting off handpicked fuzz-ridden-break-heavy platters from as far and wide as Malaysia, France, India, Germany, USA, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Italy and Indonesia.

Mahssa (B-Music/Finders Keepers Records Los Angeles) represents the UK- based B-Music/Finders Keepers Records in the States (West Coast office) and is part of a global collective of DJs and "Vinyl Librarians" dedicated to the art of discovery (and rediscovery) of off- kilter music, film, design and literature of the better part of the '60s/'70s and beyond. Her own psychedelic "record party" in LA is called CUREATION, and she's responsible for the curation and compilation of the respective POMEGRANATES and GOOGOOSH collections.

Should be a lot of fun. They'll be playing wild, rare stuff we're sure, and some upcoming Finders Keepers / B-Music treats. Even though it's a "list night" we'll be groovin' as soon as we get the list done.

So be sure to come by!! We might even have some beverages to share.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Question Of The Day

Are flexi-discs the new cassette?


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Modern technology and absent mindedness

Andee just tried to send a text to one of our co-workers, using a calculator!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


So, we've got coldwave and chillwave and floorcore and metalgaze and doomcore, right? All have multiple citations on the AQ site, if you do a keyword search.

But not any floorwave or shoecore or chillgaze or doomwave... or do we? Can you think of any examples of those?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thursday nite SF Cinematheque at 50 party!

We're co-presenting this event, this Thursday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

ICP's "Miracles" didn't make the list?

Pretty cool, AQ got a shout out on the Scientific American's website, in a blog post about "science-inspired" songs!

Fun list, it even includes a track by Portal! We'd second the suggestion by one of the commenters that Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" should be on there too. What else is missing? Maybe some Carcass (medical science, right?). And something by Anthony Braxton, one of those compositions of his with a title like physics equation... oh yeah, that's right, what about Physics?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Whoops, didn't mean to be quite so face melting

Sunday's Record Store Day After instore by Mitchell And Manley was reviewed by The Signal And Noise blog, who report that the duo "melted faces". They later told us that they hadn't meant to be quite so loud... It was good though!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Two exciting instores in April!

Heads up, folks! We're pleased to announce two awesome instore performances this coming month.

First, on Monday, April 11th, at 6pm, we've got MOON DUO! The Wooden Shjips offshoot's new album for Sacred Bones, "Mazes", was one of our Records Of The Week this past Friday, as if we had to tell you. (By the way, we sold out of those really quick, we'll have more in stock tomorrow though - alas, without the super limited bonus disc, those are gone gone gone.)

That'll be a kind of a kick off to the week leading up to, yes, RECORD STORE DAY, Saturday April 16th! Can't wait. We're not gonna have any bands play here on Record Store Day, that would be too crazy, but guess what? We've got a special Record Store Day related instore on Sunday the 17th. Record Store Day After, as it were.

It'll be another duo, Phil Manley aka Life Coach (Trans Am, Jonas Reinhardt, The Fucking Champs, etc.) and Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless) in support of their RSD release on Thrill Jockey, the vinyl-only Mitchell and Manley "Norcal Values" album.

That's Sunday April 17th at 5pm. We're pretty excited about this, so be there, and make it a Record Store Weekend!

Here's Thrill Jockey's press release blurb about "Norcal Values", btw:
Floating down the Yuba River, hang gliding off the cliffs at Fort Funston, a day at Ocean Beach with the dog, a leisurely stroll in Golden Gate Park, a fat bag of Trainwreck; these are among the many images that come to mind when listening to Mitchell and Manley’s Norcal Values.

Inspired by his spiritual advisor, Bettina Richards, Phil Manley recruited the shredding stylings of Earthless’ Isaiah Mitchell to collaborate on a record comprised almost exclusively of a single continuous guitar solo. The recording was made live with no overdubs - completely improvised. This recording exhibits inspiration so pure that it could only come from within. Drawing from the classical Indian music tradition as well as from modern new age music, Norcal Values is the sonic equivalent of fine Californian cuisine. We invite you to dine upon its bountiful aural splendor. Bon appetite.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011