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          cd935.gif (1106 bytes)Massive Attack - Mezzanine Mezzanine  (Massive Attack)
"Mezzanine shows that Massive Attack's creative edge is far from dulled.... The record is a richly eclectic, unpigeonholeable artifact - kingdubby meets the rockers up-town, with funk and jazz and hip-hop and even kraut rock all showing up for the party."
(Rolling Stone)

          Morcheeba - Big Calm  Morcheeba
"Masterfully crafted songs with diverse musical textures and the incredible voice of Skye Edwards. Sound quality is superb with a touch of analogue like distortion on some tracks which is quite pleasant. Wistful loops, palliative beats, intimate vocals, B-movie strings and underwater guitars point Portisheadwards but, thankfully, Morcheeba's recipe serves up
some refreshingly un-Bristolian flavours. The Sea - liquid wah-wah guitar, icy violins and raindrop piano - opens proceedings, a delicious setting interrupted only by Edwards's over-earnest mockneyisms."
(David Sheppard -- Emap Consumer Magazines Limited)

                 Marcy Playground - Shapeshifter

           Meat Puppets - Monsters Three tracks have been added for this reissue of a classic Puppets' album, bringing the running time to almost an hour. Along with two completely different versions of "Flight of the Fire Weasel," you'll also find the never before heard "Wish Upon a Storm" plus an enhanced portion featuring the video for "Light."


          Miguel Luis Miguel - Amarte Es Un Placer

          cd935.gif (1106 bytes) Loreena McKennitt - Live in Paris and Toronto On this two-disc benefit package, Loreena McKennitt glows in a golden haze of inspiration. Drawing from her previous bestselling albums, she gives a deliciously spontaneous performance that boasts her crystalline voice and unique blend of Arabic and Celtic folk music.

                    Loreena McKennittThe Mask and Mirror

                    Loreena McKennittThe Visit

                   Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets The Book of Secrets

"Like her previous recordings, The Book of Secrets starts and ends as a journey for one's Celtic roots and a journey for one's soul. This is a common theme in most of her earlier albums, but with this latest, the songs themselves tell of wayfarers and searchers
through history seeking peace, refuge and solitude. Her immense popularity could be a reflection of our desire to reconcile our high-tech, business-like existence with
our need for spiritual fulfillment. The Book of Secrets is a lovely, thought-provoking album that requires repeated listenings to catch the subtle nuances, brief musicalphrases that appear amid songs, and gorgeous lyrics that put McKennitt wannabes to shame. Recorded at
Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, the sound is sharp and clear. Her harp work is always present, though mixed a little lower than usual, but the talents of her touring band, Brian Hughes (guitar, mandolin), Donald Quan (keyboards, hammer dulcimer), Rick Lazar (percussion), Hugh Marsh (violin) and Anne Bourne (cello), make up for this minor complaint. Marsh is the highlight on "La Serenissima," echoing the rich, opulent past of Venice. Other artists appearing are David Rhodes and the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir on "Dante's Prayer," Danny Thompson (bass), Caroline Lavelle (cello), Manu Katche (percussion) and Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy)." (James Morman -- Dirty Linen, Ltd.)

          Alanis Morisette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie alanis.gif (19180 bytes)

          Joni Mitchell - Taming the Tiger

          Bob Marley - Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers Bob Marley

            Paul McCartney - Run Devil Run

This album reaches into McCartney's rock & roll roots. Run Devil Run exhibits the raw energy, vocal exhuberance and pure joy that made "Macca" the favorite Beatle of millions. For the first time in his life, Paul has a new album without Lennon or Linda beside him. The band (featuring Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Mick Green from Johnny Kidd & The Pirates  & Ian Paice from Deep Purple) perform with a raw power. The McCartney originals, "Run Devil Run", "Try Not To Cry" and the exhilirating "What It Is" sound as if they were recorded at Abbey Road when moptops ruled the world.
Run Devil Run - McCartney"No Other Baby", a remake of a 1958 single by British skiffle group, The Vipers, could put the 57 year old rocker alongside of a generation of artists young enough to be his grandchildren... at the top of the charts. Very interesting is to hear Paul interpratation of "All Shook Up", an Elvis classic.


          Madredeus O Espirito Da Paz O Espirito Da Paz

"...Madredeus has taken Europe by quiet storm....Teresa Salguero's gossamer vocals imbue the poetic lyrics with the melanchol
y nostalgia that the Portuguese call saudade." (Down Beat 5/96)


  Wynton Marsalis -Blood on the Fields
The best big band jazz since Ellington. This is a fantastic album that I seem incapable of growing tired of. Marsalis' best work to date.
            Thelonious Monk - Epistrophy, Vol. 2
  Charles Mingus - Ah Uhm
Bassist Charles Mingus was one of the great figures in modern jazz. Raised in Los Angeles, he was a devotee of Duke Ellington, whose compositional style had an unsurpassed effect on the young composer. As a player, however, Mingus was drawn to his contemporaries, who included Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, and Max Roach (Roach and Mingus co-owned their own Debut Records during the '50s). Perhaps his greatest contribution was bridging the gap between those two generations: in Mingus's music, one could always explicitly hear the continuity between the big bands and the bebop era, the affinity between the romantic and the modern. Mingus Ah Um is the best introduction to his work as a soloist and composer ("Better Git It in Your Soul", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Fables of Faubus", "Self-Portrait in Three Colors"...)
             Charles Mingus - Pithecanthropus Erectus 1955-57


          A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe - A Man in Full

A great portrait of the American scene from the author of Bonfire of the Vanities.

Monster Jonathan Kellerman - Monster

In Jonathan Kellerman's riveting and ingenious new novel, Monster, consulting psychologist Alex Delaware faces one of the most grisly and baffling mysteries of his career: How can a nonfunctional psychotic locked up in a supposedly secure institution for homicidal madmen predict brutal murders in the outside world? Delaware and his friend and partner Detective Milo Sturgis must penetrate this enigma in order to stop the horrific killings.

Mirage Perry Brass - Mirage

A blend of scifi and erotic fantasy.
Mirage begins and ends on Ki, a planet with two distinct, rival populations kept from going for each other's throats by the administrations of a moon-worshipping matriarcy of priestesses: one group, known as Same-Sexers, consists of male couples, hunters who live in the forest; the other is called Off-Sexers...
Greeland and Enkidu are promised to each other in an intergenerational match making that shows up the flaws in that kind of system. Enkidu has really little to say in the arrangement... This erotic, humorous novel combines science fiction, gay reality, an archeological mystery, and male eroticism in one neat package.

          Richard Stark aka Donald E. Westlake - Man With the Getaway Face

Donald E. Westlake has many names and sometimes seems to be everywhere all at once. In the field of crime literature, Westlake has few peers, a legion of admirers, and innumerable imitators. Since the 1960 publication of his smash debut The Mercenaries, he's written more than 70 novels (40-something under his own name and dozens more under a gaggle of pseudonyms), including two of the best crime fiction series ever written, and dozens of one-shot genre-twisting classics.

         Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem Motherless Brooklyn
Lethem's delirious yarn about crime, pursuit, and punishment, is narrated in a unique voice by its embattled protagonist, Brooklynite (and orphan) Lionel Essrog, aka "Freakshow.''   In portraying a would-be detective with Tourettes syndrome, Jonathan Lethem has created a whole new rhythm and syncopation to his prose, a truly brilliant way to write a novel that comes from the viewpoint of man who cannot be still. If you have ever wondered how a Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett novel would read if Haruki Murakami did the editing, then you really need this book.

Best authors of the 20th Century

          IRIS MURDOCH: The Green Knight

                       Iris Murdoch - The Black Prince

After Bruno's Dream, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine and The Green Knight, Iris Murdoch has produced another brilliant novel. Out of the blue, in The Black Prince the arrow of Eros strikes again and again permanently altering the course of the events. It's half a commedy, half a tale of despair in the human condition.

                      Toni Morrison - Beloved

A dead child, a runaway slave, a terrible secret--these are the central concerns of Beloved.
In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave. This angry, destructive ghost breaks mirrors, leaves its fingerprints in cake icing, and generally makes life difficult for Sethe and her family; nevertheless, the woman finds the haunting oddly comforting for the spirit is that of her own dead baby, never named, thought of only as "Beloved".

                       Thomas Mann - Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family

Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was twenty-five, has become a classic of modem literature -- the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany. With consummate skill, Mann draws a rounded picture of middle-class life: births and christenings; marriages, divorces... It's Thomas Mann's first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. 

HENRY MILLER: Plexus Henry Miller

Henry Miller was a catalyst for monumental change in America, leading his audience in challenging the social mores. Several years prior to the "Beats," Miller, raised in Brooklyn, was already producing provocative and shockingly sensual imagery, although it would not be published in the United States until 1961.

Plexus (the second volume of his trilogy "The Rosy Crucifixion") first appeared in French in 1952.

Essays, Biographies, Music books


  Classic Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

               Listening to Mozart by Charles Wyatt (John Simmons Short Fiction Award)
            Mind over Matter: The Images of Pink Floyd Pink123.gif (16663 bytes)

  Hand of God: The Life of Diego MARADONA by Jimmy Burns
A two faced God and how he influenced the Argentinian culture. The incredible story of a poor young guy who became a multi-millionair acquiring a strange and sad personality.   

Science books

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter

Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works by Marshall Brain

A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals by Gino Segre

Molecular Biology of the Cell by Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter



            Murder in a Small Town Murder in a Small Town

Starring: Gene Wilder
Joyce Chopra
                          NTSC format
                          Color, NTSC
This show is good, clean, murderous fun. Gene Wilder cowrote and stars as Cash Carter, a former Broadway theatrical director since retired from the Great White Way and now running a community theater in picturesque Stamford, Connecticut, in this engaging period mystery. The year is 1938...

  The Matrix (Widescreen Collector's Edition) matrix.gif (10779 bytes)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, et al.
Directors: Larry and Andy Wachowski
Edition Details: VHS Widescreen
NTSC format (for use in US and Canada only)

One of the most spectacular and exhilarating sci-fi/action movies of the 1990s. Dynamite!

franc'O'brain & Transputer Qasar. 2005.
Email: francobrain@angelfire.com.