Posts Tagged ‘Aquarius Records’

Album of the Day: Orang-Utan – S/T

Posted on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Praise for Orang-Utan’s S/T from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Fantastic! One of our all-time obscure proto-metal, heavy psych faves has now been reissued on vinyl. Long, long ago we had a CD version, but that’s long gone and this is definitely a nicer, more definitive reissue, done totally legit (for the first time we’re now told) with the cooperation of the original band members. Here’s more or less what we said about it before:


Here’s a good ‘un for you Seventies proto-metal lovin’ brothers and sisters out there, being another reissue of a vintage slab of heavy psych rock from way back when, in the vein of Captain Beyond, Dust, Bang, Leaf Hound, Jerusalem and the like… We don’t know much about Orang-Utan other than that this was probably their only release, a self-titled album from 1971, and they hailed from England (we think).

Certainly this is a bit Zeppish in spots. A minor lost classic? This rocks hard and melodic with a melancholic emotional edge to many of the songs, not just the mellower ones. Great vocals and riffage!

This new vinyl reissue enlightens us a bit, we’ve learned that Orang-Utan were indeed from London, England, but operated there under the name Hunter. But their sole album was issued only in the USA, under the name Orang-Utan, unbeknownst to the band themselves (sneaky management shenanigans afoot!). Comes with insert featuring rare photos as well as liner notes, by Ugly Things writer Jeremy Cargill, explaining the whole weird story. Also we found out that the singer was previously in cult popsyke band Jason Crest.


At 40 years old, Aquarius is the oldest independent record store in San Francisco. We try to only carry music we love, and we’re always searching for more new, cool, weird and wonderful music. All of which we then share with you, our loyal customers.

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Album of the Day: HORNSS – No Blood, No Sympathy

Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Praise for HORNSS‘ No Blood, No Sympathy from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Behold, the first full-length, facegrinding slab of psychedelic stoner rock malevolence from these San Francisco heavies, the all-caps and very plural HORNSS, who appeared on that Monsters Of Mission Rock comp lp we listed last time. Hell yeah. A […]

Album of the Day: Floor – Oblation

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Praise for Floor‘s Oblation from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been ten years since the last full length from these sludge pop legends, but mainman Steve Brooks has most definitely been keeping that sludge pop legacy alive with his new band Torche, and really if you dig Torche, you’re gonna […]

Album of the Day: Phobonoid – Orbita

Posted on Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Praise for Phobonoid’s Orbita from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Holy mission to Mars! What a fantastic discovery, the first we’ve heard from Phobonoid, a one man black metal / industrial / noise outfit from Phobos. And yep, that’s one of the moons of Mars, and the music on Orbita is […]

Album of the Day: Rainbows Are Free – Waves Ahead Of The Ocean

Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Praise for Rainbows Are Free‘s Waves Ahead Of The Ocean from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Second full length blast of psychedelic stoner rock heaviness from these hippy heavies (we can only assume they’re hippies with a name like that right?), and like their first, this is another batch of swaggery, […]

Album of the Day: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Chambers

Posted on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Praise for Lorelle Meets The Obsolete‘s Chambers from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The return of this aQ beloved Mexican fuzzed out, druggy, dreamy garage rock duo, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, made up of, if you hadn’t guessed already, Lorelle, who plays guitar, organ and sings, and her partner The Obsolete, […]

Album of the Day: Poobah – U.S. Rock

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Praise for Poobah‘s U.S. Rock from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Wooha, Poobah! We’ve previously reviewed reissues of this kickass if undeservedly obscure Ohio outfit’s 1972 proto-metal debut Let Me In, and also their third album, the aptly titled Steamroller, from 1979. Now at last we’ve got the missing link, their […]

Album of the Day: Nibiru – Netrayoni

Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Praise for Nibiru‘s Netrayoni from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: These occult Italian sonic shamans have returned from another extensive druggy doomy dreamtime journey into the realms of heaviness / trippiness unknown to most modern mortals, who aren’t ‘experienced’ like these guys, and here’s the recorded result to edify us all. Nibiru‘s […]

Album of the Day: Anima Morte – The Nightmare Becomes Reality

Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Praise for Anima Morte‘s The Nightmare Becomes Reality from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Anima Morte make their home in the frosty Swedish North, but you’d never know it from listening to ‘em. There’s no cavernous old school death metal here, and there sure ain’t no glistening electropop. Instead, Anima Morte […]

Album of the Day: Ensemble Economique – Light That Comes, Light That Goes

Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014

Praise for Ensemble Economique‘s Light That Comes, Light That Goes from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Drugs. Hallucinations. Isolation. Death. Some pretty classic /  heavy-as-fuck metaphors run through the work of Brian Pyle, the mad genius of Manilla Beach up in Humboldt County, California. He’s been at it for a long time […]

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