ABLAZE!: THE STORY OF A POST-PUNK POPZINE, 1984-1994 (Mittens On Publishing) book 48.00
Okay zine nerds and eighties/nineties music obsessives, here's a compendium of notorious UK music zine Ablaze! Which existed for a whole decade, every single issue (and then some!) collected here. Starting out a home brewed xeroxed little fanzine, eventually becoming almost a proper mag, later issues accompanied by a flexi disc or 7" single by some seriously cool bands (Wedding Present, Cornershop, Turman's Water, etc.), eventually adding color, and much higher production values to the mix, Ablaze! mastermind Kerren Ablze and her longtime partner in zine crime Gavin managing to inspire and irritate in equal measure. There's a lot about gender, a woman writing about what was mostly a male dominated scene, it was inevitable. Lots of love for female rockers of the time (Silverfish, Pale Saints, Hole, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Throwing Muses, Ut, Babes In Toyland and tons more) but plenty of love for their male counterparts as well. For folks our age, whose musical tastes we formed during the eighties and nineties, the list of bands here is pretty awesome: The Smiths, Eyeless In Gaza, The Membranes, The Stone Roses, The Pastels, Inspiral Carpets, Dustedevils, The Shamen, CUD, Dog Faced Hermans, the Edsel Auctioneer, Dinosaur Jr, The Sundays, Rapeman, Henry Rollins, Mudhoney, Live Skull, Happy Flowers, The Stretchheads, Happy Mondays, Mercury Rev, American Music Club, the Wedding Present, Nirvana, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Shudder To Think, Leatherface, Huggy Bear, Tsunami, Hood, Polvo and lots more. Tons of pix and drawings and flyers, lots of letters too, including some hilariously irate ones from the likes of Thurston Moore and Morrisey, there's a lengthy re-examination of the Riot Grrl movement, and each issue is accompanied by an introduction by none other than Kerrin Ablaze all grown up, reflecting on what it was like when each issue was published, and offering up loads of anecdotes about bands and interviews and shows, the opinions then and now, brash and unapologetic, obviously born of a massive love for the music, but never shying away from saying whatever the fuck she wants to. Which made and still makes Ablaze! pretty goddamn fun to read. There's lots of extra stuff too, pre and post Ablaze!, lost interviews, random ephemera that never made it into the original issues, all put together lovingly into a fantastic book, one that's totally essential for anyone into any and all of the above mentioned bands. We're super into this movement of rescuing great iconic zines from obscurity, by turning them into books: Touch & Go, Slayer Magazine, We Got Power, and now Ablaze! Here's hoping some others get a similar treatment: Chemical Imbalance, Butt Rag, Forced Exposure, Opprobrium, Oaken Throne, Bananafish, Unsound, Metal Meltdown, Creep, Last Plane To Jakarta, Cool Beans, and of course... NORDIC VISION!!!
ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY Spring 2000 (Fantagraphics) comic 12.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Oh happy day, another issue of Chris Ware's always-amazing publication is here! This time, the final installment of the Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Kid On Earth saga: sad, funny, and exquisitely rendered of course.
AMAZEZINE! #5 magazine+7" 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Canadian zine printed in an edition of 1000 numbered copies. Interviews with Jim O'Rourke, Fly Pan Am, Loren Mazzacane Connors, '60s furntiture designer Verner Panton. Comes with a 7" featuring Loren Mazzacane Connors and Ci Dy.
AMEBIX Arise! (Alternative Tentacles) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Awesome reissue of this seminal crust classic. Heavy and noisy and brilliant. Includes 2 bonus tracks!
ANDREWS, MICHAEL Hand On String (Elgin Park) cd + book 14.98
Wonderful! Hand On String is the solo debut album from this man-of-many-hats who composed the scores for the thinking teen's movie Donnie Darko (yes, he's the one responsible for the cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World") and Miranda July's acclaimed film Me And You And Everyone We Know as well as music for the beloved (but sadly defunct) TV series Freaks And Geeks. All signs certainly point to a reserved seat in AQ's favorites zone, and after a first spin of his first solo outing, we can say he doesn't disappoint. Although those film/tv soundtracks were definitely rife with 70s/80s/90s pop culture references, Hand On String steers clear of hip fads and ironic touchstones. This is a much more personal and timeless work that not only sets itself apart from Andrews' filmwork but also his other musical pursuits (namely in the Greyboy Allstars). Andrews' achingly sensitive vocal delivery has stirred comparisons to that of Elliott Smith, Robert Wyatt or Pink Floyd. Warm and gentle and slightly on the verge of collapse. Ah yes, very good. Plus as an added treat, the digipak and accompanying paperback book come festooned with quirky watercolor paintings by Geoff McFetridge. Psst, if you need more of Andrews' music, we've also just received the soundtrack cd to the abovementioned Miranda July film!
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ANGBASE #4 magazine 3.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. New issue of this wonderful little experimental/electronica 'zine out of Texas. Interviews and features this time include: Matmos (yay!), Carl Stone, Plastikman, Matthew Thomas, Thomas Brinkmann, Japan's Zero Gravity label, Germany's Kreisel label, heroin house, and lots more! There's even an essay by Terre Thaemlitz about his new Gary Numan piano interpretation project. A great issue, except maybe for the part where the editor calls AQ-faves The Champs awful crap. Except for that minor lapse in judgement, tho, this rules...
APENEST Volume 1 (Apenest) book 14.98
Art books can be pretty hit or miss. Especially indie underground art books, zines, etc... Which run the risk of being a little too insular, self indulgent, whatever the art version of friend rock is... Granted there are lots of exceptions, but we're sure we don't need to tell you that there is as much bad art as there is bad music. But by the same token, there's just as much good art, you just gotta know where to look. We don't often list books, especially art books, but once in a while, our ass is so kicked by one we feel compelled to share it with everybody. The latest ass kicker is the strangely titled Apenest. A 100+ page perfect bound tome, featuring 23 artists from the North East United States... Not a single artist we had heard of, but almost all of them amazing. The art is all over the map, from photos, to pencil drawings, collages, elaborate oil paintings, bizarre squiggles, abstract, lifelike, pretty, ugly, all fantastic. The concept behind the book is pretty remarkable as well. It's incredibly difficult for artists to have a book of their work published, so for Apenest, each artist contributed an original piece of artwork, which were all assembled into a single portfolio and sold to a private collector. The money was then used to pay for the book. Simple. And now we all get to see some totally kick ass, and off the beaten path art. Some of our favorites: James Quigley's grotesque cartoon monster drawings, Cody Hoyt's gorgeous and scary snake/rainbow/skull assemblages, Brandon Nastanski's mysterious numbered and patterned figures, Anabel Vasquez's super abstract color drenched photos, we could go on and on. Gorgeously laid out, and lovingly assembled, bits of text interspersed with the artwork, almost all of which is totally great. And so cheap! You spend so much time catering to the whims of your ears, it's high time your eyes got some serious love! Essential. 116 pages, perfect bound book, comes in a zip lock bag with stickers, an 11" x 17" offset poster and a hand silk-screened bandanna! LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES.
AQUARIAN, ISIS WITH ELECTRICITY AQUARIAN The Source: The Untold Story Of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 And The Source Family (Process) book + cd 24.95
An amazing compendium of facts (and some fantasy?) pertaining to the surprisingly under-documented '70s self proclaimed Aquarian tribe The Source Family and their freeflowing psychedelic jam branch Ya Ho Wha 13! For years our awareness of this group was limited to the obscure recordings of the band (including the extraordinary giant box set God And Hair), and a smattering of vague and sensationalist 'cult' rumors. The members' secret oath and a marked absence of controversy, calamity and crime no doubt kept this group underwraps and off the pages of tabloids. Our fascination grew tenfold a couple of years ago thanks to the compelling dvd documentary "Yahowha 13: Re-visiting Father And The Source Family". It recounts the history of the movement founded by Father Yod (aka Ya Ho Wha, born Jim Baker) through interviews with original members and archive footage. Definitely recommended viewing. Fortunately for those whose interest has been piqued, we now also have this book. Isis Aquarian was one of Father Yod's fourteen 'women' or 'spiritual wives' and the group's appointed record keeper. Hence she was integral to the inner workings of the Source Family and has compiled an enormous archive of photographs, writings, and memorabilia. Her wealth of and deep connection to this knowledge makes for an immensely intimate and informative document. Lively and entertaining too, among other things, the book details living a utopic life in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills and a subsequent move to Hawaii, observing Father's integrated teachings of ancient philosophies and religions (strongly influenced by Yogi Bhajan and the writings of Manly P. Hall), practicing daily pre-dawn meditations and rituals, and eating a strictly vegetarian diet. In fact, the Source Family ran one of the very first and most wildly successful vegetarian / raw health food restaurants which was located on the Sunset Strip (recipes and photos from the restaurant are included!). Nowadays yoga has been mainstreamed into another physical fitness trend -- a glorified stretching if you will, the ancient spiritual teachings lost to the masses -- and terms like 'guru' and 'visionary' are bandied about with abandon, but back in the late '60s and early '70s there was a West Coast consciousness explosion goin' on, and these people lived it! The bonus cd is a daunting experience unto itself featuring not only a mindblowing Ya Ho Wha 13 live performance at Beverly Hills High in 1974 (obviously not the most pristine recording quality nor anything resembling trained musicianship (we suspect that if any members had any formal schooling, it was tossed to the wind) -- this is a sensory overloaded moment captured in time of opened channels and the cathartic power of music), but also fascinating radio interview segments, enlightening Father Yod lecture snippets, and Source Family chants! Anyone curious about Ya Ho Wha is gonna want the book, we'd think, and this bonus disc pretty much makes it essential, with its several tracks of unreleased Ya Ho Wha jams, freaky stuff to be found nowhere on the infamous God & Hair 13 cd box set...
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AQUARIUS BUTTONS 2 x 1" buttons 1.00
Hey, we just got another batch of AQ buttons made up... Spread the word! Show the world your true aQ colors! COOL COOL COOL aQ buttons, now in 6 different vibrant color combinations. 5 new color combos (blue on pink, red on dark grey, dark blue on blue, orange on black, and yellowish green on dark green) and a popular one we had previously (brown on yellow). TWO FOR $1!!! Colors are random, but buy enough and you'll be guaranteed to get 'em all! And of course all feature our spiffy James Gang style logo!! So stylish!
AQUARIUS MAILORDER GIFT CERTIFICATE gift certificate 0.00
Gift certificates can be purchased for any dollar amount you choose! The mailorder gift certificate is good for MAILORDER ONLY (not walk-in use) and will be snail-mailed either to you or your recipient. To buy a mailorder gift certificate, just add this "item" to your shopping cart. During the checkout procedure, you will be asked to provide the details about who the recipient is, address, etc. Any special circumstances can also be mentioned there. You'll also get to specify the dollar amount of the gift cert at that time. (Local, in-store use gift certificates are also available, of course! You can just walk right in and buy 'em. See you then.)
ARCANA (Granary Books) book 22.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Doubtless fascinating (er, haven't had a chance to read it in depth yet) book comprised of musicians and composers writing about their work, their creative processes, their ideas about music. Most of them get crazy detailed about it -- charts, diagrams, scores, photos. Compiled and edited by John Zorn, the book thus features all the usual suspects familiar to fans of the Tzadik and Avant labels, and the New York Knitting Factory scene, including Bill Frisell, John Oswald, Guy Klucsevek, Ikue Mori, David Shea, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Miya Masaoka, Fred Frith, Bob Ostertag, Elliot Sharp, Z'ev, Larry Ochs, Eyvind Kang, Anthony Coleman, Chris Brown, and many more.
ARCANE CANDY Issue #2 magazine 2.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. It's about time we got a second installment of Gary Davis' avant-garde music fanzine Arcane Candy. His Keiji Haino and Tokyo psych obsession continues to be evident, and likeminded souls (us!) will be happy to read the reviews of *EVERY* PSF label release ever (done with help from PSF English language liason Alan Cummings, who is also interviewed, along with PSF label head honcho Hideo Ikeezumi, in lengthy sidebar format beside the cd reviews)!! There's also an update of Gary's overview of Keiji Haino's recorded works, obligatory reviews of other non Keiji/PSF records, and more. The more includes two other major pieces: a Harry Partch feature and an very entertaining in-depth interview with former Germs drummer, record collector extraordinaire and general freakazoid Don Bolles. Good stuff. Japanophiles in particular will find the PSF info fascinating...and anyone who bought the Les Rallize Denudes 2cd that we had in stock here oh so briefly a few weeks back will be happy to learn that at PSF's Modern Music store in Tokyo, the original double cd-r version of that used to be priced at $800!! Oh, here's some Factsheet Five style 'zine specs: 63 pages on newsprint, full magazine size dimensions.
AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE #1 magazine 9.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The editorial statement in this inaugural edition of As Loud As Possible claims to want "to solve a problem: to offer a contrast to the fumbling coverable of noise and experimental music found in most glossy music magazines... To them, all Merzbow records sounds more of less the same, and... they can hear no differentiation between a Merzbow, a John Wiese, a Macronympha, or a Sudden Infant." Editors Chris Sienko and Steve Underwood have collected 160 attractive pages of insightful, compelling, and sometimes incendiary thoughts in search of the mutable definition of Noise Culture. Probably the main attraction here is the duo's massive undertaking of delving into the history of the seminal Broken Flag label, investigating ALL of their releases, attempting to contact ALL of the artists involved. 40 pages later, and you'll be needing to track down the Vinyl On Demand box of the best that Broken Flag released! There's some great interviews with Rudolf Eb.Er of Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock / Schimpfluch infamy, No Fun bossman Carlos Giffoni, and Ides Recordings' Nicole Chambers. While there's tons of reviews in this issue of As Loud As Possible, Sienko and Underwood seek out direct communication with the artists involved to get their own take on Noise. A massive and highly commendable undertaking, for sure; one that makes for an exceptional read!
ASGARD ROOT Inaugural Issue - Spring 2008 magazine 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The world can always use another great metal magazine. Sure we've got Terrorizer, Decibel, Salt and Rock-A-Rolla and definitely a few others, each with their own slant, and specific focus, but heck, there's plenty of amazing metal music happening so we'll always welcome another mag, and being the music nerds we are, we just love reading about bands and of course reading record reviews! Thus we have Asgard Root, who specialize in "black metal / doom / dark ambient / drone / philosophy / literature / dark art" and indeed their inaugural issue is chock full of all of the above, and the list of the contents practically screams aQ! Exclusive interviews with Wolves In The Throne Room, Ludicra, Abigor, Orthodox, Elysian Blaze, Forgotten Tomb and new-to-us UK doom outfit The River. Also an interview with Alex Kurtagic, the man who runs Supernal Records, and the mastermind behind weirdo black metal outfit Benighted Leams! Plus there are tons of record reviews, lots of cool creepy photos, artwork and poetry, so obviously a labor of love, and the fact that they love lots of the same kind of stuff we do, makes this well worth investigating. The layout is a little strange, but sure it will tighten up in the future, but a very small complaint, considering all the kick ass stuff in this first issue. We're already looking forward to the second...
ASGARD ROOT Issue 2 magazine 14.98
The return of Asgard Root! An upstart metal magazine, whose first issue we raved about a while back, and who with the publication of their second issue are definitely ready to give the big boys at Decibel and Terrorizer a run for their money. Way bigger than the first issue, this volume is jam packed with tons of amazing metal bands, black, cult and obscure, lots of aQ faves, some non metal groups, as well as reviews and photos and art. It's a massive and heavy (both literally and figuratively) tome, that should definitely be required reading for the heavy-sounds inclined aQuarians out there. Depressive black metallers Austere, recent aQ black metal faves Coldworld, raw Canadian cult Akitsa, an interview with Swedish black one man horde Arckanum, Mortiis (!), post black metallers Janvs, melodic black metal outfit Agolloch, mysterious black horde Paragon Belial, post industrialists Allerseelen, UK depressive black metallers Lyrinx, Canadian neo folk black metal outift Musk Ox, rune reader Freya Aswynn, Wallachia's favorite albums, Norwegian legends Enslaved, English steampunk black metallers A Forest Of Stars, gloomy gothic metal group Yussuf Jerusalem, ex-Lycia singer David Galas, UK one man black metal band Caina, Dead Raven Choir (!!), Swedish gloom pop metal masters Lifelover and lots of reviews, magazines, demos, albums, and more more. Definitely recommended.
ASTRONAUTS Issue 4 magazine 5.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Awesome zine from AQ pal Jon Dale who also just happens to run the equally awesome Rhizome label. Dense and well written and most importantly, fun to read. Features on Bill Wells, Shirley Collins, David Behrman, Future Pilot AKA, Tim Barnes, Hall Of Fame, Tower Recordings and a big ol' chunk of opinionated reviews! Fans of the Wire and Signal To Noise would do well to check this out.
BAD ACID Tab 6 dvd+ cd-r+ magazine 19.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Okay drug rock freeks, space rock explorers, doomlords, sludge demons, prog obsessives, metal maniacs, stoner dudes, noise nerds, and basically most of the other folks who read this here aQ list, Bad Acid is the magazine for you. And calling Bad Acid a magazine is a bit of a misnomer. It's more of a multimedia spacemetaldoomprogsludgenoise experience. You think we're exaggerating? A seventy minute dvd, an ELEVEN HOUR mp3 audio disc, a nearly two hour long label sampler, AND a 60 page booklet/magazine packed with liner notes, articles and interviews. Packed with SO many aQ favorites, but just as many new bands we'd never heard, a bunch who could very well turn into new favorites. We've barely scratched the surface, since if we spent 14 hours on each review, the list would be, oh, about 5 items long. But from what we've heard / seen / watched so far, this latest issue of Bad Acid is pretty essential. The dvd first, a series of music videos, film excerpts and slide shows, we were mostly excited about the scenes from an Antonius Rex movie, Antonius Rex being the dude from JACULA!! Tripped out and satanic and appropriately what-the-fuck. Some killer live footage of doom mongers Ogre, a killer art gallery slide show from the Malleus artist collective, featuring an awesome soundtrack from Morkobot, a Northwinds video, and then some more obscure stuff, Manatees tour video, Wicked Minds video, King Suffy Generator video, Lento live footage and tons more. All woven together by some super creepy animated menus. Then there's the cd-r, featuring 11 hours of mp3's from Moss, Danava, White Hills, Barbara, Hey Colossus, Orange Sunshine, Capricorns, Khlyst, Acid King, Heresi, Raw Radar War, Fire Witch, Taint, Orange Goblin, Shinjuku Thief, Litmus and those are just the bands we know and already dig. 57 bands total, 102 tracks, tons of new bands to check out and discover. Also included is a label sampler focusing on the Bone Structure cd-r label, whose releases run the gamut from raw black metal, to buzzing industrial noise, to black ambient to grinding industrial weirdness. We actually have some BS stuff on the way, to be reviewed on the list soon, but this is a killer way to check out tons of stuff on the label. And then there's the actual magazine component, with notes on each of the bands on the cd-r, a feature on each of the bands on the dvd, tons of info about Bone Structure and the bands on the label, as well as interviews with Fire Witch, Taint, Orange Goblin, and probably most exciting of all Alan Dubin, formerly of Khanate, talking about his new band Gnaw, which features folks from Burning Witch, Thorr's Hammer, Atavist, Enos Slaughter and Ike Yard(!). Man, we can't wait to hear that. All of the above packaged in a standard dvd style case, with killer cover art from the Malleus Rock Art Lab. A bit pricey due to the weak dollar and the expensive overseas shipping, but pretty well worth it.
BAD ACID Tab 8 magazine+dvd-r 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Yet another incredible collection of far out sights and sounds from the folks at Bad Acid. Everything from sludge to doom to psych to stoner rock to noise to weird jazz to fractured electronics to post rock and pretty much every stop in between. Rumor is that Bad Acid might be shifting to a monthly release schedule, which is certainly fine with us, but considering how much stuff is jammed into each Tab, we have no idea how these guys will be able to pull it off. But here's hoping, cuz not only is every issue loaded with tons of mp3s and videos and live performances from bands we already love, but also included are tons of bands we'd never even heard of before, many of which end up being be big time favorites. This time around, the audio compilation includes tracks from Gnod, Harvey Milk, Oxbow, Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg, Moss, 5ive, Berkowitz Lake & Dahmer, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Zu, Btong, Skull Defekts, Burmese, Cadaver Eyes, Pendo, L'Otracina, Enablers, Outrageous Cherry, Millions, Kenji Siratori, A Fashionable Disease, and that's just the bands we know, there are FORTY FIVE other bands!!! The dvd features Bay Area stoner stalwarts Acid King, as well as a whole mess of mostly new to us bands, offering up promo videos, live sets as well as animation and other visual weirdness. There's also a label sampler included on the disc, and then there's still the printed magazine! A thick dvd sized booklet, overflowing with interviews and articles and features and reviews, with most of the bands featured on the dvd as well all the notes for the artists included on the dvd (both the audio and video portion). Easily one of the most amazing resources for tripped out weird underground and independent music, and for discovering new bands, or even for actually finally hearing bands you'd always wondered about, it's a big ol' earful, and an eyeful, so best to set aside some serious listening / reading time, and just dive in. After all, since they might be bumping up their schedule, you might only have the next 30 days to make it through all this Bad Acid before you have Tab 9 to contend with...
BAD ACID Tab 9 magazine+dvd-r 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. All right doom / grind / stoner / sludge / heavy music obsessives, it's time for your now monthly (!) fix of extreme heaviness, in the form of the latest Tab of the Bad Acid audio/video zine, which is supposedly gonna be a monthly occurrence, which is definitely good for our ears, but makes keeping up a bit tough. But if you're into heavy sounds, then you're pretty much for sure gonna want one of these. First there's a DVD, this time featuring a couple aQ faves, Mono, Le Ira De Dios and Blood Fountains, a few bands we'd heard of: The Atlas Moth, Seven That Spells, as well as a whole bunch of new-to-us artists: Das Bluul, El Thule, !Xazzaz! and more. And that's sort of what makes Bad Acid so awesome, a few favorites, but even more new discoveries. Which is where the insane and epic audio compilation comes in. Check out this list: Circle, Cough, Skitliv, White Hills, Pelican, Weird Owl, Vincent Black Shadow, Poochlatz, Tusk, Grey Daturas, The Atlas Moth, Ufomammut, Sunroof!, Kemialliset Ystavat, Lords Of Bukkake, Atlas Sound, Eternal Elysium, and that's just the bands we've heard of. There are about 50 or 60 more! Then there's a sample for the Murkhouse label, as well as an art gallery, and that's just the DVD. There's also a huge printed magazine, with reviews of ALL the bands featured, plus interviews with Ancestors, White Hills and more. Not to mention the bad ass cover art. Housed in a dvd case, killer stuff, better grab one of these quick so you have time to digest all these heavy sights and sounds before it's time for Tab 10!!!!
BAD ACID Tab VII dvd-r+cd-r + mini-magazine 19.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Finally, Tab 7 of BAD ACID, the "warped outsider music bible", is here, covering pretty much everything we love, from postrock to shoegaze to doom to sludge to grind to ambient to electronic to punk to garage. A massive dose of sensory overload, sounds, images, text, music, videos, interviews, articles, from a ton of bands we know and love, as well as a ton more of which we've never heard. The previous issue of Bad Acid was a huge hit around here, we could barely keep it in stock, even though it was crazy expensive because of the WEAK dollar and the overseas shipping. But the dollar is not so weak anymore, so this issue is WAY cheaper, but thankfully no less kick ass. First up, there's a DVD-r, featuring interviews with the Melvins and Celtic Frost, videos from Phantomsmasher, Jacula (!!!!!!) among others, as well as live footage of Morkobot, Ramesses and Isis! Then there's a SEVENTEEN HOUR, ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN band mp3 audio cd-r, featuring tracks from Witchcraft, Otesanek, Coffins, Tenhornedbeast, Numinous Eye, Seven That Spells, Rahdunes, Stumm, Primordial Undermind, Saviours, Aldebaran, Lietterschpich, Journey To Ixtlan, Jamnation, Grave In The Sky, Ovo, Von Thronstahl, Tractor, Zodiacs, Wicked Minds, Gentlemans Pistols, South Saturn Delta, Eptileptinomicon (one of our favorite band names ever) and loads of others. Finally there's 90 pages of full screen PDF sleeve notes, full color and super psychedelic, featuring lengthy interviews with Sons Of Otis, Ovo, Randy Holden / Blue Cheer, Rahdunes, Fuckbuttons, Helios Creed from Chrome, and Lazarus Blackstar among others! Good grief. And just to get an idea of how sprawling and expansive and nearly overwhelming Bad Acid is, here's an abbreviated list of the hundred plus bands, new to us, some of which are bound to become new favorites: Resting Rooster, Total System Failure, High Watt Electrocutions, Spitting Off Tall Buildings, Tigrova Mast, The Black Pine, Ventura, Bang Lassi, Tetrix, Phononics, Baby Woodrose, St. Erik, Army Of Flying Robots, Vomm, A Horse Called War, Dyse, Invasion, The Deep Blue, Couldron, El Thule, Sailor Winters, Malachia, Sermoniser, Propane, Nosmaus, Dead.Circuit, Tetriori, Astra, Aftercare, Zone Six, Holy Calibre, Church Of Hed, Rise To Thunder, Cellardoor, Bikini Eyebolt, Motley Motion, Vibravoid, Space Shuttle Pilots, Oresund Space Collective, Forever Changing Concept, Stunt Cock, and again, more more more. Packaged in a psychedelic dvd sized, 8 panel booklet, with some cool tripped out illustrations, and liner notes. Total essential reading / viewing / listening for all heavy droney spaced out post kraut free noise jazz avant electronic outsider sound obsessives!
BAD ACID The Burnout Issue (Tabs 10,11,12) 3 x dvd-r + mini-magazine 27.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Sad sad news, UK underground heavy/spacey/metallic/psychedelic magazine/compilation Bad Acid is no more. Longtime readers of the aQ list have no doubt enjoyed an issue or two (or three or four) of this sprawling publication, a combination printed zine, and computerized PDF zine, complete with an audio component that usually clocks in at at least 12 hours, sometimes twice that. It's been 10 years, and Bad Acid editor Dave Gedge has a family, and kids, has been losing money (magazines, even ones as amazing as Bad Acid are most definitely a labor of love) and furthermore is a Buddhist, so in addition to simplifying his life, Gedge has simply been burnt out, which is why this final salvo is called The Burnout Issue. And this final issue is the only bit of silver lining, but WHAT a silver lining it is. This final issue is in fact, THREE issues, #10, #11 and #12, and while the printed part might be the most minimal yet, it's more than made up for by the contents of the 3 dvd-r's. This time, the magazine itself is more of an index, as it takes EIGHT pages, in tiny text, to list all the bands and songs and videos and interviews and articles. As usual, it's split into sections, the first is the PDF magazine, accompanied by music from each band as well as a review of the band's most recent record. Some of the bands in the magazine this time around: Carlton Melton, Aluk Todolo, Bong, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Sylvester Anfang, Residual Echoes, White Hills, Der Blutharsch, GNOD, Jazzfinger, Grey Daturas, Hooded Menace, Necro Deathmort, The Gates Of Slumber, Flood, The Wounded Kings, Full Blown Expansion, Hey Colossus, Ancestral, Isis, Pelican, Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Sutcliffe Jugend, The Accused, Inade, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Atomic Bitchwax, Snail, The Twilight Sad, Ramesses, Ufomammut, Witchsorrow, Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound, Slomatics, Root, Nordvargr, Antonius Rex, Russian Circles, Centurions Ghost, Nebula, Freedom Hawk, Steve Von Till of Neurosis, Leeches Of Lore, Dianogah, Sardonis, Torche, Turzi, Ancestors, L'Acephale, and loads more, including TONS of bands we had never heard of. The second section is the interviews, and features Meads Of Asphodel, Nadja, Expo 70, Centurions Ghost, Vincent Black Shadow, Gnaw, Unearthly Trance, At War With False Noise, Old Corpse Road, Alice Donut, and more! The next section features label profiles of Denovali, Rocket and Future Noise, featuring loads of recordings from lots of bands on each label. Then there's a section of bonus audio, with still more tracks, including jams from Sundial, B*Tong, Disappears, Fire Witch, Realmbuilder, Jex Thoth, White Buzz, Rich Hoak, Loscil, Jonas Reinhardt, Fauna, Big City Orchestra, and once again, a whole mess of bands we've never heard. There's also a bunch of videos, by Total Fucking Destruction, White Hills, Psychofagist and a bunch more, some short films as well, and finally, a section of bonus MP4's, featuring promo videos from Expo 70 and others, and more short films and live footage. Phew! It's epic and sprawling, and is equal parts rad bands you know and new discoveries. Way recommended for anyone who likes music AT ALL. But definitely Bad Acid leans toward the heavy and the psychedelic and the left of center. So yeah, obviously WAY recommend, and while Bad Acid will continue on in a different, bloggier, form, it just won't be the same, so you best buy this final issue of Bad Acid and add it to that shelf of magazines you keep and treasure and reread...
BADABOOM GRAMAPHONE issue #4 magazine + cd 5.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Huge (176 page) book-like zine. This issue's theme: folk music. Thus, reviews of weird & wonderful "folk" albums from around the world. Plus, Jim O'Rourke interviewing the Royal Trux, an essay on Nico, an interview with The Ex, a talk with Samoth of black metallers Emperor (!) and lots of other weirdness. The free cd compilation it comes with includes exclusive tracks from Pearls Before Swine, Six Organs of Admittance, Simon Joyner, Spires of Oxford, Cannanes, Richard Davies, and many more. Wow! Highly recommended, as always.
BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #11 magazine+cd 7.98
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BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #12 magazine+cd 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Hallelujah, another issue of the most esoteric music magazine out there. Neil Hamburger (hilarious tour diary), Monde Bruits, Climax Golden Twins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Sufi Mind Game, Crank Sturgeon, Stillupsteypa, etc... all featured in the mag as well as on the accompanying cd.
BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #13 (Tedium House) magazine + cd 9.98
At long last, another issue of one of the most confusing and dear to our hearts 'zines around. A fat 154 pages of obfuscatory commentary and difficult interviews pertaining to some of the more obscure artists you can or can't think of, including William Winant, Nigel Bunn, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Witcyst, irr.app.(ext.), AZ, Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase, Solid Eye, Diesel Guitar, Universal Indians, and more. Plus the bonus compilation cd, with tracks by many of the same artists.
BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #14 magazine+cd 10.98
Reynols (yay!), Vote Robot, Jazzfinger, Panicsville, Polar Goldie Cats, Octavian Nemescu, Margaret Murray, and many other even more obscure artists/musicians are featured either in the pages of, and/or on the bonus cd that comes with with, this latest installment of one of 'zinedoms most eccentric institutions. Paradoxically, Bananafish has always been both an enlightening and confusing read, and these new 164 pages maintain that reputation.
BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #15 magazine+cd 10.98
Yay, another issue of Bananafish, repository for the weird, wonderful and noisy. We like. "All tracks on CD are exclusive (or virtually so) and directly related to the content of the magazine: Christine Shields (interview with this issue's cover artist, the author behind surreal, dreamlike Blue Hole comic book, and banjo-player for Appalachia-influenced Grouse Mountain Skyride). Mal Sharpe (Interview with author, jazz musician, and Man-on-the-Street interviewer most well known as half of '60s prankster duo Coyle and Sharpe, whose legendary put-ons have been released on CD by the 21361 and Thirsty Ear labels). Ana-Maria Avram (translation of an interview by Costin Cazaban with Romanian acousmatic composer and Editions Modern recording artist whose uncompromising, demanding music gives heavyweights like Dumitrescu and Fernando Grillo a run for the money). Volcano the Bear (interview by Neil Campbell with this mind-expanding UK surrealist quartet whose music straddles 'a strange, ambiguous line between comforting and terrifying') mad-cow.org (interview with Dr. Thomas Pringle, webmaster of the Sperling Biomedical Foundation's site containing almost 8,000 articles on mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, prions, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie, and numerous other crimes against nature)."
BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #16 (Tedium House) magazine 10.98
Latest issue of beloved confusional music magazine Bananfish, that more often that not, is the only magazine that covers mostly folks we've never heard (of). This time is no different: Robert Dayton - Canadian extrovert comic, Halim El-Dabh - selected exerpts from Denise Seachrist's upcoming biography, Paul Winstanley- New Zealand electroacoustic improvisor, AQ fave, Swedish electroacoustician Leif Elggren, fiction by Roger Pinnell, and tons of art/reviews. As well as a cd with exclusive tracks from Leif Elggren, Lateral Agriculture Order, Repeat, July Fourth Toilet, JDP Trio, Oren Ambarchi, Canned Hamm, Rosy Parlane, Dion Workman and Halim El-Dabh/Mike Hovancsek.
BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #17 (Tedium House) mag + cd 10.98
Omigod is it THAT time again? When Bananafish rears its ugly head and starts barking nonsense, fascinating nonsense about musicians you quite possibly never heard of before? Yes it is. #17 is upon us, a glorious production: 130 pages plus compact disc. In the magazine, you'll find "information" about, among others, Jazzkammer, Lara Allen, Astro, Towne Dandies, Jason McLean, and Fake Party! (see what we mean?) and lots of stuff "reviewed". On the cd, there's "music" from the All-Star Schnauzer Band, Jazzkammer, Astro, Ragtime Germs, Paul Dutton with Jaap Blonk, Koichi Makigami, Phil Minton and David Moss, and more, including two video clips! Whoo-hoo! Either you're a Bananafish addict and have to have this, or you're gonna buy it 'cause the voices in your head want something to read and listen to. Go for it.
BANANAFISH MAGAZINE Issue #18 (Tedium House) magazine + cd 10.98
Sadly, the last ever ish (so we're told) of this long-running avantgarde music n' art magazine... And it remains entertainingly dense with confusion to the last. Obscure isn't obscure until it's been celebrated (and futher obscured) in the pages of Bananafish. This final issue leaves us with info and interviews with Jim Leftwich ("experimental writer, visual poet..."), Burning Star Core ("violin/electronics/voice iconoclast"), Nelson Gastaldi ("Argentinean psych-spatial composer"), Montract ("group of beach-blanket acidheads"), and Joe Colley ("ex-Crawl Unit noise mumbler"). There's also "surreal, interdisiplinary" comics from Mecca Normal guitarist David Lester and of course pages and pages of reviews of all kinds of noisy, fucked up music -- reviews that quite often are more interesting than the music itself, we sometimes suspect. Plus the requisite bonus cd that comes with the magazine, with stuff from all the above mentioned artists, including lots of excerpts from cassettes found by Joe Colley. Ah Bananfish, we'll miss ya.
BBGUN MAGAZINE (BB Gun) magazine 6.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Bob Bert (ex-Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks, and most recently the Knoxville Girls) and his partner in crime Linda Wolfe continue the transformation of their zine into a full on magazine - this issue features a full color section. Truly a labor of love, BB Gun has annually served as a historical rock document as well as a who's who of current NY hotpants. Within the pages of the mag, the content runs the gamut, but always with a balance of the old and the new. There are a few things you can always count on though: a dose of Rowland S. Howard, Jon Spencer, Lydia Lunch and Richard Kern, as well as some gems from Bob's seemingly bottomless treasure chest of stories from "back in the day". In this issue, we also get Vincent Gallo (the cover story), Yoko Ono, Michael Gira, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the White Stripes along for the ride. And why don't they throw in a few interviews / conversations between Christian Marclay and Lee Ranaldo, Lee Hazlewood and Dean Wareham, Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore? Heck, how 'bout some contributions from the likes of Marcellus Hall (Railroad Jerk), Mike Alway, Bleddyn Butcher, Ian Svenonius (The Make-Up), Byron Coley, Everett True, Clem Snide, Jack Sargeant, Ali Smith and Matt Verta-Ray too? And maybe some coverage of James Chance, Smokey & Miho, Mick Collins, Death By Chocolate, Mick Farren, Chris Buck, Peter Missing, Milo Jones? You betcha! Top it all off with a mountain of photos and reviews to serve as much more than the whipped cream and cherry. Always a fun read!
BELIEVER, THE December 2005 / January 2006 (Vol. 3 No. 10) - The Visual Issue (McSweeney's) magazine 10.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The Believer never lets us down. What a totally and completely amazing magazine. Music, politics, lifestyle, most mags can barely get a grasp on one of those, but somehow the Believer manages to wrap them all up together into a totally readable, smart and funny, gorgeously laid out package. This month it's "The Visual Issue" which comes with a DVD. Hard to explain what some of the articles are about in just a few words, so we'll just reprint what's on the cover: hacking old Nintendos, tattoo fiction, John Barth on old beginnings, the Malaysian new wave cinema, a lush art insert curated by Eric Fischl, milk addiction and the birth of modernity, life masks of the famous and the dead and loads more. Also in keeping with the theme, there is also a dvd that features films by or about: Spike Jonze, Selma Blair, Miranda July, David O, Russell, Patton Oswalt, Hovercrafts and more. Plus killer Charles Burns cover art!!!
BELIEVER, THE Issue # 55: The 2008 Music Issue - July / August 08 (McSweeney's) magazine 10.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Easily one of our favorite magazines, published by McSweeney's of course, super esoteric, funny, clever, well researched, beautifully written, always with cover art by Charles Burns(!), covering music, art, politics, culture and anything else that strikes their fancy. As much as we love and try to read every issue, we look forward to the special music issue every year the most, but this time maybe more than usual. That's 'cause this time around, there's lots of black metal. First, an essay on American black metal from aQ pal and Pitchfork contributor Brandon Stosuy, maybe to eventually be expanded into a book. And then an oral history of US black metal featuring folks from Krieg, Inquisition, Vrolok, Cult Of Daath, Nachtmystium, Wrath Of The Weak, Brown Jenkins, Negative Plane, Velvet Cacoon, Averse Sefira and loads of others, as well as our very own Andee, whose answers are much longer, funnier, and less grim than his blackened brethren (heck he even admits to still loving the first Cradle Of Filth record!). Later on there's an epic and exhaustive piece on the mysterious and mercurial Souled American, their history, and their long in the works new album. As if that weren't already enough, there's three essays on jazz from author Haruki Murakumi, Rick Moody on spending two weeks at music camp, an interview with Alan Bishop (of Sublime Frequencies/Sun City Girls fame), an interview with Ian MacKaye, an interview with Irma Thomas, a defense of '70s progsters Gentle Giant, and an advice column featuring guidance from your favorite Canadian superstars: the Weakerthans, Final Fantasy, The New Pornographers, Hot Hot Heat, Barenaked Ladies, Tegan And Sara. Phew. But that's not all. This issue also comes with a cd, featuring tracks from Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Madlib, Gang Gang Dance, Aceyalone, Lucky Dragons and more. As well as the various musics from around the world that influenced their music. And finally a cool creepy diecut cover, with Irma Thomas' mouth cut out, her teeth printed on the cd, showing through the hole in the cover. Wow. We love the Believer.
BELIEVER, THE Issue #32 - March '06 (McSweeney's) magazine 8.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another awesome issue of our favorite new magazine. Politics, music, science, lifestyle. Brilliantly researched and written, with plenty of humor to boot. This month: 'Genetic Screening And Medical Narrative', 'Genre Is A Minimum Secutriy Prison: Lyric Essays And The Artistic Hunger For Reality', 'Fat Fiction - Why Are Obese Characters - From Falstaff To Ignatius Reilly - Painted In Such Broad Strokes?', 'Literary Nothingness And Kafka's Life', as well as interviews with Alice Quinn (poetry editor of the New Yorker), Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters!), Robyn Hitchcock, painter Ed Ruscha, as well as an article by Nick Hornby, a review of a 1949 Partisan Review, author Colin Macinnes, a Sarah Silverman (filling in for Amy Sedaris) advice column, the 2006 Beleiver Book Award and more more more!
BELIEVER, THE Issue #34: Junk Of Pork - May 06 (McSweeney's) magazine 8.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Yet another awesome issue of our favorite new magazine. Politics, music, science, lifestyle. Brilliantly researched and written, with plenty of humor to boot. And as always killer cover art by one of our favorite artists Charles Burns! (Andee even has a Charles Burns tattoo!) This month: '80s Teen Sex Comedies, REPO MAN: Reliving Alex Cox's punk-rock-sci-fi-action-comedy in an L.A. scavenget hunt, Queer Punk Taxidermy: Undercover In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, The Great Wrong Place: Los Angeles' Reputation For Filthy Sprawl Makes It The Ideal Place To Write About Nature as well as a cavalcade of cookbook-blurb puns and hyperbole, Amy Sedaris' advice column, this week taken care of by former Trenchmouth punk rocker, current Saturday Night Live superstar Fred Armisen, totally incompetent cartoons, Stuff I've Been Reading by Nick Hornby and more more more!
BELIEVER, THE Issue #35: 2006 Music Issue (McSweeney's) magazine + cd 10.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. With this latest issue of our favorite new magazine, The Believer, we're wondering, is it a music magazine? Or is it the hipster Harper's? Or is it somewhere in between? Regardless, it's a great read, and this one IS their music issue which is always amazing, and always sells out quick, so don't dawdle. Juana Molina is the cover star, rendered lounging in her bedroom listening to music, surrounded by posters of Elvis, Sinatra, and Stephen O'Malley (!) drawn by the brilliant Charles Burns. As always, the music issue comes with a cd, this time featuring Juana Molina, Neung Phak, Calexico, Six Organs Of Admittance, Destroyer, Feist, Marissa Nadler, Blood On The Wall, and ATTENTION SUNN 0))) NERDS, an exclusive Stephen O'Malley track!!! And a bunch more. Inside the magazine you'll find a bizarre analysis of Paul Anka's "My Way" incorporating Sinatra, Elvis, Sid Vicious and more, a piece about the Eurovision Song Contest (the most watched television show everywhere but in the US, and recently won by Finnish heavy metal monsters Lordi), Interpretations of various breakup duets: the Pogues' "Fairytale Of New York", the Human League's " Don't You Want Me?", the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Sometimes Always" and a handful of others, Nick Hornby's favorite recent reads, Hornby on Lurie and the Lounge Lizards and the best show he's ever seen, saxophonist David S. Ware, Douglas Wolk writes about an online musical phenomenon, a handful of book reviews, a conversation between the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Argentinean singer songwriter Juana Molina, a brief history of rock music, Southern rapper Bun B from UGK, this months advice column featuring NPR mainstay Sarah Vowell, a conversation between novelist Don DeLillo and rock critic Greil Marcus, and finally an interview with one half of the SUNNO))) drone metal duo, Stephen O'Malley. As always the whole thing beautifully laid out and eminently readable!
BELIEVER, THE Issue #36: Lambkinette (McSweeney's) magazine 8.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We just can't get enough of the Believer. If we had nothing to do but read, we'd fantasize about the Believer becoming a daily, but as it is, we're usually still digging the last issue when it's time for a new one. A dense, informative, smart and funny collection of fiction and interviews, art and humor, music and politics. This month: novelist Aniruddha Bahal, the most feared writer in India, Toni Schlesinger's novelistic real-estate writing (?), How writing about animals can help you enjoy irony-free sex, rats in literature, America's preeminent Jack London impersonator, an interview with Steven Soderbergh, Nick Hornby on books he's been reading, a handful of book reviews, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, a conversation with Oscar Villalon, publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, writer Jennifer Egan, and the return of Amy Sedaris' advice column, with special guest advisor Jerri Blank! And as always, killer cover art by Charles Burns.
BELIEVER, THE Issue #37 (McSweeney's) magazine 8.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We get the distinct feeling that some of you are STILL not reading The Believer. Why the hell not? It's smart, funny, well researched, amazingly well written, nicely laid out, features on plenty of familiar favorites, as well as introductions to an incredible array of lesser knowns. Politics. Music. Literature. It's high brow, but not snooty, it's funny and irreverent, but not IRONIC. Ferchrissakes get it together and start digging into one of the best magazine out there. Did we mention cover art every issue from the godlike Charles Burns (don't believe us? Go buy a copy of Black Hole and then come talk to us) This month: The Games Issue! First up, a massive article on Dungeons And Dragons! A monthly column from Nick Hornby about books he's read or bought. How many did he read this time? None. But he still manages THREE whole pages! A piece on war and how it figures into games, playtime and the like. Sara Crosby vs. Jonathan Franzen. Georges Perec on crossword puzzles! The incredible racist advertising puzzles of Sam Lloyd. A full color chart of the 2006 World Cup Meta-Headbutt. The masters of Oulipo described employing the linguistic restraints for which they are famous. Digital artist Mark Allen. Author Padgett Powell. A whole bunch of book reviews. Comedienne Wanda Sykes. Advice from the guys behind Wonder Showzen and a few other articles we can't quite figure out how to describe in just one sentence. QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST MAGAZINE THERE IS!
BELIEVER, THE June/July 2005 Music Issue (McSweeney's) magazine + CD 8.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The Believer is always a good read, but you won't want to miss the 2005 Music issue. Plenty of good reading this time around as well: articles about Beck, the Danielson Famile, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney interviews Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a discussion between comedian Patton Oswalt and musician Aimee Mann, an interview with teenage rock combo Smoosh, an article about singing drummers and much much more. But you also get a cd jam packed with Aquarius faves, covering -other- Aquarius faves: the Decemberists cover Joanna Newsom, Spoon covers Yo La Tengo, the Constantines cover Elevator To Hell, the Espers cover Fursaxa, the Mountain Goats cover the Silver Jews, Coco Rosie cover Damien Jurado, The Shins cover Postal Service, San Serac cover Ida, Josephine Foster covers the Cherry Blossoms, Cynthia G. Mason covers Richard Buckner, and Jim Guthrie covers the Constantines. Wow!
BELIEVER, THE November 2005 (McSweeney's) magazine 8.00
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BELIEVER, THE October 2005 (McSweeney's) magazine 8.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of what is quickly becoming one of our favorite magazines (for all things political, musical and all the other stuff we like to read about). This time around: the eerie similarities between the '20's horror masterpiece Nosferatu and the Bush administration, Mamet examines three unlikely geneologies of bastard idioms, some popular 'meat writing', the story of John T. Smith's legendary biography and his quest for vengeance, interviews with Bob Mould, David Sedaris, Peter Fitzpatrick, Lorrie Moore, Nick Hornby reads Voltaire, how to build a golem and so much more!
BERNSTEIN, DAVID W. (EDITOR) San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture And The Avant-Garde (UC Press) book+dvd 26.00
We apologize to tape music buffs near and far, but we shamefully snoozed on reviewing this awesome book about this music movement's seminal Bay Area based hub back in June of this year when it was first published. We thought that now would be a good time (what with the holiday gift-giving season just around the corner as well as the chillier stay-inside-with-a-good-book autumn and winter months) to give it a good ol' shout out! Better late than never, right? Those already well acquainted will need no further explanation, but for those unfamiliar, in a nutshell, the San Francisco Tape Music Center was a vital cultural and educational meeting ground of adventurous pioneers in audio arts and science. The sonic explorations of composers Morton Subotnick (who performed an in-store presentation here a few years back), Steve Reich, Ramon Sender, Don Buchla, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley among others produced some of the most stunning and influential avant-garde sounds of the period in an utterly unassuming locale right here in SF. This creatively tangled web of tape-loop and tape-delay, analog synthesizers and various other electronic tentacles came into fruition back in the early '60s. These days, having been schooled by the wonderful reissued works of numerous seemingly like-minded audio renegade technicians of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, John Baker to name a few), we still can't help but conjure images of the electronic music artists of that decade donning lab coats with pocket protectors and bespectacled consternated gazes, but this 344-page book reveals just as much the kaleidoscopic opening of minds induced by sound (and in some cases substances). In fact, for those of you who were captivated by the revelatory glimpse of the LA counterculture in the '60s courtesy of the recent Source Family book (The Source: The Untold Story Of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa And The Source Family), this serves to some degree as a Bay Area counterpart (albeit perhaps somewhat less Hollywood tabloid scandalous). It's the first ever first-person retrospective of the SFTMC. Many a fond memory and occasionally a hair-raising tale were unearthed for this tome. Our current favorites include one involving wild escapades to keep the center afloat on a less than shoestring budget as well as a desperate search across a floor/sea of tape edit detritus to find an errant single note snippet using a dismantled reel-to-reel playback head! An inspiring, fascinating and often entertaining document of interviews with and essays by all the key figures and more. This 322-page softcover tome is also packed with color and black & white photos, diagrams, drawings, and a comprehensive chronology. But wait, there's still more! A dvd is tucked away in the back which features video documentation from the 2004 Wow & Flutter: The San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1961-Now festival / reunion of sorts that took place in Troy, NY. Highly recommended!
BERTONCINI, MARIO Arpe Eolie And Other Useless Things (Die Schachtel) book + cd 50.00
BIG TAKEOVER MAGAZINE Issue No. 59 magazine 5.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Another giant issue of Jack Rabid's wonderful magazine that's been covering an incredibly wide range of music for years and years. This time out The Decemberists grace the cover and inside nestled amidst 228 pages there are interviews with and features on Sonic Youth, Fiery Furnaces, Jello Biafra, Hidden Cameras and lots more!
BIG UP Issue #4 magazine 6.99
BIXOBAL Number 1 October 2007 (Ri Be Xibalba) magazine 2.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Basically, if you're into the more experimental, droney, improv-y, internationally adventurous, whatever side of the stuff we feature here at AQ, and you like to read which of course you do, and you've got a lousy two bucks, you should pick this up!! Edited by Eric Lanzillotta (of Anomalous records fame), this new 'zine is devoted to all sorts of interestin' music n' stuff, this debut issue featuring Robert Millis waxing nostalgic about his favorite Korean 78 rpm record, an interview with ESP-Disk experimentalist Alan Sondheim, an article about the books of number one Fug Tuli Kupferberg, an Indian travelogue from Sun City Girl Sir Richard Bishop, and a no-holds-barred interview with Dave Nuss of the No Neck Blues Band (which gets into some interesting, open-minded discussion about what might be bullshit or not about NNCK's music!!). A great read. Plus there's a plethora of reviews and other 'zine-ish goodness. 56 pages, digest-sized. Looking forward to issue 2!
BIXOBAL Number 2 January 2008 (Ri Be Xibalba) magazine 2.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Seems that our pal Eric Lanzillotta (former proprietor of Anomalous Records) is serious about this 'zine publishing venture. Issue one of Bixobal appeared just three or four short months ago, now here's the equally interestin' issue number two, again a bargain at two bucks. It's a digest-sized black and white 55 page xeroxed affair, crammed with cool things to read if you're into stuff along the lines of experimental drone, free improv, and international exotica. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Bixobal's got various folks from Sun City Girls/Climax Golden Twins axis on board as contributors. Contents this ish include among other things Part II of Sir Richard Bishop's Indian travelogue, interviews with avant vocalist Phil Minton and electronic musician Robert Haigh, an article about the whys and wherefores of collecting "bad records" with advice about doing so, a Rob Millis essay about the wondrous "talking machine", and a hilarious rant from cranky old Uncle Jim taking music journalism to task for the overuse of certain words, like "jangly" and "soundscape" (good thing we're careful never ever to use such terms, ha!). Plus then there's 24 densely packed pages of music reviews, from Angelblood to Zashiki Warashi. Plenty of readin' here to entertain and inform the average AQ customer for sure!
BIXOBAL Number 3 April 2008 (Ri Be Xibalba) magazine 2.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Already up to issue number 3! Issues #1 and #2 are already sold out, but it looks like we can look forward to the regular appearance of many future issues. Editor Eric "Anomalous" Lanzillotta (with the able assistance of Patrick Marley, Rob Millis, Allan MacInnis and others) has really got a 'zine on his hands. He explains that the main purpose of Bixobal is to be "delving deeper into the worlds of the musicians behind the music" in the form of articles and interviews. The music, in Bixobal's case, being that of the more experimental, psychedelic, folky, obscure international, or otherwise usual variety. Thus, this ish we find an extensive interview with Peter Stampfel of legendary NYC hippie folk outfit the Holy Modal Rounders (his ex-wife, Antonia Stampfel, is also interviewed separately). Whether discussing his theory of the importance of 1957 in the history of rock n' roll, or the effect of recorded sound on musicians' use of vibrato, or the unfortunate inter-band personality conflicts that apparently plagued the Rounders, it's pretty interesting even for those not already Rounders fans. There's another, briefer interview this issue as well, with Gerd Kraus of '70s cosmic krautrockers Limbus 3 (and 4). It's interesting as well. And then there's the usual 'zine things like reviews and ads. Oh, and Rob Millis has another "Talking Machine" column wherein he tells of searching for rare shellac (78rpm records) over in India... yet he doesn't find exactly what you'd think he'd find, his "Victrola favorite" this issue is by the Beatles... or is it?
BIXOBAL Number 4 July 2008 (Ri Be Xibalba) magazine 2.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Issue #4, already! Good grief, this 'zine comes out so frequently, with such regularity, that's almost not 'zine-like. We mean, in our experience it's pretty standard, obligatory even, for every 'zine to begin with an apologetic note from the editor giving excuses for the current issue being late... instead, the best Bixobal's editor and publisher, Eric Lanzillotta (of Anomalous Records fame) can manage is to explain that he had TOO much material for this issue, so we can expect #5 to show up even sooner than ever! Otherwise, however, Bixobal perfectly fits the old school 'zine mold... it's digest sized, black & white zeroxed, devoted to obscure, out of the mainstream subject matter, and full of true fannish (though expert) enthusiasm for said subjects, which should appeal to quite a few AQ customers, into the musical margins from the experimental to the ethnological. This issue is indeed packed, 55 pages dense with articles, overviews and reviews... specifically, an in-depth guide to the works of Japanese avantgarde percussionist and prog/jazz composer Stomu Yamash'ta, a look at the films of '60s/'70s Spanish auteur Fernando Arrabal, a rundown of the many limited edition releases from noisnik Raymond Dijkstra, and a tour diary from Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki! Even if some of these folks aren't familiar to you, you'll probably become interested in 'em from reading these pieces. We're looking forward expectantly to Bixobal #5... and #6, and #7, etc.... as there's always much that's intriguing and unexpected to be gleaned from this excellent 'zine (and at a bargain price).