MCSWEENEY'S QUARTERLY CONCERN Number 13 (McSweeney's) book 24.00
For those of you who always have trouble with the big words and long stories, this is the McSweeney's for you. The thirteenth installment of McSweeney's always brilliant literary journal is ALL comics this time around. Well, not all, but mostly. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Mark Beyer, Chester Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Kim Dietch, Julie Doucet, Gilbert Hernandez, Jamie Hernandez, Ira Glass, Ben Katchor, Kaz, Chip Kidd, Archer Prewitt, Gary Panter, Charles Schultz, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Jim Woodring, Adrian Tomine, Richard Sala, Joe Matt, John Updike, John Porcellino, and more! Beautifully layed out as always and jam packed with comics and comic related pieces. A gorgeous cover as well, an old fashioned book cover like we used to have to wrap all our schoolbooks in, made from a Chris Ware designed Sunday comics page, with gold leaf style embellishments, and two mini comics tucked inside the front and back flyleafs. So cool!
MELOY, COLIN 33 1/3 Series: Let It Be (Continuum) book 9.95
A match made in heaven. Arguably the best Replacements record, here exposed and examined and dissected and FAWNED over by Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy, who waxes lyrical (and you can imagine just how lyrical based on the elaborate wordplay of his lyrics). SO GOOD.
MELVINS Neither Here Nor There (Ipecac) book + cd 35.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Won't go into too much detail here, since if you're not already a bit obsessed with the Melvins, you're probably not gonna need a 200 page book about em. But thos of you who ARE into the Melvins. WAY into the Melvins will definitely need this. Over two hundred pages of artwork, photos, tour diaries, discographies, interviews, stories, inserts, ALL the artwork from all their releases and more. Also includes a greatest hits cd. Odds are you have most of it, but there are a few surprises. Definitely super cool and gorgeously laid out. And of course, limited!
MELVINS / BRIAN WALSBY Manchild 4 (Bifocal Media) comic book + cd 16.98
If you were going to create a comic book that would appeal equally to fans of Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) and punk metallers the Melvins, Brian Walsby's Manchild would be it. It IS it. Autobiographical, confessional comix about his life, love, and music. Lots and lots of music. Much of this is devoted to stuff about indie/punk/HC/metal, back in the day... Especially for anyone of a certain age, with nostalgia for the '80s and '90s underground rock scene, this is a must! Walsby is a good artist, and writer, and in fact almost each and every panel found on these many, many pages (this is thick!) is packed with text you'll need to squint a bit to read, but it's worth it. We haven't read the whole thing yet, but we can tell you that in this issue, there's a bunch of stories about bands he's been in (ferinstance Walsby played drums for Snake Nation, with CoC's Woody Weatherman and Mike Dean, and he was also in Shiny Beast, wow, we had no idea) and stuff about his life now, like how he met his current girlfriend, who has a toddler, what what that's been like.... He illustrates some other folks' tales about quitting their jobs, there's a two-page piece about Jason Newsted, all sorts of random, cool shit, usually pretty funny or weird or interesting, sometimes really something to think about. In addition to the longer stories, there's plenty of one-page and half-page bits, good laughs like the one about reformed '80s hardcore bands, renamed: 700 Seconds, Middle Aged Threat, Adult Brigade, Youth Of Yesterday, Post-Adolescents, Semi-Negative Approach... Or the one about Jimi Hendrix in Heaven, getting pissed that he's required to "jam" with every other rockstar who dies and goes there after him (he's like, "I finally get Janis and Jerry off of my back... and then I have to play with this...'Dimebag Darrell'?"). The comic book would be worth it by itself, but sweetening the deal, this is shrinkwrapped with a LIVE MELVINS CD! Entitled Pick Your Battles, it's about 50 minutes long, presenting 15 tracks taken from two shows, Berkeley back in 1989 and Boston 2008. True Melvins fans want this, even if they don't like comic books, but why wouldn't you like comic books, especially this one?
"Oven (live '89)" MPEG Stream:
"Boris (live '08)"
MELVINS / BRIAN WALSBY The Making Love Demos / Manchild 3 cd+book 14.98
It's a comic book! It's a Melvins cd! It's pretty darn cool is what it is. Cartoonist Brian Walsby spoofs and skewers various icons of old school punk/alt rock culture, and puts his own personal family history on the page too ("My Old Man!"). It's mostly subversively funny, sarcastic stuff. Lots of chuckles for those with a bit of nostalgia for the good ol' days of '80s punk rock for sure!! One of our favorite comix in here is "Whatever Happened To You Favorite Eighties Hardcore Mascots" which imagines the DRI "thrash guy" finding a new career as a school crossing guard, and the Black Flag bars being sold to Hank Williams III who "dropped one bar and used the rest for his new logo." Some of the other pieces in this fairly thick book include an illustrated article celebrating TV's SCTV, a Walsby/Melvins 2006 tour diary, a memoir entitled "How I Survived Grunge", "The Rules Of Young Rock Bands" (which include holding the microphone like a glass of wine, and combining two kinds of bad singing: whiny, nasal and hysterical screaming), several comic strips about The Dios (a la The Osbournes), a tribute to Cheap Trick, and much much more. If you like stuff like Peter Bagge's Hate or Chunklet magazine this is for you. This book makes a perfect team up with Walsby's old pals, wise ass scene vets the Melvins, who contribute a 20+ minute cd to the package, entitled "The Making Love Demos". These eight songs are DIY four-track recordings from back in '87, from the Buzz/Dale/Matt lineup, several of which later wound up in re-recorded form on their classic Ozma album, and some you've never ever heard before. Wow. Melvins fans are gonna be stoked. Heavy grinding nastiness, perfectly filthily home-recorded, that's way more punk than grunge.
"Creepy Smell" MPEG Stream:
MERZBOW Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise (Extreme) book + cd 34.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This is for all the sane people out there who didn't buy the Merzbox (a massive 50 cd anthology offering a mere sample of Japan's most prolific noise artist), but who are interested in the wealth of information found within the box. The Merzbook, which was previously published for the Merzbox, is an equally impressive document delving into the history and critical analysis of his work. Edited by Brett Woodward, the Merzbook also features specially commissioned essays by admirers, collaborators, and peers, as well as a CD-ROM with tons of text, art, video, images, soundbites, and even a Merzbow game!
METAPHROG / HEY / MUM Louis : Dreams Never Die (Fat Cat) cd + book 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. It's a great week for Mum fans! We just got in their Nightly Cares 3"cd/7" single and this 'all ages' graphic novel which stars Louis, the dumpling-ish looking main character (he kinda looks like a crudely drawn baby turtle creature that could be from Andee's fave Homestar Runner website), as well as a supporting cast of frollicking carrots, mechanical dogs, polka-dot mushrooms, a wizard and a frumpy Hitler-looking villain. There's some great lines of dialogue (a sampling: "My eyebrows are crawling all over my face" and "Suffocating in a custard world"), but you might be wondering how is Mum involved? Well, they along with the band Hey have each contributed a wistful version of the theme song "Dreams Never Die To FC" for the accompanying cd which also contains some animated Louis flicks with Mum/Hey soundtrack music to boot.
"Dreams Never Die To FC"
MILLER, ANDY 33 1/3 Series: The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Continuum) book 9.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Finally got a new batch of these amazing books, tailor made for us music geeks. Super in depth examinations of some of our favorite records! The cool thing is that they're not just the same old rehashed stories about the bands or artists, and who they slept with and where they grew up (although we like those too!), instead they're about the creation of those specific albums. The writers go really deep into every facet of the creation. The writing is often quite dense and so informative. Like a Mojo article expanded a hundred fold! We wanted to give each one an in depth review, but they are all so good and they keep coming fast and furious so we figured we oughta just list em. Basically, if you love the record, you're definitely gonna want the book! Also got the Joe Pernice Meat Is Murder book back in stock as well as Andrew Hulktrans's book about Love's masterpiece Forever Changes. And if you're anything like the music geeks here, you're gonna want all of em! Future volumes include My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, Radiohead's OK Computer, Jethro Tull's Aqualung.
MOD TALES #1 (self-released) zine 4.98
MODERN ROCK MAGAZINE #8 zine 2.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More smart and thoughtful writing from Tim Ellsion with notable contribution from Alan Licht writing about the White Album. Tim puts the reviews into categories, like Rock, Old School, Post-Indi-Rock, and what he calls New Postmodernism (The Starlite Desperation, Gogogoairheart, etc).
MODERN SHIT Modern Shit: The Stories Told By Record Covers (Alga Marghen) book+cd 70.00
MOGRAG MAGAZINE Vol. 1 / 2009 (Mograg Garage) magazine 15.00
Mograg Garage is a Japanese DIY art gallery run out of an actual garage in suburban Tokyo. To commemorate their first year of exhibitions, they published this small, but gorgeously detailed and beautifully produced full-color 40 page catalog documenting the artists that exhibited last year. Eight artists are represented with six writers contributing columns (all translated into English). Their plan is to release a catalog every year. And if they're all like this one, then sign us up for a subscription! The artworks are highly visual, bold and graphic, lots of colorful psychedelic landscape paintings (including one of a giant cave that is also the head of a sabre-toothed tiger), intricate and epic tattoo-like line drawings, pop-surrealism, embroidery of colorful birds, lush photographs, computer-generated collages and graffitti like drawings. Jim Woodring is cited as an influence, and one can see influences of Hayao Miyazaki and Takashi Murakami here too which should give you some idea of the gallery's core aesthetic. A lot of the art looks like what you would see in Juxtapoz magazine (but without that magazine's air of self-importance). The columns are equally strange, in that they're not so much about the artists or artworks (at least not in a way we can directly understand), but about random experiences and points of view. For instance, one column expounds on the art of booger collecting (!), others are more lyrical and poetic, while still others are more informative and practical like the one on how to run your own art and toy gallery. Which is the best advice to take from this, as the folks who run Mograg certainly know what they're doing and how to have fun doing it too. These are VERY LIMITED!! We only got a handful of these from a local Japanese friend and not sure we can get more. Definitely, a unique publication you won't easily find elsewhere!
MOJO April 2010 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Always a great read, and lots of it, 146 pages this ish. Peter Gabriel is on the cover, also inside you'll find stuff on everyone from the 13th Floor Elevators to Courtney Love to Serge Gainsbourg to Judy Collins to the Eels... plus all the usual reviews, news, etc. And also you get a free compilation cd devoted to "Dream Pop" featuring tracks by Cocteau Twins, Sigur Ros, Panda Bear, Felt, Mercury Rev, Cluster & Eno, Beach House, Galaxie 500, etc. Nice.
MOJO August 2009 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The UK magazine for music both classic and indie is back with another big issue. On the cover, Mojo's "band of the year", Fleet Foxes. Also they honour a bunch of other of their faves, including Yoko Ono, ZZ Top, and Johnny Marr. Then there's stuff on Tinariwen, TV On The Radio, Blur, and a rare interview with Bob Dylan. And there's more, the usual ton of reviews and news and stuff. Also there's a look back at the Rolling Stones' famous 1969 Hyde Park concert. AND as always there's a cd (in jewel case!) stuck to the cover, this time a comp called New Harvest of "modern North American song" including tracks by Fleet Foxes, Bill Callahan, The Dodos, Iron & Wine, and others.
MOJO August 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
The Boss is on the cover, as is a bonus cd comp of some of Springsteen's favorite songs (by the likes of Calexico, Neko Case, Jimmy Reed, Alan Vega, and others). Also, inside: Joanna Newsom, Devo, Ozzy, Ian Hunter, and lots more including the usual news, reviews, etc. that makes this British magazine a must for most music fans...
MOJO December 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is on the cover, providing an exclusive interview about The Wall, on that album's 30th anniversary. The cover-mounted bonus cd is part one of a two-disc Wall covers collection (disc 2 next ish), the track-by-track rerecording of the entire thing by (on this disc) such diverse bands as Papercuts, Ulver, and Astra! Ok, don't care about The Wall? Well there's also stuff about / interviews with U2, Woody Guthrie, Gene Simmons of KISS, Norah Jones, Mott The Hoople, The Specials, and more. Plus all the usual columns and reviews and whatnot.
MOJO February 2009 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Latest issue of one of our favorite mags, one we read cover to cover, even if on first glance the contents don't seem that interesting. Every issue we just glance at some article, and end up engrossed and read the whole thing. This month MOTOWN! The 100 greatest tracks as selected by various other musicians: Iggy Pop, the MC5, Johnny Marr, the Clash, and more. Plus, Todd Rundgren, Franz Ferdinand, Mitch Mitchell, as well as loads of reviews and columns and whatveer else they can pack in there. Plus includes a cd packed with rad Motown hits and rarities.
MOJO February 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Jimmy Page is the cover star. Inside, everything from Shane Macgowan to Midlake to Slayer! (The latter article specifically being about their signature speed metal album Reign In Blood). Plus there's the usual ton of reviews and news and "this month back then" features... Also this issue, Mojo's 2010 releases preview. Oh, and there's a free cd on the cover, compiled by The Amorphous Androgynous (the psychedelic DJ alter ego of members of FSOL), a pretty killer mix including cuts by Comus, Can, Shogun Kunitoki, Can, July, Dungen, Jean-Claude Vannier, and others.
MOJO issue #179 October 2008 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. It's not just more metal magazines that we have started stocking. At long last, we're also now regularly gonna be carrying the mighty MOJO magazine. Another British publication (why are so many of our favorite music mags from England? The Wire, Terrorizer, Classic Rock...). Mojo, as you may know, covers the pop/rock scene from the past to the present, usually delving into rock history (the '60s, '70s, '80s...) while also covering all the latest, hippest indie rock sensations. For the music lover/AQ customer who's not just only into floorcore cd-rs and black metal cassettes and drone vinyl, it's gonna have plenty of stuff you'll want to read about, in fascinating depth. This October issue: Queen on the cover (they have a new album, with Paul Rodgers replacing the late Freddie Mercury, though we're a little nervous to hear it). Inside: Dave Gilmour, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Fugs, Bon Iver, and more. Reviews, news, all that good stuff. 154 big colorful pages of it. Plus, there's a cover-mounted cd (in a jewel case!) featuring exclusive cover versions of songs from the Beatles' White Album.
MOJO January 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Part two of Mojo's celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd's The Wall, with an interview about the movie version with director Sir Alan Parker and animator Gerald Scarfe, and (glued to the cover in a jewel case) a second disc of re-recordings, track-by-track, of The Wall by a bunch of cool folks including Diagonal, Peter Broderick, Crippled Black Phoenix, The Soundcarriers, and others. Also this ish: A 15 page section about Mojo's Top 50 albums etc. of 2009 (#1 album = Animal Collective), cover star Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Sting, SUNNO))), Brian May, news, reviews, charts, and plenty more. Always lots to read in any issue of Mojo!
MOJO July 2010 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Special 200th issue of this always enlightening and interesting (and 154 pages thick) UK music mag. Guest-edited by cover star Tom Waits! Inside, they bring out the big guns: Johnny Cash, White Stripes, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, U2, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Harry Belafonte, Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, and more!! Lots more. Including the usual free cd stuck to the cover, compiled and sequenced by Mr. Waits.
MOJO June 2010 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. On the cover: AC/DC! Inside, Dylan, Pavement, a farewell to Malcolm McLaren, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Screaming Lord Sutch, and of course tons of other reviews and articles. Also includes a cover mounted cd featuring 'a compendium of the devil's best tunes' from Nick Cave, James Brown, Roky Erickson, Gun Club, John Martyn and more...
MOJO March 2009 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A new issue of Mojo is always a time to rejoice, especially when we're about finished with the list, so we can dedicate some serious time to one of the best reads in magazine land. On the cover Nick Cave, as well as a jewel cased cd featuring some of Mr/ Cave's favorite records and biggest influences, inside: Johnny Marr, Ry Cooder, Jane Birkin, Dave Clarke Five, Springsteen, Thin Lizzy, Deerhoof, Buddy Holly, Soft Machine, Neil Young, Taj Mahal, R.E.M., as well as tons of reviews and all sort of other good stuff!
MOJO March 2010 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Syd Barrett is the cover star, this issue featuring "the inside story of Madcap Laughs" with input from David Gilmour, Robert Wyatt and others. Also this ish: Captain Beefheart, Dr. Feelgood, Charlotte Gainsbourg, the reader's poll 2009, and more. Including, believe it or not, an interview with Sly Stone, who has a new album coming out! As always, LOTS to keep most music junkies busy reading here. Plus there's a free cd on the cover, a "recreation" of Madcap Laughs, covered track-by-track by a diverse selection of artist including Hush Arbours, Skygreen Leopards, Hawkwind, J Mascis, REM, Jennifer Gentle, Hope Sandoval, Robyn Hitchcock, and more!
MOJO May 2009 magazine 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. A brand new issue of one of our favorite rock mags, the almighty Mojo. On the cover this month, John And Yoko, featuring tons of unseen photos, a lost interview and more! Also Antony And The Johnsons, Pearl Jam, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jackson C. Frank, and a killer article on Mott The Hoople. Comes with a cd (complete with sleeve and jewel case) featuring some "seriously street tough '70s British rock'n'roll bovver" with bands like Mott, Slade, Roy Wood, The Sensational Alex Harvey band, Be-Bop Deluxe, T. Rex, Motorhead and more... And as we've mentioned before, the cool thing about Mojo is no matter how uninterested you think you are in a particular performer or musician, undoubtedly, you'll end up reading every bit of every issue, even those pieces about bands you might not even like. Hail Mojo!
MOJO May 2010 magazine+cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. On the cover: Janis Joplin. Inside: Paul Weller, MGMT, Arthur Russell, Steve Albini, Little Feat, and loads more, 32 pages of reviews, and a cover mounted cd of 'heavy soul' from Funkadelic, Aaron Neville, Black Merda, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Davis and more...
MOJO November 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Man, this issue of Mojo is just screaming, buy me, buy me! A bright red cover featuring the Kraftwerk, complete with bonus cd compilation of Kraftwerk inspired/related music from OMD, Tangerine Dream, LCD Soundsystem, Ultravox, M83, Jean Michel Jarre, Hot Chip, Four Tet, Komputer, The Orb, Kraftwerk themselves, and others! Inside, there's an exclusive 13 page interview with the robotic German geniuses. Plus: AC/DC! Big Star! Yoko Ono! A secret history of grunge! And plenty more. Always a great read.
MOJO October 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. The Beatles on the cover, this issue featuring an exclusive interview with Sir Paul discussing the remasters, and Rock Band... There's also a free cd stuck to the cover (in a jewel case like they do!) featuring cover versions of songs from Abbey Road done by the likes of Cornershop, Robyn Hitchcock, Jeffrey Lewis, Gomez, and some less familiar names as well. But it's not all Beatles this ish, we're pleased to see a piece on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells! Also: Bunny Wailer, Prefab Sprout, The Who, The Cribs (now w/ Johnny Marr), and more... the usual pages and pages of well informed reviews, plus news, photos, etc. etc. to keep your music obsessed brain busy for a while.
MOJO September 2009 magazine + cd 9.99
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Arctic Monkeys on the cover of this month's Mojo, while inside:Sky Saxon, Beastie Boys Comus, Billy Childish, an interview with David Sylvian, White Denim, Queen photgrapher Peter Hince, J.J. Cale, Michael Jackson, The Housemartins plus reviews galore, as well as a cover mounted cd featuring a killer collection of "essential mindblowing summer grooves", from Tinariwen, Tony Allan, Ali Farka Toure, Konono No.1 and more...
MONK MINK PINK PUNK issue #6 magazine 4.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Special issue of this always cool Austin, Texas-based music 'zine. What's so special about it? This features essays, graphics, etc. by eighteen sound artists, among them John Hudak, Francisco Lopez, Seth Nehil, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Giancarlo Toniutti, and Brandon LaBelle. Monk Mink Pink Punk's editor Josh Ronsen started by asking these artists "How do you choose/develop your sounds?" and "How do you place them in time?", questions that remain the theme of this issue even if not all participants limited themselves to a direct response to those queries. 20 double-sided loose pages wrapped in an aluminum foil cover, limited to 100 copies. Unique and quite interesting. Also, creative sleepers might be interested in knowing that Josh is still accepting submissions for the upcoming issue #8, which will be a collection of reviews of "records heard in dreams"...email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or visit http://www.nd.org/jronsen on the web.
MOONDOG: THE VIKING OF 6TH AVENUE - THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY (ROBERT SCOTTO) (Process) book+cd 24.95
MORBID TALES Issue #6 magazine 8.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. We're happy to report that the internet has not (entirely) killed the 'zine. Blogs and websites are great, but can't really replace a good old fashioned b&w stapled xeroxed 'zine! They do seem old fashioned, though. And that vintage quality is fully embraced by this metal 'zine out of Canada, Morbid Tales, since the subject matter covered is pretty old school too. Some of the bands here are new, but they carry the torch of '80s underground metal (thrash, doom, death and NWOBHM) high. '90s cult black metal and '70s psych and prog is also not outside Morbid Tales' purview. While all 'zines are labors of love, editor Annick "Satannick" Grioux REALLY is a maniac for this music. Her enthusiasm really captures the spirit of 'zines back in the old pre-internet tape-trading days. Interviewees, among others, include Darkthrone, Portrait, Master's Hammer, Voivod, Pagan Altar, Cauldron, The Lamp Of Thoth, Elixir, Soothsayer, and, get this, Flower Travellin' Band (who get asked about the naked chopper riding cover photo of their debut LP)!! Plus there's reviews of obscure releases and demos, metal tourist shopping guides to London, Paris, Montreal, and Prague, show reports, and other interesting tidbits, including a brief guide to "Purple Metal" aka Italian Horror Metal like Black Hole and Paul Chain. This is Morbid Tales' biggest issue yet, 117 full size pages, plus flip it over and then there's another 13 page bonus zine all about heavy metal cooking tips entitled Hell Bent For Cooking (soon to be expanded into a book to be published by Bazillion Points we're told)! Recipes contributed by members of Anvil, Exciter, Cauldron, Trouble, The Gates Of Slumber, Countess, Ogre, Piledriver, and others. Such delicious dishes as: The Stew Of True Doom. Tomato-Garlic Hellfire Chicken. Black Pudding And Squid In It's Own Ink, With A Hashish Garnish. And then by the last few pages, the recipes have turned into drink mixes, these being metalheads after all... Morbid Tales #6 (+ Hell Bent For Cooking) is an impressively thick tome of metal obsessiveness all in all. We only got a handful of copies (8) and won't be able to get any more, as it's SOLD OUT, so act fast if you want one.
MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW (OIMOEN, HARALD & BRIAN LEW) (Bazillion Points) book 39.95
Subtitle: "Shots From The Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter". From the same folks who brought us the lavish Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries tome, and Thomas Gabriel Fischer's Only Death Is Real, comes another treat for any dedicated headbanger. A 272 page hardcover photo book with over 400 early pics of such Bay Area (and Cali) thrash metal legends as Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Possessed, Slayer, Death Angel, Possessed, Testament, Vio-Lence, Suicidal Tendencies, and many many more, often several of 'em all together in the same photo. Color and black and white shots, live in action on stage, from the mosh pit, at parties, or ragin' out on the streets. Lotsa long hair, denim jackets, sleeveless t-shirts, beers, sneers and smiles. Love the shots of Cliff Burton always lookin' badass (and the rest of Metallica all baby-faced). And the one of Lars smashing a Men At Work album on a parking meter. In addition to this treasure trove of rare photos documenting this legendary scene, there's also personal reminiscences of the Bay Area Thrash heyday from a bunch of the movement's key participants, including members of Exodus, Testament, and Vio-lence, as well as zinester/scenester/namer-of-Metallica/radio DJ Ron Quintana, and of course the two fearless photographers who captured on film all the frenzied fast fun times found here. Essay titles include: "I Washed Dishes For Metallica" and "Thirty Years Ago, Music Sucked" (but then there was thrash)... Good times!! Definitely a nostaglia-fest for anyone who was here back in the day, and hopefully inspiration for young 'uns looking at it now...
MUSHROOM EATERS, THE s/t (Emperors Of Eternal Evil) board game 75.00
Attention gamers! (We know some of you are gamers, yep, don't deny it.) Also, perhaps, attention druggies! We've been waiting for this. From the same crazed minds that brought us the "Necro-Demonic dungeon crawl" board game Cave Evil, comes this REALLY bizarre design. It's an "adventure board game" for 2 to 5 players, simulating a psychedelic magic mushroom trip! Each player is, like, supposed to be an apprentice shaman, competing to become the next chief shaman by having the most intense and enlightening experiences while high on 'shrooms. (Note, the rule book explicitly states that "this game is absolutely unplayable on Mushrooms!", which would indicate that they triedÉ) Even the veteran gamers here at aQ have never seen anything quite like it. It's nothing if not unique. And very elaborate. And truly psychedelic. Our copies of The Mushroom Eaters just showed up in the mail a few days ago, so this is not a 'playtest' review. It says it takes "90-120 minutes" to play, but we're pretty sure our first session, learning how to play, will take way longer than that; we're looking forward to finding some time soon though to give it a try! Especially since Cave Evil, which have played, is great. While this is a very different sort of game, we're pretty sure it's going to be awesome too. It certainly LOOKS fantastic, the colorful, psychedelic artwork found on every part of the game being super strange and trippy - AND, get this, the board is printed in 3-D, and the game comes with rainbow prismatic 3-D glasses for each player to wear!! (Though, it's not required.) We're still not quite sure how it all works, we'll have to read through the 16 page rulebook a few more times before we attempt playing it, but we're pretty intrigued by the concepts involved. To give you some idea (or perhaps scare you off), the game includes such components as "Player Mood Cards", "Personal Path Octagons", "Breathe Tokens", "Large Focus Cubes", "Small Nervous System Cubes", a "Shaman Drum Board", "Wisdom Tokens", "Paradox Tokens", and "Mantra Answer Tokens" among many other things. Uh, wow! Like Cave Evil, it's a fairly DIY production, but an impressive one. You get a LOT in the large box, all of it as we said covered with weird, trippy artwork, by a whole bunch of artists, some of whom also worked on Cave Evil, though that was all black and white and this, as we said, is quite the opposite, very colorful indeed. There's a thick game board that unfolds, several other separate smaller boards, a die, a pawn ("representing the mushroom"), various cardboard tokens, two decks of cards, lots of wooden cubes, and of course, five sets of 3-D glasses! Our minds are blown just looking at it, so playing must be some kind of trip. We don't know if it's a good way, or not, to see what it's like to "get high" without actually taking any drugs, but even attempting to play it does seem likely to create an altered state of consciousnessÉ By the way, while Cave Evil had the black metal connection, this one's not as directly music-related (though a lot of the folks who did the art are also musicians) - but we're sure any aQ customer interested in this would have plenty of appropriate music in their collection to use as a soundtrack. And as with Cave Evil, it's a limited edition. We have just 3 copies in stock. We get 'em direct from the designer/publisher, Nate Hayden, and he says we can probably get a few more if we need 'em, but maybe not for long, fyi.
MY MISSION My Mission magazine 8.50
NARDWUAR THE HUMAN SERVIETTE / BEV DAVIES A 2007 Punk Rock Calendar (Nardwuar The Human Serviette / Mint) calendar 12.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. If you've been following the escapades of guerilla interviewer, garage rawk maestro, indie radio / TV personality and proud Canadian Nardwuar The Human Serviette, you already know that he mystifyingly gets himself into the most coveted and cursed of situations. And while in the heat of many moments he's had plenty of things seized and/or destroyed -- videotapes (Quiet Riot, Sebastian Bach, Tom Green), records (Sonic Youth), touque (Sebastian Bach) -- he's also been on the receiving end of some truly amazing stuff (a piece of art by and from David Lee Roth to name just one!). And for this calendar, he's gained an all access pass to the photo archives of legendary punk rock photographer Bev Davies. She was once hailed by Stiff Little Fingers as "The best photo taker in the whole world". Yup, the great championer of all things Canadian and old school punk (as well as innumerable other subjects of course) follows up his crowning achievement -- the stupendous Nardwuar The Human Serviette 'Doot Doola Doot Doot' double dvd -- with this cool document of the pre-'82 punk scene as shot through the shutter of Ms Davies. The 40 pages contain so much more than a 13-month calendar! There's an ongoing interview/commentary from Nardwuar and Davies with loads of hilarious 'back in the day' stories, extra photos, stickers... oh yeah, and the photos!! The Subhumans, Motorhead, Avengers, Black Flag, Adam and the Ants, D.O.A., Johnny Thunders, The Clash, Pointed Sticks, The Go-Gos, Dead Kennedys, Gang of Four, Ramones and Duff McKagen (eons before GNR and Velvet Revolver, back in his Fastbacks days)!
NEELY, TOM Your Disease Spread Quick (Robotic Boot) comic book 6.00
For those of you who missed out on the ultra limited Melvins A Senile Animal box set (which is probably most everybody), we managed to get a handful of these super limited comics, by aQ customer Tom Neely, which came in the box along with a belt buckle and a bunch of other stuff. The comic is amazing, inspired by the album, which means it's bizarre and twisted and fucked up and garish and beautiful. For those of you who have yet to see Neely's art (you very well might have and just not known it as he does a lot of commercial stuff too), you're in for a treat, classic and old fashioned, but just a bit tweaked and damaged. This Melvins comic is the tale of a horse, who loses his head, some sort of spectre, plenty of gore and blood and vomiting, a bandaged worm man with a very powerful tongue, being chased by little legged dots, a bar full of vampires and historical figures, a wolf in grandma's clothing, a long journey across a black sea in a rickety rowboat, a strange mountaintop female cyborg, a giant eagle, a city wrapped in living tendrils, more removable heads and a horde of horses. Sure it sounds insane, it's a comic based on a Melvins record!!! The back cover has a funny Melvins parody ad, and the inside back cover has bios of both Neely and the Melvins. If you love the Melvins, you'll probably want one of these, and odds are we won't be able to get more once we sell out.
NEELY, TOM & FRIENDS Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever (Igloo Tornado) book 17.95
Oh boy. Any Henry & Glenn fan is going to flip for this. The four issues of the Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever mini-comic, now compiled into one thick trade paperback book, with A LOT of extra material added on - over 100 pages of entirely new comics and art!! It's epic. So even if you already have each issue in the series, you might want to give those as a gift to an impressionable youngster and get this for yourself. Includes an amusing introduction by none other than Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford (!), as well as a six page essay about "The Secret History Of Henry & Glenn Comics", as if they were actual comic book heroes dating back to the WWII era. If you AREN'T already familiar with Henry & Glenn, well, the comic chronicles the adventures of these two punk rock icons - Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig - who (in the comic) are in a loving, same-sex relationship. By turns, sweet and surreal, always quite funny (unless your name is Glenn Danzig - somehow we doubt he really approves of all this, while Rollins at least contributes a blurb to the back cover). You can find our reviews of the individual Forever & Ever issues elsewhere on the aQ site. 256 pages, mostly b&w, but there's a 30 page full-color gallery of covers and other art in the back. Wow. The ultimate H&G book for sure.
NEGATIVLAND Death Sentences Of The Polished And Structurally Weak (Seeland) cd + book 22.00
This one's been in the works for so long I was sure it was only to be a pipe dream. Death Sentences is really two almost completely independent Negativland projects combined as one for release. The book, a collection of photographs of junk yard automobiles and their contents, is the brain child of Richard Lyons -- one of the founding members of the group and an on again, off again contributor in recent times. Lyons spent years visiting junkyards (remember he's the auto obsessed maniac behind the O.T.E. "Starting Line" show), digging through battered cars for tell-tale documents that might give insight into their former owners. Each page contains a scanned image of a letter, or other -- primarily hand written -- short memo overleafed with a photo of the now demolished car from which it was retrieved. All of this handsomely packaged within a sleeve mock-up of an accident report. The book is at once impossible to put down and difficult to trudge through. Not because it's poorly put together (on the contrary, like most Negativland releases, it's gorgeously laid out and beautifully packaged), but because the contents are so incredibly depressing. Several letters are apparently written from prison, or rehab, with the author's pledge that this time when they get out they'll straighten up and fly right. This contrasted with a demolished car, some from brutal accidents, windshields containing shattered buldges where the occupants once sat, reposed in a bleak and overcast auto graveyard in the Pacific Northwest (one of the most depressing areas of the U.S., for those unfamiliar with our messed up little country.) The disc, for its part, is a bit of a departure for Negativland. One might refer to this as their "instrumental" album, for while there are voice tapes processed and buried within the mix, there isn't a narrative driving the album like pretty much all of their albums have had in the last 10 years or so. In a way, Death Sentences brings Negativland back to the beginning of their career with their eponymous release of 1980. Which makes one wonder if the band, having become so bogged down in copyright this and fair use that, is either trying to reinvent themselves or if Death Sentences is in fact their swan song. Its success as an album is perhaps best judged by one's tolerance for freeform electronic improv. While there are moments of cohesion here, for the most part the disc sounds like someone crossfaded together all the improv segue sections from Negativland's live shows. In the end though, even if the CD isn't your cup of tea, the book more than carries its weight for the set. In that case you can view the inclusion of the disc as a free bonus to your purchase of the book.
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NELSON, DAN All Known Metal Bands (McSweeny's) book 22.00
We had been hearing about this book for a while. While we were intrigued, we definitely had mixed feelings about it. What is it? Simply a list of metal band names. No logos, no information, other than names, lots and lots of names. More than 50,000. So the question is then, WHY? That's a tough one to answer. It's a pretty book, and the list is of course impressive. Page after page, silver metallic ink on matte black paper (of course), all housed in a gorgeous blue, black and metallic gold hardcover, it's not really readable, unless you're some sort of metal rain man, and it serves no real purpose, you could maybe look up some metal band you like and see if they're in there, but then what? Nothing really. The first strike is calling it All Known Metal Bands. Metalheads by their very nature are obsessive, so that's just begging for an onslaught from 'readers' of all the bands NOT included, and believe us, there are plenty. If Rolling Stone can't do a feature on the best song ever, or the 50 guitar gods, without getting THOUSANDS of people writing in telling them who they forgot and chastising them for leaving out so and so, well just imagine essentially telling metalheads, this is a list of all known metal bands. It might have worked better as a website, some sort of evolving online art project. But wait, there already is something like that. The Metal Archives, the ULTIMATE resource for metal, band bios, albums, album covers, logos, reviews, it's a lot like Wikipedia for metal. And we can't help but think, that -anyone- could have 'written' this book, after spending a few hours on Metal Archives. Which has us thinking that it's hard to believe the 'author' didn't do just that. And we're not alone. Have a look at Cosmo Lee's Invisible Oranges (one of the best heavy music blogs out there!): http://invisibleoranges.com/2008/07/all-known-metal-bands.html Yep, we're not alone. In fact when we first heard about the book, we all immediately thought "Oh, like Metal Archives." Except minus everything but the names of the bands. There is some sort of cool stuff, for instance bands with the same name just get listed as many times as there are bands, no way to tell them apart, no countries listed, just the name. Over and over and over. Normally that would be annoying, but in the context of this project, it's actually kind of cool. Bands called Hellbound? The list reads: Hellbound Hellbound Hellbound Hellbound Hellbound Hellbound Hellbound Hellbound Yep, there are eight. And so it goes. Ten Leviathans, etc. Interesting to see what the popular names are. So take away the pointlessness, remove the hyperbolic title, and assume that these names weren't all just yanked from Metal Archives, and you've got a pretty cool, sorta dumb, little object, that as metalheads, we almost feel obliged to own. So yeah, we bought one. You probably will too. But then, we love metal, and we love books, we love lists, and even though we really shouldn't, and if called on it will claim not to, we sort of love this here book. But only sort of.
NEW YORK NOISE: ART & MUSIC FROM THE NEW YORK UNDERGROUND 1978-88 (Soul Jazz) book 39.95
If you love those Soul Jazz New York Noise compilations as much as we do, then you too probably imagine yourself in some dark sweaty smokey NY nightclub back in the day, witnessing some of that music happening right before your ears. The intensity, the passion, the fury, the inventiveness, the funk, the junk, the howling, freaked out, glorious NOISE. Well, thanks to Soul Jazz, you no longer need to just imagine it. New York Noise, the book, collects tons of photos, anecdotes and artwork from 1978 to 1988, giving us at least a tiny glimpse into a scene that has had us so sonically smitten. Any one from that era you can thing of is represented. Punk rock, post punk, classical, noise, new wave, no wave. Musicians, writers, performance artists, dancers, scensters, any one who was anyone. An eye popping collection of live shots, formal portraits, casual snapshots. Lots of Christian Marclay, from installations, to live performances with his record player guitars, some amazing live shots of Suicide. DNA live, Laurie Anderson with her duct taped violin bow, Lydia Lunch, Diamanda Galas, Ut, Philip Glass, Cindy Sherman, Keith Haring, Madonna, Ann Magnuson, Robert Longo, Rhys Chatham, Z'ev (wielding some crazy playable metal sculptures), Glenn Branca, ESG, William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Lester Bowie, Run DMC, John Lurie, Frightwig, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Richard Hell, Rock Steady Crew, Bush Tetras, Kim Gordon, LL Cool J, Tom Verlaine, Spalding Gray and so so so many more. Lots of the photos with accompanying text, tales of drugs and debauchery, wild nights out, and unforgettable performances. Like all Soul Jazz releases, gorgeously assembled, lovingly researched, and expertly laid out. A massive oversized soft cover coffee table book, with a plastic style cover and a Japanese style obi.
NICHE HOMO Issue 4 magazine 4.98
As much as we love progress, and new fangled gadgets, and the web and MP3's and YouTube and Netflix and downloads and iPods and all the various things that make life easy and exciting and make us feel like we're already living in a sci-fi future, we definitely dread the day where physical media ceases to exist. We like to think that could never happen, cuz who wants to live in a world without record stores, and movie theaters, and magazines, and newspapers, and lps and cassette tapes. And of course ZINES!!! Sure zines may seem like they're already dead and gone, but there are a few folks keeping zines alive, heck, there's a vintage zine store right down the street from aQ! And there's still loads of modern zines that rule: Salt, As Loud As Possible, Savage Damage Digest, Rape & Honey, and now Niche Homo, who are currently on issue number 4, and whose features should have most aQ-ers all in a tizzy. Ramleh, Sic Alps, Homosexuals, Thee Oh Sees, c'mon! There's also plenty of cool random stuff, articles, columns, illustrations, comics, all super well written and fun to read, and all laid out old school photocopy style and stapled in the middle. WAY recommended. Long live the zine!!!!
NIEDERHAUSER, MATTHEW Sound Kapital : Beijing's Music Underground (Power House) book 24.95
A book that happens to be all about many of the Chinese indie rock bands we carry!!
NO DEPRESSION #26 magazine 3.95
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Jimmie Dale Gilmore on the cover, plus Beachwood Sparks, Neko Case, Chris Cacavas, Camper van Beethoven, etc.
NORDIC VISION #14 magazine 6.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Everyone's favorite metal magazine. Dodheimsgard on the cover, with Darkthrone, Immolation, Godflesh, and more. Ridiculously brutal reviews and bizarre nonsensical writing to the point of being surreal. Plus their newest and silliest feature; a 'sexy death goddess' will pose for readers per their suggestions (hopefully they'll heed my suggestion in a future issue and she'll dress up like a Hot Dog On a Stick girl!!).
NORDIC VISION issue #16 magazine 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. More "entertainment for maniacs" from this seminal Norwegian black metal magazine. Cover stars: Gorgoroth ("What an astonishing and Devilish album 'Incipit Satan' really is. That's what we think, and therefore Infernus and Tormentor had some questions to answer"), plus Notre Dame, Necromantia, Impaled Nazarene, Necrophagia, Carpathian Forest, and more. The Gorgoroth interview is demented, as they somehow answer all the questions in even more bizarre a manner than they were asked. And, as usual, there's a ton of reviews written in the now-infamous fucked up Nordic Vision vocabulary, as well as their dumb "Sex & Satan" pictorial feature, and the "Soundcheck" department where black metal celebs like Fenriz, Shagrath, Samoth, Maniac, and Frost rate current releases. Another eccentric, silly, fascinating issue of our favorite Norwegian metal magazine. Sample editorial comment: "We have dived into the Necro World of bands like Necrophagia, Necrodeath, and Necromantia."
NORDIC VISION issue no. 15 magazine 5.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. "Entertainment for Maniacs". Indeed. Here's the latest issue of Norway's slickest black-metal scene-zine. A must for all fans of the genre, also for fans of the totally ridiculous prose in their by now notorious review section (due not only to the English-as-a-second-language problem, but also to general weirdness on the part of the writers. A sample: "They went to Romania to record this record, when in reality they should have travelled to Mongoland. Extremely non-action music without highlights, just again and again showing us how little creativity the band have in each of two many songs." And that's one that actually makes a lot of sense...) This issue features interviews with Darkthrone, Satyricon, Angelcorpse, Dark Funeral, and more. The interviews with Norwegian bands like Darkthrone are always great 'cause the Nordic Vision guys are buddies with them and thus have some other-than-usual questions to ask. A final warning: the cheesecake "Sex & Satan" photo section is too dumb for words. Readers are invited to write in with suggestions about how the model should pose...Andee already emailed a request for her to dress up like a "Hot Dog On A Stick" girl. So if anyone wants to pre-order issue #16, let us know.
NOTTA LOTTA LOVE (Evil Twin Publications) zine 4.50
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. Notta Lotta Love is the title of the fourth My Evil Twin Sister publication, Evil Twin being the joint project of identical twins Amber Gayle (writing) and Stacy Wakefield (design / bookmaking). Notta Lotta Love is my favorite of the series (I'm Windy). Due to Amber's unpretentious, down-to-earth writing style, it reads like a novel even thought it's just 44 pages and is simply a series of remembrances, told in chronological order, of Amber's lovers. She observes hippies, flirts with fellow Green Tortoise passengers, dates a German who wears designer underwear, falls in love with naturalists and raw foodies... Something about the way Amber writes, her sweet, genuine, brutally honest tone, makes me love this. While I can't speak for the guys on our list, I suspect some of you ladies may really find a lot to identify with here. Lovely.
O SIRHAN O SIRHAN MAGAZINE Issue #1 magazine 7.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY. This brand new indie magazine from Brooklyn is off to quite a running start! It's packed with lots of cool art and music to read about, look at and listen to. This debut issue includes an article on Henry Flynt, interviews with Animal Collective, People's Mary Halvorson and 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, drawings by Devendra Banhart, a photo diary by Deerhoof and a cd by Jorge Boehringer (Core of The Coal Man).
O'HAGAN, SEAN & JEAN PIERRE MULLER The Musical Paintings Volume 1 (Drag City) book+cd 17.98
High Llamas fans, you probably don't want to miss this! Indeed, you're probably already well aware that band leader Sean O'Hagan composes plenty of lovely music outside of his main band, right? But you probably weren't able to attend the various aural art installations he and Belgian pop-artist Jean Pierre Muller have collaborated on for the past half decade, were you? This new book+cd set, though nowhere near the actual experience of being in those environments, will have to do! The 5.5"x6" 96-page hardcover book is filled with full color photo documentation of the first two installations' preparation, Muller's touch-sensitive art pieces as well as the attendees interacting with them. The cd features O'Hagan's unmistakable soft-focus space age cocktail hour soundtracks which formed the interactive sonic loops in the installation. Their burbling dreaminess make for quite a languid contrast to the immediacy of the eye-poppingly vibrant paint and collage visuals!
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