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CAT: YETI MGGALAXTE
20 May 13
Paperback book history of US indie rock band Galaxie 500 including rare photographs, posters and other ephemera
Review: Galaxie 500's artistic vision, visceral and emotional yet also elegant and understated, extended from their incomparable recordings to bassist Naomi Yang's design aesthetic album covers, posters, photography. Temperature's Rising offers both an oral history of this celebrated act and a lush tour of their personal archives. It weaves together interviews with the band members Naomi Yang, Dean Wareham and Damon Krukowski and their music scene peers, infamous producer Kramer, and many collaborators, accompanied by a stunning array of rare and never-before-seen photographs, artwork, and ephemera. Yeti is proud to publish this book in association with the members.
CAT: YETI 13
20 May 13
192 page paperback book + 7" single
Review: Yeti 13 is presented in a gatefold sleeve with artwork by Genevieve Castree and includes posters from Christchurch, NZ in the 1980s, oral history of the rock band Codeine, Gisele Prassinos, Ben Bush, Ilyas Ahmed, Sarah Meadows, David Moreno, Quentin Rowan, Josh Bayer, Mike Kelly tribute + 7" single (192 pages, paperback, colour).
CAT: 978039 3066753
06 Dec 10
Book introduces soundtracks and spotlights the work of precursors James Brown and Isaac Hayes, Donna Summer, the women of Labelle and Sylvester (338 pages, hardback, black & white/colour)
Review: Disco thumps back to life in this pulsating exploration of the culture and politics of the glitterball world.
In the 1970s, as the disco tsunami engulfed America, the once-innocent question, Do you wanna dance? became divisive, even explosive. What was it about this much-maligned music that made it such hot stuff? In this incisive history, Alice Echols captures the felt experience of the Disco Yearsion dance floors both fabulous and tacky, at the movies, in the streets, and beneath the sheets.
Disco may have presented itself as shallow and disposableithe platforms, polyester, and plastic vibe of it allibut Echols shows that it was inseparable from the emergence of gay macho, a rising black middle class and a growing, if equivocal, openness about female sexuality. The disco scene carved out a haven for gay men who reclaimed their sexuality on dance floors where they had once been surveilled and harassed; it thrust black women onto center stage as some of the genre's most prominent stars; and it paved the way for the opening of Studio 54 and the viral popularity of the shoestring-budget Saturday Night Fever, a movie that challenged traditional notions of masculinity, even for heterosexuals.
As it provides a window onto the cultural milieu of the times, the Hot Stuff never loses sight of the era's defining soundtrack, which propelled popular music into new sonic territory, influencing everything from rap and rock to techno and trance. Throughout, Echols spotlights the work of precursors James Brown and Isaac Hayes, dazzling divas Donna Summer and the women of Labelle and some of disco's lesser known but no less illustrious performers such as Sylvester. After turning the final page of this fascinating account of the music, you thought you hated but can't stop dancing to, you can rest assured that you'll never say disco sucks again.
CAT: 978047 0663721
06 Dec 10
All the technical know-how needed as well as advice on how to create your own DJing style and how to make DJing work for you. Softback, Black & White, 398 pages.
17 Dec 07
Wax Poetics presents Album Cover Art, featuring 240 classic, obscure and weird record covers.
CAT: MAG-WP-COVERSTORY 2
26 Jul 10
Selection of rare strange and bizarre record covers, exploring an element of music culture behind (268 pages, paperback, 262 4-colour plates)
Review: A team of obsessive collectors has gathered together a unique and worldly selection of rare album covers that spins bizarre and mind-boggling narratives. Wax Poetics are not deciphering mysteries, only adding to their mythos. Every album cover tells a story and here Wax Poetics enter the world of the odd, obscure and outrageous. Some hint at the profound, via spiritual, supernatural, or chemical explorations, or speak of the prosaic wolrds of war, sex and comedy. And some are by far more interesting than the music itself.
The Cover Story Volume Two: Odd, Obscure, and Outrageous Album Art, the second installment in the Cover Story series from Wax Poetics Books, continues a graphic narration of the vibrant subculture of record collecting through the art of the album cover. This volume focuses specifically on strange and bizarre record covers, selected by the staff of Wax Poetics and major collectors of music's avant-garde.
The Cover Story series vividly explores an element of music culture that has withered with the advent of MP3 and digital downloading. Vinyl records tell their stories visually as much as they do aurally and the record cover, the eye candy for the music lover, speaks a language rooted in the environment and era of the music itself. The Cover Story Volume Two: Odd, Obscure, and Outrageous Album Art celebrates the products of music's most eclectic and eccentric figures, those whose artistic visions were so absurd and grandiose, they often extended beyond the boundaries of the recording and onto the album covers themselves.
CAT: WPANT 001
15 Oct 07
First published in December 2001, Brooklyn-born Wax Poetics hit newsstands with a new vision for music journalism. This anthology gathers the first five issues into a deluxe must-have hardbound edition. Colour, 238 pages.
CAT: WPANT 002
18 Aug 08
From Jazz pioneers to Eugene McDaniels, Sun Ra and Joe Zawinul to influential hip-hop artists like DJ Premier and the Beastie Boys. Hardback, Colour, 231 pages.
CAT: HUNGRY 01BK
19 Dec 11
A 76 page color catalog focused on the music of Destroy All Monsters, featuring essays from Byron Coley & Burnanivdeorns iWty. Joseph, an illustrated discography with personla notes compiled by cary Loran
Review: A 76 page color catalog focused on the music of Destroy All Monsters. Features essays from Byron Coley & Burnanivdeorns iWty. Joseph, an illustrated discography with
personal notes compiled by Cary Loran. Flyers, posters, journals, & photographs. Includes a 30 track, 47 minute CD of previously unreleased DAM music. 76pp.
6" x 9". Ltd to 1000
Traktor 2 Bible (English edition): Digital DJing With Traktor Pro 2, Traktor Scratch Pro 2, Traktor Duo 2 & Traktor Scratch Duo 2
CAT: TRAKTOR 2BIBLE
11 Apr 11
Book provides answers to questions for Traktor newbies and covers features for experienced users via practically oriented approach and tutorials with explanations (374 pages, paperback, black & white)
CAT: HIPINCG 15-B
27 Mar 06
The never-before-told stories of the most successful of the rap elite and, through extensive interviews, the advice flowing from the millionaires themselves.
CAT: HIPBRIG 15-B
27 Mar 06
CAT: LP 14613
20 May 13
360 page paperback book on the band Genesis
Review: This book is the first time in over 20 years that Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike Rutherford have collaborated creatively on a project, working together to create the complete history of Genesis. It is a story that spans 30 years and 30 albums selling a staggering 212 million copies worldwide. It embraces world tours that have played to 25 million people and it covers the high profile departure over the years of one vocalist, (Peter Gabriel), one highly influential guitarist (Steve Hackett) and their best-known drummer and vocalist (Phil Collins).
Key fellow members of the band, management, road crew and entourage have also been interviewed, including Jonathan King (their first manager, who got Genesis signed to Decca in 1967), long-time cohort and road manager Richard MacPhail, Anthony Phillips (guitarist, founder member to 1970), Tony Smith (manager since 1973), drummers Bill Bruford, Chris Stewart and John Silver, and Ray Wilson, the Genesis vocalist after Phil Collins.
CAT: SJR 249
12 Dec 11
Deluxe 200 page (24x30cm) flexibound book featuring photographs from New York's house ballroom drag scene between 1989-1992
Review: This deluxe 200 page 24x30cm flexibound book features hundreds of
stunning photographs from the hidden world of New York's house
ballroom drag scene out of which came 'Voguing', the dance made
famous by Madonna.
Introductory text is by Tim Lawrence, author of two seminal music
books: 'Love Saves The Day: A History Of American Dance Music
Culture, 1970-79' and 'Hold On To Your Dreams: Arthur Russell And
The Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92'.
To coincide with the book, Soul Jazz Records will be releasing an
album of the same name in 2012, featuring Masters At Work, MFSB,
Junior Vasquez, Diana Ross, Armand Van Helden, Loose Joints, First
Choice and many more.
Photographer Chantal Regnault lived in New York between 1989-92,
photographing the scene at its height the dancers Willi Ninja, Jose
and Luis Xtravaganza (who all worked with Madonna) as well as
the legendary 'mothers' of the gay and transgender world - Avis
Pendavis, Peppa LaBeija, Carmen Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey, Paris
Dupree and more.
Voguing came out of the extraordinary house ballroom scene that
emerged in Harlem, New York in the 1980s where men competed
against one another for their dancing skills, the realness of their drag
and their ability to walk on a catwalk runway like a model.
Voguing erupted into the mainstream in 1990 when Madonna's song
'Vogue' became Number One in over 30 countries. The year before
Malcolm McClaren first brought voguing into the mainstream with his
song 'Deep In Vogue' featuring dancer Willi Ninja. In 1990 Jennie
Livingstone's film 'Paris Is Burning' documented the house ballroom
scene in its ascendant, the film a runaway success grossing over
As voguing entered into the mainstream the house ballrooms of
Harlem came downtown mixing with the downtown fashion crowd of
Manhattan, before the onslaught of the AIDS epidemic ravaged the
These wild years of voguing and the house ballroom scene are vividly
captured at its height in hundreds of amazing, previously unpublished
photographs. A visual riot of fashion, gender, polysexuality and
subversive style, 'Voguing And The House Ballroom Scene Of New
York 1989-92' is also a fascinating document on sexuality and race.
Bossa Nova: Original Cover Art Compiled By Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker: Bossa Nova & The Rise Of Brazilian Music In The 1960s
CAT: 978095 5481741
06 Dec 10
Review: This deluxe hard-back book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs of Bossa Nova and Brazilian music from the 1960s. The book also comes complete with full accompanying text, essays and interviews on the historical, political and social context of this Brazilian music as well as features on all the important artists and musicians of the era such as Sergio Mendes, Tom Jobim, Jorge Ben, Elis Regina, Caetano Veloso and many more.
Bossa Nova, born in Rio de Janeiro, became a worldwide musical phenomenon, quickly spreading to the USA and the rest of the world. Subsequent musical styles such as the rise of MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) and Tropicalia are also featured in the book. Bossa Nova emerged at the end of the 1950s, the music (and glorious designs) reflecting a new period of great optimism in the country. Brazil had just elected a new president, a new five-year plan for prosperity had been laid down and the architect Oscar Niemeyer had drawn up his plans for the city of Brasilia. By 1964, as Bossa Nova was taking the world by storm, tanks rode through Rio as Brazil came under a violent military dictatorship that would oppress the lives of Brazilians for the next twenty years.
Art & Music From The New York Underground 1978-88 (text: David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman & more)
CAT: SJR 165
03 Dec 07
Soul Jazz Records Presents Reggae 45 Soundsystem : The Label Art Of Reggae Singles : A Visual History Of Jamaican Reggae 1959-79 Compiled By Steve Barrow & Stuart Baker
CAT: SJR 261
12 Nov 12
500 page flexibound Reggae 45 soundsystem book
Review: Reggae Soundsystem 45! is a new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000 full size record label 45 rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music.
The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). Text by Steve Barrow and Noel Hawks.
As well as the stunning full-size 45 designs, this book is ram-jam filled with text on many of the records, artists, producers and record companies featured in the book.
The 45rpm 7" single is at the heart of reggae music, the main tool in which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, through to its dissemination worldwide, over the last 50+years.
These unique label designs give us a hidden history of design that is raw, innovative and hip. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energise the music that they accompany.
Reggae 45 Soundsystem is released to coincide with the publication of a second large format hardback 12x12" book, Reggae Soundsystem which features original album cover art of reggae, also published by Soul Jazz Books.
Soul Jazz Records Presents Reggae Soundsystem: Original Album Cover Art : A Visual History Of Jamaican Music From Mento To Dancehall Compiled By Steve Barrow & Stuart Baker
CAT: SJR 262
12 Nov 12
Deluxe 200 page hard-back 12 x12 book
Review: Reggae Soundsystem is a new deluxe 200 page hard-back 12 x12 book featuring hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span the history of reggae music.
The book is compiled by the celebrated author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).
Beginning in the 1950s, Jamaican music developed into one of the most important and influential music industries in the world. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is also one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music.
This stunning hardback deluxe book looks at the endless visually creativity of reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds.
CAT: SJR 247
24 Oct 11
200 page hardback book featuring legendary covert art from Studio One Records, including famous sleeves from Bob Marley And The Wailers, The Heptones, Burning Spear, rare cover designs, an introductory essay by Steve Barrow and much more
Review: · This deluxe 200 page hardback 12”x12”book
features hundreds of stunning full size record
cover designs from the legendary Studio One
· Described by Chris Blackwell as The University Of
Reggae, Studio One is by far the most important
record label in the history of Reggae music, an A-Z
of Jamaican music as iconic as Motown was to
soul, or Blue Note for Jazz.
· The book features classic artwork from Bob Marley
And The Wailers, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Freddie
McGregor, The Skatalites, Marcia Griffiths, Burning
Spear, The Heptones, Toots and the Maytals and
many more artists all of whom launched their
careers at Studio One.
· As well as many classic sleeves there are
numerous rare designs, including a collector’s
section featuring many alternate, silkscreen and
rarely seen designs.
· As Jamaica approaches the 50th anniversary of
independence, this stunning deluxe book is a
timely look at Reggae music’s legendary record
label and the artists and musicians that it made
· The book also features an introductory essay by
Steve Barrow (author of ‘Rough Guide To Reggae’)
and is edited by Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).
26 Nov 12
paperback 397 pages
Review: With more than two thousand songs handpicked and organized by former Spin magazine writer and editor Sarah Lewitinn (aka Ultragrrrl), The Pocket DJ is the ultimate insider's reference guide for selecting music, downloading MP3s, and making all-purpose mixes for every occasion imaginable. Playlists include:
Essential genres: with crowd-pleasing dance mixes for indie rockers, headbangers, and hip-hop lovers alike
Essential artists: with the best songs by all the greats from the Beatles to Björk
Celebrity playlists: featuring Duran Duran, Smahing Pumpkins, Interpol, and Good Charlotte, among others
Other playlists: with tunes for working out, making out, or rocking out
Plus rock trivia, new music recommendations, DJing tips, Web resources, and more!
26 Nov 12
80 page book plus a free CD
Review: Produced with, and accreditied by Point Blank, this is the complete introduction to modern turntable techniques. A ten-lesson program demonstrates the best equipment, records, and the top ten DJs. Learn to beat-mix, drop-mix, switch tricks, fill tricks, spinback (rewind), back to back mix, and a capella mix for the coolest party sets. Get your wrists around the baby scratch, the scribble, and the chop. Mix with your CDs/MP3s, present a demo and get yourself out rocking parties before you know it. The CD is packed with demonstrations and examples of beats, skills, and tunes.
20 May 13
312 page paperback book on The Velvet Underground
Review: Sporting shades and a feedback-heavy sounds, the Velvet Underground straddled art and rock, changing popular music forever, and sowing the seeds for punk, grunge and thousands of countercultural four-chord wonders.
The Rough Guide To The Velvet Underground explores:
The Velvet Story - How Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale and the others emerged from the New York scene, their successes and excesses and what happened to each in their solo years.
Velvet Music - From their 1967 debut with Nico to their 1993 reunion with all the tales behind the tunes.
Velvet Universe - Everybody who was anybody in the Velvet's world, taking in Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, David Bowie, Delmore, Schwaretsz and Brian Eno.
Velvet Goldmine: The "Underground" on screen, the Velvets' New York, clubs, influences, covers, websites and more.
CAT: 978484 5618309
09 Aug 10
Groove Presents 45 Cover Museum book, featuring rare 7" picture sleeve images all in a full-color, 7" package that's just the size of a vintage 45
CAT: 440163 6228
21 Nov 11
Japanese language edition review of over 5000 Rare Groove records
CAT: PRC 9113
16 May 11
Book showcasing over 100 paintings, hundreds of sketches and doodles, plus comments about the pieces written by Barnes (128 pages, hardback, colour)
Review: The What's Weird? is the debut book from David Barnes, the long-time cover artist for of Montreal. Over the past decade, Barnes has developed a cult following. Barnes' visual interpretations of the group's music has been manifested in the form of iconic album covers and theatrical live performances that feature skits along with elaborate stage sets and props.
The What's Weird? is the first collection of his work to appear in book format. In his true DIY style, David personally poured over hundreds of drawings and paintings spanning his career. He picked and placed each piece to create What's Weird?, a book showcasing over 100 paintings, hundreds of sketches and doodles, as well as funny, interesting, insightful comments about the pieces written by Barnes, all providing a glimpse into his mind and unique creative process.
The What's Weird? is released in conjunction with of Montreal's latest release, the thecontrollersphere mini album. It includes digital download of page-by-page artist commentary.
CAT: 0312425791-B/978009 1912215
22 Nov 10
Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube.
02 Apr 07
CAT: NA 5092
17 Sep 12
80 pages, paperback, black&white/colourful booklit + unmixed CD
Review: The Loving On The Flip Side collects the overlooked ballads from the flip sides of the funk 45s in the Now-Again and Truth and Soul vaults and is presented in the same format that they developed for their Soul Cal anthology. The music contained on Loving On The Flip Side is too damn good to be anonymously relaunched, decades after musical visionaries blended the best of heavy funk and sweet soul into a unified whole. Thus, the Loving On The Flip Side again offers the enthused a chance to listen to, read about and reflect on another great burst of black American creativity: the creation of the sublime genre we like to call sweet funk.
It was the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy's beautiful 2-sider that set this record in motion, nearly ten years back. Those 2 songs precipitated the sweet funk genre: the dichotomy of Funky Heavy's skull snapping rhythm section and the teenage Dears' angelic harmonies didn't sound like anything Now-Again had heard before. That discovery set off a decade long search for the band and culminated in their discovery, the documenting of their stories, the emergence of their master tapes and the inclusion of their songs on Loving On The Flip Side.
The excitement Now-Again felt while listening to the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy's masterworks forced us and the New York-based production team known as Truth & Soul back into the field, in search of other sweet funk swooners and beat-heavy ballads to round out this anthology. The opportunity to present anew such wondrous soul music made the exhaustive process that produced the Loving On The Flip Side worthwhile, and allowed us to collect one-offs that escaped prior investigations into the deep funk and sweet soul genres.
The Loving On The Flip Side is presented as a CD, which comes with a perfect-bound, 80 page book printed on heavyweight, uncoated paper stock.
15 Sep 08
CAT: LEGPUNF 12-B
27 Mar 06
16 May 11
A visual analogue to Moby's soundworld, of 60 phorographs and album CD (120 pages, hardback, black & white/colour)
Review: Like no other music of its era, Moby's oceanic, bluesy electronica has summed up the millennial turn's rootless melancholia, in massive worldwide hits like Porcelain, Natural Blues and Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? His 1999 album Play sold over ten million copies and converted a whole generation to electronic dance music. With Destroyed, Moby has created a visual analogue to his gorgeous soundworld.
The photographs in this volume record the sizeable portion of his life that is spent shuttling from plane to bus to venue to stage to party to hotel room to oblivion. I hope that somehow in these pictures, Moby writes, I'm able to convey the mundanity of touring, juxtaposed with those moments of the strange and/or sublime. One minute on tour you're by yourself in a soulless airport, the next minute you're flying over the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. One minute on tour you're by yourself in a soulless backstage area, the next minute you're on stage pouring your heart out to 75000 people. Touring is all contrasts and strangeness, and that's what I'm trying to convey in these pictures. The 60 photographs in Moby: Destroyed accordingly veer from crowdedness to isolation, capturing the extremes of a life lived on the road. Also included is Moby's new album of the same name.
Richard Hall, aka Moby, was born in Harlem, New York City, in 1965. Having studied classical guitar, piano and drums as a child, and after stints in various punk bands, he debuted in the early 1990s alongside Orbital, The Prodigy and Aphex Twin, as a representative of a new generation in electronica, emerging from Ambient House and Techno, and foreshadowing Trip Hop. Moby's bestselling 1999 album Play propelled him to worldwide fame; its successor, 18 (2002), earned gold and platinum awards in over 30 countries. Already famous for his veganism, Moby made his authorial debut in March 2010 as a contributor to Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety, a collection of essays on the dangers of eating meat.
13 Feb 12
Book introduces 80000 listing of 7"45s, EPs and picture sleeves, with updated pricing, including 3 articles and bonus CD (780 pages, paperback, black&white)
Review: It's been 60 years since the little record with the big hole first arrived on the scene, changing the sound of music forever; and while these black gems have been around for a long time 45s are still red hot in the collecting market.
The Goldminer Price Guide to 45 RPM helps you stay in the loop and on the edge of the 45 RPM market with comprehensive coverage of the biggest little record ever made. In this one book you'll find updated pricing, a checklist format for easy inventorying and:
80,000 listings of 7" 45s, and EPs
Details on artists, labels, and variations
State-of-the-market report featuring an insider's look at hot trends
Three feature articles: 60 Years Of The 45: How It All Began, Why 45s Matter and The World's Rarest 45s
Bonus CD featuring: 20000 additional listings not included in the book, 1000 picture sleeves and label identification guide.
CAT: LP 14471
06 May 13
304 page paperback autobiography
Review: Amy Winehouse's death made the news the world over, and despite her much publicised battle with drink and drugs her passing left the music world in a true state of shock. At just 27 years of age she sadly joined a list of musical greats who have all died before their time. With original interviews and revealing anecdotes this well-researched biography traces the turbulent life of the tattooed wonder from her childhood pranks, through stage school and her early music to the global legend she will be always remembered as.
26 Nov 12
The story of scott walker & the walker brothers paperback 352 pages
Review: The Walker Brothers were the US counter-strike to the British invasion of the mid-60s. While The Beatles, the Stones and many others were busy colonizing the US charts, three tall, handsome American men went into voluntary exile in a freezing London bedsit and launched their quest for pop stardom.
Not actually brothers, John (Maus), Gary (Leeds) and Scott (Engel) succeeded against the odds, becoming one of world's biggest bands of 1966/67. With that came hit records - including two British chart-toppers, 'Make It Easy On Yourself' and 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' - and all that success entails: screaming girls, package tours, and intense interest in their private lives. The pressure of success eventually caused them to split, and the Walkers went their separate ways. Of the three, Scott is now the most prominent, having embarked on a mysterious solo career that has since become the stuff of myth, but Gary and John have recorded varied and interesting work, too. All three drifted into obscurity before reforming in 1976 and releasing the classic 'No Regrets' single.
The Impossible Dream is an in-depth biography that traces the career of one of the most successful bands in pop history. In addition to assessing and analysing the talent and appeal of the enigmatic Scott, the author also covers the history and contributions of the other 'brothers', John and Gary, and provides a thorough analysis of all three men's careers both as individual artists and as a group, from 1963 to 1978.
CAT: JRBK 001
30 Jul 12
CAT: JAG 183
25 Jul 11
Hard bound lyric book containing the full scope of Sheff's vision for Okkervil River's album I Am Very Far (36 pages, hardback, black & white)
Review: Will Sheff of Okkervil River has long been recognized for his writing: a contributor to McSweeney's, Sheff was nominated for a Grammy for his liner notes for Roky Erickson's 2010 album True Love Cast Out All Evil, The New York Times declared that, Sheff writes like a novelist.
The I Am Very Far: The Lyrics is a hard bound lyric book containing the full scope of Sheff's vision for his latest and most refined album to date, Okkervil River's I Am Very Far. The I Am Very Far: The Lyrics is meant to function as a distinct entrance point into the content of the music. More than a complement to the albums themselves, Sheff's prose weaves tales both subtle and dynamic and enriches the content of his songs. Including the lyrics for Mermaid and other songs recorded during the I Am Very Far sessions, the book is a complete work in its own right.
Limited to only 50 copies for the UK and Eire.
19 Dec 05
CAT: LP 14618
20 May 13
288 page hardback book on rock band The Doors
Review: The doors are rock royalty. Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore reinvented rock 'n' roll in the 60s, and their influence can be felt even today. Now, for the first time, the living members of the band are opening up their personal archives to their fans, telling their story in their own words. This book is filled with untold anecdotes and never before seen photos from their private collections. Fans can learn first hand what really went on in America's most enigmatic and mythical band.
Full colour illustrations throughout
20 May 13
360 page hardback book of original, behind the scenes photographs by acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson
Review: During an almost year long global odyssey, renowned photographer Terry Richardson brilliantly captured the intimate, random and behind the scenes moments of Lady Gaga. This visual dialogue showcases more than 450 stunning, provocative colour and back & white photographs. Beginning with Lollapalooza in August 2010, to the final shows of her Monster Ball tour. This book captures Lady Gaga as never seen before.
(360 pages, hardback, black & white / Colour)
Record Map 2008/9 (detailed book listing the best record /CD shops you should be diggin in Japan incl. detailed info on shops & the types of music they stock)
CAT: C 0073
21 Apr 08
Record Shop Map book 2008/9, featuring a detailed guide to the best record and CD shops in Japan and including thorough information on the shops and what types of music they stock.
Record Map Book of Japan 2009/2010 (Japanese text) ( (detailed book listing the best record /CD shops you should be diggin in Japan incl. detailed info on shops & the types of music they stock)
CAT: 978 4313881099
04 May 09
Review: 'Record Map Book of Japan 2009/2010' is a detailed book listing the best record /CD shops you should be digging through in Japan. This book includes detailed info on shops & the types of music they stock.
26 Nov 12
Sonic Youth with an indroduction by Lee Ranaldo
Review: For more than twenty-five years, the antimelodic "noise" of Sonic Youth has assaulted us, exhilarated us, inspired us. Why?
Katherine Dunn says it's because they operate in the foggy world between the real and the surreal. Mary Gaitskill says that Sonic Youth caught her, years ago, when she was falling. J. Robert Lennon says it's because Sonic Youth rip it apart. Emily Maguire was hooked because once she was in love with chaos.
Their sound is caustic, elemental, nihilisticiand quite unlike any other cult band ever to achieve rock godhood. In Noise, twenty-one great literary voices offer short fiction based on or inspired by songs from Sonic Youthia raucous coupling of music and literature featuring marrow-colored goo, severed hands and abandoned babies, Patty Hearst watching the apocalypse on TV, and other unruly images of the Zeitgeist.
27 Mar 06
CAT: GET 20027
29 Apr 13
10 Mar 08
A feature book containing reviews and scans of hundreds of funk 45's, also includes charts and in depth interviews with DJ Shadow and Keb Darge. Japanese text edition (paperback, black&white, 240 pages)
Review: The Funk 45's is a feature book containing reviews and scans of hundreds of funk 45's, also includes charts and in depth interviews with DJ Shadow and Keb Darge. Japanese text edition.
12 Sep 11
Book including information text, sample contracts, advertisement, brochure and resource information (238 pages, paperback, black & white)
Review: The Mobile DJ Handbook (second edition) continues to be an excellent guide for novice and experienced DJs looking to build a successful career as the owner-operator of a mobile disc jockey service. Complete with practical tips, expert advice and creative strategies, this book serves as the perfect guide on how to market and sell your services as well as develop and expand your business.
This book contains information on becoming a professional, securing booking, buying equipment and music and running party dances, contests and games. Included within the text are sample contracts, an advertisement and brochure, and resource information. The Mobile DJ Handbook is an essential reference guide which offers readers all the knowledge and inspiration needed to run a profitable enterprise.
26 Nov 12
Breaking into the music business paperback 439 pages
Review: For musicians, songwriters, managers, producers - this is a must have guide, totally revised for the ninties. Top entertainment lawyer Alan h siegal arms you with everything you'll need to know: The economic realities of being a songwriter and recording artist, from launching a career to understanding a contract. Structures and features of various record and music publishing deals, with details on rights on royalties. Guidelines for establishing a good relationship with a manager and an entertainment lawyer. The language of the music industry - buzz words, acronyms, and jargan-simplified in a comprehensive glossary.
Throughout the book, interviews with music greats such as Marvin Hamlisch, Barbara Mandrell, Clive Davis (founder and president of Arista Records) and Ashford and Simpson give you the benefit of their experience "breaking in" to every aspect of the industy.
CAT: DC 486
22 Apr 13
A crackup at the race riots paperback 172 pages
Review: The original Ritalin kid, Harmony Korine burst on the scene with Kids, a film so gritty and unsettling in its depiction of teen life that it was slapped with an NC-17 rating and banned in some theaters across the country. In some ways, the media frenzy over the rating overshadowed the harrowing portrait of teenagers destroying their lives and the then twenty-one-year-old screenwriter who created them. "Whether you see the movie as a masterpiece or as sensationalism," wrote Lynn Hirshberg, "the movie is relentless and brilliant and extremely disturbing. It's powerful-both steel-eyed and sexy; horrifying and captivating."
Now, in this first book of fictional set pieces, Korine captures the fragmented moments of a life observed through the demented lens of media, TV, and teen obsession. Korine reinvents the novel in this highly experimental montage of scenes that seem both real and surreal at the same time. With a filmmaker's eye and a prankster's glee, this bizarre collection of jokes, half-remembered scenes, dialogue fragments, movie ideas, and suicide notes is an episodic, epigrammatic lovesong to the world of images. Korine is the voice of his media-savvy generation and A Crack-Up at the Race Riots is the satiric lovechild of his dark imagination.
CAT: 978144 1186058
01 Aug 11
Book studies the origins of Television and their album Marquee Moon, traces the downtown scene's influences, public image and reputation via a range of print, film and audio recordings (240 pages, paperback, black & white)
Review: This is a thoroughly researched study of the origins of the New York City punk scene, focusing on Television and their extraordinary debut record. 2 kids in their early twenties walk down the Bowery on a spring afternoon, just as the proprietor of a club hangs a sign with the new name for his venue. The place will be called CBGB which, he tells them, stands for Country Bluegrass and Blues. That's exactly the sort of stuff they play, they lie, somehow managing to get a gig out of him. After the first show their band, Television, lands a regular string of Sundays. By the end of the summer a scene has developed that includes Tom Verlaine's new love interest, a poet-turned-rock chanteuse named Patti Smith. American punk rock is born.
Bryan Waterman peels back the layers of the origin myth and assembling a rich historical archive, situates Marquee Moon in a broader cultural history of SoHo and the East Village. As Waterman traces the downtown scene's influences, public image and reputation via a range of print, film and audio recordings, you come to recognize the real historical surprises that the documentary evidence still has to yield.
33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 60 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike. It was only a matter of time before a clever publisher realized that there is an audience for whom Exile On Main Street or Electric Ladyland are as significant and worthy of study as The Catcher In The Rye or Middlemarch The series, which now comprises 29 titles with more in the works, is freewheeling and eclectic, ranging from minute rock-geek analysis to idiosyncratic personal celebration: The New York Times Book Review, 2006. This is a brilliant series, each one a word of real love NME (UK).
CAT: 333075 BK
20 Dec 10
Book exploring the Radiohead's album from philosophical and cultural interpretations of time (160 pages, paperback, black & white)
Review: This is a brilliant exploration of Radiohead's game-changing album, looking at its place in the career of The World's Best Band with ten years of hindsight.
The Radiohead's Kid A never had a chance on paper. Not only did the band have the unenviable task of following up the near-universally lauded OK Computer, but Kid A didn't even have an official single or video. Neither did it help that the band largely abandoned rock-pop conventions for a sound that traversed glitch, free-jazz, modern composition and krautrock.
Rather than simply reinforcing Kid A's canonical status, Marvin Lin situates the album in the temporal, examining it from various philosophical and cultural interpretations of time in order to arrive at its political and social stakes. Why do you care how time is expressed through its aesthetic components like repetition, sampling and hybridization? Where does the album subvert our sense of time with songs like Treefingers? In which ways does it attempt to transcend time and with what implications? Time is perhaps art's biggest enemy, all human creations will be erased eventually, but it's through these various articulations that you are able to uncover some of the most interesting insights about Kid A.