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End Of Year Review 2015

    Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead. 

    Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown ( The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

    This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, view a digital version below.

    Genre pick of the week Cover of 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded by Jon Savage.

    Jon Savage

    1966: The Year The Decade Exploded

      The pop world accelerated and broke through the sound barrier in 1966. In America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late '50s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics -- often fueled by perception-enhancing substances and literature -- the 'Sixties', as we have come to know them, hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, substances, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity. After 1966 nothing in the pop world would ever be the same. The 7 inch single outsold the long-player for the final time. It was the year in which the ever lasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way.

      Jon Savage's 1966 is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future of the balance of the century. Exploring canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks, 1966 also goes much deeper into the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival primary sources.


      Book Info: Hardback, 672 pages, 15.2 x 5.1 x 23.5 cm.

      Jon Savage & Stuart Baker

      Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art Of Punk 1976-80

        Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe 400-page punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s Dreaming’) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records).

        Punk 45 is a revelatory guide to hundreds and hundreds of original seven-inch record cover sleeve designs--visual artifacts found at the heart of the most radical and anarchistic musical movement of the twentieth century. Spurred by the Desperate Bicycles' rallying cry "It was easy, it was cheap--go and do it!" and Mark Perry's "Here are three chords. Now form a band," thousands of new groups emerged in the wake of the Pistols, between 1976 and 1980. This politicized do-it-yourself ethic was applied to design as much as it was to music, and these lo-fi record sleeves declared politics ranging from anarchism to socialism, anticonsumerism, feminism and more. Spanning pre-punk to postpunk, Punk 45 is introduced and co-compiled by Jon Savage, author of the acclaimed, definitive history of the Sex Pistols and punk music, England's Dreaming, and the period's most pre-eminent historian. It features sleeves from bands such as the Adverts, Cabaret Voltaire, Crass, Dead Kennedys, Electric Eels, The Flamin' Groovies, The Human League, Joy Division, Pere Ubu, Plastic Bertrand, The Residents, X-Ray Spex and many, many others. As well as original artwork, the book also includes interviews and articles on designers such as Peter Saville, Jamie Reid, Malcolm Garrett and Gee Voucher, and interviews with record label founders such as Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), printing pressers and more. Punk 45 is an exhaustive, thorough and exciting celebration of the stunning artwork of punk music, including everything from the most celebrated and iconic designs through to the stark beauty of the cheapest do-it-yourself lo-fi obscurities.

        To coincide in with the book, Soul Jazz Records are also releasing a series of ‘Punk 45’ compilation albums starting with ‘Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk In The United States 1973-80’, featuring tracks by Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Flaming Groovies, Theoretical Girls, The Normals, The Urinals and many more.



          Ablaze! fanzine to be relaunched after 22 year hiatus For the first time in 22 years, there is gonna be a new edition of the notorious Ablaze! fanzine! Ablaze! operated in Leeds and Manchester between 1987 and 1993, and made an impact on the UK’s very healthy fanzine scene by being bigger, more colourful and cheekier than its peers. in 2012 the zine’s story was told in The City Is Ablaze!, a book that could have been subtitled The Art Of Upsetting Popstars. Here are some quotes about Ablaze! from that time: There are other people to condemn, Karren – aren’t there? – Morrissey I forgive and hope for Karren A - Thurston Moore Fuck off! - Ian Brown Editor Karren Ablaze! is now feeling sufficiently inspired by what’s going on musically to bring back Ablaze! as a real live paper magazine.

          This special relaunch edition will include features on Sleaford Mods (cover stars) , Viv Albertine (The Slits), The Chills, Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis, Conrad Keely (And you Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead), Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin, Sleater Kinney), Slum of Legs, Esper Scout, Trepàt, Hysterical Injury, and maybe even The Dismemberment Plan, Cowtown and Joanna Newsom! Plus: Indie music in India!, Barcelona scene report, DIY versus austerity, Riot grrrl and spirituality, Behind the scenes at Norman Records, record reviews, book reviews, live reviews and more.

          Kim Gordon

          Girl In A Band

            There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band. It is a rich and beautifully written memoir, taking us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave birth to and nurtured Sonic Youth and the alternative revolution in popular music they spearheaded. But at its core, Girl in a Band is an examination of what partnership means - and what happens when it dissolves.

            Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is the moving chronicle of an extraordinary artist.

            Richard King

            Original Rockers (Hardback Edition)

              Richard King's account of the several years he spent working in a Bristol independent record shop in the early 90s is destined to become a classic of music writing. We live in an age when the most beautiful of recording formats, vinyl, is back in vogue and thriving. In the early 90s, with the march of the CD and record company disinterest in the format, vinyl was looking like an anachronism. And with its demise came the gradual erosion of a once beautiful and unique landscape known as the independent record shop.

              Richard King, author of How Soon is Now, blends memoir and elegiac music writing on the likes of Captain Beefheart, CAN and Julian Cope, to create a book that recalls the debauched glory days of the independent record shop. Chaotic, amateurish and extravagantly dysfunctional, this is a book full of rare personalities and rum stories. It is a book about landscape, place and the personal; the first piece of writing to treat the environment of the record shop as a natural resource with its own peculiar rhythms and anecdotal histories.


              Book Info: Hardback edition with outer dust jacket. 256 pages, 16.1 x 2.2 x 21 cm.

              Rob Chapman

              Psychedelia And Other Colours (Hardback Editoon)

                In the summer of 1965 the informal parties that Ken Kesey was holding at his house in Palo Alto California were about to evolve into what became known as the Acid Tests. These spontaneous anarchic gatherings spread their tentacles far and wide until an entire generation seemed to be under their spell. Fifty years on from the Merry Pranksters multimedia mayhem, acclaimed author Rob Chapman explores in crystalline detail the history, precedents and cultural impact of LSD, from the earliest experiments in painting with light and immersive environments to the thriving avant-garde scene that existed in San Francisco long before the Grateful Dead and the Fillmore Auditorium. In the UK, he documents an entirely different history, and one that has never been told before. It has its roots in fairy tales and fairgrounds, the music hall and the dead of Flanders fields, in the Festival of Britain and that peculiarly British strand of surrealism that culminated in the Magical Mystery Tour.

                Sitars and Sergeant Pepper, surfadelica and the Soft Machine, light shows and love-ins - the mind-expanding effects of acid were to redefine popular culture as we know it. It's a story that you think you know, but no one has laid out the narrative quite like this before. Chapman documents psychedelia's utopian reverberations - and the dark side of its moon - in a shimmering day-glo portrait where the sublime, the sinister and the just plain silly co-exist in imperfect harmony.

                Includes a foreward by Andrew Weatherall.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Book Info: Hardback edition. 656 pages, 16.5 x 4.1 x 24.1 cm.

                David Cavanagh

                Good Night And Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years Of John Peel Helped To Shape Modern Life

                  Goodnight and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain is a social history, a diary of a nation's changing culture, and an in-depth appraisal of one of our greatest broadcasters, a man who can legitimately be called the most influential figure in post-war British popular music.

                  Without the support of John Peel, it's unlikely that innumerable artists - from David Bowie to Dizzee Rascal, Jethro Tull to Joy Division - would have received national radio exposure. But Peel's influence goes much deeper than this. Whether he was championing punk, reggae, jungle or grime, he had a unique relationship with his audience that was part taste-maker, part trusted friend.

                  The book focuses on some 300 shows between 1967 and 2004, giving a thorough overview of Peel's broadcasting career and placing it in its cultural and social contexts. Peel comes alive for the reader, as do the key developments that kept him at the cutting edge - the changes in his tastes; the changes in his thinking. Just like a Peel show, Goodnight and Good Riddance is warm, informative and insightful, and wears its enthusiasm proudly.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Book Info: Paperback edition. 640 pages, 15.2 x 4.4 x 23.5 cm.

                  Ian Curtis

                  So This Is Permanence: Joy Division Lyrics And Notebooks (Hardback Edition)

                    So this is permanence, edited by Jon Savage with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

                    The songs of Joy Division, infused with the energy of punk but steeped in a resigned longing, were born of Manchester in the late seventies - a once flourishing industrial city in decline. They were the songs too of Ian Curtis's inner tragedies, as he battled depression, epilepsy and debilitating stage fright. Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour.

                    Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian's notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Book Info: Deluxe cloth-bound hardback edition. 304 pages, 21 x 3 x 28.8 cm.

                    The WIre

                    Issue 382: Dec 15

                      Annette Peacock
                      From her early association with Paul Bley, through the eruptive sensuality of her 1970s music, to her more reflective recent work, the singer, songwriter and synthesizer pioneer has blazed a singular trail. By Frances Morgan

                      United Bible Studies
                      The shifting cast of players making up this intergenerational Anglo-Irish collective unite folk, improv, psychedelia, rock and drone. By Ian Maleney

                      After a brush with Steve Albini, the UK producer and Diagonal co-founder talks dry music, grainy pigeonholes and shameless advertising. By Chal Ravens


                      Christine Sun Kim: Deaf from birth, the Berlin based sound artist forges new ways of listening. By Emily Bick

                      Manongo Mújica: Percussionist paints pictures of Peru. By Russ Slater

                      Emma Dove and Mark Lyken: The film making duo reflect the Scottish wilderness via field recordings and multiple voices. By Philip Clark

                      David Kanaga: The California based composer-designer opens up a portal to 18 dimensional space. By Adam Harper

                      Yogyakarta Global Ear: A new avant garde is finding its home at street level in the Indonesian city. By Noel Meek

                      Invisible Jukebox: Attila Csihar The Sunn O))) and Mayhem vocalist feels the burn from The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Edwin Pouncey

                      The Inner Sleeve: Danielle de Picciotto on Tropic Of Cancer’s Stop The Suffering

                      Epiphanies: Clusters of small but significant events fuel Gordon Mumma’s appetite for collaboration

                      On Screen: Sven-Åke Johansson’s Filme II and Eric Robel’s The Color Of Noise

                      Print Run: Billie Holiday reappraised, Jon Savage on 1966, mass-appeal pop, and a Californian perspective on European rock

                      On Site: Takehisa Kosugi in Birmingham

                      On Location: Cut And Splice, Tusk, Monorail, Zappa Plays Zappa, Jason Lescalleet, and more

                      Gwen & Michael Riley Jones

                      The Piccadilly Records Book

                        Celebrating 25 years as Manchester’s leading independent record shop, this book asks ‘What makes Piccadilly Records so special?’

                        Whilst music is the heart of Piccadilly Records, the soul is most definitely the people.

                        Self-published by Piccadilly Records’ Michael and Gwen Riley Jones, this photo-book is a celebration of people, place and music.

                        Alongside current and ex-staff, the book features a host of Manchester musicians and DJs including Johnny Marr, Marc Riley, Tim Burgess and Duncan Wallis (of Dutch Uncles) and regular customers, all of whom have played an integral role in the history of the shop.

                        ‘This book is a testament to the Piccadilly Records attitude to business. It’s not about just the staff who work there or the ‘pop’ stars and DJs that pass through. It’s about the music lovers that come in on a regular basis putting money through the tills and buying all those inspiring albums.” Richard Hector-Jones

                        The Wire

                        Issue 381: November 2015

                          The monumental music of the fabled French ensemble has been pouring from the mind of its leader Christian Vander for more than four decades. Keith Moliné travels to north east France for an audience with the man behind the mythos

                          Heather Leigh
                          The former Charalambides member is recasting the pedal steel as a means to warp the fabric of space, time and the human voice. By Stewart Smith

                          Kamasi Washington + Thundercat
                          The Flying Lotus associates are applying their virtuosity to develop a strain of cosmic fusion that’s accessible to all. By Joseph Stannard

                          Invisible Jukebox:
                          Jam City DJ and producer Jack Latham lays aside his earthly cares to face The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Dan Barrow

                          Rabit: The Texan producer casts a post-industrial hex on the dancefloor. By Joe Muggs
                          Seth Cooke: Ex-Hunting Lodge drummer takes a hands-off approach. By Andy Hamilton
                          Elaine Mitchener: Intimate moves underpin the work of the London singer. By Philip Clark

                          Global Ear: Austin
                          Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten has galvanised the Texan capital’s underground scene. By Christopher Brown

                          The Inner Sleeve: Bridget Hayden on Can’s Tago Mago

                          Epiphanies: Jon Savage has a gut feeling about Devo

                          Print Run: New music books: free music in London, Kristin Hersh on Vic Chesnutt, the legacy of John Peel, Alvin Curran in annotated sound, and the final years of Lee Hazlewood

                          On Screen: New films and DVDs: Laurie Anderson’s Heart OfADog

                          On Site: Recent exhibitions: Brion Gysin in London, Kaffe Matthews in Coventry, and Hanna Tuulikki in Edinburgh

                          On Location: Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Space- Time: The Multiverse, Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival, and New York Vision Festival

                          The Wire

                          Issue 380: October 2015

                            Hieroglyphic Being
                            Opening a special feature on the stellar legacy of jazz visionary Sun Ra, Jamal Moss explains how the cosmic philosophy of the master has informed his approach to house and techno, locating new pathways out of grim reality. By Jacob Arnold

                            Omniverse - Sun Ra
                            A semi-legendary book on Sun Ra is being republished by longtime admirers Art Yard. Author Hartmut Geerken and Art Yard’s Peter Dennett tell the story behind the tome. By Daniel Spicer

                            Marshall Allen
                            Since first working with Sun Ra in the late 1950s, the alto saxophonist has been instrumental in spreading the galactic gospel of The Arkestra. By David Keenan

                            Gilles Peterson
                            The DJ and collector talks about his new Sun Ra anthology. By Francis Gooding

                            Ernest Berk
                            Following his flight from the Nazis, the DIY musique concrète pioneer drew connections between experimental composition and modern dance. By Ian Helliwell

                            Christina Vantzou
                            The composer and video artist adds strings to her bow. By Maya Kalev

                            Storm Bugs
                            Tape-damaged DIY veterans go digital. By Neil Kulkarni

                            B-Movie: Lust And Sound In West Berlin 1979–1989
                            A new Berlin documentary reveals how Mancunian exile Mark Reeder helped shape its post-punk scene. By Abi Bliss

                            W Mark Sutherland
                            The Canadian sound poet rails against cultural amnesia. By Julian Cowley

                            Collateral Damage
                            Unsound’s Mat Schulz asks how festivals can stay true to their roots in a curatorial age

                            Global Ear - Budapest
                            Grassroots arts spaces in the Hungarian capital take a stand against conservative authorities. By Nikolaus Gerszewski

                            Invisible Jukebox - Randall Dunn
                            The producer, engineer and Master Musician Of Bukkake seeks enlightenment in The Wire’s mystery record selection

                            The Inner Sleeve
                            Heatsick on Craig David’s Born To Do It

                            Kristin Hersh finds connections between sound, silence and stories

                            On Screen
                            New films and DVDs: DC punks and The Ex live

                            Print Run
                            New music books: writing sound with Daniela Cascella, extreme music subcultures, a history of Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm and more

                            On Site
                            Recent exhibitions: Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film

                            On Location
                            Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: The Thing In The Spring, Atonal, Supernormal, Olivia Block, Kamasi Washington and more

                            The Wire

                            Issue 379: September 2015

                              Julia Holter
                              The US songwriter-musician abandons the home studio and heads into the great wide open for her latest and most accomplished avant pop adventure. By Frances Morgan

                              Ted Milton’s jazz-punk renegades have remained discordant and defiant for four decades, as a new album and book of the ex-puppeteer’s collected lyrics attest. By Daniel Spicer

                              Music With My Insane Friend
                              Melbourne duo James Wilson and Simon Bereux kick through the boundaries of rock, improv and electronic music. By Ben Watson

                              Invisible Jukebox Arnold Dreyblatt
                              The minimalist composer seeks nodal excitation in The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mark Smith


                              The Canadian producer celebrates sonic biodiversity. By Adam Harper

                              Iain Chambers
                              The experimental composer takes it to the bridge. By Jennifer Lucy Allan

                              Kink Gong
                              Field recordist Laurent Jeanneau reworks the sounds of his travels. By Steve Barker

                              Khyam Allami
                              The oud player’s Alif project reconfigures Arabic music. By Clive Bell

                              The rhythmic engine of house and techno is celebrated in a new film. By Robert Barry

                              Global Ear Lima
                              The archive releases of the Buh label are reigniting avant garde impulses in the Peruvian capital. By Russ Slater

                              The Inner Sleeve
                              Klara Lewis on Micachu’s Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill

                              Lebanese vocalist Abdel Karim Shaar clears a pathway to the soul for Radwan Ghazi Moumneh aka Jerusalem In My Heart

                              On Screen
                              New music books: two psychedelic histories, music by animals, Léon Theremin fictionalised, Nintendo music and more

                              Print Run
                              New films and DVDs: Leah Gordon’s Haitian adventures and Hustlers Convention revisited

                              On Site
                              Recent exhibitions: Pavel Büchler’s (Honest) Work and Caesura: A Forum

                              On Location
                              Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Terraforma, Cannibal Ox, Shirley Collins, Matana Roberts and Maria Chavez, Temples and more

                              Destruction Unit
                              Amir ElSaffar
                              Jürg Frey
                              David Grubbs & Susan Howe
                              Helena Hauff
                              Hilde Marie Holsen
                              Idjut Boys
                              The Master Musicians Of Bukkake
                              Mercury Rev
                              Paul Metzger
                              Micachu And The Shapes
                              Midday Veil
                              Phil Minton
                              Tristan Murail
                              Hermann Nitsch
                              Public Image Limited
                              DJ Richard
                              John Russell
                              Sabbath Assembly
                              Various µ20
                              Vibracathedral Orchestra
                              Otomo Yoshihide

                              The Boomerang
                              Peter Brötzmann/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael Zerang
                              Pierre Henry
                              Alan Jefferson
                              Kåre Kolberg
                              Iggy Pop
                              Helge Sten
                              Morton Subotnik
                              Cecil Taylor
                              Universal Indians And Joe McPhee
                              Various Introducing M-Base: Brooklyn In The 1980s
                              Frank Zappa

                              Wax Poetics

                              #62 - Giorgio Moroder / Ratatat


                                Giorgio Moroder
                                The Ladies of Chic
                                Steve Arrington
                                Unknown Mortal Orchestra
                                The Photography of Les McCann
                                Van Hunt
                                Divine Styler
                                Nu Shooz
                                Jamaiel Shabaka
                                Seven Davis Jr.
                                Bixiga 70
                                Nick Hakim
                                45 Francki of IAM
                                Shusei Nagaoka


                                Iconic computer composer Giorgio Moroder got his start writing and producing pop music in Germany. But a chance encounter with American session singer Donna Summer would change the course of his career. A string of hits together would make Summer an R&B and disco superstar and Moroder a wanted musical asset in the States, and their proto-techno, all-synthesizer dance track “I Feel Love” set the tone for the future of music. As Moroder embraced the Moog synthesizer and continued to revolutionize dance music, he transferred this electronic sentiment to multiple soundtracks, including the now-classics Midnight Express and Scarface. After a cameo on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, the seventy-five-year-old composer now returns to the scene with a new album, Déjà Vu.

                                When fellow college alums Mike Stroud and Evan Mast ran into each other in Brooklyn and decided to jam together, they realized they had a penchant for making catchy yet cerebral instrumentals.Their newly formed band, Ratatat, featured smart interplay between guitar, synthesizers, and crisp beats. Four albums later—and collaborations with Kid Cudi and Jay Z along the way— the multi-instrumentalists return with their fifth LP, Magnifique.

                                With Chic, Nile Rodgers and partner Bernard Edwards created sophisticated dance music draped in mystery and anchored in the unison singing of a rotating cast of female vocalists—Norma Jean Wright, Luci Martin, Alfa Anderson, Robin Clark, Diva Gray, Michelle Cobbs, and newcomers Folami Ankoanda-Thompson and Kimberly Davis.

                                In the 1970s, Ohio’s blue-collar cities started churning out the hardest-working musicians in the business. Dayton native Steve Arrington came up watching the Ohio Players in the spotlight, spurring him to grind. As the drummer for the R&B band Slave, he quickly rose to take over as lead singer, which led to a successful solo career. But when he found a new calling in the Lord, he dropped out of the business altogether. After decades away, Steve is dipping his toes into the musical waters once again.


                                Issue 10 - 90s Rap

                                  Featuring a very special double cover of 2Pac and De La Soul, issue 10 also sees a change to a larger format. Our ‘90s rap special is an ode to the decade that went from the Golden Era to being independent as f*ck. Embracing the aesthetic of the 90s, issue 10 features a dual cover; the front an iconic shot of 2Pac in all his provocative glory, the back De La Soul dwarfed by a backdrop of the Big Apple.

                                  Issue 10 features:

                                  • 2Pac
                                  • Big L
                                  • De La Soul
                                  • Black Star
                                  • Raekwon
                                  • Pharoahe Monch
                                  • Blak Twang
                                  • DJ Muggs
                                  • Souls of Mischief
                                  • Periods in Rhyme – illustrations by Anna Higgie, Dan Lish & Zander Gregson
                                  • Industry Insider – Deal Real Records
                                  • 10 x 10 – DJ Semtex, Jehst, Peanut Butter Wolf and more pick their favourite albums from the decade
                                  • Printed Matter – Finest Ego and Rap Pages Art Director Brent Rollins and HHC Editor Andy Cowan on the role of rap magazines
                                  • It’s a Rap – Jordan Ferguson investigates a purple patch for hip-hop in film

                                  Stuart Cosgrove

                                  Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul

                                    Detroit 67 is the story of Detroit in the year that changed everything. Twelve monthly chapters take you on a turbulent year long journey through the drama and chaos that ripped through the city in 1967. Over a dramatic 12-month period, the Motor City was torn apart by personal, political and inter-racial disputes. It is the story of Motown, the breakup of The Supremes and damaging disputes at the heart of the most successful African-American music label ever.

                                    Set against a backdrop of urban riots, escalating war in Vietnam and police corruption, the book weaves its way through a year when soul music came of age, and the underground counterculture flourished. LSD arrived in the city with hallucinogenic power and local guitar-band MC5 -self-styled “holy barbarians” of rock went to war with mainstream America. A summer of street-level rebellion turned Detroit into one of the most notorious cities on earth, known for its unique creativity, its unpredictability and self-lacerating crime rates.

                                    1967 ended in social meltdown, personal bitterness and intense legal warfare as the complex threads that held Detroit together finally unraveled. Detroit 67 is the story of the year that changed everything.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Book Info: 610 pages, 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches

                                    Jim Linderman

                                    The Birth Of Rock And Roll

                                      Jim Linderman has arranged a storyboard of sorts that dramatizes the spirit, if not the chronology, of rock and roll. Poetically, the photos evoke without naming, and have little to do with conventional iconography of the birth of rock and roll. Instead they document, and celebrate, the pure but indefinable essence of rock. Wherever there is an urge to make acoustic or electric music—whether helping at a rent party, busking in front of a crowd, or testifying in the name of Jesus—there’s an uncredited photographer there to snap an image. Thankfully Jim Linderman has shared these one-of-a-kind photos from his collection so we can explore one of the most transformative times for American music.

                                      “We have this notion that rock ’n’ roll started in Memphis in 1955, and it really didn’t. Bob Wills was playing in the ’30s and ’40s in Oklahoma, and Chuck Berry modeled ‘Maybellene’ on a Bob Wills song. The roots of rock go back a lot further than we realize. It came from the church, from vaudeville, from the music played in after-hours clubs, from juke joints. Some of it came from Ireland. It’s such a conglomeration, and that diversity is the real back story of rock ’n’ roll. Without any trouble at all, I was able to include people of all races in this book. I was able to show the melting pot in America, which came together to create this phenomenon. I was especially happy to be able to include so many women performers, because they never got their due. Which is why we don’t know who they are now. I love being able to illustrate how broad the music used to be, because now it’s so narrow and pigeonholed. It seems we’ve lost some of the breadth that used to be there.” – Jim Linderman speaking to Lisa Hix, Collectors Weekly

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Book Info: Description: Photographs from the collection of Jim Linderman plus a conversation with Joe Bonomo
                                      Hardcover book with 134 photographs
                                      Size: 160 pages, 12″ x 9.75″ format


                                      Issue 375 - May 2015

                                        Roscoe Mitchell
                                        50 years after the foundation of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago founder is still forging ahead. By Howard Mandel

                                        Harry Bertoia
                                        The late US sculptor, designer and sound artist returns in spirit via an exhaustive box set of his recorded works. By Matt Krefting

                                        Prolific Dutch electronic musician and gear head Danny Wolfers is pining for the cyberpunk future. By Emily Bick

                                        Sam Belinfante
                                        Inscribing new audiovisual vocabularies. By Abi Bliss

                                        Bridget Hayden & Claire Potter
                                        Noise and text collide in a new collaboration. By Frances Morgan

                                        Chris Hladowski
                                        Bradford multi-instrumentalist gets the Qawwali party started. By Clive Bell

                                        Brood Ma
                                        London producer fuses digital futurism and harsh noise. By Adam Harper

                                        Global Ear - United Arab Emirates
                                        International sound artists unlock new ways of listening in the Gulf. By Fari Bradley

                                        Invisible Jukebox - RP Boo
                                        The footwork pioneer battles The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Jacob Arnold

                                        The Inner Sleeve
                                        Mutamassik on Muhal Richard Abrams’s Lifea Blinec

                                        Tyondai Braxton on the art of letting go

                                        Print Run
                                        New music books: Penny Reel uncovers London’s reggae reverse, Elijah Wald plays the dozens, Tom Perchard surveys jazz in postwar France and more

                                        On Screen
                                        New films and DVDs: Prashant Bhargava and Vijay Iyer’s Rites Of Holi, and Phill Niblock’s Brazil 84

                                        On Site
                                        Recent exhibitions: Surround Audience in New York, and Staging Disorder in London

                                        On Location
                                        Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Bloc, Madalyn Merkey, From Now On, Anthony Braxton, Cage vocal works and more

                                        Wax Poetics

                                        #61 (Bishop Nehru / Ghostface Killah Cover)

                                          Cover Stories: James Brown's the Payback, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface Killah

                                          - Rick Stevens, Tower of Power
                                          - Joi
                                          - TV on the Radio
                                          - Morrie Turner
                                          - Electric Wire Hustle
                                          - Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne)
                                          - Young Fathers
                                          - Soulection's Joe Kay selects twenty records that inspire the label's "Sound of Tomorrow"
                                          - Black Panther graphic artist Emory Douglas

                                          Paid in Full: Fred Wesley did his second stint with the James Brown Band during the Godfather of Soul's rebirth in the 1970s. Here, Wesley reminisces about their seminal and best-selling record, The Payback, which can be seen as a hard and cold metaphor for social justice.

                                          The Message: The Impressions were up and down on the charts for a decade, depending on the creative inspiration of its songwriter and lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield. The final three increasingly sociopolitical charttoppers he wrote for the group-"We're a Winner," "This Is My Country," and "Choice of Colors"-would lean more towards Black Power, alienating some fans and radio stations, but would set the tone for his incredibly important solo work to come.

                                          Golden Child: After releasing his first mixtape, 2012's Nehruvia, at only sixteen, New York phenom Bishop Nehru arrived as a fresh voice laced with erudite wordplay and a penchant for classic beats. With his EP strictlyFLOWz the following year, he grabbed the attention of MF DOOM, resulting in their recent collaboration, 2014's NehruvianDOOM. As he prepares his solo album, with Nas on board as executive producer, the old-soul poet is poised to help bring the art form back to New York.

                                          The Champ: In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. His use of cryptic slang and his gift for spinning complex tales leaves an unmatched legacy-one that's still growing.

                                          Gareth Ashton

                                          Hanging Around Musicians

                                            As meteoric rises go - Gareth Ashton's takes some beating. Born and bred in Derbyshire, he had always been a keen drummer, like his father and in 1977 discovered the joys of punk via The Jam's performance on Top Of The Pops. Within weeks he was forming his own band The Ruin and within months he was playing on the same bill as punk trendsetters The Damned on a nationwide tour and living the dream with the short-lived The Irritators. After gigs in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Dundee and Manchester Gareth went on to pursue other musical goals but never quite hit those heights again. Nonetheless he drummed successfully all over the UK for over two decades playing everything from jazz-funk to country & western. Now retired, Gareth reflects on the lot of a semi-professional musician, a world away from the gilded lives of rock stars and their entourages.

                                            Eilon Paz

                                            Dust & Grooves - Adventures In Record Collecting (2nd Edition)

                                              (This edition has 20 more pages than the first edition) A stunning, 436-page photography-and-interview coffee-table book about the world’s most fascinating and accomplished vinyl collectors created by noted photographer Eilon Paz. “[Eilon Paz’s] lavishly illustrated coffee-table book contains portraits of some 130 ‘record diggers,’ as he sometimes calls them, who have often gravitated to genres as obscure as Turkish psychedelia, ‘Sesame Street’ albums, lounge acts, sexploitation and horror film soundtracks, ’60s girl groups from France and Japan, and even colored discs … visceral and joyous.” NY Times // Eilon Paz’s 436-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl connoisseurs and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with indepth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging. Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of world-renowned and lesser-known DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 fulllength interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, his book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, from die-hard record enthusiasts to fans of pop culture, sharp photography, and music history. Eilon Paz has shot for Israel’s top cultural publications and is a regular contributor for the US based food/travel magazine, Saveur, and his work appeared in worldwide publications such as Wax Poetics, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine, and the French music magazine Vibrations.

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                                              Graham Jones

                                              Last Shop Standing - Whatever Happened To Record Shops? - New Edition 2014

                                                The book ‘Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops?’ is the story of how the UK went from having over 2000 independent record shops in the 1980's to just 269 by 2009.

                                                Graham Jones was in the perfect position to witness their sad decline from the van tage point of a record company salesman who has travelled the length and breadth of the UK to sell stock to these shops. As he watched the tragedy unfold he decided it was important that someone documented their tales before the record shop went the way of the stamp shop, the coin shop and the candlestick maker.

                                                He set off on a tour of the UK to interview 50 record shop owners to see why they had survived whilst a couple of thousand others had closed. These interviews are the basis of the book. Graham thought he was writing the obituary of the record store but Last Shop Standing became a celebration of these great cultural meeting places: a David and Goliath tale of stores managing to keep going despite the immense pressure from downloading and supermarkets.

                                                In 2012 Last Shop Standing was made into a successful film featuring Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller, Billy Bragg and lots of record shop owners from the book. The film has been screened all over the world and the DVD was the official film of Record Store Day 2013.

                                                Recently, record shops have made an astounding comeback and we now have more record shops than back in 2009. This updated sixth edition of Last Shop Standing explains why. This edition also gives a comprehensive
                                                update on the original shops interviewed. Last Shop Standing has become a piece of social history. It is also a damn good laugh.

                                                Mark Burgess

                                                View From A Hill

                                                  View From A Hill is the story of Mark Burgess, singer and founder member of legendary Manchester cult heroes The Chameleons.

                                                  The band were catapulted to the forefront of the post-punk scene when John Peel awarded them a much coveted session after the band had played only a handful of low-key gigs. Mark takes us through four decades of pop culture as he charts The Chameleons’ development, as well as their cruel treatment at the hands of a corrupt music industry. Amidst intrigue in the Middle East, expeditions in search of the Loch Ness Monster, and acid trips that inspired the band’s language and sound, there are myriad music industry anecdotes that will make your jaw drop. Moving and hilarious by turns, View From A Hill is a highly entertaining rollercoaster ride of a rock memoir.

                                                  Previously only published in very limited print runs, this edition of Mark’s autobiography represents the definitive version of the work. Completely revised and augmented by a full discography, Chameleons family tree, and an introduction by Karren Ablaze!, this book is a must for Chameleons fans everywhere.

                                                  “The Chameleons’ dark, thrilling music is treated like a religion in their hometown, where they command the same devotion as their fellow travellers Joy Division. They were on the verge of breaking internationally when it all unravelled, and at last the whole story is told, in a compelling writing style and with a unique pop culture perspective that reveals who, how, and why they are such a key band. View From A Hill is the last great untold story of the Manchester post-punk era.” - John Robb, Louder Than War

                                                  "View From A Hill is a deeply personal and insightful account of the life of the main force behind one of post punk’s most overlooked, but influential, bands." - Hayley Scott, The Quietus

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

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                                                  Emely Neu & Editor Jade French In Collaboration With Pussy Riot

                                                  Let's Start A Pussy Riot

                                                    On 14th June at this year’s Meltdown festival, curated by Yoko Ono, Rough Trade Books will launch the book ‘Let’s Start A Pussy Riot’.

                                                    The book has been created in collaboration with Pussy Riot and links together the events leading up to and after the group’s arrest and the themes that these courageous women fight for – feminism, LGBTQ rights, freedom of speech and the environment. Contributors include Judy Chicago, Jón Gnarr, Antony Hegarty, Bianca Casady, Sarah Lucas, Bobby Conn, Robyn, Kim Gordon, Lucky Dragons, Billy Childish, Jeffrey Lewis and many more.

                                                    Pussy Riot undoubtedly ushered in a new era of feminism and political freedom with their protest acts. The dialogue so explosively ignited by Nadya, Masha and Katya continues in ‘Let’s Start A Pussy Riot’. Also heavily influenced by last years Antony Hegarty-curated Meltdown festival, the book includes an exploration of the concept of Future Feminism, asking how we can move forward and unite different voices and generations to create an inspiring dialogue.

                                                    ‘Let’s Start A Pussy Riot’ was curated by Emely Neu and edited by Jade French. The book is made in association with Beth Siveyer (Girls Get Busy) and Verity Flecknell (Storm in a Teacup) and will be published by Rough Trade.

                                                    Robert Haagsma

                                                    Passion For Vinyl (A Tribute To All Who Dig The Groove)

                                                      Brazilian superstar Ed Motta came to Holland to buy an apartment, but spent all his money on vinyl instead. When a young Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth discovered a scratch on his recently bought Bathory LP he demolished his bedroom. It’s Atlantic’s CEO Craig Kallman mission to own all relevant albums on vinyl. He has 750.000 already. That’s what vinyl does with music lovers.

                                                      In Passion For Vinyl a wide selection of DJ’s, musicians, label owners, designers, record dealers, collectors and engineers like Henry Rollins, Bernie Grundman, Hans Pokora, Chris Ellis, Steffi, Mala, Vaughan Oliver, Lee Dorrian, Jacco Gardner, John Dyer Baizley and many others share their unconditional love for vinyl. They muse about the first record that changed their lives, talk about their prized collectibles and explain why they were determined to keep vinyl alive. Passion for Vinyl also tells the history of Record Industry, the Dutch factory that has been pressing vinyl since the 1950’s.

                                                      This book is a tribute to vinyl, a format that is making a spectacular comeback recently, although for many music lovers it never really disappeared.

                                                      Passion For Vinyl is written by Dutch author, music journalist and incurable vinyl fanatic Robert Haagsma. With an introduction by American vinyl guru Michael Fremer.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      Book Info: 240 page hardback book. Individually numbered, with free 7” single

                                                      DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist

                                                      Renegades Of Rhythm

                                                        Available in a limited edition of 2500 copies! Hand silk-screened cover w/ art by Paul Insect! 80 full-color perfect bound pages!

                                                        To commemorate Cut Chemist & DJ Shadows Renegades Of Rhythm tour Boo Hooray has prepared this limited edition tour book. Inside you'll find exclusive texts by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Afrika Bambaataa detailing the history of the Zulu Nation, the history of Hip Hop DJ-ing and Bambaataa as well.

                                                        Included are full color reproductions of numerous original records, test pressing and acetates from Afrika Bambaataa's collection. As DJ Shadow says of the records used on the tour and featured in the book, "They're his records, with his blessings. this isn't just ANY copy of 'X' breakbeat, it's THE copy, THE copy that started everything."

                                                        Also included are full color images of dozens of funky-fresh, original Bambaataa hip hop flyers (examples below), rare drawings, rare photographs and more including lists of Bambaataa's favorite breaks.

                                                        Graham Jones

                                                        Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Records Shops

                                                          Graham Jones has 30 years experience as a record company sales rep. Over the years he has collected a huge number of funny anecdotes. He relates the best of them here in his new book "Strange Requests And Comic Tales From Record Shops". The anecdotes come from people who have been often pleased and sometimes bemused to be stationed behind the record shop counter.

                                                          The book contains over 200 amusing anecdotes and requests gathered from independent record shops past and present along with tales from HMV, Our Price, Music Zone, Virgin and classical music stores too.

                                                          Featuring many delightful cartoons by Kipper Williams, one of the UK's most renowned cartoonists, whose artwork brings great pleasure to readers of the Guardian and The Sunday Times.

                                                          Graham Jones is also the author of the best-selling and widely acclaimed Last Shop Standing, the definitive account of the demise of Britain's independent record shops. Graham's book has inspired a celebrated documentary film of the same name which features many well-known musicians, including Paul Weller, Richard Hawley, Norman Cook, Johnny Marr and Billy Bragg, as well as many record shop proprietors.

                                                          Paul Gilroy / Stuart Baker

                                                          90 Degrees Of Shade: Image And Identity In The West Indies - 100 Years Of Photography In The Caribbean

                                                            Calypso, Voodoo, Sunshine, Communism, Reggae, Colonialism, The Slave Trade, Rum, Revolution, Industry and Tourism 100 years of the Caribbean image and identity is captured in this deluxe new hardback photography book. The image of the Caribbean is as much a creation of the outsider as it is the complex identity of its people a melting pot of races created out of the participants in the 400 year slave trade enforced Africans, indigenous Americans and their colonisers French, Spanish, German, Dutch, English. The identity of the Caribbean stands at this intersection of tourism, the detritus of the slave trade, colonialism and tropicality. The regions politics span a hot bed of ideas and radicalism from Castros Cuba, communist thorn in the side of North America, to the violent right-wing dictatorship of Haitis Papa Doc in the 1960s; from Manleys Jamaica in the 1970s to Eric Williams Trinidad in the 1960s. This book is a deluxe large format hardback book featuring 100s of fascinating and unique photographs that span one hundred years of Caribbean history, culture, industry and more as well as the subsequent diaspora of its people to America, England and elsewhere. The photographs show the many ways in which the region is portrayed from luscious and tropical backdrop of tourism and hedonism, to colonial outpost and revolutionary threat within North Americas own backyard.

                                                            Pitchfork Review

                                                            Issue #2 - W/ Free 7" (Inc. Unreleased Kurt Vile Track)

                                                              Pitchfork continues our venture into print with Issue 2 of The Pitchfork Review. We’re proud to present the second edition of our perfect-bound quarterly music publication, combining new long-form feature stories, photography, illustrations and other ephemera with selected recent pieces from Pitchfork.

                                                              With contributions from the Pitchfork staff and edited by J.C. Gabel of Stop Smiling and The Chicagoan, The Pitchfork Review is designed and conceptualized inhouse, and printed locally in Chicago. This beautifully designed, limited-run publication on high quality paper stock is meant to be kept on your shelf and read and enjoyed over the long term. While we remain committed to covering the world of independent music and beyond, as well as innovating in the digital sphere, we’ve always been huge fans of the print medium. The Pitchfork Review allows us to extend our passion for music, images, and storytelling into a new arena.

                                                              Highlights from Issue 2 include:
                                                              • An appreciation of Ellen Willis
                                                              • David Toop's unpublished profile on Kate Bush
                                                              • Michael A. Gonzales on gangsta rap after being shot
                                                              • A photo essay from Matthew Barney & Jonathan Bepler
                                                              • Comics and Illustrations galore from Kate Prior, Aisha Franz, Johnny Sampson, and others.
                                                              • A limited-edition 7-inch of unreleased music from Kurt Vile and the Lovetones & Watery Love
                                                              • And much more!

                                                              Pitchfork Review

                                                              Issue #1

                                                                After more than 17 years online, Pitchfork is venturing into print. We’re proud to announce The Pitchfork Review, a perfect-bound quarterly music publication that combines new long-form feature stories, photography, illustrations and other ephemera with selected recent pieces from Pitchfork.

                                                                With contributions from the Pitchfork staff and edited by J.C. Gabel of Stop Smiling and The Chicagoan, The Pitchfork Review is designed and conceptualized in-house, and printed locally in Chicago. This beautifully designed, limited-run publication on high quality paper stock is meant to be kept on your shelf and read and enjoyed over the long term. While we remain committed to covering the world of independent music and beyond, as well as innovating in the digital sphere, we’ve always been huge fans of the print medium. The Pitchfork Review will allow us to extend our passion for music, images, and storytelling into a new arena.

                                                                Highlights from Issue 1 include:
                                                                • New writing from Simon Reynolds and Amanda Petrusich
                                                                • An interview with Glenn Danzig
                                                                • A history of Stax Records and Otis Redding
                                                                • A photo spread from Kanye photographer Nabil
                                                                • Comics and Illustrations from Ron Regé, Jr., Paul Hornschemeier, Sophie Goldstein, Simon Hanselmann, Hannah K. Lee, Tim Lahan, Johnny Sampson, and others.
                                                                • And much more!

                                                                Ed Piskor

                                                                Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set

                                                                  To celebrate the resounding critical and commercial success of the first two volumes of Ed Piskor’s unprecedented history of hip-hop, we are offering both books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist. As if that’s not enough, in addition to the two books and the slipcase itself, Piskor has drawn a 24-page comic book - Hip Hop Family Tree #300 - specifically for this boxed set that elegantly reflects the confluence of hip-hop and comics, which was never more apparent in the early 1990s than with the famous Spike Lee-directed Levi’s Jeans commercial starring Rob Liefeld, who went on to create Youngblood and co-found Image Comics, not to mention ending up on the radar of gangster rapper Eazy–E. Piskor tells this story as a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to ’90s Image comics.

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                                                                  Elaine Constantine / Gareth Sweeney

                                                                  Northern Soul - An Illustrated History

                                                                    "Most books about Northern Soul – of which there are groaning shelves worth – convey the scene's purism, obsessiveness and trainspotter-ish detail, but nothing of the passion this glorious sound evokes. This one does.

                                                                    A gritty social history, a beautiful artefact; it’s a labour of love that reflects the music’s joy, significance and its cultural place, with the people who love it at its heart. You will not find here the usual canonical lists, the catalogue numbers or the minutiae of dates and labels, but you will get a real sweaty, pungent feel for the music's thrill and power, and how it has always sat within a historical and cultural context; music made by young, black, working-class Americans elevated to a near religion by young, white, working-class Northern kids who embraced the songs’ ecstasy, energy and despair as their own." - (Stuart Maconie)

                                                                    "Northern Soul makes fascinating reading – tracing the development and explaining the appeal of the music with incredible in-depth input from a carefully chosen array of DJs, collectors and aficionados, all of whom were either there at the time or who were personally involved in making things happen, taking the scene forward to what it is today.

                                                                    From the great unknowns, discovered and popularised by DJs such as Ian Levine in the early 1970s, to the insightful thoughts of today's movers and shakers. From the DJs, the record dealers and collectors, and those who are still out there each and every weekend, the ones who keep the Northern Soul torch burning so brightly today.

                                                                    For myself, this book brings back so many memories of venues, events and characters I'd forgotten about. And I know this book will be well received as a true reflection of how it was back then by all those who experienced its formative years, and also by those who are fascinated by the scene and want to understand more about the music, the people, the venues and the associated way of life." - (Richard Searling)

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    Book Info: 224 pages, 24.8cm x 19.6cm x 2cm

                                                                    Wax Poetics

                                                                    Anthology - Volume 2

                                                                      The Wax Poetics Anthology Volume 2 gathers articles from issues six to 10 into a must-have hardbound edition for record collectors and music connoisseurs alike. This special edition features content from some of the magazine's rarest, most-coveted issues, many of which fetch top-dollar at auction. With in-depth articles and a bold, graphic, textured facade, this book maintains the same collectable traits that make the original issues so highly sought after, featuring hundreds of full-colour, full-page images, including photos and illustrations new to this edition.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      Book Info: Hardback, 8.5" x 11", 240 pages, 480 four-colour plates.

                                                                      Chris Salewicz / Suzette Newman

                                                                      The Story Of Island Records: Keep On Running

                                                                        A beautifully illustrated celebration of one of the most influential pop music record labels of all time. Mixing cultures and influences from reggae to pop, hip hop, and punk, Island has shaken up artistic tastes and introduced new categories to mainstream music. This spectacularly illustrated book, published to celebrate the label’s fiftieth anniversary, moves from Island’s origins in founder Chris Blackwell’s pioneering mission to bring Jamaican reggae to the mainstream to the label’s continuing presence in the music industry. Accompanying essays by ten contemporary music critics - including Chris Salewicz, Jon Savage, and Joe Boyd - are photographs, artist portraits, and album art from such legendary acts as Bob Marley, U2, Steve Winwood, Brian Eno, Grace Jones, Tom Waits, Eric B & Rakim, Tricky, Keane, Amy Winehouse, and many others.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        Book Info: Beautiful 224 page hardback book.

                                                                        Chris Hewitt

                                                                        Martin Hannett - Pleasures Of The Unknown

                                                                          204 page book by Chris Hewitt. The first factual book on how a Manchester boy into Biggles and William books and visiting bus garages would become a world renowned record producer who produced John Cooper Clarke, Joy Division, New Order, U2, Pauline Murray, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays and many more. Hannett's weird ways of studio working are examined in detail. Pleasures of the Unknown reveals new details of Hannett’s life on almost every page. Many are surprising, and all of them intriguing. The book covers a wider remit than the film, with more in depth interviews and discussions of Hannett's production techniques in the studio from a wealth of musicians and friends. Includes quite a lot of quotes from Hannett himself and quite a few rare photographs. Already receiving great advance reviews.

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Mexican Summer: Five Years (Book And 10" Vinyl)

                                                                            Fall 2013 marks the five-year anniversary of Mexican Summer and Software (Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never's Imprint), and with this milestone comes Mexican Summer: Five Years, a 256-page, 11”x11” hard-cover book limited to a one-time edition of 1,000 copies. The book includes unique and unseen art and ephemera, photos and written contributions from a host of Mexican Summer artists.

                                                                            Designed by longtime collaborator Dan Schechter, Mexican Summer: Five Years features an embossed cloth cover, craft paper wrap, three interior paper stocks and an integrated 10” sleeve.

                                                                            The sleeve houses a 10” record of unique collaborations from Bay Of Pigs (Spiritualized, Soldiers Of Fortune, and Neil Hagerty), Jorge Elbrose (Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink), Autre Ne Veut and Fennesz, Quilt and Bobb Trimble, and The Lonely Sailor and Renée Mendoza Haran (members of Total Control, Lace Curtain & Ashrae Fax).

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            Book Info: Beautiful 256 page book comes with a limited edition 12" featuring 5 exclusive tracks.

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                                                                            Arthur Magazine

                                                                            Arthur 34: April 2013

                                                                              Now with 50% more pages, Arthur continues its comeback in the bold new broadsheet newspaper format that's turning heads and drawing critical acclaim.

                                                                              In this issue... After 20-plus years navigating strange, inspiring trips across myriad underground psychedelic terrains with a host of fellow free folk, righteous musician/head MATT VALENTINE (MV&EE, Tower Recordings, etc) finally spills all possible beans in an unprecedented, career-summarizing, ridiculously footnoted epic interview by BYRON COLEY. Plus: Deep archival photo finds from the MV vaults, a sidebar wander through some important MV listening experiences with your guide Dan Ireton, and a gorgeous cover painting by ARIK ROPER of MV & EE at peace in the cosmic wild. Delicious!


                                                                              Issue 08

                                                                                Issue 08 featuring: Danny Brown, Big Daddy Kane, James Lavelle, Edan, Mike Skinner, Killer Mike, Thundercat, Mount Kimbie, Gold Panda and Kon

                                                                                Yeti Magazine

                                                                                Issue 13

                                                                                  Long time coming, the latest issue of YETI 13, but its completely worth the wait: The new YETI is not only in the new format we introduced last issue, but all of it is in shiny, happy full color on glossy, heavy duty paper. The cover has giant flaps to cradle the record in the back, and keep your place in the book up front. This represents a complete rebirth of YETI! ON THE HARD VINYL 7" EP -- ALL TRACKS NEVER ON VINYL BEFORE! 

                                                                                  INSIDE THE ALL COLOR ISSUE
                                                                                  * Full color, super awesome “wraparound” cover by Geneviève Castrée. There’s a dead seal involved, but it’s really beautiful.
                                                                                  * Groovy posters from Christchurch NZ in the 1980s – originally designed & printed by Stuart “Kawoski” Page of New Zealand’s AXEMEN
                                                                                  * A very, very lengthy oral history of the rock band Codeine by Mike McGonigal * Recent paintings by David Moreno
                                                                                  * Introduction to the great/ forgotten Surrealist writer Gisele Prassinos by Sarah Lippincott
                                                                                  * Thirteen found photographs selected by Mark Sullo
                                                                                  * “Seven Bedtimes for Seven Bonzos” by Ben Bush
                                                                                  * Fursaxa interview and collages by Ilyas Ahmed
                                                                                  *Mammoth, killer comic work – “ORM: Part One” by Josh Bayer
                                                                                  * Images from the spontaneous Mike Kelley memorial that sprung up shortly after his death last year + MORE

                                                                                  Arthur Magazine

                                                                                  No. 33 / Jan. 2013

                                                                                    After a four-year sabbatical, beloved revolutionary sweetheart Arthur returns to print, renewed, refreshed, reinvigorated and in a bold new format: pages as tall and wide as a daily newspaper on compostable newsprint, with ads only on the back cover(s). Amazing!

                                                                                    In partnership with Portland, Oregon's Floating World Comics, Arthur's gang of idiots, know-it-alls and village explainers are back, edited by ol' fool Jay Babcock and art directed by Yasmin Khan.

                                                                                    This issue's contents include...

                                                                                    Dream a Deeper Dream: A how-to conversation with cartoonist ROARIN' RICK VEITCH by Jay Babcock. Plus, “Cartographer of the American Dreamtime,” an appreciation of Rick Veitch and his work by Alan Moore.

                                                                                    JACK ROSE: the definitive, career-spanning interview with this late great America guitarist, conducted by Brian Rademaekers just months before his death three years ago. Plus: Jack Rose discography compiled by Byron Coley, and an illustration of a classic Jack pose by Plastic Crimewave.

                                                                                    Stewart Voegtlin on WAYLON JENNINGS' dark dream, with an illustration by Beaver

                                                                                    Columnist DAVE REEVES on bath salts and border guards, with an illustration by Arik Roper

                                                                                    Massive reviewage of underground culture by Bull Tongue columnists BYRON COLEY & THURSTON MOORE

                                                                                    Columnist NANCE KLEHM on new modes of exchange—and homemade smokes, with an illustration by Kira Mardikes

                                                                                    Cartoonist GABBY SCHULZ explores our interstate nightmare

                                                                                    The Center for Applied Magick on "The Magic(k) of Money" — and how YOU can win $1000 for planning a BANK ROBBERY!

                                                                                    and the proverbial much much more....

                                                                                    Please bear in mind... Arthur is no longer distributed for free anywhere. Those days are (sadly) long gone. Now you gotta buy Arthur or you won't see it.


                                                                                    Issue 07

                                                                                      For the winter edition of the magazine Bonafide reels out the big names, in our largest issue yet, featuring in-depth interviews with Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Shadow, Ice-T, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and divisive sheet artist, Shepard Fairey (OBEY).

                                                                                      We also name our 50 Best Records of 2012, psychedelic rap project Kingdom of Fear (Jehst x Kashmere), Lapalux, the only UK based artist signed to Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder record label. The Dutch graffiti legend turned 3D architect Delta and a fashion shoot courtesy of culture hub BNTL.

                                                                                      Dickie Felton

                                                                                      Morrissey International Airport

                                                                                        Morrissey has a fanbase that follows him to the ends of the earth. Disciples cross continents, time zones and borders to reach his concerts.

                                                                                        For the most dedicated fan there's never a gig too far. But who are these people? And what motivates them to travel thousands of miles to watch this 53-year-old singer?

                                                                                        When Morrissey embarked on a tour of far off places, fan Dickie Felton decided to follow. But his attention was not solely on the legendary singer but on his most passionate fans.

                                                                                        Meet the most obsessive fans in music who worship at the house of Moz. Why has Margaret from Fresno travelled 5,000 miles for a handshake? And how does Manchester teen, Curtis, manage 27 concerts in barely a year?

                                                                                        Morrissey International Airport is an account of what it means to be on the road with the last great pop star and his people. Set against a backdrop of recession, royal weddings and rioting, this is a story of fandom, friendship, ferries and freeways.

                                                                                        This is an unlikely road trip bound together by ten concerts in five countries. Join Dickie as he trails everywhere from Dunoon to Dallas in search of Moz mania. Grab your gladioli, quiff up your hair and come fly with Morrissey.

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        Book Info: 108 pages, 50 colour photographs.

                                                                                        Steve Barrow & Stuart Baker

                                                                                        Reggae Soundsystem: Original Reggae Album Cover Art

                                                                                          A new deluxe 200 page hardback 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 & 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 is a timely look at the endless visually creativity of reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds.

                                                                                          The book includes a fascinating introductory essay on the history of reggae by Steve Barrow and the book is edited by Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records and editor of the book ‘Dancehall’, and cover art books on Bossa Nova, Freedom, Rhythm & Sound and Studio One Records).

                                                                                          The City Is Ablaze!

                                                                                          The Story Of A Post-Punk Popzine, 1984-1994

                                                                                            Ablaze! fanzine was published in Manchester and Leeds in the late eighties and early nineties by a young lady known as Karren Ablaze!

                                                                                            The best bits of this notorious and outspokenly passionately zine are now available in book format, to be published in October 2012. Alongside hundreds of zine pages, The City Is Ablaze! features new writings by Karren and other members of the Ablaze! team, as well as interviews with fanzine writers John Robb (Rox), Dave Haslam (Debris) and Richard Johnson (Grim Humour), essays by DIY cultural commentators Lucy Cage and Deborah Withers, a re-examination of the Riot Grrrl movement, and an epilogue by Gary Jarman.

                                                                                            This 320-page A4 book also covers other zines that Karren produced in Manchester and Leeds between 1984 and 1994, capturing an era where DIY was de rigueur and indie actually meant something.
                                                                                            You’ll be able to read original interviews with the following bands (in chronological order).

                                                                                            Eyeless In Gaza • The Membranes • The Stone Roses • The Inca Babies • Tools You Can Trust • The Bodines • Inspiral Carpets • The Pastels • The Janitors • Happy Mondays • King of the Slums • The Dust Devils • The Shamen • Cud • Sonic Youth • Dinosaur Jr • The Pixies • Throwing Muses • The Sundays • Thrilled Skinny • Rapeman • UT • Dog Faced Hermans • Edsel Auctioneer • Mudhoney • AC Temple • fIREHOSE • Band of Susans • Henry Rollins • Live Skull • Kilgore Trout • The Sun and The Moon • The Breeders • Happy Flowers • Silverfish • The Keatons • The Stretchheads • Pregnant Neck • Mayomberos Alive • Fluff • Archbishop Kebab • Nirvana • Pale Saints • Mercury Rev • The Heart Throbs • Babes in Toyland • American Music Club • Hole • Pavement • My Bloody Valentine • Shudder To Think • Leatherface • Nation of Ulysses • Tsunami • Poster Children • Sugar • Moonshake • Hood • Polvo

                                                                                            The book also includes irate letters from Morrissey and Thurston Moore.
                                                                                            The City Is Ablaze! reads like a musical history of the late 80s and early 90s, a history that could only be obtained by surfing the sliproads, sneaking backstage at a thousand shows, sleeping on strangers’ floors and living to type up the tales of the sounds that defined an era.

                                                                                            Charles Bukowski

                                                                                            Bukowski On Bukowski

                                                                                              Bukowski on Bukowski booklet is a great introduction to the wild world of cult author Charles Bukowski. It features Bukowski's views on various topics including Drinking, Writing, Sex, Death, Loneliness and fame and is interspersed with lively illustrations and a bonus CD to boot!

                                                                                              Jane Weaver

                                                                                              The Fallen By Watchbird

                                                                                                'The Fallen By Watchbird' combines stunning fairytale illustrations with the author's unique lyrical narrative. 'The Fallen By Watchbird' is designed to appeal to child-like imaginations of all ages. When a girl becomes estranged from her heart's desire it takes a special kind of energy to bring them back together. But is the power of true love strong enough or will she have to call upon her faithful magical Watchbird to guide her through her mystic and treacherous quest?

                                                                                                Graham Jones

                                                                                                Last Shop Standing - Whatever Happened To Record Shops? (RSD 2012 5th Edition)

                                                                                                  "Last Shop Standing" lifts the lid on an area of the music industry in tatters – a sad but true tale of the decline of record shops and their beloved vinyl too. The author, Graham Jones has worked at the heart of the record industry since the golden 1980s. He was there during the fruitful retail years and has witnessed the tragic decline of a business blighted by corruption and corporate greed. Undertaking a final tour of the last remaining independent record shops in Britain, Graham has collected a wealth of entertaining stories that explain why the best are still standing, and how the worst of them blew it. The book includes revealing anecdotes about rock stars and industry figures including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, David Bowie, Joy Division, Oasis, The Sex Pistols and John Peel. "Last Shop Standing" is a hilarious, addictive, yet sometimes harrowing account written by a man who has been there and sold that. It is a book that will bring a wry smile to the face of anyone who has ever bought a music CD or attended a concert, and still has the promotional t-shirt of a favourite band to prove it. Since getting a break into the music industry following a colleague's failed, comical suicide attempt, Graham Jones has amassed an excellent collection of anecdotes on his travels around the record shops of Britain – all included in Last Shop Standing: The hilarity of the UK's worst record shop (not us - phew!); The most dysfunctional family in pop music; How Take That were conned out of the Christmas number 1; The hysterical tale of the band that faked a murder; The shop that sold £45,000 worth of records for a fiver (also not us - double phew!), and much more.

                                                                                                  Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                  Issue 4

                                                                                                    The nearest comparison to this magazine would be the Chemical Imbalance magazine of old, "Yeti 4"'s CD contains 28 exclusive tracks, including Michael Hurley with Tara Jane O'Neill, Destroyer, Souled American, Okkervill River, Bright, the Blow etc. The book features Drew Daniel (Matmos) essays, an investigative piece on streetcorner gospel blues, Okkervill river tour diary, Dan Bejar, sci fi writer Octavia Butler, crimer writer / historian Peter Doyle, and much more.

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    Magazine Info: Book and CD; 240 pages, 6" by 9" book with gorgeous metallic cover and the CD inside the back cover.

                                                                                                    Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                    Issue 12

                                                                                                      YETI refits: now an 8" by 8" bound book, with a 7"!! not a CD a 7"... details below, but this will blow the roof off:

                                                                                                      ON THE HARD-VINYL 7" EP, Four archival, never before heard songs: MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL (two amazing 1959 Lomax recordings). THE TIKI MEN's stellar take on Duane Eddy's "First Love, First Tears," recorded around 1994. Plus a new cover by Portland's own dreampop slayer GROUPER of Dead Moon's "Demona," recorded just the other week!

                                                                                                      INSIDE THE 8" BY 8" BOOK: Lovely cover image of a big red giant walking over a little town on fire, by Portland's favorite illustrator CARSON ELLIS. A portfolio of rare and never-before-seen photographs from the ALAN LOMAX ARCHIVES ca. his fabled 1959 'Southern Journey.' Translator and poet Margarita Shalina delivers a personal, well-researched look at NEW YORK'S 1980s HARDCORE punk scene (she was there, man). Beyond-rare artifacts from gentle genius Kim Spurlock's deep trove of NEAL CASSADY ephemera. Musician/ music historian NED SUBLETTE's chat with esteemed music critic/ editor Daphne Carr is a roller-coaster ride into the eye of the post-Katrina diaspora, touching on many musical histories with concise and not wanky politico-historical context. JAMAICAN GOSPEL 7" label scans, which is a lot more interesting than it sounds.

                                                                                                      Eye-bleedingly awesome drawings by Tim Miller, James Trotter and Jana Cleveland. Very killer photographs by Nina Dudoladova of LONG-ABANDONED FORTS in Kalingarad, Russia which were once part of the German empire's effort to secure the border. A monumental, enthused and super-lengthy look at the work of Sacramento, CA's forgotten '90s surf band THE TIKI MEN by Aaron Gilbreath. Interviews with translator and author SUSAN BERNOFSKY (best-known for her lucid and playful work with Robert Walser's writing) and LARS FINBERG of Seattle's Intelligence and A-Frames. THE BREAKFAST SHIFT, which will become one of your favorite short stories that you didn't have to read for school, by Mimi Lipson. Plus as if all that weren't enough, there's a very image-heavy interview by Chris Kirkley (Sahel Sounds + 'Saharan Cell Phones') with contemporary African sign-painter THIAM BELLOU.

                                                                                                      PS: There will also be a sweet, 100 minute, free digital download available for everyone who purchases the issue, with music from Nathan Salsburg, Shana Cleveland, Neal Cassady backed by members of the Grateful Dead, Religious Knives, Ora Cogan, a new side project by Bobb Bruno from Best Coast, Derek Monypeny, some Jamaican gospel, Sir Richard Bishop, outtakes from YETI editor Mike McGonigal's 'Last Time Singing' gospel compilation + way more.

                                                                                                      Sebastian Matthes

                                                                                                      5 Years In Photographs : The Warehouse Project Photography Book

                                                                                                        Over the past five years, the Warehouse Project has been host to thousands of incredible moments and unique experiences, and this book serves as a collection of some of those memories. Sebastian Matthes is the official photographer for the WHP, having started at the opening night at Boddingtons Brewery back in 2006, and the book comprises of some of his favourite photographs from the past five years, a wide range of images that reflect the many different facets of the Warehouse Project. It also includes recollections and insights from the team behind the project, as well as some of the many artists who have graced the stage over the years.

                                                                                                        The photos vary from capturing the exhilarating thrills and chaotic energy of the crowd to the hard work, dedication and passion of the team behind the scenes, the DJs and bands onstage and off, legendary acts at the peak of their career as well as new artists just starting out. It is a perfect encapsulation of the huge range of experiences from the Warehouse Project’s rich history, a snapshot of an idea that has changed Manchester’s musical landscape. It was going to take something of a certain scale and impact to really capture the imagination of a city where pride in what had gone before had almost polluted the desire to seize the moment, and this collection of images is a perfect encapsulation of how the Warehouse Project managed to do just that.

                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                        The Cover Art Of Studio One Records

                                                                                                          Studio One is the legendary Jamaican reggae label that launched onto the world Bob Marley and theWailers. As iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz, Studio One was the creation of one great figurehead Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd. This deluxe hard-back book is the first ever to tell the story of Studio One and the many artists that it produced. The book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs of Studio One and original artwork as well as rare and exclusive photographs, original flyers and artist interviews. In the 1950s Clement Dodds Downbeat Soundsystem was the most important sound system in downtown Kingstons burgeoning dancehall scene, fighting off the competition of Duke Reid, Tom the Great Sebastian and others. Dodd began producing his own records in the late 1950s and in 1963, the year after Jamaican Independence, he launched 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. It is where Bob Marley and theWailers, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Marcia Griffiths, Burning Spear, The Heptones, Toots and the Maytals and many more artists became stars. As Jamaica approaches the 50th anniversary of independence, this stunning deluxe book is a timely look at Reggae musics legendary record label and the artists and musicians that it made famous.

                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                          Book Info: Studio One is the legendary Jamaican reggae label that launched onto the world Bob Marley and theWailers. As iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz, Studio One was the creation of one great figurehead Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd. This deluxe hard-back book is the first ever to tell the story of Studio One and the many artists that it produced. The book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs of Studio One and original artwork as well as rare and exclusive photograp

                                                                                                          Will Sheff (Okkervil River)

                                                                                                          I Am Very Far: The Lyrics

                                                                                                            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’, and The New York Times declared that “Sheff writes like a novelist”.

                                                                                                            It is with great pleasure that Jagjaguwar presents ‘I Am Very Far: The Lyrics’, 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’.

                                                                                                            Functioning as much 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 the single ‘Mermaid’ and other songs recorded during the ‘I Am Very Far’ sessions, ‘I Am Very Far: The Lyrics’ is a complete work in its own right.

                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            Book Info: Limited to only 50 copies for the UK and Eire.

                                                                                                            Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                            Issue 11

                                                                                                              ON THE CD:
                                                                                                              All rare/unreleased music - this time, we asked a dozen people for tracks that are as long as their respective track numbers, so that track 12 is 12 minutes long and track 4 is 4 minutes long and you probably don’t need any more examples than that. The result is a 78-minute-long disc featuring Snake Hole, Sloppy Heads, Johnita and Joyce Collins, Atole, Gospel Creators, White Rainbow, The Dirashi Tribe, Roy Montgomery, Golden Retriever, Oneida, Phill Niblock, and Happy New Year

                                                                                                              INSIDE THE BOOK: Interviews with Phill Niblock, Roy Montgomery, and Brian Chippendale; photography by Olivia Wyatt and Megan Holmes; art by Marcellus Hall and Victor Kerlow; an archival interview with Joe Brainard by Anne Waldman; fiction by Kimberly Parko and R. Foggo; rare May ’68 posters from Grenoble, and the Skaters.


                                                                                                              #10 - Vol One - Winter 2011

                                                                                                                The Wild Bunch - origins of the Bristol Sound /// Kiss FM - a pirate's anthem /// Keith Mansfield & the KPM music library /// Mala - Bass Weight /// Sticky - Booo! /// United Vibrations - united we stand /// Cymande - Nyah Rock /// the UK Record Store Roadmap /// How To Run a Record Label (Firecracker, RAMP, First Word, Wah Wah) /// New Techno Luminaries (Sei A, Wbeeza, Perc, Oliver Ho) /// Queen of Lovers Rock - Carroll Thompson - ///Manchester All-Stars (Scruff, Zed Bias, Hoya:Hoya) /// plus The Armley Social Club, Michael Schmelling's ATL photo project, Salem, Little Brother, Rustie, Will Bankhead, Sofrito and more!

                                                                                                                Zeke Clough


                                                                                                                  Protomurk is a new thirty-page chapbook of comic strips and drawings by Zeke Clough, who provided the spectacular artwork for Shackleton's Skull Disco label (and recently helped to conceive his new imprint, Woe To The Septic Heart). The work is deeply visceral and effluvial, disgusted and apocalyptic, brilliant and funny. The pamphlet is beautifully printed on recycled paper, with a full-colour card cover, in an edition of 200. Surely the perfect stocking-filler.

                                                                                                                  Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                                  Issue 10

                                                                                                                    Inside the book:
                                                                                                                    36 pages from Internet monsters Everything Is Terrible!; interviews with musician Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats) and writer Amelia Gray; music profiles of S. Fla's finest, The Jacuzzi Boys, and UK 90s cult band Disco Inferno; fiction by Stacey Levine; photographs by Ted Barron and Gracie Remington; art by Saul Chernick, Pavel Tchelitchew, Cassie Ramone, Ilyas Ahmed

                                                                                                                    On the CD: Noveller, Ô Paon, Alkibar Gignor, the Weeds, Electric Blood, the Clean, the Bats, Robert Scott, Jousting Vandals, Joan + Anthony, Heavenly Dreamers, Jacuzzi Boys, Abba Ag Gargando, Daniel Kroha, the Gories, Derek Monypeny, Orca Team, the Golden Hours, the Babies, Cheikh Ag Mohammed, Starving Weirdos, and V>L>A>D>R>M (Viva L’American Death Ray Music).

                                                                                                                    Pretty much the saving grace when it comes to US underground music writing / coverage. Essential!

                                                                                                                    Steve Ignorant

                                                                                                                    The Rest Is Propaganda

                                                                                                                      The day that Stephen Williams walked up the path to Dial House and found Jeremy Ratter at the end of it, sitting at a typewriter, was undoubtedly an auspicious event for both of them - not to mention for many of us. It was 1977, and although there were fifteen years and a world of social privilege separating them, the two shared something much more important: their dissatisfaction with the life that society was offering them. Steve had recently been infected with Punk Rock at a gig by the Clash, and Jeremy had a drum kit. Together, they formed Crass. Over the next seven years, Crass would stencil its name in indelible paint across the face of British culture. They would become the band that rattled the timbers in the Houses of Parliament, infiltrated teenage magazines, fought savage anti-establishment, pro-humanitarian battles, and challenged the music industry with a new definition of DIY.

                                                                                                                      "The Rest Is Propaganda" is not, however, the story of that band. Rather, it is the story of a young boy who grew up on the streets of Dagenham, wearing Tuf shoes and holey jumpers, being railroaded to a life on the factory floor. This is the story of a lad who learned about life on the terraces of Upton Park, in the pubs and clubs of East London, behind the counter of Wallis's supermarket, and why he left that all behind. It is the story of how Stephen Williams became Steve Ignorant. And what he did after.

                                                                                                                      Babak Ganjei

                                                                                                                      Hilarious Consequences

                                                                                                                        This Autumn Records Records Records books publish Hilarious Consequences, a graphic novel by Babak Ganjei, containing a CD soundtrack featuring various artists which include Wet Paint, Singing Adams, Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, Matthew Tong (Bloc Party) and new Records Records Records records signing Big Deal.

                                                                                                                        Babak Ganjei plays in a band, has a young son and writes a comic about a guy called Babak, who plays in a band and has a young son and is writing a comic book. Hilarious Consequences is the result. It is funny. It is sad. Or perhaps it's melancholic? The absurdities of life in the ridiculous metropolis: the herbalist medicine men; the postmodernist fancy dress parties; the bands signing deals with pharmaceuticals companies; the blind followers of the cult of originality; and the coke-fuelled conversations about cooking. Chapter by chapter, the book captures the inanities of life as our hero muses on hair loss, the creative process, fatherhood and getting the sneaking feeling that everyone around you is getting younger, more talented and more successful.

                                                                                                                        A little about Babak.... As guitarist with Absentee, he released 2 albums, singles and a handful of EPs through Memphis Industries to wide critical acclaim. Babak went on to form Wet Paint, releasing the album 'It Rots' through Trial & Error and the band supported both Bloc Party and the Rumble Strips on national tours.

                                                                                                                        In between touring and recording the yet to be released follow-up album to It Rots, Babak has been creating his comic strips, regularly appearing on the pages of Stool Pigeon magazine. Hilarious Consequences is Babak's frst graphic novel.

                                                                                                                        In Babak's own words: 'my years as guitarist in Absentee and frontman of Wet Paint have helped inform a story about struggling to juggle creative pursuits whilst attempting to grow up, be a father and not a rubbish boyfriend'.

                                                                                                                        The book comes as a beautifully drawn 104 page softbound limited edition including CD soundtrack featuring: Dignan Porch, Singing Adams, The Bronsteins, Macks Faulkron, Wonderswan, Round Ron Virgin, Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, Cheatahs, Big Deal, Wet Paint, and Matthew C H Tong.

                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                        Book Info: Includes an 11 track compilation CD.

                                                                                                                        Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                                        Issue 9

                                                                                                                          Perfect timing for essential summer reading: the latest issue of the the best Mag/CD around..fact.

                                                                                                                          On the CD: All Rare/ unreleased music, lots of raw wonderful stuff this time out, including Indian music from 78s selected by Rob Millis + three Pip Proud songs never on CD before! (See below for full track listing.

                                                                                                                          In the book: Some very fun stuff!
                                                                                                                          Bruce Conner: Lengthy interview with the groundbreaking artist, done for the Smithsonian in the early 1970s DEAN WAREHAM: Pictures & Words -- Photos and text forming a kind of tour diary by your favorite member of Speedy & the Castanets MARYANNE AMACHER: Two archival interviews with the electronics pioneer PIP PROUD IN THE 1960s: Excerpt from ex-Cannane David Nichols' forthcoming massive history of Australian rock on the bizarre, whispery, often revelatory work of Mr. Proud TULI KUPFERBERG: Reprints from his wonderful self-published Birth Press titles from the 1960s LIZZ HICKEY: Some very awesome comics from the talented Brooklynite ALASDAIR ROBERTS: Erik Davis talks to our favorite contemporary British folkie ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO: New drawings by the intrepid artist/musician MIMI LIPSON: Short story by the very talented Kingston, NY resident BEATRIZ MONTEAVARO: A sort-of comic done just for Yeti VAK RANGA RAO: Groovy article about a collector of Indian music 78s, image-heavy and sweet, by Rob Millis JAMES TUREK: Another comic done just for YETI, we are very lucky JOAQUIN V. GONZALEZ: Previously unpublished translation of this underknown South American writer ALISHA WESSLER: Recent works on paper by the Portland, OR based artist.

                                                                                                                          Big Up

                                                                                                                          Issue 6 - Winter 2010

                                                                                                                            Big Up is a San Fransico-based independent quarterly print and online magazine about contemporary art, underground music, revolutionary people, and street culture, with an emphasis on all aspects of the current global bass music scene. In just 12 months, Big Up has started to evolve into a global brand, with merchandise, events, and podcasts encouraging a rapidly growing and loyal customer base, drawn in by the magazine’s unique niche content. Big Up Issue 6’s headline features are with Ikonika, Gaslamp Killer, Untold, N-Type, Joe Nice, and David Rodigan. Also includes download card for a killer exclusive guest mix by Untold, with a ton of unreleased forthcoming funky rollers from himself, Geiom, Ramadanman, Headhunter, Shortstuff, Mark Prtichard, James Blake, Joy Orbison, and many more.

                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                            Magazine Info: Includes Untold mix download card.



                                                                                                                              Contents this time include: Untold: Interview with this forward looking dubstep producer. Dubplate Cutting Houses: Woofah shines a light on this hidden corner of UK soundsystem culture. Newham Generals: Keeping it grimey. Tony Thorpe: Major interview with this UK bass legend - from 400 Blows to the KLF to dubstep. Who Killed Michael Smith?: The tragic story of the legendary dub poet, with contributions from Linton Kwesi Johnson and Dennis Bovell. Young Warrior and Joe Ariwa: The sons of Jah Shaka and Mad Professor on the next generation of UK dub. Sci-Fi and reggae: rastas in space, reggae producers looking to the stars… The last days of Studio One: Ron Vester, Studio One’s official photographer, talks to us about his time with Coxsone Dodd. Dubkasm: teachings in dub by way of Bristol and Brazil. Hessle Audio: Ramadanman and Ben UFO step up. YT: In depth look at the "Born Inna Babylon" album. Hot Gal Commandments. Colin Tubb: First episode of a new cartoon series. Memories of Eek A Mouse.

                                                                                                                              Club Brenda

                                                                                                                              Strange Trees

                                                                                                                                Having first begun in 1999 as an avant-garde performance night at Manchester’s Star & Garter pub, Club Brenda is fast approaching a decade of subversive art thrills. Presenting the city with diverse performance and music, the innovative club night remains loyally attuned to the sounds of the Manchester DIY underground, from emerging bands and musicians, to a network of artists, photographers, film-makers, designers and poets. Imagine what a club would be like if it combined bands, performance art and a deliberately eclectic music policy…if it reached out to everyone: gay, straight, black, blue; but in particular, welcomed life’s uglier ducklings – the outsiders, the strange ones…’

                                                                                                                                To mark this occasion the club brings us this limited edition Brenda book, 'Strange Trees', which moves through the history of Club Brenda, using a series of classic narratives to form a dark urban fairytale, alongside a series of commissioned photography and artwork. Instead of Jack and the Giant, we have Dirty Honky, turning vaudeville tricks for magic beans. Savage Wolf prowls through the ever-changing forest but isn’t quite the predator we expect, and the same goes for Holly Gore, who some like to call the witch… in the strange forest of Club Brenda, no one remains what they were…

                                                                                                                                The book comes with a CD featuring tracks from The Sisters of Transistors, David Thomas Broughton, Magic Arm, Real Dolls, Egyptian Hip Hop, Paddy Steer and Peter Parker.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Philippa says: Ooh look, lots of pictures of people I know looking very drunk.

                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                Book Info: Limited edition embossed front A5-ish 70 page book full colour with bonus CD. 300 copies only, all individually numbered.

                                                                                                                                Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                                                Issue 8

                                                                                                                                  Just in time to alleviate seasonal boredom, the latest issue of YETI, as ever ahead of the pack and cutting straight to the quick: 192 pages + full-length CD.

                                                                                                                                  On the CD: rare/previously unreleased music from: Ty Segall, Woven Bones, Fergus + Geronimo, Zola Jesus, Aran Ruth, Vaselines, Little Claw, Tyvek, Evan Miller, Pigeons, Pete Swanson, Mantles, Jim Dickinson, the Splinters, Brown Recluse, Neverever, Gospel Songbirds, Limes, Bishop Perry Tillis, Inca Ore, Vampire Hands, Myelin Sheaths, the Moles.

                                                                                                                                  Inside the book: Interviews with Explode into Colors and Zola Jesus; famed musician/producer Jim Dickinson recalls growing up playing music in the segregated South, and how it's changed; a new look at the instruments Harry Partch created (with many full-page photos); the story of the unreleased album Johnny Mathis and Chic made together; extended interview with composer Eliane Radigue; Olivier Malosse's photographs of abandoned Japanese amusement parks; Amos Harvey's interview with the multiple personalities assumed by gospel- blues great Bishop Perry Tillis; visual work by Nicole Eriko Smith and Andrew Neyer; and the hand-built noise instruments of Flower Electronics and King Capitol Punishment.

                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                  Magazine Info: Magazine and free CD.


                                                                                                                                  Issue 4 - July / August 2006

                                                                                                                                    Interviews with Subtle, Zombi, Big Business, The New Blockheads, Kaada, Lords and Ghostdigital, along with a stack of album, DVD and live reviews.


                                                                                                                                    No.3 Autumn 2006

                                                                                                                                      The nights are drawing in and you need something to read on the cold public transport journeys to and from work. Step forward the autumn issue of British music quarterly Dummy, featuring The Killers, Jaime T, The Horros, Wolfmother, The Mars Volta, Albert Hammond Jr., Ed Banger Records, The Streets, Charlotte Gainsbourg and more.

                                                                                                                                      Alexander Heir

                                                                                                                                      Death Is Not The End: The Art Of Alexander Heir

                                                                                                                                        Brooklyn artist Alexander Heir has been drawing strange, other-worldly pictures for years. Previously, these illustrations have only adorned 7" record jackets and Xeroxed flyers across the international punk underground, but now Sacred Bones Records is offering a new collection of the artist’s finest illustrations.

                                                                                                                                        For those who truly crave the transgressive and are unfulfilled by the commercially “confrontational” trends in current zines and indie publications, Heir’s work will connect immediately. Heir has been so prominently involved in designing, printing and producing for countless NYC and international artists that over the years his work has become one of the defining aesthetics in the contemporary underground punk scene. His work has graced the albums, singles and ephemera of highly regarded bands such as Hoax, Forward (Japan), The Mob (UK), Nightbirds, Destruction Unit and Modern Life Is War amongst countless others.

                                                                                                                                        Similarly, his popular clothing line Death/Traitors has become a staple among punks, the hip-hop scene, the tattoo community and beyond. Members of notable acts Three Six Mafia, Fucked Up, Antwon and Odd Future have all been known to support the brand.

                                                                                                                                        Alexander Heir’s art has all the prominent elements of 50 years’ worth of subversive underground culture

                                                                                                                                        Somewhere between Garbage Pail Kids and Tom of Finland, this is the kind of art

                                                                                                                                        Includes ten unreleased, never-before-seen illustrations that gets kids in trouble with their parents

                                                                                                                                        Comes in a hardshell, foil-stamped slipcase which is blended with a sick humorous quality has a penchant for the bizarre, taboo, and a raw, physical compulsion has allowed him to achieve such delightfully confounding imagery. Referencing an eclectic cache of dark symbols in his unapologetically graphic style, he has created a stunning and recognizable collection of work.

                                                                                                                                        It’s so rare we have an opportunity to experience a collection of work that so fully breathes the history of obscure subversion. Death Is Not the End is a cause for celebration amongst misanthropes and sickos alike - we finally have a new master on our side.

                                                                                                                                        Thee Humbug

                                                                                                                                        Issue #5

                                                                                                                                          The latest issue of this fine publication features such gems as Rotary Ten, Slow Down Tallahassee, The Hair, The Chiara Is and loads more. And as if that wasn't enough, you also get a rather fine free CD featuring 12 tracks from all of the above, along with Dave Woodcock, The Jakpot, Hands & Knees, The Situationists, Atoness, The Friendly Wilson and Poisonous Little Creatures.

                                                                                                                                          Some would say they are the stuff of nightmares, but I actually quite like the dudes behind this project! From the Rowf Rowf Rowf stable, comes "Bread" a fanzine with a 10 track compilation to boot... Featuring tracks from Harappian Night Recordings, Heavy Winged, Poinsson, Sannyasin, Directing hand, it's a heady mixture of avant and noise...

                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                          CDS Info: 10 track CDR wrapped in a fanzine full of words, pictures, poetry and musings.

                                                                                                                                          Thee Humbug

                                                                                                                                          Issue #6

                                                                                                                                            Issue 6 of Thee Humbug features interviews with The Voluntary Butler Scheme, The Bon Bon Club, Grammatics, MJ Hibbett, Downdime, The Rocky Nest, Calf By Calf, Champion Kickboxer, Something Like Fire, Louis Romegoux and Laura Groves. Along with articles on Indietracks, part 5 of Diamonds In The Mine, cartoons and the shocking truth about Victorian cosmetic surgery! Also comes with a free 12 track CD featuring the artists interviewed.

                                                                                                                                            Yeti Magazine

                                                                                                                                            Issue 7

                                                                                                                                              On the 80-minute CD, there is rare and previously unreleased music from: Grouper, Abner Jay, Dum Dum Girls, Wooden Shjips, Dutchess and the Duke, Jacuzzi Boys, Great Unwashed, Nodzzz, Zola Jesus, Crystal Stilts (their cover of the Velvets' very fun "Temptation Inside Your Heart"), Finally Punk, 39 Clocks, the Bible Aires Spiritual Singers, Fresh + Onlys, Moon Duo (an awesome Wooden Shjips 'offshoot' band), Explode Into Colors, Limes, Eternal Tapestry, Woods, Christmas Island, some Jamaican gospel - and yes, even more. It's probably the best CD they've ever done. And inside the 200-page perfect-bound book: interviews with artist Jim Woodring, author Lynne Tillman, SF-based band the Nodzzz, author and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer, also SF-based band the Wooden Shjips, and fiction by Mimi Lipson. Plus a look at Joe Brainard's remarkable cover illustration and design, a rare manuscript by Abner Jay detailing his time at the antebellum-fetishizing Stepehen Foster Center in Florida, Grouper talking to Ilyas Ahmed, an account of the life and work of poet and educator Nancy Dupree, comics drawn by clients at Portland's Full Life center for developmentally disabled adults (who were given 14 pages to create new work), drawings by J. Bradley Earl of Woods/ Woodsist/ Fuck It Tapes, and a look at the collaborative music of Black Twig Pickers and Jack Rose. Contributors include Erik Davis, Doug Elliott, Justin Farrar, Ross Simonini, Sara Jaffe, Kevin Elliott, Jesse Studenberg, and Michael Neault. The lovely cover is a detail from a new painting by Mingering M(image of Pres. Obama as a boxer) plus reproductions of his new Obama- themed works inside. Other art includes full-page illustrations by Tara Sinn, E*Rock, Mark Weakley, Pedro Lourenco, Forrest Martin, Jess Fogel, Sylvie Spencer, and Susan Wilmarth.

                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                              Magazine Info: 200(ish) page book and CD.

                                                                                                                                              Dickie Felton

                                                                                                                                              The Day I Met Morrissey - A Collection Of Meetings With Morrissey

                                                                                                                                                They look like him, they speak like him. They worship the very ground he walks on. And when obsessive fan actually meets Morrissey, worlds turn upside down. For some disciples it's like a religious experience, the greatest moment of their lives. To others a brief encounter with the iconic singer holds trepidation. Even fear. "The Day I Met Morrissey" contains real-life accounts from fans who for a split second found themselves in the right place at the right time. There's a chance encounter at Wilmslow train station in 1985, when a tongue-tied teen fulfils her dream. More dramatic Morrissey meetings come in perfumeries, airport lounges and by the pic'n'mix at Woolworths. There would be less delirium on sighting the Yeti. Other fans take their time and the singer opens up about the seaside, cardigans or the meaning of life. Featuring dozens of unseen photos, "The Day I Met Morrissey" poses an unusual and revealing picture of a music legend through the people that know him best, his fans.

                                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                The Art Of Touring (Book / DVD)

                                                                                                                                                  Square Root Books/Yeti Publishing present this incredibly packaged 156 pages, heavily illustrated book: Edited by Sara Jaffe (Erase Errata) and Mia Clarke (Electrelane), The Art of Touring is a book of art, photographs, and writing reflecting life on the road. Beautifully printed on glossy paper, this 7-inch-square book also includes a DVD of live footage.

                                                                                                                                                  Over 50 contributors, including: Devendra Banhart, Carla Bozulich, Jem Cohen, Tara Jane ONeil, and members of the Ex, Explosions in the Sky, Le Tigre, Matmos, Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Electrelane, and Erase Errata.

                                                                                                                                                  Full contents listing: Art by Beth Murphy (Times New Viking), Julianna Bright (The Golden Bears), Devendra Banhart, Tara Jane ONeil, Nathan Jerde (The Ponys), Hannah Mae Blair, Jason Sanford (Neptune), Erika Spring Forster (Au Revoir Simone), Tony Lazzara (Atombombpocketknife), Fay Davis-Jeffers (Pit Er Pat), and more. Photography by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Emma Gaze (Electrelane), Andy Moor (The Ex), Munaf Rayani (Explosions In The Sky), Rebecca Gates, Elizabeth Sharp (Ill Ease), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Lynne Angel (Tartufi), Alissa Anderson (Vetiver), Veronique (Lesbians On Ecstasy), Buck 65, Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone), and more. Writing by Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre), Drew Daniel (Matmos), Carla Bozulich, Everett True, Sharon Cheslow, Jean Smith (Mecca Normal), Sara Jaffe (Erase Errata), Sara Marcus, Cynthia Nelson, Brian Case (The Ponys), Mia Clarke (Electrelane), Noah Leger (Milemarker), Bobo Boutin (Les Georges Leningrad), Sons & Daughters, Miranda Mellis (My Invisible), and more.

                                                                                                                                                  On the DVD: Tara Jane ONeil; The Ex on tour, filmed by Jem Cohen; Mecca Normal live; Erase Erratas video tour diary; The Jeffrey Lewis Band, by Jasmin Steigler; Electrelane, live at la Route du Rock; Andy Moors video collage art; Neptune, shot by Adrianne Jorge, Sharon Cheslow and Bromp Trev, live at Wow Cool, filmed by Andrew Kesin.

                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                  Magazine Info: Book and DVD package.


                                                                                                                                                  Proud 2be A Flyer - The Historical Roots Of A Design Revolution Book

                                                                                                                                                    Mat has now for years devoted to search for the best design in music, fashion and products, having worked with people like 2000 Black, Slam Jam, Stussy, Sonar Kollective, Franklyn and Marshall and many more. 'Proud 2Be A Flyer' is a selection of club flyers for the past decade which describes the evolution of graphic design through the club scene. This rather lovely coffee table book (24cm wide x 30cm high x 1500mm thick, all full colour) features artwork by Swifty, Kinsey, MODE2, Parra, Heavyweight, Andy Ward, Obey, Blami, Machine, and many more.


                                                                                                                                                    #6 Vol One - Summer

                                                                                                                                                      The Quantic Y Su Combo Barbaro album is dropping out now, and photographer, filmmaker and all-round good guy B+ generously offered a picture he took in Colombia to put on the cover. Check the rest of the photos and the full story inside the mag. In the new issue Shook speak to Raekwon from the Wu about an album more hotly awaited than the second coming - "Only Born 4 Cuban Linx II". They do some ghetto-turismo in Morò de Providencia, the oldest favela in Rio, thanx to French artist JR. They capture the UK's premier 'house dance' crew InDaHouse in full effect. There's an interview with one of their favourite producers 9th Wonder and his True School crew. They speak to Rashad Smith. The Eglo crew represent (Floating Points, Alex Nut and the whole 9 yards). There's the story behind the 1974 concert in Kinshasa when James Brown, Bill Withers and Celia Cruz lined up alongside Miriam Makeba and Franco – it's the subject of the new Soul Power film. Also check the story of Rahaan & the Chuck Brothers, the crate diggers outta Chi-city. They also have an in-depth story about the life and times of Freddie Hubbard, as remembered by Creed Taylor (of CTI and Impulse! fame).

                                                                                                                                                      Belle Vue

                                                                                                                                                      Issue 2

                                                                                                                                                        At long last issue 2 has arrived, it's another essential round-up of everything that's great in the land of Mancunia, and courtesy of the 'Hell Is A City' feature, one or two shit things too!!

                                                                                                                                                        Big Up

                                                                                                                                                        Issue 5 - Autumn 2009

                                                                                                                                                          Big Up is a San Fransico-based independent quarterly print and online magazine about contemporary art, underground music, revolutionary people, and street culture, with an emphasis on all aspects of the current global bass music scene. They're bigging up art that stops, wows and provokes; music that empowers, enlightens and looks forward; people who act, inspire and start revolutions. In just nine months, Big Up has started to evolve into a global brand, with merchandise, events, and podcasts encouraging a rapidly growing and loyal customer base, drawn in by the magazine's unique niche content. Big Up Issue 5's headline features are with El-B, Nosaj Thing, and Alva Noto. Also includes download card for an exclusive guest mix by Hatcha.

                                                                                                                                                          Wax Poetics

                                                                                                                                                          #63 - Gary Clark Jr / Raury

                                                                                                                                                            Blues Brother

                                                                                                                                                            Mentored on the axe by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother Jimmy and mentored on the music business by friend Cody Chesnutt, Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr. was hailed as blues music’s second coming after a couple of self-released records and his Grammy-winning, major-label debut, Blak and Blu. But not wanting to be put in a box, Clark took a cue from Chesnutt’s The Headphone Masterpiece and set out to record and self-produce a wide-ranging yet personal album from his own perspective. The result, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, sees Clark bridging the gap between genres while creating his own thing.

                                                                                                                                                            Top Billin'

                                                                                                                                                            After a couple of his singles blew up, nineteen-year-old singersongwriter Raury flipped that success into an ambitious desire to create profound and impactful art. As he headlines his own festivals, and his anxiously anticipated finally debut drops, Raury now leads a pack of young artists aiming to start a movement to take the music industry in a new, positive direction.

                                                                                                                                                            Also: Blue-eyed-soul man Boz Scaggs, Motown songwriter Marilyn McLeod, classic rock producer John Simon, saxophonist and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, soul singer throwback Leon Bridges, French beatmaker Onra, Stones Throw producer Knxwledge, and underground sound manipulator Norvis Jr.

                                                                                                                                                            Jack Chuter

                                                                                                                                                            Storm Static Sleep: A Pathway Through Post-Rock

                                                                                                                                                              As grunge and britpop ruled the airwaves in the early 90s, post-rock was a vital jolt of innovation. The intricate narratives and sonic cyclones of bands like Slint and Disco Inferno were a welcome antidote to the instant gratification of trad rock. Now, more than 20 years on, post-rock’s mark on the cultural landscape is significant. Dedicated festivals draw huge crowds and the music is a favourite for film soundtracks and adverts, unique in its compound of emotional sensitivity and visceral clout. Meanwhile, the audience has bloomed into an international community whose devotion borders on the obsessive. Storm Static Sleep unpicks the meaning of post-rock, travelling back to its origins to interrogate the journalists who championed it and the bands who renounced it.

                                                                                                                                                              Featuring over 30 first-hand interviews with some of the most prominent names in post-rock – including Mogwai, Tortoise, Steve Albini, Mono, Isis, Slint and God Is An Astronaut – alongside analysis of key records that changed the face of music, Storm Static Sleep will open your eyes – and ears – to one of music’s most exciting genres.

                                                                                                                                                              “In some ways ‘post-rock’ is just a continuation of impulses that crop up within the progressive era, and then again with post-punk. Leaving behind rock, taking on outside influences, responding to the cutting edge of black music, etherealizing to the point of losing the rhythmic pulse ” Simon Reynolds, Author/Journalist. 

                                                                                                                                                              “I was really into anti-guitar, anti-chops, anti-solos. I just wanted to f*ck it up.” David Pajo, Slint. 

                                                                                                                                                              “We never had a discussion about it, just as we never talked about whether there should be vocals. It was just like, ‘okay – let’s try something’. I guess we were just interested in seeing what we could do with the resources we had available.” - John McEntire, Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol, Bastra. 

                                                                                                                                                              “I remember the first time someone asked about it [post-rock] and I had no idea what they were talking about.” Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai.

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