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The Wire

Issue 364 - June 2014

    Ben Frost
    The Australian composer combines elemental harshness and emotional heft in music designed to overwhelm. By Dan Barrow

    The electric music hall
    Theatrical inventions of the Victorian era rewrite the history of electronic music. By Dan Wilson

    Orphy Robinson
    Philip Clark meets the multifaceted vibraphone player and purveyor of archaic Nubian stepdub

    Bites

    Golden Teacher
    Glasgow group’s ecstatic dance lessons go on all night. By Robert Barry

    Franck Vigroux
    The French composer and audiovisual artist curates hybrid festivals. By Brian Morton

    If Wet…
    Sonic inventors go wild in the country with a village hall tour. By Emily Bick

    Hailu Mergia
    Ethio-funk veteran joins forces with Berlin improvisors. By Daniel Spicer

    Collateral Damage
    New field recordists put themselves in the sonic frame. By Salomé Voegelin

    Global Ear - Rome
    Joseph Stannard learns the secrets of Italian occult psychedelia

    Cross Platform - Takashi Makino
    The Japanese film maker layers sound and celluloid in hypnotic rhythms. By Nick Cain

    Invisible Jukebox - Mike Heron
    The Incredible String Band originator unpeels the layers of The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Alex Neilson

    The Inner Sleeve
    Grouper’s Liz Harris on The Dead C’s Hell Is Now Love/Bone

    Epiphanies
    Val Wilmer hears a street corner soul testimony

    Print Run
    New music books: the dub diaspora, John McLaughlin, David Grubbs on avant garde records

    On Screen
    New films and DVDs: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records

    On Site

    Recent exhibitions: Chris Marker in London

    On Location
    Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Dean Blunt, Sonic Protest, Bristol New Music and more

    The Wire

    Issue 366 - August 2014

      St Vincent
      The Tulsa born guitarist and songwriter’s restless anxiety derails and undermines conventional songforms. By Joseph Stannard

      Trevor Wishart
      The Yorkshire electronic music pioneer and vocal improvisor dreams up sonic theatres that channel the will of the people. By Andy Hamilton

      Lee Gamble
      The London producer hacks into the structures of reality to play games with distance and scale in sound. By Rory Gibb

      Filastine
      The globe trotting beat-maker harnesses the sound of protest. By Robert Barry

      Günter Schickert
      The veteran krautrock guitarist channels the dark side of life into resurrected trio Ziguri. By Keith Moliné

      Huddersfield sound systems
      A new book tells the story of the Yorkshire town’s sound systems. By Steve Barker

      Collateral Damage
      Crowdsourced music creates the facade of community but only serves to divide composers and listeners. By Emily Bick

      Cross Platform - Sue Tompkins
      Pop lyricism and mundane chatter provide the vocabulary for the UK artist’s dense word games. By Julian Cowley

      Invisible Jukebox - Bernie Krause
      The field recordist and Moog pioneer adapts to the habitat of The Wire’s mystery record selection. By Frances Morgan

      The Inner Sleeve
      Jenny Hval on Masayoshi Sukita’s portrait of David Bowie

      Epiphanies
      Wire’s Graham Lewis becomes a modern composer by vandalising a flexi disc

      Print Run
      New music books:
      Ghosts Of My Life: Writings On Depression, Hauntology And Lost Futures by Mark Fisher
      Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting by Eilon Paz
      Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for The World’s Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich
      Africa In Stereo: Modernism, Music And Pan-African Solidarity by Tsitsi Ella Jaji

      On Screen
      New films and DVDs:
      I Am The Gorgon: Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee And The Roots Of Reggae DVD
      Nick Speed Presents: One Day In Detroit Youtube

      On Site
      Recent exhibitions: Exploit.zzxjoanw.Gen USB stick

      On Location
      Recent festivals, gigs and clubs:
      Donau Festival, Krems an der Donau, Austria
      Celebrate Ornette! The Music Of Ornette Coleman featuring Denardo Coleman Vibe, Brooklyn, US
      Tree, London, UK
      Laraaji & Sun Araw + Patten + Bee Mask, London, UK
      Electron, Geneva, Switzerland
      The Space Lady + Dean Blunt + Wanda Group, Bristol, UK

      The Wire

      Issue 365 - July 2014

        Yoshimi P-We
        Dancing to a different drum, the Boredoms player is bringing gamelan to her group OOIOO. By James Hadfield

        EMS
        For the last 50 years Stockholm’s electronic music studio has welcomed the world’s sonic explorers. By Frances Morgan

        Alan Courtis
        Kek-W plots the zigzag trails of the Argentine wanderer, from the Arctic wastes of Russia to the Great Wall of China

        DJ Taye
        The Teklife producer is opening new routes for Chicago footwork. By Rory Gibb

        Karen Gwyer
        The ex-dancer flexes muscle memories to build new club tracks. By Jennifer Lucy Allan

        International Nothing
        Berlin clarinet duo expand on the city’s reductionist heritage. By Clive Bell

        Sofia Jernberg
        From jazz to opera, Fire! Orchestra’s soprano ventures beyond language. By Abi Bliss

        Torturing Nurse
        Shanghai’s audience abusing noise unit inflict their agony on the UK. By Josh Feola

        Global Ear - Lagos
        Mattin and Xabier Erkizia monitor the changing sound enviroment of a city in flux

        Invisible Jukebox - Butterz
        Grime label founders Elijah and Skilliam chat over the beats in The Wire’s mystery record selection. By Joe Muggs

        The Inner Sleeve
        King Britt on The Police’s Ghost In The Machine

        Epiphanies
        James Toth on the Canadian kids’ entertainer who soundtracked his headbanging years

        Print Run
        New music books:
        Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Selected Lyrics by Ariel Pink, edited by Anthony Atlas
        Kansas City Lightning: The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch
        Bird: The Life And Music Of Charlie Parker by Chuck Haddix
        Testimony: A Tribute To Charlie Parker by Yusef Komunyakaa
        Came To Call Mine by Graham Lambkin
        Selected Ambient Works Volume II by Marc Wiedenbaum

        On Screen
        New films and DVDs:
        Passinho Dance Off
        Hear Now DVD
        Mirror Lands DVD

        On Site
        Recent exhibitions: Audio Arts cassette archive and Eternal Bliss™ online

        On Location
        Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Stephen O’Malley + Aluk Todolo, Brighton, UK Electric Spring, Huddersfield, UK Richard Youngs, Glasgow, UK Mammane Sani, London, UK Tri-Centric Festival, Brooklyn, US

        Various Artists

        Black Fire! New Spirits! Images Of A Revolution: Radical Jazz In The USA 1960-75

          At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique new period of revolution as African-American musicians redefined the art form in the context of the civil rights movement, afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment. John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others developed a new cosmology of sound that was as revolutionary as the social and political changes that took place in America throughout the decade. From the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, to the collective and community concerns of Chicagos Advancement for Creative Musicians and the black science fiction of Sun Ra, the new jazz musicians created a musical and cultural landscape from which jazz music never looked back. This large-format deluxe hardback book features hundreds of stunning photographs of the new jazz musicians in the USA throughout the 1960s presented with introductory essay and biographies on the many artists included in the book.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Book Info: 208 pages.

          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.

            Wax Poetics

            #58 (Cee Lo Green / Action Bronson Cover)

              It’s not about giving the middle finger and saying, “Whatever.” It’s about real talk. As Cee Lo says in our cover story, “I despise the notion of ‘whatever.’ ”Mr. Green has something to say. He’s not the character he portrays on TV. And he’s not superficially enamored with an industry run by “atheists” - so he must find a balance of being a superstar in the spotlight and a human being in the shadows of introspection. Up-and-coming rapper Action Bronson doesn’t front about his occupation, doesn’t try to sugarcoat his story. The former chef is just a regular guy with a knack for rhyme and storytelling. He doesn’t hesitate to tell us that he’s thankful and that music is something he takes very seriously. While the music industry has always been filled with big personalities, it’s especially refreshing to hear from outspoken artists who, as big man Aaron Neville said, tell it like it is. In the 1970s, Ron Isley and his band of brothers weren’t afraid to put a fist in the air and scream, “Fight the power!” - while Brian Jackson and Gil Scott-Heron used their music and words to speak the truth in turbulent times. As two soul artists without a f**king filter, Millie Jackson and Swamp Dogg have made their living putting their uncut thoughts to tape. And Philly soul architect Thom Bell opens up about his weighty contributions to a genre and a business, and Detroit singer Freda Payne shares her personal feelings about her own twists of fate. Finally, Queens rapper Kool G Rap is never afraid to state that he influenced every great rapper of our generation. Don’t fear the truth.

              The Wire

              Issue 363 - May 2014

                The Compiler
                A 22 page survey of paradigm-busting compilations, anthologies, mail order lists, mixtapes and other collections

                Marshall Allen
                Val Wilmer reveals the true story of the Sun Ra Arkestra leader’s formative years in the Paris interzone

                Invisible Jukebox - Okkyung Lee
                The nomadic cello virtuoso gets strung up with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Kurt Gottschalk

                Inga Copeland
                Former Hype Williams vocalist doing it for herself. By Joseph Stannard

                Officer!
                The war’s not over for ex-Rock In Opposition campaigner Mick Hobbs. By Mike Barnes

                Nat Birchall
                The UK saxophonist is evangelizing for spiritual jazz. By Francis Gooding

                Jack Ruby
                70s New Yorkers who forged a path between punk and synth madness. By Edwin Pouncey

                Collateral Damage
                Neil Young’s Pono player simplifies the debate over digital sound. By Philip Brophy

                Global Ear - Delhi
                Josh Feola enters the Indian city’s electronica underground

                Cross Platform - Eric Chenaux
                The Canadian musician amps up his AV project with Eric Cazdyn. By Clive Bell

                The Inner Sleeve
                Peanut Butter Wolf on Prince’s Controversy poster

                Epiphanies
                Arto Lindsay lists his significantly other musical moments

                Print Run
                New music books: Serge Gainsbourg’s masterpiece, boring formless nonsense, knowledge for mutants, plus: Is It My Body? Kim Gordon’s critical writing. By Britt Brown

                On Screen
                New films and DVDs: Ernst Schmidt Jr’s Viennese action films

                On Site
                Recent exhibitions: Carole Schneemann plus Sexing Sound: Aural Archives And Feminist Scores

                On Location
                Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: AV Festival, North East England, UK; Evolving Music, New York, US; Nathaniel Mann + Dead Rat Orchestra, Oxford, UK; Monomania, Cambridge, UK; The Necks, London, UK

                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.

                  A unique record of the birth of modern dance music. As club culture exploded in the uk , soul underground followed every flame. Soul Underground covered the explosion in dance music and club culture of the 1980s and 90s in a way that no other publication was able to. In an era that gave us rare groove, go-go, hip hop and house, the magazine delivered consistently brilliant writing about the artists, DJs and clubs at the heart of these scenes (which established titles like NME and Melody Maker largely sidelined).

                  Collecting the best pieces from the magazine as well as all its charts, rare photos and hand-picked news stories, Catch The Beat is a unique and evocative record. It was the first to interview many artists who later became stars, as well as covering scores of influential DJs and producers who were otherwise ignored. For clubbers, DJs and record collectors this is an essential time capsule.


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Book Info: 436 page, 8.5" x 12" hardback book includes exclusive 16 track compilation CD ("Jay Strongman's Warehouse Mix") featuring classic tracks from the era.

                  Wax Poetics

                  #57 (Janelle Monae / Jody Watley Cover)

                    Not everyone fits in with the mainstream. Some are born to be different. They are misfits, individualists, outsiders, and eccentrics that let their freak flags fly. Yet they have found a way to thrive on their own terms, transcending barriers of categorical concepts and popular expectations.

                    Janelle Monáe eschews the prosaic biographical trappings in favor of the science fiction of alter-ego android Cindi Mayweather, believing that robots represent an otherness. She is seemingly at odds with current R&B radio, yet she was signed by Diddy and has found crossover success. Jody Watley did not want to be an industry puppet. She broke free, joined forces with like-minded superfreak André Cymone, and established herself as an artist who took control of all aspects of her public persona from songwriting to style. Todd Rundgren embraced all styles. Butterfly-wing eyelashes and feather boas. Rock and roll and rhythm and blues. And he often did everything by himself. Songwriting, playing all the instruments, engineering. He even produced other outcasts like the New York Dolls, and went on to influence countless modern misfits. Souls of Mischief busted out of Oakland with their own style. Surrounded by gritty streets and street players, the rap quartet was instead playful and thoughtful, winning a lifelong audience based on brains, wit, and individuality. Some consider Earl Sweatshirt the weird one of Odd Future. That should tell you something. But in reality, he’s just an outsider, the weight of his intellect making him different than most rappers today. He has a way with words that most poets would kill kings for. He joins the long line of artists that represent the ideal musical other, what true fans long for when wading through depths of mainstream drivel.

                    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.

                      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.

                        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

                          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!

                            Wax Poetics

                            Anthology - Volume 1

                              In just five years, Wax Poetics has become the premier magazine for avid record collectors and general music connoisseurs alike by illuminating the golden era of music while recontextualizing today's music world. Much like the records they cover, Wax Poetics issues have themselves become quite collectible. In response to the high demand for the publication's elusive back issues, the Wax Poetics Anthology Volume 1 serves as the answer to every collector's dream. The magazine's editors have compiled their favorite articles from issues 1 to 5, giving them new life via this full-colour, hardback book edition. In addition to that, there are new illustrations, photographs, and an appendix of discographies, making the book more than just a compendium. From jazz and hip-hop heavyweights to soul and funk session musicians, the Wax Poetics Anthology delivers an eclectic blend of quality journalism and musical history.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Book Info: Deluxe full colour hardback book.

                              Wax Poetics

                              #46 - March / April 2011 - Jazz's Mad Men Issue

                                Highlights includes George Benson’s journey from child singer to fathering the genre of smooth jazz… Keyboardist Duke forged a new path and ruled the R&B charts with eccentric funk … Mainstream Records embraced a funky bunch of modern jazz players and soul singers … Billy Cobham was the most technical and disciplined drummer to ever stay in the pocket … Norman Connors was a young drummer trying to keep up in the serious world of spiritual jazz, who traded the rigorous life for expensive cars, fashion models, and R&B hits ... Jamaica Kats rising from the fertile musical soil of Queens, New York … Phil Cohran is the embodiment of spiritual jazz … John Coltrane’s three-song demo for Africa/Brass sees the light of day.

                                Wax Poetics

                                #51 - The Hip-Hop Issue (Nas / Danny Brown Cover)

                                  Wax Poetics

                                  #52 (Sade / Flying Lotus Cover)

                                    Features on Betty Wright, Roller Boogie, Gary Bartz, Cody Chesnutt, and Quantic & Alice Russell. Also in this issue: Georgia Anne Muldrow, Thundercat, Jamire Williams and ERIMAJ, Myron & E, and MeLo-X.

                                    Lush Life. Sade Adu was a model and a clothing designer who heard a higher calling in music. In the early ’80s, she joined a London-based Latin-funk band that had P-Funk aspirations. But her icy smooth delivery and knockout looks soon became the star attraction as a noted producer brought Sade and her band into the studio to record “Smooth Operator,” which resulted in a worldwide smash. While Sade is often pegged somewhere between smooth jazz and quiet storm, the band culled all its influences—a little funk, pop, R&B, jazz, Latin, and reggae—and made an art out of blurring genres. The end product was cool and mysterious, sophisticated and grown up.

                                    Electric Consciousness. Flying Lotus is a thinking man. Raised by his great-aunt, Alice Coltrane, he is highly intuitive and a spiritual explorer—seeking out consciousness-altering experiences and asking important questions. Ideas matter to him. Music matters. Surrounded by a culture of electronic music, FlyLo stands apart by releasing art with a purpose. Now after only three albums and one on the way, this well-spoken intellectual is poised to become a musical guru to those who strive for a similar path.


                                    Wax Poetics

                                    #53 (Rza Cover)

                                      Like a highly trained Shaolin monk, this issue has many styles. And many of our featured artists are masters and leaders of their respective styles and movements. And most have combined multiple styles to create a new one. RZA put his two loves, hip-hop and kung fu flicks, together and created the Wu-Tang Clan, becoming its self-appointed leader and arguably the master of New York’s grittiest period of hip-hop. To sing the hook on Ghost’s “After the Smoke Is Clear,” RZA recruited William Hart, leader of the Delfonics and master of Philly’s sweet-soul period. Nite Jewel looks to the past for inspiration, whether ’80s synth pop or the recording techniques of experimental-music pioneer Brian Eno, who quickly rose to fame during his brief stint in Roxy Music, the art-rock band formed by painting student Bryan Ferry. Ferry, who was mentored by England’s most famous pop artist and collagist, likened Roxy Music to that of a collage: all of his interests— art, fashion, women, and music—mashed together. With two different phases of music, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music would influence countless musicians and bands. Another influential figure whose name never fails to show up is the late J Dilla, who is pinpointed as influence number one by Bilal, who noted, “J Dilla pulled from all different genres, and he had a record collection like I’ve never seen before…rock, jazz, electronic, everything. And he mixed it all into what he did—which was hip-hop.” Bilal would absorb this multi-style influence and return the favor to his protégé, Jesse Boykins III, who is sharing his philosophy through his Romantic Movement, recruiting artists like Mara Hruby along the way. J Dilla’s music spurred multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson to interpret his songs for orchestra, enlisting Dilla cohort Karriem Riggins to add that beat. Ferguson finds himself as Los Angeles’ most in-demand arranger and recently collaborated with the Gaslamp Killer, who is leading L.A.’s turntable scene with his Low End Theory night. Leroy Sibbles was not only the lead singer of the Heptones but also the musical director of Studio One, where he brought a new bass style to reggae. Sinkane brings together many styles and genres—polyrhythmic Afrobeat and modern electronic—to create his unique, indefinable music that sets him apart on the dance label DFA. Danny Alias brought together his love of spoken word, parody and humor, promotion, and house music to create the brief but influential dance label Persona Records. Portland’s Pleasure was pleased with the label support from Crusader Wayne Henderson but always stuck to their guns and championed their own polished and funky blend of R&B and jazz. Last but not least, influential Bay Area rapper Mac Dre had two creative periods in his short career, including pioneering the long-lasting hyphy movement, a subculture that combined its love of cars, partying, music, and dance.

                                      Wax Poetics

                                      #55 - Daft Punk / De La Soul Issue

                                        Issue 55 celebrates exploration. French duo Daft Punk are redefining modern dance music by bringing the musicians back. Hip-hop legends De La Soul keep the team together even after twenty years in the game.

                                        Contents: Daft Punk, De La Soul, Nile Rodgers, Teddy Riley, Slum Village, Gino Soccio, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Waajeed, Jack Bruce, Lady, Ava Luna, BLKKATHY.

                                        Wax Poetics

                                        #56 (Little Dragon / Hiatus Kaiyote Cover)

                                          Cover 2 (Little Dragon b/w Hiatus Kaiyote) celebrates the Wide World of Soul, representing Sweden and Australia, as well as Scotland (Average White Band), Jamaica (Cultural Roots), Romania (Rodion G.A.), and Japan (Shintaro Sakamoto). Also included: disco remixer John Morales and Bruce Lee soundtracks.

                                          Wax Poetics

                                          #49 - September / October 2011 The Latin Issue

                                            Pianist Eddie Palmieri is a true Latin-music visionary. His complex rhythmic compositions and daring improvisation put him at the forefront of musical icons who challenged conventional limitations. Though steeped in the Afro-Cuban tradition, Palmieri has always pushed the boundaries and in the process reinvented the sound of the Latin dance band.

                                            From the late 1950s to present day, doo-wop and sweet soul has been the unofficial soundtrack of the Chicano experience. Coming out of a landscape of racial inequality, Chicano lowriders found that these sentimental R&B ballads spoke volumes. Staying close to their roots, Chicanos have kept the tradition of Lowrider Oldies alive, breeding heavyweights in the record-collecting scene in the process.

                                            Ultimately, the greatest salsa band of all time, the Fania All-Stars, took the all-star tradition to the big leagues. From tiny clubs to Yankee Stadium, this dream team of clutch players hit it out of the park, cut after cut.

                                            Vibraphonist Cal Tjader was one of the first American jazz musicians to embrace Latin music. He played with notable percussionists Armando Peraza, Willie Bobo, and Mongo Santamaria early in his development. He covered Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo’s famed “Guarachi Guaro” in 1955 and made it his own in 1965 as “Soul Sauce.”

                                            Also Includes: Harlem River, Drive Speed Records, Helado Negro, Bio Ritmo and Joe Arroyo Y La Verdad Re:discovered.

                                            Shindig!

                                            Issue 35

                                              Beatleisms
                                              When The Beatles split in 1970 it marked the end of pop music’s first and brightest golden era. But, not content with having been the most widely-imitated and influential act on the planet for much of the previous decade, The Fabs continued to inform the development of pop, rock, singer-songwriters and even prog, well into the next. The Fabs’ ’70s offspring left us with a legacy of brilliant, diverse and often-overlooked albums that ran the gamut from slavish recreation to nostalgic songcraft to experimental adventurism, each acknowledging its debt to the unsurpassed work of the masters.
                                              Allow Shindig! to guide you around some of our favourites

                                              Paul McCartney
                                              The dawning of the ’70s was a troubling time for PAUL McCARTNEY. The last member of The Most Famous Band Ever to leave, he infuriated The Other Three by then being the first to publicly announce his departure, while the release of his curious, misunderstood solo debut forced The Beatles’ decidedly un-Fab swansong Let It Be to be rescheduled. In the meantime, the dejected McCartney gathered his new family and beat a hasty retreat to his remote Scottish farm where he virtually abandoned the notion of making music and struggled with depression and alcoholism amidst fanatical rumours of death and insanity. As if things couldn’t get any worse, The Beatles were plunged deep into a roller coaster of complex and destructive litigation that brought years of seething personal resentment and deep-rooted psychodrama to the surface. Somehow, in the middle of this mire, Paul regrouped, quietly put together a little band and fashioned what many regard as a high watermark of his career, Ram. In this extract from his new book on McCartney’s adventures in the ’70s, TOM DOYLE paints a fascinating picture of creative highs and personal lows. “It’s a bit like after an operation, where you want to rest but you’ve got to push it.”

                                              Nilsson
                                              Having released two baroque pop albums that didn’t register with the critics or record buying public, it took a Fred Neil cover belatedly lifted from Aerial Ballet to become a million-selling movie theme and bring NILSSON to the masses. JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS follows the friend of The Beatles and in-demand writer through a madcap feature film about an LSD-fuelled prison break and the final albums and animated feature that led him into a new era

                                              Klaatu
                                              It took three unassuming young Canadian musicians schooled in Toronto garage bands to accidentally start rumours of a Beatles reformation in 1977 via their otherworldly brand of progressive pop. PAT CURRAN goes interplanetary with the once secretive KLAATU

                                              The Rutles
                                              Conceived as a throwaway spoof on a late night UK TV comedy show,
                                              THE RUTLES soon outgrew such humble origins to spawn one of the first and best “mockumentary” movies, two highly regarded albums, several law suits and a dedicated hardcore of disciples around the world, including members of the very band they sought to pastiche. CHRIS TWOMEY enjoys a spot of cheese and (glass) onions with lead Rutle and keeper of the flame, NEIL INNES. “I never set out to become a parodist…”

                                              Stackridge
                                              STACKRIDGE were in a field of their own; quite literally, being West Country boys from Yeovil, Bristol and Bath. In the ’70s, they stamped their individuality on half a dozen albums and countless live shows, gaining a devoted following but never quite achieving that elusive commercial breakthrough. RICHARD NASH hears from band mainstay ANDY DAVIS about sleeping on floors, recording with George Martin and finding doing it all again more fun than ever.

                                              Bonafide

                                              Issue 08

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

                                                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.

                                                  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.

                                                    Shindig!

                                                    Issue 33

                                                      THE SEEDS
                                                      In garage land THE SEEDS carry as much weight as The Beatles do in pop. The LA quartet burned brightly and quickly, madcap singer Sky Saxon and egotistical manager ‘Lord’ Tim Hudson inventing flower power and presaging psychedelia with the ambitious album they started recording in January 1967, Future.
                                                      KRIS NEEDS stands up for flower music

                                                      SANDIE SHAW
                                                      SANDIE SHAW is a ’60s icon. Along with Dusty, Lulu and Cilla she personifies the female pop star of the era. Her good looks and trademark barefoot appearance instantly made her a favourite on TV and in magazines, while she clocked up hit after hit, including three chart-toppers in the UK alone.
                                                      But by the end of the decade she was tired of the gruelling, soulless treadmill of light entertainment and the less than sparkling material she was being forced to record.
                                                      Sneaking off behind her management’s back to a small studio with a crack backing band, she began the process of reinvention.
                                                      Lifelong fan JEANETTE LEECH wants to know all about it

                                                      MARSUPILAMI
                                                      While the South West of England couldn’t match London or the cities of the North for the amount of bands that sprung up during and after the beat era, those that did had a unique vibe that went far beyond quaint accents and rough cider.
                                                      Enter MARSUPILAMI.
                                                      RICHARD NASH goes wild in Somerset

                                                      THE THIRD POWER
                                                      The Detroit of the late ’60s boasted a ridiculous preponderance of talent that should need no introduction to Shindig! readers. In this wealth of extraordinary groups it’s easy to forget those who didn’t achieve such a stellar level of fame. One such act is power trio THE THIRD POWER, whose sole album of heavy psych, Believe, is as strong as any from the era.
                                                      AUSTIN MATTHEWS caught up with bassist JEM TARGAL and guitarist DREW ABBOTT for the full story

                                                      YOU AM I
                                                      YOU AM I emerged from the early ’90s Australian alt-rock scene, breaking out nationally to become one of the country’s most adored and successful bands. Fearlessly displaying their love of rock’s classic lineage, they crafted tough, thoughtful, patriotic pop music across a series of albums that somehow managed to bring rough-arsed, garage-hewn guitar music back into the public eye and become chart-toppers.
                                                      During 20-odd years together they’ve earned themselves a reputation as one of the most dynamic live acts on the planet, sharing stages with artists as diverse as Sonic Youth and The Rolling Stones.
                                                      Now, as their first three long-players – Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly, Daily – get the deluxe reissue treatment, ANDY MORTEN asks band lynchpins TIM ROGERS and RUSSELL HOPKINSON about those heady early days

                                                      KIM FOWLEY
                                                      The legendary septuagenarian Svengali of The Sunset Strip and self-styled Lord Of Garbage, KIM FOWLEY, answers career-spanning questions from the Shindig! panel as he convalesces after recent health problems

                                                      FRANCOISE HARDY
                                                      FRANÇOISE HARDY’s 1972 album If You Listen must rank among the greatest undiscovered works of the era and a beacon in her career.
                                                      ANDY MORTEN finds out how this French icon came to record a modern folk-rock classic in London and why nobody seemed to notice

                                                      MATT BERRY
                                                      Those of us who’ve admired MATT BERRY for his scene-stealing comic acting in TV’s Snuff Box, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The IT Crowd and The Mighty Boosh were more than pleasantly surprised by his 2011 solo album Witchazel – a gothic, acid-folk frat party of a record. Its follow-up, Kill The Wolf, is even better.
                                                      ANDY MORTEN talks to Matt in between re-runs of The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Wicker Man

                                                      PIED PIPER RECORDS
                                                      Detroit soul label PIED PIPER produced its fair share of classics in the mid-late ’60s, yet much of its superlative output has only seen the light of day in recent years.
                                                      PAUL RITCHIE finds out why

                                                      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


                                                        Let's Start A Pussy Riot

                                                        Curator Emely Neu & Editor Jade French In Collaboration With 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.

                                                          Wax Poetics

                                                          #54 (Big Daddy Kane / Joey Badass Cover)

                                                            Issue 54 split covers celebrate two scenes, blue-eyed soul and Brooklyn MCs - brought together as only Wax Poetics can.

                                                            Cover one sports legendary Brooklyn MC and Juice Crew alum Big Daddy Kane, backed with new Brooklyn mic killer Joey Badass. And we venture farther back in time to speak with the elusive old school BK rapper Jimmy Spicer.

                                                            Juice crew alum Big Daddy Kane remains true to the art of hip-hop. a consummate entertainer, Kane witnessed the blossoming of the culture during the golden era and set a high standard for future mcs. never one to take his gift lightly, the legendary Brooklyn mc uses his music to touch the lives of his fans beyond the dance floor.

                                                            Joey Badass is the future of hip-hop. at only eighteen, he possesses lyrical poise rarely on display in this modern era. Last year, he dropped his debut mixtape 1999 to critical acclaim, showing a penchant for classic new York hip-hop sonics and potent verbal wordplay. along with his Pro Era crew, Joey Badass brings skills back to the game while ushering in a new age of consciousness.

                                                            Wax Poetics

                                                            #54 (Daryl Hall / Jose James Cover)

                                                              Issue 54 split covers celebrate two scenes, blue-eyed soul and Brooklyn MCs - brought together as only Wax Poetics can.

                                                              Cover two features the poster boy for the blue-eyed-soul movement, Daryl Hall. Wax Poetics digs deep into the scene with features on Bobby Caldwell, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Laura Nyro, and Ned Doheny. Also featuring crooner José James, Keyboard Kid, Nosaj Thing, Clams Casino, and the Ghetto Brothers.

                                                              Daryl Hall cut his teeth on the local Philly music scene under the tutelage of soul masters including the Temptations, Thom Bell, and Gamble and Huff. after serendipitously landing on the same bill as John Oates, the two became quick friends and soon began working together. after reaching sky-high success in a duo with Oates, Hall has settled into a new role as internet music-TV pioneer with a new monthly web series that brings the world into his home.

                                                              Infusing vocal jazz sensibilities with hip-hop swagger, José James is in a space all his own. though a Brooklyn resident, it took a trip to London with a bag of self- pressed vinyl to put him on the radar—thanks to Gilles Peterson who signed him to his Brownswood label. now with Blue Note, James drops a multi-layered album that is modern, progressive, and classic all at the same time.

                                                              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.

                                                                Bonafide

                                                                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).

                                                                      Steve Barrow & Stuart Baker

                                                                      Reggae 45 Soundsystem: The Label Art Of Reggae Singles

                                                                        A new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000 full size record label 45rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music.

                                                                        The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (‘Rough Guide To Reggae’ / Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). Text by Steve Barrow and Noel Hawks.

                                                                        As well as the stunning full-size 45 designs, this book is ram-jam filled with text on many of the records, artists, producers and record companies featured in the book.

                                                                        The 45rpm 7” single is at the heart of reggae music, the main tool in which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, through to its dissemination worldwide, over the last 50+ years.

                                                                        These unique label designs give us a hidden history of design that is raw, innovative and hip. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energise the music that they accompany.

                                                                        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!

                                                                            Wax Poetics

                                                                            #52 (Lenny Kravitz / Dam-Funk Cover)

                                                                              Features on Betty Wright, Roller Boogie, Gary Bartz, Cody Chesnutt, and Quantic & Alice Russell. Also in this issue: Georgia Anne Muldrow, Thundercat, Jamire Williams and ERIMAJ, Myron & E, and MeLo-X.

                                                                              Renaissance Man. Lenny Kravitz grew up singing classical music in a boys’ choir, learned to play multiple instruments like his idol Prince, absorbed the Beatles’ classic studio techniques, and espoused the virtues of vintage equipment before it was called retro. From the very beginning, he clung to his independence and fought the stereotypes of the music industry—even as his stardom exploded. A student of the music who had a sustaining influence on his peers, Lenny Kravitz learned to navigate the industry to become a master of his game.

                                                                              The Prince and the Evolution. Dâm-Funk quickly became L.A. royalty when he exploded onto the scene spinning rare boogie and modern soul, then dropping his own synth-heavy slabs on Stones Throw Records. After nearly singlehandedly igniting international interest in modern funk, Dâm is now broadening his scope and looking to evolve the music into its natural next level.


                                                                              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?


                                                                                Wax Poetics

                                                                                #51 - The Hip-Hop Issue (No Limit / Shabazz Palaces Cover)

                                                                                  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.


                                                                                        Chantal Regnault

                                                                                        Voguing And The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1989-92

                                                                                          At the end of the 1980s, Voguing suddenly entered the mainstream when featured in Madonnas Vogue video, Malcolm McClarens Deep in Vogue single and the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Photographer Chantal Regnault spent many years capturing the emergent underground gay ballroom scene in Harlem at the end of the 1980s, from where Voguing emerged. A riot of fashion, image, poly-sexuality and a radical subversion of style, sexuality and race is vividly captured in the hundreds of amazing, never before seen, photographs in this deluxe book. The book also features interviews with key figures from the movement, essays, flyers and documents from this momentous era.


                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                  Shook

                                                                                                  #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

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                Woofah

                                                                                                                #4

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                      Rock-A-Rolla

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                        Dummy

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                        Mat

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                          Shook

                                                                                                                                          #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.


                                                                                                                                                JUST IN: Various Artists - Brazilian Shakedown EP / Brazilian Shakedown http://t.co/1CaXplxXhe
                                                                                                                                                Tue 29th - 8:35
                                                                                                                                                NEW TO PRE-ORDER: Fernando Feat. Fiorucci - Giant Desert / Leng http://t.co/SBLkgY3LCv
                                                                                                                                                Tue 29th - 8:00
                                                                                                                                                NEW TO PRE-ORDER: GEoRGiA - Come In / KAYA KAYA http://t.co/ewTSPPzAES
                                                                                                                                                Tue 29th - 7:55
                                                                                                                                                NEW TO PRE-ORDER: Downtown Party Network - Disco Ball Drama / Future Boogie Recordings http://t.co/ZeQ5ZluNL0
                                                                                                                                                Tue 29th - 7:50
                                                                                                                                                NEW TO PRE-ORDER: School Of Language - More Fears EP / Memphis Industries http://t.co/7TfJsu8Rp9
                                                                                                                                                Tue 29th - 5:10
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