Tuesday, August 18, 2009

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Books & Magazines )))))

*** "Issue number 8 of this hand-drawn psychedelic underground fave. Includes interviews with VASHTI BUNYAN, DJIN AQUARIAN (YA HO WHA 13), PETER WALKER, MANI NEUMEIR (GURU GURU), and BILL HAM, along with features on DEL SHANNON, BLUE THINGS, EDDIE HAZEL, GEORGE-EDWARDS GROUP, HOYT AXTON, MV & EE, KIM FOWLEY, SKIP JAMES vs. CREAM, and more. Packaged with a CD featuring unreleased tracks from Ya Ho Wha 13, Vashti Bunyan, Peter Walker, MONSTER MAGNET, LA OTRACINA, NAKED DEATH, CHRISTINA CARTER, RUTHANN FRIEDMAN, SAMARA LUBELSKI, and others."

*** "Putting the 'Great' back in Depression, the latest The Minus Times is a 72-page double issue starring Dave Eggers, Sam Lipsyte and David Berman. Issue #29 brings in a cross-section of American talent: rock & rollers Sam Beam, Will Oldham, Colin Gagon, Neil Michael Hagerty; artists Harrison Haynes, Hope Gangloff, Forest Juziuk, and Steve Keene; cartoonist and animator Brad Neely; filmmakers Kathy Egan and Andrew Pope; poets Joe Wenderoth and Mike Topp; photographer Michael McLeod, along with writers Brian Howe, Theodore McDermott, Patrick deWitt, Wells Tower, Brent Van Daley, Mike Laus, and Jeff Johnson. Handsomely weathered scene stealers one and all." Published by DRAG CITY. Featuring Wazoo's FOREST JUZIUK.

*** "DAVID BERMAN has spent the last two decades in the public eye, stalking out his own territory as the leader of the rock band SILVER JEWS as well as poet and writer of the book Actual Air. In both cases, his address to the world has been marked with a singular touch; a literate, yet low-budget approach to communicating the beauty and absurdity of Earth-based life. The Portable February is a cheaply-priced but handsomely appointed hardcover compendium of the Berman visual sensibility: a left-handed, child-like scrawl, scored with a wit and observation that confutes the often primitive nature of his line. As the artist himself put it, 'The drawings are pitched into some rudimentary space of public art, a place we might think of as between and below Gary Larson and Raymond Pettibon.' Hardcover book, 97 pages.