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30% Off All Used Glorious Physical Culture On The Day After Thanksgiving When SUVs Circle Electronics Stores Like Covered Wagons
Yes, you heard right wee lasses - 30% off all used books, records, CDs and DVDs for Black Friday. Avoid the mall carnage and pick up some thoughtful and thought provoking gifts for loved ones among our hushed stacks. Gentle readers and musicians await you with free coffee. But girls, we must school you about Franz Ferdinand who were preceded by the glorious catchy crunch of Gang of Four and The Ex, the latter’s graphic design most likely inspiring this cover. But then again, we have borrowed this photo from Sleeveface.
Hope you had a great thanksgivikkah!
Purple Week of Bargains Before Even Bigger Black Friday
Normal’s Books & Records is launching giant Lionel Ritchie heads all over Baltimore to announce our Purple Week Before Black Friday Sale because it’s Easy As Sunday Morning to find great bargains at our culture bazaar that is almost a quarter of a century old. 20% off all used books, records, CDs and DVDs Tomorrow through Wednesday, then 30% off all used prized objects on Black Friday. Shop local and save!
Body & Soul: Fresh Rare Soul & Jazz For Autumnal Listening
Folks, our jazz and soul and new arrival vinyl sections are bursting with goodness! A sweet Waverly woman has been shuttling in her hip grandfather’s collection - he was a modern dancer - and we can barely keep up. I know one of the current catchphrases is “Not your father’s….” or “Not your grandfather’s….”, well this grandfather kicked ass and the soul and jazz of the ’60s and early ’70s withstand the harsh winds of commerce and taste and cannot be touched.
Below are a few morsels just in. Heads up on two Normal’s shows coming up. This coming Thursday, the 21st, is an Epiphysis Foundation Musical Showcase night with Mother McKenzie who has a new album out called Truce. Here he is on Bandcamp:
The ever hilarious and entertaining MacGregor Burns will be opening along with Woolly Moon.
Cannonball Adderley - Black Messiah. Near mint Capitol double album in very good + gatefold, $20.
Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio - Dedications. Near mint on Inner City. In verygood + jacket, $8.
Dorothy Ashby - Afro-Harp. Near mint Chess reissue in very good + jacket, $8.
Black Ivory - Baby, Won’t You Change Your Mind. Near mint Today original, $15.
Art Blakey - Golden Boy. Very good + on Colpix in near mint jacket, mono, $15.
Body & Soul - Self-titled. Rare, much coveted 1971 funk album on National General. Very good + in excellent jacket that is open, but still in shrink. The photo above is not our copy, our copy is in shrink, but doesn’t have cut-out punch hole. $125.
Big Bill Broonzy with Pete Seeger - Live In Concert. Near mint Verve original in very good + jacket, $10.
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey. Very good + US Island in very good + jacket, $15.
Donald Byrd - Black Byrd. Near mint Blue Note original in very good + jacket, $12.
Mario Davidovsky - 3 Synchronisms for Instruments & Electronic Sounds. Very good on CRI, $10.
Delfonics - Tell Me This Is a Dream. Near mint on Philly Groove. In near mint jacket that is open, but still in shrink, $10.
Duo Ouro Negro - music Of Africa Today. Very good + on UA International in near mint jacket that is open, but still in shrink, $15.
Nikki Giovanni - Like A Ripple On a Pond. Very good minus in vg+ jacket, $6.
Nikki Giovanni - Truth Is On Its Way. Near mint in vg+ jacket, $10.
Willie Hutch - The Mack soundtrack. Very good + in vg gatefold, the gate actually being Willie Hutch’s face. After the desire to be a bobblehead, being a gate of an album second is my second wish. $15.
Lowlife - Rain. Excellent in vg+ jacket, $15. With members of Cocteau Twins and Dead Neighbours.
Bob Marley - Rastaman Vibration. Very good + US Island press in near mint gatefold, $12.
Bob Marley - Kaya. Very good + US Island in vg+ jacket, $10.
Bob Marely - Rasta Revolution. Trojan/Zafiro import. Near mint in excellent cover, $15.
Roy Meriwether Trio - Jesus Christ Superstar Goes Jazz. Very good + on Notes of Gold in vg+ jacket, $15.
Charles Mingus Black Saint & The Sinner Lady. Very good + early Impulse stereo press with “RVG” in deadwx. In vg+ gatefold, $25.
Geoff Mullen - Bongo Closet. Near mint on Type, $15.
The Originals - Baby, I’m For Real. Near mint 1969 Soul pressing in vg+ jacket, $10.
Pearl Harbor - Something About The Chaparrals. Vg+ on Mexican Summer, $8.
Pharoah Sanders - Deaf Dumb Blind. Very good + on Impulse in vg+ gatefold, $25.
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - It’s Your World. Near mint double Arista album in vg
Ntozake Shange - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Near mint soundtrack on Buddah, $10.
Marlena Shaw - Who Is This Bitch Anyway? Very good + on Blue Note in very good jacket, $10.
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation. Near mint 1991 Russian! Pressing in vg jacket, $30.
Soul Children - Best of Both Worlds. Vg+ on Stax in near mint textured cover, $12.
Fats Theus - Black Out. Very good + on CTI with Grant Green. $25.
Earl Wilson - Let My People Come. Good + original soundtrack in vg jacket, $4.
Bern Porter’s Happy Rock, Photo-Textualities and Other New Books of Note
Will Soule: Indian Photographer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma 1869-74 - Russell E. Belous and Robert A. Weinstein.
From The Life of the Marionettes - Ingmar Bergman. Near fine 1980 Pantheon hardback first in near fine jacket, $15.
Chim: The Photographs of David Seymour - Inge Bondi. Near fine Bulfinch first edition hardback in very good jacket. Out-of-print, $20.
Sister of the Road - The autobiography of Box-Car Bertha. Good only out-of-print hard to find early printing of this vagabond classic. $4. ”Born in the shadows of a railroad yard, of a wandering mother who took her lovers where she found them and a father who was scarcely conscious of her arrival in the world, Bertha took to the road as soon as the restless impulses of adolescence stirred in her.”
Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature - Edited by Marsha Bryant. Near fine University of Delaware hardback in fine jacket, $35. ”Literature and photography have been crossing borders since Edgar Allan Poe praised the daguerrotype’s invention in his essays of 1840. This anthology investigates books that juxtapose photographs and written language (photo-texts), considering a variety of examples from America, Britain, Canada and France.”
America Is In The Heart - Carlos Bulosan. Very good University of Washington Press paperback, $5. ”First published in 1946, this autobiography of the well-known Filipino poet describes his boyhood in the Philippines, his voyage to America, and his years of hardship and despair as an itinerant laborer following the harvest trail in the rural West.”
Society Against the State - Pierre Clastres. ”The thesis is radical. We conventionally define the state as the regulation of violence; it may be the origin of it. Clastre’s thesis is that economic expropriation and political coercion are inconsistent with the character of tribal society - which is to say, with the greater part of human history.” - Marshall Sahlins. Zone Books hardback, near fine, $20.
Film Hieroglyphs: Ruptures in Classical Cinema - Tom Conley. Fine University of Minnesota paperback, $6.
Photo-Secession: Stieglitz and the Fine-Art Movement in Photography - Robert Doty. Out-of-print Dover paperback, $6.
A Dying Colonialism - Frantz Fanon. 1967 Evergreen paperback, $4.
Black Skin White Masks: The Experiences of a Black Man In a White World - Franz Fanon. Grove paperback, $4.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo - Susan Kismaric. Near fine Museum of Modern Art paperback, $10.
The Man Who Would Dam the Amazon & Other Accounts from Afield - John G. Mitchell. Fine University of Nebraska hardback, $6.
The Ghost Dance Religion and Wounded Knee - James Mooney. With 38 plates and 49 text illustrations. Dover paperback, $6.
Japan 1945: A U.S. Marine’s Photographs From Ground Zero - Joe O’Donnell. Fine Vanderbilt hardback, $15.
The Happy Rock - Bern Porter. Beautiful 1947 edition on Packard Press. Tall 8vo with multi-colored pages. A lively book about the lively Henry Miller.
Portrait of a Decade: Roy Stryker and the Development of Documentary Photography in the Thirties - F. Jack Hurley. Very good out-of-print Da Capo paperback, $8.
Lady of the Beasts: Ancient Images of the Goddess and Her Sacred Animals - Buffie Johnson. Hmmmn, hard to take a writer named Buffie seriously, but this appears to be an interesting book. Out-of-print Harper & Row hardback, $6.
Sailing Alone Around The World - Captain Joshua Slocum. As new Dover paperback, $4. ”Challenged by an expert who said it couldn’t be done, Joshua Slocum, an indomitable New England sea captain, set out in April of 1895 to prove that a man could sail alone around the world. 46,000 miles and a little over 3 years later, the proof was complete”. $4.
The Unknown Revolution - Voline. Out-of-print Solidarity Black and Red paperback, with introduction by Rudy Rucker. Some marginalia, $8.
Photographer of the Southwest: Adam Clark Vroman, 1856-1916. Very good + Bonanza hardback, $10.
Cry: The Johnnie Ray Story - Jonny Whiteside. Near fine Barricade hardback first in very good + jacket, $10. Hear the sordid tale of The Nabob of Sob! Drunken sprees with Dorothy Killgallen, best man at Judy Garland’s post-goblin transformation wedding, tripping up before the Queen Mum at the Silver Jubilee. A perfect read for autumnal fireside brandy sipping.
Camera In Conflict: Civil Disturbance - Nick Yapp. Near fine Konemann hardback folio, $8.
Poetry At Normal’s Wednesday, November 13
Normal’s Books & Records welcomes Lily Herman reading from her new book of poetry, Each Day There Is A Little Love In a Book For Youpublished by Dryad Press.
(Police sketch of Citizen Shutz)
Joining Lily will be Adam Shutz, co- editor of Artichoke Haircut, reading from his novel in progress and poet Fitz Fitzgerald.
DJ Mills will be interweaving sweet sounds through the night, swoolen bookshelves and richly stuffed record bins will beckon, crying out for perusal. Things get started at 8, a few dollars donation for the artists is encouraged.
A Black Pumpkin Hailstorm of Highsmith!
Well, there is no Ravens game this weekend, no marathon snarling traffic and no festival to compete with that I know of, so I hope you have some time to come check out all our new stock in all categories. Here is a taste of some of the arcane new book titles of the last day or two.
Let’s start with the Highsmiths! No hardbacks, just fine trade paperbacks for late night bed drifting.
The Tremor of Forgery. Atlantic paperback, as new, $5. Highsmith’s almost Bowlesian tale.
The Cry of The Owl. As new Atlantic paperback. One of my favorites. The only character who is somewhat moral and sympathetic is a window peeper! $6.
Edith’s Diary. As new Atlantic paperback, $6. Incredible portrait of a mind crumbling beneath the psychic load of an oafish family.
The Two Faces of January. As new Atlantic paperback, $6.
Found In The Street. Very good Atlantic paperback, $5. ”When Elsie Tyler drifts to New York City’s Greenwich Village, her vitality soon wins her a circle of sophisticated friends. But she also becomes the obsession of a failed investor and night watchman.”
Eleven. Near fine Atlantic paperback with foreword by Graham Greene, $5.
Those Who Walk Away. Very good Atlantic paperback, $5.
The Blunderer. Very good Norton paperback, $5. “Ingenious….Makes a cold clutch at the reader’s deeper security” - Punch
The Glass Cell. As new Norton paperback, $6. ”At last back in print, The Glass Cell combines a quintessential Highsmith mystery with a penetrating critique of the prison system” - Time
Swamp Sister - Robert Edmond Alter. As new Vintage trade paperback of this Southern gothic filled with Hellfire! “The swamp had no name and no landmarks; just cypress, Spanish moss, and alligators - and a wrecked plane with eighty thousand dollars inside it.” $5.< br>
There’s One In Every Town - James Aswell. First Signet paperback, $4. “I just dated and made love a little like all the girls…..I just couldn’t sit home and be lonely and not liked by anybody, could I?”
Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin. Near fine first paperback edition, published by Signet, $6. < br> u< br>
Cocaine Nights -J.G. Ballard. Counterpoint paperback, $5. The Deep End - Fredric Brown. For sheer, fun one night smart ( well sometimes the plot may Gumby stretch) reads, it’s hard to top classic Fred Brown. Night of The Jabberwock and Far Cry are my favorites, but this one is in the top five. First edition, out-of- print Quill paperback in near fine condition, $6.
The Lenient Beast - Fredric Brown. Fine Carroll & Graf first edition paperback, $5.
The Screaming Mimi - Fredric Brown. Near fine Carroll & Graf first paperback, $5. Probably #4 on my Brown love list, this one was given the Argento treatment in his film ” The Bird With The Crystal Plumage “
Aubrey Beardsley -Stephen Calloway. Fine Abrams hardback in very good jacket, $12.
Silent Terror - James Ellroy. Near fine 1986 first Avon paperback edition, $8.
Harlan Ellison - Approaching Oblivion. Very good first Signet paperback, $4. Nick Drake: The Biography - Patrick Humphries. Out-of- print Bloomsbury paperback, $6.
Andy Goldsworthy - Time. Fine Abrams out- of-print hardback in fine jacket, $25.
Woody Guthrie, A Life - Joe Klein. 1982 first Ballantine paperback in very good condition. One of the few precious books I ever lost to dog mastication was a sweet hardback first of this that I found at Value Village. I hustled it home to my pal Camel’s place where I was staying until my reservation at Chateau Berndt was in order and left for some beer quaffing. When I returned, Latifah the dog had engorged herself on its pulchritude like an order of Venus lasagna. But I bow to Latifah. $8.< br>
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #3: The Copenhagen Affair. Near fine Ace paperback, $3.
Man from U.N.C.L.E. #11: The Invisibility Affair. Fine Ace paperback, $4.
The Kinks - Neville Marten and Jeff Hudson. Sanctuary paperback, $6. “The story of The Kinks is not for the faint- hearted: nervous breakdowns, resignations, punch- ups, heads used for footballs and guitars wielded as weapons….”
What Is Literature - Jean-Paul Sartre. As new Harvard paperback, $8.
Donald Writes No More: A Biography of Donald Goines - Eddie Stone. ”Addict, thief, pimp, pusher, hoodlum, bootlegger, player…, and writer!” Good old Holloway House, $3.
Dino: Living High In The Dirty Business of Dreams - Nick Tosches. Learn the inner workings of the cruel cypher that broke Jerry Lewis’ heart! Mass market paperback, $3
Fright - Cornell Woolrich. As new Hard Case paperback. The first publication of this novel by the author of “Rear Window” in 50 years. $4..
A People’s History Of The United States - Howard Zinn. An essential read that exposes the corruption of some of our most cherished national myths. Harper paperback, $5.
Fresh Sounds For Brisk Sunny Fall!
As I frantically try to type up all the new treasures pouring in on this classic brisk sunny fall day, new floods come! I feel like John Wayne trying to squeeze into his girdle for the shooting of the grand finale scene in The Alamo, clothing tearing, veins bulging. For a few days I had vinyl anxiety because there had been dumptrucks of marvelous books backing up to our door, but no vinyl. Then DJ Mills dropped golden soul on us, two wonderful crates of soul jazz and latin jazz came in yesterday and this morning a sweet pile of rock with minty classic Dylan, Beatles and John Barry soundtracks appeared like a shimmering troll beneath the bridge.
There will be a separate post coming up with some of the great books in, including just about every Patricia Highsmith title and some Fredric Brown.
A few Normal’s related shows to boost: The release party for the Mole Suit Choir’s debut, “Campfire Spacesuit”, is Sunday, November 3 at The Metro Gallery. Doors open at 7:30, there will be a gentle cover charge of $5. With Nathan Bell, Liz Durrete, Stephanie Barber and Megan McShea.
Then, Wednesday, November 13th, Normal’s is hosting a poetry reading publication party for Lily Herman’s new book. Also reading will be Adam Shutz and Fitz Fitzgerald. 8pm prompt! DJ Mills will be spinning soul.
Now on to the treasures of Fall!
Roy Ayers - A Tear To a Smile. Very good + 1975 Polydor original in vg+ jacket, $15.
Roy Ayers - Change Up The Groove. Excellent 1974 Polydor original in near mint jacket, $15.
Roy Ayers - Virgo Red. Very good + in vg jacket, $12.
Chet Baker - She Was Too Good To Me. Very good + on CTI in near mint gatefold, $12.
Beatles - Revolver. Near mint! Capitol original stereo in excellent jacket. The cleanest copy of this album I’ve seen in years, $25.
Beatles - A Hard Day’s Night. United Artists mono, very good + in vg+ jacket, $20.
George Benson - Space. Near mint on CTI in near mint gatefold, $5.
Black Orpheus. A near pristine mono original of this beautiful soundtrack on Fontana, featuring A.C. Jobim and Luiz Bonfa. $25.
Graham Bond - We Put Our Magick On You. Very good + Mercury original in very good gatefold, $15.
Lloyd Charmers - Reggae Sax. Very good + on Roots, in very good minus jacket, $8.
Deodato - First Cuckoo. Very good + in vg+ jacket, $6.
Manu Dibango - Makossa Man. Near mint 1974 Atlantic original in vg+ jacket, $10.
Dinosaur Jr. - Bug. Very good + 1988 SST original in very good jacket with top right corner cut, $15.
Doldinger - Second Passport. Near mint German Atlantic pressing in very good + jacket, $15.
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited. Possibly the best original stereo copy I’ve ever seen, 360 Sound, $25.
Dylan - The Freewheelin’. Very good original stereo in near mint jacket that has “Singing His Sensational Hit “Blowin’ In the Wind” sticker on front, $15.
Fillmore: The Last Days. Beautiful 3 LP box set with minty poster, 7” and ticket stub. With Tower of Power, Lamb, Cold Blood, Grateful Dead, Santana, Taj Mahal and more. Near mint, $40.
Grant Green - The Main Attraction With Hubert Laws. Near mint on Kudu in very good jacket, $6.
Neil Hamburger = The Tube Bar. Senor Hamburger pranking on Dischord. The flag and drum cover, $25.
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea - An Evening With…..In Concert. Near mint double album in near mint jacket that is open, but still in shrink. $10.
Groove Holmes - Onsaya Joy. Near mint On Flying Dutchman in very good + gatefold, $25.
Jackie McLean - Monuments. Near mint on RCA in very good + jacket, $6.
Ennio Morricone - La Donna Invisibile. Near mint Dagored import in very good + gatefold, $25.
Muscle Shoals Horns - doin ’ it to the bone. Very good + in near mint jacket. Open, but still in shrink, $15.
Jimmy Ponder - Illusions. Near mint on ABC Impulse in vg+ jacket, $10.< br>
Renaissance - self-titled. Near mint on UK Island in very good + gatefold, $20.
Rolling Stones - December’s Children. Near mint London US mono, $20. Exceptionally clean.
Salsoul Orchestra - Nice ‘N’ Nasty. Near mint in gatefold, $6.
Lalo Schifrin - Black Widow. On CTI. Open, but still in shrink, $8.
Gil Scott-Heron - Reflections. Vg+ in near mint jacket. Open, but still in shrink with promo sticker, $10.
Horace Silver - Silver ‘n Wood. Near mint Blue Note, $8.
Nina Simone - To Love Somebody. Near mint original RCA stereo in vg/vg+ jacket, $15.
Jimmy Smith - The Sermon. Blue Note Direct MEtal Master reissue, near mint, $15.
Swans - The Burning World. Very good + UNI promo in very good jacket. With original inner sleeve, $25.
Gabor Szabo - nightflight. Near mint Mercury original in near mint jacket, $6. < p>3 Pieces - Vibes of Truth. Very good + Fantasy original in strong vg gatefold, $50.
Cal Tjader - La Onda Va Bien. Near mint Concord Picante, $6.
Tower of Power - In The Slot. Vg+ on Warners in vg jacket, $6.
Wah Wah Watson - Elementary. Very good + Columbia original in near mint jacket, $12.
Tony Williams Lifetime - Believe It. Very good + Columbia original, $8. < br> < br>
Amalia - And So It Begins…Amalia’s Early Years (MCPS Ireland)
Amiina - Kurr
Bjork - Family Tree
Bonnie Prince Billy - Greatest Palace Music. Oh Billy, Sir Prince, Palace Music was such a great name to create under. Or simply Palace. Your austere authenticity filled that name and made it resonate. Will Oldham sounds like a well- made table. Why, “Bonnie Prince”, why?
Boris - Akuma no Uta
Boris - soundtrack from the film “Mabuta No Ura”
Boris - New Album
Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Broadcast - Pendulum
Rhys Chatham - A Crimson Grail: For 400 Electric Guitars
John Carpenter’s The Fog.
Celer - Brittle
Cocteau Twins - BBC Sessions
Cocteau Twins - Milk & Kisses
Colleen et Les Boites a Musique. Music box recordings originally created for Radio France Culture.
Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture
Dirty Three - Self-titled
Dirty Three - Whatever You Love, You Are
Dirty Three - Ocean Songs
Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
Rob Zombie Presents The Words and Music of Frankenstein
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson (Essential!!!!)
Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords
Kaliffornian Deathrock. With Christian Death, 45 Grave, Scream For Tina, Voodoo Church and more to get your Downer on!
Zoe Keating - Into The Trees
London Sinfonietta - Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters. Peroforming the works of Aphex Twin, Cage, Ligeti, Conlon Nancarrow, Squarepusher, Reich, Stockhausen and Varese.
Lungfish - Necrophones
Lungfish - Soundi In Time
Mars - LP. CD, but gatefold lp style.
Melvins - lots and lots of Melvins
Mindflayer - Expedition To The Hairier Peaks
Meredith Monk - Mercy
Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff. Two disc deluxe edition.
Will Oldham - Joya
Oxes - Oxxxes
Pixies - Come On Pilgrim
Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
Raincoats - Odyshape
Michael Rother - Katzenmusik
Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
Slayer - South of Heaven
Sleep - Dopesmoker.
Smog - A River Ain’t Too Much In Love
Swans - Children of God/World of Skin
Swans - Various Failures
Swans - Soundtracks For The Blind
Trojan Dub Box Set
Windy & Carl - The Dream House
Windy & Carl - Introspection
Wolf Eyes - Burned Mind