Hello Cultural Warriors of a Glorious Dry Fall of Dappled Light!
September in Baltimore has become a time of feverish arts actiivity. High Zero is in gear even now as I type with sausage fingers addled with caffeine, to be followed directly by Transmodern. Plus we have a bunch of Normal’s shows coming up also:
October 9th: A Publication Party for the 2nd Annual Chris Toll Memorial Chapbook Contest. This year’s worthy winner is Barrett Warner and his book My Friend Ken Harvey.
October 19th: Arty HIll (solo gospel and country) and Jonathan Stone (Samba guitarist).
November 2: A reading with Cort Bledsoe and Nathan W. Leslie.
November 9th: Cigar Box Planetarium (interplanetary beings playing post-space age prog surf! Toit!), lowpulsewidthmod (incredible survey-like set touching on some high points of the last thirty years of electro and industrial) and Infinity Knives (electronics with standup bass and drums).
Other big news is that you can catch us at a booth in Hampdenfest this year. Very excited about it. O to experience the deep pockets of groovy Hampden, even if just for one day. We will have our hardbitten blue collar Waverly face on. And since I have just had to shell out major money for front and back brakes on my car I will be cutting a few prized items from my private collection of vinyl and books. So if you see me weeping when you make a purchase (and please please do) then you know you’ve made a pick I’m particularly fond of.
Been super busy and can’t put together a complete list of what’s been coming in, but here’s a little to wet your whistle:
Black Pace Setters. Black history awareness lp on Buddah, still sealed! Produced, directed and narrated by Nathaniel Montague, $15.
Der Plan - Normalette Surprise: 17 Elektronische Schlager. Near mint on blue vinyl in near mint jacket, $20.
Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron. Near mint Phoenix reissue, $20.
Al Green - Call Me. Excellent in very good + jacket, $10.
Freddie Hubbard - Here To Stay. Excellent Blue Note double album in excellent textured gatefold jacket, $12.
Jump Up With The Jewels! Winners of the 1970-1971 Aruba steelband contest, $6.
Daniel Johnston - Artistic Vice/1990. Near mint double album reissue, $20.
Albert King - King of the Blues Guitar. Excellent in very good + jacket, $12.
Gloria Lynne - Happy & In Love. Near mint Canyon press in very good + jacket, $10.
R. Stevie Moore - Clack. Double album, one platter be green, the other brown. Excellent in excellent jacket, $20.
Pamelo Mounk’a. Near mint on “disques sonics”, $12.
Billy Paul - Ebony Woman. Near mint in very good + jacket, $5.
Pharoah Sanders - Live at the East. Near mint in very good + gatefold. Has small punch hole at bottom left, $20.
Horace Silver - Silver ‘n Brass. Near mint Blue Note, $10.
Nina Simone - At Newport. No one rocks a front jacket (or of course the grooves inside) like Nina. Very good + mono Colpix in vg+ jacket, $15.
LaDonna Smith - La (Lanthadum) “Rare Earth”. New limited edition lp on Table of Elements. Pressed on beautiful orange and yellow vinyl, $20.
Throbbing Gristle - D.O.A. Near mint Industrial repress, remastered by Chris Carter extra hot. With booklet and featuring text by the one and only secret master Blaster Al Ackerman on back of jacket, $25.
Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night. Very good + in vg+ jacket. $15.
Kim Weston - Big Brass Four Poster. Very good + on People in very good gatefold jacket, $15.
Bill Withers - Live At Carnegie Hall. Very good + double album in very good gatefold jacket, $10.
THE I CAN’T BELIEVE SOMEONE HASN’T SNATCHED IT UP YET title of the week is Burning Chrome by William Gibson. It’s a beautiful near fine hardback first of this revolutionary sci-fi writer’s second book. In fine mylar protected jacket. 1986 on Arbor House Press, $70 (if you buy it on a Friday it’s only $56 - 20% off all used books every Friday! The recession drags on, so too does our weekly sale, insh’allah.)
May I Kiss You On the Lips, Miss Sandra? - Sandra Bernhard. Fine first edition, signed by the diva herself, $25.
Vernacular Visionaries: International Outsider Art - Edited by Annie Carlano. Fine Yale hardback quarto in fine jacket, $25.
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes. The new translation by Edith Grossman. Fine hardback in fine jacket, $10.
Telegraph Avenue - Michael Chabon. Very good + in fine bright jacket, $8.
The Paperboy - Pete Dexter. As new film edition paperback, $6. The gent who sold me this said the book is quite good and nothing like the slimy movie, which I had been sucked into. Pete Dexter is the author of the novel Deadwood, which the popular HBO series was based on. If you want to see Nicole Kidman and John Cusack get soul deep in muck, rent this movie. Yowza!
Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages - Umberto Eco. Paperback, $5.
The Circle - Dave Eggers. Fine hardback in fine jacket, $14.
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory - Stephen Jay Gould. Fine Harvard hardback, $15.
Change Your Underwear Twice a Week: Lessons From The Golden Age of Classroom Filmstrips - Danny Gregory. Very good + Artisan paperback, $5.
Supernatural: Meetings With the Ancient Teachers of Manking - Graham Hancock. Near fine Disinformation hardback in near fine jacket, $15.
The Hermit, a novel - Eugene Ionesco. Near fine Andre Deutsch first edition hardback in very good + clipped jacket, $20.
Nature’s State: Imagining Alaska as the Last Frontier - Susan Kollin. Very good + on University of North Carolina Press, $6.
The Hanged Man: Psychotherapy and the Forces of Darkness - Sheldon Kopp. Very good minus, some underlining. paperback, $4.
Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad - Marnia Lazreg. Near fine Princeton hardback in very good + jacket, $20.
Nostalgia - Dennis McFarland. As new 2013 hardback, $8.
Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran - Ziba Mir-Hosseini. Very good Princeton paperback, $8.
Alan Moore: Conversations. Edited by Eric Berlatsky. Fine University Press of Mississippi paperback, $12.
Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore - Walter Mosley. 2014 hardback, near fine in very good + jacket, A new Easy Rawlins mystery! $10.
Little Green - Walter Mosley. Fine 2013 hardback, $8.
Raw #8. With a chapter of Maus still bound in! Very good +, $30.
1000 Tattoos - Edited by Henk Schiffmacher. Massive Tascen paperback, first edition, $12.
Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style - Edited by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward. Fine third edition paperback quarto, $10.
Cash: American Recordings - Tony Tost. Near fine paperback from the 33 1/3 series, $6.
The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music - Victor Wooten. As new Berkley paperback, $5. “Victor Wooten is the Carlos Castaneda of music” - Tony Levin.