Library Addition: Michael Swanwick’s 5 Seasons

May 2nd, 2016

Dragonstairs Press has been unusually busy this year. Hot on the heels of their last project, here’s another Michael Swanwick chapbook:

Swanwick, Michael. 5 Seasons. Dragonstairs Press, 2016. First edition chapbook original, #69 of 100 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy. Five one page stories about the seasons.

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Unlike last month’s Dragonstairs book, I’ll actually have copies of this available in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog, currently in preparation…

Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive Playing “Catch the Breeze” Live in Austin 4/29/16

May 1st, 2016

After Levitation Fest was cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather (the site is near the Colorado, the ground was already a bog, and the forecast called for nonstop rain that didn’t actually materialize), there was a last minute makeup show with Twin Peaks, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and, yes, Slowdive! Andrew Wimsatt was able to snag us a couple of tickets for the show at The Scoot Inn on east 4th at the ridiculously low price of $7.50 each. Good thing he was at his computer, as the show sold out in two minutes.

It was a great show, the weather was pretty close to perfect (with a nice breeze), and I only had to wait a quarter-century to see Slowdive live.

Alas, they didn’t play “Primal,” but the did play “Golden Hair,” “Machine Gun,” and “Avalyn.”

They also played “Catch the Breeze.” Andrew was kind enough to record the entire show on his iPhone, and the sound and video quality are surprisingly decent, so here it is:

Levitation Austin Music Festival Cancelled

April 28th, 2016

Well, this sucks:

Due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, Levitation 2016 has been cancelled. This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority.

We’ve been working with county officials trying to find a way to carry on, but at this point the decision has been made, and it is beyond our control. The cancellation is due to dangerous weather conditions in the forecast combined with weather complications to the grounds and the Colorado River.

We are completely devastated. We have been working for a year, looking forward to this weekend and seeing you all at the ranch. We know that many of you traveled from far away, and that this news is extremely disappointing for everyone.

At this point, the projected impact of the storms has intensified, and we are now left with no choice but to cancel. You may remember that in 2015 we had severe weather warnings as well, but were able to get through the weekend. The difference between 2015 and 2016 is the severity of the storms being predicted, including high wind, large hail and tornado warnings, combined with high water levels from last week’s flooding.

We have tried every avenue to continue with the festival, and the county has been working with us to find a way, but today at 5:00pm the final decision was made to cancel the festival due to public safety concerns related to severe weather. Following this announcement, the festival has to evacuate the site, meaning that staff and equipment must be loaded out. This leaves us with no opportunity to continue the festival later in the weekend. Even if the weather has improved drastically on Sunday, we would be unable to produce an event at the ranch.

We will be working to keep everyone updated. Please see information on refunds, potential venue shows and other important info below.

Refunds will be issued, but those may take up to 30 days to issue.

Obviously the universe just doesn’t want me to see Slowdive…

Shoegazer Sunday: Unreleased Slowdive Soundtrack Album I am the Elephant, U are the Mouse

April 24th, 2016

Next weekend is the Levitation festival in Austin, where Slowdive will be headlining Friday night. In celebration, here’s an entire unreleased Slowdive soundtrack album. Some of these are minor fill pieces, and others you’ve heard before (“Cranium (Film Mix)” is “Blue Skied an’ Clear”). And I already post “I Believe” a while back, but it’s worked its way into my Slowdive Top 10.

More information (and a download link) here.

Prince RIP

April 21st, 2016

Musician Prince, AKA Prince Rogers Nelson, AKA The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, AKA is dead at age 57.

Imagine there’s an embedded video of “Paisley Park” here, since Prince was evidently extra diligent in keeping his music off the Internet…

Library Addition: Michael Swanwick’s Fallen Leaves

April 19th, 2016

It’s another Michael Swanwick Dragonstair Press book with a ridiculously short print run:

Swanwick, Michael, with Marianne Porter. Fallen Leaves. Dragonstairs Press, 2016. First edition hardback, number 17 of 20 signed, numbered copies (the only edition), a Fine copy, sans dust jacket, as issued, with spine label affixed.

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Says the Publisher:

The Fallen Leaves Project was carried out during October, 2015, in multiple locations around Philadelphia, including Laurel Hill Cemetery, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Morris Arboretum, and Gorgas Park.

Michael Swanwick composed “epitaphs”, and wrote them on fallen leaves. The leaves were photographed by Marianne Porter and Michael Swanwick within a few feet of where they were found and left where they were, to be discovered by passersby. Or not. The photographs were posted daily throughout October on Twitter, Facebook, and Swanwick’s blog. In total, ninety-four images were created.

Fallen Leaves is a set of albums made of hand-crafted mulberry paper, manufactured by Karin tribe members, with a selection of leaf photographs pasted in. Archival glue was used throughout. Each album contains fifteen images and no two albums contain the same set of images. Fallen Leaves is limited to an edition of twenty albums.

The book sold out pretty much the same day it was announced…

Library Addition: Signed First of Ray Bradbury’s Yestermorrow

April 18th, 2016

Another signed Ray Bradbury first, this one a collection of essays:

Bradbury, Ray. Yestermorrow. Joshua Odell Editions/Capra Press, 1991. First edition hardback (“First Edition” stated and numberline ending in 1), a Fine copy in a Fine- dust jacket with a tiny bit of dust jacket crimping at head and heel. Inscribed by Bradbury: “Matthew!/Ray Bradbury/ 4/30/94”. Bought off eBay for $20, which is 5¢ over list price.

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Shoegazer Sunday: Dominique Fricot’s “I Miss the 80s”

April 17th, 2016

This is probably more pop than Shoegaze, but Dominique Fricot’s “I Miss the 80s” is a fun little song that has a dream pop vibe to it.

Having lived through the 1980s, my only caveat is that these are not the cultural referents I would have personally deployed. Even given that, the song still evokes a bit of wry nostalgia. But part of the point of the song is that it’s not first-hand nostalgia, it’s second-hand nostalgia refracted through the prism of the popular music and movies of the era by someone who was “too young to really know.”

It’s also probably the finest song to ever talk about Jennifer Grey’s nose…

Shoegazer Sunday: Stella Diana’s “Sulphur”

April 10th, 2016

Stella Diana hails from Naples, Italy. Here’s “Sulpher.”

Library Addition: Signed Ray Bradbury Christmas 2008 Broadsheet

April 5th, 2016

Bought another signed Ray Bradbury Christmas broadsheet:

Bradbury, Ray. Christmas Greetings 2008 (Imagine that you have been dead). Privately printed, 2008. First edition Christmas broadsheet, a Fine- copy with slight corner bumping. Signed by Bradbury. Bought for $25 off eBay.

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