Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “No Longer Making Time”

May 7th, 2017

Slowdive’s new self-titled album

just (iTunes)

dropped (Amazon).

Buy it.

Here’s a live version of “No Longer Making Time,” one of the new tracks:

The studio version is even prettier.

BUY!

IT!

I’m watching new episodes of MST3K and listening to a new Slowdive album. I’ve obviously died and gone to 1990s Heaven…

Library Additions: Two Signed Harlan Ellison Books

May 4th, 2017

Two library additions of Harlan Ellison non-fiction books from two different purchases.

  • Ellison, Harlan (edited by Andrew Porter). The Book of Ellison. Algol Press, 1975. First edition hardback, one of only 200 hardbacks, a Near Fine copy with bumping at head and heel, sans dust jacket, as issued. Inscribed by Ellison: “For Malcolm, Friend, from/Harlan Ellison.” Collection of essays. Bought from a UK dealer for £33.
  • (Ellison, Harlan). Slusser, George Edgar. Harlan Ellison: Unrepentant Harlequin. Borgo Press, 1977. First edition chapbook original (“First Edition———April 1977”), a Fine copy. Signed and dated (“4/18/95”) by Ellison. Critical work on Ellison. “The Milford Series Popular Writers of Today: Volume Six.” Bought of eBay for $13.05.

    Unrepntent Harlequin

  • Library Addition: True PBO 1st of Star Wars

    May 3rd, 2017

    Picked this up at Half Price Books, and while not along my usual collecting vectors, I knew enough to pick it up.

    Foster, Alan Dean (writing as George Lucas). Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. Ballantine Books, 1976. First edition paperback original (as indicated both by the “First Printing 1976” statement on the copyright page, and by the original Ralph McQuarrie artwork on the cover, which was dropped from all subsequent reprints), a Very Good copy with cover creasing, bottom front corner crease, and general wear.

    Star Wars PB

    Although McQuarrie helped design many of the characters, the versions on the cover of this paperback varies wildly from their on-screen counterparts, and every other subsequent piece of official Star Wars art.

    Library Additions: Two Signed Tanith Lee First Editions

    May 1st, 2017

    Two signed Tanith Lee books from the same Cold Tonnage Books 50% off sale I got the chapbooks from:

  • Lee, Tanith. Mortal Suns. Overlook Press, 2001. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine- dust jacket with slight bend at head and heel and a touch of wear. Signed and date by Lee “2004/London.” Bought for £7.50.
  • Lee, Tanith. Wolf Wing. Dutton, 2003. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine- dust jacket with a very slight bump at head and a few faint, non-breaking scratches to rear cover. Signed and dated 2008 by Lee. Bought for £7.50.
  • Shoegazer Sunday: The Black Ryder’s “Seventh Moon”

    April 30th, 2017

    The breathy vocals of Aimee Nash, half of Los Angeles-by-way-of-Australia duo The Black Ryder, merit obvious comparison to Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval. Here they are with “Seventh Moon,” which reminds me a bit of SPC ECO’s “Tweet Fields at Night” and is about 97% pure beauty by weight.

    Library Additions: Four Chapbooks, One Postcard

    April 26th, 2017

    Between a new job, doing my taxes, and a relative coming into town, the task of cataloging library additions has been sidelined. The items here are from a Cold Tonnage Books sale in January, so the cataloging has been a long time in coming. All the below prices are after a 50% discount.

  • Aldiss, Brain W. Excommunication. Post Card Partnership, 1975. First edition postcard, a Fine copy. Bought for £2.50 after discount.
  • Drake, David. Codex. Sidecar Preservation Society, 2003. First edition chapbook original, #83 of 175 numbered copies, a Fine copy. According to Chalker & Owings Supplement 12, there were 25 copies bound in hardback (not seen). Bought for £2.50 after discount.

    Drake Codex

  • Partridge, Norman. Spyder. Subterranean Press, 1995. First edition chapbook original, a PC copy of 500 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy. Bought for £2.50 after discount.

    Partridge Spyder

  • Tem, Steve Rasnic. Fairytales. Roadkill Press, 1990. First edition chapbook original, #352 of 400 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy. Bought for £2.50 after discount.

    Tem Fairytales

  • Tessier, Thomas. Lulu and one other. Subterranean Press, 1999. First edition chapbook original, a PC copy of 250 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy. Bought for £2.50 after discount.

    Tessier Lulu

  • Minor Victories’ “Folk Arp”

    April 16th, 2017

    Here’s “Folk Arp,” another tune from Minor Victories:

    The video is not particularly interesting. However, this cinéma vérité black and white piece following a trio of skateboarders at night is really nice.

    Paste Magazine Ranks Every MST3K Episode (And Declares War on Your Browser)

    April 14th, 2017

    With the new MST3K reboot dropping today, Paste Magazine ranked every episode of MST3K on one ginormous page that reportedly crashes Chrome.

    I don’t agree with all their rankings (Manos: The Hands of Fate is much too low), but they’re generally in the ballpark.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Nothing’s “The Dead Are Dumb”

    April 9th, 2017

    For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s Nothing’s “The Dead Are Dumb”:

    Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “Sugar for the Pill”

    April 2nd, 2017

    Slowdive’s new, self-titled album, their first in two decades, is due out May 5. “Sugar for the Pill” is the second preview cut off that album (following “Star Roving“).