MIT Review Does a Good Interview With Gene Wolfe

August 11th, 2014

Jason Pontin at MIT Review has done a nice interview with Gene Wolfe. It even references the Nova Express interview with him.

(Hat tip: Derek Johnson.)

Shoegazer Sunday: Alcian Blue/The Antiques Cover Slowdive’s “Primal”

August 10th, 2014

The sound quality is not the best, and the vocals pretty much suck, but this cover by Alcian Blue (AKA The Antiques) is still the best live cover of “Primal” I’ve heard from anyone (including Slowdive, who only played it at early shows, and not particularly well).

Like I’ve said before, anyone doing good cover of “Primal” will get linked in this space.

As for Slowdive, their new tour shows their live shows have improved considerably, as we shall see next Sunday…

Shoegazer Sunday: The Swells’ “Golden”

August 3rd, 2014

The Swells were an Austin-based Shoegaze band. Here they are with “Golden.”

Evidently they’re now known as Seaholm Electric.

Library Addditions: Three Michael Moorcock Books

July 28th, 2014

Three more books from L. W. Currey’s $10 sale:

  • Moorcock, Michael. The End of All Songs. Harper & Row, 1976. First edition hardback (with the author’s name misspelled “Moorock” on the spine, as per Currey), a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Third book in the Dancers at the End of Time trilogy. Currey (1979), page 370.
  • Moorcock, Michael. The Golden Barge. New English Library, 1983. First hardback edition (preceded by a trade paperback original), a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • Moorcock, Michael, and Philip James. The Distant Suns. Unicorn SF, 1975. First edition trade paperback original (perfect-bound comic book format), a Fine- copy with slightly yellowed pages. Currey (1979), page 369.

    Distant Suns

  • Shoegazer Sunday: SummerMay’s “Shine”

    July 27th, 2014

    Here’s “Shine,” another one from Zurich’s SummeryMay. The best description I can come up with for them is “Imagine a Christian shoegaze Night Ranger that doesn’t suck.” They were having some trouble wrapping their head around the concept…

    Library Additions: Three Art Books

    July 23rd, 2014

    Three more items from L. W. Currey’s $10 sale, all art books (for certain values of the word “book”):

  • Fabian, Stephen. Women & Wonders. Charles F. Miller, 1995. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, still in shrink wrap.
  • Finlay, Virgil. An Astrology Sketch Book. Donald M. Grant, 1975. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Oddly enough, $10 is the actual cover price…

    Finlay Astrology

  • Finlay, Virgil. Finlay’s Illustrations for Weird Tales. Showcase Art Productions, 1976. First edition art portfolio of 9 illustrations (one in color) in a cardstock cover, a Fine copy.

    Finlay Weird Tales 1

  • Library Additions: Two Stephen King Related Books

    July 22nd, 2014

    Two more books from L. W. Currey’s $10 sale:

  • King, Stephen. The Dark Half. Hodder & Stoughton, 1989. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Precedes the American edition.
  • (King, Stephen) Collings, Michael. Stephen King as Richard Bachman. Starmont House, 1985. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in decorated boards (the covers from the trade paperback attached to the front cover). Reference work.

    King as Bachman

  • Library Additions: Four Signed Books

    July 21st, 2014

    Just another random roundup of signed books, three from L.W. Currey’s $10 sale (more about which Real Soon), and one from eBay.

  • Bova, Ben. Viewpoint. NESFA Press, 1977. First edition hardback, #126 of 800 signed, numbered hardbacks, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Bought from Currey for $10.
  • Cowper, Richard. The Unhappy Princess with The Missing Heart. Cheap Street, 1982. First edition chapbook originals, #54 of 75 slipcased copies, Fine copies in a Fine slipcase. Chalker & Owings, 1991, page 106. Note: I store my slipcased chapbooks with the hardbacks. Bought from Currey for $10.

    Cowper Unhappy Missing

  • (De Camp, L. Sprague) Laughlin, Charlotte and Daniel J. H. Levack. De Camp: An L. Sprague De Camp Bibliography. Underwood/Miller, 1983. First edition hardback, one of 200 copies signed by De Camp and others, a Fine copy in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued. Supplements a copy of the trade edition. Bought from Currey for $10.
  • Leiber, Fritz. The Leiber Chronicles. Dark Harvest, 1990. First edition hardback, #7 of 500 signed, numbered hardbacks, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket and Fine slipcase. Bought for $38 off eBay, which is roughly half the original publication price of $65.
  • Why both De Camp and Leiber seem thoroughly out of fashion these days is an essay for another day…

    Shoegazer Sunday: Sugar Plant’s “Rise”

    July 20th, 2014

    Sugar Plant are on the softer end of Japanese Shoegaze. Here they are with “Rise.”

    Their Happy EP (which includes “Rise”) is available from iTunes.

    Weird Al Brings The Grammar

    July 16th, 2014

    I bet every high school English teacher in America will be showing this to their class come September…