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The Dishwasher (Biblioasis International Translation) Cover Image
By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771962698
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Published: Biblioasis - August 20th, 2019

Lost in the wilderness of his twenties and burdened with a crippling gambling addiction and debt, The Dishwasher finds himself a new family amongst the colorful and equally addicted kitchen staff in this award winning and moving story. 


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Me & Mr. Cigar Cover Image
By Gibby Haynes, Gibby Haynes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616958121
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Published: Soho Teen - January 14th, 2020

It's tough growing up in a lonely Texas town, but having a dog with seemingly supernatural powers might help. This delightful and fun book, by Gibby Haynes of Texas freak rockers Butthole Surfers, feels like the best 80's teen adventure movie you've never seen.


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Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel Cover Image
By Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374283247
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Published: FSG Originals - November 5th, 2019

Part One of a French trilogy. A riotous adventure through the streets and couches of Paris as a down on his luck ex-record shop owner tries to avoid homelessness, losing his few remaining pals, and cashing in on the legacy of his dead rock star pal. The English version of Part Two comes out in July and I cannot wait!


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Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781644280300
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Published: Rare Bird Books - November 12th, 2019

How does an indie rocker define success? How can you define yourself in someone else's shadow? All these fun questions answered and more in this memoir of life on the road from the mid 90's to the mid 00's. With a very Louisville cast of characters and a few names you might recognize. A fantastic rock bio!


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Acid for the Children: A Memoir Cover Image
By Flea, Patti Smith (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781455530533
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 5th, 2019

It matters zero percent if you are a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or not.  This engaging memoir of Flea's first 20 years is some uplift mofo party plan goodness.  He packed more shennanigans and life into his early years than most of us will our entire lives.  My music biography pick of 2019!


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The Portable February Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780982048016
Availability: Backordered
Published: Drag City - June 23rd, 2009

Rest In Peace to the late great David Berman, of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, as well as the author of the saddest and wittiest songs you'll ever hear.  This collection of his cartoons leans more towards his funny side, but still hits a few poignant moments.  Also, his swell book of poetry, Actual Air, will be back in print soon.


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Idiot Wind: A Memoir Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781786897367
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Published: Canongate Books - August 1st, 2019

An engaging 'On The Road' style memoir.  After a disastrous drug, depression, death, and debt filled life in 1980's New York City, Kaldheim hits the highway, flat broke, in search of a fresh start.  Train hopping, hitch-hiking, homeless shelters, and loads of interesting characters. 


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Go-Bots Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684054749
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Published: IDW Publishing - July 23rd, 2019

These are not the Go-Bots you are thinking of! Tom Scioli takes your favorite cheap Transformers knock-offs and composes his own bizarre psychedelic masterpiece through a kaleidoscopic Jack Kirby lens.  A ton of manic, goofy fun!

 


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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510871
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Published: Random House - June 18th, 2019

I can't quite put my finger on why, but I found this story of the disolution of the marriage of a NYC doctor and his successful agent wife totally fascinating.  Maybe it's the missing spouse, maybe the shifting perspectives, maybe (probably) the gender politics, or maybe the peek into lives I don't relate to.  I read it all in one fantastic vacation day!


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FKA USA: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250108890
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 18th, 2019

A post (or maybe pre) apocalyptic road trip that mixes The Stand with Idiocracy by way of Terry Gilliam.  Our loveable loser of a hero has to transport a talking goat across the chaotic territories Formerly Known As the United States, now a series of corporate nation states or lawless tribal wastelands, in order to prevent a possibly second end of the world. A little gross, a lot crass, very funny, but terrifyingly too close to now than it might seem.


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Machines Like Me: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545112
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Published: Nan A. Talese - April 23rd, 2019

It's a bizarre android love triangle!  In this alternate history, Alan Turing developed artificial intelligence, the U.K. lost the Falklands War, and Margaret Thatcher got the boot.  You might have a crush on your neighbor, but watch out!  She might be more interested in your shiny new robot.


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This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780571345373
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Published: Faber & Faber Social - April 23rd, 2019

Get hip to the Alpha and Omega of post punk and goth with Jon (England's Dreaming) Savage's comprehensive story of the rise and tragic fall of Joy Division, leading up to the birth of New Order.  Band members, family, and friends tell the tale in my favorite of music bio formats, the oral history!

 


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

You loved "A Star Is Born"! You love Fleetwood Mac!  Mash them together and you have this fun and breezy fictional oral history of your new favorite made up supergroup.  It's Behind The Music in book form!


Do Angels Need Haircuts? Cover Image
By Lou Reed, Anne Waldman (Foreword by), Laurie Anderson (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781944860219
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Published: Anthology Editions - August 14th, 2018

In August of 1970, a 28-year-old Lou Reed quit the Velvet Underground, moved home to Long Island, New York, and embarked on a fascinating alternate creative path: poetry. Spending months in relative isolation, the musician refashioned himself, publicly vowing to never again play rock and roll. Reed wrote verse and contributed his work to journals and small press publications.


Space Battleship Yamato: The Classic Collection Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781626929128
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Published: Seven Seas - April 9th, 2019

The americanized cartoon version of this Japanese classic was the first introduction to anime and manga for a lot of old nerds like me.  A space faring, rip roaring cosmic Lord of the Rings with a bit of Robotech thrown in for good measure.


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Wolf in White Van: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2015

Between this delightfully disturbing novel and his other book "Universal Harvester", the prolific songwriter of the long-running Mountain Goats has found himself the voice of yesterday's forgotten Dungeons & Dragons metal loving dirtbags.  The darker side of your "Ready Player One"s and "Stranger Things", if you will.  And you must!!!


Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062233103
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 13th, 2018

A super fun and gossipy oral history on the early 2000's NYC "Rock Revival" scene.  All the dirt on the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, and more, straight from the artists and friends that were there.  Dig out that crusty old ipod in that shoebox under your bed and enjoy!


Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101985267
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Published: Dutton - November 13th, 2018

A breezy rock memoir from the singer/songwriter or Wilco that's more conversational than controversial that chronicles band dynamics, addiction, recovery, and family.  I might've subtitled it "How To Survive & Thrive In Rock & Roll", but it's got a pretty lengthy title without my help.  I love a good music bio, and this one still surprised me with how engaging, fun, and interesting the story was through Tweedy's common sense lens.  You will enjoy whether a fan of the band or not!


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Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Alex Ross, Chip Kidd, J. J. Abrams (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781101871973
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Published: Pantheon - October 2nd, 2018

To say Alex Ross is the Norman Rockwell of traditional comic art is an understatement.  Using real life models as a reference, he brings the golden, silver, and modern comic ages to life in a way that the movies don't even come close to.  This fantastic art book takes you into his process, showcases his decades of Marvel art , and include a great new fully painted Alex Ross Spider-Man story.


Powers Book One Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781401287450
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Published: Jinxworld - November 27th, 2018

Is it dynamic superhero action or is it gritty crime noir?  Why choose?  It's both!  From the creator of your favorite new Spidey, aka Miles Morales, Brian Michael Bendis crafts moody CSI in tights.  Not for kids, but dark fun for fans of the comics looking to dive a little deeper.


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