Seth's Picks

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Astrid Sees All: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982153656
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Published: Atria Books - April 6th, 2021

A fun and dizzying blast of 1983 New York City club life through the eyes of a young woman fresh out of a sheltered college life. Everybody's there - the club kids, the junkies, the roommates, the celebrities. How does one keep up? A really well balanced mix of "Here's what happened" and "Here's how it felt'. Recommended! 


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Hot Stew Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781643751559
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 20th, 2021

Gentrification hits London's seedy Soho neighborhood like a force of nature. In this sly novel, we see all sides of the story as we follow a diverse cast of characters. From a rollicking brothel, to the bar, a homeless community under the spell of a charismatic street preacher, to the halls and clubs of big business. I truly enjoyed spending time with these people! 


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The Fall, Volume 1 Cover Image
By Jared Muralt, Jared Muralt (Artist)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534318380
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Published: Image Comics - March 23rd, 2021

Can't get enough pandemic action? In this wonderfully illustrated graphic novel, a family is on the run from a deadly superflu, a military lockdown, food shortages, and their fellow desperate survivors. As topical as it gets and a wild ride! 


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Grendel, KY Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781953165039
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Published: Artists Writers & Artisans - March 23rd, 2021

Beowolf takes a trip to rural Kentucky in a fast paced 1970's drive in movie style thriller as generations of a family and an all female biker gang grapple with an unsolved murder, a deal with the devil, and lots and lots of weed. A hoot and a holler in an old Kentucky holler! 


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The Harpy Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802148162
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Published: Grove Press - November 3rd, 2020

A husband cheats and agrees to let his wife hurt him three times as revenger to keep the family together. What follows is a surreal journey of suburban marital angst as the wounds change them both in unexpected ways. Domestic strife from the ground level to the otherworldly.


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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982140168
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Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

A young black woman finds her way in the white male art punk scene of 1970's NYC in this engaging rockumentary style novel as she explores her past while considering a comeback. If you loved Daisy Jones, this is that , with teeth! 


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Hench: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

With the clever superhero deconstruction of Watchmen and the bright broad strokes of The Incredibles, the best comic book of the year isn't a comic at all but this fantastic novel following the ups and downs of a temp and her rise through the ranks of super villainy.


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The Invention of Sound Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538718001
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 8th, 2020

How do they record the blood curdling screams for Hollywood movies? They might be more real than you think! Fight Club-like levels of cartoonish violence that also serves up lessons in grief, guilt, legacy, love, and loss in this fast and fun Pulp Fictionesqe thriller.


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Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143134510
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Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

If you're not sold by "World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park" alone, what else can I tell you? This stranger than fiction tale, told by the son of the park's founder, chronicles the rise & fall of the park where "YOU Control The Action"! And YOU sustain the bruises & broken bones, and YOU file the lawsuits. How this monstrosity came to be and lasted as long as it did doesn't just make for a hilarious and terrifying read, but now is also the subject of a pretty swell new HBO documentary.


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Endland Cover Image
By Tim Etchells, Jarvis Cocker (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781911508700
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Published: And Other Stories - May 12th, 2020

Thatcher's England of the 1980's, the dystopian wastelands of the future, or maybe just right now. Hard to say when and where it transpires, but this bottomless pit of despair is endlessly entertaining and full of bleak, bizarre, and hilarious stories and characters. Their misery is our hilarity!


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Vernon Subutex 2: A Novel Cover Image
By Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374283254
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Published: FSG Originals - July 7th, 2020

Is it too early to call my book of the year? Put this together with Vernon Subutex 1 and prepare yourself for a wild and winding journey through the seedy subcultures of Paris with your favorite homeless punk guru and a mind bogglingly large cast of misfits. Funny, freaky, hits you when and where you least expect it.


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Black Card Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646220199
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Published: Catapult - August 11th, 2020

What's it like growing up black in the predominatly white punk scene of the capitol of the confederacy? Spoiler alert: not easy! Don't let the rascist cops scare you away from this fun and relevant coming of age tale.


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New Bad News Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946448569
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Published: Sarabande Books - May 19th, 2020

Former Kentuckian Ryan Ridge brings us his first collection of very short (mostly one page) sharp and funny short stories. Like William S. Burroughs narrating a Far Side cartoon, just the thing for our distracted, news ruined minds!


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Mutations: The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk Cover Image
By Sam McPheeters, Tobi Vail (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781947856981
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book - February 11th, 2020

A very specific book for a very specific fan of a very specific era of a very specific type of underground music. Have I scared you away yet? Well don't be afraid! Although tailor made for a guy like me, this book is great for anyone interested in punk/hardcore/underground music and subculture from the 1980s-1990's. Sam McPheeters, of Born Against fame, has spent his post rock years becoming a pretty sharp writer and has a unique point of view and sense of humor that gives us quite an insight to the motivations and stories behind the biggest and best songs and bands most folks were never lucky enough to witness. (Fun Fact! My first visit to Louisville was for a punk show!)


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All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781477312339
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Published: University of Texas Press - March 31st, 2020

Rock and roll memoirs are like candy to me, and Kathy Valentine, bass player and co-songwriter of the Go-Go's has crafted a doozy! Her teen years growing up in 60s-70s Texas may actually out crazy her years in the Go-Go's. But fear not, plenty of wild 80's LA rock tales as well, and of course, the what's next years and reunion days. Get hip to this!


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The Dishwasher (Biblioasis International Translation) Cover Image
$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
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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
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ISBN: 9780525510871
Availability: Hard to Find
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
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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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