Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The staff at Curbside put together a holiday gift guide for you to appease all your book worms and music lovers. These unique gifts are sure to please even your pickiest loved ones!

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Red Velvet Underground by Freda Love Smith (Agate/Midway)
This drummer-turned-columnist's memoir is an excellent gift for lovers of rock music, vegetarian (mostly) recipes, and road trips.

Can't recommend this book enough.


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Shanghai'd Soul - Episode 4 (Numero Group)
One of our top-sellers. Each of these soul tracks was sampled by some of the biggest names in hip-hop from Kanye to Kendrick to Common to Cudi.

Excellent gift for hip hop heads and R&B lovers.


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Organize Your Own edited by Anthony Romero (Soberscove)
Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements features new work by contemporary artists, poets, and writers that explores the question of what “your own” might mean, this book connects some of the concerns dealt with in the 1960s and ’70s to the conversations and social movements around racial justice happening today.

 


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Richard Edwards, Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset (Joyful Noise Records)
On this debut solo LP, Richard Edwards (of Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s) bears his wealth of gifts are on full display. This dual LP comes in Lemon Yellow and Cotton Candy Pink, with bonus track on translucent yellow flexi-disc.

Lush melodies and charming lyrics, the perfect gift for folk fans.


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The Empty Bottle edited by John E. Dugan (Curbside Splendor)
Revisit one of the best rock clubs in America. Along with candid photos of bands from the Flaming Lips to the Sea and Cake, there are interviews and anecdotes galore. Writer John E. Dugan spent two years on this store favorite. Don't miss out!


If you're looking to give an experience, we have that covered too! As a 16" on Center box office, you can pick up tickets for live music venues including The Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, SPACE Evanston, & The Promontory. 

If you're looking to give an experience, we have that covered too!

As a 16" on Center box office, you can pick up tickets for live music venues including The Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, SPACE Evanston, & The Promontory. 

Curbside's 2nd Annual Book & Record Fair

Curbside's 2nd Annual Book & Record Fair

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Our Holiday Market is back to ease the stresses of holiday shopping. On Saturday, December 2, the Revival Café-Bar becomes your one-stop-shop for unique gifts, festive music, and tasty treats. 

Join us from 11am to 3pm for a pop-up featuring indie publishers and record labels The Revival Café-Bar will be serving coffee, hot chocolate, cider by Virtue Cider and signature cocktails to accompany chicken pot pies, customizable biscuits, and delicious pies from our friends at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits. Our buddies at Dumpster Tapes will be controlling the DJ booth all day while you shop!

Vendors include: featherproof books826CHI,Meekling PressLong Day PressUrsus Americanus PressSobotka Literary MagazinefieldsThe Point MagazineAgate PublishingBelt Publishing & Belt MagazineTortoise Books,7VientosRead/Write Library ChicagoMAKE Literary ProductionsPriscilla Connelly JewelryCantarella.InkDumpster Tapes,Tall Pat RecordsMidwest Action, and Drag City Records.

Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

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This is it. It's snowing.Celebrate the forthcoming apocalypse in the best way possible. 

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Read: Scorch Atlas - Blake Butler - A novel of 14 interlocking stories set in ruined American locales where birds speak gibberish, the sky rains gravel, and millions starve, disappear, or grow coats of mold.

Listen: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "a massive, achingly beautiful work, alternately elegiac and ferocious . . . The disparity is immediately striking." - Pitchfork

Drink: Chupacabra - Merkin Vineyards - The Chupacabra is Merkin's Shape Shifter red blend. This years moving target is 45% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre from Cochise Co., AZ. 


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Next week, we're celebrating the release of Cris Mazza's Charlatan at Curbside Books & Records! 

Friday, November 17th at 6pm, Cris Mazza will be reading in the Lounge at Curbside Books & Records for the release of Charlatan: New and Selected Stories! Cris's reading will be accompanied by saxophonist Mark Rasmussen.

You can RSVP on Facebook!

Feel the Music Giveaway!

Feel the Music Giveaway!

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We love books and we love music and we love books about music!

We’re celebrating Paul Major’s book FEEL THE MUSIC by giving away some “Feel the Music” goodies, including a copy of Feel the Music Vol 1 on vinyl, a candle (to set the mood), stickers, and a tote bag to carry your crate digging treasures in style (and in sustainability).

All you have to do is retweet our pinned Tweet and follow our Twitter for your chance to pick up this prize package in the store!

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Paul Major—pioneering record dealer and frontman of the band Endless Boogie—has spent over a half-century immersed in the weirdest albums cast aside by the music industry, honing a world-renowned knowledge of the most unique, rare, and uncannily strange tunes of the rock and roll era. Feel the Music compiles the fruits of his hard-won expertise, presenting cuts chosen by Paul from the far reaches of psychedelia, lounge, and loner folk: twelve utterly singular takes on musical expression, yielding a somehow cohesive and sublime whole.

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Paul is a longtime champion of “Real People” musicians, one-of-a-kind artists operating wholly outside the industry, and this compilation gives us ample evidence of these distinct forms of genius. Though it moves through genres as diverse as the broken-down blues rock of Ray Harlowe & Gyp Fox, the ethereal psych-folk of Justyn Rees, the earnest schmaltz of balladeers Sebastian, and Darius, and the unclassifiable eeriness of Jerry Solomon, Feel the Music is permeated by a genuine feeling of no-holds-barred creativity and an unbridled love of musical expression. Listeners attuning themselves to these twelve parallel universe radio hits will undoubtedly come away feeling the same.

Includes 12-track LP and download code, plus a folded obi-style insert featuring Paul Major’s handwritten track descriptions and eye-popping art from his legendary record catalogs.


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November 17 Mixtape

November 17 Mixtape

We thought maybe you could use some new tunes for your autumnal soundtrack. Because this is where we are at in the year, that precious time where greenery is yellowing, gourds are aplenty, and you can use 'autumnal' as an adjective to describe just about anything. 

Next week, Chicago favorite Angel Olsen is dropping her new album Phases and we'll have copies for you (in olive green vinyl, because we love specialty vinyl). Those boys in Whitney are also putting out a record, Light Upon the Lake: Demo Recordings including de-mixed versions of songs you love, and some you haven't heard, but certainly will love. 

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On our autumnal walks to and from Clark & Adams or on our turntables in our homes, these are the tunes that make us slow down a bit and enjoy what fall in the Midwest has to offer.

The Gorgeous Nothings

The Gorgeous Nothings

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But are not

all facts dreams

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them behind

us.

Most of the books we sell are by living authors, but we do have a couple literary legends above the records and between the bottles of red and white wine lining our shelves (yes, we sell wine now!). 

"'The Gorgeous Nothings' — the first full-color facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts ever to appear — is a deluxe edition of her late writings, presenting this crucially important, experimental late work exactly as she wrote it on scraps of envelopes."

Released in 2013 by New Directions Press, the book consists of photographs of Dickinson's late poems with typed versions for accessible reading on the opposite pages.

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I cannot recommend this work enough. It is arguably the most beautiful book we carry. The writing in it is luminous. The facsimiles of Dickinson's poems on weathered envelopes are wonderful. 

From the Introduction by Jen Bervin:

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Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest American poets, wrote approximately 1,800 distinct poems within 2,357 poem drafts and at least 1,150 letters and prose fragmentsa total of 3,507 pieces before her death at the age of fifty-five. On the triangular flap of the envelope seal A 252, we find this fleeting message inscribed in lines winnowing down to a single word at the tip: "In this short Life | that only [merely] lasts an hour | How much how | little is | within our | power."

Babette

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The poems comprising Babette by Sara Deniz Akant (Rescue Press), are haunted, paradoxical, and beyond time. Who is Babette exactly? According to an interview with the Heavy Feather Review, Akant said that Babette is a "necessary nucleus" of all that is evil about space and time, along with being a "sort of rep for the multiple self." 

Encountering Babette can feel a little jarring at first. But like any new experience, patience yields rewards. In this case, Akant's work feels very ethereal and places she takes the reader at the edges of space and time are unlike anything I've read before.

Maggie Nelson writes, "Let me tell you some things about Babette. It doesn't sound like anything else... It is a deeply weird, expert emissary from a world already fully formed."

Let's look at a section from "gohst,"

 

the past two years she has been opening the door
and entering the room to make it beautiful.
she had been dusting a perfuming its curtains
so tidying and redecorating was always
changing, getting older, getting better, as they say.

 

The collection feels ancient. Some of the figures are specters and it relies on very old words with unfamiliar definitions. For our readers who are looking for interesting, unique poetry, I would definitely recommend Babette. I found it challenging at first, but after giving it time, Akant's goals became apparent and I was able to appreciate these unearthly poems.

 

Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

The Meekling Review & IS A CULT by THE FUNS

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Sometimes you have to push boundaries. If you stay in your haven, you can’t test your limits, which is why we’re breaking into new ground for this week’s Book & Record pairing by featuring a literary journal to pair with a brand new album. Not just any lit journal, but our favorite new strange collection, The Meekling Review. It just so happens to fit in the company of the brand new album from former Chicagoans, THE FUNS.

The Meekling Review is the newest project from the folks at Meekling Press, which they deem, “A journal of performative literary nonsense.” This issue, No. SZQ.645π, is the first and the last, the alpha and omega.

The Meekling Review filled with meaty ads and a prose poem about the performances of self, psycomagic-inspired tarot readings, symbolic logic magic, a catalog of opening paragraphs, a series of images and their artistic analysis, studies on rat habitats, and alternative taxonomies of a distinguished literary oeuvre.

"Is A Cult" is the title of the new THE FUNS record, out today on Maximum Pelt. It's also a fact, THE FUNS is a cult. Over the past decade, no band on the underground scene has generated such cult like devotion and worship as they have. THE FUNS make raw, challenging, and emotional music that plays off rapid tempo shifts, booming, tribal rhythms, shimmering guitars, and endless buzz and fuzz. On their latest effort, THE FUNS are subdued, they are calculated, and the results are mesmerizing.

THE FUNS are Phillip Jerome Lesicko and Jessee Rose Crane, who are partners both musically and spiritually. They both play guitar, drums, and sing, trading duties as they go. They reside at Rose Raft, a studio and artist haven in an old home they rehabbed, located 45 minutes outside of St. Louis, and yet a world away from everything.

THE FUNS IS A CULT is our 8/25 from Maximum Pelt.

What do you do with a loving feeling?

Sharp lyrics. Catchy choruses. Fuzzed-out guitar. Mitski’s "Puberty 2" is my favorite record in the store at the moment.

“A Loving Feeling” and “Fireworks” are two of the catchiest songs I have heard in a while. “A Burning Hill” is a somber acoustic song that warrants repeat listens. The jangly-guitared “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” weirded me out the first time I heard it but it’s become one of my favorites on the record, if not the favorite.

After watching her performance on the Blue Stage at the Pitchfork Festival this summer, I was navel-gazing at the Curbside Splendor table at the festival when I looked up and noticed Mitski herself was standing in front of me, browsing our fiction and nonfiction books. I didn’t get the chance to thank her for her music but I was able to catch most of her Q+A.

One tidbit: I found out that she is a Christina Aguilera fan. Who knew?

Any good album has songs that get better with time. I would put the first two tracks “Happy” and “Dan the Dancer” in this category. “Happy” begins slow with an unceasing drum sample before the chorus comes on strong and memorable. “Dan the Dancer” begins strong and whispery.

This is the sort of album that’s worth owning. I highly recommend it.

Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

Mammother by Zachary Schomburg & Dracula by Nurses

While reading Zachary Schomburg’s debut novel, Mammother and listening to album Dracula from Nurses on the Blue Line, a group of French-speaking nuns in gray habits sat around me just as I was reading about Pie Time’s neighboring town, Nun’s Hat. If this doesn’t make complete sense, that’s okay. It doesn’t need to be clear for something to be beautiful. The general feeling of this moment was both grounded and ethereal.

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In Mammother, the people of Pie Time are suffering from God’s Finger, a mysterious plague that leaves its victims dead with a big hole through their chests, and in each hole is a random consumer product. Mano Medium is a sensitive, young cigarette-factory worker in love, and he does his part by quitting the factory to work double-time as Pie Time’s replacement barber and butcher, and by holding the things found in the holes of the newly dead. However, the more people die, the bigger Mano becomes.

With a large cast of unusual characters, each struggling with their own complex and tangled relationships to death, money, and love, Mammother is a fabulist's tale of how we hold on and how we let go in a rapidly growing world.

When creating Dracula, Nurses were completely immersed in the recording process, the three members of the band (Aaron Chapman, James Mitchell, John Bowers) deep in collaboration. They did not embrace typical roles - no guitarist, no keyboardist - instead collaborating as a trio of producers, adding one idea on top of another until the sounds became songs. This isolation, the early winter darkness, the misty, moody walks on rocky beaches all creep into Dracula.

The band avoided society and focused on making the record, and managing to shut out most outside influences. Except for Prince. The band embraces hooks and melodies - yes, they turn them upside down and inside out--but at their core, the band (and Dracula) are defined by pop songwriting.

Want strange, but tender? Want to be bemused, but aware? Want to have an experience that made Kirkus reviews say “What the hell did I just read?” You probably do, which is why you’ll want to check out these works.

Mammother is officially released on 09/23, but you can get it at Curbside Books & Records and through Featherproof.

The Sarah Book

The Sarah Book

Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you want to give a customer a sweaty bear hug and whisper creepily in their ear,

"please read this... it hurts so good..."

Mickey

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When was the last time you read something that made you laugh?

Like really laugh. Like made noises out of your mouth and nose. Think about that for a second.

Ghost County

Ghost County

John McCarthy’s “Ghost County” is a book of poems with a focus on life and death in the Midwest. His poems are about desperate situations and places we know. Verbal fights in pick-up trucks, a high school homecoming, and an alcoholic preacher all populate this memorable book from Midwestern Gothic Press.

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The author examines sights that are uncomfortable and does not look away. The poems named “Pickup Truck” deliver quatrain after quatrain of the ebbs and flows of a relationship. Late nights. Fights. Stress about work. Memories from the truck the pair spend so much time together in. As with any summary, one doesn’t get a true sense of the rhythm of the author’s words, which is as important as anything. So here is a taste:

 

In order to say the word love,
the tongue must pass between
your teeth, and I will say it
with so much force when I bite

my body right out of my body.
I will stand under hot water
until all my skin dries out
but I cannot help any of it.

I will tell everyone, except us,
what to do with their lives,
those final years cracking open
until time is a pair of lungs

 

To borrow some of the author’s language, “Ghost County” throbs with anger. What these poems reveal is the beauty of those things we might find commonplace now. McCarthy shines a spotlight on the familiar and glossed over. Check out this collection today.

Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

The Dead Wrestler Elegies by W. Todd Kaneko and Beat the Champ by the Mountain Goats

Wrestling is more than just wrestling. For some it's an escape, an outlet, and for these artists, it's a way to cope.

The Dead Wrestler Elegies covers themes of loss, love, regret, redemption, and remorse. Kaneko's poems and illustrations blend Charles Bukowski's raw-boned verse and Randy "Macho Man" Savage's devastating elbow drop to mine the history of professional wrestling and examine complex relationships between fathers and sons.

Of his songs, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats writes, "Beat the Champ is about professional wrestling, which was an avenue of escape for me when I was a kid. Wrestling was low-budget working class entertainment back then, strictly UHF material. It was cheap theater. You had to bring your imagination to the proceedings and you got paid back double. I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I'm grown."

Announcing Our Online Book & Record Store

Announcing Our Online Book & Record Store

Hey Book & Record Lovers,

Not in Chicago? Can’t make it down to the Loop? Don’t want to leave the house because you’re too busy reading? We’ve got some exciting news for you: You can now get selected items from our online store

Though we hate to limit these works to categories, we’ve narrowed them down so you can browse between fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art books, and of course, records.

From now until the end of May, use the discount code “ONLINE20” for 20% off all orders from the online store. As always, the store is open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm, but now you can grab indie books and records all the time at the online store from Curbside Books & Records!

May 17 Mix

May 17 Mix

There's something in Arthur Russell's sentiment "You Can Make Me Feel Bad" with the follow-up "if you want to." He's allowing his subject the option to make him feel bad.

This isn't the happiest mix, I realize. "The Ocean" by The Dodos includes the line "I want you to be/where I want you to be," written after the death of guitarist, Christopher Reimer. In "Sisters," Chicago boys, Ne-Hi sing, "You know its okay/ if I’m leaving and you don’t stay."  But, it all comes down to "You & Me," in the Penny & the Quarters single, Penny let's you know, "If I never see the setting sun again/ you won't hear me cry," leaving you in a wake of relief, in the end. 

So, that being said, I'm not sorry for bumming you out.

Curbside Writers Club

Curbside Writers Club

Hey Chicago writers!
Need time to write?
Don't worry, we got you. 

Come to the Curbside Writers Club May 15th for a lax environment conducive to helping you get some writing done. From 5-7 PM, we're reserving tables and playing soothing tunes in Revival Food Hall to help you sculpt your manuscript. 

Because reading is a big part of writing, everything from Curbside Books & Records will be 20% off. Afterwards, grab a drink from the bar and talk with your fellow writers. The Revival Cafe Bar will be offering a beer & a shot combo for $6.

All writers and readers are welcome to attend!

Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes by Anne Elizabeth Moore and Haxel Princess by Cherry Glazerr

Anne Elizabeth Moore’s Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes released on Tuesday. Every day, heinous acts are perpetrated on women's bodies in this political economy—whether for entertainment, in the guise of medicine, or due to the conditions of labor that propel consumerism. In Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar Anne Elizabeth Moore explores the global toll of capitalism on women with thorough research and surprising humor. The essays range from probing journalistic investigations, such as Moore’s reporting on the labor conditions of the Cambodian garment industry, to the uncomfortably personal, as when Moore, who suffers from several autoimmune disorders, examines her experiences seeking care and community in the increasingly complicated (and problematic) American healthcare system. Featuring illustrations by Xander Marro, Body Horror is a fascinating and revealing portrait of the gore of contemporary American culture and politics.

Clementine Creevy, musician and Transparent actor, created Cherry Glazerr when she was 14. Back in 2014, much-loved Cali imprint Burger Records released Cherry Glazerr’s intoxicating debut Haxel Princess. The New York Times called ‘Grilled Cheese’ one of their Top Songs of 2014. Haxel Princess is back in print thanks to Secretly Canadian Records.

April 17 Mixtape

April 17 Mixtape

The sun's out in Chicago, which means it's time to grab a book and head to your favorite outdoor reading spot, because literature needs fresh air, too! We've got a playlist of tunes to accompany on your walk.

Since it's National Poetry Month, we're offering 20% off all Artifice and Curbside Splendor Poetry titles throughout April! Get titles such as Barry Giffard's New York, 1960 and Daniela Olszewska's Citizen J

For those auditory readers, we've got fonograf editions albums in! Check out these unique readings from esteemed poets Eileen Myles and Rae Armantrout. 

We aren't open for the official Record Store Day, but we are taking 10% off ALL records Friday April 21st! Get albums from JagjaguwarHoZac RecordsThrill Jockey RecordsMaximum PELTNumero GroupDrag City Records, and many more!