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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!

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.

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.