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Book & Record Pairing

Book & Record Pairing

Fast Machine and Jackie Lynn

We love gritty and we love real at Curbside, so we’re sending some real, gritty work at you this week. We are pairing Jackie Lynn’s self-titled LP along with Elizabeth Ellen’s FAST MACHINE.

Elizabeth Ellen’s aptly titled short story collection, FAST MACHINE moves at one dominating speed. Her characters are real and relentless and bring the spirit of old west to new America. Roxane Gay writes, “The best thing about Ellen’s writing is that it has big brass balls. There is seemingly nothing she won’t write about but more than the fearlessness is how Ellen writes about anything.”

Jackie Lynn is the new project from Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, released under the guise of a Tennessee native, transplanted to Chicago, where she runs a multi-million dollar drug trade from a car repair shop on the Southside. When the police raid her apartment, they find this album, which becomes their only lead to her whereabouts. Pitchfork claims “it’s music of many hues, and most of them tend toward darkness.”

So there you have it. We’re getting real and we’re getting bleak, without getting really bleak.

December Mixtape

December Mixtape

Winter has arrived in Chicago, never mind the solstice. Snow has started falling, the lake is beginning to freeze over, and it’s become socially acceptable to wear a balaclava.

I have been trying to convince myself I can stay inside until March. I will sift through my record collection and drink Irish coffees and never have to stand on the ‘L’ platform watching the minutes tick down until the next train arrives. But, I know I will have to go outside sometime.

We can’t be beat by the bitter cold. I put together a mix of songs to alleviate the burden of our cold commutes, featuring selections from records we carry in our store. It’s the next best thing to listening to them in the sanctuary of your home.

We just got an armful of albums in from Chicago’s very own Thrill Jockey Records, including picks from Future Islands, The Sea and Cake, Circuit des Yeux, and prog-rock favorites, Tortoise, among others.

Swing by and check out what we have in stock. Let’s talk about music and books and forget about the cold for a while.