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Nate ChinenPlaying Changes – Jazz For The New Century (hardcover) ... Book
Pantheon Books, 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A refreshing look at jazz in the early years of the 21st Century – served up by Nate Chinen, who spent most of that time working as a jazz critic for the New York Times, and contributing to NPR! Chinen's been at the grass roots level, and does a great job here of noting key changes in the music, fresh movements that have helped inspire genre-crossing audiences, and key artists who are helping jazz find a path forward! Given that decades before, people were in fear of jazz losing any sort of relevancy, Chinen's ability to locate the importance of the music in our century is a really great thing – served up in a selection of thoughtful chapters, as well as a list of The 129 Essential Albums Of The 21st Century (So Far). Hardcover, 274 pages. Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Chris WareAdventures Of Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid On Earth (softcover) ... Book
Pantheon Books, 2003. New Copy ... $6.99 29.99
A major comics achievement! Chris Ware's elliptical Jimmy Corrigan story was serialized over the course of several years in many syndicated newspaper markets. The story, while brilliant and certainly beautiful to look at, was a little hard to follow in weekly installments. Now it's been collected in this handsome book and, taken as a whole, seems even more amazing than we initially estimated. A multi-generational family story that focuses on the simple, sheltered Jimmy Corrigan – and also functions as a neat little history of Chicago – this book can be read from a few different perspectives and like many great books, develops different meanings each time you read it. If you've ever been dubious about the notion of comics as literature, this one should change your mind – and it's very funny and moving stuff! Softcover edition, almost 500 pages, full color. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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✨✧ Chris WareRusty Brown (hardcover) ... Book
Pantheon Books, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We love the work of cartoonist Chris Ware, but we maybe love his Rusty Brown character even more than the rest – as Rusty's an inveterate collector, with the sort of special drive that's plagued us all of our lives! Yet the depth of this volume really matches Ware's more famous character Jimmy Corrigan – as the long narratives here trace out the "origins" of Rusty, and follow him through years past – with a sensitivity and lingering sadness that's beautifully delineated in the kind of artwork that sets Ware apart from anyone else we can think of. The production quality is beautiful – hundreds of pages in full color, laid out sideways to replicate a book of vintage comic strips – which furthers the Ware exploration of the Rusty Brown aesthetic. Book
 
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✨✧ XWild Gift ... LP
Slash, 1981. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mindblowing album – and one that we'd never part with, ever! X may have sprung from the LA punk scene of the late 70s – but this second album from the group is one that pushes way past every one of their contemporaries – a set that's always urgent, never dated – and which is filled with well-written, well-penned songs that should all be in the pantheon of rock and roll! Every aspect of the group is perfect at this point – the amazing drums of DJ Bonebrake, the searing guitars of Billy Zoom, and the fantastic vocal interplay between John Doe and Exene – working here at a level that's way different than any male/female duo in rock, pop, or soul from previous decades – as they set fire to the brilliant words of tunes that include "The Once Over Twice", "We're Desperate", "Adult Books", "I'm Coming Over", "In This House That I Call Home", "White Girl", "Some Other Time", and "Year 1". There's not a single mis-step on this album – and we should know, as we've listened to it thousands of times over the years! LP, Vinyl record album
(2018 Fat Possum reissue.)
 
 
 



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