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Psychedelic Bricks
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockKrazy KatGeorge HerrimanFantagraphics BookstoreChris Ware 8 Oct 2012 1:15 PM

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The Psychedelic Furs dropped by Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday to stock up on records and comix ahead of their set at the Showbox. It was amusing to hear Chicago-born saxophonist Mars Williams, a Krazy Kat enthusiast, attempt to explain the decidedly American brickbat humor of the strip to his British bandmates. Mars graciously agreed to a photo op next to Krazy Kat book designer and fellow Chicagoan Chris Ware's Building Stories display. Thanks to the band for putting us on the guest list. Fun show (below).

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Ron Regé, Jr. Rocks In More Ways Than One...
Written by janice headley | Filed under Ron Regé Jrrockmerchevents 25 Sep 2012 9:30 AM

Lavender Diamond -  Incorruptible Heart

How did the band Lavender Diamond manage to score the great Ron Regé, Jr. to do their album cover? Oh, I dunno... maybe they asked their drummer... Ron Regé, Jr. Yes, not only is the guy an amazing artist, he's also an amazing musician. Yes, your parents were right: life is not fair. 

The new album is titled Incorruptible Heart, and it is out today on Paracadute Records.  Go stream their awesomeness on their Soundcloud page. For a limited time only, the band is offering a "deluxe package" including an original, hand-drawn piece of artwork from Ron, an exclusive tote bag, the limited edition vinyl (on lavender, natch), and a digital download.

And hey, east coast! Lavender Diamond is heading over for a short lil' tour, so don't miss them!

09.26.12 - Mercury Lounge [ New York, NY ]
09.27.12 - Kung Fu Necktie [ Philadelphia, PA ]
09.29.12 - Glasslands [ Brooklyn, NY ]
09.30.12 - Brighton Music Hall [ Cambridge, MA ]

(Don't forget, Ron will head out solo for the New York Art Book Fair on Saturday, September 29th! Be one of the first to get your lovin' hands on a copy of The Cartoon Utopia!)


Gary Panter at Death By Audio, Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under rockGary Panterevents 20 Sep 2012 2:45 PM

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Come see Gary Panter kill it at Death by Audio [ 49 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn ]!

He and his band Devin, Gary & Ross will be bringing their "stunning psychedelic chicken music" to this Brooklyn venue on Wednesday, September 26th.  Also on the bill are Sunfoot, Volunteers Park and Ice Balloons. Don't miss it!

Dash Shaw's new Sigur Rós music video
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videorockDash Shawanimation 12 Sep 2012 1:34 PM

Seraph from Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Films on Vimeo.

Seriously go grab something to mop up the tears and exploded-brain matter before clicking "play" on this astonishing short animated film directed by Dash Shaw and co-written by Dash and filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (with backgrounds by Frank Santoro) encompassing two songs by the amazing Icelandic band Sigur Rós from their new album Valtari. Like seriously.

Your simultaneous Guy Peellaert fix and Robin Gibb tribute for the weekend
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under videorockGuy PeellaertComing Attractions 8 Jun 2012 2:13 PM

Yes, our Jodelle book is running late, and we're sorry. All we can say is, the project has expanded to something way beyond our original planning and you'll be blown away by the scope of what we've come up with. We're also in the final stages of refining and fixing the coloring of the book itself, which turned out to be a lot more labor- and thought-intensive than we initially thought.

In the meantime, here is a 1968 video clip of the Bee Gees (RIP Robin!) performing "IDEA" against sets designed by the one and only G.P. What a decade!


'I'm seeing a lot of song titles'
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 9 Apr 2012 2:02 AM

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So said the mighty and wonderful David Gedge (leader of one of my all-time favorite bands, The Wedding Present) leafing through the copy of Michel Gagné's Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics I gave him at their Seattle gig on Friday night. He opened right up to that page — I swear I didn't plan this moment! Being able to present our books to folks I admire is one of the best parts of my job. What an absolute thrill.

By the way, David is not only an avid comics reader, he's published a comic book of tour stories, Tales of the Wedding Present, and his songs have inspired an anthology of comics short stories titled Snapshots.

Can You Imagine? on KEXP and Kickstarter
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockPeter Bagge 4 Dec 2011 11:18 PM

Peter Bagge & his bandmates in Can You Imagine? took to the airwaves on Seattle's KEXP on last night's edition of their punk show Sonic Reducer — if you missed it, you can catch a re-broadcast at 11 PM tonight... that's less than an hour from now! Tune in to 90.3 FM in Seattle or kexp.org worldwide, or if you see this too late, find it in the KEXP streaming audio archive.

And here's another way to get in on the Can You Imagine? fun:

Pete & co. are raising funds via Kickstarter to complete their new album! Pledge now and you could get nifty thank-you gifts like an early download of the album, an original drawing from Pete, your very own cover song played just for you, brunch or a private party with the band, and the ever-intriguing "Surprise Mystery Ball"!

Spend Black Friday with Peter Bagge in Georgetown!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 17 Nov 2011 3:21 PM

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Sensational Seattle counterculture cartoonist Peter Bagge will appear in Georgetown at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery at 7:00 PM on Friday, November 25. The book signing will be followed by a performance of his power pop combo Can You Imagine? featuring Steve Fisk next door at the MIX nightclub.

We've recently seen a deluge of books by earnest young rock journalists chronicling the history of Seattle's grunge movement. But nothing quite matches Peter Bagge's authentic observations during that era. Bagge's work went beyond satire to help shape the attitude and aesthetics of the only significant youth movement to emerge from the Pacific Northwest. His comix still resonate today, as a new generation of readers discover his over-the-top, yet totally accessible approach to cartooning. Bagge will sign copies of his iconic Hate comix anthologies as well as more recent work, including his rockin' all ages romp Yeah! Pick up some perfect personalized gifts for a song.

Bagge's signing will be followed by a musical performance at the Mix with Can You Imagine? This mostly female pop combo is eerily reminiscent of the intergalactic rock group depicted in Yeah! Michelle, Rachel and Sue are joined by Bagge and legendary musician and producer Steve Fisk, combining to form a fairly amazing and unexpected delight.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110.

Kevin Avery Hits the Road with Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson
Written by janice headley | Filed under rockPaul NelsonKevin Averyevents 8 Nov 2011 4:01 PM

Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery

"Kevin Avery has done something heroic here. Avery has rescued the work and the passion, the life and the meaning of the great Paul Nelson. Nelson was a deep and beautiful writer, mysterious and painstaking and brilliant. Thanks to Avery and Everything Is an Afterthought, Paul Nelson's work finally has a home." - Cameron Crowe

What happened to legendary music critic Paul Nelson?

Fantagraphics Books Inc. invites you to find out as we present author/editor Kevin Avery on tour for the unique anthology-biography, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson — a collection that's been called "music book of the year" by DangerousMinds.net.

In the '60s, Paul Nelson pioneered rock & roll criticism with a first-person style of writing that would later be popularized by the likes of Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer as "New Journalism." As co-founding editor of The Little Sandy Review and managing editor of Sing Out!, he'd already established himself, to use his friend Bob Dylan's words, as "a folk-music scholar"; but when Dylan went electric in 1965, Nelson went with him.

During a five-year detour at Mercury Records in the early 1970s, Nelson signed the New York Dolls to their first recording contract, then settled back down to writing criticism at Rolling Stone as the last in a great tradition of record-review editors that included Jon Landau, Dave Marsh, and Greil Marcus. Famously championing the early careers of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, and Warren Zevon, Nelson not only wrote about them but often befriended them. Never one to be pigeonholed, he was also one of punk rock's first stateside mainstream proponents, embracing The Sex Pistols and The Ramones.

But in 1982, he walked away from it all — Rolling Stone, his friends, and rock & roll. By the time he died in his New York City apartment in 2006 at the age of seventy — a week passing before anybody discovered his body — almost everything he'd written had been relegated to back issues of old music magazines.

How could a man whose writing had been so highly regarded have fallen so quickly from our collective memory?

With Paul Nelson's posthumous blessing, Kevin Avery spent four years researching and writing Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson, which compiles Nelson's best works (some of it previously unpublished) while also providing a vivid account of his private and public lives. Avery interviewed almost 100 of Paul Nelson's friends, family, and colleagues, including several of the artists about whom he'd written.

For additional information and a preview, please visit:
http://www.fantagraphics.com/kevinavery
http://www.fantagraphics.com/paulnelson

Kevin Avery Tour Dates for Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson

Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM
Kevin Avery will be joined on stage by Dave Marsh, a rock critic, historian, anti-censorship activist, talk show host and "Louie Louie" expert who has written more than 20 books about rock and popular music. This event will be held in the Rare Book Room on the 3rd Floor of the Strand.

Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (at 12th St.)
New York City, NY 10003

Sunday, November 13th at 4:00 PM
Kevin Avery discuss the life and writings of Paul Nelson in conversation with local author (Moon, All Hopped Up And Ready To Go: Music From The Streets of New York) Tony Fletcher.

The Golden Notebok
29 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 PM
Join Kevin Avery for a signing and discussion.

Barnes & Noble Park Slope
267 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Join Kevin Avery for a signing and discussion.

Farley's Bookshop
44 South Main Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 PM
Join Kevin Avery for a signing and discussion. Avery will be joined by musician Elliott Murphy, who will play a few tunes.

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
















Kevin Avery on Kick Out the Jams with Dave Marsh
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under rockPaul NelsonKevin Averyinterviewsaudio 4 Nov 2011 4:50 PM

Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery

Kevin Avery, author of Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson, will be Dave Marsh’s guest on the second hour of his radio show, Kick Out the Jams, Sunday Nov. 6 at 11 AM (EST). The show runs from 10 till noon. Kick Out the Jams plays on The Loft (Channel 30). They’ll be spinning some of Paul Nelson’s favorite tunes and talking about all things Paul (and plugging their upcoming appearance at the Strand, of course). Tune in!