Three books I've enjoyed lately:Red-Flannel Hash and Shoo-Fly Pie, Lila Perl
A 1960s cookbook about regional American foods is already right up my alley, but this one was also one of the very first books illustrated by Eric Carle
. He uses woodcuts, rather than the tissue-paper collage style that he's best known for.The Redbreast, Jo Nesbo
My love affair with Scandinavian crime fiction is ongoing. This one is a dark, occasionally funny noir with two intertwining stories, one a modern hardboiled procedural and the other historical fiction about the Norwegian fascists who cooperated with the occupying Nazis and fought on the Russian front in WWII.Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture, Alice Echols
Cultural-history kind of thing, focusing heavily on disco's larger social effects. If you like this, you might also like Peter Shapiro's Turn the Beat Around
Four albums:Amanaz - Africa
Reissue of a 70s album from Zambia's Zam-rock scene. If you like 70s African psych/rock groups like Blo or The Witch, you'll probably dig this. Bass and fuzz, English and Bemba. Balun - Memoria Textil
Dreamy vocals and a mix of organic (including accordion and violin) and electronic (including chiptune-ish stuff)--they call it IDM folk-pop. Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex - Moa Anbesa
Septuagenarian Ethiopian saxophone legend gets together with Dutch avant-punks (and horn players from everyone's favorite ICP, the Instant Composer's Pool Orchestra), and it winds up sounding a little like 70s Ethio-jazz and a little like No-Wave.
V/A - Lagos Disco Inferno
Released by the guy behind the Voodoo Funk
blog, who spent three years crate-digging in Africa. Your reaction to the phrase '70s Nigerian disco' will probably determine whether you'd enjoy this album, but, just in case you're on the fence, here's a Youtube promo
Three artists:Rockwell Kent
He did illustrations for editions of Moby Dick
, Leaves of Grass
, among many others. If you see an interlibrary loan librarian, tell 'em I said thanks.
I only just learned there's a line of Charley Harper skate shoes
, from Alien Workshop
. This same company commissioned Mr. Dibbs, one of my favorite turntablists, to do the soundtrack
for a skate video
Inuit printmaker/sculptor, and one of the pioneers of Inuit modern art.