New Stuff @ The Ricecooker Shop!
Here we go again. A not so regular feature.
We have 13 past issues of the great WIRE magazines, all going for RM14 each. No free CDs though, sorry!
#268 – Sonic Youth feature / #250 – “In Praise of the Riff” / #246 – Wilco feature / #238 – Raster-Noton feature / #229 – Faust feature / #228 – Lou Reed feature / #227 – Asian Dub Foundation feature / #225 – The 20th Anniversary Issue / #223 – Boredoms feature / #219 – John Oswald feature / #218 – Alice Coltrane feature / #216 – Richard Hell feature / #209 – Radiohead feature
Some “exotic” musical selection:
(apart from the many hardcore punk titles we usually carry)
Desert Shore – 1970 rerelease LP | RM80
Desertshore is an affecting album, sweet and sad, an emotional wasteland peopled with malformed musical creatures long since adapted to the harsh conditions. I‚Äôve always believed that Nico was an underrated talent, doomed to be remembered by many as a footnote in the Velvet Underground‚Äôs tempestuous history.
While John Cale produces and plays on Desertshore, this is not a continuation of the music found on Velvet Underground & Nico (only the closing ‚ÄúAll That Is My Own‚Äù would come close to qualifying as a Velvets‚Äô track). She is alone in the world of Desertshore; even when a child‚Äôs voice steps forward on ‚ÄúLe Petit Chevalier,‚Äù it‚Äôs as if from a dream remembered rather than the actions of a flesh-and-blood companion.
Lyrically, Nico is more drawn to musical incantation than the observational style of Laurie Anderson, who otherwise started out on a very similar path. Both could be called minimalists, but Nico existed as a sort of banshee in the beau monde, while Anderson sought to turn the beat experience into a multimedia experience.
Pulling individual songs from Desertshore misses the point, but ‚ÄúThe Falconer‚Äù and ‚ÄúMutterlein‚Äù (one of two tracks here that appeared in the Philippe Garrel film ‚ÄúLa Cicatrice Interieure,‚Äù as did Nico herself) are a good indication of the disc‚Äôs merits. – review from connollyco.com
Porn Noise 5-Cassette Box-Set | RM80
Five cassette box-set of prime analog period Merzbow originally recorded and released in 1984 by ZSF Produkt and reissued by RRR and Statutory Tapes in 1993. Pornoise 1KG has the complete volumes of Pornoise, three of which appeared on the 50CD Merzbox set. Comes in an oversized padded plastic case with cover artwork by Trevor Brown who has designed sleeves for numerous other Merzbow releases and more recently for Venetian Snares.
Jung & Jee-Yun | RM33
Ghost stories are often centered around the emotion of love. It makes sense, if you follow the idea that ghosts are kept in our world through a strong emotion. It‚Äôs what Jung and Jee-Yun use in their graphic novel Kwa?Ødan, as a pair of spirits in 12th Century Japan are killed prematurely and struggle to be reunited even after death. – readaboutcomics.com
Pyongyang – A Journey in North Korea (soft cover)
Guy Delisle RM45
Most captivating graphic novel. “Pyongyang is a fascinating, even important document. Its simple yet highly evocative artwork brings us a kind of photo-reportage from a country where photography is restricted, journalists are barred and visitors in general are discouraged…Prevented from being a travelogue in the traditional sense, Pyongyang instead functions as a portrait of society in denial.”–The Guardian [UK]
Shenzen – A Travelogue from China (hard cover)
Guy Delisle | RM50
The 2nd graphic novel by Delisle, this time observations of life in the of Shenzhen.
“Shenzhen is entertainingly compact with Guy Delisle‚Äôs observations of life in a cold urban city in southern China that is sealed off by electric fences and armed guards from the rest of the country. With a dry wit and a clean line, Delisle makes the most of his time spent in Asia overseeing outsourced production for a French animation company. By translating his fish-out-of-water experiences into accessible graphic novels, Delisle is quick to find the humor and point out the differences between Western and Eastern cultures. Yet he never forgets to relay his compassion for the simple freedoms that escape his colleagues by virtue of living in a Communist state.” – blurbs from drawnandquarterly.com
The Sandman – The Dream Hunters
Neil Gaiman & Yoshitaka Amano | RM44
Sandman: The Dream Hunters is a novella by Neil Gaiman, lavishly illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano of Final Fantasy fame. The story is tangential to the Sandman comic book series, and can be read without prior knowledge of the main sequence. The story deals with a love affair between a Buddhist priest and a fox spirit or kitsune.
Dust Covers – The Collected Sandman Covers
Dave McKean | RM50
Collects the covers of all published Sandman issues as well as interior illustrations for the collections and previously unpublished work. Also features The Last Sandman Story, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean.
and lots of art books & magazines too.