In Search Of… Deluxe 4LP

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Available for pre-order now, a special four-vinyl edition of N*E*R*D’s seminal debut record In Search Of… features the US “rock version” and the European “electronic version”—each in their own two-LP gate-fold jacket. The 2001 album saw N*E*R*D (at the time Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley) catapult to international acclaim, thanks to their melding of countless genres (from funk to rock, hip-hop and beyond) and flawless production. Though some 20 years old now, the album—named for the Leonard Nimoy-hosted TV show, an ode to the band’s collective Star Trek obsession—remains infectious, polished and ahead of its time.

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Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

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By author and architecture journalist Dominic Bradbury, Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses profiles 400 glorious homes designed by 290+ architects in locations from Sydney to Sao Paolo, Chandigarh to Sheffield. With some 250 full-color images, the book showcases just how differently the style can be interpreted—as evidenced by stunning structures designed by Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Oscar Niemeyer and many others.

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Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World

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Written by one of Houston’s most acclaimed chefs, James Beard Award-winning Chris Shepherd, Cook Like a Local: Flavors That Can Change How You Cook and See the World transforms the commonly held perception that local food must be rooted in centuries-long preparation. For Shepherd, locality is quantified by proximity: “The last census showed that there is no longer a ‘majority’ in Houston. It’s a city of minorities. So for me, thinking about what it means to cook locally in Houston means going out into the different neighborhoods of my city and taking a census of my own: one of flavors, and of culinary traditions,” he writes in the book’s introduction. The book offers recipes from a variety of local chefs from an even more varied range of cultures—all with true-to-the-dish ingredients, which are indexed at the back of the book, and explanations on how to make key ones (like toppings, bases, sauces). The book is available for pre-order and will ship 3 September.

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From Pictures to Words: Persuasion and the National Parks

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From CH favorite the Standards Manual (founded by Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth), comes From Pictures to Words: Persuasion and the National Parks—a glorious exploration of branding, design, illustration and type over some 100 years. This is the imprint’s second project with photographer Brian Kelley, and the tome includes everything from brochures to maps and other National Park-related ephemera—including examples of Massimo Vignelli’s Unigrid System, which was designed for the National Park Service in 1977. With visual assistance from Order (also run by Reed and Smyth), the book provides readers with some 384 pages of design delights.

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Published by the London School of Architecture, Citizen is a quarterly publication for “everybody engaged with the challenge of designing innovative proposals to bring about real improvements to the city” and aims to bring together readers from all spheres from academics to professionals and beyond. Their first issue—which tackles the aesthetics of city life—seeks to explore design as a “transformative force” rather than a discipline simply focused on aesthetics. Price is in Pounds.

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Cosmos: The Art and Science of the Universe

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Assembled by Roberta JM Olson and Jay M Pasachoff (curator of drawings at the New-York Historical Society, and the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy as well as the director of the Hopkins Observatory, respectively) Cosmos: The Art and Science of the Universe is an in-depth visual look at our collective obsession with the night sky. Via art that addresses astronomy, our passion for space is traced from woodcuttings and diagrams to paintings, sculpture and satellite photography. With 306 illustrations, many in full-color, this hardcover is a celebration of celestial treasures.

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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Poet Ocean Vuong experiments with a brand new form in his meditative debut novel: the queer protagonist writes a cathartic yet tender letter to his Vietnamese mother, who will most likely never read it. Vuong’s visceral, unflinching use of language and metaphors hit like a tsunami, awakening numbed readers to the raw emotions and reckonings that make us human. 

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It’s Freezing in LA! Issue 3

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Despite the title, UK-based It’s Freezing in LA! focuses on climate change on an international level. Their third issue, titled “Protest,” covers global strikes, marches and walkouts that have been initiated in opposition of fossil fuels, mining, and much more. But, this issue also addresses potential solutions, how new construction adheres to recent legislation and the challenges companies face when switching to electric vehicles. It’s Freezing in LA! is edited by Martha Dillon and art and design are handled by Nina Carter and Matthew Lewis respectively. Price is in Pounds.

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Moon — The Area of Influence

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Legendary DJ/producer/composer Jeff Mills (aka The Wizard) is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing by releasing a conceptual album inspired by the moon. Available as a double-LP (or on CD), the record, called Moon — The Area of Influence, will be made up of Mills’ nuanced, cinematic and Detroit-rooted techno. In his words, “This album and the imagination that helped to produce it should be considered as a proposition with open-endedness and no foreseeable conclusion. It is a chemistry of facts and feelings based on then, now and forever.” Set for release 19 July, it’s available for pre-order now.

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Issue #2 of Honolulu-based, artist-led Tropic Zine focuses on the Filipinx diaspora—aiming to “decolonize, deconstruct, and reimagine” what it means to identify as such. The publication has been printed in an edition of 500 and includes contributions from Leah Danze, Catalina Africa Espinosa, Jasmine Wenzel, Calla Camero, Taissa Fromme, Azuré Keahi, gentofish and many more.

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Mother Earth’s Plantasia

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Mother Earth’s Plantasia, originally released in 1976 by beloved composer/songwriter and electronic music pioneer Mort Garson, is a wildly sought-after record—having only been available in very limited numbers at LA’s Mother Earth store (with a purchase of a house plant) and at Sears. The album was composed on a Moog synthesizer with plants as the intended audience. Now, Sacred Bones Records is reissuing the cult album—with the option of a limited green and white “Spider Plant” vinyl. Each record comes with a reprint of the original booklet and with new liner notes.

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Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk: 1962-2002

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From Dior protégé to founder of an internationally recognized fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent’s catwalk history is canonized in Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk: 1962-2002. With a biography of Saint Laurent, quotes from Pierre Bergé, and never-before-seen images (behind the scenes and from shows) along with essays and notes on each collection, this book holds immense insight into the iconic brand. From the legendary 1966 “Le Smoking” tuxedo, to Mondrian dresses, and the Ballets Russes collection, this book is an essential for any design, style and fashion enthusiast.

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Rirkrit Tiravanija and Antto Melasniemi’s The Bastard Cookbook is part cooking guide and part exploration of cosmopolitanism. Inside there are recipes from Tiravanija and Melasniemi (aka the “Bastard Brothers”) accompanied by interviews with chefs and purveyors, insights from journalists and scholars and plenty of photography. The pair has cooked together everywhere—from Bangkok, Venice and Stockholm to Basel, Hong Kong and NYC—and The Bastard Cookbook is their experiences in summation.

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Beginning with some of civilization’s first sketches of objects in the sky and ending with some of our most high-definition satellite imagery, Sun and Moon is a thrilling catalog of important cosmic discoveries. Assembled by Mark Holborn and published by Phaidon, the book presents how we’ve used photography and cartography to explore space and time (and our ever-changing understanding of them) over thousands of years. With its publish coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Sun and Moon gives new (and old) insight to curious readers.

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Ethan James Green: Young New York

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With a keen eye and an artist’s touch, photographer Ethan James Green presents 55 tritone images in his debut monograph, Young New York. Published by Aperture Foundation and featuring an introduction from actress Hari Nef, the book does more than just document the diversity of the city, it celebrates the subjects found within. It will long be a reference for NYC at this moment, even as it transcends place and time.  

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The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip

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From 1914 to 1925 Henry Ford and Thomas Edison went on annual road trips under the moniker “The Vagabonds”—they only ceased because their fame made the trips impossible to coordinate. The two traveled in order to survey the condition of America’s roads, in conjunction with the exponential growth of the automotive industry. The pair may have ventured with chefs and butlers, but this book—written by former investigate journalist Jeff Guinn—focuses on the more engaging details surrounding the duo’s relationship.

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