After All is Said And Done: Taping the Grateful Dead, 1965-1995

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For decades, fans of the Grateful Dead traded bootleg tapes of the band’s performances, helping cement their legendary status while also creating an underground culture and community. This fervent culture is explored in Mark A Rodriguez’s new hardcover book, After All is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead, 1965-1995, a unique look at black market fandom. Featuring Rodriguez’s cassette-collection sculptures, interviews with members of the Grateful Dead organization and artwork from archival cassette covers, the anthology is a new, fascinating perspective of the iconic rock band.

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We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference

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India-born, Canada-raised and UK-based photographer Sunil Gupta has spent most of his career taking pictures of queer subjects, wielding his camera as a weapon for liberation. He shares some of his influential images and explorations of queerness, post-colonialism and activism in We Were Here: Sexuality, Photography, and Cultural Difference. Spanning 192 pages and including 26 images, the volume features Gupta’s keen essays on homosexuality in India, the AIDs crisis and the Black Arts Movement, capturing the practices and enduring power of resistance.

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Kitchen Toke Volume 5 Issue 2

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The first media company dedicated to culinary cannabis, Kitchen Toke (founded by Joline Rivera) exists at the point where marijuana, food, cooking and health collide. This issue celebrates cannabis cuisine chefs of “Chopped 420,” explores the evolving integration of marijuana into food chain and more.

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Men Explain Things to Me

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Writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me captures the gender dynamics that haunt conversations between men and women. With acuity and humor, Solnit delves into mansplaining, why it occurs and the continuing pertinence of resisting misogyny wherever it arises. This updated edition comprises seven sharp essays.

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Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott

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Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott surveys the work of the pioneering African American painter, whose use of humor and satire radically transgressed ideas surrounding race and gender. This volume—which includes an essay by prolific art historian and curator Lowery Stokes Sims—contextualizes his colorful work from the 1970s to the late ’90s, capturing it inspired generations of artists after him and explaining why it remains as relevant today as it did then.

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It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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Filled with songs from composer and musician Vince Guaraldi, the soundtrack for It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) is an essential for fans of jazz, Halloween and Peanuts animated specials. Featuring “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” and “Linus and Lucy,” this orange-hued and pumpkin-shaped vinyl is over-flowing with kitsch and nostalgia.

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From Bowers & Wilkins, these over-ear, noise-cancelling Px7 S2 headphones utilize custom-designed 40mm drive units that are carefully angled in the ear-cups to deliver precise, sharp sound. Six microphones and a 24-bit-capable wireless platform further ensure enhanced noise-cancellation and music dynamics. Replete with memory foam ear-pads, these sleek headphones (available in black, blue or gray) elevate both comfort and high-quality sound.

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Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982

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Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 is the first official archival box set of the iconic NYC band. It comes in five variations, but the Super Deluxe edition (limited to 500 copies) includes the most. It features the original line-up’s first six albums, plus four LPs full of outtakes, B-sides and demos. Additionally there’s a 10-inch with the 1975 Alan Betrock demo, a 45 featuring their almost-mythical cover of The Doors’ “Moonlight Drive” and more. Altogether there are 124 tracks, 36 of which are previously unissued. The set also includes two hard-cover books containing everything from cover art to session notes from band members, liner notes by music journalist Erin Osmon and essays from producers Richard Gottehrer and Mike Chapman.

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Mother Earth’s Plantasia Limited Edition

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In honor of Sacred Bones Records’ 15th anniversary, the Brooklyn-based label is repressing the cult classic Mother Earth’s Plantasia by Mort Garson on limited caladium pink and green vinyl. First released in 1976, the album, suffused with Moog synthesizers, was composed specifically for plants and only available to those who purchased a plant from Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue in LA or a Simmons mattress from Sears. Almost 50 years later, the album’s legacy continues to grow with a remastered vinyl that also comes with a fully restored original booklet and seed paper.

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June Newton Best Seller

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David Owen’s new book, June Newton Best Seller, is the story of a floor manager at a regional department store. While it may seem her life is dull, it’s anything but. Filled with quirky diary confessionals and imaginary conversations with Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Nicholas Cage, the book turns from an off-kilter journal to a rollercoaster of a story. It’s the publisher’s first foray into literary fiction, and has been illustrated and designed by Karla Jarvinen and Dominik Pollin.

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Intimate storytelling merges with club bangers on Rina Sawayama’s second album, Hold The Girl. Traversing a multitude of genres—from country to disco, rock, dance and grunge—the album attests to the British Japanese artist’s ingenuity. Within, Sawayama comes to terms with her past, deftly transforming the deepest of emotions into soaring anthems. This version of the album, released by Rough Trade, is on red marbled vinyl.

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Detroit Rave Flyers 1993-1999

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Across 76 pages, this volume from collaborative publishing project Colpa Press acts as a mesmerizing archive of Detroit’s rave culture from 1993 to 1999. From sci-fi aesthetics to kawaii imagery, the collection’s varied and bold designs document an equally vibrant, thriving party scene in the birthplace of techno. Price is in Pounds.

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More than a serene getaway, Bali abounds with nightlife, surf culture, innovative bamboo architecture and more. It was this lush amalgamation that inspired Elora Hardy to found her sustainable design and architecture firm, IBUKU, after growing up on the island. In Bali Mystique, published by Assouline, Hardy traverses multifaceted destinations within the tropical locale through 200+ images and personal anecdotes that serve as an ode to the island’s kind community.

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Brandi Carlile’s memoir, Broken Horses, charts the singer-songwriter and producer’s upbringing in the impoverished outskirts of Seattle, as well as her experience being openly gay within a homophobic faith. As the book describes, these difficult moments shaped Carlile as well as her art, from her early days singing in local competitions to opening for Dave Matthews Band. Honest and insightful, the memoir is an unflinching look at identity, rejection and Carlile’s well-deserved and earned success.

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Laura K Zimmermann’s magical children’s book Mushroom Rain glows with dazzling fungi illustrations by Jamie Green. The fascinating, informative work includes insight on the mysterious power of mushrooms, from helping to create rain to smelling like bubblegum. With lyrical descriptions as well as additional facts and activities in the back matter, the book is an enchanting and educational tour of ecology.

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Aamina Ahmad pays exacting attention to her characters’ psychological nuances in her debut novel, The Return of Faraz Ali. The neo-noir novel tells the tale of a Faraz Ali who was taken from his birthplace in Lahore (Pakistan’s second largest city) as a child only to be sent back years later by his powerful politician father, now as a police officer tasked with covering up a young girl’s murder. More than a gripping mystery, the novel is a deft reckoning with caste and gender in Pakistan.

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