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Day Two [May. 23rd, 2008|04:28 pm]
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[Current Location |Dunedin]
[mood |tiredtired]

Been in to town again and found more stuff.

From Paper Plus: Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur: At the Crossing Places.
Robert Jordan's Crossroads of Twilight. Mainly because the books were sold in pairs and this was the most interesting other book there was. Might eventually get around to reading the whole series...

From New Galaxy: Peter S Beagle's The Folk of the Air.

From Real Groovy, I finally found some CDs I was interested in, these being: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kicking Against The Pricks.
The Essential Mi-Sex.
Sneaky Feelings' Send You.
The Clash, Sandinista!
King Loser, Caul of the Outlaw.
And... believe it or not... a book. Martin Millar's Lonely Werewolf Girl. I've had my eye out for this book for a while (there's been a lot of good reviews of it) but I never expected to find it in a music shop...

From Zodiac: a pile of motor cycle magazines.

From a little junk shop near where the Hillside Book Exchange used to be, some more CDs: Nik Kershaw's Human Racing.
A-Ha's Hunting High and Low.
The Essential Heart (Terrorise your friends with GLAM ROCK!)

And from the first search through the 24-hour book sale itself: The Science of Middle-Earth.
The Oxford Book of Satirical Verse.
A.W. Reed's Maori Tales of Long Ago.
The Timetables of History.
Murray Ball's Stanley, 1982 annual.
The Observer's Book of Postage Stamps.
Ogden Nash's Versus.
Michael Moore's Stupid White Men.
Tom Holt's Djinn Rummy.
Jack London's White Fang.
Diana Wynne Jones' Dogsbody
J.G. Frazer's The Golden Bough.
Rose Estes' Master Wolf and The Price of Power.
Jennifer Robertson's Track of the White Wolf.
National Lampoon's Doon.
Villains! Who Needs Heroes Anyway?
Dave Duncan's The Destiny of the Sword.
A spare copy of Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword as it's a difficult book to find and I keep on recommending it to people and may eventually be "encouraged" to put my library where my mouth is...
The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook
Tad Williams' The War of the Flowers.

[User Picture]From: aeb
2008-05-23 05:05 am (UTC)
Now that looks like a good haul! {BIG SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-05-24 11:18 am (UTC)
Yes, there's some stuff here I'm definitely very pleased to have found. (And quite a bit of stuff in the "did I really think that was worth a whole dollar?" category, but that's a hazard of the 24-hour booksale; and I've actually enjoyed reading some of the stuff I picked up without giving it much thought at the time, so I'll keep on doing it).

But the real finds have been: The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook (even though I'm probably going to have most fun picking up errors in the background information on the places...); Dogsbody (the first Diana Wynne Jones book I ever read, and even with the old 1970s-looking dust cover, although it's a later printing); the Stanley collection; and in particular Lonely Werewolf Girl, which I've read great things about. (So far I'm impressed by the book, and will probably write my thoughts about it up on book_rec some time).
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[User Picture]From: aeb
2008-05-26 09:30 am (UTC)
That sounds so much like the library book sales here. They have lots of cheap books and not many copies of each. I tend to come away with a few real gems and a few that make me wonder what I was thinking when I picked them up. {Chuckle, SMILE, REALLY BIG GRIN}

That guidebooks and the Diana Wynne Jones sounds like real finds. {SMILE} I'll take your word for it that the other two are as well. I'll have to watch for book_rec posts. {SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: dkphoenix
2008-05-23 06:45 am (UTC)
Terrorise your friends with GLAM ROCK!

Hey, I like that stuff :-p Granted, if I'm going to terrorize people I usually break out the Nitro CD. Ask Foe about Nitro, they're covered under the Geneva Convention.

Speaking as a connoisseur, I wouldn't call Heart glam, no matter how they dressed in the 80s. They're probably going to be the subject of my next Girls Rock! post, as a matter of fact. The fall into that odd 70s "hard rock that occasionally careens into something vaguely folky" niche. It's all Led Zeppelin's fault. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-05-24 11:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd say you're right... the only earlier Heart song I knew particularly well was Barracuda, and the rest of the first CD was OK but not as great as the song in question. Haven't given the second CD a listen yet... I reconised the title of one of their `eighties songs as something I found fairly much forgettable. Still, the CD was worth the $4 I paid for it (that's the sort of money I'd have paid for a single 20 - 25 years ago, and there's been a bit of inflation since then...)

I know nothing about Nitro. But be warned that I possess (and used to play when I still had the requisite audio equipment) an LP of the noise produced by three men whacking tuned drainpipes with Jandals. (From Scratch's Drum/Sing b/w Pacific 3, 2, 1, Zero). Also, you might want to ask Foe about what happened when I admitted that one group was too weird, even for me, and he sought them out on Amazon for a listen...
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[User Picture]From: dkphoenix
2008-05-24 11:53 am (UTC)
Nitro... if you had a faster connection I'd link you to a video so you could experience the full horror, but a picture will give you an idea:


They came out at the very tail end of the hair band era, and their schtick was that every cliched thing that any other hair band had ever done, they'd do more and bigger. To the point that they made of themselves walking cartoons, but they didn't see that. They were deadly serious. The singer - Jim Gillette, the blond guy in the picture - would break a row of glasses every night with his voice. The guitarist, Michael Angelo (sometimes known as Michael Angelo Batio), well, you can see his infamous 4-necked guitar. Because a double necked guitar wasn't extreme enough, y'know. He could and did play on two necks at once, and sometimes all four, with the damned thing spinning on a specially designed guitar strap. Their first album, OFR (For "Out-Fucking-Rageous". Really.) was mixed so it had almost no midtones at all. Just screeching uber-falsetto vocals and machine gun bass. They were special. They were the Rob Liefelds of heavy metal.

I could maybe handle the three guys whacking the drainpipes. I own a copy of Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music. Granted, I only made myself listen to it once... ;-)

"Barracuda" is one of Heart's best songs, I'm fond of "Crazy On You" too, especially if it has the long "Silver Wings" intro. Their 80s stuff... eh. I rather liked "Alone" before it turned into the song every female American Idol contestant uses to prove she can hit and sustain the notes in it. It's the rock version of Patsy Cline's "Crazy" that way.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-05-25 03:09 am (UTC)
Those guys look like the unholy love children of A Flock of Seagulls and Push Push.

... If a band were the Rob Liefelds of heavy metal, wouldn't it be the bass that was missing? ]:-)

I have heard of Metal Machine Music... what I have seen about it makes me think it's more like the "too weird for me" Dead C than the interestingly weird From Scratch.
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