Get your bookworm on with a rotating roster of, um, bookworms. Including Jenna Todd from Time Out Bookstore & Kiran Dass from Unity Books, bringing us a different music-related book to talk about each week.
Jenna's been living in a printed word flurry of late, but she's still had time to bring us in Meet Me in the Bathroom, Lizzy Goodman's oral history of the 2000s NYC indie music scene. A hefty tome covering The Strokes to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem to Interpol, Goodman captures a very particular scene from the mouths of the very particular characters that made it happen. But do you have to be a fan? Or does the book stand on its own?
To grossly misquote Terence McKenna: "don't diddle the Didion dose." Kiran takes heed of that non-existent advice and discusses the author's career with Mikey, with special reference to Joan Didion's latest collection of journal excerpts, South and West.
Kiran talks to Mikey about the new book from Spacemen 3 member Will Carruthers, Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands. Containing forceful minimal music, literal metal and maximum drugs, how did Kiran find Carruthers' snapshot of a burn bright / burn out moment in English music?
Time Out bookstore's youngest employee, Eli, takes us through his personal books-on-the-go and his review of New Zealand bibliopole Gareth Ward's young adult steampunk mystery, The Traitor and the Thief.
Kiran talks to Mikey about Uniform, a limited-run zine (only 30 handmade copies!) made by a collective of Auckland multi-disciplinary female creators. Having contributed herself, Kiran gives Mikey some insight as to what the lucky 30 owners can expect.
Jenna talks to Mikey about Clare Nina Norelli's contribution to the 33 1/3 album exploration series, Angelo Badalamenti's Soundtrack from Twin Peaks. A frequent collaborator with Twin Peaks director David Lynch, Badalamenti's soundtrack became a cult favourite in its own right. Does Norelli's deep dive offer new insight or overwhelm with technical jargon?