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November 23, 2004

Les Fleurs du Mal

The collecting mania that underpins much of the posting here at the Flea takes me to a number of stores on a semi-regular basis. One of these is out-of-neighbourhood so is visited less semi-regularly than others. This place is a treat because it also sells cds and the staff tend to play material I have never heard of and which rocks and subsequently I find something new and feel cool, connected, etc. and so forth.

The time before last I first heard The Streets and found a Starlost novelization with a faux-mirror cover. Sweet. This latest visit was even better. Junior Boys' Last Exit is stripped down electro-pop that lets me imagine I am living in Red Hook, skinny enough to wear a 70s rancher-style corduroy fleece coat and dating, or at least futilely pining after, Chloe Sevigny.

Junior Boys defy any easy equation, joining a long tradition of sonically rich pop that unites emotionally charged songcraft with experimental process, like New Order and the Beach Boys before them.

Great stuff and another discovery I owe to this bookstore. It was, therefore, with mixed feelings that I purchased a dramatically underpriced copy of the Sylvan Press 1947 limited-edition of Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil illustrated by Patrick Beresford Egan. A bit of an ethical quandrary... are we obligated to tell booksellers how much more they could get for something on eBay?

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 23, 2004 06:06 AM

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It occurs to me that Starlost would be perfect for modern Hollywood -- rebellious young couple, fleeing Red State-like religious conservative oppression, exploring strange new urban and sophisticated environments.

Hmmmm ... yeah, but that wouldn't work, since they're trying to get cooperation to get the ship back under control before everything is destroyed. That would never do.

We could have Michael Moore as the of the Library Computer, though ...

Posted by: *** Dave at November 23, 2004 08:21 PM

Last (and first, mind you) time I listened to/ watched a Streets deallio I was mesmerized for........far too long. It became an obcession. It was because of you, yannow.

Posted by: SondraK at November 24, 2004 05:06 AM