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April 20, 2014 | 4:26 pm

Peter Day's World of Business

In Business: Has the book a future? 17 Apr 2014

Amidst mergers, ebooks, and self-publishing the book business is in the throes of upheaval.



April 19, 2014 | 8:13 pm

Some RSD. Just sold the first records of the day, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby and Harry Belafonte.

April 19, 2014 | 2:16 am

I'd like to celebrate RSD by making Ted play LPs instead of his iPod. Let's see if we can persuade him, hmmm?

April 18, 2014 | 3:47 pm

Hundreds of mint/ near mint original pressing soundtracks are being priced this weekend. Original pressings from France, Italy, Japan, US and the UK. Ranging from 1970-85. Frances Lai, Ennio Morricone, Eric Demarsan, Johnny Harris, Lionell & Alfred Newman, Georges Delerue, Georges Garvarentz, Phillippe Sarde, Marc Wilkinson, Elmer Bernstein. Many are in shrink wrap and some are still sealed! There are some for sale now and many more to come tomorrow, Saturday April 19 which just happens to be record store day, so go out and buy some records!

April 17, 2014 | 11:11 pm

Great side 2. Interesting record. Wonder what the film's all about.

April 17, 2014 | 10:09 pm

Seen it before? No, neither have I.

April 17, 2014 | 9:39 pm

This kept me happy during my shift.

April 17, 2014 | 9:27 pm

Raymond Scott music you know.

April 17, 2014 | 3:49 pm

“It was a lone voice in the middle of the ocean, but it was heard at great depth and great distance.”

—Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (1927 - 2014)

April 17, 2014 | 12:04 pm

"This place should have at least a hundred 5-star reviews by now. What's wrong with you people? This place is amazing, awesome and very cool, all at the same time!! I mean, do you guys know how rare it is to find a decent book store these days?"

Hey, that's what we're saying, Monica B.! Thanks for your enthusiastic and wonderful review!


The Battery Books & Music
Bookstores in South Pasadena, CA

April 17, 2014 | 10:34 am

So you know those "books" that the kids today are always yammering on about? Well, a boatload of 'em just came into the shop today. Good finds all of them. Details and pictures later today (by which point they'll be on our shelves and ready for you to give them a new home).

April 15, 2014 | 7:50 pm

The doctor is in, the astrology doctor, that is.

April 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

Just what the (demented) doctor ordered.

April 11, 2014 | 10:34 am

Special guest appearances today by Mr. Existentialism himself, followed by everybody's favorite hot-dog-chomping, pyloric-valve-erupting, Boethius-quoting, rumpled, quixotic thirtysomething hero.

April 10, 2014 | 4:09 pm

Lovers of modern fiction from abroad, rejoice! Some of the most exciting new translations from the last year from Latin America, Europe, Japan, and China just dropped out of the sky and onto our shelves. Our picks? Ádám Bodor's twisted, nightmarish The Sinistra Zone (what is it with Hungarian writers these days being so good at "twisted" and "nightmarish"?); and John Nathan's superb new translation of Natsume Sōseki's intense, pointillistic psychodrama—incidentally, his last novel, left incomplete at his death—Light and Dark (previously translated as Light and Darkness). But whatever you pick, it's going to be a treasure!

April 4, 2014 | 1:31 pm

William T. Vollmann, Neil Young, Danica McKellar (a.k.a. Winnie Cooper), Joseph Campbell, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Idi Amin Dada, and William S. Burroughs and the rest of the Friday afternoon new arrivals crew are just kicking it old school style on top of our piano. Instead of letting them loiter all delinquent-like in our store, how about taking one of them home today? Take-out pizza, a couple 40s, some Philip Roth and Hermann Hesse—sounds like the perfect Friday night to me.

March 11, 2014 | 6:10 pm

Lavender Country is playing a show this Sunday, March 16. Information on the group and show in the link below. We have a copy of their 1973 self-titled LP a private press rarity here at the shop! Only 1,000 copies of this were pressed and very few survive now. Musical vibe is early 1970's lonesome Austin-sounding Alt Country-Folk w/ eerie high-pitched vocals courtesy of singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty. Check it out!

Widely recognized as the first openly gay country music album—and cited as such even by Nashville institutions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and CMT—the landmark self-titled 1973 LP by Lavender Country stands as nothing less than an artifact of courage, a sonic political protest document of en...