In April we'll be publishing John Darnielle's book about Black Sabbath, which is described thus:
Black Sabbath's Master of Reality has maintained remarkable historical status over several generations; it's a touchstone for the directionless, and common coin for young men and women who've felt excluded from the broader cultural economy. John Darnielle hears it through the ears of Roger Painter, a young adult locked in a southern California adolescent psychiatric center in 1985; deprived of his Walkman and hungry for comfort, he explains Black Sabbath as one might describe air to a fish, or love to an android, hoping to convince his captors to give him back his tapes.
If you'd like a sample of the book, as a PDF, just send an email to me at this address (sabbathsampler at yahoo dot com) and I'll email one right back to you.
In the meantime, here's the first video from the upcoming Mountain Goats album, which hits stores in two or three weeks. I tried that all-white look once on holiday in 1997, and it was a disaster.