Grub, Issue Two- Food and feelings from the UK zine press, Synchronise Witches (who brought you thePissing in the River Patti Smith fanzine). Travel stories, dinner at Grandma's, eating on a budget, the perspective of a former food critic, and much more. ($4)
Incandescent, Issue Nine- Portland photo zine Incandescent gathers photographers from around the world to respond to the idea of “To Save and To See.” Quiet moments that speak volumes. ($14)
Minor Leagues #1- Simon Moreton's Minor Leagues #1 is a quiet ride through a few countries, travels on foot, video rentals, and a twenty year old snowball fight. Told through comics, sketches, poems, and prose vignettes. ($6)
Punk Rock Glee Club #2- The second issue from Chicago's favorite acapella punk rock glee club! In this issue members write about their relationships to the songs they sing. ($5)
Somnambulist #27: Amsterdam and Portland- This brand new issue of Somnambulist documents a conversation happening between Portland and Amsterdam. Discussions of place, travel, race, language, and privilege. Culture and climate, bikes and cars, joy and heartbreak. ($5)
Somnambulist #20: The Food Issue- A reprint of a Somnambulist favorite. Fun personal food history with recipes. ($3)
Somnambulist #15: Family Meetings- Another reprint of a fan favorite. Martha moves back in with her parents and records the notes of the weekly family meetings. The results, as Martha says in the introduction, are "hilarious, weird, [and] often embarrassing." ($3)
Tendril Wild- Fruit-inspired watercolors by Alicia Dornadic meet body-positive poems steeped in family history by Tomas Moniz. ($5)
The Thread- Part of Rachel Lee-Carman's continuing series of zines, The Thread is a whirlwind of travels, realizations, dance floors, and sunsets. Comes enclosed in a paper bag. ($4)
Tin Can Telephone #3- In praise of growing old, Manos: Hands of Fate, and interviews with cassette solo piano artist Nick Keeling and shortwave radio host Captain Ron. ($2)
We'll Never Have Paris #13: West Coast- A fantastic new issue of We'll Never Have Paris, the journal of all things never meant to be. This time around: Seven writers (including our Joshua James) tell stories about the west coast. ($5)
Women in Sound #2- This issue of Women in Sound zine looks at how place affects the creative process and the idea of "space, and feeling empowered to occupy it." ($5)
Aboriginal Flowers- Impossible Light Source- Jesse Carsten (Half Shadow) and Raf Spielman (Woolen Men) combine to make music that's perfectly unlike other things. Future retro spoken word dance music. (Cassette) ($5)
Appalachian Yard Art- Leave This Hound to Lie on the Pile- Sludgy psych-garage rock meets lo-fi folk aesthetics in an epic four song EP. (Cassette) ($5)
Flying Circles- Of Loving Grace- Colleen Johnson (of Silver Shadows), Evan Hashi (of Shaggy Sample), and Preston Bryant (of AJJ) combine to make angular post-punk pop ecstasy. (Cassette + Digital Download) ($5)
Greg Murray- Self-Titled- Collecting Greg Murray's seven inches and CD EPs from the early 2000s, this tape is a cohesive dose of '60s psychedelia influenced rock and folk-pop. (Cassette) ($6)
Music Grab Bags- A new set of grab bags, with a range of sizes and prices. ($5-$20)
Summer Soul, Vol. 8: Summer Favorites- Our first new soul mixtape in almost four years! 24 songs that cover lover's holidays, breaking points, spells, summer anthems, and much much more. (Cassette) ($5)
NEW PAPER GOODS
Birdhouse in a Boat Postcard- An adorable letterpressed postcard by our pal Hope Amico. ($3)
Fear is the Mind Killer Postcard- Fear is the Mind Killer. A quote from Frank Herbert's Dune. Letterpressed by Hope Amico. ($3)
Makeready Notepad- Blank notepads with covers that were created while readying the offset printer for new jobs. Each makeready notepad is a one-of-a-kind fortuitous work of art! ($5)
Abstract Life- A small book of collages from Fredrick Polizzi (of Robot Octopus Vs. Zombie Teddybear Records). Antique photos meet decades of pop culture past. ($2)
*Our dear friends at the Independent Publishing Resource Center have to relocate due to a 300% rent increase and are fundraising to be able to find a new home. This is a community hub for so many folks, and it's so important for the Portland community and zine/DIY culture as a whole that this organization continue.
*The Flying Circles tape has been getting a lot of love, including a premier on The Big Takeover, a review on Tiny Mix Tape's Cerberus, and a long interview with the band on The Bay Bridged (to name a few). We're so happy people are paying attention because it's a really wonderful album that deserves a much bigger label than our humble bedroom tape digs.
*Our pal Marya Erinn Jones wrote a great piece for Bitch Media about cut and paste zines focusing on women musicians.
*Mandarin Dynasty recently made a new video for the title song from their excellent Feedback Time album with help from the Iji crew (who has a new album coming out) and the direction of Charlie Daugherty (who was one of the creators of the fabulous Moon Diary film).
*Olympia Zine Fest is gathering steam for their fall festivities and just announced the ever-awesomeOsa Atoe (of Shotgun Seamstress zine) as their special guest this year.
*Olympia's new DIY sitcom Bing Bong TV has been releasing their first season over the past month (the first episode features our own Chask'e Lindgren as the professor!).
*And in more Olympia-being-awesome news: the Olympia Pop Rocks podcast has been doing great work of late and just started a new video series.
As all of you know, the past couple months has been filled with more bad news than good. The world is a hard place to be right now.
*Our community was recently hit by the loss of Geneviève Castrée Elverum, who died this month from cancer. Her music, graphic novels, and community presence made the world a better place to be. Just seeing Ô Paon perform live was earth shaking. Our hearts go out to Phil and Agathe. If you're able to help her family with medical expenses, consider contributing to their GoFundMe campaign.
*On the GoFundMe note: The Pulse Victims Fund is still running, with the hopes of helping all the victims' families, the survivors, and the Orlando community.
Of course, there's so much to read and hear and watch right now. And words are not enough. But here are some things that have helped me make sense of this moment and given me perspective:
-Michelle Alexander's response to the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings and a historical context of systematic oppression.
-Terrell Starr's thoughts on the need for both radical change and self-care in the wake of the shootings.
-Dan Savage's post-Orlando essay on gay bars.
-Feminist zine scholar Alison Piepmeier's (author of the great book Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism) final newspaper column, written while on hospice care.
-The New York Times article on the international lack of response after the recent attacks in Baghdad, Istanbul, Bangladesh, and across Saudi Arabia.
-Roxanne Gay's piece about what's needed right now and a world beyond allies.
-The Black Lives Matter reading list on Longreads (which includes links to Campaign Zero and thePhilandro Castile Memorial Fund).
-Kiese Laymon's How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America essay collection.
-Alexis Wolf's post-Brexit self-care list.
Let's keep envisioning and working toward a better world together,