Summer Solstice Newsletter

NEW ZINES

Canvas & Cassette, Issue Two- Part art journal, part music magazine, part old-school variety zine, Canvas & Cassette has a little something for everyone. ($10)

Covers: Stories About Musicians- Technically a restock, but this highly enjoyable series of comics adapted from music biographies was so popular, we could only keep it in stock for two weeks. Just reprinted and (once again) going fast. ($2)

Empathy Exercise- Places the classroom exercise of putting a blindfold on to imagine being blind against the daily reality of being blind. ($4)

A Few Good Boys: Admiration of Straight White Men and Its Accompanying Dread- In this short illustrated essay, M. Sabine Rear writes about growing up surrounded by art from straight white men and the hoops she had to go through to relate to it. ($4)

Fixer Eraser, Vol. 2- The long-awaited second issue of Fixer Eraser, the latest odds-and-ends zine from Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus), one of the best writers in zines today. ($3)

Fixer Eraser, Vol. 3- A collection of stories and unique bits that sidestep categorization, full of life and surprises. Former superheroes, tortured legends, messages left on small sheets of paper on buses, and so much more. ($3)

Fixer Eraser, Vol. 4- Imagined parenting advice, imagined short stories, and some real stories, some real advice. Where the line between them lies is part of the fun. ($3)

It Only Gets Worse From Here: Fifteen Unspirational Messages to Ruin Your Day- It Only Gets Worse from Here takes the "handwritten inspirational quote art" genre and makes it bleak, lonely, and hilarious. This tiny zine holds 15 unspirational messages to guide you toward your darkest moments. ($2)

Keep Content Off Facebook- A thoughtful zine that asks artists to reexamine how they use Facebook and how Facebook uses them. Not a call to boycott the platform entirely, but to simply think deeply about it and seek solutions beyond it. ($2)

Keep Loving, Keep Fighting #9- In the first issue of Keep Loving, Keep Fighting in ten years Hope combines short, poetic lines about loss, grief, and spirituality with full-color spreads of transcendent mixed-media art. ($5)

Minimum Rock + Roll #9- An interview with Closer, the new project from Real Life Buildings folks. Lots of album reviews. Every Minimum Rock + Roll issue is a tiny good time. ($1)

Minimum Rock + Roll #10- Another little burst of underground music from Olympia's Joshua Hoey and Reflective Tapes. Within: an interview with Don't Love Like Me Records and plenty of reviews. ($1)

Minor Leagues #5- In this, the GIANT fifth issue of Minor Leagues, Simon Moreton's dreamy, time-traveling diary comics blend with long pieces of prose. Within: Finding meaning in place, being in nature, moving through loss, living with ghosts. ($7)

My Complicated Relationship With Food, Vol. Four- The return of the most popular zine series we carry. Surprising and bizarre reviews of unremarkable foods. ($1)

Resilient Bastard: Ways to Combat a Brain That is Actively Trying to Kill You- A much-needed zine of writers being very open and honest about depression, suicidal thoughts, and tools for coping. From a great crew of Olympia folks. ($5)

Tin Can Telephone #4- A short history of pirate TV intrusions, an interview with Sarah MacDonald of Thrifty Times zine, tape-music history, and much more. ($4)

Women in Sound #5- A new issue of Women in Sound zine is always cause for celebration. But this one is perhaps the best yet. Interviews with three of our favorites: Mirah Zeitlyn (as in, indie-pop goddess Mirah), Laetitia Tamko (of Vagabon), and legendary Prince recording engineer Susan Rogers. Plus a whole lot more. ($5)

NEW STICKERS

Drummer Cat Sticker- Leading the band down the street. ($1)

Mushroom Shelter Sticker- Taking shelter under a giant mushroom. As one does.($1)

Spirit Guide Sticker- Meet your spirit guide. ($1)


NEW MUSIC

ABSV- Champion of the Sun- A tribute to Sun Ra by Portland electronic artist and percussionist J Morales, also known as ABSV. Eight pulsing tracks of experimental Afro-house, interweaving live and electronic percussion, synths, bass, and piano into an instant basement dance party. (Cassette + Digital Download) ($8)

Badlands- Slow Growth- Her best yet, Slow Growth is a style-hopping album of assured personal pop songs, political anthems, and a Donna Summer self-love mantra cover. (Cassette + Digital Download) ($5)

Dump Him- Venus in Retrograde- Live garage-rocky pop-punk from Western Massachusetts' Dump Him. Released on Olympia's Reflective Tapes. (Cassette) ($5)

Family Video- Long Time Listener, First Time Caller- The latest from Newfoundland's Family Video is a masterpiece. Emotionally complex twee-pop that confront loneliness and reimagines the great volcanic winter of 1816. (Cassette + Digital Download) ($5)

Hedia- Wool- Sparse and slight, but also sprawling and generous, Hedia's ambient chamber pieces are gifts, through and through. The side project of Bryce Hample of Reighnbeau. (Cassette) ($8)

Orange Daydream: A Tribute To Orange Cake Mix- A split between long-running lo-fi heavyweight Orange Cake Mix and some of the artists that love him. (CD) ($10)

Phoxii- Life Eating Death Feeding- The latest album of forward-thinking electronics from Phoxii. Life Eating Death Feeding's broken and reconstructed tracks further asserts Phoxii as living in a musical universe that's entirely her own. (Cassette + Digital Download) ($8)


Reighnbeau- BloodBlood is Reighbeau at its most lush, most epic. Skittering claps and snaps, pops and clicks, against a cut-up synth symphony. With guest vocals from Colleen Johnson (Flying Circles), Madeline Johnston (Sister Grotto, Midwife), and many others. (Cassette) ($7)

Reighnbeau- Fingertips- The latest from Reighbeau, Fingertips is an underwater affair—futuristic nostalgia, cheap earplugs at the rave, worn-out cassettes playing recordings of church organs over a pulsing kick drum. (Cassette) ($7)

Reighnbeau- Hide- Hide is, like its title implies, obscured, secretive, maybe a little shy. Its melodies below the surface, beats pulsing alongside pitch-shifted layers, dozens of distant voices calling out. Guest vocals throughout by Madeline Johnston of Sister Grotto. ($7)

Reighnbeau & BK Beats- SleepSleep is the soundtrack to a dream party—feel-good but off-kilter, shiny and hazy, containing only slight resemblances to reality. (Cassette) ($6)

Richard Album- Another Album- Sitting nicely between his garage-pop and synth-pop sides, Another Album finds Richard moving ever forward and swimming in an ocean of tears. (Cassette + Digital Download) ($5)

Various Artists- This Reminds Me: Songs By Linda Smith Reimagined- A tribute album to lo-fi bedroom folk pioneer Linda Smith. A much-deserved 19-track compilation with covers and interpretations from Rose Melberg, and many others (Cassette + Digital Download) ($5)



NEWS

*One of our favorite zines around, Syndicate Product, has an open submission call for their long-awaited new issue. Have a book you loathe? This is your chance to tell the world about it.

*Long-time zinester Billy McCall is doing a survey about zine culture and wants everyone involved with zines to participate. 

*Our very own Sara Renberg is touring parts of the east coast and midwest this coming week in support of her Night Sands album. Check out her tour schedule and catch a show!

Spring Equinox Distro Update

NEW ZINES

Bending Spoons: A Field Guide to Ableist Microaggressions- An illustrated guide to the types of questions and comments M. Sabine Rear experiences as a blind woman in public. A crucial read for able-bodied people hoping to better understand the experience of living with a disability. ($3)

Farm & Wilderness Report- Looking at the communal farms that came out of the underground press movement of the 1960s, Farm & Wilderness Report focuses on the entwined histories of Total Loss Farm and Montague Farm. ($4)

Mapping Out Utopia: 1970s Boston-Area Counterculture, Book 2 (Boston)- The second volume of Tim Devin's epic delve into the counterculture movements of the 1970s. Using the greater Boston area as a microcosm, he maps out the diverse manifestations of people organizing, working, and living collectively. ($11)

Minimum Rock + Roll #7- A tiny zine of music goodness. ($1)

Minor Leagues #4- Dreamy comics about road trips, spreading ashes by the unmanned radar station, covering The Wipers, and getting lost in a bog. ($6) 

People & Their Problems #1- An endlessly fun and fascinating zine that reviews celebrity biographies. From Rick James to Three Dog Night, Jayne County to Stevie Nicks. Highly recommended. ($5)

The People's Guide to Portland: Resources & Advice for Solidarity in Our Modern Era- An in-depth resource guide for marginalized people and communities, as well as a succinct and clear guide to being a good ally. A collaboration between Portland nonprofit Know Your City and writer Martha Grover. ($3)

Women Artists Zine- An illustrated introduction to women artists, feminist art, and the problems of the visual art canon. A great read and an essential addition to any zine collection. ($5)

NEW BOOKS, JOURNALS, AND MAGAZINES

Big Big Wednesday, Issue Five- One of the best literary journals around. A gorgeous art object that mixes poetry, photography, fiction, paintings, nonfiction, collage and multimedia art. This issue responds to the theme "Stranger." ($14)

Incandescent: A Color Film Zine, Issue 13- A quiet and haunting new issue of the Incandescent photo zine that looks at what it means to be “brittle string in a big storm.” ($14)

Reverse Flâneur- A graphic novel travelogue of Vienna. Meditating on the visibly disabled body while spending time in museums and being alone in public spaces. Nominated for an Ignatz Award. ($10)

Tattoo Punk, Issue 1- The latest from Ben Trogdon, editor of the legendary Nuts! fanzine. Punk and tattoos. Tons of photos, drawings, zaniness galore. ($10)

Windowcat, Issue One- A new Portland poetry zine/literary journal that's surely bound for greatness. Work from Carl Adamshick, Ross Robbins, and many more. ($5)

PAPER GOODS

Keep Writing Postcard Project Subscription- Gutwrench Press' letterpress postcard and writing prompt project is, at this point, a sacred institution. It's not only gorgeous and singular, but also consistently surprising and inspiring. With a Keep Writing subscription you receive one handmade letterpress-printed postcard each month for one year. ($60)

NEW MUSIC

Ant'lrd- Sleep Drive (Whited Sepulchre Records)- A dreamy joyride of overblown organs and skewed beats. Long-form pieces that mix ambient-drone aesthetics with a loop-based instrumental electronic shimmer. (LP) ($15)

Assholeknife- Nuclear Family Game Night (self-released)- Experimental compositions and improvisations made in rooms full of electronics, toys, and humans. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Braeyden Jae- Fog Mirror (Whited Sepulchre Records)- Fog Mirror builds layers of warm, crackling static into a complex emotional arc. It's a diary of a journey. Drone music that tells a story. (LP) ($15)

Braeyden Jae & Antl'rd- Split Tape- (Whited Sepulchre Records)- Braeyden Jae's sweeping waves of static, hiss, and buried melody meet Ant'lrd's manipulated field recordings and deconstructed church organs. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Diners- Three (Lost Sound Tapes)- Another album of casually-perfect indie pop from Diners. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Duzz- Flesh Costume (Reflective Tapes)- Math-punk at its best from Olympia's Duzz. Sounds a little like Neil Hagerty from Royal Trux fronting Unwound. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Home Tapers, Vol. 1: 1980s-1990s (Why The Tapes Play)- A compilation from the "haze of the cassette revolution." Home recorded music from the 1980s and 1990s stretching from bedroom pop to long-form ambient to lo-fi electronic. (CD) ($9)

Indira Valey- No Me Tengas No Miedo (Antiquated Future Records)- An EP of textural surprises and casual wizardry from Portland's Indira Valey. (Cassette Tape + Digital Download) ($7)

Long Gone- Seven Songs (Reflective Tapes)- Members of hardcore punk bands playing country-tinged indie rock. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Maxi's World- Elliptical Peach (Reflective Tapes)- Maxi's World latest pop-punk/power-pop gem. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Meh- Firsts (Reflective Tapes)- San Francisco's Meh makes messy and perfect lo-fi bedroom pop. Distorted bass and bright guitar lines over drum machine beats. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Pelican Ossman- The Touchstone (Ewe of Now Recordings)- Long-running Portland freak-folk band Pelican Ossman returns with their best yet. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Perfume-V- Bless x4 (Reflective Tapes)- Led by Mac Pogue from Alien Boy and In Flux, Perfume-V nods to Superchunk, Crayon, and Treepeople. Infectious lo-fi power pop out of Portland. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Rabbits to Riches- Hold (self-released)- Power-pop perfection from Philly's Rabbits to Riches. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Sara Renberg- Night Sands (Antiquated Future Records)- Deadpan and vulnerable, grounded and surreal, Sara Renberg's indie-pop songs are small worlds that envelop and surprise. A record about the desire for and fear of intimacy; about being 32, gay, and single. (Cassette Tape + Digital Download) ($5)

Snow Roller- XXL (Reflective Tapes)- An album of addicting, scrappy indie rock from Portland's Snow Roller. Reminiscent of Butterglory, Good Luck, and the Jason Loewenstein side of Sebadoh. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Squill- Bury It (Lost Sound Tapes)- Both restrained and perpetually on the verge of losing control, becoming wild and unhinged, Bury It is an album to sink into and get lost in. Long-awaited! (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Static Savant & Black Hill- Split Tape (Why the Tapes Play)- A split between Spain's Static Savant and Hungary's Black Hill. Folky post-rock instrumentals, bedroom folk, and some unforeseen surprises. (Cassette Tape) ($7)

Ugly Lovers- Flood (Reflective Tapes)- Three pieces of sludgy post-punk from Olympia's Ugly Lovers. (Cassette Tape) ($5)

Vintage Cassette Grab Bag- Now with SIX tapes from our ever-growing collection of pop music and oddities. (Cassette Tapes) ($10)

NEWS

*If you're still in need, we have just a few 2018 calendars + planners left (all marked down to cost!).

*Our dear buddies at Eberhardt Press are, after ten years in their warehouse space, are getting kicked out suddenly due to a crappy developer trying to destroy everything good about Portland. There are fewer more generous, community-oriented businesses than Eberhardt. In addition to being a radical press, they're a print shop who often does affordable work for activist groups, nonprofits, small publishers, record labels, and artists they believe in. If you're able to donate to their Kickstarter to help them relocate, you would be helping some really deserving folks.

*Local comic artist Alex Chiu recently talked to Oregon Public Broadcasting about the aggression he faced while painting a mural that represented his culturally-diverse community in Portland.

*Our friend and vital member of the zine community Alex Wrekk is raising legal-fee funds to combat a lawsuit.

*People have said some really kind words about Sara Renberg's new album, including Various Small FlamesAustin Town Hall, and Autostraddle. She's also done a Hi54lofi Highly Recommended column and Track by Track column for the UK blog Overblown, both of which are very fun.

*We recently lost the great Ursula K. LeGuin. There was no one quite like her. If you're looking to celebrate her life through diving into the works and ideas she left behind, our pal David Naimon (of the great Between the Covers podcast) is releasing a book of his conversations with Ursula through Tin House Books at the beginning of April. Fun fact: She was a zine lover and wrote the introduction to this zine. We also have a few copies left of this tape of music inspired by UKL's Earthsea series, a fun and bizarre tribute to her wild worlds.

Holiday Distro Update


NEW ZINES
Black River Compendium, Number One- The first literary journal from new Portland press, Black River. Tales of surgeries, trains, carnivals, and grandfathers, all in some way exploring what it means to be in a body. ($7)

Covers: Stories About Musicians- A highly enjoyable series of comics adapted from music biographies. John & Yoko's primal scream therapy, John Coltrane being a good guy, Mike Watt wearing a pumpkin on his head, Kristin Hersh's evil self, and so much more. ($2)

I F#cking Love This Album- Ten zinesters talk about an album they love. From The Wipers to The Breeders, Elton John to Ol' Dirty Bastard. My personal favorite: a delve into five forgotten '90s soundtracks. ($2)

Ilse Content, Vol. 14- The first issue of Ilse Content in years is a perfect, small treasure. In a series of prose poems about journeys, small joys, daily heartbreaks, and finding home, Alexis Wolf looks at the ways we connect and the moments we create. ($2)

A Poetic Theory of Plate Tectonics & Other Poems- Two poetry zines in one by Tomas Moniz. Bodies in relation to the various movements of the earth, unlearning the socialized expectations of what manhood looks like, and much more. ($3)

Revolution Daze- While on tour with a Sudanese-Egyptian band in 2011, Themba Lewis found himself in the middle of a revolution. Revolution Daze is a document of that time through the lives of those around him. ($7)
Truckface #18: We're in This Together- The new issue of one of the all-time best zines. Broken jaws, grief, crying at work, and being healed through letters from friends and gifts in the mail. ($3)
Where You From #5: I Am Not From Here/This is My Home- Hope examines the idea of moving back home to a place you are not from. A year-long commute between Baton Rogue and New Orleans serves as the jumping point into stories, observation, and endless conversations about home and place. ($5)

NEW MUSIC
Advrb- Like Like- An album in ten vignettes. Relationships, almost relationships, last frost walks, A.A. Milne recitations. Lyric-driven jangle pop in the lineage of Jonathan Richman, Jason Anderson, and Eleanor Friedberger. (Cassette + Digital Download) ($5)
Antiquated Future Records Tape Pack- All 12 in-print tape from our label for less than half the price. Just a few of these left! ($30)
Polka Dot Dot Dot- SyzygySyzygy is a classic of Northwest folk-pop, which we're overjoyed to be carrying on vinyl for the first time. Harps and hand-claps and harmonies, and the combined songwriting genius of Colleen Johnson (Flying Circles), Jordan O'Jordan, and Onyx of Olympia. (LP) ($12)
Secret Drum Band- Dynamics- The unstoppable forces of Lisa Schonberg (Kickball, Explode Into Colors), Allan Wilson (!!! chk chk chk), and Heather Treadway (Explode Into Colors) combine composing talents to create Secret Drum Band's first full length record, Dynamics, an epic of percussion-driven avant-garde. (LP) ($20)
NEW PAPER GOODS
Audre Lorde Postcard- "I Am Deliberate and Afraid of Nothing," an Audre Lorde postcard. ($1)
Greetings From Here Postcard- A letterpressed postcard from Hope Amico. ($3)

Hummingbird Pocket Journal- A hummingbird in flight. In pocket journal form. ($2)

James Baldwin Fire Next Time Postcard- A quote from James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, beautifully letterpressed. ($3)

James Baldwin Light the Match Postcard- A James Baldwin portrait by LB Briggs of Truckface​ zine. ($1)
NEWS
*First off: the 2017 Bestsellers List is here! Check out what folks were into this year. 
*In other news: 2018 calendars + planners are all in, a steady stream of restocks keep showing up, we put out another newsletter from the tape label side of things (which includes a Bandcamp sale through the end of the year), and we even have some holiday cards if that's your thing.
*For those curious about holiday shipping: We'll be shipping most days until the morning of December 22nd. Anything shipped by the 19th is guaranteed to arrive (within the U.S.) before Xmas. USPS doesn't guarantee international orders, so we can't make any promises, but we'll keep shipping them.

*In this gift-giving season, remember to support small businesses! A lot of independent businesses are able to stay in business throughout the year because of the income the holidays bring. We wholesale our zines, books, paper goods, and tapes to a lot of really lovely bookstores and variety shops that are super supportive of what we do and very deserving of your support.

*For those of you in Portland, this coming Wednesday, December 13th, we'll be tabling all day at the Publication Fair alongside some of Portland's best small presses and literary organizations. Come say hi!

*For those in the U.S., it seems as if we all need to get used to calling our representatives on a regular basis. So here's a list of senators' phone numbers and a straightforward guide on how best to do it. And keep in mind that there are always plenty of ACLU petitions and White House petitions to sign. 

*Here in Portland, local journalist Emilly Prado does a great weekly calendar called From Slacktivism to Activism, which lists all sorts of benefits and political & social justice gatherings. 

And remember to take care of yourself during the holidays. Until the new year,

Antiquated Future