1. New website! Well, actually just a very re-imagined website. Thanks to the hard work of Evan Hashi and the all the art Rachel Lee- Carman did for it!
2. Chask'e made up some gift certificates (something we've been lacking for a long time now), all made from original playing cards from the great 80's teen game, Heart-Throb.
3. Stickers! We also have those now, too. And they come free with every order.
3. And finally, I started a record label. It's called Antiquated Future and the first two releases just came out. The Blindfolder and Upside Drown cassettes below are the first of a number of releases on their way in the coming months. They're also available digitally on Bandcamp.
Ok, here's what we got...
The Best Game Ever (Card Game) ($8)- The Best Game Ever plays like a cross between canasta and Magic The Gathering and is all about building your own zines.
Blindfolder- Artifact Effect (Cassette Tape) ($7)- With a household of half-broken instruments, a penchant for electronic destruction, and field recordings from around the world, Blindfolder creates music unlike anything else. The project of Kieran from Corespondents, Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles, and many other Seattle bands.
Briana Marela- Speak From Your Heart (LP) ($14.99)- An amazingly lush album. Gorgeously layered vocals mix with synths and a host of other instruments, creating a sprawling and hypnotizing soundscape. Able to appeal to fans of both ambient music and indie pop/twee; a genre gap that isn’t often bridged.
Building: A DIY Guide to Creating Spaces (Zine) ($4)- A clean, accessible guide to making DIY events happen. Perfect for those just getting into organizing DIY events and with reminders and ideas that even the seasoned organizer can benefit from.
Current Resident #3 (Zine) ($3)- A collection of found photographs turned into little fiction pieces about life in each of the houses. A small and beautiful thing.
Demon Steed- Self-Titled (Cassette Tape) ($5)- Totally amazing and totally strange. Circus-y black metal with creepy use of Motown samples? This is something that doesn’t come along everyday. Seven songs to make you question your ideas of metal.
Eaves of Ass #6 (Zine) ($3)- A zine that's been gone for so long (years!), we're calling it a new addition. Essays from this issue made it into 2008’s Best American Music Writing collection from De Capo Press (they're that good).
Eaves of Ass #7 (Zine) ($3)- In this issue, Craven reports from the homefront- driving a cab for a yuppie golf tournament when the economy starts to crash, trying to get into a high-paying drug study, hurricanes hitting, the Shit Lottery, and more.
Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons Six and Seven (Zine) ($2)- The intense conclusion to the Field Guide series. The inconsistencies of Star Trek TNG are pointed out amongst large amounts of teenage anger, tales of magic, Dungeons & Dragons, discussion of split fantasy/sci-fi worlds, dinosaurs, and more.
Fluffah (Zine) ($4)- A cute little biography of a cat named Fluffah. The author’s tribute to a cat that came to be an unlikely family member. By Olympia's favorite zine librarian!
A Fort Made of Doors (Book) ($10)- Olympia’s own Casey Fuller has produced a book of poetry worthy of the highest praise. Depth and humor run side by side, pointing to truths great and small.
I Like You Greeting Card (Greeting Card) ($2)- A hand-letterpressed greeting card for when you want to send a straightforward nicety. Has a blank inside so you can elaborate on that, too.
Ilse Content: An Anthology (Book) ($15)- September's Feature of the Month! We're so excited to have our very own Alexis Wolf and Ilse Content in book form! Never ceasing to be interesting and surprising, the first 8 years of Ilse Content is collected for the first time.
Jane: Documents from Chicago's Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973 (Zine) ($3)- “Jane was a clandestine abortion counseling service which effectively provided safe, humane services to thousands of women prior to the legalization of abortion in 1973. Jane is an inspiration,— a beautiful example of the battles that can be won without begging, of women taking their lives into their own hands and taking responsibility for their actions.”
Last Night at the Casino #3 (Zine) ($2)- Unsent letters to employees and gamblers, going to stadium punk shows with a boss and his teenage kids, and many other little stories from inside the casino.
Mini Exotic Bird Notepad (Blank Book) ($3)- A bird so exotic it may not even be real. White, unlined paper. 100% recycled and reused materials.
Ms. Valerie Park Distro Gift Certificate (Card) ($20)- Comes with easy instructions and individual redemption codes on the back.
The Norseman (Zine) ($3)- An honest-to-god fanzine! Something truly rare these days. This one is dedicated to the television show Freaks & Geeks. But it's scope is pretty expansive.
One More for the People (Book) ($16)- A book from Martha Grover of the great Somnambulist zine! Getting great praise from Ariel Gore and many others.
Paper Crush #5 (Zine) ($3)- The Summer Sweetheart Issue is all about teen idol obsession. Focused on Parker Stevenson, but covering a lot of teen idol ground in a short amount of time.
Paper Radio #12: A Media & Radio Zine (Zine) ($4)- The most eclectic (and possibly last!) issue of Paper Radio.
Show & Tell #10 (Zine) ($3)- This was our August Feature of the Month! Filled with comics, sketches, photos, and words words words, this issue of Show & Tell is a passionate adventure into the bursting joy and tragic sadness of life on earth.
Turntable Operator #2 (Zine) ($2)- An in-depth history and explanation of the Voyager Interstellar Record, a grooved record that contains nearly two hours of analog records of images and sounds of Earth. (Pretty trippy).
Upside Drown- Mood Music (Cassette Tape) ($7)- The full length debut from Oakland duo, Upside Drown. Taking retro pop and bringing it into the metaphysical- imagery of magic and nature disguised as catchy love songs, fairytales and mythology as piano ballads. Upside Drown has Colleen Johnson in it, who you may know from Polka Dot Dot Dot and Twig Palace (or from just being awesome).
V/A- Yoyo A Go Go 1994 (LPx3) ($35)- The last of the original printing! A triple (!) LP with recordings from the legendary Yoyo A Go Go festival in Olympia, Wa. Early recordings of Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Unwound, and many more. Beautiful and collectible.
V/A- Yoyo A Go Go 1997 (LPx2) ($25)- Another compilation from the golden era of Olympia music. Sleater-Kinney, The Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Mirah, Elliott Smith, Dead Moon, Karp, and many many more.
Virgin #1 (Zine) ($1.50)- Another one that's been gone for so many years, we're calling it new! This little zine is a short memoir about figuring out what it means to be queer, attracted to people, but not interested in being sexual.
Virgin #2 (Zine) ($2)- Issue #2 of Virgin gives us six different perspectives on virginity, all fascinating.
We'll Never Have Paris #9 (Zine) ($4)- Within: Brazil, a 1969 Buick, Gutenberg and a vignetted history of type, a Catholic school hockey game, and much more.
We'll Never Have Paris Greatest Hits ($7.95)- A collection of pieces from the We’ll Never Have Paris literary zine. Creative nonfiction that often ends up somewhere between heartbreaking and hilarious.
Yeah. No. Totally. (Book) ($10)- A biographical series of essays from Portland, Or.'s Lisa Wells that creates a wonderfully odd memoir. Getting rave reviews from the likes of Jon Raymond and Derrick Jensen!
Young Once Postcard (Postcard) ($1)- An adorable little hand-letterpressed postcard from Olympia’s own Kelsey Smith.
Zine World #31 (Zine/Magazine) ($3)- The ever-amazing, long-running, zine review guide is back with another issue. 160 reviews of zines, comics, and other self-published items.
Christina Antipa- The Royal We (CD) ($10)
Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons 1-5 (Zine) ($1-2)
Jesus Christ Superzine #'s 1 & 2 (Zines) ($3/each)
Love is Not Constantly Wondering if You're Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life (Book) ($6)
Loose Lips Sink Ships (Zine) ($2)
Mend My Dress: Collected Zines 2005-2007 (Book) ($13)
Miami, You've Got Style: A Little Golden Girls Book (Book) ($12)
Paper Crush #4 (Zine) ($4)
Truckface #'s 14 & 15 (Zines) ($3/each)
V/A- Summer Soul Vol.'s 1-7 (Tapes) ($5/each)
*We had a great time at the Portland Zine Symposium a few weeks ago! It was the best one ever. Thanks to everyone who helped organize it and to everyone that stopped by our table.
*Our dear buddy Bob Schwenkler has put out an album of songs that have been years in the making. The album is by The Bob Schwenkler Experience and is available only on Bandcamp.
*Erica Freas (of Rumbletowne Records, RVIVR) has made a Tumblr page of her awesome solo music!
*Growing Things: A Guide for Beginning Gardeners was recently reviewed in Razorcake Magazine and on Syndicated Zine Reviews.
*Love is Not Constantly Wondering if You're Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life and Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons 1-5 were recently given a good write up in the Portland Mercury.
*Poppet has some amazing new songs up on her Soundcloud.
*Qompendium did an interview with Kim and Natalie about their awesome Awkward Sex zine.
*Portland Zine Symposium posted an interview with our own Joshua James on their site.
*Tiny Mix Tapes recently did a write-up on Shenandoah Davis' We Camera album. Which is kind of odd since it's a few years old now, but it's good review!
*Calvin Johnson, K Records founder, just celebrated his 50th! Months early, but that's beside the point. The point: a big party was had. Former members of Fugazi flew out from D.C., Tae Won Yu flew out from NYC, among many others. Pictures and a little write-up on it are over here at the K Records Blog. Happy b-day, Calvin!
And if you've made it here, we give you our utmost respect.
Until next month,