Some things: today begins the second month of our Fan Club, which has been awesome so far. Pre-orders on Corespondents' Land of the Low Peoplealbum go out tomorrow. Evan Hashi did some work on our site and now, among other things, we've finally made shipping more affordable for our dear friends in Canada. Chask'e just made a new batch of flyers, from the illustrations Rachel Lee-Carman did for us, which are real cute. We also just did a big sticker restock, which might be our last for a while. And then there's all this stuff...
The Collective Tarot (Cards) ($30)- Aiming to be inclusive of all colors, genders, and abilities, this Portland collective has created one of the most politically aware and beautiful tarot decks around.
Grab Bags (Asst) ($10)- In an effort to Spring clean, we made a selection of limited time grab bags that are available only on our Etsy page.
Nancy Drew Pentagrams- Self-Titled (Tape) ($5)- Olympia's Nancy Drew Pentagrams are two women making bizarre noise performance art for the masses. This, their first release, is split between ghoulish howls and sludge-y cave sounds.
Song of My Father -DJ Frederick (Zine) ($1.50)-From the little he knows, DJ Frederick pieces together a complicated portrait of his father: a World War II veteran who was secretive, emotionally abusive, a lover of Indian music and member of a Christian Ashram, a singing cowboy the late 1930s.
Truckface #16 -L..B. (Zine) ($3)-L.B. wears her heart on her sleeve for this one and makes it clear that apathy is not an acceptable option in life. She makes you get mad about injustices and makes you notice the moments that make life worth living. From teacher strikes to student-led courtroom debates, winning dance contests to summer tours, there is so much to be inspired by in this issue. One of the best zines running.
Turntable Operator #4 -DJ Frederick (Zine) ($3)-Dream machines, record store stories, Moe Whittemore on being a recording engineer at 700 West Studios, and a short history of cassette tapes!! Without Words & Without Kneeling: The Final Six Issues -Tomas Moniz (Zine) ($5)-The final six installments of Tomas Moniz (editor of Rad Dad) 's serialized novella about “five characters who are all part of an anarchist study group that meets once a month, and how their lives intertwine with each other and the books they read.” Believable characters, unveiled through their separate first person perspectives, all joined together by the books they read. A great storyline that’s at once funny, thought-provoking, and a great examination of the personal-as-political.
*Both songwriter Jason Molina and documentary filmmaker Les Blank passed away in the last couple weeks. Les made it to Olympia for the 2011 Olympia Film Festival and it was awesome. Our buddy Ned from the long-running No Love for Ned radio show put together a fantastic tribute show for Jason. Both will be missed.
*Legendary Olympia/Bellinghamqueercore group, Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live (which is led by famed vegan chef and zinester, Joshua Ploeg and our buddy Jon QuittyQuittner, author of Hessian Obsession, one of my all-time favorite zines), and Olympia's The Need recently reunited for a short PNW tour. It was amazing. And The Stranger did a great interview with Behead the Prophet during it.
*Olympia's People in a Position to Know Records is doing a silent auction of some of their long out of print releases, as well as doing lathe cut demonstrations at Coachella and Jacksonville's One Spark Festival.