It's November and that means it's our anniversary! Six years ago today(ish), Antiquated Future began as the Ms Valerie Park Distro in the basement of the Alamingo House in Olympia, Washington with a box--not much bigger than a shoe-box--full of stuff friends had made. I had no idea what I was doing and no plans for it grow; I could have never imagined it becoming what it is today. So thanks to everyone who's helped it grow and evolve over the years, and thanks to all of you for your continual support. I'm so grateful.
In other news, the holidays are fast approaching! Around here, they seem to have already started. Packing a lot of orders these days and restocking pretty much constantly. If you're wondering where to start when holiday shopping with us, check out our Gift ideas for a list of our most commonly gifted items.
We've been spiffing up the merch page on the Antiquated Future Records Bandcamp, in preparation for a full winter of new releases from Olympia's If It Ain't Breakfast Don't Fix It, Seattle's Corespondents, and Denver's Sister Grotto.
We've also been updating our Links page. Lots of friends who we support and encourage all of you to support.
The Escapist Artist #20/Fixer Eraser #0- A split between Jolie Ruin and Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up). ($2)
Keepers' Kanzine #3- A giant new issue of Olympia's Keepers' Kanzine! Three years in the making, this issue brings together 20+ contributors into a fun and playful tome of home preserving. ($5)
Srviv- Some of the world's best zine writers answer the question "Why I get out of bed every morning." The results are beautiful, challenging, and inspiring. ($2)
Turntable Operator #8/Paper Radio #14- The state of the world, cassette culture, flexi disc and book pairings, pirate radio, the National Radio Club, and more. ($3)
New Paper Goods
2015 Moon Calendar Poster- The 2015 Moon Calendar Poster. Designed by Nina & Sonya Montenegro, printed by Portland's own Eberhardt Press. ($16)
New Shirts & Patches
Dawning of the Age of Aquarius Shirt- Celebrating the dawning of a new age by having some beers in the kiddie pool. ($12)
Foxdye Patch- A bran new patch from Foxdye. ($5)
Phoxii Patch- A patch for the side project of Portland's own Foxdye. ($5)
Vanilla Fingers Shirt- A character called Vanilla Fingers. Printed by Kyle Rollins in Olympia, Wa. ($12)
Washington State Shirt- The new Washington State logo, as imagined by Kyle Rollins. ($12)
Silver Shadows- Self-Titled EP- Hazy, shoegazey, witchy post-punk from Oakland, Ca. Led by Colleen Johnson (Upside Drown, Twig Palace) and Margot Rhodes. (cassette tape + digital download) ($8)
The Most Beautiful Rot by Ocean Capewell- "The Most Beautiful Rot is a secret peek into the backyards and living rooms of young queer america. It's a testament to the act of digging through the bleakness of everyday life to find something beautiful growing underneath, something that you weren't expecting." ($12.95)
Ofrenda: A Zine Anthology by Celia C. Perez- Collected from twenty years of zines, Ofrenda is the work of Chicago-based librarian Celia C. Perez. Cultural identity, loss, book love, and music nostalgia are just a few of places this books goes to. ($15)
You're Fine by Gina Tron- "She is not a vindicator of the floundering masses, but a stumbling shaman soap-boxing a nihilist spiritualism." ($15)
*This December we'll be tabling at our two favorite DIY holiday sales, the Northern Craft and Rummage sale in Olympia on December 6th and the Vera Project/Hollow Earth Radio DIY Holiday Sale in Seattle on December 13th.
*If you're in Seattle right now, head on down to the Short Run comics and art festival! An awesome event run by excellent folks.
*Thanks to Alexis Wolf, Antiquated Future made an appearance at the South East London Zine Fest this past month!
*Our buddies Broken Water had a new video premier on NPR this past month. And it is SO good. Co-directed by Nandan Rao who did the camera work on You Make Me Feel So Young.
*Our dear friend A.M. O'Malley is a winner of this year's Skidmore Prize. Awarded for her awesome work at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.
*If you're looking for a fun zine Kickstarter to support, or just want to watch a cool paper snowflakes video, check out the Scientifically Accurate Snowflake project from former Portlander Robby Craft.
*Prolific zinester DJ Frederick is the official mailer for the American Amateur Press Association and this month he's offering free AAPA zines/independently made paper things to anyone who wants some. All you have to do is send a request to him through the postal service: Frederick Moe 36 West Main Street Warner NH 03278.
Until next month,
Joshua James & Chask'e