Bravery on a Bus (Zine) ($6)- Our feature of the month! An amazingly written zine about volunteer work and travels in Tanzania.
Field Guide to the Aiens of Star Trek TNG, Season 5 (Zine) ($1)- This is maybe the best issue yet. Enough cynical humor to make even the non-Star Trek TNG fan crack a laugh.
Gentle In Carnations (Chapbook) ($3)- The ever-amazing Ariel Birks (Jesus Christ Superzine) returns with her first poetry book in years. A politically-viable book that can turn you on.
Heathen (Chapbook) ($5)- Olympia poet Allison Hummel’s Heathen is an interconnected chapbook of poetry where darkly personal lore meets worldly mythology.
I Love Bad Movies #5 (Zine) ($6)- A fantastic new issue of I Love Bad Movies, the movie review zine that is as hilarious as it is well-written and insightful.
No More Coffee #4/Brainscan #29 (Zine) ($3)- A great split fiction zine. The story “Exit 121” is perhaps one of the the best short stories I’ve read in a long time.
The Ovens- Settings (Cassette Tape) ($5)- The Ovens make garage punk in a way that doesn’t get done much anymore and they do it well. Riot grrrl-inspired guitar and drum madness.
Paper Radio #11 (Zine + CD) ($4)- The Victorian Internet, pirate radio, shortwave radio, amateur radio, letterpress, and more.
Rad Dad: Zine Compilation, Issues #1-10 (Book) ($15)- A brand new book that collects the first ten issues of Rad Dad.
Rad Dad #22 (Zine) ($4)- This issue “is focused on the ways radical feminism of the 90's and the Riot Grrrl movement, in particular, have left their mark on many of us."
Tom Tom Magazine #7 (Magazine) ($6)- The magazine dedicated exclusively to the subject of female drummers. (So cool). This issue focuses on 50 of the greatest female drummers.
Trophy Wife- Sella, My Star (7") ($5)- The ever-strange Trophy Wife are back with another 7”. Sub Pop-era sludge to faux synth pop.
V/A- Summer Soul, Vol. 7 (Cassette Tape) ($5)- An hour of soul music with the loose theme of love and confusion. 24 songs that span a wide map of emotional ground- from revelry to despair and often some combination of the two.
Wild Abandon (Zine) ($2)- Going to jail, working as a stripper, and being dead broke are the setting, but there are observations of the beautiful and the sacred along the way
Young Hunter- Stone Tools (CD + Poster) ($10)- An amazing, surprisingly gorgeous, album of southwestern desert-soaked stoner metal.
What Has Returned
Basic Paper Airplane #3 (Zine) ($3)
DIY or Don't We #1 (Zine) ($3)
DIY or Don't We #2 (Zine) ($3)
DIY or Don't We #3 (Zine) ($3)
Last Night at the Casino #1 (Zine) ($2)
Last Night at the Casino #2 (Zine) ($2)
Love is Not Constantly Wondering if You're Making the Biggest Mistake of your Life (Book) ($6)
Rad Dad #20 (Zine) ($3)
Rad Dad #21 (Zine) ($4)
Show & Tell #8 (Zine) ($3)
Show & Tell #9 (Zine) ($3)
Sugar and Heartstrings #5 (Zine) ($3)
Truckface #14 (Zine) ($3)
Truckface #15 (Zine) ($3)
Without Words & Without Kneeling, Issues #1-6 (Zine) ($6)
Without Words & Without Kneeling #7 (Zine) ($3)
Without Words & Without Kneeling #11 (Zine) ($3)
Without Words & Without Kneeling #12 (Zine) ($3)
*our friends at the collectively run Red & Black Cafe in Portland have started an Indie-a-Go-Go fundraising campaign to help them out of a big financial slump. Please help keep this awesome community space open.
*we made a list a while back of some things we were down to the last copies of, which we recommend checking out if you don't want to miss your last chance to pick up some very fine titles.
*this week brought the release of Love Rock Revolution, the new book all about the history of our buddies at K Records.
*in K-related news, Mr. Calvin Johnson curated this year's music issue compilation for The Believer magazine. Hysterics, Skrill Meadow, Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles, Broken Water, Briana Marela, Ruby Fray, and Margy Pepper, are just some of the fine Olympia friends featured on this year's comp. And our good pal Bob Schwenkler mastered the compilation.
*a new distro called Paper Doll Circus is starting up soon. Should be really good. Spread the word.
*Mr. Craven Rock (from Eaves of Ass) has started a new site called Drunk Reviews where...well, records are reviewed while drunk.
*Here in Thurston County, the move toward public power has made its way to the ballot. Find out more and lend your support over here.
*the incredible Diane Cluck has a new website and has been releasing some great songs as part of her song-a-week project.
*there's a new (free!) Jordan O' Jordan ep on his Bandcamp.
*our pals Grass Widow got interviewed by Under the Radar magazine.
*in Grass Widow-related news, Ms. Lily Maring has started a Tumblr for her secret recordings.
*our friend Mike Dixon of People in a Position to Know Records will be doing an artist-in-residency at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle this month, cutting records in real time for whomever wants one.
*next month we'll be tabling at the Portland Zine Symposium (Aug. 11th & 12th, to be exact), so mark your calendars!
*and finally, happy 8th birthday to our fellow Olympia distro Sweet Candy!
Until next month,