a place for zinesters - writers and readers
These days, the Ms Valerie Park Distro is glamorously operating from many different locations at once. We’re in Olympia packing orders and stocking shelves and (at the same time!) out on the road doing paperwork and responding to emails. It makes us feel big, grand even. But we’re trying to not let this go to our heads and remember that we scrape by mostly through selling $3 zines to the masses. And we are humbled by such reminders and thankful to have such great friends supporting us, no matter where we are.
Eleanor Murray- Thunderling (LP) ($12)- Re-imagining last year’s Oh Thunder album and turning it into something a little different- more raw, rocking, dark.
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills (Book) ($7)- a wonderful guide to being consciously domestic. A surprise and continual bestseller at independent bookstores the world over.
Mend My Dress #8 (Zine) ($2)- The next four single sheet installments of Mend My Dress are here, adding up to become issue #8.
Paper Radio #6 (Zine) ($4)- Paper Radio is the new name for the long-running Signals zine. Yet another great examination of radio and media culture.
Rad Dad #20 (Zine) ($3)- If being on the verge of becoming a book (!!!) isn’t enough, Rad Dad celebrates its 20th issue.
Show & Tell #7 (Zine) ($3)- Charming tales of childhood & family, church, maps, and baptism in Vegas.
Show & Tell #8 (Zine) ($3)- Connecting to nature, meditating on home, people living together, loneliness, fairness, day to day folk art, magic, fire.
Spore Sticker 3-Pack (Stickers) ($3)- A three pack of mushroom spore (and mushroom harvesting tool) stickers from Olympia’s own Spore Liberation Front.
These Here Are Crazy Times #3 (Zine)($2)- The long-awaited third issue of Sarah May (Loose Lips Sink Ships, DIY Guide to Reno)'s main zine is finally here!
VA- A Tribute to One Foot in the Grave (CD) ($5)- My favorite Beck album and one of my favorite K Records albums of all time gets paid the tribute it deserves from some of Seattle and Olympia’s finest.
Virgin #2 (Zine) ($1.50)- Issue #2 of Virgin gives us six different perspectives on virginity, all fascinating.
Without Words & Without Kneeling #8 (Zine) ($3)- The continuing saga of an anarchist book club and the characters’ relationships to each other and the works they read.
You Are Plural- Hand it Over (CD) ($8)- an absolutely gorgeous combination of cello, wurlitzer, and voices.
Joining Us Again
*The half of MVPD that is touring the country right now is headed from Jamestown, NY to Cleveland, OH today. You can check out tour updates over at the Eleanor Murray website.
*July brings the 3rd Annual Olympia 24 Zine event at the Oly Timberland Library, Friday, July 29th, 1-9pm. Zine making, zinester open mic, epic dance party with Gumar and his Magical Midi Band. Should be fun.
*Speaking of the amazing Olympia Timberland Library, if a Cindy Crabb/Snarlas event wasn't rad enough, they're bringing Rad Dad editor and founder Tomas Moniz to town on Aug 3rd at 7:30pm, as part of his book tour. Nikki McClure, Sky Cosby, and (our own) Joshua James Amberson will be sharing the stage.
*A children's book is being made from a song by our dear friend Jordan O' Jordan. Called A Mountain Lullaby, it's currently having funds raised for it at the We Heart Arts organization.
*David Lester of the long-running, inspiringly-DIY, friends-by-association, Mecca Normal, recently published an awesome looking political graphic novel called The Listener.
*Our buddies at LAKE recently were the NPR Song of the Day.
*And lastly, just wanted to say that June was a super great month here at the distro. So, as always, thanks for helping make it so and spreading the word. It's totally appreciated.