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The excitement and chaos of summer is in full effect. I keep thinking things will slow down, but it just doesn't seem to be happening. Two things before we go any further:
1. Alexis Wolf (of Ilse Content zine) and I are fundraising for a collaborative zine project and interactive Northwest tour! We have a Kickstarter where you can pre-order zines and get some book/zine packs to help us offset the costs of the project. Any support you can lend is so appreciated.
2. We're giving away two Fan Club memberships on our Tumblr! You just have to reblog the post to enter to win a zine in your mailbox for the next twelve months.
A Dream of Books #2- "I became a folk poet and lit zine editor due to a chance encounter at a supermarket." A short piece about temporary success and temporary failure and finding out who your friends are. ($2)
I Know You Know My Heart #2- Ened McNeet tells stories about making friends with mice, uncles who aren't uncles, trainyard adventures, flying a sign in a Florida parking lot, and how the years change us but don't change who we've been. ($3.50)
Last Night at the Casino #8- Teaming with comic artist Chris Pernula (Moral Fiber), this issue is a collection of portraits of casino regulars. ($3)
Optogram #1: Small Town Story- An epic story that examines success and failure in terms of love and work, family and friends, home and getting out. ($3.50)
Pippi- A portrait of Kelsey Smith's Aunt Pippi, given through photos and selections from Pippi's 40 years of mundane notes on scraps of paper. A short biography unlike any other. ($4)
Quiet Riot (AKA The Shy Sober Kid Zine)- Seven contributors give their thoughts and experiences about being sober within counterculture communities. A great read, regardless of your relationship with alcohol. ($2.50)
Ripe for Romance- An adorable new zine from Gina Sarti (of Shit's Fucked: A Positivity Guide fame) that covers crush archetypes through anthropomorphic fruit. ($2)
Today Was Unlike Any Other Day- Ariel Birks (of Jesus Christ Superzine)'s new zine! A plethora of small moments. Singing in the streets, reverse Mother's Day cards, pine-cone determination, and much more. ($2.50)
Back in stock: The zines of Breanne Boland, the zines of Krissy PonyBoy, both issues of Keepers' Kanzine, Kelsey Smith's Suggestions #1, Ariel Birks' long-out-of-print chapbook Gentle In Carnations, and The Prince Zine is back in a new shade of purple.
Big Big Wednesday #2- The stunning second outing from Portland literary journal Big Big Wednesday takes on the subject of "failing" though fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. With an exceptional contributor list that includes Mary Ruefle, Kevin Sampsell, Michael Heald, Aidan Koch, Elizabeth Ferguson, and many more. ($14)
New Paper Goods
Greeting Picards- Captain Picard greeting cards from Portland artist Allison Beckwith.
Hey, Thanks! Greeting Card Pack- Three single-sided letterpressed thank you cards. With envelopes, in a plastic sleeve. ($6)
Home Is Where the Home Is- Letterpressed card in a plastic sleeve, made by Kelsey Smith.
Day Magazine: Remembering Priscilla Prescott- The life and times of a Hollywood dynasty that never existed, as created by conceptual artist Lenae Day. Brilliant, hilarious, and unlike anything else. ($20)
Kickball- ABCDEFGHIJKickball- Excitable, incomparable, art punk meets indie pop. One of my all-time favorite albums. (CD) ($10)
Kickball- Huckleberry Eater- An Olympia classic that shows a folkier side of Kickball. Home to the summertime anthem "Sauvie Island." (CD) ($10)
*This month brings the annual Helsing Junction Sleepover, put on by our friends at K Records and Helsing Junction Farm. We'll be there hosting the 2nd Annual Northwest Literary Showcase (!) and tabling with some of our wares. Come say hi and enjoy the best summer festival around.
*Things to listen to: a new release from Seattle psych-folksters Appalachian Yard Art (whose excellent Green Glass album we carry), a new album from playful SoCal folktronic project Kissed Her Little Sister, the San Francisco is Doomed comp (put together by Hannah from Grass Widow), the release of Mega Bog's Gone Banana album on Couple Skate Records, and the Ruby Fray's new album K Records comes out this month and got premiered on Stereogum.
*And lastly, this summer marks the 20th anniversary of the first Yoyo a Go Go Festival! These fests helped inspire other festivals like Homo a Gogo and Ladyfest, and had amazing and diverse line-ups that extended from Sleater Kinney to Beck. We're honored to be the sole distributor for the last remaining first printings of the Yoyo a Go Go compilations and many Yoyo releases. So to celebrate this anniversary, we're throwing in a Music Grab Bag with every Yoyo Recordings purchase for the rest of the summer.
Until next month,
Joshua James & Chask'e