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In this issue of Balcony there's a public apology, an essay about Lewis Hyde's The Gift, an interview with left-field hip-hop musician Sterling Toles, in-depth record reviews, and a couple poems by Charles Gonsalves. But as in every issue of Balcony, it's also much more than that. A surprising, quietly exceptional zine.

32 pages, half-letter size.

 

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Glorious, brooding, and completely in a world of its own. The project of Molly Fischer (of Songs For Moms fame), Hot Tears nods to chamber-folk and a wide variety of punk and metal subgenres without fitting nicely into any box. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

With Erica Freas (of RVIVR) on cello, and a multitude of Olympia all-stars lending voices and studio talents.

Cover art by Jenna Peters-Golden...[ continued ] Hot Tears- Change of Heart

A graph-paper journal to record your plans, designs, ideas, and other flights of mind.

50 pages, 10 squares per inch graph paper, all recycled and reused materials.

A new Portland poetry zine/literary journal that's surely bound for greatness. In this, the first issue, there's poetry from: Carl Adamshick (author of Saint Friend), Ross Robbins, Aimee Lopez, John Koch, David Midkiff, Heidi Elise Sellick, Yin-Lai Brenda Chung, Jessica Moore, Majesty Snowbird, Jake Ayres, John Alkek, Ariel D'Souza, Kristen Rian, and Rodney Koeneke. Plus an essay on the poetry of Jim Jarmusch's Paterson...[ continued ]

Shimmery psych-pop from Philadelphia's Strange Parts. Attia Taylor and Corey Duncan's dueling vocals mesmerize over wild drums, guitars, and synths. A perfectly disorienting pleasure.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Hay, high chairs, salt mines, forsythia, dried flowers, things on fire. All of this and more in the latest issue of Incandescent, our favorite photography journal.

Featuring work from: Emerald Arguelles, Ben Carroll, Sean Carroll, Fergus Coyle, Harlan Crichton, Jordan Delawder, Magnus Holmes, Roslyn Julia, Zoie Kasper, Dana Marks, Michaela Nagyidaiová, Mark Newton, Olivia Indigo Page, Ryan Parker, Emily Sheffer, Reinier Treur, Matt Williams, and Kevin Williamson...[ continued ]

Flood is three pieces of sludgy post-punk from Olympia's Ugly Lovers.

Released on Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Led by songwriter and sound-experimenter Tucker Theodore, Buffalo Voice's Pilgrim Takes His Spill is a series of ten perfectly destroyed anthems. Psych-sludge classic rock garage-pop from another universe.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Buffalo Voice- Pilgrim Takes His Spill

When Death Knocks is a personal zine written by Death himself. Or, more specifically, written by a lowly "Transition Officer" working for the agency of Death. A morbid and tender piece of writing from the postmortem zine scene. I can say with some certainty that there's nothing else quite like this.

24 pages, quarter-size, cut-and-paste.

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With the hyperbolic zeal and rancor of a true bookseller, Aaron Cometbus brings to life his chosen family: the booksellers of New York City. A Bestiary of Booksellers is for anyone who has sold books long enough to have it seep into their identity, but it’s also for all manner of book addicts, subculture scholars, obsessives, and night owls.

112 pages, half-letter size, perfect-bound...[ continued ]