Thursday, February 28, 2013

recensie: DER:DIE:DAS

Z, wie Zine, brengt H, wie Hammer

Het Zwitserse magazine Der:die:das: onderzoekt alledaagse objecten. De appel, een paperclip, ribfluweel – je kunt het zo banaal niet bedenken, of Der:die:das: keert het net zo lang binnenste buiten tot het bijzonder blijkt. Ieder nummer is gewijd aan een enkel voorwerp en werkt systematisch het (Duitse) alfabet af. Sinds Der:die:das: in 2009 begon met A, wie Apfel, is het inmiddels aanbeland bij nummer H, wie Hammer.
Door karianne bueno.

De eerste pagina valt direct met de deur in huis. ‘Art is not a mirror to hold up society, but a hammer with which to shape it,’ wordt Bertolt Brecht paginavullend geciteerd. Naast de tekst, in de binnenkant van de kaft, staat een halve, mysterieuze foto van een vin. We hebben hier te maken met een zine, een onafhankelijk, kunstzinnig tijdschrift dat gemaakt wordt voor en door liefhebbers van hun (meestal) beeldend vak. Der:die:das: is opgericht door de jonge grafisch vormgever Eric Andersen en zijn liefde voor vorm blijkt op iedere pagina. De typografie is zorgvuldig, haast tijdloos, en zo ook de fotografie, die in series over het blad verdeeld is. De korte teksten – verhalen, essays, een enkel gedicht – zijn filosofisch getint.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

new magazines in store


SHE SHREDS - dedicated to women guitarists


Next to Tom Tom Magazine ('a magazine about female drummers'), we now have SHE SHREDS from Portland, Oregon - dedicated to female guitarists and bassists.
On the cover of this first issue Corin Tucker of 90's riot grrrl rockband Sleater-Kinney. She talks about her new record Kill My Blues, motherhood, advice for touring abroad and being a rock feminist.
Scout Niblett is interviewed about her songwriting process, being judged on her sex over her music and her next single and album.
Then there are record reviews, gear myths from guitar shops, fingerpicking exercises and hand exercises.








Monday, February 25, 2013

interview with THE OUTPOST


The Outpost comes from Lebanon, a pile of the first issue came to our store and it blew our minds.
We asked editor in chief Ibrahim Nehme a couple of questions about his magazine.



Magpile called The Outpost one of the best new magazines of 2012, how do you feel about that? 

It feels so good I don't even know how to put it in words! They even nominated us for best magazine design, alongside New York Times mag and Bloomberg Businessweek. We thought it was a long shot honestly, especially that we were very new at the time with only a trial issue 00 under our belt. I was randomly checking the magpile website on the day the 10 shortlists were announced, with no expectations whatsoever, and saw our name in the two categories. It was unbelievable.
 


The subtitle of The Outpost is ‘a magazine of possibilities’. Why? 

The magazine aims to inspire the Arab youth to explore a world of possibilities. We are unapologetically optimistic, and we believe in the future of the Arab
world. We are also realists and seek to address missed opportunities. What went wrong? How could things be better? So 'a magazine of possibilities' is the over-arching premise that we are forward-looking and also not bound by a specific topic (Our three sections are: What's Happening, What's Not Happening and What Could Happen)



 

Which magazines inspired you when you started The Outpost? It seems like a Middle Eastern Delayed Gratification, what do you think of that magazine? 

It's the first time I hear this comparison, actually. And I don't think it is the case. Maybe the only point in common is that we both highly invest in infographics. DG are mainly interested in reporting on and analyzing what happened in the past quarter, and they position themselves as the 'last to breaking news.' We on the other hand do not cover news and are very interested in the future: how can we make it better? This is evident in our vision to ignite a renaissance in the Arab world. I think the concept of the magazine is fairly new. We were inspired by many magazines, like 60s Esquire, Intelligent Life, Monocle, Colors, Wired, IL magazine and other new independent titles.
 


There are a lot of nice infographics in The Outpost, why do you use them? 

I think infographs work very well in an age when there is just too much information out there; you need someone to find the good data, sift through them, organize them and deliver them in an interesting way. Infographs can simplify complicated narratives and highlight little details that otherwise could be lost when reading.  
 

We recently got some very interesting magazines from the Middle East like The Carton and We Are Here. Do you think there is a new movement of magazine makers in the area and do you feel part of it?  

Indeed it seems that the independent publishing industry in the region is booming. It definitely is a movement and we are part of it. I actually wrote a piece about this for Campaign, which answers your question. You can check it here: http://campaignme.com/2013/01/16/14266/when-print-did-not-die/
 

What are your favourite magazines?  

Let's see... Apartamento, Colors, Wired, Intelligent Life, The Believer, Smith Journal, Monocle, NYT mag. I'm very influenced by Esquire in the 60s under Harlod Hayes editorship. There are so many new magazines launching these days and they are SO GOOD.. Offscreen, Gather Journal, Collect, Port, Little White Lies, We Are Here, ... it's hard to keep up!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

THE RIDE JOURNAL #7



We are happy with The Ride #7, there's a huge pile in the shop. It's one of our special bike magazines, personal stories from all sorts of bikers with extremely beautiful illustrations.
When the last issue came out we interviewed them, you can read that here.



Friday, February 22, 2013

Congratulations THE BELIEVER


Our favourite literary magazine from the US turned 10! They always have good covers but we think this one is the best they ever had.
Congratulations The Believer! We are looking forward to the next 10 years.



Thursday, February 21, 2013

NEW: The Modernist



The Modernist is a magazine from Manchester about Modernist Architecture and design, mostly in Northern England but they also look further. Issue 6 just came to the shop and it's the first one we stock.
The magazine holds many essays about modernist architecture, in this issue there's one about the library cafe and one about The Czechoslovak Expo '58 Pavillion in Prague.
There are only 700 numbered copies printed.



recensie: SELVEDGE #50


Een wereld aan textielverhalen

De zelfkant van een stof is prettig, geen gerafel, een enkele naad is voldoende bij het naaien. De zelfkant van een stof is soms zelfs heel fraai, de weeftechniek laat zich daar optimaal zien. De zelfkant van een stof is voor kenners, net als het tijdschrift dat naar deze zelfkant vernoemd is: Selvedge: The Fabric of Your Life. Textiles in Fashion, Fine Art, Interiors, Travel and Shopping, een tijdschrift over alles wat met textiel te maken heeft. En nummer 50 gaat over etnografische stoffen. Door reny van der kamp.

Van nachthemd tot lendendoek

Selvedge is vijftig nummers geleden, in 2004, aan een interessant verhaal begonnen. Het blad gaat voorop in de herwaardering van ambachten, duurzame ontwikkeling in de textielindustrie en vergroting van cultureel en historisch besef. Elk nummer heeft een thema (nummer #50: Etnographic), waardoor de stukken onderling samenhang krijgen. Naast originele artikelen worden op een slimme manier (voor)publicaties uit boeken gepubliceerd, geheel ingekaderd in de lay-out en de stijl van het blad. En Selvedge signaleert tentoonstellingen, plaatsen, ontwerpers en ambachtslieden en portretteert deze op een visueel aantrekkelijke manier.
Alle continenten worden meegenomen in dit verhaal en daardoor komt de alledaagsheid van textiel goed in beeld. Kleding, rituele voorwerpen, doodgewoon huishoudtextiel: alles komt aan bod. Van nachthemd tot lendendoek, van feestjurk tot knuffelpop. Daarnaast wordt de enorme diversiteit aan textieltechnieken getoond. Overal en door alle eeuwen heen werd en wordt geweven, geborduurd, gekantklost, genaaid, geverfd en gebreid. Dat bewustzijn alleen al is van levensbelang voor culturele ontwikkeling op elk gebied. Het blad kan hierdoor nog jaren mee en hoort wat mij betreft thuis in elke bibliotheek.

 bestel hier

lees verder na de sprong

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MODERN MATTER #3


Modern Matter is a biannual sister publication to Kilmanjaro. It's about art and how new and developing technology affects style and culture. 'A technology, style and conceptual art journal for men who matter.'

In this third issue:
a 60 page diary of the Venice Architecture Biennale by Juergen Teller
an interview and visual essay with Luc Tuymans
Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza on art
Andy Murray & the U.S. Open
an interview with ARS' Gerfried Stocker
an essay by Joe Fyfe and menswear from Jil Sander, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton and Dries Van Noten.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TOILET PAPER # 7


It's always a good day in the newscentre when the new issue of TOILET PAPER arrives. This is already issue 7 we got here. Powerful and very colourful, strange and beautiful images created by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.
The first 6 issues are already collector's items.




Monday, February 4, 2013

interview with TOM TOM MAGAZINE



We are excited to have Tom Tom Magazine in the store now! It comes from Brooklyn and is only about female drummers. We stock many titles but never thought there would be such a magazine.
The last issue is about drum corpses. There are interviews with Emi Morimoto from Shonen Knife and Anna Schulte from Crocodiles, drum exercises, record reviews and gear reviews.
We asked editor-in chief Mindy Abovitz some questions about her cool and special magazine.

Wow a magazine about female drummers, never imagined that it would exist. How did you come up with this idea? Are you a drummer yourself? 

I am a drummer. I have been drumming for 12 years now and was never interested in picking up a drum magazine. I started Tom Tom Magazine because I recognized the need for the representation of female drummers in a male dominated industry. I felt that woman drummers were left out of the existing media or if they were represented it was poorly (i.e. picking the same female drummers to cover over and over again or showing us scantily clad). 


Who is your favourite female drummer? Who is your favourite male drummer?

 I don't pick favorites.

When you go to a live gig, are you focused the most on the drummer? 

Yes. Most definitely. I pick a spot in the club where I can see the drummer best. Usually it is close to the front and a bit to the left of the drummer. I like to see them playing from the side to check out their technique and still be able to see their performing self. 

What was your favourite record from last year? 

I have been listening a lot to Deap Vally (Los Angeles), Haim (LA), zzz's (Japan), and The Zombies (oldies band!). 

Which magazines do you like yourself? 

I love The New Yorker, Economist, FADER, Wilder, Put a Egg On It, Randy, OP, Cabinet, INC, Fast Company and New York Magazine (to name a few!)



 (Valerie Scroggins from ESG)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

RANDY - The lesbian dyke tranny fag artzine


Randy came to our store. It has a manifesto.

RANDY is a personal and nepotistic project and this is our gesture. A.K. Burns and Sophie Morner initiated this project in late 2009 and decided our first commitment was to create something based on what we love and care about. We invited Clark Solack to become co-editor, who then joined RANDY in Fall 2011.

RANDY is about the people close to us and the people we have yet to meet. It is a celebration and critique of the queer arts. It is trans-feminist and vag-centric because that is a perspective we want to support.

RANDY invites people and provides a space for their voice. We engage an intergenerational dialogue and support conversation as a means to examine multiple views on a topic. RANDY expands the politics of art, sexuality and aesthetics. RANDY is intentionally irregular.

RANDY delivers images and words from the hot queerdom of radical revelations, and we hope you enjoy.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Interview with HOT RUM COW


HOT RUM COW comes from Scotland and is about BOOZE. The second issue just came in and is mainly about cider. It's on our loved Food shelf next to The Gourmand and Fricote. It fits in with the current wave of good food mags. It's funny, beautifully designed and inspiring.
We asked editor Simon Lyle a couple of questions.



Why did you start a magazine about liquor?

The first thing is, liquor is something the whole team shares an interest in. We're not experts but we're all very enthusiastic amateurs when it comes to drinking.
There is currently a huge surge in interest in high-quality independent drinks, and while there were several very good food magazines out there, we felt the drinks market was confined largely to trade titles or self-regarding connoisseur mags.
We launched Hot Rum Cow to appeal to anyone who is curious about outstanding or unusual drinks and the stories behind them. It's about beer, wine and spirits but it's also about history, culture and people.

What inspires you while making a new issue?

Just the usual things. Reading, drinking, speaking to producers and experts, that sort of thing.
Booze is such a broad and accessible subject. Nearly everyone has an idea or an opinion about what we should be writing about when you tell them you work for a drinks magazine.   
We can call upon billions of drinkers, drinks from around the whole world and thousands of years of drinking history - so we shouldn’t struggle for material.

Your working day must start or end in a bar, how does it look like? 

It’s a nice perk of the job that the postman brings plenty of interesting bottles to the office, but of course we do need to venture out to the pub from time to time. We are based in Edinburgh, so the last major celebration was to honour Scotland’s national bard on Burns Night. We honoured him in a local beer bar by drinking a wide selection of ales, porters and stouts from some fantastic Scottish independent breweries – including one flavoured with haggis.

What are your favourite magazines?

I recently subscribed to Delayed Gratification – purveyors of slow journalism. It’s the antidote to the 24-hour news cycle, revisiting the events of the previous three months to see what happened after the dust settled. I think it’s just a brilliant idea, executed at exactly the right time. Smart writing and it looks amazing.
I also like the thinking behind Aeon  - “a digital magazine of ideas and culture”. They publish one essay every week day. Really interesting mix of stuff and a layout which makes reading several thousand words on a screen pretty painless.   

What’s your favourite drink?

I developed a love of Guinness while growing up in Ireland, a love of ale while studying in England, a love of rum while travelling in Costa Rica and a love of whisky while working in Scotland. Basically, I'll drink whatever's put in front of me.