Monday, March 28, 2016

SINGING PRIESTS, MISUNDERSTOOD PRINCES AND BALLSY HOMOS: THE PITCHFORK REVIEW #8


The Pitchfork Review has long been a force to be reckoned with online – ever since 1996 to be exact - but ever since they first published their quarterly paper magazine in 2014 they’ve been almost unstoppable. Refreshing in a semi-tired genre that’s awaiting some serious make-overs, The Pitchfork Review fills a void with their years of expertise, a fantastic design reminiscent of independents and a lot of TLC.


Their eighth issue features 128 pages of musical talent of all genres. Nothing superficial, mind you, but hard-knock essays, political pieces and reviews. Featuring Prince’s journey into his Dirty Mind, the UK club scene of 1986-1990 and queer representation in the music industry of the eighties. “For gay men in England, the dawn of the eighties was a time to fuck and get fucked – by each other, by AIDS, and by Margaret Thatcher’s government”, “It’s not entirely your fault if you don’t quite understand why Prince was such a big deal in the eighties” and “If there’s one thing you know about Catholicism, it’s probably that Catholicism involves priests […] these priests were primarily singers,” are intro’s that make us want to read on, and are the epitome example of the diversity of the all-encompassing Pitchfork.


In content as well as design Pitchfork is refreshing. Where it’s obvious its editors have taken care to dot their I’s and made their layout as eye-catching as possible, they’ve managed to not overdo it. They haven’t strayed into the trendy ‘white spaces’, but have created a straightforward – rudimentary in its jolliest form – and beautifully illustrated magazine. Every issue of the Pitchfork is a document of musical history: “We consider both foreverness and the never was”, which with Pitchfork is less a cliché than it is simply an accurate statement applied to a very cool magazine.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

HOW TO MAKE A DENT IN THE UNIVERSE: ELEPHANT #26



Elephant is a quarterly art culture magazine that focusses on contemporary art, visual culture and fresh faces and material. Their content is always original and manages to pinpoint current and up-and-coming trends and artists and creators in the visual world of art and design.



Their latest issue, #26, focusses on the impact of silicon valley on the art world, and its (in)direct effect on our culture. They feature rule-breakers that have come up with increasingly mysterious and newfangled methods of creation and artists that have managed to deploy and employ technology in unbelievable ways. Names like the illusive and nonconformist David Hammons, Emily Steer (see photograph above), Isa Melsheimer and concrete architecture lover Claire Shea are at the heart of showing how technology, computer science and being a nerd has left its permanent stamp on the art and design world we know and love today.


‘How to make a dent in the universe’ is Elephant’s spring issue’s slogan, a question that resurfaces in every feature and article. The issue basically offers a narrative of the presupposed indentation of technology and science on our culture, and its permanent effect. Yet where it builds a solid argument and assumes an unwavering position in the art versus silicon valley debate, its final note are open questions. Can we go back to human feelings? Can art break free from computer animated graphics, social media, and pre-fabricated and packaged human emotion? Can we just go back to ourselves? This is the ‘dent’ they’re hoping to claim, the gap they’re hoping to push modern artists and designers towards. Albeit a gentle push, Elephant is a magazine that has the authority to do so, and the goods to back it up. 


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Friday, March 18, 2016

THE LIFTED BROW #27 + #28: BE CHALLENGED!


Put simple The Lifted Brow is a literary indiemag that features new writing from all over the world. Adding an element of complexity would be to say that, oh, The Lifted Brow is so much more than that – starting with its tagline: 'a quarterly attack journal'. It’s not your average literary magazine, but has the – albeit quite aggressive – aim to put its reader in motion. Get to changing! Be challenged! Entertainment and humor is all very well, but The Lifted Brow is really to be read with a lifted brow. Learn. Change. Do.


As an organization Australian The Lifted Brow is a small publishing house, that also hosts various events and collaborations with other similar organizations. On top of that they manage to publish a crazy awesome quarterly magazine that features tons of essays, comics, photography, flash fiction, poetry and opinion columns, from voices from all over the globe - though mostly Australian. What’s exciting about this mag is then exactly its colossal attempt at chugging all imaginable voices, forces and ideas onto a mere 120 pages. It’s a tour de force in all its traditional aspects – a little too much, but crazy exciting and inspiring to read.




The Lifted Brow is one of those sit-down magazines you can shelve next to The Outpost and Delayed Gratification, but at the same time does just fine snuggling up next to The Happy Reader, Idler and The Believer. Current affairs, literary, they’re all just labels anyway, and they’re exactly what The Lifted Brow aim to abolish. Both issue 27 and issue 28 are available in our on- and offline store for those of you who want to learn more, know more, read more, see more, about, well… everything.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ASSISTANT #3: THE WHY, WHEN, WHERE AND HOW


Spanish magazine Assistant, featured in the latest fashion edition of the Dutch Linda. Mode, is an indiemag for photographers, fashion designers, and creative minds. Its name harks back to the idea that behind every great name there’s the assistant. And that assistants might just be the new generation of fashion designers to look out for. The magazine focusses on showcasing the world of the fashion industry from a backstage-perspective, meant for everyone willing to be, or interested in reading about, the Industry (with capital I). Its strength then lies in the fact they manage to abolish its capital letter.


Featured in each issue are creative talents that make their own way, in whatever way. And mind you, it’s not all sunshine and roses – Assistant is refreshing in that it’s honest, and bares all. “Assistant is about the ups and downs of [assistants’] lives and experiences and the why, when, where and how they got where they are and where they are going” (Assistant). Its third issue, available in our on- and offline shop, is marked ‘Repetition’ and tackles the intuition of being yourself and not anyone else. “A NEW magazine, NEW people doing NEW things.” Breaking with clichés, ideas of gender, issues of race, the issue is chockfull of the widest range of assistants in videography, creative directing, photography and modelling – including a beautiful feature on Amanda Sanchez, a Brazilian woman whose been working at Chanel for over fourteen years as a living mannequin, Lily Jean Harvey, the next Kate Moss, an extensive feature on the future of Indian models, and an interview with menswear designer Thibo Denis, whose been working alongside Kris van Assche for nearly ten years.

Refreshing in a static world of vacant stares, photo filters and straight lines, Assistant tells the stories of engagement, reinvention and journeys. A great mag for anyone fighting to stake their claim, put their stamp, or wallowing in the kaleidoscopic universe of fashion. Or just for you and me.

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Dutch magazine Linda. Mode is one of Linda de Mol’s successful spin-offs: filled to the brim with interviews with people in the Dutch fashion industry, actors and stylists, it’s the perfect mag to curl up on the sofa with on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Including Linda’s favorites like Eres bathing suits and Armor Lux sandals, great reading tips like Assistant, and funny columns.