Nate East

Tag: DIY

new music and zines

woods – at echo lake


ty segall – melted


thee oh sees – help


i read the 4th and 5th issue of No More Bummers by Jason File.  Need to track down the first three now!


i read the latest issue of Peaches and Bats — super-strong zine/lit-journal — so rad! Also looking forward to checking out some previous ones.


in terms of zine news, Cowan’s Gap is now available at Revolver SF, a super rad clothing boutique in the Lower Haight.  Check it out!


new post soon with some new photos and stuff! thanks for reading y’all.

fog city

you can now order Cowan’s Gap zine online at Quimby’s here!


Poor Sons, garage rock from SF, are shredders.


Working my way through Blake’s Prophetic Books again, this time with more rigor/looking up the names of stuff online/takin’ notes/stuff like that.


Believe the hype!


Yeeee! The Fresh & Onlys – Grey Eyed Girls . This band is insanely good live, and I’m digging this record a lot so far too!

zine is finally finished! and other news

Cowans Gap issue number 1 is finally done! It’s got poems by me and illustrations/photo by J. MacQueen — full info is here.

If you’re in San Francisco, It’s currently available at Needles and Pens in Mission, soon to be available at RVCA in Haight Ashbury, and hopefully some more places soon! I’ll keep a full list of spots to pick one up at the zine page.  Friends get in touch re: trades/orders etc!

I’ve been really excited about this project for a long time, and am super happy with how it turned out. Get in touch if you’re interested in one; we’ll mail them anywhere!
Printer/illustrator/photographer Sam Owen just added some awesome new photo-transfer work to his website, including this guy:

which I’m hella diggin.  Check out the rest of the series here!


I read Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller:

which I really enjoyed.  Miller’s writing is like unbelievably sharp, so that whether he’s musing somewhat predictably about the grimy beauty of mid 20th century Paris or transcribing the insane ranting of a philosophical drunk, the prose itself is always raw and engaging.


Halfway through the Grove Press edition of Borges’s Ficciones:

which is also great!  I’m hoping to finish this one soon, but have been reading pretty slowly/methodically because 1. I’m also reading a new poetry collection review @ The Rumpus and 2. Borges’s stories, while super short (sometimes only 2 pages) seem to require almost a meditation-level of concentration while reading and reflection after reading.  Really great writing.


And finally, I bought this the day after it came out, and have been listening to it ever since:

red brick chimneys and pigeon colored roofs

I put together a top ten albums of 2009 list a couple weeks ago for the “customer favorites” at Aquarius Records, and thought I might at as well share it on here too:

Favorites of 2009:
Krallice – Dimensional Bleedthrough
Girls – Album
DOOM – Born Like This
Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer
Vivian Girls – Everything Goes Wrong
Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – S/T
The Horrors – Primary Colours
Wavves – Wavves
Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

Other 2009 records I really really liked:
ducktails – backyard
grand lake – nevermint EP and louise EP
true widow – true widow
sun araw – heavy deeds
deerhunter – rainwater cassette exchange
sun 0))) – monoliths and dimensions
raekwon – only built for cuban linx… pt. II
xeno and oaklander – sentinelle
bill callahan – sometimes i wish we were an eagle
blank dogs – under and under

Word. Other news: recently started a book by Sam Shepard; more on that later; also been spending lotsa time still looking at photos/art online, which led me to re-visit one of my favorite spots in SF that I actually hadn’t been to in months and months, Needles and Pens
They’re a really great shop filled with DIY goods, interesting zines/books/journals/artwork, and even a rad gallery with monthly rotating exhibits.  The folks who work there are great too, and even have carried some of my poetry zines for a while!  There are still copies of ‘Serious Culture Bastards’ on the shelf, which I think I photocopied in like June… not selling too well apparently!!

Anyway, they have lots of especially good stuff now, and I had a big list of to-buy stuff including the new issue of Cometbus, the Sandy Kim photo book, and an issue of Scam, but I settled on On the Lower Frequencies, the recent book by zine-guy/writer Erick Lyle.  I’ve read a number of his articles in the Chronicle and heard some NPR podcasts and am super hyped to check out the book!

In terms of writing I’ve been getting a lot done in terms of material for larger pieces, and also have some stuff in submission queues at websites/journals, so as always if you’re interested shoot me an email and I’ll forward the latest along.  Bigger update soon!