Nate East

Tag: indie publishing

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!

News + Music + Books

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In honor of Halloween,  I posted a very short ghost story I wrote a few weeks ago below – scroll down to check it out!  “Aguilas Range.”  Additionally, one of my flash fiction pieces was accepted at The Northville Review, and will be posted sometime in the next few months.  I’ll link it up when it’s live.

I recently started reading Swann’s Way by our friend Proust, but took a quick break to discover, buy and read Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin, a 26-year old Brooklyn author, which led me to hella google Mr. Lin, read a bunch of interviews, and even peruse his children’s books site.  Lin is so interesting to me because it seems like he’s achieved a veritable “writer’s dream” at a very young age: through somewhat absurd(ist) publicity stunts but also a really interesting writing style, he’s managed to make a big enough name for himself that he now writes full time.  This is also very cool when considered through the whole death-of-print-death-of-lit-death-of-art lens.

tao lin

To summarize the above paragraph, I’ve been talking about nothing but Tao Lin for the past few days and I’m sure everyone’s sick of it.  Okay moving on.  Oh also his book is really good and you should read it.

In terms of writing I’ve got lotsa material, but all in submissions queue.  As always, if you want to read any of the new stuff please let me know!  I just don’t want to post it here, because some sites/journals count that as “already published.”

Finally, I bought these three albums over the weekend and have been loving all of them.  The Microphones one is especially notable for having, like all records and CDs from PW Elverum & Sun, amazing packaging with tons of cool photos taken by the musician. Word.

11352-the-glow-pt-2Tarot_SportNone_shall_pass_aes_rock*Note: gnarly new black-and-white photos by jess.