Magic Whistle 3.2 now on sale, cover by Danny Hellman, 52 pages $5.99
I was walking in Campbell California on Sunday night and was happy to see this mysterious local band Soy Sauce Control playing on the sidewalk. Check them out.
It’s been a pretty good year for new music. Here’s the latest. But it is stranger than you think. Mister Richard D. James is about to drop a new record in all the popular formats (including a limited cassette – 2000 copies). It’s called Cheetah. It’s an Aphex Twin EP.
There is an interesting story about the very dodgy vintage synth used to create many of the sounds on it over at CDM.
You can stream the whole thing on BBC 6Music this Sunday.
In case you did not know, Alberto Balsam is the unofficial theme song of the Wow Cool shop in Cupertino.
Zack Soto has been a friend to Wow Cool and Alternative Comics for longer than I am even sure of. He was a Wow Cool mail-order customer back in our golden days during the zine explosion of the 90s. He sent me and Jeff Mason comics at various times. His comics were published by Alternative in the Hi-Horse Omnibus. When Wow Cool expanded its mail order comics store in 2011, Zack’s Study Group Comics was one of the first publishers we featured in the catalog. Study Group was one of the first four imprints to join Alternative when we got together to form a publishing co-op — combining distribution and marketing activities — at the end of 2014. Zack is one of the best friends Team Comics has ever had.
A few hours ago the word went out that Zack and Krista Soto’s son Caspian has a serious degenerative optical condition. He may well end up blind one day. They have set up a GoFundMe page to cover some basic, necessary and urgent expenses. People have come out in droves in support of the Sotos to help with the testing and upgrading their home lighting (all the info on the gofundmepage), but they can use all the help they can get. I urge you to join up and donate what you can to help out them and their son.
Magic Whistle 3.2 coming very soon and ask about the Magic Whistle Valu-Pak (TM)
Wow Cool wants you to join us in supporting the Share the Safety initiative this Independence Day. BUY A GUN, GIVE A GUN TO AN AMERICAN IN AN AT-RISK NEIGHBORHOOD. The National Rifle Association and corporate ally Smith & Wesson have partnered to level the safety playing field in our nations cities, suburbs and parishes. We are proud to be a part of this effort.
“You know how important it is to protect your family. But you may not know that some of America’s poorest citizens cannot afford to arm themselves against those who would limit their freedoms. That’s why the National Rifle Association is proud to partner with Smith & Wesson to Share the Safety.” More information at ShareTheSafety.org.
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