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Ben Potrykus: Want a free flexi-postcard at the release show on Sunday? Reblog this! →

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Father/Daughter Records ordered up some siqq flexi postcards featuring “Behead Yrself, Pt. 2” to celebrate the release of Feels Weird, in stores and all that 8/20.

A flexi postcard is exactly what it sounds like: a flexi-disc record in the form of a glossy paper postcard….

Aug 17th at 2PM / via: benpotrykusok / op: bentshapes / reblog / 8 notes

Ben Potrykus: Catching up with International Zine Day after vacation →

benpotrykusok:

July 3rd - Zine Distro Appreciation Day: order from a zine distro. Ordered the Cometbus about Green Day in China, since I started reading it awhile ago at Starlab and never finished it. Also ordered Make It Last, as Athena’s request.

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July 4th - Reread your favorite zines: I just re-read…

Cake Time #1 1/2 is ready to go! Many thanks to Athena for cutting them down expertly and lovingly binding them as well.

#1 1/2 features all the drawings I’ve done since #1, plus a preview of This Ain’t No Picnic, an interview zine that’s been pretty slowww in the making.

I’ll have copies at Me and My Friends Make Art II at Washington Street Art Center in Somerville on July 12th (where I’ll have some art on the wall) and at 2x2: Distances at Lorem Ipsum in Cambridge on July 18th (where I’ll be reading a thing about working at a thrift store for five years). I’ll get a copy to the Papercut Zine Library ASAP, too, and have them on here for cheap!

benpotrykusok:

Top Ten Reasons I Love Zines (a day late):
1. The history! #Zines have been at the forefront of cultural movements like sci-fi fandom and punk, often giving voice to people in those subcultures that were otherwise marginalized.2. They’re long enough to read on the T, but short enough that I don’t feel overwhelmed.3. The ease with which zines can be published means anyone can do it, but the fact that they’re a physical medium and not on the internet means that you have to commit.4. The format encourages productivity, because you don’t need to write a 300 page novel or a 100 page novella or even a 40 page book of poetry. You can write 10-30 solid pages of whatever you want.5. Portability: the format and its history encourage shoving a zine in your pocket to read on your porch/on the bus/while you wait for your pizza.6. Zines encourage friendship—they can help introduce you to new friends, or help you get to know someone better.7. Many zines come in really short-run editions. They’re not necessarily going to be reviewed anywhere, or get any kind of “publicity” per se, which makes them feel special. If you know about a good zine, it’s up to you to pass it on to people who might enjoy it!8. They’re easily reproduced, and a lot of zinesters seem to encourage it. I’ve heard stories of people re-xeroxing long out-of-print zines for friends, keeping them alive for readers years down the line.9. Of course, they’re also super cheap, so it’s easy to support the long-time zinesters whose classics you enjoy and to encourage beginners as well.10. The way people customize their zines in terms of look, size, binding, etc is amazing, and it makes it really fun to go back and browse through your collection, or the collection of an independent bookstore or zine library.

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benpotrykusok:

Top Ten Reasons I Love Zines (a day late):

1. The history! #Zines have been at the forefront of cultural movements like sci-fi fandom and punk, often giving voice to people in those subcultures that were otherwise marginalized.
2. They’re long enough to read on the T, but short enough that I don’t feel overwhelmed.
3. The ease with which zines can be published means anyone can do it, but the fact that they’re a physical medium and not on the internet means that you have to commit.
4. The format encourages productivity, because you don’t need to write a 300 page novel or a 100 page novella or even a 40 page book of poetry. You can write 10-30 solid pages of whatever you want.
5. Portability: the format and its history encourage shoving a zine in your pocket to read on your porch/on the bus/while you wait for your pizza.
6. Zines encourage friendship—they can help introduce you to new friends, or help you get to know someone better.
7. Many zines come in really short-run editions. They’re not necessarily going to be reviewed anywhere, or get any kind of “publicity” per se, which makes them feel special. If you know about a good zine, it’s up to you to pass it on to people who might enjoy it!
8. They’re easily reproduced, and a lot of zinesters seem to encourage it. I’ve heard stories of people re-xeroxing long out-of-print zines for friends, keeping them alive for readers years down the line.
9. Of course, they’re also super cheap, so it’s easy to support the long-time zinesters whose classics you enjoy and to encourage beginners as well.
10. The way people customize their zines in terms of look, size, binding, etc is amazing, and it makes it really fun to go back and browse through your collection, or the collection of an independent bookstore or zine library.

Jul 3rd at 11AM / via: benpotrykusok / op: benpotrykusok / reblog / 13 notes

News and Reviews in the Hassle

You may have noticed the reviews component of Cake Time dropping off in recent weeks, but I promise it’s for a good reason: I (Ben) am going to be contributing a lot more to Boston’s best source for info on underground sounds, The Boston Hassle!

As I’m sure you know, my brother Sam founded the Hassle, an enterprise which brings our fair city the freshest streams, videos, release info, show listings, etc both online and in paper form with the monthly freak scene paper, the Counter Cultural Compass. I’m really pumped to be supporting Sam, Dan, Kristen, and the rest of the team as they continue to build what has already become a major cornerstone in the current Boston music community.

So, Cake Time won’t be focused on reviews, with any write-ups on the blog aimed primarily at non-region-or-time-specific releases: weird one-off singles, 12” remix tracks, and the like, found while crate-digging or ordered during online shopping sprees through Discogs and Gemm.

In the meantime, check out my most recent piece, on the excellent White Pages single out now on La Parca.

rats revenge pt 3: 9/15 is Punk Rock Movie Night #1 @ WSAC! →

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A month or so ago I was remembering how much fun the pre-Ladyfest Boston Le Tigre documentary screening at Washington Street Art Center was, and thinking about how much I wanted to watch Shield Around the K, Suburbia, The Power of Salad and Milkshakes, the Devo and Jesus & Mary Chain video…

Outta town for a few weeks!

If I got yr mail order this week, it’ll be sent before I leave. If I don’t have yr order, it’ll be filled the last week of August. Going here in search of record stores, gelato, da pope-a, infoshops, pizza, volcanic lakes, and other awesome shit:

Est! Est!! Est!!!

Coming this fall: Bent Shapes shows with No Comply, Colleen Green/Plateaus, and Sic Alps, fun/dumb Pale Yellow freebie tunes, more reviews (here and in The Boston Hassle), and further info on the long-awaited 2nd installment of the zine. Up the jangle punxx

Thanks Store54! 
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Record Haul 7/28/12: The Fall, bis., Free Kitten picturedisc, Egg Hunt, two Simple Machines 7” splits feat. My Dad Is Dead and (The) Eggs (Taken with Instagram)

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Thanks Store54! 

ratsrevenge:

Record Haul 7/28/12: The Fall, bis., Free Kitten picturedisc, Egg Hunt, two Simple Machines 7” splits feat. My Dad Is Dead and (The) Eggs (Taken with Instagram)

TOMORROW @ WWTA: Bent Shapes/Slow Animal/Earthquake Party/Fat Creeps ALL AGES $5

We first heard Slow Animal last year, at a Cake Shop showcase for the excellent Dance Magic Dance DJ crew from the UK. They were loud, and rode a dank wave of reverb while maintaining a hiiigh level of energy. I bought their 7” single, and when they told me they were coming to Boston, I knew what must be done.

Cake Time have teamed up with good friend SippyCupEverything to bring you a night of fuzzy pop bliss. TOMORROW:

1. Relatively new up-and-comers Fat Creeps kick things off, flexing serious hooks like those found in their latest tune, “Leave Her Alone”.

2. Our buds, the fiery and unabashedly noisy rippers of Earthquake Party, will then proceed to destroy.

3. Aforementioned Jersey devils Slow Animal will bring their soaked and dosed hustle/grind pop show to the king of DIY spaces for Boston’s enjoyment.

4. Bent Shapes will present you with 6-9 Love Songs, a concept set loosely based on bath salts and #YOLO. Fuck right off!

Furious nerdz, don’t miss it!

7pm start time (space has got a curfew, kids). $5, all-ages, punk-stylee.

Girlfriends’ Cull Shorts now available for mail order!

Bet you thought Cake Time zine issue #1 was CAKE-01, huh? Nah, that’d be way too easy. See, Cake Time zine issue #1 was actually CAKE-00, and CAKE-01 belongs to none other than now-pre-Bent-Shapes group Girlfriends. Got it?

Cull Shorts



Girlfriends’ final release is a compact disc compiling the band’s output from 2009-2011, with nearly all the songs from the early cassette, vinyl 7”s, and digital single, plus a new recording of “Slugger”. 

Cull Shorts can be ordered through the Girlfriends Bandcamp page for $5, which covers the CD and an immediate digital download of the album. If you want to be a real completist, you can then download the original version of "Slugger" and "Good To Be True" for free (these are the only two recordings not on Cull Shorts). Killer.

Mail order options for the new Bent Shapes flexi coming soon!