Tuesday top favorite things / weekly obsessions


by Otessa


Thanks, Charlie Stewart!

1. New Issue of The JUICE

“The Juice” is our OJBG (e)Zine and the newest issue is out … and you can find it right HERE.

This marks the 5th installment of our zine and this Spring Issue (aka “Spring Fever”) was written by Charlie Stewart, one of our wonderful high school interns. He came in for a about a week, during his Spring break, and hashed out this incredibly appealing & comprehensive Spring issue/guide to cool things.

In particular, check out the list of upcoming show line-ups. Oh and also there’s a interview with an up-and-coming local high school band (the 6th degree).  Oh– aaand — there’s event spotlights (the National Cathedral’s Flower Mart. what! I love that thing. And had completely forgotten about it).

Anyways, Charlie did an amazing job, so I highly recommend that you mosey on over and check out our latest issue: The Juice’s Spring Fever.

While our zine is available only online (and the original format was always hand-printed/hand-done/hand-pressed)…I have to say that I love that flashpoint of digital-meets-analog.  Is this hardly surprising, considering that I am a New Media filmmaker — one who makes a web-series about the DIY/riot grrl days of the 90s?



2.  Zines in General

If you are not familiar or super informed, educate yourself on a seminal period in history, riot grrl culture, DIY culture, the 90s/ counter-culture, etc…

You can start by reading a wikipedia article HERE.



3.  Barnard Library Zine Collection

Barnard college has the preeminent collection & catalogue of zines — full stop.

barnard zine library (via feministzinefestnyc.wordpress.com)

For those not in that area — you can get amazing zine access via their blog… which is an amazing online source (for digital reading and more).  Check it here: Barnard Zine Collection’s website (that was hotlinked so click it!)

Even better, if you live in NYC, I would like to mention that Barnard College welcomes visitors to check out the zines in person.   The Barnard Library Zine Collection, which was pitched in 2003 and launched in 2004, has nearly 1400 zines in the open stacks, with several hundred more in the archives.  In their website’s own words, “We believe the collection will be an invaluable resource for future scholars. Zines are primary source documents that tell the story of contemporary life, culture, and politics in a multitude of women’s voices that might otherwise be lost. We also hope that current readers will enjoy the collection simply for its vibrancy, humanity, and artistic value.”

The collection is housed at Barnard College’s Wollman Library (3009 Broadway, by 118th st).  And Jenna Freedman is the small press librarian & the big brain behind the collection.

And an example of a cool (and local) zine from 90s DC is…




4. chickfactor

Trish from Broadcast (swoon) on the cover of issue 14 (image via chickfactor.com)

Started in 1992 by the incredibly cool gals-about-town Gail O’Hara and Pam Berry, chickfactor spotlighted under-appreciated British independent music, many of the Sarah records crowd, the USA’s own indie acts (a la Pavement, a personal fave), and female-driven music acts.  Basically, if your cooler older sister (the one you admire and aspire to be) , well if she were a zine, she would be chickfactor.

Liz Phair & Laetitia of Stereolab on the cover of issue 3 (image via chickfactor.com)

chickfactor ran in print from 1992–2002 and currently still exists (yay!) as a blog. So head over to chickfactor.com

If it weren’t for these fine ladies and their zine, my young self might not have ever discovered the likes of Heavenly, The Pastels, & Yo La Tengo.  (Thank you!)




5. completely unrelated

this made me laugh.

totally tangential sweatshirt <3

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