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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

FILE Magazine





Second entry today!

Now I know I'm a little bit behind BOOOOOM! on this one (right number of O's in that?) but I don't get freebies (hint!) so had t go pick it up.

The mag's a bi-annual jobby called 'FILE' and like Pocco Times discussed a few weeks ago it comes on newspaper stock. Now I'm never sure how t feel about newsprint stuff as normally image quality suffers but 'FILE' gets away with it pretty well.

Anyone's who's ever read Specialten will be very familiar with FILE's format - A DVD containing mostly short films and art films plus some music videos with a visual arts aspect to them, articles about said media in the magazine's main body and a free print at the back.

It's good stuff too - The articles are great and give good background to the films, I watched the DVD first the read up and watched again and it was quite a different viewing the 2nd time around. Now I know that strictly speaking this blog's about printed material but the 2 are so interconnected that you cant separate them.

I particularly enjoyed 'The Archive' - what a fascinating and sad story (what I wouldn't give for the couple of million he's asking...) and also really enjoyed the planetarium of the soul. I was dissapointed by 'Lost and Found: Jim Lee' though, as I'd already read about this project and had high hopes but I found it a bit shallow in the end, and the editing really got on my wick.

I really like the print - it's gone straight in my 'To Be Put Up When I Move' collection. It's by Geoff McFetridge, a californian artist well know i the graphics community - I strongly suggest you check out his other work here : championdontstop.com

(As an aside, he get's even more props because he did some stuff for Whitest Boy Alive, who I'm a big fan of)

The printed element of the mag is well laid out, clean and sparse. Cracking. It looks to only be run by 2 staff - Editor and Publisher Fabio Sebastinelli, plus Design and Art Directors - Thorbjorn Ankerstjerne and Mr Sebastinelli again.

For more info see file-magazine.com

I picked mine up at Magma as is often the case, but there's a good bit on the FILE site showing lots of places to grab it so keep an eye out.







Chris Bourke Lino Prints




So this tatty envelope arrived in the post and I couldn't for the life of me reckon what was in it. When I opened it I realised it was a set of postcard prints I'd ordered from my favourite lino cutter (and cracking skateshop owner) Chris Bourke.

They're great - hand printed small lino cards on a rought stock - they really appeal to the DIYscenester in me!

They where only a fiver too, so get yourself over t' his page and get some ordered. The one below is one of my favourite pieces. This wee one will have to do me until I can get a real print. I think that can be a treat for the new house....

chrisbourkeart.com


Monday, 13 April 2009

+1 - Issue 11



Watcha! I thought I'd give the new +1 a write up again, though I must admit I did pick it up a few days ago.

First of all, I LOVE the cover! It's got the now heavily bearded, ex-Bill actor Jeff Stewart (also a percussionist doncha know?!) in some cer-azee get up! It's an excerpt from the Issue's fashion shoot, which is exceptionally shot and all good fun.

As with all the other +1's this issue carries on in what intellectual types have started to call 'post-Document' style, all light-hearted quips and positivity. It's a great read yet again.

The 'Surf and Turf' article about a film currently being produced named 'God Went Surfing with the Devil' is great - a nice conversational interview and some cracking pics from said film. Can't wait t see that.

(You can read more about that procject in +1 and also here: godwentsurfing.com)

Big up on exposing yet another great photographer - Ross McDonnell (no web link though?) in this case - I hope this continues every issue... and when I submit my portfolio I hope you remember these glowing reviews!

Although now condensed to one page, I laughed out loud yet again at the Overrated/Underrated section (yer not wrong about Belle and Sebastian lads!) and the Going Postal and new 'Cookery' section are a good giggle too. There's also a pretty interesting article on the burgeoning independent (I'm loathe t call it 'indie') craft scene in which my girlfriend and I have been known t dip our toes. Small world.

There is a BUT though - this issue has more adverts, and although many are skate related, a few are frankly shit... and seemed to be aimed at a pretty condescending 'alternative' market - might I suggest you boot them or at least get them t tidy up their artwork. I know you've got t pay for it somehow but what on earth is that 'Urban Industry' advert - "Wow let's appeal to the kids by doing a lomo-esque photo of a train station" - I almost gipped.

Anyhoo, very minor gripe aside, it's another great read exposing some really interesting people and a having a good laugh too. Keep on keepin' on gang.









plus1mag.com

Monday, 6 April 2009

The Ride Journal - Issue 2



It's back!

So after realising a few weeks ago that the first one wasn't a one off I've been waiting with baited breath for the next one. And worth the wait it has been too!

It kicks off with another great cover illustration from 'Mark and ilovedust' and follows the same layout as the previous issue -basically a page of writing and musing from someone touched by cycling on the right page faced by a piece of artwork - -often by the writer, sometimes not.

Highlights for me this time are the 'Going Down the Hub' article by Mike Duff (how much do I want to visit 'Mud Dock' in Bristol now?!), the '74 Mountaingrove Road' photoessay by Robert Sargent, 'One Track Mind' by the mighty mighty Hoy and the chance to discover Eric Reagan's photos on flickr. It's just as beautiful as the last issue though - a heavy tome with all the writing very well written and by some surprising names and people I've never heard of, with really great artwork.

It covers the full spectrum of bikes and cycling again, so there's bound to be something to interest you. The main point however is that it'll make you want to keep reading but also put it straight down and jump on your bike, and meet other people on their bikes and talk about being on bikes... and that's surely the best thing about it.

Nice on guys.




Again I got mine from Magma in Manchester but check the website if you're stuck - theridejournal.co.uk

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

C'mon Photoshop...

A nice shiny new computer is sat on my desk, and there's a beautiful set of pics of issue 2 of a certain journal sat on my camera - so after this weekend's photoshop retrieval mission there'll be a nice shiny new post!

See you then