Rampant Media Consumption – May 2015

madmax Here’s a taste of what we put in our brains last month:


This month, I put together some book and music pairings for you.

Book | Author | Artist | Album

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess pairs with Jon Hopkins Immunity 

Bikenomics by Elly Blue pairs with Bleached Ride Your Heart 

​Biopunk (A Collaborative Work) pairs with Snakadaktal Sleep In The Water​ ​

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides pairs with  Wild Nothing Nocturne​ 

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July pairs with Zero 7 When It Falls

Also, ​a new genre was born: Post-apocalyptic Feminist Action Thriller. If you haven’t seen Mad Max, it’s a MUST…but don’t bother watching the previous films if you haven’t already.



Jerry Saltz anything and everything
Dirty Beaches. Exclusively the “Badlands” album.
-My Bloody Valentine
Julia Holter
-Picasso, De Kooning, Mapplethorpe
-Patti Smith’s Just Kids (before the backpack safekeeping my copy was stolen) 
-Saw Gag play at Seattle’s Rain Fest. This was my first hardcore show. The front man came out wearing an oversized adidas tracksuit and baby mask, then he stripped naked. It was great. 10/10.


This month I’ve been finishing Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and its super-weird creepiness. I finally jumped on the Outlander boat (just the show, so far) and I’ve developed an addiction to NPR, which used to just be my husband’s thing, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Feeling so very far away from everyone I know has left this little seed of isolation, and knowing as much as possible about the world right now seems to help. On the music front, I’ve spent a lot of time time working on commute playlists full of pop-y folk music and jazzy hip-hop.


I was on tour all month and consumed the following media: 

-Jessica Hopper’s new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, which I bought at Quimby’s and read on the train home.  
-We spent about 2/3 of the tour listening to the Pillars of the Earth audiobook, which is like Game of Thrones with entrepreneurs instead of magic.
-The Hair Metal and Ozzy’s Boneyard channels on Sirius/XM, with the essential addition of my tour-mates’ commentary.


Nathan went to a bunch of book readings at Powell’s and reports back the following:

Cool reminds him of: Everything we sell :o) We are the epitome of “Rebel Cool”

Lost Boi reminds him of our Punk Fuckn Rock Superpack, Homo for the Holidays, and Portland Queer.

The Upright Thinkers makes him think of our newly-controversial Evolution magnets and stickers

How to Clone a Mammoth inspired him to have a heart-to-heart with a cat.

The Crossroads of Should and Must brings to mind Grow and How to Be Creative More Often.

My Body is Yours reminds him of the Fat is Beautiful zine, Learning Good Consent, and our Healthy Relationships superpack.

Lord Fear brought to mind G.G. Allin’s prison diary and Sober Living for the Revolution

Everything You Ever Wanted brought to mind Ariel Gore’s work, Tomas Moniz’s stuff, and The Happiness Project,

He also went to Mississippi Studios’ Best New Band Showcase and came away playing the air guitar and thinking about How Music Works