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Blip Magazine Back Issues Now Archived!

I was one of the many readers of Blip Magazine who got overwhelmed when the publication put up its back issues online. Largehearted Boy reported about this few days ago and I was behind the news until I visited Blip’s blog earlier. It is astonishing to browse through the magazine’s great deal of volumes with the oldest dating back in 1995 when Volume !was first released April of that year and I was not writing anything back then. The most recent they have in their archive section is Volume 16 from 2009.

Blip magazine is an online literary magazine led by Frederick Barthelme who started the project after his stint at Mississippi Review. Blip magazine accepts contribution from its readers by submitting their work to the site contacting the assigned editors in the Upcoming section. With guest editors assigned each release, Blip magazine has been consistent in delivering impeccable servings of fiction, poetry, opinion and essays both in and out of its community in Mississippi. Its latest, Fall 2011 Issue, is now available at the site. Enjoy!


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Awesome Tapes From Africa Music Blog As A Record Label, Soon!

Brian Shimkovitz’s ultra-awesome music blog that stocks up African music like no other, Awesome Tapes From Africa, will release records beginning October 18, announced through the blog’s page.

It plans to benefit the artists involved in the record rather than Mediafire-ing everything which will surely bring better opportunities to his amazing finds in creating an alternative music for people who look for a different chill-out waves without hype. For its initial release, La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3 recorded in 1982 by Mali’s Nâ Hawa Doumbia will be distributed.

For more information, head over to the blog and/or like it on Facebook. If you fancy African music, Village Voice run them down for you here.

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Google Celebrates Takashi Murakami in its “First Day of Summer”

Finally getting the acclaim he deserves, modern Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s piece gets to be the featured art work in today’s Google page. Celebrating the longest day of the year with most daylight, Murakami’s doodle brightens up the white page with its characters seen in his “Kaikaikik News” and “The Double Helix Reversal” and those colorful grinning flowers in “Flower Ball.” The pink sun in the middle is Murakami’s signature quasi- minimalist style, both intriguing and entertaining at the same time.

Enjoy his work here.

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Cover Art: Gregory Euclide’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver

One of the pleasures of owning a physical LP is its aesthetics, the value it gives the owner in having that piece of music related to the tangibility of its worth. This series “Cover Art” explores one of the author’s obsessions connected to music- how an artist epitomizes musician’s vision through visuals, or explicates it to the extent of carrying its own flag separate from the music.

Museum of Arts and Design’s Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities gather attention since its opening this June not only due to wide collection of works in the exhibit which are, in their own respect, “otherworldly” beautiful; pieces that challenge human sensibilities through visual representations of imagine worlds and alternative visions of this world, but also because of a figure currently gaining notoriety among music fans due to his recent work. When Bon Iver showed to the world the cover of his soon-to-be released (not self-titled!) Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Gregory Euclide owned us.

Ironically named “Untitled,” this intricate, astonishing work graces the cover of Bon Iver’s third record and not in any way bears quality to be titled as such. Due to Euclid’s admitted dislikeness to flat paintings, he made this “alive” cover using dirt, moss, geranium, pencil cones and even snow. Actually, most of his recent output have been installations and meant to be a continuous piece where the owner has to nurture the art and even at times have to water it.

Being one of the first to listen to the record, in an interview with myloveforyou he said that the cover for this LP and for the single “Calgary” (and presumably the sleeves) are all made specifically upon Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver lead singer) request.

Working as an art instructor in a high school in Minnesota since 2001, he took his Master in Fine Arts in Minneapolis College of Art and Design back in 2008. He did more than five solo exhibits and in David B. Smith Gallery in Denver twice. According to him, Smith supports his vision of cultivating a public space, and a progressive one, for his work. And this he considers one of his best assets apart from innumerable exposure in publications and varied collections.

His love of the land, the outdoors and the place he grew up in Wisconsin shows in his work. In Bon Iver, Bon Iver, it seems he has made a map of a town, from a childhood memory he cherishes or a reflection of the future, only he knows. But upon listening to the record, the mind travels in this lands; by and by with bare hands  and feet and later the entire experience of Gregory’s dirty, otherworldly beautiful universe, and at this time it can be ours, too.

Follow his Bon Iver album documentation here.

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The Fall

I did it head first

hitting the waves right when it hit the rocks

they glisten against the sun

they snarl toward my guts.

and the blood

quickly swallows the water’s blue

simmering of the heat

glowing from my broken skin.

in this simple feat

my body shone brightly scarlet deep

for a moment I felt

shortly I conquered your sea.

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