No Ivy League is the story of Hazel, a homeschooled teenager venturing into the world with her first job working for the Portland Parks Department. Her idealistic outlook hits her sheltered life head-on as she is confronted by culture gaps within her coworkers, embarrassment, harassment and a gorgeous 32-year-old boss. Written and drawn by Hazel Newlevant, No Ivy League is a 3 issue series.
Retro Slam Jam is the weekly episodic television program for Wrestling Alliance Entertainment. Nineteen Ninety-Two was a banner year for kayfabe, but just as there was Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Randy Savage there was also Big Joe Reddy, Bobby Gaines, and Uncle Sammy. Follow the action-packed world of old school professional wrestling week to week and issue to issue, brother. Written and drawn by Blake Sims, Retro Slam Jam is a 4 issue series
Organechs is a series of six short albums released on cassette. Each part of the series features music by a different band of artists and a visual piece by James Moore. Why are these albums collected together? I think it is cool.
No seriously, that is why I am doing this is - because I think it is cool. Last fall I had the idea to book a show, but instead of playing live the bands would play on tape. People have been doing this for years and that it was called "a record label", I realized later.
Four of the bands are local, and two of them are from out of town. Each is similar in aesthetics and influence to another, but also entirely different from some. If you like one band then there is an 85% chance (roughly) you will like 66% of them all, which if you think about it aren't bad numbers.
The artists are Trabajo (sampled world music - Queens, NY), Cigarette (quiet psychedelia - Washington, DC), Palm (progressive song collages - Hudson, NY), Palberta (no wave bounce - Brooklyn, NY), Big Neck Police (experimental skater punk - Brooklyn, NY) and the Sediment Club (absurdist grunge - Providence, RI). Album art by James Moore.
The cassettes are due out June 12th, and all six bands are performing a release party at Shea Stadium, but you can preorder them or buy downloads on my website or Bandcamp. To listen to all the cassettes in one place in order I made a giant SoundCloud playlist with everything on it.