12.27.2006

Probably Not to be Missed

Seriously.

Obsessions: Magazine Top Ten

Ok, so It's the first day back to work after Christmas for me and I was up until 2:00am with my nose buried in a computer game (don't ask which one, you won't be impressed and you won't say, "ah, I play/played that!") where it's been since Monday morning and I gotta say, I'm a bit shell shocked. The frost on my car window this morning didn't help. Standing there shivering in my new Christmas clothes and very cute leopard skin peep-toe heels while I scrape ice off the window with a credit card (maxed out) and numb fingers is something I'd be totally fine never experiencing again.

Anyway, the copious caffeine is kicking in now and something on my home page's headline section caught my eye: Ad Age announced it's top 10 magazine covers of 2006.

I kind of like the list, two of my favorites ended up there which are the B. Spears "About to Pop" cover for Harper's Bazaar and the "Youngish" cover for the New Yorker. (About aging hipsters? I can only guess. I just look at the pictures.)

The rest of the list is sufficiently slathered in shock and awe and plenty of snark, but what I want to know is, where are the top ten lists for consistently good design and great content?

I'm sure they're somewhere, but here's mine:

Best Overall: Ok, maybe some of you are over it, but my favorite magazine is Real Simple. They get it, and they are exactly what they say they are. Clean lines, straightforward and innovative content, balanced fashion features, and consistency. There's never any filler in this magazine, there's never anything goofy or kitschy, they have something a lot of magazines are lacking: class. Something else I like about Real Simple? Almost universal appeal. Ok, maybe not for the heterosexual male, but I don't know a single woman who, once exposed to the greatness that is RS doesn't like it. That's tough to do.

As a runner up, I'd have to say Dwell. For a broke twenty something who's never owned her own refrigerator much less a high end home boasting design and architecture of the modern persuasion, the appeal of this magazine is kind of inexplicable as I definitely don't relate to the content. Again, it's a design thing. Maybe it has to do with the paper, since both RS and Dwell use approximately the same weight and finish.

Best New Magazine: Blueprint. Following some of the same rules as Real Simple, the Martha Stewart empire launched its bi-monthly women's lifestyle magazine this fall and it's awesome. Again with the class and the good design, with content a little more specifically aimed for a slightly younger or more cosmopolitan set.

Best Redesign: I'm sticking close to home on this one. I actually can't remember if Memphis Magazine launched its redesign in early '06 or '05, but I love it deserves a place on any "Best Of" list, so it's getting one. (Plus, look for my article on raw foods diets in the January issue!)

Best Fashion/Makeup: This is a hard one since I'm sure there are lots of stunning magazines out there with mind-blowing fashion and makeup spreads which I've never seen, but one of my favorites which I HAVE seen is ZINK. I think I talked a little shit about them in some post earlier this year, but with a summer fashion spread recreating scenes from The Royal Tenenbaums, I offer enthusiastic apologies for any ill will and proclaim my adoration.

Other than ZINK, it seems like a lot of regional and city publications are really strong in these areas. Any suggestions for me to check out? Nylon and Tokion are fine, but for some reason starting to seem about as generic as American Apparel to me. I need something more! (And not the $25+ per issue kind of "more".)

Best Old School Women's Magazine: There are certain classic magazine staples in every woman's mind, if not on her coffee table or discreetly tucked behind the toilet in the bathroom. You know the ones, they're the magazines our mothers read and sometimes our mother's mothers. I happen to despise the majority of them. Redbook, Vogue, Cosmopolitan. They seem to have all gone in one of three directions as they mature: your momma's tabloid, 75%+ shiny advertising from names I'll never afford, or recycled crap issue after issue. One of the few I actually still enjoy is Harper's Bazaar. Their spreads are classy and very much haute couture, (even though they do tend to use pop/movie/music stars instead of actual models,which annoys me to no end,) with the production values of a grown up magazine with some money to spend. The layout is still tending towards cluttered and the content mostly either kind of blah or totally recycled, nothing very innovative, but the dose of high fashion in an otherwise kind of low-brow world makes it worth it.

Best Shopping Magazine: Lucky. I love this magazine, even though I don't shop all that much. (Unless we're talking about odd vintage collectible office machines or magazines.) Their covers are without fail cheesy and uninspired, but what's inside is not. Plus, their beauty editor is one of my new favorite people and can be one of yours, too, if you read Free Gift With Purchase by Jean Godfrey-June.

And now, getting a jump on the old Oh-Seven, here's a secret: he best new launch of the year will be [insert drum roll here] Pulpfaction Magazine! Just a little FYI.

12.26.2006

RIP

12.22.2006

Christmas Bonus: Flyers For You and Yours

12.21.2006

The world according to magazines and dog shows.

Let me start this by stating a sentiment I'm sure is on everyone's mind: I have been going insane.

Between Christmas and bad traffic with all the blue hairs on the road and editing dog show video and working on the magazine, I haven't had time to sleep much less do any of the things I've been suggesting lately. Hope you're faring better in this fine season.

A brief update on the magazine: Realizing it was not exactly fair to ask my unpaid associates to keep working when they're all pulling their hair out over Decemberness, I've laid off a bit. But mind you, the whip is raised and ready to fall on the second day of January! We are definitely on-track for our February debut issue. I'm going to continue to blog articles from what was once the December issue, and these will be compiled for those of you awaiting media kits.

And now, go out and have some fun. Maybe drink a margarita for me or something.

12.19.2006

MC5 Tonight @ HiTone

Via The Memphis Scene (I'm all about stealing other people's informative information):

The long-running Tuesday night beer bust at the Hi-Tone has been completely revamped. Oh, sure, you can still sip on all the draught Pabst Blue Ribbon you can handle for just $5, but instead of the '80s hits with deejays Piper and Stevan, the concept now is Rock and Roll Drive-In, featuring concert films from bands like Judas Priest (last week) and MC5 (this week). After the film, The Hook Up drops heavy tunes from his massive record collection. (10 p.m.; no cover)

Thursday in Flyers

First:

And then later:<br>

And trust me, if you missed Girls of the Gravitron last week, it is a unique experience worth experiencing at least once in your lifetime. I have a feeling they'll be even more fascinating at Murphy's.

Memphis Christmas Podcast

From The Other Rachel:

This week's podcast is all Christmas music with my special guest Jamie Randolph.

This episode features music by Aimee Mann, Death Cab For Cutie, Michael W Smith, John Williams, Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel, Paul McCartney, Sufjan Stevens, Fiona Apple, and an accoustic Christmas jam from Jamie Randolph.

Lenght: 01:17:05
File Size: 70.5 MB

This podcast was made possible by the very generous folks at: Best of.jpg

Check Jamie Randolph out on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/jamiesolo

Jamie is playing two shows this week:
Thursday night at The Hitone (10PM)
Friday night at Otherlands (All Ages - 8PM)

12.15.2006

From our friends at WEVL:

Tomorrow - Sat. 12/16: Limes perform live on "Pajama Party" with Shawn Cripps, Harlan T. Bobo, Paul Buchignani & George Reyes. 4 pm CST at 89.9 FM or online at wevl.org.

This Thursday 12/21: Harlan T. Bobo returns for his Third Annual Christmas Radio Special, with Jonathan Kirkscey, cello, and Jessica Munson, violin. 4 pm CST at 89.9 FM or online at wevl.org.

Now, I'm off to Jackson, MS to be a dog show videographer (!) for my OTHER new business venture. (Yes, I'm a busy girl.)

By the way, tomorrow night at the Buccaneer you should go check out the Limes CD Release Party with Jeff Evans and friends. Woo hoo!

(sooo much cooofffeeee....)

A few of my favorite things.

Check out some Memphis artists and vendors for the gift shopping you STILL haven't done. (It's ok, I'm not hating. I haven't done any of mine yet.)

New jewelry by local artist Lynette May at bleu-lulu.com

More soon!

12.14.2006

PulpFaction Magazine Sneak Peek

In the interest of timely news, I've decided to release this piece on the condition that you read it, and go to the Girls of the Gravitron show tonight.--Ed.

The Kol Kazalok/PulpFaction Drunk Interview

(An experiment.)

PulpFaction: What are your hobbies? Kol Kazalok: I like surfin’ the Web and hangin’ with my bros.

Your bros? Mostly myself. I like going to the drive in by myself.

Ok. So what about this new album you just released? It’s four discs, all home recordings I did in September. It’s called Nehl Cloete Presents His Somhain Collection.

What does Somhain mean? It’s a misspelling of the band Samhain, which is also a term for the fall equinox. I guess for me this album kind of ushered in fall and brought on the sub equinox.

What did you wear when you recorded this? Mostly my bikini briefs, because I did a lot of it in the morning.

Is the morning best? It has the most energetic, still-kind-of-dreaming mood. And the ones I did at night were all when I was still kind of drunk. Because I have to lose some inhibitions, you know. If you listen through all four discs, you can tell that that’s sometimes a good thing and sometimes a bad thing. There’s a lot of songs you can just go ahead and skip if it doesn’t work for you.

So you kind of have a quantity over quality thing going on? Yeah, I kind of banked on it. I mean, quantity of hits. Solid gold hits.

Tell me about Kimberly. Kimberly’s this girl I met in Detroit when we were on tour. She was just such a paradigm for a certain type of person. She’s the first uber woman in history. Of course, in a figurative sense. A lot of the album is about her coming into being and overcoming all the obstacles in the world.

Any other themes? One other thing intertwined. Sort of. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. So there’s this porn star named Violet Blue and then there’s this secret society which is sort of a magic secret society of the Mason’s and it’s historically all male but she was a member so it’s kind of like feminism or metafeminism, too. They’re kind of doing the right thing.

Ok. Why do you like feminists? I don’t really. It’s just that the Kimberlies and the Violet Blues of the world are the most powerful and the most feared, so it’s more about respect than anything.

Cole Winethrop is also Nehl Cleote and Kol Kazalok. Look for him with Girls of the Gravitron at at the HiTone tonight, December 14, 2006 and pick up his latest releases, Girls of the Gravitron self-titled debut and Nehl Cloete Presents His Somhain Collection online and at Goner Records.

12.13.2006

More bang for your Thursday buck.

Show of the Week.

12.12.2006

Judas Priest Goes to Memphis.

12.11.2006

Come see me get my picture taken.

Show up at the Pirates' show tonight and watch me get my picture taken for the Memphis Flyer interview about PulpFaction Magazine! Oh, the excitement! The Pirates @ the Hi Tone, 9pm, $5.00

The JBJ Residency.

12.10.2006

The Winter Syndrome Part IV

This is part four, because I've posted three previous entries in my MySpace blog, heinous whiny things, under the same title. You see, every year around my birthday, which happened to be Friday, I have a minor psychological breakdown. This year, for example, I tried to buy a little house in North Memphis and got my panties in a wad because I couldn't get anyone to take me seriously. I also went to a spur of the moment interview with the admissions folk at Rhodes College. This all is symptomatic of me freaking out about getting old (I'm 22,) and feeling some need to plan for my future. Gone are the days of me being satisfied with working in restaurants and coffee shops. Gone are the days of me dropping everything and moving off to wherever and making myself sufficiently miserable that coming home doesn't seem so bad. I was one of those children that had their entire lives planned out meticulously by the time I was 8 years old. I read voraciously, studied things fanatically, was obsessed with various topics at various times, and wanted to grow up to be a politician. By the time I was 12, I had ulcers, white hair, a borderline eating disorder and was trying to figure out which medications would keep me from going insane. I had to chill out a little because it was killing me. Perhaps I have gone overboard with my somewhat "Live in the moment" mentality, but if you know me at all you know the Type A-ness rears its head and wreaks havoc on my life with some regularity and in the strangest ways. For example, I spent 6 hours in the book store the other day reading about tomatoes and soil improvement and I just ordered 14 gardening and seed catalogs which should be arriving shortly. Spring will be here before you know it.