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SAUSAGE FIESTA is hot & ready for sale, visit Tinysplendor.com

From the dinner table, to the metaphorical, and to the beyond, this zine is a celebration / collaboration of the meat cased intestine that we all love!

"The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it." 
~ Lawrence J. Peter

Contributers: Ari Bird, Vivian Fu, Sanaa Khan, Louise Leong, Laurel Maha, Cynthia Navarro, Max Stadnik, Kenneth Srivijittakar

48 HOUR COUNTDOWN

Silva Rerum will be in full effect at the Detroit Art Book Fair, selling lots of goodies. With handmade journals, old faves and new arrivals from tinysplendor, uglyducklingpresse, pleasurezine, phonehomepress, Siglio Press, Gigantic, J&L Books, NewLights Press, we. are. pretty. pumped.

See you there (and at the after party — ask us where if you stop by this weekend)!

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In the heart of Fruitville, Oakland, Lexagon (Alexa Burrell), plays sweet electronic melodies to classical sounds that vibrate the walls of her cozy apartment. Her album, Electric Meats, is inspired by the simplicity of meat consumption, our own bodily flesh and system and the complex sciences behind piezoelectricty. Get to know Alexa and her music at soudcloud.com/lexagon

Buy and support here!

What started the love of making music?

Music has been a part of my life since age old times. My father is a drummer and sax player and has always had instruments cluttering up the house. I remember how  he would play sax in the tunnel at Golden Gate Park while my sister and I roller skated through the reverberations. Music was an escape from an otherwise highly sheltered and religious upbringing and I always felt like it was a type of freedom otherwise inaccessible. I  picked up the clarinet when I was 9 and have been playing ever since.

What brought you to electronic music?

I was became interested in electronic music in high school when a friend showed me Fruity Loops. I loved how quickly ideas could become tracks and was instantly fascinated by the opportunities at hand. Then my high school friends and I started a noise band by the name of “Black Crow Fernando and the Cosmic Clambake Orchestra” . We sucked and didn’t develop anything, Just a lot of drones and thrashes through a delay pedal, but I found the free-spirited nature of our jams refreshing when compared to  my experience as a clarinetist in wind ensembles. Then college happened and I discovered the Electronic Music minor in the music department.  The director, Peter Elsea along with guest lecturers  Max Mathews and Jon Appleton inspired me to expand my notions of music, performance and composition. 

How does your traditional practice influence the electronic music you make now?

The clarinet is my musical backbone. I use the technicalities I’ve learned from playing clarinet to execute other ways of making music, or just bust it out to rock a melody that’s been floating in my head all day.  I love its earthy timbre and I believe it’s inspired my vocal exploration with new formants like pitch bends, articulation and throat singing. I often use excerpts from classical clarinet sheet music and “sample” them into a live loop jam or composition. I prefer “covering” samples as to  cutting up someone else’s recordings from vinyl. 

I’ve also been influenced by the musical arrangements of classical music compositions. I love the separation of voices in traditional music and I try to maintain that when working electronically. 

What inspired the title Electric Meats?

Honestly, I can’t say. It been a long time coming. I’ve had a meat fixation for a while though.  From the ages of 8 to 21, I was a disciplined vegetarian.  I was very sensitive. My sister made me cry one time by telling me that the blueberries in my pie were babies and I was a berry murderer. Then I met some friends in college that got me into meat. I felt amazing. Reborn rather. Hot links, why you so good to me?! I think  bioelectricity is a big deal. We need to remind ourselves that we be resonating, magnetic meat sacks.  Visualizing that is fucking incredible to me. I don’t know what’s more awesome. I think  Antipop Consortium’s “Born Electric” track had some influence too.

What’s your most random habit?

I love to smell my knuckles when I’m concentrating or nervous. It’s weird. I’m over being ashamed about it and I certainly have no desire to quit the habit. I just smell soo good.

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FLORA & FLORA ZINE NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY AT TINYSPLENDOR.COM ($5 + shipping)

A colorful folio of floral forms! These illustrations by Kenneth Srivijittakar and Sanaa Khan are inspired by depictions of flora found in flash tattoo art, turn-of-the-century letterpress ornaments, canned goods labels, Indian miniature border motifs, William Morris wallpaper patterns, Japanese woodblocks, sari prints, and geometric patterns. Risograph printed in Los Angeles in 5 colors. 

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FROGKNOT IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY AT TINYSPLENDOR.COM! - $8 + Shipping

This full-size magazine is an amphibious ode to frog and toad heroes past and present. Written by Dara Khan and drawn by Sanaa Khan, it leaps from satire to poetry to short-fiction, complete with illustrations.

The Khan siblings grew up on the antics of Mr. Toad of The Wind in the Willows, Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad, Jim Henson’s Kermit, Pete Seeger’s Foolish Frog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Genghis Frog, and Mr. and Mrs. Bighead of Rocko’s Modern Life. Dara’s favorite short story is “Super-Frog Saves Tokyo” by Haruki Murakami. 

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