Articles from the Boston Compass



originally published in the May Boston Compass (#52)

Imagine an entire day of zine-related workshops hosted by some DIY dignitaries while table upon table of self-published sustenance is available for the public to peruse and purchase… Hush, hush sweet children. The Hassle is here to make all your dreams come true! June 2014 welcomes our first ever NEW ENGLAND ZINE FEST!! We’re looking at all you Zine Machines out there to represent your corner of the Northeast! Bring your zines and good vibes to this epic event and get to know your like-minded neighbors! All you gotta do is reach out and touch somebody at [email protected] -CEEK
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Picking up a copy of the COMPASS you might think “WOW! These folks really got their act together!” It is a beautiful thing. We love it. We hope you love it. However, you should know that currently, a mere handful of volunteers distribute the Compass stacks you find at cafes, clubs, shows etc… That system is just unsustainable. We have designed a new system and made it easier to help spread the love. Over the next couple months we’ll feature a map with numbered circles where we currently distribute. Do you live or work near one of these circles? Could you spare a half-hour each month to drop Compasses at a few (5-10) places? Join the brand new Distro team! ([email protected]). – James Moore
This is a shout out to all film students and professionals working in the Boston area. We wish you good luck! This goes especially the students who are preparing their final projects right now. We’re talking (5/2) SMFA GRADUATE STUDENT THESIS FILMS @MFA & (5/17) BU MA FINE ART THESIS FILMS @BU. We want to see YOUR movie. Are you setting up a screening that you want people to attend? We’d be happy to let people know about your event. Email us info at: [email protected] – Ariel Shvartsman
Boston Hassle Seeks Social Media Assistance
Do you have a passion for uniting masses of weirdos and freaks? Well hashtag extraordinaires – here’s looking at you, #kids. The Hassle wants, nah, needs YOU to help our Twitter and Instagram accounts rock. From sharing links to Boston Hassle web posts to posting pics of Boston Hassle shows to retweeting pics of Siberian Huskies, we’ve got lots for you to do and welcome you to the crew. Pithy wordsmiths and/or passionate photogs should get at one of our weekly meetings or e-mail [email protected] if interested. -Sarah MoylanScreen shot 2014-05-07 at 1.43.55 AM
Those dastardly fun noise boys in DESIGNER are back from crazy tour time with a brand new 7” PRETTY BOY MYSTERIOUS on JP’s own BUFU Records. This hot slab of wax slobbers and grinds right out the gate, pounding away at your bloody eardrums with the manic groove of a dog with a bone dripping with lysergic acid. Incoherent psycho babble bubbles and foams as the zombie funk punk groove steadily tightens like a vicious vice. Its all fun and games for these pretty punk goons. Pick one up at your local record store or on the interwebs at -Chris Collins
Totally Not Over “Over It”: Fleabite’s New Tape & Spring Tour
Bugs come out when it gets warm, and as we settle into Spring, crackly-pop powerhouse FLEABITE is making some shit happen in a big way. The band will join their Western, MA sistren Pottymouth for a week of shows extending over a westward stretch of the U.S, starting 5/10, while simultaneously dropping their first tape via Brooklyn queer & girl-punk institution Puzzle Pieces Records. Their snarky short player “Over It” is 6 tracks of bubbly, moody pop and roll that balance the feel-good with the feel-weird in perfect turn. Pick it up at a show or record store of proper repute. – Zach Peckham
Immerse yourself in grimy dust-bowl Americana and brush up on your ancient mythology at the same time. OBERON Artists in Residence LIARS & BELIEVERS bring experimental music theatre and invisible monsters to Harvard Square this month. ICARUS, their latest fable, takes the notorious myth (wings, wax, and flying too close to the sun — you know the one), sets it in a Depression-era traveling sideshow, then twists it ‘til it’s not Greek anymore. You’ll get your fill of fiddle-and accordion-fueled song, specialty moonshine drinks, carny magic, junkyard puppetry, and yes, flying. 5/1-5/11 7PM $25-$35 @OBERON – Rusty Vineyard
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Did you know BOSTON HASSLE has a website? Well now you do. They are now recruiting Boston’s finest front end devs to bless this mess. Experience in wordpress is the prime directive; theming, custom post types, databases, the whole_enchalada. HTML + CSS isn’t enough these days, hackers need experience in responsive development and you have to BYOJS (bring your own javascript). Huge bonus if you’ve worked in information architecture, have a design background, and practice version control. Work with a small self-motivated team to help build and maintain the next iteration of EMAIL BostonHassle@Gmail – Kyle Goines
Boston Touches Down In Austin, TX For PsychFest ’14
Sure you’ve heard of the silk road, but what about the PSYCH road? No? Well, it’s being built. Double XL pipeline style straight from Boston to the faraway rhyming city of Austin and dumping out its heady contents at AUSTIN PSYCH FEST 5/2-5/4. Familiars Quilt, Doug Tuttle, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Perhaps will rep our city with flying colors on the national frontlines of trippy and garage-borne noise. We’re stoked to see so many of our homies going south to share in this festivular celebration of the craft. And obviously to show ‘em how we do. – Zach Peckham

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