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NEWS AND NODS: Zine Fest, Punk Rock Swap, Sediment Club US Tour and MORE!!


This article was originally published in the August Compass

What’s Cooler Than Cold Brew Delivery? Nothing, Probably.
Not everybody digs coffee, but for some of us the sweet, life-giving nectar is simply crucial to our daily function. If you’re in the latter category, then pay some dang attention to 1369 Coffeehouse. The Central Square beanjuice drippery is running their ICED COFFEE DELIVERY SERVICE all summer long–transporting GROWLERS (64oz.) of cold-brewed black gold via bicycle to near-any location in Cambridge, Somerville, or Back Bay for LE$$ than a weekful of daily purchases. Some science: cold brew coffee, having never been heated, is empirically proven to be smoother than smooth, colder than cold, coffeeier than coffee. Perhaps. Order at -Zach Peckham
Sediment Club Slays the Rare Beast: Full US Tour in August
Our cadence laden detritus trio SEDIMENT CLUB are taking their tottering gut punches and dissonant digs on the road for a full-on August & change. How blowes the winde, Syr? Up, down & all around goes it, with a veritable criss-crossing, apple-saucing of our governing body’s bio-parameters, coming to near-fruition 9/7 @DEEP THOUGHTS. A pledge of new material and unmanageable enthusiasm hath been laid before us; may they stand, slouch, writhe & deliver in the waning days of sleepaway camp. Access The Club’s blogging spot for the completist’s collection of dates & locales. -Anthony Richards

Futuristic Shredding & Future-Occurring Tour from LAIR
LAIR is a guitar and drum duo salvaged from debris of that most towering of prog-flavored Boston noise structures, Arvid Noe. Building ripping, riffing, challenging yet lush experimental rock with a heavy dollop of the ol’ electrified sauerKraut on top, LAIR is exciting as all getout to nerd-denizens of the weird punk & roll realm and beyond (me, us, and you, boo). A self-titled LP is out this month via Surveillance Investments, recorded by the ever-disarming Mark Fede. Find LAIR’s Debut de S/T and details of a Tour de U.S. on SI’s site: or on the phasebook. -Zach Peckham

New England Zine Fest Saturday 8/16 @Cambridge YMCA
Zine fiends UNITE at Boston Hassle’s first annual NEW ENGLAND ZINE FEST! Guaranteed to be a veritable buffet of self-published morsels and monuments. It’s FREE so you can trade more paper at 30 tables worth of personal, creative print endeavors. Learn from local DIY dignitaries PAPERCUT ZINE LIBRARY, TRIFECTA EDITIONS, and NOTHING MATTRESS’ BRIAN CONNOLLY as they lead rad workshops. And find the ZINE QUEEN’S Make-Your-Own-Zine workshop up in the balcony of this enchanting venue. Sit down and read into a daydream or breeze around and browse the scene. Either way it’ll be serene being ensconced in New England zines. -CEEK/SP

Able, Idle Hands, We Got Some Tasks For You To Grasp
The entirely volunteer-run organization that produces this newspaper, along with the comprehensive underground music and area nightlife blog Boston Hassle, AND organizes over a dozen DIY shows a month could actually use more creative, dedicated minds to make these great things happen. WHAT WE LACK: Artist Coordinator (managing and commissioning visual artists to get busy), Funds Wrangler (scheming to keep the newspaper from folding), Promo Pusher (spreading the word about upcoming shows), Street Team Lazer Beam (plan and carry out a campaign of turning people on, in the streets) and more. Idle hands, reach out and hang on. -Sam Potrykus
What Are You Waiting For? Get In On Compass Distro!
Rethink the phrase “in a tight spot.” The Compass aims to be in EVERY tight spot, every month. Could be a sweet retail shop, a nice cafe, a venue of some kind, any place the culture hungry freaks frequent. But wherever they be, to truly be all up in the right joints every month we need more hands on deck. Make it your thing, meet friendly folks, get to know the city and all that. It feels good to connect with people out there and this is one heck of a way. Do you live in JP? Allston? Cambridge? or Somerville? Hey me too! Let us unite our neighborhoods with free, independent press -Sam Potrykus

PUNK ROCK SWAP MEET In JP, Every Sunday in August
August is the last month to bandy over the loot turning over at the weekly PUNK ROCK SWAP MEET in JP. The spot and thus, the goods, are squirreled away nearby @Green Street T. LOOK for SIGNS. Buy! Sell! Trade! Free spots for vendors. Bring a table if you want. You’ll find Zines, clothing, gear and other useful refuse. Plus new local and international punk and hardcore items (records, patches, posters) every week! Bring food to grill and share! All are welcome. Every Sunday until Sept. Starts ‘round noon, ends ‘round 6. Don’t miss out.

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