1. East Village Eye, digital reissue
The East Village Eye, a monthly mag that profiled avant garde and popular culture from 1979 to 1987, is digitally releasing its entire archive (72 issues) for anyone’s viewing pleasure. The Eye featured several iconic players at the very beginnings of their stardom such as Iggy Pop, Beastie Boys, Afrika Bamabaataa, David Lynch, and Barbara Kruger.
The Eye was, allegedly, the first publication that printed the word “hip-hop” which only examples just how on top of the game the staffers were there. They already posted ten full issues on their website, only teasing the reader for more. Bask in the nostalgia.
2. Books, books, books, read free online
Speaking of free things to read online, I recently came across a gigantic list of free classic literature that is available to read online. Most titles from the list are available on either Planet eBook or ePub So, get ready to check off that summer reading list because this website will have you stocked.
Some titles I selected on the list specifically are The Great Gatsby, A Clockwork Orange and 1984. Browse through the websites though and you’ll find new, old and bizarre titles that will keep you occupied all summer long.
Now I am all for the look, feel, smell, etc. of an actual book, but this opportunity is too grand to pass up. Read on.
3. Creator of GIF confirms it’s actually pronounced JIF, news
This year’s Webby Lifetime Achievement award went to Steven Wilhite, the creator of the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). Instead of reciting an acceptance speech in the vain of Sally Field, he simply displayed a GIF that read “It’s pronounced JIF not GIF” (typical digital pioneer) and *silence* the social media goes wild.
While I’ve struggled with this pronunciation for as long as I’ve known what a GIF was, I am appeased that the man who started them all clarified things. The Times released a pretty compelling article explaining the linguistics of the pronunciation and all that jazz, but, as stated before, what’s wronged is righted. Pass the peanut butter.
4. Dreams in the Rat House by Shannon and the Clams, new album
Another album that’s been on constant rotation at the Duck this is week is by 60s ballad spewin’, Oakland, CA dwellin’ trio Shannon and the Clams. These tunes are totally awesome and whirl around valley corridors with compliments of androgynous vocals and riffs that wash away into the foamy waters.
While the album art is totally insane, the songs themselves travel a different route than past 7” releases of the band. With tracks similar to their ultimate jam “I Wanna Go Home” this album proves, yet again, their never-ending ability to combine a fuzzy ballad vocale with classic 60s quips and clangs.
If you’re interested, they’re playing in Detroit with Mikal Kronin at the Lager House on Wednesday, June 12.
5. Robin Williams throws shade toward Kim Kardashian, tweet
That’s all for this week. Happy Memorial Day!