nictate your membranes for the barrel nut issue #10!

July 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
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The Barrel Nut issue 10 cover

Confidants, low-rollers, members of the 50-copies legion!  The editor is proud to groan sleepily that the latest issue of The Barrel Nut has arrived and that a double figure issue count has been reached.  Blimey!  The reviews of the previous issue are in:

That’s some classic mail art shit right there.

…says PJM of the awesome Node Pajomo fanzine (paper/post only folks) and dare I say this issue rattles the bars even harder.

RFM co-writer and hep cat Joe Murray takes the first two pages to cut-up jazz/beat style with some discombobulating appropriation.  Funny, poignant, rug-tugging.  The centre spread sees Nut-fave Yol present a percussive illustration/text score set comprising of one word/sound.  Could be a transcription of a recent performance for TV remote control and laminate floor by my son Thomas.  Finally we have contrasting photographs – one a glorious evocation of freedom through art caught by Gary Simmons of Hiroshima Yeah! fanzine, the other a mysterious, possibly squalid, record of Mirfield detritus taken by Paul Walsh of foldhead and early hominids.  Who knows, eh?

For anyone new to this momentary distraction, here’s some dog-eared explanatory bumpf:

The Barrel Nut is a microzine – a single sided, single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel, A7 pamphlet. Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past. I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be so inclined then you are very welcome to download and print out your own. Links to the latest issue in jpeg and pdf formats are below (you’ll need to trim the print-out a bit down one edge to make it fold properly). Some more context, assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on The Barrel Nut’s own page (tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed. Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions). Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal. Please get in touch.

As ever, I’m proud to bring this to your attention. A fun issue, I think.  Contributors and subscribers will be receiving copies in the post in due course. A bunch will be distributed by the redoubtable Hiroshima Yeah! fanzine.  Links to downloadable versions below, as promised.

I’m in the lovely position of having a few contributions for future issues in hand but submissions always brighten the day.  If you like this little project then please feel free to send me something.  C’mon – get the crayons out and remember to ask an adult for help with the scissors.  Dada safe, kids.

The Barrel Nut issue #10 as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #10 as a jpeg file

urban organic morphologies: publications by michael clough

July 2, 2014 at 9:32 am | Posted in art | 1 Comment
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Michael Clough – Urban Organic Morphologies (A7 booklet, card covers, 8 colour plates, miniMA)

Michael Clough – For Alvin Lucier (1969) (A5 booklet, 16 pages, card covers, miniMA)

Michael Clough – Private XXX Magazines Soho London (A6 booklet in paper bag, 16 fold-out double-size pages, card covers, miniMA, edition of 5)

clough coversclough urban inner 2clough urban inner 1clough urban inner 3clough lucier introclough lucier interiorclough private coverclough private fold out 2clough private fold out 1clough private inner

Sample extracts concluded.  No words needed from me.  Contact Clough directly via to secure copies of these intriguing objects.

For more photography see his magnificent tumblr stream here.

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