The appearance of the very small Chickpea Magazine is a welcome sight for periodical-loving herbivores. While there are vegan-friendly glossies out there, Chickpea ups the ante. It’s available only in limited runs and feels more like a small seasonal cookbook than other mags you’ll find on stands. The summer edition — full of vegan ice cream and cool drink recipes — is available online for preview now at chickpeamagazine.com, and is running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund future issues.
A Place to Bury Strangers — a New York noise band high up on my imaginary top-20 band list — dropped their latest record this week, Onwards to the Wall. It’s the first since their jaw-dropping 2009 effort, Exploding Head, an album that gave me chills up and down my spine for days after hearing it. Onwards is just as gorgeous of a rock album, filled with all that great loin-tingling bass that makes APTBS so recognizable.
You wouldn’t have Modest Mouse, the Gossip or Built to Spill without the punk rock ideals of Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records — a label that started with a humble mixtape in 1982 and still releases music today. Former Willamette Week music editor Mark Baumgarten releases his book, Love Rock Revolution, that tracks the history of K Records from the clubs of London to Washington, D.C. hardcore bands, and all the way to the Pacific Northwest.