Dragnet Magazine likes to do things its own way: one of the latest online-only lit magazines to pop up in Canada—Dragnet is on Issue 3—this printless magazine not only had its own spot at Word On The Street this weekend (Word On The Web?), but edits together catchy cinematic trailers for each of its issues.
There isn’t much precedent for this that I know of, but in the world of Facebook and Twitter promotion, making a little video teaser for your quarterly’s newest issue is a pretty interesting idea. Why not make use of all of the internet’s dynamic media possibilities?
Here’s what member James Hahn has to say about the band and about the fact that lots of people seem to compare them to Elephant Six:
Band members: James Hahn, Josh Hewson, Erin Snow. The rapper we worked with on “That’s Not Us” is a sweet kid named Ben Globerman, who’d probably hate the thought of being referred to as “a sweet kid.” He now records under the name Sampson.
As for the Elephant Six influence … we get compared to Elephant Six bands more often than anything else, but have never really understood why. It’s a massive (though far from specific) compliment. There are so many great bands & writing/ recording aesthetics to choose from! In terms of our particular E6 influences, I can say that we’re all are huge fans of Neutral Milk Hotel and of Montreal, and that Erin and I really like Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples In Stereo. I’ve also got a soft-spot for Elf Power and Beulah, but who doesn’t?
All of the songs are written by Josh and myself, but Erin gets the lion’s share of the credit when it comes to their final sound. She’s also responsible for all of the artwork for the band, which—like the recording and production—is done in-house.
Our first EP, “People Trap,” can be purchased through our website: http://thatsnoblog.com/. Our second album, “Houses Of The Future Family,” will be out and for sale in the next few weeks, and we’re in the very early stages of writing/ recording our third (as of yet untitled) record.
I am a pop enthusiast, but Josh is more of a classical kid. If our sound is in any way schizophrenic, this might be why.
Fungible Smith never did find the perfect moment to ask her parents about her name. In this way she was fortunate because, whatever reasons her parents may have had for naming her as they did, it is almost impossible that their reasons were as varied, charitable, or whimsical as the ones Fungible imagined over the course of her long and varied youth.
“Hippolito: But if my soul had gone, it should have walk’d upon
A Cloud just over you, and peep’d, and thence I would have
Dorinda: But I should not have heard you, ‘tis so far.
Hippolito: Why then I would have rain’d and snow’d upon you,
And thrown down Hail-stones gently till I hit you,
And made you look at least.”—
John Dryden and William Davenant, The Tempest
Turns out Dryden goes down a lot smoother if you’ve been drinking sherry and port all evening…
“wikipedia says it will pass is a deeply funny and evocative collection, and not just for those of us who have spent countless long evenings trying to impress disinterested lesbians on Google Chat, for anybody who appreciates humor, well-written poetry, and genuine self-expression… a welcome series of flashing lights in the lovely, confusing pinball arcade of life.”
- andrew battershill // co-editor, dragnet magazine
Our friends at The Moose & Pussy, Canada’s literary erotica magazine, are having a short story contest:
Short Story Contest
1500 Words or Less
$50 grand prize
No entry fee
Deadline: October 1, 2011.
We are having our first short story contest. The winner will receive a grand prize of $50 and their story will be featured on our site this fall. Runner-up prizes may be awarded. There’s no theme and there’s no entry fee. All we ask is that you limit yourself to one submission and to stay under 1500 words.
Jake and Kate had just lost their jobs at the microbrewery, and they were at a party celebrating (in a manner of speaking) that fact. Kate was drunk, but she was sober enough that her movements, though somewhat looser and more expressive than usual, had retained a certain, flowing grace. (more)
The History of Dinosaurs:
Kevin Horvidson was in the process of giving up trying to borrow money from his ex.
They were eating in an Oyster Bar they’d frequented while not married but living together. The restaurant was a dark, wood-toned sort of place, and they were seated at the darkest booth in the back. Kevin understood ahead of time that his eyes would hurt immediately and pleasantly as soon as he got outside. (more)