Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Not to be missed!

Hey fans,

Our friends at the Co-Prosperity Sphere are having a great show this Friday, July 24th and Saturday the 25th. The show is featuring Jettison editor, Peter Skvara and Jettison illustrator, Adi Goodrich. The show is hosted by a friend of Jettison, the Post Family's Chad Kouri. If you're not doing anything else and even if you are, stop by, eat food, drink beers and take a look at some 21st century art! Here's their promo:

Join us for a three dimensional freak out of color, form and material. Walk the isles of a hand-made grocery store created completely out of paper, shoot hoops on a 3 story high basketball net, or just sit down at our collage table and create some work of your own. After the opening and subsequent hangover, come back on July 25th for an art-making BBQ throw down as we combine our creative energies to make collages which we will hand-deliver for free to the people walking around this great city. So drop on by, check out some good stuff and make some of your own. We will have magazines, scissors and glue on hand but feel free to bring your own collage materials to throw down.

Participants: Chris Roberson, Emily Clayton, Dr. James Harry Ewert Jr, Rod Hunting, Adrianne Goodrich , Peter Skvara, Chad Kouri, Matt Nicolas, Jim Kozar, Ed Marszewski, Ben Speckmann, Sarah Jeziorski, Richard Smith and more. Audio collage performances by Le Deuce and Rik Shaw.


Brought to you by Chad Kouri
and Dr. James Harry Ewert Jr.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kinda Interesting

Time Out Chicago has an interesting new issue out. On the cover in big, bold letters it asks its readers if Indie still has any Indie Cred. Does it? I say, why not? In particular, Time Out has an interesting round table discussion on the subject. You can view it here: http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/features/76402/indie-culture-roundtable

It features a group of people from Chicago who have some sort of "indie cred" to talk about the subject over dinner. Among the people participating are JC Gabel, former editor and publisher of the soon to be over Stop Smiling magazine, Anne Elizabeth Moore, a former editor of Punk Planet, and Scott Plagenhoef, Editor in Chief of Pitchfork.

For my own part, I've never been particularly interested in the word indie. I like independent things, but I agree with the round table that indie is now more of a corporate tag for a certain style as opposed to anything actually being independent. In my mind, Indie to me still means DIY above all else. In which case, Jettison is about an indie as anything right now.

My main problem with the article however is that everyone invited to participate in the round table discussion is over 30, the youngest being JC Gabel at 33. Although 30 is by no means old, they end up sounding like a bunch of old men lamenting the good old days when things were pure and wonderful. One participant, Bryan Wendorf, co-founder of the Chicago Underground Film Festival asks, "Are 18 year old still having these arguments?" To which JC Gabel responds that, no, "I think they’re at Urban Outfitters."

Thanks a lot, dude! Where's my generations perspective in all this? Are we not doing cool, independent things? One of the most intriguing things about the independent movement has always been to highlight those who are now unestablished. The embrace of the obscure and the constant attempt to hunt down the "new thing that no one else knows about" has allowed countless musicians, artists, filmmakers, etc to be accepted and achieve success.

Stop Smiling will be over soon, Punk Planet is long gone, and the truly independent minded hipsters already shun Pitchfork. So what's next Time Out? What's new? If you want to find out what indie means to people now, maybe you should try asking someone who's actually participating in what's it's going to mean in the future. Try asking someone who's shaping it's meaning now. Otherwise, you just get a bunch of old guys talking trash.

-The Editors

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Hey Everyone,

Jettison Quarterly is hard at work on our third issue which will be released in September. We have some great stuff already that you can look forward to seeing in the next issue including a Fall Harvest Special in our Sustainable Gourmet Section. Jettison's resident chef Matt Andorka is hard a work in his lab cooking up some delicious treats for you all. The expanded section will include information about urban gardening including raising chickens in the city. Feel like starting your own urban farm? Well, you'll have to sign up for a subscription and check it out in September. Cant wait till then? Send us and email at info@jettisonquarterly.com and we'll give you a heads up.

Also in the plans are a couple of new sections including cartoons, history lessons and much more.

Jettison is also having an event on Friday outside of pitchfork. We'll be passing out treats and info on the magazine. If you're going to be there stop by and say hello and we'll give you something sweet. We'll be there around 4:00 until our supplies run out, so get there early!

Also, if you have any ideas, suggestions, criticisms, questions, or whatever about Jettison let us know. We'd love to hear from you. Send us an email.