It’s been a while since there was any new XG merch.
Following the very successful back patches and the “Obelisk” t-shirt I uploaded to Teespring about 18 months ago, it’s been a bit quiet on the wearable blog insignia front ever since. Now that the blog has a new look, however, and with Christmas right around the corner, it feels like the blog could do with another little fundraising drive.
The issue, as ever, is that I’m design-illiterate.
Cue Craig, host of the Acid Horizon podcast and mastermind behind Crit Drip. Craig has designed two different styles of merch for the blog — a classic Gothic blackletter design, and a more post-punk modern Goth design as well. Together, I think they neatly cover the voided bases that XG tries to move outwards from.
You’ll find a range of variations on these designs over at the Xenogothic Teesprint store here. If there’s a variation you’d like that isn’t listed, hit me up and I’ll see what I can do.
The first of what will hopefully be a few archival recordings, put up on Bandcamp just for fun and posterity. There are too many unfinished projects lingering on my hard drive, started at some point over the last five years — this is one of them.
In 2014, I made a collage of field recordings from a trip to the beach. Stood underneath Brighton pier, I was minding my own business, recording the sound of the shingle being dragged over itself by the tide — my favourite sound in the world, probably — when I was suddenly caught up in a seagull feeding frenzy. Someone had thrown a whole loaf of bread off the side of the pier above me and the seagulls cared far more about their feast than their proximity to me.
The resulting recording and series of images strangely meant the world to me. It was a magical, serendipitous moment that I’d somehow managed to capture cleanly with Zoom recorder in one hand and camera in the other. I had intended to memorialise that moment, encapsulating it within an unnecessarily extravagant object. I made a dubplate of the field recording and began to make a photobook of the images. Later, I set about constructing a box to contain the two.
Things did not go to plan. After spending most of my budget on the record, I abandoned the project and later forgot all about it.
The other day, I remember this weird moment and my plans for it and decided to resurrect it, at least in part. On 31st July, you can download the recording and a digital zine of images, alongside a short text recanting the story as it happened. This will be available for just £1.
I have also produced two limited edition black-and-white prints of photographs taken that day. The C Type prints are unframed, 420 x 297 mm, and each is an edition of 10. They’re priced at £30 each and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
These t-shirts do not, will not and have never existed, but if you’re lucky you might be able to cop one all the same from Urbanomic.com, then you too can summon Katak in a power stance outside your bathroom door.
Yesterday, William Doyle announced that his new album, Your Wilderness Revisited, would be out next month on 18th October 2019.
Will shared the news yesterday alongside the track ‘Design Guide’ (featuring Brian Eno), the album’s cover art, track list and a new press photo.
The photograph on the cover and the press photo were both taken by me in Will’s hometown back in July. We’ve taken so many photographs in this style over the last four years and I was over the moon that we took so many great ones for the final artwork on that shoot.
Hear previous singles “Millersdale” and “Nobody Else Will Tell You” below. You can also learn a bit more about the project elsewhere on the blog as I’ve mentioned it a few times now (here and here).
Preorder it digitally here if you like but, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll order a physical copy. It’s going to be a beautiful thing and having my pictures all over it is a big dream come true.
Ask about it in your local record shop and keep an eye out for the alternative cover art and coloured vinyl exclusive to indies (like Rough Trade for instance, or XG’s usual first port of call: the inimitable Norman Records).
This t-shirt has been around for a while now, and a couple have been sold, but it felt like something I shouldn’t promote properly until I can vouch for it myself. The ease with which you can produce stuff on Teespring was very exciting when I first got an account on there but, after letting it fall quiet and later pulling some products, I wanting to build on it much more slowly and considerately instead.
As has been lingering in the background of this blog over the past month, I’m trying to explore some others way that people can support this blog if they so choose, because I’m unfortunately struggling financially at the moment and so I’m looking for ways in which para-academia can, at least partially, help pay the rent.
I’m not a fan of Patreon because hiding content behind a paywall isn’t really my vibe and a large part of blogging’s attraction for me is its openness, so I’d rather make things for people to own and use that as a way in which people can also support everything else I do.
So, after the success of the back patches (and there are still a couple of those left) I wanted to try something a little less obviously branded.
Presenting: the “Obelisk” t-shirt — also known as the “Horse Monument” t-shirt.
The picture on the front of this t-shirt is a black and negative analogue photograph by me of a monument hidden in some woods in Cornwall that was apparently built to honour a horse. It is hilarious and creepy in equal measure — a photograph with considerable xenogothic energy, I think.
Unfortunately, after making this, it dawned on me that, given my own limited resources, if I want to show off wearable merch, I’m gonna have to model it myself, and that sounds cringe as fuck. I’ve attempted this a few times but each time just trashes my self-esteem. These photos aren’t so bad.
I’ve been wearing this around for about two months now and it is maybe one of the most comfortable t-shirts I own as well as seeming really durable after already going through a few washes. Also, the alternate logo on the back of the collar is nice and more subtle than the main one that featured on the back patches and blog more generally.
So, having uploaded this to Teespring, I’m now really happy to able to vouch for this t-shirt in terms of quality, etc. Go give it a look!
On the topic of blog support, if you’d like to support this blog in other ways and have suggestions, these would be really appreciated. I’m interested in maybe revisiting Patreon and using it as a platform for alternative activities — not writing, but perhaps using it to provide access to some other kinds of streams, maybe reading groups or group crit / editing sessions for brainstorming and thinking about ideas, tips on blogging stuff and productibility, things like that.
If this is something that you’d be interested in, drop me a comment here or on Twitter and we’ll see what might interest the most people. For now, do check out the Teespring here.
Am I a blog nerd? Or am I a one-man black metal band? Do I write about patchwork? Or am I all about patch work? As my identity crisis continues, I’m trying to keep up the illusion this awesome logo belongs to something much cooler…
Over at the long-neglected Xenogothic BigCartel, you can now buy your very own Xenogothic back patch! They are 20 x 20 cm, white ink screenprinted on black fabric, featuring the wonderful Xenogothic logo designed by Matthew Fall McKenzie last year.
(A note on shipping: if the country you live in isn’t listed at check out, just email me or @ me on Twitter and I’ll sort it out.)
UPDATE: Books have all gone.
As a bonus, I found six copies of The Fisher-Function recently, a collection of essays by Mark Fisher that I helped put together back in 2017 for the summer term public lecture programme in the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths, University of London.
The book functioned as a reader which people could use and bring with them to the series of lectures, as they contained all the works by Mark that were to be discussed, and each one comes with a new introduction too.
These books were free to attendees and we’re in quite high demand. We contributors were given a few copies to share around as we saw fit but I never really found an opportunity to do anything with mine. In the end, I forgot all about them but then, when I came across them again at the back of a cupboard whilst digging out the sewing machine to put on this patch, it felt like now was a good time.
So, if you want one, the first six patch orders that say “BOOK PLZ!” in the “Notes or Instructions” bit of the checkout process will come with a free book, as a thank you for supporting this blog and for wanting to represent patchwise.