Monday, June 22, 2015

I just finished a new issue of no better than apples! It's about a lot of things from my past year of livin', (dealing with chronic illness in my family and myself, touring, the enthralling world of opposite side street parking in cities, fires and bulldozing, self-injection anxiety, healing through metallica, etc). You can order it online or send a few bucks or a nice trade to my p.o. box: kate larson \ p.o. box 1250 \ new paltz, ny 12561.

I'm slowly stocking up stores and distros with it and you can currently find it at Inquiring Minds in New Paltz, Doris distro based out of Athens, Ohio, Boxcar Books in Bloomington, IN, and Bluestockings in NYC. If you're interested in wholesale-ing it with me, get in touch!

I tabled at Chicago Zine Fest, which is always the most overwhelming and the best and the biggest thing in this tiny zine world. I saw a lot of good people and got a lot of good zines, but most importantly, I ate a couple of good arepas at my table (hallmark of a nice time).

I'm playing a show next week w. Guilt Mountain in Kingston at Rocket Number Nine Record Store with Izzy True & PWR BTTM. Gonna be as "cool" and "rockin'" as all the rumors say.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I made a new zine to keep me going while I'm working on a new issue of my personal zine. I did a numbered edition of 50, and they're all gone! I don't even have one! It's full of drawings and random writings (notes on temporary forced non-monogamy as seen in The Bachelor TV show, the universe personified, etc), and maybe I'll do a second run someday!

Matt and I played a guilt mountain set at Team Love with Radiator Hospital and Nice Try! It was a good time, duh.

I was selected as a resident at Roberts St. Social Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia for this year! I'll be there for three weeks this August working on a new project of a new zine and new recordings.

I tabled at the NYC Feminist Zine Fest, it was nice.

Coming up this year I'll be tabling at some other zine fests: Brooklyn Zine Fest in late April, Chicago Zine Fest in early May, and Portland Zine Symposium in Mid-July.

Working on a long-term music project with Sarah where we write & record a song together every time we visit one another. She's in Montreal and I'm here in the Hudson Valley, so it'll be awhile til we get enough songs together to let them roam free in the world, but I'm excited for the day that it finally does happen.

An old Klessa set was posted recently, one from a Plattsburgh show way back in 2011. It's got live recordings of two songs (track 2 & 4) that we had just written and never made it on a proper recording, which is sorta cool! The recording quality is real nice & just done on a cassette recorder.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I did a reading on the SUNY New Paltz campus last month! It was really great to be there and see the zine community starting to grow and flourish on campus. The zine library is located within the campus library, as an extra & alternative resource for incoming students and everyone alike! They're working hard and cataloging all the zines so they can be looked up by subject or author or any way, really, within the college library's database. I'm so elated about it, no joke.

Matt and I played at Market Market with Widowspeak and Pecas for Pecas' album release show! Their album is really amazing, ((spoiler alert))

Go Ogres played at the Ithaca Underground Big Day In #10, with a bunch of other bands that totally blew me away.

I tabled at Boston Zine Fest & sat and answered questions on their "Personal Narratives" panel. Angela played GameBoy and got some shut-eye.

I'm working on issue 11 of No Better Than Apples, currently! Fingers crossed I can do it right.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I played a bunch of shows on tour, drank a lot of seltzer, saw a lot of nice things and met a lot of nice dogs/cats/people. Thanks, tiny pocket of the Northeastern United States!

Then I got home and played shows with Matt in Wassaic & Kingston! Nice.

We're playing a GUILT MTN set on October 8 at Elting Library in New Paltz with Hermit Thrushes (Philly loves) and Breakfast in Fur (local loaves). 9pm after-hours library shenanigans, you know the drill.

I'll be reading on SUNY New Paltz campus on October 28th in the Black Box Theatre. Readings start at 7pm & there's a Q&A afterwards. This is spurred by the New Paltz Zine Collective, and thanks to them there is now a zine library in the campus Sojourner Truth Library! Everything is catalogued and the collection is growing steadily and open to perusing. So cool.

I'll be tabling at Boston Zine Fest this year! I'll also be on their "Personal Narratives" panel on Saturday at 3:30pm. Tabling happens on Sunday, October 12!

Go Ogres are playing The Big Day In in Ithaca this December! Mark yr calendars, it's Saturday, December 6th at the Haunt. Waxahatchee, The Realbads, Perfect Pussy, Math the band, and a whole slew of others are also playing. ~~Should be cozy~~

I played drums for a song on Sarah's new tape, Baby Ice Cream Castle. The whole thing is my favorite thing that's been put out all year, no joke. Order the tape from her to get the bonus B-side 19-minute epic organ jam. Go check it out:

The Le Sigh reviewed my new tape! You can read what they said here:

Monday, June 16, 2014

i'm going on tour starting tomorrow with the best people on the planet, no lie. jordaan, sarah, and i will be these places:

06/17 - nick and cheryl’s house, rochester, ny

06/18 - steve’s house, ithaca, ny 

06/19 - the pallas theatre, pittsburgh, pa

06/20 - the foxhole, baltimore, md

06/21 - random tea house, philadelphia, pa

06/22 - the vandal house (52 new street), newark, nj

06/23 - starship, worcester, ma

06/25 - crackskulls, newmarket, nh

06/26 - eggyworld (#333 in the paragon building), easthampton, ma

06/28 - team love (11 church street), new paltz, ny

06/29 - TBA, new york, ny

06/30 - three sheets, new haven, ct

come see us if you're around any of these spots! i'm hoping to see a hundred old friends and make a hundred new ones.

i just finished a new tape! it's called "hey witch" and you can listen to it/order it/download it (zero dollars, babes) on the bandcamp, or find me out there in the world & get one. they are so blue and so nice. 

tapes of jordaan's cover record: complete with robyn & third eye blind & bjork oh my
i've been glued to the duplicator this past week, but there are good things to show for it!

new run of story zines: now they're gold! i'll have these with me on tour and will put them online for sale when i return. the last ones were just loose cassettes bundled with the zine, but these ones are in poly cases, so they're a little bit safer/less likely to get loose and cause trouble.

mood swings has tapes now, too. they're pink and come with a full-color zine of sarah's watercolors. 

i made a new run of "tiger hour" tapes, too.

guilt mtn pins for your floral denim jacket? okay!

zines (issues 9 & 10) are now back in stock in the following places:

quimby's, have company, elation press distro, pressed zine rack, bluestockings, inquiring minds, team love ravenhouse, twelve oh two distro, cindy crabb's distro, stranger danger distro, food for thought, and copies are now in the papercut zine library

cynthia at le sigh reviewed my latest zine here!

see y'all out in this weird world.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I just finished a new zine. Ye old yearly task: gather all the words together, get them to make sense on a bunch of pages. It feels harder to do every time, and yet. This one is about a lot of things: making sense of life in remission, getting comfortable with total uncertainty, trying to do as much as possible and remembering every little thing, ever. It's 48 pages with a hand-embossed cover.

I'll be tabling at Chicago Zine Fest this coming weekend! It's at Columbia College at the Conaway Center. Tabling is Saturday the 15th from 11-6, and there are hundreds of zinesters, enough to fill up two floors with a few metric tons of paper and ink, etc. There are sweet events all weekend too, and workshops all day on Saturday. Check out the CZF website for more info!  I'll have my new zine and old ones and if you come talk to me about the movie face/off i'll give you a real deal.

You can order the newbie at, I'll ship them out when I get back. I'll have them in tow for the shows listed below, as well, if you're around any of those areas and wanna come say "hey let me see your feelings" and I'll hand over a zine and that'll be that.

Sarah and i are playing a few shows on our way out there and back, creating a nice little halo around the northeast/midwest.

guilt mountain / s.ayton NO TROLLS 2014 huge mega giant woah world tour
March 11: Alpine, NY (outside ithaca) @ chimney swift (4160 n. schuler road) w/ red sled choir, 7pm
March 17: Toronto, Ontario @ 272 geary ave w/ jordaan mason, 8pm
March 18: Montreal, Quebec @ le cagibi (5490 boul st. laurent) w/ loosestrife, 8pm

Go Ogres played a show in Ithaca with Red Sled Choir, Jordan Morton, and Paper Armies. It was really fun.

I wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction for this collection, which just came out.

It's very blatantly inspired by my crushing desire to go to space. So, like, if you read only one volume of fanfiction this year, it should probably be this one? Definitely. It's so new I'm not sure where you can get one yet, but eventually, you can snag it at

Lily Pepper reviewed issue 9 of my zine, here's what she said.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Go Ogres recorded two songs at Pyramid Studios in Ithaca. It was a good time / the studio had a lounge with a Nintendo in it so, like, you know, we were set. The songs will be on a 7" eventually. Working titles: "Bleach," "Nevermind," "In Utero," "Wife Songs."

We're playing in Ithaca on February 21st at Just Be Cause for Red Sled Choir's CD release show! It's gonna be the best thing that's ever happened to anyone. Exaggerations aside, it's gonna be real nice.

I played last weekend at The Team Love Ravenhouse with some cool cats.

I played a show a couple of weeks ago and projected "spider-man 2" behind me during the set. Cross it off the bucket list, I can die happy, etc.

Other show things happened too, one of them might have been on a local pirate ship made completely of grime.

Another one might be able to be boiled down to me butchering a Liz Phair song in front of a room full of Liz Phair fans. Oh well / no problem / YOLO?

I have a song on the new boytears compilation. You can listen to it here:
The rest of the comp is rad as heck, so listen to the whole dang thing while you're there.

I made more guilt mountain tapes! This batch has an embossed O-card, so these little buddies look extra gaudy. Get em on the bandcamp if you want one.

I finished teaching a course this fall on nonfiction and the memoir! It was really great. Here's a shot of the rough curriculum:

& I'm forever trying to keep up with shipping to distros and stores. Trying

So, zines are now in stock in some new places: Stranger Danger distro in Chicago, Cindy Crabb's distro in Athens, Sleeping Creatures Distro in Brooklyn, and re-stocked at Portland Button Works in Portland, Bluestockings in NYC and In Other Words in Portland. Guilt Mountain tapes are now in stock with Pansy Twist Distro based out of Toronto.

Some people reviewed zines! How nice. Here: a write-up on no better than apples #8, and a review of #9.

I'll be tabling at this year's Chicago Zine Fest in March! I'm currently underway on work on a new zine, aiming to have it ready for then. Fingers crossed, sometimes these sorts of things care little for deadlines. Alas. I'll see you there, right? Oh, good.