These are the zines that were reviewed in the last two months which didn't fit in Issue #14 of Razorcake. They'll also individually be put into our zine review database.
3RD GENERATION NATION, #24, $2.50, 8 ½ x 11, glossy cover/photocopied inside, 70 pgs.
Never before have I felt the language barrier so much, not even when I failed Spanish in high school. This starts out innocently enough; the front cover is entirely in English and promises interviews with the Skulls and Broken Bottles, but then you open it up and BAM! German. The only stuff that's in English are the interviews with Broken Bottles (four guys from Orange County who look like Mike Ness? Unheard of!), the Dream Dates, the Napalm Stars and the Put-Ons and captions to some of the pictures. The interviews in English are all pretty standard and they don't make me want to go check out the bands or anything. Maybe if you can read German this is not so bad, I don't know. -Josh (Ralf Hunebeck, Grenzweg 66, 47877 Willich, Germany)
DEATH MASK, $1 / $2 world, 5 ½ x 8 ½, copied, 16 pgs.
This zine focuses on plaster "death masks" of former golden age actors. An actor remains still while his face is casted, so he can have a keepsake from the height of his career. Looking at the photos, all I can see are creepy poses by dead people. In fact, this whole concept is pretty creepy, in a slow-moving horror movie kinda of creepy. -Joe Biel (Brian Johnson, 11 Werner Rd., Greenvile, PA 16125-9434, firstname.lastname@example.org)
EXCOMMUNICATION, #2, $1, 8 ½ x 11, newsprint, 46 pgs.
I have to give these guys credit for something. They are putting an effort into a zine that will never make them famous or pay their bills. They are putting out printed literature in an era of instant gratification when it is increasingly rare to do so. From the looks of things, this should actually be entertaining: interviews with Fat Mike, Jesse from Operation Ivy, and Rich Mackin. But it's not. The interviews are full of the standard questions and seem to be done by email. The only thing that I really thought was funny was the part where the singer of Death By Stereo said that his band is influenced by Dio. That's pretty priceless. -Josh (Scissor Press, 32 Alfred St., New Haven, CT 06512)
GARAGE AND BEAT, #8, $4, 8 ½ X 11, photocopied, 54 pgs.
The title of this zine gives its subject matter away, and that's a good thing since it's something that I'm interested in, as opposed to a zine called Not Porn or something. Anyway, this is a cool zine and it has cool interviews with the Pinkz, the Shakes, the Zodiac Killers, Teenacide Records (which uses lots of nifty Tom Neely artwork) and an article written by Jessica of the Pinkz about how much she likes the first Blood Sweat and Tears album. What? -Josh (P. Edwin Letcher, 2754 Prewett St., LA, CA 90031)
GENETIC DISORDER, #16, $3, 6 x 10, newsprint with glossy cover, 73 pgs.
The cover of this issue of Genetic Disorder is great. A silly cartoony girl with a vestigial twin coming out of her stomach. (Note: vestigial twins are perhaps the most disgusting of all human deformities!) This issue has articles on the search for Rob Halford, a Loser's Guide to San Diego, a great collection of skull designs throughout punk rock history, Dates from Hell (summarizes strange and/or funny Satanist news clippings), very funny personal ads (that it seems were actually placed) and the also very funny replies, and more! Good stuff. Check it out! -Maddy (Genetic Disorder, PO Box 15237, San Diego, CA 92175)
HERE CIVILIZATION CEASED, $1, 5 ½ x 8 ½, copied with color cover, 52 pgs.
This is Shaun's, from Drugs and Daydreams, new zine. It's a little different this time with a more poetic prose writing style, talking about riding his bike through nature and trips from Portland to Orange County and back. It has a very primitivist, anarchist slant and is good at romanticizing his lifestyle. I felt that some of his descriptive language was dead-on (such as talking about energy being more important at punk shows than sound quality) but, in general, this sort of had trouble keeping my attention. -Joe Biel (Shaun, PO Box 1282, Fullerton, CA 92836)
J. CRUELTY CATALOG, THE, #10, $2, 8 ½ x 11, newsprint, 31 pgs.
Not as anarcho-aggro as I was expecting from the title (I was thinking anti-vivisection pictures and stuff), this is a good, arty zine (with a healthy dose of well-done collages) that takes Minnesota's Twin Cities to heart. There are pieces on art car rallies and folks responsible for giant cardboard puppets who use their pieces for demonstrations and festivals. There are also interviews with the photographer and Dischord-supporter Cynthia Connolly, sound engineer and Shellac member Bob Weston, and comic illustrator Peter Kuper (who's also partially responsible for the long-running political comic, World War 3, and is currently doing Spy Vs. Spy). My only caveat is that more than a handful of the interviews are done by email and they aren't as organic or fluid as ones that are face-to-face. There's also some confusing stuff, especially the history of the musk ox. Overall, though, I give it a thumbs up for a good hour of reading. -Todd (J. Cruelty, PO Box 2871, Minneapolis, MN 55402)
NEW SCHEME #7, $2 ppd, 8 ½ x 11, newsprint, 56 pgs.
This zine covers only the finest in indie music and the diversity keeps me reading. The highlight of this issue is the interview with Dillinger 4, which is more like an open conversation with Paddy and the interviewer. There is coverage of the war brewing in Iraq, reviews of noise records, coverage of metal bands, a feature on DeSoto Records going bye bye, an interview with Latterman, and much more. Stuart has a really subtle sense of humor that you can read pretty well from the pages of his zine. He uses funny photos of firing ranges and refers to himself as "the finger on the button." All of this makes for a pretty readable music rag. -Joe Biel (The New Scheme, Stuart, PO Box 19873, Boulder, CO 80308)
NEWS FROM THE UNDERGROUND, #1, $1, 8 ½ x 11, photocopied, 8 pgs.
A newsletter/pamphlet type thing reporting on activism and protests from around the world. It's sort of like the news section in MRR, only it's cheaper and you don't have to read MRR to find out what's going on outside of the media blackout. Ask them to send you a copy of News From Nowhere, while you're at it. -Josh (News from the Underground, PO Box 10384, Eugene, OR 97440)
READ, #21, $4, 8 ½ x 11, off-set, 100 pgs.
I guess I just don't get why people do magazines like this. (Note: READ is definitely not a zine. They even list an "editor-in-chief.") READ is a long, long magazine. One-hundred pages in all. You've got lots of band interviews (the Sillies, the Briefs, Prevent Falls, Superdrag, etc), tons of music, book, and zine reviews. They do have a great story by Razorcake's Sean Carswell, but I had read it before. There's also fifteen-page story about Russian immigrants. The whole tone of the magazine was confusing. At its best, it had some funny writing and good stories. At its worst, it seemed constrained by attempts at "professionalism," which made a lot of stuff seemed pretty forced. Je suis perplexe! -Maddy (Read, PO Box 3437, Astoria, NY 11103)
SLAVE MAGAZINE #7, $4, 8 ½ x 11, offset, 108 pgs.
This zine is more focused on art than other music zines of its ilk and caliber. The layout, design, and content reminds me quite a bit of Punk Planet but it does have some personality of its own as well. The interview with Michelle Tea is a good example of this. She's peripherally involved with several other things in the mag but not terribly so. Unfortunately, in this particular issue, a disproportionate amount of the coverage is about hardcore bands (Lightning Bolt, Botch, Converge, and Engine Down) that I'm not too interested in musically or ethically. There is also an interview with an artist named Chris Duncan, which is a pretty interesting read. The rest of the zine has columns and articles on various progressive and cultural topics ("[de]constructing gender resistance through punk fashion" was a good one) and maintains a good, self critical perspective throughout. Despite not being that interested in the musical offerings, the interviews read well - I read several interviews and learned some things - and they rounded out a good variety in this zine. -Joe Biel (Slave, PO Box 10093, Greensboro, NC 27404, www.slavemagazine.com)