Saturday, April 30, 2011
So I’m reading Joe Lachut’s fanzine Seven Inches to Freedom #9 which I ordered a copy of based on its title alone. I love vinyl & I love 7” (45) records. I was hoping for something that embraced DIY recording culture in all of its beauty and forms. What I got was a punk / hardcore zine. Okay, I need to do better homework.
Joe writes “I don’t want to live with the late teens / early 20s punks who want to rage all the time … I want to hang out with them & do stupid shit, but then I want to be able to go home…less and less people are on your side as you pack on the years. Punks fade away or become domesticated …even loved ones drop some ‘it’s time to grow up comments’ … how can we age gracefully & think about our futures while still holding all those values that have come to define us … when does crashing on couches and floors become a thing of the past? Because I still want to do that!”
This dude is 28 years old. Man, I am depressed as hell reading this.
Secondly: What values? Drink until you puke? Sleeping on floors or in piss soaked alleyways? Losing your hearing from loud screaming shows? These are values to embrace?
Thirdly: Listen to some real music man, don’t limit yourself to two kinds of music and think that is what the world should revolve around. Open up to life. Unplug a little. Do less sludge violence to your self.
Fourthly: I may not care for most of its subject matter but this dude knows how to write & create a zine. I highly recommend Seven Inches to Freedom to anyone who wants to study what a great fanzine looks like.
Write to Joe Lachut at
Friday, April 22, 2011
Some thoughts about the “zine community” from an outside observer—Ye Olde DJ Frederick
1. A “punk” lifestyle of roaming aimlessly, having a series of temporary and menial jobs (if you work at all and are not being a parasite on others), using drugs and/or alcohol to numb out, not getting any sleep, smoking cigarettes, worshiping friends who come and go with no real connectedness, avoiding responsibility, substituting sex for intimacy, seeing yourself as a victim, having a tunnel-vision view of "good" music (if its not loud and punk, it sucks), calling yourself a "queer" or an "anarchist" without even knowing how to define the words, eating vegan and dumpster diving is not the only “cool” way to exist on the planet, some of it can in fact be destructive to one’s self and inner spirit.
2. Heterosexuals are not the enemy. Nor are all white males the enemy. Striving to create the change you desire & making connections and allies in the struggle against oppression is infinitely healthier than damning those you believe to be the cause of the dysfunction of our culture.
3. Zines are a form of self expression and therefore if one writes a perzine, please give us some insight into yourself with honesty and integrity.
4. Every zine maker and ever zine reader is not a teenager. I’ve been on the planet for 51 years and I still read and make zines because they are a beautiful form of communication and media and celebrate freedom of expression in a completely authentic way.
5. The revolution will not be televised or blogged. It is something you participate in. Personal & cultural revolution / evolution is not passive.Create a meaningful life, connect with others, heal the earth, DO SOMETHING.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
What is missing from so many mainstream and even so-called “alternative” publications? Passion. When writers, editors and artists radiate passion for their topic, it glows through every word, every square inch of paper. Drop Target issue number one exudes enthusiasm in spades for … pinball! There’s an incredible range of articles in issue number one alone, and the authors, Jon Chad & Alec Longstreth promise that six more issues in the works! First, they guide the reader into the anatomy of a pinball machine and how it all functions. There’s a lively interview with Brinda Coleman and Sam Soule who published the pinball fanzine multiball for many years. There are examples of dream machines. A hand-drawn autobiographical comic called From Zeroes to Heroes. And that’s just scratching the surface of Drop Target. These dudes live right up the highway from me in White River Junction VT and some day, I might have to venture forth and seek out Forest B’s Pool School to find the legendary Star Wars Episode One pinball machine ....
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Mimeography Debt, one of the oldest known continuously published zines, has been cranking out issues since 1951. Every six months or so, an international crew of reviewers gush about the latest mimeographed zines, alongside essays on stencil typing techniques, application of inks, spirit duplicators and innovations in self-publishing. Oh, and it’s sort of a perzine too, so you’ll read about various adventures with staple guns, landfill diving, do-it-yourself fallout shelters, and why 78's are better than the new long playing vinyl records.
Cheers! Happy April!