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New Music and Zines June 2013

It’s June already and I don’t seem to have had a great deal to write about so far but May and June have seen a bumper crop of zines come my way and a few great new records, not least the fantastic new Svin EP which I reviewed for Roomthirteen here and subsequently bought on vinyl from the band, hence the pic below.

Svin are a Danish  post-rock avant-garde four piece, the standard guitar and drum set up is bolstered with the addition of some brilliant saxophone and clarinet and makes for a really rich and intense sound.   You can listen on their Bandcamp and make sure you also check out their 2011 album Heimat.

 

In zines I’ve really enjoyed reading the new issue of Fluke (#11) Fluke #11 Cover Imageand am now sorry I’ve never managed to pick it up before, essentially the zine is  interviews only but they’re super interesting, more insightful and detailed than in most zines I’ve read thus far.  I particularly enjoyed the interviews with Barker Gee and Ed Crawford and the piece on Hobo art is fascinating. The layout is just the way I like it, type and cut and paste with some handwritten elements – an obvious labour of love.  I recommend picking this up or any back issues you can get hold of; try the Facebook for info on new issues or wowcool.com for back issues especially although if you’re shipping outside the US the postage can be a touch expensive on that one!

 

Degenerate issue 12 cover image Degenerate issue 12 came out recently too, it’s a slim issue but A4 sized and each page is packed with words and pictures. As always, this issue is impeccably put together and looks great ( a mix of type, cut and paste). An interesting article on SF and interview with Scraper led me to listen to the band here and the zine does include a red flexi disc with two tracks from the band on (Third Wheel and Your Friends Are Hippies). Also inside is an interview with Rank/Xerox, an article on post-punk and record reviews. Find Degenerate on Facebook and more of Sam’s writing at his blog. Recommended.

 

Brit zine A Short Fanzine About Rocking A Short Fanzine About Rocking cover image is now in its Spring 2013 issue (or issue 35 if you’re being picky) and has quite a broad range of bands covered – everything from Deftones to Creative Adult so they’re not too worried about keeping it underground, actually that fact can be quite refreshing and also means that the zines runs at a massive 82 pages. I sometimes think with this zine that they’d be better off making it more frequent and skinnier as many of the live reviews included are 6 or 7 months old, likewise the albums. I will admit I tend to skim the  reviews by the more mainstream bands as I’ve already read a ton of reviews elsewhere, although you may argue with zines it doesn’t matter so much as they tend to be the kind of thing you pick up at a show 6 months after they come out so it may just be me being picky. The front section is packed with interviews, not all are hugely interesting (the usual how did you come up with the band name/ how did you form questions) but because there is so much content there are a few really decent ones, definitely still worth picking up.

My MRR sub just ran out and I’m contemplating whether or not to pick up another one, it has been interesting reading about the more obscure end of the spectrum and the record and zine reviews have helped me discover some great records and zines since reading. I’ve also become fond of the Al Quint and Degenerate Ephemera columns. One to mull over.

 

New Zines January 2013

A couple of zines arrived in the post this week, one old, the Summer 2011 issue of Nowhere Zine and one new, Zine & Not Heard #7.

Nowhere Zine Summer 2011
This zine is the work of recently appointed Maximun Rock n Roll co-ordinator Lydia and is a Greek/English punk zine. It’s odd actually, this zine made me feel old – not sure if it’s the youthful tone of the writing or the extreme attitude (although punk zines tend to have that in spades anyway)  which is along the lines of, if you don’t agree with them you can f**k off basically. That’s fair enough but it left me feeling a bit worn out!  Anyway, the writing’s not amazing, but not bad either, some of the columns were in Greek so I couldn’t actually read them but the zine and record reviews were worth a look.Nowhere Zine Summer 2011 content
The layout is pretty too – an A5 sized book, nicely chunky at over 90 pages with some bits in colour and a mix of type and cut and paste. Worth checking out for MRR fans or punk zine collectors – not particularly easy to get hold of a copy now so I’m told but I think Cessnock Underground distro in the UK still has it – that’s where I got my copy from.

 

Z&NH #7 Cover picAs with the previous Zine & Not Heard’s issue 7 of this Brit zine is full of off-kilter short prose, this time on the subject of Tomatoes. Disappointingly from my perspective this issue has no musical content at all, but to be fair it works fine without it and is still an intriguing read.  The writing is quirky but there’s a kind of down-beat feel to the zine as a whole, stories like Salsa leaving you in a thoughtful mood.  Visit the website to buy.

So my MRR subscription has been delayed, no sign of the first issue yet and I’m still hoping for new Degenerate and Us Und Them issues to be released, so in the meantime, aside from the above, I’ve been enjoying checking in to Fluke Fanzine online – haven’t been able to get hold of a hard copy of this in the UK yet but I’m still on the look out – this blog is all about pictures and new content seems to be added daily.