This zine is a quick and thorough introduction to Gary Floyd, his music, and his presence as a musical force to be reckoned with.
In style and topic it’s all somewhat scattered, but, as the title of the collection may suggest, the theme threaded through many of these poems is faith—its purity, its distortion, its violence.
Zines with a heavy regional focus are very much in my wheelhouse. This issue of Loafing The Donkey—which I’ve never seen before, despite its long-running status—fits the bill.
This issue features Ian MacKaye and archivist Nichole Procopenko on archiving Dischord’s massive collection of punk effluvia.
Interviews with Subs, Diders, Demerit, and a collection of earlier Chinese scene reports from the MRR archives. Wonderful to see folks still publishing this magazine decades later, and especially pushing non-American stuff.
New Wave Chicken is a fanzine loosely focused on chickens and music. The zine chronicles stories in the zine author’s life where a hardcore band or album played a pivotal moment, then an interview with a member of said hardcore band.
There are some in-depth, worthwhile conversations happening in No Friends. It’s obvious the folks putting this together know what they’re doing.
This issue of Not Necessarily the News is primarily composed of two interviews with two Ralphs: Ralph Rivera of The Bug and Not Normal Tapes, and Ralph McGreary, an author of fantasy novels…. Jim’s questions are thoughtful and natural, seeming to make each interview into a regular conversation.
Liz (who works at the venerable and crucial Quimby’s, in Chicago) sings a capella versions of punk songs in the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Friendly and well-conceived throughout, despite an admittedly niche topic.
Erick still writes on gentrification, graffiti, squatting, and police, but the scope of his interviews have widened…. I treat the arrival of this zine like a national holiday, dropping everything to dig in.