Zine Reviews

G.A. MUTT #3, $3 ppd., 8½” x 11”, black and white, 28 pgs.

Continuing punk-centric musings mostly centered around New Paltz, N.Y. Having not seen the first two issues, I feel like I missed something that was happening on the supposed continued e-mail adventures of Dave Grohl, but I did love the collage of college radio station review stickers (“Is This Love?” (’cause it sure ain’t music)). There was also a clutch of album reviews and a really glowing write up of the Screaming Females recent live shows and album, which makes me want to check them out again, as I haven’t done a very good job of keeping up with the band the last few years. The capper of the whole zine is an extensive review of the CBGB film from 2013, that A.) reminded me that that was a thing that happened, and B.) perversely made me want to see the film now. The hook to this issue of the zine though is the random Greg Ginn “commentary” popping up every few pages like an extremely SST-centric version of Sergio Aragonés margin doodles. –Adrian Salas (John Tapper, 12 Pinecrest Rd., New Paltz, NY, 12561, gamutt.storenvy.com)

KNOW-IT-ALL ASSHOLE JERK, $5 ppd., 6½” x 8½”, 54 pgs.

Despite what the cover and title may lead one to believe, this isn’t a Breakfast Club or Judd Nelson fanzine. This zine is instead a collection of short, print true stories from Adel Souto’s Know-It-All Asshole Jerk blog that deal with the the strange and out of the ordinary. The subject matter focuses more on art world oddities, spectacularly elaborate pranks, and decidedly unique individuals rather than the paranormal, but there’s more than enough to make one go on multiple internet deep dives to find out more on most of the stories. This actually makes me think a lot of the type of stuff that Ripley’s Believe It or Not would cover. All the stories inside caught my interest, with some ones that really stuck with me, including the tale of the Ovechkin family who made a jump from being a family dixieland Dixieland jazz band in Russia, to armed terrorists, Charle’s Mingus’s detailed instructions for toilet training cats, and the story performance artist John Duncan’s Blind Date piece which… well you just have to read about it. –Adrian Salas (adelsouto.com, knowitallassholejerk.com, adelsouto@adelsouto.com)

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #427 Re-do, $4.99, 8½” x 11½”, newsprint, 40 pgs.

This issue is the #427 re-do, because the original cover showcased cisgender white male band Proto Idiot, chosen for the cover instead of other bands interviewed that included people of color. Because of this cover, the other interviews may have been overlooked. MRR decided the best way to give these interviews the attention and recognition that they deserve was printing a re-do, upside-down and backwards from #428. MRR said they chose Proto Idiot because they provided high-resolution, never-before-printed photos. I think if MRR had reached out to the bands requesting new photos, bands could have provided them. Apologies alluded that they’re going to work harder to make future cover choices more of a collaborative effort within the staff, as opposed to one person doing so. Miranda Fisher, the content coordinator for MRR, took the blame and said, “This magazine has a lot to work on in terms of its institutional white supremacy; I am unquestionably part of that, and I need to do a better job of acknowledging and combating it. This shows even in my reaction to the cover of 427; I should have seen immediately the hurt that it caused people, but I did not. I’d like to thank those who brought this issue to light for me.” I’m hoping that MRR will keep that promise, and feature more artists of color and marginalized folks. To show transparency, the magazine is making the emails to the bands explaining the situation and offering to re-run their interviews, and all the meeting notes available to the readers upon request. Reprinted interviews were Jabber (love them!), The Funs, The Shifters, Choked Up (featured on the re-do cover), lié, Marrón, and Giant Peach. I’m happy these interviews were given the opportunity to be printed again, and glad that so many spoke up about what happened. –Cynthia Pinedo (Maximum Rocknroll, maximumrocknroll.com)

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #428, $4.99, 8½” x 11½”, newsprint, 111 pgs.

Issue #428 features Singapore’s Sial on the cover, and their interview touches a bit on the Singaporean punk scene. This issue also has a great feature on Black and Brown Punk Fest TX, written by co-organizer Daisy Salinas. The letters section features a letter by Daniel Becker about the unjustified boycott of Israeli punks in MRR, and how not many folks in Israel want to contribute content for MRR anymore. Becker was approached to contribute an Israeli scene report and it caused a lot of frustration for him. Vicky Cassis (the distro coordinator) and MRR replied with an apology, and reviewer Ramy Silyan explains how behind closed doors, Becker decided to not print the story and spread false information about the mag. Ramy opens up the mail to other international punks who feel frustrated in their situations to speak out, and decolonize punk. This issue also contains an interview between Jonny of Jonny Cat Records, and Mark from TKO Records about how their record labels came to be, numerous band interviews, a feature on This Is Austin, Not That Great, and a Belgium scene report. ¬As you may have heard, MRR is ceasing physical printing of their magazine in 2019 after thirty-seven years, so this issue is one of the last few to be printed. Be sure to pick it up, and read the double #427/428 issue! –Cynthia Pinedo (Maximum Rocknroll, maximumrocknroll.com)

NOT LIKE YOU—PHOTO ISSUE #2, $5?, 8½” x 11”, copied, 40 pgs.

A cool collection of show photos which had me wondering which ones were shot in the past and which ones were at recent reunions. I’m pretty sure Avail hasn’t gotten back together, and I know Fugazi hasn’t. Faction and Youth Of Today and Judge all have, apparently. Sussing out now vs. then is half the fun. –Michael T. Fournier (102 Richmond Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106)

PARANOIZE #45, $2, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 18 pgs.

Paranoize has covered the New Orleans metal, punk, and hardcore scene for twenty-five years. On one hand that’s pretty awesome, but on another hand, I would figure that after that long the zine would look a bit better than an awkwardly stapled production with formulaic questions for bands. There are interviews in this issue with Dead Centered, Dark Star Coven, Woorms, and Sounding. I did learn some stuff about each band, but it’s hard to get in-depth from a two-page interview in a half-size zine. Also included are a ton of music and zine reviews as well as a list of bands, venues, and record stores in New Orleans. I suppose if you’re interested in this scene, it’d be cool, but otherwise I’m not sure why you’d want to check this out. –Kurt Morris (Paranoize, PO Box 2334, Marrero, LA 70073)

PERSONAL BEST #1, $?, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 50 pgs.

A cut-and-paste style zine asking you to question your “sheep” logic and featuring different submissions from members involved in subversive, underground culture. The zine was hard for me to read on account of the cut-and-paste design looking really scattered. Sometimes the backgrounds behind the essays were too busy, making it hard to read the actual text. Most of the pieces were poetry and prose, with one art interview, and one person saying they hate when old famous punk bands reunite because it ruins their mental image of “young vibrant punk kids giving it their all.” This one wasn’t for me. –Tricia Ramos (Personal Best, alanboomer@gmail.com)

PUNKS AROUND #2: MUTANT MANIAC, $3, 4” x 7”, copied, 38 pgs.

The four stories that comprise Mutant Maniac are written by Justin Maurer, whom you might know from his band, Clorox Girls. One story takes place in high school when he was forced to deal with skinheads at a show, another looks at the time he played in Mexico with Clorox Girls. Justin also had to deal with a felony charge that was the result of exposing himself on stage. The last story is about the beauty of being on tour in Italy. He does a wonderful job of putting the reader in the scene, wherever the locale. I found his writing lively and engaging. It’s a shame there aren’t more stories here. I would certainly read an entire book of his tales from the road. –Kurt Morris (Microcosm, 2752 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227)

QUARANTINE, $?, 6” x 8”, copied, 14 pgs.

A printed version of an online interview with Brian Curran (of bands Disaffect, Quarantine, Debris, Ruin, Scatha, and Brain Anguish) for Sanctus Propaganda Magazine. This zine coincides with the timing of Quarantine’s discography reunion album release. The interview consists of questions about Brian Curran’s band histories, playing shows in Scotland, what it’s like playing punk shows with young bands as an older punk, and today’s political climate. –Tricia Ramos (Quarantine, sanctuspropaganda.com)

RAZORBLADES AND ASPIRIN #4, $10, 5½ x 8½”, black and white glossy printed, 60 pgs.

Self-described “Hardcore Punk Photozine,” Razorblades and Aspirin is exactly that. In glossy black and white, these photos of hardcore or punk bands playing live are full of movement, emotion, sweat, and energy. If you’re looking for a photo zine that translates to someone visually what it’s like to experience a hardcore punk show, then this is the one. –Tricia Ramos (Razorblades and Aspirin, 507 29th St., Richmond, VA 23223, razorbladesandaspirin.bigcartel.com)