MANUAL DEXTERITY Summer 2010: offset, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, 60 pgs.

Nice-looking offset zine with a focus on the type of indie rock that Polyvinyl and Lovitt records release – the stuff that the punx dismiss as bougie but that doesn’t get covered on mainstream outlets like Pitchfork. They interview designer Jason Gwenikow, who is responsible for the design-intensive aesthetic of late ‘90s emo rock groups like The Promise Ring and Cap’n Jazz, and talk to band members and label heads about the importance of packaging and design in the MP3 era. This focus on the things that go into sharing music, as opposed to just the music, is an interesting angle that provides insight into what makes the indie economy tick and makes this magazine singular. –CT Terry (PO Box 1616, Monticello, MN 55362, [email protected])