NOT LIKE YOU #4: $7 ppd., 8½” x 11”, copied, 40 pgs.

A zine dedicated to hardcore and—at least marginally, from what I can tell—skateboarding. Almost the entirety of this issue is made up of interviews with Burn, Since We Were Kids, Praise, Backtrack, and Ian Mackaye. There are also a few pages of reviews and scene happenings. It’s a mixed bag—the interview questions are all pretty generic, (save for Mackaye’s, who just by the force of his personality makes things at least passably interesting), and the majority of the interviews were done over email, so they’re pretty dull and with a few exceptions they all kinda read the same. But it is readable in spite of the stiff layout and there are some terrific, high-quality photos included. Still, if you are gonna do a zine that’s ninety-five percent interviews, research that shit, right? Bring up the embarrassing bands that members used to be in! Ask what their parents do for a living, and how that affected their intro to hardcore and punk growing up! Find online comments they made and ask them about it! Stir shit up! I could not care less what someone’s top five hardcore records are, you know? Who cares? –Keith Rosson (Not Like You, 102 Richmond Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM87106)