YOU CAN’T PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND A MEMORY / LOU REEDER, THE: $3 and 2 stamps, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, copied, 28 pgs.

Nov 24, 2010

A split zine, with both sides centered on music nostalgia. The Lou Reeder is just that—a short and charming synopsis of the writer’s history with Lou Reed’s music, starting from her college days in the ‘70s and closing it out with her ex-boyfriend once getting Reed as a fare in his cab, all of it written in a font usually reserved for the descriptions of Halloween costumes at Walgreens. YCPYAAAM fares better—a quick and well-written blast about growing up listening to the Violent Femmes and then the high point of the zine: Matt Monochrome’s show reviews, all five pages of them, are succinct, caustic, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Could have used some work in the visual presentation, but there’s no denying both of these folks are more than decent writers. –Keith Rosson (Corina and Matt, PO Box 66835, Portland, OR97290)