Razorcake #80 from 2014 with Mind Spiders, Stalins Of Sound, The Klitz, One Punk’s Guide to Poetry, and Ottawa Explosion Weekend

Razorcake 80 cover

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Cover design by Kiyoshi Nakazawa
From a photo by Peter Salisbury

Mind Spiders: Todd blows the bone dust off of Mind Spiders’ latest release and tries to unravel the mechanically spooky mind of Mark Ryan. Mark fills the gap between The Marked Men and Mind Spiders, and explains the benefits of working alone on a musical robot in his own likeness. From the recording process, to the specific German influences, Mark reveals the layers of sonic scum on the inside of his bubble. There is war going on between the humans and the mind spiders and, “Basically, in the end, the mind spiders are going to win.”

One Punk’s Guide to Poetry: The fantastic Cheryl Klein offers her guide to poetry in the latest installment of “One Punk’s Guide to…” Stepping outside of the ambit of the Norton Anthology, Cheryl provides a personal and erudite survey of contemporary poetry. What is it about poetry that gives it the ability to be both nonsensical and profound, to make us feel less afraid and less alone? Put on your beret, light a candle, and get deep in the power of words.

Ottawa Explosion Weekend: Jennifer Whiteford talks with the organizers and musicians involved with Ottawa Explosion (including, but not limited to Emmanuel Sayer of Crusades, Sarah Wotherspoon of The Johnnies, and Mickey Marie of Nervosas). Different voices provide a history of the festival’s origins and future. At its best, a festival is an honest reflection of a community larger than itself. It should bring people together, validate the hard work everyone is doing in their neighborhoods, and sketch out a traversable map between them. What’s it all for if not for good bands and good times?

Stalins Of Sound: Jeff Proctor interviews San Diego’s Stalins Of Sound. Is it okay to draw inspiration from totalitarian dictators? Can drum machines have personality? Remember when firecrackers were legal? How do punk’s names stick around for so long? So many questions, so many hilarious answers.


The Klitz:
Ryan Leach chats with Klitz founding member, Gail Elise Clifton (who now goes by Elise). Founded in 1978, The Klitz are considered by some to be the first punk band in Memphis. An all-female act that were championed by Alex Chilton and Jim Dickinson, The Klitz had a short run, but recently (2005) reignited the old chords and recorded their first album, Glad We’re Girls. A fucking must read.

Sean Carswell likes to watch robots cry and read Beat poetry.

Jim Ruland pays tribute to GWAR and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ben Snakepit is brewing his own beer and malts his bass tones

Cassie J. Sneider is not eating cheeseburgers on the beach and having a laugh.

Rev. Nørb is peddling his wares on Record Store Day.

Adrian Chi reflects on lost friends and the value of the ones we still have.

Rhythm Chicken
is not a fucking rabbit. Are The Brewers blind?!

Art Fuentes
provides an authentic recipe for fake chile verde.

Kiyoshi Nakazawa
is stuffing his tighty-whiteys and keeping ‘em dry.

Nardwuar
continues his talk with The Sonics from last issue about how they’re not a Farfisa band.

Designated Dale talks about not losing sight of losing his sight.

Yumi Sakugawa gets deep with a moth and a flame.
And photos from the lovely and talented:

Shanty Cheryl

Rachel Murray Framingheddu

Dan Monick

This issue is dedicated to the memories of Mike Atta, Scott Asheton, and Gabriel García Márquez

“It had never occurred to him until then to think that literature was the best plaything that had ever been invented to make fun of people…” –Gabriel García Márquez

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