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For The Love Of Zines! Review Bonus: Ugly Things

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Tim Hinely, of Dagger zine fame, and a longtime contributor/blogger here at BLURT, has been posting his “For The Love Of Zines!” blog for a number of years now. He recently grabbed the most recent issues of legendary/long-running garage/psych/punk fanzine Ugly Things, which of course is the brainchild of the equally legendary Mike Stax. We decided that Tim’s appreciation for all things U.T. was worth a standalone kudos, so without further you know what…Pictured above: issue #42. Down below: #43.

BY TIM HINELY

Ugly Things (issues #42 and 43): Man, I never miss an issue of Ugly Things. A few months ago I walked into Twist & Shout and saw issue #42 (with The Weirdos!) and ended up buying a few records instead, figuring I’ll buy the ish of U.T. next time. Well, next time it wasn’t there and no other store in town had it. I panicked for a bit…then realized I could mailorder it so I did and found out that there was a brand new ish, #$43 so ordered that as well! Editor/publisher Mike Stax used to pop out a new issue about once a year, but these days I think he’s on a two-a-year schedule (better for us fans of the mag).

As it says at the top of the mag every issue, “Wild sounds from past dimensions” so yeah, Stax and his crew are all about the old stuff from previous decades (usually the 60’s). Eash issue is about 150 pages with a nice, hard-stock color cover. Ok, in issue #42 , as mentioned, you’ve got The Weirdos plus Paul Samwell-Smith of The Yardbirds, The Penetrators, The Carnaby and more as well as a boatload of reviews of records,  books, dvds. There’s also plenty of columns from Stax and his motley crew.

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The brand spankin’ new issue #43 has got San Francisco proto-punks Crime as well as piece on Thing to Come, Bent Wind, The Turtles, Music Machine, and more. A few of my favorite columnists both show up in #43, Ric Menck’s Call Me Lightning column and Doug Sheppard’s Electric Sailing are both back (Doug’s column was in both, but Ric’s was not in #42) plus they’ve added my old pal Tim Stegall on to the staff to handle some reviews, too.  U.T. is always a great read, but now has gotten even better.

So there you have it, if you’re a fan then you’ve already got both of these issue and if you’ve never checked out U.T. well, what are you waiting for, call! (Operators are standing by; tell ‘em BLURT and Dagger zine sent ya.)

www.ugly-things.com

 

FOR THE LOVE OF ZINES! (PT. 5)

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This is what the world looked like before WordPress, punks. And it was a more vibrant, exuberantly tactile world, too. Our resident fanzine expert Tim “Dagger” Hinely weighs in.

BY TIM “DAGGER” HINELY

Print is still alive and well and here’s some rags to prove it! (See Part 4 of this series elsewhere on the Blurt site.) Fall is here, which mean that the baseball season is slowly coming to its conclusion, so with that in mind….

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Zisk (#27) I have to start off every review of Zisk by stating that it is “The baseball magazine for people who hate baseball magazines.” Mike and Steve will never quit. Ever (and we hope they never do). This ish includes Mighty Joe Young! The all-time World Series team, some serious hate for Roger Clemens and much more. Come on man, don’t we all hate Clemens? For that alone you need this. www.ziskmagazine.com

Vulcher (#1) Long-time Los Angeles based writer Eddie Flowers has dusted off his old mag and restarted it again. He and his pal Kelsey Simpson have gathered up a gang of folks to put a new spin on a classic old rag. You might not hear Eddie’s name in the same breath as Bangs or Meltzer but it should be: During his early days in Indianapolis, he was a member of now-legendary punk band The Gizmos and part of the creative team that gave the world the mighty fanzine and record label Gulcher—hence the ‘zine title here. He’s got a hard-working crew of writers (including yours truly) that rivals that of Bull Tongue (see below). It’s packed to the gills and excellent. Write Eddie for a copy at slippytown@gmail.com

The Big Takeover (#78) Speaking of someone who nevers quits (and we hope he doesn’t) is Jack Rabid, editor of this long-running mag. It started off 100 years ago as one piece of paper and now has grown into a nice, glossy mag covering the gamut of punk and indie rock. In this ish is Savages (cover stars) plus other interviews with John Doe, The Thermals, Tanya Donnelly, Kid Congo, Lemmy (RIP), Great Lakes, La Sera, and more interviews also hundreds of reviews and much more. Lotsa bang for your buck. 152 pages. www.bigtakeover.com

Bull Tongue Review (#5) Byron Coley and his motley crew of writers just keep on keeping on with this thick monster (close to 80 pages). You get reviews of whatever the writers feel like writing about and with a lineup like this you’ve gotta be tuning in: Gregg Turner, Tom Lax, Michael Hurley, Eddie Flowers, Thurston Moore, Bruce Russell, Richard Meltzer and too many others. Tune in, turn on and get intoxicated (on these writings). www.bulltonguereview.com

Casting Couch (#4), Miranda Fisher hails from Austin, TX, and seems to be soaking up all that fair city has to offer. Fuck the high rents and overpriced lattes, she’d rather head down to Beerland and catch a band then write about it (I’m assuming here). Casting Couch isn’t all Austin though. In here she’s got pieces on Lavender Flu, La Misma, Golden Pelicans, Crazy Spirit plus reviews and a lot more. The Golden Pelicans even pose for a color pinup on the back cover, hell, this is issue is worth it for that alone! castingcouchzine@gmail.com

Dynamite Hemorrhage (#3) San Franciscan Jay Hinman used to do the punk-garage zine Superdope. He then got married, had a kid and settled down, if just a bit. Well he came roarin’ back a few years ago with DH #1 and now he’s up to issue #3 and it’s spectacular. It’s a perfect mix of old and new, olde as the Velvet Underground are on the cover plus a piece on old San Fran band World of Pooh, but he also scribbles about new bands, too. White Fence, Unit 4, Sara Fancy and others. Plus there’s reviews, pics and it looks beautiful (bound with a full-color cover). www.dynamitehemorrhage.com

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Exploitation Retrospect (#52) Editor Dan Taylor used to do an awesome food zine called the Hungover Gourmet but I had no idea he’d been doing this rag on obscure films. I guess he’s been doing E.R for like thirty years or more, so it was a pleasant surprise to see this one. Anyway, this is a bound, digest-sized rag that calls itself “the journal of junk culture & fringe media.” Inside this ish is WAVE Productions, Nikkatsu Erotic Films, novels and movies featuring The Destroyer and plus reviews and a lot more. One issue and you’ll be hooked. www.dantenet.com

Fuckin’ Ziggurat (#1) This zine is put out by the folks behind the Emotional Response record label but mostly done by Stewart Anderson and this zine come with a 17-track cd as well. In this ish is Bobby Carlson, Ginnels, Primitive Calculators, Quaaludes and others plus no reviews but plenty o’ comics! It’s all bound up in a zine that slightly bigger than a half-sized one. On the cd are the names listed above plus Bing and Bob, Tangible Excitement, Croque Madame, Wanda Junes, etc. Dig into the zine, the CD and the label. Go! www.jenandstew.com

Incremental Decrepitude (#4) Done by Mr. Dave Brushback who is no stranger to the zine scene having previously done zines like Run It and Brushback as well as others. This one is pocket-sized and is all record, zine and live shows reviews except for the interview with Bonus McGinty. Dave only made a handful of these but write to him anyway and see if he has any left (if not he probably has a new zine in the works anyway). Rock_in_my_shoes@yahoo.com