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SUPERDOPE #6 – Summer 1993

SUPERDOPE was a print fanzine that I made from 1991 until 1998, in various sizes and formats and varying degrees of quality. This issue, SUPERDOPE #6, was not only the one with the largest print run and the widest distribution, I’d have to argue it was the one that I think came out the best, “all things considered”. Outside of the then-modern computer I’d use at the very patient and gracious Kimberly MacInnis’s house, who very much helped with the design structure (like, teaching me how to make columns), it was completely and totally hand-made, up to and including the bold lines that separate one article from the next. I actually would type those lines out by hitting the “dash” button multiple times in a big font, then cut the long strip of paper out, then glue it down onto my cardstock proof sheet (or whatever the thing is called that you send to the printer). Just look at this ridiculous cover here and you’ll see what I mean.

Considering its size, this one came together in record time, too. I had just come off of a 2-month pseudo-gig in April/May 1993 as “road manager” for then-active rock band Claw Hammer, and had even kept a tour diary that I’d intended to use in this issue, which came out in August 1993, I believe.

When I gave the band of whiff of this idea, the sour looks of disapproval and reproach that I received were most telling. What happens in Wichita and Boise stays in Wichita and Boise. So I set about to doing a few interviews, banged out a ton of record reviews, wrote up the first piece on film I’d ever done, and solicited some great contributions from the likes of Tom Lax (“Gregg Bereth”), Doug Pearson and Grady Runyan, as well as multiple gig photos from Sherri Scott, who took on the “chief photographer” role for the fanzine and who was also my roommate. It ended up in a print run of around 2,500 copies, and my inventory-keeping skills were so bad that I now have a mere 2 of them left.

DOWNLOAD SUPERDOPE #6 

A few notes on this one, in case you’re interested in downloading and reading it:

– It’s a pretty big download, 248MB. Previous issues I scanned were well less than half of that, so it might take a few minutes to get to you.

– The interviews I did with Don Howland and Jeff Evans from THE GIBSON BROS were both on the phone, fully recorded and fully transcribed. I’d never done that before, and somehow it ended up working very well. The interviews with COME, DADAMAH and HIGH RISE were either done via mail (the High Rise interview, which is a piece of lost-in-translation weirdness I’m very proud of) or on cassette tape, with the band reading my questions aloud and then verbally answering into a tape recorder.

– Naturally, with the passage of 20 years, there’s a lot that looks silly now. There are bands I can’t even imagine listening to again that I make sound like godz and geniuses here. The Dead C, for one, although I’m actually coming around to them again after a long layoff. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, a band that only a drunken 25-year-old could worship. Rocket From The Crypt. Please.

– I really like Doug Pearson’s piece on 60s/70s heavy psych private-press records. The title I gave it, “I’m Going To Punch You In The Face, Hippie”, was not Mr. Pearson’s idea, nor was the photo of “him” that I used to accompany the article. He was kind enough to take it in good spirit back then, and I thank him for it. I would have probably flown off the handle.

– The photo of World of Pooh used to accompany my review of them was actually given to me by guitarist Brandan Kearney to use. He didn’t want Barbara Manning to know he’d loaned it to me, for some reason, so the credit went to Nicole Penegor, Superdope’s former “staff photographer”. Thanks, Nicole!

– Superdope #6 was the last large-format magazine I ever did. The following year I published a mini digest-sized edition, and then one more four years later, and that was it. I’ll try and get those scanned and posted soon in case anyone wants to take a look at ‘em.

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New show with a stunning array of berserk musical acts from about 1973 to the present – it’s Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #38, and I hope you choose to listen to it. The first track, a newer-than-new, skittering one-minute spastic artpunk jam from Northwest Indiana’s CCTV, will have you hooked for another hour – on this you shall mark my words

Other new bands in the mix this time include BATTY, HLEP, EASTLINK, GOOD THROB, PARQUET COURTS and DARK TIMES; I’ve also got some new reissues/unearthings from The Spies, X__X, Jack Ruby and Dadamah, plus a bunch of library material from the likes of The Minutemen, Clinic, Solger, Half Japanese (pictured), Union Carbide Productions and more. And if for some reason you enjoy this show, you’ll find comfort in the fact that there are 37 additional hours of Dynamite Hemorrhage programming that you’re free to download as well.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #38.
Stream or download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #38 on Soundcloud.
Subscribe to the show on iTunes.

Track listing:

CCTV – Mind Control
HLEP – Drunk Cop
OPPOSITE SEX – La Rat
THE MINUTEMEN – Afternoons
CLINIC – IPC Subeditors Dictate Our Youth
THE SPIES – Egyptian Bird Song
PARQUET COURTS – Sunbathing Animal
THE SPITS – Get Our Kicks
THE BEGUILED – Fire Rock (That Nagging Voice)
GOOD THROB – Acid House
X__X – No No
DADAMAH – Violet Stains Red
BATTY – Summoning Call
UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS – Financial Declaration
JACK RUBY – Bored Stiff
½ JAPANESE – Hey Laurie
WHITE FENCE – Growing Faith
DARK TIMES – Girl Hate
CRISIS – PC 1984
SOLGER – A Man
HECTOR – Wired Up
EASTLINK – What A Silly Day (Australia Day)

Some past shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #37    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist)

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There’s a pair of previously unreleased – and really good – tracks from Dadamah out on Grouper’s Yellow Electric label that I can’t get enough of right now. Looks like this 7” has been out for a while, but only just came to my attention with the recent release of that Roy Montgomery comp, also on Yellow Electric. Initially, I sort of dismissed it, thinking that Dadamah’s music had already been pretty comprehensively compiled, and falling back on that old complacent rule that “previously unreleased” so often means “didn’t make the cut.”

Thankfully, haunting B-side “Absent and Erotic Lives” opened the latest Dynamite Hemorrhage podcast, and caught me off-guard. Metronomic rhythm and preoccupied guitar strums are definitely okay by me, but this track stands out by virtue of a building, anxious tension that haunts (with some help from those keyboards) even as it hypnotizes. With more of the same on the A-side, this turns out to be pretty ideal material for Yellow Electric.

Vinyl here. mp3 here.

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It’s another edition of our hour-long series of podcasts/mixtapes/fake radio shows called DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO, coming to you for the 37th time since we kicked off this relatively rewarding endeavor late in 2012. I focused this one pretty laser-like on new stuff, both new bands and new reissues. In the former category, we’ve got stuff from Numb Bats, Good Throb, Advlts, Pang, Trick Mammoth, Constant Mongrel, Thee Oh Sees, Ausmuteantsand Fleabite. Whoa. In the latter, I’m playing you things from Jack Ruby, X__X and Dadamah (pictured). Not one half bad.

See if you’re buying one hour and 4 minutes of what we’re selling – and please try some of the older shows while you’re at it as well.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #37.
Stream or download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #37 via Soundcloud.
Subscribe to the show and get ‘em all via iTunes.

Track Listing:

DADAMAH – Absent and Erotic Lives
GOOD THROB – No Taste
ADVLTS – Raw Nerves
FLEABITE – Last Call
AUSMUTEANTS – 15 Frames Per Second
CONSTANT MONGREL – New Shapes
NUMB BATS – Cry Baby
JOHNNY BOY – You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve
TRICK MAMMOTH – Doll
HOUSEHOLD – Never After
PANG – Relax
THE KIWI ANIMAL – Making Tracks
JACK RUBY – Hit and Run
MARS – Helen Forsdale
RED TRANSISTOR – Not Bite
THE GIZMOS – Mean Screen
X__X – A
BLACK BUG – Unicorn
THEE OH SEES – Encrypted Bounce 

Past Shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #31    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #30    (playlist) 

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DADAMAH were an experimental, neo-psych New Zealand band from the early 90s who had a brief but excellent catalog of recordings that straddled “traditional” Kiwi Velvets-style sounds with a more radical and outward-expanding approach. Roy Montgomery, who both before and after this band recorded many fine works of musical art, was a member. He’s the tall fella, third from the left here.

Somewhere in my tape drawer I found a recording of the band playing live in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1991. Full set, never before released to the world. I thought you might want to hear it, so I digitized it for you this weekend.

Download DADAMAH – Live in Christchurch, NZ 1991

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Stream or download the newest Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast, #16, recorded in late June 2013. Like the other 15, which I’m putting out about once every two weeks, it’s an hour of raw, underground music from multiple sub-strands of rocknroll. This one’s maybe a little more gentle and pop-like than some of our past bonzai, punktastic editions, but if you hang in there for 60 minutes you’ll definitely be able to get what you’re looking for, punker.

New stuff this time from THE PEARLS (new female duo from Italy), THE SLEAZE, THE WIMPSand other bands with “The” in their names. Older stuff spans from quiet New Zealand Velvets-inspired stuff like The Pedestrians and The Kiwi Animal to garage punk from The Nights & Days, Girls at Dawn, Thee Mighty Caesars & more. Stream it, download it, and as always – tell a friend.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast #16 here.
Stream Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast #16 here.

Track listing:

THEE MIGHTY CAESARS – Comanche
THE PEARLS – Away
THE PEDESTRIANS – Looking Out My Window
SAMARA LUBELSKI – Field The Mine
LORETTE VELVETTE – Boys Keep Swinging
THE WILDERNESS CHILDREN – Bad Taste in My Mouth
COME – SVK
VERTIGO – Two Lives
SWELL MAPS – Another Song
THE DONNAS – Lana and Steve
SEEMS TWICE – Salient Feature
MIL MASCARAS – Best Trip
U.X.A. – U.X.A.
THE WIMPS – Slept in Late
THE NIGHTS AND DAYS – Excuses
HUNGRY GAYZE – Pins and Needles
THE GIRLS AT DAWN – I’m Alone
THE SLEAZE – Because of You
ALTERNATE LEARNING – Dresden
THE GIBSON BROS – Skull & Crossbones
THE KIWI ANIMAL – Blue Morning
DADAMAH – Radio Brain
ANN-MARGRET – You Turned My Head Around

Download some of the past shows, too, while you’re at it – each about one hour.