I was going through some old files and found that I’d actually written a batch of record reviews for Eric Friedl (aka Eric Oblivian)’s WIPEOUT fanzine in 1998 that I hadn’t seen nor remembered since that time.

I’m not even sure where to find the mag itself, but now that I have the reviews, I figure I’ll post them up here in the weeks to come. I appreciate Eric letting me yak up this stuff in his pages. I had “retired” from the print fanzine business that year, a retirement that lasted 15 years.

This one’s a record I also haven’t heard since 1998. Has anyone?


I’m always the last to know, but this 45, “Newgate” from TOXIE has been out a year now, and after three listens, it finally hit me – what a great song.

It’s what we used to call “new wave” in the 1980s, propelled beyond the category with buzzing, raw guitar and breathy female vocals from Alexandra Burden. Eric at Goner Records put it out. He’s probably seen them live right there in his and their hometown of Memphis. I’ll bet he likes ‘em. I’m pretty sure I do too. Check out their brand-new thing as well, which I just bought this week & which is just as good.