Anyone remember HEMIOLA RECORDS?
UK label run by a woman named Justine. She placed this ad in Superdope #6, a fanzine I put out in 1993. The Fly Ashtray and TFUL282 records she released were quite excellent.
*** UPDATE – thanks very much to our 8 buyers. That went quickly. Superdope #5 now officially deleted from the catalog ***
Look what the long weekend turned up. Just found the final 8 copies of SUPERDOPE #5, a fanzine I put out in 1992.
They’re not doing much of worth sitting in my garage, so I’ve put these last copies up for sale if you’re interested.
It reflects my obsessions of the day: raw third-wave garage punk (interviews with THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS and THE NIGHTKINGS) as well as weirdo avant-pop (cover interview with FLY ASHTRAY).
Reviewers are by Jay Hinman, Tom Lax, Glen Galloway and Doug Pearson. There’s an article about the THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282 by Grady Runyan, and a piece about a still-active San Francisco dive bar called the Uptown by Jay.
Once these 8 copies are gone, this thing is finally, severely out of print.
For those just joining the SUPERDOPE saga – a set of 90s rocknroll fanzines I’ve been posting on Dynamite Hemorrhage the past week – Superdope was a music fanzine that I personally published from 1991-1998. 7 of the 8 issues came out in a three-year period, ’91-’94, with one last one completing the set in 1998. I wasn’t trying to build any sort of empire, further a writing career or even make money, and as life would have it, none of these happened in any case. Yet it was a pretty consuming part of my life during that time. I got especially serious with this issue and its follow-up later in 1993. Both were well-distributed, and if any of the issues still make their way around the fanzine-trading sphere anymore, it’s these.
A few notes on SUPERDOPE #5, which was written during the Fall and early winter of 1992, and came out at the very start of 1993:
- First, apologies for the scan coming out a little “dirty”-looking in spots. Everything’s perfectly readable, but in order to get a successful scan on my home-based all-in-one printer thing, I need to physically press down each page with the palm of my hand as it’s scanning. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I’m a little too lazy to go scan it again. I suppose it adds to the “raw vibe”, right? I guess your physical fanzine might have aged far worse.
- I don’t believe there were too many interviews with THE NIGHT KINGS and the THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS in their day. This was back when I was still doing interviews by mail. Mail! I’d send a list of questions and a blank cassette to the bands, and they’d usually record their answers after a practice. They’d then put the blank cassette in the mail, and I’d transcribe the whole thing. Most would usually send along some flyers and photos as well, and that’s what usually ended up in the magazine. There were no (accessible) scanners, nothing digital at all – I’d copy them at Kinko’s and then carefully send them back to the bands. Part of the narcissism involved in the struggle making a ‘zine back then was the payoff in finally seeing your finished product, the one cobbled with scissors and glue and sheets of white paper surreptitiously printed at work. I’d get in the car and start immediately driving it over to friends’ houses and to San Francisco record stores to be sold while the ink was still smudging.
- FLY ASHTRAY were a NYC band I’d gotten really into from their first two 45s. They didn’t want to send me any real photos of themselves (faces made for radio?), so they instead sent along a bunch of strange, clipped art and photos that I passed off as legitimate pictures of the band. I got more than one comment about the “band photo” that shows 4 stupefied zombies, two of whom are African-American, as being “surprising” since the readers didn’t quite expect the band to “look like that”.
- I had some very strong contributors this issue – Tom Lax, who was running Siltbreeze Records in full swing at that time (he got a great back cover ad for free for his efforts); Doug Pearson, the designated “hippie rock” record reviewer (reissues of 70s private-press records were really big at the time and Doug had them all); Glen Galloway, who besides fronting the band TRUMAN’S WATER had his own excellent fanzine “Zero Gravity”, and Grady Runyan, who submitted this weird and not altogether flattering piece on what was then my #2 favorite band in the universe, the THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282, which I published “under my breath”, as it were. Then there were two excellent photographers – Nicole Penegor and Sherri Scott (my roommate) – who contributed a ton of original photographs that I very much wish I could have represented better than with cheapo 10-cent photocopies from Kinko’s.
- Finally, I find way more to cringe about in this issue than even in the earlier ones. I was getting cocky, with a fanzine that (a few dozen) people actually liked, and started writing a little over my head. I was just 25 years old, but should have known far better than to start cracking so many BANANAFISH-like dumbass in-jokes that I don’t even understand to this day. My credo at the time appeared to be, “If this line will make my friend Brett (or Doug, or Steve, or Grady, or Mitch, or whomever) laugh, then I’ll put it in there”. Other fanzines seemed to employ this trick, and perhaps at the time I thought it helped cultivate an air of mystery – like something I might want to get in on – but there are things in this one that would have made me just put the thing down and call the editor an insufferable bore. But it was a blast at the time, and perhaps you’ll like it better than I do.
I believe SUPERDOPE returned to form later that year with Issue #6, and I’ll probably post that tomorrow or later this week. You can download this one – it’s a big PDF – right here.
To close out September in fine style, I’ve strung together 21 quality rocknroll compositions, grouped them into logical clusters, added some pithy and often insightful commentary, and called it DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO, Edition #21. It’s the bi-weekly podcast I do. I hope you download it, or maybe stream it if you’d like. New stuff this time from Neonates, Los Tentakills, Ruby Pins, The Ar-Kaics and even the queen of swinging mademoiselle French pop herself, Clothilde.
Old(er) stuff this time leans loud, but not exclusively: Myelin Sheaths; Tyvek; early Meat Puppets; The Only Ones at their most “punk”; Terminal Waste Band even the disco/dub/krautrock band Tussle. I made it for you, so at least you should try a couple minutes, right? Oh – and this hideous Avant Gardener sleeve was deliberately chosen as the “art” for this episode. You can’t look away.
TYVEK – Duck Blinds
NEONATES – Tres
RED CROSS – Pseudo-Intellectual (demo)
MYELIN SHEATHS – Everything is Contagious
BE YOUR OWN PET – Food Fight
THE ONLY ONES – Language Problem
CLOTHILDE – Je T’ai Voulu Et Je T’Ai Bien Eu
TERMINAL WASTE BAND – Dial M For Monkey
MARZIPAN – I Believe
FLY ASHTRAY – Soap
AVANT GARDENER – Back Door
LOS TENTAKILLS – Have You For My Own
THE AMBERJACKS – Hey Eriq!
THE AR-KAICS – Sick and Tired
SILVER SHAMPOO – Ladders
MEAT PUPPETS – Blue Green God
L-SEVEN – Secrets
RUBY PINS – Lost Art
THE SPLINTERS – Hot Hands
THE VAMPS – Carving Knife
TUSSLE – Here It Comes
Dynamite Hemorrhage #19 (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #18 (playlist)
Happy New Year, and hello there ladies and gentlemen. Hung over? Nothing to do today? Howsabout streaming or downloading my music podcast DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO right about now? This is the 3rd edition in almost as many weeks. Not sure I can keep up that sort of breakneck pace, but here’s hoping.
This edition, recorded on the last day of 2012, forgoes any sort of best-of-the-year malarkey, and instead plays a mix of the new and the old. Mostly the old. The back-announce parts were recorded while I had a gnarly cold, which I still have, and on a brand-new microphone that I suspect doesn’t add a whole lot to the proceedings, but which made me feel like an important radio disc jockey in any case.
If you missed the first show or the second show, please click on the links to grab’ em! And then download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #3 and lemme know which songs most made you want to stage dive and get into fistfights.
SPRAY PAINT – Psychic Doug
PAMELA – Desert
SALLY SKULL – Bone Monster
URINALS – U
HUMAN SWITCHBOARD – Fly-In
FLY ASHTRAY – Ice Cream Cone
HELLO SKINNY – Norriskip
SO SO MANY WHITE WHITE TIGERS – Bad
HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS – Don’t Look At Me
THE FLESH EATERS – No Questions Asked
TALES OF TERROR – 13
HIGH RISE – Cycle Goddess
THE TWILIGHTERS – Nothing Can Bring Me Down
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – Two Heads
WHITE FENCE – Baxter Corner
MADELINE CHARTRAND – Ani-Kuni
LES BLOUSONS NOIRS – Be Bop Alula
SHEILA – Papa t’es Dans L’Coup
ROYAL TRUX – Strawberry Soda
JOHANNA WENT – Mosquito
BARBARA MANNING & SEYMOUR GLASS – 8s
THE REVILLOS – Motorbike Beat
SWIMMING POOL Q’S – Rat Bait
STROKE BAND – Fiction/Non-Fiction
HALF JAPANESE – Karen
SPIDER – Witch Cookie