ROYAL TRUX, Conflict Magazine, Fall 1989.
ROYAL TRUX, Conflict Magazine, Fall 1989.
GANG GREEN – Snob
WHITE FENCE – Pink Gorilla
KING TUFF – Sun Medallion
SUZI JANE HOKOM – Home
SIC ALPS – God Bless Her, I Miss Her
THE GIRLS – Keep It Simple
VERONICA FALLS – My Heart Beats
GUIDED BY VOICES – Melted Pat
AMY LINTON & STEWART ANDERSON – Hipsters, Scenesters, Teenstars and Fakers
KELLEY STOLTZ – Double Exposure
O-LEVEL – Pseudo Punk/O-Level
UV RACE – Life Park
THE CONSUMERS – Teen Love Song
SACCHARINE TRUST – Hearts and Barbarians
DUSTDEVILS – Throw The Bottleful
ROYAL TRUX – Red Tiger
LIECHTENSTEIN – Stalking Skills
THE CRAMPS – Subwire Desire
MAMBO TAXI – Screaming In Public
GIANT SAND – Center of the Universe
BILL DIREEN AND THE BILDERS – Retail Trade
FAMILY CURSE – No Return
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Erika Elizabeth played this one last week from THE SIC ALPS on her Expressway to Your Skull radio show on WMUA, and I guess it helped me remember to go back to their 2012 album on Drag City that I didn’t like so much at first. Mea culpa. It’s terrific.
The band, and this track in particular, are mining a nice cross between “Exile on Main Street” Stones and Royal Trux’ mid-period swagger, and despite changing lineups multiple times, they’re still got a hell of a sound, once it sinks in & all.
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
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 of the 8 issues, 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 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 quote-unquote 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.
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. Give me a break. 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 soon in case anyone wants to take a look at ‘em. I promise not to wait two years to do so.
DOWNLOAD SUPERDOPE #6
In case you missed them, the first 5 issues are available on The Hedonist Jive site as well:
You know who used to put this excellent early-90s fanzine out? Brian Turner, WFMU honcho and tastemaker extraordinaire, that’s who. Turner was ahead of the game, nailing revealing interviews on his lonesome with Giant Sand, Stereolab, Royal Trux and Mo Tucker (!).
I’m not entirely sure, but I think this was the final issue. I got tired of digging fanzines out of my garage to scan this morning so I just grabbed the first ‘Looch I could find. More such scans to come this week.