|ISSUE 6.4||FALL 1996|
19 Cent Zine
~36 pages Letterhalf $2
1616 Glenn Ave. / Columbus, OH 43212 / (614) 731-9185
This is Dave Gelos local scene zine. Now, these guys aint no English majors (and neither am I). Usually this is fine, relaxing, friendly and home-y to read. However, every few sentences something seems to get left out or go out of whack. Not can be a very important word to have left out.
Sorry, I shouldnt be dwelling on that so ... 19¢ has some short few sentence reviews of bands and recordings, many done on just one listen. I kinda like that whole concept, though Im not generally brave or versed or comfortable enough to do such one off reviews - at least not of bands Im not familiar with. Though I may not always have an idea of what to expect of a band from the written reviews, I do have an idea of how much the reviewer liked it, ehh-ed it or hated it. Thats not to say I dont get and idea of what to expect from the review as a whole, though ...
You see, Aaron Lowe uses a quick glance pictogram category rating system. Its pretty ingenious. He rates music in several sometimes changing categories: Indie guy factor, Musician factor, Heavy shit factor, Punk rock factor, Sounds good on drugs factor and I like good music factor for example. Each factor has a cute and simple line drawing pictogram representation with 4 pictograms in any one category being the maximum. I think it works much better than the one dimensional ratings systems were so used to seeing. I believe in at least a two to three factor system myself.
I also noticed that Aaron Lowe doesnt seem to like the Econothugs (or at least their fans). It sounds like he was there on a Friday Night Fight Night, so I cant say as I blame him if thats the reason. I could do with a little less macho, drunken, violent, pointless point-proving patrons myself.
There are also a few more in depth half-page type reviews, stories, experiences, or philosophizing: why it took a writer so long to see or hear a band (The Haynes Boys) or if somethings good driving music. Theyve got one on me there. I dont drive. 19¢ ventures away from the music a bit with the newly added Alien Page - UFO stories and such. I havent read that part yet . And Daves inside track at the Newport/PromoWest (ie. bigger alternative shows coming through town) acting as a runner, gopher and chauffeur makes for some interesting stories.
All in all, I really like the personality and philosophy behind 19¢, but sometimes the wording and grammar get in the way.
So far I like Hard Times and am impressed. The writing can be a bit opinionated, high brow and educated, but I really need to read a few more issues a bit more thoroughly. One thing I did notice is that there seems to be the same complaints and problems in other cities as we have here: The Next Seattle Syndrome, the its who ya know and who your friends are Syndrome and the lets degrade our city, scene or selves because of these syndromes Syndrome. Ok, Im guilty, too ... unless you actually consider Cringe a serious and positive description?! But truthfully, with all this negativity floating around, why do we all still seem to support, write and focus on it so much? I think one of the Hard Times articles kinda hit on it: ... instead of the guy in the top hat we have whining, mealy-mouthed rock stars who are rolling in money and yet cant stop bitching. Being a defeatist sells records ... Rock īn Roll is dead because its about begging for love and whining when someone tries to love you ... Defeatist. Hard Times indeed! (I was gonna go off ... on big tangent here. Maybe it will appear in a preamble/prebabble.)
Eventually Ill review Kathode Rays recent CD, Money Talks ... and Sex Sells, with bands from around the world and styles in almost everything that might be dubbed indie, alternative or DIY. Until then, I wanted to point people to this new resource.
Real Audio samples and graphics will be linked provided that they are housed on your server. You'll get a check from us every quarter for the amount of merchandise we've sold. Now is your chance to get on this from a ground breaking level!
We're looking for CD's, cassettes, lo-fi releases, mix-tapes, shirts, and anything else your band has to sell. The catch? We take 30% to cover the phone line, credit card merchant fees, and books. Also-- we believe in keeping music at a reasonable price and WILL NOT sell anything for over $10! We're looking to get your music out into the hands of the people that want it and get you a little more recognition, not make you a millionaire.
Stop by the web site at http://www.kathoderay.org/ for more details or email [email protected] with your questions. What do you have to lose?
NEED PUBLISHING? Visit Kathode Ray Music at http://kathoderay.org/ today!
To save you a little time, I'll go ahead and give you the "meat & potatoes" of what we are: We're a music-mall, consisting of a record label, a 24-track digital recording studio, a media production house, and a booking agency. We have the capability to do just about everything under ONE roof!
... If you know of anyone who would be interested in what we're doing, please send us their e-mail address under the subject "referral", and we'll appreciate it greatly!
Have a terrific weekend, and thank you for your time ...
Internet Resources Director,
Music-NET 2000 - "Your Key To Music On The Internet"
520 Main Street
Evansville, IN 47708
(The day after I received the above message, I got a follow up from the new webguy apologizing for the spamming the message by the old webguy. In case ya dont know, spamming is loosely defined as undesired, unrequested, inappropriate or overzealous mass e-mailings and online newsgroup postings - kinda like junk mail on the internet. - Ed.)
We would be interested in any acts that you feel strongly do exceedingly well at their craft from the Columbus area, detailed information on any club that promotes independent music (any style), Indie friendly record/tape/CD stores, and events that would be of interest to the independent community nationally and internationally - this does not mean they must be "Monster Events, but perhaps curious and interesting.
Our first issue should be out late this week or early next week; we've run a tad late.
Of course, anything that you feel would be of interest, we are open to ... perhaps an overall view of the indie/DIY scene in Columbus?
Hope to hear from you for our November Issue.
Project 9 is a new WebSite dedicated to giving bands and musicians (and those connected with them) with no promotional facilities *some* promotional facilities!
Since its inception on September 1st 1996, Project 9 has four excellent bands already on its books. Check out this list of features which destine Project 9 to become a leader in providing easily-affordable quality music-related services to the Internet community:
Existing features present at Project 9's inception on 1-Sept-96:
Existing extended services (and it is anticipated that future extended services) all cost the same L10 per use with the exception of the Email database, LPOA.
30 West 21st St - 11th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Hope to hear from you.
- Meredith / [email protected]
|Age:||Issue No. 3 Volume 1 June/July 1996|
|Height:||8.5 inches x 11 inches|
|Weight:||Oh, a few ounces|
|Symbol:||An 18 wheeler mudflap|
|Eye color:||Black & white|
|Favorite color:||Stained Skin/Off|
|Favorite T.V. show:||All 50s & 60s Sci-fi/space shows|
|Favorite movies:||Valley Girl/Rock n Roll High School|
|Favorite food:||Raw cow tongue in cheek|
|Last book read:||The Complete Works of Freddist|
|Last book written:||Solar Nebula - The Novel|
|Last raped orifice:||The upper hole of the bottom staple - from the backside|
|Favorite celebrity:||Miss Galaxy, Mudflap Girls from Venus, Underworn, Lazy, and Ozzy|
|When I get Mad:||I get Spy, too.|
|Dream of goal:||To entertain the Universe and beyond ... and colonization of Earth.|
|Philosophy of life:||Freddist|
|What shames me:||Some of those comic strips|
|On dates I like to:||Glitter and glow|
|Quote:||Venus ... Ya been there?|