Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Used Records & Tapes Zine Issue No. 1
From the Introduction to UR&T#1It wasn’t all that long ago that vinyl was declared a dying format, dead even. Compact discs were the future, the record industry said. This justified a jacked-up price for shiny plastic discs that allegedly sounded better and lasted forever. Except they didn’t on both counts. It wasn’t a hard choice for me. Vinyl records were cooler and CDs cost too much anyway.
Something was lost in the rush to make CDs the dominant format, but record companies didn’t miss a dime. Consumers were gouged, but hey, that’s just entertainment. Anyway, music is a luxury not a necessity, right? Paying too much for music is not real suffering. It is insulting though. Now we’ve flipped the record. Vinyl is back. CDs are wack.
What is Used Records and Tapes?
Reviews of records by A Flock of Seagulls, Asia, The Cars, Falco, Jay Ferguson, James Gang, Guns N Roses, Martha & the Muffins, Men at Work, Thelonious Monster, Mötley Crüe, The Joe Perry Project, The Police, Ramones, Thompson Twins, The Unforgiven, and Yes.
Monday, October 25, 2021
Keep the Flag WavingCheck out my lit./perzine, Gray Flag. These two issues are comprised of journal entries and writing exercises I created as a student in the Story Workshop at Columbia College in the early 1990s.
Throughout those years, like many people before and since, I held down shitty jobs, saw of a lot of live rock shows, consumed much crappy beer in cruddy bars, listened to awesome music, and managed to attend a fair amount of my classes.
Back then most people I knew didn’t have computers. Of course, nobody had cell phones. It was the 90s. People pretended they didn't give a shit about success and careers and listened to grunge music.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020
1. Salty Blizgoips
2. Low Sodium Skrillynx
3. Sugar Zynt-Nockes
4. Beep Beep Bings (Robots only)
5. Sweet-N-Sour Plopnoids
6. Slurb-Slorp Jerky
7. Glizz Glorps
9. Zero Gravity Bars
10. Techno Pops
Saturday, April 25, 2020
A shamelessly self-promoting column by Chris Auman, Wannabe Herpetologist...
Shellter In Place
Pretty crazy, eh? This whole COVID-19 business. I'm kinda
tired of thinking about it. Who knows what’s going to happen next week, next month, or even tomorrow. In Illinois, Governor Pritzker has extended the stay-at-home orders through the end of May. ¡Ay caramba!
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Abstractithica is a 45 minute collage of field recordings meticulously culled from anywhere and everywhere, around the world, and in the UK in particular. Hall used a stereo field recorder to grab bits of conversations, street noises and anything else of aural interest to him. It took him a year to put the pieces together and the result is an interesting and mildly hypnotic recording. I found it quite pleasant to listen to whilst concentrating on other things, like writing reviews for example. Smatterings of applause pop up as does traffic noise, even snatches of a Manu Chao song reveal themselves at unexpected times. It’s like taking a walk down the street while blindfolded. A sensory stimulation and a out of body simulation. Public transportation and some circus or carnival music jars you out of the trances. This is a very limited edition run of 250 vinyl LPs that is worth investigating if you are into experimental music, sound collages and the like.
Always read Reglar Wiglar!