Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Zine Review: Something for Nothing #65

Something for Nothing #65
36 pages / half letter
free but DJ Frederick suggests sending a donation of cash or stamps
516 Third Street NE
Massillon OH 44646

Now THIS is cool. Forget the semi-objective review that you typically get from me, I’m going to sing the praises of this zine like a soprano in a Sunday choir. Something For Nothing (the tape issue) is a hybrid between a perzine and a review zine. Billy/Idy reviews cassettes that were released in the late 1980s / early 90s that haven’t made their way into digital formats. There is a wealth of lesser known music described here in detail – most of it DIY and indie in nature, including several issues of an intriguing zine on tape / radio show called “New Generation” which featured underground Xian music. Most of the cassettes in the zine are reviewed in depth, with a thorough knowledge of and appreciation for bands and musicians and analogue culture. Something For Nothing also features discussions about various Kinko shops, some beverage reviews, great graphics & cut n paste design and a vibe that feels time-warped right out of classic zines from the 1980s, and I mean that in the best possible sense. This is solid joy in paper form. 

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