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Posted: February 6th, 2005, by Marceline Smith

Oh dear, these have been sitting by my chair for ages. Sorry, zinesters.

Jimmy Possession is still my favourite reviewer. No-one else manages to play around with sounds and thoughts getting right into the heart of a song with seeming effortless ease. I’ll even forgive him for not saying anything particularly nice about my band since he described Denim and Diamonds so perfectly. As well as the pages and pages of record and demo reviews there’s also interviews with local community radio and lots of bands you’ve never heard of, an excellent guide to promoting gigs and a free CD to add to my pile of CDs that I never get around to listening to but should.
£4 for 3 issues – come.to/robots

“Music, arts and facial hair” – what more could you want? This is a great Glasgow zine by some rather good writers and photographers who also do stuff for Plan B, Is This Music? and even diskant. There’s interviews (with Kinky Friedman, Weird War and Lucky Luke), reviews (of ATP, Le Weekend and T in the Park) and lots of random articles, cartoons, beard trivia and other bits and pieces to keep you well entertained. New issue out soon too.
£1.50 from Monorail etc. – beardmag.blogspot.com

Two zines for the price of one from husband and wife team April and David. April’s been zining forever and the fourth issue of her latest zine is as good as ever. Generally a bunch of writing about random stuff in her life but April’s life is always hella entertaining. Thus you get her tales of the the most annoying-est things people have done at the movies, her daily transportation fun, free pizza scammers etc. all written in April’s friendly open manner. If you don’t laugh then you don’t know what fun is. Husband David’s zine is self-explanatory – detailed reviews of some of the most unbelievably terrible and hilarious records he owns; records he bought to prove they exist. From French toddlers and cheesy christians to cartoon cats and hair metal, David painstakingly points out every ridiculous facet of these records from the song lyrics and sleeve notes to the terrible terrible sleeve art. Great stuff.
$2 from emotionlotion.org – check April’s cool badges as well.

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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