Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sub Pop USA book review

Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988 is a 400 page book compiling all of the early sub pop zines as well as all of bruce pavitt's sub pop columns that he wrote for rocket magazine between April '83 and July '88. The zines were super cool, and it was rad to see how he did the layout for the cassette releases, but i really liked reading the columns more. He gets meaner in the columns, more confident and more critical of the bands he's reviewing. It makes it way more entertaining. And if you take the time to check out some of the bands you hadn't heard before, you can learn a whole bunch. After listening to some of them, I was super impressed with Pylon from Georgia, as well as all the half japanese stuff I listened to. I also ended up getting lost in a Jandek wikipedia article for way too long and tried downloading that documentary Jandeck on Corwood, but didn't have any luck. But this is super re-readable, and has so much information packed into it that you can't help but learn something new. Bazillion Points published this collection after putting out the Touch & Go fanzine. I hope they can put out the No Idea fanzines next!

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