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Explorations in rock criticism and old-school fanzine culture.
Sep 20, 2023
Justine DeMetrick (Intermission photo zine)
We zoom in on the life and work of legendary photographer Justine DeMetrick, a key figure in the visual history of American hardcore punk! Shooting bands in the early 90s, vivid recollections of fave venues, artistic heroes, Intermission fanzine, and more.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 13, 2023
Pleasant Gehman (Lobotomy fanzine)
Pleasant Gehman of ground-zero LA punk fanzine Lobotomy ('78-'82) treats us to a brilliant batch of stories: scoring candid interviews and photos with punk royalty, writing for Slash, a run-in with Kim Fowley, and much more.
Jun 12, 2023
Andy Pearson (Fear and Loathing fanzine)
The ultra-prolific Andy Pearson of Fear and Loathing fanzine (going strong since '89) on getting gripped by glam, rivalry among UK music weeklies, having a Nick Cave interview go wonky, and scads more.
Apr 7, 2023
David Elliott (Neumusik fanzine, YHR Tapes, Sounds Magazine)
David Elliott of the brilliant Neumusik fanzine (1979-82) tells the fascinating tale of this little-known experimental/post-Krautrock music mag that's ripe for rediscovery.
Mar 5, 2023
Bruce Adams (kranky records, Your Flesh fanzine)
Bruce Adams is on hand to chat about his recent book, "You're with Stupid: kranky, Chicago, and the Reinvention of Indie Music," writing for Your Flesh, touring with the Laughing Hyenas, and more!
Jan 8, 2023
Brad Lapin (Damage Magazine)
Brad Lapin of the great SF Bay Area punk tabloid Damage ('79-'81) transports us back to the scene that hatched his crucial mag.
1 hr 7 min
Nov 16, 2022
Phil McMullen (Ptolemaic Terrascope, Terrascopædia)
Ptolemaic Terrascope's Phil McMullen tells the fascinating story behind this classic UK pysch fanzine and its inspiring successor, Terrascopaedia, plus gobs of Bevis Frond and Terrastock tales.
1 hr 11 min
Oct 7, 2022
Jon Wurster (The Best Show, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats)
We traipse down memory lane and discuss formative fanzines and rock mags with the hysterical Jon Wurster: Conflict, Forced Exposure, Motorbooty, No Depression, Trouser Press, and much more!
Aug 30, 2022
Gail O’Hara (Chickfactor magazine)
On the 30th anniversary of Chickfactor, Gail O'Hara joins us to discuss her much beloved indie pop fanzine.
Jul 24, 2022
Howie Klein (Reprise Records, Sire Records, Creem, New York Rocker, NME)
Former music exec and lifer Howie Klein shares stories from his enchanted life! Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, doing time with the Fugs, partying with Hendrix, ticking off Tom Verlaine, and more.
Jun 26, 2022
Bill Kopp (Disturbing The Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave)
Music journalist Bill Kopp talks about his latest book, "Disturbing The Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave" which tells the story of this influential SF punk and new wave label.
May 7, 2022
The Boston Groupie News (Miss Lyn and Paul Lovell)
Everything you wanted to know about this legendary DIY rag from the 70s, plus deep early Boston punk history, and a sweetly surreal Jonathan Richman story for the ages!
1 hr 25 min
Apr 3, 2022
Tim Hinely (Dagger fanzine, Where the Wild Gigs Were)
Tim Hinely of Dagger fanzine and the recent book "Where the Wild Gigs Were" (HoZac Books) reminisces about zine shopping at See Hear, getting snubbed by J Mascis, fave venues, and more.
Feb 14, 2022
Andy Schwartz (New York Rocker)
Andy Schwartz of the late great New York Rocker spills the goods on his seminal music mag.
Jan 9, 2022
Jim Parrett (Denim Delinquent)
We roll out the red carpet for Jim "Jymn" Parrett of the legendary 70s pre-punk fanzine Denim Delinquent. Abject worship of Iggy, KISS, Greg Shaw, Ugly Things, and "unscholarly" rock writ.
Dec 24, 2021
Daniel Raeburn (The Imp)
Daniel Raeburn of the brilliant underground comics fanzine The Imp on Chick tracts, Mexican historietas, friendship with Chris Ware, Hüsker Dü, and his deepest artistic experience.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 16, 2021
Phast Phreddie Patterson (Back Door Man fanzine)
The legendary Phast Phreddie Patterson regales us with tales of Oki dogs, LA pre-punk, Claude Bessy, Thee Precisions, and the legacy of Back Door Man.
1 hr 5 min
Oct 14, 2021
John Marr (Murder Can Be Fun zine)
John Marr of Murder Can be Fun treats us to much inspired chatter on his beloved zine, book collecting, Cometbus, early SF punk, volunteering at Maximum Rocknroll, and more.
Sep 27, 2021
Glen Galaxy (Trumans Water, Soul-Junk, Zero Gravity fanzine)
A tell-all session with no wave obsessive Glen Galaxy! Naval academy debauchery, false starts with Trout Mask Replica, John Peel, getting no respect from the hip hop underground, and joy in Christ.
1 hr 27 min
Aug 31, 2021
Michael Azerrad (Our Band Could Be Your Life)
We got noted rock journo Michael Azerrad on the horn to discuss the 20th anniversary of Our Band Could Be Your Life, inspiration vs. influence, rock writing cliches, and more.
Aug 1, 2021
Mark Dancey (Motorbooty Magazine)
We get down with Mark Dancey of the immortal Motorbooty Magazine! Art, the superiority of satire to fandom, Michigan hardcore, Big Chief, touring with the Beastie Boys, the wrath of ICP, and more.
1 hr 22 min
Jul 1, 2021
Gary Pig Gold (The Pig Paper)
Gary Pig Gold—pioneering publisher of The Pig Paper and all-around go-getter—tells tales of a charmed life managing Simply Saucer, producing Pat Boone, playing in a Beach Boys tribute act, and more.
1 hr 13 min
Jun 5, 2021
Mike Stax (Ugly Things)
We grill the one and only Mike Stax of Ugly Things magazine about life at the helm of the ultimate rock & roll read.
May 13, 2021
Daniel Stewart (Distort zine; Total Control, UV Race, Straightjacket Nation)
Aussie underground notable Dan Stewart—of Distort zine and Total Control, UV Race, and Straightjacket Nation fame—waxes thoughtful on band dynamics, fanaticism, the Kinks, Black Flag, and heaps more.
1 hr 10 min
Apr 18, 2021
Peter Davis (Your Flesh magazine, Creature Booking)
We cornered Peter Davis - legendary booking agent and publisher of Your Flesh magazine - and pumped him for some stellar stories on life in the 80s/90s American indie underground.
Apr 4, 2021
Richard Langston (Garage fanzine)
On the 40th anniversary of Flying Nun Records we spoke with Richard Langston of 1980s Dunedin fanzine Garage about the sublime sounds emanating from the Kiwi underground.
Mar 20, 2021
Tim Ellison (Rock Mag/Modern Rock Magazine)
Tim Ellison - a singular voice from the 90s underground fanzine explosion - drops mad knowledge on rock writing, Richard Meltzer, The Beatles, Stereolab, The Gories, no wave, and much more.
Mar 1, 2021
Brian Hogg (Bam Balam, Strange Things Are Happening)
Brian Hogg of Scotland's Bam Balam fanzine dishes on the greatest 60s-oriented music mag of all time. Seek out Brian's latest book, Cosmopolitan Scum! Edinburgh, the Arts, and the Counterculture.
Feb 13, 2021
Howard Wuelfing (Forced Exposure, Creem, Half Japanese)
We gab with dynamic rock critic, musician and PR vet Howard Wuelfing about Creem, Forced Exposure, Richard Meltzer vs. Lester Bangs, DC hardcore, and his days at indie label JEM and Columbia Records.
1 hr 11 min
Jan 30, 2021
Joe Carducci (Rock and the Pop Narcotic; ex-SST Records)
Joe Carducci joins us to discuss the 30th anniversary of Rock and the Pop Narcotic—"the Moby Dick of rock-crit"—and his more recent books Enter Naomi and Stone Male: Requiem for the Living Picture.
1 hr 24 min
Jan 15, 2021
Sean Michaels (Said the Gramophone)
Sean Michaels - novelist, critic, and founder of the pioneering MP3 blog Said the Gramophone - kindly lets us pick his brain on the role of imagination in criticism and the state of music writing.
Jan 1, 2021
Lindsay Hutton (Next Big Thing fanzine)
Fanzine royalty alert—Lindsay Hutton of Scotland's Next Big Thing is on hand for a wide-ranging, brisk conversation on this beloved garage rock institution. A most auspicious start to the new year!
Dec 18, 2020
Tony Rettman (200 LB Underground)
Music journalist Tony Rettman – of 200 Pound Underground fanzine and 3 richly researched books on the history of American hardcore punk – joins us for a revealing, unpredictable, gut-busting hour.
1 hr 6 min
Dec 4, 2020
Jay Hinman (Superdope, Dynamite Hemorrhage)
Welcome to Rock Writ! In this first episode we chat with Jay Hinman of legendary 90s fanzine Superdope and the current podcast and fanzine Dynamite Hemorrhage.