One page swap
Damn, this is the best idea ever and I wish I'd heard about it sooner!
Trapped Nerve is doing an open one-page 'zine swap where everyone can contribute by making and sending their own mini one pagers. In return, every participant will get all the mini zines as one single issue, printed on paper. As Trapped Nerve is based in the UK, 'zine makers from other countries will only be asked for postage money. Lots of people are sending their contributions, judging from their latest Instagram post: "The one page zine swap is throwing up some awesome pages and creativity. Very rad to see people getting involved and having fun making stuff. From cut & paste RPG stuff to interviews with new bands, to fiction through hardcore trivia to personal reflections on life during lockdown. At this point shows might be off the table but Hardcore punk continues to thrive in revenant forms despite the fucked up mess we find ourselves in. Sharing info and stories through the mail was/is some magical shit. It's the foundation of this thing that still matters to many of us. Get involved."
How incredibly awesome is that?
Deadline is TODAY (Jan. 31, 2021) so there is still time...
2020 in a nutshell
If the chaos and confusion that was 2020 were to be summed up in ONE video, this would be it.
I was lucky to catch this guy a few years ago doing a performance inside a geodesic dome (he was opening for Manuel Göttsching!) and he's been getting better and better since! Haunted music for troubled times.
Nippon Drums & Other Stories
DJ Dom-e has released another killer mix of Japanese breaks all from records available for sale through his online Nezumi Record shop!
In his own words: "This is a 100% Japanese Funk, Soul, Jazz and R&B mix from vinyl recordings. This 1h15mn mix also features anime and film soundtracks, traditional music with a funk-edge, sampling material and late 60's Japanese pop. Hope you enjoy it! All records are (or were) available for sale at https://nezumirecords.com/ Happy New Year 2021!"
In honour of my now deceased favourite rapper of the 00s, here's a rather fitting mashup of DOOM songs (the UK crust band) with mad lyricist MF Doom, made in 2017 by Old City. I'm still very sad to learn about Doom's passing. He was/is one of the most influential beatmakers and rhymers in recent memory... Let's hope Madlib makes it safe to the 22nd century, geniuses are so few and far between in the SoundCloud-rap age.
Comics! by Cartoonist Kayfabe
"Cartoonist Kayfabe" is the brainchild of two hyperactive comic creators, Ed Piskor (X-Men Grand Design, Hip Hop Family Tree) and Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac, Mtsyry: Octobriana 1976) and it's one of the most interesting podcast/video dissection of roughly five decades of comic book history (from the 70s to today, with a strong emphasis on the 90s, "the dark ages" of mainstream comics when every superhero had turned into a many-toothed, pouch-wearing demented clone from an alternate future).
I've discovered countless new fascinating creators thanks to those two guys, and if you're not well-versed into the history of the medium, their YouTube channel will be your best entry point into the art form.
'Kayfabe' has almost become a synonym for interesting comics these days (many comic book shops have a Kayfabe corner) and it seems they're on the verge of becoming an actual brand as their Spreadshirt shop indicates.
Lots of interesting posts can be found on their Instagram account too, like this one below which will give you an idea of how influential they've become!
(Note: I just learned something I didn't know while researching where the word 'Kayfabe' came from, it's used in professional wrestling to indicate the necessary suspension of disbelief in non-wrestling related events such as feuds or gimmicks.)
Here's their introduction video if you want to learn where they're coming from.