You can’t live in two places at once, but the recent punk-related gems of catalog additions are a solid jog down memory lane for anyone involved in hardcore punk in the mid-2000’s. They are here on the shelf at Jacksonville’s Downtown Library with little vouching for them these days but the fact that they still exist. So here’s a heads up on the paper product in case you missed the boat this first time around, with a nod to a few digitized reincarnations.
Slug and Lettuce.
Bust out your magnifying glasses for this classic! Editor/writer/publisher Christine Boarts Larson makes sure this FREE publication in jammed back with as much great stuff as possible, hence the wee text size. Don’t let adjusting your glasses stop you though! Spring of 2012 marks it’s 25th year, so you know something great is happening here. (That’s 1987 for the math challenged.) Twenty five years of focusing on the general DIY / anarcho-punk themes of anti-authoritarian politics, vegetarian/vegan action, radical parenting, gardening, DIY culture. You can even check out a ton of the the columns online at the recently created http://www.slugandlettuce.net. The website also serves as an archive for a lot of great band photography Chris has done over the years. That archive has a lot of the art from the issues as well – Jeremy Clark’s artwork is amazing. The site also contains some new content, two different podcast series; on Eco-punk and Permaculture.
Equalizing X Distort
Another no frills and no space wasted, pedal to the hardcore punk, zine. Named after the classic Gauze LP you probably only own a bootleg of, the Equalizing Distort zine is an extension of a radio show these four Canadian chaps put together. Lots of interviews with bands and record reviews. The issue we have at JPL is from 2006, but these Toronto locals have been busy since then. They operate a great website of the same name here. It chronicles playlists from the show (complete with plenty of MP3’s!!) and information on the zine and local shows. They also have archived some of the older issues here.
So come check them out soon! And until then, you have plenty of new websites to explore if hanging at a computer is your thing.