Bless those Brooklynites at Bananas Magazine. While the TermBo kids and folks at the Goner board might be more up-to-the-minute, there’s really nobody else out there doing the sort of in-depth coverage of the garage scene done by Christophe Lopez-Hulci and his cohorts.
We really liked the first issue here at Rock Star Journalist headquarters, and I’ve handed the magazine off to three or four folks, all of whom enjoyed it just as much as I did. When the second ish showed up in my mailbox this weekend, it very nearly met an early demise, thanks to a postal worker trying to cram more in my mailbox than would fit – in a rainstorm.
Despite the fact that the new issue of Bananas came close to ending up a wad of soggy newsprint, I managed to get it in the house, wherein I tore open the envelope and read that sucker cover-to-cover. Twice, actually. The reviews usually get a thrice-over, as I’m always trying to figure out what of the new releases I need to track down ASAP (that Happy Birthday record on Sub Pop seems like a keeper).
The Midnight Records story gets its conclusion, and features some criticism of JD Martignon’s business practices. I’d not expected that, being as how the first part was a bit of a love letter, but it’s always good to see that both sides of a story are represented. I’m not impugning the Bananas writers’ journalistic integrity, but one usually doesn’t see comprehensive coverage of an issue in a free magazine.
The scene coverage of Spain makes me want to hop the next plane out of KCI and head to Barcelona as soon as possible. The very idea name of Wau y Los Arrrghs!! makes me want to check out the band, never mind the description that “mental hospitals in Spain are full of patients who have attended some of their shows!!”
So, yeah – hit up their website get your hands on a copy. They offer pretty decent shipping and handling rates if you want a few for your local record shop, too.