KID SHIRT

Sunday, January 06, 2008

SAVAGE CARROTS

FACT: 23 AND BEYOND

The latest ish of FACT hit the streets a couple weeks back and contains a bunch of bits and pieces by me...

I thought the cover was really cool, tho:



'Course it's a playful in-joke based on XTC's "Go 2" cover originally designed by Hipgnosis:



...but it works on so many different levels and it's one of the many reasons that I love FACT: that they'd put out something that's so cool, edgy and self-referential, but without disappearing up its own arse...FACT's a magazine made by fans of music for fans of music. It's like the best Pro Fanzine ever: the contributors' love and enthusiasm literally drips off the pages.

Which is why I was so chuffed to be asked to upscale my own contributions this year. Starting v. soon, I'll be writing a regular on-line column for them chronicling the strange sub-underground world of Noise, Psych, Avant.Folk, Experimental Electronics, Sludge, Doom and whathaveyou, with a sort of condensed preview/alternative version running in the ink edition, I believe...kinda similar to what I've been covering here over the last few years, but with, uh, joined-up writing.

It doesn't mean that I'll stop writing about such things here, au contraire, me lovelies, but it does strangely free up the blog to go ever deeper into wilful obscuranti and the dusty, dark crevices of non-culture...indeed, my own personal tastes are far from static, and I'm already getting strange pseudo-prepubescent desires to unearth and catalogue other sub-strata of oddness, the results of which you will see soon, I promise..yes, soon as I dig me way out from under a mound of deadlines that seem to have accreted 'pon me like gull guana... you've prob. noticed that I'm writing a bit more about underground publishing and films...that's set to continue, but there'll be other weird non-media stuff, far less easy to catagorise.

I promise you won't be bored.