26.2.08

SAVAGE MESSIAH - NOW ONLINE

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My black bitter little heart doesn't like fanzines any more. I no longer find what I once sought. Nuggets of underground culture? People speaking honest and true, unmediated by advertising? That, thankfully, is what the internet is for. And it's wonderful. I'm committed to paper not pixels, and buy more books and comics than ever, but zines? Nah. Not any more. Too many of them are regurgitated, slightly shoddier versions of what you can get in 'proper' magazines in the shops (which I don't read either, unless someone sends me a freebie because I wrote something for them.) I feel like a vile traitor even saying such a thing, but it's the truth. What did I seek in fanzines? An authentic voice? A maverick vision? I sought - and found - Lisa Crystal Carver, Dame Darcy, Baby Sue, Ben is Dead… but now, with the advent of the internet, there's no need for people such as this to pour ink onto paper when there's Blogger, Livejournal, Typepad, Wordpress. But Savage Messiah has kind of restored my hope. It's full of drawings, which legitimizes its paper status, but the writing is also a pleasure to read; these smudgy, impressionistic little vignettes about life on the outskirts of London and fringes of society. I recommend you buy a copy, or join Laura and co on one of their 'Night Drifts' through London - not that my trapped-in-Stockholm ass has ever done such a thing - and, in the meantime, you can visit the new and lovely website for a taste of what's on offer in one of the best fanzines available today.

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31.1.08

FANZINE WORKSHOP


FANZINE WORKSHOP, originally uploaded by ampster.

also, look - plan b are doing a fanzine workshop at rough trade. and a music writing one! so you can learn how to be a music journalist. i can teach you too. just be a 30something male, balding, bitter, boring, paunchy, pale-skinned, slightly sweating, scared of girls. works every time. OOH, AREN'T STEREOTYPES FUN? :D

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5.1.08

AMP PRESENTS:


AMP PRESENTS:, originally uploaded by ampster.

we made a new fanzine! it's written, illustrated and designed by some of my favourite people, and it's about GAY PORN (suprise!)

email amp.minzine@gmail.com to find out how to get your copy!


'Fave Gestures in Porn'
Text: Andrew Johnston
Images: Raz Webster
Design: Miranda Iossifidis
A6 booklet / 4 pp + A4 poster

Random quote (from 'Landed-Fish Orgasm'): "His eyes are going like roulette balls. Gasps halfmoon his mouth. Four more thrusts initiate the involuntary gesture: his head jerks back as though God, fishing from a cloud, has cast a hook through his top lip and tugged."

Random quote (from 'Hand-Halo Suckoff'): "The gap represents Straightboy's intact heterosexuality: to close it, and thus to make physical hand-to-head contact, would be to seal a homosexual fate. As long as he lets it hover, he's straight, he's straight, he is, he's straight."

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30.12.07

FICTION: LAURIE WEEKS, MARY GAITSKILL

Vice are doing another short story issue and it has one story by Laurie Weeks and one by Mary Gaitskill! Available at your local hipster emporium NOW!

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6.12.07

MY M.I.A. INTERVIEW

MIA_venuszine"With big love for her mama and her signature punk approach to dance music, is she the modern girl next door or the most exciting thing since riot grrrl? We're convinced she's both." The MIA interview I did for Venus magazine is now online at their site - take a peek!


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16.9.07

SAVAGE MESSIAH KING'S X DRIFT

more activity from Savage Messiah, top zine du jour:

SAVAGE MESSIAH**$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$



NIGHT DRIFT THROUGH KINGS CROSS: ££££££££££££££££££££

@HOUSMAN’S BOOKSHOP, CALEDONIAN ROAD, N1.

On Saturday 29th of September 7pm ,LAURA OLDFIELD FORD of SAVAGE MESSIAH ZINE . …………. .. ……. .. …

. ………………… will facilitate a drift through the Kings cross area. The Savage Messiah employs the tactic of psychogeography to expose the repressed desires of the city. Savage messiah welcomes participants to this walk to join a collective cognitive anti mapping of the city and hopes that stories, anecdotes, drawings, ideas generated on the route will become part of the next issue of the zine to be launched at Housman’s in November.

JOHN WILD, frequent collaborator with Savage Messiah and psychogeographical explorer of data space will be collecting the locative data calculate from mobile phone signals along the Kings X Drift.

The data will be compiled into an audio broadcast that will be transmitted in the location of Housmans book shop at the November launch.

IF OUR FUTURE HAS BEEN STOLEN NOW IS THE TIME TO LOOK BACK WITH VENGEFUL INTENT.

The greasy rebranding of Kings cross is in its final stages, sycophantic bilge, faux heritage, fragments left over for the sake of authenticity. This is the cosmetic veneer that is meant to distance millennial ‘regeneration’ from the tabula rasa brutality of modernism or the high octane demolition tendencies of Haussmann . Kings Cross is in a state of confusion,it is in gripped in the foolish tyranny of the masterplan.

Clarence passage is a strange juxtaposition of old tenements with the gleaming new architecture of an international airport. All places become surfaces that can accept the neo liberal stamp. Representations of places are decontextualized. These are placeless places, liminal realms opened up for subversion. Little alleyways of boarded up windows open up in the tenement ravines. And , like the damp construction of some Stalinist penitentiary are the Costain portakabin slabs.

The Golden Lion on Brittania st, 90’s pub done up, horrible, fuck this. We’re done up for a bit of the old ultra, a Bakunist wrecking spree on every gastro pub travesty we can get our hands on. Flick knife activates at sight of swaggering prick whose class background has assured him of lording it status, the dirty jeans and scruffy t shirt only serve to reinforce it.

Laminated flooring, best brawled over Ikea settees .

All I want to see right, is the Clinique counter at Selfridges smashed up with Paul McCarthy abjection, Robert Gober mannequins trashed in a Ballardian make up counter frenzy.

Sean, have it, have it go on.

Don’t know what he’s doing, head splitting with the hysterical banalities of Saturday night tv.

That day when we went in search of the Groaner, we had to scour The Boot. We scanned the orange paintwork, bottle green tiles and Guiness trinkets. It was a Saturday afternoon booze up, brawls erupting, hilarity and shouting, but the Groaner wasn’t there.

“The labyrinth is basically the space where oppositions disintegrate and grow complicated, where diacritical couples are unbalanced and perverted etc., where the system upon which linguistic function is based disintergrates, but somehow disintegrates by itself, having jammed it’s own works.The labyrinth we discuss cannot be described. Mapping is out of the question.” Against Architecture The writings of Georges Bataille, Denis Hollier.

The Savage Messiah seeks out nomadic architecture, transient architecture, places that can slip out of sight, re emerge and reconfigure somewhere else. Savage messiah drifts through the city in defiance of panoptican surveillance, seeking out places that do not exist on official maps, she roams through a maze of bolt holes, alleyways and sites that slip through the net. The Savage Messiah gravitates towards settlements and reconfigurations of forms that become an outward manifestation of nomadic subjectivities. These are the enchanted places that slip out of sight, re emerge and reconfigure somewhere else. There are numerous portals, fluctuating and reversible like a Baroque ceiling, lenses opening onto other realms.

Camden squatlands, headcases on psychoactive drifts, abandoned boozers, Nazi occultists, Rimbaud and Verlaine as proto flaneurs,Soane tomb transgressions, construction site labyrinths, subterranean rivers, Scala treble bills, Ballardian psychtropic nightmares……….

! VIVA SAVAGE MESSIAH !

SAVAGE MESSIAH DEMANDS THE ABOLITION OF ALL ZONES!! DESTROY CARTESIAN RHETORIC, SMASH THE VILLE RADIEUSE, SAVAGE MESSIAH IS CALLING FOR A MASS RETURN TO THE LABYRINTH!!!

Bring pens, chalk, battered cassette recorders, booze.

Contact and info ../

savagemessiah@hotmail.co.uk

John Wild- http://rupture.co.uk/KingXdrift/

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1.5.07

SUNDAY TIMES SELL OUT



So the piece I wrote about cute fat chicks has been published in the Sunday Times. I wasn't prepared for all the feedback you get when you go mainstream. *buries head in comforting wing of underground*

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18.4.07

Interesting interview on Venuszine.com with the estimable A.M. Holmes. She's talking about the difference between men's and women's writing; about how there are writers, and women writers; about her refusal to be pigeonholed as a 'woman writer' (a scribe of domestic, family topics); about her admiration for Didion and Sontag and Phillip Roth. It sounds kind of essentialist put like that, but you can see where she's coming from.

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23.2.07

Jungsheft (previously Gluck) is a German publication featuring 'lecker jungs' (jung is German for boy, apparently) in their skinny nekkid hipster glory. As it's all in German I can't judge the quality of the articles, though they seem to be mainly sex-based - a guide to giving the perfect blow job, a feature on slash fiction, etc. I do like these new attempts at porn for chicks (New York's Sweet Action magazine being another example), but I think one of the things that slightly disappoints me about them is that the content is almost always exclusively about sex. One of the things I enjoy about Butt magazine is that the interviews are about politics and culture as much as - or more than - they are about sex. This has the effect of positioning sex somewhere differently, as just a small part of a rich life. If you surround your pictures of naked hipster men with features about sex and porn film reviews, etc, then sex becomes segmented, separate from the everyday - swept into a corner as though it is something distinct, (shameful?), rather than something that underpins and runs through our day-to-day actions. As though sex and intellect are at odds with each other. I think the difference between Butt and these magazines as well is that Butt is able to persuade gay fashion designers, writers, illustrators, filmmakers, artists and so on to pose naked and semiclothed to accompany interviews with them. Vincent Gallo aside, could hetero male artists, musicians, writers etc be persuaded to pose unclad for an audience of women alongside interviews about their work? Because I think that is what's necessary to create a porno* for chicks magazine that really really works.

*Also I don't think the expression 'porno' really works here. I don't know if I could get off to any of these pictures of naked boys. It doesn't mean I don't want to see them.

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18.5.05

London with bite

Good for Nothing is a lovely London style magazine and guess who wrote this month's cover story, all about Londoners' skanky molars and how hott and sexxy they are... ME!!!! So please pick one up from your local hipster emporium immediately, and read it and then send me a nice email if it entertained you (or nothing if you think it's shit, thanks). Yay!

Our dashing Jo-burg correspondent, Cocoa Beware, has sent in his top picks from Kottke's 50 things to do with your iPod:

Apple iPod Socks? Silly.

iTunes phone? Wow!

iPod based gourmet food recipe database.

And... an oldie but a goodie: Retropod! Stick your iPod in an old walkman to prevent thieves from stealing it.

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10.5.05


DIY Writing: Online Journal Readings at The Horse Hospital, programmed by Amy Prior


0714531057.02.MZZZZZZZ Here's a thing for all those at a loose end tonight (Wednesday): A night dedicated to 'DIY Writing', and I'm not talking nuts and pulleys and u-bends, o no. It's a night of readings from online journals at the Horse Hospital, featuring my wife and Amy and some blond dude...


- Dickon Edwards, one of the first online journal writers in the U.K., reads excerpts from his cult diaries.
- Frances May Morgan, editor of music magazine Plan B, reads from her music weblog.
- Amy Prior reads her new fictional story based on texts by a Livejournal community.

Part of the launch for the book 'DIY: The Rise of Lo-fi Culture' by Amy Spencer (Marion Boyars).

Night with music, writers, DJs.

Wed 11 May
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, London WC1
(nearest underground: Russell Square)
Doors open 7pm, readings at 8pm.

See you there!

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