Sunday, December 29, 2013

BaltoZine RoundUp: John Waters, Sick Thoughts, Duff Goldman, Dustin Wong, Elizabeth Hazen

The Baltozine Roundup is a regular feature wherein we take a look at what national periodicals are saying about Baltimore-area arts, events, people, and places. Be sure to pick up the magazines and read the full articles.

The new issue of Girls and Corpses (Volume 7 Winter) features an interview with John Waters conducted by our pal Shawna Kenney.

John: ... When I was younger we would always go to fires. That's when I was close with my father - watching peoples' houses burn. He wasn't a pyromaniac. That's how we bonded, because when he took me to fishing or sporting events, we were in trouble. But fires were another thing. We'd be sitting at the dinner table and hear sirens and we'd all run to the window, and me and my father would get in the car and chase fire engines. ...

Maximum Rocknroll (#368) has a review an awesome review of Sick Thoughts new LP, Need No One (available at Celebrated Summer Records!) by Graham Booth.

"... this music can shit all over everything else reviewed in this issue. Jesus H fucking Christ G-D it is great. Why yes, it is very good my friends. Now you can finally sell all your '90s garage punk records, that quaint lil' era of poser shit, and just go ahead and file this directly next to CHOSEN FEW. ..."

Al Quaint also adds, in his column, "Rough, snotty punk done on a four-track so the sound is quite primitive and all the better for it. Blown out-sounding KBD/garage-style fodder making one hell of an enjoyable racket."

Sick Thoughts will be playing Atomic Books' Start Yr Year Right show at the Golden West Cafe on January 4 (with Cult Control, Second-Best Westerns, and The Fail).

Geek Magazine (Volume 2, #4) has a profile by Corey A. Sienega on Charm City Cakes head Duff Goldman, and his new 3D printing cake topper project with The Sugar Lab.

"I always want to see someone come up with something that's genius. I just love it, it's so neat, and I really want to help them. Basically, what I'm trying to do with them is crowd source intelligence. I mean, I've got a stage. We're still working on it, but we've done a few things. ... These guys invented this cool thing, I make these crazy cakes ... who wouldn't want to see that?"

Also, in Bomb #126, Dustin Wong has a piece called, "I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America, 1950-1990."

Here's a sample: "... He had no idea. On top of his head, a mouth popped out of nowhere, and from this opening, translucent patterns, a woven dance like a spiraling ladder. Lines and violent luminescence tangled into a braid floating above to an unknown abyss, into space. ..."

And finally, local poet and host of Atomic's Writers Under The Influence poetry series, Elizabeth Hazen, has two new poems, "Chaos Theory" and "Separation" in The Normal School (Vol. 6,
#2).

"You'd think disorder, anarchy, but chaotic
systems twist into something like control:
patterns algorithmic, self-replicating, ..."
(excerpted from "Chaos Theory")

"Frog dissection teaches connectivity:
the eyes, blank globes, dangle nerves and muscles;

the heart, now hard as an eraser, once
pumped blood: but a shaky hand and scalpel don't ..."
(excerpted from "Separation")

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