I have been working for months on this zine! It took such a long time to just come up with a good name, even longer to write full articles and recruit people to write for it (I got one person, my friend Izzy) . Somehow I finished it, and now it can be purchased for $5 at Quimby's book store in Wicker Park, a neighborhood in Chicago. And if you live super far from there- or are just lazy- email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a copy. So- buy it! For now, check out this peek at the issue, an article by me called "Is This It: A Strokes Review." PEEK IT:
"The first thing that got me interested in the Strokes was their inspiration taken from Lou Reed. I love Reed's work, and his dirty glam sound. But where is the band that can describe and catch the mood of modern New York? In Is This It, the Strokes on Reed's job as street reporter.
The title song is reminiscent of "Sunday Morning" by the Velvet Underground. The theme of trying to prove oneself works very well with the circular rhythm of the song, like it will never end. "Modern Age" was my least favorite. The faux bad recording didn't sound ironic or artistic on this one. The song was pounding and thump, but it felt too restrained. It met its climactic point, if only we'd noticed.
As with many a Taylor Swift album, almost all of the songs were about relationships... but from the opposite point of view that Swift comes from. The songs (not the people- I'm not going to make presumptions!) don't seem to care about relationships, or they do care, but the relationships are comfortable and not too worrisome. Not overly celebratory, and at the same time not nauseatingly sexist. And Julian Casablancas is a little cute. Just a little."