Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bullshit Monthly #27 - The fanzine continues

Returning with Bullshit Monthly #26 in August was a surprise - to everyone, including me. And now I've gone from TWO pages to FOUR, with some short interviews - Noah from Stressors, Sid and Chris from Mental Abuse, Stephanie Chang (who books shows here in San Jose); plus news, pics, tour stories and other bullshit from Fast Asleep, Judge, No Statik, Sheer Terror, Zero Progress, Venkman, etc. - and even a section of record buy/sell/trade lists. So here's Bullshit Monthly #27 (pdf) (or jpgs p 1, 2, 3, 4)

And check it out: I added some LINKS in the pdf, so if you see a band mention or review you can click and be brought to them. Pretty cool huh? (If you're reading the jpgs you won't have that.)

As always, contact me on FB or via email if you want to be be mentioned or have news or gossip or whatever, or you want to submit photos and art. And check out the Bullshit Monthly FB page. And send anything physical to be reviewed to: Mike BS. PO Box 59321. San Jose, CA 95159.

PS - Share this link. Having 800 blog hits on issue #26 was rather awesome.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bullshit Monthly #26 - The fanzine returns

Well, all the bands from bygone days seem to be coming back to life, so why not fanzines, too?

I haven't considered doing another issue of Bullshit Monthly for over 20 years because I wasn't connected to the scene, but y'know I kinda am now - so here we are. I grew up doing BSM , turning from a dorky 16-yr-old to a dorky 21-year-old. Doing a fanzine allowed me to share my opinions and write and do art, and at the same time support bands and people. It isn't profound - but it never strived to be or said it was. Anyway - TA DAH! Here's Bullshit Monthly #26 (pdf).(Or page 1 and 2 as jpgs.)

BSM always mentioned whatever bands I ran into, so if you want to be mentioned in it, it isn't very tough. Email me or contact me or BSM on Facebook, or run into me in person. New recording? Going on tour? Need a drummer? Show coming up? Misc drama? New haircut? Whatever. Send anything physical you want reviewed to: Mike BS. PO Box 59321. San Jose, CA 95159.

I know I definitely can't do it monthly anymore (it's more work than it looks like, trust me). But if nothing else it's great to connect with people again. - MBS

Bullshit Monthly #26 (pdf) (August, 2013) (Or page 1 and 2 as jpgs.)

PS - I wrote the No Mistake song "Copied Folded and Stapled" about fanzines. You can find it here.

Bullshit Monthly #4 (March, 1985) - Agnostic Front, Rights of the Accused.
Bullshit Monthly #5 (April, 1985) - Articles of Faith, Aggression, Psychos, Sheer Terror, MIA, Never More
Bullshit Monthly #6 (May, 1985) - Adrenalin OD, Damage, Ill Repute, Cro-Mags, Venom/Slayer/Exodus at Studio 54 review by Howie
Bullshit Monthly #7 (June, 1985) - Bodies in Panic, Exploited, Malignant Tumor, No Remorse 
Bullshit Monthly #8 (July, 1985) - Battalion of Saints, Sand in the Face, Tank, crossword puzzle (good fucking luck with that...)
Bullshit Monthly #9 (August, 1985) - Broken Talent, Scab, Letch Patrol, Upright Citizens
Bullshit Monthly #10 (Sept, 1985) - Murphy's Law, Crumbsuckers, Horror Planet, False Prophets, Token Entry, "Some Records is now a store" ad
Bullshit Monthly #11 (Oct-Nov, 1985) - RKL, A.P.P.L.E, Ultra Violence (Note: I just turned 17!)
Bullshit Monthly #13 (July, 1986) - DOA, Ludichrist, Doggy Style, Circle Jerks, Agnostic Front
Bullshit Monthly #17 (Dec, 1987) - Leeway, Krakdown, Necros, Murphy's Law, Nausea, Desecrator (?)
Bullshit Monthly #18 (April, 1988) - Sick of it All, Underdog, SFA, Sheer Terror, Icemen
Bullshit Monthly #19 (April, 1989) - Lotsa news and shit, S.H.A.R.P. interview
Current Bullshit #1 (Jan, 2013) - My thoughts and observations and shit like that.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Rorschach Demo Tape (1989) - 5 songs, 3 unreleased

The story has been told many times, but here it is again:

I started booking weekly hardcore matinees at ABC-No-Rio in NYC at the end of 1989. CBGB's had stopped their matinees due to an incredible amount of violence. The space had been found mid-year by Brendan and Gavin, who did an SFA/Bug-Out Society show.

I ran ABC for the first 6 months – booking the shows, running the record distro, pulling in anyone who wanted to volunteer and be involved, starting the ABC Collective (which still exists today, over 25 years later), salting and chopping the ice, etc.

I booked bands I liked, bands I didn't like, bands who had no draw whatsoever. I called everyone I knew in the scene to play – which was just about everyone, since I had been doing Bullshit Monthly for 5 years at that point – but most bands in the NYHC scene were just NOT interested.

In Dec, 89 Charles and Nick from Rorschach dropped by the club with a practice tape in their hands. They gave it to me, and asked for a show. I took the tape, looked down at it, and said “How about in 2 weeks?

They had expected to get some runaround, common for bands when they first start out. But not that day.

The show was them, Citizen’s Arrest, and 2 other bands. The other 2 bands dropped out, so the sign on the door listed the show as “CxA, Rorschach, and whoever else wants to play.” It was $2 to get in. 24 people paid. It was a fun show.

No one besides me has heard this tape, which is a shame. 3 of the songs have never been released, ever. The first track here, “Checkmate” is a great version of my favorite song of theirs. (They even relearned it so I could sing it when they played out here in California in 2012. What sweet guys.)

So, I’m really, really happy I booked them, way back when, and I'm really, really happy that they're my friends – and am really, really happy to share this tape with the world. Enjoy.
  1. Checkmate
  2. Jury of One
  3. What’s Important
  4. Sidestep
  5. Exist

Here’s Rorschach, and some ABC pics from back in the day, and the Bullshit Monthly FB page. Check here to read and download about a dozen issues of BSM as PDFs! (PS - I was in GO! during the time this was all going on – and again from 2006-2011 – and was later in No Mistake.)

BIG thanks to Marc Schummer for the mastering and mp3 making, and Justine Demetrick for the awesome pic!

Mike Bullshit 2016 
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