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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Various Artists
Little Engines 01

Rating: 8.8/10 ?

August 20, 2003
It's no secret that growing up brings about changes in all of us. The more days pass and the more changes that my life and lifestyle go through, the more I realize that, more than growing up, I've simply grown out of a lot of things. While being a large part of my life up to and during college, independent and/or punk 'zines have become an increasingly smaller part of my literary diet over the course of the past few years. The underground press that I remain loyal to is more akin to the slick, design-heavy journalism of Copper Press and Anthem than the sloppy, short, who-gives-a-damn newsprint mess of 'zines like Punk Planet. With the first installment of what I hope to be a long run, TNI Books brings us a glorious collection of primarily short fiction in Little Engines.

At first glance, this collection appears to be rather thin, with only a hundred or so pages of content and a plethora of white space (the actual text only occupies about half of each page), but once dug into, Little Engines proves to be a lengthy and interesting read with writing that is both diverse and high quality. Most notable are the fictional pieces by Jim Munroe and Gerald Beckman, coming from opposite ends of the spectrum but both well written and interesting. There is only one music interview in the collection, but it is also an interesting read with an interesting and painfully overlooked hip-hop group, Dälek.

Little Engines is well written and presented in an interesting format with a high print quality that is always nice to see. The comics leave quite a bit to be desired and the design is a bit too far on the minimal side, but the content is well developed and smartly presented. All in all, a great collection, especially for the first issue and, as all great publications do, it has left me wanting more.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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