Baby J/Various – Porchcore #1
2013, 40 pages, Free
Porchcore is a new zine and punk record label based out of San Pedro, Los Angeles and run by Baby J, named after a slurry of a Jag Offs song and, spiritually, the city’s inclusive punk culture. This first issue is a lot of fun, with a good mix of bizarre comix, positive vibes and quirky anecdotes. A great part of the appeal of zines is the window they provide into other people’s experiences, their little Americas (/Canadas/Swedens/Tajikistans etc.). A highlight for me was Chris Kohler’s “Going to the Store,” an account of goings down at various San Pedro convenience/liquor stores. Here in Ontario, our liquor stores are all franchises of a single government-run cartel, which means no booze after 10 (or back home in Harrow, 6, Christ) but also fewer stabbings, bitchslappings and general chaos:
“got your can of chilly, Eyeball the crusty punk!
Genevieve, they only had 3 potatoes but I bought them all!
I was gonna buy you that bottle of wine but a crackhead ran
in the store and fucked up that whole aisle
so I got you a 40 and some kool aid”
Baby J also conducts drunk interviews with artists, a concept I independently thought up and sold to Dave Currie for a turducken sandwich (sucker), and offers some previews of upcoming releases on the Porchcore label (I’m pretty taken with Kid Little). I picked up Porchcore #1 for free from J at the merch table at the Peach Kelli Pop/New Swears gig at Pressed this past Tuesday (fun gig!), but you can just check out their Facebook page for info on acquiring it.
JM’s Jam: Can of Beans – Abbreviations