The premiere BMX zine, Aggro Rag Freestyle Mag, is back after a twenty-two-year hiatus. Mike Daily is back at the helm, and his deep connections in the world of old school flatland and rejuvenated love of Hip-hop are both evident here. This issue is basically an oral history of 1980s flatland freestyle BMX. It sports fifteen interviews with flatland’s finest, including Aaron Dull, Jim Johnson, Gary Pollak, Derek Schott, Gerry Smith, Marc McKee, Chris Day, and Dave Nourie, as well as current ripper Chad Johnston. There are also interviews with Dark Time Sunshine and Aesop Rock (the latter
—Roy Christopher, 24 August 2012
Since February 2007, Canadian-born Tyler Brûlé—the luminary who plastered the world with Wallpaper* magazine and the branding work of agency Winkreative—has been quietly pushing out Monocle, a grown-up magazine covering “global affairs, business, culture and design”. Brûlé‘s track record of aesthetically superior* production stays fast, as Monocle is equal parts eye- and brain-candy.
Pieces range from handy tips for failing countries to fashion pages—or you could turn to the pull-out manga-style comic in the back, featuring a heroic, ass-kicking Japanese / Scandinavian industrial designer. Of course.
—Chris Noble, 03 July 2009
Monocle also has stores in London, LA and Mallorca
*Though Level did beat Wallpaper* to the 1999 MDA
Larry Harmon started the fiercely independent Genetic Disorder zine in 1987. Larry is one of the underground’s great unsung wordsmiths, and GD is his main vehicle. Issue #19 is out right now, and it proves my hyperbole on its own. His detailed researching and reporting of the odd tales of SoCal are required reading for any self-respecting punk—as well as those just interested in a point of view you’re not likely to find anywhere else.
—Roy Christopher, 03 July 2009
Genetic Disorder, PO Box 15237, San Diego, CA 92175, USA