a craft ale with the bald heads of noise! the barrel nut issue #12!

February 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
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The Barrel Nut issue 12 cover

Never one to miss an opportunity for collage fun, I spent the afternoon of a recent sick day coughing phlegm all over my cutting board (hey, at least I didn’t need a glue stick!) whilst assembling the dozenth issue of RFM’s atomic microzine.  Glowingly described as a…

…momentary distraction from the hellish nothingness of the vortex…

…by Pyrrhic Victories magazine, previous editions of The Barrel Nut adorn the finest notice boards, untidy bedside zine piles and dustbins of the worldwide no-audience underground.

Should you not know what I’m barking about, or be overwhelmed by the self-indulgent whimsy of the preceding paragraph, here is a repeat of the usual explanatory bumpf:

The Barrel Nut is a single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel (per side), A7 pamphlet. Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past. I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be so inclined then you are very welcome to download and print out your own. Links to the latest issue in jpeg and pdf formats are below (you may need to trim the print-out down one edge to make it fold properly). Some more context, assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on The Barrel Nut’s own page (tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed. Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions). Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal. Please get in touch.

So now you know.  #12, the second DOUBLE-SIDED issue, features cover dada idiocy from yours truly (reproduced way larger than life and in glorious colour above), more of Michael Clough’s eerie ‘totem’ works – the scanner art equivalent of EVP recordings, a photo-memory of Summer boozing from everyone’s favourite drunken uncle Paul Walsh, some Zennish cut up hoodoo from RFM’s own Joe Murray and a pair of pieces by Gary Simmons and Mark Ritchie, the brothers responsible for Hiroshima Yeah! Gary gives us a microbial starscape of indeterminate origin and Mark entertains with an uplifting ophthalmic DIY collage. Unfold and turn over for a full page ‘Bald Heads of Noise’ cartoon by Mark Wharton of Idwal Fisher in which the notion of the no-audience underground is skewered hilariously in six panels. Unmissable.

Contributor and subscriber copies will be in the post ‘in due course’.  For those who can’t wait, or don’t mind a bit of salt-and-shake style DIY, then print out your own from the links below:

The Barrel Nut issue #12 FRONT as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #12 BACK as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #12 FRONT as a jpeg file

The Barrel Nut issue #12 BACK as a jpeg file

Artwork for future issues always welcome – please feel free to drop me a line.

T reads TBN12 1T reads TBN12 2T reads TBN12 4

christmas card from a blogger in chapel allerton: finally, the barrel nut #11!

December 4, 2014 at 10:49 am | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
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the barrel nut 11 cover

Bloody hell, it has been nearly six months since the last issue dropped! Bet you thought I’d discretely shoved this barmy little project down the back of the sofa. Well, I could make up a whimsical nonsense story to account for the delay (erm… lost on a yeti hunt? Nope – used that one) but the sad fact is that I’ve just been busy with other things. Still, who can resist the zen calm to be found in folding a bunch of these zines at the kitchen table? Not me. Also, I thought it might be nice to do something special seeing as it is the fifth anniversary of RFM this month so not only does a shiny new issue appear but, for the first time, it is DOUBLE SIDED. Woo!

Wrapped in the usual dada silliness by your truly you will find cut-up collage by RFM’s own Joe Murray and Hiroshima Yeah!’s Mark Ritchie (big themes: space, god, death, n’ that) and proper art that looks like a Bauhaus photographic experiment by Mark’s co-writer Gary Simmons, plus an indication of his financial situation and a terminal film still from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Barrel Nut regular Yol praises King Coffee on the tomb wall and offers sage personal advice in the form of one of his rolling text scores/typewriter screeds. Dr. Adolf Steg of (the already much missed) Spon offers some vaguely dermatological doodling with newspaper headline addenda and finally Michael Clough gets an unheard of four-panel spread for an example of his unnerving scanner art ‘totems’ series. It is top notch stuff.

Should you be a recent convert to this blog and thus have no idea what I am talking about, here’s a repeat of the basics:

The Barrel Nut is a microzine – a single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel (per side), A7 pamphlet. Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past. I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be so inclined then you are very welcome to download and print out your own. Links to the latest issue in jpeg and pdf formats are below (you’ll need to trim the print-out down one edge to make it fold properly). Some more context, assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on The Barrel Nut’s own page (tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed. Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions). Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal. Please get in touch.

All contributors should have their copies by now, it was available to pick up at the gig last week and a bunch more will have been distributed with the latest issue of Hiroshima Yeah! Subscriber copies will be in the post soonish – consider it a Christmas card from the RFM family. Contributions still always welcome – if you like this little distraction then please feel free to send me something. More will follow in the fresh New Year.

The Barrel Nut issue #11 FRONT as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #11 BACK as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #11 FRONT as a jpeg file

The Barrel Nut issue #11 BACK as a jpeg file

eye for detail: the midwich remixes album

August 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Posted in midwich, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
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the archive

The idea of a midwich remix project goes back a fair distance (indeed, the missing-in-action Trademark TM created a version of the second midwich album life underwater – called ‘life underwater in space‘ – back when we were still laughing at bewildered millenarians) but now, finally, its time has come and I am inviting you, dear reader, to be involved.

The story so far is simple: Paul Walsh (foldhead, early hominids) sent me ‘glacier’, a version of ‘stomach lining’ from october in yorkshire that had been knocking about his hard-drive for yonks and discovered in a clear-out.  I liked it very much, mentioned it in passing on Twitter and within minutes had volunteers queuing up to submit their own remixes for an album I had to retroactively call into existence.  That’s what Twitter is like, innit?

So here’s the plan: the album will be called  ‘eye for detail’.  The entire midwich back catalogue is up for grabs, much of which is freely downloadable via the midwich bandcamp page.   Take what you want, do what you want with it and return the results to me ideally in wav format, ideally via WeTransfer (my email address can be found on the ‘about us…’ page).  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 30th September and it will be released in October as soon as I get it all sorted.  To keep distribution simple and proceeds high the album will be download only via Bandcamp.  The reason for wanting to keep proceeds high is that all money raised will be donated to the Red Cross.

(An aside: this organisation was chosen as it provides immediate medical help to those most in need around this shitty world that we live in.  It has been brought to my attention that some may have issues with the Red Cross.  I’m afraid I’m ignorant of the politics I might be accidentally wading into here, so if you have concerns please email me privately so I can address those concerns or make sure your donation is sent elsewhere)

So far the project has only existed on Twitter and in a few emails but already I couldn’t be more delighted with the response. As well as the foldhead track mentioned above and garnering permission to use existing tracks by Daniel Thomas, ap martlet and Andy Jarvis, brand new work by dsic, Clive Henry, the piss superstition, Yol and Brian Lavelle is jostling in a hard-drive folder.  Others are hard at work.  It’s very exciting and updates are being tweeted on the arrival of each new jewel for the treasure chest.  Of particular note is Joe Murray’s Posset remix of this blog.  Yes, instead of choosing a midwich track to molest he has clipped favourite passages from my more whimsical and/or threatening moments and has created a shadow narrative that sounds like Adam Bohman cutting up H.P. Lovecraft.  Has to be heard to be believed. ‘Cover art’ will be provided by Michael Clough, who may be persuaded to submit some music too.

So: fancy being a part of this?  I flatter myself (as always) but perhaps there seems to be something about the wide open spaces, the jokey bibbling or the simple pulses of my, *ahem*, ‘music’ that invites augmentation or reinterpretation.  You’d be in terrific company and the cause is righteous so why not, eh?  All submissions gratefully received.

nictate your membranes for the barrel nut issue #10!

July 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
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The Barrel Nut issue 10 cover

Confidants, low-rollers, members of the 50-copies legion!  The editor is proud to groan sleepily that the latest issue of The Barrel Nut has arrived and that a double figure issue count has been reached.  Blimey!  The reviews of the previous issue are in:

That’s some classic mail art shit right there.

…says PJM of the awesome Node Pajomo fanzine (paper/post only folks) and dare I say this issue rattles the bars even harder.

RFM co-writer and hep cat Joe Murray takes the first two pages to cut-up jazz/beat style with some discombobulating appropriation.  Funny, poignant, rug-tugging.  The centre spread sees Nut-fave Yol present a percussive illustration/text score set comprising of one word/sound.  Could be a transcription of a recent performance for TV remote control and laminate floor by my son Thomas.  Finally we have contrasting photographs – one a glorious evocation of freedom through art caught by Gary Simmons of Hiroshima Yeah! fanzine, the other a mysterious, possibly squalid, record of Mirfield detritus taken by Paul Walsh of foldhead and early hominids.  Who knows, eh?

For anyone new to this momentary distraction, here’s some dog-eared explanatory bumpf:

The Barrel Nut is a microzine – a single sided, single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel, A7 pamphlet. Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past. I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be so inclined then you are very welcome to download and print out your own. Links to the latest issue in jpeg and pdf formats are below (you’ll need to trim the print-out a bit down one edge to make it fold properly). Some more context, assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on The Barrel Nut’s own page (tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed. Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions). Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal. Please get in touch.

As ever, I’m proud to bring this to your attention. A fun issue, I think.  Contributors and subscribers will be receiving copies in the post in due course. A bunch will be distributed by the redoubtable Hiroshima Yeah! fanzine.  Links to downloadable versions below, as promised.

I’m in the lovely position of having a few contributions for future issues in hand but submissions always brighten the day.  If you like this little project then please feel free to send me something.  C’mon – get the crayons out and remember to ask an adult for help with the scissors.  Dada safe, kids.

The Barrel Nut issue #10 as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #10 as a jpeg file

art imitates life imitating art in the barrel nut issue #9!

May 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | 2 Comments
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the barrel nut #9 cover

Comrades, castaways, fellow members of the gutter elite! Radio Free Midwich proudly boasts of finding issue number 9 of The Barrel Nut stuffed down the back of art’s sofa: a momentary delight for those of heightened aesthetic awareness but sorely limited attention span.

We begin strong with two pages of pavement photography from Eddie Nuttall of Aqua Dentata. He is a contemporary master of the well-tempered drone – each piece by him a comfortably warm iceberg – and his visual art has a similar austere intensity. Here he proves, alas, that the streets of London are not paved with gold but instead awash with suspiciously milky discharge…

The centrefold contains another hilarious four panel gag strip from Uncle Mark Wharton of the essential Idwal Fisher blog. This time the bald heads of noise enjoy a night in the pub doing what they like best: talking bollocks about music whilst quaffing the ale. That’s you that is – just show this to your partner and they will nod in rueful recognition.

Finally, we have a tag team effort from the brothers of Hiroshima Yeah! fanzine. Gary Simmons provides a photograph of life literally imitating art – and what life! What art! – whilst Mark Ritchie follows it with some sage advice for the working stiff presented in compelling collage form.

Cracking stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.  For anyone new to this party (you’ll have to refill the chip-‘n’-dip, I’m afraid) here’s some reheated explanatory blurb:

The Barrel Nut is a microzine – a single sided, single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel, A7 pamphlet. Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past. I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be so inclined then you are very welcome to download and print out your own. Links to the latest issue in jpeg and pdf formats are below (you’ll need to trim the print-out a bit down one edge to make it fold properly). Some more context, assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on The Barrel Nut’s own page (tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed. Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions). Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal. Please get in touch.

As ever, I’m proud to bring this to your attention. Contributors and subscribers will be receiving copies in the post in due course. Links to downloadable versions below, as promised.

I shall finish by repeating my customary plea: leaving aside a dwindling stockpile of stuff by the regulars I am in need of submissions for future issues. If you like this little project then please feel free to send me something.

The Barrel Nut issue #9 as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #9 as a jpeg file

Thomas 'reads' issue 9

get yerself free with the barrel nut issue #8!

April 10, 2014 at 7:53 am | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
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barrel nut art from robert r-s twobarrel nut art from robert r-s one

Ladies and gentlemen, RFM is delighted to announce the arrival of lucky number 8 in the continuing series of puzzling art pamphlets known as The Barrel Nut. This issue has a carefully thought out narrative throughline and absolutely wasn’t just gummed together on the kitchen table as I tried to ignore my son coughing through the baby monitor.

The first two pages are more prison sketches from (now freed) Gary Simmons of Hiroshima Yeah! fanzine, dating from the early days of his sentence as he languished in Pentonville – his skilful draughtsmanship only enhancing the brick-bound despair.

The centrefold is given over to two tremendous collages of detritus from friend-of-RFM Robert Ridley-Shackleton. I was delighted to receive these examples of junkyard exuberance in the post so as well as the slightly trimmed black and white versions you’ll find in the microzine I’ve headed this post with full colour scans of the originals.

Finally, we have two lovely autobiographical cartoons from Sophie Cooper. The first a beautifully free sketch of her on the step painting her toenails in the Summer heat, the second a character swamped by his or her own guitar – a simple but effective comic metaphor for the overwhelming nature of creative endeavour.

So there you have it: from imprisonment, through artistic chaos, to freedom. Clever, eh? The cover collages are by me, as usual – the symbol of the crossed slugs celebrating the arrival of Spring and the growing season…

Just in case you are new to this (hello post-oTo-archive-post readers!) and are wondering what I’m talking about here’s the usual explanatory blurb:

The Barrel Nut is a microzine – a single sided, single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel, A7 pamphlet. Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past. I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be so inclined then you are very welcome to download and print out your own. Links to the latest issue in jpeg and pdf formats are below (you’ll need to trim the print-out a bit down one edge to make it fold properly). Some more context, assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on The Barrel Nut’s own page (tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed. Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions). Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal. Please get in touch.

As ever, I’m proud to bring this to your attention. Contributors and subscribers will be receiving copies in the post in due course. Links to downloadable versions below, as promised. May I repeat my cutomary plea? Leaving aside a rainy day stockpile of stuff by the regulars I am in need of submissions for future issues. If you dig this odd little project then please feel free to give it a go.

The Barrel Nut issue #8 as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #8 as a jpeg file

The Barrel Nut #8 cover

the barrel nut #6 and #7: double barrelled!

February 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | 4 Comments
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tbn #6 covertbn #7 cover

The more zine-hungry amongst you will have noticed that during my recent illness I was, sadly, only able to publish one issue of The Barrel Nut microzine.  However, I’m glad to say that despite this unavoidable slowdown the plaudits kept coming in.  It was voted ‘The North’s most charming noise/art delivery system’ by Members Aflame! – the newsletter of the Campaign for Civility in Power Electronics and was awarded an unprecedented 4.5 star-shaped sensory appendages out of 5 by Tago Mi-Go – the journal of Lovecraftian Krautrock studies (heh, heh – lolz – that nugget of comedy gold dedicated to Paul Walsh who celebrated his 50th birthday last week – happy belated returns!).  This approbation has spurred me on to publish issues #6 and #7 simultaneously, thus recovering some of the lost ground.

Newbies might be wondering what I’m on about.  Well here’s me self-quoting some explanatory blurb (those in the know can skip it):

A microzine is a single sided, single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel, A7 pamphlet.  Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past.  I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be all internet-enabled n’ that then you are very welcome to download and print out your own.  It’s well salt-and-shake!  Links to the latest issue in jpeg and pdf formats are below (you’ll need to trim the print-out a bit down one edge to make it fold properly).  Some more context, assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on the Nut’s own page (tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed.  Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions).  Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal.  Please get in touch.

So there you have it…

Some really terrific contributions this time around.  We have gnomic poetry and lollipop toting ghost children from Julian Bradley of Zellaby Award winners The Piss Superstion – a chap who should be better known for his exceptional graphic work.  We have the monarch of the glen being prepared to become ‘value’ lasagne and a comment on the moustachioed breed of hipsterism by Yol, master of the starkly black and white and a TBN regular.  We are celebrating the release from prison of Hiroshima Yeah!’s Gary Simmons with a bleak sketch of a cell window and a collage made during his time incarcerated (the smears are toothpaste – he wasn’t allowed glue).  His fellow HY! editor Mark Ritchie contributes a poem-ish cut-up as does RFM’s very own Joe Murray, of Posset infamy. We have Michael Clough to thank for donating a double-page spread of elegant minimalism built from offcuts created whilst constructing one of his photocopier experiments (of which more anon).  Hard stares for Dex Wright of Tapenoise who lays down some paranoia-inducing, exuberantly worked, outsider Cubism.  Finally, we are treated to an unnerving sketch by Lucia Foster, a Mexican based illustrator affiliated to Miguel Perez’s Oracle Netlabel/Agorafobia Tapes axis.  Her work is new to me and I hope to see more of it in future.

I’m proud to bring this lot to your attention.  Contributors and subscribers will be receiving copies in the post in due course.  Links to downloadable versions below, as promised.  A plea: leaving aside a rainy day stockpile of stuff by the regulars I am in need of submissions for future issues.  If you’ve ever fancied giving it a go then now is the time to get the crayons out…

The Barrel Nut #6 as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut #6 as a jpeg file

The Barrel Nut #7 as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut #7 as a jpeg file

the grey snow thaws

February 8, 2014 at 10:41 am | Posted in musings, not bloody music | 8 Comments
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anne, thomas and rob, christmas 2013

Regular readers will be aware that I suffer with depression, and have done for a long while – my first diagnosis and prescription for anti-depressants was in 1997.  Though I remain ‘high-functioning’ most of the time and have never been hospitalized, it disables me for periods of three to six months every now and then, often as the seasons change and the light fades.  I have written a great deal about my symptoms, my treatment and my thoughts about the disease on this blog and the interested reader can click on the ‘depression’ tag above for more.

Today, though, I’m in a quietly celebratory mood.  This episode, which began last November and has been sharp, deep and distressing, has eased to the point where I am fit enough to begin a ‘phased return’ to work – meaning I turn up and grin in a spaced-out manner for a couple of mornings then build up to full hours and responsibilities over a number of weeks.  It is a welcome return to normality.

I am also self-managing a phased return to my emotional life.  One of the most gruelling symptoms of depression is anhedonia – a fall of grey snow that muffles and deadens experience making it impossible to enjoy anything.  Social interaction is meaningless, food is just pre-shit, nothing matters.  On Monday 3rd February a gift from my baby son Thomas showed me, definitively, that the ice was melting.

His present to me was an afternoon playing on and around the living room sofa.  He babbled and chuntered in his own language, chuckled at my attempts to bark like the dog pictured in his board book, chewed on the remote controls – delighting whenever he managed to change the channel to static (his favourite programme – that’s my boy!).  He would lift my t-shirt in order to poke a finger into my navel or, ninja quick, get his hand in my mouth whenever I laughed.

I found myself to be perfectly happy.  It is state I have been fortunate enough to experience many times in different contexts though rarely have I been conscious of it at the time it happened.  Usually events are retrospectively categorized as ‘best ever’ but so joyous, so content was I that I found myself thinking: ‘this could not be more beautiful.’  Describing the scene to my wife Anne later reduced me to tears of grateful relief: I can feel again!  At the risk of making myself sound even more ridiculous than usual, it felt as close as I’ve ever got to ‘the meaning of life’.

OK, enough of that.

Many thanks to those of you that have offered kind words and support during this latest ordeal.  As ever, it means a huge amount to me.  Fuck this disease – I love you all.

the barrel nut #5: hyper-signage, gargle-score, saturated doodle

January 18, 2014 at 9:22 am | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | 2 Comments
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barrel nut 5 cover

Attentive readers will know that I have recently been ill, enduring an episode of the depression that fouls my life every so often.  Sadly, I remain knacked though some progress has been made.  I have, in part at least, been attempting to fight it off with creative endeavour – discovering that getting busy with the glue-stick then folding tiny zines can be a meditative, therapeutic exercise…

Hence the return of North Leeds’s premier oddness-aggregator: The Barrel Nut.  The latest issue, #5, is something of a showcase for regulars.  Check out the pan-dimensional, hyper-signage – pointing god knows where – by Stephen Woolley of joinedbywire and the text score (feel free to send recordings of your interpretation) and line drawing by Yol, champion art-growler.  Dr. Adolf Steg of Spon contributes a page of ballpoint mental cacophony and Dex Wright of Tape Noise concludes matters with a mysterious portrait in the naive style.  Cover collage, ‘migrating birds’, is by yours truly, as is the freestyle sudoku on the back.

For those new to this type of silliness, a microzine is a single sided, single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel, A7 pamphlet.  Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past.  I’ll bring some to gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you be all internet-enabled n’ that then you are very welcome to download and print out your own.  It’s well salt-and-shake!  Links to the latest issue in jpg and pdf formats (in colour!) are below.  Assembly instructions and previous issues can be found on the Nut’s own page (tabbed above).  You’ll need to trim the print-out a bit down one edge to make it fold properly.  Apologies for the size of the pdf this time – I managed to save it in an unnecessarily ultra-high quality setting.

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed.  Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions).  Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal.  Please get in touch.

The Barrel Nut issue #5 as a pdf file

The Barrel Nut issue #5 as jpeg file

the barrel nut #4: punk rock, richard gere, vegetarian black pudding

October 26, 2013 at 9:01 am | Posted in art, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
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The Barrel Nut issue 4 cover

Ladies and gentlemen,  RFM is delighted to announce the publication of the fourth issue of the North’s cutest noise/art microzine: The Barrel Nut.  This latest number has something of a theme as most (all?) of the contributions were created semi-automatically during blank or stolen time.  ‘Doodles’ I believe they are called.  Hence the dense, cartoony feel created by the scrawling ids of RFM’s own Joe Murray (Posset), Pete Cann (Half an Abortion) and Dr Adolf Steg (Spon) and the wry list of work distractions admitted to by Mark Ritchie (Hiroshima Yeah!) in the poem that closes the issue.

Coincidentally, the latest issue of Spon, Steg’s alternate-world-describing zine/mail art project, is titled ‘#35: The Doodle Issue’ and comprises many more fully worked up examples of his febrile, scatological and multi-dimensional imagination.  Thus I’ve taken the liberty of twinning the two publications.  Please consider TBN#4 to be a vestigial outgrowth sprouting from the side of Steg’s more substantial mutant offspring.  Contact him to get on his mailing list.

For those coming to this raw, a microzine is a single sided, single sheet of A4 paper cleverly folded to make an eight panel, A7 pamphlet.  Paper copies will be distributed to anyone who wants one, or who has expressed an interest in the past.  I’ll bring some to any gigs I attend and a bunch will be passed around by those with a similar love of the post.

Should you wish to get all 21st Century about it then you are very welcome to print out and create your own.  It’s well DIY-techno-punk, innit?  Links to the latest issue in jpg and pdf formats (in full colour!) are below.  Assembly instructions and previous issues also in downloadable formats can be found on the Nut’s own page (also tabbed above).

Should you wish to contribute artwork then I would be very grateful indeed.  Submissions need to look OK when reproduced as a black and white photocopy and be 7cm by 10cm in size (or scalable to roughly those dimensions).  Good quality scans attached to an email are fine, originals sent in the post ideal.  Get in touch.

The Barrel Nut #4 as a jpg

The Barrel Nut #4 as a pdf

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