reviews of yore
Slug & Lettuce, Autumn 2006
Aprill reviewed - Issue 3
I'm a sucker for bags of free stuff. And this issue plays right into that and my paper fetish. Let's see what we got--silkscreened, spray painted cover, stickers, a letterpressed postcard, a blank card with a crane painted on it, a few things clipped out of old magazines, and a CD. The contents are as varied as it can get (kind of reminds me of Fishpiss zine). Interviews with Slim Moon and Grey Daturas, comics, flyers from various past shows, tales of protest lock up at a hospital, look at the last independently owned hardware store in the neighborhood, some writing that flows well and means whatever you want it to, tales of toxic riverfront clean-up South Seattle, party photos, and more. The CD has music from Ghost Family, Ear Venom, Na, The Vonneguts, and Western Graves. I like getting a copy of this--never know what's going to be in it.
Punk Planet, January and Febuary 2007
Ari Charney reviewed - Issue 3
This is precisely the sort of carefully handmade publication that elevates zines from any other medium to a legitimate art form. The issue comes sealed in a plastic bag, which functions almost as a goodie bag, as it surprisingly yields all manner of wonderful oddities. Its numerous contents are delightfully random: an old photo negative, a random photo of three hoary executives apparently cut from some discarded annual report, numerous unusual stickers, and a CD compilation of five different bands, among other things. After the playtime-style euphoria brought about by these items subsides, it can be somewhat of an effort to shift to reading mode. But the contents of the zine are a similarly playful mix, e.g. interviews with bands like the Grey Daturas, surrealistic comics, drawings, photo essays, and an article about and old-fashioned hardware store that has managed to survive in the wake of big boxes like Home Depot.
Utne Reader, Febuary 7, 2007
Elizabeth Ryan reviewed - Issue 3
Ong Ong is an eclectic zine that arrived in care-package fashion from Seattle. From the extensive cover (hand-processed by one person) to the handful of inserts, Vol. #3's arrival demonstrates the great care that must go into crafting this publication. Enclosed were an array of seemingly random items, including a card with a bunny on it, stickers from the Bikery (a nonprofit education and repair center), an old check from the Metropolitan National Bank of Seattle, and a big purple dot sticker. The content is equally delightful and hodgepodge, containing interviews with band members, comics, more stickers, an engaging short read by a jailed protester, and posters of past concerts that rocked. What's more, all these treasures can be relished while sampling some West Coast bands on an enclosed CD.
Arthur Magazine, Issue 25 Winter 2006
Byron Coley & Thurston Moore reviewed - Issue 3
Ong Ong #3 arrived in a glassine envelope packed with various random goodies, all of which were nice to examine. As was the mag’s actual contents, which featured interviews with the Grey Daturas, Slim Moon (now outdated, since he’s moving to NYC), a portfolio of show fliers, a CD with Ghost Family (among others) and plenty more.
Punk Planet, May & June 2006
Vincent Chung reviewed - Issue 2
the review was really big so here are excerpts:
In the case on the zine Ong Ong, the creators are actually into legitimate Cool Shit, as these Seattle-based cultural snobs compile fascinating articles into a hefty informational tome that doesn't reak of hype's hysterics. It's a cover-to-cover read... Either this crew roles deep in some awesome nerd-dom, or we have some sharp editorial leadership going on here...
Most impressively, like true tastemakers, Ong Ong's contributors helm each article with a fanboy's enthusiasm and thoughtful information download. Never once do they come off as patronizing or insulting to their readership. But each piece encourages and informs, demonstrating more care in the subject than their image, and that's the kind of genuine zine-making this world needs. Even the production values shine with a multi-silk-screened cover and a similarly decorated slip. That's even better than saddle stitching.
Slug & Lettuce, Spring 2006
Aprille reviewed - Issue 2
I love being able to read a zine from the first issue and see it get better and better. Or fall into oblivian. But no worries of that here. This is the second issue- and it is just as Good as the first. It again comes with a CD, and the cover is an impressive four-layer stencil. This issue still has the variety of subjects that I loved about #1. ... Really liked this one.
Arthur Magazine, Issue 22 May 2006
Byron Coley & Thurston Moore reviewed - Issue 1
There’s a good, funny interview with Olson (by Since 1972 label honcho, Drew Demeter) in the debut issue of a great new ‘zine called Ong Ong. It also features a CD of Yann Novak field recordings, and words on Jennifer Gentle, Sublime Frequencies, a useful (if small) guide to European beers and a lovely silkscreened cover. Very eyeworthy. It’s available from dragon’s eye.
Punk Planet, March and April 2006
Laura Pearson reviewed - Issue 1
A spirited new zine from Seattle, Ong Ong has it all: pink-and-blue screen printed cover, interviews with bands and doulas, drawing of superhuman girls, a recipe, a guide to fine beers of Eastern Europe, and (the humdinger) a 40-minute CD containing field recordings of rain showers, plane engines, and birdsongs. Recorded by sound designer Yann Novak during “a really long walk” through the Seattle Park System, the sounds on this disc are startling in both their chaotic overlap and eerie starkness, As can be the case with new publications that haven’t yet hammered down a particular design sense, the text and artwork and randomly placed ads in this zine fell, from page to page, slightly incongruous. Even so, Ong Ong, which is certainly not lacking in range or enthusiasm, is off to a soaring start. (Cue: birdsongs).