IQNM 2019: Bexcalibur on Mindforce and BCS

Mindforce is one of those bands like Bitter End and Think I Care that I respected the existence of in my peripheral vision, but their greatness didn’t hit me full force until one particular release. That record was Excalibur which I finally checked out and now can’t stop listening to. After nonstop recent immersion, I hear the following:

A more urgent Leeway with almost Malone-esque vocals; peak Bitter End, like covering-Unexpected-at-United Blood-era when you couldn’t even get onto the floor downstairs; Sai Nam, not necessarily sonically similar but in that both records are like updated classics; the Stigmata 1989 demo; various Slayer, which is what i am renaming the “various paper” drawer at my office; Fuel the Fire era Zero Tolerance; a faster and heavier Dmize, metal in a different way than the “we got metal and that’s what’s up”; Wrecking Crew; Mickeys Crew; all of the crews; the Crumbsuckers; and all assorted good things not directly described above. It made me want to mosh through the streets of Bronxville and I indeed ran so much faster than usual on my first listen that my hamstrings were sore for 2 days afterwards. It made an incredibly difficult work week bearable and made me go back and purchase anything missing from their catalog of material.

If you’re training for a race, looking to smash your enemies, or have time to listen to very little from the modern era, I would suggest it be this. Or if you are equally captivated by Excalibur but not up to date on recent events, guitarist Mike Shaw was recently the victim of a serious car accident and there are a number of ways to support his recovery.

Check the gofundme here:

And Streets of Hate has both the presale for the benefit show on Saturday, March 9, featuring All out War, Death Threat, Regulate, Ekulu, Soul Bind, and Age of Apocalypse …

… and these Icemen inspired benefit shirts – not sure how much longer the preorder is going to be up:

Finally, if you have not yet checked out the Billy Club Sandwich video interview for In Effect, Mindforce is a topic of discussion just before the RUN-D.M.C. story. Did you know that a Mindforce set is actually what inspired Martin’s son to make a guest appearance with BCS last fall?
“Mindforce is dope. Shoutout to Mindforce. What up Jay!”

Abductors interview for In Effect – and IQNM #5 update

Up now on – check out my interview with Stefan from the Abductors. This interview was six months in the making and almost didn’t happen. First we tried a video interview with the full lineup (plus most of Step 13) outside the Abductors/Step 13 show in Brooklyn back in May. An audio snafu rendered that footage unusable, and we had not yet connected to reschedule a Skype or email interview. Yet we did not give up! Stefan came down to ride bikes on a recent Saturday, and before we could head to Pizzeria La Rosa afterwards, we shot an impromptu interview at the North White Plains train station.

Shoutout to Mike for filming, and Chris Wynne for your eternal patience.

What have I been up to with I Question Not Me? Very slowly working on #5 in the middle of a longer form project and the occasional review for In Effect. I have also permanently given up on doing a rap zine, though the M.O.P. crossword might be repurposed for IQNM. Issue 5 (the Five Fingers of Death issue) coming sometime in 2020?

Serve ‘Em a Sentence: Chomping the World

For years I’ve been threatening to do a food blog, a book blog, a Henry Wiggen blog, or a combination of all these things. I tried doing Maas Movement and Karkovice Magazine in 2010 and 2011 respectively, but have mostly stuck to writing about hardcore. But life is crazy and you can never predict what is going to provide the catalyst for a particular creative path, and the unexpected retirement of Alex Rodriguez gave me the final push to launch Serve ‘Em a Sentence, a combination book and food blog, which you can check out (here)

So what is the point, what’s it all about, NJ Bloodline style? From the About page:

Welcome to Serve ‘Em a Sentence, a blog about books and food from I Question Not Media, as I can only cram so many Kool Keith and literary references into my other existing platforms. For fans of: Cannibal Ox, Henry Wiggen, Kool Keith, the suburbs, diners, Biohazard, onion rings and vegetarian items.

Due to its initials, the official Beyond song of this page is Seasons.

Sorry in advance to anyone who was looking forward to Lil Fame is Like an Orthopedic Shoe, since this has been slightly derailed by the advent of Serve ‘Em a Sentence, and to Chris if this disrupts my flow of reviews for In Effect! I also scrapped the idea of writing something for the 10 year anniversary of the greatest lineup I’ve ever seen (August 27, 2006 at CBGB: Poison Proof, Dynamo, Social Disorder, Backlash, Uppercut, All Out War, Outburst, Merauder) which is good news for Stefan P. so he doesn’t have to dig through his video tapes to find the footage of that show. Special thanks as always to Mike for building and illustrating these sites and making my dreams a reality, in between pursuing his own creative projects.

Live for Now: 2 New Reviews on In Effect

I was honored that Chris recently asked me to start reviewing for In Effect, and am happy to contribute to such a storied publication. Check out my Mase EP review from a few weeks ago, and the Countdown demo review that went up earlier this week on (scroll down, it’s currently the third one down)

In today’s Bmize spiritual telepathy news, me and zine penpal Dylan of Drug Dogs both started listening to Wrecking Crew more frequently again because of the Countdown demo!

See you at the Superbowl and the day after show.

Clap Don’t Applaud: Lil Fame is Like an Orthopedic Shoe #1 Coming Soon

The rap and northern soul zine you have been waiting for (or not): Lil Fame is Like an Orthopedic Shoe is my newest project, dropping sometime later this year. I am actually tied to releasing it in 2016 due to the 50th anniversary of Investigate, so it won’t be 3 years behind like my usual output. 50% rap, 50% northern soul, and 100% my usual zaniness including an M.O.P. crossword puzzle. (If you can ace both the New Breed and M.O.P. crosswords we should probably join forces for future musical endeavors.) If this one bombs spectacularly like when I lost the Euro audience with Karkovice, at least you can expect Double Rabies #7 and IQNM #4 within the next year or two.

Keep an eye out for additional rap-related projects from my warped brain in 2016 and beyond…