"…this sounds like it was recorded very far from where you live by people you will never meet."
SUPERDOPE #5 1993 (no page #)
HYPHEN-SMYTHE review by JAY HINMAN, Editor
- On 12/15/13 we added, “There was this point in 1992 where the incipient Forced Exposure catalogue tilted toward gonzo psych obscurities, about four years before the website and prior to Jimmy’s conversion to outré 808 digitalis. Jay references this early turn in the header above.”
- Can’t figure out why peoplez ain’t screaming about HYPHEN-SMYTHE and their precursor collective, SAY YES TO APES. More gone than some of the best of the New Zealand stuff from that era.
A lack of screaming due to no association with Flying Nun/Xpressway/Homestead/Kurt Cobain’s personal mixtapes (all great labels, obviously, and Kurt Cobain put the Axemen on one of his mixes, but most people won’t dig that far). I’m surprised that anybody was writing about him in America back then. I’m guessing Tom Lax has another 100 NZ reissues in the pipeline, and maybe Kevin Smith is in there somewhere.
Email Tom Lax. Ask him what his deal is re: Kevin Smith, re: The Every Secret Thing catalog. Remind him that it’s all on his shoulders. Be as rude as you need to be.