by Rebekah Sue Harris
Strobe welcomes you with a pulsating screen and a concise and legible Table of Contents. When I reviewed the site (last updated April of 1996) bands interviewed included (but were not limited to) Frank Black (and I really liked the photography), Presidents of the United States of America, Primus, and Superchunk. Columns included “Ear To The Ground” (“We trudge through the clubs so you don’t have to”) and “My 7 Inches” (well written, but nothing I’d buy). My attention was caught by “Sad Books,” to read when moping (No One Here Gets Out Alive made the list), and “Sad Songs” (including “Dumb” by Nirvana, “Angie” by the Stones, and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams – written by someone with well-rounded interests, I’d say). “Reviews” – I’m not reviewing the reviews. It’s been done. The “Art Gallery” includes artwork and bios of the artists. For someone with an interest in supporting unknown artists, and money for detailed work, there is some definite tattoo material here. And a “Paraphernalia” page, where you can buy the dead tree version of this ‘zine as well as T-shirts and cassette samplers. Beautifully done in Netscape 2.0, this time-consuming ‘zine is professional, attractive… and enticing.