Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In a time before blogs roamed the Earth, Xeroxed zines were king.

Long before the days of high school suburbanite dance parties and “Hook your iPod up to the sound system and drink for free ‘DJ nights’” the Ottobar stood for something...I dunno, more honest? Surly bartenders slung dollar Bohs and saluted wholesome, family friendly topics, like porno and Satan. Little known bands like At the Drive-In and Death Cab for Cutie pulled grateful crowds that wrung every drop of air out of that cramped and flimsy main room. Hang around in the upstairs lounge long enough, and you might've found yourself being stalked by Otto, the namesake barcat. And if they gave out a “Best of Baltimore” award for nastiest men’s room, that one behind the stage would have been a lock. Rose tinted days-gone-by, I know. Still, back then Mike, Todd, Tecla and the others would go that extra mile to make sure you thought they didn’t give a fuck, even though you knew that deep down they really did. Case in point, Ottozine.

This little freebie mag, thrown together with loving carelessness, full of spite and vice, represents a moment in time and a venue in its prime. That's not to say that I don't enjoy the occasional trip to the current Ottobar, an even decade later...but while the name may be the same, that place is gone forever.

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Ottozine Cover

Ottozine Pages 2-3

Ottozine Pages 4-5

Ottozine Pages 6-7

Ottozine Pages 8-9

Ottozine Pages 10-11

Ottozine Pages 12-13

Ottozine Pages 14-15

Ottozine Back Cover

Monday, February 23, 2009

Some great fliers courtesy of Tim Kabera

....or is it Kim Tabera now ?

Anyway, keep an eye out for some great contributions from Tim in the near future.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Payan's Rugs

I only attended one show and a couple of DJ Bump dance parties at Payans but I remember it being a pretty cool space. If you have any photos or videos from Payan's rugs send them to me ! matt@morphius.com

Man, Stars of the Dogon really blew Explosions in the Sky off the stage at the above show.