Life Is A Rip-Off: The Zine Part Two

John Olson


Music Criticism

Street Date: 01/08/2016



Life is a Rip Off Part Two is the second installment of record reviews coming at you from the Olzone courtesy of Wolf EyesJohn “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny aka American Tapes. Eventually to be a full length book, Part TWO is the next and FINAL three month installment before the complete book (it's going to be all perfect-bound and sold at bookstores) covering all twelve months is published. But LRIP2 is more zine than book. It's handmade. It's hand-stamped. It comes in a manilla envelope. If you're wondering which Staples Singers record might be for you or what they mean to Mr. Olson, look no further. As Olson says himself, Who’d a thunk that a nuclear-soul diving flaming kamikaze Nuclear Warhead Bomb would have been constructed via the Sunday Morning shadows of Chicago via 1948 from “Pops” Roebuck and his three children????. Or what about all those punk rock, hip-hop, and metal demo tapes that you may have missed like Mantas : 'Mantas Want You to Die!' exclaims the deathzombie evil creature from the old advert inside. HELL YEAH they do. Seeing how this demo beast is a hand full of years before the mighty Repulsion I’d say that this rancid rotting lofi flesh shredder is just GROUND ZERO for US death metal. The evil gnarled twisted kind that just went on . . . LRIP2 is the place to go for tapers, demo-heads, metal-heads, punkers, rockers, rastas, hippies, jazzers, and anyone else who wants to learn more about music, discover new music, and take a peak into the layer of the Olzone.



About the Author(s):

  • John Olson joined the seminal noise, trip-metal band Wolf Eyes in 2000. Wolf Eyes has toured and/or worked with musicians such as Sonic Youth and Anthony Braxton. In 2015, Wolf Eyes released the full length I AM A PROBLEM: MIND IN PIECES on Third Man Records. Life is a Rip Off: The Complete Book is Olson's first book.



    Henry Rollins: Born in 1961 in Washington, D.C., Henry Rollins was barely out of his teens when he joined the legendary punk band Black Flag. He won a Grammy Award for best spoken word album in 1994 for his recording of his memoir, Get In the Van.

    Ben Hell Hall: Sculptor and composer Ben Hall creates installations incorporating durational performances, existing objects and indeterminacy. Hall has written for The Wire and BOMB and has performed at INSTAL in Glasgow, Scotland; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; and kunstenentrum BELGIE in Belgium.

    Bryan Ramirez is a certified Forester in the great state of Montana and an experimental, jazz, noise musician. He has played in several collaborations and groups including Ex-Cocaine and Poor School. He also runs the Killertree Records label.

    Tovah Olson has created something approximating music with Dead Machines, Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice and various other projects. She co-founded the Polyamory record label and runs Tovinator. She's a digital news director and inzane mom living in the middle of Michigan.