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  AT THE  HOTTEST TIME OF THE YEAR  ...
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GIL SCOTT-HERON   Spirits
"If rap is, as Chuck D said, the CNN of the black
community, then Gil Scott-Heron was its first anchor."
-The St. Petersburg Times
Not heard from since his swipe at Ronald RayGun in
the mid 80's, Gil Scott-Heron's Spirits is a triumphant
return to recording. Includes "Don't Give Up ",
composed by and featuring AM from A Tribe Called
Quest.
PIGFACE Notes From Thee Underground f»
The latest incarnation of Pigface (featuring Martin
Atkins, Shonen Knife, Flea, Jello Biafra, Genesis P.
Orridge, Ogre, Alex Patterson and many others) has an
enormous musical energy and a diverse yet cohesive i
and... yes... accessible group of songs. From industrial
to ambient to punk, Notes... explores all areas, i
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CADILLAC TRAMPS Its Allright
The band's reputation as an unparalleled live
band is undisputed, and their third studio
longplayer, It's Allright captures that essence.
An absolute winner!
OVIS Schadenfreude (shah -den - froy - deb) I
"... delightful... part Prince, part They Might Be I
Giants." 1
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"Lenny Kravitz and Rick Springfield listen to Jellyfish I
and Hot Chocolate albums in Prince's basement under I
the blacklight Jimi Hendrix poster." I
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| BIG DRILL CAR No Worse For The Wear
Their first studio LP since 1991 is a straight-ahead,
hook filled twelve song outing filled with 3-4 minute
power-pop/rock gems.
Cross Canada tour in July !
CONCERTS -PITCHBLENDE July 5, BIG DRILL CAR July 15 at Town Pump,
CHOCOLATE USA July 28 & 29 at Vancouver East Cultural Center. JU.Y 1994 ISSUE #06
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natives of the city thet lost to
the Canucks in the FIRST
ROUND oF the 94 pUyoffs. we
decided to 90 no Further then our
own back yard, where we Found
veteran Art Director Mark
"Atamos" Pilon digging in the
sandbox. He was kind enough to
lay down his shovel For a Pew
minutes and put together the
nifty cover you saw just seconds
ago. It Features his own painting.
The Monk oF Terminal Town
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*# m Dear Discorder,
I am grateful for tlie help [the
media] is providing with regard
to redirecting attention toward
the presence of these so-called
'flesh-eating' bacteria with
regard to injury or illness among
our people (rather than the
alleged HIV and aberrant cells).
But as I have tried to explain
for fifteen (15) years now, it is a
consequence of relying on an
animal based diet, especially
from animal factory farms.
When will the media place
these risks into perspective?
Encourage people to rely less
heavily on an animal based diet
[and to] have a few glasses of an
alcoholic beverage to not only
reduce the population of such
'bugs' in tlieir blood and
digestive system, but also [to]
allow them to have some fun or
be intimate (and by intimate, I
don't mean engaging in
Rimming, French Kissing, Oral
Sex or Sexual Intercourse) to
help them reduce dieir stress
level in our 'insane' society!
Why use deception & terror?
Yours truly,
Garry Kurtz
Huh?
Dear Discorder,
I have been meaning to do tliis
for sometime. I know that you
surely must gel some hate mail
from others more "discerning"
than yourselves.
I find it absolutely amazing
that most your endevours (sic)
are allowed to come into print
from die sheer lack of technical
ability. I will say that their some
(sic) who will make up for tlie
There are many tilings that I
should have attacked you for in
the pasl.ei (sic): a glowing review
of the most abhorrent publication
on earth can anyone call kiddy-
pom one the greatest forms of
self expression. I still would like
dtlie
.'filial
that particular article and shoot
him myself.
So much for you and your
discrimination. Because if such
polluted individuals are allowed
to publish in your "magazine"
really makes your "genius" shine
through, doesn't it?
Having seen the quality
degenerate into something
resmembling (sic) the same
ethics as Sassy, I cannot help but
to say that you are truely (sic)
doomed. Not that I am going to
kill you or anything, it just brings
a smile to my face that one day
you will get your's for being so
trite.
One of those Superconductor
Didn 't Oscar Wilde say
something about a bad reputation
being much belter than no
reputation at all? Well, what can
I say? The very fact that I'm
printing this letter supports the
author's contention that
Discorder will print the most
poorly written, petty and
inconsequential drivel we can get
By the way, this letter
wouldn 't have anything to do
with Paul calling Superconductor
a "circle jerk disguised by a
smoke machine " in last month's
issue, would it? I have never
actually seen your band but I
think I have to agree with Paul
that you guys are indeed dateless
if you 've got nothing better to do
with your time than read Sassy
(Do they really publish kiddie
porn ? I never would have
imagined...) and write nasty
letters to magazine editors.
Oh well, I'm sure I'll hear
from you again soon...
Discorder,
If there are any budding young
bards out there, CiTR wants to
hear from you! The Poetry Show
(every other Wednesday from
1:15- 3:00) is looking for
Scotia at 822-3017.
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□                V6T1Z1               Lib of Game Six. [Also
known as the night of
the Canucks' final
victory against the
Rangers. Kirk McLean
is God. - Ed.]
As fate would
havei
All right, so tlie Stanley
Cup playoffs are finally over and
people's lives are beginning to
return to normal. This means,
presumably, that people might be
month; if so
first let's co
happening i
music on the night
the first evening of the
VSO's performance of
its last concert of the
93-94 regular season.
(If that last sentence
seems a little strange,
it's because the last
concert was performed
twice: first on
Saturday, June 11, and
then on the following
Monday, June 13.) In
conjunction with the
Vancouver Bach Choir
and the the Vancouver
Bach Children's
Chorus, the VSO put on
excerpts from three
operatic works. Tlie
evening proved to be a
testoftheOrpheum's
acoustics bodi from Ihe
inside and from the
outside in: the 8:00 pm
start coincided perfectly
with the rising
cacophony of horns and
cheers celebrating the
Canucks' victory.
Appropriately, die concert was
opened by someone dressed in a
Canucks uniform, complete with
stick and helmet, taking the
conductor's podiui
cing I
a Ru.s.s
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why we should win the cup. And
so, with a final wave of the
omnipresent white towels by
many of the members of the
orchestra, the concert began with
a set of scenes from Musorgsky's
Iragic opera Boris Gudunov.
Tlie son of a well-off
landowner, Musorgsky was
trained as a member of the
Russian Imperial Guard and had
aining it
:. Nor,
plac
ist nature gained him a
long the country's
elite, known as the
kuchka' or clique. Another
prominent member of diis elite
was die naval officer Nikolai
Kimsky-Korsakov, a skilled
composer who helped Musorgsky
with the orchestration of many
works, including Boris Gudunov.
Based on the true story
ol a Russian Tsar who reigned
from 1598 to 1605, the opera is a
dramatic and somber work which
re Heels the unrest and upheaval
ol the time while focusing on the
guilt and remorse-ridden thoughts
of the Tsar, who attained the
nly after die rightful heir
iiiknov
n killed by s,
of the '
i. Tlie gloc
ork u
lor Ihe Imperial Opera, who
refused lo perform die work until
love interest. Tliis revised version
premiered ill 1874 but was
reworked once more by Rimsky-
Korsakovinl908tobringitto
d probably
io means consider myself
iiiything but ignorant aboul opera
the performance of this opera
and. while both performed well,
the result fell short of complete
success. Despite the inclusion of
Ihe coronation bells at die end of
the first act were (as best as I
could tell) a recording accompa-
orcheslration which I am sure tlie
composer did not have in mind.
The orchestra and the choir
performed well but had relatively
minor parts in comparison to
Gary Relyea (Boris), who almost
single-handedly and without the
benefit of sets odier than his own
costume had lo set a mood of
pathos. As Mr. Relyea was nearly
invisible from the balcony (being
well forward on die stage), this
effect was not very well
vhen he finally
he end of Act
,e than doleful.
>l all
that surprising, really. An opera,
after all, uses acting and sets in
conjunction widi the music to set
the lone and tell a story. With
two of die three missing, Boris
Gudunov is too emotionally
demanding to hold up, despite the
undisputed technical abilities of
both Ihe orchestra and the choir.
The second work in the
performance was also from a
Russian opera, Alexander
Borodin's Prince Igor.  Another
of the five composers considered
to be in the 'kuchka', Borodin
was first and foremost a world
renowned organic chemist and
could only spare sporadic bits of
time to work on his composing.
Inspired by the story of die Tartar
invasions of Russia in die twelfth
century, his Polovtsian Dances
performed as part of the whole
opera until 1890. Set in the camp
of the invading Khan, they
present a captured Prince Igor
being entertained by Tartar
warriors singing of dieir
homeland and the mighty power
of their leader. Unlike the
previous work, the Polovtsian
Dances rely almost entirely upon
the orchestra and choir to set a
frenzied mood, to great effect.
The controlled fierceness of the
choir, together with a wonderfully sharp performance by the
orchestra, made one feel that the
Mongol warriors were right diere,
ready to go forth and wreak
havoc for tlieir Khan.
After die intermission,
the program continued widi die
Prologue to Arrigo Boito's only
completed opera,
Mephislopheles. The son of an
artist and destitute countess,
Boito entered die Milan
conservatory in 1853 but was
considered a mediocre student.
His career was mostly as a
librettist, writing text for other
composers such as Verdi. He
became occupied with the slory
of Fausl's tragic search for
learning and, unsatisfied widi
Gounod's opera on the subject,
began bis own. After several
years' work interrupted by
writing poetry and a stint in die
imlitary under Garibaldi, he
completed die first version of
Mephislopheles for a premiere at
La Scala in 1868. Tlie event was
heavily publicised in advance and
drew a large audience for what
turned out to be a disaster. The
original version consisted of five
acts stretching nearly as many
hours; the choir members were of
questionable talent; and, finally,
despite having no skill as a
conductor. Boito took on the role
himself. Tlie exhausted audience
made their feelings clear and a
deflated Boito withdrew Ihe work
One part of the work,
however, clearly needed no
revision: the prologue, in which
the Devil enters a cloud-
ensconced heaven to make a bet
with God for possession of die
soul of Faust. Even in the first
e this s,
nd lor
demonstrated in diis performance. Boito's cynicism and biting
humor come dirough in
Mephistopheles' view of human
hubris, set against a stunning
musical setting of enormous
orchestra and triple choir
(featuring Gary Relyea
performing the bass section along
with a mixed and a children's
choir). Tlie fantastic percussion
(including a skillfully done sheet-
metal effect for rolling thunder)
was balanced against a strident
brass section in a stunningly
harmonic backdrop to the
powerful singing of all three
parts. For added emphasis, the
orchestra placed several key
members of the brass section
high in the wings of the balcony;
the resulting surround-sound
effect was truly awe-inspiring.
The choir was equally impressive, responding to Mr. Relyea's
Mephistopheles in perfect unison.
The children's choir took the
parts of the cherubim to
perfection with unsurpassed
clarity and timing. A lot of hard
work and practice must have
gone into the performance and
the standing ovation it received
was certainly well deserved.
The take home lesson of
this operatic performance as a
whole would seem to be that
some works need acting and
setting to retain their integrity
while others (or especially single
parts of others, no longer
intended to be part of a larger
story) can stand on their musical
strengths alone. Record
producers seem to have
recognised this already; in my
experience recordings of
collections of individual arias,
prologues, or overtures far
outnumber recordings of entire
operas. Hopefully the music
directors of the VSO and VBC
will come to the same conclu-
Well. now that you've
seen some of what there was last
month, let's check out what's
available for this mondi's
listening pleasure. July is pretty
much dominated by the
Vancouver Early Music Festival
(put on, of course, by the
Vancouver Early Music Society)
which has no less than six
concerts scheduled. On Sunday
the 17th, Nigel North performs
works by J. S. Bach on baroque
lute; on Wednesday the 20th,
virtuoso works of the 17th
century are performed as
"Birth of the Baroque"; on
Friday the 22nd, Stanley Ritchie
(violin) and Elisabedi Wright
(keyboard) perform as Duo
Geminiani; on Sunday the 24di,
the ever-popular Sequentia from.
Cologne will perform a program
entitled "Dante and the
Troubadours"; on Tuesday tlie
26th, The King's Noyse will
perform "English Ballads for
Voice and Violin Band"; and
finally, on Friday the 29th,
members of the UBC Faculty of
the Renaissance and Baroque
program and guests will perform
a program of, of course,
Renaissance and early Baroque
music. All of these works are at
8:00 pm at the UBC Recital Hall.
While tickets are often sold at the
door for Early Music Society
concerts, several of these are
likely to be very popular so if one
of them really catches your fancy
I would suggest getting tickets in
advance (you can call the Society
at 732-1610). In any event,
seating at the Recital Hall is open
so arrive early if you'jx choosy
about where you want to be.
That wraps ^t up for this
month, good listening until next
*Etg&msrm SECRETS   ENTRUSTED
TO A FEW
BY JUDITH BEEMAN
Fate is a funny thing: In mid-
April I made up my mind to
begin a Big Star (North
America's best known obscure
band) fanzine; I steeled my nerve
and phoned Jody Stephens, who
works for a Memphis studio. He
thought die 'zine idea was fine
and by the way did I know they
were going on tour? Talk about
timing. The San Francisco date
was Sunday, June 5th and I
decided to be there...
I hopped the Green Tortoise
bus (as seen in a recent Details
spread) in Seattle. They head
south on Sundays and Thursdays
at the ungodly hour of 8 am,
arriving in San Franciso the next
day around 10 am. For $51,
including a wonderful dinner and
sauna at dieir Cow Creek
compound in Oregon, die trip is
both fun and frustrating. Sleeping
on the Tortoise is comfortable
and I had my trusty sleeping bag,
replete with images of grouse and
cougars on the inside (very
boyscout-esque!) to
keep me warm.
Arriving in SF, I
met my good bud Peter
who works at Books, etc
(a great used bookshop)
on Castro Street and late
that day I met Peter's
friends who were puttinj
me up in their shared
house. My housemates
appreciated the fact that
didn't shower (using
up water pressure
doesn't win friends)
but instead visited
the wonderful
women-only spa
O'Sento (on Vallencia
O'Sento features show
whirlpool, two saunas and a
relaxed, meditative atmosphere (I
tried not to meditate on how
horrid the US exchange rate
The weather in San
Franciso was wanner than usual,
but the wind was unreal. I would
be riding my bike (I brought my
bicycle on the bus - they heaved
it onto a rack on top) when all of
a sudden an ice-pick of wind
would zing right into my
shoulder muscles! Un-real.
Locals agree that the wind is a
i, yet, like us and our rain
i?), they get used to it.
I'd get so chilly I'd
duck into a coffee shop to warm
up; all I can say is if diis town is
capable of brewing a decent cup,
I hit all the wrong places. I rode
everywhere and found there was
always a way around the hills if I
zig-zagged about. There are bike
maps available which show
grades of steepness, etc. but I
didn't actually look at one
(maybe next time).
Tlie timing of my trip
allowed me to check out the
Alternative Press Expo in San
Jose, organized by Slave Labor
Graphics. Ralph Alphonso was
also vacationing in SF at die time
and together we caught a ride to
APE widi my e-mail bud Larry
and his partner Nick. Larry puts
out the gay 'zine Holy Titclamps!
and diey had me over for
dinner one night.
ALTERNATIVE
PRESS
EXPO
j 21st).
that I
my big
faux pas of the trip by bringing
beer to a straight edge household,
but at least I got to peruse Larry's
fine 'zine collection (he puts out
the Explosion, a catalogue of, er,
queer 'zines) and finally read
Raw Vulva, thee 'zine for dyke
bicyclists.
The APE exhibition was
swell, with over diree dozen
exhibitors showing off dieir self-
published or small press goods.
Slave Labor deserve much praise
for organizing this event, wluch I
enjoyed more than the San Diego
Con I checked out last year.
(Find a sampling of some of the
books I picked up elsewhere on
this page).
I also visited with the 'new'
editor for Factsheet Five, Seth,
and his wife Miriam. Seth let me
do the magazine exchange deal
which, sadly, is only available to
US folks: What one does is send
a SASE with $3.00 worth of
postage and this envelope is sent
back to you stuffed with 'zines
they've reviewed. I was allowed
to poke through a huge box of
outgoing stuff and my booty
included a recent issue of Ben Is
Dead (a neat LA 'zine that used
to be free and is now available
around town); Steve
Albini...Thinks We Suck!, a
hilarious Chicago freebie (tlie
conversation between Greg 'Mr.
Sensitive' Dulli of the Afghan
Whigs and Liz Phair using just
their song lyrics was just too
funny); and Cult Characters,
which features photos and bios
on Hollywood actors (this
included a profile on Bo Hopkins
- remember him as Swan, tlie
horrible pimp in Dawn: Portrait
Of A Teenage Runaway!).
Among the cartoonists I met
in my travels was Nina Paley,
who is presently taking a break
from her art while recovering
from a muscle ailment which has
brought on tendonitis in her
drawing hand. I got to know Nina
whilst helping with her laundry,
but the pleasure was still mine.
On the last day of my visit I met
with the grand dame of SF
comics, Trina Robbins: she draws
and documents comics history
cartoonists (pub. by
Kitchen Sink) was
reviewed here last year.
After a (good) cup of
coffee at Trina's home it
was off to visit Lisa
Maslowe. whose first
comic 77ie Catbox Room
came out last year. Her
comic documents her
dreams and experiences
of working in a record
store (Recycled Records
on Haight). Lisa also plays
drums for the local trio,
Ida.
At die Big Star show -
which was at die Fillmore -
I met, as arranged, a whole
bunch of e-mail friends,
including my ace NYC
'zine will be out diis fall and
will be called Back Of A Car.
The Gigolo Aunts (good) and
Counting Crows (snooze-ville)
opened the gig. Big Star basically
played a 'hits' gig, much like the
Columbia gig (although diey
were much tighter than on the
CD). Tlie next day I was on my
way home to a new adventure.
Quite a few cartoonists at the
APE event eidier presented me
with review copies of dieir work
or cut me die wholesale discount
price: for this I was diankful.
With die exchange rate at 40% I
found myself not purchasing near
as many comics as I wished.
Outside of APE I visited a few
comic shops and found Comic
Relief on Haight pretty damn
awesome. I picked up the first
issue of Prez (a DC book from
'73 about the first teenage
President of tlie United States -
I've wanted diis for ages!) for a
mere four dollars and got an out-
of-print Kim Dietch book called
Hollywoodland. Here are some of
the finds I made at APE, in no
particular order:
Deep Girl
and let you know. John's also in
a band called Felt Pilotes who
have an ep called Moving Day
for $3.25. Send much money to
this charming lad @ PO Box
18510, Denver, Colorado, 80218.
Skim Lizard
There's a comics collective in
Bay Area called Puppy Toss.
They distribute a vast amount
comics by writers throughout
Nordi America, including the
local Raw Meat andiology. Skin
hell <fo you
UlTTHC MICKS,
of
known to the
group and they
are actively
submissions.
Tlie first SL
comic and tiie
others have all
been digest
include Dylan
Williams (who
also produces
Horse), Fawn
Gehweiler
(also picked up
the outstanding
Motorcycle
Boy), die truly
scary Stephanie
Kulick (ask me
il Brit
who
cy)
Re nee (Gr.
Bath) Fren
Ariel Bordeaux
In HATE, Peter often rattles
bunch of 'zines that people
should send off for. "Sound:
great!" I chirp and then (aln
never send away. Needless I
say, Bagge's been hep to ihi
for some lime. The cove;
third issue of Deep Girl has Ariel
in her neurotic glory demanding
Ihe reader to "Smell my pits!,"
psychoiic frenzy. Inside, we find
of the
others. Write
Puppy Toss @PO Box 9849,
Berkeley, Ca 94709 and ask for
Destroy All Comics
Jeff LcVinc
Earlier I mentioned meeting Lisa
Maslowe: Part of our visit was
.spent reading a bunch of her
nics. She probably
Ol   lh(>S(
ties froi
boyfrie
of le
angsl, room-mate angst and body
angst. Funny-sad stuff. Send two
bucks Cdn to 573 Scolt St., Apt
L, San Francisco, Ca, 94117.
King-Cat Comics And Stories
John Porcellino
d Jeff, whose Destroy/
is an excellent though
flawed 'zine which lays focus o
the world of self published
comix   Already up lo issue 116,
Ihe digest is changing format lo
magazine size and will be
published by Slave Labor slarln
this fall. While Jeff is doing a
great service promoting comics.
I've read in ages! John has
an endearing style which
brings to mind childhood
mushy. I picked up a few
at APE; sadly, John wasn't
present. At fifty cents each
these small digests contain
true tales such as the story
of his fanuly dog from
cradle to grave (I
practically needed a hanky
by die end) and dream
sequences. Good grief,
there's at least 44 issues of
King-Cat; I wonder how
many are in print? I'll ask
i can be cruelly
. Perhaps he's that
kind of person who has to play
the 'asshole', but I hope it's just
a phase. Jeff also puts out his
own comic titled No Hope (again
by Slave Labor) which is a
generation-depressed, poorly
drawn mishmash. Jeff was
supposed to be at APE but didn't
show. Send your comics or
request his @ PO Box 170143,
San Francisco, CA, 94117.
Slave Labor
various artists
Slave Labor seems to desire a
diverse audience; hence lots of
titles, many guaranteed not to
appeal to evetyontAttitude Lad
(HI) debuts with the adventures
of a seriously sexist cad and
Fishnuisters, also a first issue, is
an utterly juvenile fishing comic
(shaky points for originality).
Tales From The Heart (#13) is
one of the few mature titles of die
group: diis issue tells of a Peace
Corps volunteer and her
adventures in a central African
republic. Two new titles are
conung diis summer: IMP, a tale
about a fellow who carries
around a BIG mallet, and Slacker
(H\) which introduces us to
Randy, the 'angry little grunge
puppy'. Well, its not my cup of
tea. However, Beautiful People,
written and drawn by Paul
Duncan and Shane O'Dwyer, has
a dark style and at $5.75 is a
larger graphic novel. British
cartoonist Carol Swain called
their previous book, Overload,
extremes...after it's over you just
telling. Write;
S. Bascom Av
95128.
The "K" Chra
Keith Knight
This guy's very gi
ofhis.liges
ides
The
■   Kei
tells of how he spent part of his
teen years being a Michael
Jackson impersonator (replete
with hair on fire at a lots birthday
parly!). Keith has a weekly strip
in a SF paper and I saw his
cartoons elsewhere as well. His
style is slightly frantic but it suits
(he stories. I swear Ihe guy draws
himself as Opus the Penguin in
some of his 'toons. Write Keith
@ 32 Cabrillo St., San Francisco,
CA 94118.
Paul Pope
Paul Pope created this black and
white graphic novel and had
published under his imprint,
Horse Press. The central
Ihe
ovel unfolds over a si
iikI night during the
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times, but Pope includes a few
subtle new twists. The art,
however, has many fine moments
and some nice jazz/guitar images.
This is Pope's second novel, his
first was Sin Tilulo. Reach
Paul at 25 W. Oakland
Ave, Columbus, OH,
43201.
Andy Hartzell
Hanzell is a scream. I
picked up his two-in-one
book featuring Walter Ego
All-American Sissy and
Little Carrie Cross The
"Born Again" Kid. Walter
Ego is a goody two-shoes
simp who dares to be die
Walt's half of the book is
full of one page gags and a
story about fashion
statements (Ego wears
black knee-highs to match
his school uniform). Little
Came Cross is even funnier
Ihan Ego: an adopted girl
(her parents felt it was God's will
for (hem to take in a 'little
back to the shady store she came
from when, as a last resort, she's
plunked down in front of
religious tv prograiiiuung for a
week with, erm, miraculous
results. Andy's comics send up
the religious right, die rich upper
class and poor white trash - he
loESf^ojxjTaii
ain't fussy. There must be more
available. Write Andy at @ 7083
Kenwood St., Las Vegas (pooh!),
NV, 89117.
Don't Shoot It's Only Comics
This was die nindi issue of this
anthology and (whoa) the Love
&/or Sex issue. I'm such a sucker
for dieme related collections!
Really great work including
Bobby Madness's Tom Teenager
character (a believable teen-
punk); Chris O'Brien; Finnish
contribuler Maria Bjorklund and
about 11 others. Magazine sized.
Send three bucks to 140A
Harvard Ave., Box 308, Allston,
MA, 02134.
The Complete BONE Adven-
Jeff Smith
By the time you read this issue
#15 of Jeff Smith's incomparable
comic, Bone, will be on die
shelves. Stylistically, Bone
compares to the simple
timelessness of classic comics
(Pogo, Peanuts...heck, tlie intro's
by Will 'Spirit' Eisner). Bone is
quite original in content,
featuring the mystical adventures
of a trio of cousins in a far away
kingdom, with Fone Bone (our
hero!), Smiley Bone (die nice yet
dumb one) and Phoney Bone (the
wicked greedy one), anything is
possible. This first collection of
issues one through six is die
place to start. Tlie comic can be
read on different levels by kids
and adults - just look for the
subtext. Tlie subtle double takes
the characters make are priceless.
I won't be picking up die
individual issues, but the moment
the second collection hits the
store I'll be on my way
downtown. Wilh luck die wait
won't be too long. Jeff can be
reached at PO #1583 Los Gatos,
CA 95031-1583.
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having sex with
Richard Nixon conjures up
images which are neither
particularly romantic nor erotic.
Personally, I think I'd have to be
pumped full of gorilla
tranquilizers before I'd even
consider hopping in a bed
containing Nixon's naked and
waiting form, but I'it
that there's some demented oaf
out there who would consider
such an act to be invigorating.
Sexual nightmares
aside, I think Sex With Nixon is
a great name for a band, so one
of the first things I asked when I
met Nixon singer and guitarist
Danny Sather
was how the name originated.
"My cousin Rebecca i
with the name. It came from a
concept that the people that you
hang out with are in a four year
age range of yourself. The idea
was that our parents were having
sex during the Nixon era, so
we're the products of sex with
Nixon. If you were born today it
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be sex with Clinton."
Danny's brother Joe, the band's
drummer, adds, "I'd go see a
band who called themselves Sex
With Nixon so I figured I would
be in one as well!"
I first encountered Sex
With Nixon accidently when I
happened to be at a downtown
venue where the band was
playing. Before they went
onstage, I overheard Danny
casually remarking to some
people behind me that he had a
sore throat and wasn't feeling
well. With this in mind, I
expected the band to play a
quiet, unremarkable gig. When
they took to the stage, however,
they performed with more spirit
and intensity than most bands
could hope to have. And as for
Danny himself, ill or not he
played with more energy and
urgency than a Tasmanian Devil
hopped up on a hundred gallons
of PCP.
Consider-
reserved off-stage
to be surprised and
impressed by their
enthusiasm during
live performances.
Many people are,
says Danny. "I
worked on a film
days
and I n
on the :
: this girl
on the
x With r
home. We got to talking
music [and] I told
this band called S
She said, 'No you're not, I've
seen them before [and] you're
nothing like that guy - he's crazy
and all fucked up on stage!' She
couldn't believe that was me."
Sex With Nixon
founding members Danny and
Joe Sather began tlieir musical
exploits as teenagers in suburban
Richmond, playing in a short
lived band called Nuclear Jello.
Joe recalls,"We
were pretty young and we
couldn't get into any bars and
we never did any shows. We
were just fans of loud, aggressive rock music - not speed
metal or heavy metal or that
stuff." Danny
continues,"Growing up, punk
rock like GBH, the Pistols [and]
Dead Kennedys was really my
thing. I just
form of live
passion and
any other
that had the
ity that it
had."
Leaving the earthquake
doomed Richmond for a couple
of years in 1988, the Sather
brothers moved to Calgary with
plans to eventually return to
Vancouver to form a band.
When they did return in 1990,
Sex With Nixon began to take
shape with Jason Slye joining on
lead guitar. The band's original
bassist, Darren Morris, decided
to leave, forcing Danny to fill in
on bass himself. Joe
and bouffants! Really, though, I
just happened to be at the show
and I enjoyed them. But I
originally just went backstage to
drink their beer rider! When I
saw them I told them they
needed a real bass player."
The band have never
tried to nail down their sound or
description and have consequently been difficult to classify.
Joe explains. "Everybody's
influences in the band...cross all
the boundaries from ska to
straight ahead rock and roll to
jazz. Perhaps not so completely
in the music itself as in the
spirit. The songwriting is done
by everybody in the band;
everybody has influence and
input so that's why we probably
have a diverse sound. People try
and pigeonhole bands for
j, but w
try to write good songs and be
an entertaining band."
While the band has had
label interest of late, they've
already gone into the studio on
their own to record and release
an independent album. Like any
good live band, their goal is
undoubtedly to capture the
intensity of their live show on
tape. If the songs they recorded
for Nudge Records' Show And
Tell: Volume I compilation (
"Come" and the amazing "Pass
The Stone") are any indication
of what's to come, the band
needn't have any worries about
their future songwriting and
recording.
"We hope to have a
good solid sound and not
overproduce the recordings
themselves," says Joe. Still, he
is the first to admit that the live
Sex With Nixon is the best Sex
With Nixon: 'I don't think we
could justify having people
come to Ihe shows and paying
whatever amount it is and not
give them !00% of what we had.
Playing live ends up being so
cathartic for us."
With Sex With Nixon's
reputation as a hot
live act growing,
explains,"Danny filled in a bit in
rehearsals, but we only did one
show which was at the Coast
1040 farewell show at the
Commodore. Dan was admittedly not great on bass, and Rich
Priske came up afterwards and
told us we needed a real bass
player! We knew him from
Chrome Dog and the Real
McKenzies, so he joined and its
been a much different band ever
since." Priske chimes in
jokingly, "Yeah, I got them to
get rid of the make-up, spandex
when the band lhat bear
name first began; now that he's
dead, the idea of having sex widi
him lakes on a whole new
dimension. Given that, and die
promising outlook and relatively
new line-up of the band, it's
practically a whole new Sex
With Nixon. Now even sexier...
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Pool halls used to be
grimy, dingy fire traps in which
you couldn't see anything
twenty feet in front of you due
lo the lack of lighting and the
cigarette smoke. There were ineffectual signs screwed to the
wall lhat threatened banishment
from the premises if you swore
or played a game of pool with
Ihe rules. Occupying the tables
lier, beat ihe crap out of you
after eleinenlary school or in
the parking lot beside the auto-
shop wing at high school. They
would reluctantly share their
precinct  with  admiring  young
lusted alter their girlfriends bul
rl enough to look away
looked
,,lli
the warped rolls and patched
felt. Except for the sound of
balls colliding and the jukebox
sitting on a tiny stage lodged in
a corner of the room, the silence of the players was
breached by the occasional
'aww.Tuck' of the loser, who
had to buy the next round, or
worse. Forget about getting a
table here. Putting your quarters on Ihe bumpers to these
guys didn't mean shit.
A place like this, I
thought, would make the best
atmosphere for listening to Ihe
dusty, personable songs of Russ
lol man; songs that meld hope
and alienation to a roadhouse
strum. Instead, I was chugging
iced tea on a stool inside Automotive, the Yalelown nouveau-
pool emporium that is dedicated
to elevating billiards into a di
version for the sideburned and
the pastime's redneck heritage,
just as Ihe true heritage of tattoo's and Harley Davidsons has
been demolished. It wasn't my
idea lo come here and listen to
Russ, but Music West designated
the poolroom as one of its
schmooze-con performance ven-
Travelling by bus after
playing a show in Seattle the previous evening, Russ's arrival al
the festival was delayed by a misunderstanding between him and
the organizers of Music West
over who was to pay for the one
hundred dollar performance permit he needed to play in Canada
legally. Tolman had to disembark his bus at the border crossing, forsake his guitar and other
belongings to the custom guards
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next bus and made it to Vancouver in time for his first show at
the festival. (He was eventually
reimbursed for the permit.)
Although I welcomed
the opportunity to see and hear
Tolinan at Music West, I felt
that if this were an ideal world
(in   my   mind  anyway),   Rus:
ber you. I told him this when he
called the next day and he sheepishly made amends, "Ohhhh no.
Um...I really am sorry about
this."
Hilda'
y fur
ther down the music industry's
catwalk to find an audience.
Despite perseverance, durability  and  a  remarkable  oeuvre
fourt
Tolui
nple of the hypocrisy
I which refuses to accept a before performer on the
basis of musical merit. As a
member (some said 'driving
force') of the early 80's west-
ern-psychadelia crew True
West, Tolinan and his band-
mates were sucked in by hype
and promises until the life was
sucked right out of them. After
leaving True West (or, as he
succinctly corrected me, "I got
booted out of the band."),
Tolinan's subsequent solo career has yielded four albums,
with a fifth, Sweet Spot, fresh
off the grill. Unfortunately for
Tolinan, the only diners who
have acquired a lasting taste for
his auditivo alimento reside in
Europe, where he has no problems being heard, distributed
and booked into clubs. To be
able to hear him on this continent (if you missed him at Music West, he'll be back on July
23rd with ex-Lost Durangos
member Greg Potter at the
Malcolm  Lowery Room),  you
gigs or pay exorbitant import
, .lis
you talk with someone
phone, especially an int
subject, he won't always t
Hoi
Dow
studio
trol
room, my disappointment over
missing him the previous night
took a back seat to Russ's own
disappointment at his inability
to eke out cult artist status at
home, a predicament he's slowly
learning to accept. "I used to be
frustrated because I put a lot of
effort into the State's and didn't
get much back," stated Tolinan.
rope and something would come
back. I like playing there and
the attitude is different." Europe's always been friendly, fertile territory for American music that sounds American: rough
and ready guitar driven rock,
blues, or country complemented
by good melodies and honest
but intriguing wordplay. Where
else in the world could a band
like Dream Syndicate (fronted
by Tolman's longtime friend
Steve Wynn) have a Top Forty
single but in, of all places,
Greece?
The positive climate for
Tolman and his contemporaries
reaches beyond the common
punter to booking agents and
club owners as well: "If you
play a show and it's not a good
night and not very many people
show up, the promoter [in Europe) goes, "Wow, what did I do
wrong? I didn't do my job right.'
With people here in the States
it's like, 'You bastard, you
didn't bring in enough people to
drink beer in my bar.' That's the
whole difference in attitude. The
people
Tolman finds steady work as an
office temp to keep him afloat
in a city where he's traditionally treaded water. "It's [L.A.]
never, ever been good to me.
Even with True West, when we
were flavour of the month, it
wasn't the best city for us. I
played there with my band tliree
times last fall, and that was the
first time in two years. I've also
been doing some solo shows
around there recently. I don't
really know why I'm still in L.A.
There's no real reason. It's just
certain amount of inertia. Eventually, I will not be there...."
Tolman's real-life Hollywood Holiday began after his
departure from True West in
1985. Based in the agricultural
and college town of Davis (located seventy miles north-east
of San Francisco), True West
spearheaded a small but prolific
scene populated by the likes of
Game Theory, The Popealopes,
and, of course, Thin White Rope
(whose drummer, Josef Becker,
left West to play with Rope).
The band was founded by
Tolman and vocalist Gavin Blair
following the demise of the Suspects, whose roster included
founding   Dream   Syndicate
the
j. Ifs
»t  |ll St
lung I.
Sic
Wyt
Kendra Smith. Tolman and Blair
were joined by guitarist Richard
McGrath ("He's always been my
guitar hero," says Tolman), the
late Kevin Stayodhar on bass,
and Becker, who was later replaced by Steve Packenham.
Tolman contributed some of his
most memorable work as a mu-
, producer (for True West,
full]
The
What Tolman would really like is to have folks back
home care about his musk; unfortunately, expatriate American artists tend to disappear from
the public consciousness faster
than torpedo bombers in the
Bermuda Triangle. "I've come
around to the point that Europe
is taking care of itself. Partially,
I think the reason why I don't
have anything going on in the
U.S. now is because I spend all
my time in Europe."
When he does return
from Europe to his home base of
six years in Los Angeles (more
specifically,      Hollywood),
Popealopes, and local
cowpunkers Lost Durangos'
1986 ep Evil Town), and songwriter during his tour of duty
with True West, but his profile
within the band, both during and
after his membership, was built
up to monolithic proportions by
the music press and eventually
became a source of friction between Tolman and his band-
mates. Ultimately, this tension
would lead to his dismissal. "I
think now, having a little perspective, I kind of feel like I
owe those guys some apology,"
admits Tolman. "I was this
drunken egomaniac. It was like,
'Well, I'm the talented one here.
I'm the one pulling all the
strings. I'm the one who's writing these songs and figuring out
where the band is going,  and
12 HtKSSaSFa-il gian woman friend. "That girl,"
Tolman recounts, "she's married now to my Norwegian booking agent; I didn't even know
during the whole time that I was
infatuated with her that they
were an item in secret because
he had recently broken up with
Sweet Spot, Tolman's
fifth and as-of-yet unheard release, includes songs that conquer despair rather than merely
confronting it. "The Best Is Yet
To Come" combines this sentiment with vocal accompaniment
by ex-Concrete Blonde dynamo
Johnette Napolitano, whose recent work qualifies her for muse
status on the subject. "When I
was thinking about background
you guys are just the players
and I'm the coach.' That wasn't
really true. There was some truth
to it, but a lot of times I got
credit for things I didn't do and
I never said, 'Hey, that's not
right, I didn't do that.' There
dbere
s that w
Russ Tolman's guitar play ing,'
and it wasn't my playing, itwas
Richard McGrath's."
A further examination
of the black box from the crash
of True West reveals that conflicting interests within the band
combined with a belief in their
own hype sent the band's collective esteem plunging onto the
runway. "Our expectations were
not in line with reality. I was not
a patient guy at all. Richard was
somebody who had been in a
zillion  bands  and  always  got
;rdidit
o he w
;ry jaded. We were always on
ie edge of getting that big deal
id in my mind in those days, if
e weren't doing something two
eeks from now, it seemed like,
'Oh the world d<
anymore, ohhhhh....' It was a
bad situation in that my girlfriend was the manager of the
band, and that was not good either for our relationship or the
band." Aggravating the situation further was Tolman's fear
of stepping outside boundaries
he established but was reluctant
to live in. "My thing was that I
was too afraid to do my own
songs and didn't think or know
that I could sing, so I was hiding
behind the whole band thing."
The remaining members
of the band made one album,
Hand Of Fate, before shutting
down in 1987 (Blair, and
McGrath moved to Seattle and
formed the Fool Killers, who
have two discs to their credit),
while Tolman got the courage
up to perform on his own.
Judging from his first
solo recording. Totem Poles And
Glory Holes (Down There-Restless, 1986), the word 'gutless'
doesn't seem to fit Tolman. Im-
if James Newell Osterburg
grew up in Needles listening to
Blue Cheer and Merle Haggard
- this should give you an idea of
all-outers like "Looking For An
Angel" and "Galveston Mud."
On this album, which was recorded in Davis, Russ and his
band, the Totem Poleman, go
for a drive down to Bakersfield
with the sonic intensity of a 1966
Pontiac Strato-Chief whose
muffler has been shot to hell.
His sophomore record, the stylish and controlled Down In
Heartache Town (Skyclad,
1988), was recorded in Hollywood by Bad Religion's Brett
Gurewitz and features longtime
friends/peers Steve Wynn, Ivan
Knight, Chris Cacavas and
Robert Lloyd, among others, as
well as female backup singers
and horns. Both releases have
been combined into a single CD
by the English label Diabolo,
the roots tentacle of Demon
Records, and are available as an
ily: ,
;. Toltn
■   fr.
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this
He has
ed h
"Something About A Rowboat,"
a paen inspired by an evening's
drunken - and ultimately fruitless - infatuation with a Norwe-
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of tht
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tions spanning his entire
back-catalogue, including
True West's most memorable effort, "Hollywood Holiday" (which Tolinan re-recorded for Good Bye John).
Cashing in on what Elvis
Costello has referred to as
his 'pension' (aka repertoire)
creates a dilemma that both
strengthens and limits"
Tolman's fan-base."It's
weird. A lot of people have
never heard of me before and
hear the stuff and go 'Wow,
this is great' and get it from
this fresh perspective and
kinda get what I'm doing.
But there are a lot of people
who know me from before
who see it through the eyes
of True West, [who] see it in
a different way and say,
'Well, we don't understand
what you're doing,' or they
liked what I  was doing be-
.   Wli.
I quit.
. All i
i. Somebody might
sell a
ofrecc
and then I don't have to work.
Steve (Wynn) has this theory
that after twelve, maybe fifteen
years, you get your legend card
and people start doing your
songs whether you're good, bad
or indifferent."
When Tolman returns to
:  this
elude
like South By Soulhw
Austin, Texas and ou
Music West Festival ca
improve his profile with po
lential suitors and the grass
roots listener, albeit on
blade al a time. "I would lik
to have a Canadian releas
for Sweet Spot. My whol
thing with playing here is l,
start playing this part of th
•ly
Vancouver's HEATMISER
are now...
.solo catalogue
is rounded out by Good~Byc
John (Skyclad-New Rose, 1990)
and   Road  Movie  (New  Rose,
1992), all of which are only
available on import.
The rough ride Tolman
bringing his music lo market has
helped him refine and consoli
date his most valuable cornmod
unique in today's 'blame Daddy*
Freudian climate: "Pain Mostly
pain. Until recently, I had no
other way to express feelings at
all, other than through songs; ?
Now I'm actually starting to
happy songs.
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Hon would you compare being on
although somewhat 'indie', Is
Atlantlo, to now being fully i
label Itself?
Mary:
ieed Records, which,
fill a subsidiary of
dorsed by the major
-rd, thej
ouring
Atlantic
labels. It really r
Sid you hare any doubts about being on a major label?
Mary: We had doubts about it in the beginning when they
made the first offer to us, and then that was when they
came up with the Seed offer. They offered us a regular
Atlantic deal and we said no and then they offered us
the Seed thing which was a much smaller budget and a
lot less pressure. We signed with that with the
agreement that when they decided the time was right
they'd put us up on Atlantic. Mow I guess I feel pretty
ready, but when we were first signed we'd only played
like 25 gigs, and I had nei
What bands do you like
Mary: Right now the mo,
song by the Polling St
Sonic Youth called "31
How does it feel to be
superstar bands such e
Billy: Freaky!
qu
all.
I re noticed that the recording quality has evolved
from really rough sounding 7" 's to a Tery full sounding
seoond album. How much input do you hare into that
process?
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inny:  Literally, then
Billy,what drlTes you to write your songs?
Billy: It seems like writing is real internal. It's got
than externally. I really draw on my emotions and what
I 'm feeling. But then ag_ain, on the last album, with "Car
Song" for example, that s about being away from home and
dealing with a new set of circumstances relationship-
working with ■
and having the
Has this become your career?
Johnny: This is it. Welcome to our portable living :
Billy: Yeah, pretty much. We're not home much lai
You're happy with it, though?
Mary: Oh yeah! I mean, it's insane, but it's all
Johnny: Yeah, Wire too.
Billy:  And then Wire again.
Mary: A little William Shatner.
What would be your Ideal tour then? Who would you lore
to play with?
Mary: How about us, Yo La Tengo, and Sonic Youth? Or
us, Swervedriver, and PJ Harvey? Dream! I'd open for
the Pretenders anyday too!
Billy: The Shoes.
Mary: The Shirts, the Shoes, the Raincoats, and us.
Last 1
y : Yeah, that was
England.
How's the present 1
tith Juliana Hatfield?
• 2 4 hours a day.
Mary, do you ever wonder if you're expressing, the
intended emotions when you aing lyrics written by Billy?
Mary: I used to before, but I don t really anymore. Now
to whatever the song is. You know, everybody's just
putting their best kind of approach to it. At first I
did 'cause I didn't know Billy very well and it's weird
singing someone else's lyrics when you don't know them,
so much that I feel very close to them.
So you make a c
icious decision to make your album as
John: Johnny liked it
the part himself.
Johnny: Yeah, I was j
At this point, the interview seemed to collapse (lapse?;
into tour-speak and small-talk. I left the room feeling
a sense of excitement and happiness I had never before
tion, and the show that followed was the nicest of all. Consisting of singer-guitar-
sts Joel Plaskett and Rob
Benvie, singer-bassist Ian
McGettigan and drummer
Cliff Gibb, Thrush Hermit is
one of the East Coast's
freshest new guitar-driven
pop sensations, with a new
full-length release entitled
Smart Bomb out on Halifax's
murderecords. In Vancouver
recently for the anuual Music West Festival, the Hermit
took the time to talk with
Discorder about record
deals, spiritual brothers
Sloan and '80s television...
How did Thrush Hermit o
loet: Ian, Rob and I. Rob took up
guitar in grade 8 and 1 was jealous,
so I started to play; Ian sang.
kick die lyrics off die top of my
head, I'd never write anydiing
down. Completely freestyle,
y'know what I'm sayin'? (laughs)
J: And then his mom gave him a
i'retless bass (lauglis).
Rob: Then we went through a rotating drummer position for awhile,
and then we eventually hooked up
widi Cliff, and diat sort of solidified the wholelineup. It'sonly been
the last couple of years that Thrush
Hermit has been an actual band
band, but we've been kicking
around for many years.
Where did the name Th rush Hermit come from?
J: Rob was on a Scouting trip in
grade six and [he] learned about a
bird called die hermit thrush; [he]
diough'. it was cool sohe wrote it on
a piece of wood and then years later
we saw it and I don't know if we
reversed il consciously or if Rob...
R: I think it was pretty unconscious
that it somehow got reversed. I
honestly thought it was the thrush
hermit, I thought diat was cool. So
it's a bird, a ridiculous name.
How did you boys get out here to
- which is out now on CD and
sette - with Brendan McGuire,
did the sound on the Sloan tour
toured with Sloan in Sept*
he was die sound guy, and the]
came to Halifax to do
demos for their next record
recorded with him at the time
then put it out on murder. So hi
sort of the latest person
murderecords is fully owned and
operated by Sloan members?
J: Yeah.
And you, Thrush Hermit, wen in
Sloan's smash Nirvana hit,
"Underwhelmed," right? You
•elhe male half of spin the hot-
Vancouver? Did you drive?
J: No, we flew.
Have
J: No, never. 1 was her.
family two years ago.
R: It's great. We're having lots of
A friend of mine told me that at
your gigs back home, they serve
cinnamon toast Is that true?
I: It's been known to happen.
R: We did a single on a prominent
Halifax-based singles label called
Cinnamon Toast Records. They're
sort of a cool label from there and
they serve cinnamon toast at all their
releaseshows and stuff, soyourfriend
might havcbeen at our singlerelease
del
I: That's
, that 7" oi
     Pong called
'Pink Is fHTColour"...
J: Yeah, diat was sort of deliberate, a
melted down Barbie corvette. It was
adeliberalechoice, pink vinyl. I guess
the next pressing is sort of gonna be
onred, wliichisunfortunate; wecan't
really change the name of die song to
"Red Is Tlie Colour."
That first 7" is from Cinnamon
Toast Records. Who do you record
with now?
.1: We recorded our Smart Bomb e.p.
Is that video still i
R: I saw it a couple weeks ago, I've
only seen it a couple times before,
and I diought it was so gross. I was
like 'oh no.'
I: Very stupid. ^^L_
R: We're makinga video for "French
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
IMaaU would you have them do?
J: They'd be making out widi us. (all
laughi
Thrust magazine said 'if Sloan are
the next Nirvana, then Thrush
Hermit are the next Sloan.' Any
comments?
R: We get compared to Sloan a lot.
It's kind of bad because it's a narrow
categorization, but I guess diere \
a tune when we were into copying
diem. Well, not copying diem, bul
sharing a lot of die same mfluenc
or somediing. I don't know, I don'
trunk it holds much
mean, if you hear their next album
it's totally different from what i
doing now. It would be nice to
some success, but hopefully we
much bigger dian Sloan (laughs)
I:They're one of our favorite ban'
for si
Are you guys pals with the other
east coast pop sensations, such as
Jale!Eri?sTi|5|oHlartB!i5j^
J: Yeah, we' ve played shows
of them.
I: We toured widi Hardship Pc
summer. That
And you played with them
Max for Music West?
J: Yeah, it was fun.
How come Eric's Trip and Ji
signed to Sub Pop Records in
dunk Sub Pop Records is
lit dung for us. even if Ihey
iterested in us. I couldn't see
king on Sub Pop, aldiough
really nice. We went and
tiled die label [at the Sub Pop
gave us free postcards!
Ii Sub Pop made you an offer would
you take it?
R We'll take an offer.
J: We're entertaining offers.
1: We're diehard indie till the end.
K That's a good question, though, it
puis us on die spot.
I   As far as record labels go, we're
die same time, that's what we want,
1 11 we do sign, it will take us forever
the network diere, so I've have access to almost anytliing I want to and
I've just tried to keep in touch widi
some of die music scene through die
sloan.net, wluch was set up by James
Covey and Scott out of Dalhousie in
Halifax. They put together this
sloan.net, I guess it'sheen a year, and
they've already escalated to well over
a hundred people on this mailing list.
There's people all over the place, in
Australia, in the Stales and Canada.
So you put out stuff through this
eomputernetworkunderthe wings
i. We v
he Ka:
Music Awards, and there's dus really gross Toronto slimy record in-
\s up with
ast Coast
>t signing.' We're smart, weHH
onto our stuff, and he was ragging
Sub Pop signees Jale released their
first 7"  on  Cinnamon  1«f|«
Records.    Have you heard their
new CD?
J: Yeah, we've heard it. It's around
die offices we work out of.
j work in offices?
J: (lauglis) Not me personally, bul
it have a management office, De-
enl Management, where our tnan-
Angie works. Then diere's
Lords, who run out of a dif-
rent office. So yeah, the Jale re-
r.lings are around, I've heard bits
I pieces of it. I haven't actually
heard itallinonesitting, but itsounds
■ally good. It's gonna be chock full
What's Thrush Hermit's connection or contribution to the inf onct?
■•mpmipiiinimi-wi
do you work?
■ork at die Nova Scotia Agri-
ral College, (other members
n office?
diat's an office. I work in an
office. Anyway, I sort of put together
You mean tlicy won't let you have
your own infonet?
J: Well, it would be all the same
subscribers- wcajUJn'titT^Wh^ot
I: They diought of it first, so they get
to do it.
J: They got to start murderecords.
Who is hot indie-wise these days in
Halifax?
J: Hip Club Groove.
R: They're gonna be rockin' up the
charts. They'relike party rap.;slightly
Young Black Teenagers 1 They're
gonna do iiiur.lei''fl|§g|
the fall.
k: And they're wicked, 1'hey're
gonna lie stars.
J: Plum Tree are really neat. They're
really good players, to say the least,
and write crazy songs. They're really good.
R: Good players.
I. Speaking of Plum Tree, there's a
new Cinnamon Toast single split
between Plum Tree and this other
band Strawberry from P.E.I.. and
dial's really gix>d so people should
check that out.
I   It.
Since so many bands decided not
to offer anything for the Out Of
The Fog Too compilation, why did
Thrush Hermit?
lous, but we chickened out.
I: That compilation is not very indicative of the scene. Obviously all
those bands are from Halifax, but as
far as die rock scene, that doesn't
il all.
J:ltw
■metliing to do.
Rob, name a Canadian h
R: A Canadian hero. Of mi
'.'..(pauses)..Michael J. Fox.
I: I would have to say a Canad
hero would  be..(pau.ses)..Lo
C: We just got up. This is too much.
Yourhiographysaysyou'rc really
into early and mid '80s television.
What's your favorite TV pro-
■ran,'
U It's Your Move.
sMfc Mine's probably V. Are you famil-
*S3u with that?
Hhc old alien series; they had to
. Oiine to earth and get all our wa-
sl Home Videos. ilobS^ in
;ss I'll say Three sComp,
•ausc 1 used to watch it ewi .
ikes me cringe loo
tcli a lot of TV.
So you did watch a
R: Yeah, well, aftei
4:30-7:30 I'd be in trout of Ihe TV.
Any last words before you go?
R: I'm sorry wc were sort of obnoxious in this interview, I don'l think
little giddy because we didn't get
much sleep last night.
I: And we're not gonna get much
tomorrow...but dianks for die interview, it was fun. The west coast is
great.
cause we're nice guys, and they asked
us. We wanted to do a totally ridiculous diing for it, like totally go in
there with turntables and a big
boomin' system or somediing like
diat and make up somediing ridicu-
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1 interview by Krista James
written by Petra
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After touring the east coasts of
Canada and the US- last year,
 Bite set out on their
~  iada tour this past
wffih Newfound-
Post Hitting
in  time  for
band played
Max as part of
'fore shimmying
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it with Scrawl,
well attended
^thanks in
of the band's
college radio
charts. Hanging out ; at the
Starfish Room after their sound
check, the band found a few
spare minutes to talk about
themselves* their songs, and
their place tn the women's
music scene.
Bite consists of Nancy
on drums, Julie on guitar and
Denise on bass. Formerly a four
piece, the band parted with
singer Cecil 7 last January and
have since developed a much
tougher, heavier sound. "More
slow and languid, chunky stuff,"
as Julie describes it.
Julie and Ucnise now
share vocal responsibilities as
well as sharing their instruments: in their live shows, the
two switch guitars in mid-seL
All three band members write,
finding inspiration in their
emotional turmoils, late night
bouts of indigestion and stories
they've heard from friends.
Denise has even converted a
homy friends hormone-fueled
poem about a blow-up doll into
a song. The band also does a
cover of the Subhumans' song
"Slave To My Dick," the idea
for which came about one night
while Nancy was sitting around
listening to records with friends:
"It's all about the irony of irony
- Subhumans wrote it as a
parody of cock-rock and now
we're doing a parody of parody!"
At a recent gig at
Harpos in Victoria, Bite were
billed as 'cuddle-core from
Montreal,' a tag no one in the
band is terribly comfortable
with: "It's frustrating when we
get labelled like that just
because we're all girls. There's
a band from Calgary, Chixdiggit,
that call themselves an all boy
band. I think that's cooL"
And to kill another
bird with the same stone, Bite
would also like to distance
themselves from the riot girl
scene. According to Julie, "It's
a younger woman's thing; a
high school thing."
Nancy elaborates: "We
as a band have inspired a lot
of young girls to do stuff. I like
that There's a band that
started out basically because of
us - but we're not riot girls.
We're doing our own thing."
One of Bite's 'own
things' is the band's often
controversial tampon box t-
shirt logo. Their female fans
are into it, but some of the boys
don't seem to figure it out until
after they've bought a shut
Mike from Hardship Post complains that he can't wear his to
work because his boss says it's
inappropriate. Denise thinks
that's just fine: "So we're
inappropriate for some people,
that's a good thing!" happened .111 lioui ago:  I'm
Washington (01 Warsli-ing tun.
,1 you were born there) wilh my
babysitter Connie when I saw
IT: a glossy 8x10 booklet
resting eoolly against the rack.
Tlie eover was in full colour
with the legend Teen Beat
s|>elled out in big pink letters on
lop of a close up photo of my
FAVOURITE PEOPLE ON
EARTH- DONNIE AND
MARIE OSMOND'  1 knew
then ami there that I must
,1 «'),■,
My hards,
of putting u
everylh.ng 1
World (interesting but in a
school kind of way). This was
something else: Pages and paj
s on Wall Disney mo
sen AND pull-out pit
(except, ol course, his royal
Donn.ncss aka Caplain Purple
Inn Ihe bios ami interviews 1
* (Teen/Titier Beat
/.i/clhat tried lo appeal to
everyone b> covering every-
affiliation lhat makes I hem feel
both unique (the only guy on
the block to know that much
aboul model trains) and one of
a community (the group of gals
who lake target practice
together and gab about tlie
greal new assault rifles coming
out on tlie market every lime
an issue of Soldier of Fortune
starting up a mat
oing after a marl
ver, the eensiesl
tlie North American film
p.oMt.c'ialoulpo.M (all were
purchased al Manhattan Books
on kuhsrin bul mosl are found
H.ksloresof our neighbours
>wn below the 49th parallel. I
Lorenzo Lamas catalogue for
only $19.95 per tape. $199.95
Yes. that's 10 full-length
feature films starring the
incomparable Lorenzo Lamas
for under $200 ! )
Understanding full well that
nothing will ever fulfil] your
movie needs like "Video Philter",
you may now proceed into the
orgasmically thrilling world of
MOVIE MAGS! (Note: I will
not be held responsible for any
subscription OD's that result
PREMIERE - S3.95
This is the biggest (budget)
magazine and the most high profile. You can pick it up at the
checkout at major supermarkets,
the only movie (as opposed to
entertainment) mag that they
stock in tliis prestigious 'impulse
buy' trap. Premiere used to be
informative and took a slightly
critical look at projects past,
present and future, but in Ihe last
Where
:e il profiled up-and-
coiiung actors, directors, writers, art directors and casting
agents, it now has its spotlight
aimed firmly on the well-established box office honeys. Tom
Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Mel
Gibson and Steven Spielberg are
frequent cover models. Its writers and conlribulours I or I he most
pari do not stand out because
they are forced to come up with
generic rah-rah fecal samples lhat
are designed to get the reader to
buy inlo the mythology of Hollywood. The only unique bit in
Ihe mag is"California Suite", the
power plays. The features and
:s kit - you
rell r
I  Ma;
Tri.
Home Base - Thai city of angels
Nanus to look lor/avoid - Libby
Celliiian-Waxner   (like   the
plague)
Defining Quote - "Hair severly
with his face a mask of
wis, repressing the golden,
; quality he generally sup-
was roasted on the glowing spit of
her own egoism), features are
thoughtful ("Why Actors Drink"
recently spawned my own spinoff
"Why Underappreciated Hack
III in Critics Drink"), and the regular contributing smart asses make
most of the columns sniirkingly
enjoyable. Tlie "Guess Who/Don't
Sue" and "Hollywood Kids" sections provide titillation for the
whole family. Hie focus is on the
legular I lolls wood crowdbutwith
adisli
Frequency -
inthly
binga
Profit Oriented - hey, they
gotta buy there pills and booze
with something!
Home Base - Tinsel Town
Names to look for/avoid - "Bad
Movies We Love" (LOVE it),
Virginia Campbell and Edward
Margulies (just swell), Joe
Queenan (an aquired taste I'm
not sure Uiat I've aquired yet),
Mardia Frankel (more self-
Defining Quote: "True Lies, the
story of a spy who has managed
to hide his spy-dom from his
wife and others, would seem to
have a credibility problem for a
man with Arnold's accent, since
a man widi Arnold's accent
could only be one of three
tilings: a robot with a faulty
voice program, an ex-weight-
lifter who can't act who
becomes an overpaid movie star,
or a spy, and who would believe
the first two'.'"
VARIETY - $4.50
Variety is tlie newpaper of the
California-based entertainment
industry. It's die kind of
publication that sells its front
cover as advertising space.
When lununaries of film and
television want tlieir peers to
know somediing, they take out
an ad in Variety because
EVERYONE reads it. Every
day. What's in it besides ads?
Box office gross charts, Neilson
ratings, announcements of new
projects and industry editorials
are its facsimiling contents. It's
only slightly more interesting
reading than the Wall Street
Journal. When Larry Sanders
asks Artie if he's read Ihe trades,
he's taking about Variety.
Frequency - Daily in LA,
longing (recently. B-star
Kirsiy Swanson
BLACK  ttHIWA   l*i   TH*   R » H t T 11 &
lONEASTE
(V** M««h*<«« Watt pftwy
weekly elsewhere
Profit Oriented - not the mags
main raison d'etre but certainly
a concern of its readers
Home Base - where else?
Defining Quote - "The
champagne was flowing at
Grammercy Pictures as Four
Weddings and a Funeral topped
the weekly box office with
$5,627,213 and a $7,805 [per
screen] average. There is
nothing else out there in the
commercial league of this
British comedy of manners."
CINEASTE - $6.75
Tliis was die first of the
"intellectual" movie mags I
perused and as a change I found
it exhilarating. They use words
with three syllables! They use
logic and critical anaylsis! Tlie
subtitle of Cincaste is "America's Leading Magazine on the
Art and Politics of the Cinema"
and if that doesn't give away
their highbrow intentions, die
white matte paper they publish
on does. And it's in black and
white, even the pictures.
Although its projected audience
is probably on the plus side of
100 in the IQ department,
Cineaste is certainly not above
the average thinking human. All
that's required is a little interest
in larger diemes anil an effort.
The contributors are, to a
scholar, film theory graduate
students or professors, but diey
are interesting nonedieless. the
few ads included are for
graduate programs and film
festivlass. A slightly left or
'liberal' slant spices the choice
of discussion topics up a bit.
Frequency - Four til
Profit Oriented - Tlie Arts
council of New York ante's u
for them
Home Base - It's up to you
New Yoork, New YOORK...
Defining Quote - "At a time
when flashy but empty
ickbust.
xdint
of a
Arthui
:. Pen I
films are not hermetic
exercises but, like die best
popular art, they do not pander
to their audinces worst
FILM COMMENT    $5.95
f you're into intellectual
iiasocliism this is the mag for
ou.   ("You are so STUPID!"
Ahh, tell me again..." "You
are so STUPID!" "Abu...")
This magazine of the Film
Society of Lincoln Center is
determined to have the highest    @ j
I 'clahss
Judging from its plethora of
ads from the major studios,
however, Film Comment has
prestige. Too bad it can't have
accessibility as well. Tlie ft
exceedingly dense text is
comprised mostly of essays
with a few interviews and
Frequency - Bimonthly
Profit Oriented - Hard to tell,
big money adds are coupled *■
with grants from the NY Arts
Council and the National
Endowment for the Arts
Home Base - Yo' Momma
Defining Quote - "Our vision
is assaulted almost to delirium
by die natural world hot flux
and largesse. Overcome and
outcast by the sheer plediora
of external phenomena, die
artist-hero according to
Altman must find some access
to the heart of die
matter...That unsatisfied
appetite can feel like an abyss
inside, dissociation or death."
JOURNAL OF POPULAR
FILM AND TELEVISION
$4.95
Like all legitimate fields of
intellectual study, the film
industry has its 'journal' or
collection of essays by
scholars in die discipline. The
installment I had the good
fortune to dive into was the
"Ediical Issues in Film and
Television" dieine issue. Six
intriguing pieces with titles
like "Amy Fisher and the
Ediics of 'Headline'
Docudramas", "Tlie Horror
Film in Neoconservative
Culture", and "Ediical
Considerations of Promoting
Prosocial Messages Through
the Popular Media" are the
sole text of diis magazine.
Tlieir avowed dedication is, as     CM
quoted from the masthead, "to
popular film and television in
the broadest sense."
Concentration is upon
commercial cinema and
telvision: stars, directors,
producers, studios, networks,
genres, series, die audience,
etc." (I'm sure the etc. denotes
starlets, ass-kissers and media
moguls.) At die end diere is a
call for submissions for an
upcoming dieme issue on
"Sex and Sexuallity in the
Cinema". If you have any
bright ideas, all you have to D
do is mail diem in on ten to
twenty-five double spaced
pages, following the MLA
style, of course. Though dus
all seems horribly academic,
the essays themselves are very
readable. I wouldn't
recommend Journal of
Popular Film and Television
to my Uncle Horace who lives
and dies by the information he
gleans from Star, but for
serious film enthusiasts, it's
Frequency - four times a year     g>.
Profit Oriented - only if
they're skimming from the
Helen Dwight Reid Education
Foundation, of which they are We've all heard the
% proverb 'you don't know what
you've got until you've lost it'
and you know what? It's true.
When something ends, when
some place closes it's doors,
you're left looking at the
empty space saying 'I
remember when...' and you
start to realize how much you
took it for granted.
Yes it's true, Blast! no
longer exists; last June
was the last month it's
doors were open. And you
know, I think it's going to
be weird walking past 430
W. Pender and not being
able to walk into Blast!. I
think I will alwaays
remember that space as
Blast!. All the benefit
shows that Claudio had in
there; that 'feels like
home' feel when you
walked in the door;
hanging out, talking to
Claudio. Blast! always
seemed like more than
just a record store with
the few places in the city
that was actually a part of
the scene. It's not often that a
store has as much energy and
enthusiasm as Blast! had and I
hope that Claudio feels his
energies were well spent and
appreciated. Thanks a lot
Claudio and good luck to your
future endevours.
dd!>
igh. there
Vertical Addiction, that
skateboard/snowboard shop at
2412 Main St., has expanded its
space and now sells reords.
Quick comparisons to Seattle's
Fallout Records spring to mind,
but I think we should wait and
let it develop its own character.
East Van has always been in
need of a cool punk/hardcore
record store and now it has one,
so go down and support your
local record stores.
Now for a look at some
of the stuff I've picked up in the
last month or so:
Pluto - Deathstar 1"
Wow, another dose of happy
rock-pop from those guys on
that far away planet called Pluto.
I understand that some of the
guys in the band don't think this
7" reflects the best of their
ability - I guess these aren't
tlieir favorite songs or
something. But I don't see that
at all: this is really good pop that
I would say rocks with the likes
of Smashing Pumpkins and shit.
This could be on radio...imagine
that: Pluto - rock gods of
Vancouver. With the stylin/slick
packaging and great songs, I
Jhink they're on their way.
(Mint Records - #699-810 West
Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.,
V5Z 4C9)
Average White Male - CD
This is the debut release for
AWM, a band that seems to
:r from industrial into a
e techno rave sound - almost
like if Ministry were from
Manchester. I myself like the
industrial aspects more, but it is
a CD these guvs released
themselves. Check it out. (Hell.
they even played at Gracelaud,
1W3)
Punky Rockit - demo cassette
probably be a hit in the East-
Bay/ Be'rkely scene in California
punk-roek. This tape was only a
dollar (US) in person bul il
mialit be a bit more through the
mail. Ten sonas following the
ereedo of 'spit on the corpse of
arunae, love punk.' Check em
out live at the South Wall this
month or write  em at 201 1 NT
47th Ave.. Portland. OR. 97213.
USA.
ZINES
RALLY 6-HI (5 1/2x8 1/2-20
Pgs)
A fresh new 'zine that let's you
know what's happening in
Vancouver, other cool 'zines to
write to, plus newspaper
clipppings and personal rants
and raves Free if you can find it        Thursday July 8th - Process
or send S1 to Hollie Brown Rant        (straight-edge from California),
6 P O BOX 1457, Bentall Outright (S.E. from Victoria),
Centre Vancouver B C   V6C Insul1 To InJury & Punky Rocldt
2P7     ' (from Portland) at South Wall
(Lonsdale Rec.
Ml SICK II
VVWSMI-
North Van.).
Saturday July
30th - Benefit
for die Anti-
August 6th
Swing Kids
d Knife intlue
thai it's'my'k
simple layout
Friday July 1st - Benefit for
Little Sisters Defence Fund wilh
Insult To Injury, Lashback,
Mary Janes, and spoken word by
Trish Kelly at Crosstown Trafic.
316 W. Hastings. Doors -7:30
nday August 14th
a division
Home Base - Helen lives in
Washington, D.C.
% Defining Quote - "Popular
culture as a whole in fact has
undergone nothing short of
revolution in the last generation,
progressing from a kind of
disciplinary backwater that was
reflexively treated with
contempt throughout the
Qft, academy to one of the most
prominent and important topics
being examined in the arts,
humanities and social sciences
TAKE ONE - Film in Canada -
$4.95
This was the first Canadian
publication I picked up. The
copy I purchased was the theme
issue "Race and Canadian
Cinema." What was not
mentioned on the cover was the
absolutely biased left-wing
« diatribe that was enclosed inside
on the subject of, not "Race and
Canadian Cinema", but "White
Guilt and the Inherent
Malevolence of die Canadian
Film System." I would be very
willing to admit that a lack of
equality exists in all aspects of
a Canadian life, including public
funding for film projects.
However, this magazine would
make the most liberal freethinkers turn reactionary in the
face of its whiny didactic spew.
Though its prose is clear, if
intellectually ambitious, I had a
very difficult time plodding
through its right-minded
lecturing. This is hardly a fair
assessment of the entire
publication but as I only had
access to the single issue, I must
make my judgements by it.
Frequency - three times a year
Profit Oriented - Fie! A plague
strike you and your capitalist
kind dead. May all politicians
burn in the eternal flames of
damnation except the ones at the
Canada Council, Ontario   Arts
Council and Canadian
Heritage, Multiculturalism who
gave us the grants.
Home Base - Teronna
Defining Quote - "How can
the visions of any one
institution, especially one [die
National Film Board of
Canada] bound with a social
conscience driven by white
guilt and an impulse to reform
(not truly transfomative
change) not be limited...As
publically funded institutions
design to serve all Canadians,
all three institutions - the NFB,
CBC and Telefilm - have miles
to go to be fair, accessible, and
accountable."
CINEACTION ■ Radical Film
Criticism and Theory - $7.00
Well, I can't complain that
CineAction hides its intentions.
If you're adequately versed in
Marxist vocabulary, you will
recognize the word "radical"
denotes a harsh leftist stance
with moral implications that
anything relatively right is evil.
The magazine lives up to its
title. Published by the
"CineAction Collective", I
picked up the "Screening the
New World Order" theme
issue. Included were five
essays and a bevy of reviews
from Toronto's Festival of
Festivals. Delving into the first
article, "Star Trek - The
Voyages of Discovery from
1492 to the Space Age" I was
appalled and then amused by
what I read. To fit her agneda,
writer Yasmin Jiwani twisted,
stretched, twined and kneaded
both the original and Next
Generation Star Trek series'
until they became unrecognizable orgies of European
imperialism and board room
sexism. Her ridiculous
arguments could easily be
debated by any frequent viewer
of either series, especially
STNG. In the end, points
supporting her thesis like "Lt.
Geordi La Forge - A black man
with a Scottish name reflecting
back to a time when slavery
required that all slaves have
their masters' names.
Technically blind, he functions
■  as the eyes to the vision of the
capatain and his first officer but
yet physically he remians in the
bowels of the ship," and
"It "makes sense" to have a
black, intuitive barmaid
because most programs that
feature black women tend to
slot them in subordinate
positions, as in maids," do
nothing but make the writer look
uninformed and fanatical. (Maybe
I missed all the scenes where
Guinan picks up the captain's
laundry and polishes the brass in
Ten-Forward wearing an apron
and an Aunt Jemima kercheif and
if that is tlie case, I apologize to
Ms. Jiwani.) If your interests lie
in warping the trulh lo fit a world
model that died in 1989, you will
LOVE CineAction However, if
you lit this description you would
also be cducally impelled lo
eschew capitalism as a whole and
CineAction 's
.1 be able loallor.
Frequency - 'Hire
e times a
Profit Oriented -
in tlieir wet
dreams
Home Base - that
bastion of
socialism, TO
Defining Quote -
"Tlie
Imperialist West'
triumphal
proclamation of a
New World
Order has become
an
einban-essiiienl ev
en lo its
apologists. Viclo
y in Ihe Col
War is looking in
reasingly
Pyrrl're..."
If you, Ihe esleen
ed reader.
have stumbled up
in any cool
here at the station. Information
on underground movie  zines
(that is, underground  zines
about movies) would be
exceedingly appreciated. Also,
any information any of you
have on die British 'killer bug'
(alias 'the flesh-eating bug')
would also help me sleep belter
at night. (Why isn't our
government keeping us
informed and up to dale on 'his
threa
11)
July    ^) ^£^\
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BY GRANT LAWRENCE |
the end of cub's Belti-Cola CD
doing a speed take on early cub
hit "What The Waters Gave Me."
After that heady claim to fame,
NFA now have their very own
release on which they play their
very own songs. Playing Hell
With Your Faith is a four song
EP on Moncton's NIM Records
that showcases NFA's musical
diversity with a plethora of
musical styles, including hardcore, pop, metal-dirge and
grunge. Many of die vocal hooks
give a possibly unwanted nod to
the late, great Kurt Cobain; most
noteworthy is die "Lidiium"-like
"Galactic Central Point." But no
mailer what dead teen icon I
compare diem to, the fact
is diat NFA are a good.-fu
band dial we shall i
slew of unlikely Slgnings
between bands and labels? Last
year saw Calgary's instro-surf
rockers Huevos Rancheros make
the unlikely leap lo Seattle's
overtly grungy C/Z Records; twi
years ago we saw sloppy garage
pop-rockers Hie Muffs sign lo
Warner Brothers; and now
Seattle slackers Flop shari
space with Michael Jacks.
Celine Dion oil Sony Rea
connect widi some of today's
signature women of punk rock.
Earlier this year we heard her
rock out severely wilh Bikini Kill
on what I consider to lie BK's
best recording lo dale, Ihe "New
Radio" 7". Jelt's latest offering
is a three song EP widi die
Blackliearts, released independently on die band's Blacklicart
Records. 'Die first track,
"Spinster," is an angry rocker
Jell with Bikini
hope Ihey have a good lime at
Epitaph, and 1 hope Ihey knov
what they're doing! (eMpTy,
P.O.Box 12034. Seattle', WA.
98102, USA).
Another interesting a
unexpected match-up in
Rockdom is Joan Jett's decis
to return to her punk roots am
20 Ht^gssmMH
•8()'s when she co-siarre
Michael J. Fox in the roe
Light of Day. Remember thai
fucking .log? (I mean the movie
not Joan). (Blackhead Recor
155 Ii. 55th Si.. New York Cil;
NY. 10022, USA).
Originally slanding lo
Not From Athens but now
meaning Not Funny Anymore.
Hampton, New Brunswick's
hard-core farm boys NFA also
revel in a strange and unruly n
union. NFA have the dislinctic
of being 'thai hard-core band'
ially recorded amFtfeleased
lependently on cassette in 1974
i band called Purple
Knight. Al the persuasion of
Mariliines rock historian and
Eric's Trip member Rick While,
the two members of Purple
Knight reformed lo re-record die
losl "Night of die Black Waters"
on Ihe formal of choice, 7" vinyl.
I always new that Moncton's was
a pretty original music scene as-
far as Canadian music scenes go,
but why NIM had even the
faintest interest in re-recording
this low-fi Led Zepplin-ineets-a
deadly-serious-Lealher Uppers
crud is beyond me. It could be a
'lost local legends' thing, which I
adnut is vaguely inleresling, bul
please, do the rest of Canada a
favour and keep this crap widiin
your own province! (NIM
115 Liberty Cr.,
Moi
;>n, NB, 1
Nex
IA6K6).
ree is relatively the
insequently suffers
lely for fans of either
dull) quality of the
n Mar
EP.
■anion Toast, 2464 Robie
lalifax, NS, B3K4N1).
Calgary's Field Day
ibc their debut 7" EP,
-Lit
■bou
epitoi
of
punk-pop is the Ranv
Day's "Little Secret" sounds-
more like Metallica. Anyways, I
will give them credit for getting
it going on the last three tracks
and punking it out with some
good recorded energy in an
SNFU influenced fashion. (Slodi
Records. P.O. Box 23119.
Connaught Postal Outiet,
Calgary, AB, T2S3B1).
I recently had die
pleasure of receiving a whole
deluge of rock 'n' roll singles
from those steadfast purveyors of
the genre at Get Hip Recordings.
Included in this packet was a split
from Huevos Rancheros and
Alabama's Man Or Astromao?
as well as releases from '
Dummies, Sinister S
Get Hip house band,'
The Man Or Astromarij?/:
Rancheros split, entitle
Various Boss Sounds Frvjn;.
Beyond The Far Reaches And
Then Some, is a whqkskindi el
instrumental*, (sind S
are notably sm <x\ icsn) wtvrt
makes it just a tad'bit hirifvt<
ligure:qijt'w.hich$au(l i.< " "
'oi innate 1\ MrtuOr- A-1
make ljieii>i!i!etiljl\ kkotf
ing throuj
sounds to
Huevos Ram
come out on top with
strong twangers. A perfect two-'
in-one sampler for instrument; *
rock V roll lovers everywher
As for the rest of the
Hip loot, The Dummies "I'm
Gone" b/w "Let's Have a Party'
(a cover of Wanda Jackson's hit\
from die '50's) is an excellent
example of what a summit
meeting between Gas Huffer and
Billy Childish would sound like.
Pittsburgh's garage-rock legends
The Cynics have produced
another fuzzed-out screamer in "I
Live Alone," as well as
harkening back to their early
psycho-folk roots with the flip
side's "Hand In Hand." Thanks
Get Hip, great stuff! (Get Hip,
P.O. Box 666, Canonsburg, PA,
15317, USA).
New York's The
Halfbreeds follow along in the
:..same psyched-out vein as the Get
%_ Hip goo with a debut EP of three
"'cord 60's garage rock. The
female vocals are rather
obnoxious at times, but I get the
impression that that's exactly
what they're supposed to be. I
wonder if the singer looks like
n,er?Or maybe Charlie
{Units' ii" Anyhow, there's not
liirnii Jul   to si i -ii ate this band
frotn|heV "' 5
home turf, Albany's
heroes The
is "Suckerpunch"
'up' songs of
and emotional
>fl. Comparisons? How
it's pretty good,
....     Albany's Paint
'■> \Chip Records is a rather hot
"surprise from Brooklyn's
Disciples of Agriculture, a band
that shatters the misconception
that everything outta Brooklyn
has got to sound mean and greasy
(ie. The Devil Dogs). Tlie
Disciples have two songs here:
"In My Town" b/w "See Through
You." Both are refreshing
country-tinged rockers a la Unci™
Tupelo which sound, at times,
almost too commercially viable.
Still, I did manage to dig them.
(Paint Chip Records, P.O. Box
12401, Albany, NY, 12212,
USA).
On the other side of the *
planet, Japan's Teengenerate is
a band that managed to have its
own name misspelled on the
cover of its album Audio
Recording (released earlier this
year on Cruddy Record
dealership), as well as wowing an
understandably stupefied (g,
aurfiftpce at a .fe;ce«t?St8
'Sex
simple
band's reign
of the fastest, most furious
and hard rockin' groups in the
world. If you were foolish »'
enough to miss them live, pick up
this pooch and experience truly
maximum rock 'n' roll. (Estrus
Records, P.O. Box 2125,
Bellingham, WA, 98226, USA).
So that's it for another
month folks. If any of the g
opinions stated herin actually
influence you to go out and buy
one of these records, take the
time to thank me, buy me a
martini and call me sir the next
time you see me. I'd appreciate
it. Ciao!
©
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•SYCHOSO
this month's blabfest on a sad
note. Blast! and Pop Media
Culture, two of the coolest
operations in town, have just
shut down. It's a damn shame
^   since they were two businesses
w  that were extremely supportive
of new artists, bands and writers
without being self-serving.
Thanx for the effort, guys!
Some random stuff...Saw the
video for Katy (Peg Bundy)
Sagal's new single; the tune
sounds like something Kathy
A  Lee Gifford would do, but the
video's soft lighting does
wonders for her...One of my
roommates managed to get a
copy of the Captain Scarlett
"big deal", but this version only
appeared on one or two episodes
before it was pulled by ITV for
being too gory for kids to hear.
Look for it on my next
Psampler...Henry Mancini,
composer of "Baby Elephant
Walk" and "Peter Gunn", two
songs played ad nauseam by high
school bands around the world,
shuffled off this mortal coil last
month. Drag...David Hasselhoff,
brainless slab o' beef from the
world's most popular show (I'm
not kidding) Baywatch, is gonna
have a CD out by the end of the
summer. I'm turgid with
anticipation...If anyone caught
the O.J. Simpson 'ch<
copy! I watched it, but had no
blanks. It was great hearing
newscasters trying to come up
with news while not really-
knowing what was going
on...Last year, you may have
read my thing on new digital
formats. Mini-disc and DCC. It
seems that the sales of both
formats were just dismal over
the last six months. Maybe
people are wising up to planned
obsolescence...I was listening to
a CD on Demon (a British label
that does more for American
toots music than most Yankee
labels do) by Midwest band the f
Skeletons and what do I hear but
a cover of the Sonny Bono tune
"Laugh At Me"! This version
kicks butt over my scratchy 45
original. The other songs are
pretty good '60s based garage-
pop, and the CD is called in In
The Flesh...A big thank you to
Lunar Suede, who dropped offa
box full o' groovy greats at rtiy
place last month. The psjrl
record was Glen Campbell's
Wichita Lineman an LPT; ye
been searchin' for for about a
year!! Now here's some.willy.,'
things I got last month...
A BUNCH O'TRAINS, 1
GUESS...
Steam Echoes
(Railways & Locomotives
Historical Society)
Lemme tell ya, ya gotta be a
hard koa train nut to be able to
sit through this series of trains -
sixteen different ones - making
train noises. However, you might
wanna put this on to enhance
your model railroad fantasies, or,
come to think of it, maybe
during sex...
Genre: Trains In Vain
Cheezability Rating: 55
This next one comes from Rob
Harrison, whose name appears a
lot in this ish...
DR. MURRAY BANKS
How to Live With Yourself, Or "%,.
What To Do Until the Psychia-  f
(Munnil Associates)
Just how many psychiatrist gags
can you standi Slap this on am)
you'll find oih. A very long
shrink-nieets-borscht-belt comic
routine which'll appo.il to bov.<v?
who think Garrison Keillor ts a
comic geiiius! On the eternally
rockm' Murnnl Associates label.
Genre: Psych!
Cheezability Rating: 80
The next couple are from ihe
Lunar Suede stash...
SANDI PATTI
Lift Up The Lord
(Impact)
Saudi Path's syrupy Jesus
Umiss'll make ya' wanna lift Up
The! utK-hl!
Ge*re.12 Indies af.lestts
Cheezability rating: 65
WENDY 1 ORSETH
Aerobic Praise
(Praise Industrie* Corporation)
Recorded iu Bun.aby circa IV/<>.
1 figure, this ix the Lord's
favorite exercise routine! Ihe
vocals for the songs (y£r basic
'Christian contemporary' stuff)
are on one channel ind the
instrumentals and instructions are:
on the other. Now gel those
knees up higher 1 If you don't,
your .1 tow down SINNF.R!!!!
Genre: 12 Inches nf Jesus
Cheezability rating! #5
THEE PICK O' THE MONTH
For this one, I'll lurii you over to
thedonalor, who explains just
what the hell this is way better
than I could...
KUSELA
Naurava Kulkuri/Laaketieteen
Opiskelijan Epatoivo
(Elainingo)
I dug diis gem from die back of
my parent's cheeiy record
collection. This is your typical
Finnish culture hash .record full
of talent and godil taste. Kusela.
if you were wondering, means
pissiiCKd in Finnish, tin native
tomjUi\ 1 had .i gooif laugh
lisiciuii!;. lo this while trying to.
translate it. 1 couldn't translate
the words exactly, but I did my
best t« convey the idea behind
each son;-. These are my
interpretations (with help from
mv Mom)„
Naurava Kulkiri (.Laughing
Hobo): A lotot songs, like
opera and musicals, include
l.Hh'hter mtlient. Je.in-Pieire
(Kusela) protests thai this
l.lihhfei is vers artificial and
take. So now Jean-Pierre tells
the world how to laugh, in a
sons: natuiaJlv. It should come
l.omtlielie.ut   lie goes inlo fits
of laudtlet (Tor about half the
Som:!i,Mofo). 1 guess to make
fun of (he seriousness opeia ami
musicals.
T.aaketieteeii Opiskelijan
Opatoivo (Medical Student
Despair): Jean-Pierre is now a
in Ihe morning really happy
because he gels to do his first
autopsy! He carefully goes
and kidney are removed and
placed carefully on the table
beside him. He cannot understand
why this person has died, because
all the organs are perfectly
healthy. So he looks at the face
and notices (a sudden and
obvious change in the pace of the
music should be noted here so
you know in the song where you
are) diat it is his friend! Not only
Tiss he-cut up his friend, but his
ii lend owe-, him a hundred
bucks!:
o diet
you
), this is
i; yoti finally have a copy
for vouiself lo keep and play
until it gets stale. I'll see if I can
find any goodies for you next
month. Yes. you can keep it; I
liave the album al home.
Basse Clement, Richmond
,f There you go! Certainly one
..S( Ihe weirdest records to date
and definitely a Hall o' Famer. as
well as a shoo-in to be on
Psampler Four, which I'm
working on for the fall.
Genre: World Beat
Cheezability Rating: 100+
Thal
all for
ta be it
i. Actually,
little
I. lus ,
oihing
-me he has the proper gloi
and masks ,<d lie doesn't catch
AIDS or some other disease.
I he caretaker than brings in die
body of a middle-aged black
man. He iheifichooses his knife
lembeis
that*,
while. Yes, that's right, yours
truly is going on hiatus for a few
months. There's a couple of CD's
the label I'm with have to get out
and it's gobblin' up my free lime
faster than Streptococcus A!
However, keep writing and I'll
letcha know whatz up personally!
Write me at:
Mofo
July    £) FRANK BLACK different ingredients bul all really
Teenager Of The Year taste and sound exactly the same.
(4AD) The inconsistency and mediocrity
of Frank Black's first solo album
Is Frank Black Ihe Shelley Long can maybe be overlooked as ,1
ot rock and roll? Think about was a   IransilionaF point in his
it.   a key member of a fine life; now. however, we former
ensemble casl (Pixics/CVifer.v) fans have true cause for concern
overestimates their talents and If there is a forthcoming duet
alter Ihe cursory  There were album wilh Belle Midler my
artistic differences' speech, spins initial suspicions will be
from die group lo quickly confirmed. Al leasl David Lee
descend into obscurity. While il Roth will finally be able lo retire
may be a bit premature to casl as rock's curreni standard bearer
this version of the future in stone. lor bad career moves
Teenager of the Year gi ves every Birr Paradise
indication dial Mr. Black's best
contributions to Ihe music world UNWOUND
ended with Ins former band. This New Plastic Ideas
album offers up 22 songs, most (Kill Rock Stars)
"Sound cannot be accurately
described with language."
Tliis sentence was what first
caught my eye as I glanced at the
very deliberately sloppy sleeve
for Unwound's latest, New
Plastic Ideas. While it is
ainly true of the music on this
disc, I feel lhat it is not only my
job as a reviewer but also my
personal responsibility to
describe these tunes and convince
the world that this album rules.
Unwound has been to
:r twice and I have
missed them on bodi occasions;
for this I kick myself every time I
listen to this CD. Tlieir music
sort of creeps up on you slowly,
and then it all crashes in. If I
o make a water analogy, as
I so often do, I would compare
Unwound to a gentle shower diat
suddenly becomes a sea and
engulfs you. Hie term 'wall of
sound' almost works, except that
I find myself inside die music as
s I hear it. This album is so
melodic and intense I don't know
what to call it. For a quick
sample, try the final track
"Fiction Friction." I'm not sure
how it has been accomplished or
why I feel justified in making this
statement, but I think Unwound
have captured the essence of life
on this CD. Whenever I listen lo
il I do that deep bieathing that
usually prece.les a good crying
album
LISA GERMANO
Happiness
(4AD)
I   It
like 12 kinds ol burgi
.icky titles and purport
in Ihe 4AD label? Il U
hal she used to be in I
i'ougar Mellenc.imp's
linn- of these
Kike you feel
Happiness is a touching and
lasting CD. Keep an eye on this
one, she's going places.
vv.vv.
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES
BrotherSister
(Delicious Vinyl)
Tlie feeling that I experienced
from listening to the British
group The Brand New Heavies'
latest album BrotherSister is the
same kind of feelings that I get
from listening to an old and well
worn Stevie Wonder or Staple
Singers record: it's warm,
vintage, and it's got soul.
Along with their funk
drenched rhythm section, the
Brand New Heavies now
permanent lead singer N'Dea
Davenport takes the whole group
to a level of soulfulness so high it
would make James Brown proud.
The quality of her voice and the
ay that she phr
uelodie:
it of
veteran singers such as Gladys
Knight and Mavis Staple.
Unlike tlieir U.S. hip-hop
contemporaries who often dwell
endlessly on the negative aspects
of life, the Heavies convey
optimistic messages of love and
unity throughout their songs.
Tlieir abilities as musicians are
also undeniably superb: the
instrumentalists keep a tight
veil a:
,elya:
melodiously on the albums three
instrumental jams.
It's comforting to see that the
unique sound of R&B created by
Motown and Stax Artists in die
60's and 70's did not fade away
like their record labels, but
instead has been revived and
further evolved by talented
groups such as the Brand New
Heavies.
EXQUISITE CORPSE
/;i«er Light
(Cargo)
falls into the category of elcclro-
techno-lrance music. If you
imagine listening lo Home Bass
(Friday p.m.) at a really slow
speed.  Inner Light is full of
dbou
Is that wrap
lo ear before swallowing you up.
Tlie net effect of all this is an odd
hypnotic slate. Way weird. Way
cool. This may be the best way to
unwind in the final years before
ihe legalization of marijuana.
Well wordi the money.
ERI
BEASTIE BOYS
III Communication
(Capitol/Grand Royal)
uly morning hours, supplying
ie band with a multitude of
rical inspirations. Tlie Beasties'
latest release, /// Communication,
like their other efforts, is
peppered with references to the
1970's Brooklyn environment
that still surrounds them: Kojak,
Rod Carew and John Holmes'
jism are all cultural icons to these
kids. The chosen musical
accompaniment to suit these
worthy subjects sounds like the
funky, groovin' soundtrack to a
gritty cop show or a
blaxploitation movie. As usual,
Ihe music is the stronger of the
Beastie Boys' talents as their
nasal rapping remains juvenile
and superficial (by the way guys,
after four albums you can stop
introducing yourselves in every
single song). Still, absolutely no
one writes better hip, beat tunes
like "Sabotage" to drive a Chevy
Nova by, and no one else can get
away with lines like "Got to do it
like Chachi and Joanie/Because
she's die cheese and I'm the
Birr Paradise
JOHNNY CASH
American Recordings
i Music)
Muchmusic said so. So did M-
TV. But it wasn't until the story
broke on Entertainment Tonight
that I started to believe its
validity. It seems "the kids" have
a new musical idol diat isn't
exactly a fresh face on the scene.
The Man in Black, known to the
taxman as Mr. Johnny Cash, is
making a much deserved
comeback with a new recording
contract (with American Music),
a new producer, flieavy-guitar
auteur Rick Rubin), new venues
(Hollywood kiddy-mogul
hangout The Viper Room and
maybe Lollapalooza's second
stage) and a new album
(American Recordings).
When I learned of this new
epistle from America's greatest
storytelling bard. I momentarily
feared that my bass-throated hero
hac
of tho.
i stakes
in their October years and was   '
attempting to revive a career
that didn't need resuscitation.
Ray Charles, The Rolling
Stones, and Bob Dylan had
proved recently that resting on
one's laurels is infinitely more
noble than attempting to stay orf|
the scene longer than one's
capability for originality would
allow. I should have known
Johnny wouldn't be lured into
the pit of past glories by that
evil tempter: Fate.
Taking advantage of his
unique voice and wizened style   *
American Recordings eschews
all accoutrement in order to
bring die listener closer to the
melodies, closer lo the stories   ^
behind the lyrics and closer to  ■£
the enormous talent that is
Johnny Cash. .
If you have, by virtue of this
resurgence in Ids career, just     I
realized what a swell guy he is,
make sure you pick up the
classic Cash albums Rough Cut
King of Country Music and Live
at Folsom Prison to round out
your introduction to die life's    3
work of die man with the
biggest belt buckles I've ever
seen. And you know what diey
say about the size of a man's
belt buckles...
Tania Bnlskaya >
THEE HEADCOATS
Conundrum: Influencing The
Stars Of Tomorrow
(Super Electro)
As any regular reader of dus
paper knows, I'm a pretty damn -k
avid Billy Childish fan. Whedier
it was the Pop Rivets, The
Milkshakes, The Mighty
Caesars or Thee Headcoats, I've
always been an enthusiatic fan.
Even when criticism was flung a
couple of years back saying that
Childish had run out of songs, 1.3
still thought of his work in punk
rock as nothing short of brilliant.
It's just now, with die release of
Thee Headcoats' last two
albums(77ie Good Times Are
Killing Me and the new one,
Conundrum...) that I have ^
noticed a serious lack of good   *
songwriting. Billy has certainly j
never been angrier than he is on,
Conundrum..., but it seems that
this rage is serving as a
substitute for some of Billy's
former best qualities; ie. the
extremely catchy melodies and   1
powerful arrangements heard
consistently throughout his
earlier work.
Widi Billy's flea-market
guitar, Tub Johnson's busted-up
bass and Bruce Band's tiny
drum kit. Thee Headcoats have
shown in die past that diey have "
the ability to rock harder, faster
and more dynamically than most
arena rockers could ever hope
to. These qualities are
cospicuously absent on this
album, replaced instead by two-
chord speed garage that needs a  ^
good dose of vintage Kinks-
meets-the -Damned-style Billy
Childish talent.
Grant Lawrence
22 um^umm^ GarageShock '94
3-B Tavern
Bellingham, Washington
May 26-May 29
^Jnce again, the normally quiet
little haven of Bellingham was
invaded by the body-tremblin',
ear-splittin' sounds of
GarageShock '94, an annual
shindig featuring "20 bands, 12
movies, 1 tavern and 800 gallons
of beer!" (At least that's what the
Wiandy-dandy flyer said.) Having
missed out in previous years, this
was mine and my girlfriend's
first introduction lo Estrus
Records' wild weekend and even
though we only saw nine bands
and two movies, we drank more
than enough gallons of beer and
^%ill be damn sure not to miss out
on die action next year.
So, let's see...die festivities
began on Thursday night widi the
likes of San Francisco's Tlie Rip-
Offs, Spokane's Tlie Makers, and
those sultans of shimmy from
^thens, Georgia, The Woggles.
^Iien on Friday night we saw The
Cowslingers, garage veterans The
Cynics, and Dead Moon, among
others. But tilings didn't really
start heatin' up 'till Saturday.
My girlfriend and I spent the
afternoon watching a great movie
galled The Brainiac, all about "a
^rain-slurpin' troll who travels
through space and time to seek
revenge on the descendents of his
past enemies..." Then we headed
out for grub, accidently missing
an extremely short set by the first
band of the evening, Portland's
Galaxie Trio; you only had to
turn your back for a second and
they were done like dinner. Next
up were Memphis cats the
Oblivians injecting some hellfire
blues-trash into our bulging veins
and proving widi their cover of
Trio's "Sunday You Need Love"
that they can pound it out with
the rest o' them. Making a quick
trip across international
boundaries, we were then treated
to Japan's Teengenerate and their
fast n' furious assault of high-
powered punk blasts. Tlieir
broken-english rendition of
"Hippy Hippy Shake" was also a
treat. And if we thought crossing
international boundaries was
tough, we weren't prepared to
enter another dimension for the
raygun-rock of Alabama's
Man...or Astro-Man?. The
weightlessness of die trip must
have made me giddy as I found
myself bouncing up and down to
the band's interstellar sounds,
even engaging in die famous
'Bookman Bunny Dance' (much
to my embarrassment as I looked
around afterward at the curious
gaze of the crowd). I came back
down to Eardi just in time for
Bellingham's native sons, Tlie
Mono Men. Of course, reentering die Earth's atmosphere
Tlie clouds and drizzle w
woke up to on Sunday seem
eerily appropriate for the
ecked
it Hint
n Han
■at
Hill, starring the late Vincent
Price - truly a scare, my friends.
Tlie butt-shakin' got started a
little later courtesy of Holland's
Tlie Apemen and dieir sci-fi/surf
inslrumentals, complete with
matching masks and Star Trek
uniforms. Then it was time to
drop a Texas time-bomb widi
Jack O' Fire. Wailing harp,
sturdy stand-up bass and
rollicking drums and guitar kept
the crowd hopping as this quartet
played hits from their various
releases, including "Meet Your
Death," "Asked For Water," and
covers of Tlie Fallouts "The Life
For Me" and Link Wray's
"Branded."
Not to be outdone, however,
were Tacoma, Washington's
house-rockin' champions, Girl
Trouble. After just two songs, an
already-shirtless Kurt was
breaking microphones and
tossing lip balm to the crowd
while the rest of the band kept
the hits rolling and blasted
through an incredible sax-
squealin' spy movie medley!
If anyone dared to follow up
the fabulous Girl Trouble, it
would invariably be Japan's teen
sensations Jackie and Tlie
Cedrics. These guys really knew
how to work die crowd and all
but blew away the odier acts of
the night, due primarily to dieir
hyperspeed bassist, Rockin' Jelly
Bean. And to cap off an already
amazing set, Phantom Surfer
Johnny Bartlett strapped on a
Fender for even more reverb-
drenched insanity! Meanwhile, as
Johnny and die rest of us got
down on our knees to worship
Jackie and The Cedrics, diose
feiiiiues fatales The 5,6,7,8's
were preparing to carry us off to
unknown heights with dieir own
special brand of 50's frat rock -
and diey accomplished their
mission tenfold. Starting with a
cover of Wanda Jackson's "Let's
Have A Party" and finishing with
£IUSKER DU
The Living End
(Rykodisc)
For those of us who never saw
Hiisker Du perform live. The
Living End provides at least a
shard of solace. More than half
a decade has past since internal
problems triggered the band's
bitter and untimely demise -
the actual end coming just
months after this 24 song set
was recorded. The songs on
The Living End pretty much
span Hiisker Dii's nine year
tenure as post punk/ power pop
sound absolutely primal next
songs from their final studio
record, 1987's Warehouse:
Songs and Stories. This ability
to evolve with each recording is
one reason Hiisker Dii is still
revered; anodier reason,
obviously, is great material.
Undoubtedly, big time Hiisker
Dii fans will be disappointed
over the omission of a favourite
song or two. Absent are vintage
cuts like "Diane", "Flip Your
Whig" and "Turn On the News".
Arguably their best record,
1985's Flip Your Whig is only
represented by a paltry two
songs. Thankfully, however,
most part, of the highest order -
and there's even a Ramone's
Hiisker Du are even more
abrasive live than in the studio:
the songs on The Living End are
grittier (if that's possible) and
faster, although Bob Mould's
trademark layered guitar sound
from studio recordings is
noticeably absent. Grant Hart's
vocals and maniacal drum-style
are in top form, complimenting
Mould's sonic blasts to create
songs the quality of which has
not been matched by either of
the two musicians since die
break-up. By die time Hiisker
Du disbanded in 1988, strife
between members was reported
to have reached a fever pitch. If
that's
n The Living End . ]
table !
.1 all c-
g Itoi;
the most influential and prolific-
bands of the 80's. Let's hope
they spare us the box set.
Sean Harvey
bodies, legs flailin' and guitar
screechin'. That performance
and. as I said before. 1 don't
Jonathan Richiiian
Starfish Room
Wednesday, June 8
It seems that Jonathan Richi
has been coming to Ii
once a year for the last ten ;
or so bul, despite the fact th
has been a major influence
song banter, most of which had
the audience in stitches with the
singer's each word. The laughs
were so frequent that the title
The Jonathan Richman Comedy
Hour' briefly popped into my
head, although Jonathan
In a way 1 felt like an
my schedule finally coincided
with one of Richnian's gigs,
providing me with my first
opportunity to see litis rock'n'roll
icon live. I arrived lo a full house
of Richman fans just as the man
himself took centre stage to their
rapturous applause. Alone with
guitar, he immediately burst inlo
song and kepi the adoring crowd
hypnotized for die lengdi of his
90 minute set. Richnian's quirky,
playful pop songs were equally
as entertaining as his between
song banter, most of which had
Zumpano
Mark
Malcolm Lowry Room
Friday June 10
Ahhh. Ihe Malcolm Lowry
Room...a cosy I, 'I place,., the
charred heart of North Burnaby
friends, fiflysoiuelhing drunk
guys and men with hockey haircuts and ties selling children's
toysoul of duffle
bags....hm.i.iiiiii.
I recently found myself planted
in the atmospheric' MLR to
witness new Sub Popsignees
Zumpano. First up was opener
Mark (one third of Horsey) who
started the evening off wilh a
solo set of his caterwauling,
indecipherable acoustic songs,
played to a mildly appreciative
Alter a short break, the suit
and tie clad Zumpano look to the
another era (late -f.O's - early
nothing short of brilliant. Lead
lead guitar/keyboard playing
from Mike Ledwidge. His
incredible solos on both the
guitar and the keyboards often
propel some of Zumpano's
songs from being good to being
great.
Of course a band that sounds
to something like Sub-Pop, and
doubt in my mind that they also
allho
Ihe Lowry Room i:
subject of a David Lynch film,
it's a great venue lo see a band
like Zumpano in. Just Iry to
ignore the fiftysoinelhing drunk
guys. |IIa! You're one to talk -
Iry ignoring the
Iwenlysomething drunk table
Grant Lawrence
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%) Green in Harlem at tie birthplace ol modern Jazz,
"Up at Minion's'. Greal earthy and bluesy sounds.
July 18: Another drummer-leader and
composer, Cindy Blackman and her Quaitet
Telepafiy" wilh one of the new stars ol Ihe piano,
a young veteran at 28, Jacky Tenasson.
July 25: Pianist-composer Freddie Redd is a
real legend He relurnslo his New York home town
lor tiis one will a hand-picked seplei, lo perform an
album of his compositions: "Lonely City".
SCREAMING INCONSISTENCIES 12:00-4:00AM:
Jennie Pescevino & "Mix" bring you WAAUGH!
Avacados, E.T., Smuils, Drak Pack, "JustSay No',
Translormers.ValleyGirlsiPeoplewhopulanimals
Tuesdays with Wolf at Ihe Door. If if s Tuessday,
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with you! hosts Bepi and Venus F.
AURAL TENTACLES MIDNITE-VERY LATE Warning: This show is moody and unpredictable II
encourages insomnia and may prove to be hazardous lo your health. Listener discretion is advised. Avoid contact with the eyes and il taken
aurally...please look oul! The music, news and
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than twice consecutively with
period. Rulabega!!!
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TUESDAYS
MADONNA DEAmWATCHB:0<M 1:00AM Madonna's
days are numbered • her deafi will be quick and
painless. Slay tuned fa FJryce and Brady's brand
new air-wave speclade coming soon!
HELEN,SHUT1l:00AM1:0OPMThismonttiil'sHelen,s
Castle-I'm wealing long dresses and killing dragons.
BLOOD ON THE SADDLE 1:1S-3:00PM Country
music to scrape the cowshil off your boots to. With
yer hosl-poke Jeff Gray.
iJIARY TYLER MOORE SHOW 3:00-5:00PM Women
WEDNESDAYS
THE YACHT CLUB 11:30AM-1:15PM A nautical tour
ol tie four corners ol tie musical world. Drop
anchor. Hosted by Malt & DJ. Gav.
NORMAN'S KITCHEN 3:0O-5:00PM 'Its better lo be
drunk on tie Holy Spinlbul Jack Daniel'sishandier"
(Bono)
ESOTERIK6:00-7:30PM(es,o,ter-ik),adj.,unde(Slood
by, or intended for, only a select number ol disdples;
secret; mysterious.
ANDSOMETIMESWHY7:3O-9:00PM Happy Birthday
toEveryone! Anythingelse? Hmm,'
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SUNDAYS
ARE YOU SERIOUS? MUSIC 8:O0AM-12:O0PM All
ol time is measured by its art. Most broadcasting
shuns art fcr incestuous market-music. This show
presents the most recent new music from around
theworld. Ears open. Hosled byPaulSteenhuisen
and Ian Crulchley.
THE ROCKERS SHOW 12:15-3:00PM Reggae inna
all styles and fashion. Mike Cherry and Peter
Williams alternate as hosts.
SOUL CHURCH 3:00-5:00 PM Alternating Sundays
with Brent Argo. Vancouver's only program devoted entirely to African-Canadian and African-
American Gospel music. Your host, Vince Yeh.
BLACK MUSIC 6:OO-8:O0PM Everything from the
African-American tradition: Blues, Gospel, Jazz,
Soul, R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, and current Dance
Tiacks. Mouldy vinyl lo shiny CD's. Your host,
Lachlan Murray.
LULU'S BACK IN TOWN 8:O0-9:O0PM No cotton or
even a cotton poty blend. Vlnnie Carpelli and
Sonny Prince bring you one hour of pure tjgh (pan ts,
ball hugging, crooning POLYESTER!
GEETANJAU 9:00-10:00PM Geetanjali is a one-
houi radio show which features a wide range ol
music from India. This indudes dassical music,
both Hindustani and Carnabc, popular music from
Indian movies from the 1 gSffsto the 199ffs, Semi-
dassical music such as Ghazals and Bhajans,
and also Quawwalis, Folk Songs, elc. Hosled by
J. Dhar.A. PatelandV.Ranjan.
RADIO FREE AMERICA 10:OOPM-12:00AM Join
hosl Dave Emory and colleague Nip Tuck for
some extraordinary pctt'cal research guaranteed
to make you think twice. Bring your tape deck and
two C-90s. Originally broadcast on KFX (Los
Alios, California).
MONDAYS
THE MORNING SHOW 7:30-8:15AMWakeupwiti
all the news, sports and weather you need. Plus
what's happening at UBC each day with UBC
Digest, a feature interview and more. With tie
BBC World Service News at 8:00AM, live from
London, England.
BREAKFAST WITH THE BROWNS 8:1S-11:00AM
Your favourite brown-sters, James and Peter,
offer a savoury blend of tie familiar and exotic in
an exdingty lusdous blend of aural delights! Tune
in and enjoy each weekly brown plate special.
THESTUPIDRADIOSHOW11:00AM-l:00PMWith
your hosts the Gould of Ignorance and Don the
Wanderer. What will we play today? Rog will put
MEKANIKAL OBJEKT NOIZE 1:15-3:0
only all industial/ambient show wilh different
tuiesevery week. Witi your dj pals June and
CiTR's
Sarah is
THE MEAT-EATING VEGAN 3:00-4:00PM I
endeavour to feature dead air, verbal flatulence
(only when I speak), a work of music by a 20ti
com poser-can you sayminimalist?-and whatever
else appeals to me. Fag and dyke positive. Your
questions or comments, well, your feedback is
appreciated. Dedicated to anyone who - like me
• is socially or emotionally challenged.
STRAIGHT OUTTA JALLUNDHAR 4:00-5:00PM
Let DJ's Jindwa and.Bindwa immerse you in
radioactive Bhungra! 'Chakkh de phutay". Listen
to all our favorite Punjabi tunes - remixes and
originals. Brraaaah!
THE CiTR DINNER REPORT  5:0O-5:30PM The
motier ol all news broadcasts. Princess Andiea
and her team: Jedi Knight Angus, Leanna
Skywalker, and Gian Moff Stefan bring you the
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s got il where it
FLAMING CATERPILLARSHOW6:00-7:0OPM Pans
Green explores world-beal music with Captain
Kirk, Speck and occasional cetebnbes.
THE PEAKING CANUCK 7:00-9:OOPM If you are
suffering an identity crisis you may want lo tune
into this show more than once. Your host Bob
Willi ston chi onidesCanada in 20tiCentury sound
THE JAZZ SHOW 9:00PM-12:O0AM Vancouver's
longest running prime lime jazz program. Hosted
by the ever-suave Gavin Walker. Features al 11.
July 4: Our first poslOazz Festival show
features the drummer-leader Efvin Jones with one
of the stars of our Jazz Fest, Joshua Redman.
Coral and Trish.
MEET IDA BEAN 6:00-7:OOPM Rap, hip hop.and
Super Dope Lyrics- so ly that you'll do 3-5 just lor
getting caught listening lo tia stuff. Requests are
laken...if you can gel through on the phone! Ida
Bean's on tie tp!
THE UNHEARDMUSIC 7:OO-9:0OPM Meat the unhetd
where the unheard and the hordes ol hardly held
are heard, courtesy ol hosl and demo director Dale
Sawyer. Herd up!
RITMO LATINO 9:00-10:00PM Get on board
Vancouver's only tropical fiesta express with your
loco hosts Wendi, Rolando, and Mateo a
shake it and wiggle iltothei
jslinSalsa.Metengue,
Cumbia and other fiery fiesta lavouriles. Latin
music sohotiflgiveyoualanliiRADIOSABROSA!!
WOLF AT THE DOOR 10:OOPM-12:OOAM Alternating
Tuesdays with Depeche Toque. The latestin dance
music and interesting drama every second week.
With Lupus Ycnderboy.
DEPECHE TOQUE   10:00PM-12:00AM Alternating
does). He plays guitar okay loc
POPGUN 10:00PM-12:OOAM Your host Justin Love
rooks you into Thursday with the smoothest
selection of pop found ANYWHERE on the dial.
Dig'
THURSDAYS
OH MY GOD, I THOUGHT IT WAS FRIDAY! 6:00-
7:30AM Everything and anything of even the
slightest irrelevance that's coming up in Vancouver
over Friday and the coming weekend. Mixed will
huge dollops of bizarre and often pointless
information and wifh a gorgeous coating ol local
music. Will Dinos Kyrou.
RADIO FREE WOMEN 10:00-11:30AM Goingboldfy
happenin' women!   We yack!  We spin tunes!
Hosled by Anna, Deb and Krisla.
CANADIAN LUNCH 11:3O-1:00PM Toques, plaids,
backbacon, beer, igloos and beavers. Eaf your
lunch every Thursday with Skyler.
FILLET OF SOUL 1:00-2:00 Some of life's tastiest
sonicmorselsservedupby Captain Highlinerihis
merry band of fools. Jump on board, but don't
forget your harpoon!
SUGARLUMP 2:0O-3:00PM The abstemious paul j.
lump froScks amongst sugar coated daisies wNlsl
the spiders enjoy their Idly pop.
FLEX YOUR HEAD 3:00-5:00PM
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THE DINNER REPORT 5:0O-5:3OPM
OUT FOR KICKS 6:00-7:30PM No Birkenslocks,
nothing poilically correct We don't get paid so
you're damn right we have fun with it Hosled by
Chris B.
EDSVILLE, POP.6 7:30-9:00PM Roots of Rock tf
Rol ■ If you don't get into Rock W Roll Heaven
UVE FROM THUNDERBIRD RADIO HELL 9:00-
Jury 7: Good Horsey
July 14: DBS
July 21: GroverFur
July 28: Speed Buggy
RADIO TRANSUBSTANT1ATION YEA!! - Alternating Thursdays 11:00-1AM Donotgogentyinto
the good night, rave, RAVE against the dying ol
the light!! Once the needle drops, make il loud..
. this is Kapiton Nero, shall we dance...
SUMMER OF HATE 1:00AM-whenever we drop
Thrilling car chases, heart-stopping light
serquences, dashing young men in tight fitting
pants. Yes we do our own stunts. Spedal thanks
to Sam OBEN, Caffeine Charlie, Zev Asher, the
pest control guy, James Last Justin Sullivan and
Mrs. Mills for all pitching in their darndest lo make
the show a cuddly ball ol fun with a slightly prickly
exterior. Chunks.
FRIDAYS
VENUS FLYTRAPS LOVEDEN8:15-t0:00AMGreg
is your guide on your journey lo Venus Flytrap's
Getting there is hall I
lalunch.somecandlesam
dhugs,
fun Remember to |
I BEE NORMAL 10:OO-11:00AM Pioneers ol Radio
Sound advocating the mentally/physically challenged community with consdous tunes. Wild
pain fullyhonesl hilarity 'ouch'.Skeene'stiemusic,
Conway's the voice. The whole is edging tie
LO-FI 1:00-2:30PM rowena's back, archie's in dass,
NARDWUAR THE HUMAN SERVIETTE PRESENTS... 3:30-4:00PM Cleo! Cleo! Geo!
THE CiTR DINNER REPORT 5:00-5:20PM Mission
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COCKTAILS WITH DARYLANDSUSI6:00-9:00PM
Underground sound system -stylemastermixradio.
FOR THE RECORD 6:30-6:45™ Excerpts from
Dave Emory's flirf/o Free America Series.
HOMEBASS 9:00PM-12:30AM The original ive
mixed dance program ii Vancouver. Hosted by
DJ Noah, fie main focus ol Ihe show is techno, but
also includes someiance, acid, tribal, etc... Guest
DJ's, interviews, refospectves, giveaways, and
more are part of Ihe lava ol homebass.
UMPSINK12:30AM-Motning: Join alofyour Limp
Sink pals as fhey share their social problems wifh
you. Hosted by Ihe G42 players.
The Fritter 4 Pat Show • Formerly Ihe 'Fire
Pipe" and/or The Postman Pat Show" and/or
"Pars Party" and or ■Limp Sink". Fritter and Pattry
on a new pair of socks.
The Doctor KiUdaie Show-
Ingredients: t pinch of honesty
2 cups of willingness
42 pounds of reassessment
t lifetime of values
xnstanfiy over med/low heat until reduced lo a
-e of peaceful Hi:
SATURDAYS
THE SATURDAY EDGE 8:00AH-12:00PM Now in
its 10th year on the air, The Edge on Folk features
musicyouwon'lhearanywhereelse,sfijdio guests,
new releases, Brirish comedy sketches, folk music
calendar, ticket giveaways, etc. plus World Cup
Report at II :30 AM. 8-9 AM: African/World roots.
9-12noon:Celticmusicandleaturepeifamances
POWERCHORD 12:1S-3:0OPM Vancouver's onfy
true metal show; local demo tapes, imports and
other rarities. Gerald RalBehead and Metal Ron
do tie damage,
THE AFRICAN SHOW 3:0O-5:00PM Ifs a music
thing from all "Africa." Its an awareness thing ol
sell and others. Ifs an African house party.
Stories, music, dance fun. Welcome! Your hosts:
Umeiah and Mawele.
THE SHOW 6:OO-8:00PM Strictly Hip Hop - Strictly
Undergound — Strictly Vinyl Wilh your hosts
Craig G, Mr. Checka & J Swing on fie I & 2's.
HEATHER'S SHOW 9:OO-10:00PM Dedicated to
the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual
communiies of Vancouver and listened to by
everyone. Lois of human interest features,
background on currenl issues and greal music
from musicians of all sexual preleiences and
genderidenhbes. This show has everything except
a name. Any suggestions?
GROOVE JUMPING 10:OOPM-1:OOAM Terry.
Wozzie, Jeff, Warren. Whowililbe'' Whoknows!
Who cares! II rocks! Go figure.
SOMETHING 1:00-4:00AM Completely politically
correct content wilh the Iresh and del new releases (rem al fie Art School students that have
the balls lo jusl gel up there and do it. Reinventing
fie meaning of religion and fie re-integration of
Jesus Christ our Lad inlo todays youti culture. A
woman's voice late al night.. oozing pure
cocksudung sensually il you id over and go lo
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BOARD CHAIR HARRY HERTSCHEG
BUSINESS MANAGER SHAZIA ISLAM
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DEMOS/CASSETTES DALE SAWYER
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MOBILE   SOUND NICK  LEVENS
MUSIC JUSTIN l;meganm.
PRESIDENT BRIANWIESER
PRODUCTION RYAN OGG.
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tr pickup strangers' she sa/d. Little d/dI know Iwas to be diced and ajiartered that night
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568 SEYMOUR
THE SMUGGLERS
WET PANTS CLUB
Hey Kids! Vancouver's
fave garage-punk rockers,
The Smugglers are back
with their second CD
release, Wet Pants Club,
a re-issue of 1993's vinyl
EP from Spain's Radiation
Records. Twelve songs
that are the epitome of
the party-riot rock'n'roll
that The Smugglers have
made a household name.
THE INTERESTING FOURl
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a) From the band who did
everything. First!
b) The underdog punk
kings of the 21st century -
Sid Viscious through my
sister's Ouija board
c) "Genius...pure genius"
-Wile E. Coyote
MATTHEW GOOD
EUPHONY
Emotionally dystopian
lyrics, intense guitar,
stinging vocals sweetened
with piano, cello and
violin. New Renaissance
folk rock.
POLYTEK ASSIMILATION
Polytek Systems
presents Phase III a
sample of current artists
including: M.ORG, MCa,
Soul Control and Bolt.
Also includes the #2 CiTR
single from Children of
Atom: "Minority of One".
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ETHYL THROUGH
THE WINDOW
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BIG SKY
ADHAM SHAIKH
REALIGNMENT
"This is a great band that
is definately the future in
Canadian agressive
music..Easily the best
thing to come out of
Canada in a longtime."
- Chart Magazine
BOLT
PHYLUM FLEISCH
This Vancouver based
group gets better with
every album. This, their
second, features some of
the finest pop rock you'll
ever hear.
"A bouyant
winner...Dynamic."
-Tom Harrison,
The Province
LSD 49
INTERFUSION
Corridors through time,
Travelled by sound,
Frequencies to unlock and
map.
Awakening of the mind,
An electronic voyage of
the soul.
THE HARVESTERS
THE EDGE OE
SUITABILITY
A four song dose of
industrial pom-core.
Members of Lizard
Hanger, Weiner Fudge
and Children of Atom give
birth to this mangled,
flesh-eating love child.
Includes "American Meat
Club" and "Aryan Hard
Cock Jock"
LSD 49's 70 minute
guided hallucinogenic trip
whirls through strange,
beautiful, dangerous
worlds of the psychoactive
voyager.
"Hypnotic...penetrating,
hilarious and menacing."
It can set you free! (Use
only as directed.)
"Musically, these guys
have a sound that's in
keeping with Bay Rock
and the music of
H.O.R.D.E. bands. Strong,
soulful vocals are underpinned by crisp, inventive
instrumental work."
-Mick Skidmore,
RELIX Magazine
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Guided by Voices
•  Bee Thousand
Who are (.uicicci by Voices
pop that your parents might know,
made by people who might well be
catchy, you'll undoubtedly be
enticed into seeking out their
entire discography.
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Velvet Crush
• Teenage Symphonies
finally, after 2 % years, the new
Velvet Crush has arrived, and
it's been worth Ihe wait. Teenage
glorious examples of pop songwriting thai echo the liner moments
of bands like Big Star, RIM and
Teenage lanclub. Beautiful and
bittersweet, this record could
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Big Drill Car
•  No Worse For The Wear
O  14.98     PR 10.98
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The one-cmd-only Big Drill Car
will be performing live at the
one-and-anly Zulu. Don't be the
oue-and-ottly that misses it!
Friday, July 15 at 3 pm
Velocity Girl
• Simpatico
A shoulder shrug Sorry Again leads
off Velocity Girl's most recent run-
in with the pop-a-dasical landscape
Of American indie rock while
embodying the pop pride of Sub
I'op's new directional attitude.
Sweet vocals and catchy buzz-along
guitars are key to this Girl's appeal.
Nice in any language.
San Francisco Seals
• Now Here
I he follow-up to the eclectic and
diverse Baseball Trilogx' HP, Now Here
continues the tun with a whole
album's worth of songs from acclaimed singer/songwriter Barbara
Manning and her friends. It's kinda
janglv, kinda pop, kinda country,
kinda strange, kinda... kinda hard
to put into words. We just know
Future Sound of London
• Lifeforms
l.ondoi
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Beck
• One Foot In The Grave
It's not fair to judge someone by one
song, so let's all forget that we ever
heard Loser. It's not that it's a bad
song—it's just not really indicative
of what Heck is all about. His new
album on super-cool K Records
displays Heck's true path. Assisted
by friends from Beat Happening,
The Spinanes, and others, Beck
gives us song after song of country-
bluesy acoustic indie-folk covered
with musings about the stuff that
we all kinda sing about in our own
special way.
O 14.98     03 10.98
MC 900 Foot Jesus
• One Step Ahead
of the Spider
his DJ behind and moving to join
Rick Rubin's American Recordings
his path through the back street
of American culture.
O 16.98     PM 10.98
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It was a long haul getting here,
but at last we can settle into
what Vancouver does best...
summer. The beaches, the
sun, the rain, the mountains,
the ocean, and a pile of
new imports and domestics
to get you into the mood.
n
Dick Dale
® Unknown Territory
When you get the urge to shoot the
curl this summer, but Long Beach is
just too far away, surf up a storm in
your own home with this rippin'
release from legendary surf-guitar
pioneer Dick Dale. This most
entirely excellent follow-up to last
year's Tribal Thunder puts the classic
Fender guitar back into the hands of
a true master.
O 16.9
I 10.98
Ride
•  Carnival of Light
5t effort adds a bit more
iund to the mix, yet still
ir infamous "phasing
ill of sound. Includes the
ZULU ARTISTS PERFORMING LIVE
Claytons
Saturday, July 9
Starfish Room
with guests Pull
tix: at the door
Thursday July 21
Graceland
featuring an exhibit of
photo works by Jaime Griffiths
tix: $6 advance (Track, Zulu, Little Sisters)
$8 at the door
for th
moil
Ii of Jul
1994.
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