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ICKY METTLE
ALIAS
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AS HAPPY AS POSSIBLE
SUB POP
This year's punk rock season starts off with a
slash of the brain and a hook to the ear drum.
Canada's reigning punk rock champions,
SNFU return with their 5th full-length
release, ready to defend their title.
Cross Canada tour in December!
This Epitaph release is distributed by Cargo
ERIC'S TRIP
LOVE TARA
The highly anticipated full-length debut from
Moncton's Eric's Trip, Love Tara pits
strong pop hooks and sweet boy-girl vocals
against a wall-of-sound to deliver a
vital and unique release.
Catch them on CBC's
Ear To The Ground, performing the
first single, My Room, on November 9.
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Tickets available at all _____^___~_. outlets, including Zulu Records, or charge by phone 280-4444. It seems that everytime you hear
from me in this pre-"Airhead"
amble I'm apologizing for
something. Well, let me not be one
to break from tradition; this
month's concerns are a little more
pressing. So serious, in fact, that
legal action could indeed be
pending and, worse of all, the
brazen image of Discorder could
be blemished for quite some time.
I'm referring to a disturbing
practise known as plagiarism. In
university it will get you banned
from any post-secondary
institution for 1-5 years; in high-
school it will get you a ride home
from one, or both, of your parents,
a suspension and a grounding; in
the world of print media you will
lose all credibility as a writer and
get publicly ridiculed—at least
that's the way it works around
here. But, first, you have to be
In the October 1993 issue of
Discorder (#129) I chose to print
an article addressing the influence
of Western society on Japan's
sexual culture. The article was
simply called "Sex in the 90's:
Bondage in Japan" and is
uncannily similar (verbatim?
thesis?) to an item that appeared as
the liner notes to Merzbow's
Music For Bondage Performance
CD. The original title to the piece
that appeared in the Merzbow CD
is "The Development of Modern
Japanese Bondage" and was net
penned by Paris Green, as he
would have you and I believe, but
was in fact penned by Masami
Akiu. Unfortunately, I had no
knowledge of the fact that Akila
was indeed the original author to
the words that were submitted by
Paris Green until the damage had
already been done and Discorder
ran the article under misleading
pretences. Paris Green submitted it
to me as a "researched" feature
and, without any reason to doubt
any writer's credibility, the
authenticity of their work, or the
ambition and passion said writer
has for their art, I took the article
with interest and gratitude.
The role of an editor
becomes increasingly difficult
with every issue I oversee and this
is but one example why. I never
thought it wrong to put my faith
and trust in a writer, as I am one
myself and greatly appreciate the
benefit of a doubt, but now I'm
forced to re-evaluate everything
that I ever learned about this job,
including taking writer's
motivation at face value. I
apologize that one writer blew it
for the rest of you [refer to quote
at top of masthead]. I apologize to
Masami Akita for having printed
his work under false pretences and
without proper credit. I apologize
to you the reader for deceiving
you, albeit, unknowingly. And,
most of all, I apologize to Paris
Green for he now has to live with
the humiliation of passing
somebody's thoughts, words and
ideas off as his own, and HE will
NEVER write for the pages of
Discorder again.
While I'm on the topic of
October's issue, I should inform
you readers of a giveaway
opportunity which I completely
forgot about in my bed-ridden,
vitamin-plugged, nose-runnin',
cold -shiverin', health-ailin'
condition of last month. Simply,
bring a postcard with the words
"Evan Dando is a Tool" to the
Discorder/GTR offices during
regular business hours (10-5 p.m.)
and we'll give the first five people
who do so some nifty prizes. Oh,
yeah, the postcard picture must
have a large body of water in it,
somewhere. Why? Because if you
follow these directions precisely
you will walk out of these very
same offices with a copy of the
new Lemonheads' cassette, Come
On Feel The Lemonheads, a Tool
t-shirt, and a copy of the new
Ocean Blue cassette, Beneath the
Rhythm and Sound. Believe me, I
would love to open this giveaway
to mail entries as well but when it
costs $2.00 in postage to mail out
a cassette that we didn't pay a cent
for I find that fiscally irresponsible.
On a final note, my bowling
team, the Road Bonerz (a male
phenomenon which occurs during
extended travel in an automobile),
have served me well lately and
done me very proud. As our
averages climb our team handicap
drops and our confidence that we
will kick your wimp ass anywhere,
anytime, is insured by the delicate
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whittling toothpicks out of pins
with his smash and scatter
technique, Garnet "Sparky" Harry
punching a solid 180+ game
home, Brent "Biento" Belke
opening his game with the familiar
sound of (hark?) a strike, and
Jennifer "Mabel" Muir capping a
3-strike 10th frame. Give us your
best shot...we dare ya! You can
contact me or leave a message at
822-3017 if you think you have
lhe...balls(?) to take us on in a no-
holds-barred, Australian rules, tag
team cage match bowl off.
Paul t. Brooks
FEEDBACKIN'
Dear Airhead,
Good mag. Good price—one thing.
What the hell happened to Velvets
Record? He's noticably absent from
your pages. Is there a reason for this ?
Thanx for the No Means No article
it's been a while since a local mag
has somehting to say about whats
happening with the Wright brother's. The interview with Uncle Bob
was great. Have you ever or will you
ever get a story or interview on Superconductor, just wondering?
Seeya,
Shawn Mc Donald
Port Alberni, B.C.
Sadly, Velvets Record and the Everything's Ducky comic have gone
on sabbatical. We were informed by
his former employer, Keith Parry at
Scratch Records, that Blaine
Thurier, Velvets' creator, has taken
qfftoJapan "to teach little Niponese
ladies english " and there's no telling when he's going to come back.
We 're always the last to know. As
for Superconductor, they probably
hold the Discorder record for column inches devoted to a single local
band: they 've been featured twice,
been on our first full-colour photo
cover, and have had numerous gig,
7" and album reviews. Since you 've
missedtheboatthisfarShawn, we'll
just have to tell you that the 'conductors are just out to prove that no
matter how awful you sound, agood
song is still a good song.
Dear Airhead,
Although 1 rarely feel the need to
comment on what I've read in your
publication, I must wholeheartedly
thank you for the Helmet interview
in issue #129. Any one who is into
Savage Republic is A-OK by me.
Long live Savage Republic!!!
Yours sincerely,
RC Johnston
White Rock, B.C.
BAND CONGENIALITY
GOES TO...
Dear Airhead/CiTR/Shindig or-
Thank you for giving our band the
opportunity to play Shindig this year.
Since then, our shows have been
attended by many new faces who
have told us that they saw us first at
Shindig. For this, we would Uke to
express our gratitude.
Les, Cody', and Jeff
Heatmiser
Vancouver, B.C.
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SPREAD IT
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...if you'd like to have Discorder
dropped off at your place of business,
call Linda at (604) 822-3017. thanks. So few of the participants
and attendees af Shindig realize the
lhal goes into this event year in and
year out that we often question
whether il's worth doing at all.
Thanks for the reassurance that
Shindig actually benefits local artists in even the most minute of ways.
Your review is on page 7.
OVER THE HILLS AND
THROUGH THE WOODS
Dear Discorder,
I saw a review for a compilation
called Bloodbath at the Chinese
Disco. I think it originates out of
Calgary. Do you have any information regarding where one might acquire this CD?
Thank You,
Nolan Webb
Kim Kinakin reviews the Bloodbath
CD in his " Vancouver Special" column on page 25, and has included
the mailing address for your shoppings
Dear Sir or Moom (?),
Hello. My name is Don Reimus and
I am the Music Director for WOUI
Radio Station in Chicago. I am in Ihe
process of updating our database
and ran across an entry concerning
Discorder. Unfortunately, I am unfamiliar with your publication; can
you please send me further information and how to obtain a copy or
subscribe (if still available)? Any
info will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time.
Don Reimus
Illinois Institute of
Technology
Chicago, Illinois,
To Paul Brook-
Howdy y'all, it's me Excubus, I'm
alive, n' what a time I've been having o'er here. Well I've learned how
to permanently scar folks with both
scalpel and tattoo gun. Also got a
couple myself to add to my epidermal coating, including, git this, Hank
Williams Sr's shinin' face. Local
music's Scott Henderson (Swollen
Prong, Show Biz Giants, Shovlhed)
has got himself a new monster studio, so finally Victoria guitar heroes
will have some quality recording
space although some other not so
commercial studios have put out
some nifty stuff. Got given the
Vinagrettes demo and it's just
skookum. On a side note one of the
members of the Vinagrettes has an
amazing black velvet painting collection. So if ya wanna be hip with
the band bring a black velvet painting as a gift to their gigs.
Doomklaxun (umlats over the x)
promise to play hve next spring,
maybe instead of their motto "We
Ain't Retro, We Never Left" it
should be "We Ain't CircleC, Were
Doomklaxun!"
Assholey yours,
Excubus Manslaughter
Victoria, B.C.
THE DEVEL MAKES WORK
FOUR IDOL HANDS
Airhead,
Procastinating Can Be Positive!
I will amit I do procastinate
and I'm sick about hearing how it's
such a bad habit. Prccasting can be
postive. When faced with an unpleasant project critical thinking is
need to find ways to put it off or
getting out of doing it all together.
Also procastinating can be helpful
by instead working on things which
there has not been time for.
Procastinating gets us to communicate with one another, trying to convince someone to do the unwanted
task for us. And is some cases allows
some problems to go away by
themselfs with the passing of time.
Hopefully now I won't hear "stop
procrastinating" any more.
Rock on/Hard on,
Dodie
We heartdy encourage all Discorder
readers to "procastinate " as often
as possible, with the exception of
doing their spelling homework.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
So there I was, at the infamous Railway
Club on a Tuesday night, trying to conceal
the piece of paper that made it obvious I
was a judge. Yep, Shindig. I pushed my
way through hordes of indie-rockers and
Railway regulars, trying to reach the bar to
get beer. Returning to my seat I noticed
three orfourearly-80'spunk-rockers hanging around the stage with guitars
their necks—they were Aging
Youth Gang. They
played slightly poppy,
fast, punk-rock songs
about baby boomers and
StarTrek. This reminded
me of the time I took my
younger brother to see
Curious George at the
York Despite the fact that
the Railway audience was unappreciative,
Aging Youth Gang had a swinging beat
and you could dance to it.
After an una musing " Jokes-for-beer,"
hosted by the illustrious Garnet Timothy
Harry, a group of long-haired teens hit the
stage, known collectively as Flywheel.
Bad name, bad grunge band. Actually, not
that bad as far as music goes—they were
tight—but the vocals left a lot to be desired.
If they left the Seattle sound behind they
would be a lot better off.
The last band ofthe night was Green
Achers.Theywereacountry/folkensem-
ble, complete wilh acoustic guitar, lilting
bass lines and a fiddle. This was one of the
few bands I've seen in Shindig this year
that featured a woman (playing the fiddle),
and she was great; the fiddle was a breath
of fresh air. The Railway regulars all came
out of the back room to watch this band.
And the winner was...Aging Youth
Gang, with Green Achers a very close
second, and Flywheel coming in a distant
third.
Heather Campbell
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5
I've attended every night of Shindig this
year and, so far, this was the busiest. It
might have been station manager, Linda
Scholten's birthday crowd, it could have
been the Railway Club's dart tournament,
or Liane's hot dogs, but you and I know
that it was the lure of Shindig excitement
that packed them in this Tuesday night.
First up was Heatmiser. No, not
Oregon's Heatmiser but Vancouver's own
Devo look-alikes. Armed wilh their own
Christmas lights and a smoke-machine-
gone-bad, Heatmiser blazed through then-
set with confidence and 80's style. It's a
Cars thing. I like these guys.
Next up, The Dunderheads. U.K.
punk done well. Tight, fast, loud, and proud.
Straight out of East Van, this combolooks like
they could fix your car, charge you for the
work done, then beat you up, take your wallet,
and steal your car. The crowd dug these cats
and so did I.
Finishing off the evening was
Speedbuggy. Maybe it was the technical
problems they had to put up with before their
•l but, whatever it was, they didn't
look they were having too much
fun; looking hke you're having
fun on stage is important. You
have fun, I have fun, everybody
has fun. However, they are a solid
pop band, wilh a good selection
of songs, and their frontman
looks Uke he could fix my car
without stealing it. I'm also
down with the Beatles-type
In the end it was Speedbuggy winning
the event, followed by The Dunderheads, then
Heatmiser.
Justin Love
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Before we begin I have a confession to make.
Since Shindig began in September the Railway Club has become a part of me. It is a place
to relax, listen to music, play darts, chat with
friends, sip frosty beer, and enjoy the delectable tastes of yummy doggies served up by the
city's finest tube-steak queen, 1 jane. Shindig.
579 Dunsmuir at Seymour. Every Tuesday.
Bless you all and thanks to the wonderful
Railway staff who are like family to
me now. We love you.
This evening started with the '
three-piece   band.   Savage  '
Henry. Good, old-fashioned, straight-up rock. Yee
haw. The energy level was
high and they filled the Railway with sweat, but the
set revealed the
inabilities of the
other 1993 Shindig performer, with a cool,
instrumental, Mexican twist on Chris Issak.
Be sure to catch these local wonders at a
venue near you. Just don't forget to bring a
wheelbarrow full of joints, a bathtub of marguerites, a padded recliner, and thick, shady
sunglasses. It's nice to see some real musi-
Last but least, The Loved One,
originally from Edmonton, played a set
straight out of 1988. Their style of driving
cock-rock spilled the last drops of marguerite from my salty-rimmed fishbowl. Minutes later I headed immediately for the nearest toilet then popped some 222's. The Loved
One are certainly destined for commercial
success: high energy, balanced lead vocals,
thick guitars and an electric upright bass and
shaman stick to boot. They will be performing again in Ihe semi-finals, and I wouldn't
be surprised if their musty sound clears them
to the finals. But what kind of music are we
supporting here, folks? Back to the prairies,
boys. Love Canada. Say no to cock-rock.
Skyler
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19
It would be unjust for me to positively critique Tickle Trunk just because the band is
comprised completely of women; I'm sure
they wouldn't
appreciate it either. So, all considered, if
Tickle Trunk were four boys I'd still say their
sound and approach to the genre of music they
play is naive, young, simple and at times
devoid of any progression. Musical boundaries should be defined or broken and Tickle
Trunk do neither of these, in my opinion. If
ambition and self-confidence were the only
keys to winning, Tickle Trunk WOULD be at
the top of the list. And as the judges WOULD
have it this night, Tickle Trunk were leaving
the winners.
Can you say clich-? I knew you could.
Sourpuss stole every genre of music that
they could and, on top of that, neglected to
work it into their own original or innovative
style. For this alone they deserve a fate nothing less than contributions to regional compilations and sets of bastardized cover songs.
This did not do it for me i n the least. Sour Puss
- energy = O; the perfect equation would
equal firm song structure and rigid lyrical
content. Therefore, Sour Puss should build
from the ground up, starting with lyrics and
originality.
Pipe Dream wear their influences like
a badge of courage and this isn't always
helpful. However, Pipe Dream do their take
on the Creation label's sound wilh vigour, an
air of lethargy (or is that pretention?) and an
all-too-serious spirit which is to their benefit.
Tight, a swell sound (minus the reverb on the
vocals) and "so college radio." This, and only
the ignorant public will eat
this up with a dumptruck. Pipe Dream placed
a disappointing (only to their friends) second.
Paul I. Brooks
Third place.
Whe
the    second
band of the    %.,
evening, The s""si
Falcons, took
the stage, their presence
sured the crowd that they
in for a treat. I was originally
impressed with their demo tape
but, live, the Falcons blew my
expectations away immediately. Imagine
yourself driving through the desert, heels on
the dash of your green '69 Eldorado, wind
blowing through your hair, arm around a cosy
friend with the 8-track playing in the background — smooth — don't remember the
stars this bright before.... The Falcons brought
: of the Railway like no
NOVEMBER Q -.EGRETS   ENTRUSTED
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BY JUDITH BEEMAN
best know for it's Milk and Cheese
comic. (Slave Labor983 S. Bascom
Ave, San Jose, Ca 95128)
I can recall the experience which
propelled me into the world of
comic book reading as an adult: A
pal insisted I read the first five
issues of Peter Bagge's HATE.
After perusing these comics I began to realize I was missing a literary revolution. I had some serious
catching up to do! I began to become the woman I am today.
Okay...enuff reminiscing:
This year I went to that mecca for
comics friends The San Diego
Comic Con a yearly celebration
held in this warm weathered town
famed for its zoo and proximity to
Tijuana, Mx. The four day event
was held August 19—22 in a glori-
centre and had the
usual mix of panels, 24 hour film
showings and shop-shop-shopping
galore. With the brand new official
subtext business card in hand I met
with publishers and cartoonists alike.
Below are my findings on a bizarre
mix of comics I was entrusted with:
Bill The Clown: Comedy Isn H Pretty
I've noticed a few books lately featur-
ing a psychotic-circus-clown-running-amok theme; this is the best of
the bunch. Written by Dan Vado and
drawn by Troy Nixey we are presented with Bill a tragically wasted
ex-clown who still has a shred of
dignity. Published by Slave Labor,
Black Web
This new company, INKS has a
great logo "It's all in the INKS"
and their sights are set on the action
crowd wilh their premiere book
Black Web which features a
superhero character who weaves a
tangled web after surviving a mysterious explosion in a science lab.
Web's body is so sinewy with
muscle it looks like he has no
flesh...ick Big boobs on the women
and a bad guy shoots someone
through the head. Next. (INKS
Comics 702 Mangrove ave, Chico,
Ca 95926)
PHONE
291-0049
VOLUNTEERS
NEEDED
Are you an outgoing, spontaneous
man or woman over the age of 19
with a never-say-die attitude and a
good sense of humour?
We are a non-profit society that
helps young offenders and children
aged 8 to 12 who are at risk of getting
into trouble.
If you have about three hours per
week available for at least the next
six months we'd really like to hear
from you. We believe that one-to-one
interaction with a well-adjusted adult
can improve the behaviour of a
troubled child.
Interested? Please call us today.
Windows
Published by Cult press Wiindows
(sic) is an odd series of comics which
lends focus to the bizzare. The quality of the stories vary as does the art.
Sadness prevails. Cult press also put
out the truly wretched sci-fi
Raggedyman (which they wisely
ended at #6). I'm not sure but I suspect these people may be religous
zealots! There is a comic preview
which says 'some call him lord/god'
so hmmm, I dunno, could there be
something akin to backward-masking in comix pages? A new series is
just coming out called Door Man.
(Cult Press #3 -1047 W. Carson St,
Torrance, Ca 90502)
Wild Life/Genus
Antarctic press publish Japanese
Manga related work and Ninja High
School comics yet their much cooler
'funny animal' comics are
quite steamy. Wild Life #3
is subtitled Love and Haight
and the animal characters
include a horse, panda and
cats galore all 'tooned in
human form. Genus is a new
anthology with more of the
same. (Antarctic Press
#204—7272 Wurzbach,
San Antonio, Texas 78240)
System Shock
The premiere issue of this honor anthology was revealed at the Con. Dan
Simmon's Metastasis, John Skipp's
gory Film at Eleven (a high point
from the Splatterpunk collection from
a few years back) and Richard
Laymon's Special are told in this
b&w graphic novel. $12.50 Canadian, published three times a year
with the run to stop al the 1 Oth issue.
(Tuscany Press #365—1146 North
Central, Glendale, Ca 91202)
Zombie Love/Ace of Spades
These two books come from the
strange press ZuZupetal. Slickly produced titles with a sense of humor.
Zombie Lave already up to issue #4
features a person (?) with a pumpkin
head (fairly original I'd say) and a
very gothic feel. What gives?
They're asking 20 bucks for ZL #2
— get real guys, print some more.
Their new title, Ace of Spades (#1:
The Ace Is Drawn) is an adventure
series set in the world of Grenwold
which, we're told is very Earthlike.
Zuzpetal has t-shirts and trading
cards, too. Kooky yet commercial
values. (ZuZupetal PO Box 3986,
Chula Vista, Ca 91909)
Xxxenophile
X-rated? Believe it. This is the sex
anthology that openly declares apo-
litically correct policy while at the
same time has the most raunchy —
yet need we say consensual?— balling around. Can a comic be considered PC if all the women have hourglass bods, the men are hung Uke
tree trunks and everyone comes ex
tremely vocally? "Hot" yet not realistic. Dreamhaven books which
publishes Xxxenophile has also just
released a collection of Neil Gaiman
(Sandman) stories and poems.
(Palliard Press/Dreamhaven 1309
4th St S.E., Mpls, Mn 55414-2029)
Danger Funnies
The comic Cry For Dawn has been
a somewhat guilty pleasure of mine
for some time; the anthology collects stories of a sexual nature (I'm
being polite) and is well drawn and
written. Once you get past the provocative covers that is. The CFD
company has expanded and their
ongoing books nowinclude_J_>ric_
and Danger Funnies by Lance
Tooks whom I met in San Diego.
Lance's book is among the best I
saw dunng the trip—poetic, breezy
and sexy; the freeform 'toons manage to stay in control. The first story
is about a doomed romance for a
jazz singer, the second a mixed race
romance. This is most unlike Cry
For Dawn and how refreshing! Look
for it. (CFD Productioons Ste #350,
360-A W. Merrick Rd, Valley
Stream, NY 11580)
Lethargic Comics, Weakly
Greg and Steve are two Canadian
lads from Burlington. Their book
hits the stands monthly and is a
take-off on superhero fanboyish
comics. Some good gags and fine
artwork; the standout's being Lethargic Lad and The Amazing Walrus Boy. One problem: I've never
seen this book on sale in town.
Worth a look in the "L" section.
(PO Box 85067, Burlington, On,
L7R4K3)
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It gets tough to support freedom of
speech and anti-censorship when
presented with Dahmer's Zombie
Squad and Jeffrey Dahmer vs Jesus
Christ. Not only are these titles poorly
drawn but the jokes are infantile and,
whadda-ya-know, extremely tasteless. The covers state 'for Audiences
wilh a sense of Humor only'. Har-
har. I would be willing to check out
the new titles from Boneyard which
include Flowers on the Razorwire,
an anthology of erotic horror and
Fetish (Which promises sex, sin and
leather) but I find the lack of respect
found in serial killer comics utterly
offensive. Perhaps that's why they
are published in the first place.
(Boneyard Press 22 E. Chalmers,
Champaign, II61820)
Trailer Trash
A highpoint of the huge exhibition
area at the Con was Sin Alley which
included Mary Slutburger Fleener,
Dennis Stickboy Worden and friends
selling art and comics. I got Roy
Tompkins Trailer Trash #6 just to
find it's been dropped in the shuffle
of the Tundra/Kitchen Sink takeover. I can't say that the gross adventures of Harvey the Hillbilly Angel
didn't make me smile at least once
every few pages but the poor white
trash trip gets old
fast...even if the writer
is from Texas. (Roy
Tompkins PO box
16022, Austin, Tx
78761)
Prego/Detroit Murder
City Comix
I met the pleasant Mats
O. Stromberg author of
Prego and DMCC. He
must hail from Detroit,
as DMCC is written with
the hostility of someone
who 'got out' of there.
Issue #2 shows cops
cheerfully clinking
donut to coffee mug on
the cover as mayhem
breaks out around them.
The dreary 28 pages are
dedicated to the memory
of Rob Tyner of the
MC5. Prego is reminiscent sylistically to Charles Burns/
Kazand the material found in RAW.
This comic is really gross! As the
cover states this is "S' not For Kids!
Environmentally ill Adults Only!!."
When's number two coming?
(Apraxia comix 2215 R, Market St.
ste#411, San Francisco,CA94114)
Too Much Coffee, Man
I shared a pizza with Shannon
Wheeler the author of this n
TMCM is a super-hero and much of
the plot seems concerned with drinking java. There was also a story
about a woman and the two men in
her life which I found more rewarding than Coffee Man. The gallery of
sketches of TMCM by solicited artists such as Dave 'Cerebus' Sim was
a hoot. An ambitious first effort.
A Century of
WOMEN   Car-
(Kitchen Sink, 180
pgs, pb $20.40)
Trina Robbins
presents a history
of women cartoonists and the amazing — somewhat
hilarious — troubles many had to
endure for the love
of their art. The
judges of a Omaha
couldn't fathom
that a 13-year-old
girl had won their
art contest back in
1895, so they ordered Rose O'Neill
to produce a drawing on the spot to
prove her skill. Or
how about Hilda
Terry whose Teena was a popular
teenage strip; she was touring with
an all-male group of cartoonists entertaining the troops at the end of
WW2...one day she emerged from
the lavatory to discover the group
had left the country without her!
This book introduces us to images and their creators in the best
way possible — through reproductions of actual strips. The characters
shown range from the Campbell
Soup Kids of 1913 (Grace Drayton's
A CENTURY OF
WOMEN
CARTOONISTS
David crossing the
country from New
York to his parents
home in Oregon.
He meets Minnie
and as their romance begins he
learns she had been
in an institution for
two years; this is
the only time any
mention of mental
illness is made. A
long distance affair
begins and ta-dah!
Minnie's moving
NY to hve with
our man
Dave...oops then
she backs
out...then she goes
anyways. (Much of
the romantic problems in this book
seem to stem from
indecision).
Minnie's involved
in theatre (warning
bells anyone?) and
creation) to Torchy Brownthe Afro- David has his artwork. Things me-
American adventure strip star of the ander on with breakups and affairs
50's.Wonderous, slightly ditzy teen- on both sides. Frankly, by the end of
age rs such as Mill ie the Model and the book we don' t ha ve much use for
Bobbie Sox from the 40's are pro-       either of these two, David for being
putting up with
Minnies character,
and Minnie for
playing with
Davids emotions.
It's hard to
feel too badly for
Chelsea, as during
the course of the
book he is intimate
wilh four women
aside from Minnie
. The art is fine (I
can vouch that he
looks exactly hke
he draws himself)
and especially
looks great when
he draws in the fine
dot pointilist manner. One segment
shows a very creatively drawn acid trip.
As with much auto-bio material this book is more entertaining
than something 'made up'. David
Chelsea In Love is a long book,
among the first of its size lhat I've
seen in Ihis genre. Strong storytelling and a happy ending to boot.
************ *
Strange Embrace
(Tundra UK, pb comic $5.00)
See all the comics mentioned on
these pages? This is the only one that
had my jaw drop in astonishment
and my gut feeling queasy. Strange
Embrace is a heck of a comic! This
amazing tale is written and drawn by
David Hine. As its impossible to
describe without giving away the
plot it'll have to suffice losay Strange
Embrace features madness, ESP, art
and evil galore. So far there have
been four issues and although a tad
expensive its worth the money. The
latest issue came out in October and
seems to fully complete the story:
I'm unsure if the book will continue
but I sure hope so as the black and
white artwork is sharp and the story
makes me dizzy. Trust me on this
filed as well as their much hipper
cartoon sisters from the early 70's,
Dolly Divine and Those Perfectly
Permeable Peters Sisters.
The older pieces and adventure strips of the 40's get the most
attention while the "underground"
chapter is titled 'Chicks' and
'Women, Womyn, Wimmin' headlines the piece on women today and
includes workby Julie Doucet, Nina
Paley, Carol Lay, Roberta Gregory
and Carole Moiseiwitsch. The book
wraps up wilh a glimpse at this years
controversial (to some) look at homosexuality in Lynn Johnson's For
Better Or Worse.
************
David Chelsea In Love
(Eclipse, 189 pgs pb, $17.95)
I met David Chelsea in San Diego
which made reading his true tale of
romance all the more interesting. He
gave me a preview of what Minnie,
his ex-girlfriend was all about. We
figured she had probably attended
the same manipulation school as an
ex-boyfriend of mine. Ah...nothing
like the instant soul connection of
those hurt in love.
The story begins in 1980 wilh
************
Four reasons to adore Last Gasp,
the great comix publisher from San
Francisco:
Verre D'eau
For years Last Gasp published
Weirdo an anthology of cool cartoonists. The series ended at #27
and this one-time-only special International issue of Weirdo (published Ihis year i n France, hence the
name) features all that is good in
comix including: Debbbie
Drechsler, R. Crumb, my favorite
goddess Mary Fleener and some
guy named Peler Bagge. Attention:
The entire run of Weirdo has been
reprinted!
Lonely Nights
Dori Seda died on February 26,
1988 from the combined effects of
the flu and a car accident. She was
one of the best cartoonists of the
80's and her frankly sexual art was
hilarious, cutting and shocking. Did
her co-worker really fall for lhat
b&d chick? And how about that
orgy al the women's retreat? And
c'mon, was she really umm, 'doing' her dog, Tona? Dori's work
showed up in few publications and
Lonely Nights was her one complete comic published in 1986. The
long out of print book has been
reprinted. Go Dori Go.
Sexy Stories From The
World Religions
What a lovely surprise! I had no
idea a second issue of this comic
was coming out but here it be. I
, vou ng
LuSx
don't recognize many of the artists
who include Brad Johnson, Steven
Cerio.ToshioSaeki (truly gory centrefold), Rita Mercedes and Paul
Feller. Tlie tales are vague to Ihis
pagan; they cover all parts of the
world and we'll have to take the
creator's word. Not for the weak.
Young Lust
Just how many years has it been
between issues of Young Lust? Lots.
Yet editor Jay Kinney can only be
forgiven for any delays when inside
these pages we find Zippy Pinhead
and creator Bill Griffith participating in an orgy! Aside from this
visual feast and the cover by Daniel
Clowes, contributers include Terry
Laban;Charles Burns, Spain, Carol
Lay; Justin Green; Angela
Bocagc.good lord it just doesn't
get any better than this. Happily and
completly concerned with s-e-x.
TRUE FACTS:
We all know the nifty cover art on
cub's new CD, Betti-Cola, is drawn
by Archie comics artiste Dan
DeCarlo But get this! Starting this
month Penthouse magazine will feature a 12-page adult comics section
and Mr. DeCarlo's work will be
appearing. Yoicks, as Jughead
would say. ..Speaking of local bands,
catch the Smuggler's drummer/
CiTR DJ Bryce Dunn, featured in
the hairstyles ofthe stars page ofthe
latest Fizz magazine ...You can'l buy
much for a buck twenty-five these
days which made picking up the
premiere "Fall" issue of Sweet and
Sour so pleasant (got mine @ Zulu).
The 18 page xeroxed zine mainly
featured comic strips by Kazue
Sugimoto on husbands and
hockey, and Sebastian
Brassard's takes on romance and
crackpot's. Do we really have to
wait till next Spring for the next?
(order Sweet and Sour: 323—916
W Broadway, V5Z lK7)....Don't
forget to mark Monday, Nov. 15 on
your calender as the Reading Railroad will feature Maxine Gadd,
Sue Nevil and Barbra Klar reading and Tony Pantages doing a
performance piece...Local band
Hazel Motee kicked off a new
feature on CBC's Nightlines where
bands are being recorded wilh the
efforts then broadcast on David Wisdom's show. Hazel Motes picked
their name from a Flannery
O'Conner book Wise Blood which
is about dueling evil southern street
preachers. A Signet version of this
and two other of O'Conner's tales is
available...Earlier
this year Tick Tock
#1 came out. This
cartoon collection
features the work of
Pat McEown and
Ron Turner. Pat
designed the uh, guy,
featured on Ihe cover
of Bum'sCD Wanna
Smash Sensation
and similar looking
lured in his stories.
Ron Turner's art is
more (real) life-like
and his main slory
involves Stewart and
his travels. Pat and
Ron usually show up
at the Comic Shows
held at the Heritage
Hall on Main, and should sell this
book for afew bucks there... .Who's
the mastermind behind WAITER,
THERESA CONSPIRACY IN MY
SOU PI This guy — from Ihe few
clues given I'm assuming this is
done by one single male who lives
in New West — has put together a
hand done zine which includes cool
comix like Anarchie, stuff from the
Star, a tribute to DOA and info on
Ihe JFK assasination. PLUS —
here's where he really won me over
— you get a mystery record with
each zine. Talk about generosity.
Mine was Tulip by Steel Pole Bathtub, who I had never heard before
and found quite to my liking tho'
not the sort of thing I'd run out and
buy. Don't miss the fun! Available
at Scratch, Pop! and Track for about
five bucks. Next one is going to be
"Why I Love Religion So Darn
Much." DISCORDER: First off, what kind of
musical upbringing did you guys have?
Were you in any bands before Flop?
BILL Before Hop I was in a band called
the Chemistry Set...
PAUL And before that he was in a band
called Christopher Robin with a guy from
Sky Cries Mary.
You guys have played a couple shows with
the Screaming Trees and Gravel so far,
but are you planning to embark on a tour
of your own to support the new album?
P: Yeah, towards the end of this rrcnth
we're going to do a couple weeks with
Redd Kross down the coast, then the south
and east by ourselves, Ihen the CMJ in
New York in November, then hopefully
get back to Seattle by mid-December.
P: I would in _
on three tours more or leu Aund the
country - the first one, not marly people
came oul, the second one, a little more to,
but whether that's got to do with the album
Well, the lasl time you were here with
Crackerbash il was quite a well-attended
show, and sometime after that first album
came out, soil seemed lhat a lot of people
had become familiar with it enough lo
check you out...
P: Yeah. Actually the first lime we can-
up hee was with the Fastbacks and we
played the old Cruel Bephant...
i decidewhichband
So who was playing drums at that time?
B: Nate (Johnson, current Rop drummer,
but long-time drummer for the Fastbacks)
was boubling for both.
Was it hard for him
to join when the time came?
B: WeU the Fastbacks kinda disbanded
and that's when we got started. Then
they got back together for a reunion
show with Nate but we had first claim
because he'd been playing with us more.
Rusty (Willoughby, lead vocals and
guitar) actually replaced NAte in the
Fastbacks when Nate quit both bands for
a while to go to Alaska. Then he callback, rejoined us and the Fastbacks got
the drummer for the Posies for a while,
but now they have the old Dharma Bun-
drummer.
77k new album was produced by a guy
fromBritian. Could you tell me a bit more
about that?
P Yeah, his name is Martin Rushent and
the main reason we knew of him was that
he produced all the Buzzcocks records,
and its a band that we all really love a lot.
Once we started talking about working
with him and then actually working with
him we found out he worked with a lot of
other bands, including the Quadrophenia
soundtrack We didn't realize how cool it
was that he'd actually done all this stuff
and now he was working with us.
B: We recorded this album by ourselves
and his role was actually smaller than
people will realize in tha! all he did was
P: But still, he was a lot of fun to work
with and just knowing he's been around
all these years producing all these bands
is really incredible.
Your participation in the CMJ this year, is
that your own doing, or the labels?
B: I don't know really. WE played it last
year and they seemed to like us well
enough to invite us back..
P: I know some bands thinkit'sstupid but
last year it was one of the funnest shows
on our tour. You can never tell with these
lands of things you go on tour and sometimes things turn out really shitty and you
hate the bands you're playing with but
then other times things are really great
of them
If someone came up to you in afew months
time and said "Wow, I love you guys! I
think you 're the greatest band ever and
I've started a new language where I replace key words or adjectives with the
word FLop." What would you think ?
B: That they were crazy and I'd submit a
description of them to the cops!
Conversation then disinter grated to me
telling Paul about the time my girlfriend
and I gave him $3 bucks for a single and
six months later we still hadn't got it.
Incredibly he remembered the incident,
offered me a t-shirt as consolation, and I
left the interview vowing lhal if I ever saw
the guy who wrote that review, I'd give
him a punch in the mouth for Flop, me,
and Buzzcocks fans everywhere
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10E_g^uUI__f;_ Don Caballero hail from the
rust infested town of Pittsburgh, proving that machine driven urban areas
can, and do, spawn a reaction to the
unionized, terminally unemployed
that run rampant in such areas. Guitars drive their sound like a hi-jacked
semi, while the bass and drums are
tightly packed and greased, making
sure that the wheels don't wobble.
This four-piece instrumental band are
oneof the latest additions to theTouch
and Go label, yet guitar player Mike
B anfield has a gripe about the media
response to a band sans vocalist.
Is Giving It Away." The A-side was
culled from the Albini sessions, while
the B-side is an out lake from the
band's first recording endeavor. For
Respect was released the first of Oc-
"Yea
I   get
branded as ajazz group. There s
to be some debate as to that fact, but
I think that when some people hear a
band with no vocals they think of
Doubt it. I hear traces of the
solo Steve Hunter LPs, or the rocky
parts of Phi I Manzanera' s 801. There
is not a lot of guitar soloing in the
Don sound, bul more of a busy, cohesive drive that merges and splits at
random Part of the tightness comes
from the recent addition of Ian Williams on second guilar ("I love being
in a band with two guitars," says
B anfield). The Don songs have a flair
for drama and dynamics, and don't
be surprised if you hear some King
Crimson influences bursting through.
For example, "New Laws," off their
brand new release For Respect
(Touch and Go), boasts angular, flowing tones that are both abrupt and
precise, making the band future fodder for a feature in Guitar Player
mag.
Don Caballero started out as a
local band that decided to put out a
couple of singles. The second single
was self-released, and that is where
the climb begins: from unknown Steel
Town Fripp fans to recognition from
one of the biggest indie labels in the
"I pressed 500 copies of the
second single," says Banfield, "and
we went through all the big distributors. We spoke with City Slang, a
distributor in Germany that handles
some ofthe Touch and Go stuff, like
Seam. They told Corey [Ri
of Touch and Go] about us first. Then
we decided to record our new album
with Steve Albini. At tliat point, we
didn't know who was going to put it
out, we just wanted to record
thing good. So, while we
Chicago recording the record, we
played ashow, and Corey came down
and checked us out. We had played in
Chicago with Tar and a couple other
Touch and Go bands before, so he
might have seen us then, but this time
he was there to see just us. So we left
Chicago with a new record and a
little buzz about us going around."
While the band went back to
Pittsburgh with a well recorded, well
performed document oftheir sound,
the feeling of accomplishment was
validated with a call from Rusk a
couple weeks later, asking Don Caballero if they would be interested in
having the record released by Touch
'We were like 'Yes.' We felt
so good when we found out that we
were on Touch and Go," says
Banfield.
Asingle was released on Touch
and Go this summer past, "Our Cabal lero" b/w "My Ten Year Old Lady
There has been I
array of bands recently engaging in
what could be termed as offshoot
punk rock. Slint and the late Breadwinner are prime examples; the band-
follow an aggressive line of attack,
yet the songs are ambitious forays
into more complicated musical territory. While the Minutemen were one
of the first bands to explore punk
rock fusion, the current sound is less
funky and approaches the spirit of
"I think combining complex
and harder edged sounds is new to
punk rock," says Banfield. It's not
really a conscious thing. Bands that
are being complex with a punk rock
background are maybe influenced by
Bastro or Bitch Magnet. There are a
growing number of bands that are
leaning in lhat direction, bands who
seem to care a lot about the music, to
Ihe point of extending the instrumental parts of their songs. I know that
the last time we were on the road,
doing the east coast, we had people
coming up to us after the shows and
telling us how interesting we were,
and howthey are playing music along
the same lines in tlieir own bands."
Don Caballero's fall tour will
provide tlie nation with bills comprised of musically ambitious, like-
minded bands. Shows with Vineland,
Rodan, and Seam are on the itinerary
in different parts of the U.S.. Louisville-based Rodan is another new
charge of Touch and Go, while
Jon Fine from Bitch
Magnet's new project. Wilh the
prominence provided by the upcoming lour, Banfield believes that
Don Caballero may be opening a
few doors.
"Getting s igned lo a reputable
label, despite the fact that we don't
use vocals, should encourage other
bands to take a chance with their
style. Our getting signed means labels will pay attention to you even if
you're nol singing. I don't think
we're new to this type of music,
but...it's another step."
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studios I had reached my breaking point I was
not sure if I wis able to continue. I kept
myself going by reminding myself that
the public must not be disappointed, but
my strength had been sapped and my
endurance was waning.
I saw forty-three films in seventeen days. That may sound like a mere
2.639 films per day to a cold-hearted
statistic un but spending five long hours
out of every twenty-four at the Ridge,
Ihe Cinemateque, or other like butt-
numbing screening facility is deemed
torture by most civilized cultures.
In the name of DISCORDER
moving picture afficianadoes, I
perservered. Here, for your information
and delectation, are the pinnacles of
celluloid excitement and tbe doldrums
of movie disappointment from the 1993
Vancouver International Film Festival.
In the handy clip-out format, this
column could stay with you like a wart.
Throuout the year, the films screened at
the Vancouver International Film Festival between October 1st and 17th will
be returning to this berg both in regular
nms at local theatres and on video. As
Ihey are largely independent pictures,
their return will probably not be accompanied by alot of bally-hoo and they
may easily go unrecognized by the
greater public for the entertainment bonanzas that they are. Armed with your
very own fridgeeditionof Video Philter,
you will be able to quickly and simply
determine whether that film you kinda
sorta maybe remember from last festival is worth the $3.50 rental charge,
$8.00 admission, or time away from the
Who'stheBoss(ital)marathononTBS.
Of course, over 250 movies were
screened at this year's festival, so the
fraction of that total that I was able to
see in no way comprises a majority or
even a substantial portion ofthe whole
I was practicing strategic viewing and
generally it paid off.
I gave a miss to almost all of the
bigger budgeted, most talked about,
award winning flicks. Titles like The
Wedding Banquet (ital), The Piano
(ital), and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
(ital) will be making lengthy sojourns in
Vancouver theatres very soon. (Tha
Wedding Banquet (ital) is already playing in town.) They have and will get so
much coverage that this Uttle columnist
doesn't need to trouble her booze-addled head about them. Besides, I was
unwilling to stand in the two hour long
line-ups just for tbe opportunity to be
among the first to add my two cents to
the pile.
I also missed (purely due to scheduling problems, of course!) most ofthe
more "difficult" and "inaccessible"
films. Not to comment on its value as an
artistic endeavour, Parpaillon (hai) is a
good example of the type of film I did
not feel culturally educated enough to
enjoy, summarized by its director as
"No plot, no story, no main characters.
It's a comedy" it was described to me by
CiTR Art Director Chris Chen as "a
bunch of snippets of guys trying to ride
their bicycles up the Alps. I surmised
that too many of my dwindling number
of brain cells would be required to enjoy
a film of this nature and, in a series of
purely persona] decisioms, I stuck to
In Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
(ital), the residents of Whoville were
says by the smallest citizen of all. In my
mind, the Vancouver Film Fest was
"won" by the silliest film of all. Fong
Sai-Y uck (ital) was the most gut wrenching hour and a half I' ve spent in a movie
theatre in a long time. I laughed and
chortled and gaffawed and siggered and
cackled until it was over. Then I went
home and giggle to myself at Ihis cross-
dressing, kung-fu fighting, Billy
Kwanesque 19th century period costumed saga The plot is as self-consciously convoluted and idiotic as the
martial arts special effects but the
goofiness ofthe intentionally over-the-
top production pays off in tnickloads. If
you ever hear of Fong Sai-Yuck (ital)
hitting any of the Chinese cinemas in
town, don't hesitate to make an evening
of it Don't worry, it's subtitled in both
English and Mandarin.
Another hot Hong Kong flick that
could make a showing at the Golden
Harvest is the Jackie Chan vehicle Crime
Story (Hal). Van Damme, Arnold, and
Stallone are greedy meatheaded slabs
of flesh that could take a few lessons in
action finesse from Mr. Chan. A "true
story" of the police investigation of the
kidnapping of "unscrupulous property
magnate" Wong Fat-Yei, Crime Story
(ital) does for real what Fong Sai-Yuck
so successfully plays fun with. The martial arts fly and the big special effects
stunts explode to
ment effect. Crime Story (ital)'s action
does occaisionally become overtly unbelievable but that in no way detracts
from the film's enjoyability.
Maybe I was on a subconscious
anti-intellect crusade, but tbe third film
I would have to give uninhibited kudos
to was Richard Linklatter's pelicula
segundo. Dazed and Confused (ital). I
found Slacker (ital), that generation-
defining (I hope not!) hyperbolicalhy
acclaimed Link latter debut to be a huge
disappointment so was I surprised to
have a hoot of a time at Dazed and
Contused (ital). To say that it wallowed
in its setting would be to understate the
case. The recent '70's revival has Uttle
to do with what makes this travelogue to
1976 such a happening flick. Following
a bunch of teenagers around their small
Texas town on the last
night of school before
summer, Uttle actually
happens in the movie.
It's the great dialogue,
ironocaUy the weakest
element ofSlacker(ital),
that propells Dazed and
Confused (ital) along its
merrily boozed up and
drugged out way. And
that soundtrack! Never
have I felt closer to the
kitchen guys at the restaurants I have worked
at and never have I bemoaned more greatly the
demiseof CHRX. If only
Linklatter had included
"Hold Your Head Up"
by Argent, the film
would have been perfect.
Just as loveably
goofy, twice as daft, and
rjodem was My Life's In
Turnaround (ital). The miniscully budgeted first film effort by New York disaffected show-biz types Eric Shaeffer and
Donal Larder Ward was a triumph of
understatement. Mirroring their own incredibly incredible attempts to start their
Uves by making a film, as Eric puts it,
"We play ourselves, only dumber." With
cameos by Martha PI iniplon and Phoebe
slightly m
Alan Ginsberg, Uke most of his
contemporaries in the group known as
the Beats, is inherently charming. One
ofthe reasons I enjoy biographical studies of Jack Kerouac, Neil Cassady,
William Burroughs, and Alan Ginsberg
is that beyond their literary impact,
them seem to be/have been facsinating
characters. The fact that The Life and
Times of Alan Ginsberg (ital) uses the
author's own poetry and music to describe his personality, environment, and
history made the documentary all that
ertaining for me.
hard to believe that director JerTy
Aronson spent ten years editing 120
hours of footage and only came up with
60 minutes worth of material but at least
he lets his eloquent subject speak for
himself. If you know nothing about
Ginsberg or the Beats, this biography
will no doubt baffle you as it has few
explicating details. For those looking
for something more than Ihe standard
encyclopedia write-up, this montage of
TV clips and interviews delves into the
man described as the most talented of
the Beat poets and comes up wilh a
warm portrait of a great human being.
Spectrally opposed to The Life
and Times of Alan Ginsberg (ital) was
Derek Jarman's biography of Austrian
phi losopherLud wig Wittgenstien. Cold,
hard, and bordering on impenetrable,
Jarman proves with this tableaued biographical dramatization that he is indeed the master of pretention in British
cinema. The proverbial chip on this
director's shoulder looms large and
inhibilingly in his work and personally
I wish he would cease taking on projects
whose synopses intrigue me so that I
stop getting suckered into sitting through
his films. Wittgenstien (ital) was strikingly costumed and lit but at the expence
of the substance of the work. An interesting photograph it was, an interesting
hour and a half long film it was not.
Another British film I found pretentious, though certainly not on the
level of Mr. Jarman, was The Cement
Garden (ital). My roommate tells me
I'm absolutely wrong but I couldn't
help but think that this story of isolation
and incest on the out-outskirts of London tried too hard to be spookily taboo
and not hard enough to explain ils
grantedly interesting character's
motivations. Director Birkin was called
"stylised" by the Film Fest guide and I
have to agree with the use of Ihe adjective. Unfortunately, Birkin has yet to
become "sunstancised".
The Secret Rapture (ital), on the
other hand, shares many elements with
The Cement Garden (ital); they both are
very atmospheric and centre on with
dynamics within dysfunctional British
families. Tbe Secret Garden (ital), how
a sub-text that
the other film doesn't even whisper at.
Juliet Stevenson (Tiuly, Madly, Deeply
(ital)) is the "nice" sister in a family who
has always taken advantage of that character flaw in her. When her father dies
she is forced to deal with her alcoholic
trollopcy step-mother Tbe first film
from acclaimed stage direct Howard
Davies, The Secret Rapture (ital) is initially baffling and finally tragic but always though-provoking.
Anti-tragic, quiet and profound,
The Women from the Lake of Scented
Souls (ital) is a modest look at small
town China Leaving politics to others,
director Xie Fei focuses on the Ufe of
X iang Ersao, a highly successful sesame
oil maker whose domestic existence has
Utile lo envy about it In an astounding
performance, Siqin Gaowa portrays the
matriarch Eraso in all her tough vulner-
abiUty.
If you dig a hole in China deep
enough, the Shanghai youth used to say,
you would burrow all the way to
America. Director Nancy Savoca's submission to the film fest Household
Saints (ital) is the strange and moving
tale ofthe less vocal gender. New York
neighbourhood settings are probably the
most popular in film history, bul Household Saints (ital) shows the other side of
the coin. The melodrama and bombast
are left aside in favour of a quirky script
and great performances by Lili Taylor,
Tracey Ullman,and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Romeo Is Bleeding (ital) shows
us a more familiar Big Apple. The festering cesspool of police corruption,
mob rule, and ceaseless violence oozes
into every scene so malodourously that
the action would have been cartoonish
if it weren't so grim. Romeo Is Bleeding
(ital) had its moments but my tolerance
for this sort of film, and for Juliette
Lewis one of its stars, is rapidly dwindling away. Lead Gary Oldman makes
the film watchable as the cop trying to
play both sides (the force and the family) against the middle but even he
couldn't settle my stomach.
There was a time when filmmakers didn't feel the need to show gratuitous violence in order to make an entertaining movie. Yes, that statement could
easily have been made by Michael
Medved or your local Reform Party
candidate but, honestly, I meant it in a
completely non-judgemental way. Classics like The Hunchback ofNotreDame
(ital), The Adventures of Robin Hood
(ital), and The Theif of Baghdad (ital)
can simullaneiously exist with modem
cinema and they did at the Dream Matinee series during this year's film fest.
The big screen is definatley the place
these grandiose extravaganzas belong,
especially Hunchback (ital). It is unfortunate that the Vogue is no longer
equiped as a movie theatre and had to be
converted for the festival. The temporary nature of the screen and sound were
a bit too evident. The Stanley would, of
ers Theatres exist perfection is most often impossible.
Perfect would hardly be the adjective I would use to describe the 1993
Vancouver International Film Festival
but, dam it they try so hard. Surprisingly, I found many of the selections to
be not the mesmerising celluloid wonders I thought Ihey would be but that can
probably be put down to apexing expectations. The biggest disappointment of
the festival was ironically the most pbysi-
cally painful also. Stalingrad (ital) was
recommended to me by the paper, by
the festival guide, by word of mouth,
and by the peoples of Germany, where
it was the most popular film of the year,
as a stellar achievement ofthe screen. It
was instead two and a half hours of
bloody war scenes interspersed with
scenes of men freezing and starving to
death. Stalingrad (ital)'s ultimate message - War Is Evil - was one I hardly
needed such a lesson to leam. The grisley
images and plodding story line were
coulped with the intensely uncomfortable Ridge Theatre seats to make
Stalingrad (ital) one of my worst movie
experiences in a long time.
I also felt let down by the Canadian production Zero Patience (ital),
although by no means to the same degree. Funny in parts, innovative in technique, and discuss ion provoking in content the whole just did not add up to the
rolicking good time I was led to beUeve
it would be. Which is not to say that I
wouldn't recommend the film to those
interested in the premise of a fantasy
musical about AIDS. I would only suggest that they make allowances for the
director's inexperience wilh the feature
film medium and the Canadianess ofthe
technical quality.
To end at the beginning, the one
thing at the film fest that thrilled me to
the cockles of my heart (wherever they
are) and gave me goodwiU towards everyone involved with its organization
was the Opening Night Gala Completely caught my surprise when I got
my invitation, I was overwhelmed by
joy when I read the names of the event's
sponsors: Starbucks and Smirnoff. I did
go to the film portion ofthe evening and
I'm pretty sure Digger (ital) was an
okay feel-goody sort of thing. But my
primary directive there was to get drank
wilh the rich and famous and that I did
with considerable elan. I (hink. So to
conclude this special film festival Video
Philter, I'd like to thank the organizers
of the festival for the films, the has
d'oeuvres, the coffee, and, most of all,
the Vodka. God Bless You.
NOVEMBER ^)  I-
E REPP KRQSSI
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HB
HOW CAN YOU tell that
interview is going to be harder anyway.
than you
J__,' by Heather
You wake Campbell
I'm supposed to be up
Did yoo
at 5:10 a.m.
and you can't get back
to sleep because you're going to
interview your favorite band at
9:30, so you lie there awake
until 7:30, then get up, wait for
their call at 9:30, and they don't
call, so you call their rep and he
says that you're actually
supposed to call them, and he
gives you the number of the
hotel that they're staying at in
Hamilton, Ontario, and you call
and ask to speak to Jeffrey
McDonald but the desk clerk
says there's no one there by the
name McDonald, so you call the
rep back and he tells you to try
asking for their tour manager, he
gives you their name, and you
call back again and get through
to the tour manager, but he says
the band is in a different room,
he can't transfer you, and you
have to call back again and ask
for their room, which you do,
but somehow your call gets lost
between the hotel switchboard
and the room, so you call the rep
again and he calls up the hotel
while you're on another line,
gets a hold of Jeffrey McDonald
and conferences the two calls
together, so that you're finally
talking to who you were
supposed to be talking to 20
minutes ago, only to find out
that you've just woken him up.
Redd Kross are brothers
Jeffrey and Steven McDonald,
who sing and respectively play
guitar and bass, with Gere
Fennelly on keys, Brian Reitzell
on drums, and Eddie Kurdziel on
lead guitar. They are currently
on tour to support their new
album, Phaseshifter. When
Discorder did finally talk to
Jeffrey McDonald, this is what
he had to say.
Discorder: Did we wake you
up?
Jeffrey McDonald: No, actually,
I was supposed to be awake
already. Well, I was a little bit
asleep but that's fine because
night?
Yeah,
we're in Hamilton.
It's really a nice place. It's
kind of cool, it has its
character.
I read in your bio that you
changed your name from
Red Cross to Redd Kross
because of a lawsuit, but I
also heard a rumor that yoo
were named after a Shonen
Knife song. Which is the
real story?
No, that's not true. They
wrote a song about us and
then we wrote a song about
them. ["Shonen Knife" on
Third Eye].
Not only are you rock stars
but you're also movie stars.
When you made that movie
Spirit of '76, you got to meet
both David Cassidy and
Leif Garrett, who must have
been childhood idols of
yours. Was it weird to meet
them?
No, not at all. They were very
cool. If they were total
showbiz freaks it would have
been really difficult, but they
were actually very cool about
Well, it would have been
pretty hard for Leif Garrett
to pull some kind of ego
trip, considering how his
career has been going lately.
You would be very surprised
at what people try to pull...
You were also in Gas, Food,
Lodging—a bit part where
you played a bad guy club
D.J.. from L.A. What was it
like to play a bad guy?
Steven wasn't in that movie
with you, and you guys are
kind of an inseparable pair,
was he jealous?
No. It was filmed in New
Mexico, and it would have
been quite difficult and
expensive for him to hang
around just because he was
What happened with Atlantic
Records [who put out Third
Eye}!
It was two years before Nirvana
had a hit, so no underground
band had ever had a hit record or
anything. That label was
essentially geared towards
marketing very huge mainstream
acts, and so they signed us on a
gamble. They saw us play this
huge sold out show in New York
and figured that we had what it
takes, but when it got down to it,
it was a matter of lawyers
looking at who was selling
records, and they hadn't
recouped their original advance,
so they dropped us. They
obviously weren't geared
towards us at the time. It worked
out in the long run.
So, that's why you chose This
Way Up, because it's a smaller,
you guys kick bim out or what?
He didn't want to play
anymore...not with us. He wanted
to mellow out, do something
different, because touring and
everything got too intense for
him. He has a recording studio
Eddie Kurdziel (who replaced
Robert Hecker) has a totally
different style. Does that have
something to do with why you
replaced him?
Yeah, a little bit. We wanted
someone who had more of a
heavy-duty edge, and Robert was
getting really progressive
sounding. But, you know, that
wasn't the problem with us,
really. Robert couldn't stay, he
just wanted to do something else.
Does he have his own band
Yeah, they're called It's O.K.
of ours. Their company up in
North Carolina makes our T-
shirts, a very PC company, and
they asked us if we wanted to do
it. We said sure, recorded the
song in our garage and gave it to
How do you fed about the
recent '70's revival, because
you've been doing it since at
least the mid-80's? Do you feel
like you've been ripped-off?
No, not at all. Actually since the
early 80's. Most of the stuff that
people are into, they do it wrong.
We always mix a lot of 60's stuff
Yeah, exactly. They knew what
they were talking about, so it
wasn't so silly. But we're still on
Polygram, they're really nice
people.
Is Thu Way Up a little more
open to less production on
recordings?
Oh, no. No record label has ever
told us how to make a record,
that's never happened. It's never
been an artistic clash. It's just
that Atlantic didn't know how to
sell our records, that's all. This
Way Up's a little more clued in
because they're more involved in
underground music. The people
who make up This Way Up
definitely know what they're
talking about and they know
re about the stuff we
Are you good friends with
Jellyfish? Roger Manning looks
and acts just like Steven on
sUge.
Yeah, we're good friends with
Roger. They're a really great
band.
How did you get involved in the
Freedom Of Choice compilation? [A CD compilation of
"yesterday's new wave hits as
performed by today's stars,"
from which the proceeds go to
Planned Parenthood.]
The people that did it v
friends
Yeah, I can hear a more
garage-y sound in your new
We've always been a garage
band, we just wanted to make a
record that sounded like us, just
the way we sound live, and
hopefully that happened.
I can hear that, especially in
the keyboards. Where did you
find your keyboardist? She's
really great.
From San Francisco. She was
playing around a lot and she had
a cabaret act in San Francisco.
She said that she wanted to tour
with us so I went and saw her and
asked her to be in the band.
Is there anything you want to
say about your new album?
We made it,  we love it, go get
NOVEMBER (§ h&
.'"""• Xm   no mor« Potent a recip.
for an utterly nightmarish acid trip
than a auddon naar daath experi-
This was my second endeavor, as the agent of
Discorder magazine, to review a show by the
illustrious Urge Overkill. Two years ago they *
weren't nearly so illustrious and played to  ,
only a fair-sized crowd at the Cruel Elephant,
in its very first incarnation on Granville \
St... Then, as now, they were (in their own
words) "lean, focused and ready to rock," ■
complete with (recently patented) UO medal- N
lions, the customary (now annoyingly overemphasized) suave sexy stage clothes, and bad >.v
attitude to spare. As was proven true on all
counts at their most recent show in Vancouver,
very little has changed. What has changed, of
course, is the climate of rock these days (the
days before Dave Pirner and Eddie Vedder were »
parodied on SNL. . .sigtii    and Urge have
successfully climbed aboard the steamship
bound for superstardom. Aah, and with David
Geffen at the helm, a stiff martini in hand,
and the very forces of hell behind them, no
wonder they look so smug in all their carefully
orchestrated photos. They smile with the sweet
knowledge that they are picked to click.
My first review never really got written.
My time spent in the company of Urge was so
traumatic I was weeks recovering, and then it
seemed pointless. Trie July 1991 issue of
Discorderfeatured an interview with Urge in .
which they made reference to "a girl on acid ,
who fell out of a truck." Sadly enough, that i
girl was me and, furthermore, I flew (through i
the air about twenty feet) out of the back of r
a pickup moving at a fair clip. Miraculously,
I was unhurt; I almost seemed to rebound off I
the pavement and in a millisecond was standing I
on my feet. UO was openly impressed with this f
display, enthusiastically addressing me from
the back of the truck now down the road - "Oh,
my gawd, that was sooo graceful!" Needless to i
shaken.
Part
". ..this band waa a «
moat definitely contr
gated to. Lord Satan
ctually obli-
himaalf..
The Town Punp was packed to the gills and rife
with juicy rumours when I arrived. Could it be
true? Could Blackie, in a fit of ill-temper,
have punched the short order cook at the Town
~^t Punp, Tony, and broken his glasses? Not only
L)     that, but the story goes that during the course
>•■»  f*  of the altercation he also delivered the
_< ^j  ultimate low blow: a nasty racial slur. Urge
J*"*1 X  Overkill weren't going to play, the staff of
•v  r  the Pump were ready to kick the living shit out
*^i- \ of the band and were seriously contemplating
»-- \j^ pressing charges. Timbre productions, in the
^■;     most precarious of situations, were forced to
\ <^ be masters of diplomacy. They commissioned the
j^ <[   help of Paul Moes who located the band
!>
nd somehow
strippers at the Cecil Hotel
convinced them, by what means I ,
a_< play.
Suddenly they were onstage. What assholes,
I thought. Well, they look good, I acquiesced.
Okay, they look great. Okay, Nate Kato's the
sexiest guy I've ever seen. Okay, they rock,
but who needs them? They're all obviously
decadent drug addicts, conceited and even more
smug than in those damned photos. They've
proven themselves to be jerks and, ultimately,
they're empty. There's nothing behind that
£.
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flashy glamourous extei
r and :
.'11 catch up
•ith them i
■tvUffi*
d-tCA
■ rt
 no more potent a recipe for
n utterly nightmarish acid trip than a sudden
r death experience. Add a swinging party
'ith raging bonfire and live death
metal band) at Vancouver's notorious Plaza,
a dash of sex-starved smarmy rock band, stir
and PRESTO! I ran away from the party
screaming, "I hate Urge Overkill!" National
and Blackie were both too busy with the groupie
actic
  :al exit from the
party. Perhaps some of you are familiar with
the eight circuits of the human nervous system
- I accessed my neuroatomic circuit that
night. It is imprinted by shock and
experience (helped along by those hallucinogens) and concerned with quantum consc:
ness and non-local awareness. As I ran
through the sinister streets of the East
stoned and hysterical, I realized that
rock'n'roll archetype had shown her
intriguing face in yet another guise - that
of National Kato, Blackie Onassis and King"
(Ed) Roeser - and that face was branded (most
unfortunately) indelibly in the deepest
= of my mind.
the end. Urge had sold out
petty way possible. They
ing up to the brass ring, dicks in
"Do you Uke it baby?" and if you don't, "]
a quarter to go call someone who gives a fuck
Urge always has a quarter for these people.
It is noteworthy to add that, having fully
recovered from my previous hallucinogenic trip
with UO, and in an effort to procure an
interesting review foiDiscorde*- I naughtily
ingested a few cups of mushroom tea before the
show. It wasn't long before I began to recall,
rather vividly, my previous experience with
the band: National repeatedly turning up my
stereo against my wishes; being virtually
kidnapped and driven away in the pickup truck;
Blackie with his arm around me "Come on, baby,
let's go check out this party;" flying through
the air... running screaming down the street.
The band loomed larger than life, arrogantly surveying the crowd with heavy-lidded
eyes. And when National announced between
songs, "All you girls can sit on my dick, " there
was not a doubt left in my mind, this band was
a servant of, and most definitely contractually obligated to, Lord Satan himself. Yes,
they were conductors of pure evil. Yet at the
same time (isn't life full of strange dichotomies?) I was drawn in by the high energy
throbbing rock beat. Contrary to my habit, I
found myself moshing rather wildly with
assorted dumb jocks-and it must be admitted,
even performed a well-executed stage dive.
I
a1
y.
Town Pump security certainly had a time
keeping control at the front. The pit was
fierce and sweaty, comparable only to that of
a Superconductor gig. Their true will was to
rock our world - and no woman or man said nay.
I have a vague recollection of holding my
lighter in the air during a particularly
a ""^.moving number. No, that wasn't my voice
K" ~\ heckling the band between songs. Good god, I
««, blush to think on't, I was grabbing for the
^v butts of cute boys unknown. For, yet again,
Jv    I was rendered insane, and perhaps perma-
f\*^r nently marked by the carnal energies of the
;i--^ Urge. Looking around it was obvious that I
•v" r wasn't alone. That's not to say there wasn't
•*J I a tangible faction of people that didn't enjoy
1 ^\   ( the show, for a variety of reasons. Foremost,
v *   I deduced, because UO weren't likeable. It was
undeniable that the band appeared to have
r-^   little, if any, respect for their audience.
r-   Not very indie rock of them, was it? They
sinply reeked of up-and-comingness, and in
the competitive,  over-saturated  (no pun
intended) scene, most of the jaded folk could
take it or leave it. Secondly, spurred on by
the bands demeanor, popular opinion seems to
have rallied on the side of Tony, the cook.
At any rate, no one expressed their disapproval of said altercation via their consumer
power-all of Urge's merchandise sold out,
entirely. After a couple of spirited encores,
UO was rushed out of the club, presumably to
avoid the out-for-blood Town Punp employees.
Part 3:
..a few minutes later Nash and I
ced over and Blackie had dissolved
into tears on the couch."
rrived at the hotel, King told me kinda
snidely that the band had to change into their
post-show outfits before they would receive
me. I meandered around the lobby of the Chateau
Granville where I caught sight of a police
officer, who I correctly assumed to be
assigned to UO's case. Finally, I was greeted
by a visibly shaken Blackie, nursing a painful
wrist. To my surprise he was very pleasant and
seemed glad to have someone to talk to
regarding his possibly pending litigation.
His side of the story (deny it if you will)
is as follows: According to Blackie, the cook
said they would have to wait one hour for their
meal, and although annoyed, they agreed to go
hide time in the dressing room. Allegedly, the
cook tried to prevent them from going
downstairs for some reason, "words were
exchanged," then push came to shove and the
r.ext thing you know, both are on the (filthy)
Town Punp kitchen floor. He denies making the
racist comment. Blackie went to get some more
ice for his wrist and I puttered around the
kitchen, brewing some more mushroom tea. I
couldn't help but admire the alcohol rider,
consisting of several varieties of hard ,
liquor in 40 oz. bottles, much beer and UO's
favorite kind of champagne.
a. true-life testimonial
by Kimberly J.  Rowan *
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Enter National Kato, who regarded me
coldly and then asked, "Look, who are you?*
I reminded him of our previous adventure and,
lo and behold, his face broke into a warm
smile. "Why didn't you say so? We've been
stalked by weirdos before, that's why I
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They wanted to know why I hadn' t brought
any friends with me. Where was the party? They
conplained that people treated them differently now that they were rock stars. We got
stunned. They didn't      onto talking about male/female relationlike instruments of Beelzebub, I thought.     ships; I was floored when Nate inquired (in
In fact, they seem extraordinarily nice.        all sincerity, I swear it) "What do women
I must say it was well worth the wait for     want?" You mean this guy doesn't know? My —
National's post-show ensemble. Hip hugging     stoned diatribe on how women want to be
black jeans, a patterned, elegant smoking     treated as individual, intelligent beings v
jacket (open to the waist, sans shirt), an     and with the utmost of respect was inter- J.
exotic beaded choker and a pair of ridicu- fi$3 rupted by the arrival of the roadies, anxious s
lously hip mohair clogs. My description ^B3 to join the fun. Certainly, I should get a few ^
doesn't, begin to do it justice. Of course, ^Kj] points for trying. Now on a roll, I quickly ^
Blackie said it best and I quote, 'the man HHl killed the mood by trying to convince UO to
makes the clothes.. ." Evil as he may be, the JfBu  dunp Geffen and market their own commodity a
devil sure knows how to turn a girl's crank. , V(  _a Abba. Luckily, Nash (a Capricorn) is a
Blackie returned with the ice and we began 'I  patient soul and listened to my ravings at
talking about UO's last visit to Vancouver. ^      least with feigned interest. He assured me,
They apologized for coming across like ■   though, that Urge was "doing all right" under
assholes and remarked that, after some   _^ the financial wing of DGC. The roadies were
deliberation, they had decided that if I  —^. openly disgusted by my anti-establishment
hadn't been on acid that night I most   \ sentiments. They began petitioning Nate to
definitely would have died falling out of the  ^ rent a tour bus. They argued it was
; about to point out that if I  V; unnecessarily uncomfortable for the band to
d fucking stoned I wouldn't have PjI travel in two vans. UO deserved the best. I
the first place. . . but the phone ^~*~- sensed their real intentions. They were
the police. The incident would   -working for the great corporate beast 666.
■ ,V V be forgotten if Blackie apologized to Tony  <"^    "Spend your money, Nate!" they said.
~^-, v over the phone, which he did, and arrangements   ^    I couldn't bear even the thought of his
>w ' were maae to pay for the broken glasses. I   ■< key member status rendering him hopelessly
O shared a snicker with Nate as we listened to  **»• and eternally debt-ridden; his fifteen
t^ n Blackie deliver a self-deprecating (though I ^~* minutes of fame long having passed. "No
^^  sensed insincere) apology. He called the party - •*•*• don't! Save your money Nate! " I shouted. I
^ I on the other end "Sir" repeatedly-whether it v  ( carried on with the roadies in this fashion
a   was Tony or a cop, I can't be sure. On the ^  for a few minutes but I need not have worried,
/"^ • coffee table was a note-pad on which was ~ V- capricorns are frugal by nature. The roadies
v_b»**" scrawled in Spartan, determined handwriting . h left fairly quickly. I felt vaguely respon-
"IT'S ALL OVER NOW." Nash explained proudly \  sible. The evening drew to a close with
S>       that he had written it at the climax of the .^ ^ another nightcap and an amicable chat about
a_ «■ communication breakdown between Urge and the ^ (life in the global village.
-. T- ^  Pump, when it was thought
l^T^/npathy from me. I was stone cold and
offered to take him to the hospital instead. "** ■
'• We walked to nearby St. Paul's where, to make ^5>
'- long story short, he was diagnosed as "\
jhaving a broken (in two places, no less)
ent back to the Hotel with a cast
28th birthday, making him a
IVirgo.). Now that it would seem that the
whole tour was threatened by his injury, a
band meeting of sorts was held over
, breakfast. I found it odd that Ed wasn't at
the meeting - I think this is significant.
I Come to think of it, I had seen him but once
during my discourse with others in his
party.
It was quickly decided that the fight
wasn't going to ruin their career and the
tour would go on despite Blackie's inhibi-
tive cast. They seemed in good spirits as
they signed important-looking DGC documents
and discussed upcoming gigs in LA and San
Diego, where they were to perform with
Chrissy Hynde and rendezvous with Rosanna ,
Arquette. Then it was time for sad goodbyes,
l UO flew off to pack up the van and fill
Blackie's prescription for pain-killers at
II London Drugs.
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Timbre Productions and the show was not to go
on for a hyped Vancouver audience.
We shared the mushroom tea and watched old
Steve McQueen movies on the tube. Blackie
remained tense, even though the incident was
over with and no charges were going to be laid.
A few minutes later Nash and I looked over and
Blackie had dissolved into tears on the couch.
If I had to hazard a guess whether it was a
raw conscience or his sore wrist that had
driven him thus, I'd wager on the wrist. There
was a definite emotional edge to his outbreak,
however. Nash, concerned for the well being
of his friend, implored me to "Do something! •
I didn't quite know what to do but his truly
sorry state appealed to my maternal instincts,
so I put my arm around him and tried to be a
little comforting. I sensed he was about to
reel off into a bad mushroom trip
wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy
someone who
National changed into his sleeping
attire (boxer shorts) and went to bed with the
radio on unbelievably loud. After yet another
tequila I left Blackie on the couch and
crawled into the empty bed opposite Nate.
Discorder  review indeed, indeed.
I fumbled around on the nightstand
trying to turn off the blaring radio,
secretly hoping National might wake up and
sweep me fervently into his bed. Alas, he
slept like a log, snoring ever so slightly.
I weighed out the odds of rejection if I took
matters into my own hands. Cursing myself for
not clipping my toenails that morning, (and
noticing a festering cold sore on Nate's lip)
I prudently decided to keep my desires in
check. I contented myself with watching him
Later, a significantly less attractive
Blackie crawled into bed beside me whimpering
about his painful and swollen wrist. His bedtime attire was the same as his post show
outfit: tour-weathered black jeans and a
mustard colored velour blouse. He was
obviously looking to garner more maternal
" a ' "-; /
fear I try the readers patience. If I \/\
^  ramble on too long it's only because this f\  r'
*^. second bout of neurological irrprinting has -
v^_ left me irrevocably-how can I explain-
^ unwhole. Forgive me, I shall try and tie (v,  (^\
**-> everything up quickly.
"v-*   Rumours about the show were the talk of r£\  %
' •-. the town for weeks; local gossip king, Grant : ;  rf
Lawrence, received phone calls from curious "'  -\
«s record execs (and we're talking major label,  -\» V
\i' -honey) as far away as Toronto the following  '^-s , ;
-^" day. Another juicy tidbit that Grant threw - r\  (
my way is that UO is banned from Maxwell's  r. "-
nightclub in Hoboken, New Jersey, as a  ^ ".
>. result of a similar incident. If this is   r\ r\
I *3 true, I don't know. I certainly hope not.   •' *^J
J Rumours spread quickly to scenesters in ~!
Montreal as well. [It is interesting to note
that UO's date in that city was cancelled __^^,
because they didn't sell enough tickets.]
The consensus of the Vancouver rock community? The Urge is GUILTY, and worse!       '0
Timbre Productions' response to the
conflict? "No comment." I too, of course,  ij  £
would like to avoid dirtying my hands by  ^
"passing public judgement on the matter, and
I hope I have successfully done so. The fact  VX,*
is, no one really knows what went on in that  c*' >
kitchen except for Tony and Blackie. The   . \\
' rest of us are forced to wonder for all -'-"^
lity.
But seriously, folks, v
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ration of Planet Earth on their
■tive mind - which side they're working
can't determine. For all of you who
0 respect for the accessibility and
1 banality of Saturation,   I URGE
you, dig deeper! UO haven't played all their d\,**>
aces just yet. I suspect that after drawing t>*a4
ia erna     ^n t^e ^gggg they' ii surprise us with a "**
'"-' i  (. &s /.-punch to the solar plexus, perhaps with a X ,__,
/.  /    veritable Sergeant  Pepper album! After
Ji-    /__£  a11' 0r9e Overkill is the stuff conspira- -  _
"/"  torial cult followings are borne of.
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NOVEMBER $ Discorder had the fortunate opportunity to talk with Suzette Fontaine, singer of the
Tulips. Anything that has and had to be said are included in the interview, so read it
and then go buy their first full-length release, Jack Mag (Sonic Bubblegum).
Discorder. I got a big bio saying,
basically, who you are, what you sound
like, what you've done and whatever,
but why don't I just get you to say it?
Can you teU us where the Tulips are
from?
Suzette: We're from Boston, but that doesn't
mean anything cause everybody's from
Boston. But no one's really from Boston, ya
know what I mean? Everybody comes here to
get jobs or to go to school, but nobody's really
from here. It's where we all met but we're not
very New England. New Englanders have a
certain feel to them and we're not very much
like that.
Why did you all decide to go to Boston?
Is there a good music scene there?
No. Mike [Mibarger, guitarist] went because
it was his first real job, I went 'cause I was in
love: we just all ended up in Boston. We all
met because we'd see each other at clubs with
similar bands. There are always a lot of
bands in Boston which is one good thing
about it.
Is it mostly a bar scene?
Ya, unfortunately. It's so silly to have a music
scene so dependent on a bar scene when so
much of the population is under twenty-one.
But that's the way it is here.
In some places in the states, if you're
under twenty-one you can get in to see
bands at bars but you just can't drink, is
it that way in Boston?
Some shows are like that, like nineteen-plus
shows: you have to be nineteen for some
stupid insurance reason. You can see the
show but you can't drink and you get a little
arm band or something. But a lot of shows
you can't even get into. You can be under
nineteen and still like music. It's really hard
and we don't have a lot of all ages places to
play.
Do you play outside of the city?
Ya ,we play New York and we did a couple of
dates last week in Columbus and Cleveland
— we did the Ohio world tour. It'd be fun to
have the same line up so we could just go
everywhere and do everything instead of
stop. Start. Stop. Start.
Is it bass players that you keep going
through?
No, the whole band. Basically, I started the
band by getting all these people in other
bands to play a different instrument so they
would have fun. I can't sing, I can't play an
instrument, so I decided I needed a band for
therapy. So I enticed all these people away
[from other bands], Tim Shea from Green
Magnet School got to be on drums, when he
normally played guitar, and Mark Odode,
from this really hard band called Cudgel to
play a melodic guitar. Mike was a bassist in
this little band called Sugarburn, but he
got to be a guitarist. Lisa was a DJ at a
local radio station and she'd never played
bass before, so I thought it would be cool
to have someone in the band at the same
level as me. It was fun. We did one single
and played a couple of gigs then
practically got a whole new line up. Green
Magnet School started doing a lot of stuff
so we had to say goodbye to Tim for a
while. We got a new drummer and our
bass player moved to Chapel Hill for her
big job. Mark thought he didn't have
enough songs to go around for two bands
so we got a new guitarist.
Who in the band does the writing?
The whole band. I do words, of course, 'cause
I'm the one who has to sing them. Mike will
come in with a chunky riff on guitar that
sounds close to a real cool bass line, 'cause he
was a bass player, and then we just kind of
build up around that With each song you can
definitely tell who was in the band at the
Has the sound changed since Kate [Mc
Laughlin] became your bassist?
Ya, it's become more complex because Kate is
very, very good. Not that Trevor [Prat]
wasn't This girl Trevor was our bass player
before Kate and she was a real Jesus Lizard-
style bass player: really heavy and really
repetitive. Kate is very diverse, so our songs
get a lot more complex. It's fun to play all
sorts of styles. Last week we played five
nights in a row. I love hard stuff and metal
but at the end of those five nights I thought,
"God, I want something with a melody and a
beat I can dance to." It's really fun to get up
and scream your guts out, but, really, how
long can you do it before you're a poser? I
mean, how long can you really be pissed off?
Maybe our next thing will be kind of
different.
How did you realize that you could wail
Uke that?
I dunno. I can wail so much more now. The
trick is to be able to sing well and go back
and forth, that's the hard part, 'cause once
you wear out your voice, all you can do is
kind of rasp. Someone like Kat from Babes in
Toyland can do both, and she's amazing.
People are a lot harder on women. I don't
know if it's social conditioning or if it's
actually physical, but I hear people say "Oh
my god, that grates, that's irritating" or
"that's a wailing whine." When you listen to
guys in bands [Suzette makes yelling noises
that resemble gorilla calls], they're out of
tune half the time, but I think that because
they're in a lower vocal register people don't
pay as much attention. I find guys get a lot
less of that. If you're a girl and fronting the
band you better be damn good, 'cause you're
going to get a lot more scrutiny.
Especially in punk rock. People are
really critical of women and often say
they suck or can't play their instruments, but punk rock is not about being
slick ifs about just doing something.
And sometimes even women are really
critical; they don't want to be tied into the
bimbo category. They want to know if she can
play three instruments and if she has a
twenty octave range. How many guys have to
do that? All a guy has to do is prop himself up
and just have the balls to do it. Why does a
woman have to have the vocal range of Kate
Bush and the hatred of Courtney Love? Why
can't a girl just get up and do anything? Guys
do it all the time. They have the confidence
and the security to do it because they aren't
being as scrutinized [as much as women]. I
had this guy say to me, "So, all of your songs
are about sex." And I said, "Well, it's rock and
roll, what did you think it would be about?"
Then I looked at the cover and thought, "this
is about sex." Some of my favorite bands, like
the God Bullies and the Cows have songs
that go [beginning to sing in a sexy boy voice]
"I like it like that...when you do me." If a girl
did that song everyone would gasp and say,
"Oh, it's about sex!" No kidding, you idiot! I
guess I'm supposed to get up and sing about
whales or childbirth. So I told this guy, "I
think whatever a woman does you're going to
think is sexy." I don't know if that's
optimistic thinking or if it's advertising.
Thafs how women are minimalised. Ifs
soothing for cock-rockers if they can
sum up a women as just singing about
sex and only being sez.
And in hard music most of what a guy sings,
he does with his dick in his hand. And that's
totally cool cause that's probably exactly
what he meant. Why can't I mean exactly the
same thing in my own sexual terms?
Do you think you make more of a
contribution, or a unique contribution,
because you're a girl?
I do for sincerity. When you get up and you're
thrashing around it's very sincere because
you're frustrated and have all this repressed
stuff. Some of music's angrier stuff is coming
from the black or female community. Take a
white suburban guy — I mean I love them,
some of them are my friends — take my
roommate, he's 6'2", well educated, and has
never needed anything his entire life. What
does he have to be mad about? If he stood up
and vented all this rage I'd be like, "Are you
okay?" I kind of feel sorry for suburban white
pys. It kind of makes any frustration they
show illegitimate.
I went to a Public Enemy concert and
although I really identified with them their
audience should have realized that I'm a
huge minority because I'm female. I think it
would be so cool to get some girls dressed up
in Nazi gear to stand behind me onstage like
they have guys doing. I'd feel sorry for the
really cool guys in my band if someday
someone said to them "you're in a riot grrl
band." Jen from Malachite is filling for guitar
on some of our shows while Jimmy
[Fountain] finishes up school...he was telling
Mike that he was going to be in a riot grrl
band. "You're going to be like that guy in
Hole, that freak in Hole who everybody asks
Svho is that girl? That's the ugliest girl I've
ever seen.'* We now have three girls and two
guys. I'm afraid to have all girls because I
don't want everything starting out with "all
female band" in these stupid press releases.
Wouldn't it be fun ifyou picked up a paper
and it said "All male band — Quicksand" or
"All Boy Review*? That would really put us
in a musical niche, wouldn't it? She has
breasts, I have breasts, we're all going to
sound similar. I can see she has breasts, but
can you hear it?
Your label is...
Sonic Bubblegum. Mike is our record label.
It's bad having you're record label in your
band, you're like the doctor's kids: he's too
busy dealing with other kids to notice when
you're sick. We're always the last ones to get
tour support. Because he's in the band he's
like, "Oh, cone on, I know you guys have
jobs, you can rent the van." It sucks 'cause if
it was someone we didn't know we could just
say, "Can you rent the van?" We can't 'cause
he's our friend. And if we get offers from a
different label it better be damn good 'cause
you don't want to hurt Mike's feelings.
Suzette was off to see Dick Dale play in
a local yuppie bar, but not before I made
her promise to bring her Tulips to
Vancouver next summer. Do yourself a
favor and write to them c/o Sonic
Bubblegum, P.O. Box 36504, Brighton,
MA 02136, U.&A.
18 B_SS^__£E£C^ earn art not a rock band. M thoy woro I don't
they would have boon co confused by Um decor of tho
Lunatic Fringe, where they woro booked to play,
er hat boon booking bands like Stan in thit godforsaken
hole hat to have their head up their proverbial butt, and
tonight, rumor had it they wort at tht Screaming Trees
■ show across town taking cart of tht big money. So Stan fell
' between tht cracks, left to their own devices. Arriving at tht
dub on time, they were denied a sound check and given tht
runaround by a string of Lunatic Fringe staff when they
attempted to solicit their food money. Finally, a tired, confused and rather perturbed band agreed tt let mt interview
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Discorder: Tho perception that's boon generated In tho music press Is that Seam wat a
tort of onooff project that you (Sooyoung)
started with Mac from Superchunk. Is that stHI
true?
Sooyoung Not really, I mean, it started exit like that
when Mac was in the band. We played a few shows
together and recorded our first record, but whenever we'd try to play more shows there was always
somesortof conflict just because he's in a full-time
band. It's really difficult to do two at once. Right
after he left the band and John Mclntyre came in I
guess we started being more serious...playing
more shows and practising regularly.
Wat that always your Intention, to turn It Into
another band that you could tour with?
S: Not when it started out As we kept playing it just
seemed thatth ings were going well, and we wanted
to keep doing it There's always a dilemma between
what distinguishes a full-time band from just practising for fun and playing shows around town; you
do have to sacrifice a lot to play and tour. We have
to support ourselves between tours and recording,
and sometimes that can get rough. I dunno, and
then there's all that shit wehave to put up with, like
that stuff today [referring to Lunatic Fringe].
Sometimes I think, "I should be doing something
'pure'," like playing in my basement or recording on
my four-track...
What else do you do with yourselves when you're
not on tour?
S: We dont know yet!
Reg: Nothing, I was working a crappy job for two years
which I quit before I joined Seam.
Chris: I'm a banker. I'm just taking a vacation.
I understand you moved from North Carolina to
Chicago, was that because of tho band?
S: Not really, that was because of Lexi.
Lexi: I moved to go to school there and SooYoung just
came along.
What happened to Bitch Magnet? Do you
think any of the Ideas you wore trying with
that band have carried over to Seam?
S: I guess there were some similarities...! don't
really ever think of them being that related. I
think the songwriting is pretty different.
So what makes Seam so different? It Is the
people you're working with?
S: Yeah, that has a lot to do with it...and the style
of songwriting.
Some people have said The Problem With Me
(their new record on Touch and Go) sounds
more "rock," as opposed to Headsparks which
wat maybe a little more laid back...
S: Not really. If anything the new record is slower
and more...complicated.
R: Musically it's a lot more involved than the first
record, but that only means something to
people who know about writing songs. Most
people can't tell the difference between a two-
chord song and a song with four different parts.
Does that bug you?
R: Yeah, tt always annoyed me with the bands that
I was in before, where I wrote songs that I
thought were intricately worked out and no-one
gave a damn. Yeah.
Besides Sooyoung, what do the rest of you
like about being In Seam?
C: Peace of mind. I was a lost soul before I joined
Seam.
S: It's a sort of therapy group.
R: Being in a worthwhile band is a very valuable
some people. A lot of people I know
who are in bands, it doesn't mean anything to
them. But it means something to me to be in
a good band.
C: Sure. Me too. I agree!
L  Even if I haven't had anything to do with writing
the song, I'm still excited to play.
S: [referringto his plateof pork fried rice]. ..I think
we're going to eat this food and our attitude is
going to take a 180.
R: Yeah, and we'll head over to the Screaming
Trees. Originally, we were supposed to play
with them but they didn't want us on the bill.
S: They rejected us.
L: We played with them once before.
S: It doesn't hurt at all. Believe me. I hated
playing with them; they're such a fucking
second-rate, lousy band. They're such rock
R: Junior Leslie Wests at work.
Who?
R: You're too young to remember Mountain and
Leslie West...he was this super-fat guitar
player. He was really good but his whole
stage schtick was that he was really fat.
L:  Like Meatloaf?
R: Yeah, that size.
C: He played a mean guitar, though, along the
lines of Tad.
R: Anyway, don't the Screaming Trees play
here every other day? I mean, they're so
nearby, I'd think they'd play here all the
time!
There was a point when Tad was playing
here almost every other day.
R: The thing that's most annoying about today
is that we're really together and everyone
else is letting us down. We had to leave last
night after the show and drive all the way
from Calgary to get here. We arrived on time
and everyone else is letting down their end.
That is what's annoying. We're the ones
who are ready to do ourthing and everyone
else has their head up their ass.
But being on tour, Isn't It almost like
you've been cut adrift In this vast ocean,
with all these little points along the way
where you come Into contact with people?
R: Yeah. The thing is, the people who have
come to see us at the shows have been
great; that's what makes it worthwhile
driving eight hours to a show.
S: You're catching us on a really bad day.
Normally, I swear, were delightful people!
L: Charming!
S: Better smelling...
R: You may have to strike all the comments
I've made on this tape, I'm in such a foul
Where are you playing tomorrow?
S: The BBBC in Bellingham.
R: Where is Bellingham, exactly?
It's about an hour south of the border.
It's a good town. I once saw a really good
Fugazi show there. It was this all-ages
thing, and the cops showed up and shut
It down, but then lan MacKaye talked to
them and they let the show happen after
all. It was heartwarming.
R: I swear, lan MacKaye is going to have his
own Saturday morning cartoon before we
all know it.
S: And his own 1-900 number!
R: Oh, my god! Can you imagine? And he'd
answer their questions on the show...
C: [imitating young kid] "Like, I've been going out with this girl, right, and, like, well,
I'm not sure if we should...uh..."
R: And lan would say, "Don't do it!" And at
the end of the show, he'd jump up on
stage with a cartoon Fugazi and they'd
play a song...
Seam    are
After dinner tht band htadtd back to tht club and waited for
tht show to begin — stveral hours later they started thtir set.
Initially hampered by tht mix of a sound tnginter ustd to glam
bandt, they transcended tht venue's limitations and by tht
end of tht tvtning had briefly convinced tht crast interior of
the Lunatic Fringe to perm it somt warmth and realness to spill
over into 'its otherwise hollow soul. Brittle chords lingtred,
wavts of sound crashtd overtop of strained and whispered
vocals, and a steady backbeat popped in and out to steer tht
boat. Afterwards, a small group of ntw converts gathtrtd
around tht band, who modtstly accepted their praise.
I heard the Screaming Trees played a good show too.
NOVEMBER ^) A bubbling stew of musical mayhem, the trio of Brent Facepuller (bassvox), Brad Facepuller (drums), and Ian
David Lee Facepuller (guitar), Facepuller emphasize the word LOUD in their raging live performance, which
has progressively become tighter and more intense over the years. I've heard people in the far off lands of New
York and San Francisco rave about Facepuller based on the first CD, Cranial Expansion Device, alone; it's not
too hard to believe that Facepuller may well be poised on the verge of a greatly increased popularity.
Easily one ofthe friendlier and more approachable bands around, talking to the various ' Puller members
leaves you with nary a whiff of attitude, each of them straight forward, easy going and obviously interested in
music for the music's sake. So, with a promise of increased distribution through Bang On Records, and probable
large scale tours looming in the near future, Facepuller teeter on the brink of that ridiculous world of overbloated
egoists, contractual obligations and completely insane riders where the likes of Danzig demand "time bars" and
Tad demand full course meals every time he pauses to take a break. How do they feel about these sort of things?
I can only let them speak for themselves, through the haze of slightly altered states which imbued the practise
space where I interviewed them.
On their offer to be on a bigger label:
Brad: Wr still like to have a hold on things. Being on a bigger label means it [the new release] would have
cost a lot in the record stores.
Brent: There were clauses for sub-distribution deals with other BMG labels in which they could use our
images, our logos, anything they wanted, without us being able to say anything. They own you.
Brad: I think the clause "we can exploit you any way we see nt" pretty much sums it up.
Brent: They actuaUy used the word exploit We can do it on our own; we don't need any of these people
right now. Maybe later, when our career starts to tumble into the abyss and we're over-the-hill rockers
playing country & western tunes on the B-bar circuit.
Facepuller's general optimism towards being able to control things is probably buoyed by the recent upswing
in the Vancouver scene, somewhat, especially with the increase in all-ages shows. They claim that they haven't
had to go out and actively seek a gig for awhile. People just seem to be continuously call i ng the m to set up shows.
But, undeniably, the band has had its share of lucky breaks: their first show ever, which fell through, was
supposed to be as the opening act for Bad Religion. However, this just happened to be the same night that
Facepuller were scheduled to record their first single ("Immoralizer" b/w "Snakes in the Grass" on Temple
North Records). Their second show [in theory their first] they wound up opening for Poison Idea and the
Melvins. Recently, though, Facepuller played a somewhat lousy show with Victoria bands Gus and Pigment
Vehicle in Penticton, where none of the bands were paid what they were promised—an all too common practise.
I asked them if there were any hard feelings toward the promoter:
Brent: Ian thinks that, maybe, we should just go up there and beat him up. But what the hell, you can't
squeeze blood from a stone.
Ian: We actually got away all right we broke even.
Brad: That was nothing, really. We've had experiences with promoters who've grabbed the money and
left the show before our set was over.
Brent: We've had shows where the promoter was beaten up by one of the other bands, all of the money ie band actually had the nerve to ask to borrow
was taken and no one got paid. Then a member from that si
some of my equipment awhile back.
Amidst my many digressions and increasing tendency to talk too much as the interview wore on, Brent, the ancient
grandfather of the group, was able to reminisce about old Vancouver bands and venues.
Brent: My personal favourite show was the Subhumans at the old Olympia Theatre on Hastings Street. It
[the concert] was preceded by the original black and white Night ofthe Living Dead. It's now the Royal
Bank, or something, but it use to be this old movie theatre in a sort of Italian part of Hastings.
The image of combining an old horror movie and a punk band certainly gripped my imagination. Just the idea turns
the entire concert experience into an entertainment happening, something a little farther removed from the passive
receptive experience many live shows tend to be today. In these days of stern maternal and paternal figures
frowning on signs of over exuberance, one doesn't get to see much stage diving at shows any more; an act left
to memory and fireside storytelling. Apparently, though, Brent has a more than open mind about it...
Brent: If anyone wants to come on up, they're more than welcome to take their chances.
Brad: I remember some guy jumped up on stage at the old Cruel Elephant, grabbed Brent by the sides of
the head and started screaming something. Brent just walked him off the stage and the guy backflipped
over the stage monitors, luckily, without taking Brent with him.
Brent: I fell through the stage recently — the boards sort of vibrated apart and I fell into the stage while
I was playing — I didn't get hurt too bad.
Brent made this last remark in somewhat subdued tones and it didn't occur to me until later (when I was a bit
more straight) that falling through the stage isn't something lead vocalists usually do. His sportscaster-style
headgear, which I discovered he is quite proud of, couldn't even anchor him to the safe dry-dock of the stage.
If anything, it added to the peril of falling victim to the cracks of the stage; allowing Brent the freedom to play
his bass and jump around a bit without having to worry about finding a microphone—something which
makes pretty good sense when you think about it. I should stress again that when Facepuller play, live or
otherwise, they play LOUD. They take an almost perverse pleasure in it. Even when they practise they
have to wear earplugs. Thusly, I came unprepared, resigned to stylishly stuffing wads of toilet paper in my
Brent: I feel I'm a bit of a pioneer in this respect It's a bit of a challenge to juggle two instrument cables
from my body but I'm pretty confident with the whole program. I never really step on them or get them
tangled up or anything.
So what more is there to be said?
Brent lists an impressive list of old Italian hardcore bands as being among his influences (Indigesti, Raw
Power, Negazione), Brad likes jazz drumming and Ian toys with a coffee addiction. If you're any kind of a
fan of raging, powerhouse-style hardcore, you can't go wrong with the noisy over-indulgences of Auditory
Surgical Technicians. There are also hints of a 10" EP in the near future. Facepuller are definitely a band
that seems to be getting better with time and, considering they started out on a fairly high note, it'll be
interesting to see where they end up. I
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Classical
Tired of doing the same things for
entertainment over and over? Looking for something to take your date to
in an effort to impress them with your
suave, cosmopolitan taste? Search no
further: Vancouver has an excellent
classical music scene, with enough
variety to interest even the most jaded
Sure, we've all heard of the
VSO, and maybe even the CBC
Vancouver Orchestra...but how
many of you are familiar with (or
have ever been to a performance
hosted by) the Recital Society,
Vancouver Early Music, or
Friend* of Chamber Music, to
name just a few of the organi zations
just starting their fall seasons? Wheth-
eryou are familiar with these societies
or not, the next eight months or so w ill
feature performances by some of the
world's best performers (both soloists and ensembles) along with a few
of the most promising newer
n the worldwide classical
This diversity of organizations
ensures that in any given month you
can be sure there are performances
ranging from full symphonic works
(requiring an entire orchestra, and
sometimes a choir as well) through
chamber music (written, as the name
suggests, for a small group to perform
in the 'chambers' of some wealthy
patron) and on to early Baroque pieces
(intended for performance by one or
two wandering minstrels hoping to
earn their dinner).
While any piece of music
sounds the same regardless of how
much background the listener knows,
much of the charm of classical music
comes from an appreciation of the
society it was written in and for. Like
any art form, music is a reflection of
the world that produced it. A performance by a theorbo (a string instrument akin to the lute or mandolin) and
flute of a 14th century 'ayre' (air) or
'tune' suddenly gains new interest if
one considers the medieval European
backdrop it was originally played in,
most likely being the hall of some
noble during a feast or festivity. Similarly, the mood of the world in the
early 1800's is reflected in the extrav
agant symphonic works by the likes of
Beethoven and Handel: a world of war
and uprisings but also great hope. A
piece of classical music is an auditory
time capsule to be enjoyed both for its
sound and its history.
Of course, you may just want to
forget about all of those weighty
thoughts and just listen to the music for
itself and nothing more. We are
constantly bombarded with bits of
classical nusic in everyday life in everything from advertising through
movie scores. Almost everyone appreciates it for its lyrical beauty and subtle
complexity, even those of you who
would claim to have no interest in it at
all. (No? Oh, come on, you're reading
Discorder.. .presumably out of the s ight
of anyone, right? You can admit that
you've hummed the William Tell
Overture (theme from the Lone Ranger)
or a few bars from the ever-present
Four Seasons...I won't use it against
you you have? Aha! Face it, you
might really enjoy classical music if
you actually went to a concert)
This last month has seen some
performances the highest quality in
Vancouver. This season's opening
concert for the VSO was held October
1st and featured the renowned cellist
Yo-Yo Ma performing works by Elgar
andTchaikovsky(that'sright, the same
fellow who wrote The Nutcracker
Suite). Unfortunately, like many VSO
concerts I failed to sign my life away
for tickets several weeks in advance
and thus the best I can report is that it
was probably a great performance
which would have been well worth the
price of a VSO ticket These, incidentally, are fairly reasonable on student
rates with single concerts generally
costing less than $30.00 for good seats
(orchestra B, on the right side about
halfway up are definitely my pick for
best value) in the Orpheum.
If you really want to go all out
and buy full season tickets prices are
considerably better (as low as $11 per
concert). Upcoming performances
include works by Berlioz(Oclober 30th,
31st, and November 1st), Paganini and
Mendelssohn (November 13th and
15th), and Elgar (Noveirfcer 10th). If
you want more information on these
try calling the VSO at 876-3434.
Early Music Vancouver will
start their season on October 23rd
with a performance by The Consort of Musicke (I guess the
spelling is intended to emphasize
the age of the works performed, not
the linguistic abilities of their publicist) of Italian and English works
from the baroque or early classical
era; a total of eight different
composers will be included making
this a real smorgasbord. In the next
few weeks Early Music will host
performances by Andreas Staier
on fortepiano with works by Mozart
and Haydn (in both cases, more than
one member of the family made his
living as a composer so I guess you
would have to go to the conceit at
8:00 pm November 5th at the UBC
Recital Hall to find out which Mozart
and Haydn), and by the British choral
group The Sixteen on November
26th at 8:00 pm, St. Andrew's
Wesley Church (Burrard and
Nelson) of "Music for the Christmas
Season." Early Music concerts are
smaller, less formal affairs than VSO
concerts and are in my opinion much
more relaxing to attend...but at a
cheap $ 15 or $ 11 for single student
tickets perhaps this is just my miserly
nature coming out. If you are
interested in getting in touch with
Early Music the phone number is
732-1610.
The Friends of Chamber
Music Society (hereafter referred to
simply as 'Friends'—hey.you would
abbreviate too if you were this slow
a typist and had to meet a deadline)
season opener was held October 6,
and like all of the Friend's
performances this was held at 8:00
PM in the Vancouver Playhouse. I
was lucky enough to be able to drag
myself away from labwork (no easy
task as a grad student, in case you
had any delusions that grad school
consists of sitting in the SUB with a
beer contemplating one's navel) and
attend. I found this venue almost
ideally suited to the small groups
(usually from three to eight) which
perform the pieces of music making
up the chamber music repertoire;
the seating arrangement is small and
intimate, affording both an excel-
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acoustics. The group performing was
the Quartette Beethoven di
Roma, consisting of two violinists
(both previous members of one of the
most internationally recognized
chamber orchestras, I Musici), a
cellist, and a pianist. This group has
already done numerous tours through
Europe, North America, and the Far
East to great critical acclaim. In
keeping with these high standards
they gave a stunning performance
marked by exceptionally tight timing
between the members. I should
perhaps point out that unlike
orchestral works, there is no
conductor in chamber music; and
while one instrument, generally the
lead violin, has the task of setting the
tempo and directing the other
instruments each of the musicians
must listen closely to the others in
order to stay precisely together. The
Quartette's playing made this seem
almost easy with their relaxed playing
style which produced music as if it
came from a single instrument.
The program consisted of two
works, the Piano Quartet in G minor
op. 45 by Faure and the Piano Quartet
no.2 in A Major op.26 by Brahms.
Both pieces served well to showcase
the abilities of Quartetto di Roma,
being bright and expressive. One of
Faure's pupils is in fact quoted as
say ing of Op.45 that had it not already
existed "...The viola would have to
be invented for it.." Similarly it is
interesting to note that the piece by
Brahms was the one he chose to use
in introducing hi mself into the V ienna
musical scene in 1862; given that this
was the true center of European
musical activity at that time and that
acceptance there was critical to
anyone's career in music, he must
have believed that op.26 was
outstanding. Certainly the lively performances given here would seem to
confirm the high regard expressed
for both pieces. One minor aggravation was that I was several times
distracted from the music by a sharp
hissing noise which turned out to be
the breathing ofthe cellist during the
more energetic sections; but in all
fairness I should note that my companion didn't notice this and it should
perhaps be considered a tribute to
having excellent seats and acoustics.
In conclusion, a great concert and
one that would have been a shame to
miss. You did? Well, there is still a
chance for you; CBC radio recorded
the performance for an upcoming
broadcast on Arts National. If you
really are looking for a good introduction to what chamber music is
supposed to be, I would try to hear it.
Having started so well puts a
real pressure on the Friends to keep
up their standards this season, and a
perusal of their schedule shows that
they will. A total of nine performances follow the Quartetto, including the
Guarneri Quartet (works by
Arriaga, Bartok, and Ravel on November 9th), the American Chamber Players (works again by Brahms
and Faure on November 23rd), the
Borodin Quartet (works by
Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Shostakovich on January 18th), and the
Beaux Arts Trio (program TBA,
March 1st). The Friends offer 50%
discounts on any student tickets
making these great choices for an
evening's entertainment; single
concerts thus come to $12.50, a
selection of any five comes to $50, or
a season's pass is available for only
$8 per concert over the remaining
nine concerts. Considering that on
average each chamber ensembles
hosted this year charges $10 000 in
performance fees this is quite a
bargain! If thrs sounds too good to
miss, you can contact Friends at 437-
5716.
Of course, classical music
doesn't just exist as live performances. A vast number of outstanding
classical recordings are available both
from all-round record stores (A&B
Sound, Sam the Record Man ,etc.)
and from a few specialty stores
(notably Sikora's on Hastings and
The Magic Flute on 4th). However,
as any of you who have bought classical CDs will know, good
performances in general can be rather costly; it wouldoftenseemcheaper
to hire your own symphony than to
startareasonableCDcollection. You
will note my use of 'in general' and
'in most cases' above; I am happy lo
report that within the last few weeks
I have come across at least one
outstanding exception to this rule.
The Quintessance series of CDs
come in a rather 'superstore' looking
yellow and red case which lists
nothing of interest other than the
tides of the pieces, and the fact that
the recordings are DDD (digital all
stages). No mention of who the
performers are, dale, or location; but
at less dien $4.001 decided that it was
worth getting one containing the
entire 65 minute performance of
Orff's Carmina Burana (remember
the dance piece "O Fortuna" which
was such a big hit from last year?
This is die original it was taken from.)
Upon opening and checking the liner
notes I found that the performance
was by fhe Salzburg Mozartium
Orchestra, which happens to be a
rather well known group; even better,
upon listening to the record I can
honestly say it is the best of about
five different recordings I have heard
of this particular piece. While I thus
can't specifically vouch for any of
the other Quintessence titles, I can
say tliat if die rest are even close to
this quality they are an outstanding
bargain and a real addition to any
classical music library.
Well, it looks like that's about
il for this time. I hope tlus helped to
outline the classical music scene in
Vancouver for those of you not familiar with it already, and gave a
gl impse of the season ahead for those
who are. If you liked this feature, let
Discorder know! If there is enough
of a response it might become a
regular feature outlining what's
current in local Classical music. In
, good listening!
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_ MMBlf M^SWMOMJDJWNMN^FOUR FLOORS OF FUN! aWcll it looks Uke the Victoria scene
is really happening, two new labels
started up releasing local Victoria
talent. The first is the Slow To Burn
label releasing the Shiner 7". Real
cool Crazyman cover, a demented
Captain America take-off, real sharp.
Sadly, the recording just doesn't hit
you, I think it's Just a shitty mix
actually—were's the guitars? The
vocals become overbearing because
ofthe lack of guitars—but what do I
know? Some good lyrics about cops,
peace and friends who past away—
all these seem to be popular Victoria
topics which makes one wonder why.
I hope that this is just the start of a
Victoria trend documenting Victoria bands—it seems to be one of
those cities were some unbelievable
but unheard of bands come from.
Could it be the water? Maybe they're
all island crazy? Hmram Ill guess
and say $4 to Slow To Burn Records
(P.O.Box 8386 Victoria, B.C., V8W
3R9 Canada).
The other Victoria band/label
that sure packs a punch is the Gus 7"
on Headrush Records. Twisted &
demented, it's Uke you never know
when they're going to punch you
next—weird chords, weird beats, just
weird—and the lyrics are just as
everywhere as the music. Two songs
are from the demo and two are unreleased, one of the new ones "Bad
Disco," blew me away. I saw them
atthe Hastings Community Centre a
while backandlthinkthe crowd just
didn't know what to make of them, if
you 've never heard them before they
just, well...leave you standing with
your jaw to the floor. Some serious
shit here—imagine Nomeansno,
Melvins, and the Buthole Surfers
racing towards a head-on collision.
$4 to Headrush Records (P.O. Box
5514 Victoria B.C. V8R 6S4).
From the other side of the country comes Heterophobes. Imagine
someone going through your record
collection and playing it all backwards while someone who was playing guitar leaves and forgets to turn
the the amp off. Within minutes
you're trapped in a sonic haracade
and must either run from the house
or stay and go crazy. You make the
later and therefore start smashing
everything in sight: the dishes, the
TV, the VCR, your tool collection,
hell, you even smash that cute photo
of your cousin over the mantle. And
all the while, some disturbed people
from Moncton, N.B. who just happen to be walking past with their
portable 4-track recorder—push play
and record. The rest is history—
recorded on magnetic type for your
home enjoyment. Believe me—
would I lie? (104 Verdun St. Moncton, N.B. E1E 2Y9).
Returning from my literary
voyage on the eastcoast, I stop in
Calgary to listen to a new CD compilation entitled Bloodbath At The
Chinese Disco, featuring nothing but
local Calgary talent. First off, it's on
Porn Star Records which explains,
possibly, some of the stupid sexist
bullshit the comes via such acts as
Chix Diggit and Pussy Monster, and
makes me question why the other
bands agreed to be on a comp. with
such sexist overtones. Guilt by association?—it's sometimes hard not to
feel that way. But hey, at least they
were kind enough to put Squat on
the comp. —will someone please
explain?!!! Anyways, noteworthy
bands are: Field Day kinda sound
Uke Dag Nasty (hence the name?),
Wagbeard are uncannily like
S.N.F.U., Huevos Rancheros are are
a mirTor image of Shadowy Men
F.A.S.P. and the Primrods at one
point sound Uke the Doors with a
screeching guitar in the background
and then do a totally different style
song later. One cool thing about this
comp is that all bands get two songs
so you get more of a feel for them
and all the recordings are of good
quality. (Pornstar/Sloth Records
P.O.Box 23119 Connaught Postal
Outlet Calgary, Alberta T2S 3B1).
Back at home, settling into the
rain, I have been treated with a slew
of great local talent—shining the
most would be the new Stovebolt
demo which comes with varying
covers so don't get fooled into buying two—though you should. What
words can I use to accurately describe them? I don't think I can, idle
comparisons that will only pigeonhole—but still, I will try. Mixtures
of emotion and power that blend
influences ofthe Washington D.C./
Dischord style and heavy Helmet
with noises of Drive Like Jehu. My
only critisism is that the humour of
"Pinto" steals from the emotion of
the other songs, other than that it still
sits as my local fave—maybe I'm
blind but I can feel the beauty—cool
logo too! (No address).
And from the depths of East
Van comes Sludge with their new
CD titled Coquidam— with that
name I assume they miss home. No?
The layout really caught my eye and
if you haven't realized, the layout is
something that most bands seem to
skip over, something that can sometimes determine whether or not
someone buys your product—these
guys realized that and win. Once I
pushed play it was ony moments
before I realized the bands influence—Neurosis. Starting with a demented violin intro and kicking into
heavy doom, Sludge caught me by
suprise and showed some diverse
qualities that I never knew existed.
At times, especially in the first song,
the vocals even remind me of Bad
Religion—which sounds crazy, but
works and the backing vocals on the
other tracks really ad to the recording. On a whole, this CD will ad a
much neccessay shot of Vancouver
to your collection. (Wall Of Shame
Records 2827 Clark Drive Vancouver, B.C. V5N 3H7).
Ya, I know, you probably already know that it's out and what
everyone says about the new Superconductor release Hit Songs For
Girls. Sure, it sounds Uke Superchunk, but not every song—just when
Carl's vocals sing instead of scream.
This whole disc just really impressed
me—great recordi ng and great songs
("Thorsen's Eleven" is my fave). I
still think that 7 guitars aren't necessary, I can't even see them all through
the fog when they play live, but I
guess it gives them a reason to record
all the indiscriminate noises on the
recording. Support loca] rock-stars,
attitude and all. Hey, no lyrics?
What's up? (Boner Records).
VANCOUVER SPECIAL
STARBOYS - Rhythm Satanic (cassette)
I guess this is "the more official" Starboys demo- the songs from
the first demo with another 6 or so
more songs. Really cool cover - sort
ofthe Starboys rendition ofthe "Last
Supper" including all those famous
dead people (El vis, Sid Vicious, John
Lennon, etc.). I don't know if I've
just listened to the first demo too
many times, but the newer songs
just don't even come close to
"Wasted Cobra Motor", which is
their tough onslaught in the realm of
White Zombie and Pantera. And the
lyrics, as far as I can tell (no lyric
sheet), fell into the realms of silly
but lyrics on "Retard" and "Chiba
City Baby" get my serious thumbs
down. I guess it seems that on a
whole, this demo isn't a raging at
tack - which is what I was expecting
and hoping for - and maybe reflects
the band more truthfully. They're
just kind of silly - or as they put it,
"we are the stupid, we are the retarded, we are the Ozzy Osbomes!"
Hey, wait a minute, I like Ozzy -
what is that supposed to mean?
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SOURPUSS - Another Step in the
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Cool cover, sort of reminds me
of the Dinosaur Jr. cover, young
female smoking a cigarette, real
youth rebellion ya know. Musically,
it's three rhord punk-rock with nasal
type vocals that at times reminds me
of Marginal Man, but at the same
time they do more mellow and
thrashy songs, leaving one to wonder what direction these guys are
taking. The mellow song reminds
me of something Billy Idol would
have done early in his career; I guess
I'm stuck for comparisons.
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Another issue of Vancouver's
cozy 'zine dealt in the regular handwritten fashion - some typed stuff,
too. Lots of stuff on things that don't
really matter (how misspelling Winnipeg should be punishable by ...
well, there just isn't justice is there?)
but at the same time I crack a smile
'cause I can relate to those 'little'
things and how it means nothing but
it irks you all the same. Oh, there is
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This 'zine was previuosly
known as ALL THE RAGE but
changed it's name because of a conflict of interest with their local tv
station; they had a show called ALL
THE RAGE and this was the accompaniment, but the station didn't like
the idea - so they were forced to
either keep the name & lose their tv
show or change it and keep the show
- hmmm, compromise or censorship? And now I hear that they lost
the show anyways! So... I4NI features the same stuff as before, info on
local Kamloops bands, bands passing through Kamloops and whatever
other local stuff - as well as reviews
& info on big corporate metal bands,
mostly handwritten (which is cool),
not the best layout and way too many
naked women cut-outs. I guess I
shouldn't slag it because they might
print another drawing of someone
ki I li ng me - so much for constructive
criticism! Out of fear, I'll have to say
it rules. Send $ 1 to: I4NI - Box 128,
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Havoc #11- 14 pgs-8 1/2 x 11
Cool recycled (unbleached?)
paper and a little blurb on where to
purchase such paper - cool, considering how many 'zines are printed in
this world and from this city alone, it
would be a cool trend.    Political
is for
mail-out which, from what I gather,
is a situation where you mail something to the artist and she/he will
mail you back some art made out of
it - sounds cool. The layout for
Havoc is pretty cool -1 like the bold
images and text, it especially works
well when a point is trying to be
made, (voting, anxiety - whatever) -
I just can't understand justifying - 3
record reveiws on one page, or the
'wasted space' of having 9 mail-out
addresses on 2 pages of paper when
it could all be shrunk onto one page
with space left over. But then.I
guess saving paper is a non-issue.
So anyways send $2 and then tell mc
to quit complaining about non-issues - Havoc P.O. Box 88547, 101-
13753 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC
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The Holy Bile #4 - 20 pgs - 8 1/2 x
11
I really like how a subject is
brought up, in this case by a contributing writer named Greg, and then
editor(Kevin)repliestoGreg'sspiel,
then Tom repsonds to both Kevin
and Greg, Greg replies to Kevin's
reply, and the finally Kevin replies
to Greg reply to Kevin's reply - get
it? If you can understand some of
the political context it can be quite
interesting, but sadly - because some
not-so-educated types may get lost
in the political jargon - one might
say that the message only reaches
those who are already too immersed
in the politically (dare I say) conect
scene. But the news clippings and
comments made to them add necessary humor to some of the seriousness. I'd make a comment on their
arguments but I fear the endless responses to responses that would be
sure to follow. The subversive nature of play, Youdi for Freedom and
a Kitimat scene report are just a
couple subjects tackled - don't believe me? Send JI or2to Holy Bile,
P.O.Box21541,"LittleItaly,"Postal
Outlet 1850 Commercial Drive,
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Thrill #10 -20 pgs- 4x5
This is the Utterary output of a
Bellingham band called Crayon, if
you've seen themlive you probably
have an idea of this 'zine 3 'nice'
guys, kinda cute and silly and hey -
it's o.k. to be a geek, but geeks are
cool - right? Lots of reviews in here
- pretty much the whole content -
stolen 50's type graphics (ya know,
Betty Boop type cartoon stuff) a
thing on dinosaurs, Crayon tour date
list, some words on why Jeff doesn't
ever say anything nasty. 1 have a
feeling that you can find this at a
Crayon show, or you might get this
for free ifyou order thier 7" or something, maybe a letter will be suficc,
I don't know. P.O. Box 2487, Bellingham, WA, 98227, U.S.A.
En guard - No 1 - Quarterly - 32 pgs
-8 l/2x 11
This 'zine is put out by Enguard
Records - a cooperative run record
label form Montreal. This 'zine is
entirely Canadian - which is a rare
and great thing to behold. Being
from Montreal it reflects a lot of just
fhe Montreal scene - as this is the
first issue, I'm sure that will change.
This issue was put together with the
help of a lot of people who used to do
RearGuarde-oneof the finest magazines that ever came oul of Canada -
and so it's very professional looking
- great layouts, greal photos, lots of
stuff to read. Reviews and interviews with a gazillian bands. They
request more contributions from the
west and if they succeed i n that area,
I can see them being a great foothold
in cross-Canada communications -
let's see it happen! Send $1 or
maybe $2 - they didn't have a postpaid price. 1671 St.-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 3Z1, Canada
Kaos Alternative Newsletter - #1 -
28pgs-8 1/2x11
I' m not too sure if I u nderstand
this one, the address is from Richmond but it's all about Ottawa - like
CKCU play lists and radio show
ads. Not completely, Uiere are record
reviews, weird graphic stuff, an interview with a rave D.J/ person or
something called the Prodigy Experience, a cool Shawn Scallen photo,
poetry, writing, and a big thing on
film editing using Blade Runner as
an example. Sort of every where at
once and it'll be interesting to see
what the next issue comes out like, I
hope the play lists take up less space
(shrunk type maybe?) and that the
cool high-contrast layouts take up
more. Was the last page a joke or a
statement?Hm  Send $ I or so to
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HecticTimes #5 - 40 pgs - 8 1/2 x 11
Wow! I really dig this 'zine -
sorta everything in one. Interviews
wilh Born Against, Body Count (?!).
Herbert and Vincent's Ear, as well
as reveiws on tons of records. A
road trip report on skate spots on the
west coast (they even make it to
Vancouver!). Articles on buying
cheap guitars and "Why aren't guys
called sluts?". Tons of cool photos,
comics and drawings - lots of personality with lots of readability. I
felt I could relate rather than feeling
it was a 'locals only' type 'zine.
Humour, art, poetry - pretly much a
packed issue. It has a real do-it
youself hardcore 'zine type feel.
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that this column tends to repeat
itself; reviewing the same bands
and or labels over and over again.
Hey, I won't deny it, when one of
my favourite bands puts out a
record I wanna review it! Also,
90% of the records reviewed herein I have purchased myself. Of
course I don't mind doing this because I truly love the format, but
then again I don't really have a
choice as very few 7"s are actually
mailed to me! In the month of
September I beUeve I received
three...so gripers, please, shut yer
fucking traps. Let's rock to some
good time beats!
First, is a band I'm sure I've
reviewed at least a half dozen
times because, frankly, they're the
UlZii
best! The Young Fresh
Fellows' latest 7" offering is a
spUt single with Japan's Mutant
Monster Beach Party on the
Japanese 1+2 Records label. The
YFF have presented an insane,
hillbilly rock V roller that proves
these cats are really losing all
mainstream ambitions. Please file
"Stop Breathing (You're Foggin'
Up My Mind)" under "classics."
MMBP's "Beautiful Song" is a bit
weaker in the punch-up department; it sounds a bit like a Japanese Lulu in that late-'60s pop tradition. Flat production hinders
100% enjoyment. (1+2, 601 Gloria
Hatsuho-Shinjuku, 7-6-5 Nishi-
Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,
Japan)
Also from Japan this month
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is Scratch Record's latest 7" from
Soap Job. Henshi Surprisingly,
this is a damn rocking slice o'
noisy garage rock! The B-side gets
a lil' funky, which gets under my
skin a bit, but it's worth it for the
crunchin' A-side. Oh, yeah,
charming girl vocals. (Scratch,
317 A Cambie, Vancouver, BC,
V6B 2N4)
Pansy Division are a band
who most Ukely wish they too had
charming girl vocals. Their new
single on Lookout entitled 'Touch
My Joe Camel" is another
hilarious and "aware" step forward
for this ultra-proud homosexual
band. Whatcha get are three songs
of jangle power-pop with in-your-
face lyrics set to a very gay,
throbbin' beat. Great stuff, and the
cover art is priceless.
Also on Lookout and just as
punk. Screeching Weasel have
sung about wanting to be gay ("I
Wanna Be A Homosexual") but
seem quite locked into the helero
life. Once again, the Weasels have
popped out another classic, four-
song 7" EP titled You Broke My
Fucking Heart. Hey, kids, better
than Green Day! (Lookout, P.O.
Box 11374, Berkeley, CA, 94701,
USA)
Anybody ever heard of The
Shams? I hadn't until I picked up
their new 7" on Matador. Here's
the scoop: The Shams are an all
woman, three-piece combo from
New York (I assume) who play
soaring, acoustic, astral pop most
easily compared to the Indigo
Girls or Bob's Your Uncle, really!
Personally, it's a little too slow V
slick for the T format. What do
you think? (Matador, 676
Broadway, NY, NY, 10012, USA)
And now a few from
Portland's most prolific label, the
ego-ecstatic Tim Kerr Records.
First is Everclear, who seem to
be the new darlings of the Portland
press. These guys play thrashy,
grungy punk with strong, coarse
vocals. Yes, a lot like Nirvana. A
journalistic coup? Screw you.
And then there's Snow
Bud and the Rower People,
another Portland combo, whose
"Bong Hit" is a terrible
Soundgarden esque dirge of the
unUstenable quality. It seems like
the name, song titles and band
themes are supposed to be
humorous but... The B-side
switches gears completely into a
James Brown-type soul/funk
number that starts to get things
shakin', but it's unfortunately a
little too late for saving this one.
(T/K, P.O. Box 42423, Portland,
OR, 97242, USA)
Also from PDX, the
breeding ground of such legendary
icons as the The Wipers, the X
Ray Cafe, and Roger Nusic, is
The New Bad Things, a tres
cool folk/punk combo of the
implosive American misfit variety.
Very Jonathan Richman and
Camper Van Beethoven
influenced and, therefore, a huge
hit with myself. On the B-side's "I
Suck," they call Elvis a "closet
Nazi" and a "straight-out fascist,
just like John Wayne!!!" You
gotta write 'em but there was no
address! Oh, well, beautiful hand
silk-screened cover to boot.
(Rainforest Records)
Zenigeva are the latest
"thing" out of Alternative
Tentacles' stable this month. From
apan, Zenigeva produce a slow-
6rind noise-core with deep,
ndedpherable vocals. And you all
enow that I just love that.
Futuristic Samurai rock that
stinks. Hey, Jello! Gimme some
more Evan Johns! (Alternative
Tentacles, P.O. Box 419092. San
Francisco, CA. 94141, USA)
And, of course, no 7"
column would be complete
without at least one review of a
Sympathy For The Record
Industry single. In my lavish
opinion, Sympathy is probably the
best label for siring the best of
punk, rock V roll, garage and pop
anywhere. This time, on
Sympathy's 244th release (!!!), we
are force fed England's The
Mystreated. who blaze forth
with four heavy garage tunes of
ear shattering proportions. Most
impressive here is the raw,
unbridled production, tweaked by
none other than Britain's
Godfather of punk. Sir Billy
Childish. Another fab notch for
Sympathy.
Equally as suave and
powerful is the harmonica wailin',
blues-stompin', shit kickin' slab
from Jack O' Fire The single is
dedicated to two "tarnished and
shamed" blues greats: Little
Walter and Howlin' Wolf. Fans
will not be disappointed, for this is
truly screwed up soul music! This
is the kinda meal I've been
looking for, tainted as it may be.
And they be right, clothes do make
the man. (Estms, P.O. Box 2125,
Bellingham, WA, 98227-2125,
USA)
Now you will not beUeve
this: Rock Star extraodinaire
Joan Jett produced, played and
sang on the new Bikini Kill
single!!! Who says there can't be
riot older-womyn? The three
songs are hi-fi blasts of energy and
rock 'n' roll, all with shrieking
"Rebel Girl" vocals. Bikini Kill
are finally worth the hype; this
sounds great.
Like minded riot grrls, label-
mates and the "British Bikini
Kill," Huggy Bear are also
charging forward (albeit, not with
the help of Joan Jett) in the form
of a new 10" LP. Again, the songs
are powerful assaults of punk
rock, with song subjects rooted in
the grcl revolution moulding:
"Shaved Pussy Poetry,"
"Dissthentic Penetration" and
"Pansy Twist" are all sweet
examples. Slightly more abstract
and off beat than their sisters
Bikini Kill, but still extremely
crunchy. Includes their hit single
"Her Jazz" as well. Boys, we
better watch out! (Kill Rock Stars,
120 NE State St., #418, Olympia
WA, 98501, USA)
Also on 10" vinyl this month
is Redd Kross' new six-song
EP, 2,500 Redd Kross Fans Can't
Be Wrong. And, hey, it's humour
like this that keeps most band-
afloat and sane in this cruel indie
pop world. Of course, a few good
songs help and Redd Kross are in
no short supply of 'em. It must be
said, and it must be said now, that
Redd Kross write pop anthems.
Here on 2,500 Fans... there are six
examples of said thundercrunch
anthems from this ridiculously
brilliant band. "Switchblade
Sister" could be the biggest hit
since the theme to The Greatest
American Hero. (Sympathy).
Finally, the last seven inches
ofthe month: The Archers Of
Loaf's new one on Alias. It's
three songs of jump-pop crass
from these up-and-coming giants,
and they are catchy, clever and
fun. To be honest, it's a tad hard to
describe these here Loaf tunes
simply because they're quite
original...and, it just hit me...that's
a good thing, right? Need any
further endorsements? A rumoured
fact: The Archers Of Loaf are one
of my editor's fave new bands!
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Wednesday, September
29
It was exactly how you'd picture
it. There was Steve noodling
away, with the technical precision that has made him famous,
to a sold-out venue of enthusiastic fans. His sweaty hair stuck to
his face as he played that continuous solo, there in the spotlight, transforming the atmosphere on the dance floor i nto that
of a sport s arena. The lights swept
back and forth across the stage
and long-haired girls swayed
above the crowd on their boyfriend's shoulders. This was a
spectacle of professional rock
showmanship: hand-delivered
and genuinely well-played. But
it had no soul, they were just up
there posing for us. Oh, sure, the
guy's a wizard, and he's arguably hired the best in the business
to back him up, but that's just the
problem—they parade it out.
It's hard to tell, since both
Vai and his bassist, TM. Stevens,
played for Frank Zappa, if il's
Vai's sense of humour, cynicism,
ormerely tasteless judgement behind their stage show. Who are
these other guys flung onstage to
lend spurious fashion to Vai's
decades-old style of stadium-
sized wanking? They've sure
heard a few Black Rag records,
anyway. Devin Townsend turned
in a fine performance as the angst-
filled, shirtless, bald, tattooed
frontman that we seem to be seeing so much of since the Chili
Peppers made it big—too bad he
seemed to slill be getting overhis
own amazement at landing the
role. Sometimes he'd slip inlo a
sort of Freddie Mercury thing,
and he too played a mean guitar,
but the obligatory "hardcore"
parts were awkwardly and point-
lessly pasted into the artrock. I
guess Steve's nipple pierces
weren't quite enough to update
him forthe post-eighties market.
The dru mmer was easily the
most musically and visually refreshing part of the show. A large,
weighty man with a block of
bright yellow hai r atop hi s shaved
head, Abe Laboriel Jr. played a
remarkably skilled set and solo.
(Does anyone remember John
30 E_g^a5_3_lfB
Candy as the punk rock drummer
for The Queen Haters on SCTV?)
Sadly, though, like the rest ofthe
band, he still reeked of merely
being the cosmetically coolest
one to show up for the audition.
The guys busking in front
of the club before the gig,
Jonathan and Daryl, had more
sincerity and soul than any of
Vai's employees. Fxcept forthe
drummer, maybe.
Dwayne Sutherland
Sparkmarker
Bum
10 Days Late
Pluto
Hastings
Community
Centre
Saturday,
October 9
The   Hastings
to play their instruments in the
audience.
Bum was next. What can I
say that hasn't already been said
about this amazing band from
Victoria? I love them, they're terrific and check them out if you
haven't already had tbe pleasure.
Sparkmarker played last and the
crowd was fully into them. These
guys sure are something to watch.
A friend of mine (who also bap-
pens to be their #1 fan) accurately describes them as violence
without pain. It was really cool to
be at a gi g were not everyone was
preoccupied with getting drunk
and was evidently there to enjoy
tbe music.
Smashing Pumpkins
Shudder To Think
The Frogs
86th Street Music Hall
Thursday, October 14
Tickets were 20 clams. T-shirts
were 25 clams. Too expensive?
Too expensive, especially for an
all-ages show. Despite this, 86th
Street was packed to the gills
with many sullen grungesters
quickly tying their plaid/striped
shirts 'round their waists to don
their new, cooler SP tee. Why do
some bands make and charge $10-
12 for t-shirts and others charge
$25? Do the Smashing Pumpkins
really want their shirts wom only
by those who have more money
than most? But, more about this
The Frogs walked on stage
without  much  fanfare—every-
started the show
with their pure,
ear-pleasing.
raw pop. It was a great set (enhanced by their bassist). I heard
them compared to Dinosaur Jr.,
Green Day and Stand GT. Listen
for them in the future. Next up
were 10 Days Late. Their loud,
fast and heavy music was a little
too much on the metal side of
punk for my taste but it was nice
to see some women take the stage.
I do have to wonder, though, about
any band that finds it necessary
body was still outside eyeballing
each other, trying to recapture
the glory of Expo. Standing in a
sailor suit, hitting a three-piece
drum kit, with a brown painted
face and a white painted-on frown
to match his white Phyllis Diller
frightwig, the band's caustic
frontman seemed like Ronald
McDonald's wayward, heroin-
addicted second cousin. Rounding out this least likely of bands
was a Tankhog-Hamm dead
ringer wearing silver angel wings,
and a gold-lame clad glam rocker,
both playing guitar. Their set
opener, a scathing parody of a
Smashing Pumpkins song,
seemed promising. The audience
twittered nervously. Members of
the SPs were spotted in tbe crowd,
staring intently at tbe band, smiling.
The Frog's set quickly degenerated into a stream of offensive, stupid songs, performed as
badly as possible: the drummer
yelling about bumfucks, KYjelly
and "stupid bitches." Between
songs the clown took time to obnoxiously criticize selective audience members, complain about
having driven a thousand miles
to get paid a hundred bucks and
to remind us all, as if we couldn't
guess, that they were not the
Smashing Pumpkins. I got tbe
feeling this stupid band was meant
to embody the SP's reluctance to
considerthemsel ves the "next big
thing"; while the SP's new album
is numberone on practically every
college chart in North America,
the Frogs can't find anyone to
produce their album. I was also
underthe (paranoid?) impression
that the Frogs were unleashed on
the unsuspecting crowd to teach
a lesson to scenesters, or those in
attendance who were only there
to keep up with trends rather than
any genuine love ofthe music. It
was a way of sayi ng "Fuck you, if
you are not aware of who you are
paying a lot of money to see then
we are going to subject you to a
half hour of insulting music." Was
it a big joke shared
by tbe SPs and the
Frogs? Who knows.
All I know is that I
felt relieved when
they finally left
stage. I disliked tbe
humour but wanted
to laugh at the spectacle.
Shudder To
Think were a big
yawn. My head
didn't bob. My toe
didn't tap. I was intensely bored until...
The Smashing
Pumpkins took the
stage. Bad-ass,
slouchy Billy
Corgan, garbed in a
Gbostbusters
sweatshirt, stomped
mercilessly on an inflatable pumpkin
jokester threw
on stage and when
goaded to sing during a break sneered
"Maybe I'll sing
Bryan Adams.
A great Canadian ex-
port!"Ouch! Bassist
D'Arcy's Princess Leah pig-tails
made my scalp hurt. Guitarist
James lha intoned some Bonnie
Tylerlyrics to set the mood: "Use
to be in love/Now I'm falling
apart/Nothing I can do/A total
eclipse ofthe heart." Meanwhile,
Billy threw a candy-filled paper-
mache clown to the audience, saying it represented the show—just
one big emotional pinata—itwas
subsequently ripped to shreds by
heartless moshers. Andthe drummer, he was content with his background stature. Skeptics thought
the SPs wouldn't be able to reproduce the sound on their new
(overproduced?) album. Amazingly, they did sound huge. Not
quite as ambient as the album,
but pretty damn close. Corgan's
vocals were consistently strong
and revealing. It was difficult to
not focus on him. He was an open
wound up there, exposed and bello wing for adhesive. At one poi nt
tbe music stopped for a few minutes while the band jabbered on
stage amongst themselves, looking and waiting for tbe audience
to become sufficiently rankled
before they launched into another
track from Siamese Dream (the
band chose not to play much from
their previous release, Gish). The
silence was meant to educate the
audience about itself. We were
meant to ponder where we were,
why and what our expectations
of musicians are. This works in
cinema. This works in literature.
But at a gig costing 27 clams,
including 7 for parking, I don't
need to be taught a lesson I already know by some jaded band
cashing in at my expense.
I thought the show was musically amazing. If the band is
pissed off at being dubbed the
"next big thing," I'm puzzled as
to why they seem to be playing
up to it? Why are they playing
impersonal shows on an enormous stage full of overblown
equipment? Why are they charging so much for admission and t-
shirts? Why are they featured in
every music magazine in current
months? Why did they sign with
a major label? When bands sign
with a major label the hype machine kicks in, bands are promoted to death, and a larger fan-
base results. The Smashing
Pumpkins seem discontent with a
large portion of their new fans,
those who are interested in the
band because oftheir new "next
big thing" status. But in trying to
alienate these "undesirable" fans
they're also alienating older, "legitimate" fans who resent paying
big bucks to see a band full of
self-pity and attitude. And what
the hell is an undesirable fan anyway? People should be given
more credit. People leam about
and appreciate music in different
ways. If Billy Corgan, instead of
being surly or self-piteously
whiny, had said something educational orenlightening, he might
have given some credibility to
bis opinions about tbe music busi-
But before we slam the SPs
for being despicable money-
grubbers it's important to look at
the other side of the argument.
The band signed with Virgin to
get enough money to go into the
studio and make an album they
would be happy with. [Actually,
the band was signed to Virgin
years ago. Gish and Lull were
released on the "indie" label
Caroline, which is owned by Virgin, to build the band's credibility with the tough and fickle alternative crowd...or something
like that. Ed.] $250,000 dollars
and five months time went into
tbe making of Siamese Dream-
Some will argue that this amount
of time and money is unnecessary and excessive, but if the band
felt it was what was needed, and
they didn't want to compromise
their music or themselves, then
that's their prerogative. So the
album gets made and the SPs have
to somehow pay back their fi nan-
ciers. I would assume that record
sales would cover the loan but
maybe not. Maybe they have to
charge more for t-shirts and admission. In trying to recreate the
sound of their studio album for
their live show they have to use a
bombastic amount of equipment.
Add the expense of a dazzling
light show and the swank tour
bus parked outside and you start
to get the impression that the SPs
are far removed from self-righteous, more-indie-than-thou
bands. They' ve created a big rock
spectacle, complete with all the
trimmings, and now they're upset about what normally goes
along with the spectacle, namely,
a loss of intimacy and any real
connection with the audience.
It's all too confusing. It's
too easy to say they're a sell out.
Either you respect Billy Corgan
for not submitting to the pressure
of his indie peers who would
rather he be more humble or you
hate him because you think he's
arrogant, demanding, egotistical,
ungrateful and his band is overrated. Still, I understand the opinion of those who think that the
SP's music is good enough to
justify all the spending and
hoopla. It's kinda like indulging
in a guilty pleasure. When you' re
tired of getting drunk on cooking
wine just because it's cheap you
go buy a more expensive bottle
for a change and savour the taste
while you mourn the loss of your
money.
Kirsty Smith
Reverend Horton Heat
Psyclone Rangers
Town Pump
Thursday, October 14
The good Reverend was not with
us. Physically there was a body
on the stage that looked like the
man who bills himself as Reverend Horton Heat. Sonically there
reverberated through the Town
Pump the music known as
rockabilly. But the raw-energy
pontification that raises the Reverend Horton Heat above his compatriots and competitors was not
there. Without the ranting, raving, and writhing, Horton Heat is
just another accomplished and
tight ensemble in a genre that has
a tendency towards repetition.
On following the Psyclone
Rangers, a Texas bar band that
was just fine, and unintentionally
very distorted between-band music, the trio that is tbe Reverend
Horton Heat ensemble seemed
slow to warm up. Horton himself
barely spoke. For anyone, like
myself, who had caught him as
the ope ni ng act on the Frank Black
tour this reluctance to preach was
a shocking and disappointing surprise. The music was swell but
you need 3" mutton chops, abowl-
ing shirt with "Clem" embroi- dered on it, and a keg of brew to
really get into rockabilly. And I
bad just shaved mine off that day.
Perhaps the rigours of incessant touring have taken their
toll on Horton. If so, it's time for
him to mosey on back to Texas
and recoup. He can kick up his
boots, shoot a few possum, think
about God, and do a little fornicating if he so desires. Then, when
he's
all
barnstorming rock 'n' roll church
can get rolling again. Hallelujah.
Tania Alekson
Buffalo Tom
Bettie Serveert
Town Pump
Wednesday, October 20
Woulda bad photos for ya but,
somehow, tbe photographer
wasn't allowed in. Go figure. [So.
instead, we got some Bad Religion photos for you sans review.
Ed.JSo, anyway, I arrived to find
out that the Verlaines would not
be there that night. That would
have been a rip-off if the tix
weren't so reasonable ($12.50advance is not bad for two recording acts,great for three). Another
good thing was that the promoter
bypassed those Ticketmaster
shysters, saving us slackers some
clams. However, it was at the
Pump, one ofthe shiniest venues
in town, which kinda put adam per
Bettie Serveert came on
on the strength ofthe song wn ti ng
over stage presence. The guitarists from both of these bands
definitely share abig Neil Young
influence, the difference being
that while Buffalo Tom wear it
on their sleeve, Bettie Serveert
rub it in your face, overwhelming the songs. They will hopefully leam a few things from
Buffalo Tom on this tour to fix
Unrest
Stereolab
Town Pump
Saturday, October 23
Stereolab are cool. Three guys
and three girls. Bass, drums,
guitars and two old-fashioned
analog keyboards (real live organ swells and drones, the like
of which haven't successfully
graced popular music since early
B-52s). Live and recorded
there's a sharp, no bullshit quality to everything they do. The
grooves are all infectious and up
front where they belong. The
melodies, like the vocals, are
understated but clear and true.
No gimmicks, no tricks, but
Stereolab are magical and powerful all the same.
Live at the Town Pump,
however, I'd have to say I was
disappointed. Early starting
times (8:30 p.m.) suck, ample
pretty early, with a long, dam
good pileo' tunes. I'd never heard
this Dutch group before and was
surprised at bow many songs
stuck in my feeble mind. They
play a folky-pop kinda like the
Juliana Hatfield Three but not as
annoying. The singer has a wonderful voice but the lack of backing vocals stuck out. We got over
an hour's worth of stuff from
them, filling the space tbe
Verlaines left.
Buffalo Tom came on relatively quickly, possibly due to
tbe massive stage crew they had
during the change. They ran
through their set in pretty much
the same way they always do,
pumping tbe new songs and familiar favourites. It's always fun
to watch guitarist/singer Bill
Janovitz careening around like
he's punch-drunk, yet always
finding the mike just in time for
the Unes. Buffalo Tom do what
they do really well, yet they rely
crowds are just dead weight and
incapable of getting excited
about anything, and the set is too
short—less than an hour. Songs
that drone on for six or seven
minutes on record get chopped
short live to make room for more.
Real energy only started to c rank
for the last song, "Golden Ball"
from tbe new album, but even
that was cut short. There was no
Unrest, part two of this double-bill, were nothing special.
Tbe crowd seemed to Uke them
but I was mostly bored. I left the
Pump less than twenty minutes
into their set quoting a paraphrased line from that Cracker
tune to anyone who would Usten: "What the world needs now
is another campus radio-friendly,
punky, power-pop band like I
need a hole in my
head"...particularly if it means
cutting Stereolab's set short.
Mr. Mullan
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LASH
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CAROLINE
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POPLLAMA
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BMG
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PERFCT TEETH
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MERCURY
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MOVEEP
ELEKTRA
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DROP
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GENTLE DEATH
TVT
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SIGN
CONTEMPO
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TIM KERR
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SLOWDIVE
Souvlaki
(Creation Records)
Don't always equate "shoegazers"
with "shite!" Just because the A/ME
told    yoi
lhat
band!
like
SWERVEDRIVER
Mezcal Head
(A & M/Creation)
Over a year ago, when bassist Adi
Vynes packed his bags in.it seemed
Swervedriver had died. You see,
it's very clear, Swervedriver are
rock gods. And anyone knows that
the higher powers of the universe
can not be killed by petty human
Swervedriver travelled tothe
top ofthe proverbial Mt. Olympus
that is the music industry and soon
after outfitted themselves with a
new bassist, and a new, more
intense lust for the finer things
that life has to offer.
It is easy to see by a quick
visual inspection that
Swervedriver are champions. Sure,
they may not be the most attractive
of individuals; but god gave them
hands with the velvet touch and
voices of a thousand angels.
Swervedriver realizes there are
many evils we as people have to
face; their mission is to make those
evils just a little bit easier to
contend with.
Their latest offering, Mezcal
Head, is a musical dish that should
only be served up for the most
deserving of fans. Make no
mis take...it is a sonic masterpiece.
Swervedriver have matured
musically, in the fact that they
have learned to sing and can now
play their guitars with feeling and
soul. Not that their last release,
Raise, lacked either of these, but
they had a tendency to overindulge in the areas of out-of-time
guitars and testosterone-laced
grunts. Sure, I may be
overenthusiastic, and to some I
understand that Swervedriver may
not be as important as Johnny
Mathis. but this album makes me
hot!
NIRVANA
In Utero
(Geffen)
When I was a good kid, my
would take me to Big Scoop for
always had a
single scoop of
either bubblegum
While I waited for
the girl to dish out
those   com
stared     at    the
picture they had
on the wall of this
huge ice cream
dessert. Under the
picture was the price with the
words "Big enough for eight men,
or five pigs!" I always wanted to
get some friends together to see if
we could  finish this monster
dessert. One day when I was really
good my mom took me and some
friends to Big Scoop for a surprise.
She bought us the monster. We
couldn't finish it, but it was as
good or better than I had hoped.
If Nirvana's new album In
Utero was made of ice cream, it
would be that monster dessert that
my mom bought us that day.
Justin Love
MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?
Is it...
(Estrus)
Are you ready, eager young space
cadets? Your desti nation: Auburn,
Alabama. Your mission: to seek
out and capture four elusive beings
known only to this world as
Birdstruff, Star Crunch, Dr. Deleto
and Coco, the Electronic Monkey
Wizard. But be careful — their
instrumental astro-mayhem has
made space dust of those who have
tried in the past; their vaportron,
reverb raygun and hi-hat all
possess a deadly threat to those
who are unfamiliar in their world
of pinball, out-of-work porno
actors and surfing taxidermists. If
Chapterhouse and Ride were crap
doesn 't mean you have to condemn
every band that even glances at
their DMs.
Slowdive is "punk rock at
one tenth the speed," plus a danger
(or four) and some eerie, weird
sounds thrown in for good
measure. Their latest release,
Souvlaki, is a definite progression
from \99l'sJustforaDay, where
Slowdive sel themselves apart by
creating a unique blend of ambient
pop set agai nst a wave of grandiose
guitars. This time around Slowdive
go even further by exploring new
textures in sound in songs like
"Souvlaki Space Station," "Melon
Yellow," as well as the Brian Eno
assisted "Sing" and "Here She
Comes." The vocals, as well, are
smooth and harmonious and the
lyrics drift in and out of
comprehension.  'Tis pure aural
The limited
edition version
of Souvlaki
comes with the
Blue Day EP,
compilation of
their previous
singles.
Slowdive isn't
for everyone, so
you may not like
it, but I still peer
at my pieds now and then, so there!
Paul Lump
PET SHOP BOYS
Very
(Sony)
If I told you that the Pet Shop Boys
have actually produced a truly
great album, you, being the true-
blue indie kid that you are, would
probably laugh in my face, right?
You'd accuse me of being an indie
traitor and spit in my face. Well,
the Pet Shop Boys have made a
great album. There, I've said it.
Call me an idiot ifyou like. I won't
be listening.
The Pet Shop Boys, of all
people, appear to have thrown
away their Judy Garland record
collection and begun to listen to
some seriously good music. The
result is an album that combines
their own pop suss witH Orb-like
atmospheres and a sense of the
dramatic stolen from the Kitchens
of Distinction. So we get an album
of twelve songs, nine of which
have that same orchestrated
undertow that gave Massive
Attack's Unfinished Sympathy its
dream-like quality (a very good
thing), two great pop singles (also
a good thing) and one piece of
utter, light pop shit called "One +
One Make Five" (oh well!).
But, light pop shit aside, no-
one could deny that Very is a good
call. Lyrics, of course, would argue
that the Pet Shop boys aren't
capable of making a record that
will truly move you. This would
be fair to an extent; you sometimes
wish that, just for once, Neil
Tennant would drop that English
laid back drawl and put some
genuine passion into his delivery.
But once could also argue that this
record is quite theatrical enough
Very, quite simply, sees the
Pet Shop Boys finally deliver all
that they promised with "West End
Girls." About time too...bloody
work-shy fops.
Simon Hemebryn
BUFFALO TOM
Big Red Letter Day
(Beggars Banquet)
Big Red Letter Day is a masterpiece
of modern rock! I don't think that
Buffalo Tom have broken any new
musical ground, nor do they have
any novel ideas to sing about. What
makes this album great is that it
contains eleven very well crafted
songs with a soundtrack-to-life
kind of quality. Moreover, they
include all the ingredients of great
pop tunes: melodies, hooks, and
most important of all, they deal
with things that people can relate
to, things that cover the whole
spectrum of human emotions, nol
just silly love songs.
Despite all of these, I doubt
that this will outsell any of
Nirvana's albums, because in the
world of rock, bands that have true
talents but lack shocking images
or media hypes tend to get ignored
by the masses. However, for those
more sophisticated listeners who
appreciate the music alone will
find themselves loving this album
as much as I do.
Vince Yeh
EVE'S PLUM
Envy
(EMI)
Rather than wasting
your time by talking
about the relation ofthe
character of the Brady
Bunch, or how this music reminds me of Nirvana in a poppy-
grungee-Curve-ish-Deborah Harry
type of way, or how Collen
Fitzpatrick has as much anger as a
riot grrl, yet releases it in a way,
through her grinding, melodic-
schreechy lyrics, that it is bolh
groovable and relateable. I'll
merely say INHALE THIS ALBUM, sit facing your speakers,
smoke in one hand and a rye and
coke in the olher and bitch to no
one at all about failed relationships and how everyone is slime
and the fact that "you will overcome." I hate the term "The next
big thing," but Envy is not only
catchy (my "previous track" button on my CD player has since
broken) it grinds into your emotions to the point that your living
her rage and longing ("I believed I
could save my mind"). Yes, it may
be teen-angsty, but I like it.
Kelowna
KING KONG
Funny Farm
(Drag City)
Now, here's an album that slicks
out amongst all Ihe trash like thai
trippy little house on Richards. I
play this album wilh glee for
everyone who comes over. It's the
most talent-laden, hook-packed,
catchy and perfectly recorded
album I've heard in awhile now.
These tunes would be just at home
on Sesame Streel Records as on
Drag City. I wish I had space to
write out all the lyrics, because
they are so delirious, but here's
one of my favorite: "Tornado
gunna hit the brown cow."
Each song is a total treal, the
kind that makes hunting down each
seven inch and compilation track
worthwhile. Highly recomended
for losers and tlieir grandparents.
The only problem, for me, with
songs so instant! y calchy li ke these,
is that they lend lo gel dry kinda
fast, but I'll be fully enjoying Ihis
one while I can, and looking for
DAS
LUSCIOUS JACKSON
In Search of Manny
(Grand Royal)
Maybe you saw them open for
Urge Overkill at Ihe Town Pump
way back in August. They were
the funky women from New York
with all those fly Temptations-like
on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal
label is worth your time for its
more-clever-than-most rhyming
rap lyrics: "No family jewels between my legs/My wealth is my
brain/my jewels, my eggs." Sometimes though, they lapse into an-
noyingly repetitive dance-grooves,
unredeemable by cool lyrics. "Life
of Leisure" is a cool-headed, hip-
song about
knew our next-door neighbours
and rode bicycles with training
wheels." Jill Cunniff and Gabrielle
Glaser, credited with writing, arranging and performing all Ihe
music have created something
juicy and luscious in what generally could have been a wasteland
of techno-rap drivel.
Kirsty Smith
GIRLS VERSUS BOYS
Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby
(Touch 'n' Go)
The title of this album sound like
some obscure relic of acadmia.
Like the sort of musty old book
with yellowing pages that one has
to blow years of dust off of in
order to open. This sort of thing
usually happens to the sort of stuff
best forgotten. likewise with this
record. It is fairly heavy in a
grunge-style but it has an annoying
tendency to fade into the
background. Even when I sat down
to give it a critical listen I found
myself doing some other totally
unrelated thing. This music is
ambient at best. It never really
grabbed my attention at all. The
vocals are really subdued, almost
muffled and overall the production
is far too bass-heavy. Bass is fine
if it hits hard, but this stuff has no
definition to it. It's kind of like
listening to a conversation through
a wall. It's presumptuous for me to
tell anybody what to do based on
my own opinion, but it you give
these reviews any creedence, save
your money. Go listen to a
conversation from behind a closed
ERI
THE VICTORY
TRAVELERS
Beautiful Gates
(Amec Records)
Gospel music is one of the most
American popular music. It is the
foundation of soul, funk and
rock'n'roll. It gave us some of the
greatest singers in history such as
Mahalia Jackson, Marion
Williams, Brother Joe May and so
on. Moreover, it also produced
some of the most succesful pop
stars like Aretha Franklin, Sam
Cook and Ray "Pepsi" Charles.
It is great to see new groups
such as The Victory Travelers
continue to make contributions to
this art form. Beautiful Gates is
firmly planted in the hard gospel
quartet tradition. The powerful
lead tenor pours his soul into the
songs as Ihe rest of Ihe group
supports him in harmonious
background vocals. Most of the
songs on the album are new
compositions but they are done in
the old-time gospel way. The
production here is minimum, but
that's just fine for this style of
music. Since gospel music is not
about musical perfection but it is
the singers' emotional expressions
toward their lord Jesus.
If you are a big fan of
authentic Afro-American music,
please add this one to your
collection.
Vince Yeh
JOHN HIATT
Perfectly Good Guitar
(A&M)
I know. You're reading this and
thinking you should just ignore
this review of contemporary big
label mediocrity, but hang on for a
sec. John Hiatt can be an incredible
songwriter, and a fine vocalist to
boot. His Bring the Family release
form 1987 was phenomenal for
the   songs   it   contained   and
NOVEMBER ffi absolutely bewildering in the lack
of airplay it received from
commercial radio. A few years
later, Slow Turning came out, not
as good as Bring the Family, but it
managed  to get  exposure  and
inably good sales as a result.
Il could be that he figured out
lower quality equals higher sales,
and this would explain 1991's
Little Village, an absolutely horrid
piece of crap lhat now sells for
about two bucks at AAB Sound.
This time out he seems to
have struck a balance between
good and bad, ending up
somewhere around Slow Turning.
There are some really good tunes
here ("Blue Telescope" seems to
stick out as one to me), and a
bunch of so-so CFOX-ready ones,
suggesting to me that maybe John
is just trying to rake in what he can
for now, so thai maybe just maybe
he can become financially secure
enough to make another classic:
the potential still exists. Ry
Cooder, guitarist extraordinaire is
unfortunately absent here (maybe
he was just pissed at having to be
a part of Little Village), and an
apparent collection of Hollywood
hacks make up Hiatt's band this
time around. Okay, so maybe
Perfectly Good Guitar isn't a
perfectly good recording, but I
know there's got to be a good
album from him to come at some
point in the future. I hope the wait
won't be long.
Brian Wieser
BIG CHIEF
Mack Avenue Skullgame
Original Soundtrack
(Sub Pop)
Detroit, '71 ('72 maybe), city
center. Chocolate City, you know,
with its Vanilla Suburbs. The
grime, concrete jungle,
smog, traffic, livin' here can strip
your soul down to the bone. Well,
Big Chief have just made a very
good attempt at puttin' dem
feelin's down to disc. Copin' an
awful lot from the cosmic vibes
comin' off black platters from
Funkadelic, ex-specially the
Maggot Brain, the self-titled
Funkadelic, Free Your Mind and
Your Ass Will Follow and Standing
On The Verge of Getting It On
albums. Mack Avenue Skullgame
off with a funk of its own.
This disc is nice. I haven't heard
so much genuine soul from a bunch
of white mu thaf uc kas in a loooong
time. They seem to manage this by
keepin' most of the songs very
barely above the level
of jams, havin' the bass
fal'n'funky, the drums with a lot
of foom-sound, like you're actually
listening to someone playin' some
drums, the guitars heavy — Eddie
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Hazel-style heavy, and the vocals
sparse. Add occasional organ,
shakers and horns on a coupla
tracks and record in White Room
Studios in Detroit and you're on
your way. Actually, the
musicianship of da Big Chief
playas shows through wil some
nice shit being thrown down. Or
maybe dey wuz jus doin' it fo' do
funk of it. I would still prefer to
pull out the ol' Funkadelic records
myself, but this should do well in
expandin' the minds of some of
dem rawk n' roll bands out there
lookin' for a new vibe.
Adam "Bootsy" Sloan
CLUTCH
Transnational Speedway
League
(East West)
Borrowing liberally from the
grinding moshcore style of many
post-hardcore bands with some
Bastards-influenced throaty
growling on top, Clutch manages
to sound vaguely familiar and yet
repeatedly smack you upside the
head at the same time. Like a
snarling animal threatening to
pounce that never flinches, they
deliver an angry wall of noise dirge
that never becomes a full throated
attack. I can't shake the feeling
that the label expects this band to
become extremely popular but I
suspect thai their sound verges too
far on the nasty Killdozer side of
things for that to really happen.
Tom Milne
CUPID CAR CLUB
Cupid Car Club
(Kill Rock Stars)
If the rumors are true, one of my
favorite bands, the Nation of
Ulysses have broken up, but that's
OK because in their reincarnation
comes the Cupid Car Club. It still
sounds a lot like the N.O.U. but to
make up for the lack of brass Kim
Thompson shares vocals with the
ex-N.O.U. spokesman. Not as
urgent or wound up as N.O.U. but
in it's place is a more accessible
beauty, but according to my lame-
ass friends still not that accessible.
But fuck that, "Grape Juice" is the
best song I've ever heard. Excellent
lyrics and cover art, and still
packaged in politically tortured and
angest ridden writings. Join their
DAS-Dead
SEAM
The Problem With Me
(Touch and Go)
Seam's album cover is fairly
indicative of what you will find in
their world of guitar-driven, indie-
rock fuzz. Like the marbles
glistening on The Problem With
Me, Seam's music is colorful, yet
dark and brooding; round and
smooth enough to be aesthetically
pleasing, at the same time raw and
rough on the edges; blurry in a
dreamy, comfortable way.
Recorded by Brad Wood al Idful
Music in Chicago, ihe album is
produced cleanly enough so we
can appreciate Seam's musical
talent, all Ihe while sounding
remarkably unproduced.
How  to describe Seam's
sound? Hmm...casually intense.
Subtly profound. Beautifully loud.
Painfully soft. Make sense? Well,
neither do most great things in this
world. Singer Sooyoung Park's
whispers send shivers through my
mind as they weave in and out of
loud melodic guitars. Make any
more sense? I give up. In a word:
brilliant.
Miko Hoffman
THE POGUES
Waiting for Herb
(WEA)
With the departure of Shane
MacGowan from The Pogues, it
seemed Spider Stacy's destiny to
be the new masthead for the band.
I always had a soft-spot for Spider
Stacy (there are few celtic-punk
tinwhistle heroes to look up to
when you're first learning how to
play). Who could forget his
murdering rendition of "Honky
Tonk Woman"?
Musically, Waiting for Herb
sounds somewhere in between the
// / Should Fall from Grace and
Peace And Love alburns. There are
no bad songs here, except for
perhaps "Panchinko," whose
nursery-rhyme chorus grows on
you after awhile. "Sitting on Top
ofthe World" and "Drunken Boat"
are strong songs, as is "Once Upon
a Time," which in live shows
should get "Dirty Old Town"
rhyme status. "Modern World" and
"Girl from the Wadi Hammamat"
resound with Hell's Ditch-era
Pogues, but sound belter. Drummer
Andrew Rankin sings "My Baby's
Gone" with a heavy Tom Waits
flavour, and Terry Woods
contributes "Haunting."
While MacGowan's
presence is recognizably absent
on first listening, even luke-warm
Pogues fans ought to be able to get
inlo this one. And with three years
since the last release it's good to
have the band back on track.
A. O. Chapman
COCTEAU TWINS
Four Calender Cafe
(Fontana)
No longer 4AD? The end of an
age?
A change of label. Mmmmm.
No sir. I don't like it.
Well, its happened. Taken
10 years or so, bul they' ve made it
big time. You no longer have to
put even a little effort to find Liz
Fraser's and Robin Guthrie's
morceaux de reception i n the music
stores. Alas.
Not quite as accessible as
Heaven or Las Vegas, but it
harkens back to the days of
Victorialand or Blue Bell Knoll .
Ah, and what days those were.
Indeed, most of these sound as
though they could be off of those LP's. The tracks 'Squeeze-Wax'
and 'Summerhead' (????) have a
I   allui
I  ther
however.
There's absolutely no chance
I could slag the Twins. Even if I
wanted to. It's just too damn
beautifully ethereal. But what can
you expect? When every single
ethereal pop band out there is
compared to the Twins, (ie. Lush,
MBV, Slowdive, Pale Saints, Cure,
Cranberries, Sundays, et al) it's
hard not to think of them as icons.
They truly are.
Oh by the way, Cafe is
produced by the same guys who
do Lush. Turnabout's fair play.
Christian
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Northwest Ungrunge
(Elemental Records)
OK, this is one of those albums
you buy out of nothing but
curiousity and end up telling all
your friends how big you scored.
This compilation is really cool. It
has a whole lot of everything
(except, of course, GRUNGE!).
To quote the liner notes: "the tracks
included here span the span the
musical specturm; including
elements, traces and strains of
funk, metal, rap, hardcore,
industrial, jazz, soul, big band,
psychedelia, big rock and country."
If any of these styles appeal to
you, then you will enjoy this album.
Each song has its identifiable roots,
yet manages to come across as
entirely fresh. Originality in Ihis
day and age is something to be
cherished (and definitely worth
spending money for).
As the title would suggest,
all of the bands are from the
Northwest, mostly from around the
Portland area with two (Sadhappy
and Mommy) from Seattle. There
is also one band (Black Happy)
from Idaho (no reference to
potatoes however).
The high points of this all-
around great album have to be the
opening and closing tracks. The
opener, "Paul Larson" by Black
Happy blew me away when I first
heard it. It simply did everything I
had hoped it would. I would think
'wouldn't it be cool if the song
sped up' and it would. You know
stuff like that. The closing track
"Plaid Zipper Fish" by Sweaty
Nipples is five and a half minutes
of musical wierdness. Its hard to
describe but it sounds like the
sound track to a bizarro animated
film. Way cool.
If not for the fact that it is an
all-around damn good album, this
one is worth owning just to remind
yourself that those from the
Northwest do not share the same
brain with Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
Eri
TAR
Toast
(Touch 'n' Go)
The best thing about Tar is that
(unlike most bands) they don't
suck. On the other hand, amongst
a pile of good releases this album
doesn't stand out as something I'd
listen to that often. What Tar does
well, however, is deli ver great bass
heavy rhythms, and racing guitars,
frf
with lots of little holes. Also, to
their benefit, is the good mix, with
all the instruments and vocals
grabbing your attention, but none
of them being overpowering or
drowned out. But the thing lhat
keeps it in it's jacket more often
than not is the kind of dark and
muddy sound of the recording.
Maybe that's what the aluminum
guitars are for. Still, a worthwhile
albu m that des erves your attend on.
And if you dig it, then heed the
'Buy Vinyl' warning written on
the CD, and be rewarded with an
extra track that you'll want to play
for all your friends.
DAS
BAD RELIGION
Recipe for Hate
(Epitath)
Bad Religion is one of those bands
who have been around for years
with everybody going on about
how great Ihey are, and yet I've
never really taken the time to listen
to their stuff. Now, having heard
Receipe For Hate I realize how
much I' ve been missing out on. To
be fair, I'll start with the bad points
ofthe CD. Um, well, when I got it
the case had a crack in one corner
and I couldn't quite manage to
completely remove the promo
sticker on the front. Now for the
good points. Bad Religion shows
through their music a maturity and
thought fu Iness often lacking in the
"punk" genre. Somehow they
manage to maintain the sense of
outrage which characterizes punk
rock without sounding like abunch
of bitter teens in Ihe process. It is
really quite refreshing to hear this
kind of a message being relayed
without it resorting lo a simple
"fuck you" chant.
If punk tunes can be catchy,
and I suppose that they can in their
own kind of way. Bad Religion
has mastered the art of it. I find
myself hearing the refrain to
"Kerosene" all the time. Receipe
for Hate is an album well worth
owning.
ERI
DIDJITS
Que Sirhan Sirhan
(Touch and Go)
When asked by CBC Radio's
Brave New Waves host, Brent
Bambury (sic), why the white-trash
America, neo-natal, post-
apocalyptic themes continue on
this album, head Didjit Rick Sims
replied: "Hey man, cars, drugs,
chicks...what else is there to write
about? I mean, I could write about
(pause) well, uh (longer pause)
um (even longer pause) well, there
you go." Que Sirhan Sirhan, Rick,
whatever will be, will be.
Bryce Dunn
SEAWEED
Four
(Sub Pop)
Seaweed's latest took a few listens
for me to appreciate, bul I finally
figured out why... production. The
grittiness of Despised and the
bareness of Weak have all but
disappeared in favour of a much
warmer, yet gripping, sound that
doesn't lake anything away from
the songs, but adds to them. In
particular, songs like "Losing
Skin," "In Fairness" and
"Oversight" really benefit from the
:  (   ..'       .  ;
off techno-dance-thrash industrial
corebandmakin'funofusagin'?"
"Yup, shore is. Real right
embarassin'. Specially the way
those geetars just pound muh ears
to hominy grits. Gives muh
cooties...uh, little pinko scratchy
"Dang!  Even worse than
Beers, Steers and Queers, which I
reckoned wuz their worst?"
"Yup."
"Just how awful is it?"
"Well, they wrecked my
favorite song, 'Do You Think I'm
Sexy.'"
"The one by Rod
Stewart?"
"Yup."
"Shoot! That's
whut I made love
to Sissy Mae to!
them.  So,  for
Seaweed have made a great record,
probably thier best to date.
Bryce Dunn
REVOLTING COCKS
Linger Ficken Good and
Other Barnyard Oddities
(Sire/WEA)
"Say, Jim Bob. What you got down
there?
"Hey, Little Jed. It's the new
Revco. I caught Jim Bob Jr.
listenin' to it."
"Dang! That Ministry spin-
"Say, wrestlin' naked ii
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Out Of The Fog Too
(Flamingo Records)
Anytime you listen to a regional
compilation CD, it's hard to
foretell the quality of its music.
Halifax,  and much of Atlantic
Hey, tots!!! By now most of you
have heard of that nutty l'il combo
that goes by the name o' cub. Basically, if you have heard of this group,
a lot of you fall into two categories:
1) a rabid fan:, or 2) despise the band
with all your soul. Now, those who
love this band have come up with
various reasons why they love cub,
like, "They're fun!.", "They're not
downer noise bands, Uke all of the
others," "Well, COAST played
them, so they must be good!." or
"They sound so fresh!." Those who
hate cub'll squeal, "They can't
play!." "Their lyrics suck!." "they
don't deserve all this attention."
yada, yada, yada. They are definitely getting more than their fair
share of press, shows and sales.
There are many reasons for
this. Theirnaive.poodyplayed, shallow little girly-pop songs aren't the
playing music like cub, (except
maybe for Jonathan Richman, and
he at least includes substance and
fine songwriting when he sings about
corner stores or Vincent Van Gogh.)
Many people resent the fact
that cub get so much support from
college radio. They claim that because the whole band (and many of
those involved with their releases)
are/were longtime members of college radio, they used their connections to get the much-desired press
and airplay. I don't know for sure if
that's the case with cub, but I'm not
surprised if it is. Being involved in
college radio for more than twelve
years, I have seen some very poor
acts get the big pump from their
connections; it is precisely the system that college radio was started to
oppose. If this abuse gets any worse,
college radio in Canada will be as
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typical wanna-be-the-latest-hot-alt-
band sound; people may be going
for them because of that. Another
reason could be because they are
girls; I know that sounds bad, but a
guy band could not get away with
insipid as its U.S. counterpart. Then
we'll all have to go pirate for real
However, a case can be made
for cub's success on their own merits: their music is safe and harmless
(a friend of mine said, "Cuddlecore?! Where's the 'core? There is
no 'core in cub !.")A gaggle of clean-
cut campus types who were easily
led to believe that Coast 1040 was
the oracle for all that was hip could
have thought "Go Fish" or "I Chinchilla" was cool. So they went and
bought the 7" to play between their
Barenaked Ladies and Moxy
Fruvous (sidebar: these guys have
achieved Mofo's Most Hated Status, replacing the Spin Doctors.
Congrats!). Also, they seem to get
opening slots for any show they want,
exposing them to a variety of people.
Many of the people I run into
who resent cub's success are in struggling bands themselves (every third
person in Vancouver is in a band,
did you know that?). They are running into brick walls with our fucked
up club scene, where the bookers
won't give them opening slots for
good bands unless they can prove
they're a draw; they get ghettoized
on showcase nights for little or no
money. They see cub playing the
opening slot for a band they would
be more suited for and gnash their
teeth. I, personally, don't like cub
live (I hke everybody involved with
cub, I'm just talking about the entity
itself). When I go to a show, who
opens often determines whether or
not I fork over Ihe shekels. If the
same opener plays every other show,
(like Mystery Machine used to a
year or so ago), it won't help them
sell me a ticket.
cub has their first album out
soon. It will be ahit. They have afan
base who is waiting, and they got the
guy who draws Archie comics to do
the cover, in case anyone missed
their Josie & the Pussycats influence. They will make dollars. Good
for them. However, their future as a
long term act depends on the authenticity of their image. If their apparent lack of skill is a put-on (i.e. they
can play better than they do), it is a
gimmick just as bogus as gwar's
squirty antics; they will have betrayed their fans. If they are as musically naive as they sound, and their
songs don't progress, there would
be no point in buying more than one
cub release; it would be Uke eating
Pocky: eat one or 100, there is no
difference. Empty calories.
"Hey, Mofo! Why mention cub
in your column?" you might say.
Well, cub was riding on the borderline of cheesedom since their first 7"
came out, but when I saw the ad for
Betti-cola, it went into the
Psychosonic Hall o' Fame before its
release!!!! Anything with a cover
Uke that is a shoo-in!!!!
Before I go, here are a couple
of Kwik Pix in the same genre as
THE SHAGGS
The Shaggs
(Rounder)
These three sisters put out the mosl
honest record in history, in the early
seventies. Their father had a bit of
money, it seems, and his daughters
were just starting a group. So, he
rented a studio, and the girls did an
LP, barely having played a song
together. This is an amazing document of bold honesty and captures
the pure emotion of starting your
first band. The CD of this has some
tracks from their second record
MOFO'S PSYCHOSONIC PIX
which sucked. Another Hall of
Genre: Amateurs
CHEEZABILITY RATING: 100
SHANA
Jem Theme
(Sunbow Prod.)
Sort of an introduction to the Jem
world. Jem, apparently, is a pure-
hearted rock si nger who writes lightweight pop, sort of equivalent to
JuUana Hatfield or Debbie Gibson.
Her foes are The Misfits (honestly! -
ed), a downer hard rock act, kinda
Uke L7. There are three neat songs
and an instrumental on this tape.
And no bass on it whatever. It sounds
like it was recorded over the
phone. Cool. Genre: Kids'11
Buy the Darnedest Things
CHEEZABILITY RATING: 88
Just enough time to give you some
quick news: I'llbe letting y'all know
who gets the meat product in the
Xmas ish. The Reader's Choice
Psampler should be ready by mid-
November, Knock wood! If you
want one, just send a fiver, a couple
of stamps and a return address (you
Americans can drop me $6 and forget the stamps).
Next month: Christmaspix!!!!
NOVEMBER Q Canada has received a lot of
attention in the last while with
more bands getting noticed by the
record-buying masses, i.e. Sloan
and Eric's Trip, which I quile like.
Wilh Ihis in mind, I thought, hey,
why not give the new Halifax
sampler a listen and maybe hear
the next big Ihing. Unfortunately,
based on this disc it doesn't appear
that there are any big things to
come from Canada's far east,
artistically or commercially, but
there is nevertheless some
interesting and eclectic music on
Out ofthe Fog Too, a follow-up to
Flamingo Records' 1986 release
Out of the Fog.
Of the sixteen tracks, only
three really stood out from the
other murky thirteen (which may
as well go back into the fog or
wherever else they came from) and
I find it interesting that these tunes
are anything but what one would
sxpect from a release such as this.
For example, "Acuyuye" by Salsa
Picante is a very calchy Latino-
Cuban kind of song, maybe
something Desi Arnez would have
played on "I Love Lucy." As well,
folky, acoustic music by both Phil
Sedore and Jeremy Robinson met
decent standards, especially if
compared to the other performers,
and I hope lo hear more of their
output in the future.
It's a bit of a bummer that I
was frequently given the
impression thai many of these
bands don't really have a lot lhat's
new lo offer. Il's not just lhat there
is ease in describing an unknown
band by directly comparing them
to comeone else, but often there
are elements thai were soobviously
originated elsewhere. Cases in
point: ChucksWagon, a Living
Colour/Helmet mix; Laura Smith,
who sings with a lounge blues big
band that doesn't sound much
different then the Love Boat's
Vegas Nile; and Thrush Hermit
with what could be die wayward
offspring of a Sloan song, entitled
'You are Gone."
As an added bonus/
detriment, October Games, Basic
English, Tlie Lone Stars and Tlie
Misery Coats, all appear with a
track that each band had out in
1986 from the original Oul ofthe
Fog. I don't feel thai ihese songs
add anything. Sure, they're sorta
listenable, but given that Ihese
bands are either not around
anymore, or have changed
considerably in seven years, I think
lhat Flamingo would have been
better off searching the local
basements and garages for groups
that are just starting. Out of the
Fog Too, if it is representative of
Ihe music from the Halifax area, is
merely more proof lhat Vancouver
is one ofthe belter scenes for local
music in Canada.
Brian Wieser
UNWOUND
Fake Train
(Kill Rock Stars)
Fake train isn't so much aboul
actual songs as it is about sonic
excursions. This Washington slate
trio manipulate their guitars in all
manners miagineable, with the odd
melody escaping now and then
form all the noise. There are some
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sol id stand-out tracks on this album
(namely "Dragnalus"), but the
guitars lend lo overwhelm the
songs more often than not.
However, this is a very solid effort
from a band whose music sounds
even better in concert.
Lome Baird
DEAD CAN DANCE
Into The Labyrinth
(4AD Records)
There's very little I can say. Dead
Can Dance is neither dead nor
dance. Never were. Never will be.
The masters of folk ambience have
created yet another audioscopc
morcear de reception to bring out
the cathedral-worshipping-zombie
wannabe in all of us.
However, Ihe besl thing I can
say aboul DCD is that they haven'I
betrayed the 4AD label. Brings a
tear to my eye.
Christian
THE DEAD MILKMEN
Not Richard, but Dick
(Hollywood Records)
I was a little buzzed when I liked
this album OK, I was more than
buzzed, 1 was downright toasted.
In my drunken stupor, the lyrics
seemed to move very quickly, but
I was able to pick up on the
choruses — most of wliich I sang
to the baffled partygoers, telling
Ihem lo "Leggo My Ego," and
yelling "Let's Get the Baby High"
at the lop of my lungs — thai was
ralher stupid of me, wasn't it? But
that's whal Ihe Dead Milkmen were
meant for, catchy, silly lunes called
things like "I Dream of Jesus," and
"The Woman Who Was Also a
Mongoose." Loads of fun when
you're on your way to la-la land,
bul totally heinous when you're
even slightly hungover. Today I
listened lo Ihem again in my sober
stale, and I understood all of the
lyrics. Their songs are niidly
amusing, but a little bit annoying
after the fourth or fifth listen.
Now, I know that Ihere are
tons of Dead Milkmen fans (weird,
disturbed individuals) oul there,
but I'm not one of them. I like
them when I'm drunk, but I can't
handle them when I'm sober. In
fact, I like Ihem very little when
I'm sober. Sorry guys, you'll jusl
have to learn to deal wilh it. Always
remember that there's no use
crying over spilt milkmen.
Caution Forest
album. Like the first, lotsa
versatility but less dancy, and
perhaps more of a bluesy tinge in
it, I dare say. Mind you, I've got to
compare Rubbish lo my personal
Blur fave, "I Know," which can
only be found on a CD single,
which I've always thought was a
shitty trick to play on the customer.
(It's always easier lo blame those
corporate leeches than it if to blame
your own lazy inability to earn an
honest buck, eh?) almost all of the
songs are calchy with Ihe exception
of "Miss America" which jusl may
be because of my political bias —
or perhaps because it's really a
fairly bland song.
Upon first listening, I
instantly became besmooched by
"For Tomorrow," "Advert,"
"Colin Zeal" (????) and "Villa
Rosie." The guitars are light and
fresh, Albarn's accent is thicker
than ever, and it kicks (????). What
more out of England, that
economically depressed
constitutional monarchy that
produces more musicians per
capita than any other G7 nation,
could you ask for?
Christian
THE OTHERS
Plough Me Under
(Sabre Toque)
The Others are a darn good band in
al!
.■sped
:epl
BLUR
Modern Life Is Rubbish
(Food Records)
Modern Life Is Rubbish is
fantastic! In many ways outdoing
Leisure, which in itself was a great
consistency. It's nol often that a
band can go from utter crap to
absolute brilliance in 46 minutes
and lOseconds.Thefirsttwotracks
are disappointing, to say the least,
with their rockabilly/country
sound. The third track, which also
isn't very good, has a really nifty
intro. I saw a glimmer of hope for
this album, and I seemed to be
correct. Slowly but surely, the
songs improved, it seems that the
band, once loosened up, gains
immeasurable musical brilliance
reminiscent of Sonic Youth,
although not quite as anarchistic.
Tlie lasl track, "Tangerine," is one
such measure of brillance. It is one
ofthe most beautiful and brilliant
songs thai I have heard. To sum
the album and band up, they have
a lol of talent. Unfortunately, the
only way they can become a good
band is by throwing it all away.
Loosen up guys.  You could be
Burt Samograd
LOVEGUTTER
Sucking in the 90's
(Black Hole Records)
What a stupid band! It's too bad
the CD's, money, recording time,
paper, ink. et. al. is wasted on
bands like this. The CDsays "keep
out of reach of 'pretentious
politically correct' bozos." Well,
it should say "We are a bunch of
pretentious bozos and Ihis CD
should be kept out of your reach."
Pretentious isn't the word,
they're just idiots from what I can
tell. "Does No Mean No" is the
first track: "Does no mean no/tell
me right now / girl you gotta tell
me so /1 gotta go /1 ain't a lotta
time / time to spend with you /
there'_ only one thing/one thing I
wanna do. "Maybe it's a joke band,
but "fuck off, dude!" The skanky
whore theme seems to come up a
lot. Oh, how about this, "If I don t
fall off the barstool they'll serve
me all night / when you enter the
fourth dimension even ugly girls
look alright..."
Their music is lame punk
rock; they cover the Ramones...so
what's the point? They slam the
Brady Bunch on "Life after AUce."
But that doesn't save 'em, they
still suck hot pokers.
Mooligan
GOD AND TEXAS
Criminal Element
(Restless)
Hailing from Chicago, God and
Texas have an unmistakable Big
Black influence, (especially in the
guitar skiing (???HUH???) area).
All ten songs on Criminal Element
are solid, but none truly
outstanding. This is an easy album
to listen to but it's not really
anything lo get truly amped about.
I suppose that had another local
"alternative" radio station not met
such a sudden demise God and
Texas may well have proven a
bigger thing than I suppose they
will. Not bad music, just not overly
WILLIAM S. BURROGHS
Spare Ass Annie and other
Stories
(Island)
William Burroughs, that amazing,
gritty "beat" poet has gotten
together with various musicians
on many recordings lately
(including Kurt Cobain.ooooo!).
My mind has trouble with poetry
sometimes. I find it hard to define.
At times poetry is obvious, as a
social statement or condemnation
of traditional institution or just a
wild story or description. Such is
the case with this tape. A few
readings have me baffled so I just
take them for what they were. Other
tracks, like "Spare Ass Annie," I
thouroughly enjoyed and got
something out of. "Spare Ass
Annie" is a grotesque depiction of
a few intentionally "made"
deformities with (for me anyway)
acomment on the role of traditional
religion's role in the apathy of
society toward dissent. This "tale"
is set to a groove of hip hop.
"Mildred Pierce Reporting 2 (Old
Sarge)" is scathing indictment of
the military complex; that good-
old-boy network: Harsh, with a
backdrop of the sappiest classical
music I've ever heard. A gooey,
funk groove accompanies "Dr.
Benway Operates," a gruesome
operation scene. There's a piece
from Naked Lunch, very funny!
Probably the best story on
the tape is "The Junkie's
Christmas," — the title pretty much
gives away the storyline.
Burroughs' twists of imagery are
wonderful shocks. Just as you settle
into the nice story, BLAM! — he
slams you with a harsh line
challenging your feeble lielaty ego
(did I write that?).
I' m not going to go into every
track. They're all mind challenging
as W.B.'s previous writings and
recordings, and I recommend
everything he has done.
Hooligan
the cruel
elephant
concert productions present:
FRIDAY, OCT. 29
Shindig '92 winners BRAND NEW UNIT w/ THE BOMBSHELLS w/
from Kamloops SINEATER w/ THE MELTING NEWMANS
SATURDAY, OCT.30
"A Mint Is Still a Terrible Thing To Taste" 4 song CD release from
Mint Record*, featuring TANKHOG, CUB, and COAL
FRIDAY NOV. 5
From Victoria, the Infamous HUMP. Sure to be a show stopper!
W/ ZUMPANO (with nobody particularly famous at all playing.
featured or not.) w/ Touch and Go recording artists from
Pittsburgh DON CABALLERO (instrumental, produced by Steve
Albini!) w/ ROUGHAGE
SATURDAY NOV. 6
YO LA TENGO w/ Mint recording artists CUB w/ Sub Pop
recording artists KREVISS
FRIDAY NOV. 12
THE SICK ONES famed reuinion gig! w/ BUM the greratest pop
punk band in the world I w/ CAN CON (can you say Canadian
Content?) w/ FOUR WHEEL DRIVE a tribute to B.T.O.! w/ THE
MASON NIXON LINE redline rock!
SATURDAY NOV 13
California skate punk legends J.F.A. (JODIE FOSTER'S ARMY)
w/ from Portland, APARTMENT 3-G featuring former members
of Poison Idea and Mule w/ Victoria's SHUTDOWN
THURSDAY NOV 18
CFRO. presents THE JUICE MONKEYS w/RUMPLESTEELSKIN w/
THE HAZEL MOTES
FRIDAY NOV. 19
BIG TALL GARDEN w/ WICKED SWIMMING DOG w/ HUMNI
GUMPTION
SATURDAY NOV. 20
Victoria's PIGMENT VEHICLE w/ WRETCHED ETHYL
FRIDAY NOV.26
The return of Victoria's legendary H.O.C. (HOUSE OF COMMONS) w/ Calgary's CHIXS DIGGIT w/THE DUNDERHEADS w/
Very Very special surprise guests
Doors at 10.00
Show at 10:30
Purchase tix at the door the day of the show
PA provided by Audia AMplications
Saving Vancouver from its rock'n'roll hell is a
Good Boy/Kitty Palace co-production.
Contact 604-254-3344 or 253-1390 lax 254-7239
Good Boy Productions
#4-302 West Second Avenue,
Vancouver, BCV5Y1C8
Phone 254-3344 • Fax 254-7239 1 MON Oliver & the Elements at the Yale... DJ Darren at Luvafair... Self Help
Seminar, Swelter, Clyde, Mindive at the Offramp (Seattle)... Manhattan Murder
Mystery (7:30pm) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (9:35pm) at the Ridge...
Criminals in Love at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93 continues
in the old Woodwards Building, Claire Kujundzic's exhibition continues at
Vancouver East Cultural Centre (until the 23rd)... Tomson Highway at SUB
Theatre (12:30pm)... _____t9BJ___      ^^W   A
1TUE CiTR 10t.9fMSHINDlG"93ATTHERAILWAYCLUBWlTH STOVEBOLT,
TEN DAYS LATE, ANGRY CANDY... Cruel 70s Disco at the Commodore...
Tears for Fears with Jellyfish at Queen Elizabeth Theatre... Oliver & ihe
Elements at Ihe Yale... David Hawkes at Luvafair... P-Funk Tuesdays al the
Hungry Eye... Dramarama, Slim Dunlap, Sister Psychic at the Offramp (Seattle)...
Widespread Panic at the Backstage (Seattle)... Manhattan Murder Mystery
(7:30pm) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (9:35pm) at the Ridge... Criminals
in Love at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93 continues in the old
Woodwards Building...
3 WID CiTR Hot Wednesdays in the Pit Pub... Savoy Brown with Texas Flood
at the Yale... Custer, Last Bandstand with Boo and Pet at the Hungry Eye-
George Robert Trio ai Alma Street Cafe... DJ Czech at Luvafair... DJ George
Barrett at G raceland... The Meteors with the Ballistics at Sie Offramp (Seattle)...
Mary Black atthe Backstage (Seattfe)...Last Call al Maud's (7:30pm & 9:15pm)
atthe Ridge... Criminals in Love at Vancouver East CulturalCentre... Artropolis
93 continues In the old Woodwards Building...
4 THU Sub-Sonic Thursdays at the Pit Puo featuring Rymeswith Orange and
Boo... Margo Tufo at the Yale... Psychedelphia at Graceland... DJ David
Hawkes at Luvafair... DJ David Hawkes at Luvafair... Howard Jones at the
Commodore... Zolty Cracker with Stigmata and Cozy Bones at the Hungry
Eye... Bill Sample Quartet at Alma Street Cafe... Halo, Jessamine, 66 Saints at
the Offramp (Seattle)... Last Call at Maud's (7:30pm & 9:15pm) at the Ridge-
Criminals in Love at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93 continues
in the old Woodwards Building...
5 FRI Hump, Zumpano, Don Caballero, Roughage at the Cruel Elephant... Lung
at the South Wall (North Vancouver Recreation Centre)... Margo Tufo at the
Yale... DJ David Hawkes at Graceland... DJ Czech at Luvafair... Alpha Yaya
Diallo and Bating at Studio 16... Tempest at the WISE Hall... Nazareth, Blue
Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash at the Commodore... Water with
Illicit and Lotus at the Hungry Eye... Jeff Healey Band at Breakers... Gas Huffer,
Southern Culture on the Skids, Vertigo, Supercools at the Offramp (Seattle)...
Yo La Tengo at the Backstage (Seattle)...Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted
Festival of Animation (7pm, 9:15pm & 11:30pm) at the Ridge... Criminals in
Love at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93 continues in the old
Woodwards Building...
6 SAT CiTR 101.9 fM PRESENTS YO LA TENGO WITH CUB AND KREVISS
AT THE CRUEL ELEPHANT... Nazareth, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep and
Wishbone Ash at the Commodore... Margo Tufo at the Yale... Depeche Mode
with The The at Pacific Coliseum... DJ Noah at Graceland... DJ David Hawkes
at Luvafair... Country Dance featuring Marian Rose, Daniel Lapp & Co. at the
WISE Hall... Big Gulp with Red Sugar and the Melting Newmans at the Hungry
Eye... Jeff Healey Band at Breakers... Sweaty Nipples, Hitting Birth, Black
Angels Death Song at the Offramp (Seattle)... Christine Lavin at the Backstage
(Seattle)...Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation (7pm, 9:15pm
& 11:30pm) at the Ridge... Criminals in Love at Vancouver EastCultural
Centre... Artropolis 93 continues in the old Woodwards Building... Peter Reade's
The Big Lie at Basic Inquiry...
7 SUN The View From Here: South Coast Electroacoustics: John Celona,
Darren Copeland, Paul Dolden, Arne Eigenfeldt, Hildegard Westerkamp, Francois
Houle, Lanny Pollet, Vancouver New Music Ensemble at Vancouver East
Cultural Centre... DJ Darren at Luvafair... Slugfest, 17 Pilots on Fire, RIP at the
Offramp (Seattle)... Bill Morrissey with Erica Wheeler at the Backstage
(Seattle)...Spike & Mike's Stek and Twisted Festival of Animation (6:30pm &
8:45pm)atthe Ri^je... Artropolis 93continues in the old Woodwards Building...
8 MON Special Beat, The Selector, Skatalites, The Toasters at the Commodore.. Steve Hacketl with Gaye Deiorme at the Town Pump... DJ Darren at
Luvafair... Jackie on Acid.Snaut, Drednaught, Fuzzbutt at the Offramp (Seattle).. .
Like Water for Chocolate (7:30pm) and Babette's Feast (9:30pm) at the Ridge-
Criminals in Love ai Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93 continues
in the old Woodwards Building... Robert Dugdate and Andrew Mcllroy at
Procope Restaurant...
• TUE CiTR t01;9 fM SHINDIG '93 AT THE RAILWAY CLUB WITH THE
DEPROGRAMMERS, DELVE, AND SINUS ENVY... CiTR 101.9fM PRESENTS
THE OCEAN BLUE AT THE TOWN PUMP... Eddie Shaw at the Yale... David
Hawkes at Luvafair... Cruel 70s Disco at the Commodore... P-Funk Tuesdays
at the Hungry Eye... Les Thugs at the Offramp (Seattle)... Like Water for
Chocolate (7:30pm) and Babette's Feast (9:30pm) at the Ridge... Criminals in
Love at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93 continues in the old
Woodwards Building...
10 WID CiTR 101.9 fM PRESENTS BAD BRAINS WITH PRONG AT THE
COMMODORE... CiTR Hot Wednesdays in the PH Pub... Eddie Shaw at the
Yale...DJ Czech at Luvafair.DJ George Barrett at Graceland... Judy Atkin, Kim
Linekin and Opal at the Hungry Eye... April Motel, Bungie Cord, Bloom, Skin
Picnic at the Offramp (Seattle)... Allison Krauss with Cheryl Wheeler at the
Backstage (Seattle)...Aladdin (7:30pm) and Hocus Pocus (9:20pm) at the
Rkfge... Criminals in Love at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93
continues in tfie ok) Woodwards Building...
11 THU Sub-Sonic Thursdays atthePitPubfeaturingthe Shuffle Demons and
People Playing Music... Big Country with 700 Miles at the Town Pump... Eddie
Shaw at the Yale...DJ David Hawkes at Luvafair... Psychedelphia at Graceland...
Tom Russell at the WISE Hall... The Pursuit of Happliess at the Commodore...
Tongue Tied, Milk _ Money, 7 Sins, Squirt at the Offramp (Seattle)... Aladdin
(7:30pm) and Hocus Pocus (950pm) at the Ridge... Criminals in Love at
Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Artropolis 93 continues in the old Woodwards
Building...
1 2 FRI CiTR 101.9 fM PRESENTS DEAD CAN DANCE AT THE VOGUE...
CiTR 101.9 fM PRESENTS SHUFFLE DEMONS ATTHECOMMODORE... The
Sick Ones, Bun, Can Con, Four Wheel Drive, The Mason Nixon Line at the
Cruel Elephant... Eddie Shawatthe Yale...DJ DavidHawkes at Graceland... DJ
Czech at Luvafair. .The Sick Ones with Bum, Can Con, Four Wheel Drive, The
Manson Dixon Line al Cruel Elephant... The Didjits with the Pasties at the
Hungry Eye... Spare & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation (7pm,
9:15pm& 11:30pm) at the Ridge... Criminals kt Love al Vancouver East Cultural
Centre... The Laimdry at Studio 16... Artropolis 93 continuesintheotdWoodwards
Building... COCA *93 Conference...
1 3 SAT JFA with Apartment 3-G and Shutdown at the Cruel Elephant... The
Lemonheads with Hole and Walt Mink at the Commodore... Eddie Shaw at the
Yale...DJ Noah at Graceland... DJ David Hawkes at Luvafair... Memphis Slax
at Hot Jazz Club... Holly Cole Trio at the Vogue... Rawlins Cross at the WISE
Hall... Envelope with The Real McKenzies at the Hungry Eye... The Didjits with
Pegboy at the Offramp (Seattle)... Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of
Animation (7pm, 9:15pm & 11:30pm) at the Ridge... Criminals in Love at
Vancouver East Cultural Centre... The Laundry at Studio 16... Artropolis 93
continues in the old Woodwards Building... COCA '93 Conference...
14 SUN Seigneur Tabu Ley Rochereau at the Commodore... Don Pullen's
African-Brazilian Connection at the Vogue... DJ Darren at Luvafair... On Wings
of Song featuring Terence Dawson (piano), Eugene Osadchy (cello), Gwen
Thompson (violin) at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Acoustic Alchemy at
Richards on Richards... Dr Obvious with 4" Window at the Offramp (Seattle)...
Uncle Tupelo with Giant Sand at the Backstage (Seattle)... Spike & Mike's Sick
and Twisted Festival of Animation (6:30pm & 8:45pm) at the Ridge... Artropolis
93 continues in the old Woodwards Building... COCA '93 Conference...
1 5 MON Soul Asylum with Uncle Tupelo at the Commodore... DJ Darren at
Luvafair... Pogo with Nectarine at the Offramp (Seattle)... True Romance
(7:15pm) and Reservoir Dogs (9:30pm) at the Ridge... Artropolis 93 continues
in tfie old Woodwards Building...
16 TUE CiTR 101.9 fM SHINDIG'93 FIRST ROUND SEMI-FINALS AT THE
RAILWAY CLUB WITH SPIRITUAL HEROINE, HUGO AND AGING YOUTH
GANG... The Vaqueros at the Yale... David Hawkes at Luvafair... Cruel 70s
Disco at the Commodore... P-Funk Tuesdays at the Hungry Eye... Squeeze with
Over the Rhine at the Vogue... Screaming to God, 16 Volt, Lethal Injection,
Chump atthe Offramp (Seattle)... True Romance (7:15pm) and Reservoir Dogs
(9:30pm) at the Ridge... Artropolis 93 continues in the old Woodwards Build-
17 WED CiTR Hot Wednesdays in the Pit Pub... The Vaqueros atthe Yale...
DJ George Barrett at Graceland... DJ Czech at Luvafair...John Hiatt at the
Commodore... A Concise History of Drumming featuring Andreas Kahre at
Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Raw Materials opens al Secret Space
Theatre... The Laundry at Studio 16... Olivier, Olivier (7:15pm) and Europa,
Europa (9:25pm) at the Ridge... Artropolis 93 continues in the old Woodwards
Building...
18 THU Sub-Sonic Thursdays at the Pit Pub featuring Terror of Tiny Town and
Envelope... Juice Monkeys with Rumplesteelskin and the Hazel Motes at the
Cruel Elephant... Verve with Acetone and Music of the Spheres at the Town
Pump... Jim Byrnes at the Yale... Psychedelphia at Graceland... DJ David
Hawkes at Luvafair... A Concise History of Drumming featuring Andreas Kahre
at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Orbit in Bloom with Red Autumn Fall at the
Hungry Eye... Why? Things Burn, Rorshach Test, Thingmakers, Bumpin Uglies
at the Offramp (Seattle)... Raw Materials at Secret Space Theatre... The
Laundry at Studio 16... Olivier, Olivier (7:15pm) and Europa, Europa (9:25pm)
at the Ridge... Artropolis 93 continues in the old Woodwards Building...
.9 FRI CiTR 101.9 fM PRESENTS WASHINGTON STATE MASS CHOIR AT
THE SUB BALLROOM... Big Tall Garden with Wicked Swimming Dog and
Humni Gumption at the Cruel Elephant... Jim Byrnes at the Yale... People
Playing Music at the Hungry Eye... DJ David Hawkes at Graceland... DJ Czech
at Luvafair... A Concise History of Drumming featuring Andreas Kahre at
Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Steel Pole Bath Tub with Mickey Finn at the
Offramp (Seattle)... Raw Materials at Secret Space Theatre... The Laundry at
Studio 16... Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation (7pm,
9:15pm & 11:30pm) at the Ridge... Artropolis 93 continues in the old Woodwards
Building...
aO SAT Pigment Vehicle with Wretched Ethyl at the Cruel Elephant... Jim
Byrnes at the Yale... My Life with the Thrill Kil Kult at Graceland... DJ David
Hawkes at Luvafair... Micol/Ellis/Aeschbacher atthe Glass Slipper.. .Memphis
Slax at Hot Jazz Club... The Watersons at the WISE Hal... Dear God at the
Hungry Eye... A Concise History of Drumming featuring Andreas Kahre at
Vancouver East Cultural Centre.. Raw Materials at Secret Space Theatre...
The Laundry at Studio 16... Spire & Mike's Sk* and Twisted Festival of
Animation (7pm, 9:15pm & 11:30pm) at the Ridge... Artropolis 93 closes in the
old Woodwards Building...
21 SUN David Hole at the Yale... DJ Darren at Luvafair... Kathy Kallick/John
Reischman Quartet at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Bleach Bath,
Anfechtung, Chromotose at the Offramp (Seattle)... Spike & Mike's Sick and
Twisted Festival of Animation (6:30pm & 8:45pm) at the Ridge...
22 MON Mark Hummel at the Yale... DJ Darren at Luvafair... Dave Alvin at the
Backstage (Seattle)... Happy Birthday, Turke! (7:15pm) and Men (9:25pm) at
the Ridge... Michele Riml and Peter Eastwood at Procope Restaurant...
23 TUB CiTR 101.9 fM SHINDIG "93 SECOND ROUND SEMI-FINALS AT THE
RAILWAY CLUB WITH SPEED BUGGY, THE LOVED ONE, AND TICKLE
TRUNK... Coal at the Glass Slipper... Mark Hummel al the Yale... Spyro Gyra
at the Vogue... David Hawkes at Luvafair... Cruel '70s Disco at the Commodore... P-Funk Tuesdays at the Hungry Eye... Raw Materials at Secret Space
Theatre... The Jones Boy at Vancouver Little Theatre... Happy Birthday, Turke!
(7:15pm) and Men (9:25pm) at the Ridge... Claire Kujundzic's exhibition closes
at Vancouver East Cultural Centre...
24 WED Sourpuss with Wretched Ethyl and Heavy Mellowat the Hungry Eye...
CiTR Hot Wednesdays in the Pit Pub... Mark Hummel at the Yale... DJ George
Barrett at Graceland...DJ Czech at Luvafair..Tokyo Bound opens at Vancouver
East Cultural Centre... Raw Materials at Secret Space Theatre... The Jones Boy
at Vancouver Little Theatre... The Laundry at Studio 16... Brother's Keeper
(7:15pm) and American Dream (9:25pm) at the Ridge... Ameen Gill's exhibition
opens at Vancouver East Cultural Centre (until Jan. 4th)...
2 5 THU Sub-Sonic Thursdays at the Pit Pub featuring Acoustically Inclined and
the Lotus Eaters... Mark Hummel at the Yale... Psychedelphia at Graceland...
DJ David Hawkes at Luvafair... Spiders with Black Sunshine at the Hungry
Eye... Barra MacNeils at the WISE Hall.. Tokyo Bound at Vancouver East
Cultural Centre... Raw Materials at Secret Space Theatre... The Laundry at
Studio 16... The Jones Boy at Vancouver Little Theatre... Brother's Keeper
(7:15pm) and American Dream (9:25pm) at the Ridge...
26 FRI House of Commons with ChixsDiggit and the Dunderheads at the Cruel
Elephant... Mark Hummel at the Yale... I Braineater at Graceland... DJ Czech
at Luvafair... The Pleasure Elite with Terror of Tiny Town and Sourmash at the
Hungry Eye... Tokyo Bound closes at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... Raw
Materials at Secret Space Theatre... The Jones Boy at Vancouver Little
Theatre... The Laundry at Studio 16... I Had an URGE to Write You... featuring
Beverley Johnston, Fides Krucker, Lori Freedman, Marie-Josee Chartier, Lisa
Karrer, Linda Catlin-Smith at Performance Works... Dr. Petiot (7:15pm &
9:30pm) at the Ridge...
27 SAT CiTR 101.9fM PRESENTS MELVINS AND PRIMUS AT 86 STREET...
CiTR 101.9 fM PRESENTS POOR OLD LU WITH PAISLEY SUITCASE AT
MCPHERSON COMMUNITY CENTRE (7325 MCPHERSON AVE, BURNABY)...
CiTR 101.9 fM PRESENTS THE BUZZCOCKS WITH FUDGE AND THRILL
SQUAD AT THE COMMODORE... Primus with the Melvins at 86 Street... Mark
Hummel at the Yale... Fab 1 and Thunderbird 2 at Hot Jazz Club... DJ Noah at
Graceland...Dayglo Abortions with Toe Liquor at the New York Theatre... DJ
David Hawkes at Luvafair... Robin Shier Quintet at the Glass Slipper... Martin
Hayes at the WISE Hall... Raw Materials closes at Secret Space Theatre... The
Jones Boy at Vancouver Little Theatre... The Laundry at Studio 16... I Had an
URGE to Write You... featuring Beverley Johnston, Fides Krucker, Lori Freedman, Marie-Josee Chartier, Lisa Karrer, Linda Catlin-Smith at Performance
Works... Dr. Petiot (7:15pm & 9:30pm) at the Ridge...
28 SUN Shari Ulrich with Morry Stearns, Ann Mortifee with Robbie King,
Stephen Fearing, Marcus Mosely, the Universal Gospel Choir, Maureen Field,
Edith Wallace at the Vogue... Suzi Bogguss at the Commodore... Bon Jovi with
Wild T & the Spirit at the Coliseum... DJ Darren at Luvafair... I Had an URGE to
Write You... featuring Beverley Johnston, Fides Krucker, Lori Freedman, Marie-
Josee Chartier, Lisa Karrer, Linda Catlin-Smith at Performance Works... Dr.
Petiot (7:15pm & 9:30pm) at the Ridge...
29 MON DJ Darren at Luvafair... Dr. Petiot (7:15pm & 9:30pm) at the Ridge...
30 TUE CiTR 101.9 fM SHINDIG '93 THIRD ROUND SEMI-FINALS ATTHE
RAILWAY CLUB WITH T.B.A.... David Hawkes at Luvafair... Cruel 70s Disco
at the Commodore... P-Funk Tuesdays at the Hungry Eye... Kokoro Dance's
Esse at Vancouver East Cultural Centre... The Jones Boy at Vancouver Little
Theatre (until the 4th)... Dr. Petiot (7:15pm & 9:30pm) at the Ridge...
NOVEMBER Q) Tuesdays wth Stonw- Daddy. The lata-ii _M
mousEineWa_i(t_ior),T_nScol(_lieedsand
kito), Guy Burton (vires). Kenny XaMaxl (piano),
Lee HMnur (g__r) gel tie pidire? Oassc
pure J__ witi notahnto1 hoon... a band tor he
and musKjImipaanol he highest order. .Chailes
Mngut Some music Iran his now legendary tour
ol Eurepe n 1964 Recorded h Sweden will he
greal Eric Ddphy (kite, bass darnel and alto).
Johmy Colee (Iwnpet), CHord Jordan (tenor).
Jalo Byaid (piano) and Damie Ffchmond (duns).
Nov. ».  We dose he monti wtt a Jazz
lying Evening will tie Dizzy Giespre Quintet".
Dizzy at his best will Un Wright (kite and alto),
pianist, arranger, composer L_o Schikin and he
rest in concert al he Muscimol Modem Art in New
Yo*in Feb 1961. The lie says it*
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ON THE DIAL
SUNDAYS
ARE YOU SERIOUS? MUSK 1:00AM 12:00PM All
he world Ears open Hosled by Paul Sleenhusen
and lan CiutcNey.
THE ROCKERS SHOW 12:15-3:00PM Reggae ima
al styles and fashion George Barret, Mke Cherry
and Peler W_ams alternate as hosts.
SOUL CHURCH 3:00-5:00 PM Altemaing Sundays
wih Brent Argo Vancouver's onry program devoted enlreJy lo Alncan- Canadian and Afncan-
Amencan Gospel music Your rotating hosts are
Vence Yeh and Dave Langie (every second week).
BUCK MUSIC 6:0O-":00PM Everything from he
African-American tadion: Blues, Gospel, Jazz,
Soul, R4B, Funk, Hip Hop, and current Dance
Tracks. Mouldy vinyl lo shiny CD's Your host,
Lachlan Murray.
LULU'S BACK M TOWN (:009:00PM No colon or
even a colon pdy Wend. Vrmie Caipel and Somy
Prince bring you one hour of pure lght»n_. bal
hugging, crooning POLYESTER!
GEETANJAU 9:OO10:00PM Geetanjaf is a cne-bour
rado show which featores a wide range of music
from hda. This includes dassical music, boh
Hindustani and Camaic, popular music from h-
dun movies from he 1930*s to he 199ffs, Semi-
dasscal music such as Ghazais and Bhajans, and
also Quawwafe, Fok Songs, etc. Hosted by J.
Dhar, A. Patel and V. Ranjan.
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longest ruining prime bme jazz program. Hosted
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Nov. 1: We open he month wth a B_e Note
classic by he great (and sll around) alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson «hois67 years old today
'lou Takes 01* is our featore and one of his greal
afcums wih Donald Byrd (trumpet) and Somy
Clark (piano) et al. A cooker and a corker!
Nov. I: J.R. Monlerose was one ol the most
its in Jazz. His sound and
r were al his. bul tame and
wihmanyoltheJazzgreats CharlesMngusand
Kenny Dorham to name two He passed away on
Sept 26,1993 (66 years old) a vicim of cancer
Tonight his finest record and his own tavoriteo! his
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music to scrape he cowsfitofl ycur boots to Wih
yer host-poke Jet! Gray
MARYTYLER MOORE SHOW 3:005:00PM WOMEN
IN MUSCANDGRRRLSINMUSIC.TWO HOURS
OF INFO AND RAWK YA DONT NEED A PENIS
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MEET IDA BEAN 6:0O-7:O0PM Rap, hip hcp.and
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geting caught listening lo lha stu If Requests are
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THE UNHEARD MUSK 7:0O-9:0OPM Meat he
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ESOTERIK 5:307:00PM h one ear aid out your
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edEhyt
Nov 25- hsuHtolr^ury
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■rquences, dashing young rr
ien in HrM it*.
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s. Spedal hanks
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SHOUR-ONAVA   7:309tfOAM Shour-tMiava are
tradition-, fok, etna mystc, old and contemporary pop. Music of various par. of Iran ie.
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FRIDAYS
VENUS FLYTRAPS LOVE DEN S:15-10:00AM Greg
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SUN
MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
SAT
ARE YOU
SERIOUS?
MUSIC
BREAKFAST
WITH THE
BROWNS
MADONNA
DEATH
WATCH
DIGITAL
ALARM
CHRONOMETER
SHOUR/NAVA
VENUS
FLYTRAP
INTERNTL.
THE
SATURDAY
EDGE
C/DISCO
COCKTAILS
1 BEE NORM
DON AND
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RADIO SHOW
HELEN'S
HUT
THE
PEAKING
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l_l=tV_M
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CHORD
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TUNES
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ARGO/
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MARY
TYLER
MOORE
SHOW
NORMAN'S
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HEAD
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--_r._i -m, _■
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SHOW
JALLUNDAR
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ESOTERIK
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AND
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IN
EFFECT
JS LAST
STAND/THE
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MUSIC
AND SOMETIMES WHY
EDSVILLE,
POP.6
LULUS BACK
IN TOWN
THE REAL
DEAL
BE DEAD
GEETANJALI
THE JAZZ
SHOW
WOLF AT
THE DOOR/
STAMINA
DADDY
AFRICAN
VARIETY
LIVE FROM
THUNDERBIRD
RADIO HELL
HOME
BASS
HEATHER'S
SHOW
ONE STEP
BEYOND/
RADIO FREE
AMERICA
POP
GUN
GROOVE
JUMPING
GIGABLAST/
RADIO T.Y.
IN THE GRIP
OF INCOHERENCY
SCREAMING
INCONSISTENCIES
AURAL
TENTACLES
TALES FROM
THE INFINITE
LIVINGROOM
UMP
SINK
SUMMER OF
HATE
SOMETHING
music. Conway's he voce The whole is edging
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L&fl IM-timi rowenas btdt, an
NARDWUAR THE HUMAN SERVIETTE PRESENTS- 3:3O4:00PM Cteol Oeo< Cleo!
THE CiTR DMCR REPORT 5:0O5J0PM Wih
The Voice ol Reason.1 our *eekry lock back at
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FOR THE RECORD 6:30*:t5PM  Exceipts Iom
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H0MEBASS  M0PM-12: 30AM   Dope jams and
fresh beats lor a groovy evenrig ** DJ No* on
by he G42 players.
fire Pip.-
tin he fire Pipe righl into he pyre. This monh
features he last live Rre Ppe ever found h No*
America. Time in Sept 24 to find oul what *D«vid*
Fntler and Postman 'Par, your rado friends, wi
be up to next monh
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Sor conslaily over MedLow heal uni reduced lo
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its 8h year en hear, The Edge on Folk features
music you won't hear anywhere else: new releases in he realm of Cettc, Fok and Roots:
sludio guest: Brush comedy sketches; and British soccer resets at 11:30 AM. 8-9 AM Ahica-V
World rods. 9-12 noon: Cetfc music and fealure
POWERCHORD 1_1W:00PM Vaicouvers onry
Sue met- show; local demo tapes, moons and
other mites. Gerald RaHehead and MeW Ron
Ycurhos-:
Umerah and Mawete.
THE SATURDAY MAGAZNE 5:0O&30PM UBCs
weekend news. AH he latest news, sports,
weaher, a movie review, fealure report and more.
N EFFECT t:0O4:00PM Two hours of tat fuddn'
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Terry, Woz_e, Jed, Wairen. Whoailitbe? Who
knows! Wiocares! fl rocks! Goigure.
SOMETUNG 1:0O4:00AM Comptetety poktcaly
correct content with he fresh and del new releases Iran .I he Art Schod students that have
he bals to just get 141 Ihere and do ft. Reimrening
he meaning ol religion and the re-integraton ol
Jesus Christ our Lord into todays youh cuhire. A
woman's vdee late al night, oozing pure
cceksudong sen su airy II you roll over and go to
sleep.
WHOM   &   HOW
ARTS JOHN SEMINOFF
BOARD CHAIR HARRY HERTSCHEG
CURRENT AFFAIRS ANGUS WILSON
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ZZZ 2669 The Cruel Elephant
930 Station Street
The new album
"Painful"
on sale this month
November's Harvest
New Full-length Releases on Sale at Zulu
Golden Palominos
• This is How It Feels
Anton Fier, Bill Laswell, Kit Boyaj
Lori (arson, Lydia Kavanagb,
Nicky Skopelitis, Bernie Worrell,
Amanda Kramer, Boots) Collins,
M.itl Stein. "Do vou think it can
be explained?"
IMPORT 16.98cd
Drop Nineteens
• National Coma
14.98cd/9.98cass
SNFU
• Something Green & Leafy...
and, as guitarist Hunt Be Ike is quick
to quash, "We're above Iving a |X>p
band" 14.98cd/9.98cass
Eric's Trip
m Love Tara
The Mekons
® I V Mekons
o-fi favorites have finally collected
1-ric's Trip's folk-inflected punk —
ik-inflected folk — to satisfy the
laking Moncton proud, eh!
14.98cd/9.98cass
14.98cd/9.98cass
Yo La Tengo
• Painful
Hot on the heels of their Shaker EP
comes the Painful LP. Quite
simply, Georgia, Ira, and James
rock... but they can soothe too.
An album of heartbreakers and
heartracers. Give a listen to both
s versions of Big Day Coming
14.98cd/9.98cass
Seaweed
• Four
handful   of   Almond   Roca,   and
faster   than   a   speeding   Rocket
punk rawk have come across with
their finest platter yet. 11 bursts of
irresistable force guaranteed to put
the hot sauce in your taco. Yaos!
14.98cd/9.98cass
Medicine
• Buried Life
Medicine's mus
as dreamy guita
wavey   distorti
pop melodi
harmoniou:
engineered   for   youi
recent release,
ic is best described
rs, piled thick with
on, infused with
and overlaid with
vocals.   All  craftily
This,
their
ling
14.98cd/9.98cass
MisG Info
OAL
The Glass Slipper
185 East 11th Avenue
November 23/93
All-ages Show
The South Wall
North Vancouver
Recreation Centre
November 5/93
Ticketmaster
Zulu is an official
TicketMaster outlet.
One-stop music
shopping — tunes, tickets,
the whole shebang!
All Prices In Effect
until November 30, 1993,
boyee!

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