IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS:
Interviews Big Ass Truck (maybe the coolest band in Memphis? Lotsa sound clips,
you can be the judge) and lounge radical Richard Cheese;
Ray Charles turns 70 and Rusty Pipes was at the House Of Blues for the
The various arms of the Grateful Dead machine release records;
John Sekerka's own Xmas CD guide;
In Everything Else In Review we have concert coverage of Paul Simon, Willie
The Clarks and David Grissman, and a few books to check into.
Plus reviews, columns and stuff!
Finally! A brand new edition of Cosmik
Radio to listen to. With only a hint of
Christmas cuz you're probably already up to
here with that stuff, right? You
just need a RealAudio
Player to listen.
If you don't have one, go pick
one up. Cosmik Radio is just
the kind of Net-Only audio that radio
station program directors don't
want you getting hooked on. So go
BIG ASS TRUCK - Memphis is home to way more hot
the average city, but if you haven't heard Big Ass Truck, you aren't ready to
cast your vote
for the city's best. Guitarist Steve Selvidge interviewed by DJ Johnson.
RICHARD CHEESE - Think hard... Imagine the
words to the
Dead Kennedys classic, "Holiday In Cambodia." Got it? Good. Now imagine it
by a lounge singer! Not just any lounge singer, though. This is the king of
so much so that he took the name Richard Cheese. Interview by Rusty Pipes.
GRATEFUL DEAD STUFF!! - There's a whole lot
the land of the Dead, with new albums from The Persuasions and others. In the
it all, as usual, is David Gans. Shaun Dale has the scoop.
RAY CHARLES TURNS 70 -
Brother Ray's birthday is celebrated at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles, with
as Willie Nelson, Billy Preston, John Cougar Mellencamp, Quincy Jones, Ashford &
and our own Rusty Pipes, who lets you in on the details.
SEKERKA'S CHRISTMAS CD GUIDE -
More like what's gonna be spinnin' in Sekerkaland this yuletime. Don't come
lookin' for the
latest Christmas music releases, because what you'll find is the stuff that may
not be tagged
at $18 this year, but definitely will put the nog in your egg. Give it a look.
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - Everything from rock
to jazz to reggae and back again.
EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW -
This month it's four concerts and two books. Next month we might review a labor
You just never know what's gonna be in Everything Else.
PIGSHIT - Gary "Pig" Gold asks just about everybody
best and worst Christmas songs are.
TUNING IN TIME - DJ Johnson focuses on one specialized
the Old Time Radio show collecting hobby: sports.
WALLEY@WITZEND - David Walley surveys the post-
mess and speculates on what President [FILL IN THE BLANK] can expect.
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY - Elway rolls right, pitches to Al
follows Confucius' block into the end zone for a touchdown!! Wait... what? I
need our resident philosopher, Rusty Pipes, to put that into perspective.
CREDITS - The names and e-mail addresses of the
for this thing.
COSMIK RADIO - Want an hour of music that
personality of Cosmik Debris Magazine? That's right, Sinatra segues into
Peter Tosh into Man Or Astro-Man into... well, you get the picture. It's a
we like to call Genre Whiplash. Or maybe you're in the mood for a trip into The
our mix of music of the ethereal variety. All you need is a RealAudio player.
Come on in.
INTERNET RADIO STATIONS - Great radio is alive
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Cosmik Debris presents links to take you where the good ones are hiding, from
St. Louis to
Dublin. You're no longer stuck with just the "classic rock," "young country"
talk" that has your town held hostage.
OUR OWN WEBSITES - Many of the Cosmik Debris
writers have websites
of their own. We have some links right here.
Did you miss an issue? We now have many of our
issues online, including sound clips and
extras. Check out interviews with The Witches, Electric Frankenstein, the
Vampire Beach Babes, Jeff Berlin,
Curve, Michael Shermer, Steel Pulse, Transglobal Underground, Mark Helm, The
Southern Rock All-Stars, Ottmar Liebert, Jason Noble of Shipping News, Phil
Vassar, Joel Dorn, Mark Cline of Love Tractor, Texas Terri (of Texas Terri & The
Stiff Ones), Mike Keneally, Chris Shinn of Unified Theory, Alley of Wise Monkey
Orchestra, Mario Escovedo of The Dragons, The Clarks, Big Ass Truck, Richard
Cheese, Paul Krassner, Tony Iommi, Ron Dante... and too many more to list!!
I'm one of those people who has a lot of trouble with the concept of time. I
make sense of the fact that the first eighteen years of my life took forever and
eighteen seemed to happen while I was in the tub one night. While I was trying
that in my mind, another five years went by and I hadn't even taken my hand off
my chin and
changed expressions yet. It's very strange.
By the same token, it seemed as if John Lennon
had been a part of this world - and I'm talking about his being a public figure
- for a very,
very long time when that horrible thing happened back in 1980. At the time, I
remember the world without John Lennon in it, and for me he was a big part of
it. Now here
it is, twenty years after the tragedy that took him from us, and I realize that
gone three years longer than the total time the world was aware of him, and that
He'd be sixty years old. I can't help but picture that V-Dub on the cover of
Abbey Road, only in my version the license plate is 60IF. The night it
happened, I, like
millions of others including, I'm sure, a lot of you, sat alone and stared at
not comprehending much of anything. Just numb.
Twenty years have passed, we've all seen
countless documentaries and tributes and heard numerous recordings, and
the way it just became a fact that ached a bit as long as you didn't think about
long. Strange thing is the anniversary seems to have brought it all back. As
pump out "How Do You Sleep," I wonder about Mark Chapman. I looked for my
candle, the one
I held at the vigil in 1980 and kept in my dresser drawer all the years after,
only on the 10th anniversary of his death, and I can't find it. I don't know
that it would
have helped, anyway.
I wonder what the rest of you feel. I wonder if others have felt it all come
of twenty years being such a milestone. Well, tomorrow it'll be time to get it
just occasional thoughts of what was lost and what might have been.
And then there's this business of bringing you a magazine, which we have.
Plenty to read about,
plenty of sounds to hear. And I'm very, very pleased to welcome Melanie
Campbell back after
a year's hiatus. Check out her review of The Clarks' concert in Everything Else
and next month she'll have an interview with them, too.
That's it. Enjoy the issue, and happy holidays from everyone at Cosmik Debris