IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS:
The worlds of electronic music and big time animation collide in the personage of Gabor Csupo, so we sent Rusty Pipes into the convergence zone; Holly Day had a chat with Flaming Lips' multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd about the making of their latest album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot; Jazz musician and music journalist Skip Heller takes a close look at Keith Shadwick's new biography of jazz pianist extraordinare Bill Evans; The 13 O'Clock News risks governmental wrath in order to bring you a bunch of articles that aren't true... even though many of them really almost are. Hey, sounds kinda like the regular news, donnit? We have all that, columns, over 100 reviews and we're all wearing clean underwear because we knew you were coming by the read the mag, so enjoy!
We'd give you a Christmas music show, but
the truth is every channel you turn to on
your radio dial is pumping our Christmas music,
so we're just going with good ol' Cosmik Radio,
the eclectic, weird, unpredictable show that is
never on time but never too late.
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
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GABOR CSUPO - Animation extraordinaire Gabor Csupo is also an amazing electronic musician. His new album, Kalmopyrin, is a masterpiece. Csupo's story is incredible as well, and this month Rusty Pipes got a chance to hear about his escape from Communism and his rise to fame in America.
YOSHIMI BATTLES THE FLAMING LIPS - The Flaming Lips are out promoting their latest experimental album - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot - and this month Holly Day caught their ear for a few minutes.
GETTING INTO THE MUSIC OF JAZZ GIANT BILL EVANS - Keith Shadwick has written what is only the second whole-book biography of Bill Evans. Skip Heller provides a comparison with the other, by Peter Pettinger, and finds Shadwick's book much superior, if flawed.
NORTON CHRISTMAS 45s - Here's a nice party selection of old and new from the good folks at Norton who are keeping the real spirit alive.
THE 13 O'CLOCK NEWS - Lies!! All lies!! Scandal! Complete fabrications... erm.. except that they aren't all that far off from the truth, for the most part, but LIES!!! Throw them to the lions!!! I mean just look at one of the top stories here and tell me that Resident Bush would really say anything that stupid. No, really, do you think he'd ever... That is, do you believe for one instant that he'd.... SPECULATION!!! ALL SPECULATION!!! Potential fabrications or at least mild manipulations in this month's 13 O'Clock News.
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - Ooooh, you know... Somathis, somathat. LOTS of that, actually, and a whole buncha this. Stacks and stacks of all kinds of stuff. See for yourself.
EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW - If you're here at 56k modem speed and you've tried to look at Everything Else In Review before, only to give up 10 minutes into the loading process because we'd made it all one humungous file, please give it a look now. We promise you the same kind of speed you get with our CD reviews, and a much more organized section besides.
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY - Rusty Pipes expounds on the 11... oh, 12... no, 42... Oh, however many there really are of those Commandments anyway!
PIGSHIT by GARY PIG GOLD - This month Gary is on about Ten Reasons Why The Rolling Stones Were The World's Greatest Rock And Roll Band. Check it out, and collect your bonus reason, only in Cosmik Debris Magazine.
MEDIA CURMUDGEON - Humanism is vary rarely portrayed on tv, and Karl Cable takes a look at what humanism is, why it's not freely discussed on tv, and the great, shining moment when it was.
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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.
OUR OWN WEBSITES - Many of the
writers have websites of their own. We have some links right here.
I have a DSL connection. Several of the Cosmik Debris staff members do, too. What tends to happen is that we forget what it was like to be surfing the Web at 56k. Waiting for huge pages to load made us crazy. We've had a few e-mails complaining of load time, but nobody was ever specific as to what was taking so long to load. Some things can't be changed, some can. Last month, our Associate Editor, Shaun Dale, realized what the biggest offender was: Everything Else In Review. There might be 300k in text and another 500k in images in one document in any given month. 800k loads in a flash for many of us, but not for those with 56k modems (which NEVER really run at 56k anyway). So thanks to Shaun, we now have an index page for that section, just like we do for CD reviews. It loads fast even at 56k, and it allows you to see what is in the section without having to scroll all through it. It also allows you to load only the review you want to read at that moment. Why we didn't do this ages ago, I can't tell you. Never dawned on me. We hope those of you who have written off that section will discover it now and enjoy it, as it is filled with reviews of concerts, films, books, books on tape, DVDs, and other things that cross our paths.
That being said, please go enjoy our (believe it or not) 90th issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
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...