IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS: Former Violent
Victor DeLorenzo discusses his latest solo album; The Donnas discuss the art of
Donnas; Eric Steiner takes us Over The Rhine; Shaun Dale returns to the trenches
Playbook; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young return to the concert stage; Plus our
monthly columns by
Rusty Pipes, Gary Pig Gold and Kenny Love, a new episode of Cosmik Radio and
another big ol' stack of reviews.
We have a brand new hour of genre whiplash sure
you to music you might
never have heard otherwise. You
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VICTOR DELORENZO - He was a founding member of The
and spent 13 years as their percussionist before leaving in 1993 to pursue a
solo career. His
third album, The Blessed Faustina, is an artistic triumph. In this interview,
talks about everything from Faustina to Duchamp to being a good barber.
Interview by DJ Johnson.
Tape Hiss Interviews: THE DONNAS -
Vocalist Donna A ducked into a nearby phone booth and rang up John Sekerka for a
convo about rock, the road, the Backstreet Boys, and the art of being a Donna.
OVER THE RHINE -
Their success has been described as overnight, but nothing could be further from
Cinncinati's Over The Rhine has worked hard for ten long years, along the way
creating a fine
discography and a devoted fan base. Come find out what this band is all about.
THE RETURN OF POLITICAL PLAYBOOK -
Four years after it first appeared in the pages of Cosmik Debris, Shaun Dale's
Playbook is back for the 2000 run for the White House. In this installment,
a look at the main stage players in the unfolding circus.
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - Everything from rock
to jazz to reggae and back again.
EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW - Crosby, Stills, Nash
live in Portland, Oregon; Timothy Leary in print; and the German film Run Lola
KENNY LOVE'S PERSPECTIVE -
In this continuing manual for the indie label entrepreneur, Kenny offers a list
what works and what doesn't work in marketing music on the Internet.
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY with Rusty Pipes -
Rusty examines the battle against stereotypes as the census approaches.
PIGSHIT - By Gary Pig Gold:
Gary names the most influential records of the century.
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!!
Welcome to issue #56 of Cosmik Debris Magazine. This month we've come up with
one of my
favorite issues. Our policy has always been to feature artists that are either
the throng in creativity and talent (while often almost invisible commercially),
or, at the
very least, artists who we love for one reason or another. This month we've
three such features.
Victor DeLorenzo's album knocked me out. I always knew the man was a major
talent and that
his gift was totally unique, but this was still a shocker, and I contacted him
to do an interview. Eric Steiner feels the same way about Over The Rhine, and
it didn't take
any convincing at all to get him to do a feature piece on the band. And I think
ALL of us
love The Donnas for the butt-kicking their music gives us just when we need it
Sekerka comes through again with his Tape Hiss Interviews, giving us a casual
chat with Donna
A. And Shaun Dale brought back his Political Playbook series, last seen during
presidential campaigns. Shaun knows his subject. His own political career has
territory from speech writer to delegate to campaign manager to chair of the
in his district. To call politics a passion of Shaun's is an understatement.
Four features that fit the Cosmik credo of "don't do it unless you love it" to
That alone would be enough for me to love this issue, but when I also look at
the columns, I
see Gary talking about records he's passionate about, Kenny doing something he
loves by helping
people avoid the pitfalls of the music biz, and Rusty engaging in his favorite
thought. So that's why I love this issue. As usual we turned down a few
top-o-da-charts stars because they bore us to tears, even though we know they'd
numbers of readers to the door. Oh well. We hope our feeling for this music
and these subjects
comes through when you read this issue of Cosmik Debris. If you'd like to share
on the subject(s), please send us e-mail at
That's about it for now. See you next month.