IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS:
Interviews with Country singer and songwriter Phil Vassar, who has sent several
of his buddies to the top of
the charts with his songs already and has now been there himself with "Just
Another Day In
Paradise", and Ike Willis, an 11-year veteran of Frank Zappa's band, now touring
Project/Object. Articles covering the butt-kickin' country band Red Meat and
Avant-Garde Jazz Festival, which is comin' soon! Then we have our CD reviews
and the Everything
Else In Review section, which includes a review of a Jonatha Brooke concert, and
features a rebuttal to a previous column. (Sekerka -vs- Gold! What ARE the
best Canadian records?)
All in the 71st issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
Cosmik Radio is Megadeth followed by Sinatra followed
by Yellowman followed by Iggy. Sick, huh?
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
PHIL VASSAR - Everything the man writes sticks
like glue. Ask
Jo Dee Messina or Alan Jackson or Joe Diffie, all beneficiaries of Vassar's
been to #1 on the strength of his songs. After a decade of paying his dues in
clubs and honing his craft, he's out there doing it himself, and he's even
reached the top of
the hill himself, going to #1 with "Just Another Day In Paradise." DJ Johnson
had a little
talk with Phil just before the release of his next single, "Rose Bouquet."
IKE WILLIS AND PROJECT/OBJECT - Quick quiz: who
played in Zappa's band
longer than anyone else over the years? Okay, so that was a gimme. The answer
wasn't going to
be Steve Vai when the topic is Ike Willis. You got us there. Well, Mr. Willis
is still going
strong, and in fact he's playing in more bands than most musicians play in in a
career. One of
them is Project/Object, a top notch Zappa tribute band, and Ike's on the road
with them right
this minute. Rusty Pipes caught him during a brief lull.
COOKIN' COUNTRY WITH RED MEAT - You can say what ya
about anything else, but don't go wearin' your polished, catalog-ordered cowboy
tellin' Smelley Kelley what country is. He may be clean and sober now,
but the music
of Red Meat still kicks like a jug of moonshine. How did this band blast into
Shaun Dale has the story.
THE VICTORIAVILLE AVANT-GARDE JAZZ FESTIVAL - We at the
offices are not impressed with most of the jazz we have to choose from. We're
concerts here. It's usually dull stuff, just like America seems to prefer it.
You have to
leave the country to hear anything adventurous, usually. And Usually that means
Japan. But hey, according to John Sekerka, there's a yearly festival for the
brave jazz fan
not too far from Ottawa, it's coming up very soon, and if you doubt the clout we
to say two words: John Zorn.
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - Everything from rock
to jazz to hip-hop and back again.
OTHER REVIEWS - Concerts, books, and other
PIGSHIT - Chew 'em if ya got 'em! Gary Pig Gold lists
the best bubblegum
songs and lets you know about a new book you wanna know about.
CANADIAN REBUTTAL - Last month Gary Pig Gold
fired off the 10
Canadian records he thought you shouldn't be without. This month his fellow
Sekerka, demanded equal time.
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY - The Resident isn't at it again.
whatever he's doing or not doing... Oh, it's just so confusing with this guy.
have our own philosopher to straighten things out for us. If ever we needed
him, we need
COSMIK BLUES - Eric Steiner takes a look at this
year's field for
the W.C. Handy Awards, and offers some suggestions of his own.
WALLEY@WITZEND - Where the hell has David Walley
BEEN for the past
six months? Lost. Lost little lamb, like many of us. We'll let him tell you.
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
and well on the Net!
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.
Well, that sucked. Punk rockers have dropped off the radar left and
right over the years, but it was never going to be Joey Ramone and it
was certainly never going to be cancer. The guy battled that disease
since 1995, but most people never even knew he had it until he was gone.
Gone... It's still not really connecting. This is Joey freakin' Ramone
we're talking about here.
It's hard to plan an official statement like an obituary or a tribute
article when you're still not totally clear on the "he's gone" concept.
I wasn't the least bit surprised to find that this was the prevailing
attitude in the quiet staff room at Cosmik HQ. The vote was fast and
unanimous. No obit. By the time of our May 7th release, we'd just be
writing Obit #27,040,105, and besides, we feel bad enough as it is.
Nor will there be a tribute, in the typical sense. Our tribute is more
like denial. We've just decided we weren't ready for Joey to go. We
didn't see it coming, so we couldn't prepare. We decided to keep him
with us for another month, hanging around Cosmik, looking down from our
main titles, popping up on our sidebar. It's not much. It's almost
nothing. But to us, it's a cool thing. We're keeping him with us just
a wee bit longer before we say goodbye. Then we'll be a little more
ready. So if you looked through our table of contents and wondered why we
had no obituary for the King of Punks, now you understand. Or you think
we're nuts, and maybe we are. But we feel a little better right now.
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!!