IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS:
Curtis Stigers discusses his metamorphosis from the lucrative world of pop to his more satisfying world of jazz; Former Foremen singer Roy Zimmerman shares his wit and wisdom; A first interview that's actually a second interview with Chicago's Braam; The 13 O'Clock News digs into Arnifornia and the White House dumpsters for all the news that printing gives us fits. Plus tons of reviews and a handful of columns for your reading pleasure, all in the 100th issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine!
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CURTIS STIGERS - As a successful pop singer, Curtis Stigers could have coasted all the way to retirement age and banked a bundle. Instead, he followed his heart into the far less lucrative world of jazz. Crazy? You decide. (Interview by Shaun Dale)
ROY ZIMMERMAN - As a member of the 90s folk group The Foremen, Roy Zimmerman helped create some of the most entertaining satire to come down the pike in decades. Now solo, he continues in that tradition, unleashing his wit where ever something needs a good hard smack. (Interview by Rusty Pipes)
BRAAM - Once known as Swingset Police, the Braam brothers (plus 2) have changed cities and gained seven years experience since their last Cosmik Debris interview. Now known simply as Braam, they're making some superior music in Chicago. (Interview by DJ Johnson)
TIME FOR THE THIRTEEN O'CLOCK NEWS - As we take a look at the ol' clock on the wall we see that it's now... broken! We don't have a clue what time it is, so let's just assume it's time for the 13 O'Clock News and dive in!
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - A whole lotta all kindsa. Ya knowa?
EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW - DVDs, feature films and an audio book make up this month's Everything Else In Review section.
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY - Rusty Pipes takes to the skies for barrel rolls, cobra rolls, inverted snaps, hammerhead stalls, which come with a complimentary mug of philosophy.
COSMIK BLUES - Eric Steiner on the topics of the Sweet Home Chicago blues exhibit at the Experience Hendrix Project, Tommy Castro and Thanksgiving.
PIGSHIT by GARY PIG GOLD - Gary asks his notorious 8 questions, and this time the askee is Greg Prevost of The Chesterfield Kings.
POLITICAL FLYBY - This month's flight plan takes us over Iraq, San Diego, New Jersey and DC. DJ Johnson continues in his evil plan to be completely written off by the extreme right.
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100 issues later...
Welcome to the November issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine. Yes indeed, it's the 100th issue. We decided not to do a big "LOOK AT US" issue, as that's not our style, though we reserve the right to have a big party at some future date. Perhaps the 10th anniversary? We're very proud of this milestone, though, and we're grateful to our readers, the recent arrivals and those of you who have been reading since June of 1995. Oh, and Louise and I would like to thank our writers, past and present, for making Cosmik Debris what it is.
Here's an interesting bit of trivia for you: Who wrote the first album review in Cosmik Debris? Want a hint? He's still here. Actually, he went away for a while and came back. Well, it's Alan Wright, who did ALL of our reviews for the first two issues and still does a big stack almost every month. Longest continuous service award goes to Shaun Dale, hands down. He joined our ranks in March of 1996, just in time for issue #10. I look at the other names in the masthead of issue #10 -- Steve Marshall, Cai Campbell, coLeSLAw, David Fenigsohn, Jim Andrews, Drew Feinberg, Steven Leith and The Platterpuss -- and it feels like a zillion years ago. What's even more amazing is that a quick glance at issue #1 shows a vastly different cast list. One of these days I'm going to figure out how many people have written for Cosmik Debris, but there's one thing I know already, and that is the fact that we've been blessed to have most of our current staff with us for a very long time.
Normally I write about the current issue or a situation or the quality of life in Costa Rica in my editor's notes, so I hope you don't mind my gushing about the Cosmik family this time around. This milestone, the 100th issue, has meant more to me than all previous milestones. I'm optimistic that I'll be writing about the 200th issue in 2011.
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...