IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS:
Bill Holmes interviews former J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf, DJ Johnson talks with the original
queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, and Erick Mertz does coffee with Larry O. Dean. We're also
pleased to bring you Skip Heller's article on the great Lord Buckley. For those of you who
are sick of real news, we have The 13 O'Clock News, but watch out... it's not that far from
the truth. All that, plus over 100 CD reviews, a stack of book, movie, DVD and other reviews,
columns, and a list of songs we like to listen to on Halloween. Consider it a suggestion
list for that mix tape you're going to be making for your party this year. All in this issue
of Cosmik Debris.
The 7th annual Cosmik Radio Halloween Thingy
is ready for your listening pleasure. No Monster
Mash, no Purple People Eater, none of that stuff
that you figure you're going to automatically get.
This is Cosmik Debris, Dammit. We like to get weird.
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
PETER WOLF - As J. Geils' frontman, Peter Wolf enjoyed success in the wild and wooly arena-rock 70s, made a more than successful transition to the MTV video 80s and kept rocking audiences into the 90s. With Sleepless, his 6th solo album, Wolf sounds better than ever as he begins another decade. Bill Holmes talked with Mr. Wolf about the creation of the new album and the odd world called
"the music business."
WANDA JACKSON - 44 years after the songs were recorded, EMI has re-released the first two Wanda Jackson LPs (with bonus tracks, of course). Jackson has influenced countless performers in rockabilly, country and good ol' rock and roll over the years, and her own career has been unusual, to say the least. Interview by DJ Johnson.
LARRY O. DEAN - Chicago is a great place to make music, write poetry and drink coffee, and Larry O. Dean does a whole lot of all of those. He slowed down long enough to talk with Erick Mertz about his artistic approach, his new band and his new album: Gentrification is Theft.
LORD BUCKLEY - Beat poet, philosopher and rhythmic thinker, Lord Buckley's story has been told in a new biography just hitting the shelves. It just happened that last month's featured interviewee, Skip Heller, is quite the Buckley fan, and he has written this article on the subject for us.
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - Over 100 reviews again. At this rate
we're gonna need a separate website just for the reviews!
EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW - Several things that aren't CDs!
That's right, we do get into other things as well, like DVDs, movies, books, etc. This is
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY - The Resident respectfully requests your presence at dinner. Tonight's main dish is Bullcrap ala Bush. Remember, it's impolite not to swallow.
COSMIK BLUES - Part one of a special travelogue as Eric Steiner
journeys to the places that all blues fans dream of going.
PIGSHIT - Adam Marsland is the subject of this month's column. Gary Pig Gold tells us about this man's incredible touring to promote his music and then asks his standard eight questions.
MEDIA CURMUDGEON - The media lies to us every day - Nixon is not a crook, SUVs are safe, Iraq should be obliterated - Oh, and now it's OK to say "bullshit" on TV!
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.
OUR OWN WEBSITES - Many of the
writers have websites of their own. We have some links right here.
What's this, you ask? Cosmik Debris Magazine in October without wall-to-wall Halloween
themes? I know. I feel strange about it, too. This is the first October issue that
hasn't been pure Halloween. Our hand was forced. It just worked out this way. The magazine
biz comes down to timing. When will this interview run? When the CD is available and not
before, but not too late, either. When will this band be available? Not until they return
from tour in December. And so on. For all these years the planets lined up for us, but this
time it was no go. I'm very proud of this issue for obvious reasons (hell, just look at the
table of contents!), but I'll admit to a nostalgic sigh here and there, and I do hope the
planets line up again for next year. Hey, there's still the Halloween Cosmik Radio in a few
weeks. So I guess it's just the October issue, and the October issue happens to smoke because
it has Wanda Jackson, Peter Wolfe and Larry O. Dean interviews. Even when things go wrong
around here they go right, huh?
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...