IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS:
We chat with a mellow, unassuming guy named Jim Heath who dons sparklin' country-western clothing, straps his guitar over his shoulder and transforms into Reverend Horton Heat; step into the world of instrumentals and politics, as Trans Am prove that the two really do mix; Take a look back at an interesting chapter of jazz history, when Dean Benedetti religiously recorded all of Charlie Parker's solos... and ONLY his solos; and we take you to Oregon for an Eric Clapton concert. Plus reviews, reviews and more reviews, columns and the 13 O'Clock News: News so screwed up you'd have to be an idiot to buy it. Trust us on this. All in the October issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
October issue of Cosmik Debris, October
edition of Cosmik Radio. Seems logical,
yes? We bring you punk, jazz, rockabilly, hip-hop,
blues and more, some of it with an appropriately
political flavor, here in this oh so political time.
But lest you fear it's going to be like a street corner
at the '68 Dem convention, relax. Plenty of good times
for one and... almost all. There are some adult themes,
so better cover the kidlets' ears.
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
REVEREND HORTON HEAT GOES HOME - Exhausted by the seemingly endless Horton Heat road show, the Rev seeks asylum in Deep Elum, the district of downtown Dallas he calls home. There he spent quality time with family and friends, and the band created their most personal album. It was a hell of a year that brought them back to this place. DJ Johnson gets the lowdown from the Reverend himself.
TRANS AM CAN - Political subject matter, once commonplace in rock and roll, had become a definite must to avoid since Ronald Reagan left office in 1988, but due to the actions of the current president, it's back in vogue. But can you take part in such a movement if your band plays instrumentals? Holly Day presents Exhibit A: Trans Am.
THE MAGICIAN'S STENOGRAPHER - The strange and beautiful story of Charlie Parker's most unique fan. Dean Benedetti made rather primitive recordings of Parker as he performed on the bandstand, but he only recorded the solos. Adam Blake examines the key figures in this interesting story, as well as the legendary Mosaic box set of those recordings.
ERIC CLAPTON IN CONCERT - Ol' Slowhand still has it, and he shared it with fans at the Rosegarden Arena in Portland, Oregon on July 28th. No one went home disappointed. Tim & Ananda Owen report.
TIME FOR THE THIRTEEN O'CLOCK NEWS - Bush naming names; A Kiss sighting; Extreme skydiving; Arnie in the Big Apple; Army in the Big Easy; Eli's going; TV listings and more. All the news you can eat or your monkey back.
CD & RECORD REVIEWS - All sorts of music reviewed by all sorts of people with all sorts of musical backgrounds.
EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW - All sorts of items that aren't CDs, though the DVDs look like CDs and sometimes confuse us. Also books, movies, audiobooks and whatever else people asked us to review.
CLOSET PHILOSOPHY - This month Rusty comes out of the closet with a premise and an open letter to Mr. Bush that'll make your hair curl... Read it, and remember to VOTE in November!
PIGSHIT by GARY PIG GOLD - Gary introduces you to the man who he theorizes invented the 60s in this month's Pigshit.
MOVING IN STEREO - Another month of music news from the stereo, screen, ex's and stage is summed up for you by Darren Paltrowitz in Moving in Stereo.
MEDIA CURMUDGEON - Karl's being curmudgeonly again, this month ranting about how "consultants" have destroyed TV news.
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.
Welcome to the October issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine. Those of you looking for the September issue, I'm afraid you just missed it. It was here a few minutes ago, and in fact it bought drinks for everyone in the house, then it split. You just keep missing it. Weird. But do keep trying.
I'd like to welcome a new member of the Cosmik family this month. Chris "Weirdears" Forbes is a great addition to the staff. Not only does he have a great understanding of several genres of music, he plays one of the most complex and difficult styles of all. He's a free jazz pianist, complete with a Juilliard education. One of his passions and areas of expertise just so happens to be one of the few areas that has been a glaring weakness for Cosmik: Opera. You'll find several reviews by Chris this month, and if you're curious about that nickname of his, click his by-line and read his bio. It's not everyday you hear of someone named "Weirdears."
We have a hell of an issue for you, so I won't take up any more of your time, except to say make sure you check out the sound clips in the Reverend Horton Heat interview. You really have to get a hint of this album. Very nice, and very different. And be sure you check out the new Cosmik Radio, which debuts Thursday night, September 23rd. It includes a new installment of Rusty Pipes' Closet Philosophy radio and a special creation the ol' Philosopher himself has cooked up just for you. That's it. Enjoy, folks.
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...