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IN THIS ISSUE OF COSMIK DEBRIS: Curtis Eller sheds light on an the unique life experiences that made his music something far, far different than anything anyone else is playing on a stage near you; Fog's Andrew Broder on his soundtrack to the apocalypse, Tenth Avenue Freakout; Eric Steiner looks back on a stellar event in his 2005 Chicago Blues Festival Scrapbook; Former Swan Michael Gira takes to the road with Angels of Light; Individual states fire George Bush, at least from his role as guardian of the environment, and form alliances to combat global warming. Plus the 13 O'Clock News, our usual slate of Cosmik Columns, and stacks of CD, DVD, Book and movie reviews. All in the September/October issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine!


Audible Debris COSMIK RADIO!: Cosmik Radio is an hour of music that genre-jumps to and fro unpredictably, so if you're the kind of person who gets a buzz out of hearing a segue from Sinatra to Sabbath, give Cosmik Radio a listen today!

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 ahead. Inhale!

 

TIMELESS TUNES WITH CURTIS ELLER - Roaming the stage with his instrument of choice, the banjo, Curtis Eller sings songs about near-mythical figures like Amelia Earhart, Stephen Foster and Buster Keaton, artfully blurring the line between past and present in a show that owes as much to the spirit of the circus as the spirit of rock and roll. Interview by DJ Johnson.

DANCING TOWARD THE APOCALYPSE - Andrew Broder's Communications From Within The Fog: A look at the architecture of Fog's sound and the uncertainty of the world's future as seen through the eyes of Andrew Broder. Article by Holly Day.

2005 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL - Nothing could keep Eric Steiner from the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival. Hang out with him at the Best Buy Showcase Stage and the Petrillo Music Shell. Article by Eric Steiner.

ANGELS OF LIGHT ARE WITH US TONIGHT - Ex-Swans leader Michael Gira takes to the road with Angels Of Light, following a slightly less insane schedule much more conducive to survival. Article by Holly Day.


BREAKAWAY STATES - Civil War or Planetary Survival: Nine Northeastern and three Northwestern states take matters of environmental protection into their own hands when the Bush Administration refuses to. Could it be the beginning of a nation-wide rebellion? Article by DJ Johnson.


TIME FOR THE THIRTEEN O'CLOCK NEWS - The RIAA goes after whistling muthas, the price of slaves drops considerably, things get gamey in Langley, everyone's studiously studying, and George loves Cindy. These stories and more coming your way at 13 O'Clock.


CD & RECORD REVIEWS - In this issue, the stack of CDs is so high we had to check the zoning regulations.

EVERYTHING ELSE IN REVIEW - All kinds of DVD, book and movie reviews for your perusin' pleasure.



CLOSET PHILOSOPHY - Come join Rusty Pipes at his cookout and get a healthy dose of Closet Philosophy on the side!

COSMIK BLUES - Sit down with a glass of wine (or beverage of choice) and sample some good tunes with Cosmik Bluesman Eric Steiner.

PIGSHIT by GARY PIG GOLD - Listen as Senór Swine turns on a tape deck and gets all questiony with Michael Mazzarella of The Rooks and The Fellows of Mortimer.

MEDIA CURMUDGEON - Take a look at the pop phenomena - and a pop phenom - with Karl Cable.

MOVING IN STEREO - Keep up with Stage and Screen, from Teenage Fanclub to Ray Charles, with Darren Paltrowitz.



CREDITS - The names and e-mail addresses of the people responsible for this thing.

COSMIK RADIO - Want an hour of music that fits the personality of Cosmik Debris Magazine? That's right, Sinatra segues into Megadeth into Peter Tosh into Man Or Astro-Man into... well, you get the picture. It's a little something we like to call Genre Whiplash. Or maybe you're in the mood for a trip into The Fog Machine, our mix of music of the ethereal variety. All you need is a RealAudio player. Come on in.

OUR OWN WEBSITES - Many of the Cosmik Debris writers have websites of their own. We have some links right here.



"Where Is Cosmik?" "Hey, is everything okay?" "You guys didn't shut down, did you?" Just a few of the typical questions I get in e-mail right around the 15th of every other month, when a new issue is due. Well, there's also "What the hell is wrong with you idiots," but I feel like concentrating on the nice ones, which are in the vast majority.

First of all, thank you to everyone who sticks around and checks back in until the new issue is ready, and thank you to all who write to check on us. You're good people. We appreciate the loyalty. Due to health issues and the non-profit status that makes it impossible for us to hire the crack admin crew we've always dreamed of, it's often next to impossible to get this magazine to the Web on time. Sometimes we're only a few days over, sometimes, like this time, we just have to let a month go and rename the new issue. We try our best, but the truth of the matter is that I'm unable to work most days, and when Cosmik was running like a top I was working 14 to 18 hours per day, seven days per week. We're working on some ways of making things easier so we can stay bimonthly and stick to the schedule. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and loyalty. It means a lot to all of us, and to me in particular. Thanks, and enjoy the September/October (but really August/September/October, but who's counting?) issue.

DJ Johnson
Editor


Did you miss an issue? We now have many of our back issues online, including sound clips and extras. Check out interviews with Steel Pulse, Tony Iommi, Transglobal Underground, Reverend Horton Heat, Pete Shelley, Skip Heller, Joel Dorn, Mike Keneally, Curve, Phil Vassar, Carlos Guitarlos, Wanda Jackson, Peter Wolf, Ron Jeremy, Sugarcult, The Blasters, Ron Dante, Vampire Beach Babes, Mocean Worker, U.S. Maple, Love Tractor and soooo many more.