June/July 2005 - It's our 10th anniversary! Yes, we set out on this adventure on June 5th, 1995, and here we still are... somehow. And what have we wrought? Er, brought you? How about a mega-version of our yearly Cosmik Conversations? Instead of highlights from a year's worth of interviews from our pages, we've selected clips from some of our favorite interviews from our first ten years. Also, an interview with the ever prolific Skip Heller, who released two albums on the same day last month; Hasil Adkins talked to John Sekerka shortly before Hasil's tragic and untimely passing; Holly Day's update on those crazy road warriors, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys; To mark the passing of bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin, we present an article by Skip Heller titled Walking Tall: Jimmy Martin's life in bluegrass -- the early years; Eric Steiner, our resident Guru of the Blues & Running Shoes, took a little trip to run in the 16th annual Marathon de Marrakech, and while in Casablanca he even stopped in at Rick's Cafe American. He wrote a little travelogue for your amusement. And, of course, the 13 O'Clock News is as rude as ever! All that, plus all kinds of reviews and plenty of columns, and a brand new edition of Cosmik Radio. That's all in the 10th anniversary issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine!
March/April 2005 - We converse with Colin Tyranny of The Priests as they prepare to take the stage at South-By-Southwest in Austin, Texas; Holly Day shoots the breeze with Mocean Worker, discussing his latest release, Enter The MoWo!; Blues singer Debbie Seitz contributes an article about Delta Frank Black, "The Blues Doctor" at WGLT-FM at Illinois State University; Rusty Pipes takes a close look at Resident Bush and offers up The Real Dope On Social Security; Eric Steiner pays tribute to three fallen bluesmen: Jody Noa, Son Seals and Hoodoo King Raful Neal; Our Petition Page links you up with online petitions where you can take part in the democratic process and get some important things accomplished; The 13 O'Clock News looks at how Dubya really feels about those homeyseksuals, and also examines an organization looking out for aging rockers. All that, plus a ridiculous number of reviews of all kinds and our usual slate of Cosmik Columns, all in the March/April issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
January/February 2005 - We begin with our annual Top Fives, the mega-article in which each of our writers picks his or her five favorite albums of the last year. Elsewhere in this issue, we talk to Pablo Martin and Sue K of The Beeps, New York City hip hop artist Pete Miser and Jake Burns of the legendary punk band, Stiff Little Fingers. Shaun Dale takes a look at the race to chair the Democratic National Committee (because it's not just The Howard Dean Story, you know), and Melanie Campbell has a conversation with The Freeway Blogger. The 13 O'Clock News tears into the Bush's and finds the Pepsi Challenge going out on a limb. The CD Review section has over 80 titles in the usual "all over the #&!#%# map" style that is oh so Cosmik, and Everything Else In Review is loaded with our opinions on DVDs, movies, concerts and books. Plus columns by Gary Pig Gold, Eric Steiner, Rusty Pipes and Darren Paltrowitz. It's all in the January 2005 issue of Cosmik Debris, so get to it!
December 2004 - Soul stirrin' blues woman Debbie Seitz and Eric Steiner have themselves a nice li'l Cosmik Conversation; Author Richard Melo (Jokerman 8) sits down with Erick Mertz to discuss, among other things, the new viability of the protest novel, and whether or not his work falls in that category; Camper Van Beethoven returns to the road in support of a tasty new album, New Roman Times, and Holly Day has the lowdown; Erick runs quickly from that coffee house interview to do some digging into a question that ought to be on every American's mind: exactly who is Alberto Gonzales, Bush's nominee to fill Attorney General John Ashcroft's post? While the Bushies are painting him as a moderate, this portrait is far more accurate. Plus our usual full menu of columns, views and reviews, and of course the 13 O'Clock News, your only source for world news so skewed even the crappy mainstream media is offended. All of this can be found in the December issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine. Come on in and hang out a while.
November 2004 - Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets discusses his passion for the guitar, his own record label and more; Holly Day pulls double duty this month, first following the flying fried chicken to its source to check out the latest happenings within Southern Culture On The Skids, and then heading off to find out how The Handsome Family do the things they do; The 13 O'Clock News takes a look at a lesser known poll, ducks for a passing asteroid, clears up things you thought you heard but surely didn't, probably, and plenty more. Plus scads (scads??)... okay, oodles (oodles?!) Okay, a #$&!load of CD reviews, DVD, book and film reviews and our growing slate of monthly columns, all in the November issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
October 2004 - 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.
August 2004 - Richard Lloyd, guitarist of Television and Rocket From The Tombs, talks to John Sekerka about the RFTT reunion album and tour; Kevin Moyer discusses the musical sounds on the streets of Portland and how he came to gather them, along with contributions from artists like Mike McCready, Spoon and Five Fingers of Funk, for a CD called Live From Nowhere Near You; Adam Blake relates the excitement and joy, the giddiness, that heart pounding buzz that is the tell-tale sign he has fallen in love... with The Detroit Cobras; we take you to London for a concert by the one and only Patti Smith; and the 13 O'Clock News twists the facts like an arm at Guantanamo! Plus Closet Philosophy, Pigshit, Moving In Stereo and reviews of stacks and stacks and stacks of CDs, DVDs, books and... well, you can't really stack movies as such without people falling in the theater and hurting themselves, but you get the idea. All in the August, 2004 issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine!
January 1 to July 19, 2004 - Welcome to Cosmik Debris Magazine, one of the longest-lived music mags on the World Wide Web. (Remember when you actually said "World Wide" as part of the Web? Barely? Well, that's how long we've been here, Jack.) About eight months ago we decided to stop doing monthly issues and just have a free-flowing format where new reviews, articles, interviews and columns were simply added as they became available. Our own assessment? "Eh." We missed doing individual issues. They had personality. We're going back to that, starting with the August issue, which will blow your mind by debuting on Monday, July 19th. Hey, the print publications do it that way, and anything they can do, we can do with way, way less overhead, baby. Be watching for interviews with Rocket from the Tombs and Kevin Moyer, the man behind the Live From Nowhere Near You benefit CD, and articles on everything from music to politics to greyhounds. (Greyhounds?) Yes. And columns and reviews and all the things that make Cosmik Debris great. Be sure to remember that date (July 19th). Meanwhile, there's plenty to read here, so have at it!
November 2003 - 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!
October 2003 - Jazz producer and record label honcho Joel Dorn makes his third Cosmik Debris appearance. Why? He's a blast to interview, that's why; Eric Blumrich discusses the fine art of making political statements through Flash graphic presentations on the web, and trust me, it is art when this guy does it; The Coma Savants' keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter, Stephanie Rearick, discusses her outstanding new solo CD, The Bucket Rider; The 13 O'Clock News covers the White House, Iraq, the ALCS and NLCS, the Gates and more. Plus plenty of reviews of all kinds and some columns to chew on. All in the October issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
September 2003 - A Cosmik Conversation with Slash Records' Bob Biggs, who is back with a new perspective and a new plan; Pete Shelley graces our screens with a Cosmik Quickie; we journey to the Reggae on the River festival; and coming up at 13 O'Clock, of course, we have all the news that fun to print. Plus columns, CD and Everything Else reviews, and a new guy. What more could you ask?
August 2003 - Heartbeat Records' Chris Wilson talks about how he became a reggae fan, gathered encyclopedia-like knowledge and how that turned into a great career path for him; Never Heard Of It shares their Warped Tour diary with Cosmik's readers; Sunset Daydreams, the ultimate jam band concert venue and gathering spot, needs your help; Alan Wright takes A Closer Look at the Wailers' new re-releases; and the 13 O'Clock news this month will knock your socks off. All that on top of 117 CD reviews, lots of Everything Else in Review, and our usual collection of Cosmik Columns. We're glad you're here... have a ball!
July 2003 - Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli discusses his career, being the son of Bucky Pizzarelli, the 7-string guitar and playing Birdland; Sebastien Hould of Montreal's great garage band, The Chains, talks about gigging in that town and the prospects of hitting the road now that they have a killer CD on Get Hip Records; A close look at something millions of people are extremely excited about: the 2-disc, five and a half hour Led Zeppelin DVD that addresses the question... were Zeppelin the best live band of all time? Plus reviews of CDs, DVDs, movies, books and other things, and our usual slate of columns from the Cosmik Debris Columnist Party Headquarters. The 4th of July is over, but the Issue of July is just beginning.
June 2003 - It's our 8th Anniversary and we've cooked up a celebration on an issue! First off, as always on our anniversary, we have summed up our year in Cosmik Conversations. Come time trippin' with us! We also talked with Carlos Guitarlos (of Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs) about what he's been up to, Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer) told us about her Friday Night Special, and we uncovered a bunch of bizarre 13 O'Clock news stories, one of which is frighteningly true. More than enough CD & Record reviews to go around, plus Everything Else reviewed, along with the usual fine columns... it's a feast! Enjoy it with us!
May 2003 - Pete Miser discusses his adventures in the world of hip-hop and his brilliant new album, Radio Free Brooklyn; Patrick Goodwin of Dirty Power on what it's like to go from a band that's just having a good time to one that's getting all kinds of press and fan support; Hugh Hopper, formerly of 60s art rockers Soft Machine, talks about his current band, Soft Works, which happens to be made up entirely of Soft Machine alumni. Gary Pig Gold says farewell to a Brother Gibb, Jason Thornberry cranks up the Turbonegro, Eric Steiner brings you another batch o' blues, Karl Cable zooms OUT on the Saddam statue scene, and Rusty Pipes gets a case of the spins. All this and stacks and stacks of reviews in the May edition of Cosmik Debris Magazine!
April 2003 - We talk with David Gans about his latest venture in life, head (hed) P.E. Jahred fills us in on his Blackout, Maria Muldaur is carrying a torch for Peggy Lee, there's a great new set of Jazz CD samplers out, and Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy lives on. There's news you ain't seeing and we've got it, plus 100 CD reviews, a smorgasbord of other reviews, and columns to enlighten you. Another eclectic issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine!
February/March 2003 - Mike Smith, former frontman and keyboardist for the legendary British invasion band, The Dave Clark Five, returns to America nearly 40 years later with his new band, Mike Smith's Rock Engine. He talks about old times and new. Art cars? They're vehicles that have been turned into works of art, and few do that with the creative flair of Herrod Blank, the subject of John Sekerka's Tape Hiss Interview. Timothy Gassen's book, The Knights Of Fuzz, is one of the few accepted "bibles" of garage rock, and a few years ago it was updated and issued on CDROM, opening it to a larger audience. The musician and author is interviewed by Fred Mills. Music attorney Dina LaPolt returns with another entry in the popular series known as Music Business Microscope, this time telling us about royalties recording artists in America ain't gettin', and defining the new rules on webcasting royalties and how an artist goes about gettin' those. The 13 O'Clock news brings you all the strangeness CNN forgot to mention, while our columns are bursting with great reading on everything from Resident Bush's rush to war to Senators for the blues to sleeping to rap to dirty media tricks to a sendoff for Zally. All that plus a ridiculous number of reviews of all kinds await you in the March issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
January 2003 - Our annual exercise in agony in which each of our writers is forced to whittle a years worth of music down to his or her five favorite releases. Also, interviews with Per Stalberg of Sweden's coolest band, Division Of Laura Lee, and the always controversial Frank Discussion of The Feederz. Underrated returns with the spotlight on Mother's Army, a band made up of four heavyweights of hard rock who chose not to go the big PR route and are therefore not well known, despite being a house-shaking band. Plus our usual slate of excellent columns, a pile of reviews and a special edition of Cosmik Radio hosted by musician and frequent Cosmik contributor, Skip Heller. It's "A Show From California," with a California feel, from current urban themes to historical folk to the most requested song in state history. It's all in and around the January issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
December 2002 - The worlds of electronic music and big time animation collide in the personage of Gabor Csupo, so we sent Rusty Pipes into the convergence zone; Holly Day had a chat with Flaming Lips' multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd about the making of their latest album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot; Jazz musician and music journalist Skip Heller takes a close look at Keith Shadwick's new biography of jazz pianist extraordinare Bill Evans; The 13 O'Clock News risks governmental wrath in order to bring you a bunch of articles that aren't true... even though many of them really almost are. Hey, sounds kinda like the regular news, donnit? We have all that, columns, over 100 reviews and we're all wearing clean underwear because we knew you were coming by the read the mag, so enjoy!
November 2002 - Rusty Pipes talks with DJ Louie DeVito, and newcomer Tod Hardin turns us on to the Gore Gore Girls; DJ Johnson celebrates the life and music of Warren Zevon; Shaun Dale takes a closer look at the Spade Kitty Records label; and Jason Thornberry gives us a refresher on Napalm Death and tells us about their new CD, Order of The Leech. It's 13 O'Clock news time once again, and we also of course have over 100 CD reviews, as well as reviews of other stuff our writers got to see and hear this month. All of this plus our columns... Another fully packed issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
October 2002 - 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.
September 2002 - Music's "everything-man," Skip Heller, is finally rounded up for a Cosmik Conversation, as is Bob Log III. Plus, we take close looks at country artist Grey De Lisle and Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival, remember jazz giant Lionel Hampton, and check in with the 13 O'Clock News. Add to that DVD reviews, concert reviews, and book reviews, not to mention well over 100 CD reviews, and our special brew of Cosmik Columns, and you've got yet another great issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine, Jack.
August 2002 - Bassist Bob Daisley discusses his ongoing battle with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne over unpaid royalties, uncredited performances, and now, the ultimate sin: Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake have had their performances removed from Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Also, we catch a little chat time with Dalek, front man of one of the most powerful hip-hop crews... ever. Holly Day talks to Glover Gill about his latest soundtrack, we say goodbye to Alan Lomax, a man who had more of an impact on popular music than anyone else we can think of, when it gets right down to it, and we do tell you why, and we bring you the 13 O'Clock News for all your intellectual fulfillment needs. All that and more await you, so get it in gear!
July 2002 - We can't believe that we are having to say goodbye to yet another of our favorite rockers. We talk about the musical career of John Enwistle, and the fact that the Who have decided that the show must go on. Also in this issue are an interview with Wayne Kramer, the music industry versus the internet, a reprisal of Dean Martin's work on Reprise, a look at slack key guitarist John Keawe, and an evening spent with Phil Lesh and Friends. The usual slew of reviews, CD and otherwise, columns... all the stuff you are used to finding, in the July 2002 issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine!
June 2002 - It's our 7th anniversary, and as is our custom we celebrate by bringing you a look back at the conversations from the year gone by. A 7th Year Of Cosmik Conversations will bring back fond memories for our regular readers and show the new folks why Cosmik is still the best, most diverse magazine around. We've also got new interviews with Rick Shea, who has just released a sweeeet Americana/country/folk/bluegrass/everything album with Brantley Kearns, and another with Rich Buhler, a very interesting chap who runs TruthOrFiction.com, where you can find out which of those upsetting stories going 'round the Net are for real and which are for the birds. Dina LaPolt brings us part 3 in our series on the music business, and this time around she gets down to the nitty gritty, as in "how do I go about bypassing record labels and doing it all myself?" And those daring young men of International Rescue are back with the completion of the Thunderbirds DVD series. They're fearless, they're heroic... they're puppets whose television show was canceled over 35 years ago, but their cult following is growing rapidly. Then there's the usual ridiculously huge mountain of CD reviews, our ever expanding "Everything Else In Review" section, which now features several DVD reviews as well as movie, concert, book and film reviews, and the fascinating ramblings of our columnist party. Yep, we're 7 years old now, and we're feelin' good. Come on in, have some cake and enjoy the 84th issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine.
May 2002 - Due to popular demand, we've brought you the second official Power Pop Special Issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine, featuring interviews with The Bears, The Westside Daredevils, and Brick Layer Cake. But you know us; we HAD to step outside the genre a bit, so we offer examinations of the Crescent City Soul series and more Real Folk Blues. Plus boocooreevyoos (our own house spelling) of CDs, DVDs, movies, concerts and other goodies, and our usual slate of Cosmik Columns. It's all here in the May issue of Cosmik Debris Magazine. Dig in!
April 2002 - Interviews with Stew of The Negro Problem, James Emery of the String Trio of New York, and Frenchy - a painter of a different color. We continue our series on the abuses suffered by artists at the hands of the record industry. More History of Art Rock, and another new column to add to the mix. 90 CD REVIEWS, DVDs and other stuff reviewed... What? You want more? Start reading!
March 2002 - Interviews with Dave Alvin of The Blasters, Jim Roll, and porn legend/stand up comedian Ron Jeremy. We begin our series on the abuses suffered by artists at the hands of the record industry. Our farewell to Waylon Jennings had to show his warm, gentle nature, and we decided nothing did that as well as our 1998 interview with him, so we've reprised it in his memory. Plus columns, stacks and stacks of CD and other reviews, and...uh...gee, I guess that's it.
February 2002 - Interviews with power pop heirs apparent Sugarcult and ultra cool funksters Porterhouse, an article about The Monkey Power Trio, who only meet one day a year to make some of the strangest music on record, reviews of Blackhawk Down and more CDs than you can shake a bulldozer at. In the columns column, Rusty gets philosophical about pretzels, Eric checks on the state of the blues in 2002, Gary compares Micks, and we introduce Jason Thornberry's new column, Mass Appeal Madness. Jump on in!
January 2002 - Cosmik's staffers and contributors pick their top five CDs of 2001; Interviews with Al Hodge of the Louisiana heavy metal band Tungsten and Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy; Part Four in Rusty Pipes' Art Rock series; The life and music of Fela Ransome Kuti; Bill Holmes tells you just how underrated Enuff Z'Nuff was and still is; plus reviews and columns served just the way you like 'em.
December 2001 -
The staff of Cosmik Debris says farewell to George Harrison, despite the fact
that we can't
believe he's really gone; We also wave bye bye as Ken Kesey's multi-colored bus
into the hereafter. Then it's time for interviews with rock and roll artist
pop newcomer The Incredible Moses Leroy and electronic wizard and music scene
All that plus Gary Pig Gold's 8-question quiz for rockabilly guitar slinger
Oliver, Rusty Pipes' look at the predictions in the film 2001, Eric Steiner's
and Bill Holmes, absent from the MP3 Files desk for too long, does double-time
and brings you
ten bands you should get an earful of.
March 2000 - Mystery Action, Frenzal
Rhomb, Chuck D.,
Bruce Cockburn, Political Playbook II and more.