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July 2019 Static Live Magazine

STATIC LIVE Magazine is Central Florida’s premier publication dedicated to celebrating music and culture. STATIC LIVE provides extensive, detailed community information from fashion to art, entertainment to events through noteworthy interviews, sensational photography and in-depth editorial coverage. STATIC LIVE is the only publication of its kind in Central Florida and reaches all target markets through wide distribution channels. Our staff includes highly accomplished contributors with award-winning backgrounds in music and entertainment; we know how much business is captured from the entertainment market. Our free full color publication can be found throughout Central Florida at key retailers, hotels and restaurants in high traffic areas. Our mission is to highlight the incredible talent, culture and lifestyle in Central Florida. With eye-opening profiles and coverage of the music and art community, STATIC LIVE readers will be positively influenced by our topical content and trending advertisers. STATIC LIVE Magazine is the most effective tool for branding connectivity with consumers in our area.

STATIC LIVE Magazine is Central Florida’s premier publication dedicated to celebrating music and culture. STATIC LIVE provides extensive, detailed community information from fashion to art, entertainment to events through noteworthy interviews, sensational photography and in-depth editorial coverage. STATIC LIVE is the only publication of its kind in Central Florida and reaches all target markets through wide distribution channels. Our staff includes highly accomplished contributors with award-winning backgrounds in music and entertainment; we know how much business is captured from the entertainment market. Our free full color publication can be found throughout Central Florida at key retailers, hotels and restaurants in high traffic areas. Our mission is to highlight the incredible talent, culture and lifestyle in Central Florida. With eye-opening profiles and coverage of the music and art community, STATIC LIVE readers will be positively influenced by our topical content and trending advertisers. STATIC LIVE Magazine is the most effective tool for branding connectivity with consumers in our area.

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I’m a 23 year old bartender at Outriggers Tiki Bar in New<br />

Smyrna Beach, Florida. When I’m not at work I like going<br />

to the beach, riding my bike, fishing or role playing with my<br />

many Barbie and Ken dolls in my grandparents’ basement.<br />

My other hobbies include:<br />

Dungeons and Dragons<br />

Dressing cats in silly outfits<br />

Soup can label collages<br />

Taxidermy & ant farms<br />

Writing romantic novels for the homeless and less fortunate<br />

Making boys cry<br />

Drinking with strangers<br />

Things I’m most proud of are my Band Aid collection and the<br />

ability to hold my breath for 73 seconds while not blinking<br />

Favorite movie: Independant<br />

Favorite food: Good<br />

Favorite color : Corduroy<br />

Favorite band : Rubber<br />

Favorite drink : Free<br />

Favorite quote: Huh?<br />

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Oh My Goddess<br />

The Mods<br />

A Day in the Life of a Gigging Musician<br />

R.I.P. Local Music Scenes<br />

My Granddaddy’s BBQ Hash<br />

We Didn’t Learn Anything, We Just<br />

Know Everything<br />

The Decade of Eternity<br />

The “Boo” Sisters: A Rite of Passage<br />

<strong>Static</strong> <strong>Live</strong> Calendar<br />

Artist Feature: Dan Gunderson<br />

An Original Music Manifesto<br />

Big Brother’s Revenge by Hank Harrison<br />

Rocktails<br />

Behind the Mic<br />

Snap It<br />

Phantom Foodie<br />

Metal Compost<br />

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As highlighted in the May 2018 issue of <strong>Static</strong><br />

<strong>Live</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, “The Beatles invaded America,<br />

pioneering as the ‘Greasers of England’. The<br />

Fab Four donned many different looks ranging<br />

from fierce to leather jackets; from cowboy boots to<br />

pompadours. The ’60s brought an upheaval of music,<br />

fashion and attitudes. The arrival of Motown and R&B,<br />

originating in Detroit, marked a significant progression in<br />

the Civil Rights movement; but Motown also taught the<br />

world how to dress. Groups like Smokey Robinson and the<br />

Miracles and Diana Ross and the Supremes brought forth<br />

pop-soul classic lines and the two or three-piece suit was a<br />

favorite.” Music and fashion are reciprocating influencers<br />

on the visual style of entertainment, and this will never end<br />

- thank goodness!<br />

The ‘60s also birthed in Britain “The Mods,” modernists; a<br />

culture of revolution of sorts. The trend is characterized<br />

by things such as Vespas, mini motorcars, leather, graphic<br />

symbols, horizontal color stripes. The Mods could be found<br />

hanging out in coffee shops (before Starbucks and cell<br />

phones) and jazz clubs and reading philosophy. They were<br />

fueled by any nervous system stimulant that they could find<br />

(and this was before ADHD was around) and they used<br />

music and fashion as a gateway to the constant reinvention<br />

of themselves.<br />

The Fab Four’s<br />

matching suits,<br />

natural colors and<br />

fairly uniform look<br />

that evolved into<br />

the more extreme<br />

fashion statements,<br />

were no doubt<br />

part of the social<br />

revolution that was<br />

Mod Culture. This<br />

was contributing<br />

to the growing<br />

By<br />

Jamie Lee<br />

culture of young people that were looking for a place in the<br />

world that wasn’t always easy to find. The Beatles helped<br />

by dressing stylishly, as Mod would dictate, and furthering<br />

the young people’s thoughts that they were not alone.<br />

If musicians like the Beatles could “not always find their<br />

way” then this style of dress must be helping them<br />

with the process. Many say that it<br />

was Beatlemania crossing the pond<br />

that spread the Mod culture to the<br />

Americas.<br />

Sonny and Cher were also in<br />

the Mod during the 1960s. Cher<br />

sported the miniskirts, go-go<br />

boots and asymmetrical hats<br />

of a solid color; the duo wore<br />

matching suits in various solid<br />

colors, staying true to the<br />

fashion of the time. Some<br />

of the top musicians of the<br />

time who were wearing Mod<br />

include The Yardbirds, We<br />

Five, Elvis Presley (before<br />

all the rhinestones), Gary<br />

Lewis and The Playboys<br />

and The Byrds cultivated<br />

a fashion statement that would last<br />

almost a decade.<br />

Music is said to be universal. Fashion isn’t far behind,<br />

considering the power famous musicians have in controlling<br />

fashion trends. Kurt Cobain had jeans, flannel and the thrift<br />

store look in general (remember Grunge?); Diana Ross<br />

had her big hair, big diamonds and big personality (before<br />

Rhianna was shining bright like a diamond); Madonna’s<br />

sense of style was chaos meets shabby-chic with lots of<br />

hanging necklaces, big bows and lace; Elvis<br />

Costello had his coke-bottle glasses; Joan Jett<br />

sported leather. All these artists were before<br />

the newest form of music creatively controlling<br />

fashion - artists starting their own fashion labels 5<br />

(too many to count!).


Hearing and connection to memory is the way<br />

musicians gain entry into the consciousness of<br />

listeners. I try to be meta-aware when I perform so<br />

when the opening arises I can jump right in your brain.<br />

When players just repeat a rendition without soul it<br />

can still be an ok experience when it’s a favorite song,<br />

just missing something. Also, I notice that meta-aware<br />

singers and players have the right stuff to use off-beat<br />

phrasing to effect. When you know it’s coming before<br />

it’s coming, it allows for playfulness that all audiences<br />

worldwide find charming. Feel the full phrase, not just<br />

the beat or the four-bar, and then you are in control.<br />

Easier said than done, trust me.<br />

Problem with all of this is, it’s rather elusive. You<br />

CAN practice and learn it but very few teach it and in<br />

fact, it’s almost unteachable. In the end, we all teach<br />

ourselves. It would be better to be born with it or start<br />

very young but hey, no pain no gain. Metronome use<br />

and lots of attention to detail will get you there. I like<br />

to try just missing the beat (early and late) with the<br />

car blinker in front of me at stop lights. Its kinda like a<br />

metronome and it’s all over in minutes, which is what<br />

you want with a metronome. Another good choice is<br />

keeping a regular beat with your left hand on your<br />

knee. Then with your right, do all the divisions and<br />

start adding grace notes and phrasing like a<br />

percussionist.<br />

I’m writing this on a Monday, which is a musician’s<br />

day off, but TUESDAY is your best practice day.<br />

Come Wednesday it’s open mics, Thursday I’ll play<br />

smaller bars and restaurants, then beer brawls and<br />

festivals for the weekend nights and Sunday<br />

weddings. Rinse repeat. We minor hometown Rock<br />

Stars try to play it cool. Believe me when I tell you<br />

the best of us are actually practice nerds. Scales and<br />

arpeggios, rhythm and phrasing. There’s no great<br />

secret. The key to it all is conviction and consistency.<br />

Just remember TUESDAY is how<br />

the weekend concerts happen.<br />

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Thursday and Sunday help<br />

pay for it but TUESDAY<br />

makes it all happen.<br />

Ear training just doesn’t sound all that fun. It’s fun to<br />

shoot a basketball but shooting the ball at basketball<br />

practice is not how you win games. Running wind<br />

sprints is how you win games. So does the hard work<br />

in feeding your ear. Get a book, find a teacher. Go the<br />

extra mile and avoid shortcuts. It is clearly a lifetime’s<br />

work and, like a sharp knife, the honing never stops.<br />

Listen to as much music as possible, preferably live<br />

music. Listen to the music and language of other<br />

cultures. Let your well-fed ear be your guide and then<br />

play what you feel. You may find yourself exhausted<br />

but when you summon your strength again, your<br />

understanding will be more profound. The next time<br />

you make music you may like what you hear.


It’s a big bonus if a local scene also<br />

has an alternative weekly or a music<br />

monthly like <strong>Static</strong> <strong>Live</strong>, in which<br />

chroniclers of the music have a freer<br />

forum that can get closer to the sleazy,<br />

nasty, truer essence of the music we all<br />

love and-or loathe – where a guy can<br />

quote Zep’s Jimmy Page saying “Rock<br />

’n’ roll is fuck-you music, really,” and<br />

we all nod our heads in agreement.<br />

Who knows that the<br />

impending death of local<br />

music scenes will have<br />

nothing to do with the<br />

music and musicians?<br />

Well, I know.<br />

As the entertainment writer years ago at the daily<br />

newspaper in Daytona Beach, Florida, I wrote that<br />

Frank Sinatra sucked during his performance at<br />

the Ocean Center. I had wanted to write “Sinatra<br />

sounded like he was chewing yak turds infused with<br />

sunflower seeds” in my review. But, being a critic for<br />

a “family newspaper,” I knew I couldn’t get away with<br />

using a phrase such as “sunflower seeds.”<br />

The local radio station that played Sinatra-era music<br />

had received a lot of phone calls about my review,<br />

and the manager called me to ask, “Would you come<br />

on-air to talk about being a music critic?” Why sure.<br />

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“What gives you the right to say what’s<br />

good and bad?” one of the many irate<br />

callers sneered, sounding like he wanted to<br />

stuff a yak shit sandwich down my throat.<br />

My answer caught him off guard: “Sheer volume,” I<br />

said. “I don’t have any special expertise or authority<br />

granted to me by the gods of music. I just happen<br />

to spend a lot of time listening to music, attending<br />

concerts and reading about music. You could do my<br />

job, too, if you did the same.”<br />

That “you too” part threw the caller off-guard.<br />

So, when I say that a local music writer – which was<br />

the largest chunk of my job as an entertainment writer<br />

-- is essential for any local music scene to thrive, keep<br />

in mind I am not some pompous ass proclaiming I<br />

was the Kingmaker-God of Local Music. I am saying<br />

the position of music writer is essential.<br />

Just like a bluesman needs devil vagina voodoo to<br />

spur him into song, a local music scene needs all<br />

sorts of hoodoo swirling around the creators of the<br />

music: namely, some cool live music venues, some<br />

music aficionados who love Led Lynyrd but want to<br />

hear something besides “Stairway to Sweet Home<br />

Alabama” for the gazillionth time, and at least one<br />

chronicler of the local scene who works the beat<br />

because it irks the shit out of him to think that good<br />

music is happening somewhere and he hasn’t heard<br />

it.<br />

I used to be the music guy at the<br />

local paper. I guestimate I attended<br />

more than 3,000 music performances<br />

during my 30-year career at daily<br />

newspapers and spent five to 10 offthe-clock<br />

hours each week listening<br />

to and reviewing music recordings by<br />

both the Olympians and the locals.<br />

Unpaid overtime, some would call that,<br />

but I was following my bliss. I wrote<br />

approximately 22,000 articles during<br />

that time – certainly not all about music,<br />

mind you.<br />

But I said “Fuck this” and walked away<br />

when continuing downsizing meant I<br />

had to spend more time proofreading,<br />

web-posting and doing the other<br />

menial but essential tasks that the<br />

laid-off editors once did. It became<br />

untenable for me to fulfill the “sheer<br />

volume” aspect of being the local music<br />

guy. That’s happened to local music<br />

writers across the nation as perpetually<br />

downsizing newspapers continue their<br />

dinosaur-like trudge to extinction.<br />

Without some sort of chronicler to<br />

let local music fans know what’s<br />

happening, what’s buzz-worthy and<br />

what’s yak shit, local music scenes are<br />

heading to extinction, too. Oh, there<br />

will be local music makers who soldier<br />

on and create good music and play at<br />

local venues and record, but it won’t<br />

be the same. That intangible beastie<br />

known as a thriving “scene” will soon<br />

wither like the pope in the front row of a<br />

Slipknot concert.<br />

Some bluesman will write a miseryinfested<br />

song about the demise of local<br />

music. But, without a music writer to<br />

help get the word out that he did so,<br />

few people will ever know.<br />

BY<br />

RICK DE YAMPERT


My Granddaddy’s BBQ Hash<br />

Many stories in our family were told, sitting around,<br />

eating this old South Carolina recipe. This time I put<br />

a little goat meat on the grill to honor my namesake,<br />

William Watts Wharton, Sr. A few departures from his<br />

recipe: I smoke the meat first, and also I use Liquid<br />

Summer Hot Sauce.<br />

First, smoke the meat<br />

1 lb beef chuck roast<br />

2 lb goat shoulder<br />

steak<br />

3 lb pork boneless<br />

Boston butt<br />

1 bottle of Heinz Chili<br />

Sauce<br />

¼ cup vinegar<br />

3 Tbs. honey<br />

Liquid Summer Hot<br />

Sauce to taste<br />

Trim excess fat from meat and smoke it in a charcoal<br />

smoker for 3 hours. Cut it up in one inch cubes, and<br />

cover with water in a large cast iron pot. Boil the meat<br />

until tender. Take the<br />

meat out and shred it,<br />

discarding any bones<br />

or fat.<br />

10<br />

Put the meat back<br />

into the water. Add<br />

vinegar, chili sauce,<br />

and honey. Cook it<br />

down till the juice is<br />

almost all gone. Add<br />

the Liquid Summer<br />

Hot Sauce. Serve on a<br />

bun with a big slice of<br />

onion and a splash of<br />

Liquid Summer.


January of 1971, Phil Collins released “In the Air Tonight” and it took on a life of its own. In addition to generating buzz about<br />

at is probably the most iconic drum break of all time, the song spawned a variety of urban legends with the common themes of<br />

owning, revenge and loss. Nobody knew for sure whether the meaning was literal and people discussed it and theorized and lisned<br />

and wondered. Today, we can Google “In the Air Tonight meaning” and learn in less time than it takes to listen to the iconic<br />

um break itself – even Phil Collins doesn’t know what it means. In an interview with Rolling Stone <strong>Magazine</strong> in 2016, Collins said,<br />

wrote the lyrics spontaneously. I’m not quite sure what the song is about, but there’s a lot of anger, a lot of despair and a lot of<br />

stration.” He had written the song in the wake of divorcing his first wife. Phil Collins didn’t have to watch somebody drown to<br />

ite “In the Air Tonight” but it made people take notice and wonder and experience the process of not knowing.<br />

ere is a comedian named Pete Holmes who does a bit about how, in the past, if you didn’t know something, you just didn’t know.<br />

d there was a certain feeling of longing to know and then a certain feeling of accomplishment once you did know. But now,<br />

owing feels exactly the same as not knowing because the information is available almost instantly, so you don’t feel what it’s like<br />

t to know something for any significant amount of time. The example he uses is that in the past if you wondered where Tom Petwas<br />

from, you would ask actual people, who also didn’t know (and then they would be curious). Then, one fateful day, you would<br />

me across a girl wearing a Heartbreakers t-shirt and ask her - and she would tell you that Tom Petty is from Florida. And you<br />

uld feel a wash of endorphins and meaning and pleasure. The joke is even funnier with the ending, “...and that’s how you met<br />

ur wife ...and your wedding song was Refugee”.<br />

In January of 1971, Phil Collins released “In the Air<br />

Tonight” and it took on a life of its own. In addition to<br />

generating buzz about what is probably the most iconic<br />

drum break of all time, the song spawned a variety of urban<br />

legends with the common themes of drowning, revenge<br />

and loss. Nobody knew for sure whether the meaning was<br />

literal and people discussed it and theorized and listened<br />

and wondered. Today, we can Google “In the Air Tonight<br />

meaning” and learn in less time than it takes to listen to the<br />

iconic drum break itself – even Phil Collins doesn’t know<br />

what it means. In an interview with Rolling Stone <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

in 2016, Collins said, “I wrote the lyrics spontaneously.<br />

I’m not quite sure what the song is about, but there’s a lot<br />

of anger, a lot of despair and a lot of frustration.” He had<br />

written the song in the wake of divorcing his first wife. Phil<br />

Collins didn’t have to watch somebody drown to write “In<br />

the Air Tonight” but it made people take notice and wonder<br />

and experience the process of not knowing.<br />

There is a comedian named Pete Holmes who does a bit<br />

about how, in the past, if you didn’t know something, you<br />

just didn’t know. And there was a certain feeling of longing<br />

to know and then a certain feeling of accomplishment<br />

once you did know. But now, knowing feels exactly the<br />

same as not knowing because the information is available<br />

almost instantly, so you don’t feel what it’s like not to<br />

know something for any significant amount of time. The<br />

example he uses is that in the past if you wondered where<br />

Tom Petty was from, you would ask actual people, who<br />

also didn’t know (and then they would be curious). Then,<br />

one fateful day, you would come across a girl wearing a<br />

Heartbreakers t-shirt and ask her - and she would tell you<br />

that Tom Petty is from Florida. And you would feel a wash<br />

of endorphins and meaning and pleasure. The<br />

joke is even funnier with the ending, “...and that’s<br />

how you met your wife ...and your wedding song<br />

was Refugee”.<br />

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Think about it; instant gratification isn’t really gratifying<br />

because there is no time to feel any void. There is an<br />

attitude of entitlement to know everything in a matter of<br />

seconds. This has created a generation of impatience<br />

because they will never know that wash of endorphins and<br />

meaning and pleasure in Pete Holmes’ story so they don’t<br />

understand that the frustration of not knowing something<br />

is worth that feeling you get once you have the answer.<br />

There is no anticipation of or satisfaction in knowing. The<br />

argument can be made that this instant access to all the<br />

answers has affected today’s music. Give them a beat<br />

and some catchy phrases repeated over and over; they<br />

don’t have to wonder whether there is a message because,<br />

literally, it is what it is. The analytics are the focus. It has<br />

become more about instant fame, going viral and being<br />

popular and less about expressing yourself through your<br />

music. This has created some wildly popular karaoke<br />

singers and YouTube stars - not artists or musicians.<br />

Who can remember sitting in their poster-plastered<br />

bedroom with headphones that weren’t wireless, tethered<br />

to a record player and listening to an album while devouring<br />

every bit of information printed on the cover, without<br />

interruption or distraction? Would most millennials actually<br />

sit and listen to an entire Pink Floyd album? It would take<br />

more patience than they have managed to develop. Would<br />

they even appreciate the experience if they could? Can<br />

you imagine how your life would be different if you didn’t<br />

have that experience somewhere in your soul?<br />

As comedian Pete Holmes says in his story, “We didn’t<br />

learn anything; we just know everything. And it’s ruining<br />

our lives.”<br />

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The Decade of Eternity The Decade of Eternity<br />

By The Reluctant Genius<br />

Led by primary songwriters Lennon and<br />

McCartney, the Beatles built their reputation<br />

playing clubs in <strong>Live</strong>rpool and Hamburg over<br />

a three-year period from 1960, initially with<br />

Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass. The core trio<br />

of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, who<br />

had been together since 1958, went through<br />

a succession of drummers, including Pete<br />

Best, before asking Starr to join them in<br />

1962. Manager Brian Epstein molded<br />

them into a professional act, and producer<br />

George Martin guided and developed their<br />

recordings, greatly expanding their domestic<br />

success after their first hit, “Love Me Do”, in<br />

late 1962. As their popularity grew into the<br />

intense fan frenzy dubbed “Beatlemania”,<br />

the band acquired the nickname “the<br />

Fab Four”, with Epstein, Martin and<br />

other members of the band’s entourage<br />

sometimes given the informal title of “fifth<br />

Beatle”.<br />

e<br />

This upcoming year marks the 60th anniversary of the<br />

beginning of perhaps the greatest rock band; maybe even<br />

the greatest band ever. It seems even today, no matter<br />

where you are - an elevator, a shopping mall, a sporting<br />

event - you’re going to hear a song by the Beatles. In fact,<br />

it’s almost hard to imagine life without their music.<br />

There’s a movie coming out (Yesterday) that explores that<br />

exact premise - What if there were no Beatles band and<br />

what if someone had the songs in their head and decided<br />

to make the music that nobody ever heard before? In last<br />

month’s issue, we explored the idea of memories and<br />

where you were when you heard a certain song. If you think<br />

Elton John had a lot of hits and memories that went along<br />

with them, you don’t even know the half of it.<br />

Even though The Beatles started in 1960 it wasn’t until<br />

1963 that they actually broke through musically and<br />

became an instant phenomenon over in Europe and soon<br />

to be as well in the United States and then around the<br />

world. In fact, take this into consideration: From 1963 to<br />

1970 The Beatles created one of the largest collections of<br />

chart-topping hits ever known to man. To this day, they still<br />

hold many records when it comes to releasing<br />

songs/EPs and it’s almost unimaginable to think<br />

that anyone could ever compete with what the<br />

Beatles did in just seven short years.<br />

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Decade of Eternity The Decade of Eternity<br />

One can only guess how many movies, books, and social<br />

media sites are out there about <strong>Live</strong>rpool’s Fab Four but<br />

one thing’s for sure - they will be in the history books<br />

forever and most likely nobody will ever be able to match<br />

their level of success in such a short amount of time<br />

Here’s a quick rundown of what the band accomplished<br />

in the same time as most of us spent in high school and<br />

college:<br />

The Beatles formed in <strong>Live</strong>rpool in 1960 and were one<br />

of the first English rock & roll bands. The line-up of John<br />

Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison (Pete Best) and<br />

later Ringo Starr had to be regarded as the most influential<br />

band of all time. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and<br />

1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution<br />

of pop music into an artform, and to the development of the<br />

counterculture of the 1960s.<br />

The Beatles started off as a simple cover band. They<br />

incorporated elements of classical music, older pop, and<br />

unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways,<br />

and they experimented with a number of musical styles<br />

in later years, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music<br />

to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw<br />

influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical<br />

and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen<br />

as embodying the era’s socio-cultural movements.<br />

The rest is history, as they continued<br />

to grow musically until 1970 when<br />

they broke the hearts of millions<br />

by spitting up. If all of that wasn’t<br />

enough to impress the toughest of<br />

critics here’s the list of their number<br />

one hits!!! This can be disputed as it<br />

depends on where you do your fact<br />

checking:<br />

Hey Jude<br />

Come Together/Something<br />

I Want to Hold Your Hand<br />

She Loves You<br />

Let it Be<br />

Love Me Do<br />

Help!<br />

A Hard Day’s Night<br />

We Can Work it Out<br />

Get Back<br />

All You Need is Love<br />

Yesterday<br />

Ticket to Ride<br />

Hello Goodbye<br />

I Feel Fine<br />

The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue<br />

Penny Lane<br />

Paperback Writer<br />

Eight Days a Week<br />

Can’t Buy Me Love<br />

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cut our set down a few songs” I whispered to<br />

Christie but she shushed me. She was trying to be<br />

professional but I sensed her fear. “You think we should<br />

still go on?” I said. No response. Just the frozen fake<br />

smiles of my sisters staring back at me with uncertainty in<br />

their eyes. I say it again to nobody in particular “we don’t<br />

HAVE to go on do we?” Oh, but we do and we did and it was<br />

not pretty. We were not exactly this crowd’s cup of tea and<br />

they let us know so the moment we grabbed our mics. Four<br />

little Disney Pop Princesses were the only things standing<br />

between them and their Lil Romeo experience.<br />

“Booooooooooo! Boooooooooooo!<br />

Get off the stage! You-off-now! Get off the $&@#%ing stage!<br />

We don’t want you. We want Romeo! ROMEO ROMEO<br />

ROMEO...Booooooooo”<br />

I’m like, “Say no more...Thank you and goodnight!” But the<br />

track starts anyway and even though I’m having a vomitack<br />

(family word), my muscle memory kicks in and we robotically<br />

begin our set on cue. I look over at my sisters who are<br />

nervously laughing and looking back at me like “let’s just get<br />

this over with I guess”<br />

be the protective father, supporting his son through his set<br />

and had mad respect for the man. In retrospect, that was<br />

actually a really sweet moment on a really sweet day, in<br />

spite of all the insanity. It was such a bonding experience<br />

for us as a group as well as a rite of passage of sorts, and<br />

we couldn’t help but laugh at ourselves. We had survived.<br />

We survived our first booing and in front of celebrities. We<br />

did what we came to do, we held it together and we got<br />

the job done. We even did well enough that we got booked<br />

to sing the national anthem at a Jets game the following<br />

season. So, whereas we thought we totally bombed, we<br />

actually hadn’t. If nothing else, we had proven to ourselves<br />

that we were more than capable of holding our own, even<br />

in precarious conditions, and that same sentiment was<br />

impressed upon some VIP’s we didn’t even know were<br />

watching our show.<br />

“Boooooooooooo”<br />

“Romeo Romeo Romeo.”<br />

“Boooooooooooo”<br />

Everybody bombs at some point. Everyone gets<br />

heckled. Everyone gets booed. Sometimes it’s you but<br />

most of the time its circumstances outside of your control.<br />

It may be the crowd, the venue, the sound, the weather,<br />

or sometimes it’s just an inconvenient time slot and a<br />

mismatch of acts on a bill. For us Disney sisters, our first<br />

time being booed off stage was a combination of most of<br />

the above. I will say, however, it wasn’t the venue. The<br />

venue was amazing! It was 2003 during the Super Bowl<br />

Experience in San Diego California (which for those who’ve<br />

never been... it’s an amazing all day, interactive, NFL<br />

theme park). This particular business trip out West, up until<br />

this point, had been a complete success for us Beu Sisters.<br />

We recently shot a guest spot in Nickle Creek’s “Speak”<br />

video and did our first red carpet premiere in LA for “How to<br />

Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, meeting Kate Hudson and Mathew<br />

McConaughey at the after party. We were kind of feeling<br />

like a big deal. We were walking tall, feeling ourselves,<br />

and feeling like somebodies all of a sudden. So<br />

when we got hired by the NFL to do their football<br />

family fun day, we felt like a million bucks. No<br />

doubt we were gonna kill it. We were on the bill<br />

with only one other artist for the morning’s<br />

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By Candice Beu<br />

lineup... Lil Romeo, who was still really lil’ at the time.<br />

Our slot was right before his and we shared a massively<br />

swagged out, white tented green room by the stage with<br />

him and his famous rapper father, Master P. At this point<br />

in the day, having received our complimentary Super Bowl<br />

XXXVII t-shirts and white Nike sneakers, we were flying<br />

high and ready to rock it. Soundcheck went swimmingly<br />

and we had no reason to suspect that we were about to<br />

have one of the most excruciating stage experiences of our<br />

career, right in front of our new buddies Romeo and Master<br />

P. As it got closer to call time, I started to suspect we may<br />

not be the best fit for this crowd. Ten minutes before we<br />

hit the stage I peeked outside the tent to see the audience<br />

filling up with busloads of teens of varying ages from an<br />

inner city children’s camp program. That’s when I heard<br />

the contagious chanting begin to mount through the venue:<br />

“ROME-EO-ROME-EO-ROME-EO”. This couldn’t be good<br />

for us. When they announced “The Beu Sisters” to the less<br />

than enthused Romeo fans, I was suddenly struck by the<br />

worst bout of stage fright, all confidence and color draining<br />

into my new sneakers as I realized what we were<br />

walking into. I wondered out loud if he should just<br />

take the stage first. “Let’s cut our losses....let’s<br />

I wanted to stage dive out of there but we couldn’t and we<br />

knew it. The show must go on. We were getting paid to do<br />

our full time slot and our “people” were using this showcase<br />

as an opportunity for us to get in with the NFL. We had no<br />

choice but to open our mouths and burn with humiliations<br />

galore for the next 20 minutes, which felt like 2 hours. The<br />

songs owed like molasses. Our choreography seemed<br />

pointless. We were 4 tin men on a mission to just finish the<br />

show, while the first few rows threw things at the stage and<br />

stared us down, daring us to keep going. We tried placating<br />

the crowd between songs with a few good words about our<br />

pal Romeo. The only reprieve from the booing came at the<br />

mere mention of his name so we milked it, countdown to<br />

Romeo style:<br />

“Don’t worry guys, lil Romeo will be out here in 15 minutes...”<br />

“10 more minutes til Romeo.”<br />

“We swear we only have 1 more song folks, then it’s Romeo<br />

time”<br />

Christie was like Nadia Comaneci, trying to win them<br />

overdoing her best vocal gymnastics, while I was doing<br />

everything in my power not to shit, vomit, cry and run off the<br />

stage. After our a capella number we finally got a few front<br />

row faces saying “well at least they can sing”. We exited<br />

the stage in a cold sweat and a dejected blur, as Romeo<br />

mounted the stairs alongside us, looking as terrified as we<br />

felt when we went out there. The ferocious crowd was now<br />

rushing the stage upon his entrance. Master P looked at<br />

us and said “Rough crowd. Good job” and proceeded to<br />

take the stage with his son, performing his first song with<br />

him (which was not the original plan, but the safest plan at<br />

present). We stood backstage watching him<br />

As a performer, someday, you too may get booed by<br />

somebody, or by lots of somebodies. Don’t feel bad. It<br />

happens to the best of us. Consider yourself in good<br />

company. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, in fact, it IS a rite<br />

of passage. You haven’t made it til you’ve been booed<br />

off the stage. Even tho it sucks, it’s not always your fault.<br />

Audiences can be fickle and haters are gonna hate so<br />

you gotta toughen up, be brave enough to go out there<br />

in spite of it and do your thing anyway. You never know<br />

who’s watching. To our surprise when we were walking<br />

around the NFL experience after our “bombed show”, we<br />

met more people than not who came up to us and told us<br />

how much they enjoyed our music. When I think back, it<br />

was really only those first couple of rowdy rows who were<br />

brash enough to make their displeasure known. What we<br />

were perceiving from the stage was not the whole picture.<br />

Unbeknownst to us, our show was being pumped all over<br />

the entire festival. Half the people we touched with our<br />

voices that morning weren’t even at our main stage but<br />

dispersed across the fairgrounds. If we would have let a<br />

handful of people who happened to be right up in our faces<br />

intimidate us off the stage, we’d have missed the broader<br />

perspective we were given soon thereafter. Blessings often<br />

come in disguise and getting booed is now one of our<br />

favorite memories to date. You may not be everyone’s cup<br />

of tea every time you take the stage, but you might be able<br />

to win over some new fans and influence people without<br />

even realizing it. You won’t know till you get out there, so<br />

BE-U no matter the audience’s preference, no matter the<br />

circumstances, no matter the fear. In the end,<br />

there is no applause greater won than your own<br />

hand clapping yourself on the back for a job well<br />

done under difficult conditions.<br />

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1. What is the title of the Beatles’ first album that made the UK<br />

charts in 1963?<br />

2. Which member of the Grateful Dead lost the majority of his<br />

middle finger due to an wood-chopping incident?<br />

3. Name of the street where the iconic album cover featuring all<br />

four members of the Beatles walking in a street was taken?<br />

4. What is the name of the supergroup that both John Lennon<br />

and Keith Richards were apart of?<br />

5. This blues singer-songwriter inspired Jimi Hendrix into playing<br />

the guitar?<br />

6. What is the name of the superduo that includes both Kanye<br />

West and Kid Cudi?<br />

7. What is the meaning of LL Cool J’s name?<br />

8. What is the title of Jason Mraz’s popular 2008 pop song?<br />

9. What year did Madonna’s hit song “Like a Virgin” come out?<br />

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Monday, <strong>July</strong> 1<br />

Bounty Bar - The Transfers 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Mark Moore 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>July</strong> 2<br />

Bounty Bar – Jeff Whitfield 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>July</strong> 3<br />

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona – 5 Time Shag 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Splash 6pm<br />

Traders - Jeff Risinger 7pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>July</strong> 4<br />

31 Supper Club - Christie Beu 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - TBA 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones<br />

Unplugged 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Faith Hannon 6pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley Band<br />

10pm<br />

Outriggers – Cyclones Duo 12pm<br />

Outriggers - Jay Paski 5pm<br />

Outriggers - Band TBA 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Seth Pause 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>July</strong> 5<br />

31 Supper Club - Warren Beck 7pm<br />

Beacon – Casey Picou 5pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Splash 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - Jessie Abbey 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jay Paski 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Eddy Davis 6pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Drew Halverson 6pm<br />

Oceanside - Marty McCarrick 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Bradford Buckley 6pm<br />

Traders - Etc 6pm<br />

Traders - Cain 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - The Evening Muze<br />

6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>July</strong> 6<br />

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Music Matt 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - The Transfers 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Transfers 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Brent Clowers 6pm<br />

Oceanside - Jay Paski 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Mark Moore 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Strumstick 9pm<br />

Tortugas - The Cyclones 6pm<br />

Traders - Randy Williams 6pm<br />

Traders - Cain 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Dustin Stock 6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>July</strong> 7<br />

Bounty Bar - Thom Blasberg 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Vibe 5pm<br />

Oceanside - Splash 10am<br />

Outriggers - Joe Caruso 2pm<br />

Traders - Warren Beck 3pm<br />

Monday, <strong>July</strong> 8<br />

Bounty Bar - The Evening Muze 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Brent Clowers 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>July</strong> 9<br />

Bounty Bar – Warren Beck 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>July</strong> 10<br />

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm<br />

Traders - Stephanie Schaffer 7pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>July</strong> 11<br />

31 Supper Club - Brent Clowers 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Chuck Morel 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones Unplugged<br />

5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Luvu 7:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Jay Paski 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>July</strong> 12<br />

31 Supper Club - The Transfers 7pm<br />

Beacon - TBA 5pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Matt Burke 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - Joe Santana Duo 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Dustin Stock 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

Oceanside - Nate Utley 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Relief 6pm<br />

Traders - Jay Paski 6pm<br />

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Stephanie Schaffer<br />

6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>July</strong> 13<br />

31 Supper Club - Cesar Romero 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Music Matt 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - Jim Lowman 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Transfers 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Cyclones 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Matt Burke 6pm<br />

Oceanside - Thom Blasberg 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Bradford Buckley 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - James Ryan 9pm<br />

Traders - Acoustic Inferno 6pm<br />

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Joe Santana Duo 6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>July</strong> 14<br />

31 Supper Club - Marilyn Monroe Tribute<br />

6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Stephanie Schaffer 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Brandon Twitch Wilson<br />

5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Jay Paski 9pm<br />

Oceanside - Cesar Romero 10am<br />

Outriggers - Warren Beck 6pm<br />

Traders - Mark Moore 3pm<br />

Monday, <strong>July</strong> 15<br />

Bounty Bar - The Transfers 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Mark Moore 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>July</strong> 16<br />

Bounty Bar – Jeff Whitfield 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>July</strong> 17<br />

31 Supper Club - Mark Raisch 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jeff Risinger 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Relief 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm<br />

Traders - Thom Blasberg 7pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>July</strong> 18<br />

31 Supper Club - Comedy Night 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones Unplugged<br />

5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Joe Santana 7:30pm<br />

Outriggers – Casey Picou 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Chuck Morel 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>July</strong> 19<br />

31 Supper Club - Ricky Silvia 7pm<br />

Beacon - TBA 5pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Warren Beck 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - Matt Burke 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Cesar Romero 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Bradford Buckley 6pm<br />

Oceanside - Mark Moore 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Jason Longoria 6pm<br />

Traders - Matt Burke 6pm<br />

Traders - Boomers 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Gina Cuchetti 6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>July</strong> 20<br />

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band<br />

7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Gina Cuchetti 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - Eddy Davis 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Davis III 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - The Cyclones 6pm<br />

Oceanside - Jason Longoria 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Brent Clowers Duo 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Strumstick 9pm<br />

Tortugas - 5 Time Shag 6pm<br />

Traders - Love Bomb 6pm<br />

Traders - Boomers 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Thompson Browne<br />

6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>July</strong> 21<br />

Bounty Bar - Jason Longoria 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Psycoustic 5pm<br />

Oceanside - Splash 10am<br />

Outriggers - Joe Santana 2pm<br />

Traders - Drew Halverson 3pm<br />

Monday, <strong>July</strong> 22<br />

Bounty Bar - The Evening Muze 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Brent Clowers 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>July</strong> 23<br />

Bounty Bar – Drew Halverson 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>July</strong> 24<br />

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm<br />

Traders - Larry Tomei 7pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>July</strong> 25<br />

31 Supper Club - Mary Beth Koplin 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Chuck Morel 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones<br />

Unplugged 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Click 7:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Bradford Buckley 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>July</strong> 26<br />

31 Supper Club - Shannon Rae 7pm<br />

Beacon - TBA 5pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Nate Utley 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - Eddy Davis 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - 5 Time Shag 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Mark Moore 6pm<br />

Oceanside - Shaker Jones 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - The Transfers 6pm<br />

Traders - Jay Paski 6pm<br />

Traders - The Accuzed 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats – Stealing Vanity 6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>July</strong> 27<br />

31 Supper Club - Christie Beu 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Music Matt 7pm<br />

Delta Marriott - Mark Moore 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Transfers 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 7pm<br />

Oceanside - Davey Leatherwood 5:30pm<br />

Outriggers - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - James Ryan 9pm<br />

Tortugas - Cesar Romero 6pm<br />

Traders - TBA 2:30pm<br />

Traders - Etc 6:30pm<br />

Traders - The Accuzed 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats – The Transfers 6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>July</strong> 28<br />

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Vibe 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Brandon Twitch Wilson<br />

9pm<br />

Oceanside - Warren Beck 10am<br />

Outriggers - Mud Rooster 2pm<br />

Traders - Stephanie Schaffer 3pm<br />

Monday, <strong>July</strong> 29<br />

Bounty Bar - Matt Burke 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jason Longoria 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>July</strong> 30<br />

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>July</strong> 31<br />

Bounty Bar - Jason Longoria 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 6pm<br />

Traders - Donnie Lee 7pm<br />

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The constant beating of our mother’s heartbeat introduced us<br />

to the comforting rhythm of music in its simplest form. It’s the<br />

reason that the love of music is the one thing that all humans<br />

have in common from the time of birth. In reality, there are<br />

no social, racial or political agendas when it comes to sharing<br />

the love of a great new original song; it happens every day.<br />

No matter the genre or style, a great arrangement of sound<br />

in its purest form is a constant elixir and will continue to prove<br />

that a future with greater harmony is still very attainable. This<br />

month’s artist creates his works on that constant beat. Dan<br />

Gunderson shows us the beauty of repetition in his art.<br />

Dan Gunderson, Personal Statement:<br />

I am drawn to bright primary and secondary colors for my<br />

palette. Plastic toys (such as McDonald’s Happy Meal<br />

figures) are the foundation of my installations. This past year<br />

I have been using 3D printed pieces to supplement the toys in<br />

order to achieve different scale in my work. Perfect balance is<br />

achieved by placing objects in symmetrical arrangements. A<br />

camera mounted directly above the installation then captures<br />

rhythmic perspective and diminishing scale imagery leading to<br />

a central focal point.<br />

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26<br />

THE MUSIC<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

The advent of the phonograph and the camera<br />

within a relatively short time of each other, have<br />

seen musicians and photography go hand in<br />

hand now for over a century. Think of all the<br />

iconic photographs of artists and bands through<br />

the decades: Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley,<br />

The Beatles, Jim Morrison, The Grateful Dead;<br />

hundreds really, enough to fill volumes of books.<br />

By C. August Wenger<br />

In the modern era, it’s not just the big names that<br />

should be capable of professional photography.<br />

There are literally over 1 million band profiles<br />

on social media, I’ve probably perused over<br />

20,000 of these in my years, and those that have<br />

professional photography really total less than one<br />

percent. Some of these profiles I remember strictly<br />

because of the professional look to their pages. At<br />

the very least, I stay on their pages considerably<br />

longer than I do others.<br />

In this day and age of social media numbers,<br />

where most booking agents, talent buyers, scouts,<br />

and venue owners aren’t even “wasting their time”<br />

on bands with less than 10,000 followers, anything<br />

you can do to stand out from the horde will greatly<br />

benefit your band that may not have met their<br />

quota. With professional photography, you might<br />

just get that first look, that longer look, over even<br />

that second look, and be given consideration over<br />

other acts with more followers that don’t have the<br />

professional look.<br />

Of course, anyone with a smartphone can take<br />

decent pictures, but there is still a noticeable<br />

difference in the shots of an amateur and those of<br />

a professional. Also, in today’s social media world,<br />

photography not only gives you that professional<br />

look, but also gives you content for your followers,<br />

keeps your profiles fresh and up to date, and gives<br />

you material for digital show posters and flyers.<br />

Music photography takes on many forms,<br />

the core being headshots, on location<br />

shots, studio shots, artistic shots coupled<br />

with graphic design, and of course,<br />

live performance shots. While some<br />

photographers are capable of executing all<br />

these modes, most photographers specialize<br />

in one or two of these. They each will have<br />

their own style, so I recommend collaborating<br />

with several different photographers for<br />

your project. Their work will help to present<br />

your project as innovative and multi-faceted<br />

while also allowing for a variety of marketing<br />

campaigns.<br />

In each article of the Original Music Manifesto<br />

I have tried to make points universal to any<br />

music scene while showcasing someone<br />

local to my music scene that embodies<br />

the subject matter. There are over a dozen<br />

really good professional photographers<br />

in the Daytona music scene. All of them<br />

certainly deserve credit and spotlight,<br />

but one young man comes to mind as I<br />

have seen him or his work capturing more<br />

local shows than really anyone else. He<br />

goes by the name MonstroM; his work is<br />

MonstroM Photography. In addition to being<br />

a photographer, Monstrom is also a hiphop<br />

artist and promoter through GutterBorn<br />

Productions, which he co-founded. He’s been<br />

capturing images of the local music scene for<br />

3 ½ years now, having built on his work out<br />

of the skate scene, which always involved<br />

music.<br />

I asked Monstrom why he thought music<br />

and photography are so symbiotic. He<br />

answered, “Capturing the essence of a<br />

performance and an artist’s emotions are<br />

what music photography is all about; it allows<br />

the artist and the fans to relive a moment<br />

that happened in the blink of an eye.” Please<br />

check out MonstroM Photography on social<br />

media and be on the lookout for his new<br />

website.<br />

I’ve mentioned a lot about social media in this<br />

article and that will lead us into next month’s<br />

article, where I will discuss how to operate<br />

successful, engaging social media, and most<br />

importantly how to get those social media<br />

numbers up. As always, thanks for reading.<br />

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© By Hank Harrison<br />

Rodney Albin was one of the smartest<br />

people I ever met, and I’ve met a lot of<br />

smart people. But he had a dark side.<br />

the “holding company”. Pig Pen from<br />

the Grateful Dead eventually started<br />

hanging out. The rest is not well<br />

documented. Are you getting that this<br />

was a crazy time?<br />

As the years whizzed by, and as<br />

we all matriculated in one way or<br />

another, LSD entered the scene<br />

somewhere in this social admixture…<br />

and since Rod was a genius with<br />

loose social bonds, he fell in with<br />

the right or wrong chemistry crowd,<br />

depending on what Bible you read.<br />

Rod got married, moved out of 1090<br />

and had a son who grew up to be<br />

really good-looking, and then Rod<br />

opened a music store known as<br />

Acoustic Music on Haight Street. I<br />

couldn’t stay in touch with all of the<br />

details because I moved a lot, but I<br />

knew Rod ate a lot of junk food. I also<br />

knew from his second wife, Marlene<br />

Molle, that he never really worked<br />

out or did anything that would raise a<br />

sweat, and eventually, he got sick, I<br />

mean really sick.<br />

Rodney. I assumed that toward the<br />

end, Rodney was one of the loneliest<br />

people on the planet. It was as if<br />

he knew I would understand, I was<br />

honored to be the only person he<br />

confided in about this whack-a-doodle<br />

theory, but I’m still not sure what he<br />

meant.<br />

One day in late <strong>July</strong> 1984, when Rod<br />

was in hospice at UC Parnassus, he<br />

thanked me for inventing therapeutic<br />

techniques for bringing people<br />

down from bad drug trips. He knew<br />

I was the first person to ever bring<br />

anybody down on the telephone, and<br />

that I would drive to their location<br />

if necessary. I thanked him for the<br />

recognition and his friendship, but<br />

I was still deeply saddened. That’s<br />

when he told me he knew he was<br />

going to die; he even said he knew<br />

exactly what day he would die. I didn’t<br />

believe him. I nodded and held his<br />

hand, he didn’t seem to be afraid at<br />

all, but I was…what the Fxxx was I<br />

going to do without Rod Albin?<br />

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Rod was the go-to guy if you needed<br />

your guitar fixed or if you needed<br />

advice about where to fish for salmon<br />

or what was wrong with your air<br />

conditioner or if you needed to buy an<br />

old Buick. He knew a lot about stage<br />

magic and chemistry too. But you just<br />

never wanted to ask him about girls,<br />

or dating or the stock market. He<br />

didn’t know much about that stuff.<br />

In the pre-summer of love days in<br />

the Haight-Ashbury, around 1964,<br />

Rod started one of the first boarding<br />

house communes located at 1090<br />

Page Street. He rented it from his<br />

uncle who bought it for speculation.<br />

Built about 1888, it was a real original<br />

“Painted Lady,” but came into use<br />

as a boarding house during World<br />

War II and had seen better days. It<br />

was a big wide gingerbread Victorian<br />

with the insides straight out of M.C.<br />

Escher, a three-story mansion with a<br />

small redwood lined ballroom and a<br />

band stage in the basement.<br />

Rod’s first tenant was his brother<br />

Peter and his second tenant was<br />

Janis Joplin. After that, the place<br />

filled up quick, several San Francisco<br />

State students, like Mr. Sito, a native<br />

San Fran Japanese dude who<br />

studied Anthropology and Biology,<br />

but minored in French literature with<br />

an emphasis on Baudelaire, took<br />

residence.<br />

One of Rod’s old pals, known only<br />

as Edmond the Magician-from the<br />

Russian Embassy, put on shows<br />

there…these included a bed of nails<br />

act, which he left behind when he<br />

moved out because it was too heavy<br />

to move and a disappearing cape,<br />

which Rod and Peter occasionally<br />

wore to parties. Pretty soon bands<br />

started to form and one of them<br />

calling themselves Big Brother and<br />

the Holding Company set up practice<br />

sessions in the ballroom. Janis sat in.<br />

Rod was the Big Brother and since<br />

everybody owed him rent he was also<br />

When I got back from one of my<br />

teaching gigs in Europe I was<br />

saddened to find Rod in bad shape.<br />

His band, Road Hog, did well. He<br />

made electronic instruments for David<br />

Laflamme, who recorded White Bird<br />

on one of Rod’s violins; he built a<br />

harpsichord from scratch, but all that<br />

time he never ate a yogurt or chewed<br />

a raw carrot. The eventual result was<br />

intestinal cancer.<br />

He had a theory that cancer is really<br />

a mental breakdown of the epithelial<br />

cells, the cells that help lubricate most<br />

bodily functions, a kind of microscopic<br />

psychosis that blocks the cells from<br />

covering all sorts of surface tension<br />

under stress and it sometimes can’t<br />

be fixed. It didn’t take me long to<br />

realize he was telling me something<br />

far more confidential… he had<br />

cancer, and he gave it to himself,<br />

sort of an OOOPS moment. I figured<br />

it was an idea from the ether he was<br />

inhaling with all that cocaine he was<br />

snorting in the form of Freebase,<br />

which we now call Crack. Jerry<br />

Garcia was getting most of his crap<br />

from Rod back in those days, but that<br />

wasn’t the only thing that killed<br />

At the time I was the Senior Editor<br />

of Doctor Dobb’s Computer Journal,<br />

formally known as Doctor Dobbs<br />

Journal of Computer Orthodontia<br />

located in Menlo Park down the El<br />

Camino Real from Kepler’s Bookstore<br />

and about a block away from Magoo’s<br />

Pizza where the Warlocks first played.<br />

I heard through the grapevine that<br />

Rodney passed away that week<br />

in August. I was also working as a<br />

tech writer for a pioneering company<br />

called IMSAI across the Bay in San<br />

Leandro and had to commute, plus I<br />

was interviewing the late Gary Kildall<br />

about his new operating system<br />

MP/M-86, but Kildall insisted we chat<br />

in his Piper Comanche on the way<br />

to the Microcomputer convention the<br />

first week of August. In any case, I<br />

wasn’t able to keep up with Rodney’s<br />

details and I missed the news about<br />

his funeral. I got back to Menlo Park<br />

just in time to get a phone call from<br />

Peter Albin, Rod’s Brother, it went<br />

something like this:<br />

(Continued on page 30)<br />

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“Hank can we talk?”<br />

“Sure Peter what’s up?”<br />

“Rod died, you know.”<br />

“Yes I heard.”<br />

“Well, I need your help. Rod played a dirty trick on all of<br />

us.”<br />

“What? What kind of dirty trick?”<br />

“Well he left a bunch of fried chicken in the fridge with a<br />

note on it, and we took it on the boat in the picnic basket.”<br />

“I thought you were going to scatter his ashes at sea?”<br />

“That’s right, we did that, but we took a picnic lunch for<br />

all twelve people as we went out under the Golden Gate<br />

Bridge, just like Rod wanted.”<br />

“Yes. That was cool.”<br />

“No not cool.” Peter was nervous.<br />

I detected a lot of stress in Peter’s speech, “Oh why?”<br />

“… Because Rod put a massive dose of LSD in the chicken<br />

in the breading I guess, then put it in the freezer<br />

and we all ate it.”<br />

“Oh shoot!” I was going to laugh but that would<br />

have been rude, “So, When did this happen? “ I<br />

asked.<br />

“Today, just today… I just got back.”<br />

“Hey are you alright?”<br />

“Well, everybody got completely dosed on very<br />

potent LSD, except Marlene and Dad, they didn’t<br />

eat any chicken.”<br />

“Oh crap, that’s awful, so where are you now?”<br />

“OK, Well here’s what to do … most rough reactions to LSD<br />

are based on insulin insufficiency or bad glucose uptake<br />

issues, pre-diabetes and so forth. It’s a blood/serotonin<br />

balance issue, not a psychotic reaction, although I‘ve seen<br />

serotonin depletion react badly to low blood-sugar in prepsychotic<br />

individuals.”<br />

Peter didn’t want a lecture. “OK so what can I do?”<br />

he asked.<br />

“Just get some glucose into you immediately, you’ll<br />

be alright… a candy bar, orange juice, a milkshake,<br />

anything that will bring up your blood sugar… wait<br />

a few minutes then call me back.” I’ll drive up and<br />

hang out if that doesn’t work.<br />

“Are you sure?” Peter seemed doubtful.<br />

“It won’t stop the acid but it will calm the negative<br />

reaction. Trust me. The LSD left your system the<br />

last time you took a pee. “<br />

“Ok, I trust you Hank.”<br />

“Thanks Peter, you know I wouldn’t make this up.<br />

I’m sorry Rod felt he had to do something like that,<br />

really if you can dial a phone your OK, you did dial the<br />

phone yourself right?” I chuckled reassuringly.<br />

Peter assured me he was able to dial the phone, “Right,<br />

OK.”<br />

Peter did not call back that night. I assumed the glucose<br />

cure worked. I was sad though. I didn’t know Rodney<br />

was ‘that’ hostile. I guess he just wanted us all to get the<br />

message.<br />

And yes, I do miss him. I still have the solid oak table he<br />

built for me and I still have those Liberty Hill Aristocrat reel<br />

to reels in my files… and the memories, I’ll always have the<br />

memories.<br />

with Chez Rocker<br />

Josh Homme is the lead guitarist and frontman of Queens<br />

of the Stone Age. The Coachella Valley desert rock icon<br />

was born in Joshua Tree, California and still returns regularly<br />

to record with the likes of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch<br />

Nails), Cory Taylor (SLIPKNOT) and Dave Grohl (Foo<br />

Fighters), to name a few.<br />

Married to Brody Dolle of The Distillers and father of three,<br />

Homme has impacted the rock and roll world putting out<br />

one great album after another and also created band’s<br />

Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures. The<br />

46 year old Homme has played with Sir Elton John and<br />

now has plans to collaborate with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top .<br />

Queens of the Stone Age plans to have a new album in the<br />

upcoming year.<br />

Homme has produced a musical improv series called The<br />

Desert Sessions since 1997. With Queens of the Stone<br />

Age he has made eight albums; it’s hard to choose which<br />

of them I enjoy the most. They all have a sound of their<br />

own and each one shows how they have evolved as a<br />

band over time. They tour frequently and I recently had the<br />

pleasure of seeing them in Jacksonville, FL at the Rockville<br />

Festival.<br />

Homme’s liquor of choice tequila, preferably<br />

añejo, a classification that denotes it<br />

has been aged at least a year. Made from<br />

the agave plant, tequila dates back to the<br />

Aztecs but wasn’t distilled until the 1500s<br />

by the Spanish. Typically añejo is served<br />

on the rocks or sipped in a snifter but I’ve<br />

come up with something different and fun<br />

you can make with any tequila.<br />

ADIOS:<br />

2oz tequila<br />

1/2 oz blue curacao<br />

1/4 oz agave nectar<br />

Squeeze 1 fresh lime<br />

Splash soda<br />

Shake and serve over ice<br />

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“I’m in the city, at Rod’s house with<br />

Marlene.”<br />

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Hello again, friends! This time around I bring you<br />

a special interview with Paul Stanley … The<br />

ultimate front man; the reason KISS has been a<br />

part of the rock and roll landscape since the early<br />

‘70s. Singer, songwriter, strutting, dancing,<br />

guitar flailing ringleader of the KISS circus. I wanted to be<br />

like Paul from the minute I snagged a vinyl copy of Alive II.<br />

I have gone as Paul for Halloween 6 times, screeched his<br />

songs in front of thirsty karaoke audiences, and even made<br />

an attempt at a legit performance of “Love Gun” in front of<br />

a crowded music venue with my best friend’s band. I love<br />

his voice, the harmonies, his swagger, and his attention to<br />

fans. I managed to weasel my way backstage on the “Asylum”<br />

tour and Paul kindly signed the 7 albums I brought<br />

with me to the show. He chatted with me and made me<br />

feel like I wasn’t a star-fucker freak. And when I later got<br />

to interview him on the “Hot In The Shade” tour, he was<br />

equally as cool. So as KISS rolls through their “End of The<br />

Road” world tour (including an August 6th date in Sunrise,<br />

FL), it was certainly a great treat to get an opportunity to<br />

chat with him again as he releases his new book, Backstage<br />

Pass.<br />

RIGGS - Tell me about writing this new book, Backstage<br />

Pass, at this point in your career when you’re very busy on<br />

the road on the KISS Farewell Tour.<br />

PAUL - Well, interestingly I never really thought about<br />

writing a book and then initially the first book I wrote was<br />

“Face The Music” which is now in 6 languages, and it<br />

dealt a lot with my personal life which I’ve always felt it’s<br />

important to realize that the people they look up to and the<br />

people who inspire them aren’t perfect. It’s too easy to get<br />

caught up in thinking that you are in some sort of deficient<br />

situation and the people you look up to are on a pedestal. I<br />

don’t want to be on that pedestal. I want people to realize<br />

that we’re all kind of in this together and everybody has<br />

the same issues and I’d love to inspire people. I’d love to<br />

be the person to tell people what you CAN do. Nothing is<br />

impossible if you’re willing to work hard for it. For me, I’m<br />

deaf in one ear, always deaf in one ear, and was born with<br />

something they called a facial deformity. And my home life<br />

wasn’t great. But then it’s up to you. You either wallow<br />

in self-pity and you’re a victim or you get your life together<br />

and enjoy it. You only get one shot at this as far as I know,<br />

so I’m here to tell you what you can accomplish. And I<br />

don’t want to tell anybody how to live your life, I want to tell<br />

you how I’ve lived mine.<br />

RIGGS - Well it’s pretty remarkable that, with that kind of<br />

back story, you have achieved what you have achieved.<br />

And not just as a songwriter and musician, but you do<br />

so much for the troops and your fans…. I have had the<br />

opportunity to meet you and interview you and you seem<br />

like a very grounded, normal person. Is that difficult to keep<br />

intact or is it a product of what you have been through and<br />

overcome that made you this person?<br />

PAUL - I think that at the end of the day it’s real simple…<br />

take a moment and look in the mirror. Do you like who you<br />

see? It’s just that easy. I sleep real well. And I’ve found<br />

that as life has gone on that giving to others and helping<br />

people is a reward to me. It changes other people’s<br />

situations. It’s easy to be a dick, especially when you’re<br />

famous. But it’s actually easier to be nice. That may seem<br />

corny but truth be told, I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping<br />

other people. It makes the world better and it makes<br />

me better. So, pretty simple.<br />

RIGGS - It’s impressive in your music career how you have<br />

been able to reinvent yourself through all the eras that<br />

KISS has been through. Give me a brief synopsis of that<br />

moment in the ‘80s when you decide to take the makeup<br />

off. Was that freeing or frightening?<br />

PAUL - I pushed to make it happen. I don’t believe in living<br />

a woulda, shoulda, maybe we would have been better off<br />

kind of life. I think there are things that are worth doing<br />

and sometimes it really comes down to No Guts, No Glory.<br />

I thought the band had reached a point where it needed<br />

to take the makeup off and if we couldn’t succeed without<br />

the makeup, then we didn’t deserve to continue. It was a<br />

resounding success and took us through the ‘80s and Lick<br />

It Up was a big album as was Animalize with “Heaven’s On<br />

Fire”. So, there are no guarantees, but if you aren’t willing<br />

to take risks, you’ll never know. I never wanted to live with<br />

“well maybe if we had done this or that”, so we took it off<br />

and it stayed off until we did a reunion tour with the original<br />

lineup. Once that was over and we realized we wanted<br />

to continue, we just stayed the course and here we are in<br />

<strong>2019</strong>… let’s see, what is it, 45 years? It’s amazing and<br />

if somebody had told me I’d still be doing this I’d tell you<br />

you’re out of your mind. That’s what makes life so amazing.<br />

RIGGS - It truly is an incredible success story.<br />

PAUL - That’s what I try to say in Backstage Pass, to show<br />

how my life has evolved even since the last book. I have<br />

this great relationship with my dad who is 99 and I never<br />

could have imagined that. So, we have to be open to<br />

change but we also have to work for change.<br />

RIGGS - KISS has sold over 100 million records worldwide.<br />

I worked at a record store for years and it always gave me<br />

great pleasure to expose some of those old school KISS<br />

fans to some of the post-makeup music. Is it<br />

truly the strength of the songs that hooks people<br />

or is it the combination of the live show and the<br />

music?<br />

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PAUL - I think it’s parts of each and it would be hard to separate<br />

the two. But as far as the music goes, you can’t put a<br />

smoke bomb in an album, ya know? You’re buying music,<br />

and when people are singing “Heaven’s On Fire” or “Rock<br />

& Roll All Night” or “Love Gun”, you’re singing a song. And<br />

I think we hit a whole lot of home runs not with just the<br />

music but with attitude because we’ve always believed the<br />

audience deserves the best show possible. And we have<br />

never been self-indulgent and changed the arrangements<br />

of songs to the way we want to do it. People want to hear<br />

those songs the way they love them so we’ve always been<br />

keenly aware of the people who have given us this opportunity.<br />

You can’t always follow what some want you to do<br />

and we are going to disappoint some people along the way,<br />

but that’s what makes us who we are.<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper<br />

Lita Ford<br />

Photo credit Tim Tuech<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper<br />

RIGGS - What is your Mount Rushmore of KISS songs?<br />

The ultimate four songs that you sing.<br />

PAUL - Hmmmm… “Love Gun”, “Detroit Rock City”, “Rock<br />

& Roll All Night” and …. Hmmmm…. “Heaven’s On Fire”.<br />

RIGGS - So for those who want an introduction to KISS,<br />

those are your 4?<br />

Brad Buckley Band<br />

Photo credit Reluctant Genius<br />

Lee Siler - Skin Deep<br />

Photo credit Tim Teuch<br />

PAUL - There ya go, that’s the primer!<br />

RIGGS - I really enjoy your artwork. Is painting an escape<br />

for you from music or has it become such a passion that<br />

the music is the break from everyday life?<br />

PAUL - I originally started painting as a way of letting off<br />

steam. But it became so successful that it became just<br />

another successful outlet that came with deadlines and<br />

responsibilities which it didn’t start with. But I’m incredibly<br />

grateful and humbled, not just with the sales, but the people<br />

who have artists that I respect hanging on their wall that<br />

have one of my pieces hanging next to it. It started one<br />

way but again, I want to define myself by the challenges I<br />

take on. Whether it’s art, writing books, theater, I never go<br />

“Why?”; I just say, “Why not?”. “Why not do it?”.<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper<br />

Bubba Sparxxx<br />

Photo credit Reluctant Genius<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper<br />

RIGGS – Love it. Thank you very much for your time!<br />

PAUL – My pleasure!<br />

And not that anyone asked, but here are my OTHER 4<br />

Mount Rushmore / Paul Stanley-fronted KISS songs…<br />

- Shandi<br />

- Take Me<br />

- Thrills In The Night<br />

- I Still Love You<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper<br />

Cheers!<br />

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RIGGS, GUY, & INTERN STEVE<br />

The Morning HOG / 95.7 The HOG<br />

Weekdays 5-10am<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper<br />

Demun Jones<br />

Photo credit Reluctant Genius<br />

Last Electric Rodeo<br />

Photo credit Meggan Harper


I wish I knew who suggested that we visit our “Phantom<br />

Foodie” restaurant this month, because I would like to<br />

thank them personally. Millie’s Restaurant and Catering is<br />

located at 3218 South Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach<br />

Shores; you can find them at www.milliesrestaurant.com.<br />

The restaurant isn’t “rustic” like many others in such close<br />

proximity to the ocean.<br />

There are tablecloths,<br />

goblets and real silverware.<br />

The tables are beautifully<br />

set and the atmosphere<br />

comfortable, clean and<br />

professional. The service on<br />

both visits was impeccable;<br />

friendly, helpful staff who<br />

offer amazing service<br />

without being intrusive.<br />

My first visit to Millie’s was<br />

between lunch and dinner<br />

on a Tuesday afternoon, so<br />

I opted for lunch. I had the<br />

most moist, flavorful burger<br />

I have ever tasted. The<br />

burger is a blend of chuck,<br />

brisket and short rib and,<br />

because why not, I ordered<br />

it with cheese and bacon. A side of homemade chips<br />

and pickle spear rounded out the plate and, although the<br />

chips were good, my friend had fries and I would definitely<br />

order those next time instead of the chips. He also had a<br />

pressed Cuban sandwich, which he said was<br />

excellent.<br />

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The second visit was on a Sunday for dinner. We stopped<br />

by kind of early for dinner; it wasn’t crowded at the time, but<br />

they told us it would fill up on a Sunday evening. We went<br />

elsewhere for a couple of drinks and when we came back,<br />

there were indeed several people there, although it was<br />

easy seating at the bar. I had been excited on my previous<br />

visit to see shrimp and grits on the menu so I already knew<br />

what I would be ordering. I had a different friend with me<br />

that evening and, after considering the many delicioussounding<br />

options, he ordered the grouper entree that was<br />

featured. The shrimp and grits were probably the best I<br />

have ever tasted. This dish can have many variations,<br />

mostly in the “gravy” and this was delicious. Even my<br />

friend who, like so many people, claims not to be a “shrimp<br />

and grits guy” finished my entree for me. This was, of<br />

course, after he devoured all of his grouper dinner.<br />

There are some intriguing items on the menu at Millie’s -<br />

BBQ Smoked<br />

Alligator<br />

Ribs, BBQ<br />

Pork Nachos,<br />

Coffee<br />

Rubbed Steak<br />

Salad, Filet<br />

and Shrimp<br />

Fondue. They<br />

also offer a<br />

children’s<br />

menu. This<br />

will have to be<br />

a special occasion place for me - it was on the higher price<br />

point (around $92 including drinks for the two of us - in<br />

fairness, we may drink more than some people). But well<br />

worth the price because the portions are generous. I will<br />

make it a point to treat myself again soon!<br />

new school album of the month<br />

VLTMUS Something Wicked Marches In<br />

Ex vocalist and bass player of Morbid Angel David Vincent, ex Mayhem<br />

guitarist Blasphemer, and Cryptopsy drummer Flo Mounier have<br />

come together to deliver Something Wicked Marches In, an album of<br />

progressive at times, yet brutal death metal. A must own for fans of the<br />

members’ other music endeavors. Top tracks for me are “Total Destroy”,<br />

“Everlasting”, and “Last Ones Alive Win Nothing”. Out now on Seasons<br />

of Mist Records.<br />

Photo Credit: Metalbox Facebook page<br />

Photo Credit: TVT<br />

The Metalhead Box<br />

A few years ago, while scrolling through a couple of groups that I am a<br />

part of I stumbled across something that I thought was an excellent idea,<br />

a monthly subscription called “The Metalhead Box”. The subscription<br />

is basically a very well put together box that includes a t-shirt, 3 CDs,<br />

and other miscellaneous items such as stickers, patches, pins and other<br />

goodies and costs about $40.00 a month with shipping. I of course had<br />

to check it out for myself and each box I have received is extremely<br />

impressive. I have gotten not only t-shirts and CDs but also beer cozies,<br />

satanic candles, posters, signed pictures and so much other really cool<br />

Metal merchandise. Their service has several formats to choose from<br />

including the regular box, the mini box, and even a vinyl box option. You<br />

can also choose your favorite genre of metal for your box (Death, Black,<br />

or Thrash) which is a plus. I feel this box is for the Metalhead who wants a<br />

new surprise every month because you never know what you’re going to<br />

get out of this one-of-a-kind subscription but it is a blast to find out and you<br />

will certainly look forward to unboxing each month so check it out.<br />

s<br />

Photo Credit: Season of the Mists Records<br />

old school album of the month<br />

G/Z/R Plastic Planet<br />

During his hiatus from metal legends Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler (the<br />

godfather of all heavy metal bassists) decided to embark on a solo career<br />

and then voila G/Z/R’s “Plastic Planet “, released in 1995 on TVT Records.<br />

This aggro groove metal album featuring Fear Factory’s Burton C Bell on<br />

vocals, was nothing typical Sabbath fans were expecting especially with the<br />

dissing of a certain Sabbath guitarist on the song “Giving Up the Ghost”. The<br />

tunes seemed to be more aggressive and heavier than what was expected<br />

out of Butler and change is good on this album. “Catatonic Eclipse” and<br />

“Drive by Shooting” give this outing the 1-2 punch needed to<br />

raise those metal eyebrows. Songs “Plastic Planet”, “House of<br />

Clouds” and “X13” are worthy of avoiding the recycle bin. A pat<br />

on the back from the prince of darkness was well deserved.<br />

37


CROSSWORD ANSWERS<br />

38<br />

1. What is the title of the Beatles’ first album that<br />

made the UK charts in 1963?<br />

Please Please Me<br />

2. Which member of the Grateful Dead lost<br />

the majority of his middle finger due to an<br />

wood-chopping incident?<br />

Jerry Garcia<br />

3. Name of the street where the iconic album<br />

cover featuring all four members of the Beatles<br />

walking in a street was taken?<br />

Abbey Road<br />

4. What is the name of the supergroup that both<br />

John Lennon and Keith Richards were apart of?<br />

The Dirty Mac<br />

5. This blues singer-songwriter inspired Jimi<br />

Hendrix into playing the guitar?<br />

Muddy Waters<br />

6. What is the name of the superduo that includes<br />

both Kanye West and Kid Cudi?<br />

Kids See Ghosts<br />

7. What is the meaning of LL Cool J’s name?<br />

Ladies Love Cool James<br />

8. What is the title of Jason Mraz’s popular 2008<br />

pop song?<br />

I’m Yours<br />

9. What year did Madonna’s hit song “Like a<br />

Virgin” come out?<br />

1984<br />

10. What is Childish Gambino’s real name?<br />

Donald Glover<br />

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<strong>July</strong> 11 - Jay Paski<br />

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