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December 2004

Event Reviews

Th' Legendary Shack Shakers

If you've never seen Th' Legendary Shack Shakers perform, try to imagine a hybrid of Jerry Lee Lewis, Iggy Pop, Jello Biafra, and Lux Interior. Jen Cray testifies.

The Killers

Retro New Wave band The Killers have gone from obscurity to stardom in less than a year. Jen Cray caught their current tour, with Now It's Overhead and The Zutons in Orlando.



Mike Garrigan is something of a music industry veteran. Stints in modern rock outfits Collapsis and Athenaeum as well as a career as a solo artist have provided the singer/songwriter/musician with a rich seam of experience in what is a cut-throat industry. With the release of his new bandís EP, he tells Andrew Ellis why he's back in front of the mic again.

Th' Legendary Shack Shakers

Colonel J.D. Wilkes, frontman for Th' Legendary Shack Shakers is perhaps the most captivating live performer in music today. Jen Cray spoke to Coronal about his musical influences, the rockabilly renaissance, and the Andy Griffith show before the band's show in Winter Park, Florida.

The Matrix

Sir Millard Mulch dares to talk on the phone with the lovely ladies of phenomenally successful songwriting team The Matrix about their debut as performing artists.

Music Reviews

Denis Leary

Merry F#%$in' Christmas (Comedy Central). Review by Jason Plender.

Music A

Alien Crime Syndicate

Ten Songs In The Key Of Betrayal (The Control Group). Review by Addam Donnelly.

Music B

Billy Bacon and The Forbidden Pigs

Still Smokin' After 20 Years (Triple X Records, Swine Song). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Bathtub Shitter

Lifetime Shitlist (Shitjam Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Start A People (Graveface Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.


The Fish Needs A Bike - The Best of Blurt Volume 1 (Salamander Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Briggs

Leaving the Ways (Side One Dummy Records). Review by Jen Cray.

Music C

Cattle Decapitation

Humanure (Metal Blade). Review by Daniel Mitchell.


Introducing Lemon (Skin Graft Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music D


Violence Blasphemy Sodomy (Wicked World/Earache). Review by Matthew Moyer.


Apple Oí (Kill Rock Stars). Review by Matthew Moyer.

DJ Baby Anne

Mixtress (System Recording). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music F

Five Star Iris

Five Star Iris (Hooptyville Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

The Flesh Eaters

Miss Muerte (Atavistic). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music G

Glass Casket

We Are Gathered Here Today (Abacus Recordings). Review by Addam Donnelly.

The Great Depression

Unconscious Pilot (Princess). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music H

The Hellacopters

By The Grace Of God (Liquor and Poker). Review by Jen Cray.

Music J

Liz Janes

Poison & Snakes (Asthmatic Kitty). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music K

King Missile III

Royal Lunch (Important Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.


Until the End (Artemis Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music L

Jens Lekman

When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog (Secretly Canadian). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music M


Forget What You Know (Columbia). Review by Addam Donnelly.


La Increible Aventura (Acuarela). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Moron Parade

Dark Nights: Knife City (ParadeCo Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music N


Lagus Within the Lake (Candlelight). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Nerve Exhibit

The Horror of Amusement ((self-released)). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Nevea Tears

Do I Have to Tell You Why I Love You? (Eulogy). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

A New January

Cold and Naked (Negative Nine). Review by Ben Varkentine.

Music O

Old Enough 2 Know Better

Old Enough 2 Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records (Merge). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Old Time Relijun

Lost Light (K Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music P


Variations (Initial Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

The Postman Syndrome

Terraforming (Now Or Never). Review by Addam Donnelly.


Probot (Southern Lord). Review by Van Sias.

Music R


Alms (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Red37 (Self-released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Renee Heartfelt

Magdalene (Limekiln). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Rise Against

Siren Song of the Counter-Culture (Geffen). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music S

Seven Mary Three

Dis/Location (DRT/Navarre). Review by Andrew Ellis.

The Shemps

Spazz Out With The Shemps (Reservation Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum of Natural History

Aiming to Answer Common Questions (Web of Mimicry). Review by Carl F Gauze.


One Night In Bangkok (SPV/Steamhammer). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music T


Never Bring You Pleasure (Sonic Unyon). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music U


010 (Eenie Meenie Records). Review by Rob Levy.

Print Reviews

Who The Hell's In It

Friends, sex symbols, actresses...lend Peter Bogdanovich your ears for this discussion of movie stars he has known and loved. It's a sometimes maddening, sometimes sensitive, sometimes candid trip through Wonderland with filmmaker Bogdanovich your own private mad hatter. Ben Varkentine says pass the butter.

Crossing The Rubicon

A signifigant number of Bush voters believed that Iraq had a hand in 9/11. If so, Bush certainly would be an ungrateful little snot, declaring war on the country that gave him a second term. Michael Ruppert, a former LAPD narcotics investigator, has studied the abuses of government power for decades; his new book looks at the question of just how far some people will go for control of the world. James Mann says: Pretty far, really.

Love All The People

Bill Hicks believed that great comedy provides an answer, and he tried to provide more than a few in his own work. A new book collects those answers on subjects ranging from gun control to pornography to movie criticism, by reprinting verbatim his unsacrificing routines, letters and other writings. Ben Varkentine looks at this gifted, cursed man.

Mixed Nuts

Ben Varkentine says "Ask me what's the secret of comedy." You start to say, "What's the secret of..." and Ben yells "Timing," very loudly, right in your face. Kills you, doesn't it?

Broadway's Most Wanted

Ben Varkentine's got a little list ("He's gota little list...").

Screen Reviews

Blade Trintiy

It's hard to kill a vampire. The third installment in the Blade series keeps the franchise alive with undead action and character actors, according to Rob Levy.


A gripping documentary about one dysfunctioanal family's battle with mental illness and the boy whose life it affected. Rob Levy reports from the edge of his seat.

Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival

Eric J. Iannelli returns to this annual cinematic feast to sample what the world has to offer -- from Czech-Icelandic hybrids to a small part of a gigantic German epic.


Love and treachery abounds in conetemporary London. Rob Levy breaks down the breakdown.

Oliver's Army

The remarkable life of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King who conquered most of the known world in his lifetime is featured in the epic story of greed, war, power and love. Way too epic, according to Rob Levy.