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December 2009

Event Reviews

Brother Ali

Brother Ali raps more gratitude than attitude, sending a refreshing surge of celebration through Chicago's Metro.

Fake Problems

Jen Cray enjoys a bit of Fake Problems in Orlando.

Jet

Jet's inspired blending of garage and classic rock shouldn't work, but it does, even six years after plowing into America's consciousness.

Megaphone

Orlando, Florida's Megaphone wraps up an amazing year with a high energy hometown show.

Peaches

Peaches brings her freakfest booty show to Orlando's lads and ladies.

The Joe Perry Project

Aerosmith's legendary co-founder, Joe Perry, delivered a set of gutsy, hard driving rock at Orlando's House of Blues.

The Revival Tour 2009

Chuck Ragan's Revival Tour makes a return trip to Orlando to jam with a crowd of friends for a less-than-perfect audience of socialites.

Features

Remembering Vic Chesnutt: 1964-2009

The world lost an astonishingly gifted artist when singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt passed away December 25, 2009.

Interviews

Rick DeJesus

By all accounts, Adelitas Way vocalist/songwriter Rick DeJesus should have become a statistic. Ink 19's Elianne Halbersberg talks with the artist about how music -- and VH1 -- saved his life.

Arrington de Dionyso

Despite a discography that would make you expect a persona along the lines of a reincarnated Captain Beefheart, in conversation, Arrington de Dionyso is polite and eager to communicate his artistic mission in as understated a manner as possible. Ink 19 caught up with the artist on a rare day off, somewhere in Texas, to speak about his new album Malaikat Dan Singa, performance, and making music to conjure spirits.

Blacklist

Too young to be fully cognizant of the more embarrassing excesses of Gothic music over the past twenty years, the young Turks of NYC's own Blacklist are, perhaps unwittingly, the best hope of redeeming Goth-metal. Fresh from a European tour complete with horned hotel antics, Blacklist frontman and provocateur Josh Strawn told Ink 19 all about how he learned to stop worrying and love Motorhead and Scott Walker equally.

Sick Puppies

With their latest release, Tri-Polar, Sick Puppies' luck and perseverance begins to pay off with big-league success. Bassist Emma Anzai gives Ink 19 the dish on craigslist, the glamorous rock and roll lifestyle, and why you should never skimp on vitamins.

Michael Rother

Fans of cutting-edge electronic music most likely have Michael Rother to thank. Rother was one of the prime movers in a German music scene, dubbed krautrock, that still sets the standard for exciting, weird, and groovy music. Ink 19 had the pleasure of chatting with Rother, who seems as comfortable with creating new music as he is with being a careful archivist of the music and legacy of his previous bands.

Music Reviews

Arrington De Dionyso

Malaikat Dan Singa (K Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Beak>

Beak> (Invada Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Beaten Awake

Thunder$troke (Fat Possum Records LLC). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Betty Davis

They Say I'm Different (Light in the Attic Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Betty Davis

Is It Love or Desire? (Light In The Attic Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Brilliant Colors

Introducing (Slumberland). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot / The Road Is No Place For A Lady (Collectors' Choice Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Chromeo

DJ Kicks (!K7 Records). Review by Al Pergande.

Diablo Swing Orchestra

Sing-Along Songs for the Damned & Delirious (Sensory / Lasers Edge). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Eagle Twin

The Unkindness of Crows (Southern Lord). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Espers

III (Drag City). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Fever Ray

Fever Ray (Mute Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Fischerspooner

Entertainment (FS Studios). Review by By Kyra Grant.

Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh

Overloaded Ark (Drag City). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Holopaw

Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness (Bakery Outlet Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Joe Perry

Have Guitar, Will Travel (Roman Records). Review by Christopher Long.

Laminated Cat

Umbrella Weather (Garden Gate Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Lemongrass

Filmotheque (Lemongrass Music). Review by Jacob Seman.

Lymbyc Systym

Shutter Release (Mush Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Matthew Ryan

Dear Lover (Dear Future Collective). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Rose Melberg

Homemade Ship (K Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Mellowdrone

Angry Bear (Coming Home Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Sanctification

Black Reign (Pulverized Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Shrinebuilder

Shrinebuilder (Neurot Recordings). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Simon Joyner

Out Into The Snow (Team Love Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Spring Tigers

Mini-LP (Bright Antenna). Review by Carl F Gauze.

T. H. White

Company Book (Sky Council). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Bodies Obtained

Dead Plans (Finding You Attractive). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Skygreen Leopards

Gorgeous Johnny (Jagjaguwar). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Vagina Panther

Vagina Panther. Review by Carl F Gauze.

Volcano Choir

Unmap (JagJuaguwar). Review by Matthew Moyer.

White Hills

Dead EP (Thrill Jockey Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

WHY?

Eskimo Snow (anticon.). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Print Reviews

Country Music Fun Time Activity Book

Aye Jay has already conquered Rap, Metal, and Punk with his activity books, now he is taking on country. Is he just as successful? Tim Wardyn finds out.

Let It Bleed

The Rolling Stones tour of America in 1969, and its disastrous climax at Altamont, forever changed rock and roll -- and America. Ethan Russell was there, camera in hand. Forty years later he spills. James Mann says it's only rock and roll... but he likes it.

Screen Reviews

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox nearly destroys his family and community in this stop-motion version of Roald Dahl's classic children's book by Wes Anderson.

High School Record

A low key documentary of modern high school life.

Repo! The Genetic Opera

The spirit of grand opera lives on in this blood-soaked low budget thriller featuring Paris Hilton and Sarah Brightman.