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October 2007

Event Reviews

Akron/Family

Akron/Family bring their travelling circus to Orlando. They say "Love is Simple" but on this night, as S D Green found, their music proved anythying but.

Broadway Calls

There's something so pure about a bill of up-and-coming bands playing a tiny bar with no stage. Such was the locale of Broadway Calls' Orlando stop. Jen Cray relished in the simplicity of a d.i.y. punk show.

Chemical Brothers

"You are all my children now." Techno rave meets Jim Jones as Chris Catania is inducted into the cult of Big Beat oblivion.

Interpol

Interpol may not be the most exciting live band on the planet, but Jen Cray is hooked on their music deeply enough to keep going back for more.

Jamie T

Chris Catania finds himself amongst a crowd who wants to hear South London's own Jamie T play all night along. And after getting an earful of a tuneful melange of punk, r&b and everything in between, he's inclined to agree.

Rilo Kiley

You may not expect that Rilo Kiley would be high on Jen Cray's list of must-see live bands, but after their recent takeover in Orlando they most definitely are up there!

Sam Rivers and the Rivbea Orchestra

Will's Pub may have closed, but Sam Rivers' monthly jazz workshop finds new life at the Plaza Theatre. S D Green finally figures out who put the bop in the bop-she-bop-she-bop.

The New Pornographers

A brilliant band with brilliant songs is hampered by the unforgiving sound of the Crystal Ballroom. Bob Ham was, for better or worse, there.

The Wildbirds

The Wildbirds were a mere opening act two months ago, but this time around they're receiving top billing on a show packed with talent. Jen Cray was one of the few in attendance for one damn fine night of music.

Interviews

Alan Vega

Suicide devotee Matthew Moyer sits down with Alan Vega to talk about his new solo album Station, the mysteries of the creative process, whether Bruce Springsteen is indeed the Boss, becoming an entertainer and... a family man. This be the verse.

Ministry

Al Jourgensen sounds off on the end of Ministry, its lauded history and plenty on politics. And he's not going out quietly. Kiran Aditham has more with Uncle Al.

Jason Bittner

Shadows Fall drummer Jason recently spoke to Ink 19 from his home in upstate New York about his band’s great success in the metal underground, his surprising musical roots and why the staff of any Holiday Inn might appreciate having Jason around if the drummer in their lounge band had a heart attack onstage.

Glen Galloway

Glen Galloway is Soul Junk, who delivers the word backed by indie rock and hip-hop beats. Chris Catania talks to the man about Psalms, doing commercial music for BMW and faith.

Music Reviews

Maps

Maps

We Can Create (Mute). Review by Andrew Coulon.

Music A

A Static Lullaby

A Static Lullaby (Fearless Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Armor For Sleep

Smile For Them (Sire). Review by Jen Cray.

Music B

Barcelona

Absolutes (Curb Appeal Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Between The Buried and Me

Colors (Victory). Review by Jen Cray.

Suzy Bogguss

Sweet Danger (LDR/Loyal Dutchess Records). Review by David Whited.

Bowling For Soup

The Great Burrito Extortion Case (Jive). Review by Andrew Ellis.

The Busy Signals

The Busy Signals (Dirtnap). Review by Jen Cray.

Music C

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind (Music Maker). Review by Sean Slone.

Cranebuilders

Sometimes You Hear Through Someone Else (Azra). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Justin Currie

What Is Love For (Rykodisc). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Cyminology

Bemun (Double Moon). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music D

Death Is Not Glamorous

Wide Eyes (Run For Cover). Review by Jen Cray.

Dedication Film Soundtrack

Film Soundtrack (Commotion/KOCH). Review by Jen Cray.

The Donnas

Bitchin' (Purple Feather). Review by Jen Cray.

Dropkick Murphys

The Meanest of Times (Born & Bred). Review by Jen Cray.

Music E

Eddie The Rat

Once Around The Butterfly Bush (Edgetone). Review by Bob Ham.

Elope

9 Distilled Dreams (Gravitation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Enter The Haggis

Live In Northampton (United For Opportunity). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 10

Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 10 (Warcon). Review by Jen Cray.

Escape the Fate

Dying is Your Latest Fashion (Epitaph). Review by Jen Cray.

Music F

FBS

Fight Before Surrender (Wounded/ Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.

Jenn Franklin

Errors and Admissions (Self-Released). Review by Andrew Ellis.

The Fratellis

The Flathead EP (Interscope). Review by Bob Ham.

Funkstorung

Appendix (K7!). Review by Bob Ham.

Music G

Gina Gershon

In Search of Cleo (Self-Released). Review by Jen Cray.

Goslings

Spaceheater/Perfect Interior (Crucial Blast). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Grand National

A Drink and a Quick Decision (Recall Records). Review by S D Green.

Music H

The Holloways

So This Is Great Britain? (TVT). Review by Jen Cray.

Music I

I'm From Barcelona

Let Me Introduce My Friends (Mute). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Isis

In The Absence of Truth (Ipecac). Review by Bob Ham.

Music J

Jamie T

Panic Prevention (Caroline). Review by Jen Cray.

Jupiter One

JupiterOne (Cordless Recordings /Warner Music Group). Review by Jen Cray.

Music L

Ladybug Transistor

Can’t Wait Another Day (Merge). Review by Andrew Coulon.

Nyles Lannon

Pressure (Badman). Review by Jen Cray.

Lez Zeppelin

Lez Zeppelin (Emanation Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Los Femurs

Modern Mexico (Homespun Records/In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music M

Manicured Noise

Northern Stories 1978/80 (Caroline True). Review by Aaron Shaul.

McRad

FDR (Uprising). Review by Jen Cray.

Joni Mitchell

Shine (Hear Music/Starbucks). Review by Matt Parish.

Rico Monaco & Sol Sons

Luna Salerno (Self-Released). Review by Sean Slone.

Music of Coal

Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields (Lonesome Pine Council on Youth). Review by David Whited.

Music N

TJ Norris

triMIX (Innova). Review by Bob Ham.

Music P

Phonograph

Phonograph (Arclight). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Pipettes

We Are the Pipettes (Cherrytree/Interscope). Review by Jen Cray.

Music R

Racetrack Babies

Summer Salt Santiago (Musikministeriet). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Chris Robley

The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love (Cutthroat Pop Records/In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Rogue Wave

Asleep At Heaven's Gate (Brushfire). Review by Jen Cray.

Rope, Inc.

Songs of Love & War (Second Shimmy). Review by Bob Ham.

Music S

Saliva

Blood Stained Love Story (Island Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Senses Fail

Still Searching (Vagrant Records/Drive-Thru Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Billy Joe Shaver

Everybody's Brother (Compadre Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Siberian

With Me (Sonic Boom). Review by Linda Tate.

The Slumber Party Girls

Dance Revolution (Geffen). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Sons of William

What Hides Inside (Red Lick Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Soul Junk

1959 (Quiver Society). Review by Chris Catania.

Static Radio New Jersey

One For the Good Guys (Black Numbers). Review by Jen Cray.

Steel Train

Trampoline (Drive Thru). Review by Jen Cray.

Astrid Swan

Poverina (Minty Fresh). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music T

Taken By Trees

Open Field (Rough Trade). Review by Omar de la rosa.

The 13th Victim

Broken Bottles & Razor Blades (Hairball 8). Review by Jen Cray.

Trans Am

Sex Change (Thrill Jockey Records). Review by Andrew Coulon.

The Triffids

Calenture (Domino). Review by Sean Slone.

Music U

Unsane

Visqueen (Ipecac Recordings). Review by Jen Cray.

Urkuma

Rebuilding Pantaleone's Tree (Baskaru). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music V

Alan Vega

Station (Mute Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Kate Voegele

Don’t Look Away (MySpace Records). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music X

Xasthur

Subliminal Genocide (Hydra Head). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music Y

You Say Party! We Say Die!

Lose All Time (Paper Bag). Review by Jen Cray.

Print Reviews

A Month on the Road with $100 and a T-Shirt

A zine about touring about zines? It's not a logic paradox, it's the new piece of mimeographed wonder from Microcosm Press' Joe Biel. Sheila Scoville gets in the van.

Heroin Diaries

In his new book, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx lifts the lid on the most insane year of life when his drug habit took its gruesome, inevitable toll. Andrew Ellis discovers the reality behind the typical rock star clichй or sex, drugs and rock n'roll.

The Poincarè Conjecture

A popular account of a famous but very difficult mathematics problem. Carl F Gauze, much like Teen Talk Barbie, knows that math is hard.

White Bicycles

Like a smarter and hipper Forrest Gump, Joe Boyd repeatedly turned up at the right place at the right time in the rapidly changing music world of the 1960's. From ferrying blues and jazz players around Europe, to discovering Pink Floyd, Boyd was there and he remembers what happened!

Screen Reviews

All My Loving

Matt Parish sees if Tony Palmer's trailblazing "rockumentary" on the sounds of the Sixties has stood the test of time.

Big Audio Dynamite Live

After watching this dvd of concert footage from Mick Jones post-Clash project, Big Audio Dynamite, Carl F Gauze is still waiting for the clampdown..

Great Kat: Extreme Guitar Shred

To look at the DVD box, you might thing the Great Kat is some sort of Bizarro Nancy Wilson. Not so. She's so much more, Matthew Moyer declares.

Homeland Insecurity

Bob Ham looks at the latest collection of shorts from DIY filmmaker Bill Brown, somewhere between Sal Paradise and photojournalism.

In The Shadow of The Moon

Carl F Gauze takes one small step into his local theater to check out this nifty new documentary about the famed Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Naked You Die

Murder stalks an exclusive girls' school in this 1968 Italian murder mystery. Carl F Gauze does his mentor Joe Bob Briggs proud.

Rebus: Set 2

Ken Stott returns as the hard-drinking, hard-smoking, DI John Rebus for a second set of mysteries, based on the books by Ian Rankin. This series sees Rebus dealing with complex ciphers, underworld bosses, duplicitous businessmen, and dead cats, along with the requisite murders in each episode. Joe Frietze gives his best good cop/bad cop.

The Brave One

Shelton Hull finds much to praise in Jodie Foster's latest film. Consider it the anti-Hostel.