Turbonegro Goes America

Turbonegro Goes America

NEWS AND VIEWS **************************************


I still turn heads with my arresting Turbonegro shirt brought back from Europe.
Now more will have this opportunity to be aware of this group as Burning Heart/Epitaph
Records announces their signing. Working their rock-n-roll magic in Norway
for a decade, the group catastrophically “[dissolved] in the waiting room of
a psychiatric emergency ward in Milan, Italy 1998.” Prior to the band’s demise
were the albums Apocalypse Dudes, Never Is Forever and Ass Cobra
and more. The band reformed this past summer for European gigs. Now there is
a new album due out on Burning Heart/Epitaph Records in the spring of 2003.
“There’s always been an uncontrollable dark force driving the band forward,
I guess recording a new album was inevitable”, says Rune Rebellion, guitarist.


Old school jazz icons Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Cannonball Adderley have their discographies
extended September 17, 2002. This happens with the debut of Hyena, the latest
label venture from record producer Joel Dorn. Reissues of Les McCann and Eddie
Harris will follow on October 1. Hyena will be an imprint of The Music Force,
the California-based company home to Sin-Drome Records. Returning with Hyena,
Joel Dorn begins the fourth in a series of record labels (Night Records, 32
Records & Label M) that find him mining gems from the vaults (Atlantic Records,
Muse Records & The Left Bank Jazz Society). Dorn comes full circle with Hyena
by reissuing the four long out of print albums that started it all on Night
Records: The Man Who Cried Fire by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Radio Nights
by Cannonball Adderley, Les Is More by Les McCann and A Tale of Two Cities
by Eddie Harris. Nearly impossible to find, the four Night Records titles are
commonly considered minor classics. “The beauty here is that none of the artists
knew they were recording records during the taping of these shows. This is how
the music actually went down,” says Dorn.


After a successful 42-show American tour, reunited industrial rock pioneers
Prong signed a worldwide recording deal with Locomotive Music. The label will
release the band’s first live album on October 15, to be followed by a new studio
record in April. After a five-year hiatus, Prong returned this spring for a
six-week American tour, during which the group’s as-yet-unnamed live CD was
recorded. Mixed by Pat Regan (Kiss, Ritchie Blackmore, Diesel Machine), the
album includes one new song, “Initiation,” co-written by long time friend and
guitarist Pat Lachman (Halford / Diesel Machine).


This label has a vintage aesthetic and releases great indie pop records. One
such fine example is the self-titled CD from Orange Nichole (Penguin). Such
charming gems are here as “Coupon of Love,” which marries a martial snare beat
to reverb-drenched guitar and a saccharine teenbeat love song. Also on the label
is Hey Blue! from Miss Mary of The Oscillators. Her dulcet vocals and
unassuming girlish charm that made that group the darling of college radio programmers
carries over to this album. This is especially true on the title track, the
mock-shyness espoused in “The Date” and the singsong “My Baby Cried All Night
Long.” What ties these artists together is a certain economy and efficient brevity
to their songs as Jeff Mellin (label head with his brother Joel) says, “a sense
of humor.” Easily, this combination could lead to trite, trivial material, but
Orange Nichole and Miss Mary transcend that to produce shimmering examples of
indie pop. Through their Web site you can try out these and other titles at
the cannot-go-wrong price of $5. Check out Stereorrific Recordings on the Web
Listen to or Buy Orange Nichole at Amazon.com

Listen to or Buy Miss Mary at Amazon.com


The field of heavy metal is not known as a breeding ground for musicians of
varied and advanced talents. However, alongside and after his 1987-1992 career
as lead guitarist for Testament, Alex Skolnick recreated himself as a jazz,
progressive rock and jazz fusion musician. Two recent albums show Skolnick’s more
advanced talents as he continues to recreate himself as a jazz musician. Skolnick
has easily created a much more interesting body of work with Attention Deficit
and Trans-Siberian Orchestra then all that he did with Testament. The creative
decline in that band after his absence proves he was the group’s skill center.
The Alex Skolnick Trio is a nearly acoustic jazz combo to showcase Skolnick’s
more traditional jazz styles. Beside two originals, Goodbye to Romance:
Standards for a New Generation
(Skol Productions) includes a bevy of hard
rock covers given jazz treatment. This includes “War Pigs” (Black Sabbath),
“No One Like You” (Scorpions) and “Pinball Wizard” (The Who). Skolnick also
appears on the Joe Deninzon album The Adventures of Stratospheerius (D
Zone Ent., 30-43 32d St., Apt. 4, Astoria, NY 11102). This is more a fusion
of jazz and hard rock and Skolnick is on hand providing stunt guitar to Deninzon’s
violin theatrics. Deninzon wildly improvises on electric and acoustic violins.
The New York musician has worked with Sheryl Crow, Everclear, Smokey Robinson,
Project Object and more. In Skolnick, Deninzon has the perfect guitarist to
match his pyrotechnics. However, Deninzon tries to do everything on this album:
funk and fusion and rap and R&B-like ballads. This makes for an uneven recording
with the best portions being the fiery instrumentals. Check out Alex on the
Web: http://www.alexskolnick.com and
Deninzon at Listen
to or Buy Adventures of Stratospheerius at Amazon.com


Look for music journalist Dimitri Ehrlich to host a month-long series showcasing
music videos, short films, other works by independent artists on Sundance Channel
as four half-hour programs in October 2002. Exploring the symbiotic relationship
between music and film, Sonic Cinema will air 11:00 pm ET/PT Friday nights
in October. Ehrlich is also a singer-songwriter. His most recent album is As
Nervous As You Are
(Tainted Records, 2000). His journalism has appeared
in Rolling Stone, New York Times, Vibe, Details, New York, Mademoiselle,
, and many other publications, including Interview Magazine, where he
was music editor for five years and is currently music editor-at-large. Each
episode will begin with a look at two or more music videos linked together by
a common denominator followed by a segment in which a filmmaker introduces a
rarely seen piece that has inspired, influenced or otherwise affected him or
her. Another segment in this magazine-like format is “Meet.” “Meet” profiles
various artists who bridge the worlds of music and film. Finally, in a segment
entitled “I Made It Myself,” musicians discuss what happens when they their
own short films, videos and other works. Subjects and guests include REM, independent
film music supervisors Randall Poster (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Velvet
), Björk, The White Stripes and video maker Tamra Davis (Tone-Loc
“Wild Thing,” Sonic Youth “Kool Thing”, Hanson “MmmBop”) Sundance Channel’s

The Shortlist Organization announced August 22 the complete “Long List” of seventy-five
initial nominations for the Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music.
The albums were selected by a panel of “Listmakers” including Iggy Pop, Beck,
Alanis Morissette, Larry Mullen, Jr. (U2), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Damon Albarn
(Blur), Albert Hammond, Jr. and Nick Valensi (The Strokes), and Kim Gordon (Sonic

Nomination to the Long List is the first of three steps towards winning the
second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music. The award,
to be presented on October 29th at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, was
created by founders Greg Spotts and Tom Sarig to expose and illuminate the most
creative recent works by emerging artists.

To be eligible for nomination, a record must have been released between July
1, 2001 and August 19, 2002, and must not have been certified Gold by the RIAA
for sales of 500,000 copies at the time of its nomination. Beginning this week,
each Listmaker will vote for his or her ten favorite albums from the Long List.
The top ten vote-getters will be become the Shortlist Finalists, who will be
announced the week of September 16th. The complete Long List can be found on
the Shortlist Website:

Anderson / Life On A String

Twin / Drukps

/ Vespertine

Eels / Souljacker

Fordham / Concrete Love

Quartet / Nuevo

Peaches / Moldy Peaches

Youth / Murray Street

/ Tomahawk

Waits / Blood Money

DVD REVIEWS *******************************************

Various Artists
Back to Stax: Memphis Soul
Music Video Distributors

Marking its theme as a celebration of the Stax soul sound by the performers
that made it legendary, this 154-minute 1990 concert starts with the core duo
of Steve Cropper (guitar) and Booker T. Jones (keyboards) taking the stage. Donald
“Duck” Dunn joined the pair in time for the second Booker T. & The MG’s album,
Soul Dressing (Atlantic, 1965) and is present here. Unfortunately, original
drummer Alan Jackson, Jr. is deceased, but this stellar house band has the able
drumming of Danny Gottlieb (Elements, Pat Metheny and the later Mahavishnu Orchestra).
This group, along with The Memphis Horns, backs a scintillating constellation
of soul vocalists. Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) performs the lion’s share of the songs
including “Soul Man” and “Hold On I’m Coming.” Carla Thomas, Queen of Memphis
Soul, is on hand to sing one half-dozen songs including “Tramp,” which she famously
recorded as a duet with Otis Redding. Eddie Floyd was core to the Stax machine,
both as a songwriter and performer. Reunited here with the same Booker T. &
The MG’s that backed him then, he transports us to 1966 with “Raise your Hand,”
“Knock on Wood” and four other songs. R&B guitarist Phil Upchurch is one hand
to perform “Love and Peace.” (3.5)

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READABLES **********************************************

The Zine Yearbook, Vol. 6
Become the Media, POB 1225, Bowling Green, OH 43402

The Zine Yearbook, Vol. 6 samples from zines published in 2001 that had
a circulation of less than 5,000 copies. Arranged alphabetically, the article
and comic excerpts preserve the original layout. As such, each sample is a microcosm
of the originating zine. The varied compendium starts suitably with an analysis
of the current state of zines from Ache (more metacommentary in graphic
form from Cat and Girl) and thus begins a swatch the runs the gamut from
personal rants (America? and Etidorhpa) to the activist agenda
(Media Reader and Resist). While, statistically, most 2001 zines
of small distribution were probably poetry and music publications, The Zine
continues the worthy task of presenting a spectrum of guerilla
social criticism and the wit that arises from punk ideology. (4)

Brendan Mullen with Don Bolles and Adam
Lexicon Devil: The Fast Time and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs
Feral House

Adam Parfrey’s Feral House gave us another fascinating biography with the same
unique format: Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood,
(Rudolph Grey, 1992). These books present a chronologically arrayed
series of short of paragraph-length quotes from those that knew or experienced
the subject. No attempt is made to rectify contradictions. (Looking back, how
often can the truth of biographical minutiae really be determined?) The result
makes for easy reading and provides a kaleidoscopic view of the subject. In
both these cases, that is a complex and controversial artist. Author/editor/publisher
Adam Parfrey (Apocalypse Culture, Extreme Islam) stakes a claim in the
rich quarry of the violent and dark subcultures and countercultures. Through
this lens, Germs vocalist and songwriter Darby Crash appears as both a taunting
jester of the burgeoning West Coast punk scene as well as mischievous if not
malevolent pied piper leading impressionable thrill seekers into would-be decadence
of the type predicted by Oswald Spengler in The Decline Of The West.
Through the remembrance quips, Crash also reveals a side as an extremely image-conscious
and thus insecure youth struggling more to obscure his homosexuality rather
than create a cohesive and worthy artistic legacy. Taken this way, it seems
that songs that still reverberate in the global punk community, are only accidental
revelations of writing genius whose suicide cut short a career that could have
been even more defining on this music genre. Full of black and white pictures,
this volume includes lyrics of songs by The Germs and discography as well as
a timeline of gigs and key events. (4.5)

More on the book from Amazon.com

The Jewws
L’Explosion du son de Maintenant (The Now Sound Explosion)
Demolition Derby
The Chronics
It’s Too Late
Demolition Derby
Swamp Rats
“Psycho” b/w “Louie Louie”
Get Hip Recordings
The Cynics
“Turn Me Loose” b/w “Never Had It Better”
Get Hip Recordings
The Cynics
“Doin’ Me In” b/w “Last Day”
Get Hip Recordings
Mondo Topless
“No More” b/w “Panty Sniffer”
Get Hip Recordings
Gore Gore Girls
“Keep Your Hands Off My Baby” b/w “I’m Gonna Get You Yet”
Get Hip Recordings

Blood of Freaks
TKO Records

Limited to an edition of 1000, the four songs on this 33 RPM 7″ are pure redneck
punk from these raw and at time offensive South Carolina originals. It’s been
out of print since 1989 and is now reincarnated on pale red vinyl. Completely
re-mastered to be extra mean, just do not tell these angry men that their record
looks pink. (3.5)

Blake Baxter
One More Time

Bring up Detroit techno and it seems to be all about Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson.
However, before those guys started getting known worldwide, there was a post-soul,
pre-techno wave in Detroit during the late ’80’s and right there with it was Blake
Baxter. Akin to early Prince, these four tracks exhibit the truly chilly beats
that made Baxter a household name with Teutonic club goers during his ’90’s residency
in Berlin. (3)

CD REVIEWS *****************

David Jacobs-Strain
Stuck on the way Back
NorthernBlues Music

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Doubble Donkey Disc
Kung Fu Records

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Industrial Jazz Group
City of Angles

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The Capricorns
In the Zone
Paroxysm, POB 58133, Washington D.C., 20037-8133

Much of the charm of The Capricorns is that this female duo approaches music as
if the last twenty years has not happened. Both ladies sing and play keyboard
in the group so that the only rhythm section is synth beats. This gives an early
’80s synth-pop, proto-New Wave feel to the music. Much of the music is intended
as and succeeds well as quirky dance music. One standout track from the band is
“Teenage Boyfriend” that explores the fun and frolicsome side of an adult woman
having an adolescent partner. Using just their Casio keyboards, these ladies create
some very witty and whimsical music. The album closes with “In The Zone” as The
Capricorns invite the listener to join them in their lo-fi retro zone. (3.5)

Elaine Summers
ESP Records

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I Name you Destroyer
Velocette Records

Jucifer is the eclectic and stunning duo of guitarist/vocalist Amber Valentine and
drummer Ed Livengood. These two have no trouble delivering a whole band, indeed
the sounds of several bands. On one track “Little Fever” they can be charming
alt-pop, on another “Amplifier” they’re harsh experimental indie rock and later
in the album Amber launches into full-on death metal screams. Holding the whole
thing together is a cohesive primacy of melody and hook. (4)

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Dave’s True Story
Dave’s True Story
Bepop Records

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Tender Trap
Film Molecules
K Records

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