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January 2008
ON THE COVER:
Beatallica *1/08


INSIDE:
Brew City Sludge 1/08
CD/DVD Reviews  1/08
Crystal Corner Bar 1/08
Eclectic Vibes 1/08
Fair To Midland 1/08
The Honorary Title 1/08
Letter To The People 1/08
Rock Star Death Notices 1/08
The Scarring Party 1/08
Slipped Discs 1/08

December 2007
ON COVER:
Ottoman Empire *12/07

INSIDE:
CD/DVD Reviews  12/07
Coheed & Cambria 12/07
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks 12/07
Dry Bean 12/07
Fair To Midland 12/07
John 5 12/07


November 2007
ON COVER:
Dropkick Murphys *11/07

INSIDE:
Dad The Plow 11/07
CD/DVD Reviews  11/07
Robyn Hitchock 11/07
Reptile Palace 11/07

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30 Seconds To Mars *3/07
48 Hours In Iceland with Last Crack *4/05
420 *3/01
1956 4/05

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Abstract Giants 10/04
Adema 4/05
Aerosmith *1/07
Alabama Thunderpussy 6/04
All Girl Summer Fun Band
Bernard Allison *6/00
Alston 2/05
Alter Bridge * 9/04
Amen 5/04
American Headcharge * 10/01
Ian Anderson  10/06
Anthrax * 10/04
Anthrax 11/05
A Perfect Circle 12/03
A Perfect Circle * 4/00
Arena Venus
Arrested Development
Asylum Street Spankers *2/07
Atomic Bitchwax
Autolux 10/05
Avenged Sevenfold *7/06
Awesome Car Funmaker *7/05

B
Baghdad Scuba Review 7/07
Beastie Boys/Mix Master Mike *12/04

Beautiful Creatures * 9/01
Black Label Society *7/00
Black Sabbath * 12/98
bloodsimple 2/05
Bif Naked *11/05
Big Sandy And His
Fly-rite Boys
6/99
Big Wu 8/04
Billy Idol 9/05*
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Blaqk Audio 9/07
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Blue Man Group * 10/03
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Boney Fingers 1/05
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Boris The Sprinkler *7/99

Broken Social Scene 7/04
Lonnie Brooks 9/05
Lonnie Brooks  8/01
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown *7/00
Jack Bruce  12/01
Bugattitype 35 *8/97
Burden Brothers * 6/04
Built To Spill  9/06
Buzzhorn, The * 8/02


C
Cadillac Pete 6/07
Captured! By Robots *6/05
Calexico 9/06

Carbellion 9/05
Cardia
Canned Heat
Canned Heat 7/07
Cates, Lucas  8/07
Cealed Casket 10/07
Cibo Matto *5/01
W.C. Clarke 9/00
Clutch
Coal Chamber * 2/98
The Cocksmiths *10/07
Coolzey 1/07
Cradle Of Filth 12/04

Cradle of Filth 10/07
Crepitus
The Cummies 7/05
Curran, Nick
CUT The Movie 4/07
Crest/Jack Cracker
The Cribs 4/06 3/04
Cynergy 67

D
Damage Plan * 4/04
Dark New Day 5/05
D.A. Sebasstian *2/05
Days Of The New 7/04
Days Of The New  *8/98

Danzig 10/04
The Dead Kennedys 10/05*
Decapitado * 3/04
Anthony DeCurtis  10/06
Default  12/01
Davis, Rachael 1/06
Deep Purple 4/04
Def Leppard 7/07
Deftones *12/06
Denali 4/04
The Dials 12/05
Dimmu Borgir
Dirty Three
The Dirty Three 10/05*
Disturbed * 8/00
Disturbed 9/05
Dismemberment Plan
Donnas, The * 7/03
Dorsey, Claude * 12/03
Drain S.T.H. * 6/97
Drill 187
Driver 13  9/01
Droids Attack
Droids Attack  12/06

Dropkick Murphys
Drown * 4/99
Drowning Pool 3/04
Drowning Pool * 11/01
Duarte, Chris

E
Eagles Of Death Metal *5/06
Edwards, David "Honeyboy"
El Donk
Electric Hellfire Club * 3/02
Endeverafter  9/06
Evanesence * 2/04

F
Factory 81 *12/00
Fear Factory *7/01
Fingertight
Finger 11 *11/04
Bradley Fish *2/06
Fluid Ounce *3/99

Freshwater Collins 1/05
Future Leaders Of The World 10/04

G

German Art Students
Gingerjake *6/07
Godsmack * 2/99
Godsmack 12/04
Goldfinger 3/05
The Gomers 9/02
The Gomers *4/06

Goo Goo Dolls
The Goo Goo Dolls *6/06
Gov't Mule 11/04
Gov't Mule  11/06
Guided By Voices 6/02
Tracii Guns 5/06

Grade8 * 1/03
Gravity Lost 10/04
Great Girls Blouse  9/01
Green Scene  3/01
Greene, Jackie * 8/03
The Gufs  12/06
Gwar

H
Halford  12/06
Hank Thomas & the Western Starlanders
Heavils, The * 3/03
Helliphant 2/07
HELLYEAH *5/07

Helmet 10/04
Hersh, Kristin 7/03
High Noon Saloon's Cathy Detmers 5/05
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Hope Conspiracy  10/06
Hot Tuna
Hotwater Music 12/04

Huun- Huur-Tu * 2/03

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Icon The Mic King 4/07
Infantry Rockers 9/02
Innatrance
Iron Maiden 8/05*

J
Jessie Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter *4/05
JJO Band Camp 7/04
John Paul Jones  11/01
Judas Priest * 8/04

Junkers, The
Justin Hinds 9/00


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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe 1/05

Katie Todd Band  8/06
Kid Rock * 12/99
Killingtons, The 3/04
King Crimson  11/01
King Gun 9/04
King Solomon
Kittie 7/04
Kodo Drummers 3/05
Korn *3/06


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Lacuna Coil * 7/04
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Lamb Of God 11/04
Sam Lay 9/05
Last Crack * 11/02
48 Hours In Iceland with Last Crack *4/05
Last Crack in Amsterdam 6/05
Lavette, Bettye
Tommy Lee *6/02
Les Ballets Africains 3/07
Les Paul 5/07
Les Percussions De Guinee * 1/01
Life Of Agony * 5/98
Little Feat 7/04
Locksley 2/07

Bob Log III
Long, Chris11/04
Long Story Short
Lordi  8/07
Lorenzo Music * 2/98
Lotus 4/06
Lovlies, The


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Machine Head *9/99
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Man.. Or Astro-man *10/96
Aimee Mann 6/06

Marilyn Manson *
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Mickey Hart's Planet Drum * 10/98
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Midwest Rock Opera Company (MiROC)
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Ministry *3/96
Mississippi Cactus
MOD 7/04
Mofro
Monster Magnet *9/98
Moon Gypsies
Mötley Crüe 12/04
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Moving Parts
Mudride 3/05
Mudride 3/02
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Mudvayne 3/06

Must *3/05
Muzzy Luctin * 10/99


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Natty Nation 2003
New Recruits
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Nickelback
Nine Inch Nails 10/05*
Nomonic 3/04
Nonpoint 12/00
Nonpoint  12/06
North Mississippi All-Stars 9/05


O
O.A.R.  6/07
Oh My God
Osborn, Joan*5/96
Osbourne, Ozzy*12/01
Otep 5/07



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Pantera 2/01
Papa Roach  *11/06
Paramount Records
Pelican 1/07
Pigface
Pimps, The
Poison  9/06
Polysics 10/07
Probers, The
Projekt Revolution  8/07
Psypchedelicasi  *9/97
Puddle Of Mudd * 8/01
Puta Pons 6/01
Q and Not U 3/05


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Rammstein *12/00
Ray Condo And His Ricochets
Reason For Leaving
Rebels Without Applause *9/00
Red Elvises, The * 4/01
Reel Big Fish  11/06
Reptile Palace Orchestra * 11/03
The Residents *2/01
Rev. Horton Heat * 2/02
Rictus Grin 1/07
Marc Rizzo 3/07

Robert Randolph And The Family Band * 3/03
Roadrunner United 2/006
Roxy Saint 11/04
Rundgren, Todd 4/04

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The Sadies 9/06
Schwillbillies, The * 12/02
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Second Coming *5/99
Sevendust * 4/97
Sevendust * 8/99
Sevendust 9/03
Sevendust *2/06
SevenOneFive *4/06
Shadows Fall 7/07
Billy Sheehan  10/01
She Might Have A Gun *3/99

Shinedown
Shotdown
Shot To Hell * 9/02
Siegel-Schwall Band *1/06
Skintones, The
Slayer *1/07
Sleestak 9/04

Slipknot * 4/04
Slipknot * 5/00
Skindred 10/04
Smithereens 1/05
Snooky 8/04

Snopek III, Sigmund 4/04
Jill Sobule 6/06
Something To Do
Eric Sommer 7/07
Southern Culture On The Skids * 5/04
Soulfly * 2/01
Soundtribe Sector 9 2/05
Space 2004
Spiral Seed 4/06
Split Lip Rayfield  *10/06
Static-X *8/07
Stone Sour *10/06

Suite 13
Sunshine For The Blind 1/07
Supersuckers, The * 5/02
Stone Sour *10/06
Stone Temple Pilots *10/00
Story Of The Year 3/04
Stuck Mojo * 4/98
Kasim Sulton 8/01
Sunset Black
Sunspot 6/04
Summerfest History 6/07
Super Deluxe 3/05
The Swanks 9/05
System Of A Down * 9/99

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Koko Taylor 3/06
Taylor, Otis
Taylor, Otis 6/04
Tenacious D * 4/02
Telenovela 1/05
Terra Diablo 9/07

Tesla 3/04
Tesla *7/07
Thompson, Ed * 10/02
Tiesto 9/07
Tool *9/06
Tony Levin Band
Tormentula * 4/00
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Trans Siberian Orchestra *12/05
Trinity James 12/05
Trout, Walter 4/04
The Tubes 4/06

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Ultraspank *7/98
Umphrey's McGee *9/07
Under The Surface 9/04
Union Pulse
Union Underground *6/01

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Voivod * 4/03

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Wakeman, Rick
Wasp 4/01
Webley, Jason 2/06
Wickershams 9/02

Yakuza
Yamagata, Rachel 11/04
Youngblood Brass Band
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"Underneath all that hair, there's a little, tiny, Jewish accountant." Gene Simmon's Wife

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

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"If the disclosure is true, it's breathtaking. The president is revealed as the leaker in chief." - Representative Jane Harman of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee

"I tell you, he's President George Bush, not King George Bush. This is not the system of government we have and that we fought for," Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wisconsin:  The Associated Press.

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"You may lose with me, but you'll never win without me." - Terry Bradshaw

"We are exquisitely social creatures. Our survival depends on understanding the actions, intentions and emotions of others. Mirror neurons allow us to grasp the minds of others not through conceptual reasoning but through direct simulation. By feeling, not by thinking." Dr. Rizzolatti, a neuroscientist at the University of Parma 

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Asylum Street Spankers - February 2007
Author: Brett Lemke
Added: 02/16/2007
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Asylum Street Spankers

Asylum Street SpankersThe Asylum Street Spankers started as a side-project during a hallucinogen and liquor-soaked party at the Dobbs Hotel in Llano, Texas, in 1994. It was there that singer Christina Marrs and guitarist Guy Forsythe met Wammo, a slam poet who also plays washboard and harmonica. After a night of singing and playing on the banks of the Llano River, they decided to keep the spirit of the chance meeting going. They returned to Austin to start their journey.

The trio gathered friends and similar-minded musicians while hustling free shows on the Guadalupe Street Drag, which is called Asylum Street because it leads to the state hospital. Consequently, a “Spanker” is an acoustic musician who can play an instrument proficiently and vigorously. They amalgamate Vaudeville with bluegrass, country-blues, punk rock, and Tin-Pan Alley, which was the name given to an group of New York City songwriters and music publishers that dominated American pop music in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Forsythe left in 1998 to work on his solo project, while Marrs and Wammo took the helm, infusing the band with their punk-rock ethos. They formed Spanks-A-Lot Records in 1999, and have built a serious following in Japan and Europe. They play depending on their mood, and transition seamlessly onstage from Hank Williams to Howlin' Wolf, doing 180-degree drop-of-the-hat changes at a moments notice. The Asylum Street Spankers are building a worldwide presence as one of the planet's distinct and totally unique acts.

Wammo of the Asylum Street SpankersWammo is an interesting character. A self-described “Cultural instigator, poetic provocateur, irresponsible drunk, rock musician, DJ and lover of ladies,” the eclectic vocalist and Spanker mastermind phoned in from Austin to talk with Maximum Ink about new record “Mommy Says No!” and his work as producer, arranger and composer for a group that simply cannot be classified by genre.

MAXIMUM INK: Tell Me about Asylum Steet Spankers. How did this come to be?
WAMMO: It's a side project, and its fun, and it has snowballed into something much bigger. It has consumed our lives, and it's become everybody's day job.

MI: Tell me about the Tin-Pan Alley stuff, and your love for all these different styles of music.
W: It's tough to actually nail down tin-pan alley. My influence from that era comes from stride piano and old blues. Folks like Fats Waller and Willie Smith are my big influences on stride. I like a lot of old rural blues guys like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, which are more contemporary, but to me, they still play in that same old style. Someone else who is badass is Skip James. I've heard his piano recordings - It's amazing how different James' piano was from his guitar music. The piano stuff was always more upbeat.

Asylum Street Spankers holding Maximum Ink, photo by Brett LemkeMI: Tell me about “Mercurial,” the live recording you put out last year.
W: Let me just lay it on you. Mercurial was a record of all cover songs with the exception of one original  “Hick Hop.” It comes from “Faster Than the Speed of Suck,” my solo record, so the Spankers are covering one of my songs. There was no thought behind a collection of this or a collection of that. It was all the orphan songs that made it onto a record.

MI: So your influences are really out there…
W: I listen to everything from Bach to the Butthole Surfers. A lot of metal and punk rock, too. Right now, in my wife's car, I have been listening to Judas Priest, Rod Stewart, The Cars, Hank Williams, Lucky Frizell, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. It depends on what mood I'm in.

MI: Is “Mommy Says No!” a record for kids, or for adults?
W: Well it's both.

MI: Is it kind of like a Looney Tunes thing? Where it has a meaning for old people and a separate meaning for the kids?
W: Exactly! That's exactly what it is. We went to the old Warner Brothers cartoons, to check them out, and there was slapstick and visuals for kids, and also jokes for adults that go over their heads. You're the first member of the press that didn't need it explained to them! Children's music is usually pretty sucky. Some of it is completely inane, and kids will listen to the same song hundreds of times. We wanted to construct a record that will stand up to extensive repeat playing.

MI: And especially with being able to actually incorporate the Tin-Pan Alley and Vaudeville, two bars of “Sweet Jane” by the Velvet Underground, and throwing it over Bluegrass with three-part harmonies. You're exposing kids to a lot of interesting music with this record. There is a lot of stuff for them to differentiate from.
W: It's great! I wrote a child's first hardcore song! “Mommy Says No!”

MI: Do you have anything to say to our readers to help them brave the winter until you get here?
W: Just remember that a bowl of ice cream will warm you up better than a hot cup of coffee.

The Spankers will whirlwind through the Midwest Feb. 2 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH, Feb. 9 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI, Feb. 10 in  Menominee, MI at The Rail House, and Feb. 11 at Vnuks Lounge in Cudahy, WI.

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