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Last Crack at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, on the cover of Maximum Ink in May 2005 - photo by Rökker

48 Hours in Iceland with Last Crack


by Rökker
May 2005

March 30 1800 Central Standard Time: Last Crack and crew await boarding an Icelandair 757 at Minneapolis International Airport. To settle nerves some of the boys have taken to the bar and shot glass. Happy flights, next stop Iceland!

0630 Atlantic Standard Time: That’s midnight for us Wisconsinites. Our day starts waking up at Iceland’s Keflavik airport in need of transportation for our crew of nine plus gear to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capitol forty-nine kilometers to the west. Reykjavik is about the size of Madison and harbors two thirds of the island nation’s population.

An attempt was made to find the difference in cost between the bus and a rental car at the Hertz window when along comes a cab driver with an idea. Olafsson, the world’s only Porsche taxi driver, tells us he’s going to Reykjavik anyway so he’ll give us a good deal. He also suggested we rent a one-way car for the rest of the gear and guys and just drop off the car in the city. Brilliant idea! He saved us some money right off the bat.

0800 AST: After an intense drive past kilometer after kilometer of moss covered lava, mountains and volcanoes, Olafsson drops us off at the club we’re playing that night, The Grand Rokk.

Kalli, the owner, and his associate Jon (pronounced like yan but with a little yone in it) meet us and dole out cups of espresso by the dozens to the weary set of travelers, trapped in their lair. They tell us of Vikings, celtic lore and Icelandic customs, then take us to the guest rooms at the hotel Adam to meet host Ragnar and get some rest.

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Athena Lee

Athena

Interview with Drummer Athena Lee
by Tina Hall
May 2011

Athena is, without a doubt, one of the best, and perhaps well renowned female drummers. While she’s known as Tommy Lee’s little sister, she is also a great drummer in her own right, being the first female drummer in history to be nominated for the L.A Music Awards. She recently signed on to Rockett Drums Works (owned by Rikki Rockett of Poison) and Regal Tip Drumsticks. Not one to be limited to music, she is also working on the upcoming television show, Ex-Wives Rock and penning her first book. Maximum Ink sat down with her recently to find out what her fans can look forward to next.

Maximum Ink: You have said that when growing up with Tommy, there was never a dull moment. Do you think his outlook on things left a lasting impression on you? What would you say is your fondest memory from your childhood?
Athena: Of course. We were just really weird, funny kids. I have a lot of fond memories. I can remember being in my crib and getting a Lucy (Peanuts) doll for my birthday. I loved that thing and a blue stuffed dog I had forever. He was so ugly and destroyed, but I loved him. I also loved the smell of Halloween, all of it pumpkins, masks, wax lips, candy, and I still do.

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Bob Log III


by Brett Lemke
March 2003

He’s the bastard stepson of a Tucson, Arizona trailer park and the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta. Bob Log III is Fat Possum Records’ veracious slide guitarist/one-man-band that will kick your adrenal gland into overdrive. He matches his de-tuned, f-hole guitars with the endless stomping of his rhythm section   left and right foot respectively on bass drum and kick cymbal. Bob Log is a one-man-band of international acclaim who’s raw hill country guitar and drums are only magnified my his ominous appearance. The sepia-tinted visor on his gray motorcycle helmet obscures his identity, and a microphone cord runs to a mouthpiece on the bottom of a mid-70’s black rotary phone receiver. It protrudes from the front, functioning as his vox.

Maximum Ink caught up with Bob during a tour stop in Rochester, New York for an interview.

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Josiah Leming

Josiah Leming

An interview with singer - songwriter Josiah Leming
by Tina Hall
October 2010

Josiah Leming is likely most well known from his appearance on the seventh season of American Idol(he was cut right before the semifinals). The Idol stage is a long way from his hometown of Morristown in East Tennessee. He began writing his own music by the age of 16. Josiah has four previously released EP’s and his newest album Come On Kid is out now on Reprise Records. He is set to play the Loft in Madison, WI on October 22nd with Tyler Hilton.

Maximum Ink: I have read that would you rather end up dead in a ditch somewhere than to not be able to make music. Is that true? What do you think you’d end up doing for a living if not for the music? When did you first know you had to be a musician?
Josiah Lemming: Music is my thing and it makes me feel alive; it’s the only thing that does that and it’s the only thing I can do successfully. The statement stands strong, just maybe not quite as dramatic. If I did anything else it would still be music-related. I knew I wanted to pursue music around age 15.

MI: What was it like to come from East TN and end up playing for millions on American Idol? What did you learn from that?
JL: For me that wasn’t a dream come true because the ultimate dream is being on stage playing my own songs, so that was just a quick taste of what I’m going for. I’ve learned so much since then; I’m in a completely different mindset now.

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Julian Lennon - photo by Timothy White

Julian Lennon


by Mike Huberty
January 2010

Standing in the shadow of your father is difficult for almost anyone, but particularly if your father was one of the most famous, loved, and respected musicians in the world. JULIAN LENNON achieved fame on his own in the early 1980s’s with the Grammy-nominated platinum album, Valotte. In the ensuing years, he has retired and unretired from the music business several times, sailed around the world, and has ventured into the world of acting and film production. In the Fall of 2009, his childhood friend, Lucy Vodden (on who he based his drawing that would inspire the Beatles’ song, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”) died of lupus and he decided to write a song in her honor and donate the proceeds to research against the disease. This coincided with the launch of his latest project, theRevolution.com, an Internet-based independent record label of which his single is the first release.

“Basically, I got so tired and fed up with the industry as it was being run so many years ago for so many reasons.”, Lennon explains as to why he thought that theRevolution.com was needed.  I just didn’t feel that the artist was getting a fair deal and/or control of their work in any way, shape or form… I believe, of the labels as we know them, they’re very much becoming more like catalog companies just raking in the publishing, etc., from previously signed artists.

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Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis


by Mike Huberty
October 2009

Actress and musician, JULIETTE LEWIS, knew she wanted to be an actress from the time she was six and she was nominated for an Academy Award before she was twenty years old. Known for roles in films like Cape Fear, Natural Born Killers, and The Other Sister, when she took the leap from acting to fronting a band, known as JULIETTE AND THE LICKS, in 2003 it might have been dismissed as a Jennifer Love-Hewitt or J. Lo-type vanity project. However, instead of sugary pop, she opted for a straight-up rock n’ roll and punk style and has since collaborated with the impressive likes of Dave Grohl from The Foo Fighters and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from The Mars Volta. Earlier this year, Lewis let go of The Licks and has released her first completely solo album, Terra Incognita.

“We toured the world three and four times over with the Licks.”, Lewis says, talking about her old group. “Around the same time, I had a breakup with my band and a breakup with my love and I was contemplating my existence and the future… I figured if I wanted to evolve, then I should make music now as my own name. It was the first time I really created a record by discovering who I was musically and all the contrast .There’s so many kinds of songs and so much flavor.”

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Kasey Lansdale

Kasey Lansdale

An interview with singer/songwriter Kasey Lansdale
by Tina Hall
January 2011

Native Texan Kasey Lansdale is not just the daughter of legendary author Joe R. Lansdale (she herself was published at Random House by the age of 8, the story which has been formed into a screenplay) she is also a well established country artist who can be found on the road most of the time. When not touring internationally, she works as the newest staff writer at Music Row Publishing House. Her third EP is tentatively titled ‘Never Say Never” and was produced by Mike Clute who has worked with artists like Faith Hill and Diamond Rio. Some of the best writers in Nashville show up for the tracks on this one with Bob DiPiero, Roxie Dean, and Victoria Banks lending their various styles to the mix. Lansdale joins forces co-writing with Arlos Smith and Clute on one of the five tracks as well.

Maximum Ink: What was it like growing up in Texas in the Lansdale household? Do you think some of the determination you have now is the result of your supportive upbringing? Did you look up to your father as writer growing up? What about your mother Karen do you find it helpful to have had such a strong female role model?
Kasey Lansdale: I think growing up in Texas at the Lansdale house was like growing up at any house. Normal, except the artwork depicting dead people on the walls. I do think my determination is from seeing my parents create and build their own business in a sense. I also think though, that you can’t teach that, you either have it or you don’t. But you have to learn the idea from somewhere. I know I couldn’t do this if I didn’t have their support. You get knocked down too many times to not have a support system of some sort. I look up still to both my parents. To me, dad wasn’t a writer, he was dad, and mom was mom. And they did their roles as such above and beyond.

MI: Have you always enjoyed country music? If you are like most of us who were raised country you remember your first favorite country song very well. What would you say was yours? Why do you think the roots of country music run so deep for most people with many favorite artists being passed from generation to generation?
KL: I have always enjoyed country music. I don’t remember my first CD, but I remember the two I would listen to over and over again was Reba, the greatest hits album with Fancy on it, Track 3, I think, and a Loretta/Patsy CD. I would play them on repeat and walk in circles around the fireplace with my dog on my heels. (He also likes country music.) I think country runs deep because the songs are about people. People in life, love, happiness, hardship. Things that everyone can relate to.

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