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SNOOP DOGG: Worldwide and Weed-eyed, Hip-Hop’s most famous lyrical pimp Snoop Dogg, gets “Blazed and Confused” in order to enlighten you on his latest blockbuster summer tour featuring Slightly Stoopid and Stephen Marley! Pg. 12 SLAYER: Fancy a bit of death and dismemberment in your diet? nutritionist-turned Editor; Grimm Culhane chows down on a heaping portion of Slayer’s Tom Araya and the results are devilishly delicious. Pg. 14 RAEKWON THE CHEF: Almost 15 years after the classic Only Built For Cuban Linx, Wu Tang Clan’s most outspoken MC - Chef Raekwon gets prepared to drop the follow-up album bearing the same name. Only Built For Cuban Linx Pt. II, arrives in stores worldwide on September 8th and the anticipation on the street is spreading like the swine flu. Pg. 18 NEW YORK DOLLS: After surviving a career that spans over thirty-eight years the man also known as Buster Poindexter and currently back on tour with his original outfit, the New York Dolls, vocalist David Johansen in fact has nothing of any importance to say in this exclusive interview, and that’s what makes it so fucking cool. Pg. 24 THE CRYSTAL METHOD: From the world of Electronica, we have the dastardly duo of and Ken and Scott giving up the goods on their latest album and tour, growing up on heavy metal, the countless soundtrack appearances and getting shit-faced with Peaches. Stuff that in your glass pipe you sketchy motherfuckers! Pg. 30 CAGE: Who the fuck let him out ?. Dave“Corvid”McCallum unleashes the beast from within and he goes off with a wrath and fury like no other MC can. You’ve been warned!. Pg. 34 JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: Jazz/Fusion pioneer and one of the most respected guitarist of the 20th Century, John McLaughlin gets deep on life, jazz, working with Miles Davis and his infamous first meeting with the late Jaco Pastorius (and how he ripped him off for 20 bucks!) an ABORT exclusive. Pg. 36 PLUS: Poison Pen, Behemoth, and more! BEHIND THE BOARDS: DJ JS-1 MADE IN CANADA:The Cliks, Last Plague. SHOOTING GALLERY: Rock The Bells (Chicago and Toronto) NXNE, Sled Island. Pages: 72-77 Plus: A shitload of reviews, Audiotopsy, ABORTIST, Tales From The Eastside, Headphonica, DENIED! all our regular features, rants, ramblings and incoherent babbling.

The ABORT Interview
Keeping the summer nice and hot with the sounds of Hip-Hop, Rock and Sweet Reggae vibes, the one and only Snoop Dogg has embarked (no pun) on the BLAZED and CONFUSED tour bringing along Slightly Stoopid and Stephen Marley. Add some select dates with sleaze rapper Micky Avalon and you have the ultimate mash-up event of the Summer. ABORT Magazine’s own E.S Day spoke with Snoop Dogg for our Annual Festival coverage about the packaging of the B&C tour, ticket price-gouging and bringing fans of Rap, Rock and Reggae together under one roof.
E.S. Day: With so many festivals currently underway both huge, day-long events and traveling roadshows, why is there not enough emphasis put on combining the genres of Hip-Hop and Rock [and reggae,] and has this always been something that you thought the public wanted? Or just more of a random selection of artists? Snoop Dogg: I have been doin’ it in tha past. Whether with Linkin Park, Korn, 311, I have crossed the line of genres before and it has proven to be a success. Our fans are tha same: loyal. They also crossover in many aspects – which means tha party is gonna be off tha chain. Tha dogg is loose and Slightly and Stephen runnin’ with tha pound as well. I know tha public is feelin’ it – cuz u can’t deny sumthin’ when it is dope and bangin’. So Vancouver gonna experience it and we gonna give them their monies worth. ABORT: Are you looking forward to the Vancouver date? And have you been listening to any Canadian Hip-Hop recently, if so what? Snoop Dogg: I luv Vancouver and have a blast every time I’m up there. Vancouver kinda like my home away from home. I spent time filmin BONES up there and since then luv goin back each time. I am a big fan of Kardinal Offishall and Drake. Canada definitely got a scene goin’ on and I’m down with it. Tha fans always show me luv and I think this is only gonna make it that much bigger and better. ABORT: We have seen in the past you performing covers, namely with Everlast doing a raucous version of House of Pain’s “Jump Around”, any plans to do a classic Rock track “Snoop style” on this tour considering you have the live band, or a collabo with Slightly Stoopid? Snoop Dogg: If I tell you surprises it ain’t a surprise at tha show and your readers feel tha same way. Buy a ticket and I guarantee u gonna get what u paid for, with sumthin’ special sprinkled on top, ya dig?!? Shout out to tha bigg homey Everlast this tour to show tha fans that all genres can come together and put on one hell of a show. I done did it before with Linkin Park, Korn, 311, etc….i know this is gonna be just as big, if not bigger, so make sure u got ur tix now or u gonna miss out on it. ABORT: With big mergers and Ticketmaster leaving a bad taste in peoples mouths, have you thought of doing the paperless ticketing for this or other tours? Snoop Dogg: That’s sumthin that I gotta get with my team (agent and manager) to discuss. Things are always gonna evolve u just gotta make sure you either leadin’ tha way or evolving with it – that’s tha key to keepin relevant and makin sure that you don’t piss off yo audience…if tha fans are happy – that’s what matters most – tha show is gonna sell itself, ya dig?!? ABORT: Can we see the BLAZED AND CONFUSED TOUR adding more acts annually and would you ever rule out the idea of adding a metal band or a crossover act like Fishbone or Bad Brains maybe? Snoop Dogg: I’m always down to try new things and build tha audience. I wanna take this and make it real bigg and have fans wantin’ more each summer. I know that Slightly Stoopid feels tha same way so I need to get with my partnas and make sure we do it right. I am definitely open to tha idea of addin’ metal to tha menu, if tha fans want it and Snoop Dogg wants it, u really can’t deny it. So make sure and be on da lookout cuz u neva know… ABORT: The BLAZED AND CONFUSED Tour kicks off July 10th in Primm, Nevada and runs until August 8th. Tickets are on sale now, go to LiveNation.com. Thanks for taking the time with us today Snoop! Snoop Dogg: Chuuch! Be on da lookout for more to come in 09’ ya dig?!?

I am definitely open to tha idea of addin’ metal to tha menu, if tha fans want it and Snoop Dogg wants it, u really can’t deny it.
ABORT: What makes the BLAZED AND CONFUSED TOUR stand out from other Hip-Hop packaged tours? Snoop Dogg: We got sumthin for everyone, whether it’s rap, reggae, rock, hot women, parties – this is tha summer party of tha year and if you ain’t on it, you better be a part of it someway or anutha. I do it tha biggest and best, and this summer gonna prove that im doin it again. Tha name says it all, u agree?!? Chuuch! ABORT: Any charity work lately ? and will you use this tour as an opportunity to raise awareness for anything outside of the Hip-Hop demographic since there will be both Rock and Reggae fans in attendance? Snoop Dogg: I got tha Snoop Youth Football League – home to over 3000 kids in Southern California. I coach tha Pomona Steelers and we done won tha Snoop Bowl back to back years. We goin’ for tha dynasty this year – so come talk to me in December. Football is my heart – from August to February – I live and breathe it. We gonna use

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Tom: (Excited) Yeah! That was a while ago. ABORT: That was a while ago… great show. Tom: It still is. The only difference is time. (Laughs) ABORT: How so? Tom: It’s the same band, the same aggressive energy, just 10 years later. ABORT: More hair, more tattoos… Tom: More hair, more tattoos. More greys I guess. (Points at his hair) ABORT: (Laughs) So, you’ve been all over the world…

while Canadians have a tough time getting into America as well, as far as I understand it. It’s kind of an equal thing. ABORT: A give and take. Tom: Oh yeah. I think if one were to be easy on the other the other would do the same, but since they choose not to do that they give themselves some work I guess. ABORT: Any difference getting into Canada say on the east coast compared to here on the west coast? Tom: It’s about the same. It really depends on who’s standing there because it’s as easy as… (makes a “go through” gesture with his arms). You know what I mean? So it really depends on who’s in what mood that day. The bus driver could walk in with all our passports and zoom, walk out and we leave. Or they can be like (border patrol voice) “get ‘em all out of the bus” and we all get out and they search the bus. I think they do that to just keep in practice and they figure they’ll get lucky if they do this with a band. Both: (Laugh) Tom: It really depends on who’s there, and that’s in any country. We’ve gone into areas that were kind of new at the time. I remem-

ber the first time we toured Europe in ’85. We had to go to Berlin so we had to make the crossing. We had to drive down this road that was fenced and monitored. That was kind of… not scary, but unknown. We got there, we showed them our passports, we told them what we had to do and we were doing it ourselves, we didn’t have a tour manager. They handed us a map and we were in a mini-bus and we were driving it ourselves. So that was our first tour of Europe, but that was kind of an awkward crossing because it was a military type crossing. ABORT: That was before the wall came down? Tom: Yeah, which was kind of cool because we did that when the wall was up. We were there when the wall came down… we were literally there, which was so cool. ABORT: I bet. Tom: There was one place outside the European nations… I don’t want to say Eastern Block countries, because they’re not really Eastern Block anymore, but those countries that sit in that area, they have a lot of military at those borders. We’ve been pulled over. One of them was Hungary. Not sure which way we were going, but we were going through Hungary to another country

The ABORT Interview
ABORT: Alright, this is Grimm Culhane for ABORT Magazine. We’re here with Tom Araya, lead singer and bassist of Slayer. How are you tonight Tom? Tom: I’m doing good. ABORT: Excellent, thanks for coming back to Vancouver, it’s been a while. Tom: Yeah, it’s been a while, no! Yeah! Like two years. ABORT: Two years? That’s long enough. It’s about time you came back. Tom: Yeah, it’s been a while. ABORT: I understand you have a new album on the way. Tom: Yes, it should be out by the end of summer. ABORT: Is there a tentative title for that release yet? Tom: Yeah, I think we have a title. (To Sony Rep) Can I say? Everybody know already? Sony Rep: Go for it. Tom: (To ABORT). World Painted Blood, which is a pretty fitting title for the times because of what’s going on in Iran and not only in Iran, but everywhere where people are protesting. They want their freedom, so that’s pretty fitting. It’s tripped out how all the songs revolve around that. ABORT: So is it thematic or a concept album of sorts? Tom: No, we just wrote them and Jeff said he wanted to call the album that. Then it hit me… that’s pretty fitting for the times. ABORT: And you’re happy with it? Tom: Yeah, oh yeah, real happy with it. It rings true for… (Grimm’s phone starts ringing) Both: (Laugh) Tom: Someone forgot to turn their phone off. (Laughs) ABORT: That was me, professionalism in action. Both: (Laugh) ABORT: So… tell us what it’s like touring with so many long haired, tattooed people. Tom: (LAUGHS!) This is our second show! We’re only doing five or six here (in Canada) and then eight days from that we start in America. We do the Mayhem Tour, which is a big festival and we’re doing that with Marilyn Manson. ABORT: And after that? Tom: After we do the states we’ll probably head to Japan, Australia and South America and then back to do a U.S. tour. We’re probably going to Europe too I think. We got a lot of stuff going on. ABORT: Yeah. Tom: I was sitting here thinking about where the years go, I mean because I have family. I have a niece and nephew who are visiting even though I’m not there. (Laughs) I’ve never really spent any time with them. Thinking how the years fly by. ABORT: So Slayer has been around for… Tom: 30 years. This band’s been around for 30 years… going on 30 years. ABORT: Any special events around your 30th Anniversary planned? Tom: I don’t know. We really didn’t have a special event for the 20th or the 25th. ABORT: I saw you around the 20th Anniversary; you played Ozfest here in Vancouver in 1999.

Tom: All over the world. ABORT: You’ve crossed many a border… Tom: Many a border. ABORT: What is the most challenging border you’ve had to cross? Tom: Ah, the Canadian border! (LAUGHS!) I think that’s only because I’m American. Americans have a tough time getting in,

and that’s where we had the issue. They saw “a band” so they pulled us over and went through everything. Dogs, in and out, ten times you know? Then, they sent the dogs in again! They combed it and everything. ABORT: Now that you guys are “metal icons” and have been for years, is it easier now to travel or do the logistics of a huge show make it more difficult? Tom: It depends. It depends on who’s standing on the other side of that counter. Both: (Laugh) ABORT: But with bigger shows and more people involved and the complications of just getting on the road, do you pine for the days when you were just in a van with your buddies doing it that way? Tom: (Rubs his chin in contemplation) Mmmm… no! I think this is a bus thing. Both: (Laugh) ABORT: Ok. Tom: Definitely a bus thing, and anything to make it convenient… we’re there dude! (Laughs) Meaning that if it’s easier to get on a plane to do something we’ll do that just to make it convenient. My entire life has been movement. It’s a plane or a car or a bus, so that’s what it consists of.

ABORT: Any projects for you aside from Slayer? Tom: Slayer is kind of it. I have a hard enough time focusing… on something. Both: (Laugh) Tom: When I apply energy to something I don’t want to just give 95%. When you start doing something else you’re applying half yourself now. Then you start doing something else and then it’s a third. You want to give 100% and that’s how I feel about that. I did a song with Max Cavalera, I contributed a little bit to it, I sang. ABORT: This was with Soulfly? Tom: Yeah, “Terrorist” (from the album Primitive) was the name of the track I think, (laughs) which was kind of odd. No one told me what he was going to call it. Both: (Laugh) Tom: I don’t consider myself that “T” word. ABORT: Especially at the borders I would imagine. Both: (Laugh) ABORT: Thanks very much for your time Tom, I wish you guys continued success. Tom: Thank you, we came here to play, so if you don’t like it you can go home. Both: (Laugh)



Almost 15 years after the classic Only Built For Cuban Linx,WuTang Clan’s most outspoken MC - Chef Raekwon gets prepared to drop the follow-up album bearing the same name. Only Bult For Cuban Linx Pt. II will arrive in stores worldwide on September 8th and the anticipation on the street is spreading like the swine flu. He spoke with ABORT Magazine’s E.S. Day recently to drop a dime on the star-studded cast of producers and MC’s who lace the new album with pure hardcore harmony. Yes, the Chef is back in the kitchen to cook up a new recipe and is back “On some staircase shit”, to remind us of his never-ending lyrical devastation that will define a new era of Hip-Hop.

RAEKWON: Oh well definitely, you know I mean I feel like, you know, RZA really did his job on One, you know what I mean, and when we came together for Two, I knew that his time would be a little bit limited so, you know, I decided to, you know, make Two even more interesting and pull some of the most top WHAT producers in the whole hip hop game to be part of this project and use them as a robotic mechanism to challenge RZA’s ears. ABORT: Haha! Wicked. Drop a dime on who’s producing some tracks – or has already done some tracks. RAEKWON: Well you know we got the late J Dilla, and um, we got Marley Marl, who is a legend, you know, we got Dr. Dre he came in for his part, we got also got Erick Sermon ABORT: No Way! The Green-eyed bandit! RAEKWON: (Laughs) Yeah, yeah, you know what I mean. So like I said though, you got The Alchemist up in there – these are all top influential producers in the game and they was definitely excited to be part of the project, and I was excited to have them go into our world because, you know, a lot of people respect the RZA – respect what he done, and you know a lot of producers really felt like it was a challenge to really jump in his chamber and really, just try to uh salute his chamber and that’s what happened. ABORT: True that, okay sounds good. So an all star cast beat-wise, and uh, definitely going to be complimenting your lyrical prowess so we’re looking forward to that. We’re going to be moving on here, so, recently in the latest issue of ABORT Magazine, we interviewed Sadat X and he had mention “the grown man category” of hip hop – your name came up. He mentioned you specifically referring to the 35 and up crowd, such as myself, is it safe to say that Cuban Linx 2 will be catering to that demographic,

or are you looking to tap into a market that, you know, may not know the REAL Raekwon, aside from your Wu-Tang Clan affiliation. RAEKWON: Nah, definitely I mean, you know, one thing about when I make this music is mutual it’s for everybody, but, yeh, for the most part I do classify this music as being for an adult crowd, you know, and plus at the same token, you know, you gotta new generation of kids so when we was doing our thing, a lot of them wasn’t even really, they was in probably in existence, but they were probably in existence – but a lot of them was probably 4 or 5 years old. Definitely I’m aiming at my crowd that basically been supportive through the years with me, and you know, whoever else that’s willing to recognize real hip-hop , of course we want you guys to be on board wit it, but, at the end of the day it’s definitely for the people that been highly anticipating this album for the last ten years.

ing this album for the last ten years. ABORT: Good, Good. Okay. On a personal note here – I’m a DJ from back in the day and I used to do a lot of, uh, like Rock & Rap crossover nights back in, like, ’96 , and I was gonna mention – I could thrown on “Criminology” (from the first Raekwon album)and you’d have these long-haired leather jacket wearing metal heads who would go fucking mental. I mean, they’d be like moshing and shit, so we’d all be standing there and I don’t mean the Limp Bizkit fucking Korn crowd either, I’m talking about.... RAEKWON: Ha ha yeah, yeah... ABORT: Not that shit! I mean these guys were into metal and we’re watching them moshing – I think the only other album you could put on was maybe The Predator by Ice Cube, or something, but you put on Cuban Linx and motherfuckers would go berserk! So, what I’ m asking is – How do you think you, yourself, as one of the few emcees that did that, could bridge the gap between the two genres of hip-hop and metal today without actually having rock music on the tracks, and can you still do that? RAEKWON: Haha – I think it’s just that, you know, a lot of the cats they recognize real hardcore Hip-Hop and they know our background and, um, you know I guess they can relate, you know, that’s one thing like, I look at it like this, like, sound is sound, you know and you know at the end of the day you’ve got cats from all over the world that really respect certain artists, you know what I mean, and Wu-Tang – we have basically paved the way for a bunch of these artists to become lyrical, business minded, etc, but in truth our fans just recognize our strength, you know, you hear songs like that Criminology, hear songs like Bring the Rukus – you know I expect them to react because it has that twist of rock/metal or whatever you call it. ABORT: It’s aggressive too. RAEKWON:Yeah, yeah, and we make aggressive music, you know, so at the end of the day I think it just spits that hardcore, hardcore genre of people that love that shit. That’s what we rep, man. When

E.S Day: Production wise – who’s appearing on this album besides… obviously I guess RZA is in the mix, have you thought about bringing any non-hip hop producers to give it a bit of a twist?

“RZA really did his job on One, you know what I mean, and when we came together for Two, I knew that his time would be a little bit limited so, you know, I decided to, you know, make Two even more interesting and pull some of the most top producers in the whole hip hop game to be part of this project and use them as a robotic mechanism to challenge RZA’s ears”.
RAEKWON: Nah, definitely I mean, you know, one thing about when I make this music is mutual it’s for everybody, but, yeah, for the most part I do classify this music as being for an adult crowd, you know, and plus at the same token, you know, you gotta new generation of kids, so when we was doing our thing, a lot of them wasn’t even really, they was in probably in existence, but they were probably in existence – but a lot of them was probably 4 or 5 years old. Definitely I’m aiming at my crowd that basically been supportive through the years with me, and you know, whoever else that’s willing to recognize real Hip-Hop, of course we want you guys to be on board wit it, but, at the end of the day it’s definitely for the people that been highly anticipat-

That’s what we rep, man. When you listen to Wu-Tang all you’re gunna always get is pure energy on stage, you know, so I think kats already know that about us. ABORT: Any tracks on Cuban Linx Two that cater to that listener? I heard Travis Barker did a joint on there – no? RAEKWON:Yeah, yeah ABORT: Is there going to be anything heavy on there? RAEKWON:I mean, you know, like I said you know when you hear it, you know what I mean, I want you guys to still be in a surprise mode. ABORT: Yeah alright, fair enough (laughs) RAEKWON:Yeah, but like I said all along, you know, when we was makin’ the album we kinda went back to like the vintage sound, so, anybody that can relate to the sound that we came with back then, you gonna be impressed with what we’re coming with right now, because, you know we kinda put it right where it need to be again. So we can expect some bangers? RAEKWON:Of course, I mean I won’t lie to you – you know what I mean, at the end of the day this album is very impressive to me and my chain?, and we’ve been playing it to a couple people and everybody’s just been blown away. No bad responses, everything’s been really supportive for us though and everybodys been saying ‘Yo, it did flash me back to the glory days’ so, we’ve kinda like achieved what we wanted to achieve. ABORT: Alright, cool. Oh, by the way – any chance of you collaborating in the near future with a metal band? Kinda like that “Loud Rocks” compilation or something like that? Are you open to that shit? RAEKWON:I’m open to anything that’s basically pertaining to good music, you know what I mean, whether it’s rock, reggae, whatever whatever, at the end of the day it’s just about us coming out with a mean combination, and I know at the end of the day, you know, cause the majority of my fans right now are them kinda guys that is into rock and metal and you know, like I said at the end of the day, man, we not biased when it comes to our fans. We wanna serve everybody, and make everybody feel like, yeh know, you raek incorporated all that. ABORT: Wicked okay, last Canadian Hip-Hop artist you were bumping? And if you had to choose a Canadian Hip-Hop artist to tour with – who would it be? And don’t lie! Haha we’re a Canadian magazine! RAEKWON: Haha keep it honest! Naw, I would say overall so I would say the Rascalz ABORT: Okay cool cool –Rascalz – you’re feelin’ the Rascalz RAEKWON: Yeah I like the Rascalz ABORT: Okay what about, uh, oh by the way – you’re doing a string of

dates for Rock the Bells. Why aren’t you doing the Vancouver date? RAEKWON: Um, I dunno I guess it didn’t really fit in with our over all campaign run so, we was just trying to make sure we could do as much as we can without, um, missing what we have to do with promotion of the album. ABORT: Okay, good good. And The first single is “The New Wu”, correct? or is it just “New Wu” RAEKWON: Yeah, correct, yeah. ABORT: Featuring Method Man… RAEKWON: Yeah it’s called “The New Wu”, you know what I mean, like I said, you know, we wasn’t actually saying that is the single but we just wanted to basically light the wick up with everything we trying to do ABORT: Okay so you’re giving people a little taste – that is from the new album, though, correct? RAEKWON: It is. Everybody loved it, everybody loved it so much that, you know what I mean, you might as well look at it as the new single cause we’ve been getting like a hell of a response And it’s on the mixtapes and shit, it’s been all over the place. ABORT: Right, right… okay. So, “The New Wu” with Method Man, Ghostface Killah, available now on iTunes, the fourth coming album is Cuban Linx Pt. II available in stores and on the street September 8th on IceH2o /EMI records, meanwhile you can visit Raekwon online at www.myspace.com/raekwon. And, uh, anything you wanna say to our readers? RAEKWON: You can definitely reach me on Twitter – @ RaekwonIceWater , and you know, just come and check in for ya boy, and um, like I said man – September 8th. Get Ready. It’s gonna be an exciting album. ABORT: Anything you wanna say to your Canadian fans while we got ya on the line? RAEKWON: Yeah, uh, I just wanna say much love to Vancouver, you know what I mean, and thanks for supporting me through the years. I’ll never forget these things, and that’s why I make it my business to come to Canada and do my thing and show the love back, so definitely, I just wanna say I appreciate it, man, and they always gonna be there for me and I’m gonna be there for them. ABORT: Thanks Rae… RAEKWON: Thank you man. • www.myspace.com/raekwon




ABORT: Yeah. Scott: So uh, we went on and released ‘Keep Hope Alive’. Electronic music when we were making it, when we started out we wasn’t gonna have a release. Then a lot of people weren’t, didn’t believe it would be any sort of small fortune or uh a wise career choice. We love the music, and we were happy with our little lot and life. (Ken laughs) ABORT: Speaking of “Keep Hope Alive” I was a strip club DJ for 14 years and the girls used to dance to that song, and I would have like 3 girls dancing to it like 3 times each per day, that’s 9 times a day, 56 times a week 224 times a month, so let me take this opportunity to say “Fuck you!” for writing that song (laughs) TCM: (Laughs) ABORT: The Crystal Method has attracted a real cross-over audience from hip-hoppers to metal-heads. Which is true. Even prior to collaborating with Rahzel and Wes Borland, whom we’ve interviewed both. Rahzel thought we we’re in a fucking dead baby magazine. Got the name wrong, poor bastard. Even before you appeared on the ground-breaking ‘Spawn’ soundtrack. Why do you think, you brought out the inner dance demon in people, who otherwise would not be caught dead listening to electronic music? Ken:Those guys will come out and they’ll travel too. I met a guy at a Philly show, who just, said he never goes to concerts. He has the biggest longest ponytail hair, he’s all into metal and everything. He drove at least a hundred miles to come see us you know?. That kind of stuff makes me happy. ABORT: The Crystal Method really fucking bridged that gap. I gotta say. At least in my books. Scott: Maybe its the sub-conscious thing in our music. I grew up listening to heavy metal. All that early Metallica, and uh some Slayer. I listen to it now and I go wow. It

didn’t sound the same when I was 15 years old. (laughs) ABORT: What I mean, when you hear some your earlier stuff or even some of the remix stuff. Especially on a lot of remixes, lets say video games, we’ll get into that a second. There’s a lot of like heavy heavy fucking loops, whoa, bass-y fucking, evil sounding shit. Scott: Mmm... ABORT: What is it that brought that up and why don’t I skip to that question. What records would you sneak out of your parents collection as a youngster, that brought you, to bring that into your music now?

Take PJ Harvey back to those early days. She’s kind of, kind of gone away from the really dirty... ABORT: She doesn’t want to be touched. So to speak. Musically. TCM: (Scott laughs). (Ken) We would like to get our hands on some of the 70’s masters from Stevie Wonder. Good god, that would be fun. ABORT: Do you play video games and do you care that your music maybe used to score scenes of grotesque violence? TCM: (Ken) I don’t care about that. (Scott) No. I just want them to have a good soundtrack while they’re blasting away. This guy we met in Vegas, who went through 3 stints in the hardcore Marines, he says: “In the second gulf war, shits going on all around me and the only thing that got me through the night was your album”. ABORT: Wicked. See ,that kind of makes it all worth it. You know...when your music affects people that way. “Divided By Night” in stores now. iTunes. Mom & Pop stores, etc.. You can visit the band at thecrystalmethod.com, or myspace.com/thecrystalmethod. Scott & Ken, Thank you very much. It’s been absolute pleasure. Have a great show, have a great tour and you guys behave yourselves. Scott: We’ll try. No more after parties. with Peaches (Laughs)!

From the world of Electronica, the dastardly duo of and Ken and Scott give up the goods on their latest album and tour, growing up on heavy metal, the countless soundtrack appearances and getting shit-faced with Peaches. Stuff that in your glass pipe you sketchy motherfuckers!
E.S. Day: We’re sitting here with Ken Jordan & Scott Kirkland. 2 members, the only members of The Crystal Method. Hey we’re off to a good start, how are you guys doing? The Crystal Method: (Scott) Good, good, how you doing? (Ken) Doing great. ABORT: Good, thanks. Boys are here in Vancouver of course. Supporting their latest release, “Divided By Night”. Tour, right? Scott: Yes. ABORT: The last release put out is? Scott: ‘Legion Of Boom’. (Ken) Last proper studio album. ABORT: Correct. There’s where we got a little mix up. We’ve got you down for like 9 fucking albums. What’s the current release and the last studio release? Ken: Last studio release, ‘Legion Of Boom’, 2004. Then we did put out a soundtrack album for this film called ‘London’. Then also, our second mix CD ‘Community Service 2’ and uh ‘Drive’. This project we did for Nike and Apple. So there was three, 3 albums that came out then. We just tend to think of our, you know, what we’re working on all the time or the most important things to us. Or our studio album. ABORT: Ok. Given the wide audience you’ve had after 16 years. Am I correct on that? Scott: Mmm... ABORT: Forty-five thousand soundtracks and a Grammy nomination... (Scott laughs) ABORT: Is it safe to say, you’ve achieved what you sought after since the group’s inception. Back in what, `93 something like that? Scott: Uhm. Wow. Well we achieved what we set after `93 by getting a second release. (Laughs) ABORT: (Laughs) Beautiful! Scott: We put out our first release of `94 not knowing what the fuck was going to happen most of the time. Came out, they printed up 3 thousand, they sold 3 thousand. We were like, wow! 3 thousand people out there bought our record, that’s cool.

I grew up listening to heavy metal.
Ken: Well, for me it was my older brother. He turned me on to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. I’ve just always had an infinity toward real, to the hard/low end sound. Good rhythm section. Bass, drums and rhythm guitar. ABORT: Same here. It doesn’t matter what genre of music, its low meets kinda classic. So, that seeped out naturally when you guys are behind the boards. Same with you? Scott: Yeah. Personally when I was young. I would come home and my dad would be listening to, more Pink Floyd, the Outlaws. Ya know lots of rhythm section and lots of prolonged, like the Outlaws, I think they only had like 6 songs on that record. ABORT: Fair enough. Are you set to work with or remix an act or artist who needs a TCM makeover? TCM: (Ken) Well um, lets see uh. (Scott)

By E.S. Day

Overused, abused and unoriginal, this also describes the music that these twats have forced on the listening public and on our editorial desk. Enjoy... there’s (lots) more to come. This Issue: Plants & Animals Ironically this first installment is also the name of an actual band. A really shitty band. Toss in some wool, flannel and those stupid fucking FARGO hunting hats and voila! Forest hipsters gone awry, these guys (and the rest of the listed half-wits below) should be turning the gun on themselves and do the music world a huge fucking favour. Kaboom! These are just a sample (too many names to list). Wolves: Sea Wolf, Wolfmother (we like the white-fro though!) , AIDS Wolf, Wolfstone, Wolf Parade, Pink Wolf, Fox N’Wolf, Wolf Eyes. Panthers: Japanther, Prophet Panther, Say Panther, The Panther Party, Panther Boy, Vagina Panther, La Panther, Panther Piss. (We left Steel Panther off the list because they are fucking funny and you know it). Tigers: Pride Tiger, Tiger Tiger, Paper Tiger,Track a Tiger, Pull Tiger Tail, Tigertailz (actually, Tigertailz are exempt

because they drink barrels of Guinness while applying their lip gloss, plus they used the glam-requisite “Z” in place of an “S”. That’s fucking chic and you know it). Bears: Grizzly Bear, iwrestledabearonce, Bear Creek, Minus The Bear, Panda Bear, Bear Hands, Bear Vs. Shark (ends up in 2 categories, lucky them!), Bear in Heaven, Bear Country, Bipolar Bear, Big Bear and oh yeah... Bear. Horses: Band of Horses, HORSE the Band, An Horse, Hi-Horse, Horse Feathers, Whale|Horse (also in 2 categories), Crazy Horse, Apple Horse, Horse Drawn. Seafood: Salmon Salmon, Said The Whale, Hey Ocean, Bear Vs. Shark, Three Fish, Whale|Horse, Seafood Hotline, Passion Fish, One-Eyed Fish, The Octopus Project, (actually, they’re not too bad if you take a handful of barbiturates first) Damp Squid, Halibut, Bigger Fish, Reel Big Fish, I Fish, 2 Fish, Cod & Chips with savoury dressing and gravy...alright, we made that one up. (Flipper has been removed from the list , they liked junk, so do we. Also Hot Tuna is exempt cause they were fucking heavy back then and you know it). (I got)Wood: Woodpigeon, Woodhands, Woods, Medeski Martin and Wood, Royal Wood, Magic Wood, SteelWood.

GOT SOME TO ADD? stupidfuckingbandname@abortmag. com Include your name and hometown If we choose your entry, you will be awarded with a CD from an actual shitty band. Awesome! Coming Soon: Handle With Care: - Crystal Castles, Crystal Antlers, Crystal Moustache, Twin Crystals Family Affair: Mother Mother, Wolfmother (again?) Mother Love Bone... actually they were cool, so we’ll leave ‘em alone. Time of the Season: August Burns Red, The Decemberists, The Februrary’s, One September etc.. Duos & Duncecaps: Meg & Dia, Tegan & Sara, Thunderheist, Chromeo, Datarock, MSTRKRFT NOBODY’S SAFE!

Special thanks to Hipsters Digest aka Exclaim Magazine’s continued coverage of shitty, talentless bands who carry mini-Casio’s in their pockets, while jotting down incoherent, yet thought provoking lyrics on their iPhones, on their way to Starbucks for a fat-free cranberry scone to match the red in their lumberjack shirts. By the way, that description alone, describes over 98% of all bands in Vancouver, BC in case you plan on visiting here during the 2010 Olympics. Better fill your iPod first.

Chris Palko AKA Cage has been through several major trans-

formations in his decade plus long career in Hip Hop. From the brilliantly embittered, drug addled rants of “Movies For the Blind” to the darkly introspective metamorphosis of “Hell’s Winter” he has always been an artist in the truest sense, drawing inspiration from a tortured life whose incredible story is currently in the process of being made into a feature film starring Shia LeBoeuf. With his latest release “Depart From Me”, Cage delves deep into stories of personal loss - of relationships, friends and home, while also providing a new soundtrack to a generation of pissed off, over medicated youth with fire in their heads and vitriol on their lips. Abort’s Dave”Corvid”McCallum spoke with Cage on the road to Minneapolis, and his candid remarks on his personal development, audience, the often remarked on shift in style both musically and visually, and his historic beef with Marshall Mathers are pure gold. If you don’t know who you’re dealing with here, then you don’t know Hip Hop. Abort: There has been an obvious shift over the course of your work, not just in terms of style but content and maturity. How would you describe that process? Cage: On the first record, I was talking about shit that I cared about at the time, but I kinda made a joke out of it all. I mean, I was presenting stories from the hospital, war stories if you will. “Hell’s Winter” was kind of a reflection, and trying to change all that. With “Depart From Me”, when I went in to start making that record, I thought that it was going to be a similar process. But with my selfreflection, so much was going on that I just had to write about what was happening at the time. So, “Depart From Me” is very current with what I was going through. I wanted to be honest about everything, and there were a few hangups with “Hell’s Winter”, some of the lines felt like I wasn’t fully freeing myself and writing what I feel. This record was the one that I took more risks on, you know? Abort: With the growing maturity in your lyrics, do you find that your audience is getting older as well? Cage: A lot younger! I see a lot more younger people at the shows than older, for sure. I think that, not to take anything from anyone else, but I constantly go out of my way not to date myself. And I think because I look at so many other artists, I see that staying new is constantly changing, as we say “flipping it up”. I mean, you gotta flip it up! Too many people work hard to perfect the same thing, get comfortable doing the same thing. I just think I kinda lucked out and kept changing, not really so much trying to adapt or fit in.

“Movies For The Blind” was the first record, so I tried that (fitting in), but even then it wasn’t like fitting in, it was like a big “fuck you” to everybody! And I think with the new record it’s similar to that, but I’m not gonna do what you’d expect. I just kinda threw out the unwritten rules, and I do what I want. Abort: The new album consists largely of live instrumentation and original sounds, are there any samples on it? Cage: Not really, I mean if there’s any samples on it it’s just like bits here and there, like a drum hit or something, but there’s no loops. That was a big thing for me, and with the music, the change is drastic. Abort: As far as the change in your image, how does this reflect the change in your outlook as you develop as a person? Cage: It’s just funny you know, ‘cause it’s like I get questions asked of me like I think I’m smarter than anyone, and in reality it’s just like I fucking grew up, you know? I mean, I don’t dress like a child, I don’t dress like a fifteen year old Hip Hop kid, and I don’t dress like a fifteen year old mallrat either. So, you know, I just grew up and I happen to like clothes, I wear expensive clothing. I don’t fucking wear what typical teens are wearing you know? I mean, the fact that I spend so much time talking about my hair and my clothing in interviews... Abort: Um.... Cage: No, no, it’s interesting to address... Abort: I saw the YouTube interview where the guy asks “Yo Cage, why you want to be looking good for all these girls and shit? Don’t you know that shit is gay?” Cage: (laughs)Yeah, well, that was like the only way to address it because it’s that fucking ridiculous! I’m in a genre of music that is so fucking homophobic...it’s so fucking, so like...but at the same time it’s so fucking gay!!! (laughs all round) Cage: I mean it amazes me, you know? And that’s not to say everyone...I mean, what I love, is people who have not done one iota for Hip Hop, not anything, and I’ve been doing this for over a decade, and they want to tell me about what real Hip Hop is?! Like, that’s why I don’t pay any attention, and to me it’s entertaining. I like to

ruffle feathers, and actually, if you say I look gay I’m going to do something even gayer! I don’t care, I hang out with tons of fucking girls! You know, I looked into the audience and it’s a sea of dudes in baseball hats, and I said back to the fucking drawing board, ‘cause I didn’t get into this to impress a bunch of guys! And people can think what they want, I don’t give a shit. Again, I can’t even digest an opinion from someone that doesn’t even fucking make art. It doesn’t mean anything. If you don’t make any kind of art, or take a chance or risk in your life to stand up and say fuck a nine to five I’m gonna make art for a living... like, I don’t care how bad your art is, if you live off the shit, you got my respect ‘cause you do it. But if you don’t do it, and you have a fucking bag full of opinions, you’re just another fucking brick in the wall with a voice that no-one cares about...When we wrote “Hell’s Winter” we knew what would happen. They were like - “you know, a lot of people are gonna say you’re a faggot, can you deal with that?”.

iTunes and I’m number two on iTunes in Hip Hop right now which is pretty funny, so...I can’t really escape. But it’s flattering, it’s cool, you know, and dude writes great songs, you know. Dude wrote a lot of fucking hits, I mean, what can I say? You know, I spent the larger part of my career writing anti-songs, so I’ve just started dabbling around with Pop music and keeping my sensibility about it, but just trying to write catchy songs, you know? Abort: You are in fact working on a feature length bio-pic to star your friend Shia LeBoeuf, how is that coming along? Cage: We’re looking for a writer.He’s busy as shit, I’ve been busy, I’m on tour...he’s in New York filming this new Oliver Stone movie, so we’re gonna hang when I’m off tour. I think we have our story nailed down, which changed a lot, and we’ve already been through a few scripts that we hated, and it’s a long process you know? Abort: Well, we’re looking forward to seeing it, it’s a great story! Thanks man, it’s been great talking with you! Cage: You too man! • • www.chrispalko.com www.myspace.com/cagekennylz

I’m in a genre of music that is so fucking homophobic...but at the same time - it’s so fucking gay!!!
That was my biggest thing, and it was kind of like a joke the way we said it, like I have gay friends, so, it’s cool for me to say that...joking of course (chuckles). But that was one of our only issues, like “hey, some of your fans are gonna not like you any more”, so I was like “fuck ‘em!”. They weren’t real fans to begin with, who gives a fuck? And then it just proves my point to myself, that I had some kind of allegiance with kids who never had one with me. So fuck ‘em, and who cares what they want. And at the end of the day, I make music for people...that like it! If you don’t like it, go listen to something else. If you don’t like what I’m wearing, perhaps you should search yourself for some other deep rooted Freudian problem that you’re going through... Abort: For your long standing fans, your past beef with Eminem is legendary. With the release of his “Relapse” album nearly coinciding with your own, has it hit you how far the two of you have come over the last ten years? Cage: I mean I can’t help it, like, as soon as all my shit hit MTV, MTV jumped on board, every time they said something about me they would shit on Eminem and praise me. And I didn’t really get it you know, and it’s funny also ‘cause, a shit ton of records I’ll never be able to sell! I mean, I’m a fucking independent artist! But, I can’t escape the comparisons, if people know they know, if they don’t know the history - whatever, I don’t give a shit. I mean, I never had anything against the guy, I don’t even know him. I’m not gonna go on stage and say shit, I don’t care. It’s just like a really pseudo-warrior mentality that I just don’t fucking get. It’s fucking business, I mean at the end of the day we’re fucking businessmen. His business is succeeding and so is mine. It’s interesting to see that he’s number one on

By Dave”Corvid” McCallum

Photo by Ajani Charles

Behemoth founder Nergal took some time out during their current Mayhem Festival touring schedule to chat with ABORT’s Alxs Ness regarding the tour, their upcoming release ‘Evangelion’ and Canadian immigration laws. Alxs Ness: You guys were slated to play 3 dates on the Summer Slaughter tour, with one in Edmonton and one in Calgary… Nergal: Yeah, we had to cancel that because we had problems at the border. Actually one of our passports was missing this chip, we didn’t even know about it. We didn’t realize it actually because a few days earlier we were allowed to enter the country. I mean by mistake they probably just didn’t even notice this because they let us into the country to do these two shows and next time we wanted to enter they told us we were missing the chip and we just can’t do this. Yeah, shit happens, you know. I guess we’re gonna try to make it up to these people, do this full tour that we’re scheduling right now with Septic Flesh. AN: Have you ever had any other issues crossing the border in the past? N: To be honest, from all the crazy stories about Canadian borders, nothing really bad had ever happened to us and it’s always been pretty smooth and no problems whatsoever. So this is like the first time where we’ve been rejected to enter the country, which we were all bummed out about it. We really wanted to do these two shows. But well, what can I do. Sometimes there are things that are bigger than you. ABORT: I guess the bright side is that this is only for 2 dates and not for a large string of dates. N: Exactly. ABORT: So you guys right now are on tour for the Mayhem Festival right? N: Yes. ABORT: How’s that going so far? N: So far so good, we just did 3 shows. The first one was pretty rough for everyone I guess. It was pretty shitty for us. But the last 2 shows- we did L.A yesterday

and then San Francisco was the second day- was great, really great. I mean like smooth, great response. I don’t know how many people were there but it was pretty fucking packed; 10,000 people each show turn out. It’s awesome. It’s great to be part of this tour, it’s just massive, it’s killer you know. It’s a great deal being on tour with Cannibal Corpse, Slayer, and some other bands that we know and are good friends with… it’s just a good feeling, a good vibe. ABORT: You’re releasing your newest album August 11, 2009 titled Evangelion. What should fans expect from this release?

This guy died and the other guy was in a coma. There’s no question, we gotta help out these people and their families. We didn’t even think twice about it, we just did that.
N: Behemoth in its finest form to be honest. I mean seriously, this record… the songwriting and arrangement and the lyrics and everything is just put together so nicely, so intelligently. Honestly [with] the Apostasy, I wasn’t entirely happy, but this one feels totally different. The vibe is so different. We’re definitely on fire. It feels like this is the right time to really explore our potential and just reach out to the next level. Not just popularity and sales and stuff. Because I’m pretty sure that having Metal Blade backing us up now and Nuclear Blast in Europe, it’s going to go nothing but great. Artistically it’s definitely the strongest effort, that’s for sure. ABORT: It’s definitely apparent too because I was looking at the documentation you guys did for the making of Evangelion compared to the making of the Apostasy and there is definitely a huge difference in quality. N: That’s true. It just happened that way. It’s more focused and more important to

do things better and bigger, you know; always on a bigger scale. So that’s what this album is. Don’t forget about this fact that we got Colin Richardson, a walking legend, to make the record and that Stone Age Studio, another legendary place, they mastered the record so it sounds really decent. It’s definitely the best sounding record and I’d like to believe that it’s the best songs we’ve written too. That’s my impression and I know that fans have their own opinions. For many people what they like is really a matter of taste, time, sentiment: you know, different factors that may influence you. But I really think that this Behemoth is the best. We really find ourselves with this record. It’s still us, it’s still the same charisma, the same band- all the things that people have known us for but it’s just refreshed, it’s refined. We definitely challenge ourselves with this new one. ABORT: Excellent. So the first single is “Ov Fire and the Void.” Is there a music video in the works for this one? N: Actually we just shot a video before taking off for the US. It’s through the same company Grupa 13 from Wroclaw, Poland who did work for us for “At the Left Hand Ov God” which is a huge success. But I can tell you that this video is already better. We used better cameras with a more edgy and decent look and the script was more focused. There’s a better story-line to this new one. It’s just crazy. It’s out of control; you’ll see it’s got me going insane. ABORT: Can you by any chance divulge anything about the concept? N: I wouldn’t like to do that. Probably today or tomorrow at the latest we got the first ‘Making of ’ video, so you can check yourself and just see. It’s just a 1%- we’re just showing people what they can expect. I don’t really like to ruin the surprise. I can tell you that it’s going to be a huge surprise. People are going to be watching it and they’re going to be like “what the fuck? These guys definitely overcome themselves.” ABORT: Ok, fair enough. On another note, are there any cover songs that you guys want to do that you haven’t done or that you’ve been thinking about doing live? N: Well, we decided not to repeat the same

formula with the EPs, putting out the EPs with every record, so there’s no EP after Evagelion. But we did record a cover song from Killing Joke “Total Invasion” and it turned out really great. I think it’s actually available now on ITunes; you can get this song as a bonus. We’ve done a lot of cover songs but this one is already my favorite. I’m not sure if we could ever play it live because it is so big and so experimental, there’s just so many different layers and effects. I don’t think it would even work to play it live. ABORT: Final question for you. With the dark cloud looming over the genre of black metal in the eyes of mainstream society, have you guys ever given any consideration to doing a charity show or something like that? N: We actually did. Our friend died in an accident, the guy from Decapitated and we did a charity show for him. I don’t really see a point why we should do a charity show for homeless people or something like that. Not that I’m not a sympathetic person, I am, but it’s just not the place for this band. It was an exception. This guy died and the other guy was in a coma. There’s no question, we gotta help out these people and their families. We didn’t even think twice about it, we just did that. ABORT: Is there anything else you would like to add before we go? N: I just wanted to say sorry so much for canceling the shows and as I said before, we’re definitely going to make it up to these people and we’re coming back this fall on our first ever headlining tour in the US and Canada. We’re going to try to hit the same markets so people can come and see us. ABORT: Excellent and hopefully we’ll see you in Vancouver as well. N: Cheers and thank you so much. • • www.behemoth.pl www.metalblade.com

21 & Under With...

By Alxs Ness

Photo by Ajani Charles


Grimm Culhane sits down with a cooler of beer, too many cigarettes and Vancouver’s Last Plague to discuss the Vancouver music scene, the bastard who invented Emo and the unique challenges facing one of Vancouver’s most diverse bands. Thank fuck sobriety isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

LP: He invented Emo. All: (Laugh) LP: He was in a Norwegian Death Metal band. ABORT: And what happened with that? He couldn’t light a church fire properly? LP: We prefer not to talk about that what with the church burnings… and kindergardens… pre-schools really. ABORT: Pre-schools, is that a band? All: (Laugh) LP: Yeah that’s my old band from Ontario. A Punk Rock band. ABORT: There are aspects of so many bands in your latest recording, very diverse. LP: We love to hear that man, yeah. Some of us are more into metal, some of us are more punk and hardcore than others, so its like an amalgam. We’re a bit older and a lot of our influences aren’t as recent. All the stuff we listen to is from the 90s and stuff… for lack of a better term… or not. All: (Laugh) LP: Compared to all the new school shit, we’re definitely not new school. It’s just how old we are and when we started playing comes out in the music. ABORT: So what do you guys listen to, what influences can we here in your music? All: (Laugh)


LP: We listen to everything… well, not “everything.” Black Sabbath. We listen to everything… by Black Sabbath.

Grimm Culhane: This is Grimm Culhane for ABORT Magazine. I’m here with Last Plague from Vancouver. Welcome you guys. Last Plague: Thanks, yeah thanks man. ABORT: How do you know each other? Did you play together in bands before forming Last Plague or know each other from the local music community? LP: All four of us besides Dave found each other through the classified ads. Dave’s only been here (Vancouver) for a couple of years. He’s from Ontario. All four of us have been kicking around the scene for the last ten years. ABORT: In other bands? LP: Never together, but we’ve all crossed paths. ABORT: Any previous bands we might know? LP: I dunno, maybe Human Resistance Program. Brett was in The First Day, he still plays in a band called Life Against Death. Dog Eat Dogma, you might know that band. Tim’s from All State Champion, he’s the rock star. All: (Laugh)

LP: Nomeansno is one of our favourites. Definitely into Fugazi, Lamb of God. ABORT: Vancouver seems to be producing a lot of bands that are very diverse in their sound right now. You and Ninjaspy are two examples. LP: It comes in waves. Technical stuff gets popular for a while, then its back to pop or what have you. There were a bunch of bands even doing Glam Metal kind of shit. There’s been so many bands and so much heavy music we’ve explored pretty much all the genres and all there is left to do is take them all and put them together. Sometimes we get thrown on Metal bills and it’s not the best for us because I wouldn’t consider ourselves Heavy Metal. ABORT: What would you consider yourselves? LP: I’d say a Rock band that has more elements to it than just straight ahead Rock. I think we’re Metal heads playing Rock and Roll in a Hardcore band. We like that because we can get stuck on a Punk bill, we can get stuck on a Metal bill, a hardcore bill, whatever. I think we’re just Alternative Rock, shit that’s not popular radio music. Everyone who gives us a brief listen seems to think we’re a Metal band because of Heath’s vocals. He definitely brings a Metal element to the band. He’s been in Metal bands before, but this is definitely the most Metal band he’s been in. He had trouble with that, but he’s slowly adapting to this band. ABORT: So there are challenges involved playing in this band? LP: Yeah, like staying sober. All: (Laugh) LP: That’s not a challenge really, we don’t even try. You have to try for it to be a challenge. All: (Laugh) ABORT: Thanks guys.

Dave “Corvid” McCallum: You’re about to release part two of “Ground Original”, entitled “No Sellout”, featuring a who’s who of heavyweight lyricists from the Old and New Schools, and this is the fourth album where you’ve managed to gather great MC’s together. JS-1: Yeah, I’m trying to gather up all these different MC’s that I like and hope that they cooperate with me. (laughs) ABORT:So is this a dream come true? Like, as a kid were you sitting there wishing you could make records with all these people? JS-1: You know, growing up and just being a fan and collecting records, buying tapes...I mean, I never even considered that I would ever be able to do a song with any of these people. That just was the furthest from my mind, but as time progressed, I started actually being out on the scene and doing stuff, and I would run into these people and tour with some of them and meet them a lot more frequently. And as I started to produce my own stuff and want to put records out, the best thing that happened to me...I mean, I’d been on “Return of the DJ” and mixtapes like that, but my first actual real single that I put out...I was able to get KRS-ONE on it!!! So, when you do your first record and you get KRS-ONE on it...to me, I was ready to quit at that point! He’s my favourite MC and I was like - “I’m done! I’ve accomplished everything I wanted!”. ABORT: How did that actually come together? JS-1: Oh that was through a friend, Domingo. Domingo produced the track “The MC” for KRS-ONE, and he also produced a few other tracks on his “Sneak Attack” album. I just really wanted to get KRS-ONE, and he said - “look, I can get the guy into the studio and he’ll sit with you and talk with you, and if he likes what you’re about then he’ll do it.” . So, he came to the studio and me and KRS talked for a few hours, and you know, we had run into each other from before just from being on the scene and being in New York. So, we did the single and after it was released it was hared for other MC’s to say “no, I don’t want to do it” when KRS was on the first single and everything worked out fine. So it was like, if it’s good enough for KRS then it should be good for you too! And then also on the first project, Kool G. Rap and Big Daddy Kane were on it, so like I said it makes it difficult for people to tell me no! Common did a verse for me on the second project, and once that happened, it was really like...okay, this guy’s like a multimillionaire and he’s one of the best MC’s, so if he’s down to get on my underground records then you have no excuse! I mean, honestly, I would even say that to certain people! But you know, no-one ever really told me no, most people are pretty much into doing what I want with the records, and also it’s a chance for them to maybe collaborate with other MC’s they’ve never worked with before. They like the idea of all these MC’s being on the album and they want to throw in a verse.

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ABORT: One of the things he mentioned is the emergence of a “Grown Man” category of Hip Hop, for the thirty plus audience that has grown up with Hip Hop and is looking for more depth. Do you feel like you are aiming for an older demographic? JS-1: Well, it’s a mix. My overall aim, when I begin a project like this, is to keep that style of Hip Hop alive. It’s like, you don’t have to make a dance track, ‘cause to me these days it’s like every track is a dance track. It’s like, even the hardest guys out there who talk about killing people all day long are all on what sound like dance beats to me. I’m just like trying to keep that style alive, like the “Scratch Hook” style. Like on the underground, there’s lot’s of kids that are like Aesop Rock fans that are under thirty. Or Jedi Mind Trick, they get a lot of kids, but it’s a different style of kids and they like a lot of rock too. Really, what I’m about is making sure that we get our five minutes too, like you don’t have to make the electro dance shit, you can actually make real Hip Hop and write a good verse and the girls will like you too! ABORT: Respect man! Thanks for keeping the elements alive! JS-1: Word! ABORT: Good talking with you man! JS-1: Thanks, peace. www.djjs1.com By Dave “Corvid” McCallum Photo by Jamie Sands

ABORT Magazine’s Dave”Corvid” McCallum speaks with DJ JS-1 of the Rocksteady Crew on the challenge of pulling together great lyricists and keeping Golden Era Hip Hop alive and relevant. As a producer and performer, JS-1 represents to the fullest for the original integrity and craftsmanship of” True School Hip Hop”, rooted in the sounds of Classic Rock and East Coast Boom Bap, and here he speaks candidly of the unique opportunities afforded him by working with the veterans, young and old in a Culture focused on skill and originality - with no sellout!
ABORT: There are a lot of really heavy guitars samples used throughout the album, where does that influence come from? JS-1: Well first of all, I’m a die hard rock fan. Like to this day, most of the shit I listen too is Classic Heavy Rock. Probably after we hang up, I’m gonna go work on some drawings, do some graffiti in some books for some kids I know, and bump about three hours of Black Sabbath! ABORT: You also just worked on the Sadat X album “Brand New Bein’”, one of the most distinctive voices in Hip Hop... JS-1: And he’s born with it! Sometimes I think that’s why people are using all these effects and shit these days, to try to sound like that! Sadat is a good friend of one of my partners, JW, and actually Sadat was away for awhile, he did some things he shouldn’t have done, and he spent a year over here on Riker’s Island, and when he got out, he just wanted to get the life back together and start dropping some music. So we asked him, we said, you know, we have the means to put together this album very quickly, we’ll get the guests and put it together properly. He said “yeah, let’s do it!”, and the actual concept of the album was to make it sound like some 90’s Hip Hop shit. And, you, know, that’s why we got CL Smooth and the KRS track, the Brand Nubians’ track, and we actually tried to make it sound...not new. I’m really happy with it.

arceon: Hi, this is arceon from ABORT Magazine, we’re here with NYC hardcore legends Sworn Enemy. They are on a nation-wide tour with Pro-Pain. How are you doing guys? Lorenzo: Good man, you know, just got offstage and smoking a cigarette, eating some McDonalds, feeling good. ABORT: That’s great! This is another episode of Border Patrol, and we’re here to gather the shittiest, most horrible stories of bordercrossing into Canada. L: Well, Sal, are you going to accompany me on this? Because, um, in 2002 we were on tour with Hatebreed and we had to go into Canada for four shows and were going to Detroit. We got held up for six hours because our drummer at that time was convicted of all kind of drug charges prior to being in the band, whether he was still on drugs or not. And he, fucking, we got, fucking, we ummm, actually there’s a couple of stories about us, you know, (Sal: most of them with him (laughs)) but this is the worst one because we got into customs; six hours of them saying, you know, he’s lying and we gotta pay, you know, five hundred bucks or whatever X amount of dol-

lars. After all the bullshit we get denied. So now we gotta go to US customs, now we gotta go all the bullshit of this guy again. So we are held up at the US customs for three hours and we didn’t make the four shows (S: and they were the best four shows of all time), the best four shows of the whole tour. And, umm, you know – that’s one, one time. ABORT: That was a whole day! 9 hours, a full day! L: And now we had to go stay in Detroit for four days with no money. Sal: Now we had to hear all these stories: “oh yeah, there was two thousand people on this show, fifteen hundred in Ottawa, and there was a thousand in Montreal, (sighs), motherfucker! L: Well, after that we had another incident in

2006. I mean there were plenty of times when we crossed no problem, but this incident was pretty fucked up. We go in late, because we thought it was the time of shift change and everybody was tired and didn’t give two fucks. They fucking brought us into this like warehouse, the trailer and all of us into a warehouse. Basically lined us up in front of a steel table, made us empty every fucking dollar, every pocket, every piece of ID, everything, for three hours they completely fucking searched every part of our bodies, not like fucking with gloves (S: no body cavity search), no cavity search but then after that we had, I mean, they completely destroyed the RV, they went thought it like they didn’t give two fucks. They just ripped through it and through everything and then they said “oh, you’re good to go”. I mean, you know, we were lucky there was no weed seeds. I think they did find some seeds actually (S: one or two but that wasn’t enough) but that wasn’t enough for them to break balls. S: Yeah, one seed and it could’ve been just one bagel, you know, it could’ve been everything fucking bagel and they would’ve busted our balls. One time we got denied, I forget what tour it was. This is the best comment I’ve ever had given to me about WHY we were getting denied. The officer at the border had the balls to tell me that we were taking jobs away from Canadian bands (laughter erupts). I’m like, are you FUCKING KIDDING ME? Well if you got some good fucking bands, maybe you wouldn’t need us to come up here (“ooooohhhhh”, shouting, mayhem, laughter). And then when we got turned around we go back to the US border and the guy, we are trying to explain to them why we couldn’t get in because, and we’re telling this to the US officer, because we are taking jobs, we’re taking money out of people’s mouths from Canada. I said, the next time Canadian bands go through the fucking border, give them HELL. Give them fucking grief. Let them know what fucking pain and agony is all about. Because this guy, I couldn’t believe he had the balls to tell me that. I’m like, motherfucker, I’m playing a show. A hundred, two hundred people are going to come to the show and buy shit at the bar and that’s gonna give your economy some money. What are you talking about, I’m taking money? I’m creating jobs for people, people who are working at that bar tonight. I’m taking money out of mouths of people living in Canada? I make dick, what do you mean, I’m not even making real money. I’m coming to play for free and you are telling me

I’m taking money away. Are you kidding me? You’re raping me, you’re telling me I gotta pay you to come into your country. Get the fuck outta here. ABORT: Well, there you go, you don’t hear that every day (laughter). S: That’s a classic, right there. That’s an unforgettable line: “You’re taking money away out of the mouths of people from Canada”. My jaw dropped, swear to god. I looked at him and thought no way, you’re not serious about that, are you? “Oh yes, we are”. You love your job too much buddy, enjoy, enjoy your day. L: So we got denied twice. S: But then again, the last two times (L: smooth, smooth ride), twenty minutes – boom. ABORT: Well, maybe, that’s because of the last two albums, which are fucking brilliant, right? (laughter) S: Well, if that’s how you want to look it, than sure, that’s the case. ABORT: Speaking of the new albums, the recent one Total World Domination is in stores right now. Don’t go and download it on the internet, don’t go to torrent. Go and buy the fucking CD, say thank you to the band. They got new members, they’re doing it again, reinventing the genre and kicking ass. Where can we find some more info about you on the web? L: Youtube, MySpace, etc. ABORT: Thank you guys, Again, Sworn Enemy on tour with Pro-Pain. Thank you for coming to Vancouver. S: Thanks man. Our pleasure, thank you for coming to the show. Thank you for doing this interview, it’s great.

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