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issue 6

may2010

this month: two amazing cover stories

Also in this issue...


Johnny Vomit artist steve leetch
Pandora Boxx from Rupauls drag race
doobie whitehorn bitter wigs
vampires everywhere two ton anvil
From the desk of… Table of Contents
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JOHNNY VOMIT By Cola
Hi Everyone!
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Here it is..finally! The much anticipated VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE By Sarah 13/BITTER WIGS By Lissy
May Issue of INCLINATION! It’s a Page 6
couple of days late because on Friday Cola and I were DUSTING OFF THE 10TH AMMENDMENT By Mike Paus
up at Penny Road Pub in Barrington interviewing Page 7
the legendary LA Guns for our June issue. We hope SSStyle By Josi Hannon Madera
it is worth the wait. Check out the mega cover Pages 8 and 9
story on Chicago’s Windy City Rollers- the hottest, Interview with Artist: STEVE LEETCH
raddest sport with Uber Cool Rockin’ Chicks! We also Pages 10-13
have the amazing band from England: The Boxer COVER STORY:
Interview with THE BOXER REBELLION By Lissy
Rebellion, fresh from their appearance at SXSW. If
you’ve not heard them yet, you HAVE to check out Pages 14-17
COVER STORY:
their music! The Windy City Rollers talk DERBY with us. By Cola

Cola and I are going to be embarking on the road Page 18


trip of a lifetime, leaving June 1st and taking 14 Cola’s WHORE-A-SCOPES
days to drive West to the Pacific NW in Oregon, then Page 19
down the 101 for a few and back East via Nevada RETRO/ACTIVE By Brian Ryder

and The Rockies. We’ll be video blogging on the Pages 20-23


queenzilla: pandora boxx from ru paul’s drag race
website for you guys and attempting a little humour By Doctor robert
to entertain you. Cola has given you more details Pages 24-25
right here in this issue. Intervview with DOOBIE WHITEHORN By our new colomnist
Shaz who brings us the best in Australian Music!!
If you’re interested in advertising with us or Page 26
sending us submissions, check out the website for Fantom Tollbooth By Doctor Robert
information or email me Lissy@inclinationonline. Page 27
com. You’re breaking up...what? By Brian ryder

Thank you again and hope you enjoy reading our Page 28
offerings for the month of May. resurrection of the road trip by cola
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Your Editor in Chief The Same old 10 with musician ronny robinson
Lissy MacMillan Page 30
lilith fair by lissy macmillan
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www.inclinationonline.com reviews: the audition/ two ton anvil by lissy

www.myspace.com/inclinationwebzine Page 32
QUICK REVIEWS By Lissy
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-IL/
INCLINATION/173128635781
Lissy MacMillian Cola
Editor-in-Chief and Founder Associate Creative Director

Movie: The Graduate Movie: Whip It


Book: The Great And Secret Show Book: High by Brian O’Dea
by Clive Barker Albums: Johnny Vomit - s/t vinyl
Albums: Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms 1900’s - Cold And Kind
The Audition - Great Danger Place: UIC Pavillion for Derby,
Place: Tribes Alehouse, Mokena of course!

Brian Ryder Sarah 13


Graphical Wizardry & Editorial Associate Articles & Interviews
http://thefuryofpurerock.blogspot.com Movie: Avatar
Movie: Kick-Ass Book: Blood Promise by Rachelle Mead
Book: American Conspiracies Albums: Modern Day Escape - House Of Rats
by Jesse Ventura Vampires Everyhere! - Lost In
Albums: Despised Icon - The Ills Of Modern The Shadows
Man Place: Bubba’s Burgers, San Antonio
Not Rebecca - Twin City Obituaries
Place: Caribou Coffee, Tinley Park

Grampire
Music & Game Reviews
Movie: Any Clint Eastwood, minus
Bridges Of Madison County Mike Paus
Book: Anything Deadpool Ranting & Raving
Albums: Overkill - Ironbound Movie: Pirate Radio
Ihsahn - After Book: Freakonomics
Place: Crusting at my buddy Mike’s Albums: Pearl Jam - Vs.
with friends The Lonely Island - Incredibad
Yeah, I’m not that exotic. Place: 5th Avenue Apple Store, NYC

Klover Dr. Robert Binford


Articles & Interviews
Film Corner
Movie: The Fourth Kind
Movie: An Education Book: Sounding The Inner Landscape
Book: In Her Own Sweet Time by Kay Gardner
by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt Albums: Tegan & Sara - Sainthood
Albums: Schuyler Fisk - The Good Stuff Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Goldfrapp - Head First Place: Bottom Lounge, Chicago
Place: Eatzi’s Italian Market, Chicago “L-O-V-E” the Falafel Burgers
The Nasty, Drunken Rock N’ Roll of Chicago’s Southsiders

E
at, drink, fuck and sleep! This have had many of those with the great
could easily be considered guys of Johnny Vomit.
by many south-siders, here
in Chicago to be a battle cry The music of Johnny Vomit is loud
from the punk/metal scene. Johnny and crass. The instrumentation is
Vomit is one musical circus that has challenging to keep up with, even for
withstood the test of time. In the mid a seasoned musician like myself. Eric,
1980’s, this chaotic congregation was Roman and Scott create a three way of
birthed by John Hanford, a.k.a. Johnny lead and rhythm notes and chords that
Vomit himself. Yes, it’s the band’s are bizarrely similar to a classical music
name and the singer’s persona/alter ego. concerto and with Bill keeping the beat,
Currently, Johnny Vomit is made up the songs don’t ever cause yawning.
of 5 stellar musicians, the classic rock Johnny Vomit’s lyrical inventions are
band line-up. On lead vocals, we of hilariously perverse and rude to the
course have Mr. Johnny Vomit himself, Written & Photography by Cola max. A favorite of mine, “Bread Bag”,
putting on a hell of show every time and address those complicated moments in
like having the gods of electric guitars lovemaking when there just aren’t any
hanging onto his beer can microphone and beer invade your brain! You won’t prophylactics within reach. Along with
stand, as he shouts the obscene, yet be able to just sit around and chat, like providing a contraceptive alternative
intriguing lyrics at us all. On guitars at other shows. You’ll find yourself to their listeners, Johnny Vomit uses
you’ll feel the magic of Eric Ondo, a becoming an element of the melodic talent to assure that the words
show…whether you like it are remembered, kind of like those
or not. I have personally songs on Sesame Street, but rated X.
witnessed beer flying, people You can’t help but get the tunes stuck
falling over (Including Johnny in your noggin. Guess what? You can
Vomit himself ) and naughty be as lucky as I am, and get yourself
public displays of affection Johnny Vomit on vinyl! That’s right,
casually occurring as the songs they pressed actually records. Produced
of Johnny Vomit filled the air. by Chicago’s iconic Sanford Parker,
The crowd is a huge factor Johnny Vomit offers their fans the
in all the fun that
ensues as the crunch
of distortion melts
your face off. Each
time I go out to see
metal chord progression creative genius this legendary south side of
and solo shredding master, (founder Chicago act, I leave drunker
of the now defunct “Couldron”) and than drunk with my ears
of course the every dark humored ringing from the pure volume
Roman, an incredibly sexy White Sox of rock insanity and have
fan, whom I sometimes fantasize about made tons of new awesome
slapping in the face…only due to his acquaintances! At the risk of
awful taste in baseball teams. Rhythm sounding cheesy here, there
section is fired up with Scott (Congrats is a true sense of community
on being a daddy!) on bass guitar and within the Johnny Vomit fan option to listen to music the way that
Bill (former “Couldron” drummer base. I’ve seen all walks of life at the it should be listened to! The sound of
and kin to Eric Ondo) tearing up the shows. Young punks, old metal heads, the furious rock emitted from my 3-2-
percussion insanity this is a staple of hippies, bikers, “moms you’d like to 1 makes the HEAVY hit even harder
the Johnny Vomit thrashing sound. fuck”, indie rockers, the handy-capped than usual. My suggestion, go out
Nothing would be the same without and even black people…yes black and get you some. Also, hit up some
any one member of this club of drinking people like metal too. All of these folks shows. There is nothing yet that I’ve
and show stopping rockers. Together, have one important thing in common; experienced that comes close to the
their combined talents make up the they’re all there for the music and the magic of Johnny Vomit. The music, the
quintessential hard core experience that drinking. Good times have been had crowd, the guys themselves are all part
goes far beyond the music itself. and will continue to be had. It goes of the equation, making a live show a
Experiencing a Johnny Vomit show is without saying that we at Inclination must see!
vampires everywhere
lost in shadows by Sarah 13
photo taken by kevin knight
Vampires Everywhere! Emerge in the dark of the night,
ready to steal your hearts, and blood of course. With
a “Lost Boys” influence its hard to ignore this coven of
vampires, their name derives from the comic book of the
same name in the pop-vampire movie, “The Lost Boys”
The band is made up of 6 haunting individuals; Michael
Vampire-Vocals, Zak Night-Guitar, Aaron Graves-Guitar, Lost In The Shadows” was released April 13,
J_Killa-Keyboards, Alexander Rogue-Bass, and David 2010 at Hot Topics across the country for only
Darko-Drums. The darkness that is Vampires Everywhere! $1.99. There were many Hot Topics that sold
Comes out in their music, with a name and image centered out of the CD, which only goes to show the
around Vampires, one might expect to hear the sounds power these boys have. Vampires Everywhere!
of a horror punk, tongue in cheek type sound as seen Plan to tour this summer in support of their
previously with bands such as The Murderdolls. This is recent release, and are promoting a chance to
inaccurate however. The sound of Vampires Everywhere! win spot on their guest list to those fans who
Is a mixture of different elements, you can hear a pop- buy the album and send in proof. One things
synth background combining with a bit of heavy guitars, for certain, with Vampires Everywhere!
a strong, solid drum line and vocals that go from clean, It is love at first bite, and once your bitten
almost pretty to the brutality of a scream as seen in you’re turned, there is no going back.
melodic metal bands like Luna Mortis. There are some
blurred genre lines with this band. Vampires Everywhere! www.myspace.com/vampireseverywhere
Has been around for just 6 months, but already they www.facebook.com/vampireseverywhere
are making a name for themselves. With support from twitter.com/vampireseverywhere
Century Media, and Hot Topic, as well as a loyal fan base, www.stickam.com/vampseverywhere
it seems definite that this band will rise quickly, their debut (live chat every Sunday at 8 PM PST)

I have been waiting for a studio of music, but after a


recording from this band for few listens it grew on
what seems like forever, and me, you can’t criticize
finally in my possession is an someone for being too
advanced copy of their six- good of a singer. Black
track EP. From start to finish Hole is a fast paced
this is a CD of blood-pumping catchy tune, a perfect
rock and roll with heavy bass start to their CD, I
lines that give it a depth you also love 2116 and
don’t often hear anymore. Kill The Ghost. This
The band members give it up Chicago based trio
equally and I’m impressed bitter wigs have already gained
with the simplicity mixed by lissy macmillan quite a following
with their talent that is the from their live
result of this EP- a kind of www.myspace.com/bitterwigs shows, having played
bluesy/ punk style rock. At Reggies and The
first I was taken aback by the smoothness of the Double Door among other popular venues
vocals, expecting something different with this style and I can’t wait to see them play myself.
Dusting Off The 10 Amendment th
By Mike Paus

T
“The powers not delegated to the hanks to the radical incompetence happening at the tail end of 18th century
of civics teachers, or more likely America, in the interest of promoting
United States by the Constitution, free trade. Yet over two centuries,
their willing desire to not teach it,
nor prohibited by it to the States, are most people have no idea what the Tenth the Commerce clause has grown to
reserved to the States respectively, or Amendment is.They’re all hog wild about encompass everything, including health
to the people.” teaching the First Amendment, vilifying care, telecommunications, the auto
the fact there is a Second Amendment, industry, and, of course, drugs. Had
-Tenth Amendment, but the Tenth? That one is mentioned the Founding Fathers known how the
U.S. Constitution only in passing, if it’s mentioned at all. Commerce clause would be used to
And why? Because it’s the one that limits justify federal control over everything
federal government power, and no statist from how many gallons your toilet can
likes that. Especially statist teachers in use in a flush to how many miles to a
the travesty that is public education, but gallon your car must get, they may have
that’s another article. been more specific as to what power
the Commerce clause actually gave
Why should you care about the Tenth Congress.
Amendment? I’ll give one reason why:
on the ballot in November, the state of So what does it all mean? Let’s say
California has the question of legalized legalized marijuana passes in California.
marijuana, the greatest step towards President Obama, whose apathy to
ending drug prohibition in 80 years. legalized drugs I detailed in last month’s
Should it succeed, and I pray that it does, article, will undoubtedly have his Justice
there will be a Constitutional debate Department sue, saying that federal law
over whether California’s law will be supersedes the will of the California
usurped by the federal law that prohibits voters. The issue will then proceed all
marijuana as a controlled substance. the way up the Supreme Court, where
You see, “the powers not delegated to the justices will have to make a decision:
the United States” i.e., the regulation of How much power does the federal
drugs, which is not mentioned anywhere government actually have? Unfortunately,
in the Constitution, are “reserved to there is a disturbing amount of case law
States respectively, or to the people”. on this subject, most of it bad for the
proponents of limited government.There
Now for years, in their quest for more is, however, one glimmer of hope: In one
power over your lives, statists and the of the most blatant overreaches of the
lawyers that represent them have relied on Commerce clause, the Clinton Justice
one of the most blatantly misunderstood department argued and lost in the 1995
sections of the Constitution, the Supreme Court case of United States vs.
Commerce clause, to justify prying into Lopez, where they unsuccessfully tried
every aspect of your life: to make the point that a gun free zone
around public schools somehow affected
[The Congress shall have power] To interstate commerce. The justices
regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, correctly determined that the argument
and among the several States, and with the was full of crap. The Supreme Court
Indian tribes; needs to realize that the Constitution
was written to protect its citizens from
Pretty straightforward, right? The the government, and not the other way
intention of the clause was to have around. The Tenth Amendment was the
Congress prevent tariffs and other written guarantee of this simple concept.
trade barriers between the states, as was It’s long past time to take the dust off it.
by
Josi Hannon
Madera

I
f you flip through my high school being deliberately beautiful in one’s
senior yearbook (1988, public own way. I feel lucky to live in a vibrant
school in the south suburbs of community filled with bright colors and
Chicago), you’ll find that nearly amazing smells (the right wind and I
all of the girls adhered to a dress code: can smell the tortilleria that sells them
bluntly bobbed hair with wings and a 12 for 25 cents and so fresh they are
high feathered lid, crew neck sweater still warm in the wrapping).
with a collared shirt (collar flip up with
points down), and a charm necklace I’m certain that the DIY of the
peeking over the single unbuttoned residents contributes to the DIY of
button. It’s not that the look was so the fashion, as well as the influx of
boutiques and vintage resale shops to
awful, but only that it was so ubiquitous,
that makes me cringe to see it repeated 18th Street. Pilsen is filled with street
page after page after page. The random vendors selling everything from helotes
exceptions fell into neat groups: Flock (corn on a stick, dipped in butter and
of Seagulls ‘dos with lots of black covered in chili pepper) and tamales
eyeliner, deeply feathered girl-mullet (wrapped in corn husks) to hand-
bangs with a flannel button-down, and crafted jewelry and sugar skulls. That
my own “look”: a pompadour & way- hardworking entrepreneurial spirit is
too-short denim mini skirts. reflected in the new businesses to come
to this area of Chicago. Workshop
Thankfully, things are different these (http://workshopchicago.com/) is a
days. There are trends (lingerie tops designer-owned boutique filled with
and skinny jeans come to mind), but I light airy layers that would work well
see a lot more mixing-and-matching of with pieces from the vintage shops
styles, genres and silhouettes than ever of Fat Rabbit (http://www.facebook.
before. I love the mish-mosh of a 40s com/pages/Chicago-IL/Fat-Rabbit/
hemline with 80s color-blocking, or the 120048058866?v=wall) and Knee
juxtaposition of a lace sundress with Deep(http://www.kneedeepvintage.
black leather booties. com/).

Street style in Chicago is SO refreshing,


Art and fashion students from SAIC
especially in the Pilsen neighborhood and Columbia mix with med students
where I live. Long before gentrificationfrom UIC and future teachers from
changed the makeup of Pilsen, it was Roosevelt, and the combination is part
known for its thriving Latino arts and geeky hipster, part unwitting trendsetter
music scene. Besides being home to the and 100% on a budget. When I look
United State’s only Mexican fine arts out at today’s youth, more often than
museum, there are more art galleries not I notice a distinct and individual
than bars…more murals than tags. style and not the uniforms of previous
The influence of art and culture on fashion eras. It’s always a pleasure to
the locals and neighborhood n00bs is see a girl wearing the cashmere sweater
easy to detect. Mixed in with mariachi her mom gave her for Christmas paired
uniforms and Catholic school plaids are with a hand-sewn skirt of skull fabric
intricately embroidered dresses, hipsterand heeled Mary Janes, or an 80s drop-
sunglasses, caballero boots and college waisted dress with a chain belt, a mini
student backpacks. cardigan and sky high cork wedges and
art deco costume jewelry. The mix-and-
Maybe I’m crazy, but I think living match of new and old (both in style and
surrounded by deliberate beauty in ownership) makes each person I pass
the form of art shapes a culture into on the street just enough different from
something more self-aware… that it the last person that I catch every detail
even creates a desire to participate in and smile.
Cola: Hey Steve from Cleveland! When
did you decide you wanted be a part of
the world of art?
Steve: Well I was encouraged as a young
kid. It goes back to elementary school. I
always took the crayon and construction
paper projects further than other kids.
As long as I completed anything crazy
within the time given I could do what
I wanted.
Cola: What inspires the art you create
most?
Steve: I like to steal bits and pieces
from all kinds of things. Right now
I’m watching a lot of anime series on:
Animefreak.tv, Shigurui is bad ass.
Music is huge. I always have it on while
I’m working.
Cola: How did you school yourself in the
arts, in glass blowing and such?
Steve: I started in the glass program
at Kent State University and studied
under one of the founding fathers of
modern American Glass Art, Henry
Halem for three years, but got my BFA
at Ohio State University and went on to
get a Master’s in Glass from Rochester
Institute of Technology under Michael
Rogers.
Cola: What is the glass arts creation
process like?
Steve: Glass is half science and half
creativity / intuition. It’s like being
rooted in classical music, it can be

Throwing
highly technical. You really just have to
sit down and do it over and over again
to get something good down, whether
you’re blowing glass, grinding and

Stones at
polishing or applying enough heat to
bend a two inch thick piece of glass over
a gentle curve. But like jazz intuition
plays a huge role. Sometimes you just

Glass Houses
have to chuck yourself off the cliff and
hope to stick the landing.
Cola: What about being a glass artist do
you enjoy the most?

with Artist
Steve: My favorite part is being able
to explore any subject and manipulate
those ideas into a solid real form. I get
to make glass. It’s pretty cool. I am a

Steve Leech
creator and when someone gets inspired
by something I make, that turns me on.
I dig that connection with a viewer that
hits a kind of unspeakable level.
Cola: What would be your ideal piece of art? Interview by Cola
Steve: My ideal piece of art is something I hung out in when I was growing up, can’t write those kinds of things. There’s
I strive for in every piece. It’s a goal I the five and dime, my grandparents’ just this great moment when something
hope I never achieve because I would house, a barn we messed around in. No perfect slips out. These moments can
be done. There is always room for figurative self portraits. They remind change the whole direction of a piece
improvement or new ideas to explore. me of when I was young enough to be and a good artist knows when to follow
Cola: What is your favorite art to openly curious about life and get away that path or save it for another day.
create? with being stupid. We old people have
to have all the answers so people are
Steve: The kind of artwork that people afraid to appear ignorant. The pieces
get the shivers every time they look at are a reminder not to get caught!
it, like Carl Orff ’s “Carmina Burana”! I
always think of the movie “Excalibur” Cola: How do you, as an artist see the
when I hear it. world around you?
Cola: Have you explored many artistic Steve: We are a special breed. Artists
platforms? What other kinds of art do are people who see a hole in the world
you enjoy creating? that they can fill. The only thing new or
worthwhile a person can bring to art is,
Steve: I am a wood worker, a welder themselves. I see threads that connect
and also a painter. Every material has a all things. My art tries to emphasize the
voice of its own. Glass for me is like the relational thread and not necessarily
soloist in a band. It has a distinct voice the objects or ideas I’m connecting.
that rises above everything else. Wood It’s like a game: Have a friend speak
and metal though are great contrasts to words; noun, verb or adjective and
and can harmonize with glass very you name something that ties them Cola: Where do your ideas for projects
well. together. There is no right answer, but come from?
the relationship springs forth images Steve: My ideas come from the ether.
and emotions, all unique and personal. I That place above, out of reach of our
guess I try to showcase and give a place psyche where love and passion resides.
to that, flotsam and jetsam that floats It’s hard to explain why we love. It only
just under the surfaces of our brains. It’s comes out in the act of doing it.
like a public service. Cola: Is it important to you that your
Cola: What does Steve like to do for fun? family and friends appreciate art and
What’s your personal party? music?
Steve: I love bicycles. Getting around Steve: It is. I try and get people to
under your own power is cool. It’s articulate what they like or don’t like.
safer getting home from the bars too. Cola: Where do you see yourself down the
Mountain biking, road bikes or a 20” road, as an artist?
BMX to hop some stairs with is all
good fun. Steve: I’ll be keeping things solid.
Putting one foot in front of the other
Cola: How do you feel after you’ve making the kind of glass I want the
completed your work? world to see. Eventually, I’ll be a
Steve: Ready to start the next one! Ha- professor, but there’s more I’d like to do
ha-ha. It’s like making a little person before I settle down into that kind of
that you send off into the world to fend position.
for itself. I rarely make the same thing Cola: What is your current goal for
twice. Each piece teaches me what I 2010?
should or shouldn’t do next.
Steve: I’ve started some new accounts
Cola: What’s your mood like when you that I hope mature into some lasting
are working? relationships. The past few years have
Steve: Lost. I don’t get too caught up been a little slow in the art glass world,
in how long it takes to finish a piece. so I’ve been developing some affordable
Sometimes I don’t know how to finish lines of work I’ll be trying out in the
Cola: Have you ever done a self something, so it could sit on a shelf craft circuits to form a stronger base
portrait? for years waiting for the right resolve. income.
Steve: I build these glass houses that are Glass isn’t something you can force, You can view Steve’s draw-dropping
in a way a self portrait. There of buildings (not that it doesn’t require muscle) it’s creations at his website:
like hanging on to a note in a riff. You www.steveleetch.com
AN INTERVIEW WITH
I first found The Boxer Rebellion
a couple of years ago while
on another band’s myspace
to listen to from beginning
to end. It starts with the
persistent drumbeat that
By Lissy MacMillan
page that I have interviewed. I begins their single “Flashing Nathan: Because it sounded quite
clicked on the link and the song Red Light Means Go” and each cool. I think for some reason
“Evacuate” came at me like a song after consistently delivers or another it fits our music.
blast of heat from a tropical intriguing lyrics and the mesmeric Meaning if we were called Happy
paradise and stirred up my vocals of Nathan Nicholson Mondays or Nickelback we’d
emotions in such a way that I combined with euphonious have misrepresented ourselves.
was immediately hooked. Since guitars and drums. All four However, we do not claim any
then I have periodically gone members play their instruments form of political view towards
back and heard additional songs in a perfect accord, it’s as if there the name - the Boxer Rebellion
that just made me fall in love were some higher powers that itself was an uprising against the
even more. I’ve seen them come brought them together. They colonisation of China by the British.

to the US and play thousands of are currently working on their


miles away from me and have third album at Fortress Studios Lissy: Union has done very well
been hoping that one day I will where Coldplay, The Killers and for you it is a beautiful album.
get to interview them. After Pulp have also recorded. Find How long did you take you to write
having released their first album out more at the websites below. and record it from start to finish?
with a label, Union was recorded
and released independently and Lissy: Why did you choose Nathan: Very many thanks for
the band has grown in leaps the name: The Boxer the compliment. The album took
and bounds, gaining fans from Rebellion for your band? a relatively short time to record,
all over the world now more so but a very long time to finish. We
than ever. They just recently started writing before our first
toured Australia and Japan and
were here for SXSW followed
by Mexico. Their album, Union www.theboxerebellion.com
is twelve tracks of melodious,
http://posterous.com/site/profile/theboxerrebellion
magnificence that you have
www.myspace.com/theboxerrebellion
album was released in May Go’ we pretty much left ourselves to the bone to make
2005. Once we were out of our them to their own devices things even better. I think it’s
first deal we all went back to and they did a great job. the best decision we ever made. 
find part time jobs, really only We’ve proven that we can be
recording on the weekends or Lissy: After your label, independent. That’s not to say
blocking out a few days here and Poptones went under was that we won’t be on a label in
there once we’d written a batch it a conscience decision for the future, it just means we are
of songs. We also mixed the you to remain unsigned? really now in control of what
album twice, about a year apart, we do from this point forward.
which added to the process. Adam: It was our decision to go
back to the drawing board and Lissy: You definitely have your
Lissy: Your video for Flashing that meant remaining unsigned own sound that makes your
Red Light Means Go is visually whilst we made a second album, music addictive and moving,
amazing- who made it for you? when it was finished nothing but we all have our inspirations
seemed to work out one way or and influences, who are yours?
Nathan: Grant Berry and Nick another with labels and we had
Tarte made the video for us. achieved so much independently Adam: We all have differing
Grant s a very talented man by then anyway so that’s the influences and that makes
and someone we have trusted way it worked out. We wouldn’t it healthier for the music-
with making a few of our however rule out working with the sometimes bands are all into
videos. He started a few years right people at labels in the future. exactly the same thing and it can
ago with a video for ‘Semi- then be tough to write original
Automatic’ way before we had music. We do of course share
any plans for release. In fact, for Lissy: To me you are the example some influences, Radiohead and
a long time that video had the band for being able to be successful The National being two examples.
unmixed version. On the video without a label, how do you
for ‘Flashing Red Light Means think you’ve been able to do it? Todd: Everything really. My
guitar style really evolved from
Todd: I don’t very early U2 to Radiohead and
think we really Zappa, the latter not a direct
had a choice influence but I’ve listened to
other than to so much Zappa it’s not funny.
do it ourselves,
initially anyway. Lissy: Who writes the lyrics?
I think having
a very strong Todd: Nathan writes almost
and loyal fan everything, although we all
base was the throw around ideas for each
real key.  When songs subject matter.  This
iTunes made can come from ideas whilst
Evacuate’ global jamming or listening back to
single of the demos, or even before a song is
week last year written.  The ideas are always
we released the there.  We’ve been a lot more
album the same democratic with the lyrical
day.  We were content but for the most part
amazed at how Nathan is the one singing so he
many albums will be writing the lyrics.
we’d sold and
luckily for us we
were then in a Lissy: What’s your favorite song
position where on the album and also to play
we could remain live and why?
independent,
but we’ve Adam: It changes, “Evacuate”
always has so much energy live
w o r k e d
and on record so that might be
this and petitioned on your
behalf, did it change anything
for you? What about now
that you have Union on CD?

Piers: In short, it was one of


the best things that happened
to us last year. I’m not sure
many people had considered the
possibility of anyone bothering
the album charts on downloads
alone. A bit shortsighted really
given it had already been
passed for singles. But I’m just
glad that it was us that made
a story from it. That story, and
the subsequent attention was
worth more to us than probably
any chart positioning except
for number 1, so yes, in that
respect it changed a few things.
One of the ironic things that
happened was that it forced
some hands in terms of bringing
out a physical release. It was
the best campaign built around
a non-campaign I can think of.

Lissy: Several of your songs


were used on a TV series, right?

Piers: Yes, our songs have


appeared on a few TV series.
Synchronisation is the new radio
for a lot of artists nowadays,
seeing as the play listing process
for radio has become so much
more narrow-minded and difficult
to break. Bands like us have to
the winner but who knows consider everything that comes
what it’ll be next month!Z Todd: I’m not sure if we’d our way in terms of TV and film
release it as a single or not. given our independence. That
“Evacuate” and “Flashing Red doesn’t mean we accept any
Todd: My favourite song on the Light Means Go” are probably
old sync, but it is important to
album is “Semi-Automatic”, the two we have lead with,
us. And we were never going
because of its dark subject although “Spitting Fire” would
to kick up a stink for being
matter.  For me they are the be relatively close behind
on Eastenders now were we?
best lyrics Nathan has written.  those.m
Live my favourite song to
Lissy: Do you have any plans to
play would be “Silent Movie”.
do a full North American tour?
appa, the latter not a dire Lissy: I remember reading that
your album was not allowed to
Lissy: My favorite song changes be positioned in the UK charts Piers: Absolutely. It’s one thing we
every week, right now it’s because it was, at the time, haven’t managed to do yet that
Spitting Fire. What’s this only digitally released. A lot of we really want to do. Our plan is
song about? Would you ever fans were in uproar about to get on a proper North American
release this one as a single?ct \
tour by the end of the year. and for it to be sold out and in such
a legendary venue was amazing! Adam: I have written to the BBC
Lissy: I used to live very close to a couple of times over the whole
where Glastonbury Festival is held, Todd: The Troubador in LA was thing. For me it’s one of the last
what was it like playing there? an amazing show. It was our true outlets for new alternative
first gig in LA and the first real music and great older tracks, in
Piers: We have played there trip far away from home.  I fact I’d say that it was half the
3 times now, all very different was very taken back by how reason I bought a DAB radio
experiences. Last year was a vocal the crowd was.   We did so yeah, I’m not happy. In my
cool experience, playing on a three London shows last year opinion stations like 6Music are
stage that I have seen countless and they were all amazing. Our why EVERYONE pays the licence
classic gigs down the years. London fan base has become fee. A public service like the BBC
That was definitely very special like family almost and they needs to cater for every taste
though not as special as the first all really got us through the 4 regardless of size. 6Music is not
year we ever played there, in the years we were making Union. without success either and how
new bands tent back in 2003. It the BBC can take the direction
happened to rain for the short Lissy:  Have you been of ‘less is more’ is beyond belief.
time we were on, for about the writing any new material For populist programming you
only time the whole weekend, for the next album yet? only need to look at ITV to
and it was rammed for us, very see how awful things could be.
early on in our career. I remember Adam: Yes, in fact we are nearly
having a few bevvies to finished and it’s starting to take a Lissy: Do you have anything
really nice shape - we else you’d like to add?
are so excited

a b o u t
celebrate Adam: Yeah,
that getting
one. it recorded. keep your eyes peeled
Recording starts next month for a movie called  ‘Going
Lissy: Any plans to go back?  with Ethan Johns and everything The Distance’ in August!
seems to be lining up nicely.
Piers: Any band that doesn’t
have plans to go back and Lissy: You guys must always All Photos taken by: Tessa Angus
play Glastonbury has got to be be busy, but what do you
loony. It remains my favourite like to do in your spare time?
festival, though I can’t imagine
we would play it again until Adam: Relaxing! Lots of TV
next year with our album being and plenty of catching up with
out next year. That is if they friends and family... normality
decide to have it next year. The is sometimes overrated!
fields can’t do it every year!
Todd: Chill out whenever
Lissy: Out of all the shows possible.  We’ve traveled a lot
you’ve played, which has been recently so it’s mainly detoxing,
the best for you and why? chilling out and catching up
with my mates. You have to re-
Adam: The show we did at the charge the batteries sometimes.
Troubadour in LA last year was
a big highlight in our careers Lissy: What are your thoughts on
so far. It was the first show we BBC Radio 6 being closed down?
had ever played in the states
F
or those of you out there, who Two teams consisting of multiple
have most likely been living players allow 5 of their skaters onto
under rocks, Roller Derby the track, making a grand total of 10
is BACK with a vengeance! skaters ready to rumble. There are 3
Chicago was the original home of blockers, 1 pivot and the 1 jammer. On
Roller Derby, taking us all the way the first whistle, the blockers begin the
back to the 1930’s, believe it or roundabout on the track, followed by
not! You may even recall a few the jammers on the second whistle and
decades ago, when your folks finally the pivots, the teams last hopes
were most likely parked in of stopping the ladies with the their
front of their RCAs and TV trays, helmets, whom must circle the track
cheering at bouts. The New Derby passing through/around/over/past the
is a fast paced sport with serious blockers. The blockers, once noted by
players and well, quite the different All-Star Roller Derby Queen -Ying O’
animal. When two genius derby Fire as the “Unsung heroes of Derby” do
enthusiasts (Simmons and Gomez) everything and anything to assure that
came back from a trip to Austin TX, the opposing team’s jammer doesn’t pass
back in 2004, they brought through the pack, while simultaneously
Roller Derby to Chicago, protecting their own jammer from the
reigniting a burnt out other blockers. Now that’s what I call
fire of the past and “HARD WORK”. No weaklings are
The Windy City these ladies. They are a force to be
Rollers were born. reckoned with in the derby world.

If you’re sitting Remember watching Hockey and


here thinking, catching the gnarliness of checking?
“What in the hell Well, at the April 10th bout that I was
is Roller Derby?” Allow lucky enough to photograph on floor,
me to break it down for you. the hits these powerhouse women like
Loco Channel (to name a favorite of
mine) were taking and dishing out,
made hockey checks look like kids
pushing on a playground. Blockers
are fearless and in my opinion, take
no prisoners. The jammers, are the
fast and agile gals with the stars on
their helmets, they must be quick and
dexterous in order to break through the
pack of blockers, speed away from the
other team’s pivot and of course, pass
their rival jammer. A favorite jammer
of mine is Shaka Conduit, of the
Double Crossers, she was fast and very
difficult to photograph….hey, these
Nikon sports settings only do so much!
Cheers to you Shaka! The pivots are
the teams’ last hope to stop the jammers
from rounding the track. They also need
to be fast, tough and have tremendous
endurance. As they are the last to begin
the roundabout, they must catch up to
Written by Cola the jammers before they get through
the blockers, and even once they have.
Photos by Cola & Lissy
The Windy City Rollers are a Chicago first and foremost a SPORT! It’s face as I am not a skilled skater (I was the
home league that consists of four teams paced and plenty physical, making it an girl clinging to the wall at the “skating
for scrimmage, 2 traveling teams and a action sport that is not for everyone. If Parties” in Grammar School) and I
farm class, “Derby Girls in Training”. you think you’ve got what it takes to get feel toughest when my camera bag
doesn’t make my shoulder ache. When
the lovely and super wicked awesome
Ying O’ Fire (All-Star Derby Queen)
approached Lissy and I, and generously
handed us our floor access passes, we
were all too grateful. She was too cool
for words! I felt like a nerdy fan-girl and
at the same time was totally in awe of
her easy going attitude that accompanies
her obvious knowledge of the sport, her
speed and indubitably…her strength. It
was a trip to be in her presence. I was
lucky enough to have floor access, which
made it easier to get some great action
shots and also to begin to fully grasp
the pace of the game. The derby girls
fight hard on the track, but also exhibit
great sportsmanship and camaraderie
during and after the showdowns. They
are all in it to win it, but they all seem
to love one another and show each
other encouragement and praise on
The four teams are The Manic Attackers out on the track and take hits, throw and off the track. My eight year old
in their wild blue and yellow uniforms, hits and be able to just keep up, then daughter is starting to really be quite
The Double Crossers; whom at the bout you can always go to the Windy City the skater and also a fan of roller derby.
I worked rounded the track sporting all Rollers’ website and look into their farm I would certainly encourage her to be a
black at skating to AC/DC’s “Back in team; The Haymarket Rioters. This is part of something that exhibits such a
Black” in pack formation, The Fury; where you’ll find out if you’ve really got sense of community and sisterhood! I
brass knuckles on their shorts and Hell’s
Belles; the team with the most rookies
in the sexy red get-ups. Loco Channel,
whom I mentioned before is a blocker
for the Hell’s Belles and Shaka Conduit
is a jammer on the Double Crossers.

What’s with the crazy names? All part


of the fun! These chicks are more than
just athletes, they’re performers. They
sport fishnet stockings under their
uniforms, wear wild make-up, have hot
hair and really put on a show. When
a friend asked me if it was like TV
wresting, I replied, “No, a girl actually
lost a tooth at the bout I was shooting…. the chops to play with the big girls. can’t deny that the whole “Girl Power”
in practice.” It’s all real! Real hits, aspect of it makes me smile and be
real falls and real FAST! So, in other My experience at the Derby, reiterated proud to be of the testosterone limited
words, don’t let yourself be distracted to me that this was an exciting sport to variety. It’s inspiring for young women
by the colorful appearances of the ladies shoot and watch, but any one of those to know that they can be just as tough
playing in the bouts. Roller Derby is ladies would easily have me for lunch, as the guys, while getting exercise,
to have assisted her in grasping the
finer aspects of the sport itself, along
with the relationships of the players.
If you pick up a copy of The Windy
City Rollers’ event book, you can read
all about it for yourself. I loved the
movie. I watched it with my little girl,
after she also enjoyed the bouts at UIC,
from the first row (while watching her
mommy and Auntie Lissy run around
to get shots, desperately trying to keep
up) and instantly became obsessed with
Roller Derby. I feel that “Whip It”
growing friendships, learning healthy delivered the message of living out your
competitiveness and having fun. There dreams, and by exhibiting Roller Derby and props to the Chicago Windy City
is a lot to be said for this Chicago as the TEAM sport that it is, nailed Roller Derby organization. Oh, and
organization, they are terrific the theme of female relationships via
by the way, The Windy City travelling
role models for us all. a unified goal.
squad is currently #1 in their division!!

I also recently watched To sum up The Windy City


the movie, “Whip It”, Roller Derby experience, it was
directed by and FANTASTIC, WILD FUN!
starring the We at Inclination feel extremely
privileged to have been able to
get a closer look at the sport,
meet the players, have free
reign on the UIC Pavilion’s
floor and of course gain a new
favorite obsession. The women
of the Windy City Rollers are
intelligent, strong, beautiful role
models and I would go as far as
even saying “Icons” in our fair
“Windy City”. If you want to
learn more about Chicago Roller
Derby or flat track roller derby skating,
you can visit the Windy City Rollers’
website at www.windycityrollers.com.
You can always go cheer on the ladies
at a bout. There is nothing that you can
read which will allow you to fully grasp
experience like a live exhibition of the
sport itself. Seeing the skater in action
legendary will beyond blow your mind and leave
D r e w you wanting more. As the organization
Barrymore. is completely not for profit and gives
When Drew was so much back to the community, these
in town, she did a women give their blood, sweat and
bit of her research for tears into great causes and for your
the film by hanging entertainment, sometimes even at their
out with the Windy own expense. The merchandise booths
City Rollers. I truly are packed with flair, so show some
believe that it had support, appreciation and give respect GO ROLLERS!!!!
Meet the Windy City Rollers
“Karmageddon” (Emily Cromwell) of Double Crossers
Loco Chanel of Hell’s Belles Height in skates: “Actually, I don’t know! I’m 5’7”, and I
Height in skates-6’3” think the skates add another 4 inches?
Competing-Third Season with the WCR, 5th season overall! Competing- “I’m in my 5th season playing roller
derby.”
Primarily Position-Blocker
Primary position- Blocker (This season)
Favorite part of Roller Derby-“I’m not really allowed to hit people in
real life…but I can here.” Favorite part of derby: “Man, that’s a tough one. There’s
no one part! But the thing that keeps me going when I’m
Personal Quote-“I don’t know if you know, but I’m kind of a big tired and burned out: We are building this sport from
deal…” the ground up; we are the ones who are evolving it into
Favorite Musician-The Brian Jonestown Massacre something that will (hopefully) become a respected and
lucrative sport for the women who come after us. There
Favorite Actress- “Eek! I don’t think I have one.”
are no expectations, no limitations, no assumptions
Favorite Movie-The Breakfast Club about what we can achieve with roller derby (or how
long our bodies can hold out); the sky is the limit, and
Advise to aspiring Derby Girls-“Go for it! Roller Derby is especially
we are restricted only by how big we can dream. It’s
great because it’s truly a women’s sport today. XO, LOCO”
not like any other sport out there; we’re making the
What would you like inclination readers to know about you? “I started rules, we’re creating the image, we’re defining what it
skating in 2005- Just showed up to an open practice, since then it’s is to be a derby skater. It’s an exciting challenge and
become one of the biggest things in my life in addition to helping with responsibility, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I
the WCR, I’m on the board of Directors of the Governing body of the love this sport! Okay, and winning. I do enjoy winning.
sport: Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)”
Personal Quote-”Chicago is hosting the 2010 WFTDA
Championship at UIC Pavilion, Nov 5-7! The top 12
teams in the nation compete for the Hydra trophy over
3 days, and you need to see it to believe it! For more
“Mel Content” of The Fury information, contact info@windycityrollers.com”...
Height in skates-5’6” yeah. I’m in total PR mode. But truly: this is a big
deal for us! Chicago is the birthplace of roller derby,
Competing-2nd Season
and the 75th anniversary is this year. If I’m famous
Primarily Position-Pivot for something promoting this league & sport, I’m ok
Favorite part of Roller Derby-“Making a really effective hit or assist.” with that. Otherwise: My tagline says it all. Karma’s a
bitch.”
Personal Quote - “If you build it they will come.”
Favorite musician- “Oh, MAN. I will lose all of
Favorite Musicians-Lilly Allen, The Dropkick Murphys, Pink and Ani my admittedly-small street cred, but I LOVE Kylie
DiFranco Minogue.”
Favorite Actress-Clea Duvall Favorite actor/actress- Cate Blanchett, Cary Grant.
Favorite Movies-Amelie and The Shawshank Redemption Favorite movie: “Right now, it’s a tie between His Girl
Advice for aspiring Derby Girls- “Things like size, background, current Friday (classic!) and Deep Blue Sea (the *other* kind
skating ability: don’t matter. If you want to play Derby, you can make it of classic)”
happen. Just start trying and working hard and you can do it.” Advice to aspiring Derby Girls: “This may not be the
What would you like inclination readers to know about you? “I am in a easiest thing you’ll ever do, but it’s worth it.”
cover band called “The Xylenes”. I brew my own beer and have a future What would you like inclination readers to know about
goal of joining the circus. Trapeze compliments Derby, well as far as you? “ I / Karmageddon is always on the lookout for
training and fearlessness.” sponsors to help defray derby costs. (This is not an
inexpensive obsession!)
COLA’S
WHORE-A-SCOPES
This month will be filled with challenging moments. You’ll find your-
self wondering if buying organic apples is really worth the cost, why
your eye make up remover makes your eyes burn, whether or not to an-
swer your cell phone and once again questioning the meaning of life. There
is a mysterious stranger watching you, remember to carry pepper spray.
Gemini - If you feel
Libra - Food poisoning Aquarius - The universe
unappreciated, throw
is in your near future… works in mysterious
the game. Let the team
if you had learned how ways. That person that
know what it would be
to properly cook chick- you’ve been fantasizing
like without you play-
en, this could have been about (in an “I’m going
ing point guard. As
avoided. An old friend to sugar their gas tank”
for those pesky bills, screw it…there
will offer to pay you back, only to kind of way) will get theirs. Be patient
is no such thing as “Debtors Jail”.
steal a CD from you in the process. and watch the cards fall. If you act too
Cancer - Crying and abruptly, your actions will only back-
Scorpio - That thing fire on you. Catch fly with chopstick.
screaming will get you
on your ass is not a
your way this time. You’ve
pimple, it’s a plague on
bummed your 5000th cig- Pisces - Internet dating is
your house. Somebody
arette, you’ve talked the BAD. Being too good is
scratched your name
ears off of all your co-workers and your BAD. Locking yourself
into a black candle and
mom doesn’t want to do your laundry in your room and play-
now your bottom is bumpy. The
anymore. Maybe if you use your power ing video games is BAD.
only way to remedy the situation is
of “Pity Me” a bit more, you can avoid Go out and get wasted.
to run naked through your backyard
getting your ass kicked this month. Flirt with everyone around you. If you
wearing a fake mustache. When
take an automatic weapon and spin in
the Po-Po show up, simply explain
Leo - You can have a circle firing at will, you’re bound to
your cake and eat it that you had to “reverse the curse”. hit something. Put your local cab com-
too, just remember pany in your cell phone’s favorites.
that it will make you Sagittarius - You’re not
fat. Don’t screw with really that great at saying, Aries - Still waiting
fate; it will screw you back harder. “Thanks” and if you don’t for your “Big Break”?
Hence, when the girl at the register soon, the people who Guess what, it ain’t hap-
over changes you, take the money shouted out to you won’t pening. You’re too old
and run…it will make up for next say, “You’re welcome.” and you’ve burned too
week when she shortchanges you. many bridges. Accept
Capricorn - When your that job at McDonalds or the local
Virgo - Buy a muzzle for significant other asks gas station and be content in your
yourself. Tanning is just you to run to the store for meaningless existence. Mom won’t
making you look like an them, just do it. Though mind if you live in her basement
old leather hand bag. No they may not return for the rest of your life, and some-
one thinks you’re funny the favor…ever, it’ll be day you’re sure to find that special
People may think you’re worth it not to hear them complain. lady whom won’t think it’s creepy.
intelligent, but that is only because You could always slip a Xanax into
they don’t know you. Work on your their beer the next time that they feel
“ticks”….they are scaring everyone like talking about “The Old Days”.
I’m not certain if there is an overall theme to this page, whether it be overall or from issue to issue. For me, there is a wealth of content
from all three columns that I can choose from and just as much in my mind that I want to eventually talk about. The Not Rebecca pick
actually fell into my lap unexpectedly a few days ago. It’s an album that I haven’t listened to in years, but it remains as potent and full of
life as ever. The rest? It’s Free Comic Book Day today so…there you go.
By Brian Ryder

I have never been a fan of pop punk. In the first Retroactive column, Often times, people make reference to
By and large, the two words cancel one I went with Jeph Loeb’s Batman: a person or event as being a “trainwreck
another out. The Long Halloween. This time, I’m that cannot be looked away from”.
However, given recommending Loeb and Sale’s follow- When this phrase is used, it’s usually
the cavalcade of up/sequel Batman: Dark Victory. In someone referring to a person or event
bands that have fact, I can safely say that readers of that is not necessarily horrifying in any
been assigned Inclination can expect to see the caped sort of graphic sense, but still remains
the tag over the crusader appear here from time to time sad or pathetic. Confessions Of A
years, I suppose without fail as there are a number of Superhero is a 90-minute documentary
the sub-genre books worth investigating. This time, that perfectly exemplifies this concept.
has been given Dark Victory gets the nod as it has the
an appropriate identity. Additionally, Confessions Of A Superhero is a real-
dubious honor of being the first graphic life tale of a handful of people that are
I am usually armed and ready when it novel that I’ve read multiple times.
comes to expressing my disappointment known in Hollywood as “characters”.
in the greater music scene in Chicago Taking place one year after the events In reality, these are the people that
throughout the years. of The Long Halloween, this story finds stand outside the Chinese Theater
Batman investigating a new series of in Hollywood dressed as famous
Back in the 1990’s, Not Rebecca hailed
murders that follow characters, panhandling for money
from Chicago and played what could
the pattern of a new (though they refer to it as “working for
be described as “pop punk”. For myself
serial killer that tips”). Though the number of people
and many others, Naked Raygun and
bears similarity to who call this their profession is far
Pegboy have always been the pinnacle
the real life Zodiac more numerous than anyone should
of punk rock in Chicago. Meanwhile,
Killer. Like any like to admit, this film follows a select
Not Rebecca existed in the era and
good mystery novel, few. Here, you will meet a Superman
counted amongst their peers many who claims he is the son of a deceased
of the pop punk luminaries of the the book ends each
Hollywood starlet of yesteryear, despite
midwest. However, one listen through chapter with a vague
her actual family having no recollection
to Twin City Obituaries should be clue to either add to
of her ever having had a son. How about
more than enough to display that Not the puzzle or as an
a Batman who hints at having worked
Rebecca was unique and stylistically attempt to throw the reader off the trail
for the mafia as a hitman? A homeless
above the fray. altogether. And, as expected, the usual Incredible Hulk? Each one of them
Twin City Obituaries is an album that suspects from Batman’s rogues gallery thinks that their big
was a solid nod to the band’s punk rock finds their way into the story. break is just around
roots, never shying away from the genre Tim Sale handles the artwork here and the corner.
and scene from which they were born helps to develop a sense of continuity
from. Even with this in mind, there So yes…I can describe
from The Long Halloween events. The
is a sense of maturity in these twelve this group of “aspiring
color palette utilized here is a series of
tracks. From song to song, it feels actors” in no other
flat shades and sharp lines, adding to
like there is emotion that is both real manner than the one
the brooding tone of the story. I make used above. While it
and raw. A sense of childhood regret
no secrets of my absolute love of the can be said that one has to admire the
expressed through adult eyes. There are
Batman character and the Gotham ambition, I can’t help but feel that the
moments here that can be explained as
universe, but Dark Victory continues method is so tragically miscalculated.
being aggressively melodic. Then there
a storyline that is, in my opinion, Kind of like fashion choices of the
are songs that just make someone feel
like skating again. If you can hunt this amongst the absolute finest available 1980’s. Or people that try to explain
down, you might thank me. in the sequential narrative universe. the appeal of nu-metal.
Pandora Boxx of RuPaul’s Drag Race
I
f you don’t know Pandora Boxx or breadth and depth of talent that left you kinda why I went with it; and hoping
Michael Steck, Pandora’s alter ego, thinking…I (Dr. Robert) caught up with people would get my sense of humor
then you haven’t been watching Logo Pandora Boxx and asked her some things and their responses were overwhelming.
or haven’t been a part of the Rochester Drag about the show, being gay, doing drag, and It’s been really overwhelming since I
community for the last decade. RuPaul’s what she wants next for Pandora Boxx. got kicked off. I’ve gotten lots of emails
Drag Race, and people
Season 2 said they
hosted a liked me, I
variety of really didn’t
fabulous realize the
D r a g extent of how
Queens with many people
amazing liked me
talents. until getting
Pandora kicked off on
Boxx was a that episode.
favorite of I mean, I’ve
others and been blown
ours. Week away by the
after week response I’ve
Pandora been getting.
would come D o c t o r
out to compete Robert:
with fabulous Yeah that’s
costumes exciting.
and real You were
and genuine ment ioning
funny girl to Tom and
wit and depth Lorenzo that
of character.
Doctor Robert: First off, I wanted to if things hadn’t changed in your life
Sadly though, week after week the judges
say that we at Inclination are big fans you were going to quit performance all
would criticize her for her style. Well bravo of, Pandora Boxx. I know our Senior together. So how does that feel to be on
to Pandora Boxx and her congeniality Creative Director Cola is! She actually the other side of that particular wall or
during the show because while the judges
quit watching the RuPaul drag race. She that challenge?
where so busy looking for the “Real
refuses to watch any more episodes after Pandora Boxx: It’s very surreal to me.
Girl” they missed what America was
you were eliminated. [laugh] It’s just that it really hasn’t kind
getting, a big hard-on for Pandora Boxx.
Everyone we’ve talked with really fell in Pandora Boxx: [laugh] of set in that really. I mean when I asked
love with Pandora Boxx. When she was Doctor Robert: We were really rooting for a change, I got it in the biggest way
eliminated, that endeared her to the hearts possible. It’s more than I ever expected
for you, we still are! How have things
of many, even more. Pandora brings that it, and I’m really looking forward to
been for you since the RuPaul drag race?
superhuman force of drag to the stage. the future because it just really seems
There was a real sense of depth to what Pandora Boxx: I did the show hoping to be beginning so I’m very excited for
Pandora was doing on the show and more to get a bigger platform for my drag it now.
importantly before the show. While we at persona and my drag career and it was
Doctor Robert: Awesome! We’re going
Inclination confess Ru Paul’s Drag Race kind of like, “Where else am I gonna go
to redirect back to the show for just a
is an incredibly entertaining show, we and if I don’t get on this?” I’ll probably
second. Who was your favorite to win,
haven’t ever thought (beyond the episodes just quit drag and that’s kind of where
of the show) about any of the contestants I was at, and I was hoping that people or who were you rooting for and who
…until now. Pandora Boxx showed a would like me, [laugh] and that’s really were you the most shocked to see leave?
I mean of those other than yourself that put it in my intro video when they first response?
have aired? put it there. I said that dreaded thing Pandora Boxx: Um, you know, I guess
Pandora Boxx: Ah, I hate all those that every reality contestant says, “I’m that I really had spent quite a few years
bitches and I didn’t want any of them to not here to make friends” and that I was not knowing if it was ever gonna go to
win [laugh], no I’m truly kidding. Um, there for the competition. I was there to the place I wanted it to go to. I was at the
actually I guess moment where I
I wasn’t shocked was really starting
that Morgan and to lose faith. I
Sonique were had always felt
in the bottom like I was destined
for this match for more. I really
game challenge needed more and
because they wanted more. But
didn’t really do I probably just,
a great job and I (really when I
don’t think they was gonna quit)
were surprised was really kind
either. But it was of thinking, is
surprising just this really feasible
to have them in my life? Is it
in the bottom going to happen?
because I think What if it doesn’t
they’re amazing happen? What am
entertainers so I going to do? And
that kind of I kept pushing that
really shocked, thought because
scared us all into I’m like no, it’s
thinking you gonna happen, it’s
know it’s really a little bit of the luck of gonna happen. Then it was this past
the draw of what you can get because if last as long as I could, to get everything I year, the beginning of last year, when
you’re not strong in a particular area you could do to be funny and be outrageous I really started to think that I need
can be sent home. Then when Morgan and in the end I really did make some to possibly form a plan B if it doesn’t
was sent home the following week I great long-lasting friendships. So, I will happen and I really hated doing that
was really kind of shocked because I always treasure their friendships that I because I didn’t want to let go of the
really thought, we thought that she was made. dream and I didn’t let go, and thankfully
going to be the toughest competitor Doctor Robert: Okay, so you expressed I didn’t, because it all changed, so I
because she won the first challenge, and how surprised you were at the public think it was kind of you know that I
she was the one that I really, definitely outrage and support of you upon your was harshly critiqued on drag race, and
was looking out for. elimination, and I think that’s a true my fashion was. There were times that
Doctor Robert: What was your fondest superstar response. What I want to do I do agree that I probably could have
is talk to you about that, because I think chosen a better outfit and the times
memory of this show?
that I see pretty clearly and those that that I actually got the harshest critiques
Pandora Boxx: Um…[laugh]…My I’ve talked to know that you really are a are actually times that I had another
fondest memory of the show is making lovable she-male. I mean you’re kind of outfit and said, “I should wear this
RuPaul crack up and laugh. I tried and your essence or whatnot. other outfit”, and then I said, “no just
every time she did, every time that keep the one you have on”, and I second
he did, it was like getting a little kiss Pandora Boxx: [laugh] guessed myself, should have gone with
from baby Jesus. I was like, “Oh, I made Doctor Robert: My personal opinion, the, the changed vest…and so, that
RuPaul laugh!” you’re kind of the essence of what great was it. I don’t know, so I was kind of
Doctor Robert: [laugh] An infectious drag is, and what RuPaul was to me wondering how people would react if I
when I first was introduced to RuPaul. got eliminated. I certainly was hoping
laugh at that. That’s wonderful.
RuPaul is a really beautiful drag queen people would get mad. I knew it was
Pandora Boxx: Yeah, you know he who also has this magnetic kind of down to the wire too, and everyone had
means it when he’s laughing, because comedic perfection about her. You know, their favorites. I’m really happy that
if he means it, it’s very loud and it’s, you’re kind of that diva queen that people people were so mad that I got kicked
great. That, and definitely the “Snatch don’t want to just see perform. They off. I mean outraged! That is a good
Game” too, because that was really just really want to get to know Pandora Box. feeling. [laugh]
so much fun to do. You know, and they So what shocks you so much about their
Doctor Robert: What do you love most advice to them? Doctor Robert: Like the Victor/Victoria
about doing drag? Pandora Boxx: I would say quit, run sort of. We’re a music-based magazine.
Pandora Boxx: I think I really like away, don’t do it! [laugh] I would say, Who’s your favorite musician?
drag because I am able to transform “You’ve got to be, you’ve got to follow Pandora Boxx: Oh, my ultimate favorite
into somebody else and do all these your heart and be true to yourself. If it’s is Madonna. She’s been my idol since
different characters and be outrageous something you really want, just know she came out and I adore her, and I take
and be funny. The best part about that there is a lot of work involved in.” It things from her and model things after
doing drag is the audience response and takes a lot to work and market yourself her. But now, there is a new diva that’s
having people you know just smile or and in the beginning you have to do it kind of creeping in that I am in love
laugh when I perform and it’s a really all yourself. I’ve always done everything with. Lady Gaga, and… I think that she
great feeling to kind of take people out myself. So it’s hard. It’s a hard life and has… revolutionized pop music right
of their lives if they have a stressful I don’t know if you can; it takes a lot now…she’s exactly what we needed,
situation or a stressful life or something to actually be able to make a living at because she’s so different. Lady Gaga
that they don’t like and to see them just it. But if you want to do it and, just do is kind of shaking it up. So glad that
let go and have fun, even if it’s for a it for fun, go ahead, do it. Do-it-up on she is she!
moment. Halloween and go out and just enjoy
Doctor Robert: Yeah she’s very exciting.
yourself and have fun with it.
Doctor Robert: It certainly is magical Who’s your favorite icon to perform?
to watch. Thank you for doing such a Doctor Robert: Do you think we’ll ever Pandora Boxx: Um, gosh, a tough one.
wonderful job. What’s your least favorite have a world famous drag king? I have a couple. You know, definitely
thing about dragging it up? Pandora Boxx: You know, I don’t know. Madonna I love. Madonna and I really
Pandora Boxx: [laugh] Um, I’ve actually seen some very good drag love Cindy Lauper. I really think that
everything else. No, my least favorite kings. I think that the thing about drag she’s a very under rated performer and
is probably just that you know it looks kings that kind of makes it a little bit I love doing her music and I love doing
really good, but it doesn’t feel really different is that there tends to be less like old school Cindi Lauper and I
good, you know? It feels good for extravagance. Extravagant costuming think she’s amazing. I love Dolly Parton
about maybe an hour and then it starts and you know, not the big wigs and all because she’s a queen, and it’s very fun
to be painful, you know. You’re caulked, of that stuff that really draws people to to be Dolly Parton for a minute, because
and you’re put into places you shouldn’t drag queens. Drag kings have it a little she’s so bubbly and upbeat and happy
be and you have got a lot of makeup bit harder. But you know, I’ve seen, the and you can hear it in her music and I
on. So, that’s probably my least favorite drag kings that really take it to the next just love her to death, and so she’s one
level and are of my favorites. I haven’t done her in a
really good. I while but I love doing Janis Joplin, she’s
think they’re kind of out there. I love Pink, Pink is
very, very amazing and I love Lady Gaga. I love to
entertaining. do Lady Gaga’s songs. I probably would
I just think do Lady Gaga every week. I probably
there needs would do “Bad Romance” every week
to be more because I don’t know…I could listen to
of them. it a million times and I never get sick
You know it of listening to that song. The audience
needs to be might though. The audience might say
less of I got please stop doing Lady Gaga. [laugh]
a t-shirt and Doctor Robert: You can take it from a lot
jeans on and of different angles each week and that
that’s what I would work.
came to the
club in. And Pandora Boxx: It’s true, she has amazing
now I’m on fashion sense.
stage and it Doctor Robert: Yeah, she sure does. How
needs to be was coming out gay versus coming out a
part. more of them really, I mean there are drag queen? Or was that even something
Doctor Robert: It can be hard work. some really great drag kings. So I think that had to happen for you?
What would you tell the drag princesses it should be more of that showmanship Pandora Boxx: Uh, well I don’t think
and princesses out there? Err… I’m sorry, and that stage presence and you know that coming out gay really surprised
princesses and princes that are out there. really giving them a show. I think if anyone at all because [laugh] I’m pretty
I mean… what would be your words of there are more of them that come out, gay. So that was kind of easy. But you
we’ll definitely see it.
know what, coming out gay and coming paid to do it [laugh], but, you know,
out a drag queen literally happened right now, I’m not. But, it’s fun, and,
almost the same time. So come out and that’s really what I, I want to do
and realized I was gay and, and come more of is that kind of stuff, and I hope
to terms with it, and then like a month that people do check it out. The reason
or two later I became Pandora. So I why I got on to “Drag Race” was some
don’t, you know, I have no idea what it’s of that stuff, because I sent a lot of that
like to be gay and not be a drag queen. in when I was at my casting.
That’s just been my, my life since I came Doctor Robert: W hen you look forward,
out. what would you like to see for Pandora
Doctor Robert: So, how was that? All of Box?
that coming together with the one issue Pandora Boxx: I would like to see
versus the other, for your family, your the Pandora Box show [laugh]
friends? Or, did they sort of take it all in and it be: “Emmy Award
one big chunk, like you did? Winning” [laugh] I really want
Pandora Boxx: The gay thing totally to thank everyone for being
was fine across the board. You know my so amazingly supportive, and
mom was worried because I would have it really blows me away, and
a harder lifestyle and didn’t want that I’m humbled by it and I’m
for me, but was totally accepting. The very, very thankful that I have
drag thing on the other hand, that took so many people that are enjoying
a little while to kind of accept, that was me. I hope that I don’t disappoint
really not something my family really and continue to make people
warmed up to. When I was started, happy…Oh, and I’d like world
my sister was in high school so the last peace. [laugh]
thing that a teenage girl wants is a drag Because both the Classical Greek
queen brother. Though maybe now it Pandora’s Box and the modern Diva-
is. Although now it might be kind of tastic manifestation of Pandora Boxx
cool. But then when I first became a are symbols of hope, we are honoring
drag queen it wasn’t. She didn’t want Ms. Pandora Boxx this merry (or is that
to deal with that. It was shortly before Mary?) month of May. Pandora Boxx
RuPaul came out and burst onto the was ready to box it all up quit the dream,
scene. So it was before that. My mom but still she kept going, wondering and
really thought of it as being seedy and, hoping. Pandora and Michael kept
and kind of prostitute like. [laugh] That their dream together by a tried and true
was until I took her to a drag show and recipe, an ounce of faith and a pinch of
she kind of started to warm up to it. hope...mixed in with gallons of talent!
Because she realized it was theatrical In today’s volatile world it’s easy to let alone.”
and different. And so she came around. your dreams take the poison apple nap, That my
Now she really likes it because she gets and because there is so much work still little darlings, is
the VIP treatment whenever she goes to do for the LGBT community, hope why, we have named
anywhere. And she likes that. She likes is an important commodity. So keep Ms. Pandora Boxx our
the celebrity treatment. [laugh] Pandora close to your heart, when QUEENZILLA for the
Doctor Robert: I Went to, www. you wonder to yourself if you should month of May 2010. Happy
pandorabox.com and saw Pandora’s keep on keepin’ on. Yes, you should. Birthday Ms. Pandora Boxx!
Gay means Happy Show. I had no idea Pandora Boxx’s story reminds me XO to our favorite Queen and
that was out there of course, but I was of a great song from the musical our May Queenzilla!!! Cheers
introduced to you. Carousel (Cue the music Bitches! from all of us at Inclination!
I’m singing out!) “When you www.Inclinationonline.com
Pandora Boxx: Yeah, I would
walk through a storm keep
love to do more of it. It’s just that lately, See Pandora Boxx on the
your head up high and don’t be
or before I had, I really didn’t have as RuPaul Drag Race season 2 at
afraid of the dark, at the end
much time to do it. But now I’m gonna http://www.Logotv.com
of the road is deep blue sky
have a little more time to sit down and
and the sweet silver song of See Pandora’s Sketches at
edit things, because I do have more
the lark, walk on, walk on http://www.pandoraboxx.com/
skits. And, it’s something that I would
with hope in your heart pandora-boxxs-gay-show/
love to do more of. I would love to get
and you’ll never walk
Doobie is the former Bass Player of 80’s bands
Australian Rocker Counterfeit and John Rundle & The Maulers

Doobie Whitehorn
and also became half of the successful Fred &
Doobie project. He was then hand picked and
persuaded by Midnight Oil’s ex-Manager
and the Producer of The Jac Dalton Band to
become their Lead Guitarist and is a current
member of the in demand Boris Loves to
Boogie, playing over 200 shows a year. Being
talked into doing this album wasn’t hard (over
a couple of bourbons with a young metal band)
and this seemed like a reasonable request, but
to make it a bit more challenging, Doobie
decided to play everything himself and record
it in his own studio while it was still being
built. The result is his first solo album and the
first released material with Doobie as the only
musician.
Shaz: First, could you please introduce
yourself…
Hi, I’m Doobie Whitehorn. I’m a long
haired Australian hippie guitar player who
loves getting out there and playing live.
I usually do about 200 gigs a year so I’m
lucky enough to be kept pretty busy with
it. Apart from my own songs, I also write
for other people as well as compose music
for films and documentaries when I’ve got
a spare 5 minutes.
Shaz: What is your Musical background?
I first picked up a guitar when I was 4
and my older brother played a bit so he
patiently sat down with me. By the end
of the day, he had me playing House Of
The Rising Sun. I had no idea what I was
doing but I was hooked. Bands kind of
happened for me in the 80’s and by ’87,
I was touring Australia relentlessly. That
continued through the 90’s until I got
into session and studio work and started
writing for anyone who needed music. The
last 6 years, I’ve still been playing live but
with shorter tours where I can fly to other
cities do a weekend and I’m gone. Saves
days of driving that way.Australia’s a big
place and the distance between some gigs
can be insane.
Shaz: Where have you performed? What are
your favorite and least favorite venues? Do
you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve played everywhere in Australia except
for Western Australia.“Make mental note”;
must do that one day. Every weekend till
the end of the year has now been booked
so there are shows literally coming out of
By Shaz my proverbial, more dates will still come in
though as it’s mainly weekends that have for Sky TV in New Zealand when this Twain grabbed him as her bass player
been locked away. My favorite home town young metal band knocked at my door and then Billy Joel did the same thing.
shows would be Thebarton Theatre and the wanting to have a chat. Before I knew, He really is an awesome muso and he can
Adelaide Festival Theatre but the best fun they were listening to some rough demos rock pretty hard. Andy…beers are on me if
pub used to be Lennies which held about of songs I’d put down. These kids loved ‘em you’re reading this. And your buddy Chris
2,500 people. That was always a hoot. and it was their idea that I should do an Walker or Johnny Race from New York,
Billboards in Melbourne was good as was album. That planted the seed so I put the that would be some fun jams.
the old Playpen Cairns in Queensland. My two ideas together: do a solo album and;
Shaz: How big a part has the internet
least favorite would be Rio’s on Adelaide’s as I had most of the instruments, play it
played in promoting you as an artist and
infamous Hindley Street where I had a gun all myself. As for was it easy…Hell NO!
getting your music out there?
pulled on me after a show. Seriously didn’t The hardest recording I’ve ever made and I
think I sounded THAT bad (Laughs). went insane talking to myself by the end of The net has been great for getting heard
it. My advice to anyone who wants to try it, globally and most of the people I’ve met
Shaz: What genre of music do you consider
get a good Therapist FIRST. that way realize I don’t just rely on a big
your work to be and who are your major
budget to record and have nice photos
influences? Shaz: Are you a member of any music
done paid for by a day job. They know I
organizations?
Purely and simply, rock with all that that actually get out there and work my ass off
entails. You’ll APRA/AMCOS. live and they like it when people are the
hear a little metal real deal. It’s like if you pay for a new car
Shaz: Who handles
sometimes and you expect more than just a poster of it.
your daily business
other times, a
activities? (Bookings, Shaz: Could you tell everyone where
bluesy swing
promotions etc.) they can go to get a hold of your
will sneak in. It’s
music and check on you to see where
always what I’d call I go through a couple
and when you’re doing your gigs?
rock though, but of agencies for pub
on the heavy side. gigs and a couple of Hard copies of the cd can be
My influences Event Promoters for bought using Paypal via my website 
are pretty well the bigger shows and http://doobiewhitehorn.com/. Or
everything I grew tours. downloaded from iTunes. Most of my gigs
up with - Zeppelin, are with a great outfit called Boris Loves to
Shaz: What are your
Sabbath, ZZ Top, Boogie. My own band to gig in Oz with
long-term career goals?
Quo, Floyd and the album is being pieced together now
even bands like To be able to keep with a couple of the Boris boys plus some
Bad Finger and working hard and see other hot muso’s. I can’t wait.
their use of melody. where the road leads.
Shaz: Is there anything you would like to add
And then there’s all I’ve been lucky for a
Doobie, for your fans?
the Aussie bands lot of years doing what
over the years that I love and got to work Just a big thank you to those who have
have put out some with some amazing supported “Touché” and to you and all the
awesome music.  people. So the plan is people and radio stations helping to get it
to keep doing it, keep pushing and keep out there and heard.
Shaz: How has your music evolved since you enjoying every part of my career.
first began playing music? Shaz: And just for me…I LOVE your bike.
Shaz: Do you have any major tour plans? Do you get to ride alot and if so, where do you
That’s a tough one. It never stops evolving. love to hit the road the most?
The better your playing gets and the more I’ve got a few quick trips in Australia to
you understand music, the more the do this year and I’ve had some discussions I’ve got 6 bikes but I think your talking
boundaries widen and new realms and with a couple of U.S. promoters, but it about the black 1937 Velocette. I wish I
influences keep appearing. would be nice to get some distribution for could ride them more. I live on the coast
the album in the states first. right between the sand of the beach and
Shaz: I love your Album “Touché” was it easy a wine district, not a bad spot. If I go for a
to do everything yourself and what inspired Shaz: If you could tour with another band
ride I have a choice of following the coast
the music for it? who would that be and why?
roads or heading off down country roads
The concept of playing everything myself An old mate Andy Cichon just so we hedged with vines and up through the
happened years ago when I first heard could catch up. We kind of started out in hills. Hop on if you want.
Mike Oldfields “Tubular Bells”.I thought the industry at the same time in Adelaide,
Shaz: Thank you so much Doobie for this
it was such an insane thing to do. I’ve then he joined Rose Tattoo and we use to
chance to get the low down on you and what
wanted to try it ever since. The funny thing run into each other on the road sometimes.
you do best…ROCK?
was “Touché” started by mistake. I was in He put a great band together called Judge
my home studio working on some music Mercy that seriously kicked, then Shania Thank YOU Shaz.
Fantom Tollbooth Written by Dr. Robert
Mayer, Garcia, Santana, Frank Zappa ... readers who would like to experiment
I’ll not finish the list because there are with vibration and their own states of
just too many to name them all. vibration. Give it a try and let me know
what you think. See Doctor Robert’s
All is vibration slow to fast and visa Prescriptions for more fun throughout
versa. Cycles of the year, the Brain, the month.
the digestive, the Circadian, and so
1) Clear yourself and your mind
on… (I’m sure there are other types of and make a clean and clear space
vibrations that you can think of, aren’t for meditation
there?)
2) Bring yourself to a state of deep
All vibrations occur in the forms of relaxation.
This month Doctor Robert shares some of waves. There are two understood forms
his experience in the study of the western of waves linear and compression, (light 3) Use your entire body as an ear
mysteries, the occult and the application of and sound for ex.) There is a third kind or auditory sensory mechanism.
music and sound in raising metaphysical of wave which science is beginning to Listen with it, or feel with it to the
vibration. better understand as the non-linear lower vibrations surrounding you.

T
You might even see them. How do
wave. The way in which waves interact
his will be clear and transparent these vibrations affect your body?
to the initiate. For the non- with one another and how vibrational Do they make any parts of your self
initiate it may be better to transference, resonance, and induction or body vibrate with them? What if
describe it as assisting in (fancy ways of naming some of what I they weren’t there?
the meditative process and raising the described above) occurs is most easily
thoughts and inclinations of the mind. explained using non-linear models. 4) Now imagine what the vibrations
After a great deal of study and after (Does everyone know what non-linear sound like. And hear in your mind a
having presented this information to models are or attractor theory? Its OK vibration or sound that is any pitch
several hundred spiritualists on several if you don’t. I simply want to share this slightly higher in frequency.
occasions I believe that this information with you so you’ll have an idea of what
is most helpful to those interested in 5) Once you have found one that
it means for the science of vibrational
both music and sound and the occult vibrates in your mind, hum it with
healing) your voice while imagining that it
sciences (not to be confused with “a
cult”), metaphysics, and or spirituality is emanating from your chest like
in general. pulsing waves of force. If you need
to take a breath do so and begin
So the first installation I present to you So for now I’ll suggest that you should humming it again as you exhale.
here: Vibration and Healing 001 be as mindful of the sound and music
that you ingest as you are of the foods 6) Do this several times. While you
Vibration is a great way of touching the and beverages you drink. Nothing in do this take note of the vibrations
untouchable and healing the otherwise excess. Well it might sound stuffy, but in your sensory fields of perception.
unreachable. I believe that all great I assure you balance is anything but How are they different? How are
musicians understand this at some level: stuffy. Well I will expound more about they the same? Are they the same?
the energy centers their vibrational Does your body feel the same? How
the classics like Bach, Bartok, Mozart,
does your body feel?
Debussy, John Lennon, Tori Amos, properties in the next installation…
Robert Plant, Bjork, Sarah McLachlan, until then try this exercise. In general, anytime you practice a
Howie Day, Trent Reznor (though his meditation technique you should follow
methods are questioned by some), John I wanted to share a fun exercise for it with a large glass of purified water.
You’re Breaking Up...What?
By Brian Ryder

I know…i know…I know. We’ve barely it but come one, look at how you’re Sorry, I’m committing to the Caribou.
gotten to know one another through dressed right now. Pathetic. She beckons me with his creamy
this brief window in time. I feel kind goodness and I have to heed that call.
of weird about this whole ordeal Sorry, I’ve made up my mind. I can’t No matter how you redress yourself
myself. I’m new to your world and resist her rich flavor and sensual now, you just don’t have the goods
you to mine. I just feel like I have to do goodness. She calls to me in my sleep where it counts, Regular Ass Coffee.
this now before I cave in and change and I get that tingly feeling when I
my mind. pass her by or think of her or see her Nope, the ‘Bou is where I will be
when I’m online. Where? Yep…down planting my seed from now on. But
Where am I? Now? I’m here. Come there. She just does it for me in a way who knows though, right? She and I
on…you know where. Here. Yes…here. that you never could. This is going to haven’t discussed our relationship in
Hey! Don’t get angry with me! You come off as insulting but once you’ve great detail yet. She might want to
called me while I just happened to be had a transformative experience like see other people and in that case, you
sitting here! I told you earlier that that, you just can’t go back again. can always be my late night booty
we should pick a more appropriate call. Oh now, don’t be such a sad
time to have this conversation. You Maybe you’re right. Maybe I didn’t panda.
happened to call while I happened to give you a fair chance. I didn’t mean
be sitting here. That is not my fault. to make you feel bad when I talked Listen, I gotta run. She’s tempting
about the experience in my mouth, me once more with a Turtle Mocha
Look…we never really got to know but I just got caught up in the moment. Cooler, dripping from every orafice
each other in any sort of deeper way. Sure…perhaps it was inappropriate with that sweet, sweet nectar. But
It happens. When you’re new to the and out of line. But can you blame me? yeah, I’ll hang onto your “digits” in
area, you tend to get overwhelmed. I Have you tasted of that…sensuality? case I get bored sometime and maybe
got overwhelmed. What do you want Vanilla White Chocolate Mocha? I’m we can hook up for another…ahem…
me to tell you? It happens. I didn’t plan “arriving” just thinking about it. fling, if you will.
The Resurrection of the Road Trip

I
love being on the road. This passion continental U.S., Canada and Mexico through the craziness that is sure to
of mine did not come about until that my automobile will take me to. ensure within our video blogs, journal
I was 21 years old and free to updates, photo posts and all the other
travel on my own in my own vehicle. Coming June 8th, Tuesday at great little surprises that we have in
I don’t have the childhood memories approximately 6 o’clock in the p.m. store! Be sure to keep a look out on
of driving across the country in the Lissy MacMillan (Our saucy Editor- our website and Facebook pages for fun
family station wagon that most people In-Chief, here at Inclination) and I will glimpses into our travels.
do. My father worked for (traveled
for) a well known telecommunications We are taking interstate 90 West,
company, accruing frequent flier miles out of Wisconsin, through southern
and in turn my experiences were rich Minnesota and onto the Oregon
with luxury hotels and of course the Coast…with plenty of fun stops along
first class flights. I wouldn’t trade for the way. You’ll be able to share in our
the world the times that my family stay in the California Redwoods, which
spent together, but I would later find I am hoping will be a joy for all of you
that no commercial flight, resort hotel who have either done the ride, or are
or posh bistro could ever compare with be embarking on our second road trip hoping to someday. We can’t wait to
driving down a scenic byway on a sunny together. Our first, of course being the hit the open road and let loose, like the
Saturday afternoon in summer, and the Chicago – Cleveland – New York and wild ladies that we are. We love the
freewheeling, easy feeling this brings back ride, our coming adventure will idea of sharing it all with you! Will we
about. In the past 2 years alone, I have prove to be LEGENDARY! It is our be in your neck of the woods? Wait and
ventured to 28 states, and in my lifetime hope that all of you will get the feeling see….
been to 44 of the 50, driving through that you’re right there with us every
43. So, in turn, my desire is to continue mile on the way. We want you all to Cheers,
writing about the many places in the feel as though you are living vicariously Cola
the same
old ten...
with Ronny Robinson

What was the last And anything my mother 9. If you could be someone
concert you went to? cooks. It always tastes else for 24 hours, who
better when she makes it would it be and why?
I went to Subterranean to see Kelsey
Wild play. She’s pretty amazing 7. Where in the world would I don’t think I’d want to be a
you most like to visit? human. I’ve always wanted
2. Who would you most to fly so I’d want to be a bird.
like to record a song with? I have always wanted
to see the pyramids in 10. What has been your
This is a toughie…I’d have to Egypt. Also, California. biggest fashion faux pas?
say John Lennon & Elliott Smith.
8. What was the last My passion for cardigan sweaters
3. What are you song you listened to? probably. I’m not very good
reading right now? at dressing myself apparently.
Death Cab For Cutie - “Cath”
I’m almost done with “the five
people you meet in heaven”.
4. If you had one day left to
live, what would you do?
I’d probably try to write a song
about it. Then I’d take a nap.
5. Who would you say is the
most underrated musician in
the History of Rock N’ Roll?
Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.
But there are many others.
6. What’s your favorite meal?
I love spaghetti and pizza.
check out these links:

By Lissy MacMillan www.lilithfair,com


twitter.com/lilithfair
After an eleven year break, the Lilith Fair and they are using the facebook.com/lilithfairtour
very popular Lilith Fair Festival Social Media platform, Facebook .myspace.com/lilithfairtour
is back on tour this summer. to help determine which charity
Founded by Sarah McLachlan, Dan will receive the $1 ticket sale. By
Fraser, Marty Diamond and Terry becoming a Fan
McBride this festival celebrates on their Facebook
Women and Women in music. The page, you can vote
artists are all female solo artists from pre-selected
or female fronted bands and they charities in your
donate money to female charities hometown and
in the cities they visit. Between then one of the
1997 and 1999 they raised over top three will
$10 million for national and local be chosen. In
charities! Artists like Christina Chicago, there are
Aguilera and Nelly Furtado eleven charities
played the “Village Stage” where that you can vote
to play here, they won slots in for including The
local talent searches. I’m sure Primo Center
the promoters and radio stations For Women and
that refused to feature more than Kids, Family
one female artist back to back Rescue, Chicago
in 1996 are kicking themselves Women’s AIDS
now after seeing the success Project and Rape
of Lilith Fair sometimes called Victim Advocates,
“Breast-fest” and “Girlapalooza” all very worthy
as it was the top grossing of any causes. The First
touring festival in 1997 and Midwest Bank
was started for that reason. Amphitheatre has
a capacity of up to
This year Lilith Fair starts on June 28,000 people, so
27th in Calgary, AB @ McMahon that’s potentially
Stadium and will hit 36 cities in $28,000 that
northern America finishing up will go to one of
in Dallas, Tx on Aug 16th at the these charities
Superpages Center. They will right here in the
be here in Chicago at the First Chicago area.
Midwest Amphitheatre on July 17th
featuring artists like Cat Power, The list of
Heart, Kelly Clarkson and Mary artists playing
J Blige. Sarah McLachlan will be this festival is
playing at every show and there phenomenal and I
really recommend
are eleven acts total in each city.
you consider
Giving back to the cities that going. For more
host the festival is important to i n f o r m a t i o n
the audition
great danger
victory records

If you want some tunes to get you going, the fourth studio album
by The Audition is what you need to put on. Great Danger is a high
energy, pop-punk delight from start to finish. “You Ruined This”, the
first single from the album is a catchy tune with some rockin’ guitar
riffs and all the perfect elements of a radio song sure to catch your
attention. “Run Away” is their token ballad with an acoustic guitar and sensitive lyrics: “Its hard to love
when I’ve been stuck in hell”. I usually steer away from anything that sounds so clean and mainstream, but
The Audition have something special here that separates them and could possibly be the next big thing
from Chicago since Fall Out Boy. Check out some of the songs on their myspace page, “Great Danger” was
released on March 16 and the lads will be at the Apple Store on Michigan Ave. Chicago on May 14 doing an
acoustic performance.
By Lissy MacMillan
www.myspace.com/theaudition

two ton anvil


self titled dark star records

Two Ton Anvil are a metal band signed to Dark Star Records based
out of Chicago. Founded by Chris Chubb and Brian Ericson in
2007, the singers/ guitarists added Larry DeMumbrum on drums
and Glenn Christon on Bass to complete their line-up and bring
us the finest metal re-defining sub-genres and catering to anyone.
Their debut full-length album, written and produced by Chris and
Brian came out March 9th and was recorded at Shockwave Stu-
dios. The CD is thirteen songs of aggressive, hook-laden, well-produced music, and I can’t pick out a
favorite song as they’re all great for their own reasons. Bringing out the best of old school metal and
mixing it with newer elements, I believe they have found the right formula that will make this album a
success. They are currently putting together a video for their song “Corruption” which I was asked to
be a part of, look out for the finished product this summer!

www.myspace.com/twotonanvil By Lissy MacMillan


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LISSY MACMILLAN

REVIEWS Band of Horses/ “Compliments”


Band of Horses are all set to release their third album on May 18th on Brown Re-
cords, Fat Possum Records and Columbia. Forming in 2004 in Seattle, the in-
die rockers now reside in North Carolina and have played prestigious festivals
like Glastonbury and SXSW. Like myself, you can listen to and download for free,
the track “Compliments” and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a catchy tune that is easy
to like and listen to that it will make you excited to hear the rest of the album.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/bandofhorses/compliments
Trumpeter Swan/“Listen For Clues”
From Austin Tx Indie Rock band What Made Milwaukee Famous comes the solo proj-
ect of Drew Patrizi and his album “Listen For The Clues”. A self released album that
has all the indie-pop audacity of this millennia combined with the alluring nostalgia
of the eighties. Go to http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/trumpeter_swan/
music and download the song “Loose Lips” and also his myspace page to hear
more. Believe me when I tell you after one listen you’ll be just as hooked as I am.

http://www.myspace.com/trumpeterswansongs

Prins Thomas/ “Orkenvandring”


If you like drum machines and special programmed sound effects with someone pick-
ing away at a guitar-type instrumentals, then this one is for you. Lasting eight and a half
minutes long, you’ll either find this track monotonous or soothing and relaxing, kind of
like what you hear on those “Zen” music channels. Not surprising as Prin Thomas is also a
DJ known in Norway for mixing and playing clubs. I can picture him smoking some weed,
pushing a few buttons on his synthesizer to get the beat going, then sitting down on a chair
and just playing what comes to him. A mood piece for sure. For your free download go to:
http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Prins_Thomas/track/orkenvandring

Unnatural Helpers/ “Sunshine/Pretty Girls”


This one is perfect to get the week off to a good start with the help of Seattle punk
rockers, Unnatural Helpers. Their song “Sunshine/ Pretty Girls” has all the qualities of
what was good about the 70s and brought alive into the present giving us music that
sounds like it’s played because they simply love playing, full of loud guitars and catchy
lyrics. They already have quite the local following and now with the release of their
full-length album on Hardly Art, the rest of the world can find out what they’ve been
missing.

http://www.rcrdlbl.com/artists/unnaturalhelpers/sunshine/prettygirls