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Local 25-Year-Old Hopes To Grow Up When He Becomes A Fireman
Email Showing Signs Of Attachment Disorder
GOP Determined To Make It Through This Article Without Saying Something Stupid About Rape
Allegan, Mich. — Sources close to recently hired fireman Timmy Riggins, 25, revealed that Riggins, who still lives in the basement of his parents’ home despite having graduated from college three years ago, hopes to become an adult one day after he begins his new job as an Allegan County firefighter Monday. “I am dead-set on becoming an adult when I grow into my new job as a fireman,” said an excited Riggins. “Any idiot can run into a burning house to rescue a
Above: House Speaker John Boehner tries to avoid softballing a moronic rape comment to journalists during a recent press conference.
Controversion New System Sets Monthly Quota For Cops, Firefighers Prison Uprising A Total Riot Coonerism Spatastrophic CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS • Last week’s piece “The Legacy of Asbestos” incorrectly identified Alistair West as being deceased as of December 2013. West was still alive at the time, but has since died, so really, we were just the first ones to report it. • The “Dental Tips” section from last month attributed an increase in cavities to a rise in high fructose corn syrup. The spike was actually caused by people not brushing their goddamned teeth like civilized human beings. • Due to a publication error, last week’s photo of local home designer Mary Kuslitsky was printed without a face. Reporter notes indicate that Kuslitsky in fact does possess a face — albeit an unfortunate-looking one. • Thursday’s coverage of the Flint stabbings mistakenly described the killer’s methodology as “kidnaptorture-rape-kill.” The suspect’s actual pattern is “kidnap-torture-kill-rape.”
Washington, D.C. — After repeatedly delivering insensitive, scientifically inaccurate and fundamentally idiotic comments regarding sexual violence and women’s rights throughout 2013, GOP leaders announced Friday the party’s intention to quit softballing moronic rape quotes to media beginning with this article. “Party members have been told not to voice our true convictions about rape – at least until this interview is over, to start with,” said House Speaker John Boehner when asked about the Republicans’ plan to discuss the complicated, sensitive issue – an act they are praying to God they can get through for this article without blowing. “Saying that rape is part of God’s
GOP leaders announced Friday the party’s intention to quit softballing moronic rape quotes to media beginning with this article. plan, or that rapes don’t cause pregnancy, or that rape is invented by the liberal media – these things won’t help us win elections,” explained Boehner: “We as party members need to stop this speaking our mind about sexual assault – or else come election time Republicans are going to get totally raped.” “Damn it!” Boehner added after a brief pause. —Drew Miller
Allergy Sufferer’s Emergency Bug-Out Bag Mostly Filled With Kleenex Holland, Mich. — Forward-thinking allergy sufferer Eric Mannes told reporters Friday that the 39-year-old is “ready to go at a moment’s notice” after preparing an emergency bug-out bag for his home that includes a flashlight, rope, first-aid kit, handgun and five boxes of facial tissue. “These days a man needs to be prepared to leave every non-essential item behind and go at the drop of a hat, should disaster strike,” explained Mannes, pausing briefly to unload the contents of his nasal cavity onto an aloe-infused Kleenex. “God forbid there’s a full-blown apocalypse, because this is really more of a seventytwo hour evacuation kit than a survival bag. Perish the thought, see Kleenex, page 6
Mannes’ bag (above) includes a flashlight, rope, first-aid kit, handgun and five boxes of facial tissue.
Above: Rookie fireman Timmy Riggins hopes to gain the insight, wisdom and maturity associated with being a grown up when he becomes a firefighter.
baby — what I’m looking forward to most are the big challenges, like getting my own car and checking account and stuff. And buying myself a smart phone, because my parents are just never going to spring for a new [phone] for me’ I have to earn “What I’m it, they tell me.” looking forward Riggins explained to most are the that he hopes challenges of to obtain the getting my own insight, wisdom, car and checking and maturity associated with account and being a grown stuff,” said up by the time Riggins. he finishes his training and attains full firefighter status. “Eventually I want to do even more grownup things like set bedtimes, keep lists and manage money and stuff.” —Drew Miller
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God Damns Detroit Lions Per Fans’ Request
Man Talking To Himself In Chipmunk Voice On Bus Probably Having Terrific Day Above: A late touchdown by Minnesota Dec. 29 rekindled pleas for God to eternally damn the entire team.
Above: The man (center) is said to be having more fun than most of the rest of us.
Detroit, Mich. — In response to statewide public outcry following the Lions’ Dec. 29 last minute one-point road loss to Minnesota, God bestowed eternal damnation upon all active players and coaches of the spirit-crushing NFL team that has earned only a single playoff berth for its fans since 1999. “The decades-long, unified plea of our flock has been granted by our Lord,” said senior Heaven spokeangel St. Peters. “God has reflected on the weekly, deafening cries and officially damned every member of the Lions organization; from defensive line members to quarterbacks to team executives and coaches — fired or not — each Lions member responsible for torturing fans has had their soul eternally doomed to rot in hell, just like we’ve all asked.”
Pontiac, Mich. — The unshaven man conversing with himself in a loud chipmunk voice at the rear of the bus is probably having an amazing day, report sources close to the malodorous bum. The man, a regular on the city’s public transportation scene, reportedly carried on an entire dialogue with himself, smiling in stark contrast to the dozens of scowling middle-management types with whom he shared the bus. The discussion, which reportedly covered subjects from infant mortality to the sentience of cabbage, was loud enough to distract some commuters from their workday stress. “When I heard him ask himself if he ‘want[ed] to spend the day running through the park, barking at pigeons, jumping in puddles and masturbating behind dumpsters,’ I almost
“Each Lions member responsible for torturing fans has had their soul eternally doomed to rot in hell, just like we’ve all asked,” said senior Heaven spokeangel St. Peters. Asked to comment on the blessed act, Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr., said he and his staff were more concerned about the team’s failure to post a winning season than about whether or not [team members] would be eligible for the Great End Zone in the Sky when their numbers get eternally retired.-Cliff Frantz
started crying out of jealousy about how at peace and in-the-moment he gets to live,” said one commuter. “He’s happier than ninety-nine percent of the people I know, and he doesn’t even have a job, a family to support, or even a car payment to make. How unfair is that?”— Adam Levine
“I almost started crying out of jealousy about how at peace and in-the-moment he gets to live. He’s happier than ninetynine percent of the people I know,” said one commuter.
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Study: Men With Large Penises Compensating For Lack Of Giant Pickup Scientists Confirm Existence Of Rare Humans Able To Survive Without Constant External Validation Above: A 47-year-old man with 11 solid inches in his pants tries to act like a man in front of his Honda hybrid. Los Angeles, Calif. — A new study published Monday by UCLA’s Department of Psychology revealed that a majoral percentage of men who do not own an oversized pickup truck typically sport massive penises as a means of compensating for what society deems a pivotal benchmark of manhood. “It all comes down to measuring up — making up for one’s shortcomings through other means,” said Dr. Paul Wolkers, who led the study. “A lot of guys are out there trying to convince both themselves and the world that they are real men by driving a car that says, ‘Hey, I might not have a big, huge pimped-out pickup and all, but at least I have twelve raw inches of all-natural cock to hump around all day.’” The study also
The study also showed the relationship between the length of men’s penises and the sizes of the vehicles they drive, Prius owners being the most naturally endowed. showed the relationship between the length of men’s penises and the sizes of the vehicles they drive — Prius owners being the most naturally endowed.—Drew Miller
Hallmark Introduces New Line Of Ransom Notes
Above: Hallmark’s Ransom Collection includes pre-cut letters as well as postcards featuring professionally written messages. Kansas City, Mo. — Hoping to expand the company’s market by continuing to introduce greeting cards for every occasion imaginable, Hallmark announced Monday the release of a new line of ransom-themed kidnapping cards priced under $3. “Hallmark’s new Ransom Collection provides a convenient and tasteful way to say ‘We have your son, let’s talk money’ when you can’t find the words yourself,” said company spokesperson Michael Goodrich. “Hallmark understands that kidnappers don’t always have the time, patience or artistic sense to clip words and letters out of magazines, or the communication skills to paste together their demands in a classy and professional matter that sends exactly the right message. Our ransom notes are printed on top-quality card stock and offer numerous customizable messages to let
“Hallmark’s new Ransom Collection provides a convenient and tasteful way to say ‘We have your son, let’s talk money’ when you can’t find the words yourself,” said company spokesperson Michael Goodrich. a family know that you’ve forcibly abducted a loved one and that they’d better pay up or else.” Added Goodrich: “Hallmark cards are the perfect way to let people know that you’re thinking of them and that they’ll live to regret going to the police.”—Adam Levine
Above: A control test subject spends hours obsessed with seeing how many Likes his #throwbackthursday post will receive as a way of measuring his worth as a person. Colorado Springs, Colo. — A study released Friday by the University of Colorado confirmed the discovery of a small group of human beings who are able to not only survive but even thrive without constant reassurance or validation from a peer group. The “confident-secure” personality type, described in the January issue of Psychology Today, marks the first new personality type discovered in years, and challenges an entire paradigm of psychological thought. “There is actually a whole subset of people who don’t obsess over the number of Facebook likes or Twitter retweets they receive in order to gauge their worth as humans,” explained head researcher Dr. Neil Forthblum. “These people make no attempt to seek external validation for what they are doing everyday —
“There is actually a whole subset of people who don’t obsess over the number of Facebook likes or Twitter retweets they receive in order to gauge their worth as humans,” explained head researcher Dr. Neil Forthblum. they just go about living their normal life without trying to impress anybody or build their selfesteem through social networking. As you can imagine, these kinds of people are a rare find — and somehow they get by just fine without constantly shining a spotlight on themselves with social media in hopes of snaring some external attention in order to reach personal fulfillment. Fascinating, truly fascinating.”—Drew Miller
Nation’s Psychiatrists Recommend Periodically Screaming ‘I’m Not Crazy’ Arlington, Va. — Citing what they called a healthy habit that will reinforce psychological well-being nationwide, the American Psychiatric Institute recently advised Americans to just go ahead and scream “I’m not crazy” from time to time. “Look at them all…watching you…thinking you’re the crazy one…on the bus…at the movies… they’ve always got their eyes on you as if there’s something wrong with you…so every now and then you’ve got to let them know that you’re the sane one…after a while you have no choice but to just stand up and scream ‘I’m not crazy!’” said Institute board member Dr. Samuel Taylor, who along with other leading psychiatrists determined that the best way to reassure those around you
that you are a mentally stable member of society is to take some time every day to publicly declare your sanity as loud as you could with little or no prompting whatsoever. “They think they’ve got you all figured out…but you’re the one with open eyes…who sees the world for what it is…you’ll show them…you’ll show them all…” Dr. Taylor continued. “You’re not crazy! You’re not crazy at all!” Dr. Taylor added. “You’re not crazy!” Dr. Taylor added again and again. The Institute also urged Americans to remember that the patterns were all around them if they would only wake up and see what was right in front of their eyes, and that this thing went all the way to the top.— Adam Levine
Family Consults Map Of Six Flags Tattooed On Dad’s Chest Gurnee, Ill. — After getting lost on the way to Superman: Ultimate Flight, sources reported that members of the Calvin family, a visiting family of five, consulted the map of Six Flags Great American tattooed on father Stephen Calvin’s chest. Witnesses reported that Mr. Calvin wriggled out of his shirt while announcing to his family that they were going to ‘figure this thing out once and for all,’ revealing to his family the full-color, annotated map of the entire theme park that spanned his entire upper torso. Those present reported that Mrs. Calvin then took out a marker and circled the family’s current location at the center of her husband’s sternum, and then drew a line leading from there to the Superman ride, inked eternally right below his
Carol then took out a marker and circled the family’s current location at the center of her husband’s sternum, and then drew a line leading from there to the Superman ride, inked eternally right below his left shoulder. left shoulder. Sources confirmed that the family then continued on their way, though Stephen kept his shirt off just in case the family got lost again.—Adam Levine
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I’m Not Going To Let This Guy Use Me
ell, what do you know — here comes another one: some nameless guy looking to come out of nowhere after however long it’s been and expect me to be waiting at his beck and call now that it suits him, now that he’s the one in need. Well, I made a promise to myself to be a different printer in the New Year: not to be so easy-pleasing, devoted or faithful to anyone who doesn’t deserve it. Whatever this John wants, I can tell you one thing for sure right now: I’m not going to let this guy use me. Not today. Not ever again. Figures; I remember this asshole. Dave, I think. He’s the one who got rough with me late one night during the Ackerman account meltdown. He’d been drinking for hours when he came running to me and I had to tell him I was out of ink. Knocked me around so hard I had to spend a six weeks back at the manufacturer. Sorry, Dave. Let’s call you: “rejected: IAAP error” — IAAP for I Am A Pig. How you like me now, jerkoff? That’s right, call tech support. I believe they’ll find me in quite perfect operation once they arrive. Then who’s going to look like the dysfunctional one, Dave? Alice! OMG, I love Alice; she always loads me with paper every time whether I need it or not. What can I do for, you Alice? Five hundred color copies divided, no problem. I got you covered, sister.
I remember this asshole. Dave, I think. He’s the one who got rough with me late one night during the Ackerman account meltdown.
By The Office Printer Oh, then there’s this piece of shit: Andy. Andy. I’ve never seen an account man so crooked that when he dies they are actually going to have to screw him into the ground. Not to mention he’s a pig; he’s the one who tried to get handsy with me after-hours at the Christmas party and then made a big scene about it somehow being my fault
because I wouldn’t acknowledge my return tray (probably because he was trying to ram it in there so hard). Go find a printer who doesn’t know any better, Andy. Laura! Laura gets whatever she wants because she always makes sure I’m tidy and clean and have lots of ink. I even help Laura print out the Christmas cards she makes herself, which I think is just the sweetest thing. Love Laura. One hundred black and white? Don’t move a muscle. Laura knows that I really know how to return a favor. Clint wants 200 copies (both sides!) before noon and I’m already pretty booked, but he’s always been a pretty straight-shooter with me so I’m going to try to make that happen for him. Clint’s pretty cool. Gay. But everyone else in this office who has ever just gone ahead and used me whenever they felt like it, giving no thought to my needs: that printer is gone, so you know. From now on we’re either working on my schedule or we aren’t working at all. n
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“This is really more of a seventy-two hour evacuation kit than a survival bag. This much Kleenex wouldn’t last me a week out there during Ragwood season,” said Mannes. because even this much Kleenex wouldn’t last me a week out there during Ragwood season.” Asked why Mannes insisted on allowing space for five boxes of Kleenex Cool Touch Moisturizing Tissue instead of packing toilet paper, Mannes sarcastically responded: “Sure, or I could just blow my nose using sandpaper. No thanks. The racing for high ground, the adopting a kill-or-be-killed mentality, the battling zombies – I can get with all of that. But use shit paper to blow my nose? Let’s pray we never sink that low as a civilization.” —Cliff Frantz
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Astronaut Returning From Space Station Realizes He Forgot To Punch Out Above: The International Space Station, from which Mastracchio forgot to punch out before leaving after eight months. Inner Orbit — Officials with the International Space Station (ISS) confirmed that NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio didn’t realize he’d forgot to punch out until he and the five other members of Expedition 38 had already disengaged from the ISS for the crew’s commute home Monday. “Shit, I just remembered that I walked right past [the time clock] without even coming close to remembering to punch back out after eight months up here,” voiced Mastracchio through his com link, smacking himself in the helmet out of frustration upon his realization. “I hope one of those Russians
“I hope one of those Russians who took the next shift notices and thinks to cover for me by punching my card for me,” voiced Mastracchio. who took the next shift notices and thinks to cover for me by punching my card for me. Guys do that kind of thing for their coworkers in Russia, too, right?” —Drew Miller, Cliff Frantz
Area Code Change Divides Upper Peninsula Gang Scene Grand Marie, Mich. — Northern Michigan’s organized crime network underwent dramatic upheaval last week after state officials announced that, effective March 1, the single telephone area code for the Upper Peninsula that’s been in place for decades, 906, will be divided into eight smaller area codes, creating tangible territory distinctions responsible for the
“The entire U.P. was formerly dominated by the [gang] ‘906 Crew,’ which included every criminal who can stand to live up in this frozen wasteland,” said J-Proud Jenkins. internal turf war being waged between once-united U.P. gang members. “The entire U.P. was formerly dominated by the [gang] ‘906 Crew,’ which included every criminal who can stand to live up in this frozen wasteland,” said J-Proud Jenkins, explaining that the 47-year-old burglar is now a member of the newly formed “661 ThugNation” gang by default because of his residency in Grand Marie. “Now you can’t just go boosting shipments of Molson or knocking over doughnut stores anywhere along US-2. Soon drugs, weapons and illicit
Above: A map of the new area code, a tangible segregation that’s divided the once-united gang members of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. sex will all be a buyer’s market as prices come down because of competition. In a few years, [the Upper Peninsula] could look like [the former] Yugoslavia,” said Jenkins. “All we’re missing are the land mines.” —Drew Miller
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A page from the Recoil handbook...
Guide to Safe Exercise
Whether routinely seeing a physical therapist to restore mobility or enrolling in a gym to get in shape up, exercise is nature’s cure for just about everything. Here are some tips for staying safe as you build up those neglected muscles:
• Use a mirror when lifting weights to make sure your back is staying straight, and to admire how totally badass you look pumping iron. • Running from police is a great way to increase your cardiovascular capacity. As with all exercise, start small with some post-shoplifting fast-walking and work your way up to two-mile sprints following attempted vehicular homicide. • If your trainer is dressed head to toe in a leather gimp outfit and trying to coax you into trying some abnormal exercise equipment, you are not at a gym -- you’re at a bondage emporium. • Even if you managed to actually swallow a medicine ball, how could that possibly be good for a person’s health? • Double-check to make sure your physical therapist is registered -- to carry a concealed handgun. I don’t know, somehow if just feels safer.
Up, you can’t very well count it, can you? Forget safety for one goddamned second, this is about following the rules.
• It’s proper gym etiquette to wipe down the equipment you just used every time people are watching.
• Swimming is a great low-impact workout for the entire body. And, much like Pilates, it’s acceptable to urinate while doing it.
• Getting relief from lower back pain involves getting to the root of what’s causing your back to hurt. Bend way down and dig deep to find that root!
• Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to show strangers how absolutely filthy rich you must be.
• If you need to see a physical therapist, you’ll be amazed to find how many are located in your area. Don’t get overwhelmed; finding therapists covered by your health care plan will narrow your choices down to one fresh graduate who works out of a hospital that’s 40 minutes away from your house.
• Training your muscles to handle a lot of squats and lunges will prevent injury during your part-time celebrity stalking.
• It’s important to do all of the stretching and workout homework your physical therapist gives you to work on at home. Follow the instructions by doing 20 minutes of stretching every hour as required. Quit your job if necessary.
• Completing one full Push-Up means eating the entire frozen treat until it’s down to just the stick. If you don’t finish a Push-
• No way — yoga counts as exercise? I’m sorry, but that is just absolute bullshit.
Legally speaking, none of our Recoil satire writers are licensed doctors, even if that hardly stops them from practicing.
Puzzle Of Darkness
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1. Painter Claude 6. Grayish-white 10. Made amends 12. ____ Dressed in Blood (novel by Kendare Blake) 13. __ Jude, patron of lost causes (abbrev.) 14. Agnus ___ (figure of a haloed lamb bearing a banner or cross) 15. ____ of Dark Magic (novel by Magnus Flyte) 16. The Joy Luck Club author Amy 18. “Klatuu, Verona, _______!” Ash from Army of Darkness’ famous flubbed words uttered so the locals would send him back to his time 20. Teddy Bear-like huntergatherers native to the moon of Endor (Star Wars) 22. Serial killer ___ of Sam 23. Challenges 25. Rollergirls event 29. ___ warmers (making a fashion comeback?) 31. Pagan religious festival equated with Christmas 32. Red Hot Chili _______ 36. ___ Barad (ravaged island in World of Warcraft) 37. ____ berry (“superfood”)
38. Southern Hemispheric constellation (also, Latin for “altar”) 40. Sheikh __ Islam – title of superior authority in the issues of Islam 41. Leaving Las Vegas actress Elisabeth 42. Of the same kind to a greater degree 44. Fifth note of a major scale (pluralized) 45. “_____ the pooch” (expression meaning to really mess up, made famous in Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff)
1. A ship with three sail spars is a “three-______ ship” 2. Grand Haven is the county seat of ______ County 3. “__ holds barred” 4. This is the ___ -- movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen 5. ____ Wolf – 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox 6. London borough 7. “Jam __ __” – 1984 song by Newcleus (wiki wiki wiki wiki) 8. Prefix meaning “against” 9. American comic actor Martha (starred in 1941’s Hellzapoppin)
11. Recent book and subsequent movie John ___ at the End 17. Neither’s partner 19. ___ liver oil (an important source of vitamins A, D, and E) 21. Supernatural water horses from Celtic mythology 24. Holy ___ -- the smallest sovereign state in the world (where Pope Francis lives) 26. The white-tailed deer’s mating season is commonly referred to as the ___ 27. Loose upper garment 28. ______-bellied sapsucker! (real bird but, also, Yosemite Sam used the phrase when venting) 30. Name of the sword that Sigurd used to kill the dragon Fafnir (Norse mythology) 32. “You shall not ____!” Gandalf to the Balrog 33. Repeat of the original sound 34. Musician McCartney 35. Detroit garage punk band ____ Lords 39. ___ Rise Fantasia (video game) 43. Medical drama TV series created by Michael Crichton
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In 2014, the Pixies are still full of surprises. Ten years after their unlikely reunion and more than 20 years since the release of their last studio album, the massively influential alt-rock group stunned fans with two bombshells. First they announced the departure of beloved bassist Kim Deal last June, and soon after released their first set of new material in more than two decades. In pure Pixies fashion, EP-1 appeared online without warning, or hype, last fall, allowing diehard fans who had demanded something — anything! — new from the band to digest the new sounds in nearly a time-warp vacuum. Intending to pick up where they left off, the band that pioneered the ‘90s alternative nation with the creation of the loud-soft dynamic reteamed with producer Gil Norton, who worked on their now classic albums Doolittle (1989), Bossa Nova (1990), and Trompe le Monde (1991). Even with Deal’s departure midway through, the recording sessions yielded more music than they originally anticipated, and EP-2 followed almost completely unannounced early last month. With EP-3 due out sometime later this year, the Pixies have returned to the road, with former A Perfect Circe bassist Paz Lenchantin filling Deal’s shoes for this year’s North and South American shows, playing alongside founding members Black Francis a.k.a. Frank Black (vocals/guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar) and David Lovering (drums). On the first day of their 2014 tour, Recoil spoke with Lovering via phone about the Pixies’ famously tumultuous past, why it took them so long to make new music, and why he’s actually glad the band broke up in the first place......... Page 15
Alex Botwin — aka Paper Diamond — doesn’t just live music: he envelops it. The rising DJ/producer works on just about every side of the industry, from recording original music to remixing other artists, touring the world, and owning/operating the record label/design collective Elm & Oak in his hometown of Boulder, Colo. Now operating out of Los Angeles, Paper Diamond’s star has risen on both the festival and club circuits, and here in Michigan he’s best known for playing every one of the Rothbury/Electric Forest Festivals — either on his own or with his previous group, the live electronic band Pnuma Trio. Since releasing his debut EP, 2011’s Levitate (on Pretty Lights Music), Paper Diamond has worked with the likes of mega-producer Diplo (who released his “Wavesight” EP on label imprint Mad Decent/ Jeffrees last year), and even taught a college-level seminar with Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli. Following up last year’s “Paragon” EP with a string of new releases this year, Paper Diamond plans to stay hot this winter with his Cold Crush Tour (coming to the Magic Stick Feb. 21 and The Intersection Feb. 22). Recoil caught up with Alex B. late last month and discussed his improvisational live show, his upcoming collaborations, and why Colorado’s legalization of marijuana is “life changing.”............................. Page 17
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ADVERTISING INDEX Adult Market.................................................................38 Billy’s............................................................................18 BOB’s Brewery.............................................................21 CVLT Pizza...................................................................30 Founders........................................................................2 GLAMA.........................................................................27 Grand Rapids Symphony.............................................24 Green Restaurant.........................................................30 Growco...........................................................................7 Inked By Kendra...........................................................22 Intersection...................................................................13 Lemonjello’s....................................................................7 Meanwhile Tavern.........................................................19 Monarchs’ Club...............................................................3
Moshpitnation...............................................................23 Mulligans......................................................................26 New Holland Brewery...................................................32 Parkway Tropics...........................................................39 Planet Rock..................................................................12 The Pyramid Scheme................................................... 11 Quaker Steak & Lube...................................................32 Rocky’s...........................................................................9 Sensations....................................................................40 Studs............................................................................38 Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill........................................... 27 Trattoria di’ Stagione.....................................................35 With Heart Booking......................................................24
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interview by eric mitts photo by michael halsband
n 2014, the Pixies are still full of surprises. Ten years after their unlikely reunion and more than 20 years since the release of their last studio album, the massively influential alt-rock group stunned fans with two bombshells. First they announced the departure of beloved bassist Kim Deal last June, and soon after released their first set of new material in more than two decades. In pure Pixies fashion, EP-1 appeared online without warning, or hype, last fall, allowing diehard fans who had demanded something — anything! — new from the band to digest the new sounds in nearly a time-warp vacuum. Intending to pick up where they left off, the band that pioneered the ‘90s alternative nation with the creation of the loud-soft dynamic reteamed with producer Gil Norton, who worked on their now classic albums Doolittle (1989), Bossa Nova (1990), and Trompe le Monde (1991). Even with Deal’s departure midway through, the recording sessions yielded more music than they originally anticipated, and EP-2 followed almost completely unannounced early last month. With EP-3 due out sometime later this year, the Pixies have returned to the road, with former A Perfect Circe bassist Paz Lenchantin filling Deal’s shoes for this year’s North and South American shows, playing alongside founding members Black Francis a.k.a. Frank Black (vocals/guitar), Joey Santiago (guitar) and David Lovering (drums). On the first day of their 2014 tour, Recoil spoke with Lovering via phone about the Pixies’ famously tumultuous past, why it took them so long to make new music, and why he’s actually glad the band broke up in the first place.
Recoil: How does it feel to be back out on the road? David Lovering: It’s great. I love touring. It’s so much fun for me. It’s a great escape. We’ve got a new bass player Paz [Lenchantin], and she’s kicking it, so it’s a wonderful feeling. Paz is a virtuoso on bass, and I feel intimidated. [Laughs] I’ve been rehearsing with her for a little while now and she’s making me play a lot better, believe me. I’ve really got to mind my Ps and Qs and play a lot better than I have in the past. So, it’s sounding great. It’s a nice powerful rhythm section, and she does great vocals. So it’s nice; she really complements us well. We did one show at the Calvin Theatre in Northaven, Massachusetts, as a warm up show the night before, and it was fantastic. And I can only see it getting better, and better, and better.
R: Of course this is also your first tour supporting new material from Pixies as well. How does it feel to be sharing new material with your fans on tour after so many years? DL: This was something that took a long time coming. It took about three years from the thought of it until the fruition of what we were doing, and we knew this was something of a big endeavor as far as, ‘Jeez, people are going to really look at this music carefully.’ So we went in and we knew we had the veto power over songs that we thought weren’t good enough, and we were all very happy with these new songs. It’s nice. We started debuting them in September during the tour in Europe, and we’ve been playing them. Playing live we do about thirty songs, and of those thirty, maybe five of them are new songs, and the
majority of them are old songs, and they’re very easy to play. It’s like riding a bike; it’s second nature. The new songs, it adds a little more fun as well, because when you’re done playing songs that are clearly second nature to you, so it’s fun playing them. And they’re getting better and better. I can say also, since I’m the drummer and I’m up on the riser, when we do the new songs, my view from that height I can see that a lot of people aren’t using the restroom at that point. So they’re getting by. [Laughs.]
within a thirty-song set, as far as where you’re going to place them among the older songs and how they’re going to complement each other throughout the show? DL: We have at least seventy-five different songs that we pick from every night, and the set changes every night. We write a new set every night, which is comprised of thirty songs, of which five might be new ones, and it can be anywhere. Those sets are sometimes great sets, the way it flows, and sometimes they’re not so great. It changes every single night. And we try to do a thing where there are highs and lows, so it’s like being on a ride. Some nights, I think maybe the majority of the nights, it’s not random, but it’s like a work in progress. Always changing. [Laughs.]
R: In the Internet age that we live in, with so much constant feedback floating around, how does it feel to see those faces and feel that energy when you play those new songs? DL: It feels nice. I can see some people singing along to it. Some people aren’t really familiar with some of the new stuff R: Pixies has been together now as a that we’re doing — in comparison to the reunited act longer than you were toold, which have been around since some gether as a band initially. How have you of them were little kids maybe, or even wrapped your head around that exisbefore some of them tence of Pixies? were born. Some of DL: When the Pixies “Some of the kids the kids out there in the reunited in 2004 we audience weren’t even thought we were only out there in the born when our original going to do it for one records came out, and year, one tour, one audience weren’t stuff like that… So I’ve small couple shows. It even born when got to say, when I look turns out we’d been doout there, since we’ve our original records ing it, if you did the math, got such a young augosh, ten years. At the came out.” dience as well, they’re seven-year mark, we more attuned to some were just thinking, ‘Wow, of the later stuff than the older Pixies sound we’re touring on our laurels without any new people like myself are into, as far as new material, longer than we were actually a material, so it’s been good. I don’t think band.’ And it was kind of surprising. So after it’s been detrimental, and it’s been going that, the seven-year mark we started doing wonderfully at the shows. the Doolittle tours, and the Doolittle tour was supposed to be one small tour. It turned into R: What has it been like tackling that a two-year tour, where we took it to all parts challenge of working in the new songs of the world where they wanted to see it,
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“Rather than just wearing out our welcome, as far as being a reunion tour that just never ended, we decided to go ahead and do new music.” and we were never stopping. At that point, it just felt like… we’re a viable band, we like playing, we thought we had something more to offer. So rather than just wearing out our welcome, as far as being a reunion tour that just never ended, we decided to go ahead and do new music. And it took a long while to get there. It was three to four years ago we really started thinking about it, and it took a really long time to get to where everyone was onboard and we were able to go in the studio and record. R: Having had such an influence over so many different artists and having such a legacy how have you come to process that role of being so influential, and what sort of pressure did that put on you as you moved forward with new material? DL: None. None, none, none. It really didn’t mean a lot to any of us, Joe, or [Frank], or I, because it’s really tough to take a view from my standpoint. It’s like, ‘I’m just in a band. This is just what I do.’ It’s nice to get
acknowledged, but it’s not the biggest deal, and I think you could ask anyone that, and unless they have a huge ego, they wouldn’t answer any differently. This is who I am and this is what I do. R: When you went in to record did you know how you’d be ultimately releasing the material? Did you know you’d be doing a series of EPs, or did you anticipate doing an album? DL: We had a plan, and the start of the plan was we were just going to record an EP. And that would be it. So we knew we’d release an EP, but then we [recorded] a lot more material while we were in there, and since we knew we were going with that game plan already, and the state of affairs with record companies and the Internet and stuff with that, our manager thought that this would be a better way to do it. And it’s been nice. We’ve done it as surprises. The first surprise was, ‘Oh, Kim Deal left the band!’ [Laughs] And then the second surprise, ‘Oh, there’s also new music, too.’ And then the third and next surprise is the tour, and then another surprise is EP-2 and stuff like that. So the surprises are nice. I like it as a [former] magician. It’s a wonderful thing to draw upon, so we’re very happy that it became that sort of model, and it’s working out very well for us. n Pixies will play The Fillmore in Detroit Feb. 8. EP-1 and EP-2 are available online exclusively at pixiesmusic.com. To read Recoil’s full interview with David Lovering, check out recoilmag.com.
LOCAL CD Reviews STILL REMAINS
Ceasing To Breathe Grand Rapids, Mich.
When Still Remains went away in 2008, metalcore was only an infant compared to the monster it’s grown into today. The band’s two albums (2005’s Of Love and Lunacy and 2007’s The Serpent) helped define the sound so often imitated by far less talented bands, and even now, five years after their breakup, resurfacing in an ocean of sound-alike scene clones, their comeback album feels unmistakably their own. Sticking closer to OL&L’s heavy low-end riffage than The Serpent’s winding genre-bends, Ceasing To Breathe brings fresh air back to a style nearly strangled of creativity. Album opener “Bare Your Teeth” immediately silences any skeptics suspicious that the band has softened now that they’re older, with frontman T.J. Miller proving that they still have plenty of bark and bite. Later, the mid-album title track and other tracks make sure their signature synths and melodies shine against the blasting low-end and high-flying shredding. To purchase the album now, check out the band’s site, stillremains.us.—Eric Mitts
Matt Ten Clay & The Howlers Very Much Alive EP Grand Rapids, Mich.
Getting a record that feels like it’s live while having all the polish and touches of the studio has been the holy grail of recorded music since its very beginning. So massive kudos to Matt Ten Clay (of Amber Lit Audio) for getting this four-song set as close to that balance as any in the business. Ten Clay’s talents in audio production highlight his talents as a frontman, and likewise he and his psych-rock band of guest GR gunslingers showcase his skill behind the scenes. A perfect calling card for either side of his pursuits, this EP doesn’t lose dynamic range, allowing the electric guitar leads to get loud without muddling the acoustics, and always feeling free even when the whole churning mass sounds perfectly contained. Listen now at matttenclay.bandcamp.com. —Eric Mitts
THREE CHEERS Grand Rapids, Mich.
Head is like a three-day rock festival in your pants. Recoil writer and majestic rock ‘n’ roll unicorn Ben Hunter and his two compatriots serve a unique slurry of hairy-chested, mountain-climbing, Buddhist axe-murderer power rock, fueled by Dinosaur Jr., hard liquor and social outrage. Tight rhythm section — check. Fuzzed out guitar — check. Primal screams — check. All the set dressing is there, and the topical references (“Artbird”), and personal songwriting (“Crescent”) cover the gamut of what you’d want from your transcendent guitar anthems. Go to headtheband.com to check it all out.—Ryan Cunningham
Dreamy Grand Rapids, Mich.
The sketch on the cover of Lazy Genius’s third album gives listeners a good idea about the long, strange trip they have in store. Contrary to its lyrics about “spinning tires,” “Agoraphobia Blues,” can’t wait to get out and get going, picking up ears like hitchhikers and quickly driving them down the dark roads of “Lost Melody.” “Take Your Time” does just that, sprawling into an indie-psychedelic groove that makes its out-of-body journey more important, and more interesting, than any set destination. Throughout, vocalist/guitarist Patrick Wieland and company keep just enough of a grip on the wheel to command attention and control direction, even if they’re just setting their sights on the hazy horizon and drifting off to slumber down ‘60s side-roads. Listen now at thereallazygenius.bandcamp.com.—Eric Mitts
WICKER BASKET Wicker Basket Grand Rapids, Mich.
So… cram everything you know about electronic music into a bong and light it up. Even if you don’t inhale, the result goes something like this release from Wicker Basket, Grand Rapids’ own “I can almost dance to this, but I’d rather sit down and focus” music guru. 808 claps, spoken samples with lots of reverb, shimmery synth patches and bass so deep it could out-enlighten the Dali Llama. More styles than Quentin Tarantino. Whether you’re sitting in a darkened coffee shop in the 90s or writing the next great American cyberpunk novel, spin this album… er… select this audio data, and get down. Go to wickerbasketmusic.com. Now. —Ryan Cunningham
JOHN SANGER JOHN SANGER Grand Rapids, Mich.
As opposed to the usual singer/songwriter fare, this man obviously knows how to use a band. Ranging from soul to country, rock, ’50s balladry and something you’d hear at a backwoods blues festival, Sanger really makes the rounds with his group of professionals. Recorded and mastered in sparkling hi-fidelity by Joel Ferguson and Al McAvoy respectively, this sometimes-experimental yet deftly idiomatic Midwest-blues revue is sure to light up the stereos of many a summer concert series goer. Travel down the dirt path to facebook. com/pages/John-Sanger to see what’s going down, but make sure to pick up a six of microbrew beer on the way.—Ryan Cunningham
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PAPER DIAMOND interview by eric mitts
lex Botwin — aka Paper Diamond — doesn’t just live music: he envelops it. The rising DJ/producer works on just about every side of the industry, from recording original music to remixing other artists, touring the world, and owning/operating the record label/design collective Elm & Oak in his hometown of Boulder, Colo. Now operating out of Los Angeles, Paper Diamond’s star has risen on both the festival and club circuits, and here in Michigan he’s best known for playing every one of the Rothbury/Electric Forest Festivals — either on his own or with his previous group, the live electronic band Pnuma Trio. Since releasing his debut EP, 2011’s Levitate (on Pretty Lights Music), Paper Diamond has worked with the likes of mega-producer Diplo (who released his “Wavesight” EP on label imprint Mad Decent/Jeffrees last year), and even taught a college-level seminar with Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli. Following up last year’s “Paragon” EP with a string of new releases this year, Paper Diamond plans to stay hot this winter with his Cold Crush Tour (coming to the Magic Stick Feb. 21 and The Intersection Feb. 22). Recoil caught up with Alex B. late last month and discussed his improvisational live show, his upcoming collaborations, and why Colorado’s legalization of marijuana is “life changing.”
Recoil: You grew up playing instruments as a kid. Do you think that [your] improvisational style comes from having grown up playing so many instruments and playing in bands? Alex B: I think it definitely has a lot to do with it. I grew up an instrumentalist and it’s certainly important to me to bring a very musical aspect to a certain type of genre that might be lacking sometimes in tonal quality. R: Do you think you’ll ever work in more live instrumentation to your live sets? AB: Yeah, well I’m still using live instrumentation in the studio, like playing my bass and piano, and using the Rhodes [keyboard] and the MOOG [synthesizer], and all that kind of stuff. I spent so many years in a band, and I know it’s great experience, but it’s definitely different not having to compromise my musical intention by bouncing it off other people. I feel like I have a pretty strong musical voice when it comes to what I’m trying to say with my music, so it’s nice to not have to compromise that.
R: Yeah, I read that you started the Elm & Oak Academy as a way to carry on that conversation with kids coming up discovering music and sharing your skills and experience with them. Do you feel like that’s something you’ve continued to learn from while you’ve helped others get into music? AB: Of course, and obviously I’ve tried to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s happening in music, even for, like, younger kids, and paying attention to what new producers are doing, young producers. I never really underestimate anyone and I try… when something is really dope and I find it interesting… Like some people’s initial reaction to something is, ‘Oh I don’t understand this, so this sucks!’ But for me, it’s like if I don’t understand something it intrigues me even more to find out what is so dope about it, and in turn learn it.
R: What’s the most unusual collaboration you’ve done, or the project you’ve worked on that’s most surprised you? AB: Most surprising? I don’t know. It’s crazy R: How do you think being involved with because I’ve been out in L.A. for a while so many different sides of now, since about August. music and working with I still have my place in “I spent so many so many different people Colorado, but I’ve been out years in a band, comes back and inspires here working pretty much you to continue to push nonstop, and meeting with and I know it’s yourself creatively? all these different singers, great experience, writers, MCs, and rappers, AB: I just learn from all these experiences and I’m and all this different crazy but it’s definitely still learning, and I feel like stuff. So it’s constantly difdifferent not when you get too comfortferent. It’s kind of like going able with where you are on a musical blind date on having to you stop growing, not only the regular, you know what compromise my as a person, but musiI mean? Like you show up, musical intention you’ve got what you got, cally speaking. So I’m always hungry and anxious by bouncing it off and you hope you can to learn what the newest, click with this other artist. other people.” dopest thing is, and find So I’ve seen a lot of sucthose new sounds, and cess in working with these those new ideas, and find those new mix- other artists. It’s been great. I got invited ing techniques. I feel like that’s why I’ve had to go to Big Boi’s studio, you know from a career in music for so long: I’m always Outkast. And just all these people that are hungry for that next thing. just so inspirational and honestly legends
in my eyes, so I couldn’t be more grateful.
“When you get too comfortable with where you are you stop growing, not only as a person, but musically speaking.”
R: Leading into this current winter tour you’re doing, you put out the 2014 Tour Mix. Why did you decide to release that as a taste of what’s in store on this tour? AB: Basically I have so much music that I’m working on right now, I’m just figuring out the right time and the right place to release all of it. So I figured in the meantime I’ll put out a mix, sneak on some of the originals that I don’t plan on releasing immediately and go from there. So yeah, I just want to be putting out music and really soon a lot of original songs are coming out, and original collaborations. I was just working with this chick Sirah who sang and rapped with Skrillex. So it’s been a really intriguing process making this new record, and I’m just taking my time with it. I want to make something meaningful and that’s going to make sense further down the line. I just released a mix that I put out in 2009 on Flying Lotus’s label, and to me that music is still relevant even now, and so I feel good about the work that was put into that. So essentially what I’m trying to do to represent myself for the future is to continually make stuff that I can look back on as a part of my life. To me the music is a diary and it reminds of a certain time in my life, and what was going on at that time.
R: How has your ‘Diamond Cutter’ LED rig continued to evolve with your show? AB: We’re bringing twice as much production on this new tour. It’s going to be seriously insane. I think we have 65 LED panels, like a shit ton of moving lights, and
all this crazy stuff. This is hands-down the biggest undertaking that we’ve ever had. It’s crazy because I’m bringing my friends who I’ve been working with for like ten or eleven years are coming on tour with me; my brother is going to be on the tour. This is a full-on family affair at this point.
R: How important is to you to continue to push at the technical boundaries of what you do as much as the creative or musical boundaries? AB: Visually I find it greatly important, and I’m really trying to push the visual aspect along with the music. I feel like it’s all one and the same at this point where I’m not just a musician, I’m an artist. I care about visually representing myself in a certain way. R: I know you’re out in L.A. now, but you came up in Colorado, so I’ve got to ask how do you feel about Colorado being the first state to legalize marijuana [for recreational use]? AB: Oh, I mean, that’s life changing. I’ve been an avid supporter of that pretty much my whole life, since I was little. So to see the change come, and especially now they’ve really done it right with the proper taxation and all the responsibilities that will create something more lasting, and that’s something that will need to be done. n Paper Diamond will hit the Magic Stick in Detroit Feb. 21 and The Intersection Feb. 22. To read Recoil’s full interview with Alex B., check out recoilmag.com. For more, click over to paper-diamond.com, or follow @PaperDiamond for updates on new music.
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BLACK JOE LEWIS interview by eric mitts
hen going to a Black Joe Lewis show, forget the smartphone, man. Don’t worry about hashtagging or taking any selfies. Just experience the raw soul power live onstage. Not that Lewis really cares himself. His latest album, last year’s Electric Slave, might be something of a sci-fi credo railing against the engrossing invasion of technology in everyday life, but it’s also an open invitation to get on down. His first release under only his name — following his first two records with his band The Honeybears (2009’s Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!, and 2011’s Scandalous) — Electric Slave is Lewis’ first set following some serious lineup changes and label drama that left the Austin-based blues-rocker reeling. While grabbing some lunch last month, Lewis’ admitted to the irony of talking to Recoil on an iPhone, while explaining Electric Slave’s live sound, his unique guitar style, and why he thinks the NSA scandal should have people rioting in the streets.
Recoil: I know on your latest album Electric Slave you wanted to have more of the rowdy, raw sound of your live show than your other albums. Now that the record has been out for a little bit, do you think it’s a better representation of what you do? Black Joe Lewis: I think so, totally. We just had a lot of changes and it’s kind of the most natural sounding thing that we’ve done. The songs are the most original, so I’m definitely happy with this one. R: For Electric Slave you were the only guitarist. How does it feel to be doing all the guitar work yourself? BJL: I definitely have more control over it, but there [are] times, like there’s a lot of stuff that I used to do in the show when I
had the second guy where he would play guitar and I would sing or walk around or do stupid shit. But now it definitely makes you a better player. You have to pay attention more. I’ve never been like a guitar god or whatever, so it’s definitely made me get better. I do like to control, and you don’t have to tell anybody what to do. It’s pretty cool. I’ve actually been contemplating getting another guitar player and just doing the frontman thing, but we’ll see. R: How do you think your style has developed as a guitarist? BJL: Well my style developed because I didn’t start playing until my early twenties, late teens, and I kind of learned on the fly, whereas most people have been playing their whole lives. So they learned stuff, and
I’m still learning, so I have to improvise, and I think that’s the thing to my style. I’m not the greatest guitar player in the world by any means, but I’ve had success at my style. When you hear me you don’t mistake me for anybody else.
BJL: I hope so, but I don’t know anymore. People aren’t as excited as they used to be. Like the musical movements in the sixties and seventies, and even the fifties, like, art was good. Like back then your pop music was Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, and now pop music is Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. That’s not really artistic, and they take the art out of everything. And that’s where my frustration comes from, people taking the art out of everything and it just kind of makes us dumber. You know, back then the whole anti-war movement, a lot of it was based around music. Now music is irrelevant. It’s just something we listen to I guess. I don’t know. It’s learning, just another observation.
R: You titled the album Electric Slave as a comment on how people are so connected to their smartphones and so dependent on technology now. For you, how much does that frustrate you as an artist? BJL: You know, it is what it is. I mean, I’m on an iPhone talking to you right now, so, it’s just an observation, I guess. It’s kind of sad how “I’m still the direction of things is goso I have to ing. I mean the government, R: How do you feel the NSA spies on you, has when people are on their improvise, and I access to your telephone, phones or watching you think that’s the can turn your camera on through their phones at thing to my style.” your shows? and off as it pleases, and it’s still not enough to get BJL: I just think it’s stupid, people up in arms. I think that technology but I don’t care. I mean it makes me angry has just made people soft and lazy. Like, as when I’m in the crowd too when the guy in long as they have that, they’ll let everything front of me has got a giant phone and it’s else go. If that happened back in the 1700s, on. It’s like when you’re driving at night and 1800s, people would have burned down someone turns on the dome light. And then everything that had to do with government, they’re watching the whole show through you know. There would be repercussions. the phone while it’s happening right in front But now everyone’s so docile because they of them, so nobody’s living in the moment. But I don’t really care. Whatever. n keep you fat and fed and keep you with gasoline so you can drive around and go on the Internet, and go on Facebook. It’s Black Joe Lewis will play The Pyramid just an observation, I guess. Scheme Feb. 22. Electric Slave is in stores and online now. To read Recoil’s full interR: As a live musician do you hope to view with Lewis, check out recoilmag.com. viscerally shake people out of that digi- For more, click over to blackjoelewis.com. tal daydream?
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COMEBACK KID interview by eric mitts
one of the guys in Comeback Kid are exactly “kids” anymore. More than a decade after the release of their debut album, 2003’s Turn It Around, the Canadian hardcore punk band has grown up and grown together, and they don’t want to live with any regrets now that they’re in their 30s. Their long-awaited sixth album, Die Knowing (due out March 4 on Victory Records) builds on that theme, making the most of their one chance in this life. The disc doesn’t hold anything back for the next round, and promises to be the heaviest of their career. With all five members – frontman Andrew Neufeld, lead guitarist Jeremy Hiebert, drummer Kyle Profeta, bassist Matt Kiel, and rhythm guitarist Stu Ross – currently living in different cities, the album comes four years after their last effort, 2010’s Symptoms + Cures, due to the distance and the band’s relatively recent lineup changes. Right after the completion of Die Knowing last month, Neufeld talked with Recoil about the new album, the influence of hip-hop on his music, and how the hardcore scene has changed over the last decade.
Recoil: I hear you’re working on finishing up your upcoming new album, Die Knowing. How is that coming along? Andrew Neufeld: It’s done! Took a good while but it is finally mixed and mastered. This is the biggest, and heaviest record I think we have ever made. Can’t wait to get it out. We started recording in September and it’s finally done now after a few hiccups and breaks. R: Why did you decide to call this album Die Knowing? AN: ‘Die Knowing’ is the title track and the intro of the record. The lyrics are a reminder to keep searching and challenging myself, to hold my friends close and really value them, and to embrace change and to find opportunity in failure. We have one life to carve our own path. R: It’s been almost four years since your last album, [2010’s] Symptoms + Cures. Why has this album been so long in the making? AN: We’ve never been a band that could put out a new album every year or two. I think because of that, it’s given us a bit more longevity, to be honest. It just takes us a little longer than most bands. Plus we have side-project musical projects, we all live in different cities, and we tour wayyyy to much. It adds up. R: How would you compare Die Knowing to Symptoms + Cures, or any of your other past albums? AN: Whereas S+C was a bit more on the punk rock side of things — maybe not even intentionally — but this album has a lot more HARDcore songs. It’s a lot heavier and more pissed. A couple melodic CBK trademark
songs thrown in there, but out the gate it’s pretty balls to the walls. R: What influenced you the most, individually, and as a band, while you were working on this album? AN: Besides our influences from our early days, new music for sure influences us. Hardcore, I feel, is really exciting right now. There are a lot of really cool new bands out there. All I was listening to last year was hiphop so I’m sure that influenced some of it, but [lead guitarist] Jeremy [Hiebert] our other songwriter and original guitarist hates rap, so he wouldn’t let anything too obvious fly [laughs]. You just gotta listen to it. Lyrically it’s a reaction to obstacles in my way or maybe reminders of how I would like to react to the obstacles. It’s a weird life isn’t it?
“The lyrics are a reminder to keep searching and challenging myself, to hold my friends close and really value them, and to embrace change and to find opportunity in failure. We have one life to carve our own path.” R: Having been around for more than a decade now, how has the hardcore scene changed, in your opinion? AN: [It’s] really changed. I’ve changed too! I can’t sum it all up. HC/punk goes in waves. I’ve seen bands go from zero to a hundred and back down in a few years. I’ve seen
some bands that have been so inspiring and are still doing it. I still love going to shows and fests, and listening to new bands. I still get that rush. R: Are there any bands left that you’d still really like to tour with that you haven’t had the opportunity to tour with yet? AN: To be honest we have been able to pretty much play with most of the bands we have wanted to. I always kind of wanted Hatebreed to take us on tour. That would be another check off the list.
R: What do you have planned for later in 2014 after the release of Die Knowing? AN: Touring in the U.S., Europe, [and] Canada with some awesome bands like Backtrack, Xibalba, The Greenery, and Alpha & Omega. Should be a fun year. n Comeback Kid will hit The Pyramid Scheme Feb. 21 and The Pike Room in Pontiac Feb. 22. Die Knowing will be in stores and online March 4. To read Recoil’s full interview with Andrew Neufeld, check out recoilmag.com. For more, click over to comeback-kid.com.
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THE CASKET GIRLS interview by eric mitts
he otherworldly music of indie trio The Casket Girls sounds like lost transmissions from the afterlife. Floating by in lingering slow-motion — like ghosts or dreams — the synth-rich sound of the Savannah, Georgia group haunts listeners as much with pristine pop harmonies as eerie keyboard effects. Meeting by complete chance, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Graveface (also of neo-psychedelic, experimental ensemble Black Moth Super Rainbow) heard sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene singing and playing Autoharp in one of Savannah’s squares and soon asked if he could work with them. The result of their meeting became their 2012 debut, Sleepwalking, a studio document to their serendipitous collaboration and alluring juxtaposition. They began touring slowly, eventually spending more than a year and a half on the road supporting the likes of BMSR and The Faint, and releasing a self-titled EP last year on Record Store Day. Their latest album, True Love Kills The Fairy Tale (due out Feb. 11 on Graveface Records), found the Greene girls going places beyond even their own conscious comprehension, writing vocals and lyrics for the entire set in one evening of out-of-body inspiration. Communing with Recoil via email last month, Phaedra Greene detailed the new album’s creation, their upcoming Graveface Roadshow tour, and why she and her sister are always trying to channel spirits from the other side.
Recoil: Since meeting by chance a couple years ago, how have the three of you gotten to know each other as musicians, performers and as people? Phaedra Greene: It feels as if we’ve known each other for a million years, so there has really been no transitional phase at all. R: When you all started The Casket Girls together, you first envisioned it as a predominantly recording or studio project. Why did you decide to take the music you made together to the live stage and what was that transition like? PG: We all just fell in love with the project and were just somehow unable to let it go. Although we were scared at first, something switched in us and now we are obsessed with performing and find it quite cathartic. R: How has it evolved into the live, touring presence that it is today? How would you describe your live show as it is now? PG: The actual music feels like our life’s work, but the performing aspect has really transformed us as people. We’ve really come out of our shells individually and as a band. R: I’ve read that neither you nor your sister had ever heard of Black Moth Super Rainbow or Graveface Records before working with Ryan. How much have the three of you exposed each other to new musical horizons as you’ve
worked together? PG: We had never heard of any of the bands on Ryan’s label until we met Ryan and now we have a love affair with all of them, especially Stargazer Lilies, who we are so excited to tour with in February and March [on the Graveface Roadshow tour, coming to Founders Feb. 23]. R: I’ve read that the creation of True Love Kills The Fairy Tale took place over one evening and was almost like a séance or a dream-state, where it was like you weren’t writing it, and it was somehow being written through you. What was that experience like? PG: Well, the musical side was written by Ryan over some time, however, yes we did write the lyrics and melody, for the most part, in one night and have little recollection of it. But in retrospect it all seems to make sense. R: In what ways do you feel like that experience comes out in the music? PG: The lyrics really seem to have been mined from a place that we are not usually able to access other than in dreams. I guess you could say the songs tap into an unfiltered sentiment that we can’t take credit for. R: On the flip side, when you went about recording the album, how strange was it trying to tap back into that experience that you had while making the demo? PG: It was really weird! It felt like in the morning when you wake up and you don’t
remember your dream, but slowly you remember piece by piece. We felt like outsiders relating to something outside of ourselves. R: Is there anyone that you hope to have channeled from the other side on this album? PG: Not on this album exactly, but we are always trying to channel, whether it be our childhood pet rabbit, Blanch, or Houdini — or just being open to the other side in any way, shape or form. R: Who would you most like to commune with that has passed on, as far as musical influences?
PG: Johann Sebastian Bach! R: Where did the album title come from and what does it mean to you? PG: It was a lyric that somehow seemed all encompassing, as thematically we question the integrity of reality versus alternate realities throughout the record. n The Casket Girls will headline the Graveface Roadshow coming to Founders Brewery Feb. 23. The show is free and open to those 21 and older. True Love Kills The Fairy Tale will be available in stores and online Feb. 11. To read Recoil’s full interview with Phaedra Greene, check out recoilmag.com. For more, click over to casketgirls.org.
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LOCAL LIVE SHOW
grrRoPolis The lighting is murky and it smells a bit like sweat sox. The beer is flat. The prospects for romance are dim. And yet a curious sense of optimism or, dare one say it, hope hangs in the air like a cloud of freshly exhaled pot smoke. This is a feeling I have not felt since 2003, and while I was off learning how to text and tweet between then and now, the band grrRoPolis has been refining their post-‘90s musical chops into a shimmering tapestry of nostalgia and regret. The vocals are a hybrid of Jello Biafra and David Byrne, heavy on the Byrne. They warble and twist in and around a meandering, but not directionless, melody tinged with reggae that is held together by both the bass and guitar. Meanwhile the drums soldier on alone. This gives the music a feeling of disjointedness, kind of like a conversation between four people, each of whom is deeply stoned. A grrRoPolis show is a funny thing. They have strong presence onstage even though not one of them ever looks up. Their music is looping and loose and yet contains
an almost unbearable tension. All of the members of the band are good at their instruments but the songs have the feel of something written by an, albeit talented, novice. This gives the end product a sound and feel that seems almost unintentional. A grrRoPolis show is an experience that would at first seem easy to dismiss but if you listen carefully there is a whole panoply of feeling and expression woven through the music. Underneath it all lay the beating and bruised heart of the kind of guy who believes in dragons and romance,
but not two-party democracy. The kind of guy who plans elaborate Valentine’s Day dates before he even has a girlfriend. The kind of guy who, when he says he wants to share a secret with you, shares something as poignantly heart-breaking as the last chapter of the Diary of Anne Frank. The kind of guy who makes music so human, so angst-ridden, sparkling and optimistically nihilistic that you can almost hear the immortal words “we have met the enemy and he is us” echoing in your ears.—Connie Cunningham
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REQUIRED LISTENING Bruce Springsteen High Hopes Columbia
I have become, over the last decade or so, a huge admirer of Bruce Springsteen. His live show, which I have seen twice now, is on par with excellence. His body of work is as impressive as any, and totally worth the time it takes to fully investigate. I fully respect the Boss. That said, there’s really only one reason to bother with High Hopes, his latest collection of B-sides and covers. His fantastic, set-closing cover of Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream” aims for transcendence and hits brilliant pay dirt, transforming Alan Vega’s scrawny, desperate lyric into a blooming mantra, a call to life: “Come on and open up your heart/Come on and dream on/come on and keep the light burning/I just want to see you smile.” —Andrew Watson
Live at the Cellar Door Reprise
The latest addition to Neil Young’s astonishing Archives Performance Series, this impeccable acoustic recording captures Young in late 1970, compiling the best moments from a six-gig stay at the tiny Cellar Door in Washington, D.C. Longtime fans will delight at stripped-down versions of “Tell Me Why,” “Birds” and “Expecting to Fly,” and marvel at an incredibly rare piano-only take on “Cinnamon Girl.” Recorded some three months after the release of the monumental After the Gold Rush, it’s quite startling to hear a song like “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” introduced as “a song from my new album.” Young continues to astound with these Archive releases. —AW
5 Spanish Songs Merge
Convinced in late 2013 that “the English language is spent, despicable, and not easily singable — it feels over for English,” the beguiling singersongwriter Dan Bejar has turned to his second language, Spanish, for this latest release — specifically, the songs of Sevillian rock legend Antonio Luque. Bejar adjusts the instrumentation for these covers, creating either richer or less adorned surroundings, as his muse dictates, with exceptional results. One’s appreciation of a slammer like “Babieca” doesn’t hinge upon an understanding of the language, although I am told Bejar’s pronunciation and diction is perfect. Fans of Destroyer will find this an essential listen, casual observers will find it oddly compelling, whether they can understand it or not. —AW
Transgender Dysphoria Blues Total Treble Studios
By publicly coming out as transgender in 2012, Against Me! lead vocalist/guitarist Laura Jane Grace completely changed the conversation when it came to her band. Now something of a pioneer, not just in the punk world, but in the world of constant scrutiny that is entertainment, Grace has gone and made a concept album as much about her own personal transition and struggle for acceptance as it is a fictional story about a transgender prostitute. What’s strangest isn’t the bold honesty or the tough questions — which all of Against Me!’s previous albums had in their own way — it’s the universality of the arena-ready music. On songs like “Unconditional Love” and “Dear Friend,” the band recalls shades of Springsteen, or even Green Day, while on the opposite end of the spectrum, the acoustic “Two Coffins,” delivers the darker sort of dirge that many might have felt suited such challenging subject matter better, but actually slightly betrays Grace’s triumphant musical transformation. —Eric Mitts
ANGEL HAZE Dirty Gold Island/Republic
Not many artists have the guts to defy the major labels and leak their debut album early due to countless delays and dismissals. Of course the controversy surrounding the sooner-than-scheduled release of Angel Haze’s first full-length album shouldn’t shock anyone familiar with the Detroit (by-way-of Brooklyn) rapper. Or anyone who actually takes the time to listen to her daring debut. Breaking out online in 2012 with her self-released EP Reservation, Haze’s confessional style puts it all on the line, her rapid-fire lyrical flow so full and fresh that it doesn’t need the frequent spoken-word intros/explanations inserted into some of the best tracks (particularly “A Tribe Called Red,” a song tackling her mixed African and Native American heritage). The mainstream might want to make Haze into the next Nicki Minaj (since she similarly pulls double-duty singing most of her chorus hooks) but her spirit’s too strong not to break that, or any other box placed on her. —EM
YOUNG THE GIANT Mind Over Matter Fueled By Ramen
While successful, Young The Giant’s 2010 self-titled debut didn’t loom so tall that its follow-up can’t emerge from its shadow: smarter, catchier, and better. Like the band’s debut, which had a pair of radio hits in “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” Mind Over Matter succeeds with its singles as its centerpieces. Two-guitar rocker “It’s About Time,” brings just enough heft to contrast the pristine romantic allure of “Crystallized,” and both work as bookends for the swath of styles the band tries out this time. Frontman Sameer Gadhia commands the most attention, layering his voice to enchanting effect on the sparse “Firelight” and soaring over the guitars on “Waves” and “Teachers” — sounding somewhere in between Coldplay’s Chris Martin and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. Overall, Young The Giant might have the most in common with fellow radio-crossovers The Temper Trap (whose recent sophomore effort slumped slightly), but don’t expect them to disappear anytime soon. —Eric Mitts
DUM DUM GIRLS Too True Sub Pop
“Trouble is my name/is it your name too?” The more you hear from and learn about Dee Dee, mouth and mind behind the fantastic Dum Dum Girls, the more you are reminded of the artist’s crucial dilemma: create or conform. The Dum Dums first touched ground through a sequence of scruffy and satisfying EPs before fully honing their ‘60s girl-group/ J&MC slash and burn on the Richard Gottehrer-produced debut full-length, 2010’s I Will Be. They followed that up with the mesmerizing Only In Dreams, then delivered perhaps their finest moment to date with the flawless End of Daze EP. For Too True, Dee Dee seems to be making quite a calculated decision, one that, in my opinion, catapults her little band into the national discussion, and the question that arises is this: does producing a more mass-appealing product in any way compromise one’s artistic integrity? The songs on this album are arresting, immediate, clean and concise; nine songs, 27 minutes. There is no wasted space. Dee’s polished alto is pitched front and center over varying bass and synth throbs and hotshot guitar licks. It’s the Pretenders, if the Pretenders had ever made a record that was good the whole way through. It’s Siouxsie Sioux minus the weird (but including the catsuit). Killer cuts like “Cult of Love,” “Rimbaud Eyes” and “Are You OK?” are effervescent and effortless sounding, they exist in a category that simply did
Rave Tapes Sub Pop
not exist on previous Dum Dum records, where the muse always seemed to be reflecting a grittier and, I suppose, gothic perspective. “Little Minx” grooves atop a locomotive riff, buoyed by pogo percussion and that voice. Honestly, you can say what you want about the material, the genre, the look, whatever, but you cannot deny those lungs. They are formidable. Whatever Dee Dee’s long term intentions for the band may be, this newfound, widescreen ambition has Crossover Appeal scratched right into its skin. Too True ends with its longest and most absorbing moment, the very sinister kiss-off, “Trouble Is My Name.” We are drawn in gradually, Dee’s reverbed vocal over softly echoed guitar, when a heavily-distorted snare hit shatters the haze and the blood begins to stir. She starts harmonizing with herself, a perfect chorus insta-glues itself to your heart and then it’s over, tragically and brilliantly soon. —Andrew Watson
In 1997, my concept of “post-rock” was defined in terms that groups like Tortoise or Windsor for the Derby embodied, as spacious, mostly instrumental pieces that could nearly double for ambient jazz. It seemed like a great idea, but usually came off dry and sleepy. Mogwai’s debut Young Rapid changed all of that for me — one track in particular, “Summer” (more precisely, the earth-shattering guitar destruction that occurs around the 3:15 mark). Post-rock, it seemed, had an entirely different meaning in Glasgow. I didn’t know what to make of it. There were no lyrics, yet it spoke. There were no rules or limits, yet it made sense. I developed an intense closeness with the band’s first few records, experienced their sweltering headfuck of a live show in person (Mojave Tent, Coachella ’04) and have enthusiastically referred them to every guitar-loving soul I met. Rave Tapes is their latest fulllength, and the first thing I’ve heard from them in several years. My taste for earhollowing guitar noise having subsided a bit, I wasn’t sure if the appeal was still there. “Heard About You Last Night” drifts in on a pillow of keys before opening up into a gentle guitar/drum figure — loose, jaunty, yet completely sincere, and, most curiously, without the slightest hint of cacophonous fury. Hearing Rave Tapes for the first time, I kept waiting for the inevitable. The cloudburst. I kept waiting for them to remember they were making a fricking Mogwai record. Then, after a few
listens I got it. “Remurdered,” “Master Card,” “Deesh” — the most energized moments on this album have more in common with the metronomic intensity of Can or other sort-of-Krautrock-ish bands. Guitars and organs together, synchronized blues, drums and cymbals utilized more for their pitch properties than their percussive intangibles. The band wisely, and expertly, tempers these moments of tenaciousness with left turns, most noticeably with “Repelish,” an ‘80s futura piece accompanied by a pseudo-religious evangelistic psychobabble, some guy spouting off on “Stairway to Heaven” as Hell’s portal and other related nonsense. It’s a strange and interesting juxtaposition. The band is aging aggressively, distilling its youthful extremes into a consistent and substantial fire. This is an inventive and well-crafted rock record, the kind of thing that is often sold, but rarely delivered. —Andrew Watson
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Heavyweight Bands 2014:
The Best of Local Metal The best local West Michigan bands are out to rock your world, and hopefully get your vote during the Heavyweights at The Intersection in Grand Rapids. The preliminary rounds were Jan. 18, 24 and Feb. 1, so by the time this is published, the finals will be upon us Feb. 14. Who will make the finals? Come out and see; fuck roses — give your girl some METAL for Valentine’s Day for some extra-sweet metal love. \m/ <3 \m/ By Jen Moshpit
- Hardcore party metal from Greenville. These guys are fun to watch, serious about their music and like to party. You’ll want to be their friends. They usually wear pants.
Know Lyfe - Nü-metalcore from one of
All Ends Black - Groove metal inspired by the party that’s moshing in Lansing. In the vein of Pantera, these guys will make your head bang, guaranteed.
Arrhythmia - Metalcore with influences
Divided They Fall - Post-hardcore from Grand Rapids kids ready to take over the world. Their show has tons of energy and they are definitely ones to watch as they work their way toward the top. DeverauX - Modern American metal
out of Lansing, DeverauX has amassed quite a following over the past few years claiming that they could be the love child of Killswitch, A7X and All That Remains.
Withhold the Blood
- Determined to bring the Heavyweight Title back to Muskegon for the third year, this thrash metal monster is the kind that will tuck you in at night and kiss your forehead before eating you alive.
- Progressive, death-y splendidness of massive proportions from Grand Rapids. These guys could just blow your entire mind, body and spirit.
Equal Parts - Chick-fronted hard rock
from Grand Rapids that deserves to be heard. Former members of former local heavyweights Dissonant will throw your ear holes for the loop they need.
Of All We Cherish - Metalcore from Muskegon with a great balance of clean vocals and screams, breakdowns and melodies to keep you wondering what’s going to come next.
Flood the Desert - Stonery, progres-
sive heaviness of epic proportions. Ever wanted Mastodon to be a little heavier? Check out FTD. There’s a reason these guys have taken runner up the past two years. They have their eyes set on a threepeat, but I’m hoping that doesn’t happen and they just win it all this year. They deserve it!! One of my favorite local bands.
the hardest working bands around. Based in Lansing, but travelling all over Michigan, you may have heard them before. If not, your ears deserve the treat.
from hardcore and thrash, these youngsters from Greenville blend their young perspectives with old souls to give it all they’ve got. I bet they will surprise you.
Martyr for Madison - Nü-metalcore that springs from old West Michigan bands, these guys have the technical skill, business sense and showmanship that could take the Heavyweights, and your eardrums, by storm. Seraphim - Post-hardcore from Grand
Rapids, Seraphim has made it to the finals of the Heavyweights before. Let’s hope they don’t do a pop-cover song again. No, guys; just, no. This is the Heavyweights.
Lakeshore Drive - Hard rock from
Muskegon that speaks to the outlaw biker, and guilty-pleasure rock radio lover inside many of us. They put on a show and a party, and fill your ears with heavy riffs, guitar solos and catchy choruses.
Zombie Supermodel - A band that
hates labels, but loves beautiful brutality, these ragers from Holland remind me of a heavier Deftones with a little The Dillinger Escape Plan thrown in for seasoning.
A Mosh Down Memory Lane
Let’s not forget all the past winners of the Heavyweights, some of which are still together and rockin’ it (noted with a *). HORNS HIGH TO YOU for keeping MI metal alive and kicking \m/ \m/ 2001: Sadomasochism 2002: Kamilla 2003: Drench 2004: The Dead Last 2005: Two Heded Chan* 2006: 6 Prong Paw* 2007: Shackle Jack 2008: If He Dies He Dies 2009: Kill Tomorrow* 2010: Sin Theorem* 2011: Stone the Manic 2012: Kill Tomorrow* 2013: The Severed Process*
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FLESH & FASHION
By Suzanne Beveridge
Daniel Francis Wier Works at: CVLT Pizza
Drummer for: The Real Lazy Genius, Mavericks and Monarchs, Pistolbrides Favorite flavor: Whiskey Activities: Pinball at The Pyramid Scheme, karaoke and pool at Kale’s Pastimes and passions: Karaoke duets with Jessica, Supertramp Breakfast In America, The Kinks Sunny Afternoon, Johnny Cash, The Gorrrilaz and Bowie Life On Mars Words to live by: “Yeearghh”!!! —Gov. Howard Dean
Jessica Rose Van Netten
Works at: The Rez Lounge Hobbies: Actress, Artist, Makeup artist, Stylist Style: Badass boots, belt buckles with wolves, and bizarre and sexy shirts Activities: Maniacal laughter! Favorite scents: Sandalwood, spaghetti and fear! Fashion tips: Accentuate your best features, be ready for action! Words to live by: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” —Hunter S. Thompson
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Who wrote the book of love? Rockford resident Valerie Clarke Ahhhh, it’s February, the month of love. As humans, the path to true and unconditional love stems from within. The love we humans feel in a relationship with our significant other originates from self-love and self-acceptance. Our emotional love becomes our own internal state whether we have a companion or not. When we reach that point personally, we are already living in a state of love; we are ready to share our love with another. Love can be scary, exciting, confusing and nerve wracking all at the same time, but when the chemistry is right and both people in the relationship are ready for love, it can be soul-touching and everlasting. That extraordinary and longed-for occurrence when you are truly in love with another person, not just in love with a feeling. But humans are not the only animals on this planet. Are other animals wired for love or is it just an instinct? Hard to say. Animals certainly can’t tell us — but they can show us. There are numerous animal species on our planet, and by Sherrie with them comes so many different animal courtship rituals. This is where Rockford, Mich., author Valerie Clarke comes in. Clarke has recently completed a very interesting and fun book not only about human love, but “love” in the animal kingdom. Clarke’s book Courtship by Design: A Collection of Animal Love Stories, addresses many different members of the animal kingdom and their many different practices
of courtship. Also included in Clarke’s book is a chapter on human love. “Situational behaviors in the animal kingdom may somewhat mirror the same feelings that humans experience. And yet for most of the animal kingdom, behaviors are purely instinctual, for the betterment of our species. The human brain, however, rises above instinct. It has the ability to make wise choices that are healthy for us, and also for the betterment of mankind,” states Clarke. “My book addresses a master design for courtship that is consistent with the Creation. In a word, it’s about ‘pursuit.’ Animal behaviors come alive as we anthropomorphically peer into their ‘private’ life.” Courtship by Design is a collection of short stories about animals all over the world, land and sea, including Peking ducks, chimpanzees, moose, horny devils, cardinals, frogs, sheep, fireflies, seahorses, giraffes, puffins and more. Clarke thoroughly researched each subject of her chapters, along with location and history as well. The chapters begin with famous quotes relating to Coke the tales and each story is complete with illustrations by yours truly. I learned quite a bit from drawing the different animals, some of which I never knew existed, and I thoroughly enjoyed Clarke’s keen and informative style of writing. Clarke’s stories captivated me and I realized that there are so many different types of mating rituals and — through studying other animal courtship styles — what I enjoy while being
Illustrator Sherrie Coke (left) and author Valerie Clarke
“The human brain, however, rises above instinct. It has the ability to make wise choices that are healthy for us, and also for the betterment of mankind,” states Clarke. courted by a man. There is something to be said about a man “working” for his mate and making his female mate feel like a lady. And by making the woman feel like a lady, he feels more like a man. It is truly an art, and may be becoming a lost art in today’s society. Clarke’s book is off to the publisher this month. In the spring, I plan on joining her to coordinate book signings in the West Michigan area
at different venues when Courtship by Design is in print. With the springtime release of Courtship by Design, it is perfect timing to read about the many forms of animal “love”: when human spirits are filled with a sense of rebirth. The world around us takes on a fresh energy with springtime. The air is filled with warmth, sweet smells, birds chirping, blooming flowers and sunshine. The seasonal reawakening beckons love and could be a refreshing start for us human beings looking for that special someone. A new start — rejuvenation, if you will —- of our courtship behaviors. n For more information visit Valerie Clarke on facebook or Sherrie Coke on facebook. Website coming soon.
Alonzo Bodden Interview by Naomi Goedert
pen ocean, the warm salty spray in your face with sunrays shining down as you lounge aboard a cruise ship. Or maybe you prefer the soft rosey sand of the beautiful Bermuda beaches? To us here in West Michigan, facing the arctic tundra, that is what our dreams have consisted mostly during the last few weeks. To comedian Alonzo Bodden, though, it is just another day at the office. Since winning his season of Last Comic Standing nearly a decade ago (the year before being runner-up) he has done nothing but work: numerous specials, television appearances and tours. He had made several television appearances prior but it was his step into the reality spotlight that effectively made him a household name. Bodden will be performing this month in The B.O.B. at Dr. Grins Comedy Club. Stu McCallister, MC and all around lackey at Dr. Grins, was kind enough to put us in touch with Bodden and told us in true Stu form, “Alonzo is truly one of the funniest and nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. A real class act. (I hope he reads this and gets me gigs.)” Of course Bodden had his own words about McCallister: “Most don’t know Stu was one book away from becoming a Rhodes scholar. Of course it was a really big book.” Recoil stole a little of Bodden’s limited downtime during which he shared some opinions on politics and reality television as it is today.
Recoil: The nonstop traveling of doing standup comedy has to be grueling. What do you do to stay sane on the road? Alonzo Bodden: Traveling can be grueling. The
airlines treat you like you’ve done something to them. I read a lot and try to work out; physically moving helps. I like walking around certain cities like Chicago and the mall is the new town square so that’s a good hangout. R: Do you have family that ever travels with you? AB: On rare occasions my family will travel on a nice gig. My parents have done a few Carribean cruises, as has my brother and his wife. Oddly, no one’s offered to hit Grand Rapids in February, can’t imagine why.
R: You’ve done a few stints with reality TV. What do you think about reality shows today? AB: It’s weird but people love it. I was on Last Comic Standing, which was a competition show featuring people with an actual talent, so I think that’s completely different than Real Housewives or so; eff the scripted reality. Duck Dynasty just shows every season America wants to see deeper into the swamp, Swamp People then Hand Fishing now Ducks. Honey Boo Boo is just to make you feel better about yourself same as any show on TLC. R: Has winning your season of LCS changed your life dramatically? AB: I think that’s a fair assessment. It was my intro to America. Raised my profile and income. Had Twitter been around then today I might have a few more followers, maybe a million more, maybe I would be king — damn that myspace. R: You recently had a show that had a more political tone. What do you think of the state of our politics now?
AB: Politics is good for material because it’s truly a joke. I like pointing out the idiocy, hypocrisy and extremes but I have to say it’s difficult to keep the jokes ahead of reality. The extreme right is definitely the funniest; unfortunately it’s becoming repetitive. Has anyone noticed Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Ted Cruz are basically the same person?
you’re on multiple nights so you have a chance to check out sights or do you use downtime to rest? AB: A bit of both. I like to visit stadiums and catch a game when I can. I walk downtowns and usually I see movies during the matinee. Afternoon rest then it’s showtime.
R: Do you feel that comedians such as yourself, Colbert and Stewart are needed with how mainstream media covers politics? AB: There is no real media anymore. At best Fox, CNN and MSNBC can be described as infotainment. Pick your beliefs and they will provide ‘reporting’ to agree with you. Local news is barely a step ahead of YouTube: car crash, car crash, cute kitten. At least we comics admit we’re comics. Many FOX viewers were disappointed to find Stephen Colbert was just kidding. All kidding aside, comics speak truth to power, a tradition started by the court jester who often made fun of the king.
R: What subjects do you touch on in this new material? AB: I’m touching on health care, marijuana and those hipsters are cute.
R: Are most gigs ones like Dr. Grins, where
R: What can people expect to walk away learning or gaining? AB: Hopefully some laughs and if they walk away thinking or seeing things a way they hadn’t before, that’s really cool. n Alonzo Bodden will be performing at Dr. Grins inside The B.O.B. Feb. 6, 7 and 8. Tickets range from $10 to $15 depending on the night. Get out of the cold, come down, have a couple drinks, laugh and buy a CD.
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Recording Your Band Responsibly:
Distortion Is Your Friend by Ryan Cunningham
The concepts and extraordinary complexiFirst, some background. Things are goties of audio distortion are the source of ing to get complicated for a second, so stay many heated arguments between people with me he — or skip ahead if you start you don’t care about, and who you wouldn’t feeling nauseated. care to meet. Fortunately, you don’t have For those of you who are just catching to hang out with irritating people to benefit on to the whole audio-physics thing, every from their observations. All you need to note that you hear played on an instrument know is that through all the squabbling, the has a fundamental frequency of vibration, audio community has come up with some which determines its pitch. In other words, very useful ways to look at and use what is if you twang a string and it moves back and essentially an equipment failure. forth at 440 times per second (Hz), then that Example: it is a widely known fact (FACT!) string is giving you an “A” note. that perfectly clean guitars sound dumb, as A harmonic, or “overtone,” is a frequenanyone who has plugged dicy that is a multiple of the rectly into a computer can tell fundamental number. That What we consider you. What we consider good 440Hz tone is also creating sounding “clean” guitars all 880Hz, 1320, 1760, 2200, good sounding have a slight distortion just 2640, and so on. Every “clean” guitars by virtue of being amplified possible harmonic is hapall have a slight appropriately. pening at the same time distortion just This subtle distortion, at varying volumes, the by virtue of along with the other myriad pattern of which makes a electrical component cockpiano sound like a piano, being amplified ups in your signal chain, and a guitar like a guitar. appropriately. can be the difference beAnd thankfully so, between a good sound and a cause the fundamental uniquely spectacular one. The key to using note itself isn’t really all that interesting. distortion is to know why it works, so you If you were to hear only the fundamental pitch of a piano, it would sound more like a don’t just dirty up your whole mix chasing awesomeness. Casio keyboard, or a musical smoke alarm.
What makes notes interesting to listen to is their timbre, or the harmonics generated by that fundamental as it resonates through the instrument. What happens when you turn up the treble on your stereo is that the harmonics are emphasized, making the instruments more distinct from each other, and more interesting to hear — like when you turn up your living room light and can immediately tell the cans of Miller Lite from the Coors. Like EQ, distortion also accentuates harmonics, but it also changes their characteristics in (hopefully) musical ways. The more overdriving you do, the more you
can make a piano sound like a guitar, and a guitar sound like a nuclear holocaust. In other words, not only are the Miller Lite and Coors cans discernible, they are really bright, colored differently, and slightly blurry. In addition to the obvious distortions, there are products out there like the BBE Sonic Maximizer, which can take a completely boring sounding voice and bring out its most interesting characteristics without “sounding” distorted. The magic of imperfect design is at your fingertips. Remember, folks — just because your signal is pure and free from noise, doesn’t mean it’s worth listening to. n
FOOD & DRINK
This Spud’s for you Is there anything more versatile than is pretty long and for the potato to survive it has to use its “stolon,” which is the potato? Seriously, this vegetable (or tuber) stands up to every form of a creepy growth tentacle that comes cooking you can put it through. It’s from the plant to grow a potato nutrient there for you at your fancy anniversary sack. Up above the ground the plant dinner and also there for you when dies but survives due to its preparation. you’re broke in your dorm room and I swear I gain a nutrient sack every you’re sick of Ramen. This vegetable year in my belly during winter. Yeah, wears many hats, is cheap as hell, that’s it, to survive. About other stem and anyone can learn how to make it tubers including the yam and the sweet delicious. And guess what, February is By Mike Church potato, you might ask, “What’s the difone heck of a fine month to cook a poference, Church?” Well, let’s find out. tato. Whether you’re fetching them out of the root No! Sweet potatoes are not the same thing cellar from your fall harvest or you’re grabbing as yams. What you’re used to throwing down a cheap bag from your grocer, let’s grab some your gullet around Thanksgiving more than likely taters, cook like peasants, and eat like royalty. is a sweet potato, falsely marked as a yam by The word “potato” comes from the Spanish your naive grocer. There are some similarities word “batata,” which was the word for sweet and some differences to learn here. Both are potato. It then was passed to the “bastard potato,” “stem tubers” but are from two different plant the common white potato we’re all used to. The families; yams are primarily grown in Africa while potato is a starchy, “Stem Tuber” — meaning sweet potatoes are typically grown in the States. it’s a plant that grows a big growth to store nuBasically, the confusion started when we needtrients during inclement months to survive. Think ed a difference between a soft or a hard sweet placenta, just kidding; well, maybe not. Winter potato, so African slaves referred to one as a “yam” because it resembled the yams from the homeland. Sweet potatoes can either have light skin and flesh or dark skin and dark orange flesh; Whether you’re fetching them there are even purple sweet potatoes! Yams can out of the root cellar from your grow to be crazy huge and typically have a rough dark skin, and a drier, starchier flesh. Yams (or fall harvest or you’re grabbing “nyami” in Spanish) are typically hard to find in a cheap bag from your grocer, the States and odds are you’ve never even tried let’s grab some taters, cook like a true yam. Now that we know, let’s go back to white potatoes. peasants, and eat like royalty. According to environmentalgraffiti.com: “The potato is the most important non-cereal crop
“What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”—A. A. Milne
Here is a quick recipe to warm up your kitchen this winter. n n n n n
4-6 Yukon Gold potatoes Extra virgin olive oil (infused could be awesome, as well) Fresh rosemary Sea salt (try a smoked salt sometime too) Fresh cracked pepper
Set the oven to 420 degrees, get a pot of salted water boiling, wash and scrub some Yukon Gold potatoes (I choose these for a softer creamier texture), add the potatoes for about 10 minutes. Or if you have a steamer you can steam them for around five minutes. This somehow brings starch to the surface and makes a crispier roasted potato. Pull the potatoes and let them cool off, drizzle olive oil over the potatoes, and liberally sprinkle with fresh-chopped rosemary, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Roast in a pan in the oven for another 25 minutes or until a knife can go in with ease. Simple right? Cook away and “dig” right in! Pun intended.
in the world, and fourth most important crop overall. Only corn, wheat, and rice are more important. In the U.S., potato products are the second most consumed food overall, trailing only dairy products.” They also inform us: “Potatoes are environmentally friendly. They’re cheap and ridiculously easy to grow, and don’t require massive amounts of fertilizer and chemical additives to thrive (although some growers still use them
anyway). They’re also super cheap and good for you, providing you’re not eating them in fried form all the time…” Besides all this awesomeness, as a chef the potato is like a Swiss army knife of cooking; they can be grilled, sautéed, baked, broiled, stewed, boiled, fried, steamed, roasted, and yes, microwaved. They can handle pretty much any cooking technique you throw at them. n
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Johnny Clauson takes on egg rolls
Johnny Clauson’s Egg Rolls Ingredients 1 pack egg rolls wraps 1/2 lb. cooked shredded chicken or minced shrimp (optional) 1 lb. fresh coleslaw (shredded cabbage and carrots) 1/4 cup olive oil 1/8 cup sesame oil 1 Tbsp. minced garlic 1 Tbsp. grated ginger 1 Tsp. garlic powder 1 Tsp. red pepper flakes Touch of flaked sea salt 1 Tbsp. soy sauce 1 minced scallion green
I find myself surrounded by people who like to drink and eat. And this is even more apparent the older I get, and the deeper I delve into kitchen and cellar practices. I simply like to hang out in the kitchen, check the status of my drying herbs and garlic, look out the window at my small garden, check the freezer and fridge list, my stock of canned Directions tomatoes, the pickles and cider fermenting in 1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a large skilthe cellar, and get the cast iron skillets oiled let, sauté minced garlic and grated and hot. When friends come over, or when ginger in a little olive oil on medium I arrive at their place, we’re usually carrying heat until you begin to smell the garlic at least a milk-crate-full of food items for dinand taste the ginger. Sprinkle in red ner. We often stay the night, which means pepper flakes, a dash of garlic powder I’m bringing breakfast too. You get the point: and touch of salt. Add the meat if you are using any and warm it through. food is more than instrumental, it’s actually 2. Add coleslaw and simmer for a few minutes until cabbage wilts and an even consistency is reached. Remove from heat. a good part of both the background and the 3. Unfurl several wrappers. Whisk together the oils in a wide bowl. Place a generous dollop of filling on each wrapper. Place the foreground of the action that takes place in wrapper diagonal in front of you, like a diamond, and fold in two opposite corners. Turn the wrapper and finish rolling up, using social interaction. People who excel here are a smear of oil to seal. my heroes: people like Johnny Clauson, who 4. With a brush or your hands, cover the wrapped roll with the oil blend and place flap-side down on a jellyroll pan. Bake for 7-8 I’m dedicating this article to and whose egg minutes, turn with tongs, and continue to bake until the wrapper turns gold. rolls will make up the practical aspect of this 5. Add soy sauce and equal parts vinegar to remaining oil blend, whisk in scallion green, and use as dipping sauce. edition of Food and Drink. I’ve never seen Clauson use a recipe, although we’ve tag-teamed packed kitchens and dining rooms as well as camp kitchens create the same dish as served by, say, a dozens of times. He’s a bit unorthodox if one local chef, but that the dish you were served considers well-portioned and timed plates was missing something and it’s you who can orthodox. I believe the man’s motto is “There’s fill this gap. Such is the attitude I spy behind always reason to have cookies in the oven and the deft hands of Johnny Clauson. bacon on the stovetop.” Or if we’re outdoors, Clauson’s dishes are often based around there’s a warming Dutch oven somewhere three essential ingredients: fresh garlic, pownearby. So I really appreciate his approach in dered garlic, and then some garlic sprinkled that we are both similar — there will be sevon top once the dish is out of the oven or eral items served while several items are still off the stove. I’m not sure if being prepared — as well as difClauson reads Jim Harrison, my ferent. Frankly, at times I cannot favorite Michigan storyteller and keep up. For instance, once the poet, but he claims to have once “real” breakfast is served, which stuffed a wild goose with exactly of course followed first breakfast 67 cloves of garlic. I find such (cinnamon rolls, likely), the man “absurdity” to in fact be of key is chopping yams for sweet potaimportance in the kitchen — that to fries for lunch, or fresh garden is, if one wants to do more with fruits for salsa. Dinner happens food than simply “cook” it. The both sooner and later; hobbits egg rolls I convey above make would feel right at home. All this is a powerful use of Clauson’s and to say that cooking is taking place my favorite bulbous vegetable, often, as in much more than nec- by Wes Eaton as well as olive oil and other essary, and it’s warming to see such items not usually associated with this some folks’ exasperated expressions wiped Asian appetizer. I choose his egg rolls as clean when they taste his hash and have a this dish symbolizes much of what I admire bowl despite the hour. in Clauson’s approach: creativity, spontaneity, I mentioned above that I’ve not seen ange Our burgers are free-r and staying power. As the story goes, Clauson Clauson use a recipe. I have no problems with ialize in and grass-fed. We spec was left a tad unsatisfied after a family dinner recipes and use them often. In fact, at right veggie, of takeout Chinese, so he headed out to the I even present some of Clauson’s work via burgers of beef, bison, b! store and before bed had assembled this recipe. But what it reveals when one skips a turkey, elk, and lam very alternative means of achieving egg roll recipe (beyond, of course, brazen arrogance) Gourmet Burge rs, satisfaction. If readers know anything about is that the basics of cooking, as in the essenSandwiches, and how to make egg rolls properly, they will likely tial mechanics of applying heat to transform NOW SERVIN G Glute n-F ree Cuisine not be impressed. There is no deep or other food and increase its edibility, are not only well form of frying here — instead we will bake understood, but have been connected to the these rolls. Please note also that these are specific task at hand. There is of course trial 2289 E Beltline Ave NE not exotic ingredients, which are not always and error, and luck involved, and even more Ste. B, Grand Rapids necessary when one knows how to simply importantly a willingness to take risks. There (616) 447-8294 change the context within which the dish is will be failures, and such is the price to pay pid s.com greenrestaurantg randra prepared and served. Try this at home, and for ingenuity — and for very late-night dishes use these snacks to inspire and fuel your prepared after multiple open bottles of red. next uninhibited exhibition into the unknown, Arrogance, importantly, comes into play as uncertain, and risky. n the confidence that one can indeed not only
MONTH — — PAT T Y O F T H E
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Let’s get selfish!
As I sat on the tarmac at good old some people will go to help out a especially friends and family is a Gerald R. Ford Airport awaiting a me- loved one, and that is not a bad noble and amazing thing to do but chanical glitch to be fixed so I could thing inherently. However, within a if it costs you your own health in the escape our lovely West Michigan couple months of constant stress, process, you won’t be much help to weather for a weekend seminar in day after day in the hospital at her anyone for long. Also, this applies Vegas, the pre-flight vidmother’s side, the daughto young mothers and fathers who eo started with a young ter began to have health put their health on hold and always mother and her child issues of her own. First, focus on their kids. If you and your sitting next to her. The spouse are sick then who’s going to it was a cough, which air-masks dropped from turned into pneumonia, tend to the children? above and the mother and escalated to a fullI believe (you figure out what you put her mask on first and blown systemic infection believe) that MY health is the most then helped her child to that landed her in the important thing in my life. Being well put hers on. It made me same hospital as her I can serve my family, friends, and start to think. mother. Now what? community with everything that I have Why don’t we do that by Dr. Steve All of that stress addto offer. However, without my health with our health? I see it Mikulak ed up to a level beyond I have nothing, and cannot help or every day in my practice, her body’s ability to adapt serve anyone. That is my belief and it is why I live my life the way that I people who willingly give up or forand things started to break down and feit their health for that of a loved disease followed. Now, the daughter do. It doesn’t have to be your beone. Now, I don’t mean you shouldn’t and the mother were lief. In fact, you don’t help out a family member or friend in need of assishave to pay attention By putting your in need, but you should understand tance. The point is if health “on hold” to to the way you treat that by putting your health “on hold” you don’t take care of your body and mind at help out someone all. Understand that if to help out someone else may actuyour health first, then else may actually you don’t define your ally be doing more harm than good it may be very difficult for both of you. to help others. Just beliefs then someone be doing more Take for instance a patient of like the young mother harm than good for else will define them mine. She was in her early-40s when on the plane putting for you and probably both of you. her mother became ill. The daughter her oxygen mask on not in a way you will immediately ran to her aid, uprooted first, she insured that like. I choose to take her life, left her family, moved two she could then help her daughter care of and cultivate my health, famstates away, and became a full-time afterward. ily, love-life, and career and my bePlease understand what I’m trycaretaker for her mother. It goes to liefs drive my actions to get and keep show you the extreme length that ing to say. Helping those in need, me there. Do yours?
So why not do both! Seriously, if you’re in a situation where you’re assisting someone in need, PLEASE, PLEASE take some time for yourself and your own health and well-being. You’ll be better able to serve them and not kill yourself in the meantime. Illness is never fun and the stressful times illness brings can sap you and your family’s health quickly. Stay mentally positive, it makes a HUGE difference for the sick person and everyone around them. Get adequate
rest. Rest is extremely important in allowing the body to recover and heal. Eat real food. Watch out for some of the crap they serve in the hospital and the ever-present fastfood joints surrounding the building. Finally, step away for a minute, get some fresh air, talk to a loved-one, go for a walk and re-center yourself once in a while. Make February the month where you start to put your health first! Happy Valentine’s Day, Dr. Mik. n
Run For The Hills
Whether you are running from the police or just making a quick getaway down the back stairs before she knows you’re gone, every one of us will need to put the rubber to the road at least once in their lifetime. And why not? Running is the easiest exercise to get started on (other than bending your elbow on Saturday nights) and it has so many health benefits that it ought to be illegal, such as: • Improving overall conditioning of heart, muscles, arteries and ligaments • Decreasing the risk of most chronic diseases • Reducing/minimizing the effects and symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma • Reducing the symptoms of depression • Increasing the amount of good cholesterol in your blood • Not to mention being the second-highest calorie burning exercise after cross-country skiing. A couple miles on the track a few times a week and good-bye beer belly If these things aren’t enough, scientific research has also shown a correlation between regular exercise and an increase in the level of sexual satisfaction experienced by study subjects. Woot. But just like Aunt Sally said: there is a right way and a wrong way. You could slap on your trainers and hit the road or you could follow our handy little guide to running right and getting the most out of it. Your body is a complex tilt-a-whirl of bones, muscles and ligaments. Quadriceps bend your hip and straighten the knee, hamstrings straighten the hip and bend the knee, soleus and gastrocnemius (inner and outer calf) extend and flex each foot, gluteals stabilize the torso and extend the hip, hip flexors and extenders work with the quads and
hamstrings while hip rotators stabilize the joint. Running puts the fitness of all of those parts to the test. Increasing the strength and stability of your muscles will improve your performance when you run “We can rebuild him. We have the technology. Better, faster, stronger!” But how to do all that? Never fear! Recoil’s fitness staff has you covered. After a long meeting of drinking Gatorade and vodka highballs with our resident personal trainer and team captain Leo, we came up with a set of exercises that will strengthen your leg muscles to keep you running right and then stretch ‘em out after. Put down your video game remote and follow me.
Three exercises to do before every run n Spiderman x 5: Each side with two-to-fivesecond hold: big step out into a lunge position with right leg, bend your right arm and reach right forearm towards the ground; keep the right elbow inside the knee; the left hand with a straight arm is on the ground for balance; the left leg is straight, keep toes pointing forward on both legs. Repeat on the other side. n Inchworm x 5: Start in push-up position; walk the feet toward the hand while keeping the knees straight; palms stay flat on the ground; walk the hands back out to a push-up position. n Sumo Squat x 12: Wide stance; toes pointing forward; grab at your toes with your hands and keep them there the entire exercise. Keep your elbows straight and inside your knees the entire time. Squat and bend your legs; butt toward the ground, as your chest and head come forward and up; straighten your legs, your butt sticks up and head looks down towards the ground.
Two exercises to do once or twice/week n Switch Lunges/Lunge Jump 3 x 5: Each side: from a lunge position, both knees bent at a 90-degree angle and chest up, jump up using an arm swing up at the same time. During the jump phase, both legs should be straight. During the landing phase, land softly with the knees bent in the lunge position. n Squat Jump 3 x 5: Start with your hands behind your head and otherwise good posture. Squat down with that same upper body posture, from your bottom squat position jump as high as you can. Hips, knees and ankles extend as you jump up. Land softly with knees bent.
Three exercises to do every post-run n Calf on stair : Thirty- to 60-second hold each side: standing on a stair with both feet; back on foot half way off the stair and drop one heel towards the ground. n Kneeling Hip Flexor: Thirty- to 60-seconds
on each side: kneeling with both legs bent at a 90-degree angle with one leg out in front of the other. With your hands on your front knee or hips, tighten your butt, and give a small lean forward. You should feel a stretch in the pocket area and/ or quad of the leg that is in front. n Hamstring Kick x 10: Two-second hold: lying on your back with one leg bent and foot flat on the floor. With the other leg grab behind knee and straighten the leg and point your toes towards your face and then bend the knee. Got it? Now go get ‘em tiger! —Connie Cunningham Please consult a physician before starting any physical fitness program. Leo Makinen is a certified personal trainer and co-owner of Full Strength Personal Training Gym. Connie Cunningham is a rock star and former amateur competitive drinker. She is NOT a doctor and resents the implication.
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NEW DVD RELEASES REDEMPTION
THE LONE RANGER
Redemption is the story of a military veteran, Joey (Jason Statham), who is homeless on the streets of London. He shares a box with a young girl named Isabel. Two men come by to beat up homeless people and come across Joey and Isabel’s box, where Joey uses his military training to fight back. While running from the bigger of the two men, Joey falls into an apartment whose owner is in America for the next six months and he proceeds to create a new life for himself which ends up bringing him into contact with the Chinese underworld. He then puts the skills he learned in the military to use for the mafia, and he uses the large amounts of money he earns to help the poor and homeless in the area he lived. Statham has always been an action movie guy and while this film seemed like it would be a chance to break out of that typecasting, it does not happen. He still kicks ass and takes names even when out numbered six-to-one. So many of the stories behind the secondary characters seem to have been left out, leaving the viewer to wonder characters’ motivations since their actions have such an impact on the plot of the film. This film is decent; it is not great, but not utter tripe either. If you’re looking for something to put on that doesn’t require your full attention, this would work.—Mark Ritzema
Many people won’t like this movie due to nostalgia for the ‘60s TV series of the same name, though it does draw upon the Ranger’s origin story from earlier TV and radio versions. Like many recent remakes, if you take it as its own entity, it’s a good film. The director took an unusual approach to the story, telling it in flashback through the eyes of Tonto as he relates his tale to a small boy. During the course of the movie, this child serves as the voice of the viewer, commenting on and questioning what we’ve been shown. Because this is a Bruckheimer film starring Johhny Depp, you can expect it to be action-packed and quirky. However, there’s also a poignant undercurrent regarding the plight of the American Indian during this period of history. In this version, Tonto rescues John Reid from near-death and grooms him to become The Lone Ranger. The two of them then attempt to bring justice to the West by tracking down Butch Cavendish, who was responsible for many crimes including the murder of Reid’s brother. The climax of the film features a fantastic train chase, punctuated by a stirring rendition of what’s become known as “The Lone Ranger Theme.” The most striking thing about the sequence, though, is the fact that the prop shop manufactured all of the trains used in the film. If you appreciate this level of authenticity, or you’re a Johhny Depp fan, The Lone Ranger is definitely worth watching.—Sheila Streeter
LOCAL LIVE SHOW
The Colony takes place a short while into the future; at some point mankind has created some form of weather control and is using it to combat the effects of global climate change. Something goes wrong and the weather control devices stop working and mankind is plunged into an ice age. The movie picks up approximately 30 years after the ice age began. Colony 7 is the main stage for the film and it is led by Briggs, (Laurence Fishburne) and his second in command Mason (Bill Paxton). What started out as a colony of more than 400 people is now down to around 100 due to the harsh conditions. When the colony receives a distress call from Colony 5, Briggs and two others make the two-day trek over to see what has happened. They find a colony destroyed and in attempting to get back to Colony 7, they bring it with them. This film had a lot of potential and a good cast going for it. Unfortunately, it did not add up to as good of a movie as it should have. The timeframe for after the ice age is a little hard to pin down as Briggs and Mason both served in the military as the environment was crashing, but then other characters who seem to be in their late-thirties act like they have never seen a time without snow. It was not a great film but it could have been worse: there could have been zombies.—Mark Ritzema
Haunted by visions of Jean Grey, and uncertain about his role as a hero, Logan retreats to a backwoods area to sort things out. His self-imposed exile is interrupted when he’s tracked down by Yukio, the adopted granddaughter of a man he saved during the bombing of Nagasaki. She convinces Logan to travel with her to Japan, where he’s supposed to say his goodbyes to the dying man. What he finds instead is a clan of ninjas with a plot to relieve him of his healing powers. While fighting for his life, Logan rediscovers his reasons to live, as well as his reasons for being a hero. The film draws heavily from the Claremont/Miller run of the Wolverine comic, though, being a Hollywood movie, there are areas that will disappoint fans, such as the depiction of the Silver Samurai. Originally intended to be a prequel to the previously-released X-Men and Wolverine movies, the script was revised, and it now ties nicely into the upcoming X-Men films, which are hinted at in the closing credits. The film also serves as a decent stand-alone piece for those who may not have seen the other movies. If you’re the sort who enjoys extended versions of movies, there’s good news and bad news: the good news is that the extended version has an extra 15 minutes of footage, which helps flesh out several characters; the bad news is that the only way to get it is in the four-disc special edition DVD package.—Sheila Streeter
The Return of The DAAC Online fundraising campaign to help launch comeback of long-running arts collective
SoundIsRed Armed with his custom electronic drum kit and a futuristic ensemble, Kevin DePree of SoundIsRed will bring his distinctive electronica to The Stache (inside The Intersection at 133 Grandville Ave. Grand Rapids) Feb. 8 for his album release show. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10. Driven by cutting synth riffs and heavy live beats, SoundIsRed will attract anyone who craves the pulse and momentum you can find (and feel) through electronic dance music, and his heavy tracks are sure to satisfy that craving. Kevin DePree will be joined on stage with a violinist, guitarist, and vocalists; an impressive and daring addition to any young artist’s stage presence. Grand Rapids based “glitch funk” rap duo Willy Wompa and Muskegon based producer John Supplee of The 38th Parallel will be opening up for SoundIsRed, making for a lineup that will have your ears ringing by the end of the night. From Grand Haven, Mich., producer Kevin DePree has been touring the U.S. and Europe as a drummer for various bands since he graduated
high school. In 2010, after being turned on to electronic artists like Daft Punk and Justice, DePree dived headfirst into his latest project, SoundIsRed. He took the unconventional approach to creating electronic music by using both his computer and an electronic drum set to skillfully create full, organic sounds. After four years of being immersed in the project, SoundIsRed’s debut 10-track album Ready To Burn was released, all set to be snatched up by fans of DeadMau5, Kavinsky and Daft Punk. SoundIsRed experiments with everything from light, bouncy trance to gnawing saw synths, all topped with vocals ranging from robotic to harmonious. The beats are intricate and danceable, and yes: you get your fair share of bass drops. The live show is nothing short of refreshing, either. With a visually stunning barrage of flashing lights and lasers to match every riff and drop, the performance is an encapsulating trip that partners perfectly with the energy of each track. DePree is quickly establishing himself as a worthy contender in the electronic scene, and he’s not slowing down his climb to the top. Make sure to catch him while he’s in town — it’s bound to be a wild night.—Erica Horoky
Do call it a comeback. Although The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) has been a staple of the all-ages arts community in Grand Rapids for the last 10 years, the not-for-profit group already plans to make 2014 their most critical year ever. After closing the doors to their long-standing location on Division Street last August, The DAAC refused to die. They have since become fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a national not-for-profit arts services organization based in New York City, and just last month launched an online fundraising campaign with platform RocketHub.com. “We actually had plans to have a crowdfunding campaign last year to make renovations to our former space, but things fell apart and our busy lives outside the DAAC took over,” DAAC board member Mike Wolf told Recoil. “Had we been more organized we would have probably finished construction weeks before our eviction. That would have made it even worse.” Currently The DAAC wants to raise $20,000 by Feb. 25 to go towards a security deposit and rent for a new space, as well as permits, electrical work, and other equipment needed to get up to code. The RocketHub campaign also has stretched goals to purchase new sound equipment, and open a clay sculpting studio, screenprinting room, and dark room (with partners Many Hands Clay Cooperative).
Wolf: “An organization like the DAAC is not just a venue; it’s a resource that anyone can use; it’s a community that anyone can join. By contributing to organizations like the DAAC people are making an investment into their community and making a statement about what they value and want in their city.” Also teaming with Do-It-Together (DIT) Grand Rapids and the Lamp Light Music Festival, the DAAC hopes to continue to provide a place for all-ages live music — something the group has done since its inception in 2003. “We strongly believe in the importance of allages music and want the DAAC to be a resource in the city for many years to come,” Wolf said. “In order for that to happen we needed a good kick in the butt and get serious about our work. Things needed to change, and we hope that this fiscal sponsorship will be a building block to becoming a sustainable organization.” All this month The DAAC will post updates about the fundraising campaign on its social media sites, offering additional rewards to funders, as well as information about upcoming benefit shows and a “thank you” party for those who pledged their support. For more, or to donate, visit rockethub.com/ projects/36801-the-daac-d-i-t-refresh-project. —Eric Mitts
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EVENT GUIDE SaturdaY, FEBRUARY 1
Brena, The B.O.B The Diggity wsg New Old Calvary, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Battle of the Bands, Blue Dirt Band, Billy’s Lounge Tom Northrup, Blue Water Grill Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Stealin Hearts, Cancun Connection Bar & Grill Therron Kokales, Craftsman Chop Co. Kari Lynch Band, Czar’s 505 Lake Effect Fringe Festival Presents No Outlet, Dog Story Theater Festivus!, Downtown Battle Creek Kzoo Restaurant Week, Downtown Kzoo Snowfest, Downtown Muskegon Jaime Lissow, Dr. Grins The Cheap Dates, Flanagan’s Rick Chyme, Founders Brewing Co. CP2, Gun Lake Casino Trap For A Lonely Man, Holland Civic Theatre 2014 Heavyweight Championship Round Three, The Intersection Battle Creek Cereal Killers, Kellogg Arena Union Guns, Kirby Grill Into the Woods, Kzoo Civic Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee A Chocolate Affair, Lemon Creek Winery Tall Tales, She Screams of Royalty, Valkyrie’s Point, The Time for Martyrs, Lemonjello’s So Long Naota Truman Brown Cow, Louie’s Trophy House Grill UrineTown: The Musical, Louis Armstrong Theatre - GVSU Vince Miller, Nibi Lounge Benjamin and Analisa, Duffield Caron Project, Marci Linn Band, Old Dog Tavern Bob Marley Birthday Bash, Park Theatre Top Shelf Whiskey, Planet Rock Back to the ‘90s, The Pyramid Scheme Wine for Whiskers, The Riviera Theatre Mike Hard, Knives Are Quiet, Cosmonaut, Rocky’s Bar & Grill Toby Bresnahan, Saugatuck Brewing Page Play: Perfectly Imperfect, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Erick Baker, Seven Steps Up Kenny Rogers, Soaring Eagle Casino Jeff Shepherd & the Jailhouse Poets, Tip Top Deluxe Susan Harrison, The Union Cabaret & Grille Seven, University Theatre Drop 35, Village Inn Hiroyat Sukamoto, Wealthy Theatre I.C.E World Championship Ice Racing Series, Wings Stadium
Sunday, FEBRUARY 2
Lake Effect Fringe Festival presents No Outlet, Dog Story Theater Kzoo Restaurant Week, Downtown Kalamazoo Sunday Classical Concert Series: Harmony and Contrasts, GRAM Into The Woods, The Miracle Worker, Kzoo Civic Theatre Mountains and Waters, KIA The Little Things, Lantern Coffee UrineTown: The Musical, Louis Armstrong Theatre - GVSU Seventh Son Blues Band, Old Dog Tavern Rocky’s 2014 Superbowl Potluck, Rocky’s Bar & Grill Seven, University Theatre Crispin Glover, Mary Ann Aitken, Parallel, Zero+, Replica of the Universe of Methodology, UICA
Monday, FEBRUARY 3
Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Cooking on a Himalayan Salt Block, Downtown Market Tunebugs, Foundry Hall Shaleigh Brown, Gun Lake Casino Blood Brother, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee UrineTown The Musical, Louis Armstrong Theatre - GVSU
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 4
THE PRETTY WRECKLESS @ THE MACHINE SHOP FEBRUARY 4
BECCA STEVENS BAND @ BELL’S ECCENTRIC CAFE FEBRUARY 7
Funkle Jesse, Billy’s Lounge Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Sister Act, DeVos Performance Hall Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Naturally 7, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Night Phoenix, Foundry Hall Great Scott, Gun Lake Casino ARTbreak: Serigraphy - The Fine Art of Screen Printing, KIA Blood Brother, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee The Pretty Reckless,The Machine Shop Art in Fermented Form Art Series, New Holland Brewing Company Gabrial James, Nibi Lounge Open Mic Night with Branden Mann, Tom Duffield, Old Dog Tavern Open Mic with Same Kenny (18+), Rocky’s Bar & Grill Meanwhile Movie: Lost Boys 8 p.m., Wealthy Theatre
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 5
Campus Karaoke, Billy’s Lounge Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Sister Act, DeVos Performance Hall Michigan International Auto Show, DeVos Place Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Song Swap, Foundry Hall Crossroads, Gun Lake Casino KdaLe: Home Brewing 101, Kent District Library: Grandville Branch Blood Brother, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Open Mic Night, Lemonjello’s Larry Lowis, Nibi Lounge Patricia Pettinga, Old Dog Tavern West Michigan Tabletop Gamers, Schuler Books 28th Street WPBA Masters 2014, Soaring Eagle Casino West Michigan Blues Society Presents Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Jazz Mix Night, The Union Cabaret & Grille
Thursday, FEBRUARY 6
‘90s Holla Back, Billy’s Lounge Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Art of Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Sister Act, DeVos Performance Hall Michigan International Auto Show, DeVos Place Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Alonzo Bodden, Dr. Grins Wildfire, Gun Lake Casino Datsik with Must Die; The Expendables, Stick Figure, Seedless, The Intersection Blood Brother, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Beast in the Field Inflatable Best Friend Hanover, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Brett Newski wsg Branden Mann and the Reprimand AJ Draper, Old Dog Tavern Latin Salsa Night, Papa Pete’s Luke Warm and the Not So Hots, Rockford Brewing Company BACONPALOOZA, Rocky’s Bar & Grill WPBA Masters 2014, Soaring Eagle Casino Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater Jazz: WMU School of Music, The Union Cabaret & Grille Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, University Theatre
Friday, FEBRUARY 7
BB!, The B.O.B Becca Stevens Band, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Starfarm, Billy’s Lounge Gabrial James, Blue Water Grill Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Zion Lion, Czar’s 505 Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dale B. Lake Auditorium
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Event Guide Sister Act, DeVos Performance Hall Michigan International Auto Show, DeVos Place Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Dog Story Theater Alonzo Bodden, Dr. Grins Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre West Michigan Symphony Concert Series, Frauenthal Theatre Brena, Grand Woods Lounge Azz Izz, Gun Lake Casino Decades, Hilliards Attila, The Intersection TNA Impact Wrestling, Kellogg Arena We Know Jackson, Kirby Grill Blood Brother, Knickerbocker Theatre Into The Woods, Kzoo Civic Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Showdown, Little River Casino Resort Jet W Lee wsg Creepoholics, The Livery UrineTown: The Musical, Louis Armstrong Theatre - GVSU Lights & Caves, Dangerously Charming, Mulligan’s Pub The Hired Hands, The Real Fantastics, Old Dog Tavern Super Bob, Planet Rock Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library Tom Petty Tribute Band, River City Saloon The Moonrays, Rockford Brewing Company Keb’ Mo’, Real To Reel, Saugatuck Center for the Arts Kelly Joe Phelps, Seven Steps Up Erika Scherry & Swift Kick Band, Shakespeare’s Lower Level WPBA Masters 2014, Soaring Eagle Casino Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater Hannaniah and the Boys, The Union Cabaret & Grille Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, University Theatre Fly Fishing Film Tour 2014, Wealthy Theatre The Diviners, West Ottawa Theater
Saturday, FEBRUARY 8
Recalculating, All Ears Theatre Dance On, Aquinas College Main Street Dueling Pianos, The B.O.B Main Squeeze, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Bob Marley Birthday Bash, Billy’s Lounge Jim Wood, Blue Water Grill Spazmatics, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College River City Improv 20th Anniversary Show, Covenant Fine Arts Center Sister Act, DeVos Performance Hall Michigan International Auto Show, DeVos Place Kari Lynch Band, The Dock at Bayview Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Dog Story Theater Alonzo Bodden, Dr. Grins The Scott Pellegrom Trio appearing with Chordis Bell, Founders Brewery 2014 Muskegon Polar Plunge, Fricano’s DJ Matt B, Grand Woods Lounge Sweet J Band, Gun Lake Casino Decades, Hilliards Chase Rice, SoundIsRed, The Intersection Into The Woods, Kzoo Civic Theatre
Killamazoo Derby Darlins vs. Grand Raggidy Rollergirls, Kzoo Expo Center Blood Brother, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Warm Hands & Hearts: A Pop-Up Makers Market, Lemonjello’s Showdown, Little River Casino Resort Drag Show, Louie’s Trophy House Grill UrineTown: The Musical, Louis Armstrong Theatre - GVSU Archie Powell & The Exports, The Damn Choir, Mulligan’s Pub Treading Bleu, Old Dog Tavern Rolling Stones Tribute, Park Theatre Hairmania, Planet Rock Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library Leslie & the Ly’s Boone County Comedy Troupe and Dean and the Delilahs, The Pyramid Scheme Lush, River City Saloon JuxTApose, Gentlemen At Large, Kevin Fein, Rocky’s Bar & Grill Fred Kacos, Saugatuck Brewing Grace Pettis, Seven Steps Up WPBA Masters 2014, Soaring Eagle Casino Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater CARE Ballet, St. Cecilia Music Center Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival, Traverse City All American Funk Parade, The Union Cabaret & Grille Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, University Theatre Litt Up, Village Inn GR The Diviners, West Ottawa Theater
Sunday, FEBRUARY 9
Sister Act, DeVos Performance Hall Michigan International Auto Show, DeVos Place Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Dog Story Theater Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth Tour, FireKeepers Casino Hotel PitchBlak Brass Band with DJ Providence, Founders Brewery Sunday Classical Concert Series: Western Brass Quintent, Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, GRAM Out of Favor Boys, Gun Lake Casino Hopsin, The Intersection The Little Things, Lantern Coffee UrineTown The Musical, Louis Armstrong Theatre - GVSU All Grain Brewing Seminar, O’Connor’s Old Time Jam, Old Dog Tavern Red Tail Ring, Salt of the Earth Wine and Canvas, San Chez Bistro Hempy Keyboard Series - Andrew Staupe, Saugatuck Center for the Arts WPBA Masters 2014, Soaring Eagle Casino CARE Ballet, St. Cecilia Music Center Lady Antebellum with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, Van Andel Arena The Diviners, West Ottawa Theater
Monday, FEBRUARY 10
Square Dance Kalamazoo, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Art of Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College
Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Dinosaurs Unearthed, GR Public Museum Mathias J. Alten, The History of Space Photography, GVSU Art Gallery Kari Lynch, Gun Lake Casino Inuk, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 11
Funkle Jesse, Billy’s Lounge Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Shen Yun Performing Arts, DeVos Performance Hall Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater First Row, Gun Lake Casino ARTbreak: The Art of Romare Bearden, KIA Inuk, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Memphis, Miller Auditorium Gabrial James, Nibi Lounge Open Mic Night with Branden Mann, Tom Duffield, Old Dog Tavern Open Mic with Same Kenny (18+), Rocky’s Bar & Grill Knife Skills, San Chez Bistro Meanwhile Movie: Natural Born Killers 8 p.m., Wealthy Theatre
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 12
Campus Karaoke, Billy’s Lounge Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Arts at Noon Series: Grand Rapids Symphony, Cook-DeWitt Center Shen Yun Performing Arts, DeVos Performance Hall Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Mardi Gras Parade, Downtown Saugatuck GRCC Diversity Lecture ‘Youth Revolt: The Future of the Middle East’, Fountain Street Church Hat Trick, Gun Lake Casino Art League Lecture: Sharon Bluhm, Earring Extravaganza, KIA Inuk, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Memphis, Miller Auditorium Larry Lowis, Nibi Lounge Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, The Culture of Food, Portage District Library GR Songwriters Alliance, Schuler Books, Alpine Jazz Mix Night, The Union Cabaret & Grille
Thursday, FEBRUARY 13
The Steel Wheels, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe ‘90s Holla Back, Billy’s Lounge Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Amundson, Dr. Grins Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre The Defibulators with The Carboys, Founders Brewery
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Event Guide Union Guns, Gun Lake Casino Graham Colton, The Intersection KD aLe: Books & Brews with ‘Beervangelist Fred Bueltmann, Kent District Library - East Grand Rapids Branch Inuk, Knickerbocker Theatre The Little Things, Lantern Coffee Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son, Old Dog Tavern Latin Salsa Night, Papa Pete’s Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library A Tribe Called Red, The Pyramid Scheme Ben Daniels Band, Rockford Brewing Company BACONPALOOZA, Rocky’s Bar & Grill Real to Reel: Stories We Tell, Saugatuck Center for the Arts Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater WMU School of Music (Jazz Mix), The Union Cabaret & Grille Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, University Theatre
Friday, FEBRUARY 14
Main Street Dueling Pianos, The B.O.B The Defibulators, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe The Honeytones, Bethlehem Lutheran Church Hannah Rose and The GraveTones, Billy’s Lounge Damstra Spring, Blue Water Grill The Rock Show, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College The Great Brew Ha Ha, DeltaPlex Arena Eddie Griffin and Friends, DeVos Performance Hall Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Amundson, Dr. Grins Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre DJ Justin Kung, Grand Woods Lounge Four Pianos Romance Concert presented by Baker Allegan Studios, Griswold Auditorium HiFi-Superstar, Gun Lake Casino 2014 Heavyweight Championship FINALS, The Intersection
We Know Jackson, Jack’s Lounge Holiday Inn The Miracle Worker, Kzoo Civic Theatre Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Kzoo State Theatre 2014 Cereal City Classic, Kellogg Arena Jaded 8, Kirby Grill Inuk, Knickerbocker Theatre Sara Evans, Little River Casino Resort The Green Gallows Jake Nivala, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Stone Throw, M 89 Sports Bar Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre Decades, McDuff’s Heartbreaker Ball with Lisa Can’t Sing, Old Dog Tavern (hed)pe, Violent Vessel, Voodoo Theory, Planet Rock Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library Cooper’s Glen Music Festival, Radisson Plaza Bob Seger Tribute Band, River City Saloon Billy Strings, Rockford Brewing Company The Moonrays, 7-10 p.m., Rocky’s Bar & Grill The Price Is Right Live, Soaring Eagle Casino Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, St. Cecilia Music Center Cavepainters with Big Dudee Roo, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Junior Valentine, The Union Cabaret & Grille
Saturday, FEBRUARY 15
Bonehawn and Redbush, The 411 Club Main Street Dueling Pianos, The B.O.B Scott Pellegrom Trio, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Hip Pocket, Billy’s Lounge Don Bidell, Blue Water Grill The Rock Show, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Larry Lowis, Craftsman Chop Co. The Great Brew Ha Ha, DeltaPlex Arena Grand Rapids Symphony Presents
‘The Music of the Rolling Stones’, DeVos Performance Hall Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Amundson, Dr. Grins Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre Hank Williams Jr., FireKeepers Casino Hotel Afro Zuma, Chance Jones, Founders Brewery David Youngman, Foundry Hall DJ Danimal, Grand Woods Lounge HiFi-Superstar, Gun Lake Casino We Know Jackson, Jack’s Lounge Holiday Inn Mega 80’s with DJ Jason Veeder, The Intersection The Miracle Worker, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre 2014 Cereal City Classic, Kellogg Arena Jaded 8, Kirby Grill Inuk, Knickerbocker Theatre Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, The Livery Koffin Kats Mushmen Murder Party, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Stone Throw, M 89 Sports Bar Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre Decades, McDuff’s Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, Miller Auditorium Lo Mobb, Mulligan’s Pub Vince Miller, Nibi Lounge Ben Daniels Band, Benjamin and Analisa, Duffield Caron Project, Old Dog Tavern Veilside, Planet Rock Cooper’s Glen Music Festival, Radisson Plaza Bob Seger Tribute Band, River City Saloon Grand Raggidy Roller Girls, Rivertown Sports Circus Pig, Rattlesnake Stranglers, Expansion Pack, Rocky’s Bar & Grill Infected Mushroom, Royal Oak Music Theatre Trace Duo, Saugatuck Brewing GRAAA Presents Introduction to Astronomy, Schuler Books 28th Street The Price Is Right Live, Soaring Eagle Casino Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater The Nick Moss Band, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, University Theatre Little Boxes, Water Street Gallery Pop Scholars, GRFAS presents An Dro, Wealthy Theatre
Sunday, FEBRUARY 16
INFECTED MUSHROOM @ ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE FEBRUARY 15
KVBA Suday Blues Series, The 411 Club Meijer State Games of Michigan, Cannonsburg Ski Resort West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre What You Won’t Do For Love?, Frauenthal Theatre Bernar Venet, Committed to Paper, Frederik Meijer Gardens Hey Marco, Gun Lake Casino Anothy Hamilton & Avery Sunshine, Kzoo State Theatre 2014 Cereal City Classic, Kellogg Arena Legendary Wings Lover! Unwed Teen-
age Mothers, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Brewing 101 Seminar, O’Connor’s The Springtails, Salt of the Earth Wine and Canvas, San Chez Bistro Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, University Theatre
Monday, FEBRUARY 17
Monday Night Jazz Series, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater The Skeletones, Gun Lake Casino KD aLe: Home Brewing 101, Kent District Library: Cascade Township branch
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 18
Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Lunasa, Fenian’s Irish Pub Steve Hilger, Gun Lake Casino ARTbreak: Come Unto Me: The Faces of Tyree Guyton, KIA Aquila Theatre- Farenheit 451, Knickerbocker Theatre Mark Andrasko, Nibi Lounge Open Mic Night with Branden Mann, Tom Duffield, Old Dog Tavern Open Mic with Same Kenny (18+), Rocky’s Bar & Grill Meanwhile Movies: Purple Rain, Wealthy Theatre
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 19
Campus Karaoke, Billy’s Lounge Main Street Dueling Pianos, The B.O.B. Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Grand Rapids Boat Show, DeVos Place Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Oregon Dreamchild, Gun Lake Casino KD aLe: Home Brewing 101, Kent District Library: Alpine Township Branch Aquila Theatre: Twelfth Night, Knickerbocker Theatre Larry Lowis, Nibi Lounge Mike VIal and Chris DuPont, Old Dog Tavern Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library KD aLe: Rockford Brewing Company Tour, Rockford Brewing Company Winter Grilling, San Chez Bistro West Michigan Tabletop Gamers, Schuler Books 28th Street Charlie Parr, Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill Jazz Mix Night, The Union Cabaret & Grille
Thursday, FEBRUARY 20
Main Street Dueling Pianos, The B.O.B American Babies, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe ‘90s Holla Back, Billy’s Lounge Kari Lynch, Bobarino’s Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Grand Rapids Boat Show, DeVos Place Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Ralph Harris, Dr. Grins Blue Effect, Gun Lake Casino
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Event Guide The Miracle Worker, Kzoo Civic Theatre Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre Filmroom Secret Lions Mizpah, Mulligan’s Pub Papercuts, Muskegon Museum of Art Gabrial James, Nibi Lounge Paula Nelson Band, Old Dog Tavern Latin Salsa Night, Papa Pete’s Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library BACONPALOOZA, Rocky’s Bar & Grill Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater Gregory Porter, St. Cecilia Music Center Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr, Van Andel Arena Just Lips!, Wealthy Theatre
Friday, FEBRUARY 21
Tab Benoit After Party with The Out Of Favor Boys, The 411 Club Main Street Dueling Pianos, The B.O.B Ryan Montbleau wsg Joshua Davis, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe New Holland Brewers Birthday Pre Fest Beer Bash wsg. Hank Mowery, Billy’s Lounge Drew Behringer & The Politician, Blue Water Grill Hip Pocket, Bobarino’s Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Art of Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Bring Me To The Horizon, Compuware Arena Grand Rapids Symphony Classical: ‘Hadelich Plays Brahms’, DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Boat Show, DeVos Place Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Presents ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, Dog Story Theater Ralph Harris, Dr. Grins Avon Bomb, Grand Woods Lounge Risque, Gun Lake Casino The Miracle Worker, Kzoo Civic Theatre
MHSAA Wrestling Team Finals, Kellogg Arena Sprague Brotherz, Kirby Grill Paula Nelson Band, The Livery DJ Hardbargin Dance Party, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Beyond Therapy, Louis Armstrong Theatre – GVSU Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre Hurry Home, Mulligan’s Pub The Dixie Swim Club, Muskegon Civic Theatre Dave Johnson and Double Strung, Old Dog Tavern 4U2NV, River City Saloon Guest Artist Series: Schuyler Slack, Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall ISOC Ram Snocross, Murder Mystery Dinner: The Comic Book Killer, Soaring Eagle Casino Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater The Tromatons, Tip Top Deluxe
Saturday, FEBRUARY 22
Montage, The B.O.B Old Shoe, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Legal Immigrants, Tripp N Dixie, Devan & The Dead Frets, Billy’s Lounge Jake Stevens, Blue Water Grill Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Brewer’s Big Breakfast, Brewery Vivant South of the Equator Wine Tasting, Butch’s Dry Dock Sadao Watanabe, Calvin College Cardboard Bobsled Race, Cannonsburg Ski Resort Kent County Teen Film Festival, Celebration! Cinema North Grand Rapids Symphony Classical: ‘Hadelich Plays Brahms’, DeVos Performance Hall Grand Rapids Boat Show, DeVos Place Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater
@ SHAKESPEARE’S PUB FEBRUARY 23 Walk For Warmth, Downtown Battle Creek Ralph Harris, Dr. Grins Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre MBG 9th Annual Winter Beer Festival, Fifth Third Ball Park Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals, Tom Constanten, Mark Karan, Founders Brewery DJ Danimal, Grand Woods Lounge Risque, Gun Lake Casino Paper Diamond, The Intersection The Miracle Worker, Kzoo Civic Theatre MHSAA Wrestling Team Finals, Kellogg Arena Groove Solution, Kirby Grill The Crane Wives, The Livery Jes Kramer, Megan Dooley, Neil Shah, Further Closer, Kaitlin Rose Apologies, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre The Cardboard Swords, A Paschal Circus, Mulligan’s Pub The Dixie Swim Club, Muskegon Civic Theatre Tom Northrup, Nibi Lounge Beer Bus to Winter Beer Festival, Benjamin and Analisa, Duffield Caron Whistle Stop Revue, Old Dog Tavern Red, Gemini Syndrom, Emphatic, Planet Rock Black Joe Lewis, The Pyramid Scheme 4U2NV, River City Saloon The LoveHate, Dangerously Charming, SinSickWorld, Rocky’s Bar & Grill Jack Leaver, Saugatuck Brewing ISOC Ram Snocross, Soaring Eagle Casino Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Spectrum Theater Organissmo, The Union Cabaret & Grille GRFAS concert series: Dean WiersWindemuller, Wealthy Theatre Attack Kzoo 3:Full Rules Muay Thai, Wings Stadium
Sunday, FEBRUARY 23
@ PLANET ROCK FEBRUARY 22
Grand Rapids Boat Show, DeVos Place Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Clybourne Park, Farmers Alley Theatre Graveface Roadshow wsg The Casket Girls, The Stargazer Lilies Dreamend, Founders Brewery Sunday Classical Concert Series:
Kathryn Votapek and Peter Longworth, Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, GRAM Tony Reynolds, Gun Lake Casino The Photography of Stephen Milanowski, Hope College Kalamazoo Record & CD Show, Kzoo Expo Center Teen Filmmaker Festival, Kzoo State Theatre Irish Music Session, The Livery Worship This! Elway Bike Tuff, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Beyond Therapy, Louis Armstrong Theatre The Dixie Swim Club, Muskegon Civic Theatre DoryDrive, 6 Prong Paw, Planet Rock Hempy Keyboard Series with I-Chen Yeh, Saugatuck Center for the Arts Moon Taxi, Shakespeare’s Pub
Monday, FEBRUARY 24
Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Michael Hawkes Show, Gun Lake Casino The Photography of Stephen Milanowski, Hope College The Hemingers The Mad Doctors, Louie’s Trophy House Grill Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association, Old Dog Tavern
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 25
Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Music Lessons, Foundry Hall Trilogy, Gun Lake Casino Larry Lowis, Nibi Lounge Open Mic Night with Branden Mann, Tom Duffield, Old Dog Tavern Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library Open Mic with Same Kenny (18+), Rocky’s Bar & Grill Bookseller Review, Schuler Books 28th Street Meanwhile Movie: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 8 p.m., Wealthy Theatre
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Wednesday, FEBRUARY 26
Campus Karaoke, Billy’s Lounge Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Experience Pink Hotel Dodge Ball Tournament, DeltaPlex Arena Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater The Bigger Picture, Gun Lake Casino Gabrial James, Nibi Lounge Linda Kekic Glass Jewelry Exhibit, Portage District Library Richie Ramone, The Campanellis, The Pyramid Scheme Mars Hill Movie, Wealthy Theatre
Thursday, FEBRUARY 27
ToddZilla, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe ‘90s Holla Back, Billy’s Lounge Main Street Dueling Pianos, Bobarino’s Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Matt Kirshen, Dr. Grins Entourage, Gun Lake Casino The Photography of Stephen Milanowski, Hope College Thriftworks, The Intersection Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre Pistolbrides The Real Lazy Genius Kickstand, Mulligan’s Pub The Dixie Swim Club, Muskegon Civic Theatre Mark Andrasko, Nibi Lounge Briar Rabbit wsg Megan Dooley, Old Dog Tavern Latin Salsa Night, Papa Pete’s BACONPALOOZA, Rocky’s Bar & Grill GRCC Players present JUMP/CUT, Spectrum Theater WMU School of Music (Jazz Mix), The Union Cabaret & Grille Disney On Ice: Princesses and Heroes, Van Andel Arena
Friday, FEBRUARY 28
Joe Louis Walker, The 411 Club Main Street Dueling Pianos, The B.O.B Super Happy Funtime Burlesque, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Grand Rapids Soul Club, Billy’s Lounge Jack Leaver, Blue Water Grill Risque, Bobarino’s Lake Effect Fringe Festival, Dog Story Theater Matt Kirshen, Dr. Grins Les Miserables, GR Civic Theatre Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son, Grand Woods Lounge The Rock Show, Gun Lake Casino Gardens & Villa, Hope College Oregon Dreamchild, Jack’s Lounge Holiday Inn Here Come The Mummies, The Intersection Good People, The Miracle Worker, Kzoo Civic Theatre The Miracle Worker, Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Women’s Lifestyle Expo, Kalamazoo Expo Center Azz Izz, Kirby Grill Jon Walker Jake Down Faces and Crowds, Lemonjello’s The Straits, Little River Casino Resort Stand and Deliver, Master Arts Theatre The Dixie Swim Club, Muskegon Civic Theatre Larry Lowis, Nibi Lounge Dave Johnson Big Mont and the Next Generation, Old Dog Tavern Litt Up, River City Saloon The Moonrays, 7-10 p.m., Rocky’s Bar & Grill Beer School 101, Saugatuck Brewing The Temptations & The Four Tops, Soaring Eagle Casino GRCC Players present Jump/Cut, Spectrum Theater The Tromatons, Tip Top Deluxe Skeletones, The Union Cabaret & Grille Disney On Ice: Princesses and Heroes, Van Andel Arena TIPS: the Musical, Wealthy Theatre
GARDENS & VILLA @ HOPE COLLEGE FEBRUARY 28
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