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 issue #94,Apr. 09, 2002

Elektrafying News: We're the Tom Green in a Tom Hanks world


With the release of Down II, there's a lot of news to report about the band, as you'll see below. To celebrate this amazing album, we're giving away five Down prize packs consisting of the following: a Down T-shirt, a copy of Down II on CD, and the new issue of Revolver Magazine, which features Down's Phil Anselmo on the cover,. To enter, send an e-mail by Friday, April 12, 2002 to Please include your name in the body of the e-mail and "Down" in the subject line. Good luck!

Just wanted to give you a little reminder that Tweet's debut album Southern Hummingbird is in stores now, and, as befits the album's title, it's been flying off the shelves. Just to keep you up to date on the amazing press she's getting, People magazine said, "Tweet is clearly her own chick. She has a Southern earthiness, accented by direct lyrics and an affecting acoustic guitar that she plays on several ballads. Mixing R&B, folk, blues & gospel, the music is soulful enough to be served with collard greens and corn bread." Amen.


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We hope you all saw how Phish enriched Homer Simpson's life this past Sunday. Now that he's a fan, we're pretty sure Homer will be picking up the next round of the Live Phish series, volumes 7 through 12, when they come out April 16. As you'll recall from volumes 1 - 6, these releases consist of six complete, multi-CD concert albums; as a bonus, four of this installment's sets include extra live tracks from additional shows. And don't forget you can store them in the custom designed ShowCase 3-ring organizer, now available exclusively at See you again in six months...

Trey Anastasio's self-titled debut solo album will be in stores April 30. He'll be on tour in the US from May 21 through June 23. For a complete list of tour dates, go to To hear the first single "Alive Again," go to []

Phish keyboardist Page McConnell heads out with his new project Vida Blue for a short eight show East Coast tour over two weeks beginning April 18 in Northampton, MA and ending with a sold out show on Saturday, April 27 at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans. The band previously played two sold-out dates last December, one in Burlington, VT and a New Year's show at NYC's Roseland Ballroom. The group features one of the most muscular and inventive rhythm sections playing today -- bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and drummer Russell Batiste (Funky Meters). For Vida Blue, Page steers away from his trademark piano sounds and draws texture from a wide arsenal of vintage keyboards to showcase his spacious songwriting. Page is putting the finishing touches on Vida Blue's debut studio album, primarily recorded last fall in New Orleans. The album was produced by Page and recorded and mixed with longtime collaborator Jon Siket. The self- titled album is due out June 25. The band expects to tour major markets nationally in July. For detailed show information, check out


Guitar world magazine asked a few Elektra stars what songs they'd want to be remembered for and they 'fessed up in a hurry. Says Dimebag Darrell from Texas legends Pantera. "'F****** Hostile" from Vulgar Display Of Power. Philip (Anselmo) got it right lyrically and we got it perfectly right musically. So I believe if somebody heard this song 500 million years from now, they'd go 'G***** these m***********s knew what they were talking about and sure had their jamming skills down. Plus I think people will always be hostile which is another reason I went with this one." Good point. Good point. Kirk Hammet from Metallica also weighed in: "Motorbreath" (from Kill 'Em All) because it has the breakneck tempo we were so fond of in our early days. And unlike the songs we wrote later, 'Motorbreath' is under four minutes long."


And speaking of Pantera and Mr. Anselmo, the new Down album (Down II) is out and snagging rave reviews. What was originally thought of as a metal-tinged dream side project has morphed into one of the most talked about releases of the year. Fellow Down-ers Phil and Pepper Keenan are most proud of the fact that the album recalls - in mood and feel - some of rock's vintage moments. Says Pepper: "We're not necessarily trying to be Zeppelin or Sabbath but more so the way they thought, because back then they were the uncharted territory. Now, for the first time we all sat around and talked about it and said 'man, this band is 100% Down right now. There is nobody else out there doing what we're doing.'" That's what happens when you record in the deep, dark bowels of Louisiana.


Boston teen dreams Code 5 have dropped their debut album The Secret's Out and are starting to turn the heads of those precocious teenaged girls out there. Of course, when you are a teen group with visions of super stardom in your head, you don't always have time for the little things other teenagers wish for – or do you? Says Code 5-er Dave: "Touring and everything keeps us pretty busy. I won't be able to go to the prom and other things like that." Other things like what? "I haven't been able to get my driver's license," says 16 year-old Jamahl. "I can't even get my permit yet." If only there were some 16 year-old beauty queens out there with the keys to their dads' Benz. Girls – call Boston – quick! And give these guys a ride to your prom.


One of the tunes on Down's new album Down II is called "New Orleans Is A Dying Whore," one of the less ambiguous song titles we've ever heard. But we think the band means that in kind of a loving way -- don't forget the band's first album was called NOLA, short for "New Orleans, Louisiana." Here's Down vocalist Philip Anselmo with a little explanation:

"When they say New Orleans is a dying whore, if you're going to use the word 'whore,' yes, the city is 'used' for many things. It's a type of city that is every reason in the world to drink, you know, 'The Saints won, let's get drunk, the Saints lost, let's get drunk.' Christmas time, 'Hey, let's get loaded, it's Christmas...let's get loaded it's Thanksgiving... let's get wasted, it's Halloween!' It's every reason to get f***ing loaded, which adds to the seediness of the entire city. When you say New Orleans is a dying whore, it's pretty self-explanatory."

Let the bon ton roulez, we say, and pick up Down II while you're at it.


April 8, 1978: Andrew Gold isn't exactly a household name... but you all know his music, or at least one song anyway. After spending the early 1970s as one of the west coast's most sought-after session musicians and arrangers for artists like Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Carly Simon and Loudon Wainwright III, it was probably inevitable that he would sign to Elektra/Asylum, home of many of the west coast's biggest pop artists. His third album, 1978's All This And Heaven Too, featured the hit single "Thank You For Being A Friend," a sweet 'n sunny slice of pop which only managed to reach #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. But seven years later, the song arose to enjoy the kind of success most chart-toppers only dream about--becoming the theme to a hit network TV series, in this case the smash NBC sitcom, The Golden Girls. Now that the series can be seen in syndication pretty much constantly, Andrew Gold's pop nugget probably gets more airtime than "Stairway To Heaven."


Natalie Merchant - Motherland (in stores now)
The Cure - Greatest Hits (in stores now)
Nate Dogg - Music & Me (in stores now)
Yolanda Adams - Believe (in stores now)
AC/DC - Stiff Upper Lip Live DVD (in stores now)
Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (in stores now)
Dakota Moon - A Place To Land (in stores now)
Billy Bragg - England, Half English (in stores now)
Down - Down II (in stores now)
Tweet - Southern Hummingbird (in stores Now)
Phish Live - vols. 7-12 (in stores April 16)
Trey Anastasio (in stores April 30)
Family Values Tour 2001 - (in Stores in May)
The Breeders - TitleTK (in stores in May)
Vida Blue (in stores June 25)
Knoc-turn'al - Knocs Landin' (in stores in June)
Code5 (in stores in June)
Third Eye Blind - Crystal Baller (in stores in July)



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