FANTRA ZINE(Global Rock Publication): "Fantra Zine hits hard...," said Papa Pilgrim -- founder of Reggae Ambassador Worldwide (RAW) in Salt Lake City, USA. Fantra Zine is roughly 80% FAN and 20% muzik industry TRAde, politricks, sub-cultures, comix or anything offbeat and alternatively zany. Fantra Zine was started about 1992, from folding 4 sheets of 11 x 7 in half, to help promote Jamekee's stuff. Fantra Zine #1 was the first full blown copy published April, 1994. The crude "typeo" infested tree pulp evolved into a classic and copies infiltrated the world. FZ I and II were embedded in a museum in Chicago, Illinois - USA. The hardcopy was up to about issue #5 when publishing was stopped about 1997 or so. This FZ online version was started in 1999. So chill as FZ is tweaked and put back into circulation right here online. Some old articles and interviews will be recycled 'longside new contents. (Hate typing. Lots of work.) Hey yo -- maybe you can find a copy or two of Fantra Zine in Bleeker Bob-type stores. D.I.A will buy back good copies as done before -- especially Fantra Zine V with Jimi Hendrix on the cover.
FANTRA ZINE Publication over the years featured interviews, articles and bios on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Bad Brains, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Lucky Dube', G//Z/R with Geezer Butler, Cypress Hill, Supercat, Merciless, Damian Marley, Tiger, Helmet, Buru Banton, Sleepy Wonder, Harley Flanagan (CroMags), Aggrolites, HR, Gogo Muzik, Reggae Muzik, Punk, Ziggy and Stephen Marley, Dubb Agents, Roguish Armament, Garnet Silk, Masta Ace, Inc., Ed OG & The Bulldogs, Lord Digga, Scarface, Soul 4 Real, Kool Herc, Derrick Parker, Fifth City Mob, MC Breed, Ravon, No Doubt, Skadanks, Gap Band and Jason Weaver. CDs and live gigs reviews: Phish, Jamalski, Louie Rankin, Ice Cube, Bad Brains, Lenny Kravitz, UB40), etc. There are Ghetto Muzik TV episodes with Judy Mowatt and more we will try to transcribe -- one day... And many thanks to contributors Lisa-Ann Stephenson, Scott F. Williams, Nita Renfrew, Harold Channer, Tennyson Smith, Leroy "Slacki" James, Olumide Earth and "Uptown" Shem Herman in the early years. See you around NYC bruh!
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains.
"HR IN DUB" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3. EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY and SPOTIFY. "HR IN DUBB" will be live on RHOPSODY soon.
The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.
Street Ragz Garments (SR): SR Got You Covered In All Conditions
Street Ragz (SR) Beanies. SR Got You Covered In All Conditions. HEART!
Spotlight On: MISFITS and JAMALSKI.
This Misfits interview with original members Glen Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein plus Robo (former Black Flag drummer), was conducted by Robert Kenney, September. 9, 1982. It is awesome for Fantra Zine to open this time capsule here online and in Fantra Zine #9 hard-copy. Thanks Robert Kenney!
This band is lethal. They must be heard and seen. There is little else that
can be said about them that is not obvious in their songs and image. The
lyrics show the gorey and bizarre side of the news that is considered too
extreme for general consumption. The music is powerful and furious. Lead
singer, Glenn Danzig, accurately defines the band as "real modern American
horror." They were the first "horror rock" band and were copied by many.
Formed in 1978 the band went through a number of personnel changes. The most
recent addition is that of former Black Flag drummer, Robo who played on the
"Damaged" LP. The band in one form or another released a number of 7"
records: "Cough/Cool," "Bullet," "Night of the Living Dead," "3 Hits From
Hell," "Halloween," and Glenn Danzig's solo "Who Killed Marilyn?" Also to
their credit is the Beware 12" and the Misfits "Walk Among Us" LP.
I have yet to come across a band that has a more closer relationship with
their fans than this one. The Fiend Club, which is run by the band, sends
out free photos and pins to fans. When the band tours, they stay at fans'
homes which help in keeping the band going.
The new LP "Earth A.D." will be recorded when their current US tour brings
them to California. The band should be playing in Connecticut soon, so keep
an eye out. It will be their first show here since 1978 at the Sandy Gaff
(remember that place?).
I spoke with each member of the band on the night before they kicked off
their second US this year.
JERRY ONLY -- BASS
RK: How would you describe your music?
J: It's very intense. I think it's real.
RK: Why the horror image?
J: It kind of fit in. It was pretty much the way we were. We were always
working on things like this, always taking a monster attitude towards things.
Like when we were small, we were always into stuff like that anyway, so it
just kind of evolved. So when you're with a band you try to do what you do
best. So, for us, it just happened to be because that's what we've been
familiar with for so long. It's a natural. It makes it good.
RK: With so many people in and out of the band, why have you and Glenn (the
two founding members) stuck it out for so long?
J: Well, because we always had, more or less, the same outlook in what we
figured we should be doing and we just figured there was nothing that was
gonna make us stop or change our views in any way. It's always been what
we've been able to do rather than what we wanted to do. We would do so much
more if we had the facilities and resources. But, for the most part, we
stuck with what we wanted to do and as best as we could. A lot of times we
would go overboard, but it's always been the same outlook.
RK: How do you handle the shows?
J: I just kind of live through everything that happens and keeps my head
about it and keep going.
RK: What is the main thing that you're saying to people?
J: More or less, it's kind of like be yourself and reach goals that you dream
about rather than goals that are visible and fairly easily obtainable. Shoot
for the stars and give it a good crack.
RK: Anything else you'd care to mention?
J: Don't get absorbed by stuff that makes a lot of money because that's the
only reason people see it all the time. It sucks for the most part.
ROBO -- DRUMS
RK: Is there any differences between playing with the Misfits and Black
R: Not quite, I don't think so. They're pretty much both hardcore bands.
I like them very much. I like both bands about the same.
RK: How did you manage to get into this band?
R: Well, I was in L.A. and I started looking for another band and I talked
to Henry (Rollins, Black Flag lead singer) and some of the guys in Black Flag
and SST and they told me the Misfits were looking for a drummer. I had seen
them before in Frisco and I liked them very much. So, I said, "Hey, I'd like
a chance." So, here I am.
RK: How long have you been playing drums?
R: Not too long, maybe seven or eight years.
GLENN DANZIG -- VOCALS
RK: What are your lyrics about?
G: Gore. That's the principle thing. Some occult. The occult is something
you should know about, maybe something you shouldn't play around with.
RK: You read a lot about that?
G: I research everything. I research anything I can. That's what I am. If
I ever leave this job, I could probably be a researcher. I get into things
then I've got to find out all about them.
RK: As far as with the occult?
G: Don't play around with it. It's nothing to play around with. If you're
serious about it, know what you're doing long before you do it.
RK: Why do you do what you do?
G: It's just there. Part of it is like....a lot of our songs are based on
true incidents, true things that have happened. A lot of people read our
lyrics and say "Oh how funny" but, a lot of these people don't read
newspapers or read the kind of stuff I read. Like the whole werewolf clan up
in the mountains that are devouring people and pickling their innards in jars
and things. That's the kind of stuff that I'm interested in. I read
about all that kind of stuff. If people don't like what we sing about, fine.
Don't come to our shows and don't buy our records, but most people do
because they get curious. It might get them to read something they might not
RK: How would you describe the band?
G: Terror music. Power, killer music. We're very interested in power. A
lot of bands start to get older and they start to change their music. They
mellow out and we're not like that. We're just about power.
RK: Ist here anything else you'd like to say to the people who'll be reading
G: Yeah, if you're an asshole don't come to our shows.
DOYLE -- GUITAR
RK: How did you get into the band?
D: I was interested in what they were doing and they were having problems
with their other guitarist. Jerry's my brother.
RK: Is this your first band?
D: Yeah, Glenn taught me how to play guitar.
RK: How would you define your music for someone who has never heard it
RK: You're very serious about what you do.
D: I don't take it as a joke, no.
RK: When you play live, what do you say to an audience?
D: I want to kill you. I try to be like a grinder, a buzz saw when I play.
RK: What are the shows like?
D: We played at the Whiskey one night, a surprise guest show before the
Dickies and the audience didn't know what the fuck was going on. We did six
songs and that was it.
RK: What was their reaction?
D: They were scared. They were all backing up.
Misfits regrouped to headline Riot Fest, September 4, 2016, in Denver, Colorado - USA
Misfits' classic Fantra Zine No.9 Interview with original members Glen Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will be published in the hard-copy version of Fantra Zine #9 Spring 2017. FZ #9 cover to right in progress .
The lyrical, mystical, magical, metaphysical, roughneck Jamalski is a guaranteed master of vibing up the crowd!
Jamalski's classic Raggamuffin Hiphop Hit - 'Jump Spread Out.'
Jamalski's music pedigree... Jamalski is the son of the great Jazz drummer Leo Mitchell. Leo Mitchell drummed for many Jazz greats including Chet Baker and George Benson. Jamalski's mom Mrs. Geraldine Mitchell has been in professional media also. Mrs. Mitchell who is a very nice lady was responsible for National ad campaigns including the Doublemint Twins campaign. Jamalski is a former artist of Sony and Electra Records. Jamalski rolled with BDP (Boogie Down Production) and KRS-1 back in the dayz...
A bit of history about Jamalski: "First thing is first... my son Marlo-ski is first and I love him more than any fame, music, money or flesh."
Jamalski has performed all over the world, and still to this day travels throughout the globe, MCing across the US, Europe, and Japan. Jamalski appears on two tracks on the PSM compilation "Time's Up" and on the B-side of the first single from that release "True Freedom Fighters" with Rocker-T. He is also featured on "Mi Selecta" with the track, "Rinse Out." Over the past year, Jamalski has been ripping the international rave circuit. The lyrical, mystical, magical, metaphysical, roughneck Jamalski is a guaranteed master of vibing up the crowd!"
"In the past years I was living in da States (Bay Area,West Coast) rolling around playing in raves, drum & bass and hiphop parties. Since 2000 I have been living in Paris, France and playing all over Switzerland, Belgium, Germany Spain, and the UK. As a drum & bass/jungle/hipstep MC the last 2 years have been extremely busy rinsing out d&b, reggae, and hiphop tracks day and night."
Some of Jamalski's important dates in history: 1990: KRS One give the mic to Jamalski on Seven Dee-jay with Boogie Down Production (Edutainment album). On the same year, he performs for the first time in France with notably Cut Killer and Kheops spinning. 1993: First album Roughnecks Reality (Sony) is released 1994: Jamalski launches Concrete Jungle, the first jungle residence in New York ">City at The Village, alongside Shy FX, UK APA. 1996: Jamalski joins the club and rave scene of San Francisco which is at that time the principal home for Jungle in the US. 2001, Jamalski gets the residency at the Rex Club (Paris) and the world renowned "Black Label" d&b parties for 10-plus years and performed alongside the best!" Just to name a few of the DJ's I MC-ed with -- DJ Hype, Andy C, Ed Rush, Future Prophecies, DJ Zinc, Adam F, Chase & Status, Keaton, Universal Project, DJ Hazard. 2005: Release of Ruffnecks Revenge, first 100% drum and bass/jungle/ragga.
br> Continuing and building on the same live performance vibe concertgoers experienced at the Bowery Electric, NYC Saturday, December 18, 2015, sharing the stage with H.R (of Bad Brains), Band Droidz and Skarro�eros at D.I.A's Global Rock Showcase; in 2016, MC Jamalski will be doing more live gigs with Dubb Agents band backing. Jamalski is no joke on stage. Top Cat rock a mic too man.
The original Top Cat from Brooklyn - NYC should not be confused with UK's Top Cat. Man, there is always gonna be isms about artists taking the same name of other artists who have established a specific handle, identity, and brand. (Searches should be done before deciding on a performance name. There is no excuse for assuming the name of another artist today. Google!) The original Top Cat from Brooklyn, New York City wants folks to know he is the original Top Cat. Original Top Cat from Brooklyn - NYC recorded a song for MCA in 1991 and UK TC was being credited for it on Discogs for two years. According to the original Top Cat, the UK TC did nothing about it for those two years. Original Top Cat said -- "I actually have two songs on two major labels including 4th & Broadway/Island (and MCA as mentioned) as Top Cat and had the name before him, so not letting go of it or play second fiddle. I also had a dancehall release on Charms in the UK." The original Top Cat has a sound system called Jahfingers Sound.
Jamalski is no joke on stage solo. But he loves to perform with other artists such as Shinehead, Top Cat and Kefaaz from Paris, France. Jamalski and Top Cat nice-up the stage at Bowery Electric, NYC, on Saturday, December 18, 2015, at D.I.A's Global Rock Showcase. It was a great vibe on Joey Ramone Place scene that evening in the LES of NYC. It will be worries and trouble in the clubs, dancehalls and arenas with the rabid mic stalker Jamalski and his brethren Top Cat on upcoming gigs in 2016. The next gig is February 20, 2016, at Don Pedro, in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn - NYC. Folks will be entertained.
BigUPs to Dubb Agents (team 2) backing Jamalski and Top Cat: Mysta Lu -- bass, Steven Repka -- guitar and Hektor Bee -- drums. Bowery Electric pic credit -- Craig Carpenter.
For the Don Pedro, Brooklyn - NY gig on Feb. 20, 2016, Top Cat (NYC) performance was trance-like. Top Cat was in a zone. And Dubb Agents with Mysta Lu, Steven Repka, and Hektor Bee were on fire. It was an incredible set where the crew played straight for about 3 hours.
Once any concept is put into incubation, it is good to see the hatchling strengthens wings and fly. Regarding "Global Rock" -- it is great satisfaction to see the muzik industry, musicians and fans tapping into and adopting the once fledgling genre and vibe. Still ways to go but Global Rock came a long way. Delusions of grandeur -- absolutely not. The Global Rock Revolution is in full effect!!! With respect to foundation genres from beyond Rag Time to Blues, Rock -n- Roll to Rock and sub-genres including Punk, Hardcore, etc.,; mix in Rhythm n Blues, Funk & Hiphop, Pocomania and Mento, Mariachi, Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Reggaeton and other worldly sounds -- and as the Blue Marble shrinks into one small hood, it is evidently clear a new marquee genre is apparent. Fusion sounds influenced by multiple sound elements and cultures is on the verge of dominating muzik more so than ever... From the totally obscured underground experimental sounds to commercially charged pop, "Global Rock" is a good (if not the greater) portion of today's muzik.
Prior the "Global Rock" tag, new fusion sounds had no identity or true classification. Classification of muzik is very important for identity and ultimately marketing to consumers. There are a few break-through exceptions like Millie Small's 'My Boy Lollipop' (Ska-Rock N Roll), Paul Simon's 'Mother and Child Reunion' (Reggae-Rock), Johnny Nash's 'I Can See Clearly', Run DMC & Aerosmith's ' Walk This Way' (Hiphop-Rock), Shabba Rank's dancehall-hiphop hits, Chuck Brown's GoGo breakthrough 'Bustin Loose' (funk-swing and so on...), Toots & The Maytals' 'Israelites', etc. Oh, yea -- can't forget Gong (Bob Marley) who envisioned the ultimate future of muzik and chronicled the vision with 'Punky Reggae Party' in the early '70s. I personally think that is what Gong meant when he mentioned "...last great muzik..." in an interview. How profound is 'Punky Reggae Party' track? But in general, consumers cannot purchase a product if they do not know what they are looking for, or where to find that product. For instance, Bad Brains plays a hardcore sound spawned from funk, jazz, dub reggae and **punk for 25 years. To date, some folks do not know where to classify and file Bad Brains' muzik. Another example is the Beastie Boys. If one walks into a surviving Virgin Mega Store for a Beastie Boys' CD, that person would probably beeline to the alternative rock section first. But gees golly boys and girls, Beastie Boys' products are filed under Hiphop. Muzik must have an identity or it will just float in suspension.
"Global Rock" is the new world genre in several variations. Just look at Myspace's 3-4 million musicians old and young. They are playing a hybrid sound consisting of multiple genres intertwined with cultures and sub-cultures: Ska-Punk-Reggae, Funk-Rock-Alt.-Hiphop, Metal-Trash-Dub-Hardcore, Dancehall-Hiphop, Rocking-Espanol... An Indonesian Punk Rock krew is going to be influenced by the Sex Pistols but they are going to factor in their own culture and lifestyle. Dude, muzik cannot be pushed beyond Global Rock on this 3rd Rock from the sun. Global Rock is the ultimate genre of the internet virtually reducing the Globe to a pebble. From Cali to North Carolina and parts unknown, Global Rock is watz happenin'. The legendary dee-jay toaster Dennis Alcapone would say "it goes like that." Soooo... forget about all Conspiracy Theories and Global-Rock on peeps. It is universally for everyone. Now hear this... G-G-G-G Global Rock is the extended lifeline for a few flat-lined genres -- (another story).
Now Global Rock Showcase events in any format are the new Punky Reggae Ska Dub Metallic Funky Hiphop party. Hehehehe. Currently, Global Rock Showcase-type events are everywhere from the underground to mainstream. I mean Snoop is touring with Slightly Stoopid. This is a long way from the "isolation periods" when concerts goers used to attend gigs and waited until their bands go on to run up to the stage. Didn't matter who was billed after fans fav band, they would then run away after from the stage after the set. The lines are blurred and today's youths have a smart diverse taste for muzik. They are listening to everything by multi-genre Global Rock bands such as Bad Brains, P.O.D, Slightly Stoopid, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Thievery Corporation and George Clinton... And from a promoter's standpoint, why target one audience when they can draw from several. Plus, Global Rock Showcases and similar events bring a diverse audience together under the same roof to co-exists. It is basically the end of the "Iron Curtain" in muzik yo.
A Brooklyn Reggae producer once attended a Global Rock Showcase in Lower Manhattan on Ludlow in Gotham City. He saw the DIVERSE INTENSIFIED AUDIO mix of metal, punk, ska, alternative rock and roots/dub reggae in effect. It was a very kool soiree with bobo dreadlocks, skinheads, studded spike-haired kids, sk8boarders and NYU students hanging together. My producer friend later called and gave props but conveyed he did not understand the scene. Well, now you probably got it, dude!! Say GLOBAL ROCK Mr. Producer. Hehehehehe. Tell your brethren from Jamaica to Cali to stop isolating reggae muzik and free it from slavery man. Stop hustling Reggae NOW! LOL!
Big up to Sleepy Wonder (Thievery Corporation's #1 Mic stalker) who released his new album "INJUSTICE" on No Choice Records via Bug Distribution. Bigup to the original Shinehead. Major PROPS to Bad Brains. BigUPs to Elena Oumano. HR you are alwayz my BROTHER yo -- regardless. Stand straight and roar like a lion man. Big thanks to Ed Robinson and all who contributed. And nuff (lots of) respect to trailblazers like the Ramones who basically played Beach Boys style muzik with an edge. And nuff bigUPs and RESPECT to Johnny Cash who was actually the first **Punk artist. LOL! Thanks to Billboard Magazine for acknowledging Global Rock is a "...crossbreed..." in it's 1999 or 2000, year-end issue. Shoutz to Ronkat Spearman (P-Funk Allstar), Dennis Alcapone, Weapons Of Mass Persuasion (WOMP), Tinga Stewart, Angry Mike (the Hardcore Chef)...