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12/2/03:

      Greetings earthlings.  Our gig on the 20th at the Funhouse was nothing less than a kick ass rock ‘n’ roll party.  The new Funhouse is great, just what you hoped for: someone took Zak’s, cleaned it up and gave it a little style.  Brian is ever the accommodating host and the new ‘green room’ is a nice touch.  The place wasn’t packed, but it was a decent turnout for a Thursday and it just didn’t matter because both bands were having so much fun.  On top of that, DJ Ken Dirtnap kept the party feel rolling all night with his excellent eclectic punk picks.  It was the kind of night that rock ‘n’ roll is all about.

     Sadly, the Electric Kisses didn’t show due to an overwhelming illness.  The Valley, on the other hand, decided to BRING IT FULL ON!   Now, I know I’m biased, but these guys have been practicing their collective asses (that’s a lot of ass) off, and HOT DAMN it showed!  Probably the best show that I’ve seen them play: tight, heavy, sonic, and beautiful.   Some great new songs and an impressive Cure cover.   Keep it comin’ fellas!

     It was a tough act to follow, but I think we rose to the challenge.   Our major coup was busting out our cover of the Valley’s song “Cruiser.”   We’d been scheming for a while on that one and it was so worth it to see the looks on their faces.   We tossed out a couple of new tunes ourselves, but spiced the set with some old favorites, like “Misunderstood” and “Don’t Care If I Die.”

     Well, we finally cornered both Johnny Sangster and Tim Kerr.   After only a minor pistol whipping they caved and agreed to work on our next album at the end of January.   We took off the cuffs and had a big celebration here at Earache Central. Seriously, we’ll be spending less time playing gigs and more time working on new material until then.   Be sure to come out and have some eggnog with us and the Valley at the Sunset .   Until then, enjoy your capitalist manufactured holidays and LIVE FREE.

                                                                                       – Huang Euchrist, Minister of Propaganda

HEAVY ROTATION:

Alan:

1. Les Baton Rouge “My Body - The Pistol” (Tim Kerr-produced Portuguese art-punk a la early Siouxie and the Banshees and X-Ray Spex),  2. The Generators “Excess, Betrayal and Our Dearly Departed” (Clash / Stiff Little Fingers-like anthemic punk),  3. Anti-Flag “The Terror State” (Political hardcore that skewers the Bush administration),  4. Dropkick Murphys “Blackout” (Celtic punk w/ bagpipes and sing-along choruses!),  5. Iggy Pop “Skull Ring” (his best album in 20 years sees him reuniting with the Stooges! Even the songs with Sum 41 & Green Day are killer!)

August:

1.  T. Rex  "The  Slider "(Marc Bolan is GOD),  2.  Jimi Hendrix, "Electric Ladyland", "Axis: Bold As Love",  3.   Creedence Clearwater Revival "Cosmo’s Factory",  4.  Minutemen "Double Nickels On the Dime", "What  Makes A Man Start Fires",          5.  August Spies (recently changed to Glorious Day) "Bald Faced Lie" EP

Joe's music to build stuff by:

1. The Minds,  2. Weirdos (getting ready to go see their reunion tour),  3. Killing Joke (new cd is awesome and their reunion tour is great, go see them if you can!),  4. Rocket from the Tombs (saw them last night, amazing!),  5. a bunch of super heavy dub reggae.

Zak:

Zak is currently out of town attending a Proctologist's convention somewhere in Alaska (we think.)   Due to his heavy networking schedule, he was unable to submit his "Top 5! " at press time.