Razorcake Issue #17 from 2003 featuring The Grabass Charlestons, The Immortal Lee County Killers II, The Red Onions, ANTiSEEN, and Wesley Willis memorial

Nov 06, 2012

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Cover art by Jason Willis.

The Grabass Charlestons: Interview by Todd Taylor. Three of the nicest guys you could ever meet who just so happen to rock like their lives depend on it. This interview is funny as shit, spanning everything from Tuesday's biscuits to delivering Chinese food to human resources drones.

The Immortal Lee County Killers II: Interview by Bradley D. Williams. With the current rash of bad hipster blues bands like the White Stripes and the Kills, the Immortal Lee County Killers II come along like a breath of fresh air. Make that a blast of hot air mixed with traces of cheap cigarettes and cheaper whiskey. They're keepers of the flame passed down from Lightnin' Hopkins to Hound Dog Taylor to R.L. Burnside, featuring zero former members of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

The Red Onions: Interview by Petite Paquet. Red onions aren't just a delicious pizza topping; they're also a high-energy garage punk band from Los Angeles! Sweat drenched rock action, wild dancing, and lots and lots of weed. No fat girls allowed, though.

ANTiSEEN: Interview by Art Ettinger. This interview was originally slated to run in Punk Planet, but the interviewed that ended up in the magazine had been edited down to a paragraph. Here is the rest of his interview with this often misunderstood, often blood soaked Southern punk band.

Wesley Willis: Memorial by Scott Cox-Stanton.

Sean Carswell tells the story of the first time his mother went to one of Alan Freed's Rock'n'Roll Shows. For those who don't know, Alan Freed was a radio DJ in the 1950's. He was one of the first people to expose a predominantly white audience to so-called "black music," like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, and was also one of the guys who took the fall for the payola scandal.

Art Fuentes pays homage to The Only Holiday That Matters in his comic strip Shizzville.

Rev. Norb is an average, perfectly well-adjusted member of society and his columns certainly reflect that quality. He puts his zebra-striped spandex bicycle shorts on one leg at a time just like anybody else.

The Rhythm Chicken asks The Big Important Question: Is "Stampede" the new "Ruckus"? He also reveals the date and location of the Lumberjack World Championship.

Maddy Tight Pants apparently gets disgusted whenever her Ukrainian neighbors cut each other's hair in the hallway while surrounded by decomposing fish, although I can't imagine why.

Rich Mackin talks about how certain actions might be considered sexual assault.

Nardwuar the Human Serviette interviews Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. Believe me, I'm as excited as you are.

Gary Hornberger discusses the grocery store strike and reviews comic books. Just in case you didn't get the memo, comic books are pretty fucking cool.

Designated Dale interviews Razorcake's very own cartoonist, Art Fuentes, who discusses his artistic influences and pet peeves.

Tito recalls a tight-knit community that he used to live in.

Ayn Imperato recalls an old job where she worked as a personal assistant.

Patricia Geary defends the recent actions of Sean Carswell, which is a nice change of pace.

Money was a sailor before the Murder City Devils made it cool, and writes about Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

Ben Snakepit presents his debut comic strip for Razorcake.

Plus a veritable shitload of reviews of various forms of entertainment media, including but certainly not limited to records and books.

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