The Gospel According To Brother Ali – An Interview With The Indie Spiritualist.

October 23, 2010

Brother Ali is an artist, a friend, a poet, a Muslim, and has no problem being the first one to crack on being albino, or overweight, or whatever the occasion calls for. Since the release of his first studio album, Shadows of the Sun in 2003, Ali has earned respect and praise throughout the independent Hip Hop community, and is considered one of the most important voices rhyming today.

The writer of this article wishes to agree. Brother Ali has soul, not just in his music, but in the way he talks passionately about his love of Hip Hop, The Nation of Islam, his good friend Micahel “Eyedea” Larsen, and the oppressed and marginalized people who are all too often forgotten about. It is my privilege to present The Indie Spiritualist interview with Brother Ali.

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We Are Scientists Interview

October 10, 2010

Saturday, Oct 9th, 2010, 7pm. I sit on the corner of Daniel St, in Milford, CT at a quaint, hipster sort of coffee shop, called Café Atlantique. Tonight is the first night in the We Are Scientists month and a half Behold The American Barbarians Tour, which has the scientists covering the east coast, mid-west, and UK.  

I have approximately an hour to kill before my interview, so I begin reviewing my pre-interview notes. After a few moments, I look up and coincidentally see the scientists come in (those hipsters). I briefly consider playing the star struck fan, making a huge scene, but I then look back down at the piece of chocolate cake I’d been working on, and get back down to business.  I finish my notes, and cake (not necessarily in that order), and contact their tour manager Brandon to get things rolling.

The following was conducted at a back table of Café Atlantique. The interview begins with guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray and myself, shortly after which, we were joined by bass player/vocalist Chris Cain. Keith and Chris are easily the most enjoyable guy’s I’ve had the privilege of interviewing to date. Read on and see why…

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Horror Q&A With Randy Larsen Of Cable

October 9, 2010

If I were to make a horror movie, based on someone from a band as the vengeful killer, it would definitely be Randy Larsen. If you know him, you know he’s a hell of a nice guy. He’s sincere and very dedicated to his passion of music, but if you’ve ever seen him perform with Cable, you know he’s a force to be reckoned with. Put him in a ring with Jason Vorhees and I honestly don’t know who’s going down first (unless it’s Jason from the new Friday remake, in which case the answer is obvious). The following is a perfect example of how to have fun with an interview!

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Horror Q&A With Author Peter Farris Of The Band Cable

October 3, 2010

A graduate of Yale University, Peter Farris has shared vocal duties in CABLE since 2003. His story The Couch appeared in More Stories From The Twilight Zone, an anthology celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark television series. His debut novel will be published next winter. To find Pete raving and drooling, check out his blog The Sentence Salvo http://peterfarris.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter @ twitter.com/pjfarris You can also check out Cable at: http://www.myspace.com/cablerock

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Converge + Hard Drugs + Cupcake & Retarded Holmes = Q&A With Cardboard City Artist Benn Grim

September 30, 2010

alchemy [ˈælkəmɪ]

n pl -mies 1. (Chemistry / Alchemy) the pseudoscientific predecessor of chemistry that sought a method of transmuting base metals into gold, an elixir to prolong life indefinitely, a panacea or universal remedy, and an alkahest or universal solvent.

Ben Grippo (aka Benn Grim) is an Alchemist. Not in the sense of turning base metal into gold, but from being in a very dark, drug addicted place, to a now up and coming hip hop artist. He has no quams about laying out all of his trials and tribulations, often with an excellent mix of humor, and at the same time letting people know he’s not to be fucked with. 

I’ve known Ben for quite some time, and regardless of whatever he was going through, he was always a good hearted dude. I feel free to speak about his substance abuse as I was there too, often times with him as we were in a band together. I’m really happy that Ben took the time to do some Q&A with The Indie Spiritualist as it’s really inspiring for me to see where we both were, compared to where we are now.

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