A Wayward Word's Worth

October 21, 2011

Deft, deaf and deafening

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Decades later, Jeff Beck is still a guitar hero.  By Kyle Mullin for Calgary’s FFWD Magazine, Oct. 20 2011

Jeff Beck was building up a racing rhythm. The lauded guitarist thumbed a few knobs and dials, shoved the pedal level and revelled in the boisterous noise that swept over him. He wasn’t riffing though, he was driving. His instrument wasn’t a Fender amp, it was the howling engine of a Ford hot rod.

“To be honest I go through phases of which is the ‘best’ or my ‘favourite,’” Beck says of his exquisite custom cars, a collection that includes a Ford Deuce Coupe modelled after the one in the movie American Graffiti. But picking a favourite would actually be the easiest of all his hot rod decisions. “Recently, the challenge has been finding enough time to build and work on them. I like to oversee every part of building and be at home when parts arrive. With all my touring over the last few years, the building has taken a bit of a back burner.”

That hands-on ethic has served him well as a guitarist. At the age of 67, Beck is now in the midst of a career resurgence that eluded him for decades.






Tech N9ne’s demented salvation

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Eccentric Kansas City denies accusations of ‘devil worship.’  By Kyle Mullin for The Sacramento Press, Oct. 18 2011

Few might expect to find salvation inside a prison’s walls, but that’s exactly what rap’s most famous supposed Satanist glimpsed.

Tech N9ne (performing at the Ace of Spades on Oct. 24) visited fellow hip-hop eccentric Lil Wayne at Rikers Island while the latter MC served a year- long sentence in 2010 for weapon possession. The three hour dialogue touched on everything. They started with their families and children. Then, their peculiar career paths. Before long, N9ne was opening up about how his success had been hindered by years of anonymous blog posts and whisperings about his supposed ‘devil worship.’ Then, he revealed to Wayne why those rumours could never be true.





Celtic rock for the recession

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Flogging Molly’s Detroit ode. By Kyle Mullin for Calgary’s FFWD Magazine, Oct. 6 2011

Every morning Dave King walks Django, his hulking Irish wolf hound, down Detroit’s ailing streets as if to sniff out the trail of the wounded. But he’s no hunter — in fact he’s longing for healing.

During those daybreak strolls, the frontman of Celtic punk troop Flogging Molly is always left aghast by the foreclosure signs dotting his adopted neighbourhood’s front lawns like flimsy gravestones. The only thing that shocks him more is what Detroit might reach and grasp in those death throws.





Hip-hop slang in a thick English brogue

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Arctic Monkeys bring U.K. street lingo to the masses.  By Kyle Mullin for Calgary’s FFWD Magazine, Sept. 29, 2011

It’s a story of grisly mob mentality — young slummers strung out on a toxically flimsy economy, flaunting their law-breaking. “I do like the appeal of really over-the-top gangsta rap. I suppose it’s kinda exotic in a way,” says Matt Helders, drummer for British indie darlings the Arctic Monkeys, of the glorified gun-toting poets that inspired his band before they broke big. Instead of witnessing that kind of street brutality, Helders has always listened to gritty street testimonials with cushy hi-fi headphones in the cozy U.K. suburb of Sheffield.

“We always related to people listening to our music who don’t really know our accents or what certain lyrics are. That’s the same as us listening to gangsta rap, you kind of find out how things are. And that’s the interesting bit, when you find out what a 404 is or a 187 means,” he says, referring to rap slang for missing and murder respectively.

Helders and his fellow Monkeys spat their own unique urban, or at least suburban, vernacular on everything from the title of their latest album, Suck it and See (U.K. slang for “give it a try,”) to early deep cuts like “Mardy Bum.”





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