This is the new compilation from Scream Club's label Crunks Not Dead, which features a Double Helix track: Complacency.

You can order this vinyl treat from us for just £5 + p&p.

Please email texturemusick@gmail.com to reserve your copy now! Bands featured on this ten track vinyl are:

Scream Club
Double Helix
Postmodern Pants
Hug Party
Gay Deceivers
Nuclear Family
Nolan Natasha
Mz Sunday Luv
Kristofski Kabuki
Making Friendz

Here's some more info about the bands...

www.myspace.com/screamclub / http://www.screamclub.com/
SCREAM CLUB, the Queer Electro Sex Hop Hip Pop Punk Rock Glam Rap Duo from Olympia, WA, are two freaky white rapper chicks stopping hearts everywhere. Cindy Wonderful and Sarah Adorable, two gaysymmetrical superheroes, have come to spread the message of fun to queerions, hip hoppers, and rockers all over the world. These queer icons write songs about heartbreak, frustration, love, politics, drunk dialing, girl gangs, and international adventures all with tight lyrics and killer hooks. Scream Club plays shows across the world from Berlin to Amsterdam to Austin TX, from triple-story dance clubs, to punk venues, squats, rooftops, arenas, and basements. Scream Club are 2 blinged-out, positive, sexy, feminist, intelligent, gender queer rockers. Their energy is contagious and their beats are unstoppable. They are also aware that they are white rappers and feel that rap as a means of artistic and creative expression need not be limited to one ethnic group. They fully acknowledge the origins of hip hop and rap and are in no way trying to disrespect that. They are avant garde glam rock for the 21st century coupled with D.I.Y. queer politics. Scream Club want to inspire you AND make you dance!

THE POST-MODERN PANTS are a retro-electro duo from New Zealand based in Berlin. Consisting of D. Owers (indie-rocker and former guitarist and singer of The Modern Pants) on vocals, drum machines and casiotone, and Ozi Bsy (aka DJ the Box Room Rebel and former bassist of The Modern Pants) on e-guitar and drum machines, the Post-Modern Pants have forged a unique New Zealandish retro-electro sound. Coming all the way from New Zealand, with influences as broad as The Smiths to Le Tigre, amidst the electrotrash surroundings of Berlin, the Post Modern Pants break new ground in the emerging genre of retro-electro!

www.myspace.com/doublehelixonline / http://www.audiodacity.co.uk/
DOUBLE HELIX is an experimental electronic entity designed to explore the outer realms and innerspaces of programmed musical glyphs and mammalian word secretion. Double Helix release on Audiodacity and Labrat Audiochemicals. Double Helix was featured on 1FM's One World show in 2006, and on Mary Anne Hobbes’ Breezeblock in 2007. Double Helix incorporate dubstep, grime, electro and hip-hop influences into a heady sonic brew like nothing you’ve heard before. ON MANY KEYS & DIALS: Sola Perplexus (AKA Morph) is a producer, live electronic performer and sound engineer based in Edinburgh. He plays live sets of music ranging through dubstep / techno / electro/ breakbeat / dnb / ambient / hardtek depending on the mood of the moment. He runs the Audiodacity record label. VERBOSITY, FAGS & LIGHTER: Texture is a writer and performance poet based in Edinburgh. His lyrics riff on evolution, drugs, acid house culture and politics. Double Helix are currently working on their live show, to be premiered in Scotland in late 2007.

HUG PARTY are a rapping and hugging duo comprising Digicore and Rosey Pony. Set to take the world by storm, their beginnings were humble. Hug Party were formed in the central Queensland town of Rockhampton. After a trip to the local pawn shop the pair aquired a keyboard and set off into the australian outback powering their rap pop phenomenon with the van's cigarette lighter. Themes for Hug Party songs include; John Howard being an idiot, bad work place reforms, graffitti and not partying enough.

GAY DECEIVERS were formed over a dance contest in 1986. Haley and Sarah tied for first place. Fast forward 10 years when they were unfairly banned after laying waste to the West Hartford town hall. Fast forward 10 more years to Portland, Oregon, where this divine duo crossed paths once again and received celestial transmissions from another dimension. Listen, but be forewarned. These sounds are not for the uninitiated, so bend over, bitch.

NUCLEAR FAMILY in their own words: “When sex doesn't work for you, you should really get married and do electro punk performance instead. It really works for us. We got married in june 2005 only a week after our first show at Queeruption in Barcelona. Since then we've played shows in Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Holland and Switzerland. They have included, stripping, fake fur, ketchup shitting, sticker attacks, blood painting, and severe injury on several cute teddy bears. All in the name of Art. We have several things planned in the future. However we would like to do even more shows, and also have more groupies.”

NOLAN NATASHA PIKE is a 24 year old musician and video artist who recently dropped out of school to pursue his lofty musical goals. Proud memeber of the band Scandalnavia (myspace.com/scandalnaviatoronto), Nolan began performing as a lyricist 3 years ago when Scandalnavia made its raunchy & hilarious punk rock debut. He has been singing and rapping into various household items (dildos, hairbrushes and toothpaste tubes) in the living room since he could walk and is glad to have finally moved on to the microphone. He has recently launch a solo project while continuing to perform with the band. Nolan Natasha's writing is explicitly queer & explicitly personal. Nolan's fluid transgendered identity is essential to the art she makes and believes very strongly in the importance of queer community in music and in general.

Mz SUNDAY LUV, in her own words: “ I Started Out as a Dancer at Parties, Turned Choreographer, Turned Talent Co-Ordinator, Eventual CEO. Have Ran Production Companys, Booked Countless Events, Hosted a Radio show, Worked as A Promoter For Multiple Parties, Several Large Clubs, and also Well Respected Festivals. At six years old I began training in dance and piano. I will Play pretty much any instrument I can Get my hands on, at 20 years I enlisted in the Recording Arts Institute Of Canada so that I could also navigate my way threw recording studios, Live show setups, and music software. I’ve worked in many fields from Modeling, Films, Photography, Fire Breathing, Professional Piercing, DJing, Live Shows, Recorded Albums For Multiple Artist, Including My Own Tracks and so much more really. I also Write all my own Lyrics, and of course Sing. Technically Knowledged but the Alberta Collage of Art and Design. But Music is my main focus. My Music Has Played In Clubs, & After-Hours, Parties, & Fashion Shows, Theater Pieces, & Plays, TV Documentaries, and soon even Porn!”

At the boundary between the urban sprawl and the wild forest, where green gods and cyborgs do battle and wood clashes against silicon, here is where KRISTOFSKI KABUKI comes in. A fusion of conflicts and a contradiction in terms, confusion and ridicule is the only way in which this creature can attempt to reconcile the many chords that tug at it. Both old and new, digital and acoustic, simple and complex, harmonious and dissonant, nothing and everything. Kristofski Kabuki knows not where the journey will lead, or what will result victorious, for the focus is not on the destination but always on the journey.

MAKING FRIENDZ are Tami Hart, Yamaha DD-20, Yamaha PSR-6 and Fostex FV80. They are very social. Downright populay. They are ex-members of Selfhelp, who broke up aftera terrible debate of nature vs. nurture. They want to write songs for you. They want to play shows, baby showers, birthday parties, sex parties – all for you! They want to be your friend. Making Friendz last project was produced by Kathleen Hannah (Le Tigre / Bikini Kill).




To celebrate the release of CRUNKS NOT DEAD: VOL 2, Double Helix have contributed not one but two exclusive mixes to Subcity Radio, on their weekly show SMUT. Part 1 was broadcast on Thursday 15 Nov, Part 2 will be broadcast next week.

You can listen again at the links below - enjoy some classic dubstep from Texture, and a blasting live set from Sola Perplexus, same time next week.

Part 1 - Listen Again to Texture's Dubstep Mix

Part 2 - Sola Perplexus LIVE Mix - Exclusive - Next Week on SMUT

Thanks to Liam Arnold for having us on the show.



"Jesus built my car," claimed Al Jourgenson of Ministry, but frankly, that claim is somewhat suspicious. Perhaps I'd have believed Al if he'd said, "Jesus networked my PC," or "Jesus set up my home wireless network, and helped me filter spam out of my Yahoo account," but obviously that has a different lyrical effect. Anyway, here's Big Jeezy with this week's dose of link-based fun and frolics.
Take it away JC...

Hi folks, Jesus here. I hope you all had fun with my 'Make Your Own Fireworks' post last week, and started a few major fires. There were a total of 87 callouts on November 5th for Lothian fire brigade, and I'd like to think that some of you contributed to that number after reading the links I suggested.
Technology is a kind of specialist subject for me. I love technology - and I'm always the first to check out whatever new gadget or gizmo comes on the market. Technology's only good if it can be used to do something useful, in my opinion. For years, people have struggled to come up with a use for the Tesla coil, and now some scientists have managed to do just that, by making it play the theme tune from Super Mario Bros. We here at Weaponizer applaud such bold applications of scientific theory. More power to your coils, Mr Tesla!

One of the most frequently misinterpreted parts of the Bible is the phrase :"The meek shall inherit the earth." This was actually a typo, which was never corrected - the actual phrase should be: "The geek shall inherit the earth." With the ascendancy of such flat-out geeks as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates to positions of massive power and influence, we can see this particular Biblical prediction beginning to pay off. However, it seems that in the modern politically correct age, the term 'geek' has also been deemed to be inappropriate. As such, the term has been retired and put to bed. My fellow IT bods and I are rather sad about this - so now we pay our respects at the Tomb of the Geek.

Who knows, perhaps this elegant memorial will become a place of worship in the future - bespectacled technocrats standing around and genuflecting before the Monitor of Monitors, remembering the sadly-passed era of Geek Antiquity.

Or perhaps not. Either way, the term Geek is out - we now refer to ourselves as Otaku, because we all love Japanese stuff. I know Otaku is basically just Japanese for Geek, but it sounds much cooler. That's enough about that.

Looking once more to the stars, this week brings news that previously difficult-to-detect black holes known as Quasars have been detected by NASA scientists, using a method which seems to be the telescopic equivalent of a giant Hoover. Basically by clearing cosmic dust from their virtual lenses, scientists can now see the areas where these Quasars appear. Brilliant news, I'm sure you'll agree - usually if I want to see a gigantic hole that sucks in all light and matter, making existence impossible on a cosmic scale, I watch the latest contestant on X Factor.

Some news now about social networking site Facebook - it seems certain wags at the Facebook HQ have been monkeying with your private data, throwing around pornography and random insults like chimpanzees throwing excrement at a tea party. No surprises here for me - the whole Facebook debacle seems to be just an overblown excuse for wasting time in the office by being a Pirate Zombie Monkey Ninja, which frankly is more entertaining in the widescreen environs of your own brain than it is on a public message board. Give me an old fashioned BBS anyday!
I'll finish with the news that the earth's oldest inhabitant has been discovered - no, not a diminutive Chinese centenerian, but in fact a bearded clam, aged 426. Apparently the clam was seen as having a unique cultural vantage point on human history, and was asked a series of questions by scientists to establish its' opinions on the more important cultural events of the last five centuries. It seems the clam is in agreement with the rest of braindead humanity, having declared its' favourite band to be the Beatles, its' favourite TV show to be Friends, and its' favourite brand of training shoe to be Nike Air Jordans. How unimaginative!
More from me next week - for now I'll finish by recommending my favourite site for reviews of X-Men and other Marvel comic titles:

The X-Axis and its' accompanying blog are a great way to stay in touch with what's going on in teh X-Universe if, like Weaponizer head honcho Bram, you can't be arsed with their most recent crossover "epic."

Until next time - keep it Jeezy!

- JC



"Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using spoken word. This is good luck." - Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.

When I started to write about the crew LuckyMe, I should have called it 'LuckyMe - The Novel' okaaaaaaaaaaaaay......

In underground clubs, bedrooms and studios located across Scotland a bunch of artists, producers and vocalists have been steadily honing their skills. Like Superheroes, they emerge at night under various pseudonyms' such as Summel, Hudson Mohawke and Rustie. Showcasing the collected superpowers to a dazzled public, disappearing before the sun creeps back into the sky.

The ever expanding family of LuckyMe are one of the most exciting movements on the Scottish map and are on the rise to national and international acclaim.

The meeting of minds took place at an open mic night running at Stereo in Glasgow (circa 2002) where every act played for free. Hudson Mohawke, a DJ and producer hooked up with an MC called Sum. Soon the two got to work on a six track EP called 'Lucky Me' under the moniker of Surface Empire. The emphasis was on hip-hop and was a successful release, selling out of its small press of 500. Still it was lost among the plethora of artists producing Scottish hip hop.

Fast forward, and as Jarvis would say "something changed" Surface Empire dislocated themselves from their beloved hip hop, and expanded their pallet to whole spectrum of influences including: grime, electronica, dubstep, bmore, and math rock, finding a sound true to them with creativity in full effect. The pair have just caught the eye of the ever elusive Various Production who are looking to release some of the material on their own imprint.

Hudson Mohawke's own new works started to leak out across the ether, and people began to freak. Mohawke is innovating rather than imitating. This year he released a banger "Freemo" on California's Ubiquity label, and "Trace" on the taste making label Beat Dimensions. Gigs across Europe poured in, and notably a spot at London's infamous Plastic People. Mr Mohawke has a bag full of forthcoming releases ready to blow. He's also fresh back from representing his skills at The Red Bull Music Academy in October. The music press are loving him...

XLR8R magazine touted: "...his small output has been enough to cause a major buzz, don't be surprised if cats like Radiohead and Bloc party start requesting his services shortly."

Jay Scarlett (Spacek/BeatDimensions Crew): "The thing I´ve noticed about this character is he has a real sense of die hard determination to construct music like no other beat maker I´ve come across in this field in the last 10 years. Hudson is coming with what most in British hip hop have been debating & waiting for."

Stretching their musical arm across the water to Dublin, Hudson hooked up with Mike Slott of All City Records. Under the guise of Heralds of Change they started a frenzy of remixes and released a string of vinyl, beautifully executed and packaged. Together they have collaborated with Oddisee from the Maryland crew, and Low B (Hollertronix) gathering healthy amounts of airplay. Their new material features Oliver DaySoul – a neo singer who seems to be possessed by Rick James on track 'Bopgunn'. Described as "near perfect synth pop" it's a clue to where the H.O.C sound is progressing.

With too much talent to contain LuckyMe's founding fathers Sum and Fine Art birthed, 'The Blessings'. Together they would concoct a dance driven soundscape "Sinden meets Sa-Ra, Dilla meets Diplo" Their latest mixtape clocked 2,700 in one week, and they somehow managed to fit in Lucky:me:drums, a party night at the now departed Octopus Diamond in Edinburgh.

The energy from the camp is infectious. Reflecting the current climate in the music industry, where networking sites and online distribution have opened up a whole new genre-bending world to artists, new found freedoms, and endless marketing possibilities.

Recently a 24 year old producer from Glasgow joined the ranks of L.M, his name is Rustie and he's causing a whole lot of fuss on the scene right now. When he dropped, and I mean dropped his debut EP "Jagz The Smack" it caused a buzz nearly as loud as his beats. Impresarios such as Flying Lotus (Warps new signing and John Coltrane's nephew) Modeselektor, Plastician and DJ Ayres all giving Rustie the nod for knowhow.

Boomkat the music connoisseurs favourite online record store, are positively salivating over "Jagz The Smack" with gorgeous hand printed cover art, making it record of the week.

"The production here is nothing short of TOWERING, double weight bass drops and sharp edits coupled with a filthy swing that permeates every moment of each one of the 5 tracks here with a primordial brilliance that's just too good to take in over one sitting. Wise up, you DON'T wanna miss out on this one...it's just TOO good. KILLER!!!!!!"

He's impressively 'OUT OF STOCK' (not so impressive if you didn't get a copy).

The LuckyMe camp are slick slick slick. You won't be getting their latest tracks handed to you on a sharpie scrawled blank cd. The iconic LuckyMe Eye design is representative of this incredible love of detail which exudes from the whole foundation.

Glasgow art School Graduate, Dominic Flannigan aka Sum of Surface Empire, was first given the job of designing the cover art for the Heralds Of Change EP. Since then he has been unstoppable. Laying out 20 cover designs for four independent labels including, Japans Circulations. Dominic's designs and use of typography is clean, dynamic and subject sensitive. His collaborations with ethereal photographer Christina Kerhonan are beautifully dramatic and haunting (see Heralds of Change: Puzzles). His Myspace Top 8 points to influences such as Keith Haring, John Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. In the daytime Dominic can be found firmly at the helm of Scottish streetwear label

Dizzee Rascal - flexing some Oddities

The family of LuckyMe is ever growing. Dema who runs Glasgow's most open minded hip hop night Freakmenoovers joins forces with L.M to make banging instrumental club bangers.Jay P – a former Irish DMC and beatmaker. Mr Copy - a minimal techno via grime producer, who at just 18 has been signed to Soma. Finally : Nadsroic - LuckyMe's first lady, who's MC skills are being put to work on Hudson Mohawke and The Blessings soundscape to create "the best possible music for modern discos."

BALLER$ 5OCIAL CLUB running in Glasgow is the newest live arm of L.M who are ".. putting on the most discerning electronic music guests and let them play unadulterated southern hip hop to a small sea of un-pretentious beautiful people" It's super dumb, a club to let it all hang to the sounds of Parisian Hyphy and other eclectic fodder.
2008 will be LuckyMe's year. Expect to hear and see them everywhere from the radiowaves to the club floors and all over Tees. You might not know it's them at first, but slowly they will seep into your subconscious. The LuckyMe eye is projecting high above the city and beyond, when you see it, run to it.

First release "OOPS!" on LuckyMe's own label is due to drop early 2008!

Words by Ema J.
Pictures courtesy of LuckyMe.

RUSTIE - FINEART & JAY P will be repping LuckyMe at Volume! November 24th, at Club Ego, Edinburgh, on 24 November. YOU LUCKY PEOPLE!



I started reading comics back in 1993, around the time that DC started publishing the massive Batman crossover, Knightfall. I’d picked up the odd issue of Batman before that, favouring the darker title at the time, Legends of the Dark Knight. LDK had several self-contained arcs by visionary creators like Ted McKeever and Jamie Delano (to name but a few), and I enjoyed them because they were self-contained. However, I managed to get sucked into the whole Knightfall crossover thing, and started buying all the bat titles – Robin, Batman, Detective and so on.

Following the story title to title was honestly gruelling, not to mention a strain on the wallet of a 13-year old kid, but I persevered, being a completist, until the end of Knightsend. Yes, it was good to have the sense of accomplishment that came with the closing of a huge arc (“Gotta catch ‘em all,” as the slogan of a certain Japanese toy franchise goes), but honestly by the end of it, I felt betrayed, conned, not to mention broke. The worst was the fact that they co-opted LDK as well, so it wasn’t like I could get my Bat-fix without buying the whole kit and caboodle. The sense was not of an epic storyline, tied together expertly, but rather of a cynical marketing ploy, pushed to breaking point and beyond.

I turned away from superhero titles, but soon I was lucky enough to pick up three comics in 1994 that re-invigorated the sense of belonging and identifying that comics had given me in the first place. These comics were: Shade The Changing Man # 50, The Invisibles #1, and Preacher #1.

I followed Invisibles and Preacher right to the end, and went back and collected all the back-story of Shade that I could get my hands on. When all three series eventually ended, the sense of complete-ness that I gained from having followed them from beginning to end was so much more transcendent. I felt like I had borne witness to an epic storyline, a tale to echo down the ages, and would wax lyrical about the stories to anyone who would listen. Invisibles in particular really changed my life. The information disseminated in the letters pages of Invisibles meant that reading it as singles rather than trades was incredibly rewarding, and seeing the story unfold as the Millennium approached (and eventually passed) was, I believe, a central requirement of Grant’s intended ‘hypersigil’ effect.

So what brought me back to superhero comics? The answer is simple – they kicked the old guard of writers out on their arses – no more Denny O’Neill and Chuck Dixon (although he’s still going… and I loved Grifer vs. Midnighter in a sick way), hello Grant and Garth Ennis, Mark Millar and Peter Milligan, and lately Mike Carey, Andy Diggle… the list goes on. Creators became the focus rather than the characters, and the stories they told became, like the more adult titles they had been brought in from, more self-contained. Grant’s run on New X Men can be read in one single arc, without crossovers, guest appearances, or one-shot specials.

Then, along came House of M, Civil War, and now Messiah Complex, and The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul. I have been picking up Batman and X-Men for about two years, and relished the fact that they ran their own, self-contained stories. Sure, Civil War was happening, and you had to know a bit about M-Day to follow X-Men, but for the most part, these creator-focused stories played off the events in Crossoverland, without tying themselves in. Fine. I could ignore Countdown, and 52, because they had no bearing on Bruce Wayne’s relationship with his son, Damian. I could figure out why there were sentinels at the X-Mansion without knowing who the Illuminati were.

With the Ra’s story and the Endangered Species / Messiah Complex arc, it seems that that is all set to change. Now, if I want to read the whole of Endangered Species, I have to pick up more than my regular X-book. If I want to read Batman, I have to read fucking fucking bastard fucking Robin, and Nightdick, and Legion of Wannabes, and whatever. The list goes on. And who are the architects of these nouveau rip-off, multi-crossover headfucks? The very people that saved me from Crossover hell in the mid 90s – Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan, Mike Carey.

To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. I just can’t be fucked with it – the variations in tone and artwork; guest artists; books shipping late and fucking up continuity… there’s no escaping the drawbacks of Crossover fever. Sure, a massive, sprawling arc can be worth the effort – Age of Apocalypse reads well as a single arc, for example. But for the most part, the Big Two (DC and Marvel) seem unable to avoid putting out issues which are, to paraphrase Bill Hicks: “…like turds falling into my drink.”

I should have seen it coming of course – not just because it was Millar who engineered Civil War, earning him the title of ‘the Oasis of comics’ from Warren Ellis (in another Ellis aside – my favourite Civil War moment was the Nextwave cover where one of the characters was holding up a sign saying ‘Mark Millar Licks Goats’). No, this shit goes way back – Peter Milligan came up with the idea that was the genesis of Knightfall, so why should I be surprised that he’s overseeing the Ra’s story? But still, I can’t help feeling betrayed by the writers who saved me from all this bullshit the first time. Have you no shame? Can’t you see that this kind of blatant profiteering is the prostitution of art at its most extreme? It’s just a bloody money-making scheme, a huge attempt to wring every single last penny you can from comics readers, because they are a small audience. You’re not growing your market by doing a crossover with multi-title tie ins: you’re just squeezing your already small market for every penny you can get. Frankly, I expected better of you guys.

I’m willing to throw a lot of money at comics. If I like a writer or an artist, I’ll pick up every title they work on. But I like to have a choice in the matter! I don’t want to feel pressurised into buying titles I have no interest in, about characters I don’t know, just for the sake of some overblown Crossover plotline. Frankly, it’s a rip-off.

To prevent any further argument on the point – if it turns out that the story is excellent, I WILL buy the trades. If I think it’s worth it, I’ll give you my money. But asking me to gamble my weekly comics budget on something that will probably resemble an over-cooked mutant soufflĂ© is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

So yes, Marvel and DC, you’ve lost a reader, perhaps more than one. Until you cease with this Crossover crap, I’m dropping all the Batman titles, I’m dropping X-Men, and I’m sticking with titles that have the decency not to involve me in feral marketing bullshit. And I hate you for it, because I was really digging Grant’s Batman, really digging Carey’s X-Men – but you’ve spoiled it now.

Thank fuck for awesome, self-contained shit like Wolverine, Green Arrow Year One, The Exterminators, Runaways… the list is long, so yes, you’re still getting my dollar, although I'm more inclined to give it to titles like The Walking Dead, or even Wildstorm stuff like Midnighter. But for goodness sake, stop trying to play me like I’m that same gullible 13-year old I used to be. I wasn’t buying it then, and I’m not buying it now.

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