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Performer Magazine Presents a Special Issue on Drug Use in the Music Community

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  • THE MUSICIANS RESOURCE

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    DRUG USE INFOGRAPHICSINDIE BANDS AS ROLE MODELS

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  • PERFORMER MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2015 3

    VOLUME 25, ISSUE 2

    14Me & My Shadow

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    4. Letter From the Editor

    6. Quick Picks:TheBestinNewMusic

    10. Vinyl of the Month:Crayon

    11. Live Reviews

    36. 5Not-So-ObviousRevenueTipsFor

    Bands

    38.NewAirTravelRulesForMusicians

    40.AnInterviewwithDr.Z

    44.Gear Reviews

    47: My Favorite Axe: Loveskills

    48.Flashback: 1960GibsonByrdland

    by Benjamin Ricci

    THE DRUG ISSUE18

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    Artists Speak Out!

    The 27 Club Myth

    Drugs as Creative Fuel by Pat Kearns

    Drug UseInfographics

    Drug Street Names & Nicknames

    Musicians as Role Models by Shane Watson

    Treatment Options & Addiction by Gary Blanchard

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  • 4 FEBRUARY 2015PERFORMER MAGAZINE

    ABOUT USPerformer Magazine, a nationally distributed musicians trade publication, focuses on in-dependent musicians, those unsigned and on small labels, and their success in a DIY environment. Were dedicated to promoting lesser-known talent and being the first to in-troduce you to artists you should know about.

    MUSIC SUBMISSIONSWe listen to everything that comes into the office. We prefer physical CDs, cassettes and vinyl over downloads. If you do not have a physical copy, send download links to edito-rial@performermag.com.No attachments, please. Send CDs to:

    Performer Magazine Attn: ReviewsPO BOX 348Somerville, MA 02143

    CORRECTIONSDid we make a heinous blunder, factual er-ror or just spell your name wrong? Contact editorial@performermag.com and let us know, cuz were big enough to say, Baby, I was wrong.

    EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONSIn the words of our esteemed forefathers at CREEM: NOBODY WHO WRITES FOR THIS RAGS GOT ANYTHING YOU AINT GOT, at least in the way of credentials. Theres no reason why you shouldnt be sending us your stuff: reviews, features, photos, recording tips, DIY advice or whatever else you have in mind that might be interesting to our readers: independent and DIY musicians. Who else do ya know wholl publish you? We really will...ask any of our dozens of satisfied customers. Just bop it along to us to editorial@perfor-mermag.com and see what comes back your way. If you have eyes to be in print, this just might be the place. Whaddya got to lose? Whaddya got?

    Volume25,Issue2So, we fucked upagain. And by we, I mean just me.

    In November 2013, we published an article about the band Golden Bloom in our Studio Diary section. It was a Q&A all about the recording process for their (at the time) latest album. To accompany the article, we had the band shoot some photos during their studio sessions and provide them to us along with the interview.

    Cut to: the issue hits the stands, featuring a photo from the sessions, and also online, where we added a few more shots that we couldnt fit in print. So far, so good.

    Now, heres where things go downhill. At some point, I mistakenly deposited the entire folder of photos into a stock image library that I keep on hand in case we need a random image of, say, a mixing board or guitar amp to accompany a piece. Its not uncommon - most publications have a stock image library for just such occasions. But adding these images was wrong.

    For starters, we didnt have permission to re-use the photos, and for another, its really not cool to juxtapose a photo of an artist with an article they werent involved with. Which is, unfortunately, exactly what happened in our January 2015 issue.

    Theres no one to blame but me. I feel like an asshat, and have offered my formal written apologies to the band. It was a mistake, pure and simple. There was no malice, just a misplaced folder in the cloud and an empty-headed editor. The absolute worst part? The images of the band were used as stock photos to accompany an article on mistakes to avoid while recording, which is just about the worst place we could have put them. And for that, I sincerely, honestly, offer my deepest apologies (againand again, as much as it takes for the band to be cool with us once more). The photos in question have obviously been removed from the stock image library, and I assure you, our readers, that nothing like this will happen again.

    Howdy, yall!

    -Benjamin Ricci, editor

    LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

    performermag.com /performermagazine @performermag

    PO BOX 348Somerville, MA 02143

    CONTACTPhone: 617-627-9200 Fax: 617-627-9930

    PUBLISHERWilliam House

    Phone: 617-627-9919bill@performermag.com

    EDITORBenjamin Ricci

    ben@performermag.com

    DESIGN AND ART DIRECTIONCristian Iancu

    EDITORIAL ASSISTANTBob Dobalina

    editorial@performermag.com

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERSBenjamin Hanson, Benjamin Ricci, Chris Devine, Christopher Petro, Don Miggs, Gary Blanchard,

    Heidi Schmitt, Jaclyn Wing, Julia DeStefano, Kate Dennis-Skillings, Lauren Moquin, Matt Ingersoll, Matt Lambert, Michael St. James, Pat Kearns,

    Rich Coleman, Shane Watson, Taylor Haag, Taylor Northern, Tony Eubank, Vanessa Bennett

    CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

    Gabriel Burgos, Ilana Shulman, Kitty Terwolbeck, Laura James, Matt Lambert

    ADVERTISING SALESWilliam House

    Phone: 617-627-9919bill@performermag.com

    2015 by Performer Publications, Inc.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any method whatsoever without

    the written permission of the publisher. The magazine accepts no responsibility for unsolicited recordings, manuscripts, artwork or photographs

    and will not return such materials unless requested and accompanied by a SASE. Annual Subscription Rate is $30 in the U.S.;

    $45 outside the U.S.

    P.S. For my thoughts on THIS issue, please head to my personal essay entitled Me & My Shadow, starting on page 14.

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  • 6 FEBRUARY 2015 PERFORMER MAGAZINE

    REVIEWS

    Black Cop DownAustin, TX(Wolfshield Records)

    BLXPLTNs Black Cop Down cover art imme-diately brings to mind the once banished and now legendary album Black Bastards from early 90s hip-hop group KMD (the crew that featured a young Zev Love X aka MF DOOM). And much like that album, Black Cop Down provides a valve fo