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Helmet,
play Pal
By Ted Watts
Daily Arts Writer
Ho ho ho. Have you been
child? Because this month
bringing you a sack full of m
vals that have Christmasy na
'Holiday Hootenanny." The
these cold-
weather fests is
tomorrow. The
level of credibili-
ty for the bands .
runs the gamut
from high indie- Thu
cred bands like w
Helmet to the inconceivable
ers, Deep Purple.
"We're playing with Deep
asked a stunned John Stanier,
for Helmet, in a telephone i
with The Michigan Daily. Th(
flat tone of the question under
complete shock at the fact.
before he had referred to the
"absurd. That's completely m
But unless WRIF is pulling an
ly elaborate and expensive j
true.
"I remember when I was
school, (Deep Purple) had a r
in '85 or '86. That was like
comeback record. It was h
Stanier reminisced. He has be
ings towar;d some others on
though: "I bet Danzig is pret
Underneath all that tough gu
bet he's kinda kooky."
Helmet has some pretty
things going on for themsel
rhey've just been remixing th
again, and after two delays and
eight or nine months, their ne
"Aftertaste" should be comin
late February. Dave Sardy, wh(
band Barkmarket and has
bands from Slayer to the Red
Peppers, was at the sound b
"Aftertaste.'
"(Sardy) pushed us. Mad
things we wouldn't normally
* as kinda Inean. So it wa
Stanier said about the album,
in Los Angeles at Capital Stud
Stanier also spoke about th
songs on the album. "Half the
a natural progression for us, a
next record is concerned. The o

r's . '

Nona

he EldiCtIjlan Datig

James Ellroy Reading
Come hear the International best-selling author read tonight. James
Ellroy will be reading from "My Dark Places" at Shaman Drum
Bookshop at 315 S. State St. The reading begins at 8 p~m., and best
of all, it's free. For more information, call Shaman Drum at 662-7407.

Wednesday
December 4, 1996

5

Deep Purple
ace metalfest

ia good
Santa is
ini-festi-
mes like
best of

of it is pretty raw. There're some faster
songs on it. More 'Strap it On'-ish
kinda songs. It's a pretty cool thing, I
think.""Strap It On" was Helmet's first
album, a noisy and energetic affair on
indie label Amphetamine Reptile. It
was the album that instilled money lust

\:. PREVIEW
Helmet
Tickets $10 and $15
rsday at the Palace of Auburn Hills
ith Daep Purple, Danzig and others

in record companies
and started a small
war over acquiring
the band. Interscope,
the band's current
label, is probably
happy to hear about
this return home.
also experienced its

headlin-
Purple?"
drummer
nterview
he nearly
lined his
Moments
idea as
ade up."
extreme-
oke, it is
in high
ecord out
the big
horrible,"
tter feel-
the bill,
ty funny.
y stuff, I
exciting
ves now.
eir record
an extra
w album
ng out in
ois in the
produced
Hot Chili
oard for
e us do
do. He
s good,"
recorded
ios.
e types of
record is
s far as a
other half

Helmet has

second guitarist loss in as many
albums. "Towards the end of our
gigantic tour for the 'Betty' album, it
just kind of fizzled out between us.
and Rob (Echeverria)," Stanier
explained. "And we had a split. But it
was a good split, I still talk to him all
the time and hang out with him....
And now we have Chris Traynor from
Orange 9mm. And he's really cool.
He's a really good player. He's exactly
what we needed. He's really young.
Really obnoxious." Traynor didn't
come in until after the basic recording
for "Aftertaste" was done, however,
and doesn't appear on the record. The
band had been invited to play the
Olympics, so they asked Traynor to
fill in on guitar.
"The funny thing about the Olympic
show was that it was canceled at the
last minute but it was on the same day
as when the bomb went off that sup-
posedly was at some concert. So that
was really weird. I heard it in a cab at
like four in the morning that night, just
a little blurb like 'bomb goes off at
rock concert at the Olympics' and it
was the night we were supposed to
have played there. ... I think it was a
different stage than we were supposed
to play. It's not like we missed multiple
deaths. But that would have been kind
of cool. I would have loved to have
played the Olympics and gotten
bombed. ... Maybe we could have
caught the bomber, been heroes,' he
said with a laugh.
Well, Helmet are at least rock heroes.
Go sample some "Aftertaste" and see
for yourself.

Ellen Rowe conducts the University Jazz Ensemble at a rehearsal. ^'OI"f"
Ne w Ja1zEsemble makes debut%

By Stephanie Love
For the Daily
Ann Arbor jazz enthusiasts are privileged to have a
new jazz ensemble on campus this year. The
University Jazz Ensemble, after a brief absence from
the School of Music, is back with a vengeance under
the direction of Ellen Rowe, associate professor of
jazz studies.
The group's final concert ofr
the semester features the 20-
member ensemble performing a Ja
variety of pieces, including
Strayhorn and Ellington's "Satin
Doll," "Spectrum" by Bob
Mintzer and Sammy Nestico's
"Time Stream." The concert also features works by
Thad Jones, Kenny Wheeler and Herbie Hancock as
well as "Cross Currents," an original composition by
Rowe.
So why did it take so long for the School of Music
to create a large jazz band? Rowe said, "they had one
for many years but it has been dormant for the last
couple of years as the head of the department, Ed
Sarath, decided to focus on a slightly different type of
large jazz group, the Creative Arts Orchestra." With
the addition of more full-time jazz faculty, both
groups are now in full swing.
Re-establishing a group of any kind takes time.
After an individual audition process which included

z

the performance of two jazz pieces of contrasting
styles, sight-reading, and the possibility of demon-
strating improvisation ability, the University boasts a
very talented ensemble. Rehearsing for two hours
twice a week, the group consists mainly of music
majors but membership is open to anyone willing to
audition.
Rowe has lofty goals for her
new group. At the top of her list
E V I E WI is the desire to develop one of
z Ensemble the top collegiate jazz ensem-
Tonight at 8 p.m* bles in the country. As the
Rackham Auditorium School of Music's ensembles
Free are typically excellent, the jazz
department's recent expansions
should prove beneficial to the music environment
in Ann Arbor after the absence of a big band from
the University.
In addition, Rowe plans to have the group introduce
young students to jazz in secondary schools around
the state and provide clinics for high school students
already interested in jazz. Rowe also wants to see a
varied repertoire within her group, including student
compositions.
Already this year the ensemble has performed at the
Bird of Paradise Jazz Club on Sunday evenings
throughout the fall semester. Next semester, the group
will be performing in the annual "Collage Concert" in
January. The Jazz Ensemble will also represent the

university in an intercollegiate jazz festival in Grand
Rapids in February. In addition, performances will
continue at the Bird of Paradise throughout the winter
term. Rowe intends to tour with the group beginning
next year.
A former director of jazz studies at the University
of Connecticut, Rowe, a jazz pianist and composer, is
a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she
studied with Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins. Rowe
has performed at jazz clubs and in concert series
throughout the United States as well as Germany,
Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland and Australia.
Winner of the Hartford, Conn. "Advocate" Readers'
Poll for Best Acoustic Jazz, Rowe is also active as a
clinician, giving workshops and master classes at the
Melbourne Conservatory, Hochule fur Musik in
Cologne and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Rowe's compositions and arrangements have been
performed and recorded by leading jazz ensembles
and orchestras around the world.
Although the world of jazz music, especially corn-
posing, is stereotypically a male-dominated field,
Rowe takes it all in stride. "It was challenging when I
first started 10 years ago at the University of
Connecticut to find an 'authoritative' style of directing
that I was comfortable with, but as the years go byI
find that those issues aren't such a concern. As long as
there is mutual respect between players and conductor,
there isn't a problem."

Free Campbell-inspired film hits A2

By Jen Petlinski
Daily Film Editor
A facet of the independent film scene
whirls into Ann Arbor tonight with all
the thrill and horror of a Bruce
Campbell-inspired project.
"Hatred of a Minute" a twisted tale
of murder and mys-
tery, and director p
Mike Kallio - a
Bruce Campbell
("Evil Dead," p
"Army ofY
Darkness") protege
- make their way
onto campus tonight as a part of a FLIX
(First Light Independent Exposition)
tour.
The FLIX event, sponsored by

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ML

Lloyd Hall Scholars, is part of a pro-
gram that works toward bringing the
independent film business closer to
college audiences around the nation.
Most FLIX screenings include an
evening screening of a particular
film, a question-and-answer session
® _with the director
and afternoon vis-
EVIE Wby filmmakers
Hatred of to specific acade-
a Minute mic departments
interested in the
BATonight at 7 m film's subject
LBa Auditorium 3, Free fl' ujc
matter.
FLIX's free feature film, "Hatred of a
Minute' will be in Ann Arbor's spot-
light in MLB Auditorium 3 at 7 p.m.
The film, based on one of Edgar Allan

Poe's "To-" poems, stars director Mike
Kallio as Eric Seaver, a medical tran-
scriptionist for the coroner whose abu-
sive past eventually drives him to insan-
ity. Kallio's Seaver, who eventually
becomes a self-proclaimed savior,
believes that it is his mission to save all
women from the world's danger by
sending them to heaven.
The film - also rumored to have
Bruce Campbell (co-producer of the
film) lurking in the background some-
where - traces the mental struggle,
hallucinations and delusions that ensue
in a troubled Eric's mind.
Writer, director and producer Mike
Kallio will be available after the
screening to answer questions regard-
ing his project and his experiences as a

new independent filmmaker. Kallio,
inspired by Detroit's Bruce Campbell,
Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert (for "Evil
Dead"), George Lucas, and his grand-
ma, continues to work his way up from
his start as a creator of Halloween hor-
ror props for "Home Improvement,"
"Tales from the Crypt" and "America's
Most Wanted."
Kallio is also credited with forming
Darkart Entertainment and End of my
Rope Limited Partnership to help him'
raise money for the tragic "Hatred.'
Co-producer Bruce Campbell
describes "Hatred of a Minute" as "the
first truly independent psychedelic,
psychological thriller of the '90s." Join
Kallio at the MLB tonight and experi-
ence the ride.

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