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Dial 'M' for Muses
Throwing Muses, that is. This pioneerirg group has been around fr over
a decade and has released some of the most chaflengng and movng
music ever called 'alternative-' Their laest album "Undersitv" one of
the most pop records that Muses singer/songwr er Krktin Hersh has
written, and live the group is absolutely mesmerizing. See ther tonight
at the Blind Pig; call 996-8555 for mcre inforrration.

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Tuesday,
October 10, 1995

Dial M' for mostly mediocre

Mark Robinson's got the whole world in his hands.
Robinson's Air Miami takes off

By Heather Phares
Daily Arts Editor
Change is good. Just ask Mark Robinson,
the leader of the long-lived, critically ac-
claimed indie band Unrest. Robinson's un-
repentant about the group's demise. "Unrest
wasaroundfor12years,"hesaidwithatired
sigh. "And I just felt 'Is this the only thing
I'm going to do with my life?"'
Solatein 1994, Unrestdisbanded.-From
the band's ashes arises Air Miami, which
consists of Robinson, Unrest's bassist
Bridget Cross and new drummer Gabriel
Stout. (Unrest's drummer, Phil Krauth,
recently released a solo album on
Robinson's TeenBeat record label.) The
group has two of Unrest's key members,
and on their debut album "Me. Me. Me."
the group includes some ofthe shimmery,
high-speed riffola that helped make Un-
rest unique. What makes Air Miami dif-
ferent from Unrest?
"Well, we play different songs, and
there's different people in the band, and
the band has a different name," Robinson
said sarcastically. And while there are a
few similarities between the experimen-
tal, speedy pop of Unrest and the shiny,
sleek tunes of Air Miami, the differences
are important - at least to Robinson.
One of the main differences between
the two is the production on "Me. Me.
Me." Knob-twiddler Guy Fixsen (also of
Laika) went for a clean, smooth sound
that the band found different from their
normal recording behavior. "We're used
to doing something one or two times, and
if there's a mistake, then we don't worry
about it. But Guy is a real perfectionist; he

kept making us do things over and overto
get them just right," Robinson said.
"We were looking for a change from
our usual way of doing things. I heard
some of his work and liked it, so we
decided to work with him." Though the
recording of "Me. Me. Me." was a new
experience, it was also a rewarding one.
When asked if he was happy with the
album, Robinson responded, "Yes, about
90 percent happy. We had a good time
AIR MIAMI
WhereBHind PigI
When: Tonight
Tickets: $10,50 in advance
Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
making it. I really like 'Bubble Shield,'
and 'Definitely Beachy."'
As for the unusual album name,
Robinson said with a laugh, "ltjust comes
from the attitude that you get on tour.
You're tired, you want to go home, it's all
'me, me, me!' That's the feeling that the
title came from." And what about that
band name? His response is equally
simple: "Miami's just a cool place. We
recorded the album down there."
One thing remains the same between
Unrest and Air Miami - the way
Robinson writes his songs. Of his tune-
writing technique, Robinson said, "I just
try to come up with interesting chords or
melodies. Bridget writes her own bass
parts, and her own vocal parts too. We
don't really write together; we sort of do
our own things together," and cited bands
like New Order, Gang of Four and Minor

Threat as some of his inspiration.
His musical beginnings,however,were.
more classical than new wave. "I played.
violin in the third grade," Robinson said
with a laugh. "I started playing guitar in
junior high, and I met Phil Krauth in my
ninth grade English class. We started,
playing together with a guy who played
bass and that's how Unrest started."
TeenBeat's origins are just as straight-'
forward: "Well, there were a lot of bands
in my high school, and we wanted to put
music out, so that's how TeenBeatz was
born. In the beginning it was a cassette,
only label - I remember working really-
hard at a job in a pizza place to get the
money to put out our first vinyl release.
which was an Unrest seven-inch,
Robinson said. . a
Robinson has some advice for those
who would like to start their own music
labels: "Have some music that you want
to put out. Lots of people want to stag
record labels and don't have any music to
release, so they have problems. Be com-
mitted to it. And be prepared to lose a lot
of money," he laughed.
His plans for after the tour's end? "Go
home, get some sleep, check out some ofthe
restaurants around town," Robinson said"
"There are some good Korean and Thai
places, and a couple of chili places as well.
He added, "The tour will be ending up,
around Halloween, so I'll celebrate thy
somehow. I don't have a costume yet forthis
year. I was a hooker transvestite from helI
last year, so I don't know how I'll top that.'1
Whatever costume he chooses, Robinson's
band will remain a real treat.

Ani DiFmnco's got the Power

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