Friday, January 22, 2010

Press Release from InDebt Management

Indebt Management announces the signing of Annie Christ, metal radio host and writer.

Annie Christ of Annie Christ’s Metal Monday and will now be managed by Eric Christ of InDebt Management Company. Some other InDebt clients are Tension Head, Seven, Diabase, Mensrea, Members of Gwar, and Vampire Moose (on Rotten Records). As Annie’s producer and manager, Eric Christ will help facilitate advertising and merchandising deals with Annie Christ. Eric Christ is also a senior associate and booking agent with Twisted Hillbilly Magazine and an A&R rep for Twisted Hillbilly Records.

Contact information for Eric Christ is:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Looking for CD Reviewers and Bands to Review


I'm looking for CD reviewers for my website. If you love metal music and would like to volunteer your time as an official Prophet for the website, send me a quick EMAIL with your name, location, favorite genre of metal, and how many reviews you would like to do per month. Your reviews will appear here and on the Annie Christ Blog. You will also be featured (and sometimes interviewed) on the Annie Christ Metal Monday Radio Show! And sometimes you will get FREE CDs!


Would you like to have your band's CD reviewed by a Prophet of the Annie Christ show? All CD reviews will be featured on this website, the Annie Christ blog, and the Annie Christ Metal Monday Show. Annie will sometimes play songs from a reviewed album on the radio show (with permission from the band). Send a quick EMAIL for details and address to send CDs!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Two interviews: Brian Trotter and Ronald Nicaud

Two interviews: Brian Trotter and Ronald Nicaud
Some Random Notes

Over the past two days I’ve had the honor to interview two original members of Disappointed Parents, Brian Trotter and Ronald Nicaud. (Brian was also in Teenage Waste with Mike IX Williams back in the 80s.)

Brian met Mike IX back in 81 or 82. “He was such a little kid,” he says of Mike back then, “He and his friends were bad little boys.” Brian, who is a few years older than Mike, told me stories of the New Orleans underground scene in the 80s. He mentioned the infamous Beat Exchange (run by the never popular Barbara Hoover). He also mentioned “Emergency Hall,” the empty building owned by Ronald Nicaud’s father where bands that had nowhere else to play would be able to gig.

In fact, Ronald told me that Graveyard Rodeo named themselves at Emergency Hall. The place was originally opened when DRI came to town and had nowhere to play because David Duke and his minions had frightened Rose Tattoo enough they boarded the windows “hurricane style.”

Ronald had much to say about the infamous NOLA underground in the 80s. “It was very aggressive and very violent,” he says, “And every band was different.” This was hardcore before the crossover of metal. This was hardcore before the “drugs and darkness.” “It was a scene well before its time,” Ronald explains, and he’s glad that the scene is finally getting the attention and respect it deserves. In fact, Disappointed Parents will be playing the Raise the Dead Festival with some new members in March. Now that the band is back together, Ronald (who spent time overseas and as a Hari Krishna monk) says, “I have no regrets waiting 25 years to do it again.”

His recollections of Mike IX are much the same as Brian’s. He called him a “little rascal” who was always “super intelligent.” And he agreed with Brian, admitting that, “Yes. Mike was very naughty. But he was very nice too.” His most favorite memory of Mike IX: while at a The Cold show at Tulane, Mike turned to him and said, “Hey, have you ever heard of the band The Clash?” You just don’t forget the person who turned you on to something like that for the first time.

It was quite the learning experience to be able to talk to these guys.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Buy Organic - Why Metal Music is Good for You

If you’ve seen Food, Inc., or are aware of the adulteration of our food industry by the US government and major corporations, you know that most of our food is genetically modified and/or washed in ammonia and/or sprayed with bleach. The animals we eat are overfed with hormones and cannibalistic diets. When they finally get to die, they do so in panic and pain. As a result of this industrialization of the food supply, we have become sick, mindless fat asses who poison ourselves on Franken-food and indigestible crap.

Is this so different from the music industry? In order to sell the most units possible, record companies force artists to become something they’re not in order to produce the blandest product acceptable to the most palates. Artists live lies in order to feed us meaningless music that neither sustains nor energizes.

If the universal law is still true – you are what you eat, then are we also what we listen to? And if so, what are we becoming by listening to the crap music being fed to us by major corporations? In our efforts to homogenize everything we take in, we destroy anything that was good about it in the first place.

No genre of music has withstood that homogenization more than metal. (That’s why there are so many subgenres of metal – because it keeps getting spicier and more diverse.) Metal is the product of true artists – not corporations. It is, therefore, the most organic of all music genres. And listening to it will only make you healthier and (dare I say?)…..happier.

Going organic (whether it’s with food or music) is not just something we should do for our bodies – it’s something we should do for our souls, our spirits, for our very existence. And anyone who tells you any different is your enemy.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Interview Notes – Gary Mader – 1/1/10 – 4:30 pm

I just spoke with Gary Mader about the Mike IX project (yes - I really need to come up with a name for it). We plan to do our first interview later this month – on a Friday – in NOLA. He’s setting up my interview with Joey LaCaze since they live close to each other so I can talk to them on the same day.

We also discussed the possibility of the Eyehategod compilation/coffee table book too – something I can definitely help them get organized.

Now I’m off to track down Jimmy Bower for an interview request.

Friday Shoutouts for January 1, 2010

Interview Notes - Trevor Antonides


I just got some really great one-liners for the Mike IX book from Trevor Antonides of Jacksonville, Florida. Trevor’s band, A-Frame, opened for Eyehatgod in Michigan back in the mid 90s and he is a big Eyehategod fan. He calls them the “Anti-hero and nothing but that.”

Trevor has been impacted by Eyehategod, saying that “Ever since I heard them, they’ve helped me shape who I am. I tell the world to ‘Fuck Off’ on a daily basis and I never let anything compromise my beliefs.”

My favorite quote from Trevor on EHG: “They’re what the Sex Pistols always wanted to be.”

(Thanks for the interview, Trevor. And good luck hunting metal bands in the Ukraine! I want to hear the ones you find.)

Two Projects for 2010

Over the past few days, I’ve been giving serious thought to the direction I want to take in 2010. As most of you know, my main priority for the year is the Mike IX Williams biography. The book will be done by the end of 2010 – with a companion screenplay as well.

Along with the research on Mike, I would like to start an academic conference on Metal in the South. I’d like to host the conference in New Orleans with panels of scholars and musicians. The conference would include documentary viewings, paper presentations, musical showcases, and spoken word performances.

Here’s where you come in:

If you have any personal Mike IX stories, I would love to interview you for the book.


If you would like to be involved in the Southern Metal conference – as a volunteer, presenter, or vendor, please contact me at

I’m looking for a venue in New Orleans to host the conference. I’m also looking for sponsors for the event.

Thanks for helping me make 2010 a great year for Metal!