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Pipeline Paradise: Shocking Link Discovered Between Terrorism and Oil -Michael Goss

Body Count 1001: Where Have The Soldiers Gone? - Stan Goff

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Concubine Forming
The Guilt Will Kill

When I got my copy of The Guilt Will Kill by Buffalo's own Concubine Forming, I wasn't expecting too much. I'd never seen them, and the Photoshop-newbie cover art betrayed almost nothing about the music inside, except that they take themselves pretty seriously. I did know that they were on Big Neck Records, a label founded by the owner of the ill-fated but legendary Sanctuary nightclub. Big Neck recently relocated to Virginia, but their roster is still packed with members of the long-underrated Buffalo punk scene.

What I wasn't expecting was this. Concubine Forming channel the styles of some of my favorite acts from the post-punk, pre-Nirvana days of purist rock scream therapy. The effort is somewhat hampered by lackluster production and the lack of a human drummer (I'm no machine-hating Luddite, but the drum machine they used on this record probably should have been assigned paperweight status years ago, and the music's urgency does suffer somewhat for it). But Concubine Forming are steeped in the minimalist id-rock tradition of Big Black, the Jesus Lizard, and the less melodic manifestations of the Pixies. Like these bands, Concubine Forming knows how to yell their fucking heads off, how to lock into a frenzied math groove, and how to quit while they're ahead, leaving the listener with little time to catch his breath before the next post-industrial onslaught.

Poppy and tuneful it ain't. Concubine Forming isn't for Green Day fans. Their socially detached alien rage straddles the void between pure punk zealotry and studied indie cool. To my ears, this music is ten times as dangerous as a hundred speed-metal bands put together.

One of my favorite things about this CD is how, after 10 tracks of blistering screeches, angular dissonance and chunky chords, Concubine Forming reveal their sense of humor on an unlisted 11th track with a faithful rendition of Billy Squier's "The Stroke." It's a fun way to cap off such a muscular album. Despite its sometimes chintzy production, Concubine Forming have a promising full-length debut in The Guilt Will Kill, and are worthy members of both Big Neck Records and the Buffalo scene. They'll be playing, along with a gaggle of their label mates from here and elsewhere, in the two-day Pain in the Big Neck concert at Mohawk Place, taking place on Friday and Saturday, October 8th and 9th. If you like it hard, fast and loud, you should be there too.
-Mitchell Bonk

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ATTENTION BEAST READERS! The BEAST needs you to be the next Mayor of our dear city. That's right! We want you, a lowly loyal BEAST reader, to be the next Mayor of the city of Buffalo. WE ARE TOTALLY SERIOUS! We are launching a search for 16 contestants willing to run for the position of Mayor in 2005...more

Dropping Dead Al Uthman

A new and damning World Health Organization report has set off yet another round of condemnation and hand-wringing over the living nightmare that is the Sudanese crisis. But don't worry everyone-we're on the case. Never mind that we've been "on the case" for years, and even Roscoe P. Coltrane from "The Dukes of Hazzard" would have had it figured out by lunchtime..more

Republican Tricks I.M. Simpering

Early reports are inconclusive on whether or not the Republican National Convention was a boon to New York City's economy. None, however, have yet attempted to account for the bonanza in unreported and untaxable income flowing into the city during the week of the GOP soiree. In a quest for hard figures, investigate reporter I.M. Simpering called on his contacts in Manhattan's escort industry. Instead he heard tales of hard living and debauchery, which he has agreed to publish in The Beast... more

Pipeline Paradise Michael Goss

The third anniversary of 9/11 last week brought on a predictable onslaught of recaps and memorials, reminding us all of the tragedy of that day. We've been doing a lot of bombing and invading since then, ostensibly to defend against further attacks. Most of us felt pretty good about invading Afghanistan and removing the Taliban regime, but a lot of people are having second thoughts about Iraq. Our reasoning for the Iraqi invasion has changed as quickly as evidence of WMDs and a Saddam-Osama link has been discredited. What's the connection? But there is a connection between Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as every conflict our nation is involved in today: oil. At every turn, pipelines and proven reserves seem more of a motivation to our foreign policy than Homeland Security...more

Body Count 1001 Stan Goff

These milestones come along, reminding us and the wrath struggles to break free again. The anger is never really absent, just dormant like a sleeping volcano.

Back when the pack of professional liars in Washington DC and their slavish corporate press still had Americans brainwashed that Iraq was a threat to the United States, General Tommy Franks--then the chief military planner of the catastrophe in Iraq--said, "We don't do body counts." more

Play Time is Over Matt Taibbi

...the protests of the last week in New York were more than a silly, off-key exercise in irrelevant chest-puffing. It was a colossal waste of political energy by a group of people with no sense of history, mission or tactics, a group of people so atomized and inured to its own powerlessness that it no longer even considers seeking anything beyond a fleeting helping of that worthless and disgusting media currency known as play...more

Chris Riordan on Chris Riordan

Proving yet again to be the true vangaurd of free journalism, The BEAST offers an insightful look into the life of Chris Riordan as documented by Chris Riordan. Former Editor of The BEAST and current president of Uticans For Change, Riordan was on his way to the Republican National Convention to document the protests on Saturday August 28. Along the way he decided to use his shitty tape recorder to document the reflections of a ruggedly handsome neogonzobongojournalist who dances really well.... more

Buffalo in Briefs

Private Bridge Plan Threatens Local Graft - We stopped holding our breath for a new bridge two years ago, thanks. With the crooked bunch we have running the show on this side of the border it will never happen-it's a bet even Vegas bookies won't take (we checked). The thing's been going around and around for years now, and they still can't figure out what it will look like, where it will go, who's going to build it, etc., etc., wasting millions of dollars on studies, designs, travel, parties, press conferences and miscellaneous perks. So when a private company from Detroit filed plans with the State Department and the Canadian Ministry of The Same Thing to build its own bridge, insiders went apeshit tripping all over each other to bad mouth the idea... more

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