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In this issue, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is the featured band and Riese McDonald is the featured model. The issue also includes music reviews and an advice column called Ask Derek.

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  • IncognitoMusic, Models, and More

    Vol. 3, May 2012

    Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadThe Queen Riese McDonald

    Jedi Elvis | Whistle Pigs | Kiss Kiss Bang Bangplus

    A new column: Ask Derek

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    Chiefwriter:GarySchwindCopyeditor:BobBrowerCopyrightGroovyRutabagaPublications2012incognitomusicmagazine.comSubmissions(models,musicartists,writers):incognitomusicmag@gmail.comorPOBox2070MissionViejoCA92690ii

  • Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

    GiantPandaGuerillaDubSquadisarootsreggaebandfromRochester,NewYork.Byphone,guitaristDylanSavagediscussedthebandssound,releasingtwoalbumsinthefirstfourmonthsof2012,andtheinitialaudienceforanynewsonghewrites.Forthefullstoryofhowthebandsettledonitsname,visitRelix.com.Inbrief,thestoryinvolvesanIowafarmer,agameofchance,andsomegoatteeth.

    Howdoyoudescribeyourmusicforsomeonewhohasneverheardit?Wetrytocapturetheclassicreggaesound.Wereinspiredverymuchbythe70sfoundationlayers:BobMarley,PeterTosh,BunnyWailer,allthegreats.Itsalsoanicemixtureofjamming.Veryclassicrootssoundwithabitofjamming.ThenyouhadthedeparturewithCountryearlierthisyear.Howdidthatcomeabout?Thatcameaboutprettynaturally,andthatswhyitcameoutfirst.IttooktwoorthreedaystorecordthatinColorado.Wejuststartedrecordingthetunes.Wehadaboutsixorseventunesandjustrecordedthemrealnaturally.Itwentwell.Thosesongswerekindofborninthe

    backofthevanwhenwewereontheroad.Theycomeoutsoundingthatwayacousticallybecauseoftheinfluences.Aaronplaysthelapsteel,thefiddle.Danisamultiinstrumentalistwhoplaysbanjo.Thoseinfluencesfoundtheirwayintotheflow.Theykindofshapedthesoundotherthanhowitsoundedinthebackofthevanwithanacousticguitar.Thatinstrumentationmixedin.Itwasanaturalthing.DidyouenjoythatCountryrecord?

    Idid.Itsrealnice.IrevieweditforExaminerandmyfirstimpressionwasthatitremindedmealotofOldCrowMedicineShow.OK.Ilovethoseguys.WeenjoytheWoodBrothers,someofthatacousticAmericanacomingout.Thatsdefinitelyinfluencedbythat.Tome,ifitsroots,itsgoodaslongasithassomeintegritytoit.ItdoesntmatterifitsreggaeorAfrican.Aslongasithasarootsfeeltoit,itsgoodforme.Ireadthestoryabouthowthebandchoseitsname.Takemebacktothatnight.Howdidyoumeettheguy?Whatwasitlikehangingoutwithhim.Whatkindofdireconsequencesdidhepromiseifyoudidntchoosethatasyourbandname?Well,youknow,itwasinIowainIthink2004.JamesremembersitmuchbetterthanIdo.Itwasarealtrippedoutsituation.WecameupwiththatcombinationofwordsandthoughtHowcanwerefuse?Howcanwenotmoveforwardwiththatname?Hewasaverymysticalpresence.Again,allthesekindsofthingscomenaturally.Theyjusthappen.Wedontfightit.Howdidyouencounterthisguy?Westoppedoverandwewerelookingforsomeplacetogetfood.Theyinvitedusovertothisorganicfarmtheyhad.Wejuststartedrappingwiththisguy.Thisthingcameout.Wejustwentwithit.Itwasprettycool.Thatsthesortofthingyouhavetogoalongwithiffornootherreasonthanitgivesyouagoodstorytotell.Exactly.Itwasaveryinterestingtime.incognitomusicmagazine.com Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) 1

  • WetalkedaboutCountryandnowyouhavethenewrecordcomingout.Itsbeenaprolificyearalready.Isthisjustthenatureofthebandtohavethisprolificwriting?

    InTheseTimeshasbeenintheworksfortwoyears.Someofthosesongswerewrittenin2006likePockets.Itreallycapturesthesoundfrom2006topresent.Weallwrite.James,Dan,andIhavebeenwritingquiteabit,soitsanicemixtureofthethreewritingstyles.Wehavealotofsongsandwewanttostartrecordinganewrecord.WehopetostartasearlyasMay.InTheseTimestookawhilebecausewevebeenontheroad.Wedcomehome,doacouplesessions,thengobackoutandcomeback.Itcapturesallofthatsoundfrom2006tothepresent.Werehappywithit.Weworkedhardonitandwereverypleased.

    WouldyousayyouremoresatisfiedwithInThesetimesbecauseitsbeenintheworkslonger?Iguess.Ienjoybothofthemverymuch.ThereisacertainconnectionwehavetoInTheseTimes.Definitely.Haveyouhadthechancetolistentoit?

    Idid.Itsgotarealclassic,wewerestrivingforarealclassicrootssound.Weallwerechangedby

    reggae.IlistenedtoMarleyandittaughtmesomuchaboutmusicandtheworld.Allthoseinfluencesarecomingintothemusicandwecapturedacertainclassicreggaesoundthatsnottooprevalentinthereggaecommunitytoday.The80sreallybroughtonthedigitalareaofreggae.The70swasdefinitelyaspecialtimeformusicingeneralbutespeciallyforreggae.Imsteepedinalotofthattypeofsongwriting:simplesongs,simplemelodies.EverytimeIcomeupwithanewsong,Iplayitformykidsfirst.Iftheylikeit,theyrelikemyfirstsoundingboardbeforeIevenbringsongstotheband.Itsinterestinghowchildrenconnect.Iknowwhatyoumean.Ihaveathreeyearoldwhoisamusicfanatic.AlotoftimeswhenIwriteareview,Illmentionthatitgetsmysonssealofapproval.Theyjustconnectwithitonsuchaprimallevel.Theyreallydo.Ifitgetsthemmoving,theylikeit.HejustturnedthreelastmonthandAC/DCishisfavoritebandbyfar.

    HesrockinouttoBackinBlack.HelikestheBonScottera.MostofthesongsonmyiPodareBonScottera,butheknowstheonesBrianJohnsonsings.Wow!Hecantellthedifferencebetweenthetwo.Thatsgreat!Kidsreallyconnectonaprimallevel.MydaughterjustgotaniPodshuffle.Sheseightandshesfillingitwithalotofgoodqualityclassicmusic.Itryandgethertounderstandthegoodmusicbecausethereissomuchdisposablemusicnow.Itseasyforkidstotakethewrongturntowardthenegativepopcultureoutthere.WhathaveyoulearnedfrommeetingartistslikeG.LoveandRebelution?IvebeenlisteningtoG.LovesinceIwas18or19.MuchrespecttoG.Love.Wehadtheopportunitytotourwithhim.Wewouldjamoftenafteroursets.Afterhedbedone,wedjamonthebus.Wedidalotofnicejams.Ithinkinalotofways,hewasveryinfluentialontheacousticalbum.Some2 Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) incognitomusicmagazine.com

  • ofthesongsonthatalbumwhenwewereontourwithhim.Forexample,GetMeThroughwaswritteninNashvillewhenwewereontourwithG.Love.Hesjustagreatshowman,allaroundgreattunes,andjustagreatguy,apositiveinfluence.AsfarasRebelution,thoseguyshavebeensolidwithusforthree,fouryears.Wevetouredwiththemprobablymorethanwithanyotherband.Ericwritesgreatsongs,itsagreatshow,alotofpositivity.Veryupliftingmusic.Everytimeyouplaywithsomeone,theirinfluencerubsoff.WelearnedalotmusicallyfromRebelutiontoo,mixingsongsandgettingourshowstogether.Thoseguysareourbrothersforsure.Whatwouldyoubedoingifyouwerentmakingmusic?

    Idprobablybegoingtoschoolandmaybeteaching.TeachingismorethanlikelysomethingIwouldhavepursued.Myfatherwasateacher.Itsagreatprofession.Whatwouldyouteach?History,English.Probablythosetwo.ImhappyImdoingmusic.Imreallygratefultoallourfansforthesupporttheyvegivenusthroughout.Formoreaboutthisband,visitgiantpandadub.com.incognitomusicmagazine.com Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) 3

  • The Queen Riese McDonald

    TheQueenRieseMcDonaldisamodel,formerlyofColumbus,Ohio,nowlivinginFlorida.Shediscussesherbestfeatureandheradvicetoanyonelookingtogetintomodeling.

    Howlonghaveyoubeenmodeling?Fortwoyears.Whatdoyouthinkisyourbestfeature?Why?Ilovemylipsbecausetheycomplementmyfacewell.Whathasbeenyourfavoritemodelinggigsofar?Why?Idonthaveafavorite.Theyallhave

    beengoodsofar.Whatisthemostimportantthingyouhavelearnedaboutmodeling?Becarefulwhoyoubefriendintheindustry.Whatisonewaypeoplemisjudgeyou?PeopleassumebecauseImlightskinned,Imconceitedandthatissofarfromthetruth.Ifyoucouldonlyappearinonemorepublication,whatwoulditbe?SmoothWhatisonethingyouhopetoaccomplish?Iwanttotraveltheworldandreallyjustliveineachmomentineachcountry.4 Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) incognitomusicmagazine.com

  • Ask Derek

    Editorsnote:BeforewegettotheinitialeditionofAskDerek,allowmetosayhowthiscameabout.DerekNovatoisayoungmanwhowearsaPhishshirtallthetime.Atleast,thatsallIveeverseenhimwear.HewasdiggingfordayolddoughnutsinourDumpsterhereatIncognitoHQ.HeaskedwhatwedohereandItoldhimthatwewriteanindependentmusicmagazine.Boss!hesaid,andaskedmeforajobasawriter.Ipolitelydeclined.Butthen,thisgogetterstartedcomingtomyofficeeveryday.Fortwoweeks.Finally,hesaid,Look,man.Imreallyagoodwriter.AllImaskingisthatyougivemeachance.Tellyouwhat,youdontevenhavetopaymemoney.Illworkforbeer.So,Iboughtthisenterprisingyoungmana12packandtoldhimwhenIneededhiscolumn.Sadly,hedidntdeliverthecolumnintime,soIaskedourjanitorOscartobeourguestadvicecolumnist.

    DearDerek,Ihavebeenwithmygirlfriendforthreeyearsandsheisreallyputtingthepressureonmetogetmarried.Iloveherandeverything,butmarriage?Comeon!Besides,hermotherhatesme.Alwayshas.HowcanImarrythisgirlknowingthatIllhavetospendholidayswithherwitchofamother?Idontwanttobreakupwithher,butweddingringsscareme.WhatshouldIdo?FlummoxedandinloveDearFAIL,HereswhatIwoulddoifIwereyou.Hey,letmeaskyousomething?Isyourpotentialmotherinlawhot?Icouldusesomefemalecompany.Youknowhowharditisforajanitortogetadatewithachick?Man,theyhearyoureajanitorandyoumightaswelltellemyouhaveleprosy.SoImopfloorsandcleantoiletsforaliving?Sowhat?Youknowsomething?Iwouldnthavetocleanbathroomsifpeoplecouldmanagethesimplechoretheyweretaughtwhentheywere

    kids.Yououghtaseethefloorofthemensbathroomonthe5thflooroftheOgilvyBuildingwhereIwork.Yeah,youjerksknowwhoyouare.HowhardisittogetyourpissintheurinalWHENYOURESTANDINGRIGHTOVERIT?Christalmighty!Sometimesitslikeyouretryingtocreateaurinepondinthere.Andwhostheretocleanitup?Me.Thatsright,youaholes!Imtheonethatkeepsyoufromwalkingthoughpuddlesofpiss.AndwhatthanksdoIgetforit?None.Hell,mostofyouclownsdontevenknowmyname.Sure,youllbuyalittlesomethingforyourmailman.Ormaybeyoullgivehimthelemoncakethatyourwifemakeseveryyear.Youknowsomething?Ilikelemoncaketoo.Notthatyouwouldknowbecauseyouneverbothertotalktome.Well,youknowsomething?MaybeIlljustletyouwalkthroughpisspuddlesfromnowon.Dicks!DearDerek,Mygirlfriendcaughtmelookingatsomeporn(somehotgirlongirlaction)andboy,isshepissed!Shethinkswatchingpornischeatingandshereallyaskedme,Whydoyouneedtolookatthesewomenwhenyouhavemeathome?Shehasbarelyspokentomesinceshecaughtme.WhatcanIdotogetbackinmygirlfriendsgoodgraces?CaughtLookingatPornDearCLAP,Watchinggirlongirlischeating?Hey,whowerethetwogirls?Youmighthavetoldmethat,soIcouldlookituponmyowntime.Helpadudeout,youknow.Sowhatshouldyoudotoget