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IN THIS ISSUE The Last Gasp Album Review 5 Movie Review The Peanuts Movie 6 VIntage Vinyl Revisited Horizon 8 November Music Board 10 11 Interview Shemane Nugent 12 P O Box 1376 Battle Creek MI 49016 S MAS H MAG S CO M Artist Profile Corey Ayres 14 from the publisher Restaurant Review London Grill 15 Merry SMASHmas Jock in the Box Scotty Bud Melvin 17 Oh boy the sun is gone the warm weather has turned to cold and the leaves are almost gone So put on your boots and warm clothes and let s get ready to play in the snow Holiday Party Planning 101 18 Wizards of Winter 19 GET JOLLY Eight Annual Kalamazoo Santacon 20 22 SMASH MUSIC CORNER 23 SUPPORTERS OF THIS ISSUE TOWNSQUARE MEDIA DARK HORSE BREWERY OLD DOG TAVERN PAPA PETES THE MUSIC FACTORY WAREHOUSE CEREAL CITY CONCERT BAND If you d like to advertise in Smash Magazine or on our website SMASHMAGS COM visit SMASHMAGS COM RATES for pricing art requirements and deadline information When you come in from the cold there are plenty of hot holiday events to warm your innards December brings the biggest event of the year in Kalamazoo celebrating all things Santa SantaCon and shows galore all over our area We also have an in depth interview with the wife of Ted Nugent Chamane Nugent has a new book out and SMASH had the honor of an exclusive interview Plus the vast array of monthly features you have come to love We at SMASH hope everyone has a very Happy Holiday and we will see you in the New Year Editor Bruce Tuck bruce smashmags com Creative Director Nicholas Zastrow nicholas smashmags com Writers John Barrett Kasi Casterline Todd Cope Nick Hatzinikolis Hannah Berger Colin Smith Bruce Tuck Advertising Robin Cunningham 269 986 3912 rates smashmags com Events and Shows Submit listings to events smashmags com Disclaimer SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work Because they have a unique way of expressing themselves it is important for people who pick up the magazine to understand you might not always like what you see SMASHMAGS COM Publisher Robin Cunningham robin smashmags com There are also articles that may contain sarcasm and adult content This publication is intended for a mature audience KEEP UP WITH WHAT S UP Click over to smashmags com or visit us at facebook com bcsmashmag to sign up for our email list We ll send you a monthly digital copy of Smash Magazine and not fill your inbox up with useless emails PAGE 4
IN THIS ISSUE The Last Gasp  Album Review.................... 5 Movie Review - The Peanuts Movie ........... 6 VIntage Vin...
LAST GASP WITH A BREATH OF FRESH AIR ALBUM REVIEW BY COLIN SMITH Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest said it took him years to realize that music can be news Likewise this year s Straight Outta Compton showed a young Ice Cube said hip hop artists are like journalists reporting on what they see by using the spoken word it not been for the hypnotic loops of drums and hushed vocals An interludes of short songs slip in and then out just like thoughts that come and go Set In My Ways sounds best fit for a night time drive or through quality speakers for a late evening of solitary thinking And Kalamazoo s own Last Gasp is part news nonfiction and poetry wrapped in a musical collective They tell stories and the group has been on a roll After releasing the record Amateur Hour in September the group released Set In My Ways a short record filled with songs spanning between 30 seconds and 3 minutes in November Set In My Ways is a refined short record and it seems like a taste of what s to come a far cry from the group s last gasp Set In My Ways was recorded on FL Studios and the production sounds sheen and polished It s an introspective record Samara Woolfolk sings slowly on Calvin Center enunciating each syllable in the line all that love I gave you I want it back A man quickly raps a few lines in sixteenth notes contrasting to the dreamy pace of the song The jazzy and dissonant chromatic guitar chords in Wishing Well sounds like an echo chamber of a young man s mind The vocalist Lakeshore Drew tells a story of throwing a penny down a well and hoping for change An organ electronic drums and Samara Woolfolk s vocal deliveries opens up the song with space Jay Jackson the producer and visionary behind the project seems to fit multiple songs in one But it s not jarring or abrupt Instead it s like reading little vignettes out of a novella that add up to a broader bigger picture The Last Gasp sounds influenced by soul gospel hip hop blues jazz and rock The record sounds especially inspired however by 90s R B and hip hop especially in Slum Lord with what sounds like a tinge of autotune And the vocal work sounds as lush as the record s production The singing and rapping is more akin to an instrument adding melody and color in addition to their story telling The dry string arrangements on Cinema almost sound reminiscent of the Beatles Good Night and it would sound like a lullaby had DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 5
LAST GASP WITH A BREATH OF FRESH AIR ALBUM REVIEW BY COLIN SMITH Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest said it took...
FILM REVIEW THE PEANUTS MOVIE by John Barrett Jr DJ Verve on WIDR s Birdland 12 4 PM Sundays Rated G 93 minutes Directed by Steve Martino Written by Craig Schulz Bryan Schulz and Cornelius Uliano based on the comic strip created by Charles M Schulz Starring the voices of Noah Schnapp as Charlie Brown Hadley Belle Miller as Lucy Van Pelt Alexander Garfin as Linus Van Pelt Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock and Trombone Shorty as the adult characters If you see this film you will go back It was a comic strip the syndicate sold to newspapers because its format of identical squares could be printed as a strip column or grid the characters or story weren t promoted at first The strip s creator an accomplished artist had to draw the characters simply to fit in the tiny squares he decided to use only children because from that scale he could only show adults from the knees down Early on when the characters seemed too similar to each other he decided to focus on one character s failings instead of making him an object of ridicule it turned him sympathetic And when the boy s pet based on the cartoonist s own childhood dog imagined himself as a vulture or pilot readers started to notice It s from things like this that greatness sometimes forms Peanuts may be the most influential comic strip of the 20th century later works like Calvin Hobbes owe it a major debt It put adult concepts in the mouths of children in a way that didn t go over kids heads It discussed current events without feeling dated it discussed religion without getting preachy what Peanuts did it did gently letting you find the strip s point without beating you over the head with it When Charles Schulz retired in 2000 the strip ended with him continuing to this day only in reprint Schulz let the strip end because he didn t want his characters to outstay their welcome fifteen years after his death it s obvious they haven t SMASHMAGS COM Peanuts has always been important to me it was the first comic strip I regularly followed When I was young and aspired to be a cartoonist I drew many crappy strips that borrowed a lot from Schulz I had many Peanuts compilation books growing up and I even got to see the original Boy Named Charlie Brown in a theater I was too young to get a lot of the humor but I enjoyed the I before E song and Snoopy s ice skating As time progressed the animated specials became a bit less special and stopped entirely in the 1980 s After that there was a short lived Saturday morning series but for the most part Peanuts lives today in the reprinted comic strips and the flood of merchandise which never stopped The motion picture before us is the first major Peanuts project in some time cowritten by Charles Schulz son and grandson It s got a feel of importance that some of the later projects didn t carry and for the first time these characters come to life through CG animation Maybe this film exists for the nostalgia value of the franchise but I don t care I suspect that if this is better that Flashbeagle I ll be satisfied The animation was created by Blue Sky Studios makers of the Ice Age movies as a bonus the program begins with Cosmic Scrat tastrophe starring the sabretooth squirrel from those movies Back in the frozen past we see Scrat trying to break open an acorn and falling through a hole in the ice Once he shakes the snow off the critter recovers the acorn and bangs it against something that looks like a gear lever Turns out that it is a gear lever to a spaceship that Scrat has somehow fallen inside Many predictable sight gags follow as Scrat bangs the ship s control panel to the sound of piano keys then bangs the ship against many planets to the sound of a pinball machine In the climax he crashes into an asteroid which reaches earth as a shooting star the Ice Age mammoth makes a brief cameo another character catches fire the end It s obvious obnoxious and overly long despite being only five minutes I know I m not the target audience but there were many kids with me at this screening and only one laughed at this At least it s over soon leading us to a gentler sort of animation Pay attention to the opening as the 20th Century Fox logo appears the famous Fox fanfare seems to have more piano than usual The logo rotates and you see Schroeder in front of it playing along with the fanfare Then comes the Blue Sky logo and we see Scrat again but thankfully for the last time Once the picture starts and we see the kids enjoying a snow day it s obvious a lot of thought went into this project On most computer animation the characters are crammed with detail every stitch of their clothes and every hair on their head precisely rendered That wouldn t work for a property like Peanuts where part of the charm comes from the flat look and simplicity of design To their credit the animators translated this look to three dimensions where the characters bodies are softly round but their facial features appear to drawn with a ballpoint And when Linus and friends stand outside the houses and sky seem like they re painted on a backdrop a look similar to the comic strip There s depth and flatness at the same time more like a diorama than a cartoon it fits the film well But the movie like the comics and specials before it has to sink or swim on its story It has to have heart the same blend of unalloyed joy and overblown tragedy found in childhood itself As the Great Pumpkin might say it must be sincere and this movie achieves it through a mix of old motifs and new situations While the other kids play hockey or figure skate Charlie Brown decides to bring out his kite After all the kite eating tree is asleep The round headed kid tries his best and PAGE 6
FILM REVIEW  THE PEANUTS MOVIE by John Barrett Jr. -    DJ Verve    on WIDR   s Birdland     12-4 PM Sundays Rated G  93 m...
even gets the kite aloft a few seconds before running straight into the tree bringing down snow and the corpses of a dozen unsuccessful kites Rats As a new wrinkle we get to see a pivotal character for the first time in Peanuts history Not the Red Baron although his Fokker triplane appears several times in some dazzling aerial scenes Instead we get to see and hear the Little Red Haired Girl who like many of these characters was based on a real person It s no secret that Charlie Brown was modeled on a young Charles Schulz and the red haired girl whose real name was Donna Wold was someone he liked and never had the nerve to talk to Charlie Brown has the same difficulty here but rather than give up the attempt at romance he grabs a self help book and attempts to assert himself Snoopy helps a number of times assisting in a magic act for the school talent show and giving his master a flamenco lesson for a dance contest Of course Charlie trips at a crucial moment but he gains confidence each time he tries and we actually see him improve Imagine that As Charlie pursues his red haired desire Snoopy has his separate pursuits Expelled after trying to follow Charlie to school Snoopy finds a typewriter in the school s dumpster and becomes the Famous Writer whose every novel begins It was a dark and stormy night Looking through the window at Linus model triplane Snoopy sees himself as the Flying Ace and writes a new chapter of his book Curse You Red Baron As our airborne beagle chases the Baron over the French countryside he also attempts to rescue Fifi a sort of poodle beagle hybrid who has her own plane and is later held captive on a dirigible Popping up throughout the movie the Red Baron segments are a fun diversion but never get in the way of Charlie Brown rising above his blockhead status And that s what I like about this movie Charlie Brown still fails all the time but it s easier to feel for him because he actually makes progress Lucy may still mock him while taking his money at her psychiatry booth but the other kids seem to like him even Snoopy is less sarcastic than he can be in the comics And they also make a point to establish more so than in the strip that Charlie Brown is genuinely a good person He gives up his spot in the talent show to assist sister Sally in her cowgirl routine and when he seemingly gets a perfect score on a standardized test he admits to accidentally signing his name to Peppermint Patty s test Interestingly when this is revealed Peppermint Patty doesn t get the make way for the genius treatment that Charlie did as if the kids know that a perfect score for her would be a fluke but that it s something Charlie Brown could actually do Fear not Peanuts fans Charlie Brown hasn t been completely de failured Lucy still calls him a blockhead he still can t pitch he can t even strike out a snowman and he still gets himself in many embarrassing spots But it feels good when he gets his kite to fly at the end even if it s partly an accident And it feels really good when he finally says hi to the red haired girl and she seems to like him This makes him so happy he really feels he can finally kick the football this time You know what happens next and that sort of explains why I like this movie If gives you the characters you know but does enough new with them that it s not just a retread It shows you that a story can be told simply without being simple and that for 65 years has been what Peanuts is about DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 7
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A LOOK BACK AT ROCK RECORDS YOU NEVER HEARD OR MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN BY TODD COPE Where were you in 1984 The Detroit Tigers were kicking maximum ass sadly probably for the last time Gas was 1 21 a gallon and you could actually pay for it AFTER you pumped it the DowJones was at 1287 minimum wage was 3 35 hr Everybody was watching Dallas Dynasty The A Team and for some reason even Family Ties Michael Jackson was still black and alive and Bill Cosby was fooling everyone It was a wonderful time There were no smart phones to negate romance there were no chem trails being sprayed on us and you could actually attend a rock concert without fear of being shot President Trump indeed has his work cut out for him The Kalamazoo Battle Creek and Marshall area have long been a hot bed for local musical talent and this month I m doing something a little bit different taking a look back at a local band from the 80 s Battle Creek s own Horizon who after 31 years have finally released their self titled album from 1984 I ve known my good friend Jeff Roberts for 25 years He s a fantastic local drummer whose been through the mill musically as much as any of us over the past 30 plus years We still get together as much as possible to whip up a new bunch of crap haha In our many travels together Jeff would always be driving my sorry ass around and playing a variety of great music for my enjoyment One night driving around with Jeff he played me something very interesting that I didn t recognize and when I asked him who it was he said this is my band from the 80 s This is the story of Horizon TC So tell me about Horizon Who was in the band and how did you all meet JR Myself Andy Garrett and Paul Blanton all went to Lakeview so we knew each other from school but me and Andy played together the longest being in bands together before Horizon Andy brought out the material and I worked out drum parts and then Paul joined and formed the nucleus of the band The three of us just didn t have the vocal chops to carry songs so after we layed down the musical tracks for the songs in the studio it was off to find a singer No one really wowed us or took the reins so to speak Then Andy said he knew a guy that might be available and in came Floyd Pollock he sounded great We all clicked and that s how we became Horizon so we were all from the Battle Creek area SMASHMAGS COM TC I hear there s a story about your album Is it true that it was never released back in 1984 How did it finally come about that you all decided to release it JR Well the big story about the album stemmed from bad management We got hooked up with a local out of Lansing management group that simply wanted to soak us for money and not really want to do anything for us They got us the studio time which being young and not knowing better we could have gotten ourselves probably cheaper We basically took the bull by the horns in getting four of our songs on an EP that we released in Battle Creek but management never pushed our music to anybody Thus outside of Battle Creek we didn t have the means to take it further It was not like it is now where avenues to promote songs are a click away on your computer Once our money was gone management simply tossed us aside Later on we found out that was basically their M O with bands We were very naive about the business side back then and let ourselves be manipulated into a bad contract All ten songs never did make it onto an album back then for financial reasons but you can hear them all now on lots of music sites It s very gratifying getting them out there for everyone to finally hear The studio tapes were basically lost for roughly 30 years when I found them in the bottom of a filing cabinet under tons of papers I sent them down to Andy who lives in Nashville Tennessee to see if there were any studios left that still had the equipment to play reel to reel tapes and put them over to CDs Well Andy did not find one and after all those years the tapes deteriorated to a degree that it became a restoration project also Luckily they were brought back to life and now can be enjoyed decades later and hopefully they will be liked by fans of good old kick ass raw rock and roll TC I definitely hear some progressive rock influence on songs such as The Offset Horizon Journey to Truth and The Wailer Who were Horizon s musical influences JR As far as our influences on our music we do bring out a prog rock jazz rock flavor at times Some of our influences were RUSH Al Dimeola Yes Kansas Ozzy with Randy Rhoads any music that would stretch our imaginations and challenge us to better our musicianship we listened to TC You guys played live a lot back in the day including opening for national acts Tell me about the scene back then Any shows in particular bring back memories JR The music scene around here in Battle Creek back in the mid eighties was pretty grim There were some really good bands playing cover songs in bars but as far as original stuff it was pretty limited There was us of course and really it seemed the only other band was Total Control who was led by a very good friend of mine Chuck Amendt who recently passed away from cancer I know there were others in Grand Rapids and Kazoo but Battle Creek not so much Well we did also have Del Shannon and Jr Walker and the All Stars can t forget them lol They just happened to be a couple decades before us We did open up for a couple of major acts Rare Earth and Black Oak Arkansas Great experience and great fun I will never forget Jim Dandy Mangrum pulling up to the show in his beat up old Pinto station wagon stuffed to the gills with instruments and clothes It was not the glamorous rock star scene you would expect to see lol I have another great story about him and a couple young ladies backstage but not sure we can tell that here lol Rare Earth was great A fabulous bunch of guys that were really down to earth so to speak and really liked our music TC So what are the members of Horizon up to these days JR Nowadays 3 of us Jeff Andy Floyd are all working at our day jobs We are also keeping up on our musical ambitions Jeff besides being the drummer for Horizon also is the drummer for a couple awesome musicians in Battle Creek in a band named King Kooler Andy has solo CDs out with some great guitar work on them TC So where can we find the album JR Horizon can be heard and purchased on Amazon com Reverbnation CDBaby com YouTube Sound Cloud iTunes com or stream us on Spotify Check us out and like us on Facebook Horizon where links to all these can be found Todd Cope is the guitarist for King Kooler reverbnation com kingkooler and is currently remembering those who lost their lives in the recent Paris attacks May God bless them and their families PAGE 8
A LOOK BACK AT ROCK RECORDS YOU NEVER HEARD, OR MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN BY TODD COPE  Where were you in 1984  The Detroit Tiger...
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SHEMANE NUGENT by Nick Hatzinikolis A champion for healthy living Shemane Nugent has been a group fitness instructor for more than 30 years She is also a motivational speaker author TV producer and host film maker and is passionate about helping people make a positive impact on their health and overall well being She has appeared on MTV Vh1 Discovery CMT C Span FOX and many other national television and radio programs Shemane Nugent is the wife of one of our alltime favorite rock guitar players First and Second Amendment advocate Ted Nugent But she s also an author who says she can help you Rock n Roll your way to a happier healthier life in only 4 minutes a day How s that work Shemane took some time to spend with SMASH magazine to talk about her book 4 Minutes a Day Rock n Roll Your Way to HAPPY from Balboa Press and what is going on with her and life in general Shemane earned her Bachelor s degree in Radio TV and Film from Wayne State in Detroit and a Master s degree in Metaphysics Shemane is currently taking her passion for helping others to become healthy to the Internet airwaves in a podcast out this fall in which she shares her views about spirituality faith family fitness politics healthy living and of course her twenty six year marriage to rock n roll legend Ted Nugent With the busy lifestyle she and Ted lead and over the course of several years something was happening physically debilitating to Shemane Ted and their son Rocco They discovered that their dream home located in Jackson Michigan that was featured on MTV Cribs was contaminated with toxic Black mold in between the walls SMASH Thank you for your time today why did you write this book SN Originally I started to write another book 50 is the new 30 the problem was life got in the way Years went by I turned 50 51 52 and I had not written a single word One night when I SMASHMAGS COM went to bed I said my prayers and I had asked for guidance because of the problems we had with our house that was featured on MTV I wanted to tell everybody how we overcame our health issues I wanted to talk about it and share the alternative healing methods like infra red sauna vitamin IV s and oxygen therapy I now have so much energy that it should be illegal So while I was sleeping I actually got the message from God that I was to write this book and I was to write it the 3 days and it was on Good Friday I also got the message while I was sleeping on that the title should be 4 Minutes a Day Rock n Roll Your Way to HAPPY not 50 is the new 30 So I announced to my husband and announced on social media that I was going to write this book in just 3 days just to keep me accountable You can says things all day long but at the end of the day you have to be accountable I locked myself in my office and the words just flowed out of me I want to say the book was written by Shemane Nugent and God It s not a super huge book it s meant to be a journal and it is designed to be consumed in 4 minutes a day SMASH What were your symptoms what was it that you were actually diagnosed with SN Over a course of two years my health deteriorated I had migraines every day I had chronic fatigue I was always tired and I had insomnia Ted and Rocco had similar symptoms too Our Doctors told us our problems were stress related which seemed very possible because we were always on the go Ted and I were diagnosed that we had 4 different types of mold in our blood stream Our son Rocco had severe asthma and I was diagnosed with having pre emphysema As hard as it was because of our dream home we tore down our home leaving everything in there including Teds guitar memorabilia Rocco s baby pictures furniture everything All we had was the clothes on our back and we even destroyed them It s depressing it s very very sad I know what it feels like to lose a house to lose everything including your health that is why I am talking about this because happy and healthy s way better SMASH Is this why you and Ted left Michigan and moved to Texas SN Yes after some research I found a health clinic called The Environmental Health Center in Dallas to eventually move to Texas where I could be near a medical facility that dealt with toxic exposures and helped us to detoxify our bodies Shemane goes on to say After our mold exposures it was some time before I could even consider exercising When I did I discovered Zumba fitness and it changed my life immensely I regained my strength and stamina and found a workout that was both fun and effective It came along at the perfect time too Because Rocco had graduated high school and left home to pursue his dreams It fills my heart with so much joy to spread my love for fitness and health with so many others I have been blessed to be able to develop programs for Zumba and travel the world doing what I love SMASH Do have plans for a book tour SN No not really I am going to see how social media and it will be available on Amazon I don t want to do a traditional book signing tour I wanted to do an event a charitable event that I will host November 18 at an aerial yoga studio in Naples Florida called the House of Flyte This will be an event with cocktails a fashion show and of course the new book but the best part is all of the proceeds go to K9 s for Warriors which is a charity Ted and I teamed up with that takes shelter dogs and pairs them with veterans that have posttraumatic stress disorder SMASH Of course I have to ask about your courtship and eventual marriage to Ted SN It was quick it was only a month after I started working as a traffic reporter at WLLZ in Detroit and I was told that Ted Nugent was going to fill in for the morning show for the week On radio your job is to talk a lot For four hours a day I got to really know Ted Nugent He was funny witty didn t drink or smoke and seemed to be a doting dad to daughter Sasha and son Toby Still Ted asked me out and I said no My boss asked PAGE 12
SHEMANE NUGENT by Nick Hatzinikolis A champion for healthy living, Shemane Nugent has been a group fitness instructor for ...
me to reconsider and always tried to be a great team player I eventually agreed Who knew I really didn t know rock and roll or was a fan of rock and roll until I married Ted Shemane added Here s the time line Ted and I first met on October 3 1988 First date was November 7th We were engaged at WLLZ s radio station s Christmas party a few months later and married on January 21 1989 Here we are 26 years later Shemane goes on to say Our son Rocco was born on July 22 1990 He is the pride and joy of my life Being a mother has been the most gratifying thing in my life by far Rocco is now out and living in Los Angeles as Rapper and Actor He goes by the stage name Rocco Moon he can be found at Roccomoon soundcloud SMASH Can we talk a minute or two about the show on the Outdoor channel SN Sure For two decades now we have co hosted and co produced the award winning television show Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild on the Outdoor Channel SMASH Just how tough is it to be married to Ted the Rock star SN Ted and I have had some pretty substantial obstacles to tackle In my book Married to a Rock Star I chronicle some of the trials and tribulations we ve endured It hasn t been easy No marriage is And like other marriages I don t always agree with everything my husband says or does But I m learning to find my own voice which is a pretty big deal for me The emotional challenges were minimal however compared to losing our health Shemane Nugent is an International Zumba Fitness Presenter Instructor and can be seen on Periscope daily providing an inside look at life with husband Ted and their dogs Her latest book 4 Minutes a Day Rock n Roll Your Way to HAPPY is available now at Amazon com FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SHEMANE NUGENT VISIT HTTP WWW SHEMANENUGENT ROCKS HTTP WWW FACEBOOK COM SHEMANE NUGENT HTTP TWITTER COM SHEMANENUGENT AVAILABLE NOW www balboapress com DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 13
me to reconsider, and always tried to be a great team player, I eventually agreed. Who knew  I really didn   t know rock a...
COREY AYRES By Aubrey E Thompke When you meet an artist with a truly visionary sense of creating art one can only wonder what kind of process the artist goes through in making such visual spectacles This is the case when viewing the work of Corey Ayers a selftaught visual artist out of Olivet MI For Corey his work is an obsession Each piece is dense with meaning and multiple layers both figuratively and literally The subject matter in his one dimensional work is meant to convey a combination of both political and personal statements His paintings are highly detailed Much of his work presents influences of sacred geometry Learning more about the methods and means of sacred geometry Corey is being made more aware that his pieces already represent the golden ratio He continues to hold fast to these guidelines in his current and future pieces to exemplify balance and structure His art is very spiritual and reveals itself to him sometimes even in the middle of the creative process His subconscious communicates itself through his artwork Often times epiphanies will come to him and change the original direction But then again an idea is only the basis for the work The work develops and changes as it continues on its path to completion One thing that sets Corey apart to many other artists myself included is his dedication to a specific piece He possesses the patience and diligence to finish the current project before starting another piece of art whether it takes SMASHMAGS COM weeks or many months While inspiration and ideas flow constantly and randomly through his artistic mind his focus remains on the project at hand Art is a passion for Corey but not something he will pursue as a reliable source of income as the inspiration to create comes and goes Currently he works in car detailing While this provides a means of financial support and is still in the realm of painting it doesn t allow much in the way of creative expression to fulfill his own artistic need He strives to broaden his use of various mediums and has in the past created many one dimensional as well as three dimensional pieces To date he has utilized mediums such as oil and acrylics pen and ink ceramics and sculpting in alabaster Though his portfolio in drawing and painting is more extensive his work in sculpting proves to be more rewarding to him With sculpting it s more free form and abstract and the thought process isn t as demanding Working with stone more planning is required before digging in so to speak but the actual process itself is more enjoyable and free form A new frontier he intends to delve into is furniture building and being able to construct his own functional art Currently he is anxious to begin carving into a large log of walnut to which we will anxiously await how that will progress For Corey art is the joy of creating and making happy mistakes that turn into something beautiful PAGE 14
COREY AYRES By  Aubrey E. Thompke  When you meet an artist with a truly visionary sense of creating art one can only wonde...
British Indian Fusion at London Grill When you re looking for comfort food with a twist take a trip to London Grill and be transported London Grill specializes in British Indian fusion You will immediately feel at home due to the mouthwatering aromas lingering in the air and the warm heat flowing from the cozy fireplace and open kitchen What could be considered kitschy the swords on the walls the portraits of knights and even a photograph of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middletown is in fact charming and authentic when paired with the elegant dark wood interior which is dim and atmospheric to stand out If the peaches had been perhaps saut ed with a little butter and brown sugar it could have added a sweet and warm component to this dish The London Grill has an impressive and diverse menu which both pushes and comforts its diners at the same time Whether you re in the mood for classic or exotic the London Grill has it all The London Grill specializes in blending the cuisines of India and Britain into hearty warm and savory dishes that are as delicious as they are intriguing The integration of Indian spices and flavors into British pub fare elevate these classics from standard to superb Try the chips appetizer which are perfectly golden salty thick cut French fries that come with sides of addictive curry mayo house made tomato ketchup and London Grill s specialty steak sauce The Hyderabadi lamb burger was a delicious surprise It was served on a soft roll that held up surprisingly well to the minced lamb patty which was so juicy and tender and perfectly seasoned It was topped with a slightly runny fried egg that added the perfect touch of gooey decadence The tomato chutney brought in the Indian influence and added to the overall spice and flavor of the burger On the lighter side the tandoori chicken salad is a safe bet The slices of grilled chicken are mildly spiced and are the perfect addition to the crunchy walnuts subtly sweet cranberries and creamy goat cheese This salad is so satisfying that you almost forget you re eating your vegetables and will leave you wanting more The clear favorite of the night however was the pork vindaloo While vindaloo is traditionally wicked hot this version was tempered with tangy yogurt raita The pork was as soft as butter and bathed in a rich spicy sauce of saut ed onion sweet and tangy ginger hot peppers and generous amounts of cumin and curry Mix the rice into the curry for an even tastier experience Make sure to leave the naan for last so you can mop up the remaining morsels of curry with it The one improvement that could be made was in the chicken saut While the chicken was cooked and seasoned well and paired nicely with the peanut dipping sauce the cold peach slices failed LONDON GRILL MONDAY THURSDAY 11 AM 9 PM FRIDAY 11 AM 11 PM KITCHEN CLOSES AT 10 PM ENJOY LIVE MUSIC ON FRIDAY NIGHTS SATURDAY 4 PM 11 PM KITCHEN CLOSES AT 10 PM SUNDAY 4 PM 9 PM KITCHEN CLOSES AT 9 PM ENJOY LIVE MUSIC FROM 4 PM 6 PM 269 381 0788 214 E MICHIGAN AVE KALAMAZOO MI DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 15
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Scotty Bud Melvin Scotty Bud Melvin By Nick Hatzinikolis This month s Jock in the Box features long time local Rock N Roll Disc Jockey Scotty Bud Melvin from 92 5 FM WZUU Kalamazoo or project to the next level I can also help you save your memories digitally photos videos albums etc Scotty Bud has been a radio personality in Kalamazoo Michigan for 26 years Including a 15 year stint at WRKR 107 7 In that time Scotty Bud has had an opportunity to do so many things he never thought possible He has worked with colleges and professional sports team in the area he has participated in and hosted countless charitable functions produced many special promotions and have been able to do it all in his hometown of Kalamazoo has been the best part Scotty Bud also owns a drone that he uses for his media company We are also now offering aerial photo and video services If you would like to add some unique photos or video to your website or project we can make it happen Scotty Bud also said I love to write and enjoy being part of the creative process I am also a big fan of social media I believe it has already proven to be an important tool in marketing creating and enhancing business SMASH Magazine had the chance to talk to Scotty Bud Melvin to see what has been going on with him SMASH asked What would people most surprised to know about you He replied I proudly served as a Security Policeman in the Air Force for four years guarding nukes B 52 s and F 15 s Hey at least I didn t lose one SMASH Scotty Bud how do you get stated into radio broadcasting SB Well that started at a very early age I was around 10 or 12 and I was listening the AM guys on the radio under my pillow at night when I was supposed to be sleeping I would listen to all of these stations around the country like Texas and Chicago as well as Canada Back then AM was King I was honorably discharged in 1987 and returned to college at Western Michigan University to pursue a broadcasting career Going back to around when I was 10 or so I would also listen to Ernie Harwell broadcasting the Tigers games I just loved the thought of the voice coming out of the little radio box it was the coolest job ever it beat digging ditches SMASH Just how did you get the nickname Scotty Bud SB Actually it s a funny story really I was at a friend s house and we were watching Late Night with David Letterman he had this character actor from 1982 through 2002 named Calvert DeForest that had a recurring role on the show his stage name was Larry Bud Melman Larry Bud would sometime wander out on stage without saying a word sometimes and then wander back off stage while Letterman was doing his monologue My friend while we were watching the show and after a few beers started calling me Scotty Bud because our last names were similar Melman and Melvin The name kinda stuck and before you knew it we would be out and about on radio station remotes in the area and these people would be coming up to me and started to calling me Scotty Bud It was like hey we might have something here so I had the name trademarked In addition to being an accomplished fisherman that has participated in and hosted his own fishing tournaments he also own Scotty Bud Melvin Media Where he help s small businesses promote themselves with video social media and marketing As part of the company he also has his own recording studio Scotty Bud points out These are just some of the way we can help take your business DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 17
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HOLIDAY PARTY PLANNING 101 By Kasi Casterline Owner of Duke Belle Interiors and Events And Lifestyle Blogger at dukeandbelle com Hosting a fabulous holiday party is all about the details Anyone can cook a great turkey No really anyone can You can google it YouTube it or ask your grandma but it s super basic And green bean casserole mashed taters and a store bought pie transferred to your own dish will get you by But that s not what you want to host You want to give your guests an experience Making their needs and wants available at just the right moment leaving them with a memory and hopefully wanting to attend next year This holiday season choose a few extra special details to incorporate into your festivities Whether it s a small gathering of friends a work party or family affair you can customize your event and themes with just a few simple focus areas Here are some tips and inspiration to get you started 1 IT ALL STARTS WITH THE INVITATION Be sure to give your guests plenty of advance notice as the holiday schedule can fill up quickly Be sure to include all the details so you don t leave them confused or with questions such as should they bring a dish or if kids are welcome I suggest making a fb event so guests can communicate ahead of time or a custom invitation such as this sample I whipped up on an app on my phone sent in a group text 2 DON T ALWAYS MAKE A TURKEY Yes it s a tradition but don t be afraid to shake it up Ham SMASHMAGS COM prime rib and seafood will definitely leave you with a pleasantly surprised crowd But if you do cook a turkey be sure to use a turkey bag Trust me it keeps the bird moist and makes clean up a breeze And if you do decide on the ham or prime rib don t forget the horsey sauce Sour cream and horseradish 3 APPETIZERS ARE KEY Most likely the food won t be quite ready when your guests arrive Don t torture them with the tantalizing aromas that are just out of reach Welcome them with light snacks to nibble on as they socialize 4 OFFER AN EXTRA SPECIAL DRINK Something festive and unique that screams celebrate Check out the recipe below or get on Pinterest and find something divine 5 LINENS Linens can class up your setting and are a fun accent Cloth napkins table runners place mats and table cloths can set the mood for the whole d cor theme Create drama or elegance by choosing colors and patterns that compliment and enhance the space 6 CREATE FOCAL D COR PIECES When I decorate for any event I prefer to make the most impact in a few purposeful spaces versus small details throughout Groupings with flowers and candles in various heights and complementing colors will do the trick 7 MUSIC IS A MUST Of course there s a whole My go to DJ is Pandora I have 100 stations and there are any combination of genera s available at a fingertip 8 DESIGNATED PHOTO BACKDROP Photo booths are all the rage right now Ever yone loves taking a fun memorable photo to upload to their social media world I love to bring a portable frame with props to my friend s weddings but it can be totally simple Purchase a cheap holiday table cloth hang vertically on the wall and viola 9 MOOD LIGHTING I for one do not enjoy bright fluorescent lights Place candles throughout add twinkle lights and use your dimmer setting whenever possible Help your guests relax and enjoy the ambience 10 COFFEE TO GO You should just always keep to go coffee cups on hand for any occasion Leave your friends and family with a fond farewell and hot coffee for the cold ride home Above anything else just enjoy the time with your family and friends In our fast paced lives we sometimes miss the moments Don t stress over the details rather embrace the opportunity to share your home and your heart Let others pitch in make changes show up late or leave early Focus on the ones who are present with you and be grateful that you are so blessed seasonal selection of music for this time of year But for any event a custom playlist will set any mood PAGE 18
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Wizards Of Winter By Nick Hatzinikolis The Rock Opera Sounds of Christmas will be heard at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on December 12th at 7 30pm The Rock estra holiday themed ensemble the Wizards Of Winter proudly features former members of Trans Siberian Orchestra So if You Like TSO You ll no doubt love the Wizards Of Winter The Wizards Of Winter are a group of 12 musicians that hail from the NY NJ PA tri state region who perform classical and progressive rock opera style music through a theatrical holiday themed event suitable for the entire family While the group s style is without a doubt influenced by the Trans Siberian Orchestra TSO the Wizards Of Winter have come a long way from the early days being a TSO tribute band Several original members of The Trans Siberian Orchestra have joined the Wizards Of Winter on their musical journey from the very beginning They include Guy LeMonnier Joe Cerisano and Tony Gaynor Tommy Farese and Michael Lanning In 2014 The Wizards Of Winter released their own Christmas Rock Opera album consisting of all original material which provided the musical background for the band s live holiday production Tales Beneath a Northern Star The Wizards Of Winter are out on the road this holiday season with their latest CD titled The Magic Of Winter that features all original songs The CD was just released on November 12th ahead of their upcoming tour and stop in Kalamazoo SMASH Magazine had the opportunity to talk to Fred Gorhau the lead guitarist of the Wizards Of Winter just hours before they were flying out to do their first gig at the Parker Playhouse In Fort Lauderdale Florida SMASH Fred What is the background of the Wizards Of Winter and how did you become part of it FRED The Wizards Of Winter originally started out as a TSO tribute band I got my start with the group from seeing an ad looking for a guitar player During the summer months I d be touring with different Metal bands along with my band called Exxplorer When the summer festival season was over I was playing in local club circuit but continued to look to do something else to keep busy playing In seeing this ad I thought it sounded like a great opportunity as well as a fun gig I got hired on and I ll tell you I ve been a fan of TSO for years they re a real cool group with a great stage show and production and it has been a lot of fun SMASH How did you get your band name Wizards Of Winter FRED It s a play off of the TSO band song Wizards in Winter Again we pay homage to TSO they have done and continue to do a lot for us as a group I m honored to be associated with them SMASH What were the first gigs like FRED The first year we played in schools and churches for charity People really dug what we were doing they were asking about our CD s Which we didn t exist at the time so we figured well we better write some music and put a CD together and we did The audiences and following have grown over the last couple years We were contacted by a couple of the original vocalists Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor they heard our music and they wanted to be involved now they are we have been on tour with them for the last 3 years We have toured with 5 different member of TSO SMASH Fred I have to ask what do you do when the Christmas season is over FRED Most of the time we will write music and record in the off season We did a record in 7 months that is a process that can take upwards of 3 years to do I also teach guitar when the time allows I like to play guitar I do whatever I can do to keep playing SMASH How is your current relationship with TSO does everyone get a long FRED It s good it unique we all get along very well and they are my personal friends we text jokes back and forth Like I said we were a TSO tribute band there is no denying we are cut from the same cloth Out of our 24 song set 4 will be TSO songs and what the heck it s Christmas why not a few songs of theirs There will be a comparison and they have had their influence with us I wear that as a badge of honor Fred went on to say We are really excited about the tour we are up to 21 22 cities this season including the Midwest and the North Midwest and down South like I was saying We have 12 member in the band along with 8 9 road staff it s a big production much like a Broadway show it s a musical journey and we can t wait to see all of you in Kalamazoo A journey is just what the Wizards Of Winter want fans to experience when listening to their music Each song is an artistic expression that will impact each audience member in a very personal way the TSO members that are currently touring with the Wizards Of Winter have been quotes to say Guy LeMonnier original TSO member I am so excited for the band s future They have gold on their hands whether they realize it or not and I am thrilled to be a part of the growth I am in love with the music and really enjoy performing it As well as Tony Gaynor original TSO member Performing with the Wizards has renewed my faith in the spirit of Christmas and reminded me just how much great music and great musicians touch the very souls of people Standing on the stage with the Wizards as the audience erupted in applause takes me back to my early days with TSO just before they exploded and became a holiday tradition for family s everywhere I m glad to be doing it again Here comes the Wizards of Winter Tickers are available at the Kalamazoo State Theatre Box office and the usual outlets Follow the Wizards of Winter on Twitter at wizardsofwinter and on Facebook at Wizards Of Winter DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 19
Wizards Of Winter By  Nick Hatzinikolis The Rock-Opera Sounds of Christmas will be heard at the historic Kalamazoo State T...
You d better watch out you d better not cry you d better not pout and I m telling you why SantaCon is coming to downtown Kalamazoo In its 8th year this super sized jolly event will be held on Saturday December 12th from 6pm to 2am And once again there will be the traditional running of the Red bulls I mean Santa s down the Kalamazoo Mall at beginning at 6 30pm What IS SantaCon SMASH magazine asked that question and many others relating to the charitable event with Amy Smith owner of the Old Dog Tavern in downtown Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo SantaCon organization committee member SMASH Amy what exactly is SantaCon AMY SantaCon Kalamazoo started out about 8 years ago with a group of fellas that organized a pub crawl as a fund raiser for charity but it s also a community fun raiser It s an event that happens around Christmas It s a chance for people to dress up as Santa Claus or anything Holiday related and spread joy and fun while raising money Now they are all over the county SMASH How does the charity or non profit get funded AMY This year we will be raising money through cover charges at the door and support from local breweries who are creating special Santacon brews on tap and will be donating 1 per pint sold Last year we had a photo booth so you could get your picture taken when you come in it s been great fun and everyone gets in the spirit of it So far we have been able to write a check at the end of the event for around a 1000 Amy also mentioned at the Old Dog Tavern We also have drink specials like peppermint patty shots ciders wines hot chocolate etc We try to get creative with our food menu and offer specials there too Amy went on to say Last year SantaCon had donated 50 winter survival backpacks to Ministry SMASHMAGS COM with Community Each backpack had a pair of winter gloves a winter hat socks toothbrush and toothpaste shampoo as well as other toiletries and winter necessities This year s SantaCon Kalamazoo designated charity will be donating all proceeds to the nonprofit R A W K readandwritekalamazoo com this year Amy highlighted this charity and the importance of children that can read and write This group encourages reading and writing it s not easy for all people to do but it is very important for the children to be able to express themselves to be literate We wanted to be a part of something very local and so important to the community SMASH Do you have to register to be part of the Santa Con program AMY No all you have to do is dress festive and just show up at the mall All Santa s and participants are encouraged to Get Jolly and Give Jolly throughout the night SMASH Amy please tell me about the running of the Santa s through the Kalamazoo Mall that sounds like a lot of fun AMY I have been watching the Santa going up downtown for years for me it s a tradition It s also a sign that we are getting close to SantaCon All of the Santa s or Holiday themed participants meet at the Santa in the mall when the signal is given to start they run to the designated venues and for whatever reason they all tend to end up here at the end of the night at SantaCon that are now married Now how s that for a Christmas story Amy goes on to say We are still in need of extra donations from local businesses for prizes that are awarded at the costume contest Smash magazine also interviewed Nicholas Zastrow one of the original Santacon Kalamazoo planners for more information about the history of the event He jokes that he is the Saint Nick of Santacon Smash Why did you decide to start Santacon in Kalamazoo eight years ago Where did the first Santa themed event of this kind originate NZ The first SantaCon took place in San Francisco in 1994 and was sponsored by The San Francisco Cacophony Society The original inspiration came from an earlier SF adventure club called The Suicide Club who s founder came up with the idea after reading an article about a Danish political who mobbed a Copenhagen Department store just before Christmas However the first American and all subsequent SantaCons around the world are non political purely surreal Santa prank events The Kalamamazoo Santacon started with Brett Jones and myself along with Chris Bodnar because we were bored I think the running of the Santa s is the genius part of the whole thing I would be great if the City of Kalamazoo would get behind this event because it really is so important and It s done for the right reasons everybody associated with this including the bands are donating their time to this great event This year s featured band at the Old Dog tavern will be The Real Fantastics Amy shared with me that two couples that had met Brett had just moved to Kalamazoo from New York where he was a regular at Santacons there and PAGE 20
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thought he d spread some Santarchy here Brett Jones moved in 2012 and I took over as the head event organizer with a small crew of helper elves Since 2010 we have encouraged the event to contain a strong focus on charitable giving In 2012 we decided to make the main goal of Santacon to be raising money for those in need Smash How has the Kalamazoo Santacon grown and changed since you first started it NZ Since the first Santacon Kalamazoo the number of Santas has grown rapidly from 6 in 2008 75 in 2009 200 in 2010 and over 350 in 2013 Regarding the city of Kalamazoo we ve been trying to get the City of Kalamazoo more involved for several years now In their eyes I believe they feel that this is just a bar crawl We are hoping that this year is what really gets the city s attention We d like to partner with the city to turn this into an entire day long community event with family friendly activities and partnerships throughout the day However we don t want the city to take this event away from us either So it is a tricky balance of growing the event and keeping it independent Smash With spontaneity at the heart of the fun what s it like trying to organize something like Santacon NZ Surprisingly a ton of work Getting a bunch of people to dress up and drink together is the easy part The hard part comes in when booking bands coordinating with venues collecting donations and finding the money time to pay for all the planning Lucky for me I was born a few days before Christmas and my name is Nicholas so it feels like it is in my blood I won t go as far as saying I m Saint Nicholas but it sure feels that way when I m delivering an entire car full of backpacks to those in need I never got the official numbers for the 2014 Santacon but our last venue Old Dog Tavern was filled to capacity 400 is my guess and we had to turn away several santas Smash What would you tell people who have never been a part of Santacon about what to expect if they come out this year year s event NZ Santacon is a non denominational noncommercial non political and non sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason You can dress up as Santa Ms Claus or anything holday related Hanukkah Harry a Dreidal Presents snowman Kwanzabot Be creative and have fun with your costume NZ We have a few local breweries releasing special Santacon beers for the week or two leading up to Santacon Since Kalamazoo is such a huge craft beer town we really want to expand our horizons to make this a community wide event It isn t like an annoying bar crawl looking at you bachelorette parties We plan with venues in advance encourage everybody to bring cash have Santa s Little Helpers to corral the crowd and self police with guidelines Two commitments have already come in for these brews One Well Brewing and Territorial Brewing Company who is offering up a juniper flavored beer Smash What s the best drink for a night of naughty carols and other merrymaking NZ Water Drink it as much as you can throughout the night But the best boozy pick is a drink we ve had in previous years Angie Jackson s The Traveling Elixir Fixer https www facebook com TravelingElixirFixer Wassail It is hot mulled cider with spices wine and ale Delicious and potent Drink conservatively The number one rule is DON T DRINK AND SLEIGH no drinking and driving call a cab or have a designated elf drive your car home Smash Where are some of the best places to find a good or bad Santa costume NZ Personally I think you should make your own costume The more creative the better One of the best low budget last minute Santa costume was hillbilly santa His beard was just a plastic Meijer shopping bag If you need help with your costume K D Sales in Kalamazoo has a great selection of costumes and accessories Or you can repurpose an old halloween costume to make it festive If you are thinking about or are going to participate in this year s Kalamazoo SantaCon see a list of Do s and Don ts on the next page Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night We also have great live entertainment holiday drink specials and an amazingly fun costume contest What started as a night of fun with a handful of friends it is now this huge eccentric holiday tradition in Downtown Kalamazoo Smash What are you most excited about this Smash Who all is involved with the organizing and running of this year s Santacon Has the city of Kalamazoo fully embraced the event as annual celebration NZ This year s organizers Nicholas Zastrow CES Chief Executive Santa Chris Bodnar Head of Partying Down Booking bands Sarah Bauman Community Coordinator Bob Fredericks Director of Getting Jolly event MC Amy Smith Santacon Host and Charity Organizer For further information follow Kalamazoo SantaCon at www santaconkalamazoo com and on Facebook at www facebook com SantaconKalamazoo The Real Fantastics can be followed on Facebook at www facebook com TheRealFantastics Smash Just how different is Santacon from any other holiday gathering such as ugly sweater parties etc NZ We focus heavily on spreading cheer and helping the community vs just an occasion to get drunk Last year we were able to donate 50 fully stocked winter survival backpacks to Ministry with Community Amy touched upon that earlier We definitely got jolly last year but it is also clear that we gave jolly Get Jolly DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 21
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Santacon Guidelines Advice This year s edition of Kalamazoo SantaCon will be unruly rowdy and awash in Christmas cheer But that doesn t mean there aren t some rules to abide by like for instance the requirement to address everyone as Santa and Ho Ho Ho as often as possible SantaCon organizers have laid out a set of guidelines that they hope will keep SantaCon running on time and without incident while ensuring everyone has a grand time at an event that s becoming a sort of eccentric holiday tradition in the city Do Dress for the occasion both in form and function Everyone should have a Santa costume of some sort and layer their suit with other articles of clothing to keep you toasty Do not Stray from the group as the SantaCon train makes its way from venue to venue The more the merrier SMASHMAGS COM Do Give a hearty cheery disposition to all children Handing out candy canes and other gifts to kids is encouraged Keep the magic of Santa alive for the little ones you come across Refrain however from throwing coal at those you don t like Be a nice Santa Do not Complain or whine about the cold or the walking or for that matter anything This is Christmastime This is the holiday season This is SantaCon Be jolly and cooperative with all those you encounter ADDITIONAL DO S AND DON TS FULL LIST AT SANTACONKALAMAZOO COM 1 Santa does not make children cry Really if you see kids don t do anything to freak them out Give them a nice smile and possibly a gift of some kind toys candy etc 2 Santa dresses for all occasions It s December Dress to maximize merriment whether singing Christmas carols in the snow or swinging from a stripper pole in a hot nightclub 3 Santa doesn t whine We will be outside a lot and commuting mainly on foot bring enough snacks to keep your pie hole filled until we get indoors 4 Bring gifts NAUGHTY gifts to give grownups NICE stuff to give kids Throwing coal at people is discouraged no matter who they are 5 Watching Santa get drunk and rowdy is fun Babysitting Santa while he vomits in an alley is not Don t be that Santa 6 Make sure you always pay for your beer and tip the bar staff 7 Please pay for your drinks as soon as you get them This entire adventure should be cash only 8 No Santa s left behind Don t think only of yourself Santa is not inconsiderate of his fellow Santa like that 9 Stay with the group 10 Dress up You don t have to dress exactly like Santa In fact unusual interpretations of Santa ness are much appreciated both by those we bring joy to as well as your fellow Santa s elves reindeer themes etc are fine as well 11 Please remember that this is all about having fun Most Santa s like to take their fun with a little alcohol which is fine What is not fine however is getting completely sh t faced to the point that Santa s end up being abusive or violent 12 Santa doesn t drink drive and neither should you 13 You MUST address everyone as Santa 14 You SHOULD ho ho ho like Santa 15 You OUGHT to give out gifts like Santa 16 You MIGHT want to drink like Santa 17 Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PAGE 22
Santacon Guidelines   Advice This year   s edition of Kalamazoo SantaCon will be unruly, rowdy and awash in Christmas chee...
KID CUDI SPEEDIN BULLET TO HEAVEN GENRE GRUNGE ROCK RELEASED DECEMBER 2015 WWW KIDCUDI COM R KELLY THE BUFFET GENRE R B RELEASED DECEMBER 2015 WWW R KELLY COM After the unexpected release of his fourth album Satellite Flight The Journey to Mother Moon 2014 which Kid Cudi called a prelude to the third installment in the Man on the Moon series and the bridge between INDICUD and MOTM3 it was believed his following album would be the long awaited Man on the Moon III However in a January 2015 interview at the Sundance Film Festival Cudi expressed the possibility of releasing another album before the release of Man on the Moon III I m always making music The beauty in that is that I have a lot of material And I m actually thinking that it would be good to release something in the meantime before Man on the Moon III comes out Another Kid Cudi album it s just kind of along the lines of what I did with Indicud or Satellite Flight which is just its own standalone thing but still a Kid Cudi album The Man on the Moon III album is something that s gonna take some time but I know the fans are gonna be patient and I really appreciate that guys thank you for your patience But Man on the Moon III is coming there may be an album before that just to tide you over The Buffet is the upcoming thirteenth studio album by American R B singer R Kelly It is set to be released in the United States on December 11 2015 by RCA Records The album s guest appearances include Lil Wayne Jhene Aiko Ty Dolla ign Jeremih Juicy J and Tinashe The album also marks the debut of Kelly s own daughter Joann Kelly going by the stage name Ariiray On April 4 2015 Cudi announced via Twitter that he would soon be releasing a new album titled Speedin Bullet to Heaven prior to Man on the Moon III When speaking on the album in early July 2015 Cudi stated This album is 100 the purest form of my artistic self He also added I ve ripped my heart out and carved it into tiny pieces of musical madness On August 6 2015 Cudi dedicated the album to everyone struggling with mental disorder all around the world On September 29 2015 Cudi announced that Speedin Bullet to Heaven would be a double disc album with the first disc containing the actual album while the second will be extras including previously unreleased jams demos rehearsal sessions outtakes and more LITTLE MIX GET WEIRD GENRE POP RELEASED NOVEMBER 2015 WWW LITTLE MIX COM Tell Me I m Pretty is the upcoming fourth studio album by American rock band Cage the Elephant It is set to be released on December 18 2015 and was announced online on October 7 2015 The album was recorded in the spring of 2015 at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville Tennessee Vocalist Matt Schultz stated With this record we wanted to be more transparent We wanted to capture the sentiment The album was originally to be called White Pant of each song and whatever emotional response it ies as a followup to its predecessor Black Panties provoked to be really honest to that It was announced in May 2015 that it would instead be titled The Buffet because it s just a variety of On October 29 2015 the band released the first things and would contain a mix of different genres single from the album Mess Around accomof music Kelly reports having written 462 full songs panied by a music video which was created using in developing the album from which his final album footage from the 1902 film A Trip to the Moon and selection was made other films by Georges M li s On August 21 2015 the albums s first single Backyard Party was released and later peaked on the Adult R B charts at number six 6 On November 6 2015 the album s second single Switch Up was released DECEMBER 2015 THE SANTACON ISSUE PAGE 23
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