December 2012 – Antigravity Magazine
December 2012 • VOL 10.2 • #101


Paw Talk: City Chicken Edition

They waddle. They don’t necessarily like you. They produce large quantities of excrement. For many of us, chickens are just funny-looking creatures who peck, make strange noises and are rather dirty. Other than the bird…Read full article

Disjointed Brain Farts: Reindeer Droppings

Before I commence another bitter holiday-inspired rant, I’d just like to pass mention that I am NOT the AG “holiday writer.” It just so happens that I was granted a column preceding three months of…Read full article

The Rational Radicant: Q & A with Krampus

If you haven’t heard of Krampus then you’re not sniffing enough reindeer dust. Krampus is Winter holiday season’s biggest mythological party animal, yes even more so than the Yetti. Hailing from imaginary Germanic quadrants of…Read full article

Horrorscopes: Big Planets, Bigger Plans

This time of Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Being the biggest of all planets, Jupiter’s effect on us all tends to lean to the over-abundant side. It may be in selfishness or in…Read full article

Guidance Counseling: Katey Red!

As if you didn’t know, Katey Red is one of New Orleans’ bounce icons, trailblazers and matriarchs. With hits from “Ugly Buggin Me” and “So Much Drama” to her a cappella contribution to the Never…Read full article

From the Editor: Farewell, Kate Moss

I had to say goodbye to a dear friend this month: my silver Dodge Grand Caravan. I know it might sound out of character and slightly materialistic— especially for the season—to open up about such…Read full article


Memaw’s Greatest Hits: An Antigravity Holiday Sampler

Memaw’s Sweet Potato Casserole (aka “That Orange Stuff ”) Filling: 6-8 sweet potatoes 1 can Pet brand evaporated milk 1 tbs apple pie spice 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp cloves 1 stick butter 1 bag…Read full article

When the River Meets the Sea

This time of year can be really hard for some people. I have friends who abhor everything to do with Christmas. Some hate the commercialization and commoditization of goodwill, while others detest the idea of…Read full article

Cutting the Fat: Sweeney Todd Goes From Broadway to the Bywater

Maybe you don’t know his name, but you’ve probably heard rumors of “the demon barber” who slits his customers’ throats; their bodies are made into meat pies and sold to unsuspecting diners. The tale of…Read full article

We Don’t Know; Therefore, Party: Crossing our Fingers with the Cosmic Convergence Festival

Fire? Floods? Earthquakes? Asteroids? What does December 21st, 2012 really mean? Surprisingly, for Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, the answer is not aliens. If you don’t recognize Tsoukalos’ name from his show Ancient Aliens or sensationalistic History…Read full article

Decoding the Mayan Long Count Calendar

We cannot know for certain what the significance of December 21st, 2012 was to the ancient Maya. Unfortunately, the remains of ancient Mayan civilization lie in a moist, tropical environment that damages most artifacts and…Read full article

Dash Rip Rock -- Illustratoin by L. Steve Williams

Bringing Down the Jazz Party with Dash Rip Rock

Wildman Louisiana guitarist and songwriter Bill Davis has toured his ever-loving ass off with some version or another of his pioneering cowpunk band Dash Rip Rock for some 28 years. DRR’s 16th album, Black Liquor…Read full article

Heavy Metal is Loud; The Body is Louder

The Body, an Arkansas-via-Rhode-Island-via-Oregon duo, is the type of really fucking loud that overwhelms your senses and renders you helpless, like a clay pigeon, as though at any moment the music itself might just overtake…Read full article

DJ Shadow… Still Finds Something New Under the Sun

In 1996, DJ Shadow released his debut album Endtroducing… which not only changed the face of hip-hop but opened the eyes and ears of an entire generation to sample-based music. Since then, he has released…Read full article

The American Wet Dream

My invite to the Exxxotica adult entertainment convention in Edison, New Jersey did not come with a save-the-date but with a reminder to bring my boner because they would be giving away tits. The 4…Read full article

Leave the Crust on for RISE fest

New Orleanians love a good festival. And we also love our metal and punk rock. Hell, we’re known for these two things on a national level and rightfully so. We definitely know how to throw…Read full article

Europe by the Pound: On Tour with Spank Rock

Dear New Orleans! The Spank Rock/Boys Noize European Adventure Party Time Excellent Tour (actually called the ‘Out of the Black Tour’) was insane! Being on tour—on a continent you’ve never been to—is like being in…Read full article

Reviews // Photos // Comics

Hellen Gillett

Extra-Curricular Album Reviews

Since Katrina I’ve taught, after school, “an English class disguised as a music class.” My students write song lyrics as a way to improve their literacy. It’s not unlike journal writing class except we use…Read full article