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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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<ul><li><p>IncognitoMusic, Models, and More</p><p>Vol. 3, May 2012</p><p>Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadThe Queen Riese McDonald</p><p>Jedi Elvis | Whistle Pigs | Kiss Kiss Bang Bangplus</p><p>A new column: Ask Derek </p></li><li><p>i</p></li><li><p>incognito #3</p><p>Chiefwriter:GarySchwindCopyeditor:BobBrowerCopyrightGroovyRutabagaPublications2012incognitomusicmagazine.comSubmissions(models,musicartists,writers):incognitomusicmag@gmail.comorPOBox2070MissionViejoCA92690ii</p></li><li><p>Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad</p><p>GiantPandaGuerillaDubSquadisarootsreggaebandfromRochester,NewYork.Byphone,guitaristDylanSavagediscussedthebandssound,releasingtwoalbumsinthefirstfourmonthsof2012,andtheinitialaudienceforanynewsonghewrites.Forthefullstoryofhowthebandsettledonitsname,visitRelix.com.Inbrief,thestoryinvolvesanIowafarmer,agameofchance,andsomegoatteeth.</p><p>Howdoyoudescribeyourmusicforsomeonewhohasneverheardit?Wetrytocapturetheclassicreggaesound.Wereinspiredverymuchbythe70sfoundationlayers:BobMarley,PeterTosh,BunnyWailer,allthegreats.Itsalsoanicemixtureofjamming.Veryclassicrootssoundwithabitofjamming.ThenyouhadthedeparturewithCountryearlierthisyear.Howdidthatcomeabout?Thatcameaboutprettynaturally,andthatswhyitcameoutfirst.IttooktwoorthreedaystorecordthatinColorado.Wejuststartedrecordingthetunes.Wehadaboutsixorseventunesandjustrecordedthemrealnaturally.Itwentwell.Thosesongswerekindofborninthe</p><p>backofthevanwhenwewereontheroad.Theycomeoutsoundingthatwayacousticallybecauseoftheinfluences.Aaronplaysthelapsteel,thefiddle.Danisamultiinstrumentalistwhoplaysbanjo.Thoseinfluencesfoundtheirwayintotheflow.Theykindofshapedthesoundotherthanhowitsoundedinthebackofthevanwithanacousticguitar.Thatinstrumentationmixedin.Itwasanaturalthing.DidyouenjoythatCountryrecord?</p><p>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</p></li><li><p>WetalkedaboutCountryandnowyouhavethenewrecordcomingout.Itsbeenaprolificyearalready.Isthisjustthenatureofthebandtohavethisprolificwriting?</p><p>InTheseTimeshasbeenintheworksfortwoyears.Someofthosesongswerewrittenin2006likePockets.Itreallycapturesthesoundfrom2006topresent.Weallwrite.James,Dan,andIhavebeenwritingquiteabit,soitsanicemixtureofthethreewritingstyles.Wehavealotofsongsandwewanttostartrecordinganewrecord.WehopetostartasearlyasMay.InTheseTimestookawhilebecausewevebeenontheroad.Wedcomehome,doacouplesessions,thengobackoutandcomeback.Itcapturesallofthatsoundfrom2006tothepresent.Werehappywithit.Weworkedhardonitandwereverypleased.</p><p>WouldyousayyouremoresatisfiedwithInThesetimesbecauseitsbeenintheworkslonger?Iguess.Ienjoybothofthemverymuch.ThereisacertainconnectionwehavetoInTheseTimes.Definitely.Haveyouhadthechancetolistentoit?</p><p>Idid.Itsgotarealclassic,wewerestrivingforarealclassicrootssound.Weallwerechangedby</p><p>reggae.IlistenedtoMarleyandittaughtmesomuchaboutmusicandtheworld.Allthoseinfluencesarecomingintothemusicandwecapturedacertainclassicreggaesoundthatsnottooprevalentinthereggaecommunitytoday.The80sreallybroughtonthedigitalareaofreggae.The70swasdefinitelyaspecialtimeformusicingeneralbutespeciallyforreggae.Imsteepedinalotofthattypeofsongwriting:simplesongs,simplemelodies.EverytimeIcomeupwithanewsong,Iplayitformykidsfirst.Iftheylikeit,theyrelikemyfirstsoundingboardbeforeIevenbringsongstotheband.Itsinterestinghowchildrenconnect.Iknowwhatyoumean.Ihaveathreeyearoldwhoisamusicfanatic.AlotoftimeswhenIwriteareview,Illmentionthatitgetsmysonssealofapproval.Theyjustconnectwithitonsuchaprimallevel.Theyreallydo.Ifitgetsthemmoving,theylikeit.HejustturnedthreelastmonthandAC/DCishisfavoritebandbyfar.</p><p>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</p></li><li><p>ofthesongsonthatalbumwhenwewereontourwithhim.Forexample,GetMeThroughwaswritteninNashvillewhenwewereontourwithG.Love.Hesjustagreatshowman,allaroundgreattunes,andjustagreatguy,apositiveinfluence.AsfarasRebelution,thoseguyshavebeensolidwithusforthree,fouryears.Wevetouredwiththemprobablymorethanwithanyotherband.Ericwritesgreatsongs,itsagreatshow,alotofpositivity.Veryupliftingmusic.Everytimeyouplaywithsomeone,theirinfluencerubsoff.WelearnedalotmusicallyfromRebelutiontoo,mixingsongsandgettingourshowstogether.Thoseguysareourbrothersforsure.Whatwouldyoubedoingifyouwerentmakingmusic?</p><p>Idprobablybegoingtoschoolandmaybeteaching.TeachingismorethanlikelysomethingIwouldhavepursued.Myfatherwasateacher.Itsagreatprofession.Whatwouldyouteach?History,English.Probablythosetwo.ImhappyImdoingmusic.Imreallygratefultoallourfansforthesupporttheyvegivenusthroughout.Formoreaboutthisband,visitgiantpandadub.com.incognitomusicmagazine.com Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) 3</p></li><li><p>The Queen Riese McDonald</p><p>TheQueenRieseMcDonaldisamodel,formerlyofColumbus,Ohio,nowlivinginFlorida.Shediscussesherbestfeatureandheradvicetoanyonelookingtogetintomodeling.</p><p>Howlonghaveyoubeenmodeling?Fortwoyears.Whatdoyouthinkisyourbestfeature?Why?Ilovemylipsbecausetheycomplementmyfacewell.Whathasbeenyourfavoritemodelinggigsofar?Why?Idonthaveafavorite.Theyallhave</p><p>beengoodsofar.Whatisthemostimportantthingyouhavelearnedaboutmodeling?Becarefulwhoyoubefriendintheindustry.Whatisonewaypeoplemisjudgeyou?PeopleassumebecauseImlightskinned,Imconceitedandthatissofarfromthetruth.Ifyoucouldonlyappearinonemorepublication,whatwoulditbe?SmoothWhatisonethingyouhopetoaccomplish?Iwanttotraveltheworldandreallyjustliveineachmomentineachcountry.4 Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) incognitomusicmagazine.com</p></li><li><p>Ask Derek</p><p>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.</p><p>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</p><p>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.Sowhatshouldyoudotogetbackinyourgirlfriendsgoodgraces?Youknowwhatwouldreallygetmorepeopleinmygoodgraces?Iftheyjustsaidfrickinhelloonceinawhile.Yeah,Ipushamopforaliving.Weaintallengineersmakingspaceagetechnologies.Besides,peoplearesuchpigsthattheyneedsomeonetocleanupafterthem.Itstoofrickinhardtocleanupafteryourself.Oh,youredonewiththatnapkinyouusedtowipeyourhandsaftereatingribs?Heresanidea:THROWITINTHEFRICKINTRASHCAN!Itaintrocketincognitomusicmagazine.com Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) 5</p></li><li><p>surgery.Youjustpressthepedal,orliftthelidofthetrashcanyourselfandthrowthenapkininthere.Soyouredonewiththatcoffeecup?Dontjustleaveitinthesink!WASHITYOURFRICKINSELF.Yourmotherdoesnotworkintheoffice.UnlessyourethatpoorsapWarrenfromtheOgilvyBuildingon6thStreet.Thatguygetstreatedlikehesstillsevenyearsold.Andhehastoeatlunchwithhismothereveryday.Canyouimaginethat?Buthey,atleasthegetstoeatwithsomeone.Hedoesnthavetositatatableallbyhimselfeverydaybecausenoonewillsitandeatwithhim.Youknow,becausehesamopjockey.DearDerek,Igotbustedforhavingasmallamountofpotinmycar.Imean,itwasonlyahalfounce.Stillthefasciststookitandprollyrolledupabigdoobrightthereinthestation.Heresthethingthough,man.MyfriendKellershowedupwithsomewickedbrownies(youknow,thereallygoodkind)tonight.IatelikethreeofthemwhilewewatchedamarathonofThePJs.MyhearingistomorrowmorningandIambakedoutofmygourd.WhatshouldIdo?Yours,SullyVerycreativeacronym,Sully.Soyourpalshowedupwithsomegoodbrowniesandyoucouldntevengivemeacall?LikeIwouldntenjoysomewickedbrowniesandaPJsmarathon?See,thisisexactlywhatImtalkingabout.Iliketohaveagoodtime,justlikethenextguy.Butdoesanyoneeverstoptoconsiderthat?No!Butyouaskedwhatyoushoulddo,andIamheretotellyou.YoushouldtellthejudgeyouhateThefrickinBeatles.TellemyouthinkTheBeatlessuckgiantdonkeyballs.Ifheagreeswithyou,hellprobablyletyougo.Oh,andsomethingelsetoconsider.Ifyouregoingtorollwithahalfounce,youmightwanttofindabetterplacetostashitthanyourcar.Youknow,likeunderthatlooseboardinyourcloset.Orsealedinaplasticbaginyourtoilettank.Dumbass.6 Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) incognitomusicmagazine.com</p></li><li><p>Jedi Elvis Uses the FarceTellmeaboutthebirthofJediElvis.</p><p>ItstartedasacostumethatIworetoSanDiegoComicConin2009.Itwasjustacostume.Thecostumeoriginatedfrom...ImanElvisimpersonator.Itwasin2007or2008.IwastryingonthecostumetomakesureitstillfitforagigandIendedupputtingonmyJedirobeandIstartedplayingwithalightsaber.Iwaslike,Hey!JediElvis!Afriendofminesnappedapictureofit.ThiswaswhenMySpacewasthething,notFacebook.IputitasmyprofilephotoonMySpace.MyfriendstoldmeitwashystericalandIshoulddosomethingwithit.IstartedthinkingaboutitandthoughtImgoingtoComicConforthefirsttimenextyear.IcreatedaportionofthecostumethatIcouldaddtoaregularcostume,tomakeitlookmoreJedi.Ihadacustomlightsabermade.Therestisprettymuchhistory.IwenttoComicConin2009withmyfriendNatalie.ShewasslaveLeia.Fiveminutesinthedoor,securityhadtoaskustomovebecauseapparentlywewereblockingtheentrancetoComicCon.Theresanotherguy.TheycallhimtheElvisTrooper.Hesadaptedastormtroopercostume</p><p>tolooklikeElvis.Hesbeendoingitforsevenoreightyears.IhadbeenincontactwithhimbeforeComicCon.ItoldhimIhopethisisntgoingtobesteppingonyourtoes.Hewasreallycoolaboutit.Wegottohangoutforawhile.Whilewewerehangingout,peopleofcourseweretakingpicturesofus.Thensomebodyhadsaidsomethinglike,Doyouguysdomusic?IsaidNowedont.ButthenIstartedthinkingaboutitandIthoughttheresnoreasonIcouldnt.IdontthinktheElvisTroopersings,butIvebeensingingsinceIwasakid.IhaveanextensiveElvisrepertoire.IjustsatdownandwentthroughallthesongsIknewandthoughtiftherewasanywayIcouldadaptthem.Onethingledtoanotherandbeforeyouknowit,Ihaveasongout.IwasbasicallyrecordingkaraoketracksandputtingthemonYouTube,ormakingMP3sforpeopletolistento.Iwenttoarecordingstudio.Weactuallyhadtostoprecordingbecausetheengineerwaslaughingsohard,youcouldhearitontherecording.Wefinishedtherecordingandthreeorfourdayslater,theengineercalledandsaidhehadplayedthesongforaband.Theyallthoughtitwashysterical.TheyreallStarWarsfans.Ifyoueverdoagig,doyouneedaband?ItoldhimIdidnthaveagig,butifIgotoneIwouldkeepthebandinmind.</p><p>Theverynextday,IgotacallfromLouisfromNuketheFridge.ItslikeAintItCoolNewsoroneofthosewebsites.TheywereputtingontheirfirsteverconventioninCityofIndustry.Theywerelookingforpeopleto</p><p>appear.Hesaid,Doyouhaveanact?Isaid,Asamatteroffact,Ido!Atthatpoint,Ihad20to30minutesofmaterial.Itwasprettyrockin.WedidanotherthingasabenefitforRedCross.Weendedupraising$1400forthem.Atthebenefitincognitomusicmagazine.com Incognito Music, Models, and More #3 (May 2012) 7</p></li><li><p>show,someoneaskedmerightthenandthereifIwantedtoopenforhimattheHouseofBlues.IplayedtheHouseofBlueswithBobKnowsBestandFourFingeredMel.ItwasMarkfromBobKnowsBestthataskedme.HewasimpressedtothepointwhereheaskedifIwantedtobeinvolved.Nextthingyouknow,IvegotHouseofBlues.Whatwasthefirstsongthatyouadapted?PromisedLand.Itsnotverywellknown.YoucanhearitinMeninBlack.TheresascenewhereTommyLeeJonesisdrivinginacarwithWillSmith.TheyenterHollandTunnelandheflipsthecarupsidedown.TommyLeeJonesisallrelaxedandheputsonanElvissong.WillSmithsays,YouknowElvisisdead,right?ThatsthesongplayingandthatswhereIfirstheardit.IlistenedtoitandIthoughtIcanadaptthisforaStarWarssong.ThestoryisElvistravelingfromVirginiatoCalifornia.Ichangedittonarratetheeve...</p></li></ul>