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Oct 2011 17

By Nicole Powers

“Pity is my least favorite four-letter word.”
– Amanda Palmer

The fiercely individual Madonna once observed that “life is a mystery” and “everyone must stand alone.” But for some that is tragically not possible. Conjoined twins Evelyn and Evelyn Neville (a.k.a. Evelyn Evelyn) are two such people; their uninvited union – and the uniqueness of their in many ways non-individual state – being both a blessing and a curse.

To say Evelyn Evelyn have had a tough upbringing would be a gross understatement. The pair lost their mother 12 minutes after their traumatic birth, and their early life took a nosedive from there. The girls’ father fell victim to an unlikely chainsaw accident shortly after their mother’s untimely demise, and thus the orphaned twins were left with only each other to rely on as they made their way in this all too cruel world.

Extended stints trapped in a chicken coup and held hostage by a child pornography ring meant the girls were robbed of anything approaching a normal childhood –– if that was ever a possibility given their Siamese status. However, after joining a circus and meeting some similarly conjoined pachyderms, Evelyn Evelyn got an inkling that their bond –– far from being a burden –– was something truly beautiful and special.

Having experienced relentless teasing and taunts for much of their life, the Neville sisters’ world was changed radically by the advent of social media. While in a dead end job filling out sweepstakes applications on behalf of an unappreciative motel proprietor, the duo practiced the songs they once performed with the circus and set up a profile on MySpace to showcase them. Unburdened by physical limitations and prejudices online, their music caught the attention of many, including singer, songwriter, and all round entertainer extraordinaire Amanda Palmer.

Inspired by their songs and by their struggle, Amanda recruited renowned folk musician Jason Webley to help with the project. Produced by Palmer and Webley, Evelyn Evelyn released their debut EP, “Elephant Elephant,” in 2007. Their heartfelt rendition of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” –– which served as the B-side of the vinyl edition –– brought them initial success and critical acclaim. A self-titled album followed in 2010, as did numerous sold out live dates.

Having recently returned from a triumphant stint at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival –– and with respect having firmly replaced ridicule –– Evelyn Evelyn embark on the next chapter in their lives with the release of a graphic novel based on their story. Written by Palmer and Webley, and illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler, it’s naturally being released in two parts (via Dark Horse Comics Inc.). Having not only redefined beauty, but what it means to be an individual, SuicideGirls caught up with Palmer to talk about Evelyn Evelyn.

For this interview SG’s editor, Nicole Powers, recruited her own twin siblings, Brenda Day and Samantha May. Though not conjoined, Brenda and Samantha do everything together and feel as if emotionally they are. They are therefore especially excited that Palmer and Webley are unleashing the power of multiples though their production work, and are exploring what it means to be an individual when you’re also one half of a whole. The following is a transcript of their online conversation…

Read our exclusive interview with Amanda Palmer on SuicideGirls.com.

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Oct 2011 14

by Daniel Robert Epstein

“Believe me everyone wants their records to be popular.”
– Paul Oakenfold

DJ Paul Oakenfold has been a mainstay in the DJ scene for nearly 20 years. He exploded in popularity in 2001 due to his work on the film Swordfish. Since then his tours and albums have become better and much larger in scope. His latest album is A Lively Mind and, as usual, it features plenty of guest artists such as actor Brittany Murphy, uber-producer Pharrell Williams and old-school DJ legend Grandmaster Flash.

Read our exclusive interview with Paul Oakenfold on SuicideGirls.com.

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Oct 2011 12

by Blogbot

This Sunday (October 16th) our special in-studio guests will be Park Lane.

Listen to SG Radio live Sunday night from 10 PM til Midnight on Indie1031.com

Got questions? Then dial our studio hotline digits this Sunday between 10 PM and midnight PST: 323-900-6012

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And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

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Oct 2011 12

by Satya

A column which highlights Suicide Girls and their fave groups.


[Satya Suicide in Satya’s Chambers]

This week, Satya Suicide is keeping it real with SG’s Hip-Hop Group.

Members: 1,456 / Comments: 14,262

  • WHY DO YOU LOVE IT?: I’m a music addict. It’s a good place to lurk for new material, especially the Download thread and the What are you listening to? thread.


  • DISCUSSION TIP: Be super into Lil Wayne and Lil B. I like reading the snarky/angry replies.


  • BEST RANDOM QUOTE: “Drake is softer then the Snuggie Bear. You know, the one that hugs your blankets after you do your laundry? Drake makes him look like Rambo.”




  • MOST HEATED DISCUSSION THREAD: The N-word.
  • WHO’S WELCOME TO JOIN?: Anyone but lames and basics.

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Oct 2011 12

by Daniel Robert Epstein

“I really am trying to create a new genre.”
– Cut Chemist

Cut Chemist is part of the seminal hip-hop band Jurassic 5. But in the past few years he’’s stepped back from the band to work on his solo album, The Audience’s Listening, which he’s releasing through Warner Bros.

Read our exclusive interview with Cut Chemist on SuicideGirls.com.

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Oct 2011 10

By Nicole Powers

“It can be its own creature.”
– Scroobius Pip

Scroobius Pip went out one day, and made a record for people to play. Then all the beasts in the world came round, thanks to his killer wit and rhymes so sound. The Nyan cat, the dog and the kangaroo, with “Thou Shalt Always Kill” the YouTube massive he did woo. Then the wolf he howled, the horse he neighed, “I’m releasing a second solo record” the Pip brayed. And when the Pip began to roar, there never was heard such a noise before. And every beast he stood on the tip, to peruse a video of the Scroobius Pip. At last they said to the Pip “By far,
 you’re the wisest beast! You know you are!” SG got close to Scroobius Pip to say, ‘Tell us all about yourself we pray. For as yet we can’t make out in the least, if you’re punk or hip-hop, or poet or beast.” The Scroobius Pip looked vaguely round, and hollered these words with a rumbling sound: “Chippetty flip, Flippetty chip, my only name is the Scroobius Pip.”

In truth, he may not have said “Chippetty flip” or “Flippetty chip” – but here’s what went down when SuicideGirls spoke to the Pip…

Read our exclusive interview with Scroobius Pip on SuicideGirls.com.

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Oct 2011 05

by Lithiumpicnic

“I am in the studio more than is good for me.”
– Sascha Konietzko

In 1984 KMFDM (Kleine Mitleid Fur Das Mehrheit,” which means “No Pity For the Majority”) was founded in Germany by Sascha Konietzko. The band released three albums on European labels before begining their relationship with Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, Illinois. After touring with Ministry in 1989-1990, they were signed to Wax Trax! Records and quickly became a part of the industrial music scene in Chicago that included Ministry, Front 242 and My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult.

KMFDM has no fixed roster, Konietzko is the only member that has been directly involved with every KMFDM project. En Esch, Raymond Watts, and guitarist Günter Schulz are other key members in the band’s history.

Other notable musicians that have contributed to KMFDM projects include Bill Rieflin of Ministry/R.E.M., Nivek Ogre from Skinny Puppy and OhGr, John DeSalvo of Chemlab, Tim Skold of Marilyn Manson, F.M. Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten, and Nina Hagen. Additionally, Chemlab, Die Warzau, Nine Inch Nails, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and Giorgio Moroder have remixed music for KMFDM.

Read our exclusive interview with Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM on SuicideGirls.com.

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