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September 28, 2005 Reviews The Wescolite Student Newspaper \Beyond Spirit Tailings\ Book Will Keep Readers Up at Night 1 5 ! V i ' \ n /IM R I T I'A I LINGS Montana Historical Society The master of Montana’s m y s t e r i e s , ghosts and h a u n t e d places is back with another book a b o u t things that go bump in the Big Sky night. In her first book, titled “Spirit Tail ings,” author Ellen Baumler introduced Montanans to their haunted past with stories of the mining communities of Virginia City, Butte, and Helena. In her second book for the Montana Historical Society Press, “Beyond Spirit Tailings,” Baumler takes the reader across the state with stories of the unexplained. Baumler came across these ghostly and mysterious tales in her work as interpretive historian for the Montana Historical Society. As she traveled the state researching historic houses and other properties over the years, Baumler heard stories that weren’t nec essarily the kind of thing one puts on historic signs. She began by keeping files and later looked into the facts behind the tales. “Whether you believe in them com pletely or not, these stories are a part of Montana history,” Baumler said. “These stories and legends that spring up around unusual events become part of the fabric of our communities.” In the “Bishop of All Outdoors,” Baumler presents the gruesome story of Havre clergyman L.J. Christler that includes details and an illustration of the original banner headline from the 1922 incident: “Havre Woman Kills Minister And Turns Gun Upon Her self.” After recounting the fascinating details and, later, rumors and ghostly sightings in the wake of the murder, Baumler takes it forward, noting “the Christler’s handsome home at Hill Top Farm was never finished, never sold, never lived in except by wild crea tures.” The house burned under mysteri ous circumstances leaving only the chimney. “Such ruins draw the curi ous, and this one has a magnetism like that of its long ago builder. It is a ruin, as the Bishop of All Outdoors himself might have said, with “the charm of invincibility stamped upon the trag edy.” As with all of the 23 stories in the new book, Baumler follows this tale with a list of sources providing more information for the curious to pursue in tracking down the story of the bishop. “These kind of stories draw many people into community and state his tory, sometimes for the first time,” Baumler said. “It is my hope that these historical ghost books will get more people interested in local history.” The 200-page book that includes 20 illustrations sells for $13.95 and is available at local bookstores across the state, or can be ordered directly, plus shipping and handling, from the Montana Historical Society by calling toll-free 1-800-243-9900. Baumler is also the nationally award-winning author and editor of “Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan.” Baumler’s first “Spirit Tailings” book has become one of the Montana Historical Society’s best sellers and is now in its third printing. Music Reviews: 311 & Our Lady Peace By Stuart McNabb This Month has given a couple of new albums to put to the test of critical review. The views expressed are solely the opinion of myself and do not in any way reflect the views of the Pope or the Wescolite. I would like to thank Burt’s CDs for letting me review this month’s albums. This month’s artists in review are 311 and Our Lady Peace. 311 Don’t Tread on Me (Volcano) Don’t Tread on Me is 11 tracks that are mostly dismal. This album reaches a crescendo of mediocrity with track 5 titled Solar Flare. The only tracks that are semi-enjoyable are the more reggae influenced. It is excessively generic; barely worth the effort to pirate it off the internet. Although, in a pinch it would make an expensive and shiny coffee coaster. Don’t Tread on M e'combines ele ments of reggae and punk-pop into a dissonance of substandard songs. 3 11 proves once again that even if punk- pop is laced with good genre, it will still turn south. Their lyrics are fairly meaningless and nothing in their mu sic really stands out. Bottom line Rating: 4 out of 10 Buying potential: 2 out of 10 If you like this album, you will like: Bloodhound Gang Our Lady of Peace Healthy in Paranoid Times (Sony) This is a post grunge band that formed in 1992 in Toronto, Canada. OLP, then released Neveed. their first album, under the Label Relativity. Then came a succession of similar albums including Clumsy, in 1997, Happiness is Not a Fish, in 1999, and Spiritual Machines. 2001. Their latest release, which you can now purchase at your local Music Store, is Healthy in Paranoid Times, recently released this past summer under Sony record label. The band focuses on problems with modern society that can be fixed through a change in individual mindset. Their booklet in the album, Healthy in Paranoid Times, isn’t filled with your usual band pictures and lyrics, but rather statistics ranging from Aids & H.I.V., to the number of Days it took to record the album. In their most recent album, they combine a synthetic/electric combina tion on various instruments accompa nied by meaningful and impacting lyr ics. This album’s 12 tracks do not have any lag or bad spots and send an optimistic vibe about the human con dition. I would definitely recommend this record to anyone who’s savvy in the area of humanitarian or political subject matter. Rating: 8, out of 10 Buying Potential: 7 out of 10 If you like this album, you will like: 30 seconds to Mars