It’s cool seeing Call Me Greenhorn‘s music finally reaching an audience! New reviews – and the first for the Cutthroats at Midnight EP – comes courtesy The Daily Grindhouse. With some nice comparisons to John Carpenter and summing it up with “Subtle keyboards, ominous tones, and plenty of hints at action and brilliant sounds to come.” Brilliant! Check it out here.
Oh, man this is big. I mean real big. This is huge! Just found out that the December issue of Rue Morgue Magazine includes not only interviews and features on William Friedkin (it’s the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist), Wes Craven (regarding The Serpent and the Rainbow), the recently reformed (and touring) GOBLIN (!!!), but also a review/feature of Call Me Greenhorn‘s faux zombie-OST L’Isola dei Morti Viventi! Yikes! How’s that for an early X-mas present?
Wrapped in a gorgeous sleeve courtesy Jason Edmiston (you gotta check out his stuff on Facebook, it’s amazing!) and filled with tons more goodies plus a giveaway, you can get your copy here (subscriptions available too!) Once again, the zombie album:
Just received the news via BBC that reggae vocalist Junior Murvin passed away in hospital in Port Antonio on Monday. Although cause of death hasn’t been established, the singer was being treated for diabetes and high blood pressure.
Murvin reached the UK charts with his Lee Perry-produced classic Police and Thieves that became closely associated with the Notting Hill Carnival in London which ended in rioting the year it was released. It became a staple in the punk rock community after The Clash covered it on their debut album.
Murvin was 67.
Check out the new Call Me Greenhorn EP entitled Cutthroats at Midnight. With a total of seven tracks, it’s a mini-OST with a murder theme (insert evil laugh if wanted). The title track was written for UK photographer Robert Boud‘s video project The Modern Day Holocaust and mixes John Carpenter with a Jamaican dub feel in the King Tubby vein. An additional six tracks was added – including what I call a “Moog Mayhem” version of the title track! Get it here.
As an added bonus I’m joining the Black Friday craziness! Starting today you’ll get a 40% discount on all my releases. Just enter the code “Sovac” during checkout to get it. The offer expires on Monday December 2nd at 11:59pm UTC.
Well here’s a pretty cool clip from the UK: Zack Dagoba‘s video (and track) Being John Carpenter. According to his blog It’s Full of Stars, Zack runs Memetunes Studio, and, in his own words, he sometimes get the urge to pretend he’s in the studio back in 1980 making a horror movie soundtrack in the John Carpenter vein. The end result is a cool sounding track just oozing retro and I can totally see this being used in one of Carpenter’s earlier efforts. It’s got a nice, minimalist vibe with a threatening undertone to boot.
Now this is already becoming somewhat viral in certain circles as it was posted by Death Waltz Recording Company on their Facebook page, and as far as I can tell it’s getting roughly 1,000 hits per day. Good news for Zack as it enables him to reach more fans (and clients), and, who knows, maybe this will make the retro soundtrack labels start noticing the modern outfits that produce these sounds today. Read more (including a complete tech list) here.
So yesterday was one of those kinda laid back affairs spent pretty much just hanging out at home. Something everybody keeps telling me I definitely should do more, but my thwarted work ethic kinda ixnays every time. I slept in late – FYI that means 7:30 a.m. – and had some kick-ass hash browns for breakfast. I love those and nowadays I do them in the oven ’cause it makes ‘em a bit more crispy and gives ‘em a nice crust that’s just yummylicious to eat. Yes, it’s a word. I just invented it.
Took some time to go through a bunch of VHS classics I’ve got collecting dust like Neon Maniacs and The Video Dead, as well as some not-so-classic fare like Robot Holocaust. Good thing I’m one of those people that refuse to deem my tastes to be superior and waste time pointing out the flaws of others’ creations (it’s a side-effect of being a fan of Ed Wood I guess) ’cause if I was I’d say that the latter movie is one of those affairs that if you just manage to get through the initial twenty minutes it’ll get much, much worse.
Anyway, it just wouldn’t be me if I somehow didn’t find the time to actually do something creative even though I told myself I was having a day off. So I also took the time to twiddle – note, not work! – with Call Me Greenhorn‘s Pink Hulk and ended up with Pink Hulk Version, focusing on the beat while replacing the bass with a gnarly Moog. It was a fun endeavor – twiddling always is as I just do whatever the heck pops up in my head – and the end results surprisingly good so I added it to the “single” making it an EP. Check it out.
Well, this is just too funny. Cartoonist Mitch O’Connell collected one hundred panels filled with double entendres from comics between 1940 up to 1970. Ranging from dumb cheap shots to laugh-out-loud funny to the damn near sublime, his Sex in Comics scans everything from Superman and Batman to The Archies and lesser known obscurities. More fun than I’d like to admit! Check it out here.