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2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse

June 24, 2014

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Here we go: Yesterday saw the “unveiling” of the cover art for the coming Videogram mix. Created by Bulgarian artist Mike Daskalov, it’s kinda reminiscent of Vestron Video‘s logo complete with the blurriness that came with VHS. The feedback has been great so far and James that runs the Italian Horror Week was thrilled to see it.

More unleashed VHS-influenced goodies is the track 2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse. Inspired by the post-apocalyptic genre movies of the 1980s – Equalizer 3000, Battletruck and Endgame just to mention a few – I’m pretty satisfied with how this one came out. Nice, dirge-y backbeat with some pretty cool synth sounds. Check it out on SoundCloud.

EDIT: In order to make things less confusing, I made the decision that future horror OST-influenced material will be released under the Videogram moniker ’cause, frankly, Call Me Greenhorn is just too damn weird a name and doesn’t really fit. Got a Facebook page up and running and I keep adding Bandcamp page etc. in the near future. Check it out here.

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Don’t Fear Death

June 10, 2014

No pulse, no responsibilities! Now, I wouldn’t use a phrase such as “heartbroken” ’cause it’s way too strong a word, but finishing up the day’s work for the coming Videogram mix last night, I was truly shocked finding out about Rik Mayall‘s untimely death.

Along with his fellow actors of the cult TV show The Young Ones, Rik played a major part of me discovering the British humor I love to this day. It was (and is!) loud, brash, rude and laced with beautiful sarcasm that had me instantly enamored – I guess somewhat “punk” in its attitude. If memory serves me correct I must’ve been in the fifth grade when that first episode aired sometime back in the 1980s with fellow geniuses from the likes of  Monty Python up to today’s The Daily Mash following, bringing me endless enjoyment.

Now, here’s where things get kinda eerie: It turns out that one of the last works Rik did before his passing was to voice the 3-minute short Don’t Fear Death. Produced for Channel Four as part of their Random Acts series it showcases Rik inimitable comic delivery exploring the benefits of, well, being dead. It’s kinda funny albeit bittersweet seeing this now, but it’s worth checking out.

R.I.P. Rik.

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Fly me up, Scotty, fly me up!

June 1, 2014

Help me! Help me! Well, here’s some pretty exciting news: Scientists in Holland (or do they prefer to call it the Netherlands?) announced this past week that they have indeed transported atoms three metres with 100% accuracy. Yup, Star Trek fans salivate, teleportation is now a reality.

The professor in charge of this successful experiment – one Hanson, from Delft University of Technology – stated that “nothing in the laws of physics fundamentally forbids the teleportation of large objects, including humans”, even though that is to be considered pretty unlikely at this point. But he would not rule it out “because there’s no fundamental law of physics preventing it”.

Pretty damn cool news for all sci-fi fans, but didn’t this guy Francois Delambre work on this back in the 1950s? Whatever happened to him? I think David Cronenberg did a movie based on the guy’s research…

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Monster #5!

May 29, 2014
image courtesy Weng's Chop!

image courtesy Weng’s Chop!

Make sure you check out the latest issue of MONSTER! About 70 pages of monster only mania, this, the fifth issue, features reviews of the Filipino Blood Island monster movies, Steve Bissette‘s Godzilla Portfolio, Southern Fried Monsters, and much more! Wrapped in a sleeve courtesy yours truly (I did the back cover Octaman illustration), you can get your copy for $5 at createspace here and Amazon here.

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R.I.P. H.R. Giger!

May 13, 2014
photo credit unknown

photo credit unknown

Well, as the news became official in Swiss media roughly an hour ago, I am saddened to announce that dark genius H.R. Giger passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a fall yesterday. He was 74 years old.

Mostly famous for his brilliant work creating both creature and set designs for Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi/horror classic Alien, most punkers (including myself) probably came across the Swiss artist via The Dead KennedysFrankenchrist album and that insert poster he provided that ended up getting lead singer Jello Biafra in all sorts of legal trouble (check it out here but it’s definitely, positively NSFW).

A genuine artist who’s surreal vision generated both admiration and disgust – but never left anyone unaffected – he was truly one of a kind and will be missed. Make sure to visit his official website here, write some kind words on the Facebook page here, and check out Alien: Behind the Scenes for a fascinating insight into the making of the 1979 blockbuster:

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Son of Electric Frankenstein

May 3, 2014
image courtesy Sal Canzonieri.

image courtesy Sal Canzonieri.

Well, I haven’t had this confirmed yet, but I did create posters for both Electric Frankenstein and The Kung Fu Killers during the time period, and if nothing else I can plug a pretty damn cool book release.

Son of Electric Frankenstein: More High Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster & Record Art is the second big book of amazing Poster and Record Cover art, showing Electric Frankenstein’s second decade of artwork collected from where the first book, published by Dark Horse Books, left off. 

Delivering more great art and artists from the world of Low Brow, Underground, Kustom Kulture, Monster Art, it features more monstrous works from the who’s-who of poster legends Peter Bagge, John Pound, Johnny Ace, Coop, Art ChantryDirty Donny Gillies, Derek Hess, Alan Forbes, and more…!

Roughly 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches with 164 pages in glorious full color, the book cost $35.36. Get it at http://www.amazon.com/Son-Electric-Frankenstein-Energy-Poster/dp/1482686481

EDIT: I’ve had it confirmed by Sal Canzonieri himself that I indeed have my work featured in this book.

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Shadows of Prey

April 29, 2014

Man, is this a great day or what? I am having a major surge of energy today. After a roughly 30 minute walk in the morning sun and catching the solar eclipse seen in Australia online, I received the news that John Brito Films‘ proof of concept for the coming Shadows of Prey horror/sci-fi series has been made official.

Having already seen the twelve-second animation roughly two weeks ago, it still thrills me to no end seeing this initial concept. In so few words I’d say this is pretty damn great, the music and imagery works beautifully and I can’t wait to see the finished results.

Until then, check out John’s own words about the animation here, and since it’s his birthday, how about writing him some birthday wishes on his Facebook?

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R.I.P. Mike Atta!

April 22, 2014

Sad news for the punk rock community: Mike Atta, guitarist of proto-hardcore outfit The Middle Class, passed away this Easter after fighting a four-year battle with cancer.

Forming the band with his brothers Jeff and Bruce, the band was considered one of the first hardcore outfits in the US, at least on the West Coast as The Bad Brains were active in the Washington, D.C./New York area at the same time. Their Out of Vogue EP was released on Joke Records in 1978 and is considered a pioneering record – fetching some impressive sums on eBay.

The band reunited in 2010, and even though he was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in January that same year, Mike kept gigging with the band until the very end. Rest in peace.

More info at The Orange County Register and The OC Weekly.

photo courtesy the Orange County Register.

photo courtesy the Orange County Register.

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2014 MoCCA Artsfest

April 4, 2014

Hey, readers in the US, especially on the East Coast: This weekend sees Jamie and Erika of Loud Comix attending the 2014 MoCCA Artsfest in New York, and if you’re in the area you should definitely come by and show some support for independent, underground comics.

I checked the official page, and tickets are $5/day, it’s located smack dab in Manhattan (there are directions on the web site) and guests of honor include iconic artist Robert Williams (!!!) among others. Check it out!

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Censorshit (update)

April 2, 2014

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As indie DVD label Arrow Films & Video just posted it on their Facebook I figured I’d share it on my blog as well, hoping my readers based in the UK will take action.

Following an open letter by Moviemail‘s film critic and historian James Oliver on April 1st, there’s an online petition that in short asks Maria Miller - secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – to amend the planned changes to the 1984 Video Recording Act.

Dear Minister

The forthcoming changes to the Video Recordings Act will harm UK small businesses and compromise a thriving industry that is admired around the world.

This is unintentional and can be avoided by refining your “Draft Video Recordings Act 1984 (Exempted Video Works) Regulations 2014″. These draft Regulations will make publishing comprehensive DVD packages – editions that dissuade people from turning to pirated copies – financially unviable.

In the light of these unintended consequences, please revisit the draft Regulations.

Now, even though things probably won’t turn out quite as dramatic as I wrote in my previous post on the subject, the new BBFC guidelines will hit the indie DVD labels pretty hard and affect us genre fans. In essence, the new law means that not only do you need to classify the main feature of your DVD/Blu-ray release, but every interview, documentary, featurette that comes with it as well – running up quite a tab if you’re planning a drool-inducing überfan edition, as the BBFC charges a flat fee for their (mandatory) service.

This will not be the end of the UK indie labels, but most likely the days of their beefy DVD editions of horror, cult classics and other films outside the mainstream that fans all over the world enjoy. If you’re a citizen of the UK, and actually give a damn about the smaller independent efforts in your country, please do sign the petition. All it takes is your full name, email and post code. Sign it here and please spread the information on your blog, Facebook etc. Cheers!

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