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Interview with Jamie Coghill

June 27, 2014
image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

Check out Australian musician Jamie Coghill (aka The Jimmy C‘s) interview with Hammond Chamberlin over at Beyond the Playlist. Pretty in-depth (and twice as long as my own) they cover how he got into music, his creativity and work for The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West. You’ll find it here.

While on the subject, Jamie recently signed with Foghorn Media, re-releasing his The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West Original Web Series Soundtrack album as a seven-track EP. Check it out on iTunes here.

image courtesy Foghorn Media

image courtesy Foghorn Media

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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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In a Gaddance With Me

May 26, 2014

Finally a chance to quote The Simpsons! Hey, Marge, remember when we used to make out to this hymn? Via El Diabolik‘s brilliant podcast I was hepped to Bappi Lahiri‘s Bollywood outing Everybody Dance With Me that sounds a lot like Iron Butterfly‘s 17-minute stoner classic In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida. Add some TroggsWild Thing for the chorus and you’re there!

If you already gave the brilliant Dawn of the Synth compilations a spin, (part two is my personal fave), you might wanna check out El Diabolik’s World of Psychotronic Soundtracks as they offer great collections of soundtrack music, exotica/lounge cheese, 1980s synth/new wave and whatnot – always giving you an interesting mix with trivia and facts delivered in a nice, conversational way. I’ve added their page to my links so feel free to check that one out. Got the time to give I Ron Butterfly a spin?

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Giallos Flame

April 26, 2014

I recently did a live interview with Beyond the Playlist (online in June!) and feel kinda lame as I completely forgot to plug this artist while I had the chance: Giallos Flame! The pseudonym for UK-based (?) multi-instrumentalist Ron Graham, this project is my personal fave when it comes to modern, horror OST-influenced music ’cause his works is second to none. Not only influenced by the Italian-produced exploitation fare of the 1970s and 80s, his works have the sound and feel down so cold that they easily could be mistaken for the real thing. Those lesser morally inclined could probably get away with putting his vinyl records in dusty, pre-worn sleeves and sell to the uninitiated on eBay for impressive sums and none of them would be the wiser.

giallosNow, Ron seems to be quite the reserved, private guy as he’s been active for more than a decade, but I’d be damned if I could find any additional information or interviews online – an interesting experience as it both frustrates you and reinvigorates your inner nerd (actually, giving it a raging hard-on would be a more proper phrase) as it has you clawing for those scraps of knowledge picked up here and there, furiously assembling them in order to complete the picture. It’s almost like a throwback to the pre-internet late 1980s when horror movies could be rare, uncensored edition usually meant “third generation copy” and information about said titles surfaced once every second year in fanzines that took 6 to 8 weeks to arrive in your mail box. If this is a thought-out marketing strategy I gotta hand it to whoever’s behind it for pulling off the intriguing-mystery-artist image in an age where everybody has an online presence, especially musicians that have a tendency to promote every fart, burp and chord produced during the day. All joking aside, like The Active Listener stated last year his obscurity is puzzling.

He’s done some movie work, composing musical scores for low-budget horrors such as Murder-Set-Pieces and Black Devil Doll, and his discography includes several albums and EPs – all on independent labels. Recently signing to Rotary Tower – both a record label and music library meaning you can license his works for media use - there are two new releases in the plans, Archivio Giallo volumes 1 and 2, collecting over two dozens of rare and unreleased tracks into one hour-long retro experience. Both can be streamed in full on SoundCloud (links below) and I also took the time to create a playlist on YouTube, culling together all the tracks I could find. Check him out!

Website: http://giallosflame.blogspot.com
Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giallos-Flame/223057054378764
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-giallos-flame
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1700116/

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Blitzkrieg Hops

April 24, 2014

“Sugar doesn’t come close, We’re making it with maltose…” Well, as I just had an impromptu Skype chat with Nik and The Goat of Exploited Cinema – both brethren fans of The Ramones – I was hepped to the band’s 1995 Steel Reserve beer commercials (that might’ve coincided with Frank Kozik doing some artwork for said business).

Three tracks in total and it was pretty funny giving them a spin. Check ‘em out, make sure to check out Exploited Cinema’s official site here and on Facebook and while on the subject of Los Hermanos Ramone and beer:

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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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Joe Davolaz

April 2, 2014

Here’s a quickie song byte I discovered via the UK show Project Moonbase: Joe Davolaz! A fellow Swedish sextet that really got the retro exotica sound down cold. Their track Piña Colada emulated the vibe so perfectly it had me convinced it’d fit perfectly in a mid-60s genre movie – maybe even a French one as there is a slight ye-ye influence to be heard.

Soon to be released as a 5″ flexi disc on Tona Serenad. Check out their SoundCloud for further info.

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Max Tannone

April 1, 2014

Head on over to SoundCloud and check out Max Tannone‘s brilliant album Mic Check 1234!. Ten mashups in all blending together punk rock outfits like The Ramones, Black Flag and Reagan Youth with rappers such as Tupac Shakur, Nas and Public Enemy.

I found Max via the 2009 Doublecheck Your Head album that saw him remixing seven tracks by The Beastie Boys, but the punk-meets-rap effort turned out to be a personal fave where the familiar classics were turned on their ears with surprising and fresh results.

Keeping himself busy DJing, mixing and producing, this New York-based musician also creates original music on his own – and last year saw him release a documentary about one of the remaining video stores in NYC, so you know his heart is in the right place. All the albums are available as free downloads so make sure to check him out here and visit his official website at www.maxtannone.com.

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Being John Carpenter 2

March 11, 2014

Check it out:  Zack Dagoba just released a second John Carpenter tribute video: Being John Carpenter 2. Now, I already written about this UK producer/musician that runs both Memetunes Studio and the blog It’s Full of Stars here, so check out that post for more info and visit Zack’s blog here.

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Machine Gun Reggae

March 1, 2014

One of the more fascinating cultural exchanges of 20th century’s popular culture was the huge impact Italian-made spaghetti westerns of the 1960′s – aimed for the European and US markets – had on Jamaican music. It took them a while to reach the Jamaican shores – on average it seemed like a three year delay – but once there there is no overstating the influence this new wave of cinema had on the musicians and producers.

Pretty much every title and character you can think of seemed to have at least one song written in their honor (to be quickly recorded and shipped off to the UK where the kids bought the 7″ records by the tons), with Lee van Cleef ranking highest, and Franco Nero‘s coffin-dragging Django coming in at close second – actually generating a Top Five hit for The Upsetters!

I assembled a couple of personal faves off of YouTube for you to peruse – some having pretty damn cool fan videos. Check out Trojan Records‘ 2004 compilation album The Big Gundown for more goodies.

Sir Lord Comic Django Shoot First

The Upsetters Return of Django

King Stitt Lee van Cleef

Lee Perry Clint Eastwood

Ramon & The Crystalites Undertaker’s Burial

Roy Richards Death Rides a Horse

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