Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

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Greenhorn updates

April 3, 2014

Here’s some pretty kick-ass news: Call Me Greenhorn‘s Simian Walk made number one on RMD Music Blog‘s Top 5 indie tracks of the week. “You know that feeling when you hear a song and instantly feel more badass even though you’re not remotely badass in any sense of the word? Well that’s how we felt after listening to this track” is how they summed it up. Check it out here, and if you’ve got Deezer Space Kitty 2000 can be found here.

Speaking of the song: The video featuring John Travolto is getting a fair share of views right now. I just checked on YouTube and it’s passed 4,500. Not too shabby for an amateur effort (I’d never call myself an editor). Still wish the better quality version on Vimeo got more views, but what’re you gonna do? You’ll find it here. Check it out.

Lastly, I’m not too sure exactly what it means – so far I haven’t found any info to make it any clearer – but you’ll find all (?) my albums, EPs and singles at OKMusic in Japan. Check it out here and if you have any information to share, feel free to do so in the comments section. I’d appreciate it.

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Simian Walk

March 14, 2014

Well, I’m pretty stoked to finally announce that the first video for Call Me Greenhorn‘s new album Space Kitty 2000 is finished. It sure took a while – this is actually the third video I edited due to some unforseen circumstances – so I was pretty relieved to have this over with.

Using footage from Neri Parenti‘s 1979 rip-off homage to Saturday Night FeverThe Face with Two Left Feet aka John Travolto …da un insolito destino - it features some pretty bad ass disco dancing courtesy Italian John Travolta look-alike Giuseppe Spezia (rumored to have done plastic surgery to enhance said likeness) and Gloria Piedimonte with Cicciolina herself – Ilona Staller – admiring his moves.

The album will be released soon – I just gotta coordinate it with iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc. – so I’d say in roughly two weeks the eleven tracks will be online. In the mean time, make sure to check out Code Red‘s DVD of the Italian spoof here.

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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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Mr. Rogers vs. The Hulk

February 17, 2014

Legendary nice guy Mister Rogers goes to the TV studio where he meets The Incredible Hulk himself: Bill Bixby. Bixby shows him the set and explains that what takes place is just pretend – make-believe.

He goes on to show a few clips from the show and talk about how he liked to pretend when he was a child. He also mentions that he would get angry from time to time when he was younger:

It’s okay to be angry and it’s alright to let it out as long as we don’t hurt anybody else and as long as we don’t hurt ourselves.

Before leaving, Mister Rogers get to watch a scene from the television series being filmed. Featuring co-star Lou Ferrigno in full character, they set up another visit for the following day to see Mr. Ferrigno without his make-up. Read more here.

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Northwest Passage

January 20, 2014

Today marks the 68th birthday of director David Lynch, and what better way to celebrate than to offer up a taste of my coming, yet-to-be-titled EP? Entitled Northwest Passage, the track was heavily inspired by the cult TV series Twin Peaks, so I figured today was pretty fitting to upload it. Using footage from the pilot episode – hence the song title, natch! – with some choice cuts from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me I think it turned out pretty okay. Check it out and spread the word

Speaking of which: You heard the news that has every ‘Peaks fan going gaga right now that Lynch is back in the Pacific Northwest shooting new footage for the series? I’m not too sure if this means that the final, third season will see the light of day or it’s just additional (promo) footage. Still, it’s pretty exciting, no?

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Sock It to Me, Baby!

January 7, 2014

A week in on the new year I’d figured it was time to create something new, right? Well, good thing yesterday evening was one of those brilliant creative bouts that don’t happen too damn often, but still thrills me to no end when “they fall right in your lap” like I prefer to call it.

Pretty much taking a break from some soundtrack work, I decided to toy around with this so-so kinda horn section sample and the next thing you know the tentatively titled Funky Simian jumped out of me. Adding a nice funk rhythm to it I figured I wanted to go kinda surf-ish with the whole thing – but using Casio keyboards instead of guitars. It turned out kinda groovy and quirky with a nice “cool” vibe, for lack of a better word.

Having the track roughly 80% finished I was so psyched by the results last night that I decided to create a teaser video using some old sexploitation trailer in order to share it. Taken from Lou Campa‘s 1968 Sock It to Me, Baby – released by Something Weird Video, natch! – it’s a nice sort of tribute to Mike Vraney. Roughly a minute long, so check it out on YouTube and spread the word.

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Invasion of the Dead

December 28, 2013

With the recent review of Call Me Greenhorn‘s L’Isola dei Morti Viventi in Rue Morgue magazine – and there’s more to come, natch – I decided to create something visual in order to spread the word online. With the track Invasion of the Dead (Main Theme 2) actually being inspired by the final, church-storming sequence in Lucio Fulci‘s Zombie Flesh-Eaters (aka Zombie 2) it wasn’t that hard to figure out what imagery to use, so I popped my German bootleg *cough* DVD into my new video editor and got to work.

As an added bonus I decided to see how effective the track A Feast on Flesh would be set to the zombie-munching sequence of said movie and it turned out pretty cool as well. A couple of quick edits – unlike Fulci I chose not to start with a gory visual punch, opting for revealing more carnage as the scene progressed instead – and it was done. Consider it a bonus. A NSFW bonus.

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Fist Fight!

December 12, 2013

Now that’s a wedding band! The brilliant Saturday Night Live skit Band Reunion at the Wedding sees comedians Fred Armisen and Bill Hader team up with Ashton Kutcher and David Grohl as the fictional hardcore band Crisis of Conformity performing their anthem Fist Fight! at Fred’s daughter’s wedding.

In an interview with Papermag, Fred – who’s an old punker that played drums in Trenchmouth and handled vocals in the KGB – admitted both the skit and the song itself was a tribute to Black Flag and Hüsker Dü. “The idea behind it was to write a love letter to my teenage years, to all the bands that I grew up listening to.” Yeah, I figured the “Cadena-Norton” sign was more than a weird coincidence.

The skit (and song) became a cult hit and Fred later on recorded the track on his own for a 7″ release on Drag City. Check it out below and get your copy here.

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Black Friday and Murder

November 29, 2013

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.

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Two-Fer (plus one)

October 23, 2013

Things are moving along quite nicely in the Adventures of Superseven camp! The latest episode Operation: Hard Kill in Fresno was released a couple of days ago, offering up some nice puns and silly action.  Got some cool music as well courtesy me (The Fez) and The Jimmy C, including his cover of Superseven Chase Theme that I provided some moog and other weird noises for.

Speaking of which, Robert Griffth sent me an email hepping me that the all-new blooper reel for the show has been made available on YouTube (check below), and the series was recently made official selection at the 2014 Rome Web Awards (yay!). Check out their official website here.

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