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(Talkin’ ’bout) My Vacation

July 31, 2014

Wow! Well, the first thing that struck me once I typed in the title of this post was “Gee, that was a quick four weeks!” And yes, looking back this month kinda flew by at an amazing speed. Even though I spent a lot of said time dealing with various outcomes from Videogram – both the project and album – one thing immediately popped up in my head while thinking of these past weeks: This turned out to be the month where I set a new record in sheer amount of naps taken. No joke, I can sum up July 2014 with one letter: Zzzzzzzz.

That said, the first week was spent fine tuning the Videogram album, releasing it to coincide with Doc Terror‘s Italian Horror Week and afterwards kinda being overwhelmed by the reaction it received. The international horror community, especially in the United States, seemed to really take to it and with more interviews and reviews on the way I am cautiously optimistic that we’re still in the beginning of its momentum. Physical releases are being discussed and I am also putting out one very limited edition myself that’s sure to have vinyl collectors drooling.

"That song is evil, I tell ya! Evil! Evil!" Thrilling stats from my Bandcamp page.

“That song is evil, I tell ya! Evil! Evil!” Thrilling stats from my Bandcamp page last week.

As an added bonus I was early on contacted by two horror directors in the US who wants me to produce soundtracks for their upcoming feature-length projects. I can’t give out any more details about that, but I have already expressed my interest in collaborating and it sure is exciting. I’m looking forward to dig in and get my hands dirty!

More music news: I finished up the soundtrack work for Austrian director John Brito, who’s Shadows of Prey horror web series is due to premiere pretty soon. I gotta admit it feels weird to have completed it, and thus not taking an active part in it anymore, but I enjoyed being there for the embryonic stages and wish John and the rest of his crew the best of luck with it. I’m looking forward to seeing the final results!

So what else happened? Well, for me summer offers a great opportunity to get some reading done, so I bought some new books from Feral House, who’s easily my favorite publisher. In an age of mindless pap, they – or is this a one man operation run by Adam Parfrey? – keep putting out jolting, intelligent literature that truly makes the reading experience what it was supposed to be: Riveting, engrossing and full of insights. I picked up two titles, Joseph Scott Morgan‘s horrifying Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator and Brendan Mullen‘s Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs. The latter is an oral retelling in the same vein as Legs McNeil‘s classic Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk and Morgan’s biography probably being the darkest book I’ve encountered so far. Google the title, read up on it and make up your mind if you wanna be exposed to his writing ’cause there’s some truly horrifying imagery being shared and it is not for the squeamish!

Movies? Hmm, off the top of my head only a couple comes to mind, documentaries like Don Argott and Demian Fenton‘s 2011 Last Days HereSean Donelly‘s 2008 I Think We’re Alone Now and TV movies like Steven Spielberg‘s 1971 Duel and John Newland‘s 1973 horror Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

 

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Videogram!

July 11, 2014

Doc Terror just kicked the Italian Horror Week in gear which means that today sees the release of Videogram‘s first album. Featuring sixteen tracks, this self-titled effort draws inspiration from all sorts of genre sounds created in the 1980s.

In a review-slash-interview just posted on the official site, Doc sums it up “This was something new. Something special. Videogram was born from the souls and corpses of Italian schlock as well as exploitation and horror cinema of the 1970’s and 80’s. With strong John Carpenter sensibilities and layered simplicity that evolves into an aggregated fire storm of sound, this is an album to check out.”

There are physical formats in the works, but $7 gets you the full album/VHS experience via Bandcamp. The album is also available on Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and eMusic, with iTunes coming later on. One more teaser has been posted on my SoundCloud. Check it out.

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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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Beyond the Playlist!

June 8, 2014
image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

Here we go: Head on over to Libsyn and catch the live interview I did with Hammond Chamberlin at Beyond the Playlist. Roughly 30 minutes long, we talk about my Punk Rock/DIY roots, The RamonesCall Me Greenhorn, John Brito‘s upcoming Shadows of Prey series, Doc Terror‘s Italian Horror Week, The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West and much, much more!

I had a blast doing this and gotta commend Hammond for some interesting questions I either 1) never been asked before, and 2) sometimes never even thought of. I did get stumped a couple of times (and I consider that a good thing!) but overall it was a great experience. And him airing Simian Walk and The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef towards the end is much appreciated!

Check it out at http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/2833393

EDIT: I was granted permission to upload the interview on YouTube. Check it out.

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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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Do the Robot

May 2, 2014
image courtesy Andy Fielding.

image courtesy Andy Fielding.

Fire up that rocket and head on over to Project Moonbase for their latest episode entitled Robot Disco. For roughly an hour DJ Bongoboy and MC Zirconium gives us android-themed tracks that includes personal fave Cloud Waste and the Calf, a cheesy track from Italian composer Piero Umiliani and Danse Électrique off my latest album Space Kitty 2000 – plus the always hilarious Unnecessary News segment.

Offering up some nice words about not only the song but the album as a whole, they sum it up as “a rather lovely mixture of electronic retro-futuristic numbers”, something that’s much appreciated. Check out the episode here (free download available), get the album here and how about giving The SaintsDo the Robot a spin below:

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House of Monsters

April 6, 2014

Check it out: Here’s the latest Kickstarter project I decided to back, Dawn Brown‘s House of Monsters. Bringing back the stop motion fun of Ray Harryhausen and Mad Monster Party, Dawn – a Hollywood-based set decorator/concept artist – is planning an animated web series using the characters from her S/T 2012 short.

There’s a pretty cool buzz surrounding the project, with Kickstarter adding some funds – how’s that for an endorsement! – and USA Today recently plugged it in an article. The campaign is roughly 60% funded with less than two weeks left, so head on over and show your support! $50 gets you a pretty kick-ass t-shirt!

Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/houseofmonsters/house-of-monsters-the-stop-motion-web-series
Website: www.houseofmonstermovie.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/houseofmonstersmovie
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/dawnbrown123
IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0113384/

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“Either that or its counterpart…”

March 20, 2014
"...and somebody's responsible!"

“…and somebody’s responsible!”

Can your heart stand the shocking facts about grave-robbers from outer space? Well, if you promise they’ll be narrated by Criswell I sure can, baby! Check out my all-new Plan 9 From Outer Space t-shirt that I got via Lunchmeat Magazine! ‘Tis gorgeous and I’ll probably wear it out in no time (like I always do with my faves!)

This baby set my back a measly five dollars (plus postage), so if you’re a fan of Ed Wood and wanna support some indy media that focuses on all things VHS I suggest you check ‘em out on Storenvy here, their official site at www.lunchmeatvhs.com and on Facebook here.

While on the subject of the 1959 cult classic (that’s actually in the public domain so you can get it via Archive.org for free!):

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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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Joshua Hoffine

March 1, 2014
copyright Joshua Hoffine!

copyright Joshua Hoffine!

Gah! Well, this would probably be right up Eva Halloween‘s alley: Check out Joshua Hoffine‘s disturbing imagery taken from his project where childhood nightmares seem to come to life. In his statement he writes:

I believe that the Horror story is ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence. The experience of Horror resides in this confrontation with uncertainty. Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us.

Check out his portfolio here (NSFW), and for more horror imagery visit Robert Boud at http://robboudphotography.wordpress.com/.

copyright Joshua Hoffine!

copyright Joshua Hoffine!

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