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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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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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Mail Call

June 18, 2014

HoM

Just a quickie note as I am keeping quite busy finalizing the Videogram mix/album for Doc Terror‘s coming Italian Horror Week: Last week I received my House of Monsters Kickstarter backer goodies in the mail; t-shirt, an original piece of artwork and key that enables free downloads of all the coming episodes. Neat stuff and I am loving the t-shirt!

A nice throwback to the Rankin/Bass Mad Monster Party stop motion animations of the 1960s, this project looks great and I am happy to be on board. Make sure you check out their official page on Facebook here, the official website can be found here and you can read my interview with creator Dawn Brown 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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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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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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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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R.I.P. H.R. Giger!

May 13, 2014
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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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Charles Bronson

May 10, 2014

Here we go: I was recently asked by Doc Terror to contribute a mix for their Italian Horror Week in June, and instead of culling some choice cuts from my vinyl and CD collection – and this is where the workaholic in me shines through – I immediately suggested creating all-new Call Me Greenhorn tracks instead.

I’ve currently finished up roughly a dozen tracks, with some 3-4 demoed ideas waiting to be worked on, and decided to post a teaser taste on my SoundCloud to start promoting the release (that will be available on Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp etc. later on). We’re talking a total of between 12-17 tracks and roughly 30 to 40 minutes of various horror/exploitation-inspired sounds. Check out Charles Bronson and get ready for June!

EDIT: My bad, the Italian Horror Week is in July, not June.

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