Posts Tagged ‘Bandcamp’

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Call Me Greenhorn – In Space EP remastered

March 29, 2013

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Keeping up with Orwell‘s rattling the stick in the proverbial swill bucket, make sure you check out the remixed and remastered version of Call Me Greenhorn‘s In Space EP on Bandcamp! It sounds way better than its initial release and I’m pleased as hell by the finished results. Give it a spin here and don’t forget to spam share!

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Criticism

November 26, 2012

Now how can you not be flattered by criticism like that? I ask you. Dare you even. I’m excited to say that The Norliss Tapes video for Groovy is sure starting to climb in amount of views on YouTube. I’m stoked as hell and thank everyone involved for agreeing to do this. Keep sharing!

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Groovy (and then some!)

November 26, 2012

You know the phrase “stoked”? Well, I’m no bitter old man (although I do unleash The Angry Old Fart every once in a while) and I consider myself to have most of my childhood enthusiasm intact, but I still think words like “stoked” or “awesome” have become a bit overused. A bowl of corn flakes is nice for breakfast but calling it “awesome” might be taking it a bit too far. That said I am stoked and thrilled to announce the premiere of The Norliss Tapes video for Groovy featuring the cast of The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West! Yes! Yes! Yes!

The second installment of what I call The Trilogy of Awesomeness, this idea was born early on as I am a fan of the series, but it took some time for me to finally muster up the courage to email Robert and Jerry that produce the series asking if this was doable. To my surprise they said yes and a short while later I had all the footage needed to edit the video. How cool is that of them? I know there’s still a couple of weeks left, but so far this video is the most fun I’ve had in 2012. Awesome!

Anyway, as an added bonus we decided to make this a free download for fans of the band as well as the series. It’s roughly 335 MBs and you can get it here. Please share the link. If you have YouTube both Norliss and the S7 crew would appreciate you sharing the video and don’t forget to check out the Herz und Liebe EP on Bandcamp here.

UPDATE: Director Robert Griffith created an event on Facebook for the video, so please join up here and share among your friends etc. We’ll all appreciate it. Thanks!

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Pic o/t Weekend (NOT!)

November 23, 2012

Well, this is spreading like a wildfire underground; It seems like rapper/anger management poster boy Chris Brown decided to sport the same sort of leather jacket I myself wore 24/7 as a teen. All the classic bands are there – The Exploited, D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity‘s skull, one of my own personal faves Suicidal Tendencies etc. etc. Hardcore is hip baby! The kids are lapping it up like kittens at a bowl of cream! Makes me wonder when Sony is gonna gimme a call about Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg‘s EP Blästrad! having 24.000+ visitors so far on Bandcamp.

Well, the bands themselves have been reacting to this. Above shows Municipal Waste‘s reply on Twitter, but it seems the whole thing started with D.R.I.’s reply on their Facebook yesterday:

Thanks for the free publicity/advertising Chris brown,we guess, but you are still a fucking loser. Wonder how much he paid for the jacket….or if he even knows any of the bands!

And FYI I’m not kidding about GVtN’s statistics. How about giving the EP a spin here. Oh, and speaking of The Exploited, I played the shit out of this 7″ EP back in the 80s:

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New Artwork/New Record (sorta)

October 29, 2012

Well, this weekend turned out to be one of those amazingly creative and stimulating affairs that I just love to experience. First off a good friend decided to give me a good kick in the butt, insisted that I enjoy life at least once a month and dragged me away from the computer Friday evening for some mucho needed (and appreciated!) rest and relaxation with pizzas and taking the full plunge into the Walking Dead tv-series. I know the damn thing has been running since 2010, and pretty much everybody I know has been telling me how it’d be right up my alley, but I’m a stubborn, stubborn man that insists on doing everything in his own time. I made a mental note of checking it out “some day” early on of course, and now I’m glad I finally popped down some $$$ for the first season on DVD.

The hype was true and my friends were right to tell me to check it out. I liked how the creators managed to make such an improbable scenario so human at the same time (not too surprising though as the producer/director is Frank Darabont who directed The Green Mile.) Instead of going crazy and cover the screen with splatter (that fits good and well within the 80 minute format of a movie) they focused on the true horror of the story and made something that actually struck me as one of the sadder series I’ve seen. Like the old saying goes: in an Apocalypse it’s the survivors that damn their fate. Kick-ass show, although as someone who experienced the anti-horror hysteria of the 80s it was pretty damn surreal seeing the same concept being a hit TV show 30 years later. I’ll get into season 2 later on.

Saturday was one of those wrap-everything-up-and-move-on-to-the-next-project kinda days. I finished up all my parts for The Norliss Tapes upcoming It’s Halloween EP leaving Staffan to finish up the remaining bits for what now looks like will be a five-track record. It’s funny how he and I just keep riffing off of each other and what began as “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we did one Halloween-themed song to give away for free?” ended up as five songs that just came from brainstorming and sending each other various sound bytes to work with. I love it and gotta admit that it’s the first time I experience this sorta thing with a collaborator. Five tracks and there’ll be a couple of surprises thrown in (vocals!) so make sure you check it out in the next couple of days.

Finished with the songs I finally got around to remix and remaster a couple of tracks from my old hardcore project Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg. Swedish for “Advance to Mayfair” off the Monopoly game – both a kiss-off to rich kids as well as an ironic statement to how commercial we thought we sounded - the band was more interested in just pummeling an audience than setting new land speed records that is so common (and clichéd) in the genre, especially these postmodern days. Taking our inspiration from early Black Flag we mixed it with Motorhead and Black Sabbath in order to create a sound that was truly uncompromising – loud and heavy with a pure adrenalin delivery.

One session saw us recording a total of 14 songs in one day with a guy that had the typical less-than-cooperative Swedish engineer attitude of “I don’t know what you’re trying to achieve, I don’t understand what you’re trying to achive, so I’m just gonna be arrogant all day and ignore every request you might have – or at least question it. But I do expect to get paid when it’s finished of course.” The session tapes remained unmixed and unreleased with the exception of a feeble attempt on my part of trying to remaster an existing rough mix about two years ago (with less than satisfactory results). Anyway, early Sunday morning I finally had the opportunity to sit down on my own and just unleash the punch-in-the-gut oomph I always knew this band had. It took roughly 12 hours of work, but the seven-track EP Blästrad (Swedish slang for being extremely drunk somewhat equivalent of “hammered”) is available via the band’s Bandcamp here. All members have heard it and are really happy with the results (me included), so how about a sample track:

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Seher Mahabra

September 22, 2012

Well, I might not be able to pronounce her name correctly but Seher Mahabra‘s self-titled album is a truly great electronica record offering up an eerily perfect blend of classic 60s sounds and the trippy beats of today. Add her sublime vocal style to the mix and you got yourself (yet another Twin Peaks-esque) winner! I heard it at a friend’s house last night and I’ve been obsessing over it all day. Check her out on Bandcamp here.

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Groovy

September 17, 2012

Well, I pretty much spent the weekend sending out emails etc. in order to promote The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP and uploaded two songs on my SoundCloud as well. Slowly but surely Groovy is becoming one of my fave tracks on account of not only having a nice, reggae vibe but also being a sort of tribute to Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead II. For a whole generation of horror fans he’s become the icon of cool pretty much thanks to his amazing portrayal as the anti hero Ash in the cult trilogy.

Listening to the track I now envision a music video with the Norliss members dressed up as a run-down, over-the-hill wedding band – we’re talking 70s fashion and maybe horrible faux comb overs – with Bruce himself starring as the cheesy, crooning lead vocalist (or maybe Elvis from Bubba Ho-Tep) that pretty much owns the stage while alternating between saying the only “lyrics” of the song into the mike and trying to hit up on the female members of the audience. And maybe throw in a couple of nice dance moves as well. A man can dream right?

You’ll find the SoundCloud here and the release on Bandcamp here. And please share.

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White Lung

September 3, 2012

Well, I already wrote about this band on TapeMix (check it out here), but the Vancouver outfit White Lung is just great mixing up gloomy post-punk with some at times hardcore energy so I thought I’d mention them here too. The video Take The Mirror is taken from their second full-length album Sorry and you can get it via their Bandcamp here. Check ‘em out!

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New artwork/New EP!

May 23, 2012

Well, I just uploaded the third release from The Norliss Tapes entitled Bad Robot EP on Bandcamp. The songs themselves have been finished for the last week or so, it was just a question of me finishing the artwork for the sleeve. Funny enough I made it on my new computer and of course I didn’t have the font installed that I usually use, and I assure you it was hilarious. Especially since my mind drew a complete blank when it came to trying to remember its name.

Anyway, everything’s solved and it both looks and sounds good. I think me and Staffan are really starting to go places creatively with this project. Check it out here and Last FM is coming soonish. A little taste below:

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A Lil’ Update

May 21, 2012

Well, I was sick as a dog last week. Started off late on Sunday evening with me feeling kinda sluggish but I sure as hell wasn’t expecting to wake up early Monday morning looking (and feeling) like something out of Lucio Fulci‘s Zombie Flesh Eaters. I’m better now but still can’t help feeling I missed out on a week’s work. Call me a workaholic.

A bit of news. My debut column TapeMix – Best of Bandcamp and a beefy interview I did with Jamie Coghill (aka The Jimmy C) has been sent off to the editor at CRKO after I spent the weekend editing it.  I’m excited about this and am really looking forward to help spreading the word of cool, unknown music. The site is still up and running so check it out here.

And finally, my fave musical project ever – The Norliss Tapes – has a site up and running on Bandcamp! Our first two releases A Little Bit Tipsy and A Trip to the Moon! are available now with a third entitled Bad Robot EP coming soon-ish (got a little bit of tweaking left to do!) Listen to the sample track Zero Gravity Moonstomp below and check out the rest of our stuff here. ‘Til next time.

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