Posts Tagged ‘Herz und Liebe EP’

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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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Misery

September 20, 2012

And no, I’m not referring to some ex-members of my musical outfits or those “intriguing dates” I guess we’ve all had over the years. Nope, with The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP being finished I’ve decided to relax, take some time off of the creative business and just put my feet up for a couple of days (which usually means 1-2 days tops before I decide to do  something on account of me being a damn workaholic.) So this week has pretty much been spent getting reacquainted to a handful of films I haven’t seen since the early 1990s. And contemplating writing a Halloween-themed song and have it finished within the next 42 days that are left until then, but let’s not talk about that, ha ha ha.

Anyway, yesterday was spent with the great thriller Jacob’s Ladder starring Tim Robbins, but the one that really stood out so far was Rob Reiner‘s Misery from 1990. Based on the novel by Stephen King it stars James Caan as the author that crashes with his car in the remote areas of Colorado but is saved by a retired nurse (as well as his biggest fan) – and lives to regret it. Both actors are great in this, but Kathy Bates as the headcase nurse Annie Wilkes is nothing short of brilliant. She pretty much owns the screen. If you haven’t seen this you’ve got about 90 minutes of tension to look forward to. Check it out!

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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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Herz und Liebe (finally!)

September 14, 2012

Yay! It’s finally finished and released – The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP! Five tracks in total kinda going back to the sounds that got me starting this project to begin with; odd 60s porn-funk. A funny phenomena that was an offshoot of the porn industry, these “songs” were pressed in limited-editions, usually sold in the back-pages of porn magazines and musically pretty much just offered some woman moaning away to a steady funk beat for 2-3 minutes.

I’m pretty happy with the results. The song Herz und Dub was fun as hell to do just going hog wild with the dub delays, I’m stoked by Groovy because I am such a big fan of Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead II and I think our cover model Eva Halloween looks great. From the minute I saw her photo I was mesmerized and I can’t believe my luck stumbling across her on the web and her agreeing to grace our cover – so thanks Eva! Anyway, check it out and feel free to share!

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Update

August 29, 2012

Well, I guess the saying that goes something along the lines of you should never make plans because life takes its own routes anyway is pretty damn correct. Having my only week off until X-Mas I was looking forward to just sleeping late and then finish up The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP, instead I started off Saturday morning with dropping a half-full cup of coffee on my damn computer keyboard pretty much frying it – hence my lack of posts – and once that was sorted out my damn back problems had me pretty much turned into a vegetable on account of the painkillers being pretty strong stuff.

Anyway, I’ve decided to skip the pills in order to be able to think straight again, so there’s more posts coming soon. Black Flag‘s Wasted is an amazingly primal piece of music. If you haven’t heard it, give it about 56 seconds:

 

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Word

August 17, 2012

One final post before the weekend. My plans pretty much involve finishing up the final, sixth track for The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP and maybe catch some nice rays on the balcony while sipping coffee. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Weekend

August 11, 2012

 

All work and no play makes Magnus a happy camper. Not only experimenting with quadraphonic sounds I’m actually hoping to finish up the two final tracks for the Norliss Tapes fourth EP Herz und Liebe this weekend. Don’t ask me how, but initially we were supposed to make it a four track EP but somehow that turned into one alternative version of the title track that in turn turned into an alternative alternative version of the title track,  so now it’s gonna be a six-track EP. It’s cool though, these days you gotta offer music fans value for money and I’m just gonna write the whole thing off as “signs of you being a workaholic” and enjoy myself doing it.

Speaking of weekend, have you heard the great track by The Boys taken from their 4th album Boys Only? It’s a 70s pop punk masterpiece! The (bit lo-fi) video:

 

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New Artwork

July 16, 2012

Well, the fourth EP by The Norliss Tapes is being released pretty soon. Entitled Herz un Liebe EP (“Heart and Love” in German) it kinda goes back to the initial sounds that influenced me to start the project to begin with: the late 60s porn funk sounds found on small-run records available-thru-mailorder-only usually found in the back of old porn magazines circa 1969. Four tracks in total that are pretty funny in a cheeky kinda way, including one of my personal faves entitled Groovy that’s got a nice old-reggae vibe going.

For the sleeve I just lucked out and found this very good-looking model Eva Halloween who’s photo just blew me away. I actually already had artwork finished for the release, but when I saw her photo it was just so striking I had to get in touch with her. I sent off an email telling her about the project and she graciously enough said yes and gave me the go ahead to use it (to which I’m much obliged I might add!). So, the “design” part when it comes to the sleeve was pretty much just working on a logo for the title – that I pretty much got from an old 70s magazine covering 8mm porn loop releases. I decided to go with tacky colors for the band name in order to emulate the aesthetics of 70s-era 42nd Street graphics. Coming soon on Bandcamp and in the mean time there’s little teaser available on YouTube:

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