Posts Tagged ‘Kraftwerk’

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Space Kitty 2000

March 24, 2014

It’s finally here! The second (but fifth in all) album from my oddity project Call Me Greenhorn. Entitled Space Kitty 2000, the follow-up to the 2013 album The Hit ‘In Sounds’ of Today’s Outside Crowd! offers eleven tracks written and recorded between December 2013 up to March of this year. No real reason for the title, it just struck me as “fun” – which in all honesty is at least 75% of the reason I’m doing this to being with.

Personally I am very satisfied with this collection of tracks. Listening to it now I think it has a nice flow and it seems that I finally arrived at a point creatively where all my influences – sans punk rock and 1980s American hardcore – blended together in a sound that showcase them all quite nicely. It’s all here; Old school soul, funk and R&B; cheesy Moog weirdness; lounge; retro-futur; Beastie Boys-styled breakbeats, 1980s new wave/synths (there’s even some Kraftwerk!) and I even managed to add some King Tubby-esque techniques into it all – including two dubs.

Available via Bandcamp and iTunes as of now, Amazon.com will be added next week with tons more to follow. If you’ve got Spotify or Last.FM you can stream the album here and here, and make sure to check out the Simian Walk video on YouTube (below) and Vimeo here!

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The Hit ‘In Sounds’ of Today’s Outside Crowd!

June 29, 2013
copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Yeah, well I am fully aware that I stated that the phrase was just something I intentionally added in order to make the sleeve look more retro, but some snafu at Bandcamp when it came to keeping the URL simple led me to change the title of the first official Call Me Greenhorn album to The Hit ‘In Sounds’ of Today’s Outside Crowd (otherwise it’d be three albums now with that title in one form or another). I guess it’s got a nice ring to it, it kinda reminds me of The Beastie Boys‘ instrumental album The In Sounds From Way Out.

Fifteen tracks in total that I worked with off and on since mid-January if memory serves me correct, and listening to it now I’m kinda satisfied with the final results. Got everything from new wave to ska, dub, breakbeats, a whole lot of “whut ‘n’ huh?” (yeah, that’s the phrase I use for ‘em!) and there’s even some Kraftwerk tunage in Yinghuo-10 that was inspired by the increasing progress of the Chinese space program. And I think it’s a pretty darn cool name for your space missions as “firefly” is the correct translation of 萤火 (Yinghuo).

It’s way too early for me to name any favorites – I had this finished roughly around 3 A.M. this morning – and those things always have a tendency to change over time anyway. But I’m really happy with the sequencing (track order) and I consider it to offer up enough variation so you as a lsitener don’t get bored.

Check it out on Bandcamp, be cool and spread the word, join me on Facebook and give the edited version of Rude Boys Gonna Sort Him Out a spin on my SoundCloud:

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We Are Robots

January 5, 2013

Well, I told you we needed fire goddammit! My fellow musicians (and uh, Terminator fans I guess): Meet Compressorhead, the world’s first robot band. Yup, you read that right. From Germany – the country that gave us Kraftwerk so we can’t act all that surprised – this three-piece is comprised of Fingers (guitars),  Bones (bass) and four-armed (!!!) drummer Stickboy. The video sees them covering Motorhead‘s anthem Ace of Spades, and I’m guessing this video gives a little taste of what visitors at the Big Day Out festival in Australia can expect as they are slated to perform there.

Something tells me these fellas don’t mind playing without a guarantee, and it’s kinda ironic seeing cheap-ass clubs and pubs finally having within reach what they’ve probably been dreaming about for years: Musicians that not only shows up on time, but always plays covers and won’t be having a problem of performing just for the sheer novelty of it – and who probably never eat ‘cept the occasional battery every thousand years so they won’t bitch about you paying a hundred bucks split four ways minus gas.

If you’ve got Facebook you might wanna drop by their official page and shake hands with our future overlords. Their memory banks know no limit, so you might wanna make a good impression now before they take over the world. More videos can be found on their official website.

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New links!

January 2, 2013

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Here’s two new music links I decided to add while carousing the wide wide world of web (yup, I was a huge fan of My Name is Earl! Great show!): Project Moonbase and Music for Maniacs. One focusing on all things Space Age Bachelor Pad and one covers everything from the revolutionary to the ridiculous. Judging by the names I doubt it’d be hard to figure out which is which.

The moonbase guys (based in the UK) run a podcast that covers some pretty cool sounds – both modern and not-so modern – and they hepped me to this Finnish outfit: Aavikko. Described by one critic “Like a bar mitzvah band desperately trying to combine the Peter Gunn Theme with the Tron soundtrack”, this trio mixes live drums with Moogs and manage to create some retro-mash of early Kraftwerk and 8-bit video games. Check out Diamond Pyramid off their album Back From the Futer:

 

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Audio! Video! Out Now!

November 2, 2012

Man, this week has been utterly insane. I thought I’d been intense before when it comes to output, but this has definitely been something else. And I’ve got the bloodshot, baggy eyes to prove it! But I am done. Finished. Allowed to just sit on my behind and spend the rest of the weekend getting into the second season of The Walking Dead. It’s a bit slower-paced than the first, and they sure do get a lil’ bit preachy in this one but it’s still – easily – one of the best tv-series I’ve seen in years.

Anyway, finishing up the final details for The Norliss Tapes It’s Halloween EP yesterday I decided to make a video for it on the spot. The song was great (Staffan had the verse finished, I wrote lyrics to the melody and he finished up with the chorus) and hearing the finished audio track I knew I just had to get going. And I totally lucked out choosing Herk Harvey‘s 1962 chiller classic Carnival of Souls as it has great tone, some beautiful photography and a truly great performance by lead-actress Candace Hilligoss. And lots of the edits in the video just came together so beautifully I can assure you it was such a fluid process it really didn’t feel like “work” at all. Easily one of my all-time favorite horror movies it was made for a ridiculously low amount of money and is considered by some to be an independent cinematic masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it! Considered to be in the public domain you can find it online at Archive.org.

I gotta say that with this EP the whole project sure took some strides forward. Me and Staffan were truly riffing off of each other and like I already stated what began as an idea of doing one seasonal song and give away for free we ended up with a five-track mammoth offering tons of variety. We’ve got some Carpenter, some Kraftwerk, some Beastie Boys influenced weirdness and cool samples from horror classics like Dracula starring Bela Lugosi and George Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead. Check it out on Bandcamp here and how about a tiny taste? Maybe you wanna sing along?

Bonfires light up the night, offering protection
As we slowly retreat to the warmth inside
Under the full moon’s light, somewhere in the cold
There’s a sudden howl, come closer child
It’s Halloween
It’s Halloween

Soon skeletons walk, they’re the dancing dead
Demons gather in shadows, they’re allowed to feed
And as lovers caress, clutch themselves for safety
They pass through the trees, shrieking with delight
It’s Halloween
It’s Halloween…

 
 
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New Artwork!

October 22, 2012

Yeah, well I told you I was a workaholic baby! Coming soon: The It’s Halloween three-song EP from The Norliss Tapes! And for a band that really throws everything plus the kitchen sink into their output this one’s really got a couple of surprises to offer. Off the top of my head we’re talking some Carpenter-esque qualities, some Kraftwerk, some 80s New Romance, some Beastie Boys, some Disco (???) and even some slight modern dubstep influences. Whoof!

For someone who’s very much involved in the process I still gotta admit the huge amount of creativity and gutsy “just create and damn the consequences” attitude even surprises me from time to time. But I am enjoying myself immensely. Anyway, I’ll make sure to post a link when the EP is up and running.

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