Posts Tagged ‘Staffan Segel’

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The Norliss Tapes’ Big Break!

April 23, 2013
We'll hook you in and then jack up the prices!

We’ll hook you in and then jack up the prices!

Hello Cleveland! We have arrived! Well, at least The Norliss Tapes had their first attempt of getting their site on Bandcamp hacked – so I’m guessing we have a really big fan out there that just needs to get his or her (although I’m guessing him) mitts on our stuff. I know, I know, I think we’re onto something pretty damn unique with this outfit too, and even though it still appears to be “too weird” for some I’ve noticed that we do grow on you. It just takes time.

Now, I haven’t run this by StaffanSegel that is, the other half of said band –  but I think he’s cool with me giving our unnamed fan the following offer: If you are that desperate for some Norliss tunage please do get in touch with us and we’ll work something out for you. How ‘about writing us a blurb on our Facebook?

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IMDb (updated)

January 30, 2013

copyright?

Here we go; My collaborator Staffan Segel added a nice biography to our page on IMDb.com – check it out! And no, there’s no photo missing on the page, that’s actually what we look like. I’m ‘add’. Anyway, check it out here.

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Post #400: Summing up 2012

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wow! Yeah, with food being ready to cook and guests arriving at any minute, I’m gonna be brief. This year has been pretty amazing and looking back I am honestly astonished and proud of my efforts these past 12 months. Jeez, no wonder I’ve been tired, ha ha ha.

January started off with two teaser videos for The Norliss Tapes and a jingle (my first!) for French radio show Megawatts (check it out on YouTube). February saw The Cymatics Euro tour and the release of the 3-track EP Sugar Punch (later on discontinued, but I’m not gonna get into that). March saw the debut of The Norliss Tapes with A Little Bit Tipsy, featuring a kick-ass organ courtesy Staffan Segel, and the video soon followed. I also made the sleeve for German fanzine Ox Magazine‘s CD compilation Ox Fanzine Compilation #101.

The second quarter saw the release of Norliss’ second video A Trip To the Moon and The Cymatics Hang Out appeared on the Ox compilation CD mentioned above. After a week’s vacation in April, Bad Robot EP was released with the A Trip To the Moon EP being released prior to that. After May I’m actually surprised to see that June produced nothing (!!!), but to be honest I have no idea why.

July kicked off with The Norliss Tapes getting in touch with the producers of The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West leading to a fruitful relationship that goes on to this day. And personally this opened up the world of creating soundtracks for me – something that I am really interested in pursuing in the future. I finished the sleeve for the Herz und Liebe EP – thanks to the gorgeous Eva Halloween – and The Norliss Tapes wrote the first track specifically for the S7 series – Space Pussyfoot. July also marked the debut of Bad Robot as it was the first track to be featured in the S7 show, namely Operation: Live to Die Another Day. August saw the release of the experimental QUAD – The Norliss Tapes Spatial Stereo Mixes 3-track EP, plus Bad Robot once again being featured in the S7  double episode Op: Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill. After yet another week’s vacation in September I joined The Bigfoot Diaries‘ editor-in-chief Troy Church on air as we discussed corporate music and radio on The Fallon Forum, The Norliss Tapes released the Herz und Liebe EP, and both Bad Robot as well as Space Pussyfoot appeared in the end credits of the S7 series. I also chipped in some $$$ on Kickstarter to help finance  Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s upcoming documentary Salad Days: The Birth of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital to be released in 2013.

The final quarter saw an amazing amount of productivity that actually surprised the heck outta me when I finally had it written down on paper. The Norliss Tapes released the It’s Halloween EP (complete with a video) in October, I finished two videos for the Bad Robot EP, found the time to do the Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama! podcast (available on MixCloud), wrote a second song exclusively for the S7 series (Superseven in Space Theme), plus saw more songs being featured in the S7 series. Troy Church got in touch and commissioned Halloween-themed artwork for The Bigfoot Diaries and once the Halloween EP was released I sat down to remix and remaster my old hardcore outfit Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg‘s sessions and the Blästrad EP was released – complete with two videos. After an interview with punkoutlaw.com regarding GVtN’s EP in November and the video for The Norliss Tapes Groovy I immediately began work on my first solo effort entitled Call Me Greenhorn. The debut S/T EP was released (with two videos of course!) and work on the debut full length began with Australian musician Jamie Coghill aka The Jimmy C providing the drums. The Norliss Tapes had more songs featured in the S7 series but November also saw Call Me Greenhorn’s Here Comes Gorbot debuting in the show. I finished the Armageddon Dub but made it available on my SoundCloud as I deemed it too dark to be included on the full length. December saw me beginning work remixing three tracks for an upcoming EP – finished during my two weeks of holiday vacation – and GVtN was approached by a German label expressing their interest in including some tracks on an upcoming compilation slated for release in 2013 – to which we said yes.

Damn. That’s quite a list huh? I’m satisfied albeit a bit tired. Anyway, Happy New Year everybody!

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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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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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Superseven in Space

October 24, 2012

Yay! New week and a brand hot new episode of The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West! And this takes our hero off into space leading up to the final episode coming next week. And as an added bonus this one features the second song The Norliss Tapes made specifically for the series – the Superseven in Space Theme! Yup, Staffan strapped on the Danelectro and came up with some nice surf-ish riffs for this one while I handled rhytm and various “spacey” samples, and again I gotta say I find creating short sound bytes like this very thrilling and satisfying. Getting into a concept and trying to find a musical way to enhance it is a nice challenge. 

Anyway, check it out, enjoy the song and visit the cast and crew on their official website here and Facebook here.

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Happy birthday Chevy!

October 8, 2012

Well peeps, today marks the 69th birthday of actor/comedian Chevy Chase. Starting out on Saturday Night Live along with other greats such as John Belushi this guy made some pretty classic comedies back in the 80s that I think still holds up: Caddyshack, Fletch, and my personal fave as the dimwit Dad Clark Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Vacation trilogy – the third part National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation being a must see on X-Mas Eve. If you haven’t seen any of these I highly recommend you check them out.

Speaking of which; Here’s a fun fact Staffan (the second part of The Norliss Tapes) hepped me to that I wasn’t aware of at all – back in the 60s Chevy actually played drums and keyboards (not simultaneously I hope!) in the psychedelic pop outfit Chamaeleon Church. They released one album in 1967 and on the cut Here’s a Song he actually sang lead. Give a spin:

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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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(more) Adventures of Super7even!

August 14, 2012

Director Scott Griffith just posted the news that The Adventures of Super7even have officially entered into the The International Academy of Web Television Awards for 2013. This is really cool news and both me and Staffan are keeping our fingers crossed for the guys – and hoping there might be a nomination for Best Original Music as well, he he he. So far the show received some neat awards at the LA Web Fest (including Outstanding Lead Actor and Lead Actress for Jerry Kokich and Olivia Dunkley respectively) as well as Indie Intertube, but it’d be great to see the guys getting some more recognition for their time and effort.

Read more about it at IAWTV’s official website here and again, check out the series on YouTube here, Facebook here and their official website here.

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