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Twist-a-Rama Revisited!

October 5, 2013

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(originally posted October 13th, 2012)

Good evening kiddies!
And welcome to the House of Horrors! Where twist isn’t just a dance – it’s a state of mind as well! Join us tonight as your host Bela Boris offers up quite a collection of concocted compositions – or was that DE-compositions? – unearthed from the vaults as we launch our first annual Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama!

Yes, ghoulfriends and boyfiends, it’s time to do the Mash, the Squat, and the Fly once again. Wave your hands, shake that hair, scream if you have to – but don’t lose your head, we’re looking forward to do that later on ourselves!

Signed,
The Crypt Keeper

(MixCloud) (YouTube playlist)

01 MERV GRIFFIN House of Horrors
02 THE KEYTONES I Was a Teenage Monster
03 JACKIE MORNINGSTAR Rockin’ in the Graveyard
04 JIMMY OLIVER The Sneak
05 THE MOONTREKKERS Night of the Vampire
06 B. BROCK & THE SULTANS Fright
07 THE SPOOKS The Spook Walks
08 GENE ‘SHRIMPENSTEIN’ MOSS I Want to Bite Your Hand
09 THE FRANTICS Werewolf
10 ROUND ROBIN I’m the Wolf Man
11 THE CRYSTALS Vampire
12 DICKIE GOODMAN Monster Talk
13 THE WAILERS High Wall
14 GARY WARREN Werewolf
15 HUTCH DAVIE Gwendolyn and the Werewolf
16 JIM BURGETT Jekyll & Hyde
17 ZIGGY GEE Igor’s Chant Pt. 1
18 JIMMY DEE The Monster Hop
19 KENNY & THE FIENDS House on Haunted Hill
20 BERT CONVY The Monster Hop
21 THE GRAVESTONE FOUR Rigor Mortis
22 DAVE GARDNER Mad Witch
23 THE DEADLY ONES It’s Monster Surfin’ Time
24 THE MADMEN Haunted
25 PAT & THE WILDCATS The Giggler
26 TONY & THE MONSTROSITIES Igor’s Lament
27 BOBBY PLEASE The Monster
28 THE TARANTULAS Tarantula
29 JACK MARSHALL’S MUSIC The Ghoul
30 BOBBY ‘BORIS’ PICKETT Monster Mash Party

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I’m Normal!

July 8, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Well, with me finally having some time off to enjoy the summer I of course immediately threw myself into finishing up a lot of projects that just kept getting pushed back this year. Like the I’m NORMAL! 21 Deliciously Delirious Ditties of DEMENTIA cloudcast. I started culling these wacky novelty tracks back in March (!!!) and finished up the sleeve roughly around the same time (I honestly don’t remember the exact date), but the sequencing and quickie master just never happened – until today that is.

There’s tons of jaw dropping weirdness in this one, including the title track by The Emperor that’s got my fave lyric line ever (“Stay away from my frog!”), Jeff Barry with the Billy Mure Orchestra‘s hilarious The Face from Outer Space and Zag Penell‘s Vegetable Love – the latter so shock full of bad puns that it even got me going “You’re pushing me, baby!”

Anyway, eight months after posting my first cloudcast The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama! I was annoyed to find out there’s still trouble sharing the Mixcloud player on WordPress – what the hell’s up with that? – so ya’ll just have to click the link and check it out on my page. Enjoy!

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‘I’m Normal!’

March 17, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Well, as time is finally opening up in my ‘schedule’ – god, that’s just such a weird phrase for me to use! – I’ve gotten around to compile my second mix for my MixcloudI’m Normal! 21 Deliciously Delirious Ditties of Dementia! (yeah, I’ve got this thing for punny Cryptkeeper-esque titles.) Audio surrealism is the theme of this one, and we’re talking songs that are beyond ‘novelty’. Among others we’ve got The Emperor‘s title track (released as an answer song to the cult classic They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha ha), Don Howard‘s oddity ballad Oh, Happy Day, and the I-guarantee-you most anemic cover version of The Trashmen‘s classic Surfin’ Bird ever heard! Plus, one track that’s guaranteed to piss off even the biggest fan of bad puns – even I have trouble standing it!

Anyway, I’m in the middle of audio clean-up right now (I actually sequenced this in 2012) and I’d say it’ll be roughly a month before it’s released online. Until then you’re free to give my previous Halloween-themed mix The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama! a spin here (also available via YouTube), and how about a taste of the title track?

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The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama! (update)

October 18, 2012

Well, I decided to upload the The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama! on YouTube as well as Mixcloud – what good is fun unless it’s shared? I made it into a playlist dubbed Halloween Mix, but in order to stay within their 15 minute time limit I had to divide it into five separate parts and get a little bit creative with the added sound effects. It turned out good though and now that I’m 100% finished with it I feel pretty damn satisfied. This turned out to be a nice lil’ collection of novelty songs, surf music, some rockabilly and other instrumental music. Check it out and please share.

Part 1:
01 MERV GRIFFIN House of Horrors
02 THE KEYTONES I Was a Teenage Monster
03 JACKIE MORNINGSTAR Rockin’ in the Graveyard
04 JIMMY OLIVER The Sneak
05 THE MOONTREKKERS Night of the Vampire
06 B. BROCK & THE SULTANS Fright
Listen.

Part 2
01 THE SPOOKS The Spook Walks
02 GENE ‘SHRIMPENSTEIN’ MOSS I Want to Bite Your Hand
03 THE FRANTICS Werewolf
04 ROUND ROBIN I’m the Wolf Man
05 THE CRYSTALS Vampire
06 DICKIE GOODMAN Monster Talk
07 THE WAILERS High Wall
Listen.

Part 3
01 GARY WARREN Werewolf
02 HUTCH DAVIE Gwendolyn and the Werewolf
03 JIM BURGETT Jekyll & Hyde
04 ZIGGY GEE Igor’s Chant Pt. 1
05 JIMMY DEE The Monster Hop
06 KENNY & THE FIENDS House on Haunted Hill
07 BERT CONVY The Monster Hop
Listen.

Part 4
01 THE GRAVESTONE FOUR Rigor Mortis
02 DAVE GARDNER Mad Witch
03 THE DEADLY ONES It’s Monster Surfin’ Time
04 THE MADMEN Haunted
05 PAT & THE WILDCATS The Giggler
06 TONY & THE MONSTROSITIES Igor’s Party
07 BOBBY PLEASE The Monster
Listen.

Part 5
01 THE TARANTULAS Tarantula
02 JACK MARSHALL The Ghoul
03 BOBBY ‘BORIS’ PICKETT Monster’s Mash Party
Listen.

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The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama!

October 13, 2012

Well, I put the finishing touches to the The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama! last night and it’s up and running now at MixCloud. You’re supposed to be able to share the player on your WordPress blog, but I couldn’t find any share options on the page right now, but I’ll post one later on as soon as I figure out how. Until then you can check it out here. The tracklist is as follows:

01 MERV GRIFFIN House of Horrors
02 THE KEYTONES I Was a Teenage Monster
03 JACKIE MORNINGSTAR Rockin’ in the Graveyard
04 JIMMY OLIVER The Sneak
05 THE MOONTREKKERS Night of the Vampire
06 B. BROCK & THE SULTANS Fright
07 THE SPOOKS The Spook Walks
08 GENE ‘SHRIMPENSTEIN’ MOSS I Want to Bite Your Hand
09 THE FRANTICS Werewolf
10 ROUND ROBIN I’m the Wolf Man
11 THE CRYSTALS Vampire
12 DICKIE GOODMAN Monster Talk
13 THE WAILERS High Wall
14 GARY WARREN Werewolf
15 HUTCH DAVIE Gwendolyn and the Werewolf
16 JIM BURGETT Jekyll & Hyde
17 ZIGGY GEE Igor’s Chant Pt. 1
18 JIMMY DEE The Monster Hop
19 KENNY & THE FIENDS House on Haunted Hill
20 BERT CONVY The Monster Hop
21 THE GRAVESTONE FOUR Rigor Mortis
22 DAVE GARDNER Mad Witch
23 THE DEADLY ONES It’s Monster Surfin’ Time
24 THE MADMEN Haunted
25 PAT & THE WILDCATS The Giggler
26 TONY & THE MONSTROSITIES Igor’s Lament
27 BOBBY PLEASE The Monster
28 THE TARANTULAS Tarantula
29 JACK MARSHALL’S MUSIC The Ghoul
30 BOBBY ‘BORIS’ PICKETT Monster Mash Party

Enjoy and please share!

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: These songs has been uploaded in accordance with The Fair Use Doctrine, (17 USC S.107) that clearly states the use and/or sharing of copyrighted material

…for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including making multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research…

as examples of (1) vintage American novelty records, (2) season-themed music, and therefore not considered an infringement of copyright. Listeners are encouraged to seek out physical copies of each artist’s material.

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MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab (update)

October 12, 2012

Well, considering the subject of my previous post I’d say the irony sure isn’t lost on me. But lemme back it up a little bit first. I should probably start this off by saying that I am in no way sponsored by the manufacturers of MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab, nor am I affiliated with them. I know there are blogs out there that pretty much are run by people that earn their living by writing thinly disguised fluff pieces for brands and whatnot, but I am not one of those. I’m just a guy writing about whatever pops into my head.

Anyway, that said I downloaded the trial version of the program and this little baby is nothing short of amazing. I imported a couple of songs from the upcoming The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama mix into it without really expecting anything and ended up being pretty blown away. Now, I’d already spent the last week and a half removing pops and noises on these tracks the Old School way and decided on the spot to rip it all up and redo the whole damn thing from scratch just based on the results. And I had spent hours on the first version. But this program really delivers when it comes to noise removal and it is easy and user-friendly to boot. Honestly I’m finding it hard to believe a program that holds such a high level is made available at such a low price. Great for saving (and re-mastering!) vinyl transfers, low-quality MP3s or old cassette tapes – check it out!

Now, you just have to take my word for that until next week. You see, after finishing up all 30 tracks I was so enthustiastic by the results I decided to share it with you in audio form. So I picked an old, damaged MP3 off an old punk rock 7″ that snapped and crackled to high heaven, cleaned it up using said program and uploaded two MP3s (pre- and post) on SoundCloud so anyone remotely interested could listen and judge the results by themselves. But apparently their “automatic content protection system” detected that the two tracks might include copyrighted material (well DUH!), so now that account has been “temporarily paused.” Very strange considering I used Example (without clean-up) and Example (after clean-up) as titles.

Oh well, I’ve created a new account on MixCloud, and you can listen to the Halloween mix instead as all tracks are taken from vinyl. I’ll post it this coming week.

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MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab

October 8, 2012

Well, I sure wish I stumbled across this before I started my Halloween mix project The Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama!: MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab MX! I was familiar with their MAGIX Movie Maker software (if you’re looking for a cheap and user-friendly video editor I doubt you can find better than this at such a low price), but their audio clean-up tools were news to me. Too bad I already did all my work Old School, but hey, there’s nothing like wasting a good couple of hours for nothing right, ha ha ha.

Anyway, this tutorial shows you how to use the program not only for vinyl but tapes and MP3s as well and it looks just great. Now, I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t say for sure how good it is to work with, but there’s free trial versions here so check those out and lemme know what you think.

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New Artwork!

October 5, 2012

Yeah, well I know, I know. It was just a matter of hours since my post about the video for The Norliss Tapes Bad Robot and now I’m finished with the sleeve I mentioned as well. Call me a workaholic. Anyway, this came out pretty cool. It’s actually an example of when you’re having an idea but that kinda turns out to be so-so and in the middle of it all you have the “happy accident” and the next thing you know creativity kicks in and you end up with something much, much better than initially planned. Yay for serendipity!

The compilation itself is just hours away from being finished now. The tracks are pretty much done (unless I have one of those “well, you’ve gotten so far so you might as well go the whole nine yards and make everything 100% perfect”), and I’ve assembled (and cleaned!) the audio FX as well during the evening so it’s just a matter of putting it all together, master it and then convert to MP3. I’m convinced that I’ll be done by the end of this weekend.

Anyway, I busted my ass on this and am now just enjoying the pride of a job well done. ‘Til next time…

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