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Post #650: Summing up 2013

December 31, 2013

Oh jeez, has it been a whole year already? Well, 2013 sure flew by fast I can tell you and I can’t say I remember that much on account of pretty much working my ass off for these past 52 weeks. In fact I once again had to go through the blog in order to check up on what happened and when because it’s all kind of a blur to me. So here we go:

copyright Sellergren Design 2011!January saw the release of Germany-based CRKO #3/4, which I made one of the covers for. Mid-through the month I finally got PropellerheadsReason 6.5 and music-wise things were never quite the same. The rough mix of In Space, originally slated for my first full length album, somehow turned into a 7-song EP released towards the end of the month. The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West was released in a mammoth 5 DVD box collecting their initial 28 episodes plus bonus goodies like The Norliss TapesGroovy video. My work for the series earned both me and The Norliss Tapes our own pages on IMDB.com.

February saw the release of Sal Canzonieri‘s book Electric Frankenstein, compiling posters and record sleeves made for them during the period of  June 2005 to December 2013, but I’ve still to receive any confirmation that my contributions are in it. Check out on Amazon.com.

March saw the initial demos for my faux-OST L’Isola die Morti Viventi being created, starting out with A Modest Tribute to Fabio Frizzi. Meanwhile I finished up most of the tracks for the Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West soundtrack album and released the doomsday-dub Armageddon Dub, with a b-side featuring some drumming courtesy The Jimmy C.

squawkyApril kicked off with the release of the super-silly EP Squawky – featuring one of my personal fave b-sides The Name is West. A teaser-taste freebie of the coming soundtrack album was released and the They Call Me Superseven OST was released mid-month. The web series ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter, generating funds for the third season. UK label Dead by Mono‘s third installment of No Way Out! saw the physical debut of The Norliss Tapes with the track A Trip to the Moon. Me and UK photographer Robert Boud crossed paths resulting in some pretty cool collaborations. The end of the month saw the release of Call Me Greenhorn’s new-wave-ish Chasing the Dawn EP, originally slated for inclusion in an Australia-produced feature, but somehow that fell through. The poster I created to commemorate the launch of The Bigfoot Diaries live radio show was released in a limited edition.

May saw the release of Robert Boud’s video for Armageddon Dub, more dub sounds as The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable was posted on SoundCloud, more videos as Robert Griffith‘s Here Comes Gorbot was made official and The Harvester appeared on SoundCloud, slated for an EP that I totally forgot about. The Jimmy C released the eight-track EP The Man Who Never Dies featuring three mixes I did and the month ended with the release of the CMGH2 album, aka The Abandoned Project.

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June kicked off with a teaser taste from my stoner project Ursa Major, followed by The Hit ‘In Sounds’ of Today’s Outside Crowd album and I chipped in some $$$ on Kickstarter for James R. Petix and Sarah Babila‘s documentary It Came From Detroit.

July had me creating some merchandise designs for Belgium’s own Captain Catastrophy, I released the I’m Normal! cloudcast on MixCloud, released the “summer bonus” EP L’amour en Apesanteur and started my second side project Get Carpenter – I gotta admit I just love that name!

August saw me launching my page on Society 6, kicking off with the August 18, 1973 series honoring Tobe Hooper‘s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. My stoner side project Ursa Major debuted with its 18-minute two-track Like Leaves and the end of the month saw the release of my faux-OST L’Isola die Morti Viventi.

September saw the launch of greenhorndub.bandcamp.com where I added the four-track The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable EP after things turned out less-than-optimal over at dubmusic.com. The same month Pink Hulk EP followed. The John-Carpenter-meets-King-Tubby track Cutthroats at Midnight was finished and I began work on a S/T EP. The end of the month saw the release of the Halloween-themed The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef EP and Robert Boud’s video The Modern Day Holocaust.

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In October I chipped in more of my hard-earned cash to support Tal Zimerman‘s project Why Horror? on Kickstarter, a documentary on the whys behind this film genre, and I even had a chance to do an interview with the guy for Swedish Gore Film Society. Towards the end of the month my second Haunted House of Horrors cloudcast was released in time for Halloween.

November saw me creating some artwork for U.S.-based true crime magazine Serial Killer Magazine and the end of the month saw the release of the Cutthroats at Midnight EP.

Finally, December saw the launch of Jamie Vayda‘s Loud Comix #2 – featuring a sleeve by yours truly – the release of the It Came From Detroit documentary – check it out! – and some videos I edited with a new freebie video editing software: Battle è in Arrivo, In Orbit, Invasion of the Dead and Voodoo Rhythm/A Feast on Flesh.

Yikes! How’s that for a list? Gee, no wonder I’m tired. But then again, I am quite enjoying myself and hopefully people out there enjoy what I create as well. Got more cool things happening in 2014 and I’d appreciate you joining me to check ‘em out. ‘Til then, Happy New Year!

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Get Carpenter

July 22, 2013
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Well, here’s yet another bonus release for the summer: Get Carpenter! Pretty much a tribute to director John Carpenter‘s musical work in Halloween etc. this project is a pure fan boy attempt to both emulate and honor those soundtracks that were such a big part of my VHS brat days. It’s kinda funny how he in an attempt to save money actually created a specific sound that has it’s own scene of fans and musicians today, so I’m guessing in the near future we’ll see “John Carpenter” also being a musical genre. There’s tons more bands out there emulating the horror sounds of the 80′s btw, check out Umberto and The Giallos Flame if you don’t believe me.

Anyway, two tracks in all – I’m just getting into the specific synth sounds of the 1980′s – with no set price (donations are much appreciated and will be used for future work) as this is not one of those zillion-releases-a-month type things. I’ll put something out every now and then just to nerd out. I’ve got enough as it is with Call Me Greenhorn‘s music heading into blissful sync licensing territory and The Norliss Tapes‘ upcoming debut album.

The sleeve (and project name!) is of course a tribute to director Mike Hodges‘ 1971 U.K. gangster classic Get Carter starring Michael Caine and it struck me as fitting once I decided to release the songs and needed a sleeve. Check it out on Bandcamp and give Sequence 1 a spin below:

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F-Bomb

April 28, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Here we go: Making friends. Dropping the f-bomb. Heading for mainstream success. Been quite a busy weekend and it finished off with killer news followed by even more killer news – I’m gonna wait a little while longer before I make that piece of news official, so all I can say is now is that when it rains it sure pours. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative thing. Gonna practice my John Hancock to make sure my signature looks just right. Heck, I might even frame the damn thing once everything’s worked out.

Anyway, while your scratching your head over that one, howsabout some soothing music to ease your neurons? Just finished up Call Me Greenhorn‘s Yeah, Well Fuck You Too and decided to upload the unmastered track on my Soundcloud to whet the appetite for the full length release in June. It’s kinda funny – if you’ve got my weird sense of humor that is – and it’s always nice doing something aimed towards the less-than-open minded music fans out there. Or – even worse – musicians. But the feedback’s been cool so far so I guess it wasn’t as “out there” as I imagined.

The artwork was once again one of those made-up-on-the-spot kinda deals using an idea originally intended for the full length. But I already used robot imagery for The Norliss Tapes and if there’s one thing I really don’t like it is repeating myself. So, coming in roughly two months from now, check it out below and once again please share!

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No Way Out!

April 24, 2013
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Well, apologies for completely missing out on posting these, as the CD itself was released a couple of weeks ago: Check out the spiffin’ artwork I made for Dead By Mono‘s third installment in their No Way Out! compilation series. Completely going for a Tales From the Crypt vibe, I also went with threes as the theme while completely nerding out showing off my “trash culture” influences.

Like I wrote yesterday, this also features The Norliss Tapes making their physical debut with A Trip To the Moon and you can buy your copy of the CD here and download the digital EP via our Bandcamp here. On to the art!

The CD booklet folds out into a full-color poster.

The CD booklet folds out into a full-color poster.

Turn it around and you get all the bios and band pics.

Turn it around and you get all the bios and band pics. NOTE: This .png is the incomplete version as I still didn’t have all bios at hand.

The CD.

The CD.

The tray card.

The tray card.

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No Way Out! Vol. 3

April 23, 2013

Speaking of The Norliss Tapes; Did you get Dead By Mono‘s compilation No Way Out! Vol. 3 CD? Twenty tracks of garage, beat, surf and instrumentals from all over the world, including A Trip To the Moon! Available via their official website in both physical form as well as digital downloads – complete and individual tracks. Check it out here and buy the complete EP at our Bandcamp here.

Oh, I completely forgot! I still haven’t posted the artwork on this page. It’s kick-ass! I’ll sort it out this coming week, stay tuned.

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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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YouTube Killed the Video Star

April 4, 2013

Well, amidst the celebrations of The Ramones I recently finished up the YouTube video channels for both The Norliss Tapes and Call Me Greenhorn. Tons of goodies – yeah, well, close to tens at least – and it’s been a while since I saw them and I think they still hold up. The video for Tipsy is pretty darn funny, but hey, who doesn’t love drunken monkeys?

Check ‘em out at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNorlissTapes and http://www.youtube.com/user/CallMeGreenhorn, and as always make sure to share! Thanks!

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You got Mothered

March 7, 2013
Moms...

Moms…

Yeah, the next time she asks I’m just gonna tell her foreign men pay me to play with my organ.

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Hot Off the Press!

February 28, 2013
Records! Records! Records!

Records! Records! Records!

Well, here we go: UK label Dead By Mono Records just posted a lil’ teaser photo of the newly-printed sleeve for the No Way Out! Vol. 3 compilation CD on Facebook, giving you a slight inkling of what the fold-out looks like. Again, it’s heavy on the Tales From the Crypt vibe – like, how can you not like that groundbreaking comic? – and I think I can reveal that the main theme is threes. But I’m guessing that’s about as much as I can share right now.

There’s twenty bands in total on the compilation, including The Norliss Tapes making their physical debut with A Trip To the Moon. More info can be found on the label’s Facebook event here and the official website here. Out soon!

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They Call Me Superseven

February 12, 2013

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Well, it’s now official: Coming later this year is the first feature from the makers of The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West; They Call Me Superseven! The first of two, there’s some music provided by both The Norliss Tapes and my Australian pal The Jimmy C. This is gonna be a blast!

More information to be found on their IMDb page here, and I’ll make sure to share more info as soon as I receive it.

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