Posts Tagged ‘The Ramones’

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Beyond the Playlist!

June 8, 2014
image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

Here we go: Head on over to Libsyn and catch the live interview I did with Hammond Chamberlin at Beyond the Playlist. Roughly 30 minutes long, we talk about my Punk Rock/DIY roots, The RamonesCall Me Greenhorn, John Brito‘s upcoming Shadows of Prey series, Doc Terror‘s Italian Horror Week, The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West and much, much more!

I had a blast doing this and gotta commend Hammond for some interesting questions I either 1) never been asked before, and 2) sometimes never even thought of. I did get stumped a couple of times (and I consider that a good thing!) but overall it was a great experience. And him airing Simian Walk and The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef towards the end is much appreciated!

Check it out at http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/2833393

EDIT: I was granted permission to upload the interview on YouTube. Check it out.

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Blitzkrieg Hops

April 24, 2014

“Sugar doesn’t come close, We’re making it with maltose…” Well, as I just had an impromptu Skype chat with Nik and The Goat of Exploited Cinema – both brethren fans of The Ramones – I was hepped to the band’s 1995 Steel Reserve beer commercials (that might’ve coincided with Frank Kozik doing some artwork for said business).

Three tracks in total and it was pretty funny giving them a spin. Check ‘em out, make sure to check out Exploited Cinema’s official site here and on Facebook and while on the subject of Los Hermanos Ramone and beer:

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Max Tannone

April 1, 2014

Head on over to SoundCloud and check out Max Tannone‘s brilliant album Mic Check 1234!. Ten mashups in all blending together punk rock outfits like The Ramones, Black Flag and Reagan Youth with rappers such as Tupac Shakur, Nas and Public Enemy.

I found Max via the 2009 Doublecheck Your Head album that saw him remixing seven tracks by The Beastie Boys, but the punk-meets-rap effort turned out to be a personal fave where the familiar classics were turned on their ears with surprising and fresh results.

Keeping himself busy DJing, mixing and producing, this New York-based musician also creates original music on his own – and last year saw him release a documentary about one of the remaining video stores in NYC, so you know his heart is in the right place. All the albums are available as free downloads so make sure to check him out here and visit his official website at www.maxtannone.com.

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R.I.P. Marty Thau

February 18, 2014

I’m sad to say that via Pitchfork I just found out that legendary producer – and founder of Red Star RecordsMarty Thau recently passed away at the age of 75. Starting out working in promotion for such labels as Cameo-Parkway Records and bubblegum pioneers Buddha Records in the 1960s, he managed The New York Dolls and started Red Star Records in the 70s – helping launch the careers of Suicide, Blondie, The Real Kids and The Ramones.

martyA true visionary, Marty was as passionate about music as the artists he worked with. When mid-70s New York started to rumble with the new vanguards of rock ‘n’ roll he was there to witness them at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City – and he saw it as the future, roughly 20 years ahead of the majority of the world I might add.

Although always keeping an eye out on the bottom line – he was a business man after all – he was never as motivated by money. “I’ve always believed that money shouldn’t be one’s motivator. If your creative instincts are superior to others then you’ll make all the money you’ll ever want” he stated in an interview with Frieda’s Whip, “Some disagree with that premise. I can only be guided by what I like and not what any marketing strategist tells me what the market wants.”

He will be missed.

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Ramones Cartoon

September 9, 2013

Oh man, do I wish I’d stumbled across this video in time for August 18! A friend in New York hepped me to stelos485 (sorry, couldn’t find any name) who creates various cartoon music videos for bands like The Beatles and Bad Brains, but most importantly The Ramones!

This is sheer fan-boy joy to watch! There’s a Bedrock version of Listen To My Heart, a Twilight Zone-inspired I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement (you’ve seen the movie Don’t Go Down in the Basement btw?), Judy is a Punk, and – my personal fave – a grindhouse version of Chain Saw that sees the bruddahs smack-dab in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre going head to head with the Sawyer family!

This is just brilliant! Go check out his YouTube channel here. Now!

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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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Soundcloud Anspieltip!

January 24, 2013

copyright Project Moonbase!

Well, here we go with the nice bit of news I just didn’t have time to write about yesterday on account of working on Call Me Greenhorn‘s Thermal Radiation Overload for the upcoming In Space EP. Recently I sent off a brief email to the great blog/podcast/radio show Project Moonbase telling them about the (then) new rough mix track In Space on Soundcloud, and the following day I receive a notification they’ve added me to their follow list. Yay! Imagine that, a GOOD stalker, ha ha ha. And if any of you guys are reading this: Lemme know if you want me to send something and I’ll get right to it!

Anyway, a great thing about that site is the ability to show/share whatever sounds you’ve found and enjoy yourself to the people that are looking you up. This is kinda like back in the day when the guy behind the counter of your local record store actually knew something about music and could hep you to other bands that you might enjoy. “You like The Ramones, kid? Might wanna check out Buzzcocks and The Boys as well!” And that’s something I really miss with most of the online audio sharing sites available today.

So, I immediately decided to check out what other artists they’re keeping an eye on, just ’cause I’m such a huge music nerd, and – good or bad – there’s always something beneficial of hearing new music, whatever you might think of it. The main focus is on electronic sounds, and here’s my personal list of the ten artists I found and enjoyed – and yes, I am fully aware that Giorgio Tucci‘s score for Lucio Fulci‘s gore fest Zombie Flesh Eaters was recorded in 1979, but it’s so damn cool Death Waltz Recording Company reissues these old horror soundtracks on vinyl!

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The New Piccadillys!

January 23, 2013

Holy moly, this is just amazing! By sheer coincidence (and dumb luck) I stumbled across The New Piccadillys doing a brilliant Merseybeat version of The Ramones classic Judy is a Punk! Perfectly executed with a nice video I’ve kept playing this over and over just to grasp the sheer genius of it. This is how you do a cover song! Not a bland, generic audio xerox, but a unique interpretation where you give the material your own twist – pun intended.

Needing to find out more about this band I did a quick google and came up with an official page on Facebook (check it out here), plus information some of the members used to be in that other great Merseybeat outfit The Kaisers – so there’s no mystery where their ability to pull off the authentic sound came from. There’s more videos on YouTube, so do yourself a favor and check them out!

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Evil Dead – Red Band Trailer #2

January 9, 2013

Please note that the trailer offers some pretty graphic sequences.

Via Eva Halloween I found the second red band trailer for the 2013 remake of Evil Dead. And I gotta admit, for someone who turns into Angry Old Fart way too many times for comfort when it comes to this phenomenon, the trailer looks great! They certainly didn’t skimp on the gore, there certainly are gonna be scenes at least as intense (and with a bit of luck even more) as the original, and even though I think some of the male characters, well, look like wimps, I’m waiting ’til I’ve seen it before I go whining about “bad casting”. Sure, the dub step music is a bit of a turn off, but I doubt today’s 18-year-olds are as big on The Ramones as me.

Now, I know there are some “original, real fans” out there – and just out of curiosity, how would you distinguish a “fake one”? – who sees it differently and sure are spending a lot of time grumbling and trolling about this, but c’mon, does this look like a cheap Hollywood knock-off to you? If the producers wanted to make a quick buck out of this franchise they would’ve gutted it completely! If you’re such a great fan (and have that much free time to spend), treat yourself to a game and pop in your original VHS while taking notes of all the commercial no-nos it offers. Remember that this was released unrated back in the 80s because the MPAA frankly wanted to pretty much neuter it, and when it was resubmitted in 1994 it received an NC-17 “for substantial graphic horror violence and gore.”  Remove all that and what would you have left of the original concept? I’ll tell you: A bunch of stupid teenagers going to a remote cabin. The end.

Just like the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre or The Exorcist, what blew me away with Sam Raimi‘s horror debut was that it was just one long, uncompromising and exhaustingly horrific experience that just kept pummeling you silly for 90 minutes, and when it finally ended you were actually relieved it was over! Now, even though it offers spoilers Ain’t It Cool News offered a script analysis in February 2012 (check it out here, but as I said, there are spoilers) and sums it up “it reads like NC-17″ and calls it a “beast” – not words commonly used when talking about anemic remakes, and pretty reaffirming if you ask me! If still in doubt we’ve got script writer Diablo Cody‘s making comments like it’s “unbelievably violent” and “It was really important again to the filmmakers that it remain totally grounded in reality and timeless. They weren’t trying to make some hip trendy horror movie full of pop culture references” (check that one out here) and you’ll at least know it looks killer on paper. And if nothing else they at least are trying to avoid the typical “ironic” approach so common in horror and remakes. Add the fact that ‘Mr. Groovy’ himself Bruce Campbell have offered statements reassuring fans that neither he, Sam, or Robert Tapert were out for a quick money grab – you really think they need it after the Spider-Man trilogy? – and that they have the highest confidence in both cast and director, well, I for one am pretty assured about the end results.

So, long story short, judging by the new snippets found in this compared to the first trailer I wrote about here, plus the additional arguments offered here, this looks even more like a highly intense remake that once again will scare the crap outta you. I mean, Tom Savini made a great remake of Night of the Living Dead, John Carpenter made a killer job with The Thing, and don’t forget David Cronenberg‘s amazing (and genuine reboot!) of The Fly, so the occasional good remake actually does happen. And to me this has so far the signs of actually being another one. My birthday is in April and I am so treating myself to a movie ticket!

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