Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

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2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse

November 4, 2014

So, yesterday saw the premiere of Videogram‘s video for 2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse on YouTube, released to coincide with the limited edition 7″ lathe cut version available via Facebook only.

The video – that’ll also see a physical release later on this year – was created using footage from the 1975 post-apocalyptic oddity A Boy and His Dog starring Don Johnson and one of my first efforts working with Adobe Premiere.

The 7″ is pretty much a vinyl collector’s wet dream and I really went out of my way to make it, well, kinda insane, ha ha ha. These babies are custom made by hand on square see-through plastic and comes with a 7″x7″ sticker instead of a sleeve. These are extremely limited and you can get yours here. Give it a spin on SoundCloud.

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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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Giallos Flame

April 26, 2014

I recently did a live interview with Beyond the Playlist (online in June!) and feel kinda lame as I completely forgot to plug this artist while I had the chance: Giallos Flame! The pseudonym for UK-based (?) multi-instrumentalist Ron Graham, this project is my personal fave when it comes to modern, horror OST-influenced music ’cause his works is second to none. Not only influenced by the Italian-produced exploitation fare of the 1970s and 80s, his works have the sound and feel down so cold that they easily could be mistaken for the real thing. Those lesser morally inclined could probably get away with putting his vinyl records in dusty, pre-worn sleeves and sell to the uninitiated on eBay for impressive sums and none of them would be the wiser.

giallosNow, Ron seems to be quite the reserved, private guy as he’s been active for more than a decade, but I’d be damned if I could find any additional information or interviews online – an interesting experience as it both frustrates you and reinvigorates your inner nerd (actually, giving it a raging hard-on would be a more proper phrase) as it has you clawing for those scraps of knowledge picked up here and there, furiously assembling them in order to complete the picture. It’s almost like a throwback to the pre-internet late 1980s when horror movies could be rare, uncensored edition usually meant “third generation copy” and information about said titles surfaced once every second year in fanzines that took 6 to 8 weeks to arrive in your mail box. If this is a thought-out marketing strategy I gotta hand it to whoever’s behind it for pulling off the intriguing-mystery-artist image in an age where everybody has an online presence, especially musicians that have a tendency to promote every fart, burp and chord produced during the day. All joking aside, like The Active Listener stated last year his obscurity is puzzling.

He’s done some movie work, composing musical scores for low-budget horrors such as Murder-Set-Pieces and Black Devil Doll, and his discography includes several albums and EPs – all on independent labels. Recently signing to Rotary Tower – both a record label and music library meaning you can license his works for media use - there are two new releases in the plans, Archivio Giallo volumes 1 and 2, collecting over two dozens of rare and unreleased tracks into one hour-long retro experience. Both can be streamed in full on SoundCloud (links below) and I also took the time to create a playlist on YouTube, culling together all the tracks I could find. Check him out!

Website: http://giallosflame.blogspot.com
Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giallos-Flame/223057054378764
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-giallos-flame
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1700116/

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Greenhorn updates

April 3, 2014

Here’s some pretty kick-ass news: Call Me Greenhorn‘s Simian Walk made number one on RMD Music Blog‘s Top 5 indie tracks of the week. “You know that feeling when you hear a song and instantly feel more badass even though you’re not remotely badass in any sense of the word? Well that’s how we felt after listening to this track” is how they summed it up. Check it out here, and if you’ve got Deezer Space Kitty 2000 can be found here.

Speaking of the song: The video featuring John Travolto is getting a fair share of views right now. I just checked on YouTube and it’s passed 4,500. Not too shabby for an amateur effort (I’d never call myself an editor). Still wish the better quality version on Vimeo got more views, but what’re you gonna do? You’ll find it here. Check it out.

Lastly, I’m not too sure exactly what it means – so far I haven’t found any info to make it any clearer – but you’ll find all (?) my albums, EPs and singles at OKMusic in Japan. Check it out here and if you have any information to share, feel free to do so in the comments section. I’d appreciate it.

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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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Machine Gun Reggae

March 1, 2014

One of the more fascinating cultural exchanges of 20th century’s popular culture was the huge impact Italian-made spaghetti westerns of the 1960′s – aimed for the European and US markets – had on Jamaican music. It took them a while to reach the Jamaican shores – on average it seemed like a three year delay – but once there there is no overstating the influence this new wave of cinema had on the musicians and producers.

Pretty much every title and character you can think of seemed to have at least one song written in their honor (to be quickly recorded and shipped off to the UK where the kids bought the 7″ records by the tons), with Lee van Cleef ranking highest, and Franco Nero‘s coffin-dragging Django coming in at close second – actually generating a Top Five hit for The Upsetters!

I assembled a couple of personal faves off of YouTube for you to peruse – some having pretty damn cool fan videos. Check out Trojan Records‘ 2004 compilation album The Big Gundown for more goodies.

Sir Lord Comic Django Shoot First

The Upsetters Return of Django

King Stitt Lee van Cleef

Lee Perry Clint Eastwood

Ramon & The Crystalites Undertaker’s Burial

Roy Richards Death Rides a Horse

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Mark it 8, Dude

January 23, 2014

Dust off that ol’ Konami code as brothers David and Henry Dutton - also known as Cinefix - just released their 8-bit version of the Coen brothers’ cult classic The Big Lebowski on YouTube. It’s all here: The bowling alley, the German nihilists, and plenty of White Russians to be had.

Like I already stated when writing about Hacktivision‘s 8-Bits From Hell, all it takes to make these pretty damn cool ideas a reality is a successful Kickstarter campaign, and I for one would be more than happy to chip in some money to make that happen. Check out Anchorman below, and for more goodies like The Shining, Blade Runner and Kick Ass, head on over to their official channel here.

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Sock It to Me, Baby!

January 7, 2014

A week in on the new year I’d figured it was time to create something new, right? Well, good thing yesterday evening was one of those brilliant creative bouts that don’t happen too damn often, but still thrills me to no end when “they fall right in your lap” like I prefer to call it.

Pretty much taking a break from some soundtrack work, I decided to toy around with this so-so kinda horn section sample and the next thing you know the tentatively titled Funky Simian jumped out of me. Adding a nice funk rhythm to it I figured I wanted to go kinda surf-ish with the whole thing – but using Casio keyboards instead of guitars. It turned out kinda groovy and quirky with a nice “cool” vibe, for lack of a better word.

Having the track roughly 80% finished I was so psyched by the results last night that I decided to create a teaser video using some old sexploitation trailer in order to share it. Taken from Lou Campa‘s 1968 Sock It to Me, Baby – released by Something Weird Video, natch! – it’s a nice sort of tribute to Mike Vraney. Roughly a minute long, so check it out on YouTube and spread the word.

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Happy Birthday, Ennio!

November 10, 2013
Auguri!

Auguri!

Happy Birthday, maestro Ennio Morricone, born November 10, 1928! His 60′s stuff is just brilliant and have been such an influence on me. Very few composers managed to pull off such a great mix of contemporary “pop” sounds with both avant garde and classical music. No matter the subject, budget or any other constraints, every film benefitted from his work. It’s iconic these days, but back in the mid-60′s, his The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly soundtrack was deemed quite futuristic and genre defying.

Treat yourself to some marvellous sounds by checking out Morricone Rocks‘ amazing playlist on YouTube, collecting tons of his work (that I wrote about earlier here) at http://www.youtube.com/user/MorriconeRocks, and how about giving my Morricone-inspired EP The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef a spin below:

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Optic Candy

October 22, 2013

Well, this is pretty damn cool: Just got hepped to the works of Peter Ahern and Amy Pisco (aka Optic Candy) and you gotta check this out. A perfect juxtaposition of cute and disturbing (kinda like my dates, ha ha ha), the couple (?) focus on mainly animation with some cool artwork thrown in for good measure.

Their portfolio is pretty impressive with works done for Nickelodeon, The Walking Dead and a French yoghurt manufacturer I’m not too sure people in the States have heard of. Check out their blog at http://opticcandy.wordpress.com and their official YouTube channel here. How about a show reel?

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