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Rome Web Awards

February 23, 2015

Hey, hot on the trail of the Academy Awards I received a bit of pleasantly surprising news this morning. Turns out me and Jerry Kokich‘s track They Call Me Super7even off the ‘They Call Me Superseven’ OST soundtrack has been nominated in the Best Song category of the 2015 Rome Web Awards! Pretty neat.

Now, the announcements were made between February 20th – 22nd, and if my understanding from what I read on the official website is correct, the winners will be announced in September this year. Please keep your fingers crossed and give the track a spin on Bandcamp below.

EDIT: Received an update. The award ceremony will be broadcast on April 17th – 19th.

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Mothmeister

February 19, 2015

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Well, I figure this would be something Mme Veille de la Toussaint of The Year of Halloween would enjoy, the dreamy and surreal quality of Mothmeister‘s photography.

Mixing masks and taxidermy (!!!), this boyfriend-and-girlfriend team created their own universe called Wounderland, with a fairytale-esque vibe that somehow reminds me of the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man.

Truly intriguing works of photographic art, you can see all of their sometimes-stunning work on their official Instagram page. Check it out!

EDIT: Art prints are available via Etsy.

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Images copyright Mothmeister.

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VHS: Video Cover Art

February 12, 2015

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Great news via The Dude Designs. Posted on his official Facebook page, Tom Hodge, states:

I can now proudly announce the book i have been working on for a while VHS: Video Cover Art on sale in MAY
(12″ x 9″ | hard cover | ISBN13: 9780764348679 | $34.99 (£27.00) )

My work has been built around a lifelong love of VHS (bordering on obsession at times!) and the amazing artworks which were used to adorn the video covers. They were ingrained in my psyche from the first time I ever entered a video store as a child. I have a particular fondness for UK video art (my home country) as many of the covers were specially commissioned by the numerous UK independent distributors and not seen much outside of this market.

These incredible artworks were created by amazing artists such as Enzo Sciotti, Renato Casaro, Caudio Casaro, Brian Bysouth, Graham Humphreys and Laurent Melki. Many artists sadly remain unnamed. The one thing they all held in common is the style and spirit of pure unabashed creativity, where art and film came together in a visual orgy of moustached muscled men, buxom beauties, big explosions, phallic guns, and nightmare-inducing monsters. Sadly this art-form largely disappeared along with demise of the VHS format.

Obscure gems to cult classics in all your favourite genres of Action, Comedy, Kids, Thriller, Sci-Fi and Horror. From the sublime to the ridiculous. Some are incredible works of art, some insane, some perfectly capture the tone of the films, some capture that tone even better than the films themselves, and some have the most tenuous link imaginable! However, all, as you will see, are amazing and inspiring works of art, which will captivate the imagination along with feelings of excitement and wonder, like stepping back into your local video store once again.

This looks like a beaut! Keep your eyes out for this one and make sure to give his page a “like” here!

UPDATE: Tom just announced on his Facebook page that VHS: Video Cover Art is already the number one bestseller in its category from pre-orders on Amazon UK. Awesome!

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Cineploit

January 3, 2015

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Well, first off, Happy New Year! And did I have a great start or what? I am thrilled to announce that my horror OST-influenced project Videogram is joining Euro label Cineploit‘s roster.

Home of such great artists such as Orgasmo Sonore and Oscillotron, to name just a few, I couldn’t be more excited about joining this label and I am looking forward to getting to work on the second album!

Read more here.

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Ginger

December 19, 2014

So, I was recently – or make that yesterday – contacted by UK-based director Geoffrey Taylor who expressed interest in using my old track Ginger for his upcoming documentary about red-haired people and the Redhead Days festival in Breda, Holland.

Geoff’s previous effort Close looks damn great, and having been the official selection of the Encounters Film Festival and the London Film Festival to name just a few, I am more than happy to see this old song being used in his work. I am very excited by this turn of events and can’t wait to see the finished results!

Originally recorded in a quickie demo session back in 2011 – I did drums, bass, guitars, the whole lot! – the track had a quickie 24-bit yesterday evening and will be available via Spotify, iTunes etc. very soon. In the meantime check it out on SoundCloud.

EDIT: If you’ve got Spotify you can give the track a spin here.

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Splatt Gallery II!

December 13, 2014

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So, the package with my posters has arrived in the US and Mike at The Splatt Gallery started adding some of my work on their official Facebook page. As an added bonus, they’ve recently acquired some Electric Frankenstein posters and whaddaya know, they found one of my works in the package! Pretty damn cool, I think this one was made way back in 2007 or something.

For more cool EF stuff – and more of mine, natch! – make sure to check out Sal Canzonieri‘s book Son of Electric Frankenstein: More High Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster & Record Art. It’s 164 pages filled with cool artwork and yours for roughly $27. Available via Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany and, hey, Swedes can get it via AdLibris!

 

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Sleaze Fiend Magazine!

December 5, 2014

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Hey, check it out. The second issue of Sleaze Fiend Magazine is out, just throbbing with all things grindhouse, exploitation and, uh, an interview with me! (I guess that’s the non-throbbing part, although I can be naughty. Once, when I was hitchiking…)

A total of 76 pages filled with interviews, reviews, original art and retro ads. Pre-orders are being shipped out and you can get your copy for a measly $7 (post paid in the US I think) here.

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Splatt Gallery!

November 21, 2014

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Hey! This is some pretty awesome news, you guys. I am stoked to announce that Splatt Gallery has not only purchased pretty much every old gig poster I’ve produced these past years (and had left), to sell via their website, but they’ve also made the very rare Pete the Pirate Squid poster part of their permanent collection! (if you haven’t seen it you can check it out here.)

Based in Walled Lake, Michigan, the gallery has devoted itself to all kinds of street art, carrying work from such greats such as Banksy, Obey, personal faves like Mark Ryden and lots, lots more. I am very excited to be part of this collection and, if you’re in the area, make sure to visit them at 301 Legato Drive.

Check out their official website here and give them a like on Facebook here.

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Pure Melvin

November 12, 2014

What’s up with the bad vibes, man? Well, after having experienced more than my fair share of shit going through a rough patch – don’t ask – I decided to vent with the all-new synth punk/garage wave project Pure Melvin. For those expecting something similar to Videogram or Call Me Greenhorn this couldn’t be further from it as it is aggressive, dark and kinda punk rock in its delivery.

Teaming up with Aussie musician Jamie Coghill, who’s handling the rhythm department, we’re currently in the midst of working out tracks for what’ll either end up as an album or an EP. This is more spontaneous than my previous projects and we’re making an effort not to overproduce or overthink anything. Just blast it out, keep the energy intact and maintain the freshness of each idea.

It’s too early to tell if this is a one-off kinda thing or something I’ll return to, but make sure to check out Officer Friendly rough mix on SoundCloud and give us a “like” on Facebook here. More tunage coming soon!

EDIT: Just finished up another track tonight and decided to post it on SoundCloud, so make sure to give Clone Factory a spin as well!

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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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