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Salad Days (update)

August 11, 2015

Well, the digital screeners of Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) has been sent out to all Kickstarter backers and I had a chance to watch it tonight. What can I say? It was well worth the wait even though I’d preferred if those that helped fund it could’ve had a chance to see it before it started making the rounds on festivals etc. But, again, having seen the final results I gotta say it’s cool.

Starting in the late 1970’s with early bands like The Bad Brains (it’s nice to see scenesters like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye stress how important they were to inspire other musicians to start their own bands), the documentary kind of follows the Dischord Records‘ outfits (with some exceptions) and offers in-depth interviews with pretty much everyone on the DC scene.

It’s all here. The early bands, the violence that was pretty much an every day occurrence for punkers back then, the birth of sXe (straight edge), the so-called “revolution summer” and birth of emo – everything up to the early 90s with Nirvana taking a leap out of the post-hardcore scene and onto major mainstream success. This sounds great, looks great and (thankfully) steers clear from that self-congratulatory masturbation you sometimes see in documentaries.

I gotta admit, after watching it, I felt pretty damn proud to have taken a small part in this documentary happening. Check out the trailer on Vimeo, you can buy it for $12,99 or wait for the DVD to be released in September. Official Facebook here.

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House of Monsters (update)

July 9, 2015


Well, it’s official: Check out the trailer for Dawn Brown‘s coming stop-motion animated webseries House of Monsters! It looks pretty damn great IMO and – Great Scott! – if you recognize the speaker’s voice, it belongs to Christopher Lloyd, who recently joined the cast as Dr. Gaulstone.

Having successfully run a Kickstarter campaign that was funded roughly a year ago, it’s now merely days until it goes live and I am really thrilled about it, not only as a backer but a fan of the genre. July 28th marks the official launch date and you can pre-order it for a mere $3,98.

So, check it out, hop on over and give the series a like on Facebook and read the interview I conducted with Dawn roughly a year ago here.

EDIT: Check out Dread Central‘s nice write-up here.

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Drawing Blood

May 30, 2015

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With Thomas Hodge aka The Dude Design‘s massive collection of analog love VHS: Video Cover Art just getting released this past week – and he’s got some work appearing in Matthew Chojnacki‘s Alternative Movie Posters II: More Film Art from the Underground later this year – I figured I’d share one more upcoming book that I’m really excited about: Graham HumphreysDrawing Blood!

With work known by horror fans pretty much all over the world, this UK-based illustrator has become quite legendary as he created a ton of VHS covers back in the 1980s, as well as cool record covers for bands like The Cramps (he did the 3D sleeve for their Off the Bone LP). Still at it today, his work has graced the covers of many Arrow Films & Video releases (my fave being Fulci‘s Zombie Flesh Eaters) as well as Death Waltz Recording Company records.

Released by Proud Galleries, this luxury art book is strictly limited to 500 copies and will be released in time for Halloween this year. The price is £150 (approx. $230), but Graham himself has stated on social media that if this sells out, a more moderately-priced paperback edition will be released. Pre-orders are taken here and make sure to check out his drool-inducing portfolio on his official website here.

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Videogram Lunchmeat VHS!

May 14, 2015

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Yes! Here it is! I couldn’t be more excited to announce the second physical Videogram release, the Lunchmeat VHS! Released in collaboration with Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine and Doc Terror, this limited-edition VHS features the complete 2014 S/T album in visual form, edited as a faux-trailer show. Fourteen videos in total complete with idents.

But that’s not all! We went out of our way to make this one as beefy as possible, so as an added bonus the VHS includes a 3D version – with glasses included! Wrapped in a clambox shell and featuring artwork by Loud Comix‘ illustrator Jamie Vayda, these are available via Lunchmeat‘s official website only, and, to make it fair for everyone, there are no pre-orders taken. Get it here.

EDIT: The VHS has sold out. A huge thank-you to everyone for the amazing support!

EDIT II: For those that missed out on the VHS the video is now available as a digital download via VHX.com! It includes the original 34-minute Videogram experience and comes with the VHS-master of the S/T album as a bonus. Get it here.

To commemorate this trés cool release, and give the awesome work Jamie did its due, I am also doing a one-time campaign on Teespring. Screenprinted in blood-red ink on premium yellow t-shirts (giallo, get it?), these limited-edition t-shirts are gorgeous and available in all sizes (S – 3XL). Once they’re gone they will not be reprinted, so make sure to reserve yours today! Get it here.

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Diversión en Español!

May 5, 2015

Well, since literally tens of people has been asking about Pure Melvin, here’s a brief update and sample. With Jamie (aka The Jimmy C) focusing on his second full length and me working on Videogram‘s debut album on Cineploit, the coming EP – entitled Profoundly Relaxing – will be pushed forward to some time this coming summer.

The tracks are pretty much finished, it’s just time for mixing, mastering and sequencing that’s needed. Took some time off last night and finished up the mix of Fruta Sabrosa, so give it a spin on SoundCloud and give us a like on Facebook while you’re at it.

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Into the Red

April 15, 2015

Check it out: I just received word that UK filmmaker Geoffrey Taylor‘s short documentary Into the Red can be streamed online on YouTube and Vimeo.

A fascinating look into the Redhead Days that takes place annually in Breda, The Netherlands, Geoffrey sets out to dig a little deeper into this phenomenon – as well as make some new friends.

A cool document about something I honestly had no idea existed (I’m brown haired), the documentary is short and to the point and gives a nice look into this unique gathering.

Check it out, spread the word, and if you’re a ginger you might wanna visit the Breda festival on their Facebook page as it has a whopping 90,000+ followers. My track Ginger (heard in the documentary) is available here.

Into the Red – A short film about the largest Ginger gathering in the world from Geoffrey Taylor: Wide Eyed on Vimeo.

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Post Mortem

April 14, 2015

I think most horror fans are familiar with horror director, producer and writer Mick Garris. Creator of the Masters of Horror TV series, he’s penned The Fly II and Critters 2 as well as directed The Stand and Sleepwalkers – both based on Stephen King‘s novels – just to name a few of the titles on his résumé.

His great interview series Post Mortem – originally created for the now-defunct FEAR NET – are now available on YouTube. I love these! With a very laid back style, he interviews fellow horror creators such as Roger Corman, Wes Craven and Rob Zombie. The interviews have a great conversational flow that offers some nice insights into the artist behind the famous (or infamous) name – I can’t say I knew all too much about Frank Darabont – and the only complaint I have is that some of these feel a bit short. But hey, leave them wanting more!

The series is available on his official YouTube channel as well as MickGarrisInterviews.com. Check them out and give him a like on Facebook here.

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Mixtape Massacre!

April 12, 2015

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Hey, horror isn’t all fun and games. Wait, actually it is! Check out this coming cool Kickstarter campaign that James at Doc Terror/HorrorSexy hepped me to: Mixtape Massacre!

A mix of 1980s horror films and pop culture, this tabletop board game created by Bright Lights Media has up to eight horror archetypes competing in a killing spree taking place in fictional Tall Oaks in 1986.

So far this campaign is roughly one third completed (they’re asking for $20,000) and perks include t-shirts, silk screen posters and the game itself (plop down $60 to get it). More information here.

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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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