Archive for October, 2012

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Plug

October 31, 2012

Well, who says you can’t have a little sweetness on Halloween? I was thrilled to see that Troy of the Bigfoot Diaries blog posted this little plug on their Facebook page. It’s stuff like this that cheers me up. I appreciate it a lot and why don’t you follow his advice and join up on Facebook to support? I can do stuff all year ’round, even though I’ll admit my nerdy horror obsession shines through. You’ll find the group Sellergren Design – Art is the Enemy here.

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Happy Halloween II!

October 31, 2012

Well, about a week ago my pal Troy at The Bigfoot Diaries blog asked me to do some art for him to post on Halloween. Kind of a mix of the season as well as the subject matter of his page, and I’m satisfied with the results – even though I had no idea of what the color scheme of a Sasquatch/Bigfoot looked like! Thanks to google though I got the general idea and Troy was stoked by it so I’m satisfied.

Troy’s blog focus on pretty much all things alternative and offers up some great writing as well. Yes kids, us adults get bored by an endless stream of “this rocks!” and usually want to read something – anything – as long as it’s focused and informative. Check it out here.

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2012

Yes, boyfiends and ghoulfriends, it’s Halloween!  My fave holiday of the year! Nothing wrong with spending X-Mas with your family or getting hammered on Midsummer, but All Hallows Eve is dedicated to horror fer chrissakes – how can you not love that? An age-old tradition it dates back to the 9th century, and unlike what some party poopers claim it is far from satanic and actually a mix of the Old religion and early Christian faith marking the Fall equinox. The Celts called it Samhain and the night was spent lighting huge bonfires to chase evil away while beggars went door-to-door offering prayers for dead relatives souls in return for “soul cakes.” This of course mutated into the “trick or treat” tradition.

Being on a worknight I’m making bigger plans for the weekend but tonight I am definitely getting cozy on the couch with some old faves like George Romero‘s brilliant Night of the Living Dead, the super-chiller Carnival of Souls or Vincent Price‘s Last Man on Earth. And John Carpenter‘s Halloween is mandatory viewing of course (it’s pretty much a no-brainer), but I think I’m saving that for the weekend.

So how about lighting some Jack o’ Lanterns (actually an Irish tradition) to keep the darkness away and pop in a couple of old faves in the DVD player? I’ve got some soothing music to get you in the mood baby!

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New videos!

October 31, 2012

Well, I got around to edit a video for Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg‘s Fejk! off the Blästrad EP. Not having that much material to choose from I went for trying to make as an intense video as possible instead of going for a classic lip-synched thing. Hope you like it and feel free to share.

The second video made for Förneka Allt (transl. “deny everything”) was just various photos culled together in blitzin’ fast speed – kinda like the song itself. Having 291 edits in a 39 second song must be some sort of record right? Again, you’ll find the EP at http://gvidaretillnorrmalmstorg.bandcamp.com/. The video:

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Kodak Moment II

October 30, 2012

Well, this is now officially surreal: Checking it once again tonight I find that not only is Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg‘s Blästrad EP the most popular Bandcamp album in the “Swedish punk” category, but also in the “Swedish hardcore” category as well! Whoof. In order to strike while it’s hot I’ve raided the vaults and dug up some old live footage and will try my damndest to have a finished video for the track Fejk! up on YouTube by the end of the week.

I’ve sent out some emails to various Swedish fanzines and punk blogs and so far the response has been very enthustiastic and one even called it “super”. Me and the rest of the guys are just thrilled by this – although I have to admit having a case of Captain Hindsight right now. I could’ve done this three years ago. But you live and learn.

Anyway, check it out at http://gvidaretillnorrmalmstorg.bandcamp.com/ and feel free to share on your blog, Facebook etc. We appreciate it!

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Kodak moment

October 29, 2012

Well, here’s a bit of unexpected news for all involved; Browsing on Bandcamp – something I highly recommend because you will find something cool sooner or later – I clicked on the “Swedish Punk” category and was very surprised to see that Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg‘s EP Blästrad is the most popular right now. Wow!

I had a hunch that people who likes the genre might get into it after it immediately received a bunch of Facebook “likes” in a matter of minutes after posting it, but I’d be lying if I said I expected this. It’s cool though and I sure as hell ain’t complaining. Check it out here and please share the link if you’re into this kinda stuff!

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New Artwork/New Record (sorta)

October 29, 2012

Well, this weekend turned out to be one of those amazingly creative and stimulating affairs that I just love to experience. First off a good friend decided to give me a good kick in the butt, insisted that I enjoy life at least once a month and dragged me away from the computer Friday evening for some mucho needed (and appreciated!) rest and relaxation with pizzas and taking the full plunge into the Walking Dead tv-series. I know the damn thing has been running since 2010, and pretty much everybody I know has been telling me how it’d be right up my alley, but I’m a stubborn, stubborn man that insists on doing everything in his own time. I made a mental note of checking it out “some day” early on of course, and now I’m glad I finally popped down some $$$ for the first season on DVD.

The hype was true and my friends were right to tell me to check it out. I liked how the creators managed to make such an improbable scenario so human at the same time (not too surprising though as the producer/director is Frank Darabont who directed The Green Mile.) Instead of going crazy and cover the screen with splatter (that fits good and well within the 80 minute format of a movie) they focused on the true horror of the story and made something that actually struck me as one of the sadder series I’ve seen. Like the old saying goes: in an Apocalypse it’s the survivors that damn their fate. Kick-ass show, although as someone who experienced the anti-horror hysteria of the 80s it was pretty damn surreal seeing the same concept being a hit TV show 30 years later. I’ll get into season 2 later on.

Saturday was one of those wrap-everything-up-and-move-on-to-the-next-project kinda days. I finished up all my parts for The Norliss Tapes upcoming It’s Halloween EP leaving Staffan to finish up the remaining bits for what now looks like will be a five-track record. It’s funny how he and I just keep riffing off of each other and what began as “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we did one Halloween-themed song to give away for free?” ended up as five songs that just came from brainstorming and sending each other various sound bytes to work with. I love it and gotta admit that it’s the first time I experience this sorta thing with a collaborator. Five tracks and there’ll be a couple of surprises thrown in (vocals!) so make sure you check it out in the next couple of days.

Finished with the songs I finally got around to remix and remaster a couple of tracks from my old hardcore project Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg. Swedish for “Advance to Mayfair” off the Monopoly game – both a kiss-off to rich kids as well as an ironic statement to how commercial we thought we sounded – the band was more interested in just pummeling an audience than setting new land speed records that is so common (and clichéd) in the genre, especially these postmodern days. Taking our inspiration from early Black Flag we mixed it with Motorhead and Black Sabbath in order to create a sound that was truly uncompromising – loud and heavy with a pure adrenalin delivery.

One session saw us recording a total of 14 songs in one day with a guy that had the typical less-than-cooperative Swedish engineer attitude of “I don’t know what you’re trying to achieve, I don’t understand what you’re trying to achive, so I’m just gonna be arrogant all day and ignore every request you might have – or at least question it. But I do expect to get paid when it’s finished of course.” The session tapes remained unmixed and unreleased with the exception of a feeble attempt on my part of trying to remaster an existing rough mix about two years ago (with less than satisfactory results). Anyway, early Sunday morning I finally had the opportunity to sit down on my own and just unleash the punch-in-the-gut oomph I always knew this band had. It took roughly 12 hours of work, but the seven-track EP Blästrad (Swedish slang for being extremely drunk somewhat equivalent of “hammered”) is available via the band’s Bandcamp here. All members have heard it and are really happy with the results (me included), so how about a sample track:

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Evil Dead – New York Comic-Con 2012

October 25, 2012

Well, lo-fi audio be damned, the Evil Dead panel discussion at the New York Comic-Con was pretty funny and offered some nice extra info when it comes to the remake and the possibility of an Evil Dead 4. Joined by director Fede Alvarez and star Jane Levy, Bruce Campbell does what he does best hamming it up for the kids while offering up some nice one-liners and answers. And I gotta admit, judging by the audience reaction – that brings to mind a rock star entering the stage – how come this guy never became a household name? I’m amazed.

Anyway, while on the subject of the King:

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The Evil Dead (2013) – Red Band Trailer

October 24, 2012

Please note that the trailer is pretty gory and viewer discretion is adviced.

Well, it’s just been posted – the Evil Dead red-band trailer! And even though I’m guessing a lot of younger people are gonna go “uh, it looks just like Cabin in the Woods!” lemme assure you that it’s the other way around. Sam Raimi‘s 80s horror masterpiece was way ahead of that one Junior. And this one seems to require wearing a raincoat or at least bring an umbrella to the cinema.

I gotta admit, I am not one to go gaga over remakes (if you’ve been following this blog you’re pretty familiar with The Angry Old Fart by now), but after seeing the interview with Bruce Campbell and the fact that this team may be part of “Hollywood” now they’re still kinda being outsiders to the system is pretty reassuring for me. If you’re part of your baby’s remake, how protective aren’t you gonna be about its legacy?

Like I stated in a previous post this could actually become one of the more intense horror movies out there (and the footage seem to back that theory). FX maestro Greg Nicotero once shared in an interview how he was completely blown away by the original movie but, on account of his technical knowledge, how the sheer amateurism of the gore and other visual effects constantly took him out of the moment. Well, now they’ve had a chance to do the horror of the original concept justice – and think about it, if say Stan Winston had created Exorcist-esque visuals for the original it’d been pummeling the audiences back then! – and I’m slightly optimistic by this. What do you think?

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Evil Dead remake (update)

October 24, 2012

Well, a friend hepped me to the teaser trailer of the new Evil Dead just being posted on Slashfilm.com, so I was all over that and checked it out immediately. I loved Bruce Campbell‘s quip “Where’s your artfilm now baby?”, but teasers just strike me as weird. Call me crazy but I think it should offer at least a bit more than a couple of brief glimpses with some graphics – with The Norliss Tapes we went for a full minute in order to give people a general idea what we were about and make up their minds if it was something they wanted to see/hear more of (check ’em out here). Anyway, the red-band teaser (i.e. the gory one) will be relased later during the day and with time roughly being around midnight in California and 3 am in New York I guess I’ll just have to wait a couple of more hours until it’s launched online.

Speaking of which: There’s been a lot of groaning among fans of the original trilogy about this happening, but Bruce Campbell himself offers up some comforting words in the interview below. Their heart is in the right place when it comes to producing this, so now the only question (at least for me)  is if it still will deliver in direction. Check it out.

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