Archive for January, 2013

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‘I’ll Have What She’s Having…’

January 31, 2013

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Here’s a great post I was hepped to via the great Dude Designs: Network 9‘s I’ll Have What She’s Having: Design Fads in Movie Posters – an analysis of the current state of Hollywood’s poster designs. Ignoring the fact that most of the now iconic work like Jaws or even E.T. actually were pretty unique and stood out like a sore thumb, there’s a trend to stick with a tried-and-true formula today. And seeing a selection of modern-day films collected in one place there’s really no doubt about it. Writer Nola Barackman sums it up perfectly:

The formulas work — a lot of these posters have produced huge hits. But we can’t help but feel that relying on these standards is a bit like choosing McDonalds. It’s there, it’s easy, but at the end of the day it’s unsatisfying. Why be cliche when you can be visionary?

It was a bit of a downer seeing the independent, “edgier” offerings resorting to the same formulaic approach, but then again I gotta admit that in dealing with various not-to-be-named record labels and clubs that some are actually as  – if not even more – conservative than the mainstream culture they claim to be an alternative to. Anyway, it was a nice read. Check it out here.

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IMDb (updated)

January 30, 2013

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Here we go; My collaborator Staffan Segel added a nice biography to our page on IMDb.com – check it out! And no, there’s no photo missing on the page, that’s actually what we look like. I’m ‘add’. Anyway, check it out here.

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Call Me Greenhorn – In Space EP!

January 29, 2013

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Whoof! Well, once again I’m burning the midnight oil and staying up way later than I should on a work night, but Call Me Greenhorn‘s In Space EP is finished, mixed and available via Bandcamp.com!

You’ll get the rough mix of In Space along with six (count ’em, SIX!!!) bonus tracks, all with a space/sci-fi kind of theme. My personal fave is the title track, but I gotta admit having a soft spot for the more laid back In Orbit as well.

There’s more to come. Much, much more! In the mean time, check out the EP here – don’t forget to like and share! – and you can have an initial listen below:

UPDATE: One of the disadvantages of releasing digital instead of vinyl is you can’t really crossfade songs into one another. So, the complete EP is streamed as I kinda pictured it on SoundCloud.com. Check it out here or below:

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IMDb

January 28, 2013

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Well, 2013 is just getting better and better. For your consideration: The Norliss Tapes entry on the International Movie Data Base. Yeah, baby! Put that in your alternative ‘zine and smoke it! I’ll consider this a nice feather in the cap and’ll spend the rest of this cold, snowy Monday just beaming. Check it out here and visit my own page (under construction) here.

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Pic o/t Weekend

January 26, 2013

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Oh man, I though yesterday’s insanely freezing temperature was bad, but new weather forecasts warn of even lower temperatures, snow, ice and an inevitable Imperial assault on our rebel bases using the much-dreaded AT-AT walkers. We’re doomed! Good thing I’m finishing up the final track for Call Me Greenhorn‘s In Space EP!

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Meanwhile in Sweden

January 25, 2013
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Yeah, today’s a whopping -19 degrees outside (approx. -0.4F), and as soon as I come home I ain’t stepping outside the apartment all weekend unless there’s a goddamn fire. And that depends on how big a fire we’re talking. It gets even better when a friend told me that according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute – SMHI – February’s gonna be unusually cold this year.

Oh well, good thing I’ve been humming on an idea for a fifth track for the Call Me Greenhorn In Space EP, so I’ll be spending the weekend working on that. And order delivery pizza.

UPDATE: Oh man, what could be more fitting today than The Choir‘s 60s classic It’s Cold Outside, later covered by Stiv Bators:

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Soundcloud Anspieltip!

January 24, 2013

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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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Out now!

January 24, 2013

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Here we go: I was hepped by director/producer Robert Griffith that new The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West mammoth 5 DVD box has been released! A total of 28 episodes with bonus goodies like blooper reels, interviews, photos galleries and videos with The Norliss Tapes performing Groovy etc. – providing a whopping 4 full hours of entertainment! For a measly $19.99 plus postage (in the US) this baby can be yours. Ordering info here.

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Thermal Radiation Overload

January 23, 2013

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Hoo boy, it’s past midnight here and I really should’ve gone to bed hours ago, so as I’m getting up around 5:30 a.m. I’m gonna be brief: I got super inspired by the response for Call Me Greenhorn‘s rough mix of In Space – I was supposed to write a lil’ something about it when I came home today – so for the last two days I’ve been busy working on additional material planned for a “bonus release” of sorts. Got roughly 4 or 5 songs ready and it’ll probably be finished and released come February.

I finished up the brand new track Thermal Radiation Overload tonight and uploaded it on my Soundcloud page. Got some gnarly distorted Moog on it and a nice, beefy beat too. Check it out here and please share. I’m off to bed!

UPDATE: Since the In Space EP has been released the individual track has been removed from my SoundCloud.

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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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