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Post #650: Summing up 2013

December 31, 2013

Oh jeez, has it been a whole year already? Well, 2013 sure flew by fast I can tell you and I can’t say I remember that much on account of pretty much working my ass off for these past 52 weeks. In fact I once again had to go through the blog in order to check up on what happened and when because it’s all kind of a blur to me. So here we go:

copyright Sellergren Design 2011!January saw the release of Germany-based CRKO #3/4, which I made one of the covers for. The rough mix of In Space, originally slated for my first full length album, somehow turned into a 7-song EP released towards the end of the month. The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West was released in a mammoth 5 DVD box collecting their initial 28 episodes plus bonus goodies like The Norliss TapesGroovy video. My work for the series earned both me and The Norliss Tapes our own pages on IMDB.com.

February saw the release of Sal Canzonieri‘s book Electric Frankenstein, compiling posters and record sleeves made for them during the period of June 2005 to December 2013, but I’ve still to receive any confirmation that my contributions are in it. Check it out on Amazon.com.

March saw the initial demos for my faux-OST L’Isola die Morti Viventi being created, starting out with A Modest Tribute to Fabio Frizzi. Meanwhile I finished up most of the tracks for the Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West soundtrack album and released the doomsday-dub Armageddon Dub, with a b-side featuring some drumming courtesy The Jimmy C.

squawkyApril kicked off with the release of the super-silly EP Squawky – featuring one of my personal fave b-sides The Name is West. A teaser-taste freebie of the coming soundtrack album was released and the They Call Me Superseven OST was released mid-month. The web series ran a successful campaign on Kickstarter, generating funds for the third season. UK label Dead by Mono‘s third installment of No Way Out! saw the physical debut of The Norliss Tapes with the track A Trip to the Moon. Me and UK photographer Robert Boud crossed paths resulting in some pretty cool collaborations. The end of the month saw the release of Call Me Greenhorn’s new-wave-ish Chasing the Dawn EP, originally slated for inclusion in an Australia-produced feature, but somehow that fell through. The poster I created to commemorate the launch of The Bigfoot Diaries live radio show was released in a limited edition.

May saw the release of Robert Boud’s video for Armageddon Dub, more dub sounds as The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable was posted on SoundCloud, more videos as Robert Griffith‘s Here Comes Gorbot was made official and The Harvester appeared on SoundCloud, slated for an EP that I totally forgot about. The Jimmy C released the eight-track EP The Man Who Never Dies featuring three mixes I did and the month ended with the release of the CMGH2 album, aka The Abandoned Project.

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June kicked off with a teaser taste from my stoner project Ursa Major, followed by The Hit ‘In Sounds’ of Today’s Outside Crowd album and I chipped in some $$$ on Kickstarter for James R. Petix and Sarah Babila‘s documentary It Came From Detroit.

July had me creating some merchandise designs for Belgium’s own Captain Catastrophy, I released the I’m Normal! cloudcast on MixCloud, released the “summer bonus” EP L’amour en Apesanteur and started my second side project Get Carpenter – I gotta admit I just love that name!

August saw me launching my page on Society 6, kicking off with the August 18, 1973 series honoring Tobe Hooper‘s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. My stoner side project Ursa Major debuted with its 18-minute two-track Like Leaves and the end of the month saw the release of my faux-OST L’Isola die Morti Viventi.

September saw the launch of greenhorndub.bandcamp.com where I added the four-track The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable EP after things turned out less-than-optimal over at dubmusic.com. The same month Pink Hulk EP followed. The John-Carpenter-meets-King-Tubby track Cutthroats at Midnight was finished and I began work on a S/T EP. The end of the month saw the release of the Halloween-themed The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef EP and Robert Boud’s video The Modern Day Holocaust.

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In October I chipped in more of my hard-earned cash to support Tal Zimerman‘s project Why Horror? on Kickstarter, a documentary on the whys behind this film genre, and I even had a chance to do an interview with the guy for Swedish Gore Film Society. Towards the end of the month my second Haunted House of Horrors cloudcast was released in time for Halloween.

November saw me creating some artwork for U.S.-based true crime magazine Serial Killer Magazine and the end of the month saw the release of the Cutthroats at Midnight EP.

Finally, December saw the launch of Jamie Vayda‘s Loud Comix #2 – featuring a sleeve by yours truly – the release of the It Came From Detroit documentary – check it out! – and some videos I edited with a new freebie video editing software: Battle è in Arrivo, In Orbit, Invasion of the Dead and Voodoo Rhythm/A Feast on Flesh.

Yikes! How’s that for a list? Gee, no wonder I’m tired. But then again, I am quite enjoying myself and hopefully people out there enjoy what I create as well. Got more cool things happening in 2014 and I’d appreciate you joining me to check ’em out. ‘Til then, Happy New Year!

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Extended play for today

December 30, 2013
courtesy Vic Mars.

courtesy Vic Mars.

Well, Matt aka Vic Mars just sent me his latest EP, the second installment of “Extended play for today”, entitled – what else? – Extended play for today: two. Six tracks in total of cool, laid-back electronic music with a nice retro feel. I haven’t been able to give it that many spins yet, but my faves so far is the quirky, electro-funk Foxmoor Casuals and the kinda Kraftwerk Music 500.

Like I’ve stated earlier, Vic must’ve been really inspired by the class room films we all saw back in the 1980s, because he emulates the sounds and feel just perfectly. Check it out here and make sure to visit his Facebook for the cool, giallo-esque video entitled Teufel Kosmisch.

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Invasion of the Dead

December 28, 2013

With the recent review of Call Me Greenhorn‘s L’Isola dei Morti Viventi in Rue Morgue magazine – and there’s more to come, natch – I decided to create something visual in order to spread the word online. With the track Invasion of the Dead (Main Theme 2) actually being inspired by the final, church-storming sequence in Lucio Fulci‘s Zombie Flesh-Eaters (aka Zombie 2) it wasn’t that hard to figure out what imagery to use, so I popped my German bootleg *cough* DVD into my new video editor and got to work.

As an added bonus I decided to see how effective the track A Feast on Flesh would be set to the zombie-munching sequence of said movie and it turned out pretty cool as well. A couple of quick edits – unlike Fulci I chose not to start with a gory visual punch, opting for revealing more carnage as the scene progressed instead – and it was done. Consider it a bonus. A NSFW bonus.

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Nerdgasm

December 27, 2013
courtesy Archive.org

courtesy Archive.org

If you’ve got plenty of free time this holiday season one of my fave websites – Archive.org – just got even cooler! Considered to be the world’s largest online library – their collection of horror movies considered to be in the public domain is second to none! – they recently announced the launch of The Internet Archive Console Living Room.

The Internet Archive Console Living Room harkens back to the revolution of the change in the hearth of the home, when the fireplace and later television were transformed by gaming consoles into a center of videogame entertainment. Connected via strange adapters and relying on the television’s speaker to put out beeps and boops, these games were resplendent with simple graphics and simpler rules.

Using something called “the JSMESS emulator system”, the website enables you direct access to classic gaming consoles like The Atari 7800 ProSystem or the funky-looking The Astrocade. Click the screenshot or “Emulate This” for each individual cartridge, and the games will just start to run. Check it out here.

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Santa Claws

December 24, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Well, ’tis the season to be, uh, scary I guess and I figured I’ll add one more art print to my page on Society 6 before taking these next couple of days off. So here we go with Santa Claws, adding a bit of fear to your holiday cheer (in my mind I totally read that in the Cryptkeeper voice). As always available as both art print and stretched canvas with sizes ranging from 8″ x 10″ up to 28″ x 36″. Get yours here.

Speaking of fear, when it comes to Christmas-themed horrors nothing beats Bob Clark‘s 1974 slasher Black Christmas. A bit slow tempoed, yes, and gorehounds would probably be disappointed by the somewhat low kill count, but when it comes to the the perpetrator’s sheer level of lunacy Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger got nothing on this one. Highly recommended! Check out the trailer below. Merry Christmas!

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It Came From Detroit

December 23, 2013

Well X-Mas came early as the mailman brought me my Kickstarter backer package this past week. The DVD, a t-shirt and some other printed goodies like stickers made for a pleasant surprise when I came home, and a pleasant viewing experience as well as James R. Petix‘ documentary turned out looking great.

The latest news via their official Facebook is that they have secured distribution and the feature-length documentary will be released commercially in 2014. Kinda cool thinking that when I (and 437 other backers) chipped in some $$$ back in July all Plus One Productions had was a ton of footage accumulated over a ten-year period.

While waiting for the second edition to be released – does this mean the initial Kickstarter version will end up fetching big bucks as a collector’s item on eBay? – you can stream or download the documentary via VHX.tv. Check it out!

image courtesy Plus One Productions.

image courtesy Plus One Productions.

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Ecstasy

December 20, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Hey, new week and a new goodies available on my Society 6: Ecstasy; silver, gold, red and blue on black. Available as art print and stretched canvas. You can get it here and join me on Facebook here. Have a great weekend!

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It’s All in the Reflexes

December 18, 2013
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copyright Pterodactyl Squad 2012!

For some creative genre-influenced sounds make sure to check out UK-based netlabel Pterodactyl Sounds‘ freebie compilation It’s All in the Reflexes! An 8-bit tribute to the soundtracks of John Carpenter, it offers twelve tracks by artists like Comptroller and Videogame Orchestra marrying the minimalism of said soundtracks with the minimalism of primitive 80s sound chips.

Pretty much summing up all that was cool about the 1980s – NES and VHS rentals, baby! – the dozen tracks are brilliantly executed and inspired to say the least. Just one of those fan efforts that surfaces online every now and then. My personal fave was Assault on Precinct 13 that had me salivating and wishing there actually was a game based on the genre classic, but make sure you give them all a spin.

Get if here, check out their Bandcamp here and join them on Facebook here. Check out Comptroller’s (lo-fi) live performance of his cover:

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Mindblowing

December 13, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013.

Here we go: Man, I almost feel lazy for the lack of imagery posted on my Society 6 lately. But there’s a damn good reason involving Call Me Greenhorn and some pretty amazing news, although I’m really not allowed to get into that right now. Sorry to leave you hanging on that one, but believe me, you’re gonna hear about it when it’s official.

So without further ado, here’s the first artwork for December: Mindblowing. I actually started out with the b&w version – yes, I am aware that it’s black, white and red – intent of making a full color print, but noticed that once I started working in colors, highlights and shadows the visual oomph! of it just kinda petered out. So, I went back to the basics and just added a yellow to the color version which gives it a nice kinda warning sign feel.

Available as always via my Society 6 here, and do join me on Facebook here. Cheers!

copyright Sellergren Design 2013.

copyright Sellergren Design 2013.

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Fist Fight!

December 12, 2013

Now that’s a wedding band! The brilliant Saturday Night Live skit Band Reunion at the Wedding sees comedians Fred Armisen and Bill Hader team up with Ashton Kutcher and David Grohl as the fictional hardcore band Crisis of Conformity performing their anthem Fist Fight! at Fred’s daughter’s wedding.

In an interview with Papermag, Fred – who’s an old punker that played drums in Trenchmouth and handled vocals in the KGB – admitted both the skit and the song itself was a tribute to Black Flag and Hüsker Dü. “The idea behind it was to write a love letter to my teenage years, to all the bands that I grew up listening to.” Yeah, I figured the “Cadena-Norton” sign was more than a weird coincidence.

The skit (and song) became a cult hit and Fred later on recorded the track on his own for a 7″ release on Drag City. Check it out below and get your copy here.

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