Archive for February, 2014

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John Brito Films

February 25, 2014
copyright John Brito Films 2013

copyright John Brito Films 2013

It’s official: I am teaming up with John Brito Films to create the intro theme for his upcoming horror/sci-fi/fantasy web series. Demos were created and sent and now we’ve agreed on a concept and sound that works for what he envisioned.

Posted earlier on the official Facebook page, John made the following statement:

Heading towards the finishing line with episode 1 (“The Cellar”) of our horror/sci-fi/fantasy webseries! Retro-Dark-Wave-Elektro Genius Magnus Sellergren will compose the sound for our Webseries-Intro. Yeah!

The concept for the series looks awesome, John has assembled a great cast and crew and I am very thrilled to be involved in the process.

More info at http://www.johnbrito.net/ and http://johnbritoblog.com/

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R.I.P. Bob Casale

February 18, 2014

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So, this is turning out to be the day when we receive news of musical visionaries dying or what? Just found out via Rolling Stone Magazine that Devo guitarist Bob Casale passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61. Rumors state that he was found by his brother, but so far that’s just something I’ve seen posted on social medias, so take that bit of information with a grain of salt.

Other members were shocked by the news. His brother (and co-member) Gerard Casale offered the following statement:

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Gerald said in a statement. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.

Rest in peace.

UPDATE: Lead vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh just released a short statement on both Mutato.com and Devo’s official Facebook page.

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R.I.P. Marty Thau

February 18, 2014

I’m sad to say that via Pitchfork I just found out that legendary producer – and founder of Red Star RecordsMarty Thau recently passed away at the age of 75. Starting out working in promotion for such labels as Cameo-Parkway Records and bubblegum pioneers Buddha Records in the 1960s, he managed The New York Dolls and started Red Star Records in the 70s – helping launch the careers of Suicide, Blondie, The Real Kids and The Ramones.

martyA true visionary, Marty was as passionate about music as the artists he worked with. When mid-70s New York started to rumble with the new vanguards of rock ‘n’ roll he was there to witness them at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City – and he saw it as the future, roughly 20 years ahead of the majority of the world I might add.

Although always keeping an eye out on the bottom line – he was a business man after all – he was never as motivated by money. “I’ve always believed that money shouldn’t be one’s motivator. If your creative instincts are superior to others then you’ll make all the money you’ll ever want” he stated in an interview with Frieda’s Whip, “Some disagree with that premise. I can only be guided by what I like and not what any marketing strategist tells me what the market wants.”

He will be missed.

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Mr. Rogers vs. The Hulk

February 17, 2014

Legendary nice guy Mister Rogers goes to the TV studio where he meets The Incredible Hulk himself: Bill Bixby. Bixby shows him the set and explains that what takes place is just pretend – make-believe.

He goes on to show a few clips from the show and talk about how he liked to pretend when he was a child. He also mentions that he would get angry from time to time when he was younger:

It’s okay to be angry and it’s alright to let it out as long as we don’t hurt anybody else and as long as we don’t hurt ourselves.

Before leaving, Mister Rogers get to watch a scene from the television series being filmed. Featuring co-star Lou Ferrigno in full character, they set up another visit for the following day to see Mr. Ferrigno without his make-up. Read more here.

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Wattie Buchan heart attack

February 15, 2014

Legendary street punk outfit The Exploited – that pretty much provided the soundtrack for my 1980s – made it official on their Facebook page that their tour has been cancelled after vocalist Wattie Buchan suffered a heart attack on stage during a gig in Lisbon this Thursday.

As shown in the fan footage, the band had to cut their gig short and take the lead singer off stage, after which he was reportedly immediately taken to hospital. The band was one week into the seven-month Tour of Chaos with Hatebreed and Napalm Death. More via STV News.

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Dawn of the Synth Part II

February 13, 2014

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Synth and horror fans are gonna get a kick out of this: UK podcasters El Diabolik’s World of Psychotronic Soundtracks just released the brilliant Dawn of the Synth Part II compilation. Including songs by Jay ChattawayJohn Carpenter & Alan Howarth and a very Goblin-esque track by Stelvio Cipriani, this 55-minute collection offers up a total of 23 songs of great horror tuneage – my personal fave being the French duo Izzanelli & Samy Wathson‘s Rencontre Intersidérale – and considering it’s free download (approx. 130 MB) what are you waiting for? Get it here. How ’bout a teaser taste?

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GVtN hits Spotify

February 6, 2014

"Oh no, who invited *those* guys?"

I can hear the gnashing of teeth; My previous hardcore band Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg finally hits Spotify. After a quickie remaster to make sure the steamroller outfit sounds decent on an iPhone etc. the 7-song EP Blästrad is now online for those wanting their music streamed. Other services like iTunesAmazon MP3 and eMUSIC will be added later on.

For those that still want to buy said release, you can get it via Bandcamp at http://gvidaretillnorrmalmstorg.bandcamp.com. Physical copies will be made available in 2014, but more details about that later on.

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/31AtWJBy3bMmJ6FaqiF58D

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REVIEW: The CRY – Dangerous Game LP

February 4, 2014

Note: This review originally appears on the CRKO Fanzine blog. Read it in full here.

Cry-DangerousGame_LPI was introduced to THE CRY! in early 2012 when I stumbled across the then-digital only release of their “s/t” debut album. Delivering twelve power pop tracks in the EXPLODING HEARTS vein I was completely blown away by their songwriting skills and impeccable delivery. Well, two years have passed and the band have just finished up recording their second album and had the courtesy of sending me a promo, to which I’m much obliged.

Kicking off with the B.T.O.-esque “Discotheque”, the band launches into ten tracks of perfectly written power pop gems with a healthy dose of rock’n’roll, garage and glam thrown in for good measure – and there’s even some shuffle to boot! Influences intact I still hear a band that’s matured and have taken their songwriting skills to a whole new level. Somehow this affair got me thinking of THE CLASH circa “Give ‘Em Enough Rope” – not that they sound anything like it, but I can sense a similar development of their sound as touring, writing and gigging made them gel as a band that in a similar manner let their influences shine through without aping anyone.

The end result is a true party album with ten consecutive hits, a great sounding effort delivered with sweat and passion and every time it ends I find myself wanting to hear more – the tell-tale sign of a truly great record. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this made Best of 2014 lists towards the end of the year. A+. Get it => release-date: March 1, 2014.

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Spotify and iTunes

February 4, 2014

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If you got either Spotify or iTunes I can now gladly announce that every album by Call Me Greenhorn is available at both streaming providers. I recently signed up with a great service that takes care of all the uploading duties – without charging an arm or a leg like others – and after having all of 2012s releases made available in less than a week I can now vouch these guys get the job done!

So, check ’em out, feel free to offer “shout-outs” (or whatever they’re called), add ’em to your playlist and help spread the word. Links are as follows:
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/66Mvxd5K8u07H5I1Z0szgq
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/call-me-greenhorn/id808355788

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Ka-Boom!

February 3, 2014
copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

Well, new week and a new Japanese-inspired design. I wasn’t planning on making Ka-Boom! official as early in the week as today, but I received an email from Society 6 informing me that artist’s promotion was available, so starting today (and lasting up until Sunday the 9th) people buying my stuff receives free shipping and something called “array off” (???) using the link below.

Frankly, even though I write and speak English fluently to the point I am considered to be bilingual I never heard the phrase before, and googling it just gave me a bunch of results focusing on PHP. Whatever it is you’ll get it by clicking http://society6.com/SellergrenDesign?promo=f170d3 so check it out. While on the subject:

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