Archive for May, 2014

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Monster #5!

May 29, 2014
image courtesy Weng's Chop!

image courtesy Weng’s Chop!

Make sure you check out the latest issue of MONSTER! About 70 pages of monster only mania, this, the fifth issue, features reviews of the Filipino Blood Island monster movies, Steve Bissette‘s Godzilla Portfolio, Southern Fried Monsters, and much more! Wrapped in a sleeve courtesy yours truly (I did the back cover Octaman illustration), you can get your copy for $5 at createspace here and Amazon here.

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In a Gaddance With Me

May 26, 2014

Finally a chance to quote The Simpsons! Hey, Marge, remember when we used to make out to this hymn? Via El Diabolik‘s brilliant podcast I was hepped to Bappi Lahiri‘s Bollywood outing Everybody Dance With Me that sounds a lot like Iron Butterfly‘s 17-minute stoner classic In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida. Add some TroggsWild Thing for the chorus and you’re there!

If you already gave the brilliant Dawn of the Synth compilations a spin, (part two is my personal fave), you might wanna check out El Diabolik’s World of Psychotronic Soundtracks as they offer great collections of soundtrack music, exotica/lounge cheese, 1980s synth/new wave and whatnot – always giving you an interesting mix with trivia and facts delivered in a nice, conversational way. I’ve added their page to my links so feel free to check that one out. Got the time to give I Ron Butterfly a spin?

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R.I.P. H.R. Giger!

May 13, 2014
photo credit unknown

photo credit unknown

Well, as the news became official in Swiss media roughly an hour ago, I am saddened to announce that dark genius H.R. Giger passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a fall yesterday. He was 74 years old.

Mostly famous for his brilliant work creating both creature and set designs for Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi/horror classic Alien, most punkers (including myself) probably came across the Swiss artist via The Dead KennedysFrankenchrist album and that insert poster he provided that ended up getting lead singer Jello Biafra in all sorts of legal trouble (check it out here but it’s definitely, positively NSFW).

A genuine artist who’s surreal vision generated both admiration and disgust – but never left anyone unaffected – he was truly one of a kind and will be missed. Make sure to visit his official website here, write some kind words on the Facebook page here, and check out Alien: Behind the Scenes for a fascinating insight into the making of the 1979 blockbuster:

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Charles Bronson

May 10, 2014

Here we go: I was recently asked by Doc Terror to contribute a mix for their Italian Horror Week in June, and instead of culling some choice cuts from my vinyl and CD collection – and this is where the workaholic in me shines through – I immediately suggested creating all-new Call Me Greenhorn tracks instead.

I’ve currently finished up roughly a dozen tracks, with some 3-4 demoed ideas waiting to be worked on, and decided to post a teaser taste on my SoundCloud to start promoting the release (that will be available on Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp etc. later on). We’re talking a total of between 12-17 tracks and roughly 30 to 40 minutes of various horror/exploitation-inspired sounds. Check out Charles Bronson and get ready for June!

EDIT: My bad, the Italian Horror Week is in July, not June.

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Son of Electric Frankenstein

May 3, 2014
image courtesy Sal Canzonieri.

image courtesy Sal Canzonieri.

Well, I haven’t had this confirmed yet, but I did create posters for both Electric Frankenstein and The Kung Fu Killers during the time period, and if nothing else I can plug a pretty damn cool book release.

Son of Electric Frankenstein: More High Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster & Record Art is the second big book of amazing Poster and Record Cover art, showing Electric Frankenstein’s second decade of artwork collected from where the first book, published by Dark Horse Books, left off. 

Delivering more great art and artists from the world of Low Brow, Underground, Kustom Kulture, Monster Art, it features more monstrous works from the who’s-who of poster legends Peter Bagge, John Pound, Johnny Ace, Coop, Art ChantryDirty Donny Gillies, Derek Hess, Alan Forbes, and more…!

Roughly 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches with 164 pages in glorious full color, the book cost $35.36. Get it at http://www.amazon.com/Son-Electric-Frankenstein-Energy-Poster/dp/1482686481

EDIT: I’ve had it confirmed by Sal Canzonieri himself that I indeed have my work featured in this book.

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Do the Robot

May 2, 2014
image courtesy Andy Fielding.

image courtesy Andy Fielding.

Fire up that rocket and head on over to Project Moonbase for their latest episode entitled Robot Disco. For roughly an hour DJ Bongoboy and MC Zirconium gives us android-themed tracks that includes personal fave Cloud Waste and the Calf, a cheesy track from Italian composer Piero Umiliani and Danse Électrique off my latest album Space Kitty 2000 – plus the always hilarious Unnecessary News segment.

Offering up some nice words about not only the song but the album as a whole, they sum it up as “a rather lovely mixture of electronic retro-futuristic numbers”, something that’s much appreciated. Check out the episode here (free download available), get the album here and how about giving The SaintsDo the Robot a spin below:

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