Posts Tagged ‘Scott Crawford’

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Salad Days (update)

August 11, 2015

Well, the digital screeners of Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90) has been sent out to all Kickstarter backers and I had a chance to watch it tonight. What can I say? It was well worth the wait even though I’d preferred if those that helped fund it could’ve had a chance to see it before it started making the rounds on festivals etc. But, again, having seen the final results I gotta say it’s cool.

Starting in the late 1970’s with early bands like The Bad Brains (it’s nice to see scenesters like Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye stress how important they were to inspire other musicians to start their own bands), the documentary kind of follows the Dischord Records‘ outfits (with some exceptions) and offers in-depth interviews with pretty much everyone on the DC scene.

It’s all here. The early bands, the violence that was pretty much an every day occurrence for punkers back then, the birth of sXe (straight edge), the so-called “revolution summer” and birth of emo – everything up to the early 90s with Nirvana taking a leap out of the post-hardcore scene and onto major mainstream success. This sounds great, looks great and (thankfully) steers clear from that self-congratulatory masturbation you sometimes see in documentaries.

I gotta admit, after watching it, I felt pretty damn proud to have taken a small part in this documentary happening. Check out the trailer on Vimeo, you can buy it for $12,99 or wait for the DVD to be released in September. Official Facebook here.

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Post #400: Summing up 2012

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wow! Yeah, with food being ready to cook and guests arriving at any minute, I’m gonna be brief. This year has been pretty amazing and looking back I am honestly astonished and proud of my efforts these past 12 months. Jeez, no wonder I’ve been tired, ha ha ha.

January started off with two teaser videos for The Norliss Tapes and a jingle (my first!) for French radio show Megawatts (check it out on YouTube). February saw The Cymatics Euro tour and the release of the 3-track EP Sugar Punch (later on discontinued, but I’m not gonna get into that). March saw the debut of The Norliss Tapes with A Little Bit Tipsy, featuring a kick-ass organ courtesy Staffan Segel, and the video soon followed. I also made the sleeve for German fanzine Ox Magazine‘s CD compilation Ox Fanzine Compilation #101.

The second quarter saw the release of Norliss’ second video A Trip To the Moon and The Cymatics Hang Out appeared on the Ox compilation CD mentioned above. After a week’s vacation in April, Bad Robot EP was released with the A Trip To the Moon EP being released prior to that. After May I’m actually surprised to see that June produced nothing (!!!), but to be honest I have no idea why.

July kicked off with The Norliss Tapes getting in touch with the producers of The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West leading to a fruitful relationship that goes on to this day. And personally this opened up the world of creating soundtracks for me – something that I am really interested in pursuing in the future. I finished the sleeve for the Herz und Liebe EP – thanks to the gorgeous Eva Halloween – and The Norliss Tapes wrote the first track specifically for the S7 series – Space Pussyfoot. July also marked the debut of Bad Robot as it was the first track to be featured in the S7 show, namely Operation: Live to Die Another Day. August saw the release of the experimental QUAD – The Norliss Tapes Spatial Stereo Mixes 3-track EP, plus Bad Robot once again being featured in the S7  double episode Op: Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill. After yet another week’s vacation in September I joined The Bigfoot Diaries‘ editor-in-chief Troy Church on air as we discussed corporate music and radio on The Fallon Forum, The Norliss Tapes released the Herz und Liebe EP, and both Bad Robot as well as Space Pussyfoot appeared in the end credits of the S7 series. I also chipped in some $$$ on Kickstarter to help finance  Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s upcoming documentary Salad Days: The Birth of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital to be released in 2013.

The final quarter saw an amazing amount of productivity that actually surprised the heck outta me when I finally had it written down on paper. The Norliss Tapes released the It’s Halloween EP (complete with a video) in October, I finished two videos for the Bad Robot EP, found the time to do the Haunted House of Horror’s Horrific Halloween Twist-a-Rama! podcast (available on MixCloud), wrote a second song exclusively for the S7 series (Superseven in Space Theme), plus saw more songs being featured in the S7 series. Troy Church got in touch and commissioned Halloween-themed artwork for The Bigfoot Diaries and once the Halloween EP was released I sat down to remix and remaster my old hardcore outfit Gå Vidare till Norrmalmstorg‘s sessions and the Blästrad EP was released – complete with two videos. After an interview with punkoutlaw.com regarding GVtN’s EP in November and the video for The Norliss Tapes Groovy I immediately began work on my first solo effort entitled Call Me Greenhorn. The debut S/T EP was released (with two videos of course!) and work on the debut full length began with Australian musician Jamie Coghill aka The Jimmy C providing the drums. The Norliss Tapes had more songs featured in the S7 series but November also saw Call Me Greenhorn’s Here Comes Gorbot debuting in the show. I finished the Armageddon Dub but made it available on my SoundCloud as I deemed it too dark to be included on the full length. December saw me beginning work remixing three tracks for an upcoming EP – finished during my two weeks of holiday vacation – and GVtN was approached by a German label expressing their interest in including some tracks on an upcoming compilation slated for release in 2013 – to which we said yes.

Damn. That’s quite a list huh? I’m satisfied albeit a bit tired. Anyway, Happy New Year everybody!

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Salad Days (update)

October 10, 2012

Well, great news for all of us that chipped in some money to finance Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s documentary Salad Days: The Birth of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital as the Kickstarter campaign ended today raising an impressive $54,920 – almost twenty thousand dollars more than needed! In an email sent out to the backers (all 980 of us) the filmmakers state:

We are overwhelmed by your support and enthusiasm for “Salad Days.” Thanks to you, we’ve surpassed even our stretch goal!

We’ll be finishing up our scheduled interviews in the coming months and starting on the final edit of the film. We’ll be keeping you informed of our progress with monthly updates and production photos. I can’t tell you how excited we are to complete “Salad Days” and share it with the world.

THANK YOU!

The project is due to be released June 2013 and I’m really looking forward to it! This is gonna be great.

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Salad Days (update II)

September 18, 2012

Great news: The funding for Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s documentary Salad Days: The Birth of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital – due to be completed and released in June 2013 – reached it’s goal of $32,000 on Kickstarter today! So, it looks like this will see the light of day. Checking the page it appears that funders keep pledging and as of now it has reached a whopping 33,000! Yay!

An announcement is forthcoming, so keep an eye peeled on their Facebook here and their Kickstarter here.

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Salad Days

September 10, 2012

Well, here’s a nice project due to be released in 2013: Scott Crawford and Jim Saah‘s Salad Days: The Birth of Punk Rock in the Nation’s Capital – a documentary focusing on the Washington, DC hardcore scene of the early 80s. Featuring interviews with tons of scenesters like Henry Rollins (S.O.A./Black Flag), HR (Bad Brains) and Dave Grohl (Scream) the pair is now looking for production funds via Kickstarter:

As we finish up the pre-production phase, we need your help. Your donations will offset the upcoming costs of editing, animation, graphics, mastering, color correction, sound editing, travel and more.

Pledges range from $10 (receive an autographed postcard) up to $3,500 (the filmmakers promise to build a shrine to you in their living room, plus other perks like a free DVD, t-shirt, poster etc.), so check it out here and write some encouraging words on their Facebook here.

UPDATE: Yeah, well, I just had to join in on this. The trailers look great, and there’s an amazing line-up of people being interviewed so I’ve got a good feeling about it!

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