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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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(I Wanna Wanna Be A) Male Model

September 25, 2012

Well, the Swedish Mail brought me a nice lil’ gift yesterday: The CRKO Fanzine t-shirt! Yes, these cotton pieces of high fashion was printed in a limited edition and sent out to the staff the last couple of weeks and I gotta admit mine fits me like a glove. Or, uh, t-shirt I guess. Took a picture of it and sent it off to Editor-in-Chief Bernd Fischer yesterday as a thank-you note and today I find myself being the poster boy for it on their Facebook:

Today’s handsome dude: Magnus (of The Cymatics) from Sweden! Thanx man! 🙂 Still some shirt-sizes left for all those who don’t have it! Write if you want one…

These look great and if you want one drop ’em a line here. Speaking of the lifestyles and hardships of us male models; Here’s the Undertones‘ classic:

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Photo Op.

July 13, 2012

Well, people always find this funny about me (I sure don’t care because I pretty much never really cared) but when it comes to photography I’m just not that into it. And I don’t mean the art of photography or anything like that. I’m talking about going haywire with a camera on a daily/weekly basis in order to share whatever is happening in my life right now – something we see a lot more of in this digital day and age.

Lots of people do it on their blogs or Facebook etc., and that’s cool, but me I’m just not a shutterbug. Never was and probably never will. People ask me what’s happening/going on in my life and I always answer “I’m busy.” Writing an article, writing a piece, working on new songs, editing a video, working on a sleeve/poster/t-shirt design. When I’m done I start all over again.

A friend recently commented “how come there’s almost only pictures of you drinking?” (on my Facebook that is) followed by an odd suggestion I might “have a drinking problem” which made me laugh out loud. People use alcohol as much as they want, but when I’m off tour I drink at most four times. A year. And the reason there’s only photos of me doing that is other people insist on bringing cameras to document every drop they consume and that’s how I end up in these pics.

Anyway. I’m posting my third photo on this blog and this is taken from a photo session The Cymatics did with Delph Fait des Photos. Delphine’s very talented and there were literally tons of pictures taken over what I think was two days. They turned out great so I thought I’d share one. Needs more tattoos don’t you think?

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Out now!

April 5, 2012

Well, Ox Fanzine #101 is hitting the streets today. I’m pretty excited by it because their circulation is pretty big so it’ll be nice to both get my name as well as The Cymatics out there. Haven’t received my own copies yet, but the issue has interviews/features including Anti-Flag, Napalm Death, the classic HC-label Posh Boy Records and tons more! As usual, the CD is crammed with music and this time you’ll get 27 tracks from bands/labels all over the world!

It is in German language, but if you can read it, you can order you copy by clicking here. I’m off for a couple of days to celebrate Easter.

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New Artwork

March 30, 2012

Well, German music magazine  Ox was looking for graphic designers to work something out for their compilation CD and new issue #101 – hitting the streets on April 5th (my birthday! yay!) – features sleeve by yours truly and the rough-mix version of The Cymatics Hang Out on the CD itself. Pretty cool! You can order it online at http://www.ox-fanzine.de/web/ox-abo.238.html, but keep in mind the magazine is in German.

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Criticism

March 2, 2012

Man, I was pretty stoked to see this plug! Slowly but surely the rough mixes are getting some attention and so far it’s all been good. The Sugar Punch Rough Mixes three-song EP is still available online at http://thecymatics.bandcamp.com/album/sugar-punch-rough-mixes so check it out!

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More Records! More Artwork!

March 1, 2012

Well, they’re just rough mixes, but the session for The Cymatics first album – most likely to be entitled Sugar Punch because it sums up our brand of music – turned out so great we decided to make three songs available on our Bandcamp as a teaser. So check out the Sugar Punch (rough mixes) EP here. Two rockers and one classic tearjerker ballad.

The sleeve itself was pretty fun to do. Candy is such a classic imagery when it comes to 60s bubblegum music and such a given considering the title I pretty much just focused on the fonts and overall layout of the text. I used the same colors as the candy itself, giving it a nice “pop-sensibility”.

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More Airplay

February 2, 2012

Well, the demos I recorded are certainly making their way around the globe! Recently Bangkok, Thailand show Max Volume/Flex Your Head saw it fit to air Let Her Dance and we’re happy to see we’re starting to reach Asia.

Couldn’t really find any download link, but according to the email I recevied it should be somewhere here. Check it out.

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Jingle

January 26, 2012

Well, there’s always time for a first I guess. I was recently asked by the guys at the Megawatts radio show in France to record a jingle. It turned out pretty good after a couple of takes.

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More Airplay

January 20, 2012

Well, the new version of the One Way Ticket demo I recorded for The Cymatics hit the US coast earlier in January. Again, it’s Mike at WUSB in Stony Brook, New York that was kind enough to air it on The Rock and Roll Dance Party. Available as a free download, you can check out the complete show here (the song appears around 1 hr 25 mins into the show).

Taken from the 4-track Riot 2012! EP released on Bandcamp you can download here.

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