Sunday, August 31, 2008

A Clockwork Tangerine

An old family friend (who's name temporarily escapes me) creates wonderful works of mechanical art that makes your average steampunk conversion look like a cheap dinner jacket next to an Italian suit.

Hopefully I'll be able to get some better photos soon, including more recent works, and more information.




Early Swans material...





Jase's Album of the Week...

A Silver Mt. Zion - Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly Upward
Constellation Records 2001


Ok, so not exactly album of the week, but I thought if we were going to name good albums every week then I might as well kick it off with the best album of all time.

And that's that!

Jase.

Nico's Album of the Week

The Dandy Warhols - Come Down
Capitol Records 1997



After having to dig through a wheelie bin full of broken beer bottles to recover this disc after I mistakenly threw it out with a broken CD drive, this album has received a lot of playtime simply due to the effort involved in retaining in my collection. I mean, I've been meaning to get into the Dandys for about as long as I've been into music, but I got distracted by a lot of loud noisy stuff on the way. Making up for lost time here.

Andy's Album of the Week (Last week):

Beach House - Devotion
Carpark Records 2008



Predictable, I know, but I have been listening to these guys so much lately that I really couldn't justify not giving them Album of the Week at least once. Plus, it's not like anyone reads this.
Spaced out summery pop, slide guitars, vintage synth sounds, not to mention the vocals... check out their Myspace, or just get it over with and buy it right now.

ATP Nightmare Before Christmas 2008



*Drool*

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sketchbook: I

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Grindhouse

Just found the fake trailers that were released with Rodriguez and Tarantino's Grindhouse films, I don't think these were shown with the cinema versions over here so I almost didn't see them. Probably avoid Eli Roth's trailer if you've just eaten, or are planning to eat today. NSFW-ish.

Edgar Wright - Don't


Eli Roth - Thanksgiving


Robert Rodriguez - Machete


[UPDATE: Check this out!]

Monday, August 25, 2008

More Beach House!


Pitchfork.tv really delivered today; Juan's Basement had them in to do an awesome live rendition of Gila, along with an interview. Just more proof that Beach House are better than your band.
I tried to embed it, but it seems Pitchfork.tv won't put up with having a mere 400 pixels in which to parade it's wares, so you can watch it all here instead.

Suckapants



Haven't posted anything yet today, mostly because I've been too busy reading this blog. Suckapants posts on the NYC Blog section of the consistently awesome Fecal Face website.
Excellent photography, and an insight into some of the more interesting events and places around, New York and elsewhere...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beach House again

Saw Beach House on Saturday night at The Troubadour, and it was even more amazing than I could have hoped.
I shall round up the photos and post some in the next few days. In the meantime here's a live clip I found on Youtube:



Bachelorette also played on the night, very cool solo electronic pop and well worth checking out.

Show of the year so far, magic.

Healthy High Skin

"Scientists from Hungary, Germany and the U.K. have discovered that our own body not only makes chemical compounds similar to the active ingredient in marijuana (THC), but these play an important part in maintaining healthy skin."
It's Science!

Toasty

Wow a supernova explosion before it reaches the surface of the star, true internal combustion!

Boogie



I came across one of Boogie's photography books in Butter Beats book section some time ago and was instantly intrigued. Gritty, dark, shocking and extremely stylish stuff, not for the faint of heart...

Artcoup

Friday, August 22, 2008

Dave Edwardson WILL eat your face.

Who the fuck is Gene Roddenberry?

Muxtapes

So I just stumbled upon a website that supposedly allows you to create and host your own "Mixtapes" online, up to 12 songs, and all without breaking any copyright laws. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while, but generally avoided due to the copyright mania going around at the moment.
Needless to say, I was pretty excited. I decided to go straight there and get started on some mixtapes to upload, but upon arrival I was greeted with this:



...shit.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Album of the Week


Less than a fortnight since I first heard of these guys, and already I'm rolling through their comprehensive discography and enjoying it profusely. It's hard to say why I'm chosing this album over some of the others... something about the history (see DiG!) and the vibe just sells it with minimal effort.

Wobsite
MySpase

Oh, and another thing.

The Black Ryder



So maybe I'm going a little overboard on the neo-psychadelia thing today...
Finally got around to checking these guys out, and it turns out they live up to the hype in a big way. They'll be playing with playing with The Brian Jonestown Massacre for their whole tour (playing The Arena next Wednesday night), and with The Warlocks in October. Also, they supported Black Rebel Motorcycle Club last time they were in town... I'm pretty much sold.

www.myspace.com/theblackryder

The Warlocks Australian Tour

Speaking of the Warlocks..



And a teaser or two...



Album of the Week:

The Warlocks - Heavy Deavy Skull Lover
Tee Pee Records 2007



Apparently named after a band Lou Reed and John Cale formed before The Velvet Underground, featuring an ex-Brian Jonestown member or two, and sounding like VU meets Brian Jonestown Massacre meets Jesus and Mary Chain meets meets Interpol meets... all the other things in their list of influences. With style.

http://www.myspace.com/thewarlocks

[UPDATE: The Tee Pee Records site is fucking excellent! Check it out...]

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Hunter/Hunted Conundrum



Randomly generated advertising. 'nuff said really.

"Naked below the waist and fly-kicking people..."

Just found John Birmingham's Geek Blog in Brisbane Times, the archives of which should keep me amused for at least another few rainy days.
He recently asked his readers for their opinion on the best fight scene ever...



I was going to post it on his blog, but it's the end of the day and I feel lazy. He'll probably find this next time he Googles his name anyway.

Peace.
Andy M.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Vintage



New keyboards just don't "clack" like they did back in 1992.

Let the games begin!





Thursday, August 7, 2008

Stooges gear stolen.

if anyone has information, ANY INFORMATION!
please, please, PLEASE as soon as possible contact
Eric Fischer at:
nycentral13@gmail.com
cell phone: +1 646 932 1907

IGGY AND THE STOOGES
EQUIPMENT STOLEN ON AUGUST 4, 2008
OUTSIDE THE EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL
208 SAINT ANTOINE OUEST,
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA

all equipment was in a rented penske 15 foot yellow truck
with u.s. (michigan) license plate number AC46493
parked immediately outside the hotel, the theft had
to have happened in the morning, between 6:30 and
7:30 am - truck and all gear stolen

pictures of some of the stolen stuff

Item Country of Origin Serial Number

Red roadcase containing:
Red Gibson 1963 EB-3 bass (this is mike watt's bass!) USA No serial number

Black roadcase containing:r
Reverend Flying V guitar - Volcano black USA #08001

Black roadcase containing:
Reverend Orange guitar USA 03416 ZSL7

Black fibre case containg:
Gibson red SG short scale bass USA No serial number

Black roadcase containing:
Marshall Vintage/Modern Amplifier UK M-2007-07-0926-2 RoHS

Black roadcase containing:
Marshall Vintage/Modern Amplifier UK M-2007-07-0927-2 RoHS

4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #1 Slant: M-2007-05-0149-0

4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #2 Straight: M-2006-49-0380-0

4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #3 Slant: M-2007-05-0150-0

4x Marshall 4x12 Cabinets (with Tuki cover) UK #4 Straight: M-2006-49-0381-0

Orange Calzone road case containing:
Guitar pedal board and pedals USA/Japan No serial number
Assorted leads USA/UK No serial number
2x mic stands Germany No serial number
Assorted strings and spares USA No serial number
plus:
2x Boss TU2 Chromatic Tuner
Boss CH1 Super Chorus
Fulltone OCD Overdrive
Crybaby Wah
Peterson Strobo-Stomp Tuner Pedal
Whirlwind A/B Boxes
Whirlwind Cable Tester
and many many istrument cables
various tools ( screwdrivers, soldering iron, pliers, etc... )
tambourine and maracas

Cardboard box containing:
Assorted replacement drum heads USA No serial number

Gretsch Silver Sparkle Catalina drum kit USA No serial number
26" Kick Drum No serial number
13" Rack Tom No serial number
18" Floor Tom No serial number
4x Cymbal Stands No serial number
1x Snare Stand No serial number
1x Hi Hat Stand No serial number
1x Drum Throne No serial number

Eden D810 Bass cabinet USA D810RP4 0703E5001

Eden D810 Bass cabinet USA D810RP4 0703E5002

Cardboard box containg:
Eden VT300 Bass amplifier USA 0601E5115

Cardboard box containg:
Eden VT300 Bass amplifier USA 0507E5033

Floor Fan CHINA No serial number

Floor Fan CHINA No serial number

Green clamshell suitcase containing:
Yamaha snare drum JAPAN No serial number
Yahama kick pedal JAPAN No serial number
Zildjian Mega Bell cymbal USA No serial number
Zildjian 15" Hi-Hats USA No serial number
3x Zildjian 18" 19" 20" crash medium cymbals USA No serial number

Brown Epiphone guitar case:
Black Epiphone EB3 short scale bass KOREA F300503

1 x Wheeled Black Pelican case (50cm x 28cm x 20cm) containing :
A selection of microphones and microphone accessories, most of which are in separately labeled black pouches. All of the microphones are of Shure manufacture, also a BSS DI box. Inside the Pelican case there is also a Ferrari pencil case containing an iPod, iPod accessories, various small cables and adaptors, a Leatherman Charge, a Stooges AAA tour laminate, some pain killers, some sharpies, some electrical tape, some business cards (Mr Rik Hart). Within the case there is also a big pair of Sony headphones (model MDR7506) with a long curly cable and three very long XLR to XLR mic cables. Here's a more specific list of the microphones :
2 x SM91
5 x SM98
2 x B98
2 x SM81
2 x KSM32
1 x KSM27
2 x B52
3 x SM57
8 x SM58
1 x BSS AR-133 DI Box
(all manufactured by shure)



http://www.hootpage.com/stoogesstolenstuff/stoogesstolenstuff.html

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I miss the old house...


Who the fuck is James Green?
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Mysterious photo


We don't know what this is.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Dangerous biker foiled by hero cop!



Go back to your homes people, nothing to see here.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Park it like you stole it!

In other news, I found where my car was parked for the 6 months after it was stolen.
Seems Google got there first though:


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Google Street view.

These days, sightseeing holidays require only bandwidth and a healthy imagination:


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I think I am going to have to spend the rest of today looking for someone falling over... someone, somewhere fell over. I just know it. Hook me up.

A timely reminder...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008

Forgotten Interviews. Part III: Rev. Kriss Hades

The third, and possibly last of the interviews; presenting The Reverend Kriss Hades. Virtuoso ex-axeman of Australian death metal veterans Sadistik Exekution and all-round strange guy.

Forgotten Interviews. Part III:
Rev. Kriss Hades



There's been a trilogy of albums in the works for some time now, beginning with Damascus Orthodox, then The Astral Orthodox of Ouija and fininishing with Orthodox of Infinitus. What is the concept behind the trilogy, and what is the state of progress on it overall?

The concepts for the trilogy were black magic, communication with the dead, and mathematics. The original idea for a black mass was to cause damage to an enemy through mystic or occult powers. The three ideas were what I was surrounding myself with at that time, quite a while ago it seems now. They are separate pieces as they sound vastly different, however progress logically from a musical viewpoint. They are finished as far as the writing is concerned.


The opening track on 'The Wind of Orion' is noted as being from the 'Damascus Orthodox' album, which I understand was due to be released on Decuis back in 2003. What has happened to this album? Will it ever see the light of day?

Damascus Orthodox is the first in the trilogy series. The cost of the recording was too high for Decius at the time to go ahead with a real production. By normal recording standards not very much, about $20,000 AUD. Around that time Alchemist and Bestial Warlust were rumoured to have spent $30,000 AUD supplied by their record companies. No one I was in contact with was prepared to finance my projects so I have decided to keep them frozen rather than producing an inferior quality recording.


A demo by the name of "Meditation for the Midnight Candle" was released in 1991. How was this demo received, how does it compare to your modern work, and why was nothing further recorded under your name until the Wind of Orion release?

I was received very well internationally and still sustains interest in underground circles. There are multitudes of recordings in pre production form. Endless.


What has been holding you back in terms of releases? Have you had trouble financing them, or getting label support?

This seems to be the situation. When I finance things myself, events Art exhibitions, live shows (Necrokult I + II) and releases such as “PAGANINI, BLOODLUST, STATIC AGE” they go very well, people go to the shows and the cds and shirts sell. I live off my art so it is difficult to generate the type of money needed to build my own recording studio or to make a feature film. I signed a deal with Modern Invasion Music about a year ago for a small amount of money and a computer system which would enable me to produce and engineer my own productions. They have yet to come through with the computer system, which would be cheaper than paying a studio for a recording. I feel very angry frustrated and ripped off. I have a new cd recording waiting to be recorded and a full music video with live and animation just siting around next to all the other projects. Ultimately I will burn everything and take it all to the grave. I will balance out the equation with these others first of course.


What are you trying to convey to the listener and viewer, both in your recorded material and live shows? How effective do you think your methods are, compared with other bands?

I am communicating on a psychic level through the various mediums and styles I gravitate toward. The forms are often misinterpreted and a paradigm shift is usually necessary for most individuals to get anything out of them.


At one point you were working in Nazxul, SadEx and your own solo project. How were you able to separate and identify the material you were writing for each individual band? Did you rely on seperate mindframes to write for each of them?

The separation is necessary. There were gaps in the time frames, they rarely coincided.


Where are your main sources of inspiration whilst making your music? Are you inspired by any artists in particular?

The visions inside my imagination are the driving force behind the compositions, all combined with the strange and twisted emotions they create. I am primarily interested in writers such as HP Lovecraft for this next phase of artwork.


I've been honestly surprised to read that people compare you to Pink Floyd and King Crimson, which I'd guess was mainly due to your abstract experimentation. How do you feel about such comparisons?

Excellent. Syd Barret, Adrian Barlow, Robert Fripp, you could include Richard Wagner from Alice Cooper, Ritchie Blackmore, Toni Iommi. Science fiction was making a fresh impact on the world with artist such as HR Geiger, Rodger Dean, Chris Foss, Tim White and Rodney Mathews as well as writers like Michael Morecock, Asimov. There is a certain unique aspect to this era that appeals to me. Comparisons usually say more about the critic than the artist.


What is your opinion on the current metal scene in Australia? Do you have any favourites among the bands that are thriving at the moment?

Australian metal is usually disregarded in the international media creating a false sense of value. I believe that Australia produces the best metal acts in the world.


What are your sources of inspiration while making your visual art?

I will concentrate with the current artistic issue. HP Lovecraft = writing.



I only recently noticed that you'd done the cover for Hobbs Satan's Crusade. What other bands/albums have you done art for?

Death Sentence – Needle Park (Melbourne hardcore), Cruciform – Atavism, Massive Appendage – The severed Erection, Abortus (unused), Grenade (single), Baltak, Toe to Toe, Massapeal – The Mechanic. In am currently working on the cover for “Possession”, which is supposed to be Modern Invasion Music’s second release. The imagery for this is written in the text of the Modern Invasion Music re-release of ‘WINDS OF ORION”


Considering your obvious talent for visual art, what was the reasoning behind using the silhouette photos of yourself on the covers rather than some of your infamous artwork? Do you think these photos suit the mood of the albums better than your artworks?

Rok used artwork exclusively for Sadistik Exekution. I wanted the audience to move to my way of thinking and used images that would associate the cds with an instrumentalist of the dark surrealist extreme metal. The separation is established immediately.


You have a reputation for very bizarre and extreme live shows, both with Sadistik Exekution and your solo performances. What are some of the strangest things that have happened at a show?

There were many bizarre strange activities at Sadistik Exekution shows. The audience would get so hyped up and a lunatic atmosphere could be felt. A weird event for the RKH performances was on 06 06 06 which was held at Club 77. There were lesbian orgies in the audience and flares being let off. I was electrocuted and blacked everything out for a while. People were going very mental indeed. The manager came down and closed the venue down due to excessive excitement, violence and alcoholic debauchery.


Could you describe, if there is such a thing, a typical Rev. Kriss Hades show?

An insane dark surrealist nightmare vision. Mesmerizing for the psychic magi to dream horrific thoughts while the invisible vampire christ plays faster than god over nephelim’s woe.


You play live to pre-recorded drumtrack with other effects and guitars on it. Have you ever considered attaining other members to aid you instrumentally in a live performance, or do you think you work better alone?

I built new stage for myself, no Sad X, no other band. I imagined a throne that I would build. It was purely and necessarily a selfish ideal. I gradually added other members when it was appropriate (Morte, Laz). I may eventually have a full line up of brilliant musicians, drums, guitarists, keyboards, singers, lights ,camera, action. Alone I can survive to create a dark world of sights and sounds for the audience, however with an army I will obliterate.


Earlier this year, there were some issues with you being listed for gigs you were unconfirmed or unable to play at, including the 'No Sign of Light' festival. Can you explain how the confusion over your ability to play these shows came about?

There were promoters very keen to have RKH play, as they believed that more people would go to the show if I were advertised. They don’t think about the trouble it causes me and the confusion for the audience.


Are you playing many live shows at the moment, or have any planned for the near future?

At the current stage I must reinvent my show as well as rebuilding my Kramer after my last performance in Brisbane at Her Majesty's Basement. I plan to present that to the public as soon as possible. Lately some artists have been claiming that they are the fastest guitarist in Australia. I will be proving at these next series of shows that they are wrong. I am the fastest. I earned that title in 1995 at the Hell Club (Now Hi-Fi Bar Melbourne) at a capacity crowd with Sadistik Exekution before touring Europe.


What was the extent of your involvement with Nazxul? Did you contribute to the creation of the yet to be released Iconoclast?

I was one of the main songwriters and idealists for the band. I worked on and inspired many of the new songs yet to be released.


What was the story behind your departure from Nazxul? Are you still on good terms with the band?

After 13 shows my chapter in Nazxul had ended. I keep in contact with the members when possible. I will have more artwork on display at Adrian Henderson’s store in Newtown on Enmore Road.


Do you intend to continue Sadistik Exekution in the future? Recent interviews with Dave Slave have indicated that the band has broken up, but he has said that in the past.

I wrote the music for “Total Fukking Kunt” which is what I call Sadistik Exekution's next recording. Dave Slave as usual refuses to be part of this. I think we could kill him and just put his rotting corpse on stage, or maybe a naked female bass player with a Dave Slave mask. All very horrifying indeed.


How important would you say "artistic expression" is for you?

‘Art’ may come across as idle amusement for the dominating elite …or it is the ultimate vehicle where one can arise and usurp the enemy.