Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Gloria Ann Taylor, "Deep Inside of You," ep. This record epitomizes where I've ended up with my musical tastes. Most records come and go for me. Due to the business I am in I tend to keep them for a short time and then move them. But, the Gloria Ann Taylor is one that I could just never bring myself to let go of.
How long have you owned a record store and how did it come about?
What goes into opening and maintaining a record store?
What are your thoughts on the record industry and digital distribution?
Since it's inception, the record business has been a constant evolving and shifting entity. The recent focus on digitizing music has positive and negative connotations. On the positive side, people have access to music like never before and it is easier for musicians to get their songs heard. On the negative side, I personally feel, that there is something lost when you digitize a song, Yes, people may be able to hear it, but there is more to music then just the song. There's a visual aesthetic that is important to the overall experience and that is often lost in digital translation.
Any producers that you would love to see scoring a film?
You're a DJ as well? What tunes come in rotation and any upcoming gigs?
In Austin, I participate in a great soul night called the New Day. It is at the Highball on S. Lamar and takes place the third Saturday of every month. I also have a guest spot in February at Title Town in Pittsburgh.
I have been on a late 70's/early 80's soul kick.
Some of your current tunes that are really tickling your ear?
What is your favorite film monster?
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The story involves a group of cops who enter a dilapidated high rise to get revenge on the gangsters who killed one of their own. Unceremoniously (and never explained) a "horde" of zombies show up and start wreaking havok on the two groups. They have to put their differences aside to survive, which sounds like an interesting premise, but that side story falls apart rather quickly. They all decide, without a single debate, that they should find a way out of the building.
I don't understand this logic at all. They know there are 1000's of the undead just waiting for them outside. Why not try to hole up somewhere, build a strong defense, and wait out the storm... zombies or not flesh decays so inevitably they would pose less of a threat if their joints couldn't function anymore right?
So it was difficult for me to root for their cause when the basic plan was so flawed. Add in the fact that none of the characters are likable in the least and you have a recipe for tedium. Anyways, I've been pondering what is wrong with the zombie genre after watching the film and came up with a few points.
1. I may be alone in this, but I really don't like fast zombies. It has been done decently before (Dawn of the Dead remake), but for the most part I just don't like the idea of them. A dead person should be all stiff from rigor mortis, so it would make sense if they struggled to move and lumbered around. I find it far more realistic (granted the idea of zombies in general is pretty crazy, but still). These fast zombies always seem to have the strength of 10 men too.
2. I'm a bit tired of the whole social statement message. The "we are the real monsters" thing. I would much prefer a simple "oh crap they want to eat us, let's kill them before they kill us" scenario. I know most people would freak out in a panic, but some of these movies just push this message to the extreme, The Horde being a prime example.
3. Zombie films have also become far more action oriented. Now I love my gore and admittedly a lot of the reason for watching a film like this is to see some messed up stuff. The problem with the action lately is the overfast editing. I read an article a week or so ago about this new phenomena which has been called Chaos Editing. Basically the scenes just come across as random madness, meant to overwhelm your senses and excite you. As a contrast, think of one of your favorite action films from bygone eras. Die Hard, for example, set up their confrontations in a well thought out and easy to understand way. The final scene, where McClane has a gun taped to his back is a nice one to point to. We are given the information, the crooks have the girl, he's seemingly unarmed, finds his opportunity, and takes it.
In contrast, take a look at most action films today. There's sooo much going on onscreen and so many edits, it is difficult to even get a sense for what side of the room everyone is standing on. I believe this trend will eventually end, but in the meantime we will be forced to endure more of it. I worry about future films I am looking forward to falling into this trap. Jurassic Park 4 has been announced... I remember how well thought out the original was. We knew where the raptors were, but it was still very tense and exciting. They didn't need 5000 edits in the span of a few minutes to convey the terror and adrenaline we all were supposed to feel.
4. Ammo conservation! If you are fighting a legion of the undead and you have established that shots to the head will put them down for good DON'T keep pumping shotgun blasts into their chest! Save your ammo. GEEZ!
5. I'm just getting tired of zombies in general I think. There have been just way too many. Obviously some are going to be really good, but there sure is a lot of muck to walk through to get to the good stuff. I didn't watch Zombieland for the longest time cause I was sick of em. Luckily I did cause it was a good one.
Anyone have something to add to this topic? Tired of Chaos Editing too? I swear, once you know about it you will see it everywhere (The Dark Knight, James Bond, Superhero flicks... etc).
Saturday, July 16, 2011
2 out of 4 stars.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Also, a VERY special announcement follows the short concerning my recent project: raising the funds for my very first feature length animated film!!! Take a watch and help spread the word.
To view my kickstarter page click here: Kickstarter
To view my original Path of Blood short click here: Path of Blood
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Old and rare interviews about the early process of Evil Dead. This interview took place in 1983 and the audio is not the best quality but it is interesting. Bruce Campbell is wearing a yellow sweater... Enjoy!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
3:10 to Yuma
Dawn of the Dead
A Fistful of Dollars... let's face it, the film is a remake of Yojimbo
Feels good doesn't it? Which brings me to the news that kind of shocked me yesterday when I heard that Fright Night is getting a reboot. Fright Night!? How odd, don't you think? I loved the original, but damn, it seems like a strange choice. The trailer has been released and, to its credit, looks like an entirely different film rather than a rehash. This one could be good, but I doubt it will have the charm or the humor of the original. Who knows... I have my fingers crossed. I at least feel better about it than what I've seen of the new Conan. No one tops Arnold as Conan.
Another point that bothers me about these remakes is how they simply take the exact same name as the original.... now when we talk about these films we have to say things like "Man, have you ever seen Fright Night 1985?". Ridiculous and confusing. Anyways, here is the trailer to Fright Night. Take a look and let me know what you think.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
When a lone samurai sets his course towards the path of blood, unknown dangers and terror awaits. Will his great swordsmanship be enough to survive the treacherous demon lord and his minions? Path of Blood is a highly stylized paper animated short film that promises more paper cuts than you can handle.
The fantastic musical score was created by my good friends Many Birthdays! You can find more of their music here: www.manybirthdays.net
FUTURE PLANS: I am very interested in pursuing a full length animated version of Path of Blood with fully fleshed out characters, far more detailed animation and design, and a fantastic world built around the narrative. I have an excellent story currently being fleshed out. It is only a matter of procuring the funds necessary to begin such a large endeavor. Who wants to fund a film!? :D
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This South American haunted house film is shot all in one take. I'm really impressed and looking forward to catching this. Hitting theaters May 6. Just look at the trailer and judge for yourself.
More information can be found at:
Sucker Punch is watching a cut scene from a video game come to life. The film is directed by Zach Synder, starring Emily Brown and featuring Scott Glenn among other actors I'm not familiar with. John Hamm from Madmen makes a cameo. The story takes places in the mid 1960s with a young girl, nicknamed Baby Doll, being committed to an insane asylum with a very vivid imagination to find her self trapped for the next five days until she undergoes a lobotomy. This is requested by her Stepfather to cover up her sisters real death and to keep the inherent her mother's fortune away from Baby Doll. She takes note of certain items to possibly plot her escape and befriends fellow patients in her plan. I found the film to be visually entertaining but layered with much CGI graphics through out the film and with a soundtrack comparable to a Resident Evil sequel type film. The action sequences in the film were extremely entertaining and was fond of the ancient Japan and nazi zombie battles scenes to achieve her goal of escape. The acting was believable and gave you sense of hope for their conquest. Scott Glenn was a missing character from the Dirty Dozen, one cool dude. Overall I found the movie visually enjoyable yet still lacking something. Girls, guns, violence and action isn't always the resolution. Enjoyable. I think I should of watched it on the IMAX instead.
2 out of 4 stars.
more information at:
Official Site: http://apollo18movie.net/
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Found this video randomly looking for Summerish type songs. Indonesia looks surreal and dream like while matching up with the song perfectly. Don't know who the director is but I really think he or she should make more.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A very talented band composed of 2 electricians, a carpenter and a bartender from different bands to form like voltron to create this super sonic sound called Hot Rails to Hell. I met the band at different moments through Kevin (Guitars) of the band. He also turned me onto metal from the Netherlands and other interesting tunes. Had a quick second to chat with Kevin about the band and what not. Rock on
You have an interesting line up, how did you guys form?
Jasmine, Jay, and I all met in 07' and played in a hardcore punk band, Ben Pickett was always around, went on a texas tour with us. Jay and I played in several punk bands before we decided to start a rock n roll project. fall of 09' we asked Ben and Jasmine if they were interested and they were, so we got together and jammed on a few songs, sounded good. Played are first show at the broken neck that next march, and kept going.
What other side projects does the band have?
I play guitar in Night Siege, Jay plays drums in the Blood Royale, Jasmine plays bass in The Altars, and Ben Pickett plays Banjo with Dirty Charlie.
How would you describe your sound?
Toni Iommi had a love child with Angus young
Some of the band influences?
hmmm.....lets go with Black Sabbath, Kiss, motorhead, and early metallica
Any bands that you are currently listening too?
Been listening to lots Darkthrone, the "Kill em all" record, Sabbath, Kiss, band from sweden call Graveyard
Analog or digital?
Mostly analog, lil bit of digital is good.
Upcoming news and gigs that you are looking forward too?
Been working on our full length record with David Dickinson at Lonewolf Productions, should be ready by SXSW
What's your favorite film monster?
The monster from "The Thing"
Thursday, February 17, 2011
3 out of 4 stars
Directed by Drew Dowdle and story by M. Night Shyamalan. Five people end up stuck in an elevator with the Devil to find that they can't escape their fates. I guess you can call this a supernatural thriller but there was nothing thrilling or supernatural about it really. The cast for the boxcar film was ideal for a Hitchcock type horror. The director of photography did a superb job though. It was a little predictable to find whom the devil was at the end. Over all I found the movie to be alright with some points of interest such as 5 people which stand for the points of a drawn out pentagram star. Not the best nor the worst from M. Night Shyamalan associated films.
1.5 out 4 stars
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saw Butcher Bear with Charlie at Beauty Bar from a recommendation from a friend of a friend. I was curious and thought it was a slash metal group at first from the name then saw a blue bear wearing a snare drum come out from the depths with Charlie singing tunes that were not metal. Enjoyed the show and later ran into him and her at Red Scoot Inn, I think we all had a few adult beverages that evening cause my memory is still kinda foggy about that evening. I was able to have a small interview with the busy bear over the weekend and this what he had to say...
How are you doing today?
Doing good Doing good. Just trying to stay busy .
How would you describe your sound?
pretty junk shop. i use all kinds of different sounds to make songs. Pop music from the gutter. Live instruments, computer box, samplers, drum machines, kids' toys.
How and when did you get into djing and producing tunes?
I've been playing records for ten years. my buddy Craig who performs under the name $hit & $hine, sold me my first turntables when he left for England. I've been writing songs for more like 18 years. in all kinds of different ways. moving to producing and arranging with computer set ups and little drum machines happened maybe 7 years ago. pretty much the same as what I've always done with a few minor adjustments in the process.
Who are some of your influences?
My friends are my biggest influence for sure (soundfounder, Boom Baptist, HOBO D, Reaganometry, Atarimatt, Horse Rappaport, SSS, Answering Machine Records). i always like to see what they are up to. i get a lot of inspiration out of seeing what they come up with. we're all pretty different, but use alot of the same gear, so that helps with ideas. John Coltrane, Tim Kerr, Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday).
What are some current sounds that really tickle your ear the most?
I've been listening to tons of Ras G. He really has the craziest music out right now. almost unclassifiable. he makes tracks that seems totally complex, but off the cuff at the same time. it sounds like there's a war going on in the speakers. and the BASS. no one flexes it like him. Also, new Her Space Holiday record. it's not out yet, but i can tell you, the songs on there are so good. real special record for sure.
What are some of your memorable past gigs you had?
Biggest thing that happened last year was creating Exploded Drawing with my homie from Focus Group, soundfounder a.k.a. Andre Brown. A semi-Monthly event we created, where we play records for an hour and then we have 6 twenty minute sets of original live music from Texas and abroad, played by the people that make it on their equipment, ranging from drum machines and pedals to computer-controller set up, to just a loop pedal and a tambourine. We just rented a spot, a sick P.A., and let the homies show us what they've been up to in the Lab. Just so cool to see the community coming together and seeing people perform music they maybe thought they never would.
Also, getting to open up for Nosaj Thing last year was definitely a high point. Huge sound system, got to play some of my fave joints and also a bunch of my own production.
The label (IN)SECT Records, how did that come about and who is on the roster?
It's something I'd wanted to do for a very long time. Just needed the right situation and music to make it a reality.
Currently I've put out records for:
This Moment In Black History (from Cleavland)
Butcher Bear & Charlie
A couple mixtapes with RECSPEC. They do all of our design and web stuff. www.recspec.org
Explosion Horse (Clarke from Cowabunga Babes)
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins (amazing Fonk from this couple)
california party girls (break your heart music)
Fresh Millions (Big sounds from this tiny band)
Society of Friends (power violence from texas)
Any future releases to expect from (IN)SECT Records?
My schedule for 2011 is as follows:
Starship 27 Vol. 2 (compilation feat. Ras G, Dam-Funk, Computer Jay, I-Ced, J-1, Eric Lau, House Shoes and more) (2X12" vinyl/Digital) coming out March 29, 2011
Reaganometry & Butcher Bear - R&B split EP - (Digital Only) out March 15th (contributing six songs each, this e.p. represents a huge step away from the more pop stuff i've done, and for Reaganometry a huge step toward greatness. He is close to say Amon Tobin, Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada)
Atarimatt - Happy Mayonnaise (12" vinyl/Digital) out beginning of April - Matt plays an Atari 2600 that he modded out. I have no idea how, but he stores his songs on game cartridges. His debut vinyl release is one of the most evil things we've heard over hear. and it's possible that your young children will like it just as much as you will.
DAK - flexi-disc out in April 2011 - DAK has put out a cassette on a label called Leaving Records. He's a beat maker from L.A. really original music. Never heard anything like it before. and we're putting it on wax. flexible wax.
What are some upcoming events to look out for?
We're doing Exploded Drawing every other month almost. You can get details at facebook.com/explodeddrawing and we're always taking submissions from folks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to come and play it.
We are having the TWO-YEAR anniversary for a monthly DJ night we do over at the Rio Rita. It's called Kon Karne's Butcher Shop with The Bear. Me and Kon Karne spin records every month under a different theme. For our Anniversary which is on Friday February 25, 2011. It's always free, so come have a drink with us to celebrate. The theme this month is "Cotton Panties" podcast is up at www.konkarneandthebear.podomatic.com
Starship 27 Vol. 2 record release shows in L.A. and San Fran beginning of April and later that month we'll be curating a night of performance and music at the Fuse Box Festival here in Austin.
What’s your favorite film monster?
probably David Bowie
Friday, February 11, 2011
Ran into Miguel long ago and ran into many different events, noticing that we have many similar tastes in music and film over the years. He's always busy doing something for sure but always make time to catch the crazy aspects of the Austin night life. Eventually he started documented it to these rather cool videos and photos that are stunning. Here's a little interview I had with him the other night about some of things he does and places to possibly catch him at.
So what did you do this past weekend?
Friday: DJ set at the First Friday Frolic at Club De Ville. Then took photos over at the 4th Fashion Freakout at Mohawk. Then Stopped by a bit for my friend's Toddy B's Birthday at Enzo.
Saturday: New Noise at Barbarella
Sunday: Super Bowl at Frank hot dogs
What are some of things that you do?
I take photos, I DJ, I make videos, I promote, I host, and I have it all documented to prove it.
Your photos really capture the moment for the nighttime. How were you influenced to go out and start taking pictures?
I have always been the guy with the camera. I have pictures from my whole life. So it is natural for me to carry a camera with me everywhere. I started by simply photos of only my friends and I, but it quickly started to spread as others just jumped into the photo. People began asking where they could view the photos, so I started to post them online. Then it became what I was known for.
What are some of your craziest moments you’ve had in your nighttime ventures?
Fights and Women. I have captured some pretty crazy fights that can be viewed here http://austinfights.blogspot.com/ and as for the women, well......I'm just too much of a gentlemen to go into details.
When out and about DJing, what are some of your favorite spots to play and what places do you currently play at?
I like the more underground, indie bars to DJ at. I play a fun 80's, 90's, New Wave, Hip Hop set filled with Doo Wop oldies and show tunes. Favorite place right now would have to be Dirty Bills, it's just a friendly small bar with everybody singing along to my every selection. Favorite of all time was Music Gym. "A real shit-hole" some would say, but to me it was like that ugly child only you found beautiful. Filled with beer cans flying, excessive drug use, unnecessary fights, half naked tattooed women......you get point. Everything was "A Go". As of now I have two monthly events: 2nd wednesdays at Dirty Bills called DIRTY and Last wednesdays of every month at Lanai, titled A Night For Lovers.
Any future plans coming up?
Just getting ready for SXSW and another special project Im helping with. Cant really give away to many details other than the name, "Kingdom"
Wanna work on a film?
I focus more on smaller projects, but I'm always up for it.
Who is your favorite film monster?
The Pale Man
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
First heard about Eagle Claw via Bart, the drummer of the group a few years ago and he told me about it. I thought it was really interesting and was all about watching a band just get up there and shred kinda like listening to the instrumental B-side of a record. Saw them play for the first time at this spot called Hole in the Wall and had a blast watching everyone going Donkey Kong. Overall I thought it was really innovative and all about attending their future shows. The music is well produced and just awesome. Here's a little interview I did with the group recently.
What is the Story behind Eagle Claw on how you formed in the Fall of 2007?
It was never really supposed to be anything. Bart (Drums) had been jamming with Luther (Bass) off and on just for fun, but it was really infrequent. I don't recall exactly how it happened, but they found out somehow that I could play guitar and asked if I wanted to jam.I said yes, but the only amp I had at the time was a little 8: VOX. Hardly enough to contend with a drum kit and a bass rig. Like I said, it was all just for fun. Eventually though, songs began to form and we all really liked where it was heading. As an instrumental band, we could also see that there was a ton of room sonically to add another guitarist. The process of trying out guitarists took a lot longer than you might think. There's a lot of talented musicians in Austin, but for all of their particular reasons, we knew we had the right guy when Mike joined the band! We never looked back since.
For a metal band you have a very unique sound and wondering why you made the choice of going instrumental versus having vocals?
It really wasn't a conscious decision. We never had playing shows in mind but out sound just kinda grew organically into what it is now. We like what we are doing and so do the people who come out to see us. I can't say that we are against the option of lyrics but for us, now is not the time.
You have a release titled Poacher with some interesting artwork, how was it working on the release and who did the design?
We all had a lot of fun with the release of Poacher! I guess there was a lot to be learned though. We were so unorganized. Instead of trying to get everything done at or around the same time, we did each part individually, which stretched the amount of time from start to finish tremendously. Lesson learned. Bryan Richie recorded and mixed the album, Conrad Keely did the front cover artwork and puregrease.com did the rest of the album artwork.
What are some of your most enjoyable gigs?
Free week shows in ATX are always bad ass! Other than that we have had a lot of opportunities lately to play with a lot of bands that we respect and listen to! The Sword has also been taking us out quite a bit which is always fuckin rad! We had a killer time at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 too! We really just like to play live and we always enjoy it.
Any future plans such as a tour?
Of course! I don't know how soon anyone will be reading this but we have a show in OKC on the 11th and Dallas on the 12th, both of which we will be opening for The Sword. After that we will be playing a couple one0off dates from till SXSW ( which we are playing and can announce those shows soon) After SXSW we will be going on a 3 week tour heading Northeast to NYC and back down again. Check eagleclawhurts.com for more listings.
What is your favorite film monster?
Mike is the movie guy, so I had to ask him. Seriously he is that guy you know that remembers every movie and the actors name who played in it. I don't even know who this is but I looked up pictures of this monster and he looks pretty rad. Mike's favorite film monster is C.H.U.D.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Tim Burton made this short stop motion film while he was working for Disney in the animation department during the early 80s. Vincent Price narrates the film whom is one my many life long heroes. If you look closely you might catch a glimpse of Jack Skellington from the Nightmare before Christmas years before production was considered for the Nightmare before Christmas. Tim Burton, Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price.
A music documentary by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace that captures the 2009 reunion and tour from the British Quintet. A comprehensive documentary that captures a celebration of music and friendship. The directors did they're homework on this one for sure starting the film out with the beginning to the close end of Blur to the several side projects that they have taken. It's filled with commentary from the band and live behind the scene footage unearthed to the screen. I found the film to be refreshing and very enjoyable with it's colorful images. It's a time line of one of the quintessential bands of the 90s. Starting off with Damon and Graham meeting each other in grade school then reconnecting at Goldsmith University to form Blur with Alex James and Dave Roundtree. If you were curious about the 90s British music movement then this would be a must have for the library also for any Blur fan out there. This is going in my film collection.
4 out of 4 stars.