Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Doodlebug by Christopher Nolan

 Doodlebug by Christopher Nolan


One of the first shorts by Christopher Nolan. I really enjoy randomly looking for shorts that directors shot in the begining of their film careers, kinda inspiring. Here is a short that's really short in length but has a rather interesting story line in a surreal psychologicial puzzle. A nightmare within a nightmare within a dream? 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Preview: The Dark Knight Rises - Prologue

Preview: The Dark Knight Rises - Prologue


Viewed the Prologue on a raining evening which set the mood for the less than 10 minute long viewing in anticipation that an actual advance screening would be take place but found a seat in the middle row with my girlfriend. Surprisingly there was less than 100 people in attendance.... I'm not going to spoil anything really but the story takes place 8 years after Harvey Dent dies and a new menace surfaces, Bane. If you followed the DC comics of Bane you know that he's this huge masked mammal that breaks Batman's back over his knee like a twig that puts the cape crusader to his knees in the most pain a comic can portray. The prologue introduces Dr. Palov being escorted with a couple of men with black hoods on with a CIA agent among a few mercenaries into a plane. The men are questioned about Bane and unmasked to find Bane himself which was all planned out. Previews of Catwomen, the Batwing and ending with Batman facing off with Bane. The final chapter in the Batman story. The quality of the film work was amazing and the introduction left me guessing what's going to happen next.  The casting is close to perfect with Thomas Hardy as Bane and Ann Hathaway as Catwomen. I still have my slight doubts about Catwomen's portrayal but it's Christopher Nolan. This is on my number one list of most anticipated films for 2012. Just have a hunch. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Introducing: Dave, owner of Friends of Sound

Introducing: Dave, owner of Friends of Sound


Friends of Sound is a hidden jem on South Congress that's a gold mind for the record collector of all types. I've spent time in and out of the store with new sounds that ring through my ears for days. Of all the record stores I've been to in the good ole USA and England, I will highly reccommend this spot. I'm sure DJ Shadow and Madlib have selected records from this location on numerous occasions among other DJ's. An extremely knowledgeable staff lead by Dave the owner of the location. Also know as DJ Cool Hands. Dave took a moment to share his thoughts on records, tunes and a little bit about the record store industry.  
Feel free to take stroll down to his store or surf the internet highways to his site for more information.

What are some jems that are in your records collection?

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?
I have owned Friends of Sound Records in Austin for approximately 6 years. The store came about because I had a problem. I couldn't stop amassing records and my personal collection surpassed 20,000. My wife said it was either me or them. At the time, I was also unemployed and it seemed like a far more enjoyable career than many others I could have chosen.
What goes into opening and maintaining a record store?
The collector in you has to die. You can't only stock records you like because the general record buyer doesn't necessarily want a store full of Japanese Modern Soul with a funky glockenspiel break. You have to put yourself in the position of a buyer with tastes other than your own. You need to constantly keep up to date on the trends in sales of different genres and keep a balanced stock available for consumers.
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?
Pete Rock. He never gets enough credit and he's always been amazing.

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?
My top 5 right now are 1) Split Decision Band- Everybody's Watchin Out   2) Trace of Smoke- Treasure Mind  3) The Spinners - It's a Shame  4) McKinley Mitchell - Party Across the Hall 5) Clifton Dyson - I'm Giving Up
What is your favorite film monster?
Animal from the Muppets. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Film Review: Werewolves on Wheels

Film Review:Werewolves on Wheels

werewolves on Wheels

A biker/horror film directed by Michel Levesque from the early 70s. A gang of bikers while on their travels of wreaking havoc stumble onto an old church and mysteriously pass out after gluttonously devouring food offering from the church clergy to find themselves being slaughtered nightly by a creature. The bikers face the werewolf and soon head back to the church with vengeance to face their match with a Satanic cult in a very psychedelic manner. The film actually used real bikers for the scenes with no film experience for many of the road scenes. The music score was good and fit the film very well. The story was interesting but more shots of the werewolves would have been good. I found the film to be alright with good intentions.

2.5 out of 4 stars

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Here's a really cool interview from the past with 6 time Academy award winning make up artist who has worked on American Werewolf In London, The Exorcist, King Kong and Star Wars to name a few. It's really nice to see this work compared to computer graphics in film.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Film Review:Beyond the Black Rainbow

Film Review:Beyond the Black Rainbow


Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, his first feature. This Sci-Fi thriller takes place in the 1980s in an underground laboratory named The Arboria Initiative with it's main focus experimenting with mind altering drugs to push the envelope of the human mind. Lead researcher, Barry Nyle is overseeing the treatment of Alena.  The film is shot in a very stylish way that I can see paying homage to old 70s Sci-Fi films and Kubrick with it's intense edge of your seat in question of what is going on in a psychedelic way. The acting in the film was kept at a minimum with more focus on the surroundings. The music of the film is a perfect sound scape to the ambiance with a close feel to Boards of Canada meets Kraftwerk. I found this film to be very innovative in every aspect and look forward to more films from the director. 
Here is a trailor of the film. 

I give this 3 out of 4 stars.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recent problems with the Zombie genre

So I just got done watching a movie on Netflix called The Horde.  I was suckered in by the high ratings the film received from the Netflix community.  Sadly I sat through a film teeming with problems that have become common place within the genre. 
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

Film Review: Season of the Witch

Film Review: Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

This is George A. Romero's third film about something different than zombies but with a common house wife whom becomes involved with witchcraft in her neighborhood. Her husband spends time away from home on buisness trips weekly and leaves his wife, Joan at home bored and lonely. She meets a new neighbor with friends for a tarot card reading. Well the neighbor is a witch and causes an avanlanche of drama in the neighborhood which leaves Joan lonely in the end. I found the movie to be interesting and enjoyed the the film stock of the 70s. That gave it that grainey type feel. I would rent it before having thoughts of purchasing it. It does have an amazing soundtrack though!
An amazing soundtrack of psychedelic surreal rock music that would put Jim Morrison in a trance. Trolling the net for a copy of it on vinyl.

2 out of 4 stars.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Film Review:Troll Hunter

Film Review:Troll Hunter

Troll HUnter

A Norwegian horror film directed and written by André Øvredal. Takes place in the Western forest and hills of Norway. This film will make you believe that the children story of Billy Goat's Gruff was based on real events. The film is shot in a moc-documentary type style which adds to the realism of the whole Troll life. A group of students find interest in documenting random bear poaches in the forest which leads them to find Hans. Attempting to follow and interview him they discover what he really does and the cause to the random findings of bears being mutilated. Trolls.. Not the small the type that are seen in past films but ones that are the size of four story buildings. They follow him in his journeys across Norway investigating why the Trolls are going mad and why the government is covering up the whole thing. It's been going on for a long time. The scene with Hans wearing a metal suit of armor coaxing a troll from under neath a bridge with three goats is reference to Billy Goat's Gruff which adds to the dark comedy of the film. The animation of the many trolls lurking in the forest at night is believable. The film is well written and directed. The cinematography is simply amazing of the lush hills and waterfalls of Norway to the snowy ending with a hum of ambiance. This is film will leave you at the edge of your seat in amazement and can't wait to own it on video. Looking forward to more film in this genre from the Netherlands. They seriously know what they are doing. Sad to say that someone already bought the rights in America for a remake. Can't you come up with your own ideas Hollywood???

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Interview with Ben Snakepit

Ben Snakepit Interview


Took a minute to have a chat with former Manager of I Love Video about the video rental industry. One of my favorite places to rent films and television stuff from. One of my favorite pass times is renting films and just being a film nerd. Been renting movies since 92 and maybe earlier. It deeply saddens me to see the Video Empire slowly crumple into a Cat5 cable to your computer or a Video box rental from the grocery store. Here's his thoughts on things.

How long did you work in the video rental industry and where did you work?

My first Video Rental job was at Tower Video in Richmond VA in 1997. After I moved to Texas I got hired at I Luv Video. I worked in the industry from then until the end of 2010. 

How did you get your start and what was it like to work at the beginning?

When I first started, DVDs had just come out. At the time, they were the most expensive, top-of-the-line media you could get. It was sorta like when CDs replaced tapes... At first you would only get really awesome movies on DVD, and regular stuff on VHS because it was cost-effective. Over time as VHS phased out, DVDs took over. The industry tried to do it again with the HD/Blu-Ray battle of the early 00's, and while Blu-Ray "won", it never really caught on.

What were some signs you noticed in the decline in sales in the video industry?

There were two huge glaring signs that the end was near... First, all of my friends that had previously always bugged me for free movie rentals stopped coming in to the store altogether once Netflix streaming started. Second, I knew it was over when a customer requested a certain rare title and I found it was ONLY available on Netflix streaming. I realized this was quickly going to become the rule, rather than the exception.

What are your thoughts on Net Flicks and the sudden rise of Video rental box units around town?

The Redboxes are stupid. They're intended for John Q. Popcorn to watch summer blockbusters on the DVD players in their SUVs. Nobody that actually enjoys movies uses Redbox. Netflix streaming is the future. All the movies you can watch, unlimited for ten bucks. No late fees, you don't even have to put on pants. Some people may argue that Netflix doesn't have everything, and those people are correct. Unfortunately, nobody has everything. Even Scarecrow Video in Seattle (the world's largest video store) doesn't have everything. I can assure you though, as a movie buff who's seen thousands and thousands of films, there is never a time where I can't find something I want to watch on Netflix. 

How are things changing that you noticed in the past time that you were working to now?

Something I noticed working in video rental was that ten years ago, a lot of people preferred to purchase and own movies rather than rent. I think the biggest reason for this was that a lot of people didn't feel comfortable leaving their credit card info in the hands of underpaid, unappreciated teenage video clerks. Also, many video stores deliberately make their late fee policies as confusing as possible, to trick customers into paying more than they need to. Nowadays, with almost everything readily available on the internet, there's no need to even go into a video store anymore, and I don't ever see things going back to the way they used to be. 

What are some other side projects that you enjoy?

I play in bands, hang out and get drunk, etc.

Who is your favorite film monster?


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mario on Paper

Check out my latest creation in the "On Paper" series!  MARIO!
 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

Evil Dead: Early interview with Bruce Campbell

Evil Dead: Early interview with Bruce Campbell

Evil Dead

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!

Film Review:The Man From Nowhere

Film Review:The Man From Nowhere

The Man From Nowhere

A very recent Korean Action/Thriller of vengeance and suspense directed by Lee Jeong-beom and starring Won Bin. The film starts out with Cha Tae-sik, a reclusive pawnshop owner that befriends a young girl, So-mee. Her mother is a junkie that steals from a drug trafficking gang and that leads to the mother and daughter being kidnapped until they find the heroin. This leads a gang of thugs into Cha tae-sik's pawnshop and they get a little surprise about his fighting ability. A former special forces agent that went into hiding and now holding a one man war against a ring of gangsters. The fighting sequences in the film are amazing and simply made me jump out of my seat. Accompanied by a very stylish cinematography made this simply one film to watch. Looking forward to more films from this director.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Remakes Remakes oh me oh my!

So here we go again everyone. More remakes are on the way of our favorite films from our youths. More often than not these are a big letdown, but occasionally gold has been struck so there is some hope left. Let's do a quick list of some successful remakes just to keep out spirits bright:

3:10 to Yuma
The Thing
True Grit
Dawn of the Dead
Ocean's 11
A Fistful of Dollars... let's face it, the film is a remake of Yojimbo
The Fly
Cape Fear

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

Takashi Miike Hara Kiri remake!

I am usually not one to endorse a remake, but when I heard Takashi Miike was going to make a new version of Hara Kiri I admit I got excited. I loved the original film, it is one of my favorite classic samurai flicks and feels ripe for a re-telling. Miike recently created the super successful and all around amazing film 13 Assassins. I can't wait to see what he has done with Hara Kiri! Below is the first released still for his film and beneath that a scene from the original. After having recently watched the original film again, I can tell you this new still is right on point with what I was hoping for.

Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter:Preview

Straight from Norway and the cinema from has been amazing lately. Can't wait for this to hit the American cinemas. Basically it's about a group of students find out about  bears getting mysteriously murdered in the woods and discover different trolls lurking from the forest. The visual effects look amazing.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

 Here at Destroy all Monsters we celebrate all holidays since it's more of a reason to celebrate. Happy Easter from us.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Path of Blood - Demon at the Crossroads of Destiny

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:
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

Film Preview: The Silent House

Film Preview:The Silent House (La Casa Muda)

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:

Film Review:Sucker Punch

Film Review:Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch

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.

Apollo 18 Preview

Apollo 18 Preview

Blair Witch in space?
This should be very interesting and keep you on your toes throughout the movie I'm guessing and hope that I'm not wrong. While watching the trailer in the theaters I was just in a combination of goosebumps and awww. It's coming out next weekend in theaters.

more information at:
Official Site:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Summer's Gonna Hurt You



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

Introducing: Hot Rails to Hell

Introducing: Hot Rails to Hell

Hot Rails to Hell

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

Film Review: The American

Film Review: The American

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Directed by Anton Corbijn. It's an adaption from the novel A very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth. George Clooney portrays Jack, an assassin and custom arms maker that's on holiday in the forests of Sweden with his love to find out an ambush. During the ambush he kills his lover and a couple of other assassins then flees to Italy to contact his handler to obtain a job to build a sniper riffle with a silencer. While in Italy he befriends a local priest and falls into a steamy romance with a lovely prostitute (Clara). After building the weapon he decides to ask Clara to run away with him and discovers who the weapon was built to assassinate. The film is sleek and very stylish with a film noir type setting that will leave the audience guessing what is going to happen next. Not your typical blast them to the sky type film but a deeper sense of how alone the main character with beautiful camera work and settings. The cinematography and camera work brings out the old Ian Flemming. The story of the film was well paced and the characters are interesting. This is a film that you can judge by it's cover. Simply cool and mysterious.

3 out of 4 stars

Film Review: Devil

Film Review:Devil

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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

Introducing:Butcher Bear

Introducing:Butcher Bear


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.
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 and we're always taking submissions from folks at 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

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

X-MEN: First Class

X-MEN: First Class

Been looking forward to this for a long time. It always puts a smile to my face to see my heros come to life and portrayed well.



miguel angel

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 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 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?

Pan's Labyrinth
The Pale Man


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Introducing:Eagle Claw

Introducing:Eagle Claw

Eagle Claw

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 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 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.

More info can be found about Eagle Claw at:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Vincent by Tim Burton

Vincent by Tim Burton

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.

Film Review: No Distance Left to Run

Film Review:No Distance Left to Run


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.