Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Residuals.........................Take #1

Saturday night,the wonderful month of October is no more and we now enter the descent towards another New England winter. I hope everyone that had the good sense to check out that Roky Erickson album yesterday is still getting a kick out of it.
Due to time restraints I only posted that one album but I originally had grandiose plans to post a ton of great shit and a few oddities to celebrate the times. So the next few days you'll get all the Halloween related sounds you can stomach,'til I run out. Some of the shit I found on the great blog Digital Meltdown, and the rest I had laying around. Take a second to visit D.M.,it's a great blog that I visit regularly,tons of rare stuff and it is just an invaluable resource. These kids bust their ass on it and it shows.
Today,you get a trio of great film scores. You all know these movies, probably the three most famous sequel happy horror films of the last 30 years, A Nightmare on Elm Street,Friday the 13th,and Halloween. There are a ton of them out there, the later ones suck somewhat,but I grew up on the earlier ones and though I now find them far from my idea of horror,I love the fucking things,especially the first 3 or 4 in each series.
I start with the score to A Nightmare on Elm St. by composer Charles Bernstein. Famous for this along with creating the soundtracks to such films as: Cujo,The Covenant,Sybil,Sadat and Freddy Vs. Jason, the first Nightmare on Elm St. is where it's at. The tracks on here are some great pummeling,hypnotic synth songs. For anyone that is a fan of this movie or at least saw it when they were young,these songs are ingrained in your head. Listening to it the other day was a lot of fun,these melodies have stuck with me through the years.

A Nightmare on Elm St. O.S.T.

Second on the itinerary for the day deals with Friday the 13th. This is a compilation that someone painstakingly put together. It has bits and pieces of music and dialogue culled from the first eight movies in the lineage. Through out you get the classic tch,tch,tch,....hah,hah,hah rhythm that scared the shit out of us as kids. 21 songs here,and one hell of a listen!!!!!!

Friday the 13th clips

Lastly I give you one of the most memorable sounds there is. The eerie marching cacophony that is the Halloween theme. Brewed up by one of my absolute favorite's,Director/Composer John Carpenter. Now while Carpenter started doing the scores to his films most likely for monetary reasons,the man was fucking great at it either way. Along side this, he also did the music for all of his films except for a few,Escape From New York, being my the one I love the most. Halloween is great too, don't miss out.

Halloween O.S.T.

I have the Escape From New York soundtrack as well if anyone is interested, I would love to share it with you.

If anyone has any good Halloween stories,let's hear them.
Tomorrow I'll probably post Samhain for you.........Troy

Friday, October 31, 2008

Burn the Fucking Flames!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since, I've got to tend to my little Witch,I'll make this short and sweet. Roky Erickson is kind of a hero of mine.If you know of him,you understand,if you don't,check out this little history lesson..............here.
This guys got more backing bands than Jonee Earthquake. The album I give you today is from his days with the Aliens.It's called The Evil One and I chose this one specifically because it has a good amount of his classics on there.

The Evil One

Though it is a great album, it is missing one of Roky's finest compositions,one that I find myself singing to myself almost daily..............Burn the Flames, from the Return of the Living Dead OST. So with that out of the way, I wish y'all a Happy Halloween.
And if anyone has any good stories of their adventures from last night,Do tell............Troy

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Who are they to tell you "YOU BE FREE"????

These guys kinda speak for themselves,no glamor or pompous shit attached. D.R.I. originally hailed from Houston,Texas made up of Kurt Brecht on vocals and his little brother Eric on drums joined by Spike Cassidy on guitar and Dennis(of Dennis's Problem fame)Johnson on Bass.
Though only Kurt and Spike rock on in the band today, these guys have been around since early'82 and still play today. They have released 7 full length Lp's to date though none later than 1995.
I post this for the kids that like there Punk Rock blazing fast and pissed. A lot of attention gets paid to bands like Municipal Waste and Bones Brigade and dutifully so,just remember these guys are one of the main reasons bands like that are at it today.

Here are the first two D.R.I. albums Dirty Rotten Lp and Dealing With It.
The Dirty Rotten Lp link also contains the Violent Pacification ep scattered throughout it.

Dirty Rotten Lp

Dealing With It Lp

Also check out their Crossover album if you get a second,I just don't care for it myself.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

From Old Rome............

I have to start this off by noting that the Repulsion post is a couple posts down,I fucked up and that is where it will stay.......go get it.......
And now,another movie and quite a fucked up one at that. Some of you may already know the great Dario Argento, Legendary Italian director best known for his film "Suspiria". You might not know of his daughter Asia Argento or that she in addition to acting in Land of the Dead(remember the beauty that dueled the zombie towards the beginning?)among other things of lesser note in American culture. Apparently,due to her father's ambition, she didn't have much of a relationship with him. Either way,I think she inherited a fair share of talent from her old man.
"The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" is her 2nd movie and it came out in 2004. It is based on a novel written under the name J.T. Leroy, a fictional character with an elaborate back story of drug use and other vagrant behavior,created by American writer Laura Albert and enacted publicly her sister in law Savannah Knoop.

Starring the lovely director herself along with Peter Fonda,Marilyn Manson,and the Sprouse twins,the male version of the Olsen sisters who have showed up in every Disney special of the 21st century. Weird......
All this aside, this is certainly no Suspiria but it is a great movie in its' own right. I watched it last,maybe 3 years ago and it is one of those movies I just haven't let go of. If anything it is memorable. Here it is,lifted from Youtube in 10 parts. Ignore the annoying intro to each part that the person who posted this added on, the movie is worth watching even with this crap thrown in........

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

There it is,in it's entirety. If you watch this,leave a comment to let me know what you thought.
Asia Argento has been involved in a ton of movies and other stuff,if you like this,check out her link up top for a decent list of her projects........

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Movie on November 11th..............


This is going down at the Unitarian Church in Rutland in a few weeks, try to come if you can.

Music and a movie tomorrow.........

Repulsion.......Horrified and all their demos

and Asia Argento's "The Heart is Deceitful above all Things"

Don't miss out............stay tuned.

From the Home of Michael Moore.................

From the now notorious city of Flint, Michigan come one of the greats, Repulsion. Starting out as the generically named "Genocide",playing covers of well known thrash metal bands,lineup changes plagued the band and after recording a demo or two,they called it quits in 1984. After briefly moving to Florida for a quick stint in the legendary death metal group Death, bassist/vocalist Scott Carlson and guitarist Matt Olivo migrated back to 'ol Michigan with the intent to reform Genocide. After recruiting local punk Dave"Grave" Hollingshead ,named for getting busted by police for digging up graves in a local cemetery, as their new drummer and picking up Aaron Freeman on the 2nd guitar, they recorded the super tight "Violent Death" demo.
Changing their name to Repulsion in 1986,they recorded what was meant to be their debut LP called "The Stench of Burning Death". This is where the band really started to come into their own with their apocalyptic and gruesome lyrics, ripping guitar riffs,and some of the most tight drumming there was at the time or since. Considered by many as one of the pioneers of grindcore,along with Napalm Death,
these guys just couldn't survive themselves and called it quits shortly after this demo came out.
In 1989,Bill Steer of Carcass fame released a posthumous collection named "Horrified" that consisted of some of the bands earlier recordings. Revived interest in the band led to a reunion followed by some more demos and the "Excruciation" single released by Relapse records. The band broke up again in 1993 and Scott Carlson went on to play in Cathedral for a bit while the rest of them went back to everyday life.
5 years ago Relapse reissued "Horrified" as a 2 Cd set: The LP on Disc 1 and all of their demos on Disc 2. Don't miss out on this,it's all here.......a perfect cross of Discharge and Celtic Frost sped up to a frenzy........this just rocks ,enough said.

Disc 1
Disc 2

Repulsion toured with At the Gates and Municipal Waste this past summer,I'm not sure if they'll do it again but you should keep your eyes and ears open...............

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cool as Shit.....They're Cool as Shit..... YEAH!!

They're not State of Alert,they're not Void,not Faith,Teen Idles,and they are certainly not Minor Threat,but for my 2 cents,Roadmap To Revolution by Bloody Mannequin Orchestra is THE album I would pick if I suddenly had to choose a keeper from the annals of early eighties D.C. punk rock,hypothetically speaking of course. Taped from a tape of another tape off yet another one,this record was the source of much joy and smiles for me and most of my good friends.
B.M.O. ,they just aren't worth describing here, you all just need to get this and see for yourselves. I gave a copy of this to Steve from The Hostiles a couple months back,ask him if it ain't one of the best things he's ever heard. Roadmap to Revolution is here.
Attention paid to this band in the internet is few and far between.Actually,before yesterday morning,all I had to give was that their drummer went on to play in Dag Nasty with Brian Baker from Minor Threat and that they played a gig with Einst├╝rzende Neubauten and got all of their equipment destroyed in the process.
If you folks want to hear a more articulate story about this band,some very cool soul took the time to put a tribute page on myspace. You can get to it here.
That's that.....I left something out from the Gorilla Angreb post that I wanted to share with everyone. These are the links to some great pictures of them playing live and such from Lowcut zine. Part1 is here,if you want the rest they are here.
Jake,here you go old buddy.............this is for you........