Review of short film ‘Wink’ at We Are Indie Horror

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Horror short, Wink, from Space Oddity Films, is an adorable three minutes of terror and violence. The film company makes films which “explore technology’s impact on culture and how that relationship will shape our future,” and a horror short featuring a murderous emoji definitely fits that outline perfectly.
Read the full review and watch the short at We Are Indie Horror. Published 10/27/16

Review of Rene Riche & Her Cosmic Band’s ‘Love In Space’ at Modern Vinyl

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Space disco is almost always the name of the game with Private Records’ releases, and Rene Riche and Her Cosmic Band’s Love In Space already leans heavy in the name of both the performer and release — to say nothing of the cover art. So, one oughtn’t be too terribly surprised at what comes out of the speakers.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/27/16

Q&A with Rifftrax’s Kevin Murphy at the Pitch

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Comedian, writer, and performer Kevin Murphy has been involved in nearly every incarnation of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its offshoots. He was with the initial show as a writer from its earliest days, on Minneapolis' KTMA TV station, then became the iconic voice of gumball-machine robot Tom Servo for the show's time on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. Murphy has also been part of the Film Crew, a direct-to-DVD riffing project featuring fellow MST3K'ers Bill Corbett and Mike Nelson, as well as working with Corbett and Nelson on the hugely popular Rifftrax series of downloadable movie mockery.
Read the full Q&A (as well as an interview with Michael J. Nelson by Dan Lybarger) at the Pitch. Published 10/27/16

Review of Beck’s ‘Odelay’ at Modern Vinyl

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Revisiting this record after decades of alt-rock radio play, it’s refreshing to know that everything still stands up. The singles have been ran into the ground, and lord knows I never need to hear “Devil’s Haircut” again, but “Jack-Ass” is like a revelation. That swimming, relaxed mood provides a glimpse into what Beck would do on his follow-up, Mutations, and the switch-up from what is — at its heart — a blues record still feels as fresh as it did 20 years ago. Start to finish, this is a record which stands the test of time. Much like Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, or RZA as Bobby Digital, this is the sort of music to which most musicians have yet to catch up to.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/27/16

Sneak peak of Berwanger’s ‘Exorcism Rock’ figures at Modern Vinyl

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For the forthcoming Berwanger album, Exorcism Rock — the second for the band, and first for label Doghouse Records — frontman Josh Berwanger has more in mind than just 11 tracks of exceedingly catchy rock ‘n’ roll. As if four different vinyl variants weren’t enough, there’s going to be an action figure variant. Wait, what? Yes, indeed. An action figure tied to a new album isn’t new, obviously — Major Lazer and Less Than Jake have both released vinyl toys to tie in with records — but this might be the first to be blister-carded to the front of an LP. It’s such a crazy and cool idea, we reached out to Berwanger, as well as the man making it, Aaron of indie toymaker, Retroband. Not only did we get to hear about the new collaboration, but we have the exclusive first look at the Exorcism Rock toy.
Read both Q&As in full at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/20/16

Review of ‘Tabloid Vivant’ at We Are Indie Horror

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Kyle Broom’s Tabloid Vivant stars Jesse Woodrow and Tamzin Brown as Max and Sara, an artist and art critic, respectively. The pair meet cute at the film’s beginning, only to fall into a relationship wherein the two intertwine to the point of absolute artistic madness. From the outset, the film plays with the conceits of a bygone era sitting side by side with modern technology, in order to demonstrate that the obsession with fame isn’t so new, after all. Using throwback imagery, such as the song “Cheek to Cheek,” rear-projection in the driving sequences, and frequent references to the Black Dahlia in conjunction with more modern touches, like meta discussion of art and scenes of grim violence. It’s as if director Broom has made a serious Charles Busch picture.

Review of My Chemical Romance’s ‘The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts’ at Modern Vinyl

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While not the reunion so many hoped for when first teased via social media, the 10th anniversary edition of My Chemical Romance’s magnum opus, The Black Parade, is still something to celebrate. Given that the original pressing of the LP fetches rather exorbitant prices, and the 2015 repress is on colored vinyl, being able to get one’s hand on a plain black wax copy for less than $50 is glory enough. Throwing in a bonus LP of demos is just icing on the cake for those of us wanting to spin this on wax.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/18/16

Review of ‘Rocktober Blood’ soundtrack at Starburst Magazine

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Heavy metal horror was such a short-lived phenomenon in the early ‘80s, one can barely call it a movement in horror cinema. The actual metal-themed horror flicks - ones with a band bringing evil to a town - can be counted on one hand, but to their loyal legions of fans, they’re heads and shoulders above the standard fare of the day.
Read the full review at Starburst Magazine. Published 10/16/16

Review of the BBC’s ‘The Living Planet’ soundtrack at Starburst Magazine

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Silva Screen’s continuing series of reissues from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop has absolutely delighted and amazed us, and the music from the BBC television series The Living Planet continues that trend. This LP is a bit of a departure from the past compilation releases, focusing entirely on the music of Elizabeth Parker for the 1984 documentary series.
Read the full review at Starburst Magazine. Published 10/16/16

Phil Canty Q&A in the Pitch

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The name Phil Canty might ring a bell, but if you’ve heard of Canty, it’s probably because of the production work he has done under the name P. Morris. In this guise, he has worked with Kelela, Feist, Chilly Gonzales and Fat Tony. Canty lived in Lawrence for quite a while but is now in Los Angeles. This past July, Canty, with singer, songwriter and director Maal A Goomba, released the excellent album Good Morning, I Love You, via the Bear Club Music Group collective. Canty and Goomba started that label together, and it has released the majority of both of their work.

I spoke with Canty by Skype about the minimalist, genre-hopping Good Morning, and about the history of Bear Club.

Read the full Q&A at the Pitch. Published 10/11/16