Okay, before I begin the review, let me say this about the fourth issue of “At The Shore”. It is not a bad comic. It’s good. It’s just…not as good as the others. It’s actually better than most comics I’ve read. Okay? So, you can go ahead and put down the pitchforks. Keep the torches though, I’m in the mood for some s’mores.
Picking up where the last issue left off, Gabi and her merry band arrive at the house of Professor Trebe– I mean Thortson. And by house, I mean a creepy lair. And by creepy lair, I mean it strongly reminds me of the mansion from Clue, just without the butler.
Though to be fair, Tim Curry is the only way this series could get any better. Video courtesy of Tess H.
Dean seems to share the sentiment, as when Gabi raises the idea of Dean going to knock on the door, he immediately refuses and tells Gabi to “wake him up yer own self”! Gabi does, and is greeted by the completely well-adjusted Professor Thorston, who presents Gabi with a pistol aimed at her face.
Once the Professor realizes who Gabi is, however, he immediately sets the weapon down and after being informed of the threat, invites the group inside.
Professor Thorston then immediately gets Jorge a replacement shirt and heals the young man’s grievous chest [...]
The Missouri based brothers who form the punk rock power trio Radkey have just released the video (which can be watched below) for the single “Love Spills” in order to do some promotion of their upcoming debut album “Dark Black Makeup” that will be released on August 21st through their self-formed label Littleman Records.
The video directed by Alec Nicholas is based on a YouTube video where two skaters managed to save a baby that was locked in a car. However, in order to match the dark theme of the song (which is about an evil villain character and his dream of terrorizing the city that he lives in) Nicholas decided to give this heartwarming story a bit of a darker twist. The imagery of skaters and other people wrecking the car and wreaking havoc rather than helping the infant trapped inside like you would think most people would do is quite disturbing, but it does leave an impact and kind of shows how complacent and even counterproductive we as a modern “civilized” society have become.
Radkey have also announced a list of North American Tour Dates for this Fall.
After another short break, I have returned with my summer jazz series. To shake things up a bit, I reached out to a well-known composer and keyboard player, Gregg Karukas. His music is perfect for these remaining summer days. Plus, I am a big fan of his work. Luckily, Gregg was kind enough to take some time off from his busy tour to share with me his music exploration.
His beginnings in music are quite detailed. “Listening [to] the jukebox in my father’s roadside tavern in Bowie, MD absorbing the hits of the sixties, from The Beatles to Motown. Growing up, my older brothers took piano lessons, but my role models were the great composer/keyboardists: Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Carole King, Laura Nyro, Leon Russell, Joni Mitchell, Joe Zawinul, and the recently departed George Duke. Thanks to them, I was inspired by the idea that you could touch people’s emotions with melodic songs and lyrics that meant something. I was in the choir in Junior High School, but I still kick myself for not working on my singing more once my voice changed. Any semblance of a voice or style got left in the 70’s.”
Even his fascination and later mastery of the keyboards has its own origin story. “My approach on ‘Soul Secrets’ was to go back to the vintage keyboards I grew up with. I first played a Wurlitzer Electric piano when I was 13 at my Dad’s restaurant, (he tore the old Bowie Inn Tavern down and built a nice big restaurant); it was in [...]
Los Angeles based group Yacht have finally dropped the first bit of news regarding their upcoming new album “I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler”. To do this they are taking to some unusual new promotional methods that no one has done yet.
The aforementioned methods include shooting footage (which can be watched in the video below) from a drone of a billboard the band put up. The information the band has released can be found by going to where the billboard is pinned to Google Maps in Los Angeles on the intersection of Santa Monica and La Brea Boulevards. The only thing that the billboard itself says on it is the title of the album: “I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler”. It is quite a bold statement that is accentuated by the pure aesthetic simplicity of the billboard.
To further promote the album Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans of Yacht did a Periscope live stream standing at the foot of the billboard for a couple of hours today (7/30) answering questions to passersby about why they thought the future would be cooler.
More information will come soon, but in the mean time fans can check out the new information that has been put out in a rather creative way.
Kody Nielson (better known as Silicon) is about to put out his debut album titled “Personal Computer” on Weird World on August 28th. To do some promotion for this upcoming release Silicon has released to the internet a video for the single “Burning Sugar” on Stereogum and YouTube.
The video which was directed both by Kody Nielson and Ralph Brown cycles through images of vintage music players, vintage recording gear, digital recording gear, digital instruments, guitars, gold painted people smoking, sugar bubbling in a spoon with a lighter underneath, etc. It is not a psychedelic video per se, but it definitely has some nuances of it in there to give a sense of abstract imagery that accents the lyrics and electronic vibe of the song. It is a very bright and colorful video while still also having hints of darkness on the fringes to keep it from making things seem to happy-go-lucky and bubble gummy. One of the more interesting parts of the video is when the actors on screen play the instruments featured in the video in time with what is going on in the song. It is a nice way to bring the music and video together as one medium.