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Bandcamp Recommendations

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2017 by roarvis

Today (August 4, 2017), Bandcamp is donating 100% of their share of every sale to the Transgender Law Center. Here are some recommendations. Will add more links below.

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Stuff I am not affiliated with:

The Active Listener
Hand-picked bespoke psychedelia and hauntology. Curator Nathan Ford has been a huge supporter of the psychedelic music community. He’s undergoing chemotherapy, so please consider picking up some of these playlists to help support his treatment.
https://theactivelistener.bandcamp.com/

Idaho
This live album is a great career retrospective of songwriter Jeff Martin. Many tracks feature the late John Berry on guitar.
https://idaho.bandcamp.com/album/people-like-us-didnt-stop-live-vol-2

Klaus Morlock/The Unseen
The entire discography of “Klaus Morlock” is essential for fans of creepy 1970s supernatural soundtrack music (think John Carpenter, Popol Vuh, Wicker Man soundtrack, etc.). Make sure to read the liner notes!
https://klausmorlock.bandcamp.com

Heavenly Queen
Tongue-in-cheek tribute to 70s glam-pop from these Clevo heartthrobs, who also dress up like metal gods Queen of Hell.
https://queenofhell.bandcamp.com/album/heavenly-queen

Future Children
Droning soundscapes from Kevin Coral, Chris Sheehan, and their wall of gear:
https://futurechildren1.bandcamp.com/album/interpret-composition-7-1960-for-synthesizer-sampler-and-tape

LEAF
Heavy shoegaze. Solid tunes. Hair for days!
https://leaflosangeles.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-seems-real

Steve Moore/Zombi
When you want to listen to every cool synth-based soundtrack or Berlin school kosmische album at once, but prefer to buy American:
https://stevemoore2600.bandcamp.com/

The Bevis Frond
England’s finest export.
https://bevisfrond.bandcamp.com/

 

Stuff I am affiliated with:

Stow House Records
You probably have these already:

New Planet Trampoline
Psychedelic jangle ‘n’ fuzz.
https://newplanettrampoline.bandcamp.com/album/dark-rides-and-grim-visions

Charles Hill Jr.
Old-school country.
https://charleshilljr.bandcamp.com/

The It*Men
Rock and roll.
https://theitmen.bandcamp.com/

Pirate Planet
I co-wrote and engineered these along with Caleb Seavey. He wrote most of the songs, I did most of the production/arrangement.
https://pirateplanet.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-out-here
https://pirateplanet.bandcamp.com/album/winter-lines

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We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago

Posted in Comedy, Film, Rants, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by roarvis

British television has become an obsession of mine lately. This probably dates back to my childhood, when I would spend hours strangling the rabbit ears on my father’s TV set, desperately trying to tune in Doctor Who on PBS. Nowadays almost every obscure overseas program can be either rented, streamed or downloaded. You can say the floodgates have been opened. More Anglophile ranting

Posted in Music, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 4, 2011 by roarvis

Things have been busy since SXSW. I’ve been writing for The Neighborhood and working on the next Pirate Planet album. I’ve also been obsessively watching Doctor Who Classic and dealing with endless cat problems at home. I plan to eventually have some actual content for this blog. In the meantime, check out this album from my friend Caleb’s old band 3001, and marvel at this creepy trailer for The Horror of Fang Rock.

Out There In The Dark

Posted in Film, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 22, 2010 by roarvis

Holy crap, it’s been awhile. I’ve been busy…yeah, that’s it.

Some music things on the horizon, but I’ll wait until I can actually post some of that before I start talking it up.

I’ve been geeking out on old horror paperback covers lately. Here’s a great blog devoted to such things called Too Much Horror Fiction. As if there could ever be too much! The Trash Collector also has some great covers, and there’s even more lurid madness over at The Groovy Age of Horror.

We’ve also been gearing up for some serious Halloween horror fun. Which will generally consist of sitting around watching horror movies. We’re working our way through a great collection of Mexican B-movies called Crypt of Terror – Horror from South of the Border, Vol. 1.

It’s on Netflix, but at $10 a pop I think we will be adding this to the collection soon. The films lack the artistic style of their Italian and Spanish contemporaries, having more in common with budget offerings from the U.S. at the time (mostly the 1980s). Not to worry: they make up for it with copious amounts of blood, fun special effects, incongruous American fashions, and out of control female eyebrows. Our favorites so far are Cemeterio Del Terror and The Grave Robbers.

Finally, one of my favorite bands has a new record out, and it’s great. If you enjoy rock music, treat yourself to some Outrageous Cherry. It’s like John Lennon jamming with Moe Tucker in a psychedelic space warp!

I’m Alive

Posted in Film, Music, Podcasts, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 10, 2010 by roarvis

Howdy, strangers! It’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ve been relatively busy. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on an album that’s been in the works for some time now. Hopefully soon it will see the light of day – or at least the pallid glow of the Internets.

My leisure time has been spent watching a lot of the New World/Roger Corman Blu-Rays released by Shout! Factory, which are amazing. I’ve also been listening to a ton of Neil Young, especially the “Ditch Trilogy.” I may or may not write more about these things in the near future.

Oh yeah, and I got married. Woo hoo! Cecy and I will return with Episode 8 of our ground-breaking podcast once we are done staring lovingly into each others’ eyes.

I promise to delve back into deep blogging soon (eew, that sounds gross). In the meanwhilst, check out this interview with Amanda By Night of Made For TV Mayhem. She won the prestigious “Versatile Blogger Award,” and in turn listed a few blogs that she loves. I’m honored to report that Blanked As Ordered made the cut!

It’s always nice when someone acknowledges and appreciates your writing, especially when you do it as a hobby/obsession/unpaid internship. I should probably follow this up with links to some of MY favorite blogs, but I’m too damn lazy. So check the links on the right hand column of the home page, and follow my Twitter feed – I try to repost whenever I find a really fantastic blog entry, although you may have to wade through lots of bad jokes and passive aggressive political activism.

I’ll be back with more enthusiastic ruminations on pop culture before you know it (or want it, or want to know that you want it).

This Song Has No Title

Posted in Music, Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 by roarvis

OK, I’m giving up on the song title thing for now. It was basically an inside joke with myself anyway. And I kept it going for two years, so – damn! Look for the Blanked As Ordered soundtrack album to come soon, featuring every song from every blog post title. I think it will have to be a box set.

The First Cut is the Deepest

Posted in Music, Podcasts, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 14, 2010 by roarvis

Blanked As Ordered Episode 07: Classic Rock Deep Cuts