I hope everyone is well and staying healthy and inside. Just wanted to give an update on some stuff, seeing as I have much more time on my hands with the world being in the condition that is in now.
First... I am expecting the flexi discs for the MONDO CREEPY Theme to come in this week or early next week. Everyone who ordered one, or will order one, obviously thank you. I appreciate it very much.
I recently just submitted two songs to two different compilations. I imagine that one of them will be available this week... and the other... well who really knows.
I know I've said this a bunch of times now, but MARA is basically done. Geoff is finalizing the mix on the last two or three songs, then we have to master it and submit it for pressing. The cover art, as you well know is done (thanks Pedro!!!) and my friend Matt Wilson is putting together the layout. The plan is to knock all that out in the next few days and then setup for pre-orders.
Myself and the filmmakers of "The Dead Girl In Apartment 3" have decided that releasing the film score on CD is the best route to take. To get it on vinyl would be a expensive venture, one that I'm not readily able to afford with the world being what it is right now. I'll have plenty of time to master it, and the artwork, I promise is going to look pretty cool. That will be out by the end of this year.
I combed through some the early stuff in the SP81 catalog and I think I have enough to release a quality B-side tape. Admittedly, some of the stuff is embarrassing, because it was recorded when Bruce and I had no idea what we were doing. Some of it wasn't too terrible though. The stuff from the short-lived Diner Of Death podcast was pretty cool in my opinion.
So now you know what i've been up to in terms of SP81 stuff, but I've also had ample media consumption time, so here's a few things I've been listening to or watching:
Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
Just sorta stumbled onto this project. Very relaxing. In times of stress and uncertainty, this is a pleasurable listen. Highly recommend it.
V/A - Destroy All Art
I bough this 12" comp off my friend Tony Rettman. Its totally killer. Some of the stuff sounds like it came out of the 70s first wave of punk. All of it sounds like it was recorded in a public bathroom, but there is unfettered vitriolic energy that just cannot be contained. I couldn't get a full picture of the from cover, so you guys will have to settle for what I was able to find.
Aztec Camera - Love
Sorry in advance for the crappy image. My wife and I were watching the Netflix series, "I AM NOT OK WITH THIS", and one of the episodes featured this song called "Somewhere In My Heart" and I thought it was the coolest! Rest of the album is pretty rad. The show has the look of a Western PA town that used to be pretty active before America stopped making stuff. Its definitely a great watch.
Pig Destroyer - Head Cage
I love PD... I always will. I slept on this album when it came out and after giving it another spin, I realized just how well it stacks up to Prowler In The Yard and Painter of Dead Girls. "Army Of Cops" is a fucking badass jam!!!
Crown of Thorns - Trainyard Blues EP
NYHC to the fullest! I didn't take this picture but I do have this super awesome repress that was put out a few years ago. I watched Danny on "Age of Quarantine" last night and he said new CoT shit is happening. I loved the 7" they put out in Bridge 9 a few years ago, so hopefully it sees the light of day this year. 2020 needs a fucking beatdown.
Chain Cult - Demo 2018
Tommy Cash (who played bass on some upcoming SP songs) turned me onto this band. Gothy death rock from Athens I believe. The demo is good. The first full length is awesome. Get into it. Fuckin' A.
Ceremony - In The Spirit World Now
This was my favorite album from last year. DEVO inspired for sure. On a personal tip... I think they get better every album, with the only hiccup being Zoo (that's my personal opinion. I still like that album, its just my least favorite).
Slave To The Grind - Documentary Film
This is available for free on youtube and it is one of the best music docs that I have ever seen... hands down. I enjoyed it so much that I watched it twice. If you've never heard grind, its a good gateway. If you have heard it and you like it, I promise you'll hear a few new bands that maybe you weren't exposed to yet. And if you hate grind, watch it anyway... I think you'll develop an appreciation for what it is. Watch it for the great Agoraphobic Nosebleed live footage. Trust me, its their!!!
The Loveless (1982)
Willem Dafoe's first feature film and Katheryn Bigelow's first directorial credit. It's rightfully compared to The Wild One, I dug it.
Video Demons Do Psychotown (1989)
aka Bloodbath In Psychotown
Not the greatest film ever made, but there's a fantastic score by a guy named Glenn W. Lawnacre that was really the most standout thing about this movie. Its a Troma film... they can't all be Nuke'em High.
Thats all I got guys. STAY RAD!!!!