Monday, December 29, 2008

Allan Guthrie love

Brilliant crime novelist Allan Guthrie spreads some early Very Mercenary love over at Book Spot Central.

He writes, "Very Mercenary by Rayo Casablanca (Kensington, US, spring ’09) This was the most fun I had reading a book all last year. Very Mercenary reads as if Joe Canrahan (director/screenwriter of Smokin’ Aces), Chuck Palahniuk and Philip Dick got together to write a novel with the remit that they had to really let their hair down this time."

Nice! Check out his other '08 favs here.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Cut from 6 Sick Hipsters #1

Here's the first of several passages/pages edited from early drafts of 6 Sick Hipsters. The one below is a personal favorite:

"Wolfgang Brown had a squirrel problem.

The frizz-tailed rodents that darted in front of his '89 Honda hatchback did not scramble back to the greenbelt; they stood frozen before his car to be ground to asphalt. It was as though the squirrels were sacrificing themselves. He imagined them lined up, beady eyes trailing after passing cars. Walnut sized hearts pounding. Them ready to jump, spring forward with some chattering cry like fuzzy martyrs. The hatchback was an altar for holocaust. Their deaths seemed so instinctual that it could be nothing less than religious.

Devout Christians found the Virgin in a pancake. They saw her veiled in a roadside shrubbery. Her smiling in a smear of oil on a pane of glass. Perhaps the squirrels saw an imperfection on Wolfgang’s car that demanded worship? Wolfgang had carefully examined the manifold on the hatchback. He checked out the tires. The bumper. Even the windshield. But he could not find any scrapes, tears, bumps, scratches, or splotches that might suggest, in a squirrel’s eye, an object of adoration.

They squirrels simply died and Wolfgang had no idea why.

In order to reduce the casualties, he took what he called “urban” routes to work. Santavista High was only a few miles south of his apartment complex but Wolfgang drove a five mile loop north before coming back down just so he could take Interstate 75 and avoid the neighborhoods and greenbelts where the faithful awaited the coming of their Japanese rear-wheel drive messiah. It actually worked out better that way. Taking I-75 brought Wolfgang through Fruitville and afforded him a chance to meet up with Tony on Mondays before school began."

© 2005-2008 Rayo Casablanca

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

King Shot - Jodo talks

Here's a new interview with Jodorowsky re: his feature (produced by David Lynch), King Shot.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cinebomb #8: Jeu de Massacre

Alain Jessua's 1967 pop-art masterpiece, Jeu de Massacre (trans: Killing Game, aka Comic Book Hero), concerns a husband-wife cartoonist team (Jean-Pierre Cassel and Claudia Auger) invited to a playboy's mansion where said playboy (Michel Duchaussoy) enacts the comic strips they create. When the cartoonists kill off one of the characters in their strip, Duchaussoy plots revenge. Not only is the film chock-a-block with op-art by Guy Peellaert but the insanely catchy soundtrack is by The Alan Bown Set.

Hear some of it here:

See some of it here:

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Stunt Rock

Greatest movie ever? Judge for yourself here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Skhizein trailer

French language short film, Skhizein, is about a man struck by a meteor. The aftereffect is quite odd: He's now displaced 91 centimeters to the side of where he really is. Very clever. Here's to hoping it turns up outside France.

Watch it here

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Very Mercenary cover

Here it is (click on the image for higher res). Once again, designer Kristine Mills-Noble (who I had the pleasure of meeting in '06) has done a bang up job.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Copyedit fog

Finished the latest copyediting round for my next book,Very Mercenary. The way it works is this: I get a package (FedEX) with the manuscript (ms, not bound) and an editorial note. Depending on when I've submitted the manuscript and how long it's taken to do the bulk of the "major" editing, I have a few days to a week to turn the copyedited ms around. Not much. Many sleepless nights. The copyedits range from typos and minor grammar changes to plot holes (Weren't his ears missing?). Went well this time but many beers are needed for a full recovery.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Heavy rotation

The Faint - The Geeks Were Right

On headphone/car rotation for nigh on two weeks. With . . .

Underworld - Beautiful Burnout

This is what makes my day . . .

From a personal ad in Seattle's alt weekly rag, The Stranger. Seriously, my heart's aglow.

Second Skin NYC

Last week - well, the 5th - I attended the NYC premier of Second Skin at the ACE Festival with Chris and my agent, Jessica. It was fantastic meeting Victor and Juan Carlos in the flesh after so many long, detailed phone and email conversations. Great seeing the doc a second time and with a sold out audience. Lots of gamers there to heckle their on-screen compatriots ("What the fuck is he doing in the Valley of Trails?!").

It seems as though every time I talk to Victor something new and thrilling has come up for Second Skin, whether it's the NYTimes or Dr. Phil (see blog for details). Wonderful to see the film getting the press it deserves. The future is wide-open for Pure West and every write up and positive review just hammers it home.

Victor and I met up at Vinyl in Hell's Kitchen for a marathon dinner session. We talked a ton about adapting 6 Sick Hipsters (he even showed me his copious notes) and I was thrilled with the myriad ideas Victor has come up with. He and Juan Carlos are really thinking outside the box - not only in terms of scripting but promotion as well. They have a lot of big, very exciting ideas. Here's Victor on a tentative timeline (from the Second Skin blog): "I'm hoping (fingers crossed here) to have the script hammered out in the next 6-9 months, as Second Skin is getting released globally- by then I'm sure Juan will have started storyboarding it, and we can start presenting the package... at which point hopefully Peter and Chris can join us on the production side."

Pure West has a new website with a page on 6 Sick Hipsters pre-production here. Explore the site and check out some of their short films and the trailer for Second Skin.

Friday, August 15, 2008

From Second Skin to Sick Hipsters

Here we go! My novel has been optioned by Pure West Films and I couldn't be more excited. Not only are these guys excellent filmmakers but they are excellent people.

The Pineiro Brothers - Juan Carlos, director, and Victor, producer/writer - are currently riding the wave of critical success generated by their first film, the award-wining documentary Second Skin. The film delves into the world of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) like World of Warcraft and Second Life. While I'm not much of a gamer, I was instantly caught up in the lives of the people who play these games obsessively. From star struck lovers who have never physically met to a man hopelessly addicted and suicidal, Second Skin literally gets under the skin of MMORPG gamers. It's fast paced, funny without being condescending, and beautifully realized. You can watch the trailer for Second Skin and learn more about it here. Even more importantly, you can enjoy the film in a theatre near you this fall.

Victor is currently at work adapting the novel and I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have him working on this. Not only does he really "get" 6 Sick Hipsters but he's made it his own. All the references (even some of the more obscure ones) are within his startling scope of pop culture/geek knowledge. The man is like a long-lost twin. We talk frequently and each and every discussion makes me giddy with excitement at the prospects of this movie. I will be attending the NYC premier of Second Skin Sept. 5th and will have photos and the like to share from our first "official" meet up.

I should mention that we're talking indie film here. That means tricky but it also means loads of freedom. I know writers who've had big studio films made of their books that turned out, well, disastrously. Sure, they got paid loads but the resulting flick was not only rated PG-13 (when the novel was a hard R) but it was changed from a drama to a comedy. Ouch. While I would love to retire to a mansion in Florida with Hollywood winnings, I'm much happier knowing that 6 Sick Hipsters is in good hands. Victor and Juan Carlos not only want to keep me involved, they want to stay true to the novel. What more could I ask for?

This blog will become (in addition to news about forthcoming novels - Very Mercenary *hint*hint) home to my "production process" diaries. Stay tuned, the fun is just beginning.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Another hint

Here's another hint regarding the identity of the mysterious "---" who've optioned 6 Sick Hipsters. We're planning on coordinating our announcement of the deal to parlay some press. Hang tight.

uploaded to Flickr by mhuang 8.4.08

Press & Sun-Bulletin review

Thursday, July 24, 2008

6 Sick Hipsters - the movie

Ah, yes, it's true.

I've signed the film option contract and if the stars align (and we're able to scoot past development hell - personally I'm hoping for the not-quite-as-toasty-or-stressful development tropics) you will be seeing the lovely cast of 6 Sick Hipsters on the big screen sometime in the next few years.

Wow. What a rush. The guy's who've optioned the book are not only incredibly talented but they have a nice track record of getting things done. As soon as all the ducks are formally lined up, I'll be gushing all the details. Maybe tomorrow? Maybe early next week?

What's that? You want a hint? Hmmmm. How about this?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Readings galore

Had a great time in PDX this week. Powell's is, of course, amazing - I wandered in on Tuesday and came out dazed and several hundred dollars poorer on Thursday. The reading at Powell's on Hawthorne was fun, thanks to everyone who showed up. Looking forward to swinging by again next spring.

Tonight I'll be at Elliott Bay. The reading starts at 7:30 PM. Hope you can make it. This wraps up the initial leg of readings. I'm eager to bring it all home to NYC but haven't scheduled anything yet.

Re: the film option: contract negotiations are on-going but going very smoothly. Might have a signed contract as soon as next week. When and if that happens I'll make a scene about it here.

Been meaning to put up this interview with Westword. A nice, brief review here. Some PDX press (scroll down). Here's a hater. Ending with some love, I'm looking forward to meeting fellow Kensington-ite (and all around madman), Mark Henry who frightened me with his gushing praise.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rupert Hine - The Set Up

From "Waving Not Drowning" (1982). All of Rupert's solo albums are brilliant. This was the second in a triptych - the first was "Immunity" and the third "The Wildest Wish to Fly." His lyrics are amazingly satirical and goofy good.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gary Numan collaborations

Love me some Gary Numan. Outside of the 400 odd songs that Numan has written/performed over the past thirty years, he's been a frequent collaborator with various friends and fellow musicians. Here are a few highlights:

Sharpe and Numan "Change Your Mind" 1985
(Bill Sharpe was in Shakatak, on Numan's Numa label)

Gary Numan vs. Rico "Crazier" 2003
(Numan meets nu-metal, this is a remixed version from Rico's "Violent Silences")

Gary Numan and Dramatis "Love Needs No Disguise" 1982
(Dramatis was Gary's backing band, they released one album "For Future Reference")

Gary Numan vs. Ade Fenton "The Leather Sea" 2007
(Not sure why it always has to be "vs" rather than "with" or "starring")

Q&A and exciting news

You can find a Q&A from Westword (Denver's Village Voice) here as well as a brief review/mention of tomorrow night's reading here. If you're in town and out to get a hard copy, it's on page 28. Looking forward to seeing you at the reading.

I've added another reading in July. I'll be at Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle on July 12th at 7:30 PM. Fun stuff. Still working on some east coast dates and will let you know when, where, and if.

I hope to have a major announcement in the next few weeks regarding the 6 Sick Hipsters film option. The contract is in my hands and my agent and I are going over it. So far everything looks great but there will undoubtedly be some back and forth over details. As soon as it's signed and sealed, I'll let you in on the juicy details.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Next novel?

Here's a hint:

Listening to: Crystal Castles - Magic Spells

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ladytron - Velocifero

Velocifero is brilliant. The album has "Witching Hours'" combination of dusty electro and industrial glam but it's a bit catchier - I would say pop but that would only apply if we're talking about pop radio in a nightland universe of Soviet-era housing blocks and neon highways. Best listened to in a black leather chair atop a burning building.

Ghosts is a real stand out with a "Personal Jesus" styled stomp and video.

Download it at iTunes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains

Click here for a link to a great "making of" short doc on this under-appreciated, never really released Punk Rock flick from the early '80s. I remember stumbling across parts of this on cable in the mid-80s and then seeing bootleg copies of it floating around record shops in the east village. It'll be released on DVD by Rhino in Sept. Yup, Diane Lane and Laura Dern are in it.

At the mall. Do you want to be a professional? Yeah, those are the Sex Pistols and, yes, that's Diane Lane and Laura Dern.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The B.I.D.E. Files

A.k.a. Cool psychedelic comix.

Borders ad

Soft focus, very nice.

Jodorowsky update

Jodorowsky teams with David Lynch's production company for King Shot. The mind boggles.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Borders reading - 5/30/08 Colorado

May 30th - 8:00 PM
Park Meadows
Centennial, Colorado
Grand opening celebration and I'll be reading w/ The Swayback.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Powell's Reading

So, I'll be reading from 6 Sick Hipsters and doing a bit of Q & A at Powell's Books on Hawthorne on July 10th. Hope those of you in the area can make it out for the festivities!

Here are the details:
Rayo Casablanca - 6 Sick Hipsters
Powell's Books on Hawthorne
July 10th, 2008 at 7:30
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

6 Sick Hipsters - Out and about

Tattered Cover - Denver (Colfax store)

Borders - 104th and I-25

Barnes & Noble - Highlands Ranch

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

6 Sick Hipsters - Available*

* If you peruse your local book seller today you just might come across a copy of 6 Sick Hipsters. While the official street date is next Tuesday, today is the publication date. Many, many thanks to those of you who've already bought the book. Hope you dig it.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mystery of Chimney Rock

Sean Michael Ragan graphically plots out Edward Packard's 1979 Choose Your Own Adventure book "Mystery of Chimney Rock."

Evangelicals - Midnight Vignette

MIDNIGHT VIGNETTE from leachmo1 on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Dogmatika review

Caleb Ross gave 6 Sick Hipsters a great review at Dogmatika. Caleb is a first rate novelist you'll undoubtedly be reading soon.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Dante 01 - Marc Caro

Marc Caro is a real fav. He teamed with Jeunet for their first few shorts (Bunker of Final Gunshots (worth finding, amazing) and feature films (Delicatessen, City of Lost Children). Jeunet struck out on his own with Alien: Resurrection but Caro was mum (a short or two) until now.

Dante 01 looks intriguing, has that unmistakable "feel" of a Caro film and the plastic face of Dominique Pinon. Rumor has it, however, that the movie is a bit of a mess and has been all but dumped by the distributor. Who knows, Variety gave a good review.

Also: Caro's videos for Indochine's (France's Cure) "Les Tzars" (87) and "Savoure le Rouge" (93). Note: the pre-Alien: Resurrection look of the "Savoure..." vid.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Romantic Times

From the April '08 issue. Many thanks to Liz.

And here is the review from the same issue. (The summary is the best I've read yet):

6 Sick Hipsters
Rayo Casablanca

Casablanca refashions the serial killer mystery amid a strange amalgam of slacker/hipster nightclubbers. The wacked-out violence and grotesquely flawed characters aren’t for everyone, but the mystery works even if the motive is convoluted and hard to parse. At the very least, Casablanca is a unique flavor on the mystery scene.

Summary: After the grisly murders of three high-profile hipsters in Brooklyn, a loosely connected group of friends deduce that a serial killer is targeting them for extinction. Armed with not much more than their wits and plenty of attitude, Harrison, a paleontologist who secretly writes scientific porn, and Beth, a subversive knitter whose eyesight is fading, lead the charge to track down the monstrous Doctor Jeep, who seems to be killing urban techno youths. A vicious war begins, and a bizarre counterculture movement appears to be at the heart of a deadly mission to counteract rampant consumerism. (KENSINGTON, Apr., 288 pp., $15.00)

Tara Gelsomino

Friday, March 07, 2008

John Foxx kick


He's a Liquid

No One Driving

20th Century

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Happy Hour of the Damned

Mark Henry and I share an editor at Kensington and while I've never read any "urban fantasy," Henry's debut Happy Hour of the Damned just seemed too intriguing to pass up. (Lucky bastard has a deal with Showtime and part of me wanted to know just what the fuss was about.)

Amanda Feral (no symbolism there) is a recent revenant (zombi(e), undead, ghoul, etc.) trying to make it in Seattle's crazy undead scene. Amanda parties, dresses like she's going to a Sex in the City wake and chows down on human viscera. But life isn't all fun and grisly games, there's a evil(er) force at work -- something epic, diabolical -- that has everyone in undead Seattle freaked. I should mention that we're not just talking zombies here. Succubus? Yeah. Werewolf? Why not? Vampire? Of course.

There is no line Henry is unafraid to cross. The man leaps around like Spring Heeled Jack -- when you think he's outdone himself, turn the page you'll be stunned with what he comes up with next. He also packs the novel to the brim with all manner of assorted information, ephemera, jetsam, etc. There are footnotes, quotes from fictional books, drink recipes, DJ set lists -- the style is an intriguing mash-up of semantic game and fashionista manifesto. I love that Henry let's his freak flag fly.

In the end, the plot comes together a bit haphazardly but it actually fits with Henry's convulsive style. Amanda was a bit too bitchy for my tastes, perhaps all supernatural vixens in urban fantasy are snarky to the hilt? But that wasn't the appeal for me in the first place. I was there for the monster melees and Henry certainly delivers in spades. He also crafts a funky and downright atmospheric undead Seattle that’s quite grounded and (despite the apparitional subject matter) gritty.

Clever, bloody, funny, Happy Hour of the Damned is a whip-crack ride into a sexy underworld. This will appeal to a lot of people and I can see why Showtime snapped it up.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Geek Monthly

Sweet. 94/100. Many thanks to Jeff and Blair.

Arcade Attack

Pinball warriors vs. Space Invaders. From 1982, this played on HBO's Short Takes between films. It is the ending segment of a 25 min British doc on video games by Mike Wallington. The doc revolves around two game champs - Geoff Harvey (pinball) and Stephen Highfield (Space Invaders). They argue and at the end it comes to life in animation. Great synthy arcade music.

Here is a longer version with more of the documentary bits:

Monday, February 04, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Detroit Public Schools Book Depository

Sweet Juniper has a photo gallery of shots taken at the Detroit Public Schools Book Depository. The waste captured here is uncanny but the images are stunning. I'm particularly taken by the one of mushrooms growing from the rotting pages.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Twilight Ritual - Elegy

More Belgians, in fact an A Split-Second "side project", but Twilight Ritual (Peter Bonne and Geert Coppens) was (and to some extent still is) an interesting cross between ambient and synth with none of the cliche trappings of either. Haunting, beautiful. This is from the 1985 album "Rituals."

A Split-Second - Mambo Witch, 1988 Hair

Not only is the quality of this up-loaded video for Belgian EBM act A Split-Second's 1988 "hit" "Mambo Witch" atrocious but it really solidifies my initial sense that these guys were truly the butt-rockers of the industrial dance scene. Regardless, around 1:22 min into the video you get a nice shot of the guitarist (is that you Fedjean Venvelt?) and his hair.

This is exactly how I wanted my hair to look in 1988. Exactly. Sadly, Aqua Net just didn't hold up and my hair was too wavy.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Depraved Press - Review, interview

Alex Martin, a nice bloke who frequents the Cult, gave 6 Sick Hipsters a generous review at Depraved Press. We also did a short interview. You can read the contents of both below:

"They stalk on spiderlike legs wearing jeans tighter than condoms. As they are the scourge of Starbucks baristas, so also 6 Sick Hipsters are the bones of this novel, but don't for a minute assume they're the flesh of it. Rayo Casablanca's debut is as dark as it is hilarious, as encapsulating as it is clever.

He leads us by the hand so charmingly through places so noir their bars sell bourbon on tap and all you can do is smile and follow. From Paleontological pornography to a gangster with the best character name in fiction, 6 Sick Hipsters leaves no stone unturned and when you're not laughing out loud you're silently nodding with a half-shameful envy.

I first heard of Rayo Casablanca over at The Cult. There had been a competition for a fictional oral-biography style passage about Chuck Palahniuk there, and there Rayo's sexually charged winning entry provoked much mirth and not a small dash of jealousy from many. In 500 words his style shines through, and his humor is blatant.

But what isn't readily apparent is the depth of Rayo's pop-culture trivia, and even beyond that, the level of literacy in the novel itself. From Thomas Pynchon to The Sisters of Mercy, 6 Sick Hipsters swells with allusions, which are very, very fun. But ultimately the novel's charm comes from Rayo's beautiful juxtaposition of iniquitous comedy, sly satire and subcultural range, and by fuck does he do it well. All in all a very impressive debut."

- Alex Martin (12/07)

A brief discussion with Rayo Casablanca:

Martin: Starting at basics, every writer seems to have their own method when it comes to spinning a yarn. Will Christopher Baer binges, Craig Clevenger goes through drafts like a hot knife through a small lovable creature. What about you?

Rayo Casablanca: I usually start with a title and then write from there. I suppose I would categorize myself as a drafter a la Clevenger. I typically spin off a hundred pages of extraneous material before settling into a single work. On a good day, I'll have four or five drafts going at the same time. You know, one 1st person, one 3rd person, one from the perspective of the syphilitic killer, one from the perspective of the dowdy doorman. Most don't get past the forty-page mark. Some are just sketches really. In the end, those weaker versions wind up cannibalized or discarded.

6 Sick Hipsters was inspired (largely) by women's undergarments. Seriously. There are these cotton-stretch low-slung panties called hipsters. The ones I saw came in packs of 6. Viola! 6 hipsters. I added the sick because that just made it all the more entertaining. As soon as I had the title the rest just came whirling out.

Martin: You work under the umbrella of healthcare, and it's no secret that the most ill-fated of perverse actions come to light under that very same brolly - if you'll excuse the phrase. How much of the book was informed by real-life (I'm specifically hoping for an anecdote about a wild baboon)?

Rayo Casablanca: Almost all. The character of Radij - the physician with the hankering for obscure new wave/minimal synth and a bad habit of cutting himself - was inspired by a number of people I know. The stories he tells are all based on actual incidents. Truth is always, without question, stranger than fiction. Spend a few minutes in an ER and you'll see things you just couldn't make up.

While I've cleaned glass out of eyeballs and broken ribs doing chest compressions, I've never encountered victims of wild baboon attacks. That little episode was based on images I've seen about the Gadawan Kura ("hyena guides") of Nigeria. These men have adult baboons and hyenas on chains. Most of them are traveling entertainers, do street shows in the dusty markets of Lagos, though I've read totally unsubstantiated rumors of the animals being used for stick-ups and worse. The mind boggles.

Martin: Is there a book tour planned?

Rayo Casablanca: Yeah. I don't know if I'd call it planned. I'll be in NYC, Denver. Possibly D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Portland.

Martin: Obviously 6 Sick Hipsters is full of literary and musical allusions, from Pynchon through The Sisters of Mercy to Voltron. Are all of the details facts, any artistic license used, and did you just know this stuff or was there a whole lot of research involved behind it?

Rayo Casablanca: Most of it is true. Some of it I made up. Sad as it is to say, the vast majority of it is gleaned from inane trivia I've lined by brain with. I threw a bunch of in-jokes in there for the equally geeky.

Martin: And finally, when can we expect the next?

Rayo Casablanca: Next spring, in fact. Turning in a first draft next month. The run down: a socialite (less Paris Hilton than Edie Sedgwick) vs. terrorists (schizo and led by their therapist) vs. art school students. Throw in a good number of twists, a nihilist hit man, meth-addled dirties and the ghost of Serge Gainsbourg and you've got it. (12/07)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Glowing in the Dark: Minimal Synth MP3 Series #1 -Cinema 90 repost

As requested, here is a repost of Cinema 90's "In Ultra-Violet" - I should have another minimal synth post in the next day or two. Here is the 7" version.

Cinema 90 (a.k.a. Colin MacDonnel, keyboardist for the Seattle post-punk band 3 Swimmers) had one song on this compliation (Seattle Syndrome 2) released by Engram in 1983, "In Ultra-Violet." It's a haunting synth piece with a driving bass line. While there are some similarities structurally to Frank Tovey's early work (RIP), "In Ultra-Violet" is more melodic and less obscure lyrically. Excellent stuff all around and a very nice rip as well.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Life After Death - Isn't It Time

Incredible video from the vaults. Early 80s L.A. synth/electro punk band, Life After Death. From the Video 22 show.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Downtown 81

The film was never finished and Basquiat died in 1988. In 1999 the film was resurrected and released. The audio had been lost so actor Saul Williams dubbed Basquiat's lines. Tons of 80s village hipsters: James Chance, Amos Poe, Tav Falco, etc.
Soundtrack: Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, Walter Steding and the Dragon People, Melle Mel, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, Vincent Gallo, Kenny Burrell and Gray