Saturday, July 25, 2015

It's A MAD World



A few potentially noteworthy items...

•It might not be news, but Facebook now supports animated GIFs.  Figuring out how to post them can be a bit tricky, but I'm here to testify that it does indeed work (finally!)

•The AROUSE YOUR PASSION blog keeps adding (or pointing out) all kinds of free & interesting stuff.  For example, the entire print run of the classic L.A. punk magazine SLASH is now available as downloadable PDFs.  Lawrence Lipton's early Beat Generation book THE HOLY BARBARIANS is also up for grabs (thanks to the amazing INTERNET ARCHIVE).



•Speaking of the INTERNET ARCHIVE...the site just got a very attractive facelift/makeover.  Check out their section of SCI FI & HORROR FILMS, for instance...now each individual entry has a nifty little thumbnail image!

•Thanks to SURFADELIC, my collection of SIN-SA-TION! comp LPs is finally complete!  I also recommend checking out the SLEAZERAMA! compilation.



•A very cool, printable "Cosmonauts-on-the-Moon" diorama/paper project is available to download via AGENCE EUREKA.








Monday, July 13, 2015

Portable BOOM!



My new favorite portable Bluetooth speaker isn't exactly "portable" and doesn't include Bluetooth...

Nowadays I'm always on the lookout for one-piece speaker sets with built-in subwoofers.  So when I spotted a used Altec Lansing Octiv 650 at my local Goodwill for only twenty bucks, I immediately grabbed it.


Generally speaking, the critics really liked this speaker dock...for example, check these reviews on CNET and GIZMODO.  This gadget has a down-firing 4" sub nested underneath, which makes for some substantial bass.  I couldn't find the output wattage listed anywhere, but I'm estimating it's around 40W total.


Up front there's a pair of 3" full-range drivers.  Here's a photo of my unit with the faceplate removed:


This speaker doesn't include a battery option, but if you have a 12 volt battery handy you're good to go.  Plug a Bluetooth receiver into the AUX input for wireless connectivity:


Kinda bulky, I know...but the sound tends to kick most of those little Bluetooth speakers to the curb...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I, Play Boy


Looks like I'll have a piece of work reproduced in this here art book, to be published by Les Éditions Black-Out.  More info/pre-order:  https://www.ulule.com/play-boy/

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Lord Was His "Happening"


I could attempt to explain who Pastor John Rydgren was, but one of the YouTube clips posted below is probably enough of an introduction.  I first became aware of Rydgren's work through the vinyl album titled Silhouette Segments, which was a collection of excerpts from the good pastor's radio show (circa late 1960s).  Rydgren attempted to spread the word of the gospel to the youth of the time via "hip talk," translating biblical passages into groovy language the kids could all dig.  Check out some of the clips below and find out what was "happening"...













Apparently Rydgren also did some other radio work, including some spot ads for films:

The Night Visitor radio spot

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shocking Asia



Okay, I lied.  Nothing particularly shocking here.  A little weird or exotic, maybe.  Here’s a raw and ragged collection of obscure instrumental music from asian countries…Japan, China, Thailand, southeast asia, perhaps a few from Indonesia/Malaysia, etc.  A lot of these tracks came from great blogs/sharity sites like RADIODIFFUSION INTERNASIONAAL, MADROTTER TREASURE HUNT, ARCHIVE OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN MUSICWAXIDERMY, and so on.  Artists include the Stylers, the Silverstones, the Space Men, the Brothers Hawk, the Apollo, Son of P.M., Charlie & the Boys, Band 4 Nada, White Cloud Orchestra, the Telstar Combo, the Planets, the Quests, Blue Star Chorus, and more.  Rock, pop, surf, spy and spaghetti western themes, cover versions, updated traditional tunes...74 tracks total in the file (a drop in the bucket, from my ridiculously vast and still growing collection).  Enjoy.  Buy some art or make a donation, if you’re so inclined.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Surfin' Creatures


Who's in the mood for some SURF MUSIC?!?  The tracks below are some of my favorites, all featured on the classic SURF CREATURE compilation series.  Cowabunga!  (--Whatever THAT means...)





**BONUS!**  Frolic Diner Vols. 1 - 6 at Old Melodies!


Friday, April 17, 2015

LineWork NW


Last year's LINEWORK NW was a remarkably well-attended and "happening" event, considering the fact that it was the first one!  This year I'm looking forward to visiting with old friends and out-of-town colleagues like Daniel Clowes (whose hardcover, slipcased, complete EIGHTBALL series is now available from Fantagraphics).  The event runs Sat. through Sun., apparently from 12 to 8 PM both days.  Keep in mind that most exhibitors will be "tabling" one day only, so be sure to come both days if you want to see everyone (Dan Clowes is here Sunday only).  Click the link below for more event info.

LINEWORK NW website

Thursday, April 16, 2015