Cleaning Out The Bookmarks Vol. 10

September 24th, 2012

It’s that time again…time to clean out the old bookmark list of all the crazy things I run across I think you all might find interesting.  So here we go!

I’m not sure what side you take on the whole music tech dilemma ( illegal downloading, etc.), but I have to say I found this presentation David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven)  gave to the SF Music Tech Summit VERY interesting.  It’s a long read, but well worth your time.

If you’ve never heard of Jason Becker it’s high time you did.  I know it took me a while to hear his story, so I didn’t want you to miss out –  check out this trailer to the documentary “Not Dead Yet”.

Another documentary I’d love to check out is Last Shop Standing about the decline of independent record stores in the UK.  Some great cameos in this one.  Thanks to Billy Bragg for bringing this one to my attention.

This may well be the best music-related promotion I’ve ever seen…leave it to Snoop.

Buzzfeed recently posted something on actual NYC locations used on album covers.  Check ’em out.

And the folks at AV Club have compiled a list of the 25 band names designed to confound listeners and irritate copy editors!

Where did punk originate?  New York?  London?  Peru!?

Derrick Castle designs all kinds of merch for bands as diverse as John Mellencamp, Ozzy Osbourne and Neil Young.  I thought this video he posted of the process involved in doing a block print was pretty interesting.  He’s doing  a series of videos on his work, so if you find that kind of stuff interesting check out his site.

Now this is a novel way to punish our enemies!

Who says Death Metal musicians have no sense of humor!

And for you Replacement fans out there, Larry has something for you – Bright Little Lights are putting out a tribute album to their favorite 80’s indie band.  Nothing new here right?  We’ll, how about doing the whole thing on ukeles? Intrigued?  Then check out their cover of “We’re Coming Out”.

Oh Axl….

Do you love Mastadon’s album “Leviathan” as much as I do?  Well then check out this guy’s take on it!

Having trouble finding a significant other to make beautiful music with?  Check out Tastebuds.

Even I geeked out on this article in Paste featuring 16 guitarists talking about their pedal boards.

The 80’s, a time of…well, hair.

And speaking of the 80’s, I really enjoyed this article from The Guardian about how Indie labels changed the world.

Indie labels may have changed the world, and the internet may have made it easier for those bands to reach their fans, but it’s still hard to manage those interactions online.  Would developing an open-source ethos help?  Enter the ironically titled non-profit group CASH.

And now back to the 80’s again…I just love this blog.

Looking for a fake band name and can’t think one up?  Why not crib one from this guy’s project!  Just heed his advice and stay away from Caldera Catnip.

Remember when Tower Records stores dotted the country?  I know, it’s quickly becoming a distant memory, but at least you can relive the store and your memories of buying music there by visiting the new Tower Records Project.

I love anything that is well designed.  So this ShortList.com piece on the 50 Coolest Book Cover Designs was one I poured over for some time.

And speaking of covers, if you love to stare at old LP Covers then this site is the place to do it!

Lastly, I’ve heard of in-fighting in bands, but this is over-the-top.

Don’t like Billy Joel’s music?  Neither does this guy, but it didn’t stop him from embarking on a year long quest to see if he could stomach his music.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

Become The Havoc Track Listing!

September 19th, 2012

We tasked TMTYTF and algoreyou with the tough assignment of coming up with the songs for Victor Rossi & His Big Fat Posse’s debut record “Become The Havoc.”  We’re thrilled to announce that they have completed the task and come up with some songs that are not only worthy, but otherworldly!   So here they are…

Different Dimensions

In A Fist

Corpse Defiling Machine

Murderabilia

Hell of a Headcase

Profane Mass

Undying Blitz

Deathgrind Nation

Hymn of the Electric Chair

Become The Havoc

The Moshing Anthem (Courtesy of Rossi’s Posse)

Blood Feast

Dripping Acid

Katerina

Wow, that’s top notch guys.  Thanks!  We’ll be depositing 500 pieces of Lucre in each of their accounts for all of their hard work on this assignment.  Next up, FuriousGrace has the unenviable hard task of writing the liner notes for this magnum opus.  We can hardly wait!!!!

 

Liner Notes is a feature here on Figment News that spotlights a top selling or classic album by asking the band who recorded it to take us on a song by song guided tour of the recording process.  In short, it’s a chance for the rest of us to be a fly on the studio wall during the genesis of a great album.  “Werewolf Concerto” by Werewolf Concerto was not only one of the best selling albums ever on Figment, but it was also the band’s debut record. What went into this seminal self-titled debut?  Let’s talk to the Wolfman himself…

HOWLING AT THE MOON:  LOOKING BACK AT THE MAKING OF “WEREWOLF CONCERTO”

Whats up dudes and dudettes everywhere! It is I, Jacob Wolfman from Coffin Lords, Witchkrieg, and the recently reunited Werewolf Concerto! We’re back, and there will be a tour and a new record very very soon. So get psyched! Anyways, the fine folk at Figment News asked me to write a Liner Notes thingy on our first record.

So, it began in the small town of Wilbraham, Massachusetts. Its kind of a lame place, no Metalheads, and a ton of stuck up sucky people. Except for me, and our fantastic bald/deadly ass ripper/drummer extraordinaire, Kyle Davidson. Kyle and I were into Metal majorly. It was our lives. We spent untold hours thrashing around to Exodus, Maiden, Exhumed, Crowbar, Testament, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Kreator, Autopsy, Heathen, etc etc. We also spent stupid amounts of time watching horror movies. We were into cheesy gore fests, zombie flicks, actual scary movies, and for me especially, old black and white classics. So after one intense night watching “Evil Dead II” and screeching along to King Diamond, we decided to start our own Metal band.

Fast forward many Taco Bell trips and a few years later…we were writing songs, having recruited bass player “Bloodthirsty” Jim. We had about three or four songs written, and then we began playing shows like crazy. Wherever we could get booked, we’d play. Now, that lead to us being on some interesting bills. I remember we once got put on a gangster rap show, due to the promoter thinking we were a ICP-esque horrorcore group due to our name.

After an entire year of rambunctious show playing, the lovable gang of misfits learned that a buddy of theirs had started an independent record label, Music From The Crypt Records. So, they used their incredible powers of persuasion to get themselves to be MFTC’s first signing.

We rented out a studio in West Springfield, a town about 10 to 15 minutes away from our homestead. I had an uncle who was a record producer, so I learned my way around a control board from him. So, I set out playing the role of producer, vocalist/guitar player, and drunken taco consumer. We drank a lot during the recordings of the first record-I remember totally destroying the house of Eric LeDuc, drummer for Rise Against Authority, and my cousin. We held many a rager there during the sessions for “Werewolf Concerto” and I still apologize every chance I get. I still don’t know how the TV got into the shower, or how the oven blew up, or the walls got smashed-well, you guys get the point.

I believe the first song we recorded was “Carrion Death”. It was a very Dark Angel-esc tune, with a extremely-heavy-yet-fast-as-fuck riff, powered by some gnarly drum work from Mr. Davidson. Lyrically, the song was a simple idea. Some dude gets hurt in the desert, and lays there, slowly and painfully dying alone, as vultures eat him alive.

The next song we recorded was “Creepshow” a tune inspired by and named after one of my favorite flicks of all time. The bass line at the beginning was written by Kyle actually, and it fit really well with leftover riff I had from “My Scream Queen” which was already written, but we didn’t record till “Graveyard Ghoul Fiends”.

After that, we recorded “Undead Attack” and “Blood And Guts” in the same day. The former was supposed to be just what it is-an incredibly simple, but stupidly fast, short burst of energy. The latter was supposed to be a more chunky, grooving song, very Exhorder-ish, but turned into more of what “Undead Attack” is. I realize now that placing the two songs together on the track listing was pretty stupid, but hey, we were young and unexperienced.

Next up, we did “Slayed” which was had a very crossover thrash-ish riff, with heavier vocals from myself. Jim also through in a gnarly bass solo towards the end, which I still get psyched about every time I hear it to this day.

Next up, were the pain in the ass songs. Getting the arrangements done for the ballad-y-but-still-heavy-as-balls “By The Fright Of Silvery Moon” took forever. We argued a lot over that song, Kyle and I wanted a more odd time signature than Jim did on the verse, and we eventually got our way, but he got to throw in a riff he wrote into the bridge. In hind sight, we probably should have realized that he didn’t work well with us enough to be in the band, but we thought he was cool and we just wanted to get the record done and get out on the road.

“Frankenstein V.S. Dracula” (sometimes I wonder what I was thinking with some of these songs titles…) was a pain simply because of the guitar solo. We had decided to do that song in Drop C, instead of D Standard like the rest of the album, because the riff worked better in that tuning. It was a pain because I had to set up the Floyd Rose on my guitar to Drop C, and every time during the solo after I did the sweep arpeggio part and jumped into that crazy whammy dive, the guitar would go out of tune. Took forever to get a decent take of that.

“Abra Cadaver” and “Dragons” were both done on the same day. The recordings of both songs were relatively uneventful, but the former turned into a classic for us, and the other one was just sort of there. Looking back, it had a promising and cool riff, but we fucked up on the rest of the song.

Finally, we come to the last two days of recording. We spent a whole day tracking “Radioactive Warfare” because we wanted perfection on it, since we had this idea of it being our epic. It turned pretty rad, I thought, but not nearly what we had in mind.

On the last day, we got bored and decided to do the Morbid Angel cover, but had no intentions of releasing it. It got sent in with the rest of the tapes, and the label threw it on the record. I love the song, and I had fun covering it, but I didn’t want a cover on the record.

Well fiends, we’ve reached the end of our devilishly dumb, but fun ride. I hope you enjoyed this testament to our stupidity, and learned about what I hope is one of your favorite records. If I could go back and change a few things, I would, but I’m also very happy with how came out in the end. It did after all, kick start our career, and it remains our best seller and most popular album to this day. I hope to see you crazy fuckers on the reunion tour, and be on the lookout for a new album!!

-J. Wolfman

John Clayton Rocks

September 7th, 2012

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