Friday, April 12, 2013

Can't Keep A Good Zombie Down

World War Z: An Oral History of The Zombie War
Max Brooks

Thought with the new movie coming around the corner that I would set this one back up on center stage again.

Something tasty in keeping with the recent Zombie theme.

World War Z is a novel by Max Brooks which chronicles the fictional "World War Z" or "Zombie World War". It is a follow-up to his previous book, The Zombie Survival Guide. The book was released on September 12, 2006, with a movie based on it scheduled for release in 2008.

The book charts the war against the undead from global pandemic to mass panic, and then to the eventual armed struggle to reclaim the planet. Rather than a grand overview or a single perspective, World War Z is instead a collection of individual accounts, each revealing an aspect of the larger plot and simultaneously presenting a very personal tale. These different accounts take the form of interviews. The book draws from post-apocalyptic and zombie literature. "The Great Panic" chapter describes the rout of civilization in a similar manner to H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. The tales cover many genres -- the story of a Chinese admiral who spent the war on a submarine would fit easily among techno-thrillers. The viewpoint is not exclusively American, but focuses on the global nature of the struggle. This use of small personal tales creates a patchwork tapestry of the larger events unfolding in the book. Brooks addresses current issues such as environmentalism, the War on Terror and international health care. He also offers an interesting juxtaposition between the modern world and that of postwar Earth. For example, Cuba becomes the world's leading economy, Great Britain becomes a major producer of oil, and Tibet becomes the most populous country. This vision of a postwar Earth is startling in its contrast to that of today. It is implied that tribal groups such as South American Indians, Zulu of Southern Africa and Māori of New Zealand fared surprisingly well. One character relates an anecdote about the Māori taking on half of the Auckland horde, using traditional tribal weapons, did much better than the world's various military forces or Western civilians. Wikipedia

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

A Little Vinyette

Friday, April 05, 2013

Straight From The Beach

The weather is getting warmer, even in Chicago. So it's time to get back to the beach. Echo Beach that is. My friend The TurnTableTerrorist is at it again, just like he does every week at 2:00 am on Fridays. If your like me and sleeping at that time you can always catch the replay on TTT's new MixCloud channel. Just get it!

Artist – Track – Album – Label – Year (Time)
Set 1 -------
1. Echo Beach Intro – TurnTableTerrorist – Unreleased - 2011 (1:28)
2. Dub Rifles – Jamaican Sprinter – Layer by Layer, Pt. 2 – Ape Choons - 2013 (4:25)
3. Earlyworm – Big Common – Hi Fi Hustlin’ EP – Renegade Media – 2013 (3:05)
4. Dubosmium – Waragine A Ragine – Horizontal Plane Polar Dub – Fresh Poulp net label – 2006 (5:22)
5. Dubatech – Transcendent – Demo track produced in 2008 (6:26)
6. Mungo’s Hi Fi – Play Dub Selecta – 12” release on Scotch Bonnet Records – 2011 (4:07)
7. Shockman – Shockout (Dubmatix Electrocution Remix) – Shock the Sound EP - Voltage Music – 2011 (4:14)

Set 2 -------
8. Dub Chairmen – Soldier – Moscow, The Sex The City The Music – Petrol Records – 2005 (5:01)
9. Stephane Lefrancois – BL142 – The Vault, Session 1 EP – Balanced Records – 2013 (5:57)
10. Stalag Mix: The Techniques – Stalag 17 & Stalag 18 – The Techniques in Dub – Pressure Sounds – 1997 and Scientist – Stalag 17 – Scientist Meets Roots Radics: Dubbin’ With Horns – Burning Sounds – 1996 (9:17)
11. Bobby Kalphat – Dub Hill – Zion Hill – Upcoming release Pressure Sounds – 2013 (3:23)
12. Eating Betty – Dubbin’ 2 Hard – Single release from - 2008 (4:14)

Set 3 -------
13. Elvis – Suspicious Minds (Reggaesta Redub) – Reggae Versions – Reggaesta Productions – 2012 (3:31)
14. Aldub feat. Longfingah – Cool Down – Upcoming 7” release on the Irie Ites label – 2013 (4:10)
15. Bungalo Dub w/ Zion Train – Why (Official Mix, featuring Marlene Johnson) – Demo produced in 2008 (4:39)
16. Below Bangkok – Distress Call – Octopus 3 – Fresh Poulp – 2010 (5:05)
17. Loan – Social Living (Hubwar Remix) – Grigri Breakers 2013 – I.O.T. Records – 2013 (5:13) 18. WangTone – Kouai – Wangtone – Jarring Effects – 2005 (6:41)

Set 4 -------
19. Fred Locks – Wheat and Tears – Fred Locks: Reggae Legends Box Set – Upcoming release Greensleeves Records – 2013 (4:55)
20. Noble Society – Living the Life (Subatomic Sound Roots Remix) – Living the Life Remix EP – Subatomic Sound – 2013 (3:49)
21. Atarras – Cool Fire Version – 7” release on Pressure Sounds – 2010 (3:03)
22. Stand Hi Patrol – East Bond St. – 12” release on Stand Hi Records – 2013 (4:20)
23. Bones ft. Gregory Isaacs – Number One Sound – Single release on Junglist Sound – 2013 (5:47)
24. Makaron meets Dubsalon – In A Dream – Digital Warriors EP – Upcoming release on the Original Dub Gathering net label – 2013 (5:36)

Thursday, April 04, 2013

"Can I Have Some More Please?"

I hope you noticed these postings over the last few days. Brian James Freeman, among many other occupations such as editor, writer, and generally a nice guy,  has taken on a task to point us to a great many heavily discounted or FREE e-books out there. This particular site is Horror eBook Bargains which obviously deals with the scary, weird and macabre. The other is eMystery Bargains . Books are offered FREE and at limited price for several days only so these are two worthwhile sites to have on your reader.
One of todays offerings is musically related so is definitely one to jump on.
Let me know what you think.


Deep Blue by David Niall Wilson: FREE eBook Edition For April 4 and April 5!

Brian’s Note: Normally $3.99, this eBook is FREE today and tomorrow!
“Crossroads or crosshairs, it’s all the same. There’s only one way through the pain and that’s through the music.” – Old Wally
deep blueBrandt is a down-and-out guitarist and vocalist who believes his life has hit rock bottom. He can barely make the rent on his apartment, he drinks so much he can barely make it to the crappy gig that keeps his band afloat, let alone play when he gets there. When he leaves the bar one dark night with a bottle of Jose Cuervo in one hand and his guitar case in the other, he finds he’s locked out of his apartment with nowhere to go.
As he stands alone in the dark and feeling sorry for himself, he hears a lone harmonica being played in the distance. The sound is deep and powerful, and something in the music draws him away from his doorway and into an old alley where the homeless gather around garbage-can fires.
In that alley, Brandt meets the harmonica player, Wally, an old black man who can play the music that Brandt dreams of – the blues. Not the blues as you hear them on the modern radio, but they way they were once played – filled with an extra “something” that can’t be taught. Despite Wally’s warning, Brandt begs the old man to teach him the songs he is playing, and in the ensuing encounter, Brandt is gifted – or cursed – with new abilities. He feels the pain building up around him and inside him. Not his own pain, but the pain of others, the pain of those who have passed away, the pain of those who died with no one to hear their stories. Wally explains it. The music will release the pain, and it is the only thing that will release the pain. Brandt must play, or the pain will build up inside until he destroys his own mind from the weight of it. He becomes a conduit for the pain of the world, and then he is left alone.
Brandt plays one last concert with his band, and his performance draws them all, audience and musicians alike, into another world. They witness a panoram of pain and horror, and Brandt plays it up and out of himself, then walks away from the bar and the band, leaving them to wonder what just happened.
What follows are a series of revelations, one for each member of the band, and one for a young girl named Liz, drawing them together, and ultimately reuniting them with Brandt. Together, Brandt, Sinthia, Shaver, Dexter and Liz take off to the mountain town of Friendly California for a date with pain, destiny, and a silver haired Reverend who would like to see them dead. In the final showdown, they must meet the challenge of the music, the pain, and their mingled histories and stand, or fall, with the pain of the world in the balance.
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(Pricing and discount accurate as of the time of posting, but most deals are for a very limited time only.)

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Countdown Baby, 84, 83, 82, 81

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Baby 81
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During the last album, time couldn't save their souls. Here and now, they can't wait for time to save themselves. Welcome back BRMC.

Welcome back Nick Jago. There's no doubt, the countrified corner that BRMC found themselves painted into during Howl was pretty much down to his errant behavior, so it's not a surprise to find his restoration marking a return to the sound with which they made friends and influenced people.
It's what we want them to do and ultimately, it's what they're best at. Which isn't to say that the time that Robert Been and Peter Hayes spent getting in touch with their acoustic side has been forgotten. Howl showed that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club could be more than just fuzz and the feedback, and Baby 81 takes that idea and runs with it. Ok, it's (very) slightly at the expense of some of the nihilistic snarl which first endeared them to us, but in exchange we get an album with charms that run deeper.
Charms such as the wide open spaces of American X, patrolled by the same Killer Droid Prog Bots that have been most recently coursing through Muse's nightmares. Yeah, it's three minutes too long, but for six, rages with intergalactic anger. Then there's Lein On Your Dreams, which manages to reinvent Word Up by Cameo for the "whatyarebellinagainst waddayagot" generation - keeping the funk, but bringing the alienation.
They even manage to find enough time to get all reflective. Twice, actually, on Not What You Wanted and All You Do Is Talk. It's the second of those which the most successful, despite a beginning worryingly like a U2 ballad. It's almost as if all the shit BRMC have suffered over the past few years has caused them to, wait for it, lighten up. A bit.
Not that they've forgotten the joy of the grind. Opener Took Out A Loan railroads along on a riff which grates like Trent Reznor's teeth after someone replaced his Candela with industrial strength speed; Berlin has a back'n'forth glam-rock melody which sounds like someone dragging Noddy Holder across broken glass; the wiry, claustrophobic Need Some Air is like they've captured a feral Interpol song and are slowly choking the life out of it with an oily rag.
All grimy, ragged, top drawer stuff. But it's Weapon Of Choice which is the best song here, the best example of the joining up of old BRMC to new BRMC: pissed-off and indignant, but more eloquent with it; steeped in layers of swirling guitars, but applying them with more sophistication.
Given it's gestation, it's fairly amazing that Baby 81 wasn't stillborn. To find it's kicking with such vigor is little short of remarkable. Oh, welcome back BRMC.- Tim Lee
1. Took Out A Loan
2. Berlin
3. Weapon Of Choice
4. Window
5. Cold Wind
6. It's Not What You Wanted
7. 666 Conducer
8. All You Do Is Talk
9. Lein On Your Dreams
10. Need Some Air
11. Killing The Light
12. American X
13. Am I Only
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Give Your Ass A Kick Start

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

I've noticed quite a bit of action on this offering lately so thought I would re-up closer to the top for those not inclined to dig to much. As many hits as this file has had over the last 5 years, not one comment,  good or bad.

by Bryan Thomas
The seed that became Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — or B.R.M.C. for short — was planted back in 1995, when Robert Turner and Peter Hayes met while attending high school in their hometown of San Francisco. They formed a solid friendship and camaraderie based on a mutual love of early-'90s U.K. bands like Ride and the Stone Roses and a few on the successful Creation Records label (the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine). They ultimately decided to put their as-yet-unnamed project on hold, and joined other bands while still attempting to keep in touch with each other; frequently they would attend each other's gigs. In 1998, after both had fled their previous groups, they rejoined, this time adding new drummer Nick Jago. (Jago, originally from England, had finished art school to move to the States in 1996). They began performing live in November 1998. Originally calling themselves the Elements — they quickly changed it after discovering many other bands had shared the same title — they purloined their new name from the Marlon Brando-led biker gang who stormed into that dusty California hamlet in The Wild One.By 1999, B.R.M.C. had recorded a polished 16-track demo CD that began making the rounds (they sold all 500 copies at their shows), and relocated to Los Angeles. Local Santa Monica-based KCRW (a well-known FM station that compiled and released yearly Rare on Air CD compilations) jumped on the band's demo first, giving them their initial airplay, but soon interest in the band spread across the Atlantic, where BBC Sheffield even named the demo their "Record of the Week." Oasis' Noel Gallagher heard it and wanted to sign the band to his new Brother Records imprint, telling MOJO magazine that they were his favorite new band, but after inking a lucrative Warner/Chappell publishing deal, they were fielding offers from interested major and indie labels, ultimately choosing to sign in March 2000 with Virgin Records. After a short U.S. tour with the Dandy Warhols, the band entered the studio and produced a self-titled debut, B.R.M.C., which was issued in March 2001. Two years later, the trio returned with a slicker edge; Take Them on, on Your Own appeared in September 2003. They severed ties with Virgin Records eight months later. A deal with RCA surfaced within months, and the acoustic, Americana-influenced Howl arrived in August of 2005. The band moved back to the loud rock & roll approach favored on their first two albums with 2007's Baby 81.
by Bryan Thomas
This L.A.-based band (originally hailing from San Francisco) came along just when they were needed most. This self-produced major-label debut boldly plunders a reverb-and-white noise course previously trampled underfoot by long-gone British bands of the late '80s and early '90s (the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Verve, Ride, the Stone Roses, etc.). It all sounds very British, on many levels, despite the fact that only one band member is an Englishman living in exile in the States. On some songs, however, the driving, over-amped guitars (often buzzing with "VU needles-in-red"-type feedback) and pounding drums have a swaggering primeval feel that rivals solid Detroit rock outfits, both old and new (including the Stooges and the Go, to name two). A few have dark, introspective lyrics, with subjects like impending death ("Rifles" at their heart, while others have a positive, more uplifting feel (cf. "Salvation"), but it's really the group's cohesive, solid production overall that captures a shoegazing, blustery rock vibe not heard for nearly a decade or more. Highlights abound on this astonishing disc, including the bitter opening salvo, "Love Burns," the diaphanous space pop of "Too Real," and the flurry of sawtooth guitar scree that is "Whatever Happened to My Rock n' Roll (Punk Song)," a track recalling the manic intensity of the Stooges circa Fun House.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Dig it!

Stumbled over and landed hard on this one. As they say:

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Mas Gratis!!!!

Shock Totem 2: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted: FREE eBook Edition For April 2 and April 3

shock totem 2The long-awaited second issue of Shock Totem features new fiction from David Jack Bell, Cate Gardner, Vincent Pendergast, Leslianne Wilder, and others. Also includes nonfiction from Mercedes M. Yardley, a conversation with James Newman, reviews, and more.
Shock Totem Publications is an American small-press publisher specializing in dark fantasy and horror. It was founded in 2008 by author K. Allen Wood. He is assisted by John Boden, Tom Bordonaro, Mercedes M. Yardley, Sarah Gomes, and numerous staff writers.
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FREE!!! No Foolin'

Vermin: A Short Story by Allison M. Dickson: FREE eBook Edition For A Limited Time Only!

verminBrian’s Note: Reader Jeff R recommended this FREE horror short story, but I don’t know how long it’ll stay free, so grab your copy while your can. I don’t know about you, but I’m always willing to check out a free short story about an infamous mansion with big pest problems.
Someone has purchased the infamous Martindale mansion, long abandoned following an unspeakable murder. And it has a pest problem. A very big pest problem.
Originally published on Reflection’s, Vermin is a classic horror story designed to get under your skin. Read it with the lights on. And a can of Raid.
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(Pricing and discount accurate as of the time of posting, but most deals are for a very limited time only.)