Sunday, October 15, 2017

John Carpenter's Halloween by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

John Carpenter's Halloween by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

To stream or download this track:

John Carpenter's 'Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998,' out October 20 on Sacred Bones Records.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017



Track Listing Below: 

1. Dig Up Her Bones - Misfits
2. Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
3.     Pet Semetary – Ramones
4.     Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All) – Type O  Negative
5.     (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
6.     Sweet Dreams (Are made of this) – Marilyn Manson
7.     The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen
8.     Welcome to my Nightmare – Alice Cooper
9.     Cry Little Sister (Theme from Lost Boys) – Gerard McMann
10.     My Body’s a Zombie for You – Dead Man’s Bones
11. Spooky – Classics IV
12. Suspiria – Goblin
13. Release the Bats – The Birthday Party
14. Children of the Grave – Black Sabbath
15. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
16. Season of the Witch – Donovan
17. Red Right Hand – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
18. I was a Teenage Werewolf – The Cramps

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Life Saved | An interview with Mark Lanegan

With a little shy of 15 official releases under your belt and a never-ending list of collaborations and guest appearances on other’s albums, you’re no stranger to hard work and your passion for music is certainly undeniable. What is it about creating music that keeps you going and continues to inspire and motivate you to keep creating?

I really feel like music saved my life when I was a kid and I fell into making music as a result of being a huge fan of other people's tunes. Once I learned I could do it myself I've never wanted to stop and It's given me a life beyond my wildest expectations.

 Like life and ourselves your music too has evolved over time. From the more stripped instrumentally stripped down The Winding Sheet or Whiskey for the Holy Ghost to your latest release Gargoyle which is undoubtable comparable to an onion being peeled layer upon layer to reveal even more layers. Like most of your later albums - Gargoyle is musically vibrant and rich. Instrumentally, what inspired Gargoyle and how did it come together? Chicken or the egg, or the music or the lyrics shall we say? 

Half of the music for gargoyle was written by Rob Marshall in the U.K. and sent to me via email, so for those, singing parts and lyrics came secondary. The songs I wrote myself I started with guitar or keyboard with words and music developing together.

Whilst Gargoyle is booming with sound the poetry is as ever present as ever. The lyrical theme of broody folk tales, demons and redemption of the sombre and forlorn winds itself around the whimsical guitar sounds and bustling drums. But dare I say it (though I’ve mentioned this ever so briefly to you before) this may in fact be the most “positive” album of yours to date. What do you think prompted the musical evolution on this album toward a sunnier Mr Lanegan? 

Not really sure why some of these tunes have a more positive seeming bent.... whenever I'm writing words to someone else's music I always do what feels instinctively correct and let the chips fall where they will.

Notably, you are no stranger to collaborations and fans can look forward to some guest appearances on Gargoyle from Josh Homme to Greg Dulli. Can you tell us a little about the line up on this record and how it came together?

Most of the music on this record was recorded by Rob Marshall and Alain Johannes. After that, I had some of my friends come in and add their magic. I always love singing with Josh and Greg and Duke Garwood always makes the tracks he's on better. I've also been lucky to have Martyn LeNoble and Jack Irons as my rhythm section on my past several records and they are the best.

A few months ago I was in the office and heard an electro track in the background then a familiar darkened baritone belted above the beat. Of course I’m talking about the Andrew Weatherall remix of Nocturne which was soon followed by his remix of Beehive.  For the typical Lanegan fan it might cause a quiet moment of shock. I guess it’s hard to imagine Mark Lanegan in a rave waving his arms around but god forbid we deny the dance scene the talent of Mark Lanegan. You’ve collaborated with electronic artists in the past and had a remix album and I believe a Gargoyle remix album is due to come out soon as well. Can you explain your relationship with dance/electro music and will we ever spy Mark Lanegan dressed in black raving in a corner at a dance festival? Or is your love for electronic music something strictly saved for dancing in the kitchen? 

Ha yes, strictly for the kitchen but I have enjoyed listening to electronic/dance/industrial music for most of my life. When I was really young I fell in love with Kraftwerk and then later with Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and New Order amongst others. 

I have a few personal faves on the new album, namely Goodbye to Beauty and First Day of Winter. There’s a real soft beauty to these tracks. Do you have a personal favourite on the album? 

I think Nocturne, Emperor and First Day Of Winter are my favourites.

 It’s been 27 years since your first solo album. That’s gotta blow your mind. Did you think after finishing up The Winding Sheet you’d be here at 52 still making music? What would today’s Mark Lanegan say to a then 25-year-old Mark Lanegan now with the benefit of hindsight? 

Every step of the way I've been surprised that anyone would enjoy what I'm doing and I always feel blessed at every opportunity to continue making music. I would tell the 25 year old me to be nicer to myself and other people.

 We are of course familiar with your male/female collaboration dichotomy over the years. Are there any female artists you would love to collaborate with and haven’t yet had the chance? 

I love the music of Chan Marshall and Lana Del Rey and would be psyched to sing with them. In my wildest dreams I would love to sing with Siouxsie.

You’re embarking on a European/UK tour later in the year to follow up Gargoyle. What can fans expect? 

Hopefully they can expect a good show with songs they wanna hear.




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Featured Tattoo Artist | Heather Bailey

Name: Heather Bailey

Age: 35

Location: Oakland, CA soon to be Los Angeles, CA

How did you get into the industry? 

I got my first tattoo and became friends with everyone at that shop. I was hanging out there as much as I could while going to art school and one day they offered me an apprenticeship. 

Was it hard to find an apprenticeship? 

I knew I was drawn to tattooing but I never thought I could actually do it. I definitely fell into it, I was given an opportunity and I took it which isn't something that happens very often so I value it greatly.

How long have you been tattooing? 

13 Years

What inspires you? 

There is too much to list and I could go on forever about specifics so i'll just say music, history, literature and art!

Who are your favourite tattoo artists? 

Tim Lehi, Dan Santoro, Matt Shamah, Ron Henry Wells and Bryan Randolph.

How would you describe your tattoo style? 

A few clients have described it as "Gothic Traditional" which is funny and seems appropriate. I'd say that I do traditional tattooing with non traditional subject matter. I use a lot of black with a super muted color palette and I feel like I'm more known for that.

If you weren't tattooing what would you be doing? 

I would be a Pro-Domme. It's something I've wanted to do for over 10 years but I just haven't had the time to devote to learning a new trade.

What advice do you have to people considering careers in tattooing? 

Go get tattooed by real tattooers in a quality shop, not a friend in a kitchen. Be polite, respectful and patient. A lot of people (myself included) have worked so incredibly hard for this and it's truly special and extremely rewarding in ways that people wouldn't expect.

What are some of the best things you have experienced as a result of your career?

 I have gotten to travel the world while doing what I love. I've met some of my best friends though tattooing, fellow tattooers and clients that have turned into close friends as well as a few celebrities! My husband and I started our friendship when he first got tattooed by me and my career allows me to see him while he's on tour with his band.

Where do you currently tattoo?

 As of right now I work at Black Heart Tattoo in San Francisco. I'll be relocating to Los Angeles very soon though and will be splitting my time between two different shops. The first being The Martlet and the second, Thunderbird Tattoo. I actually plan on traveling to tattoo as much as possible for the next few years as well!

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