By Mandy McGee
Austin, Tx shoegaze band Ringo Deathstarr is releasing a new album called “God’s Dream” is coming out in Japan on December 18th, 2013 and then soon after to the USA and Europe. They have put up the song “Flower Power” from that album to tied you over. Take a listen.
Do you remember Nerd Punk Rockers Nerf Herder? They had a song on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the theme song! Well they are back. They have a song for free download on Pledge Music and are keeping us in anticipation of amazing things to come. Go download the song and rock out to their 90’s classic video below of their hit “Mr. Spock”.
Light hearted folk country by story teller Laura Shepherd from Virginia has a new video out for the song “Stone Soup”. Take a look at look!
By Mandy McGee (via Moon Sounds Records)
I work PR for the label Moon Sounds Records and we have an announcement.
The pre-order for Ceremony’s – ‘Distance ‘is now up!!!
Set to come out December 17th and start shipping December 26th!
Pre-ordering will give you an immediate download of the albums two singles ‘I Want To Kiss ‘and ‘Send Me Your Dreams ‘(Previously only available on the delicious Famous Class Records as part of their LAMC series that Ceremony was a part of as a split 7” with A Place To Bury Strangers)
The other tracks from the album will be on CD when it comes out and will be available for streaming from our BandCamp page then.
All international orders will come with extras from Moon Sounds to offset the shipping costs.
Album mastered by Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers /Skywave)
We are so excited to finally bring you this album. It’s been a long time waiting.
By Mandy McGee
I haven’t shared new music in a while because I have been incredibly busy and then I took a much need vacation. I am back in the game and excited to share things with you!
(Photo by Mandy McGee)
Plumerai is a dark dream pop band from Boston, MA who has just released a video for the song “13” off their album Mondegreen. Vocalist Eliza Brown dominates with her sweet jazzy voice in this track leaving you wanting more. The whole album is definitely worth a listen which you can get at their bandcamp.
Plumerai’s Next show is December 20th at Parkside Lounge in New York City.
(Photo by Mandy McGee)
Teen Men is a brand new band out of Delaware comprised of Joe Hobson and Nick Krill from Spinto Band and visual artists Catharine Maloney, a photographer, and Albert Birney, a filmmaker (who has made videos for Spinto Band, Generationals and Ra Ra Riot). They have a great vibrant sound blending electronic samples and ambient accents. Seeing the band live is where it gets more interesting because they use a synchronized video projection that is interactive. If you get the chance to see this band live please do so. It will blow your mind. In the mean time keep up to date with Teen Men as they are working on their first album. Here is the video for “Hiding Records (So Dangerous)” featuring Sylvio.
You can see Teen Men on these next few dates:
December 7th at the Shop in Pittsburgh, PA
December 14th at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA
January 17th at Current Gallery in Baltimore, MD
(Photo by Matt Gaye)
Philadelphia’s psych rock band Needle Points have released their new album, Bom Tugangu, on bandcamp which you can get as a digital download or vinyl. Here is a video they released a month ago for the song "I Drink Rainfalls" off the new album.
You can catch them next at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on December 12th.
On November 27th they are playing with the amazing Girl in a Coma at Backstage Live in San Antonio, TX.
By Mandy McGee
I found John Kenn’s Monster Drawings through Juxtapoz Magazine and then went over to his website to see more. John is a writer and director for children’s television and in his spare time draws monsters on post-it notes. His work is amazingly whimsical yet dark.
Check these out and then go to his site and view more.
By Mandy McGee
Ltd Art Gallery in Seattle, WA on Capitol Hill is running a new collection, "Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words". It opened last Friday November 8th and is running til December 7th, 2013. If you are in the area go and check it out. There are some very amazing works displayed.
(“RAZORGIRL” BY AARON JASINSKI)
"A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words is a new art show that allows the artist to move away from the cues of visual mediums and instead draw inspiration from the many wonderful characters and worlds from literature. From Edgar Allan Poe to Michael Crichton, over 40 artists will imagine their own literary favorites in a new light.
Featuring the art of: Marjon Accoin, Kari-Lise Alexander, Dane Ault, Dilka Bear, Crystal Barbre, Cory Benhatzel, Jonathan Bergeron, Barry Blankenship, Syd Brown, Craig Church, Daisy Church, Mona Collentine, Nick Comporone, Doaly, Derek Eads, Leslie Gauthier, Levi Hastings, Blain Hefner, Kiku Hughes, Claire Hummel, Aaron Jasinski, Suzanne Kaufman, Christina Lank, Nan Lawson, June Leeloo, Eliot Mechanism, Timo Meyer, Mikeatron, Brian Miller, Moon, Ryan Myers, Damon O’Keefe, Christopher J Olsen, Augie Pagan, Paolo Petrangeli, Chet Phillips, Reid Psaltis, JSalvador, Dennis Salvatier, Mark Sarmel, Amanda Scurti, Paul Shipper, Siames, Tnglr, Todd Spence, Meghan Stratman, Derek Sullivan, Clay Sisk, Emi Tolibas, Rich Werner”
(“DEMENTOR” BY MOON)
(“CORALINE” BY PAOLO PETRANGELI)
By Mandy McGee
I have finally caught up with Vicki of Museum of Robots in between conventions to chat. Museum of Robots designs and manufactures retro-futuristic housewares, home and personal accessories. The center of their design philosophy is that they are fans first: they go to sci-fi conventions and fine art museums, vintage car shows and sci-fi movies, science exhibits and toy shows.
(Richard and Vicki; photo by Frank Pryor Photography)
Mandy: Who are the humans behind Museum of Robots?
Museum of Robots: We’re Vicki Küng and Richard Küng. Richard has been collecting robots for 25 years; Vicki is a lifelong science fiction fan who got her first robot at age 6. We are designers by training and profession, and the line is what happened when we decided to create things we’d like in our own home.
Mandy: Why did you start the site?
Museum of Robots: We started the company 5 years ago. We’re both designers and we wanted to move from design consulting to developing our own line of products. We began selling at large wholesale shows, and immediately had a great response from museum and design stores, so that really inspired us to keep going. We found that it was important to get the products in front of the actual consumer, so we started selling at conventions. It was exactly the right move.
And to clarify - there is not a real Museum of Robots. Someday, we hope. We’ve started with the gift store and we’ll bootstrap a museum you can visit from there.
Mandy: Do you design the items in your store or do you out source?
Museum of Robots: Our work is original design, and we work with manufacturers to produce the products. We use a range of manufacturing methods, from traditional to digital, from sand-cast to 3D printing. When possible, we manufacture in the USA; when we utilize foreign manufacturing, it is with producers of high-quality goods who understand our creative and company vision, working responsibly with materials and processes. We also license art from artists we like, and use that on some of the products we make.
Mandy: Why did you choose the style of steampunk/vintage?
Museum of Robots: We don’t really think of the line as steampunk, or even vintage. Retro-future seems to sum it up better - it gives us a range of design influences to work with, although we do sort of fall into a something-punk arena: atom punk, steampunk, diesel punk, cyber-punk. But our influences come from everywhere. We love toy robots and mid-century modern chairs, and urban vinyl, and Italian design. Add a love of technology, sci-fi books and movies, vintage cars, modern design, Googie architecture and Disneyland, and the resulting mash up is Museum of Robots.
Mandy: What is your most popular item?
Museum of Robots: The Rocket Salt & Pepper continues to be our strongest seller, although the rocket and raygun jewelry are catching up. We find the most popular items are rockets, rayguns, and robots. We’re apparently good at things that start with R.
Mandy: How well do you do selling at conventions vs the web site?
Museum of Robots: Conventions and the web site are two different selling venues, although some customers do both. At the conventions, it gives us a chance to see how people respond to the products, and our designs and products are constantly improved by what we hear from people. Not everything goes online - there are new products and limited production items that are show-only. Online is more of the core line, and we are so fortunate in our customers - they are from across the US, and work at some of the most amazing and innovative technology and science companies.
Mandy: Do you enjoy conventions?
Museum of Robots: Love, love love conventions. We started out on the fan side of the aisle, and I truly can’t think of anything more fun than days spent at a con, marinating in convention culture. As exhibitors, we think it’s our job to be a part of convention fun, so we really focus on having a nice booth and product offering. It is hard to miss a good panel, and we are generally too tired to take in much of the evening activities, but these are small things compared to how much fun the conventions are.
Mandy: What is your favourite convention?
Museum of Robots: That’s like trying to pick a favorite robot! Our favorite shows are the ones with a good vibe - happy attendees, nice people, and management that understands why we are there. Not every convention gets it. The ones that do are the happiest places on earth.
(Me and Vicki at Emerald City Comic Con last March)
Mandy: Do you have any plans to expand the site to a physical store?
Museum of Robots: We’d love to experiment with a pop-up or two as way to dip our toe into a retail presence. No immediate plans for a physical store, but yes, we’d love to have one when the time is right.
Mandy: Are you going to get more merch on the site this year?
Museum of Robots: We’ve got new items that we introduced at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and we are busy getting those on the site. We really listen to comments from people at the cons we attend and use that information to tweak and improve the entire product line. The result is what goes on the web site.
Mandy: Do you take commissions?
Museum of Robots: We’ve done a number of custom projects and are always interested in collaborations. We created a special exhibit t-shirt for the Shelburne Museum’s Steampunk show last year, and a custom product for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Mandy: If you had a superpower what would it be?
Museum of Robots: There is a rumor that my superpower is weaponized sarcasm, but I think something involving flying would be more useful. Although with all the lifting and toting of things we do going to conventions, I think that the ability to pack up all our stuff and smallerize it so that it fits in a pocket would be the holy grail of superpowers for the convention circuit. I always wish we could just pop things back into a virtual inventory like we used to do when Museum of Robots was in Second Life. Then fly home without a plane.
Mandy: Do you have any hidden talents?
Museum of Robots: I make great orange marmalade, and it won a blue ribbon at the county fair one year. I think it was the single malt scotch in the mix that tipped the balance in my favor.
Mandy: Do you have any plans to do anything else creative besides museum of robots like a different kind of design or a different creative area all together?
Museum of Robots: We are both designers by training, so we use those skills - graphics, 3D, exhibit design, fashion design, digital design - on all aspects of Museum of Robots. We have individual projects and clients in addition to Museum of Robots, so we keep our skills and design brains current.
By Mandy McGee
Brian Langan is a musician from Philadelphia, PA. He is more than a musician, he is witty, a true artist and a sex bomb! I was able to catch is fun, witty side in this interview. I highly recommend checking out his numerous projects and see how artistic and sexy he is. Brian really is an amazing musician and has a fabulous voice. HA!
(Photo by Jason Riedmiller)
Mandy: For our readers pleasure who is Brian Langan in a nutshell?
Brian: It’s very tight and dark, it gets hot, real friggin hot!
Mandy: You are in a bunch of different music projects, can you describe them?
Brian: I play fuzzed out loud bass and do some singing about cosmic shit in Needle Points which an experiment in street level boogie.
I play ripper guitar and sing in Sweatheart which a dress up band that kinda sounds like 80’s party movie rock.
I play guitar and LEAD SING in Langor which i guess you’d call my solo project. 60’s fantasy pop/rock type stuff.
I also play dumb guitar and sing in Kock107 a classic rock band in the vein of Foreigner, Bryan Adams and Thin Lizzy. We’re a very sexy band!
By Mandy McGee
Here is a quick rundown of a few bands I recommend you checking out.
(Photo by Dylan Gordon)
Giant Drag is calling it quits but not before a few new videos surface. Here is one that Annie Hardy did recently for he song “90210”.
Austin, TX based indie pop band Tele Novella has only a couple of songs up on their soundcloud now but just wait til November…more will be up along with a new vinyl to purchase. You can follow them on twitter or facebook to get updates. Here is a small list of November shows coming up around TX.
November 9th -Houston- Mango’s
November 10th - San Antonio-Hi Tone’s
November 11th - Denton-Macaroni Island
November 12th - Austin-Hotel Vegas
November 13th - Dallas-The Crown and Harp
Here is a neat video I found filmed by Jim Bailey of Tele Novella performing “Hair of the Dog” at Bows and Arrows in Sacramento, CA on 5-28-13.
(Photo take from the band’s facebook, credit unknown)
By Morgue Anne
Hello, internet users! Unless you have been living under a rock or been stuck in MySpace, there’s this wonderful thing called Kickstarter that is helping a lot of fantastic artists accomplish their dreams in a way otherwise impossible before the internet. Through the magic of crowdsourcing, these phenomenal creators are working their tushes off to make their wildest fantasies of art a reality. How does it work? Easy! You (yes you) throw in what you can afford to projects that you think should exist in our world, tell all your friends about it by hitting the share buttons (this is very important), and once everyone has done their part, we have all been a piece of something larger than all of us!
Got it? Great! Here’s some projects that could use your skipping a trip to Starbucks to help fund.
Have you ever played Cards Against Humanity? That was a small kickstarter that became a huge phenomenon and is now a common name amongst almost all drinking human beings in the United States. Games are probably about as expensive to make as they are fun to play, and that’s why Liz Spain needs your help to bring this deck of cards she has been play testing for years into the public spectrum.
Yes, they have already reached their goal. This means that you can expect Incredible Expeditions to become a reality soon, but they have set stretch goals so that you can still get one of the first copies of the game and participate in it’s wonderful storytelling with your friends! Imagine hanging out and being the first of your friends to have this game, to be able to say “Oh, you can’t get it in stores yet, I only got a copy because I helped make it”. Feels pretty good, doesn’t it? $40 good? Because that’s all it costs to get the game.
Then again, Liz Spain has been cool enough to put up the .pdfs so you can print it from home to play. But you should at least throw in a couple bucks for karma points. Also Extollere’s very own Mandy McGee did the portraits for the game.
… And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
Ready to go international? Support some music that will rock your face off? While this isn’t set up on kickstarter proper, Trail of Dead is utilizing pledgemusic.com for their similar formatting to let people pre-order their newest album as a way to ensure it gets made. They have set up their campaign to be the absolute minimum amount they need to make “Tao Part III” a reality and are so close to their goal they can almost taste it! Many of the larger-ticket items have already ‘sold out’ in a sense, but you can still pre-order the album, a signed copy, or even a vinyl version for whatever the exchange rate of pounds to dollars is (1 pound = 1.56 American Dollars). Support some cool music or even a private concert! Only 20 days left on this, go get it while there’s still stuff to grab!
Prom Queen: Midnight Veil
Alright, this one is pretty fucking cool. Prom Queen (band) wants to take the idea of the concept album to a whole new level. They are raising money to make music videos for every single one of the album’s songs to create a work of art you can watch as a film or in individual pieces. Kind of mind blowing, right? This could very well be this generation’s ‘The Wall’ in it’s own right. The great thing is that they have all of experience necessary, it’s all ready to go, all they need is…the money to do it. So close yet so far, Prom Queen has 24 more days to raise $12,000. The album itself is only $10 and the completed DVD is available for $50! That is an amazing dream that is right outside of someone’s grasp and YOU can help put it in their hands. Then again, you could spend that $10 on one more pack of cigarettes (or whatever your vice is). In case I’m not being clear: Go support this kickstarter.
Seattle Geekly Podcast
Back in my early podcasting days, the Seattle Geekly were some of the first podcasts I ever got into. Our paths crossed several times over the years, and I was genuinely sad when I heard they were shutting down their operation. Fortunately, they are so very close to reaching their goal to get the money together for a year of podcast episodes. For only $3,000 they can promise 48 episodes ranging from 45-90 minutes of pure Seattle Geeky goodness. They have only 7 days remaining on their kickstarter, but just over $500 to go! All it takes is for you to give up one trip to the coffee shop and you can have a set of buttons that you get to wear forever and show off how you brought this piece of Seattle culture back to life.
By Mandy McGee
Hanson is going on tour for their new album, Anthem. They always put on a fantastic show (I have seen them 36 times…go ahead and make fun of me now and get it over with). Anthem is a step away from their last album, Shout It Out, with more aggressive sounds and heavy rock riffs. You can still tell how influenced they are by blues and 50s-60’s rock and roll. I know their live show will still be amazing and a lot of fun. Check them out near you!
They are touring through the end of the year. I have posted only September dates. Go to their website for the full list.
By Mandy McGee
If you are in the Seattle area tonight through September 28th come to LTD Gallery and see PRESS START… To Continue: Video Game Art by Video Game Artists.
(“Help us…please?” By Tim Gillette)
As PAX Prime once again descends upon the city of Seattle, we have put together an amazing sequel to our extremely popular PRESS START art show, celebrating the modern era of VIDEO GAMES.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 30th 7pm-11pm
-Enjoy complimentary beverages, sponsored by Jones Soda and Jameson Whiskey
-T2 Pinball Machine loaded with free credits
-XBOX 360 with KINECT set up on the TV
-A Live set from DJ HOJO
This time around, We have over 30 industry artists who have created a unique collection of mash-up art mixing classic and modern games. Together with a selection of artwork inspired by the modern era of gaming.
What would it be like if Link teamed up with the Scythian from Sword & Sorcery? How would Ms. Pac-man handle the world of Uncharted? Could Earthworm Jim team up with the Spartans and take on the galaxy? This collection of artists have a chance to really geek out and explore their love of the characters and worlds of classic and modern video games to create truly original artwork.
This will be an art event you can’t miss!
Featuring the art of: Patrick Ballesteros, Mark Behm, Mr. Benja, Jason Brashill, Heather Campbell, Jonathan Cooper, George Davis, Elijah Evenson, Carl Faulkner, Colin Foran, Bryan Fu, Tim Gillette, Doug Gordon, Andy Helms, Matt Holmberg, Claire Hummel, Suzanne Kaufman, Kyle Kulakowski, Ron Lemen, Karin Madan, Eliot Mechanism, Greggory Metzler, Mike Oeming , Devi Pellerin, Eric Pineda, Liam Robinson, Lawrence Ruelos, Wade Schin, Jason Stokes, Siolo Thompson, Jesse Van Dijk, WP Van Overbruggen, Rich Werner, Andrew Wilson, Sam Wood , Ken Wong, and more…
By Mandy McGee
Photographer Catharine Maloney was born in Austin, Texas in 1982 and currently lives in Delaware. She has an MFA from Yale School of Art and is in the band Teen Men (with members of Spinto Band). Her photographs have been featured on websites such as It’s Nice That, Serial Optimist, I Heart Photograph and Print Liberation and her work has been exhibited most recently at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia and Higher Pictures in New York City. Catharine’s style is playful and whimsical mixed with nostalgia and intentional awkwardness. I was super excited when she agreed to chat with me about her work.
Mandy- How long have you been doing photography and how did you get started?
Catharine- Thirteen years, I took a class in high school after failing out of theatre arts because I was bad a memorizing.
Mandy- How would you describe your style?
Catharine- Candy-colored, playful, men!
By Mandy McGee
Fredericksburg, VA noise-pop band Ceremony put out a limited edition tape cassette single on Moon Sounds records. You can purchase a copy and receive a digital download along with it. It comes with two tracks, “I Want to Kiss” (which will be on the upcoming Ceremony album Distance) and “Down On Me”. Go to Moon Sounds Bandcamp to get this amazing limited edition cassette, their are only 100 copies. Take a listen to more tracks from Ceremony on their soundcloud.
Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) recently released a new album, Paracosm. It is full of synth, psychedlic pluses and warm reverb. I have had this album on repeat. Paracosm is an any time of the day chill-wave album. Here is the video for the single “Don’t Give Up”. Washed Out is currently on tour; don’t miss a live show. You can also purchase the new album via Sub Pop.
By Mandy McGee
This stop-motion paper anatomy is pretty much one of the most amazing learning tools I have ever seen. I wish this had been around when I was younger. The trailer is all in paper stop-motion, the app is all animated.
You can preview the app by Tinybop on iTunes. It is a great way for kids to learn all about how the body works. The app is interactive and all the parts are animated to show how we work.
Explore a working model of the body. Every part is animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Designed for kids ages 4+ to discover what we’re made of and how we work.
A handmade “demo video” for Tinybop’s Human Body App, which teaches kids about how body systems function.
All parts are made with paper—including the sounds.
Made by @kellianderson for friends at @tinybop
More information about the process here: kellianderson.com/blog/2013/08/illustrating-tinybops-1st-app/
Play with the app itself here: tinybop.com/products
Sound recording and mixing by thesoundsinmyhead.com