Tuesday, August 22, 2017

THE FIERCE GHOST EATS HUMAN REGION


I am absolutely delighted to be curating Portland, Oregon’s FIRST EVER major exhibition of original hand-painted horror movie posters from Ghana!

ONE WEEK ONLY! 
October 20 through October 27, 2017 

The Fierce Ghost Eats Human Region: Horror Movie Paintings From Ghana is a spectacular celebration of original paintings curated by Dennis Dread and Brian Chankin of Chicago’s Deadly Prey Gallery, that focuses on the more grotesque fringes of the much touted Ghanaian movie poster movement. Vampires! Cannibals! Ghosts! Skulls! Demons! Barbarians! Telepathic Snakes! Bodily Dismemberment! Floating Heads! Killer Dolls! Metastatic Musculature! Jason Taking Manhunte (no, not Manhattan...Manhunte)! These are MASSIVE original hand-painted posters from West Africa (NO PRINTS!) and all will be available for immediate sale. Come experience the macabre splendor of Ghanaian horror at its hallucinatory heights!

During the mid 1980s, as affordable videocassette technology became available in larger cities across West Africa, resourceful entrepreneurs launched mobile “pop-up” cinemas throughout the rural and coastal villages of Ghana where reliable electricity was still a somewhat sparse commodity. Armed with little more than portable gas-powered generators and a stack of VHS tapes, traveling new jack “barkers” delivered Western genre films to remote outposts along the Gulf of Guinea to the delight of cheering audiences who had yet to experience the chiseled machismo of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sly Stallone or the massive Aqua Netted coifs of 80s femininity. These immensely popular short run open-air screenings required commanding and titillating advertising and, in lieu of neon, an incredible new art movement of wildly expressive one-sheet marquee posters soon exploded onto the cultural landscape. Hand-painted on sewn together flour sack canvases, these posters were utilitarian and disposable by design, but soon caught the attention of fine art collectors such as Ernie Wolfe III, author of the definitive “golden age” collections Extreme Canvas and Extreme Canvas 2, who recognized their visionary potency and sheer awe-inspiring surreality. By the late 90s, as digital print technology and advances in the nation’s infrastructure emerged, these traveling DIY cinema clubs were rendered obsolete. But it was too late! Younger Ghanaian artists who had come of age during the writhing chromatic glory of first wave movie poster masters such as Mr. Brew, Leonardo, Kofi “Death As Wonder” Kuwornu, D.A. "Bright" Obens, and E.A. “Heavy” Jeaurs had already become possessed and began creating their own massive paintings in earnest devotion and winking homage. And so the incendiary movement of beautiful Ghanaian movie paintings marches on…

Join us on October 20 for the Opening Reception at Portland's Cobra Lounge from 7pm-10pm, featuring a live performance by Ensorcelling the Minotaur (Roger Forbish of Deathcharge conjuring the ghost of Robert Moog) and yours truly weaving a wyrd sonic spell of horror movie soundtracks, fuzzed-out pan-African psych and heavy acid rock, man! You won’t want to miss this. Trust me.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

KEEP THE DOGS AWAY!



Wyrd War and Rose City Strip join forces to deliver Portland's heaviest heavy metal event of 2017! And it's FREE! Canadian heavy metal legend Jon Mikl THOR returns to the City of Roses on the wings of his latest odd opus Beyond the Pain Barrier with special support from Lucifer's full throttle female-fronted Louisville execution squad SAVAGE MASTER and Portland's very own bastard sons of Phil Lynott and Kate De Lombaert ACID WASH! Some heads are gonna roll, Portland.

Monday, July 24, 2017


Saturday, July 15, 2017

WYRD WIZARDS



Photo by Casey Alva.

The most flawlessly beautiful 35mm print I've ever seen.




Maria Karlin of Federale performing the main Wizards theme Time Will Tell.




If you know me even casually, you can probably imagine what watching Wizards on 35mm with soundtrack composer Andrew Belling meant to me. 








The Wyrd War merch crew!
An amazing stranger gifted me this 1979 Wizards fanzine and this beautiful woman let me touch her. LOL.
Casey Alva & Andrew Belling.
Belling on Belling.
Photo by Casey Alva.


We SOLD OUT the Hollywood Theatre for our record release party and 40th anniversary screening of Ralph Bakshi's Wizards! Thank you for making us proud yet again, Portland! Andrew Belling finally received his long overdue "underground Oscar" for Best Soundtrack of 1977 (it only took 40 years!), and we kept him blushing for hours. These photos by Shaun Astor and Tiffany "Meadow" Kenaley reflect the atmosphere of a perfect evening. Thank you to Andy and Casey Alva for spending the evening with us, our friends at Fox Studios for providing an absolutely pristine 35mm print, everyone at Hollywood Theatre for the hospitality (as always), Shaun Astor for the terrific photos, Kallisti and Henry for keeping people happy at the Wyrd War merch table, the random stranger who gifted me his 1979 Wizards fanzine, and EVERYONE who came out and supported this event. I apologize to those who were unable to get in. It's impossible to predict the response and we really had no idea this would sell out. Perhaps we will do it again some day. Next up? RAWHEAD REX on Saturday September 23, 2017 at 9:30pm. Tickets on sale very soon.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

SMASH YOUR SKULL WITH POWER!!!!


"...loud and righteous..."






Photo by Ami Lawless.






Photo by Jay Martin.

















The negative ion cult is alive!


We did it, Portland! Hail to Destructor, Antichrist, Danava, the entire crew at Mississippi Studios and EVERYONE who came out on Friday July 7, 2017 for this historic moment in heavy metal. It was an intimate and diehard crowd in one of Portland's finest venues. Incredible sound! This is how you do a concert and this is how lasting metal alliances are forged. Let's do it again soon, eh? All photos by Meadow Mother Wolf, except where noted. Youtube clips courtesy of Jeff Gfroerer. Keep the Faith!