Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Less than three hours since I posted the VIGILANTE CONTEST and...we have a winner! The correct answer was Ghoul Queen and the contest is now officially OVER.


I had so much fun takin' back the streets last night that I was inspired to launch a new contest! I want to give an original drawing to one of my readers. I'm not talking about a print or some bullshit doodle on a piece of paper. I'm willing to let go of a framed original piece of art. There is a Frank Frazetta reference in William Lustig's VIGILANTE (1983). Specifically, there is a Frazetta poster clearly visible in one of the scenes. I somehow never noticed it before on VHS but on the big screen it was right in my face. For about 8 seconds. And then it was gone. Here is your mission, nerds: you must correctly identify the TITLE of the Frazetta poster that makes a brief appearance in the film. Be the first reader to post the correct answer as a comment below and win a grand fucking prize directly from yours truly. Contest ends at midnight on Friday March 2, 2012 so get busy!

Monday, February 27, 2012


"Look out there's danger! Nowhere to run! Seems like desperate measures but sometimes it's GOT to be done!" ~Ronnie James Dio

If you read this blog regularly or have ever found yourself in a room in which I am commandeering the airwaves, you already know that I adore William Lustig's sleazy 1980 masterpiece Maniac and especially Jay Chattaway's deceptively simple and uncannily disturbing soundtrack. What you may not know is that Mr. Lustig invited Chattaway back to work his creepy magic for the mind-numbingly entertaining 1983 film Vigilante (among others) and the results are predictably amazing. Vigilante is a gritty "poliziotteschi" homage set in a bygone era of the crime-ridden Big Apple starring a stylish cast of instantly recognizable misfits such as Fred "Black Caesar" Williamson, Joe "Fancy Schmansy" Spinell and Robert "Alligator" Forster who vaguely resembles a softer Charles Bronson and who's receding hairline provides scripted comic relief in the aforementioned man vs. nature reptile romp (spoiler alert: man loses). It's really no surprise that there was a thriving cottage industry of street justice revenge flicks back in the 70's and early 80's. After all, nationwide crime statistics had been steadily rising since the late 1960's and within a decade entire tracts of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs had become seething arenas of stale piss and unbridled hostility, the subterranean transit system a foreboding symbol of lawless urban savagery. Fan faves such as Straw Dogs (1971), Ms. 45 (1981), Savage Streets (1984), Death Wish (1974) and Death Wish II (1984) struck a lucrative nerve precisely because people were genuinely fearful and righteously disgusted. Who wouldn't cheer a band of furrow-browed proletariats takin' back the streets to a score that sounds like the feeling you might get while coming down from a three day meth binge at Studio 54? And who wouldn't want to catch this unsung classic on rare 35mm?? Well, thank your lucky stars that the streets are safe for your candy ass these days and thank Dan Halsted of Portland's Grindhouse Film Festival for bringing this gem to the Hollywood Theater for one exclusive showing! If you heckle the screen ironically like an attention-seeking Mystery Science Theater reject while this movie is playing I swear I will personally stab you in the fucking neck. On that note, I humbly present your soundtrack to violent revenge.

January 28, 2012
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon

If you think I'm bullshitting you with my crime stat hyperbole, consider the fact that Riot vocalist Rhett Forrester was murdered during a 1994 carjacking in Atlanta when he refused to surrender his wheels. Incidentally, this record came out the same year as Lustig's film and I'd love to turn Fred Williamson and company loose on the scumbag that pulled the trigger.

Certainly not the only tune to stir up controversy on this fucking fantastic record.

To this day, a song that instantly makes me feel like smashing things. I just threw my beer at the wall. I'll go clean that up while you listen to the next ditty...

I'm pretty sure this one is actually a fantasy bar fight song but I'd definitely call in sick to catch a flick called Shotgun Justice. And my favorite Razor tune, Violent Restitution, is really just about killing a backstabber and fucking his woman, which sadly disqualifies it for our purposes today.

I couldn't find Street Justice as it's own song on youtube so you get the entire Captain Howdy/Horror-Teria saga. See ya at the theater, punk.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


LAST WEDNESDAY ON THE LEFT returns to Portland's East End this week and I've invited the indomitable and cat-like Mr. Preston to preside over our Leap Day Electronimaganza! Vinyl spins at 9pm. Thrones crush at 11pm. Support your local Poser Kill Team!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Support my talented friend and comrade Brian Profilio! He's got a new blog with prints for sale.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


"...the Beast is free to wander..."

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Saturnalia Temple makes an appearance on Fenriz' new mix tape!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


The new AUTOPSY video has now been revealed!

WARNING: You're gonna need a lyric sheet and a handful of Phenobarbital.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012


CROM! As it turns out I'm playing records three times this month so mark your calendar and support your local Poser Kill Team. If you buy me a drink I just might play you some Basil Poledouris. That's a promise AND a threat...

February 12 (Sunday) I'll be at The Lovecraft spilling absinthe on my records and projecting some very special flicks on the big screen. If it's fun I might even make this a regular second Sunday of the month gig (glutton for punishment).

February 24 (Friday) I'll be at Plan B providing tunes for Danava, assuming they find me some turntables.

February 29 (Wednesday) I'll be at East End for my latest installment of Last Wednesday on the Left and this month I've invited my trusted comrade Joe Preston to perform a very special synth-only Thrones set. Don't be a dick and miss it.