Friday, 17 May 2019

What’s Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know PARANOID ALICE


 Robert Carr - Bass, Vocals

Favourite bands: Blink-182, Sum41, Anti-flag, Leftover Crack and Nirvana and I also love Jack Johnson, Colin Hay and Newton Faulkner 

Favourite movie: Currently it's Avengers: Infinity War but I also love Filth. 

First live gig: I've been going to live gigs for years and years but the first proper big gig was Blink-182 in Liverpool. I've seen them twice and loved it both times 

What I look for in a girl? Caring, compassionate, funny, driven and intelligent. I'm lucky enough to have found her 

Favourite dead musician? It has to be Kurt Cobain. Such a legend and music has been inspiring to me 

Hobbies: as a singer songwriter i enjoy music, poetry and booze. Duno if booze counts as a hobby but god knows I like a drink. And i used to be heavily into DC but I'm all about Marvel lately especially the cinematic universe.

Pets: I have a dwarf hamster called Franco, we currently have made him our band manager. 

 Fab - Guitar, Vocals

Favourite bands: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Iceage, The Doors, anything druggy.

Favourite movie: The Last Movie, it got Dennis Hopper blacklisted from Hollywood.

First live gig: The Spice Girls; I had to take my little sister when I was twelve. Posh Spice blew me a kiss.

What I look for in a girl? Intellectual and sexy.

Favourite dead musician? Syd Barrett, Lil Peep and David Bowie.

Hobbies: Visiting weird museums, film-making and practising witchcraft.

Pets: Had a snake called Snacks but my landlord stole him.

 Jack Gourley - Drums

Favourite bands: Parkway drive, Nirvana, Blink 182, Trivium, Arctic Monkeys all sorts of stuff really. 

Favourite movie: Of all time.... Jurassic park (insert theme here) 

First live gig: Love me some live gigs, the last one I went to I was lucky enough to see the prodigy before Keith flint took his own life. 

What do I look for in a girl? Yknow, someone who can match my enthusiasm for everything. 

Favourite dead musician: Has to be John Bonham for me as a drummer hearing the intro to when the levee breaks by zeppelin gives me chills 

Hobbies: Drums, drums and more drums? In all honesty though I do dabble with the music tech side of the world cant get enough, total gear head when it comes to tech, I'm also a fair carpenter, I like wood work and that sort of stuff. 

Pets: No pets, had a cat once.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Interview with Jesse Valencia about his new Brian Jonestown Massacre book 'Keep Music Evil'

When did you first come across the Brian Jonestown Massacre?
I first came across the BJM during my first time taking LSD, in early February 2008. A friend of mine had given me about four hits and showed me their music, and the next day we watched 'Dig!' After hearing Anton's call to revolution, I became infatuated with the band.

What was it about them that moved you to write this book?
What moved me to write the book was a daft challenge given to me by Anton himself after I suggested to him he should write a book counteracting the narrative of 'Dig!' He responded with, "Why don't you write a book?" and ten years later, here we are.

Do you have a favourite BJM album and song?
My favourite BJM album has to be 'Take It From The Man' and my favourite song is probably 'Straight Up And Down.' When the buildup explodes into that epic solo the happy molecules explode in my brain.

I believe you're also in a band, when did you guys first get together and what are the bands plans for 2019?
I first formed Gorky in 2000 or 2001. This year we've just released our third record 'Mathemagician' and just got back from our first tour. We're hoping to tour more this year and get to work on new music as soon as possible!

Did Anton cooperate with the books genesis?
"Cooperation" is a loaded word. He gave me initial permission to work on the book, but he didn't want to be involved in any way, understandably so, because of how bad "Dig" portrays him. Me not being a journalist, I just went for anyone who would talk to me. Some of them would say "I have to ask Anton first" and then he would tell them not to interact with me. Sometimes he would tell them they could and it worked out, but as time went on and I became more serious with the project there was more resistance on his end. Now where we're at is he's blocked me on Twitter, I assume for the reason that he does not want to give the book any attention, negative or positive, which has now triggered some of his followers to turn on the book, and me, which in turn has led to an arguably laughable boycott campaign. Those against it say I am either drumming up more sensationalism against the band or making a gentle puff piece, but since they can't seem to decide what is actually wrong with me or my work, or they make up lies to smear me, I assume they're just bullshitting themselves to give themselves a reason to be angry.

You had a lot of material to work with, how did you go about chronicling the book?
"Chronicling" didn't happen at all, whatsoever, because I never approached it from the perspective of journalism. I consider it a work of creative nonfiction, so what happened instead was draft after draft, probably thirty drafts or more, of writing the whole thing start to finish, editing things, throwing things out, adding them back in, adding new things in, until the story revealed itself. The book started to write itself after a while, and once enough pieces were it place and it felt right, it was time. The goal was always to create the best, most comprehensive history of the band in existence, something that would be strong enough to replace "Dig!" while not eroding its influence, and I believe I have achieved that.

What is it about the BJM that makes them such a cult band, the fans almost have a religious fanaticism about them?
I think what draws people to the BJM is their energy, but also their mystery. I believe the book solves a lot of the little mysteries fans are curious about, but there may be more questions than answers by the time it's done its rounds, and I for one am excited that their mystery and energy will go on.

Did Anton ever record a song with Charles Manson?
To find out the answer to that, you'll have to read the book!

Did any weird stories happen throughout the books making?
I wouldn't say "weird" but I would use the word "surreal." There was a moment in the writing of the book that I 'crossed over' into the world of the band and the broader psych scene - partying with the Dandy Warhols, playing shows with Gorky opening for Joel's band the Primary Colours, and then Matt Hollywood's band the Bad Feelings. It was like being in the movie. Immersed in that world, and it was so liberating. I was on probation for about half the time I was working on the book, and the world of the Brian Jonestown Massacre was an escape from that, so once it became "real" in so many words, my mind was just blown

I love the books title, tell me about the name?
"Keep Music Evil" is a phrase that Anton copped from another band and used it for his label. Over time the phrase in the BJM scene has taken on different meanings. For me, the phrase is the call to revolution: make art every day, believe in yourself, don't quit, and stick two fingers up at the establishment while you're doing it. It's the whole theme of the book. Hidden in between the lines is an instruction manual for artists.

Did Anton always have a fascination for cults?
I can't really speak for Anton, but as far as I know he's been fascinated with things like cults, esotericism, and the like since he was a child. I would argue that he has a fascination with secrets and secret knowledge, because if you listen closely, there's one hidden in every song.
Author Jesse Valencia
Gorky The Bank - Website

Buy The Book Here

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Filmmaker Jenkinson Denzel-Southern talk's 'Cartel Land'

Tell us about your new film?
Cartel Land is the second film from Mavrik Studios. It focuses on the story of a young girl realising her headteacher is secretly the leader of a Colombian drug cartel.

Where did you get inspiration to tell this story?
The film actually was inspired from a short film I worked on while i was in college still. I came across the script for it again one random afternoon, I then decided to elaborate on it, and try make it into a much larger and grander film.

How did you fund your movie?
Being a start-up puts us in a very interesting position. While we don't have millions to spend on our films. It forces us to be far exact and detailed with what's on the page of our scripts, so when we turn the camera's we provide the most quality film for our fans.

What other projects do you have in the pipeline?
It's still early days in production but so far so good, we like to keep set light as we feel that's not only where Cast and Crew do their best work. But it's where we do our best work. We have our first mobile game coming up called: Billy The Kid. Which focuses on another character' a renegade angel: Billy Banks, but both projects come after our five year anniversary at the end of the month. All in all, it's a very exciting year ahead for the fans.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Films Of My Life - Fabrizio Federico

Cult filmmaker Fabrizio Federico has been a fan of British kitchen-sink movies since watching then as a kid on Sunday afternoons on the BBC. Those wistful, cynical, melancholic, character driven class-conscious stories really struck a chord with the young director in the making. 

Since his young days he has made two kitchen-sink/experimental films Loon (2017) & Teddy Bears Live Forever (2019). They are at once jubilant, melancholic, defiant and vulnerable. It's as if Friedrich Nietzsche started directing episodes of The Simpsons, but made through an indie sensibility, where none of the cast know whats happening, with plot lines beginning and disappearing into thin air, creating an explosive longing for clarity that never materialises in a cobwebbed cinematic landscape of night stalker imagery and full moon voices.


Monday, 11 February 2019

The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Fabrizio Federico's Punk Cinema

English filmmaker Fabrizio Federico sends up authority and celebrates slackerdom in movies that combine the energy of punk with the storytelling of hip-hop.

Soundtrack by MAO

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

REVIEW: Frank Sidebottom's Masterpiece Comedy Album '5:9:88'

Review by filmmaker Blimp Chopsocky

This album is a comedic masterpiece of storytelling, bitter disagreements, mixed with incredible pop songs and inevitably it's been compared to The Beatles 'White Album'. Opening up with The Robins Aren’t Bobbins, a tribute to Frank’s favourite football team, Altrincham FC, it's an anthemic heart-tugging anthem that rivals The Lightning Seeds '3 Lions'. Frank's debut LP features remarkably funny aggressive arguments between Frank & Little Frank interspersed with the songs. Musically, the sound has developed from the basic weirdness of the earlier recordings to feature a band playing oddball-drum and distorted guitars, and conceptually the story is a lot more casual, with Frank and Little Frank searching through tapes to put on the album, finding songs and sketches from his Radio Timperley and Frank’s World shows.

There’s a cover of Abba’s SOS by Little Frank and the Demon Axx Warriors from Oblivion, the glam rock stomp of Timperley Travelogue and the epic album closer Electricity, which actually reveals a genuine pop songwriting talent beneath all the strangeness.

There's also interviews with Patrick Moore, Nicholas Parsons and Ian McCaskill. There’s a multi-track distraction that sees Frank and Little Frank heading into space before heading back down to Earth to deal with money debts, visits from Mr Emerson Lake, disastrous babysitting for Mrs Merton and visits to football matches (cue 6 All Time Great Footballing Chants). There are also also surreal sketches like The Squid is CorrectPiratesFirst Puppet on the Moon which reveals the complicated relationship of Little Frank & Little Buzz Aldrin about colonising the moon for Timperley, which eventually drives Frank to violence in the studio shed.

The songs include Mr Custard You’re a Fool (a lyrical masterpiece!), Airplay, Paul McCartney tribute It Was Nearly 20 Years Ago Today, rap song I Said ‘Hey You Street Artist’ (plus variant version I Said ‘Hey You, Riot Policeman’) and weird heavy space rock number Ultimatum to Return. Anyway here's the whole album's story:
Frank welcomes the listeners to the album, then Little Frank knocks on the door, he asks Frank if he can be on the album but Frank sternly says ''NO you cant be on my show-biz album!!''. They then start to sort through Frank's box of cassette tapes of radio episodes. Frank tells Little Frank that ''he makes him sick!'' as they sort through 'Radio Timperley', 'Franks World'. 'Star Interviews', & 'Potato Time' episodes.
Zoo Scrapbook is a perfect children's song with distorted guitars and a sing-along nursery rhyme chorus. Frank listens to some Answering Machine Messages where a friend tells him about a band called ''the chip muffin minstrels''and invites him to a gig, but Little Frank warns him about going behind his managers back, but Frank doesnt care cose ''he can manage himself''.
They find a Radio Timperley tape about The Tomb of Maurice Karman talking about Egyptian tombs and an ancient curse. Frank finds 6 pairs of underpants and reads the chilly curse he sees on the tombs wall. Frank then tells Little Frank to fetch his puppet pal's so they can record some new songs, Little Franks girlfriend Denise has lost her head so she cant sing. Frank then explains how he wrote Mr Custard after watching a movies about General Custer fighting the Indian's. On the song he calls Mr Custard, Red Indians & Mike Tyson ''fools'', but at least Tyson ''is a millionaire''.
They carry on listening to 'Franks World' tapes which leads into The Squid Is Correct, where contestants have to guess song titles, and Little Frank win's the grand prize of going to Hollywood to direct an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies. After that Little Frank leaves to pick up his puppet pals after Frank calls his fans ''fickle'' and ''the past is the past, you have to look at the future''. 
It Was Nearly 20 Years Ago Today is a song about Paul McCartney writing songs in Scotland inspired by Linda, whom he taught how to play the synthesizer for Wings. Side B starts with a Brooklyn inspired rap about graffiti Street Artist. Little Frank then turns up without his puppet pal's because Mrs Merton has asked Little Frank to look after her baby Reginald for 50 pence. They read up on how to look after babies, but Frank slaps the baby because he is too quiet, but then wont stop crying. Frank teaches the baby how to crawl but baby Reginald falls through a hole in the shed.
Pirates is the next Radio Timperley story about them drinking run on a ship at sea as Little Frank fetches the dangerous prisoner ZZ Top Beard. They then land on an island wanting some 'nosh' but the fish fingers have fallen in the sea. They meet a Zulu warrior king and ask to trade some bananas for a tape machine. A Fantastic Sea Shanty erupts about a salty sea dog. Then the next Star Interview starts with astronomer Patrick Moore about black holes and infinite space. Then a sudden flashback starts about the First Puppet On The Moon, while Ultimatum To Return is an incredibly deep trippy Pink Floyd track with an intergalactic feel. 
Airplay is one of the hookyest, sunniest tracks on the album and should have been a 1# Hit single, it's about Frank turning on the radio and hearing one of his songs on. It's pure morning pop genius. Little Frank then lies to his girlfriend that he's the boss and Frank is his sidekick, and that he actually wrote Abbas SOS, which is a great unique interpretation of the song. Big Frank Blasts Off and then returns concluding the flashback, but he is now furious to find out that Little Frank has been saying he's his sidekick. Frank then punches Buzz Aldrin in the face several times in the shed after having permission from NASA to punch him.
Frank & Little Frank decide to play Monopoly which reveals Frank as a power crazed puppeteer. Frank's manager then pop's in to visits them and tells Frank off for not finishing the album because they are on a deadline, Frank then goes on to improvise the Monopoly Song which his manager enjoys. Money Problems is about how his manager makes Frank's career decisions by tossing a 1966 coin, which Frank is impressed by and his manager leaves.
At this point Frank cant find his money to go to the cinema so he decides to swindle Little Frank by playing a rigged game of Roulette, they play the game and Little Frank gets 3 Lucky number 7's in a row, winning lots of money, plus Frank finds out Little Frank now has a record deal. On Football & Weather they argue about whether or not to go and watch the football because it's raining. An interview with weather-man Ian McCaskill pops up. On Mr E Lake his friend Emmo visits Frank and tells him that he cant go to the match because he has to stock-take lard, and gives them his VIP tickets to the match. 
Timperley Travelogue is one of the best songs on the album, a proper glam stomper about visiting Timperley ''all the time''. Anyway off they walk to the football match, and you can hear the fans singing Franks bobbins song, Frank tells Little Frank not to cause any violence at the football match. Hey Riot Policeman is about asking a policeman if he's got the time, because he has to catch a bus to the hospital because he's been hit on the head and is bleeding. The boys are now in the football grounds and 6 All Time Great Footballing Chants is about just that, getting the fans to chant ''nil, nil' and ''you're going home in an organized football coach!'', ''there's only one Little Frank'' and the fans start asking little Frank for autographs. Sue Of The Sioux is a tribal post-punk goth song with shades of stadium era Simple Minds harmonies. 
Leaving the football stadium they run into Roger & Sarah who tell's Frank that he's in trouble because he's forgotten to return Mrs Merton's baby. Sarah suggests that they use one of her dolls, but Frank's got better ideas. I've Got Something To Shout About is a quick cosy sentimental song. They go to Mrs Meron's door with a cardboard ''trendy baby'' disguised as Reginald. Mrs Merton reveals that baby Reginald has come home by himself drunk on Shandy, she offers to forgive Frank if he plays her his interview with TV presenter Nicholas Parsons, who tells Frank he talks too fast. The Puppets Arrive for a singalong about a 'fantastic barber shop' where they do Paul McCartney haircuts and can cut off your ears. 
At this point the puppets tell Frank his showbiz-album is bobbins because there's no 40 piece orchestra, but Frank reveals that in fact they are in the kitchen getting ready for the big finale. Electricity is a huge anthemic send off to the album about Frank not having paid his mom's electric bill, so he tries to fix the problem by going to the Norweb store but they are closed. His mum send him up to his room without any supper or cereal & Frank misses his favourite TV Shows such as Neighbours (with Kyle Minogue) Star Trek, Top Of The Pop's and Tomorrows World. Frank dreams of throwing himself out his bedroom window, but instead he sneaks down the drain pipe and goes around the corner to his friend Emmo's house to watch the TV programs there.
As the long finale continues Frank complains to Little Frank that nothing works without electricity, ultimately he pulls the plug on his own recording. But the albums last wise words go to Little Frank ''electric bills sort themselves out, but old bills never die''.
Recorded in my shed and kitchen
Hello fantastic fans.....on this double length tape are over 101 minutes of ace show biz things like...them fabulous songs, a brilliant flashback to my puppet moonshot, some classic radio broadcasts, a top interview or two, and a few changes and mixes which you won't find on the disc version of this double LP! Well...I don't think there's any more to from me THANK YOU for buying this tape.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

BLIMP CHOPSOCKY - A Different Kind Of Filmmaker

Filmmaker Blimp Chopsocky and his giant camcorder-head are taking over indie cinema with his inspired decision to create the first performance/artist filmmaker. 
Taking inspiration from a long line of show business entertainers such as Frank Sidebottom, George Formby, Charlie Chuck, Edward Barton & John Otway. This long line of British eccentrics is vast but never has a filmmaker combined the surreal trick until now.
Blimp Chopsocky's mischievous muse has no boundaries, both cheerfully enthusiastic, optimistic and oblivious to his own failings, Blimp is a world onto his own.

A fan of Snowball drinks, badges & John Water films. Blimp was born on the floor of an
Off-License convenient store, he loves leeks and only uses a cheque book to pay for everything, even his bread and cakes. He used to work in a zoo which is where he decided to become a filmmaker, from watching the animals interact all day unsupervised, and after seeing Tom Hanks fall down the stairs in a Birmingham Hotel.

In his spare time he writes love poems to Emma Stone. He is currently working on his debut motion picture about a variety act who get's a #1 Pop Hit in Yemen called ''Yeah Man''.