Thursday, 5 March 2020

WEEKLY Album SPOTLIGHT SERIES: MAO - Atrocity Exhibition (2020)

MAO - Atrocity Exhibition

MAO - Atrocity Exhibition (2020) Producer: Fabrizio Federico Official Website: 01 - Atrocity Exhibition (intro) 0:00 02 - Donovan's Brain 2:00 03 - Sky Eyes 6:10 04 - Go Ask Alice 10:56 05 - The Assassination Of Amanda Knox 18:50 06 - Crushed 21:29 07 - REDRUM 25:28 08 - Crayon Pictures of UFOs 28:09 09 - Xmas In China 32:40 10 - U Aint Getting No Love 34:59 11 - Wrong's (Anthem to Rock Stardom) 37:39

Monday, 24 February 2020

Roky Erickson's Favourite Cult Horror Films

Underground filmmaker Fabrizio Federico shares cult hero Roky Erickson's (from The 13th Floor Elevators) favourite horror movies.

*Curse Of The Demon (1957)

*I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
*Creature With The Atom Brain (1955)
*Donovan's Brain (1953)
*Frankenstein (1931)
*Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
*Psycho (1960)
*Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)
*Jack The Ripper (1959)
*Blood On Satan's Claw (1971)
*Halloween (1978)
*The Wolf Man (1941)
*The Munsters (1966)
*Rodan (1956)
*Dracula (1931)
*Day The World Ended (1955)
*Columbo (TV Show)

Fabrizio Federico

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Interview with FACE THE STRANGE

Face The Strange
When did you start sharing Face The Strange posters? 
My first posters went up in the wee small hours, one morning in August 2014 - although I had spread smaller stickers around for about a year before that. 

How did you come up with the name? 
Originally my work was going to have a bunch of different taglines, with "Face The Strange" being just one of them, but that just summed the work up the best. It's as much a message as an identity. 

People call you the ''The North's Banksy'' how do you feel about that? 
Perplexed.  I live in The Midlands and spend as much time in London, so I don't see how I could be The North's anything!  Besides, we work in completely different ways.  You hear Banksy comparisons all the time in the media and its just used as an easy way for people to pigeon-hole you. 

Where does your inspiration come from? 
The inspiration really varies. Often it's from something retro, such as a classic film or TV show - The Evil Dead, A Clockwork Orange and Monty Python have all been recent subject matter.  I also did a whole series of pieces based around the board game Cluedo, just because. Sometimes I'll get an idea from a phrase, a tune, or an image that I see. Other times it's a bit more random, and is just a case of throwing a bunch of things into the mix and seeing what comes out. 

What do you use to put your posters on the walls? 
An old mate put me onto traditional wheatpaste - just water, flour and sugar - and that's what I've always used. Do occasionally think about switching up the recipe for something a bit more durable, but never have. 

What are some of the themes that your art work has tackled? 
The main theme behind a lot of my work is inclusivity of diversity - acceptance of the unusual.  I've also done pieces that are city-specific, and highlighting environmental and ethical concerns such as climate change and artist rights. 

At the moment you are anonymous, will the public ever see what you look like? 
The anonymity ties into the faceless identity of my characters, so I doubt that will ever change! 

Do you have any funny stories from being an artist? 
I think the funniest stories come from the larger pieces that I've put up. I remember having an ace spot lined-up up in Derby, a large electrical box which would've been seen on foot, by car and from passing trains.  I pasted it up one night with my largest ever work, comprised of two A0 sheets (which made something approx 2x1metres).  Went back the following day, and it'd already been removed by the council. I had to laugh at their dedication. I also have terrible memories of standing on a Bristol street that felt like a wind tunnel, desperately clutching a large glued-up poster which was feeling more like a very flimsy, soggy kite. If I ever become an actual artist then I do hope to have some more entertaining stories. 

What are your plans for 2020? 
I'm currently working on a series of pieces on the subject of gentrification and, after some small involvement with Derby's branch of Extinction Rebellion at the end of 2019, that may well turn into something more this year. 

Would you ever like to star in a movie? 
That could be fun. Cinema is definitely lacking in pigeon-faced characters!

INSTAGRAM @face_the_strange_

Monday, 27 January 2020

Filmmaker Matt Rivera's TOP 100 Films

1. In a Lonely Place 2. On Dangerous Ground 3. Bigger Than Life 4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) 5. Citizen Kane 6. The Lady from Shanghai 7. Touch of Evil (long version) 8. Army of Shadows 9. The Gold Rush 10. City Lights 11. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 12. The Man who Shot Liberty Valance 13. Fort Apache 14. The Searchers 15. Psycho 16. Rear Window 17. Vertigo 18. Strangers on a Train 19. Marnie 20. Crime Wave 21. Double Indemnity 22. Ace in the Hole 23. Sunset Boulevard 24. He Ran All the Way 25. Night at the Crossroads 26. A Day in the Country 27. Trouble in Paradise 28. Ninotchka 29. Gun Crazy 30. Scarlet Street 31. The Big Heat 32. Roadhouse (1948) 33. Casablanca 34. Yankee Doodle Dandy 35. I Walk the Line (1970) 36. Breathless (1959) 37. Alphaville 38. Act of Violence 39. Night and the City 40. Rififi 41. The Window 42. The Narrow Margin 43. Annie Hall 44. Manhattan Murder Mystery 45. Anything Else 46. Kiss Me Deadly 47. The Leopard Man 48. Cabin in the Sky 49. The Bandwagon 50. Father of the Bride (1950) 51. Stolen Kisses 52. Laura 53. Whirlpool 54. The Conversation 55. Not Wanted 56. The Wages of Fear 57. It’s a Gift 58. Scandal Sheet 59. 99 River Street 60. The Killing if a Chinese Bookie (long version) 61. Sherlock Jr. 62. Seven Chances 63. American Graffiti 64. La Collectioneuse 65. The Green Ray 66. Full Moon in Paris 67. The Blob 68. Twentieth Century 69. Bringing Up Baby 70. Il Sorpasso 71. Taxi Driver 72. Goodfellas 73. The Aviator 74. The Heartbreak Kid (1972) 75. Terminal Station 76. Yoyo 77. L’Atalante 78. Late Spring 79. Dumbo 80. The Girl Can’t Help It 81. Female Trouble 82. Scorpio Rising 83. Mirror 84. Nights of Cabiria 85. 8 1/2 86. Wild Strawberries 87. The Magician 88. Winter Light 89. Persona 90. The Nutty Professor (1963) 91. Duck Soup 92. Be Gone Dull Care 93. The Black Panthers 94. Daybreak Express 95. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 96. Journey to Italy 97. Brief Encounter 98. The Third Man 99. A nous la liberté 100. Crumb

Monday, 6 January 2020

Dont Play Cards With Satan - Music Inspired by the Occult

Underground filmmaker Fabrizio Federico has compiled an album called 'Dont Play Cards With Satan' of music inspired by mysticism, shamanism and esoterica. Starting with the blues and trailblazing through decades of experimental music.

Official Website
Listen here:  

1)    The Orkustra – Flash Gordon
2)    The Doors – Not To Touch The Earth
3)    Robert Johnson – Hell Hound On My Trail
4)    Marc Bolan – The Wizard
5)    Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
6)    Ry Cooder – The Hashishin
7)    Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
8)    Jimmy Page – Lucifer Rising
9)    Charles Manson – Mechanical Man
10)  Brian Jones & The Pipes Of Pan – Take Me With You
11)  Daniel Johnston – Don’t Play Cards With Satan  
12)  Mayhem – Freezing Moon
13)  Mao – Graveyard Music
14)  Psychic TV – Magik Defends Itself
15)  Skip Spence – Land Of The Sun
16)  Marilyn Manson – Great Big White World
17)  Pink Floyd – Lucifer Sam
18)  Peetie Whitestraw – The Devils Son Inlaw
19)  Skip James – Devil Got My Woman
20)  Bobby Beausoleil – Ghost Highway
21)  Peter Green – End Of The Game
22)  Black Widow – Come To The Sabbath
23)  Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
24)  Burzum – Dunkelheit
25)  Father Yod – Im Gonna Take You Home
26)  Rocky Erikson – Two Headed Dog
27)  Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
28)  Tommy Johnson – Big Road Blues
29)  Electric Wizard – Funeralopolis
30) David Bowie - Quicksand                                                                                                                                                                

Thursday, 2 January 2020