Friday, November 04, 2011

A Long Forgotten Friend

Apparently, it's been a few years since I've last updated this blog. It seems neglect can be quite contour productive. I seem to have gotten the blog bug today and what a perfect day for it as well. Today, one of the most quintessential albums of all time celebrates it's 20th anniversary.

Happy 20th Birthday! Loveless!

You still remain to be as unmatched and transcendent as you where when you were released onto the world.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Virtual Mix Tape 6

Side A:
1. Elvis Costello - No Action
2. The Stills - Dinosaurs
3. The Flamingos - Lovers Never Say Goodbye
4. Buell Kazee - The Butcher's Boy / Adrian Klumpes - Be Still
5. Four Tops - It's the Same Old Song
6. My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
7. Them - My Lonely Sad Eyes

Side B:
1. Pic-Nic - Cállate Niña
2. Surf City - Headin' Inside
3. 1910 Fruitgum Company - Indian Giver
4. Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro - Esas No Son Cubanas
5. The Rays - Silhouettes
6. Circuit 7 - Video Boys
7. Thee Silver Mountain Reveries - There's a River in the Valley Made of Melting Snow


If you'd like to listen to previous mix tapes you can download them at Phantasmagoria Machine.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Virtual Mix Tape 5: MiniMix

Virtual Mix Tape 5: MiniMix

1. Spacemen 3 - Mary Anne
2. Spades - We Sell Soul
3. Bob Dylan - The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
4. Wipers - No Generation Gap
5. Catholic Discipline - Shooting Up With Mother
6. The Shop Assistants - I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You
7. Crocodiles - I Wanna Kill
8. Crystal Stilts - Love is a Wave
9. McCarthy - Red Sleeping Beauty


If you'd like to listen to previous mix tapes you can download them at Phantasmagoria Machine.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Virtual Mix Tape 4

Virtual Mix Tape 4
Mixed by Dead Twin in September 2008

Side A
1. The Chameleons - Prisoners Of The Sun
2. The Gris Gris - Medication #3
3. Ariel Pink - The List
4. The Sound - Party Of My Mind
5. Section 25 - Looking From A Hilltop

Side B
1. Herrmann & Kleine - Leaving You Behind
2. Grouper - Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
3. Cocteau Twins - Cherry-Coloured Funk (Seefeel Remix)
4. Danny Elfman - Death! (from Edward Scissorhands)
5. Brian Eno - Spider and I


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Deathday Party - Night of the Hunter

Two new tracks were posted on the Deathday Party blog this evening. The songs are titled Night Of The Hunter and V. These tracks are instrumental demos that date back to August of 2007 and feature Vincent Reyes, formerly of the Whittier band, Friends in the Mountains on drums.

You can download the two songs via the Deathday Party Blog.

Friday, April 24, 2009


When I was 24 I fell in love for the first time in my life. It happened in a snow covered mountain in a moment much like this one. It was also the first time I attempted to use infrared film. I ended up climbing into the trunk of my car to load the film in total darkness. When I got out of the car, the girl I was with caught me by surprise when she started to undress herself in freezing cold. I began to take pictures of her and followed her every sway through the iris. At some point a group of kids started walking down the hill and I quickly covered her with my jacket. On the drive home we listened to Brian Eno's An Ending (Ascent) and she eventually fell asleep. When I got home I discovered that I hadn't loaded the film properly and that those moments were lost.

These amazing photos come from a British artist by the name of Hannah Davis.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Grizzly Bear "Two Weeks"

For the last two days I've been obsessively listening to a song called "Two Weeks" off the forthcoming Grizzly Bear record entitled Veckatimest. This song is absolutely glorious and the best part of it is that it features guest vocals by Victoria Legrand of Beach House. Victoria joined Grizzly Bear on-stage last week at SXSW to perform the song together for the first time.

Grizzly Bear "Two Weeks" after only one night the link was removed. sorry grizzly bear.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Phantasmagoria Machine Presents

Phantasmagoria Machine and The Eclectic Company Presents:

Saturday, March 28th 2009
Bobb Bruno
Deathday Party
Moon Pearl
Christiaan Cruz

Orange County Center For Contemporary Art
117 North Sycamore
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Free | All Ages

Here's the break down

Bobb Bruno
Bobb Bruno is an enigma in Los Angeles. He has been a part of LA's most notable acts in some form or another. His resume is spectacular and endless. He's played in Scarnella with Nels Cline and Carla Bozulich. He's also recorded albums by Abe Vigoda, Mika Miko and Pocahaunted. The list goes on and on, however, the best thing about Bobb is the way he takes you on various journeys through the worlds he creates. From glitchy, dreamesque patterns to droned, sluggish doom, Bobb Bruno will statter your expectations of what you think music should be.


Los Angeles based electronic musician COMBAT!, commonly known as Mark Nieto, has been making music under the moniker for the past four years. Originally playing in punk bands throughout his youth, COMBAT! was turned onto electronic music during his college years and experienced a musical epiphany. Captivated by the sounds of Aphex Twin, Prefuse 73 and others, he set out to create his own abstract compositions. Using found sounds, samples from records, as well as his own personal recordings, he creates multi-textural pieces that give the listener a unique experience with each play.

Deathday Party
Deathday Party formed in Santa Ana in 2001. In March of 2006 they took part in Glenn Branca’s “Symphony #13 (Hallucination City)” for 100 guitars then went on hiatus. In October of 2008 they reformed as a duo and performed with Thrones and The Dead Science. Since then they have recorded two 7" singles, "Prehistoric Pets" and "Pink Noise."

Christiaan Cruz
Christiaan CruzChristiaan Cruz is a Southern California based photographer by trade. Early studies in Cinema and modern music generated simple installations, videos, improvised music and computer pieces. New concerns in human interaction, connectivity, sound, and appropriate design now shape works for water, flowers, and bouncing balls.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Bleeding Eyes

The first official performance under the moniker Dead Twin took place on February 21, 2009 as part of the Eclectic Music Concerts series put on by the Eclectic Company at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts. This was Eclectic Music Concert #32. It was a blast to play and very much enjoyed finally seeing Christiaan Cruz improvise. Dancing Lethargic was a pleasant surprise and Imra (from Portland) provided blissed out vocals and an ARP synthesizer that sounded like God. Unfortunately, Mitchell Brown had to cancel.

Dead Twin is a project I have been working on since 2005 and it's origins can be traced back as far as the early 90's. It has mostly been facilitated as a form of sound diaries, if you will. Thanks to Sean from Imra for inviting me, other wise this project would have continued to stay in the bedroom.

Here is a clip of a song in progress called, Bleeding Eyes.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Best Songs of 2008

01. Animal Collective: "Water Curses"
02. Abe Vigoda: "Bearface"
03. Dodos: "Fools"
04. El Guincho: "Antillas"
05. Beach House: "You Came to Me"
06. Cheap Time: "People Talk"
07. Crystal Castles: "Tell Me What to Swallow "
08. The Dead Science: "The Dancing Destroyer"
09. Grouper: "Heavy Water/I'd Rather be Sleeping"
10. The Helio Sequence: "Shed Your Love"
11. M83: "Graveyard Girl"
12. No Age: "Things I Did When I Was Dead"
13. Thee Oh Sees: "Grease 2"
14. Pyramids: Loveliescrushing remixes
15. Silentist: "Entropy"
16. Telepathe: "Devil's Trident"
17. Tickley Feather: "The Python"
18. Vivian Girls: "I Believe in Nothing"
19. Voice on Tape: "Marry You When Yr Sleeping"
20. The Walkmen: "In the New Year"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Virtual Mixtape roundup!

Virtual Mix Tape 1

Side A
1. Joe Meek - I Hear a New World
2. Willie Colón & Hector Lavoe - Aguanile
3. Jay Reatard - My Shadow
4. Del Shannon - Runaway
5. Big Star - Big Black Car
6. Screaming Lord Sutch - She's Falling in Love with the Monster Man
7. The Monks - Oh, How to do now
8. The Magnetic Fields - Absolutely Cuckoo
9. Mew - Drown
10. John Fahey - Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt

Side B
1. The Tornados - Telstar
2. Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
3. Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
4. Babatunde Olatunji - Akiwowo
5. Roy Orbison - Crying
6. Elvis Presley - Blue Moon
7. Nat King Cole - Nature Boy
8. The Beach Boys - Caroline No
9. OMD - Stanlow


Virtual Mix Tape 2

Side A
1. Sparks - This town isn't big enough for the both of us
2. Jay Reatard - Let it all go
3. Moondog - Lullaby (2 West 46th Street)
4. Thin Lizzy - Sitamoia
5. The Zombies - Leave me be
6. The Shangri-Las - What's a girl supposed to do
7. Orange Juice - Moscow
8. Liars - Pure Unevil
9. Loveliscrushing - Plume
10. Why? - Dirty Glass
11. Ariel Pink - Shaven

Side B
1. Elliot Smith - Needle in the hay
2. John Leyton - Johnny remember me
3. The Beach Boys - Vega-Tables
4. Pink Floyd - Scarecrow
5. Eric Burden & The Animals - Sky Pilot
6. Buddy Rich Vs Max Roach - Figure Eights
7. Daniel Johnston - Devil Town
8. Rocket From The Tombs - Final Solution
9. Low - Shots & Ladders


Virtual Mix Tape 3

Side A:
1. Echo & The Bunnymen - Nocturnal Me
2. Disco Inferno - Waking Up
3. Velvet Underground - I Found A Reason
4. The Beatles - Julia
5. Arvo Part - Fratres

Side B:
1. Microstoria - Fakeshift
2. Kraftwerk - Ananas Symphonie
3. Bert Jansch - So Long (Been On the Road So Long)
4. The Tornados - Red Roses And A Sky Of Blue
5. The Tornados - Popeye Twist
6. Scott Walker - Always Coming Back to You
7. Jesus and Mary Chain - Bo Diddley is Jesus


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Share the fuckin wealth, bitch

foto courtesy of
the might gorga

The crew went to UCI last night for the Ian MacKaye Q&A. The classroom in which the event was held was so packed beyond capacity that folks had to stand along the walls, stairs and on stage. Completely resembled a punk rock house party... and it was only fitting, 78% of the audience kept asking questions about old hat shit like Minor Threat, Straight Edge and Hardcore, which were all relevant 28 years ago! I think Mr. MacKaye said it best when asked if Minor Threat would ever reunited... "you want to see Minor Threat? Start a fucking band and blow Minor Threat away!"

foto courtesy of the might gorga

On a more exciting tip, it was interesting, if only for a minute, to hear Ian give his opinions about John McCain.

"...Share the fuckin wealth, bitch!"

Current Playlist:
Alien Sex Fiend - Now I'm Feeling Zombiefied
The Birthday Party - King Ink
Ministry - Burning Inside
Screaming Lord Sutch - Jack The Ripper
Bauhaus - All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
Beach House - Tokyo Witch
Dreamend - In Her Little Bed We lay Her

October Mixtape drops in a few days!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

La Princesa y El Enano

Había una vez una princesa que vivía en un palacio muy grande. El día en que cumplía trece años hubo una gran fiesta, con trapecistas, magos, payasos..... Pero la princesa se aburría. Entonces, apareció un enano, un enano muy feo que daba brincos y hacía piruetas en el aire. El enano fue todo un acontecimiento.

Bravo, Bravo, decía la princesa aplaudiendo y sin dejar de reír, y el enano,contagiado de su alegría, saltaba y saltaba, hasta que cayó al suelo rendido. "Sigue saltando, por favor" dijo la princesa. Pero el enano ya no podía más. La princesa se puso triste y se retiró a sus aposentos.....

Al rato, el enano, orgulloso de haber agradado a la princesa, decidió ir a buscarla, convencido de que ella se iría a vivir con él al bosque. "Ella no es feliz aquí" pensaba el enano. "Yo la cuidaré y la haré reír siempre". El enano recorrió el palacio, buscando la habitación de la princesa, pero al llegar a uno de los salones vio algo horrible. Ante él había un monstruo que lo miraba con ojos torcidos y sanguinolentos, con unas manos peludas y unos pies enormes. El enano quiso morirse cuando se dio cuenta de que aquel monstruo era él mismo, reflejado en un espejo. En ese momento entró la princesa con su séquito. "Ah estas aquí, qué bien, baila otra vez para mí, por favor". Pero el enano estaba tirado en el suelo y no se movía. El médico de la corte se acercó a él y le tomó el pulso. "Ya no bailará más para vos, princesa" le dijo. "¿Por qué?" preguntó la princesa. "Porque se le ha roto el corazón". Y la princesa contestó: "De ahora en adelante, que todos los que vengan a palacio no tengan corazón".

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Salton Sea

More Salton Sea fotos, these were taken by Sonny.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Throne of Villainy

We played at The Smell tonight with The Dead Science. It was awesome to hang out with Jherek, Nick and Sam again!
Thanks Guys!

Foto taken from Jeramy's L'enfer sans toi blog.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Straight Outta Jail To My Bloody Valentine

Last night a CHP decided he would use me to fill his quota... He pulled me over for speeding and after 20 minutes of so called "sobriety test" he placed me under arrest, drove me to headquarters and had me blow into the breathalyzer. I was never told what my blood alcohol level was. Later I was taken to the Santa Ana Jail where the officers had Scrappy Doo syndrome and fucked with us all night long. I was released around 1pm the following day and came across this on my walk home. I guess lots of kids are dying in the hood these days. A few hours later I found myself in Santa Monica awaiting the arrival of My Bloody Valentine.

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