Well done Kung-Fu flick about a retarded girl who knows how to fight.
Japanese splatter. Despite the gore, it gets boring pretty quickly.
Mediocre giallo from Dick Randall and Mondo Macabro
Even better than Batman Begins.
A better-than-most Spaghetti Western with high-flying acrobatics.
Super stylish Japanese tribute to Spaghetti Westerns. Only hindered by the thick Japanese accents.
A fun movie but it felt shallow in the the end to me.
Very good ghost story from the producers of Pan's Labyrynth.
Dark story of child abuse and drugs.
Still not sure what I think of this. A brutal character study of an anti-hero with a confusing plot.
Music List 2007
- My God is Alive! Sorry About Yours. by The Knights of the New Crusade
- The Austerity Program...?
- A Challenge to the Cowards of Christendom by The Knights of the New Crusade
- On a Tight Budget by Budget Girls
- The Giallos Flame by The Giallos Flame
"For decades, the liberals have pretended that they can be anti-big-business, anti-commerce, and anti-marketing -- while still being staunch defenders of free speech. But in a free society -- where art and literature are not monopolies of the state -- the private sale and marketing of books, movies, music, etc., is the indispensable means by which artists and intellectuals express their ideas.
My work is in the tradition of the satirical print. My goal is to portray the absurdities that exist in the world around me in both my personal sphere and the greater world of mass culture and politics. Many of my pieces are about the advancement of creeping authoritarianism within our society and people's willingness to let the government and other higher powers take responsibility for every aspect of their lives.
Note: This is old and embarrassing but the Internet is forever!
One of things that the web is useful for is tracking down former acquaintances. I find myself going to a search service like Google and typing in the names of people I used to know in hopes of finding out more about what has happened to them since we last saw each other (a Google hint: type the name in quotes for more accurate results). I do this half out of curiosity and half out of jealousy over those who went on to bigger and better things.
Well, it's official. Robert Wm. Gomez's Pages of Fun have moved to a new, personalized domain name: www.robertgomez.org! I was surprised I was able to get the .ORG domain (robertgomez.com has been taken for as long as I have been checking).
Wow! This page is pretty clunky looking. Although I think there was briefly a version before this which didn't use frames, this is the initial version of my pages. I like the puke-inducing pastel colors (seriously). I still enjoy the raw, whos gives a crap about usabilty feel of this version, and the oversized, safe-for-toddlers navigation. Otherwise..eccchh!
This version is many ways a slickened up version of v1.0. It uses much of the same color pallette, but uses frames in a much more... er... elegant way. Say what you will, I think frames are a great idea and wish they wouldn't get phased out like it looks like they will be. Anyhow, this site was typical of its time in that it was loaded with plug-in requiring sound effects, bloated rollovers, and lots of tables.
One of the first things I did when I bought by new computer was update my personal site. I was and am still pleased with this result. It was my first serious use of style sheets, and for awhile had some cool animated buttons at the top. The animations were kind of flaky so I got rid of them early on. I liked the organization and relatively clean text layout.
This was one of the longest running look 'n' feels for the Pages o' Fun. This one had a few nice little Flash illustrations on the side.
I have an MFA and I ain't afraid to use it. Click around to find out more about my artistic endeavours.
This is a cover illustration I did for the Chicago-based lefty magazine, Lumpen. The general theme of most of the articles in the magazine is of the "Corporations are evil" variety. In this issue, there was much about the Genoa riots against free trade.
Recently, I took the time to enter an art contest. It was sponsored by AtariAge.com—a Web site devoted to the the preservation of the Atari 2600 and other ancient Atari computers and consoles. They also are one of the few places that sell new(!) games for the Atari 2600.
No, it didn't take me four years to paint this. I only recently touched it up, hence the 2002 date. This was supposed to be along the lines of my previous painting, State Sponsored Art, but isn't quite as good.
This painting depicts how you can't have state sponsorship (of the arts) without state censorship. Someone has to decide who get which grants even though we all pay for them with our taxes. This picture has also been featured on the cover of Lumpen Magazine.
Frank Smith's Pulsebeat. This one's a real gripper! A straight up story of the life and times of an up and coming mobster. Move over Goodfellas, this one hits you like a triple shot of the good stuff!
Barry Devlin's Golf Widow. A story of lust, murder, and intrigue on the links!
The first book in my little survey is a spicy little number by Mark Tryon called The Sinning Lens. Prepare to enter seedy world of underground photography and social work!
Move a blob around the screen in this amateurish Flash piece. It's almost a game!
A virtual head created in Flash that can be manipulated in various ways. This is the stuff baby!
More demented fun from the bathroom.
What happens when technology falls into the wrong hands? Why you get stupid Flash Movies with dumb jokes and bad drawing!
While on Vacation several years ago, I had the pleasure of viewing the 1974 Sci-Fi epic, Zardoz. This film, John Boorman's follow up to Deliverance ranks amongst the most confused and misguided pieces of cinema I have ever witnessed. Read my review of this cinematic masterpiece.
My father, like our recent commander in chief, has an uncanny knack for flubbing phrases and for saying things that are just plain bizarre. His co-workers quickly picked up on this and for more than twenty years they have been keeping track of all the crazy things he's muttered.
A little something gets lost in the translation when our friends across the Pacific try to write in English.
Here's a little doodle I made while watching the first of the 2000 presidential debates. Al Gore's official 2000 campaign song: Slip it to the Android by Chrome which I am rockin' out to as I type this.
Recently, I took my first foray into ordering music from a major online retailer. Normally I avoid online music vendors. Unlike books, where you can find sites offering up to 40% of the cover price, there aren't any good discounts on CDs at the major vendors like Amazon, CDNow, or CDUniverse. Sure, they always say you are geting a 10% discount, but that's usually off the mall-markup price where CDs tend to go for seventeen-fifty bucks a pop. I pretty much refuse to pay more than $13.50 for music, and even that's excessive.(a good rule of thumb: never pay more than a dollar a song)
Do you like the Rock 'n' Roll? Well, I do, and for whatever reasons I feel compelled to post stuff about music on the Internet. My music pages are divided into a several different sections...
This is the CD reissue of Norton's Link Wray series. The CD includes some 5 bonus tracks. If you don't own any Link Wray I'd go out and buy some of the later volumes of this CD. These songs are at bit more hillbilly/rockbiully than one would expect from link Wray. However, if you like the Hill/Rockabilly thing this album is great. Link's guitar isn't always the focus but the songs still are great.
Wire is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. Sure they're arty and all, but I can't get over the richness of their songs. I only have their albums from the late 70's, this included. All 3 of these early album feature a different side of the band. 154 shows off the studio experimentation of producer Mike Thorne. The songs are richly textured and atmospheric and layered with noise. None of these songs (except Map Ref) will jump out as pop songs, but they are all intelligent and still pack too much of a whallop to be concidered pure experimental art rock.
This selection from the ever-growing Buffalo Bop re-release CDs feature only female rockers from the 50s. It's much more interesting than some of the series other releases. The songs don't all sound the same, there's coutryish stuff mixed with rock 'n' roll and even some jumpy swing stuff. This CD is really good.
This is the first CD reissue of the classic Sin Alley rockabilly reissue series. Contains 30 Rockabilly and R&B "Howlers." A must from Crypt records (Along with the Las Vegas Grind, Strummin' Mental, and Back From the Grave Series)
This is a comp of late fifties early sixties novelty rock songs about beatniks. It's very much in-line with stuff like Sin Alley. There a ton of great tunes on here. It's an import, though, and is a bit too pricey for what you get.
Another winner from Sven-Erik and the gang. New David Nudelman song "Vegetabless" and also Deke Dickerson song and a Go-Nuts tune. All the tracks refer to a story line about a grocery store. I don't get it, but it still is great.
More detailed info on my Planet Pimp Tribute page.
This is a compilation of instrumental music from 1957-65. It's equal in quality to the stuff in the Back From the Grave series and a lot of the same bands show up here. A source book of cover songs for bad guitarists like myself.
I have yet to wipe the tears of joy that flow down my cheeks since I bought this disc. Like its predecessor, Jungle Exotica 1, is simply incredible and an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE. Swinging 50's instrumentals, a soundtrack for striptease in the deep jungle!
FINALLY!! Part 3 in the incredible Las Vegas Grind series. This disc, like its predecessors, is simply incredible and an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE for EVERY record collection. Swinging 50's instrumentals, a soundtrack for striptease!
This is the follow-up to Planet Mace and continues much along the same lines. They rely a bit less on originals this time. U.Y. have never release anything that wasn't excellent and this is no exception.
This is the long awaited new release from these kings of Jethro Rock™ And this is one of their best records to date. Along with the expected surf tunes are a few new, more garage sounding songs. Guaranteed excitement!
Deke's old band. CD compiles a bunch of this band's great surf tunes. All the tracks are also available on vinyl in various formats.
As the band name may suggest, this album contains a bunch of songs about smoking dope. This trio is lead by David Nudelman and they do some of his solo songs rock 'n roll style. Great cover photo. Really dumb lyrics.
After loving Servotron's latest, and hearing about the similarites with that band, I decided to give Supernova a try. At first I wasn't too excited. The song lacked the electronics of Servotron and were short on the sci-fi themes but I soon realized the strength of this band. They write funny songs about pop culture that are insanely catchy. The singer sounds like a mix between Mark Mothersbaugh and David Byrne and the guitar hooks never decend to the level of most of the crap on Lookout records.
This bands rocks in a Cramp's style rockabilly sound with a heavy dose of The Velvet Underground. The mix is stripped down to the barest of essentials. There's no reverb here, just a raw minimalism that has a lot of charm. The singing and guitar playing take a front seat over the unmotivated (and, at times, intentionally wonky) rhythm section.
Hott DAMN!! Insane steel guitar-guitar combo. It's kinda like the Ren and Stimpy theme but more insane and with slide guitar. Did I mention INSANE?!?!?
This is a side project by Big Sandy's guitarist. They rock in swingin' western rockabilly style, not unlike the Dave and Deke Combo. The album is on Deke's Eccophonnic label to boot! These songs are fun and you'd have to be a vegeTABLE to sit through this one without tappin' your toes.
Robot rock! This band is rumored to contain member(s) of Man or Astroman? and Supernova (I've since found out that this is not true), and follows those bands in their taste for goofy sci-fi rock. Servotron's theme is robots and they play in a Devoesque robotic style. Bad birthday is a classic.
Another single from this ManorAstroman?-esque/Supernova-esque project. Not quite as good as the Bad Birthday single but still likeable.
The first full-length outing by Servotron. More songs about the elimination of the human race. Includes songs about Small Wonder, Magnus Robot Fighter, Robbie the Robot, and the much ignored red robot R5-D4. This is a great record, although admittably it could be annoying to some people.
A collection of mildly exotica inspired tune from this Portland surf band. It's much better than some of their earlier releases. The high point being their cover of the theme from The Godfather.
I found this used for $4! A 1967 collection of the best of this clever band from the 60's. It's got Wooly Bully, Li'l Red Riding Hood, and Ring Dang Doo plus about 7 more hits. There just aren't enough songs here! I want more!!
This is the Poster Children's electronic side project. The music is generated mainly with analog and/or cheap synthesisers and electronic gizmos. It has an ambient techno feel to it but maintains a live human feel. This works to the band's advantage, helping to distance themselves from the boring techno dance music (which usually boils down to being EZ listening for the stupid, ie people who own Amiga computers). Their songs tend to sound too similar after a while but it's still interesting nonetheless.
This is the debut LP from this New Orleans frat-rock combo. This is a really good album. The opening track is one of the best instro's I've heard in a long time. Although they have a much fuller sound, these guys sound very much like the Hentchmen. I may just be saying this because both bands prominently feature organ. Unlike most neo-surf-frat rock bands lately, these guys actually have some energy behind their music!
This is a scottish punk band from the seventies. They are responsible for the original Destination Venus. The songs on this album song sound like lots of British punk from that era but with a much more new wave twist. They sing about trash culture icons and refrain from the Anarchy in the UK crap. These songs have much more of a 60s pop appeal to them. Also, the mix between male and female vocals is swell. Lots of great basslines too.
This is a recent reissue of the 1966 album of the same name. This is an excellent collection of great 60's garage tunes by these legendary Michigan Rockers.. Most of the tunes match the energy and snottyness of their 1966 hit 96 tears and the CD includes 4 bonus tracks. Look for their reunion follow up album coming out soon!
Phono-Comb is comprised of the Shadowy Men's rhythm section and a new guitarist. The songs are in the same vein as Shadowy Men, smooth instrumental tunes that aren't quite surfy, but good (not great) nonetheless.
The title of this great release refers to the recent glut of surf bands out there. The cover art is in the style of Mad Magazine and was penned by Jack Davis himself. This is the best Phantom Surfers LP since Big Screen Spectaculars mainly because of the variety of songs and the goofy vocal incursions. It also has a cover of Captain Zoom's birthday song.
Another amazing release from these lo-fi Memphis rockers. Buy this record! It will change your life... well, not really, but sure as hell will put some that rock n' roll back in your cakes! (also, check out the Dollface sticker on Greg Oblivian's guitar)
A concept album from the Oblivians, the kings of overdriven blues trash?!? Well, kinda... this is a collection of gospel tunes played in the raw Oblivians style. A new addition here is Mr. Quintron who provides the church organ which really fills out the bands minimal sound. It seems that Greg O. really took the reigns here and is responsible for all the originals and the majority of the vocal parts.
Speaking of David Nudelman, I think it would be mistake to leave this record off this list. This is David's greatest release to date. Not only does the record itself look like a fried egg but the songs are some of the stupidist recorded moments ever. For example, from the song "Too Lazy to Pee", "Go down the hall and pee, and while your at it take a pee for me." See more detail and listen to samples on my Planet Pimp tribute site.
The title is very appropriate for this posthumous release from one of the greatest garage rock bands. These two records are basically resissues of some of the bands harder to find singles with 1 or 2 new songs thrown in unapologetically to get people to buy the album even if they own all the singles. The first record has a side of a bootleg live recording. Both albums are utterly lo-fi. This is essential stuff for your trash rock collection.
This is the final full length from the great band, The Mortals. This, however, is a collection of previously released material scanning the band's short existence. The quality isn't as consistent as their past LPs but their are some good songs on here. I especially like Atomic Cocktail taken from the Estrus Cocktail Companion.
Lo-Fi rockers!!! Snotty female lead vocals. Some of the best garage music from the 90s.
This is one twisted piece of work. It contains a bunch of fun rockabilly tunes. All of them are accented by lead singer Nobody's Freddie Blassie-like wail. The songs are fast and extremely stripped down.
This release represents a revitalized MorA? after a string of average releases. Albini's production makes the band sound a bit more strppied down and kinda like they're playing in your living room. They are perhaps one of the most exciting and entertaining live bands around.
The JL's worst album thusfar. Still it kix rox.
Jackie and the Cedrics are a surf revival band hailing from Japan. In addition to Jackie's trademark hyperactive drumming, Rockin' Jelly Bean's pounding bass, and Enocky's speedy guitar playing, the band has added a new organist for this recording, Tucker. The organ fits in great and the songs on this EP are as kinetic as anything they have put out in the past, and have a nice clear production quality.
This is a band lead by ex-Fink Chris Barfield. There a four neat instros on this single. They all have a Morricone feel to them because of the mix of acoustic and electric guitars. The record's best song is their version of The Vice of Killing from For a Few Dollars More.
This is the bands first full length offering with their new drummer and it is their clearest sounding stuff to date. This is one band that isn't helped by their past lo-fi sound. This pretty much follows the Henchmen's formula here: organ driven frat-rock songs about cars and girls.
WOW!!! Neil provides the side-splitting fun on this awesome work of comedy genius. It includes his take on religion, birth, and the O.J. trial. Buy this record and send me any Neil Hamburger stuff you don't want anymore!!!
Neil's premiere long player is an instant classic. It's much less off the wall (e.g. there's no obvious laugh track) than his 7" releases, and it works beautifully! The album's highlights occur when he loses control of the crowd, his censored top ten list, the return of his zipper shtick, and the erotic hog dog vendor (a visual joke). What makes the album even more poignant is the fact that it was recorded during Neil's difficult divorce, proving that laughter will cure all! NEEEEIIIILLLLL HAAAMMMBBUURRGGEEERRR!!!!!
Godspeed is, at last count, a ten piece outfit from Canada. This double CD plays like an epic soundtrack. The songs are rich in dynamics but are rhythmically quite trite. After about the first fifteen minutes or so, it's pretty clear that (on this release at least) Godspeed is a one-trick pony. Don't get me wrong, it's a neat trick and, despite the fact that they come from the renegade U.S. province of Canada, I do recommend this album. Essentially, what they do is take four or five chords, repeat them endlessly, and gradually add more instruments until the song crescendos in a wall of sound, then begin removing sounds from the mix until they are back to quiet again. I have heard this band described as Phish for the punk rock set. I could picture a greasy-haired rocker with nerd glasses excitedly talking about how last night in Detroit they played a 40-minute version of the same song, but used a vibraphone instead of piano.
This debut full-lengther from Tucson's the Drags clocks in at under 20 minutes. But this LP offers more in that scant amount of time than most big time rockers give us during their entire careers. Each song is a insane 3 chord punk blast. The bands best moments are "Who's Got the Electricity" "Leopard Skin" and "Explosives" The song "Cannible" rocks so hard I'm willing to excuse their spelling of the word cannibal.
This band was perhaps the best kept R'n'R secret in the nation. Hailing from the not-so-exciting Peoria, IL, these guys have turned out some unbelievably great songs. Their previous CD (Corvette Summer) had a definite Beatles flavor to it with a raw edge. This new CD leans a bit less on the beatleque quality but maintains the same excellent song writing. The songs here are catchy, not-too-serious, but not-too-stupid, plus they rock with the best of 'em. Always a treat!
The Doll Rods' debut LP delivers with the sam energy as their previous 7"s. Drums (well maybe a floor tom and a snare), 2 guitars, and some pure rock energy are what comprise this Detroit three-piece. Partially produced by Jon Spenser, this album bares little resemblance to that bass-less band (at least their current stuff). The songs are stripped down to their barest of essentials, one of which seems to be a general lack of high fidelity. The album's best moments are "Psycho Kitty" and "Raw". The latter features synchronized limbo moves in their live shows.
This is a wonderful single by Deke (of Untamed Youth/Dave and Deke Combo/GoNuts Fame). Most of the songs are rockabilly with the exception of the wonderful Link Wray meets Les Paul "Double Zombie" instrumental. The single also boasts a nice hard sleeve designed but Johnny Bartlett of the Phantom Surfers.
Great hillbilly tunes. These are perhaps some of the most talented hicks around.
Do you like G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band? Do you view Paul Shaffer as a musical Legend? Then maybe you'll enjoy the Crown Royal's new Estrus long-player. This is a collection of sax-driven instrumentals that are just a bit too funky for my taste. It's not awful but it's not that great either.
This is the second CD collection of this duo's hilarious Candid Microphone style man-on-the-street interviews from the mid sixties. This collection isn't quite as solid as the last CD, Coyle and Sharpe on the Loose, but it contains some great bits nonetheless. My personal favorite is "Threeism" in which Coyle and Sharpe try to convince a man to combine with them and live as a single unit, making all decisions collectively. They follow the guy onto the bus while Mal Sharpe speaks of Threeism in a biblical tone, the victim trys his best to get away.
This is a killer single from Planet Pimp. This group is headed by two screaming chicks that know how to rawk! The songs titles are: "pop-a-wheelie cop-a-feelie", "Teabaggin'", "French One", and "Go Away Geek!" Go Away Geek is hilarious and the single is worth it just for that song.
I finally bought this CD after hearing so many good things about it from various sources. I found this CD for cheap, and it contains both the MONO and STEREO mixes of the record. Although the CD is too mellow to be called a rock album by my standards, it is still very infectious. The production is lush and and inventive (for the time it was released... 1966!). It predates all the hippy stuff the Beatles did by almost 2 years! The liner notes are extensive and help put the whole thing in context.
Drums, Guitar, and a howling blues freak. Need I say more? Well, I will anyway. These songs rock to the high heavens!!
This is an essential item for your record collection. It contains the best Bond song from the best Bond movie. The incidental music is great too. It constantly refers back to the melody of the title track.
Admittedly, I was originally drawn to this band because of the cover of their first album, The Fun of Watching Fireworks. Seeing the Farfisa organ, I figured they some sort of garage-rock revival or lounge/exotica band. Turns out I was wrong, but not disappointed with what I heard. AmAnSet plays soft, dreamy pop songs. The organ and various percussion parts keep the music from descending into cheesy slacker-rock cliches. Many of the tracks have a trippy, repetitive structure with just enough subtle variety to hold the listener's interest. The Golden Band is the band best work. Songs flow nicely from one to the other, and plenty of lyrical hooks within the low-key vocal parts. I could see how the repetition could put off some listeners, but for me it simply draws me deeper into to music.
Extremely cool Japanese all-girl garage rock. All six songs on this release are amazing this was one of my top ten favs of last year.
The self proclaimed Recyclers of Rock bring us their debut album. The low-down on this band is this: all their songs sound the same and are really more or less a parody of the whole garage rock genre. All the song titles are fake and jokingly contain the word rock. They sing about their "Dodge Caravan" and "El Camino" and have about 3 or 4 different 1-4-5s theme songs. It comes with a funny zine-like insert.
A masterpiece of epic, symphonic goofiness and left-of-center pop structuring. This, along with Lil' Beethoven is Sparks best since Kimono my House.
Here are some pictures of my workspace from about 2000-2007, which was just a corner in my apartment. I work primarily as a woodcut printmaker. Of all the printmaking processes, woodcuts (relief prints in wood) are perhaps the least toxic. This means I can get away with doing my work in the confined space of an apartment. The process also requires very little in terms of equipment. A knife, wood, paper, an ink roller and ink are the only supplies one needs.
I am the proud owner of a Big Briar Etherwave Theremin. This page is my tribute to this unique and enchanting musical instrument. Did I just use the word enchanting? Ughh, slap me now.
This page is devoted to my attempt at rock stardom via my "band" named Martian Law. Download songs and look at things.