Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Best of My Youtube Videos

If you've been following YouTube at all lately, you're probably aware that the organization is undergoing something of a content purge, shutting down accounts left and right due to copyright infringement issues. My own account has been hit hard by "registered to a third party" complaints for the music in my, er, music videos; whenever I receive one of these complaints, I delete the offending video (this happens roughly a third of the time now, incidentally). I do this because, if the owner (or anyone, apparently) actually files a grievance, my account will be terminated, and all of my videos will be deleted en masse.

The point of this post is to mark a likely end to (my uploading to) that account (because I'm tired of dealing with the above), look back at what videos are still available on YouTube, and highlight a few of these along the way. When I first started posting, I was strictly mixing the music with still images because that's all I knew how to do. Later, I learned how to edit actual clips together. From beginning to end, I've also posted what you might call 'album cover videos' since they (usually) restrict themselves to a still picture of the cover; these are also sometimes called "audio only".

Posted about back in April 2011, "Uschi" (by No No Zero) was my first video, and remains the one with the highest view count.

Age restriction effectively slowed viewership of that one to a crawl, but hey, it's still there at least. Incidentally, my second highest view count belongs to Skullflower's "Diamond Bullet" (also an early album cover-type stills video), also still with us. The video with the least amount of views remains "Gush" by the late, great Aube. And this one has been around for a while too, so -- make of that what you will.

Figuring out how to edit video clips together was a revelation and inspired all kinds of different attempts at mixing sound and moving images. What follows is a line-up of some of my faves:

Namanax "Aquanax"

Bodychoke "The Red Sea"

 Shit & Shine "Practising To Be A Doctor"

No No Zero "(Let's Get Some) Vienna Action!"

The Starkweather Fix "My Body Is An Eyesore"

Rake "Remote Sensing"

Azonic "River Blindness"

Ramleh "Utopia Dust"

Pierre Henry "Après La Mort 2"

Merzbow "Black Brain Of Piranese"

James Plotkin "Plunge"

Brainbombs "No More"

B.A.L.L. "R.I.P."

Fushitsusha "The Halation Born Between You And I Who Were Doomed To Appear In Form"

Shar Pei "Xa (I-III)"

Body Rot "Creep Beat"

Terminal Cheesecake "Satan Is Real"

Mick Harris "Astray"

Holy Mount "Garm Of Hounds"

Sleazy Meanz "Sid The Sexist"

Cylon "Seeker"

The Exploding Tits "Rosalba Exposed"

MB "Zebra"

William Burchette "Invoke The Name Of God"

Monday, 25 November 2013

Introducing PANIC


The new band I've been alluding to here the last while has a name and a record, and I'm ready to spill the beans.

PANIC is made up of Christopher Sandes (keyboards), Johnny LaRue (drums), Greg "Sweets" Sweetland (bass), Zak Hanna (guitar), yours truly on vocals and occasional theremin -- plus Jeremy Strachan on the baritone saxophone. Our album is called "Bad Fantasies" and was recorded at 6 Nassau by none other than the legendary Pete Hudson. It's undoubtedly the best sounding record I've ever been a part of.

"Bad Fantasies" is available digitally now on Bandcamp, to either purchase or peruse. A limited edition of 180 gram vinyl LPs (with download cards) will be delivered soon, and will be available at shows. No expense was spared for these slabs o' wax as I'm sure you'll agree when you hold one in your hands.

PANIC Bandcamp

Sunday, 10 November 2013

The Starkweather Fix on SoundCloud!

Another late account with a popular web service, another blog post. This time the service is Soundcloud and the post is to let you know I finally joined, and have uploaded much of what I'd previously made available as (none too reliable) mp3s on this blog, namely unreleased recordings by my first band, The Starkweather Fix. Circa 94-97.

Wig out.

Sunday, 27 October 2013