September 2010 archive

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Ghastly Ones

Date night!

The Ghastly Ones Official Site Target: Draculon, Ghastly Plastics 2006 Unearthed, Ghastly Plastics 2007 Well, Freaky Tiki Surf-ari has come to a close and I’ve saved what’s often regarded as (and rightfully so) the best for last. Not only do the Ghastly Ones play amazing horror surf jam-packed with horror movie references, but they also …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Satan’s Pilgrims

Satan’s Pilgrims Official Site Plymouth Rock, Musick Recordings 2004 Psychsploitation, Sp Records 2009 According to their official Facebook page, Satan’s Pilgrims formed in 1992 over a (quote) “series of house parties hosted by the members of the band” in Portland, Oregon. Basing their name on the exploitation film Satan’s Sadists, the Pilgrims soon became an …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Don Tiki

You don't have to turn off the red light...

Don Tiki Official Site South of the Boudoir, Taboo Records 2009 I first became hooked on Don Tiki after hearing the spooky Tiki track “The Natives Are Restless.” Further research on the band led me to discover that they had done other songs with kinda creepy titles, such as “Axolotl” and “The Hypnotizing Man.” Their …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Surf Zombies

Criswell Predicts!

The Surf Zombies Official Myspace Something Weird, Oasis Manufacturing 2009 The Surf Zombies first came to my attention by the way of a “Rock and Roots” CD sampler. The split second I saw the song title “El Funebre (The Hearse)” and the band’s name on the track listing, I knew I was in for a …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Robert Drasnin

That voodoo that he do so well...

Robert Drasnin Official Site Voodoo II, Dionysus Records 2007 Martin Denny. Les Baxter. Arthur Lyman. They are the greats of the classic exotica world. However, I think there’s a name missing from that list: Robert Drasnin. Granted, he’s only released two exotica albums, Voodoo and Voodoo II, but I think their quality and importance more …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Man Or Astro-Man?

Man Or Astro-Man? Official Site Live Transmissions From Uranus, Touch and Go Records 1997 (Original release date: 1995) Founded in Auburn, Alabama during the early 90’s, Man Or Astro-Man? soon rose to fame for both their excellent surf music and various gimmicks. Not only did they base songs on horror and sci-fi movies (even including …

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Tuesday uEtsy: Niswander Ceramics

[Etsy.com’s tagline is “Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.” Coincidentally, there’s a lot of spooky on Etsy, and each Tuesday, we highlight one of the sellers. If you’re looking to spruce up your look, redecorate your tomb or get a gift for that special something in your afterlife, Etsy.com is a place for spooky econo.] Niswander …

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2010 Contest Page Update

We’re almost three weeks away from the deadline (October 16th, 2010) for our Gravediggers Local 16 2010 Halloween Contest. We’ve already received some incredible entries so far! And we’re accepting entries until One minute until Midnight (11:59pm EST) on October 16th. Remember, you can send three (3) limericks and one (1) artistic expression. ┬áRemember, every …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited

There's always room for giallo!

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Official Site (Label) The Spooky Sound Sessions, Dionysus Records 2009 After Kava Kon, we have one more stop in our Freaky Tiki Surf-ari side trip through the world of neo-exotica, which also takes us further into the world of space age pop. Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited is something of a mystery …

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Tuesday uEtsy: Raise Your Fist

[Etsy.com’s tagline is “Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.” Coincidentally, there’s a lot of spooky on Etsy, and each Tuesday, we highlight one of the sellers. If you’re looking to spruce up your look, redecorate your tomb or get a gift for that special something in your afterlife, Etsy.com is a place for spooky econo.] Raise …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Mission Creeps

Don't ask me, I have no idea what that is.

The Mission Creeps Official Site Dark Cells, Refractory Records 2010 The Mission Creeps aren’t your typical horror surf band. Brandon Specktor of the Arizona Daily Wildcat described their unique style as “gothic/garage rock,” ReverbNation called it “reverb-drenched guitar, psychotic theremin and velvelty…” and one Frankie Estelle calls them a “Cramps-style surfabilly band.” The Creeps themselves …

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2010 Contest Page

CLICK HERE for the Gravediggers Local 16 2010 Halloween Contest. We are officially within the countdown to the October 16th deadline for the 2010 Halloween Contest here at the Local. That’s a long sentence, but it sums everything up: submit your three (3) limericks and/or one (1) artful expression demonstrating the theme of this year’s …

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A Challenge!

Our Ghoul Jenn has thrown down a challenge! Using our new wireless crystal ball – which has great reception – we were able to channel forth a spirit and get a call from beyond the grave! (about two miles beyond, because Our Ghoul Jenn was down at the coffee shop. She’s not dead. Just deadly.) …

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Tuesday uEtsy: agorables

[Etsy.com’s tagline is “Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.” Coincidentally, there’s a lot of spooky on Etsy, and each Tuesday, we highlight one of the sellers. If you’re looking to spruce up your look, redecorate your tomb or get a gift for that special something in your afterlife, Etsy.com is a place for spooky econo.] Agorables …

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2010 Contest Update

As you might have seen, we here at Gravediggers Local 16 recently announced our ‘2010 Gravediggers Local 16 Halloween Contest.’ You have until October 16th, 2010 to enter so there’s plenty of time! We’ve received our first entry already and we haven’t even announced all the prizes yet! Each week, we’re going to announce a …

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Best Birthday Ever!

On this day in 2008, Strange Jason posted the first ever Gravedigger’s Local 16 entry. To celebrate the site’s birthday, let’s watch a video of a birthday party featuring an amazing (and huge) King Kong costume: Awesome stuff, right? It gets better: I noticed that video’s description said the father of the boy the party …

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