August 2012 archive

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Phase 2

Daikaiju Official Site Phase 2, DingDong Records 2010 Daikaiju has been up to a lot since I reviewed their debut album in the first Freaky Tiki Surf-ari. After issuing their “Flight of Garuda” single, the band released their second major album, appropriately named Phase 2. In “Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter” (named for the location …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Clouseaux

Clouseaux Official Site Clouseaux, Air Y Hola 2001 Destination Oasis, Air Y Hola Records 2003 Lagoon, Dionysus Records 2004 Beyond Good and Evil, Self-released 2006 When one thinks of exotica, visions of Polynesia and Hawaii immediately spring to mind. However, exotica groups can be found all over America (and the world). Houston, Texas might seem …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Space Party

Space Nazis Must Die!

Space Party Official Myspace Invasion of the Surfer-Men!, Self-release 2010 Hellfire Halloween, Self-release 2010 With the scene flooded with so many American horror surf bands, it might be easy to miss the Australian group Space Party at first. Consisting of Alex Plegt on guitar, Kevin Lauro on bass and Darren Atkinson on drums, the band …

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R.I.P. X-Entertainment.com (2000-2012)

        In the first time in close to a year, I visited X-Entertainment today to read the sad news that the site has been dead for months now. This is a sad (albeit late) moment. Both Weird Jon and I have been long-time fans of the site X-Entertainment.com (referred to as X-E …

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I (don’t) Hate Tim Burton

It’s unfortunate but I think I don’t hate Tim Burton. I used to. Sorta. Hate is a strong word. But from 2005 up to last year, I could loathe Burton like everyone else, pointing out the obvious cracks in his career, bemoaning the “unoriginal thoughts” and “repetitive casting” of the same troupe of actors. I …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: 6’+ Episode 37 is up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “Grab your best floral print shirts and get ready to hit the huts, it’s Freaky Tiki Surf-Ari 2012! Monstermatt Patterson gets mistaken for a coconut during his Monstermatt Minute. Dr. Gangrene learns how to speak Hawaiian with scream queen, Debbie Rochon. Plus, music by The Creepy Creeps, …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Haunted Tiki Island

Those of you who read my first article about freaky Tiki-related arts and crafts might remember some links relating to a “Haunted Tiki Island.” However, the subject of those links was so interesting that I thought it deserved its own article. Haunted Tiki Island refers to the theme used by the Haunt at Hellizondo in …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Official Site Third River Rangoon, Self-released 2011 One cannot discuss Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica without first discussing Juan García Esquivel. More popularly known as “Esquivel” or “The King of Space Age Pop,” he got his start piano playing for a Mexican radio station when he was only eleven years old! Six years later, …

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Tuesday uEtsy: Buzz-Works

[For those who are searching for unique horror items, one can’t beat Etsy.com. Each Tuesday, Gravedigger’s Local 16 aims to highlight one seller. If you’re looking to spruce up your look, redecorate your sanctorum or get a gift for that special something in your life, Etsy.com is your place for spooky econo.] Buzz-Works  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BuzzWorksDecor   …

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6’+ Episode 36 is up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “Your mission…is the newest episode. We go undercover, do some odd jobs here and there, ending up with a view to a kill (while we live and let die.) With music from The Waitiki 7, Ursula 1000, The Special Agents and more. The codeword is “Monstermatt Minute” …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

The Freaky Tiki Surf-ari is back and I’m really excited about this year’s schedule of events. We’ve got two exotica reviews, two surf rock reviews, a tie-in episode of the podcast and more! On top of that, each music review will have a bonus sample track! I’m also looking forward to showcasing my new, stripped-down …

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Fly the flag – the great goods from BannersOnTheCheap.com

BannersOnTheCheap.com reached out to us here at Gravedigger’s Local 16 thanks to Weird Jon’s articles about free RPGs. In addition to offering banners, car signs and magnets for cheap, the fine folks over at BannersOnTheCheap.com have used their services to help out the RPG community by offering to print up maps corresponding to certain games. …

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