6’+ Episode 228 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Misfits Covers Songs! In honor of Lodi’s favorite sons playing New Jersey on May 19, we have an episode packed with Misfits tributes from THE BITCHFITS, SPOOKHAND, THE MISSYFITS, MAD SIN, GARBAGE TORNADO and more. Monstermatt Patterson also chimes in with a RAT FINK of a MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Free Zombie Music, Volume VI

It’s Zombie Awareness Month and that means it’s time for another free music compilation! There’s a little something for everyone in the following 13 tracks: surf, rock, horror punk, acoustic guitars and even some synth stuff! Be sure to click on the link on the left for the free download and the one on the right for the artist’s official web presence:

“Zombie Surf”Tiki Cowboys
“una de zombies”cocktail lounge
“Oleada Zombie”Los Rocket Munsters
“Trioxin Twist”Kill, Baby… Kill!
“Zombat”Moonfrog
“Shambling Horror”Ghoulshow
“Zombies”Alex The Kid
“I AM ZOMBIE”Sam Mulligan
“the night of the living dead”simo maffo
“Zombie (live)”The Cryptkeepers
“Zombie Style”Cyco Sanchez Supergroup
“Zombrero Walk”Cyco Sanchez Supergroup
“Zombie Rockers From Outer Space”Cyco Sanchez Supergroup

Some of you are probably hoping for translations for tracks 2 and 3. The name of cocktail lounge’s offering can be roughly translated as “one of the zombies” and “oleada” means “wave” in Spanish. Also, the latest release (as of this writing) from Cyco Sanchez Supergroup has enough zombie music to fill an entire installment of this series!

As always, Ray O’Bannon is offering free printable CD sleeves and tons of other zombie goodies for you to enjoy. If you burn this compilation to a disc, I highly recommend using one of his sleeves to store it in. You can even print out the image illustrating this article and glue it onto the sleeve if you want to!

Special thanks to the CDC for offering the open source image (and to Bob Hobbs for creating it)!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. We make no guarantees about the future availability of the tracks listed above, so get them while you can. Blah blah blah…

6’+ Episode 227 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Feeling a little low? It’s happens to the best of ghouls. We aim to raise your spirits with an episode featuring tracks from BLACK WIDOWS, LOS JAVELIN, ROBOTRON, DARK THOUGHTS, THE DEADLY LO-FI and more. Plus, a pun-ishing MONSTERMATT MINUTE and KILLER KUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The GdL16 Santo de Mayo Flashback

There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of English language news regarding El Hijo del Santo, Santo Jr. (formerly El Nieto del Santo) and the controversy with his cousin Axel this year. So until some news develops (or we get our hands on some El Santo movies to review), let’s put things on hold and enjoy some El Santo celebrations from previous years:

El Santo de Mayo 2017!
Samson in the Wax Museum
El Santo de Mayo 2015!
El Santo de Mayo 2014!
Happy El Santo de Mayo!
It’s El Santo de Mayo!
El Santo de Mayo
Viva El Santo!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s Free Comic Book Day!

It’s the first Saturday in May, so that means Free Comic Book Day is here! More specifically, our unofficial (in addition to being unsanctioned and unauthorized) celebration of the event. Thankfully we’re not having any issues with linking directly to images hosted on Facebook this time around. So enjoy the following sample of a few of the various free comic books our readers might enjoy:

Silver – Dark Planet Comics
2000 A.D. Regened – Rebellion Developments
The Ghost In The Shell: Global Neural Network – Kodansha Comics
World of Aspen – Aspen Comics
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – TOKYOPOP
Doctor Who – Titan Comics
Overwatch – Dark Horse Comics
Invader Zim – Oni Press

But we have a little something extra for you before you head on out to your participating comic book store! Both Michael Hedstrom’s Black Cat and Mark Harvey’s Fleshrot: Songs from the Dead can be streamed for free online. The first one is the soundtrack for the comic book Black Cat 13 and the other is the soundtrack for a graphic novel called Fleshrot: Tales from the Dead. You might even be able find copies of both books at your local comic shop! Also, Mr. Harvey has been known to give away free downloads of select tracks on his blog, so be sure to check over there regularly to see if you can get some Fleshrot: Songs from the Dead goodness!

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

It’s Time For Podcast Land’s “Podcast Of The Month” Award!

Podcast Land has a monthly award for best podcast and we think Six Foot Plus has what it takes to win the May 2018 award. If you feel the same way, just head over to our listing at Podcast Land, enter your email address into the field, and press the vote button. It’s really just that easy!

If we get at least 5 votes, then Six Foot Plus will also be included in the rotation for the “Another Great Podcast” sidebar. So the podcast will still get some extra publicity even if we don’t win! Do you really need any more incentive to vote (and get the word out)?

Please visit Podcast Land to learn more about the rules for “Podcast Of The Month” and “Another Great Podcast.”

UPDATE: Podcastland’s voting area went dead a few days after this was posted and still doesn’t seem to be working as of 6/11/18. We did get enough votes to get onto the “Another Great Podcast” sidebar (which vanished along with the podcasts you could vote on) and even made it into the top 5 prior to that happening! So if you voted, you have our thanks even if no winner was ever determined!

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

Free Comic Book Day 2018 is scheduled for May 5th this year, so set a reminder for yourself now before you forget! We’ll be posting an additional reminder on that day, along with a look at some titles of interest and a bonus surprise.

For more details, simply head on over to Free Comic Book Day’s official website and Facebook page.

Record Store Day Is Here!

It’s the third Saturday in April, which means Record Store Day is here once again and it’s time for our annual unofficial (in addition to being unauthorized and unsanctioned) celebration of the big day! Whether you don’t have a participating store in your area or just want extra goodies after you get back from the local record store, we have a great selection of stuff for you. But please try to buy something at your local store because buying physical media is more important than you might think. Let’s start with some suggested vinyl purchases:

The Mission Creeps
Zombina and the Skeletones
Taken By Savages
Pirato Ketchup
The Nevermores
Savage Remains
Wood Chickens
Killjoy Records
The Coffin Daggers
Lucas Giorgini
Dead Beat Records

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia: Taken By Savages was formed by some of the people behind the cult movie review website BLEEDING SKULL! You wouldn’t know this from the name alone, but the vinyl offering from Lucas Giorgini is a soundtrack to a fictional horror movie and the special edition includes bonus items like faux lobby cards and 3D glasses. If you’re an 80’s horror fan with a turntable, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of Giorgini’s A Murder Collection. But if you don’t have one, CD and digital download versions of the album are also available. With Best Buy reportedly ditching CDs this July and Target changing the terms they have with labels over how they buy compact discs, it seems possible that CDs will make a nostalgia-fueled comeback at some point in the future.

While many of the above albums are listed with a price given in non-US currency, you can simply click on “Buy Now” to get the option to pay in your currency of choice. Supplies are limited for many of these, so act fast and buy now! Speaking of buying, you have the ability to “Name Your Price” with the following selection of songs:

Intrepid Mutants are offering the tracks “Sleep Paralysis” and “Mutant Rats” under this model. The Dragstrip Devils have a similar offer for “Motor Mouth” and “Shakin’” (which is a special demo version).

Ponyboy Oneman Trio, Tiki Twins, and H. Zombie were kind enough to make all of their albums available this way. I’d say the same about The Haints and the dark folk duo ramshackle and scarecrow, but they only have a single release each so far! Since the following bands make their work available in a mix of ways, let’s skip directly to some choice selections from The Doubleclicks, Fletch Cadillac, and Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!

But let’s not forget the free downloads. The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies have made their complete discography available for free on Bandcamp and the Internet Archive has a complete album from Asimov Cocktail. The Spoils and Caleb Hines both have a free album while Krackatoa has too many freebies to name. So let’s start things off with “Something in the Woods.” The Exotic Ones, Mad Mad Chika & Los Abducidos, and Jonah Knight all have select tracks available for free download on ReverbNation. Finally, Brett W McCoy recently organized his SoundCloud page by musical genre and most of the tracks can be downloaded!

Oh, and one other thing: Some of the links in this post also contain hidden surprises! A link to a vinyl release might also include a cassette edition of the album or a free music download. You might even find other vinyl LPs from a band if you look around a link to a different vinyl release, or perhaps you’ll find one while looking through digital downloads. This is also true for many older Record Store Day posts on this site, so be sure to check out the previous editions while you’re at it.

Happy Record Store Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

The Tsunamibots Vs. Brand New Luddites, MAN VS. MACHINE

Summary: Two opposing, mirroring forces – automation v. individuality, freedom v. oppression, nature v. technology – clash in the fantastic new album, Man Vs. Machine. The expertly crafted punk and rock songs from the Brand New Luddites find singularity with the circuit-breaking surf power of The Tsunamibots. A magnificent record that will leave you questioning if you’re a human or a robot by the end.

Band New Luddites Vs. The Tsunamibots
Man Vs. Machine
Sharawaji Records

Assimilation has already happened. You just didn’t notice because you were too busy looking at your phone.

Man Vs. Machine details this downfall of humanity, one currently happening in real time. The brilliant new split from The Tsunamibots and (introducing) the Brand New Luddites, Man Vs. Machine builds upon the world introduced in the Tsunamibots first EPs of dynamic surf rock. Less a concept album and more of a status update, Man Vs. Machine recognizes the slow technological seduction currently enthralling mankind. It also suggests that while the robots are winning, victory isn’t – nor ever will be – absolute.

That is because of the Brand New Luddites, who open the record with some of the best punks songs you’re going to hear all this year. “Complacent” calls us out for living in a “small-screened world,” failing to see the bigger picture – and the bigger threat facing humanity. “Internet Race,” arguably the best song on the split, argues that these methods of mass communication – social media, your favorite subReddit, etc. – have birthed “the new hive mind.” Technology has enforced conformity. Just take a ride on any bus or subway. Count the number of white earbuds or how many heads are pointed downward to an illuminated screen to see the truth behind BNL’s warning.

After Man Vs. Machine, BNL deserves their own full-length record after this amazing introduction. These four – singer Colonel Malware, basic Private Power Surge, drummer Captain Virus and guitarist Corporal Blue Screen Of Death – set Man Vs. Machine up perfectly, painting a picture at the closing seconds of their side of the split. As they chant “Enter the coup / of robot kind / Whaddya do? / Who are you”, they are answered with a resounding, digital reply: “I AM ROBOT.”

From there, the Tsunamibots enter and remind every human why they’re one of the best surf rock bands around. “010010” is a sonic explosion, a crushing, that announces their arrival. “Programmable Dudes” is a slower jam, but the infectious chorus is hard to resist. “C:\>_RUN” makes the plight of avoiding deletion at the hand of your robotic overloads sound fun. The Tsunamibots continue to evolve upgrade their sound. “Awareness Signal” and the closing track, “Android Anxiety,” are high energy songs that do display a Man…Or Astro-Man? influence, but their quirks and their quarks prove that the Tsunamibots are not just digital copies.

Ending on “Android Anxiety” implies that even after the robots’ victory, the conflict – the titular “Man Vs. Machine” – will continue. It’s less a case of “good vs. evil,” and more of two sides of the mirror finding themselves in conflict. There’s a great deal of intelligence – artificial and organic – behind Man Vs. Machine. The concepts of “robot” are explored. If a human mind is automated, are they not just robots in disguise? Though the album art on both the LP and CD is painted in a stark black and white, the album is splattered with shades of grey. On the surface, it’s some of the best punk and surf that will come out this year, but repeat listenings will unveil deeper, darker truths. Highly recommended.

TGIF13: 6’+ Episode 226 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“It’s the remake you actually want! We celebrate FRIDAY THE 13TH with song from THE 3-D INVISIBILES, THEY’RE GHOULS, ZOMBIE!, FIRST JASON and more. Monstermatt Patterson slaps on a hockey mask and ends up drafted to the NHL in a very confusing MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

TGIF13 IX: Camp Crystal Cake

The Homicidal Homemaker is my kind of online cooking personality. Although there are plenty of cooking shows where they make something spooky in October, her show maintains a horror feel for the whole year. I also love the various little touches she includes, like the creepy props placed around the set. How can you not love a cooking tutorial with a fake puddle of blood in the background? The subject of today’s post not only shows you how to make a Jason Voorhees-inspired treat, but it includes scenes of crew members getting killed as part of a parodic tribute to the Friday the 13th franchise! So let’s watch courtesy of the Homicidal Homemaker’s official YouTube channel:

This just goes to show that the “Crystal Cake” song from Six Foot Plus’ previous tribute to the unluckiest day of the year was more than a one-off joke. Come to think of it, a slice of Camp Crystal Cake would be the perfect choice of dessert after one consumes a Jason Burger…

6’+ Episode 225 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“It’s the Six Foot Plus 7th Anniversary Show! We celebrate with an episode full of psychobilly, horror punk, surf music, bad monster jokes and more. Tracks from GO!TSUNAMI, DIE GRUWEL, THE MISSION CREEPS and more. Monstermatt Patterson gives the gift of the MONSTERMATT MINUTE while Kraig Khaos offers up a KILLER CUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Record Store Day Is Coming!

Record Store Day 2018 is on April 21st this time around and there’s plenty of material which should be of interest to our readers. Blue Öyster Cult’s Rarities Vol. 2 features a live version of “Godzilla” (along with other tracks involving spooky subject matter). Hillbillies in Hell: Volume 666 showcases the creepy side of country with a song selection spanning from 1952 to 1974 while City of Death and The Tomb of the Cybermen are both narrated Doctor Who soundtracks. Speaking of soundtracks, the ones for Ganja & Hess and the revived Twin Peaks are also available! However, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series) are not the complete soundtracks.

You can learn more about the event at its official website, which has everything from the full list of Record Store Day releases to a list of all of the participating locations. Gravedigger’s Local 16 will be celebrating with our own annual unofficial (in addition to being unsanctioned and unauthorized) selection of vinyl and freebies you can pick up once you get back from your local store. So make sure to come back here once you get back from your local record store!

6’+ Episode 224 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“It’s the weirdest tribute to Nokie Edwards — ever! Strange Jason and John Jughead fool around with the spirit world, only to find themselves up to their knees in danger, death and surf music. Speaking of which, this episode, full of surf punk, features AUDIOS AMIGOS, THE DEAD BEAT, THE TERRORSURFS, and more. Monstermatt Patterson hangs ten in another toxic MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Cliff Monster

The “Monster Boom” of the 1950’s led to an explosion of monster movie magazines. Although there were a few gems, the bulk of these magazines were just quickly thrown together cash grabs. Special effects artist Paul Blaisdell and editor/actor Bob Burns took notice of this and decided to start a truly special magazine. This decision was especially appropriate given how Blaisdell’s work in magazines is what led to his film career in the first place! The original plan was for the magazine to be called The Devil’s Workshop and to focus exclusively on homemade special effects tutorials. Imagine Don Dohler’s Cinemagic done a decade or so earlier and you’ll have a pretty good idea of Blaisdell’s vision. This was eventually changed to plans for a more traditional monster mag called Fantastic Films which would feature “The Devil’s Workshop” as a regular column. The name was changed to Fantastic Monsters of the Films when their printer claimed such a magazine without the word “monster” in the title wouldn’t sell. Sadly, issues with the printer also resulted in the end of the magazine’s brief run.

But what a run it was! In addition to “The Devil’s Workshop,” there were interviews, gag photos, reviews, short stories and plenty of other articles to delight readers. Starting with the 1962 first issue, readers were tantalized by ads for short movies called The Cliff Monster Filmland Monsters from the mysterious Golden Eagle Films. The equally mysterious Cliff Monster also appeared on the magazine’s membership card and was even the subject of the magazine’s “Name The Nameless Monster” contest. Did you guess Paul Blaisdell was behind the films due to the magazine running a contest based around the monster? You’re absolutely right! But you’d be wrong if you thought the monster really didn’t have a name. Just as he had given nicknames to the costumes he created for various horror movies, he gave one to the prop used in the movie: “Cliff.”

“Cliff” was a mechanical model that stood well over a foot tall. This clockwork creature could be wound up and “programmed” to make sequences of certain movements. It’s only natural to want to make a movie when you create something like that! Blaisdell also created another mechanical model like “Cliff,” but the resulting dinosaur only appeared in a photograph used for the magazine and apparently never appeared in any films. The Cliff Monster was shot using using a 16mm camera owned by Bob Burns and the finished product was available for purchase in both 8mm and 16mm editions. According to the article “My Friend, The Fiend” from the fifth issue of Fantastic Monsters of the Films, the version sold to the public was actually a “condensed” version of a presumably longer project. Filmland Monsters was a different story. Blaisdell got permission from American International Pictures to take footage from the trailers for The Day the World Ended, It Conquered the World, The She-Creature and Invasion of the Saucer Men and combine it with newly shot scenes of the films’ monsters in action. Like The Cliff Monster, it was also available in 8mm and 16mm versions. But their availability died off when Fantastic Monsters of the Films met its untimely demise.

Thankfully Donald Deveau has uploaded both of these rarities onto YouTube with the permission of Bob Burns:

The short combined running time makes it obvious why this never made the jump onto VHS and other home video formats. That said, I can easily imagine The Cliff Monster doing well theatrically if it was shown on the spook show circuit. While not the first titles to be released directly to the home viewing market, they are the earliest such original horror productions in that field. Although direct-to-video movies like Sledgehammer and the various trailer compilations of the 80’s might be better known to horror fans, Bob Burns and Paul Blaisdell are the ones who deserve the credit for starting it all!

Bibliography:

Paul Blaisdell – IMDb
Bob Burns – IMDb
Bob Burns III – Wikipedia
Paul Blaisdell – Wikipedia
Roger Corman’s Monster Maker, Paul Blaisdell – The Unsung Hero of 1950s Monster B-Movies | Stan Winston School of Character Arts
Don Dohler – Wikipedia
Beast Meets West | Phoenix New Times
Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker: A Biography of the B Movie Makeup and Special Effects Artist by Randy Palmer

6’+ Episode 223 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“This podcast is blurry, and that’s extra scary to you! Thanks to the Super True Stories podcast, we celebrate Bigfoot and ape-like cryptids with tracks from THE MONSTER KLUB, WOOD CHICKENS, X RAY CAT TRIO, THE EXSTATICS, and more. Monstermatt Patterson gets mistaken for a Yeti and captured in THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE, while Kraig Khaos goes surfin’ with Sasquatch with another KILLER KUT.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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