August 2015 archive

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Voodoo Organist

The Voodoo Organist Official Site Organ Voodoo, Dionysus Records 2015 Ever since the overstuffed first installment of the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari back in 2010, I’ve always made a conscious effort to keep my reviews limited to two exotica albums and two surf albums per year. But when Dionysus Records told me about this album, I …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: 6’+ Episode 154 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “Grab your Zombie and head down to Trader Sic Vic’s because it’s time for the annual FREAKY TIKI SURF-ARI! We get tropical and exotical with a variety of surf, exotica and creeptastical music to put the sting in your Scorpion Bowl! With music from THE LEFT …

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How To Make Cheap Foam Organs

I noticed I keep discussing tutorial videos from Stiltbeast Studios in December, which might give the impression he only does spooky Christmas props. This is not the case at all and I want to focus on one of his more traditional tutorials. If you have access to chunks of foam and fake blood, then you …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Vulcanos

The Vulcanos Official Facebook Meet The Vulcanos, Scatter Records 2013 Hailing from Argentina (Buenos Aires, to be specific), the self-described “mod-surf-beat-garage” band the Vulcanos have a particularly interesting history. Formed from members of the defunct surf groups Los Vengadores, Los Transmisores and MODelo ´63, the band officially started in 2006. I say “officially” since two …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Space Fezcapade

Ding Dong Devils Official Facebook Space Fezcapade, Tiki Tunes Records 2014 It has been a year since I had last covered the Ding Dong Devils here and the outer space album promised in that last review is now a reality. Hardcore exotica fans will recognize the name and cover art of Space Fezcapade as being …

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Serie B

 I randomly came across this mexican horror punk band while browsing the internet for something new to listen to. I came across Serie B. Their bio stated that their major influences were Misfits,Balzac and The Ramones. 3 of my favorite bands. After listening to a few tracks online, I contacted Serie B and purchased their …

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Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

Archie comics brings us another title in their horror themed more mature series of comics with Chilling Tales of Sabrina. Like “After Life With Archie”, Sabrina is told in a serious dramatic tone with horror elements abound. The issues have been by monthly and they are up to issue 4. Variant covers have included a …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Turbosonics

The Turbosonics Official Site Live At Howlers – Pittsburgh, 2010, Self-release 2011 The Turbosonics, Self-release 2013 The story of the Turbosonics begins in Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh in 2008 to be specific. That’s when drummer Timmy Klatte placed an ad on Craigslist in order to make his dream of playing in a surf band come true. …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Crazed Mugs

The Crazed Mugs Official Site Find Forbidden Island, Orange Seal Entertainment 2011 The Crazed Mugs are a Florida-based exotica band which only could have formed in the internet age. Founded in 2004 by the mystery man known only as “pablus,” he met Ken Kanaka through the Tiki Central website. Mr. Kanaka was the man behind …

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6’+ Episode 153 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “REEL IN SHOCK AND AMAZEMENT! We go BEYOND into a WORLD of SIGHTS both WONDROUS and HORRIBLE! Music from THE TSUNAMIBOTS, THE AMINO ACIDS, THE BLOODTYPES, THE PHENOMENAUTS and more. Try as you might, you can’t avoid YOUR future having another edition of THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE.” …

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Balzac- Bloodsucker

 July 7 marked the release of the new Balzac album, Bloodsucker. And since then, I have spent some time with this album. Unfortunately, Balzac gets disregarded as a Japanese Misfits. And that is mostly based on their look and marketability as such. They have the Misfits connection, but there music is WAY beyond anything Gleen …

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Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return

2015 has proven to be quite the year for the world of exotica. Although several great albums have been (or will be) released, I thought it best to save discussion of those for another time. It seemed to be the only appropriate way to handle the matter, given the recent passing of exotica pioneer Robert …

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Wear And Tear

Over the weekend I finished up the bottled specimens I started last week, applying collection labels and the final weathering treatment. Here’s the “critter” after it was sealed in it’s bottle with wax. After a week the isopropyl alcohol doesn’t seem to be reacting with the figure’s baked Sculpey or the acrylic paint and liquid …

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Miskatonic University Specimen Labels

The title pretty much says it all. This is an improved sheet of labels for specimens from Miskatonic University’s Special Collections, based on the original version over here and the revised single label here. The sheet contains three 2″ by 3″ labels and one 3″ by 4″ label for larger samples and includes crop marks …

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