10 December 2013
Mondo Macabro DVD: THE SNAKE GOD has been unleashed!!: Today is the day! Piero Vivarelli's Italian soft-core psychodrama THE SNAKE GOD is now officially available most reputable online retailers (but MY recommendation is Diabolik DVD, of course).
Meanwhile, click here to read what Pitchfork had to say about Umberto's latest covers of John Carpenter's "Christine" and "Chariots of Pumpkins" (recently released by our friends at Death Waltz Recording Co.)
As for visuals? Of course we will be screening two giallo and cult erotica films immediately following our 8PM screening of Lucio Fulci's 1982 holiday classic, 'The New York Ripper' on the huge projection screen!
8PM screening of Lucio Fulci's 'The New York Ripper' with music immediately following.
$5 Beers. Free entry.
Special guest DJs:
UMBERTO (Not Not Fun Records, LA)
I, CED (MoveNext Media, LA)
George Ben Sun
*Sponsored by Death Waltz Recording Company
01 December 2013
Giallo Disco Records is a Berlin/Vienna based label specializing in Italian giallo inspired electronic synthesizer music...or as owners Antoni Maiovvi and Vercetti Technicolor call it, 'horror disco'. Here they present an hour long DJ mix, accompanied by incredible and stylish footage from 70's to early 80's giallo films. For more information on Giallo Disco Records and to buy some of their music, head on over to their bandcamp page here. Highly recommended!
2012 - Rob - Doll - Maniac OST
2004 - Francesco Clemente - Sogno Di Leonora - Suoni Dalle Ombre Oltre LP
2011 - Xander Harris - Tanned Skin Dress - Urban Gothic LP
2011 - Naum Gabo - The Crystal Line - The Crystal Line EP
2004 - Unit Black Flight - Take On Efny - Escape From Indianapolis LP
2010 - Umberto - Forsaken Dawn - From The Grave LP
2001 - Metro Area - Miura - Metro Area 4 12"
2009 - Clap Rules - Buio Omega - Dissident 12"
2012 - Antoni Maiovvi - Voodoo Voodoo - Stockholm Synthdrone EP
2013 - Alessandro Parisi - Positron Gladio - Hic Sunt Leones LP
2010 - Gatekeeper - Chains - Giza EP
2003 - The Conservatives - Loneliness - Loneliness 12"
2006 - Zombi - Sapphire - Digitalis EP
2012 - Vercetti Technicolor - L'Incubo Senza Fine - Black Gloves EP
2011 - Gianni Rossi - Star Vehicle - Star Vehicle LP
06 November 2013
As you can probably imagine, I was very geeked when I found out that @fulciman12 started a fun little thing on Instagram for us Italian horror nerds which he aptly titled #ItalianHorrorWeek. Of course, I just HAD to join in on the fun. Here are my first three posts. By the way, do you follow me yet? If not, I'm @djalfonso on both Instagram and Twitter.
04 November 2013
Join us THIS Friday, November 8th as we welcome L.A.-based producer I, CED and direct (literally) from Hamburg, B-Music's Marten Riese! I, CED works with many of L.A. musical luminaries such as Dâm-Funk as well as our own AM (check out his AM & Shawn Lee remix!). He brings with him a deep knowledge (& crate) of funk, library, and funky soundtracks. Expect to be blown away! We are also thrilled to welcome B-Music Hamburg DJ Marten Riese! As I'm sure you all know, the B-Music collective is a globe spanning team of "psychedelic librarians and cosmic-pop-quiz-elitists" and we are always terribly humbled when anyone from the B-Music family play with us. Expect to hear sonic gems from around the world. As always, we will also be screening two giallo and cult erotica films immediately after our 8PM screening of neo-giallo classic AMER on the huge projection screen!
$5 Beers. Cash only. Free entry.
8PM doors and screening of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's AMER (2009)
Special guest DJ's:
I, CED (LA)
Marten Riese (B-Music, Hamburg)
George Ben Sun
Transferred direct from cassette tape, here is a 60 minute DJ set by Spencer Hickman of Death Waltz Recording Company (UK), recorded live at RENDEZVOUS! on 11 October 2013. This was recorded during Mr. Hickman's three week stay here in L.A. as part of Beyond Fest (you know, the festival that brought us three nights of GOBLIN!!). As per usual, this set is LIVE and not altered in any way (needle skips and all). Throw on your headphones and enjoy!
20 October 2013
19 August 2013
Ladies and gents, it gives me great pleasure to present to you my first new mix in well over a year! This 40 minute sonic journey features tracks by maestros Nicolai, Morricone, Sorgini, Fidenco, Frizzi, and many more. Perfect listening whilst sitting under the August moon. Enjoy!
09 July 2013
$5 Beers. Cash only. Free entry.
Special guests DJ's:
Mahssa (B-Music/Finders Keepers, Mount Analog, LA)
The Wild (B-Music, Belgium)
George Ben Sun (AKA AM)
27 June 2013
Transferred direct from cassette tape, here is a 46 minute DJ set by Month of Macabre's Carlos Rossi, recorded live at RENDEZVOUS! on 14 June 2013. This set includes spooky tracks by Frizzi, Morricone, Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, et al. All sourced from vinyl records, of course.
20 May 2013
Ladies and gents, may I present a couple of reviews, links, and a killer little sampler (by our dear pal Roma Khleb) of the new Graham Mushnik LP, 'On the Phone with...'! Read on, listen, and enjoy!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Graham Mushnik’s latest effort, 'On the Phone with…' (of which I had a little collaboration) is now available! This is a nice and light instrumental release with early 70’s sounds utilizing an orchestra of interesting instruments (from electroorgan and vintage synthesizers, to Brazilian percussion and Iranian dulcimer). Hard to pinpoint, it sometimes sounds like instrumental hip-hop, Italian soundtracks, and a weaves through a wide variety of genres. That being said, this album is cosmic and funky! It is a great dosage of dancing rhythms and old familiar sounds. But enough talk…have a listen to the sampler!
OK, so I’ve must’ve listen to this album at least a dozen times. While at first for the purpose of writing this review, the subsequent listens have been purely for enjoyment…this album is that good! The opening track,Woodworm Twist, is a mod, horn-infused, Hammond organ groover, which would not be out of place in any late 60’s spy TV show. It continues on with a breezy jazzy number, which sounds like a soundtrack for an illegal late night rendezvous. There are styles aplenty on this record, yet Mr. Mushnik’s ties it all together very well with his catchy organ playing and impeccable musicianship. From his take on Afro-beat (Highway to Cape Coast) and spacey Silk Road sounds (Valse Au Santour), to an exquisite hip-hop beat, sample-infused number (Drunken Spy…a collaboration with our pal Roma Khleb, I might add!) this record is a sonic journey through the cosmic ether. Given that most of you who read or follow this blog enjoy this sort of thing, I reckon this record will no doubt be on your turntable for some time.
Buy/Stream album here:
Have you read Roma's interview with Mr. Mushnik? If not, click here!
15 May 2013
Transfered direct from cassette tape, here is a 48 minute DJ set by Spencer Hickman of Death Waltz Recording Company (UK), recorded live at RENDEZVOUS! on 10 May 2013. What makes this set unique is Mr. Hickman arrived in Los Angeles only a few days prior with absolutely no records. This mix is composed of selections he purchased in the few short days leading up to our event. All vinyl, naturally.
08 May 2013
Join us for our third session at the Hyperion Tavern in Silverlake on Friday, May 10th as we welcome Dr. Who DJ's Dina Juntila and Carey Yost! Dr. Who is, in our opinion, an LA staple specializing in obscure and psychedelic 60s & 70s soundtracks, fuzz, funk, and other sonic weirdness...just the kind of stuff we love! True vinyl hounds, we cannot wait to hear what gems they will no doubt bring along. We will also be screening Sergio Martino's 'All the Colors of the Dark' and Dario Argento's 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage' on the huge projection screen!
Direct from the UK, Spencer Hickman from Death Waltz Recording Company will be joining us as well!
About Death Waltz Recording Company:
Founded by Spencer Hickman manager of Rough Trade East in London Death Waltz Recording Company concentrates on delivering high end collectors vinyl that includes extensive liner notes from composers and directors as well as brand new and exclusive artwork from a variety of fine artists. All releases are on limited coloured vinyl and contain bonus screen prints and posters.
Death Waltz Recording Company are set to become the premier vinyl soundtrack label for cult film enthusiasts!
$5 Beers. Free entry.
Special guests DJ's:
1941 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
29 April 2013
Ubiquity Records' Heru Avenger returned to RENDEZVOUS! on 12 April 2013 to drop an incredible set of cosmic jazz! As per usual, this recording was recorded onto analog tape and was sourced from all original vinyl. This is part 1 of the set.
Thank you John for the detailed tracklist!
1. DELIRED CAMELEON FAMILY - RAGANESH - O.S.T. VISA DE CENSURE N X - EMI - FRANCE
2. TRITONUS - MARS DETECTION - BETWEEN THE UNIVERSES - BASF - GERMANY
3. CLEM ALFORD - MIRROR IMAGE - MIRROR IMAGE - EMI - U.K.
4. TERJE RYPDAL - KEEP IT LIKE THAT,TIGHT - S/T - ECM - GERMANY
5. ET CETERA - RAGA - S/T - GLOBAL - GERMANY
6. TERRY RILEY - CELESTIAL VALLEY - SHRI CAMEL - CBS - U.S.A
7. ZED - BASHAR - VISIONS OF DUNE - SONOPRESSE - FRANCE
8. HORACEE ARNOLD - BENZELE WINDOWS - TALES OF THE EXONERATED FLEA - CBS - U.S.A
On the 24th of February 2013, AM (A.K.A. George Ben Sun) and I returned to sunny Orange County, CA to pay a visit to our dear friend, and fellow obsessive, John Basil. It was a fun filled day of record and VHS tape browsing, electronics discussing, concert footage viewing, Mexican food eating, and all-out general awing! We always enjoy our time at the "archives" and look forward to our next visit. Click on the photos to enlarge.