22 April 2021

The Story Behind Blutbraüer's Score for Andy Warhol’s Meat for Wolfman


Just to be clear, Blutbraüer are in fact a contemporary musical group consisting of musicians Corey J. Brewer and Erik Blood, featuring flute and saxophone by Joel Culpin. Their latest release, Andy Warhol’s Meat for Wolfman, is a faux soundtrack for an "unfinished" West German film from the mid-70s. This tape features amazing gothic horror cues utilizing guitar, drums, harpsichord, keys, etc. Just for a bit of fun, I created an elaborate backstory to go along with it. This was originally published in a Rendezvous newsletter (be sure to subscribe!) from 16 April 2021. Hope you enjoy.

The year was 1975 and New York pop artist Andy Warhol was riding high from the success of his two monster movies he co-produced in the years prior: 1973’s Flesh for Frankenstein, and 1974’s Blood for Dracula. After a string of double-feature showings in some of 42nd Street’s seediest theaters (a de facto after-hours for the Studio 54 crowd), it seemed only natural to continue on with the cinematic monster mash by producing a follow-up, this time featuring the Wolfman! Paul Morrissey, who directed the previous two Warhol backed films, was tapped yet once again to take the helm of the Wolfman project, but unfortunate financial circumstances and contractual obligations got in the way. Warhol and his fellow producers then approached famed West German b-movie director, Klaus Henninger, to head the production. Of the many major changes put forth by Henninger and West German production company Kinowelt Filmproduktion to the project, one of the most notable was the hiring of West German psychedelic ensemble Blutbraüer to compose the original soundtrack. Henninger felt a different musical direction, as opposed to Claudio Gizzi’s orchestral approach, was required for the “Wolfsmann”. Pre-production began in early 1975, with shooting scheduled for the winter of that year. Just as the score was completed and shooting was about to commence, financing fell through. Not only did Kinowelt find themselves embroiled in a bevy of legal disputes, but their president was arrested on espionage charges and accused of being a double-agent for the D.D.R. (rolls of incriminating microfilm found on his person!). Thus, Andy Warhol’s Meat for Wolfman (Fleish für Wolfsmann) was never completed. Forty-five years later, in early 2020, the soundtrack tapes to this long rumored film were accidentally uncovered in a vault at the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz, Germany. After a series of complex international negotiations, made even more difficult by the global pandemic, the tapes were finally acquired by SFI Recordings, and painstakingly mastered for release by Warren Defever. 

 

21 April 2021

Severin Films Podcast, episode 10

 

From the Severin Films Podcast page:

"The horrific home invaders at Severin films are BACK to break into your weekend! Listen up as they break down the July 2021 announcements including the infamous film inspired by the Richard Speck spree killings BORN FOR HELL, an extremely under-seen canuxploitation inspired by a 40 day police strike SIEGE a.k.a. SELF DEFENSE, and directorial debut for SFX icon Gabe Bartalos SKINNED DEEP."

DJ Alfonso @ Teatro Malocchio - 17 April 2021

 

Here's a 30 minute mix I created for our Teatro Malocchio (a.k.a. Rendezvous Film Club) screening of Jose Ramon Larraz's VAMPYRES (1974).

20 March 2021

The Music Cabinet, episode 29


Presenting episode 29 of the Music Cabinet! In this episode, you'll hear cues from the latest cassette release from Blutbraüer, an amazing Maestro Morricone track, some Creel Pone goodness, a couple of Bandcamp discoveries, a killer collaboration between Kier-La Janisse and The Rita, and much more. For a complete tracklist, grab a notebook and listen to the episode, as I talk about each and every selection. Happy listening!

17 March 2021

HIGH NOON IN FOCUS: FOUR FLIES PRESENTS PIERO UMILIANI W/RENDEZVOUS LA (March 12, 2021)


I recently had the honor of contributing an all Piero Umiliani mix for my friend Dina's NTS show 'High Noon'. The first hour features an introduction and anecdotes by the folks at Four Flies Records, an exclusive interview with Umiliani's daughter, Elisabetta, and tunes selected by Dina herself. The second half of the program features my mix. For this project, I was granted access to the entire Four Flies Umiliani discography, so big shout out to Elena and Pierpaolo for that! And huge thanks to Dina for inviting me onto the program!

Severin Films Podcast, episode 9

 

From the Severin Films Podcast page:

"The malicious missionaries at Severin are back and they're covered in camouflage this month, because these titles are coming out of nowhere! Listen as your hosts break down the pure insanity that is the June releases. Bruno Mattei's infamous Exploding Hut saga STRIKE COMMANDO 1 & 2, as well as Alan Birkshaw's star-studded INVADERS OF THE LOST GOLD. The only thing in danger of a bad time with these releases is your wallet, because you are going to want to own them all!"

18 February 2021

Severin Films Podcast, episode 8

 

From the Severin Films Podcast page: 

"The worrisome warlocks and witches at Severin HQ have been stirring the cauldron to unearth this rare assortment of Christopher Lee blu-ray debuts in the EUROCRYPT OF CHRISTOPHER LEE collection. 

Seething with US debuts and a previously never-before-seen series hosted by Christopher Lee, this box set is sure to please every horror fan. An unbe-LEE-vable lineup of films like CHALLENGE THE DEVIL, CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE and CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD to name a few! Join the triumphant trio of David, Zach and Andrew break down the set disc-by-disc and fill your weekend with g-LEE. Don't forget to stick around for DJ Alfonso's LEE-vil playlist in Rendezvous After Hours!"

29 January 2021

Severin Films Podcast, episode 7

 
From the Severin Films Podcast page: 

"Looks like the diabolical degenerates from Severin Films have unearthed some classics from the dungeon of Andy Milligan! 

If you are a Milligan fan or this is your first time hearing that name, this is the perfect companion piece to get you up to speed as your three hosts as they break down this massive 15 film set spread out over NINE DISCS! Also included is an exclusive interview with author of ANDY MILLIGAN'S VENOM Stephen Thrower and a brand new segment from DJ Alfonso in RENDEVOUS AFTER HOURS."

11 January 2021

Soundtrack Soul, episode 14: Masters of Italian Horror


Massive thanks to Jason over at jasoncharles.net for inviting me to contribute a DJ mix for his podcast network. I was asked to come up with a theme for it, so naturally I went with...Masters of Italian Horror. Many, but definitely not all, of the great maestros are featured here. I hope you enjoy.

1.  Four Flies on Grey Velvet - Ennio Morricone 
2.  Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (seq. 4) - Nora Orlandi 
3.  Roller - Goblin Blind Murder - Luciano Michelini 
4.  Devil Dance - Stelvio Cipriani 
5.  Sabba - Bruno Nicolai 
6.  Fuga dal cimitero - Luciano Onetti 
7.  Rosso sangue - Carlo Maria Cordio 
8.  Telecinesi - Giorgio Sorgini 
9.  Irrealta di suoni - Fabio Frizzi 
10. La morte accarezza a mezzanotte - Gianni Ferio (performed by Calibro 35)
11. Stridulum theme - Franco Micalizzi 
12. Universita - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis 
13. Devil’s Nightmare - Alessandro Alessandroni

08 January 2021

The Music Cabinet, episode 28



Hello friends! It’s been a couple months since I last recorded an episode of the Music Cabinet, but I’m back with my first show of 2021! In this episode, you'll hear the latest 45 from our friend Markey Funk over at Delights 45 RPM, a new compilation of rare and unreleased tracks by the late Maestro Ennio Morricone, the latest from UK-based label Library of the Occult, an amazing new release from Finders Keepers Records, and more. For a complete tracklist, listen to the episode as I talk about each and every selection. Huge shoutout to Two Headed Dog for hosting this here podcast. Happy listening!

07 January 2021

Severin Films Podcast, episode 6


From the Severin Films Podcast page:

"This month the audacious agents at Severin UNLEASH this April's wild line-up with three animal attack films! Brand new elements and scans of the William Girdler films GRIZZLY and DAY OF THE ANIMALS, as well as Joe D'Amato's DEEP BLOOD making its Blu-ray debut! Also included in the Severin release schedule is Alejandro Jodorowsky's masterpiece, SANTA SANGRE making its 4K UHD debut. The folks go into all these titles and more on this episode. Make sure to stay up late for another episode of Rendezvous After Hours with DJ Alfonso!"

05 January 2021

Ô Sidarta (1974)

 

Alain Pierre's score to Michel Jakar's Ô Sidarta is out now on Finders Keepers Records, and available at twoheadeddog.com. This release comes highly recommended - amazing music and sound design, and a killer set of liner notes, as usual, by Finders Keepers' Andy Votel. I've also included the film itself that I found on YouTube. Stellar intergalactic work beaming direct from France and Belgium.