Saturday, October 31, 2015

Two Spookernatural Tracks From the CNQ Vinyl Vault of Horrors!

Composer Hans J. Salter was born in Vienna in 1896, studied music there and had a career in Berlin and Vienna before coming to America after the Nazis came to power in Europe. Hired by Universal in 1937, Salter made a career of scoring films of various genres, but horror movies became his particular forte, having scored more Universal horror flicks during their Golden Age than anyone else. "The Ghost of Frankenstein" is his first major one, but he also did The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Mole People, and many others.

1942's "The Ghost of Frankenstein" starred Lon Chaney Jr. as the Monster, and Bela Lugosi as Ygor. As of this writing, Bela Lugosi remains dead.

This track, "Monster Kidnaps Child," is from Side B of a limited edition LP, "The Ghost of Frankenstein: The Complete Classic Film Score Composed and Conducted by Hans J. Salter," put out in 1979 and produced in association with Salter Music Publishing Company by Tony Thomas Productions of Burbank, CA. All of the selections are taken from the original acetate recordings in the composer's library. What a Halloween treat! I snagged it at Josey Records. So, beware the Ghost of Frankenstein -- he stalks again! No chains can hold him! No tomb can seal him in! (Because he's a ghost.)

Listen and download:

"Monster Kidnaps Child"

If the embedded player above doesn't work for you, try this: "Monster Kidnaps Child" by Hans J. Salter

Next up is another LP I found at Josey Records, the original motion picture soundtrack for a West German horror movie from 1977 called Haunted. The movie starred Virginia Mayo and Aldo Ray (best known for his tough guy roles in the 1960s), who, according to IMDB trivia section on the movie, was hard to work with during filming because he was drunk a lot.

I'd never heard of the movie before, but the cover caught my eye so I picked it up. The first side is four original songs, the last of which is an 8:29 track of pure disco hell. The second side is mostly incidental music, one of which, "The Chase," is legitimately spooky and I thought about featuring it here, but the first song from side A, "Indian Woman" (revenge is her only friend!), is too cheesy and enjoyable not to share. It effectively relates the premise of the movie, which is what I look for in songs featured in movie soundtracks.

"Indian Woman" is sung by Billy Vera, who wrote "At This Moment" and the theme song for "King of Queens," and composed, arranged and conducted by Lor Crane, who wrote an episode of The Patty Duke Show and some Shindig! episodes. Be glad I'm not sharing that 8 and a half minute long disco track; it's too horrifying, even for Halloween!

Listen and download "Indian Woman":

"Indian Woman" by Billy Vera and Lou Crane

If the embedded player above doesn't work for you, try this: "Indian Woman"

Friday, October 30, 2015

Krampus Records: "Dig It! -Or- Beat It!" (2010)

Happy Halloween! Here's a groovy little ten song compilation of wild y spooky new garage punk from all over the world, courtesy Puerto Rico's Krampus Records. None of these songs have been released before, all are rad, and it's free to listen and download! What more do you want from the Internet??!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quick Blast of October Releases

Tonight I'll catch up a little more on new October releases from CNQ regulars, and hopefully do one more new releases post this week to get caught up before an upcoming special Halloween post from an old record.

This is from a new live EP from Swedish alt-rockers and CNQ fave Dog, Paper, Submarine, and Manx label Small Bear Records:

Dallas' own self-professed greatest emcee in the world has a new digital album available for $10 on bandcamp. We caught this cat live a few months ago, opening for Kool Keith and DJ Q-Bert, and he was really impressive. After you finish listening to the rest of the songs here you can go listen to the whole We Buy Gold album over at

Rippin' two song hardcore punk digital release from Spain's Orden Mundial and London label La Vida Es Un Mus Discos:

More punk rock from Dutch band Placebotox:

Rad 7" 1960s soul re-issue from Germany's Tramp Records:

Friday, October 23, 2015

New Hip-Hop y Punk from Early October

The following catches us up with CNQ faves from the first week or so of October.

Great new hip-hop, rad video. This premiered on The Source but just in case you missed it, check it out. "Put a rapper in a wheelchair like Degrassi" wins my vote for coolest line of 2015:

More wild stuff from the same duo, featuring DJ Starscream of Slipknot:

And one more, featuring Kurupt and a MASH sample:

Instrumental hip-hop from CNQ frequent feature artist Sir Froderick. You can pre-order the vinyl, due out Spring of next year:

New rock video from California twins and Burger Records:

If yr truly hep, you know this is a supergroup featuring members of Tacocat, Chasity Belt, and Pony Time. If yr not so hep, get that way:

Song, by Toad Records has put out a comp of new Scottish lo-fi rock bands called David Cameron's Eton Mess, available on vinyl. Here's one track:

New rocker from CNQ fave Small Bear Records:

I grabbed this 7" from Give Praise Records and do not regret it. Punk, metal, power violence, whatever you wanna call it, it's rad:

Glammy punk from Cleveland's The Nico Missle:

Be sure to check out CNQ bud I Heart Noise's new Boston/Mass.-centric blog, Boston Becomes Ecletic!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

International Rock'n'Roll Mixtape: 8 New Songs from Around the World

Lately, my posts featuring new music have turned into a bit of a broken record - new, cool tunes, but most of 'em from the same bands and labels I follow on Bandcamp and/or get email updates from.

So tonight, here's some rad new sounds from bands I've never heard before. A lot of them are from overseas and I think that's the tops, man, bless this internet.

These are all from today's new arrivals in the Bandcamp punk genre, and the theme is quick blasts of male-vocal punk, mostly garage-style and mostly lo-fi, but there's some hardcore and crusty stuff thrown in too. If that's your thing, enjoy! Otherwise, you know, I guess you shouldn't bother listening:

From Paris, France:

From Barcelona:

From Kunchukokhabl', Russia:

From Reykjavik, Iceland:

From Oslo, Norway:

From Cincinnati:

From Birmingham, UK:

From Toronto:

Saturday, October 3, 2015

September Sounds Pt. 2

Ton of stuff this post but it catches us up on CNQ faves from September.

From a new Iron Boots LP comp collecting the Virginian hardcore punk band's complete discography, courtesy Grave Mistake Records and Triple B Records. Solid hc:

Debut album from hip-hop duo Mirage512 and Side Effect. Top notch "grown man rap":

Speaking of grown man rap, Big Pooh of Little Brother fame has a new album out with producer Nottz:

Australia's Simo Soo has a new ten track album out too. Glitch pop? Digital glam-rap? Noisy no-rave forever:

Lo-fi fun from Lexington, Kentucky. 17 track cassette available through Burger Records:

Two tracks from an unreleased split, courtesy Baltimore's SPHC records. Audacious noise punk, I love it:

Flowers of Evil has already gotten some real press courtesy Noisey; here's a track from their new LP put out by Canada's Deranged Records anyway. One of the guys in the band is from Crocodiles, and their garage-psych album "Boys" is one of the best listens of 2015, in my opinion.

Don't forget Austin's bad ass noise-enthusiasts Future Death have cassettes of their "Cryptids" EP still available:

Another cassette release, also with a female vocalist, from an Ohio 3-piece band:

Cool garage pop from Sweden, solo project of Nora Karlsson, recently signed to PNKSLM:

New track from Italian garage band The Meteopathics, off a tape split with Thee Loyal Wankers, courtesy German label Lo-fi Lo-life:

Speaking of Italians, here's some rad Italian powerviolence; with song titles like "Mullet For My Valentine," "Sperm Bank Robbery," and "Go Kart Kobain," I think they may be in a band just for the pun of it:

And to top things off, a quick blast of warp-core from Dallas:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Sounds Pt. 1

A month passes like nothing, to paraphrase Gilbert Shelton. This post will catch us up on a handful of new releases from some CNQ faves; more new stuff that came out in September will follow in my next post.

Topical lo-fi from England's The Bordellos:

HC lo-fi from Pennsylvania:

Two new singles from Puerto Rico's primitivist punks Madd Blake and the Stalins:

Wild new song/video from a band out of Lima, Peru:

Excellent new 3 song EP from Brisbane punks: