Posts by Nick Spacek

BOOKSHELF: Sam Firstenberg’s career with Cannon and beyond in STORIES FROM THE TRENCHES

Stories From The Trenches: Adventures In Making High Octane Hollywood Movies With Cannon Veteran Sam Firstenberg is a massive, massive book. It’s the size of an old-school, big city phone book, clocking in at 750 pages and weighing nearly five pounds. Consisting of interviews conducted by writer Marco Siedelmann with the director, as well as many of his collaborators – including Lucinda Dickey (Ninja III: The Domination), her Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo co-stars Michael Chambers and Adolofo Quinones, and Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), among many other writers, editors, and cameramen – it’s an exhaustive compendium of Firstenberg’s work. There are
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FILMS FROM THE VOID: Paul Naschy’s THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD makes its U.S. debut

For their latest batch of releases, world-spanning company Mondo Macabro presents the debut Blu-ray release – and first-ever US release – of director Paul Naschy’s The Beast And The Magic Sword. Long desired by fans of the Spanish director’s series of Waldemar Daninsky werewolf films, this 1983 horror fantasy is an absolute knockout of a release. “THE BEAST AND THE MAGIC SWORD is the last great film from Spanish horror legend Paul Naschy. Although he would go on making and planning films until his death in 2009, he never again attempted the epic sweep and grandeur of this 10th entry
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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: El DeBarge & SHORT CIRCUIT

“Who’s Johnny,” by El Debarge from Short Circuit DeBarge’s 1985 album, Rhythm of the Night, and its eponymous title track were smash hits. The album went gold and the song went to number five on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks in some part due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for The Last Dragon, released just a month and a half after the single itself. The group would peter out after the group’s lead singer, El, left the following year to release his self-titled debut solo release on Motown subsidiary Gordy. The first track and lead single from that album,
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Analog Adventures: Looking at ORG Music

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. ORG Music announced their 2020 Record Store Day titles last week. Out on Saturday, April 18, will be Nat Turner Rebellion’s Laugh to Keep from Crying, Würm’s Poison b/w Zero Sum, Sock-Tight’s self-titled LP, a brand-new Infectious Grooves EP, Marion Brown’s Porto Novo, and a
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MVD Rewind’s ‘MIND GAMES’ Blu surprises with its bonus features

Starting with the release of punk rock doc D.O.A.: A Right of Passage and comedy-horror film Attack of The Killer Tomatoes in December 2017, the MVD Rewind Collection instantly became a way for fans to get “’cult classics and more from the video store’ in special edition Blu-ray + DVD collector’s sets loaded with special features,” as the company puts it. Amazingly, though, despite their latest release – Bob Yari’s 1989 film, Mind Games – being the 21st installment in the series, I’ve not yet had a chance to check any of them out. So, what’s the deal? “Maxwell Caulfield
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Analog Adventures: Lance the Proverbial Boil

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. Lucid Child’s My Universe is a heady swirl of Krautrock and psychedelia. The music of the West Coast outfit is intensely, almost eccentrically groovy. The opening has a frighteningly heavy low end, fairly vibrating my upstairs office, even with the volume turned down. When “Lucy
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Clint Carney & Kelton Jones on DRY BLOOD on its first anniversary

On January 15 of 2019, Dread Presents, an arm of Epic Pictures, released the film festival favorite, Dry Blood. Since then, the film’s score has seen a release on Burning Witches Records, and the movie’s found an entirely new audience on home video. It’s a fascinating film, which utilizes every penny of its small budget to create a slow-burn, cyclical tale of madness through the eyes of a man trying to get clean one last time. “Brian Barnes returns to his mountain vacation home to sober up one final time. Most of the houses of this dwindling community sit empty
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FROM THE STEREO TO YOUR SCREEN: Paul McCartney and SPIES LIKE US

Paul McCartney’s “Spies Like Us” from Spies Like Us Released in December of 1985, the John Landis-directed Cold War comedy Spies Like Us is one of those movies that those of us of a certain age have likely seen dozens of times, thanks to a regular rotation on HBO. It’s basically a modern update of the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope road movies from the ’40s and ’50s, wherein two guys end up having to pretend they’re someone they’re not as they get lost in some far-off foreign land. I fucking love this movie. While most folks remember it for the perfectly-delivered,
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Analog Adventures: Riffing on a Theme

I get a lot of random records, tapes, and books in the mail, because publicists forget that outlets for which I used to work aren’t around anymore, or someone finds the address hidden on my website, or… whatever. This is a way to keep them from piling up uselessly in the corner of the office. J. Graves In a postcard included with Marathon, the debut album from her band, J. Graves, singer and guitarist Jessa Graves writes that, “As shown on the cover, this record is my heart and everything inside me. Thank you for listening – I’m just getting
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Drummer Dave Lombardo on Cuba & his score for LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS

Drummer Dave Lombardo has an impressive resume: founding member of Slayer, member of Mike Patton’s Fantômas, Dead Cross, and the upcoming Mr. Bungle reunion shows, this year’s Misfits reunion shows, as well as Suicidal Tendencies. It’s a wild ride through punk, metal, and hardcore’s most influential names and acts, and Lombardo could to rest on his laurels until the day he dies and still be considered one of the greats. Such is not the case, however. The drummer recently completed his first full film score, for Nicholas Brennan’s documentary, Los Últimos Frikis, which tells the story of the Cuban heavy
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