Go Watch Radio Free Blissville

Now available to view online is J. F. Culhane’s Radio Free Blissville. It’s available in regular (above) or remix versions. nickname: Rebel contributed music to the soundtrack. Mr. Culhane also has a rather fine YouTube Channel and he holds it down on the interwebs primarily at...

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Wow Cool Web Roundup

Semi Precious WeaponsSemi Precious Weapons | MySpace Music Videos Lady Starlight–Brown Cuts Neighbors co-founder and infamous Lady Gaga collaborator–makes a cameo in the new eponymous video by Semi Precious Weapons (above – look for the two-tone hair and laser fingers) Sunday...

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Go Bookmark: homemade musical instruments

During at least the last two February’s, Ranjit Bhatnagar has built and blogged an instrument a day for the whole month. Ranjit works with interactive and sound installations, with scanner photography, and with internet-based collaborative art; and, he has been maintaining his personal web...

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nickname: Rebel Gear Blog 2: Beat Blenders

nickname: Rebel Gear Blog 2: Beat Blenders

Wild Planet’s Beat Blenders Girls of Slender Means by WOWCOOL Picked up this pair a few years ago and did damn little with them. Finally broke them out for the “Girls of Slender Means” sessions with Mike and Nick of nickname: Rebel (excerpt above). It’s a tricky...

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Fluke Fanzine #8

Fluke Fanzine #8

In case you missed Fluke on tour recently with Andrew Jackson Jihad, you can pick up the latest issue from me at Anno Domini’s Art of Zines show in San Jose this Friday. Published in Tucson, Arizona, 2010. 68 pages, half size, offset print, $2.00 by hand, $4.00 by mail. interviews with...

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nickname: Rebel Gear Blog 1: Gemini MPX-30

nickname: Rebel Gear Blog 1: Gemini MPX-30

The Gemini MPX-30 is a Cheap (typically under 200USD), versatile and somewhat reliable CD turntable with effects, cues, loops, etc. It has been a standby item in my house party DJ rig and a favorite tool for Hallowe’en mixes since my brother in law left it at my house over three years ago...

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Support Disaster Relief in Haiti

Support Disaster Relief in Haiti

U.S. President Obama signed a bill into law today that allows American taxpayers to deduct contributions made to relief in Haiti before March 1, 2010 on their 2009 tax return. So, you really have no excuse not to help out now. Wow Cool endorses Oxfam America as our charity of choice. Oxfam is...

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Happy 69th Birthday to Don Van Vliet!!!

Happy 69th Birthday to Don Van Vliet!!!

Yes, Captain Beefheart himself is 69 today. It’s no secret that he’s popular in the house of Wow Cool. Just released from Proper Records is the long-awaited biography by long-time Magic Band member and arranger John (Drumbo) French, Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic. It appears...

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Art Clokey was fucking awesome

I couldn’t find any clips on YouTube that really fit with what I would have liked to have shown in memory of the great Art Clokey, creator of Gumby and Davey and Goliath, so I picked this video of Lightning Bolt’s 13 Monsters by Paper Rad. There’s a great bit in one of the old...

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Get the Exploding Corpse Action Demo

The Sci-fi grind classic, 1995’s cassette debut by James Kopta’s Exploding Corpse Action, has been made available to you, at no charge, by the delightful True Punk & Metal blog. It is the most devastating 10 minutes of metal ever recorded. Go get it!

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History Lesson: Part Nothing – The Verge

History Lesson: Part Nothing – The Verge

There is one band from upstate (Albany) New York that shows up again and again in the post punk MP3 blogs… The Verge. I tracked down a member of the band at his day job at some point in the late ’90’s about some sort of release of all else that the Verge did, but,

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Three 2010 WWW Baby New Years

Brand new on the Interwebs, in just the last few days, are the three following, vaguely Wow Cool connected sites that are worth your while to check out. Relevancy and mileage may vary based on your personal preferences and life experience. 1. Steve Bissette’s King of Monster Isle Yes, It...

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Rest In Peace Roland S. Howard

Rest In Peace Roland S. Howard

Roland S. Howard, the shimmering guitar powerhouse of The Birthday Party, These Immortal Souls and Crime and the City Solution has left us, aged 50. I’ve heard many people speak of that one album that at first listen utterly mystified them, but they then came back to and were utterly...

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Punk’s Not Dead

Punk’s Not Dead

It’s just become a blanket in the baby section at Target. Or, for the truly hardcore, TGI Friday’s has the Pink Punk Cosmo on it’s cocktail menu. Slightly more mystifying is this t-shirt that is part of Shaun White’s (Olympic gold medalist snowboarder, sponsored by Target...

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No Pigeonholes Wow Cool Special

No Pigeonholes Wow Cool Special

Don Campau and John Hayden at KKUP 91.5 FM I was invited to be a special guest on Don Campau‘s excellent No Pigeonholes show at KKUP 91.5 FM’s new studios in San Jose on Sunday, December 13th, 2009. We breezed through 20 years of the Wow Cool label in two hours; and, featured at...

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100 Cassettes

100 Cassettes, originally uploaded by Marc Arsenault – Wow Cool. In preparing for a guest spot on Don Campau‘s radio show No Pigeonholes I decided it would be a good idea to go back through my ridiculously large archive of tapes from the 80’s and 90’s. I slotted a bunch...

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Atlantic Drone New LP Out Now

It’s official! The second LP from Atlantic Drone: A Vivified Sugar Cube Explains the Universe is out now on beautiful 12 inch vinyl. Masterminded by Steven Cerio and featuring Brown Cuts Neighbors’ Jason Martin and Bryan Kieser. Get yours today from Circadia Records. You can also...

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