Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Song

 Glass House by Mike Zorman

New piece called Glass House.  It's about living in it.  Headphones required for proper enjoyment.

All processed guitar.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tragic Magic Rock Mix Two: I Hate Music

Another one of those great mixes of killer jams.  Got some byrdsy sounding stuff and punk and some new wave, maybe a little power pop and a glam rock tune or two.

The Numbers- I Can't Sleep at Night
The Resonars- I'll Keep it With Mine
The Choir- I'd Rather You Leave Me
The Byrds- What's Happening?!?!
The Soft Boys- The Queen of Eyes
The Ramones- I Want to Be Your Boyfriend
The Ejectors- Fade With the Summer
The Speedies- Time
Skids- Circus Games
New Musik- On Islands
Screams- Paper Dolls
Numbers- Sideways Elevator
Yachts- Yachting Type
Fingerprintz- Close Circuit Connection
Joey Wilson- My Car, Your Car
Young Canadians- I Hate Music
Protex- Strange Things
The Real Kids- Everyday is a Saturday
Tommy Rock- Dancing the Night Away
Johnny Palermo- Saturday Night
Hubble Bubble- Number Sixty-Four

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Blurring the lines between blog and reality.

Come hear music similar to the recent mix... and different!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tragic Magic Rock Mix One: Underwater Girls

Here is a killer mix of absolutely great stuff.  More of these to come. Or you could come to a bar where I am playing records and experience this live.

 Tragic Magic One: Underwater Girls by Mike.Zorman

Underwater Girls

Due to popular demand, a tracklisting:

Alex Chilton- Hey! Little Child
Chris Stamey- The Summer Sun
Flamin Groovies- Sometimes
Prix- Love You Tonight (Saturday's Gone)
The Beach Boys- I Just Wasn't Made for these Times
Sex Clark Five- Girls of Somalia
Television Personalities- Jackanory Stories
The Clean- Getting Older
Shoes- Dance in Your Sleep
Tommy Keene- Landscape
20/20- Remember the Lightning
The Tweeds- Underwater Girl
The Lonely Boys- Where is the Sun
The Saints- Story of Love
Justin Love- Missile
The Soft Boys- Empty Girl
Spunky Onions- How I Lost my Virginity
The Feelies- It's Only Life

Allow me to apologize in advance for the Saints song being so quiet.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Hired Hand OST

First things first here.  I must admit that I learned about this movie from another blog and am reposting a link to the you tube version of this movie.  Check out Kick to Kill as the dude has cool taste and has turned me on to more than one thing I now enjoy.

The Hired Hand is the movie Peter Fonda made following the success of Easy Rider.  He was given money and complete creative control over the film.  The result is a beautiful psychedelic western that is both traditional and modern.  The narrative, settings and general look of the film stay very true to the traditional western where the pacing and editing show the sign of the time and culture when this movie was made.  The pace is slow at times, maybe a little druggy, and the editing definitely shows a modern edge.  The montages that are interspersed through out the movie are my favorite part and are the main element in giving this movie it's hazy atmosphere.  The combination of the visual and the soundtrack is killer, very similar to (another personal favorite) the montages in Herzog's Heart of Glass.

Speaking of the soundtrack!  Amazing.  As I was watching the movie I was convinced it was Sandy Bull but I was wrong.  Bruce Langhorne lays down some very eastern sounding folk.  Stark, sad and haunting.  I am rarely moved enough by the soundtrack to a movie to track it down and listen to it repeatedly.  Maybe this information will persuade you to check this out?

I could continue to yarn on about how complex the characters are, about the intense issued explored, the modern ideas expressed in a very traditional way, and so on.  I would just suggest watching the movie.  It is available through Netflix both streaming and on DVD.  And it is on you tube.  You have no excuse.  I would also recommend checking out Dennis Hopper's post-Easy Rider film The Last Movie, however I would not give it this level of praise.

Dead Girl

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Van OST

The Van is a silly movie where this dude drives around smoking weed and trying to get laid in a tricked out van.  It is surprisingly entertaining even though it is dumb.  A friend of mine described it as an "anti-PSA".  As I was watching it I kept noticing how the soundtrack was enhancing my experience.  It is goofy and dumb, but it is also smooth country rock with some catchy hooks.  The first track "Chevy Van" was some kind of minor hit before the movie existed and I speculate that the entire film was based around the song.  In any event, Sammy Johns was hired to score the film and I present the result to you.

Early Morning Love

Monday, September 5, 2011

The last 10 movies I have watched in reverse chronological order.

The Long Goodbye
The Van
Chrome and Hot Leather
Fire and Ice
The Parking Lot Movie
The Dungeonmaster
Vicious Lips

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Cysts

The Cysts are only going to play a few more shows this July before we call it.  Here are some links to some of our releases.  We have copies of "The Cyst" for $7 shipped or $5 in person.  The "Public Release" 7 inch is still available from Eolian.

Thanks to James for actually preparing most of this post.

The Cysts "The Cyst" 7"
Seizure Palace, July 18, 2010
Side A: Quality Control, What's Wrong, Don't Fuck Up
Side B: Abortions Mandatory, Destroy Masters
Recorded in Portland at Smegma, Feb 2010

The Cysts "100 Feet to Greene" cassette
Self Released August 1, 2009
Side A: 100 Feet to Greene, Pure Hate (Poison Idea)
Recorded in Portland at our rehearsal space and Sticky Situation, Summer 2009

The Cysts "Destroy Masters" cassette Demo
Self Released January 1, 2009
Side A: Tear It Off, Islands of Dubai, Wreck My Life, Destroy Masters
Recorded in Portland at our rehearsal space late 2008

The Cysts "Public Release" 7"
Eolian Records, May 16, 2009
Side A: Human Garbage, Forced Entry, Alert, Out Cold
Side B: Worst Fears
Recorded in Portland by Scott Sloan, early 2009

Killer New Age Unsolved Mysteries Segment

Start the first video at 4:37, the segment carries over to the 2nd video.

A Pale Blue Dot

My friend Justin Kinnett has a new musical project brewing and he just released his first song accompanied by a music video that he also made.  I happened to provide the drums.  Check it out and make him famous.

Mike Zorman West Coast Tour

Doing a major west coast tour in a few weeks.  Here are the details:

June 21st
Oakland, CA @ East Nile (1510 Eight St. at Chester)
Stag Hare
7 Feathers Rainwater
Mike Zorman
DJ Psychic Handbook

June 25th
Los Angeles, CA @The Handbag Factory (1336 S. Grand Ave.)
Mike Zorman
Positive Shadow
Human Hands
Wrong Hole

June 30th
Portland, OR @ 5524 NE Cleveland
Sound installations by:
Maria Garcia
Betsy Pusack

Live performances by:
Wrong Hole
Hostile Makeover/Lavas Magmas
Mike Zorman

Here are a few new "demos" of parts of practice sets I've been recording...
  Froggy by Mike Zorman
  Uncomposed by Mike Zorman


Kind of forgot about this accidentally.  I feel awful!  I've got this mania and a really short attention span so I tend to focus my energy on one or two things at a time and eschew everything else.  Anyway, I'm just going free form on this blog now.  I'm going to post more 45's that are rippers, but also music I make and other things I am interested in.  I am hoping this way I will remember to actually keep this dude going.