Friday, September 1, 2017

New Podcast: TALES OF TIMES SQUARE, THE TAPES



Considered the granddaddy of New York sex books, Josh Alan Friedman's Tales of Times Square remains the definitive account of Times Square’s inglorious era. A mecca of cheap thrills, ghetto entertainment and 25-cent fulfillment for our sexually bankrupt masses. In the decades before Disney helped castrate its urban ecosystem, Broadway and 42nd Street surpassed Sodom and Gomorrah. Bulldozed and rebuilt into lockstep with corporate America, Times Square now evokes nostalgia for the lost soul of New York.

Tales of Times Square was originally published by Delacorte Press in 1986. It has remained in print through numerous editions. This new podcast, Tales of Times Square: The Tapes is derived from scratch tapes made during Josh’s years embedded in depravity.

Listen to Episode 1: Pee Wee below:



Tales of Times Square: The Podcast is a co-production of Black Cracker Online/New Texture.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I WATCHED THEM EAT ME ALIVE out now!


Out today from New Texture and The Men’s Adventure Library: I Watched Them Eat Me Alive, a full-color illustrated look at the frequently outrageous “killer creature” genre of pulp fiction stories and artwork featured in vintage men’s adventure magazines from the 1950s through the 1970s.

From man-eating shellfish to vicious snakes, from revenge-minded pumas to flesh-eating squirrels and bloodthirsty otters (!), literally any member of the animal kingdom turned killer in the imaginations of the men’s adventure magazine editors, writers, and artists, and eager readers ate the stories up for decades. Men’s Adventure Library editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle explore a bizarre and unique strain of hard-boiled pulp in this new, full-color collection, packed with tense stories of man vs. beast by men’s adventure greats like Walter Kaylin and Robert F. Dorr, and copiously illustrated with reproductions of spectacular covers and savage illustrations by “Weasels Ripped My Flesh” artist Wil Hulsey, Clarence Doore, and many others.


I Watched Them Eat Me Alive is available as a 106-page softcover for just $9.95, and in a deluxe 126-page hardcover edition for $24.95. The expanded hardcover features even more killer creature excitement, including ripsnorting work by pantheon men’s adventure artist Samson Pollen, and a long-lost tale of bloodthirsty crustaceans by SFWA Grand Master Robert Silverberg!

Order both editions from your local independent bookseller, or buy them via Amazon here...if you’ve got the guts!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Wait



I started the day at the post office. A sixtysomething woman in line greeted me with a warm smile as I came in. She blushed a little as she explained that everything about me reminded her very much of her brother, dead some years now. She missed him terribly, and seeing me come through the door brought on a rush of happy memories. "That's why I smiled at you like that," she told me. Neither of us acknowledged that I’m white and he wasn't.

A few minutes later, the older black man behind me in line noticed the stooped, burly white man behind him was leaning heavily on a cane for support; he was damp with sweat and breathing hard from walking in the heat. He insisted the man move ahead of him to speed his wait. Inspired by the first man’s kindness, I encouraged the struggling man to move ahead of me, too. The man behind me went on to extend the same courtesy to the Syrian mother and daughter in hijab who had now moved into place behind him, because they were holding large boxes that looked heavy. They shared friendly smiles and thanked him, but by then the line was moving, and they said they’d wait their turn. A pleasant conversation had struck up between the woman who'd initially greeted me and the white lady in front of her, who was about the same age. They were strangers, but joked gently about their husbands like a pair of old friends. I almost had to remind myself I was in a slow line—at the post office!—on a sweltering July day. It was hard not to be affected by the graciousness and goodwill in the room.

Outside, I passed a woman in a crisp black T-shirt. The silkscreened image wasn't a rapper or pop star, but an elegant portrait of W.E.B. Du Bois, an American who famously said, “I believe that all men, black and brown and white, are brothers, varying, through Time and Opportunity, in form and gift and feature, but differing in no essential particular, and alike in soul and in the possibility of infinite development.” I told her I liked her shirt.

America’s still here, if you’re looking.


Text and photo © 2017 Wyatt Doyle

Wyatt Doyle's latest book, I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, is available now from New Texture. Buy it HERE.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Pretty Sleazy, Photobucket or: Why the Site Looks Like Hell

You may have noticed all the big, ugly dials and PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT notices where our site's images used to be. That URL that promises "important info"? It takes you to a whole lot of nothing, so don't waste your time checking it out. Here's what's really going on:

Most of the images on our site are hosted by a service called Photobucket. This service has been offered at no charge for as long as we've been using it. But recently, with no advance warning or notice to its customers, Photobucket pulled a fast one and blocked our site's access to our images, demanding a ransom of $400 per year to restore access. We're not the only site affected by it; lots of sites use the service for image hosting. You can read more about the whole sleazy turn of events in this post from PC World

https://www.pcmag.com/news/354711/photobucket-breaks-image-links-across-the-internet 

Photobucket's behavior couldn't be more underhanded. Of course businesses have the right to charge for their services, but a little advance notice that things were changing was the very least Photobucket could have done for its users. It's such a throat-cutting move, we have to wonder if there's not some kind of accounting scheme straight out of The Producers in play here, where the company is in a position to reap tremendous profits from its own sudden demise. After all, who could ever trust the company again?

We're not paying Photobucket's ransom, so this site (and Josh Alan Friedman's Black Cracker Online, and Rev. Branch's site, and most of our affiliated sites) will look pretty crappy while we reconfigure. Hang in there with us, we'll be back, looking better than ever. Photobucket's future, on the other hand, is looking considerably less rosy.


 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Parsons Rocket Project EP Coming in August


Atlanta's Parsons Rocket Project Announce Debut Album, Unveil First Single, "Exit Launch"

"It’s quite an accomplishment to create something that sounds both fresh and familiar all in one. But that’s what Atlanta-based quintet Parsons Rocket Project have achieved. deftly combines shoegaze, dreampop, space rock, and a touch of the grandeur of post rock just for good measure, washing over the listener creating a sense of solid security."  —Overblown Magazine

"Firmly jumps into the impression of a band whose attitude and sound are as freeranging in one’s own mindspace as they are rooted in the classics of the post-rock, shoegaze, and space rock genres."  —Big Takeover Magazine

"Parsons Rocket Project’s self-titled EP is a symphony of pain and triumph, blending various genres masterfully to evince a sonically evocative tale."
 —Somewherecold

Atlanta-based Parsons Rocket Project has announced the release of their self-titled debut EP via New Texture in August. Comprised of six tracks, this mixed back of dreamgaze, indie rock and space rock will be released on August 11. For now, they reveal their first single, "Exit Launch," occupying a sweet spot between Blonde Redhead, My Bloody Valentine, Bowery Electric, and Slowdive.

Parsons Rocket Project takes its name from American rocket propulsion engineer, chemist, and occultist Jack Parsons. The band formed in 2015 when drummer, lyricist, and titular figurehead Jody Hasty started collaborating with bassist Paul Curry, guitarist Jeff Holt, and multi-instrumentalist producer/engineer Benjamin Price at Studilaroche in Atlanta. K. Michelle Dubois later joined on vocals.

The band laid down the tracks on this album in the very studio where Benjamin Price has also worked on releases by Gang of Four and The Hives, among others. The album was mastered by Joe Lambert (Lou Reed, Animal Collective, The National, Hot Chip, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, Washed Out).



"'Exit Launch' is about the allegorical descent of man through the story of Lucifer's fall. The imperfection of man and darkness in our hearts that still exists through vanity, pride, materialism (mirrors) and false words of encouragement / deceit of the tongue (sound). Lucky lunar girls, Snowblind in the night alludes to the fashion industry and cocaine," explains Jody Hasty. "Maybe it's a longer way for me to describe what Oscar Wilde did in one sentence: We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell."

Parsons Rocket Project’s musical output is a mixture of ambient, dream pop, indie and space rock. They infuse this multi-colored trippery with the shimmering oceanic resonance of shoegaze and neo-psychedelia to round out this first release.

"We embraced the beautiful noise concept, but strayed from the classic shoegaze template that many bands adhere to. so there are some different feels and sounds to it, like this fun disco thump thing with the synth bass on 'Exit Launch.' That really pissed off some people in the studio, but it was the kick the track needed," explains Paul Curry.

Parsons’ members cite a number of artist influences, including Flying Saucer Attack, Tape Cuts Tape, Spacemen 3, Eluvium, Swervedriver, Aix Em Klemm, William Basinski, and Clams Casino. However, their sound is closer to Slowdive, Spiritualized, Trespassers William, Mojave 3, and Mazzy Star.

This debut EP represents a significant moment in time for the band, who were challenged to overcome very real struggles involving drug abuse, a terrible automobile accident, and the low-level daily drama of domesticity. Some of the ambient and psychedelic exploration is rooted in real trauma—both physical and emotional—while some of it is celebratory in nature, rooted in the unique awareness of a temporary conscious being in our universe.

Parsons Rocket Project will be released digitally on August 11, with vinyl to follow. The digital version is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp HERE.

photo by Isadora Pennington

PERSONNEL/CREDITS:
Jody Hasty - Lyrics, Synth, Electric Piano, Drums
Paul Curry - Bass
Benjamin Price - Guitar, Percussion, Midnight Editing
Jeff Holt - Guitar
K. Michelle Dubois - Vocals
Thad Goad - Logo and Sleeve Design
Anne Nicoletti, Jennifer Colson Demer, Michelle Barnette - Backing Vocals (Interlude II)

Produced and Engineered by Benjamin Price at StudilaRoche in Atlanta
Mastered by Joe Lambert, at Joe Lambert Mastering in New Jersey

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I NEED REAL TUXEDO AND A TOP HAT! Out Now


I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, a collection of photos and stories by Wyatt Doyle (Stop Requested), is available now from New Texture.

Click HERE to purchase the 88-page trade softcover edition for $16.95, or the deluxe, 104-page expanded hardcover edition with superior image reproduction and additional content for $29.95.

Preview the book below:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stanley J. Zappa at Casse-Tête 2017


Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, June 15th to 18th, 2017, at Theatre North West in Prince George, BC.

photo: Troglosound

New Texture's Stanley J. Zappa will perform with his Quintet on Friday the 16th, and as part of ManZap on Saturday the 17th. Full schedule below, and more info at http://www.cassetetefestival.com


Sing-Song Songs by Stanley J. Zappa is available now from New Texture. Buy it here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jimmy Angelina & Wyatt Doyle Interviewed


We Are Cult's James Gent interviews The Last Coloring Book's Jimmy Angelina and Wyatt Doyle! Click HERE to read it.

And click HERE to buy the book. Preview what's inside below:


Read Kendra Steiner Editions' Bill Shute's thoughts on The Last Coloring Book HERE.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jooklo Zappa on Tour!



Jooklo Zappa Europe Tour 2017!

MAY 06: TROGLOFESTA, Case del Vento, Chiesuola di Russi (RA), Italy
MAY 12: Het Bos Antwerp, Belgium
MAY 13: In De Ruimte Gent, Belgium
MAY 14: Rumsteek Oui Rumsteek, Bruxelles, Belgium
MAY 17: Nouveau Garage, St Julian, France
MAY 18: Le Périscope, Lyon, France
MAY 19: Circuit centre d'art contemporain - Lausanne, Switzerland
MAY 20: Fri Art - Centre d'art de Fribourg / Kunsthalle Freiburg, Switzerland
MAY 21: La Cave 12, Geneve, Switzerland
MAY 23: KROCH, Stockholm / Sweden / Finland
MAY 24: Mental Alaska at Hard Rock House, Helsinki, Finland
MAY 25: Mayhem Kbh, Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 26: West Germany Venue, Berlin, Germany
MAY 27: Kaiola festibala, Galdakao, Basque Country
MAY 28: Fanfulla, Rome, Italy
MAY 29: Bar Chupito, Perugia, Italy

Follow the Jooklo Zappa tour blog HERE.

Stanley J. Zappa's Sing-Song Songs is available NOW as a CD or download. Get it HERE.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Josh Alan Plays NYC, February 3 @ The Cutting Room


Josh Alan's back in the city, for one night only!

Catch him at The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, NYC on Friday, February 3rd.

Doors at 6:30, the hits start at 7:30.

Get yer tickets while you can from the Cutting Room's website, HERE.



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture