About three years ago I was rummaging through the 7inch vinyl section at Record Collector in Iowa City, IA. I love spending time going through their bins of random releases both new and old. In one trip I picked up a number of horror punk and rockabilly/psychobilly recordings. Most of these bands I had never heard   Read More …

Back in September I was asked to speak at the 2014 Fairfield Cultural Alliance Celebration Gala on November 11th. I said yes thinking that November was really far away. Fast Forward To The Afternoon of November 10th… I am working overnights in Marshalltown, Iowa (about an hour from Des Moines). We were shooting a live   Read More …

Podcast: Play in new window | Download It was October 20th, 2014 when I was out with a small film crew at the Trestle Bridge in Madrid, Iowa. We hauled our equipment a half mile from the van to the bridge. We took some shots for about 30 minutes before we thought that we needed   Read More …

Belle de Jour (1967/R) Directed by Louis Bunuel Nineteen sixties eroticism? Well, I never met a “Belle” I didn’t like. Catherine Deneuve plays a young new wife who can’t bring herself to be intimate with her new husband (played by Jean Sorel). The film starts out with the couple riding a horse drawn carriage with two   Read More …

Things happen fast in today’s modern world. Last Sunday I was thinking to myself, “I would love to get back into the horror scene again.” On Tuesday, Marcus Koch (100 Tears / Rot) messages me on the old Facebook and asks if I had any music ready to go that could be used in the first   Read More …

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What do Sir Laurence Olivier (Hamlet / Henry V) and Pablo Picasso have to do with my birthday party? Keep reading… Turning 29 seems like it should feel different. Most people would see themselves as “racing towards thirty” or thinking “Oh my god! Life is passing me by”.   Read More …

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I am both pleased and saddened that I am offering the first episode of the Parallel Roads Podcast. The excitement is that the interview is with one of the most inspiring men of Americana, Mike “Eyeball” Kneeskern. He is an artist, musician, author, and has been hitchhiking across   Read More …

I love Man-Thing. He is a true Shakespearian character in the Marvel Universe with a history of deep tragedy. Now I need to point out that this issue from 1982 is not a true “team-up” as the title gives notion to. This could have easily been called “Spider-Man vs The Man-Thing”. The “team-up” is actually   Read More …

Another year of the Des Moines Arts Festival is behind us. 2014 marked my fourth year involved in the festival and my first year as the producer of the Interrobang Film Festival (taking over for previous producer, Aaron Ward). In previous years I have only been a judge and assisting producer, where I would organize   Read More …

I love diners. I love the food, the decor, and the overall atmosphere that takes you back to a simpler time. The Ankeny diner sits inside an old Best Western Motel just off of Interstate 35. I would never had known it existed except for a lonely sign on the highway heading North from Des   Read More …

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