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The Phantom Creeps

Happy Halloween. You know what today means — scary movies! Mindjack just did a Vital Horror feature for anyone who needs ideas. As for us, we’re going to do our usual hiding out in the back room, porch light off, avoiding the trick or treaters. Sorry, but I hate kids and giving out candy. The candy is ours, brats! Lately we’ve been spending this avoidance time watching a horror DVD the computer. This year it’ll be Eyes Without A Face.

Target Red?

Quick question: does anyone know what PMS color red Target uses on their logo and promotional materials?

Talk of the Town

For my birthday earlier this month, Christopher gave me a copy of The Complete New Yorker. It’s exactly what the title says — every issue of The New Yorker (up to February 14, 2005), spread across eight DVDs. Sure it’s buggy, some of the scanned artwork is splotchy and the article abstracts appear to have been written by non-English speaking interns, but overall this is pretty damn cool. Amazon has it for only sixty bucks, the deal of the century.

Although many Amazon customers complained about installing the browsing software, it was no problem with me. In five minutes, I got it going and was already collecting archived articles as a reading list (a handy feature) to look through later on. I might never get through, say, Lillian Ross’ multi-part exposé on the movie business from 1952, but it’s nice to have it handy anyhow.

One feature in this set’s software allows you to browse issues by cover. This is heaven. I love all phases of the NYer covers, from the early Art Deco ones to the more typical pastel-hued landscapes and still lifes. Once Art Spiegelman became art director in the early ’90s, the covers got wilder and more topical. I especially dug R. Crumb’s cover from 1994, which updates Eustace Tilly as a heavy-lidded slacker studying a porn leaflet. Heck, I’ve browsed plenty. Use it to trace the development of cartoonist Roz Chast (her earliest work is very primitive and funky), or the twilight years of Charles Addams.

Perhaps the greatest use for the set is just picking a typical issue and leafing through the pages. Thankfully, they’ve also included every ad in every issue. I love paging through a 1938 issue to find that, for example, Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup is the preferred meal for the busy hostess to serve “expected guests”. There’s also a million little things to marvel at in the older editions, like the brilliant fashion columns of Lois Long, or the tiny illustrations they used between the columns, or the multitudes of theatre ads in the back … well, you get the idea.

Feed Me Seymour

I’ve been tooling around on Bloglines trying to figure out why the new Scrubbles entries aren’t showing up on the feed. The only method that worked for me was to delete the old feed completely, then manually enter the Scrubbles Atom feed URL. So, cut and paste this address:

… and you’re good to go.

Food Court Utopia

I didn’t see or read too many weblogs during my absence, but one stood out for its originality – Malls of America. This weblog consists of little more than vintage postcards of early shopping malls, but it’s remarkable how similar they all are and how they speak of a kind of long-gone ’50s-’70s optimism. That white on white, Logan’s Run-esque architecture gives me the warm and fuzzies. The fact that most of the places pictured are devoid of shoppers adds an extra layer of eeriness.

PS I found this via Katya’s Oddio Overplay Blog. Speaking of which, she has a cool-looking Ghouls with Attitude! compilation up now. Guess what I’ll be doing for the next few days …

Gruesome Twosome: Flies in the Attic Edition

Goblin: “Tenebre (Main Title)”
LP: Tenebre, 1982 | BUY

Lalo Schifrin: “Amityville Frenzy”
LP: The Amityville Horror, 1979 | BUY

Trying something new here. Every other Tuesday, I’ll post a pair of thematically similar mp3s to share. For this first edition, I have a duo of scary (and strangely funky) horror soundtrack cuts. The Goblin track is a propulsive addition to their Dario Argento collaborations. Because the Amityville Horror soundtrack was distributed by Casablanca Records, Lalo Schifrin composed a disco-flavored remix of the film’s theme in “Amityville Frenzy”. More on Goblin. Check them out, leave feedback, dance away!