Where were you in 1994 ? The Crow premiered in movie theaters; Projekt Records had Lycia, Love Spirals Downwards, and Voltaire on their label, and the Goth subculture was riding the peak of its second wave.
At the center of it was Carpe Noctem magazine, a “dark arts” publication
that covered the likes of writers Neil Gaiman and Caitlin R. Kiernan; artists Dave McKean and Jon J Muth; and bands like Trio Nocturna, Faith And The Muse, and former members of Christian Death.
Sadly, the magazine faded after almost 10 years in publication; In the time between then and now, Carpe Noctem has been wistfully remembered in late-night coffee shops, online forums, and Goth clubs across America; And old copies of the magazine sell for premium prices on eBay.
Now, for its 20th anniversary, Carpe Noctem is returning! Its KickStarter launched three days ago. (And, as of this writing, it is already 50% funded.)
If you want your own copy of the new Carpe Noctem, all you need to do is pledge $10. If you pledge a bit more, you can get nice packages of extras that include t-shirts, stickers, and e-books!
I’ve already made my pledge. If you harken to the call of the darker side, I encourage you to do the same. You won’t regret it.
Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary Relaunch KickStarter
I hate early Christmas advertising. I really really hate it. So, when I saw this advertisement from Kmart that was posted to YouTube on September 12th — a month and a half before Halloween and three and a half months before Christmas — I just had to say something about it. You can find the comment I left on Kmart’s YouTube page below. If you feel the same way as I do and as strongly, drop by their page and let ‘em know:
HALLOWEEN AND THANKSGIVING IS NOT “PRE-CHRISTMAS!”
Hi Kmart. I am an American and I loathe all forms of early Christmas advertising. I make no exception to this commercial.
The over-saturation of Christmas themes in early advertising has done nothing but erode the long-standing traditions of Halloween and Thanksgiving in the public landscape and also in the American collective consciousness. I, for one, am quite tired of corporations pushing Halloween and Thanksgiving aside just so they can line their pockets with a few extra dollars every year.
Incredulously, this commercial was posted to YouTube on *September 12th, 2014* — over *a month and a half* before Halloween and THREE AND A HALF MONTHS before Christmas. Are you kidding ? It’s still t-shirt weather in most of the country! Unreal!
Not only is this a shameless too-early Christmas commercial, it’s neither being cute nor clever with its tongue-in-cheek “This isn’t really a Christmas commercial” assertion. All it really does is insult the viewer’s intelligence.
I have a long-standing rule. In any given year, I do not purchase Christmas presents from any business if that business advertises with a Christmas theme before (or on) Halloween.
So, Kmart : Congratulations for being the first on my list this year. And, for being so smart-ass about it with your advert, your company is on my list for the next *two* years.
Update Sept 24 2014: And here’s the reply I received from Kmart; I suspected that the account was being monitored by a ‘bot and this seems to confirm it. Only an idiot of a PR person would respond to a complaint about an advert with another glib advert. Either way, Kmart’s lost my business because it’s clear to me they just don’t give a damn.
Shopping for the holidays after Halloween can be scary and if you wait to do your shopping till after Thanksgiving, all of the great deals may have already been gobbled up! Plan ahead with Kmart Layaway and take the stress out of holiday shopping.
I love magazines. And I like them as much for their graphic design as their written content. On a day off, I like to spend the afternoon getting lunch somewhere (Subway! Quiznos! McAlister’s!) and reading my favorite (or a stack of my favorite) magazines.
A magazine is best when there’s a synergy between written content and graphic design. Unfortunately, as this article shows, magazine design just isn’t what it used to be.
This clip showcases the “new” Lounge Revival scene at its beginnings! Believe it or not, this report is from 1994 – 20 years old! Considering the scene’s still around, I guess Lounge isn’t a fad anymore.
Cocktail Nation 325 Stolen Idols
Drew Farmer from the Stolen Idols joins me on the show this week, got some stories on sixties decorating and some of the things we have forgotten from the past that are probably worth re igniting, I’ll share a blog I wrote recently about modern life and how to live better.
Charlie Haden Angel Face
Janice Borla Group Midnight Voyage
Stolen Idols Revenge of the Pink Piranha
Illinois Jacket Lean Baby
Bobby Darin Feelin Good
James Spencer Lady Of The Evening
Kenny Sasaki Erotica Exotica
Linda Lawson Mood Indigo
Ixtahuele Dengue Fever
Lalo Schifrin Mission Impossible
John Barry On Her Majestys Service
AL Caiola Experiment in Terror