Turner’s Top-Five Albums of 2014

1. Alex Cameron, Jumping the Shark — Easily the best album of 2014. Alex is part of a new wave of incredible artists coming out of Sydney, Australia. These songs have burrowed deep into my soul. They’re catchy, sardonic and loaded with peculiar metaphor. A lot of people say they hear flashes of The Boss in Alex, but I’m not too familiar with Springsteen. Like his cohort Kirin J. Callinan, he’s created his own world that’s wonderful and weird to explore with him. Speaking of Kirin, I hear he’s working on a new album with Mark Ronson. Sorry to digress. Jumping the Shark should be on everyone’s mini-disc player. You can download it for free at http://alexcamerononline.net.au/Music.html He’s also a brilliant web designer and writer.

2. Ariel Pink, Pom Pom — Ariel is by far my favorite misogynist working in music today. I decided to buy Pom Pom after I randomly saw him skulking across a crosswalk on Sunset Blvd. He looked like a transexual Nick Stahl. Since then, this album’s taken years off the life of my car’s disc player. “Put Your Number in My Phone” is more infectious than Ebola and “Four Shadows” is perfect for driving through your neighborhood with your lights off at night. Here’s the video for PYNMP. They shot it at the Eagle Rock Mall down the street from my house.

3. Braid, No Coast — I’m so glad these guys are back. They’ve evolved and matured, but they’re still 100% Braid. They do not coast on their laurels.

4. Trans Am, Volume X — I’ll never get over Trans Am. This album is romantic, funky and hardcore as fuck.

5. Speak, Pedals — Speak one of the best bands to come out of Austin in years. The songwriting is richer than Rick Perry. I love the way the drums sound on this record. Check them out at Free Week if you’re in Austin in Jan.

I also liked Hang and It’s Alive by Lagwagon and La Luz, respectively.

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Turner’s Top Five Albums of 2013

These are the soundtrack highlights of this foul year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen.
1. The Dismemberment Plan Uncannney Valley–‘Grown up,’ funky, complex and catchy.

2. Hayden Us Alone–warm and complex with flashes of Rick Springfield or Cars synths.

3. Kirin J Callinan Embracism–Raw, dirty, hilarious and uplifting. Very fresh and creative.

4. Tera Melos X’ed Out–Math rock with heart, mushrooms and serious effects pedals.

5. Zorch ZZOORRCCHH–Psychedelic synth punk; Assacre meets Lightning Bolt!

I’m really looking forward to the new Mew album in 2014. Happy New Year, perverts!

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South by Southwesting

Between seeing movies and trying not to fall off my bike, I shot and edited this video of Illegal Art’s “To Do” install for the South by Southwest festival.

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Ted Grabowski

While working on Love in the Time of Monsters, my brother and I shot this. Meet ‘Officer’ Ted Grabowski.

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Let me let me let me update ya

I haven’t updated in a while, so I’m going to catch y’all up on some stuff from the last six months. Below is your first installment.

An unsettling behind the scenes blog entry from my upcoming feature film debut Love in the Time of Monsters, directed by Matt Jackson (relation to Peter Jackson not confirmed). This blog entry features me at my worst. Visit http://www.uncleslavkosfuntimeblog.com for more on this super sexy romantic horror film.

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Olympic Gold

In honor of the 2012 Olympics, I dusted off a track from my old German-techno-inspired music duo Love Force. This is the story of one Russian Soviet athlete’s quest for golden medal in the 1982 Olympics. Enjoy, you capitalist pigs!

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Hello, Hollywood. Please don’t touch me.

Check out the blog for my feature film debut Love in the Time of Monsters, directed by Matt Jackson (no relation to Peter) and written by Mike Skvarla. Besides the vicious case of poison oak and a very swollen lip, courtesy of a football to the mouth, I had a frightfully good time working with the violently talented cast and crew, which included Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet) and the hilarious Michael McShane (Robin Hood, Office Space, Who’s Line is it Anyway). The film will begin festivaling Fall 2013. Stay tuned!


My monster lip. This is not a prosthetic. I swear. It took about four days to go down, but it was instrumental in spawning a lovable new character, former Chicago Police Detective Ted Grabowski. More on him soon!


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