The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.

That Devil’s Music

Satanic jazz artifacts
Dug out of Hell’s Kitchen basements.
A dank and spongy beat,
Endless and incomplete
Thuds out of cold kettle cocktail kit,
Burrows through breast plate and pleura.

At the El Diablo,
They clamor for “Gloomy Sunday”
And the turgid trumpet bleat
That hangs heavy on 49th Street
Like a sopping wet rug
Slung over an icy aura.

And the bone man, low and stoned,
Trades fours with Kali Ma
Who bounces on the piano seat
And hunts for elephant meat
Between the ivory towers
Of New York and Gomorrah.

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Film Music Cue – “Pirates Lurking/Love Theme”

Here is a cue that would fit as the credits music to an adventure movie like “Pirates of the Caribbean.” It’s dark and mysterious, but transitions to a love theme in the middle before returning to the main theme.

Film Music Cue – “The Sport of War”

This theme was composed for 3IPC’s “Fairy Fight,” a short film submitted to the Five Day Film Fest in 2016. It’s a classic battle theme that might whip the troops into a frenzy.

“Shanklish,” by The War Orphans, Debuts on Argali Records Compilation

The War Orphans, a band on the Sophisticated Ape roster,  debuted their experimental composition, “Shanklish,” on a compilation called “Dream Topography,” put out by Argali Records. It was a reaction to atrocities in Syria. It’s dark and noisy and brutally fun. We think it lies somewhere between early Butthole Surfers and John Zorn’s Painkiller. Check … Continue reading “Shanklish,” by The War Orphans, Debuts on Argali Records Compilation


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