R.I.P. Michael Jackson

June 25th, 2009 | Comments Off on R.I.P. Michael Jackson
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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Just about everybody is reporting the news this evening that Michael Jackson has died at age 50. If it’s indeed found to be true in the hours ahead, it caps off an already-sad day that began with Farrah Fawcett’s death at age 62. And, two more pieces of my childhood slip away, leaving behind their individual legacies of music, cinema and television.

I may have some more extensive thoughts on the matter later on, but suffice it to say that I grew up with Michael Jackson — from his early days with the Jackson 5 to the mind-blowing experience of hearing the Thriller album for the first time, and even up to his more recent work that was largely discarded by a fickle public weary of his personal dramas. And despite that whacky behavior and his alleged proclivities later in life, there’s no denying that he was a talented son of a bitch. Yes, I consider myself a fan.

I’m sort of horrified watching the assheads on Facebook distill the man’s life down to bad pedophilia jokes, but unfortunately, to the younger generation, all they really knew was The Michael Jackson Freakshow, day in and day out on their televisions.

Me, I had top-of-every-hour viewings of the THRILLER video on MTV… still one of the best music videos ever made. Or being exactly the right age to have seen that moonwalk dance and have your mind blown. That is the Michael Jackson that I am choosing to honor, respect and remember as he takes that last moonwalk into the great beyond.

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FUN FACTS: I think I was too in shock last night when I wrote this to remember that M.J. came to the Hollywood & Vine offices of Full Moon during my tenure there (must have been 1999?) to meet with Charlie Band about a line of toys. We lowly worker drones on the 8th floor (where the production & post offices were) weren’t allowed upstairs for that block of time, although many of us snuck around trying to catch a peek. WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE starlet Tanya Dempsey tweeted last night: “6 years ago I had the honor of attending Michael Jackson’s birthday at Neverland Ranch. It was one of the most magical nights of my life.” Lucky wench!

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DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack interview on Rue Morgue Radio!

May 31st, 2008 | Comments Off on DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack interview on Rue Morgue Radio!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Publicity, Tempe Entertainment

In what may likely be the last word on the subject, the May 30 edition of Rue Morgue Radio features an interview by Liisa Ladouceur with yours truly talking up the recent release of THE DEAD NEXT DOOR Original Motion Picture Soundtrack! It’s live now for the taking:
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More DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack plugs: Let the good vibes roll!

May 27th, 2008 | Comments Off on More DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack plugs: Let the good vibes roll!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Reviews, Tempe Entertainment

Seems like you just can’t keep a good (er… mediocre?) zombie movie soundtrack down! Yes, there’s been even more plugs and kudos for my inaugural soundtrack music effort, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR.
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More DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack press

May 21st, 2008 | Comments Off on More DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack press
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Reviews, Tempe Entertainment

Derek M. Koch over at Mail Order Zombie sent over his show notes for this week’s podcast which includes a quick review of THE DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack CD: Read the rest of this entry »

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DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack reviews: I want some of what these cats are smoking!

May 20th, 2008 | Comments Off on DEAD NEXT DOOR soundtrack reviews: I want some of what these cats are smoking!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Reviews, Tempe Entertainment

I speak, of course, of the bloggers and reviewers who are thus far chiming in with extremely kind reviews of my CD soundtrack for THE DEAD NEXT DOOR which hits on May 20 (and is available right now at tempevideo.com for a mere $9.99!).
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Oh dear God, I’m tone deaf…!

March 29th, 2008 | Comments Off on Oh dear God, I’m tone deaf…!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Movies, Tempe Entertainment

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Ready for a blast from the past? I lost my sanity recently and decided to start digging into the Tempe audio vaults and issue a series of soundtrack releases. Now, die-hards know that the Tempe website has been selling some homegrown CD and cassette soundtracks for awhile now, but those were never intended for the general public (or people with good musical taste, LOL).

That said, being the completist that I am, I figured since I’ve almost wrapped up my years-long quest to release all of my old flicks on DVD (only the worst of the lot, ROBOT NINJA, remains), there was no harm in doing the same for the soundtrack music. Especially in these heady iTunes days where a simple click and charge to the credit card can get you fresh music!
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