Linus Pauling Quartet Brings Cthulhu to Life

Ramon Medina of Linus Pauling Quartet has over the years proven himself a music-video visionary. Increasingly his work in stop-motion animation has shown a depth and nuance that is edging him into Tool-level of brilliance. That said, when I heard that he was doing a live-music video premiere I thought it was a bit pretentious. Jerry Ochoa doesn't do that, and he's at least Medina's equal in local music-video filmmaking.

Now I see why Medina is insisting on a big shindig. "C is for Cthulhu" is a monumental work that deserves to be seen bigger than a laptop or smartphone screen. It's definitely his masterpiece.

To start, the video is essentially a short musical film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's famous short story "Call of Cthulhu." Most of Lovecraft has been wisely deemed unfilmable, and only a handful of really great adaptations of his works have ever been completed.

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The 10 Scariest Music Videos Ever

Listen, are you throwing a Halloween party? Are you going to have music on in the background? Splendid. Just so you know it was recently made legal in Texas to beat people that play "Monster Mash" at Halloween parties to death with frying pans [citation needed]. Few areas in the world need updating more than Halloween party music.

Luckily, the world now allows you to stream a YouTube playlist through a video-game console in your living room, and what that means for you, dear readers, if that you can finally have some action on in the background that will rock and destroy the sanity of your guests. The good way, not the "this is the 15th time I've heard 'Purple People Eater' and I'm going to drown my host in the punch bowl" way.

Want some scary music videos? Let's start with...

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Milk Is Better Than Drank, Thanks to Beaumont's Purple

Photos courtesy of Purple
I saw Purple perform live recently and was blown away by their relentless energy and bombastic garage rock. So I was pretty happy to find their video for "Leche Loco," which is so new I was only the fourth or fifth person to "like" it on YouTube.

I had a watch party of three later that evening with my son and a friend, Justin Paxton, from the band Two Buck Drunks. We tried to pinpoint some Purple influences, and heard some Blood Brothers, CKY, bygone locals the JonBenet, and most definitely Kathleen Hanna when the drummer sang. Her name, coincidentally, is Hanna. Hanna Brewer.

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Frustrated at Work? Here's a "Brick in Yo Face"

Like Kermit the Snitch, it's not my business if you enjoy cocaine. I think it's the most ridiculous drug of all because I associate it with the 1980s, which was easily the silliest decade I've lived through.

But I recognize there are people in this world who use it and since there is a demand, there are suppliers. And though these persons are law-breakers, home-wreckers and accomplices to terrorism, at least some of them probably listen to music that inspires them to be the best at being the worst.

And so because of this...Stitches.

If you've been walled up away from the world, like Fortunato in that one Poe story -- who actually did get a brick in his face -- you may have missed the Miami rapper's video for "Brick In Yo Face." In case you haven't seen it, here's what you need to know:

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Lotus Effect Drops Insane Music Video About the End of Creation

Lotus Effect is one of those bands that every time I think they've disappeared they come screaming back to life with something absolutely out of this world. When you're discussing the music video they just released for the song "Totality", that sentiment is the literal truth.

It's arguably the most visually ambitious music video ever shot by a local Houston band, with special effects that rival many big budget efforts that you'd normally see on A-level artists. All that was done by singer Dre Gile over the course of an agonizing seven months.

"A lot of bands, when they want to go low budget, they'll just film a house party or something," said Giles in a brief interview over the phone. "We decided to film ourselves performing in front of a green screen and just see where our imagination took us."

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The Last VJ's Five Best Videos of the Week

Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. We're keeping things funny this week, including a music video from the one and only Monty Python. On top of that you can expect metal to provide us some hilarity, both intentionally and unintentionally, and I even brought you some steampunk rap.

Because you deserve it.

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The Last VJ's Five Best Videos of the Week

Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week we've got dueling afterlives in case you're in the market for one. Also, I check in on a contestant from Dance Moms embarking on a music video career, and an unbelievably great London rap based on a series of novels, of all things.

It's a weird week, but a great one.

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The Last VJ's Five Best Videos of the Week

Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week I show you the most disturbing thing I have ever run across. It makes Grinderman's "Heathen Child" look like a Bieber video, and no, I'm not joking at all.

Plus, Jason Voorhees tries to turn his life around and we go to outer space in a cardboard rocket ship. It's all good this week.

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The Last VJ's Top Five Videos of the Week

Welcome back to The Last VJ, music fans. This week I introduce you to one of the best video front man performers I have ever seen, as well as take you through some truly Academy Award-worthy work. There's pretty girls, animated horror, and some good old sad-bastard music at the end. Let's roll those vids.

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A Sweet Story About Phil Collins and the Ultimate Warrior (R.I.P.)

Days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Warrior, better known as the wrestling phenom the Ultimate Warrior, collapsed on the sidewalk outside his Arizona hotel room Wednesday. Despite being rushed to the hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival of as yet unknown causes. The 54-year-old retired champion is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters.

At first I was having a hard time mourning the passing of the man born James Brian Hellwig. At one time the Ultimate Warrior was, bar none, my favorite wrestler. I was just nine years old when the Warrior managed to do the unthinkable and wrest the WWF Championship belt away from the legendary Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI. For me it was the greatest match ever, a meeting of two unstoppable yet benevolent titans in a contest of pure skill and power, not some ham-fisted storyline involving good and evil.

There are no words to describe Warrior's entrance. That simple rock theme, his sprint to the ring, the ropes-shaking -- no one had ever done anything like it before. He was a monster the likes of which wouldn't be seen again until Bill Goldberg.

Then, just like that, he was gone, and the man who replaced him was very different.

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