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Jason and the Monster Problem

September 19th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

B&W mockup and color “final” that I drew at age 6 for a book written by my Mother. Cubist!

Well hey there everyone! Nice to see you, nice to see you. So I’ve gotten a lot of really great and supportive emails lamenting the lack of activity (ahem, not to mention *files*) here on Scar Stuff, and while I’ve done my best to catch up with most of them I figured that it’s probably well past time for me to post a somewhat more public explanation regarding my absence/ silence/ total lack of awesomeness/ etc.

The short story is that a while back (after a brief period wherein Blogger had inexplicably frozen the site) I was hit up w/ a “Cease and Desist” demand concerning an OOP file I was sharing, and since I preferred to pay for bandwidth and host things myself (rather than utilizing a file hosting service like Rapidshare or whatever) my provider was hit up as well. After a day or two of reflection this led me to decide that I might as well go ahead and delete the majority of the files here and essentially close up (virtual) shop. To be honest the timing wasn’t bad; I was finding spare time in my life to be in short supply and since my original intent wasn’t much more than to get the “share ball” rolling (trust me, I succeeded *well* beyond any initial hopes I might have conjured up) as well as connect with other like-minded folks, it all seemed to be something close to kismet.

That said, I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything. While I’d never intended for Halloween records to be my main focus (no, really), before I started up Scar Stuff I can’t say that I’d ever found anyone else who cared much about them. When I’d tour the US with one of my bands I’d hit the used record stores to see what kind of weird/ spooky audio they had, and was usually met with a response something akin to “meh”. When I’d poke around on line for info (or audio) I’d inevitably come up completely empty handed. Yet as soon as I started posting vintage Halloween records myself the response was instantaneous and overwhelming positive; across the board I was met with a highly receptive and enthusiastic audience who were anxious to share tons of fascinating info, memories and experiences around this junk. Whether emailing me directly or using the site comments I honestly received nothing but scads and scads of positive feedback (certainly I never had any trouble w/ “trolls” or anything of the sort), and in the intervening time I’ve seen my LP rips and cover scans (credited or not, I don’t really make a distinction), not to mention dorky *passion* for this stuff spread rapidly all over the world. Not bad!

“Kid Dish Originals” that I drew when I was 5 & 6.

Another awesome side effect that I didn’t expect: I’ve scored simply tons of cool stuff thanks to the great folks I met here. Over the duration of Scar Stuff’s activity people would send me records (either digitally or physically) on a regular basis, and whenever I managed to aquire some long wished for childhood item (like the Gayle Records “Haunting” 7″, the Moon Monster poster, or a 16mm print of the Centron Halloween Safety Film in which I had a role as a kid), I was guaranteed a built-in audience of like-minded folks to share it all with. Very, very cool.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it. The files are indeed gone but they were snatched by so many folks that I’d think with a little digging people should be able to scare them up online somewhere. Over the years I’ve occasionally ripped sets of 4 DVDs composed of the Scar Stuff files which I’ve given to cool people who have hit me up and are working on like-minded projects. As a kind of final “giving back to the community type” thing (and to show my appreciation for all the great stuff this project has brought me), if some enterprising soul out there wants to set up the infrastructure for a “sharing tree” along these lines I’ll be more than happy to kick out the first 10 or so sets. To be honest my organizational skills are horrible when it comes to that kind of thing, but for the 2009 Halloween cycle I’ll be happy to kick start what I can. It’s really a one-time seasonal offer (as I’m sure I’ll find that my intentions rapidly fall behind my situational reality), but don’t be shy about cooking it all up if you think you can swing it; sharing has been the whole point.

And again, thanks for all of the emails and kind words everyone; I’m glad to say that I’m doing fine. As for me, these days I’m mostly busy with work and a few other projects I’ve been tinkering with (a book composed of letters to porn stars, a music documentary that I’m v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y piecing together, some new drone/ psych/ audio nonsense, etc), as well as plain old general life. It’s good.

Thanks again, and Happy Halloween everyone!

best, Jason

Modeling my 1976 “Creature from the Black Lagoon” Halloween Costume

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  1. Nev
    September 19th, 2009 at 15:36 | #1

    Thanks for everything dude. Ive had great fun on your blog and its help build my collection up big time. Great to pass on to my son.
    Glad to hear all is well and good luck in your future. Have a wicked Halloween as well btw!!!

  2. Vatermann
    September 19th, 2009 at 19:53 | #2

    Jason, thanks for the explanation. I figured a copyright issue caused the files to be pulled. I had hoped that the the stuff was old enough to avoid ire of “The Man.” (BTW the original Night of the Living Dead copyright has expired, so it’s available in its fullness on youtube) Alas, as always, one bad seed had to ruin it for the rest of us. I wish I had downloaded more a few years ago. If anyone has copies of the files and can figure out a way to share them, I would love to hear about it. For the record, I support copyright law, especially for the benefit of the artists. However, this vintage stuff is mostly not available through commercial means. so, hook a brother up and FIGHT THE POWER!!!

  3. Wcme
    October 1st, 2009 at 17:49 | #3

    Jason! As a collector very late to the party, I have collected a plethora of items and much of your stuff was instrumental. I would be happy to do this as a share of physical dvds OR a torrent which i would be over the moon to do. Can you contact me at wcme@hotmail.com and lets speak about this?!

  4. dinobyte
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:25 | #4

    I 2nd a torrent! I just found out about scar stuff and I’m mortified to have missed out.

  5. Josh
    January 24th, 2010 at 21:45 | #5

    Thanks for all the great posts in the past. Let me know if you need any of the great Verne Langdon spooky stuff on CD, i.e. “Phantom At The Organ” (1974), “Vampire At The Harpsichord” (1974), “Dr. Druid’s Seance Party” (1973) et. al. They sell them down the street at The Magic Castle here in Hollywood.


  6. polartrade
    July 8th, 2010 at 03:14 | #6

    I’m sorry I came along after you’d shut things down. Even in its stripped-down form, your blog was at the outer limits of awesome. If you ever decided to resume, even in an informational-only format, it will be very cool. Either way, though, thanks for some high-quality work.

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