22 October 2011

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century - DVD Box Set on Sale!

Don't forget - the DVD box set goes on sale on Monday, 24 October! However, if you live in Los Angeles, you can pick it up RIGHT NOW at Vacation Vinyl. Click link for details:


10 October 2011

Paracinema review of Blood, Sweat + Vinyl

Blood, Sweat + Vinyl just got its first review in a cinema magazine - and it's a good one. Thanks, Paracinema! http://paracinema.net/2011/10/blood-sweat-vinyl-2011-not-all-headbangers-are-numbskulls/

04 October 2011

BSV - metal sucks interview

Etan Rosenbloom interviewed me for metalsucks.net. Check it out here, for more info on the film, the DVD Release Party on the 15th, and some inside scoops!


02 October 2011

Pre-order closed

Pre-order for the DVD is closed. It WILL be available at the premiere on the 15th, and shortly thereafter...


10 September 2011

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl - screening at the Supersonic Festival in the UK

Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK - 22 September. Blood, Sweat + Vinyl's UK Premiere at this EXCELLENT music festival. if you're in the neighborhood, this is the place to check it out!


Blood, Sweat & Vinyl - Bay Area Premiere and DVD Release Party

Click on the below link for the details!


27 August 2011

Blood, Sweat + Vinyl - 3 Confirmed Screenings

Blood, Sweat + Vinyl - booked for 3 festivals in the next 2 months. More to come!

Link to Screenings page

17 August 2011

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl - 3nd clip from The Cutting Room Floor

Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), playing with members of Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra.

03 August 2011

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl - 2nd clip from The Cutting Room Floor

New Cutting Room Floor clip has been posted to the website! The band is Daughters. The label is Hydra Head. And viewer discretion is advised. Live in LA, in 2006. Crank this one up, it's loud, frantic, and fun!

Daughters – Live in Los Angeles – 2006

02 August 2011

Metalsucks.net article about BSV!

Thanks to Etan Rosenbloom and metalsucks.net for this flattering article on Blood, Sweat + Vinyl!

Cinemetal: Blood, Sweat + Vinyl

01 August 2011

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century - trailer!

To give you a sample of "Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century," view the trailer below. But, if you want more exclusive footage and sample clips from the film, go to www.bloodsweatvinyl.com :

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century - website!

The music doc has a website now - check it now for the official trailer, and a few teaser clips to whet your appetite for the feature-length doc about modern music - 20 bands and visual artists, 3 record labels, 1 philosophy.

And check back regularly for footage that didn't make it in t the final cut - we call this feature, "The Cutting Room Floor," and it will be updated weekly with concert and interview clips that won't exist anywhere else.

Also! the deluxe and limited double-DVD set is in the works. The website has that info, too.


Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century - Seattle premiere!

People of Seattle, mark your calendars!

We have just secured a time and place for he Northwest premiere of Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century! If you are within a 200-mile radius (and that includes the ocean if you’re in a boat), and you enjoy the music of the bands in this doc, you won’t want to miss this.

We have the theatre from 3-6pm – so come early, have a beverage, mingle, and hang out afterwards for a Q+A, followed by drinks at The Unicorn Bar.

Northwest Film Forum, Sunday, 7 August 2011 at 3:30pm
Tickets $7 (buy in advance from the website, listed below)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
On Capitol Hill between Pike and Pine


23 June 2011

The Pathology of Civilization, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in SF

unfortunately, I was out of town when this event occurred, but I was lucky enough to have Volume One from my "Pathology of Civilization" trilogy included in TEDxSF's "ALIVE! Maximum Living as a Human" event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in SF. Link below to see who else spoke and was included in this presentation, as well as a link to my video:


21 June 2011

The Advocate for Fagdom - screening in SF

Wednesday, June 22, part of the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival - The Advocate for Fagdom, a documentary on Bruce LaBruce, directed by Angelique Bosio. I shot and conducted several of the interviews that you will see in the doc - including lots of behind-the-scenes footage from his latest feature, LA Zombie. it's very well done and you'll want to check out his films after you see it!

also - on Thursday, the 23rd - LA Zombie! part of the same festival - all details via the link above.

06 May 2011

Art Showings for The Scourge - spring-fall 2011

Just found out that my 16mm photo work will be part of 2 art shows in september! And, this summer, in NYC, an HD video I created will be projected in the middle of Manhattan as part of "The Big Screen Project" in Chelsea. Plus, a video and some 16mm work will be on display May 22-28 at the Diego Rivera-Gallery in SF. Attack of The Scourge!! More info soon...

18 April 2011

Just a few more weeks...

just completed AIDS-related art presentation for my "Death and Violence in Art History" class, focusing on David Wojnarowicz. Bummer subject, but successful presentation. Now, the home stretch to the completion of the first year of grad school...


17 April 2011

The Residents, in SF... in 3D!

got to shoot in 3D this weekend - 2 nights of The Residents in SF! without the 3D, the show was mind-blowing. when folks watch this in 3D, a new adjective will have to be created... photo by josh keppel!

08 April 2011

The Scourge of the Airwaves - 07 april 2011 setlist

Setlist to commemorate the premiere of "Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century" - music doc, 5 years in the making, by Kenneth Thomas of The Scourge!

05 April 2011

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century - premiere!

The 5-year cinematic quest to document the artistry behind 3 independent record labels - Hydrahead, Neurot, and Constellation -came to a conclusion on 3 April 2011, with its premiere at the Heavy Metal Film Festival in Los Angeles. However, the wheels of this behemoth of a project are still in motion. Now, we travel down the film festival circuit and try and get this thing distributed, preferably through similar DIY channels that this film touts.

Trailer and clips coming soon! But, for now, view photos from the premiere on The Scourge's flickr page:

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl premiere photo page

30 March 2011

5-year music doc complete and premiere

Blood, Sweat, and Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century - this is 5.5 years in the making, folks, and it's premiering at the Heavy Metal Film Festival, Sunday, April 3, in Los Angeles. More details here:


Picture of Isis at the Great American Music Hall, 2010.
Photo credit: Josh Keppel

24 March 2011

09 March 2011

The Scourge of the Airwaves - 09-10 March 2011

Hey, my little Scourges -

There will be NO broadcast tonight, Wednesday, 09 March. The Scourge is readying his music documentary, which is due at the end of the month for a film fest premiere at the Heavy Metal Film Festival in Los Angeles! Hence, mass editing needs to be done to polish it up.

However, starting 10 March 2011, The Scourge will be broadcasting on Thursday nights, along with the regular Wednesday nights. That's right, your requests for more aural pleasure have been heeded! Wednesday nights will be broadcast from the SFAI campus, while Thursday nights will be transmitted from Scourge HQ, thanks to Cascade Community Radio. Two nights per week of heaviness; what more could you ask for? Well, every night, I suppose, but you'll have to handle that on your own. I'll give you this - check out Monday nights from 6-8pm, also on CCR, for more epic jams with Children of Saturn! That should give you a nice spread of heavy throughout the week.

Wednesdays (starting next week) - 8-10pm PST - http://thetower.sfai.edu
Thusdays (starting this week) - 8-10pm PST - http://www.radio23.org/ccr/

02 March 2011

The Scourge of the Airwaves - 02 March 2011 setlist

Godspeed You! Black Emperor setlist from tonight's show! Emulating their first ATP performance, which was also their first show after a 7-year hiatus. podcast soon!

The Scourge of the Airwaves - show 04

tonight! The Scourge shall broadcast Godspeed You! Black Emperor's first concert set, back from their hiatus, from 03 December 2011, at the ATP fest. after absorbing all of their recent shows in california, tonight will be a fitting tribute - 8pm PST - http://thetower.sfai.edu

27 February 2011

Response Paper for Death, Disappearance and Violence in Art - class at SFAI

(continuing the collection of essays i'm writing for school...)

Kenneth Thomas
ARTH 520-3 - Disappearance, Violence, and Death in Art
Response #2 - Atomic Sublime and Mass Death
27 February 2011

“Monuments usually have specific functions: to uphold a current regime, explain or educate, pay homage.” So says Julia Bryan-Wilson in “Building a Marker of Nuclear Warning.” The challenge this article is describing - how to build a symbolic structure that will warn people thousands of years into the future about the danger of a specific site - is so gargantuan, I almost thought it was a joke. The idea of trying to create a marker of warning that will be fully understood, for thousands of years, for its meaning and warning of mass destruction, seems like an impossible task - “the marker must transmit its warning information to any and all future societies whether illiterate or unthinkably technologically advanced.” It would take a foresight on par with both genius and omnipotence in order to predict the interpretations of generations that we know will supersede us, both in intelligence and technological advancement. How does one predict such a thing?

Then again, it can be argued that mankind’s discovery and build-up of its nuclear arsenal was driven by a lust to achieve ultimate power, bordering on god-like - so, a solution to the problem of its disposal should be expected to be nearly impossible. This divine comparison was made by journalist Dennis Stillings in his essay “Theology of the Atom Bomb,” which was included in Apocalypse Culture, a book of collected essays. In the essay, he compares the bomb to the Second Coming of Christ. A more detailed explanation can be read at the link provided below, but his basic summary is that Jahweh manifests himself in the Old Testament as “a cloud and pillar of fire,” with many parallel references to what we consider the effects of a nuclear bomb - “fires that burn forever, that burn cities, that are unquenchable.” And, in the Book of Zechariah, a plague created by God is described as having the effect of “flesh being consumed away while they stand on their feet” (Zechariah 14:12). This is just one of many examples given in the Bible of God’s wrath that sounds very similar to the effects of a nuclear holocaust. Hence, the added fear that many cultures fear from such an event. Drawing this comparison to an even higher degree, how does one dispose of “god’s wrath”? It makes sense that the disposal of such a devastating arsenal would be anything but simple.

If the ultimate goal is to deter people from wandering onto the disposal site, then it can’t help but become a political issue - which is why stories like Fumiko Kouno’s Town of Evening Calm could be used as a very effective deterrent. Why is it dangerous to meddle with what is buried at the site in question? Because the underground materials are products of radioactive waste from nuclear arsenals. If it is that dangerous, then the question that future (and most of the current) generations will conclusively ask is why the weapons existed in the first place. That’s where it gets political.

After all, if the leftovers are destructive enough to warrant such attempts to warn generations thousands of years into the future, then the source from which they came must (and is) be much, much more devastating. If there was a way to permanently include stories like the above-mentioned manga as part of the site, then maybe these basic ideas of warning mankind of its seemingly inherent nature to harness immense power and use it for political leverage and war will serve a double purpose - to warn of what is underneath both the ground and ourselves. Then, this disposal site could fulfill Julia Bryan-Wilson’s definition of a monument.


Dennis Stillings article (read “The Bomb as Jahweh”), reprinted in The Dakota Beacon:

Dennis Stillings, “Meditations on the Atom and Time.” In Apocalypse Culture, ed Adam Parfrey (Los Angeles: Feral House, 1990), pp. 335-6.

16 February 2011

The Scourge of the Airwaves - 16 feb 2011 setlist

show #3 in the can! starting next show, each show will be themed - "heavy metal" week, post-rock purge, stoner setlist, etc...

12 February 2011

The Scourge has a video in an SF gallery show

Come to The Swell Gallery - SFAI's grad student art gallery - for a show in which I'll have an epic, oppressive video projected on one of the walls! Imagery created by me; low, rumbling sounds mixed by me, from a song by SUNN O))) and some of my controlled feedback. The show, as a whole, will be pretty rad, so check it if yr in SF, February 17th!

09 February 2011

Radio Broadcast #2 for The Scourge

tonight! 8-10pm PST, the 2nd radio broadcast from The Scourge! listen here:

08 February 2011

Setlist from first radio broadcast of The Scourge

Setlist from the first radio broadcast of The Scourge - on The Tower, 102.5fm, SF!
Netcast: http://thetower.sfai.edu
Wednesdays, 8-10pm!

The Scourge of the Airwaves

Flyer for my radio show, on The Tower, 102.5 fm, San Francisco

Or netcast it: http://thetower.sfai.edu
Wednesdays, 8-10pm!
(Still taken from “Not in Rivers, But in Drops” - music video for Isis, directed by Sera Timms.)

The Advocate for Fagdom - film premiere

an excellent documentary about the transgressive filmmaker, Bruce LaBruce, is in competition at the Berlin Film Festival next week. i DP’d a bunch of los angeles footage and shot several of the interviews. if anybody is in berlin, check it out!