Archive for August, 2011

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Res Plant Textures 2


31 Aug

It’s been a while since we got back to nature and brought you all some nice fresh plant texture images – all in glorious high-resolution and totally FREE! There are images of all kinds of natural things in this week’s collection, including the ordinary old grass (look close for the awesome water droplet) right through to a lovely specimen from Mt Tomah botanical gardens up in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia.

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

Click on the thumbnails to download the super happy-time high-res versions (you can right click and Save-As, too!):
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1990s Revival: Talk Show – Selt Titled (c1997)


30 Aug

Talk Show is the new band featuring three of the four members of Stone Temple Pilots, along with Ten Inch Men singer David Coutts. As you’d expect, with this much talent on board this disc was always going to be an absolute ripper and it doesn’t disappoint.

Talk how sounds and feels STP, but don’t be shocked by that because Dean DeLeo openly admits that “being the music of the ‘Pilots basically means what we write is what you get”. With Coutts fronting the band both with vocals and guitar, the album is Stone Temple Pilots through and through but with a new vocalist that reminds me strongly of Robert Plant – a fact that rubs off on the whole CD.

Songs such as Ring Twice, Hello Hello, Wash Me Down and Morning Girl all classify themselves for commercial success as do many of the other eight tracks on offer here. But for me, the highlight is definitely Peeling an Orange with its clever play on words and environmental implications thrown in for good measure. Oh, and of course, a really cool melody.

So, if you’re an STP fan or just want to hear some good, solid pop-core tunes that totally rock, then give Talk Show a listen. I personally guarantee that you’ll like it.
3/5
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Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Res Patina Textures #6


24 Aug

This week’s collection is the sixth set of high-resolution patina textures Hosking Industries has released since we started the Wicked Wednesdays FREE texture set initiative some 18 months ago. Some of these images come from the 2010 Taren Point Rat Rod Day in Sydney, Australia; some come from other Sydney car shows over the last 12 months.

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

Click on the thumbnails to download the super happy-time high-res versions (you can right click and Save-As, too!):
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1990s Revival: Zimmer’s Hole – Bound By Fire (c1997)


17 Aug

Forget extreme sports; this is extreme FUN! Zimmer’s Hole is one of the side projects of Strapping Young Lad. No, Devin isn’t directly involved; it was the other guy’s project and the band member’s names read like this: El Smooche – Lorde of Electric Winde; Banglsey Starnipples – Lorde of Strobe Lighting; Sickie Moochmaster – Lorde of Greased Thunder and Dr Heathen Hooch – Lorde of Ass-Fire.

Now, if you can’t tell that this is going to be fun from the names of the band members, why not try some of the track names: Pork Rind Toes, Two-Headed Anal Baby, Hell Comes to Breakfast, This is Metal and Gospel Sodomy Boy on Blow! Funny enough for ya? Now, one warning, the music depicted on this disc ranges from heavy rock to death metal, with the more extreme styles being the main theme. So, it isn’t for the squeamish. Another thing that sets this apart from other satirical metal recordings is that all the musicians involved can actually play: the singer has an incredible range, the drummer is super fast and the guitars and bass never miss a note. Add to that the fact that Bound By Fire is well produced and this is simply miles apart from anything vaguely like it.

4/5
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Feature Car… er, bike: Greg’s Custom Harley Chopper


17 Aug

Here’s a selection of six images Hosking Industries took of a custom Harley Davidson chopper motorcycle during a recent shoot for Wild Aussie Choppers magazine in Australia. Greg works for Hills & Co in Taree, NSW; but built this wicked machine before his tenure with the metal craftsman Justin Hills.

We didn’t use much in the way of flashes in this shoot thanks to the nice open shade of the workshop. We did use some compositing though, particularly to reflect some white up into the chrome work on some shots. The portrait uses strobes and you’ll find info on that on the relevant caption when visiting our Flickr page by CLICKING HERE. You can also download FREE wallpaper images by clicking the images below.

Greg's Custom Harley Chopper

Greg's Custom Harley Chopper Greg's Custom Harley Chopper

Wicked Wednesdays: FREE High-Resolution Ford Emblems


17 Aug

This week we’ve got a collection of six FREE high-resolution images of Ford emblems. We can’t tell you exactly what models they’re off, except for a couple: there’s a model T Ford badge that pre-dates the blue oval, an XP Falcon Pursuit badge and one from a GT Falcon (both Australian models). We’ll leave the rest for the Ford fans.

As always, Hosking Industries high-resolution texture images are FREE for personal and commercial use. However, you may not resell, repackage or redistribute these textures or generally pass them off as your own for monetary gain etc. Use them in your design projects, but don’t use them for commercial gain.

Click on the thumbnails to download the super happy-time high-res versions (you can right click and Save-As, too!):
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Feature Car: Rob Owen’s LH Holden Torana Drag Car


16 Aug

Here’s a selection of seven shots Hosking Industries took of Rob Owen’s nitrous-fed LH Holden Torana drag car for the latest issue of Holden Muscle magazine in Australia (issue 3). At the time we wrote the story on the car it had already run a 9.6sec ET with 600hp with more to come.

Rob is the third owner of the Torana, but only the first to actually get it finished and race it. Read the full fascinating story in the magazine.

You can download FREE desktop wallpaper images of these shots on our Flickr page by clicking HERE or on the thumbnails below. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine when it goes on sale very soon.

Rob Owen's LH Holden Torana

Rob Owen's LH Holden Torana Rob Owen's LH Holden Torana

1990s Revival: Secret Chiefs 3 – Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws: Hurqalya (c1998)


15 Aug

Secret Chiefs 3 (SC3) are in a category all of their own as far as comparisons go. You couldn’t even compare them to Mr Bungle; which is kind of strange because the main man in SC3 – Trey Spruance – is in fact the guitarist/keyboardist with the legendary freaks themselves… Mr Bungle, that is.

Anyway, I guess if I had to go to extremes I would say that SC3 are the same as Mr Bungle in the sense that the song structures can often end up just as chaotic, but that is about it. here you have distorted, demented surf songs, classic eastern-cum-western songs and downright stupidly fantastic aural noisescapes. Wow, that was a mouthful!

Even though I am a huge Bungle fan, I would have to say that my favourite track on Second Grand… is the opening number, ‘The Rose Garden of Mystery’ because it was the most coherent. The artwork is whacky. Just imagine Bungle’s Disco Volante and add more colour. What you’re left with is SC3! Wonderful.

If you’re asking yourself, who the hell is this Trey Spruance guy anyway, or for that matter ‘Who is Mr Bungle’, then the answer is as such: Spruance actually played the guitar parts on Faith No More‘s King for a Day album, but left saying that he wasn’t going to be able to handle the touring commitments. So, then you get the connection between Trey and FNM and in turn, Mr Bungle (whose ranks include FNM’s Mike Patton). Talk about six degrees of separation!

If whacky music is what’s on your agenda, then SC3 and their album Second Grand Constitution and By Laws: Hurqalya is for you. Get it now.

3/5

(NOTE: These reviews were originally published in 27twelve: a ‘zine originating in Newcastle Australia in the late 1990s. They’re being published onto the internet now more as a matter of record and whimsical self interest than for any other reason and should be considered as such. Check out the ’1990s’ category of the blog in the coming months for many more 1990s CD and live reviews.)

1990s Revival: Monster Magnet – Powertrip (c.1998)


12 Aug

They’re back! Monster Magnet return with Powertrip: a jagged yet polished, rough but shiny new album ready to rip you apart with its cool retro/heavy/rock! A mouth full perhaps; but it’s pretty accurate.

Firstly, I have to comment on the artwork, which is bloody fantastic. Glossy, bright and perfectly executed artwork full of what Monster Magnet stand for: sex, drugs and rock n roll; with lots of semi-naked women, too! I’ve never been a massive fan of the ‘Magnet, but I have always liked them and Powertrip is definitely better than the last. I strongly recommend you buy this one if you’re making your first step into Monster Magnet territory – even you metal heads, dance freaks and anyone else who listens to good music (or otherwise).

Dave Wyndorf’s voice is fantastic throughout the album and it really sets the band apart from many other crap substitutes that clog the musical arteries of the world. If psychedelic rock is on your agenda – or even if it isn’t – you’re gonna love Powertrip. Don’t forget to stay up on Friday and Saturday nights to see if you can see the Space Lord video clip on Rage, complete with Ginger Fish from Marilyn Manson‘s band.

4/5

(NOTE: These reviews were originally published in 27twelve: a ‘zine originating in Newcastle Australia in the late 1990s. They’re being published onto the internet now more as a matter of record and whimsical self interest than for any other reason and should be considered as such. Check out the ‘1990s’ category of the blog in the coming months for many more 1990s CD and live reviews.)

Coming Soon: 1990s Music Revival


12 Aug

The 1990s: what an amazing time for music and Hosking Industries was there. Well, Ben Hosking was, anyway (is it weird talking about one’s self in the third person?). I’ve talked briefly about my old ‘zine 27twelve on this blog before, way back when I still found myself with some spare time. I reviewed about 10 CDs in that little ‘zine each month, as well as running interviews and live reviews of the acts at the time.

I also wrote for Newcastle, Australia music press outlet ‘concretepress‘. It was in the more traditional tabloid newspaper format and fed music and arts news to the Hunter region. Both publications pre-dated the internet age and due to my computer at the time not having the storage space to house my hundreds of reviews and other documents, today I find myself with only A4 paper print outs of them.

I got to thinking the other day that it could be cool to type up each of these reviews and post them on this blog as a way of remembering this special time in my life and in the life of the music business. A time before the industry crashed and so many new genres were being created as opposed to simply rehashing old ones.

So, over the coming weeks and months I’ll be endeavouring to type up as many of the old reviews as  I can, including gig reviews; creating a new ‘1990s’ section of the blog so you can find them all easily. I’d love to hear your thoughts not only about the idea, but also hear your memories of the 1990s (if you were old enough to enjoy them).

Stay tuned!