Category Archives: General News & Information


Cramp, Slash, & Burn: “When Punk and Glam were Twins”

25 years ago, a band from LA by the name of Redd Kross made a huge impact on me with their album “Neurotica”.

The album cover was shot by John Scarpati, and caught my attention – and inspired me visually as being engaging and interesting. The songs and lyrics connected with me profoundly – I liked rock, I liked punk, I liked glam – but the way Jeff & Steve McDonald along with Robert Hecker and Roy McDonald performed it took me to all new places – and ones where I felt welcome and less like an outcast or weirdo.

Or at least if I felt like I was a weirdo, I knew I wasn’t alone.

25 years later, I am proud to say that I’ve had the opportunity to photograph and work with Redd Kross for 12 years; and that with the wonderful help from Scarpati, one of my photos of the band is the cover of their first album in 15 years – “Researching The Blues”.

After hearing the new collection, I felt the same profound connection and kinship I did to the band a quarter of a century ago – except we were strangers then, and now we’ve become good friends.

I wouldn’t be doing what I do for a living if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support of Redd Kross, Vicki Berndt, Scarpati, Dave Markey, Imperial Teen, Persephone’s Bees, Daniele Luppi, Dave Naz, and many others. I am forever grateful for your inspiration and the wonderful doors you’ve opened for me – and the journeys we’ve taken together.

I look forward to many more.

New launch for Salamander Sound / Chris Manning

We just launched a new site for Chris Manning’s Salamander Sound.

Chris Manning is a multi-platinum engineer, mixer and producer. Over the last 22 years, Chris’ musical efforts have contributed to sales of over 32 million albums worldwide. He works out of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Italy. Salamander Sound is the name of Chris’ music production company.

Check out for more information!

Atomic Pop Monkey Gift Certificates available now thru Dec. 25th.



Gift certificates must be redeemed within the 2012 calendar year.
Gift Certificate does not automatically reserve a booking time. Please plan ahead and contact to discuss and book an appropriate date and time line for your project.
Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash and cannot be returned for a cash refund, except to the extent required by law.
Gift Certificates are not applicable to any third party fees or costs such as (but not limited to: web hosting, domain registration, or printing costs.)
Gift Certificates cover a specific number of work hours based upon our hourly rate. Any additional time must be paid for by the redeeming party.
Any purchase less than the value of a gift certificate causes the unused balance to be placed in the account of the gift certificate recipient for use in a future transaction.
If your project exceeds the amount of your gift certificate, you must pay for the balance via PayPal, money order, or check upon delivery.
The value on this card may not be redeemed for cash, check or credit, unless required by law. Gift certificate cash value is 1/10 of one cent.
This card is not a debit or credit card and has no implied warranties.
Lost or stolen cards will be canceled and replaced only upon presentation of the original activation receipt.
This card may not be resold by any unlicensed vendor under penalty of law; unlawful resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation.
Cards obtained through unauthorized channels will be considered void.
Atomic Pop Monkey reserves the right to change/update these terms and conditions at its discretion.

New CD packaging layouts for Misfits Records hitting the stores in October …

I just finished the CD packaging layouts for 2 albums due in stores this October for Misfits Records.
Expect the new studio album from the Misfits entitled “The Devil’s Rain” and JuiceheaD’s “How To Sail A Sinking Ship” in stores and online early October.

Guided by the vision of Art Director John Cafiero, we produced these package designs utilizing artwork by Arthur Suydam and Mike King.

For the time being, all I can share are the front covers, and look forward to being able to show the more elaborate portions of these packages in the near future.

Pre-orders and additional details will be made available by Misfits Records soon.

Daniele Luppi’s soundtrack to Malos Habitos released – layout by AtomicPopMonkey

I am pleased to announce the worldwide release of Daniele Luppi’s Soundtrack to Malos Habitos on April 26th. I did the layout for the CD packaging.

Daniele Luppi, the Italian composer who artfully straddles the world of traditional film composition (Hell Ride,Under The Tuscan SunInside Deep Throat) and contemporary music (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells, Mondo Cane), will make the long-coveted score to Malos Habitos (Bad Habits) available on Apr. 26 via Ipecac Recordings.

Malos Habitos (Bad Habits) is an award-winning Mexican film about a dysfunctional family living in Mexico City. The haunting, twenty-track score has been unavailable until now.

Luppi came to international attention in 2004 with the daring debut, An Italian Story, an homage to the cinematic sounds he discovered in his youth. Since that time, the composer has worked on an impressive array of film scores while simultaneously working with contemporary musicians on arrangements for their albums including John Legend, Gnarls Barkley and Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane. One of the most anticipated albums of 2011 is Rome, an album five years in the making that sees Luppi once again re-team with Danger Mouse.

For more information visit:

Available at:

Amazon – USA:

Amazon – UK:


“Hit So Hard : The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel” site launches

Once again working with Los Angeles based design firm Riot Structure (who provided the graphic and web design), we coded out and built the site for this documentary about drummer Patty Schemel. Hit So Hard” Debuts at this year’s SXSW – check the site for additional screening dates and more information.

Hit So Hard s a pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, the hard-hitting drummer of Courtney Love’s seminal rock band ‘Hole’ during its peak years. As a young girl who always knew she was ‘different’ from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of ‘Rolling Stone.’ But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected ‘slacker’ generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side. An unprecedented and unflinching inside look at one of the 90s most crucial and controversial groups.

“Where’s The Cap’n?” – Osaka Popstar pays tribute with new video and song.

One of this year’s most enjoyable projects was designing the landing page and promotional materials for the new video and song “Where’s the Cap’n?” by  Osaka Popstar. The video features rare footage from vintage Cap’n Crunch TV commercials from the 60′s and 70′s that should delight all who grew up seeing them air on Saturday mornings, their own bowl of crunchy goodness in hand. It was great fun incorporating classic Cap’n Crunch and Osaka Popstar imagery into something new.

The song is available as a free download, watch the video and get more details here:

I hope you enjoy watching and listening to it as much as we did working on the webpage!

New chapter begins for Persephone’s Bees

As the band embarks on a US Tour this September, relocating to New York City and prepares to release their new single and video for the song “Ugly Thing”, we took the opportunity to revamp the band’s website. Today we relaunched making the site more web 2.0 friendly and lay the groundwork for further updating. In conjunction, we also relaunched Persephone’s Bees’ MySpace page with the new 2.0 profile they offer.

Stay tuned, there’s much more coming soon.