Viewing entries in
Vivian Raine

One question never changes...

Comment

One question never changes...

Saturday, July 26 - Surgeon Marta are LIVE at the Five Star Bar in Downtown Los Angeles with special guests The Kingdom of Not, Kat & The Canaries, The Fire & The Phoenix and Galvarino!

Comment

Happy 4th of July

Comment

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July from Surgeon Marta
Fireworks display by Chane
Stars & Stripes

Mercury has finally gone direct and yes dear friends so have we... Direct to your inbox. At last the astrological debris have settled and we want to wish you all a Wonderful July 4th!

Also, for those planning to be on the westside of Los Angeles on the evening of the 4th, tilt yer view towards the Hillcrest Country Club where Chane will be helping set off a seriously insane fireworks display.

I know, I know, Irishmen and explosives may seem a little counter intuitive, dangerous even - but this is America dammit and if an independent DIY punk rock musician wants to help us celebrate our independence, I say, “Why the hell not!?!”

Now assuming the westside doesn’t fall off into the ocean, we’re looking forward to see you all again for our upcoming LIVE gig on Sat. July 26th @ The Five Star Bar in Downtown LA.

Hugs & Suds!

Rx, Viv

map

Comment

Last Call

Comment

Last Call

Tom Shannon Bowlmor

Help Save Pepy's Galley

Yep the rumors are true, in a classic case of the big guy stomping on the little guy our favorite Los Angeles diner was given a months notice after 44 years of serving up the best breakfast on the Westside. Is there anything to be done?
Well, there’s a town hall meeting with representatives of the new the owners at the Mar Vista Park Rec Center (11430 Woodbine St. LA, 90066) on Tue June 10th @ 7pm. Rumor also has it that Tom Hanks will be attendance... Who says Hollywood doesn't have a conscience?

Time to make some noise people!!

Read the Argonaut News article on the issue - Bonus quote from Chane...

Sign the Petition to Save Pepy's!

Learn more on the SAVE PEPY's Facebook Page

Comment

Speaking with the Dead

20 Comments

Speaking with the Dead

SM Valentine Red Heart

Surgeon Marta's new single Speaking with the Dead

Get this track FREE
(Enter in your email & we'll send you the track.)

E-mail address:
 

 

Alcoholism and the Afterlife (a true story)

When confronted with experiences that are weird or supernatural most of us chose to pass them off as amusing tales to be shared in social gatherings but rarely worthy of serious examination. Such was the case with our resident “guitar abuser” Chane when recounting an incident from his drinking days in NYC.

“I stopped into one of my regular watering holes and the barman told me I’d been completely messed up the night before. Now I knew I had a few but didn’t think I was that bad. However his version of events had me buying drinks for and talking to someone on the empty barstool beside me!

‘Well why did you keep serving me I asked’?? ‘You kept tipping me’ he said ‘so I didn’t want to break up the conversation’!! Yeah he was an Irish bartender."

 Needless to say the story generated a few laughs but was soon forgotten about until last year when Vivian and Chane watched a show on one of the sci-fi channels detailing haunted locations in NYC.  Suddenly there it was, the bar, the spooky stories associated with it and the jogged memory of arguing with a Welshman about poetry...  or now as it turns out, the ghost of Dylan Thomas!!

Naturally pen was put to paper while vintage amps, pianos and guitars were gathered in a room. The result, an atmospheric punk noir jam (or as the mastering engineer commented, a “gothic bossa nova” called - Speaking with the Dead A.K.A “You Tell Me”

This track is available here as a FREE download from now till Nov 1st, it's official release date on iTunes.

Surgeon Marta will also be making two live appearances. The first on college radio KXLU, performing ghost stories and assorted tales of terror with special guest voice talent @ midnight on Wed 30th Oct (the eve of the eve itself). The second on Fri Nov 1st, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, in a full decibel hallucinogenic Peckinpah-esque freak out @ Trip, Santa Monica.

Rx,
SM

Get this track FREE by clicking HERE

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/113157407" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

 

UPDATE

The Novel Sound
Check out the cool review we got on The Novel Sound!

20 Comments

The 3 B's

3 Comments

The 3 B's

El Medico

When it comes to making music videos Surgeon Marta are guided by the simple “can do” philosophy of the 3B’s: BLOOD, BOOBS & BEDLAM.

Sure we encountered character-building obstacles along the way but we’ve found that the simultaneous ignition of gasoline and lighter fluid can bring joy and delight to pretty much any situation. However it must be said that if the going gets really tough it probably means you’re using a Nikon instead of a Canon.

So without further ado, here's a BIG THANKS to all the lunatics who helped make this happen!

Enjoy...

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Rx,            SM

3 Comments

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

11 Comments

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Howling at The Moon

"Surgeon Marta may have lost their minds but they’ve definitely found their soul. - Woodsman Monthly
DO YOU SAY YOUR PRAYERS AT NIGHT is spooky, ambitious, melodic and delicious. - Tooth & Claw
Lycanthropy has never sounded so angelic or seductive but watch out... 
like the fabled sirens of old this cat’s got claws!!"
- The Lupine News

As a love letter to Lon Chaney Jr. and all things that go bump in the night,
we're excited to share with you our first new release since Race To The Red!

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and DIRECTLY FROM US!

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/65774219" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

Also, be sure to check out the music video...

Rx,
    SM

11 Comments

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

11 Comments

Do You Say Your Prayers At Night?

Howling at The Moon

"Surgeon Marta may have lost their minds but they’ve definitely found their soul. - Woodsman Monthly
DO YOU SAY YOUR PRAYERS AT NIGHT is spooky, ambitious, melodic and delicious. - Tooth & Claw
Lycanthropy has never sounded so angelic or seductive but watch out... 
like the fabled sirens of old this cat’s got claws!!"
- The Lupine News

As a love letter to Lon Chaney Jr. and all things that go bump in the night,
we're excited to share with you our first new release since Race To The Red!

Available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and DIRECTLY FROM US!

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/65774219" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

Also, be sure to check out the music video...

Rx,
    SM

11 Comments

PieCaken - The Turducken of Deserts!

11 Comments

PieCaken - The Turducken of Deserts!

minithumb

It started off harmless enough, back in March, I stumbled across a silly post about something called a Cherpumple on the website That’s Nerdalicious. That naturally prompted me to forward it to my expert baker friend where we had a hearty laugh over the whole concept. The photo was both entertaining, “Who would even think to make a thing like that?!” and horrifying, “OMG who would even eat a thing like that?!” and after a few quick emails back in forth it was all but forgotten.

Or was it...?

The Cherpumple topic kept creeping up over the comings weeks and months but the conversations started to be more about the “how’s” and less about the “why’s” someone would even to begin to make such a thing. Obviously more research had to be done. Extensive Google-ing brought us to Charles Phoenix’s website which not only had a very entertaining how-to video but a recipe and fan examples!

(Click on images below for larger versions)

Getting lost in the flour Carrots, carrots, carrots! Whirling dervish of frosting Whipped to perfection!

Encouraged by what we found we decided to attempt our very own Monster-Pie-Cake assent or plunge (depending on how you want to look at it...) and the serious planning kicked in. Hours were spent testing the pie/cake combinations and their recipes, selecting the best ingredients, gathering the proper equipment, considering the theme plus planning the baking and final assembly.

The plan was solid enough; bake the pies on the first day, then bake the pies in the cakes on the second, cool and decorate. The theme was Fall/Thanksgiving so the pie/cake combos we finally decided upon were:

• Apple Pie in a Spice Cake • Pecan Pie in a Chocolate Cake • Pumpkin Pie in a Carrot Cake

Pecan Pie Apple Pie Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie Apple Pie Pumpkin Pie

Day one went well enough as the pies came out of the oven looking picture perfect and armed with the knowledge that our added touches of hand toasted pecans and dried fruit soaked in an exotically named rum were only going to add to the flavor spectacle - our spirits were high.

Is that a pie in your cake? Pie-cake-y! hours later... finally!

Day two started off with deceptive ease as the apple pie de-tined smoothly in almost eager anticipation of its spice cake batter bath and headed into the oven in record time. Of course that’s when the clouds started to darken overhead. The pie-cake combos took waaaay longer to cook and cool then we had initially calculated and to make matters worse our trustworthy cream cheese frosting was acting up. Very late into the night we decided that decoration would have to wait for the following day.

Held up on the side of our imposing pie-cake precipice, fretting about frosting, powdered sugar supplies running low, we found ourselves wondering if we’d ever reach the end of our pie-cake journey or have to abort the mission and turn back in defeat. And that’s when the secret of the Cherpumple/Pepumple/PieCaken finally revealed itself to us. I could tell you the secret but that would rob you of the thrill and wonderment of the pie-cake nirvana that awaits you in your own attempt(s).

While we have yet to reach the ultimate 3-tiered Shangri-La of the pie-cake world we did make a spectacular 2-tiered PieCaken:


Behold - The PieCaken!

An apple pie in spice cake with a cream cheese & orange liquor crumb coat underneath a pecan pie in chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganache with an outer frosting of whipped cream, the sides sprinkled with edible gold flakes, topped with hand made milk & white chocolates shaped into maple leaves and brushed with edible copper & gold dusts. Our final PieCaken weighed over 20lbs, cut beautifully and was devoured in roughly 10 minutes of being presented.

FYI – We did make that final pumpkin pie in carrot cake combo but we ended up pouring cognac into it over the next 3 days, decorating it with the remaining cream cheese frosting, edible gold flakes, maple leaf chocolates and enjoyed it for desert at Thanksgiving.

A huge thank you to Charles Phoenix and his fellow Cherpumple explorers, your success & disaster stories were a source of endless entertainment & inspiration. Best of luck to all the future monster-pie-cakers out there and remember - Go BIG or Go Home!

Rx,
  Vivian

UPDATE - Our PieCaken has inspired a poem! This is the Key of the Kingdom

UPDATE 2 - Our PieCaken made it onto Charles Phoenix.com!

11 Comments

Kiss & Makeup

1 Comment

Kiss & Makeup

In a world filled with cynicism, violence and the choking grasp of austerity it's easy to forget that the most important thing in life is LOVE.  Although, chilled chocolate dipped strawberries come in a close second...

So wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day all year long!

Rx,      SM

1 Comment

13 Things to do on Friday the 13th

3 Comments

13 Things to do on Friday the 13th

Black Cat friday the 13th pin

Did you know that this year's batch of Friday the 13th's are rather special?  Not only are there 3 Friday the 13ths this year, (today, April 13 & July 13) but they're exactly 13 weeks apart.  Last time that happened was back in 1984.  University of Delaware math professor, Tom Fernsler, aka Dr. 13 tells us that while 3 friday the 13ths in one year happen every few years this years batch happen to fall during a leap year - something that won't happen again until 2040!

Anyway, whether you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobiaparaskevidekatriaphobia or simply triskaidekaphobia here are some SM approved suggestions to help you over come your fears and start enjoying your Friday the 13ths...

  1) Throw a Party:  Celebrating the macabre is not just for goths and Halloween die-hards, a Friday the 13th themed party is a great excuse to leave work early, hang out with friends late and potentially put old superstitions to rest.  Encourage guests to bring 13 of something , represent their favorite superstition or just have a Jason Voorhees movie marathon.  (Ironically, Jason X is probably our favorite...)  Still need inspiration?  Check out the cool party Chicago's Anti-Superstition Society threw back in 1940!

2) Get a $13 Tattoo:  This probably falls under the category of, "You get  what you pay for..." but tattoo shops have been known to run sales on Friday the 13ths so if have you an affinity for the number 13 and cheap ink, head to you're local tat shack & get your haggle on.

3) Visit The Lower Jurassic:  The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a beloved spot for us. Descriptions of the MJT will never do it justice as it's impossible to put this place into words and we've been there countless times. (Heck, we've even been privileged enough to get a behind the scenes peek and we're even more inthralled and perplexed then ever!) Needless to say visit, become a member, have some tea and be sure to check out their exhibit on old wives tales entitled, "Tell the Bees..."

4) Cross a Black Cats Path: It's surprising to know that black cats are still the last to get adopted and the first to get putdown at animal shelters. It's ridiculous that silly superstitions are keeping people away from saving these animals! Especially since black cats used to be considered the bringers of good luck to sailors, fishermen's wives and the ancient Egyptians, just to name a few. SM band-cat Waldoze's of Waldoze Coffee fame should be proof enough that a feline noir is a wonderful addition to any home.

5) Spill Some Salt: What's not to love about salt? You can pour it into a bath to relax, use it to sooth a bee sting, gargle with it, fill your shaker with it or just toss some over your shoulder. Whatever you do with it, be sure to let us know if you're cooking salt encrusted fish... we'll bring the amps and margarita mix.

6) Open an Umbrella Indoors: Here at SM Hq we're all about DIY. Particularly if it's in the name of unique costuming! So be brave, pop one open and release your inner bat, jellyfish, octopus, Electric Daisy Carnival attendee, whatever... All's fair in roleplay, cosplay and recycling!

7) Quadruple Your Luck: If having a single rabbit's foot brings good luck then having four must multiply your luckiness, right? Well then why not adopt a rabbit? Rabbit Match is a cool organization that helps find good homes for abandoned bunners. Seriously, what better way to protect yourself from a Friday the 13th and do some good karmic work then by helping out a bunny in need?

8) Break A Mirror: Don't waste a perfectly good broken mirror by throwing it away! Save yourself the 13 years bad luck and money by recycling it into something else... Disco Ball, crazy mosaic art or tricked-out electric guitar - your imagination is the only limit here!

9) Hang with the Dead: Why not spend the day visiting the final resting spots of deceased celebrities? Los Angeles obviously has quite a few dead spots as pointed out by Order of the Good Death's Caitlin Doughty. Really though, no matter where you are in the world, loitering in a cemetery can be fun.

10) Step on a Crack: Throw caution and the safety of your mother's back to the wind and step out in fabulous footwear!  (Just be careful to keep your size 5's away from Vivian she has a bad shoe fetish.)

11) Get Your Gnostic On: The best way to deal with Friday the 13ths, let alone any superstition, ancient mythology or conspiracy theory is to do your research. Origins of Friday the 13th, The Secret Sun, and Conspiracy XX are all good starting points. (Just don't blame us if you find yourself covering the walls in tinfoil...)

12) Leave a Penny: or two or three thousand... You can't argue with the cool feeling of knowing that you've done something good. Support your favorite charity, public radio station, independently owned business or (*cough cough*) medical sci-fi indie punk band today! (Check out our Hoka-Hoka page to see some of our favorites.)

13) Have a Happy Friday the 13th:
'Nuff Said! Rx, SM

3 Comments

13 Things to do on Friday the 13th

3 Comments

13 Things to do on Friday the 13th

Black Cat friday the 13th pin

Did you know that this year's batch of Friday the 13th's are rather special?  Not only are there 3 Friday the 13ths this year, (today, April 13 & July 13) but they're exactly 13 weeks apart.  Last time that happened was back in 1984.  University of Delaware math professor, Tom Fernsler, aka Dr. 13 tells us that while 3 friday the 13ths in one year happen every few years this years batch happen to fall during a leap year - something that won't happen again until 2040!

Anyway, whether you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobiaparaskevidekatriaphobia or simply triskaidekaphobia here are some SM approved suggestions to help you over come your fears and start enjoying your Friday the 13ths...

  1) Throw a Party:  Celebrating the macabre is not just for goths and Halloween die-hards, a Friday the 13th themed party is a great excuse to leave work early, hang out with friends late and potentially put old superstitions to rest.  Encourage guests to bring 13 of something , represent their favorite superstition or just have a Jason Voorhees movie marathon.  (Ironically, Jason X is probably our favorite...)  Still need inspiration?  Check out the cool party Chicago's Anti-Superstition Society threw back in 1940!

2) Get a $13 Tattoo:  This probably falls under the category of, "You get  what you pay for..." but tattoo shops have been known to run sales on Friday the 13ths so if have you an affinity for the number 13 and cheap ink, head to you're local tat shack & get your haggle on.

3) Visit The Lower Jurassic:  The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a beloved spot for us. Descriptions of the MJT will never do it justice as it's impossible to put this place into words and we've been there countless times. (Heck, we've even been privileged enough to get a behind the scenes peek and we're even more inthralled and perplexed then ever!) Needless to say visit, become a member, have some tea and be sure to check out their exhibit on old wives tales entitled, "Tell the Bees..."

4) Cross a Black Cats Path: It's surprising to know that black cats are still the last to get adopted and the first to get putdown at animal shelters. It's ridiculous that silly superstitions are keeping people away from saving these animals! Especially since black cats used to be considered the bringers of good luck to sailors, fishermen's wives and the ancient Egyptians, just to name a few. SM band-cat Waldoze's of Waldoze Coffee fame should be proof enough that a feline noir is a wonderful addition to any home.

5) Spill Some Salt: What's not to love about salt? You can pour it into a bath to relax, use it to sooth a bee sting, gargle with it, fill your shaker with it or just toss some over your shoulder. Whatever you do with it, be sure to let us know if you're cooking salt encrusted fish... we'll bring the amps and margarita mix.

6) Open an Umbrella Indoors: Here at SM Hq we're all about DIY. Particularly if it's in the name of unique costuming! So be brave, pop one open and release your inner bat, jellyfish, octopus, Electric Daisy Carnival attendee, whatever... All's fair in roleplay, cosplay and recycling!

7) Quadruple Your Luck: If having a single rabbit's foot brings good luck then having four must multiply your luckiness, right? Well then why not adopt a rabbit? Rabbit Match is a cool organization that helps find good homes for abandoned bunners. Seriously, what better way to protect yourself from a Friday the 13th and do some good karmic work then by helping out a bunny in need?

8) Break A Mirror: Don't waste a perfectly good broken mirror by throwing it away! Save yourself the 13 years bad luck and money by recycling it into something else... Disco Ball, crazy mosaic art or tricked-out electric guitar - your imagination is the only limit here!

9) Hang with the Dead: Why not spend the day visiting the final resting spots of deceased celebrities? Los Angeles obviously has quite a few dead spots as pointed out by Order of the Good Death's Caitlin Doughty. Really though, no matter where you are in the world, loitering in a cemetery can be fun.

10) Step on a Crack: Throw caution and the safety of your mother's back to the wind and step out in fabulous footwear!  (Just be careful to keep your size 5's away from Vivian she has a bad shoe fetish.)

11) Get Your Gnostic On: The best way to deal with Friday the 13ths, let alone any superstition, ancient mythology or conspiracy theory is to do your research. Origins of Friday the 13th, The Secret Sun, and Conspiracy XX are all good starting points. (Just don't blame us if you find yourself covering the walls in tinfoil...)

12) Leave a Penny: or two or three thousand... You can't argue with the cool feeling of knowing that you've done something good. Support your favorite charity, public radio station, independently owned business or (*cough cough*) medical sci-fi indie punk band today! (Check out our Hoka-Hoka page to see some of our favorites.)

13) Have a Happy Friday the 13th:
'Nuff Said! Rx, SM

3 Comments

Santa Baby

Comment

Santa Baby

Surgeon Marta Xmas Nurse

Merry Xmas from Surgeon Marta  

Finally, it's that time of year again where eating chocolate for breakfast seems perfectly normal.  Well at least over here at SM, Hq...

Now we'll be the first to admit, (the 1% aside) that 2011 was a rough year for most of us but courage people - it's almost OVER!

So we'd like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt, Thank You to everyone who sent some love our way this year. Whether you spun our tunes, shared the stage, or got a wet shirt in the face - Thanks for being there & making it happen!

Many Happy Returns & See you in 2012!

Rx, SM

______________________________________________________________________

Now for a little holiday cheer, if only to show our Irish friends
how over the top Americans can get with holiday decorating...   Enjoy! 

Comment

T'was The Night Before Thanksgiving

3 Comments

T'was The Night Before Thanksgiving

KXLU 88.9FM Los Angeles

With the current plight and resilience of The Occupy Movement stirring hope and imaginations across the land, Surgeon Marta has decided to stage a little occupation of their own. Next Wednesday, November 24th at midnight Surgeon Marta will take over the airwaves at KXLU, 88.9FM with a special 2-hour DJ set!

From uprising to decriminalizing we'll spin the sounds of rebellion until the needle wears out.

Set your dial to 88.9FM in Los Angeles at 11:59PM Wed. 11/24 on the award winning
Livation Show or stream it live on www.KXLU.com at 8am for our Irish listeners

Callers welcome!

Rx, SM

3 Comments

Static in the Attic

Comment

Static in the Attic

Free Haunt
For those of you who made it out to The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor and caught our show, merci beaucoup! For the rest of you chill-junkies this Sunday & Monday, (October 30th & 31st) is an opportunity to lower the blood pressure in your wallet and take a stride to the other side in The Insane House of Pain's Haunted Attic!
 Enter all who dare starting at 7PM and as always, other than the cost of your soul, it's completely FREE!

(The last couple of years Surgeon Marta has been lending a hand with these guys so be sure to ask Beetlejuice to, "Send More Cops!")

Hope to see you all there & have a very Happy Halloween!

Rx,
      SM

Comment

These Are The Nerds You're Looking For

Comment

These Are The Nerds You're Looking For

We here at SM HQ love getting our geek on all most as much as getting a good chow down.  Anytime we get combine both proclivities is always time satisfyingly spent.  However, we know for some of you there just isn't enough time in the day to stay on top of all this.   Fear not, the good folks over at That's Nerdalicious are there to welcome you back into the fold of all things geeky, yummy and bacon covered.

They were even good enough to share our recent Stormtrooper Invades Sesame Street Cupcake find at a supermarket in Los Angeles.  Check 'em out! Rx, SM

Comment

Comment

Baby, it's Crazy Cold Outside!

The Latest News from Surgeon Marta! Learn more about Surgeon Marta Surgeon Marta's Showtimes & Tour Dates Surgeon Marta's Online Store! Surgeon Marta's Media Page with Music, Videos, Pictures & MORE! Surgeon Marta's Favorite Websites Surgeon Marta's Highly Prescribed Blog How to Contact Surgeon Marta Baby, it’s Crazy Cold Outside!

Merry X-Mas from Surgeon Marta

Greetings and Salutations! It maybe safe to say more things have changed in the last 10 years than the previous 50! How would you even begin to describe the rise & fall of MySpace, 9-11, Skype, The New World Order, Tweets, Facebook, Obama, U.F.C and Two Girls & a Cup to someone who just came out of a coma?

Comment

2 Comments

Hoist the Jolly Roger

Okay, I’ll admit it when we first moved into an abandoned mental hospital I thought it was the greatest thing ever. But when I have to go searching for my shoes every morning because some poltergeist took them for a joy ride the night before, it does get a little old. In fact over half of my shoes have gone missing!

Now don’t me wrong, being Head Nurse in Surgeon Marta is mostly a riot. However, there are times when a girl needs a little time alone.

What I want is to thank everyone who made 2010 such a wonderful year of music and mayhem!

And what I need is the following:

1) A Pirate Ship Tree House

2) All of Irregular Choice shoes including a Custom Designed “Nurse Vivian” pair

3) Several sets of Customized SM coverall shorts

4) Have SURGEON MARTA tour Japan so I can see crazy toilets like this

5) A Proper Rife’s Beam Ray Machine

6) Rent a Tank with Rocket Launcher, Go Nuts

7) A custom piece by Thomas Kuntz

8)  Customized UE 18 In Ear monitors, in red

and yes, I’ve been pretty good this year…

♥Rx♥, Viv

2 Comments

3 Comments

ChanuMas

Hey Folks,

It's that time of year again when the Pagan, Jewish and lapsed Catholic members of Surgeon Marta get together to give thanks, praise and reflection on the crazed adventure that was 2010...  and of course, submit their list of demands to The Great Inquisitor in the sky.

First up is our international man of mystery and intrigue Dr. Eugene Cist.

Stay tuned as we keep the flames of expectations burning - at least for the next 8 days...

Rx, SM

3 Comments

google-site-verification: google418f436afde25388.html