Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012



Comes with 8.5X11 Full Color Poster of Original Artwork.
Limited to 30 Copies, all #'d.  Ships domestically to all 50 States as well as internationally.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Raw Thrills Remixes Múm's "Blái Hnötturinn" (Blue Planet) (2005)

Zak Mering remixed Múm's Blái Hnötturinn (Blue Planet) into a concise 7 minute track (parts 1-3), using only drums samples and sounds from Múm's Blái Hnötturinn (Blue Planet) CDR, which was a very rare CDR he purchased off ebay for $50 from a man in Israel. Only 500 copies of "Blue Planet" were originally printed while Múm were in high school. Never officially released. These remixes were made in 2005.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Raw Thrills (Insted) - "Murderous" LP 2006

This was recorded in 2006 while living in Echo Park, in east Los Angeles.  Some of Zak Mering's best electronica hip hop work recorded under the insted alias at the time.  Enjoy the album, available on band camp now and youtube soon.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Red Hook - "My Style" OFFICIAL VIDEO

Red Hook is Nick Schneider from "SPLASH"
From youtube:

'My Style' - taken from the album 'Crystal Skies'

Directed by Libby Hopper and Nick Schneider

Filmed in Brooklyn, NY in May 2011. 

Produced by Nick Schneider

Special Thanks to the Skillman Apartment and all the animals involved with the filming.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Raw Thrills (Insted) - "Holograms" (2008) album available for the first time online!

Available here for download: Raw Thrills - Holograms

Recorded, produced and mostly written by zak mering in January of 2008 in Echo Park under Insted alias

Monday, October 1, 2012

Insted (Raw Thrills) - Ameriskur Andast album uploaded to bandcamp

Enjoy it.. all the way from the Echo Park days in 2007.

produced and written mostly by zak mering unless stated otherwise..

Insted (Raw Thrills) - Ameriskur Andast album uploaded to bandcamp

Thursday, September 20, 2012


The Official follow up to "Murder Dog Mixtape".

Mak Zering - "Hu$tleMan Mixtape" featuring DVON, 1Hitta, Niko Noir, with production by Mak Zering & Tha Riddler.  Download whole mixtape here for free: HU$TLEMAN MIXTAPE

Download for free on bandcamp, or another link coming on this post soon!


Friday, September 7, 2012

SUMNER BAND (Sumner Mering) - Annex Demos 1979

Taken from Sumner Bandcamp: Robert Louis Bass, Vocals Larry Treadwell Guitar, Vocals Novi Novug Viola, Keyboards, Vocals Sumner Mering Guitar, Vocals Mark Sanders Drums Produced and Mixed by Stephen Barncard The A&R climate in LA reached a fever pitch in 1979. The talent-search lizards who frequented the clubs from the major labels ( like myself ) fell all over themselves in competetion for bands like the Knack, The Motels, Oingo Boingo and the Stray Cats. Deals were made in the dressing rooms of clubs like the Whiskey and Troubador as record companies searched for the Next Big Thing. It was almost a repeat of the feeding frenzy that happened in 1967-69 when the majors were blindly signing all the San Francisco acts. In this atmosphere Sumner Mering appeared under the Elektra/Asylum radar with a band that included Chunky Novi and Ernie veteran Novi Novug and future Thomas Dolby guitarist Larry Treadwell, along with bassist Robert Louis and drummer Mark Sanders.

 At the time, I was itching to get away from the desk and produce and mix, which what I was doing before this A&R gig. I had a lot of sonic ideas to add to the group and had booked them into a 'funky' studio in the Valley dubbed the Elektra Annex for some demos. In those days it was hard to get professional sounding results at home and a band couldn't even demonstrate unless somebody realizes their potential and gives them some time. It was all part of the talent search business and was a great way to check out a band. So after meeting the band, I assigned myself to the task.

 The Annex wasn't much to look at. It was a large ranch-style house in the middle of the valley the company had purchased for artist development and had a pool. The former owner was Monkee Peter Tork. It took about 30 minutes to get there from Hollywood. The control room and studio were carved out of a three or four car garage. The caretakers lived in some other part of the house and were totally weird. A 3M M56 16 track machine and a 32 input API board comprised the main hardware, and was topped with a pair of giant JBL Malibu monitor speakers. Outside of a few pieces of outboard and a headphone system, that was it. It was by far one of the most productive and best sounding studios I've ever worked in.

Consistently, demo and pre-production demos often ended up sounding better than the records that were created later with much greater time and expense. Perhaps the funky interior (and isolation) helped foster a feeling of looseness and serindipity in the performances. These "Demos" - the best chosen recently by Sumner are presented here - were created during speedy sessions, sometimes 3 or 4 songs a day. I never had the philosophy that calling a session a demo would change my approach to recording. I just approached the sessions as if we were making a real record, quickly. Sumner, being a very well rehearsed road band, exploded with performances chocked with goofy hooks, passionate vocals, and inspired solos. The rest is history.

Sumner got signed (presumably on the basis of these tapes), got a big manager and a bigger producer and did the 'real' record in a resort studio far away. Years pass and I still possessed the two track masters of those demos long ago. A Facebook reunion with Sumner led to me playing the old tapes for him here at my studio in SF and the result is the collection you see here.

 Stephen Barncard credits released 27 August 2012

 The SUMNER BAND Robert Louis Bass, Vocals Larry Treadwell Guitar, Vocals Novi Novug Viola, Keyboards, Vocals Sumner Mering Guitar, Vocals Mark Sanders Drums Produced and Mixed by Stephen Barncard Engineer - Bobby Thomas Mastered for digi at the House of Cubes Recorded mostly live 8/1979 at the Elektra Annex LA (formerly Peter Tork's) Thanks to Laura Plotkin

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Raw Thrills (Insted) - Gradient Album Available Digitally + FULL COLOR LYRIC BOOK by IMSOSORRYDAD BOOKS

Recorded in December 2007 in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA Lyric Book available on as well for the first time ever! By Zak Mering of IMSOSORRYDAD BOOKS just email if you order one to expedite the order.

Raw Thrills - Sick Steez available on Bandcamp!

Available digitally as well as the 12" vinyl..

Friday, August 10, 2012

WEYES BLOOD @ Death By Audio (DBA) June 8th, 2012

Opening up for Bobb Trimble on June 8th, 2012 Natalie performed with her band for this very special one-off type of show, show is uploaded in 3 separate parts.. enjoy the videos

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

MAK ZERING - "DROP THEM DRAWLS" Video by Natalie Rodgers

New Track, "Drop Them Drawls", produced, written and recorded by Mak Zering in Paris, France, 2011. Song is from Mak Zering's "Hu$tleman Mixtape", dropping right here on GUNKTVRECORDS in the next week or so for free download!

MAK ZERING - DROP THEM DRAWLS from Gunk TV Records on Vimeo

Enjoy the video, directed by the lovely and talented Natalie Rodgers!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dream Love - "Wrong Distance & Time (Raw Thrills True Love Remix)"

enjoy this remix of dream love's wrong distance & time.. vocals by raw thrills.. music by dream love..

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Raw Thrills - "Top Gun Cruisin" (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Released in June on Cassette Tape With Japanese label Sixteen Tambourines. Link for Cassette Tape Pre Order : HERE. Available for download digitally for free right HERE.
1. Bears & Squares 03:12 2. Take It To The Top (Freak Me Baby) 02:29 3. Too Scared To Dance 02:04 4. Be My Baby (feat. Ryan Howe on Guitar) 02:32 5. Skylines Lookin' Fine 02:35 6. Gleem 02:03 7. Special Girl (Suzie) 03:04 8. Island Life 02:19 9. Stranger Girl 03:16 10. Here To Malibu 01:56 11. Crystal Powers (feat. Zac Davis on Guitar) 02:32 12. Past The Paradise 05:22 13. Top Gun Cruisin' 02:01 14. Fresh Sexual Endevors 02:32 15. Diamond Girl In Heaven 03:08 16. New Civilizations In Space 02:25 17. I Can't Hold Your Hand 02:24 18. Now My Souls On Fire 02:35 19. Electric Blues 02:23

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Raw Thrills - "Psychedelic Wave Music" Digital Release with Sewage Tapes

Raw Thrills - Psychedelic Wave Music .. free digital release with Sewage Tapes. Enjoy!
artwork by Zak Mering from "Dark Side", an IMSOSORRYDAD BOOK

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

OUTER LIMITZ - 'I Kontact'

GIMME THAT 'I Kontact'

'I Kontact' digital single out now on iTunes :
Dropped Yesterday on Hippos In Tanks (North America) & Weird World (World)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Raw Thrills – Sick Steez Review

After much waiting, the time has nearly come for the release of Raw Thrills’ new album, Sick Steez. Expert new music critic, Carly Raymond, takes a listen – one by one – to Sick Steez’ tracks to find out what makes this album such a unique little gem. Available to pre-order now through Raw Thrills’ Japanese music label, Sixteen Tambourines, Carly explains why this album is not one to be missed.

Good quality psychedelic rock is as hard to find these days as a good banker. Yet Raw Thrills manages to capture this genre perfectly in his new album, Sick Steez, his second LP to be released on vinyl.

Makin a Change

Intro-track, Makin a Change, is an infectious and psychedelic track, providing an instantly uplifting start to the album. Melodic guitar riffs settle the listener into the music nicely, providing a comfortable yet enjoyable listen. The track has many different elements to it though, and pretty soon you are surprised by a change in vocal style, the lead voice suddenly switching from conventional rock to an eerie experimental wail, which adds to the intrigue of this track.


Tomorrow is a jolly little Swinging Sixties-inspired Strawberry Alarm Clock cover projecting a warm, summer vibe. The track displays many hints of traditional rock n roll, reminiscent of some of The Beatles’ earlier work. A track that is very much in line with current fashions in the alternative music scene, Tomorrow is a cool indie crowd’s dream; the type of track that would grace many-a-portable speaker around a beach bonfire. Jamen Whitelock from Regal Degal makes a guest appearance for this track on the drums.

Run spot run

This track experiments with tempo. First appearing a down-tempo track, Run Spot Run suddenly gathers pace in the chorus, injecting into the mix a range of long-lasting harmonies and discords. This is leftfield, experimental soft rock at its best and the perfect ambiance for that relaxed evening indoors.

Goin' down to the store

This track resonates a warped, trippy, rock-hop beat. Its style is dark and dirty, combining deep and low electric guitar chords with higher, piercing synths. The regular male vocal complements the falsetto vocal well and add to the story-telling feel of this track.

If you leave him feat. Band Substance

Injected with an atmospheric mix of electric guitar parts, If You Leave Him is a laid back, yet poignant display of emotion. Two too-cool-for-school kids sing the same lyrics to each other, giving the impression that they’re in a slightly tired situation. The track is a collaboration with sister Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood), together they are known as Band Substance.


Hey starts off with a strong, catchy and rhythmic guitar rift. An uncoordinated mix of guitar parts and floaty male vocal provide an edgy element to this retro-feel track.

Daddy don’t go feat. Ariel Pink

This track is of a slightly different style to the rest of the tracks on the album with the music composed and recorded by Ariel Pink and the vocals and lyrics written and sung by Zak Mering; Raw Thrills’ deep and despairing vocals are sung over a faint seventies-style disco beat. Vocals have been slightly distorted, with an intentional muffled megaphone effect. Intriguingly, the chorus breaks into a childlike voice, providing a stark contrast to his voice in the verses, and helping to explain the meaning and emotion behind the song.

Easy for me

This is one of the catchier tunes on the album, and easy to sing along to. It’s another classic retro summer vibe guitar part, added to with an element of surprise by a digitally distorted vocal filter. This is the first of many planned collaborations with the talented Ryan Howe from Punks On Mars who plays guitar and bass on this track.

Leave me be

Possibly the strongest track on his album, Leave Me Be is a Zombies cover that comes to its own in the chorus, which it delivers with impact, successfully building on the simplicity of the verses and offering a satisfying crescendo. A simple, yet powerful track – and there’s a great guitar solo in the bridge. Jamen Whitelock returns on the drums once more in this track.

It’s a New York Thang

This track conjures up comforting memories of sitting in a lesser-known smoky backstreet city rock n roll bar, indulging in the exquisite pleasure of discovering all sorts of amazing sounds from times gone by. It has a real Lou Reed Velvet Underground vibe despite being a brand new track.

You Baby

Another of the strongest tracks on the album, originally popularized by The Turtles in 1967, You Baby actually sounds like it was written and recorded fifty years ago; perfectly capturing the essence of an era gone by. You Baby is a catchy, sweet and perfectly-formed little number. The chorus is brought into its element with the title line, with the singer’s voice rising to reach its crescendo on the word ‘you’.

Don’t Confuse Me

This track is harder rock n roll, with a more traditional guitar riff. The addition of falsetto vocals works well, and complement the higher-pitched warbling guitar part. Don’t Confuse Me is a laid-back, cool and seductive number, which wouldn’t sound at all out of place as a mood-setter on a cool kids’ date.

October Sky

October Sky uses simple and melodic guitar riffs, providing an easy-to-listen-to experience and a journey into a pleasant and imaginary world.

Number One Lover

This is an upbeat, funky track that you just can’t help but sway and swagger to. Definitely the type of track that’ll make you want to get up on your feet and shake your stuff to. This track has bags of attitude and style and is bang on trend in terms of what is hot in the indie rock scene right now.

Cold and Lost Inside My Dreams

Starting with a melodic and harmonic electric piano riff, this is a slow-moving and evocative outro instrumental. Subdued and eerie, Cold and Lost Inside My Dreams beautifully and simply lingers on, taking you to a place far away. It’s a great atmospheric composition that finishes Raw Thrills’ album off perfectly.


Carly Raymond is a freelance writer from England who primarily works for finance blogs covering the best savings accounts. Carly is not affiliated with Gunktvrecords.

Monday, April 2, 2012

RAW THRILLS - "SICK STEEZ" LP for Pre Order from Sixteen Tambourines (Japan)

Pre order Raw Thrills' 2nd full length LP on vinyl from Sixteen Tambourines (Japan)!


Album features guest appearances from Ryan Howe (Punks On Mars), Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) as Band Substance, Jamen Whitelock (drums)(Regal Degal), and Ariel Pink!

Easy For Me (It's Not That) video directed by Z. Mering, filmed in Paris, France. Features guitar and bass by Ryan Howe from Punks On Mars

Album Cover Artwork by Dewey Saunders

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Leno Lovecraft - Scandalous feat. Greatest Hits

New Collaboration with Leno Lovecraft

Leno Lovecraft - Scandalous feat. Greatest Hits


Sunday, February 12, 2012



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1. Childe Harold & Walter Carlos - Anne, With Love
2. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Pretty Song from Psych-Out
3. Jumping Pop-In - If You Like
4. Moby Grape - Going Nowhere
5. United Travel Service - The Slightest Possibility
6. The Daisy Chain - Superfluous Daisy
7. Raw Thrills - Ready To Go (Unreleased)
8. The Moon - Faces
9. Masters of Stonehouse - Please
10. Halfnelson 3x Removed (Greatest Hits) - Big Rock Candy Mountain
11. The Zombies - I Must Move
12. Weyes Blood - Names of Stars
13. The Human Beinz - It's Fun To Be Clean
14. Ariel Pink - Choose to Loose
15. Bruce Haack - Nothing To Do

Thursday, February 9, 2012



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GH Kale Rock Stars Mix:

1. Herbie Hancock- Watermelon Man
2. E.L.O.- The Whale
3. Inc.- Millionairess
4. Herbie Hancock- I Thought It Was You
5. Arthur Russel- Loose Joints
6. Rolling Stones- Miss You
7. Jeff Phelps- Phase Shift
8. Bon Voyage- Sorciers des Aeroport
9. Neon- Skydiver
10. Doug Hream Blunt- Gentle Persuasion
11. Spectrum- How You Satisfy Me
12. Gary Wilson- Chromium Bitch
13. Gary Allen- Oops, It's an Accident
14. The Associates- Party Fears Two
15. John Baker- Festival Time