Background Noise, Episode 58: Killer Acid / by Matt Valerio

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 58, THE FOCUS IS ON KILLER ACID

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 58, THE FOCUS IS ON KILLER ACID

Rob Corradetti (the man behind Killer Acid) has built up quite a body of work over the years. He's amassed an impressive musical discography, featuring work with many different bands... Mixel Pixel, Snack Machine, Eastern Stars, Fab Fur, Pink Void.....it goes on and on. And it's through music that I first met him, so it was only fitting that he participate in this Background Noise project.

I first encountered Rob when I shared an apartment in Oakland with Mixel Pixel's then-label head Aaron McEvoy of Mental Monkey Records. It was through Aaron that my old band, Restiform Bodies, started doing shows with Mixel Pixel, which later led to Rob not only drawing the absolutely insane artwork for our TV Loves You Back LP for Anticon, but also the corresponding (and 5 years late) TV Loves You Back Remixes artwork.

Over the years though, Rob has become a hot commodity when it comes to designing album covers, t-shirts, posters, what-have-you. His trippy, colorful creations (which are very fitting with the Killer Acid name),  have led to him designing tour posters for Wiz Khalifa, a t-shirt for Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground band, and album artwork for Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and MANY others. Oh, and he even designed a Camel cigarette pack years back that was sold in stores for a limited time.  Nothing is off limits. Go see for yourself over at his website.

What was your first concert?
Lollapalooza 1994 was the first one I can really remember - with P Funk, Beastie Boys, The Breeders, L7, etc.

Last concert/show?
It was GayC /DC with Mac Sabbath

First album, tape or cd you bought?
Tape was George Michael, and after my nuts dropped I got Jane's Addiction on CD

Last album you bought?
Karen Dalton

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
The Chocolate Watchband was a High School favorite - and also Beck, One Foot in the Grave

Who is your musical hero?
Jimi Hendrix

How important do you think music is to your creative process?
It's pretty important. I prefer to listen to instrumental, mostly zoned out stuff when I'm drawing (the basis for this mix). I also like psych rock, and weird hazy rock.

Check out Rob's mix below, download it directly here, or subscribe to the Background Noise podcast on iTunes. Be sure to like Background Noise on Facebook for updates on future episodes. You can browse ALL the Background Noise episodes here.

1. Ananda Shankar - Romantic Rhino
2. Nguashi N’Timbo - Shauri Yako
3. Los Indios Tabajaras - Adios, Mariquita Linda
4. Lloyd Charmers / The Hippy Boys - Psychedelic Reggae
5. The Tornados - Earthy
6. The Noblemen - Dragon Walk
7. Jan Davis - Watusi Zombie
8. Link Wray - I’m Branded
9. The Chocolate Watch Band - Expo 2000
10. Sinoia Caves - Naro Way
11. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
12. Thee Oh Sees - If I Stay Too Long
13. Happy Birthday - Subliminal Message
14. Glass Candy - Rolling Down The Hills (Spring Demo)