Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top 13 (of The Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology takes over. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.

13. Jeremy Steig – Fusion
I know, nobody likes fusion. I'm with you, man. “Jazz-rock” is the worst. But this cat Jeremy Steig is a whole different trip. Half-paralyzed from wiping out on his motorcycle as a reckless youth, he developed a unique style of flutin' that is apparent from the first note. It's like he sings – and sometimes screams – right into the flute. It's fuckin' dynamite. He's got a couple dozen records out, stretching from the mid 60's to just a couple years ago (he's still active at 70), but my fave is the Fusion album from 1970. A double-album set, it's pure jazz-funk mega-flute jam bliss. As one Jazzbo critic noted, it sounds like it defies gravity. Seriously groovy, and one of the best albums I've heard this year. (K)

12. GR - Reverse Age
Gregory Raimo (GR)  is the  axe wielding Frenchman behind the ever sizzling blow-out known as the Gunslingers. This is his third solo record. The one before this was a collaboration with Michael Yonkers.  You know the drill, eat a bunch of yellow pills, wash it down with orange juice, have a seizure and grab a guitar. (S)

11. Ten Hours of Kate Upton's bouncing boobs
Some dude – clearly a hero of some sort, or perhaps a madman – has edited together a startling ten-hour loop of curvy supermodel Kate Upton bouncing down the runway in bikini tops that are clearly too small for the remarkable bounty she possesses. I could live without the techno track, but you can always add your own ten-hour mix. I'd suggest something with flutes. Either way, this is a pretty fantastic way to wile away a day at work. (K)

10. A Gang of KISS Children
My wife and I stumbled upon this strange street gang while wandering the streets of downtown L.A. shortly before departure. (S)

09. Stacey Dash Is Normal
Imagine Curb Your Enthusiasm, only instead of prickly, uber-rich aging comedian/curmudgeon Larry David, it starred the less-rich-but-still-loaded hot actress from Clueless, who, it turns out, is also a prickly curmudgeon? I have no idea if this is gonna be a web series or it's going to be a TV show or what, but whatever it is, I am going to watch the hell out of it. (K)

08. DMZ
I saw David Johansen at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch the other night. He was awesome but we're kinda like CNN here at Advanced Demonology, if we don't have a good clip we can't report it. Since it was straight up party music I got a little buzzed up. One of the opening bands played a DMZ cover and I forgot how much I liked that band. Boston Proto-Punk produced by may main men Flo & Eddie. (S)

07. The International Banana Museum
In a continued effort to bring culture to Demonology, I present you with another museum. Last week, I told you about the 8 Track museum and this week, the banana museum. Everybody loves bananas. They're fun to eat, fun to look at, fun even just to think about. And this screwball has a whole goddamn museum dedicated to them. Bonus: it's located on the shore of the doomed Salton Sea, effectively guaranteeing that no one will go there, ever. (K)

06. Dresden Leningrad
You would think there would be more World War Two themed Doom Rock. (S)

05. Heavenly Bodies
This Playboy-produced romance/drama from 1984 is about two warring aerobics studios. The small. Plucky aerobics studio is being bought out by the big corporate one across the street, until they are challenged to an aerobics dance marathon. The winner gets the studio. And so that's what they do, they have a goddamn aerobics dance marathon. This movie is out-a-sight. 90% of it is just girls sweating in leotards. The rest you can nap through. The 80's were awful, but occasionally, they were tremendous. (K)

04. The Erotic City Electric Blues Band
I'm sure at some point this duo is going to shorten the name to: Erotic City. It was written in a basement and recorded in a barn. Kinda like a Swilson record. Written in a Mansion, recored in a shed.  Great mix of everything fast and heavy and fucked up. More magic to come I'm certain of it. Where's Portsmouth? Is that New Hampshire? (S)

03. Nocto Loco
I need to get me one of these things!!! Drive my parents nuts! (S)

02. JuJu - In Trance
Justin Adams, who plays guitar for Robert Plant, teamed up with Gambian griot
Juldeh Camara.  Perfect name for the record and you might be in trance by the end of this thing. (S)

01. Your Reflection - Electric Indian
Awesome, head-spinning psychedelic moog-rock from Kansas City. Tremendous stuff,
I been trippin' out on it all week. You can get the digital version on Bandcamp for 7 bucks;
all proceeds go towards getting this thing down on wax. Groovy. (K)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Top 13 (of the Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology comes in. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.
13. Vinyl
Alan Zweig's amazing, depressing, hilarious documentary about hopeless, helpless vinyl hoarders. Between self-loathing monologues, Alan kills mice infesting his apartment and talks to people even worse off and lonelier than him. Love it. (K)

12. Royal Thunder -CVI
Doom rock sludge-prog fronted by a southern belle named Miny.  Moss hangs on the trees and the ghost of hush hush sweet charlotte lurks behind the doors of the decrepit plantation manor. Savannah metal, my man. Get stoned! (S)

11. Black Pussy - On Blonde
Just found about these dudes when Glitter Wizard posted on Facebook that they bailed out on a show a few hours beforehand, causing the Wiz to put out all-points-bulletin to find a replacement band. And I said to myself, "There's actually a band called Black Pussy?" I mean, that's kind of a career-staller, isn't is? It's perfectly fine for you and I to hang out here and go, "Oh yeah, I'm totally into Black Pussy. In fact, I just can't get enough Black Pussy", but that's not gonna work in polite company. And I'm sure as fuck not gonna saunter around town in a Black Pussy t-shirt, no matter how into Black Pussy I am. And to be honest with you, I am seriously into Black Pussy. Anyway, regardless of the snicker-baiting name, these provocative young men spew a righteous racket. Essentially, on their debut album/EP On Blonde, they sound like Supersonic Storybook-era Urge Overkill, which means they'll sound like Saturation-era Urge on their next record, which means in a year or two, Black Pussy is gonna be your favorite band. And god help you then. Anyway, Black Pussy is awesome. That's the takeaway here. (K)

10. Guitar Wolf - Invader Ace
oh yeah! oh yeah! Oh Yeah! This song has been on repeat all last week, in my head, because I haven't had any tunes on hand. I wouldn't have been able to move mountains 3,000 miles with out it. So when I finally got my mitts on an ipod I played it 100 times in a row like some kind of rock 'n roll exorcist. (S)

9. The Buddha Machine
So it's a neon colored box that plays loops and drones. You can manipulate the pitch to create, basically, a never-ending tone-poem. This is either the key to bliss or the modern day equivalent of those annoying "bag full o' laffs" from the 70's. Either way, they are awesomely weird, and would make for totally perplexing Xmas gifts. (K)

8. Le Samourai
I'm still waiting for all my belongings to arrive,  no cable, no inter-web, just some old DVD's laying around my new abode in New Jersey. This fantastic french film is one of 'em. Haven't seen it for years and I forgot how absolutely cool this flick is. Stone cold hit man Jef Costello is a master that never get's caught. Until  he blasts a night club owner in front of a few witnesses and his game is unraveled. Worth it just for all the slick 60's french fashion (maybe the height of fashion for all mankind) and a jamming jazz soundtrack. (S)

7. Lovebug Starski - Amityville (House on the Hill)
Remember when rappers mostly rapped about sneakers and food? This is from that era. It's about a haunted house. And maybe sneakers and food. 1986 was nuts. (K)

6. Curtis Mayfield - Billy Jack
My favorite tune from There's No Place Like America Today (1975).   "It can't be no fun to be shot with a hand gun".  Like a lost character from Superfly, a down home cat moves to the city and becomes the king of the streets, for a while at least. Nice live version, super smooth. Dig the bass solo. (S)

5. Fuck Yeah Girls With Vinyl Records
Here's a tumblr that manages to mash up two of me n' Swilson's obsessions: hot girls and dusty records. This is pretty much why they invented the internet, you know. (K)

4. The Incident
Filmed in 1967 about a couple of crazed boozed up punks who terrorize a subway car. It was Martin Sheen and Tony Musante's first film and it's a pressure cooker.  It's got a cast like a disaster film: Ruby Dee,  Brock Peters,  Ed McMahon,  Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling,  Soap Star Diana Van Der Vils, a young super soap star Donna Mills, and many other familiar faces. (S)

3. Lord of Garbage
While recovering from bladder cancer surgery, rock n' roll's greatest supervillian Kim Fowley scribbled out his autobiography, figuring he'd better get it all down on paper, just in case he croaked. Well, Kim's still with us and his mammoth autobio is being dribbled out in three installments by Norton Records book imprint Kicks. Much like Mark "Zodiac Mindwarp" Manning's crazoid memoirs, it's impossible to tell how much of any it is true and how much is self-mythologizing bullshit, but I can guarantee you that Kim believes every word, even if he's lying. Really fun (and fast) read, can't wait for the next installment. (K)

2. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
The Swedes made this great documentary about the Johnny Cash live album. Way more interesting than the behind the music about Frampton Comes Alive. (S)

1. 8 Track Museum
Finally, a museum I'd really like to go to. Bucks Burnett keeps the 8 track dream alive. God, what an awful format. And yet, what an amazing format! 8 tracks are love/hate sort of affairs. (K)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Top 13 (of the Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology comes in. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.

13. Octopus Rex – Last Summer 
Last summer was miserable, and it really needs its own theme song, something that reeks of charred mobile homes, piss-soaked jeans, and gravel-pocked roadrash. And guess what? Now we’ve got one. Texan party-enders Octopus Rex have laid down the gauntlet with their sneering Last Summer 7inch. Gutpunching bikerpunk riffs and werewolf howls and everything bursting into flames. Heavy! (K)

12. Teenage Twins Soundtrack
The 1976 soundtrack to a porn movie I haven't seen before. Starring real "live" identical twin sisters Brook & Taylor Young. It's great. Mostly tunes by the always amazing British soundtrack funkster Alan Hawkshaw. Some tunes by Brian Bennett, who was a drummer in Cliff Richards & the Shadows and went on to have a career as a soundtrack composer doing everything from Blaxploitation to Ren & Stimpy.  Steve Gray who recently composed music for the Wedding Crashers and John Fiddy who did Spongebob SquarePants and Memento. I'm guessing the porn director just went to some British canned music agency and picked this stuff out of a hat. The clip below, as it turns out was posted on youtube by a MAG legend. (S)

11. The Natural History of the European Werewolf
From this year’s Skepticon, a compelling and fun lecture on the enduring werewolf myth and where it came from (aka crazy people and religious fanatics), conducted by the awesomely named and quite fetching Deborah Hyde. Bonus: she’s got a killer Hammer movie accent! (K)

10. Dead Porn Stars
In doing my research for Teenage Twins I stumbled across this video. I always knew porn stars had a short shelf life but this is really depressing. Let me know if anyone actually makes it through the whole seven minutes. Word of advice. Turn the sound off and replace it with some Jackson C. Frank if you want to get super down, or one of the songs from Teenage Twins for a bit of cheerful irony. (S)

9. Disco Station Disco
A musical excerpt from Bollywood extravaganza Haathkadi (1982) that takes disco excess to exciting new heights of ridiculousness. Turns out disco is even better with trains and midgets! (K)

8. Grizzly Man Soundtrack
I'm late to the table on this I know but I never listened to the soundtrack to the Herzog film in and of itself. Outsider folk guitar great Richard Thompson delivers a masterpiece! There is a behind the scenes doc about the scoring that promises to be really entertaining. (S)

7. In space, no one can hear you scream. Or can they?
Taking the Alien tagline to task, last month a group of scientists at Cambridge University got people to send in their most blood-curdling screams, and then beamed them up to a new nano-satellite (what?) to broadcast said screams, just to see what happens. We are now awaiting the results. This is really gonna freak out the Martians. (K)

6. Acid Baby Jesus
How did I miss a band called Acid Baby Jesus? Basically the Black Lips if they were from Greece. With all the cough medicine, beer and Riot on Sunset Strip you could want. (S)

5. Bloop Mystery Solved!
A few weeks back, on our last New Demons show, we tackled the Bloop Signal Mystery, which was a mysterious sound (“bloop!”) picked up by sonar 5,000 miles from its source. The original hypothesis was that it was an animal, a much bigger animal than any animal ever discovered. Like a mammoth giganto-whale! Pretty exciting. Well, turns out it was just some fucking ice melting. Bummer. (K)

4. The Black Gestapo
The People's Army Watts starts out with good intentions than it all goes wrong, man. Wrong for the honky bastards!  It's a little like a Charlie's Angels episode, if the the angels were black power fascists. Watch the complete movie here. (S)

3. Zig Zags – Monster Wizard
Listen, Swilson’s leaving LA. Like this weekend. So somebody’s got to be the new Hollywood go-to couch-of-woe freakband, and I believe I have found them. Zig Zags are everything you want ‘em to be: psyched-out  pill-popping dead-enders with heads fulla Stooges riffs and blood that’s 90% 70’s sugar breakfast cereal. Go ape!  (K)

2. Dick Venom – Sticky Pants Trance
Awesome psycho-gutterbilly jam that also happens to be the greatest two-minute boobs n’ blood b-flick I’ve ever seen! (K)

1.  L.A. Freeway - Guy Clark
I'm splitting the scene out here, man. It's been good, Los Angeles. (S)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Top 13 (of The Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology takes over. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.

13. Aqua Nebula Oscillator
English as a second language groups get forgiven for band names that are just three "trippy" words strung together. But what's in a name? These french maniacs are making some of the most bombastic churning, pulsating, occult, F-R-E-E-K Rock, in all the land. Tear off your clothes snakes and spiders!!!! The new record known simply as: Third is like a Coffin Joe movie in sound. Trouver!! (S)

12. The Destroyer: Acid Rock 
If you're in the mood for some seriously f**ked-up 70's pulp fiction, you can't really go wrong with this head-spinning potboiler about a couple of kung-fu mercenaries trying to keep a well-heeled debutante-slash-groupie from getting  offed by various assassins hired by her rich dad's enemies. The twist? She's in a heavy relationship with Maggot, ,lead singer of "acid rock" juggernauts The Dead Meat Lice (!), who may or may not be into some whacked-out occult shit on top of everything else. Pure delirium. You can buy it from Amazon for a penny. (K)

11. Dizzy and Lalo - Free Ride
What was Dizzy Gillespie doing in 1970? He was hanging out with Steve McQueen soundtrack king Lalo Schifrin (Bullit, Cool Hand Luke), recording this awesome funky-jazzy-disco-y album. Sweet jams. (K)

10. Panopticon Eyelids - Overwhelming Visions
I can't for the life of me figure out how to actually buy this record. Maybe because I've been all kinds of dazed and confused by the sounds seeping from my headphones into my brain. They are from Canada and they are tripping out up there. Like your whole day ruined by a bottle of cough syrup. A bad fever dream. Bitchin'.  (S

9. Shinin' Shade 
Just discovered this Italian slow-mo doomadelic groove machine and I don't even know what to do about it. I mean, they're basically the Italian Jefferson Airplane with an occult-rock edge. I wanna go carve their name into a picnic table or buy a goat or something. Anyway they have a new record out, called Slowmosheen. I don't know how you get it. I think you might have to kill a goat first? (K).

8. Tommy Bolin "The Ultimate" Documentary
Lot's of talking heads but this is all we got as far as docs go on the great Tommy Bolin. Rock 'n die young.(S)

7. Girls, Chains and Epic Warriors
My new favorite Facebook Group posts outrageous 80's heavy metal record covers and then tries to make some sense out of them. I can't believe I spent a good chunk of my adolescence listening to bands like these. And now, thanks to this fucking group, I'm listening to them all over again. Heavy Load, FTW. (K) 

6. Doing Drugs by Michael And Bruce Jackson
If you like late 70's teenage delinquents like Long Island Acid King murderer Ricky Kasso or the cast of Over the Edge you'll love this  riveting account of teenage drug use in the early 80's by the family  that brought us Your Father's Not Coming Anymore ( book about divorce). The best part is the first half were it's real life interviews with what I would like to call "dopers", "burnouts" or "druggies". Kid's who's whole identity is based off of getting high or fucked up. We're not talking junkies. Junkies are boring, just run of the mill "wastoids" and it's a fantastic time capsule.  You can almost hear the NWOBHM in the background as you read, or better yet throw some on while you read. I'm moving and I have to give my copy back to my next door neighbor. It's another fantastic el-chepo book from Amazon.(S)

5. Any Gun Can Play
Just picked up this amazing comprehensive guide to Euro westerns. From Django to Clint Eastwood to bug-eyed Klaus Kinski and (way) beyond, this mammoth tome (500 pages!) maps the history of the genre, provides bios of all the key players, and slathers the pages with generous amounts of photos, posters, and lobby cards. Killer book. PS the hardcover verrsion is crazy expensive, but I got the paperback version for about $30. (K)

4. Feeding Back: Conversations With Alternative Guitarists From Proto-Punk to Post-Rock By David Todd
I Just got this on tuesday, I'm only half way done,  it's already indispensable if you are an Advanced Demonological guitar player or someone who loves them. Todd is a great at interviewing these outsider axe slingers: Brother Wayne Kramer, James Williamson, Tom Verlane, Zoot Horn Rollo, all the way through Johnny Marr, Christan Fennesz and Ghost's Michio Kurihara and many more. Although it's centerpiece is guitar playing in general it's about the creative process and what it means to be a musician that maybe doesn't fit in. Crucial! (S)

3. Sun Preachers
Stellar dirty 70's van rock played by a bunch of hip young Frenchies. (K)

2. The Guess Who - Live at the Paramount
We played them recently on the thanksgiving show and I ran across the rave review by Lester Bangs agin so I thought I'd give it a swing. I'm not going to attempt to recreate the review, but Bangs is right as always…. it rules!! (S)

1. Swilson - Cool Skull
I am the minister of information so I can shamelessly promote my own record. It's out this week and you still haven't downloaded it. It's free demonologist! (S)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cool Skull is here!

Swilson's long-awaited follow-up to his platinum selling* debut Demonology is finally here!
Cool Skull is the greatest rock n' roll EP since...probably Bitch's Damnation Alley, at least. All hits, no ballads. Get it as pay-what-you-like** download at Bandcamp! Vinyl LP version coming soon!

* I'm assuming, I haven't seen the Soundscan reports
* SRP: $6.66.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Top 13 (of the Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology takes over. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.

13. RAM
Holy smokes, I thought Iron Curtain took the 80's retro underground metal thing to the max, but RAM have taken things one step further - right into an '85'esque post-apoc wasteland! (K)

12. Out Of The Blue
Although we are pretty skeptical, Advanced Demonology believes in life on other planets.  I myself (Swilson) have seen a UFO hovering over Los Angeles once while sitting on the beach. I don't know if it was an alien spaceship, but it could have been. Despite my belief in such things, I pretty much steer clear of any and all UFO propaganda, be it film or literature. That's why I missed this excellent movie that came out about ten years ago. They mostly leave out any testimony from UFO enthusiasts,  and stick to interviewing government officials and military men who have actually had encounters. My favorite part is when they talk to scientists about the possibility of light year space travel. Narrated by arch-hippie Peter Coyote. (S)

11. Sabbath Assembly
The original Process Church of the Final Judgment may have deteriorated into an animal sanctuary, but that doesn't mean they can't still use a house band. Sabbath Assembly might be the most occult Occult Rock band I've ever heard. I think I'm in a coven now? (K)

10. Baby Face
Made in 1933 this pre-code hollywood movie is about a girl named Lily Powers (Barbara Stanwyck) from the slums of Erie PA, driven by the philosophy of Nietzsche, who uses her sex appeal to sleep her way to the top. It's really sexually charged no matter what era it's from so I can only imagine the stir it caused when it came out. Make sure you watch the un-cut version. (S)

9. 70's Rock n' Roll Billboards
earlier this week, Creative Review posted a mind-blowing gallery of late 70's rock billboards from the Sunset Strip. I have never wanted to own a 10CC album more! (K)

8. The Lemming
I'm obsessed with this dutch glam rock band. They had three hits on Dutch Top 40 from 1973 to 1975 and this is one of 'em. Very sinister, strange, and ridiculous with occult overtones. It looks to me like they put out one self titled record and a string of singles, all I can find are the singles. Seems from this website that they reformed, but I don't know cause it's in whatever language they speak in the Netherlands. (S)

7. American Scream
Watched this fun/alarming documentary yesterday on Netflix. it's about a few of the denizens of Fairhaven, MA. (BTW I live in Boston and I've never head of the place), who spend most of the year (and a good chunk of their income) created elaborate "house hauntings" in their backyards to scare the neighborhood children on Halloween. The line between passion and insanity here is about as thin as the line between respect and pity you'll experience when watching it. (K)

6. Impaler
Just got my hands on the Rise Of The Mutants Ep from 1985. It's killer. A mix of street punk and speed metal. Released on Combat records they were overshadowed by musically "talented" label mates Megadeath. I'm excited to hear the full length If We Had Brians….We'd Be Dangerous. They are from Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. (S)

5. Merciful Nuns 
Do you miss the Sisters of Mercy now that Andrew Eldritch is bald and wears track suits and doesn't write epic, icy goth-rock jams like Temple of Love and This Corrosion anymore? Well, lament no more, darksider, because Merciful Nuns are very clearly the new Sisters. One of the greatest homage-verging-on-ripoffs I've ever heard. Makes me wanna put on mirrorshades and go scowl at some squares.  (K)

4. Gargoyles 1972 TV Movie
I'm sure you guys have seen this, but I just watched it last night. Freaky man! (S)

3. The Wandering Soul
During the Vietnam conflict, US forces conducted psychological warfare by blasting the sounds of moaning ghosts into the jungle to freak out the highly superstitious Viet-cong. Interestingly, the "wandering soul" tapes sounded like half of the stuff we played on our last "New Demons" show.  (K)

2. The Fuckin' Flyin' A-Heads-Swiss Cheese Back
Howard Nishioka plays guitar with these Hawaiian wastoids. We talked about it on the Thanksgiving show. Here it is. I actually recommend you sniff a paper bag full of airplane glue before you listen to this. (S)

1. Iron Fist Magazine
First issue of this glossy print mag from the UK is out, and it's boss. Basically it covers all the bands your average occult-rock/demonologist would listen to, were they in a metal mood: Watain, Satan's Wrath, Manilla Road, Sodom, Grand Magus. Really nice presentation and lots of groovy underground doom-black-thrash metal. Awesome. (K)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Advanced Demonology Thanksgiving Special!

Occult rock for the holiday! Special guests Lady Swilson and Stacey. Stuff yourself with sweet jams!

Listen/download HERE! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Top 13 (of The Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology takes over. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.

13. Windhand
Doom Metal started with the song Black Sabbath on the first Sabbath record. Since than bands have been trying to distill and stretch out that wonderful bonged ripped sense of musical dread ever since. Though the results are usually pleasant (what's not to like about down-tuned power chords dripping out the speakers like molasses?) only a few have created masterpieces in this possibly zen art form. It's the subtleties, details and swagger that really matter. Pentagram did it. Sleep for sure with Dope Smoker.  Electric Wizard absolutely.  Now from Richmond Virginia Windhand. These guys are possessed. I think they nailed it on the first try. They should just break up now and leave it alone. Move on to shit gaze or bluegrass. (S)

12. Warrior Soul are back!
Back in the late 80's/early 90's, Warrior Soul were one of the most
exciting bands around. Politically-charged and with a strong urge/need
to provoke, live shows were sometimes nothing but 90 minutes of lead
singer Kory Clarke yelling at the audience. Plus, they played groovy
Zodiac/Cult-esque biker-space metal. After they broke up, Kory formed
a sleaze metal band called Dirty Rig and also sang for Chicago
doom-legends Trouble for awhile. Which is all well and good, but
Kory's at his best when he's in Warrior Soul, poking fingers in
people's chests and inciting revolution. Well, the good news is that
Warrior Soul is back with a new record, Still Middle Finger, and they
pretty much sound exactly the same! The not-as-good news is that half
the songs are about strippers. But the riot-in-the-streets stuff  is
suitably bad-ass. (K)

11. Sergio Corbucci
There is a few of his fantastically violent Spaghetti Westerns on netflix watch instantly right now. He was famous for Django. Watch Navajo Joe starring a young clean shaven Burt Renoylds as a pissed off Indian and The Mercenary with Django star Franco Nero and Jack Palance. The movies are so violent they almost  become psychedelic. Driven weird with scoring by the Maestro: Ennio Morricone. If you have not heard of it and can figure out how to track it down, Corbucci's true masterpiece is the Great Silence, it takes place in the snow, and stars Klaus Kinski,  that's all I'm going to say about it. (S)

10. Supermen of Malegaon
Awesome looking new doc about a filmmaker in a small town in India
making a superhero movie with a 95 pound Superman and zero dollars.
What could possibly go wrong? (K)

9. Marco Cappelli's Italian Surf Academy - The American Dream
He's a free jazz freak out guitar player. That's not what your going to hear on The American Dream. It's Spaghetti Western and B movie spy scores covered in a surf guitar / lounge style, and it rules. For the Italians the Western was a chance to express what they viewed as the American nightmare. So I love the title of this record and as for the sleeve artwork. Yes Marco that really is the American dream. (S)

8. Marcus Hook Roll Band
Somewhere between 60's freakbeat champs The Easybeats and the
emergence of 70's hard rock legends AC/DC, there was the Marcus Hook
Roll Band, featuring Angus and Malcolm Young. No scorching
blooze-metal riffs here, though. It's actually groovy protest
folk-rock in the vein of Rodriguez. Been listening to this sweet jam
all week. The sentiment is still relevant, sadly. (K)


07. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Bustin Loose (1978)
I was watching The Nine Lives Marion Barry and in one of the scenes I heard this jamming, banging, bouncing funk music in the background. Wow! Who's that? It's Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, the godfathers of Go-Go, Washington D.C.'s brand of club music. I can't tell yet what distinguishes Go-G0 from other forms of funk, but I'm going to figure it out, god dam it. (S)

6. The Orchestrion
At the Zaharakos ice cream parlor in Columbus, Indiana, they have a
working, 103 year old Orchestrion. What's an Orchestrion? It's an
entire orchestra smushed into a two-ton cabinet that could play any
song you programmed it to. It was like an Ipod that would kill you if
it fell on you. It's pretty amazing. I think it's sorcery? Anyway, I
want one. I'd make it play Electric Wizard jams all day. (K)

05. Revolution -Teen Time in Corpus Christi (1965-1970)
After bugging out on The Zakary Thaks the last few weeks I was wondering what other bands came out of Corpus Christi? Sure enough there was a garage rock compilation that covers it. As expected It's totally juvenile delinquent. The Bad Seeds are a snarling blues punk band with a blatant nod / rip off of the 13th Floor Elevators, that sounds all cool. Kubla Khan do their best Guess Who politico protest rap. The Liberty Bell are flying sky high on moms diet pills. A band simply called Michael are the only group that even hints that Corpus is located in the south, with an Everly Brothers I love you trip. As far as "Thaks" is concerned they are represented well here with the epic Passage To India.  A raga rock masterpiece. (S)

4. Witches everywhere
Great article by Jenna Ivy (awesome name!) at Listverse this week
about medieval witches. Turns out the Salem witch trails were the tip
of the iceberg. Most of Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries,
liked burning up “wicked women' too. Don't consort with fairy people
if you know what's good for you. (K)

03. Teenage Knockouts (TKO)
A first wave inspired punk band from Cleveland records this awesome sleaze rocker back in 1999. It's fuckin' great but I'm not sure why it's entitled: Japanese Motorcycles, Guitars and Guns. Maybe it was a comment on the bands lifestyle and that's why they ain't around no more. Those rice burners kill people left and right out here in California. I should know I live right on the Pacific Coast Highway. We all know guns kill, and they kill quick. Guitars will kill ya too, but it's a real slow painful death. I got this from the mighty blog for all things fun, Sons Of The Dolls. (S)

02 Scorpions 1972
I'm loving this! I can't stop watching it. So awesomely German. (S)

1. The Infinite Jukebox

This is my new favorite thing ever. Go to the Infinite Jukebox
website, upload your favorite jam, and it will create an
ever-expanding, never-ending remix. Fuckin' boss. Bummed out that
Swilson's Cool Skull is only 2 minutes long? Now it can be four and a
half hours long! Hooray! (K)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Advanced Demonology Podcast: New Demons II

Join Ken and Swilson for a mind-melting trip into the near-future! 5.5 hours of contemporary superjams and vintage fuzzers! The freshest sounds from the very rim of Hell!

Forget about what WAS, tonight it about what IS and what SHALL BE.
Special guest: David J from White Manna!

Listen/download HERE! 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Top 13 (of the Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology takes over. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.
13. Abandoned Suitcases of Insane Asylum Patients
Well, the title says it all, really. The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane in Willard, NY, served and housed mentally ill patients from the 1910's until the end of the 60's, when it became the less sinister sounding Willard State Hospital. While clearing out some rooms in 1955, employees found a stash of suitcases brought there by patients and kept under lock and key for many decades. For some patients, the suitcase and its contents were their last connections to the outside world. In 2011, photographer Jon Crispin began a project: to photograph the suitcases and their contents. Fascinating, eerie, sad, and compelling. (K)

12. Viper Cobra
Glowing yellow and green raptors, sex dazed stoned blondes, the virgin mary, cool skulls, a flying rabbit shooting lasers out of his eyes at a moose! I'm describing the cover to Dinosaur Nation. The music itself reminds me of the Replacements on a date with Monster Magnet. I didn't think that would ever happen. Viper Cobra are from Rotterdam, so that might explain it.  (S)

11. Cerrone's Paradise
There once was a man named Cerrone. He was a weird, pint-sized Frenchman with a terrible mustache and a fondness for tinfoil tracksuits. Cerrone had a dream: to be the (French) King of Disco, and to have a harem of beautiful (French) Disco Chicks. If Cerrone had attempted such folly today, he'd be laughed at, humiliated, dismissed. But he did not attempt it today, he attempted it in 1977, and all of his dreams came true! (K)

10. Mother Dust - Volume 2
Outrageous bloody guitar freak-outs from modern day Krautrockers. I'm not sure about where Volume One resides, but you can score Volume 2 over at bandcamp. No other info avails.  (S)

9. Still-working 16th century monk automaton 
Looking for proof that demons once ran amuck amongst an unwary populace? Watch this. And then don't sleep for a week. (K)

8. Wire Demos 1976
Further proof emerges that Wire anticipated where punk was going  before it even really started. This is pre-razor sharp-ness Pink Flag. Young, loud and snotty. Heaping spoonfuls of Johnny Thunders, the Ramones and Black Sabbath.  One more cup of coffee brothers and sisters, head down to ghostcapitol and nick it. (S)

7. Idris Muhammed
Muhammed's 1977 album Turn This Mutha Out is heavy as fuck and smooth as silk all at once. If you dig flutes and the 70's and bad-asses and jazz-funk, you're gonna wanna ride this soul train hard. (K)

6. The Falcons
The soulful well from which Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Robert Ward, and Mack Rice sprang. What more do you need to know? (S)

5. Tina Aumont
Been awhile since we featured a Hippie Death Goddess. Tina Aumont (RIP, 2006) was an American/French actress who starred in many memorable Euro-spy, giallo, sexy-schocker and far-out art films in the 60's and 70's (Modesty Blaise, Torso, The Howl, Fellini's Cassanova, etc.) and was even in Jean Rollin's freaky Two Orphan Vampires in 1997. She was wild, beautiful, exotic. A true 70's supergirl. Check out Mondo-Macabro's mini-doc/interview below. (K)

4. Starbuck - Rock 'n Roll Racket
An apartment complex in Hollywood. Every thursday night is a potluck by the pool. Casseroles, California wine, California Grass, a little Bolivian, and a jello mold for dessert. You're 34, look like Burt Reynolds, and can score with some of the younger tenants.  (S)

3. White Hex
I can't figure out where they're from: Italy? Berlin? Australia? But then again, this is not the kind of music that stays grounded to one place. White Hex are narco-goths, playing a kind of drawling, intoxicating hypno-darkwave. This is probably what porn sounds like after you've gulped down a teacup full of hemlock. (K)

2. Aquarius Rising: The Rock Festival Years by Robert Santelli
Sure everybody knows about Monterey, Woodstock, and Altamont.  But what about the Festival Of Life, or the Atlantic City Pop festival? This book is an amazing study of all the major rock fests in the USA during the late 60's and early 70's. It's no wonder we didn't see these kinds of events reappear until 30 years later. They were all a mess. Financial and musical disasters. The baby boomers really knew how to misbehave and they all thought they were entailed to a free ticket. It's a riot of a read. An important edition to any Advanced Demonologist's library. (S)

1. Tomita
Isao Tomita is/was an early pioneer of electronic music. He began his career creating soundtracks for Japanese sci-fi cartoons in the mid 60's and then went on to reinterpret classical pieces with analog synthesizers. In 1974, he created his Grammy award-winning masterpiece, the Snowflakes are Dancing album. The album features Tomita's all-Moog renditions of Claude Debussy's tone paintings. I have no clue who Debussy is or what a tone painting is, but I am telling you that this record is THE FUCKING JAM. (K)