Friday, February 10, 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 results 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. Shalako (1968) - not the greatest movie – Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery (!) get chased around the desert by an angry tribe of injuns -  but BB is pretty mesmerizing in her great-white-hunter outfits and goth-girl mascara. CANT STOP STARING. (K)

12. Golden Dawn - Power Plant.  texas psych band from the 60's fronted by Roky Erickson's best friend. He sounds just like Roky. The bands not as good but if you've warn out your Elevators records this a good substitute. Like methadone.  (S)

11. Leonard CohenOld Ideas. Lenny's latest (and, let's face it, probably last) album is as sparse and growly and world-weary as you'd hope, with a surprising dollop of optimism tossed in to lighten the mood. Mr. Cohen's been rehearsing to be 77 years old his whole life. Now that he's here, he's clearly making the most of it. We should be so lucky to be so cool (and talented) when (if) we get there. (K)

10. Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd President Of the United States. Ever hear of this guy? He's amazing.  He lead the country through the great depression and world war two. He instituted the New Deal (according to some might lead to a second great depression???)  but it helped allot of poor people. (S)

9. Queen – Days of Our Lives (Blu-ray)
Two part, career-spanning doc that originally ran on the BBC, now released in an eye-popping, room-rattlling blu-ray. Can you ever get tired of watching Queen videos? You cannot. Everybody's here ('cept for John Deacon, naturally) and although you've heard this story all before, it's worth retelling. And if Brian's account of Fred's last days don't choke you up, then you just don't like rock n'roll, man. (K)

8. The Clean - Boodle Boodle Boodle. Infectious pop-a-delic punk  from early 80's New Zealand. (S)

7. Charles Hilton BrownOwed to Myself
This is sorta like the Fred “The Hammer” Williamson story, only with flutes. Charles is a funky, brawny, finely-afroed cat who moved to Italy sometime in the early 70's and hooked up with a bunch of homegrown library track session men, and together, they made beautiful spaghetti-funk together. Holy smokes, this record swings! (K)

6. "Sexpionage: The Explotation Of Sex By Soviet Intelligence" By David Lewis. The cold war was never hotter in this true life tale of russian Sex spys. Yes, real sex spies! like in James Bond. Skip right to the chapter about there training camp. (S)

5. Shut Up Little Man! The Audio Misadventures of Peter and Raymond
In the late 80's, two midwestern punks move to SF and rent an apartment next to two loud, angry drunks. One's gay, one hates gays, both of 'em love vodka and hate each other. Out of either fear or boredom, the punks-next-door start recording the rants on cassettes and hand them out to friends, and copies eventually wend their way all across the world. This is their story. Fuckin' Peter and Raymond, they were viral before there was viral. Proto-viral! Hiccup. (K)

4. Neon Indian: Era Extrana.  Released in 2011 and the followup to there much blogged about debut. This record is as if 80's electro pop was recorded with a 70's sensibility. It's also an Advanced Demonological attempt at "enjoying" the present era of music. (S)

3. Goldie Hawn. The original Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Watched a couple of her movies this week (Cactus Flower, There's a Girl in My Soup). Those eyes! That giggle! Imagine the trail of broken hearts. I'm dyin' here! (K)

2. Operation The Last Patrol.  1972 documentary about the Vietnam Veterans Against The War march on the 1972 Republican convention in Miami. It's a really cool way to pick up Vietnam Vet meets hippie fashion tips! (S)

1. Natural Child – even if you hate new bands (and I do, mostly), you're still gonna love Natural Child. The perrfect combo of Stones, Stooges, and falling-down-the-cellar-stairs debuachery. Let's take a trip to CRACK MOUNTAIN! (K)

That's what's heatin' us up this week. Got your own picks? Let us know in the comments!

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