Friday, April 27, 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. Burden of Dreams 
So Werner Herzog made a movie, Fitzcarraldo, about a bunch of maniacs dragging a ship through the over a mountain. For authenticity, he got a real ship, and dragged it over a fuckin' mountain. Burden of Dreams is a documentary that depicts Werner's descent into filmic madness. When Klaus Kinski seems like the sane one, you know you're in for a bumpy ride. (K)

12. Electric Holy Land
I'm starting realize that Jesus is actually cooler than Satan. Not from an organized religious standpoint ( I don't know anything about that jive),  but from a rock 'n roll stance, he's way cool. All the hipsters are absolutely afraid of him, he's a bearded longhair, digs wine, most likely digs weed ( just look at him), is full of spaced-out love for  hookers and thieves and other anti-establishment low life's, and can do psychedelic card tricks. Jesus is totally underground right now. Electric Holyland is exhibit A in my case. 12 blistering tracks of spaced out Jesus rock !  All from the original master tapes and all with the consent of the original groups involved. Only 500 pressed up from Lysergic Sound Distributors. I got number 432.  My only complaint is this could of been a great opportunity for a for a book insert  about this phenomenon. Praise to the church of the cooler Jesus. (S)

11. Christine Delaroche – Le 4eme titre
Delaroche is a French actress. I've never seen any of her movies. I don't know if that's even possible. But I tell you one thing: this video of one her pop tunes, from 1967, is AMAZING. (K)

10. Freak Out Total Vol. 33 
I was drawn to this because of the the front cover, a kid being dragged away from the cops during some kind of presumably drug induced freek-out. The back cover is even more poetic. A man with a sombrero face down into a box of Molson ( I've been there, brother).  Mucho Gusto is a cool label.  They reissued The Hermans Rocket record that we played on Advanced Demonology Lesson 5.  This is a great comp of french and french speaking Canadian flower power swagger that only the Gauls could swing. Only available on vinyl , no digital, no CD. So snatch it up!   (S)

9. Dandy Warhols' new album
There was a time in the 90's when I suppose it was cool to hate the Dandies, since they were the go-to psyche band for frat boys or whatever. But now they're old and we're old, so let's just get on with the jams.They've got a new album. This Machine, out this week. Lead single, Well They're Gone, sounds like the Dead Brothers Funeral Orchestra, which is suitably kooky, but my fave so far is snotty sike-punker Enjoy Yourself. I did! (K)

8. The Stranglers: Nice & Sleazy at Bittersea 1978
I've been watching this over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.  (S)

7. Simon Sisters – Red, Red Rose
If you've listened to the Advanced Demonology podcast, then you know I am a big fan of records made by the siblings of famous singers. Leah Kunkel (Mama Cass's sister), Kate Taylor (James' sis),  LaCosta Tucker (Tanya's), Priscilla Coolidge, etc. Love 'em all. And while I can't quite get behind Lucy (Carly's hotter sister) Simon's solo albums (they're seriously syrupy) I definitely dig the record she made with her sister, The Simon Sisters Sing For Children, back when they were a coupla folkies. Originally recorded in '69 but then embellished with a session band for more of a 70's stoner-vibe and re-released in '73, it's essentially acid-folk for kids. Cool and kinda awesomely creepy. (K)

6. Fastest: Theme
California is full of  devil worshipping creeps and weirdos?  Tobin Konrad the Yamaha wielding axe murderer that created this joyous horror show might be one of them. He pressed up a bunch of these CD-R's and left them on the doorstep of Aquarius Records. As far as I know the only place you can get it.   I've been trying to wrap my mind around this all week and it's really starting to get weird around the Mind Warp Pavilion. I think I might have let a poltergeist in by playing it too much.  Next level masterpiece? The keyboard noodelings of a madman? A C.I.A. plot to destroy the do-it-yourself musical revolution? YOU decide.  (S)

5. The Hammer Vault
Great coffee table-esque book that collects various Hammer Studios ephemera: script pages, props, film stills, unused posters, a blood n' boobs-drenched cornicopia of goodness from the sexiest horror film studio of all time, ever. (K)

4. Robert Frank: The Americans
The dope shooting photographer who gave us the Exile on Main Street cover and Cocksucker Blues was actually a fine arts beatnik photographer (I  didn't know that) and  this is the book that made him. With an intro by Jack Kerouac, it chronicles his  travels around the country clicking shots of everyday people like you and me and your grandma. Catching 'em in that right moment where you feel like you know that person without knowing them. That's what any great portrait artist has to do, don't they? This is a window into an America that the last traces of is literally about to disappear of the next five years or so.  (S)

3. Marsha Hunt
Meant to post this as a Hippie Death Goddess (of the Week) this week, but ran outta time. Marsha married the dude from Soft Machine, recorded with Marc Bolan, starred in the London production of Hair, played the Isle of Wight festival in '69 with her band White Trash, dated Mick Jagger and was the inspiration for “Brown Sugar”, recorded a disco album at Gorgio Moroder's Musicland studio in '77, etc. etc. What a career! And she rocked the afro/leather hotpants combo hotter than anybody. (K)

2. Sudden Death Compilation 1982
Long out of print. Dig around on the inter web you'll find it, too. Los Angeles creep punk mistakenly branded as "Hardcore",  Red Kross and JFA ( banging War cover) are maybe the biggest names on here.  The real reason to click "download" on this epic collection is  "Massacre Killer"  by Crankshaft……wow!!  (S)

1. Future Disco 5: Downtown Express 
Latest installment of this pretty amazing series of “Nu-disco” comps. Nu Disco bands, it turns out, pretty much sound like old disco bands, only with more squiggles and squelches. Two discs, one mixed for maximum buggin' out, the other they leave up to you. You should know that I am thinking about installing a a mirrorball in Advanced Demonology East. This shit is getting serious. (K)

1 comment:

  1. Roadtrip is coming up this Tuesday. I think I'll drag my long-suffering Dad all over the Eastern seaboard searching for the novelization of Heartbeeps...

    Heartbeeps - the book!

    If I ever find Dee D. Jackson's Cosmic Curves in the used bin, I'll buy it.

    Too bad we're not going to Montreal. They got tons of Eurodisco there!