Friday, June 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. Blue Oyster Cult: Live At the Empire Concert Club Cleveland Ohio 1991
I never thought the day would come when I'm recommending a B.O.C. bootleg from 1991 but today is the day. These days the 8th wonder of the world has been reduced to playing chili cook offs and street fairs (I'm actually going to see them July 21st in San Diego..a street fair). This was recored for a radio broadcast and has the band in amazing form. They play all the hits with such ferocity and swagger it rivals On your Feet or On your Knees. (S)

12. Faithful Breath - Judgement Day 
16 blissful minutes of awesome late 70's Viking prog! (K)

11. Radio Birdman Live 1978!!!
Australia's answer to the Stooges and the MC5 by way of Blue Oyster Cult, I'm sure they are already your favorite band.  (S)

Roctober is one of the greatest music magazines of all time, ever, and they've just published their 50th issue, which also happens to be their 20th anniversary issue! 141 pages of arcane rock knowledge, weird interviews, kooky komics, and hundreds (if not thousands) of reviews printed in the tiniest font imaginable. So you might wanna break out a magnifying glass. Either way, this hefty tome will eat up your weekend, that's for sure. (K)

9.1968 Playmate Gale Olsen

On a recent trip back to the fatherland of New Jersey I picked up in some junk shop, a copy of From Playboy Press: The Youth Culture 1971. It's Playboys special report on what's happening with the youths in  early 70's America. It's got an awesome interview with Peter Fonda fresh off from the success of Easy Rider. He's a smart mother fucker. A cool story about a commune in New Mexico and a mind blowing panel discussion about Drugs with: Baba Ram Dass, John Finlator (former director of the Bureau of Drug Abuse Control), Alan Watts, William Burroughs, Harry J. Anslinger ( who is 80 at the time and was one of the main men behind prohibition and was the guy who made grass illegal!), Leslie Fielder, and James Coburn. But the real star of the show is 1968 Playmate Gale Olsen, holy hippie death goddess!!! She would make a later appearance in the glad mag almost 20 years later and her daughter became a playmate in 2009. Wow! (S)

8. Outer Spacist - Even Iller
These Ohio spacejammers released a single a year or two ago, "I Don't Care About Love, Baby" that knocked me out with its aggressive Stooges-riffs and sneering punk rock vocals. They were like Flipper jamming with Gaye Bykers on Acid. I figured they'd break up or fall out of a window or something because they sounded too crazed to last for long. Well, lo and behold they managed to keep it together long enough to spit out a fantastically sleazy mini-album of scorching cosmic punk. Hot! (K)

7. Brion Gysin: Dream Machine
I missed the Brion Gysin retrospective when it was in New York and I don't think it has come to L.A. so the next best thing is this companion book published by Merrell. It's the first comprehensive collection of the proto-psychedelicist's visual work assembled in book form. His art is more a product of personal psychological experiments, than finished pieces and although not all that groundbreaking, they are extremely ascetically pleasing.  He viewed art as a method to induce different state's of conciseness in himself through the process of creation. I like that. (S)

6. Nihilist Spasm Band - Destroy the Nations

So, who really invented noise-rock? My money's on these loonies. The Nihilist Spasm Band was a group of Canadian musicians, artists, tinkerers and manic street preachers who built their own instruments and created an unholy racket with 'em. They called it "Free improv". Everybody else called it a headache. This was in 1965, by the way! "Destroy the Nations" is a tasty track from their 1968 album, No Record. Most of the original members are dead at this point, but the Spasm Band is still together, and still battering eardrums with abandon.(K)

5. James Knight & The Butlers: Black Night (1971)
Let's face it…when was the last time you put on a 70's soul or funk record and were disappointed. Maybe it wasn't something you'd remember forever but it wasn't bad, in fact it was probably better than most anything else you listened to that day, even your favorite rock band.  So when it comes to 70's Soul it's really only worth reporting the truly great finds here on Advanced Demonology.  James Knight's Black Night recored for CAT records in Miami Florida, 1971 is a truly GREAT find. In fact I think it might be the most Advanced Demonological soul record of all time. Tailor made for this blog.  The record effortless dances a tight rope between smooth easy soul, down home funk, blues,  fuzzed out psychedelia,  and free jazz without ever becoming one thing or the another. James belts out his vocals with punk rock vigor with no apparent real concern for staying in key. His guitar sounds at times like the distortion is being achieved by plugging it into a clock radio.  He has a matter of fact charisma that keeps the listener pinned to tunes like funky cat, uncle joe, and fantasy world. There is a beautiful cover of Aretha Franklin's "Save Me".  Further proof that Miami's greatest legacy is 70's funk….well second greatest legacy next to 80's cocaine.(S)

4. Virgin prunes - Decline and Fall
Holy fuck. No one would dare to be this ridiculous/awesome these days. 80's goth was amazing.(K)

Before cable TV, before home video, before  the inter-web  if you wanted to get your cheap sleazy kicks, in the privacy of your own home your best bet was magazines.  Yeah sure there were porn mags but there was all sorts of other rags to get your rocks off to (mostly porn disguised as something else): Detective mags, True Crime, UFO mags, Biker mags….It's fun to collect these things now, especially since the computer age. The eye candy is great and it's a fantastic way to see how the world was viewed. What old school stereos are worth grabbing. How lecherous  squares really viewed hippie girls. It's a kaleidoscope of sleazy  selections that one might find overwhelming rummaging through thrift stores and flea market bins. That's where comes in. An extremely well thought out online guide to the perverted periodicals of yore.  Each entry well written with tons of awesome covers scanned in.  Even whole sections dedicated Manson, Ed Wood Jr. and Myron Fass ; the publishing madman behind such forgotten gems as: Gasm(!?!), Acid Rock, Buccaneer, and Flick (which if you look at the title at the right angle it looks like FUCK..brilliant!). (S)

2. Freewheelin' Frank: Secretary OF The Angeles As Told To Michael McClure By Frank Reynolds

"the Earth is hell and on it there are Hell's Angels" It's 1965 and Frank is in his early twenties and he is a young man in the throws of the demon. He is at the top of the food chain of the toughest biker gang on the planet and at ground zero for the unleashing of one of the most powerful psychoactive drugs known to man. The combination makes for an amazing read. One minute he's talkin' about loving everyone the next minute he's talking about stompin' a guys brains out. There is an amazing scene where he is chased by the SFPD on his bike while high on acid, caught and almost beat to death, when he ends up in front of the judge the next morning, still dosing, the judges asks him if he's got anything to say, he recites the entire lyrics from Dylan's "It's Alright ma".  The poet Michael McClure basically typed the book as Frank Reynolds talked, the two remained friends and when frank was sent to prison for arson in the 70's Michael sent him a book on zen to help him through. When he got out frank became a zen hermit and lived alone in the redwood forest, near a waterfall. He died in 2003. (S)

1. The Curiosity Rover is due to land on Mars in August. So how hard is it to drop a robot on to the surface of another planet?
 It's insanely hard. Check out this excellent video detailing the various means utilized to make it happen. (K)

Thursday, June 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 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. Marthas & Arthurs - The Hit World of...
Gorgeous debut album from these Brit sunshine popsters who sound like the Mamas and the Papas frolicking in the park with ABBA. And not even doing drugs or anything, just flying kites and whatnots. This could be the soundtrack to your summer, but only if your heart is pure. If it's not, then probably the Drive soundtrack. (K)

12. Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution
A CBS news special aired in 1967 hosted by Leonard Bernstein. It was an attempt to try and give some "credibility" to what the kids were listening to. There are lots of back handed compliments from Lenny like he likes 5% of the music the kids make, but  95% is trash and he would never defend it.  It's really pretty amazing when you see it now, because more than anything else, it's a reminder that there really was a generation gap back then. Not now. Not today,  Mom and Dad like the pills and metal, just like YOU. (S)

11. Don Juan (1973)
So, who wants to see Brigitte Bardot and Jake Birkin cuddle naked and smoke cigarettes together? Awesome and available on Netflix PS: there's a lot of nudity in the European section of Youtube. (K)

10. WEED: Adventures Of a Dope Smuggler By Jerry Kamstra (1974)
Cool book about dope smuggling back went dope meant grass not smack and mexico wasn't a country about to be overthrown by head hunting cocaine barons.  It's really a travelog more then anything from  a person who risked it all to provide the holy sacrament of the love generation. Great photos of Mexico. (S)

9. Chesty Morgan on Blu-ray
Doris Wishman's Chesty Morgan flicks from the mid 70's, Deadly Weapons and Double Agent 73,  are two of the most hilarious, depressing spectacles you'll ever see. You've got Doris's trademark wonky direction and random camera angles (look, it's a shoe! Now it's a painting on the wall!), a depressed, aging, disheveled "star" with gross, sagging, seriously over-ripe melons, terrible dubbing (Doris didn't like Chesty's thick Polish accent) and some of the most godawful "fashions" you've ever seen. What's not to love? And now Something Weird has graciously unleashed both of these fleshy fandangos (as well as a third non-Chesty Wishman flick, The Immoral Three) on a budget blu-ray! Hooray! I dunno if these have been remastered at all, but Chesty's chesties in hi-def is about the scariest thing I can think of. (K)

8. Fern Kinney - Baby Let Me Kiss You (1979)
Hot! This smokes!!!! (S)

7. The goblins of Kentucky
Back in the 50's, there were reports of goblins invading a Kentucky farmhouse. The case was never solved, although (spoiler alert) anybody with a lick of sense assumes it was an owl. Well, goblins are running amuck in rural Kentucky once again, and this time, the guy who's being invaded has photographic evidence (sort of, but clearly not really). Regardless of what's really happening (probably owls again), the saga-so-far is lots of fun to read about. (K)

6. The Manx: Storms Thrashing Our Vessel
Imagine the apocalypse has come and gone and the U.S.A. has been broken apart into tribes. The average life expectancy is 23 and teenagers are pretty much running the show. Music is at the center of these neo-savages lives and it's ethno-musical linage is based on a distant memory of early 21st century heavy metal (Girndcore, Death Metal, Black Metal etc.). There is no electricity and all they have is acoustic instruments.  There is no more volume or distortion so to approximate it , the whole tribe belts out the songs of horror and hell in unison. If that scenario were true The Manx would be it. Storms Thrashing Our Vessel is like a field recording from the Mad Max future…. or maybe Waterworld. (S)

5. Cannibal tunes comp!
The great film-music blog Manchester Morgue has put together a groovy-gruesome comp with a man-eating theme. Anthropophagic Cookbook has both music from cannibal flicks (Cannibal Holocaust, Ravenous, Parents) and songs about cannibals (Toto Coelo's I Eat Cannibals, Slices of You by Electric Six, etc). Fun, ghoulish stuff. Download for free, and bon appetit! (K)

4. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
Directed by the great Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugetsu) it's set in feudal Japan and follows a brother a sister's horrific journey through slavery and prostitution at the hands of the sadistic lord Sansho. Like all of Mizoguchi's films beauty and horror, hope and hopelessness race side by side unrelenting.  I'm not certain there is a story more painful than this portrayed on film. You'll pretty much feel better about your life afterwords. (S)

3. Starcrash lobby cards
The always-fun Space70 blog posted a generous sampling of Starcrash promo materials earlier this week, and they're a (laser)blast! Directed by Luigi "Contamination" Cozzi and released by Roger Corman, this bargain-basement space opera was bashed out in record time and splattered into theaters in just enough time to bask in the box-office afterglow of Star Wars. It stars the ridiculously hot scream-queen Caroline Munro, hippie preacher Marjoe Gortner, lots of dimestore robots and rubber monsters, and sexy space girls. Roger Corman re-released it recently as part of his cult-classics series, so be sure to check it out, it's goodtimes. In the meantime, gawk at these amazing lobby cards and stills. Not bad for a cash-grabbing rip-off! (K)

2. Lalo Schifrin : Dirty Harry Soundtrack (1971)
On Advanced Demonology we constantly remind you of how creepy the 70's were. I just re-watched Dirty Harry and holy smokes (!)  is it a creep fiesta. Dirty Harry himself is a creep (like a stoic Archie Bunker with a gun). The killer is a creep. The victims are creepy, and San Francisco seems like it's bubbling over with a racially charged psychedelic fear of civilization slipping away from beneath the sidewalk. But what I was most struck with this time seeing it was the soundtrack. It surges, swims,  grooves and jet propels us through this cinematic nightmare.  It's like the hippies, the brothers, vegas lounge act squares and Mantovani all showed up for a death of the 60's cocktail party hosted by Hunter S. Thompson. (S)

1. Late 70's Penthouse
I just bought an (almost) complete 1979 run of Penthouse Magazine and I've been poring through 'em all week. Penthouse tried their best to be "classier" than Playboy but the gross "forum" letters sprinkled through the mag sunk that battleship. Still, like Playboy, it's a great barometer for gauging what culture was all about in '79 - sex, stereos, disco, and murder. At least one (and usually a couple, sometimes all four) are plastered all over every page. And I gotta give 'em this much: their taste in naked women was impeccable. Great Donna Summer interview in the July issue, as well. (K)

Friday, June 15, 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. Bee Gees : Mr. Natural (1974)
I've always been a big Bee Gees fan. I love the early chamber psychedelia and the late disco. Fantastic! I started thinking there must have been some transition period right? Right. It was the 1974 record Mr. Natural. It marks the move from England to Los Angeles and reflects a Philly soul influence that would pave the way to the amazing Saturday Night Fever. There are no super hits on here but  every song is great. My Favorite being the hard rock funk of Heavy Breathing. (S)

12. Vocoder - What Happens Now
I've been immersing myself in bottom-shelf 80's synth-rock for the past couple weeks. Why?  I guess I was too busy listening to macho chest-thump music back then to enjoy the simple goofy pleasures of dudes in suspenders playing keytars, so now I'm making up for it. One of my faves is Spanish button-pushers Vocoder and their amazing supermarket-themed video for 1985's almost-smash, "What Happens Now?" This is pretty much exactly what I imagine Swilson's videos will look like once he signs to a Bulgarian label.  Euro-budget rock FTW! (K)

11. Iceberg Slim
Real name Robert Beck. He wrote eight fantastic novels about street life in the 40's and 50's.  The best is his autobiographical Pimp: The Story Of My Life. I read it when I was in high school and it blew my mind, written in 40's street slang, it includes a glossary of slang words in the back. Awesome. It's a no holds bar view of the life of a player, the highs and the very low lows, This week I've been reading Mama Black Widow, the story of a cross dressing homosexual in the concrete jungles of the Chicago. Brutal.  He's the best selling African American author after Alex Haley(S)

10. I dream of Jeannie goes psyche
Barbara Eden did,I believe, release a pop single somewhere in the beginning of her career, and she did Vegas revues for decades after the show ended, so it's not surprising that Jeannie would end up singing at some point. But sexed-up faux-psychedelia? Of course, it was really her evil twin, but either way, groovy! (K)

Blasphemous quotes by everyone from Emma Goldman to Adolf Hitler on an assortment of topics from politricks to sex . Indispensable to any neo-beatniks library.  Here is a few short ones, chosen at random: "The Human tendency prefers familiar horrors to unknown delights" -  Fred Woodworth ; " Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life." - Senator Orrin Hatch ; "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." - Albert Einstein ; "He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; he who dares not is a slave" - William Drummond; "speed will turn you into your parents" - Frank Zappa; "under Soviet conditions masturbation is no longer the mass phenomenon it was in the past" - T.S. Atarov ; "polyester shirt, polyester pants!" -Swilson (S)

8. Den Haan Gods from outer space 
My nu fave nu-disco (or "macho disco", or "neuro-glam", as they like to call themselves) outfit have a nu album, Gods from Outer Space, and it's got some serious lease-breaking party jams. Holy smokes.
PS: if you're extravagant or a 1%-er, you may wanna spring for the double-vinyl import. (K)

07. Keiji Haino
I think it's good for people to listen this kind of stuff every now and agin, especially with coffee in the morning, Cleans out your head head, keeps the mind limber and get's ya ready for a day were anything can happen. Haino is an arch-freek who as been at this noise/nonsense since the 70's. Speaking of quotations  I'll qote a youtube comment about 'em I like very much :  "Because this hurt's!!! This can not be heard. I'll rather listen to fingernails scraping a blackboard!!! But eventually i do not understand a lot of music....... or drugs!!!!" - JaackPat (S)

6. Titan landing 
Maybe I knew this but forgot? Six years ago a European space probe landed on Saturn's moon Titan and took pictures for 90 minutes. It took seven years to get there! Wow! I mean, all it saw was rocks and ice, but still, fuckin' Titan. That is bananas. This entry would seriously blow your mind if this was 2006. (K)

05.James Gang: Bang (1973)
In a quest for all things Tommy Bolin and a recent desire  for some A-List classic rock that I might have glossed over, I'm now mining the depths of the cocaine caves and coming up with things like late period James Gang. Lord help me! Thing is I can't stop listening to it. Maybe it's California? (S)

4. Hardcore hula hoopin'
Ok, so I suggest you add your own soundtrack (I bet Cool Skull works!), but seriously, how great is this? (K)

3. G.G. Allin: Live Fast Die Fast (1984)
Other than the shit and the puke what's up with G.G.'s music? Is it any good? By good I mean I think he might have something wrong with him and he's speaking from the heart of a disenfranchised idiot. So I think that it might be good. I'm just not sure, maybe I shouldn't care. Life sucks scum fuck? I love this song. (S)

2. Haunted Leather - Shapes on the Wall
Michigan's big into apocalyptic psyche these days, and Haunted Leather is one of the most extravagant practitioners thereof. Hazy, droning, locked-in-the-basement-for-days stuff. Awesome. (K)

Shapes on the Wall from Haunted Leather on Vimeo.

1. Lantern: Dream Mine (2012)
These guys have got there feet dancing in all the right places, wholesome, all american, exuberant freak out music. You can tell they love it and Advanced Demonology loves it. Dream Mine is a cyber punk concept record. It sounds like a Stooges tape being played on a boom box while some longhaired kids are getting drunk on the railroad tracks, in the year 2085Buy it!!! (S)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Advanced Demonology Book Club

Sure, you know plenty about the first two, but what happens when you throw dildoes in to the mix? Let's find out!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Advanced Demonology Podcast Lesson 7

This month: join Ken and Swilson as we host an Okkult Rock party at the rim of Hell!
Four hours of non-stop party jams!

Listen/Download HERE! 

Friday, June 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 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. The Somerton Man
Australia's strangest unsolved mystery. In 1948, a dead guy is found at Somerton Beach in Adelaide. Nobody knows who he is or how he got there, but experts are pretty sure he was murdered via undetectable poison. They find a rolled-up note in his pants pocket that turns out to be a page torn out of a very rare poetry book. The book's missing, but some dude finds in the back of his car. Naturally, there's a secret code written on the back page. And then, a year later, they think they find the dead guy's suitcase in a bus depot, and things get even weirder. Honestly, you can jump down this rabbit hole and lose days trying to figure out what happened. The case is still open and unsolved. The groovy, stylish 1977 giallo The Pyjama Girl Case is partly based on this story. (K)

12. The Exiles (1961)
This was filmed in 1958 and not released until 1961. It follows a group of american Indians who have left the reservation to try and make a life for themselves in the blighted Bunker Hill area of downtown L.A. We hang out with these lost souls as they drink and swagger for 12 hours through the City of Night. It's shot in a quasi-documentary style, it has an almost John Cassavetes feel, though it pre-dates Shadows by a year.  The scenes of Main Street L.A. when the bars let out is worth the price of admission alone and the music that blazes from the radios and juke box is fantastic. (S)

11. The first half of the new Tank album, War Nation
Ok, so Tank founder Algy Ward is nowhere to be found, and the dude singing now (former Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White)  is a little too high-pitched for my taste, and there's a weird Jesus-y vibe to the lyrics, and the second half is prog-metal sludge, but seriously, the guitars on the first half of the tunes are amazing, and all the songs are still about war (and now Jesus, too). I guess we're breaking 50/50 here, but any diehard Filth Hounds know the awesome power of Tank's relentless NWOBHM CHUGCHUGCHUGCHUG once they really get cooking. (K)

10. Tiger B. Smith
Glam? Metal? Proto-Punk? Proto-Metal?  Forgot it, man. Don't worry about the labels. Tiger B. Smith hail from a time when rock was a circus, outrageous, obnoxious, stupid! Leopard boots, afros, and pink tutu's. No baseball caps, sweatshirts, and shorts!  Music without the slightest tear of introspection.  Lovely!  (S)

9. Spider Invasion!
In a small village in India, a new, previously unknown strain of particularly aggressive tarantulas have invaded. They leap from trees and latch on to people, injecting them with venom. Also, the may or may not feed specifically on vertebrae blood. Holy fuck. The local witch doctors (!) are working overtime to treat the afflicted, but even real doctors report that there's no known anti-venom, and the best advice authorities have so far is to "stay inside at night", because that's when they attack. This is every horror movie, ever, come to squirming life. (K)

8. Ronnie Bass
What do religious cults, mad scientists, art academia, hip-hop, Elctro-pop, Texas, fish markets, Swilson, and New City have in common?  Why, it's Ronnie Bass. My partner in crime at the fish market and sometime collaborator is making some of the most next level art/music out there. He writes outsider electronic pop musicals about CompUSA workers turned cult leaders and all sorts of weird wonderful things. And ladies…. Gotham Magazine voted him one of New York City's most eligible bachelors. (S)

7. Jerrawerra
Australia's version of Sasquatch is a lot less scary. He's only four feet tall. More like Smallfoot, amiright? (K)

6. Giorgio Moroder: Son of My Father
Everybody knows Giorgio rules the wasteland. I just got turned on to this by the drummer in Swilson. Killer groovy euro-seventies sleaze. (S)

5. Umberto - Prophecy of the Black Widow
Umberto is the brainchild of one Matt Hill and a revolving cast of funky friends. Essentially the dude creates towering odes to 80's exploitation flicks not unlike Goblin wrestling St Vitus to the ground and bashing in their skulls with John Carpenter's megaphone. Prophecy of the Black Widow is, so far, Umberto's epic. It sounds like ten Suspirias at once. Word on the street is that live shows involve Keytars, fog machines, and gratuitous blood/nudity as well, so keep an eye on this gang o' loons.(K)

4. Boris Manco
Turkish psych is the best! Maybe because it was a hash culture for so long and the indigenous music is naturally psychedelic. Whatever the reason is, I love it and Boris Manco is the closet thing Turkish rock has gotten to international success. This video is amazing. (S)

3. Tim Blake - Blake's New Jerusalem
Tim Blake played keyboards for both Gong and Hawkwind, so clearly, he's an expert on all things space-rock. His '78 album, New Jerusalem, is a masterpiece of galactic synth-rock, blending acoustic guitars, mournful vocals, and hippy platitudes with his far out, light-emanating keyboards. It's majestic stuff, ridiculous and awe-inspiring and touching. Love it. PS Tim's apparently the first guy to offer a laser light show with his rock. Sorry, B.O.C.! (K)

2. Miami Vice
I'm balls deep into Miami Vice cause they got it up on Netflix. It's the ultimate 80's show. I didn't miss an episode when I was a kid, now that i'm, well….older…I notice a few things about it : It's extremely cinematic for a television show, and the music budget must have been HUGE. Every episode has some gigantic song from the day: Tina Turner, Clapton, Collins and the list goes on and on.  Also the gust stars!!! (S)

1. There's a Lot of Naked People on the Covers of Disco Records
As mentioned on the latest episode of the Advanced Demonology podcast, I've been loitering around the local disco hut lately, and I chanced upon a pretty amazing discovery: there's a lot of nudity and heavy sexuality on the covers of 70's disco records. Way more than in 80's metal, even. Dude, I really wasted my time with boys-only stuff like Sabbath in the 70's. I could have been oglin' fine ladies and learning to dance. BTW, I am going to make a disco record cover coffee table book.Someday. So don't steal my idea. (K)

Friday, June 1, 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.

The Purr-Fect Crime Part I by wwevideo007

13. Purrfect Crime: The Julie Newmar documentary
Everybody loves Julie Newmar, the statuesque 60's beauty who will forever be known as the original (and greatest!) Catwoman. But how much do you know about her? This illuminating doc spills the beans, some of it funny, some of it tragic. Did you know she invented her own kind of pantyhose named Nudemars? And that she was at war with Jim Belushi for years? Awesome. (K)

12. Ali, fear Eats Soul
Yes it certainly does.  Saw this at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica last night. It's a story about a big (in every way) Moroccan man who falls in love with a little German old lady. It's 1974 and although Hitler is a distant memory the locals are none too happy about all the Arab's populating the area, and really not happy about  inter racial relationships. The super prolific Fassbinder  shot this in just under two weeks as a film making exercise between the production of two other film. This is a good entry point into his catalog. He made tons of movies in his very short life. (S)

So, Vandroid was a brutal cyborg/van themed exploitation flick from the mid 80's that was never released because the studio (and all the prints) burned in a fire. All that remains are a few pieces of artwork and the master tapes for the amazing electro-synth soundtrack. I mean, maybe all that happened. Probably not, though. Probably it's all a ruse to get you to listen to the sweet Vandroid mega-jams. Which is ok with me.  (K)

10. Ronnie Self
My good fried Dave turned me on to this lost Rockabilly belter. His biggest hit was a song called "Ain't I'm A Dog" but he had a really unsuccessful solo career despite being signed to Columbia and Decca records and had a history of boozing, insanity and violent behavior. All the hallmarks we like to admire from afar when enjoying a potential Advanced Demonological hero. Other people had some hits with his songs: Jack Hess & Brenda Lee. The song "High On Life" is NOT indicative of Ronnie's rockabilly snarling, I just posted it cause it fits this blog a little better. (S)

09Samantha Glass

I've been trying to buy some Samantha Glass (band, not a girl named Samantha) cassettes (their preferred mode of musical delivery) for the past couple days, but both labels that released this band's stuff are too cool (or whatever) to have sensible websites. Luckily you can freak freely to their mysterious Krautgloom all you want on Bandcamp. And you should. Dark, weird, super groovy.

08. Tommy Bolin
Speaking of doing allot in a short time, This guy blazed a trail through the Rock 'n Roll big top faster and brighter than most. Somehow he is not a household name? Despite being the lead guitar in the Zephyr playing on a Jazz Fusion classic (Billy Cobham's Spectrum), recording two records with James Gang, and replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple and busting out two solo records, than dying at the age of 25 of an OD!  (S)

07The Slasher Movie Book - ah, the simple pleasures of a good 80's slice n' dice. Slashers were huge in the day-glo decade, and for good reason: they delivered the goods. The goods, of course, being blood, boobs, laughs (usually unintentional), and a twist ending (usually telegraphed in the first five minutes). The Slasher Movie Book covers the golden age and looks ahead, and it does it exactly the way I prefer, these days: with lots of cool, color pictures and not a whole lot of text. I'm a man of leisure, after all. A pretty perfect summer read.  (K)

06. Floored Genius: The Best of Julian Cope and The Teardrop Explodes 1979-91
I think this is right up there with Alice Copper's greatest Hits as the best greatest hits album of all time, if there is such a thing, I think there is. Sometimes that's all you really need. If you have found Julians work to be a little confounding to sift through this 1992 comp does it for you. It starts with the Teardrop and takes you up to Peggy Suicide. Cool!  (S)

05. Julia Stone 
Julia and her brother Angus are Australian pastoral pop-folkies who have been playing together since the mid-2000's and are apparently big news in places more culturally refined then here, but I just happened to stumble on 'em this week, and I am most definitely smitten by Julia's soulful sad-girl music. Julia started doing solo stuff in the past couple years, and her new album, By the Horns, is killer. If you like Vashti Bunyan, The Pierces, and/or Anna Ternheim, or just melancholy pretty girls with guitars in general, then you're gonna dig this. Also, she sounds just like Melanie (Safka)!  (K)

04. The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
I'm reading the Thomas Cleary translation now. It's great! You don't have to be into killing pople and war to read this book. It's  good advice when you have to do anything strategic. All you hippies should get into it, might help when the  Apocalypse  comes and we have to start our own Advanced Demonology war tribe, with dune buggies…… (S)

Seems almost quaint, given this week's surge of grisly mayhem (the face eating guy, the throwing-his-own-intestines-at-cops guy), but apparently there's some horse-flaying Satanic creeps running loose in merry olde England. I can only assume it's a hippie devil cult run a long-maned acid-rocker and populated by busty Ingrid Pitt types in peasant blouses and dandelion headbands. Lock up your barns!  (K)

02. The Tamrons: Wild Man

What's a Tamron? I don't know but I like it!  It's friday!!!(S)

01.Cool Skull 
the Ep is coming kids and you download the title track for FREE now. (S)