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)

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