Friday, July 13, 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. Astra
Of all the bands that claim Pink Floyd as an influence few ever get it right. They forget that Floyd's music was an ensemble of simple parts played sparingly at the right time with the right intensity.  Lot's of breathing room. Astra a band out of San Diego certainly conjures up the feeling and let's it breath big. Releasing records on the mighty Metal Blade and adding heavy doses of Sabbath and Hawkwind just to keep it streetCheck out 2009's The Weirding and 2012's The Black Chord. Heavy!!! (S)

12. The Accutrac +6
Jesus Christ, look at this fucking turntable. A fucking spiral shoots up and gently lowers your record on the platter! A 1970's computer reads the tracks and lets you program it like a CD! I would trade my car for one of these. I mean, Stacey wouldn't let me, but I would if I could. (K)

11. The Six Degrees Of Helter Skelter
The Dearly Departed Tours offer some of the best and most unique tours available. The city of Angles and southern California in general is the serial/mass murder capital of the world. Statistically speaking. Few mass murders captured the terrified imagination of America, and struck a deadly blow directly at the 60's day dream as the Mason gang.  This documentary, hosted by a D.D.T. guide and Manson murder expert Scott Michaels, focuses on the Murders themselves not on the back story or the trial/hysteria that followed after. It's a blow by blow account that puts you in the footsteps of the murders and the victims  those fateful evenings in late 1969.  I'm a pretty big Manson buff and I highly recommend this especially if you live in or plan to visit Los Angeles. (S)

10. And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records
What a book! Written by Neil Bogart's cousin (and right-hand man). There's a lot of mumbo jumbo about numbers, I'll tell you that up front, but otherwise the cocaine starts piling up early - back when they were both working at Buddah (home of Melanie! And 1910 Fruitgum Company! And Honey Cone! And Coven!)  - and it only gets worse/better when the move to LA and start up Casablanca, the juggernaut that spawned Kiss, Donna Summer, and the Village People, among many others. Crazy shit goes down and lots of blow gets snorted, a good portion of it by Curtis Mayfield! (K)

09.Terry Riley - You're No Good (1968)

Supposedly commissioned by a Philly disco, Terry Riley  ( the man behind the avant one hit wonder "In C") takes a perfectly good Harvey Avern tune and warps it into a 20 minute mind bend that will make you wanna reach for the Dramamine by the time you get to minute thirteen. Certainly a very early form of "remixing" if ever there was one. (S)

8. Seeds of Iblis - Iraqi anti-Islam female-fronted black metal 
Yikes! This is gonna end badly, I think. But what a scene, and what a racket! (K)

Pretty much invented Funk and Rock 'n Roll drumming and played on every record you've ever loved over the last 50 years. I just found out about him the other day. here he is on a Jesse James track from 1958, check out the drums on this shit!!!(S)

6. Roy C - Sex and Soul
Roy C is one of the great long-lost soul men, and his albums, Sex and Soul (1973) and More Sex and Soul (1977), are fantastic. Also, his lyrics are crazy. Like on this track, I Wasn't There (But I Can Feel the Pain). Did he just say, "I wasn't there when they raped my great, great great grandmother, and I wasn't there when she cried out for help, but I can feel the pain, early in the morning"? He sure fuckin' did. Holy smokes, Roy.  I love this guy! (K)

05. Nothing People - Smells Like Metal (2011)
There are few bands cooler than Northern California's Nothing People. Smells Like Metal is there latest effort and is a spaced out groove. Outsider one Percenters fo' sure. Dig?(S)

4. Mary Moor: Pretty Day
Killer ice-hearted proto- coldwave from a  murderous French chick circa '82. 
PS: This single currently goes for hundreds of bucks! Why? The strangled fake sax solo? (K)

03. Sylvester - Over and Over (1977)

2. Solid Gold
Swilson dredged up the memory of this 80's cheesepop staple recently, and I was psyched to see the first-ever episode, glitchy and washed-out, on Youtube. I still don't get why they picked the snooze-worthy Dionne Warwick (and Paul Anka!) as the first host(s) - the gorgeous Marilyn McCoo, who replaced her a year or later, was a much better choice - but still, hot dancers "interpreting" then-hot tracks, many of which are now completely forgotten (Robbie Dupree's Hot Rod Hearts?!)? Irene Cara in a see-through Caftan? Kurt Vonnegut's kid wrote songs for Ambrosia? Also, that one dancer chewing gum during Chuck Berry's perf of Johnny B. Good? Awesome! (K)

1. Utz - Crab Chips
I didn't eat potato chips for like 15 years but now there back in my life and back with a vengeance. I highly recommend the Utz Crab chip. I can't get it out here so I have to special order it. Very good with cold beer if you get your kicks that way (S)

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