Saturday, August 25, 2012

Advanced Demonology Podcast Episode 9: Summerjam

This month on Advanced Demonology, Ken and Swilson say goodbye to summer with four hours of songs celebrating the elation and inevitable heartbreak of everyone's favorite season.

Note: It turned out weirder/creepier than we thought it was going to. Summer is like that.

Listen/download HERE! 
Next month: Supersoft!

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 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. Whipped Cream Lady
I don't think I've ever been to a record store that did not have at least seven copies of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass's seminal '64 breezy-listening classic “Whipped Cream & Other Delights”, featuring the iconic photograph of the pretty lady covered in whipped cream. But who was that lady? And whatever happened to her? She's Dolores Erickson, she's 76, she's still pretty, and this week the Seattle Times broke the case! Delightful! (K)

10. Fred Eaglesmith - Johnny Cash
This tune is awesome. Fred Eaglesmith, who I know nothing about except that he is Canadian, lifts a Neil Young riff and lays down over the top of it a scathing criticism of Johnny Cash's newest fans, who like 'em now that he's dead. This is the only time I've ever really heard this sentiment expressed in a song. The prevalent idea among music fans that : "Sure, you like this stuff now, but where were you back when?!?!". I also wonder why there aren't more musicians writing songs about other musicians? It does happen, but not as much as one would think, since musicians themselves are some of the biggest music fans out there. (S)

11. 2nd Chapter of Acts
I wonder sometimes. I'm the least religious guy I know – in fact, I'm pretty aggressively anti-religion. Yet I love 70's Jesus freak music. Go figure. Had I been an impressionable teenager in 1974 – the year two-sisters-one-brother hippie Christian rockers 2nd Chapter of Acts released their first record, “With Footnotes” – would I have been swayed? Would I have seen the light? Probably not. But could I have scored with hippie Jesus chicks? Maybe. Anyway, dig this flowery resurrection rock and make up your own mind. (K)

10. Little Woman - Throat (2010)
Equal parts Blues Explosion and Soft Machine and a whole shit load of other outrageous contagious nonsense. Heavy Metal thunder.  I was subjected to this 1 AM one night in Jersey City and my brain melted out of my eyes.  It was really unpleasant. (S)

9. Cristina – Disco Clone (1978)
Some people will tell you this is the worst disco song ever made. I am telling you the opposite. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but the point is, you've gotta hear this jam. (K)

8. Super 11
This group plays wedding music from Mali, obviously from the clip, a very organically psychedelic place.  Buy the record!  I'm sure they could use the Euros.(S)

7. The Museum of Uncut Funk
The Museum of Uncut Funk is exactly that: they preserve funky artifacts from the past few decades, lest we forget the funk in it's purest form. Recently the Museum was visited by Collectors Quest – a pretty amazing website/portal where people show off their collection of...stuff – who shot some video of' 'em showing off their collections of black comic book heroes, blaxploitation posters, black animation, and more. Bad ass! And also funky. (K)

6. Crazy Homeless Man In Belgium
Cheap Satanism records should snatch this guy up before somebody else does. He's got over a million hits on youtube. It took him five years but hey…(S)

5. Katie Sunshine
If I was to tell you there's a girl who likes to put on Daisy Dukes and go hula-hooping in her front yard, what do you think her name would be? Exactly, Katie Sunshine. Sometimes, everything just works the way it should. (K)

4. Venom - Live in 1985
You want the worst and you got the worst! One of the best/ worst metal bands of all time here in all the stinking glory in 1985. I've been listening to these guys non-stop since I'm still in Jersey, I guess the place just inspires  a natural angst. I'm loving it! (S)

3. Real Life (Ukrainian) Sleeping Sleeping Beauty
So here's the idea: it's an art installation where a beautiful Ukrainian girl is dressed up like Sleeping Beauty and lies on a bed, seemingly snoozing away in her poison-apple coma. Dudes show up and are encouraged to kiss her, but here's the rub: first the guy has to sign a waiver that says if she wakes up from his kiss, he has to marry her. It's like a really weird/awesome game of Ukrainian Roulette! (K)

2. Brigantine Castle
I've been spending lots of time in the South Jersey town of Brigantine. Where when I was a kid there was a infamous haunted house called Brigantine Castle. The place actually had real people dressed up like ghouls and zombies who would literally jump out of the shadows and chase you through the hallways. Fuckin crazy! It was before lawsuits really took hold of our culture. it burned down in 1987. Bummer. (S)

1. Doro – Raise Your Fist in the Air
Holy fuck, Doro's back. I saw her at a strip club in New Hampshire once. This was a few years back.  She wasn't stripping, she was playing on the aging-metalheads stage in the corner. It was pretty amazing. I mean, she plays to 50 zillion people in Germany, but she's so dedicated to her fans that she's willing to play in Nowheresville New Hampshire for 60 boozy over-aged headbangers (who spent most of the dough they saved for Doro merch on the strippers)? You gotta love Doro, man. LOVE DORO, MAN! (K)

Friday, August 17, 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 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. Gerald Spooner – Camberline
If there's one thing I love, it's early 70's loner-folk (with flues!) played by bearded freaks from nowheresville. And if there's one thing I hate, it's records I couldn't afford in 10,000 years. So, you can imagine how conflicted I am over Germanic warbler Gerald Spooner. One self-released album, Growing Up, from 1974. It's not on the internet. Everything in the world that has ever existed is on the internet, but not this record. The dude who used to run the Fantasy blog (which was awesome, and still sorta exists, but only as a mail order thing) is selling a copy right now for 280 Euros, which is like, $400 smackeroos US. So, somebody rich please buy it and tape it for me. In the meantime, check out this gentle, druggy, wigged-out track from it. (K)

12. 45 Rare Psychedelic And Prog Rock Song Comp
Holy hell! I think I only heard but one or two of the tunes before, on this amazing sampler put together by somebody. I'm assuming the guy is  from Europe, because most of the jams are from the continent, some from Japan. It's worth checking out till the end, he saves some the best  for last. (S)

11. The Coffin Torpedo
So, say you're dead, and some dirty ratfink wants to dig you up and steal your gold filling. You gonna let him get away with it? Not if you have the Coffin Torpedo! Hitting the market in 1878, the coffin torpedo basically rigged up a loaded shotgun inside your coffin, so if the lid was opened, the grave robber got shot right in the face. There was also a version that was basically a landmine. The only problem? Sometimes they'd go off randomly, like when you were placing a wreath of flowers on dear ol' grandmas grave. Life was sure interesting in the 19th century. (K)

10. Titicut Follies
If you haven't treated yourself to the slow burning horror of this 1967 Fredrick Wisemen master piece, a hot August afternoon is a perfect time to do so. It's centered around a talent show at a mental hospital for the criminally insane. It was unavailable for many years. Watching a Wiseman movie is pretty refreshing in the age of the propaganda film being passed off as documentary. (S)

9. Space Water
At some point here on Earth, we're gonna run out of water. And that's gonna be a bad scene. So we really need to find some solution before the Water Wars start. Luckily, it turns out there's enough water in space for all of us to have a trillion gallons of our own. It's in a cloud outside of a black hole 12 billion light years away. Everybody grab a bucket! (K)

8. Haphash & The Coloured Coat Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids (1967)
One of the best names in the history of anything, born out of some oozing brain child of two graphic designers who were responsible for a bunch of posters around London's emerging psychedelic scene. It sounds proto-evrything. In fact it sound primordial like a primordial brain discovering language. Or maybe it just sounds like a bunch of hippies making noise. Whatever it is , I like it!(S)

7. Belbury Poly
Hey, new genre alert! Who's up for Spectradelia? So far I'm pretty sure it's only Belbury Poly that's peddling the stuff, but every movement starts with one pioneer, right? Basically, these Welsh weirdies create music that sounds like classroom filmstrips gone wrong. It's retro-futuristic incidental music that creeps right into your brain and whispers about the secret horrors under your bed or in your closet. It might also be the soundtrack to a documentary about snails. Either way, Glowing Raw has a great write-up on the new Belbury Poly record, The Belbury Tales. Check it out and get spectradelic! (K)

6. Louie Bluie
This is Terry Zwigoff's first film. He met Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong sometime in the mid 80's and was so blown away by how talented the guy was that he went around to all of his filmmaker friends and tried to convince somebody to make a documentary. Nobody wanted to, so Zwigoff, never having made a film before, said "fuck it" and made it himself.  (S)

5. Killer Joe
Caught this last weekend, and was blown away. It's heavy duty neo-noir meets grindhouse black comedy, full of nudity and blood and fried chicken abuse. There's at least four of five scenes in here that could potentially cause you to puke or run screaming from the theater. This is what NC-17 was made for. Awesome stuff, go see it! (K)

4. Roddy McDowall's home movies of Malibu in 1965
Something mesmerizing about all these  stars of yesteryear hanging out by the beach in 1965.  It's long before we were used to seeing celebrities casually hanging out. Because now everyone is really casual and although I'm a casual guy myself, it's kind of a drag.The footage has an air of innocence  about it, clearly before the big late 60's freak out. I apologize to all you Vietnam vets out there but I'm Fond of Hanoi Jane. (S)

3. Nightstalker – Dead Rock Commandos
If you only listen to one Greek biker-metal record this year, let it be this one. Buzzy, groovy, 70's saturated dope rock heavy enough to crush mountains. Grow your hair long, drop out of society, play this record as loud as possible. Not necessarily in that order. (K)

2. Pork Roll Express
I'm back in Jersey and I'm indulging in the Garden States contribution to world cuisine, Taylor Ham or pork roll, whatever you want to call it. Actually this outstanding mystery meat hasn't made it out of New Jersey very much. Although I have found it in a H.E.B in Texas and one butcher shop in The Grove in Hollywood. Maybe it's for the best, it's not too good for you, but it is delicious. If you do need to get it in Kansas or Hawaii, you can try and catch a ride on the Pork Roll Express! (S)

1. Vanessa – Upside Down (Dizzy Does It Make Me)
Incredible early 80's aerobic Europop. My new favorite music video of all time, ever. (K)

Friday, August 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 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. Robots in Disguise
Sometimes it takes me awhile to catch up to things. Robots in Disguise is a British two-girl electro shocktroop, and their music is great. Snotty, punky, weird, danceable. Apparently they were on The Mighty Boosh a few times. That show gives me a headache. So does this band, really, but I like 'em. (K)

12. Hashpapi
presumably, This band was too stoned to even spell the name of the single correctly. This is the kind of righteous freak-out  you'd expect from a group called Hashpapi. It's mixed in such a way that I thought there was something wrong with the stereo. This band might be from Chile, but they sound like some slime that has bubbled up from the early 70's London Underground. I highly doubt there is more to come from these guys so enjoy the moment. (S)

11. Supertzar - Funeral Blues EP 
Been getting into lots of lumbering doom-rock this week. Dunno why. Probably the summer's fucking me up. Anyway, these Helsinki mopes do an outstanding job on this gritty, grimy, riff-tyrant of an EP.  Download it for free on Bandcamp and then spend the rest of the month in the basement staring at cracks in the wall. (K)

10. Boyjazz - Unlimited Nights & Weekends (2012)
Big riffs, Halford level vocals, swagger, good song writing, the only thing missing from this equation is a proper audience, a parking lot full of maniacs getting fucked up living for the party. Supposedly these guys have been around for a while and they toured with so and so and they used to be involved with who's it's what's it, but I can't tell what is real and what is fake anymore. All I know is that this fuckin' record rocks! (S)

9. From Beyond - One Year
Houston's space-doom freaks create a fairly breathtaking ode to The Singularity, AKA THE DAY THE MACHINES GAIN CONSCIOUSNESS (ETA 2035). Some folks think this event will usher in a brave new world with limitless possibilities. Others, like From Beyond, assume we'll immediately be enslaved by our robot overlords. Guess we'll just have to wait and find out which way it goes. For now, spend the next nine minutes rocking out to this thunderous track and prepare for the worst. (K)

8. Wigwam - Tombstone Valentine (1970)
A lost gem from Finland, produced by the king at the controls Kim Fowley. Great weirdo songwriting worthy of the tape loop in the trip out room. Lot's of guitars that sound like they are being sizzled in a frying pan or being played by many elves at once, not certain which.  Equally strange is a track by experimentalist Erkki Kurenniemi, "The Dance of the Anthropoids", dropped onto the record by Fowley for no explicable reason. (S)

7. Venera 13
The Curiosity rover is zipping around on the surface of Mars as we speak, which is good news, because let's face it, some of us are gonna end up living there. But did you know that in 1982 – not a particularly tech-savvy year – the Russians landed a probe, with the awesomely stoner-rocking name of  Venera 13, on Venus? Venus has an unbelievably harsh environment – temps hover at 900 f, and the sky is filled with acid – so anything that lands there will be destroyed within an hour. The Venera 3 lasted 57 minutes and was able to relay a few pics back to Earth before Venus claimed it. For a planet named after the goddess of love, Venus is mean as hell. (K)

6. Dark Carnival on youtube
In the 90's the bane of my existence (among a million other things) was always missing Dark Carnival live. I spent most of that confusing decade in the blue collar slums of Philadelphia where this band pretty much embodied what you thought cool was. Snotty obnoxious vocals belted out by an art damaged sexpot death goddess named Niagara (Destroy All Monsters) against a back drop of blistering Detroit rock 'n roll, by ex-members of the Stooges and sometimes the Dead Boys. Well, thanks to Interweb Inc.  you and  I can peek through a key hole back into time. By the way, youtube is Ron Asheton heaven. He's one of my musical heroes and I got to see him play once, thank god. But's it's just not enough, goddamit. Doesn't he look fuckin' sharp in this clip? And as for Niagara, she is pretty much what every girl around me at the time wished she could be. I don't know what's up with the other chick in the video. Do you?(S)

5. Mitch Hedberg mini-doc
Who didn't love Mitch Hedberg? He had Monster Magnet jokes! Mitch clocked out early a few years back due to a bad ticker, but the laffs live on. Scott Moran, who's working on a series of comedian mini-docs, posted this great video snapshot of Mitch, via his comedian wife Lynn Shawcroft, earlier this week. Good stuff. I miss him, he died. (K)

4. Easy Action - Friends Of Rock 'n Roll (2005)
I've been busy as hell this week having to do a bunch of stuff around the Mind Warp Pavilion to get ready for my trip back to the fatherland (New Jersey). I haven't had much time to explore new shit and I've mostly had the itunes on shuffle. Easy Action came on and I thought maybe you AD fans might not be hip to these guys. Jim Brannon,  who fronted  one of the only truly great hardcore bands (Negative Approach) and the magnificent Laughing Hyenas leads this band of Detroit vets (there is allot of Detroit around the Mind warp) in a group that I assume is named after the fantastic Alice Cooper record. Jim's voice is hard to take for a the duration  because it's so fuckin' intense, that's a good thing, but just hard to take for a whole record, i'm getting old, but he's older than me and able to bring it as heavy and real as this. Fuck!!!! (S)

3. It's the Collinson Sisters' birthday!
Greatest evil twin team in history. First twins in Playboy. From Malta, which...who knew that was a real place? Everything about them is awesome. I think they both married princes. They're probably on horses as we speak. Watch their finest hour, Twins of Evil, as soon as possible. It's amazing. (K)

2. The Street Sliders
In honor me NOT being able to go to Japan this week and instead going to the New York/New Jersey area, here is a bunch of Japs doing Tri-State junkie rock in the 80's and passing it off as pop. Kanpai! (S)

1. Last Shop Standing
New doc about indie record shops in the UK. I used to dream about going to London specifically to buy  records at Shades, the record store that used to advertise in Kerrang! Back then, there were hundreds of record stores in the UK. Now there's only a handful, but they're keeping the dream alive. If you dig vinyl (and you do, I know you do), you'll wanna check this out! (K)

Friday, August 3, 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 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. Stoned Jesus
How many times have you almost gotten off the couch (of woe) and formed a band called Stoned Jesus? Me too, man. Well, these lude snorting behemoths from the Ukraine have gone and fuckin' done it, and the results sound exactly how you'd expect: like a snowblind Sabbath lost in the woods, getting their frostbitten toes chewed off by mangy wolves. They have a new(virtual) record out, Seven Thunders Roar. You should get (download)  it. As we sometimes say here in Boston, wicked sick. (K)

12. Effects Database
Monster website dedicated to the wild wonderful world of guitar effects pedals. Outsider rock and roll would be nothing without these cool looking devices that basically fuck up your guitar sound, creatively of course. There are thousands of different pedals out there and the boutique pedal making market has really exploded in the new millennium. Navigating your way to the right choice of pedal for your stoner rock meets cuddle core death metal band can be daunting. This is your road map. (S)

11. Bonnie and Clyde 2012
So, Serge Gainsbourg has a hairy kid named Lulu (!). His music is bascially the same as his dad's: breezy, smoky, and sinsiter. And, also like his dad, he likes to collaborate with sexy blonde actresses. So it should come as no surprise that he would cover dad's classic “Bonnie and Clyde”, and that he would cast Scarlett Johannson in the Brigitte Bardot role. Tres cool, daddy-o. (K)

10. Camel - Mirage
Camel is becoming my go-to prog-rock band when I'm looking to feel really stupid by listening to smart music. Does that make any sense? Anyway… this record is amazing. It's as good as any Pink Floyd record of the day. Check out the last two minutes of "Nimrodel-The Procession-The White Rider" Awesome!  And for all you guys born in the 80's I included an 8-bit version that some psychopath did.(S)

9. Enceladus almost certainly has life on it
Forget Titan. Astronomers now think that Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, is the most likely place in the solar system to find some form of alien life. It's only 310 miles around and encased in ice, but there's water, water everywhere (even shooting out of the surface), and the water's got organic compounds in it. I'd say it's time to stop with all the fuckin' wars already and build a rocket to Enceladus pronto! (K)

8. Sylvain Sylvain (1979)
The New York Dolls are the like the Beatles for scumbags. All the members of this band are super cool in their own right. Sylvain Sylvain is basically the George Harrison of the bunch. Johnny and Johansen have always eclipsed Syl and although I've seen him live a few times and he rules, I never really got one of his records. It doesn't have the same swagger to the production (or lack thereof) as, say, L.A.M.F,  but the tunes are boss. Teenage News will have you and you girl/boyfriend dancing around the portable turntable. (S)

7. The earliest known recorded existence.
It's an Edison tube recorded in 1888.  It's an excerpt from Handel's “Israel in Egypt” sung by a chorus of 400(!) and recorded (for whatever crazy reason) from the distance of 100 yards. I know, you want it to sound like something David Lynch would come up with. Well, it does.

PS: Some folks will tell you that this is not the earliest music in existance, that there's a paper recording from 1860 of someone singing vocal scales. While this is technically true, it's not actually music. And it sounds like some kind of terrifying ghost. (K)

6. Black Sabbath Live In Asbury Park New Jersey 1975
I've been a Sabbath fan since I was twelve. I wake up every morning and I wish that they made 20 records between 1969 and 1975 instead of five. But they didn't. I have even learned to like Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die.  This is the closest thing you'll get to a lost Sabbath record. It's a bootleg that sounds like it was pro recorded. The band is in top freak form and the concert took place about 4 miles from the town I grew up in New Jersey, but I was too young to go…..bummer. If you know anything about Jersey you can imagine the sea of feathered haired, doper, dirt farmers, that made up the audience. A tear comes to my eye.(S)

5. Bear Hunting in Siberia
This is a photo of a bear hunting unform used by maniacs in Siberia in the 1800's. Put all of that stuff together in your head: 1800's/Siberia/fucked up leather suit covered head to toe in spikes/bear hunting. How did anybody ever survive back then? Also, now that everyone knows this exists, how long until kids start showing up at Slayer shows dressed like this? (K)

4. Gems Off The Cutting Room Floor
I've been on the hunt for homemade super 8 films of kids in the 60's and 70's smoking pot.  It's an image that I find relaxing. Like some people like to watch sports, I like to watch people get high, I guess. So I'll be posting my findings on the Top 13 from time to time. This week's installment comes from Long Island, believed to be filmed around 1969 or 1970. (S)

3. Lui Magazine
Basically, Lui was the French Playboy. I'm sure you understand the implications of that. I don't understand it, but I LIKE IT. (K)

2. Drugs Are Like That
This really is the weirdest Anti-drug film ever made. It's like to Kill A Mocking Bird meets a Hasbro commercial made by NYU film school hippies on acid. I really don't know what to say about it. It's slightly abstract? What the fuck? I guess drugs are like that.(S)

1. A dingo eating a shark.
Just when you think Australia has run out of what-the-fucks, this happens. (K)