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)

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