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)

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