Saturday, September 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 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. Rolling Stone All Access
So here's something awesome: if you subscribe to Rolling Stone (you have to subscribe to the print edition for some reason. There's no digital-only subscription. Still, it's only $20 a year), you get instant access to EVERY ISSUE they've ever printed, going back to the late 60's. There's limitations – you can only read them on a browser, no offline downloads – but still, it's a pretty incredible treasure trove of music and pop culture. Listen to Rumours and crack open a (digital) copy of Rolling Stone from 76, it's like time traveling! (K)

12. Rockaway Beach
The summer is almost gone and I'm wrapping up my east coast summer vacation. The other day my brother took me out to Rockaway Beach and I have to say I'm impressed. They got a cool thing happening on the boardwalk there around B. 96. A bunch of young hipsters took over some concession stands and it's a damn good time. You can get a gourmet hamburger, homemade ice-cream, a cold bold beer and listen to a psychedelic band play live, than go for a swim. But the creme' de la creme has to be former Orgone Energy bass player Johnny DiCosmo's Italian Ice. Johnny adds a modern twist to his family's nearly one hundred year old tradition. All organic ingredients  and way out flavors like strawberry avocado.  It's maybe the best summer desert in the whole country. You only got a few days before he wraps it up for the summer so head out there! (S)

11. Nocturna
Belly dancer turned “actress” Nai Bonet wrote, produced, and starred in this amazing (and amazingly cheap) disco vampire flick from 1979. Everything about it is jaw-dropping. Nai's acting is horrendous, she's naked in it every five minutes, Brother Theodore is in it (!) as her werewolf manservent, John Carradine stumbles around as a very creaky Count Dracula, there's terrible dancing and bad disco, the vampire/bat transformations are handled via primitive animation, and the dialogue sounds like it was written by someone attending English as a second language night classes. Also, it was rumored to have been bankrolled by a mobster, who turned up dead a year later.  A cult classic in the making, dig it up! (K)

10. Hicky & Boggs
This is one dark and disturbed movie directed by Robert Culp and written by Walter Hill. It's a hard boiled neo-nior and is really completely relentless and bleak. It's no wonder that it was a commercial failure when it came out, i'm sure it was a further reminder that the early 70's were, yes….a bummer. None the less it's some kind of masterpiece, too bad Culp didn't direct more of 'em. (S)

9. Septien
Great little weirdfilm about a trio of dysfunctional brothers living in the woods somwhere who happen to stumble across the high school coach who molested one of 'em, causing him to dissappear for 18 years. They ponder what to do about it when a loony snake-oil preacher shows up to help exact revenge. This is a comedy, by the way, although there's not a chuckle in it. You gotta see it just for the scene where they all lie in bed and sing the “Smother the demons” song. Thoroughly whacked and unsettling, but with a surprising amount of heart and a sorta happy ending. (K)

8. The Worst Cars Of All Time
Everybody is always raving about the best cars of all time and many an Advanced Demonologist envisions himself hurtling through liquid light time and space behind the wheel of a 1973 Dodge Charger. We rarely have the alternate fantasy of being stuck in traffic on the 405 behind the wheel of an overheating Ford Pinto. (S)


7. The Mystery of Oak Island
Oak island is a tiny hunk of land in Nova Scotia. There's a mysterious pit on the island, 200 feet deep, that many people believe holds Captain Kidd's treasure. Unfortunately, the pit is booby trapped. Treasure hunters have spent the last hundred years trying to get to the bottom of that pit, and they've failed every time. At 90 feet, they found a stone with inscriptions on it that may explain what's down there, but so far, no one's been able to translate it, although it's online, so you can take a crack at it yourself. There was even an episode of In Search Of about it! Crazy stuff. (K)

6. Lonnie Frisbee
I haven't seen the 2007 documentary about the man yet, in fact I just discovered him a few seconds ago when I did the the search on youtube for "Hippie Death" (you see how a great mind works?).   Lonnie Frisbee (is that the best name of all time?) was the real life leader of the Jesus freak Movement. Since we like Jesus rock almost as much as we love Disco on this blog It's about time we dig deeper. (S)


5. Cat Gang – Locomotive Breath
Cat Gang was an Italian disco studio project. In 1983, they released their debut (and only) single – a nine-minute discofied version of Jethro Tull's Locomotive Breath, complete with maximum flute jams. Majestic shit! (K)


4. Peter Brotzmann - Nipples (1969)
Sorry guys, it's been a lot of traveling and listening to old favorites on the ipod. I know not a single Heavy Metal band ever listened to this record and it's considered by most to be a jazz record, even though most jazz fans have never heard and those that have hate it  and when you're riding on a bus from New York City to Atlantic City, it will cause a minor panic attack. (S)

3. Marahachibu
Amazing, hardcore psych-garage from Japan circa 1971. Maybe it's the singer's accent, but this sounds a lot like the proto Sex Pistols to me! (K)

2. UFO - Rock Bottom
Is the official song of Swilson's four week tour of the Jersey shore. It might be the number one beer drinking song of the summer , I listened to this tune every chance I got and I'd like to thank the song itself for rocking so hard and the band UFO circa '75 for all the summer of 2012 memories. (S)

1. Montreal – A Summer's Night
Well, it's September, so we can put this bizarre summer to rest. Dunno how it was for you, but for me, it was alternately amazing and devastating. I'm looking forward to a much breezier (hopefully) Autumn. To send off the summer of '12, here's a suitably dreamy meditation on the season by long-gone early 70's Quebec psychedelic outfit Montreal. Stay cool, everybody. (K)

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