Friday, October 5, 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. Bucharest Metro Digital Library
Deep in the bowels of the Bucharest subway, there's a mammoth free digital library! Basically it's a giant mural on the walls at a metro stop. All the books and CDs pictured on the mural contain QR codes. Scan 'em and voila, instant culture. Amazing idea, we should have them here, everywhere! (K)

12. 1-800-Band
If you like exuberant three chord blasts, covered in sweat and sugar, all the way from Brooklyn music city, and who doesn’t, just dial 1-800-BAND.  Don’t really try to dial the number you’ll end up getting a credit card company. This is like if the Warriors were a rock band instead of a gang, and let me tell ya, they are having more fucking fun than you are right now, I’m sure of it. Check ‘em out live on WFMU. (S)

11. Expo '70
Justin Wright is the man/machine behind LA psyche-drone drug-bubble Expo 70. He creates towering monoliths of hazer stoner distress signals and rolling waves of hallucinogenic cough-syrup jams. He's got a new record out, it's called Beguiled Entropy (what?), and it sounds like all the dark secrets hidden inside all those really rough 70's detective magazines. Remember all those ads where you knew they were selling something fucking crazy, but you couldn't figure out what it was? It was this. (K)

10. Message From Space 
Keep in mind when your watching “The Japanese Star Wars” , that  United Artists spent millions of dollars to buy the film and release it here in the States.  Because Star Wars was so successful, how could they lose? (S)

09. Clothilde at Les Charlots
Incredible French TV special from 1967 featuring mysterious ye ye girl Clothilde, who released two amazing Eps when she was 19 and then vanished. Belying her dramatic tunes, this goofy TV show finds her in barrettes and a loud orange jumpsuit (!) lip-synching into the camera with a blank-eyed stare. This is alternated with the Les Charlots running around dressed up as schoolboys and whatnots. What does any of it mean? Who knows, but it sure is fun to watch! (K)

08. Los News
This is what scantly clad sorority girls at slumber parties listen to before they get killed by axe wielding maniacs, who won’t stop calling and breathing heavy into the phone. As far I can tell Los News are from Spain, and they should have called the band Corinthian Leather.  I don’t know if you want to drop 10 euros to find out why. If you drive a ’73 Dodge Charger you might want to consider it. (S)

07. Evil Head
A few years back, punk-porn princess Joanna Angel starred in a pretty amazing/ridiculous/kinda disgusting XXX Reanimator parody, Repenetrator. Well, just in time for Halloween, here's a new horror-sex hybrid from Joanna. Evil Head, as you might guess, is a sex-saturated satire of Evil Dead (or maybe Evil Dead 2? I get them confused), and from the trailer, it looks as nutty as you think it would. Boners will be popped, blood will be shed. (K)

Evil Head, Parody of Evil Dead from BurningAngel Entertainment from Joanna Angel on Vimeo.

06. Paths Of Glory
Look I’m sorry to recommend something like a Stanley Kubrick movie on the Top 13, I know we mostly dedicate our time to finding less obvious diamonds in the rough, but I never saw this flick and it’s great. So in case you never saw it, it’s streaming on Netflix right now. Spoiler Alert: There were no happy endings in World War One, millions of people died and it just lead to World War Two, only thirteen years later. (S)

05. Kings of Glam
Awesome BBC doc on the glory daze of 70's glitter rock. Lotsa vintage footage and new interviews with Suzi, Noddy, Jayne County, Rolan Bolan (!) and more. Great stuff, and the whole doc is on Youtube. Let's bend some genders! (K)

04. Grand Trine
A mix of proto-punk sleaze rock madness and free jazz, what’s not to like? The song titles read like an Advanced Demonology shopping list: I am magnet, catatonic state, love & napalm, prescription drugs, and Nazi gold. (S)

03. Electric Eel Shock  - Rock ‘N Roll Can Rescue The World
I watched the debates the other night, got depressed so I needed something to cheer me up. (S)

02. Eddie Harris – It's All Right Now
Went to the record store today and was lucky enough to score Eddie Harris's seminal '76 psychedelic-soul-funk-jazz classic This is Why You're Overweight for the less-than-princely sum of $2.99. Killer. This is one of the album's many sweet jams. When I listen to this, I really do feel like it's all right now. (K)

1. Beefheart: Through The Eyes Of Magic By John “Drmbo” French
Captain Beefheart is a musical genius, but the guy who made it all happen was drummer John French. He wrote down what the Captain played on piano (mostly) and transcribed it for guitars and taught it to the band.  This is the craziest account ever of playing in a Rock ‘n Roll band. I’m not talking Def Leopard, with girls and drugs (well some drugs) crazy.  I’m talking Jim Jones and The people’s Temple crazy; I’m talking David Koresh crazy. It’s a miracle the story doesn’t end with mass suicide or the whole band going up in flames.  Captain Beefheart ran his band like a cult and John “Drumbo” French has the emotional scares to prove it. It’s done in a oral history style with French Interviewing most of the key players. Warning: this thing is a tome. Set aside at least a month to get through it. It's Everything you wanted to know about Captain Beefheart but were afraid to ask. (S)

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