Friday, November 16, 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. Windhand
Doom Metal started with the song Black Sabbath on the first Sabbath record. Since than bands have been trying to distill and stretch out that wonderful bonged ripped sense of musical dread ever since. Though the results are usually pleasant (what's not to like about down-tuned power chords dripping out the speakers like molasses?) only a few have created masterpieces in this possibly zen art form. It's the subtleties, details and swagger that really matter. Pentagram did it. Sleep for sure with Dope Smoker.  Electric Wizard absolutely.  Now from Richmond Virginia Windhand. These guys are possessed. I think they nailed it on the first try. They should just break up now and leave it alone. Move on to shit gaze or bluegrass. (S)

12. Warrior Soul are back!
Back in the late 80's/early 90's, Warrior Soul were one of the most
exciting bands around. Politically-charged and with a strong urge/need
to provoke, live shows were sometimes nothing but 90 minutes of lead
singer Kory Clarke yelling at the audience. Plus, they played groovy
Zodiac/Cult-esque biker-space metal. After they broke up, Kory formed
a sleaze metal band called Dirty Rig and also sang for Chicago
doom-legends Trouble for awhile. Which is all well and good, but
Kory's at his best when he's in Warrior Soul, poking fingers in
people's chests and inciting revolution. Well, the good news is that
Warrior Soul is back with a new record, Still Middle Finger, and they
pretty much sound exactly the same! The not-as-good news is that half
the songs are about strippers. But the riot-in-the-streets stuff  is
suitably bad-ass. (K)

11. Sergio Corbucci
There is a few of his fantastically violent Spaghetti Westerns on netflix watch instantly right now. He was famous for Django. Watch Navajo Joe starring a young clean shaven Burt Renoylds as a pissed off Indian and The Mercenary with Django star Franco Nero and Jack Palance. The movies are so violent they almost  become psychedelic. Driven weird with scoring by the Maestro: Ennio Morricone. If you have not heard of it and can figure out how to track it down, Corbucci's true masterpiece is the Great Silence, it takes place in the snow, and stars Klaus Kinski,  that's all I'm going to say about it. (S)

10. Supermen of Malegaon
Awesome looking new doc about a filmmaker in a small town in India
making a superhero movie with a 95 pound Superman and zero dollars.
What could possibly go wrong? (K)

9. Marco Cappelli's Italian Surf Academy - The American Dream
He's a free jazz freak out guitar player. That's not what your going to hear on The American Dream. It's Spaghetti Western and B movie spy scores covered in a surf guitar / lounge style, and it rules. For the Italians the Western was a chance to express what they viewed as the American nightmare. So I love the title of this record and as for the sleeve artwork. Yes Marco that really is the American dream. (S)

8. Marcus Hook Roll Band
Somewhere between 60's freakbeat champs The Easybeats and the
emergence of 70's hard rock legends AC/DC, there was the Marcus Hook
Roll Band, featuring Angus and Malcolm Young. No scorching
blooze-metal riffs here, though. It's actually groovy protest
folk-rock in the vein of Rodriguez. Been listening to this sweet jam
all week. The sentiment is still relevant, sadly. (K)


07. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Bustin Loose (1978)
I was watching The Nine Lives Marion Barry and in one of the scenes I heard this jamming, banging, bouncing funk music in the background. Wow! Who's that? It's Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, the godfathers of Go-Go, Washington D.C.'s brand of club music. I can't tell yet what distinguishes Go-G0 from other forms of funk, but I'm going to figure it out, god dam it. (S)

6. The Orchestrion
At the Zaharakos ice cream parlor in Columbus, Indiana, they have a
working, 103 year old Orchestrion. What's an Orchestrion? It's an
entire orchestra smushed into a two-ton cabinet that could play any
song you programmed it to. It was like an Ipod that would kill you if
it fell on you. It's pretty amazing. I think it's sorcery? Anyway, I
want one. I'd make it play Electric Wizard jams all day. (K)

05. Revolution -Teen Time in Corpus Christi (1965-1970)
After bugging out on The Zakary Thaks the last few weeks I was wondering what other bands came out of Corpus Christi? Sure enough there was a garage rock compilation that covers it. As expected It's totally juvenile delinquent. The Bad Seeds are a snarling blues punk band with a blatant nod / rip off of the 13th Floor Elevators, that sounds all cool. Kubla Khan do their best Guess Who politico protest rap. The Liberty Bell are flying sky high on moms diet pills. A band simply called Michael are the only group that even hints that Corpus is located in the south, with an Everly Brothers I love you trip. As far as "Thaks" is concerned they are represented well here with the epic Passage To India.  A raga rock masterpiece. (S)

4. Witches everywhere
Great article by Jenna Ivy (awesome name!) at Listverse this week
about medieval witches. Turns out the Salem witch trails were the tip
of the iceberg. Most of Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries,
liked burning up “wicked women' too. Don't consort with fairy people
if you know what's good for you. (K)

03. Teenage Knockouts (TKO)
A first wave inspired punk band from Cleveland records this awesome sleaze rocker back in 1999. It's fuckin' great but I'm not sure why it's entitled: Japanese Motorcycles, Guitars and Guns. Maybe it was a comment on the bands lifestyle and that's why they ain't around no more. Those rice burners kill people left and right out here in California. I should know I live right on the Pacific Coast Highway. We all know guns kill, and they kill quick. Guitars will kill ya too, but it's a real slow painful death. I got this from the mighty blog for all things fun, Sons Of The Dolls. (S)

02 Scorpions 1972
I'm loving this! I can't stop watching it. So awesomely German. (S)

1. The Infinite Jukebox

This is my new favorite thing ever. Go to the Infinite Jukebox
website, upload your favorite jam, and it will create an
ever-expanding, never-ending remix. Fuckin' boss. Bummed out that
Swilson's Cool Skull is only 2 minutes long? Now it can be four and a
half hours long! Hooray! (K)

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