Friday, November 30, 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. Aqua Nebula Oscillator
English as a second language groups get forgiven for band names that are just three "trippy" words strung together. But what's in a name? These french maniacs are making some of the most bombastic churning, pulsating, occult, F-R-E-E-K Rock, in all the land. Tear off your clothes snakes and spiders!!!! The new record known simply as: Third is like a Coffin Joe movie in sound. Trouver!! (S)

12. The Destroyer: Acid Rock 
If you're in the mood for some seriously f**ked-up 70's pulp fiction, you can't really go wrong with this head-spinning potboiler about a couple of kung-fu mercenaries trying to keep a well-heeled debutante-slash-groupie from getting  offed by various assassins hired by her rich dad's enemies. The twist? She's in a heavy relationship with Maggot, ,lead singer of "acid rock" juggernauts The Dead Meat Lice (!), who may or may not be into some whacked-out occult shit on top of everything else. Pure delirium. You can buy it from Amazon for a penny. (K)

11. Dizzy and Lalo - Free Ride
What was Dizzy Gillespie doing in 1970? He was hanging out with Steve McQueen soundtrack king Lalo Schifrin (Bullit, Cool Hand Luke), recording this awesome funky-jazzy-disco-y album. Sweet jams. (K)

10. Panopticon Eyelids - Overwhelming Visions
I can't for the life of me figure out how to actually buy this record. Maybe because I've been all kinds of dazed and confused by the sounds seeping from my headphones into my brain. They are from Canada and they are tripping out up there. Like your whole day ruined by a bottle of cough syrup. A bad fever dream. Bitchin'.  (S

9. Shinin' Shade 
Just discovered this Italian slow-mo doomadelic groove machine and I don't even know what to do about it. I mean, they're basically the Italian Jefferson Airplane with an occult-rock edge. I wanna go carve their name into a picnic table or buy a goat or something. Anyway they have a new record out, called Slowmosheen. I don't know how you get it. I think you might have to kill a goat first? (K).

8. Tommy Bolin "The Ultimate" Documentary
Lot's of talking heads but this is all we got as far as docs go on the great Tommy Bolin. Rock 'n die young.(S)

7. Girls, Chains and Epic Warriors
My new favorite Facebook Group posts outrageous 80's heavy metal record covers and then tries to make some sense out of them. I can't believe I spent a good chunk of my adolescence listening to bands like these. And now, thanks to this fucking group, I'm listening to them all over again. Heavy Load, FTW. (K) 

6. Doing Drugs by Michael And Bruce Jackson
If you like late 70's teenage delinquents like Long Island Acid King murderer Ricky Kasso or the cast of Over the Edge you'll love this  riveting account of teenage drug use in the early 80's by the family  that brought us Your Father's Not Coming Anymore ( book about divorce). The best part is the first half were it's real life interviews with what I would like to call "dopers", "burnouts" or "druggies". Kid's who's whole identity is based off of getting high or fucked up. We're not talking junkies. Junkies are boring, just run of the mill "wastoids" and it's a fantastic time capsule.  You can almost hear the NWOBHM in the background as you read, or better yet throw some on while you read. I'm moving and I have to give my copy back to my next door neighbor. It's another fantastic el-chepo book from Amazon.(S)

5. Any Gun Can Play
Just picked up this amazing comprehensive guide to Euro westerns. From Django to Clint Eastwood to bug-eyed Klaus Kinski and (way) beyond, this mammoth tome (500 pages!) maps the history of the genre, provides bios of all the key players, and slathers the pages with generous amounts of photos, posters, and lobby cards. Killer book. PS the hardcover verrsion is crazy expensive, but I got the paperback version for about $30. (K)

4. Feeding Back: Conversations With Alternative Guitarists From Proto-Punk to Post-Rock By David Todd
I Just got this on tuesday, I'm only half way done,  it's already indispensable if you are an Advanced Demonological guitar player or someone who loves them. Todd is a great at interviewing these outsider axe slingers: Brother Wayne Kramer, James Williamson, Tom Verlane, Zoot Horn Rollo, all the way through Johnny Marr, Christan Fennesz and Ghost's Michio Kurihara and many more. Although it's centerpiece is guitar playing in general it's about the creative process and what it means to be a musician that maybe doesn't fit in. Crucial! (S)

3. Sun Preachers
Stellar dirty 70's van rock played by a bunch of hip young Frenchies. (K)

2. The Guess Who - Live at the Paramount
We played them recently on the thanksgiving show and I ran across the rave review by Lester Bangs agin so I thought I'd give it a swing. I'm not going to attempt to recreate the review, but Bangs is right as always…. it rules!! (S)

1. Swilson - Cool Skull
I am the minister of information so I can shamelessly promote my own record. It's out this week and you still haven't downloaded it. It's free demonologist! (S)