Saturday, December 29, 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. Jeremy Steig – Fusion
I know, nobody likes fusion. I'm with you, man. “Jazz-rock” is the worst. But this cat Jeremy Steig is a whole different trip. Half-paralyzed from wiping out on his motorcycle as a reckless youth, he developed a unique style of flutin' that is apparent from the first note. It's like he sings – and sometimes screams – right into the flute. It's fuckin' dynamite. He's got a couple dozen records out, stretching from the mid 60's to just a couple years ago (he's still active at 70), but my fave is the Fusion album from 1970. A double-album set, it's pure jazz-funk mega-flute jam bliss. As one Jazzbo critic noted, it sounds like it defies gravity. Seriously groovy, and one of the best albums I've heard this year. (K)

12. GR - Reverse Age
Gregory Raimo (GR)  is the  axe wielding Frenchman behind the ever sizzling blow-out known as the Gunslingers. This is his third solo record. The one before this was a collaboration with Michael Yonkers.  You know the drill, eat a bunch of yellow pills, wash it down with orange juice, have a seizure and grab a guitar. (S)

11. Ten Hours of Kate Upton's bouncing boobs
Some dude – clearly a hero of some sort, or perhaps a madman – has edited together a startling ten-hour loop of curvy supermodel Kate Upton bouncing down the runway in bikini tops that are clearly too small for the remarkable bounty she possesses. I could live without the techno track, but you can always add your own ten-hour mix. I'd suggest something with flutes. Either way, this is a pretty fantastic way to wile away a day at work. (K)

10. A Gang of KISS Children
My wife and I stumbled upon this strange street gang while wandering the streets of downtown L.A. shortly before departure. (S)

09. Stacey Dash Is Normal
Imagine Curb Your Enthusiasm, only instead of prickly, uber-rich aging comedian/curmudgeon Larry David, it starred the less-rich-but-still-loaded hot actress from Clueless, who, it turns out, is also a prickly curmudgeon? I have no idea if this is gonna be a web series or it's going to be a TV show or what, but whatever it is, I am going to watch the hell out of it. (K)

08. DMZ
I saw David Johansen at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch the other night. He was awesome but we're kinda like CNN here at Advanced Demonology, if we don't have a good clip we can't report it. Since it was straight up party music I got a little buzzed up. One of the opening bands played a DMZ cover and I forgot how much I liked that band. Boston Proto-Punk produced by may main men Flo & Eddie. (S)

07. The International Banana Museum
In a continued effort to bring culture to Demonology, I present you with another museum. Last week, I told you about the 8 Track museum and this week, the banana museum. Everybody loves bananas. They're fun to eat, fun to look at, fun even just to think about. And this screwball has a whole goddamn museum dedicated to them. Bonus: it's located on the shore of the doomed Salton Sea, effectively guaranteeing that no one will go there, ever. (K)

06. Dresden Leningrad
You would think there would be more World War Two themed Doom Rock. (S)

05. Heavenly Bodies
This Playboy-produced romance/drama from 1984 is about two warring aerobics studios. The small. Plucky aerobics studio is being bought out by the big corporate one across the street, until they are challenged to an aerobics dance marathon. The winner gets the studio. And so that's what they do, they have a goddamn aerobics dance marathon. This movie is out-a-sight. 90% of it is just girls sweating in leotards. The rest you can nap through. The 80's were awful, but occasionally, they were tremendous. (K)

04. The Erotic City Electric Blues Band
I'm sure at some point this duo is going to shorten the name to: Erotic City. It was written in a basement and recorded in a barn. Kinda like a Swilson record. Written in a Mansion, recored in a shed.  Great mix of everything fast and heavy and fucked up. More magic to come I'm certain of it. Where's Portsmouth? Is that New Hampshire? (S)

03. Nocto Loco
I need to get me one of these things!!! Drive my parents nuts! (S)

02. JuJu - In Trance
Justin Adams, who plays guitar for Robert Plant, teamed up with Gambian griot
Juldeh Camara.  Perfect name for the record and you might be in trance by the end of this thing. (S)

01. Your Reflection - Electric Indian
Awesome, head-spinning psychedelic moog-rock from Kansas City. Tremendous stuff,
I been trippin' out on it all week. You can get the digital version on Bandcamp for 7 bucks;
all proceeds go towards getting this thing down on wax. Groovy. (K)

Friday, December 21, 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. Vinyl
Alan Zweig's amazing, depressing, hilarious documentary about hopeless, helpless vinyl hoarders. Between self-loathing monologues, Alan kills mice infesting his apartment and talks to people even worse off and lonelier than him. Love it. (K)

12. Royal Thunder -CVI
Doom rock sludge-prog fronted by a southern belle named Miny.  Moss hangs on the trees and the ghost of hush hush sweet charlotte lurks behind the doors of the decrepit plantation manor. Savannah metal, my man. Get stoned! (S)

11. Black Pussy - On Blonde
Just found about these dudes when Glitter Wizard posted on Facebook that they bailed out on a show a few hours beforehand, causing the Wiz to put out all-points-bulletin to find a replacement band. And I said to myself, "There's actually a band called Black Pussy?" I mean, that's kind of a career-staller, isn't is? It's perfectly fine for you and I to hang out here and go, "Oh yeah, I'm totally into Black Pussy. In fact, I just can't get enough Black Pussy", but that's not gonna work in polite company. And I'm sure as fuck not gonna saunter around town in a Black Pussy t-shirt, no matter how into Black Pussy I am. And to be honest with you, I am seriously into Black Pussy. Anyway, regardless of the snicker-baiting name, these provocative young men spew a righteous racket. Essentially, on their debut album/EP On Blonde, they sound like Supersonic Storybook-era Urge Overkill, which means they'll sound like Saturation-era Urge on their next record, which means in a year or two, Black Pussy is gonna be your favorite band. And god help you then. Anyway, Black Pussy is awesome. That's the takeaway here. (K)

10. Guitar Wolf - Invader Ace
oh yeah! oh yeah! Oh Yeah! This song has been on repeat all last week, in my head, because I haven't had any tunes on hand. I wouldn't have been able to move mountains 3,000 miles with out it. So when I finally got my mitts on an ipod I played it 100 times in a row like some kind of rock 'n roll exorcist. (S)

9. The Buddha Machine
So it's a neon colored box that plays loops and drones. You can manipulate the pitch to create, basically, a never-ending tone-poem. This is either the key to bliss or the modern day equivalent of those annoying "bag full o' laffs" from the 70's. Either way, they are awesomely weird, and would make for totally perplexing Xmas gifts. (K)

8. Le Samourai
I'm still waiting for all my belongings to arrive,  no cable, no inter-web, just some old DVD's laying around my new abode in New Jersey. This fantastic french film is one of 'em. Haven't seen it for years and I forgot how absolutely cool this flick is. Stone cold hit man Jef Costello is a master that never get's caught. Until  he blasts a night club owner in front of a few witnesses and his game is unraveled. Worth it just for all the slick 60's french fashion (maybe the height of fashion for all mankind) and a jamming jazz soundtrack. (S)

7. Lovebug Starski - Amityville (House on the Hill)
Remember when rappers mostly rapped about sneakers and food? This is from that era. It's about a haunted house. And maybe sneakers and food. 1986 was nuts. (K)

6. Curtis Mayfield - Billy Jack
My favorite tune from There's No Place Like America Today (1975).   "It can't be no fun to be shot with a hand gun".  Like a lost character from Superfly, a down home cat moves to the city and becomes the king of the streets, for a while at least. Nice live version, super smooth. Dig the bass solo. (S)

5. Fuck Yeah Girls With Vinyl Records
Here's a tumblr that manages to mash up two of me n' Swilson's obsessions: hot girls and dusty records. This is pretty much why they invented the internet, you know. (K)

4. The Incident
Filmed in 1967 about a couple of crazed boozed up punks who terrorize a subway car. It was Martin Sheen and Tony Musante's first film and it's a pressure cooker.  It's got a cast like a disaster film: Ruby Dee,  Brock Peters,  Ed McMahon,  Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling,  Soap Star Diana Van Der Vils, a young super soap star Donna Mills, and many other familiar faces. (S)

3. Lord of Garbage
While recovering from bladder cancer surgery, rock n' roll's greatest supervillian Kim Fowley scribbled out his autobiography, figuring he'd better get it all down on paper, just in case he croaked. Well, Kim's still with us and his mammoth autobio is being dribbled out in three installments by Norton Records book imprint Kicks. Much like Mark "Zodiac Mindwarp" Manning's crazoid memoirs, it's impossible to tell how much of any it is true and how much is self-mythologizing bullshit, but I can guarantee you that Kim believes every word, even if he's lying. Really fun (and fast) read, can't wait for the next installment. (K)

2. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
The Swedes made this great documentary about the Johnny Cash live album. Way more interesting than the behind the music about Frampton Comes Alive. (S)

1. 8 Track Museum
Finally, a museum I'd really like to go to. Bucks Burnett keeps the 8 track dream alive. God, what an awful format. And yet, what an amazing format! 8 tracks are love/hate sort of affairs. (K)

Saturday, December 8, 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. Octopus Rex – Last Summer 
Last summer was miserable, and it really needs its own theme song, something that reeks of charred mobile homes, piss-soaked jeans, and gravel-pocked roadrash. And guess what? Now we’ve got one. Texan party-enders Octopus Rex have laid down the gauntlet with their sneering Last Summer 7inch. Gutpunching bikerpunk riffs and werewolf howls and everything bursting into flames. Heavy! (K)

12. Teenage Twins Soundtrack
The 1976 soundtrack to a porn movie I haven't seen before. Starring real "live" identical twin sisters Brook & Taylor Young. It's great. Mostly tunes by the always amazing British soundtrack funkster Alan Hawkshaw. Some tunes by Brian Bennett, who was a drummer in Cliff Richards & the Shadows and went on to have a career as a soundtrack composer doing everything from Blaxploitation to Ren & Stimpy.  Steve Gray who recently composed music for the Wedding Crashers and John Fiddy who did Spongebob SquarePants and Memento. I'm guessing the porn director just went to some British canned music agency and picked this stuff out of a hat. The clip below, as it turns out was posted on youtube by a MAG legend. (S)

11. The Natural History of the European Werewolf
From this year’s Skepticon, a compelling and fun lecture on the enduring werewolf myth and where it came from (aka crazy people and religious fanatics), conducted by the awesomely named and quite fetching Deborah Hyde. Bonus: she’s got a killer Hammer movie accent! (K)

10. Dead Porn Stars
In doing my research for Teenage Twins I stumbled across this video. I always knew porn stars had a short shelf life but this is really depressing. Let me know if anyone actually makes it through the whole seven minutes. Word of advice. Turn the sound off and replace it with some Jackson C. Frank if you want to get super down, or one of the songs from Teenage Twins for a bit of cheerful irony. (S)

9. Disco Station Disco
A musical excerpt from Bollywood extravaganza Haathkadi (1982) that takes disco excess to exciting new heights of ridiculousness. Turns out disco is even better with trains and midgets! (K)

8. Grizzly Man Soundtrack
I'm late to the table on this I know but I never listened to the soundtrack to the Herzog film in and of itself. Outsider folk guitar great Richard Thompson delivers a masterpiece! There is a behind the scenes doc about the scoring that promises to be really entertaining. (S)

7. In space, no one can hear you scream. Or can they?
Taking the Alien tagline to task, last month a group of scientists at Cambridge University got people to send in their most blood-curdling screams, and then beamed them up to a new nano-satellite (what?) to broadcast said screams, just to see what happens. We are now awaiting the results. This is really gonna freak out the Martians. (K)

6. Acid Baby Jesus
How did I miss a band called Acid Baby Jesus? Basically the Black Lips if they were from Greece. With all the cough medicine, beer and Riot on Sunset Strip you could want. (S)

5. Bloop Mystery Solved!
A few weeks back, on our last New Demons show, we tackled the Bloop Signal Mystery, which was a mysterious sound (“bloop!”) picked up by sonar 5,000 miles from its source. The original hypothesis was that it was an animal, a much bigger animal than any animal ever discovered. Like a mammoth giganto-whale! Pretty exciting. Well, turns out it was just some fucking ice melting. Bummer. (K)

4. The Black Gestapo
The People's Army Watts starts out with good intentions than it all goes wrong, man. Wrong for the honky bastards!  It's a little like a Charlie's Angels episode, if the the angels were black power fascists. Watch the complete movie here. (S)

3. Zig Zags – Monster Wizard
Listen, Swilson’s leaving LA. Like this weekend. So somebody’s got to be the new Hollywood go-to couch-of-woe freakband, and I believe I have found them. Zig Zags are everything you want ‘em to be: psyched-out  pill-popping dead-enders with heads fulla Stooges riffs and blood that’s 90% 70’s sugar breakfast cereal. Go ape!  (K)

2. Dick Venom – Sticky Pants Trance
Awesome psycho-gutterbilly jam that also happens to be the greatest two-minute boobs n’ blood b-flick I’ve ever seen! (K)

1.  L.A. Freeway - Guy Clark
I'm splitting the scene out here, man. It's been good, Los Angeles. (S)