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)

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