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)

1 comment:

  1. I had a minor retro thrill when I found an old commercial on YouTube. I remember watching this on Canadian tv as a kid in the late 70's.

    Cherry Blossom

    Cherry Blossom was a Canadian chocolate treat - a big slab o' chocolate with a cherry inside, slathered in sickly-sweet, artery-clogging goop.

    Also, for Xmas I'm getting The Amityville Horror Part II novel, a Buck Rogers Fotonovel® and the Uncle Acid cd on Metal Blade. Plus maybe some other stuff too, not sure!