Saturday, January 26, 2013

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. Lantern - Heart In your Tongue
My favorite living band posted this groovy video of a recent live show in Philly. I dig the track, can't wait for more recordings and now that I live on the east coast I got to get over to the city of brotherly hate, and catch a gig. (S)

12. Pins and Needles
Hidden in a warehouse in LA, Pins n' Needles is an underground pinball arcade run by a saucer-eyed stoner chick, where long-gone daddies and roller girls can tilt the night away. Holy fuck. I think there needs to
be a satellite version in every town. (K)

11. Crime in The Streets
It's 1956, it would be first wave of many, of society sounding the alarm for juvenile delinquency and this is one of the best "JD" films of the era.  It's the late great John Cassavetes debut film. He plays a gang leader hell bent on revenge on his upstairs neighbor for snitching on a fellow gang member for packing a peace. He ropes Sal Mineo and Mark Rydell into his twisted scheme, only the plot is threatened when social worker James Whitmore get's wind of it. Will he stop the boys in time?  Cassavetes hits it out of the park acting wise and Mineo would earn the nickname the "Switch Blade Kid" (S)

10. Tara – Day By Day
Prepare yourself for the K-pop Apocalypse! This 15 minute head spinner has everything: bouncy jams, motorcycles, sword fights, hot chicks, more sword fights, Mad Max-y motorized mayhem, bunny rabbits, and the end of the world. Tara is next level shit, man. (K)

9. Nuggets From The Golden State: The Hush Record Story
A small record label from the San Jose area puts out one of the best selling garage rock singles of all time: The Syndicate Of Sound's "Little Girl". Lot's of lost gems here including The Brougues, starring future Quick Silver members, with their monstrous "I ain't no Miracle Worker", later covered by The Chocolate Watchband, and The Diminished 5th with a weirdo, almost X sounding "Doctor Dear". Get it! (S)

8. Iggy Pop: A documentary
Pretty awesome and thorough examination of the Stooges era, mostly straight from the horses' mouths. You don't hear Iggy explain those bizarro days with such clarity very often. (K)

7. Slade - Play It Loud
After bombing as Ambrose Slade, they dropped the Ambrose and adopted a skin head, doc martin image and put out Play It Loud. Thus further alienating anyone in 1970 England who might be into buying records at the time. Gradually they donned the platforms and rainbow patchwork bells and went to the the top of pops, Play It Loud all but forgotten. I scored a copy for a buck and low and behold it rocks! It's punk as fuck at least seven years before there was such as being punk as fuck and I think they look cool as skinheads. (S)

6. The Banana Car
The Dirty Brothers (!) built a banana car. And now they're gonna travel all over this land in it, spreading peace and love and warning everybody about deep vein thrombosis (!). They really should have done
this in 1967, but better late than never. I can only hope there's a Saturday morning cartoon based on their adventures in the works. (K)

5. The Life Of Oharu
Death, dismemberment, prostitution, and suicide . All the hallmarks of a great Kenji Mizoguchi film. The story is based on a book from the sixteen hundreds but it's told with a proto- feminist heavy hand. Most of his films follow a similar theme, maybe because his older sister was sold into white slavery? We love porto-everything here on the AD. (S)

4. The History of Black Metal by Fenriz
This was originally a DVD extra from Until the Light Takes Us, the recent awesome/ridiculous black metal documentary. Fenriz – one half of 'second-wave' BM chuggernauts Darkthrone- puts chalk to chalkboard
and explains how Sabbath and Motorhead spawned a legion of church-burning creeps decades later. I know, you hate school, but this is one class you'll wanna pay attention to! (K)

3. Stamping Ground Rotterdam Festival 1970
For some reason growing up, my local video store had this on VHS and I used to rent it every other weekend. I thought it was widely available only to never see it again until the inter web age. It's got some great footage of Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the out-tastic freak out band Family. Really good Pink Floyd stuff from Saucerful era, it's too bad that some of the bands on the bill weren't included, instead of a plodding Canned Heat, and a sputtering, one winged,  Jefferson Airplane. But our buddy Al Stewart is featured!  (S)

2. 31 Flavors
The Firebirds were a studio band meant to conjure up fake heavy-psych in a Blue Cheer/Hendrix vein. They released an album that's almost as heavy and just as weird. Word is that 31 Flavors are also the
Firebirds in disguise, and this ultra-obscure album from '69 is full of mind-frying aggro-psych. Not bad for fakes. Bonus: Distortions of Darkness's metal riffing may or may not have predated Black Sabbath by
a couple months! (K)

1. Pussy Galore Live 1987
Reunited once again with all my Records, I dug out some old Pussy Galore. Before the Blues Explosion, before Royal Trux, there was this abomination. Some how I really enjoyed listening to it again. I don't why because it's profoundly unpleasant. (S)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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. Sonic Flower – Black Sunshine
Blistering Japanese stoner-psyche freakjam that will cave in your skull. I like to wake up to this and then punch in a few windows. (K)

12. A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio by Paul Myers
I was in the mood to read a book about music again but I wasn't in the mood to read one about drugs and debauchery in the wake of music. It's getting to be an old story with the same old ending, ether death or recovery, the former being more interesting than the latter. I've always been a big fan of Todd's and I knew he produced a ton of records but I never knew the details.  This is a great book about music. Just music. This is just Todd in the studio, there is almost nothing about Rundgren's personal life, it's just about him making records, for himself and others.  Todd was the king at the controls behind some great records: The Band's  Stage Fright, Sparks' Halfnelson, Bad Finger, Grand Funk, The New York Dolls, The Tubes' Remote Control, XTC's Skylarking,  Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell and million other stunners and mega-sellers. If anything it makes you want to check out a for the first time or re-examine a ton of cool records.  A refreshing look at the recording process and I loved every minute of it.  (S)

11.  Sexytime: The Post-Porn Rise of the Pornoisseur
Everything about 70’s (and half of 80’s) porn was fascinating. I mean, the movies themselves are kinda gross/boring, but everything else – the promotional art, the cheap, funky soundtracks, the crackpot producers and druggy stars – all endlessly entertaining. This gigantic book collects some of the cooler/weirder posters from the era in eye-popping full-color, and it’s awesome. Raincoat not included, but recommended. (K)

10. Steve Hillage "L"
Produced by Todd Rundgren (big surprise) this is Hillage's second and maybe most excusable record. Playful, funny, deep and massively psychedelic in a 70's post hippie kind of way that only Gong's guitar play could. Great covers of songs by Donovan and the Beatles. Note the trumpet solo in the clip below by free jazz trumpet player Don Cherry.  Flying teapot Forever! (S)

9. Halina Frackowiak - Wodo, Zimna Wodo
Polish  psychedelic funk is great, because…I mean, who the fuck would expect Polish psychedelic funk? And Halina Frackowiak is the queen of Polish psychedelic funk. Which is a real thing. (K)

8. Hall & Oates - War Babies
Who knew  the smooth operators from Philly could make a record that fits perfectly in the Advanced Demonology pantheon? But They did it. With the Help of guess who? Todd Rundgren. He also helped them get dropped from therecord label for making a scary record. But it's great! By far my favorite thing I've heard by these guys. Weird as hell. It's sorta about how horrifying everything really is. Supposedly it was about New York but ya know….(S)

7. Comedian pisses himself
I’ve watched this a bunch of times, and I  dunno if this is extreme anti-comedy or just a guy having a nervous breakdown, but either way, holy smokes,  this is a long way to go for laff. (K)

6. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like the Sky
These Aussie superstar garage rippers are already on the third full-length in 2 years. Eyes Like The Sky is a spaghetti western themed sleaze opera. They are teasing us with one song on bandcamp but I got my pre-order in and so should you. (S)

5. Berry – Le Bonheur
There is only one thing better than watching pretty girls twirl around in the desert singing folky  songs, and that’s pretty French girls twirling around in the desert, singing folky songs. (K)

4. The Ovations
It doesn't get much better than this. I'm addicted to soul and this is pure uncut soul, scored at the dope-spot. Because after hearing this version, I think this song is actually about Heroin…..I'm serious. (S)

3. Dead Malls
With the advent of internet shopping and the cratering of  the US economy, shopping malls have become less and less useful. As a result, many of ‘em are shutting down, and  the spaces are too big to do anything with, so “dead malls” are proliferating all across the country. is a website where you can check your state for any dead malls; urban explorers often take photographs of the decaying malls and there’s some pretty eerie videos on Youtube, as well. What will we do with these giant cavernous spaces? My vote is we bring back roller disco rinks. (K)

2. Mad River
A bunch of creeps from Ohio form a band in 1967 and head out to San Francisco for free love and revolution but end up taking too much speed which they thought was acid and accidentally play speed metal way before they or anybody else knew what it was. (S)

1. Ted Russell Kamp – Night Owl
Swilson and I have been going nuts over this guy this week. He’s the quintessential 70’s soft-rock/country-soul crooner, singing plaintive late-night ballads about long-lost loves, only he's not doign it in 1976, when it would have landed him at the top of the AM radio charts, he's doing it right now. This guy makes Dr. Hook look like GG Allin, but goddamnit, the songs are so good, and he clearly means every word, how can anybody resist? TRK, man. This motherfucker is the real deal.(K)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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. The Kraken Lives!
Turns out most legends about sea serpents are true. Ever see an oarfish? Holy fuck, they're like 50 feet long! Perhaps most feared and fabled is the giant squid. It was established a few years back that they do actually exist, but in such deep, murky waters, we might not ever see them. Well, fuck that. The Discovery Channel sent some brave divers down there, and now we have the first footage of a giant squid in his natural habitat. Yikes. Let's hope he stays down there. (K)

12. Stubb - Stubb (2012)
It's been a week of barn storming Neo-classic rock here at Orgonon (the new east coast studio were Swilson resides).  Stubb hail from england and they pretty much build all the tunes off the same Hendrix type octave type riff. But you know what? It's awesome! Scale the Mountain is a get high highlight. (S)

11. Morgan Delt - Psychic Death Hole
Cassettes are currently the prevailing medium for psychedelic music. How did that happen? Anyways, this new, head-spinning tape, housed in green, orange and purple, brings you deep inside the kaleidoscopic world of Morgan Delt, an LA sound-shaman who incorporates pop-psyche, krautrock, loops, found sounds, and more into a funhouse swirl of freak energy. I bought this goddamn cassette twice in three days. That's how hard it fried my skull. (K)

10. Sleaze
Taiwan is bopping and dropping to the stoned psychedelic sounds of Sleaze.  A band that rocks as cool as they look.  Enjoy the fantastically titled: A Glass Of What Reminds Me Of Lovesick Potions. Sometimes I think all titles should have to be translated into an Asian tongue than back into eEglish. (S)

9. Serge Gainsbourg acting weird while some Euro-disco chick sings 
Saw this by way of the awesome ye-ye girls blog, Blow Up Doll. Alba wails away while Serge...I'm not sure what he's doing, conducting? Or just freaking freely to the sweet discojam? Either way, good times. (K)

8. The Esquires
Head over to Funk My Soul and grab yourself a copy of this Curtis Mayfield inspired gem! It's like a beautiful day boiled down into a soul record that you can put any time the sky are grey. Dig! (S)

7. The Most Annoying Sounds in the World 
At my dayjob, they've been renovating all week, so I've been serenaded by electric drills. Been fun. Serendipitously, an article was just released this week listing, scientifically speaking, the most annoying sounds in the world, and imagine that, a goddamn fucking electric drill is on it. Some of them seem a little esoteric to me, though. Bicycle brakes? Whatever. Read and cringe. (K)

6. Downfall
Is a movie about the last few weeks of Nazi Germany, a pretty rough week for Germany. This is an extremely well made and well acted film. The guy who plays Hitler should get an Iron Cross for his performance. It's amazing to watch how all the different key players react to the imminent demise of the Third Reich. Some sell out Germany, some rise to the occasion and become heroes, others just commit suicide.  What would you do? (S) 

5. The Eviltones 
There hasn't been nearly enough Satanic garage rock lately. The Eviltones are here to fix that. Demonfuzz lives! (K)

4. Father hires Virtual assassins to kill off his Sons World Of Warcraft Avatars
This kid in China was wasting away playing world of warcraft and was refusing to get a job. So what did his dad do? Read On! (S)

3. Demdike Stare - Hashshashin Chant
70's B-flicks are being sampled and remixed these days by psychedelic bands as much as old funk records were in the pioneering days of hip-hop. This is one of the best examples I've seen. Pure delirium. Demdike Stare, a loop-happy duo from the darkest recesses of your brain, have half a dozen releases out. You should probably get em all. (K)

2. Stonerider
These Neo-classic rockers from Atlanta put out a good record a few years back. It was cool. It rocked. But the new record, Fountains left to Wake, rules! All the songs have killer hooks and great riffs and guitar solos. It's all boogie and blues in a Nazareth kind of way that is oh so hard to actually capture the spirit of some how. It's almost as though the band never really ever listened to punk rock. Which I know is not true, because they were in a post punk type band called Fight Paris. This is everything you wished The Black Crowes would be, but are not. Six Hundred and Sixty Six Stars, if I was to rate it. (S)

1. Groan - Atomic Prophets
80's style doom metal. Hot chick dancing in her underwear. That's about as good as a day's gonna get, isn't it? (K)

Friday, January 4, 2013

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. Barb Wire Dolls
If you base the quality of a punk rock band on how hot the girl lead singer is (and I do), then Barb Wire Dolls is the best new punk band in the goddamn world. I mean, holy smokes is this chick photogenic.  Their debut album, Slit, is out now. It's fun, poppy, snot-rock. The vinyl version is due out on  Jan 15th. Crazily enough, there's a doc in the works about 'em because they're the first punk band from Greece to make it (sorta) in the US.  Anyway, cool tunes, foxy chick, punk rock. It's can't-miss situation. (K)

12. The Visitors (1972)
You can tell right from the get-go this one is going to be a long slow bummer, 1972 Style. James Woods plays an ex-Vietnam vet who lives on a farm with his girlfriend, new born baby and an aging alcoholic father-in-law.  When they get an unexpected visit from a couple of his old army buddies who have an axe to grind about some shit that went down in 'Nam. Steve Railsback, who played Charlie in Helter Skelter, is as deranged as can be. (S)

11. Blood on Satan's Claw
I've been waiting decades to see this early 70's Satanic-shocker from Tigon, and it was worth the wait. Super creepy flick about kids in an 18th century British village pledging their allegiance to Satan, who stomps around like a mutant goat. I think Black Metal got it's whole schtick from this fucked-up movie.  Also, Linda Hayden is the most evil-looking 18 year old I've ever seen in my life. (K)

10. The Devil Loves Anal Sex
If anyone should know anything about the Devil and anal sex it's going to be gay porn star right? Joseph Sciambra was "saved" from gay porn and homosexuality by Jesus Christ. If you find this video compelling check out the rest of the story! (S)

9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra
UMO is a pop-psychedelic band from New Zealand and/or Portland (there probably isn't that much of a difference). Their second album, the cleverly titled “II” is out next month, and it's awesome, like the Polyphonic Spree on a hot dog budget jamming with Marc Bolan in a basement somewhere. Bonus: the cover has a naked Satanic chick with a sword on it. Double-bonus: pre-order the vinyl from the band, and get an art-print of said naked devil-childe to adorn your wall. (K)

8. Thy Courage Quail -Goblin's Gate
Really nice downer folk, good tunes, great banjo. Songs about being lost in the wilderness of life. "Old Fat Fox" is a highlight. (S)

7. Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings
Rack toys weren't good toys, they were the bullshit plastic junk they sold at the drugstore. They were also one of the greatest things about being a kid. Since they cost next to nothing, you could almost always convince your parents to get you a rubber Dracula or a Banana Splits kazoo. This far-out book collects hundreds of photos of these long-gone childhood trinkets. It's eye-popping and hilarious. I mean, really, a Police Woman Crime Lab Play Set? (K)

6. Puffy Areolas - 1982: Dishonorable Discharge
Brilliant! These serious down home rust belt belt freak out punks/pukes named themselves after something truly delectable, that doesn't get enough media attention, if yah ask me. My guess is that 1982 is the year these scumbags ( I mean that as a  term of endearment) were born?  Bongs explode and beer cans melt. (S)

5. Carny (1980)
I'm not sure why The Band's Robbie Robertson made and starred in a movie about carny hustlers, but he did, and it's great. Gary Busey is an evil clown, Jodie Foster is a teenage runaway, there's freaks and strippers and homicidal rednecks and hustles and hassles. Bitchin'. Really well made and cool flick. (K)

4. Black Science - An Echo Through the Eyes Of Forever
Like if Roky Erickson fronted the Cult or Guns "N Roses? Or maybe if the Replacements took acid as much as they drank? It's like cock freak out rock? it rules! it's really out of fashion to do this kind of thing right now whatever this thing is. This is some of the most out there shit in the out land I've ever outed. Do yourself a favor and spend the time on the lyrics they are fuckin' worth it: "Sitting out on your house, Watching hardcore U.F.O's , Drawing pictures playing solos till ten, are you amplified to rock?" If you order the "Chaos Magick Edition" of the CD the band promises to personally enchant the disc with a rare chaos magic ritual and they are not joking. The disc will arrive haunted! (S)

3. Krautrock: the Rebirth of Germany
Everybody loves Krautrock, ie weirdo German bands from the 70's who mixed rock with jazz, prog, punk and whatever else and made gonzoid experimental head-melter albums. But how did it happen, and who's to blame? This killer doc from the BBC tells the whole kooky story. (K)

2. Death Drug (1978)
This is a tough film to track down and an even tougher one to watch, but  it's worth it.  Philip Michael Tomas stars in an ant-PCP film. Only be careful, you might actually need to smoke PCP to numb the pain. (S)

1. Jessica Pratt
We didn't bother to do any end-of-the-year Top Ten lists because, honestly, there was so much amazing stuff this year that paring it down just seemed impossible to me. Clearly, we are in a rock n' roll Renaissance of some kind. But anyways, that being said, I do have a favorite album of 2012, and it's this one, the self-titled debut by Jessica Pratt. A singer-songwriter from SF, Pratt's plaintive folk songs are deadringers for long-gone hippie death goddesses like Judee Sill or Vashti Bunyan. Her album is haunting, eerie, melancholic, and amazing. I listen to it everyday. I believe I am bewitched! (K)