Saturday, February 16, 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. I am Divine
New doc about how a chubby misfit from Baltimore became the greatest drag-queen movie star/disco singer of all time. There’s no way this can be anything but awesome.(K)

12. Keith Jarrett - Koln Concert
I was talking to an older head the other day about Jazz records and he mentioned Keith Jarrett.I always thought Keith was cool because he plays on some of my favorite Miles Davis Records. But I never heard the Koln Concert before. "Oh man, I got laid so many times back in the 70's because of that record. It hypnotizes chicks". Well, needless to say I had to run out and buy it. (S)

11. Earthen Grave – Blood Drunk
Bass player for Chicago doom legends Trouble formed this chugging, grungy doom n’ roll outfit with a violin player(!). Their debut is a killer, but this song is a standout. A tale of misery and murder, Blood Drunk’s tone is so dismal and hopeless that you’ll need to gulp down a fistful of happy pills when it’s over. Nice to know Chicago’s still gloomy after all these years. (K)

10. Neil Merryweather - Space Rangers
This is sorta like a re-post because Ken and I constantly yap about how much we love Neil and we play him on our show all the time. I just scored a copy of his 1974 "master peace" Space Rangers on vinyl! You should too! (S)
9. Blue Beat in My Soul Blog
If you’re in the mood for some funky stuff, the always excellent 60’s/70’s album-share blog Blue Beat for My Soul has been posting some impossibly funky soundtracks to 70’s violent cop/giallo flicks and they are amazing.  Pop one on, throw on your favorite polyester turtleneck, and go chase down some hoods in your 68 Chevy! (K)

8. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Old Grey WhistleTest
I know many of you Advanced Demonologists aren't into these guys, but I am. They are an incredible mix of lot's of things I love like country music, Cream inspired heavy rock, hippiedom and total redneck swagger.  These beatniks grew up in northern Florida and trust me they are the most avant, progressive thing to come out of that neck of the woods ever. If you had long hair in the 60's where they lived, you better be able to use your fists. This is them in their prime, and speaking of swagger, you'll see what I'm talkin' about.  (S)

7. Turnaround
A short but fun doc about why everybody wants to listen to vinyl records again. Spoiler alert: because they’re fucking awesome. (K)

6. Fraction - Moon Blood
I have no fucking clue. Somebody described this Lp as the album the Doors wished they made. Well I doubt that highly, but it's definitely the album Swilson wished he made. The cry of "Sky High" seems genuine, immediate, maybe even urgent. Somebody call the paramedics! I think the lead singer most likely cut his vocal track pinned to ceiling of the studio on a neon crucifix. Just a guess.  (S)

5. John Campbell
My favorite bluesman was a one-eyed, motorcycle riding Frankenstein who died at age 41. John Campbell was a blues guitarist from Louisiana who began playing professionally at age 13.  He was a fast-living dude who got into a horrific car wreck while drag racing as a teenager. The accident took his right eye and left him horribly disfigured. He face had to be reconstructed. Took 5,000 stitches to put it back together. Still, he carried on. In 1991, he put out the incredible One Believer album, perhaps the darkest authentic blues record ever made. He also got married that year. The president of the local Hell’s Angels club was his best man. Dr. John performed the service. More demons were unleashed on his follow-up album, 1993’s Howling Mercy. Campbell died of a heart attack a few months later. Nobody knew the blues like this dude did. Check out his albums sometime; you can actually smell the fires of hell when he plays. (K)

4. Bulldozer - The Final Speration
The follow up to the mighty Days Of Wrath. An Italian celebration of all things Venom. Great record cover! Very Italian! And some great advice to boot…..never relax. (S)

3. The Devil
Mysterious UK metal band that wear masks and hoods and tie every conspiracy theory you can think of into one giant ball of fear and paranoia. Are they a nefarious cult? Evil pranksters? Is it actually Satan himself freaking out the squares? Only the dudes (?) under the red robes know for sure. (K)

2. Hot Tracks
Long-running public access show featuring two dudes talking about music. Sorta. This is amazing middle-American endtimes couch of woe stuff, awful-but-awesome and hard to look away from. A documentary (!) is in the works!(K)

1. Swilson - Cool Skull - Official Video
Here is the official video for the song you can't stop rocking. (S)

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