Sunday, March 31, 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. NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell
Disco. Punk. Hip hop. A heatwave. A blackout. Looting. The Son of Sam. New York City was a powderkeg in 1977, and this killer doc shows you what it looked like when it finally blew. (K)

12. Fugitive Kind
TCM had a little Tennessee Williams fest a few weeks back and I "taped" 'em all and I'm finally getting around to watching them. They are all fantastic but a real surprise stand out was this 1959 burner starring Brando. It's based on his 1957 play Orpheus Descending about a drifter who blows into town and stirs things up, but as with all his plays that's just the surface.  Beneath lies a bleak cauldron of racism, sex, and southern morality.  The film had to be a little bit of an inspiration to David Lynch's Wild At Heart, it's co-star Anna Magnani, who after some further research I'm convinced is a proto-hippie death goddess. I also now have to officially see every film starring the young Marlon Brando, he really is the black metal of movie acting, whatever that means,  check the opener. (S)

11. Alice in Paris
Been listening to a lot of Alice Cooper's early 80's new-wave stuff lately. Flush the Fashion, Zipper Catches Skin, dada, and especially Special Forces, his wigged-out 1981 concept record about a gay suburban paramilitary squad. Alice refers to Special Forces as one of his “blackout” albums, and claims to have no memory of writing, recording, or touring it. If you've seen the drunk tranny look he was sporting at that point, then you can see why he'd wanna forget about it. The Special Forces era is immortalized in a TV special called Alice Cooper in Paris. Here it is. It's amazing and terrifying, just like it oughta be. (K)

10. Pimping in the 70's
 I wish my home movies looked like this. Pimp God, Cadillac, Candy Man, Squeaky,  and host of other flamboyant players of 1974. Narrated by the pimp legend: Bishop Don Juan. It's too bad pimps today just aint as cool as these guys, I've seen 'em. They dress like basket ball players. (S)

9. Horror Europa
Mark Gatiss is an amiable British actor who, in this fun and insightful documentary, travels around Europe visiting various hotbeds of cinematic horror. The trip to Dario Argento's cheesy “museum” in the basement of his Profondo Rosso horror memorabilia store is a highlight, as is examinations of obscure classics like Daughters of Darkness and Les Diaboliques. It will definitely have you hunting some of these titles down. (K)

8. Agitation Free - Malesh (1972)
Woah!  This  is just beautiful man. (S)

7. On the Road: Season 3
On the Road is a rock-doc series produced by Vice and hosted by the mustache dude from Eagles of Death Metal. Season 3 finds him heading to Birmingham, the birthplace of heavy metal, to find out how it all went down. Looks amazing! (K)

6. Black Roots (1970) Vs. Deep Purple Mandrake Root (1970)
I was looking for some footage of the Lionel Rogosin's  documentary about what it means to be a black man in america in the late 60's early 70's, because it's a great film. Awesome interviews with folk and blues musicians as they share stories over bottles of whiskey and Miller beer. I couldn't find any but I did find this awesome footage of Deep Purple playing the song "mandrake root" check Gillan's threads man. (S)

5. Medusa – First Step Beyond
Sabbath worshipping teenage losers record a four track demo in a haze of bonghits and cheap beer buzz in 1975, and then promptly forget about it for almost forty years. And then they dust it off and release it. On a deluxe gatefold vinyl with a crushed velvet cover. What's it sound like? Exactly like you think it does. Far fuckin' out, man. (K)

4. Free Live 1970
I'm into bands named "Free"this week. I hate  Paul Rodgers in Bad Company but I love this. The bass player was a flamboyant gay man, the guitar player a flamboyant drug man, who keeps it simple and heavy, even though he did't have too. Hats off! (S)

3. Terminal Gods
“Terminal Gods are the heavy leather love children of Iggy and Lemmy, rock 'n' roll outlaws for the new millennium, low-slung, black-clad reprobates riding the crazed rock beast to oblivion.” Buy everything they ask you to. (K)

2. Blossom Toes
If you tune into the Advanced Demonology Crime episode you'll hear the Blossom Toes. I thought I'd post some groovy footage of 'em. They are a pretty complex band for the time. More than meets the paisley hippie eye. Man I wish I was on french TV right now. (S)

1. Ghost BC – Year Zero
This video answers all your questions about who, exactly, is behind Ghost and what their intentions are. Spoiler alert: the devil and chicks, and they want your soul. Heavy! (K)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Advanced Demonology Podcast Lesson 14: Crime!

This month, it's our special crime episode. Rock n'roll is, after all, outlaw music, sometimes literally, and tonight we'll be offering up tales or muder, mayhem, and scurrilous behavior by a rogues gallery of ne'er do wells, villains, and cheap opportunists! 

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Saturday, March 23, 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.Precious Metal: Decibel Presents The Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces
Published back in 2009 I stumbled across a used copy online the other day for like 3 bucks.  Boy was it worth it! You get the inside scoop on some fantastic extreme metal records. All told in a first person interview style. Stories about some of my favorites like Sleep's Jerusalem  and Magnet's Dopes To Infinity had me nostalgic. Metal massives like At The Gates, Emperor,  Darkthrone, Sabbath, Kyuss, Obituary, and Entombed are all covered. If your not familiar with all the records, like I wasn't, this works as a must have list. My favorite part about the used copy I bought was that it belonged to some guy named Brian Trainauskas and on the Contents page after number 25, Converge's Jane Doe, He wrote in ball point, number 26: Divine Rite. Is that a band that he was in? Well I googled the guys name and I came up with a murderer in Illinois(S)

12. Valerie Harper Blogathon
You probably heard that the great Valerie Harper  - AKA America's
mid-70's TV sweetheart – recently announced her likely imminent demise
from this world. She vows to live until she's dead, which is not as
easy as it sounds, and we're all pullin' for her. In the meantime, our
pal Amanda By Night, editrix at the world-famour Made for TV Mayhem
Blog, has organized a week-long Valerie Harper blogathon, wherein
like-minded TV casualties wax rhapsodic about their fave Harper
memories, from Rhoda to trauma-inducing TV flick Don't Go to Sleep.
Awesome lady, awesome memories. Check it out. (K)

11. Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
I don't know the first thing about this outfit but I just scored a 3 disc box set. I figured why not, that's a good way to get into a band. It seems at clear and present time, and I've only had the thing for a few hours, that this is some mad genius early 70's inventiveness that was probably too smart for 1974, it was certainly too smart for America in 1974. They also remind me a little of 10cc meets Mott The Hoople. I believe this will be getting some serious captured rotation.  (S)

10. Circus 2000
Been jammin' on this long-gone early 70's Italian occult-prog band all
week, and was psyched to uncover this fantastic live clip of 'em from
some festival, shot by the director of Cannibal Holocaust!
“Doochu need some sonchine yeah?” Sweet! (K)

9. Repulsion - Horrified (1989)
A record I never heard before and nicked it off the Precious Metal list.  Wow! These kids recorded a demo tape, invented the blast beat, tried to get signed, didn't get signed, they broke the band up, joined the Army, had kids of their own, the tape got traded around the underground without them knowing it, and they changed the face of heavy metal forever. (S)

8. Alan Partridge The Movie (The trailer)
Steve Coogan's BBC series “I'm Alan Partridge” was an amazing,
hilarious, and frequently painful mockumentary/fake talk show about a
delusional asshole and his non-career. And now he's getting his own
movie! I can't wait to see it in the theater and hear all the groaning
from the audience. Steve Coogan makes Larry David seem like Tom Hanks.

7. Atlantic City 
I've been spending allot of time in the Jersey shore hell-scape known as Atlantic City. This movie was cool because it was shot when only two casinos where up and they were about to tare the place down to build more. It's a good story too. It got nominated for a million Oscars the year it came out and won none. Too bad. (S)

6. Day After the Sabbath Volume 85
It's always exciting when a new volume of this insane, sprawling,
proto-metal online comp series is released. Volume 85 is based on Tel
Aviv rock writer Ra'anan Chelled's book 'Demons Fairies & Wailin
Guitars: The best 100 obscured rock acts 1968-1976', which sounds like
a fantastic read. As always, even the most advanced Demonologist will
find some surprising new this one! (K)

5. Bwana
Amazing latin funk grooves from Nicaragua 1972. A much need relief from all this extreme metal and euro-prog we've been listening to huh. A much needed break in antatimaption of the spring equinox right around the corner. (S)

4. Dust mini-doc
For the past week, I've been interviewing the various members of
proto-metal legends for a story in Classic Rock magazine. If you want
the short version, here's a great five minute primer on the band with
interviews from everybody and some crazy rare live footage! (K)

3. Reyner Banham Loves Los Angles
It's just cool to ride around L.A. in the 70's. This 1972 BBC documentary is an awesome look at the strange Architectural landscape of City of Night.  (S)

2. Blood Tsunami
If I was asked to review Blood Tsunami's new album, 'For Faen!', it
would only take two words: holy fuck. Probably the most violent thrash
metal record I've ever heard. Lyrics that make you wanna crawl into a
fetal ball (“In order to ejaculate, he has to stab a child!”), singer
who rolls his r's in a fantastically obnoxious manner. From the guy in
Emperor who killed a guy in the 90's and the host of MTV Norway's
Headbanger's Ball, which must be a hell of a thing to see. HOLY FUCK!

1. Bathory - One Rode The Asa Bay
Great collection of Bathory stuff. Kicking it off with the amazing viking metal masterpiece One Rode To Asa Bay video. A few cool interviews with Quorthon and some weird behind the scenes footage. It's a must for Bathory fans like you. (S)

Saturday, March 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. Cannibals of the Old West
Earlier this week, Mental Floss posted a hair-raising guide to people eatin' cowboys. As if the west wasn't wild enough, you had screwballs like Liver Eating Johnson (!) and Alfred “Colorado Cannibal” Packer to deal with. Most of 'em got hanged, but one ended up sheriff!  (K)

12. Tekeshi Terauchi & the Bunnys
Know for his wild frenetic Ventures inspired guitar playing, Tekeshi Terauchi takes a wild stab at the classics. Play this when you want to impress your friends with how cultured you are. (S)

11. Chico No Face – Big Time
New band of Canadian garage-sike slackers. Not only is this jam a perfect slice of post-Stooges snot-pop, but the video seamlessly merges the band into a wasteland of 80's VHS garbage. Groovy. (K)

10. Frumpy - Frumpy 2 (1976)
I don't got Frumpy 1 , I only got Frumpy 2. This a great example of good prog and an example of a bad name. Who the hell wants to hang with a band called Frumpy? no matter what the music sounds like. (S)

9. Vigilante Force
Saw this redneck revenge flick earlier this week, and it really shook me up. Jan Michael Vincent lives in a small town that is suddenly overrun by lawless rowdies when an oil rigs goes up. All the cops in town get shot up, so instead of hiring more trained police, the mayor asks Jan to ask his psycopathic big brother (Kris Kristofferson) and his gang of loony Nam vets to ride into town and establish law and order. There's no way that can go wrong, is there? Total mayhem ensues. I can't believe this was rated PG, it's wall-to-wall ultraviolence. Plus, 70's Victoria Principal! (K)

8. Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffaloes - Uganda (1972)
Now I just read someplace that this duo was a krautrock Japanese band?!?! That's blowng my trip a little. I don't know much about them except they are thinking  maybe about going back to Africa even though they have never been there before, and although yes,  there are technically grooves going on, Africans wouldn't make music as anti-groovy as this! Like if Blue Cheer broke into a high school musicology class, got a hold of some congas and dropped a tab of brown. This whole thing was clearly thought up and recorded in one blissed out Japanese afternoon (good band name there). (S)

7. Les Momies De Palerme
I'm not usually one for ambient music because I live in the city, so there's ambient music already happening everywhere I go. How much more can my fuckin' brain take? But Les Momies De Palerme (The Mummies of Palermo!), is an exception. Primarily because they're French chicks, but also because their basement synths and alleyway field recordings are unsettling and groovy in the best way possible. The soundtrack to a sleazy super 8 movie that never ends. (K)

6. Lowell Fulsom - Tramp (1967)
Lowell comes from a long line of lovers. He says so in the song.  If you put this much personality into a record today, nobody would believe you. Lowell is considered one of the cornerstones of West coast blues. Yeah, they even get the blues in California. (S)

5. Ike & Tina - River Deep Mountain High Promo
I've watched this clip like a million times. The syncopated dance moves, Ike smacking the fuck out of an acoustic guitar (what?), everybody's crazy-intense stares...there is violence and unbridled lust simmering just under the surface here, and it threatens to erupt through the entire performance. This is about as metal as you can get, really. (K)

4. Malcolm Cecil - Radiance (1981)
This guy has the dubious honor of building the worlds largest home-built synthesizer. He was also part of the amazing duo Tonto's Expanding Head Band. He made one solo Lp and it's a mellow synth-o-thon guaranteed to relax and cool even the most warm of warm jets. Flute fans will enjoy the cameo appearance of new age flute star Paul Horn (S)

3. Harlots of 42nd Street
Anybody who's into the New York Dolls (which is everybody, as far as I know), has heard of these dudes. They were the Dolls' fiercest competition, just as skinny and rockin' and obsessed with girls' groups and Motown. Of course, David J always professed that they were actually truck hauling thugs under the tight pants, not unlike those bruisers in Mud, but this painfully brief footage suggests otherwise. Mistakenly labeled the Dolls, this is the only known footage of the Harlots playing in Central Park in '73. It's only 32 seconds long, but it's awesome. The long-gone supervillains of first-wave glam! (K)

PS: here's their non-hit, Spray Paint Bandit.

2. My Solid Ground - My Solid Ground (1971)
Seth the Cyclopian drummer from Swilson tossed this one my way. We could argue semantics on wether this is progressive rock or krautrock but we would be blowing the trip, man. And What a trip it is. Nothing about this lets you off the psychedelic hook. Like taking mescaline and looking in the mirror, sometimes horrifying sometimes beautiful, all depending on your state of mind. (S)

1. Fathom
Here's the problem: there's so much music out there, how the fuck can you find stuff you like when you have to wade through hundreds and hundreds of bands and thousands of songs? We're not gonna live forever, after all. Blogs are good, but you gotta sit there and fucking read them. Ain't nobody got time for that. Well, here's a good solution. This handy site works simply but effectively. You search on a band you like (for clarity's sake, let's go with Hellhammer). It finds the band, starts playing one of their albums, and all around it, similar albums pop up: Possessed, VenomMidnight, Darkthrone, etc. Now click on Darkthrone, it'll hip you to Mayhem, Marduk, Bathory and Immortal. Immortal gets you Dark Funeral, 1349, Tsjuder, Demonaz, and Taake. Who? Exactly. See what I'm saying? Check it out, it's goodtimes. (K)

Saturday, March 9, 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.Scorpions - In Trance
I dig the Scorpions but I  haven't gone over them with my Advanced Demonological fine toothed comb. I had recently been enjoying the early stuff because I realized that they are basically a Krautrock band and I love Krautrock. I also was familiar with some of the early 80's "Metal" records, who isn't, but I missed this mid period when they became "Hard Rock". I had Virgin Killer, I bought it like every good creep does just to shock people, but the record to get from this period is In Trance.  Wow! Pure proto-NWOBHM way better than Deep Purple, kinda like Sad Wings Of Destiny Judas Priest. It vacillates between total depression and complete unbridled lust. That's why it's a hit with the teenagers.  Old news to some new news to me. (S)

12. Kenneth Higney – Attic Demonstration
Just picked up this crucial reissue from One Kind Favor Records and it's full-on amazing. Ken Higney is a spaced-out crooner from Nowheresville,  and Attic Demonstration is his cry for help. Recorded in 1975, but something tells me it could have been recorded in '81 or '97, and it would still sound exactly the same, like the Shaggs had a big brother who was locked in the closet for a long time and now he's out and he's got a guitar. Run for your life! (K)

11. Them - Now and Them
Who's interested in Them after Van Morrison? The Answer: Nobody. Which is a shame because yes, the magic of the Irish pub blue eyed soul is completely gone, but in it's wake the post-Van Them churned out TWO mammoth acid rock monsters that belong high up in the british psychedelic cannon with  my friend jack, my white bicycle, and matilda mother.  The first being "Walking in the Queens Garden" a brain hemorrhaging LSD stomper, the second, an almost, and I mean almost, kraut-rock (before there was such a thing) grooving "Square Room".  On a weird side note the  the post-Van Morrison Them,after recording a Swedish Only Lp(?) produce by Kim Fowley (look for a review on a future Top 13),  relocated to Amarillo Texas!! I guess at the time it was better than Northern Ireland?(S)

10. Demon Lover Diary
Speaking of 1975, this grungy, lo-fi documentary follows a group of regional filmmakers as they attempt to make a low-budget backwoods horror flick called Demon Lover. Everything goes wrong and things turn ugly. It ends in a hail of shotgun fire. This is woozy, fuzzy, doomy, and groovy. It's also way more entertaining than the actual movie they were making. (K)

Demon Lover Diary (1980) from Film Ape on Vimeo.

9. Spring - Sping (1971)
Mellow mellotron music from the UK in the early 70's. The first half of this sole output by the unknown "prog" act is pure bliss. Side two doesn't reach the dazzling heights of the A side but is still worth a spin. Track it down on any number of obscure-oh blogs on the inter-web. (S)

8. Anicent Wisdom – Deathlike
Speaking of Demon Lover Diary, those guys were super into Ted Nugent. But if I was going to remake the film – and I totally fuckin' would – Ancient Wisdom would provide the soundtrack. This is a whole new sorta black metal – semi-acoustic, grungy, pretty in spots, but still Satanic and grim as fuck. And it's about as 1975 as you can possibly get. (K)

7. Love - Black Beauty
Recored as a "solo" album for Buffalo records in 1973, it only made it acetate and stayed that way until now. High Moon records did a fantastic job of releasing this lost Love, soon to be classic. Arthur Lee and his gang of psychedelic brothers turn it on in a heavy drugged out funk mode, a little Hendrix, a little Sly, but all undeniably Arthur.  Boss!!! (S)

6. When Albums Ruled The World
Also speaking of 1975, remember when everybody consumed music via vinyl records? Double-albums, gatefolds, fold-out posters, picture discs, hiss, pops, crackles? Fuck man, good times. If you haven't already switched back to vinyl, this sweet, star-studded BBC doc will probably send you straight to the used record store. (K)

5. Imperial State Electric - Pop War
It's Nicke Andersson from the Hellacopters new band. And guess what? It rocks hard! Basically a sequel to Rock & Roll Is Dead. Consume with can beer only, no fancy bottles. (S)

4. The Slayer Mag Diaries
Back when I was a teenager, I wrote for a metal fanzine called Suck City. One of the other dudes who wrote for it was my old buddy Ian Christe, who, among many other notable things, now runs Bazillion Points Press. One of their latest releases is the Slayer Mag Diaries, which basically compiles 20 years of Norwegian extreme metalzine Slayer in a mammoth 800 page collection. Last weekend I had to go to LA to interview Alice in Chains for Classic Rock magazine, so I picked it up and read it on the plane. While the text is pretty basic (English isn't the Slayer mag dude's first language, after all), the interviews and splotchy photos and screwy logos and first-account reporting of the Norwegian black metal scene are all fascinating, and it inspired me to listen to a lot of really rippin' jams that I haven't heard for almost 30 years. Turns out Sodom and Destruction and Iron Angel are still awesome! Read this book! (K)

3. Rockabye Baby
So my daughter was born last weekend. She rules! She digs Sabbath and Kiss already and she doesn't even know it. Thanks to the Rockabye Baby rock 'n roll lullaby series.  I actually recommend these album to you non parents if you just want to put on some really soothing dinner music, or maybe if you've been up all night getting loaded and you need something to help you come down easy. Lot's of cool bands in the series. Collect 'em all! (S)

2. Lullaby – Satan My Master
Probably the weirdest band in the Slayer Diaries, and that's saying something. Lullaby is a pretty, flame-haired Brazilian chick who fronted a mysterious lo-fi doom/occult rock band in the early 90's. Big deal, you say, there's dozens of female-fronted doom-rock bands around these days. True, but you have never heard anything like this in your life. Her vocals are COMPLETELY INSANE. Listen to this and pretend she's hiding in your closet. Holy fuck. (K)

1. Hydra Vein - Rather Death Than False Faith
Ken turned me onto these guys just yesterday! Woah!! Really outstanding late 80's thrash,  with super weird guitar "solos". Things like Denim battle jackets, junior mustaches, and suicidal rage come to mind. I got to get me a Hydra Vein back patch because I'd rather be dead than have false faith, maaaaan….wait let me think about that one. (S)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Advanced Demonology Podcast Presents New Demons 3

This week, Ken and Swilson are joined by Anders from occult-rock champs Bloody Hammers for four hours of sweet/awesome/alarming jams from new bands like Infinity People, Spacin', The Great Khan, Chapel, The Beauty of Gemina, Stonerider, Troller, and lots more! Get hip to the weirdest, wildest sounds from the underground!

Listen/Download HERE!