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)


  1. I heard this song for the first time last night.

    Heatwave - The Grooveline

    I thought, 'I only know Heatwave for the song "Boogie Nights". Surely they must have a sweeter jam than that.' Yep!

    Ah to be a teen in 1978. Watch Jaws 2 in the theater, collect all 4 KISS solo albums, then jam the fuck out to "Every 1's a Winner" and this song.

    Someone needs to do a Skatetown/Roller Boogie montage for this.

    1. No kidding. I was just a little too young to make it to the goddamn roller disco. And now Heatwave is mocking me.

  2. thanks for the Fathom love! glad you like :)