Saturday, May 18, 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. Fury
Most people know perpetual NY proto-punk Sonny Vincent from his mid 70’s snot-rock band The Testors, but a few years before that, he was cranking his amps and creating an unholy fuckin’ racket with MC5-esque power-jammers Fury. Hozac records put out an  archival 7” on blood-red wax last year. You gotta check it out, it’s like the Freak Brothers on angel dust. Heavy! (K)

12. Dirty Tricks - Dirty Tricks (1975)
A long since forgotten or maybe a never remembered British rock band.  The music was too early seventies for the mid-seventies, when everybody was looking forward to the late seventies. Well, fool's choice,  'cause this is as good as anything that anybody has ever taken a bong hit, boiler maker or blotter to, maybe even better. The singer's got crazy heavy, yet mellow ( my favorite combination) vocals and it's a riff-oh-thon from start to finish. Dig the minimalist witch sleeve. (S)

11. Witchfynde – Lost Tapes of 1975
Witchfynde was one of the more sinister NWOBHM bands. Totally into the occult. Worshipped Satan all day long. Their heyday was around ’79-’80, but these recently unearthed tapes find ‘em bashing out primitive demon-prog back in the mid 70’s! This is what happens if you’re a teenage waste-case in Britain in 1974 and the Wicker Man is your favorite movie. Wild. (K)

10. Manilla Road - Open the Gates (1985)
This week Swilson finds himself knee deep in the blood of a masterpiece of metal. Crystal Logic was awesome in it's space race theme, but 1985's Open the Gates is down right brutal. Mark Shelton is a wizard. I don't mean guitar wizard, I mean I think he's actually a wizard. Beamed through time on a wave of sound. Pulverizing!!!! (S)

9. Daft Punk VS 2001: A Space Odyssey
Remember the end of the movie when the astronaut goes astro-nuts on Jupiter and races to the heart of the sun or wherever the fuck he was going? If that ending made no sense to you, then check this out. I mean, it still doesn’t make any sense with the Daft Punk soundtrack, but it’s bitchin’! (K)

8. Night Sun - Mournin' (1972)
They drank a whole pot of coffee and they took some of these, now they're  totally wired. A record about taking speed, the lyrics are all over the place, but this is about speed. Come on… Night Sun, like the disco sun and good morning because while you were asleep these guys were up, way up. The song below is one of the "slow" numbers. (S)

7. Baby Groupies 
From the frequently alarming 70’s rock groupie blog Diamonds from the Mine, here’s some tawdry true tales of some very young – and even some pre-teen (!) - groupies and the rock n’ roll creeps (Johnny, Iggy, Syl, Stiv, etc) who slobbered on ‘em. Weirdtimes. (K)

6. Starz
So I guess everybody knows about this New Jersey rock 'n roll outfit that inspired Motley Crue and Twisted Sister but were actually better than both those bands put together.  Or maybe nobody knows. Another  mid-seventies mismatch.  In this case it was the mistake of being way too 80's for for 1975. (S)

5. Black Goddess
Crazy Nigerian movie from ’78 with a head-spinning afro-funk/experimental jazz soundtrack and visuals that are like a Brazilian spaghetti western. The whole thing will have you wandering around in circles for days.(K)

4. The Devil's Music Blog
A crate digger from Jersey posts really rare and totally unknown 45's from the golden years. Well worth the mouse click. (S)

3. Roger Corman Drive-in Channel
So, Youtube’s about to kick-start a bunch of subscription channels, and one of ‘em is from Roger Corman. Looks like a huge portion of his amazing catalog is gonna be available. Sexy nurses, women in prison, crazed killers, naked Angie Dickinson, cars that eat people, just imagine the madness and mayhem that awaits us! Finally, the goddamn internet offers up something useful. (K)

2. The Bridgewater Triangle
Bridgewater is a dumpy town about an hour outside of Boston. It’s got an asylum/prison. That’s what it’s known for. At least, that’s what it used to be known for. Turns out, there’s even weirder shit going down in Bridgewater, like giant apes and pterodactyls! I’m still not going, but it’s nice to know there’s monsters lurking just a few miles down the road. (K)

1. The Fertility Cult
Give this some time, you won't be disappointed, nothing is predictable. With clean pianos and a production that is closer to a jazz record than rock, keeping it all mellow, than blowing it out with fuzz and lyrics about devils and demons and pagan gods. Fantastic english as a second language accents.  Slow burning occult rock destined for greatness35 years from now. (S)

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