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.Fastway - Eat Dog Eat (2012)
So there is a new Fastway record out. it's the first one in 21 years. Aside from a few tunes that feel like Eddie must of listened to some grunge records along the way not much has changed. Just no nonsense wall rock 'n roll. This recording, sonically speaking, sounds better than the records made in the 80's, it's real raw and full, and I've never been much of Dave Smith fan so I dig the new singer. Great job guys. Long live Fast Eddie! (S)
12. You may wonder to yourself, what would Marc Bolan be doing if he was around today?
I'm pretty sure he'd be doing exactly this, remixing his early 70's hits into Studio 54 party anthems or hazy chillwave jams. The DJs at KCRW mutate several well-known Bolan boogies into some seriously groovy T Rex-tasy. There's an EP available. If you are a child of the revolution. you'll get it. (K)
This great instructional guitar book traces the history of the guitar players ,who helped fuse Blues and Jazz into Rhythm & Blues, which helped form soul and Rock 'n Roll and ultimately Funk. It's a fantastic history with biographies and in depth analyses of the playing styles of such six string luminaries as Tiny Grimes, Robert Ward, Steve Cropper, and Cornell Dupree. Hell there is even an interview with my most infamous main man Ike Tuner! It comes with a CD to help you play along to examples and, if your a guitar player, it's a great way to spend a Saturday night. (S)
10. Lydia Lunch - Spooky
Lydia was/is a hardcore NYC no-waver turned angry poetess, and to be honest with you, most of the time, she's just way too much for me. Seriously, try to get through one of her 80's spoken word records in one sitting without a bottle of something stiff to soothe your nerves. But on her first solo album, 1980's Queen of Siam, she croons her way through a sultry, stripped-down version of Classic IV's late 60's mega hit Spooky like she invented "spooky". Or at least perfected it. (K)
9. Prog Not Frog search engine
You know, times have been tough lately for diehard obscure music fans. After Megaupload got nailed, everybody else started panicking and now the music blogosphere is a sickly, shivering shadow of its former self. At least, that's the way it looks on the surface. The new PNF search engine (sponsored, I'm guessing, by the excellent and still-kicking Prog Not Frog blog) is an excellent way to find some way-out, long-gone tunes. Just type in whoever you want to hear, and it will find blogs posting your chosen poison. It's still being built, so not all blogs have been indexed yet, but it's a strep in the right direction, for sure. Try it! (K)
8.The late great Sherman Hemsley was a acid eating Gong fanatic!
This little tidbit has been kicking around the inter-web since George Jefferson passed away. If you haven't read it yet, you can check it here. It's just such a mind-blowing story that it seems like it comes from the Advanced Demonology parallel universe. Just a few things to keep in mind when reading it. This first person account from Daevid Allen is from late 1978 or 1979, not 1969, almost 1980. Think about that. Also Hemsley would go on to have a hit series with "Amen" after this story took place. He isn't exactly a counter culture icon. He's more like Jerry Seinfeld at the time. I can't wait for a bio to be written about this man. (S)
7. Some dude from Vice went to the Westminster Dog Show. On acid.
6.Ron Asheton 1986 Interview
I stumbled across this really cool clip of the god of thunder talking with the Dutch in 1986. If anyone can track down the rest of this documentary let us know.(S)
5. Ike & Tina Turner Live 1971
Caught this one on the Netflix watch instantly this week. Awesome! The opening with just the Ikettes is worth the watch, and you couldn't imagine things getting hotter and sexier, than the acid queen comes on and your reduced to a puddle of jelly. No wonder Ike Turner was dressing and acting like a pimp. This is serious, uncut, pussy power,that blows away that watered down stuff in years to come like Madonna and that Ciccone rip-off act Ga Ga. (S)
4. The Orchis Italia
Also known as the Naked Man Orchid, for obvious reasons. They grow in the Mediterranean. Pink flowers that look exactly like grinning idiots with large, dangling penises. Nature is nuts. If you stumbled across these by accident, they'd probably fry your brain but good. (K)
3.The Bad Trips - Open
When I ordered the reissue of Walk to the Fire ( you should get yours now they are going fast apparently) I also grabbed this. Grady Runyan is a guitar god al la Randy Holden, he also owns a cool record store, and this is his other band the Bad Trips. To quote apparently square and misdirected youtube commenter "fucking druggie shite, grow up!". So you know, right on, that's exactly what we want here at Advanced Demonology. (S)
2. The Playboy Roller Disco and Pajama Party
This really happened. On TV. In 1979. Girls on rollerskates, the Village People, Richard Dawson, Dorothy Stratten, Bill Cosby...it's all too much. By the way, midway through, there's an awesome news update from a local anchor who's clearly appalled that this is even on television. Holy smokes, was 1979 a fuckin' gas, or what? (K)
1. I saw a Bobcat in my backyard!!!
I grew up on the east coast and the cities are concrete jungles. Not much nature around other than rats and roaches and pigeons. Los Angles is a wonderland and it's the second largest city in America, but because of the climate, all the canyons, the beach, and foothills there is tons of , to me at least, exotic wildlife that just mixes in with the concrete and grime, rats and roaches. We have coyotes, rattlesnakes, rabbits, lizards, black widow spiders, if your by the beach, seals, dolphins and sharks. In my backyard alone I've seen a deer, had a hawk drop a 4 foot gopher snake out of the sky, been up close and personal with a coyote at 4am, and looked eye to eye with a weasel. But the other day I came home from work to have a bobcat scamper out the yard. A bobcat!?! Isn't that related to a tiger or a lion? Is that animal dangerous? We have mountain lions too but I never want to see one. I'm from New Jersey! California is full of creeps and weirdos and wild cats I guess. (S)