Thursday, December 31, 2009
It was like one of those days where you go in to work before a holiday, and don't really have to do all that much but eat snacks and talk to people. But ah, I'm showing my age, as we all know companies don't DO that anymore. Someday, we will take to the street with torches, but by then it may be too late.
Fuck, look at that pic. Been staring at this one for years, from Seijun Suzuki's Gate of Flesh. The potency and pride of the female spirit; she's richly sexual, and also about to kick your ass. Click on her colors for access to the playlist and streaming audio for last night's horrorcast.
Thanks again, Paul.
Starring everyone. Happy 2010! Fuck the past!
Monday, December 28, 2009
WFMU-FM 91.1 NY/NJ
WMFU-FM 90.1 Hudson Valley
Thursday, December 24, 2009
What's with the fucking attack on my playlist of Varg Vikernes and his prison-bound presets? For shame, boys. White-supremacist, ex-con musical genius/prodigies are such an easy target!
Starring that deadly new Slither LP, that creepy/proggy Weirding Module tape, Haare, and motherfucking Physical Demon. Sorry, I'm in a sweary mood today. Click on the gas-masked fool from Lifespan above to see the playlist and hear the audio stream of last night's horrorcast.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
C Lav video ---
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I'm really happy with the piece, "Lingus 31.31 für Mama und Kommissar," where I basically (but thoughtfully) daubed a psychedelic, collage mess all over a 31-min. narrative they'd sent to me. To my ears, it sounds like latter-day Cosmic Jokers, albeit with a much heavier splicing hand.
I will have CDrs available soon; inquire at email@example.com.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I live. I get through the hours. "Gotta Do What You Can," one of my old favorite bands used to sing. "Can't do it, baby, if you can't." That is my anthem these days.
Things can also be tough at the neon-lit Taipei sex emporium, one of so very many. Especially when the rain just won't stop. Click on that green, glowy baphomet to get to the playlist and archived audio for last night's show.
Starring Yellow Swans, Infernal Stronghold, Malveillance, and Shearing Pinx. And many more.
(privé --- I have a shift key, too, you psycho.)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We see the hands of a woman steadily and deliberately break through the wall. A woman who believes herself to still be a child (before all the bad things happened.) She kept getting out anyway. Victoria will slaughter you with passive amusement, and with a single click, will also take you to the playlist and audio-archive page for last night's show.
Also starring Fauz't, Incapacitants, Judas Iscariot, and Rubber (0) Cement.
Also starring you.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Castle doors @ 8 p.m. ET.
Métal Rouge @ 9 approx.
91.1 FM NY/NJ; 90.1 Hudson Valley; live on the Web @ http://wfmu.org/
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I think I surprised Sara. Slasher Risk, getting ready to play, Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, 12.4.2009.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Starring Klaus Schulze, Drowning the Light, Trees, Tom Grimley, and Burial Hex. And Tom Grimley.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wow, a guest blog. This stems from a conversation I had with an acquaintance that is notorious for breaking things into "zones" and also a student of library science, at some point he mentioned that Telecult has a serious "Gurdjieff Zone." I thought about it, found it kind of fun and silly for my band to be reduced to a ven diagram, but then felt a bit limited by it. Sure, Gurdjieff is indeed a huge influence, but what else out there could be something we are in the shadow of? This led to a conversation with Wm. Berger about movies that give off a bit of a "Telecult vibe." I was thinking The Satanic Rites of Dracula & Psychomania, and I was excited to see his list was different than mine. Looks like I will have no problem figuring out what to put on my Netflix cue in November.
With that, I present to you Wm. Berger’s Five Points Twice: Ten Films to Watch Telecult Powers By – Witchbeam
1. My favorite Telecult Powers recordings – the tapes Dedicated to Robert Moore b/w Twilight of the Oscillators, and Kiss the Viper’s Fang. These, plus the Telecult WFMU live session from my show this past July 22.
2. A stack of DVD/VHS, all films I love and have watched more than twice
1. View segments of each film, with tapes playing loudly, and film audio completely muted. (Subtitles were at first optional, but I ultimately decided against them, deciding that they distracted from the mission at hand.)
2. Judge appropriately. (Sub-criteria: a) striking visuals throughout; b) occult themes; c) sex—but not porn—think real women: soft, clean, boob-heavy 60s-70s-type sex; d) always remember—a good hooded cloak, black or red, never hurts.)
3. Fine tune results. Ideally, the film and music arc and lift together.
4. Finally, consider the numerology, i.e., the number of items on the list. Does it feel right? Can a title or two be easily shaved? The answer is probably yes.
The below are indeed in a very specific order of my personal viewing preference.
Many thanks to Witchbeam for suggesting this study.
2. Inferno (dir. Dario Argento, 1980)
Since Suspiria already has the most wonderful soundtrack ever, Inferno, its cousin similar in look and tone, is the ideal Argento film for a Telecult treatment. To hear the Pei boys warble and pulsate at that underwater room scene might almost be too much.
5. Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (dir. Richard Blackburn, 1973)
One of my favorite films. Why would I not want to hear one of my favorite contemporary bands score it? Set almost entirely in vampiric bluish-purple.
7. Shock Waves (dir. Ken Wiederhorn, 1977)
Nazi zombies; another one of my all-time favorites. (Comes with its own burbling, unsettling synthesizer score, so watch it before (or after) with the sound UP.)
10. Equinox (dir. Jack Woods, 1970)
A childhood favorite of mine, and a genuinely disturbing tale, featuring an evil forest ranger, an invisible castle, The Lord’s Prayer read backwards, and several stop-motion monsters, among other delights. Equinox directly inspired Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead and Evil Dead II.
And for a damned-fine alternate, I also suggest —
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sign on Granville St. Bridge rubs it in. Vancouver, BC.
Like an ever-flowing stream.
Toothpicks for the Titans
Vancouver Island—land of 1,000 Kampfar album covers.
Part van, part semi—and it's for sale!
Never a problem, eh.
Canadian medieval barber dental extraction tools; still used today. Alberni Valley Museum.
Old tube tester; reminded me of PKD's novel Voices From the Street. Alberni Valley Museum.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Shoes. Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, BC.
Hands missing, a grammarian's nightmare—but it IS boobie time!
I noticed William B. Davis, aka Cancer Man, waiting at the boarding gate at EWK. At first I thought he was George Plimpton, until I remembered Plimpton was dead. Then, he boarded my plane in executive class. The very friendly Air Canada flight attendants helped me get his autograph.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Then—a surprise! An extra 75 minutes of Castle broadcasting. Thrust into the trenches I was, my response: to get even more cosmic.
A failed pianist sells his soul to malevolent forces to feed his mad aspirations of success; now he's turning into a beast. The susceptibility of the transformation state (pictured above) leaves one open to the possibility of being used as a portal—say a clickable link—to the audio archive and playlist of this extra-long, extra-wide Castle broadcast. Also starring Sektor 304 and Explosive Improvised Device.
I'm off to the woods for a few weeks. My Castle of Quiet radio returns 2nd December.
(Ghost Moth's full set, clocking in at over 50 minutes, will post as an mp3 to WFMU's Beware of The Blog and Free Music Archive this coming Tuesday.)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Doors @ 8 p.m. ET.
GM @ 8:30.
91.1 FM NY/NJ; 90.1 Hudson Valley
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Yes I played Discharge. The thin membrane that was separating Discharge and Hellhammer just peeled completely away. Also starring Physical Demon, Virginal Volcanoes, Umberto, Raspberry Bulbs, Haunted George, Josh Lay, and Demons.
The lovely Florence Tanner, mental medium, is pictured above prior to her disastrous (yet oddly sensual) encounter at the Belasco House. Watery and forceful, she will gently take your hand and guide you to the playlist/streaming archive for last night's horrorcast™ (where it should be noted I played some Black-a-Billy™, in addition to the usual horrorscapes™ etc.)
What demon-spirit could possibly resist that irresponsible collar, and Ms. Tanner's milky translucence? A demon-spirit better than I.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
With a clear love for early-80s mid-budget horror, House of the Devil gets high marks for blending that passion with a more modern, Haute Tension-style survival-horror method. The film pulls taut slowly, and with unexpected subtlety. The characters and cast are a wonder, with nonchalant killer AJ Bowen pretty much stealing the film (as he did with The Signal), surrounded by intense, meaningful performances from the always-unsettling Tom Noonan and the great Mary Woronov.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Also starring Eyehategod and Brocken Moon.
Eyehategod - "30$ Bag" on YouTube.
Hi to Jed and CM in N'awlins!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
These opening ten minutes of Terror, directed by the notable Norman J. Warren (see Satan's Slave) are a bit of a screen-capturer's delight anyway, so instead of just stills—here they are in motion.
Music by Ivor Slaney. Slaney's soundtrack to this and another Warren film, Prey, are new on CD.