Thursday, December 31, 2009

Who? I know not of Jonathan Richman.

Bliss-Out #2 was a smashing, crashing, screeching, roaring, rumbling, pulsating, droning, intermittently bleating success. It was also (in this damnable week btwn the "have a good time" holidays) basically a night off for me, Obsolete Units' Paul Haney making most of the selections, and they were all great ones (I did get a few swings in there.)

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

Bliss-Out #2

Coming up tonight, at 8 ET: Noise Bliss-Out #2, wherein Paul Haney of Obsolete Units attempts to noise-off with me. I predict he will take me down in the third set, when I surrender to my penchant for Navicon Torture Technologies; either that or we go into extra rounds, to see who can praise Kevin Shields MORE.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quick, roll for initiative!

Last night's show was good, if I say so myself. And before you start to sing "ego, there you go"—I give substantial credit to C Lavender, who kept me from falling off the edge of the multiverse as I usually do (banging my head all the way down.)

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

Update 12/23 --- C Lav co-hosts

On tonight's Castle, I'll be joined by co-host and NJ-based noise musician C. Lavender. Tune in as C Lav breaks up my "ums" and "ahs" with young synapses firing quickly.

C Lav video ---

C Lavender - Industrial Pipe Dreams from c lavender on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wm. Berger collaboration with Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Bär ready to go!

From Kommissar Hjuler: "I love your version, possibly we will find a label to get it released in large edition. I will seek for a label, KHJ" He's already sending me another disc of material to work with.

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

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Hey, last night's horrorcast™ was fine! Better than fine—it was great! Why did I think it sucked? Oh right, because I suck. I am a well of pain. Some would say that well is gurgling over with concern only for myself. They'd say other, worse things, too—things that can't be taken back.

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

Subsistence, harsch.

I' ; the L indicates n' import what with n' be essential which that j' like. I' ; the L testifies with your divorce, against you. I feel horrible for your son, am to you also shitty a father who you are a friend. You are a nonripe bitch of whiny which acts like a woman if n' import which makes, an egoistic puncture concerned only by yourself. You' ; about d' one kisses and d' I' sournesses; patient of m with died of you, j' liked to make l' exposure but I really don' ; T give a shit which much. Get stuffed never by doing it or by listening to him still. Are a large bag of ugly punch thus you disappear can have of what you have need. Subsistence thinking your illusory thoughts. Don' ; T obtain a work. I don' ; T want to hear of him more, kiss you, your problems, and your pain. Cease pretending to you give a shit, you' ; about d' a sociopath. Since you believe in demons (you child) why don' ; T you gather you carry jusqu' with l' hell? You' ; D is happier there.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"What's in your moat, mate?"

I am very glad to have passed the milestone, nay the millstone, of horrorcast #23. To the mystic/numerologist, 23 is like New's Year's Eve: one had better have a good time—an interesting time—or else! Fortunately, Métal Rouge blessed the evening with their magnificent recordings, much appreciated.

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

Tonight on the Castle - Métal Rouge Rarities

Métal Rouge, the improvisational duo of Helga Fassonaki and Andrew Scott, started in Auckland, NZ, and now operate out of Los Angeles. Their recordings haunt, drone, crunch and hover, like good and bad feelings threatening to happen, and arriving when one least suspects. See the band's MySpace page (linked above) for their dazzling list of inspirations and influences, some song samples, as well as several live video clips. In lieu of a My Castle of Quiet visit, Métal Rouge have graciously provided me with a disc's worth of rarities, all tracks from ultra-limited, or as-yet-unreleased, lathe-cut vinyl and CDr releases, including several collaborations with other artists, and an Andrew Scott solo piece. Tune in when I air 60 minutes from Métal Rouge Rarities, followed by a post of the full collection to WFMU's Beware of The Blog and Free Music Archive on 12/16. The band's newest release, Ephemeroptera V, is currently in play on WFMU's airwaves. Photo by Caitlin Mitchell.

Castle doors @ 8 p.m. ET.
Métal Rouge @ 9 approx.
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Screen Captures of the Day - The Silent Scream (1980)

In 1980's The Silent Scream, Barbara Steele looks amazing, hypnotising, as a regressed, childlike killer, stealing the movie from the 57-minute mark onward, when she finally appears. Barbara probably still looks amazing today, wherever she is. The last half hour of this movie is pure weird-ass, low-budget, American-made gold, but the first 55 mins. are some rough going, with teeedious buildup, wooden acting and unnecessary expositional dialogue. Payoff, though, in the dozens.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Rare, But Not Entirely Accidental, Moment of Halfway-decent Photojournalism on My Part.

I think I surprised Sara. Slasher Risk, getting ready to play, Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, 12.4.2009.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

yeah, i saw that movie too.

Die Baumstamm - Cut down, burnt and black, but somehow not quite dead. Its presence commands—and its body can used to fashion a worthy stake!

I brought the rain back from Vancouver.

The Jumelles above have seen their last, and it was a brief run at glory at that. Too bad, so sad; they are lovely. Click and follow them to the playlist and audio archive for last night's horrorcast. It is good to be back, though the rain battles my windows.

Starring Klaus Schulze, Drowning the Light, Trees, Tom Grimley, and Burial Hex. And Tom Grimley.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Re-post --- Five Points Twice: Ten Films to Watch Telecult Powers By

This post originally published on Witchbeam's blog on 29th October. Also check out this Telecult Powers live video from my YouTube channel, and the band's page at the Temple of Pei site.

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

3. etc.

4. Candles


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.

1. Masque of the Red Death (dir. Roger Corman, 1964)Masque of the Red Death
Occult technicolor. A beautiful film throughout, cinematography by Nicholas Roeg.

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.

3. Incubus (dir, Leslie Stevens, 1965)
Incubus, Esperanto
Yes, black and white. Yes, William Shatner. Yes, Esperanto. A dreamlike tale, with an eerie visual palette of high-contrast witchery.

4. The Shiver of the Vampires (dir. Jean Rollin, 1971)
Shiver of the Vampire
Telecult Powers’ music and director Rollin’s image parade are perhaps the most perfect marriage.

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.

6. Requiem for a Vampire (1971)

Yes, I snuck another Jean Rollin film onto this list. Anything that starts with a sexy female clown shooting out the back of a car window is Telecult-ready.

7. Shock Waves (dir. Ken Wiederhorn, 1977)
Shock Waves - Nazi Occult
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.)

8. Daughters of Darkness (dir. Harry Kümel, 1971)
Fassbinder Daughters of Darkness
Fassbinder meets Rollin in a car-crash of gorgeous women, blood, brilliant color, and sex sex sex.

9. The Dunwich Horror (dir, Daniel Haller, 1970)
Dunqich Horror
As with Lemora above, I find myself too partial to both the film and the music to resist this suggestion.

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 —

The Devils (dir. Ken Russell, 1971)
The Devils - Ken Russell

Moloch Rain!

Wm. Berger