Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Blistering show last night, good times! ...WFMU's 2015 fundraiser is only two weeks away, so get ready, Castleheads. We'll have some great prize giveaways, sterling co-hosts, and a premium CDr collection of some of the rarest Krautrock gems from my personal collection, entitled Raritäten Krautspieler (see a brief description, cover art, and other WFMU DJ premiums for 2015 at this page; our cover model is the stunning Hannah Fierman, famed for her role in the "Amateur Night" segment of V/H/S, thanks to Castle super-listener Ken Weaver, who photographed and designed the cover.)

Shown above, one of my heroes—Michael Findlay—the prolific, oddball, talented and tragic auteur behind such films as Shriek of the Mutilated, the Flesh trilogy, Satan's Bed, and The Ultimate Degenerate (from which our capture comes.) Findlay's films, made in close collaboration with his wife Roberta, represent a vaunted obsession for me. For the unique consumer of cine-exploitation, once you've seen a "Findlay" or two, you're hooked, on their distinctive darkness, moody post-Bergman photography, meandering plots and irresistible sleaze. Ultimate Degenerate is one of his more readily digestible features; a great place to start for the uninitiated. Considering especially that Findlay's works were made for the cheap-and-cheerful Times Square circuit of the 60s and 70s, they represent considerable vision, and the boldness and craft to try and tell strange and "real" stories, and to make "art," for what were essentially brown-overcoat, paper bag jack-off emporiums.

On to last night's musical selections, there was much appreciation for a vintage Siouxsie hit, one of my favorites, as well as a full tape side from Heavydeath, ace doom purveyors whose recorded works are seeing the light of day thanks to Caligari Records. Much dank and ominous groove from WFMU favorites Cadaver Eyes, followed by an ongoing discussion (my bad, I think I started it) of maggots,  and their unique talent / virtue for consuming necrotic flesh. Praise also for GIDIM, who were not even part of last night's playlist, but have been so in weeks prior—a great, one-man Midwestern black metal monolith, with a new split on Broken Limbs Recordings with Leather Chalice, and we did hear a staggeringly good track from the Leather Chalice side of the tape.

Also, heavy praise for our last set, which included red fish blue fish's new, clamorous rendering of Stockhausen's "Mikrophonie," a live cassette track by our old friends Caldera Lakes (the first artist ever to contribute exclusive music for our show, and our first-ever entry at the My Castle of Quiet portal on WFMU's Free Music Archive; -hi Eva and Brittany, hope you are doing stellar!), and a phantasmagorical selection by Head Dress, from Frozen In Time II, the second three-cassette collection of various-artist Ingmar Berman-inspired sound works released by Black Horizons.

Click on the spat-faced Spencer above, one of M. Finlday's many twisted characterizations, to reach the accuplaylist, audio archive and listener comments for last night's horrocast™, and thanks for tuning in.

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