This week's Monday Magick entry echoes out of eternity from 1971 London, England where four piece Blues Rock band Egg, formerly known as Uriel, took up the pseudonym Arzachel to record an experimental, and eldritch, psychedelic album. The self-titled LP, released by the little known Evolution label, didn't exactly set the world on fire, but it quickly became a cult favorite, and has been widly bootlegged over the years.

While the band's alias, Arzachel, was drawn from the name of a crater on the moon, itself named for a Moorish metalsmith, mathematician, and astronomer, their original monicker Uriel is of course one of the archangels not unfamiliar to magickal adepts. And though they're probably most widly known for their cover of "Queen St. Gang" (otherwise known as the "Grindhouse" intro music), other songs on the album dripped with esotericism. The Lovecraftian "Azathoth" for example, which is named for one of the horror pioneer's "Old Gods" (perhaps the oldest God, a primordial "nuclear" chaos lulled to sleep by terrible music and dancing), is majestically spooky. Like The Electric Prunes' psychedelic reworks of baroque liturgical music, only dedicated to something with tentacles instead of Jesus.

The group members enjoyed some amount of success as Egg, releasing a handful of albums before moving on to various other projects.

Music is magick.
Posted by El Keter
At 11:19 PM on 08/18/14
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Grape Juice

Longtime readers know I don't necessarily consider myself part of any "blogosphere" brotherhood. I don't read a lot of blogs, and I practically never promote other blog sites in this space. So it might come as a shock to find me posting an entry touting the merits of a blog called Groupname for Grape Juice.

I don't know anything about the blog's author "znore", other than the fact that they, like me, have an interest in conspiracies, mythology, the occult, language, literature, and authors Robert Anton Wilson, and especially, James Joyce. I also know that they write copiously and fascinatingly about these subjects, bridging the gaps between them and waxing philosophically on their inter-relatedness and the impact they, and the other subjects which catch their fancy, have on society at large.

I have been especially taken with a recent series of articles that refute a silly conspiracy making the rounds of late which claim the counterculture movement of the '60s and '70s -- up to and including the music of the era, especially that of the so-called "Laurel Canyon scene" -- were part of a plot orchestrated by our government and other nefarious forces to destroy humanity. The author makes quick work of the conspiracy and its proponents, citing the history of liberal thought going back centuries, working in Joyce, Yeats, and Pound, and even discussing a strange educational conspiracy of the "elite" which mirrored certain elements of the 5% Nation of Gods & Earths in my mind. I found myself regularly checking the blog on my browser at work to see if the next installment was up.

The July 20th post celebrating "Bloomsday", which discusses the occult ramifications of the works of James Joyce was also something of a "page turner" for me. Where else will Leopold Bloom meet Madame Blavatsky, Umberto Eco, Mussolini, RAW, and Edward Snowden? Only in the pages of Groupname for Grape Juice.

Add it to your bookmarks, or however young people keep track of these things, today.

Groupname for Grape Juice
Posted by El Keter
At 10:03 PM on 08/17/14
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If you've ever wondered what would happen if hipsters lived in the forest, Canadian Electro-Indie guy Rich Aucoin has the answer in the form of his expertly animated video for "Yelling in Sleep".

The bleep and fuzz rich party starter "Yelling in Sleep" is from the 'Ephemeral' LP, which is due out September 9th here in North America, and October 14th in the various nations which comprise the European Union.

Rich Aucoin
Posted by El Keter
At 09:20 PM on 08/17/14
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I just kinda realized that it's late Summer already and it's been about a year since I uploaded my last House mix.

I can't lie and say another one's coming soon because I've been incredibly busy with my day job and haven't been copping records like I should.

But I did just stumble on something the other day that made me want to make a mix, the MK remix of "My Head is a Jungle" by German Techno/House producer Wankelmut featuring Australian vocalist Emma Louise.

The remix, courtesy of Detroit House and Pop producer Marc "MK" Kinchen, has that old school flavor that gets you moving on a hot Summer night even through you're already sweating from the heat.

Good thing the video takes place in a laundromat, so you can throw that sweaty shirt in the wash when you're done.

The remix is out Monday, August 18th, on Ultra Records.

Ultra Records
Posted by El Keter
At 09:04 PM on 08/17/14
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This week's Monday Magick entry comes from one of the most fascinating, and maybe forgotten, singer/songwriters of the so-called Laurel Canyon music scene of the '60s and '70s, occult folky Judee Sill. A former reform school girl and longtime heroin addict with an interest in fringe Christian theology, Rosicrucianism, Pythagorean number theory, psychedelia, and Aleister Crowley, the openly bi-sexual Sill was also a respected singer, songwriter, composer, and arranger who was the first artist to release an album on David Geffen's Asylum Records label.

Her two Asylum LP's, 1971's 'Judee Sill' and 1973's 'Heart Food', are packed with songs like "The Lamb Ran Away With the Crown", which don't mention magick outright but feature cryptic lyrics about astral travel, spiritual warfare, deep catharsis of the soul, religious allegory, and vague occult symbolism. Some tunes, like "The Kiss", and most notably "The Donor", from her self-produced and arranged 'Heart Food' LP, actually have magick (Sill studied the evocative powers of various notes and keys, painstakingly imbuing her songs with spiritual, possibly even angelic, power) woven into the vocal harmonies themselves, which can make her one of the most startlingly affecting singers of all time.

Sadly, Sill was unceremoniously dropped by Geffen after she publicly acknowledged his homosexuality, and she eventually died in poverty, on November 23, 1979, of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 35.

Music is magick.
Posted by El Keter
At 11:22 PM on 08/11/14
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Franco-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa Kainde-Diaz of Ibeyi return with more downtempo voodoo beats on their new single and video "The River".

The visuals, courtesy of director Ed Morris, are striking, and suit the song, a jittery, thumping, Jazz inflected evocation of the Orisha Oshun, replete with hand drums and Yoruba chants, to a "t".

Check for their debut single the 'Oya EP', featuring "Oya" backed with "The River", which is out now on the XL Recordings label.

Posted by El Keter
At 10:46 PM on 08/11/14
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Atlanta Rap crew EarthGang call out all the weak ass bullshit the industry and their media puppets in radio and the blogosphere pump to the masses on "The F Bomb".

I don't mind rowdy motherfuckers getting a little ignant, as long as they can rhyme and their shit is dope, both of which apply to these cats right here, but not necessarily to the illiterate bullshit we've been getting spoonfed by the industry of late.

If you're digging EarthGang's style and are a fan of that creative Atlanta spirit embodied by the Dungeon Family and the now defunt indie crew Supreeme, peep their album 'Shallow Graves for Toys'.

Posted by El Keter
At 11:26 PM on 08/05/14
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