Heavy bass, militaristic programming, and industrial synths combine with ill costuming, bugged out choreography, and strobing visual effects in the dark, futurist voodoo vision video for German beatmaker Bit-Tuner's "Immune".
"Immune" is from Bit-Tuner's forthcoming album 'Bit of Light', out December 3rd on the -ous label.
Take a trip in the WABAC Machine with El Keter and Emeysi as they take it back to the "Audiogalaxy era" on the newest episode of the CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION!
This week they're playing nothing but Trip-Hop, Downtempo, Lounge, and Post-Rock cuts from the dawn of the current millennium and discussing "the low-carb eggplant", Alex Jones' Thanksgiving, what it means to be a "FREE" podcast, and indulging in all the shenanigans you've come to expect!
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1. Thievery Corporation "Lebanese Blonde"
2. Savath & Savalas "F Ride + Blues"
3. Anjali "Lazy Lagoon"
4. Bows "Wonderland"
5. Stereolab "The Black Arts"
6. Tortoise "Monica"
7. Blue States "Season Song"
8. Arkestra One "I Really Want You" feat. Nina Miranda
9. Coldfinger "CBlues"
10. Cannibal Ox "Iron Galaxy (Instrumental)"
11. Björk "Cocoon"
Rapper, tattoo artist, and street fighter Isaiah Toothtaker gives us weird baby noises, spooky cartoon imagery, and the raw rhymes you've come to expect from him on the Kaytranada-produced "Polo Stadium".
"Polo Stadium" is from Toothtaker's brand new two-track EP 'Sunday', which you can stream or download from Soundcloud.
This week's Monday Magick entry is a rare contribution from the West Indies, a location not necessarily known for embracing the supernatural in its popular music. The tune in question is an energetic 1975 side with the incendiary title "King From Hell" which comes courtesy of Trinidadian calypsonian The Mighty Shadow.
If you listen to our Clandestine Transmission podcast you might have heard Emeyesi and I discussing how few Reggae tunes I've featured as part of Monday Magick. While there is an underground tradition of ritual magick in Jamaica known as Obeah, nobody is writing any Reggae songs about it to my knowledge. Traditionally Jamaicans generally just aren't comfortable with the occult and Jamaican musicians are only likely to mention The Devil, witches, "duppies", or vampires unless they're chanting them down alongside "Babylon" and "bald-heads" while alternately praising Jah, Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey, or some permutation thereof. Elsewhere in the Caribbean folks are more likely to acknowledge the rich tradition of paganism, magick, secret societies, and the occult that exists in the region. And I found at least one artist--Calypso monarch Winston Anthony Bailey a.k.a. The Mighty Shadow--from the area--Trinidad and Tobago to be exact--who has recorded a few songs that "big up" the paranormal in some fashion. His "King From Hell" is bold in its embrace of the supernatural in general and the diabolic specifically. Over a jumping party-time rhythm, Shadow proclaims his own badassery, describing how he plans to kick ass and take names in the afterlife as a "terrible ghost" after his own passing wreaking vengeance upon people who've wronged him as a crowned ruler at the right hand of Satan in Hell. Being a party jam, as most Soca and Calypso is, the song is delivered largely in a tongue-in-cheek style, and it even includes an admonishment against wrongdoing. But the lyricism is otherwise quite strong and a bit shocking in its embrace of unusually dark subject matter for such a usually sun-soaked genre of music.
Over the years The Mighty Shadow has won respect, accolades, and awards in the world of Calypso, including being named an International Soca Monarch. He's still active as a recording artist and performing today.
Never ones to shy away from the "hot-button issues", El Keter and Emeysi dive into discussions about "dog baby talk", noisy neighbors, "jail-mail" and their "no chicanery" pledge on this week's brand new installment of the Clandestine Transmission!
They also happen to play you some flavorful Hip-Hop cuts, some futuristic Soul jams, and a handful of weird covers of some old favorites by some new school artists for your listening pleasure!
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1. Cities Aviv "Isolation Quarters"
2. Zomby "Bloom"
3. River Tiber "Lost"
4. Kelela "Hallucinogen"
5. The Internet "Special Affair"
6. Luke Vibert "Knockout"
7. Lushlife "Eyes Without a Face"
8. Chromatics "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
9. Hot Chip "Dancing in the Dark"
10. Kayper "Next Lifetime"
11. blank body "CARDED 4NYQUIL"
12. Big Grams "Born to Shine" feat. Run the Jewels
I spent my day at work today binge-listening to episodes of The Black Tapes Podcast, a podcast series billed as "an exploration of life, belief, faith, and occasionally the paranormal".
The show is a drama reminiscent of old-timey radio plays presented as a podcast-within-a-podcast following the exploits of journalist Alex Reagan and the enigmatic Dr. Richard Strand as they investigate the supernatural and become embroiled in a series of mysterious misadventures.
Based on the ten episodes I made it through today the overall vibe of the series reminded me of HBO's 'True Detective', The CW's 'Supernatural', the 'Paranormal Activity' film series, the reality-game documentary 'The Institute', and David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks', both stylistically and thematically.
While listening I also wondered repeatedly why the creators of visual entertainment seem to have so much goddamn trouble coming up with material even half as compelling as the stuff the people who make The Black Tapes podcast did using only audio?
Additionally, I was pretty impressed by the number of little references to the sort of "real life" bat-shit crazy subjects I usually listen to weirdos blab about on paranormal talk-radio-shows and podcasts throughout my average workday that the creators of the show were able to weave into the storyline.
Oh, and the eerie Indie-Folk theme song and spooky soundtrack, which comes replete with melodramatic soap-opera-style keyboard work, are both pretty rad too.
Super shout out to local horror author (and fellow podcaster) Brian LeTendre for hipping me to this thing during a chat at the Bing Comic-Con here in Springfield a few weeks back.
I fully intended to make today's featured song the first post after our month-long celebration of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" last week, but sadly I just wasn't feeling up to it. Thankfully another week presents me with another Monday and I'm feeling in the mood to share some Monday Magick in the form of "Curse of the Witch" from Los Angeles Psych-Pop outfit the Strawberry Alarm Clock's 1968 sophomore LP 'Wake Up...It's Tomorrow'.
I've featured a lot of weird songs here on Monday Magick, but "Curse of the Witch" is undoubtedly one of the weirdest to date. The song tells the very straightforward story of a man whose family is cursed by witches during the Puritan era only to have his own daughter accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake and his wife wish for death in her grief. This would normally be weird enough. But it's all delivered in an almost madrigal-like manner via the sort of multi-layered vocal harmonies one might expect from the likes of the Beach Boys or The Association over a track that alternates between fuzzy Acid-Rock grooves, bubbly Jazz-inspired runs, and freaky film score-style orchestration. It's lounge-y but baroque, like The Classics IV mashed up with The Electric Prunes. Like I said, it's weird. Beautiful, and strangely "poppy", but weird.
After 'Wake Up...' the Alarm Clock went through several lineup changes and released a few more albums through the end of the '60s. Steve Bartek, the group's flutist, went on to join Danny Elfman's band Oingo Boingo and assisted in his orchestral work for films. An incarnation of the band released a new album, 'Wake up Where You Are', in 2012.
Milton William "Bill" Cooper was a former Naval intelligence officer turned author, lecturer, and broadcaster. He is perhaps best known for writing the conspiracy classic 'Behold a Pale Horse', which inspired paranoia across generational and cultural lines, and was instrumental in popularizing kooky theories about the "Illuminati", the "New World Order", aliens, and several other fringe topics that have since provided fodder for countless terrible YouTube videos. From rappers to militia members, and pretty much everybody in between, Cooper and his conspiracies had an unprecedented impact on the American consciousness.
On November 5th, 2001, Cooper was shot dead outside his home in Eager, Arizona during a shootout with law enforcement officials. The events of that day raised questions in the skeptical minds of many versed in the conspiratorial school of thought he was a proponent of, particularly coming on the heels of September 11th, 2001 (which he is widely credited with predicting) as it did. This documentary discusses his life, his work, the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, the aftermath of his shooting, and the legacy he left behind.
Love him or hate him, he was a fascinating figure who left a lasting impression on the landscape of sociopolitical thought of the common people in these United States of America.
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