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This week Monday Magick is bringing you something soft and fluffy in place of our usual dark and spooky offerings. The song in question is the decidedly upbeat "Your Magic is Working" from Athens, Georgia-based Indie-Pop outfit and multiple Monday Magick featuree of Montreal's sixth LP 'Satanic Panic in the Attic', released in 2004 by the Polyvinyl label.

My reasoning for picking "Your Magic is Working" this week is rather simple; I haven't been able to get it out of my head for the entirety of the last week, and it has "magic" in the title. It probably helps that of Montreal is one of my favorite musical acts of the modern era and 'Satanic Panic in the Attic' is one one of their more incredible albums. Oh, and the title of the album shouts out Satan, so there's that too. No, the song may not be overtly occult or diabolical in any way shape or form, but I freakin' love it, in all its sunny "la-la-la"-fueled glory! And since I've been feeling especially magickal since recharging my magickal battery with the occult fellowship I mentioned in last week's post I thought it was more than appropriate to feature here. Deal with it.

Over the years of Montreal has gone through a number of incarnations, including being a virtual solo project for frontman Kevin Barnes. But whatever shape the "band" took or takes, they continue to tour and release albums. In fact, Barnes is reportedly readying a new album for release this Summer, and they have tour-dates lined up through the Spring months. Go check them out. They're amazing live.

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 09:36 PM on 02/08/16
Filed under Music



Brooklyn psychonauts Flatbush ZOMBiES just dropped a new thug waffle titled "BOUNCE" on us and it is some straight gangsta shit!

The Fredo Tovar and Scott Fleishman directed mini-movie they've released as visual accompaniment hearkens back to the salad days of Gangsta Rap, with a trippy twist of course.

"BOUNCE" is from their forthcoming album '3001: A Laced Odessey', set for a March 11th release on their own The Glorious Dead Records.

Flatbush ZOMBiES

Posted by El Keter
At 09:11 PM on 02/08/16
Filed under Music



He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

After being invisible for the last year Spark Master Tape is finally returning with his long-awaited 'Silhouette of a Sunkken City' project in March!

Spark Master Tape

Posted by El Keter
At 08:52 PM on 02/08/16
Filed under Music

Ardhanarishvara

Today is a rare occasion when I have the opportunity to talk with another person with some expertise about magick rather than post about it on this blog, so Monday Magick is taking this week off.

We'll be back with another entry of our magickal musical feature next week.

Posted by El Keter
At 09:52 PM on 02/01/16
Filed under Music

Shhh...

If you're crazy about magic, hot for action, ready for romance, and wild about winning, the brand new episode of the Clandestine Transmission is for you!

This week Emeyesi is back, like your ex's finger in your butthole, alongside El Keter, to drop some fresh Rap cuts, remember "occult tea-bag" David Bowie, and thank Neil deGrasse Tyson in the smoothest way possible!

Join them for a "wavy" discussion of Kanye West's rectal meltdown, B.O.B.'s espousal of flat-earth beliefs, Chingy's embrace of fringe religion & conspiracy theory, recent Wu-Tang-related shenanigans, Mos Def's passport woes, the ongoing Bill Cosby saga, the O.J./Kardashian connection, and conspiracy culture's grip on Hip-Hop!

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PLAYLIST

1. Kanye West "No More Parties in L.A." feat. Kendrick Lamar
2. Lunice "Burnt"
3. Archy Marshall "Dull Boys"
4. Wiki "Cherry Tree" feat. Micachu
5. Kneebody & Daedelus "Thought Not"
6. David Bowie "Blackstar"
7. The Sorcerers "Night of the Sorcerer"
8. Dumbo Gets Mad "Thank You Neil"

CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 19, January 31st, 2016 feat. EL KETER & EMEYESI (.MP3)

Posted by El Keter
At 01:54 PM on 01/31/16
Filed under Podcast



Things can get kinda fishy when you're tripping balls.

At least that's what the video for "Deep Down Low", a droptastic bit of CrapHouse from DJ/producer Valentino Khan, would have us believe.

"Deep Down Low" was apparently the most played track of 2015, whatever that means.

Valentino Khan

Posted by El Keter
At 02:23 PM on 01/30/16
Filed under Music



I don't want to spoil what happens in the new video/short film for Paris-based electronic production outfit Point Point's "Life in Grey", so I'm not going to say much.

But be patient, and watch until the end, as I was tempted to shut it off about halfway through under the assumption that it was going to be some simple morality play.

It's a lot more than that though, and should appeal to fans of Bryan Fuller's now defunct television adaptation of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter novels.

"Life in Grey" is from Point Point's 'Contrastive Focus Reduplication' EP, out now via OWSLA.

Point Point

Posted by El Keter
At 02:11 PM on 01/30/16
Filed under Music



Drawing inspiration from stylish '80s drug/crime dramas, schlocky Golan-Globus-style cinema, video games, and the like, Texas-based Electro outfit Neon Indian rush the discotheque in their mini-movie "Slumlord Rising".

Somehow I missed out on this video as well as 'Vega Intl. Night School', the album "Slumlord" was taken from, when they both dropped late last year, so consider this me playing catch-up on both of them.

Neon Indian

Posted by El Keter
At 01:54 PM on 01/30/16
Filed under Curiosities



With it's gritty beats, wonky electronics, and vocoded vocals, "Girl", from Aussie producer Vinnie Laduce, sounds kinda like Black Moth Super Rainbow if they tried making R&B music.

Right now "Girl" is a single without an album, but it's on the Soundcloud, the Bandcamp, and all the usual digital distribution outlets on the interweb.

Vinnie Laduce

Posted by El Keter
At 01:23 PM on 01/30/16
Filed under Music



This week Monday Magick wants you to take it easy. Just sway and step to the sounds of "Haunted House" from 'Before the Rain' a 1978 LP from Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar.

Oskar may be best known as a founding member of Funk outfit War and has also earned some amount of recognition as a manufacturer of harmonicas. He's probably not as widely known for his solo recording output as either of those things, but Emeyesi and I would work selections from 'Before the Rain' into our "dusty groove" DJ sets back in our terrestrial radio days. I can't recall whether we ever played "Haunted House", a dreamy hybrid of Disco, Funk, Jazz, and Blues featuring a steady four-on-the-floor thump, sinewy bass, and enchanting electric piano twinkles. If we did it would have fit right in with the type of stuff that was usually on our playlists. It's not particularly "occult", or even "spooky", but it has a slightly otherworldly vibe, and the word "haunted" is right there in the title. Whether you'll find it "magickal" or not I don't know. I do know that it's got a funky groove, and you can dance to it.

Oskar is still alive and kicking at the age of 67. As near as I can figure his last solo album, 'Sublimation', was released way back in 2002. His website seems to be dedicated to selling his harmonicas.

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 09:32 PM on 01/25/16
Filed under Music



"Outsider Rap" gets a bad...well, rap...thanks to a handful of acts who've parlayed their atypical origins into Pop stardom at the expense of more seasoned dues-payers.

That said, I've always championed non-traditional or experimental styles of Hip-Hop from artists who break the mold of who or what a rapper is supposed to be, act, or look like.

It's too early to say whether New Zealand's LarzRanda is an opportunist or an artist expressing themselves from the heart, but I'm getting a real Open Mike Eagle/Serengeti sort of vibe from their new song and video "Turtles", which is a good thing.

The song is cute. And the video, while simple, might shock or surprise some viewers.

The video for "Rangers" is pretty dope too, for reasons that are sure to be evident to anyone who knows what I'm all about, if a tad old.



LarzRanda

Posted by El Keter
At 02:48 PM on 01/24/16
Filed under Music


When evil spreads, dread comes for all of us.

I have been touched by Satan.

We name things so they don't frighten us. Satan. Evil. For too long I've been afraid. Now, I'm not frightened.
Season three of period horror drama 'Penny Dreadful' begins Sunday, May 1st at 10PM ET/PT on Showtime.

'Penny Dreadful'
Posted by El Keter
At 02:17 PM on 01/24/16
Filed under Television



Here at Monday Magick we enjoy some diversity in our otic occult obsessions, and this week is no exception. I've often lamented the difficulty in finding Reggae tunes with a supernatural bent in this space. But this week I hit paydirt in the form of "The Voodoo Curse" by Dub mixologist Scientist, from his 1981 LP 'Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires'!

King Tubby disciple Hopeton Brown, also known as Scientist, was a child prodigy who quickly rose to prominence in the Reggae scene as an engineer at Channel One Studio. He became known for his production, mixing, and radical Dub remixing, working with the Roots Radics band—who laid down the track for "The Voodoo Curse"—and the Tuff Gong label before relocating to the United States in the mid 80s, when he released a string of outlandishly titled albums largely consisting of his dubs of sides recorded with Roots Radics as house band for other artists. "The Voodoo Curse" is just such a Dub rework of "What A Feeling", a sufferers anthem by vocal group the Wailing Souls. Scientist strips the tune way down, often to nothing more than the signature bass riff with eerily reverberating hi-hats, snares and effects dropping in and out of the mix. It's mystical, spacey, and oddly claustrophobic, like all good Dub is supposed to be.

Over the years Scientist has worked with a number of Reggae greats including King Tubby and Prince Jammy. He's released a ton of albums, the most recent of which, 'Repatriation Dub', just dropped in 2014.

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 07:29 PM on 01/18/16
Filed under Music

Shhh...

The first all new episode of the CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION of 2016 takes a turn for the Goth!

Emeyesi is missing in action, but El Keter is joined by special guest A.C. Lucius of Goths of Western Massachusetts for an "All Goth" extravaganza!

Together they play some of her favorite Goth Rock cuts of all time, and a few of his picks from among modern music's current crop of dark offerings!

Be warned, this one's a marathon, as they get into some deep discussions regarding the pitfalls of trying to develop scenes or networks around underground subcultures, the creation of culture and personal identity, racial stereotyping, the intersection of Hip-Hop and the occult, Wicca and "the divine feminine", Hot Topic, the "Big Bang Theory-ization" of subcultures, and not being a gate-keeping dick!

Sadly, there are some audio volume issues with the third and final talking break where A.C. Lucius' tiny little voice gets buried beneath a too-loud background beat...sorry.

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PLAYLIST

1. 45 Grave "Party Time"
2. Pictureplane "Live Forever"
3. Shlohmo "Meet Ur Maker"
4. Prayers "Blood on the Blade"
5. Virgin Prune "Pagan Love Song"
6. Black Moth Super Rainbow "Warm Water Leviathan"
7. Bauhaus "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
8. Hot Sugar "You'll See Then in Your Sleep"
9. The Cure "Lullaby"

CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 18, January 17th, 2016 feat. EL KETER & A.C. LUCIUS (.MP3)

Posted by El Keter
At 02:49 PM on 01/17/16
Filed under Podcast



When 'Cloverfield' stomped onto movie theatre screens in 2008 it was a pretty big deal to me and my friend.

There was a good deal of speculation about the film—which was written by Drew Goddard, directed by Matt Reeves, and produced by J. J. Abrams—fueled by a groundbreaking viral marketing campaign, largely unfounded internet rumors, and Abrams' patented "mystery box".

All that mystery undoubtedly played a role in the film's ultimate success at the box office, and there was talk of a sequel which was pretty quickly forgotten.

Eight years later a trailer dropped out of nowhere for a movie from Abrams' Bad Robot production company—but none of the other folks involved with 'Cloverfield'—called '10 Cloverfield Lane' which may be that sequel.

Or maybe not.

It's being described by Abrams as a "blood relative" to 'Cloverfield', but is also rumored to be a completely different movie with only a tangential connection to the earlier film.

All we really know is that this is the first pretty much anybody has heard about the fuckin' thing and it's scheduled to hit theatres on March 11th.

'10 Cloverfield Lane'

Posted by El Keter
At 03:30 PM on 01/16/16
Filed under Cinema




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