This week's Monday Magick entry comes from an artist who made no secret of his fascination with the occult, Graham Bond. An early proponent of UK Jazz, R&B, Soul, and psychedelia, Bond was known for pioneering the use of the Hammond organ and Mellotron, introducing the world to talents like Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce of Cream fame, a Herculean drug habit, and his experiments with magick.
While his early work was pretty straightforward white guy Soul stuff, he went on to release several albums whose content deals largely with his magickal obsessions. "The Magician", a skronky Free-Jazz meets Psychedelic Soul number, is from his 1970 release 'Holy Magick' which contains direct references to the teachings of Aleister Crowley throughout. The images in the video come courtesy of Crowley acolyte Kenneth Anger's 'Lucifer Rising'.
Sadly Bond's life ended at he age of 36 under the wheels of a London train, an apparent suicide.
Music is magick.
Rap weirdo Busdriver has been repping the underground Los Angeles avant-garde since the days of the storied Good Life Cafe. He seems to have really hit his stride over the last few years though as the Hellfyre Club crew (conmprised of Nocando, Open Mike Eagle, milo, KAIL, and others) has grown up around him.
He's recently signed on with UK stalwart Big Dada and is preparing to release his newest full length, 'Perfect Hair'
, on September 8th. The latest single from the record is smooth-as-butter "Colonize the Moon" featuring Pegasus Warning, which is accompanied by a what-the-eff video clip courtesy of director Mattia Fiumani.
And in case you missed it, Driver did a joint, titled "Ego Death", with Aesop Rock, and Danny Brown, over a Jeremiah Jae beat. They made a video too. Peep it.
We've been big supporters of UK rockers Kasabian here at Imageyenation since their "Clubfoot" single. "Vlad the Impaler"
was another favorite for sure.
Their most recent single "Eez-eh" was a little too "Indie-Dance" for my tastes. But they're back to dropping the block rocking beats with their new one "bumblebeee".
It's still hearkens back to the heyday of British Indie-Dance like all of their output, but it's got a dose of sludgy stoner Psyche-Rock flavor too. And the drums and bass KNOCK!
I was looking for the video for "Magic Mountain", the eerily etheric new single from Brooklyn based indie duo The Drums when I was preparing last week's Monday Magick entry. At that time only the audio was available online though, so they didn't get the nod.
Within a few days the clip, a sort of Anton Corbijn-esque black and white affair with mild supernatural/occult overtones, was online. It suits the song, which is disjointed and jangly in a very early '80s Post-Punk but Prot-Goth way, perfectly.
"Magic Mountain" is the first single from The Drums forthcoming third LP 'Encyclopedia'
, which is out September 23rd on Minor Records.
This week's Monday Magick entry comes from the grandaddy of mixing black magic with music, Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The 1956 single "I Put a Spell on You" put the Ohio-born Bluesman on the map, while his over the top performing style, complete with macabre props, set the stage for what would become "Shock Rock".
Monday Magick is a new feature here at Imageyenation. I plan to post a "popular" song that makes some allusion, whether straightforward or metaphoric, to magick, the supernatural, or occult, every Monday.
Music is magick.
Just in time for it to be hotasfuck out, Jeremiah Jae dropped this clip for "The Heat".
"The Heat" is the standout track from the Chitown emcee/producer's 'Good Times'
Welcome to Monday Magick, a new feature here at Imageyenation. I plan to post a "popular" song that makes some allusion, whether straightforward or metaphoric, to magick, the supernatural, or occult, every Monday.
This week's entry, 1977's "Looking for the Magic" from Tom Petty's homeboys the Dwight Twilley Band. The tune is from the group's sophomore LP 'Twilley Don't Mind'. You might know it from the 2013 horror flick 'You're Next'.
Music is magick.