Young Swede Seinabo Sey spins her own uniquely cinematic brand of Soulful Pop on her recent single "Pistols at Dawn".

The video, directed by Christian Larson, features some really striking color imagery, as well as a creepy, sort of witchy, undercurrent.

"Pistols at Dawn" is on the Stockholm-based singers 'For Madeleine' EP, which is in stores now on Universal Music.

Seinabo Sey
Posted by El Keter
At 01:14 AM on 12/07/14
Filed under Music

Empire of the Wheel by Walter Bosley

Over the last few months I've become more and more fascinated by investigator and author Walter Bosley and his 'Empire of the Wheel' series which focuses on the high weirdness of California's so-called Inland Empire.

I happen to have been born in the area and spent time in several of the locales he concentrates on, including San Bernardino and Riverside. Other topics he touches on happen to relate to me personally as well, or are just topics I have an abiding interest in, so his books have kept my Kindle app warm on a regular basis.

The mysteries he outlines across several tomes encompass subjects such as ley lines, the Goddess Hekate, witchcraft, murder, Harry Houdini, the Spiritualist movement, international espionage, Nikola Tesla, the sinking of the Lusitania, Aleister Crowley, H.P. Lovecraft, voodoo, pre-Columbian Phoenician settlements in America, Riverside's Mission Inn, the Zodiac killer, Disneyland, the ever ubiquitous Kights Templar, and a whole lot more. Like I said, high weirdness, and he ties it all into the landscape of Southern California specifically and the United States as a whole.

You can get all that and more on your Kindle, and at some extremely friendly introductory prices, thanks to Amazon who have most of his e-books on sale until January 1st!

Walter Bosley
Posted by El Keter
At 09:37 PM on 12/04/14
Filed under Literature

I can admit, I watched Beyoncé's new video "Haunted" because of the title, and I wanted to see if it would be on some "me" shit.

Well, Bey did not disappoint.

Forget the Madonna comparisons. This shit is gorgeous!

I'm talking grotesque, and delicious, and oh, so sensual.

And I'm not just saying that 'cause she's the "Queen of the Illuminati".

"Haunted" is from that self-titled album she released a while back.

You probably already own it.

Posted by El Keter
At 08:34 PM on 12/04/14
Filed under Music

Norwegian Electronica duo Röyksopp are old favorites of ours here at Imageyenation. But they've never made anything, sonically or visually, like their new single and video "Skulls".

Everything is much, much darker, from the pounding, robotic track, to the video which follows a group of ne'er-do-wells into the woods to experiment with...Magick? Drugs? Both? I'll let you be the judge.

All I know is I like it. And I'm pretty sure I saw Cthulhu in there somewhere.

It's from their new record, 'The Inevitable End', which is out now on Dog Triumph.

Posted by El Keter
At 08:13 PM on 12/04/14
Filed under Music

I watched El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels absolutely destroy the Paradise Rock Club in Boston last Friday.

The entire place was vibrating from the nonstop bass assault they launched from the stage and from the crowd jumping up and down non-stop.

My live Twitter feed looked something like this...

Now you can watch them get all "trippy" with the colorful geometric shapes and warped images of their new video for "Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)".

If you don't have their newest record, the instant classic 'Run the Jewels 2', go get that shit homie.

Run the Jewels
Posted by El Keter
At 08:04 PM on 12/04/14
Filed under Music

This week's Monday Magick comes from pioneers of the Pacific Northwestern music scene, The Sonics. Hailing from Tacoma Washington, The Sonics are one of the Garage Rock bands from the '60s whose fast and hard-hitting style can be cited as proto-Punk. And though their two LPs, 'Here are the Sonics' and 'Boom', released by Etiquette Records in 1965 and 1966 respectively, were heavy with covers, they were also known for penning original tunes about decidedly dark subject matter.

One of those originals, 1965's "The Witch", is pretty straightforward in warning a newcomer to town to avoid the feminine wiles of a certain "witchy woman". It doesn't go too far in explicitly enumerating her occult activities. And while it couches its terminology in metaphor, it also maintains a sense of seriousness, warning the listener to flee if she should visit your abode. "She's gonna make you itch" sounds pretty innocent to our modern ears. But we could also assume that "itch" is meant to signify some metaphor for dark sexual desires inspired by her spell casting. And besides, the song just fucking rocks, both pre-figuring decades of Punk rock and, with its ill screaming chorus, hearkening back to early shock-rocker Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Over the decades The Sonics inspired countless younger acts, including fellow Northwesterners Nirvana, The White Stripes, and even LCD Soundsystem. The band has gone through numerous personnel changes during that time as well, with a version of the band still active today.

Music is magick!
Posted by El Keter
At 11:12 PM on 12/01/14
Filed under Music

Leave it up to Brooklyn's original Art-Rap goddess Bunny Michael to make a 90's style Techno-Rap track about getting in touch with your "Holy Guardian Angel".

The track in question, "A.F.D. (angel fucking dream)", was produced by former Light Asylum member Bruno Coviello and is about "being in touch with your magic self" and "waking up from the dream of illusion".

Yes, this song is on some serious "magick shit".

As is the video, which also takes heavy inspiration from the classic 'Street Fighter' video game series.

It's off her recently released 'Rainbow Licker' EP.

Bunny Michael
Posted by El Keter
At 10:37 PM on 12/01/14
Filed under Music

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