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Lots of wild shit has been going down in the magickal realm of Imageyenation lately. Understandably, every one of these events has inspired a recent Monday Magick post in some way, and this week is going to be no different. Most recently I've undertaken the education and initiation of a young friend in the practice of my own unique brand of Left Hand magick, which has gotten a whole bunch of weird energy flying around. I've also started a new day gig where I'm forced to listen to Classic Rock radio rather than choose my own background sounds as I've been able to do previously. These conspicuous goings on have, understandably, made me want to take a brief listen to the '70s Rock chestnut "Magic Man" from Heart's 1976 debut album 'Dreamboat Annie'.

Fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Heart was one of the few female acts to make it big in the world of Hard Rock during the 1970's. As such they were in a unique position to write and perform songs that reflected and spoke to the perspective of a certain rough-n-tumble post-sexual-revolution womanhood. The propulsive, chugging "Magic Man", which tells the story of a rebellious young woman taken in by a svengali-like older man who leads her—her pious and maybe a little prudish mother thinks—astray, is just one of those songs. It's an ages old story—repeated in countless legends, fairy and folk-tales, The Pied Piper, and Arthur Machen's 'The Great God Pan' among them—of familial strife, and offspring taken and somehow "changed" at the hand of a freaky outsider. Is it merely sexual? Or is there something more nefarious (the phrase "let's get high awhile" is used) or dare I say diabolical afoot? Over and over again the strange and powerful interloper is referred to as a "magic man". And while he is also described as having "magic hands", which could be a nod to his perceived sexual prowess, he could easily be exposing the sweet young narrator to candles, goats blood, black masses or even the debauched rituals of sexual magick! Anything was possible in those years between the free-love and new-age-y Aquarian era of the '60s and the '80s which saw a return of McCarthy-style conservative politics and the rise of the anti-occult "Satanic panic". Sure, the song could just be about a horny young girl, but it could also be about a young girl who's horny for the guy with horns, if ya know what I mean?

'Dreamboat Annie' was Heart's debut album which produced another Classic Rock radio staple, "Crazy on You". Apparently the promotion for the album led to certain folks believing Ann and Nancy were involved in an incestuous lesbian relationship. One run-in with a media personality who brought up the non-existent affair inspired another of the band's biggest hits, "Barracuda", the first single from their sophomore LP. Heart was still a pretty big deal during the Satanic panic era, but their career cooled off after that. All indications are that they're still active, recording and touring.

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 06:42 PM on 04/18/16
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Shhh...

This week the Clandestine Transmission gets back on that Sunday schedule after a detour to Tuesday over the last few weeks.

Listen as your hosts El Keter and Emeyesi drop nothing but BRAND ASS-SPANKIN' NEW Hip-Hop joints for about an hour.

They also get lost in a loop of innuendo, reminisce about Busta Rhymes' purple Land Cruiser, announce the launch of a new website, expose Emeyesi's dad's mustache's possible involvement in narcotrafficing, keep pushing "Steph Curry" as the new slang, and discuss Kobe Bryant's retirement, how Michael Jordan ruined the NBA, why basketbrawls just don't happen any more, and a lot more, with trademark hilarity!

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PLAYLIST

1. Spark Master Tape "All About the Money"
2. Lone "Backtail Was Heavy"
3. DJ Shadow "Nobody Speak" feat. Run the Jewels
4. ScHoolboy Q "Groovy Tony"
5. Dibia$e "Play Time is Over"
6. A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy and A$AP Rocky "Presidents"
7. A$AP Ferg "Let it Bang" feat. ScHoolboy Q
8. Folding City "Spacewalk (Doctor Jeep Remix)"
9. Yoni & Geti "Lunchline"

CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 24, April 17th, 2016 feat. EL KETER & EMEYESI (.MP3)

Posted by El Keter
At 11:38 AM on 04/17/16
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Spark Master Tape - Silhouette of a Sunkken City

Spark Master Tape, the rapper/producer known for his bass-heavy chopped-n-screwed esthetic is finally back with the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's 'The #SWOUP Serengeti', a 22-track LP titled 'Silhouette of a Sunkken City'!

Fans of Spark Master Tape's signature low-end-laden beats, pitch-shifted vocals, almost cartoonishly thugged-out subject matter, and shockingly poignant lyricism will not be disappointed.

Hopefully he won't make us wait so long for another serving of the #SWOUP next time.

Download it now for free via Dat Piff below.



Spark Master Tape

Posted by El Keter
At 06:42 PM on 04/16/16
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I literally sat here with my jaw hanging open in shock and amazement while watching the new trailer for the forthcoming cinematic adaption of Marvel Comics' 'Doctor Strange'.

Everything looks absolutely fucking incredible, and the fact that one of the taglines used in the trailer is "change your reality" made me quite literally clap out loud!

After all, the classic definition of magick is "exercising the will to change one's reality".

And that shot at the end with the cape and the window?

The film, which was directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mads Mikkelsen is out November 4th.

I can't wait.

'Doctor Strange'

Posted by El Keter
At 05:25 PM on 04/13/16
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I choose to believe that "Drone Bomb Me", the new single from ANOHNI (formerly Antony Hegerty, of Antony and the Johnsons) is not about what it's actually about and therefore not as heavy-handed as it actually is.

It just works too well as a sexy Electro-R&B number to let it go down as a dedication to Obama blowing the shit out of people.

"Drone Bomb Me" is from ANOHNI's forthcoming all electronic LP, 'HOPELESSNESS', which was recorded in collaboration with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never and is due out May 6th on Secretly Canadian.

ANOHNI

Posted by El Keter
At 04:40 PM on 04/13/16
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The last few months have seen some weird ups and downs here on Monday Magick. Those mood and tone shifts have largely been inspired by my personal life and my feelings about magick as it relates to my daily experience. This week I'd like to get back to the more analytical tone I've frequently taken in this space in the past though. And I plan do so by revisiting "Magic Doors" from Bristol, England-bred Trip-Hop pioneers Portishead's 2008 LP 'Third'.

"Magic Doors" earned this feature in the easiest way possible; it had "magic" in the title. But repeated listens to the song—with it's fractured, almost Meters-esque drum break, cowbell, droney Middle Eastern-inspired instrumentation, dramatic piano chords, and Free-Jazz horn breakdown—revealed deeper layers of relevance to the practitioner of "the dark arts". The lyrics reference change, transformation, desire (a term which is inextricably linked with "the will", a concept that is all important to magick), dreams, and disassociation of the self. That last subject—disassociation—is intrinsic to many forms of magick—from the shamanism of the ancients to the "mind control" techniques unleashed by the MK Ultra program—and the process of initiation in general. When vocalist Beth Gibbons belts the words "I can't deny what I've become", "I can't be someone else", "I'm losing myself" and "I can't divide or hide from me, I don't know who I am" it may sound to some like she's just voicing confusion and unhappiness. But to the initiated it sounds more like a magician wrestling with their experiences both magickal and mundane, and the personality split that is often required of those who engage in magickal thinking and are forced to confront "the dark night of the soul", "The Abyss", Chapel Perilous, or the demon Choronzon. Ego death is never easy. But it never sounded so funky.

Portishead released 'Third' in 2008 after making fans wait over ten years between it and the release of their monumental eponymously titled sophomore LP in 1997. It's been eight years since then and they still haven't released a follow-up. If history is any indication we probably have a lot more waiting to do.

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 06:12 PM on 04/11/16
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ScHoolboy Q abandons the bucket-hat and takes thuggin' to all new and totally supernatural heights in the video for his cold-as-fuck new single "Groovy Tony".

"Groovy Tony" is the first single from Q's still-untitled forthcoming follow-up to 2014's outstanding 'Oxymoron', which is due out this year.

ScHoolboy Q

Posted by El Keter
At 01:54 PM on 04/09/16
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Robots are brought to life, with sexy results, in the new clip for Disco-Pop groover "My Toy" from French Electro act Breakbot.

"My Toy" is from Breakbot's sophomore LP 'Still Waters', which is out now on Ed Banger Records.

Breakbot

Posted by El Keter
At 01:48 PM on 04/09/16
Filed under Music

Shhh...

For the second week in a row the Clandestine Transmission is uploading a podcast episode on a Tuesday night instead of a Sunday morning!

I'd call it an "all new" episode, but the truth is your hosts El Keter and Emeyesi opted to bring you a "yesterday" and "today" episode that is about the "old" AND the "new" this week as they play some hot "not-so-new" cuts they've just never had the chance to play before in addition to a handful of fresh brand new-ish joints!

They also offer up their catchphrase-generating services, explain what it means to get "Post Malone-ed" (or "White Iverson-ed"), discuss El Keter's NBA obsession, pitch a few television ideas, talk more shit about the Tidal streaming service, and introduce you to some new slang that's sure to take over the streets!

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PLAYLIST

1. Serengeti "Erotic City"
2. Desiigner "Panda (Instrumental)"
3. Kali Uchis "Ridin' Round"
4. 18+ "Crow (Audri Nix Remix)"
5. Cooly G "What This World Needs Now"
6. Archy Marshall "Sex With Nobody"
7. Junior Boys "You Say That"
8. Neon Indian "Smut!"
9. Breakbot "2Good4Me"
10. Shigeto "Do My Thing"
11. SBTRKT "Bury You" feat. The-Dream

CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 23, April 5th, 2016 feat. EL KETER & EMEYESI (.MP3)

Posted by El Keter
At 09:17 PM on 04/05/16
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Over the last few weeks I've been trying to keep things light here on Monday Magick. But this week we're gonna get back to the darkness you've probably come to expect from our weekly magickal musical feature. Well...sort of. Ya see, "Where Evil Grows", the 1971 Psychedelic Folk-Pop single from co-ed Canadian duo The Poppy Family is still kind of light, even though it's totally all about "evil".

Let's face it, despite the devilish title, "Where Evil Grows" is probably a parable about the "dangers" of casual sex. According to the lyrics "evil grows in the dark, where the sun never shines"...Evil grows in "cracks and holes"...Evil "is a part of you" which "grows" whenever the male narrator "looks at" you ...if ya know what I'm sayin'? Maybe I'm way off base here? But the metaphor feels pretty heavy-handed to me. Just about the only other thing "heavy" about "Where Evil Grows" is the diabolical keyboard riff that opens the song and the instrumental break that comes in around a minute and twenty five seconds into the track which prefigures the Grunge sound pioneered by Nirvana about twenty years later. In case you're wondering how the "evils" of sticking growing appendages into dark orifices fall under the subject of "magick" (if you don't know that all magick is sexual, and all sex magickal I don't know what to tell you) the final verse of the song finds lead vocalist Terry Jacks waxing Thelemic by pledging not to violate the "will" of his sexual/magickal partner. So there.

"Where Evil Grows" was taken from The Poppy Family's second and final LP 'Poppy Seeds' which was released by London Records in 1971. 'Poppy Seeds' remains a bit of a vinyl rarity and has apparently not made it to modern music formats. Group members Susan and Terry Jacks both went on to release solo albums. Terry is perhaps still best remembered for his hit single from 1974 "Seasons in the Sun".

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 09:05 PM on 04/04/16
Filed under Music



A bearded man, his skull, a sexy girl, strange rituals and mysterious hooded figures feature in this lo-fi home movie-style clip for pounding Electro-Rock anthem "Schedel" from Amsterdam-based "Doom-Pop" act Jonkoklapper!

"Schedel"—which translates to English as "Skull"—is from Jonkoklapper's self-tiled debut album which is due out April 7th.

Jonkoklapper

Posted by El Keter
At 03:48 PM on 04/03/16
Filed under Music



Spark Master Tape delivers more staggeringly surreal street visuals, and gets censored by the Illuminati for it, in the new video for "Tenkkeys", a trap-meets-boom-bap concoction of trunk-denting 808 bass and expertly chosen samples.

"Tenkkeys" is from Spark's still forthcoming 'Silhouette of a Sunkken City', which is no due out April 15th.

Spark Master Tape

Posted by El Keter
At 07:53 PM on 03/30/16
Filed under Music

Shhh...

Normally we upload new episodes of the podcast on Sundays, but this week we didn't even start recording this fucker until Sunday night!

So, what can you expect from this very special Tuesday night edition of the Clandestine Transmission you might be asking?

Your hosts El Keter and Emeyesi play a ton of new independent and "underground" Hip-Hop, a few bass-heavy beats, and some Rap shit that'll make you want to go to "the trap" and sell some crack!

We also discuss "full body denim", the importance of fiber and hydration to the podcast's "regularity", and why the recent passing of Phife from A Tribe Called Quest should make you want to slap a soda out of someone you love's hand!

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PLAYLIST

1. Open Mike Eagle "Dang is Invincible"
2. MONO/POLY "The Fuckin' Real"
3. J-Zone "Go Back to Sellin' Weed"
4. Your Old Droog "42 (Forty Deuce)"
5. Point Point "Life in Grey"
6. Spark Master Tape "Livin' Lavish"
7. A$AP Ferg "New Level" feat. Future
8. Desiigner "Panda"
9. Fatima Al Qadiri "Breach"
10. NOAH23 "Mystery"

CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 22, March 29th, 2016 feat. EL KETER & EMEYESI (.MP3)

Posted by El Keter
At 08:01 PM on 03/29/16
Filed under Podcast



The last few weeks have been pretty fucking terrible. As such I've made a handful of attempts at posting "feel good" songs in this space rather than the dark-n-gloomy shit Monday Magick is often known for. Sadly, last week ended with a real kick in the gut. As such, this week's entry, "I Believe in You" from LA-based-but-Portland-bred Synthpop act YACHT's 2007 LP 'I Believe in You. Your Magic is Real.' is going to continue the trend by being unbelievably upbeat to make up for how crappy my life is.

Built around plucky repetitive Punk-inspired guitars and rinky-dink organs that ride waves of deep programmed bass, "I Believe in You" splits the difference between live-band Indie Rock and studio-whiz-kid Electronica. Vocally and lyrically it owes something to the surreal goofiness and arty nerdiness of groundbreaking Indie/Alternative acts like the Talking Heads, the B-52's, and They Might Be Giants with its narrator, YACHT frontman Jona Bechtolt, spewing forth a silly stream of conscious line of hypothetical questions designed to inspire more magickal thinking and behavior in the listener. The real magick however comes from the chorus, where a sweet female vocal intones via a catchy-as-hell melody that "Your magic's real" and asks "why aren't you using it" before assuring us that "the magic" inside us "is infinite". The positivity of being urged "not to worry" about using one's inner magic, that we can use it to literally reshape our reality and "have the world to yourself", and that that magic is "infinite" is practically overwhelming. Over the years YACHT have slipped a lot of magickal messages into their music, but "I Believe in You" is particularly magickal in the most life affirming way possible.

When it was released in 2007 I assumed that the title 'I Believe in You. Your Magic is Real.' was drawn from Michael Jackson's then-recent MTV Awards speech where he made a similar declaration while thanking street magician David Blaine. After several years and several very magickal releases from YACHT which have belied a deeper understanding of the occult in general and Illuminism in particular I'm not so sure. Their most recent record, 'I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler' was released late last year. They're on tour through the Spring.

Music is magick.

Posted by El Keter
At 09:08 PM on 03/28/16
Filed under Music



Watch A$AP Ferg and guests ScHoolboy, Meechy Dark of Flatbush ZOMBiES, and Young Dirty Bastard get their vintage '90s thug shit on in the new video for the grimy-ass banger "Let it Bang"!

"Let it Bang" is from Ferg's forthcoming sophomore LP 'Always Strive And Prosper' which is due out April 22nd.

A$AP Ferg

Posted by El Keter
At 10:30 PM on 03/26/16
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