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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.

Receive the transmission!

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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



Serengeti and Open Mike Eagle go all Colecovision on our asses in their new low-tech animated video for "Zorak" from their recent Cavanaugh collaborative project.

The debut album from Mike and 'Geti as Cavanaugh, 'Time & Materials', is out now via the Mello Music Group label.

Cavanaugh

Posted by El Keter
At 03:11 PM on 01/16/16
Filed under Music



Random internet find from 19-year-old Toronto-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ursa Major who drops some speaker-rattling bass on his single "Dusk", a slightly psychedelic slice of stoned white-boy Soul.

Ursa Major's steez on "Dusk"—which was composed with help from Montréal-based producers Noah Barer and Cavewerk—reminds me more than a little bit of Jamie Lidell updated with some of that post-'Yeezus' production muscle for 2016.

Ursa Major

Posted by El Keter
At 09:14 PM on 01/13/16
Filed under Music



The long-awaited fright flick 'The Witch' is finally going to arrive in theatres nationwide on February 19th!

This new trailer for writer/director David Egger's "New England Folktale" plays heavy on the suspense, dread, and madness.

It also features more of that badass black fucking goat, revealing his name as "Black Phillip"!

I can not wait!

'The Witch'

Posted by El Keter
At 06:59 PM on 01/12/16
Filed under Cinema



Any other week around this time you'd be getting a new installment of Monday Magick, my musical feature dedicated to all things occult.

But this Monday morning I woke up to the sad news that musician and actor David Bowie had passed away at the age of 69 after an all-too-brief battle with liver cancer.

Coincidentally. I had just watched his new video for "Lazarus", the melancholy horn-infused second single from his twenty-fifth studio album '★'—or 'Blackstar'—over the weekend.

The clip seemed to depict an ailing—dying?—and bedridden Bowie wearing the button-eyed blindfold from the "Blackstar" video as he's harassed by an unidentified figure and haunted by a ghostly or demonic avatar of himself who madly writes in the black book—again, from the "Blackstar" video—and capers about before disappearing into a closet.

Everything I've heard and seen from the incredible '★' to date points to Bowie intending this album and its attendant media to not only be his "last hurrah", but a deeper-than-normal parting message to his fans.

His longtime friend and producer Tony Visconti said as much in a Facebook tribute to his dearly departed collaborator.

He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made 'Blackstar' for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn't, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry. – Tony Visconti
And a wonderful, if costly, gift it is.

Thank you David.

David Bowie
Posted by El Keter
At 08:44 PM on 01/11/16
Filed under Music

Tanis Podcast

A while back I posted about The Black Tapes Podcast and how obsessed I had become with it. Well, not only have I re-listened to season one of that show several times since then, I've also become just as obsessed with the Tanis Podcast, another paranormal-themed serial drama from Pacific Northwest Stories, the makers of The Black Tapes!

There are wondrous things.
There are magical things.
There are dangerous things.
We get what we deserve.
Set in the same semi-fictional universe as The Black Tapes, and sharing a few characters in common, Tanis follows podcast producer Nic Silver and his hacker sidekick Meerkatnip as they attempt to answer the question "where is Tanis?" Along the way they've made several suggestions about what the mysterious & mythological "Tanis" might be—an idea...an artifact...a building...a city...they're leaving it open to interpretation—drawing heavily from the lore of various real-world paranormal traditions. So far the dramatized search for Tanis has already incorporated Imageyenation hero Jack Parsons, Haida Indian folklore, the strange death of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel, William Blake, the Markovian Parallax Denigrate, the A858 phenomenon on Reddit, alchemist Nicolas Flamel & the search for the philosophers stone, Austin-based serial killer The Servant-Girl Annihilator, Baba Yaga, and Charles Manson, among other esoteric subjects. It's compelling as hell for weirdos like me who obsess over the minutiae surrounding such matters.

Other than the Pacific Northwest Stories universe, the podcast-within-a-podcast conceit, the characters Nic Silver & Alex Regan, and a mystery-fueled pseudo-noir tone rooted in the paranormal & weird fiction, Tanis and The Black Tapes share a few other things in common as well. They're both clearly more-than-a-little inspired by the work of filmmaker David Lynch—particularly the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest-set 'Twin Peaks'—which Tanis actively acknowledges in-story. The in-show music—from the haunting Folk-Rock theme song, to the dramatic stingers, to the melancholic interludes—is so good that I often find stuck in my head or catch myself humming it at the strangest of times. And the overall production values, writing & voice acting continue to impress. In fact, I think I may actually prefer the acting and characterization on Tanis ever-so-slightly mover that of The Black Tapes. That's likely a matter of personal taste. Or it could just be the creative team at Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale getting better with time and experience. Either way, your mileage is sure to vary.

The only negative comment I can possibly make regarding Tanis is that the two week gaps between new episodes—I won't even mention the lengthy hiatus The Black Tapes has been on since October—can sometimes feels like a bit too much to bear. I guess that's why I continue to re-listen to the existing episodes over and over again though.

Luckily The Black Tapes will be rejoining Tanis in the examination of mysteries both real & imagined when their second season debuts on January 19th. I can tell you there's no mystery as to whether or not I'll be listening to that!

In the meantime, join the search for Tanis yourself. Runners are wanted.

Tanis Podcast
Posted by El Keter
At 09:20 PM on 01/07/16
Filed under Curiosities



This week's Monday Magic featuree is another entry in an ever-growing list of massive instrumental Jazz suites we've featured in this space. The track in question is the nearly ten-minute "Suite: Golden Dawn" from guitarist Al Di Meola's 1976 Columbia Records LP 'Land of the Midnight Sun'.

Is the name a nod to the British occult fraternity The Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn? Is it just an allusion to the rising of the terrestrial sun? Well, the album is called 'Land of the Midnight Sun'. So there's that. But the album also features a track called "The Wizard". So...yeah. The frenzied Funk-influenced tune, which could just as easily be mistaken for a Progressive Rock number as the experimental Jazz fusion composition it's presented as, doesn't really offer any clues. Portions of the suite—which features Jaco Pastorious and Alphonse Mouzon slapping bass and skins respectively—are alternately kinetic and cacophonous, laid-back and spacey, and propulsively funky. It's not exactly screaming "stodgy Brits indulging in esoteric nerdery", but personally, I'm not getting a "sunrise on the horizon" sort of vibe from this "Golden Dawn" either. So sure...this is an ode to pasty English sex magicians.

'Land of the Midnight Sun' was Di Meola's debut album. He's released 23 solo LPs since, the latest being 2015's 'Elysium'.

Music is magick!

Posted by El Keter
At 08:49 PM on 01/04/16
Filed under Music




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