Milton William "Bill" Cooper was a former Naval intelligence officer turned author, lecturer, and broadcaster. He is perhaps best known for writing the conspiracy classic 'Behold a Pale Horse', which inspired paranoia across generational and cultural lines, and was instrumental in popularizing kooky theories about the "Illuminati", the "New World Order", aliens, and several other fringe topics that have since provided fodder for countless terrible YouTube videos. From rappers to militia members, and pretty much everybody in between, Cooper and his conspiracies had an unprecedented impact on the American consciousness.
On November 5th, 2001, Cooper was shot dead outside his home in Eager, Arizona during a shootout with law enforcement officials. The events of that day raised questions in the skeptical minds of many versed in the conspiratorial school of thought he was a proponent of, particularly coming on the heels of September 11th, 2001 (which he is widely credited with predicting) as it did. This documentary discusses his life, his work, the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, the aftermath of his shooting, and the legacy he left behind.
Love him or hate him, he was a fascinating figure who left a lasting impression on the landscape of sociopolitical thought of the common people in these United States of America.
With the fourth and final Friday of October upon us we finally present the last entry in our month-long tribute to the Donovan composition "Season of the Witch". This week's entry, which comes courtesy of South African Metal pioneers Suck and their 1970 debut 'Time to Suck', may in fact be the heaviest, not to mention trippiest, incarnation of the occult classic that we've featured.
Like many of the assorted covers of "Season of the Witch" that we've covered over the last two years Suck's version is on the long side, with a running time of nearly ten minutes. But it gives us a lot during those ten minutes; from otherworldly flutes over a stoner-rock intro, to a chugging locomotive of a groove that puts the "heavy" in their metal, to wild, freaked out riffing, to an "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"-style drum breakdown, to shouting and Bluesey wailing, and even some new ad-libs that reference voodoo spells for good measure! Far from "sucking", Suck's cover may actually be one of the best versions of "Season of the Witch" from amongst a field of truly outstanding reworks by some of the most talented musicians in the world. It's certainly earned a place high up on my list of favorite "Season of the Witch" covers, that's for sure.
'Time to Suck' was the quartet's only album, and was only officially released in the United States in 2009. The various members of the band, a group comprised of two South Africans, a Brit, and an Italian, are, if not lost to time, sadly lost to me.
Your hosts El Keter and Emeyesi get "spooky-scary" like a Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, spinning some "eerie" sounds, and talking junk about all manner of horror, musical, visual, and cultural, on a special "Schizophrenic Halloween" edition of the Clandestine Transmission!
What is "the Halloween music"? What do we think about being put in a box based on the costumes we wear as we slog through this life? What did El Keter's mom think about hoodies and her sons love for Sunz of Man? What horror shows and movies have we been watching lately? What do we think of Larry David's choice in footwear?
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1. Portishead "Over"
2. Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich "Rap Prime Minister (Rat Bastard) (Instrumental)"
3. Geto Boys "My Mind Playing Tricks on Me"
4. Gravediggaz "Diary of a Madman" feat. Killah Priest and Scientific Shabazz
5. Big L "Devil's Son"
6. Sunz of Man "Soldiers of Darkness (Instrumental)"
7. The Specials "Ghost Town"
8. Siouxsie and the Banshees "Halloween"
9. Ministry "Every Day is Halloween"
10. XXYYXX "Witching Hour"
11. TV on the Radio "Wolf Like Me"
12. Death From Above 1979 "Right On, Frankenstein!"
13. Dead Man's Bones "In the Room Where You Sleep"
14. Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells"
15. Echo & The Bunnymen "The Killing Moon"
New York-based producer Nick Koenig, also known as Hot Sugar, works primarily within the musique concrčte milieu, manipulating recorded sounds to create his own original, often beautiful, Hip-Hop-influenced compositions.
After releasing several EP's and mixtapes, and contributing production for artists as diverse as Open Mike Eagle, Lakutis, Antwon, and The Roots, he released his official debut album, 'God's Hand', one of my favorite albums of 2015, earlier this year.
Now he's starring in a documentary, 'Hot Sugar's Cold World', directed by Adam Bhala Lough, produced by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jody Hill, and featuring Jim Jarmusch, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and others, about his unique creative process and personal life.
The film is currently making the rounds at various festivals and sowing in select arthouse theatres around the country. The rest of us get to see it on November 6th, when it hits digital distribution channels.
The penultimate entry in Monday Magick's October-long tribute to Donovan's "Season of the Witch" is here! This week we bring you a version of the classic tune cut by British Psychedelic outfit Sam Gopal for their 1969 LP 'Escalator'.
If you've never heard of Sam Gopal you can be forgiven, as the freaky four-piece named for it's Malaysian-born tabla-playing founder wasn't exactly a household name. That said, the band did feature Ian Williams, perhaps better known as Lemmy Kilmister of Hawkwind and Motörhead fame, on vocal and lead guitar. In fact, it's Lemmy who provides the surprisingly soul-inflected vocals on their cover of "Season of the Witch". Their version is remarkable for it's stripped down sound, comprised of fuzz-bass, jangling guitar, the aforementioned tablas, and Gospel-inspired female background vocals. It's even more remarkable for the stone groove the band falls into whenever the drums drop in. The vocal from Lemmy, unorthodox arrangement, and outstanding bass work from Phil Duke, really do help set this version of the tune apart.
'Escalator' was the only record released by this line-up of Sam Gopal, but a version of the band featuring different personnel released an album, 'Father Mucker', in 1999. As mentioned above, Lemmy went on to play bass in Hawkwind, found Motörhead, collect Nazi memorabilia, and drink a lot of alcohol.
Think what you want about Odd Future figurehead Tyler, The Creator and his oftentimes controversial subject matter, but if you can't recognize how talented this kid is as a musician and actor you're buggin'.
His new video, for the rough-n-rugged "Buffalo" and the smooth-as-fuck "Find Your Wings" (which features Kali Uchis, Syd tha Kyd and her band The Internet, and Soul-Jazz legend Roy Ayers), shows just how versatile of a talent, not to mention how daring and funny, he really is.
"Buffalo" and "Find Your Wings" are both from Tyler's outstanding third LP 'Cherry Bomb' which you should already own by now but is still available on Odd Future Records if you don't.
Another Monday in October means another entry in Monday Magick's month-long tribute to the Donovan composition "Season of the Witch". This week's cover comes from 'Bang, Bang You're Terry Reid', the 1968 debut LP from British Rock vocalist and guitarist Terry Reid.
Reid's cover, featuring Keith Webb on drums and Eric Leese on organ, clocks in at over ten minutes and boasts a monster bassline courtesy of an unknown bassist who sadly goes uncredited in the liner noted. The majority of the tune is in a mellow, bluesy mode, with lots of lackadaisical vamping from the trio of musicians involved, recorded with a pretty hefty reverb. But there are sections where the guitar and drumming get heavier, the organ howls, and Reid's vocal enters a screamy register that really showcases why Jimmy Page offered him the vocalist job in the band that would become Led Zeppelin prior to linking up with Robert Plant.
After releasing 'Bang, Bang...' Reid turned down the invitation from Page, and later turned down the chance to front Deep Purple. He released a string of albums which culminated with a live record, 'Live in London', in 2013. The now 65 year old Reid still tours.
The start of another October means the return of our month-long celebration of the Donovan composition "Season of the Witch" here on Monday Magick. This week's entry is an especially trippy contribution from British singer and actress Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger and the Trinity from their 1967 Marmalade Records LP 'Open'.
This, admittedly relatively lengthy, version sits somewhere in the middle of a triangle made up of Donovan's original, Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, and Stephen Stills' funky-as-fuck cover, and Lou Rawls' soulful rendition. Driscoll's vocal is about as soulful as you can expect from a white girl from England, and the band gets pretty open throughout, mixing Blues and Soul licks, jazz-inspired keyboard work from Auger, some psychedelic vibes, and plenty of stone-cold grooving. It's all funkier, and witchier, than it has any right being. And the video, which captures vintage imagery from the freaky "tune in, turn on, and drop out" era, replete with some pretty explicit occult symbolism, is classic in its own right.
After 'Open' Jools and the band released several more albums through the end of the '60s. Driscoll continues recording and releasing her own brand of "experimental vocal music" today. Auguer recorded with a whole host of Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Blues musicians, both solo and as a studio musician, throughout the years. Thankfully they're both still very much alive and kicking.
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