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.
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.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.
There are magical things.
There are dangerous things.
We get what we deserve.
I spent my day at work today binge-listening to episodes of The Black Tapes Podcast, a podcast series billed as "an exploration of life, belief, faith, and occasionally the paranormal".
The show is a drama reminiscent of old-timey radio plays presented as a podcast-within-a-podcast following the exploits of journalist Alex Reagan and the enigmatic Dr. Richard Strand as they investigate the supernatural and become embroiled in a series of mysterious misadventures.
Based on the ten episodes I made it through today the overall vibe of the series reminded me of HBO's 'True Detective', The CW's 'Supernatural', the 'Paranormal Activity' film series, the reality-game documentary 'The Institute', and David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks', both stylistically and thematically.
While listening I also wondered repeatedly why the creators of visual entertainment seem to have so much goddamn trouble coming up with material even half as compelling as the stuff the people who make The Black Tapes podcast did using only audio?
Additionally, I was pretty impressed by the number of little references to the sort of "real life" bat-shit crazy subjects I usually listen to weirdos blab about on paranormal talk-radio-shows and podcasts throughout my average workday that the creators of the show were able to weave into the storyline.
Oh, and the eerie Indie-Folk theme song and spooky soundtrack, which comes replete with melodramatic soap-opera-style keyboard work, are both pretty rad too.
Super shout out to local horror author (and fellow podcaster) Brian LeTendre for hipping me to this thing during a chat at the Bing Comic-Con here in Springfield a few weeks back.
The Black Tapes Podcast
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.
Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has long held the opinion that speghettification would be the likely result of attempting to pass through the "event horizon" of a black hole.
Other scientists have countered that supposition by offering an alternative theory that a person falling into a black hole might actually result in them being absorbed as information and converted into a "hologram".
Hawking has apparently re-evaluated his position and come out in favor of the hologram hypothesis, suggesting that black holes may be potential gateways between dimensions, and even proposing that one might hope to escape the black hole into an alternate universe.
“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up,” he told the audience at the end of his speech. “There’s a way out.”
If you're a regular reader you may have noticed that for the last few days the blog was experiencing some downtime accompanied by some funky error messages.
That was all caused by an unforeseen hosting error which left us with a "corrupted database" which has also resulted in us losing all of the content we had posted to the site since late December of 2014.
We will do our best to recover as much of the content we published during that time, particularly all of our recent podcast episodes, as well as some of the items we've shared over the last few weeks which are still current.
It probably goes without saying that we've been hit hard by this loss, but we'd also like to extend out apologies to the creative folks behind the projects we featured in these now lost posts, as well as our readership who has now lost access to this material.
Thank you for understanding.
Today is the anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest thinkers to grace this planet with his presence, Robert Anton Wilson.
Happy birthday Bob!
Robert Anton Wilson
Longtime readers know I don't necessarily consider myself part of any "blogosphere" brotherhood. I don't read a lot of blogs, and I practically never promote other blog sites in this space. So it might come as a shock to find me posting an entry touting the merits of a blog called Groupname for Grape Juice.
I don't know anything about the blog's author "znore", other than the fact that they, like me, have an interest in conspiracies, mythology, the occult, language, literature, and authors Robert Anton Wilson, and especially, James Joyce. I also know that they write copiously and fascinatingly about these subjects, bridging the gaps between them and waxing philosophically on their inter-relatedness and the impact they, and the other subjects which catch their fancy, have on society at large.
I have been especially taken with a recent series of articles that refute a silly conspiracy making the rounds of late which claim the counterculture movement of the '60s and '70s -- up to and including the music of the era, especially that of the so-called "Laurel Canyon scene" -- were part of a plot orchestrated by our government and other nefarious forces to destroy humanity. The author makes quick work of the conspiracy and its proponents, citing the history of liberal thought going back centuries, working in Joyce, Yeats, and Pound, and even discussing a strange educational conspiracy of the "elite" which mirrored certain elements of the 5% Nation of Gods & Earths in my mind. I found myself regularly checking the blog on my browser at work to see if the next installment was up.
The July 20th post celebrating "Bloomsday", which discusses the occult ramifications of the works of James Joyce was also something of a "page turner" for me. Where else will Leopold Bloom meet Madame Blavatsky, Umberto Eco, Mussolini, RAW, and Edward Snowden? Only in the pages of Groupname for Grape Juice.
Add it to your bookmarks, or however young people keep track of these things, today.
Groupname for Grape Juice
On this site I make relatively frequent mention of dearly departed author and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson.
In fact, he's such an important figure to me that he occasionally appears as the header image at the top of this site!
He was a prolific writer who released copious pages of both fiction and non-fiction.
That being the case it can be a daunting task for the uninitiated to get a grip on his ideas without diving into his voluminous text archive.
Which is where his multimedia work can come in handy.
In 1996 RAW made a short film in collaboration with filmmaker Edgar Pêra and artist Joao Queiroz.
It was titled 'Who is the Master Who Makes the Grass Green?', and it presents a few of his important ideas in a very digestible format.
Robert Anton Wilson
'Hex Sex Codex' (.PDF)
I fancy myself a practitioner of so-called "sex magick". Though admittedly I practice a more alchemical "elixer of life" brand of magick which requires intense physical and mental states to succeed.
The free e-book 'Hex Sex Codex' on the other hand offers a very reader friendly introduction to a "kaos magick" take involving sexual power involving sigils. I've never tried the method myself, but as I said, it's presented in a really simple way. Besides, the cover is really fuckin' cute.
For the uninitiated I think it's a pretty stress-free introduction into techniques for altering one's reality in accord with one's will. And all it costs is a subscription to an e-mail list!
It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you...blah, blah, blah...and all that jazz.
I'm happy to be back, but the question hangs in the air...why the near three year hiatus?
Frankly, I didn't like what was going on around the so-called "blogosphere."
I started this website back in 1999 presenting static content powered by pages hand-coded in Microsoft Notepad.
When "push-button publishing" became a "thing" I got the site's back end straight and jumped onto the then-burgeoning blog bandwagon.
But pretty soon "push-button publishing" turned into "push a button and get your very own blog!"
The Web 2.0 boom which made it possible for everybody to have a voice brought with it some problems.
Namely, it gave everybody a voice...regardless of whether they had any actual expertise on or passion for the subjects they blogged about.
Hosting a website didn't require any effort anymore.
You didn't have to care so much about something that you invested your time and money just to create an outlet for it on the internet.
There was Blogger, then Wordpress, then Twitter, then Tumblr.
Then TIME magazine made all the Web 2.0 assholes their man of the year.
Meanwhile corporations and media entities of every stripe were turning their websites or publications into blogs.
I even worked for one for a few years, helping to mold their brand into something new and different in the process.
Which is pretty much where I decided to get up and leave.
Where'd I go?
To work for one of the biggest banking institutions in the country.
My enjoyment of being a member of the Jewish Banking Conspiracy lasted until a massive layoff put everybody in my office on unemployment.
Now more than ever the blogosphere feels disingenuous.
It's like everybody just wants to be "first" with the "hot" new "exclusive" shit and is throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.
That, or they're posting as an excuse to spew hate.
Are people posting about shit because they actually like it or care about it?
Or are they just posting whatever the PR companies send them in an effort to ingratiate themselves so they keep getting sent shit?
I don't know, and frankly, I don't care.
I'm not going to let the vagaries of "the blogosphere" influence the direction of my passion project.
So, Imageyenation is back, and won't be going anywhere for the foreseeable future.
Expect the same coverage of media that we actually love and care about.
Expect a lot of DJ mixes, because that's another thing that's back...me, rocking the one's & two's.
Expect some editorializing, some metaphysics, and some angry rants.
Just don't expect everything we post to be on some nu-nu next shit.
I've got a lot of lost time to make up for.