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.
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.
Watch a wandering wizard turn a remote church into the scene of a Death Metal video in the clip for "Believe the Squalor" from Lieutenant, a.k.a. Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel.
A mellow, almost melancholy, Alternative Rock jam, "Believe the Squalor" is from Lieutenant's debut album 'If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week', which is out now on the Dine Alone label.
Unlike most entries, which I usually pull from the WABAC Machine, this week's Monday Magick is brand ass-spankin' new. Or at least I think it is. The tune in question is called "The Terror" by a band that goes by the unequivocally magickal moniker The Sorcerers, and it's from a compilation album titled 'Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities : An Introduction to ATA Records' from upstart British indie ATA Records.
From what I gather ATA Records is something like the UK's answer to the Daptone Records family of labels and artists here in the states. Their website describes them as being based out of a studio full of vintage equipment in Leeds. They go on to describe themselves as committed releasing music that hearkens back to "classic 60s & 70s soul, gospel, funk, r&b, jazz, library, big band, film music" made by "great musicians, real instruments, plenty of valves and tape machines". Sounds like new music that's mean to sound old to me.
Well, old, and funky. Or should I say fun-kay? Ehhh, probably not. Regardless, "The Terror", an Ethio-Jazz-flavored instrumental, from the otherwise unknown The Sorcerers is exactly that...funky. Dig the ominous keys, horns and woodwinds on this! It's got a bit of a Mulatu Astatke meets The Meters sort of thing going on if you ask me.
The Sorcerers, whoever they may be (the ATA website doesn't currently offer any artist bios), are reportedly preparing an album which ATA says is "coming soon". Hopefully they don't skimp on the eerie sounding occult-themed Funk.
Join The Cloaks, comprised of stalwart denizens of the Cali underground Awol One and Gel Roc, for a visual trip through pretty much all the weird-ass symbolism and imagery that appeals to me and my fucked up sensibilities in the video for "Flight".
"Flight", featuring Gonjasufi, is the latest single from The Cloaks' self-titled 2014 LP, which is still available on the Abolano Records label.
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.
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!
There is no governor anywhere; you are all absolutely free.
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