Sunday, September 16, 2018

KIller Clowns from Other-Space



I've been trying to wrap my head around the events of the past two weeks, on account it seems like somebody might have opened a Gate or broken a Seal somewhere. I'm still waiting for some fresh shoes to drop so please bear with me while the apocalyptic cake bakes. But then again, you don't probably need to tell you just how weird everything seems to have gotten out there, as if the Watchers may have come back from vacation and wanted to hit the ground running.

Well, we know how this all started, but the Secret Sunnification of the entire world isn't truly complete without a certain quartet of apocalyptic horsemen. And right on cue, they done rode into town...







Killing Joke kicked off their 40th Anniversary (kill me) tour in Cyloneattle, a top testing ground for world enslavement that damn well could use some Joke. Indeed, the band's second life kicked off in 2003 with a self-titled slab of scorching apocalyptic jeremiads inspired by 9/11 and the Iraq War and they've been raging against the machines ever since.

That album, produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, not only saw Foo Fighter Dave Grohl slamming the cans as a short-term Joker it was drenched in anti-NWO lyrics so paranoid, pissed-off and radical they make Alex Jones sound like Anderson Cooper on molly.

They're the kind of righteous rants Bill Cooper might have find a bit over-the-top. But that's been pretty much all their lyrics ever since.

The album inspired a host of YouTube pamphleteers who threw up homemade collages of current horror stories with KJ soundtracks faster than the Thought Police could yank them down. "Total Invasion" was a favorite and a couple are still up. Use caution if you go hunting, some of them get pretty graphic.



All of Killing Joke are also involved in esoteric pursuits to some extent or other and some of you might have heard the story that the band broke up for a short time in 1982 to decamp to Iceland and sit out the approaching Apocalypse. And then sheepishly slinked back to London when it didn't come. We all make mistakes.

And I'm sure most of you know that Killing Joke has inspired pretty much every hard rock and metal band that followed them, in one way or the other. The articles always cite Nirvana, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry but that's not even the start of it.

They're also in large part responsible for inspiring Nu Metal, but we won't hold that over them.



Some of you might also know that Killing Joke singer Jaz Coleman is a serious occultist and is very tight with Jimmy Page. I've been told by a very inside source that Jaz is one of a tiny handful of people that Page allows into his private Crowley library.

But for all his occult connections and all his hoodoo mambo man posing none of it would amount to anything more than a LARP if Jaz didn't have a human riff-factory standing behind him, tearing open dimensional gateways with his hollow-body Gibson.


What I mean to say is that Jaz Coleman is an occultist but Kevin "Geordie" Walker IS THE OCCULT. 

Let me see if I can explain.



Back in the much-maligned first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation there was an episode called "Where No One Has Gone Before." The premise was that a big-deal Starfleet engineer was coming onboard the Enterprise to tune up the engines and so forth. The problem was that the engineer was actually coding in utter gibberish and the real work was done by his alien adjutant, the Traveler.

But then all manner of spacely hijinks ensue and the crew find themselves on the other side of the Universe. Worse, the Traveler is phasing in an out of different realities, as one does, and soon reality goes kerblooey all over the ship. Then Wesley saves the day, bla bla bla.

So the engineer thinks he's the shit but he's just a loudmouthed loon and the magic is all being done by the quiet guy in the corner. I don't want to go too far with the analogy here but when it comes to the conjuring, Geordie is the guy phasing in and out of dimensions and Jaz is the guy screaming about Lovecraft's Old Ones returning.

No, literally. Jaz actually released a double-album where he rants for an eternity (or an hour) about precisely that.





What gives Coleman's nightmare visions such heft is that they're laid atop slabs of molten iron guitars, over riffs so non-Euclidean yet so god-damned catchy that you could have seals barking over them and it would still come out totally metal.

This video here is a perfect marriage of music and movie. Geordie's guitar can often (OK, usually) sound like some infernal machine, some nightmare-factory from another world. Especially since his style is heavily reliant on trance-inducing repetition.

I WENT TO HELL BUT I GOT BETTER

Hey, did I ever tell you about the time I went to Hell and when I got back I couldn't listen to Killing Joke for two years? No?

Well then, let me tell you a story...




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Back in the early 80s, angel dust was a huge problem. It was especially a problem since dealers liked to sprinkle a bit of it on weed to give their customers a little extra bang for their buck.
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Well, one fine day I wandered out to the smoking area (which doubled as an open-air drug bazaar) in front of my high school and scanned around for a friendly face. I found one, handed over my hard-earned dollar, pocketed my prize and went about my merry little way.
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I went home and partook it in this little wonder and decided it would be jolly smashing fun to give Killing Joke's What's THIS for? a spin. Not one of my best ideas.
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Art by longtime Killing Joke associate Mike Coles

Unbeknownst to me at the time, the parcel I'd obtained was carrying a chemical stowaway. I didn't notice anything out of sorts until all the light and color drained from the world, my limbs got filled with concrete and my bed became an endlessy-spinning vortex.
  

All of a sudden those pounding drums, distorted howls and flamethrower guitars didn't sound quite so entertaining.
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I tried to take the needle off the record but suddenly the turntable (which was next to my headrest) seemed like it was a hundred feet away and receding.

It was just one of a number of experiences I've had where I feared I had broken my mind. 

When it was finally over, I took the record carefully from the turntable, placed it gently in its sleeve and stored it under a pile of books and things on a shelf I knew I'd have scant occasion to rifle through. 

It stayed there for nearly two years. 



You see, you might hear me drone on endlessly about sweet-voiced sopranos, but Killing Joke is what it actually sounds like inside my head. In fact, it was that way long before the band even existed. I knew that sound. That guitar-- especially that fucked-up impossible guitar at the coda there-- was talking to me and it was a voice I'd heard for a very long time.

I knew it from those holographic nightmares I'd had since I was a wee wane. And as you might expect, there are also synchronistic emanations attached to them in meatspace involving dolphins. Because why not, right?

But oddly enough, I pre-knew songs like "The Fall of Because" from those warm summer nights in the 70s, holding seances with my youthful cohort in one of the worst places on Earth you could possibly go about trying to dial up the spirits. A fact we'd all learn soon enough when the world caved in on us.

Oddly enough, that all went down smack dab in the heart of Lovecraft Country. Innsmouth, in fact.


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So yeah, I've been thinking a lot about sound and sonic frequencies lately.
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I've read reams of material speculating on the use of sound in occult practice and its use in bridging dimensions. I've been thinking about how information we haven't yet learned to decode is embedded in music and singing. I mean, it's no surprise that a lot of ancient scripture was meant to be sung or that mantras and the like are such a major part of meditation.
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But I'd bet good money there's a lot more to it than that, though. More than we currently understand. I dunno, maybe more than we ever will.
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I obsess a lot over music because I grew up surrounded by it but also because I've experienced paranormal experiences through it. Things like out-of-body experiences at concerts and spirit possession while playing guitar (I actually caught one of those events on tape if you're at all interested).
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None of this is even remotely unusual to any serious musician. I mean, the very word music literally means to be possessed by the Muses, amirite? That's kind of the whole point.

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So when I think about songs like this, where Geordie is playing chords I never dreamed could actually be chords, in a song I felt like I first heard a thousand years ago (and possibly on another planet), I do have to wonder what exactly is behind it.

Because that doesn't sound like a guitar to me.
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It sounds a cybernetic demon-serpent spitting out horrible prophecies in the night. As opposed to Optimus Prime locked in a deathcage match with Gamera, which is how it sounds on the rest of that album.
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So why do I find it so invigorating?
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Well, Jaz has spoke of the immense darkness Killing Joke conjure as having a powerful homeopathic effect. In other words, you draw out the poison, play with it, cackle like a minah bird at it and then go back to your normal life feeling refreshed.
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With Geordie-- and as with all true shamans, he'd gag at this kind of pretentious flooble-- it reminds me how ancient exorcists were able to gain power over demons by learning their secret names. If you are the kind of person given to believe our world is being invaded by entities from places unknown, I'd think there's a tremendous advantage in that. What about you?
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So I knew the band was touring but wasn't too keen to go. Part of it is the hassle (I'm old) but part of it is not wanting to see 60 year-old guys playing metal. I saw Killing Joke in 1982 when they were barely in their 20s and seeing them well into their maturity might sully that effect.
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This is a bit inside baseball but this lineup-- the original lineup-- was never one of my favorites live. By far my favorite in the studio but not onstage. Not the same primordial fury as other lineups. I prefer my live Joke at Category 4 or higher.
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Killing Joke have gone through more drummers than a barrel full of Spinal Taps but they've all been pile-driving monsters like occasional Joker Jason Bould there (now in nu metal hitmakers Bullet for My Valentine), who is playing the drums like they said something rude about his mother. So do check out this mind-boggling performance of the darkly prophetic "Great Cull."

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Unlike most of their ilk, the Joke are capable of honest-to-God beauty and melodicism, probably because Jaz is a serious classical composer and Geordie was also classically trained when he was young. They all know real music.
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In fact, the next album is going to be a symphony based on the Killing Joke back catalog in the same way Jaz did the Symphonic Pink Floyd and Symphonic Led Zeppelin albums back in the 90s. With a Sumerian-language choir this time.
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Since bassist Youth is a producer who's worked with The Orb and Paul McCartney and scores of others, the Jokers also released a fucking absolute killer three-CD dub album a few years back. I think the original title was Suck on This, Clash but the record company made them change it.
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Don't quote me on that, though.
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THE FATAL CURSE OF KILLING JOKE
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Of course, I'd be remiss had I not talked about, y'know, the deaths.
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We touched on this briefly with Chester Bennington last year:
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On a slightly more ominous note, Linkin Park also lifted the title from Killing Joke's 1986 album Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, which was released on Jeff Buckley's 20th birthday. Longtime Secret Sun readers understand it's not a real good idea to piss off The Joke. (Incidentally, Chris Cornell is on record in claiming Killing Joke as his primary inspiration for forming Soundgarden).
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And here's where we looked at how not a good idea it was to piss off the Joke, from 2008:
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Here is another picture of Raven, which I believe was taken shortly before his death. He was not looking healthy for a few years before his death. One thing that is not well-known is that his most recent departure from Killing Joke was not amicable, and that he unleashed venomous tirades on his former bandmates on his MySpace blog. The posts vanished after his death and I haven't been able to track down them down as of yet.


Plus this.

So we have three individuals, now deceased, whom Killing Joke would have had reason to be displeased with. Kurt Cobain for his lift of the "Eighties" riff, Raven for leaving the band on the eve of an important tour and Ledger for appropriating Coleman's look.
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There is certainly no question of any sort of foul play, no possible suspicion of anything untoward, just three dead young men and strange synchronistic threads weaving between them and a band of practicing occult magicians, who recorded one of their biggest hits within the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
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In May of 2007, Killing-Joke.com moderator 'Jester' was tragically killed along with his 6 year -old daughter in a head-on collision in Texas. Killing Joke had played a benefit concert for Jester, who had suffered from cancer. But he and the band became at odds when Raven quit the band and Jester sided with the bassist.
And strangely enough, the first record made by Metallica after the death of bassist Cliff Burton included a cover of "The Wait," a Killing Joke setlist staple from their landmark first LP.
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This sort of thing is not new for Killing Joke - a strange energy has followed them around for several years. In a 1986 article entitled "The Fatal Curse of Killing Joke" Sounds journalist Neil Perry witnessed Coleman reveling in the fate of a fan who'd been impersonating Paul Raven: 

Five minutes later the rest of the band have departed and Jaz and I sit in the Virgin press office, waiting for a car. He hands me a recent cutting taken from a provincial paper, which tells of the death of a man who has been impersonating Raven for the last two years. Jaz is morose and darkly amused by the whole episode.
"Ha! We've known about him for some time. It was coming to him."
Sorry?

"It was coming to him, we knew about this chap."
But the fact that he got wiped out in a motorbike accident...?
"Raven took particular offence to it."
And it would be silly to draw any conclusions I know, but...
"It all depends on your intentions. If you associate with it, or use the name, it all depends on your intentions, what happens to you."
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As it happens I have a fresh example of this, after a fashion: two Howard Stern clones, Jim Norton and Louis CK tag-teaming on the Jokers on So Painfully Unfunny, You'll Despair for Ever Laughing Again, also known as The Opie and Anthony Show.
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Of course, these serial comedy-killers are all still among us. I guess the Curse was content to simply kill all their careers. Which something did. Killed them all dead.
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It's a lot crueler, you gotta admit.



I should mention I had two odd experiences with Killing Joke concerts. I won tickets on WFMU to see them at The Ritz in 1991 but when it came time to go my car keys vanished. I mean they were just gone. They didn't resurface until almost a year later.


Back around 2004 or so I went to see them in Philly at the TLA. There was a bad storm that night and I was debating not going. I went, got up front and waited for the band to come on. There were a couple of guitar nerds with preprinted tab charts who were going to try to figure out what chords Geordie played. Then a guy came out, said Jaz was really sick (read: 'drunk') and couldn't do the show. 

104 comments:

  1. The killer clown's ... I mean Heath Ledger's home town of Perth just got rocked by an earthquake.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/magnitude-56-earthquake-rocks-southern-wa/ar-BBNosNB?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=mailsignout

    A magnitude-5.6 earthquake has hit the West Australian town of Manjimup, about 300 kilometres south-west of Perth, with tremors felt as far away as Perth and Albany.

    And we pretty much don't get big earthquakes in Oz.

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    1. Well, you know my thinking on this one, Briz.

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  2. Its called midterms approaching, hurricanes, and the globslists trying to convince us its the end of the world through repetition. The Trump Train rolls on and over..

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    1. The world is starting to look like an AI got a hold of The Collected Works of Alfred Jarry. And then smoked a shit ton of dust.

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  3. I fear that the inside of my head might sound more like a harpsichord. I don't want to consider where that puts me in terms of possession by interdimensional horrors.

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    1. Well, name a great old Hammer horror movie that didn't have a harpsichord
      tinkling away in it somewhere.

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  4. Chris,

    Echo and the Bunnymen just released a new version of 1984's "The Killing Moon."
    Like you, I remember the 80s all too well. I experience a frisson every time the 20-teens resurrect some celeb, band or hit from that period. It seems like in this period of not-so-robust creativity, a vast amount of 80s (and 90s) cultural mining is being done.

    You mention music as spellcasting. One of my areas of study is the mysteries - music as ritual to bring about apotheosis. Temples such as the one to Cybele in Syria and the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Malta were actually designed to affect human physiology with their acoustics, elements that modern science is unable to explain or duplicate.
    Nowadays, we see the likes of Madonna, Cardi B and Beyonce tarted up as aspects of the Magna Mater, solar diadem, regal robes, eliciting mindless devotion fron their fans and backup singers. What disturbs me is how so few detect the obvious echoes of these ancient rituals (readers of this blog aside, of course). With the unquestioning acceptance of these in your face rituals, and their increasing proliferation, I cannot help but see the logical endgame fast approaching.

    It is said that a shepherd was the first to discover Delphi, the first to channel the words of the God, but then the mission was handed first to young women and then older ones. Perhaps we should be watching closely for the major sustained return of the matron Sibyls. Perhaps Bene Gesserit Prime is being positioned for a return to the world stage, along with Kate Bush, and the renamed Sinead o'Connor. I find it telling that Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl was one of the most vocal audience members at Fraser's recent concert.

    It's depressing how this subject, no matter how dispassionately one tries to analyze it, leaves one sounding mental in the extreme.
    Saveth

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    1. You mentioning the temples reminded me of this: https://youtu.be/u7d77pIxxwc

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    2. Well, I think it's instructive to analyze how these pop divas incorporate Babalonian imagery into their cosplay. It's all become a LARP.

      I am interested in some of the recent moves by Rihanna and Arianna Grande though. There seems to be a weird narrative emerging there.

      Interesting to note how commercialized the ancient cult centers were. Delphi sounds like a cross between Sedona and Lollapalooza.

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    3. Ancient Astronaut Theorists never say no, Anony.

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    4. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/review-ariana-grande-finds-serenity-and-has-some-fun-on-sweetener-713404/

      'Ariana Grande is determined to be a light on her fourth album.'

      'Sweetener begins with a manifesto of sorts: a reworking of the Four Seasons’ “An Angel Cried” — titled “Raindrops” here and turned into a 30-second acapella premonition of what’s to come. While a bit out of place, Grande’s voice sounds absolutely superb with pop production stripped away.'

      The album includes a track titled 'Borderline':

      'Baby, I just want you to be mine
      Won't you give me a bit of your time? Oh, whoa
      Chasin' you, no, I won't stop trying
      Just meet me at the borderline (It's loose)
      You play hard-to-get, but I know you want me, too
      Ain't out here looking for other dudes
      So I'ma keep it tight for you'

      ...after 'pastor charles h. ellis iii' sorry-not-sorry "maybe i crossed the border" response to his sacreligious act, "God" being a "Woman" afterall, at Aretha's send-off, 'weird narrative' puts It mildly.

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  5. Any deadhead can attest that the Grateful Dead can reliably change your perception of reality any given night, when they “achieve liftoff.” There is a reason an entire generation followed them all over the country. That feeling never leaves, and to the average deadhead there is nowhere else to find it.

    Current day, Mickey Hart is on to something, and his drums/space segment of Dead and Company is worth “going to the show” in it’s own right. He did a presentation with George Smoot (Nobel Prize, astrophysics for discovering big bang or something like that. Friends with Mickey since the ‘70s, their girlfriends were college roomates) in the basement of the Smithsonian Air and Space museum with a few generals in attendance (in their masses). The presentation is for schoolkids, so I think we are getting the unclass version. I find the question/answer sessions before and after to be much more interesting than the video itself.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/former-grateful-dead-drummer-mickey-hart-composes-music-from-the-sounds-of-the-universe-265907/

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/39395730



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    1. Yeah I was thinking a lot about the Dead when I wrote this, Keith. Interesting parallels, long-running bands, wide variety of musical interests, importance of branding and iconography. As well as that cosmic effect you refer to.

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    2. Right on!! As soon as you started talking about the trance inducing rhythmic cords I went straight to the GD. So a show might go something like this (for those that partake in the sacrement.......)
      - The happy go lucky jam band meanderings get everyone started, create a nice atmosphere, pick people up along the way and get everyone in the same RYTHM
      - the rythm changes, and everyone changes.
      - eventually toward the middle of the show is drums/space
      - weird murky otherworldly sounds, you could cut the air with a knife, heavy, skin crawling, bad, can’t describe it
      - the drums start, rhythmically slow, building up, up, up, to an epic crescendo.
      - Everything hits and you experience ego death, synchronicity with 40,000 other souls. It’s a F’n epic once in a lifetime thing that you remember like yesterday for the rest of your life. It changes you forever.
      - it’s a program
      - they can do it whenever they want
      - in the video when mickey hart says they are still trying to “crack the code” he has a smirk because they cracked it years ago. Hence, the video is the unclass version (my opinion)

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    3. Oh sure, I've listened to more than my fair share of Dead boots, Keith. Ironically, my punk equivalent wasn't the Jokers but Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. Very much a Dead adjacent scene, for a few short years at least.

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    4. Awesome! I think I’m starting to pick up what your putting down. Don’t ever name it. Keep it weird. Thanks!

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    5. The Dead conundrum: They have inarguably special musical talents/moments and yet many of their fans have been among the leading douchebags of their generation. Still haven't figured this out, though the MK connections to the SF area then would seem a good place to start.

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    6. I tended to notice Deadheadery was mostly a rich-kid thing. Everyone else had to work, y'know?

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    7. As for the rich kid thing, yeah, the trust fund tour-travelers was a big part of the scene. I once knew a group of deadheads, including some with a last name that just happened to match a huge MIC company. Related? You betcha. They spent a ton of time barely working and seeing a lot of Dead shows.

      When I heard what the kid's monthly "allowance" was that let him do this it was a shockingly large amount, as in one year's wages for many people.

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    8. If you want a good jumping off point for deadhead MK research, Alan Trist was a long time associate of the Dead, and runs Ice 9 publishing. His father is Eric Trist, one of the founding members of the Tavistock Institute. Eric Trist was also a fellow at the SRI behavior modification program when his son was jamming on with the dead. Alan Trist was also in that 1961 car wreck with Jerry.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Trist

      http://coevolving.com/blogs/index.php/archive/systems-sciences-and-the-1957-58-fellows-of-the-center-for-advanced-study-in-the-behavioral-sciences/

      (Eric Trist is not listes in the fellowship names, but Further..... down in the correspondence regarding Ginsberg)

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  6. Chris, meditation is the process of training the mind/ tame the mind. Mantras are invocations of a wonderous nature. Om Mani Padma Hum = compassion for all sentient beings. To be present is key. To shine forth is key! 87

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    1. The mantra is the entity, the entity is it's mantra. They are one and the same. When the name is spoken, the entity is present.
      Take care in choosing which names you utter.

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    2. This is very helpful, but I'm more focused on the sound of the mantra and the effect that has on consciousness. But also how that connects to music.

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    3. My quick KJ musical observation is they are playing with your transistor SSI demons. My quick listen confirmed lots and lots and lots of processing in most of those songs, guitar especially.

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    4. Not near as much as you think. The first time I saw them I reckoned he'd have the Andy Summers rig, pedals everywhere. All he had was a Memory Man and a Big Muff. A lot of the sound is the drop D tuning, heavy gauge strings, the resonance of that big ES335 and his right hand technique. Plus volume. Most recent thing I read all he really used for effects was delay and a doubler. Adrian Belew said all that crazy stuff he did was more a question of technique than people thought.

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    5. Everyone thought Eddie Van Halen used a ton of effects on the first album. He swears all he used was a phaser and Templeman added in the delay on the outboard.

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    6. Interesting musical info Chris. I guess I should better distinguish between guitar tricks and production tricks as it appears I was picking up more of the latter than the former.

      And truth about Belew, who I saw live with Talking Heads. I always knew he was a master just from the quality of his associations, like Fripp (another master of technique) and never thought of him as pedal whiz.

      In terms of invoking the SSI transistor demons, all I can add is that even just a couple of effects pedals can produce some impressive other-worldly effects when combined by the right mu-gician, so I still suspect KJ may simply be working it more consciously/mindfully.

      And delay/doubler is especially good for getting "out there". I've even heard reverb-drenched rockabilly tunes that send the vocal reverb into further delay/doubling and it gets twisted fast in a sort of spiraling way. Spiraling was also a term that came to mind listening to your KJ tracks.

      Anyway, keep up the good work. This is one of the few places with great music writing, among other things!

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  7. I used to listen to the opie and anthony show, they did have a little golden era were stern was getting old and unfunny and O&A were having all these comedians on like louie, bill burr, patrice oneal, etc, that would go on to be pretty huge later on. Anyways, even the fans of the show think they were terrible people with terrible taste in music. They would shit on virtually everything. The show sort of imploded after patrice died, ant got fired, most of the comedians they would have on would stop coming because they got too big, and opie took over the show and made it even shittier. Eventually opie got fired too and the show only continues with jim and an intern named sam.

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    1. I used to listen to Opie and Anthony and wondered if there was something I was missing. Because I never even cracked a smile. I do think Jim Norton can be funny but he doesn't need the other two in his way.

      I stopped listening to Howard Stern after they fired Billy West in '95. It got to where Jackie Puppet was the only funny thing on the show. But I was spoiled- I started listening to him that summer of '85 on WNBC when it was stroke-inducingly hilarious. But comedy has a super short shelf-life. It's just sad now. Like a used-up prizefighter that can't take himself out of the ring.

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    2. "unrecognizable" in 'Suspiria' Chloë Grace Moretz on 'I Love You, Daddy':

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/chloe-grace-moretz-now-everyone-knows-girl-can-badass/amp/

      '“Me and all the other actors in the movie were under the impression that it was a commentary on the industry. [But] after what happened, it took on a very different form, which is why I think there’s no basis for the movie to be seen now,” says Moretz. “I don’t think it should be seen. I think it should just go away.” Does she think now the sexual politics of the film were suspect anyway? “I have that question all the time within myself,” she says, “but it can’t be answered.”'

      Is there anything so naïve as a "badass" "girl" Star Born by hollywood?

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  8. Another excellent piece, Chris.
    Yeah, angle dust . . . I completely flipped out on acid angle dust when I was 17 and a senior in high school. I found myself wandering the streets of late 70s, suburban, Orange County, CA; which had become a horrid machine world where everyone was a controlled meat robot mindlessly going about their business in a nefarious fabricated reality. I called it a zombie zoo. Got picked up by the pigs, raving on a street corner, quite literally foaming at the mouth. Good times.
    Broke your mind, you say? Yep.
    It seems the rest of my life, to a large extent, since then, has been about somehow reconciling or incorporating that experience. Besides traumatizing the shit outta me, it left me, with what I later realized, is a Gnostic perspective about where it is we find ourselves.
    Keep up the stellar work, brother.

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    1. Cheers, Juan. That was one of the worst experiences of my life. Sounds like you as well. I hope it wasn't some kind of Matrix-like reality check. and everything else is the illusion.

      What was up with the foaming thing? I remember that PCP issue of Daredevil Frank Miller did had people foaming at the mouth too.

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    3. Trying this again.



      It was certainly one of the worst experiences of my life. It was also an inadvertent initiatory experience.
      “I hope it wasn't some kind of Matrix-like reality check. and everything else is the illusion.” I think in some ways it may have been just that. I could not smoke weed for a good 10 years after the event, because when I did, I was brought right back to the hell world.
      As for the foaming at the mouth bit, it may have been more like flecks of foam that I kept wiping away from the corners of my mouth. “Foaming at the mouth” sounds more dramatic. I was, after all, completely barking mad.

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    4. Well, for me it wasn't the first or last time I took the night flight to Hell.

      So while that might work as an initiatory experience it's not one I care to repeat.

      It's funny I just read an interview where Jaz Coleman said you should never do drugs when involved in magical work because drugs leave you vulnerable for attack. I heartily concur.

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    5. So, in essence, "don't do drugs"?

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    6. Funny you should mention not doing drugs during a magical working. I did 4.5 grams of shrooms just before doing the headless rite, that appears in our Gordon’s Chaos Protocols, this past Friday. The shrooms tumrned out to be duds. Perhaps I was spared some unpleasantness.

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    7. @KTV, I never said any such thing.

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    8. @Juan my comment was in reference to Coleman's talk of never doing drugs when involved in a magical working, everything's a working rite? Also our bodies produce such copious amounts of various trippy chemicals we're always getting high on our own supply (does this make everything a working or is IT a matter of vice-versa, if a matter of one thing or the other at all?), It could even be said without these chemicals Humanity would be what? 'Dumb beasts'? & that's before being evolutionarily accelerated by shrooms & other 'plant teachers'.

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  9. Correction: “acid and angle dust.”

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  10. Fantastic post! These type of post are always a treat. I get a audio Ken Burns style in my head when reading them. I don’t know if that makes sense but it’s always great to read about your personal experiences with the Sunner flavor. Cheers!

    -Greg

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    1. Ken Burns!

      Maybe I need to write my autobiography, Weirdody. It'd be mind-staggeringly dull, though.

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  11. Terence Mckenna wrote quite a bit about how the songs/chants of the shaman during the ayahuasca ceremnony had a visual analogue only perceptible under the drug's effects. Its described a bit like synaesthesia (ie. "seeing sound") but it could also be described as a shared hallucination or group mind (psychic) effect. He also speculated that this visual/psychic component in combination with the chants may have been the original version of what was known in Medieval times as the "Green Language" or the "Language of the Birds". Except it wasn't spoken, it was sung. & beheld.

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    1. Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, perhaps.

      I think there's clearly a compelling reason Puharich believed mushrooms led to psychic abilities. I don't know how practicable it was but there seems to have been a lot of anecdotal evidence at the very least.

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  12. Massive Attack Ready ‘Mezzanine’ 20th Anniversary Reissue
    3-LP limited edition set features disc full of unreleased Mad Professor dub remixes. To be released on December 7. Might this have something to do with Liz Fraser's recent media appearances? Teardrop will appear twice, two different versions, on this upcoming release.

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    1. It's amazing-- practically the Sibyl's entire body of recorded works is being released this year.

      I'm not sure that's a good sign.

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  13. I completely missed this when it happened. Cocteau Twins Singer Elizabeth Fraser Announces First Full-Length Music Project in 20 Years.

    https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/01/cocteau-twins-singer-elizabeth-frasers-first-full-.html

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    1. "Nightmare World of HG Wells." Of course.

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    2. "Heaven or Las Vegas" turns 28 today. Happy mirthday!

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  14. This.Made.My.Day!!!! And now I have to go and read it again just absorb it all. The KJ tour seems to be going smoothly...so far.

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    1. Amazingly. It must be a first. I guess chaos isn't as appealing when you're staring down the barrel of retirement age.

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    2. Maybe it's a slower aging chaos, like spilling their specialty coffee first thing in the morning or misplacing an apnea machine the night before a show. Sort of like Abe Simpson drumming for Spinal Tap.

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    3. They're not exactly fitness buffs. Lots of booze and ciggies over the years. Takes the toll.

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  16. Another creepy clown story in the news.This time it's about 'face tat' rapper Post Malone.The rapper may of been cursed by getting too close to a haunted Jewish antique box,when he was hanging out in a Haunted Museum (in Las Vegas) run by Ghost Adventures host Zach Bagans.The infamous rapper has experienced a string of bad luck events lately,including flat tires on his jet during takeoff,crashing his prized Rolls Royce and being hunted down by gun-toting thugs.The so-called "cursed object" is known as the Dibbuck or Dybbuk Box http://Dibbuckbox.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dybukk_box

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      Really.

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    2. The real question is what "curse" was behind that awful face tat?

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  17. I not very familiar with this band. No offense to any fans, but, I think I will steer clear of them after reading this fine post. The Cocteau Twins library holds enough Abyss gazing for this guy.

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  18. Chris,

    I am reminded of various videos I've seen online, of sand-covered tables erupting in intricate, symmetrical patterns when subjected to a tone generator at specific frequencies. Music, the universal language - is it encoded with audio links to visual sigils? Basics, fundamentals we need to learn before moving on to more complicated forms.

    Calls and keys...I wonder if some of those Gates are opening in a B Movie scenario, that is, accidentally when someone completely unaware has sounded the correct tone/chord/pattern/rhythm combination to release the demons of ThirdSpace. There's a dark comedy at the thought of Pandemonium being unleased on Earth by "Party In The USA".

    As for the names of demons and the control a Magus can have over them, are we sure they are words? They could be music, or the sound of breaking glass, or the hiss of steam. That Latin ritual may be little more than a phonetic coincidence.

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    1. I think you have to be unaware- or unconscious- of these frequencies to channel them. Ian Anderson said you need to naive in some major way to play rock music.

      They don't like to talk about it, but Killing Joke tried to compose an album using gematria and the Kabbalah and the calls and all the rest of it and the result was one million percent 80s prog floof. I mean, imagine every shitty album that every once-great prog band made in the late 80s and have an AI merge them all into one. It sounds exactly like if Yes and Genesis had a baby and late-period Freddie Mercury was the sperm donor.

      My thinking is this, Mo--contacting powers above human ken requires a proper vessel. You can't create one. You need to find one and carefully learn to work with them. You will always teeter on the edge of the abyss of disaster.

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    2. I forgot the punchline- that Killing Prog album was called Outside the Gate.

      Truer words were never spoken.

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    3. 33: https://youtu.be/UclCCFNG9q4
      The owl returned. Our lady, the holy woman, the wife of the Angel of Death, is flying low... As is he. Who is the gatekeeper? Got a few things for you...

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    4. 33: https://youtu.be/p99a6K81zqM

      https://goo.gl/images/8iCXVR

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculata_Church

      https://goo.gl/images/UpL36F

      U catch the headphone gate? The truth of the interior? The real story behind all the Masonic steps?
      All Hail Mary

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    5. Huh, that Outside the Gate album sounds like something I might enjoy. I'm not fond of KJ in general, however, I do have great respect for what they have done musically and for their impact on myriad later bands. Just not my thing, I guess. Have the same reaction to Cocteau Twins, though they are much more appealing to me musically and I totally agree with your previous characterizations of the vocals.

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  19. I am a musician and have tried really hard to stay naive as you say about the main details of music theory beyond what I learned when I started... learn then forget what you learned.

    I have never have written a song. Always improvising all the time. And I don’t sing. I tried to shut my conscious, over-thinking brain off through with light alcohol use or heavy weed use. Meditating helps. While playing the didgeridoo it’s almost impossible to not shut my left brain off and let the pure idea and inspiration flow. Maybe it’s because there’s no notes? The vibration is crazy strong and ancient and primal...

    I noticed once a few years ago, that any time I found that flow while playing guitar, I happened to have my left eye closed. So now if I have trouble slipping into that place I just close my left eye and it’s off to the races in no time. That overly critical left brain has to put all its energy into the patterns my hands are doing and my right brain gets more juice because the left eye is closed and has the ability to sort of take over..(right brain controls left eye, left brain, right eye.) it’s crazy how well it works. Like 99% of the time.

    I tend to hope and pray I am a conduit for inspiration and ideas. Hope and all that. But if I am pure channel/pure conduit, without a real clue as to what I’m really doing, what choice do I have where/who the stream comes from??

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    1. You can't play music. You have to let music play you or it's just crap. But in order to get there your hands have to be able to do what music asks of them. You have to practice hard enough to learn to get out of music's way. And you have to know theory before you can break it properly.

      The difference between Killing Joke and their battalions of imitators is that the two main guys were classically trained from a very young age and know their theory. Outside the Gate might be cack but it shows they had the chops to play prog. So even though their records might sound like a bunch of gorillas banging on sheet metal on a superficial level there's a very deep understanding of what to play and more importantly what not to play.

      Entities will literally take you over when you play. It's been going on for millennia. Eons maybe.

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    2. Old Testament prophets were "taken by the spirit", and modern Voudun practitioners strive in their ceremonies to be possessed by the loa. One of the great works of Medieval mystical Christianity is called The Cloud Of Unknowing. Modern rock guitarists can go "into the zone" where, as you say, the music plays them. All these involve transcending conscious thought, allowing a brief connection to something beyond rationality and the burdens of language. Magic has been described as "a disease of language", and that may be so as it weakens or corrupts the structures of language, allowing the practitioner to reach and feel new levels.

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    3. Ain’t that just a kick in the teeth... so if I’m not being possessed by an entity the music is crap?... so black and white. I mean. I get it. Kind of.

      My question was how can you be a conduit and not be taken over by a malevolent entity?... and my thinking when letting the music play me is more in line with Anthony Peake and how he described the daemon as being a version of ourselves.. our self that has lived this life over and over and it basically wants to help us win the game or at least not die along the way.

      And the pseudo trance I go into somehow channels my higher self and has a more pure/less ego driven version of the music. It definitely doesn’t feel or sound like crap. At least to me. And really I’m not trying to mesmerize the masses. And to be honest I’m glad I’m not being taken over by entities. Seems like only a very select few get to live happy and long lives if they’ve been called...

      I feel like as you say we don’t really understand the whole workings of music and it’s power and effects and the whatever that is beyond that is communicating through artists and musicians and maybe there are like levels to it.

      Like maybe I’m on the pre-school or maybe kindergarten level and others that prophecize the end of days are more like triple PHDs

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    4. Why does it have to be a malevolent entity, Jim?

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    5. SS, 1:19
      Yeah but why the fuck wouldn't you?
      Yes you must give in to the music, at least be honest/up front about your connection to it.
      Look man 'IT'; your 'MUSIC' is either 'YOU' or something else.
      I would hope that "IT" would be "YOU"!
      IMAGINE the possibilities??
      MULTIPLE!!
      Like the 'MULTI' verse.

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    6. Replying to you Chris... “why does it have to be a malevolent entity?” Short answer it doesn’t...

      Longer answer

      Entrainment.
      Maybe religious programming early in my life.
      And even after countless psychedelic experiences certain aspects still have a hold.
      Maybe there is an association with negative things based on the negative message. Certain Scottish Oracles excluded...

      I guess when speaking of prophecy I should be looking at the idea that they are positive entities because they are warnings to help us or at least not malevolent. Maybe it was all the talk of death, the association with Crowley and the idea that the entity would just take over.

      Because would a benevolent entity do that without permission?

      I appreciate the question. Making me rethink how I think for sure.

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    7. "You can't play music. You have to let music play you or it's just crap. But in order to get there your hands have to be able to do what music asks of them. You have to practice hard enough to learn to get out of music's way. And you have to know theory before you can break it properly."

      I feel this way! We do exactly this every week with our improv jams, to harness the glitch. Weekly for 7 years now. We improv melodic glitch music and create circuit bent analog visuals live while we play old Terence McKenna audio tapes - weekly in our live stream, it's a hoot.

      Routinely entering that improv mind space channeling the muse as well as the glitch golem definitely helps us shake out the glitches that build up throughout the week...

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  20. U2's Bono transformed himself - ever briefly - back into his Faustian alter ego "MacPhisto" last week (reported on 9/11) to mock some Swedish pols - and later, the French. His face reminded me of Heath Ledger's Joker character, and, well, no need to go into all that. Anyway, this reminds me of the recent mention of Echo & The Bunnymen and how Bill Drummond tried to conjure magic on a Liverpool street during a Bunnies show in Iceland. Not sure what happened. And David J of Bauhaus/Love And Rockets regularly met with magus Alan Moore to play with fire. It's far more common than we probably realize, within the realms of the bands we all admire. As for Killing Joke, I last heard the "Pylon" album, which was excellent. Just listen to "I Am the Virus" and I think you'll get the message.

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    1. Jaz/Walker if you do one thing before you go 'Walking With Gods' SMITE that anti-Human fecker bono, birthname paul david hewson, off the face of existence, erase It utterly.

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    2. Ask and you shall be answered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKx_nG4Bsy4

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    3. paul david hewson already lost his head when he ascended Star Born to "bono" status, perhaps "bono's" punishment is to be "bono", that gutter dwelling Star Gazers (& other co-constellators of the Firmament) must share this plane of existence with It is a punishment on a lesser scale but a punishment none the less.

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    4. That was awesome! Jaz hit the MacPhisto right on the noggin. So, it's not just Negativland and Casey Kasem??

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    5. That wasn't MacPhisto incidentally. That's Bono's true appearance. The video filtering system failed. I think it was a power surge.

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  21. Long time lurker here, just wanted to point out that the first pictures of Joachin Phoenix cast as the Joker in the upcoming standalone film surfaced around yesterday: https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/joaquin-phoenix-joker-photo-724860/

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    1. I just saw that, Oscar. And so Joaquin Phoenix will go from Johnny Cash to Jesus Christ to the Joker. An arc of insanity? Or is the joke on us? Joaquin is just joking ...

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    2. What a weird pic. Homeboy's done some hard living.

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  22. The physics crowd say that sound waves somehow affect gravity and mass and probably is mysterious. I would concede that.
    When the bridge heeded the call at Point Pleasant there was and is some stray harmonium gospel from proper Victorian dwellings.
    We were just kids but shite got pretty lit up.

    I think they should use rocks and not metal when crossing.
    Probably the only old country magic that does not create more problems over time.

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    1. Care to elucidate a bit there, Neal?

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    2. Sound waves, gravity and mass are expressions of the same thing so?
      Agreed we need no more problems; time?
      Not really!
      NO 'time', and yet 'here' we deal with 'time'.
      Just 'MIND' here mate.

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  23. Back in the day, there was a time when I used to play songs through a frequency analyzer software in my computer, because... well, because I'm that sort of girl. Everything sounds sexier if you put some more science nerdity into it. Some songs looked just amazing. Killing Joke sounds like you could actually see some demons jumping at you if you ran it through a frequency analyzer, though I haven't done it, so I could be dead wrong.

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    1. Sounds about right. The whole point seems to be yanking stray demons up from the pit, roughing them up and then throwing them back in.

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  24. A few years back I got intrigued by how popular music influenced me in my teen years. (I came of age at the dawn of FM rock.) In my research I came across the name, Theodor Adorno.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodor_W._Adorno

    https://listentobettermusic.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/on-popular-music-by-theodor-adorno/

    http://www.moyak.com/papers/adorno-schoenberg-atonality.html

    I'm thinking that not only do the archons move through the artists, they also move through social architects like Adorno. Scary.

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    1. It's considered by some that 'Archons' is a euphemistic slur on par with lizards/globalists/internationalists/communists/bolsheviks.

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    2. The only thing I know about Adorno is that he didn't write the Beatles music for them.

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    3. Yes but scry closely & you can see him peeping out from behind Brando's "Rebel Without A Cause" hat, Brando's mom was a "Dorothy" btw.

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    4. I think you mean The Wild One. Brando wasn't in RWOAC.

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    5. 'TWO' a monochrome sequel to 'TWOO'? Are there unreleased color reels on which 'Johnny Strabler' gets all twisted "somewhere over the rainbow"? Splice D:Wave acquired footage from an alt-verse in which Brando played Tom Cruise's father in 'Magnolia' & maybe that's this chimera.

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  25. BTW, have you heard Jaz Coleman's work with the Levee Walkers? Why isn't there more being said about this "supergroup," with GnR's Duff McKagan, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer/multi-instrumentalist Barrett Martin? This stuff is amazing! And to be a member of Levee Walkers, one "has to have at least 25 years of musical experience, survived battles with the forces of darkness, and perhaps even kissed death on the cheek. More importantly, there must exist a deep reverence for the music of your comrades, and the commitment they made to this hardest of paths." It's interesting, because earlier, after initially reading this post, I was considering a comment you made above, saying "entities will literally take you over when you play." I was thinking of Delta bluesman Robert Johnson and how that seemed to happen to him, since prior to playing regularly, folks said he was an "ok" guitar player and singer. But then something happened ... at the Crossroads with "Legba" or "Baron Samedi" or "Ike" ... I think that is very important when it comes to art. I can relate, as a writer. I will go back and re-read something I've written and go, "Holy shit! Where did that come from? I don't even remember writing it." Painter Jackson Pollock was said to be under some sort of "spell" when he did his art, some of which now sell for millions. The art speaks to us on a level we may not fully understand or comprehend. But it is there and it will use the artist in ways that will blow minds and inspire.

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    1. Where do I find such music, sir?

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    2. Here, it seems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo0pw8g3s_w

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    3. That's it. Doesn't seem to be a full, proper album available, though. And noting Barrett Martin's involvement in the Levee Walkers, he is an amazing multi-instrumentalist and environmentalist (wrote "The Singing Earth") and is part of the group Tuatara. Here's a link, if anyone cares: http://sunyatarecords.com/

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  26. The fourtieth anniversary tour is the cancelled 'Pylon' tour?

    On that album's 'Big Buzz' Jaz intones:

    'Every man and woman is a star'

    As a shout-out to the 'Strange Angel' fascinator that was The Beast without whom this age of Lucifer's Technologies would be awaiting Star Born invocation?

    Walker's still pounding out brutal riffs fourty years on, how many other axe-wielders can say the same four decades into the fight? No one in Metallica that's for sure.

    The Joke never sounded more like Ultravox than they did on 'Outside The GAte' though.

    & on 'stars', '73 questions with lady gaga' reveals that the release of the 'ASiB2017' trailer is "unreal", that "the movie is a very, very strong expression of what it means to become a star & that she, myself, Ally does not really become one until the last frame of the movie" & that Gaga's favourite movie whilst "growing up"... was the 'Judy' twisting 'The Wizard of Oz'.

    (A sign of the boot being well & truly put into the zombie-corpse that is Metallica was their chimeric-collab with Gaga at the 2017 Grammy's in which James Hetfield's mic failed to work during the performance of 'Moth into Flame' ('the idea came about after she got chatting to Metallica's Lars Ulrich at Bradley Cooper's house party'), the emasculation cycle complete (they failed to win the award for 'Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance' at the 1989 awards, losing to prog-also-rans Jethro Tull), Metallica's current Grammy haul? 9.)

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    1. Brighter Than A Thousand Suns was the Ultravox one. Outside the Gate is the Emerson, Lake and Powell one. Actually it sounds more like Emerson Lake and Powell than ELP* did themselves.

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  27. from the liner notes of an acid mothers temple album I recently purchased :
    It is said that the sympathetic resonances set up by the repeating note sequence A-E-D-A-G-D♭ is virtually identical to the acoustics set up in internal spaces constructed according to precise geometrical rules. These resonances have also been exploited since antiquity as a kind of 'acoustic magic' in secret ritual practices.
    It is also said that this specific note sequence creates resonance waves deep in the brain, awakening the second mind that slumbers behind our consciousness and invoking a sense of almost infinite ecstasy.

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    1. Interesting that's basically outlining A7 with a fourth added (use C# instead of Db for clarity) and dominant 7 chords are notorious for being "edgy". Not sure what to make of the added 4th.

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