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.
Listen as El Keter and Emeyesi get smooth, sexy, and just a little bit spooky with another brand new episode of the Clandestine Transmission podcast!
This week we present a collection of sultry, soulful selections of the electronic and organic variety alongside the usual conversation about non-corporeal intercourse, "feeling the Bern" with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and not doing "the Dew", among other shenanigans.
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1. SG Lewis "No Less" feat. Louis Mattrs
2. Garden City Movement "Sorting Things Out"
3. Howling "Stole the Night"
4. JOY "About Us"
5. Maribou State "The Clown" feat. Pedestrian
6. DAZE "Compton"
7. Rivver "Am I OK" feat. Milk and Bone
8. Galimatias "Can I" feat. Alina Baraz
9. Soft Lit "Ocean King"
10. Silkie "Arcada"
11. Erykah Badu "Hotline Bline (But You Can't Use My Phone Mix)"
'Hell and Back', a new R-rated stop-motion animated comedy/horror flick from ShadowMachine (the studio behind 'BoJack Horseman' and several Adult Swim shoes) looks kinda like 'A Nightmare Before Christmas' if it were made by those 'Robot Chicken' dudes*.
My ticket is already bought!
Or, it would be if it were playing anywhere near me.
'Hell and Back', featuring the voice talents of Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle, Susan Sarandon, Danny McBride, Maria Bamford, Michael Peña, J.B. Smoove, Brian Posehn, and Lance Bass, is in theatres somewhere now.
* I know, ShadowMachine are those 'Robot Chicken' dudes.
I'm feeling a little off this week and really just needed to spend some time after work relaxing and vibing out. So when it came time to pick this week's Monday Magick entry I went looking for something that sounded smooth over something with in-your-face occult qualities. Ultimately I chose "Sorceress", a magically-titled instrumental jam from Jazz-Fusion pioneers Return to Forerver's 1976 LP 'Romantic Warrior'.
Penned by the group's drummer Lenny White, the sort-of Earth Wind & Fire-esque "Sorceress" features elements of Funk, Disco, Rock, and new-agey electronic flourishes. During its seven-plus-minute run-time it moves from Stanley Clarke's heavy bass grooves, to Chick Corea's dreamy electric piano tinkling and otherworldly synthesizer squeals, to urgent guitar riffing from Al Di Meola, with Corea's more straight-ahead piano soloing bridging it all. It's spaced-out, but with a classy, almost classical feel, and certainly conveys an air of magical sophistication that is befitting the song's title.
After the release of 'Romantic Warrior', the band's sixth studio LP, Corea and Clarke released one more LP as Return to Forever without White and Di Meola. Most of the players affiliated with the band through the years went on on to great success with other projects. The core members, Corea, Clarke, White, and Di Meola, did eventually reunite for the album 'Forever' in 2011.
Swedish Metal outfit Ghost use vintage film clips to weave a tale of rebellious school children, blasphemous scientists, secret societies, illumination via initiation, and spiritual transformation in their new video "From the Pinnacle to the Pit".
It's almost as if their method is science, but their aim is religion, if you get my meaning.
"From the Pinnacle to the Pit" is from their newest album, 'Meliora', which is out now on Loma Vista Recordings
Sometimes El Keter and Emeysi drop a new episode of our Clandestine Transmission podcast sooner, rather than later.
This is one of those occasions!
Listen for throwback Rap, underground Hip-Hop, wonky bass beats, a little bit of House of the "Hip" and sophisticated variety, a chilled out Nu-Wave Indie-Disco cut, a "bath in the solvents", orange nacho dust, a fake Louis suit, and the dropping of the "Pope bomb".
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1. Large Pro "New Train Ole Route"
2. Blackalicious "I Like the Way You Talk"
3. Kode9 "9 Drones"
4. DOOMSTARKS "Lively Hood"
5. MED, Blu & Madlib "Knock, Knock" feat. MF DOOM
6. Chrome Sparks "ZzzzzZ"
7. Funkadelic "Ain't That Funkin Kinda Hard on You (Louie Vega Remix)" feat. Kendrick Lamar
8. brAque "Maraude"
9. Person of Interest "Keep it Moving"
10. CHROMATICS "Shadow (Michel's Runway Edit)"
Once again my obsession with conspiracy-themed talk-radio pays off by exposing me to another potential Monday Magick featuree! This week's entry is another "lost classic", an orchestral Folk-Pop number titled "Jerome", from 'U.F.O.', the supernatural-tinged debut LP from the mysterious Jim Sullivan, which was re-released not too long ago by re-issue specialists Light in the Attic Records.
Though he made a cameo in the counter-culture classic 'Easy Rider' I was unaware of Jim Sullivan or his music before today. I was introduced to the song "Jerome" earlier today thanks to an episode of Los Angeles-based paranormal pop-culture radio program West of the Rockies and was immediately enchanted. The song's melancholy lyrics, which speak wistfully of finding a "magic man", plucky acoustic guitar, rattling percussion, and swelling string accompaniment burrowed their way right into my consciousness and I knew then and there what I'd be sharing when I got home from work tonight. Sure, the song isn't overtly about the supernatural or occult, but it's unmistakable shout-out to magic and sort of vague, almost hallucinogenic lyricism made it a shoe-in for inclusion here on Monday Magick.
While the supernatural qualities of Jim Sullivan's music may be questionable, the backstory which surrounds him is shrouded in what can only be termed "high weirdness". After releasing a self-titled sophomore album in 1972 the singer-songwriter disappeared without a trace while traveling through the New Mexico desert, leaving his guitar, some recordings, and a box of his own LPs behind in his abandoned VW bug. A few folks have linked the New Mexico desert where he vanished with the U.F.O. phenomenon that provided the title of his debut and postulated that there may be a connection between the two and his ultimate fate. I don't know about that. But I do know his music is pretty magickal.
Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter Kelela drops some new school Rhythm & Quad-style soulful Bass music set to alternatively dreamy, clubby, druggy, and sexy visuals in her new video for her single "Rewind".
"Rewind" is from Kelela's 'Hallucinogen' EP, due out October 9th on Warp Records.
I bet you thought El Keter and Emeyesi had forgotten all about podcasting and wouldn't ever upload another episode of the Clandestine Transmission, didn't you?
Well, you were wrong!
The Clandestine Transmission returns with some smooth sample-based boom-bap beats, big-bass trunk-rattling Trap shit, some smooth soulful sounds, a surprise guest caller, and conversation about fantasy football, Star Wars droids, the "Jade Helm" non-event, the "shemitah" craze, the Pope, P-Funk, and the upcoming apocalypse!
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1. Your Old Droog "Through the Nose"
2. Ta-Ku "Hopeful"
3. Future "I Serve the Base"
4. Hellfyre Club "DASH"
5. Jay Rock "Vice City" feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q
6. Alix Perez & EPROM "Chiron"
7. Travis Scott "90210"
8. Joey Bada$$ "Like Me" feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
9. Cazal Organism "She Likes the God" feat. Joe Styles
10. blank body "SAFE HEX 3"
11. Kali Uchis "Loner"
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