Rapper, tattoo artist, and street fighter Isaiah Toothtaker gives us weird baby noises, spooky cartoon imagery, and the raw rhymes you've come to expect from him on the Kaytranada-produced "Polo Stadium".

"Polo Stadium" is from Toothtaker's brand new two-track EP 'Sunday', which you can stream or download from Soundcloud.

Isaiah Toothtaker
Posted by El Keter
At 02:46 PM on 11/28/15
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Gandalf the Relaxed

Because today is my birthday I decided to just chill and do a whole lot of nothing, so Monday Magick will be taking this week off.

We'll be back next week with another entry of our magickal musical feature next week.
Posted by El Keter
At 08:27 PM on 11/23/15
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No longer just a holiday entree, "Turkeys" is a softly sung and strummed, reverb-laden Shoegaze number with a really cute video from Leslie Bear, otherwise known as Long Beard.

"Turkeys" is from the New Brunswick, New Jersey singer/songwriter's debut album 'Sleepwalker', out now on Team Love.

Long Beard
Posted by El Keter
At 02:40 PM on 11/22/15
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Experimental ATLien vocalist/producer Stori Brooks mixes nu-skool Soul and trippy Art-Rap with occasional splashes of Jazz and Funk over slumpy Electronic beats on her new EP 'Everything is Fine'.

After hearing where she went with this EP I'd love to hear her do something with Imageyenation featurees like Bunny Michael, Malik Ameer, or NOAH23 at some point.

Or maybe Jeremiah Jae and Shabazz Places?

Regardless, there's some good stuff here.

Stori Brooks
Posted by El Keter
At 02:29 PM on 11/22/15
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This week's Monday Magick entry is a rare contribution from the West Indies, a location not necessarily known for embracing the supernatural in its popular music. The tune in question is an energetic 1975 side with the incendiary title "King From Hell" which comes courtesy of Trinidadian calypsonian The Mighty Shadow.

If you listen to our Clandestine Transmission podcast you might have heard Emeyesi and I discussing how few Reggae tunes I've featured as part of Monday Magick. While there is an underground tradition of ritual magick in Jamaica known as Obeah, nobody is writing any Reggae songs about it to my knowledge. Traditionally Jamaicans generally just aren't comfortable with the occult and Jamaican musicians are only likely to mention The Devil, witches, "duppies", or vampires unless they're chanting them down alongside "Babylon" and "bald-heads" while alternately praising Jah, Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey, or some permutation thereof. Elsewhere in the Caribbean folks are more likely to acknowledge the rich tradition of paganism, magick, secret societies, and the occult that exists in the region. And I found at least one artist--Calypso monarch Winston Anthony Bailey a.k.a. The Mighty Shadow--from the area--Trinidad and Tobago to be exact--who has recorded a few songs that "big up" the paranormal in some fashion. His "King From Hell" is bold in its embrace of the supernatural in general and the diabolic specifically. Over a jumping party-time rhythm, Shadow proclaims his own badassery, describing how he plans to kick ass and take names in the afterlife as a "terrible ghost" after his own passing wreaking vengeance upon people who've wronged him as a crowned ruler at the right hand of Satan in Hell. Being a party jam, as most Soca and Calypso is, the song is delivered largely in a tongue-in-cheek style, and it even includes an admonishment against wrongdoing. But the lyricism is otherwise quite strong and a bit shocking in its embrace of unusually dark subject matter for such a usually sun-soaked genre of music.

Over the years The Mighty Shadow has won respect, accolades, and awards in the world of Calypso, including being named an International Soca Monarch. He's still active as a recording artist and performing today.

Music is magick!
Posted by El Keter
At 07:26 PM on 11/16/15
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Never ones to shy away from the "hot-button issues", El Keter and Emeysi dive into discussions about "dog baby talk", noisy neighbors, "jail-mail" and their "no chicanery" pledge on this week's brand new installment of the Clandestine Transmission!

They also happen to play you some flavorful Hip-Hop cuts, some futuristic Soul jams, and a handful of weird covers of some old favorites by some new school artists for your listening pleasure!

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1. Cities Aviv "Isolation Quarters"
2. Zomby "Bloom"
3. River Tiber "Lost"
4. Kelela "Hallucinogen"
5. The Internet "Special Affair"
6. Luke Vibert "Knockout"
7. Lushlife "Eyes Without a Face"
8. Chromatics "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
9. Hot Chip "Dancing in the Dark"
10. Kayper "Next Lifetime"
11. blank body "CARDED 4NYQUIL"
12. Big Grams "Born to Shine" feat. Run the Jewels

CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 16, November 15th, 2015 feat. EL KETER & EMEYESI (.MP3)
Posted by El Keter
At 01:44 PM on 11/15/15
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The Black Tapes Podcast

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
Posted by El Keter
At 07:21 PM on 11/10/15
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I fully intended to make today's featured song the first post after our month-long celebration of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" last week, but sadly I just wasn't feeling up to it. Thankfully another week presents me with another Monday and I'm feeling in the mood to share some Monday Magick in the form of "Curse of the Witch" from Los Angeles Psych-Pop outfit the Strawberry Alarm Clock's 1968 sophomore LP 'Wake Up...It's Tomorrow'.

I've featured a lot of weird songs here on Monday Magick, but "Curse of the Witch" is undoubtedly one of the weirdest to date. The song tells the very straightforward story of a man whose family is cursed by witches during the Puritan era only to have his own daughter accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake and his wife wish for death in her grief. This would normally be weird enough. But it's all delivered in an almost madrigal-like manner via the sort of multi-layered vocal harmonies one might expect from the likes of the Beach Boys or The Association over a track that alternates between fuzzy Acid-Rock grooves, bubbly Jazz-inspired runs, and freaky film score-style orchestration. It's lounge-y but baroque, like The Classics IV mashed up with The Electric Prunes. Like I said, it's weird. Beautiful, and strangely "poppy", but weird.

After 'Wake Up...' the Alarm Clock went through several lineup changes and released a few more albums through the end of the '60s. Steve Bartek, the group's flutist, went on to join Danny Elfman's band Oingo Boingo and assisted in his orchestral work for films. An incarnation of the band released a new album, 'Wake up Where You Are', in 2012.

Music is magick!
Posted by El Keter
At 07:32 PM on 11/09/15
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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.

Posted by El Keter
At 01:38 PM on 11/08/15
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Witch House grandaddy Pictureplane goes full on old-school Electro-Goth, like Arthur Baker producing for New Order back in the day, on the title track from his brand new LP for the anticon. label.

The self-directed video, which features additional footage shot by Erez Avizzar and Oliver Rivard, was shot at the "blood rave" which was part of New York Comic Con back in September.

'Technomancer' is in stores now.

Posted by El Keter
At 08:46 PM on 11/02/15
Filed under Music

The cast of 'The Worst Witch'.

With "the witching month" finally over I decided I need a rest, so Monday Magick will be taking this week off.

But don't worry, we'll be back with another entry of our magickal musical feature next week.
Posted by El Keter
At 06:53 PM on 11/02/15
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Billy Idol's '80s New Wave classic "Eyes Without a Face" gets "the Philadelphia treatment" courtesy of emcee/producer Raj Halder, better known as Lushlife.

Look for his long-awaited (by me at least) third LP, 'Ritualize', featuring Killer Mike, Freeway, RJD2, and Ariel Pink, out February 19th via the Western Vinyl label.

Posted by El Keter
At 08:52 PM on 10/30/15
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With the fourth and final Friday of October upon us we finally present the last entry in our month-long tribute to the Donovan composition "Season of the Witch". This week's entry, which comes courtesy of South African Metal pioneers Suck and their 1970 debut 'Time to Suck', may in fact be the heaviest, not to mention trippiest, incarnation of the occult classic that we've featured.

Like many of the assorted covers of "Season of the Witch" that we've covered over the last two years Suck's version is on the long side, with a running time of nearly ten minutes. But it gives us a lot during those ten minutes; from otherworldly flutes over a stoner-rock intro, to a chugging locomotive of a groove that puts the "heavy" in their metal, to wild, freaked out riffing, to an "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"-style drum breakdown, to shouting and Bluesey wailing, and even some new ad-libs that reference voodoo spells for good measure! Far from "sucking", Suck's cover may actually be one of the best versions of "Season of the Witch" from amongst a field of truly outstanding reworks by some of the most talented musicians in the world. It's certainly earned a place high up on my list of favorite "Season of the Witch" covers, that's for sure.

'Time to Suck' was the quartet's only album, and was only officially released in the United States in 2009. The various members of the band, a group comprised of two South Africans, a Brit, and an Italian, are, if not lost to time, sadly lost to me.

Music is magick!
Posted by El Keter
At 07:22 PM on 10/26/15
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Your hosts El Keter and Emeyesi get "spooky-scary" like a Werewolf Bar Mitzvah, spinning some "eerie" sounds, and talking junk about all manner of horror, musical, visual, and cultural, on a special "Schizophrenic Halloween" edition of the Clandestine Transmission!

What is "the Halloween music"? What do we think about being put in a box based on the costumes we wear as we slog through this life? What did El Keter's mom think about hoodies and her sons love for Sunz of Man? What horror shows and movies have we been watching lately? What do we think of Larry David's choice in footwear?

All these questions, and more, will be answered on this transmission!

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1. Portishead "Over"
2. Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy Rich "Rap Prime Minister (Rat Bastard) (Instrumental)"
3. Geto Boys "My Mind Playing Tricks on Me"
4. Gravediggaz "Diary of a Madman" feat. Killah Priest and Scientific Shabazz
5. Big L "Devil's Son"
6. Sunz of Man "Soldiers of Darkness (Instrumental)"
7. The Specials "Ghost Town"
8. Siouxsie and the Banshees "Halloween"
9. Ministry "Every Day is Halloween"
10. XXYYXX "Witching Hour"
11. TV on the Radio "Wolf Like Me"
12. Death From Above 1979 "Right On, Frankenstein!"
13. Dead Man's Bones "In the Room Where You Sleep"
14. Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells"
15. Echo & The Bunnymen "The Killing Moon"

CLANDESTINE TRANSMISSION//Vol. 15, October 25th, 2015 feat. EL KETER & EMEYESI (.MP3)
Posted by El Keter
At 02:52 PM on 10/25/15
Filed under Podcast

New York-based producer Nick Koenig, also known as Hot Sugar, works primarily within the musique concrète milieu, manipulating recorded sounds to create his own original, often beautiful, Hip-Hop-influenced compositions.

After releasing several EP's and mixtapes, and contributing production for artists as diverse as Open Mike Eagle, Lakutis, Antwon, and The Roots, he released his official debut album, 'God's Hand', one of my favorite albums of 2015, earlier this year.

Now he's starring in a documentary, 'Hot Sugar's Cold World', directed by Adam Bhala Lough, produced by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jody Hill, and featuring Jim Jarmusch, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and others, about his unique creative process and personal life.

The film is currently making the rounds at various festivals and sowing in select arthouse theatres around the country. The rest of us get to see it on November 6th, when it hits digital distribution channels.

'God's Hand' is out now on Break World Records.

'Hot Sugar's Cold World'
Posted by El Keter
At 09:53 PM on 10/22/15
Filed under Cinema

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