Tuesday, April 8, 2014


   I really don't know anything about BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, nor do I own anything by them.  I just discovered them today by random luck as I was perusing one of my many HPL related blogs and sites that I like to frequent.

  I really like this tune.  It's a perfect slow, ambient, moody, piece--perfect to read Lovecraft by--up until the 2:35 mark where the smoldering sax comes in. And even a saxophone solo like this works since it too evokes the kind of bistro playing that would have been omnipresent in the more elite speak-easys and absinthe soaked parlours in Rhode Island during the early 30s.

  I give this song, "Midnight Black Earth" two tendrils up!

Monday, April 7, 2014


   For the second week in a row I "go to" CCR for our anti-war tune.

   The first time I became "aware" of this song was not by actually hearing the song, but by reading an issue of Marvel's "Sgt. Fury & the Howling Commandos."  It must have been around 1969 and I was in Jr. High School.  The songs' title was the title of the issue that I was reading in my bedroom in Wausau, WI. and even then, even reading a "war" comic that ostensibly glorified war I became slightly attuned to the hideous evil of indiscriminate carpet bombing and faceless destruction of real people...

   There is no such thing as collateral damage.  Aggressive foreign wars need to cease.  The people today, as the students did in the 60s, need to mobilize and say to the evil war-pigs who rule at Mordor-on-the-Potamac... enough...You are through!

   We must try and stop the "rain."

Sunday, April 6, 2014


   This would be worth posting if for no other reason than I always get such a kick out of Maestro Al mis-pronouncing Francis Ford's last name just so it will rhyme  :D

   But on the other hand, it is SUCH a FUN, FUN, FUN, catchy pop/rock tune.  Like almost all of Al's stuff, I could just listen to it over and over, all the while tapping my foot and rapping the steering wheel (I love to listen to my CDs in the car).

   The song, a studio recording was originally released on Al's 1981 album LIVE/INDIAN SUMMER.  But I first heard it (and own it) on the expanded CD version of his album 24 CARROTS, where it appears as one of several bonus tracks.


   "take another sip of your cola...I'll be Francis Ford Coppola"

Saturday, April 5, 2014


   Being out of town most of today (Wichita; burial place of the great actor Sidney Toler/the "penultimate" CHARLIE CHAN)  I am left with little time to put together much proper text to accompany these three stunning album jackets.
   The band is BARONESS (more on them in due course) and these are their first three albums.  The music is heavy; a bit doom metal with post-rock/post metal influences gradually giving way to more prog and even folk prog flairs and themes--especially in the last (most recent) album.  I love them!!!
   The art is all by their main man, John Dyer Baizley.  In addition to doing the song writing (music and lyrics) and guitar work, Baizley does all the artwork.  The man is a true renaissance man.  He also has provided artwork for other bands.  His style is a mixture (in my own un-educated opinion) of British Pre-Raphaelite style, tinged with American art decco, Maxfield Parish, and even the great British comic-book artist (most famous for his 1970s early run on Marvel's Conan the Barbarian) Barry Wyndsor-Smith.  His art could easily be used in fairy tale books or popularizations of the Greek and Roman myths.  
   The three albums are simply titled:  The Red AlbumThe Blue Album;  and The Yellow and Green Album.
    And as nice as the artwork is (stunning on full vinyl lp releases) the music is even better.
- - - Eugor

Friday, April 4, 2014


   Although this freakinginglytastic theme song could also be a post for THURSDAY'S THEMES, I thought (think) it's just so gonzo-weird that it fits perfectly OPEN-LINE FRIDAY.

   MothT (an assistant deep-agent for Eugor) has several seasons of SQUIDBILLIES on DVD and I have become a huge fan of this twisted, demented, and truly "wrong" show.  It's the closest someone can come to dropping acid and watching a David Lynch film as possible.  This late-night "comedy" (my sincerest apologies to all comedies) on Adult Swim [AS] is such a "black comedy" that it makes other "black comedies" look like 'The Sound of Music." 

  Early Cuyler makes Homer Simpson look like Einstein, and Peter Griffin look like Saint Francis of Assisi.

   While the great "Unknown Hinson" does the voice of Early, it is Country Western TITAN & LIVING LEGEND: BILLY JOE SHAVER who actually sings the opening theme!  I don't know who actually wrote the lyrics and music.  I had a chance to see Billy Joe when he came through my town last Fall but was "tapped out" and just couldn't scrounge up the dinero.  Now...I wish I had just sold some of Mrs. rogueevolent's blood for plasma to get the ticket cash...dang!  And though the series opens with only the first verse, supposedly there are a total of 6 verses (stanzas) that I repeat below.



My dreams are all dead and buried.
Sometimes I wish the sun would just explode.
When god comes and calls me to his kingdom,
I'll take all ya sons of bitches when I go!
Let Her Blow!

Some how I got spinal meningitis
Injecting all that hair spray in my spine
Its a super cheap way to party
If you aim to kill some brain cells and some time
(Good luck gettin that child support check from me now)

My oldest son was born an albino
My youngest is covered in hair
The middle one says he's a homosexual
And the other seven are gone, I don't know where
(I raised them right they oughta be fine)

She run off and took our only chicken
When I broke jail the house was burnt and bare
The Japs moved the plant back to Osake
Some days life just don't seem that fair
(I don't care, some days life just don't seem that fair)

I gave all my best years to that woman
All she gave me was mouths to feed
A miracle straight from the loins of Jesus
Since Charlie blew off both my testes
(1969 Cam Ranh Bay, it was a massacre)

Get your Yankee ass off my property
Don't care if the bank gave you a deed
This farm has been ours for generations
Since we fought back those sneaky Japanese
(In the war of 1812, bring our boys home)

Thursday, April 3, 2014


   I have to admit it, I do truly like some Anime.  My initial mistake was thinking that all anime was either "Transformers" (like we used to see on cable tv in the 80s) or crap like Pokemon, Yugio, Card-Catchers, and other trip-- NOT SO!  There is some decent stuff out there; to be sure, the artistic style (the weird ass point tipped noses for example) and crude/choppy animation is not up to classic American animation, BUT...the dark themes and sci-fi motifs of many of the series is engaging.
   Without a doubt, my favorite series is COWBOY BEBOP!   I heartily recommend this 26 episode series and urge any viewers to watch it in Japanese with the English subtitles (as I would recommend watching all foreign films). 
Yoko Kanno (way cooler than Yoko Ono)
   The kick-ass opening theme "Tank" written by Yoko Kanno and performed by the "Seatbelts" is just a magnificent number. It's a groove-jam great with an extensive alto sax solo by Masato Honda.  This big-band jazz piece with a heavy latin infused hard bop is one of the best recent theme songs I've kind of modern crime-jazz retro 60s kinda music! 
   So:   "I think it's time to blow this scene. Get everybody and the stuff together. Ok, three, two, one let's jam,"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


    Seeing that I truly believe that you know more about this band than I do, O RELIOPS of melodious stench...I won't pontificate (I know that's hard to believe ;)  )

   I first became aware of this band circa 2004 or so when doing internet searches relating to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.  I have always appreciated musicians (especially rock/pop artists) who wrote music that adapted or was inspired by works of fantasy, science-fiction, and great novels.  I was pleasantly suprised that GLASS HAMMER had two albums that fit this criteria: "Journey of the Dunaden" (1993) and "Perelandra" (1995).  Although I have to this date heard neither of these albums I do recommend to one and all the novel by Lewis, "Perelandra" (the middle novel of his Deep Space Trilogy).   Using maybe for one of the first times, I purchased the "then" current disc of GH entitled "Shadowlands," which is also a reference to the writing of C.S. Lewis.

   It is a magnificent album and I post (below) my favorite track from this 2004 disc.  The vocals of Susie Bogdanowicz over/under & with the male vocalist is ethereal and beautiful...striking in that it's telling the story of a very nasty and brutish war stallion during a crucial cavalry battle.

   I of course have heard other songs by GH (via various sources) but they are notoriously reticent about letting full versions of their songs appear either on Youtube or their own site(s).  I think this is a mistake as the more their music is made readily available the more rabid fans they attract.  They are much beloved neo-prog band (3rd wave) and constantly receive rave reviews on various prog-rock sites.

   They are Eugor's:  FAVORITE ROCK/POP BAND  #  63  GLASS HAMMER

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


   Admitedly this is not one song but a medly from the album BEYOND MADNESS by AKLO.
    This is stunningly unsettling creepy music--PERFECT for reading or contemplating the Elder Ones or for listening to on your Mp3 player while conducting a walking tour of Innsmouth.

    I have known of AKLO for several years now (maybe longer) but have yet to purchase their music since it is not available from either or CD Baby (my two usual go-to sellers for audio purchases of physical media) and I am loathe to buy digital music.
   AKLO has a Facebook presence at:
   Their web-site, which is their Bandcamp page is: wherein you can choose an album and listen to some of the tunes.

Heartily recommended and given a "tendril up" by Eugor