Monday, October 31, 2005

Drums Part Two

Buddy Rich vs. Animal (for Zades)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Halloween Bonus: Dracula's Greatest Hits

Warning! This is a Horrible Record!...according to the cover at least. In reality its not half bad, certainly more listenable than the Shaggs or a Mick Jagger solo album, in fact, if you think you'd enjoy a bad Bela Lugosi imitator singing 'pun-tastic' lyrics over generic 60s rock n' roll, then this is the download for you. At least dig the fantastic Jack Davis cover! Thanks to Mr. Limbo for turning me on to this.

Dracula's Greatest Hits


Thursday, October 27, 2005

I Put A Spell On You

verdantBLOG mix #4: 'I Put A Spell On You'

I Put A Spell On You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Under Your Spell Again by Buck Owens
Witchcraft by Gabor Szabo
Logon Rock Witch by Aphex Twin
Live at the Witch Trials by the Fall
Season of the Witch by the Aliens
Betty Boom-Little Monster-Doggie and Peggie at the Witches Castle by The (St. Thomas) Pepper Smelter
Witches Song: I Am Your Pussy by Gong
Witches Hat by the Incredible String Band
Bewitched by the Wedding Present
Spellbound by Siouxsie & the Banshees
Witches Meeting by Dies Irae (courtesy 8 Days in April, a blog you must read)
You Must Be a Witch by the Lollipop Shoppe
Crimson Witch by the Moving Sidewalks
Witching Hour by Venom
Season of the Witch by Vanilla Fudge
I Put A Spell On You by Arthur Brown

Part One
Part Two


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Witches Part Two

Sorcerers' spells and voodoo hexes are dismissed as hocus-pocus in much of the world, but in Zimbabwe a juju curse is considered a plausible danger.

A suburban Harare, Zimbabwe, prostitute was recently accused of magically stealing her client's penis and testicles after he failed to pay her $1.60 fornication fee, notes the Nov. 15 Herald Reporter. The married man excused himself after intercourse with her to use an outdoor toilet, but he never returned.

The next morning, the swindler entered another public lavatory at the Mbare Musica bus station, where he discovered that his sex organs had vanished! Dismayed by this dislocation, he began screaming and running around the crowded terminal, clutching his smooth crotch. Police officers dragged him to the local station, where he related his sad tale and displayed his empty groin as proof.

The vengeful hooker was summarily ushered in to explain the genitalia absence. She informed her interrogators that the lost apparatus would be returned the following day if the man apologized for his behavior and paid her for the sexual services that he had received, plus interest. Contritely, the man obeyed.

The next morning he joyously returned to the constabulary to confirm to the curious and concerned police that he had indeed woken up fully intact.

Belief in Zimbabwe black magic extends to all races, suggests an article in the Nov. 7 Africa News. Richard Wolton, a white farmer, hired seven n'angas (traditional healers) to banish from his property any witches who might be mysteriously killing his farm workers. The n'angas located an abundance of ominous objects that they claimed were used in nocturnal witchcraft activities. The confiscated juju junk included owls, snakes, goblins and a human penis.

Was the latter from another john who dared to stiff a prostitute?


Monday, October 24, 2005

Witches Part One

What evil spirit have you familiarity with?
Have you made no contract with the devil?
Why do you hurt these children?
I do not hurt them. I scorn it.
Who do you imploy then to do it?
I imploy no body.
What creature do you imploy then?
No creature. I am falsely accused.

Dialogue based on the examination of Sarah Good by Judges Hathorne and Corwin,
from The Salem Witchcraft Papers, Book II, p.355. More here.

Friday, October 21, 2005

I Walked With a Zombie

verdantBLOG mix number three: "I Walked With a Zombie"

I Walked With a Zombie by Roky Erickson
Saturday Night in the City of the Dead by Ultravox
Zombie Limbo Time by Beat Happening
Voodoo Idol by the Cramps
Surf Monster by Gene Moss
Zombie Compromise by Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
Look Out, There's a Monster Coming by the Bonzo Dog Band
(I Married A) Monster From Outer Space by John Cooper Clarke
The Living Dead by Julian Cope
Big Zombie by the Mekons
Zombie Zones by Dennis Bovell
Astro Zombies by the Misfits
Monster by the Brian Jonestown Massacre
Plague of Zombies by Scientist
Beautiful Monster by the Comsat Angels
Monster a Go Go by High Rise
Zombies by Magma
Monsters by Nervous Gender
Zyclon B Zombie by Throbbing Gristle
Zombi by Goblin

Part One
Part Two


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Zombies Part One

The zombie in front of her, wearing the tattered remains of white sequined wedding dress, clamped onto her non-stone arm leaving painful furrows in the tender flesh. She immediately shifted the injured arm to stone, healing away the abrasions as if they’d never been. Then, using her free stone arm she lopped off the zombie bride’s head and send it rolling—wedding veil and all.

If she could remove most of the heads, they’d be forced to grope around.

Before she could take down more than two of the zombies in front of her, a shotgun blast sounded next to her causing her to jump. She whipped her head to the side in time to see the zombie to her right explode, or at least the head. She sheltered her face against the spray of bone and rotted flesh and then turned to see where the gunshot originated.

There on the porch stood Logan McAllister, his feet comfortably set apart, a pump-action shotgun cradled against his right shoulder like a familiar lover. As she watched, fascinated, he squeezed off another shot and pumped the shotgun, ejecting a spent shell. Then he fed another cartridge of double aught buckshot into the chamber. He looked like a man who knew how to use a firearm.

“Damn! Why couldn’t he stay in the house?” she asked the nearest zombie, a nearly six-footer who resembled a Jack-o-lantern in that every other tooth was missing. In answer, it squeezed its rotted hands around her neck, an ever tightening vice that threatened to snap her spine. Without conscious thought, stone rippled along her neck, thwarting Jack’s efforts to choke the life from her. She reached around to grab both of Jack’s shoulders and ripped his arms from their sockets. Jack grunted, but the hands stubbornly refused to release her neck, so she left the arms hanging down like lumpy long necklaces.
“Don’t you know when to give up?”

From Triskelion Publishing

Ghosts Part Two

2. Always bring at least one friend with you. You want to be able to substantiate your claims, and having another witness is the best way. Also, when you investigate, you may find yourself in hazardous and potentially dangerous areas. If you should fall and injure yourself, you are going to need someone to help you. Be sure to tell an outside person, not involved in the investigation, where you will be and when to expect you back. I don’t recommend a hunt lasting anymore than a few hours. Usually if you are going to get any substantial information it will have occurred during that period. Plus, you can always try to extend the amount of days you will investigate. Occasionally the opportunity to investigate over night will arise. Make sure to adjust your contact information accordingly.

3. This is the most basic of equipment you will need:
Flashlights- bring more flashlights than there are people.
Batteries- for every electronic device you will use that requires batteries, you must bring roughly double the amount needed.
Portable audio recorder- Bring a pack of audio tapes. Have an external microphone,(internals tape noise of device recording.)
Camera- You don’t need an expensive camera, a simple throw away indoor/outdoor with flash will work fine. Digital cameras are ok to use, and will conveniently allow immediate transfer of photos into your computer. But, from my personal experience a simple camera will work just fine.
Video camera- Not a necessity, but a useful tool indeed. You may like to have a tripod, if there is a particular area you would like to focus on.

This is all the electronic equipment you should need to conduct a basic ghost hunt. You really don’t need to have a EMF gauge, or infrared film, or any of the other high-tech gadgets the pro’s use. Remember, we are approaching this from the beginners side of the fence. As you advance in your investigating skills, you may like to purchase such devices. I suggest bringing extra batteries and such because it is often noted how electronic equipment will stop working, misfunction, or batteries might die during investigations. Supposedly ghosts can suck the life out of even the best of batteries. You do not want to be stuck in the dark without a working flashlight. ON the non-electronic side, DO NOT forget notebooks and pens to record all data you receive.

4. If you haven’t chosen a location yet, here are some tips that might lead you in the right direction. According to popular belief, old schools, churches, cemeteries, hotels/Inns/houses/Building, battle sites, and penitentiaries make good starting points. Most of these places will require permission be granted to investigate them. But, maybe it’s your own house that you suspect is haunted, or your friends. These are also very good starting points. Try to find a place that will cause the least disruption with your presence, And one that is the easiest to investigate without compromising your investigation.

From Shadow's Ghostly Gathering

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

There's a Ghost in My House

vergantBLOG mix number two: 'There's a Ghost in My House'

Disc One:

There's a Ghost in My House by R Dean Taylor
Ghosts by the Jam
These Are the Ghosts by A Band of Bees
Ghost Dance by Prince Buster
Spooky by the Gravedigger V
The Phantom by Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
Ghost on the Highway by the Gun Club
Ghost Dance by Patti Smith
Ghosts of American Astronauts by the Mekons
The Ghost by the Donner Party
Ghost by Neutral Milk Hotel
Banshee Beat by the Animal Collective
Sarah the Sad Spirit by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Old Ghostrider by the Triffids
Ghost by Dulcimer
All the Ghosts by the Radar Bros
Ghost Riders in the Sky by Davie Allan & the Arrows
Joe McCarthy's Ghost by the Minutemen
Ghost in the Lighthouse by Gashuffer
The Host The Ghost The Most Holy by Captain Beefheart
Ghoul Days by Gene Moss

Part One
Part Two


Disc Two:

There's a Ghost in My House (live-uh) by the Fall
Hector vs Spectre by the Hector Collectors
Haunted Island by Agitation Free
Future Ghosts by Chrome
Ghost Rider by Suicide
Haunted Heart by Sun Ra & the Nu Sounds
Spooky by Money Mark
New Year's Eve in a Haunted House by Raymond Scott
(not Raymond Carver like I had it as far as I know Carver never recorded any music, although if he did, it would consist of one note and be very very sad)
Haunted Feelings by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Ghost of Frankenstein by Scientist
Ghostwork by 13+God
Ghosts by Japan
Ghosts on Water by John Foxx
Puerto Rican Ghost by Mars
Ghost Town (You Can't Sit Down) by the Skatalites
Ghost Wanted by Carl Stalling
The Banshee by Henry Cowell
Look a Ghost by Unwound
The Ghoul by Pentagram

Part One
Part Two


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Ghosts Part One

What is a ghost?

A ghost is a disembodied spirit of a once living person that hasn't quite made the transition from this world to the next usually due to an untimely death such as murder, suicide or an accident.

What is a poltergeist?

Poltergeist is a German word meaning "noisy ghost". Poltergeist phenomena is often associated with the movements of objects, strange sounds and even pyrokinetic activity (fire starting). The phenomena, however, is not usually caused by ghosts, but the psychokineic or PK ability of adolescents going through their puberty stage in life. Their own subconscious or unconscious mind causes a "mental temper tantrum" that effects physical objects and teleports them across an area through what is commonly called "mind over matter."

What is a haunting?

A haunting is an event that happens over and over again for a period of weeks, months or years. Most hauntings are Residual in nature and usually depict an event or even a death scenario of a person.


Fattening Frogs for Snakes

verdantBLOG mix number one: Fattening Frogs for Snakes


Frogs, Laos by Rober Millis
Meditation of the Snake by Steve Hillage
Muzak for Frogs by Dave Ball & Genesis P Orridge
Snake Rap by the Snakes
Snake Eyes by Main Source
Collision with a Frogman by the Swell Maps
A Serious of Snakes by aMiniature
Peace Frog by Saccharrine Trust
Swamp Snake by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Rattlesnake by the Replacements
Frogamore by the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies
Snake Drive by RL Burnside (RIP)
Miss Froggie by Warren Smith
The Snake by Al Wilson
Frog Giggin' by Mofro
The Snake by the Pink Fairies
/o/ for Frog by the Tape-beatles
Snake Charmer/Radio Nepal IV by Rober Millis
Fattening Frogs for Snakes by Sonny Boy Williamson

Part One
Part Two


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Snakes Part Three

1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Snake Rap by the Snakes

The Snake by the Pink Fairies

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Frogs Part Four

* In 1873, Scientific American reported that Kansas City, Missouri was blanketed with frogs that dropped from the sky during a storm.

* Minneapolis, Minnesota was pelted with frogs and toads in July, 1901. A news item stated: "When the storm was at its highest... there appeared as if descending directly from the sky a huge green mass. Then followed a peculiar patter, unlike that of rain or hail. When the storm abated the people found, three inches deep and covering an area of more than four blocks, a collection of a most striking variety of frogs... so thick in some places [that] travel was impossible."

* The citizens of Naphlion, a city in southern Greece, were surprised one morning in May, 1981, when they awoke to find small green frogs falling from the sky. Weighing just a few ounces each, the frogs landed in trees and plopped into the streets. The Greek Meteorological Institute surmised they were picked up by a strong wind. It must have been a very strong wind. The species of frog was native to North Africa!

* In 1995, reports Fortean Times Online, Nellie Straw of Sheffield, England, was driving through Scotland on holiday with her family when they encountered a severe storm. Along with the heavy rain, however, hundreds of frogs suddenly pelted her car.

Frog Giggin' by Mofro
/o/ for frog by the Tape-beatles

Monday, October 10, 2005

Snakes Part Two

"MIAMI - The alligator has some foreign competition at the top of the Everglades food chain, and the results of the struggle are horror-movie messy.

A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said.

The incident has heightened biologists’ fears that the nonnative snakes could threaten a host of other animal species in the Everglades.

“It means nothing in the Everglades is safe from pythons, a top-down predator,” said Frank Mazzotti, a University of Florida wildlife professor.

Over the years, many pythons have been abandoned in the Everglades by pet owners.

The gory evidence of the latest gator-python encounter — the fourth documented in the past three years — was discovered and photographed last week by a helicopter pilot and wildlife researcher.

The snake was found with the gator’s hindquarters protruding from its midsection. Mazzotti said the alligator may have clawed at the python’s stomach as the snake tried to digest it.

In previous incidents, the alligator won or the battle was an apparent draw.

“There had been some hope that alligators can control Burmese pythons,” Mazzotti said. “This indicates to me it’s going to be an even draw. Sometimes alligators are going to win and sometimes the python will win.”

It is unknown how many pythons are competing with the thousands of alligators in the Everglades, but at least 150 have been captured in the past two years, said Joe Wasilewski, a wildlife biologist and crocodile tracker.

Pythons could threaten many smaller species that conservationists are trying to protect, including other reptiles, otters, squirrels, woodstorks and sparrows, Mazzotti said.

Wasilewski said a 10- or 20-foot python also could pose a risk to an unwary human, especially a child. He added, however, “I don’t think this is an imminent threat. This is not a ‘Be afraid, be very afraid’ situation.”

A Serious of Snakes by aMiniature

Snake Eyes by Main Source

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Frogs Part Three

"SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has ordered officials to study whether 66 common agricultural pesticides are harming a red-legged frog believed to have inspired a short story by Mark Twain.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled last month that the Environmental Protection Agency must consult with biologists to determine whether, as environmentalists allege, the pesticides are harming the frog.

The California red-legged frog was listed as a threatened species in 1996 and has lost about 70 percent of its numbers. It gained fame in Twain's tale The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

The EPA said it was reviewing its options.

White ordered the government and the Center for Biological Diversity, which brought the suit, to agree to a time when the studies should be complete."

Collision with a Frogman... by the Swell Maps

Frogs, Laos by Rober Millis

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Snakes Part One

"The Mulga snake has the largest recorded venom output of any snake. It is found throughout Australia, except in Victoria, Tasmania and the most southern parts of Western Australia. The name "King Brown" snake may lead to confusion and to the incorrect use of brown snake antivenom, and is therefore best avoided. It feeds on rats, mice birds, lizards and other snakes. It is frequently active at night, especially in hot weather. It is heavily built, being in fact the heaviest Australian venomous snake. The body is uniform in colour, usually light brown, but there is some variation between individuals. The average length is around 1.5m, and the record length greater than 3m. Mulga snakes are oviparous (egg-laying). They may become aggressive and strike repeatedly if threatened."

The Snake by Al Wilson

>Meditation of the Snake by Steve Hillage

Frogs Part Two

"Among the casualties of the current human-induced mass extinction event are the two species of Gastric Brooding Frog from the rainforest of Queensland, Australia: the Northern Gastric Brooding Frog (Rheobatrachus vitellinus) and the Gastric Brooding Frog (Rheobatrachus silus). These two recently discovered species [R. silus was discovered in 1972; R. vitellinus 1984] are presumed extinct as R. silus was last seen in the wild in September 1981 and R. vitellinus was last seen in March 1985.

Gastric Brooding Frogs are notable for their reproductive habits. The female swallows her clutch of eggs and the tadpoles hatch in her stomach. The tadpoles secrete chemicals that cause the female to cease feeding and switch off the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach wall. The young are birthed through the mother's mouth once fully developed as froglets. After leaving the mother's mouth, the young frogs are independent. Scientists have been interested in these species' ability to shut down the secretion of digestive acids the implications of which could have an important bearing in the treatment of people who suffer from gastric ulcers."

Muzak for Frogs by Dave Ball & Genesis P Orridge

Miss Froggie by Warren Smith

Friday, October 07, 2005

God Part One

Nabil Shaath says: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'"

God Moves on the Water by Blind Willie Johnson

From Now On, This Will Be Your God by Age of Chance

Monkeys Part One

The red-handed howler monkey has a prehensile tail without hair on the bottom side, which is used for grasping during locomotion and feeding. The upper molars have sharp shearing crests which are used in grinding leaves. The hyoid bone is modified for the production of the howling calls indicative of members of this genera; this bone is larger in males than in females. This species is sexually dimorphic in terms of size (Fleagle, 1988).

The red-handed howler monkey is found in Northern Brazil. This species lives in seasonal semideciduous and wet evergreen areas.

The red-handed howler monkey consumes new leaves and fruit as the main part of the diet. Flowers and insects are also sometimes eaten. This species, along with other members of its genera, have large salivary glands that help to break down the tannins in the leaves before they reach the gut (Milton, 1987). This is a diurnal species. The mean group size for this species is about 20 individuals. Both males and females disperse from natal groups in this species.

The red-handed howler monkey moves slowly through the forest using a quadrupedal mode of locomotion (Fleagle, 1988). This species uses its tail to suspend from branches while feeding (Fleagle, 1988).

Junkies, Monkeys and Donkeys by Jericho Jones

Born With Monkey Asses by MC 900 FT Jesus

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Drums Part One

"The drum has been used for healing purposes throughout the world for thousands of years, in tribal societies with their shamanic traditions to communicate with the spirit world, as well as a tool for social integration and to restore harmony. According to West-African wisdom teachings, emotional disturbance manifests as an irregular rhythm that blocks the vital physical energy flow. As regular even rhythms are regarded as a sign of health, these rhythms can heal the person by touching him or her in an immediate and powerful way, removing blockages and releasing tension. Thus dance and drumming serve as preventive remedies, and they help people to become more aware and balanced. According to Layne Redmond, author of When Drummers Were Women, "The frame drum have been used for thousands of years in the act of worship in the Mediterranean world. Ancient sources say that the frame drum was not just a powerful symbol of spiritual presence, it was an important tool for many spiritual experiences."

According to current medical research, stress is a cause of 98% of all disease. Not only heart attacks, strokes, immune system breakdowns, but every disease known, with the exception of two viruses, has now been linked to stress. Recent biofeedback studies show that drumming along with our own heartbeats for 15 minutes alters brainwave patterns (increasing alpha) and dramatically reduces stress. So drumming actually "meditates" us! "

Give the Drummer Some by Can

Droppin Rhymes on Drums by Def Jef

Teeth Part One

"Let's take a tour of your teeth. Look in the mirror at your own teeth or check out a friend's smile. The part of the tooth you can see above the gum (your gums are the pink, fleshy part beneath your teeth) is called the crown. The crown of each tooth is covered with enamel (say: ih-nah-mul), which is very hard and often shiny. Enamel is a very tough substance and it acts as a tooth's personal bodyguard. Enamel works as a barrier, protecting the inside parts of the tooth.

If you were able to peel away the enamel, you would find dentin (say: den-tin). Dentin makes up the largest part of the tooth and is similar to bone. Although it is not as tough as enamel, it is also very hard.

Dentin protects the innermost part of the tooth, called the pulp. The pulp is where each tooth's nerve endings are found. When you eat very hot soup, suck on a super-cold popsicle, or fall and hurt your teeth, it's your pulp that hurts. The nerve endings inside the pulp send messages to the brain about what's going on, like "That Popsicle is too cold!" The pulp also contains the tooth's blood vessels, which feed the tooth and keep it alive and healthy.

Both the dentin and the pulp go all the way down into the root of the tooth, which is under the gum. Cementum (say: sih-men-tum), which is like your body's glue, holds the root of each tooth to your jawbone."

Blue Starch Acid for Baby's New Tooth by the Donner Party

Your Teeth in My Neck by Scientist

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Police Part One

"Authorities have confiscated more than 100 motorcycles in Ho Chi Minh City for racing and reckless riding as Vietnam tries to improve traffic safety, police said on Tuesday. The bikes were seized over the weekend and will be held for 30 days and returned to the owners after they pay fines, an officer said on condition of anonymity. The drivers weren't detained.

Meanwhile, police in the capital, Hanoi briefly detained 10 people for illegal motorbike racing on Sunday, state-controlled media reported. Illegal motorbike racing has begun resurfacing in recent months after a police crackdown. Illegal racers face up to 15 years in jail while organizers of such events could be imprisoned for life.

Motorbikes are Vietnam's predominant mode of transportation, and accidents are a major cause of deaths and injuries. Traffic accidents killed 12,000 people nationwide last year. The government says it has made improving traffic safety a top priority, and that it has increased the number of police to enforce often-ignored basic laws."

Great Cop by Fugazi

Policeman's Ball by Spirit

Frogs Part One

"Toads often have puffy looking pockets called paratoid glands located behind the ear that squirt poison at potential predators. So, if you've ever hear a dog "scream" after picking up an American Toad, now you know what happened!

Although frogs have poisonous skin glands, these toxins do not usually protect them from predatory mammals, birds, and snakes. Edible anurans have to rely on more than just poison glands which tend to work too late (i.e. after the predator has it in his mouth!)"

Frogmore by the Chickasaw Mud Puppies

Peace Frog by Saccharine Trust

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