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Lemon Demon – Spirit Phone: Glittery Chills Done Effectively

by Anthony Wetmore (GhostConch, @TheMisterPipes)

Lemon Demon, or Neil Cicierega is a name you might be familiar with. Known best for internet musical confections such as Brody Quest, and perhaps more so for Potter Puppet Pals also sets out to nail down his own weird corner of the glittery strange subsection of nerdy electro-pop rock. His latest album, Spirit Phone, taps into the nerd territory of catchy-hooks and deranged subject matter ala They Might Be Giants with the slick, glassy production and synth driven melodies of Joe Jackson. The subject matter is perfectly delicious for any aficionado of the stranger side of life, ghosts, aliens, general uneasiness, even protecting your grandfather from the woes of modern technology. 

Over the span of this album we are privy to a wide swath of weirdos and oddities. Cabinet Man gives us a glimpse into the tragedy of a man between two worlds, life as video game and the eventual dissolution of the Arcade era. Sweet Bod unfurls a twisted view from a well intended party bent on a rather unorthodox fetishization of a dead body, reassuring us ‘it’s not sexual, it’s confectional…’  Spiral of Ants paints a beautifully eerie meditation on ant death circles and in doing so also provides a meta-meditation on what it means to be alive, if anything at all.

I could go on and on about the merits of this project and delve into the deeper and not so deep implications found on Spirit Phone, but it’s probably just better if you pick it up and listen. 

Spirit Phone is out now and can be purchased here: https://lemondemon.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-phone

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Half-awake Track Review No One Needs

by Anthony Wetmore
(GhostConch, @TheMisterPipes)

Do you ever just wake up in the middle of the night almost all
the way but not quite enough to get hit with the hard facts of your general
known reality? Of course you do. Rarely do you remember the contents of those
small moments in the darkness where you may finally figure out how to put
together that over-complicated furniture, rework the last few pages of your
certainly award-worthy book, or perhaps where you left your retainer in fourth
grade. I’m rambling, but you understand what I am saying.

Early this morning for no
reason at all the song “Foxtrot
Uniform Charlie Kilo”
 from
the barely remembered Bloodhound
Gang 
was
rolling around in my head, and with it, an epiphany of small scale struck me.

With it’s quick and brightly colored beat and seemingly stream
of consciousness flow of nonsense words, the song is fairly innocuous on the
surface. Just under that shiny surface we are privy to an array of fun and
amusing word-pairings that are not traditionally innuendo turned on it’s ear to
a suggestion of bluer intent. Each pairing more ridiculous and perhaps more
obvious than the last paints a broad picture of what else but sex.

A few noted examples:

“Batter dip the cranny ax
In the gut locker”

“Marinate the nether rod
In the squish mitten”

Of course it goes on from there with more abstract imagery for
intercourse and the culmination of the intentions with the catchy and
not-so-subtle hook found in the songs title. Foxtrot, uniform, charlie, kilo
(F.U.C.K. for those uninitiated.) not only gives us the genesis of the song,
but also another double entendre in it’s use of the coded alphabet suited
usually to military purposes. That in itself seemed superiorly (not a word)
profound to the very half awake mind I inhabited at the time.  

Jimmy Pop you brilliant sonofabitch, get out of my
half-made consciousness and stay out. I do not know if we learned anything at
all here today, perhaps that wasn’t the point of this, maybe it’s more along
the lines of strange memory and my general interest in the way we use words to
form ideas and opinions as well as playing with the sounds and colors of
meaning to define, deal with, or effect the world around us. I should probably
stop carrying on now, I don’t want to beat around the bush. (See what I did
there?)

You can listen to the song above and see if you agree with what I’ve found in the between world of sleep and wakefulness considering this dumb song about fucking.

Hefty Fine, the album the song is featured on came out ten years ago and no one cares any more, find it on amazon? Don’t? 

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Welcome to Bizarre States

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Do you have an affinity for the weird, deranged or just plain eerie? This may be the podcast for you. Headed by Nerdist’s own Jessica Chobot [@JessicaChobot] (Nerdist News, IGN, Battle Bots) and Andrew Bowser [@andrewbowser] (Homicide: Life on the Street, The Mother of Invention, Director), Bizarre States formerly Spoooky Shit delves into topics those fearful dare not tread. 

Have you ever considered the benefits of Astral Projection? Felt a bump in the night? Have you ever woken up in the darkness of your bedroom, unable to move, but very certain you were being watched? Have you ever had your palm read? All of these and more come from the daring pair as they talk to guests from all walks of terror. Video game developers, UFOlogists, Paranormal Investigators and even “Readers Stories” from curious enthusiasts like you. 

Drawing on their collective knowledge and curiosity, as well as tangents that border on unrelated topics, however still engaging, this podcasts from the Nerdist camp is sure to delight all, from the deadicated horror fan to the surely doomed horror virgin. 

Bizarre States takes an honest look at all things strange, while maintaining a tongue in cheek playful tone between the two hosts and various guests from all walks of life, afterlife and beyond. Have a listen below to get a taste of what is to come and enjoy something just slightly left of Coast to Coast.

Episode suggestions:

 Ep. 37 – Ashley Troub (Ghost Hunters) – http://bit.ly/1IFu7UX

Ep. 11 – Barbara Crampton (Reanimator, You’re Next) – http://bit.ly/1G3u7YJ

[Photo courtesy of Nerdist: www.nerdist.com]