Friday, 28 October 2011

Captain Beefheart Under Review (2006)

The film traces Beefheart's entire career and uses rare footage and contributions from numerous Beefheart associates and Magic Band members. Contributors include John French, Mark Boston, Moris Tepper, Elliot Ingber, Ira Ingber, Jerry Handley, Doug Moon, Eric Drew Feldman, Gary Marker and Gary Lucas.

"The war is a pimple on the pope's pet dragon."

Captain Beefheart: Interviews (1969-1978)

Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa (1969) Straight Press Conference UK (5m)
Captain Beefheart (1972) WMMR Philadelphia (14m10s)
Captain Beefheart (1974) KHSU Humboldt State Univesity Arcata CA interview (20m)
Captain Beefheart probably (1974) WMLN Cambridge w/ Augie and Andy Demartino (24m24s)
Captain Beefheart (1978) Houston Interview (10m15s)

Captain Beefheart: Brown Star Sessions (1972)

1 Boogler Risin' 4:29
2 Dirty Blue Gene I 2:53
3 Dirty Blue Gene II 3:41
4 Clear Spot (instrumental) 3:54
5 Harry Irene 3:00
6 Happy Blue Pumpkin 4:43
7 Kiss 2:42
8 Little Scratch 4:45
9 Your Love Brought Me To Life 3:30
10 Pompadour Swamp 6:46
11 Funeral Hill I 3:54
12 Frying Pan 3:28
13 Dual And Abdul 2:48
14 Best Batch Yet (instrumental) 2:15
15 Suzy Murder Wrist 3:41
16 I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This 2:10
17 Obenso Cinquo 3:48
18 Funeral Hill II 5:59
19 Flaming Autograph 2:57
20 Scratch My Back 1:37

Monday, 24 October 2011

Daniel Everett: The Pirahã: People Who Define Happiness Without God (2009)

Professor Daniel Everett discusses the Pirahã, the happiest people on earth at the 32nd Annual Freedom From Religion Foundation National Convention in Seattle, Wa. (November 7th, 2009)

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Daniel Everett: The Pirahã, Faith, Language & Chomsky

Daniel Everett trained as a missionary in field linguistics, in 1977 he and his family moved to Brazil to study Portuguese before moving to a Pirahã village in the Amazon lowlands so he could translate the Bible into their language and convert them to Christianity. He encountered a people who had no creation myth of their own, living only in the present with no interest in the distant past or future. People had come before with this message, not impressed by fiction the Pirahã could not understand why he and others were telling them about a person the storytellers had neither met or heard speak themselves and asked Daniel to stop speaking about this Jesus person. By 1982 Dan was having serious doubts about his belief, by 1985 he had lost his faith.

Through his study of the Pirahã language Everett began to have doubts about another of his mentors ideas. He claims Pirahã is a black swan in Noam Chomsky's theory of universal grammar, in particular universal recursion which the Pirahã seemingly do not use. Chomsky refuses to further discuss Everett's work, calling him a charlatan.

The ZIP includes three interviews with Daniel Everett from Philosophy Bites, Dr. Kiki's Science Hour and Think Atheist in which he talks about his time with the Pirahã, Language and his abandonment of religious faith.

Upcoming Documentary in 2012

Monday, 17 October 2011

Philip K. Dick: Hour 25, Interview (1976)

Hour 25 hosted by Mike Hodel
A Talk with Philip K. Dick (1976)

1) Why Science Fiction? SF is a ghetto.
Why write science fiction, was it a conscious decision? People say 'SF is a ghetto', and 'SF is the literature of ideas'; why? Science Fiction is becoming like silly putty. If it's got enough four-letter-words, then it's not SF. Talk of Harlan Ellison, Barry Malzberg, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Silverberg, Robert Heinlein, and publishers (esp. Doubleday) and publishing. How long were you writing before you sold your first story?

2) Starting out and doing research
"I started out as a really good writer under Tony Boucher's direction." How do you work, what are your working habits? "I love to write, and I'd write if they didn't pay me anything." Deus Irae (with Roger Zelazny) ... now I spend my time doing research, rather than just writing non-stop. Did seven years of research for Man in the High Castle - never wrote a sequel because reading Gestapo diaries was too awful. Discusses using the I Ching to write. Loved Sladek's parody, "Solar Shoe-salesman". "If Science Fiction is going to go down the tubes, I'll go down the tubes with it."

3) Editors and Translations
Discuss Richard Lupoff and money for novels. "Don't believe anything a fiction writer tells you." Had two good books because of two good editors; Pete Israel (Man in the High Castle) and Judy-Lynn Del Ray (A Scanner Darkly) - "probably the greatest editor since Maxwell Perkins". I wouldn't publish the German version of Man in the High Castle unless I could read it first, and they cheapened it into a cheap, adventure novel - they didn't know I could read German. Difficulties with the Japanese version. Begin discussing "A Scanner Darkly".

4) 'A Scanner Darkly' reading and silly putty world of SF
Reads from "A Scanner Darkly", a funny suicide scene. (to 3:45) - about the ultimate ironies of drug use, how far you could push the tragedies of the drug world. Discuss situations and characters; Always tries to find a victim and a master of an idea, so you end up with a bifurcated society. Science Fiction has become very much like a silly putty world.

5) Who do you like? Screenplays and Sci-Fi statement
Asked, "how do you define Science Fiction?" Who do you like in the field; Tom Disch, Barry Malzberg, Phil Farmer, Spinrad, Katherine Kurtz (does not like Bob Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, cannot comment on Ursula K. Le Guin's writing). Discusses John W. Campbell award, and first award in Fullerton. Is the bad Sci-Fi driving out the good (Gresham's Law)? Science Fiction is the novel of the idea, not all we got now. Discusses X Minus One radio show ("Colony" and "The Defenders"). Herb Jaffe, option and screenplay of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Wrote a good screenplay of Ubik. "I hope people will come into the Science Fiction field, and write Science Fiction... Science Fiction is a lot of fun to write... and flip the bird to the people who want money."

Wilhelm Reich: Alone (1952)

Wilhelm Reich  recorded these comments in his home at the Lower Cabin (now called Tamarack) at Orgonon on April 3, 1952. In this recording, he expresses the reality of his existence and his total aloneness in his work.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Michael Harner: The Way Of The Shaman/Shamanic Journey Solo & Double Drumming (1990)

Michael Harner was one of the first Westerners to participate fully in an indigenous ayahuasca ceremony in the Amazon. After drinking a large dose of the bitter hallucinogenic brew he received a spectacular vision in which he saw dragon-like creatures that came to earth fleeing something, perhaps an enemy, 'out in space' after a journey that had lasted 'aeons':

"The creatures showed me how they had created life on the planet in order to hide within the multitudinous forms and thus disguise their presence. Before me, the magnificence of the plant and animal creation and speciation - hundreds of millions of years activity - took place on a scale and with a vividness impossible to imagine. I learned that the dragon-like creatures were thus inside all forms of life, including man. They were the true masters of humanity and the entire planet, they told me. We humans were but the receptacles and servants of these creatures. For this reason they could talk to me from within myself. In retrospect one could say they were almost like DNA, although at the time, in 1961, I knew nothing of DNA."

~Text from Graham Hancock's book, Supernatural

I've included the above text here as it was one of the most striking passages in Graham's book and for it's parallel's to Francis Crick's own vision in the discovery of DNA and the echoing of the Sophia creation myth and the Archons from John Lamb Lash's interpretation of the Gnostic Texts.

Included in the ZIP below is a PDF scan of Harner's book, The Way Of The Shaman, 
and the accompanying audio disc, Shamanic Journey Solo & Double Drumming.

Terence McKenna: True Hallucinations, 1993 (Phoenix Book Store)

Live at the Phoenix Book Store
Presented by Genie Brittingham Erstad (She Who Remembers)
Broadcast by Pacifica Radio on the Roy of Hollywood Show
KPFK 90.7 fm. Los Angeles

Terence gives a talk on True Hallucinations around 1993/1994 at the time 
Harper re-issued it. After setting the scene, including a brief history of the 
genocide of the peoples of La Chorrera (the Columbian village where most of 
the book takes place) in the early part of the 20th century, he reads passages 
of the book with many an aside. There is also his usual erudite Question & 
Answer session around half-way through the talk.

Stanislav Grof: The Transpersonal Vision (1998)

In every mystical wisdom tradition, non-ordinary states of consciousness have served as essential tools for discovering why we are here and how we can live richer, more meaningful lives. For more than 40 years, Stanislav Grof has tested and brought these methods into the field of modern psychology.

Are emotional states and behavioral patterns explained solely by brain chemistry and life experience or could they be expressions of far vaster universal energies? Which specific mind states most powerfully accelerate integration and healing of the self? And how do you access these states?

On The Transpersonal Vision, Grof answers these questions and raises many others in a stunning summation of his groundbreaking life's work. You will learn about transpersonal psychology's daring forays into the worlds of the shaman and the mystic; how your perinatal (birth and prebirth) experiences profoundly affect you even today; what past-life, near-death, and out-of-body phenomena teach us about our life purpose; and much more.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Robert Cox: Alchemy & History Lectures

Robert E. Cox, devoting his life to mastering such abstruse disciplines as the Sanskrit language, the sacred Vedic texts, Pythagorean sacred number and geometry, Alexandrian Hermeticism and laboratory alchemy as well as developing a solid understanding of cutting-edge physics, including string theory, quantum mechanics, and Einstein's theory of relativity,  Robert has forged an amalgam of ancient Eastern and Western sacred philosophy with contemporary science, producing a lucid new synthesis.

Cox's study and rectification of the Vedic cycle of the ages foresees the inevitable establishment of a new Sacred Science, based on the recovery of the science and wisdom of the ancients, amalgamated with the brilliant and most far-reaching insights of contemporary science, which will come to fruition in a not-too-distant Golden Age, an advent that ancient wisdom traditions unanimously indicated will follow the dismantling, now visibly underway, of the structures of materialism, no longer supportable by life on planet earth.

John Dee: A Collection Of Works

Primus (Notes)
The Hieroglyphic Monad
The Rosie Crucian Secrets
The Practice Of Enochian Evocation

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Terence McKenna: Places I Have Been (1988)

Terence McKenna: Hermosa Beach, CA. 25th May 1988

Terence talking about Botanical Dimensions and his many travels. Botanical Dimensions is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and propagation of medicinal and shamanic plants from the tropics around the world. Of equal importance in their work is the gathering of folklore, methods and recipes concerning the traditional uses of such plants. Since the very beginning of humankind, the healing properties of the plant world have been invaluable in maintaining well-being of the body, mind and spirit. Cultures throughout the world have depended on medicinal and shamanic plants as the source of their physical cures and their spiritual guidance, yet many of these plants and their stories are now endangered or forgotten.

Richard Evans Schultes: Hallucinogenic Plants (Lecture)

Lecture given by Dr. Richard Evans Schultes on the topic of Hallucinogenic Plants, date unknown.

Dr. Schultes was often called the father of ethnobotany, the field that studies the relationship between native cultures and their use of plants. Over decades of research, mainly in Colombia's Amazon region, he documented the use of more than 2,000 medicinal plants among Indians of a dozen tribes, many of whom had never seen a white man before. "I do not believe in hostile Indians," Dr. Schultes was quoted as saying in a 1992 article about him in The New Yorker by E. J. Kahn Jr. "All that is required to bring out their gentlemanliness is reciprocal gentlemanliness."

I AM NOT MOVING - Short Film - Occupy Wall Street (2011)

Originally Uploaded by CoreyOgilvie on Oct 10, 2011

please share with everyone, including your leaders. 

This video is meant to be a warning to our leaders.


Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Mae Brussell: Charles Manson And The Crushing Of The Counter Culture (1971)

Originally aired on 13th October 1971 on the radio program, Dialogue: Conspiracy (later named - World Watchers International), this show reveals Manson as a patsy and analyzes the so-called Manson murders as a premeditated political massacre designed to destroy the social and political revolution taking place in the late '60s.

Mae hosted a radio show that ran for 17 years and 862 broadcasts.

Alex Constantine has been doing great work archiving Mae's shows at 

John Marco Allegro: Healers Of The Dead Sea (1985)

John M Allegro – Healers of the Dead Sea
Produced by CBS Television, post 1985, with Douglas Edwards.

This is the soundtrack (recorded by John Allegro from his TV to cassette) of a film made by CBS and still in existence, though not screened since the 1980s. John Allegro discusses the importance of spiritual healing to the Essenes of Qumran: how their scrolls suggest they saw themselves as heirs to the secrets of healing brought to earth by the Fallen Angels. He argues that this Essene tradition of healing lay behind the early Christian preoccupation with faith healing, exorcism and miracles, and that both sects saw healing as a way to restore the soul to God.

María Sabina: Mujer Espíritu (1978, Mexico)

An intimate portrait of the world-renowned Mazatec curandera and her extensive use of psilocybe mushrooms as a healing aid. Narrated by Maria's biographer, Alvaro Estrada; directed by Nicolas Echevarria. Hard coded English subtitles.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Mushroom Ceremony Of The Mazatec Indians Of Mexico (1957)

Maria Sabina, Recorded by R. Gordon Wasson in Huautla de Jiménez, in the Mazatec Mountains in the northern corner of the State of Oaxaca, July 21, 1956.

Folkways Records FR 8975, this is a US pressing of the impossible to find "Mushroom Ceremony Of the Mazatec Indians Of Mexico" This recording, made by Gordon Wasson in 1956, attempts to chronicle a religious ceremony involving the ingestation of psychedelic mushrooms by Indians who are attempting to communicate with the Divine Spirit.

Participants: native Mexican curandera (medicine woman) Maria Sabina, a male Mazatec indian, the Wassons and some research friends of theirs.

Note: This field recording is of substantial historical interest, both as the earliest known vinyl document of people under the influence of hallucinogens, and as part of the Wasson couples legendary forays into remote Mexican mountains on the trail of an obscure mushroom cult.

The original came out in 1957 with a blue cover, this press has the tan cover from 1966.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Charles Bukowski Reads 'Do You Use A Notebook?'

Charles Bukowski Reads 'Do You Use a Notebook?'
A Moveable Feast #3
In Our Time Arts Media, 1986
30 mins. Mono Cassette.

Bukowski reads "Do You Use a Notebook?" from his collection Dangling in the Tournefortia and talks with host Tom Vitale.

Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)

The album was essentially a 'posthumous' Mothers release having been released after Frank Zappa dissolved the band. Presumably a favorite musician of Zappa's, the versatile Ian Underwood's contributions are significant on this album. The album, like its counterpart Weasels Ripped My Flesh, comprises tracks from the Mothers vault that were not previously released. Whereas Weasels mostly showcases the Mothers in a live setting, much of Burnt Weeny Sandwich features studio work and structured Zappa compositions, like the centerpiece of the album, "Little House I Used To Live In," which consists of several movements and employs compound meters such as 11/8 with an overlaid melody in 10/8 (parts of which were recorded by the Mothers, while the middle violin solo section featuring Don "Sugarcane" Harris, was an outtake from the Hot Rats sessions). I've included an edit of Don's violin solo in the zip.

John Marco Allegro: The Dead Sea Scrolls - A Cover-Up? (1984)

John M Allegro – The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Cover-up? April 18, 1984.
Produced and broadcast by Ian Walker of Piccadilly Radio, Manchester, England.

Why, after 30 years, was John Allegro the only scholar to have published all the scroll texts allotted to him? Why were the others so reluctant to discuss differences of interpretation, or welcome the light that the scrolls shed on the origins of Christianity?

None of the four scholars interviewed (Allegro, Yadin, Benoit and Broshi) accepts the popular conspiracy theory about a deliberate cover-up. But Allegro holds that, though not amounting to suppression, he definitely experienced a go-slow, a reluctance to challenge or even debate accepted views on the uniqueness of the gospel story.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

John Marco Allegro: Jesus & Qumran - The Dead Sea Scrolls (1985)

John M Allegro: Jesus and Qumran – The Dead Sea Scrolls
A lecture given to the American Atheist Society in Ann Arbor, April 19, 1985.

John Allegro argues that the Christianity of the New Testament is a weave of many threads. It has little to do with historical circumstance, unless to recall the possible fate of the Essene Teacher of Righteousness. It has much to do with key elements of Essenism, hidden in names, titles and story motifs; and with Old Testament prophecy; and with Jewish cultic beliefs and practices which go back to ancient fertility religions. All these are woven with Hellenistic mystery cults and myths into the Pauline theology of Christos.

Aleister Crowley: The Equinox Vol. 1 Numbers 1-10

The Equinox, also called The Review of Scientific Illuminism, has become the standard for English language esotericism, aptly termed the "Encyclopedia of Initiation" by its principal editor and contributor, Aleister Crowley. The remarkable variety, depth, and utility of its contents encompass Qabalah, tarot, yoga, and the essential papers of Crowley's teaching order, A. A. The new edition is supplemented by Crowley's serialized biography along with excerpts from his many diaries, an overview of the Golden Dawn System, a book-length special section of the Qabalistic dictionary Sepher Sephiroth, fiction, poetry, book reviews, and extracts from The Vision and the Voice and The Rites of Eleusis as well as important works by other noted authors such as The Key of the Mysteries by Eliphas Levi. Crowley's extensive annotations from his personal copies have been collected at the end of the set, along with biographies of the contributors. Begun in 1909, it remains one of the definitive works on occultism and magik.

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) combined scholarly rigor with a sense of humor and great literary ability to become the most widely read author in 20th-century occultism. He single-handedly redefined magick as a field of inquiry and endeavor through his books and the orders that he led--the A.A. and the O.T.O. In the 2002 BBC Great Britons poll in which over one million people voted, Crowley ranked 73 among the hundred most influential Britons of all time.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Dr. Dee: An English Opera

Looking forward to this. You can hear Albarn speaking about the project here.

Voynich Manuscript: The Book That Can't Be Read

National Geographic documentary exploring the origins and some of the possible authors of the Voynich Manuscript, these include a young Leonardo da Vinci, Roger "Dr. Mirabilis" Bacon and Edward Kelly.
Near the end of the 45 minutes, after carbon dating the parchment to between 1404-1438 they inform us that it couldn't have been any of these people and ends where a useful documentary would start.