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Eternia Stroganoff With a Side of Sorcery Sauce

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 28, 2018 06:56pm | Post a Comment

He-man and Stinkor

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

It was just recently that my friend Beerwolf went on a He-Man hoarding mission, and, strangely enough, Evil-Lynat that same time many miles away, I too was on a similar mission, staying up foolishly beyond the witching hour reading the back stories of Zodac, Stinkor, and Man-E-Faces till my eyeballs were melting from my head. Was there some diabolical scientist zapping test beams down on us from a secret Russian space station for us to have parallel thoughts of these 1980's super-sword dude cartoons entering our brains? Why is there now a Orko toy on my dresser, starring at me every morning? Why do we keep seeking out rad junk to stuff in our garages!? Why me? (Also, great Question Mark & the Mysterians song.)

I believe it was soon after this semi-spiritual Grayskull awakening (or Soviet Satellite Mind-Seed) that Beerwolf gave birth to his new band, The Kommies. This birth, was much like that of when Zeus had his head split open and the goddess Athena jumped out of it in full armor...totally awesome. Listen to this music worthy of those Gods up in Olympus that wear Chuck Taylors with holes in the soles.



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Gill-Men Gone Wild

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 28, 2018 06:18pm | Post a Comment

Island of the Fishmen

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish."
-- Lucas, Captain of the tramp-steamer Rita, in The Creature From the Black Lagoon

So, did the Shape of Water get you all Gilly for more frustrated Fish Dude movies? In 1987, when I was The Amazonjust a young lad of 14, there was only one thing I saved all my allowance for -- a Nintendo Entertainment System. And it was for one game only -- Pro Wrestling. I would become a master of playing Starman, however there was only one enemy I always feared to square off with -- The Amazon (with his famous Piranha Bite and Outlaw Choke). I've been a fan of angry Fish Guys ever since. Well, maybe being a Pisces helps too.

Gill-man characters have been around for quite some time, but The Creature From The Black Lagoon was probably everyone's first favorite fish-man monster from the Devonian period. "What happened to the Universal Gill-Man after the Creature trilogy?" you have often pondered while scooping clams at a 99 Ranch Market. Well, some of you may remember Uncle Gilbert visiting The Munsters family. Herman says Gilbert's wealth was mostly attributed to salvaging lost treasures in the seas.The Munsters, Uncle Gilbert

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Murder on the Oriental Rock n' Roll Express

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 31, 2017 05:58pm | Post a Comment

Orient Express

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"His breakfast was his Amber Moon. He never rose until it had had its full effect."
- Mr. Beddoes, Butler of Samuel Ratchett, in Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

First, what is an Amber Moon you ask? To make this morning cocktail, crack an egg in a highball glass Murder on the Orient Express(with the yolk unbroken), add two shots of whiskey and a few dashes of Tabasco, then send it down the hatch! Of the many movies that hit the big screen in 2017 (The Shape of Water was my favorite), the one major stink-bomb let down for me was Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express...not only because this egg drop cocktail was not featured, but because, let's face it, David Suchet is the only actor that should ever play Hercule Poirot (and Kenneth's mustache was more awful then the bread rolls at Tommy's Joynt). Regardless of how Hollywood murdered Murder on the Orient Express, Johnny Depp's acting as Samuel Ratchett was totally superb and I truly Murder on the Orient Expresshave not liked a Johnny Depp movie since The Ninth Gate. His character was the diamond in the rough of the cast.

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Music for Wandering and Pondering

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2017 05:39pm | Post a Comment

The wandering fool

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.”
- J.R.R.Tolkien

One must ponder what Dion DiMucci thought when he first heard his second masterpiece, "The Wanderer," covered superiorly by the psychedelic Chilean group Los Mac's. In my noodle, I picture the band of young lads coming down the hill after band practice in one those funicular railcars in Valparaíso, with creative glows on their faces for the American hit song that they transformed and truly took seven dimensions further into the weirdo zone than Dion could have ever dreamed at the time.



Tsegue-Maryam GuebrouWhen you put a Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou record on the phonograph, you are instantly whisked away to another land, with warm winds in your hair and your feet twinkling in the Danakil Desert sand. The reclusive Ethiopian nun is little known for her beautiful piano melodies. Once only available on the Éthiopiques Vol 21 CD [also see The Very Best Of Éthiopiques: Cult Hits from the Original Series, - Ed.], you can now get her dreamy Erik Satie-ish compositions on vinyl, recently put out by Mississippi Records...up in Portland...home to Mary's Club, where I once ate a dozen delicious lil' smokies in barbecue sauce for $3 while watching a tantalizing seductress dance to the song "Ocean" from the The Velvet Underground. If Tsegue was there, she would have had "Nun" of that!

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Sophisticated Monster Muu-zak and Buried Horror Films to Howl For

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 29, 2017 05:26pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Close you eyes and picture in your mind that Gomez and Morticia Addams are throwing a party. One can not imagine them playing Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Rap" or Elvira's "2 Big Pumpkins." I see Lurch pulling the cobwebs off their record collection and tossing the needle on such classics as The Zanies' "Russian Roulette," Ken Nordine and his Kinsmen's "Strollin Spooks," and of course all five of the amazing Frankie Stein and the Ghouls records.







If you find yourself humming the theme to Experiment in Terror every time you cross the Emperor Norton bridge late at night or cruising up to Twin Peaks for a super burrito at Taqueria Miraloma, then this is the truly the Hallow's eve music for you. The 1960's was the golden ghoul era of Monster music and here are a just a few LPs and 45s to keep your eyes peeled for...not to mention a couple spooky flicks.

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