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General Kim, The Kidnapped Lovers & the Pulgasari

Pulgasari is a bizarre and outlandish story of a tiny figure made from rice brought to life by the blood of a blacksmith’s daughter. The tiny monster awakens to a hunger that only grows as it continues to consume iron. Eventually the monster even leads the villagers to revolt against the tyrant who has been forcing them to give them their iron for creation of implements of war. Once the tyrant is out of the way, however, Pulgasari proves as much or more of a threat, also demanding increasing amounts of iron from the poor villagers. As wild and strange as the story of the movie is, what’s far odder is the true life story of the South Korean director and actress kidnapped to help make it and the Japanese studio who made Godzilla even being tricked into becoming unwitting conscripts in North Korea’s film propaganda war. This is the story of Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun Hee, General Kim & the creation of the Pulgasari movie.

Surrogate Prey (Filipino sludge/doom/stoner rock music review)

What exactly are Surrogate Prey? Well, according to biochemistry, biology and ecology research journals it’s equivalent to, for instance, lions being forced to hunt cattle in place of wildebeests. Apparently, the surrogate predator/surrogate prey relationship can be transformative as well. This kind of “in the wild alchemy” is capable of causing scorpions to adapt their venom when exposed to atypical predators.
Now, in its own right, you’ve got to admit, that’s pretty metal, but not nearly as metal as the Surrogate Prey I was lucky enough to meet this last weekend at Catch 272 in Quezon City.

Scientifically speaking, the environment and its make-up are vitally important to the behavior of ecology. I haven’t yet figured out what it is, but there’s something. Something present and silently lurking in the dark like a kapre in the depths of the jungle. This spirit, whether engkanto or demonyo, perhaps is responsible for playing the part of dark muse to the likes of Q.C.’s own transgressive art legend Manuel Ocampo and many a metal musician haunting the area, of which Surrogate Prey are a stellar example.

Surrogate Prey have recently released their first full-length album this year. Titled Wisdom to Scramble Your Brains Lysergik, the album follows a 2004 demo single and a 2011 demo, Antimatter Invocation. After this, an album split between our Surrogates and fellow Filipino metalmeisters Death After Birth was released. The split EP Burning Water, from 2015, was SP’s last studio outing before their official, full-length debut this year.

Finish reading this review at New Noise magazine.

Interview with Artist & Singer/songwriter Marianne Nowottny

I was honored to get a chance to speak to the multi-talented Marianne Nowottny. Marianne debuted at the Knitting Factory at 16 and has performed with the likes of Genesis P-Orridge, Mark Dagley, poet Barry Schwabsky and others. Her work is all over the place. Sweetly dark poppy numbers, ethereal breezy electro ballads, shades of punk and goth, industrial, witchhouse, vaporwave like Zappa, Bowie or Beck, Marianne Nowottny is off the map and out of this world. In discussing her work and influences we cover a lot of ground and shoot off on tangents as diverse as the Slavic pantheon of deities, Ukrainian Barbie, Theosophy’s Madame Blavatsky, the idea of “Manufactured pop sensations” and more. Follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Marianne-Nowottny-48424117495 and check out her www.mariannenowottny.com and her label http://www.abatonbookcompany.us/

Pedogate Primer Coming Soon!

My first book, Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia was recently finished and should be available for Kindle, Amazon and Lulu print-on-demand, Kobo and other platforms very soon. The book is based on two decades of research into topics like MK-Ultra, the Cleveland Street Scandal, the Finders cult, Franklin Cover-Up, alleged molestation at the Presidio and McMartin preschools, institutional pedophilia and grooming epidemic in the United Kingdom as well as high profile pedophiles in the world of art, literature, the music industry and Hollywood.

The book deals with subjects that may be hard to believe which is why I made certain to stick with reliable sources including declassified government documents and mainstream media sources.

The Jeffrey Epstein story was just the tip of the iceberg and was by no means an isolated incident. Pedogate Primer attempts to give the reader an introduction to these themes with minimal conjecture. People

My first book, Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia was recently finished and should be available for Kindle, Amazon and Lulu print-on-demand, Kobo and other platforms very soon. The book is based on two decades of research into topics like MK-Ultra, the Cleveland Street Scandal, the Finders cult, Franklin Cover-Up, alleged molestation at the Presidio and McMartin preschools, institutional pedophilia in the United Kingdom, the grooming epidemic online, as well as high profile pedophiles in the world of art, literature, the music industry and Hollywood.

The book deals with subjects that may be hard to believe which is why I made certain to stick with reliable sources including declassified government documents and mainstream media sources.

The Jeffrey Epstein story was just the tip of the iceberg and was by no means an isolated incident. Pedogate Primer attempts to give the reader an introduction to these themes with minimal conjecture. People are all too willing to relegate stories like these to the realm of conspiracy theory so I found it important to stick with verifiable data and steer clear of unfounded theories.

I talked about some of the subjects in the upcoming book on PI Ed Opperman’s podcast and radio show the Opperman Report and should be appearing on The Higherside Chats in the coming weeks to promote Pedogate Primer. Stay tuned!