Friday, January 23, 2009
Yesterday, while I was trauling the net in search of material for an upcoming post (prepare for awesome), I stumbled upon the artwork of Steve Krakow; in particular, his series entitled: The Secret History of Chicago Music. Posters from the series are featured in The Chicago Reader, and listeners can hear it on the Nick Digilio Show on WGN 720.
Given my propensity for all things occult, naturally, I liked the feature he did on COVEN, reportedly the first band to rock out in the name of Satan. Their claims to fame include: the first-ever use of the "devil horns" hand signal; the first recording of an authentic Black Mass**; and blonde bombshell Jinx Dawson, vocalist and student of both opera and Satanism.
Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave) also produces Galactic Zoo, "a hand drawn psychedelic magazine occasional published since 1995 by Plastic Crimewave, and has been published by the good folks at Drag City since 2001. The mags originally came with cassettes and posters, but current issues come with a CD compilation of rare sounds and trading card sets of damaged guitar gods and astral folk maidens.*"
* Source: The Homeplace of Plastic Crimewave, Galactic Zoo Dossier
** "Satanic Mass" is 13 minutes in length, and can be found on their debut album, Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls (1969)