Beliel (2013) by Dan Quintana.
• Guida essenziale all’Italian Occult Psychedelia. Out next month: Nostra Signora Delle Tenebre, a tribute to “movies that…retained a decidedly Italian flavour, a bizarre mix of nasty violence, lurid sexuality and feverish Catholic mysticism, all filtered through a manic obsession with death, blood and the sins of the flesh.” In the meantime, try the Italic Environments mix by Lay Llamas.
• “His work matters more than ever now because it stands in contrast to all the sequels, the comic-book adaptations, that Hollywood makes to sell lunchboxes.” Ryan Gilbey looks at a new documentary about the great Robert Altman.
• Psychedelic Culture at the Crossroads: Erik Davis on the ongoing reappraisal of the value of psychedelic drugs. Related: Dude, You Can Draw Magic Mushrooms With an Oscilloscope.
Like [Ellen Sofie] Lauritzen, what I appreciate about music, writing, and films that vary from dated to downright misogynist is the rawness I see expressed, a sheer energy that can’t toe the line of perfect political obeisance. I join her in hoping that we back down from using “problematic” as a censorious bludgeon against creative achievements, no matter how problematic they are.
Sarah Seltzer on whether feminists can enjoy misogynist art
• At Dangerous Minds: Paul Gallagher on the whimsical anarchism of the White Bicycle revolution.
• Opening the Ghost Box: Dave Thompson on a record label that’s mentioned here more than most.
• Abominations Of Yondo (2007), a free album inspired by the weird fiction of Clark Ashton Smith.
• Placards of earthly delight: Isabel Stevens on Vera Chytilová’s film posters.
• I’m an artist to watch according to Nakid Magazine.