Articles by Joseph Allen

Join fundamentalist fervor with a high-tech acoustic savagery, and you are prepared for the cleansing fury of Baptazia. Be sure to turn up the bass.

You know it’s real when you feel the power of the Spirit.




Taken from the 1985 documentary “The Occult Experience,” this interview with Alex Sanders is fantastic—a real gut-buster. An attentive viewer should come away with an appreciation for flame-retardant loincloths and a demented curiosity about Sanders’ “second degree, which involved a third.” Warlocks beware the blue-haired Id.



Black Eyed ApocalypseThe JoeBot writes on Confessions of a CyberCasualty:

Last year, I toured with the Black Eyed Peas on their Japan/Australia run. It was dubbed The E.N.D. World Tour, which was appropriate. The production is a dazzling metaphor for the end of civilization.

As I get older, I frequently find myself forced to compromise my principles — whether ethical or aesthetic — for a higher standard of living. My job is to fly lights, sound, and video — not to judge the artists. My crew chief said this a dozen times. After all, I was paid well, enjoyed fine meals and plush hotel rooms, had fantastic adventures on the streets of Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Melbourne, and Auckland, and I only had to wear a BEP t-shirt one time — when my laundry was dirty. Still, the damage is evident.

I began to absorb the insidious beats and lobotomizing lyrics through constant exposure. To make matters worse, I was born with a hyperactive cerebral sequencer that will sample and loop any catchy tune within a 100′ radius. You hear about nuclear lab technicians who glow green when the lights go out. Well, for months after I came home you could hear “Boom Boom Pow” playing from my head in a quiet room. Just another occupational hazard …


The JoeBot writes on Confessions of a CyberCasualty: Pt 1: The Death Day of Jesus Christ Millions believe that all of human history hinges on a killing that occurred outside the walls…