Ninety Three Records releases “Baba Lon II” (Anaheim Hills, CA) –
Just days before kicking off his European Fall Equinox Tour, Lon DuQuette and Ninety Three Records announced the release of his second collection this year, “Baba Lon II”, a followup to his first Ninety Three album, “I’m Baba Lon”, issued earlier this year. DuQuette, a prolific author and Aleister Crowley disciple, previously recorded for Epic Records. “Baba Lon II” continues where “I’m Baba Lon” left off, exploring his return to roots as musician, storyteller, sage and philosophical jester.
Formerly half of the 1970’s duo Charley D. & Milo, DuQuette was signed to Epic after a Southern California bar gig. He and his partner spent the next few years recording their own songs, writing and recording with Johnny Rivers, opening for Sammy Davis Jr. and performing with Arlo Guthrie. Lon “retired” from life in the fast lane in 1977 settling with his wife and son in Costa Mesa, California.
Much of the next 25 years were spent on the study and pursued passion for mysticism, particularly the work of controversial English occultist, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). DuQuette began writing professionally in 1988 and has since published 16 books (translated in 12 languages). Mr. DuQuette lectures worldwide on Western Hermeticism. He is the current United States Deputy Grand Master of Ordo Templi Orientis, an international fraternal and religious organization, founded at the beginning of the 20th century, reorganized by Crowley around the Law of Thelema as its central religious principle.
In 2005, makers of Canadian documentary on Crowley cajoled him into performing a few of his old songs for broadcast. Re-discovering his dormant musical half, DuQuette began writing new material and playing in public again. A record deal followed in September 2011.
“It seems very natural to be doing this at this season of my life.” says DuQuette. “It’s like living ‘Act III’ of a musical comedy written by H.P. Lovecraft.”
DuQuette recorded most of the followup album locally at Wandering Star Studios, using a number of prominent local musicians, including Jason Chesney (bass), Wendell Kelly (trombone), and Chris Whynaught (saxophone). The CD was recorded and mixed by Wandering Star engineer (and owner) Bobbo Byrnes, of Falling Stars fame.
With a wink to music licensing opportunities, BLII’s working title was “More Songs about Beer, Cars and Insurance.” Although a number of tracks feature cars (and drinks) the mix is similar to that of its predecessor. Life, death, love, spirituality, friendship – DuQuette covers a wide landscape, with satisfying results. Fans of his first release are sure to enjoy this excellent addition. Available on CDBaby.
About Lon Milo DuQuette:
Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, he was an aspiring studio musician and recording artist in the 1970s, releasing two singles and an album, Charley D. and Milo, on Epic Records. DuQuette has written numerous books on Western mystical traditions including; Freemasonry, Tarot, Qabalah, ceremonial magic, the Enochian magic of Dr. John Dee, and spirit evocation, Goetia. His autobiography, My Life with the Spirits, is a required text for two classes at DePaul University, Chicago.
From Press Release