Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PODCAST: March 2018 Episode

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This episode begins with brand new music from ROME's Hall of Thatch LP, which sees the project shift from the historical to the more personal, taking on a darker, more gothic tone along the way. This episode's chosen track, "Hunter," recalls Children of God-era Swans crossed with some of Bauhaus' finest moments in the shadows -- which I, for one, am really glad to hear. 

The first full set begins by peering deeper into the new Black Sand EP from Fearing, who are fast becoming one of the best bands to watch in the US post-punk/goth scene. After that, we pay a quick visit to 2009 for a couple of overlooked classics from Velvet Acid Christ and The Eden House, before going a track deeper into the the new Silver Thorns EP from Australia's Lakes. Finally, Portland's Over make their debut on the show with a standalone single called "Amateur Predator," the sales of which will benefit Red Lodge Transition Services. Details on that here

As we dive head first into the pile of fresh deathrock sounds that is set two, we're treated to the pleasant surprise of new album from Italy's Horror Vacui, entitled New Wave of Fear. Being one of the best and brightest of the current deathrock scene, it's only fitting to pair them with another of the best and brightest, Oakland's Altar de Fey, and the b-side of their new Hope Dies Last/The Secret. New York's Elysian are up next, with a taste of their new self-titled 7-inch, followed by a deeper cut into Pelko, the latest from Finland's Kuudes Silmä. More music from down under rounds out the set, as I catch up with Publique's 2017 release, Outlying Self.  

Reaching the darkwave zone, we begin set three with brand new music from Washington state's Dancing Plague (who recently shortened their name from the more specific The Dancing Plague of 1518). Their new album, Pure Desperation, easily the cashes the promising check written by their first EPs. Next, we jump further down the tracklist of Atomic Eyes, the latest from Andy Deane's The Rain Within, before hitting another premiere, this time from New York's Silent EM, taken from their new Foreign States cassette. We then round back to late 2017 again, to pick up some overlooked new darkwave/post-punk from Philadelphia's Remote/Control, before closing the set with one from the vault: the now-old-enough-to-drink "Dark" from Gary Numan's 1997 comeback album, Exile

The dark metal portion of the show begins with some great new music from California's Gloam, crawling, then running, from late-last-year's Death is the Beginning. Pennsylvania's Veiled come crashing in next, with the opening track of their new Black Celestial Orbs, whose black metallic speed leads us to the almost-overlooked subtlety of Nortt's latest album, a slow-moving cloud of thick, black funeral doom, entitled Endeligt. We then travel one song further into the unlit catchiness that is Down Below, from Sweden's Tribulation, before getting a second breakfast from the new, and obviously Tolkien-soaked, Summoning album, With Doom We Come.

The show then winds up with a compilation-obscurity from the ever-impressive, if often dismissed, Death In Rome, who dared to cover the nearly-sacrosanct title track from the Cure's Disintegration -- and got away with it! 


All of that PLUS: Anniversary soundtrack nods this month to "Dark City" (20th), "Beetlejuice" (30th) and "The Unholy" (30th as well); Selections from the goth, neo-folk, darkwave, and horror soundtrack vaults; and more!


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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
(each band name is also a website link)
(sets and talk breaks separated by dashes)



"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: March 27th, 2018

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]
ROME - Hunter  [Hall of Thatch, 2018]
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Trevor Jones - Shell Beach/You Can't Remember... Can You?  ["Dark City" (soundtrack) 1998]
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Fearing - Rose & Web  [Black Sand, 2017]
Velvet Acid Christ - The Art of Breaking Apart  [The Art of Breaking Apart, 2009]
The Eden House - To Believe In Something  [Smoke and Mirrors, 2009]
Lakes - Frost  [Silver Thorns, 2017]
Over - Amateur Predator  [digital single, 2018]

Danny Elfman - The Book! / Sold / Lydia Discovers?  ["Beetlejuice" (soundtrack) 1988]
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Horror Vacui - On the Other Side  [New Wave of Fear, 2018]
Altar de Fey - The Secret  [Hope Dies Last/The Secret (single), 2018]
Elysian - In The Red Light Tower  [Elysian, 2018]
Kuudes Silmä - Sinä Ja Minä  [Pelko, 2017] 
Publique - Axe of Love  [Outlying Self, 2017]
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Ken Higgins & James Calabrese - Attack of the Lizard People/Kreon's Bride  ["Spookies" (soundtrack) 1986]
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Dancing Plague - Pure Desperation  [Pure Desperation, 2018]
The Rain Within - Fear, Lies, And Love  [Atomic Eyes, 2018]
Silent EM - Pure Heart  [Foreign States, 2018]
Remote/Control - Exposure  [Exposure, 2017]
Gary Numan - Dark  [Exile, 1997]
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Daniel Licht - Blood Theme ["Dexter" (soundtrack) 2006]
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Gloam - Death is the Beginning  [Death is the Beginning, 2017]
Veiled - Luminous  [Black Celestial Orbs, 2018]
Nortt - Fra hæld til intet  [Endeligt, 2017]
Tribulation - The Lament  [Down Below, 2018]
Summoning - Carcharoth  [With Doom We Come, 2018]
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Roger Bellon - Another Dead Dog / Split Red  ["Unholy" (soundtrack) 1988]
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Death In Rome - Disintegration  ["Valuable and Unreleased: A fine selection from SPQR" (comp.) 2017]


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

PODCAST: February 2018 Episode

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Following last month's "Best ov..." special, this episode is a return to the "normal" format of the show, featuring a slate of brand new releases, deeper cuts into current albums, a bit of catching up on releases that slipped into last year's cracks, and, of corpse, some selections from the vaults.

We begin with a deeper cut from Chelsea Wolfe's latest, Hiss Spun, which sees her continuing to gravitate towards the heavier end of the musical spectrum, while still retaining her delicate ethereal vocal magic over the top. That slides nicely into Petr Hapka's Czech New Wave soundtrack work from the 1978 film, "Panna a Netvor" (Beauty and the Beast). As I mention in the break, director Juraj Herz was also responsible for the beautiful "Morgiana," which shared a composer with the film "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders," about which I've gushed many times.

The first full set begins with more live-in-studio recordings from last year's 
Hansa Studios Session, from the ever-prolific ROME -- who have already released a new full-length, to be featured on next month's show. After picking up a forgotten recent gem from O. Children, I finally go out on an interesting limb with new(ish) music from Atlanta's Algiers, whose unique sound merges classic soul with post-punk, adding tinges of industrialized hip-hop beats and '60s gospel/protest music. It may throw a few listeners for a loop, but it's a worthwhile loop to ride.

After that, we get another taste of 
Ritual Howls' western-goth-noir from their latest EP, Their Body, before visiting the vaults for some late '90s hard goth, courtesy of Germany's Dreadful Shadows (who would later morph into the more accessible Zeraphine). Fellow Germans Xmal Deutschland (who grace the flyer for the March 3rd edition of Fascination Street here in Nashville), close the set with a classic from their self-released 1987 album, Viva.

The second set kicks off with Virginia's Shadow Age, giving you one more reason to track down their latest EP, The Fall. Next, we get a taste of two forthcoming releases from Occult Whispers Records, first some bleak Minneapolis post-punk/goth from Temple's self-titled EP, then the thankfully-resurrected US deathrock band Altar de Fey. Their new 'cassingle' is but a teaser for a much-anticipated full length album coming later this year, so watch out for that on a future episode. We then dip back into 1987 for a cult classic from Mighty Sphincter, before picking up a song from the sadly overlooked Acid Tongue EP from Canada's Blood Bitch. Finally, new UK post-punks Luxury round out the set with a short but peppy track from their new single, Primrose Path.

The third set slides towards the darkwave/electronic/synth zone, kicking off with brand new music from The Soft Moon's new Criminal LP, followed closely by new music from one of the most productive men in the US, Andy Deane. This time, we get a whole new album from his synthwave project The Rain Within, which really shouldn't be thought of as a side project, given how much activity we've seen under that flag as of late. You can bask in Atomic Eyes right here.

Keeping you on the dance floor next (with your shades on, no doubt), is 
Sally Dige's Holding On, which should satisfy those yearnings for a fog-lit nightclub take on the current 'wave revival. Italian Darkwave veterans The Frozen Autumn arrive next, with a Xymox-soaked track from their latest, The Fellow Traveler. Germany's Sixth June make their 'Coffin debut after that, from their 2017 release Virgo Rising, followed by a set-closing obscurity from 1999's darkwave/goth scene, The Winter Chapter

We enter the dark metal portion of the show with the goth-leaning new Down Below album from Sweden's Tribulation -- which has proven to be great driving music, by the way. Dipping down to Chile, we follow that with new post/black metal from Lascar's Saudade album, followed by a 2016 demo track from Finland's Celestial Grave (recently issued as a compilation CD, coupled with their 2017 Pvtrefactio 7-inch). And, just in case things weren't black enough for you yet, we close with something from the golden era of the second wave of black metal, the opening track from Abigor's unstoppable 1995 classic, Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom).

Having recently re-watched the movie trilogy, I decided to close this month's episode in Middle Earth, starting with a selection from Howard Shore's 
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" soundtrack during the last talk break, the show exits stage left with a song from the brand new Summoning album, With Doom We Come. As with all of the band's work, it is well done and absolutely soaked in LOTR atmosphere. I still maintain that their music should have been used somewhere in the film trilogy, but nobody asked me. 

All of that PLUS: New would-be soundtrack music from Lisa Cuthbert's Hextapes; More actual-soundtrack work from "Get Out" and "Stranger Things 2"; Selections from the deathrock, goth, and soundtrack vaults; and more!


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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
(each band name is also a website link)
(sets and talk breaks separated by dashes)



"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: February 22nd, 2018

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

Chelsea Wolfe - Particle Flux  [Hiss Spun, 2017]
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Petr Hapka - TitulnÌ varhany ["Panna a netvor" (aka "Beauty and the Beast") (soundtrack) 1978]
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ROME - A Legacy of Unrest (live)  [Hansa Studios Session, 2017]
O. Children - Malo  [O. Children, 2010]
Algiers - Death March  [The Underside of Power, 2017]
Ritual Howls - Blood Red Moon  [Their Body, 2017]
Dreadful Shadows - The Figures of Disguise  [Beyond the Maze, 1998]
Xmal Deutschland - Polarlicht  [Viva, 1987]
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Michael Abels - The Auction/Hypnosis  ["Get Out" (soundtrack) 2017]
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Shadow Age - Bliss  [The Fall, 2017]
Temple - Patricide  [Temple, 2018]
Altar de Fey - Hope Dies Last  [Hope Dies Last/The Secret (single), 2018]
Mighty Sphincter - Secret Ceremony  [In the Kingdom of Heaven, 1987]
Blood Bitch - Total Hysteria  [Acid Tongue, 2015]
Luxury - Primrose Path  [Primrose Path/Sinclair, 2018]
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Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Soldiers  ["Stranger Things 2" (score) 2017]
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The Soft Moon - Burn  [Criminal, 2018]
The Rain Within - Rain  [Atomic Eyes, 2018]
Sally Dige - Holding On  [Holding On, 2017]
The Frozen Autumn - Your Touch  [The Fellow Traveler, 2017]
Sixth June - Call Me  [Virgo Rising, 2017]
The Winter Chapter - New Emotion  [Time of Faith, 1999]
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Lisa Cuthbert - Will  [Hextapes, 2017]
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Tribulation - The World  [Down Below, 2018]
Lascar - Thin Air  [Saudade, 2017]
Celestial Grave - The Bearer of Death  [Burial Ground Trance, 2016]
Abigor - Unleashed Axe-Age  [Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom), 1995]
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Howard Shore - The Forbidden Pool  ["The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (soundtrack) 2002]
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Summoning - Silvertine  [With Doom We Come, 2018]



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Friday, January 26, 2018

PODCAST: January 2018: The Best ov 2017

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As is the tradition, my first episode of the year is a loving look back at the best music that the last year had to offer, as pared down and carefully selected from the realms of goth, post-punk, deathrock, darkwave, industrial, film scores, dark metal, and the regions between. Clocking in at just over 3 hours, there is a lot to appreciate here, culled from a full year's worth of club and radio playlists, and many hours of worthwhile sonic research -- but there will always be something I missed, so don't punch me if I overlooked your favorite. That said, welcome to the "Out ov the Coffin: Best ov 2017" Edition (aka The January 2018 Episode).

Consider this a sonic time-capsule, as I like to see it, or a themed mix-tape of the songs, artists, and albums that stood out, made the strongest impressions, were often stuck in my player, or were attached to the defining moments of the year that was 2017. 
Each talk break features music from some of my favorite darker films and television shows of the year, as well. You will find that these entries are not ranked like a lot of year-end lists, but played in an order that flows for the listener. Same goes for the accompanying graphic, which certainly includes a lot of my personal highlights, but acts as more of a collage. 

So, sit back, dim the lights, and enjoy this collection. If you like what you hear, please share the link online, or pass it along to a friend or twelve. 


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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  BEST ov 2017 Special
   Show recorded on: January 26th, 2018

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

Drab Majesty - Induction/Dot In the Sky  [The Demonstration, 2017]
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Alexandre Desplat - Five Stars General / That Isn't Good  ["The Shape of Water" (soundtrack) 2017]
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Shadow Age - The Fall  [The Fall, 2017]
Bella Morte - One Bright Soul In This Emptiness  [Year of the Ghost, 2017]
Fearing - In the Fog  [Black Sand, 2017]
ROME - Mine (Live)  [Hansa Studios Session, 2017]
Lock Howl - Nephilim  [Pareidolia, 2017]
The Kentucky Vampires - Hex  [Blood Lust, 2017]
Fotocrime - Always Hell  [Always Night, 2017]
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Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch - Wallace  ["Bladerunner 2049" (soundtrack) 2017]
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FEHM - Human Age  [Human Age, 2017]
Pawns - Aberrations  [Gallows, 2017]
Tanks and Tears - Butterfly  [Aware, 2017]
Soror Dolorosa - Another life  [Apollo, 2017]
Chain of Flowers - Flesh, Blood, and Bone  [Let Your Light In/Flesh, Blood, and Bone, 2017]
Night Sins - Crystal Blue  [Dancing Chrome, 2017]
New Today - Commendation  [Better Than Death, 2017]
Ritual Howls - Perfume  [Their Body, 2017]
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Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - We Go Out Tonight/Connect the Dots/The Hub  ["Stranger Things 2" (score) 2017]
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The Cruxshadows - Stargazer  [Astromythology, 2017]
FIRES - Red Goes Grey  [Red Goes Grey, 2017]  [N]
The Dancing Plague of 1518 - Habitual  [Habitual, 2017]
Hante. - Éternité  [Between Hope and Danger, 2017]
Seeming - The Flock  [SOL: A Self​-​Banishment Ritual/Faceless (2CD), 2017]
Michael Abels - Surgery Prep  ["Get Out" (soundtrack) 2017]
Zola Jesus - Exhumed  [Okovi, 2017]
Osseovs - Silent as A Grave  [Black Age, 2017]
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Cristobal Tapia de Veer - Abyss  ["The Girl with All the Gifts" (soundtrack) 2017]
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Light of the Morning Star - Serpent Lanterns  [Nocta, 2017]
Ides of Gemini - Mother Kiev  [Women, 2017]
Chelsea Wolfe - 16 Psyche  [Hiss Spun, 2017]
Pallbearer - I Saw the End  [Heartless, 2017]
Loss - All Grows on Tears  [Horizonless, 2017] [N]
Isenordal - A Gallows Prayer [Shores of Mourning, 2017]
Délétère - Le Lai de la Vermine  [Per Astra Ad Pestilentium, 2017]
Crypt of Carmilla - Ascension to the Black Realms ["Bloodletting Beneath a Full Moon" (split w/ Werwolfsblut), 2017] [N]
Barshasketh - Being [Sein/Zeit (split w/ Outre) 2017]
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Jim Williams - Raw Main Title Theme / End Credits: Final Reprise  ["Raw" (soundtrack) 2017]
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Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper (exc.)  [Mirror Reaper, 2017]


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[N] = Nashville artist


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

PODCAST: December 2017 Episode

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On the third day of Christmas, my DJ gave to me: A new podcast (finally)! Don't worry, this is the December Episode of "Out ov the Coffin" and not a full-on xmas special -- but for those in the spirit (so to speak), there are some holiday gems to adore. We begin, in fact, with new music from Death In Rome, who turn in another unexpectedly moving cover of an unlikely classic. This time, "Last Christmas," originally written and recorded by WHAM!. Whaaaaa? Yes, and it's so good, because they don't just slap their style on the song, they also incorporate counter melodies from musical history that really put the star on the top of the old tree.

After that seasonal intro, we get down to a great bunch of new goth/post-punk, for any time of the year, starting with music from the new 
Fearing EP, Black Sands (their second great EP this year, mind you). Next, we go one track deeper into the new EP from Virginia's Shadow Age, this autumn's excellent, The FallLakes return after that with the title track from their latest neo-folk/post-punk fusion, Silver Thorns, before we slide into the vaults for an overlooked 1983 track from Nervous Germans. Finally, the new stomper from Los Angeles deathrock band The Wraith rounds out the first set.

Set two is what I like to call the gooey Xmas center of the show, flanked by holiday-related instrumentals from Xmal Deutschland and Depeche Mode, the set takes off with a traditional French Christmas Carol, made their own by Siouxsie & the Banshees back in 1982. A live rarity from The Cure falls from your chimbley next, and lands on both feet, wearing a coal-covered Slade t-shirt (ok, it's a Slade cover they performed live 30 years ago this month). If that isn't weird enough for you, crazy Uncle Al (Jourgensen, of Ministry fame) shows up bearing an original Christmas collaboration with Mark Thwaite (of The Mission fame) before we mark the 30th anniversary of the cult classic HÖH / Current 93 chestnut, Crowleymass!

The Cruxshadows kick off the third set again this month, with a deeper look into their new darkwave opus, Astromythology, which in turn launches a deeper look at Soror Dolorosa's pensive new Apollo album. Not to be outdone, UK act FEHM steps in with the b-side from their cracking new Human Age single, rolling us further into the post-punk/wave realm, before hitting the (dark)waves again for a second look at Wake from Ohio's Skeleton Hands. Washington's The Dancing Plague of 1518 close this set with another taste their Habitual EP, proving that this set's unintentional theme was "one track deeper into cool new albums."

For the dark metal portion of the show, we begin with an excerpt from the massive, one-song-album that is Bell Witch's Mirror Reaper. Already topping many 'Album of the Year' lists across the globe, you can fully to expect to hear another excerpt from this one next month, when the "Out ov the Coffin: Best ov 2017" episode arrives. Following that is a new strain of doom from The Howling Void's new one, The Darkness at the Edge of Dawn. Already heavily on repeat in my car, we next rip into new music from Barshasketh, taken from their new split with Outre, before closing the set with something from the regions between hardcore punk and black metal, taking the form of Devil Master's new EP, Inhabit the Corpse.

All of that PLUS: New soundtrack work from the lush new Guillermo del Toro film, "The Shape of Water" (by Alexandre Desplat); Selections from the Goth, Darkwave, and Horror Holiday vaults; and more!


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(sets and talk breaks separated by dashes)



"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: December 27th, 2017

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

Death In Rome - Last Christmas  [single, 2017]
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Alexandre Desplat - The Creature / He's Coming For You  ["The Shape of Water" (soundtrack) 2017]
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Fearing - In the Fog  [Black Sand, 2017]
Shadow Age - Luminosas  [The Fall, 2017]
Lakes - Silver Thorns  [Silver Thorns, 2017]
Nervous Germans - Vanishing Point  [Summer of Love, 1983]
The Wraith - Prevail  [Prevail (single), 2017]
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Xmal Deutschland - Xmas in Australia  [Tocsin, 1984]
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Siouxsie & the Banshees - Il est né, le divin Enfant  [Melt! (single), 1982]
The Cure - Merry Christmas Everybody (live)   [The Cure at Wembly 9th December, 1987]
Al Jourgensen & Mark Thwaite - It's Always Christmas Time  [It's Always Christmas Time, 2009]
HÖH / Current 93 - Crowleymass  [Crowleymass, 1987]
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Depeche Mode - Christmas Island  [A Question of Lust (single), 1986]
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The Cruxshadows Stay  [Astromythology, 2017]
Soror Dolorosa - Another Life  [Apollo, 2017]
FEHM - Last Breath  [Human Age, 2017]
Skeleton Hands - Shadows  [Wake, 2017]
The Dancing Plague of 1518 - Cataracts  [Habitual, 2017]
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Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind - Rocky Mountains  ["The Shining" (soundtrack) 1980]
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Bell Witch - Mirror Reaper (exc.)  [Mirror Reaper, 2017]
The Howling Void - Silence and the Setting Sun  [The Darkness at the Edge of Dawn, 2017]
Barshasketh - Being  [Sein/Zeit (split w/ Outre) 2017]
Devil Master - Blood On My Shroud  [Inhabit the Corpse, 2017]
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Perry Botkin - Snow Dreams  ["Silent Night, Deadly Night" (soundtrack) 1984]
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The Legendary Pink Dots - Crossroads  [The Legendary Pink Dots' Christmas Special 2017, 2017]

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

PODCAST: November 2017 Episode

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Arriving late in the month, but simply loaded with new releases, the November episode of "Out ov the Coffin" is a return to traditional form, after a few of months of special editions. We begin by saluting this month's 30th anniversary of the release of The Sisters of Mercy's landmark goth classic Floodland, selections from which actually bookend this episode. I chose two of my personal favorites for the occasion, two songs which receive little in the way of club play, so they run little risk of sounding worn out.

From there, we dive into a set filled with almost entirely new material. Virginia's Shadow Age are up first, with the lead single from their new EP, The Fall. The band just wrapped up a tour cursed by a broken van, but despite that disappointment, the band's material continues to be among the best in the current American post-punk scene. Soror Dolorosa come next, with a first taste of their new Apollo album, on which they continue to provide solid modern goth rock. NOIR slides in next, with an atypical selection from their new remix EP, Reburning. Contrary to most remixes, this version of the song is a stripped-down, neo-classical version that really stood out to me.

Continuing the first set is a relatively new German band called La Scaltra, offering what i would call a very '90s-influenced darkwave/goth sound, reminiscent of Switchblade Symphony's best work. Ashton Nyte (of The Awakening) pays us a visit next, with his latest solo single, a cover of the Boy George classic, "The Crying Game." The set concludes with a Lycia classic, taken from their first (and newly reissued) album, 1989's Wake

The second set begins with new music from Finland's Kuudes Silmä, taken from their impressive new album. The fresh euro-post-punk continues with the new single from UK act FEHM, the immediately-catchy Human Age. We then visit the vaults for some mid'90s Cure-worship from germany's The Caves, before getting back to the brand new music with a song from Autobahn's new primal post-punk release, The Moral Crossing. We then go a track deeper into the latest from Pawns, hiding for a moment in the title track from The Gallows. Then, finally, the "Most Interesting Band Name" award this month goes to Washington's The Dancing Plague of 1518, who close this set with the title track from their latest, Habitual

The Cruxshadows kick off the third set with what has emerged as my favorite song from their new Astromythology album. As mentioned on the podcast, if you had lost track of the band for a while, this new album is a great time to reconnect, as it sees Rogue and company branching out in several new directions, trying new things, and succeeding. A taste of the new Bootblacks LP, Fragments, follows with some consistent, pulsing new darkwave, leading us to the lead single from Ohio's Skeleton Hands, who recently graced the stage for Fascination Street here in Nashville. Their new album Wake is out now.

Set 3 continues with what one might call the return of 
Zola Jesus. After dabbling in electro-pop for an album, Okovi sees them once again embracing some of the colder and darker tones that drew in fans early on. And speaking of returning to form, the set wraps up with a new recording of a very old song from the legendary John Carpenter, delving further into his new Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 LP. 

The final set explores several artists, who in entirely different ways, find themselves placed in the "metal" section at record stores. First, we go deeper into Women, the latest from Ides of Gemini, whose new sound on this release owes a lot more to deathrock than it does to the more metallic sounds with which the band was once associated. France's Nyss make their 'Coffin debut next with the third act from their new avant-garde black metal release, Princesse Terre (Three Studies of Silence and Death). A rare foray near the realms of hardcore comes next, with a taste of the new Beauty Fades EP from dark Boston punks, Sadist, which leads, in a cool way, into a closing track from Norwegian black metal legends, Mayhem. Just before recording this episode, I had the amazing experience of watching the surviving members of the De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas line-up perform that album in its entirety. Naturally, I had to close this set with one of those songs.

All of that PLUS: New dark ambient from Russia's 
Frozen Ocean and Flames of Genesis (UK); New soundtrack work from the bizarre new film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer; Some velevty 1970s Satano-horror soundtrack work; A 30th anniversary nod to cult zombie film classic The Video Dead; and more!


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PLAYLIST BEGINS HERE

Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
(each band name is also a website link)
(sets and talk breaks separated by dashes)



"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: November 28th, 2017

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

The Sisters of Mercy
- Driven Like the Snow  [Floodland, 1987]
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Frozen Ocean - Brooks Run to the Comet Lake  [Transience, 2017]
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Shadow Age - The Fall  [The Fall, 2017]
Soror Dolorosa - The End  [Apollo, 2017]
NOIR - The Burning Bridge (Acoustic Interlude)  [Reburning, 2017]
La Scaltra - Lucian  [Cabaret, 2016]
Ashton Nyte - The Crying Game  [The Crying Game (single), 2017]
Lycia - This Decline  [Wake, 1989]
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Oleh Krysa & Torleif Thedeen - Rejoice!: IV. And He Returned To His Own Abode  ["The Killing of a Sacred Deer" (soundtrack) 2017]
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Kuudes Silmä - Aistiharhoja  [Pelko, 2017]
FEHM - Human Age  [Human Age, 2017]
The Caves - Sometimes Hostile  [Drifting In Visions, 1994]
Autobahn - The Moral Crossing  [The Moral Crossing, 2017]
Pawns - The Gallows  [The Gallows, 2017]
The Dancing Plague of 1518 - Habitual  [Habitual, 2017]
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Flames of Genesis - Entering the Breathing Spaces Between Worlds  [A Bridge to Further Realms, 2017]
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The Cruxshadows Stargazer  [Astromythology, 2017]
Bootblacks - The Longest Night  [Fragments, 2017]
Skeleton Hands - Gardens  [Wake, 2017]
Zola Jesus - Exhumed  [Okovi, 2017]
John Carpenter - Escape From New York  [Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, 2017]
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Jerry Goldsmith - The Funeral  ["The Mephisto Waltz" (soundtrack) 1971]
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Ides of Gemini - Zohra  [Women, 2017]
Nyss - iii  [Princesse Terre (Three Studies of Silence and Death), 2017]
Sadist - (You Have) Complete Control  [Beauty Fades, 2017]
Mayhem - Life Eternal  [De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, 1994]
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Stuart Rabinowitsh - End Title  ["The Video Dead" (soundtrack) 1987]
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The Sisters of Mercy - 1959  [Floodland, 1987]


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