Monday, May 1, 2017

PODCAST: April-May 2017 Episode

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First, a little bit of housekeeping: This episode is labeled the April-May episode to mark a slight transition in the launch dates. Instead of uploading each episode at the tail end of each month, episodes will now be launched at the top of each month, just to keep things fresh. So, this is basically the April episode you would have gotten last week, while the one I record at the end of this month will launch in June. 

Making up for that slight delay and change, this show has several special bonus features, bringing it up to a full 3 hours. In addition to a nice list of new releases, deeper cuts from current releases, and tracks from the vault, you will also hear a special tribute set to The Cure, marking this month's 35th anniversary of Pornography, as well as the 30th anniversary of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Then, in honor of the forthcoming premiere of the new season/series, we'll take an "accidental" musical journey through Twin Peaks, AND close the show with annual respects paid to Rozz Williams, just in case anyone thought I'd forgotten.

On the way in, you'll hear new music from Oakland's Esses, the latest group (in a long line of worthy groups) to feature members of the oft-praised bay-area band Black Ice. Their new album slipped out towards the end of last year, and it would've been on my 'Best ov' list if I'd heard it in time. Can't win 'em all.

We begin the first full set with more new goth rock from 
Philadelphia's Night Sins, taken from their Sisters-soaked Dancing Chrome album, then pick up a deeper cut from Aware, the latest from Italy's Tanks and Tears. After a classic from Siouxsie & the Banshees, we visit Russia, for new post-punk from TRIØXIN (extra points for that band name), followed by a taste of the new Clan of Xymox album, Days of Black, which sees the band mostly continuing in the darkwave/goth style that put them on the map. Matias 13, known better to most as the guitarist for Germany's Bloody Dead and Sexy, has filled the void between their releases with a solo, mostly-instrumental album called The Opium Sea, from which you'll hear a song, followed by a classic from France's best '90s goth export, Corpus Delicti, to celebrate the arrival of their new vinyl reissues

The second set begins in Ukraine, with a song from the curiously named post-punk band, 
Battle Axe Culture. I then lament the fact that I'm missing Horror Vacui's current US tour by playing one of their recent classics, followed by a further taste of U.S. goth/post-punk/darkwave band New Today. A deeper cut from Chicago's Wingtips comes next, in honor of their upcoming live appearance at the May 13th edition of Fascination Street (Nashville's goth, post-punk, deathrock, darkwave dance night). After a recent track from Minuit Machine-related project Hante., we get a new Fad Gadget cover, as interpreted by US darkwave act NOIR (Athan Maroulis of Spahn Ranch fame), followed by a modern classic from the presumably-defunct(?) LA band, Pins and Needles

Next, we arrive at the special double-anniversary tribute set to The Cure, featuring several original tracks, a new cover by Portland's Lunch, some rare, period interview clips, and some early/alternate versions of now iconic tracks. All of this to honor the 35th anniversary of the release of Pornography (May 4th, 1982) and the 30th anniversary of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (May 25th, 1987). Keep your eyes peeled, as I will also be re-upping my 2012 special episode, dedicated entirely to the majesty of Pornography (the album, you perverts!), as it is my favorite album of all time.

For the second special bonus set of the show, I've gathered a whole set of music that gives me the vibe (if you will) of the Twin Peaks universe, without actually having been recorded for the series (or the movie). Included is music from the newly reissued Tear Garden album, 
Have a Nice Trip, and more new music from the latest Worm Ouroboros album, What Graceless Dawn. I have put this together, of corpse, in honor of the new series/season that will be starting up on May 21st, WHICH WILL BE GREAT, RIGHT? We hope so... 

We then arrive at the dark metal portion of this extra-long show, which begins with new music from the 
Pvtrefactio 7-inch, just issued by Finland's Celestial Grave. A couple of forgotten classicks from the melodic death and black metal vaults follow, from Night In Gales and Mütiilation, respectively, before giving you a second taste of Nocta, from the UK's goth-metal flagbearers, Light of the Morning Star. A second taste of the new Pallbearer album, Heartless, rounds out the metal for the night, allowing us to close the show with my annual remembrance of the life of Rozz Williams (Christian Death, Shadow Project, etc.), who took his own life in April of 1998. R.I.P./1334.

All of that, PLUS: News, updates, and tour info
; selections from the dark ambient vaults; and more! 


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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
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(sets and talk breaks separated by dashes)



"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: April 30th into May 1st, 2017

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]
Esses - Echoes  [No Light in this Fire, 2016]
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Desiderii Marginis - Solemn Descent ["...And Even Wolves Hid Their Teeth And Tongue Wherever Shelter Was Given" (comp.) 1995]
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Night Sins - Spire and Ecstasy  [Dancing Chrome, 2017]
Tanks and Tears - Butterfly  [Aware, 2017]
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Overground  [The Thorn, 1984]
TRIØXIN - Душа дурака  [Огни, 2017]
Clan of Xymox - Vixen in Disguise  [Days of Black, 2017]
Matias 13 - Red Skies Burning  [The Opium Sea, 2016]
Corpus Delicti - Broken  [Obsessions, 1995]
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Corpus Delicti - Last Light  [Twilight, 1993]
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Battle Axe Culture - Embargo Cult  [digital single, 2017]
Horror Vacui - Scream of Infamy  [Return of the Empire, 2014]
New Today - No End  [Better Than Death, 2017]
Wingtips - Til the End  [Greyarea, 2016]
Hante. (feat. Box von Düe) - Burning  ["La Danse Macabre" (comp.) 2016]
NOIR - Back to Nature  [Under What Flag (A Tribute to Fad Gadget), 2017]
Pins and Needles - Bright Lights in Cascades  [Victims, 2008]
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The Cure - Demise  [Pornography (Deluxe Edition), 1982/2006]
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Robert Smith - The Interview (exc.)  [The Interview, 1987/1998]
The Cure - One Hundred Years  [Pornography, 1982]
Lunch - A Short Term Effect  ["The Cvlt Nation Sessions: The Cure - Pornography" (comp.) 2017]
Robert Smith - Side A (exc.)  [Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me Interview, 1987]
The Cure - Temptation Two (aka Let's Go To Bed) (RS Studio demo  [Pornography (Deluxe Edition), 1982/2006]
Robert Smith - Side A (exc.)  [Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me Interview, 1987]
The Cure - The Kiss  [Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987]
Robert Smith - Side A (exc.)  [Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me Interview, 1987]
The Cure - If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (studio demo) (exc.)  [Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (Deluxe Edition) 1987/2006]
The Cure - If Only Tonight We Could Sleep  [Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987]
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Angelo Badalamenti - Sneaky Audrey / Packard's Theme  ["The Twin Peaks Music Archive" (soundtrack/comp.) 2011]
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The Tear Garden - Made in China Part 2  [Have a Nice Trip, 2017]
Xiu Xiu - Nightsea Wind (exc.)  [Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, 2016]
The Shangri-Las - Remember (Walking in the Sand)  [Leader of the Pack, 1965]
Glenn Danzig - And the Angels Wept  [Black Aria, 1992]
Nosferatu - Wonderland  [Wonderland, 2010]
Worm Ouroboros - Night  [What Graceless Dawn, 2016]
Fear of Eternity - Staring at the Dark  [Spirit of Sorrow, 2006]
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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies - Titles/Sister Jeanne's Vision  [Suite from "The Devils" (soundtrack) 1971/1990]
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Celestial Grave - Pvtrefactio  [Pvtrefactio, 2017]
Night In Gales - Slavesun  [Towards the Twilight, 1997]
Mütiilation - The Eggs of Melancholy  [Black Millennium (Grimly Reborn), 2001]
Light of the Morning Star - Nocta  [Nocta, 2017]
Pallbearer - I Saw the End  [Heartless, 2017]
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Raison D'être - The Verge of Somnolence  ["The Absolute Supper" (comp.), 1997]
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Rozz Williams & David E. Williams - Not In Love (live, 1996)  [Accept the Gift of Sin, 2003]
Rozz Williams & Gitane Demone - Flowers  [Dream Home Heartache, 1995]


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Monday, March 27, 2017

PODCAST: March 2017 Episode

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We begin this episode with the new Bella Morte song, "One Bright Soul In This Emptiness" (get the maxi-single here). The band has traveled many avenues since its inception in the '90s, and this one sees them shedding the crunchier guitar sound of recent years and heading into post-punk territory, in a very successful way. AND, while you're thinking back to their earlier output, the band is currently raising funds to press their classic "Where Shadows Lie" album on vinyl, so if you need that in your life, you can vote with your wallet right here

Speaking of bright souls in emptiness, the next thing you hear will be music from the recent film, "The Girl With All the Gifts," as composed by Cristobal Tapia De Veer. A new and stylish development in the already well-established zombie genre is hard to come by, so I put my stamp of approval on this one. See it.

Beyond that, the first full set begins with eagerly-anticipated new music from Philadelphia's 
Night Sins, whose Dancing Chrome album will be released on May 19th via Funeral Party Records. Pre-order it here. Following that, we hit a couple of classic obscurities, before digging a little deeper into the latest goth-punk opus from PDX's The Bellicose MindsThe Creature. We then round out the set with U.S. goth/post-punk/darkwave band New Today, offering one of many ways to get their new Better Than Death album stuck in your head.

The second set kicks off with the somber darkwave of Skeleton Hands, taken from their just-released Flood Spell EP, which is probably only too happy to lead into a taste of the new Depeche Mode album, Spirit. Belgian darkwave/ebm act Luminance arrives next, with another title track, this one from their new Constance in Sorrow EP. Nashville favorites HR_Lexy follow, with a deeper cut from last year's Slaves to the Light EP, this one also premiering as a video earlier this week. For those near Nashville, the band will be the featured live musical guests at the next edition of our goth danse night, Fascination Street, on Saturday April 8th.

After reaching into the vault for another classic, the second set comes to a brilliant close with the title theme from 
Jim Williams' excellent score to the equally-excellent new French/Belgian film, "Raw," which I will also take a moment to recommend. Watch the trailer here, and pre-order the soundtrack LP here.

Set three begins with the new single from Sweden's Principe Valiente, the not-Sinatra-related "Strangers in the Night." A classic from Joy Division jumps in next, leading us into a further taste of the new album from Italy's Winter Severity Index. Premieres from France's Night Train to Nowhere and Italy's Tanks and Tears follow next, before closing the set with an overlooked track from The Cold, dating back to 2009, and thereby still sitting close to the door of the last decade's vault.

The fourth set launches us into dark metal territory, beginning with a new one from Germany's Venenum, taken from their bizarre new Trance of Death LP. Mysterious UK act Light of the Morning Star follow closely with a taste of their new gothic metal opus, Nocta, which brings a welcome style and sound back to the table, for me. French-Canadain black metal masters Délétère creep in next, with a taste of their latest, Per Astra Ad Pestilentium, before the show ultimately closes with an epic tale from the new Pallbearer album, Heartless, which just hit stores shelves at the end of last week. You can catch those stand-up gents on tour now.

All of that, PLUS: New synthwave sounds from 
Night Prowler and Dance with the Dead; Selections from the goth, darkwave, and post-punk vaults; and more! 


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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: March 27th, 2017

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

Bella Morte - One Bright Soul In This Emptiness  [One Bright Soul In This Emptiness, 2017]
Cristobal Tapia De Veer - Standing Dead / Sleepers  ["The Girl with All the Gifts" (soundtrack) 2017]
Night Sins - Crystal Blue  [Dancing Chrome, 2017]
The New Creatures - Clownhead  ["The Black Bible" (comp.) 1998]
Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss  [If Two Worlds Kiss, 1987]
The Bellicose Minds - The Creature  [The Creature, 2016]
New Today - Commendation  [Better Than Death, 2017]
Fernando Velázquez - Crisis/A World Destroyed  ["A Monster Calls" (soundtrack) 2016]
Skeleton Hands - Flood Spell  [Flood Spell, 2017]
Depeche Mode - So Much Love  [Spirit, 2017]
Luminance - Constance in Sorrow  [Constance in Sorrow, 2017]
HR_Lexy - Garden Heart  [Slaves to the Light, 2016]  [N]
Cocteau Twins - When Mama Was Moth  [Head Over Heels, 1983]
Jim Williams - Raw (Main Title Theme)  ["Raw" (soundtrack) 2017]
Night Prowler - Nocturne  [The Night Prowler, 2017]
Principe Valiente - Strangers in the Night  [Strangers in the Night (single), 2017]
Joy Division - These Days  [Love Will Tear Us Apart, 1980]
Winter Severity Index - Backstroke  [Human Taxonomy, 2016]
Night Train to Nowhere - Fire in the Pandora's Box  [Dance of Horns, 2017]
Tanks and Tears - Breath  [Aware, 2017]
The Cold - Just For Tonight  [Last Embrace, 2009]
Chris Bacon - Mother Knows Best/You Think I'm Crazy  ["Bates Motel" Volume 2 (soundtrack) 2016]
Venenum - Entrance / Merging Nebular Drapes  [Trance of Death, 2017]
Light of the Morning Star - Lord of All Graves  [Nocta, 2017]
Délétère - Le Lai de la Vermine  [Per Astra Ad Pestilentium, 2017]
Dance with the Dead - Quietly Into the Night  [The Shape, 2016]
Pallbearer - Dancing In Madness  [Heartless, 2017]


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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PODCAST: February 2017 Episode

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Arriving on the last possible day of February 2017, this episode begins with a further cut from The Agony In Memory EP by Dallas, Texas band, Garden of Mary, who are already in the studio at press time, recording new material for a future release. We look forward to that, even as we look back, during the next song, on the career of Bill Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017), who sadly died too early this week. In this case, a selection from the soundtrack to the greatly underappreciated Near Dark serves as a small tribute to the man's on-screen charm and style.

The start of the first full set sees me catching up on a release that I never got to last year, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds latest, Skeleton Tree, the making of which was profiled in the stark and moving documentary film, One More Time With Feeling. By nature, it can be a scattered and difficult album and film, due to the tragic circumstances that colored its creation, but it's worth delving into. Following that, you'll hear deeper cuts from the excellent new ROME album, The Hyperion Machine, and the equally heralded new Soft Kill album, Choke, as well. After our second dip into the vaults of 1987, you'll hear another new track from 
the UK's FEHM, before wrapping up the set with new post-punk/darkwave from Italy's Winter Severity Index

The next set is rife with deathrock sounds, new and old. We begin with a taste of Blood Lust, the brand new demo/EP from Louisville's The Kentucky Vampires, before jumping into a classic from 45 Grave. Circling back to France in 2014, we revisit Varsovie's album, L'Heure et la Trajectoire, giving the center of the set a more post-punk lining. Never fear, though, as we slide back to 1981 for a classic from The Mob, before closing the set with a semi-new track from NYC's Elysian, who recently changed their name from Maudlin, and left their original base of Atlanta, for what I imagine to be brighter (darker?) deathrock pastures. 

The third set begins with a brand new Votive Offering from the UK's Artefact, who are quickly followed by more deathrock flavor from L.A.'s The Wraith. The band, which features ex-members of Lost Tribe and Cinema Strange, has now issued their first physical release, in the form of the Shadow Flag EP. Next up is a further cut from Bestial Mouths, who are hitting the road in the US in March (Nashville on March 22nd) to support their latest Cleopatra Records album, Heartless. Next, some brand new alien darkwave from Drab Majesty's The Demonstration enters gracefully, holding the door open for a deeper cut from The Rain Within's new Dark Drive album. This time, we get the track "Murder," for which there is now a cool new video

The dark metal portion of the show is comprised entirely of new music this month, beginning with a song from the practically-obscure 2016 cassette-only release from Portland's recently revamped Atriarch, We Are All Dead. Following that, I finally get into the latest from Neurosis, with a track from their Fires Within Fires. A further taste of Ash Borer's The Irrepassable Gate comes next, before closing the set with an outlandish new one from Germany's Paria, taken from their Knochenkamp album. Lastly, the show closes with a lengthy new track (clocking in at almost 30 minutes!) from Cultes Des Ghoules' latest black metal theatre-piece, Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love.


All of that, PLUS: 30th and 40th anniversary nods to horror classics "
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" and "Suspiria," respectively; Synthwave flavors from the currently-touring Carpenter Brut; Some unreleased '80s horror soundtrack magic; and more! 


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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: February 27th/28th, 2017

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

Garden of Mary - Sleepless Nights  [The Agony In Memory, 2016]
Tangerine Dream - Rain in the Third House  ["Near Dark" (soundtrack) 1987] {R.I.P. Bill Paxton}
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Jesus Alone  [Skeleton Tree, 2016]
ROME - Celine in Jerusalem  [The Hyperion Machine, 2016]
Soft Kill - Lost  [Choke, 2016]
Stiff Kittens - Eternal Blue  [Eternal Blue, 1987]
FEHM - I Scared, I Stiff  [Circadian Life, 2016]
Winter Severity Index - Athlete  [Human Taxonomy, 2016]
Angelo Badalamenti - Opening/Puppet Walk/Save the Children ["A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" (soundtrack) 1987]
The Kentucky Vampires - Communicate with the Living  [Blood Lust, 2017]
45 Grave - Phantoms  [Sleep in Safety, 1983]
Varsovie - La Fêlure  [L'Heure et la Trajectoire, 2014] 
The Mob - No Doves Fly Here  [No Doves Fly Here, 1981]
Elysian (formerly Maudlin) - Crooked  [self-titled, 2016]
Goblin - Black Forest  ["Suspiria" (soundtrack) 1977]
Artefact - Libracide  [Votive Offering, 2017]
The Wraith - Dolor  [Shadow Flag, 2017]
Bestial Mouths - Earth  [Heartless, 2016]
Drab Majesty - Behind the Wall  [The Demonstration, 2017]
The Rain Within - Murder  [Dark Drive, 2016]
Carpenter Brut - Invasion A .D.  [Trilogy, 2015]
Atriarch - Repent  [We Are All Dead, 2016]
Neurosis - Bending Light  [Fires Within Fires, 2016]
Ash Borer - Grey Marrow  [The Irrespassable Gate, 2016]
Paria - So Far From the Hidden God  [Knochenkamp, 2016]
John Ross - Opening Titles  ["Hide and Go Shriek" (soundtrack) 1988]
Cultes Des Ghoules - Satan, Father, Savior, Hear My Prayer... (Scene V)  [Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love, 2016]


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PODCAST: January 2017: The Best ov 2016

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In keeping with tradition, this first episode of the year is a long look back at the best of the previous year's worth of dark music, selected from the realms of goth, post-punk, deathrock, darkwave, industrial, film scores, dark metal, and those regions in between, or off the standard chart. That said, welcome to the "Out ov the Coffin: Best ov 2016" Special.

Consider this a sonic time-capsule, if you will, or a themed mix-tape of the songs 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 2016. You will find that these entries are not ranked, but played in an order that flows for the listener. Each talk break highlights some of the best film and television music of the year, too.

As always, there are a few releases that are making their first appearance on this episode -- like the latest from Ash Borer and Worm Ouroboros, both of which saw December release and, perhaps, missed their chance at other people's Best-of lists. Hence, I wait until January to put my list together, allowing time for things to creep in at the last second.

That said, enjoy this collection, and please pass it along to a friend.


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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  BEST ov 2016 Special
   Show recorded on: January 25th, 2017

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

Altar de Fey - 1975  [Echoes in the Corridor, 2016]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things/She'll Kill You/Photos in the Woods  ["Stranger Things Vol. 1" (soundtrack) 2016]
Soft Kill On the Inside (feat. Mark Burgess)  [Choke, 2016]
FEHM - Derailed  [Circadian Life, 2016]
Garden of Mary - The Silent Road  [The Agony in Memory, 2016]
ROME - The Alabanda Breviary  [The Hyperion Machine, 2016]
Long Night - Sorrow Returns  [Sorrow Returns, 2016]
NU:N - Seeds of Absence  [Naked Until Noema, 2016]
Litovsk - Meaning Nothing  [Litovsk, 2016]
All Your Sisters - Black God  [Uncomfortable Skin, 2016]
Michael Giacchino - When Has Become Now/A Long Ride Ahead (exc.) ["Rogue One" (soundtrack) 2016]
Terminal Gods - Discovery  [Wave/Form, 2016]
Veil Vitric - Nothing Key  [Veil Vitric, 2016]
The Wraith - Comatic Romance  [demo, 2016]
Crvel - Visión Nocturna  [Sombras, 2016]
Belgrado - 1000 Spektakli  [Obraz, 2016]
The Bellicose Minds - The Mask  [The Creature, 2016]
Сруб (Srub): След в след (In the Tracks)  [Песни Злых Цветов (Songs of Flowers of Evil), 2016]
Tollund Men - Mausoleum of Desire  [Autoerotik, 2016]
The Agnes Circle Monument  [Some Vague Desire, 2016]
Cliff Martinez - Take Her to Measurements/Thank God You're Awake (Remix)/Something's In My Room ["The Neon Demon" (soundtrack) 2016]
Rendez-Vous - Workout  [The Distance, 2016]
Ritual Howls - Spirit Murder  [Into the Water, 2016]
Bootblacks - Pastlives  [Veins, 2016]
Wingtips - Eyes Shut to the Sky  [Greyarea, 2016]
David Bowie - Blackstar  [Blackstar, 2016]
HR_Lexy - Eyes  [Slaves to the Light, 2016] [N]
Body of Light - Tremble  [Let Me Go, 2016]
FIRES - Counting Walls  [digital single, 2016] [N]
Youth Code - Doghead  [Commitment to Complications, 2016]
John Carpenter - Bela Lugosi  [Lost Themes II, 2016]
Lycus - Solar Chamber  [Chasms, 2016]
Mark Korven - A Witch Stole Sam  ["The VVitch" (soundtrack) 2016] 
Drudkh - Autumn in Sepia [Betrayed By The Sun/Hägringar (split w/ Grift) 2016]
Cardinal Wyrm - The Resonant Dead  [Cast Away Souls, 2016]
Ash Borer - Lacerated Spirit  [The Irrepassable Gate, 2016]
Worm Ouroboros - (Was It) The Cruelest Thing  [What Graceless Dawn, 2016]
S U R V I V E - Dirt  [RR7349, 2016]      
Hypnopazūzu - Night Shout, Bird Tongue  [Create Christ, Sailor Boy, 2016]


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

PODCAST: December 2016

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While not a holiday special, this episode was recorded early on Christmas mo(u)rning, so it seems fitting that there be at least some holiday-related music -- never fear, though, it doesn't all follow that theme, and that which does is not suited for play over the PA system at your local mall. We start out, in fact, with a semi-related number from Create Christ, Sailor Boy, the new album from Hypnopazūzu, which sees the reunion of Current 93's David Tibet and Youth from Killing Joke. If not exactly festive, the song certainly deals with the same main character as the current (see how I did that?) holiday, so at least it's topical.

The first full set begins on a somber note, with a song played in memory of Cash Askew from Them Are Us Too, who was one of the 36 people killed in the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland on December 2nd. Although just a small tribute to people taken far too young in such a terrible way, I'd like to pay my respects to all of them here, those we knew, and those we never will. 

The set continues with a track I recently unearthed (a bit late) from a project called Pretty in Pink. It's a catchy but downcast anti-lovesong, which leads into a more upbeat (by comparison, at least) deeper cut from the new Wingtips EP, Greayarea. London's The Agnes Circle returns next with another song from their new album Some Vague Desire , which will no doubt surface on next month's "Best ov 2016" episode. Stay tuned. Fresh local post-punk/darkwave music from Nashville's own AC makes it debut next, before we round out the set with a trip to the early '90s vaults. 

The second set is basically your musical Christmas stocking, which I first fill with a certified classic from Porn Orchard, before digging up a pair of obscurities from everybody's favorite murder town, Twin Peaks. A brief Angelo Badalamenti theme dons its gay apparel, before a clip of actual cast members performing a warped rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" comes crashing through the (lack of) snow. With our tongues still in our cheeks, we check in with Death In Rome, who supply the only Christmas parody of NON you're likely to hear, followed by a BRAND new take on the the year-ending classic "Auld Lang Syne," as released by The Cruxshadows JUST in time for Christmas (get it here). Finally, I round out this lump of sonic coal with a personal favorite from Hanoi Rocks, "Dead by X-mas."

Back to the serious music, the third set begins with more new music from Soft Kill's Choke album, followed by a taste of the new solo release from Sjöblom (vocalist of Sweden's The Exploding Boy). More new Nashville music from Electricks steps in next, with a taste of the darker side of this local new wave outfit, followed by your first taste of the new EP from the UK's FEHM. You're sure to see their Circadian Life on my Best ov list next month as well. The set then goes full deathrock with a deeper cut from Veil Vitric's new self-titled release, and another selection from the new Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2 compilation. 

The dark metal portion of the show begins with new music from France's Alcest, whose forthcoming tour will see them traveling across the United States with The Body. For the vampyric black metal fans, a taste of the just-released new album from Crimson Moon comes next, followed by a classic from Monumentum. Two more new dark metal entries round out the set (as I catch up on 2016 releases). First, Baltimore's Unendlich, with a song from their new Scales of Existence album, followed by a taste of Austria's Karg, from their Weltenasche LP.

All of that, PLUS:  Newly-released soundtrack work from "Rogue One," "Penny Dreadful," and "Bates Motel"; Warped nods to the season at hand, up to and including goats screaming your (least?) favorite holiday classics; 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)



"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: December 25th, 2016

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

Hypnopazūzu - Christmas with the Channelers  [Create Christ, Sailor Boy, 2016]
Abel Korzeniowski - Us And Our Kin  ["Penny Dreadful Seasons 2 & 3" (soundtrack) 2016]
Them Are Us Too - Creepy Love  [Remain, 2015]
Pretty In Pink - Monster Love  [digital single, 2014]
Wingtips - Eyes Shut to the Sky  [Greyarea, 2016]
The Agnes Circle - Martial Love  [Some Vague Desire, 2016]
AC - @least U Make Me Feel  [1, 2016]  [N]
Alan Woxx - Love Is An Emanation of Death  [Daemonolatreia, 1990]
Chris Bacon - Welcome Home, Norman  ["Bates Motel Vol. 2" (soundtrack) 2016]
Porn Orchard - This Holiday Season (with intro)  ["Son of the Flagpole Christmas Album" (comp.) 1992]
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks Christmas Greeting  ["The Twin Peaks Music Archive" (comp.) 2011]
Cast of Twin Peaks - The Twelve Days of Christmas  ["Feel The Warmth Of Kevin & Bean’s Wonderful World Of Christmas (The White Album)" (comp.) 1990]
Death In Rome - Christmas Time  [digital single, 2014]
The Cruxshadows - Auld Lang Syne  [digital single, 2016]
Hanoi Rocks - Dead by X-mas  [Dead By X-Mas, 1981]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Hanging Lights  ["Stranger Things" (soundtrack) 2016]
Soft Kill Whirl  [Choke, 2016]
Sjöblom - Oh My Heart  [6, 2016]
Electricks - Esther  [digital single, 2016]  [N]
FEHM - Nullify  [Circadian Life, 2016]
Veil Vitric - Fog  [Veil Vitric, 2016]
ADS - Waiting For The War  ["Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2" (comp.) 2016]
Michael Giacchino - Krennic's Aspirations (exc.)  ["Rogue One" (soundtrack) 2016]
Alcest - Je suis d' ailleurs  [Kodama, 2016]
Crimson Moon - Weaver of the Web  [Oneironaut, 2016]
Monumentum - Consuming Jerusalem  [In Absentia Christi, 1995]
Unendlich - Parasadistic  [Scales of Existence, 2016]
Karg - Alles wird in Flammen stehen  [Weltenasche, 2016]
Perry Botkin - Main Titles  ["Silent Night, Deadly Night" (soundtrack) 1984]
ActionAid Sweden - Silent Night (Goat Edition)  [All I Want for Christmas is a Goat, 2015]


KEY:
^RQ^ = requested
(exc.) = excerpt
(comp.) = compilation
[N] = Nashville artist


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