Friday, December 30, 2011

PODCAST: December 29th, 2011 "THE BEST OV 2011" Special Edition

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This week, I took a long look back at the year that was 2011, and -- as usual -- I couldn't pare it down to the length of a regular episode. Hence, what we have here is a 3.5 hour MEGA-SODE, celebrating the best in dark music over the past year, with entries from the fields of gothic rock, post-punk, deathrock, darkwave, ebm, industrial, neoclassical, dark metal, film scores, and yet uncharted areas of the bizarre realms of sonic art.

I should note that this show is done in an order that sounds good and flows well, rather than any sort of ranking, so think of this episode as a time capsule, rather than a countdown. I'm sure I've left something or somebody out, so don't hang the DJ. I did my best to highlight the most impressive albums, the catchiest singles, and the rest of the sounds that may remain tied to memories of this past year. And I hope you enjoy it.

I haven't made a formal short-list of my fvorite albums of 2011, but I will share that I was very impressed with the three new ROME albums, quite pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the new Nosferatu material, quite often found listening to Ulterior's infectious sound, proud to have watched Cryogen Second become the band that they are, very glad to see the (re)emergence of Brighter Fires as a creative force, and, of course, honored by all of the great feedback that the Loss album received this year. For the rest of the story, just take a listen...

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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]

(each band name is also a website link)

"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
Show date: Thursday, December 29th, 2011

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

Nosferatu - Silver  [Wonderland, 2011]
ROME - Sons of Aeeth/The Brute Engine  [Die Æsthetik Der Herrschaftsfreiheit - Band 2: Aufruhr, 2011]
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - Starlight Seen Through Veils of Tears  [Have You Seen This Ghost?, 2011]
This Way to the Egress - Chapel Hill  [This Delicious Cabaret, 2011]
Christine Plays Viola - Witch of Silence  [Innocent Awareness, 2011]
Entertainment - Distance  [SOMA: A Disaro Mixtape, 2011]
Lotus Feed - Drawn Too  [A Different Place, 2011]
Hyena Motorcade - Heartbreaks  [single, 2011]
Brendan Perry - Wintersun  [Ark, 2011]
Adoration - Sense  [single, 2011]
Christopher Drake - (untitled) ["Batman: Year One" (soundtrack) 2011]
Ulterior - Sex War Sex Cars Sex  [Wild In Wildlife, 2011]
Bella Morte - The Morning Sun  [Before the Flood, 2011]
Bloody Dead and Sexy - Liquid Grey [Liquid Grey, 2011]
The Exploding Boy - I Am Truth  [The Black Album, 2011]
Brighter Fires - From the Sky  [Brighter Fires, 2011]
Peter Murphy - I Spit Roses  [Ninth, 2011]
Principe Valiente - Night  [Principe Valiente, 2011]
IAMX - Music People  [Volatile Times, 2011]
Henry Jackman - Magneto/Frankenstein's Monster  ["X-Men: First Class" (soundtrack) 2011]
Diary of Dreams - Grey the Blue  [Ego:X, 2011]
System Syn - Confession  [All Seasons Pass, 2011]
Austra - Beat and the Pulse  [Feel It Break, 2011]
Haujobb - Dead Market  [New World March, 2011]
Gary Numan - The Fall  [Dead Son Rising, 2011]
Cryogen Second [N] - If I Had My Way  [Anthem for the Great Self Destruct, 2011]
Light Asylum - Dark Allies [In Tension EP, 2010]
Necro Facility - Ignite  [Wintermute, 2011]
Deied - A Shell Full of Scars  [Tales of Sodenliah, 2011]
The Crüxshadows - Valkyrie (Dreamside Mix) [Valkyrie, 2011]
Chris Bacon - Regret and Reconciliation ["Source Code" (soundtrack) 2011]
Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar  [Svartir Sandar, 2011]
Falkenbach - Time Between Dog and Wolf  [Tiurida, 2011]
Wolves in the Throne Room - Astral Blood  [Celestial Lineage, 2011]
40 Watt Sun - Carry Me Home  [The Inside Room, 2011]
Mournful Congregation - The Waterless Streams  [The Book of Kings, 2011]
Lycus - Among the Ruins  [demo 2011]
Bear McCreary - "The Walking Dead: Season 2" score medley [2011]
Loss [N] - Silent and Completely Overcome [-despond-, 2011]

[N] = Nashville artist

(exc.) = excerpt

^RQ^ = requested

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