Friday, April 20, 2012

PODCAST: April 19th, 2012

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The Cult-Media world lost two stars this week, so this episode begins with a small tribute to each of them. A montage of "Dark Shadows" sounds serves as a tribute to Jonathan Frid, who passed away on Friday the 13th of April. Frid immortalized the character of Barnabas Collins, and turned several generations on to Gothic pop-culture through his years in that infamous role. I chose to focus on a personal favorite of mine, 1970's full-length film "House of Dark Shadows," from which I chose the elements of the montage you'll hear at the top of the show.

Although his death came a day after Frid's, the news of William Finley's death preceded Frid's by a couple of days. Finley most famously played the dual role of Winslow Leach and the titular phantom in Brian De Palma's 1974 film, "Phantom of the Paradise," a cult classic that tied together '70s atmospheric horror, satire, and rock opera. I included a bit of his dialogue from the film, over a piece of Paul Williams' score, as a lead in to Faith and the Muse's brilliant cover of the film's classic musical centerpiece, "Old Souls."

May both men rest in peace.

New to the show this week is an album that I feel has already found its way to my Best of 2012 list, Weltuntergangsstimmung by the Belgian band Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat. Realizing that many people will have difficulty getting past their chosen band name, I encourage you to just set that aside and listen to what a solid example of modern darkwave they have just released. This being their first foray into that style -- having already turned in impressive sets of neo-folk and meditative psychedelia -- the skill on display becomes that much more noteworthy.

In the heavier realm, you will hear new music from Dusk | Subside, the new release from Australia's Inverloch, which contains members of cult death/doom favorites Disembowelment. Closing the show is a selection from the much-anticipated new release from Seattle's Anhedonist, whose new album of death/doom fusion, Netherwards is already claiming spots on "Best of" lists yet to come.

Also on this episode: More new Greek post-punk from We Came From Waters; a further cut from Puerto Rico's The Dead Souls, a "Twin Peaks" musical rarity from the abundant archives at, a sadly overlooked current-era b-side from The Cure, and live-show spotlights on the upcoming Gilead Media Music Fest in Wisconsin, as well as on Rwake, who will be performing in Nashville tonight at The End.

All that and more, for over 2 hours of current and classic dark music.
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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, April 19th, 2012

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

Robert Cobert - Main Title, The Search for David, Barnabas' Rampage, The Wedding Finale ["House of Dark Shadows" (soundtrack) 1970] {R.I.P. Jonathan Frid}
Robert Cobert - Barnabas Meets the Family  ["House of Dark Shadows" (soundtrack) 1970]
Paul Williams - The Phantom Takes Shape ["Phantom of the Paradise" (soundtrack) 1974]
Faith and the Muse - Old Souls  [Evidence of Heaven, 1999] {R.I.P. William Finley}
Mors Syphilitica - My Virgin Widows  [Feather and Fate, 2001]
ROME - The Spanish Drummer  [Die Esthetik der Herrschaftsfreiheit - Band 1: Aufbruch]
Malign - Strapped Down  [Shatter and Impale, 1996]
Asylum Party - Pure Joy In My Heart  [Mère, 1990]
Dernière Volonté - Hymn  [Commémoration, 2004]
The Dead Souls - Hollow Days  [Ambition, 2011]
The Cure - This Morning  [The End of the World (single), 2004]
The Wake - Emily Closer [Emily Closer (single), 2010]
Fliehende Stürme - Schatten  [Warten Auf Raketen, 2011]
Nosferatu - Horror Holiday  [Wonderland, 2011]
Angelo Badalamenti - Owl Cave  ["Twin Peaks" (Season Two) 1991]
Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat - Define Pi  [Weltuntergangsstimmung, 2012]
We Came From Waters - The Maze  [Unfamous Quotes, 2012]
Velvet Acid Christ - Black Rainbows  [The Art of Breaking Apart, 2009]
Ninth Circle - Blackest Penitance  [Ninth Circle, 1996]
The Legendary Pink Dots - Maniac  [The Golden Age, 1988]
John Carpenter - The Journal / Visiting Father Malone  ["The Fog" (soundtrack), 1980]
The Atlas Moth - Holes in the Desert  [An Ache for the Distance, 2011]
Rwake - The Culling  [Rest, 2011]
Inverloch - Shadows of the Flame  [Dusk Subside, 2012]
Lycus - Aghast [demo 2011]
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - The Bells Have Stopped Ringing  [The Goat, 2005]
Anhedonist - Inherent Opprobrium  [Netherwards, 2012]

[N] = Nashville artist
(exc.) = excerpt

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Friday, April 13, 2012

[Live DJ Playlist] Censored: A Hobo Cabaret, April 12th, 2012 @ The Rutledge

There will be a brand new podcast next week, but in the meantime I'm going to post the playlist from my live DJ sets last night, during "Censored: A Hobo Cabaret," since I promised I would do so. The show featured performances from This Way to the Egress, Mister Joe Black, Hellblinki, and several great local and traveling guest performers. It's always fun playing this kind of show, as I get to throw in all sorts of odd choices, and the whole of it makes sense.

 FYI: The original event title was changed to
"CENSORED" after this flyer was produced.

So, here's what I played. Each band name is a link, as usual:

Ichabod's Playlist: April 12th, 2012 @ The Rutledge
CENSORED: A Hobo Cabaret, w/ This Way to the Egress, Mister Joe Black, Hellblinki

Frank the Baptist - Nautical Miles
The Cure - Bananafishbones
The Scarring Party - Everybody Knows
ROME - La Rose et la Hache
Morrissey - I Have Forgiven Jesus
Unextraordinary Gentlemen - Open Arms, Empty Air
Virgin Prunes - Sons Find Devils
IAMX - Bernadette
Ego Likeness - Funny Olde World
The Ford Theatre Reunion - The Cold Comes In
Frank the Baptist - Bleeding In My Arms  ^RQ^
Voltaire - Dead Girls
ThouShaltNot - The Haunted Phonograph
David Bowie - Time
The Deadfly Ensemble w/ Andi Sex Gang - Kriminal Tango
The Legendary Pink Dots - Maniac
Peter Murphy - I Spit Roses
Amanda Palmer - Runs In the Family
Bat For Lashes: Daniel vs. The Cure: A Forest (Thriftshop XL's Obvious Mash-up)
The Doors - Strange Days
Angelo Badalamenti - Blue Frank  ["Twin Peaks," Season 2 (soundtrack)]
Anthony Stewart Head - Thankless Job [Repo! The Genetic Opera (soundtrack)]
Hans Zimmer - I Never Woke Up In Handcuffs Before  [Sherlock Holmes (soundtrack)]
HELLBLINKI  (live set)
Abney Park - Fight or Flight
Scott Walker - Amsterdam
The Beauty of Gemina - Voices of Winter
Javier Navarrete - Yo no se que me han echo tus  [The Devil's Backbone (soundtrack)]
ROME - You Threw It At Me Like Stones
Sex Gang Children - Arms of Cicero
Mahna Mahna and the Snowths - Mahna Mahna


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Friday, April 6, 2012

PODCAST: April 5th, 2012

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Sometimes, the space between two episodes feels quite brief. This time, however, so many things have taken place, and are about to take place, that the show is packed with spotlights, reflections, and memorials.

I had the great fortune of traveling to California this past weekend to play a concert. Along the way, I pondered how I might handle my traditional, annual tribute to Rozz Williams, as I would likely be in an airport on the anniversary of his death, unable to sensibly sport a Christian Death shirt without receiving a pat-down, let alone play a set of his music for anyone. Thanks to a local friend's advice, though, I was able to have a more meaningful experience than ever before, by actually visiting his memorial in person:

The Rozz Williams memorial at
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
(April 1st, 2012)

Standing in front of the ashes of one your favorite artists, staring at this words and images on display, brings a new meaning to the term "paying your respects." In that moment, I left a small sum of my admiration upon the glass that shrouded his remains, and I've attempted to carry the feeling I had that morning into a tribute set on this episode. Rest in peace, Rozz.

Beyond that opening tribute set, this show features a lot of brand new music: You'll hear fresh Greek post-punk from We Came From Waters, whose new release Unfamous Quotes can be heard here. On the darkwave/ebm side, you'll hear a brand new song from our friends Ego Likeness, who contributed an exclusive track to the new Electronic Saviours II collection -- the second in a series of cancer-fighting benefit compilations, which will be released next month on Metropolis Records. It features 6 discs of exclusive and rare songs from many of the biggest and best names in the current industrial, ebm, and electronic music scene. Pre-order your copy here.

Also in the industrial realm, you'll hear 4 new offerings from the Alfa-Matrix label, including brand new tracks from Stray, Diskonnekted, and Freakangel, plus a new version of a Mentallo & the Fixer classic, from a soon-to-be-released rarities collection.

I throw the spotlight on a couple of events this time around: First, The Full Moon Tattoo & Horror Festival, which is happening this weekend (April 6 - 8) in Nashville, at the Downtown Convention Center. Guests include Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Ace Frehley (KISS), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead 1979), Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween III, Night of the Creeps), and many more. I chose much of the soundtrack music for this episode to celebrate their appearances in my home town. To see the full list of guests, go here.

Also coming up soon, in Nashville and around the country, is "CENSORED: A Hobo Cabaret," a tour featuring the talents of This Way to the Egress, Mister Joe Black, and Hellblinki -- all of whom have new songs featured on this episode, to better whet your appetites for the fancier side of macabre musical theatre. They'll be plowing through The Rutledge in Nashville on Thursday, April 12th. I'll be providing specially crafted DJ sets that night, too. Click here for details.

Speaking of live music, I had the pleasure of sharing a stage with some great bands in California this past weekend, two of which have new tracks featured on this episode: The soon-to-be-legendary Pallbearer, whose new album Sorrow & Extinction is winning people over left and right, and the mighty Yob, whose latest album, Atma, has just formally entered my collection. Coming soon to this podcast: Music from The Atlas Moth and Wolvhammer, who rounded out a great bill at Saturday's Profound Lore Records showcase.

All that, and even more current and classic dark music awaits you! Ready to hear the show?
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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, April 5th, 2012

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

Rozz Williams - Dec. 30. 1334 (exc.) [The Whorse's Mouth, 1996]
Rozz Williams & Gitane Demone - Flowers  [Dream Home Heartache, 1995]
John Carpenter - The Legend / Midnight  ["The Fog" (soundtrack) 1980]
Christian Death - The Angels (The Zend-Avesta Mix)  [Death Mix, 1996]
Christian Death - Resurrection - Sixth Communion  [Only Theatre of Pain, 1982]
Faith and the Muse - Romeo's Distress (live)  [Vera Causa, 2001]
Shadow Project - Death Plays His Role  [Shadow Project, 1991]
Christian Death - Haloes (1985)  [Invocations, 1993]
Nathan Barr - The Funeral  ["True Blood" (soundtrack) 2009]
Joe Black - Vile Volumes for Villainous Children  [Vile Volumes for Villainous Children, 2011]
Joe Black - Child Catcher (2009 Studio version)  [Vile Volumes for Villainous Children, 2011]
This Way to the Egress - Titles [Ballads and Titles to Slaughter Your Spouse By, 2011]
Hellblinki - Breaking Everything (live)  [Hellblinki live at Sky City 08-13-11, 2012]
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Main Title/Chariots of Pumpkins  ["Halloween III: season of the Witch" (soundtrack) 1982]
The Sisters of Mercy - Heartland (1983) [Some Girls Wander By Mistake, 1992]
We Came From Waters - A Silence Like Poetry  [Unfamous Quotes, 2012]
Ulterior - Too In Love To Fuck  [Wild In Wildlife, 2011]
The Awakening - Indian Summer Rain  [Tales of Absolution + Obsoletion, 2009]
Snakedance - Fall From Grace  [Winterland, 2011]
The Eternal Fall - Into a Dream  [MM - MMXII, 2012]
Enslaved - Synthesis  [The Sleeping Gods, 2011]
Ego Likeness - Infidel  ["Electronic Saviours, Volume II" 2012]
Mentallo & the Fixer - Decomposed (spent)  [A collection of rare, unreleased & remastered, 2012]
Stray - Remember Me  [Letting Go, 2012]
Diskonnekted - Neverland (Matrix edit)  [Hotel Existence, 2012]
Freakangel - Used  [Let It All End, 2012]
Doubting Thomas - Movie 13  [Father Don't Cry, 1991]
Ides of Gemini - Slain In Spirit  [The Disruption Writ, 2010]
Black Witchery - Sepulchral Witchcraft  [Inferno of Sacred Destruction, 2010]
Dark Castle - Into the Past  [Spirited Migration, 2009]
Yob - Prepare the Ground  [Atma, 2011]
Pallbearer - Foreigner  [Sorrow & Extinction, 2012]
The Black Sea - Melting Hopeful  [Spacewalk, 2002]
Elliot Goldenthal w/ Beth Gibbons (Portishead) - Prospera's Coda ["The Tempest" (soundtrack) 2010]

[N] = Nashville artist

(exc.) = excerpt

^RQ^ = requested