Friday, December 21, 2012

PODCAST: December 21st, 2012: The Xmas Bonus!

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It's that time of the year again, kiddies! Time to set aside, just for a moment, what you might normally expect from this show, because HARK! It is the return of the "Out ov the Coffin Xmas Bonus" show! It's an episode unlike all of the others, packed with silliness, wide-eyed childhood nostalgia, pop-culture holiday specialties, sacred traditions, a dash of saucy sacrilege, and some sheer Ghoultide Horror for good measure.

Now, last year's Christmas 'Coffin simply couldn't be topped -- so I ripped it back open, added some fresh ingredients, spoke to it with this year's tongue, and wrapped it back up  for all of you bad little boils and ghouls.

To translate the above: This episode includes all of the musical selections from the 2011 Xmas Bonus show, which had in turn been built on parts of the 2010 episode before it (so it's not unlike a constantly re-gifted fruitcake, really). Not wanting to give the same gift twice, though, I've re-recorded all of the talk breaks to include current information, AND added a brand new set of howliday music, just for 2012.

The new entries for this year's special are largely taken from one great new collection that Projekt Records just released, entitled Ornamental. It's a two-disc collection of goth, shoegaze, darkwave, steampunk, ambient, and cabaret artists, doing either traditional Christmas songs, or non-traditional seasonal originals. You can order it here, once you've checked out the brand new songs on this episode from Ego Likeness, Abney Park, Erik Wøllo, and really cool one from Black Tape for a Blue Girl, who covered the theme from the David Bowie-helmed war drama, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

This year's other new selection comes from The Cruxshadows, who once again served up a free (or donate-what-you-like) Christmas single for their fans in 2012. You can read the story behind this new single here, while you're grabbing the file and even the artwork. While you're there, you can also get your digital hands on their holiday singles from the last few years as well -- two of which are also featured on this show. I swear they're not paying me to play them thrice in one episode, but what can I say? They've given out a lot of free Christmas songs.

So, buckle up, everybody! We're about to magically string together such seemingly unrelated acts as Oscar the Grouch, Batman, King Diamond, Boris Karloff, Alien Sex Fiend, Voltaire, The Cryptkeeper -- and so many more -- and then jam them right under your tree. Enjoy...

p.s. For those celebrating the holidaze in the Nashville area, here are some events:
12/21 + 22: "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation @ The Belcourt Theatre.
12/21 + 22: "Silent Night, Deadly Night" @ Logue's Black Raven Emporium.
12/31: "+SALVATION+ vs. The Apocalypse" New Year's Eve Party @ The Rutledge.

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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
Show date: Friday, December 21st, 2012

Henchman 21 & 24 Intro (exc. from "Wonderful Christmastime") [digital single, 2008]
CBS Special Intro sound FX
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me ["Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]
Alec Guinness (as Jacob Marley) - See the Phantoms ["Scrooge" (soundtrack, 1970)]
The Cryptkeeper (John Kassir) - Twas the Fright Before Christmas [Tales From the Crypt: Have Yourself A Scary Little Christmas, 1994]
Gordy Goodwin - We Wish You a Scary Christmas [The Haunted Mansion unofficial 34th Anniversary Collection, 2005]
David G. Ravenswood - Grim, Grinning Ghosts (Phantom Manor Christmas Mix) [The Haunted Mansion unofficial 34th Anniversary Collection, 2005]
Porn Orchard (as Tom Waits & Peter Murphy) - This Holiday Season (w/ Intro) [Son of the Flagpole Christmas Album, 1992]
Jerry Goldsmith - A Christmas Story ["Gremlins" (soundtrack), 1984]
Oscar T. Grouch - I Hate Christmas [A Sesame Street Christmas, 1975]
Thurl Ravenscroft - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch ["How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (soundtrack)]
Count von Count - All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth [A Sesame Street Christmas, 1975]
Hellblinki - Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas ('Riverbottom Nightmare Band' exc.) [Xmas with Hellblinki, 2006]
Danny Elfman - Oogie Boogie's Song ["The Nightmare Before Christmas" (soundtrack), 1993]
Mark Hammil (as The Joker) - Jingle Bells ["Batman: The Animated Series" episode Christmas with the Joker, 1992]
She Wants Revenge - Kidnap the Sandy Claws ["The Nightmare Before Christmas" (deluxe soundtrack), 2006]
Shirley Walker, Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion - The Nutcracker Suite / Pie in Batman's Face / Dangling Hostages Saved/ Deck the Halls ["Batman: The Animated Series" episode Christmas with the Joker, 1992]
Venture Industries & Friends & Enemies - Venture Aid 2006/Feed the World (The Venture Bros.) [digital single, 2006]
The Monarch & Dr. Girlfriend - Little Drummer Boy (The Venture Bros.) [digital single, 2004]
Juan Schwartz & The South Park Christmas Choir - Dead, Dead, Dead [Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics, 1999]
Alien Sex Fiend - Stuff the Turkey [single, 1987]
Fear - Fuck Christmas [ single, 1982]
The Yobs - Come All Ye Faithful [XMas II, 1991]
Pansy Division - Homo Christmas [Fem In A Black Leather Jacket, 1992]
Voltaire - Comin' Out for Christmas (live) [Live!, 2006]
Bad News - Cashing In On Christmas [Bad News, 1987]
Danny Elfman - End Title ["The Nightmare Before Christmas" (soundtrack), 1993]
The Cruxshadows - Anmi's Christmas (Red, Green, Silver, & Gold) [digital single, 2011]
The Cruxshadows - O Holy Night  [digital single, 2010]
The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)  [Brain Drain, 1989]
Boris Karloff - "Every Who Down in Whoville..." (sample from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", 1966)
King Diamond - No Presents for Christmas  [single, 1985]
The Cool Ghoul (Dick Von Hoene) - The Bite Before Christmas [The Cool Ghoul's Phantasmagorical Funky Fonograf Record, 1971]
The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch - Baby It's Cold In Here [digital single, 2011]
The Unquiet Void - Silent Night [Middle Pillar Presents: A Misfit Xmas, Volume One, 2001]
Ego Likeness - What Child is This?  [Ornamental (comp.) 2012]
The Cruxshadows - Tabhartas De  [digital single, 2012]
Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Forbidden Colors (Theme from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) [Ornamental (comp.) 2012]
Abney Park - Steampunk Jingle Bells  [Ornamental (comp.) 2012]
Erik Wøllo - Crystal Bells  [Ornamental, 2012]
Batman & Friends & Enemies - Christmas Carol Caper [Exciting Christmas Stories, 1977]

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Friday, December 14, 2012

PODCAST: December 14th, 2012

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As we barrel towards the end of the year, bands keep releasing great music, and I double my efforts to capture it all. A lot of writers and bloggers throw their best-of lists out in mid-November, which I feel shafts a good number of great releases; hence, The "Out ov the Coffin: Best ov 2012" show will come out on the first Friday in January instead. Look for that, as well as a revamped edition of the "Out ov the Coffin Xmas Bonus," coming just in time to re-gift it to somebody special.

As stated above, great albums are still coming out as we speak, so this episode begins with something from the brand new Ulterior album, The Bleach Room. They put out one of the best albums of last year, and now they've already punched me right in the face with one of my favorite songs of this year, so I put it right at the top of the show. Order the album here. And now.

Two other much-talked-about bands return on this episode as well. O.Children are back with Apnea, from which you'll hear the song that has thus far grabbed my attention hardest; and fellow English act Bat For Lashes have returned with The Haunted Man, from which I've selected a somber track befitting the season.

We'll hear from Sweden's Brotherhood, who have just issued a free single for their cover of Depeche Mode's Photographic (get it here); as well as ROME, with the title track from their new EP Fester, which also appears on their new album, Hell Money (order that here). We'll also go a cut deeper into The Deadfly Ensemble's latest collection of avant-deathrock, An Instructional Guide for Aspiring Arsonists, which can be ordered here.

Leaning into the unconventional side of the electronic spectrum, both with their own take on modern neo-classical music, you'll hear new entries from Chicago's Saltillo, taken from their Monocyte album, and Austria's Soap & Skin, from their latest album, Narrow.

In the dark metal portion of the show, you'll hear more brand new tracks from: Portland's Atriarch, from their much-applauded Ritual of Passing (get it here); Neurosis, from their latest album Honor Found in Decay; and Ash Borer, taken from their Cold of Ages album (get it here).

Also on this episode: More new music from Dead Can Dance; cryptic, unnamed fresh ambient music; a nod to the would-be birthday of Jim Morrison; some should-be classics from the vault; and Middle Earth's greatest band, Summoning, helps celebrate the release of the first Hobbit film.

p.s. As mentioned on the show, here's a link to the event page for +SALVATION+ vs. The Apocalypse, Nashville's Gothic/Industrial New Year's Eve event. I'll be DJing there, so if you're in the area, join us.

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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
Show date: Friday, December 14th, 2012

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

Ulterior - The Locus of Control  [The Bleach Room, 2012]
New Risen Throne - Hive  [Saur Maas (comp.) 2011]
ROME - Fester  [Hell Money, 2012]
Jim Morrison & The Doors - A Feast of Friends  [An American Prayer, 1978]
Echo & the Bunnymen - People Are Strange  ["The Lost Boys" (soundtrack), 1987]
Hyena Motorcade - Snowflakes  [demo, 2010]
Clan of Xymox - The Story Ends  [Hidden Faces, 1997]
Bat For Lashes - Winter Fields  [The Haunted Man, 2012]
(nothing) - Languages of Winter (exc.)  [Languages of Winter, 2012]
The Deadfly Ensemble - Thirsty Girl, Or, The Tale of the Stormcrow  [An Instructional Guide for Aspiring Arsonists, 2012]
Eat Your Make Up - Night Plague  [First Dinner, 2005]
Earth Calling Angela - Hope Springs Eternal  [Hope Springs Eternal, 2006]
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Turn to Stone  [Peepshow, 1988]
Dead Can Dance - Anabasis  [Anastasis, 2012]
O.Children - Red Like Fire  [Apnea, 2012]
Harry Manfredini - Brenda In Lights  ["Friday the 13th" (soundtrack) 1980]
Brotherhood - Photographic  [Photographic, 2012]
Fad Gadget - Life On The Line  [Life On The Line, 1982]
Soap & Skin - Deathmental  [Narrow, 2012]
Saltillo - Proxy  [Monocyte, 2012]
Wasteland Transmissions - Ghosts in the Machine  [Saur Maas (comp.) 2011]
Neurosis - Bleeding the Pigs  [Honor Found in Decay, 2012]
Atriarch - Parasite  [Ritual of Passing, 2012]
Ash Borer - Descended Lamentations  [Cold of Ages, 2012]
Sargeist - From the Black Coffin Lair  [Let the Devil In, 2010]
Howard Shore - Treebeard  ["The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (soundtrack) 2002]
Summoning - Runes of Power  [Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame, 2001]

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