Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BONUS PODCAST: "The Road to Dragon Con" Special, 2014

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Dragon Con, Dragon Con, Dragon Con!!!  

This bonus episode is (unofficially) all about Dragon Con, THE ultimate Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic Book, Horror, Pop-Culture, Film, Television, Music, Art, and everything-else-that's-cool convention, held annually in Atlanta, Georgia over Labor Day Weekend (August 28th - September 1st this year). In addition to panels, parties, and costuming, they also happen to feature a number of concerts from Darkwave, Industrial, and Goth bands, which is how I was first drawn into the fold back in 2005 -- which means that this will be my 10th year!

This episode features sounds and songs entirely related-to and inspired-by this year's guests, fan panels, and bands that will be performing live -- including brand new music from Voltaire and Bella Morte, along with songs from other new and returning acts like The Cruxshadows, Ayria, I:Scintilla, The Ghosts Project, Platform One, The Nathaniel Johnstone Band, Unwoman, and Marquis of Vaudeville.

On the playlist below, you will find not only the list of everything played on this podcast, along with links to each artist featured, but you will also find my notes on where to catch each related guest or performer at the convention (in small print below each name) -- because I'm here to help. Of course, you'll want to check the Official Program Guide to pinpoint the exact locations and make sure of the times -- and make sure to install the Dragon Con 2014 App HERE (for Android, iPhone, or Other devices).

Now, some of you will know me as the Assistant Director of The Horror Track, so you will no doubt find a lot of information on what we're doing this year, but I've made sure to highlight topics of interest from all across the convention's giant and mighty footprint on this episode.

If this podcast serves its purpose, it will turn you on to some attractions at Dragon Con that you might not have considered. Failing that, it should at least get you as excited to hurry up and get there as I am right now. So, grab this episode and listen to it on the ride down, or stream it while you're packing up your costumes, and I'll see you at the Con!

NOTE:  This podcast is independently produced, and not officially endorsed by Dragon*Con. 'Nuff said.

Also: If you're wondering what panels I will be moderating this year, here's the list:
  • Friday 10:00am: "True Blood" [Peachtree Ballroom A-F, Westin]
    The show just aired its final episode EVER, and we all have so many questions. Come get them answered by cast members! Panelists: Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Kristin Bauer (Pam De Beaufort), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin).
  • Friday 5:30pm: "State of the Goth Scene: Rock Edition" [Peachtree Room, Westin]
    Part 1 of our annual discussion of the goth/industrial scene, starting on the goth, post-punk, and dark/weird indie side. Panelists: Andy & Tony (Bella Morte), Doc Hammer (Weep), Gopal & Angel Metro (Gild the Mourn), Erica Mulkey (Unwoman), Nathaniel Johnstone (Nathaniel Johnstone Band), Jeff Diehm (The Last Dance).
  • Saturday 11:30am: "True Blood" [Centennial II-III, Hyatt]
    True Blood is over?!? It can't be! We discuss the success of the show with its cast members. Bring those burning questions! Panelists: Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Kristin Bauer (Pam De Beaufort), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin).
  • Saturday 5:30pm: "State of the Goth Scene: Electronic Edition"  [Peachtree, Westin]
    Part 2 of our annual discussion of the goth/industrial scene, this time focused on industrial, ebm, and darkwave. Panelists: Rogue & Jess (The Cruxshadows), V. Nigel Taylor (Platform One), Jennifer Parkin (Ayria), Jim Cookas (I:Scintilla), and maybe a surprise guest or two???
  • Saturday 10:00pm: "Twin Peaks: 25 Years Later"  [Peachtree Room, Westin]
    "I'll see you again in 25 years," said Laura Palmer, in reverse, and we've now reached that mark. We discuss one of the greatest television shows of all time, and how it's fanbase continues to grow. Fan panel, with a multimedia collection of odd clips. Panelists:  Mari Mancusi, Michael Williams, Clay Gilbert.  
  • Sunday 1:00pm: "True Blood" [Peachtree Ballroom A-F, Westin]
    One more chance to get those answers about the final season of HBO's long-running supernatrual show. Panelists: Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Kristin Bauer (Pam De Beaufort), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin).

NOTE: The Horror Track is located in the Westin, with most panels based out of the newly-renamed Peachtree Room on the 8th floor (two floors up from the entrance level; same room as last year), but some of our panels will be held in larger rooms, such as the Westin's Peachtree and Augusta Ballrooms, or the larger halls in the Hyatt or Marriott. 

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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
"Road to Dragon Con" Special
  Show date: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

SAMPLE: Patrick Stewart at Dragon Con 2009[Fri 1:00pm, MAIN, Sat 1:00pm TREK]
Alexander Courage & Jerry Goldsmith - Opening Theme ["Star Trek: The Next Generation" (soundtrack) 1987]
[Gates McFadden: Fri 1:00pm TREK, Sat 1:00pm TREK]
SAMPLE: CBS Special Intro
TRAILER: "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
SAMPLE: "Twin Peaks"
[Twin Peaks: 25 Years Later (Fan-panel): Sat 10:00pm Peachtree Rm (Westin)]
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me  ["Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack) 1994]
[Fri 10:00pm, fan-panel, Peachtree Room (Westin)]
SAMPLE: Tom Savini BTS, "Dawn of the Dead" (1978)
[Fri 1:00pm; Sat 4:00pm; Sun 5:30pm - all in Augusta Ballroom (Westin)]
Voltaire - The Masquerade  [Raised By Bats, 2014]
[Fri 11:59pm LIVE Atrium (Marriott); Sat 5:30pm READ; Sun 8:30pm Augusta Ballroom (Westin)
Paul McCollough - Zombies Win! Zombies Win! ["Night of the Living Dead" (score) 1990]
Bella Morte - Exorcisms  [Exorcisms, 2014]
[Fri 2:30 CLSF, 4:00pm/5:30 Peachtree Rm (Westin); Sat 10:30pm CONC; Sun 11:59pm LIVE (Hyatt)]
TRAILER: Night of the Living Dead (1990)
[Tom Savini: Fri 1:00pm; Sat 4:00pm; Sun 5:30pm - all in Augusta Ballroom (Westin)]
Brian Reitzell - Opening Theme ["Hannibal" 2013]
[Hannibal fan-panel: Sat 1:00pm Peachtree Rm (Westin)]
TRAILER: Guardians of the Galaxy
[James & Sean Gunn: Walk of Fame: Sat 5:30, Sun 2:30]
Jace Everett - Bad Things [from "True Blood" 2008]
[True Blood cast panels: Fri 10:00am Peachtree Ballroom (Westin); Sat 11:30am (Centennial II-II (Hyatt); Sun 1:00pm Peachtree Ballroom (Westin)]
SAMPLE: Cary Elwes - Princess Bride
[Cary Elwes: Fri 2:30pm CLSF; Sat 5:30pm CLSF; Sun 7:00pm Intl S. (Hyatt); Mon 1:00pm CLSF)
Dan Jones - Wagner Arrives  ["Shadow of the Vampire" (soundtrack) 2001]
Marquis of Vaudeville - The Wild Lost  [The Great Promenade of Fools & Ghosts, 2012]
[Fri 4:00 ALT; Sat 1:30am LIVE Atrium (Marriott); Sun 2:30pm ALT]
The Ghosts Project - Guillotine (exc.)  [06.30.06, 2006]
[Thu 7:30pm LIVE Atrium (Marriott); Fri 7:00pm MAIN; Sat 2:30pm CONC, 7:00pm MAIN, Sun 2:30pm CONC, 7:00pm MAIN, Mon 1:00pm CONC]
Weep - The Passion of Lovers  [Alate, 2012]
[Weep LIVE Fri 11:59pm Centennial Ballroom (Hyatt)]
SAMPLE: Venture Bros / James Urbaniak
[James Urbaniak: Fri 1:00pm TOON, 4:00pm MAIN, 8:30pm MAIN; Sat 8:30pm MAIN; Sun 5:30pm TOON]
J.G. Thirlwell - No Vacancy (Venture Bros. Theme)
[Doc Hammer: Fri 1:00pm TOON, 5:30pm Peachtree Rm (Westin); Sat 8:30pm MAIN; Sun 5:30pm TOON]
SAMPLE: G.I. Joe commercial - Rise of Serpentor
[Fan-panel: Mon 11:30am CLSF]
Meatloaf - What Ever Happened to Saturday Night? ["The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (soundtrack) 1975]
[Rocky Horror Live w/ Lipps Down on Dixie, Sun 1:30am Centennial II-III (Hyatt)]
SAMPLE: Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood (HP: OotP)
[Evanna Lynch & Scarlett Byrne: Fri 7:00pm, Sat 7:00pm, Sun 10:00am - all on YA]
Abel Korzeniowoski - Main Title ["Penny Dreadful" (soundtrack) 2014]
[Fan-panel: Sat 7:00pm Peachtree Rm (Westin)]
Unwoman - Trouble  [Trouble, 2008]
[Fri 1:00pm ALT, 3:00pm CONC, 5:30pm Peachtree Rm (Westin), 10:00pm ALT; Sat 5:30 CONC; Sun 1:00pm CONC, 10:00pm ALT]
Brian Tyler - Sleepy Hollow Theme ["Sleepy Hollow" (soundtrack) 2013]
[Fan-panel: Sun 4:00pm Peachtree Rm (Westin)]
TRAILER: "The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies" (2014)
[Hobbit and LOTR guests: Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, Billy Boyd, Craig Parker: Fri 11:30am, Sat 11:30am; Sun 11:30am; Mon 11:30am - all Atrium (Marriott)]
Nathaniel Johnstone - Zola  [Narratives, 2013]
[Thu 7:30pm LIVE Atrium (Marriott); Fri 5:30 Peachtree Rm (Westin); Sat 4pm CONC; Sun 1:00pm CONC]
Platform One - A Time Without Decay  [The Silent Have Names EP, 2011]
[Thu 11:30pm LIVE Centennial II-III (Hyatt); Fri 2:30 CONC2; Sat 5:30pm Peachtree Rm (Westin); Sat 9:00pm CONC; Sun 6:00pm CONC2, 10:30pm CONC]
Wayne June - The Shadow Over Innsmouth (exc.) [The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Volume 2, 2005]
[Cthulhu Mythos: The Innsmouth Cycle: Fri 7:00 Peachtree Rm (Westin)]
Ayria - My Device
[Sat 5:30 Peachtree Rm (Westin); Sun 1:30am LIVE Atrium (Marriott)]
TRAILER: "Robocop" (1987)
[Peter Weller: Fri 2:30pm CLSF; Sat 4:00pm TREK; Sat 7:0pm MAIN; Sun 1:00pm CLSF]
[Nancy Allen: Fri 1:00pm MAIN; Sat 8:30pm CLSF; Sun 1:00pm CLSF]
The Cruxshadows - Burning  [As the Dark Against My Halo, 2012]
[Fri 7:00pm MAIN; Sat 5:30pm Peachtree Rm (Westin), 7:00pm MAIN; Mon 1:30am LIVE Centennial II-III (Hyatt)]
James S. Levine - Opening Theme ["American Horror Story" (soundtrack) 2011]
[Fan panel: Mon 1:00pm Peachtree Rm (Westin)]
I:Scintilla - Cursive Eve  [Optics, 2007]
[Sat 1:30am LIVE Centennial II-III (Hyatt); Sat 5:30pm Peachtree Rm (Westin); Sun 4:00pm CONC2]
Bear McCreary - Credits Theme ["Battlestar Galactica" (soundtrack)]
Richard Gibbs - Main Title (Uk Version) ["Battlestar Galactica" (soundtrack) ]
[BSG cast panels: Mary McDonnell, Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch, Kate Vernon, and/or Tricia Helfer: Fri 4:00pm AMSF; Sun 4:00pm AMSF]
Dark Materia - The Picard Song
Paul Leonard Morgan - She's a Pass ["Dredd" (soundtrack) 2012]
[Karl Urban: Fri 1:00pm AMSF; Sat 4:00pm TREK]
Marius Constant - Main Theme ["The Twilight Zone" (soundtrack) (1959)]
[Fan panel: Fri 2:30pm Peachtree Rm (Westin)]
Kipp Lennon & Hank Sims - “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” Intro (1979)
[Gil Gerard: Sat 4:00pm WRIT, 7:00pm CLSF; Sun 2:30pm CLSF]
[Erin Gray: Fri 4:00pm WKS, Sat 2:30pm WKS; Sun 2:30pm WKS]
SAMPLE: Land of the Lost (1974)
Linda Laurie & Jimmie Haskell - Closing Theme ["Land of the Lost" (soundtrack) 1974]
[Cast panels: Philip Paley, Wesley Eure, Kathleen Coleman: Fri 5:0pm CLSF; Sat 4:00pm; Sun 2:30pm CLSF]
SAMPLE: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1979)
[Terry Giliam: Sat 1:00pm MAIN, 8:30pm MAIN; Sun 1:00pm BRIT, 2:30pm MAIN]
Alexander Courage/John Williams - Star Trek Wars (Ich's Mash-Up)
[Star Trek TOS: Walter Koenig: Fri 11:30am TREK, Sat 5:30pm TREK; Sun 10:00am CLSF]
TRAILER: Time Bandits (1981)
[Terry Giliam: Sat 1:00pm MAIN, 8:30pm MAIN; Sun 1:00pm BRIT, 2:30pm MAIN]
James Covenant - Captain Picard Sings 'Let It Snow' 
TRAILER: Karate Kid (1984)
[Ralph Macchio & Martin Kove: Sat 10:00am MAIN, Sun 5:30pm MAIN, Mon 1:00pm CLSF]
Joe Harnell - The Lonely Man Theme ["The Incredible Hulk" 1978]
[Lou Ferrigno: Walk of Fame booth 65]

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PODCAST: August 2014 Episode

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Welcome to the August 2014 Episode of "Out ov the Coffin." Before we get into what you will be hearing this time, I'd like to mention that, despite the now-monthly format of this show, there will be a bonus episode in the next few weeks: The annual "Road to Dragon Con" Special, which I've decided to treat as a separate show, rather than have it stand as the August episode. Look for that soon...

This episode formally begins with Pinkish Black's contribution to the new tribute album, The Cvlt Nation Sessions: Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures, for which the noted music and culture blog CVLT Nation has gathered a roster of current post-punk bands to each cover one of the classic tracks from Joy Division's now-iconic first full-length album. Want to hear the rest? You can grab it for free right here.

From there, the show moves into the world premiere of the new band Gild the Mourn, featuring Angel and Gopal Metro, the latter of which you should remember as a founding member of the bands Bella Morte and Brighter Fires. The duo have emerged with an ethereal darkwave sound befitting Gopal's other musical endeavours, but brought into new territory via Angel's vocals.

After a pair of '80s classics, we move to a pair of new post-punk/dark indie entries that seem to be cut from similar cloth. First up is a further track from Principe Valiente's Choirs of Blessed Youth, followed by an advance single from New York City's own Interpol, who will be returning with their 5th album, El Pintor, this fall. Close on their heels is a further cut from the new Peter Murphy album, Lion.

In the next set, we start with a brand new track from Oakland's Crimson Scarlet, taken from their new Athens Cave Sessions EP (you can name your price for it here), followed by the pleasantly New Order-esque demo track, "The Fool," from the new Texas band Captive (name your price for that one here). And, towards the end of the set, you'll get a second taste of Australia's Nervous Trend, from their 2013 demo.

In the darkwave/electro segment of the show, you'll hear a selection from the new Diary of Dreams album, Elegies in Darkness (sample it here), followed by the brand new single from Nashville's own "complextro" export, Cryogen Second. Their forthcoming Rust and Remain EP sees the band going further into their dream metal soundscapes, backed with some interesting remixes by several noteworthy acts. It can be pre-ordered and previewed here.

The dark metal portion of the show features a selection by Chasse-Galerie from the new four-way split from Sepulchral RecordingsLégendes, which sees each act paying tribute to Québec's regional dark mythology. More info and details here. Also in the spotlight: the new 20th Anniversary edition of the groundbreaking Emperor classic, In the Nightside Eclipse. The show then winds down with a further selection from  Alraune's The Process of Self-Immolation, and the new advance single from Electric Wizard's forthcoming Time to Die.

All of that, plus:  Another taste of the new Disemballerina album, Undertaker; Two horror soundtrack classics that have recently been re-issued on vinyl: "City of the Living Dead" (Death Waltz Recording Co.) and "Chopping Mall" (Waxwork Records); Selections from the goth, deathrock, local, and post-punk vaults; and much 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: August 6th, 2014

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

Pinkish Black - New Dawn Fades  ["The Cvlt Nation Sessions: Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures" (comp.) 2014]
Treha Sektori - Despraorehn  [Endessiah, 2012]
Gild the Mourn - Shade  [Demo, 2014]
Tones on Tail - Burning Skies  [Burning Skies, 1983] 
The Grinning Plowman - Inquisitions [N]  [Days of Deformity, 1988]
Principe Valiente - Dying to Feel Alive  [Choirs of Blessed Youth, 2014]
Interpol - All The Rage Back Home  [El Pintor, 2014]
Peter Murphy - Eliza  [Lion, 2014]
Chuck Cirino - A Long Night/Short Circuit  ["Chopping Mall" (soundtrack) 1986]
Crimson Scarlet - June  [Athens Cave Sessions EP, 2014]
Captive - The Fool  [Demo, 2014]
Trial - The Border  [Moments of Collapse, 1986]
Tragic Black - The Black Chrysalis (Spiritual Metamorphasis)  [The Sixx Premonitions, 2004]
Nervous Trend - Senseless  [Demo, 2013]
Dr. Arthur Krause - The Eternity Flame  [When Love is Dead, 2007]
Ataraxie - Etats D'Âme  [L'Être Et La Nausée, 2013]
Plastique Noir - Shadowrun  [Urban Requiems, 2006]
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - Backbone Practise  [Le Chambre D'echo - Where The Dead Birds Sing, 2004]
Advent Sleep - Sleep  [Egos & Eros, 1997]
Diary of Dreams - Mythology of Violence  [Elegies in Darkness, 2014]
Cryogen Second - Rust and Remain [N]  [Rust and Remain EP, 2014]
Disemballerina - Siren on the Rocks  [Undertaker, 2014]
Deafheaven - Sunbather  [Sunbather, 2013]
Emperor - Ancient Queen  [In the Nightside Eclipse (20th Anniversary Edition), 1994-2014]
Chasse-Galerie - Le Bois des Belles  [Légendes, 2014]
Alraune - Simulacra [N]  [The Process of Self-Immolation, 2014]
Fabio Frizzi - Tenebre Viventi  ["City of the Living Dead" (soundtrack) 1980]
Electric Wizard - I Am Nothing  [Time to Die, 2014]

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