Friday, January 16, 2015

PODCAST: January 2015 Episode: The Best ov 2014

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In keeping with tradition, this first episode of 2015 takes a long look back at the Best of 2014, taking the form of a sonic time-capsule, in which the musical (and to a lesser extent, the cinematic) highlights of last year will be placed for later reflection.

Like always, the songs selected for this episode have been arranged according to flow and style, rather than any ranking system or order -- and since certain 2013 releases crept in late, I've added a bonus set in the middle to feature those, so as to prevent any great late-comers from falling through the proverbial cracks.

Speaking of late-comers, a few releases are being featured for the first time on this episode, including new San Francisco darkwave act, All Your Sisters, the soundtracks from "Only Lovers Left Alive" and "Under the Skin," and the latest albums from Primordial and Agalloch.

Also: My apologies to Principe Valiente, who made it into the first full set of this episode, but was not identified in the talk break afterwards. They also appear in this year's album cover collage (above), which I should note is not necessarily my top 16 picks, but a good visual representation of some of the standouts that also happened to have nice artwork to include.

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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 recorded on: January 16th, 2014

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

Vaniish - Fragment/Fatigue  [Memory Work, 2014]
Mica Levi - Lonely Void  ["Under the Skin" (soundtrack) 2014]
The Last Dance - Scars  [Scars (single) 2014]
Principe Valiente - Take Me With You  [Choirs of Blessed Youth, 2014]
ROME - The Ballad of the Red Flame Lily  [A Passage to Rhodesia, 2014]
Gild the Mourn - Shade  [demo, 2014]
Ritual Howls - Final Service  [Turkish Leather, 2014]
Hemgraven - Sång vid en grav  [Sanddyner av glas, 2014]
All Your Sisters - Tension  [Modern Failures, 2014]
Peter Murphy - I Am My Own Name  [Lion, 2014] 
John Ottman - Do What You Were Made For  ["X-Men: Days of Future Past" (soundtrack) 2014]
Horror Vacui - The Right Cure  [Return of the Empire, 2014]
Lost Tribe - Century  [Solace, 2014]
White Lung - In Your Home  [Deep Fantasy, 2014]
Theurgist - Fair Weather Fiends  [All of Them Lowly Creatures, 2014]
Warmline - Fade with My Heart  [Sad, 2014]
Night Sins - Neon Gleam  [Down to Drown, 2014]
Bella Morte - Reflections  [Exorcisms, 2014]
Small Precious Lights - Toward An Unknown Familiar  [digital single, 2014]
Ascetic: - We Are Not All Dead  [Self Initiation, 2013]
Nervous Trend - Senseless  [demo, 2013]
Holograms - Meditations  [Forever, 2013]
Metro Cult - New Space  [New Space/Ghost, 2013]
Criminal Code - Mocking Shadows  [No Device, 2013]
She Past Away - Kasvetli Kutlama  [Belirdi Gece, 2013]
Hans Zimmer - Coward  ["Interstellar" (soundtrack) 2014]
Seeming - The Burial  [Madness & Extinction, 2014]
Velvet Acid Christ - Dire  [Subconscious Landscapes, 2014]
The Rain Within - My Bride  [The Rain Within EP, 2014]
Youth Code - For I Am Cursed  [A Place to Stand, 2014]
Cryogen Second [N] - Rust and Remain  [Rust and Remain, 2014]
Diary of Dreams - Malum  [Elegies in Darkness, 2014]
Tyler Bates - Plasma Ball/The Destroyer (exc.) ["Guardians of the Galaxy" (soundtrack) 2014]
Atriarch - Entropy  [An Unending Pathway, 2014]
The House of Capricorn - Our Shrouded King  [Morning Star Rise, 2014]
Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen  [Where Greater Men Have Fallen, 2014]
Alraune [N] - Simulacra  [The Process of Self-Immolation, 2014]
Sargeist - In Charnel Dreams  [Feeding the Crawling Shadows, 2014]
Agalloch - The Astral Dialogue  [The Serpent & The Sphere, 2014]
Pallbearer - Worlds Apart  [Foundations of Burden, 2014]
Jozef Van Wissem & SQÜRL - The Taste of Blood  ["Only Lovers Left Alive" (soundtrack) 2014]
Disemballerina - Black Angel Trumpet  [Undertaker, 2014]

[N] = Nashville artist
(exc.) = excerpt of a longer piece

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