Friday, August 14, 2015

PODCAST: August 2015 Episode

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This is, unfortunately, the third episode in as many months to begin with a tribute to the recently deceased. Though I wish the deaths would stop, I will continue to memorialize and pay tribute through this show, so this episode begins with a track from Bella Morte's classic 2nd album, Where Shadows Lie. Chris "Frizzle" Hensley, who played guitar on that album, was killed on July 30th in a motorcycle accident, so I send this one out to his memory.

Beyond that, this show has the far more pleasant task of marking the 30th anniversaries of a couple of my favorite things: First, August 1985 saw the theatrical release of my favorite movie of all time, 
"The Return of the Living Dead." In honor of that, you will hear a few selections from that soundtrack on this episode. Meanwhile, also in the glorious year that was 1985, later that same month, my favorite band of all time, The Cure, released their homecoming album, The Head on the Door, a selection from which opens the first full set of this show.

On the new music front, the first set brings us a track from Italian neo-folk act, Spiritual Front. To be fair, I'd credit them with a more expansive sound than just neo-folk, but anyway, their new release, 
Twin Horses, is a split with Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove. Continuing in the "spiritual" realm, you will also hear new post-punk from Portland's Spirit Host, with a song from their The First Flowers Demo.

After spending some time with the living dead, revisiting several catchy modern goth-punk releases of recent vintage, and digging into the overlooked music vaults, we arrive at more fresh post-punk from fellow PDX band Lunch, taken from their new album, 
Let Us Have Madness Openly. As if to beg the question "Just what are they putting in the water in Portland these days?," the second set finishes with a selection from a third PDX band, Soft Kill, taken from their already infectious new six-song collection entitled Heresy.

This month's darkwave set kicks off with something from the most recent 
Skeleton Hands album, Gone, in honor of their first Nashville show next month. Actually, they will be the first musical guests at Fascination Street, Nashville's monthly post-punk, deathrock, darkwave, and trad-goth dance night, on September 12th. The set then turns its attention to Paris, France for new music from Minuit Machine, who have just caught my ear this week with their Live & Destroy album from late 2014.

After a couple of revisitations of modern darkwave classics, we dip a bit deeper into the new Them Are Us Too album, Remain, before landing with a new song from the UK's Eat Static. Their new album Dead Planet features a couple of collaborations, but leave it to me to go straight for the one that features Robert Smith of The Cure on guest vocals. Of course I did. You knew I would. 

The show then makes a fairly sharp turn into the dark metal territory -- but not for good, so stick around even if you're not a metal fan. It all starts with more new music from Barshasketh, digging deeper into their new Ophidian Henosis album, which is followed closely by another taste of Skepticism's new Ordeal album, which, as I mentioned on the last episode, was recorded live before an audience. The set then shifts to the strange terrain of Norway's Dødheimsgard, whose new album A Umbra Omega continues the band's tradition of avant-garde metal that rejects traditional boundaries and form. 

Amidst all of this heaviness, you may be surprised to find something from the new Chelsea Wolfe album, but you will. No stranger to heavier territory, some of the selections on her new -- and already widely-praised -- album, Abyss, delve into the feel of doom metal, albeit with a more ethereal vocal style and some softer dynamics. Speaking of which, the show concludes with some of the softest dynamics your ears can ease into, the dulcet tones of a more ambient, spacey Edward Ka-Spel, with a track from his latest release, The Space Station Chapel.

All of that, PLUS: More new dark ambient from France's L'Enfant De La Forêt; Selections from the '80s Horror, '90s goth, and often-not-even-thought-of-as-darkwave vaults; and more! 

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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: August 14th, 2015

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

Bella Morte - Doubt  [Where Shadows Lie, 1999]
Small Precious Lights - Toward an Unknown Familiar  [digital single, 2014]
The Cure - Kyoto Song  [The Head on the Door, 1985]
Coil - Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)  [Horse Rotorvator, 1986]
Spiritual Front - Dear Lucifer  [Twin Horses, 2015]
The Horatii - Annaline  [Riposte, 1995]
The Caves - Darkness  [Drifting In Visions, 1994]
Spirit Host - West  [The First Flowers Demo, 2015]
The Jet Black Berries - Love Under Will  ["The Return of the Living Dead" (soundtrack) 1985]
SSQ - Trash's Theme  ["The Return of the Living Dead" (soundtrack) 1985]
45 Grave - Party Time (Zombie Version) ["The Return of the Living Dead" (soundtrack) 1985]
Holograms - Meditations  [Forever, 2013]
Varsovie - Hotel Roma  [L'Heure Et La Trajectoire, 2014]
The Snake Corps - Science Kills  [Flesh on Flesh, 1985]
A Flock of Seagulls - The Traveller  [Listen, 1983]
Hemgraven - Sång vid en grav  [Sanddyner av glas, 2014]
Lunch - Witch's Apartment  [Let Us Have Madness Openly, 2015]
Soft Kill - Violent Mind  [Heresy, 2015]
Javier Navarrete - Love Dark  ["Byzantium" (soundtrack) 2013]

Skeleton Hands - Dotted Lines (album version)  [Gone, 2013]
Minuit Machine - Sabotage  [Live & Destroy, 2014]
The Twilight Garden - Fixation  [Hope, 2012]
Light Asylum - Shallow Tears  [Light Asylum, 2012]
Them Are Us Too - Marilyn  [Remain, 2015]
Eat Static (feat. Robert Smith) - In All Worlds  [Dead Planet, 2015]
L'Enfant De La Forêt La Nuit Emporte Sa Voix  [Abraxas, 2015]
Barshasketh - III  [Ophidian Henosis, 2015]
Skepticism - Departure  [Ordeal, 2015]
Dødheimsgard - Architect of Darkness  [A Umbra Omega, 2015]
Chelsea Wolfe - Iron Moon  [Abyss, 2015]
Rick Wakeman - Sheer Terror/End Title Theme ["The Burning" (soundtrack) 1981]
Edward Ka-spel - The Space Station Chapel Part 2  [The Space Station Chapel, 2015]


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