Friday, September 18, 2015

PODCAST: September 2015 Episode

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In honor of their current US tour, we begin this episode with a classic from The Chameleons, taken from their essential 1983 debut, Script of the Bridge. Now, before anybody scoffs, yes, it's really ChameleonsVox that's touring, and not all of the original members, but just let us have this. It's as close as we're ever going to get to seeing them play, and they're performing such a classic album in its entirety, to boot. Tour dates are here

Beyond that, this episode is loaded with brand new music, this time leaning heavily towards the punk side of the post-punk spectrum. First up is the long-awaited new album from Hollywood-to-Berlin transplants, Frank the Baptist. As the Camp Burns sees the band continuing to cultivate their trademark sound, which continues to defy easy categorization. After a dip in the coldwave vaults, we meet up with Publicist UK, a band that defies logic by not only being from the US, but also being comprised largely of known metal players in a post-punk game. Their new album, Forgive Yourself, is available here.

Our second Berlin-based act of the show, 
Diät, then picks up with a selection from their somewhat garage-y new album, Positive Energy, followed by an uptempo post-punk blast from Ssleeping DesiresS, taken from their new self-titled release. The set then runs out with more new post-punk from Ohio's Pleasure Leftists, who have just issued The Woods of Heaven.

The first half of the next set takes on more of a straightforward punk sound -- with darker attitude, of course. Sheffield's Sievehead leads the charge with a cut from their Into the Blue album, followed by our third Berlin band of the show, Pretty Hurts, with a taste of their new Expectations EP. Australia's Chain of Flowers (who I must assume are Cure fans) then offer a taste of their forthcoming self-titled album, followed by a cut from the Eternal Return 7-inch from Brooklyn's Pawns, recently issued on the Sacred Bones label.  

A bit of darkwave rounds out the set, with further dose of France's 
Minuit Machine, who I can't seem to stop listening to lately, followed by the lead single from the most recent full length from Cincinnati's Skeleton Hands, who just played a great show at Fascination Street, Nashville's monthly post-punk, deathrock, darkwave, and trad-goth dance night that I mention often, because you should join us if you're ever in the neighborhood.

Cold Showers begins the next set, with a track from their new Matter of Choice album, joining darkwave and post-punk, using the pop sensibilities of The Cure as the glue. Another Lips comes back -- all the way from Misnk, Belarus -- with a new single entitled "Синька" (in English: "Blue"), just before we dip into a classic, and then emerge again with a further taste of Chelsea Wolfe's new album, Abyss. I had the pleasure of seeing her again this week, when her current tour dropped through Nashville. The set then ends with a couple of interesting twists, the first being from the also-touring Membranes, who have returned with Dark Matter/Dark Energy.

Although things get heavy a little earlier on this episode, the main metal begins by spotlighting the 2015 California Deathfest (October 9-11 in Oakland, CA). In this case, I've focused on the bands playing on that Sunday, which leans more in the direction of death/doom. You'll hear music from LycusGnaw Their TonguesBölzerWorship, and even a brand new one from Portland's Shroud of the Heretic, who will all join Loss (and many other great bands) on stage for the final day of the festival. Worship, Lycus, and Shroud of the Heretic will also be on tour leading up to the fest. Those dates are here

Finally, the show closes with a track from Velnias, who are also on tour in the US, stopping in to Nashville on September 23rd @ The East Room

All of that, PLUS: An always-welcome rarity from Robert Smith's personal vaults; a second nod to the memory of Wes Craven; some new instrumental work from Denmark's Moth; a look back at some forgotten Twin Peaks-inspired depressive metal; and 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: September 18th, 2015

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

The Chameleons - A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days  [Script of the Bridge, 1983]
Robert Smith - Prayers for Rain (Home Demo Instrumental 04-88)  [Disintegration (Deluxe Edition) 1989/2010]
Frank the Baptist - Diogenes Travels  [As the Camp Burns, 2015]
Asylum Party - Misfortunes?  [What Will You Learn, 1989]
Publicist UK - Slow Dancing to this Bitter Earth  [Forgive Yourself, 2015]
Diät - Sinkhole [Positive Energy, 2015]
Ssleeping DesiresS - Years In Repair  [Ssleeping DesiresS, 2015]
Pleasure Leftists - Protection  [The Woods of Heaven, 2015]
Moth - After the Fire II  [Singles and Early Demos, 2015]
Sievehead - No Grapes  [Into the Blue, 2015]
Pretty Hurts - Expectations  [Expectations, 2015]
Chain of Flowers - Crisis  [Chain of Flowers, 2015]
Pawns - Eternal Return  [Eternal Return, 2015]
Minuit Machine - Ghost  [Live & Destroy, 2014]
Skeleton Hands - Oxygen  [Gone, 2013]
S.T.R.S.G.N - Full Eclipse (Catherine's Theme) ["Carpenter" (comp.) 2015]
Cold Showers - Plantlife  [Matter of Choice, 2015]
Another Lips - Синька (Blue) [Синька (single) 2015]
Kommunity FK - The Other World  [Close One Sad Eye, 1985]
Chelsea Wolfe - Color of Blood  [Abyss, 2015]
The Membranes - The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light  [Dark Matter/Dark Energy, 2015]
Fear of Eternity - Staring at the Dark  [Spirit of Sorrow, 2006]
Brad Fiedel - Main Title  ["The Serpent and the Rainbow" (soundtrack) 1988]
Gnaw Their Tongues - Teeth That Leer Like Open Graves  [An Epiphanic Vomiting of Blood, 2007]
Lycus - Engravings  [Tempest, 2013]
Shroud of the Heretic - Metempsychosis  [Unorthodox Equilibrium, 2015]
Worship - Terranean Wake IV: End Of An Aeviturne  [Terranean Wake, 2012]
Bölzer - Coronal Mass Ejaculation  [Aura, 2013]
Treha Sektori - Berh Ehn Confession  [Endessiah, 2012]
Velnias - Reclamation of Valour  [RuneEater, 2012]


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Friday, September 11, 2015

BONUS PODCAST: Compilation for the Dead 2015

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Another Bonus podcast? Yes! The regular September episode of "Out ov the Coffin" will appear some time next week, but for now, please enjoy this podcast version of the Out ov the Coffin: Compilation for the Dead 2015.

I started the "Compilation for the Dead" series back in 2007, after attending Dragon Con for a couple of years, where I would consistently have conversations about the state of "goth" music, whether the scene was dying or not, and if there were any good bands these days. My answer to the last question was always "yes!," but in order to put my money where my mouth was, I decided to make it a physical reality that I could just hand to people as proof.

So, each year (this one being the 9th consecutive), I choose just under 80 minutes of new and current music to represent my podcast, my DJing style, and, most importantly, the current state of the goth & dark music scene as I see it. I then hand-craft 100 physical copies, and give them away to people that come to the goth-related panels that I moderate*. Once that's done, I upload the mix as a podcast, so everyone else can hear it, too.

For those who just found out about "Out ov the Coffin" at Dragon Con this year, I welcome you aboard. This is a special recap episode, but the next regular (monthly), brand new episode will launch next week, featuring even more great new music -- alongside classics, other current dark sounds, and even some of the great selections that had to be cut from this compilation in order to fit on one disc.

In the meantime, if you're new to this podcast, I encourage you to check out some of the previous episodes (here or here), and to follow the show on Facebook.


* Neither this podcast nor this compilation are endorsed or produced by Dragon Con.

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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  Show recorded on: Friday, September 11th, 2015

Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me  ["Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack) 1994]

The "Out ov the Coffin" Compilation for the Dead, 2015:

1.    Disasterpeace:  Detroit  ["It Follows" (soundtrack) 2015]
2.    Shadowhouse:  A Darkness  [Hand In Hand, 2014]
3.    Shadow Age:  Silaluk  [Silaluk, 2015]
4.    The Mescaline Babies:  Dancing With A Broken Leg  [Primer, 2015]
5.    NU:N:  Under Your Stars Above  [Nothing Unveils Nothing, 2014]
6.    Them Are Us Too:  Creepy Love  [Remain, 2015]
7.    Soft Kill:  Violent Mind  [Heresy, 2015]
8.    Another Lips:  Self-Defense (Самозащита)  [Dirt (Грязь), 2015] (titles translated)
9.    Varsovie:  L'Éclaircie  [L'Heure et la Trajectoire, 2014]
10.  Ritual Howls:  Zemmoa  [Turkish Leather, 2014]
11.  Mica Levi:  Andrew Void (exc.)  ["Under the Skin" (soundtrack) 2014]
12.  Spiritual Front:  Dear Lucifer  [Twin Horses (split), 2014]
13.  The Soft Moon:  Far  [Deeper, 2015]
14.  Horror Vacui:  The Right Cure  [Return of the Empire, 2014]
15.  The House of Capricorn:  Our Shrouded King  [Morning Star Rise, 2014]
16.  All Your Sisters:  Tension  [Modern Failures, 2014]
17.  Minuit Machine:  Sabotage  [Live & Destroy, 2014]
18.  Aeon Rings:  No More Pain  [Floods, 2014]
19.  Cardinal Noire:  MKIV - Eternal  [Cardinal Noire, 2015]
20.  20Six Hundred feat Lucy Black:  Into the Night  ["The Next Peak Vol. 1" (comp.) 2015
21.  John Carpenter:  Purgatory (exc.)  [Lost Themes, 2015]

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BONUS PODCAST: "The Road to Dragon Con" Special, 2015

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Dragon Con, Dragon Con, Dragon Con!!!  

Welcome to my annual "Road to Dragon Con" special bonus podcast for 2015! First, I should note that this is not a traditional episode of the "Out ov the Coffin." The next regular episode should launch on September 18th, following a second bonus episode, the annual Compilation for the Dead. Busy month!

Second, a disclaimer: I am a volunteer for Dragon Con, on the Horror Track, but this podcast is in no way paid, official, or endorsed. I do this for fun, from one fan to many others, to give people something related and immersive to listen to on the way to the convention each year.

"So, what the hell is Dragon Con?" Dragon Con is an enormous 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 (September 4th-7th this year). It's four full days of panels, parties, costuming, and concerts, and it never lets up for a minute.

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 the latest music from performers Abney ParkAurelio VoltaireThe CruxshadowsEgo LikenessInertiaRasputina, and This Way to the Egress, along with theme songs, dialogue, novelties, and related music from the shows, stars, and movies that will be covered this year, including Hannibal, Sleepy Hollow, Arrow, Battlestar Galactica, and many, many more.

On the playlist below, you will find not only the list of everything played on this podcast, 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 double check the times for these panels. Or, move into the 21st century and install the Dragon Con 2015 Smart Phone App HERE. It really does make life easier.

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, with a slant towards the dark side, but I've made sure to highlight topics of personal interest from all across the convention's many offerings on this episode. That said, this is just a slice of what could never be contained in a simple podcast.

If this episode 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 pumped up for what you already want to see. 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!

Also: If you're wondering what panels I will be moderating this year, here's the list:
  • Friday 1:00pm: "Hannibal: Aptitretare" [Augusta Ballroom, Westin]
    The first of three Q&A panels about one of this decade's greatest television shows, "Hannibal." What's the future of the series? What was it like to bring such elegant horror to network television? Hear it from actors Scott Thompson (Jimmy Price) and Aaron Abrams (Brian Zeller). 
  • Saturday 2:30pm: "The Year in Goth" [Peachtree 1-2, Westin]
    The panel formerly known as "State of the Goth Scene," basically. Meet the bands that are performing this year and talk about the music, the scene, and life under the black umbrella. With members of The Cruxshadows, Ego Likeness, Inertia, and maybe a surprise guest or two. 
  • Saturday 4:00pm: "Sleepy Hollow"  [Augusta Ballroom, Westin]
    We've joked about it for years, and now it's happening: Ichabod vs. Ichabod! Join me as I host a Q&A panel with Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills), and the show's makeup artist Corey Castellano.
  • Sunday 2:30pm: "Sleepy Hollow" [Atrium Ballroom, Marriott]
    One more chance to ask the stars of "Sleepy Hollow" all of your colonial horror questions. And another chance for me to crack bad Ichabod jokes with show-stars Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane) and Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills).
Otherwise, you can find me hanging out a lot at The Horror Track. See our full list of panels for this year right here

NOTE: The Horror Track is located in the Westin, with most panels taking place at our Headquarters in the Peachtree Room (aka Peachtree 1-2) on the 8th floor (two floors up from the entrance level; same room as last year); however, some of our panels will be held in larger rooms throughout the convention, such as the Westin's Peachtree and Augusta Ballrooms, or the larger halls in the Hyatt or Marriott. Always refresh the app for the latest updates, or grab a copy of The Daily Dragon each morning. 

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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
"Road to Dragon Con" Special
  Show date: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

SAMPLE: "Hannibal" Will GrahamCBS Special Intro Sound
SAMPLE: "Hannibal" Price & Zeller
[Hannibal:Scott Thompson & Aaron Abrams: Fri 01:00 pmSun 11:30 am (both in Peachtree Ballroom (Westin); Sat 11:30 am (Regency VI-VII, Hyatt)]
Brian Reitzell - Opening Theme ["Hannibal" 2013]
[Hannibal Fannibals (fan panel): Fri 8:30pm Peachtree 1-2 (Westin)]
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me  ["Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack) 1994]
SAMPLE: "Hannibal" Dr. Lecter and Will
Siouxsie Sioux & Brian Reitzell - Love Crime  ["Hannibal" Season 3 soundtrack, 2015]
Shadowy Men from a Shadowy Planet - Having an Average Weekend ("Theme from Kids in the Hall")  [Love Without Words, 1985]
[Scott Thompson: Sat 8:30pm (Podcasting Track, Hilton Grand Ballroom West)]
Brian Tyler - Sleepy Hollow Theme ["Sleepy Hollow" (soundtrack) 2013]
[Tom Mison (Ichabod) & Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills): Sat 4pm (Augusta, Westin), Sun 2:30 pm (Marriott Atrium)]
SAMPLE: "Sleepy Hollow" Season 2 Intro
[Monsters of Sleepy Hollow w/ Corey Castellano (make-up artist): Fri 2:30pm Peachtree 1-2 Westin]
Rasputina - Curse Tablet  [Unknown, 2015]
[Sun 01:30 am (LIVE)]
James S. Levine - Opening Theme ["American Horror Story" (soundtrack) 2011]
[AHS: Freak Show: Fri 10am, Sat 2:30pm, Sun 7pm (all in Peachtree Ballroom, Westin)]
Buddy Baker, X Atencio, Thurl Ravenscroft - Grim Grinning Ghosts
[Disney's Haunted Mansion panel: Sun 5:30pm (Peachtree 1-2 Westin)]
Christopher Lee & The Tolkien Ensemble - Verse of the Rings (I)  [The Lord Of The Rings: Complete Songs & Poems, 2006]
[Christopher Lee Tribute panel: Fri 11:30, Peachtree 1-2 (Westin)]
TRAILER: "Dracula Has Risen from the Grave"
Richard O'Brien & Cast - The Time Warp (Christopher Lee-Mix by Ichabod)  ["The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Soundtrack) 1975]
[Rocky Horror Live w/ Lipps Down on Dixie, Sun 1:30am Centennial II-III (Hyatt)]
[Barry Bostwick: Fri 1pm Intl North Hyatt]
Abney Park - Tribal Nomad  [Nomad, 2014]
[Sun 11:59pm, Marriott Atrium LIVE]
Abel Korzeniowoski - Main Title ["Penny Dreadful" (soundtrack) 2014]
[The Demimonde and Dark Victoriana of Penny Dreadful: Sat 8:30 Augusta 1-2 (Westin)]

[Dreadpunk: The Gothic Horror Revival, Sun 8:30 Peachtree 1-2 (Westin)]
Ego Likeness - Darkness  [When the Wolves Return, 2015]
[Sat 1:30am LIVE: Hyatt Cent. II-III, Sat 2:30pm (Year in Goth) Peachtree 1-2 Westin, Sat 7pm (Body Horror) Peachtree 1-2 Westin]]
TRAILER: 2001: A Space Odyssey
[Keir Dullea (Dr. Dave Bowman) & Gary Lockwood (Dr. Frank Poole) "2001" panels: Fri 1pm, Sat 5:30pm, Sun 11:30am (all in Hilton Grabd Ballroom East)]
Bear McCreary - Credits Theme ["Battlestar Galactica" (soundtrack)]
[BSG (2003) cast panels: Fri 2:30pm (Marriott Atrium Ballroom); Sat11:30am, Sun 4pm, Mon 10am (all in Hyatt Cent. II-III)]
SAMPLE: "Battlestar Galactica" (2003)
Richard Gibbs - Main Title (Uk Version) ["Battlestar Galactica" (soundtrack) ]
Blake Neely - The Flash Theme ["Flash" (soundtrack) 2014]
[Flash cast panels: Fri 1pm, Sat 5:30 pm (Atrium, Marriott), Sun 10am (Cent. II-III Hyatt)]
Inertia - Dark Valentine  [Existential, 2015]
[Sat 2:30 pm (Year in Goth: Peachtree 1-2, Westin), Sun 11:59pm (LIVE - Hyatt Centennial II-III)]
SAMPLE: Arrow Season 3 re-cap
[Arrow cast panels: Sat 2:30pm, Sun 11;30am (both in Marriott Atrium Ballroom)]
Blake Neely - Setting Up The Lair ["Arrow: Season 1" (soundtrack) 2013]
[Stephem Amell Live: Fri 5:30 Marriott Atrium Ballroom]
The Cruxshadows - In Gardens  [digital single, 2015]
[Fri 5:30pm (Hyatt Reg. V), Sat 2:30pm (Year in Goth: Peachtree 1-2 Westin), Sat 7pm (Hyatt Intl. N.), Mon 1:30am (LIVE: Cent. II-III Hyatt)]
Floating Point - "Game of Thrones" 8-bit Theme  [web-release, 2012]
[Game of Thrones: Fri 11:30am, Sat 1pm, Sun 10am (all in Marriott Atrium Ballroom)]
Nichelle Nichols - Theme from "Star Trek" [Uhura Sings, 1986]
[Walk of Fame, Parade, Guest of Honor (Banquet Sat 7pm)]
Alexander Courage/John Williams - Star Trek Wars (Ich's Mash-Up)
John Philip Sousa - The Liberty Bell (exc.) ["Monty Python's Flying Circus" 1969]
[Monty Python's Terry Jones: Signing Sat 1pm, Sun 2:30pm, Mon 1pm (Sheraton Piedmont); Panels: Sun 11:30am, Mon 10am (Sheraton Grand B'room)]
SAMPLE: Star Wars: Chewbacca & Han
[Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca): Fri 2:30pm (Imperial, Hyatt), Sat 1pm (Regency VI-VII Hyatt)]
Stu Phillips - Main Title : Theme From "Battlestar Galactica" (1978)
[Classic BSG w/ Terry Carter (Tigh) and Richard Hatch (Apollo): Sat 2:30, Mon 11:30am (Hyatt Cent. I)]
Aurelio Voltaire - Raised By Bats  [Raised By Bats, 2014]
[Fri 4pm Augusta Ballroom Westin, Fri 11:59pm LIVE: Marriott Atrium Ballroom]
SAMPLE: Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch 
[Carroll Spinney (Big Bird, Oscar T. Grouch): Walk of Fame, Parade. Panels: Fri 10am (Cent, II-III Hyatt), Sat 2:30pm (Marriott Imperial), Sun 11:30am (Hyatt Cent. II-III)]
This Way to the Egress - Tarantella  [Great Balancing Act, 2015]
[LIVE: Sat 1:30am Marriott Atrium, Sat 8:30pm, Sun 6pm (Hyatt Concourse). Panels: Fri 5:30pm (Augusta 3 Westin), Sat 2:30pm (Augusta 1-2 Westin)]
SAMPLE: Venture Bros.
[Doc Hammer: Fri 1pm Marriott A601-602, Sat 8pm Marriott Atrium]
[James Urbaniak: Fri 2:30pm Hilton Grand Ballroom East, Fri 5:30pm Marriott Imperial, Sat 8pm Marriott Atrium] 
J.G. Thirlwell - No Vacancy (Venture Bros. Theme)
[Venture Bros. panel w/ Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, James Urbaniak: Sun 4pm Marriott Atrium]
Shuki Levy, Haim Saban, and Erika Lane - Skeletor's Spaceship/Journey Back In Time  [He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (soundtrack) 1983/2015]
[G.I.Joe vs He-Man fan panel: Sun 2:30pm Marriott M303-304]
TRAILER: "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)
SAMPLE: Never Sleep Again
[Possible last-minute Wes Craven Tribute panel TBA, Peachtree 1-2 (Westin)]
Joe Harnell - The Lonely Man Theme ["The Incredible Hulk" 1978]
[Avengers Ball: Fri 10pm P'Tree Ballroom (Westin)]
SAMPLE: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life


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