Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PODCAST: December 2015 Episode

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While not a proper Christmas special, the December episode of Out ov the Coffin begins with a few selections along those lines, and you'll find several other odd (and I mean odd) seasonal choices sprinkled in throughout. For the most part, this episode is all about new material, as we prepare for the "Best ov 2015" episode that will come out next month. 

As is the tradition, The Cruxshadows have given their fans a Christmas present in the form of a brand new holiday-related song -- so new, in fact, that it actually didn't make the original recording of this episode. Never fear, though, I tacked it on to the very beginning as a pre-show bonus track. Grab your own copy as a pay-what-you-feel donation from their website.

As the show formally begins, you will hear two renditions of the haunting 16th century piece, "The Coventry Carol." Not merely a Christmas carol, the song was written as 
a lullaby sung by the mothers of doomed children, referring to the Biblical "Massacre of the Innocents," in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed. It's not a story that really lends itself to holiday cheer, which may illuminate the reasons Javier Navarrete chose it for the soundtrack to Neil Jordan's lush vampire tale, "Byzantium," from which you'll hear the first version, which will then blend into The Machine in the Garden's choral-goth take on the piece. 

Lycia leads the first full set with part one of my triptych for the changing season, "Autumn Moon," taken from their latest, A Line That Connects. The second panel uses the classic "December" by The Last Dance as a bridge to Winter Severity Index's "At Least the Snow,"completing the piece.

The set continues with some great new upbeat post-punk from Nashville's own 
Krovi, the latest musical outlet for Mother/Father's James Robert Farmer. Chile's Diavol Strâin follows with some brooding new goth rock, and the set is tied up with new music from recently resurrected '80s UK Deathrock act, 1919, taken from a live session that offers a taste of things to come.

The second set offers two brand new seven-inches from down under: Australia's 
Nervous Trend return with a driving new title track, Shattered, and Infinite Void drop in later to give you their side of their new split with Moth. In the meantime, Swizerland's Yabanci make a late entry to the show with a song from their 2014 album Grimorium, and Poland's Undertheskin give you another taste of their self-titled 2015 album. The set concludes with a late 'Coffin debut from Finland's Kuudes Silma, a further taste of The Hearse's new self-titled album, and some new trad-goth from Angels of Liberty's Telepathine

Sweden's Agent Side Grinder lead the third set, with a catchy neo-new-wave track from their latest album, Alkimia. We then pick up an overlooked 2014 compilation track from Dream Affair, followed by a song from the latest Minuit Machine album, Violet Rains, which continues the band's journey into murky-yet-danceable darkwave for the pensive. Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat then offers another selection from their new To Live Vicariously album, and Deth Crux rounds back towards heavier deathrock on the way out, with another track from their new Pears of Anguish EP. 

The heavier side of the show kicks in with an uncharacteristically abrasive, early-Swans-channeling track from the new Seeming EP, Worldburners Unite, which leads nicely into a deeper cut from the new Killing Joke album, Pylon. We then take another dose of Pinkish Black's new and difficult-to-label Bottom of the Morning album, before landing in eccentrically dark metal territory with a cut from Portugal's Onirik, taken from their new Casket Dream Veneration. Another brand new entry rounds out the set, a double shot from Greece's Varathron, taken from their new EP, The Confessional of the Black Penitents.

All of that, PLUS: New dark ambient from former Coil member Drew McDowell's Collapse album; An alarming number of selections from 1984's vaults of Deathrock and Holiday Horror; and Christmas closure from Spinal Tap and Skeletor

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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: December 21st/22nd, 2015

Pre-show bonus:
The Cruxshadows - Forgiveness (Winter Comes)  [digital single, 2015]
T-Rex - Xmas Message  [Tanx, 1973]

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

Javier Navarrete - The Coventry Carol  ["Byzantium" (soundtrack) 2013]
The Machine in the Garden - The Coventry Carol  [Excelsis Vol. 2: A Winter's Tale (comp.) 1999]
Mogwai - This Messiah Needs Watching  ["Les Revenants" (soundtrack) 2012]
Lycia - Autumn Moon  [A Line That Connects, 2015]
The Last Dance - December  [Once Beautiful, 2005]
Winter Severity Index - At Least the Snow  [Slanting Ray, 2014]
Krovi - Blood (12" Mix)  [Blood/Donna (single), 2015]
Diavol Strâin - Sinsentido  [digital single, 2015]
Anorexic Dread - Tracey's Burning  [Tracey's Burning, 1984]
1919 - Revenge  [2015: "The Madness Continues" Sessions, 2015]
X Mal Deutschland - Xmas in Australia  [Tocsin, 1984]
Nervous Trend - Shattered  [Shattered, 2015]
Yabanci - Ars Nova  [Grimorium, 2014]
Undertheskin - Wrong  [Undertheskin, 2015]
Kuudes Silma - Ääni Kadulta  [Kuudes Silma (7"), 2012]
Infinite Void - Even Ground  [Infinite Void/Moth (split) 2015]
The Hearse - We Bleed Black [The Hearse, 2015]
Angels of Liberty - Telepathine  [Telepathine, 2015]
Drew McDowall - Hypnotic Congress  [Collapse, 2015]
Agent Side Grinder - Giants Fall  [Alkimia, 2015]
Dream Affair - Still Cold  ["Death # Disco Compilation Volume IV," 2014]
Minuit Machine - Inner Self  [Violet Rains, 2015]
Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat - Lying  [To Live Vucariously, 2015]
Deth Crux - Insanguination  [Pears of Anguish, 2015]
Perry Botkin - Naughty  ["Silent Night, Deadly Night" (soundtrack) 1984]
Seeming - My Body Is Always Screaming  [Worldburners Unite, 2015]
Killing Joke - New Jerusalem  [Pylon, 2015]
Pinkish Black - Everything Must Go  [Bottom of the Morning, 2015]
Onirik - Requiem for a Profane Liberation [Casket Dream Veneration, 2015]
Varathron - The Confessional of the Black Penitents / Sinister Recollections  [The Confessional of the Black Penitents, 2015]
Des Dolan - End Title Music  ["Don't Open Till Christmas" (soundtrack) 1984]
Spinal Tap - Christmas with the Devil [Christmas with the Devil (single), 1984]
[SAMPLE] "He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special" (1985)


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