Monday, September 26, 2016

PODCAST: September 2016

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It feels as though it's been longer than a month since the last full episode, but travel, and all the good that it can bring, will do that to you. It is finally autumn, and it's good to be back. This episode begins with a small salute to the 30th anniversary of The Chameleons' classic album, Strange Times, before turning its attention to the pile of new music that has amassed since last we spoke...

First up in the realm of new music is Garden of Mary from Dallas, Texas, with a somber selection from their EP, The Agony In Memory. After that, we move to new music from another act celebrating 30 years right now, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, with the lead single from their new album, These Fleeting Moments, which sees the band reunited with original vocalist Oscar Herrera. After a couple of selections from the goth vaults, and one request, we slide into a new song from ROME's latest, The Hyperion Machine, which some have called the project's most rock-based album to date -- to that, I say: Seek out Jerome Reuter's old band, Mack Murphy & the Inmates, and you'll see how his roots make sense of it all. Finally, the set rounds out with a deeper selection from the the Rendez-Vous album, Distance.

The second full set begins with brand mew music from Detroit's acclaimed Ritual Howls, whose new album Into the Water was released into the wild just before my mad travels began. We then go one (great) track deeper into the latest album from All Your Sisters, before stepping things up further with some catchy new goth-punk from Australia's Death Church. Next up is a new song from New York's Pawns, taken from their recent split EP with Chicago's Cemetery. After a visit to the Japanese deathrock vaults with The Execute, we get a further taste of fresh post-punk from Portland's Spirit Host, before topping the set off with a Cocteau Twins classic.

The third set begins with new music from Italy's 
Der Himmel Über Berlin, who came to my attention via a compilation from Venus Aeon Recordings entitled Vampyre. We then take a retro-flight with A Flock of Seagulls to continue the good fight against anyone who considers them a one-song band (shame on you). Our heroes in Ego Likeness sneak in just behind, with one of my recent favorites, "-geist," which has resurfaced on their new The Compass EPs collection. The 2-disc set gathers their out-of-print North, South, East, and West EPs, just in time to back the the band's forthcoming tour dates.

The set continues with new music from Nashville's own HR_Lexy, whose new album Slave to the Light will see said light next month. Following that, what I believe is the first band from Liechtenstein to ever appear on Out ov the Coffin
Evren Svren, gives you a taste his new album, Yolun Sonundaki Sahte Işık. Denver's Tollund Men, round out this fairly varied darkwave set with a deeper cut from their new Autoerotik cassette.

The final set turns its attention, as I have in recent weeks, to my mid-'90s dive into the realms of black metal, pulling out several certified classics from various shades of that spectrum. Not to be stuck in the past, though, the set begins with brand new music from Ukraine's Drudkh, taken from their new split (with Grift), entitled Betrayed By The Sun/Hägringar. Finally, the show closes with on a related note, with something from the romantic doom era (fight me), as momentarily made proud by my semi-annual nostalgia-targets, Celestial Season

* Side note: On the way out, I gave a brief plug for the "A Strange Day Post-punk Festival" 2017 next year in Olympia, Washington (starring ChameleonsVox), so here's that link to purchase early-bird tickets (while they last). 

All of that, PLUS: Deeper soundtrack selections from recently-noteworthy visual-pieces; Selections from the new romantic, darkwave, goth, and 1979-cult-film-classics vaultsand 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 26th, 2016

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

The Chameleons - Paradiso  [Strange Times, 1986]
The Cure - Demise  [Pornography: Deluxe Edition, 1982/2005]
Garden of Mary - The Silent Road  [The Agony In Memory, 2016]
Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Limitless  [These Fleeting Moments, 2016]
Classix Nouveaux - The Protector of Night  [Classix Nouveaux, 1981]
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - The Boy Has Built a Catacomb  [Mitternacht, 2014]  ^RQ^
Written in Ashes - All I Never Wanted  [Written in Ashes, 2004]
ROME - The Alabanda Breviary  [The Hyperion Machine, 2016]
Rendez-Vous - Foreseen Death  [Distance, 2016]
Barry De Vorzon - Wonder Wheel (Main Title) / Luther Shoots Cyrus / Train Walking  ["The Warriors" (soundtrack) 1979] 
Ritual Howls - Nervous Hands  [Into the Water, 2016]
All Your Sisters - Heater  [Uncomfortable Skin, 2016]
Death Church - Jaw Crusher  [digital single, 2016]
Pawns - Herxing  [Pawns/Cemetery (split) 2016]
The Execute - Dead Can Dance  [The Antagonistic Shadow, 1988]
Spirit Host - Full Dark, No Stars  [Full Dark, No Stars / En Masse, 2016]
Cocteau Twins - Musette and Drums  [Head Over Heels, 1983]
Howard Shore - The Shape of Rage (A Suite for 21 Strings) (exc.) ["The Brood" (soundtrack) 1979]
Der Himmel Über Berlin - The Chosen Ones  ["Vampyre" (comp.), 2016]
A Flock of Seagulls - Living In Heaven  [The Story of a Young Heart, 1984]
Ego Likeness - -geist  [The Compass EPs, 2016]
HR_Lexy - Come and See  [Slave to the Light, 2016] [N]
Evren Svren - Sana Tek Dileğim  [Yolun Sonundaki Sahte Işık, 2016]
Tollund Men - Spell of Deception  [Autoerotik, 2016]
Cliff Martinez - Ruby at the Morgue/Get Her Out of Me  ["The Neon Demon" (soundtrack) 2016]
Drudkh - Autumn in Sepia  [Betrayed By The Sun/Hägringar (split w/ Grift) 2016]
Bathory - Call From the Grave  [Under the Sign of the Black Mark, 1987]
Moonspell - Alma Mater  [Wolfheart, 1995]
Emperor - Inno a Satana  [In the Nightside Eclipse, 1994]
Abel Korzeniowski - Pull the Trigger / Mina  ["Penny Dreadful" (soundtrack) 2014] 
Celestial Season - In Sweet Bitterness/Ophelia  [Forever Scarlet Passion, 1993]

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(exc.) = excerpt
(comp.) = compilation
[N] = Nashville artist


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Friday, September 16, 2016

BONUS PODCAST: Compilation for the Dead 2016

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This special bonus episode (not to be confused with the regular September episode, which will arrive next week) is the podcast version of the Out ov the Coffin: Compilation for the Dead 2016. What's that? Well, the "Compilation for the Dead" is actually a mixtape-style version of the podcast, so the snake is eating its tail here.

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, its relative health, and if there were any good bands these days. My answer to the last question was always an emphatic "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.

"I made you a mixtape...." See? Not creepy at all!

So, each year (this one being the 10th, so it's ~special~), 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 the mix 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, so maybe you've heard it all, but the next regular (monthly), brand new episode will launch next week, featuring even more great new music -- alongside classics from the vault, and other current dark sounds from the realms of post-punk, deathrock, darkwave, goth, industrial, film scores, dark metal, and more.

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 16th, 2016

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

The "Out ov the Coffin" Compilation for the Dead, 2016:

1.    Mark Korven:  Banished ["The VVitch" (soundtrack) 2016]
2.    Altar de Fey: 1975  [Echoes in the Corridor, 2016]
3.    Litovsk:  Meaning Nothing  [Litovsk, 2016]
4.    Agent Side Grinder:  This Is Us  [Alkimia, 2015]
5.    Night Nail:  Hollow Day  [digital single, 2015]
6.    Krovi:  Blood (12" mix)  [Blood/Donna, 2015] [N]
7.    Rendez-Vous:  Demian  [Distance, 2016]
8.    Sievehead:  Into the Blue [Into the Blue, 2015]
9.    Infinite Void:  Face at the Window  [Infinite Void/Arctic Flowers (split), 2016]
10.  The Wraith:  Comatic Romance  [digital single, 2016]
11.  Long Night:  Sorrow Returns  [Sorrow Returns, 2016]
12.  Pleasure Leftists:  Protection  [The Woods of Heaven, 2015]
13.  Cold Showers:  Plantlife  [Matter of Choice, 2015]
14.  The Black Veils:  (Let's Set the) Cities on Fire  ["Sparkles in the Dark Vol. 2" (comp.), 2015]
15.  Сруб (Srub):  След в след (In the Tracks)  [Песни Злых Цветов (Songs of Flowers of Evil), 2016]
16.  Bootblacks:  Pastlives  [Veins, 2016]
17.  Body of Light:  Tremble  [Let Me Go, 2016]
18.  Essential Tremors:  MTA  [The Visitor EP, 2016] [N]
19.  Cliff Martinez:  Take Her to Measurements ["The Neon Demon" (soundtrack), 2016]
20.  Deth Crux:  Swallowed  [Pears of Anguish, 2015]
21.  Brothers:  Brothers  [Brothers, 2016] [N]
22.  Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein:  The Upside Down (exc.)  ["Stranger Things Vol. 1" (soundtrack) 2016]

(exc.) = excerpt
[N] = Nashville artist