Sunday, December 25, 2016

PODCAST: December 2016

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While not a holiday special, this episode was recorded early on Christmas mo(u)rning, so it seems fitting that there be at least some holiday-related music -- never fear, though, it doesn't all follow that theme, and that which does is not suited for play over the PA system at your local mall. We start out, in fact, with a semi-related number from Create Christ, Sailor Boy, the new album from Hypnopazūzu, which sees the reunion of Current 93's David Tibet and Youth from Killing Joke. If not exactly festive, the song certainly deals with the same main character as the current (see how I did that?) holiday, so at least it's topical.

The first full set begins on a somber note, with a song played in memory of Cash Askew from Them Are Us Too, who was one of the 36 people killed in the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland on December 2nd. Although just a small tribute to people taken far too young in such a terrible way, I'd like to pay my respects to all of them here, those we knew, and those we never will. 

The set continues with a track I recently unearthed (a bit late) from a project called Pretty in Pink. It's a catchy but downcast anti-lovesong, which leads into a more upbeat (by comparison, at least) deeper cut from the new Wingtips EP, Greayarea. London's The Agnes Circle returns next with another song from their new album Some Vague Desire , which will no doubt surface on next month's "Best ov 2016" episode. Stay tuned. Fresh local post-punk/darkwave music from Nashville's own AC makes it debut next, before we round out the set with a trip to the early '90s vaults. 

The second set is basically your musical Christmas stocking, which I first fill with a certified classic from Porn Orchard, before digging up a pair of obscurities from everybody's favorite murder town, Twin Peaks. A brief Angelo Badalamenti theme dons its gay apparel, before a clip of actual cast members performing a warped rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" comes crashing through the (lack of) snow. With our tongues still in our cheeks, we check in with Death In Rome, who supply the only Christmas parody of NON you're likely to hear, followed by a BRAND new take on the the year-ending classic "Auld Lang Syne," as released by The Cruxshadows JUST in time for Christmas (get it here). Finally, I round out this lump of sonic coal with a personal favorite from Hanoi Rocks, "Dead by X-mas."

Back to the serious music, the third set begins with more new music from Soft Kill's Choke album, followed by a taste of the new solo release from Sjöblom (vocalist of Sweden's The Exploding Boy). More new Nashville music from Electricks steps in next, with a taste of the darker side of this local new wave outfit, followed by your first taste of the new EP from the UK's FEHM. You're sure to see their Circadian Life on my Best ov list next month as well. The set then goes full deathrock with a deeper cut from Veil Vitric's new self-titled release, and another selection from the new Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2 compilation. 

The dark metal portion of the show begins with new music from France's Alcest, whose forthcoming tour will see them traveling across the United States with The Body. For the vampyric black metal fans, a taste of the just-released new album from Crimson Moon comes next, followed by a classic from Monumentum. Two more new dark metal entries round out the set (as I catch up on 2016 releases). First, Baltimore's Unendlich, with a song from their new Scales of Existence album, followed by a taste of Austria's Karg, from their Weltenasche LP.

All of that, PLUS:  Newly-released soundtrack work from "Rogue One," "Penny Dreadful," and "Bates Motel"; Warped nods to the season at hand, up to and including goats screaming your (least?) favorite holiday classics; 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: December 25th, 2016

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

Hypnopazūzu - Christmas with the Channelers  [Create Christ, Sailor Boy, 2016]
Abel Korzeniowski - Us And Our Kin  ["Penny Dreadful Seasons 2 & 3" (soundtrack) 2016]
Them Are Us Too - Creepy Love  [Remain, 2015]
Pretty In Pink - Monster Love  [digital single, 2014]
Wingtips - Eyes Shut to the Sky  [Greyarea, 2016]
The Agnes Circle - Martial Love  [Some Vague Desire, 2016]
AC - @least U Make Me Feel  [1, 2016]  [N]
Alan Woxx - Love Is An Emanation of Death  [Daemonolatreia, 1990]
Chris Bacon - Welcome Home, Norman  ["Bates Motel Vol. 2" (soundtrack) 2016]
Porn Orchard - This Holiday Season (with intro)  ["Son of the Flagpole Christmas Album" (comp.) 1992]
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks Christmas Greeting  ["The Twin Peaks Music Archive" (comp.) 2011]
Cast of Twin Peaks - The Twelve Days of Christmas  ["Feel The Warmth Of Kevin & Bean’s Wonderful World Of Christmas (The White Album)" (comp.) 1990]
Death In Rome - Christmas Time  [digital single, 2014]
The Cruxshadows - Auld Lang Syne  [digital single, 2016]
Hanoi Rocks - Dead by X-mas  [Dead By X-Mas, 1981]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Hanging Lights  ["Stranger Things" (soundtrack) 2016]
Soft Kill Whirl  [Choke, 2016]
Sjöblom - Oh My Heart  [6, 2016]
Electricks - Esther  [digital single, 2016]  [N]
FEHM - Nullify  [Circadian Life, 2016]
Veil Vitric - Fog  [Veil Vitric, 2016]
ADS - Waiting For The War  ["Killed By Deathrock Vol. 2" (comp.) 2016]
Michael Giacchino - Krennic's Aspirations (exc.)  ["Rogue One" (soundtrack) 2016]
Alcest - Je suis d' ailleurs  [Kodama, 2016]
Crimson Moon - Weaver of the Web  [Oneironaut, 2016]
Monumentum - Consuming Jerusalem  [In Absentia Christi, 1995]
Unendlich - Parasadistic  [Scales of Existence, 2016]
Karg - Alles wird in Flammen stehen  [Weltenasche, 2016]
Perry Botkin - Main Titles  ["Silent Night, Deadly Night" (soundtrack) 1984]
ActionAid Sweden - Silent Night (Goat Edition)  [All I Want for Christmas is a Goat, 2015]

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


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