Friday, February 2, 2024

PODCAST: The Best ov 2023 (January 2024 Episode)

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EPISODE NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS:
 
Welcome to the 'Best ov 2023' episode of "Out ov the Coffin," my annual reflection on the best in Goth, post-punk, deathrock, darkwave, coldwave, damnbient, film scores, dark metal, and beyond.

As is the tradition, this first episode of each year serves as a sonic time capsule of the year that came before: The bands, albums, songs, films, and shows that shaped the year that was 2023. I have intentionally delayed this episode into the new year, so that I could include releases from November and December. which so often get overlooked, and spend some real time catching up on the massive amounts of music that can easily be missed in the constant downpour.

Instead of ranking my choices, I have placed them in an order that flows smoothly between the various styles, like a normal episode would. The result is a specially curated collection of the songs, artists, and albums that made the strongest impressions or were attached to the defining moments of the year that was 2023. During the talk breaks, you will hear music from some of the outstanding releases in film, television, and dark ambient (or "damnbient") music. And while the accompanying graphic certainly includes the cover art from a lot of my personal highlights, it acts as more of a representative collage than a chart. Think of this episode as an augmented greatest hits, if you will.

That said, this is not a rerun. As with every year, there are some releases included here that either slipped through 2023's proverbial cracks, or simply emerged late in the year. So, as you've come to expect each month, you are also getting some brand new music on this episode, including debuts from: 
Corpus Delicti, Happy Phantom, Ringfinger, VarsovieLepraAfskyBell Witch, and more — plus the soundtrack to one of my surprise favorite films of the year, “Godzilla Minus One.”

Without further ado, welcome to the "Out ov the Coffin: Best ov 2023" Edition (aka The January 2024 Episode, even though it has arrived at the dawn of February). I hope you enjoy it, and if you like what you hear, please share the link online, or pass it along to your like-minded friends.

And, as always, I hope you dig further into these artists and support them by using the linked band names on the playlist below, which most often link directly to their Bandcamp sites. If there's a video for a given song, I have added a link to that on the playlist as well!

 

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PLAYLIST BEGINS HERE
Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
(each band name is also a website link)
(sets and talk breaks separated by dashes)


"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  THE BEST ov 2023 Special!
   Show recorded on: February 1st, 2024
 

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

Astari Nite - Bowie in Daydreams  [single, 2023]  [Watch the video]
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Shadowsun - A Ray of Sunshine in the Dark  [The Pit, 2023]
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Vision Video - Normalized  [single, 2023]
Soft Kill - Behind the Rain  [Metta World Peace, 2023]
The Waning Moon - Annabel  [A Dream or a Vision, 2023]  [Watch the video]
Corpus Delicti - Chaos  [single, 2023]  [Watch the video]
Amulet - When Winter Comes  [single, 2023]  [Watch the video]
Ringfinger - An Apparition  [In a Black Frame, 2023]  [Watch the video]
Ritual Howls - Dark Ceiling in Tennessee  [Virtue Falters, 2023]  [Watch the video]
Tears for the Dying - Kaiju  [single, 2023]
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Naoki Satô - Divine / Portent  [“Godzilla Minus One” (soundtrack) 2023]
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Attic Eyes - The Moon  [Attic Eyes, 2023] 
[Watch the video]
Vosh - Devout  [Vessel, 2023]
St. Digue - Shadow  [Toxic Kiss, 2023] 
[Watch the video]
The Xray5 - Dark Star  [Elegy, 2023]
Tragic Black - Find Your Own Way  [Unsightly Visitations, 2023]
Happy Phantom - Banshee  [If Blood Comes First, 2023]
Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - Counter:Spell  [Alone at Sam’s: An Evening with…, 2023]
Final Gasp - Mourning Moon  [Mourning Moon, 2023] 
[Watch the video]
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And Remain There Forever - Повний трупів (Full of corpses)  [Страх як закон (Fear like a law), 2023]
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ROME - The Death of a Lifetime  [Gates of Europe, 2023]
Varsovie - The Ghost of Kyiv  [Pression à froid, 2023]
Ego Likeness - Live to Tell  [single, 2023]
Depeche Mode - Ghosts Again  [Momento Mori, 2023] 
[Watch the video]
Urban Heat - Like This [single, 2023]  [Watch the video]
The Bellwether Syndicate - We All Rise  [Vestige & Vigil, 2023]  [Watch the video]
Scary Black - Unlove  [single, 2023]
Silence in the Snow - Ghost Eyes  [Ghost Eyes, 2023] 
[Watch the video]
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Seraphina & No Justice - Sweet Moon  [Embodiment, 2023]
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The Newton Brothers - Uncanny  [“The Fall of the House of Usher” (soundtrack) 2023]
Lepra - Mandragora (Spell of Emchantment)  [Devil’s Blood in Her Tongue, 2023]
Afsky - Tid  [Om hundrede år, 2023]
Wolves in the Throne Room - Twin Mouthed Spring  [Crypt of Ancestral Knowledge, 2023] 
[Watch the video]
Morcaint - Elessar  [Elessar, 2023]
Crystal Coffin - Leviathans Encased  [The Curse of Immortality, 2023]
SVRM - II  [... а смерть ввійшла у тебе вже давно (...and death entered you a long time ago), 2023]
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David Galas - Transmission 20: Everyone Will Die Alone  [Rituals of the Dead, 2023]
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Bell Witch - The Clandestine Gate: Movement II [Future's Shadow Part 1 The Clandestine Gate, 2023] 
[Watch the video]

 
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Saturday, December 23, 2023

PODCAST: December 2023 Episode

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EPISODE NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS:

Welcome to that strange little character that is the final show of the year, the December episode of "Out ov the Coffin." Although mostly a "regular" episode, featuring a whole lot of new releases, along with some classic and anniversary selections from the vault, this episode also features a holiday set in the middle, and some closing seasonal selections at the end. Before you run scared, these will be holiday songs from artists associated with goth and dark music, at least -- but if you really want to avoid that vibe entirely, just skip the second full set (Tip: It's 22 minutes long), and all you will hear are some winter-themed selections that are scattered throughout the show.  
 
The show begins with a second taste of the forthcoming Twin Tribes album Pendulum. "Cauldron of Thorns" offers a more moody atmosphere and a new aspect of the duo's sound, while still remaining darkwave-danceable, which -- when paired with their previous single "Monolith" -- makes a promising teaser for the full release that's coming in early 2024.

The first full set dives right into a stack of new releases for this month, starting with the welcome return of Italian deathrock/post-punk act
Horror Vacui, with the a-side of their new self-titled 7-inch, which also teases a forthcoming 2024 album. From there, we begin to explore the latest bounty of offerings from Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows, who techincally issued three new releases this fall, all themed around a dark board game (which actually exists!), that calls forth '80s Halloween Horror elements -- and, basically, I think I'm going to need all of this. From there, we visit Athens, GA for the latest single (and video) from Tears for the Dying, before flying all the way to Ukraine for some new post-punk from Delirium. We then reach into the coldest part of the December vaults for a classic mood from Lycia, then hold on to some of that feeling with a brand new entry from San Francisco's Octavian Winters. Finally, we close the first full set with new music from DC's Amulet, who have really planted an earworm in me with their new single, "When Winter Comes." I chose the William Faith remix, but stay tuned for the original, soon...

Set two brings us into Holiday Mode, beginning with a nod to my father, in the form of a very Twin Peaks-esque version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, rendered by none other than Duke Ellington. A bit of a novelty, you say? Well, it sets us up for several more novelties to come. First, a double-shot of Venture Bros. Holiday Songs! The first is this year's just-released "Merry Xmas Everybody," but I follow that with the one I missed from last year, the perfectly-timed "Peril of the Bells," which they no-doubt chose to mark its centennial in 2022. See last year's December show for my own coverage of that anniversary, if you like. Moving on, we hear The Crüxshadows' 2023 Holiday song (the title of which I totally biffed in the talk break, sorry). It's a traditional-style, Celtic-sounding, actual Christmas song this time, which you can grab as donation ware here, along with Rogue's many other holiday singles.

Since Christmas time always brings about thoughts of Twin Peaks (again, see last December's episode), I couldn't resist digging up what is perhaps the kitschiest legitimate offering made in the wake of the show's success, the semi-official Twin Peaks version of the "12 Days of Christmas" -- which really happened, as a result of some DJs at KROQ back in 1990, who assembled cast members
Kyle MacLachlan (Cooper), Jack Nance (Pete), Frank Silva (Bob), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy) , and Dana Ashbrook (Bobby) to record one of the weirdest versions of a song that is no stranger to weird versions. How to follow that? "Dead by X-Mas" of corpse! The classic 1982 Hanoi Rocks single that I will never stop playing this time of year. And, in closing the set, a nod to the 40th anniversary of The Cure's singles collection, Japanese Whispers, in the form of the Christmas-referencing pajama-jam, "Let's Go To Bed."

Back to the regular music for set three, we focus on darkwave and synth-based music this time, beginning right here in Nashville with a new single from the up-and-coming General Trust! We then watch Sacred Skin reveal the oddity that is a (admittedly bangin') cover of Ricky Gervais' obscure '80s new wave band, Seona Dancing, followed by a new remix of Wingtips' "Innocent Blood," as transformed by their good friends in Twin Tribes. A 'Coffin debut from Baltimore act Vacant Windows comes in next, sure to scratch that lost-'80s-single itch for many, followed by another debut, this time from French act Divine Shade , which appeals to the more aggressive side of the style. Finally, book-ending this set with another Nashville act, the set closes with a stark, almost Pornographic (in the Cure sense) piece from Trance//Furnace artist, Spectral Body.

Set four brings balance to force, so to speak, with a counter to the holiday set, in the form of an atmospheric black metal set, beginning with new music from Canada's Miserere Luminis. A 30th anniversary salute to the highly-influential early career of Sweden's Katatonia comes next, with a selection from their first full length, 1993's appropriately titled Dance of December Souls. We then hear the first single from Isenordal's forthcoming Requiem for Eirênê, before plunging deeper into the unlit woods for a taste of The Nighthold from Finland's Vargrav. Finally, closing out the dark metal portion on a serious note, we hear the track "Spiritual Warfare" from UK act Dawn Treader, taken from Forest Summoner Records' "Free Palestine" Compilation, which gathers a long list of dark metal acts to benefit, and raise awareness of, the plight of the Palestinian people, who are so quickly being massacred throughout Gaza as we speak.

In closing the show, I chose two traditional dark holiday selections: First, Victorian Chamber Metal artists 
Valentine Wolfe's new rendition of the Ukrainian Christmas classic "Shchedryk" (aka Carol of the Bells), followed by my traditional ending for the December episode, a nice dark story time -- brought to you, once again, by The Legendary Pink Dots, who have faithfully issued The Legendary Pink Dots’ Christmas Special 2023, so that we may rest in its atmosphere.

All of that PLUS:  Two new dark ambient / experimental Ukrainian releases to complete this month's trident: The story-telling atmospheres of Inshysvit's Eidetic 1, and the Kyiv-based Erythroleukoplakia Records release of Death Allure's Misery is a Form of Treat; The 50th anniversary of The Exorcist (just i tie for Xmas?); Selections from the Holiday Horror vault; and more!

 

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PLAYLIST BEGINS HERE
Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
(each band name is also a website link)
(sets and talk breaks separated by dashes)


"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
  December 2023 Episode
  Show recorded December 22nd-23rd, 2023

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

Twin Tribes - Cauldron of Thorns  [Pendulum, 2024]

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Inshysvit - Eidetic 1.4  [Eidetic 1, 2023]
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Horror Vacui - Distressed  [S/T, 2023]

Sopor Aeternus & the Ensemble of Shadows - Come and Play With Us  [Alone at Sam’s, An Evening With…, 2023]

Tears for the Dying - We Are the Darkness  [single, 2023]

Delirium - Місто (“Misto” / City) (feat. 77PID’YIZD)  [single, 2023]

Lycia - December  [Cold, 1996]

Octavian Winters - Nebula  [The Line or Curve, 2023]

Amulet - When Winter Comes (A Hole Inside My Heart Mix by William Faith)  [When Winter Comes (single) 2023]

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Duke Ellington - Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)  [The Nutcracker Suite, 1960]

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Christopher St. residents (Colonel Gentleman, The Action Man, Rose, Billy Quizboy, & Pete White) - Merry Xmas Everybody [Venture Bros. Holiday single 2023]

The Monarch, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, Henchman 21 - Peril of the Bells [Venture Bros. Holiday single 2022]

The Crüxshadows - The Winter Rose  [single, 2023]

Twin Peaks Cast (Kyle MacLachlan, Jack Nance, Frank Silva, Kimmy Robertson, and Dana Ashbrook) - 12 Days of Christmas [single done for KROQ, 1990]

Hanoi Rocks - Dead By Xmas  [Self-Destruction Blues, 1982]

The Cure - Let’s Go To Bed  [Japanese Whispers, 1983]

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Gershon Kingsley - Suite II (exc.)  ["Silent Night, Bloody Night" (soundtrack) 1972]

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General Trust - If I Could Change Your Mind  [If I Could Change Your Mind / If I Could Read Your Mind, 2023] [N]

Sacred Skin - Bitter Heart (Seona Dancing cover)  [single, 2023]

Wingtips - Innocent Blood (Twin Tribes remix)  [Remixes, 2023]

Vacant Windows - Real Life  [single, 2023]

Divine Shade - Heaven  [single, 2023]

Spectral Body - Grey Dawn  [Demonstration 23, 2023] [N]

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Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells  ["The Exorcist" (soundtrack) 1973

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Miserere Luminis - Noir Fauve  [Ordalie, 2023]

Katatonia - Gates of Bereavement  [Dance of December Souls, 1993]

Isenordal - Epiphanies of Abhorrence and Futility  [Requiem for Eirênê, 2024]

Vargrav - Chalice of Silver and Blood  [The Nighthold, 2023]

Dawn Treader - Spiritual Warfare  [“Free Palestine - Comp I” (comp.) 2023]

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Death Allure - Love is Poison  [Misery is a Form of Treat, 2023]

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Valentine Wolfe - Shchedryk  [Specter in the Frost, 2023]

The Legendary Pink DotsGolden Redeemer  [The Legendary Pink Dots’ Christmas Special 2023]



[N] = Nashville artist!

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