Wednesday, August 3, 2022

PODCAST: Late Summer 2022 (July/August) Episode

STREAM this episode right now on Mixcloud]
 Or, click the photo below to save the podcast file, stored on GoogleDrive:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
EPISODE NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS:

The busiest season of the year has arrived, and as a result, you have arrived at the steps of what has been dubbed the Late Summer 2022 episode of "Out ov the Coffin." This extended episode covers both July AND August, as a great deal of impending travel and planning will prevent two separate episodes. In the interest of entertainment, I have thrown a spotlight on the two main inspirations for all of this activity:
Dragon Con 2022 and Psycho Las Vegas. So, in addition to the stack of new releases you've come to expect from every episode, you will also hear three special sets that highlight some of the standout bands who will playing at these two massive events. But more on that later...

This episode opens with my monthly Ukrainian Trident, as I've come to call it, better explained as three songs that are either by Ukrainian artists, or written/released for or about the plight of Ukraine, as they continue to fight the Russian invasion of their homeland. First, we hear new music from ВОЛОК (Volok), a Kiev-based act that combines dark ambient atmosphere with the kind of vocals that would haunt a nocturnal Eastern European cathedral on their latest release, Аз Есмь. Second, we hear a song from Defiance, the new EP by neo-folk favorites ROME, which was written in support of the Ukrainian plight, even going so far as to include the Ukrainian national salute, "Slava Ukraini," in the lyrics of "The Brightest Sun." Third, as we glide into the first talk break, you will hear some new Ukrainian dark ambient from Shadowsun's Last Incarnation of Moloch.

The first full set of the night is a collection of brand new 2022 releases, mostly digital singles, from a variety of current post-punk, goth, and darkwave acts. First up is the new single from The Bellwether Syndicate (feat. William Faith of Faith and the Muse + long-running Chicago DJ Scary Lady Sarah). "Dystopian Mirror" is an instant post-punk banger, the video for which premieres August 5th. Sweden's The Secret French Postcards are up next with the standalone single "Dreaming At Last," followed by Germany's Golden Apes, with their standalone single "From the Sky." We then dip into the sacred vaults of France's number one goth export, Corpus Delicti, for a previously unreleased home demo that appears on their brand new collection, The Complete Recordings, 1992-1996.

Returning to the present, we continue set 1 with an amped up new single from Belgium's A Slice of Life, which is followed by a track from the excellent new Kill Shelter album, Asylum. Although this track features Antipole, who teamed up with Kill Shelter for their last full length, this new album features collaborations with a variety of talented artists like Ronny Moorings of Clan of Xymox and the aforementioned William Faith. Rest assured, those will be featured in future episodes. Finally, the set closes with the latest single (and video) from Sweden's A Projection, who continue their successful mix of synthwave and traditional post-punk on "Careless."

Set two turns the spotlight on Dragon Con 2022! For the uninitiated, Dragon Con is a massive convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, focusing on every aspect of fandom and nerdity you can imagine (Sci-fi, fantasy, comics, film, horror, art, etc.) every Labor Day Weekend. In this case, we are going to focus mainly on the music aspect, with a set that includes brand new singles from four of the bands that will be performing this year. 
 
First up is Vision Video, giving us a taste of their forthcoming album Haunted Hours, in the form of new single, "Promises." Fellow Goth Dad Aurelio Voltaire sails in next, with a taste of his forthcoming Black Labyrinth album, which features guest spots from many former members of David Bowie's bands. It's only fitting, then, that the lead single is a medley of songs from the Labyrinth movie soundtrack, which is an idea that simply cannot fail to whip up the Dragon Con crowd. After having to skip the convention circuit last year, missing Dragon Con for the first time in over a decade, The Cruxshadows return this year, armed with a brand new pay-what-thou-wilt single "All the White Horses (Into the Mirror Darkly)." And, finally, the Horror Track's house band, Valentine Wolfe, round out this set with a selection from their forthcoming full-length, Lullabies, Love Songs, and Laments. Of special note this year will be the band's live scoring of the ultimate silent film classic, Nosferatu (1922), in honor of its 100th anniversary. Time and location TBA.
 

Those who attend Dragon Con may know me from my work on the Dragon Con Horror Track (follow us on Facebook / Instagram), where I do the goth panels each year. It is too early (at press time) to provide exact times for all the goth-interest events this year, but watch this space for an update when the schedule is released. What I can say right now is that the main Goth Panel this year is planned for Friday evening in the Horror Track room, AND later that night, we will be throwing our first official Goth Party ever! "The Open Casket Party: A Goth Night at Dragon Con" will take place Friday night, September 2nd, from 10pm - 12:30am, in the Regency VI-VII Ballroom at the Hyatt. I will be DJing, along with Goth Dad + Twin Powers (from Vision Video), DJ Spider, and DJ Black Sunshine. You can find the Facebook event page here for details. And here is the flyer:


Set three finds us marking a whole slate of anniversaries for landmark albums in the realms of goth, industrial, metal, and beyond, as well as going deeper into a pair of new releases. We begin by marking the 35th anniversary of the best Dead Can Dance album of all (IMHO), before sharing a second track from the new October Burns Black album, Two Worlds Collide. Then, because it just makes sense to do so, a deeper cut from the new CALABRESE EP, Death Cult, is paired with their unofficial father Danzig, to honor the 30th anniversary of his third album, How the Gods Kill. After that, we take what might be an unexpected trip to Germany to salute Rammstein on the 25th anniversary of their breakthrough album, Sehnsucht. While I may be tired of the singles from that album, "Klavier" is on another level entirely. Meanwhile, from that same year in Sweden, we revisit Tiamat's A Deeper Kind of Slumber for its 25th, and close the set by marking the 30th anniversary of Ministry's major left-field breakthrough album, Psalm 69 (69, 69, 69!)

The remaining sets in this episode are dedicated to highlighting just a fraction of the many, many bands that will be playing Psycho Las Vegas this year -- at least the ones that fit the scope of this show. For those unfamiliar, Psycho Las Vegas is an annual summer music festival which gathers artists from across popular music, but largely from the darker sub-genres. Among the 100 or so bands slated to play this year are legendary names from the second wave of black metal, classics from the '80s/'90s dark metal scene, and a collection of great bands from the current post-punk/darkwave and metal scenes. To spice these sets up, I've selected a song from each band that represents what I'd like to hear them play live -- sometimes a favorite older cut, sometimes their latest work.

Set 4 focuses mainly on the darkwave, post-punk, experimental, and dark metal acts that I most look forward to seeing at Psycho, offering up selections from Turkey's surprise breakthrough artists She Past Away, legendary industrial/ebm act Nitzer Ebb, current darkwave favorites Twin Tribes, and the post-punk crossover success story that is Soft Kill. Eclectic and unpredictable Norwegian legends Ulver will likely surprise us all with the direction they choose for their set, considering the breadth of styles they have to choose from in their catalogue. Also representing several style shifts over the years, from death/doom and dark metal to dark rock and sometimes back, are Peaceville-sound icons Katatonia and Paradise Lost

Set 5 brings us into full metal overdrive, as we continue the Psycho LV spotlight, kicking it off with Swiss legends Samael, who are also no strangers to style shifts between albums, before launching into a recent track from notorious black metal legends Mayhem. Sliding into more modern black and dark metal territory, we then highlight how stoked I am to see more recent acts Wolves in the Throne Room, Tribulation, and Devil Master, before landing in cult-status territory with a classic from headliners Mercyful Fate. My hands-down favorite song from Rotting Christ rounds out the set, before ultimately closing the show with the opening tracks from co-headlining act Emperor's 1997 black metal essential, Anthems to the Welkin At Dusk, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. I expect that occasion to be marked in their set, for sure. 

And those two sets represent just 15 of my most anticipated bands that are playing Psycho Las Vegas 2022. If you are also going this year, feel free to drop me a line and let me know. Perhaps we can catch up while running to our 47th show of the weekend...

All of that PLUS: New soundtrack music from the "Stranger Things 4" score by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein; Multiple film anniversaries to mark in the breaks; Selections from the vaults; and more!

 

Ready to hear the show?
Stream it or grab the podcast file?
Here you go...



Click the photo to save this podcast
for your portable device.
Now stored on GoogleDrive!



[STREAM this episode (on Mixcloud)]
(scroll down to stream it from this page)

<<< Or grab the file to the left <<<




 



 

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
  Show recorded: August 2nd-3rd, 2022

Opening Theme: 

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

ВОЛОК (Volok) - Аз Есмь ("Az Esm")  [Аз Есмь, 2022]
ROME - The Brightest Sun  [Defiance, 2022]
-
Shadowsun - The Dawn of the Cursed Spring  [Last Incarnation of Moloch, 2022]
-
The Bellwether Syndicate  - Dystopian Mirror  [single, 2022]
The Secret French Postcards - Dreaming at Last  [single, 2022]
Golden Apes - From the Sky  [single, 2022]
Corpus Delicti - Out of Steam (unreleased home studio demo)  [The Complete Recordings, 1992-1996 (comp.) 2022]
A Slice of Life - Seven Days  [single, 2022]
Kill Shelter - Buried Deep (ft. Antipole)  [Asylum, 2022]
A Projection - Careless  [single, 2022]
-
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Hail Lord Vecna / Stained Glass Roses ["Stranger Things 4" (score), 2022]
-
Vision Video - Promises  [single, 2022]
Aurelio Voltaire - Magic Dance Undeground (A Labyrinth Medley)  [single version, 2022]
The Cruxshadows - All the White Horses (Into the Mirror Darkly) [single, 2022]
Valentine Wolfe - These Feeble Blooms  [Lullabies, Love Songs, and Laments, 2022]
-
Torin Borrowdale - The Wellhouse / Guilt  ["Locke & Key" (Season 1 soundtrack) 2020]
-
Dead Can Dance - Xavier  [Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, 1987]
October Burns Black - Fickle  [Two Worlds Collide, 2022]
CALABRESE - Evil Darkness  [Death Cult, 2022]
Danzig - How the Gods Kill  [III: How the Gods Kill, 1992]
Rammstein - Klavier  [Sehnsucht, 1997]
Tiamat - Cold Seed  [A Deeper Kind of Slumber, 1997]
Ministry - Psalm 69  [Psalm 69, 1992]
-
Fabio Frizzi - Baby Sequenza 1  ["Manhattan Baby" (soundtrack) 1982]
-
She Past Away - Durdu Dunya  [Disko Anksiyete, 2019]
Nitzer Ebb - Murderous  [That Total Age, 1987]
Twin Tribes - Upir  [Ceremony, 2019]
Soft Kill - Roses All Around  [Dead Kids, R.I.P. City, 2020]
Ulver - Funebre (live) [The Norwegian National Opera, 2011]
Katatonia - I Break  [Discouraged Ones, 1998]
Paradise Lost - Ending Days  [Obsidian, 2020]
-
Bob Summers - (Opening themes)  ["One Dark Night" (unreleased soundtrack) 1982]
-
Samael - Rain  [Passage, 1996]
Mayhem - The Dying False King  [Daemon, 2019]
Wolves in the Throne Room - Mountain Magick  [Primordial Arcana, 2021]
Tribulation - The Lament  [Down Below, 2018]
Devil Master - Golgotha's Cruel Song  [Ecstasies of Never Ending Night, 2022]
Mercyful Fate - Come to the Sabbath  [Don't Break the Oath, 1984]
Rotting Christ - Out of Spirits  [A Dead Poem, 1997]
-
Jerzy Matula - (Main & End Title)  ["Dom Sary" (unreleased soundtrack) 1987]
-
Emperor - Alsvartr (The Oath) / Ye Entrancemperium  [Anthems to the Welkin At Dusk, 1997]


________________

Get the free MIXCLOUD app & listen on your mobile device:
App Store (Mac iOS) / GooglePlay (Android)

Or... STREAM this episode right here:

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

PODCAST: June 2022 Episode

STREAM this episode right now on Mixcloud]
 Or, click the photo below to save the podcast file, stored on GoogleDrive:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
EPISODE NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS:

This month, we begin by again paying tribute to the memory of an artist we have lost. Two of them this time, sadly. First, we open the show with a pair of -- and there really isn't a better way to describe them -- beautiful, haunting pieces brought to life by the voice of Julee Cruise, who died earlier this month, finally crossing into the ether from which she seemed to have come. Truly, any band or performer that made what might be called dreamy or ethereal music in the last 30 years owes a debt to her approach, most notably with composer Angelo Badalamenti for the soundtrack music that helped "Twin Peaks" develop its incredible atmosphere and cult following. Rest in peace, Julee.
 
Julee Cruise (December 1, 1956 – June 9, 2022)

On the way out of that introductory tribute, we move to honor the memory of the recently departed Vangelis, composer of the music for one of the most iconic science fiction movies of all time, and one that holds a sacred place to many in the goth/industrial scene, "Blade Runner." Coincidentally, the movie was released 40 years ago this month, so some samples and music from the film were in order for multiple reasons this time.


Vangelis  (29 March 1943 – 17 May 2022)

The first full set begins with new music from Athens, Georgia deathrock/goth-punk band Tears for the Dying. As mentioned in the break, the video for their new single, "Wouldn't It Be Funny," was directed by Blake Pipes, a photographer out of Georgia who has done some great work for Fascination Street in Nashville (including when TftD played there), so I feel a personal connection to seeing these two work together. Beyond that, we dive into brand new music from October Burns Black (feat. James Tramel of The Wake), who have turned in another solid collection of traditional gothic rock on Two Worlds Collide. And from there, we go a track deeper into Dark Star, the new EP from Portland's Nyx Division. We then pull a Nosferatu classic from the vaults to keep the goth rock train rolling...

Set one then continues with our first tour spotlight of the night: Vision Video! Yes, Goth Dad and company are kicking off their summer 2022 tour in Nashville this Thursday night, June 30th at The East Room, then taking a series of stages across the US. In honor of that, you get the new studio recording of VV's cover of The Cure classic, "Pictures of You," and a deeper cut from the excellent
Secret Shame before that, because they're playing a number of those shows together! Tour dates are here.

Set two begins with the night's second tour spotlight: STONEBURNER. I feel like I need to put that in all-caps because the wolf graphic that's splattered across their posters simply demands it, RIGHT? Anyway, Stoneburner (feat. Steven Archer of Ego Likeness in a more hellbent industrial mode) has just begun a tour of the US as well, along with Chant (and Bellhead opening their Nashville stop on July 20th at The East Room). I'm a weirdo, of corpse, so I chose a Pink Floyd cover that they released this year to spotlight the tour, but prepare yourselves for something far more aggressive when you get to the shows. Tour dates are here, and you can snag a free tour EP right here.

After that, set two's tour spotlight transitions to a spotlight on Ukraine, bridging the two with a new benefit single from
Johnathan Christian (Ft The Legion Of Whom) -- a collaboration bewteen members of NOIR, Stoneburner, The Last Dance, Attrition, Leæther Strip, and more. All proceeds benefit the Come Back Alive Foundation, a Ukrainian non-governmental organization that emerged to help Ukraine fight against the Russian invaders. Keeping that spirit going, we follow with new music from three Ukrainian bands. First, a song from The Glass Beads' new somber-wave album Time After Time. I just made up that term, I suppose, but it fits. We then dive a song deeper into the latest from Gentle Ropes, before forming this month's Ukrainian Trident with a 2021 release that just made it to my attention from the band Signals Feed the Void.
 
Set three switches focus to plumping up your summer playlists with some new energy, leaning towards harder edged goth-adjacent styles. What better way to start than with a brand new single from the brothers CALABRESE!? Despite the sad announcement that Jimmy Calabrese (founding bassist/vocalist, and real-life brother) would be retiring following this release, we do still have the new Death Cult EP to keep our spirits up. Speaking of keeping spirits up, the Calabrese track is preceded and followed by music/samples from the cult 1972 film "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things," in honor of its 50th anniversary this month. If you haven't watched that one yet, set aside a night for one of the best scripts in zombie horror/comedy. 

From there, set three continues with a pair of new entries, in the form of stand-alone singles -- first from Washington state's Cruel Velvet, and then from Spanish deathrockers Mausoleo. We then shift gears to mark the 50th anniversary of David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars by playing -- wait, what? -- the Bauhaus version of the would-be title track? Stay with me, though, because this year also marks the 40th anniversary of that single, and (sue me), as great as the Bowie classic is, I reach for the Bauhaus version more often. We then close the set with two more brand new entries -- first a single from Australian act Sea Lungs, then a selection from Atlanta band Dead Register's new album, Alive

Set four begins dark metal portion of the show, so get out while you can if you're allergic, or else you'll be exposed to new music from Finland's I Am the Night, who evoke the classic sounds of bands like Emperor and Dissection on their new album While the Gods Are Sleeping. After that, we straddle Finland and Germany at once for a new one from Order of Nosferat, taken from their Nachtmusik album, before diving into a classic from cult Polish goth metal band, Sirrah. We then round the set out with deeper cuts from two 2021 releases that I thought deserved another look; Ulvik's Cascades and Abysmal Grief's Funeral Cult of Personality. Then, closing out the show as a whole for this month, the Australian funeral doom legends Mournful Congregation, with the opening song from their new release The Exuviae of Gods - Part 1.

All of that PLUS: New soundtrack music from "Men" and "Crimes of the Future"; More anniversaries to celebrate; Selections from the vaults; and more!

 

Ready to hear the show?
Stream it or grab the podcast file?
Here you go...



Click the photo to save this podcast
for your portable device.
Now stored on GoogleDrive!



[STREAM this episode (on Mixcloud)]
(scroll down to stream it from this page)

<<< Or grab the file to the left <<<




 



 

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
  Show recorded: June 29th, 2022

Opening Theme: 

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

Julee Cruise (w/ Angelo Badalamenti) - Questions in a World of Blue  [The Voice of Love, 1993]
Angelo Badalamenti & Julee Cruise - Into the Night  ["Twin Peaks" (soundtrack) 1990]
-
Vangelis - Tears In Rain / Deckard and Roy's Duel ["Blade Runner" (soundtrack) 1982]
-
Tears for the Dying - Wouldn't It Be Funny  [Eyes Wide Open in the Dark, 2022]
October Burns Black - Divide and Conquer  [Two Worlds Collide, 2022]
Nyx Division - Featherless  [Dark Star, 2022]
Nosferatu - The Wiccaman  [Legend, 1994]
Secret Shame – Dark  [Dark Synthetics, 2019]
Vision Video - Pictures of You  [single, 2022]  
-
Howard Shore - Crimes of the Future / A Novel Organ  ["Crimes of the Future" (soundtrack) 2022]
-
Stoneburner - Empty Spaces (Pink Floyd)  [Kompromat 4, 2022]
Johnathan Christian (Ft The Legion Of Whom) - Talkin' Bout The Wolf (For Ukrainian Charity)  [single, 2022]
The Glass Beads - Rebirth  [Time After Time, 2022]
Gentle Ropes – Haze  [Control, 2022]
Signals Feed the Void - Віра ("Vira"/Faith)  [Святотатство ("Svyatotat·stvo"/Sacrilege), 2021]
-
Carl Zittrer - The Counterspell  ["Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" (soundtrack) 1972]
-
Calabrese - Be My Death Cult  [Death Cult, 2022]
[SAMPLE] "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" (1972) 'Coffin Surprise'
Cruel Velvet - Angelus  [single, 2022]
Mausoleo - Un Testigo  [single, 2022]
Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust  [single, 1982]
Sea Lungs - Truffle Pig  [single, 2022]
Dead Register - Two Silhouettes  [Alive, 2022]
-
Ennio Morricone - End Credits (Main Theme)  ["The Thing" (Original Score) 1982]
-
I Am the Night - The Owl  [While the Gods Are Sleeping, 2022]
Order of Nosferat - My Final Breath  [Nachtmusik, 2022]
Sirrah - Acme  ["Beauty in Darkness" (comp.) 1996]
Ulvik - Baaltis  [Cascades, 2021]
Abysmal Grief - The Mysteries Below  [Funeral Cult of Personality, 2021]
-
Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - The Green Man  ["Men" (soundtrack) 2022]
-
Mournful Congregation - Mountainous Shadows, Cast Through Time  [The Exuviae of Gods, 2022]


________________

Get the free MIXCLOUD app & listen on your mobile device:
App Store (Mac iOS) / GooglePlay (Android)

Or... STREAM this episode right here: