Sunday, October 29, 2017

Planet Rotations #247: Goth Week II 2017

In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. We are huge fans of the album format, and love to experience the entire collection the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work. Like all music lovers, we love to share what we're listening to and discover some new things from friends.

Sarah and I are immersed in a total Goth listening fest for the month of October. In Week II's feature, we've each selected 6 of our favorite dark tracks - the first 2 rows are mine, the second 2 are Sarah's. You'll also notice a Spotify player at the bottom, which includes these songs. This is an ongoing playlist that you can follow directly on Spotify. Please put your own lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook or Twitter. 

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Bret's 6
Gene Loves Jezebel - Shaving My Neck
from Shaving My Neck EP - Situation Two (1982)

Second Layer - Fixation
from World of Rubber - Cherry Red (1981)

David Bowie - We Are the Dead
from Diamond Dogs - RCA (1974)

Nico - Sixty Forty
from Drama of Exile - Aura (1981)

The Southern Death Cult - Moya
from Moya / Fatman single - Situation Two (1982)

The Legendary Pink Dots - Golden Dawn
from Asylum - Play It Again Sam (1985)

Sarah's 6
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Monitor
from Juju - Polydor (1981)

Wolfsheim - The Sparrows and the Nightingales
from No Happy View - Strange Ways (1992)

Miranda Sex Garden - Cover My Face
from Fairytales of Slavery - Mute (1994)

Die Warzau - Allgoodgirls
from Engine - Wax Trax! (1995)

Apoptygma Berzerk - Mourn
from 7 - Metropolis (1996)

Wumpscut - Thorns (Distant Vocals Version)
from Born Again - Beton Kopf Media (1997)

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Planet Rotations #246: Goth Week 2017

In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. We are huge fans of the album format, and love to experience the entire collection the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work. Like all music lovers, we love to share what we're listening to and discover some new things from friends.

Sarah and I are immersed in a total Goth listening fest for the month of October. Below you will find 6 albums that we each selected from this week's listening - the first 2 rows are mine, the second 2 are Sarah's. You'll also notice a Spotify player at the bottom, which features a song from each album. This is an ongoing playlist that you can follow directly on Spotify. Please put your own lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook or Twitter. 

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Bret's 6
Tones on Tail - s/t
Clan of Xymox - Medusa
Christian Death - Ashes
Love is Colder Than Death - Oxeia
And Also the Trees - Angelfish
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Blow

Sarah's 6
Collide - Color of Nothing
Esben and the Witch - Wash the Sins Not Only the Face
Camouflage - Voices & Images
IAMX - The Unified Field
Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
Them Are Us Too - Remain

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Night Music Club #44: Goth Night #4 - Friday the 13th Edition

We are back with a new edition of Saturday Night Music Club! The SNMC started up as an idea I had years ago - to recapture the feeling of being a kid and getting together with your friends in the basement to listen and discuss music. Over the last few years we've re-capped our monthly get-togethers with a video feature. For the time being, we are replacing the video aspect of the SNMC with a blog feature, where each member of the club will briefly discuss their record. A track from each album (when available) is collected in an ongoing SNMC Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post. So please listen in and enjoy the tunes along with us.

This month's theme: Goth Night. The SNMC gathered once again for our 4th Annual Goth Night, and to make it extra spooky, festivities were held on Friday the 13th. We each had to inflict a record that honored the Dark Arts, so that included Industrial, Darkwave, Deathrock, Horror Punk, Gothabilly, Horror Soundtracks, etc. Brent ignited the Nag Champa & candelabra, Thalia recited William Blake from an aged parchment scroll, and of course Jaymz and Jesse donned their most sinister garments!

BRET HELM
Red Temple Spirits - Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon
Nate Starkman & Son | 1988
Favorite Song:
Electric Flowers
What is DARK about this album?:
Everything. It opens with a track called 'Exorcism'
Describe this album in one sentence:
Tribal, primal, shamanistic, full moon dance around the bonfire in the desert music
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
I was voted The Most Goth in the Club via punch card ballot

SARAH QUARRIE
The Mission - God's Own Medicine
Mercury | 1986
Favorite Song:
Stay With Me
What is DARK about this album?:
This is the quintessential album that made Goth Rock a shadowy figure on the UK music charts
Describe this album in one sentence:
Harlequin romance for pagans
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
VII

KATE FULTON-TODD
Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks Soundtrack
Death Waltz Recording Co. | 2016; Originally released on Warner Bros. | 1990
Favorite Song:
Twin Peaks Theme
What is DARK about this album?:
The mood - it is a soundtrack about a murder after all
Describe this album in one sentence:
Building a mystery
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
1
(Editor's note: 3)

DREAM GOTH JESSE
The Mission - Carved in Sand
Mercury | 1990
Favorite Song:
Butterfly On a Wheel
What is DARK about this album?:
Some of the lyrical content: child abuse, depression, dropping acid
Describe this album in one sentence:
Gloomy, Beatlesque Britpop
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
-1
(Editor's note: Not true)

JONATHAN SALISBURY
Goblin - Profondo Rosso Soundtrack (aka Deep Red)
Ariola | 1975
Favorite Song:
Profondo Rosso
What is DARK about this album?:
It is music composed to scenes of humans getting stabbed in Dario Argento's film Deep Red
Describe this album in one sentence:
Spooky prog rock with break beats
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
10 (on the Beach Goth scale)

BRENT BERG
The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always
Merciful Release / Elektra | 1985
Favorite Song:
Logic
What is DARK about this album?:
Goth sucks
(Editor's note: Also not true)
Describe this album in one sentence:
Sunshine on a rainy day
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
-10%

THALIA 'RAVEN' WILLIAMS
The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always
Merciful Release / Elektra | 1985
Favorite Song:
Marian
What is DARK about this album?:
Gloomy vocals, dancey basslines, lots of 80s synth. This album just encompasses that traditional gothic sound
Describe this album in one sentence:
Transports me back to Atomic Cafe days - dancing to all the finest goth songs; when I think of the genre, this band comes to mind with immediacy
(Editor's note: The Atomic Cafe was a club in Scottsdale, AZ in the 90s. The owner - Randall Goodwin - closed up shop and re-opened in Austin, TX. In 1999, Randall passed away and the club closed down)
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
66.6%

JAYMZ TODD
Prick - s/t
Nothing / Interscope | 1995
Favorite Song:
I Got It Bad
What is DARK about this album?:
Turn out the lights and watch the glow from the moon
Describe this album in one sentence:
Nineteen Ninety-Five
How GOTH are you on a scale of 1-10?
12 - Once you go Goth, you never go back



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