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Feb 21, 2019

Teratomas are a unique type of tumor that are best known for containing human teeth and hair. Let's discuss the history of these tumors, and how those teeth and hair end up inside them.

 

We are sponsored by:

ThinkGeek and Audible.com 

Want to donate?

Go to the MCP Website or our Patreon page

Feb 16, 2019

This week we chat with Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl and Projekt Records about his perspective on the scene during the 90’s, the state of the music industry, his philosophy on the meaning of life and a lot more! Check out his Patreon page here!

Feb 14, 2019

Your Cat vs. Bat podcasters are their usual chatty selves and suggest a playlist for this February holiday of love, longing, and your feels. Enjoy!

Feb 7, 2019

In 1864, the British Parliament passed the Contagious Disease Acts, which attempted to regulate prostitution in hopes of protecting their troops from sexually transmitted infections, then known as venereal diseases. However, the public, the medical community, and the military all had different opinions on whether or not these acts were effective, and more importantly, whether or not they were ethical.

Feb 2, 2019

For today’s episode, we are going to give our post-mortem on the goth scene in 2018. We’ll also be discussing where we stand on the proposition of defining goth including the major contentions and schools of thought around that issue. We’ll review the new album from Ghostland  offer our sinister suggestions and more!

You can get the Cemetery Confessions Shirt HERE!

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

Our 2018 in Goth Wrap-up

News: 16:56
The Neverending Goth Debate

Can you be goth without music? 22:01

Explaining the Definition of goth: 38:09
1. An appreciation of goth music
2. Aesthetic deviance that aligns with the sartorial idioms of goth.
3. Embracing darkness (manifest as an appreciation of the macabre, Gothic literature, finding beauty in the uncanny and abnormal, etc)
4. An active pursuit of incorporating these ideologies, material objects, and rituals into substantive, communal interaction. (lifestyle curation)

Is goth singular or multi-factoral? 52:47

How does The Gothic fit in? 57:50

Elitism in the Eternal Debate 1:11:22

My Video Series on Defining Subculture and Goth

Album Review: 1:15:03
Ghostland - Dances on Walls

Sinister Suggestions: 1:30:19
-Man in the High Castle
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-Witchhands
-The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
-The Witchwave Podcast
-Lycia
-Them Are Us Too
-The Silent Companions

Jan 31, 2019

We talk about the range of our subculture's fashion with special guest Kate Mior of Bone and Busk Couture. 
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/boneandbuskcouture

Jan 27, 2019

This week on Necromancy Radio, I interview Australian witch and musician, Wendy Rule. Wendy is about to launch ‘Persephone’, the new double-album from this visionary songstress and is the culmination of over twelve years work, and although drawing on Wendy’s musical journey over the past 2 decades, is unlike anything that she has done before. This beautifully evocative retelling of the Ancient Greek myth of the Goddess Persephone’s descent into the Underworld is almost like an opera, designed to guide the listener through this ancient tale of the cycles of Nature. With subtle textures that reference her early life as a jazz singer in her home town of Melbourne, and the trademark dark, gothic soundscapes and souring vocals of her previous 7 major albums, ‘Persephone’ is an ambitious and unique 24 track journey through the realms of Life, Death, and human emotion.

For more information, videos and history please visit the Necromancy Radio Website

Visit www.wendyrule.com for the official launch date to purchase Persephone on February 2, 2019 and check out the Australian tour dates for tickets. Don’t miss out!

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Jan 24, 2019

Typhoid Mary is a term used to describe someone who spreads disease. Many people know the name refers to a real woman, but not many know the details of her story. In this episode, we discuss Mary Mallon, who was discovered to be spreading typhoid through her cooking in New York City in 1906, despite the fact that she was never sick herself.

 

We are sponsored by:

ThinkGeek and Audible.com 

Want to donate?

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Jan 17, 2019

We're looking forward to this year's releases and all the shows and tours coming through in 2019. And not too long after this recording, Clan of Xymox with Bellwether Syndicate did announce a Toronto date. Our dreams are coming true!

Boy Harsher's pre-order is available here: https://boyharsher.bandcamp.com/

Jan 8, 2019

World renowned thereminist, Armen Ra discusses his life as a young Armenian having moved from Iran in the late 70s and starting his life in America after a permanent holiday stay. Armen’s musical career came later in life after many years of clubbing in the era of the Club Kids in NYC, performing spectacular drag shows, making jewellery for stars like Siouxsie Sioux and studying witchcraft with the witch of Salem herself, Laurie Cabot. Armen also worked in Patricia Field’s (widely known as costume designer for Sex and the City) store at one point and shops at the NYC store Trash and Vaudeville to buy all of his pointed shoes and boots. It was only until one day after attending a party hosted by David LaChapelle, someone asked Armen what he did apart from model, to which he quipped, “I’m studying the theremin”. The words were spoken and although untrue at the time, became his destiny. In 2014 a documentary was made dedicated to Armen’s life titled ‘When my Sorrow Died’. It won multiple awards and is still being circulated and available for download in the link below.

Armen has performed around the world in places like Villa Petraia (Florence, Italy) and at events such as the Christian Dior Haute Couture Ball (Paris), being on tour with Nick Cave, Moogfest and many other events that are at the height of obscurity when it comes to electronic music and the theremin. Armen’s gothic influence he describes as organic and makes no excuses for being incredibly glamorous at all times. This interview was conducted on the 18th Anniversary of Armen’s first theremin.

Welcome to 2019 and we hope you enjoy my conversation with Armen Ra, Thereminist – Legend.

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When My Sorrow Died – Documentary

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Jan 6, 2019

The Catacombs w/ DJ Gomez

1. Black Tape for a Blue Girl- The Stars
2. Hante.- Empty Space
3. Lowlife- Ragged Rise to Tumbledown
4. Beach House- Black Car
5. Mellow Grave- Burn One
6. Lycia- A Failure
7. Dream Affair- The Porter
8. Night Sins- Daisy Chain
9. Kriistal Ann- Killing Jokes
10. Holygram- Hideaway
11. Cocteau Twins- When Mama Was a Moth
12. Tropic of Cancer- Stop Suffering

Jan 2, 2019

We are back with a surprise episode during our hiatus, made possible by everyone over on our Patreon! Thank you for going on a journey with me this year, I look forward to more shows and more great conversations in 2019!

Dec 30, 2018

In celebration of our 50th episode, we bring you our longest, most detailed episode yet on one of the most mysterious incidents in history. In January of 1959, 9 hikers mysteriously perished on the frigid slopes of Ural Mountains in Russia. To this day, no one knows what killed them. In part 2, we discuss the the theories put forth over the years as to what happened to the hikers.

Warning: This episode contains detailed discussions of autopsies.

Dec 24, 2018

This week on Necromancy Radio we chatted with Sweeney Deville, the guitarist from the band The Killbrides. Based in Birmingham, England, The Killbrides have been working together since their first experimental release early 2016, Traditional Ash. They met via Facebook, as Sweeney and Jamie had both been in different projects, Sweeney from The Acid Ballet and Jamie being influenced by emo punk sounds of the early 2000’s. Their interests are a combination of The Cure and Sisters of Mercy with a lot of screamo in there as well. It’s a bizarre combination, however their signature sound is unique. Expect pockets of darkness combined with a softness every now and then to relieve the hardcore sounds they create. You can follow them and Sweeney in links below.

The Killbrides – Bandcamp
The Killbrides – Facebook

Sweeney Deville – YouTube

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Dec 23, 2018

Rose Sinister:Vampires concludes its first season with the second half of the Dracula season finale two-parter. In this episode, the historical Vlad Dracula is examined, both as a source of inspiration for Bram Stoker, but also for the filmmakers creating Dracula adaptations across the 20th century and into the 21st. What role does religion play in understanding the life and legacy of Dracula, both historic and fictional? And what does the ebb and flow of religiosity in cinematic Dracula entries communicate about larger cultural patterns across that period of time?

Dec 21, 2018

Good bye, 2018. It's been all over the place, and we have a lot of music releases to talk about.

Blood Bells
https://bloodbells.bandcamp.com/releases

Actors
https://actors.bandcamp.com/album/it-will-come-to-you-lp

Anna Von Hausswolff
https://annavonhausswolffmusic.bandcamp.com/album/dead-magic

Young Fathers
https://youngfathersofficial.bandcamp.com/album/cocoa-sugar

Hide
https://hide3.bandcamp.com/

The Cure
https://www.discogs.com/The-Cure-Torn-Down-Mixed-Up-Extras-2018/release/11892527

Traitrs
https://traitrs.bandcamp.com/album/butchers-coin

 

Beach House
https://beachhouse.bandcamp.com/album/7

Caustic
https://caustic.bandcamp.com/album/dead-meat-vol-2-2

Creux Lies
https://creuxlies.bandcamp.com/album/the-hearth

Precious Child
https://hititwitha.club/album/whollohw

Black Chairs
https://blackchairs.bandcamp.com/releases

Chelsey and the Noise
https://chelseyandthenoise.bandcamp.com/album/blank-frames

Idles
https://idlesband.bandcamp.com/album/joy-as-an-act-of-resistance

Shadow Age
https://shadowage.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-age

Black Dresses
https://blackdresses.bandcamp.com/album/hell-is-real

Bootblacks
https://shadowage.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-age

Kentucky Vampires
https://thekentuckyvampires.bandcamp.com/album/the-kentucky-vampires

Alien Sex Fiend
https://www.bluecrumbtruck.com/possessed-cd-267-p.asp

Frigid
https://frigid.bandcamp.com/album/the-ritual

Twin Tribes
https://twintribes.bandcamp.com/album/part-time-punks-session

Amaranth
https://theamaranth.bandcamp.com/album/spreading-the-charred-remains-of-hope

Vancorvid
https://vancorvid.bandcamp.com/track/summon

Indarra
https://indarra.bandcamp.com/

Pete Shelley
https://www.discogs.com/artist/28754-Pete-Shelley

Glenn Love
https://glennlove.bandcamp.com/

Attrition
https://attritionuk.bandcamp.com/album/silent-night-2

Dec 16, 2018

Andi Harriman and Trae go head to head on the philosophy, origin and evolution of EBM on this episode!

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

 

Dec 12, 2018

In celebration of our 50th episode, we bring you our longest, most detailed episode yet on one of the most mysterious incidents in history. In January of 1959, 9 hikers mysteriously perished on the frigid slopes of Ural Mountains in Russia. To this day, no one knows what killed them. In part 1, we discuss the hikers, their journey, their disappearance, the search and discovery of their bodies, and the strange circumstances of their deaths.

Warning: This episode contains detailed discussions of autopsies.

Dec 9, 2018

Part 1 of the season 1 finale of Rose Sinister: Vampires, this extra-long episode takes some time to point out things you may have missed about Bram Stoker's famous novel, by framing both the creator and his creation in the context of some of the political, artistic, and moral attitudes and aspirations of the late 19th century. Hint: it's about way more than the naughty stuff.

Dec 6, 2018

Mistress McCutchan flies solo to bring new tunes to you as well as share a stupid story with The Wasteland. Sometimes she's just a silly drunk. Lesson to be learned - you don't have to drink everything when you're having a rough time.

Thanks to Justin Minister for the intro music as well as production/editing. Many thanks to Batty for being a great friend.

Transmission Boutique Record Label
https://www.facebook.com/Transmission-Boutique-Record-Label-London-272975896670414/
The Kentucky Vampires
https://thekentuckyvampires.bandcamp.com/album/the-kentucky-vampires
Alien Sex Fiend
http://www.asf-13thmoon.demon.co.uk/

Dec 2, 2018

This month we are taking a look at an article from the early 90’s discussing the music of the time, the burgeoning interconnectedness of a global culture, and notions of authenticity and being called a poser. We’ve got a review of the new album from Nox Novacula, Sinister Suggestions, and more!


If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

Our guests this month are Harley and Jon!

A Reflection on the 90’s

How Has Music Changed 13:00

Is ‘Poser’ and Gatekeeping Still Useful Today 26:43

Was Religion Ever an Element of Goth Identity 45:42

Vampirism and Goth 56:00

Album Review: 1:06:00
Nox Novacula

Sinister Suggestions: 1:16:04

-VtM 5th Edition
-Ritual Howls
-The Haunting of Hill House
-His Dark Materials
-Derren Brown’s Sacrifice

What’s Next For Cemetery Confessions 1:26:00

Nov 25, 2018

Nearing the end of the first season of Rose Sinister: Vampires, episode 8 examines the impact of faith and culture on the creative process, representation versus appropriation, and the overall impact Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga has had on vampire stories. 

Nov 22, 2018

On this episode, we bring together our funny little DJ collective and talk music while being very silly (and a little drunk) with our guests The Wasteland and Vernal Trash.

Nov 21, 2018

Archaeologists have found many unusual graves throughout Eastern Europe, graves in which stakes have been driven through the deceased's body. These burials, and the historical documents from the time, suggest that these individuals were suspected of being vampires by those that buried them. They are known as Vampire Burials, and in this episode, we explore exactly what was at stake.

 

We are sponsored by:

ThinkGeek and Audible.com 

Want to donate?

Go to the MCP Website or our Patreon page

Nov 16, 2018

We have a special episode for you this week, we are back with a full panel to discuss one of the most contentious topics related to goth. In a climate where it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk to those who don’t share our views, what role does goth play? Transgressive and activist counterculture, or impartial music tribe? Does denying the political roots and inclinations of goth culture lend itself to infiltration by racist and sexist ideologies?

Our panel this month consists of Abigail, Dani, Nephilim, Trae, and Zakkarri

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon!

I’ve avoided dividing the episode into timestamped sections, as the the conversation is loosely structured, each portion of the episode continuously builds upon the previous on, and they are wide ranging in and of themselves. As always thank you for listening and supporting the show by telling your friends about us or jumping on patreon!

References:
-Goth Homology
-Is “us vs. them” Thinking Hardwired?
-How Politics Became Our Identity
-My Time as a Death in June Fan
-Goths for Trump
-Far-Right Tendencies in the Gothic Scene
-JG Ballard

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