Cemetery Confessions

Welcome to the Gothquisition! I’ve assembled the goth cabal, a conclave of arrogant, elitist, gatekeeping, goth purists, prepared to bitch slap the internet and read you to filth. These are the kind of goths who read Baudelaire, drink absinthe, and spin Naked and the Dead on original vinyl, and that’s just for breakfast! Together they are a wealth of knowledge and glares that can reduce babybats to ash, and they’re here to set the internet straight.

Special thanks to Real American Gamer for voicing the intro for this episode.

Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Gothquisition:
Zakkarrii
Andi
The Count
Michelle
Jez
Mark
Joe

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Trap Goth 2.0 7:51

The Year in Review 13:20

40 Years of Goth? 22:02
As we wait for the male version to be released, we are putting the much maligned 40 years of goth on the chopping block.  We are going to dissect and judge the validity and accuracy of this self proclaimed timeline taxonomy of goth fashion.

Music Break: 1:13:46
Gothic People - Libitina

THE GREAT DEBATE: 1:18:00
Our inquisitors have prepared arguments for who they think should be considered the most seminal or important musician for goth. Spoiler alert, it gets ugly real fast.

Gothic Charm School: 2:04:00
It's finally time to take on The Lady of the Manners and her assessment of the necessity of goth music as a requisite for goth cultural membership.

Music Break: 2:28:20
If I Only Were a Goth - ThouShaltNot

Goth Points the Game! 2:30:15
Our Inquisitors will compete to collect goth points, in pursuit of the title of Goth Queen/King.

References:
Playlist of Active Goth Bands
Steampunk Interview
Andi's Glorious 80's Music Video

~Bloopers~

Direct download: Gothquisition_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm CDT

Welcome to episode 36 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are discussing yet again if mainstream culture is destroying goth, we have an ostentatiously catty fight between Peter Murphy and Wayne Hussey, we are reviewing the new album from Pride and Fall and we are sitting down with several DJs to discuss the goth club experience and everything that goes along with it.

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Our guests this month are DJ Depraved and DJ Dante's Prayer. Check out their horror podcast, "Horrors of the Universe" and see them DJ at Tanz der Nacht.

News:
-The True Godfather of Goth 11:18
-Justin Beiber ruined subculture 20:56

Album Review: 55:25

Red for the Dead, Black for the Mourning

Philosophy Corner: 1:14:42

Goth and industrial clubs, arguably the most important aspect of the respective cultures. We explore the drama, music, hierarchies, and behind the scenes work that goes into keeping these communities alive.

Further Reading:
-The Etiquette Guide to Goth Clubs (video)
-People You Meet at Goth Clubs (video)
-Dress Codes in the Goth Subculture
-Spatial Boundaries, Etiquette and Interpersonal Interactions at a Gothic Club
-My Club Has Failed me. Has Yours?
-Clubbing Etiquette
-How to Behave at a Goth/Industrial Club

Sinister Suggestions: 2:32:13
-Baskin
-Layers of Fear
-Nadi Como - Crowned

Direct download: episode_36_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are focusing very specifically on the internet and its relation to goth. We are discussing what tumblr has to say about the death of subculture, we are reviewing the new album from the band Bitumen, and for we are going to breakdown goth’s storied history with the internet and explore what effect it may have had on cultural participation, and individual identity construction.

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Our guests this month are Barnaby (Mister Owl) and Trae.

Our Top 3 Websites 2:40

News: 21:18
-Young Goths are Destroying the Culture

Album Review: 1:05:55
Bitumen - S/T

Philosophy Corner: 1:32:03

Traditionally speaking, before the internet became ubiquitous, sociologists considered diffusion vital to the survival of subculture. For goth in the 80’s there was a heavy reliance on zine’s and newsletters for the transfer of information and facilitation of discourse. Ironically, now that we have an efficient medium for such diffusion, many claim that medium is ushering in the death of subculture.

Despite the general angst or love surrounding the internet, surprisingly little qualitative or statistically significant data on the effect of the internet on goth or subcultures in general is available. This month we add to that discussion, as we explore the nature of the internet, the facilitation of identity construction, the debate between structured culture and post-subcultural groupings, cultural capitol, and more.

References:
-Is the Internet a Public Place?
-Is the Internet a Public Place Part 2
-Subcultures as Virtual Communities
-Net.Goth: Internet Communication and (Sub)Cultural Boundaries
-Finding the meaning of emo in youths' online social networking: A qualitative study of contemporary Italian emo
-Youth Cultures and the Rest of Life: Subcultures, Post-Subcultures and Beyond
-Goth appropriation and the demise of subcultures
-MyTribe: Post subcultural manifestations of belonging On social network sites
-Bedrooms and beyond: Youth, identity and privacy on social network sites
-Dances with Spectres: Theorising the Cybergothic
-Dark Webs: Goth Subcultures in Cyberspace
-Youth Culture and the Internet: A Subcultural or Post-Subcultural Phenomena?
-dark webs: goth subculture in cyberspace

Direct download: the_internet_vs_goth.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Welcome to episode 34 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are taking a retrospective on the last 40 years of goth, we are reviewing the new EP from Rendez-vous, and we are discussing the paradox of a goth identity, and what it means to be an individual within the context of a communal culture.

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Our guests this month are Trae and Dani.



~Guest Introductions~

News:
40 years of goth 25:40
What is Normal Anyways?

Album Review: 1:16:17
Rendez-vous - Distance

Philosophy Corner: 1:29:33

This month we are talking about what it means to be an individual within a group context, what elements create a goth identity, and how authenticity plays into the structure of goth culture and identity construction. While the supposed bifurcation of individualism and conformism, is less discursive a topic than “what is goth”, it is nevertheless just as contentious. We’ve all heard comments such as, “you all look the same”, or, “goth is what you make it”, and, “it’s about being a pure individualist”.
Goth identity in some ways then, might be seen as a paradox. So, what we are going to look at tonight is how a goths lived experience, adherence to venerated ideals, and their shared epistemology, coexist with a simultaneous eschewing of labels, and desire to avoid precise classification. I’m hoping we can also touch on the extent to which that paradoxical identity has lessened or stayed the same over time, and what practical impact that has on an individual.

References:
'I am not a goth!': The Unspoken Morale of Authenticity within the Dutch Gothic Subculture
“We are all individuals, but we’ve all got the same boots on.” Traces of Individualism Within a Subculture Community
Transformations: Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture

Direct download: Episoden_34_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:01am CDT

This month we are talking about the relationship between celebrities and goth, extremity of style in a heteronormative context, and the epistemology of goth culture and how that translates between generations. For the album review we are going to be chatting about some of our all time favorite records, and for the philosophy corner we are continuing our mini goth around the world series of interview.

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Our guests this month are Dr. Sanders and Robby Gore from Gothcast! GothCast is a podcast centered on the music of gothic subculture. They also cover the current news, fashion and music in the goth scene.

News:

Goth Clothing and Celebrity Appropriation 22:50

The Goth Illiterate 1:12:30

Our Top Albums: 1:47:10

Dr. Sanders:
For this selection, he went with his top 5 from the last 5 years

5. 13th Chime - Noir
4.Prayers - S.D. Killwave
3. March Violets - Made Glorious
2. Drab Majesty - Careless
1. Sisu - Blood Tears

Honorable Mentions:
Bat Nouveau - Metamorphisis
Dum Dum Girls - Too True

Robby Gore:
Top 5 NOT goth albums.

5. Garbage - Garbage
4. Portishead - Portishead
3. Perturbator - Uncanny Valley
2. Drab Majesty - Careless
1. Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

Mark:
Top 5 favorite albums.

5. Depeche Mode - Violater
5. NIN - Pretty Hate Machine
4. Lycia - Cold
3. The Frozen Autumn - Emotional Screening Device
2. Dead Can Dance - Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
2. Love Spirals Downwards - Ideals
1. Joy Division - Closer

Count:
Top 5 obscure and pretentious albums.

5. Estampie - Ondas
4. Ding An Sich - Old as Forever, New As Tomorrow
3. Gardening by Moonlight - Method in Madness
2. Altar de Fey - Echos in the Corridor
1. Euroshima - Gala

Honorable Mention:
Malaria! - Emotion

~Bloopers~

(references: Rabban Photography, My Goth Library, Post Punk Party 2, Post Punk Party 3)

 

Direct download: Episode_33_Final_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

This month we are talking about two instances of cultural commodification, a goth hate crime , scene drama, and we are reviewing the new album from winter severity index. Finally for the philosophy corner we are starting a short series on goth around the world by interviewing goths from Lituania and Puerto Rico, about their experience with the goth culture.

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Our Top 3 Bands 1:30

News:

The Story of the Racist Hoodie 14:22

Kim K and her Punk Jacket 41:32

New Goth Hate Crime 52:04

Goth Prom? 1:02:10

Album Review: 1:21:10

Winter Severity Index - Human Taxonomy

Interviews:

1:40:27

Nino, AKA DJ Vampire Kiss is a DJ and promoter from Georgia Tbilisi, half Gregorian half Lithuanian. She has already made her debut in Lithuania, Italy, and Belorusia. Apart from her magic practices in the music industry, VK is a locally well-known model.

 

DJ VK's playlist of local musicians.

2:01:03

Naelle Devannah is from Puerto Rico. She is an incredible artist and prolific YouTuber, makeup artist and photographer. Her work has been featured in Darkfaery Subculture Magazine, Gothic Noir Magazine, Revista Cruce, Exprésate (Featured in TV show as a painter in 2006) as well as many other paper magazines and webzines. I’ve also participated in several gallery exhibitions including Políticas del Cuerpo en el Siglo XX, 1er Certamen de Arte Contemporáneo, Medio de Visión.

 

Here is her list of bands from Puerto Rico.

Sinister Suggestions: 2:39:55

-Spectral Realms

Direct download: Episode_32_3.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Welcome to episode 31 of Cemetery Confessions! On this month’s episode we are talking about the lineage of deathrock music, the controversy over cemeteries at Whitby Goth Weekend, and we are sitting down for a chat with several lovely ladies about aging in the goth scene and what that looks like from a cultural and individual perspective.

Our guests this month are Jez, Elizabeth, and Christine.

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News:

The History of Deathrock 5:05
Grave Controversy at WGW 35:45
        -Is There One Right way to Mourn?
        -90's goths disrespecting cemeteries
Interview With the Vampire Reboot 50:31

Philosophy Corner: 57:22

This month, as you know, we are talking about ageing in spectacular youth culture. Over time there have been a growing number of academics researching and studying the aging demographic of subcultures, and as someone who intends to grow old as a goth, and respects my elders, I thought it was high time we sat down with some seasoned goths to explore their involvement and identity in the goth culture.

References:
Aging and Youth Culture: Music, Style, and Identity
Youth Cultures and the Rest of Life: Subcultures, Post-Subcultures and Beyond
Family and Parenting in an Ageing ‘Youth’ Culture: A Collective Embrace of Dominant Adulthood
Spectacular Youth Cultures and Ageing: Beyond Refusing to Grow Up
Ageing in a Spectacular Youth Culture: Continuity, Change and Community in the Goth Scene

Voicemail from Joe 2:35:40

Sinister Suggestions: 2:43:20

Blutengel: The Great Debate
Bloodborne

Direct download: Episode_31.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:01am CDT

This month we are talking about the controversial website Gothic.life, we are discussing racism and homophobia in the goth scene, and we are reviewing the new album from Direct Attack. For the philosophy corner we are talking with film critic David Canfield about the horror genre and its impact on modern society.

Our guest this month is Zakkarrii, of Living the Strange Life.

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News:

-Getting Into Goth 4:55

-Racism and Homophobia in the Goth Scene 35:04

-Why Millennials Won't go to Clubs Anymore 1:21:17

Album Review: 1:44:39

Direct Attack - Lapsed Catholic

 

Philosophy Corner: 2:01:40

This month we are talking to Dave Canfield, Chicago horror movie critic, about the psychology behind horror, and its relationship with culture. You can find his new podcast HumanSide, over on Twitch Film. You can get the book, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s, that Dave contributed to HERE.

Here is a bonus video for you! If you want more content like this, you can get it by subscribing on Patreon.

You can watch the bonus video here on YouTube.

 

Direct download: Final_Episode_30_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:48pm CDT

Welcome to episode 29 of Cemetery Confessions! On this month’s episode we are talking about self identity and leaving the goth subculture, we have some movie news, and we are review the new album from Espermachine. For the philosophy corner, we speak with Emma about her doctorate research on the goth scene, it’s aesthetics, and what keeps members a part of the culture into old age.

Our guest this month is Xavier! You can find his projects here:
Kinderen van Moeder Aarde, YoutTube, The Marchesa Casati, Dark Entries (English), Peek-a-boo Magazine, Dark Entries (Dutch), Personal Blog (Dutch)

 

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Conversation about the Belgium Goth Scene 1:10

News: 18:01

12 Ways to Survive as an Ex-Goth

Quick News: 1:01:47

-Trash and Vaudeville moving
-Crow Director Disses the Remake
-Fields of the Nephilim Return

Album Review: 1:14:00

Espermachine - Third

Philosophy Corner: 1:30:24

We are interviewing Emma tonight about socio-aesthetic experiences of culture, cultural history, viewing goth as a culture rather than subculture, and the sociology of design; specifically how that translates into communities of belonging especially among goths. Emma is now undertaking a PhD as a participant researcher. She recently conducted the largest ever survey about goth, among participants of the culture for that very project, which is titled Just a Phase?  Goth subculture as an identity constant beyond youth.

Direct download: Final_Episode_29.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:25pm CDT

This month we are going to spend a lot of time talking about music, its relevance in the goth scene today, some of the history and evolution of the genre, and some of our favorite albums. We are going to review the newest album from the band Savages, and at the end of the show, we have an interview with The Blogging Goth, in which we discuss the concept of hate crimes, the goth scene in England, and WGW among other topics.

Our guests this month are Michelle and Trae!

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~Our Favorite Albums 2:00

News:

-Traditional Goth is Dead, Long Live Modern Goth 26:57
      -Reference: Michelle and The Count's Response

-Goth Music in the 80's 1:16:23

Album Review: 1:42:15

Savages - Adore Life

Interview:

We sit down with Tim Sinister over at The Blogging Goth, to talk about elitism, WGW, hate crimes, goth culture in England, and other hot topics.

Sinister Suggestions: 2:51:42

-B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin

Direct download: Episode_28_FINAL_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:56am CDT