Thu, 14 December 2017
Prepare your batholes, the Gothquisition has returned to judge the internet for its sins! Gothic Amino, Tumblr, Goth YouTube, and Killstar all take their turn in our dungeon. The Inquisitors also compete to decide who is the most cliche! Goth Points are earned and lost, pastel goths are tarred and feathered, and gatekeepers are put back on the pedestal. Grab your parasols; the shit is about to hit ye olde fan!
Our Gothquisitioners are as follows: (in order of photo)
Music Break: 34:17
Ad Break 57:02
Music Break: 1:22:00
Cemetery Confessions 1:26:00
Announcements for Next Year
Thu, 2 November 2017
This month we are discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly of aging in goth culture, we are reviewing the new album from Bootblacks, there will be a special guest appearance by Emz from HorrorAddicts.net,, and we are chatting about goths on YouTube, and the ethics and responsibility that comes along with that.
Album Review: 58:37
Goth Youtube: 1:40:48
Mon, 2 October 2017
This month we are doing things a bit differently, and will be reviewing the book Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance, and the Rise of Happy Gothic by Catherine Spooner. We will be discussing the impact Tim Burton, sparkly vampires, the creepy cute, Columbine, political discourse, Jillian Venters, and others have had on the cultural milieu of goth and the consumption of the Gothic in mainstream media.
Our guests this month are Natalie and Trae!
Chapter 1: 7:00
Chapter 2: 53:15
Chapter 4: 1:22:44
Premise 2: Goths and vampires have shared a historically propinquitous relationship, often informing or appropriating one another
Conclusion: As vampires have grown more polite and reinforced the “happy gothic” so too have goths sought to remake their image in a similar fashion
Chapter 5: 1:37:37
Chapter 6: 1:47:05
Chapter 7: 2:02:06
Chapter 8: 2:19:36
Sat, 2 September 2017
This month we are discussing what elements create a goth identity and how we define them, we review the new album from A Thousand Hours, and we dive into the world of BDSM and Kink as we explore how those lifestyles and symbols relate to and interact with goth culture.
Our guest is Victor Moregore!
Album Review: 1:01:54
Philosophy Corner: 1:17:33
Goth has an older history with the S&M community than one might think. In the 80’s these sex shops were a refuge for goths, punks, and alternatives alike, both as a safe space for expression and one of the few options to buy and modify alternative clothing. S&M was also seen in several deathrock and goth micromedia outlets, from music videos by bands like Nervous Gender, to transgressive publications like Propoganda Magazine, to full blown communities like the one centered around psychic TV. Even today, clubs that cater to BDSM clientele often host goth nights, blurring the lines between where goth and explicitly sexually deviant lifestyles start and end. Both BDSM and goth share lifestyle components, and both have seen their sartorial style, mined by pop artists and fashion lines, in an attempt add a darker edge to the mundanity of mainstream aesthetic, as if goth and BDSM were simply spectacular styles to be appropriated for similarly vacuous purposes. So on today’s episode, I’d like to explore those boundaries of style, community, and lifestyle, to see where these two cultures crossover and where they diverge.
Wed, 2 August 2017
Welcome back to Cemetery Confessions! On this month's podcast we are talking about death, cemetery tourism and romanticized morbidity, we are reviewing the new album from Die Selektion, and we are going to cover a gambit of topics relating to identity, club culture, goth youtube, fashion, and music from the perspective of those who came to goth culture in the modern age.
Our guests this month are Lennox, Shelby, and Lilith!
Album Review: 33:33
Philosophy Corner: 56:03
Baby bats are often seen as the lifeblood of the club scene, and are often the metric by which the health of goth culture is measured, and when they aren’t showing up to events the “goth is dead” crowd make their concerns known. As goth ages 40 years on, concern over the livelihood and influx of new members has been a consistent topic of discussion. Elder goths, millennials, the music industry, the internet, club owners, the economy, postmodern youth culture, all have been pointed to as culpable in what some perceive to be the death knell of goth. Are these claims valid, or just extremist and myopic assertions? This month I intend to explore each of these avenues both from the perspective of someone who has been goth for well over a decade, and from the fresh perspective of our guests.
Sinister Suggestions: 2:16:08
Sat, 1 July 2017
Welcome to episode 43 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are talking about subverting gender norms and the role performative aesthetic plays in goth identity, we are reviewing the new album from Selofan, and we are talking about the trans experience within the context of goth culture.
Album Review: 1:13:18
Philosophy Corner: 1:34:14
While the existence of trans people has only recently come into mainstream consciousness in the form of a fight for equal rights, biologists have known for a long time that gender, sexuality, anatomy, and identity are a spectrum both in nature and in homosapiens. Goths too, have a history of subverting heteronormative patriarchal gender norms and expectations, and providing a safe space for those who don’t conform to an essentialist dichotomy. However the debate about whether or not goth culture is, in its current state, truly accepting and progressive, cis-centric and discriminatory, or whether it even has any power at all to reshape culture into an egalitarian community apart from mainstream patriarchy, still rages today.
Sinister Suggestions: 2:34:05
Thu, 1 June 2017
Welcome to episode 42 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are going to be chatting about whether or not the so called “subcategories” of goth are valid or useful, we are also talking about the future of horror as part of our crossover with the horroraddicts.net podcast, and finally we will be discussing the future of goth and what xenogoth has to offer.
New Goth City 2:00
Horror Addicts Crossover: 1:11:15
The Future of Goth: 1:31:27
Sinister Suggestion: 2:16:35
Tue, 2 May 2017
Welcome to episode 41 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are chatting about growing up goth, the state of the scene, reviewing the new album from new today, we’ve got an interview with the guys from the We Have a Technical Podcast and we are hanging out with Angel from the Band Gild the Mourn. We also have the goth word of the month, sinister suggestions, and more!
State of the Club Scene 9:45
Goth Word of the Month 21:44
Album Review: 1:29:10
Sun, 2 April 2017
Welcome to episode 40 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are chatting about the philosophy of goth, reviewing an album from Sixth June, and sitting down for a discussion about the state of the goth scene with William Faith and Scary Lady Sarah.
This month's guest is Dani of the band Chasing Alice!
Goth Word of the Month 6:17
Album Review: 56:43
Philosophy Corner: 1:16:53
This month we have a chat with William Faith and Scary Lady Sarah. We talk about their experiences in the 80's, the divide into the 90's, whether the deathrock revival was helpful or harmful, their views on activism and a lot more.
Thu, 2 March 2017
Welcome to episode 39 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are discussing the history of Gothic Literature, its connection to goth, and how goth culture has been shaped by The Gothic. We also discuss the history of goth fashion, and the influence mainstream fashion trends have had on goth. Finally we are reviewing the newest album from Drab Majesty.
Our guests this month are Adrienne and Michelle!
Album Review: 46:00
Philosophy Corner: 1:05:54
Much like the characters in Gothic fiction who are oft prone to sticking around or coming back after death, so too Gothic Literature refuses to remain buried and forgotten. Generally agreed to have been conceptualized with The Castle of Otranto, the first wave of Gothic fiction, as it were, was from 1760-1780, and the better known second wave at the end of the 19th century, produced many works with which we remain familiar, including Dracula, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Picture of Dorian Grey. Today The Gothic continues to cycle through culture with new twists and new existential terrors with films such as Crimson Peak, books such as Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, as well as pop culture, music, art, clothing, and of course, the goth subculture.