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.
Thu, 2 February 2017
Welcome to episode 38 of Cemetery Confessions! This month we are covering an interesting article claiming to have defined goth, and finally we are continuing our long overdue goths around the world series with interviews from goths in Germany and Scotland!
Our guests this month are Carol and Matthias.
Philosophy Corner: 1:34:22
Matthias is a German goth who is very active in the scene. You can find and purchase his art here!
Sinister Suggestions: 2:38:22
This month I've asked that we all donate time or money to helping create a more rational, caring, and open society. Bellow are a few of my favorite charities.
Wed, 2 November 2016
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.
Album Review: 55:25
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.
Sun, 2 October 2016
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.
Our guests this month are Barnaby (Mister Owl) and Trae.
Our Top 3 Websites 2:40
Album Review: 1:05:55
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.