Cemetery Confessions (podcast)

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!

News: 6:39
-Cemetery Tourism isn't Just for "Fat Goths"

Album Review: 33:33
-Deine Stimme Ist Der Ursprung Jeglicher Gewalt - Die Selektion

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
-Castlevania

Further Reading:
-Lennox provided some written responses to the questions
-Juvenoia
Statistics on Nightlife Revenue:
-ANA
-Statista
-IBISWorld
-Anything Research

Direct download: Baby_Bats_Reaper.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:35pm CDT

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.

Our guests this month are patreon member Abigail and Aurora, who is an author and musician.

News: 16:24

Flamboyant Darkness: Female Fronted Goth Bands Subvert Gender Norms

Album Review: 1:13:18

Selofan - Cine Romance

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

Goth Discord Channel

Further Reading:
It’s Time for Goth Culture to Embrace the Gender Identities of All Its Members
Caitlyn Jenner and Our Cognitive Dissonance
Transgender Prejudice And The Belief In A Biological Basis For Gender
Science Understands Transgenderism in a Way Religion Fails to

Direct download: Episode_43.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:56pm CDT

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.

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This month's guest is Sir William Welles of New Goth City, and now xenogoth!

 

 

New Goth City 2:00
We learn a bit about our guest, and his project New Goth City which aims to be a travel guide for goths in or coming to the US.

News: 12:50
Where do we draw the line when trying to label, taxonimize, and identify parts of the culture? Are trad goth or romantigoth simply a fashion choice, or could there be enough substance for those labels to warrant full blown subculture/identity status? How far is too far?
Subcategories of goth: Are They Useful?

Due to time restrictions our discussion focused on the first half of the article, to hear our thoughts on the remaining portion of article, sign up at our patreon page!

Horror Addicts Crossover: 1:11:15
We read and discuss an article about VR, in conjunction with the Next Great Horror Writer Contest over at HorrorAddicts.net

The Future of Goth: 1:31:27
This month it's all about Goth: The Final Frontier. Where have we been and where are we going? We're going to evaluate the dialectical relationship goth has with history, the state of the scene and barriers to entry, generational divides, stagnation, and most saliently, XENOGOTH and what the hell that even is.

Sinister Suggestion: 2:16:35
Gothic: Dark Galmour

Direct download: Episode_42.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:43pm CDT

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!

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This months guest is Angel of Gild the Mourn and Goth Night!

State of the Club Scene 9:45

Goth Word of the Month 21:44

News: 26:10
-Elder Goths: When Growing up Doesn't Mean Abandoning your Youth Culture

Album Review: 1:29:10
Better Than Death - New Today

Interview: 1:51:13
Bruce and Alex from We Have a Technical and I Die You Die stop by to chat about the state of goth and industrial music. cultural evolution, identity construction, podcasting, wrestling, Blutengel, and more!

~Bonus Content~

Direct download: 41_We_Had_a_Technical.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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.

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This month's guest is Dani of the band Chasing Alice!

Goth Word of the Month 6:17

News: 8:15
-Emerald City Gothic Weekend
-Soviet Soviet Deported
-Goths are Drug Addicts

Album Review: 56:43
Virgo Rising - Sixth June

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.

Direct download: Episode_40_Final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:33pm CDT

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.

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Our guests this month are Adrienne and Michelle!

News: 4:25
40 years of goth fashion
    -My 40 years of men's goth style review

Album Review: 46:00
Drab Majesty - The Demonstration

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.

References:
British Library Collection of Articles
Video on the History of The Gothic
Contemporary Gothic by Catherine Spooner
Gothic to Goth by Lynne Bassett

~Bloopers~

Direct download: Episode_39_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:02am CDT

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!

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Our guests this month are Carol and Matthias.

News: 14:09

Which is Goth? Subsections of the Counter Culture.

References:
Information on culture, subculture, and counter-culture

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!

Carol is a blogger, event promoter, and photographer from Inverness, Scotland.
References:
Photography
Being Goth in the Highlands

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.

ACLU
Planned Parrenthood
Secular Coalition for America

Direct download: Episode_38_final_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:23am 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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You can E-mail us at CemeteryConfessions@gmail.com

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.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
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You can E-mail us at CemeteryConfessions@gmail.com

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