Cemetery Confessions: A Goth Talk Podcast

This month we are talking about the book ‘Italian Goth Subculture: Kindred Creatures and other Dark Enactments’. We’ll be exploring the ways Italian Darks brought forth their subculture in the 80’s through activism, social interaction, consumption practices (literature, art, and music) and the negotiation of subcultural canon. We’ll also be discussing the similarities and differences of these enactments to today’s goth subculture and examining the academic frameworks used to understand the stories shared by 24 Italian darks.

You can purchase the book for yourself here! We highly recommend it.

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

Introduction to the Episode

Brief Background on Subcultural Theory 9:30

Socio-Political environment in 1980’s Milan 21:45

Activist Enactment 26:12

Club Enactment 47:12

Loner Enactment 1:05:00

Social Practice Theory and Authenticity 1:26:34

Dark Cannon 1:46:36

Profilicity 2:18:53

Conclusion 2:34:31

Sinister Suggestions 2:43:06

 

Band List:
CCCP
Obscurity age
Viridance
Weimar gesang
Faded image
The voices
Flux of fluster
Casino royale
Litfiba
Diaframma
Moda
Underground life
Officine schwartz
La maison
Other side
State of art 
Jeunesse d’ivoire

References:
-Лето Или Смерть
-Creature Simili Review
-Dark Milan in the 80’s
-The Spaces of Practices and Large Social Phenomena
-Multigenerational Goth
-Performing Punk
-Teleoeffective Formations
-The Political Commodification of Yourself
-Profilicity
-Modern Music is Awful Response
-Embodied Cognition
-Authenticity Hoax
-Envy

Direct download: Italian_Goth_and_Social_Ontology.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Despite historically loathing and delineating itself from ‘mainstream’ society, goth culture and identity finds itself interpolating broader systemic values as do all cultures under capitalism. On todays episode we will explore those behaviors and ideologies that seep in from they systemic framework of patriarchy and white supremacy and examine the subtle yet pernicious impact it has on our relationships and hierarchies within goth.

Our guests this month are Aimee (Mixcloud, IG, FB) Ellen (Etsy, Modeling, YouTube) and Sienna (IG)!

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

Introduction

Goth Praxis 8:03

Systemic Racism and Goth 24:49

Skin Bleaching and Goth’s Association with Whiteness 38:19

Hierarchy and the Meritocracy of Goth Ephemera 1:00:03

Gatekeeping 1:07:03

Performative Allies, White Guilt, Tokenism 1:23:28

Separating Art from Artist 1:34:38

Spilling the Tea 1:46:03

Next Steps 1:55:33

Is Goth Neoliberal or Marxist 2:02:03

Sinister Suggestions 2:10:23

References:
-Bloodstream Covers Sonsombre
-Son’s of the Confederacy
-Cloak and Dagger
-Joy Division’s Nazi EP Cover
-Skin Bleaching
-IBF and Goth’s Whiteness
-Goth Makeup for Darker Skin
-Commitment Against Racism
-Black Activists to Follow
-Indigenous Activists to Follow
-Latinx Activists to Follow
-Asian Activists to Follow
-Black Skin vs. Pale Aesthetic
-I’m so Goth I Was Born Black
-San La Muerte Fest
-Goth So White
-Nazi Goths Fuck Off
-What Ends When Symbols Shatter
-Black History and America’s Gothic Soul
-Racial Doll Test
-Obscura Undead: Goth is Political
-Consumer Identity
-Meritocracy
-Neo-liberal Wokeism
-Colorism in Goth
-Extreme Politics in Underground Music
-Recognizing Race Reductionism

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

Deathrock, goth’s weird cousin? Subgenre? Child of punk? On this episode we’ll be discussing the history, substance and international appeal of patch pant wearing, aquanet smelling weirdos with the help of members from Tears for the Dying and Altar De Fey.

Our guests this month are Adrya of Tears for the Dying and Kent of Altar de Fey!

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The History of Deathrock (intro)

80’s Deathrock 8:30

Shock 16:45

DIY 25:30

2000’s 33:45

Modern Deathrock 44:45

Politics 59:00

Album Review 1:15:00
Forbundet - Garmarn

Sinister Suggestions 1:35:30

References:
-Phantoms
-A Brief History of Deathrock
-Catholicism and Deathrock

Direct download: Deathrock.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:17pm CDT

This month we are talking all things German! Of course WGT gets some air time, but we’ll also be discussing the globalization of the goth community via twitch, the intricacies of the various subcultures like steampunk, EBM, Romantigoths and deathrockers in the big cities we all know, club culture, German goth bands, childhood stories and more. Zum Wohl!

Our guest this month is DJ Cyberpagan who you can catch on twitch and around the internet.

Introduction

Defining Goth through German Fashion 9:30

Clubbing 13:25

Goths on Twitch 30:51

The music of Germany 53:13

Moral Panics and German Culture 1:06:21

German Politics and Goth Ideology 1:10:00

Upcoming Content 1:40:00

 

References:
-East German Goth and the Specters of Marx
-B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin
-The German Gothic Subculture
-Searching for the True Meaning of goth in 2018

Direct download: Grufties.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we invite DJs and musicians from different parts of Latin America on to talk about what it’s like to be part of the local and global community.

Our guests are Alexandra, Christian, Dani, Marima, and Tirza!

 

Introductions

What is goth 26:25

Is goth too European? 45:48

How are you treated where you live? 1:03:00

Goth families 1:19:00

What are the themes of Latinx music? 1:28:40

Do goths outside Latin America recognize that scene? 1:42:00

References:
Latin American band Master List
Tales of love, madness and death
Mexico Underground
Aura
Dona Pacha
El gotico en la novela historica mexicana del siglo
Ukraine Goth
History of Mexican Goth
South American Goth - Obscura Undead

Direct download: Latinx_Goth_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Remember when goth gatherings existed? Wax nostalgic no more! You are cordially invited to join us at my estate in the woods. Dress yourself in your most comfortable finery, pour your favorite beverage and watch out for the candelabras. As we sit around our ornately carved table dripping in crushed velvet as we discuss Marilyn Manson, Big Dick Goth Boyfriends, and whether or not the ocean is soup.

Our guests this episode are Michelle and Carol!

References:
Big Dick Goth Boyfriend
Zakkarii’s Response
Who Killed Mister Moonlight
Undead

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

This month we take a look at the rarely discussed but ever present subsection of goths who have been in the military. We’ll explore individualism, violence, and yes, politics. Our guests for this episode are Esmeralda and Dusty of the band Vision Video.

 

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Direct download: goths_in_the_military_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

You're lying if you think goths don't love drama, and as everyone has been preoccupied with staying alive this year, there certainly has there been a lack of drama. So what does the goth cabal do when the scene gets a bit dull? We make the drama! Prepare your bathole The Gothquisition is back to rip the poseurs again!

Our Gothquisitioners are as follows: (in order of photo)
Zakkarrii, (too goth for the gothquisition)
Andi, Royal Scribe
Count, Grand Inquisitioner
Dani, Royal Minstrel
Jez, Supreme Persecutor of Heretics
Michelle, Queen
Joe, Court Jester and Bridge Troll

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

Introductions

Roast of It’s Black Friday

How to pull off a Goth Look

Song Break: I’m More Goth Than You - Johnnie Ha Ha

Roast of Chadwick

We Respond to YouTube Comments

Song Break: Release the Bats - The Birthday Party

Roast of Adora Batbrat

GothQUIZition
This Year’s Prize: Gothest

Song Break: Gothic Party Time - Action Pact

More from the Gothquisition coming December 16th on Patreon!

Direct download: Gothquisition_5.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are looking at the ever shifting spaces goths inhabit, reifying their ritualistic, embodied bringing forth of identity into the world around us. The future of these spaces is now forever changed as the current pandemic robs us of our sacred curated temples to goth. We also review the new album from The Funeral Medieval, share our Sinister Suggestions and more!

Our guests this month are Sean Detra and Mary Millions of Sisters of Mondays!

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

Introductions
Moving to Twitch
When Should we Return to Clubbing
The Evolving Dynamics of Twitch DJing
Will Music Venues Exist in the Future
The Future of Goth Music
The Future of Goth Culture
Gatekeeping

Album Review:
The Funeral Medieval - Dreper Meg

Sinister Suggestions:
-Angels Arcana
-Isotropia
-Selofan
-Slow Dance with the Dead
-Delphine Coma
-Black Angel
-Exit Dust
-Dark
-DGA95
-Wisteria
-Carnival Row
-Halt and Catch Fire
- Clipping

 

Direct download: the_future_of_goth_spaces.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This episode we discuss death, and why it’s more important than ever to talk about it.

Check out Caitlin’s new book here! You can also watch her on YouTube or check out upcoming events on her website.

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

Loren Rhoads Interview
Bess Lovejoy Interview

Direct download: Caitlin_Doughtys_Hero_Project.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Our guests this month are Carol, Helen and Amy!

References:
-Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
-Embodied Cognition

Direct download: disability_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we are breaking down Gothic Lolita and talking about it’s history, influence on goth, it’s subversive qualities and more! We also review the new album from Hada.

Our guest this month is Rose Nocturnalia!

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

Gothic Lolita

Album Review:
Hada - Abrahadabra

Sinister Suggestions:
-Carpenter Brut
-Dorohedoro

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

On this very special episode we are speaking with Liz Bennett, sitting Iowa State Representative! We talk about the relevance of social movements to goth, gab about our mutual experiences in the Christian goth community, discuss the philosophy of self and much more!

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

References:
Cloak and Dagger Controversy
The Myth of Cognitive Niche

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

Welcome to the Cemetery Confessions Baby Bat 101 crash course! Whether you’re 12 or 85, you’ve come to the right place. Our curated guide features guests from across the spectrum from long time well known DJ to shiny new goth moth and everywhere in between. We’ll chat about music, clubbing, dating, identity, politics and more!

Our guests this month are Scary Lady Sarah, Nadja, and Nat!

Politics:
-Post Punk Politics
-Sexism and Industrial
-Assimilate

Music: 41:40
-Goth Comp
-Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace
-25 Years in the Reptile House
-80’s Goth Wasn’t Just About Music
-The Value of Music to Identity
-Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul
-2019 Goth Albums
-Post-Punk.com
-Goth Music History
-Origin of the term ‘Goth’

Fashion and Makeup: 1:01:47
-Gothic Lamb
-Kambriel
-Dark Angel Co
-Kaufen Apparel
-Luciferothica
-Junkyard Bat
-Haute Cotoure
-My DIY Tutorial 1
-My DIY Tutorial 2
-How to do a Deathhawk

Clubbing and Socializing 1:21:17
-So you want to start a local scene
-The Etiquette Guide to Goth Clubs
-Goth Club Tips

Dating 1:43:30
-Goth Guide to Valentine’s Day
-What’s wrong with Wanting a Goth GF?
-Dating in the Goth Scene

Identity: 1:52:00
-What is Goth?
-The Philosophy of Goth
-Aging in Goth

Further Reading:
-My Goth Library

Direct download: final_getting_into_goth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we share embarrassing childhood stories, take on gatekeepers, explore why goth is still relevant and answer r/goths most burning questions!

Our guest this month is Lady India!
Facebook, IG, TikTok, Eat the Rich

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

Introductions

Goth in Hot Weather 7:00

What Was Your First Goth Band 14:01

Gatekeeping 21:57

What Place Does Goth Have in the World 40:41

Disliking Labels 58:20

Difficulty Socializing 1:14:05

What Psychology Drove you to Goth 1:31:55

Sinister Suggestions: 2:04:00
-Solar Fake - Song to say Goodbye
-Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
-Bohren & Der Club of Gore
-Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones
-Blood Machines
-A Gorey Demise - Creature Feature

Direct download: We_Fixed_Reddit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This episode we dive into the psychology of living through a pandemic, and explore how well equipped goths are for dealing with death, all while reading a journalist to filth. We also review the new album from Mystic Priestess!

Our guest this month is Ryan, vocalist from the deathrock band witchhands.

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

Sinister Suggestions:
-Happy!
-Imaginos - Blue Oyster Cult
-Imaginos Documentary
-Loom - Katie Gately
-Halloween Carol’s

BLM Resources:
-Resource List
-Donate to Help Against Police Brutality
-Anti-Racism for White People
-75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice
-Documentary about the Direct Line of Lynching to Today's Prison System
-Commitment Against Racism
-Mass Incarceration Information

Direct download: pandemicgoth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This episode we continue our special series of episodes by examining what it’s like to age through goth. From external pressure, internal support, and how hard it is to lace up new rocks.

Our panel includes GothicSoulFlower, Hedvig Funeral, Mel, and Edward!

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

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

On this episode we are answering the most interesting questions posed to r/goth.

Our guest this episode is Lady India! You can find her on IG, Facebook, and her burlesque/variety show Phantasmagoria.

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

Stop Calling me an E-Boy 10:00

Am I Still Goth if I don’t Like Goth Music 23:12

Stereotypes 40:10

Craziest Thing You’ve DIY’d 43:23

How Much Must and Artist Goth to be Goth 50:10

How to Wear Makeup when Mixed Race 1:09:40

How to Deal with Angry Elitists 1:21:32

Album Review: 1:41:56
Vandal Moon - Black Kiss

 

Direct download: Bella_Lugosis_dead_and_i_dont_feel_great_either.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This episode we are exploring the twisted world of Gothic Literature to understand why it’s so culturally relevant to goths and non-goths alike.

Our guests for this episode are Adrienne who’s YouTube which covers Gothic topics you can find here, and our resident Queen of Goth Michelle.

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

What Makes Gothic Literature Gothic

Why do we Love Gothic Literature 16:40

How has The Gothic Changed Goth 36:15
-An examination of Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble

Gothic vs. Goth 1:06:00

Goth’s Fashion Debt to Gothic Literature 1:14:27

The Gothic’s impact on Broader Culture 1:25:45

Gothic Literature as Problematic Text 1:40:30

References:
-Contemporary Gothic
-Romancing the Gothics: 90s Music video Gothic

-Fashioning Gothic Bodies
-The Music of The Goth Subculture: Postmodernism and Aesthetics

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

This episode we are chatting with the vocalist of Nox Novacula! We’re talking about politics and women in music, touring, and the underground music scene.

You can listen to, buy and get merch on their bandcamp page, as well as get info on upcoming releases on their facbook page.

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

Introduction

Are you a goth band? 8:12

Music History 11:12

Goth music now 14:55

LP vs EP 24:40

Writing music 32:30

Women in music 35:45

Touring 44:15

Politics in music 48:30

Defining goth 1:01:17

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

We are chatting about why goth music is so important to the culture, if it’s the most important feature of our community and by what standards we make that determination. We also review the new album from Double Echo!

Our guest this month is Jennifer Groke! You can find their art and content on YouTube, Facebook and IG

 

Is music objective? 6:45
      -Gothic Music and the Inevitability of Genre

Music consumption under capitalism 18:25
      -80’s goth wasn’t just about music

“Lifestyle” is culturally constructed 28:50
      -The Homology Hypothesis

Music is not bigoted 35:05
     -Alternative chicks Sweden

Goth as a youth subculture 51:25
     -VSCO girls and eboys in sociology
     -The history of subcultural studies
     -Youth cultures and the rest of life
     -Youth studies in sociology

Album Review: 1:11:00
Double Echo - Burning in Blue

Sinister Suggestions: 1:25:00
-Then Comes Silence
-HMLTD

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

On this episode original goth Trevor shares his thoughts on why goth today is stronger than it ever has been. We chat about his experience with goth in the 80’s and 90’s, the relevance of DIY and music to goth today, the danger that comes with being different in society, hear stories about Suspiria, starting Nightbreed and more!

Our guest this month is Trevor Bamford, who’s work you can find at Nightbreed Recordings, and listen to his music projects Death Party UK, Chaos Bleak and The Angelfire Project as well as the streaming Nightbreed Radio.

Goth in the 80’s

The Evolution of the Music Industry 5:30

Relevance of Compilations 20:10

DIY or Die 30:15

Why the 90’s Were the Most Goth 34:20

Goth Discrimination and Transgression 43:55

Understanding Music Theory 56:00

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

This episode we are chatting with Alaska’s only goth duo cliff and ivy! We’ll be hearing their stories from touring around the goth scene in the US, stories from their friendships with deathrock legends like Rikk agnew, gitaine demone and paul roessler, along with discussions around dealing with death, being differently abled and more.

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

You can find information about Cliff and Ivy on their website and bandcamp, and you can help support their next tour over on gofundme!

Becoming goth

Living as a solitary goth - 8:45

Comparing goth scenes across the country - 15:20

Living as a goth parent - 25:17

Living with disability as a goth - 30:25

Finding time for creativity - 42:15

Collaboration in Art - 46:45

Using Magick in Art - 1:01:38

Dealing with Death - 1:10:00

A thank you - 1:29:20

Direct download: Finding_Solace_Through_Art.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Abstract conceptual fashion and fast fashion may be on opposite ends of the spectrum, but both draw influence from the lineage of goth aesthetic. On this episode we will explore the relation and relevance of the runway and high end designer to the everyday lives of goths.

Our guest this month is Kate Mior, the owner of fashion brand Bone & Busk which you can also find on etsy. Kate also DJs in Toronto and you can check out Kate’s DJ page here.

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

Ethical Shop Recommendations:
Kate:
-Nuit Clothing Atelier
-Ovate
-Kaufen Apparel
-Missy Industry

Count:
-Gothic Lamb
-Kambriel
-Dark Angel co

Suggestions From our Community:
-Beautiful Freak Cosmetics
-Dracula Clothing
-Holy Clothing
-Exo Umbra
-The Witches Cottage
-Studio 777
-The Arbetium
-Agashi
-Deadwood Studios

Direct download: haute_coutur.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

It’s 2020 and I’m excited to be back for another year of shows. This month we’ve got another goth talk episode! We’re chatting about the music scene in general, our favorite trends of 2019, creator burnout, and yes, we get deep into discussing gatekeeping. Grab your favorite beverage and have a seat over there on the velvet couch next to the coffin, don’t mind Vlad he only bites when asked, I hope the incense doesn’t bother you.

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

Our guest this month is Krystina! She runs an interview show on YouTube called Portland Undead and is the band Loverload!

Local Scene News 5:44

Gatekeeping Gatekeepers 17:47
-Aytakks Article
-Gothic Lolita vs Goth
-I Was Afraid of Going to Goth Clubs

2019 State of the Scene 59:35

Album Review: 1:10:40
Nuevo Testemento - Exposure

Sinister Suggestions: 1:25:30
-Obscura Undead’s first Zine
-Sex Education
-My Hero Academia
-ergo proxy
-Double Echo
-Dragula
-The Witcher

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

Prepare your batholes, the Gothquisition has returned to judge the internet for its sins! YouTubers named and shamed, Rebels Market put on blast and all your favorite icons cut down to size. The Inquisitors also compete to decide who knows the most about true cvlt goth music! 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)
Zakkarrii, Master Seamstress
Andi, Royal Scribe
Count, Grand Inquisitioner
Dani, Royal Minstrel
Jez, Supreme Persecutor of Heretics
Michelle, Queen
Joe, Court Jester and Bridge Troll

Introductions

Roast of Avelina de Moray

Being Goth is More than a Teenage Phase 10:04

Song Break: 28:35
NU:N - It's a Goth Revolution (Sacrosanct Mix)

Roast of Voltaire

5 Things Wrong with Goth Culture Right Now 40:00

Song Break: 1:04:20
You’ve Been Goth BLOCKED

Roast of Jake Munro

Goth Quiz 1:11:42

Song Break: 1:38:00
You’ll End Up Looking Like Scary Bitches

RIP VampireFreaks

References:
-ToiletGoth
-Hand in you Goth Card, you are Banished!
-Scarfing Scarves
-Goth Death Culture will Destroy your Teen

 

Direct download: the_gothquisition_4.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:04pm CDT

This episode we are reviewing the claims in Karl Spracklen’s new book: The Evolution of Goth Culture: The Origins and Deeds of the New Goths.


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

References:
Inside Subculture: The Postmodern Meaning of Style
Nightclubbing: Planet X and Liverpool’s Post-Punk Era
Our Interview with William Faith and Scary Lady Sara
4EA Paradigm
Making Sense of Autopoietic Enactive Embodiment
Pragmatism and Embodied Cognitive Science
Symmetric Anthropology

 

Direct download: the_evolution_of_goth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

On this episode we are exploring the music, fashion, and drama of modern goth. We’ll be delving into anxieties around babybats, the newly popular synth/wave goth music, the divergence of fashion from the music, the relevance of transgression and a lot more about the lived experiences of the modern goth.

Our guest this month is Bianca Xunise! You can read about her journey as a black goth, read her interview with Bauhaus, and her comic about why music should be political!

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

What’s Old is New Again: The Hipster Goth Revival:
-Hipster Goth 10:30
-Genre Classification and the 80’s 12:45
-Is Goth Music Still Diverse? 25:20
-Elitism vs Poseurs 31:00
-More on Music Variety 40:00
-Babybats and the Internet 48:30
-The Dichotomy of Music and Aesthetic 58:25
-80’s Goth Wasn’t Just About Music
-Music and Fashion EP 67
-Is Goth a Counter-Culture 1:05:20

Album Review: 1:21:55
The Coventry - Deep Detachment

Sinister Suggestions: 1:32:00
-Padkarsoda
-Spellling
-Debby Friday
-Tanya Tagaq
-Is This How you See Me?
-My Pretty Vampire
-Ganser

Direct download: The_New_Age_of_Goth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Our guest this month is Daphne Coriz! We chat about her personal development within the goth scene and how her heritage, tribe and living on the rez has impacted that identity. We also respond to a video by Social Repose claiming that non-natives have a right to wear war bonnets as costume.

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

How did you become goth? 1:22

What interests you about modeling? 11:50

Activism and what the goth scene can do 19:20

Social Repose and cultural appropriation 30:45

Further Reading:

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience

https://youtu.be/Mm7Hfp0IEbY

https://youtu.be/lqCYfTeP1_w

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

Esotericism and mysticism have always been high on the list, right next to atheism, when it comes to the religious views of goths. On this episode we take a look at the long maligned and oft pejoratively goth associated, Satanism. We’ll be speaking with members of the Satanic coven Satanhaus about their link to goth, their beliefs, their practices and their philosophy.

Our guests this episode are Evyn and Thom of Satanhaus!

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

Recommendations from Lucifer:
-Satanic Feminism
-Children of Lucifer
-The Last Testament of Anton LaVey *Boyd Rice is an Asshole
-The Satanic Bible 50th Edition

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

This month we are talking about death with our guest Bess Lovejoy, author of the book Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

As the season changes, we turn our thoughts to death and decay. Where does mortality fit into our modern lives, what can we learn from the ways we’ve treated the dead in the past, and how can we prepare ourselves for our own demise. All this and more with author Bess Lovejoy.

 

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

Are goths just normal people in spooky clothing? Do we care too much about old music? Has deathrock become too much of a stereotype to have anything to say? We are exploring these questions and having a good old fashioned goth chat. We’ll also review the new album from Dune Messiah, share our Sinister Suggestions and more!

Our guests this month are Andi and Michelle!

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

Do we care too much about old music? 2:50

Are we just normal people in spooky clothing? 27:20

Is deathrock too stereotypical? 1:08:00

The Goth Utopia 1:11:45

Album Review: 1:37:40
Dune Messiah - Moments of Bliss

Sinister Suggestions: 1:51:20
-Larkin Poe
-Thorns Clothing
-Circe
-Kristen Sollee
-Goth Symposium

Direct download: Goth_Talk_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm CDT

Living with a disability or chronic illness may seem foreign to the able bodied, yet there are many goths within our community who exist with these conditions every day, and that can drastically change the way they interact with the scene. On this episode we’ll explore the process of coming to terms with a disability and how that impacts the ability to be part of goth culture.

Our guests are Michelle, Tanya, Helen, Amy, and Carolin!

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

When did you become goth? 2:07

What was the process of diagnosis? 15:40

How does this impact your involvement within goth 51:08

 

Direct download: goths_with_disabilities_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

For those of a certain vintage, we remember when discussions about corp goth exploded into the scene, the questions about how one maintains an air of youthful rebellion without selling out to a puritanical business culture, and how one might retain their identity in a culture that extrapolates morality and work ethic from appearance. A fashion and ideology was developed and debated among goths pursuing long term careers that didn’t involve making music or ghost hunting. Today though the corp goth style and the discussion that came along with it seem to have all but vanished, we’re going to be talking about why that might be, recount our own experiences in the corporate world and share advice for those getting into or already employed at large companies. 

Our guests this week are Cadaver Kelly and Jonathan!

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

Entering the Work Force 7:42

Job Interviews 22:45

Retaining Identity and Fighting for Inclusivity 36:08

The Rise and Fall of Corp Goth 1:09:57

Album Review: 1:31:55
Hapax - Monde

Sinister Suggestions: 1:45:30
-This Cold Night
-Play Alone Records
-Girls Who Code
-Lingua Ignota
-PeedleBeetle

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

This week we feature an important piece of 90's goth culture, Carpe Noctem Magazine. We sit down with Thom, co-founder of Carpe Noctem, to talk about his experience with Zine publication, horror culture, and forging a way forward in today's crowded media field. 

You can find all of Thom's work on his website. 

You can get the Carpe Noctem Interviews here:
Vol 1
Vol 2
Vol 3

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

Direct download: Carpe_Noctem_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we are taking a look at runway fashion and commodification. We are going to discuss how goth aesthetics have been used on the runway and in high fashion and whether or not a postmodernist view of style and culture is the reason for this. We are also reviewing the new album from Sólveig Matthildur and more!

Our guest this month is CC!

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

News: 4:00
-Why Goth Fashion is Condemned to be a Fashion Inspiration

Album Review: 1:24:00
-Constantly in Love - Sólveig Matthildur

Sinister Suggestions: 1:36:15
-Goth Soaps and more at Seifenhexe
-Kerli
-Art, Sex, Music
-PENSEES NOCTURNES - Grand Guignol Orchestra

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

This month we sit down with DJ Mistress McCutchan and DJ Batty von Bats of the Cat vs Bat podcast! In true goth style, we kick back with a few drinks and air our opinions about all aspects of the scene. Scene drama, DJ ethics, identity in the “real world”, philosophy, politics and more. So grab your favorite libation, have a seat with us and enjoy!

Direct download: The_Secret_Life_of_Goths.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Our guest this month is fashion artist, DJ/promoter for Torture Garden, Slimlight, and Monster Queen and curator Parma Ham.

 

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

 

Fluidity of Culture 5:45

Gender in Goth 14:15

Fashion in Extremity 40:15

Goth and the Internet 49:00

Album Review: 1:02:45
Second Still

Sinister Suggestions: 1:15:00
-Delusions of Gender
-The Left Hand of Darkness
-ContraPoints: What is Gender
-ContraPoints: Pronouns
-Judith Butler
-Special Interest
-Ganser

Direct download: Gender_Identity_with_Parma_Ham_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are continuing our special series of expert panels as we take deep dives into latent issues and hot topics within the community, We previously discussed whether or not goth was political and explored the deeply ingrained misogyny of industrial, and this week we are exploring the intersectionality and experiences of people of color.

Whether goth or not, in America we live in a culture built on colonization, white washing and imperialism. The stories around which our culture connects are white, our histories are littered with appropriation of indigenous practices and our present is full of tacit ignorance about the ways this continues to reinforce the pain and inequality for people of color in our communities. Oppressed groups like black women have a barrier to self actualization that privileged groups who benefit from a history of imperial patriarchy do not.

For as much lip service we give to goths being othered, discriminated against and bullied out of society, the face of our scene is still very often white.  The diversity of gender, sexual expression and transgression of power structures was implicit to the music scene in the 80’s however today, the ways in which people of color are represented and welcomed in our scene gets little of the attention among the discourse of cultural issues like commodification, defining boundaries, and music recommendations. Being as we live in a time when the stories we build our identities around in America are in flux and being discussed and debated, this seems like a gross oversight within our communities.

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

Our guests this episode are Mike K Johnson, Leila Taylor, DJ Maus, and Zakkarrii. Special thanks to Kyle of The Breathing Light who had last minute technical difficulties.

Resources and Further Reading/Viewing:
Commitment Against Racism
When They Invent a Darker Colour
So Goth I was Born Black
Goth So White?
Nazi Goths Fuck Off
What Ends When the Symbols Shatter
Who Will Us Be?
Diversity Conversations
When they Call you a Terrorist
Peace and Justice Summit

References:
Mexercy
Scary Black
Gothic Lamb
M Lamar
Bastet
Death
Witchhands
Shadow Age
The Ire

Direct download: Goths_of_Color.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we chat with Gopal Metro, co founder of Bella Morte, Gild the Mourn, Brighter Fires, and his current project Metro Pirate Radio. We spend some time discussing his history as a musician and goth with elitism and gatekeeping and debate whether or not it has a place in the scene. We also tell some personal stories of struggling with depression and suicidal ideation, and how that relates to goth culture. You can get music from Gopal and support his projects by visiting his patreon page.

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

Introduction to Gopal 2:40

Elitism 15:40

Depression 49:50

Album Review: 1:21:25

Ausencia - Lust Era

Sinister Suggestions: 1:31:40
-Evi Vine
-The Ire
-Love / Death / Robots
-Beat Saber
-Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
-Nytt Land

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

This month we are talking about dance! Why does it matter, how does it look for goths vs everyone else, where does it fit within the identity of goth culture, and does it empower bodily agency or do we still have issues within the community. We are also reviewing the new album from Tomb of Love, sinister suggestions and more!

Our guest this month is Hayley who’s music project Vellocinate you can find here!

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

Introduction and Local Scene Chat

Creating Goth Worlds Through Dance: 12:43
-
The Importance of Dance to Goth Expression
-Ritual
-Bodily Autonomy
CoalCandy’s video

Album Review: 1:35:00
Tomb of Love - A Permanent Reminder of Our Failure

Sinister Suggestions: 1:51:00
It’s For Us
Neon Tzigane
Black Dresses
Fires
Neu!
Can
Amon Düül

Direct download: 082_Dance_Ritual_and_Bodily_Autonom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Cover photo by Laura Whittaker

Our guest this month is Jenevive, a model and philosophy student, who discusses the work she’s done looking at Japanese culture, history and philosophy as exemplified by the Geisha and Painful Art, along with their relation to modern day goth and Gothic Literature. We talk pop culture, post-punk, Japanese history and philosophy, the relationship of America to Japanese art and a lot more!

Direct download: 081_Geisha_Goth.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we will be discussing class boundaries in their relationship to scene participation, whether or not you need to spend money to be goth, what internal and external values reinforce class distinctions, how we gain respect in the subculture, fashion, subversion and more! We’ll also be hearing about the scene in Tampa, reviewing the new album from Kaelan Mikla and a lot more.

Our guests this month are DJ Maus who you can find at Obscura Undead on Facebook and Instagram and DJ Azy also from Obscura Undead

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

Tampa Goths and the Rebirth of a Scene 10:00
-Fight at the Bauhaus show

Goth Class 28:08
-Sweeny Deville’s Video
-The Problem with Goth Fast Fashion
-Goth is not Killstar
-David Muggleton’s Inside Subculture

Album Review 1:54:00
Kaelan Mikla - Nótt eftir nótt

Sinister Suggestions 2:14:35
-Otzi
-Blogiemilczenie
-Polyverso
-The Ire
-Hedningarna
-Vedergällningen

Outtakes

Direct download: 074_goth_class.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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!

Direct download: Episode_73.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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
-
-Witchhands
-The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
-The Witchwave Podcast
-Lycia
-Them Are Us Too
-The Silent Companions

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

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!

Direct download: Birthday_Party_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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!

Direct download: Goth_vs_Goth_The_History_of_EBM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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

Direct download: 069_The_90s_to_Now_Have_We_Changed.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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
-Nephilim’s Video on Goth Politics

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

This week I want to look at what makes goth culturally unique among its alternative peers, discuss how the implicit flexibility of goth can lead it to fold into other subcultural groupings such as punk as we will see in the scene from Mexico City, and look at how goth has the ability to adapt to a local environment while remaining identifiable as part of goth culture. We will also be reviewing the new album from Living Temples, sharing our sinister suggestions and more!


Our guest this Month is Dasia, who you can find as Gothic SoulFlower on YouTube!

 

News: 8:26
Mexico City’s Coolest Style Subculture

Album Review: 1:09:26
Living Temples - Against the Day

Sinister Suggestions: 1:19:30
Sabrina
Rendez-Vous

References:
Documentary on The Gothic and Goth
The Curse of Celebrity
Video on goth philosophy

Direct download: Goth-Punk_and_the_Resistance_of_Styl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are going to be taking a look at those liminal and elusive cultural groupings that have become tangential to goth such as witch house, synthwave, nu goth and so on. I want to look at what the cultural legacy and impact these groupings have had on the scene are and whether or not they have lost their subversive novelty or are going to make a comeback. We’ve also got an album review from Crystal Cage, sinister suggestions, and more!

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

Our guest this month is Jean-Luc, aka DJ Alpha Omega! Find him on Twitch, Facebook, and Soundcloud.

uest Introduction 5:00

The Story of Medusa’s, Neo, and Chicago’s Club Scene 7:15

A DJ’s View of the Goth Club scene 19:20

News: 40:00
The Impact of Witch House 10 years later

Album Review: 1:16:25
Crystal Cage - Crystal Cage

 

Sinister Suggestions: 1:26:45
Unsolved Mysteries on Buzzfeed
Blackcraft Wrestling
Vulta

A Retraction 1:35:00

Direct download: Witch_House_and_The_Scene.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are revisiting the topic of sexism within industrial music and culture. While Cemetery Confessions itself is specifically about goth, there’s no denying that there’s a historical propinquity of industrial and goth musically and culturally, and as such goths and industrialists often share experiences and spaces. We discuss misogyny historically, debate whether or not anything has changed, relate personal run ins with this behavior and a lot more. 

In a world where donald trump is president and subcultural music is ever more often taking a stand on ethics, political ideologies, and social justice issues a discussion examining the norms of our culture and the ontologies that come along with them is more relevant than ever.

Our panel this month is Andi HarrimanAlex ReedSharon Kyronfive, and Alison Fraiser! 

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

References:
Antigen and Adversary at Kinetik
Andi's Tweet

Direct download: Sexism_and_The_Scene.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Strap in for a wild ride, this month we are chatting about death, our greatest fears, cemeteries, goth's relationship with mainstream media and more!

Our guest this month is Skullgirdle from YouTube!

News: 11:43
Goth Didn't Die, It's always Been Dead

Album Review: 1:11:52
Lost on Me - Decade

Sinister Suggestions: 1:22:53
Penny Dreadful Season 2
Cyianotic

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

This month we are talking about ways goths queer age temporalities, explore the construction of deviant spaces, breakdown the ritual and subversive nature of goth dance, discuss the consistency of goth identity across borders and A LOT more!

Our guest this month is grad student Leah, you can find her radio show Delightfully Depressing here, and her music project Skydivers here!

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

Direct download: Deviance_and_Ethnography_in_Aging_Go.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are getting a Brit’s perspective on the modern day goth scene in the UK, we’ll also be discussing the impact social media has had on beauty standards within goth, and why some of us think we are losing the complexity and depth that fashion and aesthetic presentation once represented. We will also be reviewing the new album from ritual veil, giveing our sinister suggestions and more!

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at cemeteryconfessions@gmail.com.

Our guest this month is Emilijan! You can find him on YouTube as Sweeny Deville and you can find his band The Killbrides on bandcamp!

Introduction

The State of Britain's Goth Scene 6:34

News: 22:01
The Commercialization of Goth

Album Review: 1:24:25
Wolf in the Night - Ritual Veil

Sinister Suggestion: 1:34:32
Gothic: Dark Glamour

90's Goth 1:36:53

Direct download: Episode_61.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

We sit down with Tara for a wide ranging interview this week! We start by discussing her resistance to the goth label, she tells some stories from her touring experience about elitism and Marilyn Manson, we get into comparing the current music scene with the 90's, she let's us into some personal stories with family life and living with illness, and we talk about her new book and music projects!

You can find Lycia on Bandcamp and you can find Tara's published works on Amazon.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at cemeteryconfessions@gmail.com.

Order Now: Limited Edition Cemetery Confessions Patches!

Direct download: Tara_Vanflower.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Order Now: Limited Edition Cemetery Confessions Patches!

This month we reflect on how goth in 2018 stacks up against the last 40 years. We’ll be discussing why "mainstream" culture is a myth, whether or not goth should be considered a culture or a subculture, and if WGT demonstrates goth is borderless and without rules. We also have an album review for the band Traitrs, our sinister suggestions and more!

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at cemeteryconfessions@gmail.com.

Our guest this month is Stine, who you can find on YouTube and instagram!

 

Introduction

News: 10:10
Goth in 2018

Album Review: 1:20:54
Traitrs - Butcher's Coin

Sinister Suggestions: 1:35:25
Witches Moon Box
My Hero Academia

References:
Norwegian Personal Space
Norwegian Bus

Direct download: goth_in_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we sit down with author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before you Die Loren Rhoads. Cultural death anxiety, obscure graveyards, ancient burial rituals, spiritual practices and the paranormal are our topics for this month. You can find more articles and speaking dates for Loren at her website https://cemeterytravel.com/

Direct download: Loren_Rhoads.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we discuss the inside come out, how do sartorial idioms represent the music and metaphysical substrate of goth, both as personal expression and discursive space. We also touch on how depression and being a baby bat influence how we interpret and display the markers of goth. We review the new album from Sackcloth and Ashes, add our sinister suggestions, and more!

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at cemeteryconfessions@gmail.com.

Our guest this month is Zakkarii of Living the Strange Life

 

News: 2:55

The Value of Being Different
Goth GF and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Awakening my Internal Goth

Album Review: 1:15:35

Sashcloth and Axes - M.A.R.K. -13

Sinister Suggestions: 1:32:00

Prepare to Try
Dragon Age Inquisition
K

Direct download: The_Clothing_of_a_Culture.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

On this episode we’re going to explore the cultural crossover between nerds and goths as well as wax poetic about some of our favorite video games, exploring how they’ve impacted our lives and how they’ve connected with our identity as a goth.

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at cemeteryconfessions@gmail.com

This week our guests are Forrest and Kai Decadence!

Cultural values for Goths and a Nerds 4:10

Vampire: the Masquerade - Bloodlines 28:47

Bloodborne 51:45

Alice: The Madness Returns 1:19:00

Direct download: Gothic_Gaming.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are exploring the relationship between The Gothic and goth; from runway fashion, to mysticism, literature, philosophy and more, we’ll be discussing how we determine where goth ends and Gothic begins, and what practical effect we see on street fashion and gothic bodies at club events. We are also going to review the newest album from the band Annex, give our sinister suggestions, and chat about social media. 

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at CemeteryConfessions@gmail.com

Our guest this month is blogger Caroline Carnivorous! 
You can join Gothic Amino or Trad Goth Amino by adding "Cemetery Confessions" in the request to join box!

Introductions

Goth Amino 11:00

News: 13:19
Dark arts: a look at fashion's current obsession with the new breed of Gothicism

References:
Caroline's What is Goth blog post
Count's What is Goth YouTube Series
Goth's Loss of Mystery
Are Goth's Fetishists? 
Academic papers by Leah Bush

Album Review: 58:45
Annex - Melu

Sinister Suggestions: 1:15:15
Dark Shadows
Universal Pagan Temple

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

Yes, that Liisa, the favorite Liisa here on Cemetery Confessions. We got a chance to sit down and hash out our differences over her 40 years of goth video series as well as talk about aging in goth culture, mainstream fashion appropriation, and whether or not emo or nu goth are actually part of the culture. 

You can find everything Liisa is up to on her website, follow her on facebook, or YouTube. 

Direct download: Liisa_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Welcome back to Cemetery Confessions! This month we will be talking about the state of the scene and whether or not it’s declined over the last 10 years, we’ll be chatting about modern goth  music, reviewing the new album from Cruz De Navajas, responding to some listener feedback, sinister suggestions and more!

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at CemeteryConfessions@gmail.com

Our guest this month is Dez, who runs the incredible DIY record label Occult Whispers, which you can find on Big CartelBandcamp, and Facebook

The State of the Music Business 9:45

The Death of Goth:
Are Goths Being Alienated from their Own Events? 21:36

Goths in the 90's vs. Now 1:03:47
(Reference: Goth's Loss of MysteryJuvenoia)

Album Review: 1:50:15
Cruz de Navajas - Dominacion

Sinister Suggestions: 2:03:56
The Noise Beneath the Snow

Direct download: Death_of_goth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This month we are going to be diving into the sub-subculture of the Christian Goth community. Goth itself is a-theistic in that it makes no positive religious claims, one can ascribe themselves to any religious system or eschew them altogether without an impact on their goth identity; so it’s not abnormal to find goths who are catholic, protestant or any other flavor of Christian belief. That said, there exists a community of people who explicitly call themselves Christian Goths, a label which denotes often (in my experience) conservative evangelical ideals merged with a goth aesthetic. But how do Christian Goths fit into goth, and where do their values, norms, and social behaviors diverge from those of the broader goth culture? My guests and I will be discussing this, our personal experiences as Christian Goths and more on this episode!

Our guests this month are Chris from the band Syspiria and Raksha who can be found on youtube

Christian Goth Resources:
GodScare.net
Grave Robbers Ministry
ChristianGoth.com
BloodGod.org
The First Church of the Living Dead
Asylum Ministries (current iteration) 
Goths for Jesus
Cruxcorvis Weekly Asylum
Tofer's Take
Ex Nihilo

 

YouTube:
Gothicon Documentary: https://youtu.be/DlidtOkc_T8
Goth Prom at The Asylum 2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLBhA0Fejy8
First Church of the Living Dead: https://youtu.be/W6TmQ0fuc90

 

Direct download: Christian_Goth_The_Expose.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we are talking about materialism and capitalist ideals in goth culture, reviewing the new album from Dead Astropilots, Second Life follow up, listener feedback around differentlyabled goths, some discussion about becoming pagan and more!

If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
You can subscribe to the show via our podcast app or iTunes.
You can E-mail us at CemeteryConfessions@gmail.com

News: 2:09
-The Commercialization of Goth

Album Review: 25:46
New Control - Dead Astropilots

Listener Feedback 41:35

Sinister Suggestion: 50:29
-Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard

Direct download: Material_Goth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we are going to be discussing goth music, but more interestingly those sites of liminality and ambiguity where what we’ve come to know as goth music collides and makes love to pop and indie music. What effect has that had on culture and clubs both historically and today, and what does this mean for the future of the genre?

In recent years we've seen an explosion of hard to classify acts that skirt the edge of goth culture and sound, bands such as chelsea wolfe, king dude, zola jesus, them are us too, cult of youth, Savages, Austra and so on. Do these bands mirror the sort of early 80’s melting pot of goth, synthpop, glam rock, new wave, deathrock etc, Are we just seeing Indie bands taking on a darker yolk, or are we seeing some new form of “art goth”, or perhaps an eschewing of genre classifications in general?

Our guest this month was Joshua, please check out his music project Gevatter Tod!

Further Reading:
-Gothic Music and the Inevitability of Genre
-Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny
-25 years in the Reptile House

Direct download: Too_Goth_For_Pop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

This week we will be discussing why baby bats feel they don’t have what it takes to be goth and how that drives them to try and change it. We will be reviewing the new album from azar swan, discussing the goth scene in Second life, reading listener feedback and more.

News: 3:00
Peter Murphy calls David Bowie a twit

Not Goth Enough
-The Goth Mindset
-So You Want to Run a Goth Event

Album Review: 35:50

Savage Exiles - Azar Swan

Second Life: State of the Union 52:48

Listener Feedback 1:00:44

Sinister Suggestions: 1:22:45
Death: A Graveside Companion
- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Outtakes

Direct download: Not_Goth_Enough.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

Guest References:

Hysteria Effect Band Page

Rain Alt Model

Direct download: Birthday_Party.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm CDT

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)
Zakkarrii, Master Seamstress
Andi, Royal Scribe
Count, Grand Inquisitioner
Dani, Royal Minstrel
Jez, Supreme Persecutor of Heretics
Mark, Dungeon Master
Joe, Court Jester and Bridge Troll

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Introductions

News: 8:40
Real Talk to Elitists

Music Break: 34:17
Goth Kids Song (South Park) Cover

GothQUIZistion 39:30

Ad Break 57:02

News: 1:01:43
Goth is Dead, Long Live Goth

Music Break: 1:22:00
Death in Rome - Barbie Girl

Cemetery Confessions 1:26:00

News: 1:41:45
Those Damn Elitists

Announcements for Next Year

Direct download: Gothquisition_3.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

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.

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Our Guests this month are Angela Benedict and Skullgirdle!

Introductions 2:00

News: 9:38
Goth at 30 and beyond: Insight for Baby Bats

Album Review: 58:37
Bootblacks - Fragments

Interview with Emz: 1:07:45
Emz is the head spook at the HorrorAddicts.net website and podcast!
Check out her most recent vampire novel, Dusk's Warriors!

Goth Youtube: 1:40:48
In the age of the world wide web, goths have more opportunities to meet and share their thoughts than ever before. No longer do we have to create and publish our own zines, start a band, or run a goth event to express a sense of cultural identity and community. We are now able to project ourselves, our lives, and our scenes in HD video for the whole world to see and talk about. This has allowed our dark little culture to be opened up to a whole new audience of potential goths who may become seduced by the dark side and help create and participate in the culture, even if they don’t have a local scene. But does this type of access actually encourage goths to stop engaging with their local community? Is the emphasis on visual presentation having an adverse impact on the values and norms of the culture? That and more is what I’d like to explore this month.

Sinister Suggestions: 2:52:17
Necromancy Radio
Necromancy Clothing

Podcasts The Count was interviewed on this month: 2:58:51
We Have a Technical
Sex, Death, and Religion

 

Direct download: Goth_Youtube.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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!

More Recommended books from this author:
Contemporary Gothic
Fashioning Gothic Bodies

Chapter 1: 7:00
-Thesis, Introduction, methodology overview
-Goth as a middle class culture of consumption

Chapter 2: 53:15
-Tim Burton and his reshaping of modern Gothic

Chapter3: 57:42
-The increased reliance of the visual in goth
-The politicization of goth through Columbine and Sophie Lancaster

Chapter 4: 1:22:44
Premise 1: In the post millennial era, vampires have sought to become the institution rather than the subversion, to become as human or amiable towards humans as possible rather than be the Other

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
-The modern goth girl and the "whimsical macabre"

Chapter 6: 1:47:05
-Camp and it's influence on goth and the assimilative monster

Chapter 7: 2:02:06
-Goth/Gothic masculinities and humerus monsters

Chapter 8: 2:19:36
-Whitby Gothic Weekend and the Gothic-carnivalesque

Conclusions 2:30:25

Direct download: Happy_Gothic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CDT

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!

News: 10:32
-Anyone Can be Goth
         -Homology Hypothesis
         -Goth Points

Album Review: 1:01:54
-A Thousand Hours

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.

Sinister Suggestion:

Vampire Journals

References:
-Aesthetic Sexuality: A Literary History of Sadomasichism
-Goth Culture: Gender, Sexuality, and Style
-Playing it Queer: Popular Music, Identity and Queer-World Making

Outtakes

Direct download: Episode_44.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:28pm CDT

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 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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You can E-mail us at CemeteryConfessions@gmail.com

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

Welcome to episode 27 of Cemetery Confessions! On this month’s episode we explore why teenagers don’t feel the need to rebel, and how that plays into subculture movements, we hear an argument against goths appreciating Halloween, and we take a look at goth taught us about feminism. We have a review of the new album from Zotz, and for the philosophy corner, we are taking a look at vampires and their influence on and reflection of society and culture.

Natalie Rose is our guest this month!

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You can E-mail us at CemeteryConfessions@gmail.com

~Introductions~

News:

-Teenagers No Longer Rebel 12:40
      (Reference: Neo-Tribes)
-Give me Back my Halloween! 49:12
-What Goth Taught us About Feminism 1:17:40
      (Reference: Sexism in Folk Metal)
 

Quick News:

-So Much Death 1:45:57
-GothCast 1:52:00
-Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 1:52:33
      (Reference: Documentary)

Album Review:

Zotz - Amagura 1:54:23

 

Philosophy Corner: 2:14:37

Natalie walks us through the history of the vampire, the depth and breadth of the character, and the process with which to write your own vampire mythology.

Here is a list of some of our references, for the rest you'll have to use google. :)

-More about GothCast 3:33:56

Direct download: episode_27_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:07pm CDT

Since this month's episode of Cemetery Confessions is for Patreon members only due to the hiatus; I am sharing this wonderful interview that we did with Patrick at The Big Seance Podcast.

For full show notes and links, head over to the Big Seance Post.

Direct download: 026_-_Cemetery_Confessions.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:58am CDT

Goths have a long standing tradition for being catty, gate keeping, drama queens, too pretentious for their own good. This month we embody that stereotype by competing for goth points, bitching about the internet, and even spend some time in the confessional box. Prepare for The Gothquisition!

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Our Inquisitors:

Andi Harriman, Zakkarii, Michelle, Aytakk, Mark and The Count

The Surprise: Trap-Goth 9:38

Go Goth! 15:57

Goth Quiz 41:57

50 Shades of Tropigoth 1:01:00

Cemetery Confessions 1:18:37

Black on Black: The Contemporary Goth Fashion Scene 1:51:38

Listener Call in 2:22:32

~Bloopers~

References: (in order of mention)

Merlyn Munstun - The Beautiful Pizza
Paper Mag and the Goth Witch of Lies
Andi's Defense for Goth as a Music Culture
Aytakk on Goth Online Bullying
Neo-Tribes and the Death of Subculture
Mark and The Count as Mall Goths
DIY Deathrock Jacket
Lord Damien Stark's Make-up Tips for the Bleak

Direct download: 025_-_The_Gothquisition.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm CDT

Welcome to episode 24 of Cemetery Confessions! On this month’s episode we are talking about goths who sleep in coffins, new TV shows and movies, we are reviewing the newest album from IAMX, and we are taking a look at sex and sexuality in the goth scene.

Our guests this month are Brit-El of Gothropology and Golde of Crystal Web Clothing.

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Quick News: 6:48

-Coffin Sleeper
-Bathory TV Show

Album Review: 12:42

Metanoia - IAMX

Philosophy Corner: 29:32

This month we are covering the topic of sex as it relates to goth culture, scene and club culture, and its link to sexual expectations of the greater mainstream culture. Issues such as goth club environments, bisexuality, polyamory, and romance will be explored in the context of personal meaning, socialization, and the sociological perspective. My hope is that we can come away with a better understanding of ourselves as sexual creatures, the goth subcultures approach to the issue of sex and sexuality, and understand how outside influences can exert unforeseen influence on our sexual identities.

Sources:
Wannabes, Goths, and Christians: The Boundaries of Sex, Style, and Status
Masculinity Dilemmas: Sexuality and Intimacy talk among Goths and Christians
"So Full of Myself as a Chick" Goth Women, Sexual Independence, and Gender Egalitarianism

Bloopers

Direct download: Final_Episode_24.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:39pm CDT

For this special episode we have a chat with Jillian Venters, aka The Lady of the Manners. Jillian is the author of the book, Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them, as well as the webmistress for the advice blog of the same name. On this episode we speak with her about some criticisms of her book, discuss the validity of neo-tribes such as health goth, and chat about various goth topics and general nerdery.

Kickstarter: Fantasy Coloring Books
Gothic Charm School
Tumblr
Get the Book

Direct download: Interview_Jillian_Venters.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:11pm CDT

Welcome to episode 23 of Cemetery Confessions! On this months episode we are talking about what is and isn’t respectful to do in a cemetery, and why young people don’t want to be part of subcultures. We are reviewing an album from Lycia, and for the philosophy corner we are talking about industrial music, misogyny, and where they intersect.

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You can subscribe to the show via your podcast app or iTunes.

For more information about the study proposing goths are more likely to be depressed or self harm, follow this link.

News: 7:45

-Graveyard Workouts
-Why Young People Don't Want to be Part of a Tribe 22:05
              -Subculture or Neo-Tribe?

Album Review: 55:45

-Lycia - A Line That Connects

Philosophy Corner: 1:22:30

This month we are talking about misogyny/sexism as portrayed or perpetrated in industrial music, as well as gender roles, and the treatment of women within the music industry. We’ll talk about social and cultural effects, look at some specific examples of sexism, and discuss what responsibility adherents to the scene have.

Sources:
Goth Culture: Gender, Sexuality, and Style
On Misogyny in Industrial
Misogyny in Industrial Music
Music, Gender, and Sexuality

Sinister Suggestions: 3:06:11

-We Have a Technical Podcast
-Scream Queens (TV show)

Direct download: Episode_23_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:42am CDT

For this special episode of Cemetery Confessions, we are speaking with Fred Berger of the creator of Propaganda magazine, "probably the only subculture publication known to just about every goth on the planet". We discuss the inception of the magazine, Fred's beautiful photography, what it means to be a provocateur, and more.

To purchase back issues and other Propaganda paraphernalia, visit the Facebook Page.

Direct download: Fred_Interview_Final_3.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:24am CDT

On this month's episode we are talking with guest podcaster Helmut about the Austrian goth scene and what the cultural similarities and differences are, we review the new album from Ashbury Heights, we discuss the mystery of goth and whether or not it's disappearing, and we close the show with sinister suggestions and audience e-mails.

For Full Show Notes Go Here:

http://www.TheBelfry.rip/blog/cemeteryconfessions22

Direct download: episode_22_FINAL.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:58pm CDT

For this special episode of Cemetery Confessions, we are interviewing Andi Harriman, the author of Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace, and giving you a review of the book afterwards. We speak with Andi about the death of goth, modern day deathrock, punk, and more.

Buy the Book Here
Facebook
More About Andi

Direct download: Final_Andi_Interview.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm CDT

On this month’s episode we are talking about mainstream perceptions of goth, movie news, and a review of the new album from High-Functioning Flesh. For the philosophy corner we have guest Dr. Marjorie Yambor to talk about the importance of, and goths relationship with, the media. We also have listener feedback, sinister suggestions and more.

 

For full show notes go here:

http://thebelfry.rip/blog/cemeteryconfessions21

Direct download: 021_-_Goth_and_the_Media.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:59pm CDT

On this month’s episode we have guest Daniel Berkove-Hopkins of the industrial band The Lazarus Gene, we are talking about how goth is related to feminism, and cultural appropriation. We are reviewing the new album from She Past Away, and for the philosophy corner we are talking about religion with Daniel who has a degree in comparative religion.

 

Full Show Notes and Time Stamps Can Be Found Here: http:thebelfry.rip/blog/2015/6/28/cemetery-confessions-20-religion

Direct download: 020_-_Religion.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:51am CDT