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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Playlist for 8/30/2008

*1. Anders Manga - There Will Be Blood - X's & the Eyes - Vampture Records
2. In Strict Confidence - Promised Land - Exile Paradise - Metropolis Records
3. Bruderschaft - Forever [Farewell Remix by Angels & Agony] - Forever - Alfa Matrix
4. De/Vision - The End - Subkutan - Dancing Ferret Discs
5. Redemption(bound) - Disillusion - Home (again) - Shadowplay Records

6. Soulscape - First Blood (Strobelight Mix) - New Dark Age Vol. 3 - Strobelight Records - Compilation
7. Disown - Policy of Truth - Requiem of One - DarkMedia Interactive
8. Imperative Reaction - As We Fall (Bunker Mix) - Das Bunker: Fear of a Distorted Planet - Das Bunker - Compilation
*9. Straftanz - Burn Down Heaven - Forward Ever, Backward Never - Scanner
*10. Neuroticfish - Need - A Greater Good - Dancing Ferret Discs

*11. Combichrist - Sent to Destroy (Sacrifice Remix by Suicide Commando) - Frost EP: Sent to Destroy - Metropolis Records
12. Apoptygma Berzerk - Burnin' Heretic - Soli Deo Gloria - Tatra
13. Collide - Beneath the Skin - Beneath the Skin - Cargo Records
14. Ego Likeness - Burn Witch Burn - The Order of the Reptile - Dancing Ferret Discs

15. Tragic Black - Incinerate - The Decadent Requiem - Strobelight Records
*16. The Deep Eynde - Teenage Rejected - Bad Blood - People Like You Records
*17. Chapel of Thieves - Drag You Down Empty - Haunted Hearts - Self Produced
*18. Death in Dresden - Humanity - Seduced By The Night - Gaunt Lush Productions

*19. The Last Days of Jesus - Zombie - Bats From Europe Vol. #1 - Thin Man Entertainment - Compilation

*New Release

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A sad anniversary...

... Sophie Lancaster died one year ago today.

Sophie sadly died on August 24th 2007, following the horrific attack on her and her partner Rob in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup, Lancashire on the 11th August. Sophie and Rob dressed in their unique way, expressing their individuality as creative artistic people.

In memory of this wonderful woman, we played VNV's Illusion last night on the show. Should have said more about it, but in some ways it's still too painful to speak of...

Paraphrasing a wise statement: don't let hatred have the final word.

Copied from the Sophie Myspace bulletin:

TODAY IS THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF SOPHIE'S DEATH

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THE LOVELY, THOUGHTFUL MESSAGES YOU HAVE SENT FOR SYLVIA [Sophie's mother] AND FAMILY AND ROB AND FAMILY. THEY BRING A GREAT DEAL OF COMFORT AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME.

PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME OUT TODAY TO REMEMBER SOPHIE AND ROB AND MAYBE LIGHT A CANDLE, HAVE A MOMENT OF REFLECTION, SAY A PRAYER OR MAKE A NOISE. WHATEVER IS THE RIGHT THING FOR YOU.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US ENSURE SOPHIE IS NOT FORGOTTEN AND FOR BEING BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE THINGS FOR OTHERS.

PEACE AND RESPECT TO YOU ALL

For more information, please visit S. O. P. H. I. E.'s MySpace.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Playlist for 8/23/2008

1. Redemption(bound) - Times Likes These - Home (again) - Shadowplay Records
2. Tragic Black - Surreal Catharsis - The Decadent Requiem - Strobelight Records
3. Bella Morte - Untitled - Songs for the Dead - Metropolis Records
*4. The Deep Eynde - Casualty of Love - Bad Blood - People Like You Records
*5. Chapel of Thieves - Haunted Hearts - Haunted Hearts - Self Produced
*6. Eat Your Make Up - Bare Your Claws - Bats From Europe Vol. 1 - Thin Man Entertainment - Compilation

*7. IAMX - Nightlife - The Alternative - Metropolis Records
*8. Neuroticfish - Velocity - A Greater Good - Dancing Ferret Discs
*9. Anders Manga - X's & the Eyes - X's & the Eyes - Vampture Records
10. Das Ich - Destillat (VNV Nation Remix) - Re_Laborat - Metropolis Records

11. VNV Nation - Illusion - Judgement - Metropolis Records - Request
12. Seabound - Scorch the Ground - Double-Crosser - Metropolis Records
13. Covenant - I Am - Europa - 21st Circuitry
*14. Straftanz - Praise the Panic - Forward Ever, Backward Never - Scanner
15. Fiction 8 - Winding Down - Forever, Neverafter - Nilaihah Records

16. The Azoic - Obsession - Illuminate - Nilaihah Records
17. The Birthday Massacre - Science - Walking With Strangers - Metropolis Records
18. Diary of Dreams - Remedy Child - Nekrolog 43 - Metropolis Records

19. Abney Park - Airship Pirate - Lost Horizons - Self Produced

*New Release

PETA, sponsored by... Das Ich?

The Grave Concerns Ezine caught my interest today when they claimed to be the "first on-line music zine to bring you the latest Peta Campaign photos from Das Ich".

Das Ich? PETA? Wait... what? Admittedly, as I don't know much about Das Ich behind the music (aside from Stefan's affinity for makeup and shaking his sweaty head in front of a crowd, as described to me by BlackRose), I thought this to be a rather unlikely juxtaposition.

Yet, I don't think my eyes are deceiving me this time:

Das Ich @ PETA

We *have* to play Destillat tonight.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Is it live, or is it Memorex?

I'm pleased to announce that this site is now live on KUCI's domain. Many thanks to Rob for his advice.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Um, intro?

I was so excited to post the latest playlist and commentary that I didn't even introduce the site. How shameful of me!

[clears throat] Ahem. Um, hi! I'm The Doctor, and you have reached one of the many web holes of The Black Cauldron, a Goth / Industrial / Darkly-Oriented radio show that is broadcast live every Saturday night on KUCI in Irvine. Although I'm not the original host of the show, I believe we're in our tenth year of delivering our promise of "freeform darkness" to the masses.

While we play nothing but the newest and finest in dark music, including (but not limited to) gothic, industrial, darkwave, deathrock, EBM, dark electro, dark cabaret, and steampunk, that's not the only thing that makes us special and noteworthy. The thing is, we're also kind of crazy. BlackRose and I excel at being weird and sometimes amusing. We've been likened to the "Sifl and Olly of Gothic Radio"... I don't know who said that of us (it might have been myself, actually), but it's been said, no taking it back.

We also have a companion MySpace page (linked to at the top of this blog) that BlackRose maintains, so I'll probably be posting the majority of the entries here. Also, we hope to have this site associated directly with KUCI's servers for further exposure.

To those discovering us for the first time, welcome. To those who already know us, greetings. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the darkness. After all, could I have ended this post in any more of a hackneyed fashion?

Playlist and Commentary for 8/16/2008

1. Rotersand - I Cry - 1023 - Metropolis Records
*2. bioassay - Silence - Unreleased - Self Produced
*3. Straftanz - Finale Vollendung - Forward Ever, Backward Never - Scanner
I liked the combo of these three songs - bioassay mixed really well with Rotersand, and following that up with Straftanz seemed the natural choice.
*4. Neuroticfish - The Bomb - A Greater Good - Dancing Ferret Discs
Obviously not a new release, but the Neuroticfish best-of album is new to us. Expect more goodness to come.
*5. Anders Manga - 100,000 Tears - X's & the Eyes - Vampture Records
Proving that Anders has a soft side...
*6. Ego Likeness - The Lowest Place on Earth - The Lowest Place on Earth - Self Produced
With Dancing Ferret Discs going under, this is one of the bands whose future I'm most interested in. We've seen them live twice, and they put on amazing sets both times. I can't wait for new stuff from them.

*7. The Cr├╝xshadows - Immortal (Our Souls Enduring Club Mix) - Immortal - Dancing Ferret Discs
Another DFD refugee - I sincerely hope that their upcoming album's release won't be pushed back.
8. Diary of Dreams - Malice - Nekrolog 43 - Metropolis Records
9. Seabound - Transformer - Beyond Flatline - Metropolis Records
10. Covenant - Call The Ships To Port - Nothern Light - Metropolis Records
I had forgotten how good these last three tracks are - hence the comment during broadcast about "clubby goodness".

11. Specimen - Lilacs - Electric Ballroom - Metropolis Records - Request
I'm really not impressed with Specimen's latest release - it sounds completely out of character for them and the "remix" of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is a joke.
12. Her Voice Remains - Love is Gone - Her Voice Remains - Her Voice Remains Music
*13. Catastrophe Ballet - The Lovers Delight - Bats From Europe Vol. 1 - Thin Man Entertainment - Compilation
*14. The Deep Eynde - Date From Hell - Bad Blood - People Like You Records
15. Bella Morte - Final Words - Songs for the Dead - Metropolis Records
*16. Demonika and the Darklings - Choir of Change - Shelter - Self Produced
*17. Death in Dresden - Animalism - Seduced By The Night - Gaunt Lush Productions

18. KMFDM - Tohuvabohu - Tohuvabohu - Metropolis Records
I recently got Brimborium, the remix album for Tohuvabohu, and was actually impressed with Angelspit's "Ex Nihilo" remix of this song. The Die Krupps mix of "Looking for Strange" is good listening too - the other tracks are marginal.
*19. Combichrist - Sent to Destroy (Northborne Remix) - Frost EP: Sent to Destroy - Metropolis Records
Admittedly not the best remix of this song on the EP - the beats seem out of sync with the energy of the song.
20. Gasr - Haute Couture - Reptile - Nilaihah Records

21. Collide - Crushed - Some Kind of Strange - NoisePlus Music
I remember listening to this album for the first time and feeling goosebumps as the track kicked into the chorus. Lush, rich stuff.

*New Release

Sibilance Check... 1, 2...

Nothing to see here... yet.

Maybe something cool will arrive here.