New Mix: Comes The Rain

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For My Girl

Comes The Rain

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GFstudio / Carisa Swenson at THE ZEALOT’S ELIXIR

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Carisa says,

Now showing through March 7 at Modern Eden Gallery, “The Zealot’s Elixir”….a show focusing on snake oil salesmen, false prophets and hope for the lost. My piece, “Shining Apples” (inspired by the song of the same name on the “Tales from the Black Meadow” album by The Soulless Party) is on display with a collection of amazing works. To view the exhibition online check it out here!

A few photos of my contribution to the show.

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Visit Carisa at goblinfruitstudio and on twitter.

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DEATH HAS A VOICE / Death and the Maiden

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DEATH HAS A VOICE

S Elizabeth has created this beautiful playlist of women who have constructed and composed aural memento mori exclusively for Death & the Maiden. As humans, we occupy a unique place in the saga of mortality, and these women in particular offer illuminating perspectives on the subject as it relates to the afterlife, funerals & wakes, ancestral memories, etc.

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– S Elizabeth –

S Elizabeth

S. Elizabeth is a fancier of fine old things, nostalgic whimsies and magics both macabre and melancholy. She is a shadow seamstress, star stitcher, word witch and weaver of the weird. She currently lives among the mosses and swamps, enjoys her coffee a great deal, and is a friend to all felines. You can follow S. Elizabeth on Twitter @mlleghoul

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Death has a voice.

From end of life celebrations, to fatalistic revelations, to mournful lamentations, there are myriad ways in which music gives death, and the dead, a voice.  Songs of the sighs of a sorrowful widow, the heartfelt  promises to a friend on their deathbed, the haunting whispers of a ghost to it’s murderer  – music is one of the most profound ways we can express or respond to the end of life experience.

The following playlist is comprised of women who have constructed and composed aural memento mori in this regard. As humans, we occupy a unique place in the saga of mortality, and these women in particular offer illuminating perspectives on the subject as it relates to the afterlife, funerals & wakes, ancestral memories, etc.

                  http://8tracks.com/ghoulnextdoor/death-and-the-maiden

 Track List:

O Death – Jen Titus
Waiting Around to Die – The Be Good Tanyas
Harmonica – Anna von Hausswolff
Cross Bones Style – Cat Power
Wakes – Nina Nastasia
Sleeping Dead – Emily Jane White
Caleb Meyer – Gillian Welch
Fancy Funeral – Lucinda Williams
Long Ride Home – Patty Griffin
Family – Dar Williams
Buried in Teeth – Mariee Sioux
The Dirt – Mirel Wagner
Into Dust – Mazzy Star
Herb Girls Of Birkenau – Rasputina
Eulogy – La Vampires & Zola Jesus
Gallows – Cocorosie
A Lily For The Spectre – Stephanie Dosen
White Fire – Angel Olsen
Graveyard – Feist
Suzanne & I Anna – Calvi
Many Funerals – Eisley
My Boy Builds Coffins – Florence + The Machine
Living Dead – Marine and the Diamonds
Happy Phantom – Tori Amos

There are, of course, songs not included here which you might have on your own personal “Death and the Maiden” playlist – there is so much fantastically beautiful, heartbreaking, music to choose from that taps into our experiences with death and dying, and so your results may vary! Music is intensely personal and so, this list reflects the author’s own experiences.

Feel free to post your own playlist and comments.

This post comes to you via DEAD MAIDENS dot com.

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That Fragment of Ruin: a mix by @mlleghoul / ghoulnextdoor

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► 8tracks radio | That fragment of ruin by ghoulnextdoor.

Inspired by William Hope Hodgson’s The House on The Borderland.
Image: Ed Emshwiller

Tracklist:

Black Arts Cryo Chamber, Dronny Darko | Call of the Exile, NIGHTBRINGER | Onyx Towers, Black Blight | Faces In The Fog, Electric Hell | pathways in the dark, blackantlers | Images of Dream and Death, Wretched Excess | Strange Summoning, Possessor | The Night Scene, Oscillopeisia |The Death, Sumokem | The Prophecy, Lamia Vox | Godhead Emanation., Metatron Omega | Surround the Fire, Muscle and Marrow | Qulielfi (29th Tunnel of Set), y3mk

The tags are dark ambient, drone, black metal, occult, doom. It’s a real feel-good spin, kids! Enjoy.

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Alice’s Wonderland: A Visual Journey through Lewis Carroll’s Mad, Mad World!

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Alice’s Wonderland dives down the rabbit hole and looks at the dazzling ways that Wonderland has been imagined by artists, filmmakers, writers, and more. Get a behind-the-scenes looks at how the books were created, meet Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the fictional Alice, and view the original manuscript copy of Alice in Wonderland, illustrated in Carroll’s own hand.

The fantastical world imagined by Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) – where a white rabbit carries a pocket watch, a crying baby morphs into a squealing pig, and a flamingo is used as a croquet mallet – has inspired countless artists to produce some of their best work. Illustrators such as John Tenniel, chose to tackle the work directly, producing illustrations, films, and shows that strive to accurately depict Wonderland. Others, such as artist Salvador Dali and director Tim Burton, freely adapted Dodgson’s creation, using it as a springboard for their own incredible interpretations. Lushly illustrated paintings, artwork, and sketches, Alice’s Wonderland explores how artists in different fields like art, music, theater, film, and more have interpreted Carroll’s works through the ages. A must-have book for any Alice fan.

Buy it on amazon

An interview with the author:

Visit Cathy on twitter and her website.

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FAUN – ANDRO – LIVE

Slipped across the coffee bar from a friend this morning, sweet fingers sliding the file between the sugar and the stirrers. God, I’m blessed by such friends.

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VideoScope #93 Is In The House!

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YET ANOTHER AMAZING ISSUE! How does The Phantom do it?!

Well, the source material does inspire.

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Spoiler: After being in a film w/ fucking ELVIS, Laurel Goodwin was hired for Star Trek’s THE CAGE because, get this, she had great legs. So in a fit of cinematic genius the wardrobe manager decided to shroud her in one of the bulkiest, grossest costumes ever designed for any woman, ever.

Yes, I am a pig. My Male Gaze is firmly cemented in my cranium. I’m turning 50 in a few weeks, and I doubt I’ll ever change. But it was Gene Roddenberry who would insist on “revenge,” dressing first Nichole Nichols in a “dress uniform” that barely covered her ass AND THEN insisting Marina Sirtis wear something similar an astonishing 20 years later.

Yeah, THE FUTURE LOOKS GREAT FOR WOMEN.

Kidding.

Anyway, the new ‘SCOPE is so chock full of great shit it’s sick. Available at better bookstores everywhere, or visit The Phantom online at videoscopemag.com.

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No I’m Not Dead. Just Been Listening to Music for Dead Winter Souls.

Thankfully, all these mixes were made by living breathing wonderful mortals. So there’s your shot of faith for this yuletide. Yeah, what fools these mortals be. Yet they’re so endlessly strong and yearning, even when their bones are frozen.

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midwinter’s eerie light by ghoulnextdoor on 8tracks

A wintry mix to soothe gentle souls savaged by 24/7 Christmas jingles in your face all the time.

Image by Chris Van Allsburg from the“Ghosts” volume from the Time Life Enchanted World series. (personal scan)

Tracks:

The Last Christmas, Peter Broderick | Wind and Snow, Grouper | Winter Rhymes, Hexperos | Ashen Snow, Dirty Three | O Vis Aeternitatis, Hildegard Von Bingen | Silver Snow Fall, Oaqk | Winter Solstice, Ampop | The Winter, Balmorhea | Darkwood 2, David Darling | I Saw A Swete Semly Syght, Anonymous 4 | The snow prelude n.2, Ludovico Einaudi | Snow, Hauschka | Winter, Saunder Jurriaans And Daniel Bensi | 11 Winter 1, max richter | Sacrament, Adam Hurst | Silent Snow, Chiaroscuro | Es Kann Nicht Ewig Winter Sein, Bersarin Quartett | A v Jerusalime, Kitka | Hands, Be Still, Ólafur Arnalds | Snow + Light, Dustin O’Halloran | Snowdonia, Message To Bears | End (Snowing), Jóhann Jóhannsson

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Enjoy.

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Do We Like These Star Wars / Force Awakens Trailers? #questions

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Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014

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