Sepiachord Playlist for the Week Ending Sept 28th

Sepiachord Playlist for the Week Ending Sept 28th

OldBoy: Death
.357 String Band: Holy Water
Stone Breath: The Singing Corpse
Groovy Wallpaper: Coda
Robin Aigner: El Paraiso
Voltaire: Accordion Player
Positronic Cats: Heart of the Sea
Brown Bird: Severed Soul
Cath & Phil Tyler: Fathers Now Our Meeting Is Over
The Men That Will Not be Blamed for Nothing: A Clean Sweep
Tom Waits: Strange Weather
Professor Elemental: Under Command of the King
Sweet Hollywaiians: Sing Sing Sing
RPM Orchestra: Switchback
Rhubarb Whiskey: Whiskey Neat
Danbert Nobacon: Chemistry
Tiger Lillies: Weeping Chandelier
The Debaucherauntes: Goldenshtaynd
Dimestore Troubadours: Wooden Kimono
Gunnelpumpers: Buffalo Jump
Circus Contraption: Spook-o-rama
Peculiar Pretzelmen: Dead Hand
Jill Tracy: Grey #11
Unwoman: More

Sepiachord Playlist for the Week Ending Aug 7th

Sepiachord Playlist for the Week Ending Aug 7th

Grey DeLisle: Joanna
The Men That Will Not be Blamed for Nothing: Miner
Voodoo Organist: Voodoo Organist
Unextraordinary Gentlemen: Rest Beyond the Bend
The Kropotkins: Clara
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Time on My Hands
Cath & Phil Tyler: Fathers Now Our Meeting Is Over
Danbert Nobacon: Chemistry
Sons of Perdition: The Bones of Ymir
OldBoy: Samson
Harley Poe: That Time of the Month
RPM Orchestra: Song of Sheba
Robin Aigner: Crazy
Demonika and the Darklings: Prisoner
Tiger Lillies & Kronos Quartet: Trampled Lilly
The Scarring Party: Raymond Dog Boy
Johnny Cash: A Little at a Time
Positronic Cats: Cosmonauts
The Debaucherauntes: Daughter
Voltaire: Vampire Club
Amoree Lovell: Kitty-Witty
Tom Waits: Town with No Cheer

Sepiachord Playlist for the week ending July 24

Sepiachord Playlist for the week ending July 24

Kokusyoku Sumire
Kokusyoku Sumire: Oshimai no Uta
Maciste: Atomic Frying Pan
The Debaucherauntes: Nigun
The Fall Down Drunks: Burn
Neko Case: South Tacoma Way
The Men That Will Not be Blamed for Nothing: Viva La Difference Engine
Split Lip Rayfield: Should Have Seen It Coming
Cath & Phil Tyler: Boys the Buzzards are Flying
Degenerate Art Ensemble: Paddle
RPM Orchestra: Bury Mine
The Mongrel Jews: The Mongrel Jews Theme Song
The Renaldo The Ensemble: Good Cry
Positronic Cats: A Song in the Dark
Harley Poe: Everybody Knows My Name
Robin Aigner: Wayfaring Stranger
Danbert Nobacon: To Be or Not to Be
Life Toward Twilight: A trip to my beating heart
The Blues Against Youth: Dotted White Line
Eli August & the Abandoned Building: Alone
Mad Tea Party: Muddy Water, Butterfly
OldBoy: Samson
Tallboys: Rockingham Cindy
The Kropotkins: The Moon’s Already Down
Alloy Orchestra: Deep Water
Naked City: Speedball
Sylvie Lewis: All His Ex’s
Tiger Lillies: Terrible

Sepiachord playlist for the week ending May 17th~

Sepiachord playlist for the week ending May 17th~

Mojo Juju & the Snake Oil Merchants: But I Do
RPM Orchestra: Song of Sheba
Aaron J Shay: Your Savior Isn’t Coming
Stella Peach: The Fool
Dresden Dolls: Sing
Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha: Malta Shan
Chronilus: The Mummer’s Dance
The Builders and The Butchers: No Roses
Paul Mercer: Passages
The Debaucherauntes: Song of the Count
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: People Ain’t No Good
Time Moth Eye: The Jesters Harp
Cassettes: Far Too Long
Steroid Maximus: Life in the Greenhouse Effect
Curtis Eller’s American Circus: The Curse of Cain
Positronic Cats: Love Is Impossible
The Dad Horse Experience: In My Time of Dying
Tiger Lillies: My Funny Valentine
Christian Williams: Free State
Not Waving But Drowning: Chestnut
Blackbird Raum: All that Praises
A Hawk & A Hacksaw: Goodbye British Empire
Nathaniel Johnstone: Who Mourns Eos?
The Gloria Darlings: Like a Prayer
Firewater: The Vegas Strip

Sepiachord Playlist for the Week Ending May 10th~

Sepiachord Playlist for the Week Ending May 10th~RPM Orchestra: Song of Sheba
The Church of Abject Sorrow: Waitin’ for the World to End
Robin Aigner: Shoegazer
Esmerelda Strange: The Moon and the Sea
Ghoultown: Walkin’ Through the Desert (with a Crow)
Neko Case: Night Still Comes
The Kropotkins: Whippoorwill Blues
Johnny Cash: Delia’s Gone
Destroy Nate Allen: Land of Opportunity
Rasputina: Sweet Sister Temperance
Mojo Juju & the Snake Oil Merchants: But I Do
Defiance, Ohio: Flood Waters
The Dad Horse Experience: In My Time of Dying
Tiger Lillies: Obscene
Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Op een Goppe
Kronos Quartet: “Excellent, Mr Renfield”
Zera Marvel: The Carpenter
Bakelite 78: All the Pretty Little Horses
Dropkick Murphys: Black Velvet Band
Not Waving But Drowning: The Last Hurrah

DJ Panix vs The Oystermouth Railway, March 25th playlist~

DJ Panix vs The Oystermouth Railway, March 25th playlist~

Tiger Lillies: Repulsion
Overton Berry Trio: Hey Jude
Burn Victims: Martyr
Dead Kennedys: Police Truck
The Church of Abject Sorrow: Black Moon
Decodering: One Free
Love & Rockets: The Light
Public Image Limited: FFF
Billy Bragg: The Warmest Room
Pink Floyd: Pigs on the Wing (part two)
Dicks: No Nazi’s Friend
Phoenix Foundation: Pot
Belle & Sebastian: Judy Is a Dick Slap
Corrosion of Conformity: The Hanged Man
Gunner’s Daughter: Dead On
Specials: Rat Race
Zoe Boekbinder: Sour Lemons
Circle Jerks: Question Authority
Babes in Toyland: Hello
Pop Will Eat Itself: The Fuses Have Been Lit
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: An Introduction to the Power of Braces – Arms
Thin Lizzy: Running Back
Q and Not U: Hooray for Humans
Eno: China My China
Nathaniel Johnstone: Ifritah
Alice Cooper: Thrill My Gorilla
Frank Black: Hang On to Your Ego
Mother of Sorrows: Love Is a Strange Dungeon
Reverend Glasseye: 17 Lashes
Erase Errata: Owls
Rebel Waltz: Peace Breaks Out
Sonic Youth: Creme Brulee
Melora Creager: I Want You to Want Me
Lost Patrol: S’enfusir
No Sparks: Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Ethyl Meatplow: Queenie
The Bad Things: Grifter’s Life
Descendents: Get the Time
REM: Crazy
Revolting Cocks: Fire Engine
Max Raabe und dem Palastorchester: Mambo No 5
The Cramps: Human Fly
Princess: HOV
Screaming Trees: Dollar Bill
Zeptepi: Patricia Anne’s Waltz
Faith No More: Faster Disco
Trenchmouth: Confectionery
Fat Less: Vind-a-Loo
Frenchy and the Punk: Mirror Mirror
Motorhead: Stay Clean
Mantis: Axe of Redemption
Razrez: Police
V is for Villains: Broken Dolls

Sepiachord playlist for the week ending March 22nd

Sepiachord playlist for the week ending March 22nd

Slackeye Slim: Cowboy’s Lament
Morphine: Cure for Pain
The Extraordinary Contraptions: Away Into the Emptiness
Tom Waits: Ice Cream Man
Firewater: Hey Clown
17 Pygmies: Isabel I
Nathaniel Johnstone: The Gods Must be Crazy
Jerzimy: L’Anarchie Pour Le UK
Tiger Lillies with Kronos Quartet: Histoire de Kay
Robin Aigner: Kiss Him when He’s Down
Stella Peach: Paralysis
Eli August: Hide and Seek
Nouvelle Vague: Heart of Glass
Salty Pajamas: Alligators
Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants: Feel It All
Culann’s Hounds: A Thousand Flowers
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?: Paper Airplanes
Chronilus: The Wild Hunt
HUMANWINE: Welcome to Vinland
Orion Rigel Dommisse: Red Mirror
Split Lip Rayfield: John
Not Waving But Drowning: Heads Will Roll
Tom Slatter: Mechanism
Ex Reverie: The Crowning
The Bad Things: Just Four Weeks
Toy-Box Trio: Trapeze
Rasputina: Olde Dance
The Mongrel Jews: Like Bread
Hail Seizures: Last Transmission

Sepiachord playlist for the week ending March 15th~

Sepiachord playlist for the week ending March 15th~

Those Darn Accordions: Pump It Up
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Plain Gold Ring
Di Nigunim: Fascist Degradation
V is for Villains: Everybody Hates Me
DeVotchKa: Life Is Short
The Kropotkins: Cricket Blues
Tiger Lillies: She’s a Whore
The Folks Below: Defiled Corpse
Brian Dewan: Breezes are Blowing
Robin Aigner: Crazy
Black Heart Procession: Did You Wonder
Orion Rigel Dommisse: Take Her Away
World/Inferno Friendship Society: Jeffrey Lee
RPM Orchestra: Cloud Break
Harlequin Jones: Gutter Tango
Positronic Cats: A Song in the Dark
Chronilus: The Wild in Me
The Doors: Queen of the Highway (jazz version)
Stella Peach: People Ain’t Perfect
Life in a Blender: Tongue-Cut Sparrow
Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band: Jungle Hunt
Vernian Process: Something Wicked (That Way Went)
Ditty Bops: Sister Kate
Nathaniel Johnstone: Stone Woman
Not Waving But Drowning: Highway Man
Decemberists: July, July!
The Two Man Gentlemen Band: Pool Party
Walter Sickert & THe ARmy of BRoken TOys: The Neverdeath Pill
Abney Park: Off the Grid

Shockheaded Peter- Suffolk University Modern Theatre in Boston

Shockheaded Peter– Suffolk University Modern Theatre in Boston

March 6th through April 4th 2015

http://trill.me/event/shockheaded-peter-1-2/#allperformances

A New England Premiere created for the stage by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott

original music and lyrics by The Tiger Lillies

originally conceived and produced by Michael Morris for Cultural Industry, London

directed by Steven Bogart

featuring Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys

Presented by Company One and Suffolk University

“Fall into the world of Victorian SteamCRUNK nightmares as a manic music-box spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents. Silly and sinister,  Shockheaded Peter, with the musical mayhem of Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, dares us to ask what’s beneath the floorboards. Don’t miss this most damning tale ever told on stage.”

In ‘Shockheaded Peter,’ no child is safe

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2015/03/05/shockheaded-peter-child-safe/n9q7ih0miKh2rZCfVoGTqM/story.html

When actor Jacob Athyal steps through a door of the drawing room arranged onstage, there’s a round of spontaneous applause from the cast and crew scattered throughout the orchestra space of the Modern Theatre. The response is to the large mask he’s wearing, apparently for the first time in rehearsal. It definitely has a grotesque effect, suggesting perhaps an elongated cow’s skull with a stringy, orange beard.

The team needs to get this moment right. The script calls for the unnamed creature to look “truly horrific,” and even that vague phrase is one of the most specific staging demands made by the authors. Athyal scoops up a prop that’s standing in for the puppet of Conrad, a little boy who had his thumbs cut off because he wouldn’t stop sucking them.

“This is the ominous, Conrad-being-pulled-away music?” director Steven Bogart asks his team, as a burst of truly spooky music fills the air. It is. “It doesn’t get more ominous than that,” Bogart says with some bemused satisfaction.

None of the children in “Shockheaded Peter” is safe, and in this case, neither is the father; after the exit of the appropriately horrific creature, he’s swallowed up in a very claustrophobic bit of business.

Death by horrific means is all around in this truly twisted musical, but death-by-thumb-snipping has never seemed so fun. The slender, 23-page script is based on “The Struwwelpeter,” a Victorian-era collection of often-gruesome cautionary tales for children, written in verse by Heinrich Hoffmann. Aside from an establishing scene at the top of the show, the script is mainly made up of song lyrics, interstitial text spoken by an emcee, and some basic stage directions. It leaves most of the creative decisions in the hands of whatever group of artists is staging it.

So it seems a truly inspired move for Company One Theatre to team Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, a self-described “steamcrunk” band fond of musical oddity, with director Bogart. Bogart, onetime mentor of the theatrically minded chanteuse Amanda Palmer, was 56 when he made his professional debut in 2010, directing Palmer in an American Repertory Theater production of “Cabaret.” He left his job as drama teacher at Lexington High School after that and has worked steadily ever since; right now he’s fresh off a production of “Pinocchio” at Wheelock Family Theatre that was informed by traditional Japanese Kabuki theater. He once directed a student production of the seemingly merry “Seussical” in which the Whos were envisioned as survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

“It’s about the idea of burying our inner child,” Bogart says of this Company One production, “the way we treat children, the way we try to educate them, the way we try to tell them how to behave and how to think and how to imagine. And that we do things as adults unintentionally, sometimes intentionally, to suppress or oppress the child’s imagination. So that speaks to me very strongly as an educator in public school for many years, in the arts. It was always about trying to encourage students’ imagination rather than trying to control their imagination.”

At the Modern, Bogart has stationed some of the band on the upper level of a two-story set, while others move around through the house.

Hoffman’s lyric poems depict one child dying as a result of his misdeeds, with the others merely being punished severely. It’s no spoiler to note that in “Shockheaded Peter,” they all die. Well, crucially, one is locked away under the drawing room, and though his fingernails grow through the floorboards at one point, we have to wait to find out what happens to him.

In the series of vignettes, one child is slovenly, another is chubby, another is dangerously fond of playing with matches. Sickert and band have fleshed out the original arrangements to suit their seven-piece ensemble, and songs like “Conrad” and “Bully Boys” emerge, despite their grim subject matter, as demented sing-alongs with more than a tinge of carnival flavor. The violence in the story is pushed to some place on the spectrum between truly scary and almost farcical; Bogart says it’s all about pushing the notion of punishment to an extreme.

This adaptation of Hoffmann’s work was created by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott as a devised piece with their English troupe, with music and lyrics by the off-kilter trio the Tiger Lillies. It premiered in London in 1998 but had yet to enjoy a professional production in New England. This production begins performances on Friday and runs through April 4.

It seems entirely fitting that Sickert saw a production of “Shockheaded Peter” in New York when he was a teenager, and it proved a formative moment for him. Later, the Broken Toys’ first-ever tour included an opening slot for none other than the Tiger Lillies. Sickert says he sucked up insight into the band’s approach, and “Shockheaded Peter” specifically, over post-show drinks.

The play “reminds me of when you’re a kid and you stay up past your bedtime so you can see a horror movie you’re not supposed to be seeing,” Sickert says. “You know you’re being naughty, you know you’re getting away with something, but you’re really excited to get away with it. And then you definitely have some kind of a [expletive] nightmare after that.”

As the narrator-emcee, Alexandria King is charged with leading the audience through this whole experience. She says it’s been a process of figuring out how to balance the blend of light and dark.

“Humor always helps us tell the saddest stories, doesn’t it?” King says. “Humor is used to tell this story, as tragic as it is, because it’s needed. If we can’t laugh our way through it, we may break from the reality of the darkness. And that’s what I like about it.”

 

Sepiachord Playlist for the week ending Jan 18th~

Sepiachord Playlist for the week ending Jan 18th~

Life in a Blender: Tongue-Cut Sparrow
Rasputina: Crazy Swan
Stella Peach: People Ain’t PerfectSunday Driver: The Driver
Nathaniel Johnstone: Stone Woman
Bad Mitten Orchestre: Cherie
Hail Seizures: Sophie
Those Darn Accordions: Trouble in the Love Bubble
Smoldering Ashes: 1,000 Birds Scatter
Frenchy and the Punk: Fe Fi Fo Fum
The Gloria Darlings: To Care About You
Langer’s Ball: Real Old Mountain Dew
Johnny Cash: Ballad of Barbara
Zeptepi: Bound for Sydney Town
Tiger Lillies: Kick a Baby
Robin Aigner: Wayfaring Stranger
Renée de la Prade: Oaktown
Abandon Ship!: The Rage and Quiet
Decemberists: Billy Liar
Muleskinner Jones: Black River Wood
Orion Rigel Dommisse: Red Mirror
Thomas Dolby: To the Lifeboats
Jo Gabriel: Cellophane
Phil Ochs: Bracero
Heroes for Hire: Cascadia
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Ramblin’ Man