“A Child’s Bestiary: Nine tracks of macabre oddities from the imagination, an exploration of a grotesque menagerie, lurking under the guise of a child’s innocent rhymes.
Enter the Bestiary with A Taxidermist’s Toybox, a track inspired by surreal horror of the television show Hannibal. My Black Hen is a witches scene, our very own version of a Hexensabbat. Wynken Blynken and Nod are here, the beautiful lullaby taking on a tragic and ghostly interpretation, inspired by post-mortem photography. Then Alfred, Lord Tennyson provides the lyrics for our next creature, the mythical Kraken.
Corvidae is a sinister nursery rhyme that inspired the entire creation of this imaginary exhibition. We then return to previous inspiration with Silent Siren, a Hans Christen Andersen tale, familiar to most of you, but much more aligned with the source material. And what would our bestiary be without fairies, especially one that some say enables perception of all these wonders? La Fée Verte, or The Green Fairy, appears with promises of exotic dreams and visions…
The next tale, Peter the Wolf, features a young boy named Peter, his grandfather, and his own animal nature lurking beneath the surface.
And our final beast is the Ouroboros, circling around itself and bringing our collection of songs to a close, with some words from our favorite poet, Edgar Allan Poe.“
DJ Panix vs the Battle of the Pyramids, July 21st playlist~
The Gipsy Kings: Hotel California
Stuyvesant: Baby Bear The Herbert Bail Orchestra: Holy Smokes
Jerry Lee Lewis: Break Up Bart & Baker: Troublesome Trumpet (Murder on the Blue Note)
Lost Patrol: Too Hard, Too Fast
Bourbon Princess: Cliche The Doors: Alabama Song
Corrosion of Conformity: The Nectar Rasputina: When I Count…
Television: No Glamor for Willi Waves Under Water: My cup
Derelicts: Boxed In Buck 65: 463
Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Someday I Suppose Peculiar Pretzelmen: Money McGillicutty
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Gold Lion
Toy Dolls: Fat Bob’s Feet
Mevlins: She Waits Rachel’s: Frida Kahlo
Vidalias: Fakin’ It
Erase Errata: Harvester Ex Reverie: Second Son
Jonah Gold: Burning Song
Freakouts: Poseurs Blues Foetus: Dying with My Boots On
Alice Cooper: Love’s a Loaded Gun
Blues Brothers: Sweet Home Chicago Brian Dewan: The Letter
Mike Watt: Jug-Forted-Man
Coil: Love’s Secret Domain Valentine Wolfe: You’re Not an Angel
Fugazi: Two Beats Off
Gas Huffer: King of Hubcaps
Sonic Youth: Schizophrenia
Phleg Camp: Whole Ego Plum & the Ebola Music Orchsestra: The Rat King
Feelies: The Good Earth
Chris Kenner: I Like It Like That Circus Contraption: Ballad of the Coprophage
Pill Brigade: Objectified
Negative Approach: Nothing
Pennywise: Side One
Sex Pistols: Bodies
Bristle: Lake Union Pub
Doris Troy: Just One Look
Man or Astroman: Saucerful of Sucrets Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Straight to You
Jackie Opel: Push Wood The Bad Things: Lincoln
Siouxsie Sioux: Painted Bird
Life in a Blender: Mamarama
Dramarama: Emerald City Zeptepi: Wreck of the Dandenong
Cult with No Name: Numbers Zoe Boekbinder: Billie Blue
Zombies: The Way I Feel Inside
Twisted Sister: Burn in Hell
Belly: Low Red Moon
Shades Apart: Tainted Love
Magnetic Fields: Fido, Your Leash is Too Long
Misfits: Die, Die My Darling The Scarring Party: Anywhere
Low: Always Fade Amoree Lovell: Witty Kitty
Steampunk bands turn holiday traditions on their head through their dark and clever songs.
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So, the holiday season’s trampling over us all like a pack of rabid, horny reindeer on meth. With it starting earlier and earlier every year (next year it’ll probably kick off just as the last 4th of July fireworks fizzle out) that means we’re all getting an extended exposure to that delightful genre of auditorture labeled “Holiday Music”.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of hearing the same three songs about these mythical characters named “Santa”, “Frosty” and “Rudolph” every single time I step in a store. Sure, they’re “timeless classics”, which I think is code for safe and innocuous enough that repeated listenings won’t make the listener want to gouge their ears with candy canes. However, having heard them thousands of times since my youth, they’ve gotten a bit old hat. I want something fresh.
Thankfully, there are some steampunk bands out there grabbing the whole idea of holiday music by the throat and giving it a good, sound shake.
Victor Sierra’s “Angels Roll Out the Night” http://www.VictorSierra.net New for 2014! The French trio are back with an all-new single in their unique world-industrial style.
Frenchy and the Punk’s “Halloween for Christmas” http://www.FrenchyandthePunk.com
Steampunk tends to flip traditional ideas on their heads, and F&tP’s Scott and Samantha do just that with a witty ode to their favorite holiday. Hint: it’s not Christmas!
Victor Sierra’s “The Xmas Case” http://www.VictorSierra.net
This noirish, apocalyptic view of the increasingly commerical holiday rings far closer to reality than many people want to admit. Ever seen those videos of people trampling each other at Walmart on Black Friday? This visceral, visual song could be the soundtrack.
Valentine Wolfe’s “A Victorian Villain’s Christmas” http://www.ValentineWolfe.com
This delightful duo are an enjoyable dichotomy, with their ethereal, goth-influenced, keyboard and bass-driven music at odds with their fun-loving personalities. If you had any doubts these two have a grand ol’ time making music together, just watch the video!
Mr. B’s The Gentleman Rhymer’s “Oh, Santa!” http://www.GentlemanRhymer.com/
The chap-hop maestro delivers a cautionary tale about leaving out too much booze for Santa.
If you’re on the hunt for steampunk renditions of the classic holiday standards, look no further than the following collections!
Abney Park’s Album Through Your Eyes on Christmas http://www.AbneyPark.com
The world-famous steampunk band delivers an album of standards reimagined in their signature world/industrial style. This 2012 full-length offering includes the tracks:
Electro Swing Invasion’s Steampunk Christmas Amazon.com Danceable. Infectious. Good times ahead!
A Very Scary Solstice http://www.cthulhulives.org/solstice/
Is Christmas not complete for you without Cthulhu? For the Lovecraft fans, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has twisted the old Chrismas standards in all new, horrifyingly cheeky ways!
Author Bio: Mark Rossmore
Mark Rossmore has released three atmospheric albums of steampunk-inspired music as Escape the Clouds. A multimedia artist who enjoys telling dramatic stories, he has self-produced three acclaimed music videos and is a published author of steampunk short fiction, aviation articles, and music-related non-fiction. Learn more about his music, videos, and writing at: http://www.EscapeTheClouds.com .
Sex Pistols: Friggin’ in the Riggin’
Soul Asylum: Sexual Healing
Chrome Cranks: Let It Ring HUMANWINE: Our Devolution is Televised
Government Issue: Hey, Ronnie
Die Kreuzen: Seasons of Winter
Gutfiddle: Tomorrow in the Eye Life After Life: Doors
Robbie Robertson: Tonight at Noon
Tricky Woo: Anibis
Lady Finger: Dark Horse el TigeR CoMiCs GRoUP & Joel Hubaut: Vapamou Rire
Scream Hello: Bears Come Out Tonight
Steve Train & His Bad Habits: Down Among the Dead Men
Preachers: Who Do You Love Birdeatsbaby: The Trouble
Phantom Rockers: Rumble Rock
Lando Buzzanca: L’uomo oggetto
IfIHadaHifi: Black Holes Resonate (in b flat), baby Unextraordinary Gentlemen: Black Iron Road (2011 version)
Static Thought: Victim of Hate
Alice Donut: ESP
Ted Leo: Under the Hedge Not Waving But Drowning: Sleep Before I Wake
Corrosion of Conformity: So Much Left Behind
The Cult: Love Trooper
Joy Division: Warsaw Walter Sickert & THe ARmy of BRoken TOys: Matryoshka Act I
Fez Petting Zoo: Uh Uh
Steady Earnest: Rock Steady
Attrition: A Girl Called Harmony Nathaniel Johnstone: Baba Yaga
The Figgs: Cherry Blow Pop
Elvis Costello: Accidents Will Happen
MC Lars: Internet Relationships (are not real relationships) They Might Be Giants: Particle Man
Malfunkshun: With Yo’ Heart (Not Yo’ Hands)
Dead Kennedys: At My Job
Dirtbombs: The Sharpest Claws Christian Williams: 30 Minutes
The Doors: The Peking King and the New York Queen
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs: I Never had No One Muleskinner Jones: Mid-Life Misanthropy Blues
Strangers: What a Life
Ex-Voto: Slice of Life
Father Figures: Skateboard/You Suck Valentine Wolfe: The Darkest Night of Winter
Accustomed to Nothing: Loose Interpretation of the Bomb
Killdozer: Pile Driver!
Social Distortion: Let It Be Me Luminescent Orchestrii: Di Zun Vet Aruntegeyn
The Posies: Flavor of the Month
Dies Drear: You Taught Me Guitar Once
The Stumps: Think of the Good Time Black Heart Procession: A Cry for Love
XTC: Senses Working Overtime
Alex Chilton: Free Again
Sinai Beach: Obedience Through Desecration Rasputina: Rose K.
Alice Cooper: It’s Much Too Late
Dicks: Dicks Hate the Police
Elastica: Line Up Neko Case: Whip the Blankets
Lou Reed: Here Comes the Bride
EBN: Psychoactive Drugs (Laced Mix)
MIA: Pull Up the People Voodoo Organist: The End of This World Part 1
Love & Rockets: Kundalini Express
Fastbacks: Telephone Numbers
Android Hero: Settle Down? The Doubleclicks: The Worst Superpower Ever
Mudhoney: Chain that Door
Atom & His Package: Jenny S
Ray Manzarek: The Purpose of Existence Is? The Bad Things: Thy Will Be Done
Muddy Frankenstein: Chocolate
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Nobody Weird Like Me Philip Glass Ensemble: Hydrogen Jukebox Part 2 From Howl Part 2