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outback witch house s01e20: you can try the best you can; the best you can is good enough

Oh man, this might be my favorite episode of the program to date. I got to a point this week where I full-body realized it was time I needed to begin fencing myself off from several dumpster fires. No more emotional input; no more anxiety; no more attempting to change things outside of the limits to which they could possibly change. And I’m trying to practice that for as long as I can. Let’s all pour one out for boundaries.

I’m beginning to formulate some thoughts about what I might want to do “next” – and I mean in a long time from now, not anything immediate – and I feel better than I have in a while with a semi-coherent goal in mind. I’m also officially geared up to complete the second library renovation I’ve done in my career, and I’m stoked. It’ll be done by August 16, bay-bay.

please look at this wallpaper (source: internet k-hole)

Playlist (also available on Spotify here):
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
The Cult – Rise
Cheap Trick – Light Up the Fire
Faith & the Muse – Scars Flown Proud
Echo & the Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here
Daniel Avery – Hazel & Gold (BED)
Radiohead – Optimistic
Cabaret Voltaire – Runaway
The Chemical Brothers – Got to Keep On
Hot Chip – Dancing in the Dark
Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People
Massive Attack – Exchange
KMFDM – Megalomaniac
Klack – Coup De Grace
Eleven Pond – Blood Ruins Film
Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
LCD Soundsystem – tonite
The Cure – Another Journey By Train (BED)
These New Puritans – Colors
Depeche Mode – Broken
Glass Candy – Candy Castle
The Human League – Being Boiled
Psychic TV – Meet Every Situation Head On
Depeche Mode – Agent Orange (BED)
New Order – Crystal

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outback witch house s01e12: on days like this, at times like these

Tonight was all over the place, but you loved it.

I did not know that “apricity” is the warmness of sun in winter, but I am very glad to know it. I felt like today had those vibes.

Given the kind of week(s) it’s been, I feel like I should have more to say, but I’ve said it elsewhere, and right now I’m just getting down with this stroopwafel, if we’re being fully honest.

(photo cred – me; my shadow)

Playlist (also available here on Spotify):
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Forever Heavy
Omri Smadar/Siam – In the Realm Of
Moonton – Max Bleep (Maruwa Remix)
Omar S/John FM – In My City
Moscoman (feat. WOOZE) – Eyes Wide Strut
Jex Opolis – I’ll Give You Everything
Munir – Aquarius (BED)
Death Bells – Heavenly Bodies
A Projection – Darwin’s Eden
Kontravoid – Too Deep
The Foreign Resort – Dead End Roads
Sisters of Mercy – This Corrosion
Pie Are Squared – Flügezüge (BED)
Kairon; IRSE! – Valorians
Mute Swan – Sedative Sun
BODEGA – How Did This Happen?!
Tobacco – Honey of the Trick
Acid Horse – No Name No Slogan
Pie Are Squared – Apricity (BED)
Generationals – Bobby Beale
Ladytron – Blue Jeans 2.0
Cabaret Voltaire – Don’t Argue
Charlie – Spacer Woman
Pye Corner Audio – Exhumed (BED)
Interpol – NYC

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outback witch house s01e10: I say it to your face but it doesn’t mean a thing

Happy International Day/Week/Month/Year of the Women, my friends. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have 18 Libby pages left in a book that’s due tomorrow at 9:30 AM.

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(this is a treasure trove lol)

Playlist (also on Spotify here):
Sheila Chandra – Quiet 9
Spk – High Tension
Au Pairs – It’s Obvious
Ringo Deathstarr – Stare at the Sun
SRSQ – Unkept
Ladytron – Deadzone
Cut Copy – Cold Water (Katelyn Aurelia Smith remix) (BED)
Eva Geist – Urban Monogamy
Kate NV – Plans
Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget
Marie Davidson – I Dedicate My Life
The Knife – Forest Families
Laurel Halo – Sunlight on the Faded (dub) (BED)
Patriarchy – Burn the Witch
SUUNS – Infinity (Beatrice Dillon Remix)
Noctural Sunshine – Gravity (feat. RY X)
Jessy Lanza – VV Violence
Vanessa Worm – 0000 (BED)
Jenny Hval – High Alice
Keluar – Intinct
Boy Harsher – Westerners
Lebanon Hanover – Living on the Edge
Cocteau Twins – Amelia
Blevin Blectum – Benadrilled and taking on water (BED)
Chelsea Wolfe & Emma Ruth Rundle – Anhedonia

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Outback Witch House S01E09: I’m a goth in the sun

Hi. I pulled inspiration from all over the place this week, and I think the central pillars of whatever came together here were driven by the luscious novel I just finished, Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth. I’m way too tired to do it justice in any kind of review right now, but it’s definitely worth picking up if you haven’t yet.

It’s slowly but surely beginning to feel a little less hopeless ’round these parts, what with the weather changing, the days growing, and the vaccines beginning to be obtainable by… literally anyone I know. But some of us have been burned a bit too often to lean into whatever optimism the usual spring un-doldrums might produce, so we might find ourselves feeling like the songs on this playlist. Idk. That is at least how I feel, at the precipice of something maybe good but also maybe another trip and fall down the metaphoric mountain.

Molly Nilsson sings this in the song that gave us our episode title of the evening: “And you can sleep through the summer days /
I know you think I’m morbid when I say / I hope you die by my side / The two of us at the exact same time.” I’m thinking about the knowledge that comes in the warmth of those summer days – you have them and you love them and your appreciation makes them end faster than any much shorter day in the winter. The law of paradoxical intent. It’s not that dark, it’s just an observation. This show is an observation of how it feels. Not just this week, but pretty much all weeks, I think.

That’s what we’re going for, at least.

(Photo credit: the usj)

Playlist (also on Spotify here):
King Buffalo – Eta Carinae
The Faint – ESP
The Units – High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips Mix)
The Rapture – Whoo! Alright – Yeah… Uh-Huh.
!!! – Shit Scheisse Merde Pt. 1 (Instrumental) – BED
She Past Away – Soluk
The Sisters of Mercy – Floorshow
Schonwald – Inner Sin
Molly Nilsson – I Hope You Die
Cofaxx – Night Mode, Pt. 1 (BED)
Lauer & Fabrizio Mammarella – Atlalenanti
Syzygy – (I’ll Just Be) Unfulfilled
Black Spuma – Black Spuma
Borusiade – Jeopardy
Bot1500 – Seabird Pt. 1 (BED)
Lucy Dacus – In the Air Tonight
Pye Corner Audio – Perfect Secrecy Forever
Void Vision – The Source
Geneva Jacuzzi/Patriarchy – I Don’t Want To Die (Geneva Jacuzzi Remix)
Tremor – Viajante
Cofaxx – Night Mode, Pt. 2 (BED)
Tones On Tail – Performance
The Neon Judgment – Don’t Wish Me Luck
Xeno & Oaklander – Sheen
Andre Obin – The Arsonist
Bot1500 – Seabird, Pt. 2 (BED)
Drab Majesty – The Foyer

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Outback Witch House S01E08: Don’t be sad; it’s what you wanted

Hi everybody. This week was better, continuing the upswing of the one before. I didn’t have a ton of time to work on the playlist but I’m pretty OK with how it turned out. There are some songs new to me on there that really caught my attention, like the Jenny Hval collaboration with… someone?? Anyway, this week’s mix was a nice combo of returning to some things I haven’t heard in a long time and discovering stuff that seems great.

I would not say it is beginning to feel like spring here, but it is starting to feel different – we’ve gotten to the point where there’s enough sun and warm(ish) days to start melting the grubby snow all over the place. In the glow of the blue light I have on, a few green stickers in here are looking fluorescent yellow. It’s wild. And the moon is enormous today.

As I work on this post, I have Donato Dozzy’s Plays Bee Mask going on in the background and this is a great one for late night tales. When we were eating unripe pears…

(Photo by me at Quincy Quarries)

Playlist (also available on Spotify here):
Donato Dozzy – Vaporware 03
Perfume Genius – Grid
topographies – This Evening Also
Tijuana Taxi – Sagittarius A*
Yoo Doo Right, Jasmine Trails – Marche
Police Des Moeurs – Premiere neige
Benedek – Doodat
Brian Eno – Distant Hill (BED)
Boy Harsher – Electric (Kris Baha Remix)
Skinny Puppy – One Time One Place
Molchat Doma – Ne Smeshno
Ghost Culture – Mouth
A Sagittariun – Minor Malfunction (BED)
Easter – Muscle
S U R V I V E – Floating Cube
Pixx – Peanuts Grow Underground
UNKLE – Do Yourself Some Good
Martin Gore – Howler (BED)
Laszlo Dancehall – Fatty Que
Osunlade – Dionne
Donato Dozzy – Vaporware 06 (BED)
VCMG – Spock
Acid Arab, Cem Yildiz – Ejma
Lost Girls, Jenny Hval, Havard Volden – Menneskekollektivet
Martin Gore – Capuchin (BED)
HTRK – Real Headfuck

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Outback Witch House S01E06: I accidentally split the recording in half

I liked how this one turned out. I had a really bad mental health downturn last week and I just started to snap back into shit in the last two days or so. But I love to park myself at the edge of gothier, darker stuff and club tracks, and that’s what I wanted to do tonight. I miss dancing, but I did some in the apartment thanks to the wonder of being able to switch to Bluetooth ‘phones this week. You may roll your eyes now. But it’s better than nothin’.

I’ve got a new computer now (birthday present to myself, woo) and I borrowed some different mic gear. I listened back to the recordings and things are sounding great, except now I’m quieter, so the futzing shall continue next week.

Getting back into the swing of things and being busy is so much better than waiting around for the other shoe to drop.

(Photo cred: the usual)
First half
Second half

Playlist (also available on Spotify here):
Boy Harsher – Send Me A Vision
Doubting Thomas – Father Don’t Cry
Psychemagik – Mink & Shoes (Dub Mix)
Bob Moses – The Blame (Helsloot Remix)
Telefon Tel Aviv & Robin Guthrie – The Sky is Black
Adam Oko – Diet of Germs (BED)
Cold Showers – BC
ACTORS – P T L (Post-Traumatic Love)
Bear in Heaven – Sinful Nature
Hot Chip – Hungry Child
Holy Fuck – Deleters
Pye Corner Audio – Electric Rhythm Number Thirteen (BED – not two, Cal, but thirteen)
Ela Minus – they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.
James Holden – Each Moment Like the First
Rival Consoles – Vibrations on a String
Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini – CC Pad
SBTRKT & Roses Gabor – Pharaohs
Krust – Negative Returns (Four Tet Remix)
Slugabed – New Worlds
Richard Bone – Particle Thought (BED)
Young Marble Giants – Credit in the Straight World
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Panic Blooms
Peaking Lights – A Phoenix and a Fish
Air – Dirty Trip (BED)
Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go

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Outback Witch House S01E05: Don’t come looking for me

The initial idea for this show was to do another mallcore extravaganza, but I talked myself out of it and decided it’d be more fun to showcase femmes doing all of the beautiful, brutal shit they do. I felt like garbage this whole week and really needed something cathartic, and this definitely helped. I love exploring the places between, say, Kittie and Lebanon Hanover.

I am in love with the Chelsea Wolfe/Emma Ruth Rundle song and I want more, please. I’m surprised this hadn’t happened before now; their voices are pure sublime magic together.

This feels a little like inappropriate double-dipping, but we had a special situation with me needing to post last week’s show back-to-back with this week’s. And of course, it’s The Tower, but reversed – “the same calamity in a lesser degree.” Fitting.

(Photo cred: Internet K-Hole)

Playlist (also on Spotify here):
Laurel Halo – Dr. Echt (BED)
Lacuna Coil – Our Truth
Kittie – Brackish
Otep – The Lord is My Weapon
Huntress – Eight of Swords
Arch Enemy – Nemesis
Blevin Blectum – Upright Locked Down
Broadcast – Bit 35 (BED)
Jack Off Jill – Fear of Dying
Perfect Pussy – Driver
Ashlee Schatze – CLOSET MONSTER
Itchy Kitty – Razorface
Alice Bag – 77
The Soviettes – Roller Girls
Amyl and the Sniffers – GFY
Blevin Blectum – Benadrilled and taking on water (BED)
Crisis – Waking the Dead
Abnormality – Mechanisms of Omniscience
Immortal Bird – Anger Breeds Contempt
Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – The Wreck of S.S. Needle
Myrkur – Onde Born
Chelsea Wolfe & Emma Ruth Rundle – Anhedonia
Blevin Blectum – Goth Botch (BED)
Paradox Obscur – Dark Fortress
Faith & the Muse – Scars Flown Proud (Live)
Marriages – Skin
Lebanon Hanover – Living on the Edge
Boy Harsher – Pain
True Widow – Duelist
Tamaryn – Mild Confusion
Blevin Blectum – Cygnet (BED)
Chelsea Wolfe – Flatlands

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Outback Witch House s01e04: Revolutions around the sun (when the road gets too tough)

I had a birthday around the time of this show, and I’m a little late posting this because I had to borrow Chris’s computer to do it; we went away for the weekend and my new laptop hadn’t yet arrived, and the old one just needs too much life support for us to have brought it.

I’m not sure that I really set out to do anything birthday-special with this episode, but I did play a lot of songs that I just really, really like, including the Sisters’ “Under the Gun,” which is brilliant and often slips under people’s radars with that band.

The last track was inspired by S05E09 of the show Six Feet Under, which I had seen a day before this broadcast. No spoilers here, but it’s used in a cataclysmic dream sequence that haunted me for days after, even though I’d already seen the whole show over ten years ago.

I pulled the Queen of Wands reversed for this one. She’s got life blooming all over. Here in the tundra, it looks really nice.

(Photo cred: Internet K-Hole)

Playlist (also on Spotify here):
Secret Shame – Creature
Tomorrow Syndicate – Captain, I am Fading
Slow Riot – Trophy Wife
Cold Showers – Dismiss
The Foreign Resort – Obsessing
Com Truise – False Ascendancy (BED)
Man of Moon – Skin
Sara Stuttgart – Surrender
The Wake – Big Empty
Susannah Stark – Dear Beloved Friend
The Sisters of Mercy – Under the Gun
FRKSE – Farishtagi (BED)
Front Line Assembly – Bio-Mechanic
VR SEX – Surrender
Laibach – God is God
SUPERNOVA 1006 – We Can Fade Away
Working Men’s Club – Valleys
Legowelt – Revenge of the Nerds (BED)
CCFX – Venetian Screens
Icky Blossoms – Cycle
Automatic – Calling It
Skinny Puppy – Glass Houses
Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen (BED)
David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
Wire – Three Girl Rhumba
CAN – Moonshake
Blancmange – Living on the Ceiling
The English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom
Com Truise – I Dream [for you] (BED)
Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23

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Outback Witch House S01E02: I never thought that I would find myself

Oh my god, we’re back again.

I don’t know why exactly, but The Cure’s song “All Cats are Grey” lodged its way in my head this week and the lyrics of that song are what inspired the central feeling for tonight’s show; of course, I play it as we’re winding down, too. My interpretation of it is we’re all pissed that the shit we’re stuck dealing with throughout life can’t be prepared for ahead of time (“no flags wave me home”), and we can’t help but weakly attempt to work things through using the lens of the present, making do with what we can perceive right now as best as we can (“in the caves, all cats are grey”). In other words, we want preparation that we can’t have and so we have no choice but to muddle through, and ultimately we 100% get that but

it
still
sucks.

(Photo credit: Internet K-Hole)

Playlist (also on Spotify here):
Failure – Segue 2/Dirty Blue Balloons
topographies – Images
Lush – De-Luxe
Austra – Beat & The Pulse
Smerz – You See?
Four Tet – Circling (BED)
The Units – High Pressure Days
Gatekeeper – Chains
Kris Baha – Revolting
Kontravoid – Silent Visions (2020 Version)
ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me
Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini – CC Pad (BED)
Laurel Halo – Sunlight on the Faded
Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy
The Avalanches feat. MGMT & Johnny Marr – The Divine Chord
Fever Ray – When I Grow Up
Vanessa Daou – Autumn Perspective
Boards of Canada – White Cyclosa (BED)
Jacob Korn & Kid A – Broken
Barrie – Canyons (Falty DL & Shura Remix)
MJ Guider – Simulus
Deserta – Save Me
WTCHCRFT – Surveillance (BED)
The Cure – All Cats Are Grey
Julia Holter – Betsy On The Roof
Shearwater – The Snow Leopard

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Outback Witch House S01E01: Post-Traumatic Love

Hey, folks. I’ve been doing a “pirate radio” show (i.e., using some janky streaming service to broadcast online out of my house) on Friday nights from 9-11 PM EST. I’m going to start posting playlists and past shows here, starting with today’s programme. I’ve been doing this for a month or two now, but this is the first officially recorded instance, so we’ll go with calling it S01E01. “Post-Traumatic Love” is a song by the band ACTORS that didn’t appear tonight, but this week it’s a phrase that resonates. I hope today’s OWH helps you recuperate and relax just a bit on this dead-of-winter weekend.

(Photo credit: Internet K-Hole)

Playlist (also on Spotify here):
Madvillain/Madlib/MF DOOM – Rhinestone Cowboy
DANGERDOOM – Mince Meat
Mount Kimbie – DELTA (WXAXRXP Session)
TOBACCO – Motherfuckers 64
Legowelt – Axumisia V S612
Khruangbin – Maria Tambien (BED)
Warm Drag – Cave Crawl
Magic Wands – Illuminate
Velvet Condom – Collapse in Slow Motion
The Kentucky Vampires – Our Love Has No Goodbyes
Rosetta Stone – Smoke & Mirrors
Skeleton Hands – Ravage
Loscil – Lines (BED)
White Town – Your Woman
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Underworld – Juanita: Kiteless: To Dream of Love
Animal Collective – What Would I Want? Sky
STRFKR – Anxiety (BED)
Billy Idol – Eyes Without a Face
Slowdive – Souvlaki Space Station
Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Country
The Cure – La Ment
Paul Haslinger – August 2-22
Them Are Us Too – False Moon