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A Journal Of The Dark Arts

Alchemical Americana: Califone – Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey)

For their fourth proper full-length, Califone update their scrapmetal Harry Smith alchemical Americana with a bit of exotica, sparkle, and sheen.  Califone are, to quote Grand Funk Railroad, an American … Continue reading

May 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Post Punk Classics: Joy Division – Closer (1980) album review

On the 40th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death, we step inside Joy Division’s sepulchural sophomore album, Closer.  Closer is often cited as an early influence on goth. While its true … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sunday Afternoon Movie: Grey Gardens (1975) movie review

In honour of Mother’s Day, we look at the Bouvier – Beales, an eccentric-but-lovable pair of East Coast bluebloods, in 1975’s Grey Gardens.  The Beales – Edith “Big Edie” Ewing … Continue reading

May 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sunday Afternoon Movie: The Quatermass Xperiment aka The Creeping Terror movie review

The Quatermass Xperiment, under a variety of titles, would kickstart Hammer’s horror era with its chilling, tense sci-fi drama. The Quatermass Xperiment, which was also released under the name The … Continue reading

April 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sunday Afternoon Movie: Waffle (2020)

A psycho-obsessive ‘best friend’ and a spoiled socialite/orphaned heiress aren’t the only thing that’s genuinely terrifying about Waffle, Carlyn Hudson‘s wonderfully twisted short film from this year’s SXSW film festival. … Continue reading

April 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Best Dark Ambient Albums of March 2020

The streets are all empty. We are all living in quarantine. We are essentially living inside of a Dark Ambient album now. Now is the perfect time to listen to … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sunday Afternoon Movie: In the Shadow of the Sun (Derek Jarman, 1981)

Derek Jarman’s In the Shadow of the Sun is part home movie, part fever dream; a fantasy and a reverie and a technicolour nightmare, made more surreal, menacing, and beautiful … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ringo Deathstarr – Ringo Deathstarr album review

On their first album in 5 years, Austin, TX’s Ringo Deathstarr trade in more mainstream shoegaze for more esoteric influences. When My Bloody Valentine were on an indefinite hiatus in … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Arrias-Davies-Ullén – Crystalline album review

Crystalline is a group improvisation rooted in tradition yet flowering into new, strange, and unexpected shapes.  “New music” – that strange amalgam of classical, free jazz, and improvisation – requires … Continue reading

March 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Plague Week: Paul D. Miller – Viral Sonata album review

Paul D. Miller – aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid – pushes the sampler to its ultimate musique concrete potential on Viral Sonata, the first post-Human “hardcore hip-hop album with … Continue reading

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

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