September Itinerary †

Hi babes. I have been creating event itineraries for the Spellbound facebook page, and have begun to do it for The Sociable Witch facebook page and obviously I should be implementing these into a blog post each month. Here it is! Don’t you fret about some awesome events you may have already missed because this whole month is great. I will keep adding to this as events come up.

September 6th

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story (Philly Premiere)

Extra Dark Residents Night

September 7th

Goin’ Yard w/ Jus (Familiarise)

September 8th

Transmission ft. Voltheque’s Siouxsie Tribute Live

Metal Sing Along

PHL 9/8 – Odwalla1221 / SADAF / W00dy / Yureka Cash

September 9th

Herb Sale

Northeastern Electro-Music 2017

Substratum at Penn Treaty

Night Sweats

September 10th

Datadrift Live On-Air Concert

September 11th

R&D 9·11: Euglossine / Edmondson / Death’s Dynamic Shroud

EP 11 Little Beards, Dentana, StateSchoolGirl, pwm 

September 13th

Skeleton Lipstick // Shark Jackson // Lapses // at the Pharmacy

Death is a Cabaret, Ol’ Chum: A Graveyard Cabaret (Fringe Event)

September 14th

Del the Funky Homosapien at Coda – Philadelphia, PA

September 15th

Chameleons Vox, Soft Kill, Boy Harsher, Second Still at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

A Murder Of Crows III NYC Summer Alt Festival Sept 15 – Sept 17

Moon Boots at Coda

That Friday Night Jawn w/ Maggs Bruchez, Adam East, Phil Yeah

September 16th

The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film

Hotel Neon plus Datadrift

Mike Saga Presents Vortex Goth, Industrial & More Sat Sept 16th

ABC presents: Punk Glam Slam

September 17th

Xiu Xiu / Mia Zabelka at Johnny Brenda’s

9/17 @ kfn^: Profligate / Lady Shame / Coord / Ryan Kerr (DJ)

September 18th

Blanck Mass / Re-TROS / QQQ / Crown Larks

EduGaytion presents: Death Becomes Her!

September 21st

BOUND w/ Juana, Night Doll, Katie Rex

Bodylab: Free Philly Old-school EBM night Thurs 9/21

September 22nd

Flaunt: IANN (Camp Phuckit)

Josh Wink/ Dennis Ferrer/ Alix Alvarez at Output and Wex Records in The Panther Room

September 23rd

That BIG 80s Party – Philly

Rizumu presents Voiski

Into the Veil

A13 666 Years:Fgfc820, Gothsicles, Deathmaschine & Silver Walks

September 29th

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 2017

September 30th

No Boyfriends

Next Up: Rizumu presents Voiski

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Spellbound with Kontravoid

This months Spellbound was very special for me. Last August was the first time I ever attended, and it was the first time I met my fiancee. Super cute, I know. Every Spellbound is spectacular, but this one had some extra cool stuff. Ayy.

 

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Spellbound with Kontravoid

Kontravoid hails from Toronto, Canada and brings a fresh sound to harder electronic synth music. I was happy to see the crowd size for this one. Everyone was moving to the music. The energy he brought to the stage was a cool sight to see. DJ Strykk9 expressed how therapeutic it was to dance to his set. I agree wholeheartedly.

It was all resident DJ’s this time. Strykk9, Shari Vari, and Nightwitch were great as always. I was especially into Strykk9’s set this time. He played some non EBM surprises. Those choices really sat well within his mix. I will definitely say the Strykk9 has opened me up to a lot more industrial and EBM that I was unaware of.

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Metal Reign was vending and the products were beautiful. I was a little cash poor on Saturday, but I definitely plan on making some purchases from the etsy shop. The necklaces were out of control.

Spellbound is quickly closing in on it’s three year anniversary. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of this party.

Up Next: The Shakedown: Residents

[●°INDUSTRIAL_PICNIC°●]

Club events and shows are always fun to go to, and are a great way to facilitate a lot of authentic friendships. Some of my closest friends I met at whichever random goth night are people I would invite to my wedding. While these types of events are fun and keep the scene alive, it’s cool to get a group of like minded individuals together in a different environment, hence Industrial Picnic

 

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Industrial Picnic

Industrial Picnic was born from Jernike Whitman, who also models as Nike Bonez. I was happy to able to talk to her about her idea for this. She wanted a lowkey, relaxed setting where members community could get together to talk and hang. The two of us have had some pretty deep conversations, especially during the whole Combichrist fiasco, about problems in the scene. Hearing Jernike’s input has been eye opening. As a mixed race woman, I know she has experienced sexism and racism within the goth/industrial/EBM scene. She also believes that discussion and deep bonds are the way to combat that ugliness.

The picnic was held at Race Street Pier and it was a beautiful and sunny day. I truly thought the location was on point. Being surrounded by water is a very important nature connection for people. Though the temperature was hot, the area provided some good shady spots. Many of faces I did not recognize, but everyone was friendly and welcoming, and amount of snacks and drinks that people brought made my stomach smile because I just, really, really love food. Jernike and Evan (Spellbounds own bby DJ Strkk9) had a great idea and ran with it. It makes me happy to see people thinking outside of the box in ways to keep this scene going and I hope their are more events like this, especially when the weather is still ideal.

Next Up: Spellbound with Kontravoid

Combichrist and the Subject of Social Responsibility

The other night I made a brief statement on Facebook about the news surrounding Combichrist and their blatant racism and violent sexism, I would like to expand on my thoughts today. The video below was played during the final moments of the Ad·ver·sary and Antigen set at Festival Kinetik 5.0. Ad·ver·sary has been very open with his criticism of Combichrist and Nachtmahr, two bands that he was opening for at this fest.

You can see the video here.

Combichrist was my unfortunate first exposure to the Industrial scene back when I was a little baby bat. I learned quickly that Throbbing Gristle and Einstürzende Neubauten slayed, but I never got super into the industrial scene (aside from listening to the music) because I felt a strong machismo vibe. I didn’t feel this vibe just from music videos or articles I read, but from face to face interactions with a lot of rivetheads at the time (the early aughts for clarification).

Some industrial musicians seem to find themselves teetering on the fine line of strictly just fascism aesthetic (Laibach) to actual nazi sympathizing…which brings me to the Combichrist controversy.

While I am not surprised that a mainstream and macho band like Combichrist has racist and sexist members (you can see examples in the Festival Kinetik video, I don’t want give publicity to them on here), what I am surprised by and happy to see is artists who are calling out other artists on this nonsense and holding them publicly accountable. There is a lot of forward thinking that is present these days in various subsets of the goth scene. I think it is part of the reason why there has been a great revival of the Philly goth life these past few years.

I have been involved in the scene for over a decade as a spectator, party goer, musician, promotor, and lover of the community. As a very recently out lesbian with a fiancée who is a trans woman (NOTE: Trans women ARE women), community acceptance is just as crucial as cultivating a safe space for party goers. We are already weirdos and isn’t that what brought us to the goth subculture in the first place? There has been a big influx of women, LGBQT, and people of color (though I would like to see more people of color in the scene, it’s unfortunately often whitewashed) bringing in some essential new music, art, and events in the scene. More people these days are telling not only artists, but other community members, to take ownership for discriminatory behavior and demanding that they do better. Standing up for the more ostracized (by society’s standards) members of the scene is just one more step towards a better world.

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Next Up: Soft Leather Philadelphia 5.24