April 21, 2014

8 Intriguing Covers of Charlotte Sometimes

Inspired by Robert Smith's 55th birthday today, I hunted down interesting covers of "Charlotte Sometimes" to listen to today.

Charlotte Sometimes Cover by Notte

Liqueur Cure Tribute Band's Cover of Charlotte Sometimes

Wolfkin's Cover of Charlotte Sometimes

Bauhausy cover of Charlotte Sometimes by RRRRRRR from Uruguay

Kin Skitser's Charlotte Sometimes Tribute

ShamRain from Finland cover Charlotte Sometimse

And the most bizarre Charlotte Sometimes cover I've found yet:

Charlotte Sometimes by Painkillers

And no matter what else, do not view the following cover if you are not safely under the influence of altering substances:

Gariac's Charlotte Sometimes/Love Cats cover


For comparison, here's Robert Smith and The Cure performing Charlotte Sometimes live in 1985:

Charlotte Sometimes, live in 1985


--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

Dark Side of the Net

April 19, 2014

New Dark and Gothic Links for April 19, 2014

DARK ART:

Albert CerriteƱo

This Mexican illustrator currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He draws whimsical monsters and unusual creatures, odd and quirky people. While his art isn't spooky-horrific, I think you'll like exploring his unique style.

http://www.albertocerriteno.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CerritenoArt

The Dark Rayne

Renu Sharma's dark digital art and photo manipulations. There are angels, dark fairies, women in beautiful gothic gowns, and several variations on mournful women wandering through tombstones. Renu Sharma lives in India.

http://www.thedarkrayne.com/

The Dark Rayne on Facebook

The Dark Rayne on Twitter

Krawuzi

This Austrian photographer specializes in dark fashion photography. Sadly, there don't seem to have been many new images uploaded in a few years, but I venture you'll enjoy browsing the gallery archive.

http://krawuzi.deviantart.com/

Krystal Forest

Dark fashion and fetish photography from a photographer based in Paris. They also do some nudes, lingerie photography and music/band photos. The photos here are very professional, and the images are quite stunning.

http://www.krystalforest.com/

Krystal Forest Photography on Facebook

Rebecca Yanovskaya

This freelance illustrator lives in Toronto, Ontario. She draws dark fantasy with mythological and Art Nouveau influences. Her favorite illustration tool is a ballpoint pen.

http://www.rebeccayanovskaya.com/

Rebecca Yanovskaya on Facebook

Rebecca Yanovskaya on Twitter

Reekaann

Adorable artwork by Erica Ann Tolbert-Jones. She lives in Georgia. Check out her cute Bride of Frankenstein and her depiction of Lily Munster.

http://reekaann.deviantart.com/


DARK COMICS:

Life After Death

This comic explores what happens after The Grim Reaper becomes unemployed, gets roommates, and becomes mortal.

http://lifead.thewebcomic.com/

Life After Death on Facebook

Life With Death

This comic follows the adventures of Kim Reaper, working to replace her father Grim so he can retire. The comic (by a female artist, by the way) is no longer updated, but you might like checking out the past pages.

http://www.lifewithdeath.com/">

Morbius, the Living Vampire

Marvel's vampire series, currently on issue #9.

Morbius, the Living Vampire at Marvel.com


DARK NET RADIO:

Dance With the Dead Radio

A Live365 radio station that plays gothic, extreme metal, and punk music. The radio station is based in Tennessee. Check the blog for the schedule of upcoming themed music shows.

http://dancewiththedeadradio.blogspot.com/

Dance With the Dead Radio, on Facebook


DARK SHOPS:

The Crypt of Curiosities

This Etsy shop is based in Leeds, England. It offers gothic jewelry, including filigree bat necklaces, Edgar Allan Poe inspired jewelry, some ankhs and pentacles, and a lovely black vine and burgundy rose piece.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/theCryptofCuriositie

The Crypt of Curiosities on Facebook

Grin, Grimace and Squeak

This Yorkshire-based store sells gorgeous and unique masquerade masks. There are animal themes (raven, red fox, rabbit, a wolf and various birds) plus a devil themed mask, masks with vines and leaves, steampunk circlets, and masks for weddings. The masks have a delicate, intricate look about them.

http://www.gringrimaceandsqueak.co.uk/

Grin Grimace and Squeak on Facebook

Immortal Visions Paper Crafts

Melissa Walker's handcrafted paper oddities. The shop sells Halloween greeting cards, steampunk greeting cards, Victorian greeting cards, plus vampire and mourning-themed cards as well. The cards are priced well considering how much time it takes to create each one by hand. My favorite card here is this embellished gothic mourning card.

http://immortalvisionscrafts.com/

Immortal Visions Paper Crafts on Facebook

Immortal Visions Crafts on Pinterest

Immortal Visions on Twitter

Kate's Clothing

A huge UK-based punk, gothic and alternative clothing shop. Besides clothing, they sell shoes, accessories, jewelry, and hair dye. They specialize in gothic prom dresses, and offer a large selection of plus size goth clothing too. My favorite thing here is the Kreepsville 666 bat wing top.

http://www.katesclothing.co.uk/

Kate's Clothing on Facebook

Scarlet Rabbit

This Etsy shop is based in my own neck of the woods, Redmond, Washington. It offers gorgeous hand crocheted gothic, Victorian and steampunk accessories: wrist cuffs, fingerless gloves, collars and chokers, and necklaces. There are also some steampunk brooches and hat pins. My favorite item here is the Victorian crocheted wrist cuffs.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Scarletrabbit

Scarlet Rabbit on Facebook

Red Queen's Black Legion

I'm a little hesitant to include this Australian alternative and Lolita clothing store, since we're well into 2014 and their website mentions 2013 in multiple places still. Their Facebook has been updated recently though, a good sign! If they're still in business and actively selling, they offer gothic and steampunk clothing, Lolita, goggles, and punk jewelry.

http://www.rq-bl.com/

Red Queen's Black Legion, on Facebook

The Violet Vixen

Massive corset store specializing in burlesque. Besides corsets, they sell steampunk, gothic and alternative clothing, shoes and accessories. Check out the Wicked Warm Bodies black skirt and their Angel Wings corset.

http://thevioletvixen.com/

The Violet Vixen, on Facebook


GOTH BLOGS:

Gothacabre

Charlotte's blog on gothic interior design, and her life and interests. She hasn't posted recently, but you'll enjoy exploring her home's Halloween decorations from last year.

http://www.gothacabre.com/

This Goth House

"Home improvement with a dark twist." A goth girl shares her journey and experiences renovating and decorating her goth home. I love peeking into the pics of ongoing progress - it inspires me to do more to fix up my own home.

http://thisgothhouse.wordpress.com/


GOTH COMMUNITIES:

Feast on Friday

I love this idea - here's a community for sharing gothic and spooky cooking photos and Halloween recipes, year-round. Helping bring Halloween into your home and kitchen every day!

https://www.facebook.com/FeastOnFriday

https://twitter.com/Feast_on_Friday

Goth Bats

17,000 goths joined this community to get their daily dose of bat-related pics and posts.

https://www.facebook.com/GothBats

Gothic and Alternative Small Business Forum

This group invites you to market your gothic and alternative business here. You're welcome to post your stores, pages or anything related to your Gothic and Alternative products, hand crafted items, and art.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GothAlternativeMarketing/


GOTH EVENTS:

Locating the Gothic

"'Locating The Gothic' is an international conference and series of interlinked events exploring the concept of Gothic locations. It is jointly organised by Limerick School of Art and Design and Mary Immaculate College. Apart from initiating academic considerations of the Gothic and place, it will celebrate the city of Limerick itself as a Gothic location. With its fascinating, bloody, and Gothic mix of history, literature, art, and folklore, Limerick enlivens the Gothic imagination with native narratives that encompass tales of battles and sieges, river monsters, ghosts, cannibalism and a long-standing city-curse." The conference will be held in Limerick, Ireland between October 22-25, 2014.

http://locatingthegothic.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/locatingthegothic


--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

Dark Side of the Net 1993-2014

March 23, 2014

Goths Unplugged

Tonight I was in the mood for some dark and lovely acoustic/unplugged versions of songs by goth bands. Here's a few of my favorites. And thanks to Anann for several of the song suggestions!

Peter Murphy performed his A Strange Kind of Love and the intro to Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead acoustically in Stockholm in June 2013.

Robert Smith singing and performing "Boys Don't Cry" for MTV Unplugged in 1991.

And you'll likely really enjoy his acoustic version of Lullaby.

Here's Close to Me acoustic version, too.

The acoustic unplugged version of Love Cats is really jazzy and kinda weird.

Robert Smith joined Korn for an acoustic version of In Between Days along with Korn's unplugged version of Make Me Bad.

Gorgeous and haunting acoustic version of A Forest. Swoon!

Wayne Hussey performing Wasteland at the Modified Arts Centre in Phoenix AZ, USA on September 2008.

He also performed Tower of Strength among other acoustic songs in his set.

David J. from Bauhaus performing Love and Rockets' The Dog-End of a Day Gone By acoustically.

Peter Murphy performed "Cuts You Up" among other songs at an all acoustic show at SXSW in 2011.

I haven't researched this closely, but this appears to be a 1991 acoustic show for KROQ (the LA-area alternative radio station): Siouxsie and the Banshees with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.

Here's Nick Cave and Warren Ellis doing an acoustic version of The Mercy Seat.

Expect this post to be edited and grow, so come back tomorrow and see what other goth goodies we've found!

--Copyright 2014 Carrie Carolin

Dark Side of the Net

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