3/27/18

Catching Up and Upcoming Jersey Juke Invasion Tour

So much has happened since we last talked. Let's get right to it.

First of all, I grew up and got on Mail Chimp. If you’re interested in being on the list, drop me email at darrendeicide@gmail.com. Secondly, Hokum!'s last show sold the fuck out. Indeed, it is kicking ass. Thirdly, I did a thing.

Satanism in Half a Minute (Part 2)

And the reviews of The Blues Non Est Mortuum keep rolling in. Stanky Hampster recently got their paws on the album:
"This album perfectly captures the haunting and dark emotional aspects of blues- like a Rob Zombie horror movie set in the Southwestern regions of Tucson, Arizona- with songs like "Throwing It All Away" and "Killing the Dead". Do yourself a favor: roll up a doob, dim the lights, and lay back on the couch when listening to The Blues Non Est Mortuum."

I agree.

Stanky Hampster review of The Blues Non Est Mortuum

Horns Magazine also got their full review up on the album:
"New Jersey's Devil, Darren Deicide, is back with a new full length album [, The Blues Non Est Mortuum,] that's hotter than hellfire...The sound is refreshingly raw, with very little overdubs, so what you hear is mostly pure blues magic."

Horns Magazine review of The Blues Non Est Mortuum

And now that that's all aside, the announcement is out there. Darren Deicide and The Wedding Funeral announce the Jersey Juke Invasion Tour, April 5th-April 21st, 2018. The tour will coincide with the Mississippi Juke Joint Festival and span Maryland, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina, including the Pre-Juke Joint Festival Party with Darren Deicide at The Shack Up Inn on the historical Hopson Plantation. The tour is in celebration of the new releases, Beneath the Floor Boards (Covered in Feces) by The Wedding Funeral and The Blues Non Est Mortuum by Darren Deicide, and will feature performances by both projects. For full schedules, visit darrendeicide.com and theweddingfuneral.com.

1/15/18

A Great Many Things (The Jersey Journal, Upcoming Tour with the Wedding Funeral, Hokum! w/ Nathan Gray)

Well, well, it's been a while since I've posted to the list and in that time, so much has been going on. So let's get started. First, many of you know about Hokum!, which began as a ruckus Sunday showcase in the back room of McGinley Square Pub. Hokum has now solidified a deal with the Jersey City Theater Company, and we are making our debut in a big splash. Nathan Gray, of the seminal post-hardcore band Boysetsfire, is playing our debut. My new project with Ethel Lynn Oxide, The Wedding Funeral, will be opening up along with NJ locals Joe Billy, and Hoag and the Weasel. It's going to be killer, and the seats are limited. This could sell out, so I highly advise advance tickets.

Information on Hokum debut at JCTC this Saturday
Advance tickets are available here

The Jersey Journal recently printed 2 articles, one that mentions Hokum and another that is entirely dedicated to covering the upcoming Hokum event and includes an interview with yours truly.

"3 Ways to Make Hudson's Music Scene Better"
"Red-Hot Hokum! Glows in the Fires of Hell for Next Show"

And this April, I will be doing a joint tour with the Wedding Funeral to Mississippi for the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale. Oh yeah. The shows shall be great, and just to give an idea of the greatness, here's an example of a show. To warm everyone up for the Juke Joint Festival, I will be playing the night before at the Shack Up Inn in Clarskdale, MS. This historical set of shacks is the former site of the Hopson Plantation and has hosted Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Pinetop Perkins, Big Jack Johnson, and a host of other legends. As the dates unfold, I will update you. Until then, I'll see you all at the Hokum debut this Saturday, where the Wedding Funeral will rise from the aethers.

12/19/17

Tonight We Do Drugs (And Check out Blues Diabolique and The Wedding Funeral's Upcoming Tour)

Tonight (Tuesday), I'll be part of a round table discussion with Rev. Adam Campbell and Aden Ardennes as part of Speak of the Devil presents Third Side Intelligence, the video cast. We will be doing drugs. It will be live cast and posted here, and you are welcome to join the chatroom.

Bluesman, Mark Hill, over in New Zealand has recently launched a new podcast called Blues Diabolique where he plays new and old blues, and what an honor to be shouted out, not just from such a good player himself, but to be in the presence of such classics. Listen to the launch episode of Blues Diabolique, where Mark plays blues music threaded with nuggets and history of this magical art form, including "Devil Woman Blues" off The Blues Non Est Mortuum. Episode 1 of Blues Diabolique on Soundcloud
Episode 1 of Blues Diabolique on Stitcher
Episode 1 of Blues Diabolique on Mark Hill Music's site

Also, did you miss The Wedding Funeral's debut? My, how lucky of you. Unfortunately, we aren't done spreading misery and that is why we've chosen a time when people are happiest to launch our first tour, The Unhappy Holidays Tour. This 2-date tour will pass through the Cleveland and Chicago area, first at Lakewood's locally favorite vegetarian restaurant, the Root Cafe, and then at Chicago's original music venue, The Elbo Room. The Wedding Funeral demands your savior. The dates can be found at The Wedding Funeral homepage: theweddingfuneral.com.

11/8/17

The Blues Non Est Mortuum Now Available in Digital Format

In celebration of Halloween, Berenice Records and Darren Deicide announce the digital release of The Blues Non Est Mortuum. The Blues Non Est Mortuum is now available for listening on...

Spotify
Apple iTunes
CD Baby
Amazon Music
Google Play

It is also available for free listening on YouTube

The Blues Non Est Mortuum is my first full-length release in 7 years and was released in 2016 on vinyl format. The album features appearances by Reverend Adam Campbell from Speak of the Devil as well as St. Louis songwriter, Edgefield C. Johnston, and was recorded at multi-platinum recording studio, Water Music, which has graced the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Beyoncé, Allman Brothers Band, Shakira, Sonic Youth, Social Distortion, R. Kelly, Ween, Lamb Of God, and Joey Ramone.

Also, if you haven't heard the 3 songs released by my side project, The Wedding Funeral, go to theweddingfuneral.com.

10/24/17

Appearance on Nathan Gray's New Album

I had the privilege of sitting in on Nathan Gray's new album, snarling and 'tuding all over the track "Burn Away". Since Boysetsfire, Nathan has been blazing his own trail and his new album, Feral Hymns, is coming out this January. I'm excited to see this utterly solo endeavor and the latest incarnation of this great artist's work. What's that? There we are!

In the studio with Nathan Gray

I will have a big surprise for you all on Halloween, so standby. It's my birthday after all. Also, The Wedding Funeral, my new side project with Ethel Lynn Oxide, will be releasing the next 2 tracks from Beneath the Floor Boards (Covered in Feces), including "Tabitha's Lullaby" on Halloween and "Room 609" on Dia De Los Muertos at theweddingfuneral.com. This is the most perfect time of the year.

10/24/17

Appearance on Nathan Gray's New Album

I had the privilege of sitting in on Nathan Gray's new album, snarling and 'tuding all over the track "Burn Away". Since Boysetsfire, Nathan has been blazing his own trail and his new album, Feral Hymns, is coming out this January. I'm excited to see this utterly solo endeavor and the latest incarnation of this great artist's work. What's that? There we are!

In the studio with Nathan Gray

I will have a big surprise for you all on Halloween, so standby. It's my birthday after all. Also, The Wedding Funeral, my new side project with Ethel Lynn Oxide, will be releasing the next 2 tracks from Beneath the Floor Boards (Covered in Feces), including "Tabitha's Lullaby" on Halloween and "Room 609" on Dia De Los Muertos at theweddingfuneral.com. This is the most perfect time of the year.

10/9/17

An Appearance in the Jersey Journal, and the Debut of The Wedding Funeral, my New Project

Much to the chagrin of the safe spacers who boycotted (that's what you get for inviting the Ataris to play), I saw The Queers at White Eagle Hall on Tuesday. Jim Testa was there and brought some old school wisdom to The Jersey Journal. He interviewed me for some of my thoughts on the Jersey City music scene.

Old Punks, New Venue: A Night at Historic NJ Hall

I have a confession to make. For the past 2 years, I have been in a type of deep study. I have teamed up with roller derby veteran Ethel Lynn Oxide and we've opened a wormhole into Gothic-Americana that we didn't expect. It is too late now. The bell tolls nigh. You have been cordially disinvited to join The Wedding Funeral. We are everywhere.

The Wedding Funeral on Facebook
The Wedding Funeral on Instagram
The Wedding Funeral on Twitter

The Wedding Funeral will begin releasing its first 4-song demo, Beneath the Floor Board (Covered in Feces), on October, Friday the 13th. The demo will be exclusively available for free listening at theweddingfuneral.com.

The first song will be “7 Day Work Week”. Following that release, “Tabitha's Lullaby” will be released on Halloween, “Room 609” will be released on Dia De Los Muertos, and “Mannequin” will be released on Thanksgiving Day. All tracks on Beneath the Floor Board (Covered in Feces) were recorded in single takes with no digital fixes and were mastered by Gabriel Bento. The Wedding Funeral is the brainchild of internationally touring, alternative punk-blues musician Darren Deicide and roller derby veteran Ethel Lynn Oxide. The Wedding Funeral will be making its live debut at the Horns n' Hokum Early Halloween Party at McGinley Square Pub in Jersey City on October, 14th 2017. All the information for the debut show can be found here.

9/18/17

Back from Tour, and Kentuckiana Blues Radio Show

I am back from The Blues Non Est Mortuum in America. Every time I do this, it's an enlightening experience. Traveling and playing every day gives you a hell of a vantage point on the state of music and the country. I wish I could keep the momentum going, but some serious things need to come to fruition back home. Buckle in. From here, it gets interesting...

Many thanks to some who really made it happen!

"Boom Power Boogie", a new song off The Blues Non Est Mortuum, was recently featured on Kentuckiana Blues Radio Show. I'll say it once and perhaps a few more times. The blues non est mortuum! Give it a listen to whet your appetite for the blues.

Kentuckiana Blues Radio Show
The episode featuring "Boom Power Boogie

8/22/17

The Blues Non Est Mortuum in America Begins this Friday

Here we go. In support of the new LP, The Blues Non Est Mortuum in America begins this Friday and will span Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and West Virginia. Notable stops include Philadelphia, Detroit, Cincinatti, Nashville, and Chicago as well as the Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Of course I will have the new LP in all its glory as well as new Blues Non Est Mortuum shirts. Below is the schedule, but full details can be seen at darrendeicide.com.

Darren Deicide
The Blues Non Est Mortuum in America Tour
August 25 - September 10

SCHEDULE:
8/25/17 Friday - Bube's Brewery, Mount Joy, PA
8/26/17 Saturday - The Fire, Philadelphia, PA
8/28/17 Monday - PJ's Lager House, Detroit, MI
8/29/17 Tuesday - Urban Artifact, Cincinnati, OH
8/30/17 Wednesday - Third Street Dive, Louisville, KY
8/31/17 Thursday - The Crying Wolf, Nashville, TN
9/1/17 Friday - 2017 Muddy Roots Music Festival
9/2/17 Saturday - 2017 Muddy Roots Music Festival
9/3/17 Sunday - 2017 Muddy Roots Music Festival
9/7/17 Thursday - Reggies, Chicago, IL
9/8/17 Friday - Black Swamp Arts Festival, Howard's Club H, Bowling Green, OH
9/9/17 Saturday - Stone Tavern at Michel's, Kent, OH
9/10/17 Sunday - The Empty Glass, Charleston, WV

Facebook event page for tour with links to shows

The future is strange and interesting. This may be the last hurrah before some serious shit hits the fan. See you on the road. We are going to tear it up.

8/14/17

Interview on Hudson County Skvm Talk and the Hokum Productions Launch Party

What happens when 3 Hudson County scum bags get together over beer, hit record on a video camera, and decide to discuss the world? Well, you talk about almost everything. This fun and casual interview reminds m of a really drunk and broke episode of Charlie Rose, so get comfortable and hit play. If you're from Hudson County, this interview will be of special interest. It all ends with an exclusive playing of "My Star-Spangled Banner" from The Blues Non Est Mortuum LP.

Episode 3 of Hudson County Skvm Talk with Darren Deicide

And this Saturday is going to be a hell of a show as Hokum re-launches at McGinley Square Pub in Jersey City! Doing the Sunday Hokum! showcase allowed those of us who came out to see some great talent, and this line up presents some of the creme de la creme. Out of System Transfer is coming down from Brooklyn, and Bible Gun and Gina Tolentino will be there, as well as yours truly. This will be my last hurrah before tour begins. All the information is down below.

The Hokum Productions Launch Party on Facebook
The flyer for the Hokum Productions Launch Party

See you at the show.

7/31/17

Interview with Hudson County Skvm Talk

Hudson County is teeming with some very dubious talent, like myself. That also includes the Hudson County Skvm Bags, who just recently played the final Pearl Studios show in Jersey City and delivered their ultra-sardonic thrash. "Emo Fag Holocaust" is a great song. Well, unbeknownst to me, they have started a new podcast, "Hudson County Skvm Talk", and asked me to do an interview. How can I resist the chance to shoot the shit with some fellow Hudson County scum bags? I will be making the appearance on August 10th. Expect the unexpected.

Hudson County Skvm Talk

7/27/17

The Blues Non Est Mortuum in America Tour and Shirt

Hear ye, hear ye! I do hereby announce the Blues Non Est Mortuum in America tour, and in celebration, the release of The Blues Non Est Mortuum original shirt design. The Blues Non Est Mortuum in America is August 25th-September 10th and will span Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, and West Virginia. Notable stops include Philadelphia, Detroit, Cincinatti, Nashville, and Chicago as well as the Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. A full tour schedule can be seen here and at the Facebook event page.

In conjunction with the tour, available now is a new Blues Non Est Mortuum T-shirt design. These shirts are exclusively available on tour and at the merch page for $10. They feature an original design by Lisa DiLeo, designer of the The Blues Non Est Mortuum’s 12-page booklet. Shirts are white print on black and come in S, M, L as well as ladies’ sizes S and XS.

See you at the dive.

7/17/17

The Latest Horns Magazine and the Launch of Hokum! Productions

In celebration of the summer solstice passing, the 2nd issue of Horns Magazine is out, and my article, "A Hymn to Ninkasi, The First Goddess of Beer", is included. Under the "Tools of the Craft" section, you'll see my study on Ninkasi and some of the interesting things brewers and archaeologists working together have discovered, including the translation of an ancient, Sumerian tablet dedicated to Ninkasi. Also, Zoth Ommog reviews my new LP, The Blues Non Est Mortuum, available exclusively at darrendeicide.com. "New Jersey's Devil, Darren Deicide, is back with a new full length album that's hotter than hellfire." -Zoth Ommog, Horns Magazine. Horns Magazine is the first magazine dedicated to the queer pagan world. Each issue is chock full of history, reviews, and of course, lurid photos of naked men. You can get the new issue in digital and print, so get on it!

Horns Magazine issue #2 available here!

And you thought Hokum! was gone? You were wrong!

Hokum! has transformed from a Sunday showcase into a production company. Hokum Productions presents alternative roots music and culture in uniquely real settings. The launch party will be Saturday, August 19th, MC'ed by guest deacon, Jersey City writer and comedian, Melissa Surach, and will feature Out of System Transfer, Darren Deicide, Bible Gun, and Gina Tolentino. All the information can be found below or at the Facebook event page.

The Hokum! Productions Launch Party on Facebook

Hokum! began as a monthly Sunday showcase in the back room of McGinley Square Pub, a Jersey City craft beer bar that was saved from abandonment in 2015. Its trademarks were fully acoustic, down home shows where the gap between performer and audience was bridged with energy. International, national, and local touring musicians from the alternative roots scene graced the stage, and as shows became larger, Hokum! transformed into Hokum Productions, now prepared to feature new, alternative, and strange roots music and culture. Hokum! Productions is "Music that is built to last, and people that are going to hell." Unique and formal attire is always encouraged.

6/22/17

Hokum! Polaroids are Uploaded

It was a whole year of magic, fun, and of course, hokum! Ethel Lynn Oxide documented much of it with her Polaroid and kept a small, sacred altar on the fireplace mantel of McGinley Square Pub. Well, we sat down with all those photos and scanned them into a single folder. Some who were a part of it have already been tagged, but feel free to tag any others and pass around the memories.

Hokum! Polaroids on Facebook

Standby, because Hokum! is about to transmogrify into something even more nonsensical than what existed before.

6/12/17

Appearance on the First Live Videocast of "Third Side Intelligence" Tomorrow Night and Old Style Music Nights Takes Over Soul Food

I have a last minute announcement. It's time to let out the Agent Provocateur again. I have had the honor of being asked, along with Magister David Harris, Patrick DeMarco, and the always engaging Rev. Adam Campbell, to participate in a virtual round table on the subject of Russia and the Trump campaign. I suspect you will hear perspectives that you will not be hearing from your regularly scheduled programming. This will be the first videocast version of "Third Side Intelligence" and goes live at 10pm EST tomorrow, June, 13th. This link has all the information that can plug you into the broadcast.

Speak of the Devil Presents Third Side Intelligence: Russia & Trump’s Campaign

Tom, from Old Style Music Nights, was recently on Soul Food podcast playing cuts from bands that will be at Pirate Farm Fest 2017, but he also managed to slip in "Throwing it All Away" from The Blues Non Est Mortuum LP. Here you have a crop of great modern roots music, and I'm not just saying that because my song is on here. Bone up on your Dutch and give it a listen!

Soul Food 02-06-2017 Pirate Farm Fest Interview

PS If you're in Europe, Old Style Music Nights is the official distributor of The Blues Non Est Mortuum LP. Skirt international postage fees and email oldstylemusicnights@gmail.com for ordering information.

5/5/17

Season of the Witch Review in Horns Magazine Up and Sister Dorothy Reviews The Blues Non Est Mortuum

I'm proud to officially be a contributing author to Horns Magazine, the world's only queer occult magazine. I'm not much of an authority on being queer, but apparently, my passions for the arcane are appreciated by the staff. As such, I was commissioned to do an in-depth review of the book Season of the Witch: How the Occult Save Rock n' Roll by Peter Bebergal. I was quite glad to see that someone had decided to write an exposition on this topic. The intimate relationship Rock n' Roll has had with the occult world has always been a source of fascination for me, and sometimes I wondered if I was the only one. This book aggregated all of those threads, and my review goes over this unique tome, while bringing up some questions. Well, Horns has posted the review as a teaser for the launch of its upcoming 2nd issue. Read it here!

Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock n’ Roll, an in-depth review by Rev. Darren Deicide

Also, thank you to Dar Stellabotta, who got a hold of the new album, The Blues Non Est Mortuum, and did a nice little write up on her blog, Sister Dorothy's Music Blog. "[Darren] Deicide takes the blues to a new level in [The Blues Non Est Mortuum]!...Not to mention Deicide rocks on the guitar! This album is unique and awesome, true art I would say." Check it out!

The Blues Non Est Mortuum review in Sister Dorothy's Music Blog

Berenice Records is still interested in blogs, websites, webcasts, magazines, radio shows, podcasts, distributors, record stores, and any others that would be interested in reviewing, giving airplay to, or stocking the new vinyl release from Darren Deicide, The Blues Non Est Mortuum. Email bluesnonestmortuumpromo@gmail.com.

4/17/17

"Dozen Questions" Interview with EyePlug Magazine

Interviews are tedious social experiments. That's why I sat down with Eyeplug Magazine as the subject of their "Dozen Questions" interview segment. Breaking things down into 12 simple questions is the type of no-nonsense concision that I appreciate. And yet within 12 questions, they managed to touch on more than a long-winded Rolling Stone article sometimes does. So you have no excuse to take a few minutes out and read the interview. That's right, I'm click-baiting you. We talked about life, liberty, and the pursuit of drunkenness as well as The Blues Non Est Mortuum, the state of the world, and the uncharted territory of future projects.

Eyeplug Magazine's "Dozen Questions" with Darren Deicide

3/30/17

"Killing the Dead" on BlowUpRadio.com and the final Hokum! at McGinley Square Pub

Go check out BlowUpRadio.com, the home of new NJ underground music. They gave "Killing the Dead" a spin on their recent episode. "Killing the Dead", a battle cry against mass complacency, is off The Blues Non Est Mortuum.

BlowUpRadio.com presents new NJ music broadcast live on our station 3/20/17 @ 8pm

The Blues Non Est Mortuum is available at darrendeicide.com. The album features appearances by Reverend Adam Campbell from the Church of Satan as well as St. Louis songwriter, Edgefield C. Johnston, and was recorded at multi-platinum recording studio, Water Music. The album includes a 12-page, full-color booklet by designed by Lisa DiLeo and comes with free digital downloads of the complete album.

Get The Blues Non Est Mortuum

I'm coming out my hole. And this is it. The final Hokum! goes down this coming Sunday. Those who were there will forever remember the raucous in the back room of McGinley Square Pub. Now is the last time, and it ends just as it began with the same performers as the opening show plus the edition of a Hokum! favorite, Love Underwater from the great state of New Jersey. Come on time for the opening and final sermon. Nothing is stopping me from being there this time. All the information can be found here.

3/3/17

Independent Review on The Blues Non Est Mortuum and Announcements About Hokum! and Canadian Summer Tour

Kent Manthie, at The Independent Review, first picked up my demo around a decade ago when he worked for Reviewer Magazine in San Diego. I had just started playing solo. 10 years later and he's just reviewed The Blues Non Est Mortuum.

"I‘ve been a fan of Darren’s since I reviewed, I believe it was, his first CD, Rockin’ ‘Til The Apocalypse. Listening to it, the whole thing just grabbed me and really made an impact on me. I loved it!...The way Darren sings, that emotion he puts into it, is one of the things I like so much about Deicide’s music in general...Yes, [The Blues Non Est Mortuum] is a delight to listen to."

"The Blues Ain't Dead!" review of The Blues Non Est Mortuum in The Independent Review

1 year ago, something magical happened. During one of the many front-seat tour conversations between me and me lady, an idea emerged to add music and culture to our neck of the woods. It was just an idea until, serendipitously, McGinley Square Pub appeared. From there, it took on a life of its own. Many touring acts, Jersey Journal articles, and foot stomps later and time has come to move on.

For a whole year, I served as deacon to an unholy congregation who demanded original Americana. It has been a pleasure. I now formally announce that the Sunday Hokum! showcase is coming to an end at McGinley Square Pub. There will not be one in February, and this March will be the 1 year anniversary show. April will be the final one, and we will be sure to end it beautifully. In the meantime, the 1-year anniversary show will be amazing and a great example of what an incredible array of talent I've had the privilege of being a host to. We are Hokum! and we shall return.

Hokum! 1-year Anniversary Show: Wheatley Matthews from OH

And after a great amount of feedback, the fates have said it is time to go north. I will be touring Canada this July, my 2nd international tour in a year. There are still some dates open, but they're going fast, so private message or email darrendeicide@gmail.com if you're interested. The blues non est mortuum in Canada. Darren Deicide - The Blues Non Est Mortuum in Canada Tour