Jersey Beat podcast shared some of their favorite music from the end of 2016, on episode #150 "One Last Blast from 2016", and played "Boom Power Boogie" from The Blues Non Est Mortuum. It's great to hear all this original Jersey music, so tune in for some underground edumication.
"One Last Blast from 2016", Episode #150 of Jersey Beat podcast
I was interviewed for a new article that is now up at NJ.com and will go to print in this Friday's Jersey Journal. It goes through some history of the Jersey City roots scene and gets into some interesting primal philosophy.
"Acoustic bluesman Darren Deicide to release new album"
The first review of The Blues Non Est Mortuum is out from Old Style Music Nights. "[The Blues Non Est Mortuum] is not an easy-listening, happy, joy-joy kinda' album. It’s grim, angry, and hard to put your finger on. But that makes the trip so much more interesting."
Old Style Music Nights Review of The Blues Non Est Mortuum
If you missed the pre-orders, you can still get the album off darrendeicide.com. And to celebrate the release, I have uploaded "My Star-Spangled Banner", a new song on The Blues Non Est Mortuum, into the player! This new song is, well, my declaration of independence. Go to the homepage for a listen.
The Blues Non Est Mortuum in Europa is over, and I am back in this ridiculous country we call America. There is a lot that could be said about the experience and the interesting exchange between Europe and America. My experience with tour was so rich I feel I could write a long essay about it now. I'm not about to do that, but there are some things that did come into view that I'd like to express while it's fresh in the head.
The tour showed me that those of us that are exploring roots music are up against a very large beast, and regardless of where we are, we are exploring how we relate to it. What beast, you ask? There are people who like music. They listen to it and have trite favorites. They may not know why, but they're just passing fancies. When faced with new and challenging sounds that do not fit their comfort zones, they close their minds for fear of new ideas and possibilities. And through this banal, rote prism, they view the world. Then there are some people for whom music is the very fiber of their life. Music is the pulse that keeps their heart beating. It is the sixth sense that gives their existence meaning. It informs their aesthetics and envelopes them in art. The roots scene in Europe showed me more possibilities, and I hope I showed them some as well. One common thread I see from America to Europe is complete disenfranchisement with this said culture of banality. And thus, roots music is the clarion call to return music back to its symbolic and ritual heritage. It is the primal wolf howl that is telling us not to forget how important music is to what makes us human. We have forgotten, just like we've forgotten a lot of things (if some of us ever knew them at all). America, in particular, has really forgotten quite a bit. It has forgotten its rebellious, independent spirit and snuggled up to the corporate teet. I didn't see one television in any bar in Europe, and what a difference it made. Europeans showed me a level of enthusiasm and interest that I couldn't beat out of a Millenial that had seen me play 10 times. Conversely though, I could see the ideals of Americana permeating roots music out there, to the point where at times it was a bit caricaturized. Do they not even know that Americans have abandoned that past? That most Americans don't even know what it means to be a "Son of Liberty" or a "Daughter of the Revolution" anymore? That most wouldn't even know a musician like Louis Armstrong from their own asshole? They traded it all in for iPhones and staged presidential debates, and this is what now defines freedom. It is incumbent upon us Americans to redefine Americanism into a living, breathing form. There is much work to be done.
That being said, I am happy to announce that Old Style Music Nights is my European distributor for The Blues Non Est Mortuum! This will save you folks in Europe a much needed headache of long waits and exorbitant postage fees. Europeans, contact Tom over at Old Style Music Nights HQ at email@example.com for more information.
Did you catch the live interview with Rev. Adam Campbell's "Speak of the Devil"? Here it is not-so-live. Rev. Adam Campbell plays some cuts off The Blues Non Est Mortuum as we waxed philosophical on music and Americanism.
And now that I've popped my European cherry, it's time to bring it on home. I do hereby announce the New York City release party for The Blues Non Est Mortuum. Saturday, November 12th, it all goes down at Otto's Shrunken Head, my home away from home. I've put together a stellar lineup, including locals and internationals. Plus, in the spirit of redefining Americanism, I have decided to have a fundraiser raffle for the ACLU-NJ. I'll be donating a copy of The Blues Non Est Mortuum for the raffle, and Horns Magazine has jumped on board! I'll be announcing prizes shortly, but all the information is down below. I shall see you there, my fellow heathens.
The first song available for listening off The Blues Non Est Mortuum is now up! You've got less than a week to pre-order the album, so this is my enticement, and you can hear it at DarrenDeicide.com. The song "Static" features St. Louis musician-songwriter, Edgefield C. Johnston. I don't like giving away too much about songs, as I like people to take what they want out of it. "Static" is a lament of sorts. If you dig it, pass it around. We also re-posted "Little Ol' Snake" and "Bomb This Joint" into the player to boot. The pre-order ends this Friday, so get it now! Until October 1st, the official release date, The Blues Non Est Mortuum is available for pre-order at a discounted price of $15. After October 1st, the retail price will be set at $25. Pre-orders will be shipped on October 1st and are available exclusively at BereniceRecords.com.
This Friday, I will be the live guest for "Speak of the Devil", a segment of the Third Side Network. I will be interviewed by Rev. Adam Campbell of the Church of Satan. He'll be playing The Blues Non Est Mortuum right off the vinyl as well as opening up the YouTube channel for questions and comments from the audience. So you can finally ask me the boxers-or-briefs question right here at 9:30 MST or 11:30 EST this Friday, September 30th...
"Speak of the Devil" - Tune in for the live interview!
And with the release on October 1st and Europe right around the corner, there is much more to come.
Darren Deicide's new full-length album, The Blues Non Est Mortuum, is now exclusively available for pre-order from Berenice Records. Until October 1st, the official release date, The Blues Non Est Mortuum is now available for pre-order at a discounted price of $15. After October 1st, the retail price will be set at $25. Pre-orders will be shipped on October 1st and are available exclusively at berenicerecords.com.
The Blues Non Est Mortuum is Darren Deicide's first full-length release in 7 years and will be released on Berenice Records. 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, 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. The Blues Non Est Mortuum includes a 12-page, full-color booklet by designed by Lisa DiLeo and comes with free digital downloads of the complete album. The release will be celebrated with a European record release tour through Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland on October 5th-16th. Details can be found at darrendeicide.com.
I'm proud to announce that I will be a contributing writer for HORNS. My first article will be in the premiere issue and will be an in-depth review of the new book, Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock 'n' Roll.
Fans of my 9Sense segment, "Agent Provocateur", can find every episode now available on the episode archive
9Sense Episode Archive
I was on Russian News Channel 5 with some dear friends. From Russia, with love...
"Demons of America" news segment on Russian News Channel 5
This article in The Jersey Journal just came out and talks about my music, some history of Jersey City roots music, and the birth of Hokum!
Spring brings live music to Hudson, including an intimate new series
I was recently interviewed on the Tex The Demented One webcast series. We discussed everything from The Blues, to Hokum!, to the upcoming album on Berenice Records, and all the way to diabolism.
A Moment with Darren Deicide
Over the years, I've been in correspondence with people who've supported my music across the Atlantic, from the Scandinavian peninsula to Germany, and watched from a distance as a renaissance of roots music has been sweeping through their independent music scene. Yes, you best believe it. There are people doing Americana much better than Americans out there and often times doing it with more fire and originality. So while America descends into its habitual election year stupidity, benches of beer drinkers in Belgium are banging their tables for infernal juke house blues. In other words, it's a damn good time to get the hell out of Dodge. This October, I am doing my first European tour, presented by Rootstown and Old Style Music Nights. The tour will be of Germany and BeNeLux. 3 dates are already booked, but we are certainly looking for more. If anyone is interested in booking, contact Kurt at Rootstown. I can't wait.
Bear with me, folks, this is a longer update, but well worth it.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of The Premiere of "Back from the Dead: The Harsimus Sessions", "Back from the Dead: The Harsimus Sessions" shirts will be on sale for $5 only this month of February. T-shirts come in small, medium, and large size and sport the proverb "In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is freedom. In water there is bacteria." They are available exclusively at my merch page.
Now, allow me to tell you a story that many of you were familiar with. Approximately 5 years ago, the house shows I had been doing at the Barracks reached a pinnacle. Touring musicians were swinging through. People were traveling from other towns to come to the shows. A raucous roots scene had emerged in the heart of Jersey City. The energy was incredible. Without even a PA, roots musicians belted out tunes that made music the primal ritual it was in juke joints and house parties before commodification of the art form went full force. Eventually, the attention became too much, and I had to stop to reclaim control over my domicile. Now, I have found the perfect place to resurrect this, and the energy returns.
I am proud to announce that I am teaming up with McGinley Square Pub to bring you "Hokum!", a new monthly showcase featuring original neo-Americana music in a unique setting. "Hokum!" will take place the first Sunday of every month in the back room of McGinley Square Pub, an intimate environment without a PA system. Music will include touring acts as well as locals. Unique and formal attire is encouraged. There is a suggested minimum donation of $5 that goes directly to the artists. Unlike other venues and music scenes, this will be a down home, inclusive environment, where the spirit of American roots music is a living art form, not a dead one. Welcome The Debut of Hokum!, this new sabbath, on Sunday, March 6th, 2015.
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Happy new year, all of you fine and not-so-fine blues hellions. It is time to make a bunch of announcements. First...
Coming in 2016, the new full-length LP, "The Blues Non Est Mortuum"! Stay in touch as more details are unveiled about the record label I will be working with, the magnificent layout that will be included, the great musicians I worked with on this project, and all the other details in the new year.
Also, the news is out. 9sense is ending and with it, Agent Provocateur is also. I want to end it on a high note. The ride has been incredibly stimulating, and I hope it has been for you. I'm looking forward to engaging the "political" world in new ways. Trying to decide upon what subject to end on was not easy. I decided to focus a bit on the future, and so I give you my last segment...
Agent Provocateur, "Millenials and the New Americanism"
A Eulogy to 9Sense
The 9Sense Letter to the Audience