Welcome to the new Half Machine Lip Moves website… again. A little over a week ago we migrated from Blogger to a site that was powered with Wordpress + WP2Static plugin. After the migration I discovered that much of the site was non-functioning and my efforts at fixing it were unsuccessful—WP2Static is a great idea, but alas, it doesn’t meet this site’s needs. We currently have a Hugo-powered replacement and most things should work; however, the site’s appearance and layout may change in the near future.
Our old foes The Radio Gremlins returned to sabotage the show by breaking the microphone but we persevered and went on anyway. We started with industrial and post-punk tracks related to the upcoming election, the media, the downfall of society. We had a set in honor of our friend DJ D (the host of the excellent show Dark Entries: Goth Radio, which was very much an influence on this very show), which we followed in the last hour by autumnal ambient to continue the autumn afterglow going after Halloween.
Not only did we hit a milestone by reaching episode #60 but it’s also the second Half Machine Lip Moves Halloween special. We started this episode with some industrial songs about the Halloween season. Then we had a dark punk and post-punk set, a deathrock set fresh out of the grave, an eerie horror set, a midnight block in the death industrial mortuary, and we closed with a block of fun goth.
It’s late October so it’s time for the spooky and atmospheric 2018 Dark Ambien(t). We began with a descent into the shadowy underworld of dark ambient, we had a rain-themed set, a block of music found while trawling through the dark ambient caverns of Bandcamp, made a trip into the haunted house where dark ambient and death industrial meet, a set of ritualistic dark ambient for the midnight block, and we closed with a set spacey dark ambient. We recommend turning out the lights out and listening through headphones, but that’s your call.
We started this episode with a block of songs from new and upcoming releases. Things took a turn and went into a weird haunted off-kilter lo-fi direction, starting with no wave and atonal folk and then going into warped and haunted versions of more popular music. After that we went into experimental audio collages and took a brief look at the world of numbers stations, which was followed by phantasmal noise and ambient.