Dark Cabaret

Cabaret

Cabaret has been in existence since the turn of the 20th century. It was clumped together with Burlesque and Vaudeville which were notorious for being risque back then. Sadly, these forms of musical entertainment died down when the world wars ended.

With the threat of another world war looming, the Cabaret resurfaced in the late 70’s in a different and more sinister form – Dark Cabaret. It became a sub-genre of goth music and was dabbled into by the likes of Marc Almond, The Virgin Prunes, Christian Death, Sex Gang Children, Lydia Lunch and Jill Tracy all through the 80’s and 90’s.

The present metamorphosis of Dark Cabaret is now more distinct. Led by Rasputina, The Dresden Dolls, Katzenjammer Kabarett, Revue Noir and other burgeoning artists, the cabaret has undergone a revival complete with stylized shows reminiscent of burlesque shows at the turn of the century. Characterized by low vocals and a centerpiece instrument such as a cello, piano, or violin.

Projekt Records has come up with a compilation CD in honor of Cabaret’s new era. It is a must-buy and I highly recommend it. While you’re at it, grab copies of CDs by The Dresden Dolls and Katzenjammer Kabarett and try to listen to distant echoes of the original cabaret we almost lost.

alt.suicide

Are you aware that there exists a group who supports an individual's freedom to choose to kill him/herself? If you're not, you haven't heard about alt.suicide.bus.stop or alt.suicide.holiday. The two groups are inter-related but I'll write more about them later.

Suicide is frowned upon by civilized society. Heck, there are still Roman Catholics who don't allow proper burials for those who died from committing suicide. Killing of self is seen as a sign of weakness, a sin, a forbidden act but society should also look at the point of view of the person who wants to do it. Ponder on the why's inside the person's mind. Why does he want to die? What brought it about?

Basically, the two alt.suicide groups want to help those who are considering suicide by teaching them alternative philosophies, suicide methods, debates on its morality, among other things and by doing so, giving the present of a guilt-free death if a person ends up committing the act.

To learn more about this alternative view on suicide, visit http://ashbusstop.org/