Archive for the The Last Drive In Category

Radio Play for Jo Gabriel. Still relevant after all.

Posted in Credits/Musicians, Fools & Orphans, Island, miscellaneous songs, News, Radio play, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , on June 14, 2010 by Sister Cleophas

Jo is still getting airplay throughout the world.

Gothic Paradise and Radio Inferno,

we say many thanks here at Ephemera.


the good sister cleophas


Delusions of Adequacy interview with Jo Gabriel by Jen Stratosphere Fanzine

Posted in Cats&Film, Commentary:Life, Credits/Musicians, film score, Film&Cats, Fools & Orphans, Hunting Down The Ceremony 2 Volume Album, interviews, Island, miscellaneous songs, Music Reviews, News, projects in progress, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In, The Unreachable Sky with tags on March 30, 2010 by Sister Cleophas

Jo’s very personal interview with Jen Delaney of Stratosphere Fanzine and Delusions of Adequacy was released today! It’s probably the most telling expose/interview yet. The good sister hopes you spend a little time with our little joey, getting to know her a little better.

We thank Jen for all the time and effort she put into this interview.

Be good brothers and sisters

The Good Sister Cleophas

Heathen Harvest Reviews “The Last Drive In”

Posted in Music Reviews, The Last Drive In with tags , , on August 16, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

I just discovered Heathen Harvest’s great review of The Last Drive In. What pleased me most was the fact that they not only recognized my love of horror film ( in particular classical horror ) but they were able to invoke my work in the same breath as Jorg Buttgereit’s Nekromantik and Joe D’Amato disemboweling someone in a Victorian castle

These specific examples might not have been the films that I had visualized while manifesting this work,but all the same, it’s a rare tribute when people can be as creative as to envision “Aren’t You His Mother Rosemary” underscoring such provocative film making! The contrast of this particularly gentle haunting melody aligned with graphic disturbing imagery is actually something that I’ve often thought would make for an exquisite interpretive counterpoint blending of the two mediums, these two contrasting themes. I’ve seen this technique used for example in Narciso Ibanez Serrador’s 1969 Gothic masterpiece The House That Screamed. John Moulder Brown’s slow motion attack on an innocent maiden set in dark hazy, muted tones as a beautifully poignant melody supports the violence of the scene. It serves as a very dramatic and arousing agent.

Bravo Heathen Harvest, you honor me!

Jo Gabriel aka Monster Girl read my blog here:

Wonderful Wooden Reasons ~ Featured Reviews Fools & Orphans, The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In

Posted in Fools & Orphans, Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , on August 12, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Amber Sessions & “Last Drive In”* airplay @ thy RadioInferno!

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , , , on August 8, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

The Last Drive In-review @ Morbid Outlook by Steven Ghillany

Posted in Music Reviews, The Last Drive In with tags , on July 21, 2008 by Sister Cleophas





In Rotation, July 2008 by Steven Ghillany

Mick Mercer has entered the room…

Posted in Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Mick Mercer granted me the honor of reviewing both The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In~ And in his inimitable writing style, he graced my work with a very complimentary testimonial indeed~

I am feeling very grateful these days for the incredible praise that both these albums are attracting from various people who I greatly respect. A thousand kisses and sunflowers cast their way!

Mick tells that a review of Fools and Orphans is immanent…

I think I’ll go buy myself an ice cream now.

Here are his reviews of Amber and Drive In:


Rather than answer Mick’s query’s directly since he’s most likely busy writing some fantastic review for some particular artist~ I thought i’d post a little explanation for a few of the things he mentioned amidst his covering both The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In~ first he wondered if goats dance and if I had some knowledge of that! Well yes they do, and I did! In fact my publishing company Dancing Goat Music, is named after these magically lyrical creatures who inadvertently discovered that lovely nectar of the gods Coffee! Here is the link and the legend as it goes:

The Legend of the Dancing Goats®

Coffee was first discovered in what is now called Ethiopia. According to legend, the area’s remote highlands were home to a goatherd named Kaldi. One day he noticed his goats dancing and prancing after eating the small, red fruit of a nearby shrub. Not wishing to be left out of the fun, Kaldi ate the coffee cherries and soon he was dancing with his goats!

Now concerning the following pondering:

“in the bump of night”, which is a lovely phrase I haven’t heard before. I have no idea how this ties in with the cover imagery; perhaps not at all, perhaps with blistering clarity for those who understood.

My love of horror films and the lost art of the genre is getting to be pretty well known amongst my fans~and how I long for that past time that once gloriously showcased some of the more off the beaten path style films, the cult, the b movie, etc~ The Last Drive In is my homage to that nostalgic time when we piled into our cars, dressed in our pajamas and watched all things gruesome and unreal jump off the big screen at us while we cowered in the back seat of dad’s chevy!
I liked the idea of saying The Bump of Night instead of a bump in the night! And I am so thrilled Mick liked it too!

‘There’s A Crack In The Wall’ is giddy and light-headed, with the spectre of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds circling, which I accept must be accidental. A scrawny beauty, this is like an eerie breeze commanding the piano with its lid left open”

Yes, the essence of that Lucy effect came quite naturally to the piece as the entire album felt channeled to me~ It struck me the same once it was done, but i really liked it’s attitude and felt that it should remain as is~ Again, I am thrilled that Mick sensed it’s spontaneous appearance in the song~ and i love his term
Scrawny beauty! he does know how to turn a phrase~

thank you again Mick~ i hope this clears up a few of the scratching one’s head moments~

Cheers all~ Joey

Posted by Jo Gabriel on Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Jo Gabriel featured/ORGAN SHOW playlists

Posted in Radio play, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , , on April 21, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Organ show with Sean O on RESONANCE 104.4FM, Sunday APRIL 6th 2008, 9.00pm – On your FM dial all over London and worldwide via 

2: JO GABRIEL – Masque Of The Red Death (Dancing Goat) – She from New York, she recorded these two stunningly beautiful albums of four track in an empty theatre, both of them radiate with colourful warmth. Piano led instrumentals laced with wonderful textures and delicious detail – or

11: JO GABRIEL – The Sun King (Dancing Goat) – See track two, this time a track from her Amber Sessions album… both the albums are reviewed in more detail with this week’s Organ

18/Outro: JO GABRIEL – Passing/Arriving (Dancing Goat) – See track two, another track from her Amber Sessions album, this time just a final taste to leave you with….

My beloved Organ ~reviews of The Amber Sessions & Last Drive In!

Posted in Music Reviews, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , , on April 20, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

I have been honored by two incredible reviews by Sean at Organ Magazine! I apologize for having disturbed Biddy the Cat whilst he was trying to jot down his impressions of the music!

But cat’s are resilient creatures and tonight Biddy shall pick several songs to play on RESONANCE 104.4 FM London every sunday night at 9pm world wide

Here they are~ bless you Sean and Biddy~!


Masque of The Red Death~ninthspace review of track off The Last Drive In

Posted in Music Reviews, The Last Drive In with tags , on April 10, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Jo Gabriel: Masque of the Red Death, Ninthspace review off The Last Drive In

Filmmakers looking for a spooky but engaging soundtrack to accompany their Times New Roman opening credits (complete with sweeping shots of barren landscapes only broken by highway) need look no further than Masque of the Red Death. Taken from Jo Gabriel’s album The Last Drive In, this instrumental appropriates its title from the film of the same name. The key to its success is that it doesn’t attempt to ratchet up tension, or reach any conclusion – any tension that exists is created solely by the listener. Instead it drives onwards, quietly, mercilessly, the piano riding over macabre synth drones which hint at what might happen if you choose to deviate from the given path. And of course we always do.

Ninthspace review of The Last Drive In…

Posted in The Last Drive In with tags , on April 2, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Jo Gabriel: Waking The Dark NinthSpace review April 1st-

Waking The Dark sets the scene on Jo Gabriel’s album The Last Drive In – nine tracks of solitary terror. I think that’s the plan, but to my ears, using the piano as a centerpiece for such evocative ambience results in something rather beautiful although this doesn’t manifest itself until many hours after that first listen. Subsequent listens are more welcoming.

This opening piece, like all its companions, appears to pair structure with improvisation. The repeated phrases which shift key are emphasised by a subtle organ drone which follows them around, sometimes joined by strings. These movements turn incredibly pretty at times. Upsetting and unsettling this balance are occasional flourishes of keys and synth pads which draw the music back to its primary intentions.

Masque Of The Red Death~3.11.08 The Clockwork Cabaret 103.5FM

Posted in Radio play, The Last Drive In with tags , on March 11, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Those lovely Davenport sisters played Masque Of The Red Death on their fabulous radio show!

The Clockwork Cabaret 103.5 LP FM Carrboro and Chapel Hill NC

Playlist 3.11.08

Magnetic Fields – Born On a Train
Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple
Kraftwork – Europe Endless
Switchblade Symphony – Sheep
New Model Army – Aimless Desire
New Model Army – I Love the World
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Little Johnny Jewel
Tom Waits – What’s He Building?
Unextraordinary Gentlemen – Open Arms Empty Air
Theme from Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
The Smiths – Cemetery Gates
Einsturzende Neubauten – Sand
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Thomas Dolby – One of Our Submarines
The Tuna Helpers – Blueberry Head
They Might Be Giants – Seven
Jo Gabriel – Masque of the Red Death
The Decemberists – Chimbly Sweep
Ethel Merman – I’m an Indian Too
Alarm Will Sound – Prep Gwarlek 38
Puppini Sisters – Walk Like an Egyptian
Scott Joplin – Something Doing
Tiger Lillies – Never Marry a Man
Dolly Parton – Silver Dagger
Rasputina – If Your Kisses Can’t Hold The Man You Love
Man Man – Skin Tension
Reverend Glasseye – God Help you Dumb Boy

Fade To Black~SepiaChord playlist 3.03.08

Posted in Radio play, The Last Drive In with tags , on March 3, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Mar 3, 2008 9:54 AM

Playlist for the Week Ending 3.3.08

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys: The Negative Heart Society
Jay Munly: The Denver Boot
Ilya E. Monosov: Winter Lullaby
Clare Fader: Wedding Day Lament
Voodoo Organist: Worship Hymn
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: Jesus is in My Body
Nichols Family Gospel Hour: The Angels Would Have Wept
Firewater: Knock ’em Down
Flatfoot 56: Knuckles Up
Midnight Serenaders: Everybody Loves My Baby
Flaming Stars: The Last Picture Show
Magnificent 7: The Last Waltz
16 Horsepower: American Wheeze
Orion Rigel Dommisse: A Giver
Der Bekannte Post-Industrielle Trumpeter: Gift
Ex Reverie: Days Away
Denver Gentlemen: Blue Parrot
Stranglers: Golden Brown
Jo Gabriel: Fade to Black
Joe Black: The Tragic Tale of Peter Scarecrow
Testing Vault: Charlotte’s Glass Eye
Soul Merchants: Joanna
Orchards: Each Night a Pilgrimage
Lisps: Compromise
Jerri Rossi: I Left My Heart but I Don’t Know Where
Split Lip Rayfield: Promise Not to Tell
A Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band: Built then Burnt (Hurrah! Hurrah!)
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb: Trains and Cops
Unwoman: Witch-Wife

DeadofNight reviews~ The Amber Sessions and The Last Drive In

Posted in Music Reviews, Radio play, The Amber Sessions, The Last Drive In with tags , on January 9, 2008 by Sister Cleophas

Neo classical/Goth pianist and vocalist extrodinare Jo Gabriel has TWO releases out this month that you’ll be hearing a lot of during my broadcasts of The Dead OF Night.


“THE AMBER SESSIONS” are both available through her website at

The Last Drive In is a collection of instrumentals that invokes the feeling and atmospere of those late night horror movie matinees, bringing to mind that other worldly sense of being one step beyond the imagined borders of our reality. Jo seamlessly interweaves both accoustic piano and synth sounds, mounting both tension and drama within the context of every composition to really transport the listener. Where so many artists merely try to achieve that balance of atmosphere and driving sense of movement Jo succeedes and creates and audio soundscape that is above and beyond what you’d ever expect.Track four “There’s A Crack In The Wall” will be featured during my next broadcast, tune in and hear it for yourself.

The Amber Sessions…
Within the context of this body of work the listener is treated to a myriad number of explorative textural movements in sound and composition, at times stark and dissonant, other numbers will simply floor you with a haunting melodic touch seldom heard in so far as it’s vulnerability and artistic scope. Each track on this EP (It’s actually 13 tracks in length)has a unique perspective unto its own. There’s an underlying sense of restless exploration where no definitive is settled on and happily so. This CD is a place you’ll want to get lost in for a while, not caring if you ever find your way back.

I’m not big on rating systems and I don’t think there’s a definitve number of stars you can award work like this, each CD is a truth unto itself and worth owning however, you don’t have to take my word on it, go to Jo’s MySpace page and give her work a listen…