Moving to our third venue, Old Nicks!

Here is a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1592297694385064/

We truly appreciate the Green Room and their hosting of us for the last year. Our bartender, Nicole, worked double shifts because she liked our music. The chef, Kevin, made literally the best side salads I have ever had. But the sound system was a crapshoot, and there were times where we got saved by Sir Gee of Five and Dan Craig of OneWub, because without them we would not have had sound at all.

When we heard that Old Nick’s was opening, we contacted them and they were very excited to host us. The sound system is already really good. The owners are actually into our scene (that’s a change from the last year, for sure)! And the potential crossover with live acts is really high, with punk and industrial shows already booked and more to come.

A Thursday night is definitely easier for most of us to deal with than a Wednesday, but there may be times when we get bumped to Friday or Saturday (terrible, I know, right?) and we are really looking forward to that possibility as well.

As with every change there will probably be rough spots and uncertainty, but we absolutely welcome the chance to improve. We hope you will come with us!

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Dispatches from a small town

Although it’s not really small, Oregon is still sufficiently rural that the second-largest metropolitan area, Eugene, has less than 300,000 people in it. This poses some problems, I think, for those of us in small subcultures. Some of these problems like general unusualness (of the Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice variety) are assuaged by the pervasiveness of media which has the double problem/benefit of popularizing Goth while locking it in to often hilarious, but sometimes pathological and troubling, stereotypes.

Sometimes if the character of the town is right in the first place, it can be welcoming to even the strangest subculture simply because there is a culture of acceptance in place when we arrive (or transition, evolve, adopt, adapt). Although there are many things about hippie culture that drive me up the wall, the groundwork of tolerance that was part of the original ideal of flower power serves us well when we decide which place to call home. It also engenders mutual tolerance when mutually practiced.

As this little night prepares to transition to its third venue I am really grateful that the alternative ethos of those that went before us laid ground for the voodoo lily that is Ghost House to bloom again and again. Watch and listen, for the lilies are rising from the cold ground very early this year!

Refugium’s partial playlist, September 2014 Ghost House

Track List: Refugium GH Sept 14

Title/Artist

  • Electra Descending/Christian Death
  • America/Laibach
  • American Automatic/Doorway 9 Kill Memory Crash
  • Cut the Tree/The Wolfgang Press
  • Shake Dog Shake/The Cure
  • Force Quit/Chemlab
  • Slither Thing/Collide
  • In Your Room/Depeche Mode
  • The Fall/Gary numan
  • Down In It/Nine Inch Nails
  • Penetration/Haujobb
  • 16 Days/Modern English
  • Painted Bird/Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • New Rose/Damned
  • Shadowplay/Joy Division
  • Guardian Angel/The Frozen Autumn
  • Hotel Suicide/Rabia Sorda
  • Burn/The Cure
  • Rain Machine/Dead When I Found Her
  • 3 Teeth – Dissolve (Brain Influenza remix)
  • Synapse/Linea Aspera
  • Bad Trash/Switchblade Symphony
  • Spiders/Ashbury Heights
  • Psychic Driving/Soft Metals
  • Halo/Depeche Mode
  • Dark Allies/Light Asylum
  • Darkangel/VNV Nation
  • Ground/Assemblage 23
  • Spasmolytic/Skinny Puppy
  • Where the Wild Roses Grow/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds feat. Kylie Minogue
  • The Passenger/Siouxsie and The Banshees
  • Stephen/Gene Loves Jezebel

Major changes

Well, after four years plus, our venue is closing its doors. The last Ghost House at Oak Street Speakeasy will be this Wednesday, March 5th. We are diligently searching for a new venue and suggestions or offers are welcome. We have had many awesome times at the Oak Street and wish Mac the very best in searching for a new place to open. In the meantime, we are looking for a venue that can host us in April and May, both of which were already planned out, but for the moment are in limbo.

I am constantly amazed at how much support and love this community has given us, and never thought we would outlast not only a competing night, but also the bar that hosted us. It’s a bittersweet day in Ghostland. ❤ Refugium

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