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  1. Veronique’s Erratic and Occasional ODDitory News. Mid-March 2015

    March 18, 2015 by Veronique Chevalier

    Santa Barbara, CA  |  Comedy / Steampunk / Dark Cabaret / Gothic Polka
    Members: Veronique Chevalier- Distinctive Vocal Stylings

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    eSTEAMed Springlish Greetings!

    We at The Aeroship Asylum are quite beside ourselves
    in anticipation of upcoming escapes, er, escapades,
    especially any involving con jobs, er, attending
    cons! Wonder Con Anaheim is approaching and Miss
    Charlotte and I are fast at work, planning our
    attire and baking file cakes!

    With Spring in the air and trunks to pull out of
    storage to pack, this seems the perfect “thyme”
    to dust off a treasured heirloom, and trot it out
    for your perusal. I’m referring to worthy literary
    vessel, fit to carry your MAD-emoiselle through
    the aethers of time, “International Steampunk
    Fashions”, authored by Victoriana Lady Lisa.

    Here is a bit of the description for this lovely
    tome from the Schiffer Publishing website:

    “Climb into your steam-powered time machine for
    a tour of the fashion world, steampunk style.
    This fashion backward collection features
    hundreds of intricate, creative, and visionary
    steampunk designs… Presented in high-quality
    fashion photography, the looks in this
    compendium include head-to-toe Victorian-era
    style coupled with futuristic, sci-fi concepts,
    as well as hats, jewelry, and other accessories.
    With fashions from as far away as Europe, New
    Zealand, and the Americas, this volume celebrates
    the diversity and innovators of this international
    phenomena and showcases works by contributors
    such as The League of S.T.E.A.M., Abney Park,
    Brute Force Studios, Veronique Chevalier, and
    many more… This is the book for designers,
    fans, and collectors.”

    Look for your very own La Moi in a tiny
    tintype on page 14, as well as in this more
    sizable one, included with my Biographie, on
    page 171.

    Acquire your very own copy of this beautiful
    book from AMAZON.COM

    Visit the blog of the gifted and genteel
    Victoriana Lady Lisa herself here:

    * * * Erratic Inquiries * * *

    No publication that refers to itself as “erratic”
    could be complete without an irregular Q & A
    section, so voila! Until La Moi decides against
    it, we present “Query Veronique”!

    Dear Veronique,

    Were you born mad, or was it a gradual process?

    –Curious in Cleveland

    Dear Curious,

    Merci for your succinct inquiry. One does so
    enjoy expounding about oneself, and La Moi
    happens to consider my questionable sanity
    to be my strongest suit, so in reply to your
    question, “Oui”.

    * * * Further Doings Hinted at in
    the Next Issue of ODD-itory Tidbits * * *  

    * Nevermind about the bit in the previous
    issue about this broadsheet being “less
    erratic”. The bubblegum fix for the chronometer
    doesn’t necessarily hold!

    * Details about my upcoming appearance at Wonder
    Con 2015 in Anaheim, April 3rd-5th, with Miss
    Charlotte brandishing a new-fangled cinematic

    Until the next missive, please feel free to send
    La Moi an Aetheric Telegram with questions/commets
    /kudos. Kewt kitteh pics are welcomed as well.
    (As always, complaints shall not be tolerated,
    entertained, or acknowledged)!

    With great affectation, er, affection & eSTEAM,
    MAD-emoiselle Veronique
    The Original Mad Sonictist

    “Polka goes hand-in-hand with Oktoberfest, so
    the thought of adding a spooky spin to the
    oft-lampooned genre seemed both appropriate
    and inviting…based on regional ghost stories
    & supernatural folklore, [Polka Haunt Us is]
    like part novelty – part folksy storytelling
    session”. — James Zahn, Fangoria Magazine

    “According to Veronique Chevalier, in Hell there’s
    lots of beer, no last call, and non-stop Polka…
    Fortunately for us, she also loves scary stories,
    so her Polka Haunt Us recording gives the genre
    a Transylvanian twist…” — Liisa Ladouceur, Rue Morgue Magazine

    “Like any concept album, “Polka Haunt Us: A Spook-
    tacular Compilation” is best heard in full.
    Experienced is probably the better word than
    “heard,” because even after a total listen, my
    brain still can’t quite process the awesome
    oddity of this album.” — Fallon Masterson,
    Managing Editor, SCARS Magazine

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  2. Steampunk Pin-Up (Not Porn!)

    February 24, 2013 by Veronique Chevalier

    The lovely Kato of Steampunk Couture has gone hardcore. For those who prefer to exercise their imaginations a bit more, Voila! Veronique Chevalier in Gearhearts Steampunk Glamour Revueclick here should do…

    A recent kerfuffle unfolded on facebook’s Steampunk Revolution group when a discussion was started by Steampunk R &D’‘s very own Austin Serkin on the subject of Kato’s new foray into steampunk porn, which was, ahem, examined in detail. (Well, figuratively, not literally, since her website is fee-based & Monsieur S was not inclined to pay for the opportunity to get literal with Ms. K’s newest online enterprise, Steamgirl).

    As the subject of sex is wont to do, controversy was invoked, and despite the plethora of verbiage, no consensus was reached. However, I’ve no doubt that Kato’s most devoted fans (and those who are less-imaginative) will be pleased to support her efforts.

    For the more imaginative, (as well as admirers of “skinny chicks”), who prefer their damsels slightly more-attired for purposes of fantasy, the news is good indeed! Notorious steampunk chanteuse/comedian/MC-ess/authoress/personality/model, etc. Veronique Chevalier graces the cover, as well as being featured in a full-color pictorial AND an exclusive interview within the covers of Issue # 6 of Gearhearts Steampunk Glamour Revue.

    The magazine, released by comic book publisher Antarctic Press, has a cover price of $4.99 & is available at comic retailers, or on the AC website, OR personalized/autographed copies may be ordered directly from The MAD-emoiselle One Herself by relaying a private message to her via her “Officious Facebook Fan(g) Page” here.

    (So, Gearhearts is not free either, but it’s much-less than the monthly fee that Kato’s charging to subscribe to her Steamgirl site.)

    And, finally, for those who are curious about the Kato-Does-Porn thread on Steampunk Revolution, check it out here.

    (This post originally appeared on Steampunk R & D here).

  3. * Valentine’s Kisses From Veronique!

    February 14, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    Veronique Puckers Up For Vous! [Photo © Jed Johnson]

    Wishing all mon cher ‘Fiends’ & Fan(g)s much love.
    Merci for your ongoing support of my special brand of MAD-emoiselle-ness!



  4. * Five Music Artists Most Similar To Veronique (Yeah, right…)

    February 11, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    I just was prompted by to add up to 5 musicians that I am similar to upon my profile there, to make it “easier” for potential fans to find La Moi. Yeah, right!. *Sigh* It’s not easy being me, but I gave it my best shot. If anyone has any better suggestions, feel free to let La Moi know!

    1) Edith Piaf
    2) Thomas Dolby
    3) “Weird Al” Yankovic
    4) James Douglas Morrison
    5) Frank Zappa

    (1) Edith because she was a scrapper from nowhere- an “Outsider” who made it on sheer force of will & talent, and because she’s French, and my parody of her “La Vie En Rose,” which I entitled “Escargots” is one of my signature songs!
    (2) Monsieur Thomas because he’s a brilliant artist, musician & recording engineer who inspired La Moi to write my parody of “She Blinded Me With Science” entitled “They Madden Me With Sonics”- thus originating my profession as a “Mad Sonictist”
    (3) Weird Al because he’s such an apt parodist of popular culture, and he so obviously has FUN!
    (4) Monsieur Morrison because he had the good taste to die and be buried in Paris & the most crowd-pleasing song in my rep is my cover of his “People Are Strange.”
    (5) Monsieur Zappa, because no one was as brilliantly odd, as great a satirist of pop culture, prolific & prophetic as he, and as far as I know, I am the first person to parody “Valley Girl” which I entitled “Paris Girl.”

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  5. * “Polka Haunt Us” Featured in Top 30 at CKCU FM 93.1 Radio

    February 8, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    Top 30 albums: Jan 23 – Jan 29, 2012


    2——-Frostbite——-Valentine and Other Stories of Hope
    3——-John Curran——-Masterless Men/2o Years
    4——-Jack Pine & The Fire——-Jack Pine & The Fire
    5——-Johnny Winter——-Roots
    6——-Pretty Little Death Machine——-Demo
    7——-Principal Spinach——-Persistant Resistance
    8——-Kenny Blues Boss Wayne——-Old Rock on an Old Roll
    9——-Brandon Isaak——-Bluesman’s Plea
    10——Brock Zeman——-Me Then You
    11——Jack Pine + The Fire——-Jack Pine + The Fire
    12——Kathleen Edwards——-Voyageur
    13——Lana Del Rey——-Born To Die
    14——Ray Harris——-Poorly Kept Secrets
    15——Veronique Chevalier——-Polka Haunt Us
    16——Yukon Blonde——-Tiger Talk
    17——ZAP, RINGO & NOBBY——-12″

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  6. * “After Wife Polka Tango” by Veronique & Mike Surrat Featured on Sepiachord Playlist

    February 2, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    Merci to Monsieur Jordan Bodewell of for so kindly including the track “After Wife Polka Tango,” with lyrics by Veronique Chevalier, music composed by Mike Surratt, with guest violinist Lili Haydn!

    Many other great songs and artistes on the Sepiachord Playlist for the Week Ending Jan 29th, check it all out here:

  7. * Veronique Signed to Lucky Promotions Agency!

    January 30, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    It is with great jubilation that Lucky Cohen of Lucky Promotions and The MAD-emoiselle One Herself make official their new partnership.

    From this day forward, all booking inquiries for engaging the services of Veronique Chevalier should be directed to Monsieur Cohen, who also counts among his clients:

    * Professor Elemental
    * Steam Powered Giraffe
    * Hellblinki Sextet
    * Ghostfire
    * FreakShow Deluxe

    Booking inquiries:

  8. * Radio CKCU FM-93.1 eV’s Underground Features Veronique

    January 26, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    Station: CKCU FM, located in Ontario, Canada
    Program: eV’s Underground: PIPA sucks Edition: free tracks abound
    Hosted By: e.V.
    Date: Jan. 24th, 2012

    In honour of the SOPA/PIPA fracas eV’s features 2 free to download albums. In an industry full of payola Campus-community radio remains free for you to hear artists based on their musical merit – not how deep their pockets are.

    Some Music X-Ray artists will be on the playlist tonight, including Frostbite (hour 2)and Principal Spinach

    This week Lady Death Presents: Quarterfly and their new album “Addiction”, which the band has made available free on Amazon to US residents (or to anyone who has their IP masked).

    In hours 3, 4 and 5 Righteous Rock (leaning to funk in some cases): new music from Quarterfly, Matthew Meadows, funky rock magicians Principal Spinach, a new cut from Inner Planets the soon to drop album ‘Tepin’, and Ottawa’s own Pretty Little Death Machine.

    ReverbNation Band of the Week:
    Principal Spinach

    Helsinki Spotlight Artists of the Week:

    Sepiachord Steampunk Spotlight Artist of the week:
    Veronique Chevalier (a.k.a. Weird Val)

    Can Con: Pretty Little Death Machine

    See the full posting on the show page of the CKCU website and leave a comment telling eV that “Weird Val” sent vous! 🙂

  9. * New Logo Designed for Veronique by Artist Myke Amend

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Renowned artist Myke Amend created this beautiful logo. He’s also created cover art for recordings by Abney Park & Vernian Process among others!

    In 2004 Veronique Chevalier founded Cyphyre Music LLC as an umbrella for her own creative endeavours, as well as for those of other creative kindreds, in the fields of music, live entertainment & written works.

    * Mission:
    To nurture creative spirits who defy conventional categorization.

    * Projects:
    Music Recordings- “Polka Haunt Us: A Spook-tacular Compilation”
    Live Shows- “Veronique’s Red Velvet Vaudeville Variety Show”
    Written Works- “My Cog Is Bigger Than Your Cog: Steamku & Other Verbstrocities”

  10. * Veronique to MC in San Diego w/Zoe Boekbinder & Eliza Rickman 1/27

    by Veronique Chevalier

    VERONIQUE CHEVALIER will be MC for the evening! A French-born purveyor of madcap comedy, Veronique is sure to add a most jovial element to the proceedings, featuring ZOE BOEKBINDER, with ELIZA RICKMAN.

    ZOE BOEKBINDER blazes her own trail in the world of modern singer-songwriters. Critically acclaimed nationwide, Zoe also is heralded for her cabaret-style performances with her sister Kim in the famed duo VERMILLION LIES. A native of Canada and resident of the San Francisco bay area, Zoe will be making her first major San Diego appearance at Queen Bee’s. Ms. Boekbinder’s new CD, Darling Specimens, was released in October.

    ELIZA RICKMAN is a national touring artist originally from San Diego County (Escondido). Her unique and haunting sound is reminiscent of popular vocalists FEIST, ANNIE CLARK, PJ HARVEY and KURT WEILL. Eliza’s new album is scheduled to be released in early 2012.

    Tix $10 @Brown Paper Tickets:

    Facebook Event Page:

  11. * Please Vote For Veronique in The Shorty Awards #humor Category!

    January 7, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    Nominate VeroniqueCheVAL for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate VeroniqueCheVAL for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

    Below are my responses the the interview questions. I guess they have neither a swimwear, nor an evening gown competition, so I hope this will suffice to garner your votes!
    Perma Link to this very interview:
    Link to VOTE for La Moi in the Short Awards #humor Category:
    The Shorty Interview

    with VeroniqueCheVAL

    What’s your best tweet?
    This one!
    What are six things you could never do without?
    How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
    To whore, I mean, promote La Moi as much as humanly possible, until I find a steam ‘bot who can do it for me. 😉
    What’s your favorite Twitter app?
    Twitter app? I think not! Why would I use a 3rd party item when I can use the genuine article?
    Twitter or Facebook?
    All of the above, and in that order!

    What was the funniest trend you’ve seen?
    La Moi, of course! Only I’ve not yet actually been listed as a trend, since my teleporteur is broken. But when it’s fixed, look out!

    What feature should Twitter add?
    I’d like to see “Tweet Dreams” for everyone, every night! 🙂

    Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn’t?
    Oh that’s easy! Jules Verne, H. P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, & Lucille Ball.

    What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
    I shorten nothing, in fact I lengthen. I should be awarded the Grammarians Medal of Honour for Lack of Brevity!

    Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn’t already? If so, who?
    If there is someone foolish enough NOT to follow La Moi, it’s their loss, not mine!

    Why should we vote for you?
    Because I am a charming, witty, & MAD-nifique MAD-emoiselle of steamlish inclination!

    Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?

    What’s the most interesting connection you’ve made through Twitter?
    @Kambrieldesign invited La Moi to model in the SteamCon II fashion show!

    Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?

    How do you make your tweets unique?
    With my name: Veronique = Very Unique. Voila!

    What inspires you to tweet?
    My publique yearns for nuggets of my MAD-emoiselle-ness, so who am I to disappoint them?

    Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
    Yes, but I just put earplugs in, and kept right on going!

    140 characters of advice for a new user?
    Life is Tweet!

    How long can you go without a tweet?
    Follow @VeroniqueCheVAL and find out from first-hand experience! 🙂

    What question are we not asking here that we should?
    Why does something called the “Shortys” ask so damned many questions?

    How do you imagine Twitter changing?
    If it’s modest, it would change behind a curtain. If it’s really daring, then it could change onstage during the Oscars! 😉

    Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
    La Moi. I even have a mirror by my computer to ensure maximal admiration of my clever tweetage!
    Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
    La Moi, of course! My Inner Jewish Mother is so ingrained that if I didn’t follow myself, she’d nag me to death!

    What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
    That it sounds like a gaggle of giggling schoolgirls?

    Why should people follow you?
    Because I can make them laugh so hard, they’ll squirt Earl Grey out of their nostrils AND their ears!

    Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
    Is this a trick question? If something’s “one-of-a-kind,” there can’t be “some” because that would mean there’s MORE than one!

    How do you decide what to tweet?
    I am guided by what amuses La Moi, such as the foibles and faux pas of humans, myself included!

    Why’d you start tweeting?
    Because one would not wish to miss out on the latest gadgetry for self-promo. All the cool sheeple are doing it! 😉

    Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
    It’s shortened the number of hours I’ve spent outside of tweetage.

    What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
    Make accounts for their more exotic pets. Especially arachnids. I think that cephalopods could be better represented here as well!

    How will the world change in the next year?
    Zut alors! My crystal ball, (along with as my teleporteur), is out for repairs!

    What are some big Twitter faux pas?
    Denigrating persons one has to see on a regular basis. Self-aggrandizement & tweeting the secret code to detonate all the WoMD in the world!

    What will the world be like 10 years from now?
    I don’t want to know! I’m working diligently to repair my teleporteur & intend to go to The Ancient Library of Alexandria, circa 283 BC.

  12. * Documentation Of Unusual Method To Compose Music!

    January 5, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    At last- I am vindicated! Here’s a clip featured on 60 minutes about a 12 y.o. composer/prodigy who creates his music, fully actualized, right in his head, without having advanced musical-playing technique.

    His compositions become clear as he walks along, humming and moving to the the rhythm. This is EXACTLY how I compose as well!

    Although, I won’t claim to be a prodigy, it’s reassuring to La Moi that my methodology has been validated. One shudders to imagine how many would-be composers who, although not nearly so gifted as “Blue Jay” have been ridiculed, or discouraged from following their muse, since this methodology it flies in the face of “standardized” formal musical training!


  13. * Article About “Steampunk: A Soundtrack for Blood In The Skies”

    January 3, 2012 by Veronique Chevalier

    Original Article URL:

    Steampunk Volume 1 & Volume 2
    These are the Steampunk songs and bands of the first ever Steampunk soundtrack, which was put together for G. D. Falksen’s novel The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies

    This musical compilation represents the combined work of some of the top award winning steampunk bands and musicians from across the world, who have come together to provide you with music to listen to while reading Blood In The Skies. The soundtrack also features an exclusive preview of the book, read by the author. Full track lists and artists listed below along with all the information on this fan favorite novel series.

    These are the bands and the songs that contributed to the first ever steampunk soundtrack, which was put together for G. D. Falksen’s novel The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies This musical compilation represents the combined work of some of the top award winning-steampunk bands and musicians from across the world, who have come together to provide you with music to listen to while reading Blood In The Skies. The soundtrack also features an exclusive preview of the book, read by the author. Full track lists and artists listed below along with all the information on this fan favorite novel series.

    These are the bands and the songs that contributed to the first ever steampunk soundtrack “21 Steampunk Songs for the New Year.”
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    Steampunk Volume 1

    Lullabye for Lizzie – by Hellblinki

    Steampunk Vol. 1 - Lullabye for Lizzie - by Hellblinki

    Lullabye for Lizzie – Hellblinki

    A brand new song from the Hellblinki… Broken tooth blues in a Tux, choral fantasies for agnostic angels, peg-leg waltzes on the rim of Mt. Vesuvius… Psycho-cabaret, southern fried with guerrilla operatics. Hellblinki is prone to suprise, tension, and dramatic release. Dark and experimental, Hellblinki mixes elements of American folk, European cabaret, and Punk Rock experimentation into an intoxicating brew of transcendent madness.
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    The Killer- The Magnificent Seven

    Steampunk Vol. 1 - The Killer-The Magnificent SevenBy

    The Killer by The Magnificent Seven

    All the way from Sweden, The Magnificent Seven offers dark and haunting melodies inspired by the Scandinavian melancholy and all those strange and twisted tales from the dark side of life.
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    Terpsichore by Strange Artifact

    Steampunk Vol. 1 - Terpsichore- by Strange Artifact

    Terpsichore by Strange Artifact

    Strange Artifact is the premiere steampunk band of Japan. Through 130JET’s fantastical music and MaRy’s enchanting vocals, they strive to build a better past of the future that never was.
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    Thick As Thieves -Loreli Pt. III- by Dr. Carmilla

    Thick As Thieves -Loreli Pt. III- by Dr. Carmilla<br /> --------------------...

    Thick As Thieves -Loreli Pt. III- by Dr. Carmilla

    Made in England. Solo artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Dr. Carmilla weaves songs of madness, disease and love in a dystopian future, sewn together from the threads of a post-apocalyptic past.
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    The Beer Hall In Hell – by Veronique Chevalier

    Steampunk Vol. 1-The Beer Hall In Hell - by Veronique Chevalier

    The Beer Hall In Hell by Veronique Chevalier

    From France and now living in the US, described as A Twisted Edith Piaf From An Alternate Reality, MADemoiselle Veronique also dabbles in wordplay, creating steam-friendly originals and parodies that polka fun at everything from One-Up-Cogsmanship, to Cthulhu.
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    Valentine- by Sunday Driver

    Steampunk Vol. 1-Valentine- by Sunday Driver

    Valentine by Sunday Driver

    From London and Cambridge, England, the fantastic band Sunday Driver blend together Indian and British influences from past and present with the help of a pumpkin, a melon and the skin of a goat.
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    The silent have names-by Platform One

    Steampunk Vol. 1-The silent have names-by Platform One

    The silent have names by Platform One

    From Philadelphia in the US, Platform One is darkness and dance music fused together. They combined the best of the 1880’s and the 1980’s aesthetic with relevance.
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    On a 45- by This Way to the Egress

    Steampunk Vol. 1 - On a 45- by This Way to the Egress

    On a 45 by This Way to the Egress

    Based out of Philadelphia This Way to the Egress is an Ole Tymey Gypsypunk Cabaret. With a valiant effort to bring the show back to the people they are a revolving door of musical mayhem, sideshow, burlesque, and comedy leaving a modern twist on the good old days of Vaudeville.
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    For the Killers- By Unwoman

    Steampunk Vol. 1- For the Killers- By Unwoman

    For the Killers by Unwoman

    Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and electronically arranged beats, her solo music is a futuristic homage to her classical training.
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    House of Cards- by Frenchy and the Punk

    Steampunk Vol. 1 - House of Cards- by Frenchy and the Punk

    House of Cards by Frenchy and the Punk

    Euro-American duo Frenchy and the Punk fuse raucous live guitar looping, cheeky ballads sung in English and French, danceable old-world inspired melodies and thunderous tribal-march-style drum instrumentals. Get transported to a world full of humor, theatricality, whirling dance and bohemian spirit. World cabaret served with a twist of vaudeville and a dash of steampunk flavoring rooted in folk, punk and the vineyards of southern France
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    Prologue of The Hellfire Chronicles:
    Blood In The Skies, read by the author

    Prologue of The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies, read by the author

    Prologue of The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies, read by the author.

    Chapter One of The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies, read by the author G. D. Falksen

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    Steampunk Volume 2

    Glory -Blood in the Skies Mix – by The Clockwork Dolls

    Steampunk Vol. 2 - Glory -Blood in the Skies Mix - by The Clockwork Dolls

    Glory -Blood in the Skies Mixbyby The Clockwork Dolls

    Hailing from the port of Baltimore, MD, Allison Curval and Helene de Fer began The Clockwork Dolls in 2007 with a simple idea: To create music that serves not only as a means of the listener recreation, but also as the means of story narration.
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    Goggles- by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -Goggles- by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

    – Goggles – by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing

    Old school punk rock. Like, REALLY old school. Genuine 100% actual Londoners, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing come from a past which probably never happened via a present they didn’t want. Less steampunk and more Steampunk, the British four piece mix Anarchy and Anachrony in equal measure. Expect a robot Sid Vicious covering Slayer in an 1877 East End Music Hall: a murky mix of Doctor Who, Doctor Watson and Doctored History. Not for the faint hearted or those of a delicate disposition.
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    The Cruel Intentions Of Time- by The Wet-Glass RO

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -The Cruel Intentions Of Time- by The Wet-Glass RO

    The Cruel Intentions Of Time by The Wet-Glass RO

    From Lincoln, Lincolnshire. The Wet-Glass RO, headed by the infamous Captain Caspar Byron and the genius Doctor Aegis Mutton, is a varied duo of eclectic styles and musicality. Orchestrally lead and accompanied with heavy electronic elements, the WGRO sound is a distinct blend of the old and new.
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    Railroad Track-by Imaginary Airship

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -Railroad Track-by Imaginary Airship

    Railroad Track by Imaginary Airship

    Imaginary Airship is a one-of-a-kind four piece rock outfit from Portland, Oregon. The band formed in 2006 and began to acquire a devoted fan base across the United States with their unique mixture of ambient, electronic soundscapes and melodic pop songs.
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    The Man Who Learnt To Fly-by Tom Slatter

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -The Man Who Learnt To Fly-by Tom Slatter

    The Man Who Learnt To Fly by Tom Slatter

    Tom Slatter is a composer, singer and songwriter who composes, records, plays and teaches in London, England. He released his second solo album IronBark in July 2011.
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    Blood in the skies-by Victor Sierra by

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -Blood in the skies-by Victor Sierra by

    Blood in the skies by Victor Sierra

    From France Victor Sierras transversal universe is made of sound and visual explorations and knows no limit. A powerful and imposing rhythmic set roars in the engine room of a baroque vessel sailing on a rough sea to mysterious lagoons and ice fields on fire.

    Their melodies wind up and stretch out just like furious fever peaks. Words from varied origins open up to new roads that always take you further away. On stage, Anouk, Bobs and Big Machines energies invite you to go beyond the horizon line, to be stirred in unison and to live unpredictable experiences. Victor Sierra just will not get lost on beaten tracks, they sublimate their past and look to the future.
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    Smoke & Mirrors- by GhostFire

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -Smoke &amp; Mirrors- by GhostFire

    Smoke & Mirrors by GhostFire

    The music of London band Ghostfire resonates to the debauched decadence and absinthe-fuelled anarchy of life in the 1880s. Stalking the cobbled streets, lurking in the shadows of the darkest alleyways. Dare you glance beyond the safety of the guttering gaslights to where the gin-soaked moxie plies her trade, the dipper watches his mark and the drunken sailor staggers blindly.

    This is the shadowy world of villains, rogues and rascals that the music of Ghostfire calls home.
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    Eveen- by Lifes Decay

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -Eveen- by Lifes Decay

    Eveen by Lifes Decay

    Life’s Decay is a French project, based in Paris. It was born at the beginning of 2003. Lyktwasst is the author.

    Since its creation, six main albums have been born. Until 2005, Lyktwasst was alone in the center of the project, realizing everything, from the concept to the accomplishment. In 2008 Alea joined the project a talented singer, writer and skilled at all manner of classical acoustic instruments.

    Life’s Decay has the will to create a personal universe, musically and visually, influenced by eclectic universes dark classical acoustic music, steampunk industrial, experimental pop-rock.
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    Until the End-by Escape The Clouds

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -Until the End-by Escape The Clouds

    Until the End by Escape The Clouds

    As Escape the Clouds, Mark Rossmore tells steampunk stories through music and words. Capturing sounds and influences from the world over, he combines them with modern songwriting and techniques.
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    Savior of the Skies- by The Cog is Dead

    Steampunk Vol. 2 -Savior of the Skies- by The Cog is Dead

    Savior of the Skies by The Cog is Dead

    The Cog is Dead is a steampunk band with a bit of a musical identity crisis, playing music of various styles. Their influences range from rock and roll to ragtime to russian folk music and movie scores. Along the way they have discovered several types of marvelous music which has helped to inspire their own.
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    Zeppelins – by The Absinthe Drinkers

    Steampunk Vol. 2 - Zeppelins - by The Absinthe Drinkers

    Zeppelins by The Absinthe Drinkers

    Out of Philly, The Absinthe Drinkers spawn catchy, original pop/funk/rock/whatever songs from works of literature ancient and modern. The Drinkers have funkified Baudelaire, punkified Shakespeare, and rockified a number of modern writers.
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    Chapter One of The Hellfire Chronicles:
    Blood In The Skies, read by the author

    Chapter One of The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies, read by the author

    Chapter One of The Hellfire Chronicles:
    Blood In The Skies, read by the author G. D. Falksen

    Steampunk Vol1 &amp; Vol 2 . These are the 21 Steampunk songs and bands of the first ever Steampu...
    Steampunk Volume 1 & Volume 2
    These are the 21 Steampunk songs and bands of the first ever Steampunk soundtrack.Steampunk Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. These are the 21 Steampunk songs and bands of the first ever Steampunk soundtrack, put together for G. D. Falksen’s novel The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies
    This musical compilation represents the combined work of some of the top award winning steampunk bands and musicians from across the world, who have come together to provide you with music to listen to while reading Blood In The Skies. The soundtrack also features an exclusive preview of the book, read by the author.
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    Original Article URL:

  14. * Marvelous Polka Haunt Us Fan(g) Review

    December 25, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    It is with much honour that I today received this MAD-nifique “thumbs up” from a fan, who so kindly took the time to write this review of La Moi’s “Polka Haunt Us” recording. Merci, Monsieur A. J. for your efforts and support!

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    Polka Haunt Us: A Spook-tacular Compilation” is one of those rare musical treasures that one stumbles upon randomly. The title almost has a ring of silly novelty, and even triteness to it, but don’t let that put you off.

    The list of included performers on the project is more-than impressive enough to quell any doubts the title might convey: Lili Haydn– The “Jimi Hendrix of Violin,” on the same record as CalArts Music Professor & Woodwind Expert Vinny Golia? WTF…? Polka Grammy Nominee Alex Meixner, as well Kai Kurosawa, Japanese Bass & Warr Guitar Virtuoso??

    Add to that a Norwegian Opera Diva, revered in her native land, named Elisabeth Ekornes, and toss in a Fulbright Scholar & UCLA Lecturer, named Kirk Brundage, who is the author of the ONLY fully-annotated, and academically-researched texts of Afro-Brazilian percussion in the world. Plus, many more artists & musicians I won’t even list here- Whoa! That’s some kind of crazy!

    I just HAD to listen to this record after reading that partial list of Who’s Who of diverse musical talents! And I was not disappointed. I won’t say that I understood exactly what I was hearing right away, but the work certainly has grown on me in ways I could never have imagined earlier, if I had heard someone use the word “Gothic” as a descriptor for the word “Polka.”

    Besides forcing me to reassess how musical genres are, and are not, supposed to be combined, “Polka Haunt Us,” is downright entertaining, and surprisingly appealing in a wild-ride-through-a-fun-house-hall-of-mirrors kind of way. Just when you think you recognize something familiar, (and dare I say, traditional?)- a tango, a waltz, a folk tune- without warning, portions of crazy polka spring out like an unruly jack-in-the-box, and take you on a merry side trip, only to plop you right back where you were a moment before, leaving you to shake your head and wonder if you really heard what you just heard!

    Executive Producer and “Mistressmind” (because she’s a lady & not a gent) Veronique Chevalier has truly created a timeless recording based on authentic supernatural lore from the world over, in which the indigenous music of the country of the tale’s origin is combined with polka, creating an unholy, and frightfully-unique, yet musically-satisfying, “Sonic Frankenstein.” I recommend this not only at Halloween, but any time of year, because quality music, no matter how unusual, has no expiration date.”

    — A. J. Behar, Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA

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  15. * Holiday Well-wishes To All From Veronique!

    December 23, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    ^Clickez la photo to see full-size image^


  16. * Veronique’s Music Included in “Steampunk: A Soundtrack for Blood In The Skies”

    December 20, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Out now! Steampunk is a two volume CD soundtrack for G. D. Falksen’s novel The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies. This musical compilation represents the combined work of some of the top steampunk bands and musicians from across the world, who have come together to provide you with music to listen to while reading Blood In The Skies. The soundtrack also features an exclusive preview of the book, read by the author.

    Buy Steampunk Volume 1 here for only $6.99

    Steampunk Vo.1

    Buy Volume 2 here for only $6.99

    Steampunk Vol.2

  17. * ATTN: Steampunk Music Lovers! Please donate to

    December 14, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    ATTN: All ‘Fiends’ & Fan(g)s of great Steampunk Music, please give what vous are able to help keep The Goode “EAR”ship Sepiachord afloat. It is run as a labour of love by Monsieur Captain Jordan Bodewell & Ms First Mate Jennifer Dowling.

    Visit this link scroll down to the purple “HELP SUPPORT” button. Clickez vous, & voila! Instant good karma!

  18. * The Cover of Veronique Chevalier & Walter Sickert’s book is featured on Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild!

    December 8, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    It is with great excitement that we announce that the cover of “My Cog Is Bigger Than Your Cog: SteamKu & Other Verbstrocities” has been placed in rotation amongst the covers of other steamlish books in the category of “Indie & Anthology Covers” on the Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild (S.W.A.G.) website!


  19. * Veronique’s Performance Schedule at TeslaCon 2

    November 13, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    MAD-emoiselle Veronique is ebullient to announce her schedule of public appearances/performances/spectacles of Herself at TeslaCon 2:

    * Friday, November 18th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, The Music Parlor
    * Friday, November 18th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, The Music Parlor
    * Saturday, November 19th, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, The Music Parlor
    * Saturday, November 19th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, The Music Parlor
    * Sunday, November 20th, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm, The Music Parlor

    As vous can readily see, there shall be no shortage Veroniqueness at this eSTEAMed gathering!

    What can vous expect? In addition to my warblings, attendees can also expect a plethora surprises- many of which shall no doubt be a surprise even La MAD One Herself.

    And depending up the whim of the artiste, she may possibly be persuaded to read from her soon-to-be book of Steampunk Haiku “My Cog Is Bigger Than Your Cog: Steamku & Other Verbstrocities“, and allow those deemed worthy-enough, to behold, first-hand, the full-color, retina-staining illustrations by Monsieur Walter Sickert.

    Pre-orders for the book shall be taken as well, for those interested- and believe La Moi, vous shall be verrrrrry interested in owning this book after viewing the beautiful galley.

    Alas, this year’s event is completely SOLD OUT! Those of vous who shall not be joining us “20,000 Leagues Under The Aether,” be sure to purchase your tickets for the 2012 event- “A Trip To The Moon,” as soon as they are made available. Vous shan’t want to repeat your faux pas again next year!

    * Official TeslaCon Website:


  20. * Veronique’s Polka Haunt Us Music on Wild Wilson Radio

    November 7, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Wild Wilson Show #443 Week of October 30, 2011

    Portion 2 – Running Time: 24:13 – TRACK LIST:

    Real American Hero (over the top actor)
    After Wife Polka Tango – Mike Surratt & Veronique Chevalier
    Happy Halloween
    Ghost Train – Mike Surratt & Veronique Chevalier
    Burn Remedy
    Full Moon Face Off – Alex Meixner & Veronique Chevalier
    Big Bill from the sales department
    Bubbe’s Dybbuk Polka – Jann Castor & Veronique Chevalier

    Listen to this portion of the podcast here:

  21. * Veronique’s Music on Radio Metronomik!

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Merci to Negr O Inmunsap & the folks at Radio Metromomik, broadcasting out of Mexico, as well as Spain, via the Aethernets, for including of the musical stylings of La MAD-emoiselle Herself, Veronique Chevalier, on their aurally delicious podcast!

  22. * Is Veronique “Hell Bent” OR “Heaven Sent?”

    October 6, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    View full-size flier here:

    October 15th! Hell Bent OR Heaven Sent? MADemoiselle Veronique Chevalier & Dark Glam Opera sensation, Timur & The Dime Museum in an unholy alliance with some of Portland’s most notorious musical mayhemists!

  23. * MAD V Perv-orming a Duet with Kazakh Tenor Timur Bekbosunov on Oct. 7th

    October 3, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    NUDES, er, NEWS:
    The MAD One herself shall be perv-orming a duet with the fabulous Timur Bekbosunov and his band The Dime Museum this very week:

    2220 Beverly Blvd. (Across from Brooklyn Bagel), LA 90057

    MUCCA PAZZA 11pm

    Venue Info:

    Timur & The Dime Museum Website:

  24. * It’s “Polka Haunt Us” Time Again!

    October 2, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Huzzah! It’s October & The Season Of The Witch has begun! Soon it will be Halloween! Be sure to inhale deeply of the ever-crispening, Autumn air; carve a pumpkin for your front porch (& make a pie with the innards), but most of all don’t forget to acquire a copy of my classic recording, “Veronique Chevalier’s Polka Haunt Us: A Spook-tacular Compilation.” It never goes out of season!

    * Official Website (Cover Art, Lyrics & Liner Notes available):

    * Digital downloads available on iTunes:

    * Physical CD available on CD Baby & Amazon:


  25. * Veronique Featured in Gorgeous Steamgoth Magazine “El Investigador!”

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Bonjour Chere ‘Fiends’ & Fan(g)s!

    A nefarious character calling himself Profesor Lecumberri slipped this link into my Inbox today. I can think of no better way to kick off Halloween Season than with an eyeful of Steamgoth in Spanish.

    The article about the Mad Sonics & Music of La Moi is on pages 19 & 20. There are also wonderful articles about Voltaire, Gothic Lolita, & ever morbidly maddening, dark & sundry subjects.

    Let the beastly feast commence!

    View the original post here:

  26. * Veronique’s Guest Column on “Age Of Steam” Blog

    September 22, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    I was most honoured to have been invited to write the following Guest Column. Here is the link of the original post:

    September 22, 2011 by suzannelazear

    Today we welcome MADemoiselle Veronique Chevalier.

    Veronique Chevalier is the eccentric Françican (Français-American) Chanteuse (Songstress) known as The “Weird VAL” of Dark Cabaret. She’s an unparalleled Parodist; a Steampunk-lish Chanteuse, and Spooky Polkanista, who has been described as a twisted incarnation of Edith Piaf from an alternate reality – the one in which her parents are Jim Morrison, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and her godparents are Lucille Ball and Weird Al. As a self-proclaimed “Mad Sonictist,” she takes maniacal pleasure in combining previously unrelated musical forms into new, unholy combinations. She vows to leave no genre unadulterated in her quest to create the ultimate Sonic Frankenstein. She originated the genre of “Gothic Polka”. Her twisted brand of humour hits at the core of daily reality. Being gonged off the premiere season of America’s Got Talent (which is FAKE reality) was irrefutable proof her gifts are wasted on the masses.

    What Is “Steampunk Music?”

    by Veronique Chevalier

    MADemoiselle Veronique Chevalier

    There seem to be more and more debates floating through the aethers on the subject of “Steampunk Music,” so I wrote this piece from the viewpoint that I have as an artiste. Although I have performed at numerous Steampunk events, and shall continue to do so as long as the invitations keep coming my way, I don’t call myself a “Steampunk” artiste, per say.

    I prefer the word “artiste” without any descriptors, because I create to please myself, and I appear at non-Steampunk events (Cabarets/Music Halls/Gay Venues/Burlesque Rooms) as well. I do feel very privileged and honoured that many fine folk in the community appreciate my special brand of ODDitory MADemoiselle-ness.

    However, I know that people new to the Steampunk community, as well as long-time adherents, yearn for more musical choices, so that they might have a soundtrack, as it were, to complement the aesthetics and spirit that drew them to the community initially.

    In the spirit of inclusiveness, I’d like to share a couple of invaluable resources for Steampunk-ish music. Incidentally, there is no universal agreement about what constitutes “Steampunk” music, since it commenced as a literary and aesthetic movement. However, it does seem to follow that numerous music artistes enjoyed by many Steampunks (and in whose ranks I am honoured to be included) are congregated in the following two websites:

    Gilded Age Records


    The world’s only artist collective, founded by Joshua A. Pfeiffer of Vernian Process & Evelyn Kriete, focused on musician’s combining old world aesthetics and sounds with current genres of music. Steampunk/Cabaret/Swing/Ragtime/Gypsy-Punk/Darkwave/etc.




    Founded by Jordan Bodewell, “Sepiachord is the “genre that doesn’t exist”. It is to music what “Steampunk” is to literature and cinema: something that looks back to the past to comment on the present while looking sideways at the future. A cubist aural experience. As goth & glam are the bastards of David Bowie, Sepiachord is the made from the genetic material sown by Tom Waits.

    Sepiachord is assembled like a clockwork orchestra, from such elements of music Sinister Circus, Cabaret Macabre, Chamber Pop, Organic Goth, Celtic/Gypsy Punk, Mutant Americana, Ghost Town Country It is the music our grandparents or great-grandparents would have listened to, if they were as off-set as we are.”

    “A Sepiachord Passport” released under the Projekt Records imprint, is a compilation with a generous selection of 20 tracks by as many artistes, and is an excellent way to dip one’s toe into the Steampunk Music pool. It may be ordered from the Projekt website:

    Coming late fall 2011, Steampunk is a two volume CD soundtrack for G. D. Falksen’s novel The Hellfire Chronicles: Blood In The Skies. This musical compilation represents the combined work of some of the top steampunk bands and musicians from across the world, who have come together to provide you with music to listen to while reading Blood In The Skies. The soundtrack also features an exclusive preview of the book, read by the author.

    Disc 1

    Disc 2

    With great eSTEAM,

    ~Veronique Chevalier

  27. * Veronique’s “Vampire Surprise” Included in June Sepiachord Playlist

    June 14, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier


    Playlist for the Week Ending June 12th, 2011

    Veronique Chevalier: Vampire Surprise

    Eli August: Vanish

    Siouxsie and the Banshees: Rawhead & Bloody Bones

    The Gloria Darlings: This House

    Rhubarb Whiskey: Heart on Her Sleeve

    Curtis Eller’s American Circus: Hide that Scar

    This Way to the Egress: Gypsy Shoe

    Bakelite 78: Katie Dear

    Clare Fader: Queen

    The Dad Horse Experience: I Saw the Light

    16 Horsepower: I See What I Saw

    Vernian Process: Vagues de Vapeur

    Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: What’ll I Do?

    Alice Cooper: Crazy Little Child

    Munly & the Lee Lewis Harots: The Denver Boot Redux

    Birdeatsbaby: Rosary

    Diable Amoreux: The Town Rat & the Country Rat

    Di Nigunim: The Town Rat & the Country Rat

    Baby Gramps & the Back Swamp Potioners: Shanghai Lil

    Victor Sierra: Pale Golden Flecks

    Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha: Viratulet

    Ando Ehlers: Damsel

    Not Waving But Drowning: Processional

    Cop Shoot Cop: Hung Again


  28. * Veronique Featured on WAIR- Wicked Awesome Internet Radio

    June 4, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Run by Brian Donovan, WAIR: Wicked Awesome Internet Radio, plays the best unsigned music from some of the worlds hottest unsigned artists, and he’s chosen to spotlight my “Internet Date” song track.

    Here is the link to his post:

    Here is the video of “Internet Date”:

    Monsieur Brian has excellent taste to include La Moi, non?

  29. * More Notices of “A Sepiachord Passport” Compilation with Veronique Mentioned!

    May 19, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    This compilation, “A Sepiachord Passport” features performers from around the world with a common passion for steampunk music. More than just a fashion statement or a convention theme, the notion of steampunk extends into the music realm with a blending of the avant-garde, theatrical, and fantastical tones of gypsy punk, circus blues, and dark cabaret.

    The 20-track album is full of surprises – some eerily outlandish and other resoundingly pleasant. With contributions by established acts with crossover appeal, like Black Tape for a Blue Girl (with guest vocals by Nicki Jaine), this album is at least worth a listen – even if only to understand how neo-vaudeville/steampunk music sounds.

    The Clockwork Dolls and Veronique Chevalier are also presences worth mentioning, for being steampunk scene attention grabbers and having appeared at the Steampunk World’s Fair in New Jersey. Both acts are clearly praised for representing the steampunk sub-genre of music.

    There are also many Seattle bands that add their own local flair to the mix. Though surely an acquired taste, this collection is an excellent introduction for those uneducated on the unique breadth of steampunk music. – Alison

    “A Sepiachord Passport” is available from the Projekt Records website:

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    A Blog About Everything about Goth & Dark Culture

    Sepiachord is a relatively new term in the Goth scene, made increasingly popular by Projekt’s compilation release The Sepiachord Passport (which “presents twenty(!) songs that meld dark cabaret, gypsy punk, neo-folk, twisted waltzes and circus blues with pop, rock, hip-hop, world music and the avant-garde”).

    The website Sepia Chord describes the genre thusly: “It is to music what ‘steampunk’ is to literature and cinema: something that looks back to the past to comment on the present while looking sideways at the future… As goth & glam are the bastards of David Bowie, Sepiachord is made from the genetic material sown by Tom Waits. Sepiachord is assembled like a clockwork orchestra, from such elements of music as Sinister Circus, Cabaret Macabre, Chamber Pop, Organic Goth, Celtic/Gypsy Punk, Mutant Americana, Ghost Town Country.”

    Musicians whose music could be termed ‘sepiachord’ include: Toy-Box Trio, Blackbird Orchestra, Bat Country, Tiger Lillies, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Circus Contraption, Veronique Chevalier, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Sxip Shirey, Rhubarb Whiskey.

    Original Blog Post Here:

  30. * MAD Veronique’s Upcoming 2011 Perv-ormances

    May 15, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    * July 22, 23, 24, 2011
    PDX Gear Con
    Crowne Plaza Hotel
    Portland, Oregon

    * August 27 & 28, 2011
    Pyrate Daze
    Embassy Suites
    Santa Ana, CA

    * September 16,17, 18, 2011
    Courtyard Marriott/
    Central MA Expo Center
    Fitchburg, MA

    * October 21, 2011
    Carnivale Delerium
    Location TBA
    Chicago, IL

    * November 18, 19, 20, 2011
    Sheraton Hotel
    Madison, WI

  31. * Friday The 13th: Veronique’s “Vampire Surprise” Featured on Six Feet Plus Radio!

    May 14, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    6’+ (Six Feet Plus) Radio Episode 04:
    You Don’t Need A License (To Drive A Stake)
    Release Date: May 13th, 2011

    The V word. Vampires. Once the inspiration for a thousand Halloween costumes, now they’re the inspiration for a million bad YA novels. But there are those who remember that vampires can be scary. For this episode of 6?+, we salute you, nosferatu.

    Vous are cordially commanded to listen at your leisure!

    Download Show Here:

    Listen on the Six Feet Plus website here:

    Band: The Vooduo
    Song: “Drink Your Blood”
    Band: Horror Story
    Song: “Vampires…”
    Band: The Dark Shadows
    Song: “Sleeping With A Vampire”
    Band: The Phantom Cowboys
    Song: “Transylvanian Girl”
    Band: Teenage Bottlerocket
    Song: “They Came From The Shadows”
    Band: The Dead Next Door
    Song: “The Vampire Beast Craves Blood”
    Band: The Creeping Cruds
    Song: “I, Vampire”
    Band: Veronique Chevalier
    Song: “Vampire Surprise”
    Band: The Brickbats
    Song: “Too Many Vampires”
    Band: Hola Ghost
    Song: “Night of the Vampire”
    Band: Famous Monsters
    Song: “Vampire Cosmonaut”
    Band: The Demon Seeds
    Song: “Bloodsucker’s Lament”
    Band: Koffin Kats
    Song: “A Vampire’s 2084?
    Band: Calabrese
    Song: “Vampires Don’t Exist”

    Add the 6’+ Facebook Fan Page Here:

  32. * Veronique Chevalier Featured Artist on “The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog”

    May 11, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Featured Artist: Veronique Chevalier

    Direct URL to original post on “The Steampunk Traveler”:

    Posted By Traveler on 5. Mai 2011

    Veronique Chevalier is the eccentric Françican (Français-American) Chanteuse (Songstress) known as The “Weird VAL” of Dark Cabaret.

    She’s an unparalleled Parodist; a Steamy Chanteuse, and Spooky Polkanista, who has been described as a campy incarnation of Edith Piaf from a parallel universe – the one in which her parents are Jim Morrison, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and her godparents are Lucille Ball and Weird Al.

    As a self-proclaimed “Mad Sonictist,” she takes maniacal pleasure in combining previously unrelated musical forms into new, unholy combinations. She vows to leave no genre unadulterated in her quest to create the ultimate Sonic Frankenstein…

    She originated the genre of “Gothic Polka”. Her twisted brand of humour hits at the core of daily reality. Being gonged off the premiere season of America’s Got Talent (which is FAKE reality) was irrefutable proof her gifts are wasted on the masses.

    This sums it up better than I ever could. Veronique really is one of a kind and when she introduced herself to me and I checked out her music, I first did not know what to expect. I did not expect what I found either…

    Yes, this is a very unique and thoroughly weird style, Veronique has developed. It is also curiously, even frighteningly appealing.

    Very danceable tunes for various different styles alternate with songs best listened to in a comfortable chair with a glass of fine absinthe or wine in your hand.

    I also find the images the lyrics creat in in your mind fascinating. The Beer Hall in Hell in particular would make an excellent place for a lighthearted Steampunk adventure featuring intrepid explorers wearing Pickelhauben like this one:

    Soldier with Bavarian Pickelhaube

    This is a Bavarian Pickelhaube, the Prussians were not the only ones, despite what some people think…

    Veronique Chevalier truely is a weird mistress of music, she delivers everything the description on her official page promises…Oh dear, I guess one day I really have to cross the ocean again and see all those wonderful Steampunk artist and musicians of the New World…

    I digress.

    Veronique Chevalier’s music is a unique and very refreshing experience. Each track is an accoustic adventure and you never know what too expect, and this, I am convinced, is just how the good lady wants it…

    Ten out of ten zeppelins, and those zeppelins really have a weird colour scheme and follow an odd course…

  33. * MADemoiselle Veronique Confirmed for PDX Gear Con, July 22-24, 2011

    May 9, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    July 22-24
    Portland GEAR Con
    Portland’s Gaslight Explorers, Adventurers, & Romantics Convention


    Portland’s Gaslight Explorers, Adventurers, & Romantics Convention is a celebration of Steampunk and neo-Victoriana in the Pacific Northwest, taking place over three days in Portland, Oregon. Members of the public can register to meet fellow enthusiasts, attend presentations and workshops, meet authors and other steampunk community luminaries, shop for costumes and other goods, enjoy musical and variety performances, and much more.



    Photo of Veronique © Ves Pitts



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    and a host of others

    with appearances from our honored guests


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    Crowne Plaza Portland
    1441 NE 2nd Avenue
    Portland, OR 97232

    What is Steampunk?
    Steampunk is a retro-futuristic subgenre of speculative fiction, set in or thematically referring to an alternate Victorian period during which the technologies of the Industrial Revolution achieve fantastic sophistication and power. It is also an aesthetic inspired by said literary phenomenon, expressed in art, fashion, music, motion pictures, handcrafts, and other media. The name was coined as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Cyberpunk, another science fiction subgenre.
    How do I register?
    Adults and teenagers 14+ register for all three days of Portland GEAR Con by paying the PayPal button on our registration page, signifying that they have read and agreed to our convention policies and code of conduct.
    If you are paying for multiple passes, please use PayPal’s “note to seller” feature to provide the names and email addresses of attendees other than the purchaser. All pre-registered tickets will be available at the Will Call desk.

    more about our featured personae

    Record reviewer, musician interviewer and Chief Officer; Steampunk University faculty; role-playing game scribe and commentator at Jordan is one of the leading voices in the ongoing debate over the question, “what does steampunk sound like?”

    Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing–and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.


    Veronique Chevalier is the eccentric Françican (Français-American) Chanteuse (Songstress) known as The “Weird VAL” of Dark Cabaret.
    She’s an unparalleled Parodist; a Steamy Chanteuse, and Spooky Polkanista, who has been described as a campy incarnation of Edith Piaf from a parallel universe – the one in which her parents are Jim Morrison, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and her godparents are Lucille Ball and Weird Al.
    As a self-proclaimed “Mad Sonictist,” she takes maniacal pleasure in combining previously unrelated musical forms into new, unholy combinations. She vows to leave no genre unadulterated in her quest to create the ultimate Sonic Frankenstein…
    She originated the genre of “Gothic Polka”. Her twisted brand of humour hits at the core of daily reality. Being gonged off the premiere season of America’s Got Talent (which is FAKE reality) was irrefutable proof her gifts are wasted on the masses.

    Jennifer Dowling of is a graphic designer, performer, photographer, seamstress, but most of all- Dreamer. When she isn’t in the spotlight, she is behind the stage helping out. She has been creating and entertaining for over 18 years. Her work has been showcased internationally on her many websites, but recently most events are in Seattle, WA.


    M.K. Hobson was born in Riverside, California, but grew up in Portland, Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon, where she ran Catalyst Films (the campus film society), helped launch The Student Insurgent (a radical progressive ‘zine that’s still being published) and drove night-shift cab in nearby Springfield, Oregon. After graduating with a degree in English and Communications, she moved to Hiroshima, Japan to teach English. Returning to the United States two years later, she purchased The Northwest Neighbor, a community newspaper founded by legendary Portland mayor Bud Clark. She ran the paper for several years before moving on to a career in the field of corporate communications, working with Fortune 500 clients in the fields of retirement and healthcare.
    Currently, she is one of the co-hosts of Podcastle, the acclaimed short fiction podcast. She lives in Oregon City, Oregon with her husband and daughter.


    The fiend holding the scissors is Kimberly May King, a madwoman for historical fashion in Portland, Oregon. As a very young lady she gravitated toward daring and scandalous pursuits — not one for humble beginnings, her very first sewing project was a custom corset. In the years since, she has further debauched herself by immersion in dressmaking, theatrical costuming, Victorian wardrobe both faithful and fanciful, and ever-more-elaborate corsetry. (I hear she even grinds her own bones — the very thought!)
    Rumor has the girl they call Scissorfiend continuing to flout decency by producing everyday apparel, occasional wear, accessories, and handbags for clientele of certain . . . inclinations. Not content to fall only so far, she has even learned the tricks of the milliner’s trade; it is whispered that she will indulge herself for hours over steam, block, and ribbon, abandoning herself unreservedly to obsession and delight.


    Jay Lake has been described as one of the rising stars of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Since first appearing on the scene in late 2001, he has seen over 240 short stories published, along with seven novels out, and three more forthcoming over the next few years. His work has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and significant recognition within the science fiction and fantasy field. He has won two of the most prestigious awards in science fiction and been nominated for numerous others.
    Lake was born and raised overseas as the son of a United States diplomat. His childhood experiences in Asia, African and Europe have given him a wealth of cultural and geographical detail to draw from when creating exotic settings and strange situations. He has, after all, lived them. His professional career has been in advertising and marketing for the high technology field, which gives Lake a lifetime of exposure to technology issues and trends. Taken together, these go a long way to explaining his choice of writing fields.
    Lake is a frequent guest at writing conferences and conventions, where his readings are well attended. He also workshops with newer writers, paying forward all the help and mentoring he has received and continues to benefit from. With his distinctive attire and quirky, improvisational humor, Lake is a familiar figure and a fan favorite all over the West Coast.
    He also maintains a blog which has been ranked as a top 25 science fiction blog. There Lake talks about writing, photography, politics, his journey through cancer, his experiences as a parent, as well as posting travelogs of his trips to some unlikely destinations, such as a recent outing to a long-abandoned Titan I missile silo. Lake also regularly posts online reprints of his older work, and a biweekly podcast consisting of recorded readings, panels and interviews conducted during his travels.
    Today Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on multiple writing and editing projects. His 2007 book Mainspringreceived a starred review in Booklist. His 2009 novels are Green [Amazon ] from Tor Books, Madness of Flowers [ Amazon ] from Night Shade Books, and Death of a Starship from MonkeyBrain Books. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. Jay can be reached through his Web site at

    Andrew Mayer has spent sixteen years involved with every facet of game design and production, bringing his unique insight and skills to companies such as Sony, Time/Warner, PlayFirst, Zynga, The Learning Company, 2K Boston, and more.He has been a creative force behind numerous best-selling titles, turning his unique insights in player participation and interaction into highly successful projects spanning a variety of genres and media, including online, television, and retail.As a designer and producer he provided original concepts for the wildly successful “Petz” brand, one of the first true “Social Games.” He also created numerous unique titles based on top brands, including Batman, Scooby-Doo, the Powerpuff girls, Diner Dash, Tonka Toys, Reader Rabbit, Mavis Beacon, and many more.As a writer Andrew has completed numerous short stories and a Steampunk Superhero novel. He also co-wrote the script for THE LEGEND OF ZORRO, which was released for the Wii. In 2008 his short comic “OM NOM NOM”was published by Dark Horse as the first new story for Creepy Magazine in almost 20 years. Expect to see more published work in the near future.Andrew is currently working as a consultant in social games and virtual goods, focused on working with game publishers and developers to help them create successful, original social game titles and integrate effective development, monetization, and community strategies. He has worked with top social game companies including Zynga, Meteor, Mob Science, and Hands On, as well as core game companies such as 2K Boston and EA/Bioware.


    Noah Mickens has produced, directed, and starred in five independent circus troupes over the past 10 years (Cicuri Curajul, The 999 Eyes ov Endless Dream, Societas Insomnia, Batty’s Hippodrome, and Wanderlust Circus); as well as directing the new opera Queen of Knives with Eric Stern, a butoh version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Mizu Desierto, and the dark fairytale operetta Bogville with Tiare Tashnick; sitting on the board of directors for 2Gyrlz Performative Arts; serving as booker and promoter of Someday Lounge, Rotture, Branx, The Jasmine Tree, and the Hippodrome Circus Arts Center; performing with the butoh troupe P.A.N., experimental theater group Implied Violence, ritual performance project Soriah, and numerous others; playing percussion with bands such as Nequaquam Vacuum and The Steve MacKay Ensemble; and MC-ing shows from Sinferno Cabaret to The Bite of Oregon. His work has been the subject of innumerable newspaper and magazine articles, television and radio shows, and government investigations. He’ll take you off like a Saturday.

    Devon Monk writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series, the Age of Steam steampunk series, and the occasional short story. She has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by colorful and numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She has sold over fifty short stories to magazines and anthologies in five different countries, including a Year’s Best Fantasy collection. When not writing, Devon is either knitting strange things, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration.

    Cherie Priest is the author of ten novels, including the steampunk pulp adventures Dreadnought, Clementine, and Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot for Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor; and three novellas published by Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, she is a newly minted member of the Wild Cards Consortium – and her first foray into George R. R. Martin’s superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the frame story), will debut in 2011. Cherie’s short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird Tales, Subterranean Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and the Stoker-nominated anthology Aegri Somnia from Apex. Though she spent most of her life in the southeast, she presently lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and a fat black cat.

    Phyllis Irene Radford, aka P.R. Frost, aka C.F. Bentley, has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species, a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon, she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon, where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck.A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family, she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between.Her signal corps brother has launched several communications satellites on the shuttle. Watching those launches got her hooked on the ideal of humans reaching out into the universe.Phyl has edited or co-edited several of BVC’s anthologies, including the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund benefit book Breaking Waves and the Shadow Conspiracy steampunk books. Please visit her BVC Bookshelf for more about her and her work, and to read her free short stories and flash fiction.


    As a professor of natural philosophy, presenter of experimental conjuring, and exhibitor of legerdemain, Professor DR Schreiber evokes the spirit of early magical performances. His audiences experience illusion and mystery in the same way that 18th, 19th, and early 20th century aristocrats, nobles and elite would have seen it, in their home, mansion, or estate with a private demonstration. Professor DR Schreiber brings parlor magic back into parlors.
    Professor DR Schreiber is Danny Schreiber, a Portland, OR-based magic historian, performer, and teacher for young magicians. He is the Vice President of the Portland Assembly of Society of American Magicians, a member of the Portland Society of Magicians and the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle), as well as a certified mentor for the Society of Young Magicians, Salem and Portland chapters. Schreiber uses his long career in television producing and years of working as a cast member at Disneyland to enhance the all around entertainment experience for his audiences.


    Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, is a one-man information clearinghouse about all things steampunk. His website and Twitter feed are a constantly-updating directory of global steampunk happenings, and his in-depth event reportage, editorials, and interviews cement his position as steampunk’s cultural curator.


    San Francisco’s Unwoman, also known as Erica Mulkey, creates darkly beautiful music, a powerful collage of vocals, cello, and electronics. Matthew Heilman of writes, “Her style ranges from a kind of experimental trip hop to swirling darkwave atmosphere with just enough static and noise to give it that extra technical punch.”
    In July 2005 Unwoman published
    Wildness & Artifice, a wholly original double-CD featuring a full disc of material in a similar vein to her debut Knowledge Scars, plus a bonus acoustic piano-vocal CD. At the end of 2007 Unwoman released Blossoms, an utterly gorgeous album featuring original electro-acoustic works on the first half, and acoustic (mostly cello-vocal) compositions based on poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay on the second half. In 2008, struck with a rush of inspiration, Unwoman composed the six-song Trouble EP. Then in the Fall of 2009, Unwoman released The Keys as a 15-track download plus antique key. Unwoman has just finished a full-length album, Casualties featuring 16 songs, all written after Blossoms was released.
    In April 2009 Erica toured with
    Voltaire as part of his Skeletal Orchestra. Prior to that she performed inRasputina at Convergence 12 in New Orleans and in part of their June 2006 US tour, in which she also opened solo. She currently plays cello with Stripmall Architecture (formerly Halou), Eliza Rickman, andVernian Process, and has also shared the stage with Abney Park, HUMANWINE, Attrition, Jill Tracy,Falling You, and improvised aural alchemy with Paul Mercer’s The Ghosts Project. She often performs solo, with or without laptop accompaniment, in the Bay Area and all over North America, appearing at festivals and conventions for steampunks, sci-fi fans, vampires, anarchists, goths, and anyone else.

    Diana Vick is vice chair, creative director, and co-founder of Steamcon, one of the largest steampunk conventions held thus far. For the past several years, she has been speaking on the topic of steampunk at many conventions across the country, beginning with the infamous “guerilla steampunk panel” that she instigated at Dragoncon in Atlanta. She has been interviewed by Women’s Wear Daily Fast, and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, and appeared on King Five News. She has written many articles and guest blogs on the subject of steampunk and has many more in the works. She has a few short stories and serials in the works as well. One of her steampunk costumes took grand prize in the masquerade at Orycon in 2009. Even her art has taken a decidedly steampunk direction lately and you can find examples of this on her Zazzle site at To find more of her art, costumes and articles, you may go to
    European Cabaret! Vintage Americana! Balkan Belly Dance! Neo-Classical Opera! Old World Yiddish Theater! Welcome to the six-piece, Portland, Oregon-based Vagabond Opera.
    Based in the Pacific Northwest, yet encompassing the world, Vagabond Opera delivers passionate offerings of Bohemian cabaret. Paris hot Jazz, gut bucket swing, Tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, Klezmer and vigorous originals meet a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich. Weaving elements of Kurt Weil, Duke Ellington and Edith Piaf with absurdist flair, theatrics and an old world mood, Vagabond Opera presents the new wave of opera–lusty (trained) voices singing in 15 languages and presenting a cabaret of rich musical phrasing, sparkling lyrics and indomitable stage presence, all played with exuberance, skill and a gritty Vagabond edge. This is Opera liberated and reinvented for everyone.
    The band’s lineup features trained operatic tenor and soprano vocals, accordion, tenor and alto saxophones, cello, stand-up bass, drums, and, when the mood is right, a burlesque hoola-hooping fire performer.
    Vagabond Opera has been featured in Jazziz Magazine, shared stages and players with The Decembrists, Pink Martini, Al Franken and the Oregon Symphony. Vagabond opera has two full length albums.


    Artists have dabbled in Steampunk’s Scientific Romance, Neo-Victorian and Gothic Horror themes throughout the history of modern music, but none of them were created with the express intent of creating Steampunk music . . . until the year 2003. Enter Vernian Process, the San Francisco-based progenitor of the Steampunk music scene – inspiring a cadre of artists worldwide to find musical expression through retrofuturism. The band’s moniker is inspired by the forefather of Steampunk himself: science fiction author Jules Verne. By fusing sounds and styles spanning over two centuries with the themes of an alternate Victorian timeline,” Vernian Process musically captures the surreal and gritty essence of Steampunk culture. Their latest album, Behold the Machine (released October 1, 2010), has already sold hundreds of copies to an audience spanning the globe from the United States and the UK to Russia and Australia.


    The ways of the Circus are older than the nightclubs, older than the banks, older than the cities. These most ancient of performative traditions have always existed just slightly to the left of the Mundane World. Now, at the first flickering of the 21st Century, our piebald clan is shedding its skin and remaking itself in the funhouse mirror image of The Second Great Depression.
    To aid and abet this glorious rebirth, Wanderlust has established itself as the premiere circus operation in The City of Roses, helmed by Noah Mickens and Nick “The Creature” Harbar. Acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, stilt dancers, trick ropers, jugglers and jazz-bos, crooners and clowns – these arts are our chosen creed, our map through the wilderness.
    Ours is the story of an immortal carnie family blessed and cursed to live forever on The Endless Road. The logic of dreams pervades the action onstage and the lives of the characters backstage, and from those artifices to the True World of performer and audience.
    2011 marks the further refinement of this fabulist fairytale revue into a pair of new forms. In both cases our new-broke trail leads Wanderlust Circus to a more complete synthesis with music – one embracing the breakneck madcappery of the 1920s novelty bands, one laying its root deep in the ecstatic ghetto of the Dubstep Massive.
    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, beloved Cousins of the Spirit. Wanderlust will persist in presenting countless shows of all sizes and styles, in any room we may squeeze ourselves into, for any audience with eyes to see. We will not rest until the whole of the world has been entertained.

    NOTE: This post is a slightly altered re-print of a post in the blog of
    Wanderlust Circus at this URL:

  34. * Please “FOLLOW” @VeroniqueCheVAL on Twitter!

    April 30, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Oui! Oui! In my true, ongoing quest to be one of the top Cyber-whores, I am SpreadingTheDisease (STD) that’s my own Special Brand of Madness, far & wide!

    Vous are cordially commanded to “FOLLOW” VeroniqueCheVAL.

    See? That’s not so very difficult!

    Merci beaucoup!

  35. * Archive of Volver de la Magia Radio Show Featuring Veronique

    April 24, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier


    eSTEAMed Greetings once again, Chere ‘Fiends’ & Fan(g)s!

    If vous missed the April 21st live broadcast of The Charlie Chaplin Tribute Show on Volver de la Magia Radio, here’s your opportunity to take a listen at your leisure. It’s in Spanish, but the music, from an array of international artistes, transcends language!

    Download the episode here:

    Or play it online here:

    PLAYLIST PROGRAMA Nº 497 (23-04-2011)

    Especial Homenaje a Charles Chaplin
    122 Aniversario

    Musica: Polka Dark Cabaret Steampunk, Dramatic Dark Cabaret Avant-Garde, Opera Dark Cabaret Vaudeville Circus, Romantic Ballad, Hard Rock, Neo-Cabaret, Gypsy Steampunk Dark Cabaret

    1 “The Beer Hall In Hell” – VERONIQUE CHEVALIER
    Album: “Polka Haunt Us”

    2 “Neigung zum Nichts” – ANGIZIA
    Album: “Kokon – Ein Schauring-schones Schachtelstuck”

    3 “Chaplin Nonsense Song” – VAGABOND OPERA
    Album: “Get the Train”

    4 “Te Propongo” – SANDRO
    Album: “Sandro Lo Mejor” (Argentina-1969)

    5 “Just a Gigolo/ I Ain’t Got Nobody”” – DAVID LEE ROTH
    Album: “Crazy From the Heat” EP (USA-1985)

    6 “Stuck with you” – VOLTAIRE & AMANDA PALMER
    Album “Oooky Spooky”

    7 “Vaudeville Voodoo” – THE GYPSY NOMADS
    Album: “Happy Madness”

  36. * Veronique’s Music To Be Broadcast In Argentina!

    April 18, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Buenos Dias mes amis (Greetings my friends)!

    MAD V is most honoured to have her music played on Argentina’s “Volver de las Magia” Radio Station on Friday, April 22, 9 pm PST.

    Hosts McKland and Deborah are dedicating this broadcast to the 122nd anniversary of the birth of “The Little Tramp”- beloved iconic actor/director/composer Charlie Chaplin, so I am especially honoured to be included in this show!

    Please tune in and enjoy the sonic offerings, which include (but are not limited to):

    Gothic/ Darkwave
    Dark Cabaret/ Steampunk/ NeoCabaret Avant-Garde
    Symphonic Gothic Metal
    Viking Folk Pagan Metal
    Neofolk/ Dark Folk/ Folk Noir/Apocalyptic Folk
    New Wave/ Retro 80’s & 90’s
    Oldies/ Notalgies/ Tango
    EBM/ Dark Electro/ Industrial/Harsh
    Death Rock/ Post-Punk
    Celtic/ Folk Rock

  37. * MAD Veronique “Steampunk Culture” Interview on KNSD “Sound Diego” Blog

    February 21, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Bonjour chere ‘Fiends’ & Fan(g)s!

    During the course of my evening as Em Ceess (Mistress of Ceremonies) for “Voyages Extraordinaires”, a steampunk extravaganza, featuring live music, vendors, food, libations and art, with headliners Abney Park, at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center in San Diego, on Saturday, February 12th, 2011, videographer Marc Balanky from KNSD Sound Diego, the NBC Television affiliate station’s blog, conducted a short interview with La Moi about my views on the Steampunk Phenomenon.

    The music in this video is by San Diego-based band Tragic Tantrum, featuring the beautiful Zoe Tantrum, a prolific musical artiste and creative powerhouse.

    Other acts shown in the video include Shovelman, a mysterious, itinerant spinner of yarns and instrumentalist of rusty, electronically-modified farm impliments; San Diego’s Steam Powered Giraffe, musical comedy robotic mime troupe, as well as Elective Surgery, San Diego-based performers who present monthly shadowcasts of “REPO: The Genetic Opera”.

    Steampunk culture is gaining more and more attention from the media, and is capturing the imaginations of ever greater numbers of followers. I think H.G. Wells & Jules Verne would be astonished at what their imaginations have wrought!

  38. * Happy Natal Date, Monsieur Jule Verne, February 8, 1828

    February 9, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Happy Birthday, chere Monsieur V!!!
    Jules Verne – Natal Date: 8 February, 1828

  39. * Abney Park in San Diego, with Veronique + More, Feb. 12th!

    January 20, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Vous are cordially invited on Saturday, Feb. 12th, 2011

    Pueblo Estrella Music Presents: Voyages Extraordinaires, Queen Bee’s, San Diego.

    * * ALL AGES!!! * *

    MC & Host: Veronique Chevalier!

    + Abney Park
    + Steam Powered Giraffe
    + The Tragic Tantrum
    + Shovel Man
    + Fire Dancers
    + Belly Dancers
    + Food
    + Prizes
    + Alcohol for 21 & over with ID

    Tickets: $25 – Purchase here:

  40. * Veronique’s “Cthulhu” Sepiachord Song Of The Day 1/9/2011

    January 11, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    Here is Mr. Bodewell’s post on the subject:

    “Cthulhu” by Veronique Chevalier is the Sepiachord Song of the Day.
    Here are two videos of her performing the song at the 2010 Steampunk World’s Fair:

    This one has better sound quality & includes the intro:

    In this one you can actually hear Mr Bodewell & Lady Adderly giggling:


  41. * “The Steampunk Chronicle” Reviews “A Sepiachord Passport”

    December 14, 2010 by Veronique Chevalier

    Travels With the Sepiachord Passport
    by DoctorQ

    For those who are unfamiliar, I must take a moment to tell you all of the wonderful folks of Sepiachord. Cpt. Jordan Bodewell (aka Jordan Block) and his crew of fellow musicians on this collection scour the length and breadth of the ether and broadcast the strange and wonderful findings to all who visit their port of call,

    As an arranger of musical oddities myself, I must say that this place is a regular travel destination for me, and so when they produced the Sepiachord Companion anthology last year, I grabbed it and was delighted. Thus, I have eagerly awaited this year’s audio collection – A Sepiachord Passport – and I am happy to say it did not disappoint. 

    Some artists on the collection I was well familiar with. Others only from Cpt. Bodewell’s website, making this compilation one of the few ways I knew to acquire such new and unique sounds. So while the album is billed a passport, my only real criticism is that it still felt decidedly like the travels were simply around America, with the occasional jaunt to the U.K. for a few tracks. Though after opening the cover, I have to say I was very impressed with the interior design and look of the CD as a whole. Very clever, and with that I was ready to disembark.

    It opens with “Roll Up” by the Tiger Lilies, which is notable as the band is rarely ever on compilations. Walter Sickert and His Army of Broken Toys’ addition of “Off With Her Head!” informs the ear of the quirky, enjoyable, and sometimes spooky songs to come. Bakelite 78’s slow tempo “Aurora Ave Motel” was a quick visit from this band I’ve heard so much about, and it simply made me wish for a more extended stay. Next, Bat Country’s “Knockin’ On My Coffin” picked up the pace and was easily among my favorite selections on the compilation. “Thief Song” by Miss Mammie Lavona The Exotic Mulatta and her White Boy Band was one part torch song, one part humorous toe-tapping delight.

    As the travels continue, Nathaniel Johnstone and the Brazilian Surf Mafia take us along the “Scarlet Carpet Interstate, Part One.” I should note that Nathaniel’s musical work is often heard on Abney Park; so having his solo band featured on this compilation was a treat. I own this whole album, and I regret to say I have still not heard Part Two to this piece. Next, Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau’s “Early Chill” is an enjoyable, but still down-tempo, vaudevillian affair.

    Now, I must pause to relate that hearing “If I Told You Once” was a real treat. Circus Contraption is among one of my favorite bands, and so this compilation’s release gives us one of the last releases from the band, and did not disappoint. Following it, we have Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band’s “Kibosh On Your Scene,” which is one of my favorite tracks from the band’s debut release and I was pleased to see it featured here. I should note, in passing, that many of the bands on this passport require two stamps to spell.

    The next two tracks give us two female vocal artists, Veronique Chevalier’s “The Dance Master” and The Clockwork Dolls’ “The Ballad of Black Jack Jezebel” were excellent additions to round out the midway point on this twenty track trip. Turning the ship back home, the somber sounds of the Blackbird Orchestra’s “Hollowland,” broken up briefly by the American debut of the famed U.K. steampunk band The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing’s “Charlie” (another favorite of mine, and am happy to see on this compilation), and then returning to the dark sounds of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s “Rotten Zurich Cafe.” Nicki Jane’s vocals make it a song that really resonates for those who love the dark cabaret sounds Projekt Records are so famed for. 

    Jaunting back across the pond for another American debut, Professor Elemental gave us “Sweet Cold Consolation,” a track if you needed just one reason to add this CD to your collection – the Professor is it. And following it is Sxip Shirey’s “Mehenatta,” a song so toe-tappingly eclectic I think its instrumental oddity will be floating in my head for days… in a good way. The infectious beat continues with The Peculiar Pretzelmen’s “Hammer Nails” track… there’s something about woodwinds and banjo that I just can’t get enough of.

    We slow down to the end of our trip with the final two tracks. “Lilacs from Canada” by Rhubarb Whiskey and “The Last Waltz” by The Magnificent Seven match the pace back to the album’s earlier slower rhythms, with the “Waltz” track being among the best of the slower songs on the compilation. Closing out the journey is Toy Box Trio with their usual ephemeral toy piano tones to bring this strange voyage to a close. 

    Overall, this compilation was a solid addition to Cpt. Bodewell’s prior release, and I can easily recommend it to any who love the music so well embraced by the vaudevillian, neo-burlesque, and steampunk communities.

    Were I to have a bit of input on it, I would only comment as to the high amount of slower songs over high energy pieces. While great music, it just seemed the energy of the album as a whole was more down than up. I also would have advised about song placement – I feel that “Hollowland” flowing into “Rotten Zurich Cafe” and “Charlie” preceding “Sweet Cold Consolation” would have a better aural progression than as it was. But, outside those details, Passport is easily a CD I would recommend to anyone that shares the musical malady for fresh, innovative sounds using old musical parts. All in all, Kudos to Cpt. Bodewell and the staff of Sepiachord.  

    Doctor Q is the Media Editor for Steampunk Chronicle. He fancies himself an acoustic arranger of music and founder of the Artifice Club

  42. * Repost from “Trial By Steam”: Please Help Keep Online

    December 11, 2010 by Veronique Chevalier

    Help Keep Online

    In an outpouring of generosity from the Steampunk community, a number of musicians who have been touched by Mr. Bodewell’s outstanding talent and generous spirit have offered up their music as a means to support him. This is a real win-win for everyone. You can get some great new music for yourself or for friends. The musicians can support Jordan through the medium they know best, and perhaps gain a few new fans along the way. And it all goes to support an incredibly giving member of our little community.

    Below are all the offers I’ve been made of aware of to date to help Mr. Bodewell through his trying times.

    Veronique Chevalier

    Horrific music is NOT just for HELLoween any more!  Add “Polka Haunt Us: A Spook-tacular Compilation” to your playlist for the HORRORdaze! Give the CD to yourself, or to the top ‘fiends’ on your “chopping” list! Regularly $13, but until Dec. 31st, Only $10, including shipping! 20% ($2) per CD will be donated to, in your name (or a name of your choice) (All tracks also available on iTunes, but discount & donation offer applies only to the CD)

    Learn more about “Polka Haunt Us here”: http://PolkaHaunt.Us/

    Put SEPIACHORD in the subject line to get the discount, & donation in your name, by emailing: PolkaHauntUs AT gmail DOT com

    Eli August

    I am having a sale on my website from now until Sunday I will donate half of the sales of all music and merchandise directly to Jordan at Sepiachord. In the spirit of the season, help him keep this much needed resource alive.

    You can also buy either (or both!) of the Sepiachord compilations to support Sepiachord. Both collections have received positive reviews here at Trial By Steam. Click on the covers to head to the respective websites to purchase these great musical collections.

    If you are a musician who has set up an offer to help Jordan and you are not listed above, please get in contact through me through Facebook as soon as possible and tell me about the offer you have going on. I’ll be updating this post regularly as I learn about more bands reaching out to help.

    And, if you have all these albums and don’t particularly want to buy more, please consider making a straight, financial gift to Sepiachord. Visit their website and click the Help Support button to make your gift.

    Let’s stand together and keep Sepiachord alive!

  43. * Veronique’s Page on

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Dear ‘fiends’ & fan(g)s – Please feel free to dress up my musician page on with videos, photos and other ephemera! With great eSTEAM, Mad Veronique

  44. * Veronique’s WikiPedia Page (& Related Community Page On Facebook)

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Here is the Wikipedia page:

    And the community page for my Wiki entry on facebook!

    The wonderful photo on both pages of moi is by Michael Pao of Mad Calamity. It was taken at The First Temporal Adventurers Society Gala Steampunk after party at Queen Bee’s Art Center, during San Diego Comic Con, July 24th, 2010.

  45. * Mad Veronique Confirmed To Perform At Nova Albion 2011!

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Save the date: March 25, 26, & 27, 2011. Join Mad Veronique and a cast(e) of characters to remember at Nova Albion. The theme? The Wild Wild East!

  46. * “Overbury Ink” Reviews “A Sepiachord Passport”

    by Veronique Chevalier

    “Steampunk as a musical genre has as many variations as it does in film and literary styles. Vaudeville, cabaret, waltz are common as well as brass and acoustic instruments – but this is hardly a definition of the style. Often the lyrics take on a macabre, darkly humorous or grim storyline – to the swell of an accordion or waltz tempo.

    Singer/comedian Veronique Chevalier tackles the issue of white slavery with “The Dance Master”’

    Read more here:

    Nancy Overbury

  47. * “The Big Takeover” Reviews “A Sepiachord Passport”

    by Veronique Chevalier

    “Things take a darker turn on the same smoky stage with Circus Contraption‘s “If I Told You Once,” as a Gene Austin-style crooner liltingly tells the tale of a Bluebeard-esque serial killer who blames his victims’ unfortunate fates on not knowing any better than to get involved with him. Singer/comedian Veronique Chevalier weaves a similar story on “The Dance Master,” adding white slavery and other unsavory activities to the mix, while the Magnificent Seven cuts out the middleman and goes straight to the grave with “The Last Waltz.”’

    Read the entire thing here:

  48. * “Zombo’s Closet Of Horror” Interviews Veronique!

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Veronique’s Halloween 2010 interview on “Zombo’s Closet Of Horrors”! Learn more than vous ever wanted to about Mad V’s spooktacular odd-itory adventures and childhood influences. Plus, find out who she deems to be the most terrifying woman on the planet!–1.html


  49. * The Two “V’s” – Voltaire & Veronique – Captured On Film By Mad Calamity Photo

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Here is a fine example of the Madcap MADemoiselle Veronique & Monsieur Voltaire in action at The First Temporal Adventurers League Gala Ball, at Queen Bee’s Art Center. It was the Official after party for the Steampunks who attended San Diego Comic Convention, on July 24th, 2010. A good time was had by ALL!!!

  50. * Trial By Steam Reviews of “A Sepiachord Passport” Recording!

    by Veronique Chevalier

    Yet another lovely review of “A Sepiachord Passport”, with a kind mention of my track “The Dance Master”. Merci to Ms. A. E. Flint for her review. Read on…

    Audelia Flint