On March 10, CaveofswordS (website/Facebook/Twitter), the dark dub-wave quartet from St. Louis, will release their debut album, Sigils, on Boxing Clever Records. A few weeks ago, they released the sublime “Blameless”, which anchored our January 30th Weekend Showcase.

As they prepare for their big launch, Sunyatta McDermott, Kevin McDermott, Eric Ambruster, and Zagk Gibbons took some time out to participate in Artiste 5, sending not one but two lists. The first one lists their favorite films of all-time. The second is a list of albums they continue to spin and enjoy to this day. From their lists, this group of five seems like a great group to spend a weekend.




  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – beautiful and enigmatic with a massive scope. Everyone’s interpretations are valid.
  • Blade Runner – frames a dystopia that, visually, I actually yearn for. And Rick and Rachael are replicants.
  • It’s A Wonderful Life – unearths all my emotions

All three are feature-length, hyper-classics!


  • Jacob’s Ladder – Made me cry.
  • Rashomon – Kurosawa is a genius.
  • They Live – Carpenter is a genius.


  • Welcome To The Dollhouse – Never to my (very limited) knowledge, has a film so perfectly encapsulated female pubescent rage (or even tried for that matter). Plus, the soundtrack!


  • Evil Dead – It’s a classic, and still one of the best. The remake is pretty bad ass too.
  • Ghostbusters – On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood. What was will be, what is will be no more. Now is a season of evil.
  • The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou – I’m also a huge Wes Anderson fan, and this movie is tops blooby. Hilarious and gorgeous!




  • David Bowie’s Station to Station features my favorite Bowie character and is his best release, contextually. Side two is my favorite.
  • Gary Numan’s The Pleasure Principle has great beats, interesting vocal phrasing, abundant Vox Humana and very identifiable themes. It’s like it’s about me or something!
  • Sour Times showcases the layered ambience of my good friend, and multi-instrumentalist, Stephen Favazza of Hands and Feet. Soothes wonderfully and features the best use of a melodica, ever! Favorite track: “Every Day is Another Day Full of Woes”.


  • Mew’s And The Glass Handed Kites: This album is super inspirational to me from both a drumming perspective, and a songwriting/production perspective.
  • The Appleseed Cast’s Peregrine: Midwest indie/emo at its finest. Very nice guys and the singer has the coolest beard ever.
  • Piglet’s Lava Land: Early 2000s, three-piece, math-rock band from Chicago sets the mold for all math-rock to come and is never surpassed in awesomeness.


  • Mars Audiac Quintet by Stereolab – I love Stereolab.
  • Incunabula by Autechre – Made more sense to me than anything else in the world at the time
  • Lazer Guided Melodies by Spiritualized – Was taking/smoking massive amounts of drugs when this came out.


  • Gymnopedies/Gnossiennes by Eric Satie are basically Satie’s greatest hits. This collection isn’t obscure at all. It is comprised of quiet, and beautifully sorrowful songs; a century old and totally relevant.
  • Both of my parents were active in the experimental jazz movement of the early and mid 70’s (as members of Human Arts Ensemble among other associations) so jazz was the soundtrack of my formative years. Which brings me to…Journey In Satchidananda by Alice Coltrane, which is a fine example of the immensely beautiful and inventive albums she recorded. Rarely in this genre is deep femininity evident. Alice Coltrane brings it, every time.
  • Taking Care Of Business by Donald Byrd with Herbie Hancock features one of my favorite songs ever: “It’s a Beautiful Evening”. For years, I thought this song was used in the soundtrack to Once Upon A Time In America, for the opium den scene, which makes little sense because the sound score in that section sounds absolutely NOTHING like the song. But it does illustrate how wonderfully evocative the song is. “It’s A Beautiful Evening” feels like the booze wearing off a particularly drunken bender, the sun is getting pretty high in the sky again, and many of the guests are draped around, long passed out. Still, rather than being utterly depressing, the beautiful evening has become a beautiful morning. Now go to bed.

*Cover photo by Adam Newsham

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