Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Everyday 25.0: "King Kong" by Tom Waits

Sure, the original by Daniel Johnston is better ("Who killed the monkey?"), but Waits knows how to pick a cover. Plus I like to watch the King Kong footage.

Halloween Everyday 24.0: "Ghost in You" by the Psychadelic Furs

Yeah, three in one day. I took the weekend off.

I still have this single. Great song -- Counting Crows' version? Snore...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Everyday 22.0: "Bambi Meets Godzilla"

Is it really the Halloween season without a viewing of this classic?

Halloween Everyday 21.0: "Haunted Mansion Explained" by Walt Disney

Watch Uncle Walt give an "Imagineering" tour of Disney's Haunted Mansion to an equestrian.

(Yeah, I forgot to post this yesterday, but so what?)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween Everyday 20.0: "Walking with a Ghost" by Tegan & Sara

Last Halloween I sang this song too often, almost like a nervous tick, and it drove my wife insane.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Everyday 19.0: "The Cat" by Jimmy Smith

Look at that Halloween cat on the album cover! Also, great album, with music conducted by Lalo Schifrin!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween Everyday 18.0: "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr.

I didn't put much thought into this one. But I will say that when this movie came out, I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Everyday 16.0: "Spooky" by Mike Sharpe

Not the classic, uh, Classics IV version, but rather the original instrumental version, which I'd never heard til now. It's moody. Oh, and spooky!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween Everyday 14.0: "See You in Hell" by Grim Reaper

Who couldn't love a chubby metal singer? Nothing about this song does not rock in a most awesome fashion!

Thanks to Andy B. for reintroducing me to this classic a few years back!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween Everyday 13.0: "Shocker in Gloomtown" by the Breeders

The only place I've ever wished I could've been. In the garage with the Breeders while Guided by Voices hung around outside.

The Breeders covering GbV (from the Breeders' 7" "Head to Toe; and GbV's "Grand Hour" ep). Get them both!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Everyday 12.0: "Turkish Song of the Damned" by the Pogues

When Shane sings "I come, old friend, from hell tonight", you better believe it!

My brother saw them last night at Roseland and says they were feckin' great!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Halloween Everyday 11.0: "Hell" by Squirrel Nut Zippers

I love big bands. And hell. So big bands singing about hell -- that's swell! A big Carolina band when I was living down South!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hallowee Everyday 10.0: "Sober" by Tool

Get creeped! Thanks for the suggestion, Jackie. Oh, and for the nightmares!

Time to get out the Brothers Quay bedsheets!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Halloween Everyday 9.0" "Moon Man" by The Original Moon Men

For today's song, I wanted to tie in with NASA's rocket-crash-into-the-moon project, so I just typed in "moon man" into You Tube, and ended up with this. What's interesting, besides its sounding like an early GBV song, is that the guys in this band (circa mid-60's) are from Plainview, NY, having met at a school there I'd never heard of: Fern Place Elementary School. Might've been closed before I started going to school. Maybe it turned into Park Place or Pasadena. It's 9 in the morning -- I haven't done any deep searching yet. Anyway, the only other mention of that school on the web refers to a collection of letters from authors to students housed at C.W. Post.

The song's about flying saucers and moon men, etc. Perfectly appropriate for the Halloween Everyday Project. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Halloween Everyday 8.0: "Rock & Roll Halloween" by Bobby Bare, Jr.

Stumbled across this one, but it was no grave error! Great Halloween song! Destined to become a holiday favorite!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Halloween Everyday 7.0: "Underground" by Tom Waits

The first cut of Swordfishtrombones, my first and favorite Waits album. Possibly the most important music of my terribly awkward and insular teenage years. Not so much a balloon that lifted me from the neighborhood-at-large, but rather a freight elevator that pulled me deep into the guts of the imaginary world (where so much of the real world is revealed).

Oh, and as ever, a creepy song. See those bones dancing in the tunnels?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Halloween Everyday 6.0: "Goolie Get-Together" by the Groovie Goolies

Oh, lovable cadavers! It's the theme from the "Groovie Goolies" cartoon, a spin-off of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (itself a spin-off of "The Archies"). Sounds like it was sung by, well, The Archies!

A Saturday morning favorite in the 70s and 80s. You could sit in front of the TV watching the Goolies while slurping down a bowl of Booberries! A spooktacular way to start the weekend!

Monday, October 05, 2009

Halloween Everyday 5.0: "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon

What am I gonna do? NOT include this song? Quick -- sing me a better lyric than "He's the hairy-handed gent who ran amuk in Kent."

Times up! Werewolves of London again...

Erin & I watched "American Werewolf in London" the other night. Still great. Not a rainy day goes by that I don't quote it. And the nightmare sequences are still intense.

What's Landis been up to lately?

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Halloween Everyday 4.0: "I Want a Monster to Be My Friend" by Betty Lou

One of my favorite Sesame Street songs (and, oh, I've quite a few...) Nothing'll beat Raposo's "Somebody Come & Play" for the sweetest satisfaction. But who doesn't love monsters? You don't? Weirdo.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Halloween Everyday 3.0: "Boris the Spider" by the Who

Special request from Psaur, it's "Boris the Spider", Entwhistle's shining vocal moment! "Creepy creepy crawley crawley..."

Friday, October 02, 2009

Halloween Everyday 2.0: "Night of the Vampire" by Roky Erickson

The reigning king of ghoul rock! "On St. Swithin's Day, he was born." I love this acoustic clip. If David Lynch had directed an episode of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" I suspect this would be the result.


Another "Night of the Vampire", this time a creepy instrumental by the Joe Meek-produced Moontrekkers. No Halloween party should be without it!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Halloween Everyday 1.0: "Peek A Boo" by Devo

Today begins my "Halloween Everyday" project, whereby i intend on posting a spooky song every day this month. It won't last; I'll crap out in a day or two. Or maybe I'll stick with it. Named after a Frustrations song, the "Halloween Everyday" project begins with this live gem (Warner Music Group blocked the actual video from YouTube) by Devo.

Is Devo the greatest band ever? I'm beginning to think so!