Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Mixtape 09

Halloween. I remember being dressed as the devil at the first, last, and only performance of a band I was in one Halloween; we went down like a lead balloon. We enjoyed ourselves anyhow, and thankfully no one recorded it. Remember when you could do goofy things without fear of someone pulling out their phone and uploading to YouTube? I don't think every mistake you make in public should be immortalized, but we are voyeurs, aren't we? Anyhow, I tripped across one of Steve Chasmar's Halloween photo series, and these pics deserve to be looked at.

Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost (download mp3 here)

Dead Kennedys - Halloween (download mp3 here)

I don't know what a Halloweenhead is - maybe that's them pictured above?

Ryan Adams - Halloweenhead (download mp3 here)

The Ghost of You Lingers - Spoon

This song by WWP is my favourite tune this month, pretty melody and harmonies, restrained chiming guitar, solid drums, funny lyrics. Dress up as a pirate or a wolf, either way is good.

We Were Pirates - The Wolf (download here)

Logan Lynn - Feed Me to the Wolves (download here)

Hoodoo Gurus - Dig it Up (download here)

The verses of this song always seemed spooky to me, as if paranoia, claustrophobia, and naked fear bubbled and percolated in the studio when the track was created. I'm not necessarily in love with the chorus, but I've always loved when Mr. Hine intones "Halloween...without a pumpkin, Halloween" and later "Trick or treat..or lies".

Rupert Hine - Surface Tension (download here)

This tune is not scary or spooky at all, but maybe Ryan Adams collectors will be able to tell us why it is subtitled Sad Dracula demo and why it cuts out after 1 minute 20 secs. But maybe many songs in this world would be better if they cut out at that point, cut out the filler and the fat. Huh?

Ryan Adams - Lost and Found (Sad Dracula demo) (download mp3 here)

Robert Pollard - Supernatural Car Lover (download mp3 here)

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer (download mp3 here)

Haunted - by the amazing Forbidden Dimension


Anonymous said...

Loved the pics. As for the songs, I'll admit I only listened to a few of them. The problem is that you have so many songs and I usually only stay on a blog for as long as it takes me to read it. I really liked The Band of Horses. I'm surprised you didn't have Warren Zevon and I'm not talking about Werewolves either.

chris yackoboski said... I should write more so you keep reading and get all the listening in? Maybe I'll do another All Hallows Eve one with less songs. I'm unsure which Zevon you'd pick.