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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

ROBERT POLLARD joins SWEET APPLE on the Halloween-themed video for "Reunion."

WONDERGROUND RADIO is streaming a spooky, yet rockin' mix for you. Also, ICYMI, mixtapes courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard and AltLatino.

52 HORROR RELEASES from the Free Music Archive.

HALLOWEEN A/V: The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon,"  Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary," Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Halloween," The Eagles' "Witchy Woman," Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper (More Cowbell)," Tom Waits' "Cemetery Polka," The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein," and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party."  And, of course... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

THE ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy For The Devil" from the David Frost Show just plain amuses me.

WARREN ZEVON: A live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again. After all, it is the 40th anniversary, complete with a cast reuinion and creator Richard O'Brien doing press.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Burnt, which is currenttly scoring 23 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Our Brand Is Crisis, currently scoring 32 percent; and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, scoring 22 percent. Per usual, Hollywood expects you'll be trick of treating instead.

AND NOW: A Sophisticated Man About Town. Super-duper.

GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS, from the Haunted Mansion.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN aired last night, but may still be viewable at ABC. Also, Rifftrax is available. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic. Vox thinks it's a Christmas special. And master troll Andrew Stiles finds the whole thing very problematic.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.

WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.

DOCUMENTING MADNESS: The Making of The Shining. Directed by Vivian Kubrick.

IS FROZEN Disney's version of The Shining?

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS: Seventy-Six years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.



HALLOWEEN: A Foodie History.

DIED IN HOUSE: They're Heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee...

THE 100 BEST HORROR FILMS, compiled by TimeOut with assistance from filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker and Roger Corman to actors, academics and fans of scary movies including Simon Pegg, Kim Newman and Alice Cooper.

THE 25 BEST HORROR FILMS SINCE 2000, according to The A.V. Club.

THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

THE 15 SCARIEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, according to Variety, though I've seen Alice Sweet Alice.


THE 20 ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE 25 MOST RIDICULOUS Movies "Of The Dead."


END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

PIGS. And pumpkins.

A TORTOISE enjoys a pumpkin at the San Diego Zoo.

THIS SEA CUCUMBER is pretty creepy.

THIS YEAR's GREAT PUMPKIN weighs 1975 pounds.

PET COSTUMES: Obligatory. And a reminder they will rise against us someday. Superheroes are treny this year.

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Bill Ryder-Jones, Old Dominion, JR JR, All Songs, Fawn   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JEFF LYNNE's ELO dropped a video for the autobiographical "When I Was a Boy."

BILL RYDER-JONES advance streams West Kirby County Primary.

OLD DOMINION advance streams Meat And Candy.

JR JR plays a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Savages, Weezer, King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard, and more highlight the latest edition.

ATLANTIC THRILLS drops the garage-punky "Vices," the title track to their current LP.

STOVE drops  “Lowt-ide Fins,” ahead of his debut LP, Stupider.

BASEMENT drops "Promise Everything" the title track to their upcoming LP.

MIKAL CRONIN covers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "The Impression That I Get." He has never played the trombone previously.

PHIL COLLINS has said he is coming out of retirement and is even planning to tour.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to Aquarum Drunkard about  the various versions of the Drive-By Truckers, the fine details of planning a live album, recording in the historic Filmore in San Francisco, his article for the New York Times and how a flag with Hank Williams Sr. on it may not be such a bad idea after all.

SLEATER-KINNEY's Carrie Brownstein tells Rolling Stone "the band feels like it's up and running again."

BOB DYLAN's iconic Blonde on Blonde cover was a mistake.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are disagreeing over spousal support.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN says calling off her divorce with Lamar Odom does not mean they're back together.

DEREK JETER and model Hannah Davis are tying the knot, according to sources close to the former slugger.

SERENA WILLIAMS is dating Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX haven't seen their wedding pics. Now that's a secret wedding.

MARY-KATE OLSEN and her fiance, Olivier Sarkozy, will finally tie the knot next summer.

ROONEY MARA, intervewed by Annie Clark (a/k/a St Vincent).

RUSSIAN bombing and Iranian-backed forces have helped give Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled forces an advantage in the country's bitter civil war, the top U.S. military officer said Tuesday.

IRAQ: If Russian aircraft start bombing ISIS targets in Iraq, the U.S. military will rethink its presence there, the Pentagon's top military officer told lawmakers Tuesday.

AN ABANDONED FAWN, CATS and DOGS, becoming friends...mass hysteria! And a super-happy ending.

A MAMA CAT kept trying to enter a vet's office to reunite with her "abandoned" kittens.

A LION turned the tables on illegal hunters by killing a man looking to shoot him. 

IS YOUR PET PSYCHIC? A new survey says theres a good chance thta you think so.

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Jon Pratt, Craig Finn, John Grant, Florist, Pinkish Black, Red Pandas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT plays a solo version of the Pate classic "Chalk It Up to Fate" on his new telecaster.

CRAIG FINN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOHN GRANT visited The Current for a chat and mini-set.

FLORIST advance streams their Holdly EP.

PINKISH BLACK advance streams Bottom of the Morning. A trippier take on the Joy Division sound?

SPRING KING uncorks "Who Are You?", which is not a cover.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD covers Mazzy Star's "Mary of Silence" ahead of Global Chakra Rhythms.

WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

SLEATER-KINNEY's Carrie Brownstein talks to Fresh Air about her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.

JAY FARRAR talks to Stereogum about two decades of Son Volt.

KURT VILE talks to PopMatters about returning to Boston (where he lived for about two years in the early aughts), recording his latest album, and striking up a friendship with Kim Gordon.

STEVE MARTIN talks to Pitchfork about the soundtrack of his life.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are calling it quits after more than two years of marriage. There's a prenup.

ADELE gave her first interview in three years to i-D magazine.

DANIEL CRAIG corrected a journalist who referred to Monica Bellucci's character in new Bond film Spectre as "an older woman".

SANDRA BULLCOK has a new man and she's not afraid to show him off.

COMMON will star opposite Keanu Reeves as the villain in John Wick 2.

SYRIA: The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin "direct action on the ground" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive. 

RED PANDA CUBS made their public debut at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

AN INJURED DEER made its way to a hospital emergency room, but the ending is not happy.

A LONELY BEAR was spotted on the surface of Mars.

SOME PENGUINS are projectile poopers. [Warning: Autoplay video of same.]

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Younghusband, Trust Fund, All Them Witches, The Kinks, Fantasia   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES' Sune Rose Wagner covers Richie Valens' "Donna."

YOUNGHUSBAND advance streams Dissolver.

TRUST FUND advance streams Seems Unfair.

ALL THEM WITCHES advance streams Dying Surfer Meets His Maker.

SHMU advance streams Shhh!!!!

THE KINKS supply "Days" and "The Village Green Preservation Society" for Twofer Tuesday.

JOANNA NEWSON gets an in-depth profile from Rolling Stone.

EVLIS COSTELLO talks about his reading habits with the Boston Globe.

CAR SEAT HEADREST: Will Toledo talks to NME about finally having a studio and a producer.

GARBAGE: Shirley Mansion looks back at her career with Brooklyn Vegan.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN is ready to relaunch divorce proceedings if Lamar Odom shows any signs of going back to the world of drugs.  The Sheriff now has the results of Lamar Odom's blood tests, and as expected ... he tested positive for cocaine.

LEAH REMINI isn't just taking on Scientology, she's going squarely after Tom Cruise in a new interview about her departure from the church.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN did heroin and crack often before her suspicious death in a bathtub.


RICKY GERVAIS is set to return as host of the Golden Globes awards.

YAHOO & THE NFL said that over 15 million people tuned into the first-ever global live stream of a regular season NFL game.

IRAQ has grown weaker as power has leaked to Shi'ite militia leaders.

SAVING FANTASIA: A dog is rescued from Death Row with just hours to spare.

A PENGUIN finds a human soul mate on a steamy tropical island in Brazil.

A DOG NAMED TRIGGER shot his owner in the foot.

THOUSANDS OF SPIDERS covered the Main Street Bridge in Columbus, OH.

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The Chills, Foxing, All Songs, Titus Andronicus, Beavers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ADELE dropped a video for "Hello" ahead of 25, to mixed reviews. Lionel Richie got in on the act.

THE CHILLS advance stream Silver Bullets a mere 19 years after their last LP.

FOXING advance streams Dealer.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Bob Boilen features his picks to click from the CMJ showcases.

TITUS ANDRONICUS played World Cafe Live; Patrick Stickles did a matching interview in-studio.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS:  Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness turned 20, so how about some "1979."

NEW ORDER drummer and programmer, Stephen Morris, talks to The Guardian about the the day their gear was stolen in NYC.

JOANNA NEWSON talks to the L.A. Times about the mixing of her albums.

TAYLOR SWIFT and the Rise of Robot Music. We have seen versions of this before.

DAVID BOWIE is releasing a new album, Blackstar, in January 2016.

JOE MOSS, who managed The Smiths and Johnny Marr died following a struggle with bone cancer. He was 72.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Martian returned to the top of the chart with 15.9MM, as the weekend's new releases underperformed.  Ridley Scott & Co. dropped a mere 25 perecent, which is a leggy hold indeed for a fourth weekend. The Martian is likely already profitable and does not open in China until Nov. 25.  Goosebumps places with 15.5MM on an alright 34 percent drop; it will likely have to do a bit better overseas than here to profit in theaters.  Bridge of Spies shows again with 11.4MM on a leggy 26 percent drop. The Last Witch Hunter debuted in the fourth slot with 10.8MM against a reported 90MM budget; word is Lionsgate sold off much of their exposure on this seeming flop.  Hotel Transylvania 2 rounds out the Top 5with 9MM on a leggy 29 percent  drop in its fifth weekend. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension opened in sixth with 8.25 million --which would normally be okay for the famously lo-budgeted franchis, but this one reportedly cost 10MM, so it's a good thing it's headed to video-on-demand in two weeks. Steve Jobs was expected to win the weekend but landed in seventh place with 7.3MM; even so, this may not hurt too bad against a 30MM budget.  New releases Rock the Kasbah and Jem and the Holograms opened in 13th and 15th place, respectively.

LAMAR ODOM suffered 12 strokes early on in his medical emergency. Did his management recommend dangerous hookers?

EVANGELINE LILLY has welcomed her second child with her longtime partner, Norman Kali.

ROSE BYRNE & BOBBY CANNIVALE are expecting their first child.

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE have struck an agreement on who gets what in their divorce.

BILL COSBY: Another two women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

MAUREEN O'HARA, the Irish beauty whose striking red hair, crystal-green eyes and porcelain skin were so dazzling on the silver screen that she was dubbed “The Queen of Technicolor,” has died. She was 95.

HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD is the eighth story in the series...and it's a stage production.


SYRIAN government and Russian jets have been heavily bombarding towns in Idlib province, as fighting rages between pro-Assad forces and opposition fighters in several other provinces. CIA-armed rebels have made some advances.

AFGHANISTAN, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia.

IRAQ: The first U.S. servicemember killed in the fight against the Islamic State was Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler. His awards and decorations for his service were numerous and include four Bronze Star Medals with Valor Device, seven Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor Device, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, seven Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, eight Army Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal (6th award).

FUR FOR THE FUTURE: Vintage video of beavers being dropped from an airplane.

A PUPPY-SIZED SPIDER was discovered in Guyana's rainforest.

PACO the DOG waited patiently in the road after his owner was killed by a truck.

KLONDIKE, the oldest polar bear in the U.S., was euthanized at the Philadelphia Zoo early Friday due to what staff said was a “recent and substantial decline in her medical condition.”

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