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GIVE MY CREATURE... LIFE!!!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 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. The covers by Bootsy Collins and BucketheadThe 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.  And here's the story behing the perennial graveyard smash.

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.

OVER FOUR HOURS of Creepy Horror Prog Mixes.

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," Cat Power's "Werewolf," Guided by Voices' "Cut-Out Witch,"  Classics IV's "Spooky," 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. Monty Python makes much more sense when you know most of them once wrote for Frost.

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

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.

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 is now only sorta viewable online. A free AppleTV+ trial would work better. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic. Vox thinks it's a Christmas special.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.  AND FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

GHOULS, GRIND, GOTHIC & GORE: A Halloween Movie Helper.

VIDEODROME: A Frenzy of Halloween Horror to Dement Your Harvest Nights.

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

THE 25 SCARIEST OPENING SCENES in horror-movie history, according to The A/V Club.

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.

13 MUSICIANS recount paranormal experiences.

WAR of the WORLDS: All these decades 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.

THE WEEKLY SUBSTANDARD Halloween Candy Draft is a classic.  (NSFW content included)



THE 13 BEST HORROR scores of the 2010s, according to Stereogum.

TEN KILLER TRACKS associated with horror movies, courtesy of NME.

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 100 GREATEST HORROR FILMS, according to IndieWire.

THE 200 BEST HORROR MOVIES, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

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


THE BEST SCARY MOVIE for each year since 1960.

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.


SCREAM: How Wes Craven permanently changed horror movies.

THE 10 BEST FOREIGN HORROR MOVIES, according to Reddit, which apparently doesn't have a long memory.

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."

THE HORROR CENTURY: The scariest movies have always been a dark mirror on Americans' deepest fears and anxieties.


17 OF THE WORST Sexy Amazon Halloween Costumes, Ranked.

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.




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Everyone knows it's Windsday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MEMBERS: "Working Girl," from the "Where Are They Now?" file.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

WILCO covers The Beatles' “Dig A Pony” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”

THE WAR ON DRUGS share "Change."

U.S. GIRLS share "Good Kinda High."


DAVE GROHL: He's the most prolific rock star of the last 30 years. Somehow, we're still getting to know him.

LONG PROMISED ROAD: The new Brian Wilson documentary has a trailer online.

PHIL COLLINS will be quizzed under oath over claims he did not shower or brush his teeth for a year

AMAZON is building a Clubhouse competitor that turns hosts into DJs. I wonder how the royalties work....

CHRISTMAS ALBUMS are already sneaking up on us.


DUNE: Part Two is greenlit, and will get a pure theatrical window. Also, Zendaya's fans are mad that she's only in seven minutes of Part One.

MORT SAHL, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues, delivering biting social commentary in the guise of a stand-up comedian and thus changing the nature of both stand-up comedy and social commentary, died on Tuesday at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 94.

RUST: A veteran prop man turned down the job due to "massive red flags" before Alec Baldwin accidentally killed the cinematographer.  A criminal inquiry could take weeks. And Baldwin could face civil liability.

GWYNETH PALTROW says she nearly died in birthing Apple Martin.

JOAN RIVERS: A limited series in which Kathryn Hahn would have played the legendary comedian isn’t moving forward because Rivers’ life rights, which are held by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, hadn’t been secured by producers. Oops.

THE UNFORGIVABLE, starring Sandra Bullock as an ex-con, has a trailer online.

APPLE TV+ Steps Up Their (Streaming Ratings) Game.


A POLAR BEAR Hunting a Reindeer, Caught on Camera.

A SHELTER DOGGO, in the great outdoors.

A FIREFLY takes off.

ALMOST DIDN'T RECOGNIZE YOU with that haircut.

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There's that moment at the top of the first hill on the roller-coaster.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOTH SIDES NOW: Joni Mitchell performs her 1968 song in 1970 and in 2000, for a reflective Twofer Tuesday.

MY MORNING JACKET visits World Cafe.

ABBA shares "Just A Notion."

BAT FANGS "Talk Tough."

MIDLAKE returns with "Meanwhile…"

DEPECHE MODE's Dave Gahan recently got together with Soulsavers to cover James Carr's oft-covered “The Dark End Of The Street.”


THE POSIES dissolve amid allegations of sexual misconduct by Ken Stringfellow, which he categorically denies.

STEVIE WONDER: The Story of Talking Book. The NPR story predates this site.

MARISSA NADLER: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Whitney Houston's comeback hit "I'm Your Baby Tonight," a conscious move away from pop and toward R & B.


ALEC BALDWIN killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while rehearsing a scene that involved the actor pointing a revolver in the direction of a camera lens, the film's director Joel Souza said in an affidavit released Sunday.

DAVE CHAPPELLE has spoken out about the controversy over his Netflix special “The Closer” in a new stand-up video.

DUNE: Will there be a Part Two?

KRISTEN STEWART admits she has only "made five really good films."

BRENDAN FRASER is joining... Batgirl.

ANNA TAYLOR-JOY and Thomasin McKenzie talk about Edgar Wright's psychological thriller, Last Night in Soho. And here's Edgar.

ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL, on the perils of early celebrity, the ‘Breakfast Club' sequel that never was, and his regrets about falling out with John Hughes.


A CAT, climbing a rope.

A CAT watches Tom and Jerry.

DOG & BUNNY: Friends or frenemies?

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Jay Black and Peter Scolari RIP, and Monday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAY BLACK, lead singer for the 1960s pop group Jay and the Americans, has died at the age of 82. "Come a Little Bit Closer" (which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, in 1964) "Cara Mia" (peaked at No. 4, in 1965) and "This Magic Moment" (peaked at No. 6, in 1969) are all the bomb.

NEW RELEASES: Paste will point you to My Morning Jacket, Grouper, Bedouine and more.

BILL'S INDIE BASEMENT has Guided by Voices, Parquet Courts, Jarvis Cocker, and much, much more.

BRANDI CARLILE perfromed "Broken Horses" and "Right On Time" live on Saturday Night.

THE ROLLING STONES share “Come To The Ball.”

LANA DEL REY performs "Arcadia."

JIM JAMES talks about the new MMJ, getting a whole American Dad episode about the band, and mailing vials of blood to Wayne Coyne.

BLOODSHOT RECORDS is being acquired by Exceleration Music, an investment fund launched by various music industry figures.

HAND HABITS' Meg Duffy discusses the inspirations behind the new LP ‘Fun House.'

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Mariah Carey's showstopper ballad "Love Takes Time," a last-minute add-on to her debut album.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dune has easily become Denis Villeneuve’s biggest domestic opening at the box office, and the best start for Warner Bros. and an HBO Max day-and-date title, topping the chart with 40.1MM, well ahead of tracking’s opening forecast of 30MM-35MM.  Halloween Kills placed with 14.5MM on a 71 percent drop despite the looming holiday, the cautionary other side of a day-and-date hybrid release.  No Time to Die shows with 11.9MM on a 50 percent drop, a continuing laggard against Bond's box office worldwide.  Meanwhile, Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch opened with 1.3MM, which is a godsend for arthouse theaters and just a little less than the wide debut of Anderson's previous and popular-for-him flick, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

ALEC BALDWIN: Hours before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions.  There is an unconfirmed report that the gun was used for off-set target shooting before the tragedy.  Attention is turning to the assistant director as well as the relatively inexperienced armorer.

DUNE: A look back at David Lynch's version of the book.

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN is returning to a galaxy far, far away.

BARBIE, with Ryan Gosling as Ken.

JAMES MICHAEL TYLER, a/k/a Gunther on Friends, is dead at 59 from prostate cancer.

PETER SCOLARI, a familiar face on “Bosom Buddies,” “Newhart,” “Girls” and other television shows and in Broadway, Off Broadway and regional theater productions, died on Friday in Manhattan of cancer. He was 66.


A WILD RACCOON introduces her human best friend to her daughter... and months later, her granddaughter.

A TIGER, and then some.

A ROTTWEILER and an abandoned panther.

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And it's Friday, with Bowie.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with DAVID BOWIE! The 1980 Floor Show was really recorded live at the Marquee, circa October 1973.  It aired on The Midnight Special the following month. Your selist includes: "Sorrow," "Everything's Alright," "Space Oddity," "I Can't Explain," "Time," "The Jean Genie," and "I Got You Babe," ft. Marianne Faithfull.


RODNEY CROWELL brings some advice and live tracks to World Cafe.

NATION OF LANGUAGE shares "The Grey Commute."

BEIRUT shares "Fisher Island Sound."

JENNYLEE shares "Newtopia."


THE 100 BEST ROLLING STONES SONGS, Ranked by Steven Hyden.

THE REPLACEMENTS cover Dave Edmunds' "Trouble Boys" -- and why it was a pivotal song for the band.

BEDOUINE: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, on Tiny Toons, being Clarissa Darling's favorite band, writing Dunkin' Donuts and Play-Doh jingles, and more.


ALEC BALDWIN fired a prop gun on a set in New Mexico on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

OZZY & SHARON OSBOURNE's love story is headed to the big screen.

ADELE answers 73 questions

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON: How the prequel will differ from Game of Thrones.

THE SOPRANOS may move to a prequel series.

TINDERBOX: An excerpt from HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers. In case you wanted to know what Tony Soprano did in a gas station toilet.

WES ANDERSON Hasn't Changed. And That's Perfectly Fine.


ZEBRAS ON THE LAM: Prince George's County officials have revealed a new plan that they hope will lead to capturing two zebras that have been on the loose since the beginning of September. It involves... more zebras.

AN ELK wore a tire around its neck for two years... until now.

TURKEYS have a cheeky sense of humor.


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