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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 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. (At ~26:00, though the whole thing is scary in its own way.)

"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.

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. 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."

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.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Jigsaw, which was not screened for critics; Suburbicon, which is currently scoring 33 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Thank You For Your Service, scoring 72 percent.

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 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.  AND FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

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 tremendous.  (NSFW content included)

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."


AUSTIN POWERS masks are hot this year, thanks to Baby Driver.


END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.





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Fats Domino, RIP. And more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATS DOMINO, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock ’n’ roll era, died on Tuesday at his home in Harvey, La., across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. He was 89.  Fats had more than three dozen Top 40 pop hits through the 1950s and early ’60s, among them “Blueberry Hill,” Ain’t It a Shame” (also known as “Ain’t That a Shame,” which is the actual lyric), “I’m Walkin’,” “Blue Monday” and “Walkin’ to New Orleans.” He reportedly sold more than 65 million records, outselling Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly – combined.  The Guardian esays his impact.

JD McPHERSON played in Nashville for The Current.

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

SLAUGHTER BEACH, DOG streams Birdie.

MORRISSEY shares "I Wish You Lonely."

FRANZ FERDINAND reurns with “Always Ascending.

BRIAN ENO & KEVIN SHIELDS (My Bloody Valentine) share "Only One Away My Son."


MADNESS: "It Must Be Love."

ALICE GLASS accuses former Crystal Castles bandmate of sexual assault, which he denies.

JULIA HOLTER says that Matt Mondanile was "emotionally abusive" to her.

SCOTT McCAUGHEY talks to Aquarium Drunkard about Filthy Friends, the last days of R.E.M. and more...

A LOOK AT PRINCE Through the Lens of His Personal Photographer.


EMMA STONE has been seeing Saturday Night Live writer and segment director Dave McCary for at least three months.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN faces another rape allegation.

RONAN FARROW is working on another Weinstein expose, focused on the company.

HOW TO SUCCEED as a Woman Producer in Hollywood's Boys' Club.

DANA CARVEY worries about "Trump fatigue" on SNL.

FMR. PRES. GEORGE H. W. BUSH apologized for patting actresses on the rear.

ANNA FARIS discussed rumors that then-hubby Chris Pratthada  n affair with Jennifer Lawrence.


A DOG LEFT IN A DUMPSTER now brings hope to others.

A GOAT in a Milwaukee nightclub.

A BIGHORN SHEEP jumped off a hill, landed on a car in Washington State.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT invaded a Manchester soccer pitch.

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Oh, with the urgent work. But Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANGEL OLSEN  directed and edited her new music video for “Special.”

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SUZANNE VEGA stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

IRON & WINE stopped by The Current.

SLEIGH BELLS share "Rainmaker."

TUNE-YARDS shares "Look At Your Hands."


THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN: Because there's "Something In The Air." And you know that it's right.

KID ROCK is not running for the U.S. Senate.

MARGO PRICE talks to Ann Powers about the new LP.

CHRIS HILLMAN honored Tom Petty at the Troubadour.

JAWBREAKER's Blake Schwarzenbach talks to In These Times.


ROBERT GUILLAUME, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms Soap and Benson, has died at age 89.  He was great on Sports Night as well, both pre- and post-stroke.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN was accused of sexual assault again, this time by Mimi Haleyi, a New York woman who did production work on a Weinstein Co. TV show.

STEVEN SEAGAL ranted about female journalists amid accusations of sexual assault.

TERRY RICHARDSON, the fashion photographer, has been barred from working with some of the world’s bestselling magazines; he has been dogged for years by allegations of sexual exploitation of models, something he has always denied.

KATE WINSLET talks Woody Allen, Wonder Wheel, and Titanic.

THE KARDASHIANS re-sign with E! for 150MM.

BILLY JOEL welcomes his third child, his second with wife Alexis Roderick.

STAR JONES is engaged to her boyfriend, Ricardo Lugo.

FROM WEINSTEIN TO STAR WARS: The Ankler's Richard Rushfield tells all.


A PEEPING BOBCAT checked in on a Woodinville, WA school.

CORGI-CON took over Ocean Beach, CA.

A MYSTERIOUS, CREEPY INSECT baffles even Australia.

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Sudden work project. But Things! Lee Ann Womack, Joe Henry, More.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOMETIMES, urgent things come up.  But I have a few things in the "news":


SPOON's Britt Daniel is Photoshopped to death in "Do I Have To Talk You Into It."

JOE HENRY streams Thrum.

LEE ANN WOMACK advance streams The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone.

POSITIVE NO streams Partners In The Wild.


MANFRED MANN: "Do Wah Diddy" and "The Mighty Quinn" are your Twofer Tuesday

GREIL MARCUS talks Bob Dylan.

PATTI SMITH talks to NYLON about what’s going on in the world and why she maintains hope for change in 2020.

THE TOP TEN ROBERT PLANT SOLO SONGS, according to Stereogum.

GEORGE YOUNG, Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC producer, has died at the age of 70.


GEORGE CLOONEY & MATT DAMON saying they had no idea of the alleged misconduct of Harvey Weinstein. Except Damon knew he harassed Gwyneth Paltrow.  (Did thisn ot strike him as notable, given that her parents were big in Hollywood in their own right?)

JAMES TOBACK, the writer-director accused of sex harassment by over 30 women? Well, 193 more women came forward.

THE DARK OVERLORD, a hacking group known for mocking and extorting victims, has now stolen highly personal photos from a plastic surgeon to the stars in London.

JOHN STAMOS announced his engagement to girlfriend of nearly two years Caitlin McHugh.

RENEE ZELLWEGER will star as Judy Garland in a new movie about the show business legend's final concerts in London.

PHANTOM THREAD: Paul Thomas Anderson's next film has a trailer online.


COUGARS are the biggest species of cat that can still meow.


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Destroyer, Tegan & Sara, Jessie Ware, Horny Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

DANIEL JOHNSON & JEFF TWEEDY cover The Beatles' "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" on what has been billed as Johnson's farewell tour.

DESTROYER streams ken.

TEGAN & SARA talk about The Con and stream The Con X, a 10th anniversary tribute LP.

JESSIE WARE streams Glasshouse.

EMILY HAINES covers LCD Soundsystems' "American Dream."

SHARON VAN ETTEN shares "Passion and Love."

FEIST shares "Born to Bond."


THE REPLACEMENTS have the number one (vinyl) album in America.  BONUS: Check out Political Beats' 93 minutes on the band with Mark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard.

MARGO PRICE talks about politics and Willie Nelson at Rolling Stone.

MARILYN MANSON's longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez is accused of rape.

GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE is being treated for leukemia.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Tyler Perry's Boo 2: A Madea Halloween topped the chart with 21.6MM, a bit below the 28MM debut of the original, but almost certainly clockwork money in the bank against a 25MM budget.  Geostorm placed with 13.3MM against a 120MM budget, which makes one wonder why people still have Gerard Butler headlining movies, when he rarely opens above 20MM anymore.  The answer may be the nearly 50MM in foreign receipts.  Happy Death Day showed wiith 9.4MM on a not-shocking-for horror slide of 64 percent from its debut.  This scary spin on Groundhog Day has grossedover 40MM against a 4.8MM budget, so it'll be all smiles anyway.  Blade Runner 2049 took the fourth slot with 7.2MM on a 54 percent slide; even the bigger foreign grosses aren't going to save this on the big screen.  The debut of Only The Brave rounded out the Top Five with 6MM against a 38MM budget, raising the question of whether real-life wildfires were a wet blanket on a well-reviewed tale of heroism.  Below he fold, The Snowman debuted in the eighth slot with 3.4MM against a 35mm budget, another case where even foreign grosses are unlikely to save it.

JAMES TOBACK, a prominent writer director (The Pick-Up Artist, Bugsy, Two Girls and a Guy) faces sex harassment accusations from 38 women.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN also used his fashion business as a pipeline to models. And is out of "rehab" after a week.

ASIA ARGENTO fled Italy after the public condemned her for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein.

SEAN YOUNG joins the list of Weinstein accusers.

BILL O'REILLY paid an astounding 32MM settlement for alleged sexual harassment and a “nonconsensual sexual relationship,” then got a new contract.

LARA FLYNN BOYLE, in a rare public appearance, talked about sex harassment in Hollywood.

WOODY ALLEN's next movie (after Wonder Wheel) contains some scenes involving an older man having sex with young starlets. Shocka.

MARK WAHLBERG says he prayed to God for forgiveness for Boogie Nights.

AMBER TAMBLYN says she believes claims of racist comments made against her ex, David Cross.

EWAN McGREGOR 7 MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD, co-stars on Fargo,were caught canoodling in NYC.

BILL NIGHY goes off on young actors not learning their lines.

AN AMOROUS BULL and a motor scooter.


A 416-LB WILD BOAR was killed in the front yard of a suburban Houston home.

YOU DON'T LIKE SPIDERS & SNAKES: It's Science. And Jim Stafford.

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