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Friday, October 26, 2012 - 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.

52 HORROR RELEASES from the Free Music Archive.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters' streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to to Stevie Wonder to Cream to The Cramps... has taken numerous hits from the lawyers since 2008, including the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary" and Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost." But there are still some gems there; including Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

WARREN ZEVON is on that PopMatters list, but I prefer 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.

TRICK OR TREAT BIN: From Quincy Jones to Johnny Thunder, from the Drifters to the Dead Kennedys, from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to the Sugarcubes, plus the B-52s, the Doors, Dolly Parton, the Pixies and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Fun Size, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which is unscreened for critics; Cloud Atlas, which is scoring 58 percent; and Chasing Mavericks, scoring 38 percent.

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

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, in its entirety, Charlie Brown. Every year, the bootleg video rises from the Internet patch.


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.

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

WAR of the WORLDS: Seventy-one 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.



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

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

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

PIGS. And pumpkins.


A LEMUR masks up for the holiday.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE hit Kimmel to play "Rock N Roll Love Affair," followed by a 12-minute mini-set that included versions of his own "Take Me With U," "Cream" and Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop ‘Til You Get Enough."

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE are advance streaming Psychedelic Pill.

BOBBY WOMACK stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

NIKI & THE DOVE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MEN WITHOUT HATS: Because the local sports radio always wants to roll out "The Safety Dance" when talking about the NFL.

AC NEWMAN and Interview discuss Twitter, Newman's not-so-country life, the merits of the flute, and what would happen if every artist decided to circumvent the music label structure.

FOURTET: Kieran Hebden talks to The Quietus about the industry, technology and why he won't be looking to the Royal Variety Performance for any AV tips.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's 10 Best Songs, according to Stereogum.

LEONARD COHEN's 10 Best Songs, according to Stereogum.

JESSICA SIMPSON's parents Tina and Joe Simpson have filed for divorce. There are, um, "rumors" about Joe.

TOM CRUISE filed a 50 million lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines, claiming the mags defamed him in claiming he "abandoned" daughter Suri.

NICOLE KIDMAN writes for THR about working on Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A new report claims the troubled actress stole 15,000 worth of clothing from the set of Scary Movie 5.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Ex-manager Sam Lutfi's bombshell accusations about the pop tart's darkest days continue in court testimony.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER are getting it on too loud for the neighbors, according to the ever-relaible Star magazine.

ANGELINA JOLIE is still naughty, according to Brad Pitt.

ISRAEL: Militants launched 60 rockets from Gaza into Israel, hitting several houses and wounding three civilians. Israel responded with airstrikes against the rocket-launching squads, killing four militants, three of whom were members of Hamas.

IRAN: Two years after the Stuxnet computer worm attacked its nuclear program, Iran is increasingly turning to cyber warfare itself in a growing, stealthy confrontation with its enemies.

SYRIA: UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi announced an agreement for a four-day ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The Assad regime has agreed to the ceasefire, while rebels groups said they would cease fire provided the government forces stop shooting first.

LIBYA: After a week of fighting, government forces took control of the last pro-Qaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid.

A FOX, eating marshmallows.

A SHARK returns to Capistrano. Yes, really... falls out of the sky on a golf course.

NOC the WHALE spent decades mimicing human speech.

AN OWL was attacked by aspiring thieves with Silly String.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES "Curse The Night" in their newest video.

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD stopped by The Current for a Jonny Rotten rant and mini-set.

JOHN CALE performs live for WNYC Soundcheck.

THE LUYAS take a break from CMJ to play the Greene Space for WNYC Soundcheck.

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

CMJ 2012: NPR's Bob Boilen picks his favorite discoveries at the showcase.

DIRTY PROJECTORS drop "While You're Here" ahead of the About To Die EP.

GUIDED BY VOICES drop "She Lives In An Airport" ahead of Bears For Lunch.

RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Vintage video of "Blank Generation," with a little "Love Comes in Spurts."

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the HuffPo about depression and collaboration.

TITUS ANDRONICUS frontman Patrich Stickles talks to Consequence of Sound about the new album, the band's many changes, finding inspiration in Nirvana's In Utero, and more.

SEVENTEEN SONGS about awkward sexual encounters.

ROBIN GIBB leaves a staggering fortune which may take years and years to sort out.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE serenaded JESSICA BIEL at their wedding. Biel reportedly is eager to start a family.

LINDSAY LOHAN will not be prosecuted in her NYC hit-and-run incident.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is offered millions to promote a plus-size dating site.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE talks about surviving breast cancer, and suggests she may be unable to have more kids.

TAYLOR SWIFT talks to the Daily Beast about her music, her muses-and whether she ever breaks hearts.

HALLE BERRY vomited on boyfriend Olivier Martinez's shoes when they worked together for the first time.

IRON MAN 3 has a trailer online.

LEBANON: The Lebanese army launched security operations to open roads and clear gunmen from the streets.

SYRIA: By stoking conflict in Lebanon and elsewhere Assad is raising the price neighboring countries must pay for his overthrow.

IRAN said on Tuesday it would stop oil exports if pressure from Western sanctions got any tighter and that it had a "Plan B" contingency strategy to survive without oil revenues.

CATS play patty-cake.

THE BIRDS: How do you end up with more than 200 birds in your townhouse?

ANIMALS enjoy Autumn in pictures.

COSTUMED CATS: Only thing missing is Victoria Corningstone.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON VAN ETTEN looks a bit Puritan in a NSFW video for "Magic Chords."

NEW RELEASES from The Black Keys & RZA, Bat For Lashes, Diamond Rings, Peter Gabriel and more are streaming via Spinner.

PATRICK WATSON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JULIANA BARWICK brings her a loop pedal and a wellspring of creativity to KEXP.

DJANGO DJANGO weave a set of hypnotic, twisting tunes live on KEXP.

TEGAN & SARA drop "I'm Not Your Hero" ahead of Heartthrob.

THE SMITHEREENS: Pat DiNizio sings "In a Lonely Place" with Suzanne Vega and "Blue Period" with Belinda Carlisle. A duo of duets for Twofer Tuesday.

TITUS ANDRONICUS is direct about the directness of Local Business at Rolling Stone.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste talks to The A.V. Club about his musical firsts.

CRYSTAL CASTLES sometimes answer questions from the Village Voice.

RADIOHEAD, ranked by Paste.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE calls his marriage to Jessica Biel "magical."

LINDSAY LOHAN is dating her personal trainer. Meanwhile, Michael Lohan will go to court in an attempt to get a conservatorship for his daughter.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE are still locked in a fierce private battle over the financial terms of their divorce settlement.

JAMES FRANCO's new galpal is a pretty little liar.

CHEVY CHASE apologized for using the N-word during a tirade on the Community set.

RUSSELL C. MEANS, Native-American activist-turned-actor, died on Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72.

THE 50 BEST FILMS of the 90s, according to The A.V. Club.

THE WORST FILMS of the 90s, according to The A.V. Club.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Six of of 12 British Muslims from Birmingham arrested last year on terror charges pleaded guilty.

YEMEN: Said al Shihri, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's deputy emir, denied reports that he was killed in a drone strike last month.

JORDAN: Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi, an al Qaeda-linked Jordanian Salafist cleric, said Jordanian Salafists had planned an attack in Israel and were getting closer to fighting in Israel "via Jordan, Syria and Lebanon."

EGYPT: Saad al-Katatny, newly elected head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, said the party's goal is to institute sharia law. Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie called on Muslims worldwide to "liberate" Jerusalem.

A DOG sounds like Chewbacca while recovering from anesthesia.

MONKEYS raised a kidnapped girl for five years in the Columbian jungle.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent is responsible for Amtrak delays along the Northeast corridor.

A COW escaped from a trailer heading south on Highway 3 in Washington State, stalling morning traffic and creating havoc for those trying to capture her.

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Monday, October 22, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TY SEGALL plays "Thank God For Sinners" for Conan.

STARS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CODY CHESNUTT is advance streaming Landing On a Hundred.

SERA CAHOONE stopped by the KEXP studio to showcase her unique blend of alt-country.

CITIZEN COPE plays a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

A-HA was topping the charts with the MTV-driven "Take On Me" a mere 27 years ago.

PETE TOWNSHEND's memoir is (briefly) excerpted at Rolling Stone

NIRVANA: THE RECORDING SESSIONS gets excerpted by The Quietus.

TORI AMOS talks to NPR's The Record about her muses, her song girls, and her father.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Ithaca Times about Transcendental Youth, survival, and more. (Thx LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Paranormal Activity 4 tops the chart with 30.2 million (and another 26 million worldwide) against a 5 million budget. Ka-ching! Argo places with 16.6 million on a mere 15 percent drop, having just about recouped its production cost domestically already. Nominations are sure to follow.  Hotel Transylvania rides the season to show with 13.5 million on a mere 22 percent drop in its first weekend after the 100 million mark.  Taken 2 -- last weekend's champ -- slides to the fourth slot with 13.4 million, but alos crosses the 100 million barrier.  Alex Cross rounds out the Top 5 with 11.8 million, suggesting that Tyler Perry is no Morgan Freeman (who played the role to bigger openings in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider).

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL got hitched in Italy on Friday.

ADELE and Simon Konecki had a baby boy this past Friday.

LINDSAY LOHAN  wants an order of protection against her Dad, who atempted an intervention with her.

CHEVY CHASE reportedly dropped the N-word during a tirade on the set of NBC comedy Community.

JENNIFER ESPOSITO and CBS are reportedly feuding over their decision temporarily sidelining her from Blue Bloods.

MADONNA waves a gun at her Denver concert, months after a mass shooting in Aurora. Desperately seeking attention.

50 ESSENTIAL HORROR FILMS, according to Flavorwire.

LEBANON: Protests erupted after the funeral of slain intel chief General Hassan. Mourners stormed the office of Prime Minister Mikati, who is perceived to be too close to the Syrian regime. Opposition groups called for Mikati to resign.

LIBYA: Khamis Gaddhafi, son of former dictator Muammar Gaddhafi, was reportedly killed during fighting in Bani Walid. His death has not been confirmed. Heavy fighting continues in the city.

IRAN: The White House denied a media report that it was ready to engage in one-on-one talks with Iran on the nuclear weapons issue.

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF commander Gen. John Allen said al Qaeda is re-emerging in Afghanistan.

GRIZZLY BEAR & WOLF CUBS, playing together...Mass hysteria!

GOATS force football game to change venue.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Mititant rodents plant propaganda.

A RARE JAPANESE FROG sports spikes protruding from a set of pseudo-thumbs for combat and mating.

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