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Countdown to Halloween, Day 25: Dirt in the Ground

October 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not much to say about tonight’s entry in the Halloween mixtape. It’s a song about death. Stirring lyrics. Macabre and downbeat, yet kind of uplifting in its own strange way. And most important of all, it sounds like Halloween. So I hope you enjoy the musical stylings of Mister Tom Waits, with “Dirt in the Ground.” [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Days 23 & 24: The Legend of Morrow Road

October 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Another missed day on the Countdown, another two-fer for the Halloween mixtape… Tonight, we’ve got two from Ms Rachel Brooke, an alternative country artist with a voice like honey. (“Alternative Country” being the label for country music that, you know, actually sounds like country music, and not the disposable twang-pop Nashville’s churning out these days. Just to make that clear to anybody who’s just here for the spooky, and could give a rat’s ass [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 22: Through the Woods

October 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

As has become our habit, we’re taking a quick break from the Halloween mixtape tonight to review a Halloweenie funnybook. And this week, it’s finally time to review something I’ve been saving for the Halloween season: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll This book actually came out last fall, but I didn’t stumble across it til the summer. I almost wrote about it then, but decided that, since it’s been out so long anyway, it could wait til now. Carroll’s been [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 21: Slow Munsters

October 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

So the theme song to the Munsters has been getting plenty of airtime lately, thanks to Fallout Boy’s ill-fitting appropriation of it for their song “Uma Thurman.” I mean, don’t get me wrong. That’s a great guitar riff. It just doesn’t belong in that song. ANYway… The Munsters. Fun show, watched it a lot as a kid, still catch one every now and then, one of the greatest TV theme songs ever. But everyone’s heard it a million times, and that’s [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Days 19 & 20: The Worms Crawl In

October 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Missed another day, somehow. But, no worries. I’ll make it up to you with not just a two-fer, but a little something extra, as well. First, though, I should tell you what’s on tap for tonight’s entry in the Halloween mixtape. It’s “The Hearse Song,” also known under the title I really prefer: “The Worms Crawl In.” This is a fun one. The song’s origins are mostly unknown. It may date back as far as the early 19th Century Crimean War, or at [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 18: Horror of Yig

October 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Going from the sublime to the ridiculous… …tonight the Halloween mixtape brings us to GWAR. Formed in the middle 1980s as a parody of Satanic heavy metal, GWAR took the schtick one step further. They’re not devil worshippers. Hell, they’re not even human. They’re alien shock troops, barbarians from space, exiled here in the distant past when they dared rebel against their boss, the Master of All Realities. Obsessed with sex, death, and torture, GWAR has awakened [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 17: This is How We Do Things in the Country

October 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Since I started down the gothic country path last night, I figured I might as well keep on walkin’ down it a little further. I mean, sure. It’s gettin’ kinda muddy, and the kudzu’s startin’ to choke it out some. And I ain’t 100% positive, but I might’ve tripped over somethin’ that felt a little like a corpse back there aways. But I just figger that must mean we’re about to stumble over somethin’ good an’ Halloweenie for our [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 16: Blood on the Bluegrass

October 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Earlier this month, I said that the Violent Femmes’ “Country Death Song” is my favorite gothic country tune. But you know… I might have been selling The Legendary Shack Shakers a little short. Hailing from Paduca, Kentucky, the Shack Shakers (alternately THE, TH’, and sometimes THOSE Legendary Shack Shakers) play a swampy mix of blues, rockabilly, country, carnival polka, and whatever else suits their fancy, often with a sort of breakneck abandon. If you wanna [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Days 14 & 15: Goon and Circuses

October 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

Taking a break from the Halloween mixtape tonight to do a Halloween funnybook review. But, man… We got all kinds of trouble with the Countdown. First, I fell asleep trying to pick a song for last night’s entry (Never get comfy in front of the YouTubes when you’re tired, man. Don’t work out good). Which would normally call for a two-fer. But as I said… I’m doing a funnybook review tonight instead. So… DISCOMBOBULATION! But don’t worry. I’ve [...]

Countdown to Halloween, Day 13: Turkish Song of the Damned

October 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sometimes the Halloween music can get a bit silly (last night’s cockney two-fer being a good example of that). But for this lucky 13th day of the Countdown, I thought I’d move on to something a trifle more serious: a straight-up ghost story. Even better… It’s a PIRATE ghost story! And even yet still better than that… It’s also an Irish sea shanty, with Middle Eastern flourishes! It’s… In the hands of many artists, that would be a train wreck. [...]