Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Halloween Wrap up :
Friday, October 29, 2010
I decided to post the playlist before Halloween so in case you are having an earlier party you can borrow from my list.
Happy Halloween. *j
31 songs October 2010
- “ALL MY FRIENDS ARE ZOMBIES” - THE PRISCILLAS
- “WONDERFUL WITCHES” – THURSTON MOORE
- “LOVE THE WITCH” – CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN
- “GHOST TOWN” – THE SPECIALS
- “GHOST TOWN”- THE PRODIGY
- “WEREWOLF” – THE ROCKIN’ BARRACUDAS
- “UPTIGHT WEREWOLF” – THE MIGHTY ATOMICS
- “EVIL TOWN” – THE VINES
- “BONES” – THE KILLERS
- “BONES” –RADIOHEAD
- “DRACULA” – GORILLAZ
- “VAN HELSING BOOM BOX” – MAN MAN
- “VAMPIRES MAY BE A BIT STRONG BUT…” – ARCTIC MONKEYS
- “LOVE SONG FOR A VAMPIRE” – ANNIE LENNOX
- “TEENAGE DEMON BABY” – FOXY SHAZAM
- “EVIL THOUGHTS” – FOXY SHAZAM
- “DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME” – CULTURE CLUB
- “GRAVEYARD” YEAH YEAH YEAHS
- “CEMETRY GATES” – THE SMITHS
- “SCARY MONSTERS AND SUPER CREEPS” – DAVID BOWIE
- “FRANKENSTEIN” – NEW YORK DOLLS
- “SPELLBOUND” – SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
- “THE WITCH” – ROSETTA STONE
- “LITTLE GHOST” – THE WHITE STRIPES
- “GHOST TOWN BLUES” – SOCIAL DISTORTION
- “I WANT CANDY” – BOW WOW WOW
- “DEAD MAN’S PARTY” OINGO BOINGO
- “HALLOWEEN” - DEAD KENNEDYS
- “THIS IS HALLOWEEN” – MARILYN MANSON
- “I’M A WEREWOLF, BABY” – THE TRAGICALLY HIP
- “EVERY DAY IS HALLOWEEN” - MINISTRY
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I just discovered this band, The National, who has been around for a decade without my knowledge, like two days ago, and found out I missed seeing them play in my city by 3 weeks. What a ghastly feeling.
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: "Anyone's Ghost" - The National
LINK : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XnRl-m5QPI
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: "Little Ghost" - The White Stripes
Last month I read a fabulous piece of historical fiction, The Heretics Daughter, by Kathleen Kent. It is based on Kent's ancestor, a woman and her daughter accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. I learned quite a bit more about the factors leading up to the hysteria. From what I gleaned from the story it seemed to be a frenzy created by a bunch of conniving teenage girls making outrageous accusations for attention. One of my favorite lines showing the senselessness of it all was from an old woman in the jail cell. Dozens of people were crammed in a rotten cell, and she proclaimed something to the effect of 'If we were all really witches we would have blown the roof off this place a long time ago'. I was constantly amazed by the superstitious blindness of the community. They were spellbound by the notion of witchcraft and reacting rashly, captivated by their own fears and insecurities (compounded by problems with the natives whose land they had taken and poor harvests) leading them to irrational acts. The inability to have power over their true enemies or nature lead them to take out their anger and fear upon those immediately around them causing them equal frustration. Obviously no one was thinking straight, but it didn't keep them from killing their neighbors. Oh, the wicked things people do.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thanks everyone for stopping by and feel free to comment on what you like or would like to see.
Vielen Dank, bardzo dziękuję, tak, gracias, merci, dank u wel, cheers!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Throwing a Halloween party for Yaz and his little monster friends today. Gotta run...
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Yet another great composer had a birthday this month, and in the Halloween spirit died a tragic death.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
One of the fun things about Halloween is the ability to transform into something beyond your normal self. I worked in costuming for about 5 years, and during Halloween, the shop where I worked became more useful than a psychiatrist’s office in determining the underlying issues people have. While most women wanted to be a “sexy” something or other (usually inappropriately and unsuccessfully), and guys wanted to be either a violent character or a pimp, on occasion there were people who would surprise you with an actual persona that they wanted to try out. They were methodical in their creation of their fantasy self and even more interesting was meeting up with them again upon returning the costume, as they always had a story to tell and often lingered to buy something character related as a keepsake, incorporating a little bit of their fantasy life into their reality, peeling back a bit of the mask.HALLOWEEN SONG 1:“Mask” – Bauhaus
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: “Faces in Disguise” – Sunny Day Real Estate
Friday, October 22, 2010
Mr. IMo? headed out on a train then a plane early this morning to yet another of his conferences where they try to torture each other through boredom, fondly known as “death by powerpoint”.
We both seem to be strung up on our own techno-version of the rack.
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: “Do you really want to hurt me?” – Culture Club
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: “Tyrant” – The Bravery
HALLOWEEN SONG 3: “Until Death” - Front 242
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I am just giddy about seeing Sky and Eric again.
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: " Teenage Demon Baby" - Foxy Shazam
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: "Evil Thoughts" - Foxy Shazam
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
|Willem Dafoe as Nosferatu in |
Shadow of the Vampire
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: "Perhaps Vampires is a Bit Strong But..."- Arctic Monkeys
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: "Love Song for a Vampire" - Annie Lennox (this is a great Annie Lennox video)
I really like this new Australian band. If you like Sigur Ros, you should check them out.
Here is the link for my review:
Here is my review of Pygmallion Fest: ReVoLt ReVoLt & Built to Spill
Monday, October 18, 2010
|Aenaes and the Sybil in Hades by Jan The Elder Brueghel|
I am going to spend today circling that deliciously evil layer of hell which is reserved for us dummies who can't solve our own computer problems and must dial in to the dreaded call-center to have someone else remotely and smugly help with all of my issues. Honestly, call-people, if I knew what I was doing I wouldn't have to call you, but then you'd be out of a job, so please don't mock me when I don't know the techno-geek speak for whatever in hell is wrong with my computer.
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: "Hellbound" - The Breeders
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: "Burning Hell" - R.E.M..
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Johann Strauss is a little chipper for me, but I do like this operetta "Der Zigeunerbaron", which trnslates as "The Gypsy Baron". Here is a quickie Wikipedia Overview:
Overview: This is the colourful story of the marriage of a landowner (returned from exile) and a gypsy girl who is revealed as the daughter of a Turkish Pasha, and the rightful owner of a hidden treasure. It involves a fortune-telling Romany Queen, an absurdly self-important Mayor, a rascally Commissioner, a Military Governor, a band of Gypsies and a troop of Hussars.
I like the craziness of the storyline.
HALLOWEEN SONG OF THE DAY: "Der Zigeunerbaron" - operetta, by Johann Strauss II
|Edward Van Sloan - Dracula 1931|
As you may have noticed, I have a thing for the classics.
Yesterday’s bit on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with Ichabod Crane & the Headless Horseman and the earlier bit on Bela Lugosi lead me to think about some of the other fantastic “gothic” fiction that has been co-opted by Halloween. Bram Stocker’s “Dracula” is a prime case in point, though there are others I will get to later in the week.
Friday, October 15, 2010
|Ichabod Crane, Respectfully Dedicated to Washington Irving. William J. Wilgus|
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I love Bela Lugosi; his face and Hungarian accent lend themselves perfectly to the myth and mystery of vamipres. And the best part is that he doesn't sparkle like Tinkerbell.
I also thought I would share this cool Hungarian band I like, Hangmás, that has a response to Bauhaus.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Today will be pretty bare bones.
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: "Bones" - Radiohead
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: "Bones" - The Killers
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Nope, we are not talking about Phoenix today, we are talking about the REAL Lisztomania, surrounding Franz Liszt. It is his birthday this month, and our featured song is a moody piece believed to have been written for his friend Frédéric Chopin.
Here, for your historical reference is a wikipedia blurb about "Listomania". I can believe it. He was the rockstar of his day, and a hottie (look at those cheekbones).
"After 1842 "Lisztomania" swept across Europe. The reception Liszt enjoyed as a result can only be described as hysterical. Women fought over his silk handkerchiefs and velvet gloves, which they ripped to shreds as souvenirs. Helping fuel this atmosphere was the artist's mesmeric personality and stage presence. Many witnesses later testified that Liszt's playing raised the mood of audiences to a level of mystical ecstasy."
SONG OF THE DAY: "Funérailles" - is the 7th piece in the collection of piano pieces by Franz Liszt entitled Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
Saturday, October 9, 2010
airport. I have never seen another in all my travels, so I can always find that bag.
So today, feel free to embrace your love or fear or indifference to alien life forms, UFOs, spacetravel wishes, and all things extra-terrestrial, and have a freaky day.
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: "Aliens? We are the Aliens" - Captain Sensible (of the Damned)
(I can't find any links, but I know it's on Napster)
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: "Music to Watch Space Girls By" - Leonard Nemoy
Friday, October 8, 2010
My husband has taken a break from his International Man of Mystery lifestyle and is playing Bear Grylls in the woods. I spent the day playing roadie and tackled some of the most heinously treacherous roads in America.
Nevertheless, at this moment I am writing from a smokey, dirty pit of a motel in West Virginia. I hate motels. They scare me. Something about them always makes me feel like someone is going to break in and I will die a violent, bloody death.
So today's songs are inspired by my weird paranoia, and the frenzy of The Mothman.
HALLOWEEN SONG 1: "Evil Town" - The Vines
HALLOWEEN SONG 2: "Everyone Says I'm Paranoid" - Apartment (currently one of my favorite songs)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
|"Macbeth and Banquo Meeting the Witches on the Heath" 1855, by Théodore Chassériau|
SONG 1: "Wonderful Witches" - Thurston Moore
SONG 2: "Love the Witch" - Camper van Beethoven
Sunday, October 3, 2010
This week being Verdi's birthday I thought we'd celebrate by chosing an opera, but since we are celebrating Halloween too it, needed to be tragic.
When I was 16 years old, I went to see my first opera, La Traviata by Guiseppe Verdi. I was horribly under-dressed. I sat in the very back, in the cheap seats, but in a middle row chair and got to see the wide stage view of the performance.
The story line is based on famed French writer Alexander Dumas' play La dame aux Camélias. It is the story of a fallen woman, a courtesan Violetta, the object of affection of a young nobleman and a Baron. She falls in love with the young nobleman, Alfredo, and abandons her professional life for the peace in the country with her lover.
Of, course the tranquility doesn't last long. Alfredo's father comes to Violetta and begs her to end the relationship with his son in order to save the engagement of his chaste and noble daughter. Violetta agrees and writes Alfredo to end their affair. Later they have a very public and very nasty encounter, with neither revealing the whole truth. The scene ends with Violetta fainting on the floor, Alfredo having a bit of a tantrum, and an eventual duel between Alfredo and the Baron.
Violetta had been ill earlier, with her tuberculosis now worsening after the breakup,leaving her bed-ridden. Alfredo's father writes to let her know that the Baron was only slightly injured and at this point also tells Alfredo of Violetta's sacrifice for his sister. Alfredo goes to visit Violetta but she is deathly ill. The lovers are shortly reunited, Alfredo's father comes to express his sorrow at his interference, but it is too late, and Violetta dies in
It is a terribly tragic opera, and completely beautiful; a very noble excuse for a good cry.