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Puttin' On The Ritz   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 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: 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.

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.

INFERNO is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

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: Seventy-Six 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.

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."


END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.


THE MOST POPULAR PET COSTUMES of 2016, according to National Retail Federation.

THE BEST POP CULTURE PET COSTUMES, according to Rover. Again, some day they will turn against humankind.

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Andy Schauf, Hiss Golden Messenger, Okkervil River, Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SHINS return with a timely video for "Dead Alive."

ANDY SCHAUF stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

OKKERVIL RIVER played the Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

CAR SEAT HEADREST: Will Toledo talks to the Colorado State Independent about his next LP and more. (Thx, LHB.)

AFGHAN WHIGS: The Quietus reconsiders Black Love at 20.

FLOCK OF DIMES: Jenn Wasner talks to Paste about solo albums, aloneness, and more.

STEELY DAN, ranked by Paste.

MEL GIBSON: Pariah No More? The audience screening his World War II battlefield hero movie Hacksaw Ridge at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave him a standing ovation.

BRANGELEXIT: The Brad Pitt child abuse investigation has been expanded to the entire family, including Angelina Jolie.

PATTON OSWALD talks to the New York Times about the untimely death of his wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara.

MICHAEL PHELPS tied the knot with Nicole Johnson months ago, but they kept it under wraps.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & JENNIFER LAWRENCE are fronting competing flims about Zelda Fitzgerald.

CHRIS PINE is in talks to join the cast of Disney’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.

DEADPOOL 2: Which creative differences led to the split with director Tim Miller?

THE INCREDIBLES 2 moves up on the calendar, while TOY STORY 4 moves back.

IRAQ: Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells NBC News that the next major operation will target ISIS’ proclaimed capital of Raqqa in Syria, and that it will take place in “weeks.”

A PANDA stays in shape with sit-ups.

CATS: Good thing they're adorable, because they get away with a lot.

A PARROT outed a cheating husband.the

 SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent ransacked a Vancouver Island home.

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Drive-By Truckers, Whitney, Sunflower Bean, Shark and Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANDREW BIRD  & MATT BERNINGER (The National) cover Lou Reed's "Perfect Day."

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS play a Tiny Desk Concert.

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

SUNFLOWER BEAN stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

OTIS REDDING: "Respect" is shared ahead of the new six-CD set Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings.

CHEAP TRICK: "I Can't Take It." An overlooked gem.

BOB WEIR talks to Rolling Stone about the Grateful Dead's legacy, Adele, fame's downside and more...

PRINCE's Paisley Park officially opens as a museum.


BOBBY VEE, whose infuriatingly catchy 60s hits included "Rubber Ball" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," and who gave Bob Dylan an early job, has died aged 73 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

KATE BECKINSALE & LEN WISEMAN have pulled the plug on their marriage.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE could go to jail for 30 days for taking a selfie in a voting booth.

TAYLOR SWIFT & KATY PERRY had a standoff at Drake's birthday party.

BRITNEY SPEARS is in a rumble with Bumble.

THE PROMISE a film starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac and set during the final days of the Ottoman Empire, leading up to the Armenian Genocide, is already an internet controversy.

PETER JACKSON is co-writing and producing (but not directing) the adaptation of Philip Reeve's science-fiction fantasy book series, Mortal Engines.

TOM HANKS revisited Zoltar (Big) on Colbert.

GILMORE GIRLS has a trailer for their Netflix revival.

A SHARK eats A COW in the middle of the ocean.

THIS BUG has 4 penises, 200 poison glands & 414 legs.

AN ESCAPED EMU sent deputies on a wild goose chase after it walked up to a bar in central Florida. (note: not the same as Monday's emu)

A 6-FT PYTHON turned up before a PGA event.

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Pete Burns RIP, Dawes, Kishi Bashi, Clear Plastic Masks, Gorilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

PETE BURNS, who founded the oh-so-80s pop group Dead Or Alive, has died of a cardiac arrest aged 57. The band's US hits were "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" and "Brand New Lover." (your twofer Tuesday). The Guardian has even more.

DAWES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

KISHI BASHI visited World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CLEAR PLASTIC MASKS advance streams Nazi Hologram.

JOANNA NEWSOM returned with a new song called “Make Hay,” an unreleased outtake recorded during the sessions for Divers.

THE FLAMING LIPS share a video for "The Castle" ahead of Oczy Mlody.

THE 50 BEST SHOEGAZE ALBUMS, according to Pitchfork.

BARRY GIBB talks to Weekend Edition about music, family and loss.

THE RAVEONETTES talk to Weekend Edition their monthly song project.

NICO, the late German chanteuse who was among Andy Warhol’s muses and sang with the Velvet Underground, is getting the biopic treatment.

DAISY RIDLEY has confirmed when Star Wars will reveal who Rey's parents are.

BILL MURRAY was saluted with the Mark Twain Prize.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH denied rumors he and wife Elsa Pataky would soon split.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER wishes he was running for President.

ORLANDO BLOOM rescued a bloodied and abandoned dog in Shanghai.

SHAILENE WOODLEY is to stand trial in North Dakota early next year on charges related to her protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.

IS SOCIAL MEDIA changing film criticism?

IRAQ: The Pentagon is sending dozens of additional intelligence analysts to Iraq to pore over a trove of information that is expected to be recovered in the offensive to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State, data that could offer new clues about possible terrorist attacks in Europe.

KUMBUKA THE GORILLA escaped from his enclosure at the London Zoo... to chug some fruity syrup. And did not break theough hsi enclosure, as previously reported.

A HAIRLESS HAMSTER gets a tiny sweater.

A GIANT SPIDER carries a mouse up a fridge.

SEVEN FEMALE ELK AND A BULL wents shopping at a Colorado mall.

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Neil Young & Metallica, Warpaint, Phantogram, Blind Pilot, Player 3   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEIL YOUNG joins METALLICA for a cover of his "Mr. Soul."

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

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

BLIND PILOT played a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS originally believed "Cubs In Five" was the height of the unlikely.

BOB DYLAN has quietly scrubbed the one mention of him as the "winner of the Nobel Prize in literature" in "the lyrics" section of the site following his surprise win last week. The Nobel comittee is in disarray.

PRINCE: A remastered, repackaged edition of Purple Rain is coming, with a second album of previously unreleased material.

BEFORE THE SMITHS, Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke were in a funk band named Freak Party.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN wrote a song for...Harry Potter?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Boo! A Madea Halloween topped the chart with 27.6MM, again establishing that Tyler Perry makes a lot more money with drag comedies than with family dramas, though the 20MM budget is probably acceptable only because Perry keeps the marketing costs down.  Jack Reacher: Never Go Back placed with 23MM, much better that the original's 15MM debut and likely to do big worldwide business (already 31MM) against a very reasonable 60MM budget.  Ouija: Origin of Evil showed with 14MM against a 9MM budget, and good reviews may make this prequel as hugely profitable through the next two weeks as the original (which was a far worse film). The Accountant slid 43 percent to the fourth slot with 14MM as it recoups its production budget domestically; its modest 44 million budget should allow overseas markets to bring this one into the black.  Similarly, The Girl on the Train, which rounds out the Top Five with 7.3M, is most of the way to profit on worldwide grosses exceeding 100MM.

DONALD GLOVER will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO will play Sun Records' Sam Phillips, who helped make stars of artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

DEADPOOL 2 lost director Tim Miller over what insiders say are creative differences between him and Ryan Reynolds, the actor who plays the titular Marvel character.

ANNE HATHAWAY talked to The Guardian about Colossal -- and about getiing awards in a way that may have people on her back again.

SNEAKERS may be headed to the small screen.

BILL MURRAY crashed the White House press room to talk baseball.

DAVID LETTERMAN (and his beard) shop at Target these days.

VENEZUELA goes Full Dictatorship. You never go Full Dictatorship.

A U.S. DESTROYER sailed close to a cluster of islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea on Friday, the Pentagon said, amid continued tensions in the contested waterway.

PLAYER 3 has entered the game.

AN EMU was found wandering an Arizona highway.

THE POLICE HORSE did not like being slapped.

AN OVER-FRIENDLY OCTOPUS tries playing Alien with a diver.

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