Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi's Dead

Bauhaus: Bela Lugosis Dead

Many great songs have been written over the last five decades that capture the spirit and frightful spirit of Halloween. However, when it comes down to expressing everything that is macabre about All Hallows' Eve, none of them hold a candle when compared to "Bela Lugosi's Dead" By Bauhaus.

In a nutshell, Bauhaus was a massively influential band comprised of brothers Kevin and David Haskins, Peter Murphy and Daniel Ash. The Northampton band formed in 1978 and split up in 1983. Murphy went solo, although he did make an album with Mick Karn of Japan under the name of Dalis Car. Ash, and Kevin Haskins formed Tones on Tail with Glen Campling before settling in as Love and Rockets with David J (Haskins) replacing Campling in the band. David J also recorded several solo albums and collaborated with Alan Moore.

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By |October 31st, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 32: The Final Day

Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing

Well, the undead fat lady is about to sing for 32 Days of Halloween. As we've been sifting through the madness of the season, we hope you've enjoyed yourselves. If so, do let us know. That's how we decide if there's going to be a Part VII or not. As always, we try to launch the final day with the various and sundry bits that didn't seem to fit anywhere else. And that seems to sum up our first video, which is part of a training vid that Vincent Price recorded for Sears. Sears Roebuck had The Vincent Price Collection of art available for sale...and no, we're not talking stuff like prints by Giger and Wrightson...Price was a Serious Art Guy. Showing here...

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By |October 31st, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 31: Setting Horror to Music

The Fly: The Opera

So the news that a House of Wax musical from Tim Burton may have been in the works got me thinking about the drive to have the stage added to the Law of Relative Development...since practically everything is being prepped for a stage production these days. And I decided to go exploring. We've already talked about Carrie and Aliens on ice for example.

We've also mentioned before The Fly: The Opera...the opera adaptation of the Cronenberg film which Cronenberg himself directed and Howard Shore wrote the music for. That was 2008...and they've never released a cast album. Back then there weren't really any videos of the songs...but here is a German documentary where they basically take you through an abridged version of the entire show. It looks bloody mental. Suggestion: skip forward a bit and then watch from about fifty minutes in on...because how many opportunities to you get to see a baritone Seth Brundle in full stage-Fly gear entering while crawling on the ceiling upside down? Oh, and singing all the while?

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By |October 30th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Music Monday: Clutters, Wings of Apollo, Just a Band & More...

Clutters: Breaking Bones

More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

We kick off with a Halloweenish music video for The Clutters, a rock band from Nashville.

Friend of Need Coffee (and Solve This panelist) Jay Wade Edwards directed the video.

Here's what he has to say for himself:

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By |October 29th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 29: Vincent Price Sings!

Vincent Price Sings

There's a lot to love when it comes to the classic horror actors of yesteryear. But if there's one guy who doesn't seem to have an end to his talents, it's Vincent Price. In addition to being an actor on the big screen, he performed in a number of one-man performances (his Oscar Wilde show was amazing), he was an art collector and a gourmet foodie to the extent that he released a course of instructional albums on the subject.

But he could also sing. And we're not just talking about this, with which most are probably familiar...

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By |October 28th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

An Interview With Kim Boekbinder about Space

Kim Boekbinder

I first heard of and met Kim Boekbinder in 2008, when she and her sister Zoe appeared as the sister-cabaret duo Vermillion Lies, accompanying Amanda Palmer on her first solo US tour (That's also the year I first encountered The Builders and the Butchers, but that's another interview). Their songs were vibrant, funny, heart-wrenching, memorable, and very, very good. As I listened to all of their albums, I began to get a sense of each sister's lyrical voice and tone. Eventually, as the two moved on to their own solo careers, they developed and expanded those voices independently.

Just now, Kim has been working on a new album about space, collaborating with astronomers, physicists, and people who are just plain interested in the subject. She's been funding the project through Kickstarter, and has been providing regular updates to fans and supporters.

Recently, I got the opportunity to ask Ms. Boekbinder some questions about her work, the focus of her current project, and the shape of crowdfunding today.

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By |October 27th, 2012|Interviews|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 27: Spooky Sounds From Childhood

Ghostly Sounds cover art

Back when I was a youngster, somewhere around 1832, there was no access to scary media. (Relax, this isn't going to devolve into a "we had to trudge through the snow uphill both ways just to fight over a ticket to get into a nickelodeon to watch Dawn of the Dead" sort of thing...just trying to provide context.) If you were lucky, you could talk your parents into taking you the local independently owned video rental store and maybe they'd let you rent something--depending on the intensity of the cover art, of course. There were all of three television networks and they never showed anything that could offend. (People my age: take a moment and cast your mind back...try to imagine an episode of Walking Dead edited for the television of the late 70s. Now stop, you'll hurt yourself.)

No, normally the best you could do was either scary literature or scary records. And really, as you'll see--the records are so terribly kid-friendly they served as more a jumping off point for the imagination rather than something that actually terrified. Most kids didn't know about old-time radio shows that might have actually given them a jump or two. So in many cases, what you're about to hear was the best we could do. Pity our younger, more foolish selves.

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By |October 26th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Music Monday: The Staves, Wolf Alice, Local Natives & More...

Staves: Mexico EP

More music picks for your Monday, with an assist from Rob. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

First up, a band I heard of via one of the few music blogs I still have time to peruse, Aurgasm--it's The Staves, a trio of sisters from England who sound absolutely amazing. And trust me--I've been looking through a lot of music for this post--so nice to hear people who can pull their stuff off live. Granted, they're not trying to speed around on Segways or fly through the air on a harness...but it's just nice. Speaking of live, here's "Icarus" from their Mexico EP.

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By |October 22nd, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Win Tourist by St Germain on CD!

St Germain: Tourist

It's Tourist by St Germain, being re-released by Blue Note/EMI. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

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By |October 21st, 2012|Contests|0 Comments

Win The Best of Bond on CD!

Best of Bond CD

It's Best of Bond...James Bond: 50 Years - 50 Tracks, out on CD from Capitol. Here's what they have to say for themselves:

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By |October 19th, 2012|Contests|0 Comments