What whattaya know…it’s almost Halloween! And since we’re fully aware of our target market of ghouls and goblins and witches and warlocks and slashers and sickos and other demented and deranged types–we’ve assembled not ONE but TWO very special "DELI-WEEN" playlists (branding!) for your delectation. The first of these is a video playlist (see below, duh!) chock full of 159 video clips including lots of holiday-appropriate music both new and old, plus lots of vintage horror movie trailers and other Hallow’s Eve ephemera. Plus, if you share the Deli’s viewpoint that "Everyday Is Halloween" (due credit to Uncle Al!) then you can enjoy this sick-in-every-sense playlist all the year round.
And btw the cover image above is taken from Surfbort’s recent single "Happy Happy Halloween" which just so happens to be the leadoff track of the video playlist below because Surfbort rules.
As those late night informercials used to say…THAT"S NOT ALL because there’s also a whopping 113-song strong DELI-WEEN Spotify playlist that can be enjoyed by clicking on any of the highlighted words here. Likewise, this playlist is full of music new and old–and even more than the video playlist, it’s all-year-round appropriate given that only a smattering of the songs are explicitly Halloween themed–it’s more just a playlist of music that’s on the darker side of things, but all over the map genre- and sensibility-wise, with the songs ordered alphabetically by song title for your browsing pleasure! So maybe just pretend it’s the soundtrack to I Know What You Did 20 Summers Ago or something along those lines and have a good time listening. (Jason Lee)
Warm Human (aka Meredith Johnston) has released a new single and video called "Gimme A Reason" via House of Feelings records. This is her first single of 2021, and first on House of Feelings, after releasing a wonderful series of single last year.
When asked to explain the history of this song Johnston had this to say; "I am a terrible sleeper, I have a parasomnia where I wake myself up scratching my arms, outstretched like a zombie. Other days I wake up wondering why I slept so poorly, but when I sit up, my sheets are wrapped around my neck. This video is a visual manifestation of involuntary self torture, the feeling of drowning in your own consequences, whether in dreams or in waking life."
Local rock vets The Goldstars have released what may be a brand new Halloween classic, "Stroll in Hell". The new single does lean heavily of the sounds and style of "Monster Mash", but gives the classic tune a fresh and modern prospective.
Doom Flower are preparing to release their self-titled LP on November 19th via Record Label. This primarily the work of the duo of Jess Price (Campdogzz) and Bobby Burg who were joined by Areif Sless-Kitain on drums and Matt Lemke.
The group has released a series of single from the project over the last several months with the most recent being "Thrill Wheel".
When asked about "Bed Song 1" Tasha had this to say, “This is one of the first songs I wrote from the album, and came to encompass many of the feelings that I go on to continue exploring throughout the rest of the songs. It ties in some themes from the last record (solitude, bed time) while also revealing a new type of sadness and aching not often explored in my songwriting. It is a song about love ending, and wanting to linger in the imagining of it at its best, its warmest, and its most tender, while you try to let it go. It’s about reminiscing before the end has even come, relinquishing your heart so as to keep the sadness away just a little longer.”
Pedway recently released the second single, "The Infrared", from their forthcoming LP, Vitalic, which is set to be released on November 2nd via ears&eyes.
This is the expiremental jazz trio of Caroline Davis (alto saxophone), Matthew Golombisky (electric bass), and Quin Kirchner (drums).
This is the first new music from the trio since 2013’s Passion Ball, and the project was culled from 3 hours of live material recorded at The Whistler and Cafe Mustache in 2017. Unfortunately, this was the last time the trio, who know live in three very different areas of the world, performed together.
Courtesy recently released the lead single, "Zapps", from their forthcoming album, Check the Milk, which is due out on November 19th via Seasick Records. This is the duo of Drew Ryan and Kirk Rawlings.
In Richard Dyer’s classic 1979 book Stars (classic, that is, if you happen to be a Cinema Studies major) the distinguished British scholar considers how stars/celebrities provide a kind of psychological and sociological map to the culture from which they are spawned—kind of like how actual stars once served as maps, used to cross unfamiliar lands and strange seas. (of course today we’ve all got our omnipresent pocket computers and GPS apps to fill that function, and of course nothing bad ever comes from putting machines in charge…)
Anyway, Dyer goes on to unpack at length how these star-driven mental maps are formed through the art of storytelling—the TV shows and movies and long-form music videos and youtube makeup tutorials that the stars star in, and also in the many, many stories about the stars themselves that circulate in our society which can collectively be called “star texts” if you’re nerdy like that—stories that help to shape the collective belief systems through which we navigate our own lives in a celebrity-driven culture, a lot like how all those nutty stories about Greco-Roman gods captured the belief systems of Greco-Roman times—gods that provided the names for many constellations (names used to this day) which of course are made up of…STARS! (ok I’ll give the whole metaphor a rest now)
Like the gods of ye olden times, modern celebrities appeal in large part because they’re both human and superhuman, both highly relatable and highly aspirational. Consider, for instance, how Glenn Danzig can be going out to buy kitty litter in one moment (highly relatable!) and bestriding the stage ike a buff little garden gnome the next (and later, he can go on to direct a straight-to-Shudder horror movie featuring three stories of surreal and bloody erotic horror and ginormous breasts.
In other words, we are all Glenn Danzig. And there can never be another Glenn Danzig. And if we can navigate this contraduction, we can maybe face down all the contradictions we face on a daily basis in normal everyday normal life
Another way to put it is that, when it comes to star idols and celebrity worship, we as fans get to live vicariously between two worlds: fantasy and reality. And this is one thing Teddy Grey seems to "get" given that this self-described purveyor of “the tastiest garbage on the market” has written and recorded an entire double-album telling the stories of 30 high-profile celebrity couple breakups–granted, taking significant creative license in playing these roles himself alongside a wide array of musical and vocal collaborators, and imagining their inner thoughts and everyday experiences–stories we can all likely identify with (that is unless you’ve never been through a messy breakup and if so bully for you) but which are also quite exotic and impossible to identify with (that is unless you’ve ever had your nose cave in from doing too much coke, or been elected to Congress on the basis of a popular ’70s TV variety show before skiing head first into a tree and expiring).
The album in question is called The Great Failed Romances of the Twentieth Century (Mother West) and it features songs with titles like “Everything Will Change When We Have Money (Lindsey & Stevie),” “Our Voices Aren’t Made For Duets (Sonny & Cher),” Popular Kids (Burt & Loni),” “Second Best” (Billy & Courtney)” featuring Blaise Dahl (Dahl Haus) as Mrs. Love-Cobain, and “Like I Mean It (Ike & Tina)” featuring Jack Colquitt and Brandeaux and opening with Ike berating Tina during a recording session ("It’s a love song, girl, you gottamean it!”) before turning into a rollicking brass-assisted number with Tina imagining better times ahead: “When I imagine you gasping for breath on the floor / I’m giving up for another auteur / I can see my happy ending…someday you’ll be dead / better days are ahead" and anyway I think you get the song-naming convention at work here.
Personally, I think my favorite song on the album is “There’s Nothing That I Love (But You Come Close) (Sid & Nancy)” because it so brilliantly punctures the over-inflated mythology of the junkie couple with a rock musical-ready arrangement and a number of choice couplets like “let’s make out on the toilet, fuck on the floor / I think we forgot to close the bathroom door” and “take me in your arms and hold me close / tip me on my side if you hear me choke.” Oddly enough, my second favorite track happens to be the very next song on the album, called “Provocateur (Serge & Jane),” which drops some deep knowledge of Serge Gainsbourg (“bad puns and lollipops / concept albums donning Nazi rock”) or it does for an American audience at least, even if Teddy’s Serge impression sounds more like Pepé Le Pew meets Jarvis Cocker meets Dracula for a breathy ménage à trois session.
“But what does the album actually sound like?”, you may ask? Let’s go right to the press release for this one: “Shimmering guitar pop, piano ballads, arena rock—even a 32 second hoedown detailing the 32 day marriage of Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman!” and really who can argue with a press release that evokes either Ernie or Ethel never mind both. I would also add that The Great Failed Romances of the Twentieth Century has a Broadway Cast Recording kinda vibe—which makes sense since if you Google the album title you’ll find a backstage.com public notice looking for guest singers/celebrity impersonators for the project, which also makes sense since Grey’s main collaborator on the album is one Michael Lepore, a singer-actor who’s in the cast of the upcoming Broadway musical Sing Street. And, finally, if you ever wished Weird Al would record a double concept album (let it be noted that "Weird Al" Yankovic is also quite the musical polymath) which also serves as the soundtrack to a Broadway rock musical, well, here’s the closest you’re gonna get so get at it! (Jason Lee)