Monday, October 30, 2006

Groovie Ghoulies

"It's in the trees, it's coming..."
Castle FiL, 30 Oct 2006

Ah, it's the night before Halloween, and round Castle FiL we are all set for tomorrows tricks and treats. The front garden and walkway has been festooned with webs, the bushes are a-crawling with arachnids, a disembodied wraith head leers from a skeletal tree, and what the children affectionately call the "devil zombie" is leaning over the garden wall in anticipation of snaring a juicy Hansel or Gretel in search of candy. And inside the castle, Family FiL are sharpening their cutlasses and polishing their jackboots as they prepare to mercilessly roam the neighbourhood en masse in search of plunder and a head or two to hang from the mizzenmast...

On top of all this macabre merriment, Dearest Tim has decided to release this week's Contrast Podcast a day early! Hooray! The theme for the thirty-first episode is "Music To Watch Ghouls By," suggested by myself to mark the season. But what has me all in a tizz is that through the magic of modern technology, Tim & I actually did the intro together! And if you listen very carefully, Dear Friends, you will hear my Dearest, Darling Wife provide a cameo appearance. It was fortunate that she is suffering from a cold - it added much to the performance.

The 'cast itself is a true grimoire of ghastly tunes, so do huddle behind the safety of your sofa and prepare to listen all a-tremble. You can download the podcast through this direct link to Hell or subscribe to this atrocity and future podcasts using this RSS feed:

Be afraid, be very afraid...

(00:00) The Crewnecks - Rockin’ Zombie
FiL from Pogoagogo

(04:22) The Pogues - Worms
Lyle from Mentok the Mindtaker

(05:20) Frank Black - Theme from One Step Beyond
Brian from The Rant

(08:15) The Misfits - Last caress
Simon from You can call me Betty

(10:47) The Coral - Skeleton Key
Jim from Sessions of Breakfast

(14:07) Klaxons - Atlantis to Interzone
Kip from Hip to be square

(19:08) Moimir Papalescu & the Nihilists - 5 long knives
ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(23:05) Death in Vegas - Aisha
Tim from FunFunFun

(29:59) Voltaire - Brains!
Bethanne from CTASLS

(35:52) The Ramones - Pet Cemetary
Alex (who doesn’t have a website!)

(40:03) Guillemots - She’s evil
Marcy from Lost in your inbox

(43:55) Tenhi - Salain
Marcos from Mindboosternoori

(49:01) Hole - Berry (Live)
Fraser from BKLYN Song of the Day

(52:18) Bert Convy - The monster’s hop
Ross from Just Gimme Indie Rock

(55:00) The Movielife - Scary
Andy from Circles of Concrete

(58:32) The Gorgonites - Holloween
Spoodles from Robot hand is the future

This week I had great difficulty in selecting a tune, as I have many fiendish tracks in my crypt. Truth be told, I was surprised not to see more (any?) gothic offerings amongst the contributions. Perhaps it was too obvious a (flat) field to plow? Ah, might as well throw a couple into the also-ran list...

Ministry - Every Day Is Halloween (buy here)
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Peek-a-Boo (buy here)
Mortiis - Parasite God (buy here)
Alien Sex Fiend - Now I'm Feeling Zombiefied (buy here)
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field (buy here or e-here)
Christian Death - Spiritual Cramp (buy here)
Cradle of Filth - From the Cradle to Enslave (buy here or e-here)
The Mummies - You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes(buy here)
Jack & Jim - The Midnight Monster's Hop (buy here )
The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck (buy here)

For next week's theme, Tim has gone all contemplatve and set the themes as "When?" So dig around for song titles with that interrogative in the title or artist name, and follow these easy directions to participate.

And so, Dear Friends, I hope this marks the start of my clawback towards a semblance of regular posting. After, of course, we raid the neighbourhood. Avast, me hearties! Arrrrr!!!

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Oh me, oh my, we are experiencing technical difficulties. Well, truth be told, it's EZarchive's fault. Completely and entirely. They are upgrading to a new system and have changed the way files are handled and presented, and have been somewhat opaque in communicating the shift. You know the old axiom "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?" Well, I can't and therefore I won't.

Please bear with me - I'll be sorting out the most recent links as soon as possible. In the meantime...

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