Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trick Or Treat!

Halloween will soon be upon us ... It is but a mere 6 days away!!! The dead leaves are falling ... the nights are getting chillier ... the ghosts and ghouls are all slowly coming out of their nooks and crannies! Hope you have your scary jack-o-lantern carved!

Want some phantasmagoric music to help you get set for All Hallow's Eve? Well, you're totally in for a treat (or is it a trick?! haha ...)

The ever-creative Beth Ragland has created an over-the-top awesome Halloween mixtape called "Bad Muffin Thriller Mix" and it is so very wickedly excellent! My favorite thing about it is that 85% of the music isn't stuff you've ever heard included on a Halloween mix before ... This playlist is chock-full of more unpredictable, atypical and (ahem) ... modern sounds ... Just listen for yourself, if you dare!

Thanks, Beth!!!

You can download Beth's mix HERE.

And that's not all! It's the end of the month again, so (as always) it's time for a new episode of "Thrift Store Vinyl Radio" ... As you may have guessed, this program will be filled with many scratchy, spooktacular stories and sound effects ... You might even recognize some scary records from your childhood ... who knows? ... I didn't speak on it because I was afraid of taking away from the thrilling and chilling mood these records create!

So turn out all the lights cuz here it is!
ENJOY!!! Muahahahaha!!!

Wanna download it? Well you can RIGHT HERE.


And now, some Halloween news!

If you live in Birmingham AL, there is gonna be a uniquely eerie art show THIS Thursday night called "Phantasm" ... It's being curated by my fellow artists, John Lytle Wilson and Wes Frazer ... A ton of my pals will have stuff in the show ... I'm doing a video installation for it!

Join us Thursday the 27th at dusk for PHANTASM, an art show presented in the dark. Bring a flashlight and a friend and discover dark themed artwork from some of Birmingham's favorite artists. Costumes are encouraged! Check out the even page HERE.

It'll be located at 213 24th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama

6pm - 10:30pm


Are the lights still out?!

Well if so, here's a nice ghost story by M.R. James!

If you dug that, you can listen to some splendidly vintage Halloween records and ghosts stories RIGHT HERE.


This past weekend, Ryan and I ventured down to Mobile to partake in Elise & Marc's "People of Walmart" themed Halloween party ... It was a truly wonderfully trashy experience!

Witness some photographic evidence =


Some rather haunted videos are on their way !!!

Here's one of my favorite scary movies of all time ... "Night Of The Living Dead" ... the whole movie!

This one's awesome, mostly cuz it was done SO WELL ... The Cast of Eerie Publications perform the Johnson-Smith Novelty Company "Horror Record" =

The traditional"Halloween" song by Kay Lande and Wade Denning, animated on an iPhone! =

This song (and video) by The Residents still disturbs me =

Elise sent this awesomelly creeeepy short film, "When I Found The Knife" ... cheers, E! Sorry I busted yer lip at the party! =

This isn't scary in a tradional sense, but it IS scary ... haha =

Ah, how seasonal! Siouxsie and the Banshees! =

The gothness continues with The Cure,circa 1982! =

And this one by Skinny Puppy is pure Halloween goodness =

This Bauhaus video really scared me the 1st time I saw it (seems silly now, but still!) =

Some pumpkiny desserts are upon us =

I feel sorry for the headstones in this one ... haha =

Haha ... Ryan recently sent me this video of a man who has a crippling fear of puppies ... ridiculous! Gracias! =

Speaking of puppies, Elise sent me this one of a dog who's afraid of Julia Roberts! bwahahaha! Danke, Elise! =

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And finally, enjoy some ultra lo-fi seasonal tomfoolery ... it's Dean and Company's 1984 Halloween special =

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Focal Point : Coil

This month's edition of the Focal Point series sheds some light on a rather obscure, yet extremely important music force, the British group Coil.

Coil were truly unique in every sense of the word. They extracted beauty from the deepest, darkest and most unpredictable places. Their music can be described as dark, cross-genre, experimental, satanic, frightening, psychotic and sadly beautiful all in the same breath.

Their motto was "Ritual music for the accumulation of male sexual energy."
Their songs were filled with unashamed homosexuality.
They were brutally honest about their pagan beliefs.

Evil to John Balance and Peter Christopherson was not evil ... To them it was merely a "game you play for special conscience-raising rituals." Coil were on a mission, not only to challenge themselves musically, but to create music that truly challenged their listeners.

They cared very little about their image. They were more of a visionary band, aiming to unleash unknown and unexplored inner energies, thus encouraging those listening to unleash and explore their own unique, inner energies, even if what came out was uncontrollable, unfamiliar and terrifying.

Delirium and self-induced madness were their inspirational tools ... John Balance believed that by using such things and applying them, one could strengthen one's self instead of bringing harm.

You can download the mix HERE.

Track list =

1. "The Swelling of Leeches"
2. "Godhead-Deathead"
3. "I Am The Green Child" (excerpt)
4. "The Last Rites of Spring"
5. "The Anal Staircase" (A Dyonisian Mix)
6. "I Don't Get It"
7. "Unprepared Piano"
8. "The Sewage Worker's Birthday Party"
9. "Love's Secret Domain"
10. "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)"
11. "Never"
12. "The Tattooed Man"
13. "Red Weather"
14. "Tainted Love"

And now, a few educational pieces about Coil =

You can read a very informative interview with the band RIGHT HERE.

HERE is an intriguing interview concerning their fascinatingly bizarre live shows.

Coil video interview 1 :

Coil video interview 2 :

Here are several Coil music videos :








And now, a bit of random news ...

I recently directed a music video for my good friend Pascal's band, Balthrop, Alabama ...

Check it out! =

Speaking of Balthrop, Alabama, they have a BRAND NEW EP out called the "Electricity EP" and it includes several remixes ... one of which was created by yours truly! CHECK IT OUT HERE!!!

Secondly, Lee Dunnie posted this interesting take on the Occupy Wall Street protests ... You can read it RIGHT HERE. Thanks, Lee!

As you all know, the blessed event known only as Halloween is only 2 weeks away ... The other day I found Halloween radio station ... Have a listen RIGHT HERE!!!


Videos! Videos! Videos!

This classic video by The Breeders makes me laugh =

This is the bar dance scene from the French horror film, "Calvaire" ... It is honestly one of the most psychotic movies I have EVER seen =

Here's another blast from the past ... Throwing Muses' lo fi nugget of a video for their song "Fish" =

A wonderful video for Youth Lagoon's wonderful song, "Montana" =

This new Dirty Beaches video gets reeeally creepy at the end! =

One more "past-blast" ...Roy Burns recently posted the video for Siouxsie's lovely song "Dazzle" ... thanks, Roy! =

Time for a double dessert dose!

1st up, Ryan sent me this utterly ridiculous video of some guy on a crazy one-wheeled bike ... haha =

And last but not least, Elise sent me this sadly hilarious video of and by an over-the-top Harry Potter fan ... I can't tell what's worse, her true devotion or all those mosquitoes! Cheers, E! =

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chris Stewart's Epic 2-Part Halloween Mix

This epically seasonal mixtape was created for you by professional mixmaster of many a Psychic Tuesday of yore, the incredible Mr. Chris Stewart.

And the (not so hidden) message of this mix is this =

It is officially that time of year to get all psyched up about HALLOWEEN!!!

Have you decided on a costume?! When exactly will you pick out a pumpkin and carve into an evil-looking jack-o-lantern?!

Well, this week you can possibly make these very important decisions whilst listening to Chris' terrifyingly awesome mix(es) ... I can't stress enough just how FUN this mixtape is!!!!!!

The music you will soon encounter is not only perfect for getting prepared (and excited!) about All Hallow's Eve, but it also makes a most excellent soundtrack for Halloween parties! It's creepily danceable and eerily playful!

Thanks again, Chris!

And now, may I present to you ... Part 1!!!

You can download it HERE.

If you enjoyed that, I bet you dig Part 2 even more!!!

You can download it HERE.

Here are the track lists =


---{Rosemary's Baby}---
1. Alice Cooper - Welcome to my Nightmare
2. Sonic Youth - Halloween
---{Pet Sematary}---
3. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley Meets the Monster
---{Fat Albert}---
4. The Daylighters - Mad House Jump
5. Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
6. The Ramrods - Ghost Riders in the Sky
7. Nick Ingman - Under Pressure
8. Air - Ghost Song
9. The Specials - Ghost Town
10. Tom Waits - What's He Building?
11. Silver Apples - A Pox on You
12. Les Baxter - Devil Cult
13. The Police - Mother
14. Elmer Bernstein - Main Title Theme (Ghostbusters)
---{Silence of the Lambs}---
15. Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
16. The Mad Crazy - I'm A Scary Goblin
17. Howlin' Wolf - Evil
18. Angelo Badalamenti - Red Bats with Teeth
19. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Fright Night (Nevermore)
---{Night of the Living Dead)---
20. Bernard Herrmann - Psycho: Patrol Car
21. Screaming Lord Sutch - Murder in the Graveyard
22. Weird Al Yankovic - Nature Trail to Hell


1. Bing Crosby - The Tale of the Headless Horseman
2. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Little Demon
---{Texas Chainsaw Massacre}---
3. The Sherman Brothers - Heffalumps and Woozles
4. Les Georges Leningrad - Skulls in the Closet
5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
6. Goblin - Death Valzer / The Hit Crew - Scary Times Ahead
7. The Marketts - Out of Limits
---{Alfred Hitchcock}---
8. The Damned - Feel the Pain
9. The Cramps - Teenage Werewolf
10. Messer Chups - Zombie in a Mini Skirt
11. Randy Luck - I Was A Teenage Cave Man
12. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs - Li'l Red Riding Hood
13. Butthole Surfers - Creep in the Cellar
14. Acanthus - Le Frisson Des Vampires
---{Nightmare on Elm Street}---
15. Tom Waits - Knife Chase
16. Brian Eno - In Dark Trees
17. George S. Irving - You May Be Next... / The Hit Crew - Whisper
18. Gnarls Barkley - The Boogie Monster
19. Eddie Thomas - Frankenstein Rock
20. Weird Al Yankovic - Slime Creatures from Outerspace
21. The Dickies - Killer Clowns
22. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek-a-boo
23. Ben Colder - Shudders and Screams
24. Roky Ericson and the Aliens - Creature with an Atom Brain
25. KC and the Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man
--{Night of the Living Dead}---
26. The Five Blobs - The Blob
27. Michael Jackson - Thriller

Here are 4 videos from the mix ... ENJOY! =

The Specials : "Ghost Town"

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds : "Red Right Hand"

Siouxsie & The Banshees : "Peekaboo"

Michael Jackson : "Thriller"


Since it's that time of year, why not let Fred & Daily (my brother Peter and I!) help you get in the spirit?!!

You can download our Halloween EP, "Mask Cemetery" for FREE right HERE!


Ryan and I have been counting down the "31 days of Halloween" by watching a spooky movie each night ...

To name a few, we've watched "Burnt Offerings", "Hell Raiser", "Slither" and "The Driller Killer" (truly stupid!) ...

But last night's feature scared the pants off of us! It was a French horror film called "Them" ...

Dig the trailer =

I decided that since that movie was so terrifying, then maybe we should watch another French one! So tonite's scary flick will be "High Tension" ... Can't wait! =


Two bits of random goodness =

A. If you like Brian Eno at all, I found this superb new interview

B. Run DMT are steaming their stunning new "Dreams" cassette ... ENJOY IT!!!



Yesterday was the legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk's birthday ... I love Monk's music SO VERY MUCH ... Happy Birthday!!! Here are 2 performances to celebrate his musical genius =



Yes! A new Julian Lynch video! =

One of Ryan's favorite rappers, Spank Rock has a new album out and I love what I've heard of it ... Here are 2 videos from it =



Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel fame) actually performed at Occupy Wall Street protest this past Tuesday nite ... witness =

A great video from the great Billy Childish from a few years back =

Marsh Nabors posted this wonderful construction paper-filled piece about what happens to a whale's body after its soul crosses over into the next dimension ... thanks, Marsh! =

And lastly, Ryan provided 2 helpings of tearful dessert for you ... Get out yer hanky!