Posts tagged Halloween
THE HAUNTING SOUNDS vol. 2 // a Halloween Mixtape RePost
As a followup to the last post (essentially, a re-post), I thought it would only be right to return to the second collection in the Haunting Sounds series. Upon it’s original post, this particular entry was far and away the most popular. Inside this collection, you will find a batch of darker, more ominous sounds from the worlds of post punk, new wave, goth rock, and beyond. Some familiar, and some chosen for their atmospheric connection to some Halloween favorites, but all of them will be worthy additions to any Halloween party playlist! The compilation is presented here with updated links for downloading the mix as a single audio file. 
FEATURED MUSIC (click band name for more info)
“Monster Mash” by Selebrities
“Halloween” by Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Dead Souls” by Joy Division
“A Little Death to Laugh” by Cold Cave
“The Ghost” by I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
“Unfolding Black Wings” by Violens
“Lullaby” by The Cure
“She Cries Alone” by Skeletal Family
“Halloween” by Sonic Youth
“Jack the Ripper” by The Horrors
“Demons” by Sleigh Bells
“You Are the One” by A Place to Bury Strangers
“Violent Cries” by Cold Showers
“Hell is Round the Corner” by Tricky
“Half Day Closing” by Portishead
“Die Life” by The Soft Moon
“Everyday is Halloween” by Ministry
“I Hope You Die” by Molly Nilsson
“The Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunnymen
“Beauty Has Her Way” by Mummy Calls
“Under the Milky Way” by The Church
“See You Hurry” by WIM
“Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMann
“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Nouvelle Vague
* (download/mp3) The Haunting Sounds : Volume 2 (Zippyshare) // (Soundcloud)
** (stream) The Entire Mix @ 8TRACKS // The Entire Mix @ Soundcloud
Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

THE HAUNTING SOUNDS vol. 2 // a Halloween Mixtape RePost

As a followup to the last post (essentially, a re-post), I thought it would only be right to return to the second collection in the Haunting Sounds series. Upon it’s original post, this particular entry was far and away the most popular. Inside this collection, you will find a batch of darker, more ominous sounds from the worlds of post punk, new wave, goth rock, and beyond. Some familiar, and some chosen for their atmospheric connection to some Halloween favorites, but all of them will be worthy additions to any Halloween party playlist! The compilation is presented here with updated links for downloading the mix as a single audio file. 

FEATURED MUSIC (click band name for more info)

  1. “Monster Mash” by Selebrities
  2. “Halloween” by Siouxsie and the Banshees
  3. “Dead Souls” by Joy Division
  4. “A Little Death to Laugh” by Cold Cave
  5. “The Ghost” by I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
  6. “Unfolding Black Wings” by Violens
  7. “Lullaby” by The Cure
  8. “She Cries Alone” by Skeletal Family
  9. “Halloween” by Sonic Youth
  10. “Jack the Ripper” by The Horrors
  11. “Demons” by Sleigh Bells
  12. “You Are the One” by A Place to Bury Strangers
  13. “Violent Cries” by Cold Showers
  14. “Hell is Round the Corner” by Tricky
  15. “Half Day Closing” by Portishead
  16. “Die Life” by The Soft Moon
  17. “Everyday is Halloween” by Ministry
  18. “I Hope You Die” by Molly Nilsson
  19. “The Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunnymen
  20. “Beauty Has Her Way” by Mummy Calls
  21. “Under the Milky Way” by The Church
  22. “See You Hurry” by WIM
  23. “Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMann
  24. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Nouvelle Vague

* (download/mp3) The Haunting Sounds : Volume 2 (Zippyshare) // (Soundcloud)

** (stream) The Entire Mix @ 8TRACKS // The Entire Mix @ Soundcloud

Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.

THE HAUNTING SOUNDS vol. 1 // A Halloween Mixtape RePost
Over the course of time spent here at PMW, I’ve put together an absurd amount of Halloween mixtapes. Sadly, after a while, it gets pretty easy to exhaust the catalog of great spooky tunes. That being said, I really enjoyed the mixtapes from a couple of years ago, and they received a pretty great response - so, before I post this year’s addition, I thought it might be fun to bring back the aforementioned series, “The Haunting Sounds”. The first volume is comprised of songs that lean on the rock and roll side of things. Garage rock, surf rock, lo-fi, jangle pop, experimental rock - all filtered through a Halloween lens. The compilation is presented here with updated links for downloading the mix as a single audio file. 
FEATURED MUSIC (click band name for more info)
“The Monster Mash” by Bananaconda
“Do They Know it’s Halloween?” by North American Halloween Prevention Initiative
“Evil L.A. Girls” by The Raveonettes
“The Munster’s Theme” by The Comateens
“I Would Not Know the Devil” by The Fresh & Onlys
“Deadbeat Club” by The B-52s
“People Are Strange” by Echo & the Bunnymen
“The Curse” by Cults
“Surfin’ Dead” by The Cramps
“Halloween” by No Demons Here
“Diabolo’s Theme” by The Ghastly Ones
“Devil Doll” by Eban Schletter & Paul F. Tompkins
“Ghost in the Trees (Live Alternate)” by Thee Oh Sees
“Halloween All Year” by The Orwells
“The Killing Moon” by Pavement
“Devil Inside” by Beck / Liars / St. Vincent
“Ghost Rider” by Suicide
“Lone Runner” by Dirty Beaches
“A Night With the Jersey Devil” by Bruce Springsteen
“Night of the Vampire” by The Moontrekkers
“Sleepwalking” by Modest Mouse
“Dust to Dust” by Chromatics
“The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” by Radiohead
“Every Day is Halloween (reworked)” by The Postmarks
“Forever Lurking” by Eban Schletter and Grant Lee Phillips
* (download/mp3) The Haunting Sounds of Halloween (Zippyshare) // (SoundCloud)
* (stream) The Entire Mix at 8 Tracks // The Entire Mix at Soundcloud
Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind. 

THE HAUNTING SOUNDS vol. 1 // A Halloween Mixtape RePost

Over the course of time spent here at PMW, I’ve put together an absurd amount of Halloween mixtapes. Sadly, after a while, it gets pretty easy to exhaust the catalog of great spooky tunes. That being said, I really enjoyed the mixtapes from a couple of years ago, and they received a pretty great response - so, before I post this year’s addition, I thought it might be fun to bring back the aforementioned series, “The Haunting Sounds”. The first volume is comprised of songs that lean on the rock and roll side of things. Garage rock, surf rock, lo-fi, jangle pop, experimental rock - all filtered through a Halloween lens. The compilation is presented here with updated links for downloading the mix as a single audio file. 

FEATURED MUSIC (click band name for more info)

  1. “The Monster Mash” by Bananaconda
  2. “Do They Know it’s Halloween?” by North American Halloween Prevention Initiative
  3. “Evil L.A. Girls” by The Raveonettes
  4. “The Munster’s Theme” by The Comateens
  5. “I Would Not Know the Devil” by The Fresh & Onlys
  6. “Deadbeat Club” by The B-52s
  7. “People Are Strange” by Echo & the Bunnymen
  8. “The Curse” by Cults
  9. “Surfin’ Dead” by The Cramps
  10. “Halloween” by No Demons Here
  11. “Diabolo’s Theme” by The Ghastly Ones
  12. “Devil Doll” by Eban Schletter & Paul F. Tompkins
  13. “Ghost in the Trees (Live Alternate)” by Thee Oh Sees
  14. “Halloween All Year” by The Orwells
  15. “The Killing Moon” by Pavement
  16. “Devil Inside” by Beck / Liars / St. Vincent
  17. “Ghost Rider” by Suicide
  18. “Lone Runner” by Dirty Beaches
  19. “A Night With the Jersey Devil” by Bruce Springsteen
  20. “Night of the Vampire” by The Moontrekkers
  21. “Sleepwalking” by Modest Mouse
  22. “Dust to Dust” by Chromatics
  23. “The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” by Radiohead
  24. “Every Day is Halloween (reworked)” by The Postmarks
  25. “Forever Lurking” by Eban Schletter and Grant Lee Phillips

* (download/mp3) The Haunting Sounds of Halloween (Zippyshare) // (SoundCloud)

* (stream) The Entire Mix at 8 Tracks // The Entire Mix at Soundcloud

Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Supporting them is the only purpose in doing this blog. Contrary to the opinions of some, music blogs are a great way to discover new music, but there will only be so much new music to go around if these artists can’t afford to support themselves through their art and commerce. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind. 

UNDER a HALLOWEEN MOON // A Halloween Megamix (Spotify)
After several years of making all sorts of Halloween mixtapes - I’ve long ago exhausted the general supply of go-to spooky jams. With that in mind, I knew that this year I was going to have to get creative in more ways than one. So, as we are a couple of weeks out from the best day of the year, I feel it’s time to start sharing some of my favorite sounds of the season - in various capacities. Up first is a six-hour megamix of Halloween tracks that range from some new wave classics all the way up to modern day gems loaded with eerie atmospherics. Some of them may not jump right out as a Halloween connection, but give it a listen and you’ll be surprised at what you find. 
The overall sound sways from post-punk and lo-fi to shoegaze and synth pop to dream pop and electronic - and everything in between. Considering it’s six hours of eerie goodness (and more will be added as the days go by), it’s perhaps best experienced on random. It would make for a solid party playlist, but naturally it could be your soundtrack just about whatever you can imagine. 
Some of the featured artists are:
The Marshmallow Ghosts // Camp Counselors // John Carpenter // Radiohead // The Cure // The Casket Girls // Echo & the Bunnymen // Metric // Beach House // Sonic Youth // TV on the Radio // Cemeteries // M83 // Joy Division // Nick Cave // Dead Man’s Bones // Goblin // David Bowie // Wolf Parade // Cocteau Twins // Interpol // Arcade Fire // Tegan and Sara // FM Attack // Siouxsie & the Banshees // Mazzy Star // and many, many more…
Thank you for listening, sharing, and celebrating Halloween! 
* Direct link to Spotify Playlist: Under A Halloween Moon
** Non Spotify playlists will post throughout the coming days.

UNDER a HALLOWEEN MOON // A Halloween Megamix (Spotify)

After several years of making all sorts of Halloween mixtapes - I’ve long ago exhausted the general supply of go-to spooky jams. With that in mind, I knew that this year I was going to have to get creative in more ways than one. So, as we are a couple of weeks out from the best day of the year, I feel it’s time to start sharing some of my favorite sounds of the season - in various capacities. Up first is a six-hour megamix of Halloween tracks that range from some new wave classics all the way up to modern day gems loaded with eerie atmospherics. Some of them may not jump right out as a Halloween connection, but give it a listen and you’ll be surprised at what you find. 

The overall sound sways from post-punk and lo-fi to shoegaze and synth pop to dream pop and electronic - and everything in between. Considering it’s six hours of eerie goodness (and more will be added as the days go by), it’s perhaps best experienced on random. It would make for a solid party playlist, but naturally it could be your soundtrack just about whatever you can imagine. 

Some of the featured artists are:

The Marshmallow Ghosts // Camp Counselors // John Carpenter // Radiohead // The Cure // The Casket Girls // Echo & the Bunnymen // Metric // Beach House // Sonic Youth // TV on the Radio // Cemeteries // M83 // Joy Division // Nick Cave // Dead Man’s Bones // Goblin // David Bowie // Wolf Parade // Cocteau Twins // Interpol // Arcade Fire // Tegan and Sara // FM Attack // Siouxsie & the Banshees // Mazzy Star // and many, many more…

Thank you for listening, sharing, and celebrating Halloween! 

* Direct link to Spotify Playlist: Under A Halloween Moon

** Non Spotify playlists will post throughout the coming days.

PMW & Halloween

It’s been pretty clear that I’m not living up to my usual Halloweening here at Perfect|Midnight|World, and there’s actually a bit of a reason. In the first couple of years of the blog, and Halloween, I would go nuts with the mixtapes and the posts and it was a ton of fun. I continued to do that up through last year, which took a hit when a personal tragedy kept me from participating as usual in the weeks surrounding the holiday. Over time I started to realize that I was going to be running out of Halloween related jams very quickly. It’s not like every year there’s a cavalcade of musicians waiting to write songs about pumpkins and ghosts and things. So, when I started to put together playlists for this year, I was seeing a lot of repeats - which has lead me to rethink the whole thing.

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to start posting my Halloween treats in the form of a variety of things - video breakdowns or old favorites, reposts of the better spooky mixtapes of PMW past, a couple of new atmospherically themed compilations, and of course whatever excellent Halloween treats that I find floating around the blogosphere (ie, like the brilliant Snowbeast Records Halloween Comps). that I want to share. I’ll continue to update through the end of the month, at which time I’m going to be moving and might be on hiatus for a week or two. In the meantime, I hope that you’re all enjoying the gorgeous seasonal weather and whatever Halloween treats that you find yourself a part of - celebrate often and celebrate hard. 

Be Safe / Take Care, 

Steve @ PMW

SNOWBEAST RECORDS presents HALLOWEEN COMPILATION No.2: GATHERINGS
It’s that time of year, and the excellent human beings at Snowbeast Records have done you the solid of providing you with the eerie sounds of their second annual Halloween Compilation - GATHERINGS.
The 16 track collection of spooky sounds of the season features Teen Daze, Camp Counselors, Steve Sobs, Azul Toga, MPSO, Pat Moon, Teenage Witch Hunt, Arrange, Grim County Coroners, Wishyunu, Somerville Jack, Psychic Twin, Pseudo Color, David Wirsig, Seismograph, and Zechariah Lacey.
You can download the digital release now from the Snowbeast Records Bandcamp page, and if you’re into physical copies of amazing things, you can pre-order a copy to keep in smokey black cassette from the Snowbeast store.
Halloween is fast approaching, and you owe it to yourself to have the proper sounds to celebrate the best/creepiest time of the year! 

SNOWBEAST RECORDS presents HALLOWEEN COMPILATION No.2: GATHERINGS

It’s that time of year, and the excellent human beings at Snowbeast Records have done you the solid of providing you with the eerie sounds of their second annual Halloween Compilation - GATHERINGS.

The 16 track collection of spooky sounds of the season features Teen Daze, Camp Counselors, Steve Sobs, Azul Toga, MPSO, Pat Moon, Teenage Witch Hunt, Arrange, Grim County Coroners, Wishyunu, Somerville Jack, Psychic Twin, Pseudo Color, David Wirsig, Seismograph, and Zechariah Lacey.

You can download the digital release now from the Snowbeast Records Bandcamp page, and if you’re into physical copies of amazing things, you can pre-order a copy to keep in smokey black cassette from the Snowbeast store.

Halloween is fast approaching, and you owe it to yourself to have the proper sounds to celebrate the best/creepiest time of the year! 

the ghost in youten thirty one

"Ten Thirty One" by The Ghost in You // Ten Thirty One (Out Now via Bandcamp)

Let’s face it, I’m always looking for a reason to post something that relates to Halloween. Usually, it’s in the form of a song that evokes some sort of ominous or spooky vibe, but other times you luck out and find something that was created specifically as a way to celebrate the holiday. That’s the case here with the “Ten Thirty One”, a sweetly nostalgic bit of bedroom pop from Philadelphia based musician, The Ghost in You. Over on his Bandcamp page (where you can grab the track for name-your-price) the artist explains the roots of the song being linked to childhood memories of his mother, dressed as a witch, making him and his brothers homemade costumes and escorting them off to trick or treat. It’s a lovely memory, and one that often gets lost in the horror show antics that we usually engage in during the season. The artist calls this his love letter to Halloween and all the nostalgia associated with the holiday. I’d day he pretty much nailed it. It’s a fantastic track and one that so many of us can relate to as the years tick away. I love it.  

Perturbator - Hard Wired (Feat. Memory Ghost's Isabella Goloversic)

"Hard Wired (ft. Isabella Goloversic)" by Perturbator // Dangerous Days (Available Now on Bandcamp)

I must be slipping. Halloween is seven weeks away and I have yet to start posting songs that would make great additions to a Haunted Mixtape (it kills you with synth vibes, apparently - coming soon to your local cinema). Anyway, let’s go ahead and get to work. The retrosynth pop sounds of Paris based artist, Perturbator, would be perfect for any neon-goth dance party, or the soundtrack for a particularly creepy 80’s horror film, but instead it’s going to be the sound of your chilly autumn nights. “Hard Wired” is a track from his recently released full length, Dangerous Days, and it is a brilliant piece of work. Sounding something like what I would imagine a band made up of John Carpenter, M83, and Johnny Jewel, and you’re just about there. Beautiful, ice-y synths shimmer beneath a neon-hued heartbeat that pulsates alongside ghostly choral backing vocals. The track also features vocal assistance from Memory Ghost's Isabella Goloversic. I could go on, but that would only delay the pleasure of hearing this stunner. Highest recommendation!


snowbeastrecords:
Preorders for The Future Was Then available now: http://snowbeastrecords.bigcartel.com/product/the-future-was-then

The good dudes at Snowbeast are putting out the new Pseudo Color tape, and it is top notch goodness. Do yourself a favor and check it (and the entire Snowbeast back catalog for that matter) out! 
Also, be sure to keep your ears and eyes peeled on the Snowbeast page for news on their forthcoming second Halloween compilation  (follow-up to last year’s excellent "Rituals: Halloween Compilation 1" tape)!

snowbeastrecords:

Preorders for The Future Was Then available now: http://snowbeastrecords.bigcartel.com/product/the-future-was-then

The good dudes at Snowbeast are putting out the new Pseudo Color tape, and it is top notch goodness. Do yourself a favor and check it (and the entire Snowbeast back catalog for that matter) out! 

Also, be sure to keep your ears and eyes peeled on the Snowbeast page for news on their forthcoming second Halloween compilation  (follow-up to last year’s excellent "Rituals: Halloween Compilation 1" tape)!

(via pseudo-color)

Miserable – Bell Jar

"Bell Jar" by Miserable // Halloween Dream (Out 2.18.14 via The Native Sound)

Miserable is Kristina Esfandiari, the former vocalist for the Bay-area shoegaze crew, Whirr. Now, set out on her own, the artist has stepped away from the direct shoegaze sound and moved toward an evocative blend of drone, goth rock, and post punk. “Bell Jar” is a pitch black journey through shadow-y atmospherics, tribal drums, piercing guitars, and haunting vocals. The track is contained on her forthcoming EP, entitled Hallowee Dream, and the name is fitting. This is heavy, spooky music that calls to mind the early work of Chelsea Wolfe and Empyrium

"Bela Lugosi’s Dead" by Bauhaus // Live at Coachella (2005)

One of the highlights of my live concert attendance history, is seeing Bauhaus - almost thirty years into their career - absolutely own the Coachella stage while being sandwiched between Weezer and Coldplay on an unusually mild Saturday night, in the desert, at the end of April in 2005 (oh, i was a young and beardless boy). The band’s set opened with a crackling performance of their goth rock classic, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, in which Peter Murphy (then approaching the age of 50) performed the entire song, hanging from the scaffolding, upside down like a bat. It was an incredible amount of fun to watch the band storm through their set with a killer performance that never stumbled for a minute. Another highlight was seeing Murphy confidently head to the front of the stage, following a blowout finale of “Dark Entries” to announce, “You can say now that you were there!”. And I will happily say so. It’s Halloween, so why not break out a classic performance for the season and for the ages. Happy Halloween! 

My apologies for not following through with all of my grand plans for this Halloween. Damn copyright laws and family tragedies shot holes all over the usual PMW Halloween celebrating. I suppose that I’ll just have to go extra batshit insane about it next year - or institute a “Halloween-in-March” gameplan. Whatever the case, I hope that everyone is having a fantastically spooky Halloween! 

Now, let’s get back to playing music around these parts. 

The Marshmallow Ghosts - The Attic

"The Attic" by The Marshmallow Ghosts // The Marshmallow Ghosts (2011 // Graveface Records)

With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year, it can often fall on the previous weekend to carry the bulk of the celebration. This does not mean that the good day is behind us and if anything, it means that we’ve still got time to send out some spooky vibes before the official day. Few places manage to put forth a special Halloween vibe like Graveface Records, who have a special weapon up their sleeve in the form of The Marshmallow Ghosts (made up of members of Dreamend, Hospital Ships, Casket Girls, Lady Lazarus, and Black Moth Super Rainbow). For the past several years, they Marshmallow Ghosts have crafted a new release for each coming Halloween season. Each time drawing inspiration from the autumn atmosphere and the memories of important Halloweens of the past. The result is never a generic attempt at capturing a metal sound or some kitschy spook-house sound, instead the band manages to create something genuinely dark, spooky, and fun. “The Attic” is a perfect example of what the band does best - crafting a swirling dark dream pop gem that uses organs, buzzing synths, crashing drums, fuzzy guitars, and choral vocals to send home the playfully eerie Halloween goodness. Highly recommended!

* Download “The Attic” by The Marshmallow Ghosts from the Graveface Soundcloud page!

The Sounds of Halloween

THE SOUNDS OF HALLOWEEN // a mixtape for The Halloween Empire

It’s the last weekend before Halloween so naturally, there will be many a party taking place this evening. I’m cutting it a little close here, but I thought it would be a good time to break out some longplay mixes that offer a special soundtrack for a spooky night on the town. This particular mix originated on a Halloween themed blog that I helped with a couple of years back and given the timelessness of many Halloween favorites, I thought it might still be worth a listen. The entire mix is filled with classic Halloween themed surf rock go-go jams, eerie post punk tracks, haunting dream pop gems, and all sorts of other goodies. The tracklist is not up at the Soundcloud link, but if i remember correctly, you’ll hear treats from:

Cults // The Fresh & Onlys // Jay Reatard // Wolf Parade // Joy Division // Pictureplane // Grimes // Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti // Ghostland Observatory // Crystal Castles // Ministry // Siouxsie & The Banshees // The Ramones // Dead Man’s Bones // Echo & the Bunnymen // Bauhaus // North American Halloween Prevention Initiative

Direct Link to Mix @ Soundcloud

Share the Halloween goodness and send the mix to a friend or reblog for all to enjoy. Get out there and have a tremendous time. Be safe and make sure there’s no razor blades in your cocaine or heroin in your candy apples. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Beach Day - Dracula's Daughter

"Dracula’s Daughter" by Beach Day // Originally by Screaming Lord Sutch (Original 1964 // Cover 2013)

Halloween is just around the corner, so I’m going to take every opportunity that I can to share the music of the season. Beach Day are game for some Halloween treats, as they have put their garage pop/ surf rock spin on the Screaming Lord Sutch monster jam, “Dracula’s Daughter”. The original is an absolute gem of the old school monster party songs - featuring all the goofy spook-house noises and the lyrics that basically tell a playfully scary story about being in love with a monster (or in this case, the monster’s daughter). Beach Day attacks it head on and picks up the pace in the process, crafting a jangly Halloween anthem that’s part 60’s girl group, part sunny, surf pop bash. The end result is a great little song that will sound excellent pumping out of the speakers at your Halloween house parties. You can download the track for free at Beach Day’s Facebook page.