Halloween Playlist

Because today is Halloween, and I’m apt to the same themed article bullshit that every website does on holidays, I’ve compiled a list of great fucking Halloween tracks. However, unlike last year, where I just pulled out any old song that had a slightly Hallooween-esque title (which explains the inclusion of Bombay Bicycle Club), this year I’ve gone about compiling some actual decent tracks. These are song that you can play at party-they’re cool and sound good. However, in keeping with the them of this holiday, they’re a bit off kilter, a little bit kooky. Ryan, you’re making me blush you crazy kid! I haven’t gone for the all out abysmal industrial tracks, so there’s no trace of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry or Killing Joke, and I haven’t gone in the other direction either, with Drake and Lil Jon. Its stuff like The Drones, Bushwalking and At The Drive-In. There’s some newer stuff like Blood Plastic and HUNTERS, but this list mostly hangs in the ‘classics’ territory-Boys Next Door, Dead Moon, Kyuss etc. Enjoy! And do something tonight that you’ll regret in the morning, like a naughty hook-up, a tattoo or enslaving a small nation!

1. Blood Plastic-King Blood

2. The Boys Next Door-Shivers

3. Danzig-Evil Thing

4. The Drones-The Minotaur

5. Dead Moon-It’s OK

6. Bushwalking-No Enter

7. Queens of the Stone Age-The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

8. These New South Whales-Take the Stab

9. Thee Oh Sees-The Dream

10. At the Drive-In-Invalid Litter Dept.

11. Kyuss-One Inch Man

12. Dro Carey-Sanotarium

13. Forces-Overland (In My Mind)

14. The KVB-Dayzed

15. The Horrors-New Ice Age

16. Liars-Plaster Casts of Everything

17. Savages-Flying to Berlin

18. HUNTERS-Narcissist

19. DZ Deathrays-Cops Capacity

20. METZ-Wet Blanket


Video: These New South Whales-Take the Stab

Disturbing and incoherent, that’s just the way we like Newcastle’s unruly foursome These New South Whales. Have you ever wanted to see half-naked men regurgitate various toppings on each other in a purple tinged meth den? Or how about topless dudes frolicking in the daisy fields of regional France? And all the fellas are wearing electrical tape over their nipples, because c’mon, let’s keep it PG, show a little dignity! The electric tape nipples are apparently a TNSW motif, having appeared in the previous clip ‘Adam’. At least it’s a better recurrence than constantly assuming the character of pretentious dick wads like Arcade Fire. Regardless, ‘Take the Stab’ showcases a harder, less sludgy side to TNSW, seeing them embrace some bravado and nad-kicking indulgence to their grungy brand of punk-garage. Good show, gents, good show.

You can grab ‘Take the Stab’ for free from These New South Whales Bandcamp.OH! And their new EP is coming out in August, so fuck yeah for that.