Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sonic Sunday: Halloween-ish

Since it's October but not quite Halloween, I thought I'd post a mix that fits that chilly, autumnal description. These are all great songs to listen to while you're snuggled up in front of the fireplace and the wind is howling through the trees outside.

Since these tunes aren't meant to scare you, none of them have any crazy, Latin chanting in them. So, if you're grooving along and suddenly hear some...grab your crucifix and RUN.

"The Funeral," Band of Horses - To the outside, the dead leaves, they all blow/'Fore they died, had trees to hang their hope

The above cited lyrics may not be correct; I've seen about 10 different interpretations of those lines. It's all the reverb on the vocals that makes it hard to decipher. But that's also what gives the song (and most of this band's songs) that semi-creepy, atmospheric sound.

"Halloween," Grant Lee Buffalo - You were like my own James Byron Dean/Private Idaho was my East of Eden/Hit me like a stone when I heard you passed on Halloween

A drowsy, sad song about River Phoenix's untimely death.

"Halloweenhead," Ryan Adams - Head full of candy bags/Costume shops and punks in drag/Head full of tricks and treats/Places where junkies meet

Ryan's had some troubles finding sobriety, and this song seems to be about trying to navigate the mean streets of NYC without getting lured back into those old druggie haunts.

"The Ghost in You," The Psychedelic Furs - Inside you the time moves and she don't fade/The ghost in you, she don't fade

I think the ghost here is just a lost love that refuses to stop haunting your heart. Pining away sucks. Give me a good old, violent poltergeist any day.

"October," U2 - October/And the trees are stripped bare of all they wear/What do I care?

There are, like, six lines in this song, so I really don't think I need to explain it. Let's just say that it's not about November. And it's not so much about the lyrics as it is the mood.

All of this great music can be purchased at Amazon:

Band Of Horses, 'Everything All The Time'Grant Lee Buffalo, 'Storm Hymnal'Ryan Adams, 'Easy Tiger'The Psychedelic Furs, 'All Of This And Nothing'U2, 'The Best Of 1980-1990'


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That Band of Horses song is still a big favourite of mine. Very moody indeed. And it is getting to be time to ratchet up the mood factor.

words...words...words... said...

I don't know any of these songs except "October", and I'm not especially familiar with that one.

I really love the picture, though.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

I would like to nominate Halloween by The Misfits.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Nothing like some chillin lyrics to get you curled up and stoked in front of the fire.

I like the whole cozy feel of this post..

Billy said...

I was never the biggest Furs fan in the world, but damn if they didn't have some really great songs. I even enjoy Richard Butler's voice so much I own both of his Love Spit Love (post-Furs) albums.

Although it has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, I couldn't help but think this is once again a great place for XTC's "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead." (Translation: Take that, Queen of Tangents!)

Penny said...

:) Love these posts. Love October by U2

LiLu said...

"It's not about November."

I love you.

red said...

RIP River! I forgot he died on Halloween. Can you imagine if he was still alive? We wouldn't have to deal with Joaquin!

Oh, yeah. I don't know any of these songs, but I like Ryan Adams!


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