Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's never too early for Hallowe'en

The Green Monkey has been at it again, this time gathering songs loosely associated with Hallowe’en. Naturally I jumped all over that. You can get all those deliciously creepy songs over at Splotchy’s place. It’s a full house over there, man! Bring a shopping cart.

These are the songs that I brought to the snack table:

Furnace Room Lullaby – Neko Case
The title track from this deliciously country noir album, Furnace Room Lullaby brings to mind Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Telltale Heart”. Neko gives me goosebumps with her powerful and mournful wail, singing her strange tale of basements and demons and audible hearts. And her final drawn out cry “at night all I hear is your heart” chills me right to the bone.

Bonus points for the fact that Neko Case looks dead on the album cover.

Country Death Song – Violent Femmes
Who doesn’t love a song where a man tells about how he murdered his kids? It’s practically a how to book, “Infanticide for Dummies”. You know, useful stuff.

Graveyard – Chad VanGaalen
This is a sweet and simple invitation to a ghost to wander through the graveyard after awakening in its coffin to look for a lost lover, and it’s a reminder to the ghost to return: “you'll be called back to your coffin in the ground yeah by the sound of your lover who's been buried right beside you in the ground.

A Boy and His Machine Gun – Matthew Good Band
Nothing says Hallowe’en like spending a little quality time with an insane serial killer in a psyche ward. This song contains so many of my favourite lyrics: the creepy “the voices say hello”, the disturbing “you look sane, motionless like that”, and the always snappy “it’s amazing what velocity can do when human beings are in season”.

Matt Good nails the psyche of the murdering psychopath just a little too closely for my comfort, frankly.

I Will Kill Again – Jarvis Cocker
Oh, Jarvis. He lulls us into a false sense of warmth and security, with that soothing baritone and that picture of domestic bliss (raising rabbits, even!). Sure he gets a little discomforting when he talks about downloading porn, but nothing too sinister about that. Besides people tell him what a real nice guy he is. But holy fuck, it turns out that the nice guy next door will kill again, given half the chance.
Naturally, I had to leave a lot of really excellent Hallowe’en-appropriate songs off my list, but as we draw closer to the blessed day, I’ll share those with you as well.

In the meantime, please head over to Splotchy’s to check out the smorgasbord he has laid out for us.


Splotchy said...

Lovely descriptions of your choices!

And I look forward to hearing about (maybe even hearing, hint, hint) what you didn't include!

If only all our corpses could look as lovely as Ms. Case.

She's Crafty said...

So Patrick Watson takes home the Polaris Prize. I'd hand it to him myself just for that killer Juno performance.

BeckEye said...

I understand that O.J. is planning to cover that Jarvis Cocker song. His twist on it is that he'll call it, "I Will Kill Again, Provided I Actually Killed The First Time, Which I'm Not Saying I Did." Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco helped him with the title.

Dale said...

Love the choices and commentary Barbara. Extra points for you putting dead Neko there. I almost went with Country Death Song too but I hate it when we show up to these things wearing the same outfit.

Allison said...

I love that Jarvis song. And its always nice to see inventive cover art.

Excellent choices. I can't believe its almost Hallowe'en...guess I won't have that holiday this year. I shall live through your music posts then!

phlegmfatale said...

LURVES me some Neko Case! WOOOHOOO!

justacoolcat said...

I've had the halloween decorations up for three weeks.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hear them you shall, Splotchy. I cannot promise as great an offering as what you regularly put together, but I shall try.
I want to look like Neko Case when I die!

I didn't/don't watch the Junos, Serah. But I have no problems with him winning the Polaris. It was a really strong field this year, so everybody wins!

Nice, Beckeye! Damn girl, I'm going to go vote for you on the blog interviwer thingy for that one!
I'm waiting to see the OJ/PATD/FOB dance performance of that song at the Grammys next year.

And you always end up looking just a little bit more stylish than me, so I end up hating you, Dale so thanks for leaving Country Death Song alone.
Who would win in a fight: Bjork or dead Neko?

That's right, you get ripped off on the Hallowe'en front, Al. Well that sucks royally, but you do have Guy Fawkes to look forward to - blowing up shit real good and such.

Even dead Neko Case is pretty awesome, Phlegmmy. I'm seeing her again in a couple of weeks. Alive.

That's what I'm talking about Just A. I'm waiting till Monday, but am actually shocked that the Hallowe'en candy isn't in my grocery store yet. Normally it's out late August.

~Jen~ said...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

All shall be revealed, Jen. We'll drink no wine before its time.

phlegmfatale said...

oooh, I'm jealous. I know the NPs are coming to Dallas soon, so I reckon she'll be with them, may it please the goddesses?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm pretty certain she will be, PF, as the whole band appears to be touring this time. Yippee!!! We'll compare notes.