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Here is one of my favorite sketches from Mr. Show with Bob and Dave. It attempts to uncover the truth about “Monster Parties” with expert accounts by Dr. Retarded, Prof. Chance Mcpherson, and James Whitcroft (who experienced the Plasma Pizza, the Blood Balloon Race and the Bobbing for Brains first hand!) “The Mummy is drunk and LOVES the Funk!” Classic.
Expert accounts by Dr. Retarded, Prof. Chance Mcpherson, and James Whitcroft
“Eagles of Africa” by France’s Koudlam is a muddled, intriguing psalm at first, but at the midway point it transforms itself into a slick and beautiful ballad that sounds like the distant cousin of Appaloosa’s “The Day (We Fell in Love)”.
The dudes of Surfer Blood, may not surf (neither did the Beach Boys) but they know how to write a good pop tune that hearkens back to ’90s indie, a la Guided By Voices. Monster riffs? Soaring vocals? Yes, please.
@xxjfg pointed me to this awesome new one from the lovely ladies of Fan Death. The song is great and the video is full of rock-star impersonators, including Prince, Axl Rose and Brian Eno. Perhaps it’ll spark some last minute Halloween costume ideas.
If you are waiting with baited breath for a new Glass Candy album, then this demo track from Australian duo Time For Dreams may hold you over. It’s a bit more airy, like its title suggests, but no less hypnotic.
The Queen of Creepy Videos, Fever Ray, is back with a new one for the Nick Cave and Anita Lane cover “Stranger Than Kindness” complete with lasers and bizarre characters that will make you very uncomfortable.
This cover, as well as one of Vashti Bunyan’s “Here Before”, are available on the deluxe version of FR’s debut album.
Soul singer Gloria Jones was dubbed by the Brits as “The Northern Queen of Soul” and recorded the original version of what would arguably become the most famous cover song in history, “Tainted Love” in 1964. The cover, as you probably know, was recorded by Soft Cell in the ’80s and became a huge hit around the world (Marilyn Manson also covered it in 2001–yikes!). If you aren’t already familiar with it, have a listen to this Northern soul version, a true classic!
This is a fantastic synth-punk tune from a very little know band. Land of Giants (presumably named after the American Sci-fi TV show) were a Canadian outfit who released just this one single in 1982. Blood-boiling synths and sexy, paranoid female vocals. Who could ask for more?