On the prowl for some spooky/kooky records to soundtrack your All Hallow's Eve and Day of the Dead fetes? Then by all means creep up on these fresh-to-death platters of Horror-rific, fringe fantasy realness for your Halloween listening pleasure!
If you happen to be in the vicinity of Upper Haight tomorrow please come see me as I'll be spinning a fair few of these records as a part of the Halloween costume contest and related festivities at Amoeba Music in San Francisco (just look for the Yip Yip alien behind the wheels of steel). If you can't join us for the party but still want a preview of these delicious picks, read on for my reviews:
All hail Finders Keepers Records! This label consistently cranks out unique, flawless offerings -- their collection of soundtracks, in particular, being some of the brightest gems gleaming in their treasure trove of sound. Call it a cop-out if you like, but I feel the best way to preview both these works is by viewing a brief excerpt of each film, respectively (please note: the latter vignette of Marquis de Sade a.k.a. Eugenie et al is absolutely NSFW).
Zdenek Liska - Mala Moska Vila (The Little Mermaid)
Bruno Nicolai - Marquis de Sade (or, Eugenia or a film so odd they named it fifteen times!)
Moving on to the many pleasures presented by both the Waxwork and Death Waltz labels, get your life with these fabulous releases! First off, feast your eyes on the incredible packaging art and layout of Waxwork's second release, the Day of the Dead Soundtrack! It comes complete with fab liner notes penned by director George A. Romero and composer John Harrison as well as a replica of “THE DEAD WALK!” newspaper from the film.
And if you're wondering what the greatest zombie film of all time sounds like, just know that the living dead walk... with synths! See the trailer for Day of the Dead below and be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming Waxworks release of the score to Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby as well as their very first offering, a remastered release of the original soundtrack to the 1985 horror classic RE-ANIMATOR, on 180 gram glow-in-the-dark/green vinyl!
If you've yet to partake of the danse macabre that is the Death Waltz Recording Co. catalog, let it be said here and now that their selections and taste levels set the bar above and beyond the hum-drum norm when it comes to putting together an exquisite piece of collectible vinyl. From their custom artwork, limited lithographs and colorful vinyl Death Waltz is, bar none, ones to beat in the horror soundtrack vinyl biz, people. These sweet babies rarely languish on the shelf for long so I suggest you snatch up your wants and needs right away. But then, that's the golden rule when digging vinyl, no? Here follows the impetus for nabbing that lone copy of Twins of Evil from our vinyl Soundtracks section. (Again, NSFW. Nudity, burning witches, etc.)
Harry Robinson - Twins of Evil "Main Title"
From One Way Static/Light in the Attic comes the soundtrack to Wes Craven's Last House On the Left -- a collection of truly magical songs composed by David Hess! The sharp contrast of these gentle, farcical folk-rock rambles and experimental soundscapes, met with the bloody, violent imagery of the horror film it accompanies is ultimately unsettling, but in the best way possible. I love this record!
Finally, I can't not mention this last but not least item on my list of must-haves for this Halloween week, 2013. I've been jammin' the first installment of Poco Loco in the Coco ever since I lost my bongos last year. And just when I thought the party might stop, the cool cats at University of Vice turned right 'round and re-upped/doubled down on their boss concoction of international novelty numbers when they dropped the deuce that is Poco Loco in the Coco Volume 2.
"If you need something new to listen to after you've worn out your Las Vegas Grind and Jungle Exotica records, then this is for you and will liven up any party. Lurch-eriffic tropical crazes and totally daffy mix-n-match foreign language tracks that'll make your eyes and ears pop just like corn."
I couldn't have said it better myself!