Dead Man's Bones
I'm not passionate about Halloween. If the stars align properly, and it requires very minimal effort, I'll maybe slap a costume together. Obviously, this wasn't the case when I was a child, and don't worry...my Christmas spirit is still in tact, I just grew out of the interest in tricking for treats. Although, all time greatest Halloween costume of my youth was my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. I wasn't a big fan of pre-made costumes, so every year, come Halloween, my mother & I would hunker down and make costume magic. I recall the TMNT being a "mom AND dad" operation, however, which made it all the more special. We were breaking our asses to create a green felt turtle shell with elastic straps, stuffed with cotton and big enough to make me look like a freaking walking turtle. This is all fact and when it was done I'm not sure I was ever more proud, until maybe breaking a 5 minute mile...but we're talking about 2 different age groups entirely. Anyway, I wish I had a photo to share with you, but I dont. The point is, Halloween doesn't exactly thrill me anymore. I had a great time carving a pumpkin with my neices last weekend, but that was about it. I AM excited, however, that last year Ryan Gosling (yes, the actor) and his friend put out a record as Dead Man's Bones.
My friend Jessica told me about them around this time last year, and the album instantly became a Halloween classic. The songs are a perfect blend of simple, 60's pop, with the underlying tale of zombies, death & love, backed up by a chorus of children. Not SO halloween that you have to RUN to your computer and skip it if a song pops up on shuffle in the middle of Summer, but enough that when you listen in October, you feel like Halloween finally has something other than Bobby Boris Pickett (no disrespect, Monster Mash has been a "graveyard smash" for almost 50 years!) AND to top it off, these are actually thoughtful, sometimes sad and beautiful lyrics, which is why the album holds up throughout the year. THIS LINE? "when I think about you, flowers grow out of my grave" from the song "Flowers Grow Out Of My Grave." Obviously, taken in context, it's sad and gorgeous, about a zombie having feelings too. As opposed to the novelty tale of Monsters creating a dance in a lab in the middle of the night...I mean, it's just not practical A. lots of expensive equipment in that lab. I doubt they had the wherewithal to mind their elbows around the beakers, and B. these are MONSTERS...I can't imagine this party caught on in a flash at all. But, again, no disrespect to the late Bobby Boris Pickett. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LZEvpEwVkQ&feature=related]
"Dead Man's Bones: Featuring The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children's Choir" is a good record, and you should familiarize yourself with it before the big party this weekend...in fact, just put it on in the background, it'll do ya good. Sometimes actors make good music too. Cut them some slack, Jack (I'd like to add, I think his new film "Blue Valentine" looks awesome...i think it'll be out in December.)
As for me...It may be a wayyys away, but I've got another date at the wonderful Rockwood Music Hall - Wed. December 1st - 6pm I hope to see you before then, but if not, make it out after work...If you're new to my page, I'm a singer/songwriter, I live in NYC, and you can go here for songs!