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31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs

It makes sense that we’re experiencing a horror renaissance. The genre took off during the Great Depression and has been there for us in difficult…
Miles Bowe | October 30, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Interview

The Beta Band’s John Maclean Looks Back At The Three EPs On Its 20th Anniversary

In the late '90s, musical genres that once felt as separate as continents began to shift into each other like tectonic plates, the great unifier…
Miles Bowe | September 28, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Interview

Catching Up With Jim O’Rourke

Jim O’Rourke is searching for a word he’s forgotten how to say in English. After more than a decade living in Japan, the experimental musician…
Miles Bowe | July 26, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Photos: Jenny Lewis @ Terminal 5, NYC 11/5/14

Jenny Lewis gave us an impressive new album this year, The Voyager. As Tom put it in his review, it was "impossibly glamorous." That power…
Miles Bowe | November 6, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Interview

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Horror Movie Guide

Kids have their fictional heroes. For some it might be Batman or Spider-Man or Katniss Everdeen. They're usually good guys. Ariel Pink's childhood hero was…
Miles Bowe | October 30, 2014 - 10:00 am

Photos/Videos: The Allman Brothers’ Last Concert @ Beacon Theatre, NYC 10/28/14

The Allman Brothers Band have called it quits after four-plus decades making music. They performed their final shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York…
Miles Bowe | October 29, 2014 - 12:19 pm

CMJ Photos: DJ Dodger Stadium, Blue Hawaii, Adult Jazz @ Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn 10/25/14

Brooklyn Bowl's Saturday CMJ showcase was a stacked lineup of exciting bands. The biggest name was DJ Dodger Stadium, who released the fantastic album Friend
Miles Bowe | October 27, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Download Lil Data Sup

The producer Lil Data is best known for appearing on the six-way DISown mix, one of the releases that put the PC Music label on…
Miles Bowe | October 22, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Trash Talk Get Their Own Converse

Converse has a history of getting bands to design custom sneakers, from Metallica to Big Boi to Pink Floyd (check out our official band sneaker
Miles Bowe | October 22, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Photos: Jessie Ware @ The Chapel, San Francisco 10/21/14

Jessie Ware has made major pop music strides with her second album, Tough Love, but it pays off, as Tom explained in his review when…
Miles Bowe | October 22, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Win Paul McCartney + Wings’ Venus And Mars & At The Speed Of Sound Deluxe Reissues

Next month will see the release of two deluxe reissues from Paul McCartney's post-Beatles career and we're giving a copy of each to one of…
Miles Bowe | October 20, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Two Inch Astronaut – “Part Of Your Scene” (Stereogum Premiere)

Two Inch Astronaut sounded fully formed on their 2013 debut album, Bad Brother, so it's exciting to hear how much of a leap they've made…
Miles Bowe | October 17, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Photos: Alt-J @ The Paramount Theatre, Seattle 10/15/14

Alt-J released their anticipated second album, This Is All Yours, to an army of eager fans last month. Since then, the Leeds-based psych-rock band began…
Miles Bowe | October 16, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Ariel Pink Performed With The PS22 Chorus

The children's chorus at PS22 in Staten Island has developed a massive following for their covers of songs by indie artists, including St. Vincent and…
Miles Bowe | October 15, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Fort Lean – “Cut To The Chase” (Stereogum Premiere)

Fort Lean caught our attention at the beginning of this decade with singles like "Perfect" and "Beach Holiday," but it's only recently that they've finished…
Miles Bowe | October 15, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Comments from Miles Bowe

Wow, I've never heard this. Thank you!
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October 31, 2018 on 31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs
Thanks and happy Halloween! This list and that Ariel interview (and all Halloween-themed stories) were a huge amount of fun to put together. Pom Pom is still my favorite album of 2014 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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October 31, 2018 on 31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs
One of the best surprises from making this list was learning that Tales From The QuadeaD Zone and Black Devil Doll From Hell are both public domain and available for free at Archive.org!
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October 31, 2018 on 31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs
That's because nearly all of the memorable music in The Exorcist is licensed, same reason The Shining or Demons I & II weren't included. "Tubular Bells Part One" by Mike Oldfield wasn't written for the movie, they just used it because it sounded cool. There is a small bit of original music by Jack Nitzsche, but it's not really as memorable. A cool fact though is the director William Friedkin later said that if he'd be aware of Tangerine Dream at the time, he would have had them do an original score.
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October 31, 2018 on 31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs
1. I love the first Phantasm and then they drop off so quickly in the sequels. Even with the original, I find it's usually a 50/50 split between people loving and hating it when I show it to them. 2. Re-Animator is the most enjoyable movie ever made. 3. It Follows almost made it! 4. I still love the look on people's face when I explain Halloween 3 doesn't have Michael Myers, but does have an army of androids.
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October 31, 2018 on 31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs
House and It Follows were definitely ones that almost made it! By the end of writing this I had so many I had to let go sadly. In terms of J-horror, I also wish I could have added Kairo. Thanks for your first post :D
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October 31, 2018 on 31 Essential Horror Soundtrack Songs
I was talking about the Fader profile in 2010. The Mature Themes one was for Spin, but it's also a great read.
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October 30, 2014 on Ariel Pink’s Haunted Horror Movie Guide
Heeeeey Dick and Raptor! From the second I sat down with Pom Pom back in September it has been my AOTY, nothing even compares. That ending to Sexual Athletics might as well be my favorite moment in his entire career. No joke: the first time I heard that shift in the song I was driving almost had to pull over. The only time I can remember that happening is when I put a burned-leak of MPP into my car and heard "In The Flowers" for the first time in late 2008. I'm fortunate because I got Pom Pom early enough that he hadn't begun making all of these comments yet (since it was before the interview cycle), but I think even if I didn't have that access and was hearing it from the recent leak I would feel the same. It's one of the most joyful records I've heard in a long time, and it feels like a payoff to his whole career up to this point.
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October 30, 2014 on Ariel Pink’s Haunted Horror Movie Guide
I'm curious what your issues are with it. To me Season Of The Witch wouldn't have this tremendously negative reputation if it wasn't for the fact that the title has Halloween III before it. There's so much going for this movie once you get past the fact that Michael Myers isn't in it. - It's got a genuinely creepy tone and some really disturbing moments (I actually hesitated adding the "magic pumpkin scene" into the article, but there it is.) - That ominous corporate villain is an early influence on what became a trend in Reagan-era horror movies such as The Stuff and (most significantly) John Carpenter's They Live. - Speaking of Carpenter... this time he was still heavily involved with the series and his score is the best in the series (yes, better than the original score). - And finally you've got the legendary Tom Atkins in the lead. Tom Atkins doesn't make bad movies.
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October 30, 2014 on Ariel Pink’s Haunted Horror Movie Guide
If you want to learn a little more about him I can't stress enough that you read David Bevan's profile on him when Before Today came out. It's a really powerful and moving essay.
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October 30, 2014 on Ariel Pink’s Haunted Horror Movie Guide
I'd like to officially and publicly announce that I ain't no dad.
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October 2, 2014 on Q&A: Caribou On The Inspirations, Experiences, And Complex Emotions That Define Our Love
We're both idiots! I spent like an hour trying to find it last night.
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September 25, 2014 on Polaris Winner Tanya Tagaq Responds To PETA Takedown
Aghhh I knew that too! Thanks for correcting my brain fart!
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September 12, 2014 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Yeah the Blood Orange set completely caught me off guard! I usually go into a festival with an idea of what I'm most excited for or a prediction of what might be my favorite (like Kanye at Outside Lands recently). But here I wasn't even sure I was going to see Blood Orange, but ended up being completely blown away. I didn't end up seeing the Blood Brothers! I wanted to see Darkside because I never had. I guess I chose the breakup show over the reunion show since the Blood Brothers will have a lot of other stuff happening. So I did Darkside and then ended up staying for John Talabot, who I didn't include here, but was fantastic and doing a lot of new material. I definitely went into the festival planning on covering the more electronic side of it, but I totally understand that a lot of people were really excited about that reunion.
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August 26, 2014 on Stereogum’s 9 Favorite Sets From FYF Fest 2014
Yeah it's such a good combo. Kind of reminds me when Sigur Ros played the sold out Madison Square Garden show and chose Tim Hecker for their opener.
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August 6, 2014 on Watch Oneohtrix Point Never Perform “Hard Rock Cyberdrone” Customized For The Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden Tour
Thanks for the kind words man. Covering this strange scene throughout the year has been so much fun.
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August 5, 2014 on Sophie – “Hard”
We thought the video had value because there was a really entertaining animation made with it. If it were just a song as you said, it wouldn't be as newsworthy. Secondly, DuckTales and Mega Man 2 are namedropped frequently because they are that great, but they're also so iconic which is why they seemed to fit better. Personally I like Mega Man 3 more than 2 as a score (and a game, but that's neither here nor there), and Kirby's Adventure is just below Metroid for my favorite NES music. I actually do know some things about video games! You implied as much a couple weeks ago when I was talking about Grim Fandango in a post and I was very happy someone appreciated that! http://www.stereogum.com/1692268/mariachi-radiohead-cover-featured-in-animated-day-of-the-dead-movie-book-of-life/news/
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July 29, 2014 on Watch The 8-Bit Grunge Medley You Didn’t Know You Wanted
two albums in TWO YEARS. Sorry about that typo, my excitement got the better of me. And yeah while I was writing the post in the office I was saying what you said almost verbatim! I had just the slightest misgiving, but now that it's clear this was written by Walker (and just as importantly it's co-produced by Peter Walsh who has been so essential to making Climate Of Hunter, Tilt, The Drift, and Bish Bosch what they are in terms of sound design) I'm so much more excited about this. Also I couldn't agree more about the live performances. I've got very high hopes that this will be the album he'll be able to actually play. I can't even imagine what it would be like. I'm not sure if you've seen Sunn O))) play live but it's one of the most overwhelming things I've ever experienced.
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July 17, 2014 on Scott Walker & Sunn O))) Soused Details
You're right, I had KISS' solo series on my mind, but just fixed it. Thanks for pointing that out. And hey, don't beat yourself up about misspelling "they," everybody makes mistaks!
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July 14, 2014 on Melvins’ Buzz Osborne Pissed Off The KISS Army
I needed to maintain a somewhat professional tone in the post but....OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST NEWS.
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July 2, 2014 on Scott Walker And Sunn O))) Announce Collaborative Album