Flier by Karli A. Helm
As the list of Halloween weekend events grows bigger and bigger, so does our excitement about our very own Halloween show that we’re putting on with Wave Dweller! Part covers show, part spooky vibes, part local band appreciation night, “Night of the Living Shreds” is guaranteed to be a concert to remember. To ring in Halloween week, we asked Wave Dweller and the bands on the bill to pick their favorite songs from this holiday season. Here’s what they chose…
“Wolf at the Door” – Radiohead
This song has a real eerie sway about it. It’s kind of mesmerizing, but also makes me really uncomfortable. When the chorus kicks in the lyrics make me want to lock my doors and turn off my phone.
“Tokyo Witch” – Beach House
Tokyo Witch — get it? Witch…Halloween. Eh? Eh? Seriously, though, this song is haunting.
“Coffin Trick” – Atlas Sound
Atlas Sound just came through and played SF so Bradford has been on my mind lately. Cox put this song online after my favorite Deerhunter album leaked. Singing about singing to the coffin that awaits you.
“Sheena is a Parasite” – The Horrors
This is one of the first songs The Horrors put out. They had a Ramones-meets-Halloween shtick back then. In the video for this song, Sheena is literally a giant parasite-—right out of The Faculty or something. It’s terrifying, but you know, you can bang your head to it.
“Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr
To quote Ray Parker Jr: I included this song because “busting makes me feel good.”
We like trick or treating on Fascination Street (The Cure)
and roaming through the spooky Cemetery Gates (The Smiths)
Then, once we are feeling extra naughty and spooky, I Put A Spell on You (Screaming Jay Hawkins)
Hit the funeral march by Chopin. But whatever you do, Don’t Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)!
“Halloween” – The Misfits
Misfits were basically a band that celebrated Halloween year-round, which is quiet impressive.
“This Is Halloween” – Danny Elfman (Nightmare Before Christmas OST)
It is simply a great song by Danny Elfman, who never fails to have the weirdest sounding compositions that are somehow still listenable and catchy.
Runner-Up: Halloweentown OST
They said, “Anything by Rob Zombie or Toby Keith.” We took the liberty of picking a few for the mixtape that we think they’d enjoy.
Take a listen to this super spooky mixtape below (plus a few substitutions for songs that we couldn’t find on Spotify), and we hope to see you ghosts and ghouls at the party! Tickets are on sale now — $7 in advance, $10 at the door — and don’t forget to RSVP on the FB event page.
O + French Cassettes, Everyone is Dirty, Summer Peaks
Brick and Mortar Music Hall
Friday, October 30, 2015
8pm, $7 adv, $10 door (18+)