Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Music for Groovin’ Ghouls

West Hollywood is a great way to store some costume ideas for the coming year. Here we have a young man dressed as Wendy Wiliams and Catwoman.

West Hollywood is a great way to store some costume ideas for the coming year. Here we have a young man dressed as Wendy Wiliams next to Catwoman.

Halloween, sewing, and crazy makeup are my jam! Seeing the decorations go up, empty store fronts are filled with All Hallow’s Eve goodies warm my ice cold heart. Halloween is my undeniably favorite holiday. When I was living in Argentina, I didn’t miss Thanksgiving or Independence Day, but I did miss dressing up and seeing people eager to invoke some spooky spirits.

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The Chilean miner was popular in 2010

Tale as old as time 2011

A bed in the middle of West Hollywood

A bed in the middle of West Hollywood

While you’re deciding on a costume, here are my recommendations for your Halloween playlist.

Los Saicos are a garage/surf band from Lima, Peru who created a sound almost unheard of in Latin America in the 60s. With Erwin Flores’ wailing vocal technique, Los Saicos were a precursor to punk.

 

I’m not a big fan of The Hunger, but I sure like this song. Great for background music for a haunted house maze.

 

Soft and eerie, maybe make this the last song at your party to encourage your drunken ghoulish guests to leave?

 

“Gloomy Sunday” was originally composed by Rezső Seress in 1932, with lyrics by Lázló Jávor. The song was a hit, and also became associated with several suicides that occurred in Hungary, which was facing famine and poverty at the time. Billie Holiday made the song popular in the States in 1941.

 

I’m not a Fiona Apple fan, but I dig this cover by everyone else’s favorite moody musician. Her voice sounds like she just slit her wrists in the bathtub, making the original Nightmare Before Christmas version sound a little too sweet.

 

How could you not include a song called “Halloween”? Step up your eyeliner game this year and try Siouxie’s Egyptian hieroglyph inspired eyes with this tutorial.

 

I like this song, and this video with the Muppets. Miss Piggy could be a boss Nikki Minaj.

 

Suspiria is my favorite scary movie because of all it’s campy, colorful, bloody ballet academy greatness. The soundtrack is just as spooky. Both are classics.

 

Her boyfriend’s teeth aren’t white and he only has three. Alaska y Dinarama were famous during La Movida Madrileña, a countercultural movement that took place in Madrid after Francisco Franco’s death in 1975, and which also gave us other kookie cool people such as Pedro Almodóvar.

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Vampire Comedy Gold: Grace Jones and Strippers With Bad Teeth

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I saw the movie Vamp last night, and I was a lttle confused. At first I was unimpressed with the campy low-budgetry that is Vamp, but found myself unable to hit pause on Netflix.  Reader, the mind was boggled.

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The film starts off like any teen horror film: two pledges Keith and AJ convince their fraternity that they can provide anything they need for to make their upcoming party a real rager, which includes hiring a stripper. They convince their lonely yet flashy classmate Duncan to lend them his red Cadillac. They set out on their stripper search and arrive to what is obviously Downtown LA. After pissing off some albino gangsters and their bucktooth girlfriends, they end up at a strip joint run by vampires, except for Amaretto, a childhood friend who is just young and needs the money. The strippers don’t really move, they seem to sway which is probably to remind viewers that they just turn into dusty corpses when the sun rises. Then out comes Grace Jones as Katrina who leaves the audience spellbound (and doesn’t say a word throughout the movie) with her performance art striptease , wearing this wire arts and crafts two-piece that someone must have made after a quick trip to Michael’s.   After Katrina’s dance of the seven WTFs,  AJ follows her backstage, thinking he’s going to get lucky. What really happens is that Katrina’s face contorts into this hairless wolverine-vampire looking thing. Remember when Angel from Buffy was all dangerously cute, butvamp_shot3l then turned all gross when it was time to suck some blood? That’s what happens to the vampires in this movie. No sparkly high school student vampires here.  I won’t spoil the rest of the movie, but damn, it is  bonkers.  There’s vampire children, killer shady motel elevators, corny lines, special effects reminiscent of Suspiria, and this song:

If you need a last minute Halloween costume, find some wire and white paint hanging out in your garage, get a red wig, and there you go. While you’re at it, here’s an interesting read on teen girls in horror films. What’s your favorite vampy movie?

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My Favorite Bands from Culture Collide 2013

My pieces of flair. Each button says "Good Music" in a different language.

My pieces of flair. Each button says “Good Music” in a different language.

I have never been a fan of crowded, stinky music festivals, but unlike Coachella,  Culture Collide brought together various artists from around the world in various bars, clubs, and even a church in Echo Park. It was lovely because aside from overpriced food and drinks available at each venue, one had the choice of taking advantage of several taco trucks, liquor stores, and quesadilla carts. No flower garlands here, big black Amish looking hats were the headgear of choice for this Fall festival. Saturday was the best day of the event.

My favorite band from Friday was Float Fell, Belgian duo who played slow, ethereal songs.

Maya Vik ‘s bass slapping performance didn’t disappoint.  That Norwegian with a blond afro knows how to jam, and even sang a slow cover of “Oh Sheila.” Her sound reminds me of Prince. As Maya Vik played while light from the sunset illuminated through the stained glass of the Echo Park Methodist Church, I felt as if she must have been touched by Prince’s purple holiness.

The most energetic and outrageous was Terry Poison from Israel, who really knows how to entertain a crowd with their electro-rock sounds. Lead singer Louise Kahn climbed on top of the speakers, danced on top of the bar, and took a sip of an audience member’s drink. It was an intimate show at one of the rooms at Taix, an old French restaurant. Terry Poison has been around since 2008,  and have opened for Depeche Mode and played at fashion weeks in London, Paris, and Los Angeles.

I am content now that I have new workout tunes.

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