Halloween (1978) // Art: Ken Taylor for Mondo
BIRDMAN (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) // dir. Alejandro G. Inarritu
Outside of Inherent Vice, I’m most excited about Birdman for the remainder of the year. I’ve been needing more Michael Keaton back in my life. He was my favorite actor growing up. Well, him and John Cusack. And Christian Slater. Oh, and Winona Ryder. Fuck! the late 80’s had some great stuff.
seriously - we need to get back to the days when everything got in on the Halloween advertising.
THE SOUNDS OF HALLOWEEN // A Halloween Mixtape (2011)
* Surely, its a little early to be breaking out the spooky jams, but we’re officially in Autumn, and therefore all things Halloween are fair game!
This particular mix originated on a Halloween themed blog that I helped with a couple of years back and given the timelessness of many Halloween favorites, I thought it might still be worth a listen. The entire mix is filled with classic Halloween themed surf rock go-go jams, eerie post punk tracks, haunting dream pop gems, and all sorts of other goodies.
- Spooky Surf Rock Intro
- "The Curse" by Cults
- "I Would Not Know the Devil" by The Fresh & Onlys
- "My Shadow" by Jay Reatard
- "Fancy Claps" by Wolf Parade
- "Dead Souls" by Joy Division
- "Graveyard Girl" by M83
- "Goth Star" by HEALTH
- "Oblivion" by Grimes
- "Fright Night (Nevermore)" by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
- "Dancing On My Grave" by Ghostland Observatory
- "Vanished" by Crystal Castles
- "Every Day is Halloween" by Ministry
- "Halloween" by Siouxsie & The Banshees
- "Pet Semetary" by The Ramones
- "Pa Pa Power" by Dead Man’s Bones
- "The Killing Moon" by Echo & the Bunnymen
- "Bela Lugosi’s Dead" by Bauhaus
- "Do They Know it’s Hallowe’en" by North American Halloween Prevention Initiative
Share the Halloween goodness and send the mix to a friend or reblog for all to enjoy. If you enjoy any artist or band featured, be sure to seek them out and support their endeavors. Happy Halloweening!
perfectmidnightworld: (my music blog)
FAVORITE ALBUMS in HISTORY of PMW
Earlier this year marked this site’s fifth anniversary of being a thing. At the time, I had wanted to do something to commemorate the instance, but time got the best of me. Fast forward to a couple of weeks back and Pitchfork put together their list of best albums/songs of the first half of the decade. Though not in tight agreement with them, I was still inspired to do the same, considering the dates line up with the creation of PMW. The big difference here is that I’m not trying to create a definitive list of “the best”, as that’s arbitrary - instead I will be highlighting my favorite ten albums of the past five years (which will probably change by the time I post this), and then an additional 40 that are all stunning works that just missed the mark on perfection. These titles will not be ranked, but rather presented alphabetically with links for streaming, should you be so inclined to seek them out.
So, without wasting any more of your time, let’s get to the list. Links will take you to Spotify when available, YouTube when not.
TOP TEN FAVORITES // 2010 - 2014
- "This is Happening" by LCD Soundsystem // It’s the final pulse of one of my favorite bands. At the time of the release, I didn’t think that it could possibly best their previous album, but sure enough - it did. What sticks with me most is James Murphy’s often heartbreaking, often funny, always real lyrical content that felt like it was mirroring events of my adulthood, as Sound of Silver had done in my young adulthood. It was the soundtrack to a massive turning point in my life and I’m thankful for it’s existence.
- "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" by Kanye West // It’s one of the albums that I’ve came back to the most over the past five years. For all of Kanye’s brilliance, it was this album that delivered on all promises and boasts. Absolutely top of the mountain production and delivery. It also doesn’t hurt that it contains one of the flat out best verses on any hip hop album of the decade with Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” verse.
- "Oshin" by Diiv // A stunning collection of songs that prove you can still make powerful, beautiful music with guitars. Every song is magnificent, and each one feels like an integral piece to the whole. It’s one of those rock records that never sounds played out, and always gets my attention for it’s duration. Perfect.
- "MBV" by My Bloody Valentine // Waiting for twenty odd years for a proper follow up to one of the best albums of all time has a tendency to elevate expectations, but Kevin Shields somehow met them head on while subverting them completely. It sounds like only My Bloody Valentine can, and after hearing two decades of pale imitators, it was incredible to feel the power of My Bloody Valentine once again.
- "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries // A criminally overlooked and hauntingly beautiful album drenched in atmosphere that is both inviting and ominous. Like Beach House scoring a David Lynch project. Genuinely great in a way that so few albums ever achieve.
- "High Violet” by The National // A heartbreaking collection of orchestral chamber pop from (possibly) America’s greatest band. Matt Berninger’s writing never fails to connect. Often aching, often triumphant.
- "Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming" by M83 // On this album, M83 aimed for the cheap seats and ended up on the moon. Massive synth pop anthems that feel like mini movies on their own. A truly beautiful collection of songs that make you feel like you can change the world with the right kind of love.
- "Nocturne of Exploding Crystal Chandelier" by Sun Airway // Wildly overlooked as well. Sun Airway’s debut is stunningly beautiful and loaded with killer hooks for days. It’s one of those albums that feels like it’s some massive hit in an alternate universe, but sadly it’s an often overlooked gem waiting for a second or fortieth listen.
- "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well // Tom Krell’s second album as HTDW felt like a revelation following the distorted, yet gorgeous world of Love Remains. Hearing his vocals pulled closer into the mix and unleashed on heartbursting beauties that call to mind slow jams of the early 90s and all sorts of assorted other things. It’s completely fresh and exciting as all hell.
- "The King of Limbs" by Radiohead // My favorite band dropped a quiet, disarming LP that took a while to get settled into, but eventually unraveled into dozens of magical directions. TKOL found the band playing a loose and experimental style that lacked some of that early mastery, but still stood heads above almost everything else.
- "You Are All I See" by Active Child
- "Burst Apart" by The Antlers
- "Reflektor" by Arcade Fire
- "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes
- "What a Pleasure" by Beach Fossils
- "Bloom" by Beach House
- "Romantic Comedy" by Big Troubles
- "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada
- "Bon Iver" by Bon Iver
- "Huntress" by Camp Counselors
- "Kill for Love" by Chromatics
- "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters
- "Halcyon Digest" by Deerhunter
- "Only in Dreams" by Dum Dum Girls
- "Singles" by Future Islands
- "Whirlpool" by A Grave with No Name
- "Visions" by Grimes
- "Last War" by Haley Bonar
- "True Loves" by Hooray for Earth
- "What Is This Heart" by How to Dress Well
- "So Smart EP" by Indoor Voices
- "We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves" by John Maus
- "The Magic Place" by Julianna Barwick
- "Smoke Ring for My Halo" by Kurt Vile
- "Nootropics" by Lower Dens
- "Wounded Rhymes" by Lykke Li
- "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface
- "Calendar" by Motorama
- "Trouble Will Find Me" by The National
- "Evergreen" by Plastic Flowers
- "Charade is Gold" by Pulseprogramming
- "Atlas" by Real Estate
- "Body Talk" by Robyn
- "Limits of Desire" by Small Black
- "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn
- "Heaven" by The Walkmen
- "Lost in the Dream" by The War on Drugs
- "House of Baloons" by The Weeknd
- "Cut Yourself Free" by Wymond Miles
- "Stridulum" / "Valusia" by Zola Jesus
There you have it. A collection of brilliant music that has helped shape the last five years of my life (and certainly this blog). Of course, even looking back over this last now, I see plenty of places where I’ve missed things or placed unnecessary emphasis on others. It’s the price of falling in love with things, sounds, too easily. Then again there are much worse issues to have.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the list and that maybe something stands out that maybe you missed on the first trip through. Go back and reconnect and discover something if you have the time. Lucky for you, once music is out there - it’s always there. Waiting for you to hit play.
well, this is it. the single greatest achievement in the history of digital media. fuck the singularity, i’ve seen all that I need to see.
"vertigo" by matthew divito
PERFECT|MIDNIGHT|RADIO // Episode One
I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of putting out monthly mixtapes again, and as luck would have it, i’ve finally pulled the trigger. Much like the previous mixtape series (Dreaming in Waves), the new series will be a two hour block of new and old gems, chosen to enhance the after hours - dream pop, shoegaze, ethereal, lo-fi, and everything in between. Basically, I want to recapture the sense of discovery that I used to get listening to my local college radio station, back in East Lansing, Michigan, late Sunday nights - when they would pull a two hour block of dreamy, spaced out, lesser known artists. It was everything that i could want in a radio show, and that in turn is what i’m trying to capture here. Some of the material might be new, some might be familiar, but they flow nicely and if you need a late night lullaby, this should more than suffice. Unlike previous mixes, the Perfect Midnight Radio sets will be split down the middle for ease of listening. Each hour as it’s own standalone block of music, for streaming and downloading.
The goal is to release a new mix every month, with the occasional special release for fun. Please feel free to share and I encourage you to seek out the artists that catch your attention - they might be your new favorite band. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!
- "Repeat Pleasure" by How to Dress Well
- “Memory Loss” by The Snow
- "Only in Dreams" by Holidays
- "Teenage Tide" by Letting Up Despite Great Faults
- "Summer Rain" by Night Flowers
- "Not for this One" by Eternal Summers
- "Minha Menina" by Donovan Blanc
- "Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" by Craft Spells
- "Ashes & Embers" by The Casket Girls
- "Lonely Richard" by Amen Dunes
- "Habit" by Ought
- "Johnny Jupiter" by Haunted Hearts
- "Remember Our Days" by Lotus Plaza
- "Peach" by Your Friend
- "Running Scared" by Mode Moderne
- "Call My Name" by Haerts
- "It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone" by Fasano
- "Descent" by Fear of Men
- "Being Around" by Courtney Barnett
- "Angel" by Pure X
- "You Must Learn to Live Again" by Halls
- "Taste of Cindy (Acoustic)" by The Jesus & Mary Chain
- "Ghost" by Autumn
- "Battles" by DNKL
- "Bright Lights" by Bedouin
- "Garden’s Heart" by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins
- "Me at the Museum You in the Wintergarden" by Tiny Ruins
- "Down from the Rafters" by Hundred Waters
- “In my Bed Again” by Perri
- "Rebirth" by Vancouver Sleep Clinic
- "Plains" by Tycho
- "Mercury" by Conner Youngblood
**Please support the artists that you find and enjoy. Buy their music, merchandise and tickets to see their shows. Only use these mixtapes as a guide to find something to throw your (financial and emotional) support behind.
is it october yet?