Rex Manning Day’s Top Halloweenie Tracks of 2012

October 30, 2012 in Alt-Country, Alternative, Electro, Electropop, Folk, Goth Pop, Pop, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Tribal Rock by Rex

Team Ghost – “Dead Film Star” {Alternative Rock}

Because nothing says Halloween like a little murder, here’s the latest music video from France’s Team Ghost (AKA the brainchild of the ex-M83 co-founder Nicolas Fromageau). The single is off  their recent EP Dead Film Stars, which was just released on November 20th.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – “Catatonic” {Punk/Rock}

Austin’s …Trail of Dead is back with a brand new album Lost Songs which was just released on October 23rd (you can stream the entire album here). The band posted the music video for this track earlier this month, so if you’re feeling exceptionally festive today be sure to check out the politically-fired up music video here; (because American politics can be scary too yo).

 

Battle Flags – “I Put A Spell On You” {Pop/Folk}

The vocalist ain’t no Bette Midler, but it’s always refreshing to hear yet another cover of this classic Screamin’ Jay Hawkins hit. The group also recently collaborated with Weekender to cover another version of the track which you can listen to here.

Holy Ghost! – “It Gets Dark” {Electropop}

Here’s a little cheesy synth to help brighten up the annual holiday of doom. This single is off Holy Ghost!’s new album of the same title which was released on October 16th via James Murphy’s DFA Records.

Cemeteries – “Summer Smoke” {Psych Rock}

Here’s one for all you Pink Floyd fans out there. Cemeteries is a Buffalo-based project founded by Kyle J. Reigle, and this track is off his recent debut album The Wilderness which was released on October 23rd.

Yeasayer – “Reagan’s Skeleton” {Electro/Psych Pop}

Yeasayer’s most recent album Fragrant World has been receiving rave reviews in the press over the past few months, which isn’t too surprising given the band’s track record with music bloggers/lovers alike. Here’s the music video for the third single off the album; Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard direct.

Kyla La Grange – “Vampire Smile” {Pop/Folk}

Kyla La Grange is a 24-year-old University of Cambridge philosophy graduate who has been apparently stirring up a storm in London’s alternative music scene over the past few years. This new single (off her recent album Ashes), clearly proves that she’s a fan of the Twilight series; (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Big John Bates – “Taste the Barrel” {Alt-Country}

Since Vancouver’s Big John Bates has been our favourite Halloweenie artist for many eons now, no Halloweenie list would be complete without a mention of his most recent album Battered Bones. Luckily for us Johnny posted a new music video for one of the album’s singles a few weeks ago just in time for the Halloween season.

Robert Smith – “Witchcraft” {Experimental/Soul}

The Cure’s Robert Smith somehow managed to cover a classic Frank Sinatra hit without making us cringe, (well maybe just a little) for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie Unleashed! soundtrack. This is actually the second time Smith has been featured on a Burton soundtrack, (with the first being 2010′s Alice in Wonderland soundtrack), and the other artists featured on the Frankenweenie compilation include Karen O, Passion Pit and Winona Ryder (yes, Winona Ryder).
Click here to listen to “Witchcraft” via YouTube. 

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