Pod Picks for Oct. 31, 2013

October 31, 2013 

Give your Halloween party playlist a kick in the pumpkin with these creepy tracks we recommend for downloading or streaming to your personal media device.

“Behold, the Pretty Filthy Creatures” by Rob Zombie

His new film, “The Lords of Salem,” didn’t make the Halloween picks for our Recliner Reviews. But whatever you may think of Zombie’s filmmaking abilities, you can’t go wrong with his crunchtastic music when you’re putting together a monster-mash up-mix for October’s darkest of days. And nothing says Halloween block-party like Zombie spitting some sinister lyrics such as these, “Look at these creatures, yeah filthy creatures. God you look so pretty, yeah wicked in the city.”

“Actress” by Body/Head

It’s all weird guitar distortion on top of a repeated bass chord with the word, “desire” echoing. Other words follow and more guitar dissonance drowns the track into a strange oblivion. The experimental noise is brought to you by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and collaborator Bill Nace. Their first album together, “Coming Apart,” is aptly titled and as this track indicates that their world is a flimsy conceit that could break into pieces at any moment.

“Master of Puppets” by Metallica

“Are you alive? How does it feel to be alive?” James Hetfield screams at the beginning of this live track from the soundtrack of the new film, “Through the Never.” The movie is a hybrid of Metallica concert film and an adventure/musical. The coolest aspect of this experiment is the rediscovery of how much Metallica used to kick ass. The nimbleness of the guitars, the bash and boom of the drums, the vocals rushing to hold on to the music – it’s what we always expect from the band, and it’s also the ghost that’s been haunting Metallica’s music for years.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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