Posts tagged “Halloween

The 15 Most Disturbing Illustrations From “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark”

Oh man. I am going to hate myself so much for doing this. But not right away. I’m going to hate myself while I’m lying in bed tonight trying and failing to fall asleep.

You see, Halloween is just around the corner so I figured I would do some kind of Halloween special, or at least the Internet blog equivalent of one. The question was what I was actually going to do. I’ve already done a post about the scariest songs in my collection, and since I’m doing my Top 5 lists in the same order in which they appeared on my show, the Top 5 Songs To Scare Trick-Or-Treaters Away From Your House is still a long way off.

And then it hit me: Do a post about the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST #4: Linkin Park

A recent episode of South Park posited that there comes a time in your life when everything you once loved as a kid starts looking like crap once you’re older. While I will certainly admit to growing more critical and cynical as I’ve grown, I’d like to think people don’t change that much. Some things in life never get old – I’ll probably always have a soft spot for U2 and Green Day, for the Three Stooges and Looney Tunes cartoons (and South Park, for that matter), for Super Mario Bros. 3 and Final Fantasy VII. Then there are things that give you little to no sense of pride or nostalgia, things that make you look back and wonder, “Why the hell did I ever like that?” And for me, sometimes I look back to my teenage years and try to figure out why it took me so long to grow out of nu-metal, though I do give that particular phase credit for helping me get into heavier music.

I was never a hardcore fan of that whole late-‘90s, early-double-0s scene, but I did get my feet wet. I liked Korn’s singles back then, but never bought any of their albums. I could never really get into the Deftones (and still haven’t, even though I’ve heard lots of good things about them) or P.O.D. I flat-out didn’t like Disturbed at all (and still don’t). System Of A Down? They were okay, but I never really got into their stuff either. I didn’t hear anything by Slipknot for the first time until long after the nu-metal craze had hit its peak, though I’d seen plenty of their merchandise around school. There was a brief period where I actually considered getting that Crazy Town album with “Butterfly” on it – yes, I once thought the guys who horrifically mutilated “New Noise” by Refused were at least competent musicians. I was totally ready to buy Kid Rock as an “American Bad Ass” until I found out that he took that riff from an old Metallica song (for the record, I’m usually OK with sampling as long as you make interesting alterations or additions to the sample; leaving the sample as it is comes off as lazy, like all you did was make up new lyrics to someone else’s song). And who the hell were Primer 55 and Ill Niño? I certainly didn’t know.

Really, there were (and are) only a handful of albums in my collection that probably qualify as nu-metal at all: the first three Limp Bizkit albums, Infest by Papa Roach, The Lonely Position of Neutral by Trust Company, and of course the required soundtracks for any angsty teenager’s life from 2000 to 2004, Hybrid Theory and Meteora by Linkin Park.

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Top 5 Scariest Songs In My Collection

(originally aired on Nov. 7, 2008 — the Halloween special)

Hi, everybody! (Hi, Dr. Nick!)

Did you all have a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day? Did you get to spend some quality time with your sweetheart? Take him/her out to dinner, maybe see a movie, trade cutesy little gifts, that sort of thing? Are you still on a high from a weekend full of love and happiness?

I hope so…

Because I’m about to completely obliterate that high.

For my Halloween special back in November (I would have done this on Halloween, but I was in Philadelphia for the World Series parade), I decided to count down the five scariest songs I possess in my collection. Some of these songs made the list for creating a spooky atmosphere. Other songs are here for their lyrical concepts. And there might be one or two that are able to effectively combine the two. Brace yourselves, everyone.

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Nov. 7, 2008: Show #5 – Halloween Special!

Here’s the playlist for my Nov. 7, 2008 show on WMUC2. Originally this playlist was supposed to air on Halloween, but then the Phillies had to go and win the World Series and have the parade on Halloween. And I wasn’t missing that for the world — it was the first time I’d ever seen any of my teams win anything. So rather than scrap the “Halloween special” idea, I decided to just do it a week late. Hey, if The Simpsons can get away with a late Halloween special every year, then so can I!

1. High On Fire, “Devilution” (Blessed Black Wings)

2. Early Man, “Death Is The Answer” (Closing In)

3. Rancid, “Ghost Band” (Indestructible)

4. Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk” (Vampire Weekend)

5. Bloc Party, “Hunting For Witches” (A Weekend In The City)

6. The Beatles, “Helter Skelter” (The White Album)

7. The Clash, “Four Horsemen” (London Calling)

8. TV On The Radio, “Wolf Like Me” (Return To Cookie Mountain)

9. Baroness, “The Birthing” (Red Album)

10. Black Sabbath, “Paranoid” (Paranoid)

11. Warren Zevon, “Warewolves Of London” (Excitable Boy)

12. Garbage, “#1 Crush” (‘Romeo + Juliet’ Soundtrack)

13. At The Drive-In, “Sleepwalk Capsules” (Relationship Of Command)

14. Iron Maiden, “Run To The Hills” (The Number Of The Beast)

15. Incubus, “Rogues” (Light Grenades)

16. Interpol, “Evil” (Antics)

17. Kings Of Leon, “Black Thumbnail” (Because Of The Times)

18. Probot, “Shake Your Blood” (Probot)

19. Muse, “Hyper Music” (Origin Of Symmetry)

20. Mastodon, “March Of The Fire Ants” (Remission)

21. Opeth, “The Lotus Eater” (Watershed)

22. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Mosquito Song” (Songs For The Deaf)

23. Metallica, “Ride The Lightning” (Ride The Lightning)

24. Radiohead, “The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy” (“Pyramid Song” single)

25. Aphex Twin, “Come To Daddy” (Come To Daddy)

26. Slayer, “Raining Blood” (Reign In Blood)