You guys. We made it. It is officially Halloween and the Nerdist office is “goin’ up,” as they say. Our managing editor is dressed as a classy Mad-X-Men Jean Grey crossover, there is a fat box of Goosebumps books chilling in the center of the floor, and there are Zombie Strike NERF guns strewn about — the war against the apoclypse will be won with plastic and foam. To celebrate in style, we have a healthy amount of spooky videos below by FKA Twigs, Flying Lotus, and Arcade Fire. Also it is SCARY good (get it? because it’s Halloween?) how talented T-Pain actually is without the addition of Auto-Tune to his vocals. We’ve also got a new video from Bay Area punk rockers Rancid, new music from The Foo Fighters, and a bunch of Halloween playlists for you to celebrate tonight properly.
T-Pain became, unfairly if you ask me, a walking punch line for his use of auto-tune in the mid 2000s and was probably most known for his self parodying “I’m On A Boat” performance with the Lonely Island crew than anything he did earnestly as an artist. Well, he was a man on a mission earlier this week when he performed without his weapon of choice for the NPR Offices. And you know what? He sounded great.
Celebrate Halloween right with 13 campy horror movie songs! And once you’ve gone through that playlist, make sure you check out Origami Vinyl’s spooky record collection and playlist! You will have music for days even though you will only need it for tonight!
Arcade Fire have released an unexpected 20-minute horror movie titled Festi which features guest appearances from The National (The Dessner twins play the creepy twins from The Shining, of course), James Murphy, The Fleet Foxes and even Peter Gabriel. A murderer is on the loose before one of Arcade Fire’s 2011 shows and the rest of the band must make it out alive! Watch above as Will Butler tries to escape the curse of turning 27 and invoking the rage of Jim Morrison’s ghost. Watch above and try not to soil yourself.
All week long, we have been posting Halloween-themed tracks of the day to get in the proper mood for fright night. If you want to laugh, check out “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” and if you want to cry from terror, check out John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. Stay tuned for today’s Nerdoween track of the day, which may or may not be Ghostbusters themed…
Flying Lotus has released yet another disturbing music video, just in time for Nerdoween. While his previous video was disquieting for its political and sociocultural implications, the new visuals for “Ready Err Not”, concocted by Salad Fingers creator David Firth, turn the gore factor up and feature deformed humans, decapitation, mutilation, and really upsetting umbilical chord unions between grotesque bodies. Consider this video NSFW.
Friends Of Friends, one of the first major internet-born digital music labels/collectives is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary with a new anthology of hits from producers like Shlohmo, Jerome LOL, Tomas Barford, and more. You can stream this 30+ track puppy right here courtesy of Pitchfork.
FKA Twigs, the rising weirdo R&B superstar who most people, to my chagrin, know as the girl who is dating Robert Pattinson, has also released another shocking music video. Though much of her earlier eccentric videos focused on the malleability of sexuality, her new video for “Video Girl” is straight up slasher flick horror. Yes, she puts on a transformative show with they way she bends her body, but the most compelling part of this music video is the setting a/k/a in the middle of a lethal injection execution. This one is not for the faint of heart either, folks. [Vulture]
The Marvin Gaye Estate has won its first legal battle against Robin Thicke and Pharrell by proving that “Blurred Lines” aped a very noticeable portion of Gaye’s classic “Got to Give It Up.” It was all down hill for Thicke after he dressed up like Beetlejuice for VMAs last year… [Hypetrak]
The Foo Fighters are on to Nashville in the next episode of HBO’s Sonic Highways, which airs tonight. In anticipation of the new episode, the band has released the track they recorded in Tennessee, which is religiously titled, “Congregation.” What do you guys think of the tracks we have heard form the new album so far?
This year we went to KCRW’s Masquerade event at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Check out a full gallery of all the costumes we loved right here. Spoiler Alert: there was a man dressed as a giant, terrifying baby.
P. Morris is an underground musician whose work is really focused on warping funky electronic sounds into extremely creepy head spaces. His new Beloved EP has a very chat roulette inspired webpage where you can listen to the album in real time with another person via your webcam. Enter at your own risk because this is the internet and shit can get weird rull fast.
Rancid‘s new album …Honor Is All We Know is available for your ears right now, but the band wanted to give diehard fans a little extra treat. The above video is the full album stream with an accompanying music video of the band driving around their native Bay Area in Matt Freeman’s 1964 Chevy Nova.
Oozing Wound are a metal band from Chicago who have no interest in appeasing anyone. All they want to do is tear your ears apart with some gnarly riffs bruuuuhhhhh. But seriously, these guys are rad rockers who were kind enough to contribute to our playlist series, Car Tunes and Cartoons, with an amazing metal mix and illustration, which you can enjoy below: