Even ignoring the occasion of Halloween, there’s something about the onset of fall that brings a spooky, whimsical feeling to the air. Maybe it hearkens back to America’s first colonists and their concerns about the bleak winter that lie ahead; and their fabled worries of witches amongst them and wild animals without, lurking at the edge of the treeline. Uncertainty, disquiet, and loneliness – all the same dull sensations the season’s breezes carry today. The dusk before the dark of winter.
The 2001 film, Donnie Darko, captured the spirit of this season well, and the playlist that follows could almost be an alternative soundtrack to the film. I say “almost” because there are a couple fun tunes below, because hey, Halloween is fun! I don’t think there are any fun songs on the Donnie Darko soundtrack…. There are, however, some great, touching works; two of which are included below (“Mad World” and “Killing Moon”).
I gotta give a shout to my sister, Danielle, who was all over Animal Collective way before me and most of the hip world. She included AC’s “Leaf House” on a Halloween-themed compilation last year and it’s perfect.
And a heads-up: next month’s playlist is shaping up to be pretty crazy – make sure to get on board for that in a couple weeks. Thanks!
1) Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission
2) Sonic Youth - Halloween
3) Animal Collective - Leaf House
4) Ryan Adams - I See Monsters
5) Echo & the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
6) Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Swamp Ghost
7) Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein
8) Delta Spirit - Steetwalker
9) Gary Jules - Mad World
10) Dave Matthews Band - Halloween
11) Dave Matthews Band - The Stone