Some Halloween treats in the music bin today:
-- The Flaming Lips, ever determined to out gimmick themselves, have recorded a 24-hour song, "7 Skies H3" -- and are streaming it today (and streaming, and streaming...). The catch: For some reason, only 999 people can listen to it at once, so be prepared to wait and keep clicking. (While waiting, dive into their previous six-hour song here.) The song will be available for purchase, and comes delivered to you inside an actual human skull decorated with dripped chrome. Another catch: Only 13 are available, and each costs $5,000.
-- Superchunk, per a "tradition" they started last year, has released another Misfits cover today -- a free download of "Where Eagles Dare."
-- Dig the new zombie-themed video for Matt & Kim's "I'm a Goner." Wouldn't you know even after they die they still throw a fun, happy party ...
-- David Lynch's new album -- yes, album -- feels pretty Halloweeny. It's also streaming today in its entirety.
-- I think Lynch would appreciate this video shot by Jack ad John of Chicago "witch house" band Salem.
-- Here's a good British podcast featuring creepy, ghoulish tunes from the Misfits, Rob Zombie, Public Image Ltd. and more.
-- Last year, the B-52s' Fred Schneider skewered Christmas with his high-camp side project, the Superions. This year, they've put together a Halloween EP, "Batbaby," complete with this ramshackle home movie. John Waters, he ain't ...
-- Hey, new smashing pumpkins video ...
-- For those of you making spooky Spotify (and elsewhere) playlists today, don't forget these oft-overlooked treats:
"The Creature From the Black Lagoon," Dave Edmunds
"Ghost on the Road," Guadalcanal Diary
"Haunted House," Jumpin' Gene Simmons
"Sounds Great When You're Dead," Robyn Hitchcock
"Halloween," Dead Kennedys
"Trick or Treat," Otis Redding
"Ghost in a Bikini," the Judys
"The Halloween Dance," the Rev. Horton Heat
"Ribcage Mambo," Frenchy
Just about anything by John Zacherle