I'm not nearly the fan of Halloween that I once was. Ever since beer sales became as important as candy sales to the occasion, it just hasn't been the same. But enough harrumphing from me:
Here, for your All Hallow's Eve pleasure, we offer a tune from Howe Gelb and his Tucson-based band/collective Giant Sand.
This is not a particularly spooky tune -- though the band originally used the more spooky moniker Giant Sandworms -- but it has a fine bleak empty desert quality to it, and begins with the slightly nervous observation that
Something's in the water
Besides a moon that don't know when to quit....
Submitted for your approval,
- Giant Sand - Shiver [MP3 link]
Bonus Tricky-Treat: By happy coincidence, Alan Williamson has just posted a link at Sixeyes to a live version of "Shiver," recorded in early September. This is a slightly more scary performance, particularly if you live in morbid terror of feedback, distortion or the artistic influence of Neil Young.
- Giant Sand - Shiver [live, 9/2/05] [MP3 link]
As You Lycanthrope It: All right, one more, somewhat more directly apropos of the day. stereogum points the way to Bars & Guitars, whence comes this ruralized cover of the late great Warren Zevon's paean to manicured nails and extra-long sideburns:
- Magnolia Electric Co. - Werewolves of London [MP3 link]