So this year I thought I wasn’t even going to get up to thirteen tracks at first, but somehow over the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to accumulate even more than my usual thirteen. For that reason, I’ve decided to split the list into two parts, with some decidedly non-traditional Halloween videos on the second part.
Fortress of Attitude – “Living in a Haunted House”
When Scott Barkan isn’t playing for Marian Call, he’s also playing in Fortress of Attitude. This came out last year, but it didn’t quite make the list. I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize plenty of the clips used for the video.
The Herbaliser – “March of the Dead Things” (NSFW)
A group of musicians start to make a video when the zombie apocalypse happens. Then they decide they might as well finish it because nerds are the ones who would watch the video, and they’re the ones most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse. Very Shaun of the Dead, and, of course, the song is great, too.
Mega Ran and Richie Branson – “Survival Horror”
This track comes from last year’s Ghouls and Ghosts EP. Deciding on a track for this list was difficult, but I decided on one based on Zombieland with assistant programming by Bear McCreary. The whole thing is worth the download, though, so go grab it!
Richie Branson and Mega Ran – “Zombies Ate My Neighbors”
This is the first track from this year’s follow up to the above album, Ghouls and Ghosts 2. The name says all you need to know, other than of course it’s awesome.
Schäffer the Darklord – “Afraid of Everything” (video is probably NSFW)
Schäffer just released a new album, Sick Passenger, and this is the first video. It’s just the right kind of creepy, and it’s incredibly well done. Great song, too.
Torrentz – “Robot Ninja Zombie Bear” (NSFW)
Because of course there would be a robot ninja zombie bear in Las Vegas. Why wouldn’t there be?
Mikal kHill – “Death and Commerce”
It’s difficult to pick one particular track from kHill’s The Walking Dead album given that it was on my list of the best of 2012, but something definitely needs to make this list so I figured why not include a track that features another amazing rapper, Jesse Dangerously? Plus I wanted to be sure to mention that there’s a new version of the album available. You get a “seedcard” which comes with an extra download code (so you effectively get two downloads for the price of one! Give the extra one to a friend!) which can then be planted in the ground so flowers can grow from its corpse. I really love the idea, especially given the whole Plants vs. Zombies vibe that it invokes. Really cool!
Death*Star – “Sucker” (NSFW)
It’s hard being a vampire when you’re unpopular. I guess that makes you… a sucker. Are you surprised that Death*Star would have a song about a bad pun? That said, it’s actually a really good song.
Big Damn Heroes (feat. Basement Love) – “Zombie Apocalypse Roller Disco” (NSFW)
Because every Halloween playlist needs a disco song on it, right?
John Anealio – “Lonesome October Night”
John Anealio recently released a four-song Halloween EP of previously released tracks that relate to Halloween. This track is based on Roger Zelazny’s book, A Night in the Lonesome October, which I have not yet read but just put on reserve at my library (I’d buy it, but it’s ridiculously expensive!) because it sounds really good.
Scooter Picnic (feat. Ben Stahl) – “Getting HallowEven”
Insane Ian and TV’s Kyle play their usual Halloween pranks on each other, but things quickly get out of hand.
The Residents – “Everyone Comes to the Freak Show / Harry the Head”
I was recently scrolling through my iPod playlists and ran across The Residents’ album, Freak Show. I immediately realized I needed to get one of their songs on this list. In fact, the whole album makes for a great Halloween listen with its weird freak show circus vibe.
Adam WarRock – “R.H.O.D.”
With his Right Hand of Doom, WarRock takes the mic and delivers yet another awesome track about Hellboy.