Music fans can still dip into a mixed bag of digital treats from haunting to otherworldly to playful as this year’s eeriest night takes on a new life. The Halloween & Chill playlist is a genre-spanning concoction for an enchanting season of pumpkin carving and dress-up, whether for an intimate at-home get-together or a Zooming party to connect with other pirates, princesses, super heroes and vampires. Also in October, new videos and spellbinding CD and LP releases make the frightful truly delightful. Halloween & Chill begins by clicking here: https://ume.lnk.to/halloweenandchill.
Available now and a partial rundown below, the Halloween & Chill playlist brings together a diverse tracklist of beats, energy, inspiration and swing. Lighting a few candles and turning up the music is one way to enhance October 31. Cream’s “Strange Brew,” Dusty Springfield’s sultry “Spooky” and Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” are among the more than 50 tracks featured.
Halloween & Chill also presents videos:
Last spring, The Cranberries “Zombie” video hit 1 billion views on YouTube, making them the first Irish band in history to achieve this milestone. The track is included on the Halloween & Chill playlist, and the new lyric video featuring remastered audio from the forthcoming No Need to Argue reissue (Island Records/UMe) premieres on Halloween & Chill YouTube today, here: https://thecranberries.lnk.to/ZombieLyricVideoPR
Other Halloween & Chill videos available include “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” by Concrete Blonde – watch here. Remastered in high-definition (HD), the video captures the foreboding goth-blues riffing, necromantic lyrics and gang-vocal chorus from the opening track on the band’s Bloodletting album. A brightly colored, animated video for Sheb Wooley’s “Purple People Eater” made its official video debut earlier this month, here.
Frank Zappa’s Halloween shows in New York were already legendary – a rock and roll bacchanalia of jaw-dropping musicianship, costume-clad revelry, spontaneous theatrical hijinks and of course a heavy dose of Zappa’s signature virtuosic guitar workouts. Now, Frank Zappa’s epic 1981 Halloween concert — immortalized with a king-size, 6CD Halloween ’81 costume box set, featuring more than 70 previously unreleased tracks with a Count Frankula mask and cape — is available here: https://frankzappa.lnk.to/Halloween81. Please click here for details.
Available exclusively at uDiscover Music and Sound of Vinyl, Halloween Hootenanny (UMe), curated by Rob Zombie, has been reissued on orange vinyl with blue and pink splatter, and calls upon various surf and psychobilly acts like Los Straitjackets, Reverend Horton Heat and Rocket From the Crypt.
For fans of vinyl, October saw the launch of The Sound of Vinyl All Treats No Tricks Spin to Win. Customers have been able to visit the site each Friday in October to spin the wheel for a special Halloween discount code to be used on any purchase, including the Halloween & Chill Collection here: https://thesoundofvinyl.us/collections/halloween. There are still two Fridays to spin the wheel (today and October 30).
The Halloween & Chill playlist is available across multiple digital services. In addition to the slate of releases and new video content, be on the lookout for Halloween-themed social media lenses for posts.