Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hallowe'en Still Lives!! :D:D

The next installment of Eclectica is: Happy Hallowe'en!-Part 1

I have been SO EXCITED about my Hallowe'en episode for Ecltectia!!
I've been searching & searching, gathering & re-gathering music for some time now; in anticipation of making a Hallowe'en episode for you, my dear listeners- and all the folks like me who just ADORE the holiday. ^_^

Unfortunately however, my job & my organization of a very large zombie event in DC prevented me from working on it as much as I'd have liked until -after- All Hallow's Eve. :( -But never fear! I will NOT let that stop me from publishing all the fun, fantastic music I've compiled for this illustrious (if now past) occasion!

I've been bustin' my butt nights and weekends trying to put this crazy thing together, and I really hope you like what you hear. ^_^

I had to divide this super-sized episode into two parts, since when the whole thing was finished it ran a whopping hour and a half! (And there were still tracks I ended up omitting! O.O)

First off, as I spend much of each year garnering zombie music to play for the DC Zombie Lurch, we start this episode off with two spiffy songs that're zombie-related! :D Both come from the Podcast Music Network- (as do most of the songs I play here on Eclectica). :)

1. Jonathan Coulton - Re; Your Brains
2 Tom Smith - Undead Happy Trees

Next, a few fun tracks I encountered while scoping out the PMN; one which I don't truly think is about witches, and the other from a longtime favorite of mine- who's a master of the unusual, somewhat creepy, darker sound and wicked, wicked lyrics. ^_^

3. Bloc Party - Hunting for Witches
4. Tom Waits - How's it Going to End?

After that, I HAD to play something from a veritable icon in the Goth/spooky community- Voltaire! (I had the pleasure of seeing him live at CBGB's while I was spending some time in NYC, and he was super-nice. -After his performance I waited in line to speak to him, n' when it was my turn I relayed that I'd been having an uber-crappy day, and how much he'd made it better w/his awesome performance. What'd he do? He hugged me n' gave me a few bits of freebie merch to cheer me up. :):) What a good guy! :D:D)

After that comes a terribly appropriately-named band (well, at least where the holiday is concerned- but Hallowe'en or not- ya gotta love it! ;D), w/their even more appropos song "Halloween Girl." ..How could I resist?? ;D

5. Voltaire - When You're Evil (Permission given by the artist.)
6. Ghosts on the Radio - Halloween Girl

Next up, one of my all-time favorite comedians- and you cannot imagine how elated I was to find he had some of his stuff on IODA! :D:D This guy is insanely funny- as long as you're not easily offended. ;) After that, check out this wicked song in the movie "Dead and Breakfast." If you like silly or fun horror mixed w/a bit of conscious cheese and a liberal dose of humour, you're gonna love this flick- and the super music Zachariah supplies for it all throughout the film! :D

7. Stephen Lynch - Halloween (Courtesy of the Ioda PromoNet.)
8. Zachariah and the Lobos Rider - We're Comin' ta Kill Ya (Permission given by the artist.)

Lastly (for this section of the ep. anyway), we have a seriously spooky tale told by a very talented storyteller, whom I've had the pleasure of seeing on a few occassions. He does lots of pieces inspired by the fae, vampires and such, and this is- aside from perhaps one other, just about the scariest piece I've heard of his. So, it's up- and you'll hear the end of it on Eclectica's next installment! *evil grins*

9. Joshua Safford - The Midnight Circus -Part One (Permission kindly given by the artist.)

If you'd like to know more, see more, and hear more about the talented folks who're featured today (of course you do!!) than click on the links amidst the playlist. The artist's name will be linked to their official web site, and if a myspace page is available for them and/or their work, you'll find that link under the song/piece name. :)

All pieces were acquired via the Podcast Music Network, unless otherwise noted.

And lastly, if you have any requests, ideas, suggestions or comments about the show, plesae feel free to e-mail me (DJ Selchie) at

Thanks so much for listening, and I hope you'll come back again soon! ^_^

Many Grateful Cheers,
DJ Selchie

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

If You Wanna Get Your Spooky On

While prepping the show's latest episode, I found a little story online to narrate for this demo I wanted to put forth for a particular podcast-series that I'm a big fan of. It's one of the many versions of an oooold campfire/ghost story that I'm extremely fond of; called "Taily Po." This version is written by Veronica Byrd, & I thought some of you might get a kick out of hearing it while you wait for the next ep. of Eclectica to come out. :)

Cheers and Love,
DJ Selchie