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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Craft Fear: The Scariest Beer Label Ever is a Viking Texan

You so don’t wanna…

run into this bearded, leather-faced, tusk-toothed Texan viking in a dark bar.

Not without a nice snifter or tulip-shaped glass. It’s got juniper berries in it!  See the rest »

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Halloween: The Most Interesting Costume in the World

“I don’t always wear a costume, but when I do, I look exactly-fucking-like The Most Interesting Man in the World.”

Las Vegas‘ own Tyler Langston has officially won Halloween. At least the AdverSpokesperson Category. Well done, man. Cheers!

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TO REFRESH YOUR MEMORY,
HERE’S THE REAL DEAL:  See the rest »

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6 MP3s: The Halloween Mix of the Beast

Six treats. One of ‘em is a Thai trick.

Stick around for the bonus video and have a Happy Halloween, y’all. Enjoy thoroughly.

“Monster Mash” from Selebrities
[featured in the Skateboarding Vampires video]

“The Ghost Who Walks” Karen Elson

The Unicorns “Tuff Ghost”

Dead Man’s Bones “My Body’s A Zombie For You”

The Postmarks “Every Day Is Halloween” (Ministry)

Chai Muansing “Pee Kow Pee Ork” (Ghosts Come And Go)

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BONUS: SINGING GHOSTS IN THE AVALANCHES ‘FRONTIER PSYCHIATRISTSee the rest »

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Halloween Gross Out: “Taxidermied Alive” Music Video by Barfth

Remember the epic Firecoat video? Well, the latest from YDGN Productions has arrived just in time for Halloween. Behold Taxidermied Alive by the most awesomely, awkwardly-named band ever: Barfth.

Just a warning and a reminder: the song is called Taxidermied Alive. So know your limits before going in to this one.

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Spooky: The Shocker The Costume
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MP3: ¡Viva Halloween!

No, I didn’t put Viva in a bat costume. But I did pose her and take her picture. Is that creepy enough for ya?

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Karen Elson “The Ghost Who Walks” from The Ghost Who Walks

The Postmarks “Everyday Is Halloween” (Ministry) from Unsorted

Alex Goose “Success” from The Blueprint 3 Outtakes

Dead Man’s Bones “My Body’s A Zombie For You” from s/t

Trailer “Ghost In the Invisible Bikini” from Ghouls With Attitude 2

The Unicorns “Tuff Ghost” from Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone

The Cramps “Zombie Dance” from Songs The Lord Taught Us

Black Hat Brigade “Zombie City Shake” from Fathers EP

Sufjan Stevens “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come from Illinois

Broken Bells “The Ghost Inside” from s/t

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How To: Make a Guinness Black & Orange (Smashed Pumpkin)

This simple concoction seriously tastes like pumpkin pie à la mode. And its colors are perfect for cheering the San Francisco Giants. Win, win.

It works with any pumpkin beer, but I prefer Smashed Pumpkin Ale from Shipyard‘s Pugsley’s Signature Series. It’s big on flavor without tasting like a packet of pumpkin spice dropped in a beer. There’s a great writeup on it at Brewed For Thought.

HOW TO MAKE A GUINNESS BLACK & ORANGE

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Spooky: The Shocker The Costume

You can only get away with this costume one day out of the year. And that day only occurs on leap year. In another dimension.

Thankfully, every day of the year you can enjoy a different Shocker euphemism with The Shocker 365 Calendar (iPhone app forthcoming). As a writer, and a guy with a 12-yr-old’s sense of humor,   See the rest »

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Vatch This Vid: Richard Belzer’s Vampire Music Video Extravaganza

An early Halloween present: Richard Belzer rockin’ out with his fangs out.

Pure amazingness. (Thanks, CoS)

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1977: Incredible Hulk “Fun Poncho” is Retarded

Flame retarded, that is. See what I did there?

Saw this vintage Ben Cooper (aka Smock ‘n Mask) Halloween costume at the Petaluma Art & Garden Festival this weekend. No you wouldn’t garden in it. And only if you were me would you call it art and hang it on your wall. But somewhere along the lines the fest has become more about antiques and less about arty gardeny schtuff. And for this I am thankful.

Dig the green Hulk-brow mask below.   See the rest »

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SF: Roaming Star Wars Cantina Band In The Mission Halloween Nite!

hammerhead getting ready to hit SF

UPDATED: Halloween night, a roaming Star Wars Cantina Band took over the Mission in SF. Hitting up bar after bar. And when they couldn’t get in (ahem … Bruno’s) they played on the sidewalk.

Great idea, Occlupanid.

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It's A Wrap

It takes a band of Biths to bring Megatron and Hammerhead together. Here’s a video from Nate at A New Leaf; one of the members of the roaming rockers.

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Spooky: The Shocker The Costume
Awesome: Sears Website Gets Zombified

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Halloween: Dance Partners

For best effect, play these at the same time.

One’s a clip from KXVO News Omaha (thanks, Nicole!) and the other’s from my friend Jonathan. Happy Halloween, y’all.

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MP3: Friday Five and Halloween Six 10.30.09

See all the Friday Fives and Rock out with the Umlaut

Hope everybody gets freaky this weekend. Happy Halloween!

Surfer Blood “Floating Vibes” from Astro Coast

Adele “Last Nite” (The Strokes) from BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge

The Sandwitches “Back to the Sea” from
How To Make Ambient Sadcake

Thin Lizzy “Dancing In The Moonlight” from Greatest Hits

Philip Lynot “Old Town” (Chronovisor Mix) from Old Town

HALLOWEEN FRIDAY 6!
The Postmarks “Everyday Is Halloween” (Ministry) from Unsorted
Dead Man’s Bones “My Body’s A Zombie For You” from s/t
Trailer “Ghost In the Invisible Bikini” from Ghouls With Attitude 2
The Unicorns “Tuff Ghost” from Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone
The Cramps “Zombie Dance” from Songs The Lord Taught Us
Misfits “Astro Zombies” from Coffin Box, Disc 3: Sessions

Rock out with the Umlaut every Friday.

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Video: The Original Ghostbusters, Disney’s Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

Before there was Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler, there was Donald, Goofy, and Mickey. See ‘em in their office at 1:20.

Recognize Goofy’s line at 5:49?

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