Monday Mixtape: Halloween (The Misfits, Marilyn Manson, Run the Jewels)

The Misfits-“Teenagers from Mars”

Today’s Monday Mixtape lands on All Hallow’s Eve, thus we’ll be giving you a number of Halloween songs to begin with.  What’s a better Halloween band than The Misfits?  While just about any Misfits song could have worked, “Teenagers from Mars” feels like a cheap B-Movie, in the best way.  Crappy horror films are what Halloween is made of, and this is one of The Misfits’ best songs.

Real Friends-“Mess”

I was lucky enough to catch Real Friends on their current tour with The Wonder Years.  “Mess” is one of the best songs on The Home Inside My Head, and it has a pretty great Halloween-themed video.



Is there anything more Halloween than a German, power-metal outfit called Helloween playing a song called “Halloween”


Marilyn Manson-“Man That You Fear”

Marilyn Manson is still one of the kings of Halloween, and this Antichrist Superstar number is an eerie ballad, perfect for a sad Halloween.

Avenged Sevenfold-“Bat Country”

A7X just released a surprise album, but their early work remain to be metalcore staples.  “Bat Country” is just most fitting for Halloween.

Run the Jewels-“Talk to Me”

El-P and Killer Mike are back with RTJ3, and their latest track shows a ton of promise for another in-your-face album from the rap duo.

The Menzingers-“Bad Catholics”

“Bad Catholics” is The Menzingers at their best.  It’s a drinking song soaked in nostalgia for a past romance.  After the Party is going to be great.

Kevin Devine-“Daydrunk”

Devine’s Instigator has so many great tracks, and this is a fun song about alcohol abuse akin to Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools”

Conor Oberst-“Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)”

Oberst’s latest solo album is lonely and warm.  As November approaches, it’s fit for chilly fall mornings.  He’s incredibly unguarded and vulnerable on Ruminations, and  the whole album is worth a listen.

The Mountain Goats-“Cubs in Five”

The Chicago Cubs are still in it.  Keep playing this song from the Mountain Goats to keep them in the World Series.

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