Out today: “Beat The Champ“, the new wrasslin’-themed record from The Mountain Goats. You should go buy it on Amazon or iTunes (or at least give it a listen) and then check out this deadly gorgeous tour poster drawn by John Keogh and inspired by the song “Werewolf Gimmick”. (more…)
Marika Hackman turns into a werewolf & attacks her band
Holiday Werewolf Gift Guide Part 3: Download your way out of a last-minute jam
It’s the day before Christmas Eve, and if for some reason you were unable to find a suitable item for the werewolf fan in your life in Gift Guide parts One and Two, don’t worry. It’s not too late to avoid the shame of being someone who gives iTunes gift cards as, like, a Main Gift. Here are five werewolf gift ideas that you can obtain and deliver digitally in less time than it took you to read this.
Cast Your Vote for a Feature Length “Werewolf Women of the SS”!
ArcLight just checked in with this burning missive: “Rob Zombie’s asking for votes concerning what his next film project should be. ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’ is running a strong second right now. Only three days left to vote!”
“The Devil’s Rejects Pt. 2” is currently in first place with 1,542 votes, and “Werewolf Women of the SS” has got 1,433 votes. You know what to do! Get over there and vote! The poll is on the right side of the page, roughly halfway down.
Werewolf Babysitter on This Week’s “This American Life” Podcast
Monday morning’s walk to work is often the best commute of the week for me, courtesy of the This American Life podcast that arrives on my iPod. This week’s episode, Babysitting, begins with a story that had me grinning like an idiot all the way to the office.
Act One. What Big Teeth You Have.
Lots of babysitting is done by family members. Hillary Frank reports on what can happen when a teenaged son is put in charge of his younger brothers. It’s not pretty.
Hint: a full moon and a group of little kids camping in the back field come into play. I can’t recommend This American Life enough, even when it’s not about an 18-year-old traumatizing his little brothers. Check it out.
Werewolves in Music
A while ago a reader named dollface ripped on me for not knowing about The Cramps and a host of other bands that have recorded songs about werewolves. I have to admit that most of the music I listen to is bereft of fur and / or fang. I finally got around to looking up the songs dollface recommended, and while I can’t say I’ve discovered any new favourite bands, I’ve got to admit that when used as subject matter for song, werewolves have produced some truly interesting and eclectic music. Here are three wolfy songs that dollface thinks you should hear, and one that I’ve probably already recommended before.
There is one werewolf song that I’d listen to over and over again even if I wasn’t into werewolves, and that’s Cat Power’s haunting cover of Michael Hurley’s “Werewolf”.
I encourage you (or maybe implore you) to post links to your favorite werewolf songs in the comments section.
Two Killer Werewolf Tracks on Rob Zombie’s “Hellbilly Deluxe 2”
Rob Zombie loves two things: monsters and rock. Even if he hadn’t made it perfectly clear with the title, everything about his new album “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” is intended to evoke associations with his monstrous, sexy 1998 solo debut. Although I personally hear a little more of sneer than I’d prefer in his voice, and not enough of the roar he’s employed on previous records, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 is certainly worth a listen if you’re a fan of anything Zombie’s done in the past two decades. This isn’t a music blog, though, and there’s a reason I’m posting about Zombie’s latest here: there are two werewolf-themed songs on the album, and both of them kick ass. John 5′s southern-fried slide guitar on “Werewolf, Baby!” will have you combing your fur into a pompadour before you climb into your ’59 Cadillac Coupe to menace Little Red down at the drive-in. And although Zombie confirmed that his “Werewolf Women of the SS” Grindhouse trailer won’t be expanded into a feature film, he turned the concept into one hell of a jack-booted, crop-wielding song. You can check out both of the songs below. Howl, baby, howl!
Rob Zombie says “the time is now” for a “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” Movie
Hollywood.com has an interview with Rob Zombie in which he talks about wanting to shoot a low-budget, deliberately retro feature length version of Werewolf Women of the S.S. (one of the faux trailers that ran as part of Grindhouse). His comments seem half-serious, but here’s the interview– judge for yourself!
French Lycanthropic Hip-Hop
Although I can’t tell exactly what DIALOKOLECTIV is rapping about here, it appears to be something bristly, snarly, lycanthropic and cool. And while that’ll be my Abercrombie & Fitch logic for the day, I promise to make up for it with a new feature / review that I have in the works.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll” EP
Straight from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs MySpace page comes news of a remix EP for Heads Will Roll, a spendidly dancy single from their latest record It’s Blitz. You may remember the track’s video from last month, which featured the sharp-dressed werewolf shown on the EP cover above. The EP will be available from iTunes and digital retailers on July 14th, and features remixes by Passion Pit, Tommie Sunshine, Nick Zinner and James Iha. You can listen to the Passion Pit remix on Stereogum right now. Dance ’til you’re dead!