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I'm not a fan of Halloween. More specifically, I hate dressing up, mostly because I've never been good at cooking up a decent costume. So I typically go back on forth on whether or not I want to disguise myself as something spooky or, ugh, sexy, until Oct. 31 rolls around and I'm stuck with a sheet on my head or some Rite-Aid fake blood drizzled down a Hanes T. Not cool. But! There is something about the foreboding seasonal soundtrack that's appealing year-round.--- And this, friends, brings us to Dead Man's Bones, a project that started out as just a free-time one-off between actor Ryan Gosling (Half-Nelson, The Notebook) and his buddy Zach Shields fooling around on instruments that, for the most part, neither of them knew how to play! They eventually teamed up with the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir (co-founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea) and recorded some tunes. The resulting Never Let a Lack of Talent Get You Down is a gem - if only for the month of October. Songs like "My Body's a Zombie for You" and "In the Room Where You Sleep" are creepy, endearing and as fun as the "Monster Mash."
Also out today, the long-awaited Rick Rubin-produced Gossip album, Music for Men. This band rules. I saw them open for Le Tigre in 2004 and am looking forward to their return to SLC on Oct. 20 at Urban Lounge with MEN (featuring members of Le Tigre).
Other releases worth picking up: Port O'Brien's Threadbare, Alela Diane and Alina Hardin's Alela & Alina (check out their cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Rake"), Mission of Burma's The Sound, The Speed, The Light, The XX's S/T...I'm sure I'm forgetting someone. This has been one solid year of music so far!
Now, you know what to do - Make haste to ye local record store pronto!