All posts tagged: music

Strange Happenings in February

February 3rd Knock at the Cabin in theaters. While vacationing, a girl and her parents are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avoid the apocalypse. February 5th Full moon February 7th Couplets: Love Story on shelves. “Maggie Millner’s captivating, seductive debut is a love story in poems that explores obsession, gender, identity, and the art and act of literary transformation. In rhyming couplets and prose vignettes, Couplets chronicles the strictures, structures, and pitfalls of relationships―the mirroring, the pleasing, the small jealousies and disappointments―and how the people we love can show us who we truly are.” All that Breathes streaming on HBO “Amidst the darkening backdrop of Delhi’s apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite.” February 9th Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence Streaming on Hulu. “A group of bright Sarah Lawrence College students fall under the dark influence of a friend’s father, Larry Ray. With unprecedented access …

Strange Happenings in January

Whether you make big plans and resolutions each New Year or look at January 1st as just another day, 2023 has many books, shows, movies and Natural Events to look forward to. Happy New Year! January 1st Frankenstein was published on this day in 1818. January 5th Death in the Dorms streaming on Hulu. “Death in the Dorms” tells the stories of six young women from six different colleges who were murdered” January 6th Full Moon M3GAN in theaters. A brilliant toy company roboticist uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to emotionally bond with her newly orphaned niece. But when the doll’s programming works too well, she becomes overprotective of her new friend with terrifying results.” January 10th Bad Cree by Jessica Johns on shelves “In this gripping debut tinged with supernatural horror, a Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home.” The Hatchet …

Winter Song

Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s subdued duet Winter Song has become a staple for melancholy Christmas episodes on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, and the Vampire Diaries. For me, it’s references to changing seasons and its quiet arrangement is perfect listening for the winter solstice tomorrow.

Strange Happenings in December

December brings us the longest nights of the year, but also some of the brightest celebrations. No matter what religion or practice you follow, the onset of winter highlights the importance of having stories to enjoy while while we wait for longer days and warmer temperatures. December 1st Violent Night in theaters. “An elite team of mercenaries breaks into a family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone hostage inside. However, they aren’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.” December 2nd Freddy streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. If you’ve got the Disney+ bundle, this Indian thriller is available for you to enjoy. If you suffer from dentophobia, be warned. “The lines between love and obsession blur in this romantic thriller packed with unpredictable twists and sharp turns.” December 5th Krampusnacht Holiday. Not much is known about the origins of the European holiday Krampusnatch, but we do know that it is celebrated the night of December 5th, before the feast of Saint …

The Folk Anti-Hero

If you haven’t heard Taylor Swift’s latest radio hit Anti-Hero, you probably living successfully of the grid. If you have found yourself inundated with all things Taylor, album reviews, fat shaming criticism, and subsequent ticket sales snafus, you might have missed this country cover of Swift’s latest single. Recorded by Josiah and the Bonnevilles, it’s the rare song cover that elevates the original material. A mournful, stripped down acoustic version, it’s definitely going on my winter playlist.

The Marfa Tapes (sans UFOs)

When I think of Marfa, Texas, I think of the Marfa Lights, and all of the associated paranormal sightings. But it’s also where Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall recorded their collaborative album The Marfa Tapes. My favorite song off the album is Ghosts. I think Miranda Lambert’s vocals are gorgeous, and it’s the perfect song to listen to while I morn the final weeks of Fall.

Muse of the Day

I’d like to die listening to a piece of music. I imagine this as so easy, so natural, but naturally it’s quite impossible. Notes stab too softly. The wounds they leave behind may smart, but they don’t fester. Melancholy and pain trickle out instead of blood. When the notes cease, all is peaceful within me again. Robert Walser, Masquerade and Other Stories

The Apprehension Engine

If you ever wondered how some of the hair raising sounds in your favorite horror movie are made, they may have been created with this instrument. The Apprehension Engine was created by film composer Mark Korven and musician Tony Duggan-Smith in order to create all of the spooky sounds they wanted to hear in movies without relying on a limited pool of digital samples. Listening to the instrument in person is described as being especially unsettling. Brad Wheeler with the Globe and Mail noted during a demonstration by Kroven that “As Korven manipulates the thing, the room’s temperature drops about 10 degrees and the composer’s tiny dog retreats to an upstairs closet.” If you were interested in owning one of these nightmare sound machines, the base cost is a mere 10,000.00. Not in your Halloween budget? Then enjoy some of the videos below, and check out some of the movies this instrument has been featured in, like The Witch and Cube.