Monday, October 29, 2007


"Man lives, in the sunlit world, of what he believes to be reality. But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld. A place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit. A darkside."

Man, is that spooky or what? Welcome friends, to the darkside of the rainbow. Come in. I've lovingly prepared a spirited concoction of horrific, frightening and in one case just plain awful) Halloween treats. The faint of heart can grab one song at a time or for all you fearless vampire killers, get the whole compilation from the link at the very bottom of the post...

SSQ- Trash's Theme (Return Of The Living Dead Soundtrack)

A little ditty about a Satan endorsed disco dance party...
Peter Griffin- Devil's Reception (No not that Peter Griffin)

From the ZYX release of Christine mixes...
John Carpenter- Christine

The soundtrack to my favorite zombie movie scene ever, by the master of zombie soundtracks (sorry Goblin) Fabio Frizzi...
Fabio Frizzi- Sequence 08 (from Zombi 2, AKA Zombie Flesh Eaters)

The theme to Don Coscarelli's masterpiece gets a disco workout (thanks to The Fear Chamber for this one).
Captain Zorro- Phantasm (Disco Remix)

From the Japanese only release of the Prom Night soundtrack...
Paul Zaza and Carl Zittrer- Love Me Till I Die

A no-brainer but nonetheless, essential Halloween party music!
Harry Manfredini & Michael Zager- Theme from Friday the 13th Pt.III

From Methusalem's 1980 album Journey Into the Unknown...
Methusalem- Zombie

From my favorite Nomeansno album, 1982's Mama, a song that creeps me out in more than a few ways...
Nomeansno- Red Devil

From the Justice sampled soundtrack to Dario Argento's Tenebrae. This version of the theme is used in this AMAZING tracking shot up and down a house, from window to window, across the roof, all leading up to the murder of "the lesbos".
Goblin- Waiting Death

This is the final and probably most terrifying song on the collection. I found this in a moldy pile of records in a frighteningly dirty store a few months ago. Its awful. Yvonne Gage completely re does the Thriller beat, complete with a guy doing a little Vincent Price in the beginning and then sings about doin it. Where? In a haunted house. Wow. She doesnt mind if theres bats flyin around and theres cobwebs in her hair. Thats a real quote folks. Be afraid. Perhaps the strangest thing of all is that she thanks "Al Jourgensen of Ministry". Might he have done her in a haunted house? Eww.
Yvonne Gage- Doin It (In a Haunted House)

Well there we have it kiddies. As promised heres the complete collection, I hope it goes down better than the treats I passed out last year (pictured above).

ARAWA From The Darkside

Friday, October 26, 2007

Weird Tapes

My god, it took me forever to get around to this one. Weird Tapes sent me a few songs and mixes over the past few months and though I've enjoyed all, I've posted none. Things change now.
Weird Tapes is Dayve Hawk's (the mastermind behind Philadelphia band Hail Social) solo side project. Hail Social is getting a lot of deserved exposure lately (what with their newly released album, Modern Love and Death and remixes by Eli and Sta) but this stuff is much more my speed. A mix of late nineties filter house, Avalanches style sampadelica, a little disco, a little 80's. You know the deal. Grab these two, then head over to his Myspace to check his new tracks "Glorious" and "Nikki" (my favorite yet). Unfortunately Weird Tapes has no plans to release any of this music commercially but... maybe we can change his mind?

Weird Tapes- Heavens
Weird Tapes- Party Trash

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I know I know. All this remodeling and like... no songs. I'm that kind of guy, that once I sit down to play some video games, I spend half my time making sure my character looks awesome. Anyway, alot was bothering me about the last layout, too long to load, some people had some problems with it on Safari, blah blah blah. So today ARAWA goes more minimaler.

I like rainbows.

Already changed it again. Can't keep up can ya?

Soraya is Soraya Kaci on vocals (Cant find anything else on her) with the prolific Bernard Torelli (Venus Gang, Rockets, Visitors) and extra prolific J.P. Massieri (Visitors, Venus Gang). They released their only record entitled "Disco Star" in 1978, an album with some definite problems but this song makes it all okay. Its very similar in tone to the Lucrethia and the Azoto 14008 track, "Hey There" I posted about two months back. The singer sounds great, all echoey and disconnected, floating atop big strings, blips and bass. And seriously! The bass player goes nuts! Solos, slaps, envelope filters, the whole nine! The whole band kills it, trust me.

Soraya- If

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


When I was younger I would sleepwalk all the time. I would wake up in the kitchen, the backyard, not knowing what I'd done or how I had gotten there. For instance, one time I woke up and my pajama bottoms were gone. And I NEVER found them. True story.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


I hate to say it, but the first time I heard Lio was on Teki Latex's "Les Matins Des Paris". I guess if I had grown up in France or somewhere near, I would have known all about her by now. Better late than never. Shes a talented Portuguese/Belgian/French singer/actress (slash mania!) who has worked with an array of people I love, including Sparks, Alain Chamfort, Jacno, and Marc Moulin and Dan Lacksman of Telex, while retaining her popularity (and good looks) for over 2 decades now. From her second album "Suite Sixtine" (recently re-released by the incomparable ZE records) heres the Marc Moulin produced, "Sage (Comme Une Image)".

Lio- Sage Comme Une Image
Lio- Sage Comme Une Image (Version Longue)

In other Telex related news check out the excellent Wiel's Time Capsule to get a nice clean copy of Transvolta's (Dan Lacksman) classic (and rare!) Disco Computer 12" including the title track and b-side "You are Disco". A must have for fans of ominous vocoder disco in the vein of Crazy Gang's "Every Sunday".

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Mirror, Mirror

I just figured out how to pronounce Moev's name. I've been saying Mo-ev, but its one syllable, like "mauve" but with a long "O". Got it? Now you can sound all on top of your 80's Canadian synthpop. Moev has had many incarnations but the original lineup with Madeleine Morris is my favorite. Unfortunately she left the band after the 1982 release of their fantastic first album, "Zimmerkampf", and in my opinion, the band suffered from her absence. Here's the maxi version of their first single "Cracked Mirror". This version beefs up the drums and gives it a much more Kraftwerky sound and feel, while bringing Madeleine up higher in the mix. Good call. She really kills it.

Friday, October 5, 2007


Now, look at Alessi up there, how rad are they? You don't often get the old, "twin brother singer songwriter with beautiful feathered hair" team. Lovefingers posted their tune "Seabird" awhile back, and I was enthralled. Luckily the search was fairly easy (which is usually not the case with Lovefingers tracks) and I found two of their records just down the street. Score! I think this is THE song to christen ARAWA's new look. A little disco, a little breeze, a little pop and a lot of kitsch. Driftin'...