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I stand with Planned Parenthood, Big Bird, the Gays, Disaster Relief et all etc

Tomorrow is election day.

I’ll be putting a little box next to my President’s name.

I voted for Barack Obama four years ago and I’m doing it again tomorrow.

You vote for whomever you want, just make sure you vote. You may think it doesn’t make a difference but it does. Especially at a local level so if you’re for or against something at a local level, maybe a cell phone tax or even weed or you hate grocery bags or whatever, your voice MATTERS. So go use it.

See you at the polls.

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Happy Halloween

So I started spamming my Facebook feed this morning with Halloween songs and thought to myself  “Well that’s rude, why not just do a blog of my favorite spooky tunes?”  Besides I’ve been neglecting this place, so what better way to jump start my blog?

The Electric Hell Fire Club – Killing an Arab.

Yes it’s a cover but that’s really what’s made EHFC successful is covers. They do a great one of U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” as well.

45 Grave – “Riboflavin”

I posted the actual music video to this on my facebook and its fun to watch and all but its hard to hear. I love these guys. I’ve seen Dinah’s newer band Penis Flytrap a few times but I guess they’re touring as 45 Grave this winter. When I saw Penis Flytrap Dinah gave me a plastic pumpkin full of spider rings, and other various Halloween goodies. Probably one of my top 10 Los Angeles moments. Also I am pretty sure Dinah Cancer is a vampire. That woman never ages.

Speaking of the unaging…

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Halloween

Has anyone seen a picture of Siouxsie Sioux lately? Holy hot mama. If I look even a 1/10 that good when I’m 50 something I’ll be stoked. Shit I don’t even look that good now.

Some promo shots for Into a Swan


Sisters of Mercy – Some Kind of Stranger

While not exactly a spooky song it’s self, the Sisters of Mercy have long been associated with things that go bump in the night. I just like the vibe of this song. They did a song on the “Lost Boys,” soundtrack but you’ve all heard that one already so…


Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Yeah this one is kind of a gimmie but you could play it on endless loop at any haunted house. If you’re looking to expand your Bauhaus consumption let me recommend “Into the Flat Field,” “Stigmata Martyr” “She’s in Parties” and pretty much everything else they’ve ever done.

Tiger Army – Incorporeal

I know, these days whenever I say Tiger Army people think of that last record they did which sounds like new AFI (not gonna lie, I liked it but it didn’t sound like Tiger Army to me in the least bit) but a long time ago in a galaxy before Davy Havock got his hands on my future ex-husband, Tiger Army used to spend a lot of time writing songs about ghosts, graveyards, undead loves and the scary fog. If you like punk/rockabilly, you’ll like their older stuff.

Virgin Prunes – Baby Turns Blue
Look if you’ve never done the gothic tree/landing an airplane dance to this song, you probably didn’t know me in the year 2000. The Virgin Prunes were dropped into my life by my friend Johnny D and while their stuff is hard to find, a lot of it is on youtube and now Spotify which makes me believe they’ve been reissuing it.

There are tons more. Pandora is rocking a Halloween station. So is Music Choice if you have cable. If you use Spotify, you can check my incomplete play list out by typing my name in “Stephanie Bell”

And now for something to transition us into the next holiday….

Fiona Apple – Sally’s Song

By the way anyone who thinks Amy Lee’s version of this song is better? They’ve got Hot Topic reciepts in their ears.


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Spring has sprung

Last night was the first of what I think will be many impromptu BBQ’s over at my lovely friends Jeremy and Adele’s home. I am still unclear what the occasion was, family in town, baby’s 3rd month birthday, a beautiful night and a huge pot luck, but whatever it was, it was a great night.  Almost reminded me of being back on the coast and the huge bbq’s we’d throw at a moments notice at anyone’s house.

Shannon and Dain holding Eiler and Olive

Jeremy bringing Audrey over to investigate

Baby Cage Match?

We got home a little later than I would normally on a Monday night but whatever. Good food and good friends and some impromptu singing, not to mention great food.

In other random news I’m in love with this song like every other stereotypical chick for 5999 miles:

 

So Fetch.

 


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two for one Saturday

So tonight is my St Patrick’s Day party, even though St. Pats Day isn’t until Thursday.  I’m not big on having parties during the week though because they’re a lot of work.  This one is starting to feel frustrating because I’m not used to it not being A VERY BIG THING.

You have to understand that my parties of the past were epic affairs. I think last years was the biggest ever. We had people from all over the state getting their Irish on in my yard. Tons of food. Traditionally we would all meet up on actual St Patrick’s Day and finish up the left overs (like the 35 cans/bottles of Guinness that would find itself in various coolers stashed around the yard) and maybe listen to tunes or watch a film.

But that was also in a place where I had a yard and I knew more than three people so this year it’s understandable that things are scaled back a bit.  I’m hoping adding these next two songs to the list of my favorite songs of the season will get me in the mood for tonight because right now I’m not feeling it. Probably because my St Patricks Day San Francisco Giants shirt didn’t make it in time. (Lest you think I’m a traitor I already have a Red Sox shirt for St Pats day, that I bought at Yawkey Way. Just thought I’d try and show Nor Cal some love this year. It MIGHT get here before Thursday… even then I don’t know that I’m actually doing anything on St Patrick’s Day.)

There seems to be some debate on who actually does this song…. It comes up as Dropkick Murphys, Buck-O-Nine and also Flogging Molly. God it could be any of them as far as I’m concerned because it’s rad. Some day someone will solve the mystery. Maybe it’s all three of them.

“Drink and Fight” was a big favorite of my first real radio love, The Punk Ass Bitches Show. Man I miss doing those St Patty’s Day versions of that show. I think. I don’t really remember most of them. Oh well….

This is another mystery artist… The best answer is that it is a band that does novelty Irish drinking songs. It’s not safe for work. I don’t think I have to tell you that when there  a curse word in the title, but hey I’m just putting it out there…

Jennifer and I used to LOVE singing this song on road trips. It’s just a good ol’ sing along song. We used to change “trunk” to “Frank” who was my ice chest. Frank was a good guy…

Anyway wish me luck on my first Chico St Patrick’s Day party….

“Cha deoch-slàint, i gun a tràghadh.”
*It’s no health if the glass is not emptied.*


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13 days left

Yesterday I ordered a new shirt from MLB.com for St Patrick’s Day and I heard like five minutes later it was going to be back ordered. I am a little pissed and considering ordering another shirt just to make sure I have something for my party that no one is coming to. Knowing my luck it would just end up backordered too and I would just punch myself in the face with a brick.

May the blood of life be with you

Anyway with 13 days to go, it’s time to share another great Irish tune with all y’all before I head to work.

The Street Dogs “Tobe’s Got A Drinking Problem” is a great drinkin’ song by a band from the booze sodden city of Boston, MA.  (Don’t look at me like that, I’ve been there, you people like to drink, even in a blizzard!)

Anyway this is a great Friday song too. So crank it up and enjoy. Just don’t stand front row at a Street Dogs show if you have a great rack, unless of course you want a face full of crotch and some serious bad mack skills thrown your way. *shudder*

 

(*note this didn’t happen to me, but I watched it. So gross. Get real dude.)

 


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14 days to go

boom shalock lock boom?

 

Apparently according my side counter over there, I’m behind a day in sharing music with you, so consider today a two for one special. Like you should get on Jameson on St Patrick’s Day.

I love the Dropkick Murphys. Almost as much as I’m sure they love me for all the antics I’ve been involved in that they’ve been involved in over there years. Seriously, we just don’t talk about that show at the House of Blues years ago… “The State of Massachusetts” is from their record “The Meanest of Times” which I LOVE. Seriously if you hear the new single thats floating around out there right now, just clean out your years and go back one record. Almost everything on this record is amazing.


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15 days to go

Awww young Shane Mcgowan

I’ve heard The Pogues “The Boys From County Hell” a million times back at the World Famous McCarthy’s Irish Pub back in my adopted home town of San Luis Obispo, CA.  From the old shite juke box you could beat for credits a 1019 Court Street to the newer location, this song will come on.

Why not? Its an awesome bit of Irish fare that I am glad to share with you this morning.

I’m deep in the midsts of planning my St Patrick’s Day party which won’t be as raging as in years past but what can you do? Times and locations have changed… my heart has not. It’s worth a shot anyway.