David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner and Medium's head of creative services. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus (1979)

Another classic Halloween jam: Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979). The video is a fan-made tribute to The Count himself.

Free Halloween music mix from Death Waltz Recording Company

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Enjoy this magnificent Halloween music mix curated by Spencer Hickman, proprietor of my favorite soundtrack reissue label Death Waltz Recording Company, and mixed by DJ Boba Fatt.

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Beautiful 10" from The Melvins

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Dig the killer art and vinyl for this new "Bride of Crankenstein" 10" from absurdist punk band The Melvins, now featuring two Butthole Surfers! (OMGVINYL)

Ministry's "(Everyday Is) Halloween"

Al Jourgensen may prefer to forget that he once cultivated an English accent and created this underground club hit, but on this day, we happily remember. Above, a fan video cut up from horror films.

"Halloween" by Siouxsie and the Banshees (1981)

Siouxsie and the Banshees perform "Halloween" live in 1981.

MarthaStewart.com: "Punk Rock-Inspired Party" for kids

MarthaStewart.com instructs us "How to Throw a Punk Rock-Inspired Party" for kids "that won't turn into a riot."

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Big ISPs' efforts to squeeze Netflix lead to slow connectivity for you

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Over at Backchannel, Susan Crawford reveals how the crap Internet speeds everyday people get from the likes of Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T isn't a tech issue but rather a terrible side effect of those companies trying to punish their competitors like Netflix into paying them for access to you.

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Hip hop video made from stock footage

Peter Greenless used bland stock video clips of people doing business to make a surreal video for the late DJ Rashad Harden's killer cut "She A Go."

Eight year old's incredible prize-winning scorpion photo

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Spanish photographer Carlos Perez Naval, age 8, won the London Natural History Museum's Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 prize for this breathtaking photo of a yellow scorpion. From the photo description:

Carlos had found it basking on a flat stone in a rocky area near his home in Torralba de los Sisones, northeast Spain – a place he often visits to look for reptiles. The late afternoon Sun was casting such a lovely glow over the scene that Carlos decided to experiment with a double exposure for the first time so he could include it. He started with the background, using a fast speed so as not to overexpose the Sun, and then shot the scorpion using a low flash. But he had to change lenses, using his zoom for the Sun, which is when the scorpion noticed the movement and raised its tail. Carlos then had to wait for it to settle before taking his close-up, with the last of the light illuminating its body.

Carlos Perez Naval's Retazos de Naturaleza

And see all the 2014 winning photos here.

J. Mascis covers Mazzy Star

J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. fame performs a lovely cover of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You." The track will be released as a 7" Sub Pop single on November 28 for Record Store Day Black Friday.

Painting with fire

Artist Steve Pazuk uses a flame to "paint" shadows on paper and then manipulates the soot with various tools to produce marvelous dreamlike imagery.

This in-the-moment creative practice coupled with the fluidity of the soot, creates a torrent of images, shadows and light. Fuelled by the quest of a perfect shape that has yet to materialize, he concentrate in a meditative act and surrender to capture the immediacy of the moment on canvas.
(via Devour)

Pope: God "is not a magician" and Big Bang and evolution are A-ok

"When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so," Pope Francis said at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences meeting on the topic of "Evolving Concepts of Nature."

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The Ballad of Jerry Lee Lewis's 13-year-old wife

1*vi79rfzVBp_JbkHQIQLFVw In 1958 when Jerry Lee Lewis brought his tour to London, the big story broke the moment the rocker stepped off the plane: the young girl on Lewis's arm was his wife, and she was 13-years-old. Over at Cuepoint, Alan Light talks to Lewis's ex-wife, Myra Lewis Williams, now a real estate broker in Atlanta.

“The only problem was that nobody told me anything,” she says. “So when a reporter asked me, Who are you?, I was the one who let the big ol’ cat out of the bag. It was a perfect storm—it couldn’t have happened at a worse time, at a worse place. Everything just came together and a major explosion happened.”

"Ballad of the 13-Year-Old Bride" (Cuepoint)

NYC art show: Addams, Garcia, McGrath, Peck

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Four of my favorite artists on the darker side of pop surrealism -- Jessicka Addams, Camille Rose Garcia, Elizabeth McGrath, and Marion Peck -- are in a group show right now at New York City's Sloan Fine Art gallery.

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Music video: John Cale's song for Lou Reed

Avant-garde legend John Cale released this re-recording and video for his 1982 song "If You Were Still Around" as a tribute to his late friend and Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed who died one year ago this week and other collaborators from the Factory days -- Andy Warhol, Sterling Morrison, Edie Sedgwick, and Nico.

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