We listen to sad music to feel nostalgic

If sadness is an unpleasant emotion, then why are we at times so drawn to sad music? By Dan Ruderman

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Photos of abandoned discotheques


Photographer Antonio La Grotta captures the lost decadence inside abandoned discotheques in Italy.

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Kurt Cobain's freaked-out mix tape

In 1988, Kurt Cobain recorded a very strange cut-up cassette called "Montage of Heck" drawing from his record collection, tweaked radio recordings, his own song demos, and other bits of audio detritus.

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"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


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


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.

How to kickstart your indie band's album

Beloved nerd troubadours The Doubleclicks, fresh off their successful, oversubscribed, $80,000 Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new album, offer some incredibly sensible advice on making a go of it with crowdfunded support for your art.

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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."

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.

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)

Worst. Album. Covers. Ever.

The fine folks at CoverBrowser have curated 150 specimens of the world's worst album covers of all time, covering every genre. Share your recommendations here. Below are a few examples.

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WATCH: New OK Go video has drones, scooters, human pixels, and a catchy tune

OK Go returns with another hypnotic, tightly-choreographed video for I Won't Let You Down, from their new album Hungry Ghosts.

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When Prince passed on "We Are The World"


“He’d buy ice cream cones and wore sneakers,” says The Revolution keyboard player Wendy Coleman of Prince's Purple Rain days, “but the next minute, he’d be like ‘Hey, muthafuckas — ’ ” “He’d be fucking George Jefferson. And you’d be like, ‘Oh, God.’”

Over at Cuepoint, a great excerpt from Alan Light's forthcoming book, "Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain."