Top 10 Indie Halloween Songs

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Jena Ardell

It's officially October: cue the handful of predictable songs reserved for Halloween every year!

No disrespect to MJ's "Thriller," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," or Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash," but we're a little tired of the typical "spooky" jams, so we found some alternatives.

Here's our Top 10 picks of indie songs to add to your Halloween playlist. (Bonus: numbers 1, 2, 8, and 9 are songs from bands from California).

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10 Best Stage Falls Caught On Video

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Jena Ardell
Humans love watching things fall down. When a duck slips on ice, we're tickled. When a friend trips while walking, we're in tears. When a well-known musician slips down a set of stairs, we're searching for footage of the best angle.

By now we've all watched the video below of Grohl stumbling off stage during a Foo Fighters show in Sweden on Friday, breaking his leg. Even if you're not a fan of Grohl, you have to give him mad props for being a badass; who else breaks their leg on stage and then returns to rock out on crutches?!

We send our well wishes to the Foo's frontman and wish him a speedy recovery. Here's a collection of 10 of the best stage falls to amuse you masochists (and to remind Grohl he's in good company).

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Top 10 Musicians Whose Artwork Doesn't Suck

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You'll never guess who created the artwork featured in our #1 spot...
Art begets music and music begets art; we're pretty sure that's in the Bible. Musical ability and visual art skills usually coincide, but rarely does someone carry enough talent in both media to be recognized for each art form--unless celebrity is involved.

We'll be the bad guys and say it: some musicians' artwork could spawn a career in the arts and some musicians' artwork is recognized because the person who painted it is famous and an art gallery wants to profit. Not to knock creative expression, but have you ever seen a painting by Paul Stanley? Yikes. Ditto for Ringo Starr's digital artwork and for Courtney Love's And She's Not Even Pretty series (that we discredited after watching her process), which is a shame because she creates great titles (i.g.: "Suicide Fuck Bomber," "I Can't, I Can't, I Didn't, I Didn't," and "Valentine Menstrual").

What makes judging artistic ability difficult is that art is subjective. We might never fully appreciate Kazimir Malevich enough to salivate over a black canvas, but that doesn't stop someone from paying $60 million dollars for one of his works.

While it's true the artist will forever be more famous than his art, we've curated a list of contemporary musicians whose work we'd actually hang on our walls--even had Jane Doe on Etsy painted it in Minnesota, not David Bowie.

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What's Up With Songs That Compare Women To Foods?

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Warrant's Cherry Pie.
We find it a disturbing that male musicians constantly compare women (or their body parts) to foods, specifically fruits and candies. While it's flattering to be compared to edible products with a high glycemic index, it's also becoming unoriginal and while these songs are entertaining, they are mildly sexist and/or misogynistic.

Perhaps the popular 19th century nursery rhyme 'What Are Little Boys Made Of?' has ingrained the notion that girls are "sugar and spice and everything nice."

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, "honey" has been documented as a term of endearment from at least the 14th century. As women, we've come to expect our significant other to call us by a pet name, which--you guessed it--is usually a sweet.

Being someone's "honey," "sweetie pie," "muffin", or "baby cakes" might not seem so bad if you consider some foreign options. In France, you may be called a petite chou (little cabbage), in Germany you may be called Mausebär (mouse-bear) and if you're Hispanic, your family may already be addressing you as gorda or flaca (fat or skinny).

Here are the Top Ten Songs That Compare Women To Foods. No, The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" didn't make the cut, sorry.

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10 Songs About Gettin' Freaky In The Back Seat

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Keep your eyes on the road, Ludacris.
A car is essentially a couch on wheels; it's the perfect (ie: only) atmosphere for you and your loved one or Tinder date to spend some quality time if you live with your parents/roommates/overly affectionate cat. Or maybe you're just an exhibitionist and get your jollies by pulling over on the side of the PCH to take care of business. We don't judge here. Just do it safely.

Here are 10 songs about having sex in your car, or someone else's car:

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Top 12 Music Videos With Celebrity Cameos

Jenny Lewis knows one way to make a music video go viral: feature a handful of celebrity starlets... disguised as dudes. Lewis debuted 'Just One Of The Guys' this week as the first single from her upcoming album, The Voyager. The song is an ode to womanly woes, like the figurative ticking of the biological clock. The music video features Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson, Kristen Stewart and Tennessee Thomas as crossdressers who wear terrible Bieber tracksuits.

Lewis softly croons at a languid speed that channels Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval: "No matter how hard I try, to be just one of the guys / There's a little something inside that won't let me / No matter how hard I try to have an open mind / There's a little clock inside that keeps tickin'..."

The video prompted us to reminisce about other artists who have incorporated celebrity cameos into their music videos in the past.

Now, before you get all Internet-troll-like on us, please note that we refused to include "cameos" of actors who were not yet famous at the time of the video release, ie: Courteney Cox in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" or Alicia Silverstone in any video for Aerosmith. Opinions are subjective, but our list is not. These really are the best cameos, and most will put a goofy smile on your face. Drum roll please...

Here are the Top 12 Celebrity Cameos in a Music Video:

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10 Punk Albums to Listen to Before You Die


Coming up with 10 punk albums to listen to before you die is a lot harder than you'd think. For starters, it's a morbid thought, which makes you start asking yourself why in the hell you're thinking about punk albums when you're only gonna die, so who cares?

Second, the best material of many (if not most) punk bands is featured on singles, not full-length records. That's why you won't see Minor Threat on this list because even though they are punk rock royalty, their sole album (1982's Out of Step) isn't as good as their EPs. Or, on the flipside, you got a band like Red Cross, whose first EP is
unfuckwithable, but EPs aren't albums and therefore not included in this list.

That said, there are still plenty of full-length punk records that everyone should most definitely hear and more than likely own.

Here, in no particular order, are 10.

See Also:

*10 Jazz Albums to Listen to Before You Die

*Top 25 Greatest OC Bands of All Time

*Top 10 Band Wally George Band Interviews From the Hot Seat

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Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 1: No Doubt, July 31, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine

Editor's Note: Having spent hours perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Friday, I compiled a Top 10 list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. Here's No. 1. I caught No Doubt perform in Tampa, Fla., in June but totally would've rather witnessed these hot homecoming dates in Irvine.  

Andrew Youssef
No Doubt at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, August 1

There were huge expectations for the first of No Doubt's four sold-out homecoming shows but the beloved Orange County band rose to the occasion--and then some. Feeding off tremendous crowd energy, No Doubt rocked hits from their nearly two decade-long career, performing with the zeal of an act truly grateful for the global success that started right here. Despite plenty of on-stage fun and audience interaction, the focus remained on the music, which sounded as fresh and ebullient as it did when the band launched an OC ska-punk revolution with their 1995 disc Tragic Kingdom.

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No Doubt

Top 10 Orange County Concerts of 2009, No. 2: Metallica, December 10, Honda Center, Anaheim

Editor's Note: Having spent hours perusing the Heard Mentality archives for a Concert Year in Review feature running in the print issue that streets Friday, I compiled a Top 10 list of the coolest shows to come through Orange County in 2009. Here's No. 2, the first major concert I covered after landing here.

Andrew Youssef

Whatever demons plagued Metallica in the past were nowhere to be found when the band performed in front of a capacity crowd at the Honda Center. The iconic metal act fired off lean, riveting, meticulously shifting assaults that swept the awe-struck audience into an alternative reality where fast, heavy drum-n-guitar forays conquer all. The four musicians--all in their mid 40s--stalked the stage with a youthful sense of determination and glee.

Click to read my entire review.

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Top 10: Orange County Concerts of 2010

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It's time to stop looking back and focus our attention on 2010. Sure, many more concerts will be announced in the coming months. But here are the hot ones, already scheduled, taking place in local clubs, halls, baseball stadiums and hockey arenas. These are the shows you don't dare want to miss. Unless, y'know, you have a family emergency or something.

1. Girls, Jan. 25, Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
The most hyped indie rock band on the planet--or pretty close to it--plays Detroit Bar for a measly $12, which is well worth the price of seeing if the San Francisco act is as spellbindingly good as suggested by the 9.1 rating granted their debut Album--yes, that's the title--by the snark merchants at Pitchfork. Seriously, Pitchfork might be right about these guys. Gutter poet lyrics about being "fucked in the head" sung in a cracked, Elvis Costello croon juxtaposed with jubilant melodies. Sounds like quality rock to me. 

2. Something Corporate at The Bamboozle California, March 28, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
OC's Something Corporate put a new spin on alt-rock in the early 2000s with their potent, piano-fueled tunes. And then the band broke up. This show, on the second and final day of Bamboozle, will be Something Corporate's first gig in five years
3. U2, June 6, Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
The gigantic stage show, whopping ticket prices and Bono's outsized ego make U2 increasingly harder to love. But, as evidenced by their performance at the Rose Bowl on October 25, these veteran stadium rockers can still deliver ultimate rock spectacle that's not devoid of emotional heft.

4. Rufus Wainwright, Jan. 9, Terrace Theater, Long Beach
The drama queen with the stunning voice returns to the area after thrilling audiences April 29 at House of Blues, Anaheim. Yes, we'd gladly pay just to hear him do his spine-tingling version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." 

5. Rhett Miller, Feb. 4, Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana
The front man for alt-country's most melodic act--the Old 97's--hits the road in support of his superb--mostly acoustic pop--self-titled new solo disc that came out in June.  

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