This is another month that I think started much stronger than it finished. The theme for this month of Halloween was "SPOOKY", and I think that too many people went with tracks that were more a collection of disturbing noises than they were actual songs. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the month as a whole.
I was the co-host for the month -- someone else picked the theme, and I did the grunt work. I'm also happy to say that over the last few months, I helped to increase the number of participants, to the point where while a few months ago, we were in danger of having to make four song recommendations apiece, but in October, most of us didn't even get to make a second rec. (I did it by basically making a point of personally inviting a number of people to participate in their shout boxes on the site.) So the whole Song of the Day thread has been newly revitalized.
So here's this month's chart:
Artist/song/link/overall rating given by Sput users (out of 5)/my rating (X=I rec'd it)
1. Lycia - Estrella - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb_7_aB6eng - 3.14 - X
2. Biosphere - Aura in the Kitchen With Candlesticks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I9eNMMJQ5E - 2.95 - 3.3
3. Lustmord - Heresy, Part III - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJj7An8conE - 3.11 - 3.0
4. Tom Waits - Murder in the Red Barn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcvQsetOV4g - 3.05 - 2.3
5. Slint - Good Morning, Captain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocZK5DHzkh4 - 4.12 - 3.5
6. Have a Nice Life - Cropsey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-bDyYkYX74 - 3.72 - 3.6
7. Bohren and Der Club of Gore - Painless Steel - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA4jpq8Q128 - 3.35 - 3.1
8. Monolake - Phenomenon - https://youtu.be/dBBnJ4vkQm0 - 3.63 - 2.8
9. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Babydoctor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7FeVPoMlC0 - 2.86 - 2.9
10. Fantoma - Delirium Cordia - https://youtu.be/9XNbA7NdE1Q - 2.43 - 2.8
11. The Caretaker - All You're Going to Want to Do Is Get Back There - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dtfTwqBfxgo - 3.52 - 2.0
12. Tribulation - The Lament - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvJQGOFltSk - 2.87 - 3.7
13. Demdike Stare - Forest of Evil (Dusk) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBFDXE4xFyk - 2.99 - 2.4
14. Daughters - City Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NB7RBZ1yGY - 3.09 - 2.6
15. Dir En Grey - The Blossoming of Beelzebub - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J6YI5ysDU8 - 2.36 - 2.3
16. Stirge - The Golden Rat - https://stirge.bandcamp.com/track/stirge-the-golden-rat - 2.42 - 2.6
17. Rammstein - Wiener Blut - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plZOZDVtrq0 - 3.39 - 3.1
18. E-D - Opera of the Frogs - https://youtu.be/77hjz842Tfs - 2.89 - 2.7
19. Amigo the Devil - Dahmer Does Hollywood - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IweYyPM0cyI - 3.49 - 3.1
20. Ulver - Darling Didn't We Kill You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtZhlPr7XaM - 3.39 - 3.9
21. Lil Ugly Mane - Cup Fulla Beetlejuice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGF_EUvsEic - 2.68 - 1.5
22. The Specials - Ghost Town - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqZ8428GSrI - 3.72 - 3.8
23. Sharon Van Etten - Jupiter 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcaYbZFg3XM - 3.33 - 3.2
24. Ulver - Funebrae - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjFakbekU3M - 3.54 - 2.9
25. Rusty Cage - The Hearse Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xclh_676KwE - 2.50 - 3.5
26. Lorn - Acid Rain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxg4C365LbQ - 3.16 - 3.2
27. Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fih-xzWGKPA - 2.46 - 2.1
28. Korhadt - There Is No Room for Ven Gecik - (https://ngcprod.bandcamp.com/track/there-is-no-room-for-ven-gecik) - 2.50 - 1.7
29. Trist - (keine) Angst - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dDpgY2_JKQ - 2.30 - 1.9
30. AFI - Halloween - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5WNq5XuuJ8 - 2.45 - 2.3
31. Ministry - (Every Day Is) Halloween - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFPI9b9N6CQ - 2.34 - 3.2
My pick for the month was the first song, Lycia's "Estrella". It did OK, but in retrospect, maybe I should have gone for a "Spookier" Lycia cut.
I was looking to getting cheesy with a second pick, which I would have either used for Alice Cooper's "He's Back", or Witches in Bikinis' "Witches in Bikinis" (both of which would have probably not gotten great scores from my peers, but I still love them both.)
The highest rated song, by far, was Slint's "Good Morning, Captain". My highest rated song (much to my own surprise) was an instrumental track by Ulver, "Darling Didn't We Kill You".
The lowest rated song was "(keine) Angst" by the German band Trist. My lowest rated song, however, was the godawful Lil Ugly Mane's "Cup Fulla Beetlejuice". Spooky gangsta rap? I think not.
Anyway, the links are all up, so if you like, you can listen and judge for yourselves.
I have surrendered the hosting duties for November. The theme for the month is "Gifts from Other Users", wherein participants are asked to submit recs that they first discovered through some other Sputnikmusic member recommending either the track or the band to them.