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Halloween's greatest recent music tradition: Tim Fite

October 31, 2009 | 11:59 am

Tim Fite

Happy Halloween, Pop & Hiss readers.

As this Oct. 31 rears up, once again this year spooky music has taken a back seat to the more jolly tunes of Christmas. Already, holiday-themed albums from Sugarland, David Archuleta and Bob Dylan have found their way into the marketplace. And though Dylan's holiday growling may indeed scare some small children, it's not going to work as a soundtrack to your costume party. 

Thankfully, Brooklyn's art-rock oddity Tim Fite once again has us covered. A Halloween tradition for your local music geek, Fite today released his third free Halloween-inspired EP. The artist is signed to Silver Lake's Anti- Records, the more adventurous brand in the Epitaph empire, and his free EPs provide a quick snapshot of the multi-genre range of his recorded works for the label.

Spurts of hip-hop, spoken words, clubby dance grooves and atmospheric rock 'n' roll guitars dot the six tracks on "Watch Your Mouth." To be sure, this is Halloween music first and foremost: a bit frightening, largely silly and mostly all in good fun. "Hold Shame" can be an overture to a vintage Universal horror film, and "That's My Name" is a paranoid haunted-house freakout, complete with blasts of macabre organ sounds.

We have, however, become quite smitten with "The Boogie Man," in which Fite's scaredy-cat narrator is pretty sure the beast has used his 6-year-old neighbor as a toothpick. 

"My worries are legitimate," Fite insists, all while the requisite Halloween organ sounds get twisted ever so slightly. This monster may be hiding underneath Fite's bed, but the sounds are coming from outer space. 

We'd embed it below, but the Los Angeles Times censors would object to a word or two. No matter, it can be downloaded for free

-- Todd Martens

Related: Tim Fite's Valentine's Day gift

Photo credit: Anti- Records