Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I've always been into horror and Halloween. I started collecting records when I was about 12 and now I have over 1000 records. It was only a matter of time before record collecting and my obsession with the macabre met. Most of my collecting has been centered around horror soundtracks and Halloween records for quite a while. I've been a musician the majority of my life and over the past several years I've been recording and producing my own horror and haunted attraction albums as Jacob Renfield Boston. My dream would be to press one on vinyl, but for now I'll have to settle for Bandcamp, Spotify and other streaming sites. I'm going to try to release my next album Witchwood by the first day of fall and I'm super excited.
My first vinyl was The Police - Synchronicity. I found it at an antique store for 50 cents when I was in seventh grade and now I've been collecting for 20 years.
My favorite record I own is The Evil Dead score by Joe Loduca. I had been on the look out for that record for quite a while. I had set aside money specifically just in case I found one and when it popped up on my radar I was ready and I pounced. I love that score and movie so much that I just thought I would regret not getting it when I had the chance. It was a few months later when I heard the announcement that the original tapes were lost and they would probably never repress. I'm so glad I got it when I did.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release:
Tales from the Crypt
! I had been waiting so long for someone to press that! When I was a kid growing up in the 90s I always looked at the Crypt Keeper as the Santa Claus of Halloween. I have been a huge fan of the show ever since. Before you released the album I had been listening to the soundtrack on cassette a lot. I actually randomly posted it on Instagram asking for it to be pressed and you messaged me to let me know you were working on it. I did take the post down so it didn't spoil it, but I was so excited and you did not disappoint. I also listen to my Tales From the Crypt: Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas
a lot during the Horrordays... just saying...
Favorite album artwork: Nosferatu the Vampire
by Popol Vuh. Artwork by Jessica Seamans. I have loved everything that I have seen of hers but this one is my favorite. I also love all of the artwork that are on the original releases by companies like Varese Sarabande and Milan. That's part of the reason I really dig your soundtrack work. Sometimes I just really love the original covers or poster art on the albums.
What are your favorite local record shops, in case any readers are traveling through your town in the future?
Bric a Brac Records and Dave's Records in Chicago are simply the best. Super nice people and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I went to Bric a Brac to buy a copy of Halloween 2 and we talked breifly about Halloween 3. They didn't have any in stock and it was tough to find at that point but later that week they emailed me. They tracked down an original copy for a good price and shot me the link. They are great!
What have you been listening to more frequently lately?
The Unsolved Mysteries score by Gary Malkin
Over the Garden Wall score by The Blasting Company
Marshmallow Ghosts' self titled album
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl?
Albums that have not been pressed on vinyl:
Sleepy Hollow score by Danny Elfman
The Innkeepers score by Jeff Grace
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark score by Marco Beltrami
The Village score by James Newton Howard
Lost World: Jurassic Park score by John Williams
Brazil score by Michael Kamen
Delicatessen score by Carlos D'alessio
What Lies Beneath score by Alan Silvestri
Hocus Pocus soundtrack/score
Goosebumps TV score
Are You Afraid of the Dark? score
Records that need a repress:
Mulholland Drive score by Angelo Badalamenti
Pans Labyrinth score by Javier Navarrete
What was the best album(s) you've discovered this year (it can be anything, doesn't have to be a new release):
from Something Weird. Its a weird album full of vintage spooky music and Halloween radio spots. It's great!
What upcoming releases are you most excited about?
The Last of Us 2The MandalorianX-Files
Were you able to snag any releases in the August Record Store Day Drop? Anything you're looking forward to in the September RSD Drop?
I did not snag anything. I do want the X-Files
soundtrack by Mark Snow. I am interested in the Gorillaz G Sides
and D Sides
and the Synecdoche, New York
score by Jon Brion
Since many of us are still practicing social distancing, can you make a few top 5 lists for us, to help keep folks at home entertained?
Top 5 Albums
My top non film scores are...
Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
Music From the Adventures of Pete and Pete by Polaris
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkin
Nilsson Schmilsson by Harry Nilsson
Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
My top film scores are...
Jurassic Park by John Williams
Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti
Halloween by John Carpenter
Coraline by Bruno Coulais
The Evil Dead by Joe Loduca
Creepshow by Jon Harrison
I know that was 6 but...
Top 5 FilmsEvil Dead 2: Dead by DawnEraserheadJurassic ParkBlade RunnerThe VVitch
Top 5 Books
Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
by George OrwellThe Scary Stories Trilogy
by Alvin SchwartzRapter Red
by Robert T. BakkerTop 5 PodcastsWerewolf AmbulanceStuff You Should KnowScary Stories Told in the DarkSee Jurassic RightFaculty of Horror
Scenario time! If you could create a vinyl variant for any album (already pressed or never been pressed before), what would it look like? Feel free to get creative with this one, its always awesome to hear what different features everyone likes!
There are two records that I've always wanted to put out or have someone l else put out. The first would be a halloween compilation of theme songs from 90s kid shows and movies such as Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Eerie Indiana, Hocus Pocus
etc. I would put most of the main themes on side a and end credits on side b. I would do a black variant because I always want that to be an option but I also have a 3D lenticular picture disc idea. Could we use the grooves in the vinyl to create the 3D effect. If so i want it to be a nasty Madball style eyeball that blinks.
The second would be another Halloween compilation but this time with Halloween songs from the early 1900s through the 1940s. There are a lot of Halloween records from the 50s through the 80s but its really hard to find ones from earlier. There are a lot of amazing Halloween tunes from that time period, but they are a bit more scattered on albums and shellac 78s so it would be amazing to have them all on a compilation to get those spooky vintage vibes during the halloween season. I would press it on black and the art would be full of call backs to Halloween in that time period. Pumpkin die cuts, papier-mâché
pumpkins, tin Halloween noisemaker and such. Maybe it could even come with a die cut or a cutout retro paper Halloween party hat or mask or something.