I have a ritual I like to do every time I come down with a bad cold or flu. I curl up on the couch with a blanket, fluids, and a couple kitties, and watch the original George A. Romero trilogy of classic zombie films. In chronological order, they are Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead.
I can’t explain why I’m so drawn to them, and especially when I feel ill. They just make me happy. There’s a certain kind of calm I get from those films, from the acceptance that the shit hit the fan and you’ve just got to deal with worldwide catastrophe. The time to hesitate is through, and your purpose is clear. For any chance of survival, you’ve got to go into action and constantly be on guard. They are a relief, in a world where people are still arguing that global warming either isn’t happening or isn’t urgent, where people would rather gossip about Obama than attempt to help him.
Zombies are a lot of things to a lot of people. At once mystical and tragic, there is just something about them that transcends the horror film and video game genres. Their legend lends itself as easily to social commentary as comedy. They embody our worst fears and darkest humor, part apocalypse and part slapstick. I hope this mixtape taps into those juxtapositions, to present somnambulists in as much a purely entertaining way as terrifying and intriguing. As Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead showed, the apocalypse can come with a few laughs.
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01 The Longwalls – “Zombies” (Field Guide for the Zombie Survivalist, 2008)
02 Sunset – “Zombies” (The Glowing City, 2008)
03 Jookabox – “Zombie Tear Drops” (Dead Zone Boys, 2009)
04 Sufjan Stevens – “They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!!” (Illinois, 2005)
05 Dem Hunger – “Rainwater Tea” (Caveman Smack, 2010)
06 Odd Nosdam – “We Dead” (Level Live Wires, 2007)
07 Funki Porcini – “Flesheater Boulevard” (Zombie EP, 1999)
08 Andre Afram Asmar – “Zombification-Transmutation” (Transmigration EP, 2003)
09 Diesler – “Dawn of the Dead” (Diggin’ It Somethin’ Rotten, 2005)
10 Shape of Broad Minds – “It Ain’t Dead” (Craft of the Lost Art, 2007)
11 DJ Wally & DJ Willie Ross – “Land of the Dead” (Mrs. Miller’s House, 2006)
12 Krikor – “1968” (Wagon / 1968 12”, 2002)
13 Magnetic Fields – “Zombie Boy” (Distortion, 2009)
14 Zombie Zombie – “I’m Afraid of What’s There” (A Land for Renegades, 2008)
15 Adrian Belew – “She Is Not Dead” (Twang Bar King, 1983)
16 Bronnt Industries Kapital – “Threnody for the Victims of Lucio Fulci” (Hard for Justice, 2009)
Total Running Time: 58:24
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