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The New Cool: Scaring up Halloween grooves and more

Abe Beeson
DJ Innocent Camp Counselor (Abe Beeson) returns for High Pulp's Doom Funk Halloween party at Nectar Lounge October 31.

My friend Ruby Brown is watching over The New Cool this Saturday afternoon, but I wanted to chime in with a quick alert on some spooky and groovy live music to enjoy this Halloween season.

Yours truly returns as DJ Innocent Camp Counselor at the third annual Doom Funk party at Nectar Lounge in Fremont Halloween night. High Pulp returns to the stage that night with a cauldron of groovy new material recently released and not-yet-unleashed spirits coming soon.

It's a night to move the undead, with the unstoppable Chilean-style cumbia beat of Cumbieros opening the evening and the intense boogie action of psych-pop groovers General Mojo's splitting the night's eerie musical action.

I'll be helping to judge a costume contest, along with spinning a selection of ghastly horror film scores and frightful funk and soul vinyl. Come dressed to impress, if you dare!

Happening in town while I'm away, the Earshot Jazz Festival welcomes Wax Thematic label founder and producer DJ Nathan Womack at the Timbre Room in Seattle Oct. 27. His internationally broad record collection meets guest MC Kassa Overall in his second festival performance after teaming with pianist Sullivan Fortner at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute earlier that night.

An all-star Northwest modern fusion collective shares the stage at Timbre on the 27th. Members of High Pulp, The New Triumph, True Loves and multi-instrumentalist Alex Dugdale comprise the band sunking. They call themselves a "project without creative limit, moving beyond instrumental music." The group plans an album release with Seattle-based (Louisiana native) rapper Terrance Brown. Hear them now, buy the record next year!

Only the sunny beaches of Hawaii can heal my broken heart from missing this fantastic, cutting-edge modern music. Get a gang of people together and celebrate the music I'm (thankfully just for a week) leaving so far behind!

The New Cool airs Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m., hosted by Abe Beeson and produced by KNKX Public Radio in Seattle, Wash.

Abe grew up in Western Washington, a third generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.