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NOCTURNAL: The 2015 Fall Playlist, Vol. 3

Just in time for Halloween weekend, here's a soundtrack to get your tricks and treats in proper order.

I've got the new Adele, the new Ariana, the new Bieber...Basically, it's a cornucopia of brand spankin' new tunes that should hold you over until Thanksgiving.

And once again, since Spotify doesn't stream all the songs I'd like to include here, you'll have to do with the videos further below.



The weave looks like it was made in cotton candy machine, but still, this basicness is enjoyable for a week or so:


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Adele vs. Taylor Swift: What's Really Missing From This Debate

When Adele premiered her single and video for "Hello," the lead track from the highly anticipated 25, music fans who love nothing more than a manufactured competition between pop stars, particularly female ones, took to social media to immediately celebrate that the Brit was about to dethrone Taylor Swift in just about everything.

And she did, in a way. The video for "Hello" broke YouTube viewing records, and the song instantly became #1 in, like 5,000 countries or something.

But I'm not here to add to the "let's diss Taylor" pile. True, I admit to publicly declaring that most of Swift's music doesn't do much for me. While I appreciate how smart she is in terms of fan engagement and making sure her simple-yet-relatable lyrics ring true for every young, romantic ear out there, she's simply not my preference. (And if you ask me, I think "Style" was the best single to be released from 1989, despite it being the least successful…


One of the Best Songs of 2014 Finally Gets a Music Video in 2015

Tove Lo may have excelled with her exquisite debut album, Queen of the Clouds, but when it comes to her music videos, she's proving to be the Queen of Being Fucked-Up. (Not like Ke$ha fucked-up -- more like, I'm-in-a-low-budget-Fincherian-indie-playing-a-drug-addict-who-goes-on-a-murdering-spree fucked-up.)

After unabashedly numbing her pain in "Habits (Stay High)" and going on a manhunt in "Talking Body," she finally goes all out in the music video for "Moments," my personal favorite from the hit-filled Clouds.

I was blaring this Hot Mess Anthem last fall, and I am beyond ecstatic to see this become an official single with a nifty visual treatment to boot (directed by Tim Erem). Here, our gal gets interrogated by her doppelganger after tripping out in a supermarket late at night and shooting her white-trash-looking hubby...in the head -- at the altar.

Check it out:

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#TBT: That Time Huck from 'Scandal' Flirted With Me

I mean, he told me the highlight of his first Comic-Con...was meeting me. (See below video.)

Back in 2012, I worked the press line on the red carpet at a Walking Dead party at San Diego Comic-Con, and before I became a Scandal addict, I had an interesting run-in with Guillermo Diaz, who plays the troubled Huck on the ABC drama.

Perhaps he was under the influence and just acting silly (or being polite while trying to answer my lame question), but I think he may have hit on me.


Damn. I wished I had prepared some better questions that night.

@TheFirstEcho


My Great #AutumnInAsia Adventure

Jetlag's a bitch.

I just returned from a 10-day excursion through Japan and Singapore, and my mind and body is still 13 hours ahead of L.A.


The trip was expectedly awesome. Did a lot of walking. Ate a lot of fish. And possibly lost a couple of pounds in the process. You know how some basic bitches love pumpkin-flavored everything during the fall? Well, THIS basic loves green-tea-flavored everything: ice cream, truffles, candy, you name it. I couldn't get enough of it during my visit.

Look out for my travel features on both countries in Bello later this year.




#AutumninAsia #Singapore #latergram A video posted by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@thefirstecho) on Oct 5, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT
#Harajuku is INSANE. (Right before we entered a cosplay store that blared J-pop remixes of Disney theme songs) #sensoryoverload #AutumninAsia #Tokyo A video posted by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@thefirstecho) on Sep 26, 2015 at 3:01am PDT
Whaddup #Shibuya? #Tokyo #AutumninAsia #shibuyacrossing A video posted by Hiko Mitsuzu…


Song of the Month: October 2015

I will forever have the awesome memory of hearing this song for the first time while riding a bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo during the Japan portion of my recent #AutumnInAsia adventure.

Everything about this track works, from The Weeknd's smooth vocals to the electro-hypnotic production from Britain's dynamic duo Disclosure. The title says it all too -- it's perfect for late-night drives and getting ready for some evening escapades. I cannot get enough of it.


Also? It kinda works as a sexy theme song for Halloween night.

@TheFirstEcho