Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PODCAST: August 26th, 2013: The Road to Dragon Con Special!

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Dragon Con, Dragon Con, Dragon Con!!!

This episode is (unofficially) all about Dragon Con, THE ultimate Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic Book, Horror, Pop-Culture, Film, Television, Music, Art, and everything-else-that's-cool convention, held annually in Atlanta, Georgia over Labor Day Weekend (August 29th - September 2nd this year). In addition to panels, parties, and costuming, they also happen to feature a number of concerts from Darkwave, Industrial, and Goth bands, which is how I was first drawn into the fold back in 2005. 

This episode features sounds and songs entirely related-to and inspired-by this year's guests, fan panels, and bands that will be performing live -- including music from The Cruxshadows, Voltaire, Angelspit, Abney Park, Unwoman, and a brand new track from Calabrese. Panel and event highlights for me this year include a screening of "Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut," preceded by a Q&A with the lead actors (FB event page HERE), and a panel on "The Return of the Living Dead," with star Linnea Quigley ("Trash") and production designer William Stout.

Last year's Dark Fantasy & Horror Track covered so much that it was split into two tracks this year: The Urban Fantasy Track, and the all-new Horror Track, of which I am the Assistant Director. Both new tracks are located at the Westin this year.

Since I work for the Horror Track, there are many references to the panels, guests, and topics we're presenting this year (see our full schedule HERE), but my Dragon Con coverage is not limited to just what we're doing. This episode goes all over the map of Geekdom, as one might call it: Horror, Comics, Sci-Fi, Cartoons, Dark & Weird Music, etc.

On the playlist below, you will find not only the list of everything played on this podcast, along with links to each artist featured, but you will also find my notes on where to catch each related guest or performer at the convention (in small print below each name) -- because I'm here to help. Of course, you'll want to check the Official Program Guide to make sure of these times, or install one of their many Smartphone Apps HERE (for Android, iPhone, or Other devices).

If this podcast serves its purpose, it will turn you on to some attractions at Dragon Con that you might not have considered. Failing that, it should at least get you as excited to hurry up and get there as I am right now. So, grab this episode and listen to it on the ride down, or stream it while you're packing up your costumes, and I'll see you at the Con!

NOTE:  This podcast is independently produced, and not officially endorsed by Dragon*Con. 'Nuff said.

Also: If you're wondering what panels I will be moderating this year, here's the list:
  • Friday 5:30pm: "State of the Goth Scene" [Roswell, Westin]
    Our annual discussion of how the goth/industrial/darkwave scene is doing, from the perspective of bands, DJs, and fans alike. Panelists: Rogue & Jess (The Cruxshadows), Zoog (Angelspit), DJ Spider, Gopal Metro (Bella Morte, Brighter Fires)
  • Saturday 1pm: "The Return of the Living Dead" [Atlanta, Ballroom, Westin]
    "You ever fantasize about being killed?" Come help me interview some of the people responsible for the greatest horror/comedy ever made! Bring a Q and get an A. Panelists: Linnea Quigley ("Trash"), William Stout (Production Designer; father of "Tarman" and the zombies).
  • Saturday 5:30pm: "Music Video TerrorVision"  [Roswell, Westin]
    A special screening of music videos from our band guests, with live Q&A, commentary, and making-of stories. Featuring the premiere screening of the Cruxshadows new "Valkyrie" video! Panelists: Calabrese, The Cruxshadows, Angelspit.
  • Sunday 7pm: "That Old Black Magic" [Imperial Ballroom, Marriott]
    An amazing (upside-down)cross-section of actors discuss being "evil" on screen. Panelists: Doug Bradley (Hellraiser); Julian Sands (Warlock); Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth); Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons); Nicholas Vince (Hallraiser).

NOTE: The Horror Track is located in the Westin, with most panels based out of the Roswell room on the 8th floor (two floors up from the entrance level), but some of our panels will be held in larger rooms, such as the Westin's Peachtree and Atlanta Ballrooms, or the larger halls in the Hyatt or Marriott.

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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
"Road to Dragon Con" Special
  Show date: Monday, August 26th, 2013

SAMPLE: "The Return of the Living Dead"
[ROTLD panel: Sat 1:00pm, Atlanta Ballroom/Westin (Linnea Quigley, William Stout)]
CBS Special Intro sound
TRAILER: "Nightbreed" (1990)
[Cabal Cut screening: Sat 11:30pm, Peachtree Ballroom/Westin]
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [Interview…]
SAMPLE: Linnea Quigley ("The Return of the Living Dead")
[Linnea Quigley: Sat 1:00pm, Sun 11:30am, Sun 7:00pm (Horror Track)]
SAMPLE: George Takei (Ad)
[Fri 11:30am, Sat 4:00pm, (TREK); Sat 7:00pm (MAIN), Sun 1:00pm (Kaleidoscope)]
45 Grave - Party Time (Zombie Version) ["The Return of the Living Dead" (soundtrack) 1985]
SSQ - Trash's Theme ["The Return of the Living Dead" (soundtrack) 1985]
Calabrese - Born with a Scorpion's Touch [Born with a Scorpion's Touch, 2013]
[LIVE: Sun/early Mon: 1:30am, Atrium Ballroom (Marriott); Panel: Sat 5:30pm, Roswell, Horror Track/Westin] 
Bear McCreary - Opening Theme [The Walking Dead (soundtrack) 2010]
[Fri 4pm, Sat 7pm, sun 5:30pm, Mon 1pm (Apoc.Rising Track)]
New York Disco Villains - Zombies Drive Fast Cars
[LIVE: Thu 10:00pmCentennial II-III, Hyatt]
Jace Everett - Bad Things ["True Blood" (soundtrack)]
[Panels w/ Pam, Tara, Holly, Hoyt, Ginger, and/or Luna: Fri 10am, Sat 4pm, Sun 10am (Horror Track/Westin)]
TRAILER: Radio spot 1: "House of Dark Shadows" (1970)
Robert Cobert - Main Title ["House of Dark Shadows" (soundtrack) 1970]
TRAILER: Radio spot 2: "House of Dark Shadows" (1970)
[Fri 1pm, Sat 11:30am, Sun 1pm, Mon 11:30am (Horror Track/Westin)]
TRAILER: Warlock (1989)
[Julian Sands: Fri 4pm, Sat 5:30pm (AMSF); Sun 7pm (Horror Track/Westin)]
The Dwarf Cast & Richard Armitage - Misty Mountains ["The Hobbit" (soundtrack) 2013]
[Hobbit panels: Fri 1pm, Sat 11:30am, Sun 5:30pm, Mon 10am (Tolkien Track)]
TRAILER: "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983)
[Ray Bradbury Tribute panel: Fri 7pm (Horror Track/Westin)]
James Horner - Parade (exc.) ["Something Wicked This Way Comes" (soundtrack) 1983]
TRAILER: "A Clockwork Orange"
[Malcolm McDowell: Fri 2:30pm (Horror Track); Sat 4pm (ALT); Sun 5:30pm (TOON)]
Wendy Carlos - Title Music from 'A Clockwork Orange' ["A Clockwork Orange" (soundtrack) 1971]
SAMPLE: Introduction of William Shatner @ DC 2011
[William Shatner: Sat 11:30am, Sun 10am (TREK)]
Fall on Your Sword - Shatner on the Mount (video)
Voltaire - The U.S.S. Make Shit Up [BiTrektual, 2012]
[LIVE: Sun/early Mon 12am; Panels: Fri 5:30pm (READ); Sat 8:30pm (MAIN); Sun 2:30pm (HORROR)]
Alexander Courage - Opening Theme [“Star Trek” Season 2 (soundtrack) 1967]
John Williams - Main Title (exc.) ["Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope" (soundtrack) 1977]
SAMPLE: David Warner in "Tron"
[David Warner: Fri 5:30pm (BRIT); Sat 4pm (ALT); Sun 5:30pm (TOON); Mon 10am (TREK)]
SAMPLE: MST3K - Pumaman
[MST3K All-Night Party: Sat 11:30pm until 9am! (Hanover C-E, Hyatt)]
Ray Parker, Jr. - Ghostbusters (Instrumental) ["Ghostbusters" (soundtrack) 1984]
[Ernie Hudson: Fri 7pm (CLSF); Sat 10am (MAIN); Sun 10am (CLSF)]
Bear McCreary - Credits Theme (BSG)
Richard Gibbs - Opening Theme (BSG)
[BSG panels: Fri 11:30am, Sat 4pm, Sun 10am, Mon 1pm (AMSF)]
Abney Park - Fight or Flight
[LIVE: Sat/early Sun 1:30am (Atrium Ballroom, Marriott); Panels: Fri 7pm, Sat 2:30pm (ALT)]
Brian Reitzell - Hannibal (opening theme)
[Hannibal Lecter: Breaking the Silence - Fri 4pm (HORROR)]
Unwoman - Careless Whisper
[LIVE: Sat 9pm, Sun 5pm (CONCOURSE); Panels: Sat 2:30pm, Sun 8:30pm (ALT)]
Chris Bacon - Bates Motel
[Keegan Connor Tracy: Fri 2:30pm (HORROR)] [Psycho fan-panel: Sun 4pm (HORROR)]
The Cruxshadows - Valkyrie
[LIVE: Sun/early Mon 1:30am (Centennial II-III, Hyatt); Panels: Fri 5:30pm, Sat 5:30pm (HORROR); Fri 7pm (MAIN)]
James S. Levine - Opening Theme ["American Horror Story"]
[American Horror Story Autopsy fan-panel: Mon 1pm (HORROR)]
Angelspit - 100% (Combichrist 110% Fucked Remix)
[LIVE: Sun/early Mon 12am (Atrium Ballroom, Marriott); Panel: Fri 5:30pm, Sat 5:30pm (HORROR)]
SAMPLE: Doug Jones in "John Dies at the End"
[Doug Jones: Sat 7pm (AR); Sun 11:30am, Sun 7pm (HORROR); Sun 4pm (MAIN)]
Javier Navarrete - Not Human ["Pan's Labyrinth" (soundtrack) 2006]
Dennis Michael Tenney - Opening Theme ["Night of the Demons" (soundtrack) 1988]
TRAILER: "Night of the Demons" (1988)
[Linnea Quigley: Sat 1:00pm, Sun 11:30am, Sun 7:00pm (Horror Track)]
Kiss - Creatures of the Night [Creatures of the Night, 1982]
[KissNation (Tribute Band): LIVE: Sat/early Sun 12am (Centennial II-III Hyatt)]
TRAILER: "Waxwork" (1988)
[David Warner: Fri 5:30pm (BRIT); Sat 4pm (ALT); Sun 5:30pm (TOON); Mon 10am (TREK)]
Haim Saban & Shuki Levy - Les Souterrains ["He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" (soundtrack) 1983] (exc.)
[He-Man 30th Anniversary Panel: Sun 5:30pm (CLSF)]
RETROMERCIAL: Castle Greyskull
Haim Saban & Shuki Levy - "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" (1983)
Johnny Douglas - Opening Theme ["G.I. Joe" (1985)]
[G.I. Joe Anniversary panel: Sun 7pm (CLSF)]
RETROMERCIAL: G.I. Joe (Marvel Comics)
Hoyt Curtin & Stanley Jones – “Challenge of the Superfriends” Intro (1978) ***
[Super Friends: Hall of 40th Anniversary Justice: Sat 11:30am (CLSF)]
SAMPLE: James Urbaniak (as Dr. Thaddeus Venture)
[James Urbaniak: Fri 4pm, 5:30pm (MAIN); Sat 1pm (TOON), 8:30pm (MAIN); Sun 4pm, 8:30pm (MAIN)]
J.G. Thirlwell - No Vacancy (Venture Bros. Theme) [The Venture Bros.: Music of J.G. Thirlwell, 2009]
[Venture Bros Party: Fri 8:30pm (Sheraton); Fan Panel: Sun 5:30pm, Dunwoody (Hyatt)]
Richard O'Brien & Cast - The Time Warp ["The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (soundtrack) 1975]
[RHPS screening, live w/ Lipps Down on Dixie: Sat/early Sun 1:30am (Centennial II-III, Hyatt)]
Joe Harnell - The Lonely Man Theme ["The Incredible Hulk" 1978]
[Lou Ferrigno: Walk of Fame #119]
Christopher Young - Hellraiser/The Lament Configuration [Hellraiser" (soundtrack) 19 ]
[Doug Bradley & Nicholas Vince: Fri 8:30pm, Sat 10pm, Sun 11:30am, Sun 7pm (HORROR)]
Cradle of Filth (w/ Doug Bradley) - Tortured Soul Asylum [Midian, 2000]
SAMPLE: "Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut"
[Cabal Cut Q&A + Signing w/ Doug Bradley (“Lylesberg”), Craig Sheffer (“Aaron Boone”/”Cabal”), Nicholas Vince (“Kinski”), Chris McCorkindale (“Shuna Sassi”), producer Michael Plumides, and restoration director Russell Cherrington: Sat 10pm, Atlanta Ballroom, Westin (HORROR); Screening: 11:30pm, Peachtree Ballroom, Westin (HORROR)]

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Friday, August 9, 2013

PODCAST: August 9th, 2013

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After a dozen missed connections, much-loved and oft-recommended dark folk/country/goth singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe finally makes her debut on this episode with "We Hit a Wall," taken from her greatly anticipated forthcoming album, Pain is Beauty.

If the mention of dark folk/country, or the mere thought of unlit tales of Americana grabs your attention, then you will want to stick around to hear the latest release from Denver's Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots, whose new self-titled album is sure to appeal to fans of Nick Cave, Ghoultown, and even Voltaire, with whom I believe they'd make an interesting bill.

Also in the realm of neo-folk with a dark twist, Spain's Sangre del Muerdago make their debut on the show this time, with a track from their classically-influenced new album, Deixademe Morrer no Bosque. If all this talk of dark folk has you concerned, though, never fear. The traditional goth rock sound of Sweden's Brotherhood returns to the show on this episode, with a cut from the duo's latest release, simply entitled The Dark EP.

Speaking of returns, we'll dip into a second track from The Gethsemane Option, the latest from from psychedelic darkwave masters The Legendary Pink Dots, who probably wouldn't mind sharing a bit of the ether with a newcomer to the show this time, in the form of Leila Abdul-Rauf, known for her work with such bands as Hammers of Misfortune and Amber Asylum. Her new album, Cold and Cloud, is a landscape of ethereal vocals and dark ambient textures, featuring artwork by  Tor Lundvall.

You'll hear all of that, PLUS:  Further French-Canadian dark metal selections from the latest Sombres Forêts and Monarque albums; The unintentional (but serendipitous) pairing of two cult Czech artists; A nod to Sytem Syn's attempt to crowd-fund some new music videos; several great finds from the vault; and much more...

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Format: Band Name - Song Title [Album Title, Year]
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"Out ov the Coffin" w/ Ichabod
Show date: Friday, August 9th, 2013

Opening Theme:
Elliot Goldenthal - Libera Me [from "Interview with the Vampire" (soundtrack), 1994]

David Galas - American Melancholy  [The Cataclysm, 2006]
Unto Ashes - The Turning  [Grave Blessings, 2005]
Chelsea Wolfe - We Hit a Wall  [Pain is Beauty, 2013]
Brotherhood - The Blood Runs Cold  [The Dark EP, 2013]
Lowlife - Permanent Sleep  [Permanent Sleep, 1986]
Nosferatu - Silver  [Wonderland, 2011]
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song (remix)  [The Good Son, 1990]
Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots - My Second Salvation Army Choir  [Munly & the Lee Lewis Harlots, 2013]
Leila Abdul-Rauf - Dance of the Pendulum  [Cold and Cloud, 2013]
Spectres - Passages  [Nothing to Nowhere, 2012]
In Loving Memory - Fading Away  [Collection, 2012]
The Mission - Deliverance  [Carved in Sand, 1990]
The Dead Souls - Hollow Days  [Ambition, 2011]
Death In June - Come Before Christ and Murder Love  [The World That Summer, 1986]
Cyanhide - Witch-Hunt  [Cairns, 1999]
Megaptera - Cog-Wheel Machinery  [The Curse of the Scarecrow, 1998]
System Syn - Abrasion Collar  [Premeditated, 2004]
Noir - My Dear  [My Dear (single), 2012]
The Legendary Pink Dots - A Stretch In Time  [The Gethsemane Option, 2013]
Velvet Acid Christ - Crushed  [Lust for Blood, 2006]
James Horner - Main Title/The Queen  ["Aliens: The Deluxe Edition" (soundtrack) 1986/2001]
Sombres Forêts - La Disparition  [La Mort du Soleil, 2013]
Monarque - Vigor Mortis  [Lys Noir, 2013]
Master's Hammer - Intro/Pád Modly  [Ritual, 1991]
Luboš Fišer - Confession  ["Valerie A Týden Divů" (soundtrack) 1970]
V:28 - Pattern of the Weak  [VioLution, 2007] 
Anima Morte - Funeral March  [Face the Sea of Darkness, 2007]
Sangre De Muerdago - Desterro  [Deixademe Morrer No Bosque, 2013]

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