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8 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Eryn Woods

Posted in Dragon*Con, Dragon*Con Countdown, Music, Music Videos, Nerds with tags , , , , on August 22, 2012 by The Dilettantista

EIGHT DAYS Y’ALL!!!   So excited I can hardly stand it.  And we’ve reached the end of our band profiles!  I know these haven’t been the most insightful musical analyses of all time, but hopefully they have given you an idea of who the bands are, what they sound like, and how to tell all the Steampunk bands apart (probably less successful on that account).  I know who I want to see D*Con weekend (Calabrese, Cruxshadows, Freezepop, I: Scintilla, Valentine Wolfe etc.) and, uh, who I don’t want to see.  How is your band list looking for the weekend?

So, onto the last band profile: Eryn Woods, who has an amazing red mohawk.

Look at her!  She’s totally hot.  And her music is totally great.

Ahhhh that was fun and filmed at Dragon*Con and I actually remember seeing them during the parade and being like: “Who are these dumb bitches in dumb clothes just dancing alongside the parade?  They totally suck!”  Now I feel like a total bitch because they were clearly just filming their video, duh.  But those leopard-print leggings are still sort of dumb.  Actually, leggings in general are just dumb–is that trend over yet?

I like the cute squeaky little voice, I totally do.  I’d dance to this so much you guys.

Her face really is quite striking–this is more of a clubby song, but I WOULD STILL DANCE TO IT.

Eryn Woods is great!  According to her Dragon*Con profile her music has been on hilarious MTV/VH1 shows like Jersey Shore and Mob Wives, and she has also performed for (maybe opened for?) ROBYN.  WHO I LOVE.  Need we revisit the “Call Your Girlfriend” phase of my life?  We must, oh yes we must:

Man, Robyn should come to Dragon*Con.

Okay, Eryn Woods talking points:

–Red mohawk

–Pop pixy princess but sort of punk but very squeaky in a good way

–DANCEY DANCE DANCE.

Two thumbs WAY UP.  So pleased to end the band profiling on a POSITIVE note!  I hope y’all enjoyed this series–is end means that Dragon*Con is just thatmuchcloser!!!

10 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Warchild

Posted in Dragon*Con, Dragon*Con Countdown, Music, Music Videos, Nerds with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2012 by The Dilettantista

 

I’m too tired from the work week (I write these things ahead of time, it is currently Saturday and I am still recovering from a sixteen hour day yesterday) to think of anything witty to start with for Warchild, so I’ll just give you their Dragon*Con profile:

“Warchild is an Atlanta based rock band with a new sound and new idea. Fronted by Steven Warchild who has been quoted as saying “We have something to say not just something to show.” Warchild has a sound that stays with you and a devoted cult following with fans from all around the world.  With two full length CD‘s out that have sold over 12,000 copies and a third on the way it’s easy to see why fans are excited for future. For more information on the band, visit http://www.officialwarchild.com.”;

Man, I hope they are a heavy metal band.  Their lead singer, Steven Warchild, totally looks like he’d be a metalhead.  Shall we see?

Eh, kind of metal?  Kind of emo?  Very music video set in New Orleans.

Sort of um, a less interesting, less good version of A Perfect Circle, maybe?  I only have one of their albums by the way, so maybe that isn’t the best comparison.

All the other hits when I search “war child” on youtube are like, sad documentaries of people from Sudan.   And I’m not really digging the music (OR THE LONG HAIR I just don’t get long hair on guys.  Keep it like, Thor or Loki length or shorter people for serious).

Talking points:

–Warchild is a band, not a documentary about Sudanese child soldiers.

–Sort of sounds like A Perfect Circle.

–Lead singer has long hair.

No thumbs.  Don’t think I’ll be tracking them down at Dragon*Con.

 

11 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Aurelio Voltaire

Posted in Dragon*Con, Dragon*Con Countdown, Music, Music Videos, Nerds with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2012 by The Dilettantista

Does anyone not know who Voltaire is?  I mean, anyone reading this Dragon*Con countdown?  I feel like Voltaire is one of those Dragon*Con staples, like the Crüxshadows, or Emerald Rose.  He’s sort of a folksy-macabre-storyteller singer (and he also does movies and comics and TV and toys, he’s pretty busy).  I guess, to me, he’s sort of like Marc Gunn in that I can see his appeal, but I don’t really get it?  I went to Voltaire’s show in 2010 and it was certainly entertaining enough, he’s very charismatic and puts on a great live show, but I wasn’t inspired to go out and buy a CD afterward.  But props to him for having a great stage name (shout out to 10th grade English!), and great website image  (on a flaming unicorn!) and also for being Cuban American. Diversity in the house, right?  I feel like most of the previous bands I’ve profiled have been extremely white.  Also, why is there no Dragon*Con hip hop group?  This is Atlanta, how has no one crossed into sci-fi hip hop yet?  That’d be amazing.

Also, I like his top hat.  Top hats are cool.

Music time!

Everyone knows the “Brains!” song, right?

So this song is called “Riding a Black Unicorn,” which is a wonderful song title, truly.   Actually, I sort of love this song.  Voltaire has just risen in my esteem a bit.

So that’s another one of his classics.  Y’all get the idea.

I’d like to point out here that one of my friends declared “I can’t stand that guy,” when I told him that I was profiling Voltaire.  So that makes me feel a bit better about not being head over heels regarding Voltaire–although that “Riding a Black Unicorn” song is still phenomenal and I love it.

Talking points:

–Macabre-folksy singer-songwriter in a top hat

–Brains!!! (Aka Dragon*Con staple)

–RIDING A BLACK UNICORN.
One thumb up.  For the black unicorn song.

12 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Valentine Wolfe

Posted in Dragon*Con, Dragon*Con Countdown, Music, Music Videos, Nerds, Steampunk with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2012 by The Dilettantista

Valentine Wolfe is an awesomely gothy looking band composed of Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew.

Awesomely gothy, right?

Valentine Wolfe describes itself as “Purveyors, Performers, and Composers of the finest Gothic Cabaret music for Voice, Double Bass, and Electronics. Proudly providing macabre entertainment for Living, Dead, and Otherwise, since 2006….Valentine Wolfe is an electronic music group that features operatic female vocals, solo double bass, and electronica driven beats. You’ll hear elements of metal, industrial, goth, trip-hop, j-rock, and classical blended together in a divine cocktail we call Steampunk Macabre.  We like to think if you enjoy artists like Emilie Autumn, Rasputina, Nightwish, and Nine Inch Nails, you’ll like us.”  Steampunk electronica, let us hear it!

Here’s a fan-video made to their song “Snow Queen.”

Oh man I really like that–love the sort of drivey electronica strings in the background, and also the opera-lady vocals.

This is their song, “A Thousand Little Deaths.”

Sixteen-year old me would have been all over this band.  I love it.  Check out Braxton Ballew rocking out on that bass!

So, that’s “The Darkest Night of Winter.”  They lose some points for the Steampunk goggles, but overall I like it.

Talking points:

–Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew

–Gothy Steampunk Electronica

–Stand-up bass, operatic lady vocals.

Two thumbs up, I like it!

13 Days to Dragon*Con: On Missing Your Cat

Posted in Dragon*Con, Dragon*Con Countdown, Nerds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2012 by The Dilettantista

 

Happy Friday everyone!  This is going to be a brief post, about small, fuzzy animals, and how they can bring us together at Con!  I love meeting new people, and it is so easy to do that at Dragon*Con, and nothing breaks the ice better than “I HAVE A SMALL FUZZY CREATURE THAT I LOVE DO YOU?”

So last Dragon*Con, on Sunday night, I had a conversation with a girl in a Baroness costume about how much we missed our cats.

So that’s the Baroness and me.

And that is us looking at cat pictures.

The Baroness and I both agreed that the one negative about Dragon*Con was that we couldn’t take our cats with us.  At the time Jon and I only had one cat, Dexter, but now we have two kitties!  Behold:

Black kitties!  Such good costume props, right?!

Do you miss your pets when you’re at Dragon*Con, at 2:00am in the morning when you are drunkish and someone has spilled booze on your costume?  Because sometimes when that happens all I want to do is snuggle with a kitty!

 

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