Category: Music Videos

34 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Emerald Rose

 

Emerald Rose is the other band I saw my first year at Dragon*Con.  They were playing at the Firefly Shindig (which I think no longer exists maybe?  I’m one of those people who very much enjoys Firefly but doesn’t quite understand all the hype, mostly because I am a bigger fan of Buffy and Angel, and also because I thought that Dollhouse had a much stronger and more interesting premise, and also I don’t really like Westerns.  Anyway).

Emerald Rose is a Celtic folk-rock band that is based in northern Georgia.   They have played many fancy places, including a few Lord of the Rings Oscars parties.  They’re one of the bigger draws at Dragon*Con, as far as I can tell.  Celtic folk-rock isn’t really my thing, but they were enjoyable enough.  Some awkward folkish dancing happened, if I remember correctly.  Basically awkward white people dancing.

Here is their Dragon*Con bio, and here is their website (I totally love that their motto is “Celtic Music That Rocks!). Here is their actually incredibly helfpul description on their website: “North Georgia‘s EMERALD ROSE has been recording and performing for around 20 years, weaving their musical spell on audiences as diverse as Irish pubs and festivals, sci-fi conventions, and Hollywood cast parties! Blending vocal harmonies, Celtic and world music instrumentation, unique and diverse songwriting, rocking renditions of Irish and Scottish classics, and an energetic performance style, Emerald Rose entertains.”  See?  Helpful.  Also, men in kilts!

Here is some of their music:

Talking points:

-Celtic folk-rock

-Men in kilts

-Strong Firefly allegiance.

One thumb up.  If I stumbled onto their show, I’d probably hang around for a bit.

 

35 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Ego Likeness

So my first reaction to Ego Likeness‘ website was “eeee gothy.”  The group was created by Steven Archer and Donna Lynch, who are married and live in the DC area with two hairless cats, which is awesome.

English: Ego Likeness
English: Ego Likeness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pretty gothy right?  So I said to myself: “I bet they sound like the Crüxshadows.”Lo and behold:

Okay, so maybe not as dancey as the Crüxshadows, but it definitely has the dark, electronica vibe going for it.  Shall we try another?

That’s a little dancier, right?  Also, lady vocals!

Here’s some grainy, shaky footage of their live act:

As is to be expected, they have toured frequently with the Crüxshadows and have played Dragon*Con several times.   They’ve also opened for Voltaire.  They fall squarely into the gothy electronica group of bands at Dragon*Con, which I generally prefer to the folksy Celtic music group of bands at Dragon*Con–even though all the gothy electronica groups sort of blend together for me unless I specifically know them or their music (ie: Crüxshadows).  Still, it is easier for me to dance to the gothy electronica music than the folksy Celtic music–sorry men in kilts.  Just in case you were curious, here is their Dragon*Con website profile.

Talking points:

-Anchored by a married couple

-Opened for the Crüxshadows and Voltaire

-Gothy electronica

Two thumbs up!  More black eyeliner and synth please!

40 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Die Sektor

 

Die Sektor is a goth/industrial/electronica band that is based in Atlanta which, yay for D*Con for supporting the local musicians.  They don’t really have a website, but here’s their Facebook page.   They describe themselves as wanting to make powerful, emotional, and innovative electronica music.

So, I’m not finding out a lot about them.  But I’m listening to their song “Mother Hunger” now and it is definitely gothy electronica-ish, I think?  Like, I could see myself dancing to it a bit at Dragon*Con.  But I’m not sure I’d stay for a whole hour of music like this?  Here’s “Mother Hunger”:

I’m not sure I love the weird hissy Hexxus voice, let us see if those vocals are in their other songs!

So “In the Arms of Eternity” has the Hexxus voice some, but not as much–I actually like this song a bit better.

This is “Prey the Razor.”

So…a lot of electronica music sort of sounds the same to me?  Is that bad to say?  I mean I like it in theory and it is danceable but I don’t think I’d be able to differentiate Die Sektor from other electronica bands.   This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you, especially when it is 2:00am and you are drunkish and just sort of want to dance for a bit.  Someone who knows more about electronica than I do, tell me what I am missing.

Oh, my friend Duane, who knows more about electronica than I do, says this:  “It’s like kmfdm and lords of acid  did a song for the Spawn soundtrack but the mic was fucked up.”  Thanks for that, Duane.

Anyways, talking points:

-Electronica/goth band

-Hexxus voice

-Local boys!

We’ll give them no thumbs up, which stands for “which band is this again?”  Not because they are bad, just because all the electronica stuff kind of blends together for me.

 

The End of 2011

Heeeeeey friends.  How’ve you been?  Did you have a good holiday season?  I did, because I spent it with people I enjoy and also because my kitchen has gotten a few upgrades, namely this grill pan which I shamefully have not yet used y’all.  Operation get back to clean eating, however, starts on Sunday so I imagine the grill pan will come into play.  Also, speaking of clean eating, have you seen this great little Mark Bittman post where he gives lots of yummy, veggie-based, clean recipes?  Those will be delicious, especially since I am full steam ahead clean eating because I am going to a wedding in late January and I want to look bangin’.

So I’ve been acclimating to my new job, which I still like although this week, as you can imagine, was mega-slow.  I am resolving to go into 2012 with lots of optimism and enthusiasm, especially because I went into 2011 with a general sense of doom and a feeling of failure in regards to my career search.  New job, new attitude, old cliches!

This will be a sort of scattered-about, catch-up post since I have been VANISHED IN JOB LAND (sorry y’all).  I’ve been meaning to post about this trip I took home to Sarasota way back in November, but it clearly isn’t going to happen.  Instead I’ll just post a few pictures of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, an international sand sculpture competition that was taking place the weekend I was in town.  If any of you watch Sand Masters, most of those folks were present.  The sculptures were only partially done when I saw them, but they were still 100% amazing.  Here are a few of my favorites:

If you look closely you can see a skull between the teeth, inside the fish.
This one was titled "The Five Senses."

So that’s awesome right?  PS if you didn’t already know, Siesta Key is an awesome beach in Sarasota that currently holds the #1 spot on Dr. Beach’s Best Beaches in America list.  Siesta is famous for its white, pure sand that has the consistency of sugar.  The beach is also incredibly wide.  It is an unbelievably beautiful spot.

Anyways, RESOLUTIONS!  Do y’all have any?  Mine are pretty vague:  MORE VEGETABLES, MORE BLOGGING, MORE SLEEP (I really need 8 hours guys I have to stop lying to myself), MORE GRATITUDE, LESS WHINING.   I think that about covers it.  What about you?

While you ponder your goals for next year, here are a few items with which I have been 100% obsessed lately:

1) Sand Cats.  I didn’t know these guys existed.  They are tiny, adorable cats that live in deserts in North Africa.  They are THE BEST and I want one so much y’all.

LOOK AT HOW CUTE THAT IS LOOK LOOK LOOK.

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