Tag: Art

15 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, This Way to the Egress

 

First off–what a great band name.  This Way to the Egress, I can get behind that name.  This is another Steampunk band–or, according to their Dragon*Con profile, “an Ole Tymey Gypsypunk- Cabaret.”  The band is Philadelphia-based and is composed primarily of ‘Tyrant” Taylor Galassi, “Saddle Sarah Shown,” and Mischief M@ Verderosa.  The band also includes a rotating number of guest performers to supplement the main trio.

Here’s a little clip from their website bio:  “This Way to the Egress is an Ole Tymey – Gypsypunk- Cabaret. With a valiant effort to “bring the show back to the people” they are a revolving door of musical mayhem, sideshow, burlesque, and comedy leaving a modern twist on the good old days of Vaudeville. Like a renegade theater of sorts, they weave visual antics with eclectic sounds creating an experience unlike any other in their genre.”

So many Steampunk bands guys!  How on earth are we ever going to tell them apart?!  Oh well, let us listen to some music:

So that’s a video that shows lots of clips from their performances–yep, it looks like they have lots of live, circus-y act components to their shows, specifically components including attractive ladies during shimmy-ish things.

This video has a nine-year old kid in it!  Not entirely sure why.

Ack!  A Steampunk band in the daylight!

Oh hey, they played this one in Chapel Hill! Funsies.

Talking points:

–Steampunk band from Philadelphia

–Three main members

–Lots of circus-y components and shimmy-shimmy ladies.

Two thumbs up, because they sort of sound like aspects of the Decemberists that I like, and also like Beirut, and also who doesn’t love a fire-breather?

 

Check me out on the High Heeled Traveler!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcast of ALL DRAGON*CON ALL THE TIME to bring you this guest post I did on the Durham arts scene  for my friend Jamie’s blog, The High Heeled Traveler.

Jamie and I met in the undergraduate art history program at the University of Florida, where we bonded over our shared fabulousness and love of shoes and Fragonard.

Lookit us, we were definitely in college.

Since college Jamie has lived in NYC and D.C., working at places such as Sotheby’s and the Corcoran Gallery.  Nowadays she’s a freelance writer and blogger, and she chronicles her love of fashion, food, art, and travel on her blog.  So, go check out my article, and then stay awhile to read more about Jamie’s adventures, I promise you’ll have a good time!

Thanks, Jamie, for letting me have some space on your blog!

16 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, The Extraordinary Contraptions

I saw the Extraordinary Contraptions at my first Dragon*Con, when they serenaded those of us who were waiting in line to get into the Time Traveler’s Ball on Friday night. 

SO STEAMPUNK am I right?  The lead singer (WHOSE NAME IS SEPHORA, LIKE THE MAKEUP STORE, AMAZING/RIDICULOUS) is playing some sort of like combination of a piano and a recorder.  Check out their Dragon*Con profile, they use phrases like “Dimension-spanning stories of steam and strife” and “aural anachronisms.”  You probably know them from their “I’m on a Blimp” music video that, once, played four times in a row on Dragon*Con TV.  FOUR TIMES IN A ROW:

So, The Extraordinary Contraptions are Atlanta-based, so props to Dragon*Con for supporting the local talent.  Here is some more of their Steampunky music:

Is it just me, or are there a ton of Steampunk bands this year?

Anyways, talking points:

–Atlanta-based Steampunk band

Lead singer named SEPHORA who plays a piano-recorder

–On a blimp.

One thumb up.  They get points for nostalgic reasons!

18 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, S.S. Vendetta

 

S.S. Vendetta has a really short, pathetic Dragon*Con profile and also a ReverbNation profile (did you know that ReverbNation is based in Durham?  Neither did I.  I LOVE DURHAM).

So their Dragon*Con profile says the following: “Ska Punk was their core, but as they progressed further, they have become much more than that. S.S. Vendetta are serious about their music and have fun writing and playing it in the studio and at shows. They are currently writing their full length album using some from the old demos and also writing a batch of brand new songs with a completely new feel. They’re gonna try something that not a lot of people have heard. ”  I don’t understand what that last part means, that is such a broad, ambitious statement for such a short little profile.

Unnngh, time to listen to some music:

Oof.  Sounds like 6th grade.

And so does that.

I was hoping that this would be a remix of “Seize the Day” from Newsies, but no dice.  This is terrible and screamy.   I think we need to recover with some actual Newsies:

This counts for Dragon*Con because of Christian Bale amirite?

All right, talking points:

–Ska even though they say they aren’t

–Screamy ska

–Ska happened at my middle school dances y’all.

Two thumbs down, but mostly because I have a splitting headache and that music just exacerbated it.  Sorry, S.S. Vendetta.  Music is a situational thing.

 

25 Days to Dragon*Con: Halfway There!

 

Oh man guys, we’re halfway through the countdown, and we’ve only got 25 more days to Dragon*Con!

On 25 Days to Dragon*Con in 2010 I posted the trailer for the 4 Days at Dragon*Con documentary.  And then about a year ago, at the end of July 2011, I posted a link to the actual 4 Days at Dragon*Con documentary, and also had a giant mini-fame moment because I AM TOTALLY IN THE DOCUMENTARY.  If you want to find me start at the thirty-six minute mark, and then at thirty-six minutes, ten seconds, there I am, tearing up the dance floor.  Since this documentary was filmed at my first Dragon*Con (in 2009) I have so much nerd pride at having made it into the film!

Since we are at the halfway mark, I figure it is time for all of us to re-watch the film (or watch it for the first time, if for some reason you haven’t watched it).   EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH IT, you can get access to it here.   It will give you so much joy as we head into the final stretch before Con!

I hope everyone’s Dragon*Con preparations are going well!