Tag: Art

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.

 

41 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Crüxshadows

Before my next profile, I just want to point out that my 41 Days to Dragon*Con in 2010 was all about the trailer for the last two Harry Potter movies, and those movies have happened at this point, and the movies were pretty fantastic don’t you think?  My, how time flies.

Also, I’m only going to be doing musical performers–Crossed Swords is a stage combat group, hopefully that’s pretty self-explanatory!

Anyway, you probably know the next band I’m profiling, so I’ll keep this brief.  The Crüxshadows have been at Dragon*Con for as long as I’ve been going (and longer, of course), and they’re one of the first bands I saw during my first Dragon*Con in 2009.  They do gothy, dancey music and they have a cross-like symbol and their motto is “Live, Love, Be, Believe.”  Their lead singer/organizer is a man named Rogue, who has weird hair:

Virgil Roger du Pont
Virgil Roger du Pont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The band has a lot of electronic classical instruments, in particular violins, and a posse of backup dancers in skimpy clothes, who are called the Crüxshadows fairies.   The band is based in Florida–they were founded in Tallahassee (which is a terrible city) and they’re now located in Jacksonville (which is a slightly less terrible city).  I’m from Florida and my mother is from Jacksonville (my grandmother still lives there), so I can say these things.  You probably know the Crüxshadows from their booth in the music exhibition area of the Marriott–they’re always playing the same three or four songs over and over at top volume.  They are also one of the few (maybe the only) band that has a group march in the parade.

Confession:  I love the Crüxshadows.  I try to see them every Con if I can.  I like their music, I listen to it regularly–particularly at the gym, it is good for cardio.  I like their live show.  I like that everything is sort of choreographed and that Rogue has lights on his hands and also that he likes to go out and do a few songs in the center of the audience.

So, here are a few songs from the Crüxshadows, if you aren’t already familiar with them.  I hope you like them, I know I do.

“Winterborn”:

“Quicksilver”:

“Sophia”:

See, I totally like this stuff.

Talking points:

-Maybe the most popular band at Dragon*Con?  At least they have the loudest booth.  Also a parade group!

-Lead singer with weird hair, skimpily-dressed backup dancers.

-Gothy-electronic music

-Pretty fantastic live show.

Two thumbs up, duh.

44 Days to Dragon*Con: My Nerdy Childhood, My Nerdy Parents

This past weekend I made a quick trip to Sarasota to visit my parents.  I don’t get back to my hometown nearly enough–much of this is because I tend to see my parents at other places, like family weddings or the High Holidays.  However, there’s nothing like visiting your childhood home and sleeping in your old bedroom.  Also, hanging out with my parents is super fun: we eat at lots of fun places and we take morning walks on the beach, and then sometimes I say something like “my flat iron is dying!” and then my mother says “I have this flat iron I don’t use because I have a WAY BETTER ONE do you want mine?!”  and then I take her flat iron and it is way better than my old flat iron was, even before my cat chewed on the wiring and compromised the heat transfer to the plates.  ANYWAYS.

Part of the reason I love going home is the chance to see all my old childhood stuff through my adult (“adult,” heh) eyes.  Even though my room has been converted to a guest room, a lot of my old paraphernalia, books, tchokes, and decorations are still lying about.  And, looking through these items, one can see that I’ve been on the road to nerd-dom FOREVER.  Behold:

That’s a corner of my bookshelf:  Anne Rice‘s Queen of the DamnedRobert Heinlein‘s Stranger in a Strange Land (I totally never finished that book, guys), The Subtle Knife which is the second book in Phillip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials Trilogy,  a couple Tolkien books, and Anne McCaffrey‘s Dragonflight and Dragonquest (told you I read those books a lot as a kid).  Also, The Agony and the Ecstasy , and on top, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (not nerdy, per se, but a great book nonetheless!)   Consider all the possibilities in that mini-snap-shot of my bookshelf, and then consider this one:

A Star Wars art book, some sci-fi fantasy art books, and Crisis on Infinite Earth (My Dad gave me that one).

And then this, I mean, come on:

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is also a great book, y’all should read it.

We’ll now move from the bookshelf to the walls.  I dabbled in painting as a kid (I wasn’t very good at it).  Here are a few examples:

So those are some fairies in an enchanted forest (I know.  I was like, fourteen guys).  And then this is the best one, truly, it is:

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46 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Calabrese

A blog commenter had the FANTASTIC recommendation of profiling some of the musicians and performances which will be happening at Dragon*Con.  This is a great idea, right?  I mean I have no idea who any of the bands are at Dragon*Con (minus, like, the Cruxshadows or Voltaire) and also they change lots, and also what if maybe I’d really like one of those bands but I don’t check them out because there are so many other things to do at Con?  Anyways, over the next 46 days I’ll be blogging about some of the live acts who will be at Dragon*Con.  I’ll do a mini-profile and drop some identifying features and also maybe some music clips.  This is way more interesting than photos of dragons, amirite (sorry guys, I had to get the countdown rolling with something!)

I first need to state that I am in no way, shape, or form a music connoisseur.  I like what I like and try not to focus on the popular trends and I’m not too discerning.  I’ll listen to pretty much anything except for country music, which is terrible, and yes I will listen to opera, which is great.  Also, “Call Me, Maybe” is pretty great too (shut up), so there you go.  So, these are not the opinions of a music critic, just someone who enjoys what she enjoys and is going to pass some pretty quick judgments on some bands based on a bit of internet searching.  Okay?  Okay.

So I’m going to go in order via the Dragon*Con guest page, and the first band on the list is Calabrese.  Calabrese (great name, btw), describes itself as the world’s greatest horror punk band.  The band consists of Jimmy, Davey, and Bobby Calabrese, brothers with an awesome last name.  The Dragon*Con website describes Calabrese as catering those who are not down with popular music nowadays (love it).  They have song titles like “Voices of the Dead” and “Backseat of my Hearse.”  The video for “Voices of the Dead” features some lucha libres.  Check it:

And here is “Backseat of My Hearse”

So the more I listen to this stuff guys, the more I legit like it.  It might not be the most original music, but it is fun, and these gentlemen seem to have a good sense of humor.  Also, leather jackets?! Also, it seems like they could have a good live show.  Also, it seems like my boyfriend would like Calabrese’s music too (plus!)  Also, they have webisodes!

This might not be the funniest of the webisodes but I like it because they go to Italy and they take their dad with them and they all eat gelato and it is sort of adorable.  I don’t like that they say their name with an American accent, and not the appropriate Calabray-seh.  Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

So here are the talking points for Calabrese (pronounced like an American would say it, sigh):

-Composed of three brothers with a penchant for leather jackets.

-Punkish-style band that sings about horror tropes.

-Webisodes with antics.

I’ll also score these bands on the very scientific two thumbs up (I’d totally see them at Dragon*Con!), one thumb up (Maybe I’d see them if my feet hurt and I needed somewhere to relax for a bit but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see them), no thumbs up (which band is this again?) and two thumbs down (ABSOLUTELY NOT).

Let’s give Calabrese a two thumbs up!  I can dig it.

OH ALSO: Their website has an ouija board.  It isn’t currently functional but still, an ouija board!  Rock on.