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

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.

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!

 

30 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Fader Vixen

 

Fader Vixen is another male-female duo from AtlantaHere’s their Dragon*Con profile.  His name is Jeremy Frank and her name is Toniet Gallego (great name).

So from what I can tell they’re sort of electronica shoe-gazey.  She sings, he plays some ambient synthy music, it is very moody but not particularly dancey.  Their website basically seconds my thoughts: “Since forming in 2009, Fader Vixen has truly developed a signature sound that features Toniet’s moving vocals on top of moody drum beats, piano, and layered synths.”

Here are a few songs:

Honestly, this is a bit too slow and ambient for me.  This is more, say, lounge music–I’d drink cocktails to this, but I wouldn’t party to it, so I don’t think I’ll seek them out at Dragon*Con.

Talking points:

-Male and female Atlanta-based band.

-Moody electronica.

No thumbs.  They don’t make much of an impression for me.

 

31 Days to Dragon*Con: On New Discoveries

 

Last year, after seeing tons of Dr. Who costumes that we didn’t get, Jon and I decided to watch Dr. Who.  The new seasons, of course.  And it was GREAT guys, Dr. Who was super fun, are you my mummy, etc.  Except, for the first few seasons I was hugely distracted by Rose Tyler‘s bad makeup and dye job–so either that was part of her character, or the makeup department was super low-budget at the time.

Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seriously y’all, spider mascara.

ANYWAYS.  We’re not here to talk about makeup, we’re here to talk about shows that Dragon*Con has inspired us to watch.  My obvious one is Dr. Who, of course, and I’ve just started Torchwood. Also, Dragon*Con inspired me to play Portal and Portal 2, which is hilarious, because I never really played videogames.  As you all know, I LOVE PORTAL.  (I really love Portal).  I still really haven’t played any videogames besides Portal, y’all.  Portal is great.

Portal 2
Portal 2 (Photo credit: N0fX)

What about y’all?  What new fandoms has Dragon*Con made you pursue?  Or not pursue, maybe because of obnoxious fans?  Either way, has Dragon*Con opened your horizons?  Let me know in the comments!

Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) cradles a dying Doct...
Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) cradles a dying Doctor (David Tennant) after he has been shot by a Dalek extermination ray. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Yes I totally cried at that part, I’m sure y’all did too.)