Tag: Dragon*Con

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.

The Humiliation of the Eye Exam

I have been wearing some form of vision corrective since I was two, when my mother noticed that I was cross-eyed and whisked me off to the doctor for an eye patch and some glasses.  My pirate phase was thankfully short-lived and the lazy eye was corrected, but I wore glasses until the sixth grade and have been wearing contacts ever since.

Maybe all my posts should have pirate pictures in them.

Now I have never really had an issue with the whole glasses and contacts thing.*  Although a few mean girls made fun of me in kindergarten and wouldn’t let me play with them on the playground due to my four-eyes, it wasn’t ever really a thing for much of my school days.  When I was little I always had crazy and colorful plastic pairs of glasses.  I usually broke a pair a year, due to my tendency to play rough on the playground, and I would have a few weeks of wandering around with taped up eyeglasses before I finally got a new pair.  Same thing with contacts–I got used to them quickly and have no issue poking my fingers into my eyes.

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50 Days to Dragon*Con Part II

Hahaha just kidding guys, I’m not really going to do another 50 Days to Dragon*Con Countdown (even though I sort of want to) mostly because I am still not 100% sure I am going Dragon*Con (even though I really want to, sniff).  Still, if you want to go ahead and re-read all my other 50 Days to Dragon*Con posts, please be my guest.  You can reminisce about all the things you were anticipating this time last year that have now actually come to pass!  Like the Game of Thrones HBO series (AND NEW BOOK!), and Tron: Legacy, and the last Harry Potter movie and also the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie–wait, no one cared about that, and I certainly didn’t see it.  Anyways, indeed, today it is officially 50 Days to Dragon*Con.  Time flies, y’all.

We lost our self-respect while making this movie and are currently in the jungle trying to track it down.

You know what else today is?  Today is Patrick Stewart’s birthday.  Patrick Stewart is awesome, I talked to him some my first Dragon*Con, he (and Jean-Luc Picard duh), was the subject of a number of 50 Days to Dragon*Con posts.  He’s the best.  Let us celebrate this day in Patrick Stewart’s life by watching him talk about naked ladies.

Oh and you know, there’s another special birthday today!  It is Harrison Ford’s birthday guys!  He sure is sexy, all running around as Han Solo and Indiana Jones and such.  How about we  celebrate by watching a clever/obvious/clever-obvious montage of Indiana Jones whip scenes set to Devo’s “Whip It”?

Happy Birthday, you fine specimens of men, you.

50 Days to Dragon*Con: The Guild

Hi y’all!  For the next fifty days I will be counting down to Dragon*Con (remember?  I wrote about it here) by celebrating all that is wonderful, fan-u-lous, and nerdy.  So check back every day for new tidbits of fun and evidence of my unnecessary cache of pop culture nerd-dom knowledge.  Also, a chronicle of time I spend on these things that maybe should be spent at the gym or applying for jobs.  Anyhow!

I’d originally had something else planned for today but the glorious Twitter alerted me to the season premiere of one of my favorite web series, The Guild. Season 4, ftw!

So the series is about a the MMORPG (Massively-Multi-Player-Online-Roleplaying-Game r-tards) World of Warcraft and a guild (organized group) that plays said game, and the drama that happens within said guild.  If you don’t know what World of Warcraft is, then watch this video:

(Yes, this is real, it is from a South Park episode entitled “Make Love, Not Warcraft,” about the World of Warcraft, and the joy it brings into one’s life.  The song is real too, it is by Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley.  You know, “whore lips,” from Glee).

Okay so the main character of The Guild is  Cyd (Character name Codex,) played by nerd-crush girl Felicia Day (she’s also done Buffy and Dollhouse).   So the semi-agoraphobic Cyd narrates the show and we get to meet her fellow guild members and other members of the Warcraft world, including Wil Wheton guys!  Wesley Crusher y’all!  And he doesn’t wear a sweater, he wears a kilt!  Amazing!

So even if you don’t know World of Warcraft, and I really don’t, this is a great show.  However, the people I know who do/did play Warcraft say that the game knowledge is impeccable and that the writers clearly have mega game experience.  So basically this is a soap opera by nerds, for nerds, which makes it awesome.

So heard over to The Guild site and watch the series.  You should start with season 1, episode 1.  It will be wonderful.