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24 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, I: Scintilla


I:Scintilla is a Chicago based band who has played Dragon*Con before, and who fits into the gothy electronica vein of musical performances.  I:Scintilla combines metal-infused electronica with elements of synth pop, trip-hop, and indie electro to create their distinctive sound.  The band is comprised of  frontwoman Brittany Bindrim, Jim Cookas (guitar/programming), Vincent Grech (drums), and Brent Leitner (guitar/programming).  I:Scintilla also has a reputation for having a great live act.

I just want to say: YAY FOR TONS OF FRONTWOMEN AT DRAGON*CON.  Ladies keepin’ it real next to the menfolk, hooray for feminism in music!

Promotional photo from I:Scintilla
Promotional photo from I:Scintilla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bitch, please.

Anyways, at this point the bands at Dragon*Con fall into a few loose categories: gothy electronica/dance, Steampunky/vintage, and general folksy stuff, maybe with a Celtic flavor.  Maybe I’ll stumble into something different down the line?  We’ll see–in the meantime, here is some music courtesy of I:Scintilla:

Oh lordy, so gothy!  Jon really likes it, of course.  I actually like it too.

Look at all the strobe lights!  I want to break out some glow sticks and twirl them ferociously in front of my face.

That was fun.  In case you can’t tell, my tastes sort of run to gothy, dancy, dark electronica.

Talking points!

–Female lead singer (grrrrrl power!)

–Heavy electronica dancy gothy sound

–Good live show



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.)


36 Hours in New York City: Museum of Modern Art

So, I have a friend who works in the film archives at MoMA and, bless her, she done got Jon and me free tickets to the museum!  Huzzah, thanks friend!

Check out this crazy sculpture that was in the sculpture garden!

Okay so that happened.  Also, this candy installation by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, you could take the candy, it is always replenished, he was such a nut job y’all (hurrrrrr).

Also this hilarious plaque, which I think was by Barbara Krueger?  I might be wrong. I don’t remember.  SOMEONE CORRECT ME IF THEY KNOW, thanks.

Buuutttt the main reason we went to MoMA was for the Cindy Sherman exhibit.  I’m a fan of Cindy Sherman.  I like how she does everything herself: makeup, sets, costumes, taking the photos, etc.  I like how she demonstrates the transformative power of makeup and wigs and fashion, which I am totally into because MAKEUP AND COSTUMES ARE AMAZING.   I like her sense of humor.  The exhibit is pretty great, I recommend checking it out.  Here are a few images from the show, all taken from MoMA’s website.