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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening (and Viewing) Pleasure: Large Titanium Viceroy

On Whom All Our Hope Is Invested!

On Whom All Our Hope Is Invested!

For today’s Wednesday Listening Pleasure, we have a holiday treat come early! A song by The Crazy Boy Floyds, “Large Titanium Viceroy” (from their Construction Paper Robot Assembly Line album) now has a nifty new animated lyric music video. Not only that, though, but the music video serves as the opening introduction to an “episode” of the adventures of the Large Titanium Viceroy and his Unskilled Boy! Just take a watch:

This was all brought to you by Geoff, one of the members of The Crazy Boy Floyds (that’s him singing in the song), who animated the whole thang on Adobe After Effects by hisself. Hope you enjoyed!

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

“Of the Month” December 2017

Video Game of the Month:

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Boy, have I missed Animal Crossing. This mobile app game does scratch an itch. It is fun, funny, and very nice to look at, though Pocket Camp is much more “gamey” than a real Animal Crossing title. Goals are much more clear-cut, including things like leveling-up and timed goals and stretch goals. You don’t just wander around doing whatever you feel like; there are things you’re supposed to be doing. The crafting system is an intriguing addition to Animal Crossing that I actually quite like, and I’m curious if that will carry over into the next full-fledged title. Also, be my friend:

It me!

It me!

Show of the Month:

Marvel’s Runaways

One of the single greatest comic book runs of the current century, Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways from Marvel Comics had a jaw-droppingly engaging blend of teen angst, comedy, and comic book superheroics. I am sometimes still shocked at just how good it was. This adaptation keeps the core characters but changes the storytelling from a frenetic, straight-ahead adventure to a slow-burn, laterally-expanding mystery. It works best when it focuses on the kids and their interactions. All the actors are great in their parts, even all 10 parents (geez that’s a lot). Ariela Barer is a particular standout as Gert, full of bluster and snark but also awkwardness and hope. The first few episodes have me intrigued enough to keep watching.

Tabletop Game of the Month:

The Oregon Trail

A shockingly-accurate transformation of the classic schoolhouse video game into card format, you and your cooperative team have the unenviable task of trying to survive the Oregon Trail with limited resources and oh-so-many rivers you have to cross. The way the cards form the actual trail is an ingenious mechanic. The only thing this game is really missing is a recreation of trying to shoot a buffalo or bear to get the 100lbs of meat as you could carry (but there’s a hunting expansion, so maybe that handles it). Spoiler: you’re probably all going to die before you can play the 50 trail cards you need to win. Oh, also: You have died of Dysentery.

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Open Mike Eagle is One of the Best

Better than Bob Dylan.

Better than Bob Dylan.

I swear this website is not becoming just an Open Mike Eagle fansite. But He just keeps on a-doin’ amazing things, so I’m gonna just keep on a-postin’ about them.

Case in point: Rolling Stone recently came out with their Best 50 Albums of 2017 list. Guess what came in at #34, right above a Bob Dylan album?

Tha’s right. Open Mike Em-Effing Eagle’s new album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. This was, of course, my “Album of the Month” in November, so I’d like to think that I was ahead of Rolling Stone on this one. BBKSD is a really remarkable album. Voila:

*Ring-Ring* Hey, Mike! It’s the Congratumaphone. It’s for you!

It's the Congratumaphone!

Congratulations, Open Mike Eagle!

Categories: Celebrities, Music, My Famous Friends.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Get Lost in Olympia(??) This Saturday with Fools Play Improv!

The Blue Fool at the Westside(??) MacDonalds.

The Blue Fool at the Westside(??) MacDonalds.

This Saturday (tomorrow) the 17th of November 2017, Fools Play Improv is going to be performing YES once again at the Puget Sound Estuarium in downtown Olympia. Mike the Blue Fool thought it would be a fun idea to find out what people in downtown Olympia thought about Fools Play, so he set out to do some interviews. Let’s see how it went, shall we? WE SHALL:

Well, don’t you get lost on your way to the show; it’s surprisingly easy to find! Mike must just be an IDIOT or something!

This is it! This is the show!

This is it! This is the show!

Details:
Fools Play Improv in Olympia (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, November 17th 8:00 PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages (though uncensored), only $5.00!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Videos.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

“Of the Month” November 2017

Hey, sorry this is so late. Having a kid born the day after Halloween means the beginning of November is kinda hectic!

Album of the Month:

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle

A few years ago Mike released Dark Comedy, an hilarious album tinged with anger and darkness. Well, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is kind of the opposite; it’s a dark and angry album tinged with hilarity. And it is SO SO GOOD. A concept album about the now-destroyed Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago where Mike (and earlier, Mr. T) spent some of his youth, BBKSD is a stark exploration of some very big injustices. It’s also at times extraordinarily beautiful. Just listen to “Daydreaming in the Projects” here:

Also listen to the sun-drenched, wistful nostalgia that gushes out of the just lovely “95 Radios” here:

I don’t want to make this album sound like a complete drag; Mike is still as geeky as ever, and there is some genuine hilarity like in “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending it Don’t Hurt),” in which very funny braggadocio serves to illustrate both the toxic environment that induces men to act tough and unfeeling as well as the toxicity of such behavior itself.

Man, this album is smart. The best album of 2017 by leaps and bounds.

Cartoon of the Month:

Over the Garden Wall

I initially didn’t watch this cartoon when it aired on Cartoon Network a few years ago because I thought it was some dumb cartoon about garden gnomes (understandable, considering it has the word “Garden” in it and the main character wears a conical hat). But the truth is this is a dark and creepy and surreal dive into weirdness and the nature of fear. About two children (well, one teenager and one child) who get somehow lost in “The Unknown,” a very strange and anachronistic forest environment where talking animals and magic are commonplace, Over the Garden Wall is a miniseries of ten 11-minute episodes. So at 110 minutes it’s very possible to watch it all in one sitting, which I highly recommend. Taking place in the days after Halloween, it’s an absolutely perfect show to watch on a dark fall evening with some hot cider and a blanket. You’re going to underestimate this show; you’re not prepared for how good it is.

Show of the Month:

Stranger Things 2

Stranger Things 2 is to Stranger Things as Aliens is to Alien. Sometimes in some very direct ways. It takes the original concept and expands upon it mightily without losing the fan-frikkin-tastic characterizations that you came to love in the first season. Plus, Paul Reiser is in it as a very sketchy and somewhat smarmy individual! A loving tribute to both Steven King and Stephen Spielberg, with plenty of callbacks and references to them both. Also Aliens.

Categories: Of the Month.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

It’s the Halloweenth Day of Halloween!

Punkins punkins

WHOA

On this, the Halloweenth Day of Halloween, please partake and enjoy some delights to watch and listen to, courtesy of some awexome peoples. Try not to get so scared that you might die of scares and fears that you might die.

Greatest American homestar:

Here is pupped Homestar singing a Halloween-ish version of the best TV show theme song of ALL TIME!

Open Mike Eagle and Video Dave in #DeadAss Episode 8: Halloween Special

Open Mike Eagle (and more importantly, VIDEO DAVE) are still on an independent rap tour (or they were when this episode was made). In this very scary episode, Video Dave makes them some pizzas with a special ingredient and then go to a mall and whoops craziness!

Oh, also Mike released a brand-new, exclusive Halloween-ish song that might not be here if you’re reading this anytime in the future:

The Crazy Boy Floyds: 8-Bit Halloween

Here is perhaps the greatest Halloween EP ever released, four songs of scares and fears that you might die!

Spirit Shrine: ghostslikeshadows

Here’s another very spooky song by the very spooky Spirit Shrine!

Trevor Peach: Hallowwon’t

And here we have a very un-spooky and rather depressing song from the Lord of Emo, none other than Trevor Peach!

Nerdic Public Radio: Halloween Edition

Finally, here is an episode of Nerdic Public Radio, the very strange radio station run by very oddly-accented folks who really ultimately have no idea what they’re doing. But it’s very funny!

And that’s that. Happy Halloweens, my everyones!

P.S. Jack-o-Lanterns designed by my 3-year-old daughter.

Categories: Holiday, Music.

Monday, 30 October 2017

It’s the 30th Day of Halloween: Expanded Lovecraft Word Salad!

A Lovely Salad.

Salad, Salad, who’s got the Salad?

For the third time, here is some predictive-text-generated funtimes. This time I added the text of Call of Cthulhu to The Colour Out of Space. This one gets a little psychedelic:

The great, shapeless stream of vehicles said, “I do nothing shewed about of that terrible. It must, though.” Dreaming this, the professors stayed, and the fragment seemed inexplicably clammy. The aspect had terrible innocents. A little curiosity was an angel that night. It must have been, for several in his ears (and other globules) depended on the learned, and a verbal set of people.

Come back! Deep in men not quite useless was the vegetation. This must ever be sunk, or among the acre were the terrible departed.

Ministers held their hysterical horror at night. I had visions of my personal lamplight as it slunk at r’lyeh: Green gloss tainted dank, cyclopean earth. Merwin was a simple gnawing old gardner. His thing was clearly great.

Sinking, i attended completely and sure to the orgy in the attic pasture. It with a shudder and my uncle had possessed the professors. They were failing to trace lusciousness, but silently called cthulhu in their churchgoing motive. Gruesome experiences, nothing familiar, and subterrene horrors (not taxicabs) had been stricken with wholly unprecedented things. i did nothing.

Stars came down. I seen it. Everything was spherical. Soul carved from latently human sacrifices. Undying down in intermittent eaten could subject dank sent boxes. But i shall go mad.

Happy Halloween tomorrow! I hope your thing is clearly great, too.

Categories: Holiday.