Wednesday, 30 March 2016
SPIRIT ▲ SHRINE (formerly Tangentbot, and formerly Tangent before that) hasn’t released any new music in over a year, but that changed yesterday with a new song: “diavolo discoteca.” Listen here:
I really enjoy it. I like its laid-backedness, and I love the instrumentation with the buzzy synths. Plus it’s catchy. It reminds me a bit of David Grellier.
As explained on the SPIRIT ▲ SHRINE website:
I’ve been listening to a ton of italo disco stuff and i wanted to write something a bit faster, yet still my personal style. i know it’s been awhile but i love you and your mom loves you and we just want to see you be happy. we are proud of you.
So take a listen, and buy it if you like it (I did).
So you’re thinking, “Hmmm… I find this Chris chap to be interesting. I would like to see more of him.” Well, my fine little friends, you’re in luck!
My improv troupe Fools Play Improv will be performing three more times before the sun sets forever on the month of March 2016!
First, this Thursday the 24th will be Episode 3 of “Improv & Dragons,” our excellently weird show wherein we do improvised scenes based on scanty notes that were taken at an actual, real-life session of Dungeons & Dragons (that none of the Fools were at).
It’s very funny. You can learn more about it by watching the video that I posted here.
Then, this Saturday the 26th, come to our regular venue at 924 Broadway in Downtown Tacoma for a very special presentation of “Fools Play Easter Battle.” The two icons of Easter, Jesus and the Easter Bunny, battle it out for ultimate supremacy over the holiday!
It’s all funny and improvised! And the stakes couldn’t be higher, as this video proves:
Plus, I’ll perform my annual “Peep Show” wherein I perform a puppet show whose puppets consist entirely of marshmallow peeps! I usually end up eating a couple dozen of ’em! I believe this might actually be my 10th anniversary of the Peep Show. That’s a lotta sugar.
Then finally, next Thursday the 31st will be the fourth and final episode of “Improv & Dragons.” What will happen with our intrepid party of
adventurers screw-ups? There’s only one way to find out!
Don’t forget we have it on good authority that this show is funny:
And that’s it for the month of March. Oh, Fools Play will be a part of the South Sound Improv Festival the in Olympia the first weekend of April, but I’ll get more into that later. This is quite enough for now.
So I know what you’re thinking now: “Yes, this Chris chap is most delightful. I’ll most definitely (or mos-def) be seeing ALL of these three remaining shows, and I’ll also be donating at least three times the ticket prices at each deliciously wondrous performance.”
I knew it!
You may have heard some “stories” about how roleplaying games came to be invented back in the 1970s. You may know some “facts” about the creators and their “histories” as well.
But let me tell you, that’s all bunk. Fools Play Improv has produced a video that finally unveils the REAL history of Dungeons & Dragons to enlighten us all. Watch it here:
To learn more about Dungeons & Dragons, you should come see Episode 2 of “Fools Play Presents: Improv & Dragons” tomorrow (Thursday) night in Tacoma!
That video doesn’t convince you that this’ll be a gut-bustingly funny show? Well, how about we let The News Tribune convince you with this gushingly glowing review:
See? FUNNY. Hope to see you there tomorrow!
For those not in the know: Grimm (briefly) is about a Portland police officer who is a “Grimm,” a person with the ability to see monstrous people (“Wesen”) who are hiding amongst humanity, disguised as humans. The Grimm’s traditional role is to hunt these Wesen, so they don’t like him very much.
Jamie appeared briefly in episode 99 of Grimm as a thug in the service of some badguy Wesen priest who wants to stop the Grimm from finding an ancient treasure. Is Ludwig (and his associate Dolph) ready for such a task?
Oh, why are Jamie’s lines subtitled? Because these scenes take place in Germany and Jamie is speaking in German. No biggie.
Unfortunately at the end of the episode it looks like Ludwig and Dolph have just been tasked with guarding the badguy posse’s cars while they hunt for the Grimm.
But in episode 100, Ludwig and Dolph get tricked into leaving their post by a Wesen friend of the Grimm, and they run off to help the priest, who they think is being attacked by said Grimm.
Upon catching up with the priest, they quickly realize they’ve been tricked!
Ludwig and Dolph are so pissed off that they were tricked that they transform into their true “Wettbewerbsgewinner” Wesen form, then set off to hunt the Grimm! I, of course, made an animated .GIF of that transformation:
Here’s a still of Ludwig in his Wettbewerbsgewinner form:
Unfortunately when they get back to their vehicles they discover the Grimm has disabled them all and they are unable to pursue. Grimm & friend make it safely back to Portland without incident. :sadface:
There is actually a cool story behind the Wettbewerbsgewinner Wesen. “Wettbewerbsgewinner” is German for “Contest winner.” To commemorate the upcoming 100th episode of Grimm, NBC ran a contest where fans could design their own Wesen, and the chosen winner would appear on the 100th episode!
So, yes, Jamie transforms into a monster designed by a fan! That’s a pretty special thing. Here’s the original concept art that won the contest:
Will Ludwig & Dolph ever catch up with the Grimm and take back what was stolen? Or is that the last we see of them, helplessly looking at flat tires? I guess you should watch Grimm or something if you wanna find out; I have no idea.
Partake and enjoy! And congrats, Jamie! Now we’ve seen you get eaten by cannibals and zombies and turn into a monster using CGI!
And as if that weren’t enough a photo of the Ginger fool is on the cover of the Weekly Volcano. See, he’s not only on the TeleVision, he’s also on stage in “Death on the Supermarket Shelf,” a musical about the 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders.
“Death on the Supermarket Shelf” is running every Friday & Saturday this month at the Centerstage Theater in Federal Way. See it if you can!
I actually went out last Friday night! Gasp! And to Seattle, no less. A big thanks to a couple lovely people who dragged old, tired, dad Chris up to Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard to help see off Electric NoNo as they start their latest tour.
A quick note on Sebastian and the Deep Blue (the opening act) first: they somehow managed to cram 10 people onto that tiny Conor Byrne Stage! I managed to get most of them in one photograph, take a look:
You had three different types of saxophones, a trombone, a violin, a drummer, a bassists, two guitars, and one vocalist-only. That’s P.C. (“Pretty Crazy”).
Then up came the Electric NoNo!
Of course I managed to make a couple of animations…
One thing became extremely evident whilst watching Electric NoNo: The really, really kick ass. And “Lickin’ My Wounds” is one of the best rock songs written in the past couple of decades, really. Take a wissen:
This was a tour kickoff show, right? To where are they touring? Why down to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas! They’re going to be performing in a showcase of Seattle artists alongside some other extremely awexome peoples:
Take a look at that lineup! Not only Electric NoNo, but also my favorite Julia Massey and the wondrous Prom Queen! I actually know a few more musicians who are performing at SXSW on a different bill: G.O.L. (Gentlemen of Leisure).
If I were a religious man I’d say I was “blessed” to have so many kickass musicians in my life.
Thanks for a great show, Electric NoNo, and much good fortune on your tour! If anyone else is going to SXSW, be sure to try to catch the Seattle X Southwest showcase on Friday and the G.O.L. on Saturday!
Hey, folks, TONIGHT (Thursday) is the first performance of Fools Play Improv‘s new limited-run show, “Improv & Dragons.” Put on by the Tacoma Actors Repertory Theatre (T.A.R.T. Yes, TART), it should be a fun time. I honestly have no idea what it’s going to be like. You know why? BECAUSE IMPROV.
Fools Play Improv & TART Present: Improv & Dragons
Thursday, March 10th 7:00 PM
@ The Tacoma Armory
715 S. 11th Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 (map)
(enter on the backside of the building, through the chain link fence)
I’ll be there! So will other people… INCLUDING YOU!