Episode 236: MUSIC WEEK – Foot Pound Force and Aurelio Voltaire

Episode 236!  

For this music week, we reviewed One Take Wonders, 21st Century Demo Part 1 by Foot Pound Force and Heart-Shaped Wound by Aurelio Voltaire. You can click the album name above to listen to each album on Bandcamp – or click the player below to listen to it right here!

Both groups will be performing at this year’s DragonCon so you can check them out live if you are attending!

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About Foot Pound Force

(stolen from Bandcamp)

Foot Pound Force is a Nerd Rock band based in Huntsville Alabama.We’re an alloy of Weezer and MC Front-a-lot, with 80% Geek, 15% Rock, and the remainder a mix of musical styles.We’ve been heat treated to a hardness of F’n Metal Rockwell

One Take Wonders, 21st Century Demo Part 1 by Foot Pound Force

About Aurelio Voltaire

(stolen from Bandcamp)

Dark cabaret artist Aurelio Voltaire leaves the vampires, zombies and murder ballads behind for a heart-wrenching collection of songs about love gained and love lost. His eleventh studio album (and first Projekt release in a decade) sees Voltaire crafting his most mature and passionate release to date.

Throughout his 20-year career Voltaire has danced on the dark side with a sardonic smile, penning such tunes as “Zombie Prostitute” “Cannibal Buffet” and “Vampire Club.” He’s best known for “When You’re Evil” (from 1999’s debut The Devil’s Bris), a jaunty celebration of naughtiness befitting a Disney villain (as evidenced by the scores of Disney villain fan videos on youTube set to the song.) Also a classic track, “Brains!” (from 2002’s Boo Hoo) recounts an evil meteor hungry for human brains and was featured on the Cartoon Network show The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.

With a reputation for macabre, tongue-in-cheek skewering of everything from religion to the Goth scene to Star Trek and Star Wars, Voltaire has his serious side, too. Every once in a while someone comes along and breaks his heart, and the result is an album of gut-wrenching songs. His 2002 outing, Boo Hoo, was described by Projekt as “a breakup record for lonely hearts with an ax to grind.” Well, it’s happened again! Heart~Shaped Wound goes past an 8.9 on the heartbreak scale. The result of a short but tumultuous three-month relationship – the first after his divorce in 2013 – Voltaire found himself writing new songs that were earnest, brimming with anguish, regret and yearning.

Known for releasing an album a year, Aurelio Voltaire spent three years crafting Heart~Shaped Wound in between his hectic touring schedule. Defying classification, the album drifts seamlessly from Goth rock to folk, from saxophone-fueled torch songs to guitar driven indie-rock. There’s even an intense heavy metal ballad, “Leaves in the Stream,” a duet sung with Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz.

Aurelio Voltaire returns to Projekt, bringing with him 20 years of genre-defying musical storytelling; often sarcastic, sometimes serious, always uniquely… Voltaire.

Heart-Shaped Wound by Aurelio Voltaire

Originally recorded 8/22/18

Episode 235: The Art of Working a Con with John Hartness

Episode 235! Thanks to John Hartness for jumping in as a last-minute guest for this week’s podcast. This week, we take advantage of the opportunity to discuss how to successfully work your table or booth at a convention, or how to work a con when you don’t have either of those things.  We also give insight on how event organizers make some of their decisions. 

John also helped us unbox some awesome donations we received last week, including a ton of great books from Falstaff – so much fun! Here’s the video:

About Falstaff Books

(in their own words)

Falstaff Books is a digital and print publishing company based in Charlotte, NC dedicated to bringing to life the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and dramatic literature. We love bringing amazing stories to light and giving incredible writers a voice. The battered, ignored, rejected “misfit toys” of fiction are all welcome at Falstaff Books, where we understand that every scar is a story and only with different voices can harmony be created.

Founded in January 2016 by three experienced professionals in the publishing field, self-publisher and small press author John G. Hartness, editor and anthologist Jaym Gates, and author and editor Jay Requard, Falstaff quickly became known for its activism and support of writers, readers, and the greater creative community publishing three anthologies, including the WeAreNotThis – Carolina Writers for Equality, and a number of wide-ranging genre novels in its first year.

In 2017 the publisher continued to grow, releasing over 40 stories in a variety of formats including electronic, trade paperback, and audio. In February 2018, Falstaff added a romance line: Falstaff Crush.

Find Falstaff Books on the interwebz!

Website – Falstaff Books

Facebook – Falstaff Books

Originally recorded 8/22/18


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Episode 234: TV Week – Santa Clarita Diet

Episode 234!  

For this TV week, we reviewed Santa Clarita Diet (seasons 1 & 2)– available on Netflix. We all got through seasons 1 and 2, so we could all discuss it. SPOILERS, SWEETIES!

Synopsis: Joel and Sheila Hammond are everyday suburban real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California.[8] The couple face a series of obstacles when Sheila has a physical transformation into a zombie and starts craving human flesh. With Joel and the family trying to help Sheila through the trying time, they have to deal with neighbors, cultural norms and getting to the bottom of a potentially mythological mystery.

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Created by: Victor Fresco

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo


Originally recorded 8/15/18

Guardians of the Geekery Episode 234

Episode 233: Cats Dreaming

Episode 233! Kate Jones, Karen Marchese, and Theresa Hemingway from Cats Dreaming joined us to talk about some of the amazing items they will be bringing to this year’s Muggles Market, as well as past Geek Gala fun.  

They also helped us unboxing some awesome donations we received last week – so much fun! Here’s the video:

Check out their interview over on CharlotteGeeks.com

About Cats Dreaming

(in their own words) We started our business, Cats Dreaming, several years ago to sell our crafts at shows and online. Kate is a seamstress currently exploring doll making, especially fantasy creatures. Karen paints both the doll’s faces and is involved with the design process. She also paints fantasy scenes onto rocks, with a special interest in dragon eyes. Theresa recently began collaborating with us.

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Find Cats Dreaming on the interwebz!

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Originally recorded 8/15/18


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Episode 232: BOOK WEEK – Across the Veil

Episode 232!  

For this book week, we read Across the Veil by Leann Retell.

About the Book

Ora Stone’s memories were erased for her protection. She is a witch, hidden in the human realm, hidden from the others of her kind, protected by ancient magic.
On her first day of college, she loses her amulet, releasing her long-dormant powers. Purely by accident, she performs a levitation spell, an action that breaks the Concealment Code and summons Protectors from Conjuragic to investigate. She is arrested and taken Across the Veil to stand trial for her crimes.
In prison, she must work with her Defender to rediscover her past and prove her innocence, but the prejudice against her is daunting. Just when Ora thinks all hope is lost, she discovers her family’s secret buried deep in the heart of a conspiracy within the political world of Conjuragic. Will she decide to fight back, risking her family’s exposure, or leave her fate in the hands of the tribunal?

To purchase this book, please click the link below. 

Across the Veil

Originally recorded 8/08/18

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