Stuff You Need to Know: Comic-Con in a Nutshell. A Very Large Nutshell.

Ezekiel & Shiva

In case you hadn't noticed, San Diego Comic-Con just happened. And lots of stuff gets announced and lots of trailers happen and it's basically just crammed with things. Here, I've tried to take the high points of the chaos and condense them into one huge post. There are lots of videos. You might want to go get a sandwich.

  • Firstly, we have tiger. Walking Dead had their Season 7 trailer which held to their desire to keep the Lucilled victim from the end of last season a secret. This is something, to be honest, I'm amazed hasn't leaked yet considering how the maniacs (read: fans) of the show watch everything they do like overly caffeinated hawks. Regardless, we got a look at Shiva and no doubt the giant feline and Carol got the biggest laughs from Hall H. Khary Payton will be playing the Dread King Ezekiel.
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    By |July 26th, 2016|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Music Whenever: Kat Robichaud, Dan Deacon, The Delegators & More...

    Kat Robichaud

    Hello again. So as stated, it's been a bit rough of late and 2016 has gotten off to such a shaky start, it's almost like being in an Irwin Allen film. So for this go round, I've picked six songs that are at least relatively cheery, so we collectively get some musical therapy, yes? Yes.

    First things first. I had no idea Kat Robichaud was on The Voice. I know as much about The Voice versus other reality shows as I do about badminton versus other versions of sportsball. With just about the same level of caring. What I do care about is this song, which I've played a ridiculous number of times. This is the second version on her album, the "Ringmaster" rendition, which I prefer to the "original" because this sounds more anarchic and mental. And I am drawn to songs that sound like they're recorded in the middle of an electric street carnival. You are Jack's utter lack of surprise. The album she released with The Darling Misfits is, appropriately enough, Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits. You can find the album on Amazon and her website with all of her linkages can be found here.

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    By |July 18th, 2016|Music Whenever|0 Comments

    Word-A-Week Vocabulary Vlog #51: Fard

    Aaron Poole's Word-a-Week!

    You thought Word-a-Week was gone for good. But since everything is trying to emulate Marvel these days, resurrection can come pretty easy. Or at least reasonably priced. Wordmonger Aaron Fever is back for a third series of one my favorite things ever. So once more: accept no substitutes! This word is one you can use! In conversation! You can even use it on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: this word is free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.

    Also, this happened because you and people like you supported his Patreon. Do it. It will make you feel all tingly. More of Aaron's shenanigans can be found at aaronfever.com.
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    By |July 2nd, 2016|Word-a-Week|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #244: That's the Trouble With Ghost Emojis

    Sad Jem

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...we continue to claw out of the 2015 archive. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. No trains have run through here in a long time.

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    By |June 28th, 2016|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Howdy Folks.

    mom-and-me

    Warning: The post that follows is 96% serious. Our usual irregular silliness will resume very shortly.

    Things have been weird around here for the past long while, for which I apologize. I appreciate everyone's support and patience as I've been trying to sift through this madness. Towards the end of last year, I got involved with finalizing a very large project which was finally released in January. Most recently, just as we were trying to get back underway, the back end of the site broke which required some updates and black magic to fix.

    In between the two, I started a foundation to fight neurodegenerative diseases. And I did this because my mother died.

    That's her in the picture up there--a picture which proves two things. First, my mother is one of the few people who actually managed to make 70s fashion work for her while it was working against most of the rest of humanity. Second, at one point in the distant past, I may actually have been cute.

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    By |June 27th, 2016|Admin|8 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #243: Dueling Muted Trumpets

    Siri, You Must Be Stopped

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...finally back with another episode as we claw out of the 2015 archive. The extended madness and delay will be explained further in an upcoming post. There may be spoilers if you haven't watched television for several months.

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    By |April 26th, 2016|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Put A Spring In Your Step With Black Phoenix

    human scent

    Spring has arrived or, as Robin Williams aptly put it, "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" You can see the grass thrusting out of the ground, flowers spreading their pollen so indiscriminately, and animals in heat putting out their scent. Many members of the animal kingdom use pheromones to signal their intent, to perpetuate their genetic code, or stated simply, to fuck. While there is some debate about the existence of human pheromones, most biologists say that if they exist, they really aren't that influential. Being human, if nature didn't provide, we provide for ourselves with Science! Chemistry, botany, zoology mixed together with creativity and an understanding of passion. Some of the best people in the perfume business who understand this mad dance of heady science and base desire are Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. It is in their Lupercalia release that they let their freak flag fly and have perfumes to attract the interest and inflame the passion of the object of your desire. What you do after that is your own affair but let me just say that sweat does intensify the effect.

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    By |April 13th, 2016|Headsup|1 Comment

    Fear Solve This #2

    Seal vs. Tippi Hedren

    Since Fear The Walking Dead started back up this past weekend, it only makes sense to touch bases with the European spinoff of everyone's favorite problem solving panel show. That's right, Aaron Fever returns with Fear Solve This.

    In the captain's chair is Aaron and he welcomes guests Kevin Handy, Neil O'Rourke, Jessica Keith and Jay Petrone. Collectively they do battle with problems large, small and mildly silly ranging from cold (or not) weather to hot yoga. Also, advice on where to hide your nuclear codes.

    You can download it directly here.

    Want to ensure future episodes? Tweet this, Facebook it, Stumble it...everything you do to spread the word about things you love. We thank you for your help! Good luck out there!

    Seal image by Eva Rinaldi under Creative [...]

    By |April 12th, 2016|Solve This|4 Comments

    Your Mental Sorbet: Is This Thing Still On?

    Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business

    Howdy folks. Did you miss us? More on where we've been shortly. In the meantime, as a matter of testing the works, I give you something for your Monday. The band is Clyde and Clem's Whiskey Business and they perform bluegrass that is both twisted and wrong. All you need to know is that the song in question is "The Ballad of Ed Gein." And that I wish I had found a good quality audio live version of this but couldn't locate one. And finally... that we've been back for all of five minutes and we're already very, very sorry.

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    By |April 11th, 2016|Mental Sorbet|5 Comments

    Remember The Snow With Black Phoenix

    bpal yule krampus 2015

    (Widge's Note: Scott turned it in late and life fell on me and I made it more late. So it's on me. But regardless, some people want to celebrate Xmas year-round, so I guess this is for them. I celebrate Halloween year-round so I can't judge. Much. Weirdos.)

    Yeah I know, the Christmas Black Phoenix post is late. First off, it does celebrate all of winter, not just Christmas and since's it's still winter, it's not really late. Second... yeah Krampus. Knowing it was that time again, I had scheduled a few days for our usual carnal extravaganza. The thing I didn't account for is Krampus' increased popularity. Krampus festivals have increased in the U.S. and of course there's the recent movie. So Krampus awareness is on a all-time high. It seems that with anthropomorphic representations, more belief doesn't just give them more power, it gives them more stamina, if you know what I mean. I knew with that special glint in his eye and the suggestive way he was flicking his tongue that I was in for a wild ride. He took me to places that I didn't know existed, it was like being on LSD and Viagra at the same thing. First he (WIDGE: this is where you can put something about having to edit my long winded and pornographic description because of length and you're a prude. Just kidding). Widge's Note: Nah, it's much funnier to leave your note in as it stands. So it took me a while longer to recover than from the usual cuts and bruises.

    But I have recovered and I'm ready to tell you about Black Phoenix's Yule perfumes. Since I've been back in my right mind, I realize that Christmas has always been weird around here... I mean besides Krampus. When you can be out in shorts and a T-shirt on Christmas Day, your festive spirit can get a little confused. It always doesn't help that 'Christmas' items have been available on store selves since before Halloween. I'm not wanting a Burl Ives/Norman Rockwell fantasy, but maybe I want something with a bit more heft than the Steam Christmas game sale. Maybe that's why I like the Yule perfume lines, you can connect to different winter traditions and even experience the aroma of a winter wonderland. The perfumers manage to give us equal parts reverence for the season and a knowing sense of the ridiculous. So let us enter that landscape that Black Phoenix conjures with its quiet snow, decorated trees and the sound of sleigh bells in the distance.

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    By |February 10th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments