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Help The Mechanisms record their fourth studio album “The Bifrost Incident”

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The Mechanisms are having as Kickstarter in order to fund their new album.

We’ve featured The Mechanisms here several times, but if you’re late to the game… “The Mechanisms are a seven-piece steam/cyber/diesel/punk-punk band based in London, who tell epic science fiction stories by taking a bunch of myth and shaking them up with an unhealthy amount of folk-prog-rock. You’ve all heard our first trilogy: the fairytale space opera “Once Upon A Time (In Space)” (2012), the cyberpunk noir thriller “Ulysses Dies At Dawn” (2013), and the spaghetti western “High Noon Over Camelot” (2014). We’ve taken all of them to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, netting four and five star reviews.”

Rachel Hughes of The Mechanisms even played Mother in the Slenderman Musical.

Well now our saucy band of space pirates are looking to record their 4th album and they’ve started a Kickstarter. Which, once again, is here.

Please consider donating. The more money, the more studio time they get. They are SO freaking  interesting and i for one would LOVE to see how they develop further. So go give them a push.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Dream On Performed By Postmoern Jukebox ft. Morgan James (Aerosmith Cover)

And to think you didn’t even know you wanted to hear a dieselpunk era band play one of the best versions of this song you’ll ever hear in your life! You lived your life not even knowing how happy these 5 minutes and 21 seconds would make you. Oh, how much poorer we were before those 5 minutes and 21 seconds, because during them,  lie was awesome.

 

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Saloon And More New Lost Hallow Art by Sarah de Buck

We’ve got a bunch of awesome new artwork by Sarah de Buck including the Saloon, whihc i particularly love. She also included some stuff centered around Miss Helen’s song. I sent her all the songs i have so far. She seemed to rather like that one a lot and thus a bunch of art from it.

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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Can You Come Up With Erotic Gay Scenarios With A Touch Of Humor?

Why dont you folks help me with Henry The Alchemist’s song. Come on, it’ll be fun.

So think Jekyll and Hyde. Banner and Hulk. Henry is a shy, nervous, science nerd. Alchemy is his thing. He hasnt had many boyfriends. When he does he’s pretty monogomous. Very not the fooling around type. Honestly, he’s simply way more into his alchemy then he is into socializing and takes his one one intimacy very seriously.

The town Henry lives in (not Lost Hallow) had some misfortune befall them and some type of interdimensional tear occurred near the town through which horrible, foul, unholy monsters can now come through, looking to destroy the town and suck the souls of its citizens like sucking on a popsicle. The town’s demise is clearly near. 

Henry has been working on an experimental formula…

You see where this is going?

Henry drinks the potion which changes him into Hurl, the Hyde/Hulk side of the equation. Pretty standard so far. Hurl obviously is a raging badass. Hurl can totally take on these hell monsters. Hell, Hurl loves it, as long as the alcohol doesnt run out. Hurl loves to drink, fuck and fight, in that order. Hurl is a ferocious Id. After Hurl defeats the monsters, Hurl does not like to change back into Henry, so he goes on 3 day benders. When Henry resumes consciousness days later he is often in some strange town 100 miles away, in some nasty room above a saloon, naked men passed out all over the room and no alcohol left in the entire bar. Sometimes the entire town.

Hurl causes trouble for Henry. The effects of the potion can never be undone.  So Henry tries not to change into Hurl. Oh yeah, the thing that triggers the change? Not anger. An erection. Whenever Henry gets aroused he changes into Hurl. So he tries to never get aroused. Except sometimes that’s unavoidable. And sometimes events make it necessary.

Heres where you come in. There are two types of situations which occur which you can suggest. ( I would add, this whole scenario can be deconstructed along sexual political lines which i promise, Han Mi does. For now dont sweat it and stick to the fun aspect). zplease suggest scenarios for either Situation A or B.

Situation A:

Just like Bruce Banner tries constantly to never get angry, Henry tries to never get aroused. Sometimes, despite their best efforts, this fails. These are instances of Situation A.

Situation B:

Holy fuckdangle! An ugly, unholy monstrously has breached the rift! That sumbich is headed right towards town! We need Hurl! However, Henry is not in an amorous mood. Maybe he even took something to keep his libido at bay. The mayor and city council are freaking out trying anything they can think of to get Henry horny. These are instances of Situation B.

It should be obvious the point is to have fun with this. All that homosexual subtext in Jekyll & Hyde? Fuck the subtext, lets throw it out on the table and wave it around the room. And who can resist taking all those Bruce Banner moments “No! I mustn’t… get… angry. Must… keep… calm…” and turning them into sex jokes. Plus i get make subtle, delicate horror meets western cowboy banjo funk, turns into industrial music meets  P-Funk choruses. Which… it sounds better in my head then it comes out on paper. 

Anyway, i will incorporate suggestions. The floor is yours.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The Stormlight Archive: Recommendation And Review

The Stormlight Archive: Recommendation And Review

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I like me some epic fantasy to go with my sci-fi, speculative fiction tastes. Since i’m approaching the end of the second book of a great new epic fantasy series, The Stormlight Archive, i thought i’d take a minute to give it a little shout out.

There are only two books so far in what is promised to be a 10 book series, made up of two 5 books arcs. I read the first one a few months ago, The Way Of Kings, paused for a spell since i find that going straight on to the next book in a series never works out for me, and then have been ripping through the follow up, Words Of Radiance.

I should start by simply saying that if you like fantasy you should definitely be all over this, and indeed, i imagine you already are. It mercifully avoids any Tolkeinish character tropes, no dwarves or orcs or other overworn  D&D mythos. While it stays within and even embraces the heroic fantasy genre, it is creative, playful and quite fresh with it.

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World building is where it soars. There’s a lot of extremely interesting and engaging ideas and details thrown about and jugglef.  The world building is unquestionably where the books have hit heights of greatness. There’s a rich, rich history of a long defunct knightly order The Knights Radiant, which is carefully dished out in painfully small little doses that never the less do add up. There’s a number of interesting cultures on the scene, and while so far the two at war are the most focused on, we get some nice glimpses into a few others. There are enormous storms which define the world, and little fairy.energy creature/things called spren which are at the center of the supernatural element that helps define this particular world and which was utilized by the long gone Knights Radiant.

There are also some long gone things are horrible terribleness called the Voidbringers, which this being an epic fantasy novel, are probably hankering on making a comeback. They appear in some kind of cycle and bring about a Desolation. The Desolations are repeated examples of Planetary/Societal Collapse and borderline Planetary/Species Extinction. The normal casualty figures are around 90% of the human race, and it’s apparently a toss-up as to whether humanity can struggle back up to Bronze Age tech or Iron Age tech by the time the next Desolation comes along. The current Desolation has been delayed far longer than most, giving humanity time to get much further up the tech tree than normal.

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I could bitch about the cover art, though. I will later. I really hate the cover art.

The books open with an assassin, perhaps left over from the last Desolation who has a very cool ability to “lash” himself to different gravitational directions. If he lashes himself to the ceiling, the ceiling becomes his floor and gravity works for him accordingly. So he can run at you on the ceiling, but in mid run, jump, lash himself to the left wall, which becomes his new down, then lash himself to the wall far behind you and “drop” right towards your doomed ass falling through a hallway as if falling down a long drop, before lashing himself into a new direction. It’s cool as hell and is used to great effect.

If i had to criticize one facet, it would be the author’s habit of pedaling in circles in the middle of these very long books. The second book improves in every way upon the first book, and especially in this regard. During the first book, there is a long time in the middle where you feel like you’re reading the same chapters over and over again. We know the point is to show the slow character change and really hammer in the hardships they are under, but damn if there’s aren’t some times you want to shout at the book “OKAY. WE GET IT. MOVE THE SHOW ALONG.”

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I like Shallan so we’ll look past the cheesy art of this one

This is typical flaw in epic fantasy, and certainly i’ve shouted the same at George RR Martin’s books, so i wouldn’t let this derail you because the payoffs are worth it and the world is a blast to spend time in. The point of the series isn’t to reinvent the wheel, it’s not A China Mieville Bas Lag type of game changer. It’s everything good about an epic fantasy yarn done right. It leaves tropes which are tired and ready to quit aside, world builds with the best of them and even when embracing tried, true and to be fair, satisfying paths of the hero’s tale genre, manages to feel pretty new and original.

Oh, p.s. i hate the art. The book art IS over worn fantasy tropes. It just looks and feels cheesy to me. I got The Way Of Kings because a good buddy who i trust implicitly recommended it, but waited to get to it because the cover art totally turned me off. So, yeah, there’s that.

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Seriously. I hate this.

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Weird West Cabaret Update

So with the first song out for public perusal (and if you want to help, please share it around the net. I’d be ever so happy. I’ve included a link to the Youtube vid at the bottom of this post) here’s the state of the project:

The full title is, at the moment at least, The Ballad Of Lost Hallow, Act 1 (or Book 1) Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret. The album is Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret, the larger project which will be 2 to 3 albums/ acts / books is The Ballad Of Lost Hallow.

This first album, which will run 60 minutes, give or take, will end on bit of a cliffhanger. If i pull it off appropriately, you will love me and hate me for it.

I am one song past the halfway point. I have, technically, 7 songs made, but some of those are interlude bits. Short 2 minute between proper song stage banter. It’s a cabaret performance so there’s stuff in between the numbers. Miss Helen has to introduce the next bit and other assorted whatnot. (Han Mi also has to misbehave).

The song i have just completed as of this morning, the one past the halfway point, is where we start to actually zero in on the proper plot, which i realize is an odd thing to wait until the halfway point to start doing. However… just trust me and try to roll with it. It should all work out nicely if i can pull it off. But you understand, one key aspect of this piece is that it is a live action cabaret, happening in real time, where different characters come onstage and sing about themselves. There is a overarching plot, yes, but this first Book is fundamentally a live cabaret show and the listening experience will reflect that.

The halfway point, where i paused for a week of reflection, is also where my job gets really difficult because the second half is a tough cookie to pull off. It is key i do a proper job and do not fuck it up.

Miss Helen’s backstory song, one of the “finished” numbers, actually needs quite a bit of work, which i think i will tackle before i begin the next big song. It is particularly fun because i get to make a little bit of carnival music. Making carnival music is quite fun, especially when you get to have an evil grin on your face while doing it.

Hmmm… what else to say that doesn’t get spoiler-y? At the end of the day, the entire album functions as a first act. If i release another preview song it may likely be a small, short number Han Mi performs during the 2nd song, but i’m weeks behind in writing Psyche Corp, who’s playing Han Mi and giving her the lowdown of her character and character arc. Although i may say, this is one of the my favorite character arcs ever. I adore Han Mi, she has been living with me closely for months now and i… it is really going to hurt me to fuck with her like i’m going to.

Rachel and Han Mi are the two characters i grew so fond of, it hurt to have to fuck with them. Of course i also derive a sick pleasure out of the pain i feel fucking with them. (Oh… oh my… it… it actually hurts me to hurt them… how…. DELICIOUS. YESSSSSS.) I was also extremely close to Zoe, but she was dead when the whole thing began and i never felt i really shafted her like i did other character in my works.  Jackie and Annabel are probably my two favorite characters period, but creating Annabel’s tale was so short a time, she wasn’t around for months for me to grow a conscience about. And Jacqueline… when  it came time to hurt her (i.e. write her backstory song The Best Of Times) she poured the glass of bourbon herself and slid it across the table to me, ever so subtlety telling me to man the fuck up and just do it already.

I may need to call someone, perhaps Kevin Hulburt, and discuss Henry The Alchemist. Henry is the only wildcard left in the Cabaret, other than him i have every little bit plotting out from here to the end.

And there you go, your update. Enjoy the opening track, and SHARE IT! (i’m most partial to Lauren’s live singing version).

 

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Watch Lauren Osborn Perform Miss Helen’s Weird West Cabaret

Lauren videotaped herself performing the recording takes for the opening song of the Weird West Cabaret. While she had 4 takes i only used 2 of them, but nevertheless have edited them into a video performance. Watch her perform the actual recording, it’s captivating.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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