She has Kittens and is not Afraid to Use Them
An Interview with Sarah Donner
If the musicians at Gen Con have anything in common, it could only be that they are all unique. Sarah Donner is one fine example of such, having her own special feline, geek, funny personal style, twist and brand. Not only does she do songs about cats, but specifically about Schrödinger’s and, check out her latest video at the end of the interview notes, which is Tesla themed. Seriously how could geeks like us not love this stuff?
Not only did we manage to catch up with Sarah Donner for an interview but she was also nice enough to let us record her live. Keep it tuned here for when we release all the Gen Con stuff. Also, if you ever get word that she is playing near you, be sure and go see her as you will not be disappointed. I was lucky enough to catch up with Sarah at a coffee shop across the street from the con. Listen it to as we talk and hit on the following and more?
Join us as she tells us about:
- When she started playing
- “Angsty female songs”
- How she uses comedy
- of course, cats, science, geek and other inspirations and influences
- The Anatomy Coloring Book
- How many albums so far
- Being on the road
- Her thoughts on the new media order
- What would she call her genre
- Who does she think she sounds like
- Our thoughts on genre
- Her advice to those who desire to do what she does
You can find out more about Sarah at:
- Ever Wonder What Schrödinger’s Cat May Have Thought? (pascophronesis.wordpress.com)
- Ask a Cat Lady, Sarah Donner Answers Cat Questions in Song (laughingsquid.com)
- Help Pave The Way To A Tesla Museum (pascophronesis.wordpress.com)
An Interview with The Great Luke Ski
The Great Luke Ski is a multi-talented man. He is energetic, entertaining, genuine and hilarious. He does stand up, music, cartoons, collects everything, is a member of The FuMP and gave us his time for an interview.
Luke Ski is Dr. Demento’s most requested artist of the 21st century. Replacing the earlier top-requested, Weird Al. He has also won Logan Awards for Snoopy the Dogg and When You Wish Upon a Death Star. He does a podcast, Bad Rapport with fellow FuMP member, Carrie Dahlby. He is a regular convention performer and this year would be his 20th performing the Gen Con in Indianapolis.
You can read more about Luke at his About Page. You can also listen in as Luke and Lumpy discuss:
- His background
- You Might be a Trekie
- How he does his music and collaborates
- How he has shifted on parodies
- His inspirations, both comedy and hip hop
- His thoughts on the new media order
- How he feels about CDs
- Paywutchyalike parody with Devo Spice
- 500+ Comedy Albums, his search for a K-Tel vinyl
- His favorite albums
- Doctor Demento Show still on air
- Cirque du So What
- The Logan Awards
- Art By Luke Ski
- His advice for those who wish to do what he does,
- The Sideshow Page at thefump.com for those just starting
- A Submit Button is also on thefump.com
- His latest album, Fourth Grade Talent Show
You can find out more about The Great Luke Ski at:
The Great Luke is a regular to many cons, according to his website:
San Diego Comic-Con, Star Wars Celebration, Dragon*Con, WorldCon, NASFIC, Creation’s 40th Anniversary Star Trek Convention, GenCon Indy, Origins, Nerdapalooza and many more. He also is the chair of the comedy music track at MarsCon in the Twin Cities (marscondementia.com).
If at all possible, I suggest you catch up with Luke Ski when he is on the road. He also often works with others such as members of the FuMP. This year at Gen Con he did a Friday Night Live show which included many other comedy musicians and had Whitney Avalon perform a few at another show he did at Gen Con this year. Of note, Whitney Avalon and Jonathan Hurley won a Logan award, Outstanding Comedy Music Video, for That Doesn’t Make Sense.
The Hush Now – Things Fall Down
The Hush Now shared the acoustic version of Things Fall Down. A few years past, Lumpy was lucky enough to catch up with some of the band when they played The Roc Bar in Cleveland, Ohio. They also let him record them live. He turned it into a concert and interview podcast. The Boston based band consists of Noel Kelly (vocals/guitar), Adam Quane (lead guitar), Barry Marino (drums), Pat MacDonald (bass) and, the latest addition, John Millar (keyboards). Check out the list of links to find these guys at and the video after the break.
The Hush Now – Things Fall Down
Be sure and watch for their coming realease, Sparkle Drive, due out 19 October, 2014.
So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
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Five Year Mission – Shore Leave
This is one great 5 man band. Lumpy was lucky enough to catch up with them in this year at Gen Con 2014 and can’t wait to see the Gen Con regulars again next year.
The members of the band are:
Noah Butler – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Andy Fark – Percussion/Songwriter
Patrick O’Connor – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Mike Rittenhouse – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Chris Spurgin – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Sick of Sarah is Touring
I was so thrilled to get this news. These ladies are awesome musicians. Having seen them live before, I expect nothing less than some great concerts. Nonetheless, I will let them fill you in.
You can find out more about these girls at their website and they are listing the tour dates on their Facebook page. If you wish to hear how they sound live, check out the interview and concert recording Lumpy got back in 2011.
Apryl is a classically trained pianist who began playing music at age 3. She plays many instruments and has a serious love for music Medieval and Renaissance era music. According to her about page
Apryl Knight brings years of experience and enthusiasm to all of her performances. She has been playing music since she was 3 years old, starting with piano and voice, then flute, and continuing to add expertise in other instruments until it would be impossible to list them all here. Some of the instruments she plays include bowed psaltery, flute, pennywhistle, bodhran, guitar, pianonomicon, and voice. She also dances, winning awards for her bellydancing and performing with gfire and Desert Passion Middle Eastern Dance Company. When not performing, she teaches piano and music theory.
I was lucky enough to catch up with Apryl at Gen Con 2014. Listen in as we discuss:
- Her musical backgroud
- Where to find her on the Internet
- The instruments she plays
- Her influences
- Her interest in women who wrote in the era
- Her thoughts on the new media order
- The Tolstin Troubadours
- Her albums
- Her advice to aspiring musicians
You can find Apryl Knight on the web at:
2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion
We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.
- First off, the season premier is 12 October
- Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
- Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
- FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season Marathon begins on 6 October
- The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
- There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away
- Washington D.C. is in the storyline
- Beth has been in some of the teasers, possibly in a safe place
- It doesn’t look like Glenn dies by episode two
- The best cities for Internet (based on speed and/or price)
- Be kewl by looking the fool, strap your iPhone to your face
- Audible security loophole exploited
- A fewregarding Apple:
- Comcast denies TOR statements from customer
- Star Wars set needs a drone shield
- An analysis of the 5 million leaked gMail passwords
- Native Netflix support for Linux
We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:
- Pay Me/Iko
- Zombie Jamboree
- Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014
From the Edge of Spider-Verse, The Mary Janes
I admit that I am a huge Spider-Man fan. While what follows is actually from a Spider-Woman series, I still think it is worth a mention. Married with Sea Monsters has turned themselves into the band that the heroine is part of in the series. To be truthful, I never heard of the band until I noticed this song on YouTube. I like their sound much and I love the idea of becoming The Mary Janes.
Check it out as they do a song from the comic book, Face it Tiger.
You can explore Married with Sea Monsters at:
An Interview with Water Street Bridge at Gen Con
Water Street Bridge is a three person band from the Midwest. The members are Jon Baade, James Kuehl, and Richard Miller. They were one of the many acts performing at Gen Con 2014. To be honest, I had not heard of them before the event. However, I am darn glad I did. They do really good music.
Their music is refreshingly different and energetic. They also have a nice visual aspect to their performances because of the instruments and wardrobe they use. Finally, as people they are just fun to be around. (I really got a kick out of Jon photo bombing a few folks at the con.)
I think it is also very clear that these three men honestly love what they do. You can sense their passion when they perform and even feel it when you chat with them at their merchandise table.
Listen in as we talk about:
- How the band formed
- Their musical influences
- How to find our where they are playing
- Why they are hard to figure out exactly what kind of music
- What kind of instruments they play
- How many releases they have
- The story behind the skull shakers
- Their advice to aspiring musicians
You can find Water Street Bridge on the web at:
They Might Be Giants to do Fan Appreciation Show
I just had to share some of the good news I received in my inbox. A band that I and many others have been fans of for years it going to do a show for the fans. I even remember “Dial a Song”. You can learn more about the event here. The concert will be on Friday, October 17 at 8 PM. Having seen them live in the past, I assure you that it will be a great show… they are awesome live.
You can find out more about this band at:
- Matt Bennett Reviews They Might Be Giants Live (nerdist.com)
- They Might Be Giants Live – Free! Download (indienation.fm)
- They Might Be Giants Offers Free Live Album Download (macobserver.com)
- TMBG wants your global help to make a new “Alphabet of Nations” video (boingboing.net)
Yes, Gen Con 2014 ended over a month ago and I am still publishing interviews. I am typing and editing as fast as I can. I ended up with a gluttonous amount of material but I promise you I will get them all done. However, between work, lack of drive space, ancient machines (my newest is 10 years old), a WordPress update eating the website, biological necessities and carpal tunnel I just can’t move any faster. Please be patient.
They dub themselves as a 16th century rock band. While the entire ensemble was not present, the two, Robert Bruce Scott and Jon Silpayamanant, who performed put on quite the show. Robert Bruce Scott delivered an excellent solo performance.
They perform in numerous languages, blend classical style, opera and much more. They are likely the only band on the planet to do an Ewok song from the original Star Wars movie. (That’s right, Lucas took it out of the DVD releases.) I also don’t ever recall a cello and mandolin covering Crazy Train, Stray Cat Strut and many other pop tunes.
- How many languages they sing in
- Their influences
- Their musical background
- Their latest album, all around Star Wars
- Thier take on the new media order
- Advice to individuals who want to do what they do
- Their musical backgrounds
You can find Il Troubadoure on the web at: