Podcasts of Christmas “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “Eli’s Soap Box Theater”
For this Podcast of Christmas, Rob and Lump decided to just stick with spoken word. After all, what is Christmas with out hearing the timeless “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.
We also decided to go with something new, “Ruth the Christmas Chicken” by Eli Fletcher.
This one is everywhere but it is still rather entertaining news. I first got word of it over at TechDirt and soon after at Slashdot. It seems that an author over at The Center for Disease Control and Prevention got rather creative and post an article about how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. The article opens as follows:
There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.
The post also includes photos, a brief history of zombies, and really looks pretty darn good for a government blog. The article is actually about general disaster preparedness and, in my humble opinion, made a rather dry topic somewhat entertaining.
How about a Halloweenathon? I found a few “classic” horror shows over at archive.org. It is Halloween and some radio drama performances of Dracula and Frankenstein mixed with some music before and after seems like it would be a kewl thing to listen to. Add to that, Zack “The Mothman” Daggy wrote and directed a short drama of his own. So sit back and don’t relax, after all it is Halloween, be afraid…
Couple of spooky tunes to start you off. From Earl Clifton and The Pin-Ups, a really well themed song titled “My Crazy Woman – Halloween Edition”. Then, by the same band, “He’s Coming to Getcha” and “Boogie Man Jam”. I like the fact that they are really into Halloween. They even have a release titled Halloween Roller Skate Party. I think you will like it. I can’t get the boogie man jam out of my head.
Now, lets jump right to some serious radio drama. This is part of the Community Audio Collection over at The Internet Archive. It is actually a live theater performance and only nostalgic in style. On Halloween 2009 Radio Theater presented Frankenstein at the Kraine Theater. It was co-produced by the Horse Trade Theatre Group.
Horse Trade merits a mention they are, according to their About Page
Horse Trade is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work. It has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.
I think that is pretty awesome, especially if they keep producing material like this. This is something you should enjoy, all one hour and 26 minutes of it. The music, production, actors and sound effects are excellent and professional. The work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Here are the credits for this excellent show
- Written, directed, music, and sound design by Dan Bianchi
- Sound Engineer – Wes Shippee
- Starring Frank Zilinyi, Joe Fellman, Mike Quirk, Dana Mazzenga, and Rebekah Levin.
Back to Halloween theme music, what better to start it with than a song “Frankenstein’s in the Mood” by Buau Hall, I tossed in some “Zombies” from Cosmos Harvesters and simly “Halloween” by The Coffinshakers. I interrupted things with some attribution chatter and we moved on to Odd Austin featuring Devo Spice (both members of The FuMP) with “Vampires Suck” and some Smart Bomb Radio with “NPR vs the Zombies”.
I closed the show with Zack “The Mothman” Daggy’s show, The Hitchhiker. Zack, and many of the cast members, also does a podcast. In Zack’s case it is The Mothpod. Here are the credits for this podcast drama;
- The Hitchiker is an original Mothpod Production created and directed by Zack “The Mothman” Daggy
- Starring Cayenne Chris Conroy as “The Preacher”
- Starring Mike Yusi as “The Stranger”
- Starring Ed Ovett as “The Narrator”
- Written by Zack Daggy
- Music by Ardent Octopus, Brother Love, Jeff Rosiana, and The Groove Mine
Special thanks and kudos to;
- Mevio’s Music Alley, likely the best “podsafe” music repository on the planet!
- The Internet Archive, the place for all kinds of archived media
- Gavin Salkeld for the music used in our IDs
- The artists, past, present and future who share their music under a Creative Commons License
- Each of you who listen to this show
- The staff of indienation.fm for putting up with me
Thanks for listening and reading. Comments and feedback are welcome. Our station voicemail is 818-81-INDIE.