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)
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
World’s First Synthesizer is Up For Auction
Some argue this instrument is the world’s first synthesizer. The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is up for auction on 22 October, 2014. The Wikipedia entry for synthesizer does not even mention this particular model. According to Fact Magazine which made me aware of the auction, the “synth” is so rare that few are even aware of it. Only one other in known to exist. It is in a museum and pictured below.
When I studied electronic music in the early 80s, the text-book credited the Theremin as the first synthesizer. I question that with what I read today. The page at the auction company dates the Helmholtz c.1905.
However, most people don’t know what a Theremin is. Let the video below refresh your memory. Check out Jimmy Page on the Theremin.
- 10 Obscure Electronic Musical Instruments (mentalfloss.com)
- Scott Beale: A Brief History of the Theremin, An Eerie-Sounding Early Electronic Instrument That Gave Rise to the Synthesizer (laughingsquid.com)
- Theremin: How Science Fiction Got its Sound (neatorama.com)
George Harrison’s Final Show
If you want more information about this, check out the post about it at Open Culture.
If you enjoy George Harrison you may also like The Apple Years which is available at Amazon
Who Hits 50!
The Who is releasing a special 42 song, two disc definitive set to celebrate 50 years of making music. The last track on the collection if titled Be Lucky and references Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. While definitive sets have their place, it is nice to see the extra track. You can find out more over at Pitchfork. Check out the video for Be Lucky after the break. The release date for Who Hits 50! is 27 October, 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:
Mathew Rivaldi of Wiggity Bang Games
Mathew Rivaldi is the president of Wiggity Bang Games and he was nice enough to sit down with me and talk about his company and it’s most recent release, Alpha Bandits. The company was also giving out print and play versions of the game.
The company has a history of award-winning games and I feel that Alpha Bandits may well make that list. While I am still too far behind on interviews to have played it yet. I can tell you from watching others play it at the Con, it is a really entertaining board game. Listen in as we talk about:
- The company history
- Alpha Bandits, a devious word game
- Their competition at the Con
- How to pre-order their Kickstarter funded game, Alpha Bandits
- His advice to those who wish to create a game
You can find Wiggity Bang Games on the web at:
Below is a video showing you how to play Alpha Bandits
- Alpha Bandits by A Jennuine Life (feelincrafty.wordpress.com)
- With a Name Like Furt, You Know This Board Game Is Strange (wired.com)
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)