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2016.01.04 – POD – Blue Monday – I Don’t Want to Work Today by Beatnik Turtle

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2016.01.04 – POD – Blue Monday, The Most Depressing Day of the Year

Featureing I Don’t Want to Work Today Music of Beatnik Turtle

Today is the first Monday of 2016 and it is, allegedly, the most depressing day of the year. This unofficial holiday is called Blue Monday. This day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of each year unless New Year’s Day happens to fall on a Monday.

However, one should note that there is no evidence that it actually the most depressing day. In fact, there is debate as to whether it should be the second or third Monday of January.

The FuMP Hits 1000 Releases with “1000 FuMPs”

1000 FuMPs – The 1000th Release by The FuMP

The Funny Music Project

The Funny Music Project

The FuMP are one of my favorites. They have helped us much by sharing their music. I am very happy to an awesome announcement about The Funny Music Project. They have just released their 1000th song, 1000 FuMPs.

Disclaimer and WarningThe podcast and music discussed in this post contain explicit lyrics and are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). If this type of freedom of expression might offend you, we suggest you exercise your freedom of choice and navigate to another post.

An interview with Dan the Bard

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Dan the Bard

Dan Marcotte is a well-rounded  bard. According to his Bio Page:

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Dan the Bard

What can I say? I’m a Bard! I walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds! I play all sorts of instruments like the Renaissance Lute, the Egyptian Oud, Elizabethan Cittern, Turkish Laouta, German Lautenguitar, Medieval Gittern, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Mandolin, Penny Whistle, Bodhran, and of course Trumpet. I perform at small and large Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions like GENCON INDY, GARYCON, WINDYCON, 3CON, DUCKCON, CODCON, ACEN, and C2E2. I’m the Music Director of the Bristol Renaissance Faire where I perform all summer. Yes, I do birthdays and weddings.

I also do a lot of mainstream music and storytelling in schools and libraries with my partner Judith Heineman. And I’m a founding member of The Whiskey Brothers Irish Band! I grew up in Schaumburg, IL, and was (and still am) a Dungeons and Dragons playing Band Geek.. I went to Illinois Wesleyan University for my undergrad, with the intent on being a band director. Somewhere during that time, I got it into my head that I wanted to be a bard, but I didn’t know how to start. So I got my Masters Degree in Renaissance and Medieval Music from Florida State University. Upon completion of the degree and my thesis, The Ap Huw Manuscript and the Welsh Bardic Tradition, I announced that from that day forth I would walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds.

He was kind to give us some time at Gen Con 2014. Listen in as we talk about:

  • What led him to the bard’s life
  • The instruments he plays
  • D&D is, of course mentioned
  • How long he has done this and music in general
  • His inspirations and influences
  • How he created his unique niche
  • His thoughts on the new media order
  • How many Cons he does
  • We digress to Jonathan Coulton for a bit

You can find Dan the Bard on the web at:

Sarah Donner – Geek and Feline Powered

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She has Kittens and is not Afraid to Use Them

An Interview with Sarah Donner
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Sarah Donner – Live at Gen Con 2014

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:

Sarah has recently done a video with the help of The Oatmeal.  It is Tesla themed and the cause is to help to fund raise a Tesla Museum.

The Great Luke Ski at Gen Con 2014

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An Interview with The Great Luke Ski

English: Luke Ski at WindyCon 2005

English: Luke Ski at WindyCon 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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:

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.

An Interview with The Celtfather, Marc Gunn

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Marc Gunn, Rythym and Folk

 Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014


Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014

Marc Gunn has been on my playlist even before the station existed. He was one of the first artist I contacted to get permission to play when I was the only DJ spinning indie music on a mainstream Internet station. (RIP Geeksradio.fm)  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to finally catch up with this wonderful kilted man.

Regrettably, and I still don’t get why, I don’t come through well on the recording. (Maybe it was where I was sitting, the crowd noise drowns me out.)  Nonetheless, the important part, Mr. Marc Gunn, is very audible. Listen in as we talk about:

  • Drinking songs
  • How long he has been doing Gen Con
  • Why he love Gen Con
  • How he got into his craft
  • His influences
  • Some of the gigs for him at Gen Con
  • His thoughts on the New Media Order
  • His advice for one who wants to do what he does

You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:

Marc is a HUGE supporter of the Celtic music scene, check out this list of donations by him at his website.

Marc also loves to travel and acts as a tour guide. Check out Celtic Invasion.

To close, I would like to personally thank Mr. Gunn for his time. Not only is he one of my favorite podsafe artists, I have always had admiration for how he supports his art form. I must also mention that he and I had more conversation after the interview and he continued with additional recommendations, all of which I have since explored and feel are of great worth. Hopefully, I can catch up with him again in the near future.

 

A Cat Themed Concert

Meow – Marc Gunn to do a Cat Themed Concert

I am snot sure when this hit my feed reader but I noticed it this morning.  Marc Gunn, who you will hear much about today for it is Celtic Thursday, describes his music as “rhythm and folk” and themed around Sci Fi, hobbits, cats and Star Wars.  He also does lots of drinking songs.  Marc has an announcement

I have seen Marc  perform live. I  can tell you that it should be a great show.  He is just a great entertainer. Be sure to get your tickets.

2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.08.25 –  Tech Net News and Opinion

Sarah Donner

Sarah Donner

Brian thought it might be a good idea to try and break the news up into more organized groups.  After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like  a great idea.  It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it much easier on the post edit.

We opened with some Sarah Donner. They were live tracks recorded with her permission at this year’s 2014 Gen Con. The tracks were Going Under and Fossil Girl You can find out more about her at:

TNN – The Gen Con 2014 Edition

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Talking Gen Con 2014 on Tech Net News and Opinion

Gen Con 2014

Gen Con 2014

If you have never been to a Gen Con, Lumpy will spend almost one-quarter of the show playing some of the artists who performed there and talking about his experience. Lumpy had never attended a Gen Con before. There are a few things he knows for sure:

  • He had a great time
  • He got many interviews
  • He learned much
  • He has every intention of returning in 2015

We opened the show with a few tracks from some of the artists who were at Gen Con:

Both of the artists above are members of The FuMP.   Thanks to Through Gamer Goggles Lumpy got to attend Gen Con and that is what this edited news edition is all about:

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