National Science Fiction Day – Jeff Ronay – Open the Pod Door HAL
Happy 2016 listeners and welcome to the first “Pick of the Day” for 2016. Today is National Science Fiction Day. The second of January has been because it also the birthdate of Isaac Asimov. I will let you know more about today’s artist, Jeff Ronay, after the break and some trivia fact about today.
Kick Ass Rock n’ Roll – Reserved For Rondee – Back In Velvet
I always dig through all submissions to find the gems. Reserved For Rondee contact me a long time ago asking that I review Back in Velvet. While it took me way too long to get to it, excellent music is timeless. Rock n’ Roll, kick ass and awesome were my first thoughts on the LP. In my opinion, this ten track LP belongs in the library of anyone who likes superb rock music.
I will share my thoughts on the album in one moment, first let us hear what the band has to say about themselves:
“A melting pot of the NYC indy rock scene, Reserved For Rondee draws inspiration from classic artists like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2 and contemporaries like the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Arcade Fire, blending imagination and style into a mystic rock journey. On the strength of their live performances and their debut EP RFR, released in February, 2012, the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary for the recording of their debut album Back In Velvet. Receiving support from an international audience, the band quickly met and exceeded its targeted goal. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY and released in August 2013, Back In Velvet captures the vibrant sound of a band reflecting the energy that can only be found in New York, the greatest city in the world.”
The Band Members are:
- Trevor Vaughn – vocals
- Billy Magnussen – guitar
- Nick Fokas – guitars
- Tom Degnan – bass
- Warren Hemmenway – drums
The Black Satellites – Don’t Forget My Name
If you like driving get-jam-on rock and roll, you will love the four track release, Don’t Forget My Name, from the New York City-based group, Black Satellite. It is driving, hard-hitting, fantastically energetic, and leaves one wanting more.
As I almost always do, let me have the band speak for themselves. According to their bio:
“Delivering a fusion of hearty blues, hard rock with a pop undercurrent that doesn’t undermine its complexity and originality. Melodic, fragile, authentic, built with emotion and groove before giving way to powerhouse vocals and screaming guitars. In a nutshell a sound with every song to make your heart beat a little bit harder”
The Band Avon Dale – Rocky, Bluesy and Jamin’ in Memphis
Warning: Some may consider this material may not safe for work and has some profanities. If that bothers you, please exercise your freedom of choice by going to another post as we exercise our freedom of speech.
The Band Avon Dale is a Memphis-based band. I will give you my take on them in a short minute. However, I think they do a great job of describing themselves, from their About Page:
“Avon Dale is a Memphis-based, rootsy rock band with a touch of soul. A four piece band featuring a dynamic rhythm section, the elemental sounds of an acoustic guitar, blues inspired electric guitar riffs, and soulful vocals, that range from tender and plaintive, to gritty and beseeching. A powerful live act, Avon Dale meshes concise rock ballads with lengthy improvisational jams. With a raw energetic presence, the band is quickly gaining followers in rock and jam band circles alike and becoming a Memphis must see act.”
The Bad Years – Common Mistake
What follows is a video of Common Mistake from the band, The Bad Years. Quoting their introduction email:
“The Bad Years members are Sami Akbari (aka Sami The Great) and Aaron Mort (formerly The Stone Foxes) and are based in the Thai Town neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The Video was directed by Jacob Arden McClure.
Sami Akbari on the meaning of ‘Common Mistake’:
‘For us it’s about being hopelessly in love but going through a period of frustration and doubt. You crave change but you’re just not feeling satisfied with the time it’s taking to get there, feelings of anxiousness, fear, and love combining…the eternal relationship struggle.'”
I am always leery of presenting only one track by an artist. It can fall short of showing exactly who the artist is. That said, in the unlikely chance you don’t like this track, please continue to read on after the video…
You Can Quest as You Search the Exhibit Hall
Gen Con is awesome enough on its own. There are concerts, exhibits, movies, writing seminars, cosplay, gaming, LARPing, and more. It truly is an event that is impossible to fully absorb. One of the many things you can do is take part in the Cheese Weasel ConQuest. Lumpy did and he thinks it is a great idea. Check out the video after the break.
Today is American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Day
Today is ASPCA day! ASPCA is short for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. You can find out more about how to get involved over at their website. Personally I am an animal lover and am completely in favor actions and laws to protect animals.
This Video Explains How Patent Trolls Came to Be
If you listen to our news broadcasts here, you are very likely to hear stories about patent trolls and “copywrong” as Lumpy uses to refer to the current state of intellectual property law. It has reached the ridiculous point where trolls are laying claims to broad matters such as playlists and podcasting. This is about as logical as patenting the alphabet. The video below, explains how old law and new tech combined to create software patent trolls.
More than just another festival… FuMPFest is near!
I know many of you love The FuMP (,short for Funny Music Project). For those of you who are unaware, The FuMP is a hilarious troop of assorted comedy musicians. If you are a regular listener to Indie Nation, I am certain you have heard at least some of their music.
I am sorry that I got word of this event after the early registration deadline. However, I think it is still a steal at the regular price…. especially if you take into the account that Dr. Demento will the guest of honor. This year’s fest will be in Wheeling, IL on June 20-22 and registration is 45 dollars.
Concerts, panels and games! Seriously, how can you beat that? For more information and to register go to FuMPFest.com. I am sure that once you check out the schedule, you shall be as enticed by the event as I.
Today is a sad day, it’s hard to believe that my future grandchildren will never know the simple pleasure of eating a twinkie, or anything Hostess for that matter.
After an extended baker’s strike, Hostess is just not able to (forgive my phrasing) eat the cost. The baker’s could not come to an agreement, as a result, one of America’s favorite treats, will be gone forever. Add that to the fact that around 18,500 people will lose their jobs. Like I said, it’s a sad day.
All the sadness aside, this for some reason (after shock) was the question that came immediately to mind:
Show of hands: How many of you are going to try to convince your grandchildren that twinkies don’t exist anymore because Zombieland was real?
We told you we would get you mega babe Colie Jacks, and boy did we deliver with our interview with her this week. Find out what got her into Twitter which lead to her becoming the phenom she is. Get the full story that none of you pervs knew before.
We also recap Nick’s hell at the car lot trying to get a new ride. Kevin has a relapse in his anger management progress as he goes in a rage over pepperoni pizza and grocery stores. And Dave Mustaine of Megadeth makes headlines with us as he’s back in the news saying more stupid things that we’ve come to expect.
And yes, we have Colie Jacks. That is the most important thing this week anyways!