Travis and Kevin are recapping Rhode Island Comic Con 2019 live from the convention floor! Travis recaps some highlights from his panel with Marty Abrams of Mego Corp, Kevin talks convention buys and what's moving, and Beetlejuice shows up three times.
Also: - Kevin eats lunch with Nichelle Nichols - Travis buys a Shiny Gen 10 Charizard - The guys cosign an original Star Wars prop from Return of the Jedi
NEW YORK CITY | Deliciously dark and irresistibly catchy, NYC pulp-punk / theatrical rock band Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show deliver their much-anticipated EP Casey today. Continuing their ongoing pulp-horror story, the release provides a blend of vividly narrative story-telling, while remaining socially aware and relevant. Musically, it's punchy, grimy, and addictive; sweeping bystanders in for a wild ride. Darkly humorous and defiantly quirky, the band builds an experience that is "wholly unique and infectious".
All of the music of Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show centers around a long continuous pulp-horror story set in the 1940's, about a circus ringleader possessed by a demon. It follows an extensive, colorful cast of circus freaks, as well as nuclear war and demonic possession amidst the fray. Casey comes as the third and final segment of their Character Trilogy, composed of Roberta (2016) and Catherine (2017). The character of Casey, also known as "The Dogman" provides the focus of the release; a fearsome 'beast' by appearances, who just seeks acceptance. In a particularly unique twist, each EP has an accompanying chapbook, with lyrics, illustrations, and short story, that delves deeper into the characters and their world. It is available as an e-book or physical print copy for all orders on Bandcamp. As vocalist Dalton Deschain shared, "The music is fast and loud, the story is gruesome and twisted, and I gotta tell you I’m having an absolute blast."
Deschain went on to share how the release stand outs for the band. “I just wanted to make our most fun EP to date. We sort of slowed things down with Catherine, made something a bit more experimental and weird, but if you see us live, that’s not exactly how we like to define ourselves. A friend recently described our music as ‘campy and punchy,’ and that’s what I wanted to bring to this project.” Defying a single genre, they pull together elements of theatrical rock, experimental punk, and pop hooks, for a sound as unique as their story.
“I really let my horror-fan flag fly in the production of this EP, especially on the Interstitial track," said Deschain, referring to the second, instrumental-only track. "There’s a lot of weird bad-VHS-sounding filters, spooky sound effects, creepy reverb. I wanted it to sound like you rented a horror tape in the ‘80s about a haunted circus and you’re sitting up at 3am watching it in the dark.”
While extremely celebratory of the new release, the band teases that this is just the start. Casey only sets the stage; they have a full-length album and accompanying novel planned for release next year, that begins to tell and connect the greater overarching story of Deschain's world. Casey is out everywhere now including Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music.
About Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show
Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show are a pulp-punk band from New York City. The perfect intersection between Stephen King, Danny Elfman, Alkaline Trio, and John Cameron Mitchell, the band is known for dark but humorous experimental punk music, filled with pulpy lyrics about circus freaks, dark rituals, nuclear war, and demonic possession.
The band has grown a cult following locally through their off-kilter, high-energy shows, including their annual Devil’s Night party held every Halloween. Hooks, dance beats, ugly riffs, sci-fi lyrics, and campy theatrics promise a show and a listening experience that is wholly unique and infectious.
Though their shows are punchy, fast, and loud, there’s a lot more hiding under the surface for fans looking for something extra. All of the songs by the band tell one long, continuous pulp horror story about a circus ringleader possessed by a demon in the 1940s. Featuring a colorful cast of characters including circus freaks, femme fatales, and psychic nuclear researchers, the story is pulp fiction at its best, while also keeping one foot firmly in modern social commentary.
The band is preparing to release Casey, the final installment in their EP trilogy that began with 2016’s Roberta. The EP is their most high-energy and catchiest to date, featuring the soaring hooks of A-side “Rabid,” and the grimy rhythms and honking baritone sax of “Man/Thing.” The album is packaged with an accompanying 60-page chapbook, featuring lyrics, illustrations, and a short story written by Deschain about the characters in the album.
Casey is the band’s fourth and final EP before they release their first full-length album. All of their music can be purchased through Bandcamp, as well as all other digital music services.
The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for its 2020 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award.
The award is given to an individual from one of the six New England states who has fought for information crucial to the public’s understanding of its community or what its government is doing — or not doing — on its behalf.
The candidate should have shown tenacity or bravery in the face of difficulty while obtaining information that the public has a right to know.
Nomination materials can be found here.
The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2020.
The award will be presented at NEFAC’s 10th annual New England First Amendment Awards luncheon from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on February 7 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street in Boston.
Travis, James and Kevin welcome back Jeff Shrader of Advance Guard Militaria to discuss the spoils of war! Jeff comes back to talk to the guys about the importance of establishing prominence of items coming back from an active war zone and why carrying off anything of value doesn't fly like it used to 100 years ago.
ALSO - Kevin takes an art consignment from a Baroness - Raids of the home of Nazi leaders - James talks about his time in Kosovo - Items of cultural importance - What Jeff found in a Vietnam footlocker - The proper paperwork for these types of items https://www.advanceguardmilitaria.com/
Wickford Art Association is seeking an experienced Gallery Director to manage and improve the artistic and commercial success of the Association.
The Gallery Director must possess skills in the areas of financial management and budgeting, administrative management, effective marketing, member relations, public relations and computer applications related to media, database development, research and office operations. He or she must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be familiar with the Rhode Island arts community.
A college degree is preferred, and a strong arts background with management experience is desirable.
The successful applicant will serve as the face of the Association, developing and building relationships with artists, donors, the business community and public officials.
Interested candidates can access the full job posting on the Wickford Art Association website, http://wickfordart.org/job-postings/
The deadline for submissions is November 30.
Wickford Art Association is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Since 1962, the Wickford Art Association has produced the annual Wickford Art Festival, in addition to exhibits, lectures and demonstrations that are open to the public, classes, and fine arts scholarships for high school seniors.
Travis, James and Kevin welcome in Megan Berto from Altered Reality Entertainment to preview the upcoming 2019 Rhode Island Comic Con! Learn more about the main ticket items, panels and celebrity appearances as well as tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the weekend!
ALSO: - Family Vacation Reunion with Chevy Chase - Watch Nightmare on Elm Street with Robert Englund - Details on BOTH afterparties - Stranger Things panel - Travis's panel "Turning Collectibles into Cash"
There are many reasons why NYC is known as one of the top cities in the US when it comes to music. From iconic places that have become a part of American culture, to excellent jazz schools that help educate tomorrow's stars. Unfortunately, we cannot cover all the reasons why NYC is the music lover's dream. But, what we can do is give you a rundown of the best NYC music festivals.
Our pick of the best NYC music festivals
When you try to describe the music scene in NYC you can only come short. After all, there are so many iconic places and venues that you would need multiple books in order to cover them. So, for the sake of giving you a complete picture, we are going to limit this article of the top 5 NYC music festivals that we feel every music lover should attend.
Governors Ball Music Festival
If you can visit only one music festival in NYC, we suggest that you attend the Governors Ball Music Festival. This awesome festival was launched in 2011 and is held annually in June. Here you can hear some of the best musicians of today, as the festival has become quite a phenomenon. To give you an idea of who performs at this festival we are just going to mention Tool, Wo-Tang Clan, and Kanye West.
Mind you we are only giving you a hint of what you can see here as the 2020 lineup has Florence & the Machine, Lil Wayne and Dreamers. So, if you just moved to NYC and you want to try settling down in Hell's Kitchen, consider heading to the Governors Ball Music Festival. Let that piled up moving stress wash away with a great atmosphere and terrific groove.
Are you the type of person that will only settle for the biggest, most numerous venue in NYC? Then you need to head off to the SummerStage. When it comes to NYC music festivals, this is the biggest one by far. There are usually hundreds of concerts held all around NYC. Usually, people set them up in parks as the number of attendees is increasing year by year.
The SummerStage hosts almost every kind of music and music-related performance. From Jazz and Dance venues to more family-oriented concerts and even Opera events. Whatever you feel interests you, you can find it. Whole parks are turned into dynamic, fun places where you can have a great time. So, if you don't know what to do in NYC during the summer, look no further. SummerStage is something that you absolutely need to experience at least once in your life.
Some people think that NYC is only about jazz and hip-hop. But, while those music genres are quite present and you can easily call NYC the jazz capital of the US, we would advise you not to forget about the rest that NYC has to offer. Every electronic music fan worth their salt has heard about Electric Zoo. This three-day festival that starts on Labour Day is all about the best that the electronic scene has to offer. Since 2009, top artists have come here to showcase their skills over multiple stages on Randall's Island.
The 2019 lineup included Eric Pryds, Afrojack, Dog Blood, Sullivan King, Subtrocins... All the names that you associate with electronic music were there. So, you can bet that the 2020 lineup is going to be even better. They even have a stage dedicated to showcasing local NYC talent, which makes this an excellent venue for getting to know future artists before they become famous.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
You can learn about moving to Brooklyn from sites like dynamicmovers.com. But the one thing that those sites won't tell you is what Brooklyn is really like. For that, you will have to attend the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. This festival was founded in 1979 as an effort to revitalize Prospect Park. Ever since, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has become a true staple of the borough, that every New Yorker should attend at least once. Not only will you be able to listen to free shows, but you can also choose to attend beneficiary concerts and give back to the community.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is a great way to get to know the current lifestyle in Brooklyn. A lot of people showcase art that gives valuable insight into what Brooklyn is like now. And they give hope to what Brooklyn could be. Our advice is to study the history of Brookly a bit before you come. That way you will have a deeper appreciation for the whole event.
Blue Note Jazz Festival
You had to know that this was coming. After all, what kind of a list of NYC music festivals would this be if we didn't mention the Blue Note Jazz Festival? There are numerous festivals all over NYC that showcase pop, rap, and even techno. But, there are only a few that represent the true spirit of NYC. And that spirit is best shown in jazz. Throughout June, Blue Note Jazz Club hosts the best NYC jazz musicians. Any true jazz lover in NYC knows that this festival is a must-see for anyone that likes smooth jazz that is as much of an NYC staple as a yellow cab.
This festival is truly a must-see, even if you are only visiting NYC for a short while. There is truly something about the NYC jazz scene that helps tell the story of New York. Maybe that is why foreigners love American music so much. We simply cannot help but put our lives and our soul into the music we create. This is why, if you really want to understand NYC, you need to know how to listen to jazz.
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