Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Nerd rockers Chamber Band at Raygun Lounge tonight

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Chamber Band
Oh, knock it off, you guys. Cute is so 2013.

Are you ready to rock and roll initiative? Head over to Raygun Lounge tonight at 7pm for a performance by super-nerds Chamber Band. They’re supporting their new album Deities, which is full of delightful indie pop songs set in a D&D world. Titles include “Lawful Neutral,” “Shapeshifter,” and “Yeenoghu.” (They also do Hunger Games songs, but we haven’t heard ’em yet.) It should be a fun, sweet show–seriously, check out some of their songs–and Raygun has an excellent assortment of beverages for fans of all ages.

Oh, and a little nerd told us that Aaron Douglas (the Chief from Battlestar Galactica) might show up “to hear the Adama Pop that they invented in his honor.” But this sad Galacticon news makes us wonder if it could be true. There is only one way to find out, people.

Chamber Band at Raygun Lounge (501 E Pine), Friday, 7/31/15, 7pm. All ages.

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Rick and Morty OWN Instagram

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Season Two of Rick and Morty just launched a couple of days ago, and this crazy-awesome promo game on Instagram nails the attitude and humor behind the show. Follow the main account, then click around on the various shots to discover warps to other accounts and other goodies. The comments are hysterical, and actually answered one of my burning questions about Season One (Was the stereotyping on the all-female planet a bit? Yes, yes it was. Good to know.)

It’s fun in and of itself, but it’s also just a really impressive example of social marketing done right. It’s true to the show, it treats fans like intelligent human beings, and it’s even inviting to n00bs. Well done, people!

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Sense8 / Conversation Parade – Episode 37

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Radical empathy, bro!
Radical empathy, bro!

It’s a Nerdhole media party! Rob powered through Sense8 on Netflix and, while his feelings are mixed, thinks it’s worth watching. Then Mary tells us all about Conversation Parade, a new, sweet-sounding podcast covering Adventure Time.

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HIDDEN LEVEL
Rob had some more to say about Sense8 that didn’t make it into the podcast:

I can’t believe I yammered on about this show for nearly 20 minutes without mentioning all the sexy business it crams into its running time. It’s not exactly a wall-to-wall fleshscape, but when they go for it, they really go for it. The boy-boy action between Lito and Hernando is extra hawt – and also really interesting. There’s a lot going on here–for most of the season, Lito has a beard named Daniela who gets off watching the boys have fun. This seems to be a hat tip to the popularity of gay male porn among some straight (and not-so-straight) women, and she’s a bit better fleshed out than the other secondary characters. Mid-season, things get really weird when the blandly decent white guy sensate Will experiences Lito and Hernando having sex and also Nomi and her partner Amanita getting it on. While he’s at the gym. HOW IS THIS NOT CAMPY? I can’t tell you how, but they pulled it off.

And now we have to talk about the miracle of birth. Late in the season, the group collectively hits transcendence thanks to rapturous music and Riley’s drugged-up mind. That translates to what I’ve called the Crowning Parade, as each (or most) of them re-experience their birth and we watch one head after another poke out of their mothers as the music swells. HOW IS THIS NOT CAMPY?

For all its weaknesses, there’s nothing else quite like it and there probably never will be. It’s definitely worth watching, especially if you can find a way to overlook the poorly written dialogue. It looks pretty, the effects create an unsettling sense of true empathy, and it’s firmly committed to its own weirdness–and that’s worth rewarding.

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Episode 36 – “It’s sort of the bard of dinosaurs.”

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Uterradon Rex
Okay, “Uterradon Rex” is more badass than “The Bard of Dinosaurs.”

This week, we toss one game and one book down the Nerdhole to see what happens. Rob is back to playing (and enjoying) SolForge, a game he’s ragequit more than once. He thinks you should try ragequitting it until you like it, too! Then Mary refrains from spoiling any of Neil Gaiman’s new collection Trigger Warning. Is it a spoiler to say you like something?

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Episode 35 – Dinosaur Games

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God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates LEGO.
God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates LEGO.

How has it taken us this long to get around to dinosaur-themed games? The release of Jurassic World and its LEGO game gives Mary the perfect opportunity to fill us in on the abundance of games featuring her favorite monster friends.

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This Giant Has Two Heads

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Mary and I played our first Magic tournament over the weekend–a Magic Origins prerelease hosted by Green Lake Games and using the beloved Two-Headed Giant format. Team play is terrific for less confident or socially anxious players, which nails the Nerdhole house style*. We had a great time–too great to remember to take pics, sadly.

It was, as Mary feared, pretty lopsided on the sausage end of the spectrum, but all our opponents were perfectly reasonable, charming, and friendly. Take that, stereotypes! Mary’s deck went all-in on elves with a bunch of neato-scary black and green, while I slapped together a blue and white deck that I hoped could last long enough to throw down some flying bruisers in the endgame. We…didn’t do so well. We did win one of our four games, but that wasn’t enough to score a prize. It was enough to bolster our confidence, though, and I reckon we’ll likely be playing more of these in the future. Go Team Nerdhole!

Big thanks to Friends of the Hole Brian, who organized our outing and provided much-needed moral support, and Mike, who offered cunning strategic advice. They rocked two victories–but were gracious enough not to remind us that they had basically played the same decks as us while they opened their prize boosters.

* Paul may actually be a smooth criminal on the tourney floor, for all I know. Time will tell.

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Episode 34 – Secret Demon Face

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Secret Demon Face

We covered a pretty broad range of nerd culture this time: Mary shared her complicated feelings about Grimm, Paul gushed over Ascension, and Rob insisted that everyone drop what they’re doing and go read Saga. And we all learned about the Secret Demon Face.

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ListHole: 8 Songs That Could Be About Vampires (And 2 That Definitely Are)

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still of kiefer sutherland brooke mccarter alex winter and billy wirth in the lost boys
The Lost Boys is approximately 50-60% of why I became goth. Mary Shelley shares significant blame as well.
You may have heard that I love all shitty vampire things. Because of this I tend to hear vampiric themes where none were intended, and this happened even more frequently back when I was a young goth. In the mid-’90s I briefly played Vampire: The Masquerade and my friends and I would curate playlists of mood music for our sessions. (Actually, curating mood music and writing backstories for our characters constituted pretty much the entirety of our V:tM time—I think we only played twice.) Anyway, here’s a partial list of songs from those playlists:

After The Flesh by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
sample lyric: “We’ll infect your carnal mind after the flesh…”

The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen
sample lyric: “So soon you’ll take me up in your arms / Too late to beg you or cancel it though I know it must be / the killing time”

Dead Souls by Joy Division
sample lyric: “Someone take these dreams away / That point me to another day / A duel of personalities / They stretch all true realities”

Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde
sample lyric: “O you where a vampire and now I am nothing at all”

Devil Inside by INXS
sample lyric: “Here comes the woman with the look in her eye / Raised on leather with flesh on her mind”

Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMann
sample lyric: “Temptation heat beats like a drum / Deep in your veins, I will not lie…”

Lullaby by The Cure
sample lyric: “Quietly he laughs and shaking his head / Creeps closer now / Closer to the foot of the bed”

One Caress by Depeche Mode
sample lyric: “I’m shying from the light / I always loved the night / And now you offer me eternal darkness”

Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones
sample lyric: “I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes / I have to turn my head until my darkness goes”

Moon Over Bourbon Street by Sting
sample lyric: “It was many years ago that I became what I am / I was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb”

What songs would you add to this list? Put your suggestions in the comments!