Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday Night Videos: Zombie Music

Today is the last day of the A to Z Challenge.  

Since today's monster was a zombie I thought some Zombie music was in order.

So let's get to it!

Up first, the original Zombies.


I have to include the next big Zombie band, White Zombie.


And Rob's solo work singing about a couple of undead.

And since it IS Walpurgis Night lets have some witches, Zombie style. Plus lots of monsters in these.

Don't wory, the poor witch killed in the first video comes back and gets a kickass Harley.

Honestly I could Rob Zombie songs all night.  But we have other Zombies tonight.

Not a zombie, but rather a song about the violence in Northern Ireland from the sadly late Dolores O'Riordan and the Cranberries.

Dolores was to cover the song for the Nu Metal Band "Bad Wolves" but she died on the same day. 

There are some more I am sure!

Happy Zombie Day.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Friday Night Videos: New Daughters of Darkness and #FollowFriday

It's been a bit since I did a Friday Night Videos, but maybe it's the dark of winter that has my mood looking to some new music from some of my favorite women-fronted bands.  And while we are at it let's make this a #FollowFriday too!  Follow them all and don't forget to buy their songs, albums, or whatever they have.  People have been saying "we don't need artists during this quarantine" and to that I say bullshit!  Artists have kept me living in all of this.  We need them more than ever.

Let's get into it!

Up first is a favorite of The Other Side, Arden Leigh.

Arden fronted the band Arden and the Wolves. Now she has a new project she is doing Prospertine. Which consists of her and Jeremy Bastard.  Their first single is Home.

You can follow her, The Wolves, and Prospertine on the web at:

Arden

Arden and the wolves

Prospertine

Another favorite here is the sister group Neoni.  Their newest song Notorious is now out.  It has a serious Lorde vibe and I mean that is the best possible way.

Neoni also gave Fandom the gift of covering "Carry On (Wayward Son)" for the Supernatural Series Finale.  For this alone they have earned a solid place in geekdom.

You can find and follow Neoni at:

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless has been putting out some great music for while now.  Their newest album, Death by Rock and Roll has a lot of great songs on it. Personal, Taylor is getting better with each album and I have to admit I am pleased she quit acting to do this full time.

Witches Burn grabbed my attention right away.


It's going to be interesting to see where she is in a few years because I think she is just getting better with each album.

Find The Pretty Reckless here:

Speaking of getting better.

Confession time.  When they first came out I really didn't care for Evanescence.  I mean I recognized that Amy Lee had a powerful voice, but they never connected with me really.  Fast forward a few years and I am listening to her doing duets and singing background on other artists' songs and I am just impressed with her.  I think she is a better singer now than she was 20 years ago. Here is Evanescence's most recent one and as a bonus Lzzy Hale is singing backup. 

You can find Evanescence on the web here:

Check them all out!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Friday Night Videos: Arden and the Wolves

One of the things I love about this time in music is not just how much of it is being made, but the unlimited access to new music and talent.

One I have been following for a while is Arden and the Wolves, although these days it is just Arden. 

There is something about her voice and lyrics that just call to me at some level. Not sure what it is really, but I like it and want to share.

https://ardenandthewolves.bandcamp.com/album/who-can-you-trust


I am going to start out with my favorite song of hers.  

What Arden calls "another year of rain" I would have called my "sojourn in Hell." Though for different reasons.


You can do far worse than covering the Ramones.  Arden covers them well and gives this song a new meaning.

The Who Can You Trust album is one of the most emotionally raw things I have listened to since The Lion and the Cobra

 

She has more, but these are the ones I listen to a lot.


Friday, October 9, 2020

Friday Night Videos: Burning Witches

It's Friday! It's October! Let's start some Friday Night Videos!

Since I am also doing my October Horror Movie Marathon posts I am writing these posts early to autopost.

So let's get started.

Last week I did the Hex Girls, a fake all-girl band.  Tonight lets do a real all-girl, witch-themed band.  And these women have more in common with the Ostrogoths than they do with eco-goths.

Here they are, The Burning Witches!

Jay, Romana, Laura, Larissa, Lala


They have seen some line-up changes over the years, but right now the current coven consists of lead singer Laura Guldemond, guitarist and founding member Romana Kalkuhl, bass player Jeanine "Jay" GrobLala Frischknecht on drums, and newest member Larissa Ernst on guitar.

This is the first video of the Witches I ever saw and features their former lead singer Seraina Telli (now of Dead Venus) and former guitarist Sonja "Anubis" Nusselder


After this Lead singer Laura Guldemond took over and oh does she has some energy!





And just released two weeks ago, The Circle of Five! With new Witch Larissa. 

I am looking forward to seeing some more new material with Larissa!

Links

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Wayward Sisters for NIGHT SHIFT

Tonight is the premiere of the FINAL season of Supernatural. I can't believe it.

With the Supernatural RPG out of print, NIGHT SHIFT is the best choice for playing a Supernatural-style game, where the PCs are largely normal people fighting against something far beyond their own power levels.

So this seems like a perfect time to bring back my favorite show that never was, Wayward Sisters!

And like I said for the Amazing Adventures post, I never found a windmill I couldn't tilt. 

Oh, there are Spoilers here for the Wayward Sisters up to Season 15, Episode 12 "Galaxy Brain."


Jody Mills

8th Level Veteran, Human

Strength: 12 (0) s
Dexterity: 14 (+1) P
Constitution: 15 (+1)
Intelligence: 15 (+1) s
Wisdom: 16 (+2)
Charisma: 15 (+1)

HP: 46 (8d8)
AC: 7
Fate Points: 1d8

Check Bonus (P/S/T): +4/+3/+1
Melee bonus: +3 (+11)  Ranged bonus: +5 (+13)
Saves: +3 to all saves

Special Abilities: Combat expertise, Supernatural Attacks, Tracking 90%

Skills: Steady hands (Dex) x2, Resistance (Con), Insight (Wis), Intimidate (Cha)

Languages: English, Spanish

Equipment: Leather jacket, service revolver.

Notes: Jody is the unofficial "mom" of the Wayward Sisters. 


Donna Hanscum

7th Level Veteran, Human

Strength: 13 (+1)
Dexterity: 13 (+1) P
Constitution: 12 (0)
Intelligence: 14 (+1)
Wisdom: 17 (+2) s
Charisma: 16 (+2) s

HP: 33 (7d8)
AC: 7
Fate Points: 1d8

Check Bonus (P/S/T): +4/+2/+1
Melee bonus: +1 (+8)  Ranged bonus: +5 (+13)
Saves: +3 to all saves

Special Abilities: Combat expertise, Supernatural Attacks, Tracking 85%

Skills: Driving (Dex), Steady Hands (Dex), Insight (Wis), Wilderness Survival (Wis), Convince (Cha) 

Languages: English, French

Equipment: Leather jacket, revolver, shot gun

Note: If Jody is the mom, then Donna is the fun aunt.


Annie Jones

3rd Level Survivor/1st level Sage, Human

Strength: 12 (0)
Dexterity: 12 (0)
Constitution: 15 (+1)
Intelligence: 15 (+1) s
Wisdom: 16 (+2) s
Charisma: 15 (+1) P 

HP: 19 (3d4+1d6)
AC: 9
Fate Points: 1d6

Check Bonus (P/S/T): +3/+2/0
Melee bonus: +0 (+1)  Ranged bonus: +0 (+1)
Saves: +3 to death saves

Special Abilities: Open locks 35%, Bypass traps 30%, Sleight of Hand 40%, Move Silently 40%, Hide in Shadows 30%, Climb 75%, Danger Sense 50%, Perceptive 50%, Sneak Attack x2, Read Languages 80%, Lore 25% (special bouns +5% for vampire lore)

Skills: Medicine (Int), Science (Int), Notice (Wis), Deceive (Cha)

Languages: English, Spanish

Notes: Use to be "bait" for a vampire family and was a vampire once. Now she is a nurse.  Of all the Wayward Sisters Annie/Anne/Alex wants to have a "normal" life the most.


Claire Novak

1st Level Theosophist/3rd Level Survivor, Human

Strength: 12 (0) s
Dexterity: 13 (+1) P
Constitution: 15 (+1) s
Intelligence: 15 (1)
Wisdom: 14 (+1)
Charisma: 14 (+1)

HP: 22 (1d6+3d4)
AC: 8
Fate Points: 1d6

Check Bonus (P/S/T): +3/+2/0
Melee bonus: +0 (+1)  Ranged bonus: +0 (+1)
Saves: +3 to all wisdom saves

Special Abilities: See Dead People, Turn Undead, Protection from Undead, Open locks 35%, Bypass traps 30%, Sleight of Hand 40%, Move Silently 40%, Hide in Shadows 30%, Climb 75%, Danger Sense 50%, Perceptive 50%, Sneak Attack x2, Read Languages 80%, Lore 25% (special bouns +5% for angelic lore)

Skills: Resistance (Con), Theology (Int), Deceive (Cha), Intimidate (Cha)

Languages: English, Enochian

Equipment: Angel blade

Notes: Began as a theosophist due to her religious background and her ability to be a perfect angelic vessel for Castiel. Was a werewolf once.  She is in love with Kaia.  She is the one Wayward Sister that is most like the Winchesters. 


Patience Turner

3rd Level Psychic, Human

Strength: 12 (0)
Dexterity: 14 (+1)
Constitution: 14 (+1)
Intelligence: 18 (+3) P
Wisdom: 16 (+2) s
Charisma: 17 (+2) s

HP: 16 (3d6)
AC: 9
Fate Points: 1d6

Check Bonus (P/S/T): +3/+1/0
Melee bonus: +0  Ranged bonus: +0
Saves: +3 to charisma saves

Special Abilities: Psychic Powers

Psychic Powers: Temporal Senses (Precogniniton, Remote Viewing), Telekinesis

Skills: Athletics (Str), Gymnastics (Dex), Dance (Dex), Knowledge (Int)

Note: Former star high school athlete and scholar. Current psychic and college student. She is staying with the Wayward Sisters to protect her father.


Kaia Nieves

3rd Level Psychic/1st Level Survivor, Human

Strength: 11 (0)
Dexterity: 13 (+1)
Constitution: 14 (+1) s
Intelligence: 13 (+1)
Wisdom: 13 (+1) s
Charisma: 14 (+1) P

HP: 20 (3d6+1d4)
AC: 7
Fate Points: 1d6

Check Bonus (P/S/T): +3/+1/0
Melee bonus: +0  Ranged bonus: +0
Saves: +3 to charisma saves

Special Abilities: Psychic Powers, Open locks 15%, Bypass traps 10%, Sleight of Hand 20%, Move Silently 20%, Hide in Shadows 10%, Climb 70%, Danger Sense 33%, Perceptive 40%, Sneak Attack x2

Psychic Powers: Astral Projection*, Temporal Senses (Remote Viewing)
(*As per the spell, lasts for 1 hour)

Skills: Resistance (Con), Knowledge, Planes (Int), Beast Whisper (Wis), Survival (Wis)

Notes: Kaia is a Dream Walker which can be covered by the Psychic class. Her stint in the "Bad Place" gave her a level of Survivor.  Kaia is also a former drug user to keep herself from dreaming. She is in love with Claire. #dreamhunter.

I imagine that Kaia's and Claire's reunion was a bit like what I wrote for Willow and Tara in The Dragon and The Phoenix, episode 1, Will We Burn In Heaven? 


Episodes/Adventures would have to be named after rocks songs by women-fronted bands; like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Halestorm (naturally), The Pretty Reckless, Doro, Garbage, and Lacuna Coil.  Taking a page from Supernatural music would have to play an important role.  Come to think of it, you could just use my Daughters of Darkness playlist.  At 39 songs, that's 3 "seasons" of 13 "episodes" each. I love it when a plan comes together.

More Wayward Sisters RPG Posts

Saturday, October 3, 2020

October Horror Movie Challenge: The Sonata (2018)

This was a fun one.  It reminds me a bit of "The Mephisto Waltz" and a little bit of the "Music of Erich Zahn", only in reverse.

Rose Fisher (Freya Tingley) is a world-class violinist and she learns that her estranged father, and brilliant strange composer,  Richard Marlowe (Rutger Hauer) is dead.
She inherits his home and all his belongings including a very strange violin sonata.  Her agent Simon Abkarian (Charles Vernais) investigates and learns that the sonata was part of a work linking it to a cult of Satan worshipers in France and it appears to have been written just for Rose.

The movie is more of a thriller, but there is the summoning of the antichrist and the ghosts of the children sacrificed by Marlow in the process of composing his masterpiece sonata.

The movie was rather good.  Frey Tingley is great as Rose and I wanted more Rutger Hauer.

The end was a nice little twist so I enjoyed that.

I am a sucker for any story that mixes music with magic.


Watched: 4
New: 4

NIGHT SHIFT Content

Frankly, I would lift this plot wholesale to use as a NIGHT SHIFT adventure. Investigate the scary mansion of a composer that commits suicide. Horrible tapes found in the basement. All sorts of great things here.  Though stopping it would require an active antagonist. 




Friday, October 2, 2020

Friday Night Videos: The Hex Girls

It's Friday! It's October! Let's start some Friday Night Videos!

Since I am also doing my October Horror Movie Marathon posts I am writing these posts early to autopost.

So let's get started.

Tonight I have the music of my favorite all-girl, eco-goth band of witches, the Hex Girls!  Not just the songs from their Scooby-Doo episodes but some clever coplayers and cover bands.




And all the Hex Girls songs in one place.

Happy Halloween!

Kickstart Your Weekend: Bitchin Chimera and the Jaquays' Archive

Quite the collection today!

Lost Tomb of the Bitchin' Chimera - Dead Milkmen RPG Module


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justinsirois/lost-tomb-of-the-bitchin-chimera-dead-milkmen-rpg-module?ref=theotherside

The Dead Milkmen are releasing a D&D adventure about a "Bitchin Chimera." Do I really need to tell you more than that? No idea if Tony Orlando and Dawn, Beelze-bubba, Mojo Nixon, or a Punk Rock Girl will appear. 

Judges Guild Deluxe: Dark Tower, Caverns of Thracia, & More


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1409961192/judges-guild-deluxe-dark-tower-caverns-of-thracia-and-more?ref=theotherside

Ok, first and foremost this Kickstarter will not benefit any of the current racist owners of the Judges Guild.  This collects some of the best material of the early days of JG and all written by Jennell Jaquays. Some very, very solid stuff here, and Goodman Games puts out a solid product.

and finally one more look at this one now that it has made it's funding goal.

Hellbringers: The Sacred Heart


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hellbringers/hellbringers-the-sacred-heart?ref=theotherside

All are ending soon!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday Night Videos: Songs of the White Wolf

I posted my One Man's God post today on the Melnibonéan Mythos.

So I figure let's have some songs based on, around, or about Elric of Melniboné.

There are actually quite a few.


We have to start with Blue Öyster Cult who worked often with Michael Moorcock. 




Hawkwind owes their name and half their catalog to Moorcock's works I think.








Here is an entire playlist of close to 40 songs about Elric and Moorcock's universe.


Friday, August 21, 2020

#RPGaDAY 2020: Day 21: Push

There is always one day in these month-long posting sessions that I have nothing.

Today is that day.  I mean I can come with stuff for "Push" don't get me wrong, just nothing I feel inclined to write about in a meaningful way.   I usually allow my self a pass on any given day. Today I am taking it.

So here is something "push" related.

I guess Garbage is from the same area as D&D, so there is that.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday Night Videos: Sounds of the NIGHT SHIFT

Copies of NIGHT SHIFT: VETERANS OF THE SUPERNATURAL WARS have ALL been delivered to the Kickstarter backers and people are also getting the Kickstarter special Player's Guide.

You can order your own hardcover version at the publisher's website, at https://www.elflair.com/nightshift.html.

You can also buy the PDF at DriveThruRPG.

One of the things that really motivated Jason and me while working on this is music.  Spend any time here and you know I am a big music fan.  


So I thought it might be great to share some of the music that reminded us of the stories we were telling with NIGHT SHIFT and the games we have run.

Up this Friday Night Videoes are songs from my playlist.  
Tonight, songs from The NIGHT SHIFT!




Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday Night Videos: Summer of 1985

I will remember to this one right!

So continuing with the music of the time when the BECMI sets were new here is some music from 1985!

I created this playlist last year to celebrate the start of Stranger Things Season 3. Which, truth be told, has done a lot to get people back into D&D.

So here are the songs from then.


Friday, June 5, 2020

Friday Night Videos: BECMI Special, Chart Action 83!

So June is BECMI Month and I am going to be doing some BECMI-flavored versions of regular features.

Since the Basic Set of BECMI came out in 1983 I thought it might be fun to pull out a play-list from 83.

But not just any play-list.
No, this one follows the line up of a cassette tape I bought back in 83, likely at the K-Mart.  I remember getting it because it was the only tape I could find with my then favorite song "Shock the Monkey" by Peter Gabriel.

Of course, I can only mean K-Tel's "Chart Action '83!"


Does it have anything at all to do with D&D or BECMI?
Not at all!  But it is what I was listening to then.

Here is the full cassette version playlist below.



What were you listening to in 83?

Thursday, March 5, 2020

No Magic Like Family: Angela, Dolly and Elvira

It should be no shock to anyone that I am a huge fan of Cassandra "Elvira" Petersen.  So when I saw this, well you know where my thoughts went!



I mean seriously? Dolly and Elvira in a TV show playing sister witches?? It's like someone on the internet was reading my secret stash of fan-fic...that I totally don't have.

Dolly & Elvira by Neon Horror
http://www.neonhorror.com
Dolly did a movie with a witch back in 86, A Smoky Mountain Christmas. Yes. I remember it.

I can't do a TV show. And seriously Hallmark, you can do 3,000 Christmas movies, would a Halloween one like this kill ya'?  But I can do RPG stuff.

And I know the PERFECT RPG book for this.

Background
Ok, I am going to add this to my War of the Witch Queens somehow.  Dolly's and Elvira's mother, a very powerful witch, has just died. I don't think she is one that sets off the war, but it is a precursor.  Their mother was the founder of the Home, Heart, and Hearth shops and both her daughters worked there.  Dolly went more for the "lighter" side of things focusing on the front side of the stores where minor magics are sold.  Elvira was naturally attracted to the darker, backroom side of the business that dealt in "gray market" magic items.

Just to make life easy for all of us, I am just going with "Dolly" and "Elvira" for their names.  No need to create new-weird character names.  Just pretend they are twin sisters and it all works out fine.

Of course, given this, only one woman could be their mother. Angela Lansbury.

This is another good example of mixing and matching my various Basic-era witch books to suit your own needs.



Dolly
Female Witch 14th level, Pumpkin Spice Tradition

Armor Class: 6 (witch gown, +3)
Hit Dice/Level: 14d4+14 (50 hp)
Attacks: 1 (weapon) or spell
Damage: 1d6 or witch Spells
Movement: 90’ (30’)
Special Attacks & Defenses: witch powers
No. Appearing: 1 (Unique)
Save As: Witch 14
Morale: 11
Alignment: Lawful

Str: 12 Int: 15 Wis: 16 Dex: 12 Con: 14 Cha: 18

Dolly has the following witch spells and Occult Powers.  She casts as a 14th level witch.

Occult Powers
Familiar: Dog "Popeye"
Lesser: Things That Man Was Not Meant to Know are Fine For Women
Minor: Resting Witch Face

Patron: Cardea, the Opener or Ways

Spells by Level
1st (5): Blessed, Forget Me Knot, Glamour, Speak with Animals, Cake and Tea (Ritual)
2nd (4): Heal Affliction, Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, Witch Slap, Sage Burning (Ritual)
3rd (4): Bewitch III, Live Laugh Love, Ward of the Season, Merry Meetings (Ritual)
4th (3): Age Resistance (Lesser), Cleanse, Mirror Talk
5th (3): Calm Weather, Private Sanctum, Tripping the Light Fantastic (Ritual)
6th (2): Cloak of Dreams, Summon Higher Power
7th (2): Peace Aura, Hell Hath No Fury (Ritual)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Female Witch 13th level, Mara Tradition

Armor Class: 6 (witch gown, +3)
Hit Dice/Level: 13d4+26 (60 hp)
Attacks: 1 (weapon) or spell
Damage: 1d6 or witch Spells
Movement: 90’ (30’)
Special Attacks & Defenses: witch powers
No. Appearing: 1 (Unique)
Save As: Witch 13
Morale: 10
Alignment: Chaotic

Str: 11 Int: 12 Wis: 14 Dex: 14 Con: 15 Cha: 18

Elvira has the following witch spells and Occult Powers.  She casts as a 13th level witch.

Occult Powers
Familiar: Hell Poodle "Gonk"
Lesser: Dream Invasion
Minor: Nightmare Shape

Patron: Hecate

Spells by Level
1st (4): Bewitched I,  Feel My Pain, Protection from Spirits, Vigor
2nd (4): Choking Grip, Ghoulish Hands, Hypnotize, Summon Witches (Ritual)
3rd (3): Bestow Curse, Edge of Blackness, Summon and Bind Imp of the Perverse (Ritual)
4th (3): Grave Sanctuary, Intangible Cloak of Shadows, Ardour Flame (Ritual)
5th (2): Cry for the Night Bird, Summon Shadow
6th (2): Aspect of the Crone, Summon Nightmare Steed
7th (1):  Enchant Item

And just for fun, let's say that Angela is actually alive but faked her death to get her two daughters working together again to save the family business!  Hey Hallmark! Where's my job offer now?

Angela
Female Witch 17th level, Classical Tradition

Armor Class: 7 (witch gown, +2)
Hit Dice/Level: 19d4 (48 hp)
Attacks: 1 (weapon) or spell
Damage: 1d6 or witch Spells
Movement: 90’ (30’)
Special Attacks & Defenses: witch powers
No. Appearing: 1 (Unique)
Save As: Witch 19
Morale: 11
Alignment: Lawful

Str: 11 Int: 16 Wis: 18 Dex: 12 Con: 11 Cha: 18

Angela has the following witch spells and Occult Powers.  She casts as a 19th level witch.

Occult Powers
Familiar: Dog
Lesser: Gift of Prophecy
Minor: Drawing Down the Moon
Medial: Charge of the Goddess

Patrons: Hestia and Hecate

Spells by Level
1st (6): Color Spray, Fortell, Fury of the Ancestors, Obedient Beast, Speak with Animals, Witch's Mark (Ritual)
2nd (5): Augury, Blur, Demeter's Lament, Witch Sense, Favor of the Gods (Ritual)
3rd (5): Danger Sense, Dither, Scry, Third Eye, Family Curse (Ritual)
4th (4): Create Talisman, Divination, Eyes Everywhere, Hounds of the Underworld (Ritual)
5th (4): Dome of Deepest Night, Empower Distaff, Sending, Access the Library (Ritual)
6th (3): Analyze Dweomer, Empower Rod, Staff or Wand, True Seeing
7th (3):  Breath of Life, Magickal Conception, Sirocco
8th (2): Permanency,  Protection of the Goddess (Ritual)

Angela has the patrons of Hestia and Hecate. With their guidance, she began the Home, Heart, and Hearth shops.


And if you can check out the REAL shop at Neon Horror. Some great merchandise there including that Dolly & Elvira t-shirt.

Friday, December 27, 2019

5 x 5: End of the Year Top Fives. Albums

Over on the old Facebooks I have been challenged or tagged in various top five lists. Five favorite books, favorite albums, things like that.  So I thought I'd end my year here with my Top Five favorite Top Fives!

For the next five days I'll post a top-five list.  These will be presented in no particular order and at least according to the rules of a couple of the challenges, with no explanations.

So today I am doing my Top Five Albums.

The Police Synchronicity



Thomas Dolby The Golden Age of Wireless



Sinéad O'Connor The Lion and the Cobra



Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon



Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart


Thursday, August 8, 2019

#RPGaDAY2019: Obscure

Today's topic is Obscure.

Again I am going with a different version of the word because this made me think of Pink Floyd's "Obscured by Clouds".  A very, very underrated album and one semi-central to my D&D playing years.



Obscured by Clouds was released in 1972, a year before their landmark album Dark Side of the Moon.  Now I could write a dissertation on Dark Side, and many have.  But that is not today's post.

ObC was a softer album, but in it are the seeds of what the "new" Pink Floyd became planted in the very fertile ground of the older psychedelic Pink Floyd.

My first DM, the guy that ran me through so many adventures of D&D Expert combined with AD&D, turned me on to this album.  We were both huge Pink Floyd fans and Dark Side was my favorite album. I would go over to his house to play D&D but before we would play, like so many kids in the 80s, we went out on our bikes first.

He lived near the Capitol Records plant so we would rummage around the loading doc and always find a cassette or two that never made it on to the trucks.  Mostly things like Kenny Rogers, but every so often a gem like Iron Maiden or Kraftwerk (Capitol was EMI's American counterpart).  If we were REALLY lucky we would score a Pink Floyd cassette.  Especially since Floyd had left Capitol/EMI for Columbia/CBS Records in the mid 70s.

Obscured by Clouds was a soundtrack of sorts to the film La Vallée (The Valley).  But to my young and unsophisticated ears, it was the soundtrack of an older adventurer.  Someone that had adventured,  loved, lost and now lay dying only with his regrets.

Nothing characterized that better for me than the song Free Four.  Sure it is about the recording industry and Roger Waters singing (again) about his dead dad.  But in the early 80s it was more than that to me.


Floyd would continue to be an inspiration to me when playing although I can't draw a direct line from them to anything I have created like I can with Stevie Nicks or the Police or Led Zeppelin.

Still. To this day, listening to Floyd makes me think of D&D games gone by.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Five Albums, Five Days: Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age of Wireless (1982, 1983, 1984, 2009)

Very, very few albums actually reinvent themselves to me and stay with me over the years.  The Lion and the Cobra does, Dark Side of the Moon doesn't.  But this album(s) does.

Is it a synth-pop ode to the dawning of the computer age in the 80s?  Is it a proto-techno album? Is it a Steampunk/Diselpunk album? Or is it a screed against the very technology it seems to embrace.
Each new time gives it a different feel.

Album: Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age of Wireless


Of course depending on where, who and when you bought this album you could have something different.  Does yours have "She Blinded Me With Science" or "Urges" or neither of those? If your's had SBMWS then how long is it? Does "Radio Silence" feature a lot of synthesizer or guitars?   It took me a while but I tracked down most of these copies and they are now part of my collection.







When I was young I was in love. In love with everything. But now there is only you.







Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Five Albums, Five Days: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Continuing now to Day 3.  This album had always been there in the background noise of my life for as long as I can remember.  I am not sure who it was who first told me to listen to it in its entirety with headphones; likely my brother Mike or my friend and DM at the time, Jon Cook.  I am going to give Jon the nod since I know how much he loves this album and what it means to him.

Simply put this might be the greatest album of all time.

The Album: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (1973)








Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Five Albums, Five Days: Stevie Nicks - The Wild Heart (1983)

The search for my muse continues.

The year is 1983 and it is my 13th birthday.  There was was always a lot big "to do" about your "Golden Birthday" when you were a kid. That is when your age matches the day you were born.  I was born on a Friday the 13th in June and now I was 13.

Not sure what I got that day from others.  But I do know one.  My best friend Steven Todd gave me a copy of an album by an artist we both loved.  But in truth, I think he did it so I would stop borrowing his tape.  The artist was the immortal Stevie Nicks.
Last year for my birthday my wife got me the extend cut rerelease.   It was like listening to it for the first time again.

The Album: Stevie Nicks - The Wild Heart (1983, 2017)











Monday, July 23, 2018

Five Albums, Five Days: Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra (1987)

Creativity still at a remarkable low.  But I figure I should type something.
Gaming stuff likely to comback around Gen Con.

I finally got tagged in one of these so I am supposed to post five albums (or was it supposed to be 10) that have deep meaning to me.
Instead of me tagging others to do this, I want to tag/mention people that share that meaning with me. Up first, and no surprise given the time.
The year is 1987.  I am in college and I just met this girl who was going to become in roughly this order, someone I could never beat at cards, my best friend, my girlfriend and as of yesterday July 22, 2018 my wife of 23 years.  So tagged here, for oh so many reasons, Natalie Brannan

The album: Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra (1987)