Thu, 23 October 2014
On this short MPAD episode I’m staying with the October theme of scary stuff and asking the question “Have you ever been in a really scary situation.” Lauren, the drummer from the Punk Rock Band, Hunter Valentine, tells me her scary Detroit story and comic book writer Dirk Manning recounts his ghastly DragonCon story.
I didn’t share mine on the episode so I thought I would share it here with you. I have actually have had more than a couple scary incidents but this one is still pretty vivid in my memory. Back in the early 90’s real underground raves were being held at abandon places in Detroit. There would be flyers with phone numbers to call where a location would be given. It was always in a sketchy neighborhood and things didn’t get going until well after 1am. I didn’t go to many but at the insistence of a friend, I did decide to go out to one with him on a cloudy, dark night in September. We drove around lost for an hour and didn’t find the rave until well after midnight. There was a crowd of people outside the building and some shouting. We headed toward them only to find out the rave was a “no go” for the night but the bystanders were pissed because they had nothing else to do and had come out all this way for nothing. As we left the crowd we saw one of the bystanders pull a gun from his belt and start to fire it in the air exclaiming he was really angry about what was going on. We were probably 20 feet away from him, but it was the closest I’ve been to a gun going off in a crowd on a dark street on the bad side of town. We did our best to move quickly without looking like we were scared, located our car and took off quickly not really paying attention to what direction we were leaving but to just get the hell away from there. I look back at the situation now and think I was probably never in any danger as the gun was fired in the air, however, I can still remember the real fear that ran through me.
The track on this episode is “Vampires” by S., you can find it here.
Tue, 21 October 2014
Last weekend and for the next few weeks I’ll be attending pop culture conventions (better known as “Cons”) in our local area. The more I attend these cons the more I like them. I see the convention fans, now, mostly dressed in their favorite superhero’s gear, sharing laughs and exchanging tips on what vendor has the best deals. The comic artists visit one another’s tables to admire each other’s work and there is a festive mood in the air that everyone is getting what they paid their hard-earned money for. The best part is I get to capture it all with my camera and share the fun with you.
Here’s a re-cap of last week’s Great Lakes Comic Con and a rundown of upcoming cons over the next few weeks:
Great Lakes Comic Con was held last Friday and Saturday at Macomb Community College in Warren. GLCC is one of the smaller shows I attend but there are a lot of advantages to a smaller show that for me make them just as worthwhile as a large show. The aisles are a breeze to walk through and I can easily leaf through the sale bins without getting bumped from either side. It’s also easier to talk to the artists and this year GLCC brought in a legend with Jim Streranko. Jim Steranko is the Harlan Ellison of comic book artists. His layouts and artwork changed the face of comics, but his actual output into the comics world is actually quite small. He’s a storyteller and will fascinate his autograph line the entire day as he recounts the stories behind his art and all the people he’s encountered over the years. The only bad thing I can say about him is he doesn’t like his picture taken. So, I’ll do you one better, here’s a picture of the lovely and always hardworking Jordan Trovillion, host for Comics Continuum and actor in several movies, her latest film is A Matter of Faith.
Next Saturday, Oct. 25 is the Flint Horror Convention which is in its 4th year. While only one day, Flint Horror Con is packing in a full day starting at noon and running until 9pm. Guests include Daniel Roebuck of The Devil’s Rejects, Chuck Williams and several more. There are costume contests, panels, movie screenings and more.
From Oct 30th to Nov. 2nd it’s time for Youmacon! One of the largest Anime conventions in the US, Youmacon is celebrating its 10th year and this is promising to be their biggest show yet. Festivities will take place 24-hours-a-day beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening through 6 p.m. on Sunday at Cobo Center and the Renaissance Center. Highlights of the event, include: video game and table top gaming rooms, a Live Action Mario and Donkey Kong Parties, a Charity Masquerade Ball and a massive 100,000+ sq. foot dealer’s room for shopping anime and other collectibles. More than 30 anime industry celebrities and special guests are expected, including actors, producers, musicians, artists and more.
Closing out my local con tour on Nov. 8th is Fantasticon. Another one day only event held at Gibraltar Trade Center, Fantasticon is more than a comic convention, they call their show a pop culture convention with all kinds of art and entertainment. Special guests include Wolfman Mac, KISS Tribute band War Machine and more.
Over the next few weeks I will be posting pics and words about the conventions here, my MPAD Media Facebook page and the websites I do work for like the Metro Times and Motorcityblog. So if you want to see some cosplay pictures and experience some con goodness keep checking in with me or come on out to the con’s and experience them in person.
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:45 AM
Wed, 15 October 2014
During October there is nothing I like better than a good, safe scare. The tingles I get up my spine during a scary scene in a movie or the chills I get when reading a harrowing short story serve as ways to remind me how frail I am and how lucky I am to be only an observer to the horror. The other part besides enjoying the scares myself is sharing them with you, so here's a few things I’ve seen and heard that scared me so you can experience them as well.
Let’s start with the written work first. With my Kindle I have discovered there’s a lot great e-book anthologies and magazines out there you can get for far cheaper than the printed price. Horror Factory is a magazine style e-publication you can get on the kindle for as low as .99 cents an issue. While the price is low and you may not recognize many of the author’s names, the editor’s at Horror Factory know how pick out quality horror. If you want something a little more bizarre, try Midnight Echo, from Australia, each issue is usually themed and they can be on the edgier side.
I can’t do an article on forms of media without mentioning my favorite media source, podcasts. The NoSleep Podcast has continued to improve upon their format of retelling stories from the Creepy Pasta Reddit forums. They have added more narrators for their stories and the music behind the stories is always incredible. I usually download their free podcasts when I get the chance, but if you really like what they are doing they have a pay subscription that will get you more content and sooner.
I have talked about Black Box TV on YouTube before but I haven’t mentioned them in a while and they are still putting together great scary shorts. Most of the episodes run 4 to 6 minutes, which is just enought time to introduce you to a couple characters and throw you into a hellishly good situation. Here's one of their latest films:
To find even more scares, click on over to the Spoiler Free Movie Sleuth blog this month where they are featuring a horror movie review each and every day this month.
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:23 AM
Wed, 8 October 2014
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Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year for Most People Are DJs, I get to watch scary movies and tell you about them and play music with spooky themes. The other activity I do at Halloween is take photos of people in their Halloween costumes you can see several of them at my MPAD Media Facebook page. I’m proud to have BuyCostumes.com as a new paid affiliate to help my listeners and blog readers save money on costumes. Be sure to use the discount code AfcDJ and share it with your friends and family so they can save too.
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Tue, 7 October 2014
Recently made available on Netflix, Under the Electric Sky, is a documentary of the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) held in Las Vegas. As an EDM fan that attends several shows each year that are unfortunately nowhere near the size of EDC, I have had a good amount of exposure to the US EDM scene. While I was familiar with most of the DJs, fashion and sights, I was still astounded by the sheer amount of production, lighting and people at EDC. This is well-put together documentary of the people attending the show as well as a glimpse in the actual festivities that take place.
We make the trip to EDC through the eyes and thoughts of a few different groups of people that are traveling from different parts of the US to the festival. I liked all the different perspectives the move gives us because they show people we can relate to, but did include some of the more typical attendees. There’s the douchey guys from Boston that really are a lot like the “bro’s” I see at the shows wearing tank tops, drinking, partying and carrying like there’s no tomorrow. There’s also an even crazier bunch of friends that have a free loving lifestyle that a lot of people might not even understand. The filmmakers offset these groups with 2 couples that live fairly normal lives and a handicapped attendee that shows the generosity of the crowd as he’s consistently helped around the show. It’s an honest and interesting approach that makes this a good film to see whether you are interested in the EDM scene or not.
However, it’s the visuals and sounds that really make this documentary stand out. The size of the crowd is breathtaking, along with all the lights and fireworks. The film gives you a sense of the amount of work and energy that goes into putting a festival of this size together. At one point there’s a request for more lighting and the reply is something “we can’t get more, there are no LED lights left. We’re bought them all.” And it looks like the truth as everything is brightly lit and glowing. The DJs also provide some good commentary about the festival but are all eager to point out EDC is not about them, it’s about the people attending. Under the Electric Sky – EDC 2013, provided such a fascinating and positive view of the event I have added to my bucket list of things to do in the next 5 years while I still have the energy!
Category:blog -- posted at: 12:10 AM
Sun, 5 October 2014
For this episode of Most People Are DJs I am reviewing 2 recent movies, Kevin Smith's Tusk and Ti West's The Sacrament. These thrillers would make a great double feature as they are both first person accounts of terror and use new media to drive part of the storyline. Looking up both movies up on IMDB, Tusk actually has a higher score than The Sacrament, but as i state in the reviews, The Sacrament is the better movie. The music I play this episode is by female fronted bands, Electric Youth and Ashrae Fax. You can find both songs on the latest sampler from Under the Radar, a great new music magazine.
Upcoming Cons I will be taking pics at:
Great Lakes Comic Con Oct 17 & 18
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Sat, 4 October 2014
I am a big fan of Comic Conventions, the people, the vendors and the panels always provide me with a fun experience. Recently, along with the rising popularity of cosplay, Comic Cons are getting bigger than ever before. That being said, I’d like to recognize what kicked all of this off: Anime Conventions! Michigan’s largest Anime Convention, Youmacon is taking place October 30th – November 2nd. Yes, it’s Halloween weekend, but that makes it more convenient as we will already be in costume!
If you are unfamiliar with Youmacon, it is similar in theme to most major Comic Cons. Youmacon (named for the Japanese word youma, meaning demon or ghost) is an all-ages mix of interactive games and events, celebrity guest panels, live musical performances, exhibitors, artists and more. I did an early episode of MPAD from Youmacon and still remember it as one of my favorite cons.
This year Youmacon is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary and is promising a show that will knock your cosplay socks off! Festivities will take place 24-hours-a-day beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening through 6 p.m. on Sunday at Cobo Center and the Renaissance Center. Highlights of the event, include: video game and table top gaming rooms, a Live Action Mario and Donkey Kong Parties, a Charity Masquerade Ball and a massive 100,000+ sq. foot dealer’s room for shopping anime and other collectibles. As part of this year’s special 10th anniversary, more than 30 anime industry celebrities and special guests are expected, including actors, producers, musicians, artists and more.
Youmacon is not only Michigan’s largest Anime Convention, it’s known internationally as one of the best. Last year, Youmacon drew more than 14,000 attendees only about 20 percent of those were from Michigan, which is a great statistic, but let’s show some local pride and get on down there. I'll be there taking cosplayer pics and maybe even a couple interviews for MPAD.
Registration will only be available at-the-door. Pricing options include a three-day pass ($60) or Friday only ($30), Saturday only ($40) or Sunday only ($20) passes. Thursday evening’s activities are free and open to the public. Attendees should note that tickets sales are cash only.
Category:blog -- posted at: 4:27 PM
Fri, 3 October 2014
I’m sure a lot of people thought when Larry King left CNN he was getting too old for interviewing what is new and fresh or controversial. But, Larry King Now, his online interview show on Ora.TV he dispels this myth as he interviews some of the latest and hippest stars of today. On one of his most recent episodes he interviews DJ and label owner, Steve Aoki. Aoki is a visionary. He plays some of the most energetic and innovative shows around. By being the outsider, Larry King is able to ask Aoki simplistic questions about the EDM scene and Aoki answers back thoughtfully, providing more depth and definition for what us fans organically take for granted about EDM.
What I discovered on the show is that Steve Aoki is actually the son of the founder of Benihana Restaurants. While this may seem like a privileged life, Aoki claims he never got any financial help from his father. Forging his own way gave Aoki his work ethic and appreciation for his accomplishments.
Larry tries to lead Aoki down some dark paths about drug use in the EDM scene but Aoki answers back that drugs are a part of most music scenes. Aoki adds “Oh yeah, if everyone’s doing it, then it should be fine, but they don’t realize that people do die, people do overdose, people—I mean, it’s more dangerous than what people think.”
You can watch the entire below and you will want to stick around for the end as Larry rapid fires questions to Aoki about his favorite song, place to live, superpower, etc. It’s a fascinating conversation that is enough to keep me coming back to Larry and Steve.
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52 AM
Wed, 1 October 2014
I've mentioned before that I take pictures at shows and you may even seen a few as my cover art for the podcast. Well last Saturday I got to shoot a Fashion show and let me tell you it was an awesome experience. At the Sound Board in Motor City Casino, Fashion in Detroit was held to promote style in a classy setting. Several fashion lines were presented by both local and national designers. Even a clothing line by Adam Levine of Maroon 5 was given a view. Music for the show came from a DJ, but also a local signer and hip hop artist Drew32 performed. There was also a market across from the show with local boutiques and acoustic artists.
There's more that could be written about the show but the only fair way to present the experience is with pictures I took during the fantastic event.
Category:blog -- posted at: 2:13 AM
Wed, 24 September 2014
On this episode I mention that the TV show Gotham is starting this week. I was able to watch the pilot last night and found it both entertaining and engaging. There’s even more Batman characters and references than I expected. From the pilot it looks compelling enough to keep me watching week to week, rather than marathoning it every few weeks.
The features on this episode are 2 bands I’ve been enjoying lately, The Superhumanoids and GroupLove. The bands go well together because there are many similarities they share. They are both from LA, have male and female singers and have a bit of hip hop seeping in their sound. I blogged about the Superhumanoids last week. The track I play from the Superhumanoids is “Feel Good Hit of Summer” which is a Queens of the Stone Age cover.
I saw GroupLove earlier this summer at 89X’s Chill on the Hill, I was blown away with the energy and charisma of GroupLove. I expected them to be good as I like most of their songs, but they were really spectacular. They have a great presence, mostly due to the female singer, Hannah Hooper, who dances around the stage while whipping her hair. Their latest album is “Spreading Rumors” and shows a good progression, further defining their sound. Their Captain Cutz remix to “Colours” is the featured track.
You can download the 2 tracks from this episode on Soundcloud and both artists have their music available on Spotify.
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