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Did I really just title my episode citing a KISS lyric? Well, yes I did! It seemed appropriate see as this episode includes an interview with Deuce the former singer from Hollywood Undead who has just released his first album "Nine Lives." I talk to Deuce about touring, growing up in LA and his crazy video for "Lets Get It Crackin." Then, there's a review of the tour Deuce is on with Blood on the Dance Floor and Brokencyde, you can read the review and see the pics here. I also have a short conversation with Ed Sheeran, a singer-songwriter from the UK who is touring here in the US with Snow Patrol. And I have some a real small conversation with big comic artist and writer Jimmy Palmiotti.

music:
Grouplove - Tongue Tied (Gigamesh remix)
Johnny Headband - Over There
Ed Sheeran - UNI

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54 AM

On a day with a series of mishaps it only made sense that I would drive out to Boss Club in a worked up frenzy to see Felix Da Housecat, only to find a barren parking lot. Retaining my “last to know” status, my friend and I quickly scoured our cellphone internet apps to see what happened to the show. After a few minutes of “where the hell is Felix playing” we found out the concert was at the last minute moved to Bleu Detroit, due to a facility problem at Boss Club.

The change in venue was maybe a blessing in disguise as Bleu is a small but comfortable club that already had a fine night planned with Anthony Atalla DJing, so, Felix was the icing on the cake. The night was packed with a well-dressed crowd showing high spirits on the dance floor. Also on high risers were dancers adding some appealing sights to the already impressive night.

Anthony Atalla’s set was a fast moving barrage of percussive house, with several moments of hands in the air and cheers as his set progressed. As the night was running a bit late, we had some thoughts about cutting out before Felix Da Housecat but decided to at least see the beginning of his set. Felix took to the laptop and boards a little after 1am and played a set of eclectic and aggressive dance music, the crowd got an influx of renewed energy and while the space to move was small, everyone was making the most of it.
Felix manages to avoid all the current clichés attached to electronic music and play his own brand of music that pulls out early acid house, electro, even 70’s and 80’s hits, all weaved together in a frantic mix. Several parts of his show were culled from his latest release “Burn the Disco,” Felix remains one of those rare DJ artists to release high quality original material year after year, never slowing down or repeating himself. After 2am with weary eyes and weak legs we left the night knowing there’d be hell to pay the next day, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.    

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Category:blog -- posted at: 8:05 PM

This week's show features host Heather Forgioneinterviewing with Lady Fuchsia an ariel performance artist. The interview took place at an Art Audio Angst event, if your in the Detroit area you can look forward to another Art Audio Angst this weekend.

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Category:vidcast -- posted at: 1:57 AM

To keep my life interesting I am all for taking odd adventures and excursions to places I probably have no place setting foot in. So, it was with that spirit I made my way down for an evening visit to my favorite concert venue, The Crofoot, to take in what might be called the most “exuberantly perverse” show of the year. As an all-ages show, which by the likes of this crowd was defined by kids under 18 accompanied by shell-shocked parents over 40, the bands started playing early, I already missed 3 bands by my arrival at 7pm. I did hear from quite a few people that Bunny the Bear is a band worth checking into.
The first band I saw was Polkadot Cadaver, which were really a throwback to the aggressive hardcore bands of my youth. The lead singer sang the entire set at the front of the audience, literally shouting at their faces. I dug their energy and the guitar player that climbed the pipes above the audience would probably do well at a Hunger Games event. Near the end of their set they did a head-scratching but stellar version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
Former Hollywood Dead singer, Deuce, played next, and his set was a mixture of hip hop with rock beats and some screaming thrown in for good measure. Having interviewed Deuce a few weeks ago, he was who I came to see and his show was a real knockout punch that had the crowd fist pumping and jumping to the music. Deuce performed most the songs of his album “9 Lives” (comes out this week!) onstage with a MC, keyboard player, guitar and drummer. His performance proved he has a sound and audience of his own.
Brokencyde played next, and I want to say these guys were great because they had the coolest t-shirts on sale, but it all came across a bit too chaotic for me. Their opener was a long real minimal beat hip hop song with various members of the band running up and rapping verses. Each member had their own trademark scream but their rapping wasn’t very distinctive.  The kids in the crowd loved it as they even formed a pit at one point and did some polite moshing.
Maybe the most perplexing band for me was the headlining Blood on the Dance Floor. Their sound is a collision of synth, hip hop, metal and emo. Yes, all that at once, with really X-rated perverse themes delivered in a cartoonish way that makes it all somewhat acceptable for the PG-13 crowd.  The two main members, dress like Motley Crue crossed with anime characters and trade vocals while dancing around stage looking like their having the best time ever. They had “sud” cannons that continually covered the crowd in white foam (there’s definitely a not so well hidden meaning going on) and confetti blasters. BotDF was like an amusement park ride that flew you through some dangerous rapids, covered you in goo and left you with a beaming smile because you were strapped in and safe the entire ride.
 
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Category:blog -- posted at: 9:39 PM

Mikel O.D. and Shia LeBeouf
I was going to call this post “My Weekend Hanging with Shia LaBeouf” but that would probably be a bit a bit of an overstatement as I only spent about 2 minutes with Shia, but I did get that great picture with him. What can’t be overstated was the incredible time I had this weekend at C2E2 – Chicago’s best comic and entertainment expo. Here’s a rundown on what I saw and took part in:
 Alison Haislip
So, let me just say that Alison Haislip of G4 and the Nerdest Podcast Family is one of the cutest women I’ve had my picture taken with. She was part of the Nerdist Panel on Friday where Chris Hardwick  talked about his growing Nerdist empire. Chris has several podcasts, a Youtube Channel, his ongoing Nerdist BBC show and Talking Dead shows. Which all makes me wonder if he doesn’t have clones sharing his workload, how else does he get it all done? The panel was an inspiration to media content creators, like myself who take what they are passionate about and turn it into a viable media outlet. To hear more on this, Chris is in town at Royal Oak Music Theatre this Friday, April 20, with his Nerdist Podcast show. 
Cosplayers
It’s not a comic convention without cosplayers (nerds in superhero costumes) and C2E2 has scores of cosplayers, especially on Saturday, where cosplayers could be seen with every head turn and some of the costumes definitely turned heads.
John Cusack
Nicholas Brendon
Two of my favorite “everyman” actors from my generation spoke at the show. Nicholas Brendon who played the ever amusing Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and can be seen today on Criminal Minds was very entertaining as he spoke about his times on the set of BtVS and his acting life. I was surprised how candid and “blue” he spoke about things. John Cusack on the other hand was pretty low-key as he talked about his upcoming film “The Raven.” 

Stephen Rannazzisi


Kevin Brown aka Dotcom
 The surprise of the weekend, was the hilarious comedy show that featured Kevin Brown  (Dotcom from 30 Rock) and Stephen Rannazzisi from The League. While they were both completely out of their element doing standup in front of a crowd of over 250 nerds – several in costume, they did routines that had the crowd laughing the entire evening. If either of them come to a comedy club in the local area they are well worth plunking down some cash to see their routines.
The floor was filled with comic artists, writers and vendors, all which made my weekend fly by and my wallet a little thinner. C2E2 is definitely a con I will come back to. Some big recognition should go to the show promoters and staff as they made this show one of the best cons I’ve been to yet. Look for plenty of more of my C2E2 adventure in upcoming podcasts and videos.
Category:blog -- posted at: 1:10 AM

I’m back from my vacation in Florida and ready to bring you a special episode this week that features an interview with lead singer David Gedge of the Wedding Present. I interviewed David a few years ago on MPAD#164 and was very fortunate again to talk with him when they played here at the Pike Room on March 26. The show was a special night for me because they played the entire Sea Monsters album, and new songs from their latest release, Valentina. David and I talk about SXSW, recording Sea Monsters then broader subjects like relationships and comic books. As a surprise interview I also talk with the Jet Age who were opener for The Wedding Present. It turns out Greg the bass player owns 4 comic stores in the Wash DC area. So we geek out a bit about comic stores and the type of music the Jet Age play. I also catch you up on my vacation and what else I’ve been up to like my trip this weekend to C2E2!

Songs:
A Place To Bury Strangers - You Are The One
The Wedding Present - You Jane
GoodbyeMotel - Burning Since Sunday
The Jet Age - You Were Electrified
Danny Brown - Grown Up

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:25 AM

It's a short interview on this week's video with DJ Sento from Detroit. I'm on vacation in Flordia and I forced myself to go without my laptop, so the video is what I could bring with me on a USB and edit on a shared laptop. The video from from the Mustard Pimp show at Boss Club on March 23. Night Sneak is putting on a lot of great shows at Boss Club so be sure to check out their schedule.

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Category:vidcast -- posted at: 3:33 PM