Join the methodical and intrepid Erasmus Drake of Scotland Yard, and the irrepressible, unsinkable Dr. “Sparky” L. McTrowell, airship pilot and adventurer in steampunk stories of mystery and intrigue in a London that never was!
What do you get when you take a talented young violin nerd and mix in video games, pop music, and some cos-play?
You get the amazingly talented Lindsey Stirling who takes her love of music and pop-culture and produces some amazing videos like this parody of the Just Dance video game series and adds her own special twist with a violin!
But after checking out her other work, we couldn’t resist, here’s a another video from Lindsey who gives us her take on the Assassin’s Creed game series!
It’s Friday, it’s time to kick your shoes off and think about the one you love, Joe Brooks is thinking about his girl and wondering if she’ll still love him even though he’s no Superman. With a voice like his, we’re pretty sure he’s a Superman in her eyes.
One of our favorite new bands is Steam Powered Giraffe, and we just can’t get enough of their amazing harmonizing. Check out one of their newer songs, Honeybee!
Steam Powered Giraffe has been delighting fans of the steampunk genre since 2008, and their recent Kickstarter campaign gained them three times their proposal for their album “The 2 Cent Show” – it’s a delightful blend of pantomime and music, and we’ve added four songs from their album to the Krypton Radio line-up: “Honeybee”, “Brass Goggles”, “Captain Albert Alexander”, and “Automatic Electronic Harmonics”.
“The Damsels of Dorkington are here to cheer on a new era of Dork Pride. They are three nerdalicious ladies and one dude in a dress who have come to bring you Nerdcore Improv: a blend of raucous comedy, music and geekery guaranteed to make you laugh, cry or vomit. Perhaps all three.
What is Dork Pride?
Dork Pride is rolling up a badass RPG character with no need to min/max, sitting in line with your friends to get the perfect seats in the movie theater, crafting a screen accurate Mjolnir replica for your con costume, singing show tunes in the shower or firing up that new game as soon as you get home from the midnight launch – and loving every minute of it.
Dorkington is a place where geek is the cool, nerd is chic and all are welcome.
Let your Dork Flag fly and join us in a true celebration of all the things that make us what we are – prepare for thy face to be most mightily rocked!”
Steampunk musical sensation Abney Park releases new album “Ancient World”
Captain Robert and his crew have been busy with tour dates and working with the Steampunk community on their amazing new album Ancient World, featuring the title track Steampunk Revolution. We could try to write word after word about how awesome we think the music is, but we’ll let the song and the culture speak for itself.
Abney Park Featuring: “Captain” Robert Brown, Kristina Erickson, Josh Goering, Titus Munteanu, Jody Ellen, Daniel Cederman, Carey Rayburn, Ed Ulman
Krypton Radio looks at new music additions and finds a surprise in the Brony fandom
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
We’ve heard about the Brony culture before, but for the first time Krypton Radio takes an in-depth look at what we never knew about the show, the music, and the fans.
We’re always looking for new and interesting music that fits in the genres we cater to, primarily Superhero, Comic Book, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, and Gaming. But lately we’ve been getting suggestions for music based on a different fandom that was a little surprising. Some of the KR staffers had been bringing up songs from an animated children’s show called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic which debuted in 2010, and admittedly an initial reaction to what looks like a little girls cartoon was that of skepticism. Although we’re hard pressed to turn down a good song, so when checking out some of the fan made music, it peaked our interest enough to look at the actual show music as well.
I agree, when someone comes to you and says I got some great music from a show featuring brightly colored talking ponies named Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie; it’s a little hard to take seriously at first. But we gave it a chance, and yes not all of the music seems appropriate for the bulk of our audience (although we’re digging the Discord EuroChoas Mix like crazy). Though during our searches on YouTube and related fan sites, we’ve come to develop an appreciation for a fanbase that has many parallels to that of mainstream Science Fiction and Fantasy. Whose fanbase’s have also suffered from ridicule and misunderstandings among some media and the public. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP:FiM) while primarily aimed at young girls in the 7-10 year-old range, has drawn some attention and criticism for attracting many male adult fans, commonly known as Bronies.
Despite its origins and current target audience, the show has displayed that time and time again that it has interesting and engaging characters, humor that even adults can enjoy, and stories that help teach people of all ages important life lessons. From a musical standpoint, which is what attracted us initially, the show’s music is expertly crafted by composers Daniel Ingram and William Anderson. Rivaling and even surpassing some big-budget movie music productions for similar children’s content, with Broadway inspired musical segments of such joyful quality you can’t help but smile. The fan created music has truly blown us away on professionalism, with animated shorts, music videos, and original compositions that look as though they were from a major Hollywood studio.
During our search we came across a documentary on MLP:FiM by a YouTube user called Saberspark,which he created for a school project on the subject of deviant cultures. Saberspark does an excellent job of exploring aspects of the show’s history, characters, and fan culture. Although despite a slightly sarcasm laden fanboy defending his turf approach, the video covers important details to bring non-fans up to speed on why the show has become wildly popular and how it’s impacted pop-culture and people’s lives.
The video was published in December of 2011 and has been updated as of March 2012.
Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012)
Dick Clark, a fixture on American TV and radio for half a century, has died at 82. The TV icon succumbed to a heart attack following an outpatient procedure in St. John’s hospital in Los Angeles. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful his representative said in a press release.
Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark was born November 30, 1929 and got his start in radio in the 1950s. Clark was long known for his departing catch phrase, “For now, Dick Clark…so long,” delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker “America’s Oldest Teenager.”
Clark got his first big break in 1956, hosting what was then called “Bob Horn’s Bandstand”, later to be renamed “American Bandstand.” Clark continued to host and produce “American Bandstand” until 1989, introducing audiences to acts who would become some of the most legendary in pop music. Clark built a small empire for himself in the entertainment industry and was uniquitous on American tv screens for decades, hosting game shows such as Pyramid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
In 2004 he suffered a severe stroke which significantly affected his speech. Though he never recovered, visibly impaired but smiling Clark appeared at the Emmy Awards in 2006, and returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show in cameo appearances in 2005, though by then he had been largely replaced by Ryan Seacrest as co-host.
The gregarious Clark was well liked by his peers, but even more respected as an enterpreneur. “Music is the soundtrack of your life,” he was quoted as saying, and yet, he was always far more interested in the smooth running of the production than the joy of music. “I don’t make culture,” he once said. “I sell it.” It was typical of Clark’s drive that he only missed one broadcast of his New Year’s Eve show from 1974 until his death. Clark ran a chain of restaurants and produced various shows until he finally sold Dick Clark Productions for $137 million in 2001, though he remained as chairman and chief executive.
Clark had been in failing health for the past several years. He is survived by his third wife, Kari Wigton Clark, and three children. No funeral or memorial plans have been announced at press time.
Giggling-Jiggling Bears, Dancing Fish, and Danny DeVito. It’s a Dr. Seuss Movie Alright
By Staff Editor & Film Critic, PK.
If you’ve been following us on Facebook, then you undoubtedly have seen some of my posts. Pondering the question, are modern day 3-D movies worth all the hype I keep hearing about? Well, after taking perhaps a little too much cold-flu medicine and feeling my eyeballs vibrating out of my skull, I decided the logical course of action was to go see a movie. After bouncing out of my car at the theater, I stopped and read the signs carefully. Of all the movies I could see today, which one would appeal the most to a cynical, sarcastic, and slightly high, yet cranky radio editor. Ghost Rider : Spirit of Vengeance 3-D was available, but I thought, “nah”. I’m in pain already, that’s overkill even for someone who enjoys the occasional slap and tickle of a bad movie.
I admittedly have yet to see the new Ghost Rider movie, but it’s one of those rare sequels that gives off the ripe cheese odor straight from the previews. I’ve seen some of the old school 3-D’s using the headache inducing glasses with bright red and blue lenses. But life events and my being a cheapskate had prevented me from seeing a movie using the newer tech. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax would be starting soon, and I thought it would be good to review a family movie for a change. I also want to extend my sympathies to the lady working the ticket booth, who was being mobbed by a small army of young girls ranging in ages from 5-14, and the parent/guardian of the group who was using the opportunity to teach them math problems while giving them money to buy their own tickets.