Fantasy Con took place last week July 3-5 at the Salt Palace and Radio From Hell sent their intern Hollywood Tim to experience the fantasy! Take it away, Tim!
Fantasy Con was packed with excitement from the start. The long line of fans dressed as various fantasy characters eagerly waited to get in and live out their fantasies. Packed with fantastic celebrity guests and a plethora of exhibits and interactive events, Fantasy Con had something for everybody.
The Fantasy Con Dragon
Welcome to Fantasy Con!
I started my day by checking out all of the booths in the Hall of Heroes. One of the best booths for kids was the “Fairy Tailored” booth where kids could get dressed up like their favorite princess. Every member of their staff was dressed as a Princess or Fairy Godmother making every kid excited to see their favorite princess.
For the adults there were so many great booths with collectibles, DVD’s, large walking monsters and more. One stop that everybody loved was our BFOP’s at Creature Encounters. Lucky visitors got to hold the snakes, bearded dragons, spiders and many other crawly creatures they had to see.
BFOP's from Creature Encounters
Fear Factory brought some of their creatures to wander arounds Fantasy Con that gave the unsuspecting fan quite the scare when they turned the corner to find the monster waiting for them.
The Free Archery Range was a very popular attraction with a continual line all weekend long for fans wanting to channel their inner Legolas and Katniss.
Throughout the main hall, there were plenty of props for fan photo ops. The most popular seemed to be the Jabba and Ewok props. Fans were able to take pictures with the beloved Star Wars characters while waiting to get in line for autographs with celebrity guests.
The panels during Fantasy Con were excellent. The cast of the hit SyFy show, ‘Lost Girl’ kicked things off Thursday morning with a hilarious and entertaining panel.
The cast of 'Lost Girl'
Sean Astin’s panel was definitely one to remember. The actor recounted many great stories from The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings, and even the locally filmed movie, The Freemason. Two of the highlights of his panel were hearing Sean recite the speech his gave to Froto as Sam Wise in Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, as well as shouting “Goonies never say die!”
Following Sean Astin’s panel was The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway, featuring members of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings cast. Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, Ken Stott, John Callen, William Kircher, and Adam Brown entertained the crowd with stories on and off the set of both of the herald films, and insight about a special calendar that they had made for Director Peter Jackson.
The Hobbit Whose Line Is It Anyway
The much-anticipated arrival of the hilarious filmmaker Simon Pegg left everybody in attendance more than satisfied. Simon Pegg’s panel was hilarious as fans asked questions about his classic films from Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Simon gave the crowd an in depth discussion into the psyche of his well-written and beloved characters. For the film geeks in the audience, this was a great opportunity to learn from a great filmmaker about the lengths he goes to for great character development.
The last panel I attended was Mark Sheppard from Supernatural, Doctor Who, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Mark’s main discussion was geared towards playing the character of Crowley in Supernatural. I must say, for being known as the King of Hell, Mark Sheppard was an incredibly nice guy. Mark didn’t have a moderator for his panel and spent the entire panel at the front of the stage with the crowd, where he would continually climb off the stage and hug members of the crowd and even talk to a little girl waiting for her mom to ask as question.
Overall, my entire Fantasy Con experience was excellent. If you weren’t able to make it out this year you truly missed out on a great party. I couldn’t have asked for a better time and can’t wait for next year’s event.
The Fantasy Con Rock Montster
The amazing Fantasy Con fountain
Thanks for having us Fantasy Con!
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What do you do if the radio station breaks?
Radio stations are one of those things that never stop running. We never close, and there is always someone working to keep this sumbitch on the air day and night. Which means at any given time there are about 50 things that could go wrong and knock us in to the dark. Our team of Ninjaneers or the DJ in the studio can fix most things fairly quickly. But every so often something gets messed up and you're neck deep in suck. Which I guess is why I'm often asked "What happens when the radio station breaks?"
Here at the X96, and pretty much every radio station in the country we have all of our music loaded on to a computer. It makes it much easier for the DJ's to find the music they want to play during their show, and it opens up a little bit of time during the day for me to fart around on the internet and look at cat videos and yojoe.com. (or write a blog). But computers suck, and at some point they all break. That's what happened yesterday at 10:14am. Our computer froze and Nuke Em and I were making this face for about 30 seconds.
The obvious solution would be to throw in a CD and reboot! Except we're moving into a new studio this weekend and all of our CD's were boxed up. Not to mention that we stopped using CD's about 12 years ago. The only CD's we HAD in the studio were either for an X-Sets weekend, or for the 90's At Noon, and those had been taken out about a week ago. Luckily the Lorde song we were playing was not cut short by the frozen compy, so we had about 40 seconds to figure out what to do. Nuke Em sprang into action and found one of the half dozen or so boxes containing our woefully outdated music collection and we started partying like it was 1999.
I don't get it...
I'm a little ashamed at how spoiled I've become with the computers. When I first started in radio we didn't even have a computer in the studio. Let alone have one for music. When we did finally put one in, my Program Director at the time, Biff Raff gave us very specific instructions NOT to use it. We didn’t listen of course. But now, we have 4. Only one of which actually controls the music, and it has no back up. Which meant for the next 90 minutes we were flying old school.
Look! We’re DJ’s!
Eventually the system came back, and all was well with the world. It was actually kinda fun, Hopefully the listeners enjoyed the Jon Smith and Todd Nuke ‘Em 90’s party machine while we were making a huge mess and trying not to panic.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
At the same time it was a little sad knowing that since the CD wont be coming with us to our new studio, I may very well have just played the last CD that X96 will have on the air. So for future reference, it was Smashing Pumpkins “Today”
Interpol have been missing in my musical mind for some time now. What I always thought was stiff dance music, much like their obvious influence of Joy Division, they have been missed in my music consciousness. Though they released an album in 2010 it feels like a decade since we have heard something great from this band.
They have lost their longtime bass player and have added a new keyboardist, but that is all behind the curtain stuff. Paul Banks is still taking the reins and even playing bass here and for it we are left with the first Interpol song I have wanted to dance to since "Evil."
They have announced their new album in a statement on June 5th. It will be called, "El Pintor" and released on September 9th. Here's the statement from the band:
It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally ready to share some new album news. We’d like to announce the release of our upcoming new album, El Pintor. We wrote & recorded the bulk of the album in 2013 in NYC and finished mixing it in London during the early part of this year. We’re very excited to share the album with all of you. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios & Atomic Sound by Mr James Brown and mixed by Mr Alan Moulder at Assault & Battery studios. We had a lot of fun making this record and can’t wait for you to hear it.
The album will be released on September 9th on Matador (North, South and Central America) and September 8th in all other territories by [PIAS]/CO-OP. You can pre-order the album here.
We also took the opportunity to capture some background film footage of the recording of the album. A first in our history. You can view a clip here.
All the best, Interpol "
You can pre-order the album here.
Welcome back, Interpol.
Here is the first track from "El Pintor", "All The Rage."
Reggae Rise Up takes over Liberty Park this weekend on the 12th and the 13th, so we thought we would pass on a handy users guide for the show.
Line-Up: Saturday the fest goes from 1pm - 11pm and Sunday, 2pm - 10pm.
Gates open at noon on both days. If you just want to go on Saturday the price is $30. A full, two-day pass is $50 and if you want to make the most of your experience the 21+, VIP pass is $100.
Tickets can be purchased here.
If you are wicked-smart and ride a bike, scooter or motorcycle or skateboard there will be 2-Wheel Valet parking for only $2 a day.
Car parking will be VERY limited so carpool, take Trax, Lyft, Uber, have your mom take you or walk.
If you need it, there is more info to be had at the official Reggae Rise Up page here. Oh, follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well for any updates.
Moz fans unite! Morrissey will release his 10th solo album on July 15th, but as the future refuses to allow things to be released on their actual date you can stream the new album early over at NPR.
Of course, Morrissey played Kingsbury Hall just a couple of months ago after making up for a cancelled date the previous year due to illness: his or his mother's depending on the source you talked to. He didn't play too many Smith's songs, which seemed to bother my buddy who had never seen Morrissey before, but felt he had seen a landmark rather than just show so he wasn't too disappointed.
Enjoy the stream.
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