“The Dread Crew of Oddwood’s story begins in a time of endless bounty and exploration. Our protagonist, Wolfbeard O’Brady, is a strong-willed and gradually balding lad of fifteen winters. In order to escape the Great Whiskey Famine of 1735, he leaves Ireland in an empty barrel, in search of more booze. After many moons drifting the seas, he washes ashore in Germany and rolls to the nearest city.”
The rest is an amazing tale of pillage and plunder and the lust for a “well tended” life through the years. Comrades were lost along the way, new seafaring souls have come on board. Currently featuring Captain Wolfbeard O’Brady on accordion and whistles, Riven Rahl on toy piano, Rouba Juba on mandolin and steel-string guitar, Stark Cordwain on Irish bouzouki and tin whistle, Deckard Cordwain on ukulele, Smithy Crow on upright bass, and Gunmaster Castle on a mini drum contraption and steel pans, these lads have the energy and talents to keep on churning out incredibly interesting stuff.
The Dread Crew has coined the “Heavy Mahogany” musical genre label (thus the name of their latest CD), and with good reason. They have amassed an applaudable sized following since their beginnings back in 2008. They have received local and national radio play, and have performed live at some of the biggest fairs in the nation.
Being introduced to their band last year via the Renaissance and Pirate Faire circuits, their music and live shows were incredibly rough around the edges. With handfuls of those who caught the shows at one place or another, it seemed to be a situation of people either really loving The Dread Crew, or really not. They must have been working on the unplugged shows, because their recent gig running with the Southern California Renaissance Faire has brought out a more comprehensible show experience. There have been some people in the “really not” category that have happily changed over since the beginning of the Faire. If you have found yourself in that same preference, it’d be good to give them another chance when you can. Make sure that it’s on the NC-17 stage.
As always, The Dread Crew puts out an enormous amount of energy. It’s being channeled into a good mix of audience participation, pleasure in their music, and rum-drenched-head-banging-hair-flinging.
Probably the best example of their energies has been the release of their latest CD, “Heavy Mahogany”. Right off the bat, it’s worth buying it. The CD case alone is chock full of eye-candy-story-artwork and lyrics.
The first track brings in a powerful start with “Meat Bread and Wine”, a song of camaraderie and pleasures in life, along with a toast to living another year and having another drink. This song is the first teasing bit into the harmonies that the gents are capable of on this album. At the end of the song, the CD paused for the next track, and the thought of “Holy crap, this shit is good” (verbatim) came into the brain.
Æirship Of Doom is a fantastically imaginative story, while keeping true to the roughened piratical nature. The harmonies come in and add a great effect to the chorus to the point of being catchy enough to have it stuck in the head for hours after.
Just a side note, at this point, one hopes that any who have prejudices regarding accordions has since been swayed. Yes, Wolfbeard’s accordion rocks this album.
Moving on through the songs, Brothel Royale! is a plethora of whores here/there/everywhere, dirty lyrics and enticing rhymes. Or perhaps it’s enticing lyrics and dirty rhymes.
If you’re looking for a harder sound, the song Berserker is for you. It brings out the deep, dark depths of the non-Disney’fied pirate soul.
The end of the album rounds itself out nicely with a Spanish undead uprising (Flesh Breakfast), Serpents Feast, and a brilliant mix of punk and celtic stylings in the Seafarers Medley.
Immortal Souls. As with anyone who has a musical or other artistic ambition, there’s the urge for the music to get out into the cosmos. Through this song, the soul of The Dread Crew of Oddwood, with its sea shanties, adventures, and legends will continue to get tossed about through the eternities where they will forever live on.
All in all, this album is an amazing collection of skills from some extremely talented guys. The lyrics embrace so much of pirate lore, the music can be enthralling and sometimes slightly hypnotic, and it’s apparent that a lot of heart, sweat, and blood went into this.
In continuing with keeping their fan base entertained, their website (CLICK HERE) is full of things to keep your eyes satiated for hours. Everything from the “About” story being read aloud as an audio book by Wolfbeard himself, to lyrics on past albums, shows and past shows, and their marketplace (where you can just so happen to purchase the newest album, “Heavy Mahogany”, along with other of their merch). If you’re out at the So. California Renaissance Faire, they have most of their stuff available for sale onsite.
The last album released had the first track “Queen’s Decree”. They turned out a brilliantly constructed music video. Check it out here! The ending will even fulfill a bit more of the nerd-side. Beware, gratuitous puppet blood.
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Recently, The Dread Crew of Oddwood provided their taste buds for this week’s recipe, Rum Runner’s Trifle. They approved of it, and let the lowly messengers escape unharmed. Click here to view the recipe!
It’s part punk rock; it’s part pirate; it’s all around awesome vocals and music! This band can be embraced by a range of peoples from renaissance faire lovers to accordion lovers to those who enjoy a deep European gypsy styling. It’s a band who doesn’t fail to get listeners and pub-goers up and dancing. While they do have a sound reminiscent of The Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly, these guys definitely hold their own with a unique sound and great hooks. The Facebook page reflects the genre of music as “Pub’n roll, Sailor Punk, Celtic Punk”, which brings in two interesting sub-categories that this band has nailed down (the Celtic Punk has become a world-wide known genre).
By far, the song “Pilgrim On The Road” can be set aside as one of their best tunes. Between the two albums presently released, the other songs “Brotherhood”, “Clock Strikes Midnight”, “Six Rat Rovers”, “Paddy’s Ballad”, and “Pub’n Roll” give a great feeling for the all around capabilities of the band. Paddy’s got an amazing voice which displays great passion, and the band members have an incredible grasp of their instruments which shows in the impressive sound.
Paddy and the Rats is a Hungarian band that has joined international forces to bring in some talented musicians from around Europe. Their official videos are visually stunning, and they weave interesting stories.
From the Paddy and the Rats MySpace Music page:
“Paddy & The Rats was formed by the singer-songwriter Paddy, Vince (bass) and Joey (electric guitar) in 2008. Then Seamus (drums) joined them and two authentic musicians, Sonny (accordion) and Sam (fiddle, tin whistle, banjo and bagpipe). As for their becoming rats, the six “Irish” guys say: punk is the same in music as rats among the animals – dirty and malicious, and they exactly play it. The band is combining different nations’ pub music with hot and dirty punk rock. To spice up their own songs, they use Irish pub music and Celtic features, but sometimes Russian and gypsy elements and rhythms are also present.
The band’s first album – Rats On Board – will be released in march 2010 by Nordic Records and it will be available on iTunes and Amazon. Also, Uncleowen Records is releasing it in Japan. Those listening to their music won’t definitely stay sober, because the rolling jig rhythm makes everybody dance and even jump – and get drunk! Most of the lyrics are about drinking and pub stories (Fuck You I’m Drunk, We will fight, Pub’n roll).
Last year they had more than 100 gigs, they took part in festivals in Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Slovakia and Serbia. At gigs, besides their own songs they play such Irish songs as Wild Rover or Whiskey In The Jar, sailor songs (Drunken Sailor, Bully In The Alley) and punk anthems (Sex Pistols, Green Day) with fiddle, banjo, accordion, bagpipe, whistle – and of course, a lotta rock’n’roll.
Their aim is to introduce the crowd to different kinds of pub music and pub culture… To be more precise: turn the whole world into a pub!”
Pilgrim On The Road (Official video)
The Six Rat Rovers (Official Video)
If you’re a fan of Doctor-Who-esque-spin-off parodies (which may have placed you at the Gallifrey One Convention in LA recently) or the NBC show “Community”, then you might have heard a small rumble about a web-series called “Inspector Spacetime”. It’s a project in progress to stand alone from the “Community” show, and creator Travis Richey is certainly working a hype up around this. Gallifrey One presented a panel for a rough reading of the first episode. An interesting new change is the Inspector’s associate is now a woman… named Piper Tate.
Anticipation is aggrandizing!
A Greeting from Inspector Spacetime @ Gallifrey One
Let the fandom begin!
“Trock”. Have you heard of it? Alex Day, a YouTuber and fan of Doctor Who, dubbed this new Doctor Who musical genre as “Time Lord Rock”… “Trock” for short. Alex Day’s band “Chameleon Circuit” is one, if not, THE leading band for this new genre of fandom. They have a great sound, fun videos, and unique lyrics that can sometimes cross out of the Trock genre, and just into the normal rock world. Essentially, if you heard some of Chameleon Circuit’s songs, and aren’t a big Doctor Who fan, you might think of it as a VERY eclectic Indie band.
Similar to the fan-created genre based on the books and movies of Harry Potter named “Wizard Rock”, Trock is starting to gain momentum both in the USA and UK. Comparably, the two genres (Trock and Wizard Rock) are completely different, but both are great examples of how the fans are starting to fill in the holes that mainstream music lacks.
The current members of Chameleon Circuit are Alex Day, Charlie McDonnell, Liam Dryden, Ed “Eddplant” Blann, and Michael Aranda.
Chameleon Circuit’s albums can be purchased both through iTunes and Amazon.
“Chameleon Circuit is a band known for creating music inspired by the British television series Doctor Who. Composed of popular UK YouTube vloggers and Doctor Who fans, the band released their self-titled debut album on 1 June 2009.
At the beginning of 2011, Chameleon Circuit, in their new line-up of Alex Day, Charlie McDonnell, Liam Dryden, Ed Blann and American YouTuber Michael Aranda (who had originally signed up under a producing role), began work on their second album Still Got Legs. It was released on 12 July 2011, and charted on the UK iTunes Album and Rock Album charts, and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the United States at #23.”
Chameleon Circuit – Type 40
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away…
Holy lightsaber bows, Batman! This video is such a wonderful, imaginative, and at-a-point hilarious tribute to the Star Wars genre and music of John Williams. After 6 months of production, the special effects are superb.
If you are a Star Wars geek, music geek, or even accordion geek, you’re going to enjoy this.
The Piano Guys: Cello Wars, The Phantom Cellist
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away…
We bring you CELLO WARS! A result of 6 months of production…our most ambitious undertaking by far! Why Star Wars Cello? Because of our unending admiration of George Lucas, John Williams, and the most EPIC movies and film score ever created. The idea originated when Tel Stewart was editing THE CELLO SONG here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4BzonlVlw. As a joke he decided to add light sabers to Steven Sharp Nelson’s bow during the outtakes. Fans cried out for more. Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson storyboarded the song and the video concept while they were scouting locations for MOONLIGHT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRVvFYppU0w&feature=relmfu. But it was Steven Sharp Nelson’s son Eli (6) that was the true inspiration for the project — his enthusiasm for Star Wars, light sabers, and watching his daddy wield one while playing cello fueled the project continually.
We announced CELLO WARS on September 19, 2011 thinking we’d be able to deliver on our promise within a few weeks. We had NO IDEA. 70 days later, more than 7,000 frames, 72 audio tracks, 24 hours of filming through the night in front of a green screen, the most props and costumes we’ve ever used, several broken bows and strings, and over 1,000 hours of editing and rendering — we felt like we had taken on the entire EMPIRE!
Tel Stewart is THE MAN. He is the reason this worked. He is the man behind the green screen — behind the editing bay — behind all the cool effects. He had to edit every single frame in order to make the light sabers work (a total of over 7,000 frames)! We now have a Piano Guys Hall of Fame and he was recently the first inductee.
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Original music composed by the AMAZING John Williams
Arrangement written and produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Steven Sharp Nelson: Electric Cellos/Vocals/Percussion
Al van der Beek: Vocals/percussion
Starring Steven Sharp Nelson and his Doppelganger (Jedi/Sith),
Al van der Beek as Darth Vader
Paul Anderson as Chewbacca
Costume Designer: Alison Morris http://www.legendaryattire.com (An AMAZING Costume designer!)
Special thanks to CEC-TV in St. George for the use of their green screen studio.
Special thanks to CMI at Dixie State College letting us use their Sony F3.
Special thanks to Ben Braten For the constant advice for visual effects.
Special Thanks to Will Stucki for letting us borrow the cymbals and gong!
Special thanks to Video Copilot (http://www.VideoCopilot.net) for the education and training they provide on their website. (Go buy Optical flares! It is amazing) Their tutorials are so good. If you want to get into what Tel did here go watch all their stuff.
Video produced by Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart
All filming, effects and editing by Tel Stewart
We used the following John Williams Star Wars Movie Themes (in order of appearance)
The Imperial March (Empire Strikes Back Theme)
Duel of the Fates (From Episode 1)
May the Force Be With You
Star Wars Main Theme
Cantina Band (from Episode 4)
All FIVE melodies enter one by one at the end and stack on top of each other until all of them are being played at the same time.
Bohemian Rhapsody… just reading the words probably stir some kind of response inside you. Whether you love the song, or hate it, you’ve probably come across hundreds of versions of the Queen hit. Heck, even the Muppets have covered it.
If you’re one of the many people that blasts this song when you’re in the car, whether alone or with the company of others, or starts “head-banging” at that perfect moment, you’ll enjoy the video below.
It’s performed by Richie Castellano, guitar and keyboardist from Blue Oyster Cult. He covered every aspect of making this video, from the singing, the instruments, the recording, and the editing. One heck of a job, and even slightly stylized it in the Queen fashion. Love the Wonder Woman figurine watching over the keyboard.
For more info on Richie’s passion and life with music, along with his work and BOC, check out his website HERE!.
Split Screen Bohemian Rhapsody by Richie Castellano
The recent release of Crittick’s Holiday Commercial Wrap Up is brilliant. Take a look.
From the technical side, the lighting, audio, and editing quality is great. The balance between the commercial footage shown and Mac Finley’s on-screen presence is solid. There’s just enough of the commercial shown as full screen to display key aspects of the commercials, but not overdoing it to the point of “wanting to change the channel”.
While keeping the commercial footage running within view in the small over-the-shoulder screen, Mac Finley (with the sharp shooting handle of #MacMarketing) is personable and energetic. His small side remarks and the sharp cuts during the video are well timed and easily flow together, giving a more human aspect to presenting the information. He does use his hands a bit, which can be expected and encouraged, but he does have some ring bling going on. There are moments of “Ooooo, shiny” while watching. Mac Finley’s accent is fun, but really, his well-trained mustache is on point and rounds out the physical character nicely.
You can view more from Crittick at their YouTube channel HERE.
Overall: Great for pointing out the warm and fuzzies of the money-making side of the holidays. Nice work, Jay Preston and Brendan Bradley! Can’t wait to see more!
< /pant /pant /pant /TWITCH >
Have you seen this video yet? < /TWITCH > If you haven’t, the following video is an absolute masterpiece combining the Jedi legacy with even more talented athletes, brilliant editing and effects, a powerful musical score, and a fabulous ending. Yes, you need to watch to the very end.
The force is strong with these ones.
Go ahead, catch your breath.
Ya, you can have one more moment. Want to watch it again? Thought so.
About the video from the YouTube description:
“‘Jedi Ninjas’ a Team2X production. Directed by James Mark and Justin Lovell. Concept & produced by James Mark and Yung Lee (GakAttack). Action Designed by and Featuring Team2x. Visual FX by Yung Lee (GakAttack)
Jedi Ninjas was developed as a passion project to recreate the current style of Star Wars action seen in video games into live action. This style often combines elements of Force powers with the use lightsaber combat. As there are no upcoming live action Star Wars movies to this date, this was a project to make many of the fans’ dreams into a reality.
Team 2X is a professional martial arts performance consisting of members with experience in Hollywood films and television. With their unique talent in creating mind blowing fight sequences and GakAttack’s passion for combining Visual FX with Martial Arts action. Jedi Ninjas became the result of this collaboration.”
If you didn’t catch the video below shown at the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas in 2011, you can watch it on YouTube! The brilliant boys of Falling Tower have created “Star Trek For Cool Guys”. It was selected as one of the winning fan videos from (maybe) hundreds of entries. Thanks to Creation Entertainment for that fun Convention! If you haven’t been, you should.