Jul 5, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 220 – Jon Carr

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Jon Carr is a writer, performer, and most importantly a storyteller who plies his trade at the renowned Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta. His play, Black Nerd debuts on July 13th and will run through August 4th.
 
On this episode of the podcast Dave talks to Jon about the art of creating. From the root of his desire to create to the process itself, Jon shares the many different factors that led to his semi-autobiographical new play. Among the many topics covered are GI Joe, professional wrestling, and the current state of society.
 
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Listen in as Dave and Jon discuss inspiration, comedy, and what it takes to create!
 
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Jun 22, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 218 – Eric & Julia Lewald: X-Men The Animated Series

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On this week’s episode Dave talks to two of the minds behind the seminal 90s X-Men animated series!
 
­The early 90’s X-Men cartoon (now typically with “The Animated Series” attached) was a landmark in not only comic book adaptations, but in animated storytelling. It presented the complex stories and themes of Marvel’s Mutants in a more palatable, streamlined form while preserving the edgy and mature nature of the source material, as well as the social consciousness that the comics were known for.
 
Listen in as Dave goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest comic book cartoons of all time with the creators themselves!
 
Follow Eric and Julia on Twitter, Facebook, and of course their website!
 
Order their new book detailing everything you want to know about the X-Men animated series!:
 

   

 

 
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May 17, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 213 – The Casket Creatures: Return to Wolfton

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On this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave interviews those lovable horror punks The Casket Creatures, LIVE in the Phantom Zone!
 
Today marks the release of he Casket Creatures' newest album – Return to Wolfton
 
Featuring some of the best work in the Creatures' history, this album sets a new benchmark for what independent music can be. Between live shows, social media, and convention appearances throughout the year, this band has a work ethic and a standard of quality not often seen from people who drink so fucking much.
 
Listen in as Dave talks to Kevin, Cliff, and Ryan about the culmination of years of hard work and dedication!
 
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May 10, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 212 – Renee Cooper from MomoCon

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On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Renee Cooper, Director of Media Relations for MomoCon!
 
MomoCon 2018 will take place over 4 days, May 24th – 27th, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center. MomoCon is a multi-genre fan convention encompassing American and Japanese animation, gaming (video gaming, board and card gaming, Live Action role play gaming), comics and costuming, held every year in Spring.
 
In 2018 for the first time ever Needless Things will be covering this long-time favorite Atlanta convention. From panels to cosplay to live events, look to Needless Things for our unique take on MomoCon! And it starts today with this special interview.
 
Listen in as Dave and Renee discuss the history of MomoCon and the massive variety of attractions that the con has to offer!
 
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Apr 13, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 208 – Sam K. Hale – Yamasong: March of the Hollows

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On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Sam Koji Hale, director and creative force behind the new feature film Yamasong: March of the Hollows
 
Yamasong: March of the Hollows brings the audience into a magical world unlike any other. On the planet Yamasong live races of fantastical creatures, like the mountain dwelling ram-like Ovis, or the peaceful turtle warrior clan of the Terrapin. Fish fly, monsters breath clouds and gods swim through the ocean depths.
 
Yamasong follows an automaton girl and tortoise warrior that journey with a band of outlaws on an incredible quest. Their one hope to defeat a sinister mechanized army and save the creatures of their world is to find a legendary relic.
 
Yamasong: March of Hollows is the epic puppet storytelling tradition of Dark Crystal meets Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke.
 
Dark Dunes Productions and Taormina Films have partnered with filmmaker Sam Koji Hale to help realize this fantastical puppet vision, with a screenplay by novelist Ekaterina Sedia.
 
Listen in as Dave and Sam discuss everything from the art of puppetry to 80s toy lines to building fantastical worlds in cinema!
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Mar 30, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 206 – Missy Suicide

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For sixteen years SuicideGirls.com has been breaking boundaries and setting standards for online communities, representation, and pop culture relevance. It’s also provided a safe space for beautiful women with tattoos and piercings to express themselves.
 
The Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque touring show has become a phenomenon in its own right, creating a forum for performance that brings the concepts of the website – pop culture, freedom of expression, and appreciation of diversity – to live audiences.
 
In this episode, Dave talks to the one that started it all – Missy Suicide – about the history of the site and how it has evolved over the years.
 
Listen in as Dave and Missy talk business, creativity, and freedom in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Mar 6, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 203 – Devon Goldberg of Morricone Youth

 
Morricone Youth formed in New York City in 1999 with the mission statement of composing, re-interpreting, performing and recording only "music written for the moving image." With a repertoire of over 100 reinterpretations of film and television soundtracks and music production library recordings (many of which recorded for CDs released by Country Club Records),the band performs with projections thematically dedicated to specific composers or film music genres in addition to composing and performing its own original live scores to old silent films, midnight movies, animations and shorts in theaters and art spaces around the country. In 2005, Morricone Youth composed original music for its own imaginary film entitled "SILENZIO VIOLENTO," recorded with legendary Brooklyn producer and engineer Martin Bisi released by Country Club Records. The band's original music has regularly been used for television and films, including the documentary "Second Skin" directed by Juan Carlos Pineiro-Escoriaza about MMORPGs.
 
The band has embarked on the ambitious project of recording and releasing a 15-vinyl/digital series of the enormous body of work it has composed and re-worked for the 15 silent films and midnight movies and performed over the past six years around NYC. The first three releases of the series are now available digitally and on vinyl: (1) "THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED" 6-song 32-minute EP (150g black vinyl, limited pressing of 500 w/ digital download cards); (2) "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" 6-song 25-minute EP (second pressing on 150g transparent blood red swirl vinyl limited pressing of 500 w/ digital download cards); and (3) "MAD MAX" 10-song 40 minute LP on coke bottle green OR gold black swirl 150g vinyl, limited pressing of 500 each w/ digital download cards). Up next: F.W. Murnau's "SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS" (est. April 2017); Alfred Hitchcock's "THE LODGER" (est. August 2017); and Sergei Eisentein's "BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN" (est. November 2017). Distribution via Light in the Attic Records and Revolver USA.
 
Guitarist/founder DEVON E. LEVINS has been a dedicated soundtrack record collector since the mid-90's and hosted a weekly soundtrack internet radio show on East Village Radio from 2007-2014 under the same Morricone Youth name as well as interviewing soundtrack composers. Devon is currently hosting an all new soundtrack radio show MORRICONE ISLAND on WFMU (wfmu.org/91.1 FM in NYC/NJ) every Tuesday from 7-8pm ET.
 

Listen in as Dave and Devon talk music, film, and live performance in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Feb 15, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 200 – LIVE 200th Episode Extravaganza!

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Join Dave, the Needless Things Irregulars, and some very special guests for a night of entertainment recorded live at the Intown Coffehouse in Atlanta, Georgia!
 
One of Dave’s earliest inspirations for becoming a performer was Late Night with David Letterman. For this special 200th episode of the Needless Things Podcast, tribute is paid to that legendary show by way of a live talk show featuring a house band, panel interviews, and a wild cast of characters!
 
What follows is an excerpt from the final message sent out to the performers prior to showtime:
 
Good evening!
 
I just wanted to touch base about the Needless Things Podcast 200th Episode Extravaganza, a fun variety show for all ages featuring music, puppetry, and special guests. The format will be based on late night talk shows.
 
First I want to thank you for being a part of this show. This a very special night for the podcast and for me personally, as I have dreamed of hosting something like this ever since I first started watching David Letterman back in 1987. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful and inspiring group of people to be a part of this event.
 
The 200th takes place at the Intown Coffeehouse on January 25th. As of now doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8. Crew should arrive by 6 PM, talent please arrive by 7. Production should wrap by 9:30.
 
CREW
 
Host – Dave West
Announcer – Sean Reid
House Band – Bambi Lynn, Ricky Zero, Jas Ingram
Sound – Ryan Cadaver
Production Manager – Rebeccah Hunter
Camera – Jason Wilson
 
TALENT
 
Arian Gulick
Jay Hornsby
Beau Brown
Bean & Bear 
The Casket Creatures – Ryan Cadaver, Cliff Damnage, Kevin Slayfield
 
Listen in as Dave and the Needless Things Irregulars record this episode of the Needless Things Podcast before a live studio audience!
 
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Dec 7, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 190 – Valerie Meiss

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Dave talks to musician, illustrator, puppeteer, and all-around renaissance woman Valerie Meiss!

 
 
“A fascination with fairytales and detective stories at bedtime, a never-ending stockpile of cardboard, and a slew of old junk and toy instruments have left their mark on Valerie Meiss' work.
 
She boldly claims to be a singing, songwriting musician (though hardly a singer-songwriter) and performance artist. She makes a life for herself playing shows, building and performing with puppets, and illustrating children's stories or daily memoirs in her little house on a hill in the wild woods of a tiny mountain town in Western North Carolina.
 
She toured regionally and nationally for 8 years and learned the exciting trade of travelling rockstar in the band Hellblinki.  Now she can be seen performing as Tiny Wonder, and sometimes as Miss Mousie & The Rigamarole.”
 
Listen in as Dave talks to Valerie about her path from illustrator to musician to puppeteer in this wide-ranging episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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"Bela Lugosi's Birthday" by Tiny Wonder
 
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Nov 9, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 186 – Kamikaze Zombie

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Dave talks to Clint from Birmingham, Alabama horror punk/metal band Kamikaze Zombie!
 
Kamikaze Zombie started in 2014. They are heavy crossover band from Birmingham Al, with multiple influences from hardcore, metal, and punk. All of these very different influences led them to become their own genre of heavy music with multiple styles flowing through every KZ song. Kamikaze Zombie pushes to bring "old school" back to the masses with horror movie, serial killer themed stage shows and lyrics, black metal melodies, doom/sludge/death metal breakdowns, and in your face punk /thrash aggression.
 
Kamikaze Zombie has share the stage with Superjoint (Phil Anselmo and Jimmy Bower), Max and Igor Cavalera, Doyle, Crowbar, Raven, OverKill, Venom, Child Bite, GoatWhore, Iron Reagan, Battle Cross, Valient Thorr, Havck, Toxic Holocaust, Decapitated, Hammer Fight, Dark Sermon, Exalted, and many more.
 
Listen in as Dave and Clint discuss horror, metal, and comics in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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