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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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
2027” & “Phantom Zone” by The Casket Creatures
 
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Apr 27, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 210 – Precious Things

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On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave is flying solo to address various happenings in the Phantom Zone!

 
Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque, Weird Al Yankovic’s Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, and portraying an intergalactic supervillain are just a few of the topics Dave covers on the show. Lots of stuff has been happening lately, and sometimes you just have to take some time to reflect and process.
 
Plus, Dave addresses the status of The Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show.
 
Listen in as Dave shares all of the gory details about the last few weeks of Phantom Life!
 
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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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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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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 

“?” by Morricone Youth 

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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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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
 
"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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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
 
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Sep 8, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 177 – 1987: Live from Dragon Con

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LIVE from Dragon Con 2017!

Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – is joined by Nicole Gould, Rebeccah Hunter, Michael Bailey, Gary Mitchel, and Noel Wood for an all-new panel about the pop culture from thirty years ago!

Listen in as the panelists and audience share their favorite things – from Spaceballs to Guns N’ Roses, we’ve got the year covered, LIVE from Dragon Con!

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Jun 29, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 167 – 1987

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The dynamite team of Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Chris DePetrillo reunite to look thrity years into the past!

1987 was another banner year of the eighties, presenting us with new TV shows and toy lines and an absolutely stellar slate of films from Hollywood! As part of a new annual tradition, Phantom Troublemaker gathered some of the Needless Things Irregulars to reflect on the pop culture that made us who we are today. From farting alligators to transforming food to unforgettable giants, this week’s episode travels back to a time when things were far more awesome!

Listen in as Beth, Phantom, Sean, and Chris discuss their favorite – and not-so-favorite – pop culture from 1987!

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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 

"Miami Fast Lane" by RF.extreme

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Feb 16, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 147 – The Dale Jepson Interview

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Phantom Troublemaker interviews elusive rock legend Dale Jepson of Dale Jepson and the Night Hawks!

In the late 70s Dale Jepson was on the road to rock n roll fame before misfortune derailed his life and his dreams. Now, in 2017, he has assembled the Night Hawks and is looking to reclaim his birthright. Pure chance led to this opportunity for Phantom Troublemaker to interview a man that had previously been an enigmatic voice on an old, discarded cassette tape.

Listen in as Phantom and Dale discuss life, rock n roll, and everything in this special episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

Dale Jepson and the Night Hawks wuill be playing LIVE in Gainesville, Georgia's Mule Camp Tavern along with Elzig and The Casket Creatures on Saturday, February 25th – RSVP HERE for more info!

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Dec 1, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 136 - Beastie Boys

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A very special episode of the Needless Things Podcast dedicated to the Beastie Boys!

Phantom Troublemaker talks to friends new and old about one of the coolest and most influential musical acts of his generation. Arian and the Rad Ranger show up live in the Phantom Zone to discuss the Beasties' impact on their lives, Phantom talks to his old pal, Carlee, about seeing them in 1995, and for the first time ever Pappy Troublemaker joins the show! Pappy took and eleven-year-old Phantom to see the Beastie Boys and RUN DMC in 1987 and it was a memorable experience for both of them.

Listen in as a diverse crew talk about one of the greatest hip hop acts of all time!

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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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Jun 10, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 111 – 1986

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Phantom Troublemaker, Beth, Sean Reid, and Chris DePetrillo go back in time thirty years to talk about the pop culture of 1986!

Needless Things has been looking at this magical year since Phantom’s birthday back in May. Now it’s time to round up some of the Needless Things Irregulars for a special “Best Of 1986” edition of the podcast! From toys to movies to music, 1986 was a banner year in pop culture. Everyone had their favorites and nostalgia has made our love for them stronger than ever. Where it gets even more interesting is when the “Worst Of 1986” list is introduced and tastes collide!

Listen in as Phantom, Chris, Beth, and Sean talk about movies, BMX, cartoons, and Nintendo in this RADical episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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