Needless Things Podcast 203 – Devon Goldberg of Morricone Youth

March 6th, 2018
 
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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“?” by Morricone Youth 

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Needless Things Podcast 202 – 2018 New York International Toy Fair

March 2nd, 2018

 

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The Needless Things Irregulars assemble for their annual look at the New York International Toy Fair!
 
The 2018 New York International Toy Fair was held from February 17th – 20th so that toy manufacturers from all over the world could get retailers and journalists excited about their offerings for the upcoming year. Hasbro, Mattel, Funko, NECA, and many more all bring out their prototypes, concepts, and newest licenses to display in the biggest toy-oriented gathering of the year!
 
Join Phantom, Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan, The Belligerent Monkey, and Josh Wilson as they discuss the coolest collectibles that will be unleashed in the coming year!

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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 

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Needless Things Podcast 201 – Tanya’s Island Needless Commentary

February 22nd, 2018
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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
 
WARNING: Unbeknownst to the Needless Commentary Team, none of whom had seen this movie, Tanya’s Island includes scenes of rape and… (SPOILERS) basically bestiality. It’s really fucked up, you guys. Strictly adults only.
 
Journey to a magical island that may or may not exist and is home to Tanya, Lobo, and another very special guest. Witness the most bizarre love triangle in cinematic history as the Commentary Team groans along to this obscure film featuring creature effects by Rick Baker(!) and Rob Bottin(!).
 
Listen in as the Team is forever changed by the power of Tanya’s Island!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 200 – LIVE 200th Episode Extravaganza!

February 15th, 2018
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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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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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Needless Things Podcast 1 Special Edition

February 13th, 2018
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The first episode of the Needless Things Podcast was posted on January 1st, 2013. It's a conversation between Phantom Troublemaker (Dave) and Beau Brown about the 30th anniversary of Masters of the Universe.

It was originally posted on the Internet Archive because we had no idea what we were doing. Now, five years later, the episode has been given a new introduction and outro and is finally being included in the Podbean library of episodes to be distributed to itunes, Stitcher, Uranus, and everywhere else podcasts aren't sold.

Here are the show noted from that first episode in a cleaner form.

Phantom wrote much longer show notes than Dave does.

I guess this was bound to happen sooner or later. I knew at some point I would have to do my own thing.

This was actually Beau’s idea. He messaged me that he wanted to do a Masters of the Universe podcast; possibly Earth Station Eternia. I thought that sounded like a great idea, so I ran it past Director Faber. He was not interested. I immediately knew I was just going to have to do it myself. I envisioned a year-end wrap-up of the Masters of the Universe Classics toy line and the 30th Anniversary. I got back to Beau to make sure he was down with that – he was – and started figuring out how the heck I was going to do it.

Would there be cursing? (yes)

How long did I want to record? (preferably about 90 minutes, but however long it took)

How would I record? (with a Skype add-on called Amolto Call Recorder)

How would I post it? (still working on that as of this writing)

We had a recording date set of December 10th, but I got sick and couldn’t talk around the pound of snot hanging out in my throat. 

And then we did record ten days later. I had planned on doing a lot more than we did, but it just takes a while to discuss thirty-two action figures and the greatest playset of all time. 

Here’s the rundown, with links to reviews where appropriate (at the time of the recording I had not yet received my December shipment of Procrustus and Mosquitor; I skipped Granamyr):

30th Figures
Photog – Heroic Master of Cameras designed by fan Nathan Bitner
Draego-Man – Evil Fire-Breathing Menace designed by legendary toy designers The Four Horsemen – mention dropped weapons
Spector – Heroic Master of Time Travel designed by ToyGuru Scott Nietlich – I do not begrudge him this figure. I would totally do the same thing. Spector is boring and I didn’t get him or want him, but good for ToyGuru.
Sir Laser-Lot – Heroic Knight of Grayskull designed by comic book writer Geoff Johns – Johns gets 80’s toys.
Cy-Chop – Evil Horde Bounty Hunter designed by apparent lunatic Terry Higuchi
Castle Grayskullman – Heroic Embodiment of Castle Grayskull designed by Daniel Benedict

2012 Figures
January – Star Sisters
February – Sorceress, Fisto, Shadow Weaver
March – Kobra Khan
April – Thun-DERP-unch He-Man, DDP
May – Slush Head, Stinkor, Snake Mountain stands
June – Horde Prime, Snake MAA, Gryphon
July – Spikor, Vykron (SDCC)
August – Nothing
September - Mekaneck, DB Skeletor, Snake Men
October – Rattlor, Frosta, Weapons Pak
November – Eternos Palace Randor, Dekkker
December – Mosquitor, Procrustus, Granamyr

CASTLE GRAYSKULL PREORDER!

I had a fantastic time recording this thing with Beau and even enjoyed the editing to a certain extent. If the editing had been the only thing going on in my life I think I would have really liked it. Of course, that would also be very sad.

I wasn’t sure to what extent Director Faber wanted the ESO Network to be involved given his initial level of interest, but he was pretty excited about making The Needless Things Podcast a part of his empire when I talked to him Sunday night during the latest Earth Station Who recording. He asked if I had included the ESO IDs and I went, “Uhh… no,” because I don’t have those IDs and the idea of me including them never came up. But he sent them along and now they’re in there and I can’t help but feel like this thing is even more official. Faber told me if I waited two weeks I could actually upload it to the ESO Network, but I’ve had this date in mind and thought it was really important to kick off 2013 with something big. I may re-upload it when he’s ready just so everything will be in one place.

Speaking of big things, I also bought a domain name. You might (or might not) have noticed that your address bar says “NeedlessThingsSite.com” rather than “phantomtroublemaker.blogspot.com”. I’ve been feeling like that needed to happen for a while. I was never really happy with the address, but when I investigated I found out that “NeedlessThings.com” was already taken by some kind of fashion site that as far as I can tell has never been updated and seems to not even be in use.
I haven’t really investigated the differences between the pure Blogspot site and whatever it is I have now, but apparently there are some. As the year goes on I’ll change whatever I can when there’s time. We’ll see.

One last thing – this is more of a general type of thing than anything podcast-related, but just know that I’m toning down my costumes this year. The mask will still be everywhere I am, but I’ve decided to work with what I already have, costume-wise. I’m really trying to tighten up the spending and get rid of a few nagging debts, so this year is going to have a minimum of unnecessary expenses. I had wanted very badly to have a Phantom Troublemaker version of Doctor Six’s costume for TimeGate, but the time and money for such a thing simply aren’t there. I’m still gonna hug Colin Baker, though.

Oh, and toys do not count as “unnecessary expenses”. So don’t worry about a lack of reviews.

-Phantom

Listen in as Phantom and Beau discuss the 2012 Masters of the Universe Classics toy line!
 
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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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Needless Things Podcast 199 – Toy Stories LIVE at Days of the Dead Atlanta

February 8th, 2018
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LIVE from the Days of the Dead Atlanta horror convention – Dave, Nicole Gould, and Ryan Cadaver host Needless Things Presents Toy Stories: Plastic Horrors!
 
From Marx to Mego to McFarlane to Mezco, the Needless Things Irregulars jump around the history of horror toys and discuss their favorites in front of a live Days of the Dead audience. Each of the last six decades has seemed to present innovations and revolutions in the world of horror-based toys, and the panel touches on some of their favorite lines and moments in this special episode brought to you by the Blue Track.
 
Listen in as Dave, Nicole, Ryan, and audience members share stories of the roots of their horror collections and their favorite spooky toys!
 
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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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Needless Things Podcast 198 – Masters of the Universe Part 2

February 2nd, 2018
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Mr. Beau Brown returns to the Needless Things Podcast for the second part of a wide-ranging conversation about Masters of the Universe!
 
Starting with how they discovered the most powerful franchise in the universe and uncovering many dark corners of pop culture along the way, Dave and Beau go wherever the conversation takes them. From childhood jealousy to grownup toy collecting ennui, He-Man and his pals elicit a huge spectrum of responses in this conversation!
 
Listen in as Dave and Beau go wherever this veritable digital river of conversation takes them!
 
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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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Needless Things Podcast 197 – Days of the Dead Atlanta 2018

January 24th, 2018
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Son of Celluloid Nathan Hamilton returns to the Needless Things Podcast to talk about the upcoming Days of the Dead Atlanta horror convention and his own gruesome contribution, the Blue Track!
 
Days of the Dead is a touring horror convention that hits Atlanta, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Chicago. It brings a wide selection of guests from every corner of the industry, plus a few extras and surprises every time. DotD fosters a true community atmosphere with an emphasis on 24/7 partying and general horror camaraderie.
 
Listen in as Dave and Nathan discuss what this unique con has in store for Atlanta, as well as Son of Celluloid's diabolical plans for the Blue Track (which include both your favorite podcast and your favorite Dirty Dirty game show)!
 
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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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B-Movie Massacre” by The Casket Creatures
 
RSVP for The Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show @ DotD Atlanta!
 
RSVP for Needless Things Presents Toy Stories: Plastic Horrors @ DotD Atlanta!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 196 – Next of Kin Needless Commentary

January 18th, 2018
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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
 
Patrick Swayze.
Bill Paxton.
Adam Baldwin.
Helen Hunt.
Ben Stiller.
Ted Levine.
Michael J. Pollard.
Liam Neeson.
 
LOOK AT THAT CAST.
 
Gather your whole family together and witness Appalachian justice take on the mob with the Needless Things Irregulars!
 
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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
Brothers” by Patrick Swayze & Larry Gatlin
 
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Needless Things Podcast 195 – Masters of the Universe Part 1

January 11th, 2018
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Masters of the Universe toys have a significantly lower profile these days, so rather than attempting the usual annual recap, Dave and Mr. Beau Brown are having an Eternian free-for-all! No Masters-related topic is off limits as two superfans discuss their love of Mattel’s franchise.
 
In this, the first of two episodes, Beau and Dave talk about the current state of the Masters of the Universe franchise.
 
Listen in as Dave and Beau discuss the past, present, and future of the most powerful toy line in the universe!
 
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Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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