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Issue 321 – Vulcan Test Tube Babies

Um… Greetings Programs? In this issue, Michael Ring pops in and brings the weird with a conversation between Gene Roddenberry and Ambassador Sarek, about how he made Spock. Yup. Then, Bean gets Aaron to talk about Dark Anna and the Pirates of Kadath #1, debuting at the Rose City Comic Con. Oh, and they talk about the pending convention in Portland. See you all there, this weekend!

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Geek in the City Radio Issue 145

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. This one is indeed over two and a half hours long. So much gold in this issue. Kielen gets in his expected taunting of Scott Dally and the Blazers. Dan tells tales of the 2012 West Coast Beard & Mustache Championship. Plus, a quick talk about the Oscar picks that evolves into a conversation of music and moving on. Then, Aaron has the honor of talking with Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett about their newest work – Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention. Finally, Rick Emerson pays the guys a visit as they take a trip into the past with tales of first meetings and FCC fining. A big show. A great show. Nothing but the best for the finest audience in the world.

Download Issue 145 HERE

Yes Virginia, There is an Anti-Claus (Remastered)

In 2005 Clyde Lewis and Aaron Duran scripted and produced a special radio drama presentation of a short story written by Jim Covill and Clyde Lewis. This radio drama became known as Yes Virginia, There is an Anti-Claus. A twisted telling of the Christmas myth; mixed with Christian prophecy, paranormal history, and tasteless jokes. The show quickly became a cult hit. Even more so when Entercom fired Clyde (and Aaron, 2 days before they hired him as Clyde’s paid producer, thanks for that).

Although the show has poked out it’s disturbed head from time to time, never has it sounded this good. Long thought lost, the original audio master files were found covered in Cheeto dust and a pile of empty Dr. Pepper bottles. Geek in the City and Clyde Lewis are proud to present to you, the original Yes Virginia, There is an Anti-Claus in glorious stereo for the very first time. ( I know, even back in the day this audio explosion was compressed in a crappy AM mono-mix).

Each voice and character was performed by Clyde Lewis and Aaron Duran. Yes, for good or bad, these maniacs performed every friggen voice (and even a song). The rest of the songs performed by the following:

Christmas Night of the Living Dead – MxPx

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – InMemory

I Won’t Be Home For Christmas – Blink 182

I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus – Standstill

Randolph the Red Assed Baboon – Clyde Lewis & Aaron Duran

Christmas at Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic

So, pour some Egg Nog and Whiskey, roast some children chestnuts, and enjoy Yes Virginia, There is an Anti-Claus.


Day Off…

So, I was gonna’ write about this awesome dream I had last night. I met the dude that owns The Asylum and we were totally gonna’ make a kung-fu bio-pic about Uwe Boll starring Crispin Glover and the hot chick from the Progressive ads… Then I saw these hard rollers and realized that everything I will ever do in life will suck. So why even try?

Get dat gold! (With apologies to King, at least he’s on the road right now and won’t have to deal with me making him watch this).

Happy Labor Day. Back tomorrow with the Top-5 Greatest RPG Books of all time, prep the hate mail!

Songs of the Past, or, a (D)early Departed CD Review

Yes, I am being cheap and re-posting this review. What can I say, today feels like a perfect Portland Autumn and it puts me in a good mood.  Since I’ve been re-discovering this glorious album all morning, I thought I’d re-post the review for anyone new to the site. Promise, I’ll get back to normal tomorrow…

Sometimes I sit back in amazement when I realize just how many talented people call Portland their home. Sure, there is some local bias rearing its prideful head, but you can’t deny that Portland just overflows with people that tell beautiful tales in song. If you truly need proof, look no further than the recently released album (D)early Departed – True Lies in Song Unearthed from Lone Fir Cemetery. This collection of songs is the brainchild of Kate Sokoloff and the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery. 15 local Portland musicians accepted a “simple” request; choose one of Portland’s famous (and infamous) residents of Lone Fir and compose a song about their life and even their death. What followed was a collection of songs that will fast become required listening for anyone with an interest in Portland’s past or a simple love of folksy ballads of a bygone era.

The songs run the gamut from joy to sadness and all the places in between…From the opening harmonies of Matt Sheehy’s “Through Your Bones”, you know you are in for haunting tales. His tale of Chinese immigrants that built our city, but never found rest with their ancestors is not only a gorgeous song, but also the sole reason this album exists. Too long, have these bones resided in the cold dirt with nary a marker of their lives. A portion of the proceeds from this album will attempt to rectify this injustice.

Hero, villain, and the grey area of life in between receive equal treatment on this album. The listener moves from the heroic tale of a firefighter that gave his life to defend the city from a raging inferno. To the tragic tale of a well-loved prostitute that met an untimely and grizzly end. Such is the influence of the talented artists behind this album that you find yourself feeling the pain of loss of a so-called “immoral lawbreaker”.

It is fitting that Dr. John Hawthorne receives a song, though not about him, but his work and the home he built for Portland’s most fragile. In “A Home, A House, An Institution, A Love, A Death, and Another Death”, you understand the impact this man had on Portland. A fact reinforced when you discover many of the inmates under Dr. Hawthorne’s care took their final rest at Lone Fir Cemetery, at his personal cost. His hospital again receives a mention in the song, “Asylum Road” by Storm Large. Telling the tale of Charity Lamb, her powerful ballad not only tells the tale of Portland’s own Lizzie Borden, but also asks how far you would go to be free.

Still, not all the tales are of pain and sadness. True, many of the subjects within (D)early Departed lived hard and often unfair lives, but there is hope in these songs. A reminder that even in death ones story may yet continue; such is the case “Inebriate Waltz” and “Age Blues for Rodney Morris”. With “Inebriate Waltz”, we hear the tale of Portland’s most famous poet, Samuel Simpson of Beautiful Wilmette, a tale of a poet that wanted people to look beyond his one famous poem. “Age Blues for Rodney Morris” tells the story of a young and pious man that gave his life to save others. In this song, he finally gets the credit he never asked nor received.

Although the album hit the shelves near the Halloween season and does have a rather morbid appeal, you’ll find it staying in rotation long after the leaves return to the trees.

Filled with fantastic lyrics and stunning voices, (D)early Departed – True Lies in Song Unearthed from Lone Fir Cemetery is simply one of best releases of the year. Being a Portlander never sounded sweeter.

You can pick up the CD at Music Millennium or order directly at CD Baby. You can learn more about the people behind the songs and the Lone Fir Cemetery by going to Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery.