Dystopian Book Club Podcast: Paul Stanley’s Face the Music

The last installment of our Dystopian Book Club miniseries on the memoirs of KISS is finally here, and we’re going out in a big way. Paul Stanley’s Face the Music: A Life Exposed isn’t the best KISS biography we’ve read (or the second best…or even the third), but it’s certainly fertile ground for discussion. Join us for almost two hours on the man, the myth, and the chest hair; and remember, while Dystopian Book Club is done with KISS (for now), WE! ARE JUST! GETTING! STAAAAAAAAHHHTEEED! We’ll be back in June with a special Jheri Curl June episode on the memoir(s) of Rick James. And don’t forget, next month is our annual Memorial Day podcast, when we commemorate the many musical icons we lost in the last 12 months. Show notes, as always, are below.

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This Month on Dystopian Dance Party: May 2017

Look, I’m not gonna lie: our enthusiasm is flagging this month, hence the preview video going up a week later than usual. Our legislators are trying to kill us, Jheri Curl June is still three weeks away, and we just don’t give a shit anymore. So stay tuned for our annual Memorial Day podcast, a Dance Mix of songs for the impending healthcare dystopia, and (maybe, possibly) that last installment of the Kanye West Oeuvre I keep pushing back. Or don’t. We don’t really care.

Dystopian Video Game Party: Let’s Play Final Fantasy XV (Part 10)

This week, I’m taking a break from Final Fantasy XV  proper and playing the recently-released DLC expansion, “Episode Gladiolus.” It’s a lot hackier and slashier than the full game, and also a lot more metal, so get ready for me to wax nostalgic about Lords of Thunder along with the usual flailing. We’ll catch up with Noctis and pals next Wednesday; if you want to watch when it goes down, follow us on YouTube.

Best of Dystopian Dance Party, Year 3

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been doing Dystopian Dance Party for three years now; I’ve had actual relationships that didn’t last as long as my relationship with this stupid blog. Even harder to believe is the fact that we’re still not running out of steam. Basically, at this point the blog is an act of aggression; we’re going to keep inflicting it on the world, whether the world likes it or not. If you do like what we’re doing (for some reason), check the list below for my completely subjective choices for the 12 best posts in our third year of operation.

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Dystopian Dance Mix Vol. 32: The True Meaning of Ishtar

This Sunday, millions of Christians will observe Easter, a religious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ and traditionally marking the end of a 40-day period of fasting and penance. But let’s be honest: for most contemporary Westerners, the things we actually associate with the Easter holiday–eggs, bunnies, etc.–have a lot less to do with Christian theology and a lot more to do with pagan notions of fecundity, procreation, and birth. In other words, most of us aren’t celebrating Easter so much as Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess associated with love, sex, and fertility. So today, for all the non-churchgoers out there, we’re sharing a playlist of songs exploring the true meaning of Ishtar—or, as noted scholar of ancient spirituality DJ Assault put it, ass and titties. It’s not exactly religious music–at least in the Judeo-Christian sense–but we happen to think these things (and them thangs) are pretty sacred.

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Dystopian Video Game Party: Let’s Play Final Fantasy XV (Part 9)

Our crappy, amateurish streaming series gets even crappier and more amateurish this episode when the stream craps out a half hour in. But don’t get too relieved, because I play for an additional 90 minutes after that. This time, me and the host boys beat up a bunch of giant wasps in the woods, go tomb raiding with the sassy Dragoon from last week, and drink a lot of potions. I mean a lot of potions. Highly recommended if you want to hear me swear a lot (and yes, unlike the last stream, you can actually hear me this time).

I’ll be back next Wednesday–whether you want me to be or not–with what I imagine will be a full playthrough of the new-ish “Episode Gladiolus” DLC. If you wanna watch, follow us on YouTube.