Monday, July 17, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 22: 'I Slept on My Head Wrong...'

Greetings, adventurers! We return with another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording from your Cromrades!
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Season 5, Episode 11: Serving up Some Bare-knuckle Boxing Cinema with El Goro (Hard Times 1975)



Welcome back, Cromrades! No need to don your fighting togs,  just come as you are and leave the gloves at home because this week it's bare-knuckle bouts only! Joining us for this bout of cinematic pugilism is our friend El Goro from the excellent Talk Without Rhythm Podcast. We catch up with our favorite luchador/film scholar, discuss Hard Times from 1975 (Alternative title: The Streetfighter), directed by Walter Hill and starring James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, and Strother Martin, and dig into a host of other hard boiled topics.

We're pretty sure that Bob Howard would have enjoyed this movie. But what did you think? Join in on the conversation! Call us at (859) 429-CROM, or attach an mp3 of your sultry voice to an email directed to thecromcast at gmail dot com! And, if you haven't already, subscribe to TWoRP! You'll be glad you did! Tell El Goro that The Cromcast sent you!



One Thing
El Goro: The Alamo Drafthouse. Purveyors of fine cinema experiences. Look for one near you!
Jon: The Admiral (Roaring Currents), a South Korean film directed by Han-min Kim, about the 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea. Check it!
Josh: Superman: American Alien by Max Landis. Vignettes from Clark's early days in Metropolis. Some of the stories are better than others, but Landis has some unique takes on The Man of Steel! If you like Superman, you'd probably like this!
Luke: Mountain! Specifically Nantucket Sleighride. Mountain is one of the underappreciated rock bands from the 70's, and are worth checking out if you're not familiar with their work! They rock hard!

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Next time: What's Steve Costigan been up to? Well, he made a trip home during the time he's been away, back to Texas for a little R&R! Let's find out how that went in "Texas Fists" by Robert E. Howard! (Read it on WikiSource!)

Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: Let Johnny Cash tell you about "Hard Times", from the Unearthed collection.  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 21: The Road to Cold Field...

Hile, faring folk! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast! In this episode our adventurers uncover an interesting scroll at a recent bivouac on the path to Cold Field...
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Season 5, Episode 10: Talking The Set Up (1949) with Johnny Wolfenstein and Dynamo Marz from Trick or Treat Radio!



Welcome back Cromrades! This week we're podcasting in monochrome from a smoky boxing gym, where we met up with two monster hunting, championship belt winning, podcast producing, electroshock song singing badasses to discuss all matters of things. They are Johnny Wolfenstein and Dynamo Marz from the Trick or Treat Radio podcast! We get into boxing noir, wrestling, the athlete vs their inner expectations, comics, pulps, and The Set Up from 1949. This film was directed by Robert Wise, with a screenplay by Art Cohn, based on a long form poem by Joseph Moncure March. The film stars Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, and Wallace Ford. We enjoyed the film, but what did you think? Let us know!


You can find a copy of the original poem here. Josh referenced an article from The Hudson Review (not The Atlantic) by Jefferson Hunter comparing the original source material and the film, which you can read here. Want to learn more about Joseph Moncure March and his works? Check out this New York Times article about him.

Thank you to Johnny and Marz for joining us for this episode! Everyone, go check out Trick or Treat Radio, live every Wednesday night at 9pm or via your favorite podcast app every Friday. If you do, tell them The Cromcast sent you! While you're there, check out Dynamo's band The Deadites. You can pick up a copy of their EP "The Big Scary Monster Hunts at Midnight" on Bandcamp.

One Things
Johnny: Mixtape Massacre (Get your old school horror fix during game night!)
Dynamo: The current run of Iron Fist comics. (Old school kung fu in the Mighty Marvel Manner!)
Jon: Stardew Valley, pick it up on Steam! Watch for the summer sale!
Luke: One Page Dungeon 2017 (Need a dungeon to crawl through? Get it here!)
Josh: The Void (2016) (Get a booster of cosmic horror here!)

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We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play!
Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

Next week: Another hard boiled boxing crime film, and another excellent guest host! We'll discuss Hard Times from 1975 starring Charles Bronson with El Goro from the Talk Without Rhythm Podcast! Dig it!

Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: "The Attic" by The Deadites from the album Dough for Dynamo. Pick this excellent compilation up for $7 (or donate more!) and all proceeds go to help our friend Dynamo cover part of some sudden medical expenses. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 20: Curses & the Pyre...


Hile, faring folk! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D!

'Tis a dark time. In this episode, we begin as the first rays of sunlight begin to creep over the walls of the Keep on the Borderlands...

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Season 5 Episode 9: His Brother's Keeper by Dashiell Hammett

The Man Himself, Dashiell Hammett
Welcome back, fellow fans of pulp pugilism and nihilistic noir! We have a doozy of a story this week, courtesy of Mr. Dashiell Hammett. We briefly get into the fascinating details of Mr. Hammett's life, and if you're not familiar with the man a short exploration of his bio is in order! He worked as a detective for the Pinkerton agency, was a veteran of both World Wars, created several enduring characters such as The Continental Op and Sam Spade and helped lay the foundation for the "hard boiled detective" genre, was involved in politics, and spent some time in prison for his involvement with the communist movement in the US during the 1950's. 
Now it's time to dive into one of Hammett's boxing short stories, "His Brother's Keeper" (read it on Project Gutenberg Canada, eh?), originally published in the February 1934 issue of Collier's Magazine. We really enjoyed this story, but rather then delve deeply into the details here, we'll provide a brief prelude in Hammett's words:
"Explaining Kid Bolan, his brother—and a woman: The story of two battles, one of which was fought in the ring."
One Things
Jon: The Dollop podcast, an entertaining look at history. We recommend the Cassius Clay episode!
Josh: The Sword's live album Greetings From...
Luke: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited, old school RPG accessories, particularly The Creature Compendium, D30 DM Companion, and D30 Sandbox Companion. 
Note: The Sword, Lucero, and Clutch put on a killer concert in Louisville! It was a good time! Catch them if they're coming through your area!
Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com),
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We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play!
Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

Next week: A boxing crime-noir from 1949: The Set Up, with special guests Dynamo Marz and Johnny Wolfenstein from the excellent Trick or Treat Radio Podcast!

Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: "Subtle Hustle" by Clutch from their album Blast Tyrant. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!