Monthly Archive: February 2011

Review: Kraken Up

Rating: ★★★½☆
www.boundingmain.com

Genre: Traditional and traditional-style sea shanteys
Rating: PG
Target Audience: Grownups, older kids, folks who prefer sugar and lime in their grog rather than sand and gunpowder

As a fan of pirate music, I often find myself amongst the villainous and off-key. Pirate music is commonly gritty, sinister, and more concerned with setting a swashbuckling mood than achieving musical perfection – and God love ’em for it! That said, once in a while it’s good to rise up from the bilges, sober up, maybe take a bath, and listen to some artists that have opted for a different, more polished musical endeavor. And that’s where Bounding Main is time and again a favorite amongst so many shanty-fans. (more…)

Bilgemunky Radio 161 – Fergotten Treasure

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Tonight we dug deep and turned up some of our rarely played songs. Plus a special dedication to Presidents’ Day.

1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Skip Henderson – Return Of Billy Bones (2:11)
3. Billy Knight – Dead Men Tell No Tales (4:41) (more…)

Review: The Invisible Hook

Rating: ★★★★½
ECONOMICS

Did your eyes just glaze over?

ECONOMICS

Did they do it again?

Seriously, most pirate enthusiasts are all psyched about swashbuckling adventure and high-seas glory – words like “economics” are often considered a fast-track to a coma. And yet, economics is something we’ve likely thought about – and discussed with each other – in excruciating detail time and again without even realizing it. Economics, despite popular conception, isn’t a pile of dry mathematical formulas and bland theories, but rather it’s the science of determining why people do what they do. And when economical theory is aimed at our beloved subject of piracy, it’s rather amazing the sort of things that come to light. (more…)

Beware the Pirates of Plagiarism!

I’ve seen a LOT of pirate themed sites over the years – and not all of them make much sense. I think there’s a vegan pirate site out there, and I believe there was even a pirates of healthcare or some such nonsense at one point. But the Pirates of Plagiarism, teaching kids what plagiarism is and why it’s wrong? That’s actually pretty clever!

PiratesOfPlagiarism.com

Bilgemunky Radio 160 – Pick the Lock

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It was a somewhat more subdued night, as Bilgemunky was nursing the early stages of a headcold (that HOPEFULLY won’t last long). But we still had plenty of great pirate songs, and loads of listener requests!

1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Hucklescary Finn – The Last Days of Scamalot (2:31)
3. Pirate Jenny – Pirate Jenny (5:23) (more…)

Jake and the Never Land Pirates Launches Today :)

The fact that entertainment geared at kids under 10 always makes me feel awkward notwithstanding, there is no effort more noble than getting younkers into the pirate spirit at an early age. Jake and the Never Land Pirates premieres today:

Looks fun enough, although I feel like this show was written by videogame designers – the floating islands, the view from the ship’s bow dodging islands… methinks a Jake and the Never Land Pirates Game is surely right around the corner. (more…)

Pirates of the Black Cove – coming soon (hopefully)

So Paradox Interactive and Nitro Games have just released this teaser for their “coming soon” PC game Pirates of Black Cove:

I guess the appropriate thing for me to do now would go, “Cooooool!” but I just can’t. Frankly, we’ve seen enough “teasers” for upcoming pirate video games and non-PotC movies this past couple of years, and precious little has come of any of it. So upon seeing a new pirate teaser comprised of nothing but concept art – I’m tired of being teased, and think I’ll reserve my enthusiasm for the time being.

That said, if we start seeing some real progress on this title, I’ll look forward to belting out some excitement post haste.

Visit the official website at www.paradoxplaza.com for more info.