Having reviewed the children’s book Pirate Santa nearly one year ago, it seems a fine time to introduce the companion CD. Yes, it features a booming voice reading the story. And yes, it includes weird and wonderful sound effects. These you expected. What you might not have expected would be the additional music thrown in for good measure.
For those unfamiliar, Mister Mac is a pirate. A pirate, and a children’s singer. Approximately 37 feet tall, his shiny bald head has sometimes been mistaken for the sun, and the adoring children gathering at his ankles appear no more than two apples tall. Yes, much like Smurfs, only less blue.
Where was I? [read more »]
All right, I admit I’ve been derelict in my Bilgemunky duties of late. Life happened, and I’ve been pretty well immersed in non-piratey endeavors of late. But hey, look what just showed up at my doorstep! RUM!!! Nothing says, “wake the hell up and say something Bilgemunkyish” like an unexpected visit from rum.
Normally a white rum wouldn’t get me so excited, although there have certainly been exceptions. And this appears to be one of them. It’s called Caliche Rum, it’s aged up to four years, and it looks pretty awesome. Can’t wait to break it open (but I should at least wait until after lunch.)
A pirate party dedicated to the fight against breast cancer? Sounds like the purpose opportunity to engage is some good-natured villainy to me! From their website:
Booty for Boobies is a crew of breast avengers raising treasure for the chests. We host an annual Pirate Party that is focused on the task of raising money that is contributed directly to Breast Cancer Research. Through the generous donation of sponsors we are able to give 100% of the door proceeds at our event to the American Cancer Society in support of their Breast Cancer programs.
It’s been one hell of a summer – plenty of heat to make the rum all the sweeter, and a couple of pirate festivals thrown in for good measure.
This past May I put Bilgemunky Radio on a summer hiatus. The reasons for this were twofold. First off, I was having hardware issues that made it increasingly difficult to broadcast a quality show. Taking the summer off gave me the time I needed to evaluate the situation and consider possible solutions. [read more »]
Another masterpiece from Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew! I almost felt sad for Leviathan on this one (such big eyes) but then I forgot all about it when the kitty went ballistic. Great stuff
We live in a glorious age. There was a time not long ago when, if you wanted to enjoy some piratey fun, you couldn’t simply fire up the computer or break out the smartphone. There was a time when you had to use wooden swords, or perhaps some books with dice and mounds of scratch paper. Of course, there was another time not so long ago when many of the tabletop adventures took place in card form. I mostly missed out on those days – just a tad too old to get into Magic the Gathering or Pokemon. And this is why I shiver in fear whenever a pirate card game comes along – it’s not their fault, but I’m somewhat mentally stunted when it comes to card games. [read more »]
Tonight’s Bilgemunky Radio marked our last episode before an extended hiatus. Due to mounting technical difficulties we’re just not currently able to produce a show of the quality you’ve come to expect, and will therefore be taking the summer off. This will give us time to regroup, purchase some new equipment, and drink margaritias. Enjoy tonight’s episode, and if you can’t make it through summer without your Monday night pirate music fix, check out the podcasts
1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Scurvy Bastards – Blunderbuss (3:47)
3. Abney Park – Airship Pirate (4:01) [read more »]
Cane&Abe is a rum that just dares to be different. Its bottle, what with the loop on its neck, looks more appropriate to moonshine than rum. The native-american style eagle on the label, again, doesn’t exactly screech of high seas adventure. And being made in Madison, Wisconsin; arguably the LEAST piratey city in the entire US of A? Now my mind is blown.
But let’s not rush to judgement – it is, after all, the rum that matters. At a glance it’s a deep amber, although in the glass it’s significantly lighter. The nose is prominently butterscotch and sugarcane – one of which is a common element in rum, the other less so (I’ll leave it to you to figure which is which.)
On the tongue, Cane&Abe is again like hot butterscotch – liquid candy for adults. Light and sweet, this isn’t exactly fit for putting a kraken into a half-nelson while making out with a mermaid and kicking a spanish corpse. But while it’s not the stuff of pirate legend, it IS pretty decent in its own right, and might be worth checking out if you’d like a break from charred gunpowder and molasses.
1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Mister Mac – Blood And Gold v.2 (3:38)
3. Bertie Higgins – The Runner (3:50) [read more »]
Wait, seriously? Michael Bay doing a pirate miniseries? Will we finally get to see Blackbeard headbutt a cannonball while farting fire? I’m betting YES.
Wait, nevermind – it’s a Treasure Island thing. I guess any cannonball headbutting will be done by Long John, who will probably sport a crutch that can do singleshot, full auto, or burst.
Clearly loads of pirate TV “in the works” based on this article – some of it we’ve heard before, some new. Now let’s see what actually finds a way to the tiny screen.