Review: Prepare to be Boarded

Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Genre: Contemporary Pirate Folk.
Rating: PG
Target Audience: Sea and pirate-shanty fans

Much like the Department of Naval Intelligence, I’ve been aware of the Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (B.O.O.M.) for some time – mainly in that yes, a crew called the B.O.O.M. Pirates exists, that they do most of said existing out in the Pacific Northwest, and that they boast some pretty classy pirate garb. But having not yet done any piratin’ myself in that region it was a great treat to finally get a copy of their CD to experience first hand what they’ve been up to from a musical perspective. Continue reading

Review: Pirates Do the Darndest Things

Rating: ★★★★½
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Genre: Pirate kid’s songs, poems, and silly stuff
Rating: G
Target Audience: Kids, mostly. But definitely some crossover appeal to adults.

Of all the pirate musical artists it’s the childrens’ entertainers for which I have the lowest expectations. I can’t tell you how many pirate kids’ albums I’ve never even bothered to seek out based on their sample tracks that clearly demonstrate a soft, froofy performance that would be of no interest whatsoever to those over the age of six. Mike Mennard, however, is a different beast entirely. True, children are clearly his target audience. But he also demonstrates remarkable creativity and talent the likes of which can be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages – mostly. Continue reading

Review: Legends Never Die

Rating: ★★★★½
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Genre: Celtic Pirate Punk
Rating: PG-13
Target Audience: Anyone looking for a modern Irish-punk spin on traditional and traditional-style shanties

I doubt it comes as a surprise to seasoned readers that I have strong preferences with regards to pirate music. By and large, I want it, well, piratey. Meaning shameless, brazen, and loud. All too often sea shanties are performed in the folk-song manner of your Great Aunt Gertrude (meaning toothless and dry) – or worse yet, a kindergarten teacher just before nap-time. But it’s bands like The Dreadnoughts that show us why traditional sea shanties can still kick ass. Continue reading

Pirate heroine inspires County Mayo

Pirate heroine inspires County Mayo – The Boston Globe.

I thought this was going to be an article about a new Grace O’Malley Mayonaise. But no, it’s just about an Irish county that really, really likes O’Malley. The Irish county of Mayo – hense the confusion.

I suppose that a town rallying around a pirate is a good thing – I certainly endorse the idea. But I am still quite let down that there will be no Irish pirate queen condiments gracing our stores.

“Coffee Pirate Takes the Java to the Customer”


I always approve of businesses adding a little pirate flair to their endeavors (well, not always – there was that Pirates of the Carrots and Peas debaucle). But usually I do endorse such efforts – and such it is with the Coffee Pirate. Pirate themed coffee drinks served out of a pirate themed RV. Works for me. And that they’re bravely pimpin’ the pirattitude in Wisconsin of all places only earns them more kudos – we need all the pirate fun we can get in the Midwest.

Robert Pattison To Be A Pirate!!!!! at The Insider

Robert Pattison To Be A Pirate!!!!! at The Insider.

Quote from article:

“With his [Robert Pattison’s] massive and still growing fan base, Disney wants his appeal to ensure the success of another pirate movie.”

HEY DISNEY!!! Here’s a hot tip for you – how about making sure you’ve got a decent script as a means to ensure the success of the next movie? Preferably one that does NOT involve the following things: Continue reading