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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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!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 19: Another One Bites the Dust...

Well met, brave adventurers! 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! In this episode, our PCs push the envelope with another expedition before nightfall... Does it pay off? Listen and see!
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)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Season 5 Episode 8: The Destiny Gorilla (or Who in the Heck is Dennis Dorgan?!)


Welcome back, Cromrades! Today's episode features "The Destiny Gorilla" a rollicking, comedic, and romantic tale if there ever was one. We open by meeting up with Sailor... Dennis Dorgan? That can't be right, who's he? Tune in to find out what's up with the switcheroo and what sort of fate awaits our new friend!



Quick Wikipedia entry on Dennis Dorgan


One Things
Jon: In a Lonely Place, a 1950 film noir starring Bogart
Josh: Story Wonk, a group of podcasts; in particular check out There and Back Again and We Can do this All Day
Luke: The Leftovers from HBO!


Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com), You know you want to follow us on Twitter! Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play! Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

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: "Is She Really Going out with Him?" by Joe Jackson. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 18: Of Cyclorcs and Whispering Axes...

Well met, brave adventurers! 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! In this episode, our PCs consider their recent bounty, and skirt around an encounter with a new type of monster!


The guest appearance by cyclorcs this session was brought to you by New Big Dragon's Creature Compendium (CC1). Seriously, this is one of the best (if not THE BEST) pdf resources you can bring to your gaming table. If you wanna fight some monsters, this is legit OSR material, is substantive, and is ONLY $3!

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)