“Holidays Song” (Plus an Older P&S Christmas Song)

We are pleased to announce our newest holidays-themed song, written for Cards Against Humanity‘s 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit project.

In keeping with the spirit of CAH’s project, and that of the game in general, we present: “Holidays Song” (Warning: VERY NSFW):

If you’re of a mind to, you can buy the song in our store or via Bandcamp.

Many thanks to Max Temkin and the folks at Cards Against Humanity; and also to video editor and all-around good guy Sean Becker.

If you are new to the Paul and Storm Music Experience™, you may also enjoy our tribute to the most neglected of not-quite-holidays, “Christmas Eve Eve“ (from our 2009 It Might Be Xmas project)

Christmas Eve Eve

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(clicking on the above link will take you to the song’s Bandcamp page, where you can purchase the song for any price you wish, including $0.00. Or you can just listen to the song there, or via the player below. OPTIONS!)

 

New Album and Kickstarter!

UPDATE: THANK YOU to the 2,216 people who backed our campaign, in which we raised $114,136 to create many awesome things. Thank you also to everyone who helped us get the word out–it literally would not have been this successful without your help. If you’re a backer, you’ll receive project Updates as we go along through Kickstarter. Otherwise, we’ll be sharing all the delicious fruits of the campaign (except the PaulandStormonomicon story and art anthology, which is only available to backers) once they’ve been completed, and after they’ve been distributed to backers.

After much planning, deliberation, budget analysis, and (mostly) dreaming, we are finally proud to officially announce that we are finishing up our fifth album, Ball Pit, and that we’ll be making it available first to backers of our new Kickstarter campaign, which will help fund music videos, more RPG songlets (and possibly an RPG soundboard app), and a bonus album of cover song collaborations (which will be called Extra Balls, get it?) with some of our musician friends.

Full details are on the Ball Pit launch Kickstarter page, where you can help contribute RIGHT NOW! Or LATER! (Any time between now at December 14th will do just fine, thank you very much.) But the basic idea is to help us make as big a splash as possible with the new album, and give away some fun rewards in the process (including, of course, the BALL PIT and EXTRA BALLS albums). Our initial goal is $25,000, and we’ve got mayhem planned all the way up to $350,000. Basically, the more we raise, the more interesting and awesome things we can do and make for you. And while we don’t expect to raise $350,000, if we do then we’ll buy an ice cream truck and tour the country in it, giving away ice cream and guacamole along the way. (And we’ll film the whole ridiculous trek.)

But don’t just take it from us. Take it from us in this video:

Nov. 4th Largo Show CANCELLED

Due to an unexpected scheduling issues, we must unfortunately cancel our 11/4 show at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles. Largo will be issuing refunds to all ticket purchasers, and we’ll let everyone know when it eventually gets rescheduled.

Sorry.

Pile o’ Shows Comin’ Up, Both Solo and with Friends

tourbusJust a friendly reminder to the faithful and the stalwart (you know which of you is which): we have a run of live shows coming in the next several weeks—some solo shows as well as some awesome double-bills. Specifically:

Leg I: Wil Wheaton vs. Paul and Storm
The Northeastern US run of this double-bill was a rousing success; now, it’s Texas’ turn:

Leg II: Paul and Storm All by Their Lonesomes
A few solo shows (to the extent a duo can perform “solo”):

Leg III: An Evening with Pat Rothfuss and Paul & Storm
We are joined on the final leg of our tour by bestselling fantasy author and professional beard-haver Patrick Rothfuss. Perhaps he will tell us the name of the wind!

International “The Captain’s Wife’s Lament” Day!

YarrOkay, it’s actually International Talk Like  Pirate Day. But since “The Captain’s Wife’s Lament” has become the “Frosty the Snowman” of the holiday (and because we be scurvy dogs), we be takin’ liberties.

AND SO SHALL YE! We be rolling out both of our pirate-themed songs in honor of the day. Listen to them, download them (by right-clicking or whatever on the links below), play them for your friends, BUY THEM (because Captains Paul and Storm be needin’ new blunderbusses and parrots), whatever your heart tells you is best.

The Captain’s Wife’s Lament

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The Pirate’s Feast (as heard in Season Four of The Guild)

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Show #138: Carl Sagan Never Did a Mic Drop

T-AsteroidEl 100 con 38 episode of Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.This week’s episode was recorded LIVE from DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, with special guests Molly Lewis, Lucky Yates, and Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, in which we gab about: impressive travel mugs and the TV Guide yacht; the Third Great American Age of Beards; the most dreaded questions; the “yes, and” world of improv; international candy bars and the metric system; Ellio’s Pizza is terrible; meat-dropping seagulls; Science Getaways, the birthplace of smart thinkin’, and improv in space; the Hulk vs. The Thing; Carl Sagan vs. Zooey Deschanel; cartoon Mr. T vs. an asteroid; and Abe Lincoln vs. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Show #138: Carl Sagan Never Did a Mic Drop

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Wil Wheaton vs. Paul and Storm – The 2013 Tour

wil_vs_ps_2013posterWe love hanging out with Wil Wheaton. We love performing with him, too. So over the past couple months, we’ve slowly, methodically tricked him into doing a series of shows with us in October. And he FELL FOR IT! WHATTA DOPE!

So folks in the US Northeast and in Texas will now have the chance to see the three of us on stage, singing and reading and performing what will surely be EPIC-LENGTH versions of “The Captain’s Wife’s Lament” at the following live shows:

Thu 10/3:  The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA – tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSAlex
Fri 10/4:  World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA - tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSPhilly
Sat 10/5:  SubCulture New York – New York, NY - tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSNYC
Sun 10/6:  Hard Rock Cafe – Boston, MA - tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSBoston

Thu 10/17:  Central Presbyterian Church – Austin, TX - tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSAustin
Fri 10/18:  Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX - tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSHouston
Sun 10/20:  Granada Theater – Dallas, TX - tix: http://bit.ly/WilPSDallas

Tickets for many of these shows are already going fast. So don’t wait if you wanna get in on the fun.

Dragon Con 2013 Schedule

animaltrooperHey, campers*! Wanted to give you all the full breakdown of our schedule for Dragon Con this year, because we’re doing kind of a lot.

First off, we will be sharing a merch table with several of our friends in the Marriott Marquis. Your best bet to find us there is to watch our Twitter feed for the specific times we’ll be manning the merch table.

Our “main performance” at the con will be here:

Gonzoroo II
Sat., Aug. 31, 8:30 pm – Marriott Atrium Ballroom
An evening of music, geekery, comedic delights, and surprises galore! With Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis, Sylvester McCoy, Mike Phirman, Ken Plume, Aaron Poole, Adam Savage, Joseph Scrimshaw and James Urbaniak.

In addition, we’ll be doing the following panels:

FRIDAY, AUG. 30

11:30 am – Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (on Average)
Grand Ballroom East – Hilton
Live podcast recording. Neat! Guests? Maybe!

5:30 pm – FRED Entertainment Panel-Palooza-Extrava-Thingee-a-Doodle
Grand Ballroom West – Hilton
A panel that really only exists for the sake of frolicking, bantering, and geeking about with special guests and an Irishman. Host: Ken Plume; other guests: Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis, Aaron Poole, Joseph Scrimshaw and James Urbaniak.

SATURDAY, AUG. 31

11:30 am – I Heart Video Games
Grand Salon D – Hilton
Are videogames modern man’s final art form? Our panelists write, podcast, broadcast, and sing about them…let’s talk about why! Host: Veronica Belmont.

2:30 pm – How to Do Comedy Wrong the Right Way
International North – Hyatt
Learn the dark arts of the funny in this panel about comedy theory and practical application with professional comedians and musicians. Host: Joseph Scrimshaw; other guests: Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis and Mike Phirman.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 1

4 pm – LearningTown: The Webseries: The Panel
Atlanta Ballroom – Westin
A loving look back at the first season of “LearningTown”, the 2013 web series from the “Geek & Sundry” YouTube channel. Other guests: Greg Benson, Kim Evey, Mike Phirman, James Urbaniak.

8:30 pm – Gonzo Quiz Show IV: The Quest for Quiz
Regency VI – VII – Hyatt
Teams of celebrity guests are led through a series of panel show games that you entertained. Host: Ken Plume; other guests: Bill Corbett, Molly Lewis, Sylvester McCoy, Mike Phirman, Aaron Poole, Adam Savage, Joseph Scrimshaw and James Urbaniak.

And that about covers it. If anyone shows up cosplaying as Paul and Storm, that would be awesome. Just sayin’.

 

*does not imply that you are actually camping

Show #137: Nerd Bagels in Hartford Center

Ye 1-3-7′d episode of our podcast, PauHartford Jaegerl and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.This week’s episode was recorded LIVE from ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT, along with our guests (and good friends) Josh Cagan, Joseph Scrimshaw, and Mike Phirman, and features: mispronouncing places and cities; being at a comic-con without a costume, and being in awe of those who are; the persistence of anime and other nerd realms; the many faces of conventions; indoctrinating the next generation; Mike is not a fan of MAN OF STEEL (Spoilers Alerts!); the next big monster; Stormtroopers vs. Oompa Loopmas; hard-shell tacos vs. gummy bears; and Indiana Jones vs. Harry Potter.

Show #137: Nerd Bagels in Hartford Center

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When You Play the Game of Thrones…

Satire is not for the faint of heart, friends. There we were, innocently opening up w00tstock 5.0 in San Diego by playing our song “Write Like the Wind” when, without provocation or warning, an act of great violence was perpetrated upon yours trulies. Sure, we may have touched a sore spot by imploring George R. R. Martin to write faster. And yes, we may have called him the Great Bearded Glacier. And YES, we’d been warned by Neil Gaiman that George R. R. Martin is not our bitch.

OKAY, FINE…we deserved it. And we should also be grateful that only our guitar was harmed, considering how poorly musicians fare in ASOIAF. So enjoy our comeuppance in three-camera HD by UAT Digital Video (below), or witness it in Veronica Belmont’s scoop video. And yes, if case you were wondering, it was a “Stark”-brand guitar.

UPDATE: In the news!

Paste Magazine

The Mary Sue

i09

Huffington Post

Standard Examiner

Fantasy Magazine (Italian)

onet (Polish)

l’express (French)

Venezuela Al Dia (Spanish)

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