After a lengthy hiatus - and with great excitement - the Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind podcast finally unveils Episode #66 and sees Dan, Tee-J and Imran reconnect over their shared passion for square circle related discussions.
More specifically, the team are discussing the ground-breaking AEW PPV - broadcast live from Wembley Stadium, Sunday 27th August 2023 - which also saw Tee-J in live attendance with some of our 4ever affiliates, Richard Roth and Richard Iacono. We discuss the full match card, engage in lots of supplementary AEW conversations and there's a fair amount of CM Punk chat too. (Further to this, our next episode will feature an in-depth assessment of CM Punk's legacy in AEW and pro wrestling in general - so look out for that no-doubt lengthy episode in early-October.)
On a personal note, Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind was the flagship show for the 4ever in Electric Dreams podcast network and while that network has started to grow with the 90s State of Mind podcast, Supple & Lean, the Minicasts and the soon-to-be unveiled The4everList series, it's an absolute joy to be able to bring Close Encounters and the original trio back to the airwaves.
Welcome to a world changed by killer rocks from the sky, overspace doppelgangers, demon pregnancies, spurned elves and a habitat of remaining post-apocalyptic survivors who may or may not be fully human. the story is told through a lone surviving artificial intelligence named K.A.S.C.A.I.D, a living repository of all of man's achievements before we were wiped off the face of the earth, who out of something resembling boredom, decides to recall the filmed stage play version of 'Hamilton'. but the words are changed, and what plays out instead is the re-telling of the FALL of man, under the BLR'd title of: AXE ASSASSIN ALBERTSON.
Accompanied by 5 segment videos and an entire 10-song soundtrack, Bad Lip Reading has created quite possibly their strongest overall piece of art in many, many years. a lot of which resonates with the story Vahé has been trying to tell through The Dark Southern. what starts out hilarious, over repeated listens turns to deep thoughts, pensive pontifications and lamentations over the tragedy of human existence. truly a BLR masterwork, and just great stuff in general.
Vahé and Imran, under the banner of Supple & Lean: A Geekcast, present Pt. 1 of 3, designed to unravel BLR's story, whilst also providing commentary on the emergence of AI in general.
Watching the 5 BLR videos and listening to the LP are essential:
As per tradition, Vahé has created original tunes to open these episodes. in this case, a 3-part suite that sort of continues the AAA narrative. Pt. 1 is called: "Reconstitutionarium".
Welcome to Episode #18 of the 90s State of Mind podcast - a collaborative project between 4ever in Electric Dreams and Blue-in-Green:RADIO. This podcast series sees Imran (London, UK) and Rhonda (California, USA) delve into some of their favourite releases from the 90s and for this episode, the pair celebrate the 1997 album from the pop pioneer, Janet Jackson's 'The Velvet Rope'.
The Velvet Rope is the sixth studio album by American singer Janet Jackson. The album was released on October 7, 1997, through Virgin Records. Prior to its release, she renegotiated her contract with Virgin for US$80 million, the largest recording contract in history at that time. Its composition fuses various genres, including pop, R&B, trip hop, folk, jazz, rock and techno music. Considered to be Jackson's most mature recording, it is regarded as a template for pop artists transitioning to a darker or rebellious sound and as a precursor to the development of alternative R&B. The album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA and has sold an estimated eight million copies worldwide.
Imran & Rhonda delve deep into this definitive 90s classic looking at the factors that drove Janet to create the record, its progressive depictions of sexuality, R&B and pop music of the time and of course we delve into the remixes in support of the project as usual.
Since the site's inception, 4ever in Electric Dreams has strived to provide interesting and dynamic audio content. Primarily revolving around podcasts that celebrated the team's varied passions for films, music and graphic novels, the list of shows has slowly expanded to provide a more diverse array of shows, again, with an eye on celebrating those areas of genre fiction we each hold dear.
The launch of our new horror anthology series, The Monsters Within Us, marks a new milestone in the 4ever landscape as the team come together, under the guidance of site co-founder, Dan Collacott, to unveil our very first in a series of audio dramas.
Serving as an affectionate ode to a classic horror aesthetic - with a slight twinge of comedy sprinkled into the mix - 'Old Boys Club' presents an exciting starting off point for what we hope will nurture our passion for storytelling and we look forward to inviting you along as always to get this journey with us.
So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you... The Monsters Within Us, episode 1... Old Boys Club!
After suffering an unspeakable tragedy, Geoff & Pam Timms leave their life in London and retire to the countryside. Geoff's selfish search for status and acceptance leads him down a dark path. Far from quiet and an opportunity to grieve, he uncovers the secrets of his family bloodline and the darkness then enshrouds the peaceful village he now calls home.
Written by: Dan Collacott, Produced by Dan Collacott, Imran Mirza and Denis-Jose Francois.
Starring: Imran Mirza, Denis-Jose Francois, Stuart Giblin, Liza Paderes, Gavin O'Reilly, Annalie Mirza, Richard Roth and Dan Collacott.
Welcome to Episode #17 of the 90s State of Mind podcast - a collaborative project between 4ever in Electric Dreams and Blue-in-Green:RADIO. This podcast series sees Imran (London, UK) and Rhonda (California, USA) delve into some of their favourite releases from the 90s and for this episode, the pair celebrate the 1997 album from the iconic neo-soul pioneer, Erykah Badu, 'Baduizm'.
Marking the debut studio effort from Badu, the project found a home on Kedar Records and Universal Records, and was a commercial success debuting at number two on the US Billboard charts and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA, Gold by British Phonographic Industry and Gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Serving as one of the earliest forays into what would become neo-soul, 'Baduizm' was beset with praise even earning itself a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 40th Grammy Awards.
Imran & Rhonda delve deep into this definitive 90s classic looking at the dawning of neo-soul and the genre's early years, we look at the album's lead singles, the collaborators and subsequent remixes.
This episode of the Close Encounters... Minicast sees friend of the show Stuart Giblin join Dan Collacott and Imran Mirza to discuss some of those fantastic moments of television that bring a conclusion to, in many cases, years of brilliant storytelling and gifting devoted fans with incredible send-offs for some of their favourite shows and characters.
Directing our focus to sitcoms today, the trio analyse those endings that remained key nostalgic moments for shows we grew up with, and we spend some time looking at a selection of contemporary shows with endings that will equally resonate with us in years to come. Looking at shows from the UK and US, join in as we engage in some of our favourites.
Welcome to Episode #16 of the 90s State of Mind podcast - a collaborative project between 4ever in Electric Dreams and Blue-in-Green:RADIO. This podcast series sees Imran (London, UK) and Rhonda (California, USA) delve into some of their favourite releases from the 90s and for this episode, the pair celebrate the 1996 album from the legendary singer/songwriter/producer Babyface, 'The Day'.
'The Day' is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer Babyface. It was released by Epic Records on October 22, 1996, in the United States. The album peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard 200 and number 4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, also reaching the top ten on the Dutch Albums Chart. 'The Day' was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and received Grammy Award nominations for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album respectively.
Imran & Rhonda delve deep into this definitive 90s hip-hop classic looking at the project, the singles, the collaborators and subsequent remixes.
Blue-in-Green:RADIO is a London-based online internet radio station which celebrates 21st century soul, jazz, funk, Latin & hip-hop music.
Welcome to Episode #2 of the 4ever in Electric Dreams podcast series - Supple & Lean | A Geekcast.
Imran Mirza from London, UK, connects with Vahé Vishapakagh Koshayan from Melbourne, Australia, to delve into a series of conversations continuing their unwavering fandom for all things TMNT, Marvel, music and undoubtedly more! This episodes continues in the show's adoration of IDW's reimagined TMNT lore this time focusing on the 4-part miniseries, 'The Secret History of the Foot Clan'.
Boasting a typical abundance of Ninja Turtle discussions throughout, we also take time to delve into the third feature film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), to decide whether the film is an overlooked masterpiece or a best forgotten entry into the pantheon of TMNT films.
ALSO, in the last episode, we unveiled the Vahé-produced/performed/written theme to our podcast with* 'Supple & Lean - Geekin' (Theme To S.L.A.G.)'. Now with the intention of creating a new topic-relevant track per podcast episode, the Mighty Vahé gifts us with the phenomenal 'Saki's Bane' exclusive to listeners of this podcast.
Ten years after the original Apocalypse Survival Guide Series - as released via our close-knit affiliates over at Infiniverse Media - the Liberation Frequency Editorial Team get the band back together and have a retrospective look at how mankind could possibly survive the end of the world.
Finding a hefty dose of inspiration from a certain global pandemic - that went on to usher in the era of quarantine, face masks, home schooling and an abundance of hand sanitizer - the first in the Liberation Revisited series features Denis-Jose Francois, Bernice Watson, Dan Collacott and Imran Mirza revisiting The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide.
For the original episodes in the series, you can listen here:
LF007.1 The Zombie Apocalypse Cometh
LF007.2 The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide
With this episode initially starting out as a follow-up to Imran and Vahé's Close Encounters Minicast episode of IDW Publishing's 'The Last Ronin' graphic novel (episode #6), this conversation inadvertently - but excitingly - spun out into a new podcast series for 4ever in Electric Dreams marking the inaugural episode of Supple & Lean | A Geekcast.
Imran Mirza from London, UK, connects with Vahé Vishapakagh Koshayan from Melbourne, Australia, to delve into a series of conversations continuing their unwavering fandom for all things TMNT, Marvel, music and undoubtedly more! As mentioned however, this episode delves into the compelling story of Ninja Turtles foil, Shredder, now navigating his sins and life choices while enduring the mental and physical torment of hell but finding himself aided by an unlikely ally.
With a bucket load of TMNT-based discussion which unpacks the original 1980's Turtle lore and compares it to IDW's reimagined take on events, we also discuss the three feature films and other on-screen Turtle iterations.
ALSO, with massive excitement, check the episode out to hear the frickin sensational theme song for the podcast as performed and produced by Vahé, 'Supple & Lean - Geekin' (Theme To S.L.A.G.)'.
The 4Ever team...
Welcome to 4ever in Electric Dreams which is the virtual HQ and home to our burgeoning podcast network spearheaded by our flagship series, Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind (C.E.N.K.).
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