Friday, April 24, 2015

C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) 2015 Guide

It's that time of year again when Chicago's biggest comic convention C2E2 comes to McCormick Place!  This year is arguably more jam-packed than ever thanks in part to the rise in comic and nerd-related TV shows springing up everywhere!  Here's a rundown of some of what you can expect this coming weekend:

Comic's most famous elder-statesman Stan "The Man" Lee will be autographing at Autographing Table 1 Friday at 4:30 PM, Saturday at 10:00 AM, 1pm and 3:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am and 1pm!  Then you can join him on the Main Stage (S406) on Sunday at 2:45 as he discusses his best known creations including Spider-Man, The Avengers, The X-Men and The Incredible Hulk!

You can join famed director M. Night Shyamalan and actor Matt Dillon Friday on the Main Stage at 3:15p as they run a Q&A about their upcoming new psychological thriller FOX TV show "Wayward Pines" as well as provide a sneak peak screening!

On Saturday on the Main Stage (S406) you can check out two of Marvel's finest with the "Kick-ass Women of S.H.I.E.L.D." from 1:30pm-2:30pm! Join Hayley Atwell aka Peggy Carter and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen as they talk about being women in a male-dominated genre.

The big show will also be on the Main Stage again on Saturday at 7pm when the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay which will feature the best cosplayers from around the globe competing for over $10,000 in cash and prizes and the glory of being titled the C2E2 Crown Champion of Cosplay!

As always there will be tons of comic artists and writers in attendance such as Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, Fables' Bill Willingham, artist David Finch, writer Gail Simone, Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley and more!  You can also expect tons of entertainment guests including CM Punk, Arrow's David Ramsey, Jason Mewes, Game of Thrones' Finn JonesJason Momoa, Kevin Smith and others!  There will also be various vendors as well as the ever-present Artist Alley that you can explore all weekend (because let's face it, a day really isn't enough to take it all in!)  You can check it all out at the links below and follow the Idol Threat Facebook and Twitter for pics, news, live updates and more!

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McCormick Place
2301 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday April 24th 11am-7pm
Saturday April 25th 10am-7pm
Sunday April 26th 10am-5pm


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Judith Hill - Back in Time [FREE DOWNLOAD]

So this might be the first time I'm recommending an album without listening to it first. There are a couple of reasons why I’m making this special exception – the first reason is that it is a time-sensitive download. The deadline was set for March 25th, so I’m not sure if you can still download this album tomorrow or if today is the last chance. The second reason I am making this exception is because this album is being given away by Prince. Yes, THE Prince. I saw an email in my inbox “from Prince” and expected a tour or album announcement, only to find out that it was actually a free download for Judith Hill’s new album “Back in Time.” Judith Hill is a 31 year old Los Angeles singer who competed on the NBC show The Voice in 2013 and was also featured in the Oscar and Grammy-winning documentary about backup singers titled “20 Feet From Stardom.” Hill also had a cameo in the Michael Jackson movie “This Is It,” where she was featured as a backup singer in rehearsal for his upcoming tour.

Despite all this exposure, Prince did not actually discover Judith until he saw an interview of her on a European show where she expressed the desire to work with the legendary artist. According to an article by he later invited her to a listening party for his 2014 album "Art Official Age," and when they talked briefly at the party Prince asked what kind of music she wanted to make. She said “Sly and the Family Stone.” He said, “That’s all I needed to know.” That should also be all you need to know when making your decision to download this project or not. Be forewarned, the link to this album is actually for 11 WAV files and not MP3s, so the file size is considerably large (just over 1 Gig.)  If you don't have a way to convert WAV files to MP3s you can do so for free online at the link below. - GodzIL

Download Here:

Convert WAV to MP3 here:

Thursday, March 19, 2015


At just under 7 & 1/2 minutes long, Atochi's Iomante is a superblast of japanese avant-jazz/noisecore. The inevitable comparisons to Borbetomagus, Naked City etc. will come to mind simply because of the combination of grind-like aesthetic and squealing horns, but there is something decidedly more ‘whimsical’ about this release when compared to the output of those bands. It’d be interesting to see if this maniacal of an output would hold interest in longer releases, but for now you can revel in the noisy mess of this killer sub-10 minute opus. Out now for free download on the always awesome Grindcore Karaoke Bandcamp label.

Download Here:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Aesop Rock - The Blob [FREE Download]

Aesop Rock’s last official solo release was 2012’s Skelethon. In 2013 he released an album as The Uncluded with Kimya Dawson, and just last year released another Hail Mary Mallon album titled "Bestiary" with fellow MC Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Now Aesop is back with a solo release, though it's not the type of release you would expect from the legendary wordsmith. The Blob is a release of compiled instrumentals that's just over 30 minutes long. The Rhymesayers signee uploaded this mix to SoundCloud and has also made the mix available as a free MP3 download for those that weren't fortunate enough to pick up the CD version on his recent Bestiary Tour. Aes Rock has this to say about the release:

“The Blob is 32 minutes of beats & sounds that have otherwise been orphaned by their hell-bound father. It is largely unmixed and occasionally offensive. James Lynch played bass on the one that sounds like an elf orgy. Allyson Baker played guitar on the last one. Mastered by Joey Raia.”

Download the mix here:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Torche VS Robots: Annihilation Affair [FREE video game] + new album Restarter & Tour

Torche was formed in 2004 by Steve Brooks, Juan Montoya, Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith after the dissolution of Brooks & Montoya’s cult-favorite doom band Floor. Floor actually reunited in 2010 (sans Montoya) and released Oblation last year, which we named one of our top albums of 2014. Now Brooks and his fellow Torche-members have released their new album Restarter, and have created an interesting promotion to go along with it. The band and their label Relapse Records has developed a free video game to go along with the album.

In Torche VS Robots you can play as one of the band members in a single-player, side-scrolling game jumping and fighting robots to save a post-apocalyptic Miami while their new album Restarter plays in the background. You can download the game for free in the Apple Store or Google Play and there is a desktop version available as well. This is an interesting promotion and possibly one of the first of its kind - plus its fun to hear some good stoner sludge play in the background while you shoot at robots and try to not fall through the cracks. There are links to get the game below, as well as a link to their new album on Bandcamp, and you can check out dates for their tour after the jump.

Desktop Version:

Apple Store Version:

Google Play Version:

Stream Restarter here:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Relapse Records: 25 Years of Contamination [FREE] Relapse Sampler

Unholy metal slab Batman! Relapse Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a ton of events, including a free digital compilation release of over 180 tracks from their roster! 180+ TRACKS! In addition, Relapse will be reissuing a significant amount of titles from throughout the label's history on deluxe vinyl. 

Albums from artists like Mastodon, Nile, Dillinger Escape Plan, Neurosis, Amorphis, Incantation, Human Remains, and many many more will get the deluxe reissue treatment after being long out-of-print or never-before-available on wax. Plus, a special, super limited silver colored vinyl of every record released/reissued in 2015 will be made available exclusively from  That's way more vinyl that you can shake a stick at!

Relapse will be publicly celebrating its silver anniversary at next year's Maryland Death Fest alongside current and former Relapse artists Amorphis (playing Tales From The Thousand Lakes in its entirety), Obituary, Neurosis, Suffocation, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cephalic Carnage, Primitive Man, YOB, Tombs, Devourment, Origin, Skinless, Inverloch, Inter Arma, Serpentine Path, and Noisear.

Relapse Records was founded by Matthew Jacobson in 1990, and the label quickly became one of the most celebrated and influential underground labels in heavy music history. Here’s what founder Matt Jacobson had to say about the occasion:

"In 1990 I started Relapse as a teenager in my parents’ basement. It was a dream with a simple mission: to share the music that I was so passionate about with as many people as possible. Over the course of 25 years we have had the honor of working with a diverse array of amazing artists and releasing a vast catalog of incredible records that includes numerous influential and genre defining albums. We are very proud that we have been able to bring the music that we love to a global audience."

Download the comp at the link below (or donate a few bucks for it) and check their website for updates on the vinyl releases and other Relapse-related news.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Eric Powell's GOON Statue debuts at Toy Fair 2015

The Goon is a comic book series written and drawn by Eric Powell and published by Dark Horse Comics. It follows an enforcer and his sidekick Franky as they battle thugs and supernatural threats such as zombies, aliens and skunk apes.  It’s unique blend of comedy, violence and gorgeous art has earned it a cult following amongst fans.  This past weekend at the annual New York Toy Fair, a high-end collectible statue of The Goon was revealed at the Dark Horse booth.

This piece was originally a Blur Studios produced limited-edition faux-bronze statue produced for fans as an incentive for the Kickstarter of The Goon movie.  Now Eisner Award–winning creator Eric Powell and Blur Studios are set to release this gorgeously painted version of the statue for those that missed out on the original! The Goon statue stands over 8 inches tall and will be packaged in a full-color, oversize collector box. Its slated for release for summer 2015. Suggested retail price is $150.  Head to your local comic shop to pre-order and click on the jump for another view of the statue!

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