Hello magical friends, and welcome to the eleventh episode of WZRD Radio. I’m your hostwitch Bess and I’m wondering how Hogwarts is handling social distancing this school year. Will everyone have to wear a bubblehead charm in the halls? What do you think?
With all the students off to the castle it’s a quieter month, but we’ve still got some exciting events coming up.
First, however, let’s get to some music.
We’re beginning with “Dontcha Know” by Catchlove so just grab your trunk and run at that wall. Trust me, it’ll be fine.
This month’s wandoscope is for anyone carrying a Birch wand.
Birch wands, you are constantly underappreciated. You’re so essential to making things work, but somehow the people who most rely on you often overlook your contributions. But demanding the recognition you deserve is a Future You problem. This month you should focus on that new relationship that you’re not sure if you’re handling well. They’re concerned too, even if they’re trying not to let it show. A kneazle hair core will have the answers you need, but you might not like what they have to say. If you manage to straighten things out between you, you’ll have a surprisingly valuable ally in your upcoming fight to get recognized for your work.
Next up is “Zip Me Up” by the Blibbering Humdingers.
And now for this month’s wizard rock and Harry Potter events.
As always, keep an eye on LeakyCon for their Wizard Rock Wednesdays, and Ashley Hamel for her monthly Lunch Hour Live.
The 2020 Wizard Rock Sampler is released today, September 1st! Your hostwitch was at the release party last night and, although I’m recording this in advance, I know it blew my mind. [link]
The Blibbering Humdingers have a performance on August 4th for DragonCon. [link]
Speaking of the Blibbering Humdingers, they’ve been nominated for a 2020 Pegasus Award for Best Performer. If you’re a member of the filk community, go give them a vote! [link]
La Gazette du Sorcier is celebrating twenty years online on September 12th! Les Barnabas Cuffe and Basilisk in Your Pasta will both be performing so if you’re in Thoiry, France, it’s well worth checking out. [link]
On September 20th, Things To Do DC is hosting a Virtual Harry Potter Location Tour. What’s more magical than a London tour where you never have to leave home? [link]
The University of Nottingham Quidditch and Harry Potter Society are hosting an online game night on the 21st. [link]
If you’re in Melbourne and want to make new friends, the Monash Muggles are continuing their virtual Harry Potter Hangout series on the 12th and 26th. It’s part book club, part game night, all fun. [link]
And if you live in Kanopolis, Kansas [link], New Braunfels, Texas [link], or Unadilla, New York [link], your local drive-in theaters are showing Harry Potter movies this month. In Unadilla, it’s a whole Harry Potter marathon.
The Trans Wrock Comp is still open for submissions! They’re closing on September 24th but you’ve still got some time. [link]
Speaking of wrock compilations, the Harry Potter Alliance is putting one together! They’re hoping to get confirmation of participants by September 4th, with the song deadline being September 30th. If you’ve got a song about something you (or your character) love, consider submitting. [link]
And for music that came out in August, we’ve got
- a new single from Slytherin, the metal one [link]
- a single from Creevey Crisis [link]
- Bob Swanson’s “The Stars of Harry Potter [link]
- the complete Wrock Cover Swap [link]
- Josh Slunk’s new EP, Unicorn Blood [link]
- And the first ever Bertie Botts Every Flavour Jam [link]
Links to all of these events, comps, and songs are in the transcript on the website.
And now its time for more music, beginning with Roonil Wazlib’s “Green Eyes.”
And this is the end of the show! I hope you enjoyed it.
A huge shout out to Zoe on Twitter who went back and guessed the two themes that have stumped everyone for months. Zoe nailed June’s theme of “Loss” and July’s theme of “People who went to Azkaban.” I’m so stoked you got them!
The transcript at WZRDRadioPod.WordPress.com has links to all the songs and events you heard about today. If you liked some of the music, consider buying it to support the artists. After all, without our wizard rockers, we wouldn’t be here.
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Do you think you know this episode’s theme? Do you have an event or music release I should share? Or do you just want to say hi? Whatever you want to find me for, you can reach me on Twitter at WZRDRadioPod. If you’re not on social media you can leave a comment on the episode transcript or email me at WZRDRadioPod @gmail.com.
Until next time friends, remember: “I am what I am, and I’m not ashamed. Never be ashamed…there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.”