Hello magical friends and welcome to the first WZRD Radio episode of 2021! I’m your hostwitch Bess and I think this is going to be a very good year.
Let’s kickstart this wrockin’ year with some excellent music. First up is “My Friends are Wizards” by Hawthorn & Holly.
Who’s ready for our first wandoscope of the year?
Wow, cherry wand holders. Do you know what Ollivander says about you? “Truly lethal power.” You are a dragon, powerful and majestic. And speaking of dragons, if you combine forces with a dragon heartstring core, you’ll create an unstoppable force. Use it for good, please! But don’t get ahead of yourself. If you spend this month figuring out what you want and the steps to get there you’ll be in a much better position to conquer the rest of the year.
Next up is “Magic Lives On” by Sane as Luna.
Is anyone else tuckered out from so much holiday wrock last month? Yule Balls and New Year’s Eve Balls galore! Just in case you’re not, here are some upcoming events.
The Wizrocklopedia and the Wizard Rock Sampler have teamed up for a new Compilation Club, launching today! I’m on the organizing team and I can tell you it’s going to be awesome. [link]
Ariel Factor Birdoff of Madam Pince and the Librarians is releasing a new rebel librarian album on January 11th called “Guides not Gatekeepers”.
On January 12, Moment Magazine is hosting a virtual conversation with the Yiddish translator of Harry Potter, entitled “From Folktales and Fables to Harry Potter: Yiddish Storytelling for a New Generation.” [link]
Ludo Bagman and the Trash, a staple of quarantine-time wizard rock, has an album coming out this month!
Wollongong Botanic Garden is showing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on January 16th. [link]
Totally Knuts has an album coming out, Wizards Loving Wizards!
And if you’re in Perth on January 22, check out a pop-up Harry Potter -themed performance! [link]
In between all the Yule Ball concerts our wrockers found time to create some wonderful holidays gifts for us.
For instance, the Hinky Punks have launched their new website at TheHinkyPunks.com
Ludo Bagman and the Trash released the third volume of A Very Merry Bagmas. [link]
Sam Ruff, creator of the “All the Wrock” playlist on Spotify, has created “All the Wrock Jr.,” a kid-friendly version for the pre-Hogwarts age crowd. [link]
And Voldi and the Morts released Voldis Knorke XMess Banger on Christmas Eve, which is a charity album for a queer international organization! [link]
Next up is “Wrock Rocks” by The Butterbeer Experience.
We’ve made it through another episode! I hope it’s as fun a start to the new year for you as it is for me.
No one guessed episode 17’s theme last month. I know, I made it super tricky. But I’ve still got a few of those Muggle Snuggle download codes so if you’ve got a guess for that episode’s theme—or this one’s—let me know!
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Until next time, friends: let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.