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VoK 607: GRRM’s Thousand Worlds – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm” (Review)


The Vassals (and Bastards) launch into George R. R. Martin’s science fiction universe. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist), Michael (aka Mordion), and Zach (aka Alias) as they review two short stories from Martin’s Thousand Worlds series – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm.”

Credits:
Edited by Amin and Valkyrist

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VoK 600: The Dance of the Vassals VI aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 106)


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Welcome to the 600th episode of the Vassals of Kingsgrave! We begin with some chat from the VOK Curators  about the status of the fandom and what will come next for VOK in the absence of a new book. Your hosts are Casey/Blue-Eyed-Queen; Hashtag Greg/ClaudiusTheFool; Adam/Drownedsnow; Zack/Alias; Bina007, the Podcast Bard/Jed O’White Hart and a guest appearance from Nadia.

At 41m, we move to the penultimate episode of the reread but the final chapter episode!  We cover the final two linear timeline chapters of A Dance With Dragons – Dany 10 and Jon 13 – both taking place at an unspecified time in late July to – late August 300 AL.  To do so we reunite some of the hosts of the first two episodes of the reread – published back in August 2015 – Thomas/FTWard; Brett/Whiteraven; Michael/Mordion; Matt/Varley and Bina007.  And we also get two special songs from the Podcast Bard.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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VoK 585: Watchmen (HBO miniseries) – Retrospective


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No, Miss Crookshanks! It’s only just begun!

Welcome to the VOK review of maybe the only ever season of the TV show, Watchmen. (We reviewed episodes 1-3 in VOK 576).

Your hosts are Adam (drownedsnow), Amber (amberrocks), Jock (Munrojock2), Matt (blu3arm0r), Michael (Mordion) and Thomas (FTWard). There’s an aftershow at 1hr 24m in which Bina007 and DavidHHH share their thoughts on the season with a little counter-point from Mordion.

Editor: FTWard.

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VoK 576: Watchmen (HBO series) – Mid-Series Discussion


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Join Thomas (FTward), Michael (Mordion), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Adam (DrownedSnow) and Bina007 as they discuss the first three episodes of HBO’s Watchmen.

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[Peteypedia] Official world building
[The Hollywood Reporter] Lindelof on Ep 1
[Official Podcast] HBO’s episode guide

VoK 573: Joker [2019] (Review)


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Please join Jock (MunroJock2) , Matt (Blu3arm0r), Michael (Mordion) and Thomas (FTWard) as we discuss Joker (2019) – director Todd Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix’s controversial origin story of comics most iconic villain.

Edited by: FTWard
Aftershow: 1:45:00

Music –
Intro:
My Name Is Carnival
Written by: Jackson C. Frank
Performed by: Erland & The Carnival

Outro:
Bathroom Dance
Written by: Hildur Guðnadóttir
Performed by: Evan Handyside

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VoK 558: YouTube Cast


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Welcome to YouTube, please submit your personality to the algorithm! Join Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Jock (Munrojock2), Matt (blu3arm0r), Michael (Mordion), and Thomas-ish (FTWard) as they explore a fraction of the internet’s strange, wonderful, and essentially incomprehensible video place. Topics discussed include our own YouTube proclivities, the perils of family vlogging, capitalism, beauty guru drama, and how math can make you a radical. Plus, learn to carve a turkey and start a cult in less than ten minutes.

Also check out our episode on ASMR: https://vokpodcast.com/2019/06/27/vok-556-asmr-cast

Edited by inkasrain

Articles referenced:

Algorithms Won’t Fix What’s Wrong With YouTube:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/opinion/youtube-algorithm.html

The Making of a YouTube Radical: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/08/technology/youtube-radical.html

Intro music: The YouTube Song by Trevon Johnson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj7ycgOlIWw)

Outro music: The Official YouTube Song by James Adams
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BIpqGi4Wiw)

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VoK 556: ASMR Cast



Please join Vassals Michael (Mordion), Thomas (FTWard) and our special guest Tori ASMR (@toriperezz) as we discuss our experiences with ASMR, the ASMR community, YouTube and the tragic apostrophe shortage in Canada.

After Show: 1:38:00

ToriASMR 
This American Life: A Tribe Called Rest
Reese The Movie: A Movie About Reese (An ASMR Experience)
WhispersRed ASMR
SouthernASMR Sounds
Phoenician Sailor
Waluigi Whispers
VioletsVoice
Scottish Murmurs ASMR
ASMR Glow
Goodnight Moon
TheOneLilium ASMR
ARDRA -asmr-

Credits:
Edited by FTWard

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VoK 468: Westworld – “Virtù e Fortuna” & “The Riddle of the Sphinx” (S02E03-04 Review)


Join Hostcast as we discuss the 3rd and 4th episodes of season 2 of Westworld

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Bina (Bina007), and Michael (Mordian).

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VoK 447: Serial Podcast (Review) – Season 1



The Vassals review the first season of Serial, a true crime podcast which investigates the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee  and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Masud Syed. Join Tanja (Scilens), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Steven (SJLee),  Michael (Mordion), and Michal (inkasrain) for a discussion of the Serial phenomenon, the ethics of internet sleuthing, the slippery nature of memory, the listener’s need for closure.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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Serial
Undisclosed
Truth & Justice

VoK 346: Westworld (HBO series) – Season 1 Retrospective


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Join Alix/Aiwendil, Adam/DrownedSnow, Bina007, Matt/VarleyOnTheForums and Michael/Mordion as they review season 1 of HBO’s Westworld and speculate about season 2.

This podcast contains spoilers for the HBO series and original movie.

The aftershow begins at 57 minutes.

Music and picture credit: HBO & Barenaked Ladies.

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VoK 340: Westworld (HBO series) – Mid-Season 1 Discussion


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Glen (Dagos_Rivers) continues the hype discussion of Westworld, and is joined by Bina (Bina007), Michael (Mordion), Thomas (FTWard), Hannah (shadow _baby) and Jock (Munrojock2).

Popular theories such as William = MiB, is everyone secretly a machine, and the location of Westworld are discussed at length.

Also highlighted:
-‘Child abuse’ within Westworld.
-Future of the show.
-Have the fans sussed out everything within 5 episodes?
-Will it really take the place of ‘Game of Thrones’ for HBO?

Aftershow: 01:48:00
Duration: 01:55:23

Edited by FTWard

Music:
“Westworld Main Title Theme” Written by Ramin Djawadi
Perforemed by Iacovos @iacovosmusic

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VoK 311: The Sopranos ReWatch (Part 3) – Members Only


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The Vassals convene at Holsten’s diner to draw their Sopranos rewatch to an ominous close. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Michael (Mordion) and Mattias (Maca) as they delve into the spiritual awakenings, invisible chains, and frustrating blackouts of the series’ sixth and final season.

This is the third podcast in a three-part retrospective of the series.

02:40 – Season 6A Discussion
40:34 – Season 6B Discussion
1:37:21 – Aftershow (including trivia contest and plugs for upcoming podcasts)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all aired episodes of HBO’s The Sopranos

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by HBO

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VoK 179: The Sopranos (Part 2) – The Strong, Silent Type
VoK 151: The Sopranos (Part 1) – Since the Ducks Left

VoK 233: The Virtues of a 9-Inch Meat Pie aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 2)


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The second podcast in our linear ASOIAF re-read begins with feedback on last week’s episode focussing on the character of Ser Weymar Royce and Lunar dragons.  We then cover the events of April 298, with the King and the Lannisters arriving at Winterfell as news of Jon Arryn’s death reaches Cat.  This translates into the Game of Thrones chapters Ned 1 (16m), Jon 1 (37m), Cat 2 (49m) and Arya 1 (1h5m).  The aftershow begins at 1hr 15m.

Spoilers:  All published novels in the ASOIAF series but neither spoiler chapters for The Winds of Winter nor the latest season of Game of Thrones.

Podcast hosts: FTWard (Thomas), Mordion (Michael), Claudius The Fool (Greg), Bina007, Middlecyclone (Amanda), Nadia, Varley (Matt) and Whiteraven (Brett) .

For those of you playing along at home, the next episode will cover the events of May 298, so Game of Thrones: Bran 2, Tyrion 1, Jon 2 and Cat 3.

Picture credit: HBO’s Game of Thrones. Music credit: Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean.

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VoK 223: Vassals Night Out – “Manly” Edition


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Join the VOK boys for the first (annual? decennial? never again?) Guys Night Out.

Hosts Shane (easttexasdirewolf), Augustine (linecom1), Matt (Varley), Michael (Mordion), Zach (Alias), Duncan (Valkyrist), Brett (White Raven), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall) & Greg (claudiusthefool) for an in-depth and critical discussion of facial hair, manly drinks, The Weather, & very briefly ASOIAF plus a myriad of other manly topics.

Contains spoilers for beards & A Song of Ice and Fire.

Edited by Shane

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VoK 179: The Sopranos ReWatch (Part 2) – The Strong, Silent Type


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The Vassals continue their increasingly bloody rewatch of arguably the greatest television show ever made – HBO’s The Sopranos. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Michael (Mordion) and newcomer Kristen (Lady K) as they delve into the mob carnage, familial tensions and cigar-clouded therapy sessions of seasons 3 to 5.

This is the second podcast in a three-part retrospective of the series.

05:03 – Season 3 Discussion
1:17:27 – Season 4 Discussion
2:05:52 – Season 5 Discussion

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all aired episodes of HBO’s The Sopranos

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by HBO

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VoK 151: The Sopranos (Part 1) – Since the Ducks Left

VoK 177: Political Communications in ASOIAF (w/Prof. David D. Perlmutter)


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In this academic-inspired episode, Kingsgrave head-honcho Amin discusses Westerosi politics with David D. Perlmutter, a communications professor from Texas Tech University. Also joining them is Michael (Mordion) and Aziz (from History of Westeros).

Topics include political persuasion, propaganda, and public relations amongst the various factions of A Song of Ice and Fire. And stick around afterwards for a brief recap of Davos I (from ASOS), flown in directly from Amin’s “other” podcast. 😉

Credits:
Edited by Amin

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David’s website
History of Westeros podcast

VoK 168: The Kingkiller Chronicle (by Patrick Rothfuss)


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The Vassals pay their jots and take a seat in The Eolian to discuss the first two books in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle series, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. Sympathy, Tinkers, the Amyr, and the Chandrian are discussed, as well as the story’s principle characters. They also take a look at the many theories the books have spawned and what they might mean for the final installment.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)
Hosts: Brett (White Raven), Michael (Mordion), Sif (reg.roone), Chris (Issen), and Zach (Alias)
Music from Mark Haas’ The Name of the Wind: The Unofficial Soundtrack

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VoK 151: The Sopranos ReWatch (Part 1) – Since the Ducks Left


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What happens when four wiseguys walk into a psychiatrist’s office? Join vassals Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Michael (Mordion), and Mattias (Maca) as they hijack and dismantle the first two seasons of HBO’s crown jewel – The Sopranos.

This is the first podcast in a three-part retrospective of the series.

02:51 – Cultural Impact
22:22 – Season 1 Discussion
1:02:33 – Season 2 Discussion

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all aired episodes of HBO’s The Sopranos

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by HBO

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VoK 131: CricketCast (Vol.1) aka “The Bowler’s Holding the Batsmen’s Manwoody!”


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In the first ever CricketCast, the Vassals discuss everything from Test Matches to T20 – spot-fixing to Bodyline – and recreate the Tourney of the Hand from Game of Thrones as commentated on by the Test Match Special team. And special bonus geek-cred to the first commenter who guesses the origin of this episode’s sub-title!

Podcasters: BrumRiverlander (Kelvin); Bina007; VKalra23 (Vidur); MadScientist22 (Surya); Jed O’White Hart (Jed); the Podcast Umpire aka Teddard (Eddie); and our guest ‘Murcan Mordion (Michael).

Editor: VKalra23.

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VoK 125: The Princess Bride [1987] (DVD Commentary) – Abridged Version


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Bina007, Alias (Zack) and Mordion (Michael) provide a DVD commentary to Rob Reiner’s 1987 cult classic movie The Princess Bride. Written by William Goldman the movie puts a witty before its time post modern take on the fairy tale.

Please note that this episode will be published in two editions.  VoK 124 is the full DVD Commentary for people who want to watch with the movie on in the background and has a running time of 1h 41m.

This episode, VoK 125, is for those who want to just listen to our mindless babbling and don’t have access to the movie. It edits out the sporadic silences and has a running time of 1h 23m.

Edited by Bina007.
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