Dane Train's Top 11: The Top 11 Things I Am Most Looking Forward To This Year

Written by: Dane Train
Published: 20.04.2012
Every once and a while I get a nice PM from some users here, as opposed to the typical nasty ones telling me how I am some sort of right-wing-abortion-clinic-bombing-holocaust-denying-pagan-slaughtering-nut-job. I certainly am not one of them, because they don't wear kilts! But I digress. These particular messages were asking me out my band's upcoming album and just generally how things are going. I like those. They're nice. Digressing again, sorry.

This got me thinking about what things I am most excited for this year. I'll be totally honest, 2011 was kind of a bland year for yours truly and I am striving to make this year the best year I can because America's oldest teenager has just died.

Better make my last year the best, eh?

This list will not contain any Metal album releases, so don't scream at me for not being excited about such-and-such record by your favorite band not being on here. I'll maybe do another list exclusively for music. These are the events, movies and books that I've been looking forward to and hopefully many of you here will find something new to be anticipating with gleefulbrutal joy. Here, now, I, your humble kilted host, presents my Top 11 Things I am Most Excited For in 2012.

And remember...this list goes to eleven!

Blue Like Jazz: The Movie

Almost a decade ago a book came out that changed my life. Donald Miller's set of essays has become the first book I read every year. Anyway, someone thought it would be a good idea to turn it into a movie and for those of you who have read it, you're probably scratching your heads trying to fathom how this could be done. I am not sure, but the film has been getting excelent reviews from the secular market. The "Christian Film" industry is hating it, because it has *gasp* sex, drugs and profanity! Anyway, here is the trailer


Every Labor Day weekend tens of thousands of geeks descend upon Atlanta to partake in four non-stop days of...ah heck, seeing it is better:

Ridley Scott's two science fiction films, Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982) are both in my top 5 favorite films list. So when I heard he was going back to do sci-fi horror I was excited. And when I saw the trailer, I about cried (my tears are blood and oil, so I can keep my Metal cred).

[/b]Western NC Celtic Arts Fest[/b]

This is a smaller local festival that I look forward to each year. Celtic music of all sorts will be at Pisgah Brewing (my favorite brewery around here, and I live in Beer City, USA so that is saying a lot) with some of my favorite BBQ, beer, kilts, beer, great folks, beer, great folks in kilts drinking beer. Oh and Albannach will be back this year!

The Avengers

Joss is writing and directing it! Need I say more?

Hellboy In Hell
If you have never read Hellboy, shame on you. If you have, and you read last year's epic conclusion to the saga, you know this is is going to be *puts on sun glasses* one hell of a family reunion. Yaaaaaaaahhhhh!

Oh Crap.

Speaking of Hellboy, Mike Mignola who created the character will be at this convention. Yeah, I love cons. What can I say. It is the one place where I don't stick out.

Ridding the BRP
For those who don't know what the Blue Ridge Park Way is, here is the Wikipedia page for you to read about it.
And I'm going to do the whole thing on motorcycle.

A New President

My Yearly trip to the Adirondacks
Every August for a long weekend, my old high school mate, Jared, myself and a few others head up to the beautiful Adirondack mountains in New York State. We head up there to kick back, relax, drink beer, play music, do some fishing, drink beer, go paddling, and just enjoy ourselves. And when the park looks like this, how can you not.

Silent Mortal Flesh
After about two years as a band, we're finally making a record. And I'll do another article all about this next week...

So there you go. Hopefully I sparked some interests, or at least just entertained you for a while.


Written on 20.04.2012 by
Dane Train
Dane hails from Asheville, NC which is Beer City, USA. When he is not drinking various craft and micro brews, Dane fronts the Stoner Doom Metal band, The Quick. He also has a massive collection of Hellboy comic books.
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Troy Killjoy - 20.04.2012 at 19:07  
Shouldn't it be 12 things for 2012? 11 would work better for 2011.
Lit 2.0 - 20.04.2012 at 20:13  
A new Hellboy called Hellboy In Hell?
Milena - 20.04.2012 at 20:37  
Dane, I missed your articles!
Uldreth - 21.04.2012 at 09:52  
Written by Dane Train on 20.04.2012 at 11:07
If you have, and you read last year's epic conclusion to the saga, you know this is is going to be *puts on sun glasses* one hell of a family reunion. Yaaaaaaaahhhhh!

Oh no you didn't just, did you?!
Kuroboshi - 21.04.2012 at 14:53  
MétalNoir - 21.04.2012 at 18:01  
This should be entitled "The Ultimate 2012 Geek Top 11" I'm pretty psyched about that Prometheus movie, being a huge fan of the Alien tetralogy (well, the last two fucking suck, but anyway).
Whoblehwah - 21.04.2012 at 20:23  
I need to read more Hellboy. I've only read the 1st TPB. <_<
Dane Train - 21.04.2012 at 22:05  
Written by Whoblehwah on 21.04.2012 at 20:23

I need to read more Hellboy. I've only read the 1st TPB. <_<

So you only have about 20 more to go.
Zaph - 22.04.2012 at 00:45  
The Hobbit movie...
Kurty Wurty - 22.04.2012 at 01:31  
Hopefully that Viking film that Mel Gibson's been planning about is on my mind MORE SO than The Dark Knight Rises but damn that icon image I love it! See it all the time but never really know what is or where it's from. The one with the dinosaurs at war.
Dane Train - 22.04.2012 at 02:16  
Written by Zaph on 22.04.2012 at 00:45

The Hobbit movie...

That is one thing I am actually not interested in seeing this year.

Written by Kurty Wurty on 22.04.2012 at 01:31

but damn that icon image I love it! See it all the time but never really know what is or where it's from. The one with the dinosaurs at war.

It is from an old toy line called Dino-Riders. I used to play with these things all the time. They even had a straight to VHS set of movies that were terrible...and I watched them all the time.
Clintagräm - 25.04.2012 at 04:38  
Cool list, Dane. I'm jealous about the cons, fest, BRP, and Adirondacks. Hopefully I'll be able to make it out east someday, but the west is too fun to leave just yet.

Ridley Scott + Science-fiction = WIN. Definitely this.

All Blue Like Jazz needs is Michael Cera and it's a bingo.

Oh, and good luck with that new president thing.

RIP Dick Clark. I grew up watching his new years special. He will be missed.
LeChron James - 26.04.2012 at 09:02  
I think the Blue Ridge Parkway was featured on an episode of Top Gear awhile back. The dudes were expecting a no holds barred burn down the parkway but the strangely low speed limit prevented them from exercising their supercars to their full potential hahah. Your trip on motorcycle should be awesome, though.
PetSat - 04.05.2012 at 02:50  
I'm a fan of the Adirondack's trip but I may be a bit bias.

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