Put A Spring In Your Step With Black Phoenix

human scent

Spring has arrived or, as Robin Williams aptly put it, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” You can see the grass thrusting out of the ground, flowers spreading their pollen so indiscriminately, and animals in heat putting out their scent. Many members of the animal kingdom use pheromones to signal their intent, to perpetuate their genetic code, or stated simply, to fuck. While there is some debate about the existence of human pheromones, most biologists say that if they exist, they really aren’t that influential. Being human, if nature didn’t provide, we provide for ourselves with Science! Chemistry, botany, zoology mixed together with creativity and an understanding of passion. Some of the best people in the perfume business who understand this mad dance of heady science and base desire are Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. It is in their Lupercalia release that they let their freak flag fly and have perfumes to attract the interest and inflame the passion of the object of your desire. What you do after that is your own affair but let me just say that sweat does intensify the effect.

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Poetry, Chocolate & Pornography: A Black Phoenix Valentine

Black Phoenix Smell Your Date

Well, yes, yesterday saw the return of Mandatory Romance Occasion or as it is commonly known, Valentine’s Day. That day when couples desperately reach for the same cliche activities like the Fancy Dinner TM, the dozen roses, and, you know, some sort of jewelry. And for the singles, you might have drowned your loneliness in some sort of sugar, fat, or alcohol or–and more likely–a combination of all three. But complaining about Valentine’s Day has become a cliche in itself. So no more bitching and moaning, we move on to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab‘s perfume that broaden your perspectives while delighting your nose.

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The Sound Board #33: A Total Collapse-Into-a-White-Dwarf of the Heart

Total Eclipse of the Heart: Choir of the Damned

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is tolerated by Prof. Tuffley and Dr. Rob Levy with Widgett hitting speed bumps way, way too hard.

This episode’s central topic is: oh shit, it’s Valentine’s Day once more. We give you an update on our latest and favorite Anti-Valentine’s Day tracks. Also: the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles; the loss of Donald Byrd and Reg Presley; the return of My Bloody Valentine; The Isle of Wight festival shows that the world may be ending; Parlophone is an ex-parrot; and last minute, horribly wrong Grammy predictions.

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Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.
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Happy Horny Werewolf Day From Black Phoenix

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Happy Horny Werewolf Day

Hey baby, what's your sign?

When I write about the Lupercalia perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, I usually write an amusing little missive on the ridiculous and corporate nature of Valentine’s Day. However, I rediscovered this from Uncle Warren and I must bow to the master. Especially if he wants to do something naughty.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all. And to those who hate the day, I say this: Valentine’s Day is a Christian corruption of a pagan festival involving werewolves, blood and fucking. So wish people a happy Horny Werewolf Day and see what happens.

He’s selling cards of this sentiment for you to give for that special someone. Fuck Hallmark.

With that out of the way… on with the scents!

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Solve This: The Valentine’s Day Special

Sniper Cupid

No, it’s not a second series. It’s a Valentine’s Day Special One-Off Episode of Solve This, the improvisational panel show and podcast that pits a panel of four romantic specialists against properly themed Valentine’s Day problems where the solutions become more wrong the further we go into the show.

Joining me for this episode are, in alphabetical order:

  • Jon Boutelle, president and CWTFO of The Unique Geek
  • J.J. Hawkins, host of Mars Needs Podcasts
  • Aaron Poole, reformed host of Cabin Fever, blogger and filmmaker
  • Rox of Spazhouse, hobo queen in exile and Need Coffee’s artist in residence.
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