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Top 10 Convention Songs

As this year get’s going, nerds every where make plans to attend conventions of all kinds and all places.  So while you make plans, or just dream of attending that one awesome con that looks so cool but you can not make it to, here are some songs to play to help you get excited.

1. Welcome to the Con by Ookla the Mok is definitely #1 for me.  truly an anthem for conventions, and geek life in general.  Cons should all start by playing this song.

2. Mega Ran/Random shares some tips for going to cons he has developed over the years in Contact.  I feel they are more focused to bigger cons, but really do apply to all cons out there.

3. Convention by Nuclear Bubble Wrap

4. The Leetstreet Boys have a number of songs related to otaku fandom and life, several talking about cons.  Masquerade is a love song about finding love at a con’s costume contest only to have it crushed.  Fun, upbeat, kind of sweet, and a little heartfelt.

5. At the Con by Possible Oscar from the album Wrath of Con shares some of the best advice for con going out there; “What happens at the con, stays at the con; That’s all the information you need.”  Beside where else would you go to hear about Sailor Moon in the hot tub with Frodo.

6. A couple of years ago during before PAX (Prime), someone posted on Craigslist inviting people to a “friendly adult party” aka an orgy during the con.  This lead to at least one rapper, Beefy, writing a song about it, PAXXX.  Good song once you get past the horror of the whole thing.

7. Con Suite by Max DeGroot with Rhubarb of Foxamoore and Rhubarb and Carrie Dahlby of Carrie Dahlby deals with some troubles of someone stealing fromt he con suite, where food is there for everyone.  Furry focused, but I think we all get it.

8. Not really a brony or fan of their music myself, but The Convention is great for any fandom.  Each pony represents a different type of con goer.  Which pony are, I appear to be a Rainbow Dash.  It being a parody of an actual My Little Pony song makes it even better.  Though I do have to take points off for some of the back-handed insults the chorus members sing.

9. I Wanna Go To The Con by Hello, The Future! is a nice parody using music from Brittney Spears to discuss a fans feelings and thoughts about planning a trip to a convention.  I heard this version before Brittney’s so when I heard I was a bit confused and thought she was saying she wanted to go to a con too.

10. Finnally Devo Spice, Luke Ski, and a Dalek share with us parties and other night-time happenings of cons with The Geeks Come Out At Night.  Learn about what happens when the sun goes down on a convention and why that guy probably did not need to make a Craigslist post trying to arrange an orgy.

 

 

 

 

I just compared myself to one of the characters on My Little Pony didn’t I.  Tezuka dammit.

 

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Vocalist/Producer Challenge 2

Nercore Now has been one of the top places to go for Nerdcore Hip-Hop on the internet for years, as a place for both fans and artists to converse and collaborate.  They have now evolved into an online magazine community.

They are runninger their second Vocalist/Producer Challenge (VPC).  It is a series of challenges for a group of one vocalist and one music producer.  Each round requires a new song to be written and recorded.  Each voting phase of the competition will added to their mini site for the event.  You can listen and rate tracks there.  You need to sign up or have an account with Nerdcorenow to vote, then register on the VPC forums. You can rate each track once per round and you can not change your vote.  Voting for Round 1 ends 11:40 PM PST on Saturday Feburary 2nd.  The prize for the winning team is $500 donated by KOB412 Podcast.

Vocalist Producer Challenge 2

The challenge for Round 1 is to write a sincere song.  A song that is important to the artist, about something they value and care about.  The song also needs to be mixed so it is vocal centric.  Something that highlights both the vocalist but also the lyrics of the song.  All songs will be exclusive to the VPC site.

The compliation album from the first conests is here.  Give it a listen as well.

The teams for the event are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

A number of some of my favorite artists and some I am just finding out about.

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FuMP Special With Free Stuff

The Funny Music Project (FuMP) is a collaboration of comedy musicians to release new, redone, remixed, recycled, and special songs under a Creative Commons License. Artists include Devo Spice, Worm Quartet, the great Luke Ski, Power Salad, Tom Smith, Robert Lund and Spaff, Raymond and Scum, Carrie Dahlby, Carla Ulbrich, Seamonkey, Steve Goodie, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, and more.  They also have a Sideshow for any expiring comedy musician or established one who does not have the time to become a FuMP regular.

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New songs are posted to their website about every Tuesday and Friday. The latest eight are available as a free download (128k MP3) or better quality (320k MP3) for $.99.  After more new songs come on only the better quality one is available.

Every two months they put out a compilation is produced with the songs of the past two months, called Best of FuMP #whatever they are up to.  Volume 36 has just recently come out.  The Cd contains bonus material like extra songs, interviews, live performance videos, games, and other crap.  The CDs sell for $9.99 in their store or buy it as a download.

They sell subscriptions to the site, that can disable the ads on the site, access to their high quality RSS Feed, give you access to all high quality downloads (Level 1 $4.99), compilation albums sent free every two months (Level 2 $9.99), 20% discount on past Best of FuMP album CDs, free downloads of past albums, depending on how much you pay.  You can get one month recurring meaning every month you automatically renew for another month or one month non-recurring, 6 month, and 12 months which are all one time payments for their stated time period.

They are now they are offering a special deal on subscriptions this month.  If you subscribe during January you will get a one mont for free and a free USB drive.  Customers who sign up for a new recurring monthly subscription in January will get their fourth month (April) for free.  If you cancel prior than April, no refund will be given.  If you get a 6 or 12 month non-recurring subscription, one month free has already been factored into the cost.   One month nonrecurring subscriptions are not valid for this offer.  You will also get a FuMP branded USB drive with all of the music from the site for 2012, FuMP Volumes 31-36.  The drives will be sent out in February.

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Live @ BRKfest

Last year was the first the chiptune festival in Lexington, KY called BRKfast on July 13-14.  Dozens of artist and their fans gathered for two days of music, fund, and partying.  You can now relive that weekend or learn about for the first time with the live@brfest album.
live@BRKfest2012 cover art

The album is 27 tracks long.  Twenty two of the tracks are live recordings of different artist performing and the others are various quotes and sound bytes made over the weekend.  A chance to understand some of the inside jokes from the event.  The download also comes with 39 pictures from the event.

The album is “pay what you want” meaning you get to choose how much you pay for it including nothing.  If you do give money for it all donations go to helping to pay for BRKfest later this year in July.  Plus for any amount of money give you are able to receive seven Little Speed DJ files from some of the different chiptune artists at the event for free.

The album itself is a mix of different types of chiptune music. From music that sounds like it was straight from an old school video to an electronic/techno sound to Tracks vary in length from under two minutes to over seven minutes.  Quick note, the album does have some profanity on it, so not really for the kiddies.

Special favorite songs of mine include: LomPARD! by Str8bit, it kind of has this dance mix feel but pure old school NES game feel to it that I like; Don Draper by  sp00ked, very mechanical and bleep bloop sounds that is exciting and musical as well ; and Oracle by Smiletron, has this dream like quality that lets you float on the notes yet still feels very 8bit.

The rest of the artists on the album are: HunterQuinn, Shitbird, KKrusty, sp00ked, SSD Engage, S.P.R.Y., CCDM (because of them I have decided to dedicate my life to learning who has the football), Awesome Force, Freque, datacats, pandaSTAR, Nestrogen, Solarbear, Str8bit, CompyCore, Saskrotch, Bitman, Dream Fox, AndaruGO, Roboctopus, Nonfinite, and Smiletron.

The whole album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Narayan Choudury (S.P.R.Y)  in Smoking Mirrors Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This year’s event is slated for July.  They are working on bringing over chiptune artists from all over the region and beyond.  If you want to perform; submit a demo to Solarbear (Curits Ware) at solarbear@brkfest.org

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