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Top 10 Star Trek Music List to Energize To

Now while Star Wars is a more popular and well known sci-fi series, I feel Star Trek is the more nerdy series.  There are fewer fan songs and such, but the ones there are seem to by true blue fans.  So here are ten songs and bands to check out for all the Trekkies out there.

1. Five Year Mission a five piece rock band with the mission to write a song for each episode of the original Star Trek series.  Plenty of rock tracks full of both great melodies and Trekkie references.

2. Luke Ski gives us What’s Up Spock which goes over the various shows of the series and members of the crew.

3. il Troubadore is a Klingon music project to perform the music of the Klingon Empire for Terran audiences.  Also they wrote a Klingon ballet.

4. Sci-Fried brings us My Name is SpockDon’t Phase Me Bro, and The Away-Team with their usually comedy rock style and geeky lyrics.

5. German Klingon Klenginem gives us Klingon versions of songs various famous songs.

6. Redshirts a song by H2Awesome shares  with us the thoughts of a red shirt on the Enterprise and what the fates of some his fellow red shirts were.

7. Warp 11 a sci-fi rock band in Starfleet uniforms.  Plus lots of sexy time fun.

8. For the filk fans we have this lovely old list of Star Trek filks from the fans.  

9. More Klingons with heavy metal Klingon by Stovokor.

10. I do not know what to think of this one, but if you ever wanted to hear a Sulu impersonator doing short spoken covers of songs they you need to check out Phaser Rock.

Honorable Mention: The original Star Trek theme done 8-bit for a little bit of chiptune on here.

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I Fight Dragons and Phantom Breaker Team Up for Music Video

I Fight Dragons (IFD) is a nintendocore video game with 8-bit inspirations formed in 2008.  Brian Mazzaferri and Bill Prokopow while working on a demo had the idea to try and sound like music from an old NES.  That song was “Heads Up, Hearts Down” and start them on a four years of national tours, two EPs and one full albums, hundreds of shows, and more.  Their 2nd full length albums Project Atma is a Chiptune Rock Opera is set to be released soon.

Mages is video game developer, having worked on such games as Steins;GateChaos;HEAd, and several other visual novel games in Japan.  Their first game in North America is Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, on XBox Live Arcade, a spin-off to the 2D fighting game Phantom Breaker. “Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds” is a cooperative, side-scrolling beat’em up that hearkens back to the days of the 8-Bit era, but using modern game development techniques.

The two have joined for a special music video project.  Taking IFD’s song “Move” from their recent album DEMOlitions with custom sprites of the band mashed-up with in-game footage from Mages’ Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds to create this project.  Watch the video here.

The collaboration came about when Gail Salamanca, US PR Manager of Mages and fan of the band, wanted to combine IFD’s chiptune inspired rock with Phantom Breakers 8bit retro look into something for fans of both the band and game.  Brian Mazzaferri of I Fight Dragons has stated that the outcome of “four badass anime heroines going on a beat-em-up rampage pixelized versions of IFD to cheer them on” is pretty much his ideal vision for a music video to Move.  The video was produced by Strangely Compelling, directed by Salamanca, and the IFD sprites were created by Oleg Tikounov.

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Latest News From Mega Ran and Adam Warrock

Mega Ran has a new album out, this time it is based on his second favorite video game (after Final Fantasy VII), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.  Ran has previously used the skits from the game on early demo albums.  Now the story is retold as a hip hop opera, Castlevania: The Nocturnal Cantata.  Ran plays as Alucard.

Castlevania: The Nocturnal Cantata cover art

The original game’s art and score were composed by female artists, so to help craft this album, and play the role of Maria Renard, he got Sammus to join him.  She helped produce, remix, and perform on the album.  Playing the role of Richter Belmont is The Ranger, an affiliate from the Nerdy Rotten Scoundrel community.  Dr. Awkward makes an appearance in the Overture too.  Art for the album was done by Chris Flocco and special art for the CD version was done by Cody Baier.

Album is a great mix of different beats and showcases why Mega Ran is one of the top nerdcore artists out there.  Let’s you see his many sides and if you have not heard of Sammus or The Ranger before this is a good introduction.  Great new addition for Mega Ran fans to get or new fans to start with.

You can buy a digital album for $7.  The physical album was limited to only 100 and sold out in only a day and a half.  So that’s sad.  Though for free you can get a copy of the instrumentals.  Which is still nice.

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Once a year Adam Warrock holds a donation drive to raise money.  Warrock gives out a lot of free music over the year, does music full time, does not use a donate button on his site, or use any crowdsourcing.  Everything comes out of his pocket, so once a year he asks for a little help and donors get some rewards.

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This year’s drive will be June 24 – July 3.  Donors this year we get several things.  An exclusive mixtape album with cover art by Rob Guillory, video of a live storyteller concert feature TribeOne, live storyteller concert album, and free digital comics from several different publishers and creators.  There will also be two new music videos of unreleased songs.

A preview of the drive can be viewed here with more information.

Also this past week Adam has been dropping exclusive tracks on different sites.  On Monday at WIRED a Game of Thrones track called “The Rains of Castamere” with a review article on the latest episode.  Wednesday at The Mary Sue he has “X-Women” about the new X-Men comic featuring an all female team.  A video game based song on a video game site goes up today.

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Richie Branson has charted on Billboard/Soundcan’s Top 100 Rap Albums chart with his Chrono Trigger album “From Guardia With Love.”  You can pick up a copy from Bandcamp or iTunes.  All proceeds of the album will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.  Is also has a nice beat flowing through it.

His place on the charts breaks down like this:

#4 First week release on the Billboard Rap Chart
#69 Overall Billboard Rap Chart
#6 First week release on the Billboard R&B Chart
#106 Overall Billboard R&B Chart
#140 Overall Billboard New Artist Chart

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