Monthly Archives: August 2013

Top 10 Mega Man Music List to Rush Jet To

Another video game list.  This time the blue bomber, Mega Man also known as Rockman in Japan.  He is not as well known in mainstream as some other video game characters, but that is what I feel makes he more nerdy.  Besides many many game squeals and spin-offs, he has had comics, cartoons, animes, novels, and plenty of merchandize.  Plus there are several musicians who have been inspired by the game and the soundtracks of the games.  So here is my music list of Mega Man music.

1. Mega Ran the nerdcore phenom, who’s name and three albums were inspired by the game.

2. Armcannon video game band named after Mega Man’s main weapon.

3. Protomen with their Mega Man rock opera, so far two parts have been released.

4. Snake Man Vs. The World by Benjamin Briggs is chiptune remixes of Snake Man’s theme for DarkeSword’s Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet.

5. The Megas with pop-rock lyrical Mega Man covers.

6. More nerdcore,  Light Prototype from Dual Core is Mega Man based.

7. X-Hunters is metal band that plans songs from the Mega Man X series.

8. From What if This CD… Had Lyrics? by brentalfloss, we have Bubble Man, Mega Man 3, and Gotta Run/Be The One with the Megas.

9. Year 200X more video game music from a Mega Man inspired band.

10. Off the FuMP sideshow is Giftedgear with a little acoustic parody of Glycerine by Bush about struggling while playing Mega Man.

Honorable Mention goes to, what else, the theme from the Mega Man cartoon.

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Bi-Coastal Miku Concerts

Vocaloid Pop Idol Hatsune Miku will celebrate her sixth “birthday” on August 30st with a concert in Yokohama Japan. The next day, August 31st, the concert will be streamed in both New York City and Los Angeles, presented by Live Viewing Japan.  This is your chance to see the world renowned virtual idol at her best.

The concert is called “Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai.”  Vocaloid concerts consist of holographic projects of the Vocaloid with a live band.  The concert is organized by Tokyo MX and Crypton Future Media, Inc., sponsored by SEGA Corp., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and NicoNico.

The NYC showing will be at the Anthology Film Archives from 2pm to 4pm.  The tickets are $20.
The Los Angeles showing is at the Downtown Independent from 11am to 1pm.  Tickets are also $20.

If you have any questions, please e-mail jason@dayoproductions.com. Response could take up to one business day.

Hatsune Miku, whose name means, “first sound of the future,” is based on singing synthesizer software character and is the most popular of the Character Vocal Series software originally created by Crypton Future Media, Inc. using YAMAHA’s technology.

In Japan and worldwide, Hatsune Miku is a major phenomenon. She has appeared in numerous popular video games and music videos.

To-date, over 100,000 original songs have been written for Hatsune Miku by both fans and professional musicians and composers. The pop diva will also be team up with design house Louis Vuitton for an upcoming 3D Hatsune Miku opera, titled, The End, that will feature no human singers and is scheduled to take place at the Theatre du Chatelet Opera House in Paris on November 13th and 15th, 2013

About Live Viewing Japan:
Live Viewing Japan is a Japanese-based media distribution company focused on bringing a variety of entertainment properties to a global theater-going audience.

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FuMPFest Announcements

More information about the Funny Music Project’s own convention FuMPFest has gone up.  So you can now start make plans.

First, they have figured out a date and a location for the weekend.  It will be at the Westin Northshore in Wheeling, Illinois on June 20-22, 2014.  The group rate for the hotel is $109 a night, mention “FuMPFest” for the rate.

Second the Guest of Honor for the event has been announced.  It is the one and only Dr. Demento, hows of the Dr. Demento Show which has inspired many a comedy musician and helped to make the careers of several of them, including Weird Al Yankovic.  His show has been around since 1970 broadcasting the funniest, weirdest, most demented music around, first as a radio DJ and now online.    During the weekend he will be giving presentations, playing funny music, signing autograph, and any other silly things he can think of.

Register for the con is $35 for the entire weekend; registration at the door will be $45.

This will be a great chance to spend a weekend listening, learning about, talking about, and surrounding yourself with some of the best comedy musicians out there.

 

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Death Of Disko Warp

A message from Disko Warp, a electronic music and lifestyle label from Seattle WA,  founder and owner Pete Ellison aka Initial P;

After 8 years of running independent dance label Disko Warp, I’ve decided to place it on indefinite hiatus to pursue other activities and new artistic directions. I feel like the Disko Warp team has accomplished a lot of great things, but unfortunately all things must change and it’s time to move on to other projects and areas of work. You will probably still see me produce new songs from time to time, and I’ll still be participating in The Paradise Last’s Eurobeat Forever project, and maybe some more toho or anime remix projects. We’ll have to see what comes up. I’ll still be DJ-ing, so I hope you’ll come see me play at a rave or convention some time.

For myself, the decision to retire the label comes with a shift in focus to my personal artistic expression and visual art. I’ve started a new site to showcase and offer my work for sale, so I hope you’ll check it out.

You can continue to follow me and my creative activities: TumblrDeviantart, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: petehasabeard.

I want to thank everyone who has supported the Disko Warp label since its inception in 2005, purchased our releases, come to our events and cheered us on. Maybe Disko Warp will return again some day when the time is right and the stars align. It’s been and always will be a pretty significant part of my life. As a way of saying thanks to Disko Warp’s fans, I’ve decided to publish the majority of our back catalog for download at no charge. You can check that out right now. Please feel free to spread that link any way that you see fit.

You can still support our efforts by purchasing Disko Warp CD’s, DVD’s and merch, including a special CD+DVD+Swag bundle for $25 while supplies last.

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First Maid Cafe in NY Hosts Grand Opening

This Sunday August 18th the first Maid Cafe in New York City, or on the east coast of the USA, finally opens after months a preparation.  To celebrate they are having a big party from 11am to 3:30 with various Jpop performances at their sister restaurant downstairs, Mika Japanese Cuisine & Bar.

Headliner for the event is Reni Mimura.  A Japanese idol from Japan who came to America to spread her own brand of moe pop, without even knowing any English when she came over.  Since then she has met many people who have helped her and made many fans from her monthly shows in NYC and attending conventions.  Songs ranging from sugary sweet to really weird to cabaret music.

Other guests to perform will be the Maids of Maid Cafe NY, fellow Jpop singers Hitomo Hime and  Moe Moe Honey, stand up comedian of all things nerdy Uncle Yo, and Kpop mashuper DJ MASA.  Expect plenty of dancing.  They will be holding a cosplay contest as well.

It is only $5 to get in, but lunch not included.  They will have $5 sushi rolls, curry, and fried noodles.  Fans of Japanese pop culture and music will not want to miss this fun event.

Maid Cafe NY is a theme café, hoping to interest by offering Japanese food, drink and merchandise served by servers dressed in maid outfits in a Japanese pop setting. Food and drink include Japanese curry, various Green Tea sweets, frozen yogurt and Japanese style parfait and crepe. Will also offer occasional live music entertainment.

What is a Maid Café?
Maid cafés are restaurants serving traditional Japanese food and desserts, with a staff of primarily young, cute waitresses and entertainers. In these cafés, waitresses dressed in maid costumes. The first Maid café was established in Tokyo, Japan in 2001 but maid cafés are becoming increasingly popular. They have since expanded overseas. Maid cafés were originally designed primarily to cater to the fantasies of male “otaku,” obsessive fans of anime, manga and video games. However today the maid café phenomenon also attracts couples and female tourists.

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MAGFest Partners With Baltimore’s Summer Video Game Music Festival

MAGFest has teamed up with Baltimore’s BitGen Gamer Fest to put on BitGen’s 8th annual summer show.  The two have combined, so BitGen is officially a MAGFest event now.

Bit Gen Gamer Fest 8 hosted by brentalfloss

BitGen Gamer Fest 8 is August 10th, 2013 at Rams Head Live, Baltimore’s biggest rock venue. With 11 bands, dozens of arcades and consoles to play all on free play, and even artists selling nerd themed creations, BitGen Gamer Fest is packed to the gills with geeky goodness. Internet comedian and lyricists brentalfloss will MC the evening’s events.

The headlining acts for the night are VGM metal band Powerglove, nerdcore rapper Mega Ran, and Mega Man cover rock band The Megas.  Three of the best video game music acts out there.

In addition to the headliners are synth rock band Rare Candy, Mega Man X metal band X-Hunters, acoustic guitar duet Super Guitar Bros, Final Fantasy themed rock opera Those Who Fight, chiptune rockers Cheap Dinosaurs, thrash metal Knight of the Round,  Overclocked Remix’s official band OverClocked University, and VGM rock band Random Battles.  If you like video game music, you will be able to find something here to your tastes.

Get your tickets for BitGen Gamer Fest in advance and save money off the at-the-door price, $20 pre-reg and $25 at door.  And if you can not make it out to the event,  you will be able to watch the entire concert streamed live on MAGFest’s twitch.tv channel.  Doors open at 3pm eastern, and the show starts at 4pm.

Another great video game music event for fans.  With it becoming part of MAGFest, I feel this will either open up the event even more and help it grow in new ways or the whole thing will just become MAGFest lite with them just doing the same kind of things they always do.  We will just have to see what will happen in the future.  As a suggestion maybe some chip music to the line up.

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