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Top 10 Lovecraft Music List To Lose Your Sanity To

The best known author of cosmic horror stories and the creator of the Cthulhu Mythos, Howard Phillips Lovecraft is perhaps the greatest of all horror fiction writers. His work has influenced many other writers, film makers, and game creators for decades, so is it any surprise that musicians also have come to be influcened by his work.

1. The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets is a Vancouver “punky surf” band whose lyrics don’t just make passing mention to Lovecraft—their entire existence seems to revolve around him.

2. Consortium of Genius gives us some old timey gospel music with What a Friend We Have in Cthulhu.  Several fellow FuMPers appear on the track as well.

3. Jonah Knight takes the traditional “Swanee River” by Stephen Foster with alternate lyrics by H.P. Lovecraft.  Calls it Old Folk Roam.

4. The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing has a little ditty about Cthulhu rising on a beach during a family’s summer holiday to the beach, Margate Fhtagn.

5. Aklo is an ambient music project rooted in the works of H. P. Lovecraft

6. Even Gameboy musicians bow before the might of the Elder Ones, andaruGO spent six months creating a chiptune album inspired by Lovecraft, necronomitron α.

7. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society gives us Cthulhu Christmas Carols.

8. Tom Smith and the great Luke Ski combine Cthulhu and Lion King.  I have nothing else to say except Cthulhu Fthagn.

9. Randy Clark has scored a number of Lovecraft films and a song called Cthulhu Blues.

10. There are some things man was not meant to adapt to musical theatre, A Shoggoth on the Roof was not one of them.
Honorable Mention: goes to this list of H.P. Lovecraft In Metal Music, cause while Tolkien might be epic for metal, Lovecraft has the darkness and insanity you want. .

 

 

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4th Annual Logan White­hurst Memo­r­ial Awards for Excel­lence in Com­edy Music

The 4th Annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music is currently looking for nominations for this years awards.

Only songs released in 2013 are eligible for nomination.  If you can send a link or MP3 of the song, legally, do so.  Already nominated songs can be found here, multiple nominations does not help its chances.  Nominations close on April 3rd, so get in your favorites in Outstanding Parody, Outstanding Original Comedy Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video.

The awards will be given out this year at FuMPeST on June 20th at the Westin Chicago in Wheeling, IL.  The ceremony and following concert will be MCed by the legendary Dr. Demento, the Guest of Honor of the con and who is a permanent juror of the Logan Awards.  Pre-registration is currently $35, but goes up to $45 on April 1st.

FuMPFeST 2014 is the first con­ven­tion being put on by the Funny Music Project web­site, also known as ‘The FuMP’ dot com, and is chaired by Tom Rock­well, who is the web­mas­ter of the FuMP, as well a com­edy music per­former who under the stage name ‘Devo Spice’, and is a sta­ple act cur­rently heard on “The Dr. Demento Show”. Our mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the week­end will be Insane Ian, another reg­u­lar FuMP / Demento artist.

At FuMPFeST 2014, Dr. Demento also be giv­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, play­ing funny music, sign­ing auto­graphs, and join­ing in all the fun that we have planned. We’ll also have live com­edy music con­certs being per­formed all week­end by such artists as Devo Spice, the great Luke Ski, Worm Quar­tet, Power Salad, Car­rie Dahlby, Insane Ian, Tony Gold­mark, Pos­si­ble Oscar, Tom Smith, Ray­mond & Scum, Sea­mon­key, Gar­den Fresh, Dan Hart, and more! For infor­ma­tion on reg­is­tra­tion and book­ing a room in our hotel block, visit the FuMPFeST web­site.

 

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Ongaku Overdrive II, Music Festival For Gamers & Anime Fans, Announces Lineup & Day After Show

Ongaku Overdrive is a music festival in Winter Park, Florida (somewhere around Orlando it seems) for fans of anime, video games,  sci-fi, and the like.  Saturday May 10th will be their second event at The Haven Lounge.  Doors open up at 2pm and will go till 1am.  The event includes a mix of rock, chiptunes, J-pop, nerdcore, and electronic music that draws inspiration from video games, fantasy, comic books, and other realms of nerddom.

New acts this year include Armcannon who preform rock renditions of classic video game music; otaku rapper Cashamil Anime Boy; chiptunes/electronic artists Professor Shyguy; videogame/vocaloid synth-rock band Final Weapon; chiptunes and guitarists Danimal Cannon; and finally one of the blog’s favorite rappers Mega Ran.

Returning acts are J-Pop artist Rai Kamishiro; famed otaku rapper Richie Branson; nerd rock band Sci-Fried; video game remixer and DJ, Benjamin Briggs; the blog’s other favorite rapper Adam Warrock; and 16-bit wizards MagiTek.

Tickets for the event are $15 online and $20 at the door.  Attendees must be 18 and bring ID.

An after-party called “The Day After Show” will be held on Sunday May 11th at The Geek Easy starting at 4pm and goes till 1am.  It will feature performances by DJ Roborob, Benjamin Briggs, DJ Cylon, Doug Funnie, Shammers and Shinobi the MC, MC Wreckshin, Eye Q, and more.  A donation of $5 for the artists performing is asked of those attending.  There will also be a grab bag raffle.

This event has one of the best line-ups I have seen in a while and with a cheap price.  I would like to see this expand to at least two days though to give the performers more time.  Someone go and send me a review of it, ok.

 

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Mega Ran Japan Bound

Mega Ran (aka Random) is going to Japan again this week for some shows and to finish up a documentary and some collaborations he began on his last trip.

Instead of running another Kickstarter or other crowd source campaign Ran went to small business owners for sponsorships.  He was successful and got help from several of them.  He biggest being t-shirt creator The Yetee.  Other sponsors are: Bitmap’d, 8BitX, My So Called 8 Bit LifeLa Vie En Photos, and Geekly Podcast.

This still does not cover all the expenses for the trip and tour though.  So with the help of Phill Harmonix, they created a new album, The Returners EP, with all proceeds from it going to the tour.  You can get a physical CD for $10 (plus $3 shipping) or a digital album at “Name Your Price” til Wednesday.  The suggest donation for the digital album is $7, but feel free to give as much as you want, or less.  The CDs comes with a bonus track and instrumentals.

Plus they are accepting any donations you might want to send their way through Fundrazr.

Information on the tour can be found on Mega Ran Japan.

 

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