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Adam WarRock 24 Rap-A-Thon

Adam Warrock is doing a 24 Hour Rap-A-Thon to Benefit RAINN.org on October 18th.  For one full day he will be writing, recording, and posting as many songs as he possible can.  Last year he was able to get out 16 songs in one day and raised thousands of dollars to replace equipment that was stolen from him and gave the extra to charity.  This year the goal is to top over 20 songs in a day and is raising money for RAINN.org the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence charity directly, also a bit for himself to live off of, but mostly for charity.

Announcing The 24 Hour Rap-A-ThonOctober 18, 2014With proceeds going to adamwarrock.com & RAINN(Poster art by Erica Henderson)
Email rapathon@gmail.com today and pledge! 
I’m very excited to announce the second Adam WarRock 24 Rap-A-Thon! I could not be more honored to be doing this Rap-A-Thon to benefit not only adamwarrock.com, but also to benefit RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
It’s always been my hope that this site and everything that happens on it would be for some kind of good, and after the success of last the Rap-A-Thon where your donations helped raise thousands of dollars to replace stolen equipment, as well as benefit RAINN – I wanted to try it again, this time in a bit of a more official capacity. So from the get-go, I will be raising money not only to, uh, live but also to benefit RAINN directly!
How does the Rap-A-Thon work? 

Last year, I made 16 songs in a 24 hour period. That’s right. SIXTEEN. That’s me finding a beat, writing the song, recording it, processing it and posting it live. We raised almost $8,000.00 last time, and all the excess proceeds raised after replacing my stolen equipment was donated directly to RAINN, to a cause that I feel pretty strongly about.
Email rapathon@gmail.com today and pledge! 
Did you know…

Every 2 minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
1 in 6 U.S. women are victims of sexual assault, and 1 in 33 men.
About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30.
College-aged women are 4 times more likely to be the victim of sexual assault.
6 out of every 10 sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
About 2/3 of all rapes are committed by someone who is known to the victim.
This, in addition to the pervasive rape culture that continually shows up in comics, in television, in movies — all the while having people incredibly close to me, loved ones who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault.
I wanted to do another Rap-A-Thon, and this time, I wanted to do something that meant something more than just buying a new computer. So hopefully you’ll pledge and be here on October 18 to see if I can break my last record of sixteen songs in 24 hours, and let’s try to do some good in the process.
Email rapathon@gmail.com today and pledge! 
For more information, you can follow RAINN on twitter, facebook, or check out their website today!

Some facts on sexual violence in this country: every 2 minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted; 1 in 6 U.S. women are victims of sexual assault, and 1 in 33 men; about 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30; college-aged women are 4 times more likely to be the victim of sexual assault; 6 out of every 10 sexual assaults are not reported to the police; about 2/3 of all rapes are committed by someone who is known to the victim.

This, in addition to the pervasive rape culture that continually shows up in comics, in television, in movies — all the while having people incredibly close to me, loved ones who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault.  I wanted to do another Rap-A-Thon, and this time, I wanted to do something that meant something more than just buying a new computer.

– Adam Warrock

You can pledge per-a-song or in one lump sum for rap-a-thon.  E-mail Adam to let him know now much you want to give.  You can also set a maximum for the per-song donation.  He has already gotten over $1,100 in pledges so far.

Even if you can not donate, you can still tune in to his site on the day to see what and how much music he can make in 24 hours.

This a chance to do a little good and hear what is sure to be some great music.

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MC Frontalot Says to Question Bedtime

MC Frotalot  has released a new album called Question Bedtime.  This newest album is created for both children and parents.  Each song based on a different fairytale from around the globe.  He is currently touring in Europe to promote the album.

Considered the father of nerdcore hip-hop, after creating the term in 2000, MC Frontalot is one of the tops in the genre.  Appearing on TV, radio, other’s albums, and in the documentary Nerdcore Rising.  This is his sixth studio album.

He raps about some well known, at least to me, tales like Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Emperor’s New Clothes, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn Fear, plus some lesser know ones the Ruined Man Who Became Rich Again Through a Dream, the Mastermaid, the Ugle Son, the Stonecutter, and Wakjakaga Anus Guards the Ducks.  He gives each story his own little twist, like Goldilocks being the bear boogeyman being the most bizarre.  The album is also intersected with tracks of Frontalot acting as a babysitting trying to get comedians Kyle Kinane, P.F. Tompkins, Negin Farsad and Lisa Delarios to go to bed.

Guests on the album vary from nerdcore rappers Adam WarRock, Sole, Open Mike Eagle, and mc Chris to rapper Jean Grae, singer-song writer Marian Call, steampunk cellist Unwoman, Panter and Gambler of the Protomen, plus Busdriver, John Roderick, Parry Gripp, and producers Baddd Spellah and Kid Kola.

My favorite track off the album is Two Dreamers.  It just has a great beat and infectious chorus.

The artwork for  the album was done by comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz of New Mutants and Elektra fame giving it his own special twist.

Pick up the album from Front’s store, iTunes, or Bandcamp for around $11.

Check out the first video from the album over at Entertainment Weekly.  It is Gold Locks starring Jean Grae and Gabrielle Sterbenz, directed by BroSis.

If you are a fan of Frontalots, then this is just another great album for your collection.  If you have not gotten into him yet, then this is a great album to start on.

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Adam Warrock Donation Drive

Five years ago now Eugene quit his job as a lawyer to pursue his dream of being a rapper fulltime as Adam Warrock.  It has gone pretty well for him since then.  He has toured the country, produced some albums, and released over 600 free songs on his website.  He has no agent, no manager, no booker, no financial backing; everything is done by him and his friends.  Just straight up independent music.  He has not monetized his Youtube account with ads, covered his website in ads, does any form of crowd sourcing, and only asks for donation once a year.  This is that time, till Wednesday actually.  So if you want to help out an independent artist or give a few bucks cause you like some of his work or cause you get some sweet gifts for donating, then give what you can.

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All donors to the drive will receive a new mixtape, a live band album, and a Super Art Fight pin-up gallery.  The live band album was recorded at The Sidebar in Baltimore, MD earlier this year.  You can hear a few of the sample tracks from the album and mixtape on his website.

Also while the drive last all of Adam’s music on Bandcamp is all free for download, so if you do not already have all his music (wait why don’t you?) you can get it now.

400 people have already donated some amount of money.  I will be doing so tomorrow.  I just had to wait for my money to move into my PayPal account first.

 

 

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Top 10 Harry Potter Music List to Avada Kedavra to

The novel and movie series of Harry Potter are big business.  They helped make YA literature what it is today.  Many fans have fallen in love with the characters and the world which they show through many creative ways including music.

1. Wizard Rock.  The whole scene and bands.  I am just lumping them all together in one or this would just be me listing some of them.  I wanted to show off some other acts that are Potter fans too.

2. Insane Ian noted that River Cuomo of Weezer looks like a grown-up Potter, taking this idea we wrote a parody album of Harry Potter set to Weezer songs.  He calls it Weezard.

3. Adam Warrock and Mikal kHill of the Thought Criminals have worked together a few times on mixtapes.  One of them The Slytherin House Mixtape.  Sampling the orchestral scores from the movies, they created a mixtape focused on the franchise, from the point of view of the more cunning and ambitious students.

4. The great Luke Ski has Christmas in Hogwarts, a parody of Run DMC’s “Christmas In Hollis” about Harry Potter at Christmastime.

5. Team StarKid a musical theatre production troupe, originally from Ann Arbor, MI and currently based in Chicago, who created their A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter Sequel.  Darren Criss of Glee fame plays Harry and wrote the majority of the music.

6. The nerd rock band Nuclear Bubble Wrap has done a number of Harry Potter songs over the years: Act Pottery, Avada Kedavra, and Draining the Lizard on a Dead Gay Wizard.

7. Not Literally is a trio of girls who love to make videos.  They have done a whole slew of Potter music videos.

8. Scych has done an electric progressive rock song inspired by the Elder Wand in the HP series called the Eldruhn Wand.

9. Hello, The Future also has a Christmas song about Harry Potter; Merry Christmas, Harry Potter.  What is it about Harry Potter, Christmas, and comedy musicians?

10. If you were wanting more nerdcore, here is The Wrock Snob’s top ten list of nerdcore songs with Potter references.  Includes Kabuto the Python, Dr. Awkward, YTCracker, and more.

Honorable Mention goes to an 8bit version of the Harry Potter theme also know as Hedwig’s Theme from the movie series.

 

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Devo Spice vs Adam Warrock: Doctor Who Battle

Earlier this year two Doctor Who albums were released by two different artists.  The Doctor EP on January 7th by Adam Warrock and I Am The Doctor on February 22nd by Devo Spice.

Devo is a nerdcore and comedy rapper from New Jersey; across between Weird Al and Eminem.  He is one of the most popular artists on the Dr. Demento Show and one of the founders of the Funny Music Project.  In 2011 Devo’s album “Gnome Sane?” went to number #28 on the Hip Hop charts on iTunes.  He is also ginger. 

Adam is a former lawyer turned full-time nerdcore rapper.  Creator of The Browncoats Mixtape, Parks & Rec EP, Gravity Falls Rap, and a ton of other Internet hits.  He has been praised by several in the comic industry, Nathan Fillion, BB America, Edgar Wright the director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and more by people who appreciate good music.

Devo is a long time Doctor Who fan ever since he was a kid.  He has met many of the stars of the show including Jon Pertwee (3rd Doctor) and Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier).

Adam was previously known by his song I Have Never Watch an Episode of Doctor Who in My Life.  Last year he started watching the show for the first time and became instantly hooked.  So like anything else he loves he wrote some songs about it.  This time in secret and announced the album on Christmas Day.

Devo’s album features 12 songs about Doctor Who.  One song per incarnation up to Matt Smith (and not counting any others beside the main ones) and the title track, though the title track is really a Matt Smith song anyways so it is kind of like he gets two songs.  It covers things like the monsters of the series, lost episodes, the TARDIS, fans, and more.

Adam’s album is eight songs long, that includes one song remixed.  His songs really just cover the new series.  There are songs about the Weaping Angels, the Master, humanity, and things like that.  Oh and the remixed song remixes the theme music of the show.

Devo’s album includes appearances by actors from the show.  Katy Manning (Jo Grant) sings the chorus on Carnival of Monsters, which is the 3rd Doctors song.  Pete Davison (5th Doctor)  makes a cameo in his song Companion Application.  Sophi Aldred (Ace) is in the 7th Doctor’s song The Regeneration.  Fellow comedy musician the great Luke Ski makes some small appearances throughout the album as well.

Adam’s album is just him solo, which is almost kind of weird for him.  He does use some clips from the show as intros to his songs though.

Devo’s album comes as a download ($10) or you can order the CD ($15).  The CD comes with a lenticular print cover, an eight page booklet chronicle’s Devo’s experiences with the show, and fan art drawn by Devo when he was a kid and  autographed by the stars.

Adam’s is a free mixtape.

The best song on Devo’s album is the 10th Doctor’s song Adventures in Space and Time.  Very rocking, fun for fans, and great to party to.  The least interesting song is Fandom Paradise, the 4th Doctor’s song, it is just not as great of a song as one inspired by Tom Baker should have been.

Best song on Adam’s is Can’t Stop Watching Doctor Who.  Listen to his first song and then this.  It is a straight love song to the show and an apology about not having watched it before.  Least favorite is River (A Song), just kind of lands flat with me, might because I am not a big River Song fan though.

Now if you are wondering which album is the better one, that’s a little hard to decide on.  Both are some of the best work of both artists.  Really I would have to say the best album would be Adam covering Devo’s album.

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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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Top 10 Tolkien Music List to Have Second Breakfast To

J R R Tolkien’s work “The Hobbit” and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are basically the birth of modern fantasy work.  It has spawned much analysis, art, games, and movies.  So of course there is plenty of fan music inspired by this work.

1. Lord of the Rhymes the masters of Hobbit rap

2. Marc Gunn’s Well Dressed Hobbit and Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits.

3. Middle Earth Needs Me by the Consortium of Genius does not just talk about Tolkien works, but is still very cool.

4. The Lonely Mountain Band a Tolkien inspired folk band made up of members of the Celtic rock band Fathom.

5. great Luke Ski’s Stealing Like a Hobbit

6. Brobdingnagian Bards take traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, mix it up with Lord of the Rings music to create a unique brand of Celtic Filk.

7. A Middle Earth-themed lyrical throw down called Goblin Town with INT80 of Dual Core, Adam Warrock, YTCracker, and Dale Chase.

8. The Hobbit Song by Cossbysweater

9. Here is a list of Lord of the Rings filk, though you have to make the music yourself.

10. Flight of the Concords Bret McKenzie has appeared in the first and third films in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, so them doing  Frodo, Don’t Wear the Ring takes on another level.

Honorable Mention: Goes to these ten hard rock songs that each drawn from the works of Tolkien in their own way.  Which is only the tip of the iceberg on hard rock, heavy metal, and similar bands with Lord of the Rings influence.

No mention: Goes to Leonard Nimoy singing “The Ballard of Bilbo Baggins.”

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