Professional cosplayer Santana has released an album featuring nerdy music, Hero In Me, and now I am going to review it.
The whole thing is about empowering yourself and following your own loves. The album mixes country, pop, and a bit of rock into a unique sound. Though only three songs on the album are really nerd related.
Cosplaying Just for Me, which has its own video shot by Flashbang Cosplay Capture, is about cosplaying and empowering yourself. Bit a nice rock vibe to it. Personally I have a hard time believing someone who sells prints of herself and has a Patreon page for people to give her feed back on what to cosplay next is really “cosplaying just for me.” Though the song is more than just about cosplaying and is a fun listen.
Gamer Boy, is a love song . Though I am not sure if she is singing to a boy who play games or an actual Nintendo Game Boy. I like it either way.
Hero in Me is about another empowering song drawing some geeky related imagery and lyrics.
Three of the other songs on this album are from a previous non nerdy album, nice songs to listen to just not why I am here for. The other song is Winder Soldier, which as much as I want to believe is most likely not about Bucky Barnes. Again nice romantic song, just not what I am looking for.
The music and singing are both top-notch though. Something even non nerds can enjoy. I recommend it for anyone wanting something a little different from most.
You can get the album as a CD or digital download from Santana’s store, CDBaby, iTunes, or Amazon.
I would love to see more work from Santana in the music genre especially some more nerdy songs add to her repertoire.
The Library Bards, a comedy duo out of LA, have their first album out, Bardcore , and I felt like reviewing it. It is a comedy parody album that covers many fandoms so everyone should find something to listen to.
Overall it is a fun album, music is bouncy and light, lyrics are humorous, and you can tell they are enjoying themselves. Something to play for nerdy friends to party to. The problem is some of the lyrics seem to feel a little forced and clunky. Like they are trying to hard to rhyme like the original song instead of having the song make sense. Now they are a newer act and will get better with time and experience, but right now this album just does not have the full polish of some other comedy musicians. It is still a fun album to sing a long with, especially if you like the original songs they parody.
Enough with my nitpicking, the best songs on the album to me are: Pokéball (Pokémon p0arody of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus) a sweet love song using Pokémon imagery and Black and Red (parody of “Zombie” by The Cranberries) which is about Deadpool and Harley Quinn cosplayers, it is both harsh on them and loving, which comes in two versions on the album.
You can buy the album from their site for $14.99. Plus they have t-shirts for $20. You can get their song Regeneration (a Doctor Who parody of “My Generation” by The Who) for free on The FuMP right if you hurry.
You can also check out their YouTube channel for music videos and live performances.
The Library Bards are a nerd parody band consisting of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest, R. Mika in Street Fighter V) and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds). They take Top 40 hits and transform them into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place! With their catchy tunes and nerdy lyrics, the Library Bards will be bringing you into the Bard Life in no time!