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!
I have some recent music videos from nerdy artists to share with everyone. Check the out and enjoy.
She’s Blue (‘I’m Blue’ by Eiffel 65 Parody) Music Video by Meri Amber from her album “Pop goes The TARDIS.” While clothed in self-made TARDIS dresses she sings about the emotions of the TARDIS. Fun scenes include looking lovely at pictures of different Doctors and dancing with random people on the street holding TARDIS protest signs.
She also has a video for her song I XOX U, a love song written in emojis and txt talk.
The Hammer Birds, a French/Chinese band of a classical trained pianist and a multi-instrumental electro DJ, have a video out of them doing a cover of the Daft Punk song Aerodynamic using piano, bass, launchpad, and other random objects to create music. Video is just clips of them playing. Aerodynamic is one of my favorite Daft Punk songs and this holds up against the original in my opinion.
The also have a cover of Skrillex’s song Bangarang done acoustically. Shot in the same style as their other video.
ILL SEER is a rapper/pastor with a PhD and his first full-length video is Fabricated Spaceman. A deep song with a good flow shot in a laundry mat interspersed with clips from animation and old films. Produced by Axwax of Delegates of Culture, directed and edited by Danny Alexander. Not sure what it is about, but fun to listen to.
And then there is Mega Ran’s latest video, Laughin At Ya a track off of his album RNDM. It is an autobiographical song about his music, video games, and life, while looking like the Joker. Directed by Jaron Ikner. If you need a song about doing what you love, this is a good one for you.
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.
Adam Warrock is set to release his next free mixtape on January 7th. In the past he has done West Coast Avengers, Firefly, Harry Potter, and more. This time it will be eight tracks about Doctor Who, which is strange when you realize one of his most famous songs in the past was “Never Watched Doctor Who.” Turns out he has been secretly watching the show and is five seasons in already.
He will also be starting on his West Coast tour this January with Schaffer the Darklord and Tribe One. I was able to catch part of his comic shop tour with Tribe One a few weeks ago at Packrat Comics in Columbus, Ohio and it was great.
Very laid back and crowd friendly. They share stories and get people involved with the music.
Jan 9 – Seattle, WA – The Lo-Fi w/ Beefy & Death Star (info)
Jan 10 – Portland, OR – The Analog w/ Kid Apocalypse (inf0)
Jan 11 – Boise, ID – The Spacebar Arcade (info)
Jan 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Shred Shed w/ Mark Dago (inf0)
Jan 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock w/ Mega Ran (info)
Jan 15 – San Diego, CA – The Merrow w/ Doc Awk (info)
Jan 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Bar 702 w/ 3D6 – FREE (info)
Jan 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Complex LA (info)
Jan 18 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern w/ Dual Core (info)
Jan 19 – Mt. Shasta, CA – Mt. Shasta Vets Club – FREE (info)
If you have not heard it yet, Warrock’s latest album, Middle of Nowhere, is out.
The album has the two best sides of nerdcore; flows about various nerdy subjects over great beats that make you just want to geek out. Plus uplifting songs about following your dreams and being yourself.
Two members of the FuMP have Kickstarter projects going on right now. Two great albums for fans of Doctor Who and video games.
Devo Spice is looking for some help to with his latest project, I Am The Doctor. A comedy rap album about Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary, with a song about the different incarnations of The Doctor.
The CD is schedule to be released on November 23rd, the day of the anniversary show. The album has already been funded so no need to worry about it not making it. You can still get in on this till 2pm on October 31st. The Kickstarter is to fund production of the CDs, professionally mastering of the songs, money for shipping.
The rewards for this you get a lot of great things for cheap: pledge of only $1 will get you two MP3 downloads of your choice, $10 the digital album, $15 the physical album with booklet, $25 get an exclusive Kickstarter poster with your album, $30 get an exclusive t-shirt with your album, $40 get the t-shirt and poster, $75 signed hand written sheet music page, $100 get credited as producer, $250 get a custom song on any subject you want, and more at higher levels.
In addition to regular rewards, there are also special add-ons. Devo’s previously released albums are available at a discounted price. You can get them as either downloads or CDs. Just add the right amount of extra funds and pick your choice.
Funding will go to the materials Ian needs to make the videos himself: new computer, video camera, green screen, and cost of printing CDs. He already has access to all the games he will review and systems to play them on. Expect 10 or more videos and songs to be made for the first season. Each song from the series will be made available on Bandcamp and as a CD once the season is done.
The project’s goal is $2,750 and as of now it has raised $822. The Kickstarter goes till about noon on November 7th.