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.
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!
Kyle Okaly is a film composer in Los Angeles. He has decided to get into the nerdy music scene recently and so has written and produce his first album Esoteric Songs with a folk rock style about video games and other geek culture topics. Song topics include Star Craft, Portal, Pokémon, Star Wars, Chrono Trigger, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more.
Most of the songs on the album are love songs of some sort of another. Several from the perspective someone from the various games that inspired him and one, My Child, that is from father to child, that child being a webpage. It also has a cover of Jonathan Coulton song, Gurl. They all have a melodious quality, the kind that is great for dancing too or just raising your spirits with. Overall a good a set of good songs to listen too, maybe even use some for a romantic evening.
There are two animated song teasers (basically music videos that are not the full song) as well. One for Box 12 (Pokémon love song), animated by Dan Sexton (Crunchlins) and the other Naboolie Portmanteau (a commentary on the intelligence characters in Phantom Menace) animated by Stephen Leotti. More are to released in the future, so keep an eye out for those.
The album is available on bandcamp at Name Your Price. This could be $0, but how about giving the guy a few bucks for his work.
Meri Amber is an Australian geek pop singer songwriter with a new album of 90s inspired songs called Retro Sherbet. The songs are less directly about video games or TV shows, but instead is more thematically inspired by them for something differently we get on here.
She wrote, recorded and produced all the songs. Plus she wrote, sketched, inked and colored an accompanying comic called Arcade Horrors. After reading it I look forward to more of Meri’s music.
She will be touring around Australia (and New Zealand) promoting the album at conventions the next few months.
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.