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FuMPFest 2017

The Funny Music Project‘s (FuMP) comedy music festival/convention, FuMPFest, returns this Friday June 16th to Sunday June 18th at the Holiday Inn Chicage-Elk Grove in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Guest of Honor for this year is Henry Phillips.  Henry is a comedy musican and actor who has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Billboard magazine, worked with Moby, his YouTube channel “Henry’s Kitchen” and his own film “Punching the Clown.”  Featured Guests are Bad Teenage Moustache, chiptune-rock band Boy Meets Robot, Carla Ulbrich, Insane Ian, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, Peter Wildman, Reformed Whores, Smashy Claw, The Gothsicles, Tom Tuerff, Worm Quartet, and the great Luke Ski.  Also appearing this weekend but with no featured concert are Carrie Dahlby, Devo Spice, Holy Bongwater, Lauren Mayer, Power Salad, the Library Bards, and TV’s Kyle.

Events for the con will be several concerts throughout the weekend, but there is more to the event then just them.  The Opening Ceremonies will screen the entries this year’s Video Contest, karaoke, Q&A and autographs with Henry Phillips,  State of The FuMP, Live Podcasts, the FuMP Showcase, and special showing of Punching Henry, Henry Phillip’s latest mocumentary.  Friday will host the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music ceremony, all the nominated songs will be performed or presented at the ceremony.  There will be a dealer’s room for shopping as well.

Pre-registration is opened until June 12th, tomorrow.  Registration at the door is the same price.  Adult weekend is $50, Friday or Sunday only $20, and Saturday only $30.  Children twelve and under can get in for $30 for the weekend or any single day for $15.  Children three and under are free.

Fans of the FuMP, Dr. Demento, and comedy music in general should keep the FuMPFest are their list of events to try to hit up some time to see and hear their favorite acts and hang with fellow fans.

 

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MarsCon Dementia Track and Logan Awards

MarsCon, which features the Demetia Track the world’s longest running fandom convention comedy music concert series, will be is coming up on March 4th thru the 6th at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota.

The music guest of honor this year is the Great Luke Ski.  He created the MarsCon Dementia Track over a decade ago, the most requested act of the 21st Century on the Dr Demento Show, won two Logan Awards for Outstanding Song Parody, and currently works at Cartoon Network on Mighty MagiSwords.

Other comedy music acts performing through the weekend are Steve Goodie, Carla Ulbrich, Dino-Mike, Katie Goodman, Devo Spice, Schaffer the Darklord, Raymond & Scum, TV’s Kyle featuring Lindzilla, Power Salad, Insane Ian, Carrie Dahlby, Feng Shu Ninjas, Beth Kinderman, DJ Particle, Brett Glass, and Karl Brown.

Events, besides concerts, through out the weekend include Dementia Smackdown Wrestling with commentary by J.P. Tuesday and Duke ‘Flyboy’ DuJour, Kyle & Luke Talk About Toons live podcast panel, The FuMP Jukebox concert, and Space Oddity Music Club & Brew Pub.

The Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music, the Logan Awards, will be awarded at MarsCon as well.  This year’s nominees are:

Outstanding Comedy Music Video
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (feat. Pete Gardner) – I Love My Daughter (But Not in A Creepy Way)
  • Insane Ian – Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Rhett & Link – Just Being Honest
  • The Nerdist (feat. Whitney Avalon) – Comic Con The Musical
  • They Might Be Giants – All the Lazy Boyfriends
Outstanding Original Comedy Song
  • Carla Ulbrich – Joe’s Ex-Girlfriends
  • Insane Ian – Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Katie Goodman – You’re A Feminist
  • Schaffer the Darklord – Sex Rhymes
  • Steve Goodie – I Dropped My Phone In The Toilet
Outstanding Parody Song
  • Carla Ulbrich – Cheek to Cheek
  • Carla Ulbrich (feat. Steve Goodie) – Dr. Pepper
  • Devo Spice – Put It Away
  • Dino-Mike (feat. Bonecage) – Urban Dictionary
  • Glove and Boots – Shaolin Monk

 

 

 

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Time for Logan Awards Again

The 5th annual Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards for Excellence in Comedy Music (Logan Awards for short) nominations have been announced for this year.  The award was started in 2011 to recognize those who work in the comedy music industry and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst a musician who died at the age of 29 in 2006.  The three categories are Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video.  Nominees are chosen from songs from the previous calender year in an open nomination process then Jurors chose the finalists and winners for each category.  Winners receive a robot cat statuette, inspired by Logan’s song Robot Cat, designed by artist Jamie Noguchi.  Jurors for this year are fan jurors Kristi Avery, Tim and Margie Winslow (the Poohs), and Angela Brett; musician jurors Seamonky, Jared Ringold, Chris Waffle, Paul Sabourin, and permanent juror Dr. Demento.

The finalists for this year’s Logan Awards are:

Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song

Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video

The awards ceremony will be held at FuMPFest in Wheeling, Illinois on June 5th to the 7th at the Westin Northshore.  The ceremony will two hours with performance from some of the nominated artists (just do not expect Weird Al to be one of them) and others to cover for those who will not be there.  Come and dress up for that proper award show feel.

 

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What is Happening at the FUMP

A FuMPFest fundraiser CD is available for purchase.  It is $20 for a two-CD set of over 40 live performances from last year’s FuMPFest.

Two new acts have been announced for FuMPFest as well: Drew Jacobs and TV’s Kyle.  Full list of guests on the site.

Pre-registration for FuMPFest goes up from $35 to $45 on April 1st and the room block for the hotel closes May 19th.

The great Luke Ski joins TV’s Kyle new show on Cartoon Network Might Magiswords as a Storyboard Revisionist.  Here about it on Kyle and Luke Talk About Toons.

Nuclear Bubble Wrap released a video for their song The Agenda.  A little song poking fun at those who fear a “gay agenda.”  It was animated by ThePivottsXX.

Luke Ski released a video for his song The Twilight Zone too.  It is about the TV show Twilight Zone, nothing about sparkling vampires.

Bonecage has done more on his YouTube channel as well.

Carla Ulbrich is using Indiegogo as a pre-sale to fund her next album.  The album is written and mostly recorded already.  Reward levels include skype guitar lesson, handwritten lyrics, concert in your living room, your name in liner notes, and a video of Carla singing, dancing, and raving about how great you are.

Marc Gunn has a Kickstarter campaign for new steampunk album Dragons vs. Pirates.

During February’s Album Writing Month TV’s Kyle wrote an entire album, recorded it, and now has it available for purchase.  You can download it for only $5.

Harmonix announced the release of Rock Band 4 and is requesting song.  Now Devo Spice is trying to get his song The Dumbest Song on Rock Band on there, so he is asking for everyone’s help in requesting it.   Go to the request page, put in “The Dumbest Song on Rock Band” for the title, “Devo Spice” for the artist, and then click Submit.

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Logan Awards Nom­i­nees and Kickstarter

In 2010 the FuMP (The Funny Music Project) created the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Music to celebrate the best funny songs of the year and to pay tribute to Logan Whitehurst. Logan was a prolific, talented, and hilarious comedy musician, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 29.  Dr. Demento called Logan’s album “Goodbye My 4-Track” the “Sergeant Peppers” of comedy music albums. The Award celebrates funny songs in three categories – Outstanding Original Comedy Song, Outstanding Parody Song, and Outstanding Comedy Music Video – and the winners receive a statuette of a robot cat, inspired by one of Logan’s most popular songs, “Robot Cat”. In the past they have given awards to OKGo, Neil Patrick Harris, Todrick Hall, and Garfunkel and Oates, among others.

The Nom­i­nees for this year are:

Out­stand­ing Com­edy Music Video

“The Loop­hole” — Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Orig­i­nal Com­edy Song
“Shut Up, Ian!”Insane Ian
“The Loop­hole”Gar­funkel & Oates
Out­stand­ing Par­ody Song:
“After Ever After” Jon Cozart (“Paint” on YouTube)
“JoCo Got Jacked”Devo Spice

For the first two years of the award, Rob Balder, the award’s creator, paid for production of the statuettes himself.  Last year’s chair was Luke Ski, and he paid for them that year.  The statues cost $400 each to produce, meaning that each year they need to spend $1200 on them to keep the awards going.  Since there is a different chair each year it’s not practical to expect the chair to continue paying for production of the statues, but they need paid for somehow.  That’s where Kickstarter comes in.

They have raised, as of this writing, $3,071.  Meaning they have not only paid for this year’s statues, but also next year and part of the year after that.  It goes till May 14th if you to get in on it.

Help them out, and you can get some cool rewards such as:

– An album of live comedy music performed at my LukeSkiCon last year

– A video presentation of highlights of Live comedy music performances from the first three Logan Awards ceremonies

– A official Logan Awards T-shirt

– An appearance on the FuMP’s weekly chat show ‘The Funny Music Podcast’

– A comedy song created for you by one of the artists of the FuMP

– House concerts performed by one or more of the artists of the FuMP.

This year’s Logan Awards ceremony is taking place at FuMPFeST on June 21st in Wheeling, IL, and Dr. Demento will host.

 

 

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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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