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Black Friday Deals

With today being Black Friday, which is not the biggest shopping day of the year, I decided to gather some links to various artists doing special deals.  Most are only good for today, but some go till Small Business Saturday or to Cyber Monday, so hurry and get what you can.

The Whomping Willows Black Friday sale has everything (CDs, t-shirts, hoodie) for just $5 + shipping.

All music at Gamechops is 50% with code “thankyou.”

All Mega Ran music, including pre-orders, is also 50%.

All Mikal kHill products are 50% off this week, plus t-shirts are reduced to $10 before the discount.  Also when you buy any one physical item get an exclusive kHillcast CD-R with special mix of music, unreleased demos, and music from the new group he is starting.  Just use the code ” FUCKWALMART2X”

Abney Park is doing their Black Friday sale this year.  CDs and novels for just $10, figurines for $5, and dog tags for $9.

Get brentalfloss music 55% with code “wishbones55.”

Get all three of the LeetStreet Boys albums for $30, including shipping.

The Black FuMPDay Sale has select items in the FuMP store 20% to 40% off.  Items include albums from Baldbox, Carrie Dahlby, Cirque du So What?, Devo Spice, great Luke Ski, Possible Oscar, Sudden Death, Worm Quartet, and all the Best of the FuMP albums.

Luke Ski also has all his CDs for $8 and DVDs for $12.

MC Lars is also doing a 50% off sell on everything.

Video Game Music Bundles has five albums for $1 or twenty-four albums for $10.

DFTBA is offering $3 shipping to anywhere in the world.  They have albums by Chameleon Circuit, Alex Day, ALL CAPS, Harry Potter Alliance, Epic Rap Battles of History, and more.

Draco and the Malfoys are offering free shipping in the US and half off shipping outside of the US.

Professor Shyguy is selling his two albums for $5 and his acoustic and instrumental albums for $2.50

The Megas have 50% off their digital downloads with the code “blackandblue”.  Plus the Robot Sketch t-shirts are off 50% at their store.

 
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Top 10 Zombie Music List To Shamble To

Zombies have become big in both nerd circles and the mundanes’.  Which of course means songs, albums, and bands inspired by them.  Here is some to get started listening to and Happy Halloween.

1. Zombie Blues by Tom Smith gives you the blues from a zombie perspective.

2. MC Lars, YTCracker, Shaffer the Darklord, and ZeaLouS1 do a tribute to zombies and Bruce Campbell with Do the Bruce Campbell.

3. The Gekkos take a different approach to the zombie apcolypse in Pokemon of the Living Dead with having the Pokemon be the zombies.

4. If I Were an Undead Crawler by the nerdy duo Debs & Errol, a song they wrote at a convention workshop to the tune of “If I Had a Million Dollars.”

5. Mikal kHill of the Thought Criminals produced his definitive zombie story as the album The Walking Dead.  Guests on the album include Jesse Dangerously, Tribe One, Sulfur, Adam Warrock, and several other friends of his.

6. A hard rock song by Yoda Guitar called Zombie Town.  Free song, which is good cause it is going to get stuck in  your head.

7. Undead Love Song by John Anealio is a great love song about a zombie and a woman.  Both sweet and gross at the same time.

8. Mega Ran and Richie Branson got together to do an album last year called Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (number two is out this year) on it is Walking Dead a song with an easy rolling beat.

9. Insane Ian gives us two great zombie tunes.  Some Zombie by George Romero tells of a man obsessed with zombie movies becoming one, features The Stacey.  The other one is There’s Something About A Zombie – The ZombAid Benefit Song, a benefit parody which features lots of the other FuMP guys on it.

10. For those of you who have always wanted a zombie themed surf rock band, I have you covered.  The Wakening dress as and make songs about zombies.  What it says on the tin.

Honorable Mention:  From Mystery Science Theater 300 alumni, RiffTrax sells MP3s, VOD, and does live shows making fun of movies of all kinds.  They also put an album of songs based on some of the movies they have riffed.  One of the tracks on it is Zombie Mambo, it lists some great reasons to go zombie.

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Nerdapalooza 2013

I am sorry I let this one almost slip by me.  Nerdapalooza, the biggest nerd music event, is back with another great line up this year.  At the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from Friday October 18th through Sunday the 20th.

Headliners for this year are They Might Be Giants.  The alternative rock band known for the crazy lyrics and wild style.  Their appearance on Tiny Toons lead a whole new generation, including myself, to discover them.  They have written music for the Daily Show, Dexter’s Lab, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Oblongs, and more.  They were the first major labor recording artist to release an album entirely in MP3 format.

Friday night gets things started with performances by nerdcore  superstars Mega Ran, Jesse Danerously, Shinobi Ninja, and Adam Warrock; Gemeni, house band of OverClocked Remix the OverClocked University, chip rockers Urizen, and the electronic/chip music of Benjamin Briggs, Professor Shyguy,  and DJ Cutman.

Saturday starts in the morning with rappers 9K1 and goes from there.  Other acts through out the day are chip rockers The Runaway Five, nerdcore artists Beefy, Schaffer the DarklordB-Type, My Parents’ Favorite Music, and MC Frontalot; comedy acts brentalfloss and with the OneUps and Marc with a C; video game rock of Random Encounter, Careless Juja, the Protomen, Lords of Thunder and Moon Hooch; chip music with Nullsleep,.  The night ends with They Might be Giants followed by Epic Win Burlesque.

Sunday still has plenty of great acts.  It starts off though with an open mic session.  Acts playing that day are nerdcore rappers Death*Star, Sammus, and MC Lars; nerd/geek rockers Sci-Fred, the Gekkos, The OneUps, Nerf Herder (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s theme music), the Returners, and Urizen again; electronic with DJ RoboRob; comedy rock acts of Peelander-Z and Green Jelly; whatever  Solillaquists of Sound is, and heavy metal with  Powerglove and Dethlehem.

The festival will also have nerd themed artists, several indie game designers, plus vendors and exhibitors.  Friday is free, Saturday passes are $50, and Sunday’s $40.  A full weekend pass is $70.

Once again I so want to go, but can not.  So much different music to check out, everyone can find something to love.

Plus do not forget about The Day After party on Monday the 22nd.  With over twenty performers like YTCracker, Mega Ran and K-Murdock, and Richie Branson.

 

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Now Nerdcore News

MC Lars literary rapper, and man who has found use for English degree, is out on tour right now with the Vans Warp Tour.  The tour covers several locations and with dozens of bands of different genres.  You can learn more about the  bands and buy tickets at the website.  Of note is that the tour will sell water bottles and then refill them for free.

Dates and Locations
7/11 Mansfield, MA at the Comcast Center
7/12 Camden, NJ at the Susquehanna Bank Center
7/13 Long Island, NY at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7/14 Hartford, CT at the Comcast Theatre
7/16 Scranton, PA at the Toyota Pavilion
7/17 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
7/18 Cuyahoga Falls, Oh at the Blossom Music Center
7/19 Auburn Hills, MI at The Palace of Auburn Hills
7/20 Tinley Park, IL at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheature
7/21 Shakopee, MN at the Canterbury Park
7/23 Bonner Springs, KS at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/24 Maryland Heights, MO at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/25 Atlanta GA, Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/26 St. Petersburg, FL at Vinoy Park
7/27 West Palm Beach, FL at the Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/28 Orlando, FL at the Central FL Fairgrounds
7/29 Charlotte, NC at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/30 Cincinnati, OH at the Riverbend Music Center
7/31 Milwaukee, WI at the Marcus Amphitheatre
8/2 Dallas, TX at the Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/3 San Antonio, TX at the AT&T Center
8/4 Houston, TX at the Reliant Center Parking Lot

Then after that Vans Warp Tour is over Lars goes on another tour with Wheatus

8/16 NYC at the Gramercy Theater with Wheatus, Such as Life and MC Frontalot
8/17 West Chester, PA at the Note with Math the Band, Late Cambrian, The Danger O’s, and NONA

and then off to the United Kingdom in September

9/16 Holyhead, Gwynedd at the Ucheldre Centre
9/18 Glasgow at King Tut’s with Wheatus
9/19 Carlisle, Cumbria at The Brickyard with Wheatus
9/20 Birmingham at the O2 Academy 2 with Wheatus
9/23 Bridgend at Hobos with Wheatus
9/24 Harlow, Essex at The Square with Wheatus
9/25 St. Albans at The Horn
9/26 Town Centre, Witney at Fat Lil’s
9/27 Margate, Kent at West Coast
9/29 Town Centre, Southend-on-Sea at Chinnery’s with Wheatus
10/03 Nottingham at the Rescue Rooms with Wheatus
10/04 Machester at the Academy 3 with Wheatus
10/07  Wolverhampron, West Midlands at the Slade Rooms
10/08 Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire at the Craufurd Arms
10/09 Gloucester at the Guildhall with Wheatus
10/12 London at the Borderline with Wheatus

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Mega Ran has gotten back from a two week tour in Japan with some of the top Chiptune DJs around.  Part of this tour was to film for a documentor in Blu-ray.  So to help cover costs for the tour (which has already happened), studio costs, and disc manufacturing for CD, Blu-ray, and vinyl release.  So has looked to Kickstarter to help fund the project once again.

The Kickstarter is already funded, but you can still give for rewards.  This will be the third successfully funded Kickstarter project for Random.

Stretch goals up now are at $11,000 a full music/video collaboration between Mega Ran and Castlevania SOTN composer Nichiru Yamane.  At $12,000 a Hiversaires Rap Remix with Aliceffekt featurette and new secret EP release.

Backing the project can get you a Mega Ran album with remixed songs by chiptune artists, Blu-ray of concerts and interview footage, custom cover songs and freestyle shout outs, music albums exclusive to Japan, vinyl release, and more.   All backers who give $20 or more will also receive Ran’s Castlevania album instantly with instrumentals or any other album you are missing.  All backers will also receive exclusive music with Mega Ran and Mister Wilson called Blue Bomber, Mega Ran and Sega.

He also has a tour coming up with Danimal Cannon, chiptune legend.  They will be on the west coast doing shows together.  They will be joining up with some other great acts along the way as well.  Danimal has a new album out

July 12 at Tony V’s, Everett, WA 21+ Tickets at door
July 13 at The Vera Project, (Seattle Center), Seattle, WA w/ Fighter X, The Icarus Kids | GET Tickets
July 14 at Ground Kontrol, Portland, Oregon (21+) w/ Mechlo | GET INFO
July 16 at DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA (21+) w/Dual Core, Crashfaster | GET TICKETS
July 17 at Cafe Stritch, San Jose, CA  w/ Boboso, DJ Mr Smith | Free
July 19 at CIA, North Hollywood, CA w/The Megas and The Radioactive Chickenheads |TICKETS HERE
July 20 at Merrow (formerly Ruby Room), San Diego, CA (21+) w/Dual Core, Wordburglar | GET TICKETS!
July 21 at Comics Oasis, Las Vegas, NV with Kirby Krackle and H2Awesome | Free
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Adam Warrock’s yearly donation drive has wrapped up nicely and now he has plans for some touring.

Dates and Locations:

8/8 Baltimore, MD – Otakon Matsuri FREE
8/9 
– Baltimore, MD – Otakon (exhibiting)
8/10 – 
 Brooklyn, NY – The Serenity Spectacular (Tix)
8/12 – 
Pittsburgh, PA – Pittsburgh Comics FREE
8/14 – 
Somerville, MA – Comicazi (Tix)
8/15 – 
Northampton, MA – Modern Myths Comics ($5 at door)
8/16 – Providence, RI – TBA w/ Math the Band
8/17 – Manchester, NH – Double Midnight Comics FREE
9/7 – Baltimore, MD – Super Art Fight! at Ottobar (Tix)
10/18-20 – Orlando, FL – Nerdapalooza (Tix)
11/2 – Las Vegas – Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival
11/20 – Austin, TX – TBA
11/21 – Houston, TX – TBA
11/22 – Dallas, TX – TBA

He will also have a new shirt design to pick up while he is out touring.

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Top 10 Super Hero Music to Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound To

We have all grown up with comics and super heroes.  They have inspired us to be better and do what is right among other things.  Like write songs about them.  Here are some musicians, songs, and albums that were inspired by comics and super heroes.

1. Kirby Krackle are a comic book rock band from Seattle, WA.  With all kinds of songs about super heroes and comics from Green Lantern to Spider-Man to  and even to Great Lakes Avengers.  They’ve released three albums, a self-titled debut, E for Everyone, and Super Powered Love plus several more singles and specials not all just about super heroes but in fact a wide variety of nerd topics.

2.  All in My Tights by Devo Spice with Carrie Dahlby and Chris Mezzolesta.  The one thing all good super hero needs is a good set of tights and here is a tribute to those garish, form fitting, brightly colored costumes that look ridiculous and are completely impractical for fighting crime.  Cute and funny song.

3. Dual Core’s Super Powers album features several nerdcore artists and songs about heroes.   Artists like Beefy, MC Wreckshin, ytcracker, and ZeaLous1.  The songs talk about standard comic book heroes and how everyday people can be heroes.  

4. Songs for Superheroes by Insane Ian’s EP of comic book comedy.  From big names like Green Lantern and Batman to smaller names like Spider-Ham and Ant Man with a skit about his own supe….. well some guy name Dave who gets powers.

5. Grimm’s Lament by H2Awesome! about Aunt Petunia’s favorite rock covered member of the Fantastic Four.  A look into the psyche of the Thing and the sorrow of his life.  A rock song.  Ha ha ha rock song

6. Smells Like Team Justice by Mikey Mason shares with what would happen if the Super Friends formed a band.  Grunge mixed with campy super heroics makes for an awesome song.  Does get a little dark and has some cursing, just to warn you.

7. Ookla the Mok vs. Evil is an album that features the evil side of things.  Songs about being, tributes to certain villains, and the joys of evil.

8. Two songs from Beefy, Uncanny with MC Lars and Side Kick. One deals with one of the greatest animated comic series, X-Men: The Animated Series, and even uses a remix of the theme music from the series (it’s bumping slumping).  The other one talks about various sidekicks, mostly video games but Robin is there, letting us know why they are heroes in their own right.

9. Marvel Poppins by the Great Luke Ski featuring Carrie Dahlby.  Written, mixed, and released with in four days of hearing Disney buying Marvel Comics back in 2009.  Using a song from Mary Poppins the song deals with some of the things that could have happen with the purchase.  Not all of them bad.

10. Adam Warrock, nuff said.

Honorable Mention: The Ramones covering Spider-Man theme from Cartoon Network’s Saturday Morning Greatest Hits album.

 

 

 

 

 
I know I have been gone for most of this month, but I have been dealing with some personal demons for a few weeks. I missed a few events to post about and Kickstarter projects to talk about. Just letting you know I do not plan to stop posting on this site and will continue to do my best for all.

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Language Arts Part 2 Review

Random, aka Mega Ran, is one of my all time favorite nerdcore rapper.  He first came to people’s attention with his release of Mega Ran in 2007, a concept album using remixed music from the first eight Mega Man games.  Capcom, having heard about it, gave him a special license agreement to use the music and took him to San Diego Comic Con with them.  He later released Mega Ran 9 and Mega Ran 10.  Other albums include: Forever Famicon, a NES classics tribute and Black Materia, an album based on Final Fantasy VII.  His music has been heard in television, movies, video games, and university courses in several colleges.  He has toured the US, UK, and even Japan.

While becoming the rap star he is today, Random’s day job was a middle school teacher.  He left that job last year, but his time as a teacher  help inspire his latest music project “Language Arts.”  It is a multi-part album/comic book/computer game deal, initial funded through Kickstarter. Part 1 tells the story of Random as a teacher who is a part time rapper whose kids become obsessed with a new violent video game (Killcount) and they start skipping classes and letting their grades drop.  He is told that if his kids do not start showing up and getting better grades, he will be fired.  That is where album one leaves off.

Language Arts: Volume Two cover art

Random released Language Arts Part 2 recently and I got an early sneak peek to listen over.  The story for this one is that while Random deals with his job being in jeopardy only to find out he has a new problem.  Another local rapper, Z-Dub, has challenged Random to a rapping contest to .  Things at school still are not going his way, but he marshals on.  He discovers that the kids playing Killcount are not committing crimes and creating chaos.  Random also falls for a girl and they start dating only to have her leave him for feeling neglected.  At first Random is happy about his renewed “freedom” but is convinced by his friend to get her back.  When he goes to see he discovers she has been kidnapped by Z-Dub.  All this in ten tracks.

This album helps illustrate why I feel Random is one of the top nerdcore acts around.  The content of the songs are not really what you call nerdy, there are plenty of references but the songs themselves are not about a “nerd topic,” but they are well done and get you into them.  Basically what I am saying is I do not just listen to Random cause he raps about video games, but cause I like how he raps.  Each song hooks you and will have you jamming to the beat.  You can also follow the story they tell fairly well and each one feels different giving you a selection Random’s range.

On the first ablum, there was a song called Buggin (The Metamorphosis) about Franz Kafka’s story “The Metamorphosis.”  (You can find the music video for it here.)  This time he pays tribute to Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon” in the song “Me & Mouse.”  They are both are pretty straight forward simply telling the stories in rap form.  Which is something that I find to be a great way to get people interested in those stories.  The song also features MC Lars handling a few verses in the song, which makes sense since he is a literary influenced rapper himself.

Another track I want to highlight is “Hip-Hop Chick” in which Random’s love interest is introduced.  It is what you will not here from most mainstream rappers, a song that is respectful to women.  It is one of the things I like about nerdcore.

Other guests on the album are Chaundon, Mela Machinko, Homeboy Sandman, ZeeDubb (as Z-Dub), Wordsworth, and Sammus.  Anime and video game voice actor Kyle Hebert serves as the narrator introducing the album and the conclusion.  The beats were mixed by DJ DN3 and mastered by K-Murdock, both having worked with Random on various albums.

There is also a bonus track called “Super Move” that is only available from downloading the album from  iTunes.  If the albums does well enough to get ranked, Random promises to do something special for all his fans.  The song is not really part of the story of Language Arts but is Random with Has-Lo, Open Mike Eagle, and Zilla Rocca doing a great video game inspired track.  Worth getting.

This album is a must have for any Random fan and if you are not already a fan this would be a good place to start off with.

The next volume comes out November 20th.  See you then.

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More Nerdapalooza and the Day After

Got more on Nerdapalooza.

Announced as a headlining band, Math the Band, a duo from Providence, RI doing electro music with combination of old video game systems, analog synthesizers and other instruments.  A high energy show to catch.

Also is returning is local rock band Beebs and Her Money Makers.  They have a new album coming out and their own comic book.  Nerdcord rapper YTCracker,who Nerdapallooza refers to as “the undisputed nerd rap king.”  Now why I do like his work, I just do not see him as the king.  Go check him out and decide for yourself though.  Most interesting is a band by the name of No More Kings. They got some attention in 2007 with their song Sweep the Leg that was inspired by the Karate Kid movie and its video which featured a large number of the movie’s cast.

 

And if you are looking for something the day after Nerdapalooza, check out The Day After sponsored by Mammoth Sound.  It is a entire extra day of Nerdcore hip-hop.  The event will be at a bar called “The Haven” on Monday August 6th.  The Haven is a large venue with a full size stage for the show, a full suply of liquor, non-stop bear on tap, and a top of the line sound system.

The Headliners for the show are MC Lars, YTCracker, and Random aka. MegaRan.  So that will be awesome.

Joining them is mixed bag of other artists.  Soup or Villainz, King Pheenix, Former Fat Boys, Epic-1, ProjektZero,  Magitek, HD Ninja, Klopfenpop and NES-T, Emergency Pizza Party, Rappy McRapperson, JPHONIC, Shinobi MC, Shammers, StarF, Sample the Martian, and Bro-bot (Feat. 8bit Duane).  Personally other than the Former Fat Boys and Shammers, I do not know a lot or care about any of the others.  Would be a good chance to check them all out though.

The guys handling the after party dance, and doing some spinning some on turntables during the show, are DJ RoboRob, Ben Briggs (from OCRemix), and tanner4105 (aka. “T-Byte”).

Tickets are $15 pre-reg or $20 at the door.  You can also pick up tickets at Nerdapalooza.

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