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Mega Ran Goes For Extra Credit

Mega-Ran, a.k.a. Random, has had quite a year.  Touring across the country, hosting his wrestling podcast “Mat Mania”, appearing on an episode of Smackdown.  In all that he has found time to release a new album “Extra Credit.”  It features producers DIBIA$E, Charlie Mumbles, K-Murdock, and other.  Guest vocals from J-Live, Sammus, Ceschi, and others.  The album includes new tracks and a few new arrangement of older ones.

While this album keeps the storytelling and craftmanship Mega Ran is known for, I feel it lacks some of his nerd edge.  The songs are good deal more with more mainstream topics.  It feels to me a lot more laid back as a result with tracks challenging our views of social media, aging in Hip-Hop, the music business, education and much more.  He does manage some nerdier tracks such as Mockingbird based on Harper Lee’s novel.

As for my favorites, the chorus to Bliss of Solitude featuring Homeboy Sandman is my new theme music.  Defenders with Thaahum, Mr. Miranda, and M.P.R.E.S.S.  is my favorite overall track on the album, with each rapper posing as one of the members of the Defenders.  About the Netflix series Defenders it just has this great beat and each of people on the track do a great job.  It was also the last song Thaahum did before he passed away.  You can help his family out with funeral costs if you wish.

You can buy the digital album for $7 or a physical one for $10.  The physical album will come signed for a limited time.

If you like Mega Ran or mellow jams, give this one a look.

He has also put out a pay what you want album about Stranger Things called Strangers.  If I had actually watched this show before I could give a better review of it, but here it is for you fans.

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Mat Mania

Mega Ran has covered many different topics in his music, from comic books to movies to education and a whole lot of video games.  His next album is about another of his favorite things, professional wrestling and by wrestling I mean WWE, formerly WWF.  The album is called Mat Mania, the same name as his podcast about wrestling.  It will be out on March 31st the same week of Wrestlemania in Dallas, Texas.

He teams up with producer Lynx Kinetic to do remixes on seven entrance themes and wrestlers.

Several tracks have already been released for streaming and downloading to enjoy.  The previews have been coming out each Monday (called Monday Night Ran), so the next one is tomorrow.

The album has tracks on legends like Macho Man Randy Savage and Jack The Snake Roberts to newer wrestlers like the New Day and Bray Wyatt.  Of the tracks released so far my two favorites are New Day Raps and Glass Broken.  New Day Raps is a fun party song about the most fun tag team in WWE today.  A remix by Matty Owens is also out.  Glass Broken is more of a song to pump you up for a fight about Stone Cold Steve Austin , that was released on 3/16 this year.

You can check out the new tracks on Rolling Stones, What Culture, or at Soundcloud.

Fans of wrestling and Mega Ran are both going to want to pick up this free album.

Mega Ran’s podcast of the same name has bi-weekly episodes dedicated to classic and current moments in pro wrestling.

 

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Some Nerdy Music Videos

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.

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RNDM Is Out and Final Tour of The Year

Random (Mega Ran) has released his latest album, RNDM, too much fanfare.  It début #2 in the Mountain time zone on Billboard’s Indy chart.

The album features “Mighty”, the ending credits to the anticipated game “Mighty No. 9.”

They say you can’t go forward without going back. So to move to the future, Mega Ran had to go back to the beginning to say thank you, then to say goodbye. Ran’s 2015 full length album channels the soul of “The Call,” the nostalgia of “Forever Famicom” and blasts into the future with new age production and concepts, while exploring the concept of finding one’s true self through deep soul-searching and experimentation.

Mega Ran calls this “the album of my life.” Hip Hop, pop, electronica and funk/soul meet at the crossroads of introspective, hilarious and heartwarming songs featuring outstanding artists such as Kool Keith, Open Mike Eagle, MURS, Joell Ortiz and more.

The album features appearances from D&D Sluggers, Doctor Awkward, Edy Blu, Elle Winston, Richie Branson, RoQy TyRaiD, Storyville, and Wordburglar.  With beats from Alex Minor, DJ Big Serg, DJ DN3, K-Murdock, Lazerbeak of Doomtree, Lost Perceptions, Michiru Yamane (composer of Castlevania series), RND1, Tunesmith, and others.

You can get the album via download, cassette, vinyl, CD/Shirt bundle, NES cartridge of the album’s instrumentals, or as the Kickstart version of the album.  You can also buy a pair of RNDM socks, only 50 pairs exist.

You can pick it up a copy of the album on iTunes, Bandcamp (with bonus lyric booklet and NES files), Google Play (with bonus track), and Underground Hip-Hop for signed CDS.

 

He is also on his last tour of the year before he gets married.  He is touring with DJ Organic, SkyBlew, and EyeQ.   So check to see if any of the dates are near you.

tour flyer MAIN

JUST ADDED:

10/4 ATLANTA at Joystick Gamebar, 3pm to 10pm
10/7 RICHMOND VA (private event, contact Random for info)

After the tour Random is getting married and in lieu of gifts he is asking for donations to the honeymoon fund.

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Big Awesome Music Festival During SDCC

The Big Awesome Music Festival (BAMF) is on off-site event during San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) featuring nerdy artists, geeky comedians and podcasters at Ruocco Park behind the convention center on Friday July 10th through Sunday July 12th.  They will have performances from nerdy music artists, geeky comedians, live podcasts, dance party, fandom burlesque, and more.  It will be open from 10am to 10:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am to 5pm from Sunday.  Music starts Friday and Saturday at 5pm.

The line up for Friday consists of rock band Ki, nerd rockers Kirby Krackle, geek musician Eben Brooks, comedy duo Paul and Storm, nerdy love song writer Allie Goertz, geek mixer DJ Galactic Ray, nerd parody group The Library Bards, and geek rockers Random Gibberish.

Saturday’s line up is nerdcore rapper Mega Ran, sister duo the Doubleclicks, singer-songwriter Molly Lewis, geek punk Nerf Herder, 8-bit mixer DJ DN3, and more by Kirby Krackle and DJ Galactic Ray.

For Sunday they have stand-up comedian Jen Seaman, geek flavored comedian Joseph Scrimshaw, writer Ed Galvez, podcasters Baker Street Babes who will record a live episode, Tim Mattonen, and Josh Chambers.

There will be a bounce house, beers from local breweries, food trucks, and gaming on site each day from 10m to 5pm.  They will have their own artist alley, quidditch matches hosted by U.S. Quidditch on Sunday, a burlesque by the Pixie Stixx Burlesque, and a cosplay contest.

They are using Indiegogo as their ticket system.  Get passes, t-shirt, autographed merch, and more there.

A great place for some music and comedy outside of SDCC in between events.

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TekForce Releases His First Single from His Album Tek Support!

Tek Support is the brainchild of TekForce, and is the amalgamation of his love for Hip Hop, Anime, and Video Games. Each song is considered a part of the overall story of him, some fantasy, some reality, ALL show who he is. As a lover of hip hop, he was influenced by seminal Hip Hop groups like, A Tribe Called Quest, Gangstarr, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Growing up and such a definitive time for music, it helped shape and define who was as a person. Coupled with the aforementioned groups, he also developed a love of anime, old school systems like the NES, SNES, and of course the Genesis!

The New Game + Remix, tells a bit of the story of how TekForce was as a kid. He may not have had a lot of friends, but games like Final Fantasy showed him how to keep moving, and things will work out! He’s joined by the Forever Famicom team of (Mega Ran & K-Murdock), to help him expand on the original song, and take it to new heights.

New Game + Remix Link 

TekForce Electronic Press Kit 

For contact information regarding interviews, reviews, or radio play, please email Lightcycleent@gmail.com. For links to both free and paid music, please visit www.teknicaltruth.com

 

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KrackleFest 5

KrackleFest is the annual nerd-rock concert and variety show that Kirby Krackle hosts.  This year it is this Friday March 27th from 9pm – 11:45pm, doors open at 8pm, at the Cavern Club above the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, Washington.  This is just two blocks from Emerald City Comic Con this weekend.

This year it also doubles at the official release show for Krackle’s 5th album, Mutate Baby! The album is already out if you want to pick it up.  It features 12 tracks that continue their blend of geek culture and rock beats.

Rock band Sci-Fried and rappers Mega Ran and Death Star will help open the show.  Ms. Briq House and Sin De La Rose of Seattle Area Burlesque will be showing off their nerd themed burlesque talents too.  The event will be hosted by the Air-Raid Podcast.  Also expect to quote the Green Lantern Oath in unison with everyone else.

Pre-ordered tickets are only $10.  At door price is $13, cash only.  Seating is limited to the first 400 to buy and on a first come first served basis.  You must be 21 to buy.

E-mail any questions to seattle_live@hardrock.com.

Anyone around Seattle should try this show.  Great line up in an intimate space.

 

After founding and pioneering the genre in 2009, KIRBY KRACKLE (singer-songwriter Kyle Stevens) has become known as the leader in the new movement of geek-driven musical inspiration known as, “nerd-rock”. Combing a high-energy rock n’ roll show with songwriting referencing pop-culture icons, comic book characters, and video games, Kirby Krackle’s name has become synonymous with meshing pop-culture themes together and powerful musicianship.

 

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