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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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The Troubleshooters of Nerdcore

The Troubleshooters is a project from nerdcore artists int80 of Dual Core and kHill from Thought Criminals.  They have released an EP, Lead Time, for all to enjoy.

It is only four tracks, but it is all they need to rock it so hard.  I just feel this is the best that rap can get and each song shows off what these guys can do.  I will say it is not heavy on the nerdy lyrics, more of a thing for computer fans, but still good for all.

c64, the other half of Dual Core, helps out on turntable.  Mixing by cecilnick of Autocorrect and cover art by Maria Morales.

Get the EP for only $5.

 

“The TroubleShooters started like all other music projects for me: Emails are exchanged, beats are uploaded, lyrics are written, etc. But then we took a slightly different approach of hopping on Hangouts to discuss song ideas and composition. We also simultaneously wrote lyrics in shared docs so that we could play off the other person’s parts. This gave TroubleShooters a more cohesive feel in creating the music. To complete the project, I flew to Mikal’s house in the mountains of North Carolina and we spent hours in his frigid basement recording and creating new songs. There I was wearing all my layers of clothes from my suitcase, clutching my laptop’s power supply trying to stay warm; while Mikal was in a t-shirt and khakis drinking a Juan Collins like he was on vacation. Truly, this EP nearly drove me to insanity.” -int80

“There was a point one night after we had finished tracking vocals that we decided to play Tecmo Bowl for NES. I was incredibly hammered and never figured out how to pass and 80 beat me… his score was in excess of 100 points and mine was zero.” -kHill

 

 

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Two Geek Musicians From Two Sides of the Planet Planning to Take Over the World in Song

Meri Amber (Geek Pop artist from Australia) and Kraken Not Stirred (Nerd Rock artist from Canada) play the role of two brains in tanks scheming to take over the world with love or fear respectively, in song. The song features not only the performances of the two geek musicians but also Kraken Not Stirred’s music production and guitar solo. The music video features not only their performances but also comic-style art and video editing by Meri Amber.
You can watch the newly released video here.

Another ear worm from Meri Amber, who provides her usual upbeat style of singing.  This is my first hearing Kraken Not Stirred but I have to say on this he bring both good rapping and guitar riffs.  The music video is all right, would have been more interesting if they had live action brains in the jar instead of just animated ones.
Meri Amber
Meri Amber is a Geek Pop artist from Australia who tours around and performs at many conventions in both Australia and, recently, New Zealand. She has released a number of CDs including the Super EP (songs inspired by ninjas, superpowers, YouTube etc.), her Doctor Who themed album, Pop Goes The TARDIS (songs inspired by Doctor Who), and her 90s themed album, Retro Sherbet (songs inspired by Tamagotchis, Pokémon, Xena etc.). Her next upcoming concert is at Sugar City Con in Mackay (Queensland, Australia).
Kraken Not Stirred
Kraken Not Stirred (otherwise known as Mike Bryant) is an Nerd Rock artist from Canada. Rather than creating his music acoustically, as is often done, he creates his music using a computer and Kitara digital guitar. He has released a large number of singles including The Ballad Of Han Solo, Today Sucked Show Me Cats, Pogo Zombie Is A Jerk, If You Post Spoilers I Will Kill You and Oh, The Places I’ve Been. He’s played at geeky events like Anime North (Toronto, Canada) and Con Funk! (Niagara Falls, Canada)

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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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