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MC Frontalot Says to Question Bedtime

MC Frotalot  has released a new album called Question Bedtime.  This newest album is created for both children and parents.  Each song based on a different fairytale from around the globe.  He is currently touring in Europe to promote the album.

Considered the father of nerdcore hip-hop, after creating the term in 2000, MC Frontalot is one of the tops in the genre.  Appearing on TV, radio, other’s albums, and in the documentary Nerdcore Rising.  This is his sixth studio album.

He raps about some well known, at least to me, tales like Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Emperor’s New Clothes, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn Fear, plus some lesser know ones the Ruined Man Who Became Rich Again Through a Dream, the Mastermaid, the Ugle Son, the Stonecutter, and Wakjakaga Anus Guards the Ducks.  He gives each story his own little twist, like Goldilocks being the bear boogeyman being the most bizarre.  The album is also intersected with tracks of Frontalot acting as a babysitting trying to get comedians Kyle Kinane, P.F. Tompkins, Negin Farsad and Lisa Delarios to go to bed.

Guests on the album vary from nerdcore rappers Adam WarRock, Sole, Open Mike Eagle, and mc Chris to rapper Jean Grae, singer-song writer Marian Call, steampunk cellist Unwoman, Panter and Gambler of the Protomen, plus Busdriver, John Roderick, Parry Gripp, and producers Baddd Spellah and Kid Kola.

My favorite track off the album is Two Dreamers.  It just has a great beat and infectious chorus.

The artwork for  the album was done by comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz of New Mutants and Elektra fame giving it his own special twist.

Pick up the album from Front’s store, iTunes, or Bandcamp for around $11.

Check out the first video from the album over at Entertainment Weekly.  It is Gold Locks starring Jean Grae and Gabrielle Sterbenz, directed by BroSis.

If you are a fan of Frontalots, then this is just another great album for your collection.  If you have not gotten into him yet, then this is a great album to start on.

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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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Two Mega Man Tribute Albums Coming

OverClocked ReMix and Sumthing Else Music Works have each put together  an album tribute to Mega Man for Capcom to celebrate 25 years of the Blue Bomber.

The first album is “For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man” by OverClocked ReMix.  It will contain remixes, in multiple music genres, from Mega Man, Mega Man X, Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Battle Network, Mega Man Zero, Mega Man ZX, and Mega Man Star Force.

“We’re honored to again be collaborating with Capcom on another iconic franchise, paying tribute to over 25 years of Mega Man,” said OC ReMix founder and president David Lloyd, who will also contribute to the album alongside more than 20 musicians. “The music of Mega Man is as diverse as the many adventures the games take us on, providing the perfect soundtrack to a quarter century of robotic heroism and upgradeable projectile weapons. The OverClocked ReMix community is always excited to explore new interpretations and expressions of such amazing compositions, and we believe that For Everlasting Peace – our first commercial album – will offer fans something new while staying true to our goals of honoring great video game music and composers!”

The second one is “MM25: Mega Man Rocks” by Sumthing Else Music Works.  This one focuses on the classic Mega Man and the X series.  It has contributions from six big Mega Man acts.  The headliner of the album is The Protomen with a new song “Built to Last.”  Arm Cannon and X-Hunters both provide new songs too.  The Mega and Bit Brigrade re-record some of their previous hits.  Plus Mega Ran and The Protomen hand-pick some their personal faves of their work.

The covers for the two albums was decided from an open contest for fans to send in their own work.

Both albums will launch later this fall on various digital distribution sites.

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Top 10 Mega Man Music List to Rush Jet To

Another video game list.  This time the blue bomber, Mega Man also known as Rockman in Japan.  He is not as well known in mainstream as some other video game characters, but that is what I feel makes he more nerdy.  Besides many many game squeals and spin-offs, he has had comics, cartoons, animes, novels, and plenty of merchandize.  Plus there are several musicians who have been inspired by the game and the soundtracks of the games.  So here is my music list of Mega Man music.

1. Mega Ran the nerdcore phenom, who’s name and three albums were inspired by the game.

2. Armcannon video game band named after Mega Man’s main weapon.

3. Protomen with their Mega Man rock opera, so far two parts have been released.

4. Snake Man Vs. The World by Benjamin Briggs is chiptune remixes of Snake Man’s theme for DarkeSword’s Wily Castle Remix Gauntlet.

5. The Megas with pop-rock lyrical Mega Man covers.

6. More nerdcore,  Light Prototype from Dual Core is Mega Man based.

7. X-Hunters is metal band that plans songs from the Mega Man X series.

8. From What if This CD… Had Lyrics? by brentalfloss, we have Bubble Man, Mega Man 3, and Gotta Run/Be The One with the Megas.

9. Year 200X more video game music from a Mega Man inspired band.

10. Off the FuMP sideshow is Giftedgear with a little acoustic parody of Glycerine by Bush about struggling while playing Mega Man.

Honorable Mention goes to, what else, the theme from the Mega Man cartoon.

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Main Stage Acts for PAX This Year

Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) the largest video game focus convention out there.  From the guys who created the Penny Arcade webcomic and Child’s Play charity.   It is August 30 – September 2, Labor Day weekend, in Seattle as always.

Music has been a big part of PAX since the beginning in 2004 when they had the Minibosses and MC Frontalot.  It was at PAX that nerdcore was given a stage to take off.

This year’s music acts are a mix of new faces and regulars.  PAX’s rapper laurate MC Frontalot and nerdcore group Super-Commuter will be back again along with Mega Ran and Adam Warrock.  The rock band with a Mega Man oprea Protomen return for another year.  The comedy duo of the Doubleclicks makes it to the main stage this year.  Acoustic guitar duo Super Guitar Bros appear for the first time on main stage.  Hideo a theatrical concert group who perform music from video games and anime.  Bit Brigade video game cover band/speed run performers around out the main stage.

With the con being four days long they are going to have three straight days of concerts for all the fans.  Schedules have not been released yet, but I do know  Mega Ran will be playing on Friday with K-Murdock and a live band.  Bit Brigade and the Protomen are both on Friday.  On Saturday Frontalot is performing.

Now like previous years PAX has sold out already.  Now do not panic too much just yet.  There are still ways to get in.  Legal ways at that.  Become a volunteer, enforcers, panelist, or something like that.  Personally I do not know to much on the subject, but I am a sure you can find out more with a quick search.

 

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MAGFest’s Line-Up

MAGFest (Music And Gaming Festival) is the event for fans of video games and video game music.  Starting in 2002 this year will their 11th and they are bigger than ever before.  It is a 24 hour party and festival.  With no corporate sponsors, no crowded show floors, and no behind-closed-doors showings.  It is an open atmosphere that focuses on community and fan creations.

This year’s MAGFest will be at the Gaylord Nation Hotel and Covention Center in National Harbor, Maryland from January 3-6.

Music is very important to MAGFest, with video game cover bands, chiptune artists, and DJs of all different types over the four days.

The Guest of Honor for this year is Yuzo Koshiro a video game composer of over 30 years; debuting in Falcom and working in games such as Ys, Streets of Rage, Shinobi, Shenmue, Actraiser, and more. He runs the development studio ANCIENT with his family. He will be Djing on Saturday night bringing his dancey FM tunes to the con.

Things start off on Thursday night with the Mega Man rock band the Megas, nerdcore super star Random, Metroid tribute band Metroid Metal and the OneUps all on the Main Stage.

Friday will have video game metal by Armcannon, Bit Brigade who combines musical performances with live speed runs of classic video games, the Video Game Orchestra and BrentalFloss and the Cartridge Family which is a combining of comedic lyrics of brentalfloss and Descendants of Erdrick.

Saturday sees power rockers Powerglove and Protomen take the stage along with Pokemon synth band Rare Candy and Final Fantasy theatrical rockers Those Who Fight

For Djs they have video game remixers bLiNd and Benjamin Briggs on Friday. Chiptune/video game music pioneer DJ Cutman on Saturday with.

Chiptune acts for the con will be the four piece group Crashfaster, Danimal Cannon, chiptune and rock duo D&D Sluggers, heavy metal chiptuner Inverse Phase on Friday. For Saturday there is Bright Primate, chiptune supergroup Cheap Dinosaurs, composer Jake “virt” Kaufman, and Kris Keyser. Visuals for the shows will be provided by Batsly Adams, No Carrier, Pixelseed, and Invaderbacca.

Second Stage Performers include a variety of different styles and genres. On Friday there is Descendants of Erdrick, Dwelling of Duels Live which is mad up of all-stars of the monthly VG arrangement competition Dwelling of Duels, Lords of Thunder doing metal VGM covers, My Parents Favorite Music, OCRemix house band Over Clocked University, folksy VGM covers by The World is Square, and jazz band Fighting in the Streets. Arc Impulse, thrash metal VGM cover band Knight of the Round, television and video game composers On Being Human, electro rocker Professor Shyguy, acoustic guitar duo Super Guitar Bros, four piece  string quartet Triforce Quartet, and Mega Man X tribute band X-Hunters on Saturday.

In addition to all the schedule music, MAGFest has a Jamspace area every year for anyone to play.  The stage has drums, guitar, bass, and keyboard for anyone to use or bring your own instrument.  Jam with other musicians or sit back and enjoy.

Besides all the great music there will be a demoparty, charity auction for Child’s Play, Games on Film festival, LARP, Super Art Fight, panels, video game improv, table top gaming, and a marketplace to buy at.  Oh and games.  So much gaming.  There is an indie game showcase, all kinds of tournaments, consoles going all the way back to the 70’s, a LAN room, arcade machines and more.  Guest for the con include video game composer Kinuyo Yamashita, creators of a Mega Man fan film, artists, game creators, other composers, internet video creators, writers, voice of Duke Nukem Jon St. John, and so much other craziness

Pre-registration is $45 for all four days until December 23, so do not miss out.

I really wish I was going to this.  Some one go and tell me about it.   Please.

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