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Celtic Avalon

Heather Dale has been a Celtic songwriter and touring musician for 15 years.  She launched her first crowd-sourcing fundraiser campaign this month on Indiegogo.  It goes until Friday March 21st.

The funding campaign is for three things.  The Celtic Avalon touring show,  a musical stage show retelling the legend of King Arthur set to tour North America in 2015.  A professionally produced concert DVD.  And finally a special Youth Educational Program offered to schools during the tour.
Perks for backing this project are: $20 get an MP3 album of Heather’s “The Legends of Arthur” book and exclusive King Arthur song, $45 add in a copy of the Celtic Avalon show on DVD, $75 add in two of Heather’s MP3 albums of your choice,  and at $100 add in a VIP Package with premium seating to the live show, a pre-show visit with Heather, and poster signed by the cast.  From there each level does not keep adding up, you get everything thing at the $100 and bonus that level has, and are of limited quantities.  $225 gets you a custom voicemail message plus set of 20 ringtones, $350 you get a handwritten letter with song lyrics of your choice, $500 and Heather will make a video of her playing any five songs of your choice, $750 and she will record three original songs of your own creation, $800 she will make you your own cloak based on a King Arthur character, $1,000 will bring a concert and in class program to the school of your choice, and at $3,00 she will marry you…… to someone else.
She has already raised (at time of writing) $11,659 of the $40,000.  Now Indiegogo is different from Kickstarter in that you do not have to meet your goal.  You will get whatever you perk level you backed no matter the outcome.  So get in there and help support an interesting and educational project.  There is much more about it at the site so go check it out if you are not sure or at least spread the word around.
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Top 10 Tolkien Music List to Have Second Breakfast To

J R R Tolkien’s work “The Hobbit” and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are basically the birth of modern fantasy work.  It has spawned much analysis, art, games, and movies.  So of course there is plenty of fan music inspired by this work.

1. Lord of the Rhymes the masters of Hobbit rap

2. Marc Gunn’s Well Dressed Hobbit and Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits.

3. Middle Earth Needs Me by the Consortium of Genius does not just talk about Tolkien works, but is still very cool.

4. The Lonely Mountain Band a Tolkien inspired folk band made up of members of the Celtic rock band Fathom.

5. great Luke Ski’s Stealing Like a Hobbit

6. Brobdingnagian Bards take traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, mix it up with Lord of the Rings music to create a unique brand of Celtic Filk.

7. A Middle Earth-themed lyrical throw down called Goblin Town with INT80 of Dual Core, Adam Warrock, YTCracker, and Dale Chase.

8. The Hobbit Song by Cossbysweater

9. Here is a list of Lord of the Rings filk, though you have to make the music yourself.

10. Flight of the Concords Bret McKenzie has appeared in the first and third films in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, so them doing  Frodo, Don’t Wear the Ring takes on another level.

Honorable Mention: Goes to these ten hard rock songs that each drawn from the works of Tolkien in their own way.  Which is only the tip of the iceberg on hard rock, heavy metal, and similar bands with Lord of the Rings influence.

No mention: Goes to Leonard Nimoy singing “The Ballard of Bilbo Baggins.”

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Top 10 D&D Music List To roll THAC0 To

Dungeons and Dragons is a staple of nerds and geeks everywhere.  Playing it has been the standard to which nerds measure each other.  In has helped shaped all other RPGs since then, either trying to be like it or trying to not be like it.  So I give you a list of music inspired by this classic game.

1. No More Kings and their song Critical Hit is a funky tune about playing the game and rolling double damage.

2. Uncle Lumpy and the Salmon Moose do a little parody of Frosty called  Dungeons and Dragons, explaining the D&D to his nephew.  I am not sure if this also counts as holiday song.

3. Never Split the Party by Emerald Rose teaches us some important rules about what to do when you are dungeon crawling.

4. Insane Ian takes a break from doing songs about video games to cover table top gaming with  Run This Game assisted by Devo Spice and The Stacey

5. 3d6 gives us Damage.  Nerd punk song that lets you know, if you did not already know, where the band’s name comes from.

6. Natural 20s by Dual Core is chocked full of both references to D&D and other nerdcore rappers.  Great for fans of both.

7. A Band of Orcs is a heavy mithril band, and since I do not care for heavy metal I have not really listen to their music, but everything written about them tells me they belong on here.  The band hails from Hirntodia, till summoned by some teens playing a game, and here they learned to harness the power of metal to lay waste to all.

8. More nerdcore with Dice Roll Your Hearts by Alpha Riff.  A love song for those who love both Magic: The Gathering and Dungeon and Dragons.

9. This Fantasy World by The Doubleclicks is another love song about love over the gaming table.  Though it gets a little offensive.

10. Mikey Mason gives us two great D&D songs Best Game Ever and Summer of 83.  One about player killing and the other about learning the game.

Honorable Mention goes to A Cloak of Elvenkind by alternative rock band Marcy Playground.  I loved this song, the album it comes from, so much in high school.

Well till next time.

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Top 10 Star Trek Music List to Energize To

Now while Star Wars is a more popular and well known sci-fi series, I feel Star Trek is the more nerdy series.  There are fewer fan songs and such, but the ones there are seem to by true blue fans.  So here are ten songs and bands to check out for all the Trekkies out there.

1. Five Year Mission a five piece rock band with the mission to write a song for each episode of the original Star Trek series.  Plenty of rock tracks full of both great melodies and Trekkie references.

2. Luke Ski gives us What’s Up Spock which goes over the various shows of the series and members of the crew.

3. il Troubadore is a Klingon music project to perform the music of the Klingon Empire for Terran audiences.  Also they wrote a Klingon ballet.

4. Sci-Fried brings us My Name is SpockDon’t Phase Me Bro, and The Away-Team with their usually comedy rock style and geeky lyrics.

5. German Klingon Klenginem gives us Klingon versions of songs various famous songs.

6. Redshirts a song by H2Awesome shares  with us the thoughts of a red shirt on the Enterprise and what the fates of some his fellow red shirts were.

7. Warp 11 a sci-fi rock band in Starfleet uniforms.  Plus lots of sexy time fun.

8. For the filk fans we have this lovely old list of Star Trek filks from the fans.  

9. More Klingons with heavy metal Klingon by Stovokor.

10. I do not know what to think of this one, but if you ever wanted to hear a Sulu impersonator doing short spoken covers of songs they you need to check out Phaser Rock.

Honorable Mention: The original Star Trek theme done 8-bit for a little bit of chiptune on here.

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Top 10 Star Wars Songs to Use the Force To

Star Wars one of the (if not single ) biggest fanboy inducing nerdy out over franchises ever.  It invokes strong feelings in its fans and some put those feelings into song.  So with May having both May 4th and 25th considered Star Wars Day for different reasons, I honor the month with this list of Star Wars songs.

1. Grease Wars: great Luke Ski took the music from the movie/play Grease and reworked it to be a melody about the first Star Wars movie with the help of Carrie Dahlby.  This was the first thing I ever heard from him or any member of the FuMP and can be credited for helping lead me on the track to creating and running this blog.

2. We all know Han Solo is the coolest guy in the Star Wars universe and Mikey Mason shares with us his desire to be cool like him in Han Solo Cool.

3.  H2Awesone gives us a look into the mind of Luke and his feelings for Uncle Owen and living on the farm.  A rock number that puts Luke in the role of young rebel wanting to break free.

4. Adam Warrock has Star Wars Uncut that expresses fans love for the original movies and about a group of fans making their own fan film to go with it.

5. We get a number of songs from Sci-Fried about Star Wars: Join the Empire, Wanna Be Your Jedi, Star Wars Idiot, and several more to check out.

6. One of the first songs I ever heard from Dual Core was A New Hope (first song on their first album).  It shows off the fun word play of INT80 and the beats of C64.

7. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Hoth Version) with both Kirby Krackle and the Doubleclicks takes a classic and gives it a little Star Wars twist.

8. Tom Smith sings about all Waking Up Jedi or Sith, depends on how you see it.

9. Even the bad guys get some songs about them too.  Marc Gunn strums out a Lusty Young Sith.  Not really about Siths or something children should listen to really.  wink

10. Now I am not that big of a mc Chris fan, but Fett’s Vette is pretty toe tapping and just fun.  Loved it since I first heard it on Sealab.

Honorable Mention: The Star Wars theme done 8bit by Will Gannon.

 

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Ten Pirate Songs and Bands to Pillage To

With Talk Like a Pirate Day yesterday, it got me thinking of pirate music and I decided to bring you ten pirate themed songs and bands to check out.

1.  We have to start off with the official unofficial Talk Like a Pirate Day song from Tom Smith.  It talks of the desire to leave the mundane life and to become a pirate, at least for one.  Also, check out his Christmas themed pirate song, A Pirate Christmas.  A series of Christmas songs changed for the pirate life.

2. Pirates for Sail, the crew of the Drunken Ferret, are a pirate who preform at all kinds of different events performing songs, fire spinning, period firearms demonstrations, general piracy (including history and skits) and, for the kids, face painting and treasure hunts.   Their music combines shanty style singing with guitars, violins, and other classic instruments into some real toe tapping tunes.   Their third album, Dark Side of the Lagoon, came out this year and can be got at one of their shows iTunes or CDbaby.

3. Pirate Song by Jonah Knight.  Mostly known for his paranormal folk songs, this one little track he did has become sort of a signature piece for him; being featured on several podcasts.

4.  Space Pirates! by Gekkos, a little rocking ditty about being a pirate in space instead of the oceans.  Taking pirates to a different place.  For those who want more metal pirate shantys.

5. Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew, a group of rapping pirates.  They have appeared on America’s Got Talent and were described like this, “Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew are a collection of rapping pirates. Their costumes are great and their rapping is decent…”  Personally I think they are a little bit than just “decent”, I have heard worse.  So if you want some fun songs about drinking rum, smacking winches, and capping people with flintlocks, Dan the Scurvy Crew is for you.

6. A Pirates Life by Sci-Fried.  A reggae grooving beat that tells you all about pirates and how ninjas suck.

7. Pirate Ship by TV’s Kyle with Insane Ian and Austin Aeschliman.  A strange song about them selling around on a pirate ship.  I real ear worm, but in a good way.

8. The Brigands, another preforming pirate band with over ten years experience together.  Preforming at all kinds of pirate events up and down the coasts.

9. The quintessal steampunk by Abney Park.  Again bringing you a different type of pirate, this one an airship pirate.  They have a number of songs about their exploits as pirates.  You can also check out the novel based on their story or play their table top RPG.

10. Blow Me Down by Moneyshot Cosmonauts.  A parody of Thompson Twins’ 1984 synth-rock classic “Hold Me Now” that shares some of the demands of being a pirate.  Originally performed by Robert Lund.

Honorable mention goes to the  The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything from the Silly Songs of Veggie Tales.  They even got their own movie.  Again, no idea why I like it.  Guess I am just weird.

And if you want to hear more pirate songs, the German Pirate Party (actual political group) collected a number of different pirate songs from around the world  and put them in a free downloadable album.  You can get here,  but the page is in German.  Just click there on the right for the link.  Takes a while to download since it is from Germany.  I have not gotten a chance to listen to it myself, but it does have Jonah Knight’s song so they do have some good taste.

There it be me hartys.

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Kickstarters to Look Check Out

Kickstarter is a great way for acts to finianzie and check people’s opinion on new projects; also great for fans to help their favorite acts and learn about new ones.  Here are a couple of music related ones to check out and maybe support.

The Austin Troubadours first CD – “Mediterranean Journey”

Austine Troubadours are a Medieval and Renaissance music group that plays songs from Italy, Spain, France and Balkan countries, on period instruments.  The group includes Renaissance lute, baroque violin, early woodwinds,  harpsichord, and many other instruments that I have never heard of along with voice.  This albums will include Italian monophonic dances from the “British Library” Manuscript, “Cantigas De Santa Maria” from a collection attributed to Spanish king Alfonso El Sabio, French Renaissance dances from Attaingnant editions, and a few of the oldest examples of songs and dances from Serbia and Macedonia.  The album will try to recreate the sounds and spirits of Medieval Mediterranean.

They are looking for $3,000 and already have $1,819 so far.  Sponsor levels include getting the CD, an invite to the release party, name listing in the album booklet, dinner with the band, and a private concert (for those in central Texas area).  They have 15 more days to reach their goal.

The Slants Need a New Tour Bus

The Slants are an Asian synth-pop band from Oregon with a big following in the anime fandom. In the last four years they have played over 350 shows all across the US and Europe at anime cons, dive bars and tropps overseas.  They need new a new touring bus.  They travel for several months out the year and needs something that can handle the intense touring.  They have already spent most of their money on their latest album and now are looking for help from their fans who have helped them since the beginning.

For $10,000 they can get an old shuttle bus and renovate it for touring.  They will also not have to use a trailer anymore and invest money into their stage show.  More funds will go to an even better vehicle. They have already got $4,232 with 14 days to go.  Various donation levels will get you digital albums, CDs, special songs, personal shout-out, t-shirt, other merch, tour DVD, original art, personalized song, private concerts, and more.

Worm Quartet “Songs of the Maniacs” Album

The one man band from Rochester, New York Worm Quartet (a.k.a. Shoebox) has played on both the Dr. Demento radio show (with the most requested song of 2004)  and a core member of The FuMP is now releasing his long-awaited next album.  He has collaborated with Sudden Death and MC Lars.  In 2007 he won a Logan Award for his song “The Ballad of Dr. Stopp.”

This Kickstarter is to fund the mastering of the albums, license the one cover song, cover printing of the albums, and other assorted costs.

Donation incentives include buttons, downloads, CDs, bonus discs, and exclusive USB flash drives mounted in Atari cartridges and loaded with the entire Worm Quartet discography (available only through this project).

(NOTE:  This is a prototype…the final product will look slightly different.)

Prizes for high levels include personalized songs Worm Quartet/Devo Spice house concerts.

He has already reached the $1,300 goal he was looking for, so he place a stretch goal of $2,600 to buy a new keytar.  He passed this as well. Now if he raises $4,400 he plans to upgrade his “studio” with new equipment.  14 days left on this one too.

Steamstock- A Music Featival From Another Time

Swing Goth has hosted several different events over the last five years like The Bowie Ball, a San Fran and NYC Burton Ball, Gaiman vs. Moore, and others.  They were chosen Best of the Bay in 2009 and its various events have been covered in over 30 newspaper articles, including: New York Times, New York Post, SF Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian, and SF Weekly.  Recently they did nighttime events as part of the steampunk con, Clockwork Alchemy.  Now they want to do a whole steampunk music festival. 

They are planning to have two stages, over ten bands both national and local, vendors, belly dancers, aerialists, fire dancers, and a raised dance floor for partying.  They will do all this if they raise $3,000.  If they get $4,000 they will add ferries to take people between San Francisco and their venue, Craneway Pavilion, allowing you to travel to and from a steampunk event in a boat.  At $5,000 they will add a boat from San Jose.  At $6,000 they will start announcing national level bands.  Raise enough and they will put the bands on the boats.

Bands that have already said they will play the event include Abney Park,Vernian Process,5 Cent Coffee,Blue Rabbit, and Vagabondage.

With 14 days to go they have only raised $737.  For supporting you can get bumper stickers, badge ribbons, a silk cravat, dance instruction DVD, shopping bag, metal badge, hair clip, seed pod bag, hat pin, necklace and earring set, ticket to the show ($40 level), dance levels, and various outfits fitted to you.

You can email them (steamstocksf@gmail.com) to sign up for their mailing list or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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