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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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Ongaku Overdrive II, Music Festival For Gamers & Anime Fans, Announces Lineup & Day After Show

Ongaku Overdrive is a music festival in Winter Park, Florida (somewhere around Orlando it seems) for fans of anime, video games,  sci-fi, and the like.  Saturday May 10th will be their second event at The Haven Lounge.  Doors open up at 2pm and will go till 1am.  The event includes a mix of rock, chiptunes, J-pop, nerdcore, and electronic music that draws inspiration from video games, fantasy, comic books, and other realms of nerddom.

New acts this year include Armcannon who preform rock renditions of classic video game music; otaku rapper Cashamil Anime Boy; chiptunes/electronic artists Professor Shyguy; videogame/vocaloid synth-rock band Final Weapon; chiptunes and guitarists Danimal Cannon; and finally one of the blog’s favorite rappers Mega Ran.

Returning acts are J-Pop artist Rai Kamishiro; famed otaku rapper Richie Branson; nerd rock band Sci-Fried; video game remixer and DJ, Benjamin Briggs; the blog’s other favorite rapper Adam Warrock; and 16-bit wizards MagiTek.

Tickets for the event are $15 online and $20 at the door.  Attendees must be 18 and bring ID.

An after-party called “The Day After Show” will be held on Sunday May 11th at The Geek Easy starting at 4pm and goes till 1am.  It will feature performances by DJ Roborob, Benjamin Briggs, DJ Cylon, Doug Funnie, Shammers and Shinobi the MC, MC Wreckshin, Eye Q, and more.  A donation of $5 for the artists performing is asked of those attending.  There will also be a grab bag raffle.

This event has one of the best line-ups I have seen in a while and with a cheap price.  I would like to see this expand to at least two days though to give the performers more time.  Someone go and send me a review of it, ok.

 

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Top 10 Ninja Music List to Assassinate To

Ninjas have become a stable of genre media.  From TV shows, film, comics, novel, and even music.  Some write songs about ninjas.  Others base their whole music act around ninjas.  Here is just a taste of what you can find out there.

1. Everybody Needs a Ninja by Matthew Ebel

2. The band Shinobi Ninja from NYC.

3. Ninja Girl by Mega Ran is about Yuffie from Final Fantasy VII.

4. Feng Shui Ninjas and their album Home Shuriken Kit (in case of emergency, throw disc).

5. The rapper Shinobi the MC and duo Krondor Krew have back stores about being ninjas.

6. Ninjas Wailing on Guitars by Soggy Potato Chips tells of ninjas skill with shredding on guitar.

7. The jrock band Otokage is made up of ninjas as well.

8. Ninja Drinking Song by Sci-Fried is an Irish pub crawl song about ninjas.

9. There is a heavy metal ninja band called “Ninja.”

10. Redneck Ninjas by Tom Smith gives us a little different take on ninjas.

Honorable Mention goes to the opening theme from the anime Naruto.  All of them.

 

 

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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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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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10 Music Sets for your Nerdy Christmas

With Christmas coming up I thought I share some new songs to sing this season to share your love of fandom.

1. It’s a Fanboy Christmas Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Luke Ski is a series of Christmas melodies reworked to be about various sci-fi, fantasy, and the like media.  Keep an eye on Luke’s website to see if he puts them up for free or if he releases another one this year.

2. Steampunk band The Men That Will Not be Blamed for Nothing have a Christmas album to check out. A Very Steampunk Christmas is a four track release that comes as 7″ vinly or digital download.  Album includes a different take on a Christmas Carol and punk versions of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Silent Night.

3. Star Wars Christmas by Sci-Fried and Kirby Krackle’s version Rudoph the Red Nose Reindeer both give you some rocking tunes for Christmas.

4. The 8bits of Christmas is a holiday release from 8bitpeoples with 8 chiptune artists using 8 different consoles and computers to produce 8bit versions of classic Christmas songs.  Get it and other albums for free on the 8bitpeoples website and have a chippy Christmas.

5. For some video game related songs we have  Gekkos have Christmas in Hyrule telling about Christmas in the Zelda games, Isane Ian with WOW, Christmas!  sharing how he spends Christmas and feeds his Warcraft addiction, and Pallete Swap Ninja singing about lack of Wii units in Wii Christmastime.

6. For a selection of Christmas wrock music I have found this nice little playlist.  A collection of songs that even He Who Must Not Be Named would find jolly.

7. I also have playlist for Vocaloid covers of Christmas songs and a few originals.  So enjoy some robotic cheer.

8.  There is also Homestuck for the Holidays, I have not even bothered to listen to any of it.  Cause it is Homestuck and I have no plans to find out what those kids at cons are talking about, so enjoy if you care.

9.  Nerdcore rapper Random/Mega Ran has put out a holiday album this year.  A Very Random Christmas is a banging Christmas album that is not all that geeky but is clean and fun plus it is free too, so yeah on free.  Need to check out him reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas giving it a more urban slant.

10. and of course  Another Creepy Christmas by Jonah Knight is on the list.  I have talked more about that one previously.

Honorable Mention goes to Bow Down to the Power of Santa from the Invader Zim Christmas Special.  It has become a traditional Christmas song at my house hold ever since it first premiered.

Photo: It's December so I can start posting holiday pics (I refuse to do so before Dec 1st). This might just be the greatest Christmas tree I've ever seen. DECORATE! DECORATE!!

Try playing some of these songs at your next holiday gathering.

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