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Hero in Me

Professional cosplayer Santana has released an album featuring nerdy music, Hero In Me, and now I am going to review it.

The whole thing is about empowering yourself and following your own loves.  The album mixes country, pop, and a bit of rock into a unique sound.  Though only three songs on the album are really nerd related.

Cosplaying Just for Me, which has its own video shot by Flashbang Cosplay Capture, is about cosplaying and empowering yourself.  Bit a nice rock vibe to it.  Personally I have a hard time believing someone who sells prints of herself and has a Patreon page for people to give her feed back on what to cosplay next is really “cosplaying just for me.”  Though the song is more than just about cosplaying and is a fun listen.

Gamer Boy, is a love song .  Though I am not sure if she is singing to a boy who play games or an actual Nintendo Game Boy.  I like it either way.

Hero in Me is about another empowering song drawing some geeky related imagery and lyrics.

Three of the other songs on this album are from a previous non nerdy album, nice songs to listen to just not why I am here for.  The other song is Winder Soldier, which as much as I want to believe is most likely not about Bucky Barnes.  Again nice romantic song, just not what I am looking for.

The music and singing are both top-notch though.  Something even non nerds can enjoy.  I recommend it for anyone wanting something a little different from most.

You can get the album as a CD or digital download from Santana’s store, CDBaby, iTunes, or Amazon.

I would love to see more work from Santana in the music genre especially some more nerdy songs add to her repertoire.

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Retro Sherbet: 90s Themed Album by Geek Pop Artist

Meri Amber is an Australian geek pop singer songwriter with a new album of 90s inspired songs called Retro Sherbet.  The songs are less directly about video games or TV shows, but instead is more thematically inspired by them for something differently we get on here.

She wrote, recorded and produced all the songs. Plus she wrote, sketched, inked and colored an accompanying comic called Arcade Horrors.  After reading it I look forward to more of Meri’s music.

She will be touring around Australia (and New Zealand) promoting the album at conventions the next few months.
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Retro Sherbet is a 90s inspired album by geek pop songstress Meri Amber. The majority of the content was originally written as part of the FAWM (February Album Writing Month) challenge and then refined for over a year. The songs cover not only themes from the decade but themes from Meri’s personal experience of the decade, namely, childhood.
If you listen to the album from the beginning to the end then you’ll see there is an over-arching plotline that’s being run. You can almost follow the protagonist through their ups and downs as if they’re living out their lives in the 90s era. The musical arrangements and style are inspired by many famous 90s songs and the overall feel of the decade. The general sound of the album could be described as fun, bright and retro pop.
But, as you’d expect from Meri, there’s no lack of geeky or pop culture references. Songs are written inspired by everything from games like Tamagotchi, Minesweeper and Block Breaker, to TV shows like Pokemon, Dragonball Z and Xena, to cultural references like Walkie Talkies, Rom-Com films, Bubble Tape, filmstrip cameras and Tazos.
Whatever your experience of the 90s was and whatever your experience of childhood was, there are stories and songs in Retro Sherbet that are bound to make you reminisce, giggle and crazy-dance in the street.

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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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FuMP Kickstarters

Two members of the FuMP have Kickstarter projects going on right now.  Two great albums for fans of Doctor Who and video games.

Devo Spice is looking for some help to with his latest project, I Am The Doctor.  A comedy rap album about Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary, with a song about the different incarnations of The Doctor.

His song I Am The Doctor will be the title track for the album.  Peter Davison (fifth Doctor) makes an appearance on the song “Companion Application.”  Other cameos are being lined too.

The CD is schedule to be released on November 23rd, the day of the anniversary show.  The album has already been funded so no need to worry about it not making it.  You can still get in on this till 2pm on October 31st.  The Kickstarter is to fund production of the CDs, professionally mastering of the songs, money for shipping.

The rewards for this you get a lot of great things for cheap: pledge of only $1 will get you two MP3 downloads of your choice, $10 the digital album, $15 the physical album with booklet, $25 get an exclusive Kickstarter poster with your album, $30 get an exclusive t-shirt with your album, $40 get the t-shirt and poster, $75 signed hand written sheet music page, $100 get credited as producer, $250 get a custom song on any subject you want, and more at higher levels.

In addition to regular rewards, there are also special add-ons.  Devo’s previously released albums are available at a discounted price.  You can get them as either downloads or CDs.  Just add the right amount of extra funds and pick your choice.

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Insane Ian is a comedy musician and a video game reviewer.  Now he wants to combine these two in a web series called “Reviewsicals,” musical reviews of video games.

Funding will go to the materials Ian needs to make the videos himself: new computer, video camera, green screen, and cost of printing CDs.  He already has access to all the games he will review and systems to play them on.  Expect 10 or more videos and songs to be made for the first season.   Each song from the series will be made available on Bandcamp and as a CD once the season is done.

The project’s goal is $2,750 and as of now it has raised $822.  The Kickstarter goes till about noon on November 7th.

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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 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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I Fight Dragons and Phantom Breaker Team Up for Music Video

I Fight Dragons (IFD) is a nintendocore video game with 8-bit inspirations formed in 2008.  Brian Mazzaferri and Bill Prokopow while working on a demo had the idea to try and sound like music from an old NES.  That song was “Heads Up, Hearts Down” and start them on a four years of national tours, two EPs and one full albums, hundreds of shows, and more.  Their 2nd full length albums Project Atma is a Chiptune Rock Opera is set to be released soon.

Mages is video game developer, having worked on such games as Steins;GateChaos;HEAd, and several other visual novel games in Japan.  Their first game in North America is Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, on XBox Live Arcade, a spin-off to the 2D fighting game Phantom Breaker. “Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds” is a cooperative, side-scrolling beat’em up that hearkens back to the days of the 8-Bit era, but using modern game development techniques.

The two have joined for a special music video project.  Taking IFD’s song “Move” from their recent album DEMOlitions with custom sprites of the band mashed-up with in-game footage from Mages’ Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds to create this project.  Watch the video here.

The collaboration came about when Gail Salamanca, US PR Manager of Mages and fan of the band, wanted to combine IFD’s chiptune inspired rock with Phantom Breakers 8bit retro look into something for fans of both the band and game.  Brian Mazzaferri of I Fight Dragons has stated that the outcome of “four badass anime heroines going on a beat-em-up rampage pixelized versions of IFD to cheer them on” is pretty much his ideal vision for a music video to Move.  The video was produced by Strangely Compelling, directed by Salamanca, and the IFD sprites were created by Oleg Tikounov.

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