Thursday, May 10, 2007

More Nerd News in Brief

As my pal Church is quick to point out, 09 F9 is old hat. The new hotness? Creating your own 128-bit integer!

All the cool kids are doing it.

Okay, so maybe not the cool kids, per se...


Quick, read some More Nerd News in Brief before I encrypt this shit!


  • Ninjas and Robots and Nerds: Florida poindexters looking for some weekend excitement are encouraged to check out mCRT, Krondor Krew, EPP, and Killer Robots this Saturday, May 12th at Dukes (843 Lee Road Orlando, Florida 32810). It's five bones at the door and 21+. Show up and give your boys/girls some love.
  • Everybody get Random: Hip-hop artist, middle school teacher, and bona fide nerd Random recently announced the immanent release of his first full-on nerdcore project. The forthcoming album, entitled Mega Ran, will be a musical tribute of sorts to Random's favorite video game series. Regarding the concept Ran says, “I just wanted to do something different, so far away from what I had done in the past [so] I decided to step into the Mega Man character. It's pretty funny, silly, and entertaining, but it's good music. Fans of the videogame series will enjoy it.” Mega Ran boasts an impressive list of collaborators including RAHM Nation producer DN3, VGM rockers The Megas, and our own YTCracker. Look for the freely downloadable goodness to drop June 19th, 2007.
  • E For Most: The fine folks at Video Games Live are currently offering super-early Advance Tickets for this year's E For All Expo. These Internet Advance Tickets afford 7 bonus hours of gameplay time (including 4 on the first day); exclusive E for All merchandise (only available through advance purchase); a special E for All commemorative badge; special contests, “privileges” and partner offers; access to the reserved section at the Video Games Live Concert; and the opportunity to invite 2 additional friends. Thanks to my boy Steffo for passing this along.
  • Chi-Town's nerdiest: Last month's MC Frontalot/MC Lars/Optimus Rhyme show in Chicago got some coverage by a regional entertainment show called Metromix . Local nerdcore heroes Former Fat Boys got some love as well, although it appears as though they mislabeled $ucksex and Hard Corey. Minor snafus aside, you can view the piece online in the Metromix TV player on the right side of this page. (It's about half-way down.)
  • Dexterity Modifier: And lastly, here's a little clip exposing another of Wheelie Cyberman's myriad of talents. Simply amazing!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

GM4A presents Level Up!

I desperately need to relocate. Seriously.

Don't get me wrong, we got some truly great shit happening here on the east side. But out west? Well, out there, it appears, there's always a party.

The latest in a seemingly endless line of amazing gigs comes compliments of my friends from Game Music 4 All. Not content to simply release their own compilation album – a disk that I am, personally, chomping at the bit to hear – GM4A has just announced a bona fide CD release party!

On June 2 nd , the very day that Music EXP is unleashed upon an eager populace, CIA in North Hollywood will explode in a shower of guitar, glitch, body parts, and NES controllers as Two Playa Game, 8 Bit Bandit, Super Barrio Brothers, Toploader, and The Megas combine a la Voltron in an earth-shattering VGM event known simply as Level Up.

The doors will open at 8:00 in the PM, with the first band kicking it off at 8:30. Tickets are 10 bones. Oh, and it's an ALL AGES event, so feel free to bring the kiddies.

I am also led to believe that copies of Music EXP will be available at a special price for those of you lucky enough to attend.

Did I forget to mention the Guitar Hero II contest? Yes, you and your cronies can compete against some of Cali's best GHII players for prizes. Prizes of a fabulous nature.

Check out GM4A for further details, and, if you attend, be sure to take lots of pictures for your ol' buddy Z.

Level Up!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Nerd News in Brief

This is the kind of shit that keeps me up nights. I’m serious. My phobias run deep.

How do things of this nature happen in modern, civilized locales? I mean, I've never been to Oregon, but it seems... y'know... First World.


Now, while I take a handful of Xanax and cower under my desk, feel free to enjoy the Nerd News in Brief.
  • Like a regular blog, only more so: My boy TG from Northwest Nerdcore recently happened across a very interesting nerdcore meta-blog. It pulls feeds from the blogs of such dorktastic artists as MC Frontalot, mc chris, Optimus Rhyme, Jesse Dangerously, and Beefy and slaps 'em into one managable package. Good stuff.
  • Live from Texas: Oddioblender posted a couple of tracks from his weekend performance at Dreamworld on his MySpace. Head over and check ‘em out. Word has it there's a live version of "You Are All Replaceable." RAWK!
  • More social than you’d think: Nerdcore artist (and my very own home-skillet) Antisocial is participating in this week’s Song Fight!; which is surprising as I’ve always considered him a Song Pacifist. But this is neither here nor there. Go check out his track “Evil April” and all of the other submissions that just so happen to have the same name.
  • The many faces of nerdcore: Nerdapalooza co-founder Hex Warrior recently had a piece published in FORUM entitled “What is Nerdcore.” It examines not only nerdcore hip hop, but also other delightful flavors of nerdy music. It’s a great read and an excellent primer for n00bs.
  • Step 3 - Profit: My Parents Favorite Music have new t-shirts available for purchase at their MySpace. You need one, ‘cause, let’s face it, your wardrobe is kinda ass. Head over there and give Stellar and Steffo some scratch!
  • Don’t blame me: Church passed this on, and I am honor-bound to do the same. It’s “The Trouble with Tribbles” as retold in lolcat. Don't even act like that doesn't interest you.
  • Cinco de Geeko: And lastly, on a squishy, personal note, this Saturday was a big day for the Family Z. as it was both Free Comic Book Day and Cinco de Mayo. Being that Li’l X. is Mexican-American (on his mum’s side) and Nerd (on mine), it was quite an occasion. We had a day of geeky frolicking and a night of burritos. I even took a few pictures.

We met Spidey.