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Earth’s got porno stars and ice cream cones.

The Phenomenauts, also know as Earth’s bravest space band, are an indie rock band based out of Earth’s capital, Oakland California. Formed in 2000, the Phenomenauts gained notoriety when they squeaked their way onto the Warped Tour in 2003. Their music was such a hit with the fans that they were invited back the following two years. In 2005 they elected to instead tour with The Aquabats!, which is where I first saw them.

Much like Nerdcore Hip-Hop was invented by musicians such as MC Frontalot and mc chris, The Phenonenauts have branded their own style of music, Rocket Roll, with a majority of their lyrics pertaining to science fiction.

Of their three full length albums, I recommend checking out Re-Entry. There are a few good tracks on Rockets and Robots as well. Earth is the Best and Progress vs. Pettiness would be a couple solid tracks to listen to if you’re not into buying an entire album before hearing any of their music. Their music can also teach you a little. Earth is the Best is full of facts about the planets in the Solar System.

 

The Phenonenauts – Science And Honor

Music Spotlight – The Aquabats

Posted: December 1, 2011 by diablo343 in Music
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He didn’t wanna, he didn’t wanna have a meltdown. But he had one.

Aside from Weird Al, The Aquabats! are probably the nerdy band I’ve been interested in the longest, after being introduced to them by a few of my high school friends. Since then my fondness for this superhero, ska-rock band has only grown. What makes them nerdy? Look at them, they perform while dressed up as superheros. What could be more nerdy than that? They also stage battles against mighty foes during their concerts and urge their fans, or Aquacadets, to play along with the fun.

The Aquabats’ nerdyness really took off in their later albums, with songs like “Hot Summer Nights (Won’t Last Forever)!” in which a man named Roger seeks a lost love, named Elizabeth, who he spent one incredible day with at the beach. Elizabeth, however, keeps dodging him by saying she is instead her identical sister Liz and then her identical cousin Beth. Another great song is “Pizza Day” which celebrates Friday at school when the cafeteria serves pizza.

I would recommend for anyone interested in the Aquabats! to check out either the “Myths, Legends And Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2” album or “Charge!” Each are filled with amazing songs that could get most nerds hooked.

The Aquabats! official website

Music Spotlight – Ceann

Posted: November 25, 2011 by diablo343 in Music, Uncategorized
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You’re the worst pirate, the worst pirate in the world. ‘Cause you’re a girl.

Pronounced “Key-Anne”, this American, Celtic rock group may first be confused for simply drinking music, but when you spend more time with their music you find some hidden nerdy subjects in there as well.  Mostly focusing on drinking, they also expand into pirates, vikings, terrorists and relationships of all kinds.I first became interested in Ceann back in the later days of MySpace. They requested my friendship based on some of the bands I was interested in, such as Cake, They Might Be Giants and The Barenaked Ladies.

Unfortunately for any new fans, the band is no longer together. On February 1, 2011, lead singer Patrick Halloran was killed in a car accident in Vermont and their website, ceannmusic.com now goes to a placeholder link.

If you’re interested in checking them out, I would recommend the songs: Pretty on the Inside, McGranahan’s Wife and Star of the County Down. They have three albums; Making Friends, Almost Irish and Rave, Rant, Lose Pants. Their later stuff, Making Friends, is a little better then the earlier albums.

The news is the news, but the dance goes on forever.

One thing I really like in music is good storytelling, this is one place where Jonathan Coulton is second to none.  His subject matter, once again, ranges from zombies to Pluto to the Presidents to robots.  But most of his songs tell an entire story from beginning to end.  Take Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance. Soterios Johnson is an actual local NPR broadcaster in New York City. In Coulton’s song, he imagines an alternate universe where Johnson works as a radio announcer during the day and spends every night dancing and partying in night clubs.  The song ends with another local NPR talent, this time from Philadelphia, named Terry Gross, joining him on the dance floor.

His most popular song is probably a cover he did of Baby Got Back which was part of the now 5 year old Thing A Week project. Coulton, who at the time was working as a computer programmer, quit his job to focus on his music career. He began a “podcast” in which he would record one song every week for a year and release it for free. Most of these songs were original recordings with a few remixes, covers and mash-ups mixed in. At a time where the music industry was struggling, he found a way to reach his fans and stay afloat during a tough time. All these songs can still be downloaded for free through iTunes. In addition to this, he also wrote the songs that appear at the end of Portal and Portal 2, two games that you are a fool if you haven’t played.

Early on my favorite Coulton songs were Re Your Brains and Chiron Beta Prime, but since experiencing more of his work, I’ve added a lot more as my favorites. Want You Gone, I’m Your Moon, Mr. Fancy Pants, Not About You, Artificial Heart… There, that’s a nice start.

Jonathan Coulton Dot Com

Music Spotlight – MC Frontalot

Posted: November 6, 2011 by diablo343 in Music
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You have to learn to live with the fact that you’re dead.

Sometimes discovering a favorite artist can be as simple as using Pandora at work. That’s how I came across MC Frontalot, one of the forerunners in the Nerdcore Hip-Hop genre. Frontalot’s rap’s subject matter includes video games, internet porn, ping pong and zombies to name a few. Of his five studio albums, it’s hard to pick one over any of the others, but his latest release, Solved, would be a good place to begin. The first songs I fell in love with were Bizzaro Genius Baby and Goth Girls, now that I own all five of his albums I really like Final Boss, Shame of the Otaku and Invasion of the Not Quite Dead. You can find his music on iTunes, YouTube or from his website: frontalot.com. You can also find a documentary about his first tour called Nerdcore Rising on Netflix or iTunes.

MC Frontalot :: Nerdcore Headquarters