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And it begins?

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I’ll have to hold off on comments for this little bit of news until I get home and get a chance to check things out, but I figured I’d throw it out now.

EMI, Apple partner on DRM-free premium music

All I can say is ‘WOW!’

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April 2nd, 2007 at 10:41 am

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Romance Language

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Ultraklystron (how is it I can spell that and not ‘unfortunately’?) has finally put up a link for fans to order his new album, Romance Language. Sample tracks of the new album are not yet available, but he promises that they’ll be up soon. In the meantime, fans who order the album before tracks are released have been promised,

To anyone bold/fanboyish/fangirlish enough to buy this on the single and the preview medley mp3 alone (IE: before I get the rest of the preview mp3s up,) I’ll autograph the CD with a silly internet meme or two, and I’ll put a nerdy anime sticker or two in with the CD.

I’ll update this post once the tracks go live.

(and yes, I’ve ordered my copy. and yes, I’m down right giddy about it)

EDIT: The day has finally arrived! Ultraklystron has finally posted mp3s and lyrics for his new album Romance Language. Let the downloading begin.

Written by Matt

February 16th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,News

More from CES

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Karl posts a link to another video blog entry about the fun that went down at CES.

Honestly, if I could link to only one five minute entry to describe Nerdcore, I think this would be it. A bunch of people are interviewed (Fanatical, BBear, MC Plus+, and I think a few others) and the whole thing definitely seems to come across with a level of respect that’s a little higher then the rest. By which I mean it has less of the ‘oh my god, nerds rapping!’ vibe to it, while still being pretty fun.

Definitely check it out.

Written by Matt

January 31st, 2007 at 8:27 pm

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That’s it, time to pull up stakes and move on to something else

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There’s an old adage that by the time Time Magazine starts talking about something, it is fully and completely dead.

Well, looks like Nerdcore is finished.

Its been fun folks. May be I’ll see you around.

Written by Matt

January 28th, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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The Other Geek Beat

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Living in the Nerdcore echo chamber its easy to come to think of Nerdcore and 8-Bit/Chiptunes as the definitive geek music. The only genres that allow for full blown embracement of the geek life style.

In other words, it is easy to forget about the older sibling (not sure if they’d be a brother or sister) whose already grown up and moved out of the folk’s place. The sibling’s name is indiepop (or indie pop or twee or P!O!P! or how ever else it is sometimes referred to)

For an explanation of what indiepop is, I’ll point you to probably the only decent article to ever come out of Pitchfork, Twee As Fuck.

The short version is that during the late 70s punk explosion in England, there were a handful of bands that rebelled against the atonal/noise aspects of most punk and instead infused the energy and attitude of punk into a new style of pop music. In the 80s, these bands tended to catch a lot of crap for playing pop hooks and singing about falling in love, in a scene that was dominated by post-punk bands like PiL. An often heard slur against these bands was ‘twee.’ Meaning they were overly precocious and cute for cute’s sake. (twee is pronounced like a small child trying to say ‘three’) The bands responded to this by pushing their music texturally and arrangement wise. Eventually providing some of the inspiration for movements like shoegazer and leading into modern day pop bands like Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura.

On the other side of the Atlantic though, the concept of indiepop as a rebellion against the post-British American style of punk was picking up steam. This scene also was criticized for being twee, but where the Brits tried to outrun the label, the Americans embraced it as a rallying cry. Leading to probably the most famous indiepop saying, ‘Twee As Fuck!’ (you’d be surprised how many pictures I’ve seen from the early to mid 90s of people wearing white t-shirts with those words scrawled on them in marker) The American style of indiepop has definitely pushed the envelope texturally, but there is also a greater wiliness with in the American scene to hold onto a more ‘garage pop’ approach to the music. This end of the scene especially has latched on to the DIY spirit of punk, to the point where a lot of the bands don’t seem to even contemplate being able to make a living off their music.

So what does this have to do with the geek pride that Nerdcore and 8-Bit/Chiptunes is tapping into?

Indiepop is full of a lot of geeks. On the surface, we’re talking about a genre that has fetishized being a librarian. The indiepop mailing list sports at least a half a dozen different members who are actively employed as librarians. And they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

More importantly though, indiepop was the first genre to come along after punk rewrote all the rules and redefined the underground, that allowed the freaks and outcasts who didn’t fit into the hyper art world of the pre-British American punks or the hyper aggressive world of the post-British American punks to just be themselves. It was a space where being strange and quirky was part of ‘fitting in’ to the scene. Where you could wear your heart on your sleeve, but also dance around the room to a great song and sing and laugh with out having to be subconscious about it.

Now, for out and out obvious geek cred, the scene could be found lacking. This is a scene that is mostly inhabited by music geeks (a reoccurring thread over on the indiepop list is ‘how do you organize/store your CDs/records/tapes?’) and so the vocabulary is more musically centric. That isn’t to say though that there aren’t times when the scene throws out something a bit more blatant.

WIth in the last couple of months I’ve wandered away from the indiepop scene a little bit, but I’m going to try to rectify that and provide some content here in the coming weeks. The idea is to pick out some indiepop tracks which may appeal to the Nerdcore scene lyrically and post them here (providing mp3s where I can). So look for that to start up, probably tomorrow. I have a couple songs already in mind, but its a little late right now for me to kick start this. So, tomorrow.

Written by Matt

January 28th, 2007 at 1:23 am

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Speaking of Ultraklystron

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Gotta have love for the videos.

Karl has some Video footage from this weekend’s Fuel show on his blog here. Pretty cool version of Nerdcore For Life.

I love these video clips (especially whole songs). Makes the fact that there’s nothing going on in this town Nerdcore wise a little easier to take. So, more videos!

Hmm… Considering that Ultraklystron and Nursehella are huge anime fans. I wonder if they’d be up to do a show to coincide with Otakon. There’s a fun idea.

UPDATE: Guess I should of done a little more poking before posting that link. Looks like the video comes from MC Tanuki who actually posted five videos to his YouTube account.

Let me just take a moment to say that I now love MC Tanuki!

Seriously, thanks for giving those of us who don’t live in the NW or FL some love. It is definitely appreciated.

I wonder if this is the start of regular videos from Northwest Nerdcore?

Written by Matt

January 21st, 2007 at 9:44 pm

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Fun Doc Pop vid

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So, there’s been all kinds of various videos that have popped up since my last comment on the CES stuff. I had hopped to link to them, but I came down with a cold earlier in the week and I’ve been pretty out of it since (see the previous two posts as examples). Check out Hipster, please and Nerd Music for all the crap that I missed.

One video that’s just popped up and I don’t think has been linked to yet is a new interview with Doc Pop. You can find it here. Bonus features include Doc doing his yo-yo magic at the end and him showing off a Math and Spell that he’d modified.

The above link comes from the Make Blog.

Written by Matt

January 21st, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,News

More CES Video

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OK, I’m heading off to bed, but I thought I’d post this real quick.

Ultraklystron posted a link to a Youtube video of him and Nursehella doing their new track. A track who’s name I’m not even going to pretend to type right now. May be when my eyes aren’t going blurry on me.

Anyways, clip is here.

BTW, I’m giving myself props for now being able to spell Ultraklystron from memory. Yeah me!

Written by Matt

January 14th, 2007 at 2:58 am

Posted in Nerdcore,News

Even more CES crap

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So, I’m plowing through Nerdcorehiphop.org looking for stuff on this past week (as an aside, why isn’t this site just set up as a blog? Is there a fraking reason I can’t get an RSS feed with out have to scrape the page myself? OK, deep breaths…)

Not much new, but here are some pictures that were taken.

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BTW, I’m thinking of having the tag line of this site being, ‘info you could easily find somewhere else’ What do you think?

Written by Matt

January 13th, 2007 at 5:50 pm

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New Tracks – Benjamin Bear

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New Benjamin Bear track over on his myspace page called ‘oh crap vampires’

I’m liking it, has that nice laid back vibe. Just noticed that Benjamin is dropping an album in April on Home Row Records. If the tracks playing on that site are his, then I’m definitely jazzed about that.

Written by Matt

January 13th, 2007 at 5:37 pm