The Sacramento State Jazz Singers played the nerd card at the Monterey Next Generation Festival last year. Performing an excellent acapella version of Jimi Hendrix’s (actually Bob Dylan’s) “All Along the Watchtower” from Battlestar Galactica (Arrangement by Ian Brekke). I got chills just listening to the first few minutes. Close your eyes and let them take you back to that first time you heard that song while anxiously waiting to find out who the Final Five Cylons were. Remember how that question haunted Battlestar Galactica fans for weeks?
Anyone who’s seen HBO’s Game of Thrones so far, regardless of what they think of the series as a whole, knows that the opening theme kicks ass. It’s not the most elaborate thing in the world, but it’s epic, epic music, the kind of thing made for swords and castles and high drama on horseback. It was only a matter of time before a rock musician caught wind of the symphonic potential.
This YouTube video uploaded by user whitenoiselab last Friday is a complete version of the theme, done by a single dude, featuring at least two electric guitars, one acoustic guitar, a bass and a full drum kit. The video is a montage of the creator hammering out each individual part of the tune until it comes together in a heavy dose of awesome. If you’re like me, you’re a nerd that believes sci-fi and fantasy blends well with the music of nerdy rock acts like Blue Oyster Cult and Ronnie James Dio. I think this guy believes that too, and he fulfilled this tune’s kick-ass potential.
Check out the video below. Oh, and if any of you Photoshop geeks want to take the time to graft a sweet guitar onto the Game of Thrones poster in place of that sword, be sure to let us know about it.
[UPDATE]: Special thank to twitter user @SuzyFnHomeMaker who too heded our photoshop request (pictured above). She gets a nerd nod of approval.
You like listening to music right? How about listening to free music based on Marvel mutants? Then how about you go and download My X-Factor EP, the six track mixtape by Adam WarRock featuring his favorite expressions of the Marvel mutants, including Havok, Polaris, Wolfsbane, Madrox and Strong Guy.
After accepting the challenge to create a new EP in just one weekend from himself, nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock came through for himself with the creation of My X-Factor EP, inspired by his recent tour of West Coast comics stores. WarRock’s six-track EP features songs about his favorite expressions of the Marvel mutants, including Havok, Polaris, Wolfsbane, Madrox and Strong Guy. It’s like opening up an issue of X-Factor and getting blasted with the best secondary characters from the X-Men mythos.
Music and Mutants, together at last
If you’re unfamiliar with WarRock’s work, check out this video of his recent gig at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, California (May contain NSFW language).
From the My X-Factor EP liner notes:
“I fell in love with that X-Factor team that started with issue 71 back in 1991, written by Peter David and penciled by Larry Stroman. To me, THAT team is the definitive X-Factor team, uncontaminated by the massive overlap that X-Factor had with the other X teams for so long before that. I jumped on the comic reading bandwagon back when X-Factor was confusingly the original X-Men, so as a kid, I always kinda thought of them as X-Men Lite, and the reboot firmly implanted the team of Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, and Wolfsbane as “X-Factor,” even still to this day.”
For more on Adam WarRock and his new album This Man… This Emcee!, out next month, be sure to check out his official site.
I can’t believe I’m about to post news that was confirmed by girl-voiced urchin Justin Bieber, but the Biebs got the goods – that 1990s animated staple “Beavis and Butt-head” is returning to a squawkbox near you.
As St. Louis’ Riverfront Times astutely points out, Bieber recently Tweeted that he was in New York City to relax all cool and shoot some b-ball outside of school*. But wait, there’s more! He also went to MTV’s upfront presentation and learned that the former music channel is gearing up to bring our favorite dimwits back to tv.
“Beavis and Butt-head” is scheduled to return this summer after being off the air since 1997, except for a few repeat runs on MTV and other cable channels. There’s nothing on IMDB about Mike Judge returning to the show he created, but you’ve got to imagine he’d want to influence a new generation to mouth off and blow crap up, right?
What do you think about the news? Are you stoked for B&B’s triumphant return? Do you miss the duo singing “Good-bye to poop?”
Or would you rather leave the great Cornholio looking for TP in that animated wasteland in the sky?
* The Fresh Prince lyrics have no importance here. I just wanted to use them.
This song has been making the rounds on the Internet, so I figured I should share it with you.
Whether you are a Nerdbastard or a Nerdbastard-ette, everyone can appreciate what singer/songwriter Amy Lee-Radigan is trying to say – Be your own geeky self, and find someone who will love you for that exact reason.
Honestly, Lee-Radigan can sing rather well, clearly loves the subject matter, and the song is pretty catchy too.
I have been a “Singing Shatner” fan for a long time, ever since I first heard Tambourine Man on Dr Demento’s radio show. (Damn that really puts me squarely in the Old Man section of Nerdbastards bleachers.) Throw in some Nimoy singing about a Hobbit and your golden. Everybody these days is trying to slip a little Shatner into their shows. Check out the clip of the “Shat” (That’s what the hip “Singing Shatner” super fan calls him these days.) AFI Lifetime Achievement show for George Lucas after the jump.
Now “Shat” is moving into the world of Heavy Metal, that head banging, guitar thrashing world of Zakk Wilde. If you have a sneaking feeling you have seen Zakk before it could be from his role as “Ghode”, guitarist of the fictitious metal band Steel Dragon from the Mark Walberg (Say hey to your Mom for me!) movie Rock Star. Don’t act like you don’t watch that movie every time it comes on TV during weekend afternoons. After all, naked Jennifer Anniston is NAKED Jennifer Anniston. Zakk also appeared on the TV show Angel in the season four episode “The Magic Bullet” where he plays acoustic on the song “Mandy” while Angel and Conner sing along.
OK, there is this video of “Shat” and Zakk collaborating . . . I guess you could call it that. Zakk plays guitar while “Shat” sits around watching a Packers game. Damn, I can’t even fake a zinger, I want to sit around with “Shat” and watch a Packers game . . . Hell, I would watch Star Trek V, just to sit around with the “Shat”. That is enjoying your pain and pleasure at the same time.
Now I do have some hope for this project. Zakk Wilde can play the crap out of a guitar. Throw in some “Shat” style yelling and I think you’ll have something worth listening to.
The music of Zelda always brings back such wonderful memories of the games.
Even at their worst, most Zelda games are far better than most other games. In fact, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still ranked number 1 on my list of all-time favorite videogames.
The sequel, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was not as good, but was still highly enjoyable.
In the sequel, one of the most played songs was the “Song of Healing,” and YouTube user Sp0ntanius decided to showcase his love of the song (as well as his talent for playing wine glasses) in the very cool video below.
You know how when you start reminiscing about cartoons, their theme songs always end up sticking in your head? Don’t hate me, but I’m about to supply some glue.
“Ducktales.”“Digimon.”“Thundercats.” Swedish guy covers these cartoon theme songs and more in a a seven-minute Fredrick LarssonYouTube video. Need some amphibian action? Larsson sings “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for you. Thinking about a frightened canine? Old Freddie has a “Scooby-Doo”chanson that’s right up your alley. And I have no idea what “The Raggy Dolls” is, but he sings about that, too.
Larsson isn’t a hack — the guy actually is a pretty good singer, and he plays a guitar, to boot. Sure, he’s got weird fake-bearded friends supplying back-up vocals, but who doesn’t?
Check out Larsson’s cartoon medley below, and then head to his YouTube channel for more cover goodness, including songs from video games!
Are you excited to see the upcoming movie Tron: Legacy? I know I am!
If you are chomping at the bit for your next little bit of footage, well do we have a treat for you – A music video from the new Daft Punk song entitled “Derezzed” (get it??) that shows some previously unseen footage from the movie.
It’s not much, but it may be enough to keep you satisfied until December 17th, 2010, when the movie is released in Digital 3D.
Check out the beats of Daft Punk and some sweet footage from Tron: Legacy below.
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