Concert Shots: Skyfox, MC Lars, The Protomen, I Fight Dragons

Live, from the Metro in Chicago, it's a cornucopia of nerdcore bands pumping out their best! Wrapping up their tour, The Protomen and I Fight Dragons brought with them Skyfox and MC Lars to dish out the best nerd-music show that Chicago has had in a good while. Filling up the venue, they failed to disappoint as Skyfox captured new hearts and minds, MC Lars entertained, The Protomen battled for freedom, and I Fight Dragons, well...fought dragons! While it was a show that's best experienced by being there in person, I've got some shots that capture at least a fraction of the energy that these guys were pumping through Chicago's veins. [gallery link="file"]

Come Down the Chimney! surprise compilation release

Breaking news! Well it would have been if I had gotten this post up earlier, but cut me some slack, it's Christmas! Anyway, an all star cast of Nerdcore's finest is out and in the holiday spirit they have released the brand new holiday EP Come Down the Chimney! The cast of this Christmas special includes Billy the Fridge, I Fight Dragons, Schaffer the Darklord, Uncle Monsterface, and Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire.

Be sure to download the free EP before the day is through. Also help out by joining in on the twitter campaign for this album and tweet a link to the download page.

Track listing after the break 1. Jingle Bells - Uncle Monsterface 2. Terror of the Bells - Schaffer the Darklord 3. Alien for Christmas - I Fight Dragons 4. Bad Santa - Billy the Fridge 5. Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Shael Riley and The Double Ice Backfire

Announcing the Game Music 4 All 3rd Anniversary Compilation: Third Form

After a long delay I am happy to announce that the long awaited Game Music 4 All third anniversary album is currently wrapping up! The album is a collection of brand new and exclusive tracks from some of the finest in video game inspired music. From VG Rock to remixes, from nerdcore hip hop to chiptunes and more, we cover all the bases of video game inspired music.

Third Form will feature over an hour of music from the many talented musicians who have supported GM4A over the past three years. Just a small sample of those are Player Two, Super Barrio Bros, Temp Sound Solutions, I Fight Dragons, 8 Bit Weapon and Elfonso! That is simply a handful of tons of talented musicians. More will be revealed soon, but for now, get ready for the upcoming launch, and enjoy some of that preliminary teaser art above from the great Doctor Octoroc. We hope to reveal more soon as the album gets closer to release!

Weezer - The 8 bit Album compilation release

For most folks growing up with the NES, SNES, gameboy, and other classic consoles of the current chiptune era, another staple in our lives was good old 90's rock. One such band was the ever amazing and often nerdy Weezer. In this vein, Pterodactyl Squad has organized, and finally released Weezer - The 8 bit Album compilation which as the title states, is an album "created using original videogame hardware running home-brew software, and vary radically in style, from minimal 'one man and his Game Boy' compositions to 8-bit inspired full band performances.". The album is 14 covers by no less than the finest in chiptune music today. I along with many others have been really looking forward to this tribute album, and very excited to have it released. The album is great even if you aren't familiar with every Weezer song on the album, or if you don't recognize the chippy artists paying tribute to them! As with all Pterodactyl Squad releases the album is free to download, so head to right now and check it out!

Check out the full tracklist below!

1. Island In The Sun (Belmont's Revisal) - videogame orchestra
2. Holiday - Anamanaguchi
3. El Scorcho - Tugboat
4. The World Has Turned And Left Me Here - Bit Shifter
5. You Won't Get With Me Tonight - PDF Format
6. Hash Pipe - seal of quality
7. In The Garage - OxygenStar
8. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly - :(
9. We Are All On Drugs - Rabato
10. Jamie - Unicorn Dream Attack
11. Come To My Pod - Mahamajama
12. Why Bother? - I Fight Dragons
13. Buddy Holly - nordloef
14. I Do - arcadecoma.

Hipster-Free Singles Club Vol. 1 release

The ever hard working nerdcore blogging hero Z. from Hipster, Please! has unveiled his latest secret effort, known as the Hipster-Free Singles Club. Volume 1 of this effort brings us three very catchy tunes. The first track is the Famicom J-rock stylings of Hidari with their song ChocolaTommy . Next up is GM4A favorites, the NES powered rock of I Fight Dragons with the track The Faster The Treadmill... from their recently released Cool is Just a Number EP.

Where this three track single album takes an amazing turn though is thanks to Snake Eyes and his amazing mash up, remix, whatever of both of the previous songs to make the wildly catchy and amazing final track Chocolate Treadmill. So even if you own the original tracks from these amazing artists, the final remix track is more than worth the download! I definitely have to say I hope Z. has many more of these awesome singles in the pipeline!

One more thing. Definitely have to mention the amazing artwork by Dave "The Knave" White. Well done sir!

Weezer - The 8-bit Album announced

For fans of the band, or 8-bit music, or both, a tribute album to Weezer has just been announced, featuring many of the leading musicians of the 8-bit scene.

The compilation is set to be released on Pterodactyl Squad, and will feature contributions from 14 different artists, including Bit Shifter, Anamanaguchi, arcadecoma., I Fight Dragons, PDF Format, seal of quality and Videogame Orchestra.

Head on over to the official blog to view the artwork for the compilation, drawn by David Mauro and modelled on Weezer's iconic 'Blue Album' cover. You can also preview PDF Format's cover of You Won't Get With Me Tonight, which will be featured on the compilation.

Stayed tuned to the official blog for more updates, and look out for the compilation to be released on Pterodactyl Squad during the coming weeks.

I Fight Dragons - Money music video

This is the recently released and very cool music video for the song Money by I Fight Dragons. One of my favorite songs on the Cool is Just a Number EP! Oh who am I kidding, they are all my favorite songs! Anyway, the video is made by Boram Encargado Kim and Radar Music Videos. Also, for those that for some crazy reason haven't heard yet, IFD's EP is still available for free download if you head over to their site and sign up for their mailing list. Also, once signing up for the mailing list they tend to send out some awesome cool extras like live songs. It is definitely worth it I say! And just for the sake of completeness, check out the sort of recent IFD concert review by my good friend Brian!

Hey! Listen! volume 3 mixtape from Game Music 4 All

I am very happy to announce volume 3 in a monthly series of 5 song "mixtapes" from GM4A. The series is called Hey! Listen! and asks you to do just that! Check out the first mixtape page for info about how this mixtape series works. We are bringing you an extra heavy dose of VG rock on this album from the likes of Chile based ThePlasmas as well as East Coast rockers Rare Candy! Not only that, but we have a great laid back VG remix from all around nerd musician sli, and some great nerdcore hip hop from hiphopmcdougal. We top it all off with a beautiful closing song from NES Rock newcomers I Fight Dragons. All this is wonderfully labeled with artwork by good friend Leo Camacho. Well don't just sit there, dig in!

Download the album (including art, and liner notes)
In RAR file | In ZIP file

Liner Notes

Album Cover |Original Artwork

Track listing and artwork:
1. ThePlasmas - SuperMario

2. hiphopmcdougal - Venomous Vapors

3. sli - Wobbly Rings

4. Rare Candy - Chrono Trigger - Undersea Palace / Schala's Theme / The Day the World Revived

5. I Fight Dragons - With You

Album Artwork by Leo Camacho

About the artwork:
The artwork is a remixed version of an art piece titled "The Unusual Suspects." The artwork was created last minute by Leo Camacho (who will be next months artist as well), so huge thanks to him on putting something great together on only a few days notice! Sadly we had our original artist have to drop off the project due to family affairs, but best of luck to her, and hope to have her on a future album!

Thanks again to everyone who checks out this album! Thank you for taking an interest in brand new and amazing music! Thank you to all the bands and artists kind enough to contribute their hard work for the mixtape! Thanks again to Hotdog Storm for hosting duties! Also thanks to any other sites, artists, blogs, or just regular folks who spread the word about these mixtapes!

I Fight Dragons concert review and video interview: We should all Fight Dragons…

Recently my pal Brian from 8-Bit Revenge had the lucky opportunity to go see the amazing NES Rockers I Fight Dragons at a recent concert. He was kind enough to write a review of the show for GM4A, not to mention a video interview with the band alongside 8BR mate Callan! Read on to learn all about the show, and hopefully the group is coming to a town near you soon!

At first glance I Fight Dragons may seem like just another mild-mannered NESRock band plodding along the usual course of having fun making music. But if you look closely, behind those charming mild mannered alter egos lays a group of NESRock super heroes waiting to strike. A band wholly dedicated to not only making amazing music but grabbing the world by the hand and taking them on a trip to places they haven’t yet dared to dream of.

From their exceptionally well written lyrics to the pop-sensible blend of chiptune and what alternative rock should be, all the way down to their stage antics I Fight Dragons put on simply one hell of a show. IFD takes time to charm the crowd with something that everyone regardless of age, gender, or personal habits can relate to but all the while exposing them to a new and exciting method of making music. This is accomplished with the use of both retro and new age game controllers coupled with everything that you would expect to see from an alternative rock band.

It is very seldom that I can say with honesty that an event I have been to has been so overwhelming that it has left me struggling for proper adjectives to describe it. Despite that the most common method of describing anything these days is to refer to it as “epic” it truly seems to be the only word that fits. However seeing as the word “epic” is indeed overused these days I shall take this little bit of time to try and expand upon that for you.

Imagine yourself standing in a venue, lights down and a band on stage. The lead singer stands, back to the crowd in what appears to be nothing more than your average white shirt, tie, and the standard issue journalist glasses. A digital voice introduces the band slowly at first and then simply states “This is I Fight Dragons” at which point the band turns around and, as though a light switch was flipped, the energy pulsates from them. Then during the break down of the first song our mild mannered band lead transforms into super hero mode as the bassist runs insanely around the stage. All at once the all questions as to why they are wearing super hero logos are completely gone. Dancing around the stage, in the crowd, and when things get hairy and a mistake is made (like an un-cooperating computer) they compensate by simply singing a Zelda medley while Wonder Woman holds up speech bubbles asking for help, freedom, and of course beer. As if that wasn’t enough, a few moments later you are treated to the entire band taking a few moments to dance on a very well altered Track and Field pad and then finally achieving a crescendo with a power glove inspired orchestration of pure unabashed chiptune goodness.

All of this and more is what a concert with I Fight Dragons is like. It’s hard to encapsulate in mere words the energy from both the band and crowd. To make matters even more difficult for this actual mild mannered journalist the very sound of IFD is hard to describe. Seeing them perform live is a veritable monument to their actual level of professionalism. While performing songs like Heads up, Hearts Down there were moments I wasn’t sure if I was still in a bar on the north side of Chicago or in my car cruising with friends. The quality of the music only changed in the aspect that it was more enjoyable and, if possible, more energetic. So it’s with this in mind that I state: Should you get a chance to see I Fight Dragons perform live that you run, not walk, to the venue and take part in a show that you are not likely to soon, if ever, to forget. To find out when their upcoming shows are and where they’re being held make sure to check out either their website: or their MySpace: Go now! Join the fight against the Hidarites!


Thanks a ton to Brian from 8 Bit Revenge for doing a great write up and interview. Also thanks to I Fight Dragons for their time. Be sure to check them out at! The photos in the article are all taken from their Flickr page.

I Fight Dragons - Cool is Just a Number EP release

I was recently made aware via Twitter about a Chicago based band known as I Fight Dragons which is best described as Nintendo Pop Rock. They have been making waves in their hometown and now seem to be catching everyone else's eye via that internet thing with their Cool is Just a Number EP. I myself have given it a good few listens since I got a hold of it and must say it is one of the catchiest albums I have had a chance to enjoy lately. I am most partial to the songs Heads Up, Hearts Down, and the wonderful closing track and my personal favorite song on the EP, With You.

The band is currently running a bit of a promotion for you lucky folks right now too, if you sign up for the bands mailing list (linked to here) you will receive a free digital copy of the album. Be wary though as word from the band is that this promotion will only be happening for about the next month!

For those who prefer a physical copy or want to just support the band with a few dollars you can purchase a physical copy for $5 through this Reckless Records link or purchase a digital copy through the iTunes store

Now to wait for them to tour to California. I will be twiddling my thumbs until then.