Nerdcore Emulation Station chapter 1 & chapter 2: Gamecube from 1-UP mini album review

Nerdcore Emulation Station is correct, featuring a who's who of nerdcore over two albums. A few name drops are the likes of Mega Ran, Ill Gill, Sammus, SkyBlew, and perhaps a dozen or more artists from every corner of the nerdcore kingdom. 

Te initial N.E.S. album drops beats from a variety of classic games throughout gaming history. Parappa the Rapper, Metal Gear Solid, Sonic, and Mario are all represented on the album. These are accompanied by flows from 1-UP and the aforementioned litany of amazing emcees.

One of the greatest things about this series, is the overarching storyline nature of the album layout. I think 1-UP explains it best, 

"In the distant future, Emcees live happily across different galaxies providing entertainment and joy through their story telling to their people. 

An evil force plans to put an end to all of that. The imagidrains and their evil leader devise a plan to feed on everyone's imaginations simultaneously through an all out assault on every galaxy at once with stolen abilities. 

The Emcees fight but cannot withstand this onslaught of newly found foes and their powers. A voice appears in their head and transports them all to a new world where they must venture through uncharted territories, learn new skills, and fight new enemies in order to level up. 

Follow 1-UP and many other Emcees as they fight through the worlds of Playstation, Sega Saturn and N64 defeating bosses and freeing them from the Imagidrains mind control, finding new items and leveling up so they can return to their worlds and defeat the imagidrains."

This album is a ridiculous 25 tracks in length, with two or more emcees on every track, you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger collection of new and old nerdcore and hip hop talent.

Despite the eclectic list of artists, the beats help hold the mixtape feel together over the immense amount of tracks. Remixes bring out the catchiest and most memorable parts of the video games they lift from, and keep the adventurous theme in mind as you hear the noble music of Zelda or the get moving beats from Super Mario.

Think that I post the album stream and we are over here? We got a whole second album to discuss.

A few months after the initial launch of the Nerdcore Emulation Station, 1-UP has gathered the emcees of nerdcore for another adventure. He even includes an update about where this adventure stands, 

"Join 1-UP In the second chapter of NES as he and his comrades venture to the Gamecube world in order to free the inhabitants from the Imagidrain army. 

They are currently pumping the planet's resources dry causing the planet to lose it's form and if nothing is done it will implode."

That's right, it looks like the N.E.S. is chilling on the GCN planet for a full album, with remixes of music from Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime and Pikmin, among many others. Sammus even reprises her role alongside Shammers (another one of my personal nerdcore favorites) as her namesake Samus in "Metroid Prime - Stage 7 (Ft Sammus, Shammers and W!SE)." The fusion of styles definitely makes this the stand out track for me.

You can grab both albums for free via the N.E.S. and N.E.S. 2 bandcamp pages.

Video Game Music: Final Score August 25-31

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Final Score is gamemusic4all.com’s weekly recap of news and community activity surrounding video game music, history, art, culture and our site! Send art, news, leads, tips, suggestions, etc to gamemusic4all@gmail.com

This week we've got the fighting game inspired artwork of Sasha Palacio, and music from Los Angeles' own underground nerdcore hip hop group Flying Fortress. Not to mention all the community chatter that's fit to post this week, such as the facebook post of the week, Twitter fan of the week, and more! If you think there should be other weekly scores and awards at the end of each week, be sure to leave your ideas in the comments below. Now for this week's final score.

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Flying Fortress - Gatekeepers 2.0 album release

Flying Fortress is riding through on vanilla chrome, again! Over the top rhymes and and epic beats await you when you meet the Gatekeepers 2.0. That's right, this shit has upgraded to a whole new level. The group combines underground Los Angeles rap with the largely internet based territory of nerdcore emcees. Flying Fortress is a hip hop group made up of video game playing, anime loving, nerd embracing emcees and producers, NamelessLCk!x, and Illgill. The group combines their powers like a mecha tank ready to take over Los Angeles. I've had the pleasure of seeing them perform on several occasions, and the same energy they bring to their live sets are certainly present on this album. Gatekeepers 2.0 is the groups sophomore album and was released December 2011 for download via bandcamp. The official liner notes read,

"The album "Gatekeepers 2.0" embodies influences from Los Angeles' eclectic Hip-Hop scenes and the Nerdcore phenomenon. The four emcees/producers fused their distinct styles to make this music project the entrance to their further works and histories. This album delivers a healthy dose of electro-funk with a "Party On!" attitude. Raise your drinks and prepare for take-off with Flying Fortress' "Gatekeepers 2.0"! "

I can tell you one thing. Kirby Superstar's The Great Cave Offensive theme has never sounded this intense or offensive until Flying Fortress' track Hungry. Beside the instant Kirby classic, I have a strong smattering of favorites from this album. Vanilla Chrome remains a modern nerd classic. The free to download bonus track Anime drops a ton of old school anime references. The album finishes off with Final Fantasy Finale, a track that quickly veers into a dirty but driving victory theme for Flying Fortress to ride out in style. The album is available to stream, or to download for $5. You can also download the aforementioned track Anime for free.

Video Game Music: Final Score August 18-24

it_never_ends_by_lerms-d5jphok Final Score is gamemusic4all.com's weekly recap of news and community activity surrounding video game music, history, art, culture and our site! Send art, news, leads, tips, suggestions, etc to gamemusic4all@gmail.com

This week we got amazing artwork by lerms, music by ThePlasmas, The Flight Away, and Yasunori Mitsuda. We also have quips from Illgill in our tweet of the week. Remember to participate and follow us on your choice of social media. In a few weeks, we also hope to start doing community contests and giveaways for some small but not insignificant video game and music prizes. Now on to the tops of everything over the past week!

Art of the week (via Tumblr)

It never ends by ~lerms

VGM response of the week (via Twitter)

Tumblr fan of the week

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Facebook post of the week

VGM Album of the week

The Flight Away uses Sega Genesis to create vibrant pop melodies in Sega Swing

Song of the week (via Tumblr)

Articles for the week

Composer of the week

Yasunori Mitsuda - VGMdb page (Listen to Time's Scar from Chrono Cross)

Pizza and Chips 4 chiptunes and nerdcore concert - Tomorrow 10/08 in Rosemead,CA

Just a reminder, Pizza and Chips 4, a free concert in the Los Angeles area, is happening tomorrow night! It is a free show of chiptunes and nerdcore, with tons of great performances! Full info on the flyer above, or through the event page.

A bit of bad news though, unfortunately Mr. Spastic has had to cancel his performance due to unforeseen circumstances, but taking his place is the amazing Jake 'virt' Kaufman! He has composed the music to Contra IV for DS, as well as the new game Shantae: Risky's Revenge (soundtrack available free) and tons more! Not to mention his brilliant chiptune music on his website Big Lion Music and his VG cover band The Smash Brothers. So be sure to check out his tunes before you see him rock the stage tomorrow night!

Also, many artists will have merch and we will be taking donations to help organize more chiptune events in the future, so be sure to bring a few bucks for some great merch and delicious hand tossed pizza!

Once again, full concert info can be found at the official event page or the Facebook event page. Concert begins at 5PM but feel free to come on in early to chat with artists or grab some pizza!

Now check out some footage below of Wizwars performing at Pizza and Chips 2 to get yourself in the mood for tomorrow!

Pizza and Chips 4: Chiptune and Nerdcore concert in Los Angeles 10/08/10

Come on out for an awesome free chiptune show in dedication of Rose City Pizza's one year anniversary in business! Not to mention a years worth of shows at this great venue! We will be having a fantastic Friday nights worth of nerdcore and chiptune music. Rose City will also be having some amazing pizza deals all day (which you can see below)!

Artists will include some amazing return performances by Wizwars, EvilWezil and more. We will also have some amazing new talent with WMX and the funky chiptune stylings of Mr. Spastic. With all these amazing acts it will definitely not be a night to miss. Be sure to get there soon as well, as space is limited.

And finally, GM4A will be taking donations at this event to organize even bigger and better shows, so bring some spare change to help these chiptune shows going in Los Angeles!

Help spread the word. Event page on Facebook Retweet event on Twitter

Friday, October 8 · 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Rose City Pizza 3588 Rosemead Blvd Rosemead CA. 91770 (In Rosemead Square Plaza)

Performances by awesome chiptune and nerdcore musicians:

Rose City Pizza will also be having some delicious deals as well!

  • 2 for $5 slices all day.
  • 14" specialty pizzas are $10

So come on out to this event on Friday, October 8th at Rose City Pizza in the Rosemead Square Plaza!

Pizza and Chips 2: chiptune concert Thursday, February 18th in Rosemead, CA

At this point you may or may not have heard about GM4A's upcoming little chiptune show Pizza and Chips 2. Well now you have and we are all clear on the matter. In more detail, this is a free chiptunes and nerdcore concert taking place Thursday, February 18th, in Rosemead, California at Rose City Pizza. Full details are available on our Pizza and Chips 2 event page.

We have several awesome Los Angeles based video game inspired musicians in the likes of nerdcore rappers IllGill and Nameless, as well as Chiptune artists EvilWezil and WizWars.

Not only will we be having fantastic music from the above artists. We will also be raffling off a series of great prizes and one of a kind video game inspired artwork by incredible local artist Sasha Palacio! We'll also be giving out random smaller prizes no less!

Buying one or more of the raffle tickets will put you in the running to win one of the following prizes (of which you can see full pictures via the event page).

Prizes

  • Classic DMG-01 Gameboy (Clear shell)
  • Nintendo 64 (Black) w/ 1 Controller, Super Mario 64 game
  • Super NES w/ 1 Controller, Super Mario World game
  • Nintendo Entertainment System w/ 2 controllers, Orange Zapper lightgun, Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, and 3 video games

2 Grand Prizes

  • 1 Custom NES artwork by Sasha Palacio
  • 1 Custom SNES artwork by Sasha Palacio

So to recap, great music, awesome prizes, delicious food, and more! Like I said, full info at the event page. Also, if you plan on coming out or want to help spread the word about this show. Tell us you are attending or let people know about the show via your preferred social networking site. Facebook or Myspace.

Mario in the Barrio 2 - Free nerdcore concert Saturday 06/20/09 in Los Angeles, Ca.


This weekend in Los Angeles, CA comes Mario in the Barrio 2, a nerdcore concert with several amazing acts, ZeaLous1, IllGill, Nameless, Doctor Awkward, and Beethovenboy. Alongside the concert shall be a Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament as well, so be sure to bring your A-game for this event! This also marks the long awaited return of ZeaLouS1 to the stage! This is all going down Saturday, June 20th at the Coliseum Gaming Center, and as the title says, the concert is free! Full details below!

Saturday 06/20/09 3p-7pm

Coliseum Gaming Center
214 W. 39th St
Los Angeles, Ca 90037

Nameless - Hyperbolic Chamber debut EP release


Los Angeles native emcee and event organizer (and occasional contributor to GM4A compilation efforts) Nameless has released his debut EP, Hyperbolic Chamber for free on the internet, which is available in the "sounds like" section of his myspace at myspace.com/NamelessTheEmcee. His debut release straddles the fence between straight underground and nerdcore with help from Emperor Pilaf and Illgill as well as sampling tunes like Zelda on the song Empty Heart Containers. Not to mention the clearly nerdy reference in the EP's titling. So give the album a listen, you will surely not be disappointed.

West Coast Wig Out! FREE Pre-show tonight 9PM in Los Angeles

FREE WEST COAST WIG OUT PRE-SHOW/PARTY AT 9PM. SIX ARTISTS PERFORMING! ALL FREE!

The Warpzone
5742 Waring Ave APT 6
Los Angeles CA 90038

The show is at IllGill's house AKA The Warpzone! It is a preshow/party for all the folks coming from out of town and should be a great time to meet everyone before West Coast Wig Out! I will also be selling advance tickets to WCWO (Maybe even giving away some tickets!), so be sure to head out to the awesome preshow and pick up some tickets from me to guarantee you get in on Saturday! Not to mention meeting all the awesome artists and partying it up nerdcore style! Also BYOB.


PS. if you live out of state, country etc. You can watch the show streaming at stickam.com/thewarpzone. And remember WEST COAST WIG OUT is tomorrow in North Hollywood! Check the official site for details!

Attack Slug - Endsville is Burning album release


New Jersey nerdcore rapper Attack Slug has released his newest effort, entitled Endsville is Burning. You can download the album free from Attack Slug's website. Working with other famed nerdcore artists like T.Y.T. and KABUTO, and rapping over beats from the likes of DJ Snyder and OCRemixer Franz Keller, he makes a distinct and interesting disc. The album is nine tracks long and clocks in at just under half an hour. Definitely worth a listen as Attack Slug has a style all his own. My favorite track? Why Earth Defense Force no doubt! He even has some EDF remixes up from Don Vito, and our pal IllGill, be sure to check out those remixes too!

HOECAKES - likeisuck album release


The 98lb bad ass himself, Illgill, and Cupcakes have teamed up to release an EP of, "live recordings of a public disturbance occurring on April 3rd, 2008." Whoa, I just realized that was just yesterday!

It's fun, it's free, and it's fast. Definitely enjoyable for you nerdcore hip hop fans! It's 5 tracks of live stuff, with a few bonus songs added in as well. You can download it right here!

This Friday, San Diego

If you are on earth this weekend, and more specifically at Comic-Con International in San Diego, there are not one, but TWO shows Friday in San Diego. Both epic, Both definitely worth your time and support!

Observe the awesome flyers below and click through them for full information!