Mega Ran and MC Frontalot in Hollywood - May 5th

That's right, Mega Ran and MC Frontalot are coming back to Los Angeles to let loose another barrage of nerdy rhymes on the city. Frontalot will surely be unleashing some new rhymes from his latest album Zero Day. Not to mention Random, AKA Mega Ran, will hopefully be showing off a few tracks from his highly anticipated album Forever Famicom.

Full details on the show are below. If you are attending the show, I'll see you there!

Order tickets early here

May 5th, 11PM 21+

Viper Room (viperroom.com) 8852 West Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069-2108

Nerdapalooza announces bands, venue and date.

The summer season is almost upon us, and with that comes the convention season as well. In that vein Nerdapalooza has gotten their act together for 2010 and unleashed a bevy of information on the masses.

First up is the venue. Looks like things have moved to the more travel friendly Orlando Airport Marriot which is right near Orlando Airport of course, so tranportation is now a simple matter. So now that you know the venue, you probably want to reserve a room. Well then you should know that Nerdapalooza 2010 will take place the weekend of July 17-18. If you do plan on reserving a room, be sure to use Nerdapalooza code "fnefnea" (or this link) for the special NAP rates.

Now that you have a room and dates. Now you of course need tickets. Ticket prices remain unchanged from last year at $20 per day or $30 for the whole weekend. You can order your tickets right now through Brown Paper Tickets as well. Not bad for two days of gaming, once in a lifetime concerts, and generally hobnobbing with all those cool people in the nerdcore scene.

Oh wait, how can I forget that several bands have been announced! That is sort of the reason for Nerdapalooza after all. So far we have gotten announcements that the likes of Schaffer the Darklord (with burlesque show in tow), Emergency Pizza Party, and the eminent presider over all that is nerdcore, MC Frontalot are all announced to be part of the festivities this year.

Stay checked in with us here at GM4A or nerdapalooza.org for all the latest details on this epic festival of all that is nerd culture.

PAX 2009 DVD with Metroid Metal, MC Frontalot, Anamanaguchi and more, available now

For those who, like me, have not had the chance to attend PAX in person, or those who are attending the brand new East coast iteration (like me also) and want to do the proper research before diving in. Good news. Penny Arcade brings us an insanely sized six disc behemoth of PAX 2009. The package is available for $39.99 over at the proper PA merch page, and recorded fully and lovingly by the folks behind REFORMAT THE PLANET and other VG inspired music endeavors, 2 Player Productions.

The album not only covers the several days and tons of events at PAX, but also includes plenty of behind the scenes footage. Not to mention more 2 Player Productions produced material like the pilot episodes of Penny Arcade: The Series, and two fully made documentaries Omegathon 2009 and The PAX Experience. Most importantly to folks who read this site I imagine though, is the amazing recordings of the nightly concerts by incredible performers such as Metroid Metal, MC Frontalot, Anamanaguchi, and more!

Check out a preview of the footage from the DVD below.

Penny Arcade:The Series launches


As some of you may know, 2 Player Productions was on board at the recently passed Penny Arcade Expo doing plenty of filming, and just this past Monday we are beginning to see the fruits of their labor with Penny Arcade:The Series.

Not only this, but 2 Player Productions, in line with their other amazing videos, have seen fit to include plenty of chiptune and vg inspired artists into the documentary. You can watch the two part pilot over at penny-arcade.com/patv to learn more about what goes into creating Penny Arcade and the annual PAX convention. Also be on the look out for musical spots from PAX mainstays like Anamanaguchi and MC Frontalot, not to mention chiptune greats like Alex Mauer, Random, Cheap Dinosaurs, and Neil Voss. If you are a Penny Arcade fan like me it is well worth watching, and afterwards check out some great music from these artists!

Also for more info, check out the interview with 2PP at GameSetWatch or simply refer to this comic.

MC Frontalot, MC Lars, and YTCracker tour. Performing at the Knitting Factory in LA Monday 11/24


Come see MC Frontalot, YTCracker and MC Lars rocking the living heck out of the Knitting Factory on Monday night in Los Angeles. This is a big show and they want to fill it up with friendly faces so that they can impress the new booking agents.
Please attend! Bring your friends!

7:00P
Mon, Nov 24
The Knitting Factory
7021 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
w/MC Lars, YTCracker
All Ages, $10

If you aren't in Los Angeles, then check out MC Frontalot's tour schedule for the rest of their tour dates!

Nobuooo 9.08 Update

Jeriaska of Nobuooo has recently returned from PAX, and with him he brought home Nobuooo 9.08 Update, all with news and interviews from PAX 08! This update includes interviews with Sega about both Yakuza 2 and Valkyria Chronicles, Penny Arcade Adventures by PA and Hothead games. Also interviews with Anamanaguchi and the creators of REFORMAT THE PLANET and MC Frontalot and creator of Nerdcore Rising. Definitely a very interesting episode covering both vg music and the fans surrounding it.

Letters VS Numbers episode 008: "Alphabet Vomit Show"

If you thought MisterB was drunk in episode 7, then you are about to witness something else in Letters VS Numbers episode 008: "Alphabet Vomit Show". This episode was recorded the night of July 4th, or was it the morning of July 5th? Well it was after the first night of Nerdapalooza, I'm sure of that! We once again found ourselves at the Emergency Pizza Party house for another epic afterparty.

This time we have even more special guests, more insanity, and of course, more awesome music from Nerdapalooza Southeast artists and more! I don't even know how to describe this show to be honest. It's just a bunch of nerds talking about nonsense, but isn't that always the way with this podcast? Well it's basically that times a hundred this time, as cranking up the amount of nerds has changed the insanity of the podcast exponentially.

Basically, just listen to this one.

(PS. pssst, we also got MC Frontalot on this podcast, oh shit!)

To listen in (and for full track listings and info) be sure to head over to http://lettersvsnumbers.blogspot.com/ Or subscribe to our RSS feed, or subscribe through through iTunes.

Hipster, Please! Old Nerdy Bastard compilation release


Man, oh man, oh man, oh man! Why am I so excited? Why because my good pal and the man I strive to be every day, Z. from Hipster, Please! has (finally) released his latest compilation! It goes by the creatively titled Old Nerdy Bastard, and can be downloaded FREE from Z's website!

Z has managed to wrangle some of the best names from all around the geeky music community's. From Wiz rockers The Whomping Willows, to some of my favorites from Nerdcore such as The Grammar Club and Dual Core. Plenty of other huge names as well like MC Frontalot, YTCracker, Optimus Rhyme and more. Folks I can only hope to get on one of my compilations some day.

Anyway, all those folks are remixing songs, or getting their songs remixed, there are some wonderful classics that you will no doubt enjoy all over again with new beats and rhythms. As well as songs you may have overlooked the first time out, just to be hit with them now like a sack of bricks. Musical bricks. Hard musical bricks.

Well as you have probably gathered by now, I can't praise Z. or this compilation enough! Major props go out to Z. and everyone that put together this album! Well done good sirs and ma'ams. Now go to Hipster, Please! and pick up this album! Not sure why you didn't go earlier, I've mostly just been rambling for a while now...

Penny Arcade Expo


Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Penny Arcade Expo. It was my first time attending and I was pleasantly surprised. This was one of the best conventions I have ever attended.

Going into the exhibit hall on the first day, I was most excited to give Rock Band a try. Not only did I get to rock out on a game that I'm really looking forward to, but I got to do it up on stage with some other great gamers. I had a chance to play bass. Being accustomed to the Guitar Hero guitar, this new style took me a minute to get used to. Rather than the buttons being on top of the frets, the buttons are the frets. Not having a raised button to feel my finger placement was a little tough, but I ended up liking it. It feels a little more natural when pressing down the fret, rather than pressing down a raised button. The game play, similar to Guitar Hero's style, was very easy to pick up on. There was one aspect, in particular, that I really liked about this game. If one of your band mates fails the song, then they sit out. Luckily for them, as a band, you can bring them back in. This gives you a chance to redeem yourself if you started off poorly.

For the two nights of PAX they had amazing concerts. The first night featured The OneUps, Optimus Rhyme, Freezepop, and Neskimos. The OneUps' set was awesome. They were unfamiliar to most of the crowd there and they made a ton of new fans. Everyone I talked to really enjoyed their sound. Optimus Rhyme was also great. His songs had catchy beats and made you want to dance. He also brought out special guests including MC Beefy, MC Broken English, and MC Frontalot. Freezepop rocked everyone's socks with their set. They said that this was one of the biggest shows they've played. They really enjoyed the atmosphere and you could tell they had a good time playing the show. Ending their set with "The Final Countdown" was a crowd favorite. The Neskimos finished up this concert strong. They had the crowd rocking out until the end. Their VG covers were well done and hard not to enjoy.

The second night of PAX concerts was just as amazing as the first. Opening up the set was Jonathan Coultan. There have never been so many DS's swaying in the air as during his set! The crowd loved him and it was a good way to start the second concert. MC Frontalot followed. I had such a good time watching him perform. His songs were hilarious. His style and dancing kept me laughing the whole time. Wrapping up the concert were The Minibosses. They had lots of fans in the crowd who were excited to see them play. Their metal covers of VG songs were fantastic. They were a perfect way to finish up two nights of amazing bands.

It was hard not to enjoy the Penny Arcade Expo. There was always something to do; whether it was listening to a panel, exploring the exhibit hall, or participating in a tournament. There was never a dull moment. This year's PAX was a ton of fun and I can't wait until next year's expo.

To see more videos and photos head over the the GM4A photobucket and check out the PAX 07 album!