Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque Review by Neal Morrison

Hey everyone, sorry about the lack of updates these days, GM4A is going under a bit of restructuring, but don't fret. I know you have been crying yourself to sleep waiting for those awesome updates on the world of VG music and culture, but weep no more, for good pal Neal 'Neally' Morrison has a great review of the recent show in his hometown in Chicago. Read on for the full report! ------

A week ago a friend of mine was holding a event at the upstairs of a bar in Chicago and while walking down the street a poster caught my eye. It was Princess Peach from Super Mario Brothers, growing up a nerd who would rather spend time in front of a Nintendo than walk two houses over to play with his friends, I was interested. "Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque" stared me in the face. The poster more then had my attention at this point and when I got home I contacted the venue and made an appointment for the next weeks show.

I want to mention how nice the venue was, this was my first time attending the Gorilla Tango Theatre and from *e-mails to the venue to actually going to the show, everyone was extremely easy to work with, in the lobby you can purchase beer and wine for the show. Inside the venue itself is a very intimate room with a stage at ground level with a curtained off door at the back, and the walls were decorated with familiar bricks and question mark boxes.

As the crowd began to fill up the room (and it was a sold out show.) a buzz of excitement filled the air, the lights lowered and a girl steps out behind the curtain, holds up a Nintendo Gamecube controller and hits the start button followed by our old heroes Mario and Luigi dancing onto the stage to the Mario theme thus beginning the show.

The story of the show, which while admittedly is a bit silly, reminded me a lot of the old 80s "Super Mario Brothers Super Show" live segments. I can imagine "Captain" Lou Albano and Danny Wells dressed as women and following a similar script, however there was no need for that, all the characters were played by very "beautiful ladies".

The characters from the game are well adapted into the show things like Toad having Mario and Luigi win "Items", Luigi's frightfulness and Bowser's exaggerated laugh gave me a feeling of nostalgia. Many game references were made throughout the show, which felt very well placed keeping the show honest to its reference material.

The burlesque dances were well done, and were performed in a way where they did not take away from the story going on the visuals on some of the dances were very interesting especially for many of the villains like Boo and the Koopa Troopa.

Altogether I felt the show was well thought out and extremely enjoyable I had to put my camera down many times because I laughed so much, I really cannot express how funny the show and the actors in it were. from video game references to the small mannerisms Mario expressed, the crowd laughed the whole way through and left the show feeling great.

Boobs and Goombas is playing at The Gorilla Tango Theater, 11pm Fridays and Saturdays throughout February. Ticket information can be found at gorrillatango.com

* I want to thank Kelly the Marketing/PR Coordinator for Gorilla Tango for being such a pleasure to work with at making this review happen.

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Week in Video Game Inspired Music 4/12 - 4/18

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to another edition of the long absent Week in VGIM round up. I am glad to announce it's return as we now have a weekly comic strip to go with it! I would like to present the above comic, which is part one in the Neally & DJ Dig Dug comic series. A group you might recognize as being on GM4A Records. Be on the lookout for a new comic every Sunday! Thanks to Neally for the hard work!

NEWS ROUNDUP

RT9: Rhyme Torrents 9 Compilation

RT9 is now out! 3 discs filled with possibly new Nerdcore tracks that may get you singing along or moving on to the next song.  It's been a crazy year and it's that time for Nerdcore folk of RT to rise up and give us a preview of what's to come.   We got artists like The Ranger, MC Loki, Fatty Goodness, EPP, Tongue Mother, Neally & DJ Dig Dug, and plenty of other fellow nerds/geeks.

Now I enjoyed all 3 discs pretty well.  The first disc was my personal favorite but disc 2 and disc 3 had their shining moments as well.  The ones on disc 1 that caught my eye were "That's so Nerdcore" by MC Loki, "Bromantic Comedy" by Da Silky Slimz, and "IMA GOOF" by EPP (ft Rappy Mcrapperson, ZombieK, and Shamus Oddish).  Having "That's so Nerdcore" was a great way to open up to the first track of RT9.   It has a hook that you'll end up singing (rapping) to yourself as you play DnD near a blacklight  or have a cypher online.  MC Loki has my thanks for giving me a track that is on constant play in my head.  The next track that caught my, and I'm sure it will catch yours, is "Bromantic Comedy".  Fatty Goodness and Cumfucius are the masterminds behind Da Silky Slimz and this track to me truely stands out!  If you were ever in search of a song that could explain the deep connection you may feel towards your "bro"...but really you're not gay...then this song is for you.  With a catchy beat, hilarous lyrics, with a questionable ending has made this song the cat's pajamas!  Now lastly, "IMA GOOF" by EPP (Emergency Pizza Party).  This song is silly, which is why I absolutely adore it.  I will say my favorite part is the chorus, that really kept the song together and going.

Now on to disc 2.  Now my favorites here are "Go With the Flow" by The Ranger (ft Kabuto the Python and Fatty Goodness), "Friendly-Fire" by TYT (ft Quartz Relic), and "Firebrand" by Fatty Goodness.   "Go With the Flow" was great to listen to.  Legit rappers, good flow, and a very interesting beat.   Though there isn't a hook, it doesn't need one!   It's an example of what a good beat can do to a track.  Now if you love shooter-games, then you should definitely listen to "Friendly-Fire" by TYT (ft. Quartz Relic).  This song though I wasn't sure on at first eventually grew on me.  It raps on exactly what it's called, friendly-fire!  So if you gamers out there, and I'm assuming most, have played a game where you've been shot at by your own team (or vice versa) then this is a track to check out.   My dear Fatty Goodness, you are just all over RT9 (almost).  This artist shows what he has to offer and it's definitely something that perks our interest.   "Firebrand" does nothing but gets me pumped for whats to come.  I'm keeping my eye out for more from him; His talent can only get better and better.

Although disc 3 was my least favorite, there were a couple that caught my interest.  The first one I have to point out is "Ivory Tower(Untested Methods Remix)" by The Bloodclan.  I love this beat! It's fantastic and definitely sets the mood of the track.   Creepy? Check.  Madness? Check.  Twas a pleasure to listen to.  Lastly, "WYSIWYG (DV's funkified Mix)" by OG Don Vito (ft. Epic-1, Krhym3.574r.0n3, and Lloyd Popp).  Crazy mix! but I dig it.  All the artists showed what they can do in this track, and they are some of the best.  Featuring some of my favorite artists along with an awesome beat it was a good choice for it to  be one of the last tracks of RT9.

Nerdcore at it's highs and some lows, it's a definitely worth it.   Various artists banding together to create a great compilation and it's free! Download this 3 discs filled with keyboard cats, goomba stomping, goofs and a dash of bromance.   Here they are! Click on each album cover, album art done by the very talented Danger Aaron from RT, to download each disc.

Halloween Hip Hop: In Transylvania by Neally and DJ Dig Dug & Rhyme Torrents Halloween v4


Not content to do just one song, nerdcore duo Neally and DJ Dig Dug saw fit to make an entire Halloween EP. In Transylvania is that EP, containing six songs full of scary samples, awesome raps, and rocking beats. I Now Say kicks things off featuring the requisite tribute to Dracula filled with ridiculous lyrics and classic vampire clips. Warped sounds bring us into Soda Pop Rocks, which, as the title indicates, has to do with the horrors of drinking Soda with Pop Rocks. The winding lo-fi tune works great for this short and clever tune. Definitely a stand out track on this EP.

The third track, Autumn Moon takes another twist, opening with some haunting vocals, setting up the werewolf fueled premise of this song. The song then switches to a rapping style, and does a great job making sure the switch offs between the somber singing and more in your face rapping run together very well. The music side of the song is on the simple side, using mostly drums and synths, but interspercing it with howls and haunting violins to great effect. This brings us to my favorite track on the album, My Zombie Girlfriend (featuring Lakeside). Starting out with a soft rocking guitar, drums, vocals combo, the song then shifts to an electronic chorus which continues to hold in the harder rocking second verse. The song itself is a surprisingly love filled track about a man and his girlfriend. Zombies as a metaphor for whatever else people want to inject in it's place is a well known movie idea. Neally and DJ Dig Dug along with female vocalist Lakeside use this idea to their advantage to create a nerdy romantic song that keeps from easily treading into cliche territory.

The album steps back into the more ridiculous with Nymphomancer. With a chorus of "I'm a level ninety-nine mother fuckin' nymphomancer / Before you ask your questions I can give you all the answers." the song plays up the angle of the necromancing playboy. The album comes to an end with the title track In Transylvania which gives a hard rocking hip hop historical tour of Dracula's home town. The song build and builds, spiraling into a rauckus track, which peters out at the very and brings the EP to a close.

This album has been getting quite a few plays in my iTunes lately and I very much suggest you check it out. You can download the album free at Neally and DJ Dig Dug's website neallydjdigdug.com.

That's not it for the Halloween festivities though, We also have...


For the fourth Halloween in a row the Rhymetorrents community has saw fit to combine their nerdy with all things evil and supernatural and bring us Rhyme Torrents Halloween v4, which is of course free to download. The compilation features some great new tracks from some of the RT communities best, and about everything from zombies and vampires, to horror novels, and yes, survival horror video games.

Once there you might also notice that RT has gone over one big redesign, so why not use this as a great opportunity to sign up and be part of the liveliest nerdcore hip hop community on the web!

Full tracklist, including tons of awesome collaborations below.
01 – Killer Nocturne – Magitek
02 – House o’ Terror – Spandex Moose
03 – Zombie Evolution (feat. Madface) – D20
04 – My Server is Down – Antisoc
05 – Thanks for the Add (Antisoc Industrial Remix) – Brad Sucks
06 – Caught in the Grip of the Silent Hill Madness – Character Battle Excellent All Star Super Team featuring Luigi, Blanka, and Tails
07 – Lavender Town – Fanatical, B-Type & B0wlman
08 – Three Wolves Howling at the Moon – Shamus Oddish, Mister B-Type, MC Wreckshin & Chozo Ninpo
09 – Rhyme Your Own Adventure – jprime & Legendary Wizard
10 – Jigsaw – Billy the Fridge
11 – Sexy Supervillian – Fanatical
12 – The Dead – MERCER
13 – Serial Killer – Sir-Up
14 – The Cauld Lad of Hylton – B-Type
15 – Meowlori – Emperor Pilaf
16 – Haunting You – Thugmasta J & MC Wreckshin
17 – Perfect White Knight – Ultraklystron