Mega Ran is back, and he's gone from Robot City to River City in his latest adventure. Run with Random as he raps right through the rough roads of River City Random. Random lays down some dope rhymes about living in the fight or be fought world of River City. Hear some heavy beats, some catchy tunes, and help stop some bullying by grabbing this album.
Yup, one week away from a huge all star night of video game inspired music. So for those who are not up to speed or need some more info, or persuading to come on out, here is the rundown. June 15th at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA there is going to be an epic night of video game rock, jazz, hip hop, and chiptunes! We call it West Coast Wigout 2!
It's a full night dedicated to some of the best in video game inspired music!
Who's playing? Check out this list!
A_Rival (San Francisco, CA) – rivalrivalrival.bandcamp.com
The Megas (Los Angeles, CA) – themegas.com
Random AKA Mega Ran W/ K-Murdock (Phoenix, AZ) – megaran.com
WizWars (Los Angeles, CA) – myspace.com/wizwars
EvilWezil (Los Angeles, CA) – myspace.com/evilwezil
Tanuki Suit Riot (Los Angeles, CA) – tanukisuitriot.com
Quarter Circle Jab (Fresno, CA) - myspace.com/qtrcirclejab
You might recognize A_Rival better as OCReMix artist AE who remixed the classic SF2 title music as Clamato Fever in SF2THDR. Well guess what, he raps about video games too, and you better believe his raps are as epic as his remixes!
If you read GM4A then you already know who The Megas and Random AKA Mega Ran are. If you don't know though, I think their names give enough of a hint at what they are all about. The Megas tell a tale of a man, a mega man, in rock n roll fashion. While Mega Ran on the other hand raps from multiple perspectives and about every gaming topic under the sun and then some!
EvilWezil and Wizwars are two amazing chiptune artists who perform not with a guitar, or vocals, but armed only with their respective Gameboys to rock things chiptune style.
Finally the last block of awesomeness is the amazing VG jazz group Tanuki Suit Riot who jams out to everything from Zelda, to Mega Man X, to F-Zero. Last but not least is Quarter Circle Jab, who have been around for years but are gaining much more notoriety thanks to their debut release kickbutt.exe (free download). Yup, that album includes some more great SF2 music, as well as other great games like Final Fantasy and Earthbound.
So this will definitely be some night to remember!
Much like last weeks comic, this one is also quite appropriate, since last week I felt pretty hungry at least several times, and once for pizza even. There is no real segue to plug this but I will anyway. WEST COAST WIGOUT 2. If you are in Los Angeles around E3 time then check out the show info through this link. If you missed the news last week, like our name, we have hit four years of VG inspired music news. We continue that tradition today, as we have got some news, some video, and some sweet new tunes for you.
- Wolfire's take on the Activision indie games competition via Wolfire Blog and Nobuooo
- VIDEO GAMES LIVE | Trailer | PBS (Video) via Video Games Live
- Series remixes streaming on Metroid: Other M website iva Nobuooo
- The Guardian interviews Red Dead Redemption composers via The Guardian and Nobuooo
- Operation Nerdcore: Mega Ran & K Murdock's Forever Famicom via 1UP
It is finally June 1st, and you know what that means! The highly anticipated album from Random AKA Mega Ran and producer K-Murdock is finally available. Forever Famicom is 14 songs of incredible and fresh nerdcore rap over some of the best (and often more obscure) video game beats I have yet to hear.
From Earthbound, to Chrono Trigger, the album covers a bit of everything from the NES and SNES days, and not just as fan service. K-Murdock seems to have chosen the best songs, despite their obscurity or fame, to create amazing hip hop beats with, and work seamlessly with Random's various rap styles which show up on this album. K-Murdock's beats take on a ton of various styles like the rocking Chrono Trigger track Epoch or the upbeat nostalgia in the Little Nemo beat flowing through the track Dream Master.
Of course Random lays down the rhymes. He touches on autobiographical incidents in Dream Master, and, of course, what it's like to be a gamer in this day and age with the jaded gamer anthem Drop The Load. The latter track listens like a list of complaints that game developers in this day and age could really take heed of. And seeing how I have complained about many similar things as well, this is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. We also have to stop back at the track Epoch, which lays down a rocking remix of Chrono Trigger beneath an intense, reference heavy set of rhymes that I think would make a fantastic music video (hear that Ran?).
On the lyrical side we also hear from two other heavyweight nerdcore rappers in int80 of Dual Core, and Schaffer The Darklord in the laid back anthem For The Gamers, which is another amazing track on an album full of nothing less than stellar tunes. This track ends with a fantastic shout out from Random to a ton of classic games which shows off both his gaming knowledge and rap skill in one quick attack.
This is only touching on the album as well, expect a fuller review of the album soon, until then, give the album your own listen and of course grab your copy through this link (or physical copy via this link). I thoroughly recommend grabbing this album, not to mention seeing Mega Ran and K-Murdock live this June 15th in Los Angeles at West Coast Wigout 2!
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!
The Gamewave Podcast has just posted some video footage from the Chiptune Alliance Tour 2008.
Now in its second year, the Chiptune Alliance Tour recently hit the road, bringing some of the world's finest chiptune artists to the attention of UK fans. We filmed some footage on the night and have uploaded some of the best bits to the podcast feed (go to the Episodes page for direct links to the video). The video comes in two parts, but download both to witness live sets from Sabrepulse, Random, Spheres of Chaos, Firebrand Boy and syphus!
Also, be on the lookout for a special guest host episode of the Gamewave Podcast from the team behind the Letters vs Numbers podcast!
September 2007 saw amazing performances from USK, Maru, Calis, Sabrepulse, Random, Syphus, Little Penguin and Flanboy.
August 2008 will showcase the talents of Anamanaguchi, Random, Sabrepulse, Firebrand Boy, Syphus, Henry Homesweet, We Are The Future, Spheres of Chaos and Unicorn Kid. Be sure to check the artists for each night as the line-up will vary throughout the tour.
SUNDAY AUGUST 24TH @ GLASGOW CATHOUSE - CLICK HERE
MONDAY AUGUST 25TH @ EDINBURGH THE HIVE - £5 Pay on the door!
TUESDAY AUGUST 26TH @ NEWCASTLE CARLING ACADEMY 2 - CLICK HERE
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27TH @ SHEFFIELD CORPORATION - CLICK HERE
FRIDAY AUGUST 29TH @ VENUE TBC
SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH @ LUTON THE HAT FACTORY - CLICK HERE
SUNDAY AUGUST 31ST @ VENUE TBC
As you can see, a couple of dates still need venues, so if you can help out, get in touch with Sabrepulse.
For more info, visit myspace.com/chiptunealliance.
REFORMAT THE PLANET trailer from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.
Trailer for BLIP FESTIVAL: REFORMAT THE PLANET, debuting at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March of 2008.
The SXSW screening of REFORMAT THE PLANET will be supplemented by a showcase performance of chip musicians from around the world, featuring:
Nullsleep, Bitshifter, Anamanaguchi, Mark DeNardo, Tristan Perich, Treewave, Receptors, Bud Melvin, and Aonami, with Voltage Controlled handling visuals.
BLIP FESTIVAL: REFORMAT THE PLANET is a feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as ChipTunes, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using old video game hardware. Familiar devices such as the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System are pushed in new directions with startling results.
Using New York as a microcosm for a larger global movement, "Reformat the Planet" maps out the genesis of the first annual Blip Festival, a four day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit video game consoles. With floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melodies, trailblazers of the ChipTune idiom descend upon Manhattan to pen a new chapter in the history of electronic music.
The trailer features music by Nullsleep ("Salvation for a Broken Heart", "On Target"), Martin Galway ("The Neverending Story"), and Random ("Micawber's Moan"), all composed on classic video game consoles.
Not much more to add really. This looks like an amazing film by our pals 2 Player Productions. If you are attending SXSW in Texas this March, do not miss this film!
From Philladelphia to Phoenix and now to Nerdcore, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Random! As you can hear for yourself on his myspace, before working on his new album, he had already established himself as an amazing artist. His previous albums, his introductory album Fundamentals and the more recent and candid The Call let the world know that if there's one thing Random could not be called, it was stale. Random has already brought a fresh breath of dynamic air into the hip hop community... and now he thought he'd give Nerdcore a try.
His third album is slated to be released in just under two weeks (June 19, 2007), and in celebration to the fact that this year is the twentieth birthday for everyone's favorite blue android, he has decided to entitle it Mega Ran, with an album rife with hip hop all in the name of Dr. Light's bouncing boy. As Random's press release from May 9th says:
"Collaborators on the project include RAHM Nation producer DN3 (The Call, Rapademics), Domingo (Big Pun, KRS-ONE), nerdrap sensation YT Cracker, Videogame rock band The Megas Problem Child, Samik (G-Unit and Ruff Ryders producer), and many more."
You can already listen to his treatment to the theme to Wood Man with his song "Grow Up," available at his myspace. The second released song, "Final Fight" can be found at the Mega Ran Yahoo Group as well as in the archives of NeRPSID (Nerdapalooza Radio Program Show for Internet Distro). I interviewed him NeRPSID on June 2nd and the WORLD premiere of the song took place immediately after the interview. This Friday, June 8th, he'll be interviewed by the Awful Show, so be sure to tune in to their podcast.
For those curious on how to get a copy of Mega Ran when it comes out:
"Mega Ran" will release on June 19th, 2007 and will be a free download at www.randomsblogs.blogspot.com , Random's MySpace page, and www.rahmnation.org. A special limited version of the album in CD form, with bonus tracks and additional artwork will be available for sale at RAHM Nation's website."
Gamewave Podcast have their second show up now, definitely check them out. and if you have iTunes be sure to subscribe to it.
Free Fourth of July show Stars and Bits Forever in Brooklyn, New York. Starring Random, Mark Denardo, and Anamanaguchi.
Armcannon Also has some new shows coming up in New York on July 14th and 29th. Armcannon, as well as TypeA have some new shirt designs for sale as well. With Armcannon’s shirt going for $10 at shows and online store sales coming soon afterwards. TypeA’s shirts will be selling for $15 and must be contacted for purchases.
(Armcannon and TypeA t-shirt designs)
X Unit 17 has four all new video game remixes up including a personal favorite of mine, the battle theme from Golden Sun. Also songs from Mega Man X, X2 and 5. Moogle Charm has released a new song you can download entitled The Hare and Hounds.
In more touring news, Nintendo has decided to take their newest handheld, the DS Lite on the road, you can found out more information at Nintendo’s Official site.
Chiptune artist Animal Syle has been featured on fxdoctor.com for his 8 Bit Fuzz Pedal mod, just head on over to fxdoctor.com, go to Feature Artists and check out Joey Mariano.
Temp Sound Solutions is running one sweet deal right now. Here’s the info straight from him, ”I've got a bunch of copies of Now Youre Playing With Powar 1-2 and copies of 5 left, not so many of 3 and 4, but i need to sell these cd's i printed up, so for the next week, if you guys want, you can go to my webpage and order NYPWP 5, my 70 song video game cover CD, and get THREE CD's for $6, if you order them between now and Saturday..of course if you feel so inclined you can give a few extra bucks for shipping or whatever, but the 3 cd's for $6 rule applies until the end of the month. To clarify, if you want to get copies of NYPWP, NYPWP 2, and NYPWP 5, for $6..now is the time. until the end of the month. Paypal only. just click on the link on the webpage, and you have to make sure you say "YARRRRR" in the misc info field.” -Temp Sound Solutions
P.S. Corey and Jake have been on vacation the past couple days, and should be back soon. I hope you guys had a great time!