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Rocking’ With The SEACATS

Posted on 11 December 2009 by Tim

When you think of Northwest rock, most people think grunge or something along those lines. Well, these guys from Kelso, Washington are hittin’ the airwaves with funky, powerpop rock that is well worth listening to. The SEACATS are a nerdy blend of alt rock with plenty of radio friendly tracks.

Their 6-track self-titled EP, offers up riffs and synths with equal vigor. Overall, the album is energetic but track 6 slows things down a bit. Although it’s slower, Paint (track 6) does not disappoint with its long storytelling feel, angry guitars and happy chimes. Fun, fun music!

Though some of the vocals sound young, the quality of the musicianship is well developed. With a positive feel and party time tunes I can see these guys rockin’ shows and iPods from coast to coast.

People seem to think we’re a 90’s throwback band. Could be worse I guess.” – SEACATS.

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Up tempo guitar chords, and bratty vocals just make me want to curl up with a bowl of POP’s and watch Nickelodeon cartoons when they were at their best“. Read more of the review of the SEACATS by Kris Foster.


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B-Type from Letters vs. Numbers and Superpowerless

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Tim

With thick mutton chops and a fairly high-pitched, heavily-accented British voice, B-Type is certainly not your typical rapper. But lo, he is a nerd! So, his look fits right in.

I first became acquainted with B-Type on Rhyme Torrents, the largest nerdcore hip hop community forum. Although he’s become more refined in his style, he started off a bit rough but came across as a cool dude which instantly makes him likable. I’ve heard him progress through the first Rhyme Torrents rap battle tournament, various Rhyme Torrents compilation albums and the occasional episode of Letters vs. Numbers. Over the last couple years, I’ve come to appreciate his style and the effort he puts into his work.

Previously known as Mister B, he is now part of the chiptune group Superpowerless which is definitely worth checking out! Also in the works is a solo album titled Hugs.


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Interview with B-Type

So B-Type, how’d you get involved in music and what projects are you working on right now?

I started out as a bassist in a terrible skapunk/poprock band called Should Have Seen It Coming, which then changed its name to Third Floor, and then to No More nightfall, and finally Raziel. It lasted something like 16 months, we had about 15 practices and 15 less gigs. When I moved to Bradford for University, I was lucky enough to be in Halls of Residence with a punk named Duncan, and we formed the band Dead Mercredi, with the logic that there was a band for every day of the week except Wednesday. (Wednesday13 totally dosnt count.)

This band was similarly unproductive, and I spent my time trolling Emo chatrooms and going to whatever local live gigs I could. Someone in the emo chat thought I would get a kick out of the MC Lars song Signing Emo, which of course I did. This, combined with a blossoming love of live Hip-Hop shows, cemented my decision to become a Nerdcore Rapper.

That, and I wanted to be the Bloodhound Gang but was sick of putting together bands that went no-where!

As for right now, Im working on my 3rd Album, technically my debut album as B-Type, entitled “Hugs”. For the first time since I started making music, I am working with a producer, Jaylyn Coffin of Emergency Pizza Party, which has made the world of difference. While ive always enjoyed making music, this is the first time ive truly been excited about it.

Are any MCs making a feature on your upcoming album Hugs?

Hugs is kinda a long way away, Im thinking like early 2010, so while solo-songs are very close to completion, the collaborations are some ways away. That said, I already have Verses coming my way from Fanatical/Jaylyn Coffin, and Quartz Relic of Magitek fame. My usual co-conspirators, Category, Illithid, and Superpowerless will probably feature at some point. Ive been trying to come up with a concept for a song to do with My Parents Favourite Music, and I have a list of dream collaborations I might start trying to tick off.

So, in answer to your question, yes!

What inspired the album’s title?

Well, the first album was called Snogs, which is, um, English I guess for kissing with tongues. While I was in Florida for Nerdapalooza 08, everyone seemed to find this word hilarious. Genoboost made a hilarious comic about it and i decided to use it as album art. Ever since, ive gone for like….monosyllabic gestures of affection, so Hugs was a natural one to think. Plus, at one stage, many of the (now scrapped) songs were about frustrations with relationships and hugs were the only affection i was getting so it fitted that tone well, and alot of the songs im writing now are much happier and sweet on account of finding love and such, so it still fits. Im running out of words though. Snogs, Winks, Hugs……I figure “Daps” might be next. Maybe it will be a Zealous1 Collaboc1de style album, although im jumping the gun a bit there.

How did you and Jaylyn Coffin meet up? Is Coffin the only producer on Hugs?

Akin to many people involved in nerdcore, we were both part of the Rhyme Torrents community, and both attended Nerdapalooza. I should probably point out that I am lucky enough to be able to say we are romantically involved! After this years Nerdapalooza, she was on the Superpowerless / Jaylyn Coffin / B-Type mini-tour and became a member of Superpowerless, as part of the live band as well as shooting 3 videos for us.

Superpowerless-Rock-Thumb Production wise, she is in charge of recording and mixing my vocals. Oliver Hindle (Superpowerless) has volunteered his skills to do the same job, so I dare say he will be involved there as well. On the beats side of things, I still make the odd beat myself and tend to go to Illithid first for beats that, you know, dont suck. Although this time round, Im on beats by way more people than last time, including Wholemilk, b0wlman, Category and Quartz Relic thus far.

Superpowerless has had a lot of success in the 8bit genre, who comprises the group and how did you guys form up?

Superpowerless is Oliver Hindle, but has had a hilariously rotating cast for a long time. I have the questionable honor of being the longest serving member besides Oliver, and currently the group comprises of the two of us. Jaylyn Coffin played with us on our first tour, and Mike Slevin played guitar when we were gigging round Leeds. We yoyo between being a two and three piece, but not counting stage invasions we have been 5 members thick before.

As for how we formed, Superpowerless was Olivers project for a while. I booked him to play Nerdapalooza UK and we became friends. One time I let him know I was coming to a gig, and he texted me asking if I would join him on stage, as his bandmates at the time were unable to show. I had dabbled in chiptune before so I was down with it, and the gig went pretty well! I just kept showing up to gigs ever since….I never did see his other band mates. He is pretty much a monster so he may well have made them up.

How many live gigs have you done with Superpowerless?

Gosh, Im not sure. At one point we were gigging at least once a week, sometimes 4 times, for a couple of months. I would speculate we have done approximately 15000 gigs, including open mics, family fun days, radio shows and completely unattended pubs.

You gotta be a drinker to be the sidekick in Superpowerless.

Letters-vs-Numbers-Logo-Thumb What is the Letters vs. Numbers podcast? Does the name have any special meaning?

LvN is a show I do with Genoboost and Chibi-Ma from gamemusic4all.com. it can be found at www.lettersvsnumbers.net and has a music/chat format. It mainly consists of Ma and I teasing eachother, and Geno cracking us up with one-liners, although we do of course discuss geeky music, videogames and other nerd things.

The name was originally for an online label Genoboost and Hex Warrior of Nerdapalooza were putting together. Neither had the time to do it really, but Geno loved the name, and when we whimsically decided to do a podcast, he mentioned the name to me and I thought it was awesome. Its come to represent our relationship with our listeners, with the hosts being the Letters and the listeners being the Numbers. We tease our listeners somewhat, but they love it. Actually, we mostly tease other podcasts and their inability to be as good as us!

Yes Vagina Deep in Podcast, you sicken us.

How long has LvN been around?

Since April 12th 2008, which is the day we decided to do a podcast, did a podcast, and put it out.

For a new listener, what 1 or 2 LvN podcasts would you recommend?

Generally speaking, I would say whichever one went out the most recently! But my personal favourites are the 2 from Nerdapalooza 08, which represented the first time Genoboost and I had ever met in real life. The insanely long episodes 14a and 14b are also ones I listen to from time to time. Featuring Shinobi Onibocho from Krondor Krew as well as what I am fairly sure was Chibi-Ma’s second Letters vs Numbers show, the vast majority of in-jokes we have come from that show, as well as the first one Ma was on, “The Lifestream made me do it”.

I know you have in the past but did you attend Nerdapalooza this year?

I did! My Letters vs Numbers co-host Genoboost of gamemusic4all.com and I had the honor of hosting the event this year, which was an absolute blast. I got to do a song with a long time hero of mine My Parents Favorite Music, as well as introduce some mind-blowing acts like MC Lars, Zealous1, Scrub Club, I Fight Dragons…argh Im making a mess, dropping names everywhere.

I also got incredibly drunk.

What prompted the name change to B-Type from Mister B?

It was something that was on my mind for a while. There were many problems with the name MisterB. For a start, there were a bunch of different musicians already performing under that name. If you put misterb into google, I was usually the top result music wise, unless one of the others had put out an album recently, so this wasnt a huge problem. The main problem was the top result: A Hardcore Sex Webshop catering to the gay BDSM market.

….

Yeah.

I still answer to the name MisterB, still refer to myself as MisterB, but the music I do from now on is B-Type. It was pretty cathartic, actually, as no-one has heard any B-Type music (apart from, you know. Tetris) so I felt like I could work and release things without having to worry that people would assume it was rubbish because I did it!

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Making Out With Strangers by Peroxide Mocha

Posted on 28 October 2009 by Tim

I’m letting you blow my mind. Almost every single time.

For a couple of, mostly, self-taught musicians Peroxide Mocha is a surprisingly enjoyable ride through a quirky, but lively, synthpop album. Pete developed some amazing compositions for us to enjoy. Although Rachel sometimes come across a little flat and passionless, overall, her vocals complement the music nicely. Start the Fire is a really great example of PM’s vocals and beats coming together like peanut butter and jelly.

Peroxide Mocha Pete and Rachel At times, Peroxide Mocha sounds like they have incorporated influences from 8-bit, chiptune music.

Cult favorite boy/girl party pop duo return with their 4th album filled with witty observations about relationships disguised as floor-filling, booty-shaking break-up anthems.

Don’t Have My Baby, Start the Fire, Think of Two, and Two of Hearts are the best tracks. Ghost of a Chance is funny. I mean, how often does a song feature a Ouija board? And with everyone making songs celebrating their awesome city, it’s refreshing to hear someone teasing their town as in Port Angeles, “Go to jail or have a baby. This is life in PA.”

Everything is dirty
girls are dressed like hos
its Pancake House is closed
there’s nowhere else to go…

The dysfunctional relationship theme make this album a great gift for your recently single friends! Or, if you like quirky music with awesome dance beats!

Order Making Out With Strangers Here


Peroxide Mocha is on Donut Nook Records, run by Pete Ellison.

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GOSHone Rocks the Videos with Music From Ctrl_Alt_Ego

Posted on 18 October 2009 by Tim

Los Angeles nerdcore rapper, GOSHone released a pretty amazing album last year called Ctrl_Alt_Ego (download link below). I was listening to it in the car the other day and was inspired to share it with you.

For a debut album, GOSH pulled out all the stops. The production value is tight and the album features well known artists YTCracker and MC Plus+, as well as some nice vocal work from a couple ladies.

Although it’s not the strongest track on the album, Where My Nerds At? is easily the most recognizable. I’m partial to Laptop Muzik, Flowin About and Haterz. Newteknowledge is a great track too and is featured in the iPhone music video below. I’d skip past Big Brains because the verse by MC Plus+ drags this one down.

From, coding to gaming and overclockin’ his Pentium, G1 attacks classic nerd topics with fresh angles. You’re going to get a lot of replay value out of this album.


Watch the world’s first music video shot entirely on an iPhone 3G:


Ctrl_Alt_Ego by GOSHone – Free Download

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This is my commentary on my life as an underdog, using my intelligence and tech skills to craft an opus for the modern day Poindexter, decorated with the electronic sounds of underground Los Angeles. [More on GOSHone.com]

G1 appeals to his audience with a deep voice, slick flow and smart, playful lyrics. I’m looking forward to seeing whats up next for the GOSH. Don’t leave us hangin’ too long, man!

Check out G1 on NerdcoreHipHop.com.

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The Cliche Remix LP by Ultraklystron (Karl Olson)

Posted on 22 September 2009 by Tim

I first came across Ultraklystron, or Karl Olson, from the Top 10 Nerdcore Artists of All-Time on Hipster, Please! Thanks to Z (from Hipster, Please!) for introducing me to him because since then I’ve been enjoying Karl’s complex rhymes and quality production.

 
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The Cliche Remix LP

I’ve never really done a proper remix LP of my music, but since I’ve done two records in a row without any remixes on them, and because I ended up with an unexpected bit of extra time (thanks recession,) I decided to take my previously over-produced nerdcore tracks and make them exceedingly nasty and raw,” Karl explains in his liner notes.

Of all the tracks, Fashionable tops my favorites ’cause it has a great beat to dance to and I like the vocal samples. Gothic Lolitas is another fun track to add to your playlist. Topics are varied and include gaming, anime and girls.

I mentioned The Cliche Remix LP in my article – 7 Album Reviews, 140 Characters Each. Here’s what I said in my earlier review (110 characters): Cliche Remix LP Top nerd artist retools old hits. Awesome party/gaming/dance music. Free to DL but worth cash. Yup, you can download the whole album free!

Download The Cliche Remix LP by Ultraklystron Here

Track List:

  1. Game Over (Premix Dub)
  2. Gothic Lolitas (Jungle Dub)
  3. He’s A OG (Grime Dub)
  4. Fashionable (Electro Dub)
  5. Dumb Crush (Jungle Dub)
  6. Acta Attack (Grime Dub)
  7. DYKMK (MidTempo Dub)
  8. Absolution (Jungle Dub)
  9. Death Won’t Stop This (Grime Dub)
  10. Surprise Surprise (Jungle Dub)

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Next Gen by Dr. Awkward

Posted on 19 September 2009 by Tim

There’s nothing clumsy about Next Gen by Dr. Awkward. Doc Awk delivers a tight flow that is sure to appeal to a wide audience – even those who don’t consider themselves nerds. Headquartered in San Diego, California Dr. Awkward demonstrates his skill at crafting lyrics and beats.

Awk was picked up by Scrub Club, headed by MadHatter, and released Next Gen in 2009. The album features Kasparov, Kabuto The Python, and Pelicaine Einhander.

 
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We are the future
Nerdcore’s finest
Next Gen minds with rhymes
that blind side ya.

The hit track from Next Gen is indisputably Geekquilibrium. The intro track is solid and F.U.F. is my second fav track behind Geekquilibrium. Clan War is sure to become a gamer classic.

Next Gen is the title track featuring Kabuto the Python. Ya have to love the Family Guy reference in Next Gen.

I heard she likes to naked
when a little bit faded
I’ll admire her Quagmire
and then I’ll spit “Giggity”
a chick does the splits
I’ll be lickin’ her split lickity

The album was crafted like a Smithsonian art display. If you’re into hip hop and you’re even slightly nerdy, you’re going to love the Doc’s prescription.

Download Next Gen by Dr. Awkward Now

Read about Next Gen on Nerd Lust or Hip Hop Nerds.

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Next Level by Dual Core

Posted on 09 September 2009 by Tim

From rollin’ D20s, seeding torrents, hacking to tech support, Dual Core covers the gamut of nerd life on Next Level.

Overall Score: 85/100

Next Level is what happens when two creative and talented people collaborate. Not only that, int eighty and c64 pull in the top names of nerdcore hip hop – MC Frontalot, YTCracker, Schaffer the Darklord, Beefy, Mega Ran – to join the party.

They kick off the album with a rock-based beat that has to be one of the best intro tracks I’ve heard in a while and it comes with the added benefit of not being named Intro. For You leads nicely into Kick Back and Natural 20s, two of my favorite tracks. Also topping my list of faves is The Game and Magnificent Seven. Eighty gets reflective on Life’s Work and Letter to c64. The latter being a nice touch of old school hip hop when MCs showed more respect to their DJs. Painting Pictures is a great personal track, not only is the beat hot but the lyrics are touching. The storytelling eighty employs reminds me a lot of Slug from Atmosphere.

Learn more here – Tim interviews Dual Core

My main complaint is about the sample on track 5 – I Remember, it was really repetitive and annoying. Overall, Next Level is awesome. I had a great time reviewing the album and it certainly earned a spot on my MP3 player. Be sure to check it out.

What do you think of the album? Leave a comment below.

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7 Album Reviews, 140 Characters Each

Posted on 18 August 2009 by Tim

The other day I was thinking about doing a bunch of music reviews while I was knockin’ out some tweets (on Twitter). Then, BLAM! Mash the two…tweet ready album reviews in 140 characters or less. Is it possible? Lets find out.

7 Albums in 140 Characters or Less:

The Cliche Remix LP by Ultraklystron (Karl Olson)

Download Free: RhymeTorrents.org
Media: Ultraklystron on GeekDad/Wired.com
Review (110 characters):
Cliche Remix LP Top nerd artist retools old hits. Awesome party/gaming/dance music. Free to DL but worth cash.

A Good Day by Priscilla Ahn

Download @ Amazon: A Good Day
Media: Album Review on Blogcritics.
Review (105 characters):
Priscilla Ahn delivers pure vocals & skilled guitar that will connect with many listeners. A joy to hear.

The Ecstatic by Mos Def

Download @ Amazon: The Ecstatic
Media: Consequence of Sound gives 4.5 Stars to Mos Def
Review (122 characters):
Ecstatic by Mos Def is lyrical and real like you’d expect. Quiet Dog & The Embassy among the star tracks. Espanol? Got it.

Eye Legacy – Left Eye

Download @ Amazon: Eye Legacy [Explicit]
Media: The Lemur Blog on Eye Legacy
Review (101 characters):
Eye Legacy by Left Eye leaves me asking why? Exploitation? Few decent tracks, nothing groundbreaking.

The Redemption by Brooke Hogan

Download @ Amazon: The Redemption
Media: Salon.com Review
Review ( characters):
Brooke is hot but lacks unique presence in music. Typical sound, potential remains hidden. Delve deeper, girl.

The Bachelor by Patrick Wolf

Download @ Amazon: The Bachelor
Media: Paste Magazine
Review (114 characters):
Patrick Wolf is not my style. The Bachelor is an odd pile of songs with no clear theme. Original but questionable.

Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King by Dave Matthews Band

Download @ Amazon: Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King
Media: PBPulse on Dave Matthews Band
Review (123 characters):
Dave Matthews Band delivers great material yet again. Shake Me Like a Monkey & Why I Am are faves. Live sound, lots of fun.

If you enjoyed this (or hated it) let me know in the comments below.

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Dual Core Hits The Next Level With Their New Album

Posted on 12 August 2009 by Tim

Two guys. Two countries. One passion – making awesome music.

Dual Core is a nerdcore hip hop group comprising of c64, the producer/DJ and eighty, the MC. These two guys combine their musical powers to create hits like Hostage Down, End of the World, My GF is… and Take it Back. Since 2007, Dual Core has released 4 albums – Zero One, Super Powers, Lost Reality and Next Level.

“His beats made me want to rap, and he quickly became one of my favorite producers,” recalls eighty in regards to c64’s production.

A Little Background

How did the name Dual Core come about?

eighty: Living on separate sides of the ocean, we’ve spent almost our entire career working separately. I saw us as two separate processors working in unison, essentially like a dual core chip.

c64: A lot of our tracks have computer-based references too, so the name was ideal.

What musicians influence your style?

c64: I’m a big fan of underground hip hop – a common interest which lead to myself and eighty originally meeting on a website years ago. A few of my favourite hip hop producers / deejays came to prominence in the 1990s, such as DJ Premier, RZA of Wu-tang Clan, Muggs of Cypress Hill, Dr Dre and Pete Rock – you may hear their influence in my sampling techniques and scratches. I listen to a lot of electronic music, most recently groups like The Prodigy and The Qemists, along with UK-based sounds like drum and bass and dubstep. Portishead have also been on my playlist a lot recently. A lot of older music inspires me heavily – snippets of soul, jazz, heavy metal, psychedelic 70s stuff, 80s rock – it all makes its way into our music in one form or other. I also have a large amount of respect for ‘chiptune’ artists – the level of creativity shown with such limited tools is incredible.

eighty: I grew up in Cincinnati hearing midwest underground hip hop. Acts like Hi-tek/Reflection Eternal, RJD2/MHz, J.Dilla/Slum Village, Molemen, and Blueprint helped define my taste in music. Currently listen to all sorts of music can be found in my ipod which round out the sound of the music we make.

The New Album: Next Level

Your new album Next Level is pretty sweet and it’s clear you put a lot of effort into it. When did you guys start working on Next Level and what areas did you focus on to improve musically?

eighty: Thanks! We technically started on it early in 2009, but much of the work was completed in the months before the release. I can’t say enough about the awesome that is c64’s work ethic. As for improvement, I just tried to keep up with his production like on every Dual Core release.

c64: I started work on instrumental tracks in 2008, and put the best ideas aside for the album. All the writing, mixing and artwork was completed over the last few months though. We tend to set ourselves short deadlines that don’t fit in well with our non-musical lives, but they push us into completing albums! My personal aim was to be happy with the sound of every single track, create something that is a an accurate reflection of our influences and real lives, and make interesting, non-disposable music that I (as a listener) would enjoy. Eighty really stepped it up with the concepts and story-telling on this album, and as a result we have produced what I believe are our best ever songs. When I first heard the raw vocals for ‘Painting Pictures’ and ‘Life’s Work’, I knew we had created something special. Hopefully our listeners will think so too.

Recent Events

What did you think of Nerdapalooza this year?

eighty: It was a blast! We already have some plans in the works for next year.

c64: It was great seeing everyone get together to perform our collaboration song ‘Magnificent 7′ – I believe there are 3 or 4 seperate videos on Youtube! After working on the track remotely that was definitely a big moment for me. Unfortunately flights from the UK were a bit too expensive this year, but it would be cool to make it out there in the future and experience Nerdapalooza first-hand.

I see you’re playing at the Facebook party in Las Vegas. How did you guys manage to snag that opportunity?

eighty: It was all thanks to ytcracker, he hipped the Facebook folks to our music. It turns out our contact at Facebook is a fan of the song “My GF Is…”

c64: Shout outs to ytcracker! You can check his slick flow on our new tracks ‘I Remember’ and ‘Magnificent 7′. Also many thanks to the other artists who made guest appearances [on the album] – our man Remington Forbes, Beefy, Random, Schaffer the Darklord, MC Frontalot and MC Lars.

Want more Dual Core? You can find them here:

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