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6 Nerdcore Artists I Hope You’ve Already Heard Of

nerdcore music haul

I could’ve just named this post “Classic Game Fest: Music Haul”,  but this title sounded more fun. One of My favorite things about Classic Game Fest is the fact that there are musical acts on the sound stage all day long. With the convention being hosted all in one large room, this means I get to blerd out to a soundtrack. As a musician, I love the moments when everyone hears a familiar game tune and there’s just a collective, nostalgic happiness.

Nerdcore is a genre of hip hop music characterized by themes and subject matter considered to be of general interest to nerds.”~ Wikipedia

For the record, I don’t consider the term “nerdcore” to be limited to hip-hop style, but that’s just my interpretation. At Classic Game Fest, we got to meet and listen to a great line up of artists. We made it a point to support our favorites by visiting their booths and buying their music. All of them were super cool and down to earth. We’re all nerds, after all! If you are looking for something new to listen to when you get tired of *insert craptastic pop song here*, check these guys out.

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Bitforce– This rock trio always puts on a high energy show. This was my second or third time seeing them live and they have a great sound.

Aramis– Game Fest was my first encounter with this rapper, but he was absolutely hilarious and chill. Check out his song “RageQuit” on the Sleight of Hand album.

1-UP Creative Mindframe–  This guy (real name: Emmanuel) was pretty cool and we talked to him at length about music. He had a little listening station set up at his booth which DJ008 enjoyed and it turns out he plays saxophone too. We picked up a cd after his set.

Tekforce– Funny story: Tekforce had his laptop hooked up to the sound system playing his background tracks and it died halfway through a song. Two of the other nerdcore artists present hopped up on stage and beatboxed so he could finish the song. It was hilarious and also impressive! Easily the second coolest moment on the sound stage. (Yes, Tekforce, I’m telling everybody.)

Doug Funnie– We missed part of his set, but his song about Psycho Mantis was what stuck with me most. I’ve spent many hours watching DJ008 play through most of the Metal Gear Solid series.

Megaran– So the coolest thing we saw happen on the sound stage was when Megaran did a freestyle using random fan-presented objects for his lyrical inspiration. If you only have 10 minutes, listen to “Infinite Lives” and “Cry of the Planet”. They’re definitely my favorites.

Honorable mention: Victim Cache– Ok. I don’t think we actually saw this band’s performance. But their booth was along with all the other artists and what caught my attention was the tapes stacked on their table. As in those things that music came on after 8-tracks but before CDs. Yes. They had them. And they had adorable cover art on them. They also had EPs (the little LPs)! Fret not, they include digital downloads so you can still listen to the music like a modern human being. But Victim Cache gets an honorable mention just for being creative, and I will at least give these a listen. DJ008 does actually have a set of turntables.

So there you have it. We spent a lot of time hanging out in front of the sound stage at Classic Game Fest. And if you saw my post about my Games Haul, you know that we are still within the $200 budget that we set for the weekend. Impressed? I sure was! Now go check out all these amazing artists and tell me your favorite songs!

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Classic Game Fest, part 1: Games Haul

Classic Game Fest games haul

Classic Game Fest is an awesome two-day convention held in Austin annually to celebrate retro gaming culture in all it’s forms. There are no Xbox Ones or Alienware. Instead, there are Power Gloves and cartridges as far as the eye can see. And it’s a marvelous thing!

If you’re following me on Instagram, you got to see a bit of our family experience. It’s going to take me a series of posts to share all that Classic Game Fest had to offer. 🙂 So where do we start? With the games! DUH!

We made out like bandits considering we set a spending budget of $200 for Classic Game Fest. Now that doesn’t include leaving the con to eat and things like that. That was just money intended for shopping at the convention. And within that, we managed to score some awesome new peripherals and games (and much, much more; keep an eye out for future posts). Y’all know there is nothing I love more than a good deal. Take a look!CGF console peripherals haul

Peripherals

  1. NES Advantage- Can you say adjustable turbo? At $5, this thing was a steal!
  2. NES controller- We needed a second USB one after the kids got DJ008 one for Father’s day.
  3. SNES controller- Also USB connection. DJ008 is putting together a Hyperspin machine for our living room.
  4. XBox 360 remote- Our Xbox 360 lives in the guest room and spends more time as a Hulu viewer than a game console now, so it made sense to finally get a remote for it.CGF game haul

Video Games

  1. Star Ocean: The Second Story- You guys… I never finished this game. The copy I borrowed from a friend had a scratch on the first disk, so once I beat the boss at the end it was never able to finish the cut scene and load the second disc. That has bugged me to this day, but I never found this game at a low enough price to get it. FINALLY… THE BLERD WILL FINISH THE SECOND STORY!!!!
  2. Star Ocean Till the End of Time- This game was $8. I was not leaving it on the table.
  3. NBA Give ‘n Go- DJ008 picked this one. I don’t generally play sports games because I suck horribly at them and I’m ok with that.
  4. NARC- This cartridge is a port of the old 80’s arcade game. DJ008 picked this one too.
  5. Rad Racer- So now I’ll just admit that I didn’t actively get into gaming until Sega and Playstation. DJ008 picked all the NES stuff. I’ve just been slowly attempting to go back and pick up on things I missed.
  6. Driver- Grand Theft Auto without hookers!
  7. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell- DJ008 likes stealth games (MGS all day), but never got into Splinter Cell. Now is as good a time as any, I guess.
  8. Dance Dance Revolution DDRMax2- Candy is my jam… ’nuff said.

I think we got a good haul at Classic Game Fest, don’t you? Come back in a few days to see the nerdcore music, clothes, jewelry, and everything else we got in Austin!