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Musical Advent – 24th December

Today we go back to the They Might Be Giants album Here Comes Science and to my academic love, chemistry.

When I was at university I was studied for an MChem degree in Chemistry because its a subject I love, the way the material universe works and how everything fits together, and as the song says, how the elements are almost like a paint set, with them standing on their own or combining to make all the colours of the rainbow.

My specialism were food chemistry and nuclear chemistry, which were really fascinating subjects, I was lucky to have a visit from Lord Krebs whilst I was there, at the time he was the chair of the Food Standards Agency, and once everyone had stopped Stanning over his dad, his lecture mostly focused on potatoes, and how if they were brought to market today, they would be banned, because when they go off, they become extremely toxic, poisonous in face.

So any song which does chemistry will always grab my attention, and I really love this song, its so easy to sing along to!

Musical Advent – 23rd December

Its time for some metal, in this case we are going with DragonForce a speed metal band from London who specialise in fantasy and video game influenced music.

This song is probably their best known song and was featured on Guitar Hero III, and is a really difficult song to so in that game, its really really hard.

Interestingly during the recording Herman Li snapped one of his guitar strings during the recording of the dual-guitar solo, and they kept this version and used it on the album.

Through the Fire and Flames is an epic 7 minutes and 22 second song, although the official video cuts that down to 5 minutes, but I highly recondite listening to the full song because its fantastic, and its an amazing D&D anthem.

Musical Advent – 22nd December

Almost there and now we have the grandfather of nerdcore, MC Frontalot and many consider him to be the first nerdcore artist, but he acknowledges that others came before him and that they are his peers.

He has been performing nerdcore since 2000 and has seen the scene grow into the niche of a niche of a niche that it is today.

In 2002 Penny Arcade names him their rapper laureate which lead him to record the Penny Arcade Theme.

This song, is a collaboration between MC Frontalot, MC Hawking and Jessie Dangerously and is from his debut studio album Nerdcore Rising.

This song is about how awesome nerdcore is and what a threat it poses to gangsta rap!

Musical Advent – 21st December

This band are reputed to have coined the phrases nerdcore and nerd rock, and I love them.

Named for the insult thrown at Han Solo by Princess Leia, Nerf Herder have been rocking since the mid-90s and are highly linked with Buffy The Vampire Slayer, having written the theme tune and were the last band to appear on the show at The Bronze.

This song is from their album American Cheese and is just perfect for Trekkies, with lots of imagery from Star Trek with some specifically taken from Arena.

It’s a great song and you really will love it, it’s also been amazingly covered by Meri Amber acoustically.

Musical Advent – 20th December

Garfunkel and Oates are a comedy folk duo consisting of Riki Lindhome who you might know from The Muppets and Kate Micucci who you will know from Steven Universe, Scrubs and DuckTales.

They had their own show back in 2014 which ran for 8 episodes and they are known for putting out some brilliant and occasionally risque songs.

The song of theirs that I have chosen is Such a Loser and its a brilliant song, which highlights my personal philosophy in life, you are better off for trying that not.

Its from the album Secretions which is absolutely brilliant and hilarious, they also did a special on Netflix a few years ago, called Trying to be Special so go check that out.

Musical Advent – 19th December

Today is Star Wars day for me Lindsay and Megan, and had I thought it through, I would have saved the song from the 12th for today!

So I have had to change plans to bring in another Star Wars piece, and it’s once again nerdcore this time by mc chris, a rapper who spent a long time trying to maintain he wasn’t a nerdcore rapper when he clearly was a nerdcore rapper.

Anyway he had made peace with the nerdcore community now after a few years of bad blood, not that nerdcore rap rivalries are dangerous like those of gangsta rap!

This song is called Fett’s Vette and is about, well you guessed right Boba Fett, and is from mc chris’s first album Life’s a Bitch and I’m Her Pimp and was featured in the Kevin Smith film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Musical Advent – 18th December

Today we delve back into the world of nerdcore to bring you a song by Raheem Jarbo more commonly known by his stage name Mega Ran, although he was originally called Random.

This song, Splash Woman comes from his 2009 album Mega Ran 9 which is based on Mega Man 9 and was released with the blessing of Capcom.

Mega Ran used to be a teacher before he dedicated himself full time to nerdcore and hasn’t looked back since, but he still talks about the transformative benefit of education through his music.

This song has even been featured on TNA wrestling, so that’s cool.

Musical Advent – 17th December

This song really is one of my favourites, I just love its bouncy nature.

Its message is wonderful as well, if you put your everything into something, then you can do it, and the video shows this as well with a dude learning Chinese to be able to speak to the girl of his dream, assisted by ninjas. The Song is Nothing’s In Your Way by Meri Amber.

You can probably guess it, but I am a big fan of Meri Amber, I just love her bubbly nature and love of all things geeky and they way that translates into her music.

you can find this song on her debut EP, the Super EP and on her album Origin Story, both are worth a download and listen to.

Musical Advent – 16th Decenber

Today’s song is a lovely little folk song by the incredible Marian Call from her album Got To Fly which is full of awesome nerdy songs.

Marian is a very talented folk singer who lives in Alaska and this song really is her nerd anthem, and hits out at the way that nerdy culture was chic at the time.

I’ll Still Be a Geek After Nobody Think It’s Chic really sums up my feelings about my nerdery, it’s part of who I am, and always will be.

Also this song is cool cause like with a number of her songs, she uses a typewriter as an instrument!

Musical Advent – 15th December

Today is a sad day for for my household, so we need something upbeat to make us feel better.

And for that I turn to Jonathan Coulton and his brilliant song, Code Monkey which is a rocking anthem about dead end programming jobs and much of it applies to any dead end office job I suppose.

Many people love the below video for Code Monkey which it’s made using imagery from the World of Warcraft.

Code Money even made his debut as a comic a few years ago in Code Monkey Saves The World.

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