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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Status Quo Sunday IN YOUR HOUSE

PATREON SONG COMING NEXT WEEK!

Might not be ready by this Sunday, but sign up now, and you'll be able to download the new track "The Most Epic T-Shirt" and have the new song a week before it's released to the public!

HOLIDAY MATUSRI EVENTS!

Yup! Still got one (maybe 2?) more events for the rest of the year! Holiday Matsuri is always a big fun show, but I might be able to stay there Sunday night.

Hardcore Nerdcore Punk (3:45 PM, Panel Room A)

Crank your Holiday Matsuri up to 11 when Rhythm Bastard brings his mix of punk rock and fandom to the stage! You like video games? Comics? Card games? Come on down and open the pit up!

Holmat Slam  (5:00 PM, Panel Room A)
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Get ready to rumble in the hypest fake wrestling event Holiday Matsuri has ever seen! From the people who brought you AFO Rumble, Mizu-Mania, and Iwai-vor Series, comes Holmat Slam!

Play some old N64 Wrestling games, and compete for the chance to win a championship belt!


ANIME IWAI: SOAR LIVE VIDEOS!


JAM OF THE WEEK: "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock and Roll)" by AC/DC

Malcolm Young, co-founder and rhythm guitarist for AC/DC died on Saturday. They were a huge influence on me, and Malcolm provided the base upon which some of the greatest rock songs of all time were built on, that still hold up to this day.

My attitude now is the same as to when David Bowie passed away: look at his legacy, and find someone now who is looking to carry that torch forward.

NEW SERIES COMING SOON!While I'm still trying to stream more regularly, I'm doing a series called "Rectangular Reckoning" where I play through a deck in either Hearthstone or Magic The Gathering for an hour and break it down. I'll also do some Arena runs in Hearthstone and some drafts and stuff in MtG: Arena when that comes out.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Is Done Working For The Weekend

ANIME IWAI RECAP IN THREE PARTS

This weekend was busy as hell, but I managed to remember enough for at least one paragraph each.

1. Rhythm Bastard Does Hardcore Nerdcore Punk Rock

I knew it was going to be hellish going in, because we had a 3000 Brigade rehearsal at 7:30 in the morning. My show was at 3 PM, and I was starting to feel under the weather at this point. However, an early morning workout and nice hot shower later, I was ready and raring to go. A lot of the changes I made to my live show at Fantoku went over well! People were coming in more and more as the show went on, so it wasn't necessarily the worst thing that the previous panel started a little long.

I DO have footage from the show, but I need to check on it.

2. 3000 Brigade: Mushroom High Rules!

After 6 months of rehearsals and missed podcasts, it was showtime. We opened the doors at 8, and did a little preshow where the actors, in character, interact with the audience before the show proper starts. For me, most of it was as a boy band member thrusting my crotch in strangers faces and snubbing cheerleaders. Which for me, is "Wednesday".




We are not allowed to release anything about the show to the public. In every 3000 Brigade production, there's characters that are part of every show (Mario, Luigi, Peach, Red Link, etc.), and then there's "secret" characters integral to the plot.

In this production, Rick and Morty travel to the 3000 Brigade Dimension's past, and with the help of Lucio, Tracer and Zarya from Overwatch, attempt to influence Mushroom High's election so that Daisy does not lose to Waluigi for class President. Hatsune Miku is Waluigi's girlfriend. Blathers from Animal Crossing, Bayonetta and the male Wii Fit Trainer are all teachers there.

Keep in mind, we've run through show over and over again, so by this point we know the show, are familiar with the jokes, we know who's in it.

The pops when each new character came out, the laughs to each joke, the WAAAAs whenever Waluigi showed up was like I was doing everything for the first time again.

Everyone I talked to afterwards loved the show, and it was a rousing success.

I couldn't have gone through all of this with a nicer group of people. 10/10 would do again.



3. Iwai-vor Series

And because I'm insane, I had something to do on Sunday.



Iwai-vor Series is the Tag Team Edition of my "As Of Yet Unnamed N64 Wrestling Federeation" Event. A bit of a risk, since I didn't know if I could get enough people to do a proper tournament.

We had 7 tag teams. Turns out the real risk was that nobody wanted to use the Tag optio. Still, a huge thank you to anyone who showed up and an even bigger thank you to our champs!


Also I look like that because I went in my Ral Zarek cosplay to the runway thing.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "B12" by B12
This was the song we danced to at the beginning of the 3000 Brigade show. Nothing special about it, it's just a regular ol' boy band song. But there's 12 boys and they got all the tropes in there: "The Tough Streets", the "Spooky Mansion", "Future". All of 'em.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Is Feeling The Feels

NEW SONG: "The Most Epic T-Shirt" (From Patreon)


My first Patreon Song, now available to all of you!

This was an idea I had for quite a while, looking at all of those crossover shirts both legitimate (See my song "Think Geek Is Not Nerdcore") and illegitimate (See, like 90% of Redbubble, Etsy and Your Local Con).

So really, why not just make a T-shirt with a million references on them?

And yes, the T-shirt will be real... very soon.

ANIME IWAI IS THIS WEEKEND! Just a reminder of the events I'm going to be at:
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Saturday, November 11th
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Panel Room 2
MY CONCERT! Again, working on the setlist for this one is fun, since I can throw in SO MANY more new songs, and I'm working on having a new piece of merch ready by then.


I just got off of Fantoku: An Orlando Nerd Fest Show, and I'm ready and raring to go with a killer new set!


3000 Brigade Presents: Mushroom High Rules!
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Saturday, November 11th
Doors Open at 8:00 PM
Main Events
OR Fast Times At Mushroom High
The 3000 Brigade is the largest active cosplay performance troupe in the country! They are proud and excited to bring their next performance to anime Iwai. It is a comedy variety show with amazing costumes, wild sexy dancing, stage combat, and many of your favorite beloved characters acting very inappropriately. This year marks a decade of 3KB shows. Please come celebrate with us!

3000 Brigade Meet And Greet

Saturday, November 11th
10:00 PM
Main Events

Did you enjoy the show? Did you hate the show? Did you forget to get there early and want to know what you missed? Come and ask any and all questions from the cast and crew of the latest 3KB show.
 

I did this late, and RAW is on, so I'm kinda rushing through all of this.

Iwaivor Series
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Saturday, November 12th
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Panel Room 2
A Tag Team Throwdown where you and a partner can pummel your way through the competition to win the Championship Belt! There will be thrills, chills, spills, and maybe one of the commenters will wear a silly costume!

It will be on WCW/NWO Revenge for the Nintendo 64 until we can find another game.
Bring your own Nintendo 64 if you want to ensure that they'll work.

FANTOKU: AN ONF EVENT
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I forgot to post it up on here because I was given the slot 48 hours before the show, and I was ALL HANDS ON DECK preparing. The great thing is that I tried a lot of new stuff with regards to my live act, and it went over well! Look forward to that for future con shows!

I played the opening slot on Saturday, and there were people there ready to rock out! Unfortunately, there might not be much in the way of video, since the stream wasn't up by the time I began.

However, there will be pictures, some of them shirtless!

Overall, it was great to see everyone again after so long. Orlando Nerd Fest's description isn't kidding when they that it's also part family reunion. While Orlando is probably the capital for Nerdcore music, there's a lot of us spread throughout the country, and major events like ONF and MAGFest are good opportunities to reunite with people you've only talked to and worked with online. I got to meet with Twill in person, watch her crush her set with Wreck The System and reenact the infamous MIRACLES! scene, I got to see DJ Roborob after so long, and I reunited cool Orlando guys Marc With A C, Eye Q, Sci-Fried, Jackson Parodi and Ben Briggs.

I challenged the lead singer of Sci-Fried to Hearthstone, because they have a song called "Boom Boom C'Thun". He declined, because he knew what would have happened:



Boxing champion Gul'dan by zippo514
(Picture by Zippo514)
(I'd be Gul'Dan BTW)

For breakout acts, ONF 2015 had (in my opinion) SkyBlew and Navi. This year, was Wreck The System's year to shine. 
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Wreck The System are 4 MCs (Cam3, Lady J, Osiris Green and Twill Distilled) who've banded together to create awesome music and put on kick ass shows. Seriously, they were intense and their stage show was well choreographed.

Which I can aprreciate, since 3000 Brigade practice is making my body feel stupid.

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Berserk" by Wreck The System

They have another single that release last month, "Hotel Party", that captures the feeling of 1 AM debauchery on the Friday Night of a con, but this one better shows  their skills on the mic.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Status Quo Stranger Things

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FIRST PATREON TRACK GOES LIVE!

I'm not going to be doing a new one VERY soon, as I have Anime Iwai to worry about, so you'll have plenty of time.

NEXT week, the rest of you will be able to stream the new track. It's worth it, I promise, and I will have something special to go with it by then. Honestly, I'm just glad that so many people have shown their support so far.

Regardless, I will be playing this new song at Anime Iwai!

STRANGER THINGS?

Can you believe Season 2?
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They're all dressed up like Ghostbusters! Hahaha!

ok this was just a ploy to get eyeballs on my site. Stranger Things I'm sure is great, but you know. I'd need Netflix.

OK BACK TO IMPORTANT STUFF LIKE ANIME IWAI 

Since the schedule was released the other day, I'm going to clue you in to all the good panels worth attending:
Hardcore Nerdcore Punk Rock Featuring Rhythm Bastard
Saturday, November 11th
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Panel Room 2
MY CONCERT! Again, working on the setlist for this one is fun, since I can throw in SO MANY more new songs, and I'm working on having a new piece of merch ready by then.

3000 Brigade Presents: Mushroom High Rules!
Saturday, November 11th
Doors Open at 8:00 PM
Main Events
OR Fast Times At Mushroom High
The 3000 Brigade is the largest active cosplay performance troupe in the country! They are proud and excited to bring their next performance to anime Iwai. It is a comedy variety show with amazing costumes, wild sexy dancing, stage combat, and many of your favorite beloved characters acting very inappropriately. This year marks a decade of 3KB shows. Please come celebrate with us!

I just copied what they wrote on the Facebook Event Page, because this is already 2 days late and I want to get to Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back.

Iwaivor Series
Saturday, November 12th
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Panel Room 2
A Tag Team Throwdown where you and a partner can pummel your way through the competition to win the Championship Belt! There will be thrills, chills, spills, and maybe one of the commenters will wear a silly costume!

I'm trying to differentiate the various Fake Wrestling Events I do. So, this one is a Tag Team Event. Again, participation MAY switch things up a bit.

What I hope to accomplish here is that:
AFO Rumble is the Royal Rumble type fight,
Mizu-Mania is a standard tournament
Iwaivor Series is a Tag based event
Holmat Slam WOULD be the Summer Slam, but it could also be the Hood Slam/ECW of games.


JAM OF THE WEEK: "Die, Die My Darling" by The Misfits

It's Halloween and I wanted a spooky song. Fun fact: First I ever heard about The Misfits was from the Musical Issue of Deadpool. It sucked and it was written by Daniel Way, which explains that.

I'm also CERTAINLY NOT working on a live cover version that uses clips of Reaper from the game Overwatch.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Don't Not Start Status Quo Sunday

PATREON IS STILL GOING ON!

I just posted an update to all of my Patrons about some cool stuff I got planned, and will be releasing the first Patreon song THIS WEEK!

CON NEWS! IWAI AND HOLMAT CONFIRMED!
I just confirmed with Holiday Matsuri that I will be playing a show AND hosting another very special event!

Combine this with my upcoming show at Anime Iwai AND being a part of the 3000 Brigade Show, the next couple of months are going to be VERY busy for me!

I will post my Anime Iwai schedule next week when I have a better idea of what time all the other stuff is, but the one thing I do know for sure is the 3000 Brigade show will be at 8 PM on Saturday night!

JAM OF THE WEEK: "Don't Let's Start" by They Might Be Giants

I know nothing about The Adventure Zone other than the fact that the McElroy brothers do it, and what I saw in this. I chose this particular video since it was actually cleaner than the "official" versions.

"Don't Let's Start", like many other songs by They Might Be Giants, doesn't scan very well on a focused listen, relying on little lyrical gut punches as opposed to a cohesive whole. When they appeared on A.V. Undercover to cover "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba, they said that Tubthumping was most like a They Might Be Giants song, because it is composed of smaller episodes, and that really helped put this song into perspective: It's just meant to be a catalog of small, dark moments that apparently mean nothing, and according to the band were made up to compliment the melody.

Just like depression!

ORLANDO NERD FEST PRESENTS FANTOKU: FANTASY TOKUSATSU NERD FEST

Orlando Nerd Fest is (kinda) back! Fantoku is a two day nerd music extravaganza with lots of DJs and musical performances and awesome vendors in probably the nerdcore epicenter: The Geek Easy!

I'm looking forward to it, and AT LEAST going Saturday, since on Sunday I've got 3000 Brigade Rehersals, and it's literally the next weekend.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Status Quo Sunday Had A Very Busy Two Weeks


MY PATREON IS LIVE!















Yes, I finally made the jump into Patreon. I was waffling on it for a while, but I'm taking that step forward. Having a Patreon would help me be able to do more inbetween shows and releases, and motivate to keep working toward whatever that next step may be.

Even if you can't become a Patron, I always appreciate all of you who give me a like on Facebook or Twitter, or come out to my con shows. That's evergreen :)

"FIND THE IMMORTAL SUN" CAME OUT!




Oh yeah, THAT big thing that came out last week. Ixalan takes place on a plane with pirates, so I made the most pirate-y punk song I can think of, taking inspiration from Pirate Metal and Celtic Punk. The accoridion was a VST programmed by me, and Tsukino and Stanpai helped out on vocals. I would have liked to have more people joining in, but hopefully the awesomeness of this one is good enough.

Honestly, I feel like I've been hitting a real hot streak with my MtG songs lately. I just feel like the songs are coming out better, as I've learned more about production.


STATUS QUO RADIO IS NOW 2 YEARS OLD!




Yeah, the OTHER big thing that came out last week. Team Fortress 2 is 10 years old, and that means that Status Quo Radio is 2 years old. I put a lot of work into that album, and I'm of two minds about it: Part of me wants to do more in that setting, maybe a comic like My Chemical Romance's "Danger Days", or a movie like The Who's "Quadrophenia", while another part of me wants to move on and put together Album Number 3.

Status Quo Radio was and is a big milestone for me, and I feel bad that it didn't garner at least a little bit more attention. It was an ambitious project, and I saw it through to the end. 

Also, SO MANY THANKS to DJ Roborob for his mixing and mastering and production gewdness!

Would I do a similar thing with Overwatch? Thematically, a sequel MIGHT work. However, what made me to SQR in the first place was how different the 9 different classes in Team Fortress 2 felt and played. There's too much overlap between Overwatch's characters, and Blizzard is always adding more, so it wouldn't be as concrete. I love the game (see "Fire In The Hole"), but it might be a thing like my Magic The Gathering songs where it's constantly rolling forward.


JAM OF THE WEEK:"Rush" by Big Audio Dynamite



Oh Xenagos, this week isn't done yet?

Big Audio Dynamite was a band that Mick Jones, former guitarist of The Clash formed in the late 80's. This is one of their bigger songs, and it feels like if The Clash went even more Pop after the success of "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" ala Green Day.

I've liked the song since I was a kid, but OH MY GOD IS THIS VIDEO AWKWARD TO LOOK AT. It has all the hallmarks of a cheap 90's music video: Bad sync, shots of people outside at the beach, washed out slow mo, and MICK JONES GIVE BLOSSOM BACK HER HAT.


OFFICIAL RHYTHM BASTARD DISCORD 

As part of the stream and the Patreon. Yeah, lot of stuff for this week.