Schäffer the Darklord
Schäffer the Darklord
Here are some photos of my journey through 2018. These photos resonated with me for various reasons. This album features pics from my time at Dokidokon, the BlackRock Medieval Fest, the Michigan Renaissance Festival, and a Mega Ran concert.
On the 33rd anniversary of the release of the very first Legend of Zelda game, witness the awakening of the Seven Sages.
(And have an epic dance party.)
The Seven Sages is a brand new five-piece band dedicated to playing the music of the Legend of Zelda series. They are:
Kirsten Carey – guitar
Andrew Hintzen – keyboard
Neal Anderson – EWI / trumpet
Jon Hammonds – bass
Jonathan Taylor – drums
DJ Tweak!, aka James Chance (not to be confused with the Contortions guy), specializes in deep cuts of J-Core and video game music unknown to mere mortals.
Knight of the Round are a video game music band that delivers crushing metal renditions of Final Fantasy songs. It’s been a few years but I was able to catch up with Justin (guitar) and Adam (bass). Before their main event performance at MAGFest, we talked about their latest album, War of the Triad. We also dive into MAGFest memories, influential bands, black metal recording production standards, solo music projects, and a whole lot more. This interview was a great way to kick off 2019. Enjoy.
Derek Padula is world renown scholar on the Dragon Ball series. This author created nine books on the culture, history and impact of Dragon Ball. Of course, we dive into what his books are about. Plus, we discuss what anime series that he enjoys, metal, video game soundtracks, kung fu, and a whole lot more. Check out this interview to learn more about this fascinating dude and how Dragon Ball inspires his journey of creativity.
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A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY returns to Ann Arbor this fall! Experience the most intimate FINAL FANTASY music with the New World Players chamber ensemble, award-winning piano soloist Benyamin Nuss and conductor Eric Roth. An official production of game developer SQUARE ENIX, A New World delivers fresh live music arrangements of beloved FINAL FANTASY themes, especially featuring the music of Nobuo Uematsu. Proven to delight audiences on four continents, don’t miss A New World’s triumphant return performance at Rackham Auditorium.
Don’t know what to do for the week? Well, check out what’s going on for this weekend.
My favorite rapper, Mega Ran, returned back to Michigan. How did the video game hip hop show at the New Dodge Lounge go? Read on and find out.
Mega Ran is one of the most prolific rappers in the realm of chip hop. Let’s not forget to mention that he is a record holder in the Guinness Book of Records too. I talk with the teacher, rapper, hero about a myriad of topics. We dive into anime, comic books, pro wrestling, the Nerdy People of Color Collective, and the upcoming collaborative Lit Hop album with MC Lars. Rock this in the background, folks. It’s a great interview.