A least ONE nerd musical triumphs on Broadway

While the Spider-Man musical has been struggling along with all the momentum of an elderly man wearing roller skates trying to go up Lombard Hill after it has been covered with lard, another nerd-derived Broadway musical has opened with the fanfare of a million angels playing Handel’s Water Music while flying over a burning fireworks factory.

HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THE TIME: Lego South Park Musical

Someone made a Lego version of the song “Do What You Wanna Do” from the “Elementary School Musical” episode of South Park.

In this episode, the boys find that the whole school has gone crazy for musicals because of a cute boy named Briden, and resist attempts to break into song every time there is an emotional moment. It turns out Bridon doesn’t even want to sing all the time and the episode ends with all the roles reversed.

Captain America — F*** yeah!

From Team America to Captain America — the great message comes through.

Remake of ANNIE on the way from Will Smith

Variety confirms that everyone’s favorite orphan is getting a reboot courtesy if Will Smith’s production company, with daughter Willow Smith set to star. Smith’s production company is teaming with Jay-Z to form a new movie-making joint venture and ANNIE is on the list.

Wagon Christ is back in March

The first new Wagon Christ album in 7 years (!) is due March 14th: Toomorrow. Wagon Christ is also known as Luke Vibert, aka Rephlex, Amen Adnrews, Kerrier District and many other things. If there is one artist that is a constant soundtrack for work at Stately Beat Manor, it’s Vibert — his music is melodic, cheerful, unobtrusive and always giddy. If Raymond Scott, Henry Mancini or Esquivel had been acid disco/IDM DJs they would probably have been Vibert.

Comics culture: MF Doom's Operation: Doomsday gets spiffy new release

MF Doom is one of the peripheral players of comic-dom — a hip hop stylist who wears an iron mask, originally based on Doctor Doom. He also frequently slips nerd-referenced samples and lyrics into his work (notably on Dangerdoom), and his team-up with Madlib — known as Madvillain — produced the comics-themed video below. Now […]

Holiday rewind: Team Venture Christmas Song

Totally missed this before, but better late than never? “Shallow Gravy”

JG Jones covers Revolver

The new issue of Revolver magazine salutes the rock greats who died this year, and has a special painted cover by JG Jones, artists of such things as WANTED and FINAL CRISIS. The cover depicts Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot’s Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold’s the Rev, Type O Negative’s Peter Steele, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Metallica’s Cliff Burton, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Ozzy Osbourne’s Randy Rhoads, Queen’s Freddie Mercury, and Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley and it is available as a free poster in the issue. rocking together in heaven. The cover painting also appears as a free poster

Henry and Glenn…the Anti-Christmas Cartoon

Do we have a new holiday classic on our hands? Just about. Tom Neely and some friends have made this 6-minute cartoon based on his Henry and Glenn characters — any resemblance to rockers living or dead strictly coincidental, even when characters named John and Daryl show up. This will seriously make your spirits bright and metal at the same time.

All The Venture Brothers Christmas singles

Every year the producers of the best cartoon of the 21st century, The Venture Brothers, unleash a new Christmas single — here’s a handy link to all of them to date Including Venture-Aid 2006 and The Monarch singing The Christmas Song. There are rumors of a new song for 2010, but until then, enjoy the mellow sounds of Venture-mas past.

Comic Books vs Scroobius Pip

Scroobius Pip is one half of UK indie hip hop duo dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip. Their songs tackle issues including suicide, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy with humour and intelligence lacking in mainstream hip hop. Earlier this year they released their second album, The Logic of Chance, and Scroobius Pip released his first […]

Morrison menaces MCR in full length video

Previously, teased, the full length video for My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” has just been released, featuring band members in a post-apocalyptic desert chase with a villain portrayed by Grant Morrison. There’s apparently more adventure to come as the band members all have new fantasy personas (think Gorillaz) and a new album called Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The clip was co-directed by frontman/writer Gerard Way and Roboshobo, and definitely seems to have been storyboarded by a mutant combination of Paul Pope and George Miller, featuring a storyline filled with ray guns, roller skating and vampires.

U2 sings about Spider-Man

On tour in Portugal, U2 members cranked up Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me Boy Falls from the Sky, the first song from the Spider-Man musical to get play. Via Hero Complex

Grant Morrison vs My Chemical Romance in new video

The BATMAN writer is the bad guy in a new MCR video? And here we always thought he was a force for good.

“Garbage Truck” by Sex Bob-Omb

Call me crazy but I still love this. Music by Beck Hansen.

Con news: NYAF music schedule announced

(Above: Boom Boom Satellites) Boom Boom Satellites, Zazen Boys, Echostream and Puffy AmiYumi will be performing at the Far East To East Showcase (FETES) during the New York Anime Festival, it was announced today. The show takes place on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are $22 each. FETES is produced by Superglorious, […]