Panel Recap: The Women of Nerdcore


[Photo from GGC Flickr]

If there was one panel I was looking forward to the most at GGC ‘16, it was The Women of Nerdcore. Featuring artists SAMMUS and Shubzilla, this panel focused on the interplay between music and geek culture and the female identity in traditionally male dominated fields.

Adrienne Clark
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November Geek About Town

Hey everyone! As the cold weather settles in, here are some November geeky events to keep your heart pumpin’ and your toes warm!

Saturday, November 3rd: X-Bit Halloween Bash
Chiptunes concert featuring Electric Children (Misfits Cover Set), Bright White Lightning, MCFiredrill, and Live Animals

Saturday, November 3rd: The Atomic Bombshells LIVE at Columbia City Theatre!
From the Brown Paper Tickets Site: “Hot off the heels of a headlining spot at Bumbershoot, The Atomic Bombshells, named “Seattle’s most venerable burlesque dancers” (The Stranger) and “the city’s most dazzling Burlesque troupe” (Seattle Weekly), bring their internationally celebrated brand of fabulous and polished high-camp burlesque to the oldest vaudeville theater in Washington. After a busy season of performances in New Orleans, the San Juan Islands, and the Triple Door and Bumbershoot stages in Seattle, the Bombshells return this fall to the gorgeously renovated Columbia City Theater, offering up a chance to see the country’s burlesque ALL-STARS (members include 2011’s Reigning Queen of Burlesque, and Miss Viva Las Vegas 2011) in a rare and intimate setting that has been named a “Best of Seattle” by Seattle Weekly. With a different exciting show each week, you’ll want to catch these icons more than once, as it’s their last run of shows before 2013….perfect for group events and parties, VIP tables are available for reservation! Your evening will be complete with Columbia City Theater’s full bar and delicious food. (Note: This is every Saturday in the month of November.)

Saturday, November 3rd – Sunday, November 4th: Sherlock Convention
From the website: “​The Sherlock Seattle Convention is a celebration of all things Sherlock and as such will feature many interesting and informative panels, fun and entertaining events, as well as a large screen presentation of BBC’s television production, SHERLOCK: Season 2 – A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville, and The Reichenbach Fall!” Please note: Advanced ticket sales are closed and there are no at-the-door membership sales. Please check their website for any changes.

Wednesday, November 7th: Everything vs. Everything!
From the Facebook event page: “Unnatural Redhead Productions is proud to bring “Everything vs. Everything! A pop-culture explosion of pirates, ninjas, zombies, robots and more!” to Seattle this November. Iconic heroes and monsters will vy to win the audiences’ hearts in this burlesque extravaganza. Will Godzilla reign supreme? Which will triumph in the end, pirates or ninjas? These questions and more will answered with a heaping helping of glitter to boot!”

Wednesday, November 7th: Kurtis Wiebe Signing
From the Facebook event page: “Kurtis Wiebe author of Image books: Intrepids, Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust, Debris and Grim Leaper will be signing in the store Wednesday November 7th from 3-8pm! Come in and meet one of our favorite authors and check out his excellent books!”

Thursday, November 8th – Friday, November 16th: Where No Man Has Gone Before
From the Brown Paper Tickets page: “Adventure! Beautiful women! Exotic alien worlds! Seattle Experimental Theater is proud to present its original unscripted comedy Where No Man Has Gone Before, a fully improvised parody of the original Star Trek TV series. Each night the cast will use suggestions from the audience to create the world and plot of the show. Where No Man Has Gone Before is appropriate for all ages.”

Friday, November 9th: The Ninth of Nerdvember
Nerd music concert featuring Death*Star, Kids Get Hit By Buses, Klopfenpop, Jonny Nero Action Hero, and MC 117

Thursday, November 15th – Saturday, November 17th: Stories for Bad Children
From the press release: “ Once upon a time there were two sisters. One day they went into the woods and encountered something weird like a talking wombat or an ancient cheese-scented crone. The good sister was perfectly polite and did whatever they asked. The bad sister was all “Piss off, freaks!” So the bad sister was cursed and the good sister got to marry a prince and ride a sapphire unicorn and lived happily ever after, blah blah blah. Bored with the good children? So are we. Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes team up to bring you STORIES FOR BAD CHILDREN, a cabaret-style show celebrating the naughty boys and girls of the fairy tale world. (Note: This is a show intended for audiences 15+)

Sunday, November 18th: Electro-dissection with the Geek Scouts
From the event page: “Solve the mystery of electronic components by dissecting (and destroying) old devices. We will use hand-tools to disassemble a variety of electronics, identify the parts and learn what they do. We will use this process of discovery to explain key concepts of electrical devices and develop a deeper understanding of how they work. There will also be a metal-working studio tour which will including demos of a cnc plasma cutter and cnc router and a demonstration of mig and tig welding.”

Friday, November 23rd – Saturday, November 24th: EtsyRAIN’s Handmade Holiday Show
From the Facebook event page: “Thanksgiving weekend come to the annual Handmade Holiday show at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. A bigger venue, more vendors and the biggest shopping day of the year add up to the BIGGEST craft show in etsyRAIN history. The first 100 shoppers through the door EACH DAY will receive a free swag bag. More than 100 hand-selected vendors will be selling their wares on Friday, November 23 from 11-6 and Saturday November 24 from 11-5 on two floors of the lobby. This event is free to the public and promises the best selection of unique, high-quality, locally handmade gifts, art and treats.”

Got a fantastic event in November you’d like to see on Geek About Town? Email Shubz at! (Keep in mind, we at GeekGirlCon do reserve the right to decide what we post.)

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Artist Corner: LadyJ

Emcee Lady J

Hi folks, Shubz here! Recently, I got in touch with emcee LadyJ to ask her a few questions about her journey as an artist and to also discover what makes her inner geek sing (or in this case, rap)!

1: We ask everyone this: what are you geeky about right now?
All I gotta say is this. If you understand the term “Love & Tolerate” you are 20 percent cooler in LadyJ’s book! >:)

2: What made you choose rap as your preferred method of self-expression?
I found myself having a hard time understanding my own emotions. Like seriously, at the age of 9, I just never seemed to give a crap. Musically, it all came out, whether it was composing the music, lyrics, or otherwise.

3: What boundaries have you faced in your development as a performance artist?
Sacrifice, know what to sacrifice, when to sacrifice, and how to do it. Ya can’t reach where you want to be without it, so ya gotta become a juggernaut.

4: What song did you have the most fun creating?
Off my Our Fantasy mix tape, there’s a song called Lunar Cry. I got to act the most insane I ever got to act on a record. A couple of friends helped me alot with the concept and lyrics; one of them was even on the chorus. (Note: song contains strong language)

5: Are there any upcoming projects you have to share about?
I have a few commercial single dropping soon. Fat Trel and a few other local celebs will be featured. I plan on doing another project for my fellow otaku soon… It’ll be completed before the year is up in time for AUSA and MAGFest!

Thanks for taking the time to geek out with GeekGirlCon, LadyJ!

For more information about LadyJ and her fantastic tracks, visit:
Twitter: @createladyj
Facebook: LadyJ
YouTube: LadyJ’s YouTube Channel (Note: songs contain strong language)

Shubz Blalack
PR Content Producer

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September Geek About Town

September is a nutritious snack, as well as a month to look forward to!

Hi everyone! GeekGirlCon ‘12 came to a close early August, and we on staff are rested and ready to get back out for some nerdy events in the Seattle area! Take a look!

Friday, August 31st – Sunday, September 2nd: SOLD OUT: PAX Prime
Three-day gaming expo brought to you by the folks of Penny Arcade

Friday, August 31st – Saturday, September 1st: SOLD OUT: Whedonesque Burlesque
From the event page: “Seattle’s finest geeky burlesque performers are daring to take inspiration from the Whedonverse: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, Dollhouse, Angel, and yes, maybe even Cabin in the Woods. It’s the summer of Joss and we’re baring ourselves in his honor! This shindig is a celebration of the evil genius that is Joss Whedon AND the fans who love him.”

Saturday, September 1st Jonny Nero’s PAX Death Tour (Xbit)
Chiptunes concert by X-bit, sponsored by PAX featuring: rainbowdragoneyes, A_rival, Electric Children, Orbital Strike, Turtlesaur, Abducted by Sharks, Jonny Nero Action Hero, Live Animals, G.Diffuser (On the El Corazon Lounge Stage)

Saturday, September 1st: Another Damn PAX Party!
Nerdy music and burlesque featuring: MegaRan, Death*Star, Klopfenpop, Bill Beats, and The Glitter Vixens Burlesque (On the El Corazon Main Stage)

Saturday, September 1st Doctor Who Season Seven Premiere at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. Central! (BBCAmerica)
Episode description: “In the season opener, ‘Asylum of the Daleks,’ the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission after being kidnapped by his oldest foe – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter…. the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.”

Saturday, September 1st – Monday, September 3rd: Kumoricon 2012
Three day anime, manga, and Japanese culture convention located in Vancouver, WA. Kumoricon 2012 is the con’s 10th year.

Sunday, September 2nd: Jonny Nero’s PAX Death Tour (Post PAX Party)
Chiptunes music with Jonny Nero Action Hero and Danimal Cannon.

Sunday, September 9th: Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such
From the event page: “What are we doing? Dominoes (or other games depending on the mood), chatting about anything sci-fi related, drinking (caffeinated or unleaded), and general silliness. We start around 10:30 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

Tuesday, September 11th: Seattle Information Architecture and User Experience Meetup: Let’s Talk Taxonomy: Guest Speaker Gary Carlson
From the event page: “September’s meetup will center around the topic of Taxonomy. We’ll start with a talk from Gary Carlson (more info to come!) and continue discussion and networkng. We will be charging for this event, $10 covers attendance and comes with yummy pizza and beverages.”

Friday, September 21st – Sunday, September 23rd: Foolscap
From the website: “Foolscap is a small weekend conference where readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy meet, learn, talk to each other, and have a great time together.”

Saturday, September 22nd: Jet City Comic Show
From the website: “Jet City started in order to fill in the void for a quality one-day show for fans and dealers. A show that will be fun and entertaining for the fans, where they will have time to browse all the dealer tables or visit with their favorite creators.”

Sunday, September 23rd: Seattle Browncoats: Every 2nd and 4th Dominoes and Such
From the event page: “What are we doing? Dominoes (or other games depending on the mood), chatting about anything sci-fi related, drinking (caffeinated or unleaded), and general silliness. We start around 10:30 a.m. or so and play until whenever (usually 2:00 p.m.), feel free to come early or late; punctuality isn’t important.”

Thursday, September 27th:Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club
From the event page: “As this is a philosophy club, we will specifically focus on the moral issues related to equality of condition. The political debate over this issue has moral dimensions in addition to the usual practical ones, particularly as one side often casts the issue as one of fairness. But people of different political persuasions have different definitions of fairness. Is it more fair that those who do more get more, or that there is more equal distribution? Please see the forum post, What’s wrong with the 1%? – Equality and inequality, for a list of questions to consider before the meeting.”

Sunday, September 30th: Nectar Lounge Presents: Extremeties, Kirby Krackle, Death*Star, Soup or Villianz, Klopfenpop, MC 117, Shubzilla
From the event page: “A huge lineup with touring act Extremities (Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester feat. Relic), out-of-towners Soup or Villainz, geek rock gods Kirby Krackle, producer and performer extraordinaire Klopfenpop, the Shakespeares of Nerdcore Death*Star, and newcomers MC 117 and Shubzilla! That’s right! 7 acts of hip hop and music on 1 night at one of Seattle’s best venues, Nectar Lounge!”

What are you excited to check out in September? Leave us a comment below!

If you have a geeky event you’d like to see on Geek About Town, please email Shubz Blalack at Please keep in mind, that GeekGirlCon does reserve the right to post or not post events at our discretion and all events must be in alignment with our mission statement.

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Finding Your Voice

Hey guys, Shubz here! Anyone on staff will tell you that when I’m in the room, you’re more than likely to hear me (and laugh). However, it wasn’t always the case. I never had a problem speaking out or speaking my mind, but it never seemed like it was for myself. You see, I usually am speaking on behalf of something, whether it be my job or my family. It wasn’t until a year ago that I discovered that I CAN have my own voice – literally and figuratively.

Here's a re-enactment of how things went for me in ballet class.

Time travel back 20+ years, and you would have found me in a dance class, learning the delicate dance form known as ballet. While ballet became a gateway to other forms like jazz, contemporary, and (my favorite) hip-hop, I hid behind my choreography. I chose to use movement as a way for people to see and experience my view without ever having to say a thing. I loved it. Every kick and every step had a purpose and a meaning. I thought there was nothing else that I could use as a platform to fully express who I was.

This is where magic gets written. Behold the notebook!

Let’s warp speed it back to the near present; my body has succumbed to the wear and tear of an active childhood and early adulthood. I no longer am active as a dancer, and it left quite a void in my life that I didn’t have an outlet with which I could create. I found writing by chance, a dear friend involved in local theatre heard me rap Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” and insisted I begin to write. Eventually, I meet my husband, Aaron, who introduced me to this genre of Nerdcore and a community, (NerdcoreNow), where others are producing music.

When Aaron and I are not rapping, we are practicing our gloriously awesome poses.

I wrote, I recorded, and I performed. While I was met by many who enjoyed my music, I had my setbacks. There were folks that dismissed women rapping and others that didn’t like what I had to rap about. However, I couldn’t quit. I have never been the person to throw in the towel – not in dance, and certainly not in this art form that I had just begun to play with. My perseverance paid off. I was awarded with NerdcoreNow’s Best Newcomer Award for 2011, and I got the respect that I thought I wouldn’t get by just writing and speaking into a mic. The acknowledgement is something that I refuse to rest my laurels on; now I’m working on an album!

I always wonder what would have happened if I didn’t take up my friend’s encouragement to write. What would I end up doing for a creative outlet? WOULD I have one? What’s great is that I don’t have to answer those questions because I just got brave enough to stretch myself out to try something that I thought I would never do. Sure, I’ve only just begun, but if this is how my start has panned out, I can’t wait to experience the journey that lies ahead!

What do YOU consider to be your voice? Leave us a comment and let your creative flag fly!

Shubz K. Blalack
PR Content Producer

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Geek About Town Special: Interview with Nerdcore Emcee NES-T

What’s up, gang? Shubz here. Instead of my usual article of what show I’ve gone to, I’m taking this week’s usual Geek About Town slot to interview a geeky lady – my girl, nerdcore emcee NES-T (Tiffany Nygren). She is the newcomer that wowed audiences along with fellow emcee Jake Bit during Klopfenpop’s set last week at Nectar.

Shubz: How did you come up with your emcee name?|

NES-T: 8 years ago, I  worked at a summer camp and the counselors I worked with played a game. We made this whole WWF (World Wrestling Federation) theme about it and made nicknames about beverages, specifically pop. I liked tea better so thus, NES-T. My name has different layers though – the tea reference (shout out to Nestea), a hip-hop reference (Ice-T!)…it wasn’t until I met up with my friends in nerdcore that it became a gaming reference (NES/Nintendo-T/Tiffany).

S: Who are some of your musical influences?

T: Eminem, 2Pac, Ludacris, FORT MINOR… In nerdcore, Optimus Rhyme – I’d never heard of them and I saw them at a show at Lava Lounge and I was blown away by their performance.

S: Why break into the nerdcore scene versus general hip-hop?

T: First, it’s what I can relate to. I am a special-education teacher by day, and as a teacher, I get flack from other teachers for endorsing video games as a learning tool. When I found this genre, I found a place where I can use it and be accepted for talking about and expressing the love of it more so than I can in other parts of my life. Second, I listened to hip-hop as a kid, but after you listen to it for a while, it sounds the same. Nerdcore is not like that; it’s always something different. I think there’s more realness and individuality in nerdcore because we have embraced our nerdiness and are not afraid to show it.

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Geek About Town: PAX Afterparty at Nectar Lounge

Hey folks! It’s Shubz again, and this time, I’m giving you the rundown of how last night’s PAX Afterparty at Nectar went. Sure, it’s was after PAX and all those PAXers must be exhausted. Sure, it was a Monday night. Did that stop a good show? The answer, readers, is NO.

Seattle’s own Klopfenpop was back on the mic opening with the crowd favorite of “Back in the Day.” Two other favorites of mine are “Cereal” with C0splay of Death*Star fame and “Broken Robots,” an epic sounding collaboration with all three members of Death*Star. I love a great collaboration; you get a sense of the chemistry between artists, and that’s what I saw a lot of with K-Pop’s set. Drummer Lemmywinks brought the house down with his beats and vocals on “Broken Robots” and Death*Star’s Bill Beats is a seasoned force behind his turntables. It was great seeing the dual-hyping by both Jake Bit and NES-T. Those two need their own albums! I cannot wait to see what Klopfenpop and his Hip-Hop Quartet will come up with next!

Random AKA MegaRan was a standout at last night’s show. He and K-Murdock’s tracks constantly kept the floor moving with catchy hooks, danceable beats, and (a hip-hop staple) callouts (e.g. “When I say A, you say B!”). The songs in MegaRan’s set were notably diverse – “It’s Alright” had a kick-back-and-chill feel while “AVALANCHE” was proof that nerdcore can get – in his own words – “crunk.” His heavy hitting beats and booming voice made folks passing the venue turn their heads! The most impressive of MegaRan’s set was his freestyle. He went around the venue as audience members held up different objects for him to rap about. His “Shout out to the girl with a maxi pad” got the crowd laughing and throwing more items at this emcee. Please come back to Seattle, Ran!

Finally, MC Frontalot took the stage! The house was filled to the brim with fans rapping along to hits like “Final Boss” and “First World Problem.” His songs were a fabulous change of pace from the collaborations of Klopfenpop and the high energy bass of Random. Frontalot and his talented band brought more funk to their set with a unique bass line that made his sound unique. This is evident in Frontalot’s latest single “Critical Hit,” where I heard it the most. I tip my hat to each band member’s individual talent. A great example was Frontalot’s bassist, Brandon Patton (“ Blak Lotus”), who played (among other songs) a charming rendition of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”

For more information about the artists mentioned, check out their websites for music, concert dates, and downloads at:
Random AKA MegaRan:
MC Frontalot:

Shubz Angeles Krismer
PR Assistant

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Geek About Town: Death*Star at the AFK Tavern

Death*Star was at it again this past Saturday at the AFK Tavern with special guests Ultraklystron and Klopfenpop! It was an intimate show, and by that I mean audience members of the 21+ persuasion huddled into the bar area to see and hear Northwest nerdcore hip-hop. Here’s a brief overview of my favorite’s from each set:

Ultraklystron is one of the fiercest artists with a mic. The guy is ridiculous with his wordplay!  That being said, I always appreciate any artist, much less a rap artist, who can have some fun and not take himself too seriously. My example, “Bromance Dance.” Stop, look it up, and listen. It’s fun, catchy, and a guaranteed good time.

If you want another example of a fine lyricist, check out Klopfenpop.  Specifically, his track “Prime Obsession.” I can’t explain it the way he does before he performs it at a show, but to not be too much of a spoiler, the entire track is to a Mozart-sampled beat. In other words, it’s FAST! Indeed, a treat for the math and music fan alike.

Death*Star, regardless of how humorously self-deprecating they can be, have consistently put out great shows. Though they’re currently promoting their upcoming album “A New Dope,” solid favorites like “Looking For Group” and the more recent “Broken Robots” have kept their fan base strong and ready for more from this talented trio.

My words can’t do these folks justice, so my recommendation is to go and see them yourself. They don’t disappoint.  For GeekGirlCon followers in Canada, y’all have got the advantage as Ultraklystron is in your neck of the woods.  Though regardless of where you fall on the map, give them a listen and show them some love.

For more information on the artists mentioned, check out their tunes at:



Shubz Angeles Krismer
PR Assistant

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