‘I Know What You’re Thinking (Live - Headpins cover)’ by Ruthie
It’s Mother’s Day, so listen to my mom singing.
Seriously, listen to this.
It’s a live recording from sometime in the 80s.
She’s obviously a million times better at singing than me, so I didn’t get those genes.
I’m not certain if the picture I’ve included is from the correct band, but I think it’s probably close time-wise.
Adam WarRock “The Glory of the Sun” (Free download)
No question when I was younger, I held some dumb beliefs
and used some words I shouldn’t have said,
I learned them in the streets
I read some sci fi, and played super nintendo
that’s why I was so drawn to that story in a book called Ender’s Game
See Ender, he was smaller
And he learned how to fight
In Battle School, the little kid, you know he did alright
And about that time, I was so lost at school
And after class, I’d go down to the local shop
And buy some X-Men comics too
See superman he was never my thing,
More content in watching Magneto just do his thing
And Ender’s Game became the Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide
and read the last page with Children of the Mind
But I put them books aside, because I found the man who made them
Was full of irrational hatred, I read them in his statements
I made it a conscious decision, to stop reading the series then
That’s when Ender’s Game truly came to an end…
And if Superman was real
Y’know I think he’d feel
He wouldn’t a man of hate to tell his story
If superman was real,
Y’know the man of steel
He’d say all people could just share in the glory of the sun
Because it shines on like all shapes and colors
Sisters and brothers, he’d want humanity to just love one another
whether same sex, or hetero,
He’d say it’s better though,
If you find love don’t let it go
You are not alone
Now that I’m older though, I’ve learned from past mistakes,
Back when i was an ignorant ingrate, I’ve changed my ways
That’s why I can’t forgive the art for the creator
Because I know that views can change, later,
But Card, you’re still a hater
And hate, has got no place, nowhere on Superman’s face
not from the dirt on his boots, or every tear in his cape
He fought for something great, and greatness lies in helping the world come together
For every Lex Luthor neocon, whatever
And we can all change for the better
And there’s few things that’s better example through stormy weather
Whether rain or shine, you know that S on his chest stands forever
That’s why Superman is just better
Than some author with a record of hate
And believe me, I used Than some author with a record of hate
And believe me, yo, I used to be a fan of his, every book was great
And though I buy superman sometimes today,
I think this here’s gonna make me go back to my high school ways
Hey guys, Euge is on tour starting this weekend. If you want to see him live, check him out at one of the above venues.
Also, if you’ve ever wanted any of his music, all his for-sale music is PAY WHAT YOU WANT thru Mar. 7 to do a little bit of fundraising for tour expenses. If you want to get everything for free, YOU CAN DO THAT TOO. I don’t mind! Go nuts (Please note, some NSFW language on some of the albums).
Art by Kaymonstar
I like this picture because:
1) It is great.
2) It looks like an amalgamation of Euge and I. Or like if Euge and I had a baby and then that baby grew up and was now a grown up.. which is basically what I know you are all always thinking about when you listen to us talk on the podcast.
This is Euge’s song that Chris sung the hook on. Check it out!
Adam WarRock “Mutants in America (feat. thechrishaley)”
Greetings! One of the many many projects I’m working on right now is this! Sounds in Space! A rap battle iOs game with sweet rhymes written by Adam Warrock! I’m doing all of the art for it. We’re a scrappy little team, but I think we can pull together something really awesome here.
We’re trying to raise some additional funds for the game via indiegogo, so please- CLICK HERE - and check it out.
This is DEVASTATINGLY relevant to my interests. Fund it.
Adam WarRock “Tell Me” (free download)
This how it’s been, since a little kid
Bullied for loving the things that I loved, and things that I did
They made fun of me, b/c I had enthusiasm
For the silly things in life,
Maybe y’all lived the life that I lived
Comics every wednesday, with the dollars in my hand
Games every birthday, christmas I’d demand
And the day I got my super nintendo, still stands
As one of the greatest days, I can remember
Older age, still love those things that made me
And I stayed in my shell, til one day I breathed
And exhaled, until you heard that Sean Cassidy scream
Years of staying quiet, now I gotta release steam
Half-life on my computer screen,
All mac everything
In my team fortress,
me and my friends, closest
Kept to ourselves ‘til the world opened up and we found out
That maybe we weren’t so hopeless
You wanna tell me?
[ayo haven’t you heard?]
Maybe it isn’t so bad so help me?
[now it’s cool to be a geek or a nerd?]
See through what they’re trying to sell me
[don’t believe me, check the tv?]
[man they’re just like you and me]
Nerd or geek, just a bunch of kids making some free
Music to get you through the end of the week
Now it’s cool to wear a tshirt at comic-con
And it’s cool to laugh at kids that’s so different from me
But this music connects, the same way that those things did
Kids that don’t get that cultural trickle down benefit
Cuz I still hear the stories of the ones that don’t get it
People who still bully, and kids still tormented
And I don’t watch the Big Bang Theory, or Comic Book Men
And I still read the trolls on the internet trends
But I still go on 4chan every now and again
And still connect the way I did way back when
They say geek is the new cool, they been saying that for years
Been saying that since before my high school years
Been telling me that my shtick is just an attempt to cash in
Like I don’t really live the life the way that I’m rapping
Yo, this one goes out to my friends who play D&D
like every week, see, even at 33
This one goes out to my friends who still game hard
And get those video games, never at Gamestop
This one goes out to my friends who still bag and board
Who keep their longboxes alphabetized on the floor
This one goes out to my friends who still draw and sketch
Who got the time to make, who still do their best
This one goes out to everyone who doesn’t care if
The thing they love is cool, in the public eye, beware
Cuz the corporations try to sell you bullshit
When they try to tell you something is nerdy,
I remember when they used to say NERD like it’s a bad thing
Now they call me nerdcore, don’t know what’s happening
I just make music ‘bout the things that I love
And release it for fun, that’s the reason that Im’ rapping
Adam WarRock “There and Back Again” (MP3)
Beat used: Jay-Z & Kanye “Illest Motherf*cker Alive”
I was trying to come up with a good song to make for my year-end post. Chris Haley (who did that awesome cover design) was like “Well obviously, you have to do it about the Hobbit.” Do I, Chris? DO I?! I’ve made clear how much I don’t really love Tolkien and LOTR. But I do like a challenge. So I did this.
Here’s my last free song of the year. With that, adamwarrock.com is going on hiatus until 2013. So before I tie a bow on the year, here’s basically everything I did in 2012, in chronological order…
Before I start, buy some music, won’t ya?…
Ok, let’s see. In January, I released a few things of note. First, it was the Parks & Recreation EP, which not only got coverage in places like SPIN, Time, AV Club, NBC, and more, but also has given me the pleasure of making crowds say “Ron Fuckin’ Swanson” for the rest of my career. I then released a Mass Effect 3: EP through Destructoid, which people seemed to like.
Then in February, I released my second full-length album, You Dare Call That Thing Human?!?. Produced by Vince Vandal, featuring MC Lars, Doctor Awkward, Beefy, int80 of Dual Core, Tribe One, Mikal kHill, and more. It’s an album that I started writing while on a massive tour, and I’m still pretty proud of it to this day. The single “616″ and songs like “Andrew Garfield @ SDCC” and “I Kill Giants” are still among my favorites. To promote the album, I went on a West Coast tour with Kirby Krackle, and got to perform up and down the coast, from Seattle to Arizona and back. I did a show with Martin Starr & Common Rotation. I even got to go to Montana. I don’t know why that’s such an accomplishment, I guess I just never thought I’d ever go to Montana. I also released “Wizards in Paris,” which has sort of become the bane of my existence.
In March, I released a song about the BBC/PBS show Downton Abbey, which to this day still gives me some awesome buzz in the 45-55 women demographic (at least that’s what Youtube tells me). It got coverage in places like NYMag, BBC America, and yes, even Matthew Crawley himself tweeted about it (we’re twitter friends now). Shortly after that, I went to and performed at Emerald City Comic Con with Kirby Krackle & Marian Call. Then I went on theVs. Tour with Mega Ran & Willie Evans, on the way to SXSW, where I performed in the Nerd Rap Official SXSW Showcase. I met Narduwar there. It was pretty rad.
April and May, I released a Space Ghost: Coast to Coast EP, some other TV show songs, and then went on a mini-tour by myself, across the Midwest and East Coast. We had some good times, didn’t we America? I also released this Game of Thrones track through Alan Sepinwall’s blog at HITFIX, which to this day has over 102,000 views on Youtube. Thanks for all the spoilers, commenters! Now I know way too much about the future of the series. I also released an EP based on the classic anime, Akira, and tried my hand at making a video for the first time ever. I also released a Bastion EP, and got some coverage on Kotaku and Supergiant and other places . I probably released some other things. I can’t even remember.
In June, I did my Annual Donation Drive (as I do every year on the anniversary of me quitting my job). This year, I had about 600 donors, and raised well over my goal, which guarantees one thing for the future: bouncy house. I also made a music video with my friend and photographer, Joey Miller. So that was a thing.
In July, I released a song about a little Disney show called Gravity Falls. In less than half a year, it’s gotten over 124,000 views. What’s even more amazing is that it got that many views mostly on the strength of tumblr, twitter, facebook, and youtube. It never REALLY got covered by a huge site. It’s also one of my favorite shows, and heck, it’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever made, period. I also released a little 5-track EP called Self Help, that some people enjoy.
Then in August, I made a triumphant return to Nerdapalooza, followed by a tour with MC Lars & Math the Band up the East Coast. I came home, and two weeks later in September, I went on the NOFRIENDS tour with Jesse Dangerously, Mikal kHill & Tribe One. We booked that tour completely independently, secured sponsorship independently, and did it up, indie rap style to the fullest. Also I went to St. Louis, and me and my friend Kerry got all our stuff stolen from a car break-in. I came back home, and did a 24 Hour Rap-A-Thon, taking pledges and seeing how many songs I could make from scratch in a 24 Hour period. I made 16. We raised enough to get our laptops back, and I donated the excess $1,300 to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence charity.
October, I had a birthday, and me and Vince Vandal released the OXFRD CMMA EP, sampling and reworking Vampire Weekend songs. I also did this project with Opera Memphis, and Mikal kHill made some beats from La Boheme’s arias. The La Boheme EP was a big hit, and I performed it at the opening night Bohemian Feast for Opera Memphis’s La Boheme production.
November, Vince Vandal remixed “I Kill Giants“ from my album with a beautiful Chrono Cross sample to commemorate the one year passing of my Aunt. I also released a song about the Disney animated short, Paperman, which played before Wreck-It Ralph. I also played a couple live shows in Memphis.
Then finally in December, I released the City Beautiful EP, produced by Rob Viktum, and with that my second official music video. For good measure, I also became the official soundtrack to isnatesilverawitch.com.
Whew, what a year, right? I didn’t even talk about some other things I did, like this Lion King song, or this Call Me Maybe mashup song, or this song about Justified, or Community, or thisKarate Kid/The Best song, or the Fuck SOPA song that got on like Thinkprogress and places like that. I’m not trying to brag. Okay, I am a little bit, I mean LOOK AT THAT YEAR THAT I HAD.
And when you look back over that year, out of EVERYTHING that I released, I only asked you to buy 3 things. I sold some merch, we had donation drives, but most of what I do is, and always will be, completely free. I still struggle on a month to month basis to pay the bills (some months are better than others), but I’ve managed to do this indie music thing for two and a half years, and still feel like I’m living the life I want to. Thank you for that, for those of you who support with your wallets.
I cannot begin to tell you what a great, amazing, exhausting, insane, unbelievable year this has been. Trust me, I have more ideas, and in the future fully intend to release nerdy, pop cultural, personal, sincere music. And however I evolve or change, I truly believe all of you who have supported Adam WarRock before will still love it. I’ve gotten to email and talk to people about some intensely personal stuff, seen more kindness than I can handle, and just been blown away by the way you guys rally behind the music. To those of you who support with your hearts, thank you so much.
2013 is a scary thing to me. I hope I can keep making music, I hope I don’t run out of ideas and you still dig my shit. If I don’t, if I can’t make the numbers work, if I have to work in the worst job for the rest of my life, these past two years will keep me warm on the coldest of days and nights.
But in the words of Bob Dylan: “I ain’t dead yet… but my bell still rings.” — Trust me, I got a few tricks up my sleeve for this next year. You won’t believe what’s coming down the way.
Raise a glass. Ring in the new year. May it always be better than the last. Auld lang syne, you crazy diamonds. See you in 2013. I’ll have a new free EP waiting for you Jan. 7.