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MC Lars
MC Lars
Birth Name Andrew Robert Nielsen
Birth Date October 6, 1982
Also Known As MC Lars
Home Town Berkeley, California
Genre Hip Hop
Punk Rock
Nerdcore Hip Hop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Guitar
Years active 1999-present
Label(s) Horris
Associated acts Weerd Science
Website http://www.mclars.com

Andrew Robert Nielsen (born October 6, 1982) is an American rapper, known by his stage name MC Lars. He is the self-proclaimed originator of "post-punk laptop rap". He was one of the first underground rappers to sample and reference post-punk and emo bands. John Mayer has credited Lars with coining the phrase "iGeneration", a term used to describe kids born from 1982-2000.[1] He is the founder and CEO of the independent record label Horris Records.[2]

CareerEdit

He has recorded for Truck Records in the UK, Sidecho Records in the USA, Big Mouth Records in Japan, and Shock Records in Australia. He was formerly known as MC Lars Horris but changed his pseudonym to MC Lars in 2004 for purposes of simplicity. MC Lars currently resides in California.

In 2006, he released the single "Download This Song" with it entering the Australian Singles Chart at number 29.

Nielsen has toured and done one-off performances with many different bands and rappers, including The Matches, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Something With Numbers, Simple Plan, Bowling for Soup, Army of Freshmen, Gym Class Heroes, Say Anything, Streetlight Manifesto, Suburban Legends, Test Icicles, Jack's Mannequin, Patent Pending, Bayside, Fightstar, Make It Better Later, MC Frontalot, Wheatus, The Aquabats, Ludacris, YTCracker, T-Pain, Yung Joc, Cartel and Zebrahead. Some of these bands play the part of Hearts That Hate for the song "Signing Emo" at live shows.

Nielsen appeared in the 2008 independent film Community College as MC Lars.

Nielsen was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists.[3][4]

Style and cultureEdit

Originally releasing tracks under the name Lars Horris, he eventually dropped Horris which later became the name of his record label, in order to become MC Lars. In the past, MC Lars was backed by a single friend who handled laptop duties. However, today's MC Lars live experience is very different. With a punk rock band set to back him up, MC Lars plays a hip-hop set to a true punk rock background (a joining which he refers to as "post-punk laptop rap"). His band mates play live over the samples and loops contained in his recorded music - all stored on his laptop computer.

As with many other rap and Hip-Hop acts, samples play a key role in MC Lars' music. But, with intent to preserve his rock roots, MC Lars chooses to sample alternative bands such as the British band Supergrass, Long Island, New York's Brand New, as well as Fugazi, and Iggy Pop.

MC Lars has also shown an interest in using lyrics and song titles based on English and American literature. "Rapbeth" references William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, whilst "Mr. Raven" is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Also, the song "Ahab", which is featured on one of his newer albums, The Graduate, sees Lars rapping about the novel Moby Dick while "Hey There Ophelia" on This Gigantic Robot Kills retells the story of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

The term iGeneration, used to describe the generation born primarily in the mid-to-late 1980s, was not actually coined by MC Lars, but it was used in his song of the same name, which was given out for free to Facebook users in August 2006 in conjunction with iTunes.

MC Lars' MySpace profile includes exclusive tracks related to the MySpace social scene of the iGeneration: "Internet Relationships", "Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock", "Download This Song" and "Signing Emo". Hearts That Hate, whose song "Cry Tonight" is sampled in Lars' "Signing Emo", is a fictional group created by the rapper. The Grammy-nominated Texan band Bowling for Soup performed as Hearts That Hate when MC Lars has supported them on tour. A full version of "Cry Tonight" is available as a B-side to the UK "Signing Emo" single.

In early 2006, his song "Download This Song" was featured on the pop-culture CBC Radio show, Definitely Not The Opera, during an exposé on geeks.

The GraduateEdit

In 2006, Lars worked with the Canadian independent record label Nettwerk Records to release The Graduate. Following this release, Lars toured extensively throughout the U.S., then he toured UK and did shows in Japan,[5] and Australia. Not long after the album was released on iTunes, Lars received an e-mail from a 15-year-old fan Elisa Greubel on his web forum saying she identified with "Download This Song" since her family was one of many being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America. This led to Nettwerk executive Terry McBride and a team of major-label artists managed by Nettwerk to support the Greubels with their case.

MC Lars returned to the UK in October 2006, due to popular demand, to play more shows in support of his "Ahab" single and video.

This Gigantic Robot KillsEdit

In April 2007, MC Lars and Nettwerk made the component tracks for his single "White Kids Aren't Hyphy" available for remix under a Creative Commons license on the Jamglue online mixing site as a contest.[6] In May, MC Lars toured the UK on the third installment of the Good To Go Tour, making friends with Wheatus front man Brendan B. Brown. In July Lars and Brendan recorded a bunch of new songs, two of which would later appear on This Gigantic Robot Kills. In November, Lars returned to the UK on tour with pop-punk band Last Letter Read who performed their own set and then on stage with Lars, debuting Lars' new song "Hey There Ophelia".

In 2008 and 2009, Lars worked with "Weird Al" Yankovic, Wheatus, the Rondo Brothers, Nick Rowe and Mike Kennedy of Bloodsimple, Daniel Dart of Time Again, Donal Finn of Flash Bastard, Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan, MC Bat Commander of The Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Worm Quartet, Gabriel Saporta of Cobra Starship, Brett Anderson of The Donnas, MC Frontalot, Jesse Dangerously, Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup, Adil Omar, Linus Dotson of Size 14, Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder, Salvation, Jonathan Coulton, Aesias Finale, Sebastian Reynolds, Joe Ragosta of Patent Pending and classical musician Walt Ribeiro to complete his album "This Gigantic Robot Kills".

Lars Attacks! (2011-)Edit

In an interview on punknews.org MC Lars stated that the album Lars Attacks! is going to have fewer guest artists and more of a return to basics so the album will to contain less punk elements and more standard hip-hop stylings like the split with k.flay. The subject matter will be "Everything from circumcision to bro culture to vikings!"

Later in the interview he revealed that he would be releasing a children's album after Lars Attacks!.

B-sides and raritiesEdit

Some demos of songs Lars finished but will not be released include "Dharma Police", "You Might Be Stoner", "Coming Up Short", "Ana's Song", "Wikipedia Song", "I Flow Econo", "Dudes Don't Text Dudes", "Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Religion I Learned from Daniel Johnston", "Pop Life", "Don't Fear the Ice Cream Monster".

Horris RecordsEdit

Horris Records is an independent record label formed by MC Lars in 2006. Horris served as an imprint of Nettwerk and Oglio before becoming its own label.[2] In 2008, Horris signed a two-record distribution deal with Crappy Records, founded by Jaret Reddick, from the American Rock band Bowling For Soup.[7] The label's name derived from a cartoon character Lars created in middle school which also served as the basis for Lars' original stage name, MC Lars Horris.[2] In 2011, Horris signed Weerd Science.[2]

Live accompanimentEdit

MC Lars is often joined on stage by bands he is on tour with. He has had Bowling For Soup, Simple Plan, and Army Of Freshmen play with him live on the song "Signing Emo" filling in for the fictional band "Hearts That Hate". He's also had the band Failsafe back him on several tours of the United Kingdom. While supporting the band Zebrahead in the UK and Europe in 2010, MC Lars had Zebrahead members Ed Udhus and Greg Bergdorf on drums and guitar every night. In addition, Zebrahead Tour Manager Bobby Conner joined them on bass.

DiscographyEdit

Albums/Collections/MixtapesEdit

Year Title Label
1999 Nothing to Fear Noseman
2000 Insectivorous
2003 Radio Pet Fencing Truck
2006 The Graduate Horris/Nettwerk
2007 (download release)
2010 (CD release)
2011 (CD re-release)
21 Concepts (But a Hit Ain't One) Horris
2009 This Gigantic Robot Kills Horris/Oglio
2011 Indie Rocket Science Horris
Lars Attacks!

EPsEdit

Year Title Label
2004 (CD release)
2009 (download release)
The Laptop EP Truck/Sidecho
Horris
2008 I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas Horris/Oglio
2010 Twenty-Three EP
2011 The Ill Remix EP Horris

Collaborative ReleasesEdit

Year Title Other Artist Label
2008 The Digital Gangster LP YTCracker Horris/Nerdy South
Change the World (Black Precedent) Wheatus Montauk Mantis
2009 Single and Famous EP K.Flay Horris/Flayzer Beam

SinglesEdit

Year Title Album
2005 iGeneration The Laptop EP
Signing Emo
2006 Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock The Graduate
Download This Song
Ahab
Hipster Girl This Gigantic Robot Kills
2007 White Kids Aren't Hyphy
2009 Guitar Hero Hero
2010 Reaping Beauty 21 Concepts (But a Hit Ain't One)
Something Wicca This Way Comes
Nerdcore Died

Compilation AppearancesEdit

Year Track Featured Album
2003 A Message From MC Lars The Necker Cube: Volume 2
2006 Geeked Out Greetings From Nor-Cal
Download This Song Penny Candy
Gary the Green Nosed Reindeer A Santa Cause 2
If I Had a Time Machine, That Would Be Fresh 50 Minutes
2007 Gopher Guts The Simple Life: Camp Songs
The Lint Song For the Kids Three!
2009 (Lord it's Hard to Be Happy, When You Aren't Using) The Metric System Up End Atom

Remixes and Featured AppearancesEdit

Year Title Artist
2005 Do the Joker Ubernators featuring MC Lars
Circle Square Triangle [MC Lars Remix] Test Icicles
2007 Two Minutes of Hate The Scribes featuring MC Lars
Schvensen Fitzlogik HardNox featuring MC Lars
Dead Horses Smilex featuring MC Lars
2008 Dementia Revolution The Great Luke Ski featuring MC Lars
Put Up a Fight [MC Lars Remix] My Awesome Compilation
Adoption Kabuto The Python featuring MC Lars & Funky49
Nerdcore Rising MC Frontalot featuring Doc Popular & MC Lars
2009 Monsters of Rock Schäffer the Darklord featuring MC Lars
The Case For Christ J-Bynn featuring MC Lars & Jesus Disciple
Party Retarded Uh Oh! Explosion featuring MC Lars
Chance of Showers My Parents Favorite Music featuring MC Lars
Dreidel Playa The Rondo Brothers featuring MC Lars
Paper Planes and Spitballs K.Flay featuring MC Lars
2010 Can't [MC Lars' Running Game Remix] Alan Lastufka & Tom Milsom
Summer Camp Love Walk Through Hell with MC Lars
Bohemian Grove The Rondo Brothers with K.Flay & MC Lars
Cult Leader The Rondo Brothers with MC Lars & Beefy
Uncanny Beefy featuring MC Lars
2011 Living in the Future 2.5 Akira the Don featuring Big Narstie, MC Lars, Eddie Argos & Scroobius Pip[8]

DVDsEdit

Year Title Label
2004 The MC Lars DVD Truck
2007 This DVD Is Not Punk Rock Horris

BooksEdit

Year Title Publisher
2006 27th Street: A Book of Cartoons Horris
2007 Bukowski in Love: A Book of Poems Horris

VideographyEdit

Year Title Director
2003 Hey That's Me[9] Steve Dawson
2004 iGeneration[10] Stewart Hendler
2004 Signing Emo[11] Kurt St. Thomas
2005 Download This Song[12] Frank Borin
2006 Ahab[13] Sean Donnelly
2006 If I Had a Time Machine, That Would Be Fresh[14] Richard Barham
2007 Hipster Girl[15] Michael Licisyn & Tommy Avallone
2007 Scientology=WTF?[16] Richard Barham
2008 White Kids Aren't Hyphy[17] Tim Thompson & Odin Wadleigh
2008 I Want My Guns N' Roses[18] Richard Barham
2008 Manifest Destiny[19] Irina Slutsky
2008 I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas[20] Richard Barham
2008 MC Lars's Facebook Count > Your Facebook Count[21] Tim Thompson & Odin Wadleigh
2009 Guitar Hero Hero[22] Sean Donnelly
2009 True Player For Real[23] Richard Barham
2009 O.G. (Original Gamer)[24] Nigel Wallace
2009 Single and Famous[25] Tim Thompson
2010 This Gigantic Robot Kills[26] Tim Thompson
2010 Twenty-Three[27] Heath Balderston & Jaret Reddick

Filmography Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. MTV.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 MC Lars and Weerd Science interview Part 1
  3. PRLog.
  4. Independent Music Awards - 8th Annual IMA Judges.
  5. Spotlight Artist: MC Lars
  6. http://www.jamglue.com/contests/mclars
  7. MC Lars: This Gigantic Robot Kills
  8. Living In The Future 2.5
  9. Hey That's Me
  10. iGeneration
  11. Signing Emo
  12. Download This Song
  13. Ahab
  14. If I Had a Time Machine
  15. Hipster Girl
  16. Scientology=WTF?
  17. White Kids Aren't Hyphy
  18. I Want My Guns N' Roses
  19. Manifest Destiny
  20. I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas
  21. MC Lars's Facebook Count
  22. Guitar Hero Hero
  23. True Player For Real
  24. O.G. Original Gamer
  25. Single and Famous
  26. This Gigantic Robot Kills
  27. Twenty-Three

External linksEdit


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