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Crying • Get Olde
Weeks after writing my Get Olde review, I keep coming back to this song for so many reasons: The first, tentative beeps. When singer Elaiza Santos confesses, “All I care to do is sip on beer and chocolate milk,” stretching that last word into two syllables somehow.
How Santos sighs, “I’m just ES,” and it sounds almost like an admission of an affliction (something like SAD), instead of an affirmation of identity (her initials). And that it’s not just a great chiptune track; it’s a great song without any need for qualifiers.
It’s a fantastic closer to a wonderful EP — download and listen to Get Olde here. Crying will be playing shows in Purchase, New Brunswick, and Philly in a few weeks. Go to those shows and tell them to keep making music.
Crying • Get Olde
Get Olde is my favorite chiptune release of the year, and I don’t want you to miss it — not like Dannel and I almost did, when someone sent us a link weeks ago and we forgot to check it out. Absolutely play through the entire thing, then do it again and again and again.
I struggled in deciding whether to declare this 2013’s best chip album so far, or dull my praise by qualifying it as my favorite. I don’t want to burden Crying’s debut release with impossible expectations and undeserved resentment from fans of other groups, so I’ll settle for the latter statement.
My tastes in the genre are very specific, and this surprise release from the Purchase, NY trio hits them all — chirpy Game Boy tunes paired with traditional instruments (Ryan Galloway on guitar, Nick Corbo on drums), servicable vocals, playful but personal lyrics, and catchy choruses.
Crying’s frontwoman Elaiza Santos goes far and beyond servicable, though, lending the kind of female voice to a video game life’s soundtrack that I haven’t heard much outside of Leeni on "Nice Young Man" or Jane Pinckard on The 1UP Show’s theme song (not actually a chip track, but I always imagine her singing over this cover).
When I'm With You
Electric Children’s electro-pop “When I’m With You” from the very recently released Year-Long Hangover album, a true summer jam about those almost unreal summer nights. If you’re interested in remixing any of the songs of the album, buying it on Bandcamp actually nets you the finished tracks but ALSO the acapella and instrumental tracks. If you live in the Seattle area, definitely check out Electric Children’s FB page to find out about shows this summer!
MORE Another summer chip jam, this one by Shirobon from the UK
Anamanaguchi’s new album streaming on Youtube
I stream like 80% of the music I listen to at my desk on Youtube, so it’s awesome that Anamanaguchi just threw Endless Fantasy on there for anyone to listen to for free!
If you prefer reading about chiptune stuff over listening to the music — or maybe you’re into reading about chiptune junk while listening to it — there are two articles I haven’t read but will link anyway: The Charms of Chiptune (New Yorker) and Anamanaguchi - The Ninja Turtles of Rock (Polygon).
"Never Grow Up" by Euan Lynn
Fast-paced chip punk recorded in the most lo-fi way imaginable (a cassette tape in his bedroom), it embraces every bit of the garage punk aesthetic and I love it. This track is off Euan’s latest EP Never Grow Up Club, the rest of which is as fast-paced and youthfully furious as this.
Miii - Down
A glitch-hop LSDJ track from Miii in Tokyo. It’s interesting to me, as someone who organizes chipmusic shows in New York, to see musicians in the Japanese electronic music scene pick up a Game Boy and make a chipmusic track.
I have been amassing a hoard of neat, non-Nintendo things that I’ve been meaning to share here, links from our friends and generally cool people. Click these:
- Frequent Tiny Cartridge collaborator Ashley Davis launched her Jailbird webcomic (oh, and follow the boxart comparison Tumblr she contributes to!)
- Handheld Heroes is an excellent, excellent chiptune comp album with 40+ tracks
- Pictured above, Cory Godbey’s fiery The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time fanart
- And in other Cory news, you can now buy all of the Zelda Zine issues curated by Cory Schmitz — and here’s his awesome Sworcery poster at Fangamer
- The fellow who made that AMAZING Super Mario Bros. Crossover thing has put up a Kickstarter so he can make a similar game with original characters
- Inverse Phase recently released Pretty Eight Machine, a chip take on NIN’s Pretty Hate Machine
If you emailed or Tweeted anything for us to post recently (e.g. in the last four years) that I neglected to put up here, sorry! I’m awful at remembering these things!
there is a light that never goes out
Leeni • covers
"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" by Leeni (The Smiths cover). Leeni is one of my favorite chip artists and all, but this version hardly matches the brilliance of the original. It’s not her fault; Morrissey is just the fuckin’ boss.
Anyway, I’m sharing this track here because it’s an opportunity to mention how I overcame my karaoke fears and sang this song in front of a real audience (one I’ll hopefully never see again) after much goading during my Philippines trip a couple weeks ago. My wife followed up with an awesome rendition of The Animals’s “The House of the Rising Sun.” Yes, I know people sing karaoke all the time; those people are not us.
[Via An 8bc Tribute to The Smiths, Si]
“Do I Hear Sinibells RUN! RUN! RUN!" by We the Sick. It’s that time of year again! Time to break out the festive, traditional… Sinistar samples. I hunger for holiday cheer!
He’s also one of the 13 acts announced so far for New York City’s Blip Festival 2009 this December! His upcoming Pamplemousse EP is definitely one to watch out for.
See also: “Starcrossed” from Firebrandboy
"Invader Disco YMCK FC+Arcade Mix" short sample from Space Invaders Extreme 2 -Audio Element-.
Taito’s sound team Zuntata put out this CD in Japan last month featuring music from the DS game along with a few mixes from other artists. Here’s another remixed song preview from Japanese music collective Norishirocks (with Pepper Shop’s visualization of the album’s cover):
Can you believe Space Invaders Extreme 2 releases in the U.S. in less than two weeks? How did that sneak up on us? Don’t forget to buy a paddle (only available in pink)! Unless you have a DSi. In that case, yeah, forget about it.
Preorder: Space Invaders Extreme 2 ($19.99)
Gameswipe’s chiptune rendition of “A.M. 180”.
I’ve loved the original version of this track since I first heard it in 28 Days Later's supermarket scene. My wife has made at least one mix CD with “A.M. 180” on it for me, and my hand never fails to find her whenever the song comes on while we're driving around.
Along with employing this chiptune intro for his one-shot program Gameswipe, British comedian Charlie Brooker apparently uses the song for his regular BBC show Screenwipe — I hade no idea it was so popular across the Atlantic! Anyway, Gameswipe is rad, and you should watch it if you’re interested in seeing British guys making fun of how idiotic some games are. I wrote about the show and even embedded its first 10 minutes here.
See also: Video Power clip
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