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Love Hz • Pop Ramen

Pop Ramen is the new album by Love Hz, a supergroup made up of Austin bands Chalkboards and hashtagyoloswag. With its combination of chip melodies and live guitar/drums/ukulele(?), this is an Album for JC.

Fun fact about me: I need a constant supply of upbeat melodic pop-rock or I will die.

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BRKfest - three-day chip music festival next week ⊟

Likely the biggest chip music showcase in the Midwest, BRKfest, will return to Cincinnati, OH on July 25-27! The extravaganza will host dozens of bleep bloop artists, including Cheap Dinosaurs, Glomag, Corset Lore, and Chipocrite — see more of the announced acts here. The festival will also offer merch and open mic opportunities.

Though I live in Cincinnati, I somehow managed to never hear about this annual event until last month. Sooooo it’s time time to fix that. I plan to head over to the Chameleon for at least one or two nights — you should too! Click these links for more details about the event and to purchase a pass/shirt. And here’s a BRKfest trailer to get you pumped!

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iOS chiptune remix app ⊟

You had me at “free Hally track,” but this app Gambi looks pretty neat on its own merits! Not only does it let you play back NSF and C64 music, you can mess with the EQ on the different sound channels, and connect with other apps I totally don’t understand to remix your music. It’s $7 on iTunes.

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Calavera - Gentlemen’s Swing ⊟

(apologies for the musical hiatus, life has been pretty busy!)

Calavera is a Melbourne based musician who has made something particularly unique (in my opinion) with a Game Boy. The EP with the same name as this track is dripping with that swing feel, steady grooves and some unique upbeat melodies the whole way through.

DON'T MISS "Nice to meet you, Fuji-sama", a tune Calavera wrote while visiting Japan and witnessing Mount Fuji 

The Science Wizard (Explodatorium)

Jake Kaufman • Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged

Two Shovel Knight soundtracks! If you want the original, genuine chiptune steez, you can get the Shovel Knight OST from Bandcamp here. If you want the arranged version with lots of guest artists (including Manami Matsumae remixing Jake “Virt” Kaufman!) that one’s here. The price is right for both: literally any amount of money.

If you want a version of the OST you can play in an NES emulator  – or on an actual NES, should you have a flash cart – you can get the NSF version here. What? Virt, you spoil us.

Oh, and in case you somehow didn’t hear, Shovel Knight is the business.

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Pop It

Warning! New Anamanaguchi track approaching! And the sound is quite different from the band’s other releases, but I can’t hate on a new Guchi joint with vocals/vocaloids. For maximum effect, load the song here and smack some balloons around. idk.

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And Everything In It

Pterodactyl Squad • Somewhere Something Incredible

I’m sure I’ve made my predilection for chip-rock using vocal samples well-known, adding yet another group to the list we have Alone In The Universe (the band, not the feeling). Happy to hear about them from the good folks at the Pterodactyl Squad netlabel, Alone In The Universe are two brothers that make delightful pop-punk with subtle but energetic 8-bit melodies.

You can download (and pay what you want) their album Somewhere Something Incredible at the Pterodactyl Squad Bandcamp.

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Bridges

The Shortsleeves • Volume 1

The Shortsleeves’ Volume 1 is out! ⊟

I’m still trying to process that I actually met and saw two of my favorite bands (The Shortsleeves and Crying) at Pulsewave last weekend, plus witnessed an absolutely bonkers set from Nordloef. None of it feels real.

Couple that with today’s release of The Shortsleeves’ kickstarted album — in a time when crowdfunded works often turn out disappointing or delayed or abandoned — and it all seems like a lovely dream from a weekend nap, certainly not like a real life Tuesday.

Volume 1 offers classic tracks, new songs, and remixes (from friends like Bit Shifter and Bear & Walrus). You can stream them all online for free, but you should buy it because the album is more than worth the $10 the band is asking for. Unfortunately it does not include Jenn de la Vega’s cover of "Hey, I think you’re really cool."

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You should really go to Pulsewave this Saturday ⊟
The monthly NYC chip shop returns this Saturday (5/31) with a can’t-miss lineup: Nordloef, The Shortsleeves, and Crying, with visuals by Miles Joyner. I’ll be there (and will be roaming NYC until Sunday, Netrunner decks in hand, challenging passerbys Pokemon-style), so come and say hi!
The show celebrates the release of The Shortsleeves’ kickstarted cassette — we’re also celebrating its June 3rd release by giving away several digital copies of the album! Just leave a comment or reblog about your favorite song from The Shortsleeves, Crying, or Nordloef for a chance to win. Of course, Club Tiny Ambassador + 1 members and up automatically receive an entry for the contest.
Congrats to the kids at Crying, by the way, who just signed with Run for Cover records and will be touring the country soon.
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You should really go to Pulsewave this Saturday ⊟

The monthly NYC chip shop returns this Saturday (5/31) with a can’t-miss lineup: Nordloef, The Shortsleeves, and Crying, with visuals by Miles Joyner. I’ll be there (and will be roaming NYC until Sunday, Netrunner decks in hand, challenging passerbys Pokemon-style), so come and say hi!

The show celebrates the release of The Shortsleeves’ kickstarted cassette — we’re also celebrating its June 3rd release by giving away several digital copies of the album! Just leave a comment or reblog about your favorite song from The Shortsleeves, Crying, or Nordloef for a chance to win. Of course, Club Tiny Ambassador + 1 members and up automatically receive an entry for the contest.

Congrats to the kids at Crying, by the way, who just signed with Run for Cover records and will be touring the country soon.

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Epsilon

Eirik Suhrke • Miyajima

Not long after I finally discovered and posted Brave Wave’s “In Flux” album, the label has released an EP of b-sides! The above is a great chip piece by Eirik “Strotchy” “Spelunky” Suhrke; the $2 6 [sorry! my mistake] (or more; pay what you want) EP also has tracks by Insert Rupee, Andi Bissig, Benjamin Briggs, Souleye, and halc.

Full disclosure: Brave Wave is a big Tiny Cartridge supporter!

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Rock

George & Jonathan • George & Jonathan III

Every single time you think you’ve encountered The Best Music and you feel like you’ve been livin’ that Beautiful Lifestyle, George and Jonathan manage to pull out all the stops once again and blind-side you with III (works best in WebGL-capable browsers, Firefox, Chrome, Safari on desktop, iOS Safari seems to have issues).

George and Jonathan have outdone themselves once again like no one else possibly could, the lofi-funkitude of GnJ’s jams damn well better change your life. “Rock” is head-thrashing, rainbow-colored celebration opening up a mosh pit in the middle of some primo funk jams.

You can listen to George and Jonathan’s III on Bandcamp (where you can buy and download too!), SoundCloud and Spotify

We love you forever George and Jonathan!

DON'T MISS the visual track for "Puppy Love". DON'T MISS IT
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STU - INTRODUCING THE CHIP BASS (MIXTAPE - SIDE B)

Chipmusic veteran and Atari operator STU put together a great mix of of dirty, dirty chipbass tracks. It’s a 31-minute mix but well worth your time and includes Tiny Chip favorites Monodeer, Kodek, Misfit Chris, Disrupt and many more! The mix linked here is side B; there is also a side A with many more favorites.

MORE My favorite STU EP, Atari Solo
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